Spring Snippets

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Spring has sprung!!  Welcome to my “Spring Snippets!” In today’s post I’m sharing “snippets” or small pieces of MANY different, interesting topics I’ve found during the past few weeks that continue to help me and my family live healthy lives.

This time of year I am in full-on mode for Spring break – fresh, lighter foods, new opportunities for getting outside, new books and music that make me want to learn, laugh and dance! Each and every day I discover a ...

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Could Your Toothbrush Be Keeping You Sick?

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Okay, so we had a few funky germs in our home over the holiday season and while washing the bedding and airing out the house, I remembered that bacteria can also linger on our toothbrushes. Most of us brush at least twice a day. Funny how good health can be derailed when brushing with a germy toothbrush, one with lingering bits of bacteria.  It’s easy to forget, right? So, do I replace or clean?  Read on for the latest info ...

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Please Pass the Chi Whiz!

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Okay, many of us have heard of “Chi.” As a reminder, it’s the circulating life energy that in Chinese philosophy is thought to be inherent in all things. Further, in traditional Chinese medicine the balance of negative and positive forms in the body is believed to be essential for good health.

And of course boosting our chi can be fun, as seen in one of my favorite images by artist Diane English, click here to visit her website to ...

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The Perfect Storm Theory of Breast Cancer and Iodine Deficiency

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Okay, so how many conversations do you hear about this topic? Believe me when I say it’s important!  In Lynne Farrow’s book The Iodine Crisis I recently read that thyroid and breast disease “skyrocketed between 1970 and 2000.” Why would that be, I thought? I continued reading. Apparently iodine was looked at as a “universal medicine” going back thousands of years, and used primarily in it’s earlier form as seaweed.

So where did iodine go and why are we ...

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The Healing Power of Reiki

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It’s an understatement when I say I had the good fortune of being introduced to Reiki nearly 12 years ago! I had been diagnosed with cancer and was looking for anything to help me heal. I am so grateful that I am open to trying new things, especially healing modalities, as long as it doesn’t involve pain! I’ve learned that the world is abundant in healing resources. We just have to know how to tap into them.

I’m always a little ...

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The Super Power of Women’s Hormones!

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Did you know that with hormone support we have the ability to minimize the damages done by aging? Did you know that with appropriate hormone support we have the ability to stay at or near our optimal weights, recover from illnesses more quickly, and protect our bones, hearts and brains from deteriorating? Best of all, did you know that with hormone support we can actually age gracefully AND feel great?!

Last week I shared my personal story of two decades of ...

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The Clean 15

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Avocados are not only an exceptionally nutritious super-food, they have topped the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) — The Clean 15. According to EWG, fruits and vegetables on The Clean 15 list had the lowest pesticide load, and consequently are the safest conventionally grown crops to consume from the standpoint of pesticide contamination.

Just like with The Dirty Dozen, I use the EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides to inform ...

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Two Books I Read from Everyday!

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Yep, I look at these two books every morning! And when I say “read” I mean I turn to a random page each day and am beautifully reminded of the abundance of living simply and with gratitude. I’ve had these books for three years and never tire of reading these gems of wisdom from the author, Mina Parker. She interjects her thoughts with quotes including Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Gertrude Stein and others. Not only do I pause with each ...

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Eight Awesome Anti-Aging Tips for Summer

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One – Eat Well

Olive oil, yogurt, fish, chocolate, nuts, red wine and blueberries. These foods, many or which are part of the Mediterranean diet, all offer heart health benefits along with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Click here to read my blog post on the Mediterranean diet.

Two – Dry Brush

  • Helps stimulate the lymphatic system, ridding the body of toxins
  • Increases blood flow and circulation, creating firmer skin and reducing the appearance of cellulite
  • Helps exfoliate dead skin cells, thus ...
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Be Aware – The Dirty Dozen

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For the fifth year in a row, apples have topped the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) list of The Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen refers to the list of fresh fruits and vegetables that are likely to contain the most pesticides.

I rinse all of my fresh fruits and vegetables before I eat or cook with them, especially those with skins you are intended to eat. I pay close attention to the EWG’s annual Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides, ...

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