Five Ways to Thrive... Not Just Survive.. the Holidays!

Five Ways to Thrive... Not Just Survive.. the Holidays!

Stress. Anxiety. Overindulging. Depression. Lack of sleep. The latest virus. Weight gain. These are just a few of the exciting things often waiting for us as we catapult into the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. But with a few practical changes, you can minimize the holiday health madness and maybe even come out feeling healthier on the other side! 

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Top Foods to Get in the Mood

Top Foods to Get in the Mood

Many times our lives can feel so hectic and stress-filled that the idea of “passion” and “romance” are almost laughable. But fostering a healthy sex life has tremendous health benefits even beyond pleasure and intimacy with our partners that women shouldn’t ignore.

For one thing, sexual activity is a major stress reliever and confidence booster. And, regular sexual activity has been shown to boost immunity, foster healthy hearts, relieve pain and actually make women look and feel younger!

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Three Teas to Help Ease You into Spring

Three Teas to Help Ease You into Spring

Hello March! I am vowing to embrace you this year… as typically you are my least favorite month. This year I am ensuring I take in the sun peeking up every morning of this unsettling month of transition and truly appreciate a view of nature before I do anything like pick up my phone or get breakfast going. In this way, I am hoping to be more in tune with what nature has in store for me each day and what that means for my body and mind. Going with the universal rhythm rather than fighting against it. 

March also brings with it in the Ayurvedic tradition, a focus on body’s most valuable filtering organs, the gallbladder & liver. Spring represents a time where we reduce buildup of Kapha energy and sweep away feelings of sluggishness. We can honor this changing season by viewing the coming months as a time of cleansing and renewal in our own daily practices.

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Is your body image getting in the way of your health goals?

Is your body image getting in the way of your health goals?

There is an ugly truth that hides among even the most accomplished, intelligent, inspiring women that you know. Some pretty nasty little voices have taken root inside their heads telling them they aren’t attractive enough, that they should look a certain way and that make them feel uncomfortable about their bodies. While it is all too easy to see in the media why so many seeds of self-doubt about our appearance get planted, it is still exasperating to learn that 9 out of 10 women are unhappy with their bodies.

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Three Ways to Tame Your Sugar Monster

Three Ways to Tame Your Sugar Monster

It is the season of love (in fact, the year of love for me) and all the chocolate and candy and wine that go with it! These occasional indulgences can help make us feel special and create a delicious way to celebrate. But in actuality, we women all too regularly consume an average of 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day in spite of the recommendations of the American Heart Association that we consume no more than 6 teaspoons. Clearly, we have gone beyond the occasional indulgence and into obsession territory.

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Three Teas to Soothe the Soul

Three Teas to Soothe the Soul

No doubt, we are definitely a culture built on coffee… not just because of the tantalizing aroma and smooth taste of a premium roast but the go-go-go never stop drumbeat that goes along of “running on Dunkin.” For many people, coffee can be a wonderful friend and offers numerous health benefits; however, our obsession with the magic bean may be causing us to miss out on the soothing benefits of herbal tea. Tea can be an essential part of letting your body recover and heal from the damage that living this go-go lifestyle can create.

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Make Summer Eating Easy, Fun and Healthy with Two Yummy Condiments

Make Summer Eating Easy, Fun and Healthy with Two Yummy Condiments

Are you as ready for summer as my family is!? Hurray for no more making lunches!  Boo for concession stand food and camp "C.R.A.P" - Chemical-laden, Refined And Processed. While we can't steer our kids away from unhealthy foods all the time... the pool club and highway rest stops come to mind... we can ensure that meals at home are nourishing and fun ... and easy for us.  One way to do this is through salsas, dips and dressings that can make cold leftovers exciting and jazz up simple broiled or lightly grilled meats and veggies with that extra pop of flavor.

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Looking for Healthier Sports Drinks?

Looking for Healthier Sports Drinks?

Now that the weather is finally starting to warm up, many of our kiddos are looking for something beyond water to keep them hydrated during sports activities and summer camp adventures. Unfortunately, popular “energy” drinks are full of refined sugar, coloring and unwanted additives at the expense of the electrolytes us moms are trying to replace!  

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Five reasons we love our CSA - and you might too!

Five reasons we love our CSA - and you might too!

If you are like many families, you may have heard about CSAs but have a lot of questions about whether one might be right for your family. CSA is an acronym for Community Supported Agriculture where a local farm or farm collective is financially supported by members and in return supplies members with "shares" of fresh produce on a weekly basis. Members usually join annually and receive the bounty of their membership throughout the year or just the growing season (May-November here in Northern Jersey). Some CSAs supplement their harvest with fresh items like artisan cheese, homemade bread, and pastured eggs. Other CSAs ask for volunteers or workshares to help out the farmer and reduce member fees. All CSAs enable your family to not only get access to amazing, just-picked, seasonal crops but also support local farmers by ensuring their season is funded before the growing season. It's a win-win for your family and the farmer!

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Top 5 Foods to Calm the Mind

Top 5 Foods to Calm the Mind

As one of the 40 million adults in the United States who suffer from anxiety, I am keenly aware of how disruptive the chronic worry and stress can be to your everyday life and how depleted and week anxious episodes leave you. To make it worse, during bouts of anxiety, we often turn to comfort foods high in refined carbohydrates to make us feel better but which often leave us with mood swings and low energy.

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