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Love Through Gratitude

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Developing a daily practice of love, and this week you’re challenged to start a gratitude journal.
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Noticing Your Senses

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We have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. How many times a day do we stop and appreciate all five of these senses?

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Mindful Thought

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We’re focusing on being mindful of our thoughts and how our thoughts impact our lives. This week, we are being mindful just by becoming aware of that mental chatter.

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The Role of Breathing in the Workplace

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During a busy work day have you ever stopped and noticed how you are breathing? During a stressful conversation or argument have you ever noticed how tense the body is and how restricted and shallow the breathing is? Do you ever just stop during the day to take a deep breath and clear the mind?

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Making a Banana Batido

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Today, we are going to make a banana batido. The origin of the batido is Cuban. It's a Cuban smoothie, or milkshake, but it's usually made a huge amount of cream and whole milk, and really fattening. But if you love bananas and love Cuban food like I do, you've got to make it healthy. I'm so into turning not-so-healthy recipes into healthy recipes, so let's get started.

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5 Steps to Emotional Awareness

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Feelings and emotions shift and change in a matter of minutes to hours, and if we allow our feelings to govern our decisions, we will always be cleaning up behind ourselves. Living without emotional awareness, and effective communication of our emotions can be the source of unnecessary stress, and it can also be avoided. Emotional awareness is the first step in raising our level of emotional intelligence. Below are some basic steps to raising your emotional awareness.

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Skinny Zoodle Alfredo

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This Skinny Zoodle Alfredo, made without butter or cream or even flour, can be made in approximately 10 minutes, which makes it an ideal food on the go – quick, healthy and delicious!  January is a good month for cutting back on calories and eating more of what’s good for us, such as vegetables, so the spiralizer had to come out of the cupboard! Enjoy!!

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What's the Best Way to Reduce Sugar in my Diet?

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Join the crowd, we all have a sweet tooth :) How can we begin to eliminate sugar from our diet?

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7 Healthy Alternatives to White Sugar

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Refined sugars are not only inflammatory in nature, but are linked to metabolic diseases as well. Sugar has been shown to cause tooth decay, diabetes, weight gain, and even acne. The most inflammatory sugars are those of a refined nature (white sugar and brown sugar). Their processing depletes any nutritional value while increasing inflammation.. The sugar substitutes are just as bad if not worse. They are not only inflammatory in nature but have been linked to disease in the body. Aspartame is linked to headache, nausea, dizziness, and is thought to precipitate and/or worsen conditions like multiple sclerosis and other autoimmune conditions. Saccharin (otherwise known as Sweet'N Low®) has been shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals. With the health risks of traditionally made sugar it’s nice to know that there are some alternatives out there that are less inflammatory and lower on the glycemic index. Here are 6 of my favorites:

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Be 100% Responsible for Your Career

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This week, we're taking 100% responsibility for our lives and our happiness. This week, we're challenged to bring that principle to our careers and our workplace.

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5 Foods to Have Less of This Year

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If we could just have one less unhealthy food per month, by the end of the year we would increase our energy, decrease our risk for many diseases and improve our over all quality of life. What we put into our body has a direct correlation over time with how we feel both physically and emotionally.

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How Do You Know When Menopause is Here and Natural Remedies?

How Do You Know When Menopause is Here and Natural Remedies?

The first sign is that you have abnormal menstrual cycles; and the most obvious sign is when you don't have your menstrual cycle at all.

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Creating Flow Experiences in Your Life

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Have you experienced the “coincidence” of thinking of someone that you haven’t talked to in a long time followed by the phone ringing and them being on the other end when you answer? Furthermore, they say something that you really needed to hear in the moment.

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Start with Veggies!

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We are focusing on mindful nutrition and this week, we're starting with veggies!

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Help for the Holidays: Making Family Gatherings Manageable

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Christmas is the time for family and fun, however it can also be a time of overwhelm and stress, especially if you are hosting a big family Christmas complete with dinner, dessert, and caroling. However, if you ARE hosting, there are ways to have your work in the kitchen be manageable and even fun. When you include your spouse and family in the planning and preparation (especially in the kitchen), you will find that not only will it give you an opportunity to bond, but it will also spark some creativity in the kitchen. Here are 5 ways for you to include your spouse in the cooking and preparation process.

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Tomatoes Protect Against Prostate Cancer

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This is a shout out to all of my men over the age of forty. Research has shown that tomatoes are a key food in the prevention and even early cure of prostate cancer. So, eat up—fresh tomatoes, tomato sauces, tomato juices, or whatever tomato-based foods you enjoy. You know, you really should have a V8. It may save your prostate and ultimately your life.

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5 Fruits That Will Actually Improve Your Mood

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This week, we're spotlighting a guest post by the wonderful Abbey Smith. Enjoy!!

Fruit is very good for your physical and mental health. Everyday Health suggests that eating fruits (and vegetables) significantly lowers your risk of depression.

The Everyday Health article, citing recommendations from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), suggests eating a variety of fruits stating that you should eat 1½ to 2 cups worth per day.

Additionally, a Health IQ article cites a seven-year study by the American Public Health Association in which people who ate more fruits (and vegetables) reported a boost in positive emotions and life satisfaction. Notably, the reported change in happiness and satisfaction was akin to “moving from being unemployed (not by choice) to happily employed.”

While fruits in general can help improve your mood, certain fruits have proven to be better mood enhancers than the rest. Here are five fruits that will improve your mood.

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How to Use a Neti Pot

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I'm going to give you five essential tips to avoid drowning by neti pot.

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14 Foods That Will Help Slow the Aging Process

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Why is there such an emphasis on fruits and vegetables when talking about healthy nutrition? What is all the fuss? Research has proven many health and healing benefits of different nutrient components of fruits from beta carotene in carrots to sulphurane in broccoli and sprouts. There are many chemical compounds that work with the cells inside of the body to both regulate and stop abnormal cell growth. In addition, vegetables contain immune boosting and anti-oxidant value which help to remove damaged cells that may cause inflammation that promotes premature aging, as well as chronic disease. After looking at several resources, we have come up with our top 10 list for vegetables to help slow the aging process and prevent diseases such as hypertention, diabetes, high cholesterol, and even cancer as well.

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No matter how much I sleep, I still feel tired all the time. What could that mean?

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That's a great question, and I'm sure you aren't alone on this. In fact, I've seen many patients who have come to me, who are tired all the time, no matter how much they sleep, and sometimes feel like they are even sleeping too much.

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