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Recipe: Healthy Peanut-Butter Cups

I go through phases when it comes to my dessert preferences, but the one thing that I almost always fall back on is peanut-butter cups. They’re just so good! So I went on a mission to create a healthy peanut-butter cup recipe. After all, most of the...

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Golden Butter Recipe

You’ve probably heard of golden milk, but have you tried golden butter? Indians have been adding turmeric and black pepper to food for millennia in order to promote health, immunity, faster healing, and overall wellness, and we’re finally catching on in...

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The Crucial Weight-Loss Tip That Nobody Talks About

When most people decide to lose weight, they follow all the usual weight-loss tips. Weight-loss tips like counting calories, buying a gym membership, adopting a strict meal-plan, avoiding cake at all costs, and setting lofty goals that they hope to reach in as little...

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Self-Care: Could You Be Doing Too Much?

Self-care is the latest buzzword that’s taken over wellness circles. Type “self-care” into the search bar on Instagram and you’ll find more than 3.5 million very diverse posts. Everything from gym-selfies and shoe-selfies, smoothie bowls and cups of tea, manicures and...

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How to Be More Confident: It’s Not What You Think

Your life is determined by how you feel. So if you don’t feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, your life simply can’t be as sweet as you want it to be. Most people who don’t feel confident have one thing in common: they spend far too much time in...

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Questions That Can Cause Miracles

Who are you? Who are you, really? Have you given this question much thought today? As you go about your daily tasks -brushing your teeth, commuting to work, eating lunch, rinsing dishes- do you ever pause to think about what it is, exactly, that animates you? Who is...

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Can Adaptogens Help You Lose Weight?

Have you heard? Adaptogens are all the rage right now, and with good reason. Adaptogens are medicinal herbs that help your body counteract the negative effects of stress. Herbalists have long turned to adaptogens to help with obvious stress-related issues like...

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3 Science-Backed Secrets to Stop Overeating

Friends came to stay with us over the long weekend, and, as it is prone to do at Casa Baratta, the conversation turned to food. In addition to ooing and ahhing over our vegetable garden and weighing the pros and cons of This Restaurant vs. That Restaurant, we also...

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Coconut Oil: Superfood or Heart-Attack in a Jar?

Have you heard? There’s been a lot of hubbub in the news lately that coconut oil might not be such a wonderful cure-all after all.   It all started because the American Heart Association (AHA) released a report linking saturated fat to heart disease.  ...

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Do You Apologize Too Much?

  Sorry, but I’ve got something to say about the way you’re always saying “sorry”. If you’re like most women, you say sorry at least once every hour. You apologize for stating your opinion. You apologize when you ask for something. You apologize when you express...

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Why is it SO Hard to Change?

As humans, we don’t like change.   In fact, we’re downright stubborn. We might dream about things being better (wouldn’t it be nice if you could lose 10 pounds and buy that BMW you’ve been oggling at all these years?) But when it comes down to the real work...

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Recipe: White Bean Blondies

Got a sweet tooth but don’t want to bombard your system with empty calories? With tons of protein, healthy fats, and limited sugar, these white bean blondies are packed with good-for-you ingredients, super versatile, and always delicious.   Here’s the...

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Warm Berry Winter Pudding Recipe

If you’ve been reading this blog for any amount of time, you probably know that I am all about seasonal living, and that means eating mostly warm things when the weather is cold outside. Well, for my ice-cream-loving self this can be more than a little...

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Regulating Your Menstruation Naturally Through Seed Cycling

Ladies, we’ve got a problem. Far too many of us are suffering from PMS, irregular menstrual cycles, debilitating cramps, bloating, infertility, and a host of other “lady issues” that all point a big red arrow at hormone trouble. The fact that so many of us think these...

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3 Unexpected Ways to Stay Sane Amidst Holiday Madness

The songs tell us that this is “the most wonderful time of the year,” but many would disagree. Twinkling lights and sugar crystals might sparkle like fairy-dust, but behind that magical facade there often hides the stress of unmet expectations and familial strife. By...

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Chinese Medicine is SO Much More than Acupuncture

Ok, ok. I’ll be the first to admit. I’m a huge dork when it comes to this stuff. But did you know that Chinese medicine goes far beyond acupuncture needles and herbs? Yup. There are oodles of theories, philosophies, and strategies that all come together to create the...

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On Healing a Broken World

  I am a Chinese medicine practitioner and natural health educator. My mission is to not just help people heal on a physical level, but to inspire and help them on all planes of their existence -physical, emotional, and spiritual- so they can make a positive...

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Don’t Take My Advice

I have always been an advice giver. I freely give advice, and often friends turn to me for it. Just last week a friend of mine asked me for advice in dealing with a conflict she had with her mother. A few hours later another friend asked me for advice on what to do...

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Getting What You Really Want

What do you want most right now? To be thinner? To have financial freedom? To find your soul mate? These might look like very differing desires on the surface, but in the end they all boil down to the same thing. Ultimately we all want to be happy. We think “if only I...

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A Sneaky Way to Make Any Meal More Nutritious

  We all know that we’re *supposed* to eat more vegetables. But when it comes to actually doing it…? Most of us fall short of the recommended 2 1/2-6 1/2 cups we’re supposed to consume every day.   Part of the problem is that the way many...

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The Go-To Dinner at Casa Baratta (+Easy Recipe!)

Hello everyone, I’m back! In case you didn’t know, I spent the summer on maternity leave, getting to know my little one and settling into the rhythms of motherhood. This has been a time of tremendous growth and transformation for me and my husband, and I...

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Change Your Shoes, Change Your Life

It’s a weekday morning, you’re getting dressed for work, and you’re deciding which shoes to wear. For most of us, the last thing on our minds is how our shoe choice will affect health, but it’s actually a really big deal. The shoes you wear are more important than you...

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How to Deal with Stubborn Emotions

Picture this. You’re going about your day, everything is going fine, and then WHAMMY! Something happens that triggers a bad feeling. Maybe it’s anger, maybe it’s sadness, jealousy, guilt, frustration…whatever it is, it doesn’t feel good and you want it GONE.  ...

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Why You Shouldn’t Do a Detox or Cleanse

So you wanna try a detox or cleanse? Alright folks, here’s the deal:  Every few weeks I see one of my friends posting about the exciting detox or cleanse they’re doing, and every time I see one of these posts I have to cringe. I’m not making an ugly face...

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Cracking the Label Code: How to Buy the Best Eggs

The lights are bright. Shopping carts are clanking around you. You’re shivering, arms crossed protectively in front of you, because you’ve found yourself standing in the refrigerated isle of the grocery store for WAY too long. You’d love to get out of there quickly...

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The Fever Myth (Let It Burn)

What would you say if I told you that a fever of 103°F is actually a sign of health and should not be suppressed? You’d probably be surprised, and maybe you’d think that I’m some quack who doesn’t know what she’s talking about. But hear me out. Let’s start off...

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How to Know That It’s Time to Change Things Up

  I felt like an overflowing trash can. After college and a brief stint in New Orleans, I had just moved back to my hometown, New York City. Ah yes, the Big Apple. The thing is, I’m not a fan of apples. I really love berries, apple trees are lovely, but eating...

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How to Deal With Embarrassment

I did it again. I tried to climb up on my high and mighty throne, promptly fell off, and felt like a real, bonafide jerkface. Here’s what happened:   It was the hottest day in July and I was hanging out in the garden with some of my cousins. Now, when most people...

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Ask Katerina: Why Am I So Sleepy in the Fall?

Dear Katerina, Whenever the weather starts changing in the fall and the days start getting noticeably shorter, I get noticeably sleepier. What can I do to perk myself up this time of year? Love, Sleepy in Seattle Dear Sleepy in Seattle,   According to Chinese...

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Do You Know the Truth About PCOS?

September is PCOS awareness month, but many people still don’t know how widespread the problem really is. Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (a.k.a. PCOS or Stein-Leventhal Syndrome) is a hormonal-endocrine imbalance that affects a staggering amount of women.   Up...

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The Time Has Come to Take the Guilt Out of Pleasure

Picture this. It’s 9 p.m. and you’ve reached the end of a dinner out with a select handful of your closest friends. Everyone is leaning back in their seat, bellies full, unstoppable grins squeezing every cheek. You let your eyes close and breathe in the crisp night...

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Your Low-Fat Diet is Making You Fat

  I’ve got some bad news. You’ve been duped. In fact, for the better part of the last century we’ve all been lied to about what it means to eat a healthy diet. Here’s the story: In the 1960’s and 70’s eight U.S. Senators had...

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How to Start Exercising Regularly

I don’t know about you, but I can be a real stickler for routine. Because of this my mornings used to be pretty unremarkable. I would roll out of bed, groggy and grumpy, and head straight for the kettle to start making coffee. I’d then set the oven for...

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Getting Past the Fear of Failure

Let’s be honest. Failing bites. It feels awful. Many of us would rather take ice cold showers for a week than face the prospect of failing, so it’s understandable that the risk of failing holds us back from trying new things and accomplishing our goals....

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Why Diets Fail

  I just ate a greasy grass-fed organic cheeseburger and fries followed by a bowl of the nationally famous Portland Salt and Straw ice-cream, and man oh man, I couldn’t be happier.   But I remember a time when this kind of meal would have sent me on a spiral...

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3 Yoga Poses for Stress Relief at Your Desk

We all have stress in our lives, and many of us accumulate extra stress from sitting at our desks all day. This stress results in tension throughout our neck, shoulders, and back which can make us feel worse in other areas of our lives as well. That is why it is...

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No Space for Guilt

I got through most of the hurdles, and now I’m on the home stretch toward graduation! Sure, there are still a few pesky board exams to get through before licensure, but as far as my degree is concerned all I have to do now is show up to finish off clinic shifts...

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Being Okay with Not Being Okay

I’ve been having a rough time. Everything in my life is changing. Most of these changes are good, but there are hurdles to jump over in the path of transition, and some days I don’t know if I have enough resources within me to make it. After 5 years of...

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Everything Is a Miracle

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” -Albert Einstein I have perceived the world from both perspectives, and I have to say, it’s a whole lot prettier on...

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Chiseling Away: The Art of Embracing Mistakes

Before I get into my newest revelations, I have to admit something to you. I hate making mistakes. I know that everyone makes mistakes. I know that we have to make mistakes in order to learn. I know that mistakes do not make you a bad person, they are just part of...

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Baby Steps

In Chinese medicine, legend has it that if you do moxa over Stomach 36 every day no disease will harm you. First, let me clarify. Moxa is collected from the fuzzy underbelly of the leaves on mugwort plants. It is an herb that humans have carried since the earliest...

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Spring Reboot

A couple weeks ago we had some good friends in town and proceeded to go out to numerous restaurants as well as a vineyard. While I wouldn’t label any of our excursions excessively indulgent, the cumulative effect was that more bread, cheese, and alcohol was...

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Forgiving Our Bodies

I recently heard an episode of On Being with Krista Tippet entitled “Forgiving the Body: Life with ALS, ” in which she interviewed the recently deceased Bruce Kramer, a writer and teacher who himself had ALS. Kramer had an attitude of acceptance and...

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On buying cut flowers

I bought a few bunches of fresh flowers last week. The shopkeeper tallied up the cost and reported to total. I noted that I seem to spend too much money on flowers.   But while it may be true that I could spend less on what initially appears to be an indulgent...

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The Art of Saying “NO”

It is no secret that the modern world values productivity. The more we create, the more we are told we are worth. The more we do the more we are admired and lauded. Relaxation is perceived to be a luxury that can only be enjoyed for brief moments between all of the...

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How to Quit Smoking Naturally: A Three-Fold Approach

We all know that smoking cigarettes can be harmful, addictive, and even deadly. Still, many people pick up the habit, and inevitably have a hard time when they want to quit smoking. Most people who want to quit smoking find themselves in a vicious cycle, stopping and...

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Is Your Bug Spray Doing More Harm than Good?

Most of us have had the unfortunate experience of having an outdoor activity ruined by bugs. Bug bites can be painful and itchy. Some bites swell and become irritated or even infected. To make matters worse, some mosquitoes carry encephalitis or the West Nile virus....

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The Unexpected Factor Standing in the Way of Your Health

You make the decision to become healthier. One day you get a burst of motivation and head out to your local gym for a membership. You throw out all the soda in your fridge and swear you’ll never eat fast-food again. Things look good, and changes seem to be underway....

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Daily Practice

If you’re a regular Della Terra Wellness reader, there’s a good chance that you already attend yoga classes every once in a while, and maybe you have dabbled in other meditation techniques, too. Incorporating these practices into your life 2 or 3 times a week is great...

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8 Superfoods You Should Be Eating Regularly

Imagine that you eat a snack and end up feeling happier throughout the day. Now take it up a notch, and visualize yourself cooking an epic meal, with ingredients that don’t just rid your body of toxins, but actually help prevent cancer. With the aid of superfoods,...

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Don’t Blame the Microbes

Most of us were raised in a germ-phobic culture. When we get sick we say we “caught a bug,” and antibacterial soap is readily available in every public restroom. But germs and viruses are actually only part of the picture. If you were to look at any doorknob, sponge,...

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How Ceramics Unexpectedly Taught Me to Live a Better Life

I’ve been hooked on clay since I was seven years old. No, I’m not talking about some code-named street drug, I’m talking about good old-fashioned pottery-making. It began as a visceral fascination. I loved the smooth texture of wet clay, the rhythmical rolling out of...

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5 Secrets to Making New Year’s Resolutions That Stick

As this year winds down, you’ve probably started to think about how you’d like your life to improve in the New Year. You may have already made grand declarations that 2015 is the year you are going to lose weight, eat healthier, and figure out how to manage stress...

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Self-Care: The Biggest Gifts You Can Give This Year

‘Tis the season of lights, love, and giving, but amidst all of the to-do lists, interrupted routines, and familial obligations, this time of year can mean more stress than joy for many people. The imbalances that are already present in regular everyday life are...

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Read This if You Want a Better Life

On the surface it looks like our society is obsessed with transformation. Fashion magazines love to show weight loss stories, TV shows sponsor thousands of makeovers, and the American dream itself advocates a change of circumstance. Unfortunately, if you take a closer...

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress During the Holidays

Most people look forward to the holidays, but when families come together there is usually quite a bit of stress thrown in with the joy. Here are 5 ways to reduce stress during the holidays, so you can enjoy this special time more thoroughly: Exercise Just because...

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The 5 Best Ways to Prepare for Flu Season

You can try to hibernate in your house all winter, but unless you never come in contact with other people, you will be exposed to a slew of germs and viruses in these coming months. The good news is, your body generally has everything it needs to fight off whatever...

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Shonishin: Pediatric Acupuncture

You’ve probably heard of acupuncture, where a Chinese medicine practitioner chooses specific points on your body, and sticks in tiny needles with the intention of re-balancing your system and to promote greater health. It’s well-known that acupuncture is an effective...

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5 Warming Herbs to Use in the Colder Months

The weather is indisputably getting colder, but you can’t just bundle up and shield yourself from the elements to stay warm. If you want to stay healthy through the colder seasons it’s essential that you build up your warmth from the inside out. Eating oven-roasted...

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3 Behaviors Vibrantly Healthy People Do Differently

We all know those people who just seem to glow. They carry a sense of ease, look fantastic, and appear to be unburdened by life’s challenges. You probably think that they have some lucky combination of genes that results in them not needing to worry about getting to...

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Natural Home Remedies for Acne

Acne is an inflammatory skin condition that affects 85% of Americans at some point in their lives. Although it appears harmless, it is actually more than a cosmetic problem. Acne can cause emotional stress and low self-esteem for many of those who experience  unwanted...

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5 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Vinyasa Yoga

At this point everyone has heard of yoga, but too many people think that it’s just a good way to increase flexibility and relax. In reality, yoga can encompass a lot more than a few stretches and deep breathing exercises. There are many styles of yoga, and some of...

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A Guide to Healthy Fall Foods

As the leaves turn to warm colors and temperatures drop, the fall harvest season offers a bounty of nutritious fruits and vegetables that can help your body stay healthy and prepare for winter. Here’s a look at some healthy fall foods, their nutritional, and...

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A Tribute to My Teachers

I was recently challenged by Oscar Insurance to name my personal health hero, an individual who inspires me to live a healthier life. I was immediately enthusiastic, thinking that this would be a great opportunity to express my appreciation for someone important in my...

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5 Autumn Health Strategies for Your Most Vibrant Fall Ever

Can you smell it in the air? Autumn is here! Those of us in more northern climates are already seeing the hints of leaves changing colors. The wind has an added element of crispness, and we’re getting ready to brew up some warm and spicy beverages. Whether you love...

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A Surprisingly Simple Way to Relieve Stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of declined well-being, disease, and death in the modern world. Almost everyone has too much of it, and is desperately looking for ways to get rid of it. As it turns out, though, one of the best ways to relieve stress might be found...

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The Ancient Chinese Secret to a Longer and Healthier Life

Chinese medicine is based of a few surviving ancient texts, most of which were written before the bible. Perhaps the most influential of these is the Huangdi Neijing (“The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic”). In the Neijing we read a conversation between the Yellow...

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Kelp: The Superfood You Should Use Every Day

If you haven’t tried kelp yet, you’re going to want to head out to your local health-food store and get some right now. Kelp’s nutritional benefits are unmatched by any land-grown plants, even those that are cultivated in the healthiest of soils [1]....

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The Healthiest Way to Start Your Day

  Some of us are naturally morning people. Others are sworn night owls. And the rest of us fall somewhere in between. But no matter where you find yourself on this spectrum, the way you wake yourself up will have a huge impact on how you feel  the rest of the...

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5 Natural Remedies for Anxiety

You know the feeling. You’re worried something bad is going to happen and you feel the energy rushing up in your body. Your heart starts racing, your chest gets tight, your mind spins in circles at a million miles a minute. The problem might not even be real, but it...

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How to Find Your Ideal Diet

For the last 100 years, various experts have touted diet advice that is as diverse as life in the ocean. This is a confusing landscape, to say the least. Most people have tried a handful of these restrictions at one point or another, see varying results, only to...

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10 Fun Ways to Exercise Without Going to the Gym

Although there are a few gym-enthusiasts amongst us, most of us don’t like going to the gym. Being stuck inside and engaging in the monotony of treadmills and weight lifting is less than motivating. Moreover, studies have shown that going to the gym after sitting all...

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Is Technology Harming Your Health?

Modern technology is fantastic. Any information we want is literally at our fingertips 24/7. What’s more, we can contact people around the world within seconds, and talk to them as though they were in the same room. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg in terms of...

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Salads and Smoothies Aren’t as Healthy as You Think

    Diets and health are complicated. One day experts tell you that fat-free is the way to go, and the next day you’re told that you can eat all the fat you like, but it’s actually grains that are to blame for your symptomatic woes. Thankfully there is one...

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5 “Healthy” Foods To Avoid

  You’ve been hitting the gym, foregoing that late-night beer, and now you’ve decided to attack the next step: changing your diet. But eating healthy food is easier said than done. This is because industry labeling is less than accurate most of the time....

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How to Build Healthy Habits that Stick

As anyone who sets the same resolution every new year can attest, building healthy habits that stick can be tricky business. In fact, a recent study featured in the European Journal of Social Psychology found that healthy habits can take anywhere from 18 to a whopping...

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5 Herbs to Cook With for For Springtime Health

The fruit trees are starting to blossom, flowers are budding, birds are singing, and there is officially no doubt that spring is in the air! When the weather changes we can boost our health by tuning into the season and adjusting what we eat. While the thick of winter...

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How to Kick Your Sugar Habit to the Curb

Sugar has been getting a lot of bad press recently. We’ve known for a long time that high sugar intake contributes to obesity and a slew of chronic diseases. We also know that it can hinder our cognitive function, sully our sleep quality and throw our moods off track....

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The Personal Nourishment Manifesto

Nourishment goes beyond protein, fat, and carbohydrate counts. It goes beyond vitamins and minerals. Nourishment is what feeds your body, mind, and spirit. It’s not just what you eat that will nourish you, it’s how you eat it.   I wrote the Personal...

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Natural Insomnia Solutions

According to the National Sleep Foundation a whopping 1/5 of Americans report chronic insomnia, 25% of the population use prescription sleep medications, and almost half of all individuals report weekly sleep disturbances. And it’s no wonder. After all, we live in a...

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5 Bad Habits You Didn’t Know You Had

You know that your shouldn’t bite your fingernails or smoke cigarettes, but here are 5 bad habits you didn’t know you had:     1.     Using Conventional Products There is a general assumption in the western world that if a product can be bought...

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3 Herbs that Help Heal Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are one of the most painful ailments an individual can ever experience. Having one (or many) can lead to extreme discomfort. Thankfully, there are herbs that help heal hemorrhoids.   Common Causes Also called “piles”, hemorrhoids are swollen veins in...

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Want to Lose Weight? Read This First

I’m going to present you with a few scenarios, and I’ll bet a nickel that even if you don’t fall into one of these categories, the majority of people around you do: It began after graduation. Instead of walking, biking, playing sports, and dancing up a storm like you...

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Effective Home Remedies for the Common Cold

You can kick, scream, whimper, and moan all you want, but when cold season is here, there’s nothing you can do about it. Germs and viruses are on doorknobs, chairs, pens, even the air you breathe. Sure, you could use bleach, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial soap, but...

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Finding the Best Olive Oil

Olive oil is well-known as one of the healthiest sources of dietary fat. But with all the options out there, how do you know which to choose? This article will help you understand what makes olive oil so good, why some olive oils are better than others, and how to use...

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Qualities to Look for in a Yoga Studio and Teacher

Qualities to Look for in a Yoga Studio As far as popularity goes, yoga has become the prom queen of the fitness world. With dozens of styles, hundreds of studios, and thousands of teachers, it can take a while before you find what works for you. This article is...

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Natural vs. Conventional Medicine

When considering natural vs. conventional medicine, which one is better? The truth is, you shouldn’t have to choose. There is always a tendency is to want to see things in black and white terms. Either you’re a Democrat, or you’re a Republican. You’re an...

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10 Tips for Eating in Summer

When the temperature starts to rise, it’s important to keep your body cool. Especially when you have a hot constitution, too much heat can lead to imbalances such as insomnia, high blood pressure, inflammation, constipation, and bleeding issues, just to name a few....

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5 Tips for a Healthy Diet

There are thousands of diets advocated by the health and wellness community, but the only thing they all seem to agree on is that we should eat mostly vegetables. This makes sense, as eating fresh vegetables is the best way to get your daily dose of vitamins,...

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Healthy Travel Tips for a More Comfortable Flight

Whether you love flying or hate it, air travel can wreak havoc on your body’s natural rhythms and your overall vitality. Sitting in the same seat for hours on end, eating bad food, and jet lag add up to make you feel pretty crummy by the time you reach your...

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The Guru is YOU

I recently watched the 2012 documentary “Kumare”. It left me feeling completely uplifted and inspired. The movie conveys the message that gurus are not necessary. You don’t need to follow anyone to have access to wisdom or a good life. It is all within you already....

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The Pros and Cons of Community Acupuncture

Community acupuncture clinics are popping up all over the country. The premise is simple: by providing an open room atmosphere with comfortable recliners, acupuncturists can treat more patients at once. This model lowers the practitioners’ costs so the visits are more...

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How to Start a Morning Yoga Practice at Home

  Start a morning yoga practice at home and you will feel great throughout the day. You’ll also notice significant changes over time after you’ve had a consistent practice for a while. Why practice in the morning? There are a few reasons practicing yoga in the...

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Habits – Part II: How to Create or Break a Habit

Habits are actually very easy to make or break, you just have to understand how they work. In this article you will find  a step-by-step guide on how to create or break a habit. For a more in-depth explanation on why we have habits, and the three part mechanism that...

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The Health Benefits of Raw Honey

The health benefits of raw honey make it a delicious remedy for a number of ailments. While following Pooh Bear’s example of copious honey consumption might not be the best idea idea, when used appropriately, raw honey can have powerful positive effects.   Raw...

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How to Deal with Allergies, Naturally

There are highly effective natural treatments and preventative measures that can alleviate the uncomfortable symptoms associated with allergies. Allergies are really just a hyperactivity reaction to cumulative sensitivities. Chances are, if you experience allergies...

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Quiz: Which Greek Temperament Are You?

  Which Greek temperament best describes you? Chinese, Ayurvedic, and Greek medicine are similar in that they divide people into different constitutional groups. Ancient Greek medicine calls these groups the four temperaments: Sanguine, Melancholic, Choleric, and...

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Recipe: Harmony Pills

These Harmony Pills are loosely inspired by the ancient Chinese formula Gui Zhi Tang. They are great to have handy whenever you’re having digestive troubles, feel a cold coming on, have a cough, feel nauseous, or when you want to enhance your appetite before a...

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Ayurvedic Medicine-What’s Your Dosha?

  Ayurvedic medicine developed in India thousands of years ago. Around the time it solidified its philosophies, medicinal practices around the world were also developing more solid structured. The backbone of all of these traditions was the development of pattern...

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6 Springtime Health Tips to Help You Tune into the Season

  When I was a child, a few weeks before Easter my father and I would walk through the woods, calling out “Spring! If you’re there, wake up! Come to us!” Soon enough, the signs of its arrival started popping up through the earth, and I loved to think that I had...

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Why I Stopped Being Vegetarian

When I was a teenager I adopted a vegetarian diet, but a few years ago, after a lot of introspection, I stopped being vegetarian. I grew up on the highly fashionable island of Manhattan. The building in which I spent the first few years of my life was transformed into...

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10 Ways to Get the Most from Acupuncture Treatments

1. To get the most from acupuncture treatments, make a list of all your symptoms and major life events before you go into your appointment. This way your practitioner can get a full picture, and you won’t have to lose a lot of potential treatment time trying to...

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The 5 Phases of Chinese Medicine

Chinese medicine is a based on the natural rhythms and compositions of nature. Each season is observed and recognized as possessing it’s own energy and characteristics, which in turn influence all aspects of life and health. These characteristics are described by the...

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How to Make Healthy Choices at the Supermarket

Going grocery shopping can be an overwhelming experience, and even more so if you are trying to stay healthy. There are so many things labeled with words like “natural,” “fortified,” “healthy,” and “whole,” that it is...

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Should You Go Paleo?

  When it comes to diets, every trick in the books has been implemented, from eating grapefruit every day, to replacing meals with smoothies, to eliminating animal products, and on and on. We’ve been through the Atkins, Mediterranean, Raw Food, and Southbeach...

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The Secret to Enlightenment, For the Moment

When you think of enlightenment you probably envision a cataclysmic light-bulb turning on in your consciousness, one so brilliant that it explodes out of all confines and can never be turned off. Legend has it that this life-altering moment does happen to a blessed...

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Mindful Eating

“Thus the one absolutely essential requirement for the art of cooking is a love for its raw materials: the shape and feel of eggs, the sniff of flour, or mint, or garlic, the marvelous form and shimmer of a mackerel, the marbled red texture of a cut of beef, the pale...

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Stretching Is Not Yoga

I’d like to clarify something that’s been bothering me: Stretching is not yoga. Ok, sure, stretching is undeniably a part of yoga. But most people outside of the tight community of self-proclaimed yoga-fanatics don’t realize that there’s a whole lot more...

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7 Ways to Tune into the Winter Season

                        Winter is here full-force. Chances are you’ve been staying inside a lot more than you do in the warmer months, and it’s proving to be harder to get your body moving. In fact, you may...

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When Giving a Fish is All You Can Do

We’ve all heard the old proverb: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for life.” The wisdom in these words has inspired some folks to do more than just toss quarters into a beggar’s cup. These are the few...

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Your Unexpected Ticket to Health This Cold Season: The Wet Sock Treatment

What do rosemary oil, a bucket of hot water, your refrigerator, and two pairs of socks have in common? They are the surprising winning combo that form the best remedy you’ve ever tried for the common cold.

We’ve all been there. One moment you’re on top of the world, getting more done than you normally would, eating out because you’re too busy to cook, and skipping your exercise routine because you’re too tired from being so productive. Next thing you know you feel a tickle in your throat, your nose is a little stuffy, you feel sluggish and achey and so tired that your vision is blurring as you read. But you don’t have time to get sick, there’s still so much to get done! Oh no! What to do?!

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Herb Profile: Licorice

Licorice is one of the most commonly used herbs throughout the world, not only for its own numerous beneficial health qualities, but also to mitigate the harsher qualities of other herbs.

In Chinese medicine, prepared licorice is considered a Spleen tonic, aiding in digestion, nutrient absorption, shortness of breath, lassitude, and loose stools. The unprepared herb is used to drain fire and resolve toxicity through its sweetness. It’s main use in formulas is to moderate urgency such as acute pain and spasm.

In all herbal traditions licorice is well known for its anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing qualities.

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Beyond Detox: How to Get Added Health Benefits From Saunas

Saunas and sweat lodges developed independently in very diverse cultures, from Finland to Native America to Russia and beyond. People have promoted sweating throughout the world for many reasons, including health maintenance, detoxification, and spiritual rituals.

Today saunas and steam rooms are still popular places to relax and revitalize, seen by many as an opportunity to rid the body of toxins by sweating them out. But this is only part of the picture.

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10 Tips to Help You Have Healthy Holidays

The holidays are here!

Many of us are lucky to have an abundance of food, and temptations are everywhere. This is the moment when anxiety sets in because diets are difficult to follow.

As more and more exceptions are made for sweets and other rich goodies, guilt becomes a common experience, not to mention indigestion, heartburn, sluggishness, gas, and a host of other issues caused by overeating the wrong kinds of food.

Forbidding yourself from eating certain foods is sure to fail, as is resisting temptation for a second helping of your favorite dish, so what are you to do?

Here are 10 tips to help you stay on track and feel great throughout the holidays:

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Constitutional Medicine: Why we can’t all be treated the same

We each have what traditional medicine calls a “constitution”. Your constitution is what you were born with: the color of your hair and skin, your build, your tendency toward dampness or dryness, heat or cold, etc. But constitution doesn’t stop there. In addition to the traits we are born with, it is important to look at what we are presenting in the moment.

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The Wonders of Winter Squash

Winter squash is one of my favorite foods year-round, but I find it most satisfying as the weather gets cold and it is being harvested prevalently. Pumpkin pie, butternut squash soup, and acorn squash hash are some of my preferred dishes, but when I’m lazy I like to just cut squash into chunks, scoop out the center, put some butter in the hollow, toss the seeds in some olive oil and bake it all at 350 for 45 minutes (you’ll want to take the seeds out earlier). It’s sweet flavor and soft texture make this is one of the tastiest and healthiest snacks you could eat, and kids will love it too!

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Is Stress Making You Fat?

Common knowledge states that a healthy balanced diet and regular exercise are all you need to maintain healthy body weight, but we all know that the truth isn’t so simple. While eating good food and moving your body will make you feel better, something else...

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Olive and Marinated Pepper Greens

A very simple and delicious side dish. 1. Chop up 8 black olives and an equal amount ofmarinated peppers. 2. Heat up a skillet with a couple tablespoons of butter, a quarter cup of water and add either broccoli, kale, or another green of your choice and let it cook...

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Herb Meatloaf

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 1. Chop up a handful of parsley, 3-5 green onions, and 7 cloves of garlic, 2 large sprigs of fresh thyme, 2 large sprigs of fresh oregano, and about 2 inches of fresh rosemary. 2. Mix in 1/2 pound of ground beef, 1/2 a pound ofground pork,...

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Veggie Corn Fritters

These make a great breakfast or lunch or brunch dish if you want a creative way to incorporate more vegetables into your life. 1. Chop up about 4 green onions, a handful of shiitake mushrooms, and about 3-5 kale leaves. If it’s spring-time nettles would be a...

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Chili Con Carne

This is a wonderfully easy dish, full of beautifully colored vegetables (translation: lots of nutrients) and an abundance of aromatic spices, adding a warming medicinal quality to this bounty of deliciousness. 1. Finely chop 1 medium onion, a bunch of carrots, and...

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Sweet Potato Carrot Ginger Soup

This is a wonderful soup for any season, but especially between seasons when our bodies need as much support as they can get to transition smoothly into the new climatic and energetic circumstances. The sweet potato and carrots are nourishing to your digestive system...

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Soup Stock

Stock is every kitchen’s must-have item. It is easy to prepare, and adds nutrients and flavor to any dish. Not only that, but it helps you be a more conscious consumer by making use of your scraps. There are basically two types of stock: Vegetable and Bone....

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Gluten and Dairy Free Coconut Chocolate-Chip Cookies

Are you looking for a delicious, easy, healthy, gluten and dairy-free delight? This recipe makes 2 batches of about 8 cookies, 8 for now, 8 for later. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Combine in a large mixing bowl: 1/2 a cup of almond meal (best if almonds are soaked...

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Autumn Health

Autumn is the time when nature slows down. The active spirit of summer is settling into calmness. The air posseses a notable crispness. Foliage is making its colorful journey from vibrant greens into drier yellow, brown, red and orange hues. Furry animals are starting...

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Energy Balls

Healthy snacks are hard to come by, but energy balls are one of the few sugar-free delights that are fun to make and truly a joy to eat. Just be careful not to eat too many! Recommended serving size: no more than 2 per day. The process is fairly simple and extremely...

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Nut Butters

Nut butters can be a wonderful addition to sauces, smoothies, sandwiches, or just straight-up as a snack on a spoon. However, nuts contain a lot of phytic acid which can cause poor digestion and inhibit mineral absorption. In order to mitigate this undesirable effects...

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Spring Rolls with Dipping Sauce

This is one of my favorite recipes for later spring and throughout the summer. Spring rolls are great because you can incorporate all sorts of colorful and healthy veggies and they’re really fun to make with others. I like mine vegetarian, but you can...

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Almond Milk

Making your own almond milk is an easy and cheap alternative to dairy or its often highly-processed alternatives. 1. Take one part almonds (or walnuts, pecans, cashews…) and grind them in a blender with a bit of water until the nuts are in coarse chunks. Then...

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How to Choose Milk

Amongst hot-topic health issues, cow’s milk is a main contender for ‘most controversial’. Disregarding all the jargon, however, it remains a fact that the majority of families in the United States purchase cow’s milk on a regular basis. Whether...

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Eating Well: The Basics

When it comes to health, diet is most often the first topic of conversation. Given this fact one would think that there would be some consensus about which foods are healthy and which are not, but instead the curious consumer will find that there are more diets than...

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