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Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00

Beet and Carrot Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Written by Emily S.
This delightful beet and carrot salad is loaded with vitamins and minerals such as betaine, known for helping with depression, and tryptophan, which can relax our mind and reduce anxiety. This mood-boosting salad is the perfect addition to any dinner, and couples wonderfully with last week’s recipe, Happiness Soup! Ingredients: 2 beets, about 1 lb. (500 g) total 1 bunch of carrots, about 1 lb. (500 g) 1 orange 3 Tbs. fresh lemon juice 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest 1/4 cup (2 fl. oz./60 ml) walnut oil Kosher salt and…
Sunday, 25 January 2015 00:00


Written by Suzanne O.
Whitney Houston, in her song The Greatest Love of All, sings “I found the greatest love of all inside of me… Learning to love yourself, it is the greatest love of all.” Sometimes we think that the key to a successful marriage or relationship with our family is to have things in common, have patience, and accept others’ challenges. Undoubtedly these are important factors in having a successful relationship. But regardless of how much we give to others and make adjustments to accept the difficulties of others, if we don’t…
Saturday, 24 January 2015 00:00

Opening Our Time Capsule

Written by Emily S.
I remember in 2000 each of my fourth grade classmates and I made a time capsule that we weren’t supposed to open until we turned 18 years old. In it I added my friends’ yearbook pictures, a class t-shirt, my favorite book and some “about me” papers. Unfortunately, I think I opened it a year or so later and it has been halfway open in my storage ever since. Time capsules are really neat, and provide insight into a time we may not remember, or have been alive to experience.…
Friday, 23 January 2015 00:00

Fear of Flying? The New Reason To Travel With Your Phone

Written by Emily S.
We have all heard the tragic news of the AirAsia flight, the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, the flight MH17 horror, and most recently the small plane crash in Kentucky that left a lone seven-year-old survivor. The past year has been a disastrous one for flight safety advocates, making it no surprise that roughly 20 million people suffer from aviophobia (the fear of flying). Aviophobia is an anxiety disorder that is marked by an increase in heart rate, overwhelming stress, nervousness and avoidance of flying or airplanes all together. Many adults…
Thursday, 22 January 2015 00:00

Eating Ourselves Depressed

Written by Emily S.
From our joints to our sinuses, inflammation affects nearly all of the body’s functions. Long-term inflammation, or chronic inflammation, can lead to increased tissue destruction, fibrosis and even depression and anxiety. Although inflammation is caused from a variety of factors including physical injury, infection or toxins, recent studies indicate stress, trauma and diet play a major role in producing cytokines that trigger inflammation in the body. In recent years, more scientists have turned their focus toward diet and nutrition as a key factor in reducing inflammation and recovering from depression,…
Wednesday, 21 January 2015 00:00

Self Care: At Home Hair and Scalp Moisturizer

Written by Emily S.
The bitter cold that is sweeping across the nation not only affects our mood and mental health, making us more vulnerable to low energy, depression and anxiety, but it has a huge impact on our skin, nails and especially our hair. Cold weather can leave your scalp dry, itchy and flaky. The good news is there are many “do it yourself” hair and scalp masks that can get rid of dandruff and moisturize our hair, like this two-part hair care routine: What you will need: Apple cider vinegar (raw and…
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 00:00

The Importance of Now

Written by Suzanne O.
There are many times that arise when I want to be anywhere in the world except where I happen to be at. Sometimes I think about how different my life would be if I lived somewhere else. Sometimes I think about what it would take for me to move somewhere or do something in my life besides what I am currently doing. I also find myself spending a significant amount of time thinking about situations in which I have been in the past. I think about previous jobs and what…
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