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Wednesday, 23 April 2014 03:25

Iron In Women’s Health

Written by Charity B.
Iron deficiency anemia is one of the most common nutrient deficiencies in women. About 20% of women and 50% of pregnant women do not have enough iron in their body (whereas only about 3% of men are deficient). When someone is iron-deficient, their body cannot produce enough hemoglobin, a substance in red blood cells that makes it possible for them to carry oxygen to the body’s tissue. Without sufficient oxygen circulating throughout the body, one may feel weak, tried, and irritable. The solution, in many cases, is to consume a…
Monday, 21 April 2014 22:26

April Showers

Written by Emily S.
“April showers bring May flowers.” It is a familiar saying that we recite to ourselves after days of rainy spring weather to remind us that even the ugly days serve a purpose. I often find myself repeating this when I feel the metaphoric storms over my head, keeping in mind that these rain showers bring forth new, beautiful life. The stress of work, love, friendships and daily life can really take a toll on emotional and mental health. It is easy to start feeling like the burden of it all…
Monday, 21 April 2014 01:53

Don’t Overload Your Plate

Written by An Alumna
Spring is finally here for most people! Once again, we have made it through the seemingly endless winter months and can crawl out of hibernation to enjoy the weather and maybe even complete some project around the house that we’ve wanted to do. The first few weeks of spring I am filled with the joy of a child. I will go outside and sit on the porch steps meditating, or feeling the sunshine, or enjoying the smells of the new season. I also enjoy walking more with the dog, which…
Saturday, 19 April 2014 18:37

Lasagna with Turkey Sausage Bolognese

Written by Emily S.
This hearty, signature Italian dinner will have everyone asking for more. Substituting traditional pork or ground beef with turkey sausage makes this lasagna heart-healthier than the original. This dish is even scrumptious re-heated, making it perfect for weekly meal planning. By cooking large portions ahead of time, it can be an easy re-heated dinner after those long, stressful days! Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 cups chopped onions 1/2 cup diced carrot 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed in spice mill or in mortar with pestle 1 pound spicy Italian turkey…
Friday, 18 April 2014 17:47

Easier to Give Than to Receive

Written by Diana C.
We’ve all heard the old adage “It is better to give than to receive.” This quote actually has roots in scripture – but the Biblical phrase uses “more blessed” instead of “better.” Whether you have an appreciation for scripture or not, I’m sure you could still agree with the philosophy presented. We’ve all known how amazingly good it feels to find the PERFECT gift for someone. We can’t wait to see the look on their face when they open it. We feel better – if not blessed – when we…
Friday, 18 April 2014 04:00

Stress-Busting Activities

Written by Emily S.
April 16th is National Stress Awareness Day! Reducing stress is important to overall mental, physical and even emotional health. High levels of stress affect the body’s ability to fight off simple colds, and can generate high blood pressure and stomach ulcers. Symptoms of stress also reflect in mental and emotional well-being. Depression, irritability, substance abuse and anxiety can all be triggered by a high-stress lifestyle. From medication to contemplation, stress can be managed through a variety of ways. Now that winter is over and the weather is pleasant, we can…
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 18:27

It Works If You Use It; It Doesn’t If You Don’t

Written by An Alumna
The above statement was made by a friend of mine who is a dental hygienist. She was recommending a particular toothpaste to a friend of ours who is having an issue with sensitive teeth. I wasn’t directly involved in their conversation, but my attention was piqued when I heard her say, “It works if you use it; it doesn’t if you don’t.” I don’t have an issue with sensitive teeth, but how applicable this statement is to living the life of recovery. Every day at Brookhaven Retreat includes the teaching…
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