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Tuesday, 01 September 2015 00:00

Mind-Body Connection: Low Blood Sugar

Written by Yolanda F.
My husband told me something that nearly knocked my socks off, so much so that I have to share it. The day after a particularly heated argument (the kind that could make me believe marriage is the impossible dream), we both cooled off and talked about what had happened. It turns out he was hungry. Not the kind of hunger that prompts nonchalantly ducking into a café and ordering a snack, but rather hungry to the point of angry. But he hadn’t said so and therefore I had no idea…
Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Branzino Steamed in Fig Leaves with Fig Butter and Pecans

Written by Yolanda F.
Figs make a great snack, but only in moderation. Especially when dried, they are high in fiber. But whether you like them dried or fresh, they also contain B6, copper, potassium, manganese, and pantothenic acid. The bad news is that dried figs are high in calories, but it need not become a crisis if you eat them in moderation. Did you know that fig leaves (not unlike banana leaves and corn husks) can be used as a vessel for steaming? In this case, the fig leaf not only protects the…
Sunday, 30 August 2015 00:00

Healthy Risk

Written by Lori R.
I’ve taken some risks in my lifetime that I probably shouldn’t have. Well, I know I shouldn’t have done the things that risked my safety or my health to varying degrees. Riding at 100 mph on the back of a motorcycle with my friend Gino at age 16 was definitely ignorant. Jumping off the cliffs into the river in Nashville and tearing the earrings out of my ears was less dangerous but still foolish. As much of a risk taker as I feel I used to be, it’s funny that…
Saturday, 29 August 2015 00:00

5 Ways to Recharge Your Battery

Written by Yolanda F.
It is a fact of life that we all experience dips in our enthusiasm from time to time. It’s unavoidable as we all get hungry, tired, over-worked, stressed and frustrated. Some of us deal with depression, bipolar, PTSD, phobias, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse, prescription addiction, alcoholism, mood disorders and other challenges that keep us entrenched in anxiety, fear and self-loathing. Maybe you have none of those and still feel thwarted for one reason or another and need to recharge your battery. For the most part, I’m a positive person…
Friday, 28 August 2015 00:00

Defeating an Emotional Terrorist

Written by Kristi C.
In light of the upcoming holidays and the current global political unrest, the government of the United States has raised the threat level significantly for all holiday celebrations. The government has conceded that there are credible threats to safety and advised heightened awareness of suspicious activities, as political tensions remain strained. While global and domestic terrorists are very real, encountering one is, in reality, not nearly as probable as you might think. It is more likely that you already an emotional terrorist. In fact, one may already be part of…
Thursday, 27 August 2015 00:00

Blueberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa Smoothie Bowl

Written by Charity B.
Ingredients: For the quinoa: 1 Cup Quinoa, uncooked 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk For the smoothie: 2 Cups Vanilla Almond milk 4 Cups Frozen blueberries For topping: 1/4 Cup Honey 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp Vanilla Almond milk 1/2 Cup sliced almonds, toasted* Instructions: Combine the quinoa and almond milk in a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce to low heat and cover. Cook until the almond milk is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let the quinoa stand until it comes to…
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 00:00

Anxiety is Real

Written by Lori R.
The recent fireworks have tormented one of my dogs. She cowers beneath the dining room table and refuses to come out until long after the last shell explodes. I wonder what she must think. She has never been exposed to gunfire or any other extreme source of noise. But the anxiety she exhibits is real. There are things I’m afraid of that had no precursory event, like spiders. I don’t remember a spider ever harassing me in my youth, but to this day I get a chill when I see…
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