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Sunday, 26 April 2015 00:00

Pasta Primavera – Comfort Food for the Soul

Written by Kristi C.
Comfort foods are a nostalgic, sentimental food choice that is found to be satisfying on an emotional and physical level. They are often eaten as an emotional response during times of anxiety, depression, bereavement, or guilt. Most of my personal comfort food choices include copious amounts of carbohydrates. Scientifically speaking, carbs increase serotonin levels and produce an immediate calming feeling. Personally speaking, carbs take me back to my grandmother’s kitchen where food was nourishment for the body as well as for the soul. Pasta Primavera is the best of both…
Sunday, 26 April 2015 00:00

Recognize the Beauty of You . . . Just Bloom!

Written by Kristi C.
With April halfway gone, it is easy to notice the abundance of flowers. They are everywhere! Flowers signal the rebirth of spring and are often used to symbolize hope and recovery. They encourage us feel good and, if we take the time to stop, their scent can take us back through time to happier moments of the distant past. Their endless parade of beauty and elegance signifies the renewal of life that comes as cold mornings give way to warm afternoons. The flowers of spring never fail to remind me…
Saturday, 25 April 2015 00:00

Arbor Day

Written by Yolanda F.
Perhaps you’ve heard people talk about northern New Jersey, which like any state, has nice areas and not-so-nice areas. My family and I lived in a section I refer to now as the “armpit” of the state, which is obviously not a nice thing to say. But from what I remember, it was at least partially true and many aspects of it happened to stink both literally and figuratively. Although there were people who were like us and wanted to live in peace, there were others whose mental health I…
Friday, 24 April 2015 00:00

Celebrating Arbor Day with Introspection

Written by Kristi C.
With their roots in the ground and their crown in the sky, trees have long symbolized enduring strength, protection, and recovery from illness. They are strong and flexible, able to resist tumultuous storms, and yet they are kind and graceful offering shade on a sunny day or the bounty of fruit for harvest. Trees give life. They gather in the everyday pollution that results from our existence and purify it to be released as life giving oxygen. One day per year, we celebrate this act of generosity and call it…
Thursday, 23 April 2015 00:00

Earth Day – Celebrating Our Home

Written by Kristi C.
Earth Day comes around each year at the end of April providing us a day to reflect on our individual and collective impact on our planet. Some people take a good hard look at their carbon footprint and others spend the afternoon helping collect garbage from parks, streams, and roadsides. For me, Earth Day is about changing my own personal habits to become a better caretaker for Earth while focusing on the three Rs of Earth Day: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Reduce: I try to reduce the amount of waste…
Wednesday, 22 April 2015 00:00

Cleanse Your Body

Written by Charity C.
Lemons are naturally alkalizing, meaning they help balance the acidity from animal products, sugar and grains. One may think that lemons are acidic—and they are in their natural state—however, once metabolized they leave an alkaline ash in the body and help balance one’s pH by lowering the body’s overall acidity. Higher levels of acidity in the brain have been related to mental health conditions connected to stress or fear responses such as bipolar, depression, anxiety, and PTSD (Wood, 2012). When we are exposed to environmental pollutants, cigarette smoke, alcohol, medication,…
Monday, 20 April 2015 00:00

Teen Alcoholism

Written by Yolanda F.
When I was a kid, my parents had what might be considered a European approach to alcohol when it came to raising my brother and me. In other words, they didn’t make it the forbidden fruit. Looking back on it, I thought it was smart and proceeded to do the same with my kids because it worked for me. By the time I was of legal drinking age, I didn’t treat drinking like a hobby, unlike so many of my peers. I was allowed to sip wine with dinner and…
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