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Brookhaven Retreat Blog - For inspiration, growth & a fresh perspective.

A Girl and Her Father

A Girl and Her Father

Soup au Pistou

Soup au Pistou

Contemplation

Sore Throat Solutions

Can You Give Us A Twirl?

Broccolini Flounder Bake

The Reality of Sexual Assault

World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

How to Stock Your Pantry: The Essentials

National Pomegranate Month

National Pomegranate Month

More Than Cute

Mental Health Wellness Week

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry with Black Bean Sauce

Addicted to Food

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Taylor Swift and Anxiety

Essential Kitchen Equipment: Back to the Basics

Adele and the Reality of Growing Older

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

Maureen O’Hara—A Legacy

What Is Self Care?

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Black Lentil Beet Salad

Helping One Another

Helping One Another

Mental Illness Awareness

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Women, You ARE Beautiful!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Unconditional Worth

Unconditional Worth

Empowering or Disheartening?

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Pappardelle with Roasted Winter Squash, Arugula, and Pine Nuts

Coping with Anger

Art in the News

Sweet Potato Salad

Sweet Potato Salad

Hurricane Prep

Hurricane Prep

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Fashion Trends: The Knit Cap

Alone Time

Chicken with Artichoke-Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto

The Arms of Irony

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Focus the Mind, Reap the Rewards

Chocolate Avocado Cookies

The Necessity of Silence

The Necessity of Silence

Recovery

Recovery

Service with Style

Vietnamese Grilled Steak with Portobellos and Mint-Cilantro Mojo

Family Illness And The Dog

The Social Media Phenomenon

Top 10 Vegetarian Proteins

Know Who You Are

The Body and Soul - 5 Ways to Relax

Dr. Wayne Dyer Lives On

Toasted Ciabatta with Shrimp, Tarragon, and Arugula

Music—It’s More Than Noise

Gluten-Free Not Just for Celiac

Paleo Crock Pot Cashew Chicken

Sunday, 20 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
How would you like to try a diet that is high in fat, encourages eating animal protein, and discourages calorie counting as well as portion control? You might not hesitate to say, “Sign me up!” The Paleo diet, guidelines for ancestral eating, means eating whole, unprocessed, nutrient-dense, nourishing foods. Your main portions consist of grass-fed and pastured meats and eggs, wild-caught seafood, and vegetables. It also means no processed foods or sugar. In other words, your main shopping can be done in the meat, fish and produce sections. Starvation and…
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Crocheting and Creating

Sunday, 20 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
Crocheting is one of my favorite things to do when the cool weather hits. Sitting at home, while it gets dark outside at 5 o’clock, with my favorite Disney movie on the TV (Tangled, in case anyone was curious), crocheting a blanket that I will be able to use for the rest of the season—it’s therapeutic, fulfilling, and necessary. Well, it’s necessary for me, at least, but I would venture to say that some form of creativity is necessary for all of humankind, as well. The constant motion of the…
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63 Royal Years and Counting

Saturday, 19 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be queen for a day? How about 23,229 days? On Sept. 9 of this year, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-ever reigning monarch in British history, surpassing the record set by her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years. If asked, I might like to be queen for a day. Maybe. I mean, why not? But queen for 63 years and 218 days? Although I understand it to be an honor unlike any other, I’d have to answer with…
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Fall is coming!

Friday, 18 September 2015 00:00  by Taylor O.
I can almost already taste the pumpkin spice latte, see the yellows and oranges in the trees, and feel my favorite woolen scarf around my neck. Here at Brookhaven Retreat, the days are slowly getting shorter, the wind stronger, and the leaves brighter. Soon, these great hills right underneath the Smokies will be a patchwork of yellow, orange and red. Fall! Even the word brings a sense of newness—like falling into a new life. A new life where colors soften, air cools, and the scent of snow is not far…
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Olive Oil

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00  by Lori R.
The island of Lefkas, Greece literally brings you back in time to open air markets, farmers riding side saddle on mules pulling carts of vegetables, hand-made lace, and of course the freshest, island-produced, extra virgin olive oil. I spent two weeks on this island soaking up sun while watching elderly men yell at each other playing chess, young women flamenco dance, and children play at the medieval Venetian castle of Agia Mavra. But by far my greatest treasure taken from this experience was the incorporation of olive oil into my…
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Vitamin A

Wednesday, 16 September 2015 00:00  by Charity B.
Fall is just around the corner, which means that root vegetables and hearty greens are in season. This also means that it’s a great time to get plenty of vitamin A in the diet. Vitamin A is a fat-soluble vitamin that has a critical role in maintaining healthy vision, neurological function and healthy skin. It also plays a role in maintaining strong bones, gene regulation, clear skin, cell differentiation, and immune function. It is found in two primary forms: beta-carotene and active Vitamin A. A vitamin A deficiency can lead…
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Doomsday Asteroid

Tuesday, 15 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Breaking news! NASA is now working on a doomsday asteroid destroyer. June 30th is Asteroid Day and marks the anniversary of 1908 asteroid impact in Siberia that wiped out 800 square miles of forest. After the 2013 air explosion of the Chelyabinsk meteor over Russia, scientific focus once again fell on the very real possibility of a catastrophic meteor impact so, naturally, NASA began working on a contingency plan. While the actual odds of dying from an asteroid impact are about one in 700,000, we have a billion dollar space…
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Salmon in Aromatic Tomato Sauce with Swiss Chard Recipe

Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Some people love the change of seasons. Others get clobbered by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a type of depression related to changes in seasons. If you are prone to SAD and only look toward the changes as a source of anxiety that leads to personal crisis, you may also be one who seeks comfort food in the colder months to lift your mood. This is a great comfort food dish because it doesn’t rely on unhealthy fat, sugar or carbs to create a party in your mouth. However, it’s both…
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Dehydration, Inflammation, Depression

Saturday, 12 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Here’s a question you can ask yourself every day as a reminder of these three important things to avoid. DID I drink water today? Dehydration-Inflammation-Depression (DID). No one wants anything to do with any of them. Staying hydrated is key. I remember having bad headaches when I was about 10 and older, the kind that sent me to my dark bedroom to lie down and recover. Sometimes the pounding in my head lasted the entire day. It made it hard to laugh, smile and be myself. The only remedy I…
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Building a Bridge for Those Who Follow

Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
Back when I was a child, we used to visit my grandparents on my father’s side of the family. These particular grandparents lived in a small two-room house with dirt floors in the foothills of the mountains. They did not have running water nor did they have a television or a radio. When we visited, I would always plead with my grandmother to tell me a story. Once, when we visited her during a heavy rain, we could not go down to the creek to play so she told us…
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What I Learned from The Office

Friday, 11 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
Over the past decade, my tolerance for network TV has waned as sit-coms in general have lost their luster for me. I’ve had enough I Love Lucy, Cheers, Taxi and The Odd Couple to last a lifetime. And no, I didn't buy into Friends or Seinfeld because I grew weary of laugh tracks. In fact, once cable TV exploded, I wanted nothing else. And considering all the time I spent watching the “boob tube” as a younger person, I’m careful not to waste precious time I won’t ever get back…
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Our society is becoming more and more aware of the damaging effects of a high sugar diet as new research continues to be published. Side effects of refined sugars include diabetes, tooth decay, obesity, heart disease, bad bacterial overgrowth in the gut, impaired immune function, certain types of cancer, mood swings and even poor cognitive functioning. The average American consumes approximately 400 calories a day from added sugars. And not only is the consumption of refined sugar on the rise, so are artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners like aspartame, sucralose (Splenda),…
Quick and Easy is a Lie

Quick and Easy is a Lie

Tuesday, 08 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
When my mother passed away 18 years ago, she left me keeping one of her darkest secrets. My mother had, on multiple occasions, attempted to take her own life. She was an addict of both alcohol and prescription drugs and she suffered from depression and anxiety. My mother also had several psychotic episodes but was never diagnosed with a specific mental illness. During the last three years of her life, she attempted to take her own life on four separate occasions. With the recent press of several high profile suicides…
When Better Than Now?

When Better Than Now?

Monday, 07 September 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.
I know I harp on it, but it’s true: Life is short! It comes to mind every day for more than one reason. It’s the answer to my procrastination, my underlying sadness that has at times felt like actual depression and everything that could possibly throw me off course. It’s also a reason to have more fun and eat more ice cream (in moderation)! Of course, as soon as I see those words in black and white---“life is short”---I think of how technology is changing the world so rapidly that…
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My Big Fat Bald Face Lie

My Big Fat Bald Face Lie

Saturday, 05 September 2015 00:00  by Kristi C.
If you ask me about myself, one of the first things I will tell you is that I am, generally speaking, honest to a fault. That doesn’t mean that I am heartless and cruel. I will occasionally sugar coat the truth to protect feelings as necessary. I just very seldom intentionally lie. In the past, I have told my family members, bluntly, how they make me feel. I have answered questions about a particular haircut in a gentle, yet honest manner when the hairstylist obviously did not understand what my…
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