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Articles by Morella Devost

Unwelcome Tenants: Clean Up Indoor Air Pollution

by guest writer, Charlotte Meier A home is a safe haven. It’s where you go for comfort; it’s where you seek refuge. It’s where you belong. Still, your home may be hiding different elements that can make you and your loved ones sick. Lurking in hard to reach or forgotten areas lay molds, microbes, dust mites, and other bacteria that can be a source of symptoms as minor as throat irritation and illnesses as serious as lung cancer. It can…
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Why I Fight: Recovery Survivors Share What Keeps Them on Track

by guest writer, Constance Ray Addiction is an ugly place. It eats your brain, changes your personality, and clouds your focus from what’s truly important in life. But once you get sober and find clarity? Well, clarity provides the ability to zoom out from yourself and see the bigger picture. It’s this bigger picture that enables recovery graduates to get a better idea of what drives their addiction, what they need to heal themselves, and what really matters in life….
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Why We Overeat

How was your Thanskgiving holiday? Still eating leftovers? There was a time in my life when the holidays (or any social ocassions, for that matter) were tacit permission for free-rein eating. I would eat as much as I could until I reached the point of physical pain. The discomfort of being too full was the only thing that stopped me from cotinuing to eat. I rarely do this anymore, but I found myself back there on Thanksgiving night last week. Justin…
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Eight things to do instead of getting a flu-shot

I never get the flu shot. There are many reasons why. If you would like to hear about them, feel free to send me an email and I’ll share with you my reasons for not getting the flu shot. You can say that I am a believer in building natural immunity. I have learned first-hand how our immune systems can become stronger through the interaction with bugs, viruses and bacteria. An increasing body of research is showing this is true….
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Probiotic Applesauce

I will never make regular applesauce again! Not only does this fermented version of applesauce carry greater health benefits, but I’ve discovered that I also like it better than the regular cooked one. As you know, probiotics foods (and supplements) carry the types of healthy bacteria that inhabit your intestines. It’s what we call intestinal flora.  These little critters are essential to good health in several different ways.  For example, they are essential for proper digestion and absorption of nutrients;…
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The Truth Behind Self-Sabotage

Ever find yourself perplexed as to why you do the thing you later wished you didn’t do? You know that it goes against everything you want, and yet you still do it. Why? It may be that you hit the snooze button so many times you end up skipping your workout… It may be that you find zero willpower to pass on the cookie once it’s in front of you, even though you’ll be hating yourself for it afterwards… It…
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The hidden reason behind your health challenge…

… is your emotion.  Have you ever thought of that or looked into this? Most people have no idea how their emotions are affecting their health. Do you? Our western approaches to physical and mental health certainly have no clue.  Doctors look at the body as if they were looking at a car. They are the mechanics of our bodies. They look at organs, hormones, bones, brain, etc. Very rare is the doctor who asks how you’re feeling about your job, your marriage or if…
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Your MOST powerful tool

Have you ever found that you might be constantly trying to “fix yourself”? I definitely used to! For most of my life, I had an attitude of fixing myself. I’ve known this for some time, and I’ve observed that my internal attitude towards most things is to try to make them better. I am constantly looking at what I need to improve. On any given day, I might be looking at what needs to improve in my health, my weight, my fitness,…
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Creamy Mushroom Soup (dairy free)

This is so earthy and satisfying! It’s also very quick to make. Ingredients 1+ lb mushrooms, washed and coarsely chopped 1 onion, coarsely chopped 2 cloves garlic, chopped 1 large zucchini, chopped 1 tablespoon dried thyme 2 bay leaves 3-4 cups stock to cover 2 tbsp coconut oil or clarified butter 1 tsp sea salt Pepper to taste Directions Melt the coconut oil over medium heat. Sauté the onions and garlic for 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, thyme and bay…
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Better than Soda!! (and soo easy…)

Labor Day turned out to be a hot one! Apparently it was record heat across most of the US. After a few hours of doing chores… I know, I know… the afternoon was for relaxing. But it was sweltering, even indoors! I had a 1/4 watermelon in the fridge and I knew exactly what to do with it! Watermelon-Lime Mocktail! 3-4 cups watermelon 2 handfuls ice cubes Juice of one big lime I wish I’d had mint, but I was all…
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