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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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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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Mocktails!

I love this hot weather to get creative with refreshing drink ideas. I don’t drink sodas or sugary drinks, but I do love a chilled glass of wine on a warm evening, or an icy cocktail at summer gatherings. But when I’m home, I keep it pretty alcohol-free. Justin and I enjoy coming up with what we call “mocktails”. They’re delicious, refreshing drinks that feel special but don’t contain alcohol. Last week, I made up a simple mocktail of mint-basil-infused water.  I…
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Sweet & Savory Summer Salad

I LOVE making savory salads with sweet fruit. A fruit salad is delicious. But a savory fruit salad is spectacular! It’s unexpected and it just pops. I’ve made this salad in the past and it’s easily one of my favorite summer meals. Ingredients 2 cups water melon, cubed, seeded 1 medium cucumber, peeled, cubed 1 large tomato, cubed 1/2 cup to 1/cup black figs, cubed 1/4 cup medium onion, hair-thin slices 2 tbsp mint or basil (or both), finely sliced 1/2 tsp…
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Gazpacho!

Gazpacho is one of my favorite cooling meals to have in the middle of summer. It’s also a prime example of the incredible wisdom of nature providing exactly what we need each season. What we need at the height of summer is cooling, hydrating foods. What does the earth provide? Tomatoes, cucumbers, watermelons, nectarines, berries, etc… fruit that lets its watery juice drip down your face as you bite into it. There are a gazillion gazpacho recipes, but most of…
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Golden Miracle Drink

Surely by now, you’ve likely heard of the many benefits of turmeric. Adding turmeric to your diet and supplements on a regular basis is a powerfully healing practice. Before we get to the recipe itself, let’s just review some of the powerful effects turmeric can have (as proven by vast amounts of research): It helps prevent and treat cancer It helps prevent cardiovascular disease It has shown to ameliorate auto-immune conditions (multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and inflammatory bowel disease) because of its…
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Coffee good or bad?

Lately I’ve been loving my coffee. I’m on a kick of drinking a cup every morning, which is not usual for me; so I’m paying attention. I also often preach moderation with coffee so I’m curious as to what this new ‘habit’ might be about. Depending on who you ask or what you read, you may hear that caffeine is terrible for your health or you may hear that it has great health-promoting effects. To illustrate the intensity of the debate…
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21 Days of Greens: #22 Sweet & spicy salad

Bonus recipe!  I made this for lunch on Monday at it was delicious! The sweetness comes form the lettuce, endives and raisins, and the spiciness comes from the radicchio and watercress.  It’s a great combination. Ingredients Amount for about 4 servings / amount for a single serving: 1 bunch watercress  /  6-8 sprigs; leaves and small stalks only 1 small head radicchio  /  1/4 small radicchio 8-10 leaves lettuce  /  2-3 leaves 1-2 heads Belgian endive  /  1 endive 1/4…
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21 Days of Greens: #20 Green apple salad

We’re near the end! Today is Friday and it’s day 20. I will be super busy today and so my only shot to do today’s green recipe is to have salad for breakfast! 🙂  I could have made another smoothie but I wanted to offer a variety of salads and I’ve done few of those on this series. This is easy and quite tasty. Ingredients I’m listing the amount for 4 servings and then 1 serving. I made a single…
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