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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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Grace, Gratitude & Optimal Digestion

It is Thanksgiving week and I thought it would be appropriate to post about this and offer a reflection on the connection between gratitude and digestion. Having grown up in Venezuela, I never celebrated Thanksgiving on a regular basis. I’ve only come to truly celebrate and appreciate Thanksgiving since moving to the US twelve years ago. I have to say it is one of my favorite holidays and I especially appreciate the secular aspect of it. Everyone can give thanks…
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Guilt-Free Chocolate Mousse

Yes! You read that right!  This is absolutely guilt-free.  This mousse has NO sugar, no dairy, no eggs… AND it is ridiculously quick to make.  I came up with this treat while doing a detox program several years ago and have made a few variations since then.  Many of my clients have heard me talk about this and I’ve often recommended it for people who are trying to shake their sweet tooth.  It’s perfectly appropriate for diabetics and is 100%…
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Cauliflower-Leek Soup

Here’s another winner!  The fall and winter always inspire me to make soups.  Eating with the natural flow of the seasons also supports better health because nature tends to offer what we need each season (i.e. watery fruit in the middle of summer, sweet veggies that give us carbs in the fall and winter.) Also, by shifting the way we eat with the season, we help our body adapt to the change in weather. This is a soup with delicate…
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Some of my favorite products

It occurred to me over the past few weeks that I should share with you what are some of the products that I frequently recommend to my clients. Over and over, I find myself telling my clients about these product and I figured you might be interested in trying them too.  Today I’m sharing the products of Organic India. I’ve recommended one of their products for use in helping with IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), constipation, loose bowels, high cholesterol, and…
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Happy Critters in Your Belly?

Did you know that for every cell that belongs to “you” in your body there are at least 2-3 microbes in your intestines, mouth, stomach and skin? In other words, there are more of them than than there is of you!  It’s somewhat humbling to think of ourselves as little more than a complex host, but your relationship with your traveling companions plays an enormous role in your health. In fact, some scientists believe that your unique biome (the ecosystem…
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Family Meal Time

Guest Post – By Sara Bunnell, mother and banker We are a family of four; two fairly normal grown-ups and two funny, wild, bouncing, screeching, sweet and lovable little people. My husband and I both work full time along with all of our other extracurricular activities (Fire Dept, PTF, Sugaring, plays, art, sports, etc…) we stay fairly busy.  I try to insist on FAMILY MEALS together!  Some days it happens, some days it is 2 or 3 of us. I…
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Why The Heart Longs for Food & Indulgence

Why is it so difficult to stay with a healthy routine when people around you are eating and drinking everything that is SO delicious, but not that good for you? Are you asking yourself this question? I am. I experienced this over the past month with my mother visiting from Venezuela for the holidays. Over the course of her stay, we were first indulging because she had just arrived and we were celebrating. Then we were indulging because it was…
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It Takes Very Little…

Today’s article is short and sweet because it is inspired by an email I received this morning. I subscribe to “Notes from the Universe.” Every day I receive a wonderful, inspirational note to start my day (check out http://www.tut.com/, if you’re interested). Today’s note read: “Truth be told, Morella, it takes so very, very little to be happy. But you knew that. Whew – The Universe” Truth be told, it also takes so very little to gradually move our state of health…
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Feel-Good Thanksgiving Dinner

I love Thanksgiving dinner! I love sharing with family, I love sharing what I’m thankful for and I love, love, LOVE the food! If you know me, this will not surprise you. I love food. I also believe that we can thoroughly enjoy food and still be healthy. In fact, I believe that to be fully healthy you have to eat amazing, delicious food. That includes Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately, I often hear clients telling me they need to give themselves…
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