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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

Applesauce 1

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…

Gloomy mood

… 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…)

Watermelon drink

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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Chilled Cucumber Soup (dairy free)

Cucumber soup

I adore cucumbers and when it’s hot, there’s nothing more refreshing or satisfying than a cold cucumber soup. With the summer days lingering on for a while longer, give this recipe a shot. You’ll love it! This takes less than 10 minutes to put together. I recommend letting it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes. The flavors will also develop and it will be fantastic. Ingredients 1 and 1/2 lbs cucumber, peeled 4 yellow tomatoes 1 yellow bell pepper…
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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

sweet savory 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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