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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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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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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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The top 12 chemicals you need to avoid

… and they’re in your everyday life! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I frequently talk about detoxification. My Four-Week Detox program is a core of the work that I do because it was a fundamental part of my own healing journey; and being on my 8th year of facilitating detox programs, I see how fundamental it can be for everyone’s healing. A question I often get is this: “is a detox really necessary?…
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Early Spring Juice

As soon as my mindset starts to turn towards spring, I start to think “detoxification.” In both Chinese Medicine and Ayuveda (which are perhaps the most ancient healing systems) Spring is the season for focusing on the liver which means it’s the season for detoxification. On that note, and inspired by a class on super foods that I taught yesterday, I made my first “spring” juice of the year. Why is it a spring juice? I consider it a spring…
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Simple yet Delicious; Convenient yet Healthy

In food preparation we often equate simple with bland, and convenient with unhealthy. Today I want to share with you my meal for the week that is both simple and delicious, AND convenient and healthy. Let’s start with simple: very few ingredients. However, the outcome tastes like it came from an Indian restaurant. Convenient: I’m using a ready-made sauce as one key ingredient. You might say, “wait a minute! You always advocate cooking from scratch and avoiding processed foods. How…
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Ghee! What?!

It’s ghee! Have you never heard of it?  It’s the ancient healing fat of India and today I’m teaching you how to make it. The benefits of ghee are well known in Ayurveda as ghee is used as a healing salve in wide variety of ways: as an eye wash for pink eye, etc; as an ear lubricant in the winter to prevent ear infections; as a detoxifying oil in spa treatments; and obviously as an essential part of a…
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How to brush your skin for lymph drainage

I recently shared with you why it’s so important to help our body’s lymphatic drainage. It supports healthy immune function, detoxification and cancer prevention; not to mention that it’s an incredible practice for boosting skin suppleness and glow. This is my last blog post of 2013 and I want you to start 2014 on a healthy note. If you’re ready for a powerful start to the new year, check out the Winter Detox starting on January 10th. Everyone in the…
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5 Strategies to Beat the Post-Holiday Sluggishness

I just got back from spending Christmas in Florida and am very much feeling the blah-ness of the “food hangover”. I’ve certainly been enjoying the holiday season and in the weeks leading up to Christmas, I was overwhelmed with too many things on top of having my mother visiting, that I didn’t have the bandwidth to take care of myself the way I normally do. It’s OK. I gave myself a pass, knowing that I would quickly get back to…
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