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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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Loving My Imperfections

As you may have noticed, I’ve lately been on a theme of reflecting about my attitudes about my body. I know I am not alone in having a love-hate relationship with my body; so given that I am in a helper/healer role, I aspire that some of my insights and experience will be helpful to you as well. This week I had an opportunity to step into deeper acceptance and even embracing of some of the imperfections of my body. I had…
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A Little Exercise To Deepen Body-Love

How would your relationship with your body change if you looked at it as having a soul of itself? Let’s try this experiment: think of a child or pet you really love and cherish. The innocence of the child or pet helps you feel the purity of your well-wishes towards them. Feel all of the good, joy and  wellbeing you wish for them. Hold them in your heart for a moment.  (If you’re having a hard time choosing someone, you can imagine…
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The Fight With Your Body

Are you in an internal battle with your body?  You know, the kind of battle where you feel your body is not cooperating with you and not doing what you want it to do? When I was young I HATED my feet. I now love my feet but I’ll tell you about that later. MANY of us have an adversarial relationship with our bodies at one point or another. Whether it is because of our weight, skin appearance, aging, pain, stiffness, injuries…
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The Emotional Gripping Behind Pain

I know my mom will not mind me telling your this story. It was new year’s day, 2010.  My mother and I were sitting at the breakfast table in her home in Venezuela. She was restless, struggling with an incredibly itchy rash on her face and neck. As I ate my breakfast and read the newspaper, I was suddenly startled by an anguished, desperate squeal she let out. “Aaaaaaaarghhhh!!!!”  … I can’t really capture the degree of frustration, despair and exasperation in her…
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Practicing Emotional Hygiene

Last week I wrote about the possibility of our emotions having an impact on our physical health. I shared how Chinese Medicine draws direct correlations between organs that seem to be affected by difficult emotions, especially when these emotions are repressed. I believe where emotions are stored or processed in any given person is a highly individual experience. (Like my client with Crohn’s disease, stress and grief being held in his colon.) And last week I offered a few prompting…
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Showin’ Your Heart Some Lovin’ – Part 2: The Link to Emotions

In our last issue I addressed the subject of nutrition for a healthy heart, especially because so much of what we see in the mainstream is leading people in the wrong direction. The conversation about healthy hearts would be incomplete if we didn’t address the subject of emotional health. We tend to hold a somewhat mechanical view of the body, as if it were a car. When we think of health, we think: medicine, vaccines, exercise, food, rest; probably in that…
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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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