Health and Wellness

SuperBowl Snacks and other Kid Friendly Favorites

This is a special guest article from the women at MySuperFoods where their purpose is to feed minds and bodies for greater wellness.  Find out more at mysuperfoodscompany.com With the Super Bowl right around the corner, we at MySuperFoods like to…

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Do-Good Undies

    Welcome to my newest baby!  My sister and I have been long at work on a first-of-its-kind line of intimates using a special material that is actually good for your skin. In fact, these cheeky buggers are made using zinc…

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Healthy Gut, Healthy You

This article is guest written by a woman of whom I think a whole lot, a missionary for your gut, an advocate for your health.  Her name is Tina Anderson, she's founder of Just Thrive® Probiotic & Antioxidant, and you can find her here.…

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A Healthy Eating, Allergy-Free Holiday Cookbook

My friend, Amie Valpone just released a new ebook called "The Healthy Apple's Holiday Cookbook: 80 Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Soy-Free and Peanut-Free Recipes Including Grain-Free/Paleo Desserts" Wow! That's a mouthful....and a tasty one! Click…

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They Say It’s Cold & Flu Season…

As we go full speed into that time of year when it seems everyone around you is sniffling, coughing, sneezing, and the lists goes on, it seems almost impossible to avoid all of the germs floating around in the air. Let's talk about how we can stay…

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In Season Pick: Fresh Cherries

An incredible source of antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals, cherries are the perfect pick for summer snacks. Pitted and chopped cherries are a great addition to your yogurt, cereal, or dessert. Freeze and store them for a mid-winter fix or make…

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Happy Relationships

Do you feel like your relationship is in a rut? It's easy to go day to day passing your significant other like two ships in the night. But don't you remember the time when you couldn't get enough of each other? This summer, make it a goal to…

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In Season Pick: Beets

The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that's growing now in your area. Eating in season means…

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Natural Sunburn Remedies

You always know it's summer when after a long weekend your neighborhood grocery is filled with families sporting red faces and shoulders. To soothe uncomfortable burns and promote healing follow these tips and restore health naturally. Aloe…

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Ease Anxiety Naturally

Life is always throwing us curveballs. Whether we expect the changes or we are surprised by the latest detour, dealing with these shifts can be challenging. Try one of these five anti-anxiety rituals next time you're feeling discomfort. Life is…

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Give Dad the Gift of Health this Father’s Day!

Give Dad the gift of health for Father's Day this year. Dr. Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., CNS tells us how! As another Father’s Day rolls around, the women in their men’s lives are combing the shelves and web for the perfect gift. Definitely, Dad has…

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Avoid Allergies the Sweet Way!

If all you know about honey is that Winnie the Pooh loves it, bees make it, and it tastes good, you're in for a sweet surprise! Honey has many benefits nutritionally and even has antibacterial properties that can help heal wounds. In comparison to…

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Buyer Be Warned: Toxic PVC Labeled BPA Free

Our friends from New Wave Enviro have gotten some strange questions lately about #3 plastics including if it is safe to transport, store, and drink your water from. Here's the response! Just when you thought you had learned everything there was…

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Bee Pollen

Bee pollen, royal jelly, and propolis have been used for millennia as powerful healing agents. Even ancient rock engravings and inscriptions on Egyption sacropgahi depict honeybees as sacred insects! Spring is one of the best seasons to try adding…

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Getting Your Calcium

We all know that calcium is needed to develop strong bones. But, did you know that it is also a key player in nerve and muscle function as well as blood clotting? And, how often do we really get the recommended amount? With more people opting for…

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In Season: Asparagus

The best thing about in season fruits and vegetables is that they taste better now than any other time of the year. Do the planet and your taste buds a favor by preparing fresh, local produce that's growing now in your area. Eating in season means…

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Green Your Pet Care

There's no denying, a dog is a man's best friend. Or a purring, fluffy cat if that's more your style. With pets such a big component of the average family, including them in your quest to go green is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and…

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How do I use these chakras to live a healthy, abundant life?

Knowing and understanding the power of our chakras gives us the ability to heal. Here's how to make healing a daily practice in your life. How do I use these chakras to live a healthy, abundant life! Meditate. Meditating on these chakras is a…

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Part 2: Get to Know Your Chakras

Whether you're a devout yogi and meditating-extraordinaire or just curious about alternative wellness therapies, learning more about the chakras can help in your quest for a bountiful life. Whether you’re a devout yogi and…

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Get to Know Your Chakras

In this three-week series we want you to explore where each Chakra is, what it represents, and how you can take the issues associated with that Chakra and unlock that blocked energy. The 7 Chakras are areas in our body that we call energy…

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Going Meatless

Whether you're a dedicated vegetarian or a hardcore carnivore, going meatless has health benefits for everyone. To satisfy everyone in your family try these meat substitutions without feeling unfulfilled! Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian…

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Avoiding Processed Additives

When reading the ingredient label it's important to know which additives are best to avoid. Use this list as a resource to get the most out of your food! Food additives have been around since ancient times, though not without controversy. The…

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Yoga for You

With its countless health benefits and body sculpting capabilities, yoga is a powerful exercise for everyone. It's easy, though, to feel intimidated by a room full of yoga-pros when you are just starting out. So, we've developed a guide to mastering…

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Easy Ways to Freshen up Your Fridge!

Making your fridge work for you is the best way to making healthy eating habits last for life. Here's a great article on how to freshen up for the New Year. It’s so easy to go to the store week after week and pick the same foods without much…

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Greener Cookware

Finding cookware that is eco-friendly sometimes feels like an uphill battle. Click the picture to see what materials you are safe to use. Teflon ring a bell? It’s probably not for the best reason. This extremely slippery synthetic substance may…

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Cleaning with Coconut Oil!

Coconut oil is not just for eating anymore! Get all the secrets by reading more! By now you have probably heard all about the health benefits of coconut oil.  An oil once thought of as being bad for your cholesterol is now revered for being good…

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Milk Alternatives

Whether you are lactose intolerant, or choosing a vegan lifestyle, finding a dairy free substitute is serious business. Once you've taste tested your way through this list of delicious dairy-alternative, you won't want to look back! Whether…

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Best Nutrition Apps for your Smart Phone

Keeping your healthy living diet on track can take some smart management from time to time, even more so when school is back in session and your days are filled with endless responsibilities. Here's a list of our top 5 nutrition apps for your smart…

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Healthy Breakfast Ideas for the Busy Mom

We know breakfast is the most important meal of the day but it is often hard to prepare when you are pressed for time. Here are a few easy options that will provide you with energy to start your day. We know breakfast is the most important meal…

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Health Claims Explained

Fat Free. Low Sodium. Sugar Free. That's just a handful of the health claims that packaged foods regularly claim. But what do these mean and what dietary and health claims can you really trust? To help demystify the label check out the list of…

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Sweeter Sweeteners

Sweeteners get a bad rap... for good reason. We are all on a sugar high that is raising insulin levels, expanding waistlines, and increasing our risk for disease. To still enjoy the sweetness of life choose a smarter sweetener! Sweeter…

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How a Healthy Lifestyle Can Help Prevent Hearing Loss

If you think healthy living is only about things such as eating right and exercising, you are missing another important matter --- your hearing. Hearing clearly is a precious ability that you should protect. According to John O’Connor, an…

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How to Stock Your Gluten-Free Pantry

Part 3 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on stocking a gluten-free pantry. As we discussed in the last two segments, gluten can be hidden in so many different forms that it can be a real headache trying to read…

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What to Toss from Your Gluten-Filled Pantry

Part 2 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on creating a gluten-free kitchen, looking specifically at the pantry. Now that we’ve had time to discuss where gluten may be lurking in your kitchen, it’s time to…

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How to Create a Safe Gluten-Free Kitchen

Part 1 of a series by Manhattan-based culinary nutritionist, Amie Valpone, on creating a healthy, tasty and safe gluten-free kitchen. It’s not easy being newly diagnosed as celiac or learning you have gluten intolerance or sensitivity. One step…

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Victory! Graco bans chemical flame retardants!

Months ago Sara launched a petition asking Graco to eliminate its use of chemical flame retardants. Today, we can all breath a little easier. Here's why... Today we have a reason to celebrate!  Over the last few months, nearly 4,000 people have…

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Sprouted Brown Rice

It's not hard to find news articles about whole grains. It seems that everyone is talking about them and we're seeing whole grains pasted across headlines almost every day. However, something that I find very interesting from the standpoint of a…

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Choosing Safe and Effective Sunscreens

With the dog days of summer here, the excitement of longer days and more time in the sun is begging us to get outdoors. For most nothing beats a day at the pool catching up with family or friends or the latest summer read. But long days next to the…

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Learn Your Labels!

When standing in the grocery store deciding what foods to buy it can feel like a battle of the labels. Should you buy the Organic, Free-Range, or Grass-Fed? Or is Natural the key? And what do all these labels actually mean? To better prepare…

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Types and Benefits of Massage Therapy

Summer is a time of heat, energy, and life. There are holiday picnics, summer camps, and neighborhood barbeques that occupy those blistering hot days. With so much doing there is little time to treat ourselves to much deserved relaxation and…

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Chia Seeds

We all hear of those new trendy foods promising to keep our waistlines lean and our brains at peak performance, but are they really worth the hype? We all hear of those new trendy foods promising to keep our waistlines lean and our brains at peak…

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Sweeten Up Naturally: Yac

This root-based sweetener is low cal, low glycemic, and contains prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) to help support intestinal health. It is also a great minimally processed sweetener that can be used equally well in baking and blended…

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Sweeten Up Naturally: Agave Syrup

Agave nectar is a great alternative to traditional sugar and sweeteners due to its low glycemic index making it diabetic friendly. This syrupy plant-based sweetener is pure, sweet, mixes easily into liquids, suitable for baking, and does not…

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Buying Healthy Meat on a Budget

Are you getting the most bang for your buck on healthy products at the grocery store? How about all those different labels promising free range, grass fed, or organic; do you really know what they mean? When it comes to buying healthy, organic…

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Your Essential Oil Guide: How to Use Them

Essential oils are powerful, aromatic liquids that have been extracted from plants through a variety of methods. Once extracted, these oils are the "essence" of the plants and can play a key role in human health and well-being. Research shows that…

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Save Green, Buy Organic

Organic produce and packaged can be more expensive than their conventional counterparts but the benefits of eating organic foods are plentiful. To make the gap between benefits and cost even smaller follow these tips from The Organic Center for…

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Eat Right: Protect Your Heart

Are you tired of hearing what you can't eat for a healthy heart?? Get the scoop from Registered Dietitian Kim Hardin on what you can eat to boost your heart health and feel great this February! There are plenty of foods you can be eating more of…

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Five Reasons to Choose Organic

It's 2012 and time for a change. With the Just Label It Campaign making headway and a community of support encouraging progress we are starting to see the abundance that green living can offer. It's always important to remind ourselves of why we buy…

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Foods To Refuel and Recover

Balancing work, play, and healthy eating can be tricky while simultaneously caring for your family. Boost your energy, refuel, and recover with a few simple snack and meal ideas that will treat your body right. Balancing work, play, and healthy…

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Whole Grain vs. Whole Wheat

Making your way through the grocery store can be like heading out on a scavenger hunt. You head in for your typical pantry staples like bread and butter, but even these simple items can leave you with questions. Which prompts us to ask, Do you know…

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Healthy Detox Tips

Most experts believe the seasons of change, Spring and Fall, are the best times to refresh your diet with a cleansing detox. But most people are still mystified by the idea of a detox, so we went to Debra Koerner, director of the Destination Spa…

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Best Fitness Apps for Your Smartphone

Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver inspiration for your next trip to the gym, or provide an alternative to the gym itself. Fitness apps are a great, inexpensive way to keep your routines fresh, deliver…

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Best Workout DVDs for the Busy Mom

We know that working out makes you feel better and delivers an energy punch that is unparalleled. But who has the time to make it to the gym when your kids demand so much of your time?! Relax, all it takes is a few minutes with a DVD to get your…

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The Superfood You Should Try!

A wheatberry refers to the entire wheat kernel except for the hull, which comprises the bran, germ, and endosperm. They are known for being high in fiber, low in calories, and chock full of essential vitamins How to Prepare:  Wheat berries…

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The Stoplight Method

With so much interest and information on family mealtime it is important to make sure you are getting your advice from credible sources. It is just as important to find a method of healthy eating that works best for your family. An easy approach…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Green, Blue and White Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Green Foods The natural green pigment is called chlorophyll. Chlorophyll can be powerful in helping to prevent…

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Eating by the Rainbow – Red and Yellow Foods

As part of the Eating by the Rainbow series, we are breaking down which colorful foods will maximize your health, and how! Red foods Take the naturally occurring red foods colored by the pigment lycopene. Lycopene may help reduce the risk of…

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Eating by the Rainbow

It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose convenience foods or the same foods every time you go to the store. Get out of that rut by accepting a new challenge; eating by the rainbow. It is so easy to stick to what you know and choose…

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Making the Most of Your You Time

Having a career, taking care of kids, or just getting up for the daily grind really takes its toll on our well-being. Make a commitment to add a little extra time to revitalize your energy and it may surprise you how much more energized you feel!…

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Getting Your Veggies

Getting everyone in your family to eat a plate full of veggies may seem like a daunting task if it hasn't been your lifestyle. Eating vegetables as a family while your kids are still young is the best way to encourage good lifelong habits. But if…

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Loving the Healthy Changes

There is not only one way to lose weight and it doesn't matter how many times you have tried. This time you will be successful because you have changed your intentions, practiced intuitive eating, and now know the powers of positive emotion. Plan…

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Learning to Appreciate Your Body’s Intelligence

Once you have learned to shift your thoughts downstream it is easy to appreciate all the wonderful things your body is able to accomplish in a day. Your body is just like a small universe. Every day millions of chemical reactions, electrical…

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Setting Intentions not Goals

Right now it is easy to look in the mirror and see what is... "I ought to lose this weight around my stomach" or "I haven't been to the gym in forever". Does this feel good or bad? Swimming upstream is that feeling of struggling... swimming upstream…

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The Weight Issue

Every New Year millions of people promise to lose weight.  We jump on the scale and off again in disgust as the number is not quite up to our expectations. This game is getting old. What will 2011 bring… Another unfulfilled promise? Maybe it’s…

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A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional

A New Report Breaks Down Dairy Farms, Comparing Organic and Conventional Do you know where your milk stands? Led by The Organic Center’s Dr. Benbrook, a new research report has been released, titled "A Dairy Farm's Footprint: Evaluating the…

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Worrying

Moms are notorious for worrying. And while some worrying can be beneficial, too much can interfere with life's daily tasks. So how do you sit back and let the worrying go? Below are some helpful tips to keep your mind focused and your worrying…

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Hand Washing 101

Germs are all around us, especially as we enter flu season.  But we certainly can’t spend our lives at home, avoiding outside germs.  Rather, we need to know how to arm ourselves in order to keep ourselves healthy and safe. Read on about how…

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Picking the Perfect Apple

Fall means back to school, changing leaves, and apple picking. Trips to your local orchard will not only be educational for your little ones, it can be welcome family bonding activity. When searching for those perfect apples for a pie or just a…

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Green Your Beauty Routine!

Beauty products have become every girl's dream and worst nightmare. With entire aisles designated to every beauty dilemma there is a plethora of products...with countless hidden chemicals.... at your disposal. Just like advocates like author Michael…

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