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5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

5 Simple Wintertime Immune-Boosting Tips

The kids in my 2nd-grade class are dropping like flies, there is a chorus of coughing and sneezing around circle time, and I know a few people who’ve had a nasty flu. No thank you. Even if you don’t work in a petry dish of germs like I do, here are 5 simple and effective strategies to boost your immune system. Prevention is always the best bet!

Creamy Easy Baba Ganoush (aka Roasted Eggplant Dip)

Creamy Easy Baba Ganoush (aka Roasted Eggplant Dip)

This baba ganoush (aka roasted eggplant dip) is a non-recipe recipe, which is to say it's how I cook most of the time.  It's creamy, delicious, and easy, and it hits that oh-so-important tangy, umami spot that we all jones for sometimes in a healthy way. 

Simple Ways to Detox Naturally, Everyday

Simple Ways to Detox Naturally, Everyday

I know what probably comes to mind when you hear the word “detox”: fasts, juice cleanses, hungry. (I'm not a fan of being hungry.) Thankfully, our amazing bodies are designed to naturally detox. Here are five of my favorite, simple - and enjoyable - ways to detox naturally, everyday. 

A Surefire Strategy for Dealing with Stress

A Surefire Strategy for Dealing with Stress

Feeling stressed? I was feeling a little blah and uninspired the other day, but also really needed to do some creative brainstorming; not good match. And then I felt stressed about not getting my work done! So here's what I did - are you ready? 

I went for a walk in the woods. 

Mantra for hope, and when things don't go your way.

Mantra for hope, and when things don't go your way.

This, or something better.  

That's my mantra these days. And I really like it.  Mantras may seem cheesy, but sometimes you need something, and I find more and more that your outlook really does shape your experience. 

Trader Joe's Healthy Healthy Bargain Buys

 Trader Joe's Healthy Healthy Bargain Buys

Hi there. So I have a confession: I have an expensive grocery habit.  Between Wegmans (which I love), my co-op (which I also love), and The Piggery, my local meat's butcher shop (which I love love love), it's so easy for me to over-spend. This is not to say that eating organic and healthy can't be done on a budget, but I'm a sucker for delicious, healthy food, and trying the newest thing, so I'm not always as judicious with my grocery shopping as I could be. (True story: I popped into my co-op after yoga yesterday just to pick up some dinner from the hot-bar and walked out $40 lighter. Oops).

What I'm Eating This Week

What I'm Eating This Week

Hey there.  As a health coach, one of the questions people most often ask me is"What do you eat?" So in case you're wondering too, here's a quick look at what I'm eating this week (and some of what I ate last week).  I'm not saying the way I eat is the "right way" or that you have to do exactly what I do, but if you struggle with energy-levels, brain fog, blood sugar instability, poor digestion, or skin issues like acne, these meals may work for you.

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness in Schools

Mindfulness, meditation, being in the present moment - whatever name you give it, what was once reserved for the Buddhists, yogis, or new-agey folks is finally catching on as a legitimate practice in mainstream Western culture. And for good reason. Beyond just anecdotal evidence, Harvard has now scientifically proven the benefits of meditation on the brain. In the Harvard study, a group of participants spent an average of 27 minutes engaged in daily mindfulness exercises for eight weeks. Pre and post magnetic resonance images of the mindfulness participants found "increased gray-matter density in the hippocampus, known to be important for learning and memory, and in structures associated with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection." So meditation not only makes you smarter, it also makes you a kinder, more thoughtful person.