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Super-Hero Spotlight: Tracie Willis

This week’s, Superhero Recipe is called the Green Goddess. Tracie Willis, put this on the menu of her landmark restaurant, Chocobanana, long before Green Smoothies were hip and trendy. It continues to be one of the most popular drinks on the menu. Tracie Willis is a “Green Goddess” in her own right. Tracie isn’t just a fan of natural whole …

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Just Passing Through the Land of Veganville

Veganism, and the lifestyle that often accompanies it, is all the rage these days. There are celebrities endorsing vegan products, and even super-hilarious spoofs on SNL. You know that once something becomes satirical, it’s officially mainstream. In addition to being a hip and trendy way of life, it’s clearly the choice to forego animal products that is the core of veganism. Nowadays, there are …

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Love Your Liver

The liver is definitely the most under-appreciated organ. It takes care of so much and receives so little recognition. It serves as the primary gateway between what we ingest and the rest of our bodies systems. It is responsible for sifting through absolutely every nutrient we consume. That’s right, everything we put in our mouths, whether it be food or drink, nutritious or not, …

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The Guilt-Free “No”

When we are dealing with chronic illness and desperately need rest, not to mention a lot less stress to heal, it is critical we carve out the necessary time to treat ourselves well. We all know that means having to say “no,” more than we say “yes”. And yet, in spite of knowing this, we still say ‘yes’. As a result, we …

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Would You Eat Your Makeup?

It’s hard to believe at times, but the fact is, putting harsh chemicals on our skin is just as bad as eating them. My rule of thumb is, don’t put anything on your skin that you wouldn’t put in your mouth. Our skin, which is our largest organ absorbs everything it comes in contact with. That means every time you apply …

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Dear Body, A Love Letter

Dear Body, You and I have not always had the best relationship. I have taken you for granted, called you names like “fat” and “ugly”. I have abused you with alcohol, crappy food, too much sun, too little sleep and expected you to perform perfectly, regardless. I have placed blame on you for being sick and causing me terrible pain. …

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Put an End to Weird Diet Labels

There is so much conflicting information out there about which ‘diet’ is best. It seems each week there is a new one to choose from and a new label that comes with it. Are you “team vegan” or “team oco-lacto”? Sadly, it has become almost militant, being made to feel like you have to choose a side, defend it with your life, and even don the …

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What is a CSA? and Why Should You Have One

It’s true, eating healthy can get a little spendy. The price alone for organic produce can often be more than our budgets allow. It’s important to look at all of your resources before giving up and hitting the 99 cent menu. Here are some options that likely exist in your town. CSA: (community-supported agriculture) is a great solution for those looking to eat locally grown organic foods and not break the bank …

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How Washing the Dishes Restored My Happiness

Ugh, there they sat, a sink full of dirty stinky dishes…and I (as usual) was the only one to do them. Dear hubby had piled his breakfast mess in the sink and left for the office, and now I had to clean them up. It took me half an hour just to get as far as the kitchen; my body felt as though I had …

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Medication vs. Natural Remedies

You might have a hard time accepting the idea that we don’t have to live in a medicated world, but that we choose to. The heart of the matter is that instead of proactively thinking about prevention, we choose to treat the symptoms of underlying health problems, as we have been told, with medication…We, as a culture, want the quick fix so we can continue our poor lifestyle and …