The Benefits of Kale

We’ve all heard that kale is so good for us, but it often gets a bad reputation for not tasting very well. I love kale, but I don’t ever try to eat it raw without adding something to it first. If you are eating it raw in a salad, I recommend massaging the kale with…

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How to Love a Picky Eater

Picky Eater

On Valentine’s Day of 2006, a guy that I liked took me out on our first date. We dressed up nicely, he bought me chocolates, and we drove fifteen minutes from Monmouth College, where we were attending school, to McGuillicuddy’s in Galesburg, Illinois. I remember laughing to myself when the waitress came to our table,…

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The Subconscious: An Ally in Wellness Success

The Mind

    Like many people, you have heard the term “wellness” a lot in the recent years. Maybe you have already begun your journey to wellness. Maybe you are in the process of figuring out what wellness is to you. Regardless of where you are at on this journey, there is a good chance that…

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Tis the season to shop until you drop, right!? Oh wait, tis the season to shop online because of all of the amazing Cyber-sales, right!? Okay, okay…. Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, this is the season where you can find huge discounts and sales. I must say, as I was browsing online, I found…

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Kombucha: Something New is Brewing for Better Health

Kombucha Brewing

Of all the lifestyle changes you can make to improve your health, adding a beverage is among the easiest. Kombucha is a fermented beverage that has its origins in the Tsin Dynasty in China. It is known to have a wide range of health properties and can be transported just like a smoothie or water,…

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“Transformation!” – It’s a Process.


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Wayne Dyer   If you look up the word Transformation online, you will find one of the following definitions: “A thorough or dramatic change in form or appearance.” “A metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal.” “The induced or…

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7 Tips to Avoid Halloween Candy Overdose

Halloween Candy

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Each year my husband, our two daughters, and I coordinate our costumes. In the past, we have been the Ghostbusters, three cats and a mouse, and Frozen, and this year we will all be the Smurfs. I can’t wait! On the day, we usually trick-or-treat the neighborhood for…

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When being in Gratitude isn’t Working


Gratitude is a phenomenal, effective mindfulness practice. Surely you have heard how simply pausing regularly to reflect on three more things you feel deeply grateful for can turn your mood around, positively rewire your brain and increase your felt sense of well-being. Research by UC Davis psychologist Robert Emmons, author of Thanks!: How the New Science…

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The Art of Wanting


“We have two alternatives: either we question our beliefs – or we don’t.  Either we accept our fixed version of reality – or we begin to challenge them. In Buddha’s opinion, to train in staying open and curious – to train in dissolving our assumptions and beliefs – is the best use of our human…

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