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Immune Boosting (Almost) Summertime Soda

Immune Boosting (Almost) Summertime Soda

               Refreshing and fortifying?  Say it ain’t so!  But I tell you, it is! Fortunately, we are pretty resilient and healthy in this household, but that doesn’t mean I don’t stock up on immune boosters when I catch wind of some virus going around.   A little pre-emptive strike never hurt anyone!  While we all are familiar with vitamin C and vitamin D and their benefits to our health, I love to utilize some…

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Summer CSA Series with Growing the Seed & Indigo Yoga Loft

Summer CSA Series with Growing the Seed & Indigo Yoga Loft

Summer CSA Series with Growing the Seed & Indigo Yoga Loft How to Prepare, Cook and Get the Most from Your Summer Produce! I am very excited to announce a Summer series I’ll be teaching!  Summer means sun, fun, and great, fresh food!  Every year I look forward to all the beautiful local produce from our local farmers.  I’m a huge fan of the farmer’s markets around here, but I also love to be a part of a CSA.  What’s a…

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Elevated Blood Sugar

Elevated Blood Sugar

  This post is in honor of a friend of mine.  He recently was told by his doctor that his blood sugar levels were high.  In other words- he is pre-diabetic.  Blood sugar, or glucose, helps us to survive.  It’s the nutrient our brains run on, as well as muscle.  We need a steady glucose load to keep our bodies running.  But the emphasis here should be on the word “steady”.  Too low or too high equals too dangerous. Our…

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Curried Brussels Sprout Chips

Curried Brussels Sprout Chips

  Lately I have had a fascination with curry.  A friend of mine turned me on to Indian spices and ever since I have been experimenting with different combinations.  Cardamom is a particular favorite, and of course turmeric is added often for all of its healthy goodness.   Tonight, while chopping Brussels sprouts for dinner, I collected all the lost leaves and set them aside.  While my dinner was roasting in the oven, I tossed the loose sprout leaves in…

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Cooking Nutritiously for One Class

Cooking Nutritiously for One Class

This Thursday, April 6,  I will be at Beinhauer Funeral Homes in McMurray, PA to give a talk about how to eat healthfully on a small scale.  Come join me for ways to eat high quality, nutritious meals even when it’s just you!  There will be tips and tricks, handouts, and samples to be eaten.  Please come on out and see how easy it can be to eat well.  Food is nutrition, food is life- let’s make it enjoyable too!…

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What makes a meal

What makes a meal

We are all striving to feel better, do better, be better, live better.  We each in our own ways have our priorities and goals aligned, and slowly but surely we are getting there.  For so many, eating better is a work in progress.  And we are so fortunate to have such amazing information at our fingertips.  The internet, facebook, pinterest…  we can find all sorts of recipes and inspirations. But sometimes these inspirational posts and videos can also work against…

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Everything Ahi Tuna…cabbage, and curry mayo too!

Everything Ahi Tuna…cabbage, and curry mayo too!

Today we had dinner for lunch.  One of those days- on the go, stuff to do, won’t be home later.  You know those days?  Yeah. So for lunch, … Seared Ahi Tuna covered in an “Everything but the Bagel” seasoning, served with roasted cabbage and curry mayonnaise. This time of year cabbage is in abundance, and though it’s usually passed over for other more glamorous vegetables, it’s actually a stand out food all on its own!  Cabbage is a great source…

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Eating Real Food: Desserts and Sweets

Eating Real Food: Desserts and Sweets

  The sweet tooth.  That’s the one that gets us after a meal, or late at night, right?  It calls to us and nags and nags.  Well, good news- there are so many real foods that can answer that sweet tooth of ours! After years of eliminating sugar, I still look for sweets from time to time.  I usually indulge in frozen blueberries or raspberries.  Put some in a bowl and let sit for about 5 to 10 minutes.  Sprinkle…

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When you lose your motivation…

When you lose your motivation…

Staying motivated can often become the true challenge.  We hear people talk about willpower, and to some degree, yes, willpower helps.  But it doesn’t boil down to just willpower.  Willpower implies just using strength to barrel through.  We can envision ourselves gritting our teeth and visibly (and uncomfortably, maybe even painfully!) struggling.  And of course the opposite implication exists, too.  If our willpower fails to get us through, then we must not be strong enough.  We must be weak. It’s…

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12 Times Makes a Habit

12 Times Makes a Habit

Have you ever heard this phrase?  Someone told me this years ago, and I have forever cemented it in to my brain.  There’s no scientific basis for this, and it may very likely have no foundation whatsoever!  But every time I start something new, every time I struggle to make it happen, I remind myself “12 times makes a habit.”  It is a reminder to myself that it takes time to learn something new.  It’s a reminder to be gentle…

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