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Top 10 Benefits of the SHAPE Program

Top 10 Benefits of the SHAPE Program

What can you expect from the SHAPE Program?  Here are the top 10 SHAPE Program benefits: 1. Reduced inflammation — Inflammation is an underlying cause of many common conditions and symptoms, such as diabetes, heart disease, fibromyalgia, joint pain and weight gain. ...

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

The Brits are, of course, famous for their tea drinking habits.  So it makes sense that researchers at the University of Newcastle have been studying the effects of drinking tea on the brain since 2004. Camellia sinensis (seen above) is the source of both green and...

PMS: One Size Does NOT Fit All

PMS: One Size Does NOT Fit All

I read recently that over 90% of women in the US report symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in their lives.  That's a staggering statistic.   Universal though PMS may be, it is not experienced by every woman in the same way.  Far from it.  For some...

Conventional vs. Organic?

Conventional vs. Organic?

USDA-certified organic foods are less likely to contain pesticide residues than conventional foods.  In an ideal world, we’d all have access to beautiful, healthy food at a reasonable cost.  That’s not the reality for most of us, so how do we walk a line in the...

Self-care for Vaccine Season

Self-care for Vaccine Season

As we all know by now, a vaccine dose provokes an immune response.  You really do want your immune system to be able to use that response effectively.  To do that, it needs to be functioning reasonably well — and that largely depends on what you give it to work with. ...

The Big Picture: How Your Body Naturally Detoxes

The Big Picture: How Your Body Naturally Detoxes

If you've ever scraped your knee, you know: your amazing body has an innate capacity for self-healing.  All you have to do is keep that scrape clean, and your body does the work.  When you stop to think about it, that's just amazing. What we tend to ignore, though, is...

Common Toxin Sources & Triggers

Common Toxin Sources & Triggers

Life is beautiful, and it's great to be alive.  But we can't let ourselves be blind to the fact that we live in a tough and dirty world, and it's hard on our bodies and our health.  We get exposed to toxins in two ways: 1. what comes at us from our environment,...

Recipes

Building a Better Breakfast

I'm going to say it, loud and proud: I love bread and butter, and I love toast.  That said, I have learned to be super careful about wheat and gluten. Here's why: the wheat grown in this country is very high in gluten.  Gluten has a very destructive effect on your gut...

Citrus-Caper Chicken

This is a lazy girl's answer to Chicken Piccata.  I don't always have the time or attention needed to successfully pan sauté chicken, so I often make an oven-baked version of this Mediterranean classic. Instructions: 1. Preheat your oven to 375°.  Pour enough extra...

Baked Apple Slices

These may not look beautiful, but they surely do taste beautiful!  And it couldn't be simpler to make this healthy staple treat. Instructions: 1. Cut 2–3 organic Granny Smith apples in chunks, discarding the core.  Granny Smiths are best: baking brings out their...

Home Run Cucumber Salad

This is a refreshing side to almost anything, and isn't dependent on the season.   Plus, it's healthy, light, tasty, and super fast to put together.  That's why I call it a home run: it's always good, it's always available, and just about everybody likes it....

Wild Rice (or Quinoa) Pilaf

Instructions: 1. Cook 1 cup of wild rice (or quinoa), using vegetable or chicken stock in place of water. 2. Bring a sauté pan to medium heat.  Add 1–2 TB. extra virgin olive oil.  3. Sauté the following: - 1/2 small red onion, chopped- 1 large garlic clove, finely...

Grapefruit Salmon

I love cooking in foil: no muss, no fuss, plus the outcome is juicy and delicious.  You can adapt this recipe for different flavors by adding herbs or garlic, using lemon, or use the same technique for chicken.  Here's a version I like a lot. Instructions: In general,...

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