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Find your balance with Ayurveda

Welcome to November!!   Kind of hard to believe it’s November here in Tucson since our temps are still in the 80's....ugh!!  I did however just return from a trip to Chicago and it definitely felt like November there!  The cool, crisp air and the array of fall colors.....let's just say I was in heaven!!  As I piled on the layers of

Is Carob the new chocolate???

Many of you know about my love of chocolate.  I mean what’s not to love, right?   But when it comes to chocolate, I am a total purist.   I go for the real deal...raw, organic cacao.  I remember the first time I tasted raw cacao.  It was about ten years ago when I attended a class on how to make

Lower your blood pressure with these foods…

High blood pressure....it's a condition that many people are all too familiar with.  In fact, nearly half of the adult population has high blood pressure!  And some people may not even know it because more often than not there are no obvious symptoms.  That's why high blood pressure/hypertension has earned the nickname "the silent killer."   And when high blood pressure

I Am a Grinder

That's right.....I grind my teeth when I sleep!  Now I know this is not the worst thing in the world by any means, but it can lead to all sorts of other issues such as TMJ, dental problems and even neck and back pain.  Most folks know if they are a grinder, however, sometimes someone is totally unaware

I Went Forest Bathing…

Well, I wasn't actually taking a bath in the forest, although the thought did cross my mind!   The term forest bathing refers to being in nature and "soaking" up all of the amazing, awe inspiring energy that exists in the trees.  And that is exactly what I did recently at a retreat in Scotts Valley, California.  The retreat

Do you know the Brassica family?

Okay, be honest.......how many of you are scratching your head trying to recall if you know someone named Brassica???  I'll give you a hint....cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli.  Give up???  The Brassica family is actually a group of vegetables that I am certain you know and love!!   I have always called these veggies "cruciferous" but I

Ready to start loving YOU?

When was the last time you said "I love you" to yourself?  Are you hearing crickets?  Not to worry....I think most of us struggle to answer this question.  After all, self love is not really something that we are taught, yet learning how to fully love and accept yourself is perhaps our greatest life lesson.  When we

What’s REALLY In Your Water?

It's kind of a no brainer that we need to drink water, right? After all, our bodies depend on it to function properly. But what if your water is not as clean as you think? That just might be the case if you are drinking unfiltered tap water. In fact, a 2017 analysis of water

To salt or not to salt……

To salt or not to salt.....that is the BIG question, isn't it?  For many of us, we have been led to believe that salt is bad and should definitely be avoided if you have high blood pressure or any kind of heart disease.  But what if salt is not as bad as we thought?  What if a low salt

My Favorite “Homemade” Bone Broths

Are you cooking up a big pot of bone broth this weekend??  Probably not!  When it's 100+ degrees outside, the idea of simmering a pot of bones on the stove does not sound too appealing, does it?  Although I love making my own bone broth in the winter when I crave soups, I have a hard time