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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

What’s Your Hurry?

Lately, I have noticed that I am constantly rushing through my day.  I seem to go from one activity to the next in my quest to check everything off of my "to do" list.  What's my hurry???  I have no idea, but I do know that in this constant state of frenzy, I have totally

Summer is here….don’t forget the sunscreen

I love the energy of summer.  I can feel the excitement as I listen to people plan their vacations and outdoor activities.  What I don’t love is the intensity of the sun....it feels like it is burning a hole right through me!  In some ways this may be true.  As the temperatures soar, so does the UV

This is a must read!

Today, I am going to tell you about Joe Pinella and I have to say, this is one of the most amazing stories of healing that I think I have ever heard. I was first introduced to Joe several years ago when I attended one of his Qigong classes here in Tucson. I had been

ChiWalking is my new favorite thing!

I have just returned from a class called ChiWalking and it was amazing! This is the second class I have taken in the past two weeks and I can already feel a difference when I move. This is good news for me because I haven't been going on my morning walks as often due to