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  • What We Can Learn About Life from the Oldest People On Earth

    There is no single explanation for how and why some people live much longer than others. But there is a place where more people live longer and healthier lives than anywhere else on earth: Okinawa, Japan. Scientists have been studying this group of seniors to see if we can learn how to live longer and more productive lives. The evidence based study is called The Okinawa Centenarian Study and spans over two decades. The findings are remarkable! They imply that, with some basic lifestyle changes, we Westerners, can increase our lifespan and ensure that our extra time here on...

  • What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

    The short answer to this question is: we’re not exactly sure. In fact, a single unifying cause of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) has yet to be established. What we do know is that there are many potential causes for RLS, including pregnancy, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis, not to mention medications such as antihistamines, anti-depressants, and a certain class of high blood pressure medicine. RLS is considered a disruptive neurologic disorder, affecting approximately 10 percent of the U.S. population. It occurs in men and women, though the incidence is twice as high in women. RLS is not diagnosed through laboratory...

  • The Holidays are Here!

    Family time, shopping trips, and fun! But what also comes with this time of year is lots of sugar, salt and fat! It’s all good, as long as you have a plan to keep consistent with healthy eating and effective exercise, so that you can indulge in the fun every once in a while and not feel deprived. We put so much stress on ourselves to be perfect at staying healthy and then one misstep sends us into a tailspin of overindulgence and punishment. There’s a better way and that’s why I’ve put together my top tips for nutrition,...

  • 2017 Theme: “Teens Need Families, No Matter What”

    National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau, the first federal agency within the U.S. Government, to focus exclusively on improving the lives of children and families. For over two decades, National Adoption Month has been promoted and celebrated every November in communities across the country. Many national, State, and local agencies as well as foster, kinship care, and adoptive family groups will help spread the word through programs, events, and activities that help raise awareness for thousands of children and youth in foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families. Each year, the initiative focuses...

  • Finding the Courage to Grow

    “Wholeness for humans depends on their ability to own their own shadow.”      ~ Carl Jung I have always been serious minded and practical. People who know me might say I’m conservative, conventional or downright square. Growing up in Catholic school, studying science in college, and working a corporate job prepared me for a stable course, and I didn’t stray far from it. That’s why it shocked my family a few months ago when I announced I was going to a festival in the Nevada desert called “Burning Man”. “You are a 54-year-old suburban mom for God’s sake!” “There will...

  • The Third Eye

    There are seven chakras in our bodies and they are the centers in which energy flows through. Blocked energy in our chakras can often lead to illness, so it’s important to understand what each chakra represents and what we can do to keep this energy flowing freely. The sixth chakra is known as the Third Eye. The color corresponding to the Third Eye is indigo and its location is just above the brow. The developmental stage is adolescence; the body parts governed are the head, brain, eyes, and the 5 senses. A healthy Third Eye is intuitive, perceptive, and...

  • Think Like a Vegetarian

    I have a love/hate relationship with meat. I love how it keeps me satisfied and sustains my husband, a competitive cyclist. To be honest, it has just been easier to eat animal protein because I grew up with it and was used to centering my meals around it. But the more I learn about current industrial animal farming in our society, the more concerned I become. I lament its effects on the environment and water supply, its lack of sustainability, and the cruel and unhealthful way our industrialized meat is raised and harvested. I’m even concerned about the potential...

  • The Child Within

    Have you met your inner child? I hadn’t. I went through life not even knowing I had an inner child. After all, my children are in their thirties, I have two lovely granddaughters and I am a professional woman and entrepreneur; seems grown up to me! In 2010, I made a decision to enroll in an 8-week EFT Tapping course focused on tapping into wealth, unaware of how many emotional mountains I would have to climb. But climb I did, totally unprepared for the vulnerability it would require to face such deeply rooted feelings that shook me to my...