FOOD

Massaged Kale with Fennel Salad

This salad is delightfully nourishing and gives you all the benefits of kale, without the digestive distress. When you massage kale you break down some of the tough fibers in the cell wall that make raw kale hard to digest. This recipe is one of my favorites because...

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10 Must Have Infused Water Recipes

Welcome summer and the never ending need for hydration. My husband calls these mixtures I make "Dar water". Dar water can be a combination of many fruits and plants ranging in all colors. I learned this from my Grandmothers in the south of France. During the hot...

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5 Surprising Beauty Foods

All fresh fruits and vegetables contain magical powers when it comes to shiny hair, clear skin, and strong nails. However, the ones I’ve chosen below are perhaps not as well known for their powerful beauty benefits. Try and include these foods into your diet if you...

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The Taste Bud Tantalizing Food of the Gods

There’s an air of mystery around Cinnamon that has been highly prized since antiquity, with the ancient Egyptians believing it to be a gift fit for a King, even a God! Whether this is because of its importance within the spice trade across the Mediterranean world,...

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Grab a Slice of Healthy Herby Goodness

As US soldiers were returning from Italy after World War II, a surge in popularity for oregano occurred, with the ‘pizza herb’ being THE flavor of the moment. The demand has not slowed for this aromatic marvel and it has now become a staple of Italian American...

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Chef Interview Series: Chef Jeff Michaud

A nationally recognized chef and author, Jeff Michaud began his cooking career at the age of 13 at a pizza shop in his native New Hampshire. Inspired by his grandmother’s cooking and beautiful homemade wedding cakes, Michaud enrolled in the Culinary Institute of...

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LIFESTYLE

Pressure Vs Permission

Pressure Vs Permission “You are allowed to be both a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time” Sophia Bush When did you last give yourself permission to just be yourself? To loosen your control and simply enjoy your imperfections without regard to others...

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Oh Yes You Can!

“Oh Yes You Can!” How often in life do you put up walls, think negative thoughts or sabotage yourself? Do you hold yourself back from pursuing your hopes and dreams because of someone, somewhere along the line, told you they were not valid? I want to address this...

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How does food affect your mood?

Did you know that food has vibrations that allow it to create change in our bodies on a cellular level?  Food that is alive and from the earth will energize and invigorate you, while processed, pre-packaged, dead food will leave you feeling lethargic and uninspired,...

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The Warmest of Welcomes in a Western Winter Wonderland

Cowboys, Country Music & Haute Cuisine at a Colorado Dude Ranch “Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: It is the time for Home."  - Edith Sitwell  How did you see in the New Year?...

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The Art of Giving…..Why Giving Back is Like Breathing

“For it is in giving that we receive”      St Francis of Assisi During my time as a yoga teacher, I taught my students that giving back is like breathing. It was an important lesson for them to learn and one that I would like to share here. First, take a moment. Focus...

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The Essence of the French Table

The essence of the French table is deceptively simple. We have a strong sense of tradition and we love our tables.  Every meal in France is more of an occasion, which is different than here in the United States and it all starts with the table. A beautifully set table...

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WELLNESS

The Wellbeing Wonders of the Alpine Wilderness

A Mystical Tale of a Magical Merlin & His Extraordinary Essential Oils  “Everything is so full of life. Every tree. Every leaf. Every insect. It’s as if the world is vibrating. As if everything is more than itself.” Merlin Nestled in the mountains of Switzerland...

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5 Surprising Beauty Foods

All fresh fruits and vegetables contain magical powers when it comes to shiny hair, clear skin, and strong nails. However, the ones I’ve chosen below are perhaps not as well known for their powerful beauty benefits. Try and include these foods into your diet if you...

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Eat to Avoid the Midday Slump

It’s coming. You can feel it. You’re trying desperately to will it away, but, inevitably the clock strikes 3:00pm. Suddenly, you are exhausted. The thought of striking the letters on the computer keyboard seems like a daunting task, not to mention you can barely keep...

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15 Uses for Lavender Oil

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) has a scent that’s a wonderful blend of fresh, floral, clean, and calm. If you are new to essential oils or are thinking of starting to use essential oils, Lavender is one of the most versatile oils. Lavender's dynamic aroma has made...

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Black Tea does WHAT?

When I was living in the Ashram  as a devotee of Yogi Bhajan and going to summer and winter solstice, everyone had to do what was called a Sava. Sava is Karma Yoga, which is the discipline of selfless action as a way to perfection. Everyone volunteered and performed...

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The Alternative Guide to an Awesome Girls Weekender

March to a Different Beat on this Totally Tropical Zen Retreat “I honor the light, love, truth, beauty & peace within you, because it is also within me. In sharing these things we are united, we are the same, we are one. Namaste.” Are you looking for more out of...

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