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Post-Holiday Blahs? | Important Health Tips to Start the Year Right

“Detox” programs are being promoted as a cure-all but they need to be approached with caution. There is no miracle remedy that will erase the results of years (or even weeks) of convenience food, rich restaurant fare and medications. If you have spent any time on the Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) of coffee and bagels…

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Spicy Glazed Nuts Recipe | Great Snack or Salad Topper

At first glance this recipe might look like a dessert, since it calls for sugar. But this recipe uses sugar as a seasoning rather than a main ingredient. There is about 1 tsp of sugar in each 1/4 cup serving, which is a good sized snack. If you’re using it as a salad topping you’ll…

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Chocolate Truffles | The Best, Decadent, Healthy Dessert

I’m a big fan of any recipe that has only 4 ingredients. Vegetables roasted with olive oil and salt, or chicken roasted with potatoes, carrots and rosemary, or kale sauted with onions, pine nuts and currants. Real food in simple combinations is a good thing. I love this simple, decadent dessert recipe (with only four…

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Upset Stomach, Indigestion and Bloating? Think Gallbladder

Do you get frequent stomach upset? Stomach pain after meals, nausea, indigestion and bloating are all symptoms that tend to get explained away by “I ate too much” or “I have a sensitive stomach”. But these are the exact symptoms that indicate early stage gallbladder problems. Unnecessary Surgery Surgery to remove the gallbladder is the…

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Tips for Surviving the Holidays | Size Does Matter

Size does matter…the size of your plate that is. Let’s face it the Holidays can be an all out eating marathon. With work, friend and family parties it’s hard to find an event that DOESN’T include an oh-so-tempting smorgasbord of sugary confections. Looking for some simple methods to manage the madness and avoid stress and…

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The Best Butternut Squash Soup for a Wet, Rainy Day

My favorite recipe is 3 sentences long. I got it years ago from the newsletter that came in my weekly CSA* box, Two Small Farms. I laughed when I read it. It went like this: “Microwave 2 or 3 Butternut Squash. Saute lots of garlic and lots of onions in olive oil and butter. Add…

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Don't be fooled by your grocery store, gluten free, what's hiding in your food

Confused about Which Foods Contain Gluten? Here’s the List.

Which Common Foods Contain Gluten? Gluten gives baked goods their doughy-ness. So it appears in many foods, some obvious and some not so obvious. So the list of foods containing gluten is a long one. Don’t be alarmed. Now that awareness about gluten-intolerance is rising there are many ways to make food gluten free –…

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Trying to Cut Carbs? Try These Gluten-free and Guilt-free Tortillas (and Pancakes)

Gluten-free does not mean healthy. You can have a terrible diet while avoiding gluten. You can get gluten-free pizza and brownies and cookies. They are still made with very highly refined carbohydrates like tapioca and potato flour, even corn starch. So I thought I would experiment with some bread-like recipes that have NO refined carbs.…

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Want a Quick Strategy for Improved, Energy and Health?

Get your bowels moving! I’m not kidding. This probably isn’t something you talk about in casual conversation but it’s one of the basic bodily functions that has to be in working order for you to feel good. I don’t mean just from a comfort stand point. I mean: In order for you to be healthy…

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A Yummy Way to Improve Your Health (and your cooking)

Remember that old wives’ tale about chicken soup being good for? It’s true – as long as you use a really good bone broth as a base. Bone broth is a one of the best ways of adding vital minerals and vitamins to your diet in a easily absorbable form. The minerals are essential building blocks…

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Trouble Sleeping? What You Need to Know Before Taking Ambien

Are you frustrated that you’re not able to sleep through the night? Headlines tells us that lack of sleep increases the risk of heart disease, obesity and more frequent colds. So it is smart to find out all you can about getting a good night’s sleep. Trouble sleeping is a common complaint – affecting 69%…

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Think Milk is Good for Your Bones? Think Again.

You value your health. You try to eat right and get in your 10,000 steps each day. And on days when you don’t have time for a real breakfast you drink a glass of milk and tell yourself it’s good for your bones. Right? A recent study published in the peer reviewed British Medical Journal…

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What are the Lab Tests for Gluten Intolerance?

If you suspect you have a problem with gluten, in can be confusing to know how to find out for sure. Gluten Intolerance is not as black and white as once thought. It used to be thought that only someone with Celiac Disease needed to avoid gluten. Recent studies have confirmed what many individuals have figured…

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Gallbladder Symptoms may Continue after Removal

If you have ever experienced Gallbladder symptoms, you know just how painful they can be. Usually when patients experience these discomforting symptoms, surgery is often the next step in hopes to eliminate any pain. However, did you know that even after your Gallbladder is removed that you can still experience those very same symptoms?  …

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Perimenopause Symptoms | The Secret to Maintaining Your Sensual Self

Lower libido can be one of the most challenging of the perimenopause symptoms. Want to learn how to maintain your sexual well-being during perimenopause? There is one little know factor that can boost your libido if it has dropped off.   Testosterone is one hormone responsible for maintaining sex drive and sensitivity, even in women.…

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