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Good Fat/Bad FAt

We have become a “Fat Phobic” people, yet we are still an overweight nation. We need a healthy, true view on FAT In reality, your overall intake should include 25-30% GOOD fat, which is the unsaturated kind, fat that is liquid at room temperature and comes from a plant such as organic non GMO cold… Read more »

Stress and Your Health

Choose your term of choice- stressed out; anxious, apprehensive, concerned, afraid….all of these negative emotions, if not handled correctly, can compromise your overall health and sense of wellbeing. They are literally toxic and can eventually make you sick! Stress and anxiety are going to come our way, via people, places, things and events- it’s a… Read more »

The Ideal You – Part 2

Functional Fitness

Last month I shared about how important it is to have a clear ‘vision of self’ based on what is realistically and currently available to you, factoring in body type, age, etc. In line with that theme let’s talk about having a healthy body image! How much time have most of us wasted feeling discontent… Read more »

A Sedentary Lifestyle Hurts

Did you just read the title of this column and say, “Ouch”?  Good, because the future looks pretty grim for those who don’t move. I wish the truth were otherwise, but most of us spend far too much of our lives sitting.  Yes, the joy requires it, but what is all that sedentary time doing… Read more »

Happy You Year

So I am going to sidestep the obvious January; “time to cleanse,” “resolutions,” “new attitude” talks in favor of talking about your happiness. A “deep sense of wellbeing” “flourishing,” “satisfied” kind of Happy You Year is where we’re going here. Wouldn’t that make 2015 wonderful? I’m convinced that happy people are healthy people and that… Read more »

Lifetime Wellness Strategies

A few weeks ago a group of women, close friends from college, had a reunion at the spa.  I spent an incredible evening with them and I can’t remember laughing so much.  Then one started talking about raising healthy children.  She was an expert, of sorts, as she and her spouse had two sets of… Read more »

Dark Chocolate Mousse

Dark Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Ingredients 12 oz. silken tofu 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate 1/3 c. cocoa 1/2 c. decaffeinated coffee 2 T. agave 1 tsp. vanilla extract Directions In a food processor or blender, puree the tofu until smooth.  Place the chopped chocolate cocoa powder, and coffee in a saucepan.  Stir constantly over medium-low heat until melted and smooth…. Read more »

Damage Control

These are, “I think I can do that,” small preventative changes you can make NOW as we head into holiday season- this year avoid the all too familiar January “Damage Control!” You know the drill- Halloween candy started it, we’re ready to roll into Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years Eve and by January 2nd we… Read more »