One Thing At a Time

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If you are in charge of feeding someone who will only eat pizza, or only wants food that is the color white, or refuses anything but those little globes of bagel dough stuffed with cream cheese from Starbucks, the answer is not to badger, cajole, or try to sneak pureed spinach under her hot dog. Bring her to a farmers’ market, fruit stand, or the produce section of a good grocery store. Tell her to choose three unfamiliar things (or five, or seven), anything she wants. She doesn’t have to eat them, just select them at whim, lift them with…

Kombucha: The Healthy Tea with a Little Kick

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What do Ronald Reagan and hipsters have in common? Apparently an appreciation for this funky, effervescent beverage known as kombucha. From cancer prevention to weight loss, kombucha is another ancient/newly re-discovered panacea attributed with seemingly incredible health-boosting benefits. Ronald Reagan was purported to have imbibed it daily to help treat his stomach cancer. Nowadays it’s the hip new drink known as ‘booch to its younger aficionados. What is kombucha exactly? This fizzy beverage is made by fermenting a solution of tea and sugar with a combination of yeast and bacteria, known as a SCOBY, short for symbiotic colony of yeast…

Spice Up Your Life

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Taste. It is one of the main reasons we all look forward to eating. When that savory, sweet, or spicy flavor hits our tongue, it sends our taste receptors on a trip! Today, we live in a society where salt is poured into our food in high quantities for preservative and flavoring purposes. The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day. Using spices instead of salt to flavor meals not only enhances the taste but protects our overall health. Spices contain little to no calories and have many health benefiting properties that you may want to know about.…

Start with a metaphorical stroll in the park

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From a casual walk around the Central Park lower loop to Revlon charity 5K walk, to Avon 3-day, to Team in Training endurance athlete – small changes make big differences. I was always an average athlete, and usually more of a socially motivated one.  I enjoyed sports while growing up in the suburbs of Long Island, participated in gym class and competition nights, played softball and field hockey.  I dreaded the annual state-required one-mile run!  I was never fast or first, but I chugged along (mostly) happily. Decades later while walking in Riverside Park, I saw dozens of people in…

Mid-Life Mama: Are You Living Your Life?

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Or, are you holding yourself hostage in a life that doesn’t improve you? Stagnancy is not the enemy.  Instead, it’s a resting port.  There is a requirement for pause.  There are distractions and walls and obligations and other circumstances that keep you from acknowledging your need to take notice, but the stagnancy… the stagnancy compels you to take heed of your status.  You are in comfort, but not engaged in the way you know you should be.  Appreciate the rest but let that rest build your strength to be ready to make the move that will improve your life.…

On Creative Partnership With Trees

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Many of us dream of “saving the planet” or at least giving service in a way that will benefit our community and beyond. We wish our lives to have meaning, and when we leave this life, we hope to have made a difference. Some of us have expansive visions of what we would like to do, but how do we make the leap from an exciting concept to a concrete reality? How can we even get started? Perhaps, trees (yes, trees!) are our greatest allies in co-creating a positive future. Here is the conversation I had with the Communication Tree…

June Astrological forecast

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Mars continues his retrograde journey this month, forcing us to pull back on certain issues and seemingly rewind our progress. It’s really a phase of revising how we move forward on things and possibly do things a bit differently than before. He’s back in secretive Scorpio this month, having us obsess over our projects. Men might feel a bit more awkward than usual during this time. He goes direct on the last day of June, so it’s not much longer that we have to sit on this regressive energy. Neptune stations to go retrograde this month, taking our dreams and…

Healthy City Adventures: V-Spot

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Every Wednesday, my college friends’ and I let loose our inner yogi at yoga for the people in Saint Marks Place. Normally, we head straight to my favorite gelateria, a treat for the intense sweaty workout that yoga can easily turn out to be. However, after a one particularly intense yoga class where I was too tired to even move, I sat down in the closest chair I could find. What I didn’t know—until a few moments later—was that this chair belonged to another one of the cities many fabulous vegan restaurants’: V-Spot. Now shame on you all, get your…

Traditional Chinese Medicine Approaches to Enjoying a Healthy Spring

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In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), each season is associated with specific elements, organ systems, and energies. Balancing these within the body through the year is essential to overall health and wellness. Spring is associated with the element wood, which rules the liver and gallbladder. I had the chance to ask New York-based Acupuncturist Sharon Yeung, founder of Five Seasons Healing, about Chinese medicine approaches to help the body transition from winter to spring and manage some of the most common ailments we deal with this time of year.   Spring is associated with the element of wood and the liver…

Which Came First?

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It all started with cookies. My 4-year-old was transfixed as two eggs cracked and stirred into a bowl of peanut butter and brown sugar became something glossy and stir-able, the delicious new whole much greater than the sum of its parts. His love for eggs deepened when we met his friend Addy’s chickens. After a morning spent playing at her house in Ohio, Addy’s dad took our whole gaggle of kids out to the chicken coop with empty cartons, one per child, to fill with fresh eggs. My son clutched those eggs in his lap the whole way home. His…

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