Fight Fatigue and Balance Your Blood Sugar With This Daily Smoothie Recipe

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Smoothies can be a great source of protein, superfoods, fats and fiber, but not all smoothie recipes are the same. Going to your local smoothie shop may not be healthy- you have to look at what’s inside. This is why I recommend making your smoothies at home. You can control the ingredients and you know that you’re getting a high-quality, low- glycemic (low sugar) drink filled with organic, whole fruits, vegetables and greens. An important component of health is maintain blood sugar balance. Yet, in our modern world it can be difficult to eat as much and as often as…

Becoming Vegan

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Every vegan story is different. Mine starts 30 years ago with an Andean condor. Really, I think it starts 48 years ago with my family’s cat, whom I loved more than anything. But for the purposes of brevity and a more compelling narrative, I’ll start with the condor. When I was 18, because of my experience working with animals (I had wanted to become a veterinarian), I was enlisted by a naturalist in my hometown to help care for his newly acquired Andean condor, a 6 month old baby, whose parents had been part of a US Fish and Wildlife…

CONVERSATIONS IN THE SPIRIT: part 9, Dudjom Rinpoche

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From a collection of Lex Hixon’s WBAI “In the Spirit” Interviews Lex Hixon was an accomplished spiritual practitioner, scholar, author who explored the great religious traditions extensively. He published nine books and spent 17 years hosting the radio program “In the Spirit” on WBAI, where he interviewed the day’s leading spiritual lights. Thirty-three of those interviews, carefully edited, appear for the first time in print in Conversations in the Spirit. Interviewees include the spiritual giants Ram Dass, Alan Watts, Daniel Berrigan, Swami Muktananda, Kalu Rinpoche, Mother Teresa, and Stephen Gaskin. Dudjom Rinpoche July 4, 1976 Dudjom Rinpoche was…

Winter Blues and Broken Bones

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How to Make Sure Your Getting Enough of The Protective Power of Vitamin D 3 My family and I lived in a suburb of Chicago when I was a child. The weather was often overcast and gloomy. When it was sunny, my parents applied sunscreen. Unfortunately, when I was 10 years old I fell off a jungle gym and fractured my right arm. It wasn’t a big fall, I shouldn’t really have broken any bones, but looking back I suspect my vitamin D levels weren’t optimal. Vitamin D is often referred to as the “sunshine vitamin”. It is produced in…

Terroir: The Fruits of Your Surroundings

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All over the world, no matter the environment, there are species that thrive and species that struggle. Some species are native to an area, some immigrate, and some invade. There are invasive species that thrive and coexist peacefully, there are some that throw off the balance of the local ecosystem, and there are some that don’t survive well. How is this relevant to food? The produce, bacteria, fungi, etc., that make up our food also make up our ecosystem and are among those species mentioned above. All food has its own environment in which it thrives. Rowan Jacobsen (2010) talks…

Oy, My Food Hangover!

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I have a crazy bad food hangover, and today is the day of reckoning. During the holidays, I overdid it on foods I don’t normally eat, all the while planning for a January 2 start of a new diet protocol which requires more cooking at home. True confession: I am not an experienced cook. My NYC kitchen is small and tight to navigate. I can’t turn the oven too hot because it’s next to the refrigerator which in turn then gets super-hot and threatens to melt. The apartment also gets really warm which is especially problematic in the summer. Whatever…

The True Nature of Time and Space

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The mystery regarding the true nature of time and how it works has been around since mankind and his universe first appeared, apparently many millennia ago. Lots of theories on the subject have been put forward as time wore on, so to speak, the most popular being that it can be classed as another dimension, the 4th, I do believe. Yet it was only with the appearance of A Course in Miracles in the 1970s that the true and perfectly logical answer to the mystery of time was revealed. Having said that, the truth has been known for many centuries…

Prayer Beads – Spirituality of Japmaala

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“Can you help me with these rosaries; which one should I buy?” A pretty woman with brunette hair asked me while I was contemplating what to buy. Visit any holy temple in India and you can find small shops outside the perimeter of the shrine with holy, religious and spiritual paraphernalia. She came from Brooklyn to visit Rajasthan. We were standing at colorful kiosks outside the Pushkar temple. We chatted for a bit and I gave her pointers to keep in mind while using Japa-maala–as they are called in India. Jap is a meditative repetition of prayers, maala is a…

January Astrological Forecast: Ground your Aspirations

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January begins with the Sun in the hard working sign of Capricorn. With New Year’s on the horizon, it’s a good time to work diligently on any New Year’s resolutions.  The Sun is in Capricorn until January 19th. Use this earth energy to ground any of your aspirations. It is a perfect time to look for a new job, especially with Saturn now being in the Sign of Capricorn as well. With Saturn in Capricorn, we are beginning a new two year chapter about work and productivity.  Think about what projects you’d like to work on and get them done.…

The Hard Thing About Following the Clues

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In his fascinating book, Treasure Hunt: Follow Your Inner Clues to Find True Success, Rizwan Virk describes the difficulties of recognizing clues and which clues to follow… When I was a kid, I was a big fan of adventure films like Raiders of the Lost Ark, where the legendary archaeologist, Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) sets out with his friends to find the treasure.  It didn’t matter whether it was the Ark of the Covenant or the Holy Grail or some other random treasure – it was exciting to watch the twists and turns that led to the treasure. …

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