Era of Additives and Preservatives

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What if there is a “Statutory Warning” in all the food products that contain additives and preservatives?  Like the following: “This product contains “High Fructose Corn Syrup”.  Consumption of HFCS may lead to weight gain, obesity, diabetes etc….” This product contains  “Hydrogenated Oil”.  Hydrogenated oil may increase bad cholesterol and decrease good cholesterol. This product contains “Hydrolyzed  Protein”.  Hydrolyzed  Protein contains MSG. Regular consumption of MSG may lead to Obesity, Depression etc. This product contains “Food Colorings”.  Food Colorings may cause Hyperactivity in Children. This product contains “Artificial Sweeteners”.  Increased consumption of Artificial Sweeteners may lead to short-term memory loss,…

Black Bean Brownies (vegan and gluten-free)

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Yes! You can make brownies out of black beans. There are hundreds of variations on the web, and I had to see for myself if it could be done, and what all the hype was about. Is it possible to have a healthy brownie, packed with protein, eliminate refined flour, sugar and make it vegan-friendly? I used a combination of coconut sugar and raw cane sugar in this recipe, but use what you’d like! Coconut sugar is packed with trace minerals and is low-glycemic, but is a very rich flavor similar to molasses, so I wanted to balance it out…

Eat Who You Are and Be Satisfied in your Life Decade

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Have you ever noticed that your most favorite foods aren’t agreeing with you as well as they did years ago?  It’s an inconvenient truth that most of us have overlooked. As we age, foods we easily digested as children or teens may become difficult for us to enjoy. After years of wear and tear our bodies develop triggers that make digesting certain foods difficult or impossible. Sometimes we have trouble enjoying old favorites because the foods are too acidic, too spicy, or they’re deep fried and that upsets our digestive equilibrium. The question deserves to be asked: do you eat…

Sparkling Wild Blueberry and Lime Refresher

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I have been limiting my intake of soft drinks and other beverages that aren’t as healthy, but I do admit I grow bored of drinking plain water and unsweetened green tea at times. Lately, I have been experimenting with healthy and refreshing beverages as summer is among us although you can definitely enjoy this bubbly, slightly sweet and bright wild blueberry lime refresher any time of the year. Wild blueberries are considered a super food and are packed with antioxidants that regulate blood sugar, protect blood cells and combat aging. Lime is an amazing cleansing agent for your liver and…

Finding Balance After a Derailing Yoga Injury

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Seventeen years ago, my physical therapist insisted I try yoga.  I had disconnected from my core, so afraid of the pain that would seem to come out of nowhere.  The thought of strengthening the area, focusing on the rise and fall of breath, and updating the data of how I perceived my physical self, seemed daunting.  And yet, I trusted her enough to try it.  She had said she was doing yoga with me during our sessions anyway. I remember walking into the yoga studio to sign up for my first yoga class.  I chose a power yoga class, because…

What is a Sacred America?

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A very great vision is needed, and the man who has it must follow it as the eagle seeks the deepest blue of the sky. —Crazy Horse In our current era, America has developed a mixed reputation: innovative, idealistic, and bold on the one hand; wasteful, arrogant, and self-interested on the other. When we add the term “sacred” in front of “America,” many people who are committed to positive change might fear a kind of righteousness that blinds us to our shadows, inflates our sense of self-worth, and rails against whatever is not “sacred.” I have just the opposite in…

Kick it To The Curb: 3 Ways To Break a Bad Eating Habit

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If you could break one bad habit, what would it be? For many of us, it would be a food related ritual to try and stop. We all have experienced something whether it is late night snacking, chocolate addiction, skipping a meal, or eating out of boredom. None of us are perfect! Restaurants and food trucks staying open until 4:00 in the morning in the city does not help out our case either. It takes a tremendous amount of willpower to quit a bad habit, but the good news is, willpower is embedded in each and every one of us…

Quinoa: Superfood Craze

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Have you noticed the increasing usage of quinoa in recipes, on menus and cooking television shows, but have no idea what it is or how it is cooked? Well, you’re not alone. Before consuming this super food, it would help to learn how to pronounce it. At first glance, it seems the proper pronunciation is KEE-NO-UH, but it is actually pronounced KEEN-WAH. Now that it is understood how to pronounce it, let’s find out why this health benefiting food has been popping up in all of our recipes lately! Quinoa originated in the Andean region of South America thousands of years…

Raw Vegan Salted Caramel Cupcakes

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I wanted to share an extremely easy and very healthy, nutrient dense raw vegan cupcake with you all to enjoy during the warm weather. One of the best perks about this cupcake? No baking! All you need is a food processor and a blender. I used silicon cupcake liners for this recipe but you could use disposable ones as well. This raw vegan salted caramel cupcake’s base is made with sweet, delicate mulberries and raw almond butter. The salted caramel buttercream consists of soaked creamy cashews, coconut nectar, which tastes like rich caramel, then is topped off with a hint…

You Are So Much More Than You Know

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You Are So Much More Than You Know “Nothing Real Can Be Threatened” …A Course in Miracles A daughter should take the time to stop and thank the woman who brought her into being, who taught her the things she needs to know, and who set the example she can follow in teaching her own daughters. A daughter should be grateful, inspired, and moved to emotion by the devotion of her mother.  The loving, guiding, supportive, and protective role of a mother is one that cannot be replaced.  A mother, like the sustenance that promotes life, provides…

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