The Swing Of Spring

Spring is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation, and tuning into our health and well-being. In Chinese medicine, spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and gallbladder. As such, these two organs are ideal targets for springtime cleansing and health regimens. For optimum health this spring, keep your liver energy is free and easy by following my top 5 tips for spring wellness.

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Spring Beauty Trends

Get ready to shed your dry skin (and winter coat) and embrace spring! As the days get warmer, we naturally shift our skincare, our beauty routines, and even our food choices! When it comes to beauty trends, natural products, minimalism, and self-care are at the top of the list this spring. Put your best face forward and welcome spring 2018 with these top 5 beauty trends:

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Baked Eggs and Acorn Squash

Spring is in swing! The days are getting longer (and warmer) but the evenings are still chilly - the perfect time of year for warm, nourishing dinners full of vegetables and greens. I love this recipe for baked eggs inside of acorn squash - it reminds me of childhood 'egg in a hole' breakfasts, but a much healthier version! These babies are easy to make, look beautiful on the dinner table, and they are delicious! PS- no need to restrict this dish to dinner; baked eggs and acorn squash also make a great addition to brunch and save well for the next day.  

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Fast A Little, Gain A Lot

Recently, I've had several inquiries about intermittent fasting. To help us all understand this idea better, I invited my friend and wellness colleague Melanie Hardy share her expertise on the subject. Melanie is a multi-talented powerhouse; certified nutritionist, published author, wellness coach, and lawyer! Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how to incorporate it into your life. 

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Don't Call It A Comeback

I get it - mayonnaise isn’t exactly considered a ‘health food.’ But with the proliferation of paleo and whole-30 type diets, things are definitely starting to change.  Nothing new for mayo; this often-misunderstood condiment used to be a kitchen staple and was always homemade. While it’s a simple formula of eggs, oil, and lemon juice (see my easy recipe HERE) – pretty innocent foods, depending on the source – it is a high-fat food. One tablespoon contains around 10 grams of fat.

The good news? As mentioned previously, I recommend that you make mayonnaise at home – with avocado oil, olive oil, or even bacon grease – you can make those 10 grams of fat count by making sure they are ‘good’ fats. 

So, now that I’ve convinced you about the virtues of making your own mayo, what to do with all of that homemade goodness? Here are some ideas..

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Real Mayo. Three Ingredients.

On a recent trip, I was grocery shopping for that night’s dinner. At home, I like to make most of my own ingredients. However, when I travel, I have to find other options. On this particular trip, I needed mayo for a dipping sauce to accompany grilled salmon. Because I usually make my own, I was shocked when I read the ingredient list on mayonnaise jars at the store- most contained over 15 ingredients and not a single egg in sight! I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients, as most of them were preservatives and stabilizers - not real food.  At home, I make mayo with just 3 ingredients: eggs, avocado oil, and lemon...

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The Dirty Dozen

You may have heard of the Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 lists, but you might not know that these lists are updated each year.

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment.  The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ (aka Dirty Dozen and Clean 15) is updated each year and ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables.  The top 15 foods with the least pesticides are called the Clean 15, while the 12 foods with the most pesticides are called the Dirty Dozen.

Here is the latest list, along with important reasons why you should pay attention to whether your favorite produce falls on the dirty dozen list. 

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