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I honestly wanted to retreat to Arizona for the rest of the winter if I had to spend one more week in the soggy, gray weather we endured for months this season. Did you know that Seattle gets less rain than Chicago? We usually get lots of sun breaks and mostly light drizzles. But this year, the winter rain was oppressive, and the gray weather lasted much longer than anyone could stand. Finally, our spring sunshine is letting us dry out it’s not a moment too soon! As we remove the winter moss from our pale skin in the Pacific Northwest, we are celebrating

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Turn Health Challenges Into Life Gifts

If you’re like many people I meet, accepting your body (and any health issue) is rather difficult. The journey in releasing unneeded weight can feel painful and demoralizing when we’re constantly focusing on what’s wrong about ourselves. Let the process of weight loss be a spiritual journey that’s making you whole and complete. Your weight (or health issues) are a gift that are teaching you lessons you might otherwise not learn.  Here’s an example from my own life:  When I discovered that gluten was a serious issue for my health (because of Celiac, which created a wide-array of difficult symptoms for

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Greek Pasta Salad: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, High-Protein

Potlucks inspired this super easy salad. I wanted to bring something easy and tasty, and still need it to be pretty fast and easy. I doubled this salad and had more than enough for three potlucks.         Ingredients DRESSING: 2 cloves garlic, finely minced 1 teaspoon dried oregano 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar or lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon pepper 1/2 cup olive oil SALAD: 1 pound gluten free pasta (I used black bean pasta & quinoa pasta) 3/4 medium English cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, cut into 1/4-inch pieces 1 dry pint cherry

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Stop dieting and start nourishing yourself

Many people believe that in order to be successful with weight loss, dieting demands endless willpower. You think they need to deprive themselves of nearly everything you love to eat. But you also have to filter the sea of health advisors, all of whom advise differently with what to do with your health. Eat vegan! No, eat paleo. Follow Weight Watchers! No, use Intuitive Eating. Before you even start, you’re confused, stressed and exhausted!

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