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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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Kegels, Incontinence & Pelvic Pain

Ladies, are you doing your kegels correctly? After Physical Therapist Tasha Parman describes them in this podcast, you might be surprised. I have now reformed my ways! Like many people, you may think that urinary incontinence or pelvic pain is a problem of middle-aged and older women, especially those who’ve had a baby. But even young women can suffer, regardless of whether she has been pregnant, her weight, physical activity, or urinary tract infections. Apparently, this is an under-acknowledged issue in women’s health. I’ll be honest: I was very surprised when I first heard about this. Who suffers from incontinence:

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7 Reasons To Practice Yoga Every Day

Guest post by Andrew You’ve heard of yoga before. Maybe you’ve even taken a class or two. But do you know the benefits of regularly including yoga in your lifestyle? As it turns out, you don’t have to be an ascetic or a spiritual seeker to enjoy the physical and mental benefits of this ancient discipline. In fact, no matter what your current level of fitness is, there’s a yoga class or routine out there that’s perfect for you. Here are seven reasons you should make yoga part of your everyday life. 7. Yoga can improve your sex life. Yoga

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How to get started with wild, edible plants growing in your yard

My first encounter with wild food came on a fine summer evening in Vermont. Luckily for us, my sister-in-law is skilled in wild mushroom hunting. She oversaw us as we foraged and collected a large bundle of forest mushrooms. Then, we fished on Lake Chelan. As a vegetarian back then, my self-assigned role was that of the “humane committee”. I made sure the fish didn’t suffer, to the best of my ability.

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Nutrition Therapy for Heartburn

Most people experience heartburn at one point or another in life. Some people find the symptoms to be severe and taxing. Many people take antacids or proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) as a normal part of life. However, as recent studies are showing, PPIs and antacids aren’t as safe as previously believed. In fact, physicians and patients now have many reasons to reconsider taking these drugs routinely. But if you struggle with heartburn, finding answers beyond drugs means having a good look at the foods, nutrients, and lifestyle factors that play a role. Many people have drastically reduced, or eliminated, their

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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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