five ways to fight belly fat

  “Little in the middle” is what’s popular these days, and not just in order to fit into the latest fashions or feel confident in a swimsuit. That extra cushion around your midsection, medically known as visceral fat, can put you at risk for heart disease and diabetes, as fat can develop between your internal […]

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finding your yoga groove.

I get super excited when my friends express an interest in starting a regular yoga practice.  I hadn’t realized, until fairly recently, that so many people I knew had wanted to get into yoga, but had so many questions and fears that prevented them from just diving headfirst into classes.  So, here are some of […]

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kindness with kitchari.

I’m not someone who can stick to a cleanse – I’ve tried my fair share, from juice cleanses (I always feel like I need something to chew by the end of the day), to the leek broth diet (I’ve never peed so much in my life), and the worst one of all, the Master Cleanse (the […]

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three fall drinks to replace your psl.

If Fall had a flagship drink, it’s the Pumpkin Spice Latte.  Steamed milk, pumpkin pie spices, a bit of pumpkin puree, and espresso, topped with a bit of whipped cream – what’s not to like? I must admit, it’s a pretty tasty drink – but if you ever look at the nutritional information for a […]

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common scents: aromatherapy 101

A couple of years ago, I stayed at an Airbnb for a weekend with my best friend.  When I opened the front door to the place, we were immediately greeted by wonderful, subtle yet very present scents. This was no Glade plug-in, artificially sweet, toxic-smelling air freshener – it smelled like a high end spa up in there.  Pleasant […]

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good things come to those who sweat.

Genius is one percent inspiration, 99% perspiration. – Thomas Edison Just like acupuncture, ayurveda, and cupping, sweating for spiritual and physical well-being has been practiced by many cultures throughout history. My college friend from Sweden used to regale me with colorful accounts of vodka-fueled winter sauna sessions with his buddies. My husband and one of his best friends sometimes travel to […]

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indoor plants to make life better

Did you know that one rule of decorating is that there needs to be something living in every room? Our living spaces become more vibrant with a fresh floral arrangement or a simple potted ficus – the pop of color that a plant adds can really change the feel of a space.  But can plants […]

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