Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Berries

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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and BerriesAre you a fan of Brussels Sprouts? Or not so much? If the later is true, this recipe might surprise you! I grew up having to choke them down pretty regularly because my dad Pete loved them. But I didn’t care for them AT ALL. My husband Kirk loves Brussels Sprouts too, but I never wanted to cook them, let along eat them. Luckily for Kirk, I have become a big fan of Brussels Sprouts in the past few years after trying them roasted instead of boiled to death.

As a member of the cabbage family Brussels Sprouts (a cruciferous vegetable) are packed with vital nutrients and cancer-fighting properties. Brussels Sprouts contain the phytochemical sinigrin which has been shown to suppress the development of precancerous cells.

They also contain the phytochemicals isothiocyanates and sulforaphane which are responsible for the not-so-lovely smell that emanates from Brussels Sprouts. But those same phytochemical also neutralize free radicals and help fight dangerous carcinogens. The American Cancer Society recommends eating cruciferous vegetable a few times a week. So what about the name? …continue reading Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Berries

Healthy New Year Resources

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Healthy New Year ResourcesHappy, HEALTHY New Year! Did you make a resolution or intention to start a healthier lifestyle this year? As I wrote about last year, the difference between making a resolution or setting an intention is more than just semantics.

Studies show just an 8% success rate in keeping a New Years resolution, vs 91% success rate in achieving goals for those who set an intention and create an action plan. Pretty impressive! Creating an action plan is the key.

So what if you need help or accountability with creating those healthy intentions and goals, and sticking to them?

Currently I’m creating an online course to help you do just that ~ to live a Happy Well Lifestyle! Stay tuned for more info soon on my new course and how you can participate. In the mean time I’m sharing some of my top Healthy New Year Resources. The info you learn here can help you get and STAY on track with your wellness intentions and goals in 2018.

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3 Health Tips to Keep Major Illness At Bay

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Guest Post: By Laren Watson, CHHC

zen-stones-three-legged-stool keep major illness at bayI was at the top of my game. I was physically fit, eating lots of veggies, no dairy, very low sugar, occasional clean meats, detoxing seasonally—really walking my talk as a health coach, helping others to keep major illness at bay. But on the inside I was stressed, overworked, juggling too many commitments, and setting impossible standards for myself to be a Super Mom, a Successful Entrepreneur, a gourmet Healthy Chef, and, and, and…

Then one day I felt a lump on my neck and all the balls I had been juggling crashed to the ground. I could no longer juggle anything but one ball and that one ball was surviving cancer.

Have you ever thought of your health as a three-legged stool encompassing Body, Mind, and Spirit? …continue reading 3 Health Tips to Keep Major Illness At Bay

Sleep Better Naturally

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Sleep Better NaturallyIf you have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep through the night, this post may give you some new ideas to try. How to sleep better naturally is one of the top concerns of my health coaching clients and many of my readers.

While insomnia and sleep issues can plague us for a variety of reasons, those reasons can be different for each person. They can even vary for the same person on different days, making it hard to pinpoint the exact cause. Your sleep issues could stem from sleep apnea, hormonal imbalances, too much stress, or not enough physical exercise, and they can effect a wide range of issues besides just feeling tired.

It’s now known that lack of quality sleep can lead to obesity, and a suppressed immune system. And driving while tired has been shown to be just as dangerous or worse than driving drunk! While pharmaceuticals may help you fall asleep instantly, they can have long-term side effects, leave you feeling groggy and can be addictive. So how can we sleep better, naturally? …continue reading Sleep Better Naturally

Essential Oil Safety: Are Your EOs Harming You?

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Are Your Essential Oils Harming You?Are you confused by all the different companies selling Essential Oils (EOs) these days? Are there different qualities? Which brands are best? Unfortunately, miss-information, and conflicting information abound on the Internet.

This brings up the question of Essential Oil Safety. Are your essential oils harming you? Or are they safe to use? Should you ingest essential oils, or use them directly on your skin? Are they safe to use with your pets?

Ask three different essential oil direct sales consultants about essential oil safety, and you might get three different answers. And most likely none of them are Certified Aromatherapists. (I’m not either, but I have taken a Basic Aromatherapy Course, and have done a lot of research on EOs for my own personal use.) I see a lot of misuse of essential oils going on. So I wanted to share some FACTS about Essential Oil Safety to help you use them as safely as possible.

This information is backed up by national and international organizations including: the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA), the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA), as well as the Aromatherapy Trade Council (ATC). And it’s considered best practices for safe use of essential oils.
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