Veggie Stir Fry with Tofu or Shrimp

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veggie stir fry with tofu

A veggie stir-fry with tofu or shrimp is one of our standard go-to meals. And there are so many great variants to a veggie stir fry, each seemingly more delicious than the next, right?! However, this veggie stir fry is one that Kirk made last week. And is honestly one of the best we’ve had in ages. The Asian Marinade & Dressing was the key ingredient.

We usually cook very seat-of-the-pants, not always following recipes. But this veggie stir fry was SO good, I asked Kirk to go back and re-create how he made it, so we could write it down! It’s packed full of vibrant, colorful, healthy veggies so you can boost your immune system while you eat the rainbow!

Or you can also mix and match any veggies you’d like. That’s the beauty of a stir fry. They are quick-and-easy, and you can use up any veggies you happen to have on hand.

And if you’re not a fan of tofu or shrimp, you can substitute chicken breast or firm white fish, which both work well.

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Book Review: Disease Delusion

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Disease Delusion book review

If it weren’t required reading for my functional medicine program, I might not have picked up this book. However, The Disease Delusion: Conquering the Causes of Chronic Illness for a Healthier, Longer, and Happier Life, by Dr. Jeffrey Bland, Ph.D. (father of Functional Medicine) conveys such a powerful message I had to share it here! And if you’re a fan of Dr. Mark Hyman, you’ll love his introduction to the book too.

As The Disease Delusion explains, we are on the frontier of a new age of medicine. At the turn of the last century, over 100 years ago, the biggest health concern worldwide was infectious disease. And in fact, throughout history, most people died from infectious diseases. But with the industrial revolution came the invention of sanitation systems and the discovery of antibiotics. And thankfully we no longer have to worry so much about infectious diseases. But we’re not out of the woods by any stretch. Today, the largest killer worldwide is a chronic illness or chronic diseases.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that by 2030, the global cost of chronic disease will be over $47 trillion dollars. So what is chronic illness? These chronic diseases, caused by chronic inflammation, include autoimmune diseases, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, respiratory illness, kidney disease, cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. A century ago these diseases were fairly rare. But today, chances are, most of you know someone who’s been affected by one or more of these chronic conditions. Maybe even you yourself? If that’s the case, I can’t recommend The Disease Delusion highly enough! It’s one of the best wellness books I’ve ever read.

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DIY Sugar Scrub

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DIY Sugar Scrub

Show your body some love this winter with this DIY Sugar Scrub. I’ve been making this scrub and giving it for holiday, birthday, or shower gifts for a few years. And people always ask for the recipe because they love it so much!

As part of my passion for helping you live a toxin-free lifestyle, I always advocate not putting anything on your skin you wouldn’t eat. Luckily, this DIY Sugar Scrub is definitely good enough to eat! After all, your skin is like a sponge, directly absorbing up to 60% of what you put onto it. And since your skin is the largest organ in your body—and a major player in helping your body remove toxins—you definitely don’t want to be putting anything toxic onto your skin.

So check out this yummy-licious DIY Sugar Scrub full of ingredients so healthy you could actually eat it. Not only does it do a fantastic job of exfoliating your skin and keeping it healthy, it also smells divine in your shower!

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5 Ways Creativity Boosts Your Health

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Did you know creativity actually boosts your health? Even if you don’t think of yourself as a “creative” person, chances are that you actually do some pretty creative things. Maybe you’re thinking “I can’t draw, play music, dance, write, or sing!”

As a holistic health coach, I work on all aspects of wellness which include creativity. And something that comes up pretty regularly with my clients is many of them think they aren’t creative. While we may tend to think of “creativity” as creating or crafting ART, it is so much more than that. And since studies have shown creativity boosts your health, it’s important to get your creative juices flowing.

You’re More Creative Than You Might Realize

Do you like to garden or cook? You’re planning what plants to put where, or what dishes to serve together for a meal, which takes creativity! Do you like to have a neat, orderly desk with everything in its place? Are you always searching for the perfect pair of shoes or accessories to complement a particular outfit? Maybe you’re looking for the perfect throw pillows to jazz up your living room couch? All of that takes imagination and creativity to come up with ideas of what you’re looking for and where to put it. So how exactly does creativity boost your health?

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