Guarding Your Gallbladder

I'm super excited for this post because it was written by my first ever guest blogger Amanda Maclean!  Amanda is a recent college graduate and avid writer. While her primary concentration in college was Psychology, she also focused on English Lit. and Public Health. She draws on her knowledge of these subjects to create online content that addresses human needs in a simple way. In her down time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, poetry and hanging out with her puppy.  Read on to learn for some evidence-based advice about preventing pesky gallstones.  Thanks for your contribution, Amanda!

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Eat For Your Health: Black Lentil, Roasted Carrots and Green Harissa

This year, inspired by my international travels, I decided to make a somewhat traditional dish with a global twist.  While the black lentils and roasted carrots are absolutely delicious, for me the rising star is the Harissa sauce!  

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Eat For Your Health: Jam Filled Breakfast Cookies

These breakfast cookies are hearty AND healthy, doughy AND dense.  There is no added sugar or flour and they are gluten-free, oil-free and cholesterol-free (#hearthealthy). The ripe mashed bananas add the perfect dose of sweetness, rounded out with the creaminess of the peanut butter.

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Shave Off The Fluff and Get to the Root of the Problem: Men's Health

It's November: the time of the year where men of all ages sport that inexplicably creepy handle bar mustache in the name of a very good cause: men's health awareness. Men have a set of unique health problems including prostate cancer, testicular cancer and a significantly higher rate of suicide compared to women.  On average, men die 6 years earlier than women and 3 out of 4 suicides are men. Now I'm all for raising awareness and money for research and educating people about appropriate screening methods and I'll never tell a man what to do with his facial hair, but perhaps a more effective method for not only raising awareness but also affecting change (in real time!), would be to educate people about the underlying issues (already proven by research!) that contribute to many of the health problems unique to men. Let me get to the root of them here.

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Objects in the Rearview Mirror May Be Closer Than They Appear

In honor of my grandfather and my 34th birthday today (also inspired by my friends Christina Thelin and Mei Liu), I decided to take a look back at my 33rd year to celebrate some of my favorite grounding, adrenaline pumping, joyful, challenging, proud and fulfilling moments. Thirty-three definitely came along with it's challenges (starting with waking up on my birthday last year to learn that Trump was the president-elect!), but I feel so grateful for the amazing experiences I've had this past year. I don't think I've quite realized yet how much they will continue to affect me in the years to come.   

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Wabi Sabi: Tale of a Recovering Perfectionist

There's a period in my life that I don't talk about much.  Only those that have known me most of my life or that know me very, very well are privy to it.  I bury it in the trash with the journals that helped me through it.  Not because I'm ashamed, but because I don't want it to define me.

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Subsidize to Supersize

I've had multiple conversations over the last few weeks surrounding the topic of agricultural food subsidies- once during a group dinner with a few friends who were on a vegan documentary watching kick and another time as a friend was presenting her business idea for a social enterprise meant to improve the nutritional education and overall health of a particular community.  It's an important topic that few people know enough about and so one friend involved in said conversations asked me to write a blog post about it!

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Eat for Your Health: Recipes from my Bulgarian Yoga Retreat

Last month I had the pleasure of going on the most rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat at the Bakyovo Retreat Center outside of Sofia, Bulgaria.  The weekend was filled with good company, self-reflection, healthy movement (ashtanga and yin yoga and hiking), meditation, laughter, relaxation and nourishing food.  It was the perfect addition to my month of rejuvenation in Bulgaria. Fortunately Albina, the chef at Bakyovo Retreat Center was kind enough to share some of her delicious recipes from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did!

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