Canker Sores Got Your Tongue?

Canker sores, otherwise known as aphthous ulcers, are the most common inflammatory disease of the lining of the mouth, yet are still poorly misunderstood.  Females, adolescents and children are more frequently affected and for some people, cankers are a recurrent (and painful!) problem.  Cankers (pictured below) which have a white base with a red border and can affect the tongue, cheeks and palate, are different than cold sores, which are caused by the herpes simplex virus.   

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Endurance Training: The Fruits of Your Labor

I was asked by a few people to write a blog post about training for endurance events, like a marathon, while following a plant-based lifestyle.  Coincidentally I happen to be training for my 26th marathon which I will run in Buenos Aires, Argentina this coming October!  I went 100% plant-based long before I developed my distance running addiction, which means all of my prior 25 marathons were fueled completely by plants.  It's worth noting that despite all this running, I have never endured a running related injury to which I credit my plant-based lifestyle (and smart training of course).  

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Insane in the Membrane: Getting Lost to Find My Way Home

I'm sitting here enjoying one of the best soy iced lattes I've ever tasted, in Krak√≥w, Poland of all places, reflecting on my last 6 months of life and travel (I'm sorry, but you had to assume a 'halfway there' post was inevitable, right?).  It's hard to believe it's been one year since I first applied for and was accepted to Remote Year and gave a very courteous 4 month notice to my NYC employer.  It's even harder to believe that it's been 6 months since I boarded a plane at Logan Airport in Boston to start my Remote Year journey in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  

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July 2017 Hit List

Every month I compile a 'hit list' of things that are nourishing me- because nourishment is about so much more than food!  Here are the things that made me smile, think, celebrate and learn in July, 2017

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Flax (Health) Hacks

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have recognized that my approach to health is all about what you can ADD to your lifestyle to increase your longevity and quality of life rather than providing you with a list of restrictions and off-limit foods.  

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How to Avoid D-ficiency.

Over the last few years Vitamin D has been touted as the wonder vitamin, but there is a lot of conflicting information, guidelines are continually changing and much of the population suffers from Vitamin D insufficiency. It's important to clarify the guidelines and our needs, because unlike other vitamins and minerals, it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D from food.

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Free Yourself from Acid Reflux

The 4th of July, like most holidays, is a time of indulgence. Burgers and beers abound and people start popping Tums like Tic Tacs.  I'm not so concerned about the people who have the occasional holiday indigestion, but the problem in 'Murica is that indigestion, like obesity, is on the rise and up to 25% of people are now regular proton pump inhibitor (the main drug class used to treat reflux, like Prilosec or omeprazole) pill poppers.  

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3 Anti-Aging Foods You Should Add to Your Diet

However, food choices contribute significantly to the outward (and inward) aging process.  There may be cosmetic remedies, like botox, to make you appear younger, but this does nothing to affect the biological age of your organs!  The good news is you can save your botox money by choosing foods that slow down the aging process, both internally and externally.

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Come As You Are

Yesterday I had this wave of anxiety rush over me quite unlike anything I've ever felt.  I'm not at all an anxious person (at least not in my adult life), so this sudden shock of paralyzing emotion as I was walking to meet friends at a coffee shop in Belgrade led me to the edge of panic.  I began to question everything I was doing-recent decisions, my financial situation and where I want to end up at the end of this year.

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