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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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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The Top 6 Foods to Combat Cancer

If you've been following my blog, it's probably no surprise to you that minimizing meat and dairy and opting for plant-based foods reduces your risk for all types of chronic disease, including The Big C (cancer).  Even among plants, not all foods are created equal.  In fact there are 6 superstars you can increase in your diet to reduce your cancer risk.  You get to eat AND prevent cancer simultaneously.  Win-win.  Read on and get eating.

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February is Cancer Prevention Month. Here Are My Top 4 Tips for Preventing Cancer.

EAT TO TREAT...

Most of us have cancer cells in us RIGHT NOW.  For example, by age 70, microscopic cancers are detected in the thyroids of virtually everyone.  Most of these cancer cells never become clinically significant (meaning your immune system is able to fight off and eradicate these cells on it's own and those microscopic cells never cause a problem), however cancer is now the leading cause of mortality worldwide (causing 8.2 million deaths per year).  Many people who have a cancer diagnosis likely had cancer cells growing for years prior to the diagnosis and lifestyle choices potentially fueled the growth over time.   

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Don't be a boob, protect yourself.

As we near the end of Breast Cancer Awareness month, I noticed this year, like in years past, a crucial component of the awareness movement has been seriously neglected.  While I respect and understand the importance of honoring loved ones, advocating for research and emphasizing the importance of age appropriate cancer screenings (like mammograms), barely any of the #savethetatas messages advocate for cancer PREVENTION. But your life style habits have a DOUBLE DD size impact on your cancer risk. Chance and family history DO NOT drive all cancer risk and we don't need major research breakthroughs to make large gains against cancer.  

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