Superfood Spotlight: Amla Powder

Recently though, I've made an exception to my own rule and started enthusiastically recommending Amla Powder.  Never heard of it? Neither had I until about a year ago. Amla is powdered dried Indian Gooseberry fruit which has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic medicine and now there are lots of evidence-based Western medical studies supporting its use. 

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December 2017 and January 2018 Hit List

I've been slacking a little the last two months, so this list encompasses  the things that made me smile, think, celebrate and learn in December, 2017 AND January, 2018. This month I am also celebrating 15 years of independence from meat, fish and poultry and this year marks 10 years completely powered by plants!

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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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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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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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