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Laurel Marshall

What is Self Care, and Why is it Important?

By Wellness

What is Self Care We all need to fill our cup with the things in life that energize and recharge us. This is not about self-indulgence, although that becomes necessary at times. This is about doing the things that keep us emotionally, spiritually, and physically healthy. We are better spouses, friends, parents, and siblings if we are not pouring from an empty cup. There are certain things that fill my soul. I am sure the same is true for you….

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Juicing vs. Souping

By Recipes, Wellness

  Juice it My husband bought us the Jack Lalanne juicer years ago before my interest in health and fitness really took off. We only used it Christmas morning for our fresh OJ. I have been experimenting with juicing now for a few years, and I love it. When I first started, I liked it sweet so I used plenty of apples, pears, carrots and beets. That changed as I began to venture out, and juice a variety of fresh…

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Yummy Yammy Brownies

By Recipes

Grain Free Chocolate Brownies Let’s face it.   Who doesn’t love brownies? Especially the gooey ones with warm chocolate sauce drizzled all over the top. Have I got your attention?   Love-Love Relationship Many people have a love-hate relationship with decadent food. They love to eat it, and hate the way they feel afterward. I am not big on sweets, and I don’t bake a lot in my home. I avoid sugar and flour like the plague, but once in a…

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Fresh Lemony Green Juice

By Recipes, Wellness

I got this recipe from a friend of mine. I merely tweaked the amount of lemon, apple and ginger to enhance the flavor. I love the zesty lemon with the freshness of the cilantro and ginger. This is great first thing in the morning, or for a mid-day boost. I also have been know to sip on this while cooking dinner.   Here’s the Recipe   Fresh Lemony Green Juice   1 small cucumber, or ½ of a large cuc…

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How Healthy Is Chocolate?

By Recipes, Wellness

How Healthy Is Chocolate? Chocolate is made from the Cacao Beans.  These beans are actually the seed of a fruit from the Theobroma Cacao tree, which means “Cacao, the food of the gods.” Cacao (ka·cow) is the raw, unprocessed form of chocolate. Best Kept Secret The cacao bean has always been and will always be Nature’s number-one weight loss and high-energy food.  Cacao beans are probably the best-kept secret in the entire history of food.* What’s In It For Us…

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Healthy Holidays

By Food for thought, Weight Loss, Wellness

You Can Stay Slim and Healthy During the Holidays So maybe you’ve been eating clean, or avoiding fast food this year.  Maybe you’re on a losing streak (with weight that is) and want to continue on that path to smaller jeans.  Your train is heading for Smallville…. next stop Slender Town.  Then along come the Holidays.  You know, that time of year when all diets go out the window.  All bets are off!  Calories don’t count on Turkey day, right?…

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Learn Self Defense

By Fitness Tips

You may think martial arts is just for the sole purpose of learning self-defense.  While this is an important aspect of training, this discipline will enhance character development.  There is an old saying pertaining to the martial art philosophy which states, “One must first learn civility before he can learn the art, and one must first know his ethics before he knows his skills.”  Civility refers to good manners, courtesy, respect and consideration for others.  Ethics are a set of…

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Why Walk?

By Fitness Tips

Our bodies were meant for movement. You’d never buy a shiny new car, and let it sit in the garage. That would cause damage to the car. It needs to be driven, and at the very least started up from time to time to keep all the moving parts working properly. I don’t know much about cars, so this analogy will end here, but you get the idea. Sitting still leads to chronic diseases. High blood pressure, high triglyceride levels,…

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fat is not making you fat

Fat is Not Making You Fat

By Food for thought, Recipes, Wellness

Fat is Not Making You Fat We have been told to stay away from fat containing foods for years now. Doctors and medical professionals are now understanding that fat is not what causes heart disease, and obesity. Fat is actually a really good thing. It plays several roles in our bodies. It allows our cell walls to remain flexible and permeable. We need it for mental health. Our brain is actually made up of 60% fat. The brain runs on…

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What Are Your Cravings Really Telling You???

By Food for thought, Wellness

THE BODY IS TRULY AWE-INSPIRING It takes care of itself by itself. When it’s tired it will go to sleep, and wake when it’s rested. When you have a cut or wound, it will work to repair itself. When you walk into a dark room your pupils will dilate to let in more light. It maintains a temperature of 98.6 degrees. It takes over and facilitates the miracle of pregnancy and childbirth. Your heart never misses a beat, and your…

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