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“Health is not mere absence of disease. It is the dynamic expression of life”

 – Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

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Does Juicing Really “Detox” the Body?

Anything that promises detoxification sounds a little questionable—like products that claim to “pull toxins out of your system” or “cleanse the liver.” The body does have detoxification mechanisms that are working all the time, and both healthful eating and intermittent fasting can accelerate those processes. Several-day juice fasts are one way to tap into the …

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Healthy Grilling Tips

5 Healthy Grilling Tips

Hot weather and outdoor living means firing up the outdoor grill in many homes. Yet, before you throw that burger or steak on the barbecue, be aware research has shown that turning up the heat on meat can cause potentially cancer-causing substances to form. Meats contain several harmful elements including animal protein, arachidonic acid and …

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Bitter Is Better In May

“Divine Providence has spread her table everywhere, not with a juiceless green carpet, but with succulent herbage and nourishing grass, upon which most beasts feed.” ~Thomas More Bitter greens are our best buddies in spring! The nature of bitter substances serve to oxygenate and cleanse the blood and alkalize the body. This is exactly what …

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Agni Aid Spice Mix for Igniting Your Digestive Fire

The importance of agni Agni is of paramount importance to maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit. When you think of digestion, do you only think of food as being something that is digested? Did you know that we also digest what we see, hear, smell, and touch?   Well balanced agni is important so …

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Bala Balls: A Source of Raw Energy

Enjoy a dynamic December! For many of us, December is an extremely busy time of year. Holiday parties, shopping for gifts, decorating, baking, participating in extra activities with children, and meeting year-end deadlines at work are some of things that take up more of our time.   While much of what we experience at this …

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Ayurveda Yam Recipe

Staying Rooted with Comfort Food: Yams Two Ways

Stay warm and grounded If there’s one thing that can bring us back to a fond memory or comforting feeling, it’s an aroma. Of the five tanmatras (senses-hearing, touch, sight, taste, smell) of Ayurveda, the sense of smell corresponds to the earth element and nose. So it stands to reason that root vegetables, such as …

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Thyme Ayurveda Bowl

Shallot, Fennel, Thyme & Quinoa Bowl

“Thyme” for the seasons to shift Eating seasonally is very important, and there are still plenty of delicious herbs and vegetables coming in fresh at this time of year. Take advantage of the deliciousness before “thyme” runs out, and the selection of herbs and vegetables diminish in winter.   A pungent herb, thyme is beneficial …

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The Best 10 Minute Kale Salad

The Best 10-Minute Kale Salad

  This is one of the best kale salads I’ve ever made and that says a lot because I’ve made hundreds of kale salads. This raw kale salad is not only quick to toss together but it’s simple, can be whipped up in 10 minutes and uses a few basic ingredients. You can serve this …

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How Food Affects Your Happiness

  This past May, the Art of Living Retreat Center hosted Dr. Margaret Paul for Inner Bonding, a weekend of transformative healing. Here, she speaks about how your diet is an essential ingredient to happiness.    There’s so much unhealthy food that is normalized in our culture, and people don’t realize that it lowers their vibrancy. …

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Exploring Wisdom: The Nature of Addiction

  When most people hear the word addiction, they think about drugs and alcohol. We have these ideas in our mind about what addicts look like and how they behave, but addiction is actually an underlying condition, and we are compelled to try to fix that condition by reaching outside of ourselves for some kind …

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