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Dear dark chocolate, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Dark chocolate has so many awesome health benefits. First, let’s define “dark.” I think of it as chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa and only a very small amount of sugar or no sugar.

Milk chocolate, on the other hand, often has a lot of sugar (and milk ingredients, of course) and low cocoa content. My tastes have continually transitioned to where my preference is pure cocoa (like baking…

Boost your immunity with zzzs tips

One of the loveliest ways to protect yourself from getting sick is to snuggle up in bed and get more (and better quality) sleep.

A couple excerpts from my book, “Take Care: The Sleep Guide” talk a bit about why:

Sleep, especially deep sleep, is when your immune system kicks into high gear—rest is crucial for the immune system to function properly. One study showed that people…

Getting gifts for kids? Tips for healthier, happier choices.

A spirit of giving is great. But a gift can be and do so much more when it not only brings joy but also makes a contribution toward a healthier, happier future for everyone.

I love to buy gifts that can go beyond an initial moment of excitement. Every time we spend money on anything, it’s an opportunity to vote for integrity. To be thoughtful in a deeper way. To choose a brighter future.…

A wellness "magic bullet" for all

If I had to recommend just one thing people can do to improve their health and happiness, I would hands down say this: daily meditation.

Here’s why…

Through meditation, people gain rich personal insights and guidance. They learn so much about themselves and become more centered and grounded. Over time with a meditation practice, whatever doesn’t serve someone begins to naturally…

5 minutes toward a healthier core

There have been times when I’ve wanted to give more attention to strengthening my core (including after having my babies!). I didn’t have much time or energy to make a big effort, but I felt it was important to do something for lots of reasons: a healthy core helps your whole body operate more efficiently and smoothly. It improves your posture, stability and balance. It also plays a big role in…

Save money, eat healthy

Last week I saved nearly $60 on my canned coconut milk—hooray! Here are a few more easy budget-friendly ideas so you can put more money toward healthier foods. Do you have any ideas to add?

-       Become a co-op member. Many of the best natural food stores are co-ops. Usually anyone can shop there, but if you pay a small fee to become a member, you get extra deals and you…

If you want more good things

If you would like to add more peace, joy and resilience to your life (and who wouldn’t welcome more and more of that!), here are a few amazing people who teach practical tools to do just that.

I recently had the good fortune to attend a wonderful retreat led by both Mary Hayes Grieco and Elizabeth…

Three ways to find a natural salon

I recently learned some new ways to find a natural / healthy / organic / green salon and wanted to share the tips. First, here’s some back story.

I’ve been interested in finding a natural salon for a while. Although many popular salons and hair treatments and products claim to be “natural,” they really fall short and still contain harmful ingredients. Finding a salon that is actually clean…

Inspiring movies for thought

I enjoy watching movies about inspiring people and inspiring times in history. I feel that the things you watch, hear, read and otherwise take in are to some degree either uplifting or disheartening. I’d rather “consume” messages that are uplifting, inspiring and hopeful versus messages that are downers.

Recently, we saw “Brother Sun, Sister Moon” about St.…

Truly healthy chicken, made easy, on a budget

Eating meat that has been raised healthily and humanely is really important to me. I only want to put things in my body that actually nourish and energize me. I also want to use my food dollars to vote for integrity and to support individuals and businesses that contribute to a better future for all of us. The short- and long-term health costs of cheap conventional, factory-farmed meat (which is…

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