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Self-Love 101

It’s common for us to invest the majority of our time and energy into a laundry list of things (work, family, relationships, etc.). While this may bring us joy and a sense of accomplishment, it is crucial to our well-being that we find a balance between caring for ourselves and caring for others. Imbalance in our lives can lead to unnecessary stress, inflammation, poor sleep, and in turn, poor eating habits. ...
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Redefine Your Beauty

We often talk about the concept of a healthy body, mind and spirit but what is the true meaning behind that? What does a healthy mind look like or more so… feel like? Achieving a healthy mind starts by implementing self-care into our lives daily. Some of us may practice a form of self-care already, such as taking a bubble bath or reading an enjoyable book with a cup of tea. These acts of self-care help to nourish our mind, however some self-care practices encourage us to go a little deeper. Self-love is another concept of self-care, which is defined as the “regard for one's own well-being and happiness.” Learning to love yourself for who you are is one of the most important steps toward a healthy mind. ...
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Healing Powers of Spices

The typical American diet is deficient in spices. Is yours? If you aren't including ample amounts of a variety of herbs and spices into your cooking, you are missing out on Nature's gift to us. March is National Nutrition Month, and this year the theme is Savor The Flavor of Eating Right. If you believe that eating right means bland and boring food, read on and reach out. To celebrate Registered Dietitian Day next week, we will be offering discounts on new services. See below. ...
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Cutting with Confidence – Using Kitchen Knives

Have you ever spent time and effort cooking that led to disappointment when it turned out nothing like the picture? Or, have you avoided even starting out of fear of chopping? Well, you’re not alone! Feeling comfortable with a knife can come in handy for salsas, slaws, salads, fresh herbs and even those hefty (and stubborn) winter squash. Cutting produce is one of my favorite steps in the cooking process but it took time to get there. Proper knife skills will improve the curb appeal of your meals in a snap, but these skills do take practice. ...
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Reconsider your New Year’s Resolution

January is the time of resolutions but it shouldn’t be the time for unrealistic goals. Resolutions can help for some, but setting an unreachable goal will only lead to disappointment.  Most resolutions start of with a bang and end up fading by February (or sooner). Not only are resolutions unrealistic, but they are often confining. Don’t limit your possibilities by putting yourself into a box. ...
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Countdown to Turkey Time

Thanksgiving in our family is a very big deal. We love to cook and Thanksgiving celebrates these traditions, so this year I am sharing our menu with you. We start planning about a month in advance, debating which family favorites we'll make and which new recipes to. We start cooking the day before and don't stop until there's a beautiful spread to enjoy on Thanksgiving Day. Sometimes it's hard to rein in all of our favorites, for example there are years that we've had three different kinds of stuffing! Thanksgiving is a day when it is both not about the food and all about the food. I love Thanksgiving because it brings back memories of cooking with my Grandma, and now that my kids are cooking with their Grandma, it's a wonderful feeling. I also love Thanksgiving because the foods served are surprisingly good for you! Everyone thinks of Thanksgiving as being terribly overly indulgent, and I suppose it could be, but I prefer to focus on all of the unprocessed, nutrient-dense, colorful and full-of-antioxidants foods that could be included in your Thanksgiving menu. To fully enjoy the coming week, focus on family and friends, enjoy the beautiful day and be grateful for the life and body you have. Our Mindful Holidays Workshop will support you between Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. Click here to learn more and register. For a little Thanksgiving inspiration, I thought it'd be fun to share our Thanksgiving menu. Here's what we will be having: ...
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Let’s Celebrate the Harvest

Fall is one of my favorite times of year, however in Tucson it seems to slip right past before we have time to celebrate it. Autumn often brings to mind the season of harvesting.   My grandfather was a spectacular gardener in a place with less than spectacular soil. Each season the gourds from his garden would grow larger and larger. As children my sister and I loved using the dried gourds as music shakers. I think we may have enjoyed the music more than the taste of the squash itself. ...