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Pumpkin Cream Cups

Fall= pumpkin.  It just does.  As soon as the weather turns chilly, we start to see pumpkin patches, and pumpkin spice this and pumpkin spice that.  Every year this beautiful gourd gets its moment in the spotlight.   Luckily, in the past few decades we have seen pumpkin extend past the obligatory pie and into breads,… Continue reading Pumpkin Cream Cups

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4 Ways to Ensure Veggies Get on Your Plate

Fall is all about warming, stick-to-your-ribs, comfort food.  Piping hot stews, casseroles, baked this, and baked that.  It’s also the time of year to get nostalgic and bring out the all-time family favorites.  Cookies, pies, and rich hearty foods line tables household after household, week after week. With so many food options to choose from… Continue reading 4 Ways to Ensure Veggies Get on Your Plate

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How to Support Someone with Seasonal Affective Disorder

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is not simply feeling sad or moody during a certain timeframe.  SAD is a type of depression that starts (and finishes) at about the same time every year.  Approximately 6% of the US population is affected by SAD, and although the number may seem small, in reality those affected by it… Continue reading How to Support Someone with Seasonal Affective Disorder

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5 Ways to Disconnect Food from Emotions

Emotional eating is a thing.  We tend to connect our thoughts to the memories food has created: pizza after soccer practice, ice cream for a job well done, cake to celebrate a milestone.  It’s not unusual to want to be transported back to a happy time in our lives, especially when things are going wrong. … Continue reading 5 Ways to Disconnect Food from Emotions

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Zoodles in Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

Pumpkin gets its fair share come fall.  We see it in pies, breads, as pastry fillings, even in beverages.  Its mild flavor lends itself well to most dishes from sweet to savory, and it plays well with a variety of herbs and spices. Pretty much all types of squash are great options as a nutrient-dense… Continue reading Zoodles in Spicy Pumpkin Sauce

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Why It’s Okay to Not be Okay

We’ve all heard it before: it’s okay to not be okay. It is acceptable to embrace a situation when it doesn’t go as planned. We do not have to “toughen up” or “put on a face” to cover how we really feel. Not being fine: stumbling, hurting, crying; is acceptable and nothing to be ashamed… Continue reading Why It’s Okay to Not be Okay

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How Word Choices Affect Our Habits: Get To vs. Have To

Words are powerful.  They hold value and strength.  Words make us move, shift, change our thinking, our logic, our way of life.  Choosing which words to use is critical.  They can carve a road to happiness or a path to discontentment.  Take for example the words “can’t” and “won’t”.  A research study was conducted on… Continue reading How Word Choices Affect Our Habits: Get To vs. Have To

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Low-Carb Fideo

Fideo is one of things that takes me back to my childhood.  It’s a fill-your-belly-and-your-soul kind of soup that is simple, yet never basic.  I could eat bowl after bowl (and I have).  For those of you without the luxury of growing up with this stuff, fideo (vermicelli), is first sauteed to release its nutty… Continue reading Low-Carb Fideo

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The Success of Failure: Four Ways to Turn a Negative Situation into a Positive Experience

It’s hard to talk about failure.  When we dream up things to do and goals to reach, rarely does we say “hey, I don’t really want to accomplish all this”. No one ever sets out to fail and yet, failure is par for the course: a diet that gets derailed; a workout that gets ignored; … Continue reading The Success of Failure: Four Ways to Turn a Negative Situation into a Positive Experience

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What is Whole Person Health?

Holistic medicine can be seen as unconventional in the Western world.  This thought that our being is interconnected seems peculiar to some, after all we have been taught to compartmentalize our bodies.  Tooth hurts?  See a dentist.  Foot issues? Call the podiatrist.  Have a rash? See the dermatologist for some ointment.  Conventional medicine doesn’t stop… Continue reading What is Whole Person Health?