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Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

The creamy, buttery, decadent avocado.  It sure is versatile.  It can be used as a garnish or the main event; it can be mashed into a dip, blended into a drink, or sliced into a snack.  This mighty fruit sure can be delicious, and that deliciousness has been enjoyed for several thousand years.   The… Continue reading Ingredient Spotlight: Avocado

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Keep Progressing Forward

I find that when life pivots in ways I was not expecting, it takes me time to adjust.  I have to rearrange and reevaluate my lifestyle.  I have to adapt in order to make things work.  I have to strive to conform to a new way of life: cook differently, think differently, shop differently.  It… Continue reading Keep Progressing Forward

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Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

Vitamin D is unique in that unlike other vitamins, the body can produce it (in response to sun exposure).  The body can also receive vitamin D through foods rich in the vitamin.  It is an important nutrient since it plays a pivotal role in many systems of the body.  What is Vitamin D? Vitamin D… Continue reading Nutrient Spotlight: Vitamin D

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Stay Active at Home

When life gives you lemons you make the best lemonade possible.  It can be challenging to muster the energy to move when you just aren’t feeling it, but movement is beneficial.  It reduces fatigue, energizing you for the remainder of the day. It can be used to treat anxiety and depression by changing the levels… Continue reading Stay Active at Home

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When Fear Consumes You

Fear.  It can be paralyzing.  It can cause judgment to get thrown out the window.  It can cause panic.  It is easy to get caught up in it, but during fearful times, it is common sense and sound thinking that is needed the most.  Yes, fear is scary.  And daunting.  Something new and unexpected is… Continue reading When Fear Consumes You

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Finding Balance in Life Takes a Special Mindset

Is perfection keeping you from living your life?  Have you ever declared you were eliminating brownies from your life or never missing a 5:00 am workout, then one bite of a ooey, gooey, chocolaty brownie or one five-more-minute morning derailed your plans and it snowballed into sidelining them all together?  No? Just me? The reality… Continue reading Finding Balance in Life Takes a Special Mindset

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The Power of Walking

Walking.  It gets a bad rap.  The idea of early morning mall walkers seems to resonate with many when the concept of walking comes up.  Some call walking a cop out.  Others see it as a waste of gym time.  It may not be as physically demanding as running or as strenuous as biking, but… Continue reading The Power of Walking

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Three Techniques to Try Next Time You’re Stressed

Stress.  It affects us all. Those emerging deadlines, never ending to-do lists, sick loved ones, financial issues can contribute to stressful lives. Chronic stress can impact mental and physical wellbeing in a negative fashion, but luckily there are ways to counter emotional stress we unavoidably face.  While most people know to use relaxation techniques, such… Continue reading Three Techniques to Try Next Time You’re Stressed

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How Chronic Stress Can Affect Physical Health

By now, most people are aware of the toll stress can take on their mental health.  The links to depression and anxiety are uncanny.  The emotional exhaustion is felt.  The angst it causes is real.     The effect chronic stress has on physical health is just as prominent, but maybe not as recognized.  An estimated… Continue reading How Chronic Stress Can Affect Physical Health

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Mexican-Style Picadillo

Picadillo.  So many versions exist.  Every country makes it differently, but at its core it is a dish of ground beef, tomatoes or tomato sauce and raisins.   The Mexican version includes potatoes and can be served inside tacos, on tostadas, or as a filing for gorditas.  It is a versatile dish that is quick to… Continue reading Mexican-Style Picadillo