Beyond Food: A Green Guide To Organic Products

    As a soon-to-be new mom, I often find myself making decisions from a protective place when registering for gifts or making purchases. Where, for example, can does one buy BPA-free, PVC-free bottles, or organic, non-toxic diaper rash cream?  Although I buy organic and local as often as possible when it comes to food, I didn’t used to think...

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Podcasts: A Portable Radio For This Century

  Podcasts are an inexpensive and convenient way to learn, laugh and grow. Similar to gaining insights and inspiration from your favorite blogs and magazines, podcasts offer audio or video content for download via an online subscription. iTunes has a vast library of podcasts for free download, but you can also listen to episodes directly from the publisher’s website. One...

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A Super Food That’s Also Super Delicious

  This isn’t your mother’s mashed cauliflower! Studies consistently show that cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower and broccoli are life-lengthening super foods, but they’ve never been the most popular veggies at the party. That might change, however, with this mashed cauliflower makeover from our resident health coach, Samantha. Mashed Cauliflower Ingredients: 1 head organic cauliflower 1 cup chicken, beef or vegetable...

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Ready To Explode? EFT Is Easy As ABC

  Ever wonder how some people manage to remain calm and composed under the most stressful circumstances, their confidence seemingly full to the brim? I do, all the time. For those of you like me, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) A.K.A. “Tapping” may become one of your most powerful tools to success. Developed in the 1990s by a Stanford engineer named...

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Winter Whites: A Waistline-Friendly Bean Stew

  There’s something about stew in the wintertime. Hearty and bone-warming and nostalgia-drenched, stew is the perfect complement to snowy nights and blustery afternoons. Unfortunately, ultra-filling meat stews are also a perfect complement to elastic waist bands and the mid-winter muffin top. For a healthier alternative, try our resident health coach’s one pot winter white bean stew! One Pot Winter...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Beating The Airline Food Blues

Carry rations rather than buy (less healthy, more expensive!) airport food. This is a win-win for your wallet and your waistline. Pack your snacks and bring along an empty water bottle. You can’t bring a full bottle through security, but if you bring an empty one plus a stash of crystal light packets, you can have some extra flavor on the cheap,...

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Gtrot Travel Tip: Safety First

Whether you’re traveling solo or in a pack, it’s important to take measures to maintain your personal safety. We ALWAYS recommend taking a taxi rather than walking in the dark, talking to someone while you are walking, keeping at least one person updated on your whereabouts, and making yourself familiar with the language, customs, and location before you hit the...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Making Sure Your Body Language Translates

Body language matters! When traveling, especially overseas, make sure you understand the difference between respectful and offensive body language. Do your homework before your embark: if you know what to expect, there won’t be any accidental miscommunication. You are a guest in a different culture, so act accordingly. Be respectful, alert, and conscientious. The U.S. Department of State has a...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Neat Feet

When traveling, always pack shoes that are light, conformable, and easy to slip on and off. You’ll be glad you chose slip-ons when you see fellow travelers fussing with shoelaces and zippers in the security line and even more glad when you don’t have to pay additional baggage fees for hard-to-pack shoes. Our favorite easy-travel shoes? TOMS. These funky canvas...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: The Wanderer’s Wardrobe

Make the most of your travel wardrobe by basing all of your outfits around a few basic, neutral pieces. Then, mix and match with colorful blouses, tops and scarves to create many looks and reduce the amount of clothing packed. Black can be your best friend. The best clothes are wrinkle-resistant, black and easily washed. To spruce things up, bring statement scarves, belts or...

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Gtrot’s Travel Tip: Pack It In

Keep it to a carry on. We know its tempting to fill your big suitcase for your trip, but try to resist. Limiting yourself to a carry-on will save your time and stress at the airport, plus practically eliminate the risk of becoming one of those “they-lost-my-luggage” horror stories.    To make this work:     Wear your heaviest layers on...

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