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Local Cafe Now Serving Bone Broth

free range grass fed bone broth

There are many delicious ways to improve your health, and a great place to start, believe it or not, is with good ole fashioned bone broth. For thousands of years bone broths have provided essential minerals and nutrients to our ancestors worldwide, and they are still part of every known culinary tradition on earth. Bone broth is a flavorful liquid made by boiling the bones of just about any vertebrate you can think of, typically poultry, beef, venison, bison, lamb, or fish, in water for an extended period of time, typically anywhere from 6 to 72 hours depending upon the bones used.

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LOCAL HEALTHY CAFÉ OWNER SELECTED AS CORPORATE HEALTH COACH FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPANY

Medea's Espresso and Juice Bar

Medea Galligan of Medea's Espresso and Juice Bar has been selected to be the corporate health coach by Kitchen Craft Cookware. Kitchen Craft Cookware is owned by Advanced Marketing International, and will be having Medea help the company by showing health through nutrition. She will be writing articles, sharing recipes, and hopes to start training people for the company right here in Asheville as soon as this winter.

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Preserve the Summer’s Produce Bounty from Asheville’s Local Markets

Fresh and local produce at the Farmer's Market in Asheville, NC. Photo credit Janet Bray

Asheville has a huge variety of markets featuring local, organic and fresh produce. Summer is the perfect time to put away these beautiful treats from nature through dehydration, canning, freezing, and cooking. But to start, you need to pick the best of the produce offerings. 

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10 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself in the Kitchen

10 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself in the Kitchen

Many of today's adults, myself included, have missed out on a basic experience with food. We represent the first few generations who are so removed from food that most of us could not find familiar vegetables if they grew wild in our local parks. We have been raised on convenience foods, sold to our parents and grandparents as "time savers" that would allow them to spend more time with us. Over the years, this industrialized food system created a massive disconnect between our modern kitchens and what is good for our bodies, and we didn't even know it was happening.

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30 Days of Yoga: Days 1-10

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"I wish winter would stay forever and ever," said no one ever, so what do you do to beat the winter blues? Well, you could hibernate, drink lots of hot chocolate, go somewhere tropical or look for something uplifting and inspiring; I chose the latter. After seeing all the pictures puppies and purritos (please google purritos) my heart could handle, I turned to TED Talks.

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Quick and Healthy Homemade Mayonnaise

Heart healthy Mayonnaise. Photo credit: Janet Bray, 2014

For weeks i have been searching and trying out homemade mayo recipes. Trying to replace the over-processed, GMO-laden goop in the stores in a healthy way that tastes great took a bit of doing, but I finally found the perfect proportions and oil to use, and all you need is a blender or food processor and about five minutes.

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Recycle Pumpkins – 6 after Halloween uses for your pumpkin

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Halloween has come and gone - what are you going to do with your pumpkin? Don't let it rot and toss it - we have other ideas that you can use that jack-o-latern for! From compost to pickling, chicken food and pumpkin puree we can satisfy your frugal mind and soothe your eco friendly soul.

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Asheville Therapeutic Salt Cave

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A Special Place For Rest and Healing Did you ever notice how we are drawn to the ocean? When we are there we breathe easier, we relax, and we rejuvenate our body and our mind . This is the essence of Salt Therapy. A visit to Asheville’s Therapeutic Salt Cave provides guests with 45 minutes of pure relaxation and rejuvenation, as all five of their senses are engaged by the healing power of nature. Being in the cave for 45 minutes is equivalent to being at the ocean for 4 days, without the pollution. Although manmade and constructed next to other downtown storefronts, the resembles the Polish salt mines from which it’s 20 tons of salt was extracted, deep beneath the earth’s surface. It is by far the purest salt available on Earth, uncontaminated by any toxins or pollutants. Jodie Appel, co -owner, says the caves constant temperature between 68 and 72 degrees and 50% to 60% humidity. creates a unique microclimate, a soothing oasis in which the mind can relax and the body can reach an elemental balance and begin to heal itself. Asheville’s Salt Cave is the first and only of its kind to be built in the …

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Aloe Vera is Awesome!

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Did you know how many ways Aloe Vera can improve your health? You probably knew about the benefits of increased wound healing or burn relief, but did you know about it's internal uses? Here is a list of beneficial healing affects that this single plant can offer:

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Help for Arthritis Pain

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Maybe you’ve suffered from stiff joints in the morning or wished you didn’t have knee pain when walking up and down stairs.  Well, it probably won’t surprise you that there are some foods that could be contributing to your aches, but can you name some that will actually reduce pain?  Below, I’ve listed several beneficial foods that have been shown to reduce arthritis pain.  But let’s not think of this as a diet.  If you know me, you know that I dislike the term; “diet” because I think it places an importance on temporary guidelines to achieving a short-term goal.  I also think diets tend to be in opposition of our typical lifestyles; as if we are punishing ourselves for the poor foods we have come to love.  Instead, I recommend you begin to learn as much about health and healthy food choices as you can, then start to add one or two vegetables/fruits/herbs to your typical routine (continue adding more healthy foods instead of focusing on cutting out unhealthy).  Introducing more whole foods will provide your body with many complex nutritional benefits that will be more easily absorbed and utilized by the body then would a supplement.  Vitamin and mineral supplements can help …

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