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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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Were We Ever Supposed To Eat Grains?

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Grains have been a staple in the American Diets for centuries.  In fact, one of the most commonly consumed foods involved in every meal is bread. But if we have been eating it for so long, the question is, why should we stop?  Well, the fact of the matter is, we really haven’t been eating grains for all that long in history.  Even though grain residue has been found on the teeth of our ancestors thousands of years ago (which is notably marked with a decrease in dental health), industrialization of grains is a relatively new concept.  Our ancestors use to soak, sprout, and ferment these grains and seeds before consumption (which activates enzymes to break down toxins – more on this below).  Nowadays, we have machines that separate and refine the grains, stripping important nutrients out and leaving us with individualized pieces of the grain anatomy (bran, endosperm, germ).  The bran and germ contain the highest levels of nutrients and fiber in the grain. This is where it gets tricky, which is better for us whole grain or whole wheat? Well, whole grain (entire grain) has more nutrients (B vitamins and fiber) and has a less dramatic “sugar spike” …

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