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I am a certified health coach working to help individuals make health food and life style choices, a passion I have had for over 20 years.
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10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation

10 Secret Benefits of Meditation with Others - About Meditation | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The benefits of meditation with other people are numerous--from expanded states of awareness to deeper intimacy and improving your self-confidence.
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I have never meditated with a group. It sounds instriguing. Would love to hear your comments.

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Simple Ways to Get Back to Sleep in the Night

Simple Ways to Get Back to Sleep in the Night | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Wakefulness during the night is a frustrating problem as we get older; find out how to get back to sleep if you wake up repeatedly.
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To battle insomnia, which doesn't happen that often, I put on my headsets and listen to guided meditation or soft music.

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Book Excerpt: ABC's Dan Harris' '10% Happier'

Book Excerpt: ABC's Dan Harris' '10% Happier' | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The following is excerpted from "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works--A True Story," by ABC's Dan Harris.

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I am glad to see such a well known person as Dan Harris tell his story about how he became a believer in meditation, and that it has made him 10% happier and to deal with stress better. I might be buying this book or checking it out of the library.

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Dan Harris says that "It’s not a coincidence that you’re seeing really successful people embrace [meditation] because not only does it make you happier, but it makes you more effective. It’s a great superpower to not be yanked around by your emotions".

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Daily Meditation: Opening Our Eyes - Huffington Post

Daily Meditation: Opening Our Eyes - Huffington Post | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it

Daily Meditation: Opening Our Eyes Huffington Post We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be part of bringing spirituality alive in your life.


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There is a meditation idea amongst the 16 slides for everyone.

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David White is a brilliant poet and his piece a beautiful reminder to always open our eyes and our heart.
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LOOK: Your Body On Meditation

LOOK: Your Body On Meditation | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
We hear it all the time: Meditation can improve our creative thinking, our energy, stress levels and even our success. Prominent artists, businessmen and politicians cop to the practice.

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I get my best ideas after meditation, so much so that I have pen and paper nearby.

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7 Secrets For a Joy Filled Life

7 Secrets For a Joy Filled Life | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
The truth is life doesn’t really have any rules, but I can promise you that if you implement these 7 pieces of wisdom into your life then you will likely find more peace and joy as a result. 1. Do not regret your past, make peace with it. If you dwell on and regret your [...]
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I don't think these are secrets, but they are good ideas to remember, and that joy comes from within.

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Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – A Must See TED Talk with Amy Cuddy

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are – A Must See TED Talk with Amy Cuddy | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Body language has a huge impact on how others see and perceive us. It does however also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy explains how “power posing” (i.e. looking and standing confident) affects testosterone and cortisol levels in our brains, and thus may have an impact on how successful we are in…
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This video has been widely distributed, but somehow I missed it. Amy shows how by holding your body in a power post for just 2 minutes raises your confidence, and physically increases your testosterone while reducing your cortisol levels.

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Dan Buettner: 5 Places Where People Slow Down Aging - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus

Dan Buettner: 5 Places Where People Slow Down Aging - Facts So Romantic - Nautilus | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
After discovering that there are longevity hot spots where people tend to live especially long, writer Dan Buettner spent the last 12 years locating and documenting these areas, dubbed “blue zones.” “I increasingly was interested in mysteries that dealt with the human condition,” says ...

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I've read about this before: being socially connected, taking naps, walking, herbal teas, and more fruits and veggies. Being mindful of how you spend you time and taking some time for you seems to be a key to longevity.

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U.N. warns us to eat less meat and lay off biofuels, or we're in for it

U.N. warns us to eat less meat and lay off biofuels, or we're in for it | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
If we don't mend our ways, wild areas nearly as big as Brazil will turn into farmland by 2050. A new U.N. report lays out a plan for avoiding that.

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Hungry Vegan: The 30 Minute Vegan Soup's On! Review and Giveaway

Hungry Vegan: The 30 Minute Vegan Soup's On! Review and Giveaway | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
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This is a great blog for vegans. Gail has written books on the topic starting 20 years ago. She swears by "The 30 Minute Vegan Soup's On!" I am hoping to win the book. Check out The Hungry Vegan blog to win your copy!

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Is Sugar the New Cigarettes? A New Sundance Film Thinks So

Is Sugar the New Cigarettes? A New Sundance Film Thinks So | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Sixty years ago, Fred Flintstone hawked Winston cigarettes. Today, he pitches cereal. And both can kill. Stephanie Soechtig's rabble-rousing documentary Fed Up argues that it's time to attack Big Sugar just like we successfully demonized Big Tobacco.
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Interesting how after the McGovern report in 1978 around health, that food companies started to pump more sugar into foods which has fueled America's current obesity, and how they tout foods as healthy that aren't.

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Weekly Meal Planning: The Key to Healthy Eating

Weekly Meal Planning: The Key to Healthy Eating | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
How to create a weekly meal plan that makes healthy eating easy!
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Includes a link to 57 healthy recipes, most of them quick to prepare if you have a blender/food processor. Enjoy & Happy Weekend!

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14 Great Sources Of Clean Protein

14 Great Sources Of Clean Protein | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Clean protein is harder to come by than you might think. Pesticides, heavy metals, and antibiotics are abundant in almost all factory-produced nonorganic meat, poultry, fish, dairy, and eggs. Fast

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In find it's challenging to get healthy sources of protein solely from meat and fish, which is my preference.

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From the Article:  Make friends with farmers at the closest farmers' market, read food labels at the stores, and ask questions at the restaurants. You deserve to know where your food is coming from.


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Get the protein you need without the unnecessary additives. 

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Simplify: Let Go of Your Crutches : zenhabits

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Leo Babauta does such a good job describing how to simplify our lives. I am in a de-cluttering mode, which is feeling good.

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Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet

Reduce Salt and Sodium in Your Diet | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
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I became more aware of the effects of excessive salt when my Mother started having blood pressure spikes about a year ago. It's hard to eat much processed food and keep your salt intake down, since most of it is laced with salt.

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Coconut Oil Reverses Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) | Health Impact News

Coconut Oil Reverses Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) | Health Impact News | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
I am not raising money or selling anything. I have ALS and want to share things that have helped me. I have had positive improvements from adding coconut oil and magnesium chloride to my diet. It’s the only change I’ve made. I believe the coconut oil and magnesium chloride has slowed, and partially reversed the progression of my ALS. Read More:
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It's pretty amazing that coconut oil and magnesium chloride have reversed some of the symptoms of ALS, some of which are cramping. I experience this in my calves, and recently started taking magnesium. It has really helped.

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Integrative Nutrition Live Conference Live Stream

Integrative Nutrition Live Conference Live Stream | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Welcome. Thanks for joining us for an exclusive peek into IIN Live. The full live event is for current students only, but we’re extending the opportunity to you to hear from some of the most influenti
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Join this free conference hosted by my health and nutrition school, Institute for Integrative Nutrition on Sunday, March 2 from 10 - 1:30 p.m. Eastern time. Deepak Chopra, Adrianna Huffington, Walter Willett, MD and Happiness Project author, Gretchen Rubin will be presenting.

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The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook: Your Self-Treatment Guide for Pain Relief, 2nd Edition: Clair Davies, Amber Davies, David G. Simons: 9781572243750: Amazon.com: Books

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My friend, Diana Sabloff who I met through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition made me aware of this book yesterday. I look forward to reading it, and getting relief from pain by massaging the trigger point that's attached to it.

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5 Healthier Ways to Detox (That Aren't Juice Cleanses) - Life by DailyBurn

5 Healthier Ways to Detox (That Aren't Juice Cleanses) - Life by DailyBurn | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Not up for the latest juice cleanse? To clear out toxins and boost your overall health, here are five expert-approved, safe and effective ways to detox.

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I am not a fan of detoxing by starving myself with a juice cleanse, so appreciate other methods mentioned here like a hot back with epsom salts that have magnesium which relaxes the body, and something as simple as getting enough sleep.

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Smart and Safe Ways to Detox

  1. Sweat it out
  2. Take a breather
  3. Snooze to lose
  4. Soak in good health
  5. Eat Clean


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A school lunch that's not cafeteria food

A school lunch that's not cafeteria food | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
At first glance, Gourmet Gorilla's industrial kitchen in River North looks like any other. But check out the ingredients: Every weekday, its cooks churn out 10,000 made-from-scratch meals for kids in 90 Illinois and Wisconsin schools from locally grown, organic produce.
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This is such a happy story about entrepreneurship by this couple who prepares healthy meals for children in Wisconsin and Illinois.

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EWG's Good Food on a Tight Budget

EWG's Good Food on a Tight Budget | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Stretching your dollars to get a month's worth of healthy, filling food is a challenge. EWG assessed nearly 1,200 foods and hand-picked the best 100 or so that pack in nutrients at a good price, with the fewest pesticides, contaminants and artificial ingredients. Enjoy!
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I like how this reminds me to expand the veggies I eat. I love pumpkin and sweet potato, especially in winter, and forget to buy them. They are both so easy to prepare as a starch, in casseroles and soup.

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Don’t Give Up Your Dreams!

Don’t Give Up Your Dreams! | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Don’t you give up your dreams. Spend your life in pursuit of them. It does not matter which ones come true and which ones don’t. The point is you will have

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I would add: keep dreaming. Sometimes I forget to dream and life gets pretty dull and too comfortable.

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From the article:  Be unapologetic in your positivity even in the face of dire circumstances. Even when it seems that there is no way out, insist that there is one and that you just cannot see it at that moment. Though you may not have an answer now, be secure in the knowledge that there is an answer to every question you can ask. You may need to develop patience to wait out periods of “darkness”. Know that the light always comes.


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10 Essential Rules To Healthy Eating

10 Essential Rules To Healthy Eating | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
By Lindsay Funston and Emma Haak

You know an apple is a healthier snack than a candy bar, but how do you make the big changes and eat real food all the time? Start here with these ten easy and delicious rules.

Rule #1: Eat Two Pounds of Veg...
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Includes recipes too. I especially like the soba noodle dish minus some of the soy sauce (too salty), and am curious to try the avocado chocolate pudding minus the cows milk (coconut milk instead). I have become more creative and open to recipes thanks to my studies at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, where graduation is almost happening.

 

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20 Life-Changing Questions Everyone Should Ask

20 Life-Changing Questions Everyone Should Ask | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
We all have moments of despair, stress and frustration. But learning to ask the right questions can help us pull out much faster.
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Pretty heavy questions, but I find that they can pull you out of a rut.

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Using Mindfulness to Create Real Happiness at Work

Using Mindfulness to Create Real Happiness at Work | Holistic Nutrition Health and Wellness | Scoop.it
Mindfulness practice has been linked to activating parts of the brain correlated with constructs of well-being such as happiness, joy and enhanced self awareness.
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There are some great links in this article if you have the time. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBjmH-JIJzQ This is the interview on how Aetna uses mindfulness for its employees. Mark Bertolini, CEO, Aetna; with Soren Gordhamer, Founder, Wisdom 2.0, at Wisdom 2.0 Business 2013. They also hire health coaches to support their employees as part of this. The mindfulness practices at Aetna have paid off and Mark goes into the ROI in addition to the human factors which he values highly.

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