Getting Back to Meditation

  I have been an on and off meditator for the past five years. I can be consistent for up to a year and then I can get derailed. When this happens, and I want to get consistent again, I consult my meditation teacher Candice Oksenhorn. I spent this past Saturday afternoon with her in her dining room reviewing various essential oils that could help support…


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Farro and Veggie Power Bowl with Peanut Sauce

This is a fast, healthy and delicious after work dinner favorite.  This dish comes together in no time, especially if you have premade the farro the night before, or over the weekend. The peanut sauce is so good and you will have plenty left over.  My favorite way to use the left over peanut sauce is to pour it over steamed chinese cabbage or bok choy…


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My Favorite Books of 2018

These are my favorite books of 2018 because they educated, expanded and inspired me. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. This is the most impactful book for me in 2018. It it is not pictured here because I leant it to a friend.  The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.…


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Pecan and Coconut Encrusted Tofu with Raw Cranberry Relish

I have been making this dish for special occasions for many years per the request of my husband. This is one of my favorite go to special occasion recipes, and now it is yours. It is slightly more labor intensive than most of my other recipes, but it is so worth the extra effort! This recipe is inspired by a cooking class I did years ago with Mark Reinfeld. I…


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My Favorite, and Most Trusted Book on Nutrition

Ketogenic diets are all the rage, but what about Paleo? Should we all go vegan?  Is gluten really bad for us? I hear it over and over again from my clients, that nutrition is so confusing, and that the experts just can't seem to get on the same page so we might as well just eat what we want.  The first mistake is listenting to someone who purports…


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Need a Boost in Your Mood? Take Your Workout Outside.

I was not surprised when I recently read that outdoor workouts actually provide a greater mental health boost over indoor workouts.  Maybe it is the exposure to bright sunlight, or maybe it is just the fact that we are out in nature, part of nature. I notcie that I do feel happier when I can get my workouts done outdoors. Myabe it is the exposure to…


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My Favorite Books of 2017

There are soooo many good books out there.  These are five of my favorite in the health and well-being category.   Altered Traits by Daniel Goldman, a psychologist and a well know science writer, and Richard Davidson, a respected neuroscientist.  This book presents the scientific basis, and the practical benefits of meditation. Meditation actually…


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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

My friend Chris made me a batch of these cookies when I went to her house for tea one afternoon.  I ate alot of them and decided I needed to make more!  I have been taking them with me as a reqwrad after my morning ski/hike up Aspen Mountain in the morning.  Nothing like enjoying a few of these beauties in front of the fire  as a reward for a hard hike…


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Festive Beet and Orange Salad

This is a delicious, seasonal, attractive and simple salad. The red pomegranate seeds and the green parsley give it a holiday flare. Beets are an excellent source of folate and a very good source of manganese, potassium and copper. They are also a good source of dietary fiber, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin C, iron and vitamin B6. Oranges are an excellent…


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My Favorite Exercises to Improve Posture

Good posture is important for so many reasons.  Having good posture makes us look and feel confident, we are more balanced, stronger and can generate more power. Our modern life doesn’t exactly encourage good posture.  We do way too much sitting usually with our head forward while we drive our cars, or stare at our computer screens, televisions and…


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