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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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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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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"Embrace" The Documentary

Currently, 80 percent of women in the U.S. are dissatisfied with their appearance. And more than 10 million are suffering from eating disorders.  We are a “thin at all costs” culture and at the same time, the U.S. has the highest rates of obesity and eating disorders in the world.  Embrace is a documentary (See the trailer here) that explores the pervasive…


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Jenni Houston of O2GO

I remember reading in the paper a few months ago about O2 Yoga moving to the old McDonald’s building near Rubey Park Bus Station.  How cool is it that!  Health wins!  Along with their core offerings of yoga, Pilates, spa services, and their successful retail business, O2 is adding a healthy food concept called O2GO.  I sat down with Jenni Houston,…


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My Top 12 List of Favorite Health and Fitness Blogs, Podcasts, and Websites

I love to learn new things and one of the many great things about being in health and fitness is that there are always lots of new things to learn about! Podcasts have become a real favorite way for me to keep up with things because you can listen as you cook, walk or commute. I was asked to share some of my favorite food blogs, websites and podcasts…


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My Interview with The Happy Healthy Librarian, Debby Kastner

Debby Kastner’s blog and now FB page is one of my favorite and most reliable sources for information on healthy living.  I discovered Debby Kastner’s blog, Happy Healthy Long Life about seven years ago, just a few years after I started transitioning to a plant based diet. Debby is a medical librarian at a leading US medical center who's been in the…


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My Interview with Olympic Athlete Dotsie Bausch

 Olympic athlete, Dotsie Bausch is on my list of “People Who Really Inspire Me.” I am very excited to share her story.  I first learned about Dotsie Bausch after watching her TED Talk “Olympic Level Compassion.” You can see her TED talk here. She has overcome so much and turned adversity into victory for herself, her country and for animals.  Before…


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My Talk with Dr. Eric Goodman, Creator of Foundation Training

 A few years ago my friend Dave, who was dealing with back pain, asked me if I had heard about Foundation Training.  I said, I think so, but let me take a look.” So I looked.  Foundation Training is a strengthening and movement program designed to help people get out of back pain.   After reading Eric’s first book, Foundation, I decided to take a deep…


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