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Manuka Honey & How to Use It

Manuka Honey & How to Use It
How to Choose, Eat, and Use Manuka Honey Long before this magical honey was cultivated for human consumption, the bark of the mānuka plant was used in Rongoā Māori, the traditional Māori healing system, both topically and as a special tea. Now mānuka honey is produced by bees from the nectar of mānuka tree blossoms. Let’s find out how to eat it! The Top 3 Ways to Enjoy Manuka Honey The most popular and simplest use of mānuka honey is to e...

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DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part V

DIY Manuka Honey Face Mask Series – Part V
Is there anything more intoxicating than the smell of melted chocolate? While it tastes divine, chocolate’s rich antioxidant and nutrient content in this face mask are amazing for skin showing the effects of aging or UV damage. The mānuka honey will draw moisture into your skin while leaving it supple, radiant and more elastic. For more information on how manuka honey benefits the skin, see our first post in the series. DIY FACE MASK # 5:...

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Ready to Hike? A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way

Ready to Hike? A Little Preparation Goes a Long Way
The weather is warm, the earth is green again (finally!), and you can’t wait to get out into it. We know what you’re thinking: A hike will be perfect! You’ll be in the great outdoors, enjoying the company of friends and family or some blessed solitude. If you’re a parent, you’ll pry your kids from their screens for a day and help them appreciate the glory of nature, and you’ll all get some exercise to boot (pun most definitely intended). We...

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Pre-Hike Smoothie from Simply Straws

Pre-Hike Smoothie from Simply Straws
Drink this smoothie with a friend, preferably before enjoying the great outdoors. It is reminiscent of all kinds of lovely spring things—fields of wildflowers, grassy green hills, picturesque sunsets that light up the sky. Ingredients 1 cup frozen mango chunks 2 tbsp. Flora Omega Sport+ 1 cup frozen strawberries 2 tbsp. Red Beet Crystals 4 celery spears 1 scoop Green Blend/Beyond Greens Instructions Blend two ingredients at a time for a ...

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Stay Regular on the Go!

Whether you’re traveling or just having a very busy week, it can be so hard to stay regular! Yup, we’re talking about that taboo topic, poop. Your colon loves a regular schedule. Regular food, regular hydration, and the same schedule day in and day out. The truth is life isn’t always regular. Meetings get booked in the morning, work schedules get erratic, and early morning flights make it all more difficult. If this sounds like you, you’re n...

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Mānuka Honey Overnight Oats

Mānuka Honey Overnight Oats
I prefer breakfast in bed... … but if I have to do breakfast on the go, it’s usually overnight oats. They come together all on their own in the fridge while I sleep, they’re a fiber-rich, satiating breakfast with lots of room for variation. If you follow me on Instagram, you probably know I like to add pureed cauliflower, sweet potato or banana to my oats. It bulks them up, adds flavor and nutrients, and it’s the perfect way to sneak some veget...

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10 Reasons to See a Nutrition Professional

10 Reasons to See a Nutrition Professional
It is not so much an issue of knowledge but of habits, convenience, and support systems. That’s why even if you ‘know better’, a nutritionist or accountability coach can help you. When not to see a nutrition professional We are not the people to see if you are experiencing an acute issue—say a stroke or trauma—or during a mental health emergency. Why not to see a nutrition professional See a primary care practitioner to get a diseas...

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Self-Care: 3 Simple Ideas for Loving Yourself Well

Self-Care: 3 Simple Ideas for Loving Yourself Well
With our never-ending to-do lists, work days, and responsibilities, sometimes we forget to take care of the most important person in our lives: ourselves. But our body is pretty miraculous. We can put ourselves on the back burner for days, months, or even years and our body will still be pretty okay. Eventually, though, it starts to catch up. If you’re feeling worn out, burned out, or if you’re dealing with a bad case of the blahs, your b...

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Eating Better, Feeling Worse? Why It Happens & What to Do

New year, new diet. “I will eat more plants”, you tell yourself, or something similar. A while later you are eating healthier. Your clothes fit a bit better. You feel good about your actions. However, on another level, you feel bad—maybe even worse. Digestive irregularity or discomfort and maybe headaches, mood swings, or fatigue. What gives? What might be happening—and how to fix it Eating better can confuse your body for a time. How ...

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The 3Fs - Cleansing in the New Year

The 3Fs - Cleansing in the New Year
It’s a new year and time for a new start. Lots of people embark on a cleanse in January. Some folks overdid it with the eggnog and gingerbread cookies during the holidays and they need a reset. (Sound familiar?) Others cleanse the first week of the new year because it’s a time for looking forward and resolving to take good care of yourself. (Carpe diem!) But whatever your reasons, a cleanse is not the same as a fast. You don’t have to starve yo...

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Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels

Level Up! 5 Habits to Raise Your Iron and Energy Levels
In a previous post, I exposed four sneaky energy saboteurs. Today, I’ll help you get the upper hand on your iron and energy levels. Get enough protein. Including enough protein-rich food during the day serves many purposes. It helps keep blood sugar steady1 to avoid energy spikes and crashes. It helps to maintain muscle so we can get through the day more easily. It’s often found in nutrient-dense foods, which helps us feel more vital ove...

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Are Probiotics Unnecessary?

Are Probiotics Unnecessary?
Health advice changes frequently, which can be super-confusing if you’re trying to do the right thing. (Remember when eggs were bad and margarine was good? Yeah, us too.) Last spring, a widely publicized review cast some doubt on the value of taking probiotics. At least that’s how it got covered in the media.<1>,<2> The real story is more nuanced. The review was led by Dr. Saman Khalesi of Central Queensland University in Australia...

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