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Welcome! So, what the heck is this website all about?! Mostly about health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, movement, green living, and just about anything that relates to living a health promoting lifestyle. You’ll find blogs on a wide variety of topics (whatever I’m thinking about or into that day or requested by a follower). You’ll find recipes, food and supplement buying guides, information on seminars, and eventually some exercise and cooking videos. Enjoy browsing the site for ideas on how to make your life healthier.

Tabata Intervals – Great Way to Exercise for Fat Loss

For those of you that know what Tabatas are, it is true that they can be effective for fat loss, especially for getting rid of visceral fat (the bad fat around your organs that leads to disease). For those of you unfamiliar with Tabata, it is a form of high intensity interval training, but it […]

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Banana Maple Cashew Smoothie

This is a super simple recipe that I made the other day as my lunch carbs.  So yummy! 1 Frozen Banana  *Always peel bananas before freezing. 1 oz. Raw Cashews 8 oz. Maple Yogurt Sprinkle of cinnamon, ginger, and mineral salt as desired. Place all ingredients in blender (one that can grind frozen stuff) and […]

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DIY Bath Salts

Bath salts are wonderful for creating an enjoyable, relaxing bath, but they can be pricey and many have synthetic fragrance and other chemicals involved.  Since you don’t want to be soaking up chemicals into our skin, and you like saving money, here’s a recipe to make your own bath salts.  You can alter the ingredients to make […]

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Green Tea Hot Chocolate

This is a tasty anti-aging drink for winter days (or anytime).  Both green tea and raw cacao have anti-aging nutrients and other healthy benefits. How to Make this Delightful Beverage: Heat/steep one green tea bag in 2 cups of either unsweetened almond milk, unsweetened coconut milk, or water.  Pour hot tea in blender and add […]

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Stretches for Walking/Running (or just stretches for counteracting sitting)

There are two types of stretching: dynamic and static. Dynamic stretches are where the muscles being stretched stay moving. Static stretching means the muscles being stretched are not in motion and are being held in a position. Modern exercise science promotes the use of dynamic stretching before exercise and static stretching after exercise. You never […]

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How to Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree Instead of Buying Canned

While it is more convenient to buy canned pumpkin, you don’t always get all the fiber and nutrients that you would if you used a whole pumpkin.  And since it is October as I write this, whole pumpkins can easily be found. Pumpkin puree can be used in smoothies, tasty treats, and even face treatments. […]

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Pumpkin Smoothie

It’s October right now.  Pumpkins are in season.  Pumpkin gets overlooked as a superfood, but it is.  It has potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and lots of beta carotene (great antioxidant).  Now is a great time to stock up on canned pumpkin and have it available for months.  I recommend Trader Joe’s organic canned pumpkin […]

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Exercise – Barbell Deadlift

Deadlifting is my favorite!!  I love deadlifts!  The only reason I have not previously posted on how to do a barbell deadlift is because it is an advanced exercise, and I really prefer people learn proper technique from an experienced trainer who can show you then watch you.  But because I do think it is […]

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The Key to Good Health – Nutrient Dense Food

We all get so hyped up about calories and macronutrients (protein, fat, carbs), but we don’t often pay enough attention to the micronutrients (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants).  The micros are what we should actually pay the most attention to.  Vitamins and minerals are needed by our body for good health, that’s why there are RDAs or RDIs […]

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Easy Savory Slow Cooker Chicken

I use my slow cooker all the time for beef and chicken.  The meat is more tender and flavorful coming out of the slow cooker.     1 Lb. Organic Chicken (whichever pieces you desire, I prefer boneless thighs) 2 Tbsp. Grass-Fed Butter 4 Large Carrots, Cut in Pieces or 12 Baby Carrots 4 Celery […]

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