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As we round the corner toward 2015, many of us will vow to be healthier—and here’s what you can do right now to prepare. Last summer I undertook a one-month smoothie regimen, during which time I discovered how delightfully delicious a daily smoothie can be. Then, when I attended Natural Products Expo East in September, I had the pleasure of sampling the new Vega protein. I was hooked! When I asked where I could find the protein powder in stores, I was told the company was actually in the process of reformulating to make it even better, so I decided I would wait for the new formula. Shortly after September, a giant box full of Vega goodies arrived on my desk. Inside was the new Vega One All-In-One Nutritional Shake, and, of course, all of us here at the office had to have a...
December 23, 2014
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Last month, I shared a circuit routine to tone your chest, butt, and core. To shake things up, I’ve created a total-body toning routine that incorporates both cardio and strength-training supersets—in three separate circuits—because I know you didn’t have just one piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving, and because of course you had to have a second helping of sweet potatoes. Disclaimer: I’m not judging, I’m just glad I’m not the only one experiencing this well-deserved food coma. Although I performed this routine on Tuesday—as part of the holiday prep, if you will—it’s also a great way to kick your workouts back into gear after all that delicious indulgence. So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend and you...
November 26, 2014
Looking to indulge in some chocolate goodies this holiday season? Seventh-generation cacao farmer Joseph Montgomery reminds us to be smart when choosing our treats. He partners with small farmers in South America to harvest all-natural, non-GMO cacao to create Suavva, juicy superfood smoothies that feature cacao as the main ingredient. Before deciding what to treats to eat this season, consider the different health factors of cacao, cocoa, and chocolate.  We have all seen, heard, or read something about cacao being a superfood laden with health benefits. But what’s the difference between cacao beans, cocoa, and chocolate? Are they all beneficial to our health? The answer is no—not all forms of cacao are created equal. Here’s why.   Raw Cacao Bean...
November 20, 2014
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Every year, many Americans fill their homes with the savory smells of a roasted turkey, yams, green beans, stuffing—and I haven’t even gotten to the pie. But when you’re walking up and down the aisles of the grocery store trying to select which products will best suit you and your family, do you stop at the sight of a USDA-Certified Organic label? Or do you go straight for the 15-pounder priced at $12.99? You may be asking yourself if it’s worth it to buy an organic or free-range turkey, or organic produce, so I’m here to tell you: it is. Let me explain. Although an organic, free-range turkey can often be more than six times (6!) the price of a “regular” turkey, that “regular” turkey has lived most of its life in a crowded cage with...
November 18, 2014
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My blog this month has very little to do with health. Rather I am fascinated by how much influence Thanksgiving has on our American culture. I am not talking about the economic impact of black Friday kicking off the holiday shopping season, I am talking about Thanksgiving. According to the US Census bureau over 230 million turkeys will be raised in the US in 2014, with about 20% of them consumed on Thanksgiving. Over 850 million pounds of cranberries will be produced in 2014, with about 20% of them consumed on Thanksgiving. Nearly 2.5 billion pounds of sweet potatoes will be grown in the US in 2014, this growing superfood is a staple for almost every traditional Thanksgiving dinner. And don’t forget pumpkin pie, we will consume fifty million pumpkin pies, a million of which will be...
November 10, 2014
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Looking for a new workout that will torch major calories while building muscle? I created the following circuit routine this morning (at 4 a.m.—yep), and I’m still feeling energized and motivated. Try it for yourself to tone your chest, butt, and core—all while burning fat and boosting your heart rate! Bonus: This workout is super easy to customize. Tailor the exercises to fit your skill level, and experiment with swapping certain similar exercises for others. This simple customization allows you to get a different workout each time you do the routine, even if you follow the basic template multiple times a week. In turn, you’ll more fully tone your muscles and prevent your body from plateauing.   You’ll do 3 reps of a cardio-weights routine, followed...
October 28, 2014
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I’ve never had long, luscious locks. As much as I’ve tried to grow a thick, lengthy mane—and believe me, I’ve tried everything from hair pills to frequent haircuts to no haircuts—my hair grows to a point slightly past my shoulders and then abruptly stops, no matter my efforts. It’s not that I have bad hair; I just have exceedingly normal hair. As I’ve previously mentioned, part of my job is to test personal care products and recommend my favorites to readers. Beauty products have really begun to stack up within the last few months as natural health companies have submitted to our Beauty With a Conscience Awards, the winners of which will appear in our December issue. So, rather than head to Target for my beauty supplies, I’ve instead taken...
October 23, 2014
Have you ever thought about seeing a psychic, shaman, or healer? Yahoo Travel’s Paula Froelich recently visited a South African healer—called a "sangoma"—to learn about Muthi (pronounced "moo-tea"), a term for traditional South African medicine. This traditional healing practice involves the sangoma "seeing" your problem (which usually involves luck, love, or physical/spiritual pain), then prescribing a concoction made of herbs, animal parts, bark, and other ingredients. Read on to see how Paula describes her experience, and watch the video here. Even though we live in the modern world, every continent—despite having pharmacies and doctors—has its traditional medicine man/healer, who can perform mystical healings (often...
October 22, 2014
  We’ve all heard that food is medicine—but what about food supplements as medicine? Seann Bardell—co-founder of BioImmersion Inc. and creator of the company’s Therapeutic Food Supplements—explains how adding a variety of whole foods and concentrated extracts to our diet helps our bodies feel and function at their best. Historically, macronutrients, vitamins, minerals, fish oil, and fiber have been the center of nutritional advice. Now, we have added a new topic to our ongoing conversation about good health: To enhance our diets, and maximize the efforts of our journey toward good health, we must understand how to utilize phytochemicals (or phytonutrients) from plants. There is a tremendous growing body of research on the use of phytochemicals for...
October 03, 2014
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Last week marked the end of the Dairy Detox, and you all know what that means: I got to indulge in all my dairy-laden favorites, one by one, and soak in the deliciousness of it all. However, reintroducing these foods into my diet wasn’t quite what I expected. With my dairy-free days “officially” over, you’d think I’d be slightly more excited to return to all things creamy and cheesy, but I actually discovered that many of the habits I practiced during my detox are ones I’d like to continue. Why? Although I’m not convinced I have a dairy allergy or even a sensitivity, I have noticed that the benefits of going dairy-free often outweigh the side effects of giving in to temptation. I would rather my body feel better, and know my diet is making me...
October 02, 2014