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    Summer Fun with our Kids! Let’s Make Popsicles!

    We’re in the heat of the summer… We’re dripping with sweat… Imagine a yummy treat that can cool you off—and it’s healthy too! Since my children were very young, I have been making homemade popsicles for them. As they get older, they can participate in the process. It can be a lot of fun! Here are two fun recipes you can do with your kids. Fruit Smoothie Popsicle: Ingredients: ½ cup ‘watery vegetable’ like cucumber or zucchini 1 cup fresh or frozen fruit (preferably organic or not sprayed) like berries, banana, mango, pineapple 1 tbsp raw local honey ½...

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    Peace and Solitude at the Bentwood Inn

    Eager to start our first full day in Grand Teton National Park, we headed to Jenny Lake and took a short 5 minute boat trip across the lake to get to the Hidden Falls and Inspiration Point trailheads. Although these areas are two of the most beautiful parts of this park, you’ll have to battle the crowds to get there. It is quite a steep climb to Inspiration Point, but the view is totally worth it. We headed a little deeper into the Cascade Region hoping to spot some wildlife, but none were to be found today. However, with...

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    Battling the Child Obesity Epidemic…Solved!

    I have two children. They are young and healthy. I am grateful everyday for their health, but what about the baggage that they carry with them…their genetics? How much does genetics affect us? Well, science shows that genetics is definitely a factor. But is it a verdict? The presence of Diabetes in our family history is indisputable. My mother had it. My aunt has it. My mother-in-law has it. Does that automatically create a certainty that my children will have it? This leads us to the topic of Epigenetics, which is a field of science that studies the ability...

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    How Do I Know if I Have Lyme Disease?

    Connecticut, the home of Lyme disease in the US, remains one of the most highly affected regions of tick-borne illnesses. The disease is caused by an infection from the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi, and according to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), there has been up to 30,000 reported cases annually. A bite from an infected nymph deer tick, also known as a blacklegged tick, is the most common route of transmission to humans. Because nymph ticks are about the size of a poppy seed, it can be extremely difficult to discover a bite. Symptoms If a person becomes infected...

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    Organic, Effective Skincare at the Spa and at Home

    Perhaps you have hard-to-deal with issues such as acne, wrinkles, Rosacea, or hormonal blemishes. Maybe you have aging skin, combination skin, or super-sensitive skin. Maybe you just want a brighter complexion. And/ or perhaps you are mindful of the ingredients, knowing that 70% of what you put on your body is absorbed into your body. “Some of our clients choose OSEA skincare products because they’ve had a bad reaction to commercial skincare products,” says Melissa Martin Wallace, esthetician and owner of Anew You Skincare & Wellness Center in Avon. “Others are concerned about the short- and long-term effects of...

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    Transition and Crisis as an Initiation

    If you are going through a transition or crisis consider this. As unsettled, chaotic, and perhaps even as hopeless as things are right now there may be another way to look at what is happening. Maybe there is something deeper to look at beyond a miserable time that you can’t wait to get through? Maybe what is happening to you right now is not all that bad. Maybe what is happening is a gift beyond measure. Maybe the dark place that you’re in is really an initiation. Maybe this initiation is preparing you for something you have been waiting...

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    What is Love?

    What is love? Love is not an emotion it is the state of your being. -His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar We are made up of a substance called love. It is at the core of our very essence. For some of us, stress and strain haves covered up that core. We do not experience the truth of our nature, which is love. If you want more love in your life it begins with a connection within yourself. It surprisingly has little to do with outer relationships. When that inner connection is made, those outer connections or relationships become...

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    Training your Nervous System: A New Approach to Interval Training

    Everyone knows how important exercise is for health. For those who suffer from fatigue and chronic illnesses (autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chronic Lyme disease, fibromyalgia, adrenal fatigue, etc.), however, just the thought of exercise evokes the fear of not being able to get out of bed the next day. Unfortunately, the more that we rest and avoid exercise, the less energy generating capacity is available in the body. The powerhouse of the cell is called the mitochondria. Cells that require lots of energy may have as many as 2000 mitochondria (such as liver cells) and cells that do...