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    Denver to Vail: Experience Antlers at Vail…Your Home Away From Home

    I awoke to a beautiful, sunny 80 degree day in Denver, picked up our Nissan X-terra which will be our traveling vehicle for the next two months and headed into LoDo – for those of you not familiar with Denver, that’s lower downtown. We stopped at a Denver staple – the Rock Bottom Brewery. Now I’m not sure they’d exactly qualify for “farm-to-table”, but my other mission on this quest is to find cool, local places that are producing local products such as craft beer, cocktails, etc. Rock Bottom has some clean, classic recipes, brewed in-house. However, I tried...

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    Eat, Sleep, Play, Thrive…in the Western US – 60 Days of Finding the Best Farm-to-Table Restaurants, Ecofriendly Hotels and Outdoor Adventure

    And we’re off! 60 days on a whirlwind tour of the western US’ best luxury, ecofriendly properties and farm-to-table restaurants. As many of you know, my other passion aside from educating people on natural health alternatives, is Travel! More specifically, travel to find hotels and restaurants that are striving to help protect and save our beautiful planet by implementing ecofriendly and sustainable initiatives. There is nothing more exciting for me than to be able to inform my readers about a great hotel that really cares about its effect on the environment – or a wonderful restaurant that sources locally...

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    Sweeter Dreams: 10 Steps to Safe Slumber for Kids

    While children are awake, parents are vigilant about keeping them safe, from holding hands while crossing the street to applying (and reapplying!) sunscreen. But it’s just as important to keep kids safe while they slumber—after all, children can sleep 12 hours or more a night, which means they spend about half their time in the bedroom. As children grow and mature, their lungs, skin and digestive systems are especially prone to the airborne allergens that lurk in most modern bedrooms, like dust mites, pollen, mold, mildew, bacteria, viruses and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Establishing a healthy sleep environment that’s...

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    Conscious Kids Conscious Money

    You taught them how to read and how to ride a bike, but have you taught your children how to manage money? Since they probably don’t have much of it, I suggest the conversation include a strong focus on credit. You know, those offers that come in the mail for your cat, dog, and underage kids–credit card companies are trolling for the next victim. They make a lot of money, and they are hungry for fresh meat. Money and The Present Moment As I wrote about in my column, ‘The Spiritual Cost of Debt,’ credit debt comes with a...

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    Better Food Better Behavior

    Would you like to see remarkable improvements in your children’s learning and behavior? Take a look at their diets–at home and at school. A case study at a high school in Appleton, Wisconsin, where a significant number of students were failing academically and disciplinary issues were on the rise, kicked off a national trend to improve school lunch programs. Following a complete overhaul of that school’s lunch program there were remarkable improvements in learning and behavior. What do our children eat at school? Is it healthy? Will it promote good learning and good behavior? As school lunch programs slowly...

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    Does My Child Have Food Allergies?

    Constipation, diarrhea, hives, rashes, eczema, dark circles around the eyes, sneezing, runny nose, coughing and wheezing, ear infections, poor weight gain, irritability, anxiety, fatigue, headaches, crying, hyperactivity, gas, vomiting, and even anaphylaxis. These are all signs that something is definitely wrong. You’ve seen the signs, but how do you figure out the cause of your child’s problems? Food Allergies Food allergies are generally much easier to understand than sensitivities. True allergies are considered an IgE food reaction and happen shortly after exposure. Allergic reactions occur when the body overreacts to an allergen by creating antibodies to attack the substance....

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    The Vitals of Juicing

    Today, more people are becoming aware of the importance of a healthier diet and overall better nutrition. GMO’s, hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, mad cow, it’s enough to make you open your eyes before opening your mouth. Proper nutrition, dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity. More stores now carrying so called “organics” or “all natural” as food companies are competing to gain more shelf space than ever before. It is important however, to truly understand what these terms really mean and if the labeling accurately depicts the true nature of the...

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    Emotional Fitness: The Key To Your Happiness

    Last year more than 255 million prescriptions were written for anti-depressants in the U.S. alone. That’s really quite an amazing number. According to the CDC, more than one in five women between the ages of 40 and 59 are taking anti-depressants. At least that keeps the drug industry happy. Every week you can read about the latest celebrity meltdown, divorce or overdose and realize that fame and fortune by themselves do not bring happiness. Happiness is much more than money or achievement, and an unhappy life is a life of suffering. Emotional Fitness No one’s life is perfect and...