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  • Boosting the Immune System with Natural Remedies (Part 2)

    Your immune system is made, not born. New research dispels the belief that the strength of the body’s defense system is genetically programmed . . . . In one of the most comprehensive analyses of immune function performed to date, researchers . . .measured immune cell populations and their chemical messengers – 204 parameters in all – before and after participants received a flu shot . . . . The findings . . . argue that life habits and experiences shape our body’s defenses more than the DNA passed down from our parents.     ~ Scientific American, January 29, 2015...

  • A Butter Like No Other

    You’ve heard of coconut oil, but what are these jars of coconut butter that stores are displaying these days? Often labeled as “coconut manna”, coconut butter is decidedly NOT coconut oil. While coconut oil is the fat extracted from raw coconut meat, coconut butter is a puree of dried coconut into a butter-like paste. While coconut oil is 100% fat, coconut butter contains all the fiber, sugars, fats, and other nutrients you find in whole coconut meat. Thus, its fat content is around 70%. You might think, “Yikes, that is a lot of fat. Isn’t that unhealthy?” Quite the...

  • Paleo Chocolate Bread

    How many of us are trying to reduce our grain? It’s a tough effort for sure, particularly for those afternoon carb cravings that we get on a daily basis! It has taken me several years to come up with this recipe (with multiple ‘not so great’ versions through its history!). This sweet bread is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, nut free, soy free, and free of refined sugar. You can also make it egg free and it actually still comes out delicious but with a denser texture. Ideally, have this bread sit on the counter on a cooling...

  • Is Anxiety the Cause of Your Insomnia?

    It’s been a long, busy day. Meetings at work meant that you accomplished almost nothing else. Then, you arrived home and had to cook dinner, handle chores and take care of the kids. Finally, exhausted you crawl into bed in hopes of a good nights sleep. You sigh as your head hits the pillow and tuck the blanket around you. You close your eyes and wait. Ten minutes, fifteen, twenty, thirty . . . Yes, still awake. You count sheep, read in bed and yet are still awake. The question is… “Why?” First of all, it is important to...

  • The Link Between Impaired Sleep and Metabolic Syndrome

    Impaired sleep is a chief contributor to metabolic conditions such as obesity and diabetes. This holds true regardless of the type of sleep difficulties a person is having. The reason for this is due to the effects on our hormones that regulate metabolism, appetite, and our blood sugar levels. Additionally, this shift in hormones contributes to unhealthy behaviors that result in weight gain. Considering these vast implications on our health, sleep difficulties are far too commonly overlooked as a cause for disease. According to the Center for Disease Control more than 25% of Americans report having some form of...

  • Farewell to Stress, Fear and Anxiety

    Life can be absolutely wonderful but it can be extremely stressful as well. Today we live in a time of high speed technology, incessant pressure and constant change. Our new world of a fast paced, 24/7 mentality can result in feelings of tension, stress and anxiety whether self-imposed or related to outside influences. Our seemingly insatiable thirst for information, news and connectedness has many glued to computer screens, smart phones and tablets from the moment we awaken until the time we go to sleep. Adults, teens and even children are exposed to the positive and often very negative side...

  • Can’t Lose Weight? The Catch 22 of Stress and Sleep

    You’re doing everything right to lose weight and it still isn’t happening. You’re eating healthy, you’re taking supplements, you’re doing the right kind of exercise for your individual metabolism…and you’ve plateaued. “Why isn’t this working,” you ask. Well, there are two other very important components that play a big role in whether or not weight loss occurs. Sleep and stress…and they are extremely interrelated. Choosing not to get enough sleep causes a lot of undue stress on the body, and being under a lot of stress typically affects your quality of sleep. It’s a Catch 22. Let’s talk about...

  • 5 Ways to Neutralize Your Stress

    If this headline caught your eye it’s probably because you or someone you know is suffering from that dreaded word…STRESS!!! We’ve heard the word, we’ve all experienced it at one point or another, but what is it exactly? The dictionary correlates it to pressure, anxiety, constant worry, nervous tension and trauma, all of which are just different words for fear. What are we afraid of? Are we afraid that there’s too much to do, that others will do it better than we will? Are we afraid that we’re not smart or capable enough? Are we afraid of failing, or...

  • Eating During the Holidays is a Balancing Act

    Life is a balancing act. We are constantly balancing our jobs, our families, and our health, to name a few things. Sometimes we are out of balance and we seem to have a penchant, this time of year especially, to indulge. Now, I love food and I have a tendency to delight in every bite I take. I, for one, don’t believe it is helpful to completely eliminate delectable bites such as ice cream from life! Removing the joy and love associated with eating is not the goal, but rather increasing knowledge and capability around what we put into...

  • 8 Tools to Promote Healthy Balance in Your Life

    This world we live in can be hectic, toxic, and downright overwhelming. Things seem to be moving faster and faster all the time, we’re expected to be connected and available 24/7, and we struggle to unplug from it all. Collectively, we’re a stressed-out bunch. And too often, we turn to temporary or unhealthy solutions to relax, which rarely address the root of the issue. Instead of going down that road, perhaps we can use the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine for guidance. We can understand most things in our lives through the paradigm of Yin and Yang. Simply, Yin...

  • Getting Through the Holiday Season Without Falling off the Wagon!

    The wonderful part of the holidays is that they are a great time to connect with family and friends with so many events, parties and gatherings. The challenging part of the holidays is that they are a great time to connect with family and friends with so many events, parties and gatherings. It’s a bit of a paradox that all the festive holiday celebrations can leave us feeling stressed, run down, disappointed in ourselves and thankful for Jan 1st to start fresh again. The average American gains about 10 pounds over the holiday season. Each year as the holidays...

  • Boosting the Immune System with Natural Remedies (Part 1)

    Low immune function refers to an underactive and poor performing immune system. The immune system’s prime function is to protect the body against infection and the development of cancer. Support and enhancement of the immune system is perhaps the most important step in achieving resistance to disease and reducing susceptibility to colds, flus, and cancer. ~ Michael Murray, ND, www.doctormurray.com The overprescribing of antibiotics is rampant in this country. Although administering them can be necessary to kill virulent bacterial infections, these drugs are sometimes prescribed for the wrong ailments and with complete disregard for long-term immunity. Given the potential...

  • All Your Questions about Spirituality, Energy and Health Answered!

    I am grateful for the opportunity to help people experience the world I feel we are moving through and stepping into. This column is is question and answer format to provide those interested, a chance to ask questions about spiritually, energetics, health and life and how it can all come together in a grounded, functional and applicable way, so the reader can navigate life with peace, joy and compassion in a world that is changing so fast. Every month I welcome you to submit your mind, body, spirit questions directly to me at questions.rondamico@gmail.com or through my website at...

  • Butternut “Rice” Pilaf

    Unlike the past, today’s butternut squash flesh is sweet and tender, palatable to both kids and adults alike. But many folks don’t realize how much nutritional benefit butternut squash imparts. It contains very high levels of vitamins A and C, key immune supporting nutrients important for warding off illness like winter colds and flu. It is also rich in fiber. While it contains a large amount of carbohydrates and is known as a starchy vegetable, there is growing evidence that certain pectins in the starch may have additional anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and may even help regulate blood sugar....