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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

It is that time of year when, after months of cold, wintery doldrums, we excitedly look toward spring. With spring comes more sunshine and warmer temperatures, but there is another aspect of the season that attractive. Spring is a time of renewal, birth and new possibilities. It is a time when we can look around us and take in the wonders of the natural cycles of Mother Earth. It only makes sense that springtime is when we celebrate Earth Day, a day to show our gratitude and appreciation for the beauty and bounty of this planet that we live on....

March 24, 2017 by Angela Irish

Green Cleaning 101

I don’t know about you, but I feel like a freshly cleaned home is one of the great pleasures of day to day life. It is refreshing and soothing at the same time. It calms my mind to clear out the clutter and debris of daily living and enjoy my beautiful clean surroundings. Granted, my idea of what defines clean has changed over the time. When I was younger, the smell of pine scented cleaning products and a hint of bleach was what I associated with clean. Then at some point I came to realize that to “smell” the clean,...

March 14, 2017 by Angela Irish

Portion Control: The Key to Healthy Eating

The last time you dined out at a restaurant did you carefully scan the menu, looking for the healthiest option, or at least something that wasn’t going to make you wish you had worn looser clothing? You might have gone with the grilled chicken instead of the fried, or maybe you had the pasta primavera instead of the alfredo. Your plate arrived and it was pleasantly full, beckoning you to enjoy every last healthy morsel. The problem is that even the healthiest options on a typical restaurant menu often carry a caloric price tag of at least half, if not...

March 08, 2017 by Angela Irish

Dry Brushing

Many people make a point of taking great care of the skin on their face. After all, it is the first thing that people are likely to notice about you, and the health of your skin can greatly impact how you feel about yourself. Who doesn’t want to look and feel as radiantly beautiful as possible? As important as the skin on our faces is, however, it represents only a small part of the organ that covers our bodies. For many of us, the extent of our body skin care is to use a little lotion or oil after the...

March 06, 2017 by Angela Irish

The Japanese Art of Forest Bathing

Stress is simply unavoidable, and at some point most of us seek out techniques for reducing or better coping with the stress in our lives. One of the most common tips for stress reduction is to get outside, take a walk and immerse yourself in nature. There is no disputing that a little one on one time with Mother Nature can be a restorative experience. There are plenty of ways that you can do this, but one of the most therapeutic ways of interacting with nature is a Japanese philosophy known as Shinrin-yoku, or “forest bathing.”

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March 02, 2017 by Angela Irish

Spice Things Up

They say that variety is the spice of life, but the truth is that a variety of spices might be the key to a healthy life. Evidence shows us that cultures that tend to use abundant spices and herbs in their cooking experience less occurrence of chronic health conditions and lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Nature provides a bounty of delicious, healthy spices that not only add excitement and character to your culinary creations but also keep your body and complexion healthy and vibrant. There is so much information out there about healthy spices and herbs that it...

February 27, 2017 by Angela Irish

Healthy Habits for Dealing with Stress

“Stress.” Just the word alone is enough to make you tense up. Most of us naturally associate stress with negative feelings and emotions. It’s no secret that as a culture, we are experiencing higher levels of stress than in previous years or generations. It is estimated that almost fifty percent of us experience chronic stress, or stress on a regular basis, and that the overall level of stress we feel is higher than it was just five years ago. This type of chronic stress can have serious consequences for your health.  Stress, however, is a normal and unavoidable part of...

February 27, 2017 by Angela Irish

Kick the Soda Habit

It is estimated that each year American’s consume as much as fifty billion liters of soft drinks. You read that right, “fifty BILLION”! That averages out to approximately fifty-seven gallons per person, or more than one gallon a week for the average adult. For optimal health, you should be consuming at least four gallons of water in a week. Chances are that all of that soda is replacing water for most avid soda drinkers. This means that up to a quarter of necessary fluid intake is being consumed in the form of sugary, high fructose corn syrup-laden soft drinks.

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February 20, 2017 by Angela Irish

Take Control of Dry Winter Skin

Here we are, knee deep in the grasp of winter’s cold hands, and while the gray skies and dropping temperatures might be taking a toll on your otherwise sunny disposition, I’m willing to bet that your skin is suffering the consequences as well. This is the time of year when you can step outside to get a shockingly refreshing blast of cold air. It gives you a nice rosy glow, doesn’t it? The problem is that the pink flush on your cheeks has nothing to do with a vibrant glow, but more likely the result of dry, chapped skin.

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February 15, 2017 by Angela Irish

12 Tips for Better Sleep

There is no denying the value of a good night’s sleep. When you are well rested you immediately feel the difference as soon as you wake up. There is an immediate surge of energy that only comes from restful, adequate sleep. You might also be able to instantly see the effects when you look in the mirror. We all know that sleep is important, we all know that it affects how we feel, look and act. However, the current culture of always being on the go, with too many obligations and too much stress, is taking its toll on the...

February 15, 2017 by Angela Irish