Top self-care tips from one mother to another

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Top self-care tips from one mother to another

 

By Maggie Ney

Increasingly, women in families are asked to wear many hats in addition to being a mother: primary caregiver, cook, housekeeper, breadwinner, nurse, and more. It is essential for anyone in a caregiver role to practice “self-care.” With the busyness of your every day in mind, we want to remind you of something very important: Don’t forget about yourself.

Most everyone agrees that a happy mom makes a happy home. Still, it doesn’t hurt to be reminded from time to time what that takes. ...

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A Fresh Start

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A Fresh Start

By: Maggie Ney, ND

The beginning of spring is synonymous with starting fresh. It is an ideal time for cleansing, getting rid of the old, and welcoming the new. We at Akasha feel this is a wonderful time to reflect on – and embrace – the possibilities inherent in new beginnings. It is an opportunity to set new intentions, to be mindful and aware of the areas in your life that you would like to change, and to experience ...

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Getting through the Allergy Season

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Getting through the Allergy Season

Contributed by Dr. Maggie Ney, ND

Spring is a beautiful time of year but for many of us, it also signifies the beginning of endless sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. Thankfully there are many natural ways to reduce these symptoms and go back to loving this time of year, pollen and all.

1) Build your immunity: Starting off any season with a strong immune system is the best form of preventative care. Consider taking supplements such as Continue Reading →

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cake

Maggie Ney, ND

A good friend brought this pie over for a potluck dinner several years ago. It was so flavorful and rich, no one could believe it was raw, vegan, and organic.  My friend finally gave me the recipe when I saw her again at another potluck (and after this amazing pie got the same incredible response!). The first chance I had, I made it for a small dinner party and before long I was writing the recipe out for my ...

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Cold and Flu season is still upon us!

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Cold and Flu season is still upon us!

The cold and flu has been particularly rough this season and it is not over yet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this spring may see a second round of the Flu due to a new strain of the virus that has recently emerged.

About half the country is still in the grip of flu, and the H3N2 strain that had mutated just enough to infect even vaccinated people has now been replaced by the influenza B ...

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Hot Pink Quinoa Salad

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Hot Pink Quinoa Salad

By Bren Boston, M.D.

I am always searching for ways to get my kids to eat more vegetables.  Beets are a good option because they are naturally sweet and they are an enticing magenta color.  Add to that the health benefits of beets:  they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and betaine, an antiinflammatory nutrient that helps protect cells from environmental stress.  And when I mention to my kids that beets are a source of sugar, they ...

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Insomnia – Is your over-thinking and over doing getting the best of you?

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Insomnia – Is your over-thinking and over doing getting the best of you?

By Edison de Mello, MD, PhD

The holidays have an amazing capacity to bring up EVERYTHING. Although we are not able to control “WHAT” comes up, we can learn how to better manage the “HOW” it comes up. Knowing how to first observe the many scripts our minds are working simultaneously is the first step to ‘‘reframing” our thoughts and is the foundation for healthier thinking. After all, who said you need to believe everything ...

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Breastfeeding Plan

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Breastfeeding Plan

By Melissa Belli, MD

As mothers prepare for delivery a lot of energy is focused on being ready for labor, from Lamaze to, prenatal yoga, self-hypnosis to doulas, hospital tours to birth plans. Often thinking about what comes after delivery seems overwhelming and clouded by the unknown. But once the delivery comes and goes the new mother arrives at a place that seems quite unmapped. She arrives home with the baby and the long hours of infant care begin. The fourth ...

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Intentions for the New Year

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Intentions for the New Year

By Maggie Ney, ND

The start of a new year is a perfect time to think about the person you want to be and the life you want to live. Whether 2013 was filled with joy, beauty, and the fulfillment of your goals or, alternatively, pain, loss and resolutions left unkept, now is the time to reflect and set intentions.

I have written resolutions – and, more recently, New Year’s intentions, for as long as I can remember. ...

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Pumping for Healthier Babies and the Working Mother

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Pumping for Healthier Babies and the Working Mother

By Melissa Belli, MD

When asking mothers why they stop or cut down on breastfeeding, a significant proportion say returning to work was the deal breaker for them. The difficulties of pumping at work and the inconvenience of the current pumping technology greatly influence a woman’s decision to continue to breastfeed.  According to the Centers for Disease Control 77% of mothers in the USA initiate breastfeeding, yet only 16.4% are exclusively breastfeeding by 6 months (49% still breastfeed at 6 months ...

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