Tomatoes Tomatoes Everywhere

Tomatoes Tomatoes Everywhere

If your garden looks anything like mine, you are harvesting pounds of tomatoes every week. After giving away as many tomatoes as are coming in, it is time to get creative and find new ways to preserve this delicious food.

But first, lets review how to can tomatoes:

  1. Start by selecting ripe tomatoes from your garden, wash them.
  2. Place a large pot of water on the stove over high heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Take 7-8 tomatoes at a time and drop them ...
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Practitioner Highlight: Yi Qiao, LAc., OMD

Practitioner Highlight: Yi Qiao, LAc., OMD

Dr. Qiao received her medical degree from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, one of the most prestigious TCM schools in the world, and has been teaching at acupuncture schools in the Los Angeles area for over 15 years.  She has also authored two books – “Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Herbal Formula” and “Traditional Chinese Medicine Study Guide, Diagnosis”.

Dr. Qiao specializes in the following areas:

  • Acupuncture and Women’s and Men’s hormonal health
  • Acupuncture and Cardiovascular disorders
  • Acupuncture and Pain management
  • Acupuncture and Stress and anxiety
  • Acupuncture and ...
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6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

6 Health Benefits from Being in Nature

With the new school year upon us, our free time is shifting away from outdoor trips. Before filling up all of your time with after school activities, sports practice, and play dates, make sure to save some time for getting out of town and into nature.

Research has shown multiple health benefits resulting from time spent in nature:

Being in nature makes you feel more alive.

A 2010 study from the University of Rochester found that spending time outdoors not only makes you happier, ...

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Your Posture’s Impact On Your Health

I have found my poster worsening each year. I slouch while at my desk, sitting down for meals, checking my phone, and even when standing. I know it looks bad and knew it could lead to neck pain, but had no idea it could impact my organs too!

Check out this video on the importance of a good posture and small changes you can make in your day-to-day life.


Ted Ed, Lessons Worth Sharing

The Benefits of ...

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Kale Caesar Salad

Kale Caesar Salad

Kale is one of the most nutritionally dense leafy greens. I have eaten kale lightly steamed, sautéed, massaged, and in smoothies. Lately, however, I have been getting bored with Kale and started looking for a new fun way to eat it. Cue Caesar Salad. I love caesar salad but know its one of the less healthy salad options due to the heavy dressing, croutons, and lack of nutrition in iceberg lettuce.

So, i decided to combine the two and made myself a ...

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Back to School- Time for a Medical Check Up

Back to School- Time for a Medical Check Up

by Bren Boston, MD

The summer is winding down, and kids all over the United States are getting their preventive care prior to school starting. Parents make sure their kids get pre-participation physical exams, their dental cleanings, and their eyes checked before the rush of the school year begins.

Adults need to remember to schedule their own preventive medical check ups as well. An annual exam looks at your overall health:

  • Blood pressure
  • Heart ...
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5 Tips for a Healthier Transition into Autumn

5 Tips for a Healthier Transition into Autumn

by Stacey Whittle, RDN, MNT

As we gradually move into autumn, the days become shorter and the temperature turns cool. It is the time of year that we go from the relaxed and carefree attitudes of summer to shifting gears and coming back into a more structured routine.

For many, the change in weather and fewer daylight hours affects our choice in food, what time we eat, as well as our motivation to exercise. If you have children it also means ...

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Summer Smoothies

Summer Smoothies

On a hot summer day, nothing hits the spot like a nice cold refreshing fruit smoothie. One of my favorites is the 5- Minute Vegan Breakfast Smoothie from the Kitchn.

I like to kick it up a notch by adding a serving of Akasha Greens, an amazing source of vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes, essential fatty acids, probiotics, and hundreds of phytonutrients.

5-Minute Vegan Breakfast Smoothie

Serves 1

1 cup almond milk
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 cup frozen fruit medley (favorite: strawberry, ...

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Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Strawberry Rhubarb Bars

Strawberries and Rhubarb are in season and combined, they make a delicious treat. You can combine these flavors in pies, muffins, pancakes, bars, & crumbles, just to name a few. My favorite are these bars!

Yield: 16 bars
Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh rhubard, diced
  • 2 cups fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 6 stevia packets (or 2-3 Tbsp of your favorite sweetener)
  • 3 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ½ cup cane sugar (or ...
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5 Reasons We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

5 Reasons We Won’t Let Ourselves Be Happy

“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Happiness is a state of mind. Yet, while we strive for happiness, we often get in our own way. Recently published in Psychology Today, Dr. Lisa  Firestone provides us with interesting insights into why:

In her bestselling book The Top Five Regrets of the Dying, author and nurse Bronnie Ware reported that one of the most common regrets people have at the end of ...

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