11 Ways to Indulge Your Sweet Tooth (Without the Cavities)

We've all heard that too much highly processed, refined sugar can have devastating effects on your metabolism and contribute to all sorts of diseases.  This is no joke...Here's why:

  • The average American adult consumes 22 teaspoons every day.  That adds up to over 130 pounds of the stuff every year.
  • Sugar contains tons of calories with no essential nutrients.  All it does is cause tooth decay by literally feeding harmful bacteria in your mouth!
  • An excess amount of sugar can have a devastating effect on your metabolism.
  • Sugar is highly addictive because after ingestion it causes a huge release of dopamine in your brain, which keeps you coming back for more.
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Spring Forward with Locally Grown

In just 10 short days we will be turning our clocks forward and losing an hour of sleep as Spring officially arrives.  I don't know about you, but all of this teasing that Mother Nature has done recently with the weather has me very much ready for warmer temperatures!

As Spring gets closer I'm starting to think about my garden and what I will be planting for the season.  I absolutely love growing my own food.  There is something so magical about watching a tiny seed grow into a beautiful food-bearing plant, nature is so freaking cool.

My garden is pretty small right now, so when it comes to growing food, no one is more of an expert than our local farmers.  I've decided to be much more conscious about where I am getting my food lately and am really passionate about supporting local organic farmers.  

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7 Health Benefits of Herbal Tea

Nothing takes away the chill of Winter better than a nice hot cup of tea.  In cultures around the world people have been brewing leaves, fruits flowers, roots, bark and berries for centuries.  Here's why: 

  • Research suggests the antioxidants in tea help protect against cancer
  • Tea is high in oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC), which means it helps destroy free radicals that can damage DNA
  • Tea is primarily water and therefore naturally hydrating
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How to Beat the Winter Blues

Depending on where you live - New York City versus Los Angeles - winter will either be something you dread or something that passes you by without noticing.

Sometimes even people who live in the warmer states like California experience cyclical changes that affect their moods and disposition.

For some people, as the hours of sunlight decrease in the fall and winter, their circadian rhythm cycle can become disrupted.  The hormone melatonin and the neurotransmitter serotonin suddenly drop in the winter and this causes lethargy, depression, irritability and weight gain.

So, what can you do to help beat the winter blues?  Here are my top 10 tips.

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