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The Not So Secrets of the Blue Zones and Why They Have the Highest Life Expectancy.

I wanna live forever! No I don’t actually but the Blue Zones are writing the book about living RIGHT. These “magical” zones are areas of the globe where people are living healthier happier longer lives and the rest of the world is asking why and how can I? Their secret is in the most obvious of reasons. What are the Blue Zones? In 2005 researcher, explorer and author Dan Buettner set out to find the areas of the world where people live the longest. After a few years traveling he was able to classify 5 regions who beat out the rest of the world in longevity. These regions are places where old age and quality of life are in fact synonymous. Let’s learn:   Sardinia, Italy: Mountain villages, in particular a village called Seulo actually hold the record for “the place where people live the longest in the world”. Okinawa, Japan: The Japanese are the best- we all know it. This geographic location has been the most popular for some time producing many centenarians of the …

Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog

What the Chinese New Year 2018 will Bring for You.

2018 is the year of the dog, not the one who ghosted on you on Tinder but the Chinese New Year that is based on the lunar calendar. This means anyone born during the years 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, and 2018 are a bunch of dogs! It’s a good thing…or is it? What the Year of the Dog Means for You. The Chinese lunar calendar repeats every 12 years with every year being assigned an animal. These 12 animals represent unique qualities and traits that fall onto your person based on your birth year. The Ox, the Pig, the Rat, the Tiger, the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the Rooster, and the Dog all make up this wild calendar. Your sign is also assigned one of the five elements; earth, water, metal, fire, and wood. If you are a dog you’re known for your sincere, honest and loyal qualities. You’re steadfast in your ways with an extra boost of compassion and are known of course …

Personal Love Letters, Supplements and Tub Tea… Making this Valentine’s Day All About Me.

This Valentine’s Day I am loving self-healing and wellness right into my body. Skip the jewelry, flowers and whatever else you picked up at CVS on the way home. February 14th is all about self-action and self-love. I’m going to spend the day feeling good, doing great, and surrounding myself with even better because this year it’s all about ME…and you.  My favorite things to do on Valentine’s Day.. for myself. The universe and your body might I add, responds to how you feel so get yourself in a good mood by welcoming in good thoughts and good energy. Listen to your favorite music, wear your favorite outfit, or my favorite-stay in bed a little longer! Here are some self-love Valentine’s Day ideas: Love yourself with some DIY tub tea. Tub tea, tea baths or bath soaks as they can be called are gaining some steam. These are easy DIY’s and can be done with your favorite calming feel good teas like chamomile or green. Throw in some Epsom Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt, Essential Oil and flowers and …

Super Moon, Blood Moon, Blue Moon, all the Moons… plus the Science and Spirituality behind them.

This coming Wednesday all the moons are happening. Did you get my full moon pun in the title!? Full moons make people crazy af. It changes the tides on the whole damn planet and it makes me feel like a loon. The science behind this moon(s) is incredible, but what’s even more incredible is the spiritual meaning of these moons and what they can mean for you in your life. What the hell is a super blood blue moon? I mean Hollywood needs to make a horror movie about this moon, stat. Here’s what you need to know: It’s a cosmic event! Last time a blue moon and a lunar eclipse happened was in 1886. The next one won’t happen until 2048. Science people are calling it an astronomical trifecta- Okay calm down you guys A blue mean – means it’s the second in a month! Usually they only happen every two years. This particular full moon is the THIRD full moon in a series of super moons which just mean the moon is closest to …

Easy tips for staying hydrated in winter.

Easy Tips for Staying Hydrated in Winter.

Am I drinking enough water this winter? Next question. Staying hydrated in winter can be rough like your skin if you don’t drink enough water. See what I did there. Yes drinking enough water is important especially during winter. Aside from sticking post it notes everywhere to remind you to drink enough water, I’ve got some golden tips. The top tips for staying hydrated in winter. Pretend your British and enjoy some tea. Tea is actually the second largest consumed beverage in the world after water. With tea shops popping up everywhere loose leaf and convenient tea bag options offer an easy way to add some flavor to your water. Grocery stores will have all sorts of tea options as well but make sure you are watching your caffeine intake- herbal is the way to go. Flavors like chamomile, dandelion, apple, orange teas, passionfruit, black currant, and hibiscus are just some of my favorite herbal tea blends I drink to beat my winter de-hydration. Eat foods with high water content. Oranges, grapefruit, watermelon, iceberg lettuce, celery, peppers, …

Why Every Feminist Should Be Using Feminine Wash PH Soap.

Ph soap or feminine wash is not a feminist movement for your lady parts, it’s the proper care needed to maintain the good bacteria and ph level of dare I say the most important physical part of a woman. If you call yourself a feminist you better be using proper feminine wash Ph soap. This isn’t political, it’s science. Just like how woman are the stronger sex…wink wink. Feminine wash PH soap is a wash that maintains the good bacteria and natural acidity of your vagina. I have read that some OBGYN’s say feminine wash is unnecessary citing that our bodies are pretty good at maintaining themselves. While I do agree on some level I’m sure we have all used regular soap and felt the dryness in our special area when it’s clear we used the wrong wash. Soaps or other non gentle cleansers can strip the good bacteria and cause unwanted imbalances.  So here are my top reasons I use Ph soap: Maintains a healthy PH level– Our vagina (the collective one) sits at …

Why Binchotan Charcoal is Better than Your Water Filter.

Binchotan Charcoal is better than your water filter. Binchotan Charcoal, YAAS Bitch. Not familiar? How about activated charcoal, charcoal pills, charcoal powder? We’ve read countless articles telling us why charcoal can remove impurities, absorb toxins and make our skin flawless. Did you know it can also purify and alkalinize our water? Binchotan Charcoal, Sumi or Kishu Binchotan Charcoal hails from Japan and is reusable, recyclable and all natural. These charcoal sticks are made from the highest quality Japanese Holm Oak, a tree native to Japan. Hello, charcoal is from a tree…did I know this? The charcoal is burned in small workshops by skilled artisans at extremely high temperatures and are then rapidly cooled, like how cool I feel from using Binchotan charcoal for my water filter. How does Binchotan Charcoal work? In so many ways folks. Here’s why you need to be using charcoal sticks in stead of your tired old Brita water filter: Absorbs water born chemicals – The process called “Nerashi” carbonizes the structure of the wood leaving microscopic cavities where water born …

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Is Working from Home Really Right for You?

Working from home is a romantic notion we have all dreamed about at some point while working in an office, with others, or for a boss or manager we don’t love. If we could only work from home our problems will be solved. Right? Wrong? You decide. Working from home won’t solve the problem that you are still working for someone else. Let’s be honest most of us think the idea of working from home is a bridge to eventually working for ourselves on our own terms. Unfortunately that’s not really how it works. There is a major difference between working for yourself and working from home. If you work from home you are still working on someone else’s time. You still have to job to do. If your company, boss, or manager don’t bring you happy thoughts now it’s likely working from home will be a symptomatic choice. Let’s look at the top unfavorable possibilities working from home may bring. Here are the cons: Micromanager- It is possible if you are trying to escape the boss …

eating healthy when everyone around you doesn't

Tips for Eating Healthy When Everyone Around you Doesn’t.

As summer is fast approaching the time for bikinis-or actually one pieces since they are now in style and way chic-er, cook outs, and crop tops are at hand. With warm weather comes body bearing and food sharing and if you are trying to eat healthy and treat your body and soul like the temple it is, it can be incredibly hard when living with family, roommates or children who don’t see eye to eye when it comes to eating healthy. So How Do You Eat Healthy When No One Else Will? Thanks to the amazing digital health community, myself Angie Santos at Greenbanangirl.com and Sarah Pollard at Sarahpollard.org have partnered to bring you this summer’s must have tips to staying on track and eating healthy when dealing with picky eaters, junk food lovers, significant others and children!  Sarah! I’m Sarah a newly certified holistic health coach but didn’t always care about my health. If you hung out with me four years ago, you would know that I would visit the drive through often, eat …

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The Wellness Tourism Experience That Will Make You Want to Trade in Your Hotel for a Monastery.

To be clear, wellness tourism does not have to mean spending $5000 American dollars to sit in silence with strangers, drink clay and eat organic foods; I can just go to Portland for that…shout out Portland! Wellness tourism is a travel experience that puts you in a state of receptivity. Unfortunately in our daily lives we aren’t always able to sustain that feeling of openness unless you are Ghandi, Oprah or high. Wellness travel can start with the intention to unwind, experience a new culture, gain perspective on your life, or get away from the familiar. Travel reminds us that the world is way bigger than the 9 to 5, Starbucks latte, or weekend visits with the fam. It’s a way to check in with yourself and make space so whatever is coming your way can enter your atmosphere. While trying to book a last minute hotel after deciding we would have to make the almost three hour drive from Montreal to Quebec City in hopes of running into Celine Dion, the greatest singer in the world, we found this …