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What My Mother Taught Me

May 14, 2017 |

On this Mother’s Day, I thought I’d write about what my mom has meant to me, and the impact she has on me as a mom and person. My mom is pictured here with my sisters, me and her granddaughters.  I know she has and will continue to have a major influence on all of us.  Her unconditional love’s meant so much to me over the years–always, but especially when my own journey has offered challenges, heartbreak, and new beginnings. Here are the biggest lessons I’ve learned from her:

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Spring vibes

March 20, 2017 |

Hello Spring!!!  Spring represents a new season of beginnings with longer days, warmer days and beautiful things .  It is a time to renew, cleanse, rejuvenate, shine and to lighten up and shed some layers… both emotionally and physically. Focusing on consuming spring’s bounty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes will rid the body of toxins, cleanse your organs, and fend off the damaging effects of food additives. It’s also a great time to ground yourself, move your body and breathe.

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February Love

February 7, 2017 |
The Roman month Februarius was named after the Latin term februum, which means purification. Let’s connect with that energy to cleanse and renew with the focus on loving & taking care of ourselves.
We are not just talking about the relationships you have with others. We are also talking about the relationship you have with YOU! Loving yourself like you would your best relationship. Nourishing yourself so you can be comfortable in your own skin, celebrating who you are, deep down to your core. Knowing your body is a beautiful thing and treating it with love. When you do this you allow your light to shine and you inspire others to do the same. It’s about taking care of yourself and then sharing that love with the people you care most about.
Unconditional self love requires you to see the magic & beauty in yourself. So no matter where you are right now, breathe in as much love & nourishment as you can this month and see how that comes back to you! Let Nourish Your Soul help take care of you! We are committed to nourishing the body, creating healthy cells and bodies so you can glow & shine from the inside out.
Cleanse and renew today.

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Set an intention.

December 31, 2016 |

This season is a beautiful time to ask yourself what do you want out of each experience you encounter. How much of it are you doing for yourself? How much are you doing for others? Are you giving more than you’re being given? Are you taking more than you’re giving back? Again, balance is key to everything. Read More

Express gratitude.

December 27, 2016 |

Before setting all of our New Year’s resolutions, how about taking a moment to reflect on the present moment? Think about this past year: what you’ve accomplished, what challenges you’ve dealt with, what decisions you’ve made, and what you have created. Write them down, breathe them in, and acknowledge all that you’ve done. Read More

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Find the quiet. Meditate.

December 17, 2016 |

There’s no question in my mind that you deserve a moment to breathe, relax, and carve out time for yourself. All you need is a few minutes. Taking the moments to meditate will benefit you, everyone around you, probably the rest of your week, and even the rest of your year.

I began to experience the power of meditation in my life when I started a consistent yoga practice. I learned to quiet my mind and let go. Once I was able to do that, I knew I had to take it to the next level. The next step for me was to find the time to sit quietly each day. Read More

5 Tips for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

November 23, 2016 |

It’s that time of year again, the holiday season is nearly here. It’s a time for celebration, gratitude, family, and for most of us, a little indulgence. It’s also a season where many of us grapple with the mental tug-of-war that is maintaining healthy habits while still enjoying the holiday season. Here are five tips for maintaining a healthy lifestyle this season:

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An Apple a Day

October 7, 2016 |

Everyone knows the old Welsh proverb that goes “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. What many people may not realize is that there is a surprising amount of truth in these wise words. Along with the banana, apples are one of the most commonly eaten fruits in the world. Studies show that they can potentially be amazing for your skin as well as offering anti-viral and anti-cancer properties.

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New Season, New Beginning

September 12, 2016 |

With every new season marks a new beginning. Whether you have kids, are a student yourself, or out of school, The autumn is a season that can often feel like the beginning of a new year. It is a great time for self-evaluation and reflection. We often talk about detoxification of the body but it can also be helpful and important for us to mentally and spiritually detox.

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Nourish Your Soul Mission

What We Believe

May 11, 2016 |

As Nourish Your Soul expands its reach and grows its community in Boston, we got to thinking about our mission as we take those steps forward. Our philosophy hasn’t changed since we first opened, but it seems like a great time to explain more of it, explain more about why we believe it, and share it with you.

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Nourish Your Mom: Celebrating Mothers by Making Them Healthier

May 5, 2016 |

In honor of their unconditional love, we are honoring all mothers this weekend. A mother’s love comes in many different forms, all of which nurture and help us grow. I’m grateful for the influence my mom has on me; it’s shaped and helped me grow into who I am today.

In fact, this weekend, we honor all people who we have connected to their nourishing and nurturing energy, and allowed us to grow into who we’ve become. Take this time to celebrate the women in your life for their unconditional love, and the sacrifices they’ve made for us. Show them true gratitude for the lessons we’ve taken from them as we move along on our own journeys as mothers or women. Honor the mother in your life, or maybe the one that exists within you, on this Mother’s Day.

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Setting Intentions

December 30, 2015 |

The New Year is a great time to set intentions. After all, it’s about new beginnings, right? We start with a blank page waiting for us, ready to manifest the things that we want to improve on in the coming year. That’s our opportunity to look within, and to find a way to be the best self we can be.

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Soul Series: Molly Powers

December 23, 2015 |

Our Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.

In this post we focus on Molly Powers, who works as a medium, a Reiki Master, and also as a yoga instructor in her business, Powers of Healing. We sat down with her to find out more.

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Moving on From Grief

December 16, 2015 |

This time of year can be a joyful one, but also one filled with grief–the kind we have as individuals and that we share as families. The healing process only gets underway when we address that grief. So I thought I would share my story in hopes that it can help all of us to add to that healing.

I used to live what most people would consider an ideal life. I had a loving and handsome husband, three beautiful daughters, and a lucrative and fulfilling career. We lived in a beautiful house, went on many family vacations each year, and generally felt blessed and happy. But everything changed within moments of waking up one haunting morning 10 years ago.

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Holiday Sanity: Calming Yoga Poses

December 9, 2015 |

For me, learning to let go has been (and continues to be) something I work on. It’s about getting to a new place in how we view situations and people—about coming from a place of love rather than fear, and about the importance of love for oneself and others. It’s so simple, yet so powerful.

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Holiday Sanity: Just Breathe

December 1, 2015 |

Right now is almost the time of year that can get incredibly stressful what with all the holiday parties, kids’ activities, work, bills, Christmas shopping, and so on.

I find myself getting caught up in the frenzy, too.

Often what goes along with this stress is bad eating habits and lack of exercise—which in turn just contributes to the stress! So the biggest question is, how do you calm the mind before the stress does some major damage to the body?

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Thanksgiving Overindulgence: The Solution

November 25, 2015 |

We hope you enjoy every bite of your thanksgiving feast and breath in gratitude for all the magic that happens over the holidays. It’s all about balance. Remember, it is one day!

We will be ready for you to get yourself back on track to healthy, smart eating between the holidays, in this hurried season. Add in a nutrition-packed green juice or a cleanse that balances out those heavier meals that are sure to happen in the next few months, and you’ll be all set to dive into the merriment and the New Year.

And here’s the very best boost to do that:Friday and throughout the weekend, we’re giving you 20% off as a Black Friday Rebirth Deal. Buy now online with promo code detox20 or in person tomorrow at our stores.

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Tips for staying healthy over the holiday

November 23, 2015 |

Guest post shared on Bostinno

The holidays have officially kicked into full gear… and with them, so has that annually familiar push-and-pull, yin-and-yang conflict we often have with ourselves this time of year.

In short, it’s this: How do you enjoy the festive indulgences of the season (Hello, cornbread stuffing and eggnog martinis!), while still staying healthy and keep from going off the rails?

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What it Means to be Truly Grateful

What it Means to be Truly Grateful

November 19, 2015 |

With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it’s a great time to pause beforehand and think about what the day really symbolizes for us. After all of the relatives have left and the last load of dishes has finally been put away, how will we be left feeling? What will all of the hugging, eating, laughing, and giving thanks have added up to, for us to carry with us everyday? What will be the leftovers of our leftovers, so to speak?

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Fall Soul Series: David Vendetti

November 16, 2015 |

Our Fall Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.

In this post we focus on David Vendetti of South Boston Yoga, an inspiring teacher and vibrant personality in his community. His practice focuses on personal growth, change, realigning our bodies and moving and breathing efficiently. We sat down with him to find out more.

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Everyday Cleansing: The Key To Health Throughout The Year

November 11, 2015 |

I often get asked how often I cleanse, or recommend that others cleanse. The answer is that I believe in cleansing with the seasons, meaning about 3 to 4 times per year. It helps to reset and nourish your body with vitamins and minerals while gently washing away all of the things that no longer serve you.

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How to Get Grounded When Life Gets Crazy

November 9, 2015 |

To ground ourselves, we need to remove ourselves from the clutter in our minds and connect to the present moment.  We literally need to ground ourselves to Mother Earth and connect to its energies. Grounding ourselves energetically is important for our mental, emotional, and physical health.

So what’s the best way to ground ourselves and connect to the energies of the earth? That’s as easy as it is simple: Walking barefoot in nature. The surface of the Earth holds subtle health-boosting energy that can recharge and heal. Rooting down into the earth provides us with a strong foundation to allow us to grow, blossom, and create.

What do we do when we can’t always take our shoes off? Here’s a list of things that I do:

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Make it an Ever-“Green” Holiday

November 2, 2015 |

So you just got through Halloween, and chances are good that your sugar consumption is at an all-time high. Thankfully, we’re here to help you get back on track.

As we head into the holiday season, don’t wait until January 1st to commit to making good choices. Make this holiday season a juicy one! Drinking green juice resets your body, helping you release old habits and make new ones.

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Fall Soul Series: Eliza Shirazi

October 19, 2015 |

Our Fall Soul Series continues, spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community helping us connect our physical movement with inner strength.

In this post we focus on Eliza Shirazi, a twentysomething self-titled ‘fitness firecracker’ who’s evolving from her love of dance,  music, and community into “Kick It”–the kick-butt (literally) classes she teaches at EquinoxThe Club by George Foreman III, and pop up events for Move With. We sat down with her to find out more.

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Fall Soul Series: Jacqui Bonwell

October 16, 2015 |

Welcome to our Fall Soul Series. In it we’ll be spotlighting some of the vital and influential local voices in our community that help us connect our physical movement with inner strength.

First up is Jacqui Bonwell. Her list of credentials goes on and on: she’s a certified yoga teacher and Reiki master, a yoga life coach, director of the Sacred Seeds Yoga School, and owner of  the Canton Yoga Shala. She trains other yoga teachers through her own certification programs. Armed with a B.A. in psychology and sociology from the University of Rhode Island, she also provides life coaching to help yoga students deepen their practice and apply the teachings to their everyday lives.

All that said, what’s the training she considers most important to her life? Motherhood. Here’s a little more about her.

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Join Us Tonight for Our Grand Opening!

September 28, 2015 |

Our third location is officially here! We opened our doors today upstairs at Healthworks Back Bay (441 Stuart Street) in Copley Square, Boston. The location is completely open to the public, so you don’t have to be a Healthworks member to come by.

To hep us celebrate, please swing by tonight from 5-7 p.m. meet me and my wonderful team, sample some of our new offerings, and enter to win great prizes… including a one-day cleanse and fitness passes.

Here’s to new beginnings. I hope to see you tonight–and plenty more times after that in our new space!

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Why Cleanse? And Why Right Now?

September 21, 2015 |

We all know what happens at the beginning of every new season: We generally make a slew of big promises to ourselves that never wind up coming to fruition. Or we do well with them for a week or two, and then slip right back into our old self-destructive habits.

But so often, that’s because people jump right into overly ambitious goals without starting with a clean, healthy base structure. By that a mean, a clear head, a clean, toxin-free, healthy body, and the energy they need to focus on their next goals.

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New Beginnings: Our 3rd Location!

September 17, 2015 |

Nourish Your Soul has always been about fresh starts, and so I couldn’t be more excited to announce one of our own: a third location upstairs at Healthworks Back Bay, at 441 Stuart Street, in Copley Square, Boston! The location will be completely open to the public, so you don’t have to be a Healthworks member to come by.

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Finding balance for fall

Back to school, back to balance

September 8, 2015 |

Whether you’ve got kids or not, September marks the beginning of a new year. A new season with new opportunities to create and change. It can be a time of self-evaluation and reflection as we move into a new season that offers us grounding energy, and we settle into routines and schedules. So take this time to manifest what you want for yourself and your family.

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How to Help Your Body Thrive This Labor Day Weekend

September 4, 2015 |

Whether you’re headed out of town with family and friends for Labor Day weekend or staying put and relaxing, odds are you’ll be taking advantage of the holiday to kick back and enjoy yourself. So, congrats! You deserve it. At the same time, of course, you want to be good to yourself so you don’t come back to reality (and September is always an especially busy reality, to be sure) next week feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation… just in order to recuperate.

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Summer Skin Renewal

August 24, 2015 |

I’ve talked before about the big benefits of exfoliation in our ongoing mission to live as clean as we can; it can be one of the most effective, simple routines that you can easily add to your morning before your shower or at night before bed.

And now, at the end of the summer when the sun and sand have dried our skin, this easy practice is more essential to renewing your skin’s health and your overall circulation than ever.

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The Health Benefits of Being Grateful

August 13, 2015 |

It turns out mom was right when she told you to always say thank you. And not just because it’s polite, but also because it could seriously improve your overall health.

A movement called positive psychology has done several studies that show grateful people (meaning those who describe gratitude as a permanent rather than temporary in their everyday lives) tend to take better care of themselves, practice more healthful habits like diet and exercise, and in general, are far less stressed out.

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Your Healthiest, Happiest Vacation Yet

August 5, 2015 |

August is upon us and to many that means taking a summer vacation before we get back to our fall routines. We take care of our bodies all year long, and then vacation comes along, and those efforts often fall to the wayside. The question is: Do they have to?  Vacation should be about relaxing, enjoying ourselves, taking a break and also playing. But it’s important to find that balance and go with the flow. Routines are great and healthy, but so is changing it up and remembering that having no rules can be just as important.

Here are for a few tips for keeping some of your healthy routine in place so you can still feel good about yourself during vacation.  This way you can be the best version of yourself and still be present and enjoy the moment.
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Everything in Moderation… Even Excess

July 13, 2015 |

Summer’s here and we’re surrounded by fresh fruit and veggies that are in season! BUT… instead you find yourself overindulging in not-so-healthy foods. You’re not alone. Maybe it’s the BBQ, picnics, drinks, or just eating more on vacation. Instead of feeling light, you feel bloated, hung over, and far from your best self.  Believe me, we’ve all been there!

There’s no black and white when it comes to our well being. Going to extremes is never good for anyone emotionally or physically. We all know that eating healthy foods (meaning whole, fresh, and not processed) is the way to go, but there are times when we indulge too much and overeat, or just plain make the wrong choices. I’m here to say it is OKAY to do that sometimes. Let go of the guilt; it doesn’t help. The way we live should never be all or nothing. When we fall off the wagon, we just need to get back on track to find the right balance.

So how do we do that? It’s about nourishing your soul.

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Don’t Overheat This Summer: Go Ayurvedic

July 6, 2015 |

Every time you’re feeling overheated this summer, remind yourself of this: The teachings of Ayurveda, yoga’s wellness branch, combine the five natural elements (space, air, fire, water, and earth) and put them into play as a way to deal with summer’s heat.

The essential idea of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illnesses by keeping a balance within your mind and your body by staying conscious with the help of good hydration, diet, lifestyle, as well as herbal remedies.

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Cleanse Tip, Part 4: Getting Sleep and Slowing Down

June 15, 2015 |

First of all, getting eight hours of sleep isn’t always easy. But during your cleanse, it’s extra-important to make it a priority. You’ll get a lot more out of the cleanse if your body’s well rested. Keep your schedule more relaxed and be open to getting more sleep than usual, and let your body do the work it needs to do to get you feeling your absolute best.

I also encourage you to slow things down. I know I’ve said in the past that exercising and moving your body is important to flush out toxins, and it is. What I’m referring to here is more mental; it’s taking the opportunity during a cleanse to slow down and focus on the present moment. There’s so much pressure these days to get things done. Whenever we’re rushing from Point A to Point B, it takes us out of the present moment.

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5 Ways to Bring Yoga Into Your Child’s Day

June 9, 2015 |

Today we’re welcoming another guest blogger, Gabrielle Rossetti. Gabby received her Yoga Teacher Certification from South Boston Yoga and her Kids’ Yoga Certification from the Open Doors Teacher Training Program. She began sharing yoga with the families she babysat for and quickly fell in love with teaching children. Her classes are playful and relaxing, incorporating fun games, singing, music, and traditional yoga poses. Here, she shares her love and knowledge with all of us, so we can all experience the joy of practicing it with our kids.

Children are natural masters of yoga. They’re flexible, creative, open to trying new things without fear of failing, and they adore movement. They also have a sharp memory and love music. Here are five ways you can start incorporating yoga into your child’s day:

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Getting Motivated to Get Back in Shape, Part Three

June 3, 2015 |

Knowing how many of us are struggling to get ourselves in the right mindset to work out and get fit, I’m happy to welcome guest fitness expert Mike D’Angelo into the fold. Mike is an award-winning personal trainer and a certified expert in sports medicine; he trains some of Boston’s biggest names, and is himself an internationally ranked bodybuilder. One of his biggest specialties, though, is in motivating his clients to work out and feel as healthy as they can. Here’s his third contribution to our site:

My last post was all about motivating yourself to get in great shape, and what we all need to do to keep ourselves focused to do that. But now the question is, once you’ve started to reach your goals, how do you keep yourself focused?

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SAY GOODBYE TO WINTER & HELLO TO YOUR MOST RADIANT SELF

May 29, 2015 |

As all Bostonians remember, this winter was especially hard. (How could we forget??) As a result, we slowed down, hibernated in our homes, and many of us gravitated toward heavier foods to provide comfort.

But now the Summer Solstice is here: It’s a time of celebration. A time of honoring the light we now have, and our connection to the sun and the earth. Every culture has festivals to honor this time, and our ancestors around the earth have built numerous monuments to commemorate its time.

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Changing… Inside & Out

May 28, 2015 |

Changing ourselves can be an incredibly hard thing—especially if we’ve faced (or are facing) a big life challenge that has us feeling scared and/or stuck.

To me, cleansing has come to be synonymous with starting over—nutritionally and physically, sure, but also mentally and philosophically, too.

I know how powerful it can be to start over. Years ago I went through a tragedy myself, and eventually, after a long period of intense sadness and feelings of helplessness, I started changing my habits.

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Cold-Pressed Juice Cocktail Recipes For Memorial Day Weekend

May 22, 2015 |

Gabby Rossetti, who many of you have met at Nourish Your Soul events and at one of our locations, is working with Nourish Your Soul to widen our ever-growing community. Her first collaboration is with John Libonati, Founder and Owner of Social Wines, a Boston wine, craft beer, and spirits store. Since it’s almost Memorial Day long weekend, Gabby figured this was a perfect time to ask John to provide us with some insight about the best spirits to mix with three of our cold-pressed juices: PPM, Tropical Cleanser, and Green Juice. We also asked John his opinion on organic, locally-sourced spirits.

While we ALWAYS believe in nourishing your body with the most nutrient dense foods possible, we also believe in living life and finding balance! Many of our clients have asked me for “healthy” drink options that they can enjoy at cocktail parties, BBQs, family gatherings, and other celebratory events. What I do believe, like John shares below, is that we can “enjoy the essence of the botanicals used in spirits without overindulging.” So with that in mind, this weekend and every weekend, enjoy your celebration with no guilt.

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The Flying Trapeze

May 14, 2015 |

Sometimes, I feel that my life is a series of trapeze swings. I’m either hanging on to a trapeze bar swinging along or, for a few moments, I’m hurdling across space between the trapeze bars.

Mostly, I spend my time hanging on for dear life to the trapeze bar of the moment. It carries me along a certain steady rate of swing and I have the feeling that I’m in control. I know most of the right questions, and even some of the right answers. But once in a while, as I’m merrily, or not so merrily, swinging along, I look ahead of me into the distance, and what do I see?

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Get Ready for Warm Weather This Month With The #Springfittraining Campaign

April 13, 2015 |

Sunny days and balmy breezes are just around the corner this spring, and before we know it, right behind them will be the gorgeous days of summer. So now is the time to get your body and mind in the right shape to enjoy them!

We at Nourish Your Soul want you to look and feel as healthy and happy as you can at one of the year’s most beautiful times of year, and be the best version of you!

So we’ve launched a month-long mission: Join us all throughout April for our #springfittraining program. Follow along with us as we get you motivated to take care of yourself by working out, eating and drinking things that give you energy and lightness, and thinking the thoughts that keep you smiling, laughing, and feeling proud.

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Cleansing Tip, Part 3: Journaling

March 31, 2015 |

Cleansing isn’t just about slurping down a convenient (and tasty) drink in place of your regular lunch. It’s also very much about slowing things down and listening to your body.

Sure, drinking those juices can rid toxins in the body to help you function better, but it also gives you the opportunity to clear your mind, too. It’s an opportunity to dig in deep mentally, and take the time to let go of anything that no longer serves you and may be weighing you down. Here are some self-love actions to nourish your inward self back to your roots. And they can be done before, during, and after your cleanse.

Journal: As you’re cleansing, take the time to reflect about what’s going on in your life on an everyday basis and on a larger scale. A few great contemplation topics include:

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Getting Your Midwinter Balance

Getting Your Midwinter Balance

February 6, 2015 |

“To find the balance you want, this is what you must become. You must keep your feet grounded so firmly on the earth that it’s like you have four legs instead of two. That way, you can stay in the world. But you must stop looking at the world through your head. You must look through your heart, instead. That way, you will know God.” — Elizabeth Gilbert, “Eat, Pray, Love”

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Transitioning Into Post-cleanse Mode

January 14, 2015 |

After you’ve cleansed, you’ll definitely feel better. Some of the amazing benefits? A feeling of lightness and clarity, for starters. You’ll also find you have a healthy glow, and noticeably more energy.

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The Breakdown of a Cleanse

January 9, 2015 |

Whatever you put into your body—everything from food and drink to air and any chemicals—has a direct and long-term effect on how you feel and function. All of it contributes to toxins accumulating inside you.

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Why I do it, Part 1

December 16, 2014 |

You’ve heard the cultural wisdom, right? Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end. To prove that even more, in a completely different way, here begins a new chapter: My blog life.

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Tips for being healthy during the holidays

November 23, 2014 |

Guest post shared on Bostinno

The holidays have officially kicked into full gear… and with them, so has that annually familiar push-and-pull, yin-and-yang conflict we often have with ourselves this time of year.

In short, it’s this: How do you enjoy the festive indulgences of the season (Hello, cornbread stuffing and eggnog martinis!), while still staying healthy and keep from going off the rails?

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