by Sherri Carter, MS
With Ash Wednesday comes the beginning of Lent season which leads up to Easter, a time for rebirth and renewal. I was introduced to the idea of Lent as a young adult. At the time, I worked with a lot of Catholics, so Lent season meant ordering meatless pizzas on Friday nights. It also meant my Catholic friends gave up things like chocolate and soda for 40 days...
Editor's Note from Sherri Carter: A Spiritual Lent is a time to shed the old ideas which no longer serve your growth, releasing limiting beliefs and self defeating habits. I invite you to chose one limiting belief, following the suggestions in my article, seeing what a difference 40 days makes. I'd love to hear from you about your experience!
by Sophia Hansen, MA, DMBM
I just love Valentine's Day. I love the color red, I love the fact that it's a reason to celebrate love, and I love that we're allowed to give chocolates, flowers and cards as tokens of our affection for those we love. One of my fondest memories as a little girl was making Valentine's day cards to put in my classmates special Valentine's day envelope. I looked forward to cutting the heart shapes, pasting the hearts on the pretty white doilies, and writing my special note to my friends...
Intuition & Symbols
by Ricki Heller, PhD, RHN
I ended up making these Cashew Chocolate Chip cookies. Like everything else I make, they are primarily organic, made with natural (unrefined) sweeteners, and no eggs or dairy (ie, vegan)...
Editor's Note: Ricki Heller, the force behind Diet, Dessert and Dogs, is one of the best anti-candida champions out there. If you're familiar at all with the restrictions of an anti-candida protocol, you'll appreciate her inventiveness - especially with desserts - and her positive outlook...
by Marika Blossfeldt, HHC, AADP
I found a brownie recipe on the Institute for Integrative Nutrition website. It called for carob powder. For a chocolate lover like me, that was unacceptable. How can you make a brownie with a chocolate substitute? So I tweaked the recipe to include high-quality chocolate (preferably sweetened with evaporated cane juice) and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Both cacao and cayenne pepper are aphrodisiacs. Cayenne pepper also dilates capillaries and thus allows cacao’s abundant nutrients to reach cells more easily...
by Kathy Smith
There are some things in life you just can’t avoid (beyond the old death and taxes joke). For instance, if you’re eating Double Dutch chocolate at midnight on a regular basis, it’s inevitable that you’re going to start waking up feeling guilty. And when it comes to exercise, sooner or later, it’s inevitable that you’re going to fall into a rut. Whether you’re lacking the motivation to get to the gym, or you’ve grown bored with the routine you’re doing once you get there, falling into a rut is natural...
Exercise & Fitness
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Massage & Bodywork
by Marika Blossfeldt, HHC, AADP
Cacao, the ingredient that gives chocolate its character, is very good for you, in fact it can be considered a superfood. Cacao is one of the most nutrient-dense magical foods on planet earth. It even has a mythological dimension, named the food of gods as well as the food of lovers. Chocolate has the power to uplift our moods, elevate our spirits and open our hearts...
by Sue Ann Gleason
There is only one flavor in the world that competes with my love of chocolate and that is pumpkin. Sometimes I simply must marry the two. Pumpkin is in the squash family so as long as the flesh of the plant is orange, any squash will do. For this recipe, I used acorn squash. You can make pudding or you can add a little more almond milk and crushed ice and turn it into a smoothie...
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