the truth serum

JULY 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

July 03, 2018

“Hate harms the soul.”

Such a powerful message, isn’t it?     (If you want to know where this photo was taken, check out the end of this post.) We’re living in a time of divisiveness, unrest, and turmoil.  Recent events have left many of us stunned, heartbroken and angry.  Things can seem hopeless.  But there are so many ways right now, today, that you can be an instrument for change.  “The future depends on what you do today.” Mahatma Gandhi We need more community and less exclusion.  This Independence Day is an excellent time to remember that our nation has always been one of...

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APRIL 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

April 21, 2018

Let's Talk About Plastic

Anybody remember the first Earth Day? It was April 22, 1970, and millions of Americans came together to march for environmental reforms. This event marked the beginning of our modern environmental movement, leading to the creation of the Environmental Protection Act, quickly followed by the passage of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act. Good work, citizens!  This year’s Earth Day’s mission: End Plastic Pollution. Earth Day Network (EDN) has outlined several goals to this campaign, including “ending single-use plastics, promoting alternatives to fossil fuel-based materials, promoting 100 percent recycling of plastics, corporate and government accountability and changing human behavior concerning...

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APRIL 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”: by Diane von Furstenberg

April 10, 2018

“The Woman I Wanted to Be”:  by Diane von Furstenberg

In her irresistible memoir “The Woman I Wanted To Be”, Diane von Furstenberg recounts the story of her remarkable life. This what I knew about DVF (as her friends call her) before reading:  she married a European prince at a young age, created the famous “Wrap Dress” that became a fashion icon, and lived a glamorous life as part of the jet set, frequently seen at Studio 54.  She epitomized the 70’s.  What I learned from reading her book is that she is a woman of great strength,  empathy, and vision. Independence, freedom, and self-reliance were touchstones for Diane's life...

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APRIL 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED! The Story of Food Waste"

April 05, 2018

Documentary Review: "WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste"

"WASTED!  The Story of Food Waste" gives a fascinating, easily digestible (ha!) overview of the world’s food problems. Narrated by Anthony Bourdain (one of the executive producers), the film opens with him admitting he doesn’t like the idea of being a public advocate, but his old-school’s chef’s training taught him to “use everything, waste nothing.” What follows is a fast-paced documentary discussing the problem of food waste with world-renowned chefs and leaders, peppered with clever stop-animation graphs. There's a lot to learn in this documentary. Mainly, food waste is the single largest component of solid waste in U.S. landfills. Once...

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MARCH 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

March 07, 2018

March 8th is International Women's Day

“I’ve been female for a long time now, I’d be stupid not to take my own side.”  Maya Angelou If there’s a woman in your life you’ve admired, been mentored by or been inspired by, Thursday, March 8th would be a great day to celebrate by acknowledging her with a big, fat, heartfelt Thank You. March 8th is International Women’s Day, when many IWD events will be held globally, celebrating contributions of women and goals for the future. This year’s theme, #PressforProgress, is a call to action to make progress in gender parity.  It’s a day to reaffirm we cannot be complacent about women’s rights...

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FEBRUARY 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox: Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

February 25, 2018

"Judgment Detox:  Release the Beliefs That Hold You Back From Living a Better Life" - Gabrielle Bernstein

How would it feel to let go of judgment in your life? In her book, “Judgement Detox”, Gabrielle Bernstein explores this question. She defines judgment as separation from love and believes it’s the number one reason we feel blocked, sad and alone. Her theory is simple: judgment is our defense against fear, feeling unsafe, vulnerable or inadequate. Naturally, all of us judge, frequently, every day. In this book, she outlines a series of six steps and practices to help you detach from judgment and return to your natural "sense of oneness, peace and inner harmony.” (After the divisive, turbulent events...

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JANUARY 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

January 25, 2018

Catch Some Rays the Healthy Way!

We know all about the hazards of too much sun exposure - premature aging, skin cancer, and sun spots, to name a few.  Most of us slather ourselves and our children with sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun, but what about the chemicals in all of those sun care products? Our skin is our body's largest organ and what we put on it can have a major effect on our health, both good and bad. I talked about this in my monthly Healthy Bites Newsletter but thought it was an important enough subject to address in multiple forums. Many...

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JANUARY 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

January 19, 2018

Ingredient Spotlight: Kukui Seed Oil

We’re nuts about this ingredient! Aloha to Kukui Seed Oil! It’s made from pressing oil from the nuts/seeds, from the Kukui tree (also known as candlenut.) It’s been prized and used by Hawaiians for centuries. The Kukui is such a valued part of Hawaiian culture that the Kukui tree is the official state tree.  While Hawaiians have long embraced the benefits of Kukui Seed Oil, I was new to the party. So when I learned about it from some Hawaiian skin care friends I was eager to try it. And when I was creating our Three Sixty Five SPF 28...

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JANUARY 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

January 12, 2018

Broccoli: Superhero of Superfoods

Shaped like green mini-trees, broccoli is a real superhero. It is loaded with a powerhouse of nutrients beneficial for digestion, heart health, and the immune system. It's also high in fiber vitamin C, potassium, vitamin A and B6 and research shows that these nutrients, along with other compounds in broccoli, have anti-inflammatory and cancer-preventing properties. Broccoli is packed with phytochemicals and antioxidants. These amazing substances influence cancer-fighting activity within our bodies, such as stimulating the immune system, stopping substances we breathe or eat from becoming carcinogens, reducing inflammation that makes cancer growth more likely, and even slowing the growth rate of cancer...

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JANUARY 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

January 08, 2018

Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking – Douglas Baker

“I accept each moment and each step as it is.” We’ve probably all heard how beneficial meditation can be. But if you have a hard time carving out time or if you get too antsy for a sitting meditation, this book offers ideas on another approach. “Mindfulness is a way of being present and focused on what’s happening in your life, with less struggle. A key part of mindfulness is letting go of resistance and trying to control. Stress happens when we try to control or change things we can’t, including how a mindful walk will be.” “Five-Minute Mindfulness Walking”...

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