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SEPTEMBER 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

September 04, 2017

The Mind-Body Connection: Food for a Healthy Brain and Happy Mood

There's no doubt about it: what we eat, and how much we eat, has a direct impact on our physical health. But did you know that those same choices also influence mood, mental alertness, memory, and emotional well being? Food can act as medicine, have a neutral effect, or it can be a poison to the body and mind. When food acts as a poison, it creates inflammation, which alters the body's balance of nutrients, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This directly affects your body's ability to manage and heal from stress or illness. Below are four common culprits that can be...

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SEPTEMBER 01, 2017

How to be more confident as we age: Barrie Davenport

September 01, 2017

How to be more confident as we age: Barrie Davenport

This article was shared with permission from Live Bold & Bloom as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. ******************************* Do you ever catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror as you're coming out of the shower or getting dressed — and your eyes zero in on “that part?” You know the one that's shape-shifting...

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AUGUST 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

August 31, 2017

Help Us Help Houston Sale: ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank

In times such as these, we need to come together bridging the political divide to help and heal those impacted by the Harvey disaster. Our heart aches for Houston, our clients, and friends. When it rains, it pours and people need our help! So this Labor Day weekend we are having a 10% off sale and ALL PROCEEDS will be donated to the Houston Food Bank. The Houston Food Bank has a history of providing disaster relief, but they've never seen devastation on this scale. The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term and for many months to...

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AUGUST 29, 2017

SLOW COOKER MAPLE DIJON CHICKEN

August 29, 2017

SLOW COOKER MAPLE DIJON CHICKEN

Ingredients 2 lbs Chicken Thighs (skinless, boneless) 2 Tbsps Maple Syrup 0.3 cup Dijon Mustard 1 tsp Dried Basil 1 tsp Paprika 1/2 tsp Sea Salt 1/2 tsp Black Pepper 8 cups Green Beans (washed and trimmed) 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil Sea Salt & Black Pepper (to taste) Directions Place chicken thighs in the slow cooker. Add in maple syrup, dijon mustard, dried basil, paprika, sea salt and black pepper. Use a spatula to toss well until chicken is coated. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or on high for 3 hours. Right before eating, place the green...

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AUGUST 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

August 22, 2017

Ingredient Spotlight: Macadamia Nut Oil + Garden Herb Couscous Recipe

Long before the days of Kari Gran the skin care company, I was known to purchase some of my favorite skin care items in the aisles of the local Co-op. I’ve always loved a good multitasker and organic coconut oil was my favorite thing (and still is) for cooking and using on my body after the shower. I was pulled aside in the TSA line and quizzed about the small $20 jar of coconut oil I had in my carry on (hey, I considered it a solid and a food). When asked what I did with it, I quickly responded:...

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AUGUST 16, 2017

The importance of being good enough: Madeline Haydon

August 16, 2017

The importance of being good enough: Madeline Haydon

This essay was written as part of an empowerment campaign, “Wear Yourself In,” led by eco-luxe skin care company Kari Gran. In response to the beauty industry pushing an impossible idea of flawless youth for years, the campaign encourages women to be kind to themselves, and their skin, as they reflect on beauty, aging, wisdom, and self-acceptance. Madeline Haydon is the Founder & CEO of the fast-growing brand nutpods, a dairy-free creamer made from a blend of almonds and coconuts. Launched with a successful Kickstarter campaign in late 2013, Madeline perfected the commercial recipe and then brought the product to market in...

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AUGUST 14, 2017

THE SMART PART – STEP 3: PREP AND PACKAGE

August 14, 2017

THE SMART PART – STEP 3: PREP AND PACKAGE

Preparing healthy and delicious meals in less time just takes a little scheduling. My favorite tip: cook once, eat twice (or more!) This is the best way I know to make mealtime more efficient. You might have heard this referred to as "batch cooking.” Here's what you do: • Pick a cooking day. Instead of cooking every night, pick a day or two when you'll cook for the week ahead. Make it fun by turning on some good music and getting the whole family involved. Sure, you'll spend a little more time in the kitchen on your cooking day(s), but you'll save an extra few...

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AUGUST 11, 2017

THE FUN PART – STEP 2: SHOP, STOCK & SPLURGE

August 11, 2017

THE FUN PART – STEP 2: SHOP, STOCK & SPLURGE

Shop: Two things to know before you go -- don’t shop on an empty stomach, and don’t shop without a list. The best list starts with meal planning, so look ahead and plan your meals for the next few days or even a week. Review the recipes and only put on your list the ingredients you’ll need. Stock up on the good stuff. Organic foods I always have on hand include:  greens pre-cut veggies organic, pasture-raised eggs coconut/almond/hemp/flax milk organic, pasture-raised/grass-fed meats and poultry salsa hummus quinoa almonds, walnuts, macadamia nuts extra virgin olive oil apple cider vinegar avocados bananas (which...

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AUGUST 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

August 08, 2017

3 SIMPLE STEPS TO TRANSFORM YOUR KITCHEN AND YOUR HEALTH

The Tough Part -- Step 1: Pitch and Toss  If you were going to eat those last few pretzels, you would have by now. Or that last scoop of freezer-burned ice cream. Or that pumpkin pie filling from two Thanksgivings ago. Your pantry, fridge, and freezer are not repositories for forgotten foods. Start cleaning by tossing anything that’s beyond its expiration date. Next, throw away anything that’s been in a storage container all winter. And if you’re taking this time to clean up your daily diet, toss out the temptation. Remember my favorite healthy eating tip: you can’t eat it if it’s not...

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AUGUST 07, 2017

20 FEET FROM STARDOM: A DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

August 07, 2017

20 FEET FROM STARDOM: A DOCUMENTARY REVIEW

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a backup singer on stage with a famous roll and roll band? Belting out a song in some fabulous outfit – the lights, the dancing, the applause. That’s always been a fantasy of mine. Only two things stood in my way – I don’t have any musical talent and very little rhythm. Still, a girl can dream.  Which is why I enjoyed “20 Feet from Stardom” so much, a “euphorically entertaining” Oscar-winning documentary that explores the world of backup singers. Through clips of TV performances, concert performances, and on-camera...

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