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This Virus Became Very Personal for Me

The pandemic has impacted everyone in some way – lost jobs, homeschooling, social isolation, economic worries and health concerns. For me it’s been the health aspect. Several of my close friends work in hospitals here in Colorado and back home in Boston. Sadly, several of mine and my friends’ family members have been sick or …

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Are the holidays affecting your gut? How your emotions affect digestion

The holidays are upon us! Are the holidays a festive time for you or are those festivities mixed with a little stress?  With less daylight during this season, we should be spending time inward, peacefully snuggled up at home with a good book by the fire.  However the holidays call us out of our nest …

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Uplift Feature: Have Peaceful Holidays with Mindful Eating

  Holidays got you feeling busy and stressed? Take it down a notch by finding some peace during meal time. Mindful eating optimizes digestion, reduces stress and tells your brain that you’re full. To prepare your body for digestion you must be in a relaxed state – in the “rest and digest” mode of your …

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Digestion Connection: How Stress Affects Your Gut

Have you ever had a stomachache during a stressful time- or even just a busy day? What about constipation while traveling, maybe an early morning flight outside of your regular schedule? Or maybe it seems like your whole digestive tract speeds up when you’re anxious about something – a performance, public speaking, a new job? …

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Meditation Can Literally Change Your Brain

I’ve had an on-again, off-again relationship with meditation over the years. My most recent meditation stint was this time last year after my 15 year old dog, Elly, passed. Meditation was the only thing that helped me feel grounded during that sad time. I kept it up for about 6 months but gradually the routine …

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What does your Gut Health have to do with the Flu?

What does your Gut Health have to do with the Flu? A lot! About 70% of your immune system resides in your digestive tract (or “gut”). The purpose of the digestive tract is to filter out nutrients and foreign invaders from all of the things we swallow. Whether we like it or not bacteria and …

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Transitions: How to be Mindful and Avoid Falling on your Face

Transitions: How to be mindful and avoid falling on your face  Are you ready for the seasonal transition into fall? Today in yoga class the beautiful instructor said something that stuck with me: “be mindful in your transitions”.  Yoga is such a great metaphor for life.  In yoga and during life, transitions can be bumpy …

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