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Set an Intention, Not a Resolution

Is it almost the New Year already? It seems like just yesterday we were setting resolutions, hopeful about accomplishing new goals and making positive changes in our lives. But while we often do our best to stay focused, resolutions don’t often pan out the way we’d like. Read More

Natural Remedies for Cold and Flu Season

Feeling under the weather? When the temperatures drop, we tend to spend more time indoors, get less sunshine and fresh air, and consume more indulgent, comfort foods. This combination leads to higher exposure to airborne organisms and decreased immunity, which means you're more likely to catch a cold or flu. Don't fret, nature is chock full of remedies that can help you boost your immunity and alleviate symptoms of sickness. Read More

HARA HACHIBU - Eat 80% full

Said to originate in confucian teaching, this Japanese phrase or it’s unabbreviated version “Hara hachi bun me” means literally “stomach 8 parts” (out of ten). Calorie restriction - What to do if you want to adopt this healthy habit. Practically. Read More

5 Superfood Swaps That Will Save You Serious Cash

Healthy foods, especially superfoods, have a notorious reputation for being expensive, and a lot of people use that as an excuse to grab fast food and sacrifice their health. Fortunately, there are plenty of nutrient-packed foods proven to protect against cancer, prevent heart disease, lower blood pressure, and more – that won’t break the bank. Read More

COFFEE - MILK OR NOT

So, I am not really a “coffee person”. Myself, I never slipped into drinking a lot or absolutely needing it. I assume you know overdoing it with coffee (multiple cups a day) isn’t the best thing for you. Perhaps you just haven’t made the choice to change it yet. Read More

WHAT (easy) TO DO WITH BUTTERNUT PUMPKIN and 4 KIDS

If you can find it, get it. The squash, not the kids;) And get more than one! Squash again;) They are special, not always around in Japan. Yes, the kids too. I got mine from JA farmers market (heh), thanks to my dear friend Yuka’s suggestion. Her soup recipe is almost identical with mine, but I must say the taste is much better with butternut pumpkin. Read More

THE 12 MISTAKES PEOPLE DO WHEN THEY WANT TO EAT MORE HEALTHY - and what to do instead

1. SWITCHING TO WHOLE GRAIN BAKED GOODS Whole grain doesn’t really mean whole grain flour! The only benefit of such flour is a bit more nutrients. However the negatives about eating too much flour products stay (think your gut health for one). Do instead: Whole grain means you take the real grain, ideally soak it and cook it yourself to add to your dishes. And still eat it in moderation. If your gut can tolerate grains at all. Read More

3 Ways to Create a Wellness Tribe Wherever You Are

Isn’t it nice when you can let your hair down and just be yourself? When you can share your personal passion, struggles, or vision for the future, and have someone to turn to with questions, someone who actually “gets” you on a deeper level? That’s what a wellness tribe is all about! Read More

WHAT’S YOUR ESSENCE?

Last year my mom died. It’s hard, beyond words. Some of you understand. It’s harder, because last spring I was telling myself how I will be able to finally pull my own mess together (kids starting school next year) and how I will then manage to spend some time with her, how we can finally live life together a bit. I thought of all the places I’ll take her to… Read More

5 Simple Systems to Help Reach Your Goals

We all have big dreams and long to-do lists but why is it that some people are so good at actually accomplishing things, while others constantly feel like they’re struggling to catch up? Read More

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