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Beet Chips

I’ve had this mandolin slicer for so long and haven’t figured out a way to use it. All of a sudden I had all these beets and the mandolin slicer was begging for attention. So I whipped it out with the faintest idea how to even set it up. I chopped the ends of the…

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How are you breathing?

Have you ever taken a moment to just sit and observe your breath? The way the body inhales and exhales? Is the inhale longer than the exhale or vice versa? Where does the breath begin?  “First, take a deep breath,” I usually say to my sisters and friends when they start to get stressed. My…

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Chickpea Cookie Dough Energy Bites

My college friends used to call me “Mama Ridge.” I’d constantly have chocolate chip cookies on deck for the Brooksiders to scavenge after a night out in Columbia, Missouri. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are packed with fiber and protein. According to Medical News Today, chickpeas contain a mineral called selenium. This mineral helps…

Low back pain? Cancer? This might be why.

Low back pain? Cancer? This might be why! My low back had been throbbing with pain for weeks. I couldn’t get a grasp on why it was so uncomfortable. I’d sit down on the floor and this sensation would run through my spine begging to be released. It was only when I’d lay on my…

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Got Shrooms? Mushroom Medicinal Properties

When I was a kid, I begged my mom for shiitake mushrooms. I couldn’t get enough. I went through a phase where they weren’t my favorite things but now, I cannot get enough. Got shrooms? My mushroom guy, Ambrose wears a shirt with this written on the back every Saturday at the Green City Market. Mushrooms…

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Root Chakra Meditation

I was up at the lake a few weeks ago and a good friend of mine, David was truly hoping I’d teach a few yoga classes. Our cabin is quite interesting. Over 100 years ago, my great grandfather and his friends went up to this plot of land in Hayward, Wisconsin to fish. This turned…

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Root Chakra (Muladhara)

Root Chakra (Muladhara): First Chakra Purpose: Sense of feeling grounded and secure. Location: Base of the spine. Deals with: Grounding, finances, security, food. Color: Red. Developmental stage: 2nd trimester to 12 months. Developmental tasks: Physical growth, motor skills, object permanence. In balance: Feeling grounded and supported. Full of energy, health, and vitality. Out of balance: Fears…

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Red Lentil Soup

“Would you like to come over for a bowl of soup?” What a lovely question! Yes, I would love to come over for soup. I had a meeting with another health coach who invited me over for a bowl of soup. It was such a nice way to get together and see how someone else does…

Run, Forrest Run

“Run Forrest, run,” my high school lacrosse team would scream from the sidelines. It was almost as if I had these wheels of fire underneath me that kept me sprinting down the field, headed straight to goal. Connecting my feet to the earth in those moments brought such a sense of grounding. As I got older,…

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A Sip of Mother Nature

A drink straight from Mother Nature herself. The Garden Nectar green juices from Earth & Skye Farm is sure to get your body into that post juice glow. Patti McPhillips grows her greens in Orland Park in her own suburban yard. It wasn’t always this way. She learned a valuable lesson of simplicity as she…