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# 1 Wellness Tip to Look and Feel Great!

Dear Friends,

Here it is, my #1 Wellness tip to Look and Feel Great:
—Sleep, diet, & hydration affect the way you “glow” more than anything else.

Simple, but not always easy to implement.
Go grab that glass of water right now, just taking one small step towards better health could begin to change everything.

Happier Bodies Have More Fun and Are WAY More Productive!

When we get pressed for time, as we often do this time of year, our bodies are the first thing that get overlooked.

—Move it

—Stretch it

—Nourish it

—Hydrate it

—Pay attention to it


Bottom line? We need our bodies for a fun productive 2018!!


3 Tips to Help You Say "Good-bye" to Headaches!

Freedom from pain can make such a difference in life!

45 million Americans suffer from headaches each year, with tension headaches and migraines most common; both can are painful, debilitating, and can limit our lives.  

Tech Alert: Hunching forward over your phone or computer day after day may be the source of your tension headaches.

 Angling your head forward can put up to 60lbs of additional pressure on your spine.  (Right now, sit up a little straighter!)


Here’s 3 Tips for Headache Relief:

1) Do some exercise that strengthens your back & shoulders: a few sun salutations in the morning can make a big difference.

2) Set up an alarm to go off every hour at your desk for a minute of stretching and deep breaths.

3) Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Studies show people who suffer from migraines average only 6 hours a night.  In addition, those that sleep 6 or less hours have more frequent and severe headaches.

I hope these tips will help you create conditions that give you freedom from headaches, and more free flowing ease in life.  Give them a try!





Mediterranean Salad with Farro, Eggplant, Zucchini, & Marinated Cheese

There’s amazing produce in the grocery stores and the farmers markets right now; here’s a salad that’s totally fabulous this time of year. I hope you enjoy giving it a try:

 Mediterranean Salad with Farro, Eggplant, Zucchini & Marinated Cheese from Homemade Summer by Yvette Van Boven 


For the Marinated Cheese: 
5oz (150g) Ricotta Salata or Pecorino Cheese
1/4 to 1 tsp of red pepper flakes (depending on your taste)
1/2 C (75 ml) extra virgin olive oil

For the Salad: 
2 eggplants, diced
2 zucchini, diced
5 tbs olive oil
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3/4 C Farro (For quicker cooking time, soak for an hour in water)
1 pint cherry tomatoes, or use larger ones, chopped
3/4 (100g) kalamata or other salty olives, pitted
1/4 C coursly chopped mint

For the Dressing: 
juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 paprika
1 tsp sugar
1/3 C plus 2 tbs (100ml) extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat the oven to 350F (180 C)

Make the marinated cheese: Put the cheese and red pepper flakes into a bowl, pour the olive oil over them and let them sit for at least an hour.
Make the salad: Arrange the eggplant and zucchini on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the oil and salt.  Season with pepper.  Toss well and bake for about 20 min, until light brown, turning them halfway through.  Remove them from the oven and transfer to a large bowl.
Meanwhile, cook the farro in a large saucepan of boiling water with a pinch of salt.  If it’s been soaked, it will take about 20 min. if not, between 30 and 40 min.  Drain it and rinse under cold running water.
Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, coriander, paprika, and sugar, them trickle in the oil, whisking until it emulsifies.  Go back to the bowl with the eggplant and zucchini, and add the farro, tomato and olives.  If you have time, let it sit for an hour, and it will be even better.
Serve: Garnish with the mint, and slivers of the cheese. 





Chaos and Breakdown and Your Unique Purpose

It would be great if life were always like a summer yoga class with harp music, but it’s not!
Breakdown and chaos, I’m seeing it everywhere; certainly in our current global/political situation, and also, in our individual lives. Lately, in my own life, and in the lives of others, I see breakdowns in marriages, jobs, health, or family situations, that we never dreamed would fall apart.  It seems like a tidal wave in our culture—at least from my viewpoint. 

Taking this in, I would say that it’s essential for all of us on the earth right now to take a deep breath, and reconnect with our unique mission in this world.  Why are here at this particular time in history?  What are we being called to do? 
It’s the moment for each of us to tap into what truly sustains us, what lasts, and what is most important to us.  When we are connected to this, we bring this energy into our actions in the world. 

The world needs each of us to be tuned into our True Purpose, Soul’s Path, or dharma in life, now more than ever.

The cool thing is, when you begin to make the connection to your bigger purpose, the results can be amazing. The process begins to create much more energy; it’s like discovering a lightning bolt of energy to fuel your life!
If you are feeling sadness, fear, anxiety, or depletion—those might be signs you need to reconnect at a deeper level to your Soul’s Path.  
Start to do this by relaxing more, creating a little more space and ease in your life.  
—Go for a stroll after dinner
—Give yourself a few min. of silence after lunch.  
—Take a 2 min. stretch break every hour at work.  
Believe it or not, taking small actions like this to create some breathing space, and doing it EVERYDAY will help you recconect with your True Purpose, and that will help, not only you, but all of us.