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Practice Yoga to Live Your Authentic Life

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When I rediscovered yoga in my adult life, I began to come home to a complex self I hadn't realized it was okay for me to be. Yoga knit together my creativity, my love of movement, my expressiveness, my bookishness, and my spiritual life. Yoga brought these diverse aspects of who I was into relationship. This had unexpected results.

At first yoga just brought me ease. I was so stressed out from the New York art world that I initially couldn't keep my eyes closed in savasana. I lay on my back, staring past the metal basement beams of Crunch gym up toward the ceiling that vibrated from the bass beat of workout music.

Once I figured out how to keep my eyes closed in savasana, my practice brought me delight. The landscape of my inner body and mind became rich and fertile, with endless space for exploration. The first surprising result of my yoga was that boredom ceased to exist as an experience for me. That may sound trite or silly, but it was actually quite amazing. In the subway, in a doctor's waiting room, on a long airplane ride: I had practices to do and things to think about. Movement. Mantra. Meditation. I learned to carry my universe around with me, and to love being there.

Healthy Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

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Chicken Parmesan is the ultimate comfort food. It’s greasy, cheesy, and warm, which ultimately means it is high in calories, low in nutrients, and will inevitably leave you with a stomachache.

I decided to mix things up a bit and find a healthy way to recreate this classic dish. By cutting back on the breadcrumbs, oil, and tomato sauce, this version is much healthier (and gluten free) and just as satisfying as the original!

Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

(Adapted from Rachael Ray)

Ingredients

  • 4 6-8 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup corn meal
  • ½ cup gluten-free bread crumbs
  • 1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp. parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 sprig rosemary, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp. thyme, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. lemon zest
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 2 cups of salad greens
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinaigrette

Instructions 

7 Powerful Healing Benefits of Aromatherapy

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When I come home after a long day and it’s time to unwind, I dab a blend of lavender and sandalwood essential oils onto the soles of my feet to hasten the process. When a special someone in my household has tummy trouble, he’s been known to apply peppermint oil right onto his upset stomach. And once cold season hits, an aromatic mix of lavender, lemon, and peppermint flows through each room, opening up our airways. Whatever my body or mind asks for, I instantly wonder: is there an essential oil for that?  

Aromatherapy draws upon the healing powers of the leaves, flowers, stems, bark, seeds, roots, or peels of plants. It also encompasses a practice known as aromatic medicine, which centers on the belief that scent can strongly affect the mind. Historical use of essential oils dates back to ancient civilizations including the Egyptians, Babylonians, and Greeks, who valued aromatic oils for their fragrance and used them for both religious rituals and medicinal purposes. Today, essential oils support a thriving industry and are used in everything from flavored foods to candles and perfumes to treatments at top spas and body work centers.

Is Chicken Safe to Eat?

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Ninety-seven percent of raw chicken in U.S. supermarkets is contaminated with bacteria that could make you sick, according to a newConsumer Reports study. That’s important to remember. But it’s a bit like saying 97 percent of cigarettes could give you bad breath. Compared to the numerous other negative health impacts of eating chicken, food poisoning might actually be the least of your worries.

Foodborne illnesses are a serious threat to public health—taking the lives of about 3,000 Americans annually—and the poultry industry has no excuse for selling bacteria-laden meat. But contaminated or not, chicken is not safe to eat—it never has been.

Why Facebook And Twitter Make Us Feel Rejected

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We face a gauntlet of rejection all around us. Our colleagues go to lunches without us; family members forget our birthdays; spouses rebuff our sexual advances; neighbors don't invite us to their barbecues; and friends don't include us in their weekend plans. It used to be hard enough to get through a day or a week without some incident or another hurting our feelings. But now we have Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest and other social media platforms, and while they enrich us in many ways, they provide just as many opportunities for rejection as they do for connection.

5 Yoga Poses for Your Best Sleep Ever

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“Don’t exercise right before bed" is right up there with “drink a warm glass of milk”as a commonly accepted remedy for insomnia. But there’s at least one major exception to this rule, and that’s a regular nighttime yoga practice.

Yoga has long been associated with higher levels of relaxation and lowered muscular tension, both of which contribute to sleep quality, and science has increasingly borne out the notion that yoga can dramatically improve sleep. Researchers at Harvard Medical School have linked a regular yoga practice to sounder, longer, more regular sleep, while Brazilian researchers found that yoga eased sleep problems among menopausal women. Plus, every day people experience the soporific effects of yoga firsthand!

It makes perfect sense when you think about it. Yoga can help with weight loss and teaches proper breathing, both of which mitigate sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder. Yoga also improves body alignment, which lessens aches, tightness, and tension that might stand between you and slumber. Perhaps most importantly, it helps calm your mind and relieve anxiety. And for anyone who’s tried to shut up the brain’s incessant taskmaster come bedtime, that’s a really big deal.

7 Foods that Fight the Winter Blues

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Does your mood tend to drop along with the temperatures outside? It’s totally normal to feel a bit down during these short days and long nights—there’s a reason this is the time of year when many animals go into hibernation mode. Luckily, when you hone in on the mood-boosting qualities of certain foods, you create a positive ripple effect on your body and mind. To reap these benefits, try to choose more “happy” whole foods that have an uplifting combination of antioxidants and essential nutrients.

Perk up your plate with some of these cheerful (and healthy!) picks:

Navel oranges: The vibrant orange peel and flesh of this sweet, juicy fruit may be enough to make you all smiles. Zest the orange or slice it up to get the benefits of folic acid, an effective blues-buster. Temple, mandarin, and navel oranges give you a natural dopamine-releasing sugar rush, and they’re also a solid source of vitamin C, which has been found to improve mood.

Confession of a Food Addict

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It's true. I admit it. I am a food addict.

I used to eat Grape Nuts and ice cream for breakfast.

I invented Oreo cookie ice cream. When I was a kid in the 1970s, I would come home from school and get a giant bowl of vanilla cream and a bag of Oreo cookies. I used almost the whole row of Oreos. Then, I would carefully scrape off the white sugary part in the middle and sprinkle it on top. Then, I would crumble the cookie part into the ice cream and stir it all up until it was a creamy, delectable delight. Yum!

When I was 18, I became a vegetarian and thought giant cookies made with whole-wheat flour, chocolate chips, honey, and nuts were a health food. Every night, I would slather mounds of honey over peanut butter on a big slice of bread.

It was the low-fat '80s, when honey, maple syrup and sugar were health foods. After all, they were low-fat. Our own government was encouraging us to eat 8-11 servings of rice, cereal, bread, and pasta.

Cereal? Really? Most cereals are 75 percent sugar. That's not breakfast. It's desert, even the whole-grain ones.

Can a Juice Cleanse Mend a Broken Heart?

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So you’ve just gone through a breakup. I know, the siren song of TV and a pint of ice cream beckons, but maybe it’s time to try a different way of mending your broken heart: a juice cleanse. It makes sense: you’re entering into a new chapter of your life, making it a fitting time to cleanse completely and start anew. If you take only good intentions into the process (that is, don’t do it to drop a few pounds because you think that’ll win your ex back), you may be surprise at how much better you feel, both physically and emotionally, after you’re done.

Here are some benefits of a cleanse that could help heal your heartbreak:

An open heart: Just as certain backbending yoga poses can have an emotional heart-opening effect, the physical process of a juice fast has been known to do the same. Whether it’s because many of the fruits and veggies used in the juices contain artery-clearing properties, or because the diet changes how energy is used in your body, the result is that your heart feels expansive, active, and energized. And regardless of whether you’re looking to find a new love right away, feeling more love is never a bad thing.

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