How to Stop Living With Regret

How to Stop Living With Regret

Ever wish you could go back in time and change a decision? Live in another home, city or country? Drive a different car or make an out-of-the-ordinary purchase? Study something else or pursue an alternative career? Do you wish you married your first love, or put more effort into a friendship that ended? Do you spend your time on a daily basis thinking about what you could have said or done to comfort a loved one but didn’t? How you overreacted by yelling or saying something you didn’t mean? Regrets in your life can keep you stuck. The more weighed down you are, the more difficult it becomes to move forward. So what qualms still plague your mind? What decisions or lack thereof still haunt you? The keys to taking the load off and starting fresh are to relinquish your past mistakes and disappointments, to let go of guilt and sadness, and to forgive yourself. Change your perspective so you can create a new way of seeing to make room for a new definition of happiness. And, when necessary, have a do-over. Do-overs can take the form of changing a specific aspect of your life, or even going back to someone to make a simple apology. Lost time can never be recovered, and your words or actions can never be completely taken back once they have been delivered. You might unintentionally hurt someone’s feelings, not show your appreciation or inadvertently disappoint another; but you can make amends and change current behaviors into more loving connections. You might want a do-over when: It allows you to learn more about who you are and what is important to you. Your own dreams and desires become crystal clear, and you now need to take a different path. You need to apologize or make an amends to another person. Forgiveness and compassion are more important than being right. It allows you to face a recurring fear so you can be more powerful. You change your mind or decide to go a different direction and it impacts others. It teaches you to be open, honest and vulnerable to create intimacy. You need to set boundaries for future healthier interactions. You learn new information that changes a current perspective or viewpoint. It allows you to practice speaking your truth and therefore build more self-confidence. You’re ready for a new beginning or fresh start. Do-overs provide learning opportunities to create more inner peace and harmony in your relationships and design the experiences in life you will truly treasure. A do-over can enhance your confidence, and perhaps even open the door to receive something you may not have been truly ready for in the past. A life full of conscious, proactive choices can turn our biggest regrets into our greatest adventures. Here’s how to follow through on your do-overs. Make a list of your deepest, biggest regrets. Using that list, probe deeper by asking yourself how you feel today. Are there items on the list that you still desire and want to pursue? Is it time to let go of past disappointments or unfulfilled wants? Ask yourself the following questions. What is the learning opportunity? Is there another way to create the desired experience NOW? Do you need to apologize or make an amends to put something...

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What is Chakra Balancing? and How You Can Benefit!

What is Chakra Balancing? and How You Can Benefit!

How Chakra balancing session work? Chakra balancing can be done through Energy Medicine. The Chakras run from the top of the head (crown area) down to the base of your spine. However, in energy work, we start from the bottom of your spine. The energy runs up through each of the Chakras along the spine like a tunnel. There are seven main Chakras and twenty one minor Chakras (Energy Medicine practitioner’s primary focus is on the seven main Chakras.) Each Chakra is like a Spinning Disk of Energy. When our Energy is out of balance one or more of the Chakras are spinning too slow or too fast. Sometimes a Chakra will even stop spinning, which means you have a blockage. During a Chakra Balancing Session, the practitioner assesses the flow of energy and removes blockages, as well, as evens out the flow from all the Chakras. If your chakras are balanced, in most cases you feel balanced and lighter. Thus, the Chakras are balanced. Chakras give off a certain color or vibration, which aids the Energy Medicine Practitioner in balancing your Chakras. What is involved in a Chakra balancing session? An Energy Medicine Healer will run their hand a few inches from your body and in your Energy Field or Aura from your hip to the top of your head to detect warm (moving energy) and cold energy (slow moving energy) spots. This will help them understand your body’s energy flow. Some Energy Healers work only in the Aura, others will touch areas in each of the Chakras to speed up, slow down, remove blockages and balance each Chakra starting at the lower Chakra and work their way up to your crown. Our Energy Medicine practitioners will work directly on the body, starting at your right hip for your first Charka, than underneath belly button for the second Chakra, than moving to underneath your rib cage for the third Chakra, than to the heart for fourth Chakra, than to the throat for fifth Chakra, than to the third eye (between the eye brows) for 6th Chakra than to the crown Chakra for the seventh Chakra. Most of the time by learning where the client does not feel well will also tell the energy medicine practitioner which chakra(s) are blocked. Some Energy Healers can see the colors associated with each Chakra which aids them in detecting where the energy is out of balance. Some practitioners can sense and feel the vibration of each Chakra. Our practitioner can feel and sense the flow of energy and redirects it so that the energy flows evenly throughout the body (similar to directing traffic.) What is the focus of a Chakra balancing session? A Chakra Balancing Session is about balancing the Energy flow of each of the Chakras, after assessing where the energy is blocked or excessive. Energy Medicine Practitioners are trained in the art of reading, touching and healing Chakra Energy, which is sometimes called Life Force Energy. What are the qualifications of a Chakra or Energy Medicine Practitioner? Most energy healers graduate with a degree in Energy Medicine. Most institutes require a 2-3 year commitment (500+ hours of classroom, self process work, intuitive development , homework and learn about 18 different  healing addressing various pain.) Who can benefit from Chakra balancing...

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How Does Reiki Increase Your Energy Vibration and Why Does It Matter?

How Does Reiki Increase Your Energy Vibration and Why Does It Matter?

Vibration is the frequency that our energy body resonates at. We all feel and respond, to each others’ vibrations, even if we’re not aware of it. It is the reason why we may be drawn to certain people, or repelled by them. But why should we care whether or not we are operating at a higher vibration? Because the higher our vibration, the more aligned we are with our greater purpose, in touch with our higher selves, and living in our flow. And when that happens, we are most connected with our true selves, as well as with others, spreading light on a global (and even universal) scale.   Since light always displaces the darkness, profound healing can occur when we make this shift. This is because we are all connected, and what we do can have a direct affect on others. This is particularly true on the energetic level, since energy travels so quickly, and is often unseen by the naked eye (unless your Third Eye intuition is highly developed). With lower or denser vibrations, we feel, or emulate anger, hatred, rage and jealousy, among other negative emotions. Although many of us will experience these emotions at any given point in our lives, living with these emotions on a regular basis can have various harmful effects on our body, mind and spirit. Being at a denser vibration constricts your energy and obstructs flow on many levels. On a physical level we may feel tired or exhausted, even if we are otherwise taking care of our bodies by eating right, getting sleep, and engaging in physical activity. This kind of constriction often makes for shallow breathing, as the flow of oxygen and blood to the body is greatly reduced, resulting in achy, and/or tight, muscles. When blood flow is constricted, this also limits the nourishment to our body systems — digestive, hormonal, adrenal, etc. Energetically, there is a similar effect. When we are resonating at a denser vibration, our energy constricts. The chakras may become clouded and our aura is depleted. Our aura is an electromagnetic field of energy that extends all around our body for about 4-5 feet. It radiates the health of our physical, mental, emotional, as well as spiritual energies, often including various colors. And because we attract those who resonate at the same level as us, we are likely to attract others of a denser vibration. In contrast, operating at a higher vibration nourishes our physical and energy bodies. With higher vibrations, we feel and emulate, love, joy, hope and peace. Being human, we may feel these emotions at various points in our lives. The emphasis here is on being able to live from a place of higher vibration in a way that works for our highest good and is sustainable in the long term. Physically, our bodies respond to a higher vibration with increased blood flow to tissues, muscles and organs. Oxygen is carried in our blood and to the various systems throughout our bodies, nourishing them more optimally. Energetically, love is the rock star of our highest vibration — it’s what we ideally should be operating from. And because we radiate love at higher vibrations, we attract love in return. Our aura is healthy, and we acknowledge that we are joy and are...

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Trust Your Heart and Listen

Trust Your Heart and Listen

What causes the most fear? When I ask this question in my workshops or lectures, a majority of people will home in on an answer based on their own personal experience. But, inevitably, all the answers are rooted in the same thing: uncertainty. Uncertainty and fear of the unknown drive many people to depression, addiction, and other self-sabotaging and abusive patterns. We cling to familiarity as a safety net. Change can feel life-threatening, simply because we don’t know what to expect. Moving forward into the unknown is extremely unnerving, but all transformation requires that we accept uncertainty and embrace the unknown. On the other side of these changes are a new, possibly better version of happiness and security. Learning to see change as an opportunity will help us in the long run. Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur, author, and motivational speaker, posits that the choices we make are motivated by one of two factors: inspiration or desperation. Inspired choices are motivated by the heart. When we make an inspired choice it feels expansive, exciting, and full of warmth. Desperate choices are usually ones we feel forced into. Many times they feel heavy, uncomfortable, and overwhelming. They come from the rational, analytical part of us that tends to overthink and judge. Many of us stay in situations long past their expiration dates, or settle into experiences that don’t soothe our soul because we are reluctant to experience discomfort. In those moments, we’re thinking with our heads instead of our hearts. We fear that the choice we make could set us back or send our life off course. When it comes to making a decision, many of us are so focused on the worst-case scenario that we become paralyzed by our choices. But in my own journey, overcoming clinical depression, drug addictions, and eating disorders, I learned the power of my inner guide, and the importance of trusting the wisdom from my own heart. Inspiration comes to us through our hearts. The happiest, most successful, and healthiest people you know have learned to trust their inner wisdom. Here are 10 things people who think with their hearts do differently: 1. They accept that they cannot control the future. If something is supposed to be a part of their life, it will be. 2. Rather than focusing on what could go wrong, they focus on what could go right. 3. They aren’t trying to find their life’s purpose, because living a full life is the purpose. 4. They see problems as pathways. 5. They act on the belief that life gets better by change, not chance. 6. They change what they can’t accept and surrender to what they can’t change. 7. They release what no longer serves them. 8. They believe that things don’t happen to them but for them. 9. They look within themselves for answers. 10. They know that what we learn and who we become on life’s journey is more important than the end goal. The journey is the real reward. About the author – Shannon Keiser is an author, “Find Your Happy”. These insights are excerpted from the author’s new book, Adventures for Your Soul. ———————– Reflexology can help you to alleviate stress and anxiety. To learn more schedule a FREE consultation with the Healing Place Medfield by...

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Treat Yourself the Way You Would Treat a Friend

Treat Yourself the Way You Would Treat a Friend

It’s amazing how unnecessarily we push ourselves. Always running to the next appointment or saying yes to events we know we should skip for time and sanity’s sake. In the end, your mood and your productivity suffer when you run yourself ragged. Resentment builds up, your energy plummets, and then maybe you even beat up on yourself for not setting healthier boundaries. I recently went to San Francisco for a little vacation and got back to NYC at 11pm. I normally would have just gone to work the next day. But I took the day off in advance just to be nicer to myself, and it was a gesture of radical self-care for me. The “old me” would would have pushed myself to go to work after that long flight. But I’ve learned to give myself a break to be able to relax and rejuvenate. Not because it’s a luxury, but because it’s a necessity. If I would have gone to work I would have been cranky and been thinking about the millions of to-dos I needed to handle when I got home. My work would have suffered and I would have felt more frazzled after a relaxing vacation. You’d be surprised how many opportunities there are to treat yourself a little nicer. Here are some little ways to get big returns by being your own best friend: 1. Ignore your phone. I do this all the time … well, most of the time. Unless someone has an appointment to talk to me at a particular time, I do not answer my phone. Period. My time is valuable and when I pick up the phone for every call or text, I get distracted from what I was doing and I’m thrown off my game. Because I’m aware of this, I simply don’t do it. If only answering your phone for appointments seems unrealistic, then maybe find some windows during the day when you choose not to look at your phone. Above all, I recommend clearing some mental space for yourself with this simple change. By focusing on one task at a time, you can treat yourself to a more relaxed day. 2. Write your to do list the night before. It doesn’t matter how tired you are, you’ll never be as rushed in the evening as you are in the morning.That’s why I use the last 15 minutes of the day to set myself up for the following one. Whether it’s at work or at home — just giving a little extra attention to setting up your day will make for an easier start. I always make a list of my to-dos for the following day before I leave my desk at night. Always. Without fail. Then that way when I come in — I can just look at my roadmap and start working. I’ve done the heavy-lifting already. 3. Let someone else do it. Most of us have this obsession with trying to do everything ourselves. We like to do all the heavy-lifting in our lives, most likely because we’re trying to prove we can. But the truth is, there’s really no need to prove yourself, especially not to yourself. There’s no shame in asking your writer-friend for some help editing, or in occasionally sending your laundry out...

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You Can Tame Your Heartburn!

You Can Tame Your Heartburn!

Lots of us get heartburn, but how do we stop getting it? For some it’s little purple pill or a swig of a pink potion, while others just grit their teeth and bear it … none of which solve the problem or prevent future episodes. Fortunately, heartburn is very treatable and all of us have the power to stop the fire before it starts — without drugs, potions or unpleasant side effects. Start with a few key dietary and lifestyle changes to start soothing your intestinal system so you can steer it back on to a healthy, heartburn-free track. Here are 9 ways to start banishing the burn: 1. Kick the heartburn drugs. Contrary to what you might think, heartburn drugs tend to do more harm than good. While there’s no denying that they help reduce stomach acid, the problem is that the meds also stop the acid from doing the digestive work it’s supposed to do. Though heartburn gives stomach acid a bad name, acid is absolutely essential to digestion: it helps break down food and stimulates the digestive enzymes in your small intestine; it helps keep the balance of good and bad bacteria in check; it’s your primary defense against food-borne infections and it helps your gut absorb essential nutrients. When you suppress acid production with heartburn drugs, you’re inhibiting digestion, preventing absorption of vitamins and nutrients and all but wiping out the good gut bacteria your gut needs to keep your immune system strong. You’re also setting the stage for damage to the intestinal lining — yikes! And please be aware that when you stop these heartburn medications cold turkey, you get a rebound effect with the heartburn becoming more severe. So taper off them slowly, preferably under the supervision of a knowledgeable health care practitioner. 2. Lighten your mealtime load. The more food that’s in your belly, the longer it takes to digest and the more likely it will reflux. Eating several smaller meals throughout the day will be easier on your digestive tract than bombarding it with three big ones. And at the end of the day, try to put three hours between your evening meal and bedtime so that digestion is well underway before you lie down for the night. (Looking for a relaxing way to unwind? Try this evening routine.) 3. Skip the Spanx. If heartburn is an issue, resist the urge to squish yourself into super skinny jeans. Give your belly room to digest. Tight clothes can put pressure on your stomach, pressing food back up into your esophagus. 4. Hold the jalapeños. Instead of popping pills to put out the fire, give your digestive tract a vacation from high-acid foods that irritate tender tissues. A few common acidic culprits include coffee, alcohol, garlic, peppers, onions, tomatoes, orange juice and spicy foods. To help my patients identify their heartburn triggers, I ask them to keep a food diary and monitor how their body reacts to high acid foods, so they get a better sense as to which ones are causing their heat and which ones aren’t. For those with more stubborn cases, I also recommend trying a cleanse diet which eliminates the common foods that fuel the burn. 5. Do drink Swedish bitters. All that heartburn pill-popping will over time deplete...

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Get Out of the Bathroom and Back Into Life – Hand Reflexology Digestive Health Workshop

Get Out of the Bathroom and Back Into Life – Hand Reflexology Digestive Health Workshop

Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing Dover Sherborn School, 29 Cross Rd., Dover, MA 02030 October 13, 2015, 7-9pm $45 Do you suffer from the discomfort and embarrassment of frequent, severe or persistent: • Indigestion?  • Heartburn? • Constipation? • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)? If your answer is “Yes” Reflexology and Energy Medicine Can Help You!! Did you know that millions of dollars are spent every year for over-the-counter digestive and constipation products? Do you want to learn how to be proactive with your digestive care without constantly reaching for medication and seeing the doctor? Join Certified Reflexologist and Certified Energy Medicine Practitioner, Helen Chin Lui for this interactive digestive problem relief workshop for adults and children What helpful, practical information you will take away? • The reasons behind blockages in the digestive tract (some your doctor may not tell you) • How to remove those blockages through energy medicine (where modern medicine may failed you) • Meditation to calm the tummy and colon (this is more powerful than it seems) • Interactive hand reflexology tips to calm fussy stomach and move built-up toxins (take charge of your healing with these self-healing techniques) To register for this workshop with Dover Sherborn school  or call 508 785-0480. —————- If you have always want to learn how reflexology can enhance your health, schedule a FREE consultation with the Healing Place Medfield by calling 508 359-6463. We have helped thousands of people to find long term relief from chronic digestive disorders, chronic pains and balance hormones naturally. For the Healing Place Medfield’s free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click...

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It’s Time to Think About Piling on Vitamin D for the Months Ahead

It’s Time to Think About Piling on Vitamin D for the Months Ahead

Vitamin D – It’s time to think about stocking up on your Vitamin D for the fall and winter. Vitamin D, calciferol, is a fat-soluble vitamin. It is found in food, but also can be made in your body after exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. Vitamin D exists in several forms, each with a different activity. Some forms are relatively inactive in the body, and have limited ability to function as a vitamin. The liver and kidney help convert vitamin D to its active hormone form. The major biological function of vitamin D is to maintain normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus. Vitamin D aids in the absorption of calcium, helping to form and maintain strong bones. It promotes bone mineralization in concert with a number of other vitamins, minerals, and hormones. Without vitamin D, bones can become thin, brittle, soft, or easily broken. One cup of vitamin D fortified milk supplies about one-fourth of the estimated daily need for this vitamin in adults. Although milk is fortified with vitamin D, dairy products made from milk such as cheese, yogurt, and ice cream are generally not fortified with vitamin D. Only a few foods naturally contain significant amounts of vitamin D, including fatty fish and fish oils. Exposure to sunlight is an important source of vitamin D. Ultraviolet (UV) rays from sunlight trigger vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Season, latitude, time of day, cloud cover, smog, and suncreen affect UV ray exposure. For example, in Boston the average amount of sunlight is insufficient to produce significant vitamin D synthesis in the skin from November through February. The lack of sun during the winter months can also lead to depression and Seasonal Affective Disorder. Sunscreens with a sun protection factor of 8 or greater will block UV rays that produce vitamin D, but it is still important to routinely use sunscreen whenever sun exposure is longer than 10 to 15 minutes. If you are prone to depression during the winter months, please talk to your health care provider, you may be vitamin D deficient. About the Writer – Helen Chin Lui is a certified Reflexolgist, Certified Energy Medicine and Reiki Practitioner. She is the founder and owner of the Healing Place in Medfield. She specializes in helping people with chronic digestive disorders. For her free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click here for your free report. Helen has helped hundreds of people to find long last relief from their chronic pain, digestive issues and balance hormones naturally. To find out how Reflexology and Energy Medicine can help you,  please schedule a FREE 60-minute consultation by calling 508...

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Foot Reflexology for Your Best Night Sleep

Foot Reflexology for Your Best Night Sleep

What could be sweeter than a night of peaceful, restful sleep? That’s time for your mind and body to restore and heal. Through your dreams, your subconscious mind makes sense of the events of your day, and your superconscious mind or “higher self” brings you guidance toward a better life. But if you’re like me, there are times when peaceful, restorative slumber seems to evade you. Have the stresses of the day sometimes kept you tossing and turning when you longed for sleep? Or, if you have chronic insomnia, does restful sleep seem like a only a dream? Before reaching for chemical sleep aids that may cause side effects and create dependencies, try the natural relaxation effects of reflexology! You can easily give yourself and others a mini-reflexology session to help you shift gently into the sweet slumber you desire. By stimulating reflex points on your feet, hands, face and ears, reflexology subtly impacts the whole body, affecting the organs and glands. A simple reflexology routine that works on just the feet can help you or a loved one to drift off to sleep naturally. There are nearly 15,000 nerves in your feet alone, one of many reasons that foot reflexology is so calming, soothing and effective. Reflexologists use a map of the feet where all the organs, glands, and corresponding parts of the body are laid out. The toes reflect the head. The ridge beneath the toes on the top part of the ball of the foot is a natural shoulder or neck line. The ball of the foot reflects the chest. The arch mirrors the digestive organs, and the heel and ankles contain reflexes for the reproductive system. The inside curve of each foot (where we find the spinal reflex) corresponds to the actual curves of the spine. Using the chart above, here’s a 15-minute routine in four easy steps that you can incorporate into your bedtime ritual: 1. Relax the feet, one at a time, with simple relaxation techniques: pressing and squeezing, lightly slapping or gently kneading — whatever feels good. Finish by pressing and holding your thumb on the solar plexus point of each foot for 5-10 seconds each. 2. On the bottom of each foot, “walk” your thumb up from the base of the heel to each toe (imagine your thumb is a caterpillar inching its way up your foot), then press these reflex points with the outer edge of your thumb or tip of your forefinger: Head/brain (top of each toe) promotes clarity and positive thinking. Pituitary or “master gland” (center of big toe) stimulates/balances hormone secretions of all other glands. Pineal gland (outer side of big toe) secretes melatonin which controls our circadian rhythm/sleep cycle. Thyroid (base of big toe) balances metabolism. Neck/shoulders (ridge of toes) releases tension Chest/lungs (ball of foot) calms breathing. Solar plexus/diaphragm (under ball of foot in the center) encourages profound relaxation and peacefulness. If you have other particular areas of your body that are stressed, you can press the corresponding reflex area or point. 3. Apply the relaxation techniques again, and finish with another thumb press on the solar plexus point on both feet. 4. End with “breeze strokes” — lightly running your fingertips down the tops, bottoms and sides of each foot in a feathery motion,...

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Gluten-Free Summer Vegetable Risotto Recipe

Gluten-Free Summer Vegetable Risotto Recipe

Risotto is creamy, filling, glorious comfort food for any season, any occasion. Indulgent Lobster Risotto for date night, Pumpkin Risotto as a bowl of fall splendor, Asparagus Risotto on a chilly spring evening. The flavor possibilities are as rich as the risotto itself. Risotto is one of those dishes that does not need major modifications t1o make it safe for those following a gluten-free diet. The base of the dish, Italian Arborio rice, is naturally gluten-free. The creamy essence of risotto comes from this special type of rice rather than a flour thickening agent. Arborio rice is a high starch, round short-grain rice. It absorbs liquid and releases starch, creating a natural, thick creaminess. If you cannot find Arborio rice, you can substitute either Carnaroli rice or white sushi rice to prepare a delicious gluten-free risotto. This Summer Vegetable Risotto is a farmer’s market delight, filled with yellow corn, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, goat cheese and chives. It’s creamy and tangy, full of color and texture. For even more summery essence in your risotto bowl, grill the corn first, then slice the kernels off the cob to add to the rich, vegetable filled risotto.  *Note: When ordering risotto at a restaurant, check to make sure it is gluten-free just to be safe. You never know what they may add that isn’t gluten-free friendly. When purchasing ingredients at the store, always check the label to make sure the product you select is gluten-free. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2-4 servings Ingredients 4-5 cups vegetable broth or chicken broth, simmered 1 tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided 1/2 lb asparagus, rinsed, tough ends removed, and sliced into 1″ long pieces 1 yellow onion, diced 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 cup Arborio rice 1/2 cup dry white wine 1 cup yellow corn (thawed, if frozen – or grilled) 1 cup halved cherry tomatoes 5 oz goat or feta cheese, crumbled 2 tbsp fresh chives, chopped salt and pepper, to taste Preparation In a medium-sized pot, heat the broth to a simmer. Continue to simmer on low heat as you prepare the rest of the risotto. In a medium-sized sauté pan or skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the 1″ long asparagus pieces and cook until softened and just about fork tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. While the asparagus is cooking, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a separate, wide sauté pan or heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil Add the Arborio rice to the pan and stir to coat. Cook until you hear the rice begin to pop and/or crackle. Reduce heat to medium and add the wine. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until evaporated and absorbed. Take one cup of simmering broth from the pot and pour it over the rice. Stir gently until well combined. Cook, stirring frequently, until the liquid reduces and there is very little liquid left in the pan. As the risotto cooks, it should be bubbling, but not rapidly. Reduce heat to medium low if the risotto is bubbling too much. Repeat the step above, adding one cup of broth after the previous cup is absorbed. The risotto will thicken and become creamy throughout this process, which takes about 25-30 minutes. The risotto is done when the rice is...

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It’s Summertime — Time to go Outside!

It’s Summertime — Time to go Outside!

It’s the middle of summer, and the weather is beautiful here in New England. You should take some time off from your busy schedule to enjoy the outdoors, because, hey, the cold will be just around the corner before we know it. Being outside in good weather not only brightens one’s mood, but it is proven to have many positive health benefits such as improving: Heart health, Memory, The body’s Circadian rhythm, Overall physical health. So, before the days start getting getting shorter and colder, get out while you can and soak up that sunshine! To find out more on how getting outside can benefit your health,  click here. ———- If you have always wanted to learn how reflexology can enhance your health, schedule a FREE consultation with the Healing Place Medfield by calling (508) 359-6463. We have helped thousands of people to find long term relief from chronic digestive disorders, chronic pain and balancing hormones naturally. For the Healing Place Medfield’s free report “Proven Alternative Ways to Heal Common Chronic Digestive Problems: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Know Can Keep You From Healing” click here.  ...

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5 Cucumber Tea Recipes

5 Cucumber Tea Recipes

Lemon Cucumber Mint Water Cucumbers and lemons go well together, and in this recipe they’ve included the cooling effect of fresh mint to the water so you’re getting several tastes competing for your attention. Lemons themselves are high in Vitamin C, and since you’re unlikely to eat lemons the way you’d eat an orange, drinking this lemon cucumber concoction is a great way to top up on this immune-boosting vitamin. Mint is also a rich source of Vitamin C, as well as important minerals like calcium and magnesium. Consider adding the mint to a soup or smoothie after you’ve finished the water, as it’s an excellent source of fiber. Cucumber Herb-Infused Water When you add in herbs to regular cucumber water you’re upping the flavor profile and also getting the nutrients each herb provides. This recipe goes all out and adds in three different herbs to get the flavor just right. At the same time you’re getting the vitamins and minerals from these herbs. Rosemary is a great source of iron, calcium, and potassium, and thyme can take care of your Vitamin C needs for the day all by itself. You’re also getting additional minerals from the mint, and the vitamins from the lemon. And don’t forget the goodness of cucumbers. That’s a packed glass of water! Springtime Strawberry Cucumber Water You don’t have to wait till spring to make this springtime strawberry water featuring plenty of cucumber goodness. The lemon, cucumber, and strawberries make a nice trio of flavors and work well together. There’s also your choice of herbs, and they recommend either mint or basil so you can tailor this to your particular palate. The strawberries will infuse the water with additional vitamins that cucumbers don’t have a ton of, namely Vitamin C. If it happens to be spring this makes a great water to drink to help the body rid itself of any toxins stored up from a long winter. Cucumber and Basil Water The great part about making this cucumber and basil water is that you’re getting the tasty flavor of basil as well as the extra antioxidants it provides. That’s right, basil just doesn’t pack extra taste into the water, it’s also a nutrient powerhouse with the amount of Vitamin A it has. The Vitamin A gets turned into beta-Carotene in the body and has a strong antioxidant effect on the body, going to work on free radicals and helping you feel better. Contrary to popular belief, beta-Carotene helps with more than just your eyes. It helps the immune system and can even act as an anti-cancer agent. Refreshing Fruit Water Feeling parched is not in the cards when you make up a batch of this fruit water. But don’t let the title fool you, it’s packing more than just fruit and includes several slices of cucumber. Blueberries and strawberries give you a boost of antioxidants, and cucumber provides minerals and additional antioxidants that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated and ready to take on the rest of your day. When compared to other drinks marketed as energy drinks you’re much better going with an all-natural option that leaves you feeling good with no crash later. Article found on Bembu.com – Live healthy and happy with helpful tips on nutrition, detoxification and healthy...

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Cucumber Tea for Health and Vitality

Hydrate yourself this summer with this miracle tonic- Infuse cucumber slices in a jug of water and keep sipping throughout the day. Watch the years dropping away from your face and say hello to a glowing new you! Cucumber water also does wonders for your body by nourishing it with the minerals and extra vitamins it contains. Here Are The Benefits Of Drinking Cucumber Water: –Hydration: Adding cucumber slices to water gives it flavor, making you likely to reach for the water jug more often. More water means better hydration and resulting elimination of toxins. -Added vitamins and minerals: Adding cucumber slices supplement the rest of your diet as these veggies are a storehouse of minerals and vitamins. Slices of lemon will add to the benefits. –Glowing Skin: Cucumber contains silica which is excellent properties of calming and soothing acne prone skin and soothing blemishes. Say hello to supple, smooth skin! -Healthier Muscles: Silica is also beneficial for the muscle tissues. It will be an added boost to your strength training regimen if you sip on water infused with cucumber slices. –Antioxidant Boost: Look good and feel great by flushing out built up toxins in the body.  Add this to your detox program and battle free radicals with this magical potion. -Anti-Cancer Properties: Cucumbers, though not potent enough to ward off cancer by themselves, are a storehouse of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are sure to have a positive effect on overall well-being and healthy lifestyle. Improve health and beauty with this...

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Gluten Free Pizza Dough Recipe

Gluten Free Pizza Dough Recipe

This gluten-free pizza crust recipe can be rolled out, just like traditional wheat dough. You can make a thin crusted New York style pizza or thick crusted Chicago style, you decide. Then load it with your favorite toppings. Use this recipe for Homemade Gluten-Free Flour Blend or your favorite GF all-purpose flour blend. Makes enough dough for two medium pizzas or 1 large one. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 3/4 cup Gluten Free All Purpose Flour Mix 3/4 cup tapioca flour 2 tablespoons dry buttermilk powder OR dry powdered milk OR Vance’s Dari-Free Powder 1 teaspoon Agar-Agar powder (Vegan ) OR unflavored gelatin powder 1 teaspoon salt 2 teaspoons xanthan gum 1 package active dry yeast granules 1 teaspoons sugar OR 1/2 teaspoon honey OR agave nectar 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons cider vinegar 1/2 cup lukewarm water (hot water will kill the yeast!) Extra tapioca flour for rolling the pizza dough Gluten Free cornmeal to sprinkle on baking sheet Directions Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle lightly with gluten free cornmeal. Place all dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed together. Add sugar or honey or agave nectar, vinegar, olive oil and gradually add water. Mix on high speed for 3 to 4 minutes. Scrape the thick dough on to a large clean surface liberally sprinkled with tapioca flour.  Work enough tapioca flour into the dough so that it can be shaped into a large ball. With a large knife cut the dough in half to make two medium pizzas. The key to shaping this dough is to continue to sprinkle the work surface and the dough with tapioca flour. 6. Shape each piece into a circle making sure to sprinkle enough tapioca flour on the dough and the work surface to prevent it from sticking. 7. With a rolling pin shape the dough into circles. Roll thin for New York style pizzas or thick for Chicago deep dish style. 8. Carefully place one prepared pizza crust on baking sheet or pizza stone (see tips) sprinkled with corn meal and bake for about 5 minutes or until the dough is firm. This is called parbaking. Repeat with second pizza. 9. Top pizzas with your favorite ingredients and bake an additional 7-10 minutes or until done. Or cool parbaked crusts, wrap and freeze for convenience. 10. If you like your pizzas crisp consider using a pizza stone. Reminder: Always make sure your work surfaces, utensils, pans and tools are free of gluten. Always read product labels. Manufacturers can change product formulations without notice. When in doubt, do not buy or use a product before contacting the manufacturer for verification that the product is free of gluten. About the creator – Teri Gruss, MS. She is gluten-free cook and...

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