winter hydration

Do We Need As Much Water In The Winter?

Winter Hydration Although you may not realize it, drinking water and staying hydrated are just as important in the winter as during the summer months. That’s because – regardless of the temperature outside – water is vital to both organ function and digestion. It carries nutrients and oxygen throughout the body. It controls blood pressure […]

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Butternut Squash-A Way You Might Not Have Tried!

I’m pretty sure almost everyone likes butternut squash. What’s not to like? It’s sweet, easy to find and easy to make. I’d even call it a winter comfort food. I’ve made lots of squash soups, stews and roasted variations. But until yesterday I’d never tried squash pizza. It’s pretty straight forward and the finished product was […]

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What’s For Dinner

It’s inevitable. At some point every day the question comes up: “What’s for dinner?” If you’ve planned ahead at the start of the week, you’ll likely be prepared with the answer. That’s a good feeling! It’s like having all your laundry clean and folded or a full tank of gas. Just knowing what’s on the menu […]

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Here’s What I Ate Today:
Ginny’s Healthy Meal Plan

Lately I’m working to simplify healthy meal preparation. As many of you know, over the years I’ve experimented with several different eating styles including vegan and vegetarian. Yet strict adherence to these can require an inordinate amount of work and complicated recipes! I always come back to a basic plan, described best by Michael Pollan: Eat […]

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The Benefits of Keeping a Food Journal

We developed the TWC to help our clients and friends learn and practice healthy habits. What sets it apart from other programs is that it is not so restrictive that we have a difficult time staying with it – or an almost impossible time maintaining these good habits once the Challenge is over. Many of […]

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How To Build A Healthy Lunch

Nutrition is a key part of the Total Wellness Challenge and well, life in general. For 27 days we work on avoiding processed, chemicalized foods; relying mostly on whole foods from the earth. We create and execute our exercise plans and we work on other lifestyle practices too but the food thing plays a dominant role in how […]

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The Importance Of Sleep

THE FINAL STRETCH This is it, Challengers: We’re entering the final week of the TWC! Did you wonder at the start if you’d be able to complete the challenge? It’s amazing how much you’ve learned and accomplished so far! We hope you’re feeling great physically and mentally. Are you excited or a little disappointed that the TWC is almost over? […]

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Remember Why You Started

  We’re getting ready to enter Week 3 of the Challenge — that means we’ve only got two more weeks to go! Is the Challenge starting to feel really long? Have you been forgetting to sign in lately? Maybe you just don’t care as much any more and you’re starting to focus on when the challenge is going […]

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Time To Declutter

Most of us spend lots of time and energy trying to slim down our bodies. But new research suggests a better strategy is to first slim down our homes. Peter Walsh, author of “Does This Clutter Make My Butt Look Fat?” writes that clutter in our home can stand in the way of a more healthful lifestyle. It’s true […]

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The Joy Of Cooking

The Joy Of Cooking Let’s face it, sometimes cooking can feel like a chore rather than a creative outlet, but it’s almost always a gratifying act to plan and cook a delicious meal that nourishes our body. It’s important to remember that the benefits of cooking at home far outweigh those of dining out — although it’s nice to […]

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