Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

Benefits of Indoor Plants – Both Environmental and Emotional

I can’t recall a time when I haven’t had indoor house plants in my home. Even when I was young and single, my sister and I had handful of plants in our apartment. Gardening outside is incredibly rewarding, but unfortunately it is very seasonal. This is why for me, having variety of indoor plants to take care of,  is very essential. There are studies and scientific research that show how houseplants can help with our environment both...

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6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

6 Common Varieties and Benefits of Basil- Dairy Free, Vegan Pesto Recipe

I always try to keep a plant of fresh basil on my kitchen counter. I love not only the flavor, but also the fragrant. Sometimes I’ll rub the leaves between my fingers, and I can feel the oils rub onto my skin. Civilizations around the world have used basil for thousands of years for its medicinal properties. I get so passionate when I find a food that is not only tasty, but also has healing abilities. Basil is known to help with managing...

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Am I Good Enough? 5 Ways I have Found To Silent My Negative Thoughts

Am I Good Enough? 5 Ways I have Found To Silent My Negative Thoughts

I don’t know about you, but I think it is easy to get dragged down with negative and destructive thoughts. I wish I didn’t care too much about what others think of me. Actually, at times I find myself making choices that aren’t necessary right for me. I find my own thoughts bullying me around.  Even though, in my opinion, bullying is nothing but wicked and damaging. I get real upset every time I hear or see someone being...

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Easy Indian Inspired Dairy Free Curry Chicken and Rice Recipe

Easy Indian Inspired Dairy Free Curry Chicken and Rice Recipe

When I think of curry, I think of India. Perhaps most people are like me in that sense.  Each brand and mix of curry powder tastes slightly different. That’s because curry is not just one spice, but a blend of different spices (I haven’t always known that). In my years of cooking, I have used dozens of different brands and mixes of curry. Because of the variety in each blend, sometimes there can be a slight difference in the taste...

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What is Prediabetes: Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

What is Prediabetes:  Reversing My Diagnosis Thru Lifestyle Changes

I had heard of diabetes my whole life, but I didn’t know there was something called prediabetes. Growing up I had couple of friends who had type 1 diabetes, but type 2 wasn’t common . After my doctor  told me few years ago, that I was prediabetic, I thought “who are you talking to?”. I had spend my whole life believing I was eating healthy enough, and sweet treats were rarely served in our home. Matter of fact, so rare...

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Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Easy Vegan Red Lentil Soup

Eating vegan is a choice for some, for others it may be out of health reasons. I personally can’t have any dairy, but love a small piece of grass-fed, lean cut steak once in awhile, as well as fresh fish and chicken. So I find myself often eating a vegan dish with perhaps some meat on the side or in the case of this soup, just serve it with a salad. Most of the time our family gets their protein from combination of legumes, grains and...

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Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

Understanding Inflammation and Its Role In Our Body

I believe that anti-inflammatory diet or lifestyle can help us alleviate many of our symptoms in managing different diseases. But beyond my personal experience, there are significant amount of studies and research that helps us to understand inflammation, as well as how to control too much of it. Not all inflammation is bad, but once it becomes chronic, that’s when we start seeing damage in the body. Today, researchers know that a great...

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Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus Tahini – An Authentic Middle Eastern Side Dish Recipe

Hummus is very common in every Middle Eastern home. It’s part of the traditional Meze dish that is served as a side or an appetizer. Hummus bi tahini is an Arabic word, which means chickpeas with tahini.  Tahini is crushed sesame seeds, that is turned into a paste after a process soaking and toasting the seeds. Many wonder where hummus really came from. Some claim from the Arabs, while others from Israel and then there are many other...

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Mediterranean White Bean and Meat Stew

Mediterranean White Bean and Meat Stew

Mediterranean diet is like taking a road trip from Greece to Italy and then on to the Middle Eastern countries. Not only does it nourish our bodies, but it also offers a culinary journey. The combination of fresh herbs and traditional seasonings makes cooking an experience for all the senses. When I was a kid my mom always cooked Mediterranean style dinners, and she never considered the Western diet as an option. Cooking a variety of vegetable...

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Importance Of Keeping Track Of Your Spending – Regardless Your Income

Importance Of Keeping Track Of Your Spending – Regardless Your Income

Every New Year brings along New Year Resolutions. More often than not, one out of three resolutions relate to money management. According to Business Insider, about 80% of the resolutions fail by February. I have found in my own personal life, that there are multiple reasons why sticking to a budget quite often fails. I’ve said it before, budgeting is not fun. But it is an important key for a long-term financial independence. Correct me...

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