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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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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Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

Healing Powers of Nature and Gardening

We hear it all the time, that gardening is really good for our health. Speaking from experience, I have to say, not only is it good for my health, but gardening has been the best preventive medicine available for me. Does my back and hands get sore from yard work? Sure it does! But the sense of deep fulfillment and accomplishment acts as drops of healing oil on me. Being in nature has healed me and it continues, as I engage myself in variety of...

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Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

Gardening and Farming In Our Communities

There are some amazing reasons and benefits with gardening. Just thinking about gardening, makes me believe I can smell fresh flowers and homegrown vegetables. And that thought alone, makes my hands start itching to go out and play in the soil. I remember living in our small town-home in Sweden with a yard that was about 0.05 acre (202 square meter), basically a tiny plot. We pulled out a small area of lawn, and planted a row of onions and ...

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2 Lessons Learned From A Financial Advisor

2 Lessons Learned From A Financial Advisor

Learning to handle our finances has been a life long process for me. I don’t think anyone likes budgeting or even worse, actually sticking to one. Over the course of my life, I have tried varies suggestions on how to make and stick to a budget, but without much success. Up until about seven years ago, when I met with a Personal Financial Advisor. When I met with Alan, our fiances were really tight. We had tons of medical bills and still...

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Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Benefits of Beans + Easy Three Bean Salad

Beans and lentils are super food and part of the Mediterranean diet. Not only are they packed with healthy nutrients, but they also are very versatile and high in fiber. It is important though to remember that some people are allergic/sensitive to some beans. The two main legumes that a lot of people react to are, soy and peanuts (yes, peanut is part of the legume family). It’s not uncommon that a person who reacts to one kind of bean, ...

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Understand And Manage Depression

Understand And Manage Depression

Depression is a real hard topic. You add the different faces of mental health problems, and it gets even more challenging.Perhaps it’s hard for me, because this is the part of me that most people don’t know of. There are over dozen different types of diagnosis within mental health disorders . Within these, the more common mood disorders are, depression and bipolar (also called manic depression). You may occasionally feel down and...

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The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

The Joy and Benefits of Volunteering

Sometimes it feels as though one more item on my to-do-list will for sure make me go crazy. We all have families, work and so many other responsibilities to take care of each and every day. Just thinking about stretching even further can be a very overwhelming feeling at times. Yet I believe most of us, even with limited time, have that deep desire to reach out and help people around us. In my experience with volunteering in different...

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Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

Maria’s Homemade Meat Sauce (Make Ahead and Freeze)

There is nothing better than homemade meat sauce, cooked from scratch. There are countless brands of bottled and canned marinara sauces to buy. But I am highly sensitive to black and white pepper. This makes it pretty much impossible to buy anything packaged. Honestly, I am totally okay with that. Growing up, my mom always encouraged us kids to cook from scratch. Her spaghetti was by far my favorite. Now as a grown up, I don’t eat gluten...

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Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

Multicultural Christmas Celebration and Decorations

What child would not like to celebrate Christmas twice in one year? Growing up in a multicultural home and environment was often very rewarding. Such was the case during every major holiday. I grew up in a home that had their roots in the Eastern Orthodox Church. The traditions and customs of my forefathers were ingrained in me at a very early age. Once I got to be older, and started school, I discovered another world outside. This was the...

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