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Michelle Schenker

Michelle is passionate about living a healthy life. She shops farmers markets, cooks organic, and eats vegetarian. Juicing and smoothies are a part of everyday life in her home. So are recycling, composting, and gardening. I guess you could say Michelle has a green thumb. Even when a plant doesn't make it under her care, she is still dedicated to making the earth a greener place for future generations.

Essential Oils Guide: What Does Each Oil Do?

Essential Oils Guide

Looking for the best essential oils to naturally balance out your life? Essential oils can be used to heal, soothe, improve, prevent and alleviate symptoms you are experiencing that may be causing you pain, discomfort or dis-ease. Find out more about the various essential oils' uses so you know which one might help you with your personal concern. Not only will they improve your health, but they also smell great on your body and throughout your home...

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Easy Almond Milk Recipe

Jar of homemade almond milk

So I have a lactose intolerance issue and have been drinking soy milk for close to 15 years in place of cow's milk. I recently learned from my doctor that ingesting soy for an extended time period and every day (like I was) could lead to larger health issues, including cancer and other bad things. So in my quest to figure out the best option from both a health and financial perspective, I discovered how easy and affordable it is to make your own almond milk! And with commercial Almond Milk manufacturers now in class action suits about how few almonds yet how many chemicals are in their products, I am further encouraged to make my own. So rather than keeping this as my little secret, I thought I would share this how to make your own almond milk recipe with you...

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Animal Testing Ethics: Under the Microscope

Microscope in lab: Animal Research Ethics

The topic of animal research and if it's ethical or not has long been debated. Is it beneficial to progressing or do the risks outweigh the rewards? Below we take a look at the definition of animal research, the varied opinions on animal research ethics, important cases in animal research history, threats to researchers, statistics and alternatives to animal testing...

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Is Zipcar Worth It?

Zipcar: Is Zipcar Worth It?

Car sharing has been a known concept in Europe for years but in 2000 the founders of Zipcar brought the idea to their hometown of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and started rolling it out across the U.S. The idea is to bring alternative transportation to life. The benefits of car sharing are evident to Zipcar’s founders and they seek to bring this sustainable solution that has worked so well in Europe to the United States. Zipcar sees itself as more than just a new company on the block or an eco-aware company trying to do good for the now. The company is an ambassador for change, something that is evident throughout the company as they consciously make decisions to better impact our planet in the future. Sure the company is doing great things but is Zipcar worth it for you?

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Aluminum Free Deodorant: 3 That Truly Work

Woman applying deodorant

So you're thinking about switching to natural deodorant. Aluminum free deodorant seem to be a sure-fire way to return to basics and reduce the increasing health concerns associated with aluminum and parabens in relation to cancer, Alzheimer's disease, respiratory and brain disorders. Yikes! We are right there with you - read our research on which aluminum free deodorants work best when it comes to smelling fresh while reducing your health risks associated with this sometimes sticky (and smelly!) situation...

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Recipe: Low Sugar But Good Protein Shake

Glas of smoothie at the beach

As a vegetarian, I sometimes find it difficult to get enough protein into my diet. On average I was getting around 20 grams of protein per day by eating what I thought were high protein foods: mostly beans, lentils and nuts. I went to see a nutritionist and she said, "Girl, you are protein starved!" Everything else in my diet was great. I eat mostly whole, organic foods. I have been vegetarian for about five years now and have been a bit more tired than normal of late. So, the nutritionist asked me to keep a food diary for two weeks and her recommendation was to eat more protein. She also shared that it takes about a cup of beans to equal the protein in 1 ounce of meat!! Who knew?!? So unless I plan to eat 4-6 cups of beans each day, I need to look at some other sources for protein in my diet...

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Holistic Remedies for Depression and Anxiety

Cup of tea

Depression is one of the most common concerns in mental health today. While depression is the natural reaction to certain situations, like the death of a loved one or other major life changes, it becomes problematic when it's the reaction to much more minor situations and when the condition dominates most of your conscious awareness. Learn about a holistic approach to depression paired with a number of tips and suggested remedies for managing and preventing depression altogether...

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9 Benefits of Drinking Ginger Tea

Ginger Tea Benefits

Ginger has been used for centuries for its calming effects on the digestive system. While the taste of ginger is distinct enough to make it a main ingredient in some desserts, its ability to soothe an upset stomach has earned it some quiet fame with those who prefer to holistic healing at home. Ginger root offers a multitude of health benefits and because it’s a root, it can be saved and used in a variety of forms..

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What is Earth Day?

Earth sketch

This year and every year since 1970 on April 22, we celebrate the earth but also learn how we can do more to make a difference. It is a day to share our practices and ideals and find new ways to work together to change the path we are currently on. We look to make more sustainable choices as individuals, as corporations and as global citizens. Find out what Earth Day activities are going on in your town and get out to learn how you can do your part to make the world a better place for all...

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Roasted Vegetables with Rosemary Recipe

Roasted vegetables

The cozy taste of Thanksgiving can be enjoyed any day with this delightful roasted vegetable with rosemary recipe. It is kind of one I made up along the way from many different inspirations and is highly adaptable to what to have on hand. It's especially nice in the fall and winter when root vegetables such as sweet potatoes, turnips, parsnips and the like are easy to find at the local farmer's market or grocery store. As I often tell my friends who have asked for this recipe, "if you like the vegetable, it can likely go into this dish". The more variety the better for the most health and nutrient-filled meal. FYI - This recipe is Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free...

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