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Wellness Travel: 15 Top Tips for a Healthier You

December 7, 2015 by  

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Healthy choices don’t always go hand in hand with travel. Let’s face it – flights are long, and so many of the better deals leave at ungodly hours in the morning or are redeyes. Airport food for the most part offers more processed fast food options than fresh organic salads although that is changing in more progressive and health-conscious cities around the globe. Top photo credit of meditation: www.3tags.org. Recently, I’ve been taking stock of my health and wellness on the road, frankly because getting from A to B is more stressful and trying on the body than it’s ever been (read my article on Cattle In, Cattle Out about where the airline industry has headed).
At home, I live a healthier life than most and am very food-aware. In other words, my carbs are low, I don’t eat processed or fried food and wherever I can, my choices are as close to a local farmer as I can get, whether be what we are cooking in our home kitchen or order at a restaurant. While the farm-to-table movement is by no means new, it is now spreading to smaller cities and towns, something we…

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Protective Products That Reduce Harmful EMFs To Your Body

October 20, 2015 by  

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Let’s be honest, the use of wifi and other technology products are going up every day. Daily, I receive notifications on new connected devices that monitor everything from my sleep to alerting me when my toast is done. Some families have 4-6 mobile phones with wifi signals in one home at any given time and that’s not counting all the emissions coming from their laptops, external wifi devices, wifi-enabled printers, microwaves, Smartphones, iPads, smart meters and more – all this under one roof.  While any one of these devices within a safe range from your body may not be alarming alone, the problem is the compound interest effect of the volume of devices around us on a regular basis. If you live in an urban area, it’s impossible to ignore them — people are talking on their cell phones in trains and buses, at airports and while you’re waiting in line for a coffee. Wifi routers are in nearly every building in the modern world and often, there are dozens of them on one floor of a building alone, never mind the fact that the very same building may have a smart meter or several emitting harmful rays into your…

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Health & Wellness: Indian Springs Mud Baths in Calistoga California

October 17, 2015 by  

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Have you ever been somewhere for the first time, and you got so mad at yourself for not having gone there sooner? Experiencing my first mud bath at ~INDIAN SPRINGS~ in Calistoga California was like that. As soon as I pulled up to the spa—with its charming Mission Revival historic building, palm trees, and punchy orange table umbrellas—I felt like I was visiting a resort in Palm Springs that had been magically dropped down into Calistoga.
2-indiansprings-pool-entrance.jpeg Photo credit: tablehopper Talking to some of my long-term San Francisco friends, they remember when it was Pacheteau Baths, up until 1988, when Pat and John Merchant bought the property and renamed it Indian Springs. But the history of this land stretches back 8,000 years, when the Wapoo Indians settled here, creating sweat lodges and enjoying the mineral waters. It’s pretty remarkable: the Indian Springs property has four geysers, and all the volcanic ash they use for the mud baths is from the property as well. Back when Sam Brannan owned all of upper Napa Valley, he envisioned the area as a resort. He built the original spa, mud baths, pool, and a racetrack—in 1861! Leland…

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Teeth On-The-Go & Encouraging Smiles Initiative Out Of Louisville

October 15, 2015 by  

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I discovered a fabulous initiative while I was in Kentucky this past September for Idea Festival called Making Smiles Happen, which is all about improving health through better oral care. Photo credit: www.bestevents.us New in 2015, the Delta Dental of Kentucky charitable initiative Making Smiles Happen supports non-profits. They’re providing financial support in the form of a charitable donation to a variety of non-profit partners focused on ensuring children and adults in Kentucky have access to oral care and oral health education.• Their goal is to fund programs that can overall help Kentuckians live healthier lives, which I love given the state of our healthcare system. •They also apparently accept applications for organizations that are of great service to the communities in which Delta Dental serves and since its inception, they have already awarded grants to more than 60 organizations statewide.  I love this idea — it would be great to see other states step up to the plate and take on similar programs around the country. Bravo! Photo credit: Delta Dental KY At this year’s Idea Festival, their team set up a massive larger than life-sized green horse at the Kentucky Center and asked people to write…

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Conscious & Healthy Travel at India’s Aurovalley Yoga Ashram

March 25, 2015 by  

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Aurovalley Ashram, yoga, India, travel, food, eating, green, sustainable, vegetarian Aurovalley Ashram in north India is a place for seekers to find peace. Aurovalley founder Swami Brahmdev describes the ashram as an experiment in consciousness living. It’s also an experiment in conscious eating and sustainable food production. Three times every day, several of the women who live and work at Aurovalley Ashram line up behind the counter and ladle mild, vegetarian food, like rice, dal, and sabzi (vegetable) onto the stainless steel thali (plates) each person carries. The basic fare is usually enlivened by the addition of things like fresh salad, fruit, home made curd (yoghurt), hot ginger tea, buttermilk or home made pickles. Aurovalley Ashram, yoga, India, travel, food, eating, green, sustainable, thali Fresh, healthy, vegetarian lunch at Aurovalley Ashram It’s not food that’s going to win any awards, and it’s not what foodies dream about, but it is simple, healthy, nutritious and vital. At Aurovalley Ashram, food is part of the spiritual life. People are expected to eat in silence, and clean their own plates afterwards. Aurovalley Ashram founder Swami Brahmdev explains that eating in silence gives ashramites…

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6 Fun Retreats for a Mixture of Wellness, Yoga & Adventure

March 18, 2015 by  

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2) Green Yoga & Permaculture (Guatemala)

Journey to sacred Mayan land in San Marcos La Laguna, Sololá, Guatemala for a yoga and immersive live experience that will change the way you see the world around you. Live off-the-grid and stay in rustic cabanas to escape the day-to-day grind of technological living, learning to re-appreciate simple pleasures. While here, you will learn about permaculture which nurtures similar principles as yoga: awareness of surroundings, working with your body, and cultivating a union between mind and movements. The Yoga Forest helps you achieve honest living, and you’ll learn to recognize the impact of plants, buildings, animals and insects on the environment and its occupants. Participate in daily yoga, meditation and service (seva or karma yoga) within the community in a comfortable place conducive to growth and sharing. Monkey encounter! Photo courtesy of Escuela Del Sol.

3) Yoga & Wildlife Volunteering (Costa Rica)

There’s always something happening at La Escuela Del Sol: Spanish lessons, surfing, scuba certification and fire poi dance lessons in a tropical Costa Rica location, for example. This spring, you can add wildlife volunteering to that list, as…

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Learning How Aloe Vera Works Wonders at a Curaçao Plantation

December 19, 2014 by  

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If you read We Blog the World often enough, you know that we’re huge fans of sustainable travel, eco-green resorts and being as aware as we can about our environment and how to preserve it. I personally am a fan of all things natural, whether that be the food that we eat, the products we digest — vitamins and supplements — or the lotions we use that get absorbed into our system. Aloe Vera is one of those natural wonders that can be used for healing — you can eat it, apply it on your skin or drink its natural juices, which not only have great digestive properties but keeps you running smoothly too. Yes, I mean just that. For those of you who have constipation issues and you know who you are, Aloe Vera may just be your ticket to better health. I learned more about Aloe Vera at the Aloe Vera Plantation in Curaçao recently, where they make natural products under the Curaloe name, ranging from lotions, facial scrubs and masks, to pure juice you can drink. Something you may not realize is that Aloe Vera comes from the…

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Liberians Response to Rise of Ebola

October 28, 2014 by  

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shutterstock_138477560 With global Ebola panic in full swing, it may surprise you to learn how calm many West Africans remain as the disease continues its deadly rampage in their communities. A recent New York Times piece by Liberian-American journalist, Helene Cooper details the admirable resilience of Liberians as they weather the storm of a ruthless illness. As a child, Cooper and her family left Liberia to escape the horrifying violence that plagued their homeland.  Having endured 14 years of civil war, Liberians consider themselves to be a nation of survivors and many of them have the harrowing stories to prove it. “They came by that resilience the hard way,” says Cooper. Her own sister was kidnapped and narrowly escaped death. Another hid in a remote area for two years after seeing a coworker brutally killed by rebels. On a recent visit to her home city of Monrovia, Cooper was surprised to see how calm Liberians are remaining even with the ever-present threat of disease. But given their painful history, Liberians see Ebola as another problem that must be dealt with. She explains: “[Many] Liberians are treating the disease with much the same resignation as…

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