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My Body Is Not an Apology: Interview with Author Sonya Renee Taylor

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From TV to magazines to the Internet, we’re constantly bombarded with images of the “perfect” body. It’s no wonder that for so many of us, our bodies feel lacking or unworthy. If only I could just lose a little weight, we tell ourselves. If only I could look like that person. It’s a thought that has, sadly, become a daily mantra for millions of us. Thankfully, Sonya Renee Taylor is trying to change that narrative. Author of the new self-help book, The Body is Not an Apology, Taylor has spent years examining how we relate to our bodies. And she’s here to tell you: it’s time for a little radical self-love. Through both her book and her website of the same…

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One to Watch: DailyOM Founder Madisyn Taylor is Topping Charts and Healing Lives

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Every so often, someone comes along and we just have to tell you about them – and Madisyn Taylor is definitely one to watch! Taylor, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of DailyOM, the incredibly popular lifestyle and holistic wellness website, has thrilled us with her latest book, Unmedicated: The Four Pillars of Natural Wellness.  Unmedicated is in its third printing and in just two days, has topped charts on Amazon, and receiving 5-star reviews just about everywhere people are talking about books. Madisyn has over 25 years of experience working with alternative healing strategies, spiritual development and mental health. The wealth of expertise she’s gained shows. Not only does she run DailyOM and provides the content, she also teaches courses on meditation, fitness, art, writing, spirituality,…

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*NEW* Mayor of NYC Announces #MeatlessMondays at Gracie Mansion! We’ve Got Recipes!

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We love food, whether it’s a recipe that’s been passed down in the family, or updates on classics from our favorite stars. But we also want that food to be pretty healthy (we’re trying to be good, okay?), and when we heard the news that fifteen schools in Brooklyn, NY, are going to be having vegetarian meals every Monday (#meatlessmondays), we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to share some of the best vegetarian meals we’ve found with you. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the new meal plan today, and will also be having vegetarian meals on Mondays, alongside Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, and all of Gracie Mansion (the residence of the Mayor of New York…

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Writer’s Bone Podcast: “Stranglers” Host Portland Helmich Talks Podcasts and More

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Writer’s Bone Podcast is hosted by Daniel Ford and Sean Tuohy. Each discussion presents a writer who gives insight into the craft of writing. In today’s episode, Daniel Ford speaks with Portland Helmich, host of the “Stranglers” podcast as well as a producer, writer, and actor. She talks about her upcoming appearance at PRX Podcast Garage in Allston, Massachusetts on November 1 with “Stranglers” executive producer Susan Gray. You also don’t want to miss her take on pitching a podcast with sex and spirituality, producing a documentary on John F. Kennedy’s final major speech at Amherst, and writing a short film about George Washington and the Newburgh Conspiracy for the U.S. Army Museum. Portland Helmech is an accomplished TV Host, Producer, and…

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Go Half-Crazy Over Whole Foods: New Prices, New Books

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Something amazing happened yesterday for those of us who try to eat healthier, but stumble at the price of the -better-for-us foods: internet giant Amazon.com, Inc.— who bought the Whole Foods Market chain— dropped the retailer’s prices by 43 percent. The store, where once the cost of a banana was about the same price as the cost of a gallon of gasoline, now has prices that rival other grocery store chains on some, not all, food items. Over time, Amazon intends to have the prices in Whole Foods Markets as competitive as other brick and mortar change, but to continue serving up the same quality and socially conscious foods the store is known for. Now that Whole Foods had become…

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Deception, Turmoil, and Heroism in Kate Moore’s ‘The Radium Girls’

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NPR has stated, “Radium Girls spares us nothing of their suffering; though at times the foreshadowing reads more like a true-crime story, Moore is intent on making the reader viscerally understand the pain in which these young women were living, and through which they had to fight in order to get their problems unrecognized… The story of real women at the mercy of businesses who see them only as a potential risk to the bottom line is haunting precisely because of how little has changed; the glowing ghosts of the radium girls haunt us still.” Have you ever read an entire book shaking your head at the subject matter? That’s what happened when I picked up The Radium Girls – and ultimately,…

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Book Excerpt! Dr. Sharad Paul’s ‘The Genetics of Health’

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For a sneak peek of Dr. Sharad Paul’s Genetics of Health: Understand Your Genes for Better Health (Atria Books, April 4, 2017) check out the excerpt below! The Genetics of Health EAT, MOVE, LIVE In some ways, this book is a curated exposition of living well—a retrospective of guts, genes, and geography and their impact on good health—a brief history of human evolution, genetic restlessness, and the power of positive thought. Western medicine has weapons that can torpedo tumors and vaccinate against viruses. Eastern medicine works on the energy of faith, using consciousness to bring wholesomeness to our individual bodily constitutions. Many years ago, I trekked in the Himalayas. My second novel, To Kill a Snow Dragonfly, was set in Tibet.…

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Weight Loss Success 101: Author and Health Advocate Merilee Kern Gets You Through the Holidays!

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As health-seekers strategize their diet and fitness approach for the holiday gluttony season and those inevitable New Year’s resolutions just beyond, there are a few simple but key considerations that can make all the difference between a successful—and even profitable—weight-loss endeavor and a wellness endeavor that falls far short. In seeking expert advice I connected with diet and fitness industry insider Jimmy Fleming, co-founder of HealthyWage—a company that offers industry-leading corporate and team-based weight loss challenges and financially-induced diet contests for individuals. He offered some compelling insights and opinions on critical elements needed for the best chance of success with a weight-loss initiative. Here are Fleming’s top five ideas: 1. Map out specific goals & timeframes You are far more…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Rebecca Gordon and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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Video: Missed It? Interview with Stephanie Marango and Your Body and the Stars

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The first book of its kind, Your Body and the Stars is a fun, practical, and insightful handbook that takes a revolutionary approach to holistic wellness by unlocking the powers of the stars. Do you suffer from neck pains? Go to the chapter on Taurus and the neck. How about sore knees? Learn preventive tips and exercises in the Capricorn chapter. Your Body and the Stars is the first comprehensive reference guide to go deep into the twelve zodiac signs and the specific body region each sign represents—from your head down to your toes. You can utilize this book by identifying your birth or sun sign and by the body region that needs healing attention. Each chapter integrates a self-directed…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Mark Divine and Kokoro Yoga

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Kokoro Yoga, by New York Times bestselling author and former U.S. Navy SEAL Mark Divine, is an integrated physical, mental, and spiritual training, designed initially for the nation’s elite special-ops soldiers and now taught to anyone seeking to develop the heart and mind of a warrior. Kokoro, the Japanese concept of warrior spirit―or merging heart and mind into action―is the central focus of Divine’s new approach to teaching yoga. Coach Divine’s yoga sequences are focused to adapt to all physical and mental capabilities, combining breathing, meditation, and visualization into both traditional poses as well as cross-training/combat-conditioning exercises. His decades of experience with amateur and professional athletes, active and aspiring Navy SEALs, and wounded warriors uniquely qualifies him as an expert…

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Jump For Joy! Giveaways!

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Comment for a chance to win one of this week’s brand spanking new titles. Normal Norman by Tara Lazar What is “normal?” That’s the question an eager young scientist, narrating her very first book, hopes to answer. Unfortunately, her exceedingly “normal” subject—an orangutan named Norman—turns out to be exceptionally strange. He speaks English, sleeps in a bed, loves his stuffed toy, goes bananas over pizza, and even deep-sea dives! Oh, no: what’s a “normal” scientist to do? A humorous look at the wackiness that makes us all special— and a gentle reminder that “normal” can’t ever be defined!     Live Happy: Ten Practices for Choosing Joy by Deborah K. Heisz An eye-opening shift of perspective on the secret of authentic happiness:…

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Buzz Off Spaceman! Gotta Check Out These Giveaways!

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From fat-burning books to ones featuring mystery and quick-witted characters, this week’s giveaways are sure to light a fire under you. Enter to win, don’t delay! Fat-Burning Machine: The 12-Week Diet by Mike Berland and Gale Bernhardt Are you ready to change your body for life? Do you want to step on a scale and feel happy? Do you want to look in the mirror and feel proud? Do you want looser-fitting clothes? Do you want more energy? Do you want to sleep solidly through the night? No games. No gimmicks. No shakes. No starvation. Just a straightforward and simple, doctor-approved approach to eating and exercise that throws out decades of bad science and will transform you from being a fat-storing person into a permanent…

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Video: Missed It? Live Interview with Debra Schildhouse and Bio-Touch: Healing with the Power in Our Fingertips

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With just two fingers from each hand, the healing process can begin. Bio-Touch: Healing with the Power in Our Fingertips is the story of the scientifically-proven, touch-based healing technique proven to alleviate pain, stress, the symptoms of disease, and depression. Debra Schildhouse, an initial skeptic, is drawn to Bio-Touch after feeling helpless to do anything for her daughter’s agonizing headaches from viral meningitis. Her search for a method to heal other’s physical pain gradually becomes an inner journey of personal healing as she opens her mind, expands her self-awareness, and eventually becomes a certified instructor and practitioner of Bio-Touch. In tandem with her own story, Schildhouse recounts Bio-Touch founder Paul Bucky’s story, following the many twists and turns his spiritual…

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Bibliotherapy prescription for a new you

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No matter what your resolutions for 2015, books can help. The right book can amuse, teach, reassure, or even heal. The term “bibliotherapy,” from the Greek biblion (books) and therapeia (healing), was coined in 1916 by Unitarian minister Samuel McChord Crothers. Books were therapeutic tools in military hospitals during the two world wars, and clinical bibliotherapy is still popular in treating mental illness, often in combination with medical approaches. Libraries also support “creative bibliotherapy,” mining fiction and poetry for their healing capabilities. The School of Life, philosopher Alain de Botton’s brainchild, is a London hub for studying how to live. Classes, secular sermons, and a library of recommended reading tackle subjects like job satisfaction and creativity. The School also offers…

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Knowing your beans: quality over quantity

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My husband is in charge of our coffee. He grinds the beans and sets our Black and Decker Thermal Carafe coffee pot every night to begin brewing at 5 a.m. The thermal carafe is necessary since I drink coffee throughout the morning and really hate when it gets cold. We buy beans from Starbucks—the Italian roast, I think, because my husband likes bold coffee. (At least, I think bold is a term that can be used to describe it.) Sometimes we switch to the French roast, and he watches me take the first sip, eager to see if I notice the difference. I never do. Clearly, my palate needs training. And now might be a good time for me to…

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