Hot Pink Quinoa Salad

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By Bren Boston, M.D. I am always searching for ways to get my kids to eat more vegetables. Beets are a good option because they are naturally sweet and they are an enticing magenta color. Add to that the health benefits of beets:  they are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and betaine, an anti-inflammatory nutrient that helps protect cells from environmental stress. And when I mention to my kids that beets are a source of sugar, they hop on board. You can make this salad dairy free by eliminating the cheese or adding crumbled tofu in its place. Ingredients: 1.5 cups...

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Put on your Game Face to Make Health Changes

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Just getting psyched is not enough. Both commitment and skills are necessary to make changes and follow through on them. Naturally, the first step is to really nail down your goal and expectations. Your goal should be clear and measurable and realistic – not drop 30lbs in a month or stop being angry with your children. With regard to expectations, people do not magically change overnight, so plan to spend a few months of focused effort to create lasting change. Goals that focus on stopping a behavior are harder to achieve than goals focused on increasing a healthy alternate behavior. So set up reasonable, clearly defined, long-term, and health promoting goals.

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Supporting Women's Wellness

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In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, I would like to impart some tips on how women can support their health. Women often wear many hats including taking care of the health of everyone who lives under their roof. In this feat of daily multitasking, sometimes women prioritize their loved ones’ health over their own.  On this day, let us remind women that they deserve to dedicate time and effort to their own health.

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Getting Through the Allergy Season

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Spring is a beautiful time of year but for many of us, it also signifies the beginning of endless sneezing, itchy eyes, and congestion. Thankfully there are many natural ways to reduce these symptoms and go back to loving this time of year, pollen and all.

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Yep, it’s Perimenopause

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Every woman is pretty familiar with the signs of menopause—unbearable hot flashes, thickening waists, moods that fluctuate wildly—but what about all those other signs of “aging," like thinning hair, flighty cycles, brittle nails, and weird sleep disturbances? We’ve learned it’s likely perimenopause, a drawn-out period of time when your body’s reproductive system slows down until you hit menopause, which is actually the technical term for the full year anniversary of not having a period. We asked Dr. Maggie Ney, the co-director of the Women’s Clinic at the Akasha Center in Santa Monica, to explain exactly what’s happening, and whether there’s anything to be done to make the process a little less disruptive.

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