If you’ve ever witnessed ‘Hangry Amy’ – sorry, hubs and mom and dad – you know, like most people, that diet has a profound affect on my energy and mood. (Not to mention what it does to my skin. Case in point: If I eat a full Fage 0% Greek Yogurt cup my skin all but explodes into a red angry mess of bumps around my mouth.) To avoid the rollercoaster highs and lows often felt with eating a diet full of processed foods and sugary carbohydrates, I try to eat exceptionally clean- non gmo, almost entirely organic – and focus on…

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Motherhood is supposed to be a time nourish and give to others, but how can that be possible if as a mother I feel so depleted? To say that I’m exhausted and running on fumes is the understatement of the year. It’s worse than that. I feel like a shell of my former self. I tell this to friends all the time, mostly to just vent, but recently I realized I need to do something about this. I refuse to let this be my new normal. So recently after reading Shaman and MD, Alberto Villodolo’s new book, Grow A New Body, I’ve…

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It’s hard to deny CBD (and cannabis overall) is having a moment. A huge moment. As in, it’s everywhere. Wellness junkies are creating CBD health snacks and cocktails. Beauty brands are using it in skincare products to heal acne and rosacea. And pet owners now soothe separation anxiety riddled furry loved ones with CBD. The long list of healing benefits attributed to the cannabis plant keeps getting longer, and local governments are heeding the medical literature, many moving towards legalization, if they haven’t made cannabis entirely legal already. But as society opens up to the once marginalized plant and answers the questions…

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Low-supply is one of the most, if not the most, frustrating thing that can happen for a breastfeeding mom. At least it is for me, and I’ve dealt with various challenges on this breastfeeding roller coaster: oversupply, engorgement, leakage, plugged ducts, blebs, and those early days of cracked, bruised nipples (shudders). Yes, all of this sounds challenging, but none of it compares to the frustration and heartache that comes with low-supply. You want to nourish your baby, your baby is hungry and fussy, and yet your body just isn’t producing enough milk for whatever reason to satisfy your baby’s needs. It’s heart-wrenching.…

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I never realized how much my iPhone has affected my life until I decided to do a 72-hour digital detox. My parents, who live in Portland and are self-proclaimed hippies (the kale-eating, poetry reading, meditating, nature-loving kind of hippies), attended recently their second silent poetry retreat where attendees are asked to hike through the woods, eat morning meals and listen intently as poetry is read to them while staying silent. When my parents told me about this very granola-y retreat they were planning to attend, I definitely rolled my eyes but seeing how rejuvenated, calm and happy they were post-retreat got me…

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