Project Peanut Butter: Help Us Address Childhood Malnutrition with the Dutasi Documentary Project

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I’m grateful for your support of my work, online courses, and books, and want to devote this article to describe a mission that means so much to me. If you appreciate our work here at Gottfried Institute, I ask that you show your support by considering a small donation to Project Peanut Butter. What … [Read more...]

Green and Gorgeous: My Top 5 Beauty + Health Recommendations

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I believe that the best way to apply makeup is to make it look like you aren’t wearing any. I agree with One Direction: you’re all lovely and luscious enough already. You're turning heads when you walk through the door Don't need make up To cover up Being the way that you are is … [Read more...]

Book Club: Five Burning Questions with Bestselling Author Dani Shapiro

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I fell in love with Dani’s work when I read Devotion, a powerful memoir about being a mom, writer, and spiritual seeker. Dani was kind enough to let me interview her recently with my top 5 burning questions. In my obsessive consumption of every book she has written and every interview she has given, I … [Read more...]

Fabulous Fermented Foods: Take Your Health to the Next Level

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Most people know that a daily probiotic or the occasional yogurt is a good idea, but do they know why? And do they know the wealth of options that are out there when it comes to getting their daily dose of healthy bacteria? Here are some rock-solid reasons to add fabulous fermented foods to your … [Read more...]

3 New Reasons to Take a Walk in Nature

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Last Friday night, someone broke into my car and stole a few things. They left behind my yoga mats and barre sticky socks, so they must not be into yoga or barre class (!). The perpetrators must be in significant pain. I live in an urban setting with a high crime rate. In fact, it’s among the … [Read more...]

Dr. Sara’s 2015 Gift Guide

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These are few of my favorite things that I’m either giving or have received this holiday season. Wide range of prices for all levels of splurge! Xoxo   Vegetable Spiralizer $30. This slices your vegetables in a spiral so that they can act like pasta. My favorites are carrots, zucchinis, … [Read more...]

How the Air You Breathe Can Harm You, from Autism to Fatigue to Brain Fog (and 5 Ways to Detox Your Pollutants)

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I write a lot about food as information, hormones, self love, and about tweaking your lifestyle in a way that will directly benefit you. Whether it’s to upgrade mood, or lose weight, or have a blissful night’s sleep, most of the people in my tribe are on a personal mission to reclaim health and … [Read more...]

Ana Forrest Wants You to Clear Your Stuck Patterns with Yoga

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My first impression when I met Ana Forrest in 2005 at a yoga workshop in St. Helena, CA? FIERCE. I gathered with 75 other yogis, mat-to-mat, in a hot room as Ana coaxed us to clear the junk, the stuck emotional debris, that hardens us and eventually sickens the body. My companion at the workshop was … [Read more...]

Stay on the Path During the Holidays: My Top 5 Indulgences, Rituals, and Healthy Holiday Recipes

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I've decided to think and act different Thanksgiving this year, to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs. Not long ago, I would happily forget everything I knew about healthful eating in favor of overindulging in holiday favorites. I would overeat carbohydrates and gluten (stuffing! Yorkshire pudding!) and … [Read more...]

GMOs: Guilty until Proven Innocent (Plus 5 Ways to Reduce Damage to Your Gut and Brain)

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Is it safe to eat genetically modified foods? What about if you eat the meat of an animal raised on genetically-modified food? At this point, the scientific community is still gathering data but my hunch is that GMs are not good for your body, and we need to apply the precautionary principle. Here’s … [Read more...]