Breast Cancer Awareness Part 1: One Survivor’s Life-Saving Warning to All Women

“You Can Get Breast Cancer When You’re Young”

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and survivor Susan Leonard has a message for all women. “You can get breast cancer when you’re young.” Susan, unfortunately, knows this from experience, and while her warning isn’t meant to needlessly scare others under the age of 50, it is meant to help save lives. After reading this inspiring two-part Q&A with her, I can guarantee that you’ll be motivated to get that mammogram you may have been putting off. If you don’t know where to start with that or think you can’t afford diagnostic services, there are plenty of resources to get you on your way. After you hear from Susan, I’ll share some of these to guide you in your next steps. Any time of the year is a good time to learn more about breast cancer, but during this month in particular, it’s time to become aware and to take action. I, for one, appreciate Susan’s courage in sharing her story, and I know you will too.

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Susan Leonard  – October 2016 (Left) and November 2017 (right)

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Healing Power of Food: A Doctor’s Journey from Disease to Health

Things you can do to heal your body and feel your best

When Brooke Goldner, M.D. was 16 and diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage four kidney disease, she never thought she would reach the age of 40. Now she’s healed, healthy and was recently featured on the cover of Vegan Health & Fitness magazine’s Fit Over 40 issue. That’s a transformation that she credits almost entirely to the way she eats. Today, as a best-selling author, the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, GoodbyeLupus.com and creator of the Hyper-Nourishing Nutrition Protocol for Lupus Recovery, she’s helping others to heal themselves with food as well.

As I was interviewing Dr. Goldner for my post on Exploring a Plant-Based Diet, she shared her story with me. There was simply no way I could fit in all of the powerful information she gave me into that one post, so I decided to begin my new profile series on the Healing Power of Food with Dr. Goldner’s journey from disease to health. She reveals the not-so-secret way that she overcame her debilitating and potentially deadly disease and some things you can do to heal your body and feel your best.

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Exploring a Plant-Based Diet

Tips and Resources for Getting Started with A Plant-Based Diet

Healing, satisfying, nourishing and delicious. Are those the words you would immediately think of as describing a plant-based diet? If not, you might want to think again. As the experts I went to affirmed what I’ve already learned firsthand, a plant-based diet is more than just a way of eating, it’s a way of life, a way of healing and a way of looking at the world around you. As we help you to explore different ways of eating here at Peppermint Tea & Me, a whole foods plant-based diet is something that I hope you’ll at the very least come to understand a little better, and at most, possibly embrace for yourself. If so, these tips and resources for getting started with a plant-based diet will help to make your transition easier and will help to put you on a path to lifelong wellness.

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Getting Started with Yoga

Tips for Beginners

Downward-Facing Dog, Eagle Pose, Garland Pose, Half Moon Pose and Lotus Pose – just to name a few. This is the empowering language of yoga that can leave even a beginner wanting more. More flexibility, more strength, a stronger core, better muscle tone and even more focus. Can one practice really deliver all of this? Yoga Instructor RJ Lisander  offered a resounding Yes! when I went to her to find the answers that many women who are curious about yoga want to know. As RJ makes clear in this Q&A, getting started with yoga doesn’t have to be intimidating and it doesn’t have to be scary. Everyone who tries this ancient practice is a beginner at some point, but as most find fairly quickly, yoga is not only good for your body, it’s great for your mind as well. I think RJ put it best when she said, “It helps you find balance between the extremes of everyday life on and off the mat.”

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6 Tips for Better Sleep

Why Sleep is so Important

“I can sleep when I’m dead. I have more important things to be doing…” If you’ve ever had those thoughts, you’re not alone. In fact, I count myself among the worst offenders on this. But the reality is, we do need sleep, and lots of it. But why is it so important, why aren’t we getting enough of it, and most importantly, what can we do about it? The answers to these questions, plus our 6 tips for better sleep could just change your entire outlook on life. So, before you quit your job, consider divorce, or do anything else drastic, keep reading. It may be that you just need more sleep!

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HPA Axis Dysfunction (Adrenal Fatigue) and What It May Mean for You

Stress, Our Modern Lifestyle and the Toll They May be Taking on Our Health

Let’s face it, the way we live our lives every day is full of stressors – both real and perceived. The food we eat, our commute to work and the toxins in our environment are just a few of these, but they’re all taking a toll on our bodies. One way this may show up is through what’s commonly referred to as “adrenal fatigue.” In reality, this syndrome of signs and symptoms that tells us our bodies aren’t functioning properly is more accurately called HPA Axis Dysfunction. Since this is an incredibly frustrating and often misunderstood condition, I read numerous studies and research articles and went to Dr. Daniel Gonzalez, a Certified Functional Medicine Doctor, to find out more. What I learned could help shed some light on what you or someone you know may be experiencing and how it could be treated with and without medical intervention.

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Getting back on Track with Your Health

10 Steps for Restoring Wellness with Nutrition and Exercise

We’ve all gotten sidetracked at one time or another when it comes to healthy eating and exercise. Life happens, we get bored or we might lose sight of why we’re doing what we’re doing in the first place. It’s not the end of the world. The most important thing is recognizing what’s going on and getting back on track. It’s not the easiest thing to do, but it’s probably easier than you might think – especially if you use these 10 steps for restoring your health and wellness to guide you along the way.

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Hotel Fitness Center Tips

6 Ways to Stay in Shape While Away from Home

You’re traveling for work or pleasure, and the hotel fitness center looks like your primary means of getting in exercise. What can you do to make the most of what equipment is available? Plenty! You just have to get a little creative. While hotel fitness centers can vary, most have fairly standard pieces of equipment that you can count on. Keeping those in mind, here are six ideas to get you started so that you can stay in shape while away from home.

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Strengthening Your Core and Your Life with Pilates

6 Tips to Get Started

Slow, methodical, intentional and controlled. How many moments in our lives can we describe this way, let alone when we’re talking about how we exercise? For many of us, exercise is all about speeding up, pounding it out or moving at a frenetic pace to energize ourselves or to work out the day. While that can be good and sometimes it’s just what we need, it can also be beneficial to slow it down, focus on your breath or be so in the moment that you can feel every vertebra as you roll your body up or down. That’s what it’s like to be in the world of Pilates and after one micro-session to see what it’s all about, it’s a world I definitely want to go back to.

Going into this experience, I had done plenty of cardio, lots of strength training, some yoga and even occasional high intensity interval training, but I had never done Pilates. When I asked Pilates Teacher Scotti Harwood, PMA-CPT with Source Pilates if she could tell me all about this method of exercising, she not only agreed but invited me to come walk through some of the exercises. What an eye-opening experience! I learned that you really can strengthen both your core and your life with Pilates, and with Scotti’s tips to get started, you may just find that this is one system of exercising you can’t live without.

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Scotti Harwood, PMA-CPT

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Integrated Wellness While on Vacation

How to Keep It Relaxing, Fun and Healthy

When we go on vacation, we want it to be relaxing and fun. In most cases, the last thing we want to think about is whether we’re being healthy or not. After all, this is our time to take it easy on ourselves. While that’s definitely true, if we do everything differently than we do at home, we may end up feeling run down, tired, having digestive problems because we’re eating differently and just not ourselves before the vacation is even over.

That’s why integrated living is an important concept all of the time and not one that you can really take time off from. But that’s the whole idea. Recognizing how everything is connected shouldn’t be a burden, a hardship or create a lifestyle that isn’t enjoyable. It isn’t something that you should need a break from and is a mindset that you should want to take with you wherever you go. Yes, when you are in a different place or have a different schedule, you do have to be flexible. But you don’t have to compromise on everything and your health certainly shouldn’t suffer. That’s why we’re going to take a look at a few ways you can keep it relaxing, fun and healthy all at the same time.

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