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2017 Crunchy Christian Gift Guide

2017 Crunchy Christian Gift Guide

Wondering what to get for the health conscious Christian lady on your list? This crunchy Christian gift guide will give you lots of great ideas of what to give, and maybe even some ideas of what you want to put on your own wishlist.

10 Ways to be a Good Friend when She says “Me Too” | Walking with a Friend through Sexual Abuse

10 Ways to be a Good Friend when She says “Me Too” | Walking with a Friend through Sexual Abuse

Current statistics say that 1 in 4 women in the US have experienced sexual abuse. And that doesn't even begin to include the number of women who have experienced sexual harassment and other more "minor" aggressions that our society tends to brush off as "normal". The likelihood that sexual abuse is part of the story for you or for a woman you call friend is sadly very high.

Health Tips from a Flight Attendant

Health Tips from a Flight Attendant

Air travel is fast and convenient compared to the boats and trains of the past. But with all long distance travel involving enclosed spaces, germs abound and so do the chances you could catch something from your fellow travelers. As a flight attendant I can't afford to get sick every time I go to work, so over the years I've found some tips and tricks for having a happy and healthy flight.

Why Fertility Health Matters Even When You’re Not Trying To Get Pregnant

Why Fertility Health Matters Even When You’re Not Trying To Get Pregnant

I've heard all the excuses why fertility isn't important..."I’m not trying to get pregnant right now." "We are on the five year plan." "I’m on birth control pills." "We are not having any more kids." "I’m only 18" or "I’m already 50." Surely I don’t need to be concerned about my fertility health. Right?! Well, actually wrong! Your hormones and reproductive organs do more than just allow you to get pregnant. They are central to you being happy, healthy, and living a long fulfilled life. Your fertility health matters even when you are not trying to get pregnant.

What Your Body Clock is Trying to Tell You

What Your Body Clock is Trying to Tell You

Your body clock is a powerful time piece. The meridian clock combined with your circadian rhythm can tell a lot about your physical and emotional health. Throughout the day body systems are active or resting at different times. Knowing what systems are active when can give you insight into what problems you are facing or may face soon. The circadian rhythm is that inner clock that knows to get up when the sun rises and to get sleepy when it sets. Our modern culture with black out curtains and bright electronics late at night can confuse our circadian rhythms and leave our bodies a little confused about when we are supposed to do what.

Dry Brushing for Skin, Circulatory, and Lymphatic Health

Dry Brushing for Skin, Circulatory, and Lymphatic Health

Dry brushing is my favorite simple healthy lifestyle practice to recommend. It doesn't require you to spend a lot of money, adjust your eating habits, or hit the gym, but it provides numerous benefits including: increased circulation, better lymphatic function, improved skin condition, and greater mental alertness. There's no excuse why you can't add dry brushing to your daily routine with such huge benefits for such little effort.

Breaking a Spirit of Barrenness

Breaking a Spirit of Barrenness

A spirit of barrenness can affect you even if you've never struggled with infertility. If you've ever felt shame at the thought of being pregnant it's likely this spirit may be affecting you.

How to Brew Kombucha at Home

How to Brew Kombucha at Home

Kombucha has become super popular lately with crunchy granola types and non-crunchies alike for its wealth of health benefits and fizzy alternative to soda. The only problem with kombucha is at $3+ a bottle this delicious elixir can get expensive quickly. Brewing kombucha at home is a great way to save money and have total control over the ingredients. This post will give you the 10 easy steps to brew kombucha at home so you can start enjoying your own home fermentation. You won't be an expert just from this post, but you will be drinking your own home-brewed kombucha.

Christians and Acupuncture: The Points You Want to Know | Redemptive Postures Series

Christians and Acupuncture: The Points You Want to Know | Redemptive Postures Series

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How to Find Your Chaco Size

How to Find Your Chaco Size

Chacos are well known for their adjustable straps and bright colors. The sandals only come in whole sizes, leading to some confusion for those that typically wear a half size. Typically the advice is, if you wear a half size to go down to the next whole size for Chacos. For many people that simple rule of sizing will get them in the right Chaco size. However sizing Chacos is much more than just going down to a whole size. Chacos are sized by the heel-to-ball measurement instead of overall foot length like most shoes.

What Christians need to know about going to the Chiropractor | Redemptive Postures Series

What Christians need to know about going to the Chiropractor | Redemptive Postures Series

Chiropractic care is one of the most mainstream alternative health treatments in our culture. Though it is widely embraced, if you have never been to a chiropractor yourself, you probably have some questions about what a typical visit is like and if there are any spiritual concerns you should be aware of.

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

Clean Eating with the Dirty Dozen

The dirty dozen might sound like a band of outlaws in a western movie, but they are actually a list of fruits and vegetables found to have the highest levels of pesticide residues. Each year the Environmental Working Group (EWG) compiles a list of the the 48 most common fruits and vegetables and ranks them based on levels of pesticide residues. The twelve with the highest presence of pesticide residues are the dirty dozen, and those with the lowest levels are the clean fifteen.

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting for Body, Mind, and Spirit Health

Fasting has multiple benefits for body-mind-spirit health. The Lenten season from Ash Wednesday to Holy Saturday is often a time when many people decide to fast leading up to Easter. Whether you plan to fast during Lent or any time during the year, the benefits of fasting can affect every part of your being.

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

DIY Natural Face Wash, Toner, and Moisturizer Recipes

As a holistic wellness crunchy, I'm really careful about what I put on my skin. Chemicals that are put on your skin can be absorbed into your blood stream within the first 26 seconds of application. Thus making products like natural face wash, toner, and moisturizer important for limiting our chemical exposure.

My Choice for Non-MLM Essential Oils

My Choice for Non-MLM Essential Oils

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5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

5 Tips for Cold Weather Exercise

During these cold winter months it can be hard to get moving and exercise. Those of us who are cold wimps (me!!!) abandon our outdoor exercise routines and can struggle to find a cold weather exercise routine that we can stick with. While you are waiting for spring, here are 5 tips for cold weather exercise to get you moving again.

Can Splankna Help with…?

Can Splankna Help with…?

One of the questions I am most often asked about the Splankna Therapy protocol is, "Can Splankna help with...?" Some want to know if Splankna can help with a physical problem like back pain or thyroid issues; some want to know if it can help with a mental or emotional issue such as depression, anxiety, or ADHD. But what everyone really wants to know is, "Can it bring me the break through I've tried so hard to find?"

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

Is Yoga Safe for Christians? | Redemptive Postures Series

It may sound silly to think of yoga as dangerous (except for the difficulty of some poses) but in some Christian circles yoga is just as bad if not worse than dancing and playing cards.

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy Holiday Eating

Healthy holiday eating can sound like an oxymoron. Depending on who you listen to, American's gain on average 1-7 pounds from the end of November to beginning of January. What makes that weight gain worse is that we tend to not lose it during the rest of the year. So over time we add a few pounds each holiday season. It can be even harder at the holidays if you are trying to eat real foods (as opposed to highly processed) and you aren't the one doing all the cooking. While I am all for treating yo' self and enjoying the foods that are meaningful to you at the holidays, it is important to keep portion size in mind and make healthy choices when possible. Follow these tips for healthy holiday eating and help yourself keep that belt notch right where it is.

5 Tips for Getting Enough Sleep

5 Tips for Getting Enough Sleep

What if there was one simple thing you could do to increase your overall health that cost you nothing? You'd want to do it right? Well what if I told you that one thing is as simple as getting enough sleep? Getting enough sleep is one of the best things we can do for our health and yet one of the most overlooked wellness practices. Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to go to bed, and you thought sleep was the worst thing in the world? As adults, we seem to have the same aversion to going to bed – all the while wishing we could get enough sleep.

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