Welcome to a post by our guest blogger for today, Tootsie Bellittera. She wrote this funny, touching post on Facebook to honor MJ. It captures that Michael Jackson fever essence so many of us grew up with. Thought you might like to read. She has kindly let us reprint it.– Valerie   My Top 10…

Last Foodie Friday, when I posted a possible explanation for why asparagus makes our wee-wee smell funny, many of you wanted more information.  So I did what anyone should do when they’re asked a health question they’re not qualified to answer–I asked a doctor!  Dr. Shilpa Saxena is someone I hope you’ll be getting to…

It’s spring, so send those winter red lips packing with these lip treats.You won’t find any parabens, petro-chemicals, phtalates, sulfates, synthetic anything on these ingredient lists.  So pucker up, love is in the air. Tarte’s 24.7 Lip Sheer: Whether you want an I-just-ate-an-organic-strawberry stain or a sixties pink pout (all with SPF 15), try the…

By Alana B. Elias Kornfeld In a previous Fresh Living post, Valerie mentioned the famous foot “floint” from her yoga class with Aarona Pichinson, a longtime yogi friend of mine. As she wrote, it’s neither flex nor point, but floint. As her yoga teacher colleague at Beliefnet (who she referenced in her post), I am…

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Valerie Reiss

Valerie Reiss is Holistic Living Editor at Beliefnet. She was a founding editor at Breathe magazine, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, Women's Health, Natural Health, Yoga Journal, Lime.com, Vegetarian Times, and ABCNEWS.com. A native New Yorker, Valerie holds an M.S. from Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a B.A. from Beloit College in Creative Writing with a minor in Women's Studies. She also lived in Maui for a while where she drank green papaya juice and taught some creative writing. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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