Fresh Living

A couple of weeks ago when I was recovering from bronchitis, my lips were so chapped they were ready to fall off–it hurt to smile. For days I had been addictively applying my Aveda lip balm and some other health food store lip balm, to almost no effect. Then my friend Loren whipped out the Emu…

It’s shaping up to be an interesting week in health news.  Here are 3 tidbits that jumped off the (web)page at me: A daily glass of wine–or any other alcoholic drink–is a major health risk for women.  According to a new British study, a daily drink increases the chances women will develop a number of…

The poet Robert Brault said, “I value the friend who for me finds time on his calendar, but I cherish the friend who for me does not consult his calendar.” Think about your friends today.  What makes them “cherished” rather than “valued?”  And click for more quotes about friendship.

What better way to celebrate the official launch of Fresh Living than with a fun acrostic to guide you through our posts (so far)!  Check it out, and add your own in the comments.  How do you “Live Fresh?” Find – re-discover and honor your creative spark. Reach – expand beyond past versions of yourself. Exhale – make…

For 9 years, my husband was an officer in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Reserve).  During his time in the service, among other things, he helped build a medical center in Guatemala, jumped out of airplanes 7 times (on purpose!) and served a 14-month tour at the beginning of the war in Iraq, after…

  It was a stressful weekend. An article I handed in six months ago came back for edits. Again. It’s a story about love and yoga. It’s supposed to be helpful and happy and light. Not saccharine, but, you know, not grim reaper stuff. But I and the editor and her editor realized the problem: 3,500…

An adorable video narrated by a super-creative girl who clearly loves kittens. Perfect for the mid-morning mind-melt.

“Make a list of all that you’re grateful for. Gratitude will further magnetize good things to you. It will also open your heart and assure your unconscious that you are capable of having a beautiful life, because in fact, you already do.” — from “Unlocking ‘The Secret,'” a gallery on using the Law of Attraction…

A new 8-year national study of postmenopausal women is reporting that taking multivitamins makes no difference in whether women develop cancer or cardiovascular disease.  The study finds that the better predictor of fighting cancer and being heart healthy is the quality of one’s diet.  In other words, the study says, if you eat a healthy,…

Why not start your day with an “expanding life force breath?”  Called “ujjayi” in Sanskrit, this yogic breath can bring energy and purpose into your morning.  Especially useful for sleepy-heads: making your inhale slightly longer than your exhale really wakes up your body. Click here for instructions on how to do ujjayi breath.

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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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