Fresh Living

If you haven’t heard about the “Dirty Dozen” or “Clean 15”–lists of which kinds of produce are best to buy organic–or not buy at all–check out this video from Dr. Andrew Weil. He goes over EWG’s genius “Shopper’s Guides to Pesticides” to help you prioritize your shopping lists.  Weil cites studies showing that when adults and kids scale…

The ’80s rock star Bret Michaels (frontman of the hair metal group “Poison”) has had major media exposure these past few years.  Some of it is not very “Fresh Living-y,” like his VH1 show “Rock of Love with Bret Michaels,” but some of his public persona–as an advocate for the Type 1 diabetes he’s lived…

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”  –Mother Teresa of Calcutta Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

Those marketing rascals at Lululemon (cited in last weekend’s New York Times as being part of the rampant commercialization of yoga with their $100 yoga pants) have done it again. This time the athletic apparel company is not claiming their clothes are made of healing seaweed or making weird cracks about child labor, but their latest ad, launched in June’s…

“Stage 4 breast cancer” might be among the most terrifying four words a woman can ever hear.  The average life expectancy for a woman with that diagnosis is 30 months.  But Katherine Russell Rich has lived with it for 17 years.  This week, she wrote a moving essay for The New York Times (click here…

“I shall ask into my shell only those friends with whom I can be completely honest.  I find I am shedding hypocrisy in human relationships.  What a rest that will be!  The most exhausting thing in life, I have discovered, is being insincere.  That is shy so much of social life is exhausting; one is…

Trees rock. And apparently I’m not alone in this assessment of our green, leafy BFFs–here are some pro-tree quotes I’ve gathered in honor of Arbor Day 2010 (April 30th). (I culled some from ArborDay.org) Also, here’s a post I did a while back, How to Talk to a Tree (which garnered FL’s most vociferous comments ever. What’s…

From Kind Over Matter, a fabulous, inspiring blog Valerie just introduced me to, an uplifting, hopeful morning message: Need more morning inspiration?  Read our entire Fresh Morning collection!

I grew up going to a lot of Quaker silent meetings. They were a wonderful oasis in my elementary and high school of enforced peace and calm. Of course I wouldn’t have told you that then, I would have moaned about why didn’t they just give us the time to go hang out, and it’s…

How gorgeous are these?  And on Earth Day, what could be more appropriately delicious than sinking into a soft, sweet taste of heaven like these Earth Day cupcakes? I found them over at the lovely food blog Annie’s Eats (tagline: Making your day taste better!).  On her site, she explains how she made the blue…

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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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