How to Eat Organic Without Breaking the Bank!

Nutrition

Summer is in the air and with it the perfect excuse (if you need one) to add more fruits and vegetables, the real “jewels of the marketplace,” to your diet. And although eating organic is better for your body and the environment, it can be very costly. But don’t fret, I have a terrific solution for you.

Principle 12: Live with Passion

Health

We now arrive at the 12th and most important principle of wellness: live with passion. Instead of giving you my usual wellness tips, I thought I would share a story about two people who truly embody this principle. And as luck would have it, they happen to be my parents, who after 40 plus years have shared quite the adventure together.

Principle 10: Create a Social Support Network

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Remember that old adage: you don’t have to go it alone! My whole life I’ve immensely admired the wonderful friendship my Mom shares with her two soulmates Pam and Jeanne. This dynamic threesome have stood together through thick and thin, and brought immense joy and lots of laughs to each other’s lives.

Principle 9: Live with Gratitude

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Living with gratitude is at the heart of the 12 Principles of Wellness. I love this quote from Hall of Fame baseball player Wade Boggs: “A positive attitude causes a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events and outcomes. It is a catalyst and it sparks extraordinary results.”

Principle 8: Develop a Spiritual Practice

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I began our wellness discussion by talking about the importance of eating whole foods, but “spiritual nutrition” is just as essential and can feed us on a deeper level. As Dr. Andrew Weil said, “the essence of spirituality is connectedness; an inner sense that we are not random, isolated creatures but part of something sacred and infinitely larger than ourselves.” Spirituality fosters positive relationships, higher self-esteem, a sense of optimism and meaning or purpose in life.

Recipe of the Week: Spring Shrimp Pasta Salad

Recipes

Cook pasta according to package directions, drain, and rinse with cold water. Combine all dressing ingredients in a blender to make a vinaigrette dressing (refrigerate left-over). Toss pasta with vegetables and 1/2 cup of dressing.

Principle 7: Manage your Stress through Self-care

Health Tips

Do you spend a lot of time worrying about other individuals’ wants and needs, and in doing so, neglect your own??? We live in a society where this is extremely common place on both a career and personal level. But to live a healthy and fulfilling life, we must put ourselves first and not allow stress and anxiety to overpower us.