Eat At Home: Meal Planning Made Easy- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

Let’s put one myth to bed right now: Meal planning isn’t easy, at least not at first, especially if you are a free-spirited soul living your passion, or a busy person who feels like she can’t add anything more to her plate. Meal planning means sitting down to make a plan and then taking time to shop, prep, cook, eat, and clean up after each planned meal. If you’ve been flying by the seat of your

Upgrade Your Space: Wellness At Home- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“THE BEST WAY TO FIND OUT WHAT WE REALLY NEED IS TO GET RID OF WHAT WE DON’T.” —MARIE KONDO While some people are born with a natural capacity to be tidy, I came into this world accepting that life is messy. In fact, I did not learn the value of organizing until I was well into adulthood. I have a tendency to move rather quickly through life, and messes can sometimes follow in my

It’s Time To Schedule A Digital Detox- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“ALMOST EVERYTHING WILL WORK AGAIN IF YOU UNPLUG IT FOR A FEW MINUTES, INCLUDING YOU.”—ANN LAMOTT So many aspects of our lives have been positively impacted by new technology, but there comes a point when we have to ask: How much is too much? We tend to start the conversation by looking at the behaviors of our children. A decade ago, we were outraged that children were watching 4 1/2 hours of television per day. Then


The foundation of health and wellness is a balanced, nutrient-rich diet, but as food and nutrition have gotten increasingly trendy, the concept of eating well has gotten increasingly complex: Which diet to try, which supplement to buy, which label to trust, which vitamins to absorb, and which ingredients to avoid all contribute to an overwhelming jumble of information that can make decisions about eating well feel as organic as a bag of Doritos. “HEALTHY” OR

Into The Woods: Our Guide To Medicinal Mushrooms- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“I SEE THE MYCELIUM AS THE EARTH’S NATURAL INTERNET, A CONSCIOUSNESS WITH WHICH WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO COMMUNICATE.”― MYCELIUM RUNNING: HOW MUSHROOMS CAN HELP SAVE THE WORLD Walking through the woods, we come across rainbows of mushrooms of all sizes and formations. The sheer variety of mushrooms seen by the casual hiker hints at some of the extraordinary properties of fungi. Dig a little deeper and you will find networks of fine white filaments

Meet The “Solar Mamas” Of Barefoot College- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

To say the political chaos, social unrest, and environmental wake-up calls of the past few years have been stressful would be an understatement. As an antidote to our collective sense of overwhelm, we look to global service projects that are working to restore justice and balance on micro and macro levels. Barefoot College is a NGO with a catchy name that’s pioneering change worldwide by harnessing the power of women, education, and the sun. Through their holistic curriculum

Global Service Projects We Love: Partners In Health- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“THE IDEA THAT SOME LIVES MATTER LESS IS THE ROOT OF ALL THAT’S WRONG WITH THE WORLD.”—DR. PAUL FARMER By now you may be feeling overwhelmed by the state of the world. The last year has been full of environmental chaos, political turmoil, and considerable anxiety. As an antidote to our collective sense of overwhelm, we look to global service projects that are working to restore justice and balance on micro and macro levels. Today

Smoke Show: The Healing Power Of Moxibustion- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

By now we’ve all seen pictures of athletes and celebrities with big, red circles on their backs, the tell-tale sign of a cupping session. Cupping, a Traditional Chinese Medicine technique that’s been around longer than TMZ, is a close cousin to moxibustion, a form of heat therapy designed to energize the flow of qi in the body. While cupping stimulates blood and qi flow through suction, moxibustion uses heat and herbs to get things moving. MOXA

Qigong: An Ancient Balancing Practice- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

“QIGONG IS SIMPLE AND PROFOUND. WITH DILIGENT PRACTICE, YOUR HEALTH WILL IMPROVE, YOUR FRAME OF MIND WILL IMPROVE, AND YOUR SPIRIT WILL SHINE IN YOUR EYES.” —Jane Golden, Tai Chi and Qigong Master Qigong is an ancient Chinese practice that focuses on cultivating and balancing Qi. Qi translates to life force, while gong can mean work or cultivation. A breathing practice, qigong coordinates breath with movement and mental focus. There are several hundreds of styles

Fall Focus: Top Tips For Finding Balance During Vata Season- PUBLISHED AT FIVEPILLARSYOGA.COM

Happy Autumnal Equinox! Here at Five Pillars we hold the Intention to move through life in synch with the seasons. Listening to the messages and even advice each has to share with us and going with the flow or counterbalancing where beneficial – letting the pillars of Right Movement, Nutrition, Breathing, and Relaxation support and inform our choices. According to Ayurveda—an ancient traditional system of medicine in India that’s been called Yoga’s sister science—Fall is

Get In Sync With Your 24-Hour Qi Cycle- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been developed and refined for over 2,500 years. TCM is centered around the concept of Qi, or vital energy. When the body’s Qi is balanced and flowing we find ourselves experiencing a deep sense of well-being. GO DEEPER: THE ANCIENT BALANCING PRACTICE OF QIGONG One tenet of TCM is that all of our organ systems have an ebb and a flow, times of peak Qi and a times of lower

Cut The Sugar But Keep The Chocolate: How To Make New Mitochondria- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

Mitochondria are the internal generators that keep us moving. Present in almost every cell in our body, they metabolize carbohydrates, amino acids, and fatty acids into Adenosine triphosphate (ATP), a high-energy molecule that biologists consider the energy currency of life. In other words, mitochondria are essential. Here are a few of their responsibilities: Power our neurons Make our muscles move Allow for the absorption of nutrients from our food Keep our hearts pumping A healthy

Our Top Destinations For Hiking And Camping In California- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

THOUSANDS OF TIRED, NERVE-SHAKEN, OVER-CIVILIZED PEOPLE ARE BEGINNING TO FIND OUT THAT GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS IS GOING HOME; THAT WILDNESS IS A NECESSITY” ― John Muir, Our National Parks With just a month of summer left, opportunities to savor long, sunny days and blissful warm evenings in the great outdoors are dwindling. If you haven’t yet booked your summer or fall vacation, you may start to hear the call of the wild―that inner voice

Our Favorite Off-The-Grid Destinations- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

It’s nearly impossible to go anywhere without a tether tying us to our work or other obligations. Digital distraction is a challenge for the vast majority of us—whether it’s our desire to check email or a need to see what’s new on Instagram—and the tools that keep us connected in day-to-day life can hinder us from truly being present when we travel. GO DEEPER: SUPPORT YOUR DIGITAL DETOX WITH A CELLULAR CLEANSE Travel presents the opportunity

The Perfect Watermelon Salad To Balance Pitta- PUBLISHED AT APOTHECAI.COM

Pitta season, the Ayurvedic dosha characterized by heat, fiery tempers, impulsive behavior, and indigestion, is upon us. When it’s pitta-like outside, a.k.a. sweltering and steamy, we can maintain balance in our bodies by cultivating opposing qualities. Stay in the shade during the peak of the day or take a dip in a swimming hole or the ocean. When you’re aggravated by the sultry weather, pass on the hot sauce and extra spice. Pitta imbalances strike
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