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Natural OptionsPeace on Earth Begins Within

We all grew up relishing the holidays as a time for peace on earth and good will to men. Will those words ring true this year? Will this season deliver the celestial feeling of holidays past; the assuring sense, as we gather with family and friends, that all will be Read more…

Natural OptionsCreating True North this Holiday Season

The intensity of the last 19 months might be lessening, but some of us still aren’t feeling the stability of years past. There is this frenzy to “get back to normal,” yet there is also an awareness that we are not sure what that is anymore. This holiday season might Read more…

Natural OptionsThis is The Age of Aquarius

Mother Earth has a measurable heartbeat of 7.83 Hz, and according to NASA, her heartbeat has fluctuated more in the past few years than it has in the past six decades. The last time scientists saw similar energy frequencies was in the ‘60s. Astrologers will tell you this is from Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Benefits of Butter (Yes, Butter!)

There are few foods more comforting and versatile than butter. Although butter has been renounced by the medical and health community for years, it isn’t all bad. It’s true that butter is predominantly a saturated fat, and there is strong evidence that correlates the overconsumption of saturated fats with obesity Read more…

Natural OptionsHealing Through Sound

Barbra Angel (Romanowska) is a musical prodigy. As a child, her world was a symphony. Everyday sounds filled her head in a chorus of pitches that made it hard to focus on schoolwork and socializing. She lived in a world of her own which helped save her from the harsh Read more…

Natural OptionsA Sit Spot on Nature and Life

Whether one is a budding naturalist or merely passionate about personal growth, a “sit spot” allows a place to unite with nature and connect with self. A sit spot is an outdoor space where one goes time and time again. It is a place where we start to know the Read more…

Natural OptionsEnjoying the Moment, In the Moment

Thanksgiving and seasonal holidays are upon us and it is the time to be jolly. It’s the time to get together with your loved ones, friends and family, create memories, and heal things of the past. Or, it’s a good time to accept that we can’t change others, but we Read more…

Natural OptionsReflections on Michal Oshman’s What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

In her new book, Michal Oshman, head of company culture, diversity and inclusion at TikTok Europe and former leadership expert for Facebook, recalls seeing a sign hanging in the reception area on her first day at Facebook that read, What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid? The quote really Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Power of Prickly Pear

Have you ever noticed the red and yellow bulbs growing on cacti? Did you know that these colorful little gems are prickly pear, a nutritious superfood that grows abundantly in our desert? They sprout from the fantail cactus and ripen from July through September. However, they earn their name, and Read more…

Natural OptionsEnrichment from Our Elders

Living Wellness with Jennifer

This summer held a special place in my heart. It was a time of many memorable experiences and, notably trips with family, including my 87-year-old mom. I share my home with my mother; therefore, I see her regularly. I realized from recent summer trips, that even though I see her Read more…

Natural OptionsEffectiveness of the Elemental Diet

There are many popular diets – Zone, ketogenic, Mediterranean, DASH, Whole30 and more. But what if you’ve tried these programs and still have health problems that fail to go away, or stubborn pounds that refuse to come off? You may need to try the lesser-known, but very effective, elemental diet. Read more…

Natural OptionsFalling in Love with Yourself

The practice of self-love is a practice of falling in love with yourself. You may think it is merely a new age trend to try and overcome pain from our past or to reprogram our ancestral DNA; however, the concept has been around for centuries. It is a sacred, intentional Read more…

Natural OptionsWelcome to the Art of Better Listening

Do you have a best friend? I’ve known mine since we were in middle school. We’re two independent, intelligent, hipster women in their 60s raised in LA. You’d think we would have learned the fine art of listening to each other, but spending five days together last month showed us Read more…

Natural OptionsManaging Menopausal Symptoms in Cancer Survivorship

Managing menopausal side effects is more important than ever, as it affects the quality of life in cancer “thrivership.”  Many women and men face years of side effects from cancer treatment resulting from the surgical removal of ovaries and hormone deprivation therapy (tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, etc.) in hormone receptor-positive cancers Read more…

Natural OptionsHave You Checked in with Your Mood?

When was the last time you checked your mood? How often do you ask yourself, “How am I feeling today?” Our go-to answers might be “I’m good” or “I’m fine,” protecting ourselves from feeling a much more uncomfortable emotion.  The truth is there is no such thing as a “bad” Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Benefits of Tai Chi at Any Age

Tai Chi Chuan has been practiced by millions of people across the globe for centuries. Tai chi, at its most basic, is a set of movements based on martial arts and traditional Chinese medicine, which are memorized and practiced slowly and with intention. This “meditation in motion” deliberately focuses both Read more…

Natural OptionsThe Free and Easy Wanderer

Wouldn’t it be nice to glide through life without a care in the world like a free and easy wanderer? It is certainly a nice dream, but not reality for most of us. In traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), we have a famous herbal formula called Xiao Yao San, which means Read more…

Natural OptionsResilient Re-Entry: How to Build an Extraordinary Next Chapter

Most of us are feeling some level of trepidation as the world begins to open after a year of pandemic isolation. The information about what’s safe changes daily, and we don’t yet have information about the need for a booster or exactly how protected we are from reinfection. Our mental Read more…

Natural OptionsSelf-Love and Approval

Over the years, research has shown us that those who struggle with self-love or self-approval have usually experienced some form of struggle in their childhood, which in return has impacted their self-trust, self-worth, and even self-motivation. This experience is not necessarily from abuse; it could have been neglect or lack Read more…

Natural OptionsMeditation: A Natural Rebalancing

If we look at the practice of meditation from a distance, we notice that this process of rebalancing our body, mind and spirit is something natural. In fact, it is the most natural process for us human beings to recharge and recover. It takes place every night while we sleep. Read more…