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Quinoa, Feta & Avocado Salad

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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With juicy raisins, fluffy quinoa, fresh vegetables and soft feta all topped with creamy avocado, this salad is light enough to eat as a mid-morning snack but just as filling if having as an evening meal. Enjoy!!

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Explain GABA and Natural Ways to Increase It

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GABA is a neurotransmitter. Neurotransmitters are chemicals that are produced in the brain that allow the nerve cells to communicate with each other. They have a lot to do with regulating the mood and the different systems of the body. There are two types of neurotransmitters - those that excite things and those that inhibit, or slow down, things. GABA falls into the category of relaxation, or inhibitory, neurotransmitters. So what is GABA, what does it do?

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The Importance of Symptoms of Estrogen & Progesterone Deficiency

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Estrogen and progesterone are two of the most important hormones in a woman's body. They are considered steroid hormones, and influence things like metabolism, immune functions, the menstrual cycle and sexual functions. When estrogen, progesterone or both of these hormones are not being naturally produced in sufficient quantities it can cause a variety of problems.

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North by Northwest Couscous Salad

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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North by Northwest Couscous Salad is a light and fresh with pearl couscous, fresh apricots, sweet currants and toasty hazelnuts. It's a versatile salad and is a great base for swapping ingredients. Use any nut, use carrot greens instead of parsley or perhaps plums instead of apricots. This salad is your creative palate! The dressing is a subtle lemon and olive oil base and the dish keeps really well for many days worth of happy lunches. Enjoy!!

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In the Kitchen with Dr. Maiysha: Making a Banana Batido

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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Today, we are going to make a banana batido. The origin of the batido is Cuban. It's a Cuban smoothie, or milkshake, but it's usually made a huge amount of cream and whole milk, and really fattening. But if you love bananas and love Cuban food like I do, you've got to make it healthy. I'm so into turning not-so-healthy recipes into healthy recipes, so let's get started.

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Remembering to Take Care of Yourself in a Relationship

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Sometimes we lose our sense of individuality in our relationships. In our attempts to love and care for our significant others (and even our families after marriage) some may have the tendency slowly let go of the things in our lives that are important to us. Ask yourself, what do I do on a daily basis for myself? How do I make myself a priority on a regular basis.

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Roasted Beets with Quinoa

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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This simple dish of roasted beets and quinoa is packed with good-for-you ingredients, plus it will give you a power boost of protein and iron. Quinoa is one of the most protein-rich foods we can eat, and if you're cutting back on or eliminating meat from your diet then swap in more of this delicious grain. This dish is excellent served as a side or in a salad. We love it on a bed of lightly dressed arugula! Enjoy!!

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Be 100% Responsible for Your Career

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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In the month of January, we’re taking 100 percent responsibility for our lives and our happiness. This week we’re challenged to bring that principle to our careers and the workplace. Are you happy with what you do at work? Do you bring a passion to the workplace? Are you satisfied with your career choice? Are you financially satisfied with where you are in your company? If you answered “no,” to any of these, it might be time for a change. That doesn’t necessarily mean you have to go and quit your job or close your business. It just means it’s time to think of ways to bring more fulfillment into what you do. Create a passion, so to speak. If you must be at work for eight to ten hours a day, you may as well love what you do. Much like with your spouses or significant others, your career is like a marriage.

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Four Steps to Emotional Freedom

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Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand, manage, and communicate emotions in a way that is both positive and effective in the world. Emotional literacy is the communicate part of that definition. If we are unable to communicate clearly, honestly, and respectfully our feelings, then we will be left unsatisfied, unheard, and frustrated. Our language is powerful, and it is through this language that we create openings for connection and intimacy in our lives. Let’s look at some components of becoming more emotionally literate.

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Slow Cooker Wild Rice and Mushroom Soup

Dr. Maiysha Clairborne
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The only thing better than a creamy wild rice and mushroom soup? A creamy wild rice and mushroom soup that’s made in the slow cooker! Dump everything in, and boom. A super tasty dinner. Enjoy!!

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Are there any natural treatments for fibroids?

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I have treated many women naturally for fibroids and here is primarily what we focus on. The first thing we do is look at the diet. Are you eating a lot of meats that are pumped with hormones? That can definitely contribute to the fibroids because the fibroids, basically, are tumors of the uterus of the womb that are sensitive to hormones such as estrogen and progesterone. So if you are eating a lot of meats that are not organic in nature, they likely have hormones, pesticides and antibiotics which are inflammatory in nature and can be contributing to your fibroids. If not eliminating those meats altogether, buy organic meats only. I personally recommend getting rid of all meats except fish that are wild and not farm raised.

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The Body: Poetry in Motion

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Are you aware of your body’s unique need for movement? You are already constantly in motion whether you are aware of it or not. The heart pumps 60-100 beats per minute, you breath at 12-16 breaths every minute, the nerves in your body are constantly firing, and even when you are sleeping there is movement…of the eyes, of the muscles. You are never really still, until you are dead. So why not honor the bodies need to be in motion? What negative experiences have you associated with exercise?

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Vegan Meringue Kisses

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Vegan Meringue Kisses, made using aquafaba. The perfect little festive treat! These cute little desserts would look great in a gift box or on a dessert platter at a festive party. Enjoy!!

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5 Tips for Fighting Fall Allergies

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The Autumn is approaching and for some of us (especially here in Atlanta), fall allergy season is approaching. If you are not prepared, the symptoms of allergies can be brutal, but here are 5 tips that will help you to minimize the effects of what’s to come.

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What's the best way to reduce sugar in my diet?

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Join the crowd, we all have a sweet tooth :) How can we begin to eliminate sugar from our diet? The reality is that it may be impossible to remove sugar from our diet. That is unworkable and non-sustainable. What we can do is to minimize sugar and to eat the healthy sugars, so that we aren't craving the processed and unhealthy inflammatory sugars that are out there in our diet.

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Stevia: The Natural Sweetener That Could Help You Achieve Complete Wellness

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We know that many of the sugars included in our foods today are considered to be some of the worst additions to our diet. Too much sugar in a modern day can result in a whole catalog of preventable illnesses and ailments that would have been reduced had a natural substitute for sugar been used. Stevia could well be this product. 'Stevia rebaudiana' is a plant which grows naturally in Peru and other subtropical ecosystems in South America, and is used as a natural sweetener for health and weight management. Studies have shown that stevia's natural sugars are non-caloric, they are around 300 times sweeter than regular sugar, and they do not produce of the health problems associated with artificial sweeteners, which include diabetes, obesity and even depression.

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Noticing Your Senses

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We have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, and hearing. How many times a day do we stop and appreciate all five of these senses? How likely are we to notice our sense of touch unless there is an unpleasant one such as pain or extreme heat or cold? How often is our sense of hearing dulled by constant background noise of people talking, phones ringing, copiers running? How often do we just look up and notice all of the brilliant colors in our place of work or even outside our window? Do you stop to taste your food or do you simply inhale it down so that you can get on with your busy day? The answers to these questions should bring you to an acute awareness of what you might be missing!

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Why do swingers have large success rates in staying together, and why do they seem happier?

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What an interesting question!

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Finding Meaning in Life Through Acknowledging Death

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[A special dedication honoring the life and transition of Jamilah Nation]

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How Do I Remain a Warrior Instead of a Worrier?

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For those men out there who are getting a little bit older and who worry about their levels of testosterone dropping, here’s what you need to know.

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