Herbal Tea: Traditional Chinese Medicine

Gentle Nettle Tea for Spring | health benefits | Girlfriend is Better
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Traditional Chinese medicine worked to enhance health and address core issues in the body.   Chinese practitioners used cooling teas to help the body overcome fevers.  Hot teas addressed problems such as high fat levels in the bloodstream.  Herbal tea continues to be an effective way to heal the body or even lose a little weight.  Teas can be made from fresh or […]

Botox + Dysport: Does Beauty Come With a Cost?

Review of dangers and effectiveness of Botox and Dysport | Girlfriend is Better
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Most people have different opinions on what it means to “age gracefully”. Are treatments like Botox or Dysport worth the cost of turning the clock back a few years? Take a look at the pros and cons of erasing wrinkles and going au naturel. Being in the medical profession, I understand the importance of researching any cosmetic procedure. Being a […]

5 Rhubarb Crumble Recipes Benefit Bones + Brains

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Time to get in a few crumble recipes while rhubarb is still in season! Did you know? Rhubarb is red in color and grows in stalks like like celery. The tart, but sweet flavored fruit is packed with Vitamin K and pairs well with other berries. If you are over 30, you should focus on getting more Calcium and Vitamin […]

Kombucha Tea is Your Detox and Digestion Friend

Kombucha tea health benefits | Low-glycemic | Girlfriend is Better
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Time to start thinking about what’s going on in the tummy region! If you’re looking to detox your diet or lose a couple of pounds, add Kombucha to the mix. This naturally carbonated tea boasts a myriad of health benefits and helps you look and feel better. Just in time for swimsuit season! We are loving the energy boost of […]

Yerba Mate Boasts the Euphoria of Chocolate

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Don’t you love it when you come across a new favorite at Trader Joe’s?  If you’re bored with the herbal teas you have at home, consider giving Yerba mate a try. It comes in a cute little paper bag and the health benefits are mind blowing. Who knew you could get all those antioxidants from a tasty little cup of […]

Best Plants for Primo Feng Shui in Your Energy-Enhanced Home

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We’re so happy so many of our readers have been picking up the Feng Shui vibe. (Be sure to check out our article on the bagua for a refresher course if you need.) Now that you’ve picked out one or two areas you’d like to enhance, it’s time to get serious about adding some greenery! In Feng Shui, plants are […]

Caffeine Belongs on the Outside of Your Body

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It’s remarkable what coffee and tea can do for you. Caffeine has been coming to the rescue for me lately, but this time on the outside! Because it contains antioxidants, caffeine is used in many beauty products. It can perk up your skin care regimen and may help prevent skin cancer in the future. Marvelous! How it Works You know […]

Chicken Pot Pie at Your Service – Make it Tonight!

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They say, “April showers bring May flowers”. I say, “bring on the comfort food!” One of my favorite stand-by recipes for this time of year is the hearty old chicken pot pie. This menu staple is packed with protein and good veggies that I usually have on hand. That makes it a snap to whip up and feeds my family […]

Chocolate No Bake Cookies: Protein-Enhanced

Chocolate No Bake Cookies recipe | Low-glycemic, high protein | Girlfriend is Better

Our mom somehow raised seven kids with a hot breakfast every morning! Oatmeal was a household staple as a little bit went a long way to sustain us through the morning. Not just for breakfast, an easy family night dessert was also her famous oatmeal Chocolate No Bake Cookies.  I’ve doctored the recipe up a little over the years to create […]

5 Cell Phone Rules for Healthy Teens

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Given a choice, all kids will choose an electronic device over any other activity. Trial and error (and some good advice from other parents) has helped us manage electronic devices of every sort for toddlers and teens alike! We got together and compiled 5 cell phone rules that create a healthy balance between digital time and down time. Cell phones […]

Aloe Juice Works to Improve Skin and Detox the Body

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Living in this modern day, we are constantly bombarded by toxins of every kind. We subject our bodies to dangerous chemicals through the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink. One of my new little miracle workers is aloe juice, a tangy beverage that helps detox the body and combat skin problems. Aloe Vera is […]

Jambalaya: Healthy Southern Comfort

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Is healthy Southern comfort an oxymoron?  Not with this recipe!  Since we’re still in the cold weather months, I like to eat my veggies warm.  This jambalaya recipe is a household staple and my kids will even eat the leftovers!  I especially like to cook it in a big cast iron skillet which adds some extra iron into our diets. […]