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The Science Of Healthy Eating

The seventh episode of Next Level Living explore our diets, the biological impact of processed foods, and how these foods change our bodies and chemistry.


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Good Green Tea Smoothie

green-teaThis green smoothie is packed with grapes, spinach, green tea and avocado. A touch of honey adds sweetness.

About 3 1/2 cups, for two 1 3/4-cup servings | Active Time: 10 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 3 cups frozen white grapes
  • 2 packed cups baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups strong brewed green tea (see Tip), cooled
  • 1 medium ripe avocado
  • 2 teaspoons honey


  1. Combine grapes, spinach, green tea, avocado and honey in a blender; blend until smooth. Serve immediately.


Per serving : 345 Calories; 15 g Fat; 2 g Sat; 10 g Mono; 0 mg Cholesterol; 56 g Carbohydrates; 5 g Protein; 9 g Fiber; 36 mg Sodium; 1110 mg Potassium

3 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 3 fruit, 1 vegetable, 1 1/2 fat

Tips & Notes

  • Tip: To brew strong green tea, use twice the amount of tea (or two tea...
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Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential OilThe health benefits of lavender essential oil include its ability to eliminate nervous tension, relieve pain, disinfect the scalp and skin, enhance blood circulation and treat respiratory problems. The Latin name of lavender is Lavare, which means “to wash”, due to its aroma which has a particularly clean aroma.

Lavender oil is extracted mostly from the flowers of the lavender plant, primarily through steam distillation. The flowers of lavender are fragrant in nature and have been used for making potpourri for centuries. Traditionally, lavender essential oil has also been used in making perfumes. The oil is very useful in aromatherapy and many aromatic preparations and combinations are made using lavender oil.

Lavender oil blends well with many other essential oils including cedarwood,...

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How to Deal with Chronic Fear and Anxiety?

chronic anxiety man_croppedIn this section we address things you can do on your own to work with fear and anxiety. We do not cover the many valuable techniques and therapies available when working with professional psychologists or other providers. These are essential for those who have experienced trauma or are suffering from intense chronic fear or anxiety.

Avoid avoidance

The only way to deal with fear is to face it. Avoiding it prevents us from moving forward—it makes us anxious. Therapists can be invaluable in helping us work through our avoiding strategies. If you have experienced trauma, it is especially important to work with a therapist to create a safe environment where you can face your fear and reconstruct your memories.

Another technique in milder situations is to use mindfulness meditation techniques...

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Rock your Internal Body Clock

What if it’s not what you eat, but when you eat?! When your internal body clock is off, it can contribute to or worsen obesity, insomnia, diabetes and depression.

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Sometimes You Need a Dog to Remind You What It Is to Be Human

to Be Human1My stepmother died August 1, 2012. I returned to Florida for the interment of her ashes October 19, and my 84-year-old father announced he wanted to get married again.

I gently suggested he wait and try to get his sea legs back under him — not make consequential decisions from the standpoint of lack.

“God damn it, Scotty, I want a woman on my arm!” For some reason, at that moment I thought of a watch.

I suggested we start with a dog. He’d been talking about getting one, and had actually been going to his local Petco, unaware the only reason animals are there at all is to sell pet food.

“A dog’s a big responsibility.”

A spouse apparently paled in comparison. We tabled the marriage and dog discussions for the moment, and laid Joan to rest. I flew home.


I returned for Christmas a few mo...

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