Breast Cancer Awareness Month

autumn flowers and pumpkins

Some people are born for Halloween, and some are just counting the days until Christmas.” — Stephen Graham Jones Regardless of what holiday you prefer, Halloween is coming fast and so are all the sugary treats that accompany the day. I love to find healthy alternatives for those costume parties, school treats and monster mash…

Celebrating Summer and Freedom

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The Fourth of July is a very special day for our country, and it is also a special day for family and friends to get together and observe long-held traditions together. Some traditions like fireworks, parades, and cookouts have been consistently associated with the Fourth of July since the country’s founding in 1776. Here is…

Christine Avanti’s June 2019 Newsletter

farmers market

Avocado! I’ve talked about how much I love avocado and that it is number one on EWG’s Clean Fifteen list, so you know you are getting some quality nutrition when using this ingredient. In the grocery store you can get avocados from Mexico where they are in season year-round, but in California they are in…

Christine’s May 2019 Newsletter

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We are one month away from summer and I have already been thoroughly enjoying the sun! Have you been getting your daily Vitamin D? I love the next couple of months because the Farmer’s Markets start making their way to the downtown streets and fresh farm produce is readily available in just about any neighborhood…

Spring Recipes and Easter Alternatives

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April is an important month for awareness. In the United States, April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). The goal of the month is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual assault is a serious and widespread problem. In the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence…

Lower Your Health Risks During National Nutrition Month

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National Nutrition Month is important because it dedicates an entire month to making people aware of the issues that arise when we don’t eat nutritious, real foods. Food should be our first line of defense for our bodies and we need to improve the way we feed our families. Did you know according to the…

Christine Avanti’s February 2019 Newsletter

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There is almost a palatable feeling of love in the air when February begins. Stores begin a bit early with their displays, marketing all the Valentines in mid-January. Have you completed your Valentine’s Day planning or are you stumped on what to do? There can be a lot of pressure to buy the right gift,…

Christine’s November 2018 Newsletter

Plate and Thankful Note

I have seen, for a few Novembers now, a trend of gratitude journals circulating on social media. I think it is important to take time out to express gratitude to those around you and for the things you have been blessed with. Thanksgiving is a time when most of us reflect on these things with…

Christine’s October 2018 Newsletter

pumpkin

“I can smell autumn dancing in the breeze. The sweet chill of pumpkin and crisp sunburnt leaves.” (author unknown) Fall’s official beginning was September 21st. October is really where we begin to see changes in weather and it really kicks off the holiday season, starting with Halloween. The next few months are definitely busy, full…

Christine’s September 2018 Newsletter

happy labor day

According to dosomething.org, the first US Labor Day was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882 in New York City. 10,000 workers from the Central Labor Union marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches. Labor Day started…

Embrace Your Voice in April

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April is a month full of hope; spring is officially here! Spring can represent so many things: hope, new life, reflection, transformation. There is a beautiful quote from Harriet Ann Jacobs that says: “The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” Easter also represents that…