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The Dirty Dozen and the Clean Fifteen

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
This is a Shopper’s Guide to Levels of Pesticide in Produce put out by the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that advocates for policies to protect individual health (Portuguese version follows): Here are the Dirty Dozen: Berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries) Apples Celery Cherry Tomatoes Cucumbers Grapes Kale and Colored Greens Peaches (and Nectarines) Potatoes […]

When circumstances become overwhelming beyond my control, and my human tendency is to complain, a “gratitude adjustment” is necessary.

Find Your Core: Gratitude Is Everything

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
“Complaining leads to bitterness and destruction. Gratitude leads to life and healing.” In Portuguese, the word thanksgiving is translated as “actions of gratitude.” It is hard to imagine what kind of actions these might be. As far as I have always understood, thanksgiving (or being grateful) is a state of mind, not an action. A Gratitude […]

Find Your Core

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
Going About Your Day Once you start going about your day, things may get out of hand, negative words or thoughts may be thrown at you. Stop what you are doing and break away from the situation. Take a breather. Breath in peace and breath out worries. Breathing helps diffuse stress. Go for a short […]

Fats That Bring Healing

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
In the early 1990’s I started to do research on harmful and healthy fats. This was before “0-grams trans-fat” became a trendy label appearing in our food supply, which it is one of those “thanks, but no thanks,” because in the United States, if a food has less than 0.5 grams of trans fat per […]

HEALTHY Travels: Fernando de Noronha

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
It is not everyday that simple people, like me, have a chance to go to a remote resort-type location and experience the time of their life. However, that’s exactly what happened when my family in Brazil decided to cheer my husband and me to go celebrate our 20th anniversary in Fernando de Noronha, of all […]

Making Your Own Bath Salts

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
This month, LIVING HEALTH Magazine’s articles are addressing various ways to relax and bring calm to your nerves and emotions. I could not miss the opportunity to reveal one of my all-time favorite and simple ways to escape the harsh realities of life by literally immersing myself in a different world: a tub filled hot […]

The Pantheon in Rome

HEALTHY Travels: When In Rome

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
“A piazza is a public square surrounded by three to five-story residential buildings that house small businesses, mostly bars and restaurants, at the street level. In an ancient town like Rome, you may see a classic structure like the Pantheon. But what makes the piazza fun and most needed is the hundreds of people that […]

Take a Hike

Keep on Moving: Take A Hike

by Sandra Alexon July 26, 2016
WHAT TO BRING ON YOUR HIKE Comfortable shoes: Although special hiking boots or shoes are a nice commodity, any pair of walking or running shoes will suffice to go on a hiking trail, especially ones with heel support. Most importantly is to keep them comfortable, somewhat malleable and not tight. I once went on a […]