My Favorite "Greens"

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!! With a name like Colleen Burns one can surmise I am Irish.  (sister is Erin, as in Erin go Bragh, “Ireland Forever”) So in true Restore Body Balance fashion I will share some of my favorite “Greens” in all forms. From dark and leafy to light and tender. The sweet ones and the bitter ones too.

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Colleen Burns
Tribelli Peppers 1 Bag = 5 Meals

Oh, these little “gems” just entered my life!  Where have they been hiding?  Apparently, in every supermarket in America. One of my favorite memories is roasting red bell peppers on the grill in the summer. We would fire them up blackened and fragrant and place in a paper bag to steam off the skin.  Then, while still hot pull the sweet ribbons apart and drizzle with olive oil and tons of fresh garlic.  If we truly wanted to be indulgent, then a crusty loaf of Italian bread was there for dipping and layering.  And sometimes a battle would ensue for the “heel” of the fluffy provision to stuff a perfect one hand nosh.

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Mike McKenna
Seasonal Allergies & Natural Relief

Nature’s best antihistamines are right under your nose. (couldn’t resist) Studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) has taught me many holistic remedies and alternative therapies to conventional medicine. This weekend I attended a conference in NYC sponsored by IIN. Here I learned from the most notable doctors and scientist. One take away was how to alleviate the sneezing, itchy watery eyes, sinus pressure and congestion with seasonal allergies. 

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Mike McKenna
Grow an Earth Box on Earth Day

You do not need a lawn to grow a garden, heck not even a yard!  Living in the city has its advantages but I miss the days of going in Grandma M’s yard and picking vegetables straight off the vine.  Ahh that earthy smell transports me immediately.  So, in celebration of Earth Day I grow an Earth Box. And you can too!

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Mike McKenna
Kale: Raw, Cooked, or Blended?

Yes it’s a real question.  We have fallen in love with this dark leafy green and for good reason.  It reduces inflammation and is filled with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants such as vitamin A, selenium, and beta-cryptoxanthin just to name a few…

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Mike McKenna
Finding a Mantra

When I travelled to Nepal, many moons ago, one was instructed to spin the prayer wheels as you passed by each temple or statue. They were used to aide in meditation and as a means of accumulating wisdom and good karma.

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Mike McKenna
You Are What You Eat

On the road to recovery folks are confronted with different challenges from socio-economic to mental and physical health problems. But what if one simple act could benefit all areas of rehabilitation?

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Mike McKenna
Being Meditative Without Meditating

We all know Meditation has many health benefits. Lowering blood pressure, better sleep and improvement of overall health. But even I, despite traveling the world and sitting in monasteries find it difficult to cultivate a practice. So, after much research and many trainings I have learned to be meditative without my buckwheat pillow. Here are some ideas:

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Mike McKenna