Dawna Ara, L.Ac.

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Easy Broccoli Salad with Bacon

Do you need more veggies in your life? Here's a simple broccoli salad recipe that calls for blanched broccoli. Lightly cooking the broccoli ahead of time makes it easier to digest and brightens up the color. Blanched broccoli also keeps it's crunch so no need to worry about having a soggy salad

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Mashed Cauliflower & Chuck Roast

Hey Everyone! I'm trying something new here. I recorded a video of myself cooking and wanted to share it with you. The recipe is a modification of the classic roast with mashed potatoes. For a low carbohydrate version I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. It was so good that my husband who is a pretty elitist when it comes to mashed potatoes, didn't even notice. Trust me, he would have called me out if he did!

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Paleo Flourless Pancakes for Any day of the Week

Hooray, It’s Pancake Sunday again! Or at least that’s what I’m calling it. I found some great recipe inspirations online and decided to come up with my own simple recipe. These pancakes are grain, gluten, dairy, nut, and soy free. Here’s my version of a classic American breakfast for those with dietary restrictions.

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Estrogen Dominance and Natural Ways to Balance Hormones

Recently I’ve been hearing a lot of chatter about estrogen dominance and how it could be responsible for a long list of dire ailments. Honestly we shouldn’t be blaming estrogen for the downfall of female health. Afterall, without this hormone the human race would cease to exist. Estrogen has a lot of great qualities.

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Homemade Coconut-Cashew Yogurt Recipe

It may sound intimidating to make your own delicious and healthy dairy free yogurt but it’s actually pretty easy! All you need are a few yummy ingredients, an oven with a light or insulated cooler, and a couple glass jars with tight fitting lids. Why make your own yogurt? Well, it’s good for you!

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Eating the Rainbow

An easy way to find out if you are getting enough nutrients is just to look down at your plate. What colors do you see? Is your food colorful and bright or does it look a little drab and dreary? Did you eat the same colors yesterday and the day before? If so, you might want to consider changing it up.

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Study Shows Diet During Pregnancy May Affect Children's Behavior and Intelligence

Everyone wants to have a happy, healthy, well behaved, and smart kid. I don’t think there is a single person on this planet that would disagree with me. A recent study that followed hundreds of European families over the course of 5 years links children’s behavior and intelligence during early years with the Mother’s diet during pregnancy.

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Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity (Part II): What Is Gluten?

Gluten is a substance found in many grains including barley and rye but most abundantly found in triticum aestivum, otherwise known as modern day wheat. Grains are made up of an endosperm, bran, and germ. Gluten is group of proteins found bound to a starch in the endosperm of these grains.

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How To Make Your Own Nut Or Seed Milk

Many of us have dairy and soy intolerances yet the majority of milk sold at the supermarket are made out of them. More and more markets are carrying alternatives such as almond and hemp milks, but most processed milks contain a lot of sugar and other ingredients that you don’t necessarily want to be consuming on a daily basis. Why not make your own milk? In this post I am going to teach you how to make your own nut and seed milks.

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Six Foods That Improve Brain Function

Having trouble remembering where you put your keys? Or maybe you just want a little boost of brainpower to take a test. Either way, regular consumption of these 6 foods can not only help your brain perform better on a daily basis, but they can protect your brain from age related decline so you can think more clearly as you approach your senior years and beyond.

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Turmeric: Nature's Anti-Inflammatory

I know what you are thinking. Turmeric may not be the most visually appealing food but I promise it won’t let you down in the health department. Loaded with over over 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds and high in antioxidants, turmeric lowers inflammation, decreases swelling, lessens pain, and is my number one go to herb for people suffering from arthritis and joint pain.

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Tart Cherries: A Natural Sleep Aid for Insomnia

Having trouble sleeping? If so, eating tart cherries an hour before bedtime might help. High in antioxidants, nature’s original gum drops are brimming with nutrition. Cherries are a natural food source of melatonin, the body’s sleep rhythm hormone. They have also been found to decrease oxidative stress and have anti inflammatory properties.

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