ACHS Health and Wellness Blog

5 Beautiful {DIY} Body Care Recipes to Celebrate Natural Products

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Mar 27, 2015 11:58:24 AM

With more and more toxins and nasty chemicals making their way into conventional cleaning, bath, and body care products, I’m proud to support a day that celebrates the benefits and necessity of natural products. On March 24—Natural Products Day—our friends at the National Products Association (NPA) and industry leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to educate and discuss the important role of natural products in keeping our society healthy.

But if you’re like me, you care as much about what you put on your body as what you put in it. Eating clean and using clean products is a day-to-day commitment. So let’s make Natural Products Day an everyday affair. Here are my 5 favorite beautiful and easy DIY body care recipes to celebrate natural products all year long.

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Topics: DIY, recipes, natural products manufacturing

How to Create an Invigorating Morning Ritual You’ll Stick With

Posted by Stephen Webber on Mar 16, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Until recently I thought of myself as a person who didn't like routine. As a writer, I wrote when the mood struck or when there was a pressing need to write. I thought that because I was a person who liked variety and a change of pace, a morning ritual wasn't for me.

I had heard the good advice from other writers about writing every day, sitting in the chair at the same time every day and putting words on the page no matter what. Work ethic wise, I always respected this. I just thought it wasn't for me.

Well, then I tried adopting a morning ritual, and I love it. I'm a believer. I've been converted. Now my morning ritual is the highlight of my day because I get to do what I really want to do, and I get to do it first thing, before I concern myself with anything else.

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Topics: holistic lifestyle, yoga, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils

How to Boost Vitamin D with Mighty Mushrooms

Posted by Renee Hunt on Mar 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM

As the seasons change, so do the needs of our bodies. The natural ebb and flow of weather, temperature, and sunlight all have an impact on our wellbeing. Supporting the body’s ability to adapt is important during times of change. As we reach the end of winter and enter into spring, are you aware of your body’s needs? 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, guest blogger, vitamins

GMOs and Pesticides: Why You Should Cook Organic

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Mar 10, 2015 4:10:00 PM

Have you read the web chatter surrounding the recent USDA approval of GMO “Arctic Apples”—apples that have been genetically modified to resist browning?[1] 

When I read about these apples—set to hit shelves by 2017—I couldn’t help but hum the iconic Joni Mitchell lyric, I don’t care about spots on my apples, leave me the birds and the bees, please.”[2] I’m very concerned about the presence of GMOs and pesticides in our produce. 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, organic food, GMO

Why I Went Paleo/Primal for My Gestational Diabetes

Posted by Erika Yigzaw on Feb 26, 2015 1:04:00 PM

I’ve been interested in Paleolithic (or paleo) diets for ages, but it always seemed difficult to give up my favorite croissants and ciabatta bread and fully embrace the lifestyle. Plus, I have a wheat-addicted daughter and husband to deal with. I’ve tried removing wheat from the house from time to time, but it usually results in some sort of mutiny and my dear hubby making panicked runs to Costco for massive packs of apple turnovers. I found him hiding some in his car last year and decided I may have been a wee bit extreme in my war on gluten.

However, I got a wake up call last year when I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD) fairly early on in my recent pregnancy with our twins. 

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Topics: holistic nutrition, holistic parenting, primal, paleo

Interview with Holistic Nutrition Consultant and Health Writer Lindsay Boyers

Posted by Renee Long on Feb 24, 2015 9:59:30 AM

This week, I had the privilege of having a great conversation with one of our ACHS graduates, Lindsay Boyers. Since her graduation from ACHS in 2011, Lindsay has been a trailblazer in the holistic nutrition field. She has established a successful holistic nutrition consulting practice, written multiple articles for the Web, and published two books, The Everything Guide to Gut Health (Adams Media, 2015) and The Everything Guide to the Ketogenic Diet (Adams Media, 2015).

Lindsay has some fantastic advice for students, aspiring writers, and nutrition consultants. If you’re just getting your feet wet in nutrition and holistic health or you’re already an established expert in the field, you’ll want to keep reading.

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Topics: holistic nutrition consulting, DETC Famous Alumni, careers in holistic health, interviews

5 Reasons You Must Attend Our Next Master Lecture Webinar

Posted by Renee Long on Feb 20, 2015 3:59:00 PM

**This webinar is now over. If you missed it, no worries! We recorded it for you. Watch the recording here. **

As a webinar coordinator at ACHS, I’ve been lucky to attend some pretty incredible lectures. We’ve had expert ACHS faculty and guests present on an array of topics ranging from healthy cooking to essential oil safety to marketing a holistic health practice.

After a year of hosting and coordinating our webinars here at the College, I feel like I’ve gained a huge amount of holistic health knowledge I can use to improve my heath and well-being every day. (Check out my DIY video for how to make fizzing herbal bath bombs at home here.) Plus, it’s fulfilling to see how much these lectures directly benefit and educate our students, graduates, and the health community.

So if you haven’t attended one of our free ACHS Master Lecture webinars yet, your next opportunity is coming up on February 25, 2015 with ACHS faculty Dr. Teri Collins: Recognizing Medical Emergencies in Adults and Children.  **This webinar is now over. If you missed it, no worries! We recorded it for you. Watch the recording here. **

Need a bit more inspiration to register? Here are 5 reasons you MUST attend our next Master Lecture webinar:

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Topics: education, master lecture webinars, Holistic Health Conferences and Events

Spice, Spice, Baby! Raw, Paleo Cacao Bites Recipe

Posted by Tiffany Stout on Feb 13, 2015 3:50:00 PM

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love of all kinds; it's also a day synonymous with sugary sweets. Here at ACHS, we love a tasty, guilt-free chocolate snack. Enter our “date-fully” delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites! No sugar required, but still sweet and spicy. These powerhouse snacks are packed with nutritious sprouted almonds, soaked chia seeds, dates, cacao powder, and lots of love.

Wow your significant other, your friends, and your palette this Valentine’s Day with these tasty chocolate rounds. Spiced in a variety of ways that even Cupid can get on board with, these sugar-free, bite-sized cacao treats are sure to get the attention of all chai, chocolate, and holistic nutrition lovers alike.

Here’s how you can whip up our date-fully delicious raw, paleo (or Primal) cacao bites with your sweetie-pie, bestie, or greatest love of your life … you!

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Topics: holistic nutrition, holiday recipes, recipes

The Remarkable History of Roses

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Feb 9, 2015 4:26:00 PM

Living in the City of Roses, all of us here at ACHS get to experience firsthand the flower of love. In late May and early June, it’s a pleasure watching the rosebuds blossom into beautiful, fragrant flowers all over our city. And when Valentine’s Day rolls around, even though we are in the throes of winter, we welcome the chance to enjoy some luxurious rose essential oil and delight in diffusing the aroma of love and passion.

But have you ever wondered why rose is associated with love and passion? You might think it’s because the essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is a known mood booster and is also rumored to support a healthy libido… but rose has a fascinating and rich history of love.

So this Valentine's Day, take some time to smell the roses! Curl up with your sweetheart, diffuse some rose R. damascena, and get ready for tales of romance at the Taj Mahal, Roman chariot races, and more stories from the remarkable history of rose essential oil.

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Topics: Rose, essential oils

3 Romantic Recipes with Rose Essential Oil

Posted by Dorene Petersen on Feb 3, 2015 12:15:00 PM

No flower embodies love and romance quite like the rose. The essential oil of rose Rosa damascena (Mill.) is also known to provide psychological and emotional support when added to a bath blend or diffused into the air. It’s a mood booster that can promote joy, relaxation, as well as memory and mental clarity. 

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, why not try experimenting with an essential oil that’ll give you warm fuzzies on the inside? Whether or not you’re sharing this Valentine’s Day with a special sweetheart, you’re pretty special year-round. Celebrate this holiday of love—and some sweet self-care—with rose R. damascena essential oil.

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Topics: holiday recipes, Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, blending

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