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Getting the Most from What You Eat

Nutrients are essential for life. The right combination of nutrients is the closest thing I’ve ever seen to a magic pill. Every aspect of your health depends upon nutrients, and the best way to get these nutrients is from the food that you eat. Each and every day, you...

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Quick & Easy Steps towards the Best Version of You!

You have big goals and dreams, and an ever-growing bucket list of exciting things to see and do. You feel called to serve others and make the world a better place. But in order to continually fine tune your unique gifts and talents, you need to feel amazing as often...

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What More People Need To Know

In December of 2000, after struggling with significant health challenges for more than 2 decades, I made a commitment to find my way back to health. Outside of chiropractic care and massage, I had no idea what was available to support me on my journey. And I didn’t...

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Are You Spending Money on What Matters?

If you have the ability to choose proper food without reallocating your budget, that’s great. But if you're buying cheap food to spend money elsewhere, that needs to change. There's no point in trying to sugar coat the delivery of that message. It can be a hard...

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Is Your Health Vision Big Enough?

     I find our societal views of what it means to be healthy, to be too simplistic. These views overlook many essential aspects of health and limit our idea of what is possible. It’s difficult for me to even express how inadequate our idea of healing is.      When I...

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A New Look!

I launched Design Your Healthy Life in late 2015. As soon as my first website was up and running, I knew I would quickly outgrow it. In all honesty, I was never completely happy with it. But you have to start somewhere! You're likely aware that I spent more than two...

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What Drives Your Healthy Choices?

We all know that health is important. But being truly health is MUCH more complicated than we’ve been led to believe, especially with an ever-increasing number of threats to our health such as toxins, EMF’s, stress, etc. Being healthy is not a passive process or just...

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What is Right for You, Right Now?

When it comes to making healthy lifestyle choices, it's critical to always ask yourself, what is right for me, right now? Your innate wisdom can really help you fine tune your choices if you connect with that deeper, subtle inner knowing.

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Your Best Year Yet

Getting bombarded with messages about New Year’s resolutions makes my stomach turn. It feels superficial and commercialized, even though I am a huge fan of reviewing my life, planning for all types of improvements and capturing all of my heart’s desires into a bucket...

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Stress & Self-Care

When major stress comes on fast and hard, self-care is often the first thing that gets dropped. Our bodies’ stress response maximizes our ability to think quickly and move fast, as stress was often a life-threatening and immediate need as humans came into being. It...

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A Scary Reminder…

I’ve never felt that my health is unshakable. I get sick with colds and flus from time to time like everyone else, which is a natural, unavoidable part of having a healthy immune system that is constantly expanding its knowledge and defenses against the multitude of...

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Are You Feeling More Tired Lately?

Every time the temperature and/or the daylight shifts, our bodies need to adapt. Our adrenal glands are responsible for much of this adaptation. Given that they are your stress handling glands (and you’ve likely got a whole list of potential stressors to deal with),...

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Are You Aware of the Risks of Birth Control?

My greatest wish is to see our society embrace a preventive mindset when it comes to health. Many people are out of touch with how their bodies work and we’ve been led to believe that we are not in control. We’re often not fully aware of the consequences of the...

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Breaking Free from Negative Beliefs about Aging

A friend and I were recently commenting on pictures we saw online of someone we both respect and admire, (a beautiful, successful woman that has been a mentor to both of us). She had been absent from social media for a bit and her recent pictures look different. It...

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The Truth at Last: Round Up Can Cause Cancer

 Long before my personal holistic healing journey began, and prior to being a holistic practitioner, I was already wary of chemicals. This seemed to be an intuitive, common sense inquisitiveness rather than something I learned. When I was pregnant with my first son...

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My Secret to Longer, Lusher Lashes

It’s likely that you rely on multiple personal care products every day - shampoo, soap, deodorant, etc. Many products contain risky ingredients that can accumulate in your body and contribute to health challenges. Personal care products in the U.S. are...

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My Trip to the Philippines

I promised I'd share details about my recent trip to the Philippines. And because I'm obsessed with health - mine and yours - I'll share how I fared and some lessons I learned.

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An Unplanned (& unwanted) Move

I had every intention of crafting and sending you an email last week. I wanted to tell you about my trip to the Philippines and the wonderful time my husband and I had visiting our son. We got home on Monday and I spent Tuesday doing laundry, grocery shopping and...

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Pesticides in your Food

Are you aware that there are pesticides in your food?          Hey there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. After struggling with my health for more than two decades, and really struggling with...

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Come See Inside My Fridge!

Anytime I am making changes in my life I find it helpful to have examples to get my brain thinking of the possibilities. So I'd like to invite you to see inside my fridge, hoping you'll find some inspiration for what to have on hand and prepare for yourself.  

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How To Protect Yourself From EMF’s

EMF's, or electromagnetic frequencies, are becoming more widespread. Studies are finding that cell phone use is connected to brain tumors. Awareness is the first step and there are some easy steps you can take to reduce your exposure and protect your health.  ...

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Herbal Flea Collar

The health benefits of pet ownership are well documented. But pet lovers aren’t driven by research and health benefits to share their lives with furry or feathered creatures. They are driven by love and admiration and joy. While pets can add great pleasure to our...

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Are Natural Flavors Safe?

Have you ever noticed the term "natural flavors" on a product you purchased and thought nothing of it? After all, it sounds like it’s safe for consumption, right? This week’s video may change your mind.          Hey there, I'm Elaine...

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The Sad Truth about Carrageenan

Have you noticed carrageenan on your food labels? Here are the details on this risky ingredient. If you regularly consume soy, rice, almond or coconut milk, this is a must watch!          Hey there, I'm Elaine Gardner, I'm the...

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To Gray or Not to Gray?

People warned me but I wasn't convinced that embracing my gray would be so emotional. It seems like it should be trivial, but it's deeply personal. I'm being victimized by my own beliefs and am stuck in conflict.        Hey there, it's...

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GMO Basics & How to Avoid Them

GMO's are a complicated topic, but it's essential to know the basics and understand how to avoid them if you choose to do so.          Hey there, it's Elaine Gardner, I'm the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. I want to talk to...

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Fun & Healthy Traditions

It’s been awhile since I’ve been to a movie theater, but I was horrified the last time I went. I can’t believe the junk that people purchase and eat at a theater! And it costs so much money, I truly can’t understand why people choose to purchase anything there at all....

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The Trickery of Fortified Foods

Are fortified foods helpful? Adding nutrients to foods sounds like an easy choice for better health, but there's more to consider.     I've been studying health and holistic healthy lifestyle choices for a really long time. Actually, since December of 2000....

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Artificial Flavor Sabotage

Artificial flavors "hijack" your taste buds and create cravings and addictions to foods that are not healthy. Manipulated taste buds will not be happy with real, whole foods that support health.  

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Antibiotics in Your Food

Healthy eating is a huge piece of a healthy lifestyle and there are a lot of hidden dangers in the food supply that can put your health at risk. Today I'll be sharing the dangers of antibiotics in the food supply and how to avoid them. And I've created a free tool for...

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Understanding the Men in your Life

It seems incredibly silly now, but I used to think that everyone thought the same way. I had no idea that people have different temperaments, unique skills, learned beliefs and that everyone processed information differently. The idea that two people could experience...

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Now is the Time!

What is the first thing that pops into your head when I say “primary home”? The most likely response would be the house or apartment where you live. Perhaps you own more than one home, but the one where you live most of the year is what is legally defined as your...

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Make A Better Resolution

Resolutions, when done well, can be great for upgrading your life. I prefer a yearly review and a renewed focus to have more of the things I love from one year to the next!          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner. I'm the founder of...

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Sugar & Carb Cravings?

I used to live off carbs and sugar and couldn't get through a day without cookies! But now, I crave arugula every day!          Hey there, it's Elaine and I want to talk to you about managing cravings and handling an excessive amount...

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What You May Forget To Be Grateful For

I know it's redundant to talk about gratitude during Thanksgiving week, but I hope you'll take a few minutes to start practicing daily gratitude for your amazing body and your good health!          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the...

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Are You Missing Out on the Power of Nature?

Being outside and immersed in the magic of nature is an important part of a healthy lifestyle!          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. Today I want to talk about the healing power of nature....

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Can You Feel The Tension?

You can easily feel tension when you walk into a room after something unpleasant just went down. But do you notice how this happens on a larger scale? And do you know that you can be a force for good just by changing your own energy?    ...

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Easy Support for Colds, Flu’s & Coughs

I’ve been putting a lot of emphasis on immune function and support lately. I truly want the best for you, and I’d love to see you be actively taking excellent care of yourself. A strong and healthy body is almost always your best defense against health issues. But we...

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When Plans Fall Apart, Your Attitude Can Save The Day!

Even the best laid plans will fall through at times. You can easily fall into overwhelm and frustration when this happens, but adjusting your attitude can save the day. You can rescue a potential mess quickly by focusing on the good of the situation!    ...

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Got Congestion?

The comments I’ve heard over many years of private practice have led me to believe that our immune system response is often very misunderstood. It seems to be a common belief that a strong immune system will prevent most forms of illness. And while it’s true that...

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Understanding Your Immune System

     The comments I’ve heard over many years of private practice have led me to believe that our immune system response is often very misunderstood. It seems to be a common belief that a strong immune system will prevent most forms of illness....

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Increase Your Resistance and Get Sick Less Often!

A healthy lifestyle strengthens your immune response and decreases the hormone cortisol which suppresses your immune function.          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. The last video I sent...

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The Fascia Blaster

I sent you a newsletter on 9/2/17 that highlighted the book, The Cellulite Myth: It’s not fat, it’s fascia. In that post, I promised I would tell you about the fascia release tool called the Fascia Blaster that the author of that book, Ashley Black, has created. If...

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Save Yourself from the Crazy Busyness!

It's your choice, though clearly not typically an easy one, to NOT get caught up in the crazy busyness that happens this time of year!          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. This is the time...

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The Cellulite Myth

In December of 2000 I made a commitment to find my way back to health. After struggling with significant health challenges for more than two decades, I was desperate to feel better and have the ability to enjoy my life to the fullest! One of the first things I did was...

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You Are the Expert!

As a society, we often look outside ourselves for solutions to our health concerns. But paying close attention to our own bodies and taking charge often leads to the best possible results!      Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of...

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Don’t Settle!

Even if you feel great today, greater health is highly possible! And since health affects every aspect of your life, you could steer yourself into experiencing an extraordinary life that is not even on your current radar.          Hi...

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A Little Forethought Can Change Your Experience

Planning ahead can make a big impact on any time you spend away from home. Packing healthy snacks, beverages and items that support a good night's rest can make a huge difference in how you feel!          Hi there, it's Elaine...

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Have You Forgotten How To Have Fun?

True health is a lifestyle. Laughter, passion and fun are important components for making you feel great and releasing chemicals that make your body happy from the inside out.          Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of...

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Get More of What Lights You Up!

We all have unique interests and talents. Deepening your knowledge, expanding your skills and connecting with supportive, like-minded individuals can be an incredible, health enhancing experience.      Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the...

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Perfection is a Myth

There is no such thing as perfect health. Listening to your body and continuously adjusting your self-care is the best way to achieve and maintain your health to the highest possible standards. But everyone, myself included, will have times when they don't feel great....

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An Essential Component of Retirement Planning

Time, effort and resources are needed to create an adequate retirement plan. If you neglect to include a healthy lifestyle in your plans, you may not have the health you need to take advantage of everything you've worked so hard to achieve.  ...

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Afraid of Germs?

You can never make all the germs in your life go away. A strong immune system is your best defense. And sometimes getting sick is a good thing!        Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com. It seems like...

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The Ghosts of Christmas Past

Days that are meant to be celebratory can be mentally and emotionally complicated. The holidays are often portrayed as magical times among family and friends, loaded with good cheer and good will towards all. But many people face a different reality and our...

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Warning: Your Taste Buds May Be Tricking You!

Taste buds can be manipulated so that you will crave and want foods that are not healthy for you! Paying attention to other signs can help you learn to love foods that are truly health promoting!! Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of...

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Feeling Good is No Excuse!

Feeling good is an important benefit to taking good care of yourself. But if you neglect to prioritize your health because you feel fine, you may be at risk or miss out on feeling even better than you currently imagine!        Hi there,...

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How to Take Charge of your Mindset

Staying positive is an active process. Protect yourself first by limiting your exposure to things that induce worry, fear and negativity. Then immerse yourself with positive people and experiences that make it easier to think positively. Practice and patience are...

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Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny!

Genes were misunderstood for many years, but a newer field of science called epigenetics shows how we can control whether we manifest our genetic coding in healthy or unhealthy ways.      Hi there it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of...

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Warning: Avoidance of the Sun is a Health Risk

Proper sun exposure is essential for producing and storing Vitamin D. Supplementation alone is unlikely to provide you with optimal levels of Vitamin D.      Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of Design Your Healthy Life.com. Today's...

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Non-toxic Portable Water Bottles

A non-toxic portable water bottle is a must have in your healthy lifestyle toolbox! There is a dizzying array of options available, but I’m going to keep it simple. I don’t recommend any plastic options, even though there are less toxic options available and they are...

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You Might Not Like It, But It’s Non-negotiable

Adequate daily water intake is an essential, non-negotiable part of a healthy lifestyle.      Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com and today I want to talk to you about water. If you are not a fan of water,...

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It’s Just My Nature!

We’ve all met someone over the years of our lives that we admire and aspire to be like. Whether it’s the way they look or dress, or their dazzling personality, it’s far too easy to admire another’s perceived advantages and think less of ourselves by comparison. I know...

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How Negative Thinking Undermines Your Health

Positivity is much more than new age, airy fairy talk! Stress, negative thoughts and emotions change the inner workings of your body and interfere with healing and immunity.      Hi there, it's Elaine Gardner, the founder of...

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A Simple Tool with Many Benefits!

Walking is inexpensive and can be an absolutely amazing addition to your healthy lifestyle choices!      Hi there, it’s Elaine Gardner, the founder of DesignYourHealthyLife.com and today I want to talk to you about a simple tool for getting...

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Guide to Healthy Cleaning

The Environmental Working Group is such an amazing tool, that I want to keep highlighting their resources one by one and sharing them with you! Today’s focus will be on their Guide to Healthy Cleaning. The household cleaning product industry here in the states is very...

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