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The Skinny Gut Healthy Green Juice Recipe

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Recipe courtesy of Bonnie Cooper via doctoroz.com
1/3 small cucumber 2 ribs celery 1 cup trimmed kale 1 cup baby spinach 3 sprigs parsley 1 lemon wedge, juice 1/4 green apple
Directions Place ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy.
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Spring Chicken Salad

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Recipe courtesy Food Network Magazine
Total Time: 20 min
Prep: 14 min
Cook: 6 min
Yield: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1/2 pound small red-skinned potatoes, halved
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup low-fat plain Greek yogurt
Freshly ground pepper
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
4 romaine hearts, torn
1 rotisserie chicken, skin removed and meat shredded (about 2 cups)
1 Kirby cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and sliced
4 radishes, cut into wedges
1 yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced

Directions
Place the potatoes in a small pot and cover with water. Season with salt, cover and boil until fork-tender, about 6 minutes. Drain and cool.

Meanwhile, pulse the chives, tarragon, vinegar, yogurt, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and pepper to taste in a food processor. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil and pulse to make a thick dressing.

Toss the romaine, potatoes, chicken, cucumber, radishes and bell pepper with the dressing in a…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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A Decade At A Time...

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Eighteen months ago, I set off on a journey to celebrate and prepare to end my thirties with love and appreciation. I started the journey on my 39th birthday during a party I planned for myself. I sat at my table surrounded by a great group of girlfriends. My goodbye 30’s/Hello 40’s party was a complete blast, but was followed by the beginning of a vulnerable journey. I needed to come to terms with bad decisions, mistakes and growing pains of the past decade. I spent an entire year in weekly therapy sessions opening up like I never have before. My entire 16 years of consistent therapy was nothing compared to what I set off to do in that year. My heart felt like it was literally breaking open and the pain didn’t let up for almost a year.

I came to terms and accepted everything in the past, and then, a few days before my 40th birthday, my heart stopped aching! Maturity kicked-in, in such a big way than imaginable, and my hopes, dreams and tons of forgiveness rushed in and brought me back…

On this Day...

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On this day...we remember the men and women who gave up their lives so we could have freedom.  Thank you!

Quote of the Day

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Raising Children To Be Creatively Brave...

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My daughter asked me how I could sit down and write a story so fast. I chuckled because most of the time it’s not easy to write a story, let alone do it “fast”. I told her that she sees the completed work appear out of thin air, but doesn’t get to see how many times I had to edit my work or maybe start over again. I told her that at times, I’m not always courageous enough to write what I’m really feeling, or if I do write it I’m afraid to publish it. But for the most part, I end up putting my work out and try not to over-think it too much. She looked surprised to hear me say this because she thinks I’m fearless, which is sweet to hear, but untrue. So I clarified that I’m not fearless, but I choose to push through my fears in order to live the most authentic life I can live. I told her that it takes time to get past the fear, and ultimately creativity always wins, but it’s never without a fight.

So, I was reading Elizabeth Gilbert’s post on Facebook about a question she was asked about…

Arnold Palmer Sangria

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Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay
Total Time: 24 hr 15 min Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 24 hr
Yield: 1 quart
Level: Easy

Ingredients
2 cups fresh brewed tea, chilled
2 cups chilled lemonade (recommended: Simply Lemonade)
1 quart Sauvignon Blanc, chilled
Simple syrup, (equal parts water and sugar heated until sugar dissolves and cooled)
1 orange, thinly sliced
1 lime, thinly sliced
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1 pint strawberries, quartered
1 pint blackberries, sliced in ½

Directions
Combine the tea, lemonade and wine in a large pitcher. Taste for sweetness and add simple syrup, if needed. Add the orange, lime slices, lemon slices and strawberry and blackberries. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 24 hours. Serve chilled over ice.

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Karr to Syracuse grads: Don't compare your twisted-up insides to others' blow-dried outsides

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Mary Karr, a poet and author, delivered the commencement address Sunday to Syracuse University graduates. (Stephen D. Cannerelli | scannerelli@syracuse.com)

I can’t say that I’ve ever heard of Mary Karr, but damn, she just got my complete attention and a little bit of my heart. The speech she delivered at Syracuse University on May 10, 2015, is brilliant. I wished I had been one of the graduates sitting in that dome listening to her speech, but in all honesty, at that age I refused to hear my own farts, let alone other people’s advice. So I’m grateful that I could hear such wisdom from a woman whose life was turned upside down a few times, and she wisely and gracefully landed on her feet and kept going.

At times, I’ve looked at my life and have shamefully wanted to disown my family, and forget about every stupid mistake that I’ve made. And as painfully sad some circumstances are in life, they really do make us who we are. Mary Karr made me hear that loud and clear, that, and the fact th…

Spring Pasta Salad

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Recipe courtesy Jeff Mauro

Total Time: 35 min
Prep: 15 min
Inactive: 10 min
Cook: 10 min
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
Dressing:
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
1 clove garlic, grated
1 lemon, zested and juiced
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Pasta:
12 ounces cavatappi pasta, cooked to package instructions and shocked under cold water
4 ounces asparagus, blanched and thinly sliced on the bias
1 box frozen peas, defrosted
One 12-ounce jar roasted yellow peppers, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, minced
1/2 cup fresh dill, chopped
Ricotta salata, for garnish

Directions
For the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, lemon zest and juice, and season with salt and pepper.

For the pasta: Toss the pasta with the asparagus, peas, roasted peppers, tomatoes, shallots and dill. Pour the dressing over the salad, tossing to coat. Let the salad hang out for a bit to soak up all of the flavor.

When r…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Imagine A Better Life...

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Perfectionism is one of my biggest faults! I expect perfection from myself at all times. In the fifteen years that I’ve been in therapy, I’ve come to the realization that my mother’s extreme narcissistic tendencies, contributed to me not ever feeling accomplished at anything I did. But also, that “I” was not ever, good enough for her. That being said, as an adult it’s up to me to figure out a way to find a balance between, perfection and doing the best I can. That’s what I’m working on now but it’s hard! A lifetime of “not feeling good enough” or “never doing anything well enough” is hard to reprogram in my head.

So, as I sat at my weekly session with my therapist, talking about how overwhelmed I feel with everything going on, I started to list everything that I had done in the past few days. She was impressed! But I was annoyed because it wasn’t enough. Which brought up another one of my big faults, I don’t stop to acknowledge what I “have” done, and instead, I focus on what hasn’t be…

Fruity Chia Protein Shake

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Recipe by Ulli Stachl - Television Food Producer, Food Stylist and Culinary Consultant for doctoroz.com
Share the health with this delicious and nutritious recipe that makes enough for two. Not only does this shake pack a fruity punch, it is also loaded with vitamins and nutrients. According to the USDA, one ounce of chia seeds contains 11 grams of dietary fiber, 4 grams of protein and 18% of the daily recommended intake of calcium. A quarter cup of chia seeds is equivalent to 1.4 ounces.
Ingredients
1 cup milk
1/2 cup diced watermelon
1/4 cup raspberries
1/2 cup diced pineapple
1/4 cup chia seeds
2 scoops protein powder

Directions
Blend ingredients until smooth.
Makes 2 servings.

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Finding Courage To Cope With Loss...

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I’m selfishly writing this piece because of the sad headlines about Dave Goldberg’s death at age 47. Dave is Sheryl Sandberg’s (Facebook’s COO) husband, who died on May 1st. When I heard the news, I was devastated for her and her family. I don’t know her or her family but anytime someone who is my husband’s age dies, there’s a sense of panic and sadness that overcomes me. I start to wonder what I would do without my wonderful husband. If we have enough life insurance so the kids and I would be ok, if God forbid something were to happen to him. But most importantly, that I would miss him terribly and that our dreams of growing old together would end. We all have plans with our partners on how we would like life to play out, and sadly, at times devastating events derail those plans.

There have been so many women at our elementary school who have lost their husbands to Cancer and other illnesses in the past 4 years! It has been devastating to our community. Men in their mid 30’s and 40’s…

Patriotic Berry Trifle

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Total Time: 35 min
Prep: 35 min
Yield: 8-10 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients
1/4 cup plus 2/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1 premade angel food cake, cut into 1-inch slices
1 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
2 cups heavy cream, at room temperature
2 pints blueberries
2 pints strawberries, hulled and sliced

Directions
Heat 1/4 cup sugar, the lemon juice and 1/4 cup water in a saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove from the heat and stir in the almond extract.

Brush both sides of each slice of cake with the syrup. Cut the slices into 1-inch cubes.

Beat the remaining 2/3 cup sugar and the cream cheese with a mixer on medium speed until smooth and light. Add the cream and beat on medium-high speed until smooth and the consistency of whipped cream.

Arrange half of the cake cubes in the bottom of a 13-cup trifle dish. Sprinkle evenly with a layer of blueberries. Dollop half of the cream mixture over the blueberries and gently spr…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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BestieGram: Mother’s Day

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In An Email War...Empathy Goes A Long

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I wrote my friend an email about a concern I had, I figured I’d get a quick and straightforward response because it wasn’t a big deal, but I was concerned enough to address it with her. I was wrong; it quickly turned into an email war. I couldn’t believe how quickly she got defensive and then I got defensive, and it snowballed into a big fight. At one point, I stopped and thought, I know better than this, why am I engaging with her in this way? But I kept engaging in the heated email war every time I saw a reply pop-up. Then, my friend picked up the phone and called me! She wanted to talk about it instead of emailing each other because we were both reading into each other’s words, way too much. I can hear empathy in her voice when she started talking, I then soften up and had empathy for her. One phone call and empathy in our voices ended a very heated email war! What a concept! We discussed my concern and I felt heard and she felt heard. Both of us felt bad about flying off the handl…

3 Fixes for Your Worst Summer Hair Disasters

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Courtesy of doctoroz.com Learn how to tame all your summer hair woes!
Everyone loves lounging out by the pool or beach in the heat but hot summer weather can be devastating for your hair. Whether you’re battling the sun, heat, humidity or chlorine Dr. Oz and hair expert Tabatha Coffey have the fixes you need to erase all your summer hair debacles!
1) Chlorine Green Hair It’s one of the worst offenders when it comes to summer hair disasters - green hair! Blonde hair turns green when it oxidizes the same way pennies turn green when they get old. Chlorine can damage the hair shaft and make it more difficult to manage.
Use a clarifying shampoo twice a week throughout the summer or for a DIY fix try this recipe. Soak hair in 1/4 cup vinegar and 2 cups water for 2 minutes. Acetic Acid in vinegar helps strip those impurities out of hair. Rinse hair with warm water and condition. Skip shampooing for a day or two to get your blonde back!
2) Summer Frizz The secret to preventing summer frizz is l…

Mother's Day Brunch - The Eggbert's Sunriser

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Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond
Total Time: 40 minPrep: 20 minCook: 20 min
Yield: 4 servingsLevel: Easy

Ingredients8 cups frozen diced or shredded hash browns (one 32-ounce package)20 whole frozen mini potato wedges or steak friesCanola oil, for fryingKosher salt and freshly ground pepper4 tablespoons unsalted butter1 medium onion, diced1 green bell pepper, diced1/2 red bell pepper, diced1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced (optional)1 1/2 cups diced ham1 1/2 cups grated sharp cheddar cheese8 large eggsSalsa or pico de gallo, for serving

DirectionsPreheat the oven to 300 degrees F. Fry the hash browns and potato wedges in canola oil in separate skillets according to the package directions until golden brown and crisp. Season with salt and pepper. (You can also bake the potatoes in the oven, if you prefer.) Drain on paper towels and keep warm.

Heat 2 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Throw in the veggies and ham; toss around for several minutes, until the onions are jus…

Creating An Oasis That Stands The Test Of Time...

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I recently went a wine-tasting tour of three wineries in Santa Ynez and Santa Rita, for my dear friend Debbie’s birthday. The winery that stood out the most for me was the beautiful Hilliard Bruce Winery, where the owner, John, was very gracious to show us around his property. We got to see the vineyard, a beautiful lake, and the winery itself. Besides producing amazing wine, he and his wife, Christine, created an amazing oasis that surrounds them. They are “retired,” they spend 6 months out of the year at the winery and the other 6 months in Florida. The conversations with John were very interesting because he was passionate about everything he and his wife did together, whether it was making wine or spending time in Florida, he seemed happy because he was able to share it with her. At least that’s how I viewed John’s life in the two hours we spent with him. 
When I got home from the winery I had an aha-moment! I realized that at 40-years old, I haven’t thought about what retirement w…

Life Is Full Of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Allowing Kids To Make Sense Of Their Own Puzzles...

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These past few months have been challenging because my kids are transitioning into different stages, and so I went to therapy. My opening sentence was about how resentful I feel towards my kids at times because they have a sense of entitlement and rarely show appreciation. I was so worked-up that I talked for a minute or so without taking a breath. When I stopped to finally breathe, I said, oh, crap! I’ve enabled them, haven’t I? My therapist smirked! I got angrier, but I wasn’t angry with her, I was angry with myself for allowing my kids to skate by without much responsibility of their own. I imagined being the only mom on the planet that enables her teenage kids! I felt so ashamed and disappointed at myself. I wanted to run out of the room but my session had thankful just began. My therapist would stop me in between breaths for reality checks; she said things like, you’re not the first or the last mom to enable your kids. And, this a good start toward change.
During my session, I cu…