Life is Short, Why Not… 5 tips for inspired living

It’s time for another edition of Life is Short, in which Backyard Owl provides you with 5 easy tips and practices for more inspired, energetic, and vital living. Laugh until your stomach hurts at this lip sync battle – Jimmy Fallon, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Stephen Merchant. Need I say more? Just looking at Stephen Merchant’s face makes me […]

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Reducing Inflammation – Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

I’ve been doing a lot of reading about inflammation lately. Inflammation has been suggested as the underlying factor for most diseases and health concerns. (Chronic) inflammation has been linked to any number of ailments, including arthritis, gastritis, skin disorders (like acne, eczema, and psoriasis) and dermatitis, heart disease, cancer, obesity, Alzheimers, infections, allergic conditions, bowel and […]

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What’s on your bookshelf? Clean Food by Terry Walters

To begin, or to be successful, in a healthy eating regime, a person requires a few things in his or her toolbox: some vegetables and fruits, some motivation, some interest in health, some kitchen equipment, and some recipe ideas. That’s where this book comes in. I really can’t say enough good things about Clean Food, Terry Walter’s “seasonal […]

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Oh So Good Black Bean Brownies (vegan, gluten-free, naturally-sweetened)

Black beans. Dates. Cocoa Powder. Chia Seeds. Almond Milk. Some kind of new age smoothie? NO! Brownies, friends, brownies. Let me lay the scene: these black bean brownies are my homage to the amazing black bean brownies at Minimalist Baker. You can find that recipe here. When I first found the Minimalist Baker’s recipe online, […]

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6 Healing and Health-Promoting Herbal Teas

Tea infuser

for·ti·fy 1. strengthen defensively so as to protect against attack 2. strengthen or invigorate mentally or physically 3. synonyms include rejuvenate, strengthen, energize, restore, revive, refresh, invigorate, vitalize This naturally caffeine-free tea (or teas, if you take them all individually) uses organic herbs to support digestion, provide key minerals, add antioxidants, balance hormones, support clear, glowing […]

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Vegan Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili

Last week I wrote about goals and resolutions and thinking about the question: how do I want to feel? Perhaps some of your answers included feelings like energized, healthy, vital, balanced, or grounded. If that’s the case, and even if that isn’t the case, here is a simple delicious recipe to get you started on your […]

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Introducing “Life is Short!” – a new feature post

I imagine many of you are beginning to think about 2014 and what you’d like for your life in the year ahead. You might be setting goals, pondering what you’d like more of in your life (or less of), planning for the introduction of new habits or the breaking of old habits, or generally spending […]

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