Oldest Mall In America Turned Into Tiny Homes

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries

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America’s oldest indoor shopping mall has been completely re-imagined since it was first built in 1828. Its three storeys were once a haven for retail therapy, but its doors were shut to the public when it went out of business in 2008. Of course, as you might have guessed, that wasn’t the end of the…

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This 4-Minute Daily Workout can Improve Your Mood and Your Health

Pierre Van ZylFitness + Yoga, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Move, Weight Loss

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Four-minute workouts done several times a day — as many times a day as you want (within reason) for maximum benefit — are a new concept for fitness that’s designed to use nitric oxide for muscle growth. Dr. Zach Bush, whose triple-board certification includes expertise in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, says his four-minute workout…

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What I Did To Become 2 Years Migraine Free

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Pain Management

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During the darkest days of chronic migraine, I became lost in a world of depression and found myself bombarded by one negative thought after another. How on earth was I ever going to escape this pain I remember thinking over and over? In those dark times, I never could have dreamt that one day I…

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How Daily Mindfulness Can Impact Your Mental Health for the Better

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, Mental Health, Personal Growth + Development

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The term “mindfulness” has become a bit of a buzzword as of late. But what, exactly, is mindfulness, and why has it caused so much hype? Mindfulness refers to possessing the ability to exist in the present moment and developing awareness of what is now, not what happened yesterday or what may happen tomorrow. Mindfulness…

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Are Collagen Powders Just A Trend?

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Healthy Aging + General Wellness, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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I can’t help but comment on the wellness communities latest obsession with celery juice. I was scrolling through social media while sipping my turmeric latte when I truly experienced the height of this craze. Let me tell you, I was beginning to feel super out-of-date with my vibrant lips and tongue.. There are so many…

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NEDA Week 2019: Having My Own Thing

Pierre Van Zyleating disorder recovery, eating disorders, ED recovery, Food and Healing, recovery

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There’s always an official NEDA week theme, but most of the time the posts I write for this week end up finding a theme of their own. The National Eating Disorder Association’s theme for 2019 is “Come as You Are,” which emphasizes diversity and inclusivity in our community of those living with EDs, those recovering…

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3 Natural Face Masks to Make at Home

Pierre Van Zylbeauty, Beauty + Skincare, skincare

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With long nights, social commitments and work deadlines filling up on inboxes – stress and poor diet choices can start to creep in. Not only does it take a toll on our sleep and usual healthy habits, but it shows in our skin too. We’ve all been there. That’s when we really need to carve…

Seed Cycling for Hormonal Balance

Pierre Van ZylNews + Discoveries, Personal Growth + Development, Women’s Health

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Seed cycling has been a long-standing therapy to aid in hormone balance as part of our menstrual cycle as certain seeds and oils are consumed to balance the sex hormones estrogen and progesterone in women. It is used for a variety of hormone-related concerns, used as treatment or part of a lifestyle, as there can…

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If You Get Your Tubes Tied You Can Still Get Pregnant

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, parenting, Pregnancy, Women’s Health

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Katherine made plans to spend a special spring break with her two-daughters at Disney World while leaving her husband and 5-month old at home. Little did Katherine know, she was in for the ride of her lifetime. On the second day of her trip with her daughters, the family had lunch in a cafe on…

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Too Young for Shingles? Not for This 36-year old Nova Scotian

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, parenting

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Lindsay was shocked to discover that at age 36, she had shingles. Initially believing that the pain in her right shoulder was due to a torn muscle. But when the red marks turned into blisters, this nursing student knew – she had shingles. ‘It was the worst pain I’d ever felt – and I have…

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U.S Hospitals Need ‘Baby Cuddlers’ to Help Newborns Suffering from Opioid Withdrawal

Pierre Van ZylLearn, News + Discoveries, parenting, Pregnancy

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An opioid epidemic is affecting millions of newborn babies, nationwide. The National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that a baby is born suffering from opioid withdrawal every fifteen minutes [1]. These babies experience pain and suffering before they can experience anything else. Newborns brought into this world by mothers who suffer from addiction are ending…

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Hospital Runs a Socializing Pub In Their All-Male Dementia Wing To Prevent Sundowning

Pierre Van ZylHealthy Aging + General Wellness, Learn, News + Discoveries, Personal Growth + Development

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Many may wonder why a hospital would have a pub on site. Aren’t sick people supposed to abstain from alcohol? In general, that’s true, and of course, this was taken into consideration before they set up the alcohol-free establishment.  This isn’t your average pub, there is no alcohol, no bar fights, and nobody is talking…

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Bathing in Cannabis with CBD Bath Bombs! Great for Fibromyalgia and Improving Sleep

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Pain Management

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Fibromyalgia can present differently in different people, but most who suffer from the condition experience chronic muscle pain, trigger points (tender points), and chronic fatigue. Many can also suffer from symptoms like insomnia, headaches, digestive problems, and anxiety. (1) Since there is no known cure for fibromyalgia, healthcare providers focus on helping people manage their…

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Women Share What It’s Really Like to Live with Hypothyroidism

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Women’s Health

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Hypothyroidism, or under-active thyroid disease, is a condition in which there are lower than healthy thyroid hormone levels in the bloodstream. Since the thyroid is responsible for regulating metabolism, digestion, healthy bones and muscles, heart function, and brain function, the effects of an imbalance are very far-reaching. (1) Hypothyroidism is more common among women than…

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Prominent Biochemist Professor Warns 5G is the ‘Stupidest Idea in the History of the World’

Pierre Van Zyl

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The up and coming technology that would give you the ability to download a full-length 3D movie in just three seconds is already making an appearance in the United States. (1) Its proponents boast of the potential for its use in almost every industry. From self-driving cars to smart homes to robot surgeons, 5G is…

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Holy Basil Benefits, Uses & Recipes

Pierre Van ZylNatural Remedies

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Sometimes called “The Elixir of Life,” holy basil has been revered as one of India’s most powerful and sacred plants for over 3,000 years. (1) It’s Sanskrit name, Tulsi, literally means “the incomparable one,” which gives you a sense of how venerated it is. In addition to being an adaptogen – aka an herb that […]

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NEDA Week 2.25.19: Come as You Are

Pierre Van ZylED recovery, Food and Healing, NEDA week

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Happy Monday, friends! As you probably noticed, I took a pause from weekend reading this week in order to reflect on National Eating Disorder Awareness Week. Each year, I use this week as an opportunity to reflect on my own recovery and to celebrate recovery with all of you. This year’s NEDA week theme is…

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Last Week’s Workouts

AngelaRunning, Strength training for runners, Workouts, Yoga for Runners

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Another week of workouts is done! It’s hard to believe that the end of February is near.  Just like every other week so far this winter, the weather has been all over the place.  I was hoping for more snow for great skiing and snowshoeing while my kids have school vacation, but we’ve had more […]

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The Best Healthy Cafes in Byron Bay

Pierre Van ZylEscape, Travel

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Byron is an amazing destination for so many reasons, but the food here is HIGH up on that list. After multiple trips there to zen out from busy Sydney city life, I feel well-placed to give you my favourite haunts for health food. Think epic acai bowls, avocado toast and poached eggs you ever did…

Weekend Reading, 2.24.19

Pierre Van ZylNutrition and Wellness, weekend reading

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I’m keeping this weekend reading post short and sweet, mostly because my writing energies have been wrapped up in posts for NEDA week 2019, which begins tomorrow! It won’t be a regular week of recipe-sharing here on the blog, but rather a week in which I take some time to celebrate the recovery process, with…

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Are Organ Meats Good for You?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Lunch + Dinner

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Organ meats are often perceived with disgust by some people, but they may be more nutritious than you think. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this isn’t meant to change your mind, but if you’re not, organ meats may be worth a try. And for those who’ve been enjoying liver and kidney recipes for years, keep…

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Are Organ Meats Good for You?

Pierre Van Zyleat, Heal, Health Awareness, Lunch + Dinner

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Organ meats are often perceived with disgust by some people, but they may be more nutritious than you think. If you’re vegan or vegetarian, this isn’t meant to change your mind, but if you’re not, organ meats may be worth a try. And for those who’ve been enjoying liver and kidney recipes for years, keep…

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This Cuddly, Microwaveable Sloth Soothes Stress, Aches, and Pains

Pierre Van ZylHeal, Health Awareness, Move, Pain Relief, Women’s Health

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Red alert! You can now buy an adorable plush sloth toy that actually doubles as a versatile home remedy. We can’t get over how cute it is. The Intelex Warmies Cozy Plush Sloth is only twenty bucks on Amazon, and it makes for a wonderful gift. It’s a great companion to help young children above…

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6-Year-Old Girl Was Diagnosed With an Aggressive Brain Tumor. Two Weeks Later, Her Little Brother Received the Same Diagnosis

Pierre Van ZylCancer, Heal, Health Awareness, parenting

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A couple in Torrance, Los Angeles probably had the worst two weeks of their lives when both of their children were diagnosed with brain cancer. Duncan and Nohea Avery were terrified when their 6-year-old princess, Kalea was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a deadly and aggressive brain tumor. Two weeks after her diagnosis and surgery, the high…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Garlicky Beans & Greens

Pierre Van Zylacorn squash, batch cooking, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, squash, stuffed squash, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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There’s no shortage of winter squash in my diet at this time of year (at any time of year, actually), but I tend to eat the same ones over and over again: butternut, delicata, kabocha. I forget about good ‘ole acorn squash, which is actually the first winter squash I ever tried. This week, I…

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Stuffed Acorn Squash with Garlicky Beans & Greens

Pierre Van Zylacorn squash, batch cooking, Gluten-free, Main Dishes, Recipes, Soy-free, squash, stuffed squash, Tree Nut Free, Vegan

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There’s no shortage of winter squash in my diet at this time of year (at any time of year, actually), but I tend to eat the same ones over and over again: butternut, delicata, kabocha. I forget about good ‘ole acorn squash, which is actually the first winter squash I ever tried. This week, I…

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What are Tree Resins and Do They Have Health Benefits?

Pierre Van ZylHeal

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Tree resin from coniferous trees has deep roots in traditional medicine for healing burns and wounds. Tree resins have made appearances in cultures all over the world, from Ayurvedic medicine and ancient Egyptian healing to Traditional Chinese Medicine and Aboriginal medicine of Australia. (1, 2) You probably know more about tree resins than you might…

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You’re a Queen & You Know it

Pierre Van Zylfeminism, heart wisdom, Lifestyle, magic

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PICTURE THIS: You’re so hype on your own damn life. You’re doing work that brings meaning to your life and adds value to others. You go to bed every night believing that you did enough—that you are enough. You’re well rested. Hydrated. Moisturized. Mag…

After 20 Years, This Mexican Scientist Has Been Able To Eradicate Human Papillomavirus

Pierre Van ZylHealth Awareness, Learn, News + Discoveries

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This medical breakthrough may finally put an end to cervical cancer among women. After 20 years of research, Eva Ramon Gallegos, a Mexican scientist has developed a promising approach to eliminate the human papillomavirus and in turn, prevent the spread of cervical cancer among women. There are over 100 variants of HPV, of these at…

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Natural Evidence-Based Ways to Clear Excess Throat Mucus, Fast

Pierre Van ZylDIY Remedies & Green Beauty, Heal, Health Awareness, Men’s Health, Women’s Health

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A feeling excess of mucus in your throat is a highly unfavorable sensation. A buildup can have you feeling as if something is stuck, and the urge to clear your throat can be both persistent and frustrating. In many cases, an infection in the upper respiratory tract may be the cause, however, conditions like allergies,…

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How One Father Responded to His Son’s Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Pierre Van ZylLearn, Personal Growth + Development

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Many families learn they are expecting a child with Down syndrome before they’re born. Prenatal screening like ultrasounds, maternal serum tests, and blood tests can give a fairly accurate prediction (about 80% or more, depending on the test), while diagnostic tests such as amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling can provide a nearly 100% accurate prediction…

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Cajun Salmon Sheet Pan Meal

Pierre Van Zyldinner, Gluten-free, grain free, Paleo, quick, Recipes, whole30

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Cajun salmon sheet pan meal is the perfect weeknight dinner! Ready in 30 minutes, this healthy meal comes together quickly without much meal prep! This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, paleo and Whole30 friendly! Also this could easily be made low ca…

10 Must-Watch Running Documentaries

Angelamarathon, Running, running documentaries, running movies, trail running, ultra running

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There’s nothing like a great running documentary to get me pumped up. Whether it’s something to pass the time while I’m on the treadmill, resting my butt on the couch after a long run, or if I’m looking for inspiration to get that same butt out the door. Running documentaries give me ALL the feels. […]

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10 Must-Watch Running Documentaries

Angelamarathon, Running, running documentaries, running movies, trail running, ultra running

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There’s nothing like a great running documentary to get me pumped up. Whether it’s something to pass the time while I’m on the treadmill, resting my butt on the couch after a long run, or if I’m looking for inspiration to get that same butt out the door. Running documentaries give me ALL the feels. […]

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Going Gray Gracefully: Why I Stopped Coloring My Hair

Pierre Van ZylHealthy Aging + General Wellness, Women’s Health

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Early graying is a cause of concern for a lot of people, especially women. We feel we have to keep up with this societal image of perfection, and gray hair isn’t normally included in the approved mix. Well, sorry to burst society’s bubble, gray hair is absolutely gorgeous. Rachel Jonat realized this at the age…

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