<![CDATA[Holistic Living: Your Pathway to a Balanced Life - Blog]]>Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:01:39 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[The Problems With the Paleo & Keto Diets]]>Sun, 14 Jan 2018 19:38:29 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2018/01/the-problems-with-the-paleo-keto-diets.htmlKeto & Paleo diets
If you've been reading this blog for a while, you may have noticed that my dietary philosophy is, well, "sorta Paleo." You probably already know that I'm not a huge fan of fad diets. In general, I think they do more harm than good, though I do acknowledge the benefits of following certain strict diets (i.e. vegan, grain-free, etc.) for a specified period of time for cleansing or elimination purposes. And of course, for those with certain health issues, completely eliminating certain foods may be advisable or necessary.

But I'm always interested to hear what others in the health community have to say about different diets, so I was curious when I saw a recent blog post by author, blogger, and natural health expert, Robyn Openshaw about "Why Ketosis (and Paleo) Diets Will Fail." I have been following Robyn for several years, and I respect her opinions and her work, so I thoroughly read her post, and it was interesting enough to me that I actually wrote a response, which I don't often do on other blogs.

Below are some of Robyn's assertions about the ketogenic and Paleo diets - as well as my response...

Here's my response, plus a couple of additional notes:

Thanks for the article Robyn - it was very interesting! As a natural health enthusiast and blogger, myself, I am always reading various things about diets and nutrition, so I was interested to hear what you had to say. I think we are pretty much on the same page for the most part, though I may disagree with a couple of your points.

I am not really a fan of any kind of extreme diet (I've written several blog posts about this topic) - I don't feel like they are natural for the human body, though they can be useful in short-term "cleanse" or dietary therapy sessions. Veganism, for example, I think is a great way to cleanse and detoxify for a few weeks, but I don't feel like it's healthy in the long term. Same thing perhaps for the newly popular "Keto" diet, which sounds really weird and not very healthy to me, but I know some people have experienced great results - at least in the short term.

I am much more comfortable with Paleo, though I don't agree with or understand the exclusion of legumes?? And dairy is also something that humans have consumed for thousands of years - although certainly NOT in the highly processed and adulterated forms that we now find ourselves confronted with in today's grocery stores. For most of human history, we have consumed raw milk and various forms of fermented milk - almost none of which we consume in the modern day American diet (with the exception of yogurt - but even that is full of sugar and artificial crap that we never consumed much of until the past century or so).

I am dismayed by the passionate adherence of so many people to so many of these extreme diets... So many (if not all) of our modern health problems could be fixed simply by eating a balanced diet of REAL, WHOLE foods! One that includes lots of healthy, nutritious vegetables and fruits, and smaller amounts of whole grains (for those who don't have problems with grain), unprocessed and organic dairy, grass-fed meats and eggs, and natural, minimally processed fats - including clean animal fats from organic pastured animals as well as fats from fruits like olives and coconuts.

The problem is that everyone has to make a buck off of human's natural tendency to want a "magic pill" or a "quick fix" for everything that ails us... Thus, we are faced with literally thousands of choices when it comes to eating - many of which come with an agenda attached that isn't necessarily in the best interest of our long-term health.

Along with the statement above, I should add the caveat that the more I read about health and nutrition, the more I am convinced that there is NOT a one-size-fits-all dietary standard. So many people have sensitivities to different types of foods, or simply do better on some foods, and worse on others - as evidenced strongly by the comments above!

I don't think anyone should be running around telling everyone else that they simply MUST eat Vegan or they will die a horrible death (yes, I have heard vegans say almost these exact words - even though most of the vegans I have known have seemed extremely unhealthy to me), or that they should try the Ketogenic diet since it's the best diet ever known to man, etc.  I think the definition of eating healthy can vary from person to person - though this means that we have to put a lot more work and thought into what we eat, in order to figure out what foods we do best on, and what to avoid. Essentially a "customized diet" for each person may be what we need, and I am interested to check out the book mentioned above in the comments, "The Personalized Diet."

However, as a caveat to my caveat... :-)  It is highly possible that many of our "food sensitivities" and allergies are actually caused by 1. eating junk for so many years, and 2. the processed nature of our diets, rather than the foods themselves.  It is possible that after eating a natural, whole-foods based diet for some time, some of these sensitivities would diminish, and we could then tolerate and enjoy foods that previously caused problems (for example, grains and dairy).

Lastly, as I know I've rambled on long enough, I wanted to thank you for your emphasis on "mainly plant-based." I have always objected to the use of the term "plant-based" to refer to veganism, as technically, a diet that is "based on" plants could include other foods as well. I like to say humans should consume a "plant-centered" diet. :-)   That is, centered around plants, but including other clean and well-managed sources of nutrients as mentioned above.

If you want to check out my VERY simple philosophy on healthy eating, I refer you to this article: http://www.newholisticliving.com/1/post/2016/03/the-only-2-rules-for-healthy-eating-you-will-ever-need.html

Thanks again for your thoughtful post!

Follow Up:

I would like to add a couple of notes, as I do want readers to know that I do practice what I preach (for the most part) when it comes to eating. While not exactly Paleo in the strict sense, I definitely lean more in that direction, with the addition of dairy (which I don't consume a lot of), legumes, and some grains - though I avoid grains more because eating them makes me feel unhealthy than for any particular philosophical reason - I can just tell they are not good for my body.

My husband has always been a huge meat-eater (I consider it an incredible improvement that he occasionally makes a vegetarian dinner once in a while now!) and we have moved almost exclusively to eating only grass-fed, locally raised meats in the past few years - you know, the kind where you actually get to know the farmer, see the animals in their home setting, etc. In my opinion, this is the only sustainable and ethically responsible way to consume meat.

BUT, I do recognize the ecological impact of eating meat, and I understand that it comes at a higher price than plant foods.
Therefore, I am not in the Paleo camp that says that animal foods should be a major part of your diet. I am still much more of the opinion that meat should be consumed sparingly, even from these more sustainable sources. Animals can comprise an important part of a holistic ecosystem, and when raised responsibly, can contribute valuable inputs to a closed-loop farming style. But the amount of meat we currently eat in the U.S. is more than sustainable farming methods can support - even for the most efficient operations. While I do believe that it would be possible to feed our population sustainably, we would have to drastically reduce our meat consumption as a country in order to do it. This is why you may often see me discuss or mention plant-based diets, or post vegetarian recipes.

As for the "Keto" diet, well, that just sounds crazy to me... My brother-in-law tried it for a while, but my sister said he found it somewhat boring after a while, and he ended up not feeling very good. Now he is on a Primal kick, which I think is much healthier. However, I have heard a number of people say they have seen great results on a ketogenic eating plan - including several in response to Robyn's article.

Actually, reading the comments on Robyn's article was especially interesting to me, as there were so many different takes and responses on both sides. It really brings home the point that what works for one person does NOT necessarily work for everyone! This is why I think everyone needs to really pay attention to what they eat and get in touch with how it makes them feel (some people call this "intuitive eating").

Take an interest in your own health (it really is very interesting!), and start to listen to your body and what learn foods agree with it and which foods don't. This is the only way (in my opinion) to find the right way to eat and avoid all the hype out there.

To your health!

<![CDATA[[Quiz] Is Your Body Toxic?]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 21:19:19 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2018/01/quiz-is-your-body-toxic.htmlToxicity quiz
After a holiday season filled with sweets and rich foods, I always feel like the start of the new year is a great time to cleanse and detoxify - purifying your bodily systems for a fresh new year ahead!

No matter what type of diet or eating plan you follow, you likely have toxins built up in your body that you aren't even aware of. After all, toxins can accumulate in our tissues from many sources. From your personal care and cleaning products, to air pollution (both inside and outside the home), to the water you drink and the food you eat, toxins can come from many different sources.

Of course, you probably already know that your body has many built-in mechanisms for removing these toxins; however, depending on how much toxic exposure you've had over the past year (or years), it may be more than your body can handle without some support - especially if you are continuing to load your body with more toxins from the sources listed above. 

If you're not sure whether you need to do a detox, below I've listed some signs that your body could probably use some support in its detoxification efforts.

Or, go take this interesting quiz to find out your body's toxicity score...

Unless you came from a family of natural health enthusiasts, you may find the idea of a detox totally strange. Isn’t "detox" what alcoholics do when they’re put in jail for public drunkenness?

Yes, but that's not exactly the same kind of detox that you would use to promote wellness... So don’t be put off by the word and just focus on the health value. Just like the alcoholic’s body is thrown out of balance by alcohol, your consumption of sugar, fat, and caffeine (as well as many other toxins) can throw your body out of balance, too.

in fact, even if you try to eat right, the amount of nutrients in most of our foods is poor compared to the quality of food that our great-grandparents ate. We may be more advanced in technology, but we seem to have lost something when it comes to food quality...

Besides your food, the water you drink, the air you breathe and the unseen toxins in the environment contribute to a buildup of free radicals in your body that can cause permanent damage. Your overworked immune system just can’t keep up without some help.

To simplify things for you, you may need to detox your body if you have any of these symptoms:
  • Arthritis or joint pain

  • Bad breath

  • Chronic respiratory or sinus problems

  • Food allergies

  • Constipation, diarrhea or gas

  • Insomnia and fatigue

  • Frequent headaches

  • Depression or anxiety

  • Psoriasis

  • Poor digestion or acid reflux

  • Sudden memory lapses

  • Sensitivity to odors

These symptoms are messages from your body that it is suffering from pollutants, maltreatment and/or poor nutrition. There are many healthy and natural ways to support your body in cleansing and detoxifying. You can choose a detox plan that addresses certain symptoms or areas of the body, or try an overall cleansing program.
Want to find out if your body is toxic?

Take this short 45-second quiz to find out your toxicity score now, and uncover the truth
about toxins that may be in your food, water, household products, and more.

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If you need help, explain your symptoms to a consultant at the health food store or to a naturopath. If you have several different types of symptoms, you may need to do two or three detox programs separately so that each body system is flushed of toxins for maximum efficiency.

Keep in mind that detoxification isn't a "quick fix." For example, a comprehensive detox program that involves several body systems may take 4 to 8 weeks to complete. But when you consider that it took years to get your body in this poor condition, isn't it worth a month or two to get it right?

If you take the time to treat your body well and help it to cleanse, detoxify, and heal, you will enjoy better health this year and in the years to come!

To your health,

P.S. To learn more about the toxins in your body, take the 45-second Body Toxicity Quiz here...

<![CDATA[Welcome to A New Year! Here's How I'm Planning My 2018...]]>Sun, 31 Dec 2017 20:44:57 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/12/welcome-to-a-new-year-heres-how-im-planning-my-2018.htmlNew Year's Resolutions
Well, I'm back from vacation, and though well-rested, for some reason I just don't feel quite ready for the start of a New Year just yet...

Typically, I spend the last few weeks of the year thinking about what I've accomplished this year, and what I wish to accomplish for the next, but somehow 2017 ended in a whirlwind of activity that left me no time (or energy) for planning, so I had to force myself to plan out my goals and tasks for the first quarter of 2018 earlier today...  Fortunately, the act of sitting down to plan actually got me moving, and I do have my first 12-week plan of the year sketched out.

Below are some of my goals and resolutions for 2018, as well as some of the tools I have used to help ensure I will accomplish them, but I'd love to hear some of yours as well! Drop me an email, or chime in on our Facebook page and share your plans for 2018! The simple act of sharing itself is proven to greatly increase your odds of achieving them.  :-)

At the end of 2016, I was introduced to a really cool method of goal setting based on the book, The 12-Week Year, by Brian P. Moran.  The book explains that 12 weeks is the optimal time frame for planning goals - not too long, not too short, and it also helps you break down how to set up your weekly and daily tasks in order to accomplish your 12-week goals.

I read the book, listened to some other training on the concept, and set up some spreadsheets, and I was ready to go! The first 12 weeks of 2017 went very well, and I accomplished most of my goals for that time period. The second 12 weeks also went pretty well, though not quite as well as the first. The last 2 quarters weren't so successful. I ended up "falling off the wagon" and getting hopelessly off schedule. I'm not sure I even completed half of the final 12 week's goals... However, the system does work - I think my problem was that I overscheduled myself, especially during the busy second half of the year, when I have so much going on in the garden and with the holidays that it was hard to focus on anything else. I am resolving this year to try again, recognizing my busier seasons, and adjusting my expectations accordingly.

My first 12-week schedule for 2018 looks reasonably do-able so far, and I am ready to get started on my goals!

If you are very busy or have trouble completing projects, I highly recommend you check out The 12-Week Year and see if it helps.

You can plan out your goals and tasks in an Excel spreadsheet as the book suggests, but I've also found a very helpful (and free) tool that works well for me in planning out each week. Once I create a simple spreadsheet with a general overview of each goal for the 12 weeks, and a schedule of which week each task is due, I then enter everything into Trello - an online visually-based planning tool.

In Trello, I create a master board for the 12-week period with all my 12-week goals and lists of tasks (Trello calls these "cards") for each week, and then a "Weekly" schedule board that simply has a list for each day of the week (Monday through Sunday).

Here is an example screenshot of my 12-week master board:

It is easy to copy each weekly task from the master schedule board into the weekly board at the beginning of each week. I then move the task cards to the days I intend to complete them, and I move them to a "Done" list when they are completed.  You can color code each task to make it easier to see what you are working on that week, and you can create due dates if you like, though I usually don't since I just add tasks to the specific week that I am working on.

Here's an example of my Weekly schedule board (as you can see, you can also set fun backgrounds for each board if you like):
You can use Trello however you want, and there are many other online planning tools as well, but this is how I use it and it has worked well for me.

As for my 2018 goals and resolutions, I just have a few, but they are specific and important. One area of my life that I feel like I have really been neglecting over the past year or so is my relationships with family and friends. (Why is it that these most important areas of life are so often the ones that we let slip by the wayside?)

This year, one of my resolutions is to keep in better touch with my family and friends, and as you can see above, I have, indeed, scheduled these important contact points into my 12-week plan for the first quarter.

I also would like to make sure I work out more often, and I have a goal of increasing my email list subscribers in 2018, as well as my business income.

Each quarter, I will review my overall annual goals to make sure my 12-week goals are moving me towards accomplishing them. With some luck, focus, and these tools helping me, I hope to make 2018 a spectacular year!  :-)

What are you planning for this year, and are there any favorite planning tools that you use to help you accomplish your goals? I'd love to hear from you, so drop me an email or let me know on the Facebook page!

Happy New Year!

P.S. Of course, I'll also have more great giveaways and special events coming your way in the months ahead, so stay tuned for those! 

<![CDATA[5 Important Reasons to Take Control Of Your Own Health In 2018]]>Sun, 17 Dec 2017 19:52:48 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/12/5-reasons-to-take-control-of-your-own-health-in-2018.htmlHolistic health
It's no secret that we now live in an information economy. We are bombarded with information from all directions all day long - is it any wonder we often suffer from what is now called "information overload"?

However, rather than feeling overwhelmed, I think all of this information can be a good thing - provided we use it wisely and for  good...

For example, one thing that all of us now have instant access to - which even our parents' generation didn't - is information on how to live healthier. We no longer have to entrust our health to corporations or the medical industry.

While it is of course always wise to consult with a qualified medical professional for any serious illness, there are many ways that we can improve our health naturally and take preventative measures to reduce our odds of needing medical treatment in the first place. And with the growth of the internet, we now have access to loads of information on how to care for our health in this manner. The trick is knowing how to separate the good and useful info from the less helpful stuff. (By the way, that's what I aim to do on this blog, so please check out our archives to get the facts on important health and holistic living issues!)

But besides just reducing your risk of disease or living longer, there are a number of other reasons to consider taking more of an interest in your health. Below we explore 5 reasons why it is a good idea to learn more about how to live healthy and embrace a more holistic lifestyle - not just for yourself, but for the community around you, and for the planet!

1. Convenience Is Killing Us

The rate of change in all of our lives has increased astronomically over the past couple of generations. All this change has led to - you guessed it - stress.

Stress is now widely recognized as one of the main contributors to poor health in developed nations. And it's not getting any better. Even with all of our technological advances, it sometimes feels like we have less time than ever before. Our fast-paced world has led to an epidemic of convenience. From "convenience" (aka junk) foods, to less time moving and exercising during our regular daily routine, and even less time interacting with our loved ones, we are suffering from an over-abundance of convenience - and our health is paying the price. Because even with all this "convenience," we aren't spending the time we need actually taking care of ourselves, listening to our bodies, or treating them to the nutrition and rest that they need.

It's time to take a step back, and see what all of these conveniences are actually costing us. Even just taking the time to cook a healthy meal from scratch a couple of times per week can go a long way towards improving your diet - and cooking itself can even be a stress reliever, if you approach it the right way. By all means, embrace modern technology when you need it, but don't let it take over your life.

Take the time to cook for yourself, spend time around the dinner table enjoying your family, and move your body as much as possible throughout your day. These 3 simple changes alone can make a substantial difference in both your physical and your mental health.

2. Speaking of Technology...

In today's world, we are surrounded by modern technology 24-7. Televisions, laptops, I-pads, cell phones - there is no escaping them. The average adult spends nearly 2 hours a day using a cell phone, and according to a recent report by CNN, teenagers spend an average of 9 HOURS PER DAY just using social media on their phones!

All of these devices emit electromagnetic frequencies (EMF) that can impact your health - and no, that's not a myth. In fact, Apple even includes a warning in their Iphone user manuals about spending too much time with the phone next to your body.

A few symptoms attributed to exposure to EMF

  • Fatigue
  • Joint & muscle pain
  • Decreased attention span
  • Memory loss
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Insomnia

Sound familiar?

If the average household has 7 active devices (not a stretch by any means) that are used daily, imagine how much exposure to EMF you are being exposed to...

It's not a joke, and fairly little is known about the long-term effects of these relatively new technologies on our health. Educate yourself on this topic, and my advice is, until we truly know how safe these devices are, at least moderate your use, and don't sleep with your cell phone or Ipad next to your bed, or with a TV in your bedroom.

3. There Is No Cure for Greed

This article isn't about the evils of the pharmaceutical industry or prescription drugs (I address that plenty elsewhere), but there is no question in my mind that drug companies are not on your side - they're on theirs. And all the hype you hear about searching for "the cure" for certain diseases? That's all it is - hype. After all, how much money would the pharmaceutical industry make if no one ever got sick???  How much money would they make if they created a drug that actually cured a disease so people didn't need to take the drug anymore?

That's right - not much. (Or not nearly as much, anyway.)

Unfortunately, a couple of decades ago the prescription drug companies got wise to the fact that humans love a "quick fix." Since then, drugs have been created for everything from high cholesterol to erectile dysfunction to toenail fungus and beyond - and many of these drugs have worse side effects than the original ailment they were created to treat! 

Still, we all would just rather pop a pill and believe the problem is solved. But instead, we are creating more and more problems for our health with every pill we pop. The drug companies may be able to fool humans, but they can't fool nature. Taking a drug to suppress the symptoms of a problem in your body may suppress the symptoms indeed - but that's all. The problem persists, and eventually, even drugs won't be able to keep you alive. (Statins are a great example of a drug that basically does nothing except suppress symptoms - contrary to popular opinion, they do not reduce your risk of dying from heart disease, and in fact, they may even increase your risk of other diseases such as diabetes.)

The truth is, many of the diseases we face in today's modern world are caused by our lifestyle choices. And taking a pill does nothing to change your lifestyle.

The "cure" for high blood pressure? It's not a drug - it's exercise! And eating better. And not smoking.

The "cure" for high cholesterol? It's not a drug - it's living a healthy lifestyle that reduces inflammation and deals with stress in a healthy way.

The "cure" for Type 2 diabetes? Guess what? It's not a drug - it's eating healthy (cutting out sugar and simple carbs, eating clean protein and lots of veggies) and getting plenty of exercise! (Well, that's how to prevent
it anyway - which of course, as we all know, is the best cure of all.)

I will venture to say that you will likely NEVER see a drug-based cure for any of these diseases - or any other common disease of the modern world. There's just not enough money to be made in curing something. That's why it's up to you to take care of your own health, and hopefully prevent these diseases from happening to you in the first place.

4. True Health Includes Your Community - And Your Planet

An interesting thing happens when you start to consciously take care of your health... You realize that you are not an island!  For example, when you start to look for organic produce, you often discover that the most cost-effective way to buy organic is to buy locally. Shopping from small local farms and farmer's markets not only provides you with fresher and healthier food that hasn't had to travel all the way across the country to get to your kitchen, but it also supports your local community, and encourages the production of more local, fresh, organic foods! You'll begin to develop relationships with people you never would have come into contact with if you weren't looking for healthier choices. You will learn where your food comes from, and develop an interest in how that food is raised and grown, as you find that the health of the food you eat translates into your own health. You will start to gain a sense of all the wonderful connections that exist between you and what you eat and the world around you.

And, for the things you can't find locally, you can also take advantage of today's technology to shop for these items online - and choose to support companies that care for the earth, the environment, and the health of their customers. You can find just about anything you can possibly imagine online these days. You can shop from and support companies that make cruelty-free products, natural beauty products with all plant-based and organic ingredients, vegan-friendly clothing - or clothing made from pesticide-free materials, or whatever else is important to you.

Taking responsibility for your health through conscious shopping choices can also help benefit the health of the community and the planet where you live.

5. Holistic Health Is Up to You

We talk a lot about holistic health on this website, and in case you are wondering, the American Holistic Health Association excellently defines holistic health as "an approach to life":

“Rather than focusing on illness or specific parts of the body, this ancient approach to health considers the whole person and how he or she interacts with his or her environment. It emphasizes the connection of mind, body, and spirit.”

When you look at health from this perspective, it is no wonder that no doctor and no drug can ever give you this form of health. You are the only one who is living your life! YOU are the only one who truly knows "the whole person," and how you interact with your environment. You are the only one who knows how it feels to live in your body - and the only one who is able to get better at listening to that body, and determining exactly what it needs and when.

This means that you are the only one who truly can determine
the state of your health. Educate yourself, learn all you can about real health, and discover how to use holistic practices to improve your health, lengthen your life, and get more joy and fulfillment out of every day that you have on this beautiful planet!

With that said, I will say farewell for this year, as I'm heading off to visit family next week for the holidays. But I'll be back for the New Year refreshed, energized, and ready to start off another year of sharing the truth about health with you, my dear reader!

In the meantime, I wish you a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy, and holistic holiday!  :-)


* Please note: I am not a doctor nor a healthcare provider of any kind, nor do I play one on TV. You should not stop any medical treatment without first discussing it with your doctor or other qualified healthcare professional. You can use this information as a starting point to begin educating yourself about natural and holistic health, but please don't take this blog post as medical advice.

Sources: https://creativholistic.wordpress.com/2017/05/15/8-reasons-why-being-in-charge-of-your-health-is-more-important-than-ever/



<![CDATA[Making Fire Cider or Four Thieves Tonic - An Ancient Immune-Boosting Remedy]]>Sun, 10 Dec 2017 21:45:28 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/12/making-fire-cider-or-four-thieves-tonic-an-ancient-immune-boosting-remedy.htmlFire Cider recipe
'Tis the season - not just for jolly holiday fun and gifts -  but also for colds and flu. That's why this is a great time of year to brew up some natural home remedies to help keep you healthy all winter long!

This ancient recipe was said to be used to keep people healthy during the time of the plague - hence one of its common names - "Four Thieves Tonic." The legend is that a band of thieves used this recipe (or one like it) to avoid the plague when stealing from plague victims - understandably a rather infectious task.

There are many versions of this recipe, which is sometimes called by different names. But I love the name "Fire Cider" - it sounds so warm and invigorating! :-)

The tonic includes a number of health-boosting ingredients traditionally known to fight disease, kill bacteria, and strengthen the immune system. If you cannot find all of these in your area, you may be able to get them online - or omit any that are too difficult to find.

Below are two different versions of this immune-boosting home remedy - pick whichever sounds best to you:

Full Disclosure: I admit that I have never made this myself; however, a neighbor once gave me some a few years ago when I was sick with a horrible cold and cough that just wouldn't seem to go away. I am not sure whether it was due to this tonic or not, but I recovered very quickly after taking it for just 2-3 days!

The two versions below are similar - one is sweet, and one is not. Choose whichever sounds best to you, or whichever is easier to find the ingredients for:

Homemade Fire Cider: (Recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs)

  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic ginger root
  • 1/2 cup fresh grated organic horseradish root
  • 1 medium organic onion, chopped
  • 10 cloves of organic garlic, crushed or chopped
  • 2 organic jalapeno peppers, chopped
  • Zest and juice from 1 organic lemon
  • 2 Tbsp. of dried rosemary leaves
  • 1 Tbsp. organic turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp. organic cayenne powder
  • organic apple cider vinegar - unpasteurized, with the "mother"
  • 1/4 cup of raw local honey, or to taste


  1. Finely chop or pulse your roots, fruits, and herbs in a food processor, and place them in a quart-sized glass jar. (For a smaller batch, half the recipe, and use a pint jar - this will give you a small amount just to try.)
  2. Pour the apple cider vinegar in the jar until all of the ingredients are covered and the vinegar reaches the jar's top.
  3. Use a piece of natural parchment paper under the lid to keep the vinegar from touching the metal, or a plastic lid if you have one. Shake well.
  4. Let sit to ferment in a dark, warm place for one month, shaking jar every day or two.
  5. After one month, use cheesecloth to strain out the pulp, pouring the vinegar into a clean jar. Be sure to squeeze as much of the liquid as you can from the pulp while straining.
  6. Add the honey and stir until well mixed.
  7. Taste your cider and add more honey until you reach the desired sweetness.
  8. Bottle the liquid in a dark-colored bottle or jar with a tight-fitting lid, and store in the pantry or a dark, cool place. Will keep for 6 months to 1 year.

4 Thieves Tonic Recipe:

Main Ingredients:

  • Garlic
  • Hot Peppers
  • Juniper Berries
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Horseradish Root
  • Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother - like Bragg's)

Optional Additions:

  • Mint
  • Coriander
  • Cloves
  • Cinnamon
  • Black Pepper

- Follow directions above, omitting the honey. This is a loose recipe, so you can kind of customize the amounts of everything to what you have - there is no set rule on how much of each item to add. As long as you have a good mix of most of them, you will end up with a great tonic. You can start out with a small batch just to try it out - just use a smaller jar.

To Use:

Take 1-3 TBs per day during cold and flu season. You may increase dosage to 3-5 TBs per day if you feel you are coming down with something.

If you find this too difficult to take straight, you can also drink it in a glass of water, or use it as a delicious (though spicy!) salad dressing, mixed with a bit of extra-virgin olive oil.

This video from The Grow Network demonstrates how to make the Four Thieves Tonic recipe above:

<![CDATA[[December Gift] How to Make 2018 Your Healthiest Year Yet! ]]>Sun, 03 Dec 2017 19:42:21 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/12/december-gift-how-to-make-2018-your-healthiest-year-yet.htmlFree expert health tips
It's time for your monthly free gift, and for December, in honor of the holidays and the New Year ahead, I've got a really special one for you!

With this month's free gift, you can start 2018 off on the right foot by learning the top tips from 20 of the best natural health experts on how to
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Yes, it’s a FREE holiday gift...and you can open it NOW! :-)

Not only are these information-packed recordings free for you to access, they won't expire in 24 hours like with some of the online health summits you may have attended - you can listen to them whenever you want.

You'll learn little-known tips for detoxifying both your body AND your mind for better health, both physical and mental. You'll discover how to use herbs for natural healing, how to sleep better, how to lose weight almost effortlessly by eating real foods, and exercising the right way. You'll learn how to manage depression using functional nutrition, how to raise healthier, happier kids with the practice of mindfulness, how to balance your health and mental well-being for more energy and increased enjoyment of life. And much more!

Head on over to this page to grab your "FREE 2018 Expert Health Kit" now, or read more below for more details...

I know it can be a struggle to find the time to learn from so many great health resources out there, especially around the holidays. Fortunately, these 20 talks are yours indefinitely. Meaning, you’ll have access to learn from them at your own pace - whenever it suits your schedule.

The goal of this amazing resource is to make 2018 your healthiest year yet!

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  •  Top supplements for your wish list
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<![CDATA[The Many Blessings of 2017]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 21:13:41 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/11/the-many-blessings-of-2017.html2017 Gratitude ListSome of my awesome family
visiting for Thanksgiving!
It's that time of year again!

Yes, it's time for my annual Gratitude List - the time of year when I reflect on the many blessings I have received over the previous year, and give thanks for the abundance of goodness I have experienced this year.

While I am grateful for many of the same things every year, each year I find there is a certain area of life I am especially grateful for. It is always interesting to me to review the previous year's list, as I find that my focus has changed over the past year as I have learned to appreciate new and different things.

This year's focus has been a bit different from last year's, as I've really been realizing just how important some of these amazing people are to me...

2017 was a wonderful year, despite a challenging garden season. It was also an extremely busy year, and I'm feeling a bit shocked to find that it is almost over... One thing that I have become especially grateful for this year is all of my wonderful relationships. I don't know if it is just a side effect of getting older, or if it's just that I am realizing the preciousness of those who may not be around forever, but I definitely feel an increased appreciation for my loved ones and their presence in my life.

Without further ado, here are the 3 biggest things that I'm most grateful for this year:

1. My Amazing Family

I don't usually get to see my family all that much since they live so far away, but this year I was extra blessed with lots of Hillbrand presence!

Since we went to Jamaica in the spring, my husband and I decided not to take any summer vacations this year, so I decided to surprise my mom for Mother's Day, since I wasn't sure if I would see her again until Christmas. With the help of my clever sisters, we planned a lovely 5-day visit, where I also got to spend some extra time with each sister before jumping out of a box to surprise my mom! (Well, I didn't exactly jump, but she was plenty surprised enough.) :-) 

I read stories and explored the interior of a large box with my 3-year-old nieces, visited with my sister and a mentor and friend of ours from college, and took lots of mosquito-filled walks. I then spent a night with my writer sister, chatting about the challenges of writing and life, wandering a wooded trail by the creek on their property with my nephew, and weeding her garden in the warm sunshine. The last 2 days were spent with my mom and dad and youngest sister, and it was very special to enjoy that time with them.

Much to my surprise and delight, there were more wonderful family times to come...

In July, we enjoyed a visit from my aunt and cousin, who drove down from visiting other family in Detroit to see our place and spend the night with us. We had a lovely evening of laughter and fun over a game of cards that lasted into the wee hours, and it was wonderful to see them and catch up with their lives.

And in the fall, my youngest sister graduated with her Occupational Therapy degree and got her first job...in Ohio!  My mom traveled up with her to get her settled in to her temporary digs in Southern Ohio, and they spent a week with us during the transition. Being only a couple of hours away from a family member for a while has been awesome! We saw her again later in the fall, and she spent Thanksgiving with us as well. My mom, middle sister, and nephew also drove up for the holiday and spent a few days with us enjoying lots of delicious food and fun.

I will be traveling to Arkansas for Christmas to see everyone again in just a few weeks, so it has been quite a wonderful year filled with familial love!

Speaking of familial love, of course I can't forget my now most immediate family - my wonderful husband!  :-)  Every year has its ups and downs, and 2017 was no exception. But as I mentioned last year, it seems that our marriage continues to become richer and deeper with each passing year. I can no longer even picture the single life I once sometimes missed. He is my other half - my love - my family of my own choosing. I am so grateful that he is my mate in life.

2. My Wonderful Friends

Although this busy and often-stressful year didn't leave a lot of time for socializing,
the times I did have with my dear friends were incredibly precious. A couple of my first friends I made in Ohio are retiring and moving away next spring, so the times I have had with them this year have been extra bittersweet. It has become an annual tradition to visit their home the weekend after Thanksgiving and help them to decorate their Christmas tree. A once quiet and small affair has developed into a larger party over the years, but I haven't missed one in at least 13 years. In fact, one year they were on vacation for Thanksgiving weekend, but I was housesitting for them while they were gone, so even that year, I at least brought the Christmas tree upstairs and set it up in the living room! Realizing that this year's event would be the last one was surreal and emotional for me. Their house was almost like a second home to me for so many years... I have spent more hours in that house than just about any other place in Ohio other than our current house and my last apartment. We plan to visit them in 2018 of course, but it will be a big change...

In the fall, we attended the wedding of a good friend and former roommate of mine
whom I hadn't seen for a long time. She looked so beautiful and it reminded me of all the wonderful times we had when she lived closer, and it was sad to realize how far out of touch we have drifted over the years.

Even my "bestie" - who doesn't live all that far away - has been a bit neglected this year...

One resolution I will be making for 2018 is to stay in better touch with the wonderful people I call friends, and make sure they know how important they are to me.  While I always plan to spend more time with them in the future when I have more "free time," all the free time in the world won't matter if I no longer have friends to spend it with!
Things change, people move away, and I am realizing that I need to make it more of a priority to appreciate the presence of those I love in my life - while they're still around.

3. My Beautiful Home

When we got married and bought our house, I remember a good friend saying it would probably take about a year to feel at home here.
For me, it was more like 2. I'm not sure why - probably just because we didn't immediately make a lot of changes to the house to make it feel like ours...

But within the past year, I have really come to love and appreciate our home. Even though we've only really updated two rooms so far, and I am constantly thinking about all the things I want to work on to make it OURS, it has completely become "home" to me.

I know the angle of the sunlight through the skylights in the loft, the creaks of all the squeaky boards in the kitchen floor, the view through the maple tree from my office window in all seasons. I love looking at it from the garden - with the sun glinting off the gable windows of the loft, the new deck finally stained a beautiful weathered walnut color, the dog sleeping against the back door in a pool of sunlight. When I'm away I miss it. When I'm here, I feel like it's where I belong.

People complain about all the work that goes into home ownership, but for me, it's all totally worth it. It's work on something you love - something that is yours - something that somehow becomes a part of you, at the same time that you are a part of it...

I look forward to all the many planned developments and additions to our home in the future - including a pond for the frogs to sing in in the spring, clean wood floors to replace the dingy old carpets, and a fresh coat of paint in our chosen colors in every room. But already it is mine. It is ours. It is HOME.

I am so thankful that I get to live in such a beautiful home, on a wonderful little piece of land. I am thankful for the cozy, warm fireplace (I've even come to enjoy that gas fireplace smell), the gorgeous bookcase my husband built for me this summer
, and our lovely green bedroom. I feel lucky every time I see the piles of beans and onions drying in the sunny loft. Our blessings are many, but for me, a home that feels like home is one of the things I'm most thankful for this year.

Of course, there are hundreds more things I could list here, but the above 3 are the big three for this year. What are you most grateful for in 2017?

Share your thoughts with me below, or on the Facebook page!

Until next week, count your blessings, focus on your gratitude list instead of your stressors, and try not to spend too much on your holiday shopping!  :-)


<![CDATA[Recipe: Naturally Fermented Cranberry Sauce]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 20:24:43 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/11/recipe-naturally-fermented-cranberry-sauce.htmlFermented cranberry sauce
This is the week when families gather to spend time together enjoying delicious food and sharing their blessings with those they love. I am fortunate to have part of my family coming to spend Thanksgiving with us this year for the first time since we got married, so I am very excited, though still have a lot of preparation to get done before they arrive on Wednesday...

Our Thanksgiving table will be filled with a bounty of goodness - more from our own harvest every year, or at least, that is the hope! We have plans for the usual turkey and stuffing, with carrots and onions and celery from our own garden, plus our own mashed potatoes with homemade turkey gravy, loads of mixed greens from the garden, green beans that I froze from the garden this fall, homemade sweet potato pie with my mom's sweet potatoes, and a blended salad with my mom's lettuce and our arugula and fresh radishes.

And of course, we can't forget the cranberry sauce! Cranberry sauce is an essential ingredient for me when it comes to Thanksgiving dinner. I'd almost forgo the turkey in favor of cranberry sauce if I had to choose! :-) 

Of course, cranberries don't exactly grow here, so these will always have to come from elsewhere, but I can still put my own twist on them. In fact, I recently heard about naturally fermented cranberry sauce, so of course, I had to learn more!  As you may know, I've become kind of obsessed with fermenting things over the past couple of years... :-)  Not just because of the many health benefits, but also because of the important place that this almost-forgotten art holds in human history - and lastly, because fermented stuff is just so darned delicious!

I had never thought of fermenting cranberries, but I have been in a flurry of fermentation this fall, and I feel like I'm really starting to get the hang of it, so why not try something a bit more advanced? I'm still mastering ginger ale and hard cider, but I feel like I've got the veggies down. Right now we have 2 batches of sauerkraut, a half-gallon of kimchi, a quart of pickled pepper salsa base, and a quart of mixed vegetable antipasto (100% from our garden except for the olives) all stashed in the fridge.

I'm not sure if this recipe will have time to ferment by Thanksgiving this year, but I will definitely be trying it soon!

This recipe is adapted from GrowForageCookFerment.com.  When I make this, I will make a couple of changes. First of all, I always feel weird using a milk product in fermentation (not sure why, it just seems weird), so I don't usually use whey in my ferments. What I do use often when fermenting fruit-based things is a ginger bug, which I think would be perfect for this recipe - especially since it already contains ginger! However, since it has honey and raw fruit in it, it should ferment on its own without the culture - it will probably just take a few days longer. I would expect it to take a week to 10 days to ferment without any added culture - depending on the temperature. If you have someplace warm (above 70) to put it, it should be ready in less than a week. 

Secondly, I would really urge you to use organic cranberries if at all possible, not only could they ferment better (sometimes non-organic fruit is treated with fungicides to keep it from spoiling, which could mess with your ferment), but I was also reading recently about how bad conventional cranberry farming is for the environment. Organic cranberries can sometimes be found for not much more than the regular kind, especially since you're likely not going crazy and buying pounds and pounds of them. Spend the extra buck for a bag of organic - it's worth it.

Lastly, as with any ferment, be sure to use non-chlorinated water. If you're not sure you have a clean source, use bottled! Otherwise, you will end up with a nasty mess, instead of a yummy, healthy lacto-fermented treat.

Without further ado:

Naturally Fermented Cranberry Sauce
(Makes about 1 quart.)

  • 12 ounce bag of whole cranberries (I recommend organic)
  • juice from 2 tangerines or 1 orange
  • hunk of ginger, grated
  • 2 Tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp brine (from another ferment) or whey (optional) (OR 2 Tbsp active ginger bug)
  • 1/2 tsp salt (Himalayan or unrefined sea salt)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 3 whole cloves
  • unchlorinated water


1. First, you will need to smash the cranberries slightly to break their skins and allow the fermentation process to begin. Some recipes suggest pulsing them in a food processor, which you can do if you like. If you prefer whole berries, just crush them slightly with a potato masher or the bottom of a pint mason jar.

2. Pack the berries into a wide-mouth quart jar. Add the whey/ginger bug/brine - whatever you are using as a culture (or skip it to let it ferment naturally by itself).

3. Add salt, cinnamon stick, cloves, and grated ginger.

4.  Add the orange or tangerine juice, and then the honey or maple syrup.

5. Fill the jar with non-chlorinated water up to about 1" below the rim.

6. Put a tight-fitting lid on the jar and shake until everything is well combined.

7. Now you will want to weigh the cranberries down with something so they will stay beneath the surface of the brine (otherwise, mold may occur). Some fermentation kits come with a weight for this purpose. If yours doesn't, or if you don't have a fermentation kit, you can also use the ziplock bag method (described below). Once you have your cranberries securely submerged in the brine, attach your lid and airlock.

7a. If you don't have a fermentation kit with an airlock, you can achieve the same result with a ziplock bag. It's a little messier, but still works just fine. Take a smallish ziplock bag (no larger than quart size), and open it. Insert the bottom of the bag into the mouth of your quart jar. Fill the bag with filtered water up to the lip of the jar (though it won't be touching your brine, you still want to use non-chlorinated water just in case anything leaks
- or at least I like to), making sure that the bag seals securely to the top of your brine, and there are no air pockets. Zip the bag closed.

8. Set the jar in a dark location between 65 and 75 degrees (the cooler end of this range will ferment more slowly; if it's over 70, it will be ready sooner).
I highly recommend setting the jar in a bowl or saucer - especially if you are using the ziplock bag method, as leaks can occur as the fermentation begins to bubble. Depending on the temperature in the room and the type of culture you used, it should be ready in 5-10 days. Taste after 5 days, and see if it is tangy and bubbly. If not, leave it a few more days.

How do they taste? Well, according to the recipe creator,

_"...to my surprise they were quite mellow and pleasantly fizzy.  Somehow the fermentation process took out all of the astringent and sour bite that fresh cranberries usually have... Before serving to a crowd, I suggest adding a little drizzle of honey or maple syrup at the table, just for a touch more sweetness and a gorgeous presentation."
I can't wait to try them! If you make them before I do, let me know how they turn out! :-)

I will be back next week with my Annual Thanksgiving List, but in the meantime, have a wonderful, safe, and blessed Thanksgiving!

To your health,

Recipe Source: www.GrowForageCookFerment.com.

<![CDATA[5 Natural Ways to Improve Your Mental Health & Reduce Stress This Holiday Season]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 21:15:01 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/11/5-natural-ways-to-improve-your-mental-health-reduce-stress-this-holiday-season.htmlRelieve holiday stress naturally
Yes, hard as it is to believe, the holidays are just around the corner...

While children feel a sense of excitement during this time of year, it seems as adults, we tend to lose the magic and instead focus on the stress the holidays brings. This is unfortunate since we all experience way too much stress in our modern world already - and it's killing us...

Search for the term "stress and disease" on Google, and you'll find nearly 600,000,000 results - and with good reason. Nearly every type of disease you can think of can be either caused or exacerbated by stress.

Stress puts your body in "fight or flight" mode, taking valuable resources away from the healing and detoxifying activities that your body needs to engage in on a continual basis to avoid disease. Chronic and ongoing stress causes inflammation, which, as you probably already know, is a major cause of many of our modern diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.

So what's the good news?

Well, the good news, of course, is that there is something you can do about it!

While it may not be totally possible to avoid all stress (and you probably wouldn't want to anyway), there are plenty of things you can do to help lower your stress levels and cope with stress in healthier ways, which will improve both your mental and your physical health.

Best of all, they are safe, natural, and (for the most part) totally free!
  So read on to find out how you can improve your mental health and keep stress at bay, and save your money for those important holiday gifts...

Stress Reducer #1: Good Nutrition

You knew I was going to start with food, right? :)   Of course what you eat has an impact on your mental state! After all, when you eat, you're not just feeding your mouth - or even your stomach. You are also feeding your brain.

There are a number of recent studies showing a link between poor mental health and poor nutrition. Eating healthy and nutritious foods can and does help improve your mood - and it can also help you cope with stressful situations.

As a simple example, think of how many times you have felt stressed out and grumpy because you were hungry? Conversely, you likely find it hard to remember a time when you were upset after eating a good meal - at least, these instances are few and far between. 

Unhealthy eating habits don't just impact your body - they also impact your mind. So keep that in mind next time you reach for that bag of junk food...
Instead, choose healthy, whole, and vitamin-rich foods - and try to keep from binging on sweets, which only lead to blood sugar spikes and crashes - another cause of inflammatory stress.

Stress Reducer #2: Being Grateful

Yes, it's almost that time of year - Thanksgiving is only a week away, which means it's time to count your blessings! (Stay tuned as I'll be sharing my 2017 gratitude list with you soon...)

It may sound simple, but the act of focusing on what you are grateful for is an incredible stress reliever! In fact, it's one of my absolute favorite ways to de-stress and put myself in a better mood. And it's not just me.
Psychology Today lists seven key scientific benefits of being grateful:
  • Better relationships
  • Improved psychological health
  • Increased empathy
  • Better sleep
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Greater mental strength
  • Improved physical health
So what is the best way to practice being grateful? Starting a gratitude journal is one way. Or you can just build a gratitude list - which is what I use. Then, at least once a day, spend a few minutes meditating on your list. You'll naturally feel your stress melting away. It may take some practice, but with time, I believe it will become one of your favorite parts of the day!

3. Meditation

Once seen as "new-agey" and a bit hokey, meditation is now coming into its own in the West. In fact, according to scientific research, mindful meditation actually alters both brain and immune function in a lasting way. It may not seem like much, but there is a reason why God said: "be still and know that I am God." We, humans, are meant to take time to rest - not to go-go-go on a continual basis as so many of us do. However you choose to meditate, taking some time to focus inward and leave behind the outward stressors of the world around us is a good thing for both your physical and your mental health.

There are many forms of meditation and many ways to do it. I often find myself most in a meditative state on my yoga mat after a good workout. Guided meditations before bed can help me to sleep better and feel more rested and focused the next day. I also try to meditate on my gratitude list daily. Or you can also try brainwave entrainment audios, which I have also enjoyed on occasion. There are lots of other ways too - meditation is a very personal practice. If prayer is a form of meditation you enjoy, go for it! If you like to meditate on nature while jogging, do it. There's no wrong way, as long as you are fully present in the moment and experiencing all that moment is bringing to you.

4. Exercise

Ah yes, exercise - the universal stress-reliever! Not only does regular exercise obviously burn calories and fat and help you look and feel better about yourself, but it also relieves depression and helps you sleep better. Of course, there are all the other physical benefits too, such as weight loss, reduced blood pressure, improved blood flow, detoxification, and more. 

Never forget that humans were made to MOVE! Move more, and both your brain and your body will benefit. (Check this page for some fun ways to exercise, and be sure to follow our Holistic Health blog for weekly workouts every Wednesday!)

5. Loving Relationships

With today's hyper-connected world of cell phones and social media, you would think we would all have loads of friends and close relationships, but the reverse is actually true. In fact, instead we are becoming more and more isolated in a way - cut off from the close ties we used to have within our communities. Unlike previous generations, we no longer come together as a group to build barns or houses, to work in the fields, or to share in foods from the harvest or the hunt. In fact, many of us no longer even come together at the dinner table over a home-cooked meal!

Unfortunately, this disconnection is taking a toll on our mental health, leading to increased stress, anxiety, and depression.

So, I encourage you to find joy in your relationships this holiday season. Despite what we may like to think, the truth is we all need each other. It's part of being human.

You may be thinking, "but my family stresses me out!", but I urge you to take a deep breath, use one of the methods above if you need to, and focus on the joys and gifts your family brings this holiday season. And if you truly don't have a healthy relationship with your family and can't find any positives in that environment, find time to spend with some close friends instead. There is honestly nothing better in the world for relieving stress than a good belly laugh among people you love!  :-)

Lastly, try to find just a bit of the magic in the season that you saw when you were a child. Enjoy a cozy fire or a cup of eggnog - and really enjoy it, don't just go through the motions. Focus on how wonderful it feels to be with the people who love you. Stop to admire the Christmas lights. Go caroling. Kiss someone under the mistletoe!

While the holidays may not ever be completely stress-free, with a bit of practice and mindfulness, you can get a lot more enjoyment - and a lot less stress - out of this special season.

Happy holidays!  :-)

Source: Opinions expressed are my own, but some of these ideas are sourced from Blog.310nutrition.com.
<![CDATA[November Gift: 20% Off for Your Holiday Shopping!]]>Sun, 05 Nov 2017 20:44:20 GMThttp://newholisticliving.com/1/post/2017/11/november-gift-20-off-for-your-holiday-shopping.html20% Off Thrive Market
I apologize for the lack of a post last week - my sister came to visit for the weekend, and we went shopping and to the movies, and the time got away from me! However, I'm back this week - and it's NOVEMBER (hard to believe as that is), so it's time for your monthly "Freebie"!

With the holidays coming up, this month's gift is a bit different. I figured you could use some help with your holiday shopping, so I am excited to let you know that my favorite place to shop online for natural foods, personal care products, and other great gifts is offering our readers 20% off your first 3 orders for the months of November and December!

Head on over to Thrive Market to start shopping now, or read more below to find out more about this special holiday offer...

Thrive Market is one of my favorite online shopping sites. I love their mission, their prices, and their huge selection of all kinds of goodies - from delicious and healthy natural foods, to body care products and home cleaning products without all the chemicals and junk.

With the holidays coming up, I know I'll be doing a lot of shopping at Thrive, and I wanted to share some of the reasons I love shopping there, so you can learn a bit more before you try them out for yourself!

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