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Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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My love for sun-dried tomatoes began many years ago when they came with a vegetarian pasta dish at an Italian eatery in a suburb of Chicago. Chewy, mildly sweet and tart - what were these delectable morsels of goodness?

Beyond their lovely flavor and unique texture, one cup of sun-dried tomatoes offers abundant quantities of the following health-enhancing nutrients: Read more about Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 

Unilateral Modified Bridge to Improve Spinal Extension

This is an excellent exercise for improving extension through the spine. Insufficient extension is a common root issue for those who experience chronic back stiffness and recurrent pulls throughout the back.

Start on your back with your knees bent and your feet flat on the ground. Read more about Unilateral Modified Bridge to Improve Spinal Extension

 

Six Questions to Consider in Choosing a Life Partner

I've long felt that choosing a life partner should be a subject that is thoroughly discussed sometime in high school and perhaps even in university. It amazes me that so little time, if any, is given to considering this topic on a meaningful level in school. Read more about Six Questions to Consider in Choosing a Life Partner

 

How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

In experimenting with a number of tonics over the years, I've whittled my favourites down to a simple concoction of six ingredients that are highly effective in offering protection against strep throat, colds and flu.

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Here's what you need to make this simple and highly effective sore throat, cold, and flu tonic: Read more about How to Make Your Own Strep Throat, Cold and Flu Tonic

 

Full Body Cleanse: The Basics

Originally published in January of 2010

Here are some of the most common questions that I receive on a weekly basis from people seeking guidance on how to cleanse and detoxify their bodies: Read more about Full Body Cleanse: The Basics

 

Traditional Methods of Preparing Staple Foods

In mentioning traditionally fermented sourdough bread in a previous post, I received a number of thoughtful messages on this topic, including the following from my friend Myra in Oaxaca, Mexico:

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Hi, Ben!

Thank you for your post about sourdough bread (and all your other great posts, also!). It's good to hear about how an ancient process can transform whole grain into a more generally useful foodstuff. Read more about Traditional Methods of Preparing Staple Foods

 

Japanese Chef's Knife

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Just a brief post to share some information on a Japanese Chef's Knife that I recently gifted to myself and shared at our Instagram page. Read more about Japanese Chef's Knife

 

Technical Stand-Up Progressions

One of the first things that is taught in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) is how to stand up efficiently while protecting oneself against a malevolent force.

Called the Technical Stand Up, the idea is to get back on your feet while retreating and remaining physically balanced and ready to defend yourself.

There are a few simple progressions that make learning the Technical Stand Up relatively straight forward. Read more about Technical Stand-Up Progressions

 

Ankle Dorsiflexion - Essential for Optimal Balance and Proprioception

Dorsiflexion describes flexing your ankle joint up toward your head - it's the opposite of plantar flexion, which is what your ankles do when you stand on your tip toes.

Your ankles dorsiflex with every step you take, be it while walking or running. Ankle dorsiflexion is what allows your toes to clear the ground as your back leg swings in front of you and your heel touches the ground to begin your next stride. Read more about Ankle Dorsiflexion - Essential for Optimal Balance and Proprioception

 

Cactus Pears, Cactus Fruit, Prickly Pears

Prickly pears, also known as cactus pears or cactus fruit, are well worth adding to your diet whenever you can find them. I have consistently found that prickly pears are well digested, support healthy bowel movements, and offer protection against sunburn, most likely because of their abundance in richly pigmented antioxidants (betalain, betanin, and indicaxanthin). Read more about Cactus Pears, Cactus Fruit, Prickly Pears

 

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