Melissa’s Guide to Nothing: An Exercise in Relaxation

Sit still. Take a deep, slow breath. Seriously, do it. There you go.  Exhale. Ahhhh… Close your eyes, well, finish this paragraph and then close your eyes for a few minutes.  Imagine a soothing place. The woods. The beach.  Somewhere quiet. You are sitting down. You hear the quiet rustling of leaves as a gentle…… Continue reading Melissa’s Guide to Nothing: An Exercise in Relaxation

I Can’t Believe it’s Not Soda: An Adventure In Kombucha Brewing

At my niece’s birthday party last year I tried a fizzy drink called kombucha my sister made. Raspberry flavored, as I recall.  Apparently it is good for you. Having gained much popularity in recent times, you are probably familiar with kombucha. It is a fermented drink made from green tea  filled with lots of probiotics,…… Continue reading I Can’t Believe it’s Not Soda: An Adventure In Kombucha Brewing

I Love Food: And Why You Should Love It, Too

How do you describe your relationship with food? Healthy?  A happy marriage of nourishment and pleasure? It’s complicated? If your idea of nutrition has led to a fractured relationship that resembles a punishing, guilt-ridden maze of confusion and frustration,  I am here to help you. We count calories, guilt trip our way to the skim…… Continue reading I Love Food: And Why You Should Love It, Too

Fitness Freak: How to Start an Exercise Routine

It’s June, summer is just around the corner, and this is a great time of year to amp up my exercise routine with activities such as sneezing my brains out, straining to see through watery, puffy eyes, and doing reps with a mug of tea to sooth my throat when my voice starts to give…… Continue reading Fitness Freak: How to Start an Exercise Routine

Beauty From the Inside Out: How to be Confident in Your Own Skin

How many times have you been watching TV when your viewing experience is interrupted by an obnoxious ad for Yet Another Weight Loss Miracle? “Hate your body? Tired of being ugly and flabby with your UNSIGHTLY muffin top? Thunder thighs? Cellulite?¹ Try this new easy pill that guarantees you shed 47 pounds in three days!”…… Continue reading Beauty From the Inside Out: How to be Confident in Your Own Skin