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October Newsletter 2013
Contents of October Newsletter
All About Oral Wellness
Homemade Granola
Morning Yoga Flow Video
CYH Blog & Archive

I know you've all been waiting for another year where I remind everyone to avoid giving out the harmful, crappy candy for Halloween and to opt for boxes of raisins or small rolls of nickels for the trick or treaters at your door.  Well, I already wrote that blog post for this year, HAHA!  Avoid Frightening GMOs this Halloween  The options I mention are actually the most taste-bud gratifying yet.  I know all that candy is tasty, but the dangerous ingredients in each tasty bite isn't worth it in the long run.  There are too many other healthier (or smarter I should say) options out there to choose from.

Anyway, this newsletter I wanted to spotlight oral health. Check out the section below for some information on different ways to clean, care for and maintain your pearly whites.  Trust me, when it comes to mouth health, I'm on it.  For heaven's sake, I'm in my 30s and still wear my retainers to bed!  Within the first 60 seconds of my eyes opening each morning I'm swishing with mouthwash to rinse my mouth - a crucial moment of the start of my day that I wouldn't miss even if hell started freezing over the Jersey shore. 

The health of your mouth tells so much about the health of your body.  When you're teeth are strong, your bones are strong.  When your tongue is not it's normal pink color (maybe it's red, blotchy, white, bumpy, etc.) it could signify skin problems, yeast overgrowth, fatigue, or even digestive issues.  When you're mouth is void of harmful bacteria, your heart is healthier.  If you have bleeding gums it could signify vitamin deficiencies or even hormonal imbalances.  You get the idea...

Enjoy this year's Halloween festivities! 


Lauren Forney, HHC, RYT  *   Holistic Health Coach  *  Registered Yoga Teacher
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All About Oral Wellness
Keep your mouth healthy, keep your body healthy!
I'm a huge nerd when it comes to dental health &
I don't care who knows it!

Switch up your toothpaste. It's amazing what sort of nonsense is lurking in the ingredients of your toothpaste.  Who would have thought?  Check out a few brands that have your mouth's best interest at heart and remember to read oral care product labels the same way you'd read food.

Whiten your teeth with oral pulling. This simple yet strange technique can be used to help whiten your teeth, along with benefit in the health of many other areas other than just your mouth!

Scrape your tongue. All the cool kids scrape their tongues these days, it's  simple tool that resides right next to your toothbrush in the bathroom.

Find a biological dentist. Is your current dentist interested in incorporating your mind/body/spirit into each one of your dental exams?  The same way we have to approach our health holistically, we need to approach the health of our mouth!  It's amazing how a holistic dentist will not only keep your mouth sparkling with health, but will address MANY other issues that may be going on in your body that you would have NEVER correlated with your mouth health. 
Homemade Granola
One of my favorite things to throw in the oven is a fresh batch of granola. It warms the house up with such a delicious scent and leaves you with handfuls of sweet treats for days to come.  It's best to use raw, organic ingredients whenever possible.  These measurements are flexible; don't worry too much about being exact. Get creative and use any combination of healthy ingredients to make your own flavor. *If you're grain-free, feel free to follow this recipe without the rolled oats but load up on more nuts/seeds & dried fruits!

2 cups rolled oats, aka old fashion oats (gluten free oats if GF)
1 cup raw nuts, chopped (I love sliced almonds, walnuts, pecans, cashews, etc.)
1/2 cup raw seeds (I love sunflower, pumpkin, chia, etc.)
1/4 cup unsweetened dried fruit, chopped (optional, I love dried apple during the fall!)
3 tablespoons grade-B maple syrup
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1-2 egg whites (optional, but if you want a chunkier granola go for it)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large pinch sea salt
sprinkle of cinnamon
handful of raisins

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Combine all ingredients (except raisins) into a mixing bowl, using your hands to toss and coat.  The coconut oil may be solid, but your hands should warm it up so that there aren't any chunks left in the mixture.  Things will get sticky and messy, but that's the fun part about it!  Spread mixture on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, until lightly toasted.  Give the mixture a stir and bake for another 10 - 15 minutes, stirring another time.  When the granola starts to brown a bit, it's ready.  Toss raisins into the granola and let cool before serving or storing.  This will keep in an airtight container in a dry place for up to 2 weeks.  I keep mine in a mason jar in the refrigerator.   ENJOY!
Morning Yoga Flow at Sunrise
My talented friend, Dana, from the amazing Between Sleep & Awake, captured this morning yoga sunrise session (click above image for quick video) on Asbury Park's beach with me the other morning. 
She makes everything so dreamy and beautiful! 
Center Your Health's BLOG & Archive
Check out what I've been blogging about since my last newsletter.  Enjoy!

Benefits of Dry Brushing
Sweet Potato Fries
Turkey Roll Ups
How do you stay healthy?
Pumpkin Smoothie
Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies
Engagement Party Bliss
Simple Spaghetti Squash Supper
First day of fall, on the beach!
Get Your Sunshine

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