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Eat real food by Kate Towell.

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

“Health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and Spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
-B.K.S. Iyengar

Why Ayurveda Loves Oil

Abhyanga is a full body Ayurvedic oil-massage and highly recommended it all year but especially during fall.

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Why Ayurveda Loves Oil, by Kate Towell

This morning I was sitting in the Subaru dealer waiting for my oil change thinking of how much I love the fall - especially since it has been so perfect here in Seattle. Cool crisp mornings and sunny warm afternoons and college football season, which I love. What does an oil change have to do with any of this? Well, sitting waiting for the oil change, noticing the shifts in season I was reminded that fall is the season to take up abhyanga. What is abhyanga? Abhyanga is a full body Ayurvedic oil-massage and highly recommended it all year but especially during fall to bring grounding, warmth, comfort and deep moisturizing to the skin and tissues.

Join the 14-day Green Up Challenge

Sign up for the 14-day Green Up Challenge to improve your health.

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Each day you receive and email featuring one new green food. You will learn how each new veggie supports optimal health and explore them through delicious easy recipes. You receive a pre-challenge shopping list and a greens tracker work sheet where you can record how your digestion, energy and moods shift as you increase your intake of the green stuff. Simple. No worries if you cannot do it all during the 14 days. You will have the emails so you can explore them at any time.

Seasonal Thrive

Kate Towell's "Seasonal Thrive"

The following article is being reproduced with permission of its author, Kate Towell. Kate is a holistic wellness counselor who supports individuals to create the balanced, vibrant life they imagine.

Seasonal Thrive, by Kate Towell

Here in Seattle the last month has been beautiful. Even now as I write, I’m sitting on my deck, wearing sunglasses and gazing at the North Cascades. However, when Luna and I were on our morning walk I really began to notice the subtle changes signally the shift in season.  All the kiddos back at the bus stop, the cool crisp morning, leaves beginning to change in color and that certain scent that signals fall is in the air. September is a month of transition and a time for us to shift our diets and lifestyle to reflect the seasonal changes.

Play Local – Plan a Staycation

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation’.

Many people are finding that the most relaxing vacation are staycations. A staycation is a key piece of jargon these days. As you probably guessed, it’s a hybrid of the words ‘stay’ and ‘vacation.' According to the Urban Dictionary a staycation is “a vacation, which involves staying where you are, or staying close to home, usually within a 100 mile radius.”

When you stage a small-scale local adventure you save money, support your local economy and eliminate the hassle and stress of long-distance travel. From hiking, kayaking or paddle-boarding at nearby parks to indulging in week long wellness experiences, a staycation — like any getaway — can be as active or leisurely as you desire. It just takes a little planning, an open-minded attitude and a sense of adventure.

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5K road race an overwhelming success

Mill Creek’s Run of the Mill 5k road race sponsored by Columbia Funding Mortgage was a success by every measure. There were over 1,400 runners at this year’s race through the Mill Creek Town Center, and over $25,000 was raised for charity. The blue skies and warm temperatures brought out a large crowd of spectators on Saturday, July 7th.

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Jackson High School's Conner Martin finishes the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon

Rich Myhre of the Everett Herald reports that Conner Martin, a 2009 Jackson High School graduate, competed in and finished the 2012 Ironman Coeur d'Alene triathlon after recovering from his 2011 brain surgery.

The 2012 Ironman Couer d'Alene had over 2,500 competitors. Martin's time was 14 hours, 13 minutes, and 58 seconds which placed him 33rd in the male 18-24 division. There were 12 athletes in this division that didn't finish the race.

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