people sandboarding in Ica, Peru

Vineyards stretch across flat land for over a thousand acres with the foothills of the Andes Mountains silhouetted along the horizon. It’s not a sight you expect to see in Peru unless you’re aware that Pisco, the Peruvian national spirit and the key ingredient in their famous Pisco sour, is made from grapes. I spent a few nights in total…

woman jumping in the air

February is Heart Health Month! Today, we're (virtually) traveling around the world to learn how different cultures with lower rates of heart disease live healthy lives.  In the Western world, rates of heart disease and heart-related illnesses like diabetes have increased in recent decades. But research shows that more traditional diets and ways of living can reduce the risk of…

scallion pancake

Known as "cong you bing" in China, these delicious scallion pancakes are made with dough rather than batter, layered with flavorful scallions and pan-fried, resulting in crispy edges and an irresistible chewy texture perfect for dipping into a savory sauce. Scallions are one of the most affordable superfoods, packed with vitamin C, vitamin B, calcium, potassium and antioxidants. Make up…

Traveling with a partner is one of the best ways to find new depths in your relationship. Sharing a new experience creates shared memories, shared stories and a new understanding of both yourself and the person you’re traveling with. But it can also bring about new sources of tension, conflict and stress.  It's very possible to have a stress-free travel…

You won’t believe that these fudgy, chocolatey treats are made with a few secret ingredients that transform dessert into a nourishing snack. Pumpkin puree goes entirely undetected when paired with rich cacao powder, and supplies a boost of vitamin A and fiber. Black bean flour (available online and in health food stores) delivers that irresistible fudgy texture, while keeping this…

feel good travel

It’s no secret why we travel: It makes us feel good. Sometimes it’s the relaxing-on-a-beach kind of feel-good, other times it's the tucking-into-a-delicious-meal kind of feel-good or the awed-appreciation-of-art-and-architecture kind of feel-good. And sometimes it's the good feelings that come from expanding your understanding of yourself and the world as you experience unexpected new things. These adventures nourish our mind…

goal journal and coffee mug

If you’ve made a New Year’s resolution this year, the odds are not in your favor. Unfortunately, researchers think that up to 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the end of the year. The good news is there are strategies and techniques you can use to help keep on track with your goals. By reframing the way you approach…

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