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Food & Recipes
Whether you're placing a catering order or making everything from scratch, it can be easy to stress over what to serve for Thanksgiving. "How many servings should I make?""How much is too much?""There needs to be enough for leftovers..." Decisions, decisions! Luckily, we made you this handy-dandy cheat sheet to help you determine how much to serve your guests.   Happy Thanksgiving!
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Education, Health & Beauty
Ask any dermatologist her number-one skin care recommendation, and she’ll probably reinforce what your momma always told you: Wear your sunscreen. Yet startling rates of skin cancer—the most common cancer in the United States, which will strike one in five Americans in her lifetime—indicate the need for deeper understanding of how sunscreen works and which types are most effective. Traditionally, dermatologists have steered people toward chemical sunscreens, which are easily absorbed by the skin and may not effectively shield from UVB and UVA rays, says Denis Dudley, MD, an endocrinologist who has turned his attention to researching and formulating [...]
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Education, Health & Beauty
Dermatologists, retailers and consumer groups are increasingly recommending mineral sunscreen products for their high performance and safer ingredient profile. But there’s one major mineral misstep: using plant-based ingredients that are not FDA approved to get higher SPF values. Yeah, that’s bad. And it’s happening more and more often, according to the Environmental Working Group, an organization that provides research and education about the environment. That means that something good can actually be bad if we don’t pay enough attention or ask the right questions. Why Mineral Sunscreens Are Better​​ The mineral sunscreen industry has gained popularity in recent years due to [...]
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Education, Nutrition
Whether you’re gluten-free, vegan, or low glycemic, we know it can sometimes be difficult to find the right supplement to fit your needs. Over the past couple of decades, supplement companies in the natural foods industry have cleaned up their act, getting rid of most problematic ingredients. “That’s great news for careful eaters and people with food allergies,” says Ron Hunninghake, MD, chief medical officer of the Riordan Clinic in Wichita, Kansas. “It’s easy to find supplements that complement the many dietary habits or restrictions people have.” Here’s the lowdown on what to look out for—and common pitfalls to avoid. Gluten-free Supplements It’s [...]
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Education, Health & Beauty
A huge thank you for those of you who came out for our Essential Oils 101 class with Basking Ridge's Nutritionist, Megan Maguire. Meg has been studying aromatherapy for over 20 years, and her expertise is inspiring! Missed the class? We have you covered with these key takeaways:   What Are Essential Oils? They are naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They give plants their distinctive smells and are produced as a survival mechanism.  The 10 Most Common Essential Oils 1. Lavender The most commonly used essential oil Comes from the flower of the plant [...]

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