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Answers to common questions about massage, common soft tissue conditions, best stretches for maintaining healthy soft tissue, corrective fitness, pain and inflammation management plus nutrition tips, healthy recipes,and more.

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The Scoop on Protein Powders

Posted by Katrina Koller on October 30, 2014 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is a complete updated guide on the best gluten-free protien powders:

Kale and Quinoa Salad

Posted by Katrina Koller on August 24, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

I was thrilled to discover this salad.  I was tired of the same old Kale salad with dried cranberries and I wanted something savory.  Also, kale can be a bit rubbery and bitter and this salad calls for cooked quinoa which softens the sale making it so delicious!  My picky unhealthy-food-eating husband even at it - so it passed the ultimate taste test.

Kale and Quinoa Salad - Asian Style

1 cup quinoa (I use True Roots Sp...

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Stretches for stiff neck and shoulders

Posted by Katrina Koller on March 16, 2013 at 8:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Tightness in the side of the neck, back of the neck or between the shoulder blades results when the neck creeps forward and the shoulders become rounded.Below is a video demonstrating stretches for the chest and neck to counter pain and stress in the neck and shoulders due to forward head posture or "Upper Cross Syndrome" (poor posture, working at a desk or computer, reading, driving, talking on a cell phone, texting).

These stretches are generally safe for most chronic (gradual onset)...

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Easy Almond Cashew Butter

Posted by Katrina Koller on February 26, 2013 at 2:20 PM Comments comments (1)

Almond Cashew Butter

1 cup RAW sprouted almonds* (regular raw almonds will do but I recommend the salted sprouted almonds).

1/3 cup RAW whole cashews

2 Tbsp MCT* (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oil (sunflower seed oil can be used)

sea salt (optional ifsalted sprouted almonds are used)

 * cashews add a bit of sweetness and creaminess to the almond butter. Use more for sweeter butter. Pure cashew butter can be a bit too sweet and rich, so I sta...

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Cacao Super Food Balls- sugar free, gluten free

Posted by Katrina Koller on February 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (2)

Cacao Super Food Balls Recipe

 Made with “super” foods - and is super rich and delicious!

 total time to prepare: 10-15 min

1/4 cup raw cashew and/or raw almond butter – I like to use a couple of Tbsp each. Raw butters have a sweeter, richer flavor and are more nutritious than roasted butters and can be found at organic markets and Whole Foods.

1 cup organic Raw 100% Cacao powder (I use Navitas...

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Bone Density and Exercise - new research

Posted by Katrina Koller on February 10, 2013 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (0)

When it comes to exercise and building strong bones - it turns out not all exercise is alike.  This article explains why:

Cholesterol - Look Beyond the Numbers!

Posted by Katrina Koller on February 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)

This article on Cholesterol really spells it out. If you would like to understand your actual heart disease you need to look beyond your HDL / LDL numbers.  Yes, these numbers are indicators, but there is more to the picture.

Flu shots - Reassess your need

Posted by Katrina Koller on November 10, 2012 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Here is an objective article discussing new research on flu shot effectiveness.  If you're considering a flu shot this season, give it a read.

Coconut Oil and Alzheimer's Disease

Posted by Katrina Koller on June 2, 2012 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

This is truly amazing and worth viewing.  A medical Dr. discovers that regular consumption of coconut oil is helping reverse the early signs and symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease.  Another reason to eat more coconut oil!

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