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Feeling better and living longer is easier than you think. It starts with feeling good on the inside, mind, body and spirit. Feeding the body with whole food and creating good healthy habits is the key to longevity. We at V Well Health have decided to offer a special membership for our anti-aging project. Beginning in a few weeks we’ll be offering Anti-Aging Mediterranean Menus that will be delivered directly to everyone’s e-mail.

What’s New with Vicky

Vicky has traveled to Greece to research some of the top Mediterranean foods, herbs and spices for anti-aging. She will be travel around the Mediterranean in search of the keys of the anti-aging secrets. If you like to follow along with Vicky, check out her Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

Weekly Read

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The power of now is one of my favorite books. I just recently read it for the second time and wanted to recommend it to you.

It’s no wonder that The Power of Now has sold over 2 million copies worldwide and has been translated into over 30 foreign languages. Much more than simple principles and platitudes, the book takes readers on an inspiring spiritual journey to find their true and deepest self and reach the ultimate in personal growth and spirituality: the discovery of truth and light.

In the first chapter, Tolle introduces readers to enlightenment and its natural enemy, the mind. He awakens readers to their role as a creator of pain and shows them how to have a pain-free identity by living fully in the present. The journey is thrilling, and along the way, the author shows how to connect to the indestructible essence of our Being, “the eternal, ever-present One Life beyond the myriad forms of life that are subject to birth and death.”

Featuring a new preface by the author, this paperback shows that only after regaining awareness of Being, liberated from Mind and intensely in the Now, is there Enlightenment.

Weekly Recipe

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Mediterranean Sweet Potatoes

Speaking of anti-aging, one of the first foods that comes to mind are sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are filled with incredible antioxidants and they’re also extremely feeling. Since they are so nutritious I try to eat them 2-3 times per week. For additional protein serve over quinoa (8 grams per cup). Try this easy recipe!

14 ounces mixed greens
1 butternut squash [ medium, cut into large chunks ]
2 sweet potatoes [ cut into large chunks ]
4 cloves garlic [ crushed ]
2 tablespoons dried oregano
2 red onions [ cut into large chunks ]
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 bunch fresh parsley [ chopped ]
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
filtered water [ 1 1/2-2 cups, or low sodium vegetable broth ]
Himalayan sea salt [ to taste ]
freshly ground black pepper [ to taste ]

1. In a large skillet or medium pot, add the coconut oil, potatoes, butternut squash and onions and sauté over medium-high heat, stirring constantly, for about 8-10 minutes.
2. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes.
3. Add parsley and water and cook over medium heat, for 10 more minutes. Vegetables should be tender and most of the liquid reduced.
4. Serve over greens and enjoy!

Health & Beauty Tips of the Week

1. EXFOLIATE DAILY

My number one favorite tip for looking younger is to exfoliate daily, but of course make your own homemade natural exfoliate. Combine sugar with extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil take it in the shower with you and exfoliate your face and entire body gently. For younger looking skin do this daily and please use warm water, never cold on the face (not too hot, but just warm for softer skin).

1. POMEGRANATE

Tis the season for pomegranate! This delectable fruit is amazing for our body, especially our skin. Incorporate pomegranate and seeds into your routine by eating them for breakfast or tossing them in salad.

Ask Vicky

Q: Which part of the world do people live the longest?

A: Fabulous question! It turns out that there is an island in Greece called Ikaria and it seems that people not only live longer but they live longer on this island without illness and diseases that we suffer from in other parts of the world.

Q: What do you think is the reason people live longer in this island?

A: There have been several documentaries and articles written about Ikaria. It seems that their lifestyle is what contributes to their longevity. Their diet consists mostly of plant food, they tend to drink lots of homemade wine and they party like rockstars! Yes indeed, you heard right! Well, maybe not like rock stars. But socializing is a big part of their life. This of course combined positivity and faith, makes for a long life.

Weekly Inspiration

In the end long life is the reward, strength and beauty!