Boost the Benefits of Sauna Therapy: Superfoods & Probiotics

Many people use saunas to improve their general health and well-being, as well as to heal chronic illness, detox, and lose weight. But did you know there are many ways to optimize the sauna experience in your everyday life? This blog is the first in a series that will introduce different ways to maximize the benefits of sauna use. Today we’ll talk about digestive health, and a few foods that can augment the detoxifying benefits of infrared sauna use. A Healthy Gut Leads to a Healthy Body Though you may not realize it, your overall health is directly linked to the health

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The Best Exercise Routine

Many experts agree that having a balanced diet, getting plenty of rest and exercising 3 to 5 times a week for at least twenty minutes helps boost immunity, mood and overall well-being.  Since the invention of the fit bit, which conveniently syncs with our smart phones, many Americans are turning their lives around by becoming more active.  But let’s be honest, not everyone enjoys working out (even though they should). It seems like every week there is some new routine or exercise regime that promises amazing results in no time at all.  I have watched many people try and fail

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Recipe: Energy Bursts – Wellness on the Go!

My family, like many of yours, is always busy with work, school and sports. It’s important to us to eat as healthy as possible. To make it happen, I plan ahead for weekday meals. A little advance preparation goes a long way! I am always on the lookout for simple and quick healthy foods the whole family will love. Over the last few months, I have shared several of our favorite recipes on this blog. (Gluten-free zucchini pancakes and “tastes-like-potato” soup top the list.) Now I want to share one of our favorite snacks: energy bursts made with dried fruit, seeds and almond

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Start a Ripple to Change the World

Sunlighten is proud to call Kansas City home. The hometown pride, positive energy and strong sense of community make K.C. one of the country’s best-kept secrets. It is so inspiring to see the entire city come together in both times of celebration and times of tragedy. Back on April 13, 2014, a senseless act of hate took the lives of three cherished members of our community. Following the tragedy at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas, a group of citizens decided that we, as a society, have the power to outshine and overcome hatred. They believe that

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Going Red for a Good Cause: The Purpose and “Pursonality” Behind Go Red for Women

I’m so proud of the Sunlighten and Sunlight Day Spa teams! As part of our annual efforts to support the American Heart Association, we were able to exceed our contribution goal. Even our boys and niece got in on the action with a lemonade stand to raise money—totally their idea! Check out the video; I really liked how their philanthropic message was about kids! It was very rewarding to see them take the initiative to make a difference helping heart health. They were thrilled with their contribution and the number of people who stopped to support them. Aaron and I

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Big 10 Basketball + Healthy, Local Food = A Perfect Match

Thanks to two members of the Sunlighten family, this year Aaron and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in style. We love college basketball, so when Sunlighten customer and Michigan State University men's basketball coach, Tom Izzo, invited us to a game, we couldn't resist a weekend getaway to Michigan. On our trip we indulged in healthy eats at Dr. Joel Kahn’s restaurant, GreenSpace Cafe. Here are some insights from our visit with Dr. Kahn and highlights of our amazing experience at the game. Quiet (but Thrilled!) behind the Michigan State Bench Recently, Tom became a member of the Sunlighten 3-in-1 family. When I heard the great news, I shared what a huge fan

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Winter Warmer Recipe: Tastes-Like-Potato Soup

I am always looking for easy, delicious ways to help my kids eat their veggies, and one of the best tricks I’ve learned is to disguise new or unfamiliar dishes as family favorites. This week I want to share a healthy soup recipe that falls into the “stealthy vegetable” category. It’s always a hit at my house! This one’s a hearty winter warmer that subs cauliflower for potatoes, and is rich and creamy without the cream (great side benefit). It is officially called Creamy Cauliflower Soup, but we like to think of it as Tastes-Like-Potato Soup, named by my 6-

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The Hidden Dangers of “Natural Flavors”

When you’re trying to eat healthy, foods labeled “all natural” or “diet” can be hard to resist. But I'll warn you, don’t be fooled. These and many other “healthy” labels hide a lot of unhealthy – and sometimes even toxic – ingredients. In this post, I’ll uncover the truth behind some vague and misleading ingredients on food labels. I’ll also take a look at how these ingredients can be dangerous to your health and share some tips that will help you discern if the foods you’re buying really are good for you. Mystery Foods Defined “All natural” sure sounds healthy, but it doesn’t

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Making an IRONMAN: The beginning of a new fitness journey

You all know I love a good workout, and that I’ve done quite a few races in the past. So my friends and family weren't too surprised to learn about my next BIG athletic goal: training for my first IRONMAN triathlon.  I’m excited and nervous, but I’m also realistic about the huge time and energy commitment this kind of training requires. I’m going to be drawing on everything I know about health and wellness, plus leaning on my family, friends, coach and co-workers for support. I’ll also be learning a lot of new tips and tricks about training, fitness and nutrition along the way. Though the year, I'll share my

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The Power of Postivity: How “Can-Do” Keeps You Healthy

Henry Ford got it right when he said, “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”  I am a HUGE believer in the power of positive thinking. Starting the day with positive intentions and energy begins the important momentum needed for a successful day. There's also medical research which indicates positivity = healthier. Positivity is linked to longer life spans, less stress and stronger immune systems. I always look at a situation and think, “How can I make this fun?” or “How can I find the diamond in the rough?” Start With Your Words Thanks to my mom, I’ve

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