Living the WELL Life


Ecotouring in Costa Rica at Finca Luna Nueva

In Costa Rica, they have an expression, "pura vida," which literally translates to "pure life." It's often used as a greeting, but means more than a simple hello or goodbye.  It's an understanding that in Costa Rica, life is good— relax and enjoy it.  Read more


Hanalei Colony Resort Kauai, Hawaii

Magical! Paradise! Heavenly!

“This is as close as you can get to Heaven and still take a breath.”

Being a well-travelled, wee soul, I have to say without a doubt that Kauai, Hawaii is my ultimate ‘top spot’ destination. The Hanalei Colony resort is nestled on a secluded stretch of golden beach, set against the magnificent mountains of Kauai’s north shore, and offers much more than just a place to stay.
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Healing Summer's Bummers Naturally - by Melanie Waxman

The passion and heat of summer is upon us, and for many, it is a time to get outside, have fun, enjoy the beach, and travel.  However, the scorching weather can trigger a surprising number of ailments. Here are some easy and effective remedies that we often already have in our pantry. Baking soda, apple cider vinegar, chamomile tea, and essential oils are some of the simple ingredients that can sooth away those summer bummers.  Read more


...Road Trip!!!


Summer means strappy sandals, t-shirts and sundresses, long weekends picnicking at the beach and… road trips!!!!
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A Visitor's Guide to New Paltz

When you hear the name New Paltz, your first thought might be “college town.” While it is home to The State University of New York at New Paltz, the village is so much more.   One of the most beautiful towns in Ulster County, New Paltz sits beneath the Shawangunk Ridge. More than a scenic delight, New Paltz is rich in history and culture, and there is much to see and do there.  Read more


A Visitors Guide to Woodstock

When you hear the name Woodstock, the first thing that probably comes to mind is the famed music festivals held in the ‘60s. Actually, the events were held 50 miles away in Bethel, N.Y. but Woodstock is the town still associated with the event and the era of peace, love and free-spirited living.   Read more


Fun in the Sun

Now that Summer is upon us, our thoughts turn to fun in the sun.  Many of us are also trying to overhaul our eating habits and re-dedicate ourselves to healthier living.  Accordingly, we at Christina Cooks have kicked off the season with a special edition on dieting.  Our contributors have done a wonderful job providing you with a broad array of perspectives on physical and spiritual health and wellness.    Read more


The Story of A 1001 Diets

Like the 1,001 stories Scheherazade told King Shahryar in order to prolong her life day by day, we have conjured up thousands of diets through the years in hope of keeping alive our images of beauty and health. The sad part of this story is that, in contrast to Scheherazade – who would eventually become Queen -- diets usually don’t survive the test of time for most people. Even with the strongest motivations,  we have a hard time sticking to a particular diet.  Read more


Brazil nuts, Banana and Chocolate… Oh My!

Delicious Rainforest-Saving Snacks to Help You Stay on Your Weight Loss Plan
If you find yourself veering off the road to healthy weight loss, you might want to take a look at your snacks. They could be the culprit leading you off track. Perhaps you don't generally eat snacks but find yourself ravenously hungry between lunch and dinner while dieting only to end up end up overdoing it at your evening meal. Or maybe you do eat snacks, but you don't bring one with you, so you stop at a vending machine when you get hungry and choose something less than optimal Read more


Do You Have “Monkey Mind?”

Achieving optimal weight and health is both a mental and physical process.  To improve our physical health through exercise and diet, we must also slim down our minds, so to speak.   As much as we may overeat, we may also over think everything as well.  I call this Monkey Mind.  Read more



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