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Our health and wellness blog is a great way to stay informed and be inspired when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Blog posts are added regularly.

The Importance of Integration from a Mental Health Professional

The Importance of Integration from a Mental Health Professional

For those of you who may have read our professional introduction blogs, some of this may be a review.  For those who have not dug into our blog archive this story will help you understand why I believe integration is so important and how I ended up at Ampersand....

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Feeling Gratitude during a Trying Time

Feeling Gratitude during a Trying Time

It’s December 2020 and there are plenty of memes out there talking about what a train wreck this year has been. Some of them are very true and others very funny, but one thing that is certain is that it's been very different from what we are used to. In my opinion, I...

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Shit or Manure? The Art of Resiliency

Shit or Manure? The Art of Resiliency

Last month we talked about the real and comprehensible struggles that the holidays can bring; coupled with the stress COVID has weaved and the layers it has added, the gravity of havoc is serious. And also ripe with opportunity. Before I go on, let me preface this by...

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Recovering After the Loss of My Father

Recovering After the Loss of My Father

On November 14, 2018, my father, Joseph Sarge, passed away. During the last 6 years of his life, my dad suffered through strokes, comas, was taken on and off ventilators, and when he was not staying at his nursing home, he was in the hospital. While he had some...

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Stress & Trauma Response During the Holiday Season

Stress & Trauma Response During the Holiday Season

This year has certainly brought a lot of challenges with it. Many have lost jobs or lost businesses that they may have worked their entire lives to build or that they had just started to build.  Some may have lost a loved one or some may have lost relationships with a...

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Golden Squash Drop Biscuits

Golden Squash Drop Biscuits

Golden Squash Drop Biscuits Recipe Adapted from https://fieldnotesonhealing.wordpress.com/2014/10/06/golden-squash-drop-biscuits/ Servings: Makes 6-8 small biscuits.   Ingredients 1 cup roasted squash, mashed 2 Tbsp tapioca starch
 1/4  tsp baking soda
 1/2 tsp...

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Plantain Flatbread or Pizza Crust

Plantain Flatbread or Pizza Crust

Plantain Flatbread of Pizza Crust Recipe Adapted from https://www.organicolivia.com/2018/02/5-ingredient-plantain-pizza-crust-recipe-vegan-gluten-free/   Ingredients 4 cups peeled and cubed GREEN plantain pieces (3 or 4 green plantains)
 1-3 cloves garlic
 1/3...

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Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

Sautéed Collard Greens with Garlic

Collard Greens Recipe   Ingredients 2 tbsp olive oil 10 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped, smashed 2 bunches collard greens, rinsed, cut into thin strips 1/4 tsp each salt, more to taste  Juice of ½ lime   Instructions Take collards, slice down the...

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Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower

Mashed Cauliflower Recipe Mashed cauliflower is a great alternative to the high-starch traditional mashed potatoes! Ingredients 1 head of garlic 1 large head of cauliflower 2 tablespoons of olive oil 1 1/2 teaspoons dried chives (or 2 teaspoons fresh chopped) 1/2-3/4...

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Sautéed Kale with Cranberries

Sautéed Kale with Cranberries

Sautéed Kale with Cranberries Recipe Adapted from the Moosewood Restaurant Sautéed kale is the perfect addition to any meal, especially if your looking to increase your leafy green intake. The sweetness of cranberries completes this dish, making it not only healthy,...

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Savory Stuffing

Savory Stuffing

Savory Stuffing Recipe Adapted from Katie Wells www.wellnessmama.com   Ingredients 2 large turnips (not sure how big they normally are, but mine weighed about 2 lbs each, so 4 lbs total) 1-2 bags of cubed butternut squash (or 1 large butternut squash cubed) OR 2...

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