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Mercury Retrograde in Aquarius Is Here—And It's Zeroing In On Your Finances

Aquarian Mercury would prefer to detach, so when transiting the eighth house, this affects intimate affairs, other people's money, being owed money, and so on," says Alex Caiola, psychic, astrologer, and founder of spiritual wellness platform High Priestess of Brooklyn. "Aquarian Mercury would prefer to detach, so when transiting the eighth house, this affects intimate affairs, other people's money, and being owed money. "Between February 3rd and 12th, Mercury will be conjunct the sun in Aquarius in the eighth house, intensifying the effects of this retrograde," says Caiola. You could use this energy to collect on past projects you're still owed for, or it could be a good time to pick up a project you shelved, as you may have greater insights on how to get it off the ground," says Caiola.

These Delicious Sweet Potato Cookies Fight Inflammation With Every Bite

We have since continued to experiment with this recipe, and one more version we really like is to use half almond flour and half gluten-free flour— While Patinella's recipe calls for butter and milk, she says it can easily be adapted to be vegan—just replace the butter with coconut oil and the alternative milk of your choice in place of the whole milk. " Ingredients 1 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted 2 Tbsp whole milk 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp baking powder 1⁄2 tsp salt 2 tsp ground cinnamon 2 cups whole-wheat pastry flour

5 Resistance Band Myths a Trainer Needs You To Stop Believing

The bands definitely increase muscle strength and the size similarly to free weights or machines," says Tate. "The best determination of where to put the resistance band is primarily dependent on how you want to work the specific muscle group. In the same sense, you can place the band around the ankles, standing with your feet hip-width apart and kicking back with the opposite leg, which gives you a good glute and hamstring workout as well. You want your bands tight enough to provide you with a challenge, but not too tight where it could cause you to pull a muscle," says Tate.

The Psychological Case for Adopting a Grounding Practice Before Meals—Even If You’re Not Someone Who Says Grace

According to Carla Marie Manly, PhD, clinical psychologist and author of Joy From Fear, pausing to practice gratitude before eating allows the mind, body, and soul to acknowledge the importance of mealtime—and food itself. "Whether a person is religious, spiritual, agnostic, or atheistic, a pre-meal practice of gratitude provides the opportunity to appreciate the time, energy, and effort that was invested in bringing the food from farm to table," Dr. Manly says. Pause to breathe in the aroma of your food Eating food is a multi-sensory experience, and yet most of us tend to focus solely on the sense of taste. "Slow down with a few deep breathes to release stress and prepare your body and mind for a deeper appreciation of the nourishing food before you," Dr. Manly says.

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