About Michelle Cowden

Michelle Cowden has been writing and advocating for healthy lifestyle for over six years at her blog www.wholehealthgirl.blogspot.com. As a licensed clinical social worker, she knows all too well the importance of finding healthy balance in life. Michelle believes that in order to live a healthy life, you must embrace the whole person, not just your mind or body. She has facilitated trainings on the effects of food and behavior at conferences and universities nationwide, and balances her work life with spending time with her husband and dog. She enjoys rock climbing, cycling, and yoga, activities that help her cultivate more balance and inner peace.
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The Superfood Ginger Roasted Cauliflower (Recipe)

Cauliflower is one of the world’s healthiest foods and with only 26 calories per cup, this power house vegetable not only packs a nutrient punch but will also help keep your waistline slim. Cauliflower is not only low in calories but also provides you with an array of antioxidants, anti-inflammatories and fiber. No wonder I […]

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Turning 40: How I Survived the Depression That Plagued My Youth

I just turned 40. Even writing, 40 seems strange and yet here I am, 40 years old. I remember as a 15-year-old celebrating my Mom’s 40th birthday. At the time I was a depressed and angst ridden 15-year-old who couldn’t imagine living another year, much less turning 40. That belief that I would not live […]

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3 Ways Buying Organic Helps the Planet

Sometimes it’s hard for me to imagine that buying organic products actually makes a difference in the health of the planet at large. I am one of 7 billion people on earth… Can one person really make a meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of our entire planet? It’s easy to get disheartened when […]

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3 Reasons I Eat Organic

For years I have lectured and written about the benefits of eating organic, but a new study I read about on Discovery News seemed to contradict my philosophy that eating organic is better for you. This study made headlines by stating that eating organic does not provide any additional health benefits to eating conventional foods. I […]

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How to Detox in 3 Minutes or Less

When most of us read the word detox, the images that comes to mind are green vegetables, juicing, eating bland meals and suffering until the detox is over. What if it’s simpler than that?

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How One Man Went From Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead to the Epitome of Health

As someone who believes in the connection between food and disease, I am so excited that a film like Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead attempts to show the masses how a healthy diet can cure an illness. It’s a must see movie!!! Suffering from a rare autoimmune disease disorder, Joe Cross, was tired of taking […]

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5 Ways to Let Go

Every time I go to a yoga class the teacher reminds me to breathe, let go and let it all out. What’s funny is that you would think at my age (the fact that I’m not excited about my age should give you an idea that I’m a bit older) I would know how to […]

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3 Delicious Vegan, Gluten-Free Summer Dessert Recipes

As a healthy vegan who also has trouble with wheat, I am constantly searching for good vegan and gluten-free and when I stumble upon recipes that even my meat-eating, will eat anything friends like, I have to share. These recipes came about because I was looking for fruit that was in season. The cookie recipe […]

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Why is it so hard to laugh?

Think about what a better world it would be if we were able to laugh when things became difficult instead of get angry. I tell myself all the time I need to be more positive, relax, enjoy life and just laugh. And yet, it seems I have to force myself to laugh. Laugh. I have […]

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Eating Healthy Now or Pay for it Later (includes a delicious smoothie recipe!)

I became a vegetarian in my teens, and in my late 20′s a doctor told me I needed protein. My meat eating husband (boyfriend at the time) couldn’t have been more happy. What the doctor didn’t ask me is what I was eating as a vegetarian, he just figured no meat was the reason I […]

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