This is my inaugural newsletter! Yay! From now on, it is my goal to provide you with useful information to help you be happier and healthier. Your health, happiness, and well-being are my commitment to you as the  health & nutrition counselor & massage therapist in your life.

    Prioritize Happiness
 In our time-starved society that's all about the bottom dollar, happiness is usually something that's dangled in front of us like a carrot--just work harder and make more money and it can be yours.

BUT happiness is not a destination. Rather, it is God and/or the Universe's gift to us everyday. So how do you get it?

Stop what you are doing and think. Really think. What makes you happy? Are you doing it? If not, start ASAP.  For most of us, it will require doing it first thing in the day before it has a chance to make it's way down to the bottom of our to-do lists and then forgotten.  You'll be surprised how doing one thing for yourself and your happiness everyday will have an impact on the rest of your life.
    Dairy-Free Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ok, so you probably know by now that I try to keep distance between myself and dairy products and refined sugar. The major drawback, though, has been trying to fill the void where hot chocolate used to be.
I found this recipe that is amazingly good, good for you, and is an aphrodisiac. SCORE! Especially with Valentine's around the corner.

    1 C Almond Milk  
    1-2 T Cacao powder(to taste)
    1 T Agave (or more to taste)
    Sprinkle of Cinnamon.
    1 T Maca powder

Heat the almond milk until its the perfect sipping temp (less than boiling to preserve its nutrients too). Blend in the rest of the ingredients and bask in the deliciousness.
Raw cacao is rich in magnesium and promotes neurotransmitter production that we associate with love. Maca is a major libido booster, too. All of these ingredients can be found at Whole Foods or Drug Emporium :)
If you've made it this far in the newsletter, MY HUGEST THANKS to you for finding my information worthy.  Please feel free to let me know if you have any suggestions or forward this to someone you love.
Wishing you a February filled with love
& sending you mine,
Julianne Bitely, BA LMT CH

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