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Melissa B. Williams writing focuses on health, nutrition and spa travel. She has written for such publications as Healing Lifestyles & Spas, Delicious Living, Self, Cooking Light, Yoga Journal, and Shape. Here are a few examples of her published work.

Food & Nutrition:

Delicious Living Magazine: Berry, Berry Good

Take your pick: In summer, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, and other berry treats practically beg to be eaten right off the bush. Even better, recent research exalts berries as nutritional superstars. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture published its list of the richest antioxidant foods (tested were fruits, vegetables, cereals, breads, nuts, and spices), wild blueberries rocked the charts at the top spot, with cultivated blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries all placing in the top 20. Not bad for tiny fruits that pack only 66 to 80 calories a cup!

Delicious Living Magazine: On the Fly

Frozen yogurt, candied popcorn, soft pretzels, and really bad coffee—no, I’m not at the circus or the mall, I’m wandering the Denver airport in search of breakfast. I could wait and purchase one of the snack boxes available on the flight, but those bland and overpriced meals easily can contain more than half the fat and calories you need in a day. The solution to purchasing travel food? Make and carry your own instead. For shorter flights—or for road trips, backpacking, and other on-the-go activities—pack one of the options here. Add fruit, veggies, and a drink, and you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and energized.

Delicious Living Magazine: A Splash of Flavor

Wine makes any gathering festive, especially when you spread it around a little. This season, try splashing it into entrées, salads, sides, and desserts as a flavorful way to liven up recipes—without adding fat.

Travel

Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine: Be Enveloped in the Land of Enchantment

New Mexico has a way of enveloping you. It wraps your body and spirit in an oversized blanket, and almost forces you to surrender to the natural healing energy found here. Every night the sky opens up to a glittering display of stars, while the arid landscape, rust-colored earth, and native plants seem to dance beneath the glowing light. Once you’ve been here you understand why so many flock to New Mexico in search of healing and health. It isn’t just that there are world-class spas here; it’s that the entire environs is nurturing from the earth to the plants to the people.

Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine: Mountain Surrender

Nestled in the Vail Valley, Colorado’s Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa allows you to succumb to nature—the way Mother Nature intended.

Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine: Mayan Magic.

As the eight of us sat in total darkness, inhaling the steamy heat, I began to question my participation. Although I knew the myriad benefits of temazcal, an ancient Mayan healing ritual, my body and my mind were hesitant and a bit fearful.

Healing Lifestyles & Spas Magazine: Vanilla, Coconut & Sandalwood

French Polynesia, located in the South Pacific in the same time zone as Hawaii, is made up of hundreds of islands spread over an area the size of Europe. Of the various archipelagos such as the Tuamotos and the Marquesas, the Society Islands, also known as Tahiti and Her Islands are the most accessible (the gateway is the city of Papeete, Tahiti).

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