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Now that I know…

A couple week's ago, I shared the 2017 Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen…foods with the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residue…as identified by the Environmental Working Group. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I was thrilled to hear from so many of you saying you were glad to learn about … Continue reading Now that I know…

Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) recently announced its 2017 Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen list of foods. To get your PDF copy of this year's Shopper's Guide, click here.   What is this list and why is it important? The EWG's Dirty Dozen are the twelve most popular fresh fruits and vegetables found to contain … Continue reading Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen

In search of the silver bullet

We all want it. A quick fix for whatever challenge we face. John wants to lose weight. Sarah wants less stress in her life. George wants to get better sleep. Each person wants results…and now. Sure, John, Sarah and George say they are willing to make the changes that will help to improve their lives, … Continue reading In search of the silver bullet

A tail-wagging experience

Nothing makes my tail wag quite like spending time above 10,000 feet. I’m fortunate that it’s easy to find places to hike or snowshoe at that elevation in Colorado. The views, the fresh crisp air, the silence, the sound of wind in the trees, snowflakes falling, the sun reflecting off the snow … all seem … Continue reading A tail-wagging experience

Nourishing holiday spices

Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of gingerbread. Often a combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this warm spicy blend not only tastes good, it offers incredible health benefits. Immune building and inflammation fighting, the warm, stimulating flavors of these four spices can ease digestive distress and help you achieve or sustain optimal … Continue reading Nourishing holiday spices

Nourishing holiday travel tips

For many, traveling during the holidays is as sure as Rudolph leading Santa’s sleigh on Christmas eve. The desire to be with family, many of whom live in another city, another state or even another country, creates a pull like no other. Deciding to travel during the holiday is one thing. Implementing your plan and … Continue reading Nourishing holiday travel tips

How much is enough?

People often seek help in losing weight after trying a variety of weight loss approaches…calorie restriction, high workout days, low-fat and low-carbohydrate diets, vegetarianism, juice fasts, smoothie-only days, skipping meals. The story is the same. Men and women alike give it their best shot, stay committed, follow “the plan,” yet find the approaches don’t work. … Continue reading How much is enough?

Inflammation – Friend or foe

I recently attended a conference on inflammation. What caught my eye before signing up for the conference was the line-up of speakers. All were MDs or NDs recognized in their fields of healthcare…cardiology, oncology, psychiatry, hypertension and autoimmunity. Each one has been in practice for 20+ years and is a researcher, author and educator. It … Continue reading Inflammation – Friend or foe

Fall caldo verde

During recent travels, I came upon a basic recipe for caldo verde. The popular Portuguese dish, known as green soup, is made from potatoes, kale, olive oil and salt. This traditional blend of nutrient rich ingredients makes caldo verde a warm and soothing soup on a cold fall day. However, as is my norm in … Continue reading Fall caldo verde

Cortisol – Friend or foe

My body wants to work in my favor. From head to toe, it wants me to be healthy, happy and free from worry. In fact, it will work overtime to keep me in balance. When insult strikes, my body comes to my rescue to heal the injury, bringing me back to a state known as … Continue reading Cortisol – Friend or foe

A little goes a long way…

Can you relate? You are leaving town for a week or more, and your refrigerator is full of food. Most of the items in the 'frig are partial servings; not enough to use as a full side or main entree. If you’re like me, you prefer to keep as little fresh food in the refrigerator … Continue reading A little goes a long way…

Stress Resilience

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of introducing Dr Diane Mueller, ND, LAc, and Miles Nichols, NC, LAc, as speakers at the 2016 NANP conference. Both are functional medicine practitioners who incorporate mindfulness as a stress-management technique into their integrative health practice. I was delighted at the synchronicity of the connection given my focus … Continue reading Stress Resilience

The Reality of Stress

I’ve been thinking a lot about stress lately. Mostly because I've been feeling it. In a previous post, I wrote that stress is the perception we don’t have the resources to cope with a given situation and that any adverse or demanding circumstance that results in mental, emotional or physical tension is considered stress. Those … Continue reading The Reality of Stress

What’s with Wheat?

This page is set aside for ongoing dialogs about wheat and its effects on our nation's health. The newly released documentary What's with Wheat? is available for FREE online viewing between now and Thursday, 30-June 2016. That's only four (4) days away! I've wondered for some time why gluten has become a prime suspect in … Continue reading What’s with Wheat?

Adaptogens

Last month, a colleague and I hosted our "Resilience at Midlife" workshop. A group of beautiful women gathered to learn self-compassion techniques and nutrition tips for building and maintaining resilience. At the heart of self-compassion is being kind to your self in the midst of perceived inadequacies, failures or suffering. Not always easy, but when … Continue reading Adaptogens

Managing the effects of stress

  Stress is the perception that we don’t have the resources to cope with a given situation. What triggers stress in my life may not be a stressor in your life. Regardless of the trigger, any adverse or demanding circumstance that results in mental, emotional or physical tension is considered stress. When the body loses … Continue reading Managing the effects of stress