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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

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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

Cravings

  We all experience them…mid-morning, mid-afternoon, before bedtime. You want something sweet, something salty, something creamy. The feeling is rarely a fleeting thought. It can be so strong at times that there is little you can do to resist. And when you give in to the temptation? You guessed it…the self-criticism can come on just … Continue reading Cravings

Spring Your Health Forward

It’s that time of year. Temperatures are on the rise. Your bicycle is calling. Friends are inviting you to hike the trails. You may be planning for a class reunion, your son or daughter’s wedding, or an anniversary celebration this summer. You want to look and feel your best when you join in the fun. … Continue reading Spring Your Health Forward

Spiraled Vegetables

OMGoodness! Who would have thought spiraling vegetables would be so much fun. Not only is it a great way to get more vegetables in your diet...think vital nutrients and fiber, spiraled vegetables cook quickly and add plate appeal. I may be late to the party, but spiraled vegetables have become a new favorite...even for my … Continue reading Spiraled Vegetables

Winter Hydration

Water…it’s essential for life. Did you know that your body contains up to 75% water by weight and your brain even more? Among its many functions, water feeds cells, helps physical and mental performance, controls temperature, and aids digestion. Sure coffee and hot chocolate taste good, especially on a cold winter day. But when it … Continue reading Winter Hydration

A Nourishing Word

My running partner and I meet once a week for a long run. Rain, shine, wind, cold. The commitment to meet each week runs deep. Sure, on occasion we miss our weekly get-together because of travel, illness, injury or family obligations. But unless it’s big, little keeps us from getting out the door before sun-up … Continue reading A Nourishing Word