Playtime

When was the last time you took a break? I mean really took a break. A break from work. A break from home and family responsibilities. A break from your routine. A break from doing one more task in your “spare time." I thrive on projects. Without one or two or three in addition to … Continue reading Playtime

Pucker up!

Apple cider vinegar (ACV) has been used as a home remedy for centuries. It is made from an assortment of whole, fresh, pressed apples. As the fresh juice ages in a sealed container, the natural sugars ferment to produce alcohol. Now considered “hard” cider, it is left to ferment a second time; this time while … Continue reading Pucker up!

Tea Time

I love tea time. Tea with friends, by myself, as part of my morning routine, as a break from my daily activities, or as a nighttime wind-down. Tea is healing. It is soothing. It provides comfort. Depending on the tea, it can be a pick-me-up or a slow-me-down treat. My fascination with tea started decades … Continue reading Tea Time

Trauma & the immune system

Little did I know that writing about trauma would bubble to the top of my episodes list, but it did after this week's mass shooting in Boulder, CO. While I didn't know any of the victims, the fact that these individuals were part of my community and in some way connected to friends is heartbreaking. … Continue reading Trauma & the immune system

Immuni-zzzzz

Are you aware of all that goes on in your body when you sleep? Sleep is a time when your body fights infections, repairs damaged cells, detoxifies, regulates hormones, boosts your immune system, modulates metabolism, and relaxes muscles...including your brain. When you give your body the sleep it needs, your immune cells get the rest … Continue reading Immuni-zzzzz

Inspiring Immunity

This week's inspiration comes from Brigitte Mars, herbalist, author, professor, and wildcrafting expert. Brigitte was one of my instructors while attending Bauman College during my nutrition studies. She is an expert in understanding how the plant world offers a cornucopia of health-promoting and immune-supportive options that are easy to add to your diet and lifestyle, … Continue reading Inspiring Immunity

Your Innate Protection System

Healthy living expert Mary Collette Rogers of The New Kitchen and I recently had a conversation about the innate immune system, one of four protective immune systems in the body. It's the one you were born with and the one that "reads" or detects pathogens in the body and informs the adaptive immune response about … Continue reading Your Innate Protection System

Are you an immunity idol?

Welcome to the first in a series of discussions that will explore immune health and how to support your system in life-changing ways. Over the next few weeks, I will share immune-boosting tips from a collection of healthy living experts. Many of their top insights will cost you little more than time and attention. Let's start by understanding … Continue reading Are you an immunity idol?

The importance of sleep

As you prepare to ring out the old and bring in the new, you may feel a little short on sleep these days. Maybe it’s a pattern that has been going on for several months. Holiday cheer, family gatherings, travel, getting packages under the tree before morning, wrapping up work projects, preparing for the new … Continue reading The importance of sleep

Gratitude practice

Thanksgiving 2017 is well behind us. I hope you had a wonderful celebration. My husband and I enjoy cooking, so hosting Thanksgiving this year was a treat. Family and friends gathered around our table with all the festive trimmings. It was a time to give thanks for our health, our happiness, our loved ones near … Continue reading Gratitude practice

Warming spices

I love this time of year. Temperatures are dropping, the air is crisp, and we’re heading into the holiday season. It’s the time of year when a warm mug of tea is a must, and my body often needs an extra boost to help it adjust to the change in seasonal temperatures. Here are a … Continue reading Warming spices

Turmeric

It’s that time of year…when my body begins to crave warmer foods. Temperatures are dropping, and it takes an extra layer to keep my core warm. Drinking warm beverages is one way I nourish myself during this fall transition, and few things are more comforting than wrapping my hands around a warm mug of tea … Continue reading Turmeric

Matcha tea

My tea of choice is green, and I especially like matcha. It's loaded with antioxidants and other vital nutrients that have been shown to protect against certain types of cancers and health conditions such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants provide the best defense against illnesses of all kinds. The more antioxidants you have … Continue reading Matcha tea

A debate about sugar

  Sugar. It's a topic of heated discussions. Some hold fast to the belief that sugar is sugar, whether processed maltodextrin or dried dates. Others profess sugar's evils regardless of the form that gets into so many food products on grocery store shelves. We’re human, and we’re drawn to the allure of sugar. We use … Continue reading A debate about sugar

Chirp, chirp…

Well, I bit the bullet…or more accurately the cricket. Since my post about discovering cricket powder at IFT17, I have been experimenting with this “less than conventional” source of protein in smoothies and baked goods. I even tried a few bars made with cricket powder. And so far, so good. For a ready-made product, I … Continue reading Chirp, chirp…

When life throws a curve…

The death of a loved one hurts. Regardless of the age, the relationship, the circumstance…the finality of one’s life strikes at the core. Then there is the physical and emotional stress the body endures…from the moment you hear the news to the realization that life will never be the same without this person in your … Continue reading When life throws a curve…

Food, science & technology

As a nutrition consultant, I’m all about helping people navigate today’s food system…how to create healthful meals when days are already rich and full…when to select organic over conventional produce…how to ensure meals are a supportive balance of macronutrients…uncovering foods or ingredients that are causing stomach upset or lingering fatigue. The list goes on. I admit that I can … Continue reading Food, science & technology

Because life is rich and full…

How often do you use the word busy to describe your life? Do the words "Gosh, I've been busy" readily spill out of your mouth when someone asks how you're doing? The word busy holds the connotation of high stress, having a crazy long to-do list, and days on the verge of being chaotic. While some days … Continue reading Because life is rich and full…

3-step cleansing

The opportunities to participate in a summer cleanse or detox are plentiful this time of year. We bombard our bodies with all sorts of treats through the winter with the holidays, birthdays, work celebrations, and those extra shots of coffee to get us going on cool, drizzly days. And it all takes its toll. Just like … Continue reading 3-step cleansing