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

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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

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

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?

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

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…

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