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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
It is with excitement, pride and gratitude that I share some good news. I am now among a recognized group of colleagues who are Board Certified in Holistic Nutrition®. Sitting for the board exam…and passing…was a significant step. Validating proof-of-hours and meeting other stringent requirements was an even bigger undertaking. Why the excitement? Because this certification … Continue reading Happy-dance day!
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
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…
I recently had the great fortune of sitting down with Jessica Dewell, host of The Voice of Bold Business, to discuss the signs of working too much and what to do about it. Along with Dr Ryan Marchman (Boulder, CO) and Palma Michel (London, UK) our conversation uncovered insights about the importance of self-awareness and selectively choosing values that ensure a life well-lived. In … Continue reading Are you burning the candle at both ends?
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…
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
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…
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
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
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
In 2006, I was diagnosed with a blood clot, known as a deep vein thrombosis. During an extended business trip, I started experiencing a nagging ache in my calf and swelling in an ankle. I viewed the symptoms as annoyances rather than concerns because the ache felt like muscle soreness after a long run. Not … Continue reading A chapter in my life…
My husband presented me with a gift a couple weeks ago. Actually, the gift was a declaration, and one I fully support. Jim declared he was ready to declutter. Now, how the two of us go about decluttering is another story! Nonetheless, when the gift was presented, I decided to focus on the end result…unused … Continue reading The gift of decluttering
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