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…

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