What’s your snack of choice?

We all like to snack. What if you turned your food snacks into movement snacks? I first heard the term “movement snack” while listening to a podcast by Jim Kwik and Dr. Stephanie Estima. This podcast is about balancing stress hormones and the effects of chronic stress on the brain. It got me thinking about … Continue reading What’s your snack of choice?

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?

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

Kombucha [kôm boo’ cha]

I remember the first time I sampled kombucha. My father-in-law found a booth offering samples at the farmers’ market one Saturday morning, and he dared me to try it. The stringy live culture in the bottom of the cup gave me pause, but I wasn’t about to back down from his challenge. Kombucha has since … Continue reading Kombucha [kôm boo’ cha]

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 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

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

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

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

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