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

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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