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

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]

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

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…

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

Now that I know…

A couple week's ago, I shared the 2017 Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen…foods with the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residue…as identified by the Environmental Working Group. If you missed that post, you can read it here. I was thrilled to hear from so many of you saying you were glad to learn about … Continue reading Now that I know…

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 spices

Nothing says Christmas quite like the smell of gingerbread. Often a combination of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves, this warm spicy blend not only tastes good, it offers incredible health benefits. Immune building and inflammation fighting, the warm, stimulating flavors of these four spices can ease digestive distress and help you achieve or sustain optimal … Continue reading Nourishing holiday spices

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?

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…

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

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

Spiraled Vegetables

OMGoodness! Who would have thought spiraling vegetables would be so much fun. Not only is it a great way to get more vegetables in your diet...think vital nutrients and fiber, spiraled vegetables cook quickly and add plate appeal. I may be late to the party, but spiraled vegetables have become a new favorite...even for my … Continue reading Spiraled Vegetables

Winter Hydration

Water…it’s essential for life. Did you know that your body contains up to 75% water by weight and your brain even more? Among its many functions, water feeds cells, helps physical and mental performance, controls temperature, and aids digestion. Sure coffee and hot chocolate taste good, especially on a cold winter day. But when it … Continue reading Winter Hydration