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?

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

Because life is rich and full…

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…

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…

Dirty Dozen / Clean Fifteen

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

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

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

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

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

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

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