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Prize-winning marmalade granola recipe | Foodie Friday

By | April 28th, 2017|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday|

Today I’ll share my prize-winning marmalade granola recipe.  Give it a try and see if you think it’s a winner. […]

Cow and goat milk estrogen levels | Does it matter?

By | April 25th, 2017|Breast cancer, Food, prostate cancer, Research|

Elevated estrogen metabolites in the body are seen to be associated with certain cancers, including prostate, ovarian, and breast cancers.  One potential dietary source of these metabolites that is commonly consumed is milk. Let’s look at how cow and goat milk vary in their estrogen levels.   […]

Simple and quick, no added sugar granola recipe | Foodie Friday

By | April 21st, 2017|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|

I have several different granola recipes that I make – but most are based on one versatile recipe template.  I’ll share the template and show you a quick and easy one to get started with. The recipe can be simplified to only two ingredients! […]

Healthy self = Heal thy self | Supporting our bodies for self healing

By | April 18th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play|

Our bodies are designed to heal themselves. They have many self-healing capacities, so let’s look at how we can support these to reveal our healthy self. Healthy self = Heal thy self! […]

2017 Updated Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen fruits and vegetables

By | April 14th, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday|

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have updated their Dirty Dozen™ and Clean Fifteen™ list for 2017.  What’s changed? […]

Lifestyle medicine lessons from baby E | Reminders for better health

By | April 11th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|

I've recently had the wonderful fortune of spending time with a little baby. Baby E and his mother came to stay for a few days last month, and then yesterday we went for a hike together (yes, he's a good [...]

What should my plate look like? ANH Healthful eating guidelines

By | April 4th, 2017|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, vitamins and minerals|

I’m sure you are familiar with graphics of “food plates” or the food pyramids, designed to help us figure out what we should eat each day. Some are more helpful than others!  One of the ones I like is the Food4Health guidelines from the Alliance for Natural Health. So take a look and see what you think.  […]

WISDOM study | Helping redefine Breast Cancer screening for the future

By | March 28th, 2017|Breast cancer, Research|

A new study, the Wisdom Study, is currently recruiting women to figure out the best approach to Breast Cancer (BC) screening and how to improve it. Let’s find out more about it.  […]

The Oura ring for monitoring and improving sleep and activity

By | March 21st, 2017|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

There are lots of wearable devices available now to monitor different aspects of your health. Today we’ll review the Oura ring that monitors sleep and activity.  […]

Importance of Vitamin K2 for prostate health (and varicose veins)

By | March 14th, 2017|prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|

In the last two blog posts, we’ve seen how important vitamin K2 is for osteoporosis and atherosclerosis, in that K2 moves calcium from the blood vessels to the bones. Today we’ll explore K2’s connection to prostate health and varicose veins. Seems an odd combination – but read on!   […]

Vitamin K2 sources | How much do we need?

By | March 7th, 2017|Food, vitamins and minerals|

We learned in last week’s blog post how vitamin K2 is a calcium mover in the body and can help with both osteoporosis and atherosclerosis. Let’s check a little more into Vitamin K2 sources, both food and supplements, and see how much we need to get these beneficial effects.  […]

Vitamin K2 | The little-known powerful calcium carrier

By | February 28th, 2017|Food, vitamins and minerals|

You are not alone if you’ve never heard of Vitamin K2. Maybe you’ve heard of “Vitamin K” as the coagulation vitamin – but that is mainly the job of Vitamin K1. Vitamin K2 seems to be a big secret! So let’s get talking about it and see how important it is for getting calcium to the places in the body where we want it.   […]

Using reminders to help us change our habits

By | February 21st, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|

This week I’ve been using a reminder to change how I am thinking about something going on in my life.  It’s not your usual reminder like a ping from the phone, or a message on a post-it stuck on my mirror – but it works. Using reminders, in whatever form, can help us change our habits. […]

The importance of relationships | The gift of full attention

By | February 14th, 2017|Love, Meaning, Research|

Happy Valentine’s Day! A day to celebrate love. And it is worth celebrating – whether or not you subscribe to the Hallmark holiday. […]

Children’s books about maternal cancer| A mom of many hats

By | February 10th, 2017|Book review|

Following on from last Friday’s post, today we will look at the book “A mom of many hats.” This is a children’s book, for ages 3-12, that helps adults explain a cancer diagnosis to a child. […]

Storm in a coffee cup | Should we be drinking coffee?

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. This is despite its history of negative research. So was that all a storm in a coffee cup? Should we or shouldn’t we drink our cup of coffee? […]

Children’s books about maternal cancer| Nowhere Hair by Sue Glader

By | February 3rd, 2017|Book review|

A key issue pertaining to a parent’s diagnosis of cancer is how to appropriately communicate the diagnosis and related matters to children. What resources are there that can help? […]

Skin Deep and Think Dirty | Apps for your health

By | January 31st, 2017|App review, detoxification, Empowerment|

It is estimated that women are exposed to 168 chemicals every day through their beauty and personal products. “Skin Deep” by Environmental Working Group (ewg.org) and “Think Dirty” are two mobile Apps that can help us figure out if these products contain harmful ingredients and allergens.  […]

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|

We frequently consider sleep as a waste of time. We are too busy. Gosh, by the age of 90, on average we will have slept 32 years! Our minds automatically question what else we could have done with that time. So what does the latest research tell us about why we sleep?  […]

Detoxification every day, not just in January

By | January 24th, 2017|detoxification|

The British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT), of which I am a Registered Nutritional Therapist, have released the above infographic/poster about detoxification.  Perfect timing, as many people think January is the month for detox.  But, hang on a minute.  We need more than a blitz of detox in January. As the poster suggests, we should be focusing on detoxifying every single day. […]

1% Challenge – 30-day online mindfulness program

By | January 20th, 2017|Stress reduction|

eMindful currently has a challenge for you.  Take just 1% of each day for 30 days and learn/practice mindfulness.  1% amounts to just 14 minutes. Are you up for the challenge? […]

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

By | January 17th, 2017|Breast cancer, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, website review|

Zero Breast Cancer (Zerobreastcancer.org), or ZBC, is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California. Both Kathie and I write a book review blog post for them once a month. But we haven't spoken much about them on our own blog...so [...]

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|

You know I’m one for acronyms, what with the name CALMERme, and our programs for clients -CAPABLEme and RESTOREDme. So when I heard about the website named KARA, I wanted to check it out. KARA, the acronym, stands for Kindness, Awareness, Rest and Allowing. But what is it? […]

Zinc | For more than just the common cold

By | January 3rd, 2017|Biomarkers|

During this cold and flu season, you might hear a recommendation that at the first sign of a cold, you should take a zinc lozenge to help ward off the common cold. But are you aware of all the other things that zinc is important for in the body? It’s a powerhouse! […]

Finding time for the good stuff

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Laura Vanderkam has some great advice in this TEDtalk. It’s all about how we use our free time. There are lots of great snippets in here – give it a watch.  […]

Selenium: the small but mighty mineral

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Selenium is considered a trace mineral – meaning we need only very small amounts. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important. We want to avoid selenium deficiency, but a little goes a long way and does a lot of good. […]

Humming through the holidays | 3 top stress busters

By | December 20th, 2016|Play, Stress reduction|

While we all picture the holidays and Christmastime to be happy times, they can also be quite stressful. So here are three of the simplest things you can do to help you relax at this time of year…and you might end up using them forever! My favorite is humming. […]

Magnesium – the low cost mineral with multiple health benefits

By | December 13th, 2016|Biomarkers|

Magnesium is one of my favorite minerals. Might seem a funny thing to say, but magnesium is so important for our health, yet approximately 50% of us don’t get the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of it in our diet. This means that for many, a little supplementation can go a long way to quickly improve symptoms. Magnesium is involved with more than 350 different enzyme reactions in the body, and virtually every system in the body needs magnesium to function.  […]

A Laughter Box | The perfect gift for someone who is ill

By | December 9th, 2016|Love, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Tuesday’s post gave some healthy holiday gift ideas that I hope caught your eye. Today, I want to focus on just one gift that is a lovely idea for someone who is ill. Whether it is a family member or friend, whether they have cancer or some other chronic illness, or maybe it’s someone who finds the holidays especially hard, why not consider putting together a laughter box for them…   […]

The importance of minerals for our health | Avoiding mineral deficiencies

By | November 29th, 2016|Biomarkers|

Maybe you take a multivitamin pill everyday – in which case, good for you! But does your pill also contain good levels of minerals? Why does our body need minerals? Are they important? How can you tell if you have mineral deficiencies? […]

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