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Play social games for brain health and more

We’re all familiar with the concept of doing puzzles to help support our brain health, especially as we age. But why not add another dimension and make it social.  Play a game with someone else instead of a solitary activity, and there will be many more gains.  […]

Power vegetable drink | Elevate V8 juice to V10-S2-F1 power drink to get your daily veggies

I think we all know that eating vegetables is good for us. All that fiber, vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients. But sometimes it’s difficult to eat as many as we want in a day.  How about taking V8 juice and making it better?  Today I’ll show you how to make a personalized power vegetable drink. […]

Topical Melatonin cream for breast radiation dermatitis

Many women who have breast-conserving surgery for breast cancer go on to have radiation treatment. One of the most common side effects of this radiation is dermatitis, causing pain, itchiness, discomfort, and blisters. A study has found that topical melatonin may prevent and reduce the severity of this dermatitis. […]

By | January 9th, 2018|Breast cancer, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Research|0 Comments

Black Radish | New food Friday

I frequently suggest to my clients that they try a new food every week. You may think you’ve tried everything but look around. Or go to another store or farmers market and see what they have.  This week I tried black radish and I share a couple of simple recipes I tried. […]

By | January 5th, 2018|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

Dive deeper : My strategy for no shopping in January

Have you ever seen the movie The Big Blue?  I saw it many years ago after it was recommended to me by a dear German friend. It’s all about a competition for free-divers (who use no breathing equipment and just hold their breath) to see who can dive deeper.  While I’m not a free-diver, I am going to dive deeper this January to start off 2018.  […]

By | January 2nd, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Top five ways to eat ginger to help digestion | Fast Friday Five

This time of year, many people indulge more than they do normally. Richer foods and less healthy foods can lead to digestive issues and discomfort.  Be ready and have some ginger on hand to calm your digestive system. […]

By | December 29th, 2017|Basics, Fast Friday, Food|0 Comments

Oasis week | Clarify your life’s purpose

I love this week between Christmas and the New Year. I like to think of it as my oasis week. A time of calm in the midst of chaos. The perfect time for reflection and clarification. […]

Move over avocado toast – Yogurt toast is here.

Avocado toast has been very popular lately but the enthusiasm seems to be dwindling.  Maybe it is time for yogurt toast to take over.   […]

The importance of meal timing for our circadian rhythm and health

Cues for our circadian rhythm come from our environment. The dominant cue is light and darkness. But another significant cue is the timing of eating.  Let’s find out more. […]

Using yogurt as a vehicle for other healthy foods | Foodie Friday

We often have great intentions about incorporating certain foods into our daily lives, but then can’t quite figure out how to do it. Enter the wonder vehicle – yogurt!  I know, it may sound a little odd, but I use yoghurt as a vehicle for other nutrients on a daily basis. Read on to find out more. […]

Using blue light blocking glasses | Supporting our circadian rhythm

For the last few months, I’ve been wearing blue light blocking glasses in the evenings.  I’ve noticed a big improvement in my sleep – especially my deep sleep. And I experience just a calmer, more relaxed feeling in the evenings. Could blue light blocking glasses help you? […]

Festive cauliflower fritters | Plus spiced yogurt recipe to always have in the fridge

With all the rich food over the holidays, eating healthily can get difficult at this time of the year. This festive cauliflower fritters recipe is a tasty but light dish. Try serving it as finger food for a party or with a salad for an appetizer. The pomegranates on top give it that lovely festive color. […]

By | December 8th, 2017|Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

Changes in our physiology during light and dark | Is artificial light disrupting our rhythm?

Our body is designed to have a rhythm. Several rhythms, in fact. Some rhythms are seasonal, some relate to the moon (monthly), others coincide with the light and dark cycle of day and night. Let’s look today at what effects changes in light and dark cycle (our circadian rhythm) have on our body. Is messing with this natural cycle affecting our health? […]

Spicy beluga lentils recipe | Foodie Friday

I suspect you haven’t tried cooking beluga lentils before. I hadn’t until recently. They are just appearing on the food scene. But quickly gaining popularity.  They are like little beads of caviar – thus their beluga name. Here is a simple recipe to give them a try. […]

By | December 1st, 2017|Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

Therapeutic properties of Rosemary | Worth growing in your garden

I encourage my clients to add fresh or dried herbs and spices to their meals every day. And not just once a day, but at every meal if they can. This may seem excessive, but herbs and spices have many great health benefits so it is worth doing. And if you think about it at every meal, you’ll easily get into the habit. Today we’ll look at therapeutic rosemary, a herb with many healing effects.  […]

By | November 28th, 2017|Food, Research, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

Autumnal persimmon pasta recipe | Foodie Friday

With my lovely stash of persimmons, I thought I’d try something different. Persimmon pasta.  This recipe roasts the persimmons (Sharon fruit) first, then adds them to a pasta dish with some kale and lemon juice. The gentle sweetness is a nice addition. See what you think. […]

By | November 24th, 2017|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments

Acknowledging and dealing with lingering distress after a disaster

It’s been six weeks since the wildfires in Northern California. For those who lost their homes and all their possessions, they are dealing with the major task of how to go forward and rebuild their lives. For others who didn’t lose their home, there are feelings of enormous relief. We tell ourselves we are lucky. But physical signs are showing up in people suggesting continued distress that is frequently not being acknowledged.  […]

Turmeric persimmon oatmeal or porridge | Foodie Friday recipe

With the colder mornings, I am feeling more inclined towards warm breakfasts.  Oatmeal, or porridge as it’s called in the UK, can hit the spot, especially with some seasonal fruit and warming spices.  […]

By | November 17th, 2017|Breakfast, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments

Does it matter if you call food a meal or a snack?

An interesting study came out in October that compared whether calling a food a snack versus meal, and whether standing or sitting at a table to eat it had an impact on subsequent food intake. Let’s see what the researchers found. […]

By | November 14th, 2017|Empowerment, Food, Research|0 Comments

Rosemary roasted pears with green salad | Foodie Friday

The sweet and savory flavors of pears and herbs are perfectly balanced in this recipe. This will get you salivating. […]

By | November 10th, 2017|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

Your appendix: A safe-house for microbiota

In school biology classes you probably learned that your appendix is vestigial – i.e., a structure that has remained through evolution but has no function.  Now we know different, and this weekend, I’ve been grateful I have mine.  […]

Sardine patties | A great way to include sardines in your weekly meal plan

Sardines are a healthy, economical food choice. Yet we often struggle with how to incorporate them into our weekly diets.  Many people get stuck and bored with sardines on toast. So here is a recipe for sardine patties. Try it and include it with your everyday recipes for a boost of anti-inflammatory nutrients. […]

Sardines : Small in size, mighty in nutrition!

Sardines are small white fish, but they pack a mighty amount of nutrients. They are the equivalent of liver in the fish world in terms of nutritiousness!! You’ll understand the comparison if you’ve read my previous liver posts!  […]

By | October 31st, 2017|nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

Understanding the real mammogram numbers | What do the risk reduction statistics really mean?

October is breast cancer awareness month. We hear that having a regular mammogram cuts the risk of dying from breast cancer by as much as 20%.  Sounds like a good reason for getting screening. But what do those numbers really mean? […]

3D nipple tattoos after breast reconstruction

After breast reconstruction following mastectomy, women want to look good in the mirror. 3D nipple tattoos can make a significant difference, but not many people know about them. So what are 3D nipple tattoos? […]

By | October 24th, 2017|Breast cancer, In treatment|0 Comments

Chicken liver pate recipe | Great source of vitamin A and B vitamins

I’ve written a couple of times these past few weeks on the great nutritional value of liver as a food. It is an excellent source of vitamin A and methylation nutrients.  Today I share a chicken liver pate recipe with you. […]

Liver : A key food source of Vitamin A for immune support

Liver is an excellent source of many nutrients. A couple of weeks ago I discussed how it is an excellent food source of methylation nutrients, especially B vitamins. Today I want to explore what liver is often better known for, and that is its Vitamin A content.  […]

By | October 17th, 2017|Food, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

When your world changes from color to black and white (but then back to color again)

As you may know, I live in Sonoma County, CA which is the area affected by wildfires right now. It’s been a scary week. But also an interesting week. […]

By | October 13th, 2017|Community, Love, Meaning|0 Comments

We are safe

We live in the wine country in Sonoma County where there are numerous fires. Today (Monday) has been the scariest of days.  […]

By | October 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Lemon calves liver with sage | Foodie Friday

Don’t pull a face! I know liver is challenging as a food for many people.  But maybe it’s worth reconsidering? This simple recipe lifts the flavor of the liver with the sage and lemon.  […]

By | October 6th, 2017|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments
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