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Spring cleaning and going native…

It’s spring, finally! Traditionally, this is the time of year when we want to make changes in our life, start afresh, clean out closets, get organized! For me, this year was different. I decided that I wanted to create a [...]

By | March 24th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Meaning, Stress reduction, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Oura ring for monitoring and improving sleep and activity

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.  […]

By | March 21st, 2017|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|0 Comments

The natto challenge

If you’ve read Ruth’s recent posts about K2, you’ll know that it has the almost miraculous ability to move calcium out of blood vessels (where it is not welcome) and into bones (where it is definitely welcome). You might also [...]

By | March 17th, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday, Uncategorized, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

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

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!   […]

By | March 14th, 2017|prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

Homemade organic, unsweetened yogurt | Foodie Friday

We talk a lot about non-dairy products, including yogurt. In last week’s post, I reviewed some commercially available yogurts. I wasn’t wild about some of them, mainly because of the sweetness. When I was searching for a non-dairy yogurt some [...]

By | March 10th, 2017|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Uncategorized|4 Comments

Vitamin K2 sources | How much do we need?

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.  […]

By | March 7th, 2017|Food, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

A closer look at…non-dairy yogurts | Foodie Friday

Congratulations! You’ve decided to reduce the amount of dairy in your diet by replacing your usual cow’s milk yogurt with a non-dairy alternative. It’s a hard decision to make, and you deserve a lot of credit. Now that you’ve made the decision, how do you take the next step? […]

By | March 3rd, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

Vitamin K2 | The little-known powerful calcium carrier

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.   […]

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

Smoothies – a healthy meal replacement | Foodie Friday

In today’s post, we’ll look at how a smoothie can help support you when you have no appetite or aren’t eating much. This smoothie will give you good nutrition and tide you over until you’re feeling more like your normal self. […]

By | February 24th, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Using reminders to help us change our habits

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. […]

By | February 21st, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|0 Comments

Smoothies – an everyday treat | Foodie Friday

Make mine green, or red, or brown, or… Like snowflakes, no two smoothies are exactly alike. Even when made to the same recipe, there are so many variables that change the end result – the size of a handful of leafy greens, the sweetness of a berry, the freshness of a carrot. But no matter; like snowflakes, every home-made smoothie can be a thing of beauty. Not to mention a gift of immense flavor and goodness! […]

By | February 17th, 2017|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|2 Comments

The importance of relationships | The gift of full attention

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

By | February 14th, 2017|Love, Meaning, Research|0 Comments

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

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. […]

By | February 10th, 2017|Book review|0 Comments

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

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? […]

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|2 Comments

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

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? […]

By | February 3rd, 2017|Book review|0 Comments

Skin Deep and Think Dirty | Apps for your health

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.  […]

By | January 31st, 2017|App review, detoxification, Empowerment|0 Comments

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

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?  […]

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Detoxification every day, not just in January

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. […]

By | January 24th, 2017|detoxification|2 Comments

1% Challenge – 30-day online mindfulness program

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? […]

By | January 20th, 2017|Stress reduction|0 Comments

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

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 [...]

Put a little green in your life

According to the Pantone Color Institute (PCI), the color green will be everywhere in 2017. Pantone 15-0343 – a specific shade of green said to evoke the first days of spring. Indeed, the PCI has named 15-0343 (also called "Greenery") as the [...]

By | January 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

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? […]

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|0 Comments

New Year Resolutions…don’t fall into the trap!

There have been plenty of Decembers when I’ve made resolutions about things I’m going to change “in the new year.” But I don’t do that anymore… […]

By | January 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Zinc | For more than just the common cold

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! […]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Biomarkers|0 Comments

Finding time for the good stuff

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.  […]

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|1 Comment

Selenium: the small but mighty mineral

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. […]

By | December 27th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Book Review | Dig In Your Heels

Dig In Your Heels | The glamorous (and not so glamorous) life of a young breast cancer survivor This blog post first appeared on Zero Breast Cancer - zerobreastcancer.org - where I am a guest blogger. (Be sure to check [...]

By | December 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|2 Comments

Humming through the holidays | 3 top stress busters

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. […]

By | December 20th, 2016|Play, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Pumpkin Seed Butter | Foodie Friday

Pumpkin seed butter? Trust me, it isn't as weird as it might sound, and it's a powerhouse of goodness. Ruth’s recent post about magnesium might have been an eye-opener for you...magnesium deficiency is associated with seven of the top nine causes [...]

By | December 16th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Snacks, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Magnesium – the low cost mineral with multiple health benefits

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.  […]

By | December 13th, 2016|Biomarkers|0 Comments
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