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No added sugar, strawberry jam recipe | Thickened with chia seeds

Where I live, the first spring strawberries are now available directly from the farmer. When you’ve bought too many, and they are no longer quite at their peak, try making this quick and no added sugar strawberry jam to make them last longer. […]

By | May 19th, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

Deadlines: A business approach works for when we are healthy and ill

How do you deal with deadlines – all those urgent and important things in life?  Using the Eisenhower Matrix can help us, both when we are healthy and when we are ill.  […]

By | May 16th, 2017|Meaning|0 Comments

AHA! | Have an aha moment anytime of the day: Apple, hemp, & almonds

This is a quick three-ingredient dish that is perfect any time of the day. I eat it for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, ….you get the picture. Let’s get making it. […]

By | May 12th, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|1 Comment

The best exercise for brains of older adults – walk, stretch or dance?

As we age, the white matter in the brain begins to degenerate leading to a decline in cognitive function, such as processing speed and memory decline. We all know that physical activity and exercise is beneficial, but can exercise help our white matter and brain function too? […]

By | May 9th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Research|0 Comments

Paleo granola recipe with flowers | Low carb, paleo, gluten free

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve shared a couple of oat-based granola recipes. Today I have a grainless granola recipe for those who don’t do well with grains or prefer to eat paleo – or just want to give it a try to change things up! […]

By | May 5th, 2017|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday|0 Comments

Metastatic Breast Cancer Project | Speeding up research by sharing your tumor samples

The metastatic breast cancer (mBC) project offers a new approach to cancer research. It connects researchers directly with patients. Patients share their tumor samples and clinical information to create a huge database of genomic and molecular information, to help accelerate important research discoveries. Participating is a way to help yourself and others. Find out more. […]

By | May 2nd, 2017|Breast cancer, Empowerment, Research|0 Comments

Prize-winning marmalade granola recipe | 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. […]

By | April 28th, 2017|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday|1 Comment

Cow and goat milk estrogen levels | Does it matter?

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.   […]

By | April 25th, 2017|Breast cancer, Food, prostate cancer, Research|1 Comment

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

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! […]

By | April 21st, 2017|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|1 Comment

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

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

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

By | April 14th, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday|0 Comments

Lifestyle medicine lessons from baby E | Reminders for better health

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 [...]

By | April 11th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine|0 Comments

Kombucha – cocktail and soda pop alternative? | Foodie Friday

Kombucha. Kom-boo-cha. I have to admit that I resisted trying kombucha because I didn't like the name. It was intimidating to me. The name made me think it would taste bad. Like drinking liquefied nastiness or medicine. I didn’t even [...]

By | April 7th, 2017|Food, Foodie Friday, Uncategorized|0 Comments

What should my plate look like? ANH Healthful eating guidelines

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.  […]

By | April 4th, 2017|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

Websites to check | breastcancer.org

Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete, and up-to-date information about breast cancer.  Their mission is to help women and their loved ones make sense of the complex medical and personal information about breast health [...]

By | March 31st, 2017|Breast cancer, website review|0 Comments

WISDOM study | Helping redefine Breast Cancer screening for the future

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.  […]

By | March 28th, 2017|Breast cancer, Research|0 Comments

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|1 Comment

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
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