Roasted red cabbage slices | Foodie Friday

By | April 20th, 2018|Breakfast, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|

Become a vegetable butcher and make some roasted red cabbage steaks! “Steaks” makes it sound really meaty! No wimpy veg dishes here! AKA roasted red cabbage slices.  Give it a try.  […]

Eating fish, cognition, and sleep | How are they interconnected?

By | April 17th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Research, Sleep, vitamins and minerals|

We all know that eating oily fish provides us with a good source of omega 3 fats.  Greater fish consumption has been seen to be associated with improved cognition among children, and also with improved sleep.  So is the improved sleep responsible for the improved cognition? Let’s look at the connection between eating fish, cognition, and sleep. […]

Extending our Healthspan rather than lifespan | TEDxSalon in San Rafael

By | April 13th, 2018|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

We read about many advances in medicine and lifestyle medicine research which offer the promise of extending our longevity.  But our real goal should be extending our Healthspan, rather than just lifespan. We want to increase the years we are healthy, not just add more years to our lives when we have chronic diseases. […]

Thyroid stimulating hormone levels and Melanoma

By | March 27th, 2018|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment|

The thyroid gland is in our neck and most melanomas are skin cancers.  So is there really a connection between these two things? Let’s take a look at the research on TSH and melanoma. […]

How much copper do we need? Can we get it from food?

By | March 16th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, vitamins and minerals|

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the importance of copper for our health. It is involved in so many areas of our metabolism and health. We also covered copper deficiency and what symptoms are associated with it. Today we’ll look at how much copper we need and good copper food sources. […]

The importance of copper | Signs of copper deficiency

By | March 13th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Immune system, vitamins and minerals|

Copper is essential for the functioning of our bodies. It is required for over 30 different chemical reactions including our antioxidant defense system. Copper deficiency is now seen to be more common than previously thought.  […]

Pomegranate and apple cider vinaigrette dressing | Foodie Friday

By | March 9th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Here’s a quick, easy pomegranate salad dressing recipe made using pomegranate juice for all those health benefits we’ve been discussing lately. […]

What is in pomegranate juice that has health benefits? Does it vary depending on how we prepare it?

By | March 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, prostate cancer, vitamins and minerals|

What exactly is in pomegranate juice that makes it good for our health? Should we be making our own at home? Or is it OK to drink commercially made pomegranate juice? The pomegranate juice polyphenols are the key to its health benefits. Let’s find out more about them. […]

Enjoy pomegranates six different ways | Beyond fresh pomegranate and juice.

By | March 2nd, 2018|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, New Food Friday, vitamins and minerals|

Our fresh pomegranate season is short. It’s normally November through February. Pomegranates are one of the few fruits that we can’t get year round. Find out six different ways you can use pomegranates so you can reap their health benefits year round.  […]

Pomegranate juice for cardiovascular health

By | February 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, nutrigenomics, Research|

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in adults. The majority of cardiovascular disease results from atherosclerosis.  Millions of people take medications to try to combat or prevent atherosclerosis. So why don’t we hear about the powerful effect pomegranates can have on our arteries and cardiovascular health? […]

Pomegranate health benefits and nutritional facts | Why we should be eating more pomegranates

By | February 23rd, 2018|Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|

Pomegranates are such beautiful fruits. That wonderful ruby color of their seeds/arils. I love using them in both savory and sweet dishes for that rich color and jewel-like appearance. But they are so much more than pleasant to look at. They are packed with nutrients and micronutrients, providing a wide range of health benefits. […]

How many balls are you juggling? Tune-in to your juggling skills daily

By | February 20th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fast Friday, Fundamentals on Fridays, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

I vividly remember learning to juggle. I was staying with my sister and got chickenpox and felt too ill to drive home. So I spent my days learning to juggle. In my case, being ill made me learn to juggle. But more often, it’s the other way around. Trying to juggle too much can make us ill. […]

A boat with many anchors | How many anchors need to be raised for health

By | February 6th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Maybe you have been trying different approaches to restore your health or optimize your health. but it hasn’t quite paid off yet. Don’t give up. Consider a boat with many anchors.  […]

Children’s night lights | What about their melatonin? | Fundamentals on Fridays

By | February 2nd, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Fundamentals on Fridays, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction|

I frequently write about melatonin and its many impacts on our health and its importance for sleep. And maybe you are making some changes and sleeping better. But what about your children or grandchildren? Do they sleep with a light on or do you keep the door open and a hall light on? Are they scared of the dark? […]

T.A.S.T.E. Workshop March 11th | Join us for the Digestion Dance

By | January 30th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction, vitamins and minerals|

We seem to be bombarded with opinions about WHAT we should be eating, from low fat to ketogenic, from vegan to paleo, and all the other variations on offer. But little attention is paid to HOW we eat.  I’m running a one-day TASTE workshop in March to explore the “how” of eating. I’d love you to join me. Here’s what we’ll be covering. […]

Brussels Sprouts Hash & Eggs recipe | Foodie Fridays

By | January 26th, 2018|Breakfast, Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks|

Brussels Sprouts are a great winter vegetable. Here’s a way to use them for breakfast, brunch or lunch – as a hash with some eggs.  […]

The effect of Vitamin D levels on survival after colorectal (bowel) cancer

By | January 23rd, 2018|colon cancer, disease prevention, In remission, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Research, vitamins and minerals|

Vitamin D deficiency is implicated in several common diseases, including cancer. Most cancer-related vitamin D studies focus on it’s potential in cancer prevention, but today we’ll look at the effect of vitamin D levels on recurrence of cancer – specifically colorectal cancer.  […]

Five fast flu preventers | Fast Friday

By | January 19th, 2018|disease prevention, Fast Friday, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Prevention is better than cure. Let’s look at how to avoid getting this horrid flu that seems so prevalent. Here are five flu preventers. […]

Play social games for brain health and more

By | January 16th, 2018|Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play|

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

By | January 12th, 2018|Basics, Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Immune system, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

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. […]

The importance of meal timing for our circadian rhythm and health

By | December 19th, 2017|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Empowerment, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

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

By | December 15th, 2017|Basics, Breakfast, Cancer prevention, Desserts, Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lifestyle Medicine, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks, Soups, vitamins and minerals|

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

By | December 12th, 2017|disease prevention, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

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

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

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. […]

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

By | December 5th, 2017|disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Sleep|

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

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

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. […]

Acknowledging and dealing with lingering distress after a disaster

By | November 21st, 2017|Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Sleep, Stress reduction|

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

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

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.  […]

Your appendix: A safe-house for microbiota

By | November 7th, 2017|Cancer prevention, colon cancer, disease prevention, Immune system|

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

By | November 3rd, 2017|detoxification, Dinner, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|

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. […]

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