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. […]

Pleasure versus happiness | Is our pursuit of pleasure detrimental to our happiness?

By | April 3rd, 2018|Book review, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

I attended a lecture by Dr. Robert Lustig last week. He was discussing the differences between pleasure and happiness. […]

Using your brain to figure out pain | Pain symptom diary for joint and muscular pain

By | March 20th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement|

This post is not about how pain is in our head. It’s about how paying attention to the pain and exploring the circumstances around it can help us figure out the root cause: Using our intelligence to put the pieces together. […]

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. […]

Do we need a photo album in our medicine cabinet? Love as our drug of choice

By | February 13th, 2018|Empowerment, In treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|

In honor of Valentine’s day, let’s consider love as our drug of choice!  UCLA researchers have found that instead of bottles of painkillers, maybe we should be putting a photo or photo album in our bathroom medicine cabinet to help reduce pain. What? Can photos reduce pain? […]

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. […]

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. […]

Dive deeper : My strategy for no shopping in January

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

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.  […]

Oasis week | Clarify your life’s purpose

By | December 26th, 2017|Empowerment, In remission, In treatment, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning|

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. […]

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? […]

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? […]

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.  […]

A house of many windows | Working together

By | September 5th, 2017|Biomarkers, Community, disease prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Play, Stress reduction|

Maybe you’ve been wondering how I work with clients and whether our working together could help you? Let’s explore this a little by looking at an analogy I use: “A house of many windows.” […]

Chickpea Mediterranean Salad | Eat like the Blue Zones

By | July 7th, 2017|Cancer prevention, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Lunch, Recipes|

This is a quick, easy, throw together, nourishing recipe.   […]

The importance of a positive connection between patient and provider

By | June 13th, 2017|In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

Does the quality of the relationship between patient and doctor/healthcare practitioner really make a difference? We all want to feel listened to and have time with a doctor, but is there evidence that this connection actually impacts our health? […]

EWG’s 2017 Sunscreen guide | Choose the best sunscreen for you and your family

By | June 6th, 2017|App review, Cancer prevention, In remission, In treatment, Just diagnosed, Just finished treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, website review|

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) have released their 2017 sunscreen guide. Let’s take a look and see what it covers, so you can then explore it further and make some choices. […]

The concept of a Spoon Barn | Adapting to change

By | May 30th, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning|

When life is getting you down, try considering the concept of a spoon barn.  It’s all about living life to the fullest, even with change and loss.  […]

Hygge – Learning from the Danes, some of the happiest people on Earth

By | May 23rd, 2017|Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Hygge is a Danish work that is considered untranslatable – although many try! Some say that hygge (pronounced hue-gah) is meant to be felt, not translated. Why is this word suddenly a buzz word and the No.1 export from Denmark? Let’s take a look. […]

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

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

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? […]

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! […]

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.  […]

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.  […]

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. […]

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