Vegetable flatbread recipe | Foodie Friday

This vegetable flatbread recipe is an easy way to increase your veggie intake. The vegetable is an integral part of the flatbread but doesn't give it a strong flavor. And the recipe is gluten-free and egg-free. Inspiration I've been enjoying [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|Basics, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

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

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. […]

By | March 20th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Movement|0 Comments

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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? […]

By | February 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, nutrigenomics, Research|0 Comments

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

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

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. […]

Drinking mineral water for the minerals | Can mineral water really be an important calcium source?

Last week we looked at some good non-dairy food sources of calcium. But there was one I held back for this week. And it’s a favorite of mine. Today we will look at mineral water as a calcium source in the diet. […]

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

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? […]

By | February 13th, 2018|Empowerment, In treatment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Research|0 Comments

Do you get enough calcium in your diet? Calcium food sources

Getting enough calcium in your diet is often a concern, especially for post-menopausal women. This is particularly true if they are not eating dairy. So where should we be getting our calcium from if not dairy or in addition to dairy?  […]

By | February 9th, 2018|Food, Fundamentals on Fridays, vitamins and minerals|0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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? […]

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