Larch Arabinogalactan | A dietary fiber with additional benefits

By | August 14th, 2018|colon cancer, disease prevention, Immune system|

You probably haven’t heard of Larch Arabinogalactan (LA). But today, I’ll put that right as it is not only a good fiber source but it can also enhance the immune system. […]

Grilled carrots with cumin yogurt | Foodie Friday

By | August 10th, 2018|Basics, Dinner, disease prevention, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

Summertime gets us outside grilling and barbecuing. It’s lovely to get out of the kitchen and socialize as you cook. But make sure you include plenty of vegetables too. They are particularly important with grilled foods.  […]

Changing habits | Improving the worst thing about your diet

By | August 7th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine|

Last week I wrote about how to change the worst thing about your diet. For me, the worst thing was not drinking enough water. So how did I get on? Read on to find out about my changing habits and what worked and what didn’t.  […]

What’s the best and worst thing about your diet?

By | July 31st, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|

I’ll often ask a client when we first meet what the best and worst thing is about their diet. It gives me information not only on their diet but also their understanding of nutrition.  So let’s ask ourselves today and then take the next step to do something about the worst thing.  […]

What is the best exercise?

By | July 24th, 2018|Breast cancer, Cancer prevention, Community, disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Movement, Stress reduction|

I am often asked the question “what is the best exercise for …..”.  Gosh, there are so many forms of exercise and so many different conditions or restrictions people have. But there is a simple answer. […]

Arame watercress salad recipe | Foodie Friday

By | July 20th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

If you haven’t used seaweed or sea vegetables before, this Arame watercress salad recipe is a nice easy way to start.  […]

Seaweed | The superfood you probably aren’t eating

By | July 17th, 2018|Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, vitamins and minerals|

I walk to the beach every day…and see the slippery, slimy, fly-infested seaweed on the beach and no, my tummy does not rumble!  It is not something I even think about eating. But I do regularly sprinkle kelp granules on my food. Let’s look at why we should be eating seaweed (but not straight off the beach!). […]

Cheezy broccoli bites recipe | Dehydrated broccoli with a crunch

By | July 6th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Just diagnosed, New Food Friday, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Dehydrated broccoli?  Hmmm. Nutritional yeast instead of cheese? Probably not an instant choice…but don’t just dismiss it.  These cheezy broccoli bites taste good and are good for you! […]

Sulforaphane from frozen or cooked cruciferous vegetables | Sharing myrosinase

By | July 3rd, 2018|Basics, Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Immune system, nutrigenomics, Recipes, vitamins and minerals|

We want the biggest bang for our efforts. And that goes for our healthy eating too. Many people aren’t keen on eating veg, so if they are making the effort, we want to make sure they get the maximum goodness out of them. Find out how to do that with cooked cruciferous vegetables.  […]

The power of nutrigenomics | Maximize sulforaphane production from your vegetables

By | June 26th, 2018|Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, nutrigenomics, vitamins and minerals|

Sulforaphane is formed from cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower and has many potential benefits on the body.  But how we prepare our vegetables can impact the amount of sulforaphane created. Let’s look at how to maximize sulforaphane production from our veggies. […]

Broccoli hummus recipe | A scoop of sulforaphane

By | June 22nd, 2018|Basics, detoxification, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks|

Scoop up that beneficial sulforaphane from cruciferous vegetables with this broccoli hummus recipe!  Instead of chickpeas, it uses broccoli and zucchini. […]

Minted pea and avocado dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 25th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

To end May’s month of blog dip recipes, here is a twist on guacamole: minted pea avocado dip. The addition of the peas and mint not only adds to the taste but also to the nutritional impact with lots of phytonutrients from the peas.  […]

Spiced sun-dried tomato spread recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 18th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Keeping in our “dip” mode a little longer, here is the third dip – (really more of a spread) recipe this month. We’ve had beet and feta, artichoke and almond, and now this is a spiced sun-dried tomato spread. […]

Using saunas for detoxification | Sweat out those heavy metals and toxins

By | May 15th, 2018|Cancer prevention, detoxification, disease prevention, Research|

While the past couple of weeks we have looked at research regarding sauna use with specific health conditions, today let’s look at its use for more general health benefits.  I think one of the most well-recognized benefits of using saunas is for detoxification, through increasing sweating. […]

Artichoke and Almond dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 11th, 2018|Basics, disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

Last week I shared a beet and feta dip or spread recipe. In the same mode, here is an artichoke and almond dip that can also be used as a spread, or piled on a baked potato, or used in many different ways. […]

The effects of saunas on cardiovascular disease

By | May 8th, 2018|disease prevention, Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Stress reduction|

Last week we looked at a study investigating whether sauna use could reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This week, let’s look at the potential effects of sauna use on cardiovascular disease (CVD). […]

Beet and feta dip recipe | Foodie Friday

By | May 4th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, nutrigenetics, nutrigenomics, Recipes, Snacks, vitamins and minerals|

Move over hummus. It’s time to try something new! This beet feta dip is not only vibrant in color, but also in flavor.  And it’s versatile, as it can be used as a spread too, for sandwiches, toast, or crudites. […]

Can saunas lower Alzheimer’s & Dementia risk?

By | May 1st, 2018|disease prevention, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Stress reduction|

Following on from last week’s blog post about the general health benefits of sauna, today I want to look further into a large study on whether saunas lower Alzheimer’s and dementia risk.   […]

Mediterranean roasted red cabbage salad recipe | Foodie Friday

By | April 27th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|

Last week I shared a recipe for roasted red cabbage slices or “steaks”. You can eat these hot or use left-overs cold in a dish, like today’s recipe for Mediterranean roasted red cabbage salad. Hot or cold, the roasting brings out a sweetness in the cabbage. […]

Health benefits of sauna use | Finnish sauna culture

By | April 24th, 2018|detoxification, disease prevention, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

Most people don’t like to get hot, apart from when on a sunny vacation. We work hard to keep our environment pretty well controlled. But periodically increasing our core temperature is actually healthful. Saunas are a great way to do this.  Let’s find out more. […]

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? […]

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