Two ingredient pomegranate gummies | New food Friday

By | October 5th, 2018|disease prevention, Food, Foodie Friday, Lifestyle Medicine, New Food Friday, Snacks|

When you hear of gummies or gummy bears, you don’t think of a food that is healthy in any way. But today, I’ll share a recipe that combines the power of pomegranate juice with the potential gut healing effects of gelatin.  Try these pomegranate gummies and make them whatever shape you want – hearts, bears, bunnies, ….. […]

Five September favorites | Changing seasons bring new opportunities

By | September 25th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, New Food Friday, Play, Research, Uncategorized, vitamins and minerals|

Here is a list of my five favorite things from this September. Maybe the changing seasons will encourage you to try some new things too.  […]

Soothing peppermint five ways

By | September 11th, 2018|Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

Peppermint is a popular aromatic herb that we are all familiar with. Let’s look at a few ways we can use it, beyond enjoying mint candy (!), so we can make the most of soothing peppermint.  […]

Use all your gears | Adapt to your terrain

By | September 4th, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play|

How many gears do you use?  Not in cycling, but in life? […]

August five favorites | Products for the traveller

By | August 28th, 2018|Book review, Food, Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|

Here is a list of my five favorite products this August – heavily influenced by my trip to the UK, so they include some ideas for traveling and jetlag.  […]

Schedule daily worry time

By | August 21st, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Stress reduction|

Are you a worrier? What if you designated a certain time in your day for worrying? Sounds a little odd, but it can actually help reduce that repetitiveness of worry throughout the day. Let’s look at how to do this. […]

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. […]

Flaxseed for prostate cancer

By | July 13th, 2018|Cancer prevention, detoxification, Lifestyle Medicine, nutrigenomics, prostate cancer, Research|

Prostate cancer (PCa) affects one in six men during their lifetime. While many incidences of PCa do not require surgery or radiation, it is still important to look at dietary factors that can impact the development and progression of PCa. In fact, dietary factors should be key components of active surveillance programs for PCa. Today, let’s look at some research behind flaxseed for prostate cancer.  […]

Are you a human being or a human doing?

By | July 10th, 2018|Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Meaning, Play, Stress reduction|

It’s all too easy to focus on doing things. We have our lists whether they are written on paper, our computer/phone, or in our heads, and we need to get things done….but what about time for being? […]

Can I interest you in a cup of liquid yoga aka Tulsi tea or Holy Basil tea?

By | June 12th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Stress reduction|

You may have heard of Tulsi or Holy Basil. It is an aromatic herb from the Basil family used within Ayurveda.  Scientific research is now confirming it’s beneficial effects,  leading it to be known as “liquid yoga”. Let’s find out why.  […]

Let’s get skipping again | When and why do we stop skipping?

By | June 5th, 2018|Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning, Movement, Stress reduction|

Skip: move along lightly, stepping from one foot to the other with a hop or bounce.  We all skip as children so when do we stop skipping? Why do we stop skipping? Find out more and then let’s get skipping again! […]

Moving on is bittersweet | Remember First, Last, and Only

By | June 1st, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Love, Meaning|

As you are reading this on June 1st, I am moving house. Yes, today.  You should be here, giving a hand! Our new adventure begins. And as I move to a time of many “firsts”, I reflect on a month of many “lasts” and wonder what I can take from this. […]

Using saunas for depression | Can a sauna session yield lasting improvement?

By | May 22nd, 2018|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine, Research|

There are many limitations to the current use of antidepressants, from lack of effectiveness to difficulty in withdrawal. For many people with depression, medication isn’t the answer. There is a real need for alternatives to medications.  One such treatment that you may be surprised to read about is the anti-depressant effects of sauna use. […]

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). […]

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.   […]

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. […]

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.  […]

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