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.  […]

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. […]

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. […]

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? […]

Tulsi tea truffles recipe | Foodie Fridays

By | June 15th, 2018|Basics, Desserts, Fast Friday, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Stress reduction|

In Tuesday’s blog post I mentioned Tulsi tea being likened to liquid yoga. Today here is a recipe for making truffles using Tulsi tea leaves. It can also be adapted to other types of tea. […]

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! […]

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. […]

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. […]

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. […]

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.  […]

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? […]

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.” […]

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. […]

Spring cleaning and going native…

By | March 24th, 2017|Community, Empowerment, Meaning, Stress reduction, Uncategorized|

It’s spring, finally! Traditionally, this is the time of year when we want to make changes in our life, start afresh, clean out closets, get organized! For me, this year was different. I decided that I wanted to create a [...]

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.  […]

Storm in a coffee cup | Should we be drinking coffee?

By | February 7th, 2017|Food, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, Sugar|

Coffee is probably the most popular beverage in the world. This is despite its history of negative research. So was that all a storm in a coffee cup? Should we or shouldn’t we drink our cup of coffee? […]

Enjoy the honey-heavy dew of slumber

By | January 27th, 2017|Sleep, Stress reduction|

We frequently consider sleep as a waste of time. We are too busy. Gosh, by the age of 90, on average we will have slept 32 years! Our minds automatically question what else we could have done with that time. So what does the latest research tell us about why we sleep?  […]

1% Challenge – 30-day online mindfulness program

By | January 20th, 2017|Stress reduction|

eMindful currently has a challenge for you.  Take just 1% of each day for 30 days and learn/practice mindfulness.  1% amounts to just 14 minutes. Are you up for the challenge? […]

Websites to check | zerobreastcancer.org

By | January 17th, 2017|Breast cancer, Community, Lifestyle Medicine, Research, Sleep, Stress reduction, website review|

Zero Breast Cancer (Zerobreastcancer.org), or ZBC, is a non-profit organization based in Marin County, California. Both Kathie and I write a book review blog post for them once a month. But we haven't spoken much about them on our own blog...so [...]

Kara | Guided meditations for cancer patients

By | January 10th, 2017|Empowerment, Sleep, Stress reduction|

You know I’m one for acronyms, what with the name CALMERme, and our programs for clients -CAPABLEme and RESTOREDme. So when I heard about the website named KARA, I wanted to check it out. KARA, the acronym, stands for Kindness, Awareness, Rest and Allowing. But what is it? […]

Finding time for the good stuff

By | December 30th, 2016|Love, Meaning, Movement, Play, Stress reduction|

Laura Vanderkam has some great advice in this TEDtalk. It’s all about how we use our free time. There are lots of great snippets in here – give it a watch.  […]

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