Make Over Your Monday

If there’s one thing we can all agree on it’s that Mondays can be a real drag, especially during the summer. Who really wants to get back to business after a lazy summer weekend? Many of us catch up with family and friends, indulge in our favorite comfort foods, stay up late and wake up later on the weekends, all …

Plant Based Transition Made Easy

Why does transitioning to a plant based diet feel so difficult? It might be because you’re taking an all-or-nothing approach. The key to switching to vegan, vegetarian or plant based meals is easier than you think when you take it baby step by baby step. The key is confidence through consistency.   Here are five steps to make your plant …

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Getting Personal: The Nuts & Bolts of Nutrigenomics

Imagine this: you have your annual physical and your doctor tells you that you’re borderline diabetic. She gives you a brochure and says that losing weight and making healthier food choices is the first step towards reversing these numbers. You jump right on it and join the local gym, clear out your kitchen cabinets and start eating everything listed on …

5 Simple Strategies for Preventing Decision Fatigue

Decisions get easier when values are clearer. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t feel an internal conflict between what I want to do vs. what I need to do vs. what I know I have to do. Many of my patients and coaching clients feel the same emotional tug. Most days it goes something like this: …

Care But Don’t Care Too Much: Find the Space Between Effort and Ease

If you’re a parent or know someone who is a parent, you’ll know what I mean when I say that there’s no month on the calendar that can rival the energetic intensity of September. The shift from summer’s long warm days, backyard barbecues and lazy afternoons on the beach to the return of fixed school schedules and chilled mornings can …

Feeling Stressed? Stock Your Shelves With These Herbal Allies

When clients come to my practice reporting symptoms like fatigue, low sex drive, brain fog, weight gain, mood swings or trouble sleeping one of the first remedies I reach for after functional testing is the adaptogenic herbs. Adaptogens are a class of herbs derived from plant roots, tree bark and leaves that help regulate the HPA Axis — hypothalamus, pituitary …

Nutrigenomic Testing: Taking the Guesswork Out of Diet and Nutrition

From keto to plant-based to Atkins and Mediterranean dieting, how can you figure out the best nutrition and fitness plan for you? For years we’ve heard amazing weight loss testimonials and how some seemingly lucky person was able to drop three dress sizes by changing their plate and committing to five days at the gym. But what about the people …

Aloe Vera Gel: The Super Plant for Digestive Health

March is National Nutrition Month and the 2018 theme is “Go Further With Food.” This can mean many things but for me it means remembering the bountiful harvest nature gives us to maintain our health and well-being. You can “go further with food” by remembering that plants were our original medicine, long before factories and chemists figured out how to …

Magnesium: Nature’s Miracle Mineral

Many years ago while working as an Emergency Room nurse, I remember magnesium as the “miracle” mineral. If a patient had a life-threatening arrythmia (irregular heartbeat), you’d see one of us nurses rushing to the medication cart to grab the IV equipment. In the maternity ward, if a woman had pregnancy induced hypertension or was in danger of pre-term labor, …

Every Day Mindfulness: Cultivating ‘Beginner’s Mind’

Beginnings noun: the point in time or space at which something starts synonyms: dawn, birth, inception, origination, genesis, emergence, start, point, launch Recently I stumbled on a LinkedIn post that deeply resonated. The title was ‘September is the new January.’ The author described how the energy of autumn coupled with her memories of childhood make the season a perfect opportunity to consider new beginnings. When I …