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 …

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 …

The Pineapple Punch: Budget Friendly, High Power Nutrition

I’m a firm believer that one of the core tenets of optimal health is good nutrition. In my practice, food is the first medicine and no visit is complete without discussion about the challenges of eating well and a few tips on how to do it well on a budget. This is where my love of fruit comes in handy. …

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, …

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Confidence as the Vehicle of Joy

One week from now I will compete in my first T’ai Chi tournament.  Am I nervous?  Yes.  Am I afraid of forgetting my form?  Yes.  Am I worried about the possibility of disappointment if I don’t do as well as I’d like?  Yes.  Then why am I doing this, you ask? There are a lot of reasons but the most …

Getting Serious About Self-Care

Lately there’s a lot of talk about finding balance in a world that seems to move non-stop.  With 24-7 responsibility to our families, friends and employers how do we find the time to nurture ourselves?  What practices can we incorporate into our lives to bring a sense of calm? Beyond just taking a day off or spending a weekend at …