There is so much focus out there on being healthy. We get inundated with information about what to eat, how to exercise, what mindfulness practice we should do, and so on. All these things point to an underlying notion that there is some ideal state of perfect health and that you can achieve it if you just do this, eat this, or work out like this. But what does it really mean to be healthy? And what if there were no perfect, ideal state of health? What if true wellness is more of a dynamic process, than an end goal? There is an empowering reframing that can happen when you think of wellness as a process of self-discovery, rather than a goal…Read More
There are millions of vitamins and nutritional supplements out there these days, and perusing the products at your natural foods store can be both overwhelming, and enticing.
You may be asking though, do I really need supplements?
The short answer is: yes…Read More
Your body, mind and nutritional needs are unique.
This is called bio-individuality and it is essential on your path to wellness. In fact, I find it quite fascinating and marvel at the uniqueness of each person I work with. I love to dive deep with you as a health detective to understand the root causes of difficult symptoms. We work together to find nutritional and holistic solutions for transforming your health, so you can live in vibrant well-being.
The Gut Instinct Food Template is a starting point for that health detective work.
Cooking together with friends...evening walks with my husband...curling up on the couch with a good novel. These are some of the simple pleasures in my life. And when I take the time to relish them, I notice profound benefits to my physical and mental health. In fact, focusing more on pleasure has the power to actually rewire your brain and nervous system.
This Moroccan Mint Bean Salad tastes great on a hot day, and it's a fantastic way to feed your microbiome! That's right, the beneficial bacteria in your gut actually feed upon the fiber in beans, so eating them helps restore health to the digestive system, and in turn the whole body and brain!
But what about this old jingle?
"Beans, beans the magical fruit. The more you eat the more you toot!"
I've recently returned from a majestic adventure in Bali, Indonesia! My husband, Matt, and I, and our two kids, Lucy and Henry, spent three weeks there; sipping exotic fruit smoothies, strolling through emerald green rice fields, practicing yoga in outdoor bamboo pavilions and soaking up the pleasures of tropical paradise. What a feast for the senses! But the thing that I enjoyed most was the Balinese people…
I know, it's a little creepy to think that you may be hosting a parasite, but these kinds of infections are very common. To me they are the "elephant in the room" when it comes to health problems like fatigue, anxiety, brain fog, joint pain, skin problems, frequent colds and flus, insomnia, autoimmune conditions and digestive troubles.Read More
I don’t know about you, but making New Year’s Resolutions feels like a lot of pressure to me.
I mean, I’m still recovering from the holidays!
In all honesty though, I feel like this every year.
The Chinese celebrate their New Year in early February and that makes so much more sense to me. Because by February, I think I’ll be ready to make some resolutions and set some goals.
For now though, I’m still incubating...Read More
You may know by now that the functional medicine approach is a little bit different from conventional practices. We want to treat the root cause of the problem...not just mask the symptoms.Read More
Shifting to a nourishing, whole foods diet can have a very powerful impact on your health. However, if you want to go a step further and give your diet a little extra boost, you can add superfoods to your weekly meals. Below are the nine best nutrient powerhouses you’ll want to incorporate into your diet.Read More
Why is bone broth so darn good for you?
Because it’s good for the soul. It’s also good for the gut, the brain, the immune system and the joints!Read More
When it comes to gluten, we’re definitely getting mixed messages from the health and wellness community. Is it good? Is it bad? Is it only harmful for people with intolerances or Celiac disease?
Back-to-school time is always busy for my family. And if you have kids, I’m sure you can relate to this chaotic transition too! During this time, it can be a challenge to put healthy meals on the table. But I have found something that makes the process SO much quicker and easier...Read More
How can you tap into your biology to find more ease and relaxation in your life?
The answer lies in the fact we are mammals, and our ancestors were both predator and prey.
From this understanding, comes a ridiculously easy, yet powerful stress reduction practice.Read More
It’s time for us to wrap up the topic we started last week: dairy.
In my last post, I discussed how dairy increases inflammation in those who are allergic or intolerant to it. (Not sure if you’re intolerant? One way to tell is to do the “30 day elimination test.”)
The bottom line is: if you have gut issues, it’s best to avoid dairy.
However, for those who do tolerate dairy, it can actually be a nourishing food!Read More
There tends to be a lot of confusion about whether or not dairy causes inflammation in your body. And it doesn’t help that there are plenty of mixed messages from different nutrition experts out there too!
So, the question remains...should you eat it or not?!Read More