The Comfort of Meatloaf

Meatloaf Gets a Bad Reputation Personally, I think it’s the loaf part. I don’t remember growing up eating meatloaf but It’s one of my family’s favorite foods. Some people like ketchup on their meatloaf but there is a special place in my heart for barbecue sauce, so that is what I use. Try to find a barbecue sauce with a low carb count or make your own, substituting the sugar with erythritol, monk fruit or stevia. You may have noticed … Continued

Extended Hours for Massage with An’ Marie

You know how great An’ Marie’s massages are! You know how amazing you feel after. You know how relaxed your muscles feel and you know how your stress level went down from tight-as-a-piano string to limp-noodle. Now you also know that An’ Marie has extended her hours. Monday: 11 am to 7 pm  Wednesday: 12 noon to 7 pm Friday: 9 am to 4 pm And that’s not all! Miracle of miracles, Tim and I convinced her to add Sunday … Continued

Genetic Secrets of the Heart

We are just discovering the treasure trove of genetic testing. There is still a lot to learn but what we have learned so far is fascinating. There are a handful of genetic tests that we run to give us insight into cardiac care. So if you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes or you have these conditions yourself, please consider running these tests. A variation or mutation of a gene is called a polymorphism. It can be … Continued

Is Coconut Oil Right For You?

Can coconut oil be good for your health? What if you have high cholesterol? Should you eat fats? These are the questions that are being asked, thanks to our realization that for 30 years the low fat, high carb diets we have been on have contributed to heart disease and diabetes. But is a high fat, low carb diet right for you? The answer is…that depends. It depends on how your particular body metabolizes fats. The only way to find … Continued

Low Carb Chocolate Cherry Bark

How could I not give you a chocolate recipe on Valentine’s day? Truly I can’t, but I want to give you a recipe that is not only delicious but also low carb. This recipe combines heart-healthy, magnesium-rich cocoa powder, brain-boosting and HDL-raising coconut oil and antioxidant-rich black cherries. A lovely combination. Magnesium is an amazing mineral. In the citrate or glycinate form, it can be used as a muscle relaxant and relieve anxiety. It can also help with sleep and … Continued

The Best Cholesterol Lab Test that you Didn’t Know Existed

This month hearts are everywhere so let’s put a spotlight on the most important heart… Yours! A main part of my mission is to prevent heart disease and diabetes in my family, my patients, and my community. Paying close attention to cholesterol lab tests is one of the ways I achieve that mission. Approximately 2 years ago I was introduced to Boston Heart Labs by my holistic cardiologist and my functional medicine doctor. It has heart in the name so … Continued

The Weirdest Remedy for Cold or Flu

I have been in practice for over 25 years. I have come across some down-right crazy treatments but if it has benefits and doesn’t cause harm I’m willing to give it it’s due. The weirdest remedy for cold and flu that I have experienced has got to be the cold sock treatment. At the first symptom of cold or flu collect the necessary equipment. You will need: A pair of cotton socks (the short ones are easiest to use) Access … Continued

When Achoo! Is Good For You- The trick to healing sinus and nasal infections

Sinus and nasal issues go with this season like hot cocoa and windshield scrapers. Whether you are suffering from sinus issues or nasal issues the answer rarely lies with a prescription for antibiotics. In fact, antibiotics often make these conditions worse. Let’s look into why the problems start at this time of year and natural ways to resolve them. As soon as we come indoors, shut our windows and blast the heat we have started drying out our mucous membranes. … Continued

Honor Bowl

One of my favorite meals comes from a small restaurant in Birmingham, Michigan. It’s called 2941 Mediterranean Street Food. For your bowl, you get to choose a protein, a sauce, two pickled vegetable sides, and a salad. You can add a grain and bread as well but I skip it. Even their mini bowls are so filling I don’t miss the extra carbs. The combinations are virtually endless. Over the last few months, I have shared recipes, that together, recreate … Continued

A Healthy Start Checklist for the New Year

I love fresh starts. When it comes to your health and wellness, what are your goals for this year? (Take this 9 question survey). I mostly hear from patients that weight loss, better-eating habits, and more exercise are at the top of their list. With your permission, I’d like to help you with your goals by sharing this healthy start checklist. My health and wellness goals this year: Discover what Pilates can do for me Continue to eat a low … Continued