How to Stock a Holistic Medicine Cabinet

A holistic medicine cabinet is essential for every home. The side effects of over the counter medications are many and not necessary when we have such great natural alternatives. My kitchen and bathroom are so full of supplement bottles that it’s a danger to open the cabinets for fear of a bottle avalanche. You don’t have to have cabinets like mine. I’ve shortened the list to what I think is essential because you don’t need to be overwhelmed and because … Continued

The Green Breakfast Bowl

The Green Breakfast Bowl is this month’s featured recipe. It’s a delicious way to sneak in some dark green veggies and some brain-boosting avocado. Breakfast can be the hardest meal to eat healthily. When faced with bagels, cereal, pancakes, muffins, and waffles it’s hard to reheat dinner and enjoy it. Breakfast can be a beautiful thing. A time when you dust off the sleepiness of the night and welcome in the blossoming of the day. Poetic, right? But seriously, breakfast … Continued

Back-to-School Lunch Survival Guide

Ugh, back-to-school lunches can strike terror in the heart of a health-minded parent. At least it did for me. Summer is a great time to let our guard down and indulge in summer fun. Sugared cereal, ice cream, and s’mores are typical summer fare. Once we return to reality, and back-to-school/back-to-work, we reign in our eating habits and look to a healthier diet. One of the most frequent questions I get asked is “what to pack for school lunches?” So, I’d … Continued

5 Health Tips Every (College) Student Must Know

I can’t believe that my son is starting college and in anticipation of this life-changing event I created this list of what I think to be the the most important health tips every college student must know. I still have vivid memories waiting in the nursery school library. I’d try to catch the eye of any teacher that walked by for reassurance that my baby wasn’t a crying lunatic in class. Guess who is the crying lunatic now? I’m going to … Continued

Bikram Yoga and the Crazy Benefits of Sweating Your A@@ Off

We spend loads of money on antiperspirants, dry wick clothing, and air conditioning trying to keep from sweating. So why would anyone purposefully sweat? Detox, endorphins, and regulation of body temperature are my top three. Let’s investigate the reasons to purposefully sweat and my favorite ways to do it. Some people sweat too much and some people not enough. The thyroid gland is your body’s thermostat. If your thyroid is over-functioning one of the symptoms you may experience is too … Continued

How to Balance Sun Exposure with Sun Protection

If you live in a place with sun year round you may not be as excited as a person like me, from Michigan, to bask in the rays of the sun come June. While we only survive because we have the sun. We also have many fears around the exposure we can get from it. Finding a balance between sun exposure and sun protection is key. Here are some pointers: Humans make vitamin D in the presence of sunlight. We … Continued

Bug Bite 101: Top 10 Tips to Do First

Bug bites go with summer like marshmallows go with campfires. As much as we cover, spray, and zap they are still out there annoying the hell out of us. Most bites are not anything to fret over but you need to know which ones require immediate attention. If you are in a wooded or high grass area, check for ticks. Ticks are sneakier than mosquitoes because they don’t buzz so you don’t know they are coming and they can bite … Continued

Summer fun with Strawberries and Kiwi

This summer month we are talking about bugs, sun, and fun. Don’t miss the posts on, “Bug Bite 101: 10 Top Tips to Do First”, “How to balance sun exposure with sun protection” and “Bikram Yoga and the crazy benefits of sweating your a@@ off.” My Aunt Sandy would make some awesome desserts. One of which is strawberry kiwi salsa. She had some downright complicated recipes but this isn’t one of them. This one is full of summer fruit and … Continued

Summer Superfood Salad

I was walking through Trader Joe’s and I came across a new salad they now carry. The beautiful layers of white, yellow and green drew my eyes and the ingredients of cabbage, jicama, mango and cilantro made my mouth water. I had to get it, and it did not disappoint. It comes with a spicy mango vinaigrette that was too spicy for me. I didn’t miss it when I left it out. I would return to Trader Joe’s daily for … Continued

How I Didn’t Starve While Fasting

I could no longer ignore the benefits of fasting. I tried, really I did. When the studies came out about longevity associated with eating less, I promptly buried my head in the sand. It wasn’t until they kept coming, and kept coming, that I lifted an ear and then two. I love food. I love gourmet meals, street food, and everything in between. I think about food…constantly. So when I saw the studies and heard the doctors researching the health … Continued