“Jump into Spring” Smoothie

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Spring is your opportunity to cleanse your body from all the toxins you’ve accumulated during the winter. Wearing lots of clothes, eating heartier, saltier foods, not exercising as much, feeling gloomy like the weather, and not going outside are all wintertime behaviors that decrease your body’s ability to keep itself clean. Eating seasonal produce (and foods high in fiber), drinking plenty of water, and participating in outdoor physical activity are great ways to embrace the spring season and prepare your body for the upcoming warmer months. This smoothie will help you jump into spring by incorporating arugula and peach, two spring/summer foods for the Pacific Northwest!

The arugula is a mildly bitter, stimulating green that is rich in vitamins C and K, moderate amounts of minerals, and contains powerful antioxidants and sulfur-containing phytochemicals that support healthy metabolism of foods and toxins we encounter. Peaches, known to promote healthy skin, are rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, B vitamins, and electrolytes like potassium. They also contain fiber, which aids in healthy digestive function and elimination. Coconut milk, avocado, and hemp seeds contain healthy fats and proteins that will keep you full and satisfied for longer than your typical smoothie. They slow the absorption of the sugars from the fruit (and honey if you find you like your smoothies sweet). This smoothie is a great snack for when you are out gardening and watching your seedlings grow with the season.

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Value of Living Healthfully

Monday, March 31st, 2014

non-toxic lifestyle

If you eat right, you will thrive

What Does it Mean to Eat Right?

  • Organic Whole Foods: Quality Matters
    • Produce: in season is best
    • Meat: pasture-fed, cage-free eggs, wild caught fish
    • 5-6 Smaller Meals Each Day (eat breakfast!)
      • Keep blood sugars (energy) stable
      • Always eat protein or fat at every meal/snack
      • 10+ Cups of CLEAN Water
        • If your urine isn’t clear, drink more
        • Never go anywhere without a reusable water bottle
        • Address Digestive Issues
          • GI tract is our connection with the external world (how food becomes energy)
          • Digestive problems indicate there is something not right with what you are eating
          • 70% of your immune system is in your gut
          • Digestive issues can lead to nutrient deficiencies and poor athletic performance
          • Avoid Food Allergens
            • Dairy, gluten (wheat), soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish
            • Allergens weaken your immune system, destroy your intestines
            • Weak intestines leads to toxic molecules entering your body and making you sick

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Digestive Wellness Herbs

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

There are many herbs for nourishing the digestive system.  Use this guide to find the right plants that will help your body cleanse and repair.

 

Mucilages:

These soothing, anti-inflammatory herbs help support the mucus membrane that lines your intestines, thereby promoting intestinal integrity and supporting the body’s defense against pathogens and disease.

Marshmallow, slippery elm, plantain, comfrey, irish moss

Indications: acid reflex, gastritis, peptic ulceration, enteritis, colitis

Cautions: congestive bronchial or excess mucous conditions

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GMO: Our Food is Making Our Nation Sick

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

Genetically Modified Foods: Why So Many of Our Children Have Behavioral Problems & Why There is a Rise of Allergies and Chronic Disease


Genetic engineering is the process of adding a gene from another species into your target genome.  Spider genes have been inserted into goats to make bullet-proof vests. Cow genes have been inserted into pigs so the pigs have cow hides. 88% of corn produced in the US and 96% of soy are genetically modified. Canola and alfalfa crops are also genetically modified.

GMO FACTS:

Since the mid 1990’s when GE crops were introduced, we have seen nationwide increases in GI diseases, inflammation, leaky gut, cancer, diabetes, heart disease, allergies, eczema, birth defects, infertility, autism, autoimmune diseases…
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Seasonal Eating: Autumn

Saturday, September 29th, 2012

What do you eat to support your body as the temperatures get cooler?

As the leaves turn, the air crisps, and we break out the heavier jackets, scarves, and boots, we realize fall is upon us. Nourishing your body with warming, building foods can help you adapt to the cooler temperatures and decreased sunlight.

Eating organic, locally grown produce that is in season is the very best way to support your health.  Do you know what foods produce fruit in the fall months?

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What’s Growing in Your Garden?

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

Home gardens are a great, fun hobby during the summer months.  If you could grow your own food, what would you grow?

I really want tomatoes! But the two times I’ve tried to germinate the seeds, they have failed to sprout.  I think I’m going to have to buy established seedlings if I’m going to want to grow tomatoes.

It’s been pretty cold this past month, so the seedlings of the plants that did sprout have not grown too much.  The peas were the fastest out of the seed, bursting up quickly, and still growing tall.

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Clean, Nutritious Produce From the Farmer’s Market

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Every Sunday I head to the Farmer’s Market in Encinitas.  I joined a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and receive a box of local, fresh-picked, organic produce each week.

It’s a great way to support dedicated organic farmers and receive the healthiest, cleanest produce possible!

This week, the first week of June, the box contains a delicious array of seasonal fruits and vegetables.  I can’t wait to steam the beans and sauté the greens in veggie broth.  Once the veggies are lightly cooked, I spray olive oil, and add lemon juice and a dash of salt and pepper. It’s so quick and easy to eat healthy!

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Starting Your Own Home Garden

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Last weekend I embraced the Spring season and started planting my own garden. I can’t wait to have fresh, home-grown vegetables!

These vegetables will be even more nutritious than the produce you can buy at the grocery store because I can pick them and eat them within 5 minutes! They don’t have to travel 5-10 days to reach me.

Growing your own food is a great way to minimize toxic exposure and cut down on food costs. It’s great for the environment, it makes your home/yard look great, and it’s FUN!

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Spring is Coming: How to Prepare Your Body For Warmer Weather

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

It is in the mid-60s here in Chicago today and the first time in a long time that I am not wearing multiple sweatshirts!

As my skin breathes again, I am reminded of why Spring is a great time to cleanse my body after the winter.  The sun is out, I can feel it’s warmth, the cool wind lifts away toxins, sweat, and dead skin cells.  Our skin is the largest organ on our bodies, and a critical barrier between our body and the external environment.

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5 Tips From the Integrative Health Symposium

Monday, February 13th, 2012

I just got back from the 2012 Integrative Health Symposium held in NYC.  This three day conference was an opportunity for medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, nutritionists, and other health care professionals to share knowledge about functional medicine and work to educate people how to live healthier lives.

The 5 most notable messages of the conference were:

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Eating With the Season

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Fall is here and winter is coming! Eating foods that thrive in this fall season is a great way to prepare your body for the coming winter.   The plants that grow in this transitional season have the right balance of nutrients to survive the cooler temperatures.  Some foods, like spinach beets, and carrots, actually taste sweeter after a night’s frost! Eating locally adds to the benefits-the plants are experiencing the same climate changes and therefore are most attuned to your body’s needs. Going to the farmer’s market to buy organic produce from your local farmers, or joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) will connect you with your food and nourish both you and the environment.  (more…)