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December 6, 2019

The holidays are the most wonderful time of the year just like the songs says, however, they can also be the most stressful. With a little thought and planning, you can reduce some of that stress allowing you to enjoy this season of glad tidings.

One of the best things you can do, as soon as possible, is to grab your calendar and sketch out how the holidays will look. Get your whole family involved and compare notes. The last thing you want to do is miss your child’s recital or ballgame because you were double booked. Note any obligations or appointments you have, and if possible, consider moving them to next month.

  1. Start each day with the right mindset. Get up early enough to pray and meditate before beginning your day. It doesn’t have to take long. This gives you a spiritual boost to navigate your way through whatever life throws at you.  

  2. Plan to have at least a few nights at home each week to enjoy the peace and quiet, wrap presents, watch movies, and just relax. These...

July 2, 2019

Taking a road trip is a lot of fun and builds great memories but it can also break the bank. To prevent the travel blues, plan ahead and save yourself time and money. Even when you try to eat healthy at home, it’s challenging to find good choices on the road. Here are a few tips.

Pack treats in individual snack bags in a cooler. If you have children, let them make their own and label them with their name.  Here are a few options:

Homemade granola (nuts, raisins, dried cranberries, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds)

Homemade cookies or cupcakes

Chopped veggies (celery, carrot, sweet red peppers)

Chopped fruit (grapes, melon, apples, peaches, oranges, cherries, bananas)

Unsweetened applesauce cups

Organic popcorn with sea salt (no microwave popcorn)

Hard-boiled eggs

Organic plain Greek yogurt and top with fresh fruit or granola

Small jar of peanut or cashew butter or individual pouches

Pickles 

Filtered water

For an afternoon picnic at a Rest Area or dinner in your hotel room have:

Oven-fried chicke...

March 16, 2019

If you live in a cold climate, you can’t wait for signs of spring. I'm sure that the sound of birds is music to your ears. Even if you get a late snowfall, it usually doesn’t stay around too long because the ground is warming up.

As much as we anticipate spring, we don’t look forward to the seasonal allergies that often come with it.

Here are some tips to avoid suffering from allergies this season.

1. Reduce how much you’re eating. During the winter, you eat heavier, dense foods (soups, stews, and lots of starchy vegetables) to prepare the body for the cold winter months ahead. In the spring, however, you don’t need those reserves.

If given a chance, your appetite should naturally decrease because in the spring you don’t need as much food as you did in the winter. Eat smaller portions especially at breakfast and dinner, and make lunch the largest meal of the day.

2. Avoid foods that are mucus forming. Many people suffer from excess mucus in the spring especially if you live in cold climates...

January 26, 2019

Are you managing  your symptoms, or are they managing you?

Are you dealing with hot flashes, irritability, night sweats, weight gain, insomnia, and mood swings? Well, chances are, you’re not alone. You may be in the early stages called perimenopause experiencing irregular periods and uncomfortable PMS.

Regardless of where you are, you’re probably ready to be done with it all.

Unfortunately, when you’re going through menopause, you’re at a higher risk for other conditions such as thyroid problems, heart disease, and autoimmune disease.

Menopause does not have to be a death sentence for women. A lot of the symptoms are worsened by our Western, fast-paced lifestyle. Interestingly enough, many women from third world countries do not suffer from the same problems.

Menopause often occurs when women are raising teenagers, working on their careers, and possibly taking care of their aging parents. Needless to say, this can add even more fuel to the already roaring fire.

So, is there help? Absolu...

January 19, 2019

Are you energetic in the morning and ready for whatever comes your way? Do you think clearly during the day, able to handle deadlines and interruptions? Do you feel good about  yourself and how you look? Are you pretty close to your ideal weight and have a good self-image? Do have a bowel movement 1-3 times every day and rarely have digestive issues?

If you've said no to any of these questions, then you could benefit from doing an elimination diet. It's an excellent way to detox your body from food and chemical toxins. I'm happy to introduce my new program called 30 Days To Clean Eating.

Your food choices affect more than just the inches on your waist. Certain foods can leave you feeling anxious and depressed, irritable, tired, struggling with insomnia, dealing with migraines & headaches, and more.

Many behavior and academic problems in children have been linked to their diet, and most improve drastically with a clean diet free of problematic foods.

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January 12, 2019

It can be very challenging when you’re trying to figure out why you feel out of sorts. Sometimes, you’re not actually sick, but you just don’t feel right. It might be that you’re sluggish with no energy and can’t seem to lose stubborn weight. Or, maybe, you’re always run down, so you keep catching everyone’s cold or flu bug.

The typical way to get to the bottom of your problems is to go through a battery of test which are often trial and error. You may be prescribed a host of medications that may or may not work. You may even be told that the symptoms that are plaguing you are all in your head. At this point many people throw up their hands and resign themselves to the fact that, this is as good as it gets.

You may have even heard comments like, “This is just part of getting older” or, “This is perfectly  normal for women your age”. The fact is that most of the symptoms we struggle with are not so much age-related as they are totally about what we put in our mouths.


 

An elimination diet...

January 5, 2019

A new year always offers so much hope for the future. We make big plans and think about all the things we want to accomplish in the next 12 months.

One thing most people overlook is a plan on how to achieve their goals. You wouldn't think about going on vacation or starting a major building project without some kind of plan in place. Would you?

I'm not talking about some big ideas in your head. They need to be clearly laid out on paper with details explaining how and when it's going to happen.

Goals without a detailed, written plan are just a wish.

So, will this year be different from all the others? Well, then you have to do something different.

Goals have to be very specific. Often, people make them very general, so it's hard to know if you actually achieve that goal. For example, if you say you want to lose weight, it's not clear how much you want to lose. Is it 10 pounds or 50 pounds? That will make a huge difference.

Goals must have a time limit. Give yourself a reasonable time fra...

October 21, 2018

“Late-night eating isn’t bad at all if you choose the right foods,” says Collin Ruiz, MS, holistic nutritionist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. “It’s what you eat, rather than when you eat it.”

But, let's face it. There's going to be those times when you're traveling late at night, you're working, or you just need something in your stomach because you're not ready for bed.

She warns against 2 things:

1. Avoid foods that are hard to digest and will stimulate your body. Those are the things that will keep you awake when you should be sleeping. They include any sugary foods, refined carbs, red meat, greasy or spicy foods, caffeine, or alcohol.

2. She also recommends avoiding dairy which can be inflammatory and cause indigestion.

So, what does she suggests? Look for plant-based foods rich in potassium, vitamin B6, and magnesium . They are easier to digest and should promote sound sleep.

1. Whole grain foods like oatmeal topped with pumpkin seeds will hit the spot, and the se...

September 29, 2018

Our aging population has grown as new technology and advances in the medical field have increased people's lifespan. It isn't enough to just live longer. We should all want to live well.

One study showed that roughly 80% of Americans suffer from at least one chronic disease, and 68% have two or more. Those are horrible statistics!!!

So, are there things that we can do now, so we can look forward to productive years to enjoy family and friends without taking a hand full of pills ever day?

Absolutely!!! Let's start with 7 things that you can implement right away that will boost your health, add vitality to your life, and maybe get you off some of your medications.

1.  Be social. It sounds simple enough, but loneliness is deadly. People need each other. Having social interaction gives you a reason to get up in the morning and go through your day. Solution: Get involved in a church, join a community club, stay aware of current events, or take or teach a class and keep learning....

September 22, 2018

There's a lot of buzz in the natural health industry about doing a detox. There's no question that it's an amazing way to cleanse your body of harmful toxins that are frequently found in our food, air, and water supply. It can also jumpstart weight loss, leave you with glowing skin, and improve your brain function.

Day spas offer ways to rejuvenate you from head to toe through the use of a sauna or various types of massage. 

You can also purchase powders, pills, and potions that promise to clean every cell, flush away stubborn waste, and leave you feeling years younger. However, many can leave you running to the bathroom nonstop.

Fall and spring are ideal times to do a full body detox, but there are easy ways to get rid of impurities, reduce inflammation, and chemicals that can lead to disease everyday.

1. Increase the amount of green plant food you eat. They are some of the most powerful foods with an abundant supply of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. Because they are...

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