With winter upon us, we welcome cozy afternoons by the fire, warm soups and hot toddies, snuggly boots and scarves…. but unfortunately for many women the colder months can bring an increase in the blues. Fortunately, one of the best natural strategies for helping boost your mood are essential oils.Read More
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Amidst the wonderful family holidays approaching often come the unwelcome guests of nausea and bloating. That’s why it’s helpful to have a few natural go-to’s for when the occasional episode of nausea hits you or a loved one.Read More
As a trace mineral – meaning one that we need in smaller amounts than say magnesium or potassium – zinc doesn’t always get a lot of love. However, zinc is essential for hormone production and maintenance it is one of the most important minerals to ensure a healthy response to stress, strong adrenal and thyroid function, fertility and regular cycles and a less symptomatic journey through menopause.Read More
One of the biggest health fears we currently face is hearing the words, “You have breast cancer.” Indeed, it has happened to our mothers, our aunts, our co-workers, our neighbors, our sisters, our friends, our daughters (gulp) and maybe even ourselves. But we are not just bystanders on our health journey and while our life choices are no guarantee that breast cancer will pass us by, there are steps we can take to help our bodies step up to cancer prevention or re-occurrence.Read More
As ridiculous as it may sound, I have always been a bit confused about what to eat in September. The days when I crave watermelon and basil salads have passed yet I’m not quite ready for a hearty butternut squash stew. The key to early fall is eating foods to support your gut health to fire up your digestion and boost your immunity for the colder weather approaching.Read More
The later summer season is actually called Varsha ritu or “rainy season" in Ayurvedic tradition and it is marked by a gradual transition from heat to coolness, from spring hardiness to a softer late summer harvest. We can leverage this time to help our bodies assimilate to the coming change in season and support our body's natural ability to detoxify. Bloating is a symptom of disharmony in the digestive system and we can help our body rebalance to support the mechanical and chemical processes underlying poor digestion.Read More
There are so many so-called superfoods out there to choose from but one category rises above them all for me… these are seeds. The saying good things come in small packages has never been more true than when it comes to seeds. From pumpkin to hemp to chia, seeds offer the triple bonus of protein, fiber, healthy fats all in one little punch!Read More
You won’t be surprised to learn that dinner time is one of the most stressful times of the day for today’s parents. Finding healthy ways to meet everyone’s mealtime needs while juggling busy schedules, work commitments and picky eaters is enough to drive anyone insane.Read More
For a very little gland, the thyroid can create a lot of havoc. Located right at the base of the neck, our thyroid gland is like the drum majorette for our body controlling the pace at which everything runs. In fact, the thyroid stores and produces hormones that affect the function of virtually every organ in our body and impacts our metabolic rate, energy production and ability to manage our weight.Read More
Magnesium is like the PTO president in your body… active behind the scenes in so many functions that almost nothing can get done without it. In fact, magnesium is involved in over 300 reactions in the body and is an especially important mineral for women’s health. And yet, up to 80% of us are likely not getting enough magnesium despite the fact that it is abundant in many delicious plant-based foods.Read More
Many of us are led to believe that a juice fast or cleanse is the only way to truly detoxify our bodies from all the toxins we breathe, eat, drink and even create through the body’s natural processes. This accumulation of toxins can lead to sluggishness, fatigue, nausea and bloating, brain fog, skin issues, dark circles under the eyes and lowered immunity. Luckily, however, the body is incredible at detoxifying on its own and we can just help to support this activity through gentle and simple nutrition and lifestyle strategies.Read More
Living with a restricted diet during the holidays can create frustration, disappointment and even loneliness. Discover new ways to indulge mindfully and create a new definition of holiday joy.Read More
Stress. Anxiety. Overindulging. Depression. Lack of sleep. The latest virus. Weight gain. These are just a few of the exciting things often waiting for us as we catapult into the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Years. But with a few practical changes, you can minimize the holiday health madness and maybe even come out feeling healthier on the other side!Read More
September has always been my favorite month... I love the crisper weather along with the chance to reflect and reset my expectations and goals for the coming months.
There's certainly no shortage of people, causes and responsibilities that need our attention right now and self-care is at the heart of making ourselves available to fulfill those needs. Beyond learning how to say NO when we need to, we also need to keep our tank filled to maintain our energy and compassion, avoid feeling drained (which can strain relationships and create resentment) and stay steady and positive to keep making a difference in your world.
“Mindless autopilot” is the state that researcher Brian Wansink of Cornell University has used to describe the state most of us are in when we make more than 200 food and beverage-related decisions each day. Every bite we eat includes decisions about what we are eating, how much to eat, how to eat it and when. And we are making these choices mindlessly and distracted by working, texting, feeling, socializing, etc.Read More
Many times our lives can feel so hectic and stress-filled that the idea of “passion” and “romance” are almost laughable. But fostering a healthy sex life has tremendous health benefits even beyond pleasure and intimacy with our partners that women shouldn’t ignore.
For one thing, sexual activity is a major stress reliever and confidence booster. And, regular sexual activity has been shown to boost immunity, foster healthy hearts, relieve pain and actually make women look and feel younger!Read More
Spring is an ideal time to help boost the body’s ability to detoxify from the accumulation of excesses from winter months as well as to create energy and lightness for the summer months ahead. This herb is not only flavorful but a powerful antibacterial and detoxifier packed with essential antioxidants.Read More
I guess it’s not always true that one door has to close before another one opens. I am very excited to let you know that I have moved into a new part-time space in Maplewood. As you may know, I have been enjoying supporting clients in their homes, at local coffee shops (thank you Boxwood!) and through virtual meetings. This move will also provide clients the option of meeting in a beautiful, peaceful and private setting in which to talk nutrition and wellness and attend workshops and meetings.Read More
Hello March! I am vowing to embrace you this year… as typically you are my least favorite month. This year I am ensuring I take in the sun peeking up every morning of this unsettling month of transition and truly appreciate a view of nature before I do anything like pick up my phone or get breakfast going. In this way, I am hoping to be more in tune with what nature has in store for me each day and what that means for my body and mind. Going with the universal rhythm rather than fighting against it.
March also brings with it in the Ayurvedic tradition, a focus on body’s most valuable filtering organs, the gallbladder & liver. Spring represents a time where we reduce buildup of Kapha energy and sweep away feelings of sluggishness. We can honor this changing season by viewing the coming months as a time of cleansing and renewal in our own daily practices.Read More