You Can Learn a Lot from Your Pancreas

As we approach the new year, nutrition and dieting are hot topics.  Many people have put on a few pounds over the holiday season and want to lose it, or they are seeking to finally lose the extra weight they’ve been carrying around for years.  There are also lots of other reasons to follow a particular diet.  Some people want to go all organic, some people will only eat local, some people follow traditional diets and cut out all processed foods, and still others are seeking healing from intestinal problems and food allergies.  It’s been said that nutrition gets people as passionate as religion.  Everybody thinks they’ve got the perfect way to eat, and it’s hard to argue with them otherwise. Continue reading

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Carrot Cake Oatmeal for One

I love breakfast.  I love sitting down to read and plan my day with something nourishing and delicious to get me going.  Over the summer I would chop up whatever vegetables I had on hand and throw them all together into an omelet.  It was like an exercise in color, with beautiful green kale, purple cabbage, yellow squash and red peppers.  Delicious!  But lately I’ve been in a rut.  A vegetable omelet just doesn’t seem right in the middle of December.  So today, I finally had a breakthrough.  I knew I’d seen a recipe for carrot cake oatmeal that I’d been wanting to try.  After a few adaptations to make it dairy free and fit with what I had on hand, carrot cake oatmeal for one was born.  The original recipe can be found at the Crunchy Betty Website: Carrot Cake Oatmeal.  (If you haven’t checked out the Crunchy Betty site, you must.  Loads of wonderful recipes and tips for homemade beauty products that you’ll love.) Continue reading

Count Your Blessings

I’ve been wracking my brain this week, trying to come up with a post for the holiday season.  I was too late for a tutorial on homemade gifts, and I didn’t want to contribute one more cookie recipe to the endless ones you’ve probably seen over the past month.  I don’t know about you, but every time I see another delicious dessert recipe, I tend to think the season won’t be complete without it. Continue reading

Sleep: It’s Even More Important than You Think

If there’s one thing everybody needs this season, its more sleep.  With all the holiday parties and endless to do lists, our already disrupted sleep patterns tend to get even more off track.  Maybe its the inner child in us coming out, wanting to stay up so we don’t miss a thing at this special time of year.  While most adults would probably say that they don’t get enough sleep, an estimated 25% of Americans have an actual sleeping disorder.  It’s safe to say we could all use a reminder of just how important sleep really is. Continue reading

Jewish Penicillin

Back in the 12th century there lived a guy by the name of Moshe ben Maimonides.  As you can probably tell by the name, he was Jewish.  He was a philosopher and physician, and while he wrote a lot about Jewish law and ethics, he is also known for his writings recommending chicken soup for upper respiratory tract infections.  He wasn’t the first to recommend chicken soup, just the first specific person linked to the idea.  He based his recommendations on some early Greek literature that supported the same practice.  Fast forward almost a thousand years, and we are still giving chicken soup to our loved ones when they’re sick.  It’s incredible!  How many common medical practices do you know of that have remained virtually unchanged for almost a thousand years?  What’s the secret behind simple chicken soup? Continue reading

My story…(part 2)

My first appointment with the oriental medicine practitioner had me a bit nervous.  I was open to trying something new, but definitely skeptical about some of the methods of eastern medicine.  I wanted to give it a fair shot, but I didn’t want to have to check my intellect at the door and dive headfirst into a bunch of touchy feely stuff.  For that reason, I’d chosen a woman who started her career as an RN.  I figured I’d be able to express some of my own hesitations to someone who’d been in my shoes before. Continue reading

My story…(part 1)

My own personal wellness journey began about a year ago.  I’d been working in an incredibly high stress environment for 4 1/2 years, and it was starting to show in my life.  I was exhausted all the time, cranky, mildly depressed, and just overall feeling run down.  You know that feeling where you’re just not yourself but you’re not quite sure how to fix it?  That was me.  It was hard to leave a job I had wanted since nursing school, but I knew it was time.  After a lot of inner turmoil, I transferred into a much less stressful position.  As I gradually decompressed from the last few years, I knew I had made the right decision.  However, I had a lot to learn about the toll those years had taken on my body. Continue reading