Using and Seasoning Cast Iron Cookware

As you’ve probably already heard, there’s lots of reasons to avoid non stick cookware.  The chemicals used to make the coating (PFOA is one, a perfluorochemical), have been linked with possible increases in cancer risk, chronic inflammation leading to arthritis, and possible reproductive and endocrine disruption.  The EPA won’t go on record yet and definitively state that it causes these different health concerns, but for me, I’d rather just switch to something now rather than wait to get the final analysis after years of exposure. Continue reading


Sustainability as Part of Wellness

Rocky Mountain National Park

Sustainability is quite the buzzword lately.  We use it to talk about agriculture, economics, healthcare, and a wide variety of other topics.  It seems like our world is increasingly consumer driven; we’re buying more and more of the things that our grandparents and great-grandparents knew how to make themselves.  Sure, its convenient, but what are the costs in the long run?  Are we really bettering our lives, or just losing our abilities to take care of ourselves?  What does sustainability mean when it comes to our own personal wellness? Continue reading

Daily Activity as Exercise

Walking the dogs can be great exercise.

For my program at NIWH, we had three sessions on exercise physiology.  At first I was dreading the 6 hours of videotaped lecture that I was going to have to watch, thinking it would be dull and boring.  But I have to say, I really enjoyed the lectures, and learned a great deal about how even our daily activities can have a great impact on our health. Continue reading

Exercise: the Miracle Drug?

We’ve all heard it countless times before: we need to exercise more.  It’s something we know we need to do, but it can be quite difficult to incorporate into our daily routines.  Our modern lifestyles just don’t lend themselves to a lot of physical activity, and so we have to make extra efforts to include it.  In this series, I’d like to explain the many benefits of exercise and give some practical tips for how to incorporate it into your own life. Continue reading

The 30 Day Elimination Diet: How to Reintroduce Foods

I finally discovered how I could cook quinoa in a way that I tolerated without symptoms.

An elimination diet is a valuable tool meant to help you discover what foods your body does and doesn’t tolerate, and to give you a sense of how the foods you consume affect you on a very individual basis.  However, it is meant to be time-limited, and eventually you’re going to want to add some of the foods you avoided back into your diet.  It’s important to do this very carefully, as some of your most valuable information will come during the re-introduction phase. Continue reading

The 30 Day Elimination Diet: Symptoms to Monitor

Cultured veggies are a great source of ready made side dishes while on an elimination diet.

Yesterday we talked about the foods to avoid while on a 30 day elimination diet.  Today’s post is all about different symptoms to monitor while on the diet.

Food intolerances are funny things, and the effects of consuming something you don’t tolerate can be felt anywhere in your body.  You may be surprised to find that something you never thought was related to what you put on your plate may actually start to clear up while on the elimination diet. Continue reading

The 30 Day Elimination Diet

One of my meals while on an elimination diet: sauteed zucchini and summer squash, carrot fries, and orange balsamic chicken. It was delicious!

I’ve mentioned a 30 day elimination diet a couple times in recent posts as a way to figure out what foods you may be intolerant of.  It’s also a great way to figure out just what kind of nutritional plan works best for you and helps you find your own balance.  Today I’d like to explain exactly what a 30 day elimination diet is, and what foods people commonly avoid while on one.  In my upcoming posts we’ll talk about some practical tips for starting an elimination diet, what you can eat while on the diet, and symptoms to watch out for as you reintroduce more foods. Continue reading

How to Restore Balance to Your Gut Flora and Maintain Wellness

This is the last post in my series on gut flora and its impact on health.  The first post discussed what’s in our gut, the second covered different drugs that can negatively affect our gut flora, the third post was all about lifestyle factors that also influence our intestinal health, and the fourth covered why this is so important to our overall wellness.  Today we’re going to talk about how to restore balance to our gut with some practical information. Continue reading