Recipe: Fish “en Papillote”

For months I tried to get my husband to like fish.  He’s an incredibly a bit of a picky eater, but I was determined to find a way to incorporate fish into our weekly menu in order to get some of the great health benefits of eating seafood.  I ttied lots of different recipes, from teriyaki salmon to tuna steaks and even homemade fish sticks.  He’d dutifully eat as much as he could, but he never really enjoyed any of the recipes. Continue reading

Insulin Resistance

Nature’s abundance is breathtaking, why did we ever switch to processed, incomplete foods?

I’ve been wanting to write a post about insulin resistance for some time now.  It seems to be popping up everywhere you look, whether its contributing to heart disease, hypertension, polycystic ovarian syndrome, or the precursor to diabetes, insulin resistance is involved in a lot of disease processes that are rapidly increasing in America. Continue reading

First Ever Wellness Wisdom Carnival!


Welcome to the first ever Wellness Wisdom Carnival! You’ve heard from me, now I want to hear from you! Feel free to share with us your posts about health and wellness, whether its recipes, fitness tips, your personal experience, or anything else related to striving for health.  If you don’t have a blog, feel free to leave a comment so we can all learn from each other. I don’t know if there will be much traffic here the first few times, but we’ll give it a shot! Meanwhile, I’m trying to figure out how to include the carnival right on the page rather than redirecting you to another, but I’m not very tech savvy so it might take me some time. There’s just a couple of ground rules to make sure we’re all on the same page:

1. Please do not post advertisements for specific products or supplements. If you tried something and genuinely benefitted from it, you can tell us all about it, but don’t use this as a forum to sell or promote a product!
2. Please include only real food recipes! That means no boxed mixes, industrial seed oils, white flour, soy products, etc. Anybody can make up a box of hamburger helper, but I would like this to be a forum for sharing great nutritious recipes from scratch.
3. Please link back to this post so we can all can benefit from seeing everyone’s submissions.

4.  Links that do not follow these guidelines may be deleted.

Thanks for sharing your tips and ideas. Happy Friday!

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Low Salt Diets for Hypertension: A Good Idea or Bad Advice?

Hypertension is one of the most common health problems in our country.  To some degree, its a normal part of aging.  There are lots of things that can cause hypertension, and for some, a low salt diet may be a good idea.  These include people with heart failure or kidney failure, as their bodies simply can’t pump blood effectively or eliminate excess water and sodium effectively.  But for the vast majority of people who have hypertension, their hearts and kidneys are working fine, yet we still recommend a low salt diet.  Is this a good idea?

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Healing Diets

Since I wrote a couple of posts on autoimmunity and its link to gastrointestinal health, I’ve had a few readers contact me and ask what kinds of diets are good for healing the gut and reducing the development of autoimmune disease.  I figured it might be helpful to do a post on the subject, since I’m sure there are more people out there wondering the same thing. Continue reading

The Yin and Yang of Disease

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Lately I’ve been reading a book that some of you may already be familiar with, it’s called “The Web that Has No Weaver”.  It’s an introduction to understanding Traditional Chinese Medicine and the ways that it looks at diseases differently than Western medicine.  I’m only into the first couple of chapters, but so far, its been quite interesting. Continue reading

Why Diets Don’t Work

Thanks for sticking with me through this busy week!  I hope you enjoy this post on the pitfalls of dieting.  I’ll see you next week with some fresh content, I’ve got lots of ideas for some great posts!

First of all, let me start this post by saying I’m not really fond of the word “diet”.  When most people think of diets, they think of calorie restriction, self-denial, and inevitable failure.  Not exactly something people get excited about it.  The word diet can actually just mean whatever food you eat on a normal basis.  But, for the sake of this post, we’ll talk about diets in the negative sense.  Like I said, most people don’t get excited about the word, and for good reason: your body knows they don’t work.  Even if your brain has fooled you into thinking that the quick path to health is found in the is the latest diet book hitting the store shelves, your body isn’t fooled. For those of you who have dieted multiple times over the years, I’m sure you are quite familiar with the dread, the drudgery, and the sheer willpower involved in sticking to a diet.  It turns eating, one of man’s greatest pleasures, into something it was never meant to be. Continue reading

When Balance Just Isn’t Possible

I’m getting closer to the end of my crazy week, but until then, enjoy some of my favorite posts from days gone by.  I promise I’ll have some fresh content next week!  Today this post feels especially timely to me.

We talk a lot in the wellness movement about balance, the art of keeping all aspects of your life in proper perspective, not neglecting one area for another.  It’s an important concept, and when you’re able to live that way, you tends to feel calmer, more relaxed, and, well, balanced.  But life has seasons that may demand us to pay more attention to one aspect than usual, and in those times, balance goes out the window.  I feel like I’m in one of those seasons right now.  I’ve been working hard on my certification for 9 months now, trying to soak up as much knowledge as possible.  Don’t get me wrong, I love it.  However, its required me to make some adjustments in how I spend my time.  In the past when I’ve gone through seasons of imbalance, I burned the candle at both ends, trying to still keep up with everything I felt I needed to do, not acknowledging that some things were less important.  As a result, my body was thrown into adrenal fatigue, and I was forced to slow down.  I’m mostly past that, but the lesson was well learned.  This time around, I’ve made a list of priorities to get me through this time, and everything else has been placed on hold.  While this list looks different for everyone, here’s the things I’ve chosen to focus on to keep myself from doing too much. Continue reading

Sleep: It’s Even More Important Than You Think

I’ve got a busy week ahead of me as I meet with clients for my externship, so I’ll be republishing some of my older posts.  Hope you enjoy them!  Check back next week for some more fresh content.

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