My Recent Experience with Juicing

Ok, I have a confession to make: the last couple weeks I’ve been eating a less than stellar diet.  Between birthday celebrations, dinners with the family, and going out of town, I’ve consumed more gluten and sugar than I like to.  In an effort to give my body a bit of a break, I did some juicing last week. Continue reading

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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

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

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

Rome wasn’t built in a day…or…Change is hard, so take it slow.

I’ve been getting questions lately from my readers about how to actually transition to a real foods diet.  What does it actually look like, and where do you start?  It can sometimes be daunting, and even discouraging.  Different people say some foods are good while others say they’re bad.  There’s the fight between those who say local produce is better than organic produce, and more and more people talking about how our soils are depleted and we aren’t getting as many nutrients from fruits and vegetables as we used to.  Do you have to find a farmer in order to get quality meats?  What if there isn’t one near you?  Or you can’t afford it?  Today, I’d like to talk about some easy, practical steps to take on your health journey, and encourage you that you don’t have to totally revamp your diet overnight in order to reap the benefits.

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Avoiding the Drive Through: Make Ahead Meatballs

From the feedback I’m getting it seems you guys like the practical posts about avoiding the drive through, making your own self care products, etc.  I’ll try and include more of those in the weeks to come, so if you have any ideas of specific topics you’d like to see, feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an email!  Today I’m going to tell you about one of my favorite ways to avoid the drive through: make ahead meatballs.  I had just started making a batch of these the other day when I thought “this would be a great blog post!”  So, I whipped out my camera and decided to take some pictures.  Forgive my dirty food processor, I’d already used it! Continue reading

Trim Down and Tone Up: Emotional Aspects

The carefree days of childhood, when you didn’t care what anyone else thought. If you could run through the sprinklers in your bathing suit, the day was complete.

We’re going to dive right in to our Trim Down and Tone Up series by starting out with the emotional side of weight gain and body image.  Might as well get the hardest one over with first, right?  I’m not a psychologist, psychiatrist, or anything else in the mental health field.  My experience in psychiatry consisted of one mental health course in nursing school, and two rotations through psychiatric facilities.  This is more of an armchair psychology discussion, with things I’ve picked up over the years from dealing with thousands of patients and reading psychology books.  What I write here may or may not apply to you, but I do encourage you to read this post, then take a few minutes to sit back and honestly consider it.  I won’t know if you do or you don’t, but if you’re really looking to drop some pounds, your efforts will go a lot farther if you consider the fact that your emotional health is part of the solution. Continue reading