Cardiovascular health, Nutrition, Osteoporosis, Recipes

On the Hunt: Recipes Using Swiss Chard

I have a bumper crop of rainbow Swiss chard in my veggie garden. I gathered an armful for lunch. Now I'm on the hunt for what to make with these dark leafy greens. Rather than rely on my go-to-greens recipes from Rebecca Katz, I decided to look around in my cookbooks and my favorite blog… Continue reading On the Hunt: Recipes Using Swiss Chard

Holistic Health, Stress management

RISQ Take in 2019

As part of the StressLess for the Holidays series hosted by Transformation Cafe, Robin, Amy, and I discussed the Pre-resolution Solution. What is the Pre-resolution Solution? Simply put, it is a process that helps you leverage your 2018 results (or lack thereof) to craft your goals for 2019 and define an effective action plan. During… Continue reading RISQ Take in 2019

Cardiovascular health, Diabetes mellitus, Nutrition

Sweet on the sweet stuff? It isn’t sweet on you!

Added sugars can lead to health problems such as weight gain and obesity, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease (CDC, 2016).  Added sugar refers to human-made sweeteners included in packaged foods.  These sugars do not naturally exist in whole foods such as fruit and full-fat milk.  On the food label, added sugar goes by many… Continue reading Sweet on the sweet stuff? It isn’t sweet on you!

Holistic Health, Mind-body, Stress management

Chilling Out with a Hot Cup of Tea

Relaxation: the state of being free from tension and anxiety; recreation or rest, especially after a period of work (Google Search, n.d.) It’s National Relaxation Day, a holiday initiated on August 15, 1985, at the prompting of nine-year-old Sean Moelle of Clio, Michigan (Levine, 2017).  He suggested that too much work can make us sick,… Continue reading Chilling Out with a Hot Cup of Tea

Holistic Health, Neurological, Stress management

A Deep Loss: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

Normally I conduct tons of research before I write and post a blog.  Today, I break from my tradition and just writing from my heart.  I will follow up with some science because I think we would all benefit from knowing the signs of depression.  For now, I offer my raw feelings about the loss… Continue reading A Deep Loss: Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain

Holistic Health

Eat your Pi and have it too: an aude to Professor Stephen Hawkin

Today the world lost a luminary, a thinker, an innovative scientist, an inspirational hero, a brave man, and a visionary able to see the humor in the universe.  Stephen Hawking gave up the ghost on March 14, 2018.  How very appropriate that he concluded his life on earth on Pi day, the annual celebration of… Continue reading Eat your Pi and have it too: an aude to Professor Stephen Hawkin

Holistic Health, Nutrition

Weed it or Eat it: Dandelion

When you saw the yellow flowers in the picture associated with this blog post, what were your first thoughts?  Did you think, "Oh no, my lawn is ruined by that nasty weed!" or did you think, "Yum, lunch!"? "Half the world love it, uses it for medicine, and dines on it regularly.  The other half… Continue reading Weed it or Eat it: Dandelion

Menopause, Nutrition, Osteoporosis

Are you dense or what?

Bone density has captivated the minds and worries of most women who have reached the age of 45 and beyond.  Why?  Because the media, the conventional medical community, and pharmaceutical companies have successfully convinced us that we face an inevitable loss of bone density as we age.  Is it true?  Is it inevitable that we'll… Continue reading Are you dense or what?

Holistic Health, Menopause

Hot Flashes: WebMD, why is there no option for “Never”?

While reading an article on WebMD, a dialogue box popped up asking me if I would be willing to participate in a survey.  Normally, I click, "No thanks" and proceed with my original task.  This time I decided to give it a go since the survey would only take 5 minutes to complete.  So, I… Continue reading Hot Flashes: WebMD, why is there no option for “Never”?