Chlorophyll is the plant pigment that gives plants their green color but its real claim to fame should be that it is chock full of vitamins and minerals. This emerald green superstar is found naturally in plants like spinach and kale, but you can also find it in a liquid dropper form at the health food store. Chlorophyll barely has a taste so it can be added to water, smoothies, cocktails... or made into this deliciously refreshing detox limeade. Cheers!Read More
In my experience, having clear, radiant skin is an inside job. We can slather our faces with the best topical treatments out there, but if there is hormonal imbalance, liver congestion, and/or gut inflammation brewing beneath the surface, those fancy creams can only get you but so far. If you are struggling with acne and sense that something about your diet and lifestyle is inflaming your skin and causing your breakouts, start with implementing some of the tips outlined in this post.Read More
I know this is crazy, but before a couple weeks ago, I'd never been to Trader Joe's! Whole Foods has everything I need so I haven't needed to venture out of my cozy grocery store bubble....until I was asked to write a blog post about what I buy from Trader Joe's!
I must say, I was pretty impressed by TJ”s! First of all, it's pretty darn cheap! I got a ton of stuff and my bill was under $100 which rarely happens at Whole Foods. I found their private-label products to be high-quality overall and the layout of the store makes for an enjoyable experience. It's worth going there, at least every now and then, to see what fun new products they've released and pick up some great finds. If you're a regular at TJ's or a newbie like me, this post includes my top 10 picks!Read More
Intermittent Fasting, aka IF. You've likely heard of it but may be thinking it's just another wellness fad. While it may seem that way, IF really it isn’t a fad at all. It is what our ancestors naturally did before electricity, refrigeration, food delivery and microwaves! They would naturally go periods of time without food and their digestive systems would get a nice long break from the energy-intensive process of digesting food. In our modern world, food is never scarce. Actually, quite the opposite - we've got access to food around the clock! Eating late into the evening and again first thing in the morning doesn't allow our digestion/detox systems to work on removing metabolic junk and toxins that build up in the body over time so health problems, like weight gain, insulin resistance, inflammation, increased oxidative stress, impaired cognitive function, accelerated aging, etc. can ensue. In this post, I've outlined everything you need to know about intermittent fasting - including why and how to do it if you decide it sounds right for you. I also discuss gender differences and how to make it work with your exercise routine.Read More
Spring is the time when the earth comes back to life; everything gets green again and hundreds of beautiful plants begin to bloom. It is also the time when seasonal allergy sufferers have to stock up on their go-to allergy remedies. Symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, sneezing, headaches and fatigue can put a real damper on the season and negatively affect quality of life. Antihistamine medications can provide some relief, but often come along with other unpleasant side effects like drowsiness. The good news is that allergy symptoms can be kept in check without medications. Read the full post for my natural allergy remedies!Read More
Mid-morning and mid-afternoon can be particularly challenging during the work-day. My clients tell me that these times are usually when they feel tired, bored, fidgety, frustrated, stressed and often get the urge to snack (even when they’re not hungry). One of my go-to suggestions is to get up from your desk and make a cup of tea. By choosing one that offers stress-relieving benefits, this ritual becomes even more productive! Fve medicinal teas for helping you cope with stress are up on the blog!Read More