Puzzling Out Fibromyalgia and The Epstein-Barr Virus

Two years ago I finally sat down and wrote a lengthy article about my healing journey from fibromyalgia. It had been over a decade since that morning when I woke up with “pain all over” and about four years since the pain had subsided. I guess I needed time to ruminate about it. It seems […]

Ginger and Turmeric Super Roots to the Rescue!

I still can’t believe that the first time I bought fresh ginger and turmeric was well into my 50’s. My mother was Polish and well, ginger and turmeric weren’t high on her list of ingredients. In fact, I can’t ever remember seeing either of them in our kitchen. Ditto kale, pomegranates, collards, etc. I mostly […]

Ditch the Leftovers

Leftovers are a no-no, according to Ayurveda. This makes me a little sad. I used to love certain leftovers for lunch. Unfortunately, once food has been cooked, cooled and then re-heated, the life-force (or prana) has left the food, and our bodies have to work much harder to digest it. The same goes for frozen, […]

How to Avoid a Digestion Nightmare on Thanksgiving

Even the healthiest among us knows the pain and regret from overindulging on Thanksgiving. We suddenly throw caution to the wind and begin eating all of the comfort foods from our past. And then the reality of what we’ve asked our body to do sets in and how to avoid a digestion nightmare on Thanksgiving. […]

Resting for Better Digestion

Resting for 15-20 minutes after a meal is a great practice that Ayurveda encourages. Resting for Better Digestion Approximately 60% of our daily energy goes towards digestion. If we rest for a bit after eating, our body can perform this important function more efficiently – rather than sending the energy elsewhere – to the brain and […]

Does Trying to Stay Healthy Sometimes Make You Crazy?

Raise your hand if on your path to becoming healthier you might have become a little obsessive-compulsive. A little confused. A little over-zealous. A little C R A Z Y! I remember clearly back in 2009 when I was a student at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition being asked a similar question. I was just emerging from seven […]

Loving Your Belly

I used to have that kind of relationship with my belly until I was introduced to two similar modalities that gave me a whole new outlook on this vastly under-appreciated part of our body. Here’s a description of both techniques by Dr. Gabrielle Francis, the Herban Alchemist. Mayan Abdominal Massage “This is an ancient massage […]

A Year of Living the Ayurvedic Way

Happy 2014! What do you say? Are you ready to give Ayurveda a try in 2014 after reading all the articles I wrote last year? It really did revolutionize my life, so I thought I would throw the idea out there to all of you. Many healthy tips we hear nowadays have their roots in […]

Eat your Healthy Fats!

One of the silliest trends to come out of the 1990’s was the low-fat, no-fat craze and I bought into it hook, line and sinker. I drank skimmed milk by the gallon and ate low-fat potato chips (together, I might add) and thought that anyone who didn’t was crazy. Although much has been written regarding […]

Don’t throw out those tops!

At what point did it become the norm to only eat the roots of the radish plant?  Don’t throw out those tops! When fresh off the farm, this noble member of the mustard family (a close relative of turnips, cabbage, cauliflower and kale) offers wonderful nutrition in both the root and the greens.  In fact, […]

Healthy Food Raw Sauerkraut

Raw Sauerkraut, not just for hot dogs it’s the Healthy Food of the Week! In fact, raw sauerkraut is an amazing digestive aid and can be added to a wide variety of dishes. The emphasis here is on RAW. Sauerkraut made with uncooked cabbage contains many beneficial enzymes and vitamins that are absent from the more […]

Healthy Food Daikon Radish

Daikon is a Japanese word that literally means “large root.” No kidding, this Asian vegetable healthy food daikon radish roots can weigh as much as 50 lbs. and grow to 3 feet long! Typically about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs., the crisp, sweet and spicy daikon is most abundant in the fall and winter and […]

Healthy Food of the Week: The Mighty Pear

Who knew pears were so good for the lungs? I didn’t until my three-month bout with whooping cough gave me a whole new reverence for the lungs and the healthy food of the week the mighty pear. The Chinese know, and in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the pear is revered for its lung healing properties. Its […]

What Goes in MUST Come Out

We all do it, we all hate to talk about it, and we all need to know more about it. What Goes in MUST Come Out! Probably one of the most dreaded subject matters is the bowel movement. Nothing causes embarrassment more readily than the act itself and all things associated: flatulence, hemorrhoids, diarrhea and […]

Simple Ways to Improve Your Colon Health

What goes in, must come out. If you are not having regular bowel movements (3 a day is optimal), try these Simple Ways to Improve Your Colon Health tips to get things moving. Water! Water softens the food we eat and just like in plumbing, keeps everything moving along. Water is best ingested alone, away […]

Minty Relax Ade

This simple Minty Relax Ade drink is a perfect way to stay refreshed and hydrated during the hot summer months. Mint, lavender and lemon balm all aid in relaxation and digestion while the citrus cleanses and strengthens the immune system. Minty Relax Ade Ingredients Handful of fresh lemon balm, mint, and lavender Juice of one […]