It’s common knowledge that if you keep healthy food in your home, you’ll eat healthy.
So why is it that we so often end up throwing out slimy lettuce, limp carrots, and mushy cucumbers at the end of the week? Continue reading “3 Tips for an Organized Fridge”
We all know the importance of sleep for our health, wellbeing, and let’s face it, our sanity. But with the chaotic pace of modern family life, the never ending to-do list, and the constant siren call of Netflix, how can we possibly get the good quality sleep need? Continue reading “Sleep Hygiene: What is it and How to Improve Yours”
Walk down the aisle of any store and you’ll see hundreds of over the counter medications that target digestive woes. From heartburn to gas to constipation to indigestion, there is a pill for every ill, and often dozens of choices that claim to treat them all. Continue reading “Dealing with Digestive Distress Naturally”
When I was pregnant with my first child at the age of 22, I had NO clue about my views on natural versus conventional medicines and health care. As an asthmatic child with a weak immune system, I had been on round after round of antibiotics, steroids, allergy shots, and pretty much every over the counter medication known to man. When I was 4 months pregnant, I was teaching at a Montessori school and contracted a nasty cold with a barking cough followed by pink eye. I went to see the doctor, and she told me that the medication she needed to prescribe could possibly cause deafness to my baby. Continue reading “My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet”
Pain is a part of life. At one point or another we’ve all tweaked a muscle, hit the gym too hard (Hello New Year’s Resolution!!), or bruised our extremities due to clumsiness.
Ok maybe that last one is just me. Continue reading “Natural Pain Relief”
Our bodies are amazingly adaptable. When it gets dark, our pupils dilate to let in more light. When it’s too hot, our body sweats to lower our core temperature. When we cut our finger, the blood vessels in that area automatically narrow and the blood starts to clot. Our bodies are constantly protecting us with a series of biological changes in response to different environmental triggers. And this bio-feedback is no different when it comes to stress. Continue reading “Deep Breathing for Stress Relief”
When I find a meal that I love, I can eat it for DAYS in a row before becoming bored. However, there are some times that I look at my busy schedule, plan out my quickest meals and think, “brown rice and veggie stir fry on Wednesday night. Again. Oh joy.” Continue reading “How to Break Out of a Food Rut”
Years ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”
A question that I often get through email and social media messaging is “How do I know if I’m getting a complete meal?” When you’re eating an omnivorous diet, you know what a “complete” lunch or dinner looks like: meat, starch, dairy, and a vegetable (I would hope that veggies are included!). However, when switching to a plant based lifestyle, what do you do? Continue reading “Chickpea Marinara with Pasta and Broccolini”
I am frequently asked how my family of 5 handles social gatherings with people who do not follow the same dietary choices. Just like with meal planning, navigating food at social gatherings takes a little forethought, but it doesn’t need to be stressful. Arming yourself with a few tips and tricks will make your next get together a breeze regardless of what everyone else is eating. Continue reading “Plant-Based Eating: How to Eat at Social Gatherings”