Our mood is affected by neurotransmitters (chemical messengers in the brain), and food has a great ability to replenish or deplete those neurotransmitters. We choose certain foods when we are sad, depressed, or anxious – and there is evidence that chemicals play a role in these cravings. ...more
Health is truly a balance amongst all the systems of the body. The cells of our body are so interconnected that when you improve the balance of any one system, it improves the balance and vitality of the rest of the organ systems. For example, improving cardiovascular health improves digestive function....more
My favorite part about being a holistic nutritionist is when I see the light of hope and empowerment in my clients’ eyes. It’s that moment when they realize that they really do have control over their own health and how they feel on a daily basis. ...more
In the Western culture we have been taught for years that "milk does a body good" especially for calcium intake. On average about 25% of the American diet is dairy, yet our culture suffers from some of the highest rates of osteoporosis and arthritis; two conditions that could be prevented in part with adequate calcium. It's so important to know that the calcium equation involves other nutrients that help the body absorb it, like vitamin D3, vitamin K, and magnesium. ...more
Dirty Dozen and Clean 15
The Dirty Dozen should ALWAYS be bought organic.
Summer gives us all a great excuse to lighten up and add more vibrant, fresh in-season fruits and vegetables to the mix.
Celebrate the bounty of fruits and vegetables It’s no mystery that eating lots of fruits of fresh fruit and vegetables improves our health, moods and well-being, but yet, it can be a bit of a challenge to get enough of these foods into our diet. Since June is National Fruits and Veggies Month, let’s re-commit to eating these life-giving foods on a regular basis. One of the best tips I can give to make this happen is to do something with your produce when you get it home from the store....more
Widely known as the father of modern/western medicine is Hippocrates. One of his most famous and quotes is “Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well....more
New Year Detox That time of year has arrived. Statistics show that ¾ of all New Years resolutions are centered on weight loss and health, likely because the average American gains 7-9lbs between Thanksgiving and the New Year. In my opinion the biggest mistake we collectively make is the all-or-nothing approach....more
We live in a plentiful time and place where can purchase virtually any fruit or vegetable at any time of year because they are shipped in from all over the world. However, it is this abundance that has led to a grand disconnection from our food.
Local and seasonal eating helps regulate our internal rhythm, connects us to both nature and our community as well as nourishes us on many levels. An apple that has traveled thousands of miles to reach you will not be nearly as nutrient-rich or tasty as an apple grown within a few hundred miles of where you live....more
When winter is upon us, we’d all be wise to turn more exclusively toward warming foods and spices like nuts and seeds, ginger, black pepper or peppercorns and mustard seeds. Nature doesn’t make a mistake. Our digestion slows in the winter, which is why spices like ginger and pepper and paprika are so helpful to keep our metabolism running smoothly. In addition, these spices assist us in the production of hydrochloric acid, which aids in proper digestion of heavier foods that are higher in fat....more
“Elimination equals illumination. Reduce excesses, but not excessively”. –ArgIsle-izms...more
"A diet promoting a healthy body and mind is vital to living your yoga. Your body and mind perform best when fueled by healthy and satisfying foods. My goal is not to endorse a specific yoga diet or yoga foods, but rather to introduce you to foods that may increase flexibility, brain function and overall health."...more
Nothing matters more than taking good care of your heart. Getting regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling stress are just a few things we do can to keep ourselves in shape, along with eating a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods that make up a healthy diet."...more
The key to changing everything is simply awareness. If we don’t know that something exists; we will never know what we’re missing. As the founder of Whole Journey Wellness; my goal is to empower clients to embark upon; and to maintain; their own health journey. With the momentum of New Year’s Resolutions behind us; we can take a practical approach to our weight and health goals; by changing what we keep in the house; and therefore what we put in our bodies. "...more
There’s no denying that everyone, at some time or another, has had a snack attack. Views on snacking differ. Some of us feel that snacking is bad and that eating between meals leads to weight gain. Others believe that eating many small meals and snacks throughout the day is healthy for maintaining energy levels and optimal weight. If there were one way of snacking that was right for everyone, we would all be doing it!"...more