Health Starts in the Kitchen

Why We Should Cook and Eat at Home More Often

So often on my blog I attempt to convince my readers that the key to nourishing our bodies and preventing chronic disease is to

JUST EAT REAL FOOD!

Why?  Because food can truly heal our bodies, something prescription medications are not capable of.

What does eating real food look like?  

Attitude of Gratitude

How Keeping an Attitude of Gratitude Can Affect Our Health

What is the one thing that everyone world-wide is searching for?

HAPPINESS!

Now the form happiness takes may vary for people, but we are all striving for joy in our lives.  Some of us think happiness exists in material possessions, a fulfilling career, or maybe children that behave perfectly – you can fill in the blank for what that looks like for yourself.

I’ve come to realize that happiness actually comes when we are content with who we are, and what we have.  In other words, happiness is wanting what you already have.

People who express gratitude on a regular basis tend to be healthier, more optimistic, and reach their goals more often than people who don’t.

Why not give gratitude a try?

Your Best You in 2017

It’s that time of year again!

The gyms are full, people are starting new diets, and almost everyone is ready to make a change in their health.

Unfortunately most of this enthusiasm and momentum fizzles out by February.  I don’t want this to be you, so today I will be sharing three oversights that can derail your resolutions.  I have been working on a solution for setting yourself up for success and making those health resolutions last in 2017 (click here for more information).

Setting Goals That Bring Lasting Results

3 Simple Steps for Setting Goals That Will Have a Lasting Impact Instead of Fizzling Out by the End of January

It’s almost the end of the year… What are you going to do to make next year better than this one?

There is something about the New Year that feels fresh and makes you want to change.  It is almost like a clean slate, especially after all the holiday treats.

Have you set New Year’s resolutions in the past?  How did they work out?

Today we will take some time to look at 3 simple steps for setting goals that will have a lasting impact instead of fizzling out by the end of January.

So get out the yellow pad and pen and let’s get started!

New Years Detox

I Need To Kick Off 2017 With a Detox... What About You?

We all struggle with our health and diet choices, and no one is immune.

If I’m being honest, I have really been over-doing it with my sugar intake lately.  With the holidays upon us, it has been difficult to avoid.

Epsom Salt Baths

Epsom Salt Baths – do they work?  Is there any science behind them?

Over the past year I’ve made it a goal to soak in an epsom salt bath at least once per week.  It’s a time for me to escape from child-rearing and household chores for a few minutes, (OK who are we kidding, like an hour) and to rest and relax while watching my latest TV drama (I’m a sucker for Masterpiece theater).  I add 2 cups of epsom salt into the hot water and usually a few drops of lavender essential oil for a calming sensation.  After a good soak, I feel relaxed and ready to head straight to bed.

Healthy Through the Holidays

Tips for making healthier choices through this holiday season.

The holidays are a wonderful time of year!  We get to spend time with friends and family we may not often see, experience old family traditions, and enjoy all that holiday food!  It can be both the most magical and frustrating time of year for many folks.

Unfortunately, our holiday traditions involve food quality that is… questionable at best.

For those of us attempting to maintain a healthy lifestyle, the holidays can be challenging to make good food choices.  How do we stay committed to our health during the busiest of seasons, not to mention all the temptations surrounding us?  Do we just count it as a total loss and start strong on January 1st?

Don’t throw in the towel just yet.  Today I will share a couple tips that will help you make healthier choices through this holiday season.

Should Essential Oils Be Included In a Healthy Lifestyle?

During my career as a physician assistant I was taught to be very skeptical of alternative medicine which encompasses anything outside the realm of treatments including prescription drugs or surgery.  I considered things like herbal medicine or essential oils to be hogwash, or at least poorly ineffective.  I have come to realize that many of these treatments are often more effective with fewer side effects and even beneficial to our bodies.  Today I will be sharing about my personal Journey to Health using essential oils.

The Cure For Cold & Flu Season

It’s that time again – cold and flu season is upon us, and people are already dropping like flies!  Most of you are probably wondering how you can avoid the germs that are so evidently upon us.

Tons of hand sanitation right?  Not so fast…

Fat – Friend or Foe

Fats are all the craze right now.  We’ve finally figured out we don’t get fat when we’re eating the right kinds of fat, and that when we eat fat, we actually get thin!  Seems counterintuitive right?

Many people, however, are still stuck in the low-fat era of the past.  This includes most physicians and the recommendations handed down by the federal government.  So why are they all wrong?  To understand that we need a bit of a history lesson.