posts tagged "health"

What is Low Dose Naltrexone?

Posted on January 22, 2014

I’m often asked about Low Dose Naltrexone. These days it is used to treat everything from autoimmune disorders and cancer, to fertility and autism. I have been taking 5 mg daily of this off-label, somewhat experimental drug since approximately 2005.

How did I find out about Low Dose Naltrexone or LDN? On one of my regular visits to my mild-mannered functional medicine doctor he thrust a prescription for this drug into my hand. A month later my naturopath recommended LDN to ... read more →

Five Ways to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Posted on January 15, 2014

Remove brightly colored electronic devices such as this alarm clock from your bedroom. Photo by Colton Witt on Flickr.

What if your New Year’s resolution was to get more sleep?

Our culture is quite focused on diet and exercise as a way to improve health at this time of year. Eat less food. Lose weight. Restrict. Push yourself harder. Burn more calories. Lose weight.

Really though, there’s no reason that our New Year’s resolutions can’t be healing. The fact is we need ... read more →

Can Sleep Loss Add to Weight Gain?

Posted on November 1, 2013

Photo by Alan Cleaver from Flickr

Although I haven’t spoken a lot about sleep here, it is something that is absolutely essential when it comes to good health. Like the Standard American Diet, which leads to so many medical issues, sleep deprivation and sleeping problems can be equally detrimental to your well-being.

I’m regularly focused on getting enough sleep, it’s a key part of my health program. In fact, in healing the autoimmune conditions with which I’ve been diagnosed, sleep is as ... read more →

Steve’s Paleo Goods

Posted on May 13, 2013

With a strong focus on improving the health and lives of children, Steve’s Paleo Goods is a site you can’t afford to miss.

Meet Steve, one of my favorite people in the Paleo Community. Steve runs the website Steve’s Paleo Goods where he sells scrumptious Paleo snacks. He also runs Steve’s Club, which provides CrossFit programs to at-risk youth. Further he donates a portion of the proceeds from Steve’s Paleo Goods to support these CrossFit programs. As you can see, Steve ... read more →

7 Types of Stress: Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on November 30, 2012

Photo by Alan Cleaver on Flickr.

While great fun, the holidays can be a stressful time of year. This post is a reminder that we can slow down, take time for ourselves and that we may need to do so more than ever right now. In fact, it is what these contemplative winter celebrations were originally intended for prior to their extreme commercialization.

Still, the modern questions remain. How to cope with stress during the holidays? How do we invite healing into ... read more →

Will the Healthiest Flour Please Stand Up?

Posted on July 19, 2012

Recently it was brought to my attention that I made a rather large factual error in my post Gluten Free is Not Healthy. You see, in this post I claimed:

Gluten free goods are generally made with ingredients such as rice, corn, potatoes, sorghum, tapioca and millet, which are higher in carbohydrates and lower in protein and other nutrients than wheat flour.

I apologize, as I did make a mistake in claiming that sorghum is not as healthy as wheat flour itself. ... read more →

Gluten Free Is Not Healthy

Posted on July 11, 2012

Photo by Robert Couse-Baker. Hopefully, people have begun to realize that the gluten free diet is not a shortcut to health.

Gluten Free is not healthy? Blasphemy –you must think someone has hijacked my blog, but it’s true. Just because a food is gluten free does not mean it is healthy.

Sadly, the recent popularity of “gluten free” has many thinking that if they eliminate gluten, they are on a healthy diet.  As Michael Pollan wrote last year in the New York Times ... read more →

Natural Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

Posted on March 22, 2012

New Years day 2012 after a 2000 foot vertical climb up Vail Mountain.

I received a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis in 2006. Since then, I am often asked, what is your secret? How do you stay healthy?

The below are 5 of my favorite natural remedies. I believe these strategies may be applicable to anyone with an auto-immune disorder. If this protocol is adhered to religiously, some find improvement in as little as 3 months. For others it may take significantly longer.

Nutrition Information

Posted on December 14, 2011

I like to cook. This is a website about cooking. I’m not a nutritionist, nor have I ever pretended to be. I don’t like to count calories or other nutrition information for that matter. So imagine my surprise when I received this comment the other day:

Yes, we know you do not answer nutrition questions, but it would be helpful, useful, and simply kind if you would simply supply this information with the recipes you provide. Organic Valley egg nog has ... read more →

Orange Dark Chocolate Chip Scones

Posted on January 24, 2011

It really is Joy the Baker’s fault.  I have been baking scones every day since I read her post for Orange and Dark Chocolate Buttermilk Scones.  I knew I would have to make my own gluten free version.  So I did.  And it’s scone mania over here.  It’s gotten so bad that last weekend I made 5 batches of scones.  All gluten free of course.

Joy, I wish I was your gluten free neighbor.  And by the way, I do not ... read more →

The Gluten Free Diet

Posted on June 29, 2010

For me, diet is a four letter word, I doubt you’ll find it very often on this website.  I don’t spend a lot of time discussing gluten free around here either.  That’s because I take it as a given that the food I eat will be gluten free, that’s just part of my life at this point, though it wasn’t always this way.

Lately, a number of people have asked me to share the story of my celiac diagnosis and personal ... read more →

The Great Agave Debate

Posted on June 26, 2009

“Why do you use agave? I’ve heard that it’s very unhealthy”  I’m asked this question about my “go to” sweetener on at least a daily basis.

First off, there really is no perfect sweetener, so I recommend everything in moderation.

We often take sugar and other sweeteners for granted, forgetting that they were not widely available to humans until the modern era (excluding of course, those living in the tropical regions feasting on mangoes and pineapple). Processed sugar was invented between ... read more →

On a Personal Note

Posted on June 5, 2009

So now, for something personal.  I don’t usually go into a ton of detail on the overarching factors of my life.  However, today, I do want to share a bit of information.  And I hope you will take it as no more than that.

Just about 3 years ago, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.  While I had been experiencing symptoms of this illness for several years, there was no conclusive information as to what this array of symptoms was due.

Oddly ... read more →

Superfoods: the Almighty Almond

Posted on May 1, 2009

Almonds are in.  And guess what?  They’re good for you.

Almonds are easy to incorporate into your everyday routine.  Eat them as a snack (raw or dry roasted), or use blanched almond flour in your baked goods to reap the numerous benefits of this incredible superfood.  Almonds are high in fiber, vitamins, minerals and fat.  Yes, that’s fat.  However, almonds are high in good fats –that is the heart healthy monounsaturated fats that are found in olive oil.

And almonds seem ... read more →

Top Ten Tips for Healthy Shopping

Posted on February 25, 2008

-photo from vgm8383 on Flickr

Here are some things I keep in mind when I go grocery shopping:

Fresh is better than frozen, frozen is better than canned
Fresh produce is full of nutrition and far tastier; for veggies, we eat what’s in season, I keep frozen organic fruits on hand to make the boys smoothies in the winter or to use in muffins (blueberry for example); I avoid canned food whenever possible
Ocean raised fish is better than farmed
Farmed fish is often ... read more →

Celiac in People Magazine

Posted on June 14, 2007

As a Waldorf mother, I never thought I would confess to reading People magazine. Recently though, I decided to come clean; I am addicted to, and read this weekly rag voraciously, and not just in the dentist’s office.

In my struggle to come out of the closet – mostly to myself, my husband and children are fully aware of the addiction – I pretend that this purchase is in the name of sociological research. I tell myself that as an entrepreneur, ... read more →

Fed Fights Mad Cow Testing

Posted on June 7, 2007

Creekstone Farms wants to protect your health. The USDA, however, is against this.

This premium producer of high quality beef sued the USDA for denying it permission to test their cattle for mad cow disease, also known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy (bse). Creekstone Farms has their own slaughterhouse and processing facility. They do not use hormones or antibiotics and feed their herds pesticide free grains. They want to take their high standards one step further and test their herds for ... read more →

Book Review: Prescription for Nutritional Healing

Posted on June 1, 2007

This is one of the most important healing tools in my possession. Handy, astute and concise, this excellent guide is geared toward informing and empowering individuals to take charge of their health.

A practical A-Z reference manual, Prescription for Nutritional Healing offers drug-free remedies using vitamins, minerals, herbs and food supplements. When one of us has a cold, it’s the first thing I reach for. This book is no nonsense and a real winner!

David Steinman

Posted on May 3, 2007

David Steinman, founder of the Green Patriot movement, is an acclaimed author, environmentalist and health consumer advocate.

Steinman has testified before Congress as an expert witness on the levels of chemical contaminants in the blood of persons eating locally caught fish from Southern California bays. It was his landmark study, published in the Journal of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, that led to the historic movement to clean up the Santa Monica Bay.

Steinman is an advisory board member for The Green ... read more →

Book Review: Paleo Diet

Posted on May 3, 2007

One of the most sane, common sense approaches to eating that I have seen in all my years of researching food and holistic living, The Paleo Diet is a favorite.

The knowledgeable Loren Cordain, Ph.D., takes us back to the pre-agrarian diets of our ancestors. Yes, that’s the Stone Age, a time before the Agricultural Revolution, which occurred a mere 10,000 years ago (a short time ago given man’s 2 million year history).

The diet featured in this book is one ... read more →