posts tagged "lifestyle"
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 →
Posted on January 15, 2014
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 →
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 →
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 →
Posted on June 20, 2012
Two of my favorite things: children and nature, both key parts of my healing plan.
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2006. At that time I knew nothing about MS and thought I was going to die very soon as I imagined the disease was terminal. My children, now in their teens, were in 1st and 2nd grade; I would lie in bed with them at night thinking that I wouldn’t live to see their high school graduation. Forget about ... read more →
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.
Posted on November 27, 2011
Stainless steel snack containers, mulling spices, cookie mix in a jar and a Wally mug; simple, yet useful gifts for the holidays.
Finding the perfect Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones can be a challenge. Especially if you’ve put off your holiday shopping until now.
Because we celebrate Chanukah it seems like we have far less pressure during the holiday season –though that could simply be the mindset I undertake during the holidays when I try to block out everything I ... read more →
Posted on January 3, 2011
image by Matt Champlin on Flickr
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to 2011! After all of the cookies, candy and gifting, I thought it would be nice to talk about walking. Yup, that’s right, walking.
Posted on September 27, 2010
When Ali at Whole Life Kitchen told me she was hosting this month’s Go Ahead Honey It’s Gluten-Free: Ideas for Packing a Healthy School Lunch, I knew I would want to participate in this blogging fête. Healthy food for children is a passion of mine. And I’m a big fan of Naomi Devlin’s blogging carnival, Go Ahead Honey, It’s Gluten Free!
The lunch that I have prepared for this blogging festival is simple and easy to make; a sandwich, fruit, veggie sticks ... read more →
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 →
Posted on April 29, 2010
Recently there has been a storm of controversy surrounding agave nectar, an ingredient that I use frequently in my dessert recipes. This controversy seems to have been kicked up by Dr. Mercola, who is generally ahead of the curve when it comes to medical and dietary information. I didn’t say he is always right, I did say “ahead of the curve.”
People such as Dr. Mercola often promote things I heartily believe in such as the consumption of fish oils, large ... read more →
Posted on August 12, 2009
One of my projects this year has been getting “Operation Hen House” up and running. With the completion of our house for the hens in the side yard and the screened in chicken run attached to it, we became the proud “parents” of 5 teenage chickens. They have not yet begun to lay.
All credit for Operation Hen House, goes to the amazing Patrick, who built the house and its accompanying screened in yard and helped me with a bunch of ... read more →
Posted on July 30, 2009
I’ve spent quite a bit of time lately on Facebook and Twitter talking about the various aspects of my home. This includes tidbits ranging from chickens to children and everything in between. I’ll start with children, and my two favorite subjects in the entire world –my sons.
Last night the boys and I had breakfast for dinner. Each of us made our own omelet. Eggs are a great place to start when it comes to cooking with children.
I’ve had the boys ... read more →
Posted on March 10, 2009
I am lucky enough to say that my boys love to eat kale. There was actually a kale incident the other night whereby I only made one bunch and some grabbing occurred at the table as the boys “fought” over it. Ok, sorry to brag, however this is what sometimes happens in my house.
Because kale is a hot commodity and because I don’t get to the grocery store on a daily basis (who does?), I try to keep kale on ... read more →
Posted on June 27, 2008
How does your garden grow?
Usually I plant my garden on Mother’s Day with my husband and the boys –it is their annual gift to me.
This year, we did things a bit differently. We had someone help us with the yard and basically ripped all the flowers out of the beds and replanted with edibles. This took place before May began and gave us a good jump on the season. By the beginning of June we were reaping ... read more →
Posted on May 30, 2008
I must confess, for more than a year, my friend Elizabeth has been asking me to do a post on homemade household cleaners. As a result of her prodding, I am proud to present part 1 of a series on non-toxic cleaners for your home. We’ll start off with a cleaning spray for my favorite room of the house –the kitchen!
So, first questions first. Why make your own cleaning products? Why go through the bother? To ... read more →
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 →
Posted on January 8, 2008
Eight days into the New Year and it seems as though the post-holiday blues have hit.
We’ve had more than our usual share of cold dark weather here in Colorado, and all I want to do is go into hibernation, sleeping day and night. Of course, that’s not what’s taking place in my reality.
This time of year I find myself spending a good deal of time cleaning and sorting. I cleaned out the pantry and fridge the day we returned from ... read more →
Posted on May 7, 2007
I am addicted to my tube wringer. It drives my husband crazy. Even though we have our own toothpastes, I get out the tube wringer and squeeze every last drop out of his tube before I let him throw it away. I use it as well for ointments and other products that come in a tube. I don’t like to waste!
I found out about this from my friend Mary whose husband is a painter. He had one of these metal ... read more →
Posted on February 1, 2007
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