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  • The Big Berkey Theory
    January 28, 2018 / 2 Comments / Total Wellness

    Why You Need A Water Purifier While water may look clear and germ-free, there may actually be millions of microscopic bacteria and not just that. Water that is left untreated could be making you physically ill and/or cause skin disorders. Would You Drink This? Common contaminates found in tested city or well water include: Parasites

  • Debunking Myths of Protein
    January 21, 2018 / 2 Comments / Total Wellness

    Protein Obsession Many fitness magazines put out monthly articles regarding post-workout protein intake and although it’s important to eat after your workout to help fuel you for the rest of your day, we’ve become obsessed with protein. During my studies on nutrition and the role of protein in the human body, I discovered one of

  • Eye Spy Fruit!
    January 14, 2018 / No Comments / Total Wellness

    Bowl of Berries I recently watched a video about eye health from one of my favorite mentors, Michael Greger, M.D. (NutritionFacts.org), who asked a good question: Would you rather eat a bowl of fresh berries for breakfast or a bowl of pills? This is a great question for someone like myself who has worked several

  • Secret Killer: TMAO
    December 15, 2017 / 2 Comments / Total Wellness

    TMAO Activation Some of the top selling supplements in vitamin stores world wide offering such solutions as improved cognitive function, better digestion and increased muscle mass are choline, the enzyme betaine and the amino acid, l-carnitine. While I do recommend natural supplements, even those mentioned, for clients and consider myself a supporter of local vitamin

  • Sugar-Free Mousse Recipe
    November 23, 2017 / No Comments / Food,Recipe

    Holiday Eating During the holidays, we want to eat well and eat a lot! I know firsthand that it is actually possible to eat healthy without sacrificing taste and enjoyment of some of your favorite holiday comfort foods. Back to my Roots One of my all time favorite desserts is chocolate mousse, in fact, the

  • Why Plant Based Iron Is Superior
    November 19, 2017 / 1 Comment / Total Wellness

    Heme vs. Non-Heme Iron One of the concerns that some people have when transitioning to a plant-based or a vegan diet is obtaining adequate amounts of iron. Interestingly enough, only 1/3 of iron in a typical or Standard American Diet (S.A.D.) comes from meat sources. Plant foods are rich in non-heme iron while heme iron

  • Is There A Secret To Greater Longevity?
    October 23, 2017 / 1 Comment / Total Wellness

    Do We Really Want to Know? Not all of us want to know the secret to greater longevity.  Sounds morbid right?  Well, think about it… With modern technology and advanced medicine we, as humans, have the ability to live longer lives but if we’re roaming around not feeling as spunky as we did when we

  • Gluten-Free Plant-Based Oat Bars
    October 15, 2017 / Comments Off on Gluten-Free Plant-Based Oat Bars / DIY,Food,Recipe

    Healthy Alternatives As you might understand with this recipe of mine, I tend to get bored with the same snacks. With this recipe, I give you options to which ingredients to use that still fall under the category gluten-free, as well as, vegan. So whether or not you prefer sunflower butter or peanut butter, you

  • What Is Holistic Nutrition & Why Does It Matter?
    October 15, 2017 / 2 Comments / Food,Total Wellness

    Holistic vs. Modern Medicine Holistic or ‘wholistic’ like the title of T.Colin Campbell’s book Whole-Rethinking the Science of Nutrition refers to treating the body as a whole, considering all parts of the body including emotional, mental and even spiritual being. When comparing it to modern western medicine which focuses on specific parts of the body

  • Natural Skin Care Products and Remedies
    October 14, 2017 / Comments Off on Natural Skin Care Products and Remedies / dairy,DIY,Food

    The Age of Acne I thought I had it bad during my teen years, hoping my mother wouldn’t make me go to school because I had yet another zit break-out. Is the word, ‘zit’, still even used?! Whatever you want to call it, zit or blemish…I had bad acne when I was a teenager which

  • Regain Your Balance
    September 28, 2017 / Comments Off on Regain Your Balance / Gut Health

    Gut Problems You don’t have to suffer stomach woes any longer. Learn to listen to your body and what it needs to feel the best it possibly can.  (Not sure how to do this?  Book your next session with me HERE) I can certainly speak from experience what it’s like to have to worry about

  • Grateful Recovering…
    September 10, 2017 / Comments Off on Grateful Recovering… / Addiction Recovery

    Sorry, Not Sorry Sometimes when people find out that I’m a recovering alcoholic or I tell them that I don’t drink, they say, “Oh, I’m sorry.” My usual response is a genuine smile and a simple reply, “Don’t be.” I remember when I first started going to AA meetings many years ago and I would

  • Brain Belly Interconnection
    August 27, 2017 / Comments Off on Brain Belly Interconnection / Gut Health,Mood Support

    Mental Health & Your Belly Why do I care about and talk so much about healthy bacteria, gut health, as well as a plant based diet? Because our bodies have the ability to heal, it really depends on what nutrition you put into it.  Also, what we put in our bellies on a daily basis

  • Vitamin B12 & Your Gut
    August 7, 2017 / Comments Off on Vitamin B12 & Your Gut / Gut Health

    Getting to the Truth Oftentimes, I hear the comment, “Vegetarians are deficient in B12 because they don’t eat meat.”  But why say that when majority of people, who happen to be omnivores are also deficient in B12 among other essential B-vitamins? It’s important to look at the whole picture.  The truth is that we haven’t

  • Milked Out
    August 5, 2017 / Comments Off on Milked Out / dairy

    Dairy-Free Alternatives As you may have noticed, your grocery store shelves and coolers are creating more and more space for non-dairy milks which include different types such as:  Almond, Cashew, Coconut, Hemp, Rice, Soy, Oat…. and the list is growing. There’s even a well-known dairy farm company which has transitioned to a plant-based line of

  • Dirt And You
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Dirt And You / Gut Health

    Homeostatic Soil Organisms Why is it important to eat dirt every once in awhile? Huh?  No, I don’t mean literally go outside and eat dirt. What I’m talking about is Homeostatic Soil Organisms, or HSOs which “support healthy energy levels, promote digestive system health and help your body absorb nutrients more quickly and easily”….it’s what makes

  • Don’t Be Fooled By The Disease Care System
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Don’t Be Fooled By The Disease Care System / Total Wellness

    Sick & Tired If our health care system with all of it’s modern technology is supposed to be making us healthier, then why are we getting sicker!? While different ailments plague our bodies including high rates of cardiovascular disease and an increasing rate of Type II diabetes, doctors are prescribing more prescription drugs (even with

  • Get Well & Stay Well: Healthy Living Transformation
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Get Well & Stay Well: Healthy Living Transformation / Total Wellness

    Let Your Body Heal Found yourself at the doctor’s office again picking up some more antibiotics for that cold?  It’s absolutely NOT NECESSARY!!!  In fact, it’s harming you… Our bodies are made so intrinsically complex that one must wonder how everything works and fits together.  Our immune system is actually so incredibly AMAZING.  “Your body

  • Barely Hanging On?!
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Barely Hanging On?! / Total Wellness

    Put That Coffee Down I know, I know, you like your coffee…but what if it doesn’t even work anymore to get the boost you need to get through your day?  Do you know that the extra caffeine is stripping your body of essential nutrients while actually making your body more tired, more overworked, in other

  • Pumpkin Seeds a.k.a. Pepitas
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Pumpkin Seeds a.k.a. Pepitas / DIY,Food,Recipe

    Nutrition Facts Pumpkin seeds a.k.a. pepitas have a wide range of health benefits AND are super fun to eat! As you can see in the following Nutrition Facts , pumpkin seeds are loaded with healthy fat, amino acids, minerals and protein…but there’s more… Nutrition Facts of Dried or Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Amount Per 1 oz.

  • Anti-Inflammatory Foods
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Anti-Inflammatory Foods / Food

    (The above photo is an actual picture that I took while visiting Mercato Centrale Firenze, a fresh market in Florence.) European vs. American Lifestyle While visiting Italy during a recent family vacation, I noticed that the majority of Europeans seemed healthier and happier than most Americans. Aside from some basic lifestyle and cultural differences, I

  • Cyn’s Oatmeal Cookies
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Cyn’s Oatmeal Cookies / DIY,Food,Recipe

    Make Traditional Recipes Healthy & Fun While we’re on the path towards optimal health, we also want a treat now and then. Whether it’s my homemade vegan brownies or your favorite snack or protein bar from your local health food store…it’s really fun to try new recipes.  I like to take regular recipes like your traditional

  • Nurture Your Bones & Joints
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Nurture Your Bones & Joints / Total Wellness

    Lifestyle Choices Are you making good choices when it comes to your bone health?  Are you spending a lot of money on pain killers for your joints?  How about natural supplements for pain…which ones do you choose? Joint pain and bone health concerns are on the rise in America.  Also the purchasing of supplements or

  • Smoothie Time!
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Smoothie Time! / dairy,DIY,Food,Recipe

    Healthy Habits The other day, one of my co-workers asked me, “Do you really make a smoothie everyday?!  I mean, you get all that stuff out, the blender and everything?” My answer:  Yes and no (since sometimes I simply use a shaker cup a.k.a. blender bottle). It’s necessary to use the blender when I’m using

  • DIY Produce Wash
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on DIY Produce Wash / Total Wellness

    Do It Yourself Fruit & Veggie Wash Watch This short video or read the recipe below for my homemade fruit and veggie spray. This recipe is similar to the natural cleaning spray recipe. Natural Anti-Bacterial Ingredients I choose these ingredients specifically for killing any bacteria or parasites that may be present on produce.  It also helps get

  • DIY Glass & Surface Cleaner
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on DIY Glass & Surface Cleaner / Total Wellness

    Homemade Cleaner Check out my quick video for a homemade glass cleaner on YouTube  (see below for recipe and surface cleaner suggestions). The grocery store is loaded with chemical laden cleaning products.  When I go down the cleaning aisle, I want to hold my breath because the chemicals consume my nostrils and give me a

  • Go Nuts About Brain Health
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Go Nuts About Brain Health / Mood Support

    Brain Fog Hey all!  I’m so grateful to be back blogging after being SO busy…wow, what an excuse!  The truth is that I’ve been going through some brain fog. I’m sure you all can relate to having brain fog from time to time.  For most, it’s something we sort of laugh about or ignore but

  • Relief For Low Back Pain
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Relief For Low Back Pain / Total Wellness

    From Doctors to OTC Drugs Pretty much everyone that I know has suffered from low back pain at some point in their lives.  Some worse than others. For me, I was in so much pain that I passed out one day at work.  It had been going on for weeks.  It was even too difficult

  • Diet Is Not A Bad Word
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Diet Is Not A Bad Word / Total Wellness

    Evil Words So I decided that I wanted to write this new blog about natural weight loss but like most people, I dislike the word ‘diet’ as it relates to ‘weight loss’.  If you search synonyms for ‘weight loss’, google hands you the following:  fast, reduce, slim, starve, count calories, eat sparingly, fall off, skinny

  • The Magic Healing Of Fungi
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on The Magic Healing Of Fungi / Total Wellness

    Medicinal Mushrooms a.k.a. Fungi If you think I’m going to discuss psychotropic mushrooms then you’ve landed on the wrong page. I’m actually going to tell you about fungi or medicinal mushrooms and their health benefits. Most of us know about Alexander Fleming, Scottish born biologist, who discovered Penicillin from mold i.e. fungus in 1928 while medicinal

  • Organic Farming
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Organic Farming / Total Wellness

    Imperfection of Going ‘Green’ Hopefully by this time, most of us know and understand the importance of saving our planet, being ‘green’ and doing the best we can to recycle and all of the good things that we ‘should’ do. I’m not perfect, you’re not perfect; we don’t always ‘do the right thing’.  However, we

  • Ayurveda Part 2
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Ayurveda Part 2 / Total Wellness

    Spice Up Your Life One of the easiest ways to improve the taste of a healthy meal is with spices and mine just happens to be ginger. Ginger is just so good AND good for you.  I use it on a regular basis.  I currently have it in fresh root form, liquid tincture, chewable candies, tea

  • Ayurveda Part 1
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Ayurveda Part 1 / Gut Health,Mood Support,Total Wellness

    Ancient Medicine Ayurveda – What is that?!  Responded one of my closest friends while I suggested some natural remedies for healing.  I then showed her one of my favorite books on Ayurvedic medicine, which she then responded, “Well, of course, you would have that!” Ayurvedic medicine dates back to 5,000 BC in India and is

  • B Cool With B-Vitamins
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on B Cool With B-Vitamins / Mood Support,Total Wellness

    Whole Foods Diet Most people don’t know or understand just how important B vitamins are for our bodies.  Often, I hear others say that they are low in iron, suffer from fatigue, have a slow metabolism and feel stressed or even depressed.  A simple B-complex may help alongside a healthy diet. Research shows that it’s

  • Calm Yourself
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Calm Yourself / Addiction Recovery,Mood Support

    Calm Down Don’t you just hate it when someone tells you to “CALM DOWN!”  As if it were that easy??? For those of us who have suffered from panic attacks, it really isn’t that simple.  If it were, then we probably wouldn’t have them in the first place. There is a big difference between feeling nervous,

  • Essential Mineral: Magnesium
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on Essential Mineral: Magnesium / Mood Support,Total Wellness

    Like a Drug My friends and family…they are probably really sick of hearing me praise the essential mineral, Magnesium.  I am continuously giving them free samples of magnesium powder packets.  One of my friends even joked that I’m getting everyone hooked like a drug dealer.  Well it’s NOT a drug but I love it so much

  • My Recovery Story
    April 16, 2017 / Comments Off on My Recovery Story / Addiction Recovery

    Rock Bottom “Please just forget about me, you have two other daughters!”  I screamed at my parents through my slurred words, flailing my arms about like a drunken sailor. Can you imagine your life so bad that you’d actually believe your parents would forget about you if you asked them to?!?! When I said that,

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