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Common Digestive “Oopsies”: Belching

Common Digestive “Oopsies”: Belching

Who hasn't had the unfortunate experience of letting loose some gas or a big belch in company?  Definitely not your favorite memory! Heavy meals and rich snacks will definitely push any digestive issues to the forefront of your awareness.  And that's not a bad...

Common Digestive “Oopsies”: The Dreaded “Bloat”

Common Digestive “Oopsies”: The Dreaded “Bloat”

We've all had that experience: you get to the end of a meal and realize, my waistband is feeling waaay too snug!  This is very likely to happen at the holidays, when the array of foods on offer is super tasty and super tempting. A tight waistband once or twice a year...

Common Digestive “Oopsies”: Facts About Farts!

Common Digestive “Oopsies”: Facts About Farts!

If you're not a 13 year old, you probably don't spend much time thinking or talking about farts!  They're a worthwhile topic, though, because gas can tell us a lot about what's happening (or not!) in your digestive tract. If you're experiencing gas after you eat, the...

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

Your Brain Wants to Cosy Up with a Cuppa Tea!

The Brits are, of course, famous for their tea drinking habits.  So it makes sense that researchers at the University of Newcastle have been studying the effects of drinking tea on the brain since 2004. Camellia sinensis (seen above) is the source of both green and...

PMS: One Size Does NOT Fit All

PMS: One Size Does NOT Fit All

I read recently that over 90% of women in the US report symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) at some point in their lives.  That's a staggering statistic.   Universal though PMS may be, it is not experienced by every woman in the same way.  Far from it.  For some...

Conventional vs. Organic?

Conventional vs. Organic?

USDA-certified organic foods are less likely to contain pesticide residues than conventional foods.  In an ideal world, we’d all have access to beautiful, healthy food at a reasonable cost.  That’s not the reality for most of us, so how do we walk a line in the...

Self-care for Vaccine Season

Self-care for Vaccine Season

As we all know by now, a vaccine dose provokes an immune response.  You really do want your immune system to be able to use that response effectively.  To do that, it needs to be functioning reasonably well — and that largely depends on what you give it to work with. ...

Recipes

Hearty Breakfast Salad

At its simplest, this is basically leftovers ("pre-cooked food", if we're being polite) on top of fresh greens. Which is fantastic, because it means it's super fast, never the same, and always tasty.  Plus, you can set this up the night before as a "grab and go"...

Smoothies & Shakes

To me, the only real difference between a smoothie and a shake is the ratio of liquid to solids.  Let's look at that first. My baseline is always 2 rounded scoops* of protein powder (see below), and anywhere from 12–16 oz. of liquid.  I personally don't love...

Oatmeal with Blueberries & Walnuts

There's something deeply satisfying about a bowl of oatmeal on a cold morning.  Paired with fresh blueberries and walnuts, it's a nutrient-dense breakfast that will power fuel your morning. Ingredients: - 1/2 cup old-fashioned rolled oats- 1 cup water- Dash of sea...

Fruit & Nut Chocolate Bark – Detox Variant

Ingredients: - 1 ½ cups raw cacao paste- ¼ tsp. sea salt- 1 Tb. coconut oil- 2 Tb. raw walnuts, chopped- 2 Tb. raw almonds, chopped- 2 Tb. raw pecans, chopped- 2 Tb. unsweetened goji berries or dried blueberries, chopped- 2 Tb. orange or lemon rind Instructions: 1....

Cinnamon Apples with Almonds

This is what I make when I have a hankering for cinnamon toast or apple pie, but I don't want to get tangled up with bread or pie crust.  And this could not be simpler. Instructions: 1. Cut up an organic Granny Smith apple into smallish chunks.  Melt some butter in a...

Building a Better Breakfast

I'm going to say it, loud and proud: I love bread and butter, and I love toast.  That said, I have learned to be super careful about wheat and gluten. Here's why: the wheat grown in this country is very high in gluten.  Gluten has a very destructive effect on your gut...

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