This simple meditation walks you through the steps to connect into the earth and ground your awareness there, as opposed to in your mind, thoughts or worries. In this way, from a grounded and connected place to the earth, as challenges come up during the day, you can more easily release the tension held in your body down into the earth where the earth can hold your worries for you and transmute tension and stress.
My private practice for over a decade was focused on digestive health and the gut-brain axis, with very left-brain pursuits of tracking food consumption, creating meal plans, and measuring and evaluating blood, stool, saliva, and urine tests. Oh and cooking classes, of course. I was a steadfast believer that the key to all health is based on what we choose to eat and that this health can be measured and tracked by lab tests. I was wrong.
A new study details the endocrine disrupting dangers of certain chemicals including Butylhydroxytoluene (BHT), a commonly added preservative to packaged foods and perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), a polymer found in non-stick (or teflon) cookware.
How are you handling Thanksgiving this year? Or the other food-focused winter holidays? Are you plagued with fears of political arguments and mired in post-election hysteria? Wondering how you will handle the not-so delicate political disagreements table-side?
One month or so before my 40th birthday, right on time—for once not procrastinating, I was hurled head-first and with great tenacity into my impending mid-life crisis. Although transitions of identity, whenever they may come, can be liberating, fulfilling, and even joyfully amusing, mine definitely started as a crisis before it became an awakening!
I don’t get fancy very often with my food, because I love food that tastes good and is easy, but occasionally I enjoy making my food real purdy and even shepherd’s pie, a traditionally entirely brown dish can be made stunning for a dinner party. What I love about shepherd’s pie is that you can use any vegetables you have on hand or even leftover meat and veggies, slap some whipped potatoes (cauliflower or sweet potatoes) on top of it and you have a one pot meal.
My take on the peppermint patty is sugar and dairy-free, but still full of chocolate-mint goodness.
Allergen-Free, Low Glycemic Colcannon and a Bit of Irish History for St. Patrick’s Day (or Halloween)
If I’m going to break with tradition and eat colcannon on St. Patrick’s Day, I might as well also change-up the recipe a bit! Instead of using mashed potatoes, I use mashed cauliflower, instead of cream I use coconut milk.
There is something so primal, so basic to touching our food. It creates a connection with our food that I crave. A wrap is meant to be picked-up. A wrap is meant to be touched, to cradle our food as it cradles our love for our food. A wrap connects us to our food in a way that eating food off a fork never can. Everything tastes better in a wrap—even or especially leftovers.
Do you consume a diet high in zinc or supplement with zinc? If you have celiac disease you must know if you are deficient… and you probably are. Why it is essential for celiacs to quickly overcome zinc deficiency, how to know if you are deficient, and how to boost your zinc levels.
New Urine Test Could Prove Beneficial in Tracking Gluten Free Diet Adherence and Cross-Contamination
A new urine test is on the market that could help with tracking gluten free diet adherence and whether your patients and clients are unknowingly getting gluten cross-contamination.
Early life infections may play a role in later development of celiac disease. Children with 10 or more infections by the time they turned 18 months old had a significantly greater risk for later development of celiac disease compared with children who had four or fewer infections.
The gluten free labeling rule that went into effect in August 2014 indicated difficulty in scientifically detecting gluten in fermented and hydrolyzed foods and that the FDA would release a proposed ruling on that issue in the future. The future is now.
Over the holidays, starting with Halloween, we often have sugar as a “special occasion” (*wink wink). It’s important to not deprive ourselves however the risk with Halloween is over-consumption of candy. The effect sugar can have on our blood sugar can throw us into a cycle of sugar cravings and reliance on alcohol and sugar to feel “normal” again. We end up going into the winter holidays with mood fluctuations and sugar cravings that set us up to fail. In this video I share a simple step to prevent the blood sugar roller coaster from Halloween sugaring!
Is it necessary to screen for celiac disease in adult idiopathic osteoporosis? A response longer than intended.
If so many of us with celiac disease also have low bone mineral density, is the reverse true and do a large percentage of those diagnosed with osteoporosis have celiac disease and therefore is testing of ALL osteoporotic patients for celiac disease warranted? What does the research say…
In this video I discuss the physical and the emotional/mental/habitual causes of sugar addiction. If you have tried to sugar detox in the past, but failed, it’s not because you aren’t strong enough or lack willpower, it’s probably because you have an addiction to sugar. Until you deal with the root causes of your sugar addiction, your sugar cravings won’t end, which risks fatigue, mineral deficiencies, diabetes, weight dis-regulation and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.
Biohacking & Mother’s Day Quick and Easy Allergen-Free Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Mousse Frosting
On Mother’s Day, I made my badass mom this nut-free, coconut-free chocolate cake while she was on a short 5.15.15 137phone conversation with my siblings. Yes… You read that right…. SHORT. This cake is twenty minutes, start to finish! This is by far the quickest, easiest cake you can make and it makes for an awesome post-workout treat.
Allergen-Free No Bake Chocolate-Sunbutter Bars (Paleo, grain-free, vegan, nut-free, egg-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free, chocolate-free option, raw option)
So those crunchy, delicious Little Debbie Nutty Bars contain gluten, dairy, soy, corn, eggs and peanuts! They are not unlike allergy bombs—just waiting to explode in your gut! Luckily, we have options! Combining chocolate, peanut-butter-like tasting sunflower seed butter and a healthier form of sugar without all those other allergens and weird ingredients into bars can be done! Lemme show you how!
This Meyer Lemon Bar Recipe is my baseline recipe, the recipe I go to and adjust accordingly to continue removing and replacing ingredients to meet the needs of those of us with limited diets. It’s a recipe for safe success in lemony, desserty, goodness!
A dish entered my food-absorbed life that had a side of veggies with what appeared to be a few kernels of corn thrown-in for visual appeal. I don’t normally eat corn, but hey, I’m gonna splurge! But no. The corn kernels were actually couscous (yes, wheat).