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Coach's Corner: 9 Servings of Veggies in Real Life

Coach’s Corner: 9 Servings of Veggies in Real Life

Let my words, like vegetables, be tender and sweet, for tomorrow I may have to eat them. – Author unknown Blank stares. Sometimes that’s the response I get when I tell clients that the Institute for Functional Medicine recommends 9-12 servings of colorful vegetables each day. That is so different from the way that most of…

Red Rooibos Tea Supports Bone, Digestive, and Metabolic Health

Red Rooibos Tea Supports Bone, Digestive, and Metabolic Health

Red Rooibos tea is quickly becoming a popular beverage in the United States. My family was first exposed to the robust aroma of red rooibos tea by a young South African woman who stayed with us for about a year. I was surprised to learn that much of this caffeine-free, herbal, hot drink is cultivated…

Meal Planning in Real Life

Coach’s Corner: Meal Planning in Real Life

Meal Planning in Real Life   How to Get Healthy and Tasty Food on the Table More Efficiently Meal planning is a frequent topic of conversation in health coaching sessions. How can you get in the 9-12 servings of vegetables AND hit your protein goals without turning cooking into your full-time job?   I asked…

Health Benefits of Turmeric and Ginger

Discover the Health Benefits of Turmeric Ginger Tea | My Daughter’s Daily Elixir

Health Benefits of Turmeric Ginger Tea   A Delicious and Nutritious Daily Ritual Do you know what my daughter Abigail’s latest obsession is? It’s a little cup of tea, (or really more like multiple cups) made with turmeric and ginger, and it’s become part of her daily routine. As a parent, I couldn’t be happier…

What's the Big Deal About Bread

Coach’s Corner: What’s the Big Deal About Bread?

Is Bread Healthy? Clients frequently ask me about bread and wonder whether they should eat it regularly – or at all. So, I’m about to wade into a somewhat touchy subject and discuss some of the pitfalls of bread and what to look for in choosing bread that supports your health goals.     Four…

All About Herbals Hibiscus

All About Herbals: Hibiscus

The Benefits of Hibiscus Tea My son, Khalil, loves hibiscus tea and it’s saving his life. Now, I know that sounds like a crazy statement. We talk about food as medicine, but can an herbal tea actually have such incredible healing properties? Today I’d like to do something a little different. This post is the…


Coach’s Corner: What are Healthy Carbs?

Are You Afraid of Carbs? Carbohydrates are a frequent topic of conversation in coaching sessions. My clients often want to know: How many and what kinds of carbs should I eat? If I remove processed carbs from my diet, won’t I experience low energy? Should I avoid carbs?   The answer to that question relies…


Detox Part 3: A Foundational Detox Plan

Where would you start in supporting your body’s natural detoxification processes?   Today I’m going to lay out a basic detoxification plan that anyone anywhere can implement. These steps can help you to move forward with your health, improve your sleep, give you more energy, and improve hormone balance – all with simple lifestyle and…


Coach’s Corner: A Coaching Case Study on the Health Benefits of Fun

A Coaching Case Study on Fun When thinking about a healthy lifestyle, we often think of nutrition, exercise, sleep, and stress management. We don’t often consider our hobbies, creative pursuits, or other activities that we do just for enjoyment. Today I’d like to talk a little about the role that fun plays in our overall…


A New Year Reset with the Fasting-Mimicking Diet

Everyone is talking about anti-aging and anti-cancer therapies these days. They’re looking for a quick fix.   But what if I told you that there IS a way that has been shown to boost stem cells and recycle aging, inefficient cells in order to improve your metabolism?   What if there were an easy treatment…



There is a very common myth that eating high-cholesterol foods causes elevated cholesterol.This is 100% myth. We’ve had a misunderstanding of the kinds of foods that drive high cholesterol. We must remember that the cholesterol in our blood is made in the liver, and does NOT come directly from the foods we eat.   What…


Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Last week I talked generally about gastrointestinal disorders. Today I’d like to talk more specifically about irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS. IBS is more than just gas and bloating after meals. And it’s more than simply mild abdominal pains, poor digestion, etc.   IBS is actually an inflammatory disorder of your GI tract that can…


GI Functional Disorders

All health starts in the gut.   This is a mantra that was first echoed in Ayurvedic medicine 4000 years ago. This ancient healing tradition considered the gut as the primary source of disease.   4000 years later, with all of our advances in medicine, we have finally come full-circle to acknowledge that the ancients…


Choosing Healthy Cooking Oils

What’s wrong with seed oils? First, the bad news. This may be surprising, but I’m going to be blunt here. Canola, corn, soybean, palm, and vegetable oils are rancid, partially plasticized oils, and are terrible for our health. In fact, these oils are known as “RBD” oils because they are refined, bleached, and deodorized. This…