Eat for Vitality

Nutritious food provides foundational support for your precious Energy and Vitality. You literally arewhat you eat–every mouthful and morsel counts. NOTHING is wasted or goes unnoticed.

Your food–every molecule–talks to your genes, becomes your biology, determines your structure and function, influences your thoughts and emotions, and dictates how much energy you can create. Food is the boss. It can work for you oragainst you.

Food is your point of control over your life, and the energy and vitality you seek.

Golden Milk and Coffee–Oh, My!

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I’ve long loved the comfort and deliciousness of my favorite Golden Milk recipe, but a friend helped me take it to a whole new level of ecstasy!

Coffee.

You heard me right—how delightfully naughty is that?

First, here’s my Golden Milk recipe. In addition to it’s yummy-ness, I love that its ingredients support my energy and reduce inflammation. I drink it warm—so soothing in the months of…

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Nutritional Ketosis: Heal and Protect Your Brain

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Nutritional Ketosis: yikes–that sounds foreign and scary–and hard! But it’s not. In fact, nutritional ketosis is a powerful food strategy that supports energy and brain health, and is quite simple (though not easy–it requires, like all new habits, that thing we’re really afraid of: change).

After many years of experimentation (food is one of my favorite playgrounds), I’ve figured it out, it’s…

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Brain Food: Feed, Heal, and Protect Your Brain

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Brain Food: We can eat our way to better brains–and protect the vibrant minds we cherish–regardless of a devastating family history like mine.

I am especially concerned about my brain as I age. My Dad started showing signs of cognitive decline in his 60s and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease with rapidly progressive dementia in his 70s. We’ve watched his deterioration with horror. He…

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Gut-Brain Connection–Part Two: Action Steps for Healing Depression

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The Gut-Brain Connection is a central pillar to healing depression–as well as the myriad mood and thought imbalances we struggle with. While depression can be a complicated issue, with inputs from many aspects of our lives–our thoughts and beliefs, past trauma, stress, and the situational challenges we all face–persistent and recurrent depression almost always has roots in the body–and most…

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Intermittent Fasting: How it Energizes My True Life

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Intermittent fasting has become a routine part of my personal daily energy support strategy. It’s simple, painless, and meets my number one requirement for self-care practices I stick with: it fortifies me for living my best life–my True Life. Isn’t that what good health is all about? In this article I’ll discuss what Intermittent Fasting is NOT (I sense your fear!) as well as what it is. And…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Root Cause Solutions for Depression

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My clients suffering from depression are often not aware of the profound Gut-Brain Connection and how it plays into their darkest moods. They are quite curious when rather than focusing solely on descriptions of their thoughts and feelings (as vitally important as they are), I expand our discussion to their gut health and what they eat on a regular basis. I recommend food plans and gut-healing…

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Nutrition Testing: How to Guide Wise Food and Supplement Choices

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We all know that excellent nutrition is foundational to our energy, strength, and wellbeing, and it begins with eating healthy food suited to our unique needs. High quality nutritional supplements can support what we do with food and solve urgent problems that we can’t correct with food alone. Food and nutritional supplements are powerful medicine–helping us make needed corrections in our…

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Cruciferous Vegetables: Powerful Detoxification Medicine

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The cruciferous family of vegetables–your favorites like cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, and broccoli–are so special in their deliciousness, but also possess magical chemistry that supports many key dimensions of our health, like detoxification, antioxidant protection, and control of inflammation. Through their detoxification attributes, they help us neutralize and eliminate…

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Wise Use of Supplements for Inflammation

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Don’t just supplement to treat inflammation–get to the root cause!

Consider the root causes of your inflammation symptoms before reaching for another supplement. No matter how natural or powerful your favorite supplements are, if you don’t consider why you are hurting, aching, and tired you’re missing an opportunity to discover deep sustainable ways to improve your health.

I routinely use food…

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Vitamin D: Boost Your Winter Mojo

Many of us feel our energy and mood take a nose dive during the winter months. Yes, it’s cold outside and Nature is all but asleep, and perhaps we should take her cue to light our internal fires with cozy blankets, warm socks, and afternoon naps. But when winter brings suffering, we can rise above the darkness by supplementing with vitamin D–the nutrient of light.

Optimal vitamin D levels in…

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