Nourish: Eat for Vitality

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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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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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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Paleo Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This has become my all time favorite pumpkin pie recipe. Not only does the flavor and texture absolutely rock, but it meets my high nutritional standards. It is grain-, cow’s milk-, egg-, and legume-free, lower in sugar-content than other pumpkin pie recipes, and is utterly creamy and delicious. It’s robustness and depth of flavor is reminiscent of a cheese cake.

I believe my first rendition of…

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Healing Foods: Welcome Back, Eggs!

Dear eggs, I owe you the biggest apology for the years of questioning your virtue and beauty. You see, my culture taught me some things about you that eventually were proven to be all wrong. They told me that your cholesterol and fat were bad for me, that you would give me a heart attack or stroke, and that I should never eat you. I missed you and thought of you often (and even snuck you in a…

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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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Nutritional Healing: My Top Ten Nutritional Supplements

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Food First

I’m a food girl, first and foremost, however, there are important reasons for using supplements to augment the nutrition we receive from our food. In Functional Medicine, food and nutritional supplements are foundational tools for optimizing health and reversing troublesome health problems. Food is our foundation. Supplements are just that–they supplement what we eat.

Why do we need…

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