Wellness

How to Age With Beauty and Resilience

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The Downward Spiral of Aging is a Dangerous Myth

I’m shocked to be in my mid-fifties. When did that happen?

I’m also amazed to have gotten where I am so much stronger, healthier, and more vital than what many of my aging role models taught me I could be at this age. We’re all too familiar with the idea of aging as a downward spiral to loss of beauty, brain atrophy, helplessness, and–God…

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My Beautiful Self-Care Plan

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A Functional Medicine Doc’s Approach to Daily Self-Care

Do I walk my talk?

You bet I do!

And I have a plan, a life plan… a way to navigate each and every day to support and nourish myself so that I feel my best and can be my best.

You’ll not learn about life “hacks” here. I have to create time every day for those non-negotiable aspects of self-care that support me the most: enough sleep,…

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Anxiety: Simple Ways to Calm and Soothe By Fine Tuning Your Biology

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The Power of Self-Care to Smooth the Rough Edges of Anxiety

In my own life, I’ve had to contend with my personal biology to discover the ways in which I am more vulnerable to anxiety. Taking good care of my body’s needs has been one of the cornerstones of my mood stabilizing strategy. A few key corrections to my nutrition and lifestyle has made a world of difference.

For all of us, self-care is…

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The Genius of Our Anxious Minds

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Reframe Anxiety: How to Use Its Wisdom as a Trusted Guide

How does it make sense to use anxious and genius in the same sentence?

Isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t our anxious minds–you know, the way they churn and burn with worry about what has not yet happened, question everything, and stay on high alert–our downfall? A whopping character flaw? Loss of all control of, well, everything? The enemy…

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Fatigue and Overwhelm: Rescue Your Adrenals

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Fatigue and overwhelm–I know them well! From the depths of full blown adrenal melt-down (any other type A’s out there?) to the tired and overwhelm of an extra busy week. We’ve all been there. It’s not at all unusual to feel run down from our busy lives, the crazy world we live in, and the high energy atmosphere of springtime!

The adrenals–these are the seat of our life force energy–and…

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Vital Energy: Rock It With Five Simple Steps

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Vital energy is our BIG energy–the physical energy that makes us feel awake, alert, and alive, as well as the life force energy that makes us feel connected, creative, and inspired. Because we’re integrated beings–body, mind, spirit–it’s really all one and needs to be nourished for a full and exhilarating life.

For the vast majority of us, our low energy states have simple solutions that yield…

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We Care. We Hope. We Heal.

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We Care. We Hope. We Heal. A Manifesto to a Healing Life.

We Care.

First, we care for ourselves, with great reverence. We believe in our higher selves and embrace our soul’s vast potential through care of our whole selves: body, mind, and spirit. We become strong. We become whole.

Then we care for others: our families, our communities, and our world. We reach out from our strength and wholeness…

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Nutrition for your Nose: Treating Sinus Infections with….Kimchi?

Nutrition, nose, sinuses, sinus infection, cold, kimchi, nutrient-dense, microbiome, gut, health, net pots, essential oils, antibiotics, diet, lactobacillus, lactobacillus sakei

Ever had a sinus infection? If so, you recognize that familiar, dreaded sensation that your face is on fire. It seems to be a special kind of torture, leaving me wondering each time what I have done to deserve this pain. (If you haven’t had a sinus infection, I hope you never get one!) Sinus infections can be a major, recurring problem for some people, and they aren’t always easy to cure. In…

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So You Want to Save the World? Start With Yourself

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Making this world a better place starts with each of us–with how we care for ourselves.

Many of us feel the immediacy of the need to save our world and our planet. We want to be part of the change, of the resistance, of the solutions that are most needed right now.

And yet, it can feel overwhelming. Where do we start? What will pack the greatest punch? How can each of us, individually, best…

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Optimism: The Key to Starting Over When We’ve Failed

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Once we’ve failed at a resolution or a goal–how do we re-engage and start again? We’ve all felt the weight of this experience–the frustration and the shame of it. How do we rise up, dust ourselves off, and dare to try again?

“I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over…

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