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Nourishing Tips & Recipes

November 2, 2018

Welcome to my multi-part series on living well. Watch for Part 2 coming soon!

Part 1: Aikido

We often teach what we most need to learn, right? Well this is my life lesson for sure: keeping all the balls in the air while enjoying myself fully; trying to live to my highest potential as a mom, doctor, wife, friend, community member and generally fun-loving person; and raising the best little humans I possibly can. As any good juggler (aka mom) knows, keeping all those balls in the air requires not only balance, but flexibility, strength, pretty awesome hand-to-eye coordination, and a zen-like ability to focus on the present moment.

​Lately I've been thinking about Aikido, a Japanese martial art which is translated as "the way of unifying with life energy.” The goal of this defensive art form is to defend yourself while also protecting your attacker from injury. “Aikido is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack ra...

December 15, 2017

Rosemary Gladstar, one of my herbal heroes, has a mission to help bring medicinal herbalism back into people’s kitchens. She perfected and popularized this folk remedy in the 80’s and it has been passed along ever since. With a quick search, you will find many variations to this recipe and you can feel free to slightly vary to your liking. Fire Cider is somewhere between a medicine and a condiment, and is ideally made just as the summer starts to cool off so that it's ready for you in the fall.   

Fire Cider is a warming, mineral-rich tonic combining the healing effects of immune-supportive roots and herbs steeped in raw apple cider vinegar and honey. This fiery tonic is perfect for cold days to chase away the chill. It supports the immune and digestive systems within minutes. I suggest taking a little or a lot daily during the cold months as your immune insurance policy, and take more at first signs of a cold. For weak digestion (bloating, gas), I suggest a hearty splash...

November 2, 2017

It seems that every few years a vitamin becomes famous. Vitamin D has been enjoying the spotlight for a few years now as the “it” vitamin. Medical doctors, who seldom get as excited about vitamins as Naturopathic doctors do, are also testing and prescribing Vitamin D with fervor. Here are the most common questions I get on this crucial and often-deficient vitamin.

So the SUN gives us vitamin D! How does that happen and what does that mean for people in rainy climates?

Well, actually the sun’s UVB light triggers a reaction in our exposed skin to form Vitamin D. Living in Portland, I experience our little secret that the Great Northwest is greatly covered in clouds for half of the year. What this means for us and for other folks that miss out on ample sun exposure is that we have chronically low Vitamin D levels and really need to get those levels up! Studies have shown that people ’round the world are significantly deficient as they get farther from the equator. Almost every Portland pati...

November 16, 2015

As new parents, we often forget how to care for ourselves. Birthdays pass unnoticed, hair is ignored and even teeth go unbrushed. It’s almost comical at times how little we tend to ourselves during the early days (baby drool and sticky hand prints were my accessories for years!). As time goes on, though, many parents start to “reclaim” themselves in some way or another.

I encourage that we all take a good look at the ways we are (and are not!) currently caring for ourselves. The people I know that are really thriving in their lives make their health a daily priority. If you have been putting yourself on the back burner, here are some ideas to help you get your groove back!

A Few Minutes is Better than None

We all have activities we long to do but can’t seem to find the time. Perhaps it’s yoga, reading a favorite book, taking a walk, crafting, or playing music. We tend to wait until we have the right setting to really get down with our favorite hobbies….

Translation: We rarely do them...

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