do you like bitter?

I spent last weekend at a nutrition conference, catching up with lovely friends and fellow nutritionists, learning a bunch of new stuff and reconfirming plenty of things. Always important and wonderful. Lifelong learning is fun – and in nutrition you simply cant stop. Things change constantly!
Remember when fat was bad?
We all know that is long gone – and we know about the importance of good fats in our diet.

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a healthy gut fights inflammation

Research has confirmed repeatedly that inflammation is the cause of all chronic illnesses prevalent today. Unfortunately, inflammation is self-perpetuating, meaning once the inflammatory cytokines are released in one area, they have the ability to travel through out the body and trigger the inflammatory cascade in other areas; causing damage to the delicate tissues, specifically, the mitochondria of the cells.
As humans living in a modern, industrialized world, we all have some level of inflammation. As a naturopathic doctor, my role is to find the root cause of this inflammation and endeavor to dampen it, of course, with the help of the individual involved. Continue reading

kick the sugar habit – join me!

Finally, we are approaching the launch of my annual clean up… are you in?
I don’t know about you, but I so NEED it this time around. My annual sugar addiction is not so easy to break this time…I went from chocolate in Portland and Germany to Margaritas in Mexiko back to chocolate. My plan was to leave the sugar in Mexiko – but somehow these snowdays in Portland completely messed me up! My husband was traveling, I was stuck in the house with the kids, no school, no going places… Don’t get me wrong, we had a wonderful time playing in the snow, sledding, spending hours and hours outside. But – warming up with hot chocolate or tea and left over goodies and chocolate was part of the routine.
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Sleep better?

The goal of my work with individuals and groups is helping you discover your ‘optimum-you’ – whatever that means for YOU. A big part of our work together is focused on movement and nutrition – but it does not stop there. Stress and too little time in our days often leaves my clients with not enough or not the right quality sleep and rest. Not being able to fall asleep or waking up around 2am and not being able to go back to sleep are common problems clients deal with. Sleep issues directly impact health, weight, mood and well-being. Growth, recovery and rejuvenation happen when we rest.

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Fuel to feel your best!

How are you all doing? New Years Resolutions over yet – or still going strong? I am gearing up for the start of my CLEAN UP after MLK day, so have not even started yet!

As you all know, I consult for adidas (and am loving it). One of my projects is to come up with a nutrition line for the new Flag Ship Stores, starting with New York (which opened in December). This project ended up being a wonderful and inspiring cooperation with a local Juicery (Grass Roots in Brooklyn) and EXOS. So much fun, so many great NY trips and yummy and healthy product that boosts your POWER, your FOCUS and helps you RECHARGE.
It is a small signature range – 3 products each – a smoothie, a bar and a nut mix.

 

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New Year’s Resolutions for Fabulous Skin in 2017

It’s that time again, time for a fresh start – a new year with new goals and resolutions! I love this time of year because it is an opportunity to reflect on successes and challenges of the past year and hit the reset button with new resolve. The stats tell us that only 8% of people actually have success sticking to their New Year’s Resolutions. That’s sort of disappointing, and I wonder how we might increase our odds of success. Continue reading

5 steps to thriving

Happy Holidays to all of you – wishing you all a warm and wonderful time.
Thinking about the time after the holidays, New Years resolutions and all, I often get asked: ‘what are the key things to focus on to get into shape and feel my best’?
If I had a wish-list for all of you – what I would like you to focus on to take better care of yourselves, feel better and all – here is what it would be: Continue reading

Magnificent Magnesium

What inexpensive, naturally occurring mineral cures constipation, eases muscle aches, reduces inflammation and helps you sleep better at night? Magnesium – the magnificent mulitasker! Magnesium is a co-factor in 300+ biochemical and enzymatic reactions.
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are you a member?

Fall is a beautiful season. It is nice to be more inward, and focused on oneself, the family, the home… cuddling up with the kids and a nice cup of tea, reading a book, and not feeling like you have to be all that active has its benefits and upsides. It also has a few downsides. One of the downsides is definitely that from here through the rest of the year, people usually start gaining weight. A recent study found that September is on average the point of ‘lowest weight’ in the year (in North America, Scandinavia and Germany – so applicable to all of us). From here through the holidays it goes up. And then it takes through next September to get rid off everything again. If we even do.

To work against this trend… Continue reading