How to Be a Pure Food Addict

“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” – Michael Pollan What are pure foods? Put simply, pure foods are REAL foods – foods that are grown, not manufactured. Pure foods have not been processed or modified and they do not contain unnecessary additives or preservatives. Think fresh fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, legumes, lean...

Inflammation ~ You're On Fire!

Inflammation, which literally means “on fire,” is one of the main causes of premature aging. Controlling inflammation (“-itis” illnesses) is the key to healthy aging. The right balance of inflammation protects and heals the body. Of course, you could pop a pill each time you itch or ache, but here are just a few ways to keep your body...

Skills For Handling Distress Tolerance ~ Pt. 2

Distress Tolerance may not be a fun topic, but it is one that can be invaluable to everyone! The second area we are going to cover in our series is ACCEPTS. ACCEPTS stands for Activities, Contributing, Comparisons, Emotions, Push Away, Thoughts & Sensation. These are all tips to help you distract from the emotion until you are calmer and can begin...

6 Skills For Handling Distress Tolerance (Pt. 1)

In today's world stress and overwhelm are a common feeling that many of us encounter. One of the tools that we used when our daughter was early in her treatment was something called DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). This was a game changer for our family and is really an invaluable tool for anyone navigating today's pressures. There are six skills to...

Quality Solutions for Getting a Good Nights Sleep

Put simply, we need more quality sleep. Sleep is a holiday for the body, a time when every system has a chance to relax and repair itself. Think about how much time we spend scrutinizing what we do during the day. Now think about how often do you give your overnight recharge that same attention. I’d be willing to bet you spend a fraction of the time th...

Are You Investing in Your Mental Fitness?

Just as important as keeping your body fit is keeping your mind fit. Meditation, deep breathing and stillness are a powerful way to move your mind and keep you healthy and vital. Modern imaging techniques have enabled neurologists to delve inside the brain and discover that healthful things go on in the mind and body during meditation. ...

Don't Worry, Be Happy!

“After every stressful situation, we become a little older,” says stress researcher Dr. Hans Selye. “ Stressing out” is what happens when we don’t handle stress in a healthy way. Stress and aging are closely related and the more stress you have, the faster your body will age. So, how do we handle stre...

3 Ways to Create Sacred Spaces

Did you know that practicing spiritual fitness (not necessarily religion based, though for many is) and it actually heals your brain? How cool is that!? Science says that spiritual people are more likely to have happier brains, have healthier bodies, live longer and heal faster. "When you grow the 'spiritual center' of your brain, you lower anxiety a...

Is Your Sunscreen Really Safe?

Let's talk about sunscreen. Sun protection is necessary, and as a result we use sunscreen. Did you know that we are using products that are filled with chemical UV filters and hormone disrupters. According to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) "The most common sunscreens contain chemical filters. These products typically include a combination of ...

Why We Need Pills & Skills

What happens when people visit the doctor these days? Patients enter the doctor’s office, get pills but no self-help skills, leave the doctor, pop the pills and return next month for a stronger dose...and everyone just gets sicker. Does this sound familiar to you? Prescription ads tells you to “Ask your doctor if this pill...

3 Ways to Use Microgreens That Rock

I absolutely love microgreens! It's that time of year! We are headed into Memorial Day weekend, farmers markets are starting to get into full swing, and we will be craving lighter fresher foods. For years we would harvest our own from garden thinning, but more recently we get them from our local garden store Milaegers, who has a forward thinking owner tha...

What is an IRAH & Why You Should Begin Planning It Today

You’ve heard of an IRA, but have you heard of an IRAH? An IRAH is your Individual Retirement Account for Health. Think about it: all the money and prudent planning in the world can’t help someone who has not invested in his health. As you grow older and navigate your Prime-Time, there is no better way to ensure you can enjoy the years ahead than by taking ca...

Forage Your Supper

I love this time of year on the farm! Well, I guess the whole growing season pretty much rocks, but the first signs of life can be so sustaining. We have foraged dandelions, nettles, ramps and mushrooms for years. This year I read that you could consume hosta's! What!? I was shocked, and excited. In Japan hosta's are called "Urui" and ...

6 Ways to Avoid Hormone Invaders in Your Home

Have your hormones been invaded? I would argue that hormones are one of the most important things in our bodies. They are the chemical messengers in our bodies secreted by the endocrine glands that do little things like coordinate growth, metabolism, and fertility. They also impact the function of the immune system and alter behavior. So when I ask if ...

6 Easy Hacks For a Great Nights Sleep!

Sleep is one of the most important things that we can do for our bodies, second to water intake, and in today's world lacking for so many people! When we sleep our bodies are working to renew themselves; our organs, immune system, metabolism and brain are hard at work while we sleep. Our brain actually spends our sleeping time processing all of the info...

How to Make a Salad that Doesn't Suck

We are enjoying our first 70 degree day here in the upper midwest, and I've got to tell you it. is. heaven As I discussed here , this is the time of year that our liver is craving renewal. The garden is begininng to show signs of life and our bodies start to crave fresh and green ingredients, my mind goes to salad. I live in a household of...

How 5 Minutes of Gratitude Can Re-wire Your Brain

Do you ever feel like you are so intent on getting to the next item on your to do list that you lose time? I don’t know about you but it sometimes feels like hours, become days, become months and you think ‘wow, is it really almost April!?’ This constant on. the. go. mentality that is driven as a sign of success for today’s...

Take a Breath

We all experience moments of stress or anxiety and at times the best thing to do is diffuse them as quickly as possible. Here are a couple of breath work techniques to interrupt and reset your mind in the moment. They can be done anywhere at anytime! ** 4-7-8 Relaxing Breath Exercise: This simple technique can be done anywhere, many times when I...

Gut Check

When you really start to dig into how truly vital our gut is to our overall physical and mental health, it can feel a little bit like falling down a rabbit hole. The science is vast yet just the tip of the iceberg. I hope to break down a couple of the major components here and offer some suggestions on maximizing support to the gut, our second brain. ...