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Spices to Keep You Warm and Healthy

The winter season is upon us. Soon temperatures in the Chicago-land area will be in the single digits; our home heating systems will be hard at work keeping us warm. While our bodies are not equipped to stay warm without this additional help, Mother Nature supplies us with foods that naturally help us do this. One of the easiest and healthiest ways for us to stay warm during the coldest times of the year is to eat more so-called "warming" foods. Find out what these foods are and fun ways to incorporate them into your winter diet! Read More

It's Time for Thanks-giving

As you probably have already heard me say (many times!) "the food we eat has a direct effect on our health and appearance." Many of my monthly blogs and presentations center around this topic.  But as a health coach, I know that there is more to good health than just the food we eat.   And, as we quickly enter this Thanksgiving holiday season, I wanted to take a moment to focus on one area of our lives that we tend not to think about often, but it can affect our health and well-being just as much as the food we eat. Thanks-giving. Read More

Hail to the Kale: It's National Kale Day!

Happy National Kale Day.  Yup, every first Wednesday in October is designated as National Kale Day.  And everywhere you look it seems like this green “superfood” is popping up in food dishes everywhere – even as dessert! In fact, it is hard to go into a restaurant these days without seeing kale in at least one dish on the menu.  Read on for more on kale, plus delicious kale recipes for you to try! Read More

Breakfast Recipe #3: Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

I have been writing about different breakfast ideas that don’t conform to the “Standard American Diet” breakfast that typically consists of pancakes, cold cereal, eggs with bacon, or oatmeal.  What about Bread Pudding with Raspberries or Shakshuka instead? One of the bonuses of eating a whole food diet, is that you are cooking your own food and can make a bunch of food at once.  Typically, this leads to leftovers that you can store and freeze, OR...make easy basics for a GREAT breakfast.  Here is another example. Read More

Shakshuka: Traditional Middle Eastern Egg Dish

Here is another breakfast recipe that will help you use up last night's leftovers! In keeping with the "What Can I Eat For Breakfast?" theme, I thought I would share this wonderful recipe that has its roots in Middle Eastern culture.  The traditional recipe is a dish of eggs poached in a sauce of tomatoes, chili peppers, and onions, often spiced with cumin.  It is delicious made this way, but what I like is you can "mix it up" by using whatever ingredients you might have in your refrigerator. Read More

Healthy Breakfast Options: Bread Pudding with Raspberries

What can I eat for breakfast? That is one of the most common questions I get from my clients.  Many have moved to eating a healthier diet by removing processed foods, preplanning, and cooking more of their meals.  But for some reason, breakfast always seems like a hard meal to plan for. The answer to this question is really very simple: you can eat anything for breakfast!  But let me explain. Plus give you some recipes to try for yourself. Read More

Healthy Fun and Food for July 4th!

I can’t believe it is already the 4th of July!  Seems like I wait all year for summer to arrive and then it just flies by. But with all this activity outdoors and the upcoming outdoor barbequing and celebrating, we need to be mindful of the power of the sun and the effect it can have on our bodies, especially if you are planning on celebrating the 4th with a few alcoholic drinks along with friends! Here are a few practical tips to ensure you have the best 4th of July ever, no matter how you decide to celebrate! Read More

Chewing:  The New Weight Loss Exercise?

Or, what happened when I decided to thoroughly chew my food. Have you ever counted how many times you chew your food before swallowing? 10 times? 15 times? 20? Yes, it does depend on what type of food you are eating, but on average it seems people chew less than 10 times before swallowing (unofficial survey done by me!) So I decided to spend an entire day chewing my food at least 30 times. Here's what I discovered! Read More

Travel Tips for a Healthy Happy Trip

raveling can be a thrilling adventure, but it isn’t always kind to our bodies! For me, the joy of traveling is being able to sample what different cultures have to offer. That sometimes means I don’t have total control over what I do from day-to-day, which can include what food I eat or the amount of exercise I get. All of this activity means my “normal” routine is totally thrown off for a while. Here are some of the strategies I employ when traveling to minimize discomfort, jet lag, digestive problems, and over indulging. Read More

What do Garlic and Chocolate Have in Common?

The month of April has a bit of a bad reputation. After all, you can get pranked on April 1st, and have to pay your taxes on April 15! Turns out there are a lot of things to celebrate in April. For instance, did you know April 29th is National Garlic Day? What are you doing to celebrate? If you are not sure why stinky garlic should be something to celebrate about, you are not alone. Maybe you would prefer to celebrate National Chocolate Covered Cashew Day on April 21 instead? Did you miss National Chocolate Mousse Day on April 3? Although garlic and chocolate don’t usually come up in the same sentence, they both have a lot of health benefits that we really should be celebrating. Let’s take a look at what these two foods have to offer. And, if you are looking for ways to help celebrate National Garlic, Chocolate Covered Cashews, or Chocolate Mousse Days, I have some recipes to help you do that too. Read More

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