While food can be both healing and destructive, so can our body’s ability to respond. Thankfully, nature gave humans the ability to maintain whole body balance. When we ingest food sprayed with chemicals our digestive and lymphatic systems, plus liver and kidneys, are equipped to process and excrete these harmful toxins. Every orchestrated physiologic system is brilliantly designed to maintain whole-body balance, or homeostasis.Read More
Far from where I envision myself as a mother, wife, friend, cook, nutritionist, educator, student, gardener, local food advocate, and yogi, I invite you to join me in my adventures to simply the overwhelm of everything...
The Wood River Valley is renowned for artful events and ultimate outdoor experiences. Our idyllic backdrop and high-class culture makes us a destination both for the elite and for adventurers seeking pristine wilderness.
However, as the nation’s ninth most expensive county in which to live, variants divide us: north and south valley, affluence and service strata, full time residents and part time holidaymakers, culture and ethnicity. We contribute time or money through local nonprofits, yet how else may we truly get to know our neighbors?Read More
Idaho state legislators this year debated House Bill 122, introduced to legalize hemp production and sales in our state. Passing the bill would have put Idaho on par with 41 other states that have legalized hemp, and the 2018 Farm Bill, which deregulates hemp and legalizes it nationwide. However, the law didn’t pass, much to the dismay of Idaho farmers and industries selling sell – or wanting to sell – hemp-derived products, such as CBD oil.Read More
For most of my life, just hearing the word liver made me cringe. I pictured a toxic exotic, inedible delicacy in a strange culture. I was a vegetarian, of course – and then vegan – for nearly half of my life so, liver certainly never appealed to me as a food. Fois gras? French pate? Non, merci.
But now that I understand the liver from a physiological perspective, I find this organ incredibly appealing!Read More
With all this snow in our mountain town, it’s hard to believe spring break is around the corner. Many of us are planning a warm and sunny vacation, yet are we making plans to stay healthy? It’s incredibly common to get sick while on vacation! During preparations and travels, we sacrifice our immune systems, which sabotages our good time. How can we avoid vacation illness?Read More
Did you know, in addition to ensuring happy couples, St. Valentine is also the patron saint of beekeeping, epilepsy, the plague, fainting and traveling?
Every February, we celebrate our love for family, friends and community (and dark chocolate) and express gratitude for our abundances and health. This year, why not also focus on self-love?Read More
Recently a colleague asked me to share my top three tips for anyone who wishes to improve nutrition. Initially, I thought, “that depends.” Each person’s nutrition needs are unique.
But the more I think about it, several food enhancements absolutely drive my conversations about improving nutrient intake through customizable, flexible, and totally doable meals.Read More
With the increase in environmental toxins in our food, air, soil and water, we are more susceptible than ever to the potential damage to our body. As we age, we are more likely to experience intercellular damage resulting in degenerative disease.Read More
Every day, more than 82,000 chemicals are released into our air, water, soil, food and consumer products. Chemicals are not well regulated, and only a fraction of them have been tested for toxicity. Thus, we know little about the long-term consequences3 of these pervasive pollutants.Read More
Most parents welcome the transition back to school and a return to routine, yet packing school lunches can pose unsettling challenges – how do we create nutritious, homemade lunch that our kids will actually eat?Read More
Autoimmune disorders are more common today than ever in the recorded past, and 80+ types of autoimmune diseases have been identified1. Autoimmunity is part of the immune system’s natural way of protecting itself, and plays a major role in wellness. Still, every human possesses the potential to trigger an autoimmune disease (when the same autoantibodies that normally combat disease end up attack themselves).Read More
The average person makes over 200 daily food decisions1, many of which relate to price. How do our food expenditures reflect our wellbeing? We Americans spend less money on food than our grandparents did, and more on our health.Read More
Hundreds of thousands of Americans venture into the woods or along rocky trails, marvel at alpine vistas, then return to camp to eat… hot dogs and chips. Seriously, we breathe in nature, absorb the elements, then eat convenience food? That’s just not right.Read More
As an inadequate gardener, I marvel at the complexities of plants and their ecosystems. With whole foods at the root of my nutrition practice, I seek to understand their role in the human body. One plant continues to intrigue me: cannabis. Some consider cannabis only a drug, while others are touting its herbal and fibrous qualities.Read More
Though we live where the sun is iconic, we Idahoans are likely deficient in vitamin D – “the sunshine vitamin” – due to our geographical location, layering clothes during long winters, and lathering sunscreen during intense summers. This week, many of us are probably vacationing closer to the equator, basking the sunshine of Southern California, the Mexican coast or Florida – ideal locations for vitamin D intakeRead More
Like a close friend, chocolate is intimately woven into my life. It was present during tough family times, amidst lonely travels and prominent at festivities. Growing up in the age of ding-dongs, I scorned chocolate and received “special” treats at birthday parties. Exploring the world as a young adult, I found that pudding-like, Italian drinking chocolate far surpassed Belgian white chocolate confections. What is it about quality of chocolate repels or lures me?Read More
One of the most important things we parents can do for our children is to help create a positive relationship with food. With the increasing prevalence of childhood chronic disease, lack of institutional education about healthful eating, and misguided commercial messaging about nutrition, our children are at risk of developing lifelong physical, emotional and cognitive issues related to food.Read More
Every January I undertake one behavior change, and one dietary shift. This year, those two categories merge, and stem from the same concept: mindfulness.
Most of my behaviors reflect being a mother of young, impressionable children. While we have made great strides during mealtimes, this year I will invite my kids to routinely share in dinner preparation.Read More
Each November, as I begin to embrace the colder weather and longer nights, I am beckoned by comfort foods containing rosemary and oregano. I’ve attributed this “magnetism to herbs” to my Italian heritage and to a seasonal shift in my taste buds from sweet to savory. Recently, I have added rosemary to my routine in an unusual way, by dropping its essential oil onto my head.Read More