Stress Don’t Digest

Stress Don’t Digest

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.

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Create A Common Table

Create A Common Table

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?

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Cannabinoids – A No-Brainer

Cannabinoids – A No-Brainer

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.

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A Case for Loving Liver

A Case for Loving Liver

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!

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Road Food for Healthy Travels

Road Food for Healthy Travels

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?

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3 Tips for Everyone to Improve Nutrition

3 Tips for Everyone to Improve Nutrition

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.

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Diet and Autoimmunity

Diet and Autoimmunity

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).

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Sunshine On My Shoulders

Sunshine On My Shoulders

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 intake

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Choose Your Chocolate Wisely

Choose Your Chocolate Wisely

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?

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Teach Healthy Eating Habits

Teach Healthy Eating Habits

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.

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Mindful Eating with Children

Mindful Eating with Children

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.

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Rosemary: Therapy in Winter

Rosemary: Therapy in Winter

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.

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