Archive | March, 2016

Mediterranean Bowl

Try This Super Easy, Heart-Healthy Mediterranean Salad

Sometimes it can be difficult to find the right balance between easy, healthy, and delicious food. And when your life is constantly in motion, just finding the time to cook can be a pain, too. Luckily, my cookbooks are full of simple, quick meals with the health-conscious movers and shakers among you in mind.

The Mediterranean Bowl is one of my favorites and it’s quick and can also be made it advance and packed for lunch. It’s from The DASH Diet Cookbook. DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension,” but what it means is dishes made with whole foods, low sodium, and the right balance of macro- and micro-nutrients for weight loss and lowering blood pressure. This Mediterranean-style salad, with fresh herbs and feta cheese, is a perfect easy salad for spring time.

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Super Berry Antioxidant Boost

Spring Clean Your Body With This Antioxidant-Rich Water Infusion

The first day of spring just passed, and I know that like me, a lot of you are spring cleaning your homes – or at least you’re thinking about it. 😉 But spring is also a great time to clean out and detoxify your body! Berries of all kinds are coming back into season, and they are THE super-food when it comes to fighting free radicals.

This tasty berry infusion for your water can be made in bulk and kept in a pitcher in your fridge. Sip on it throughout the day for a dose of antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying goodness.

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Adrenal Fatigue

Top 5 Tips for Beating Adrenal Fatigue

Are you constantly exhausted? Does dragging yourself out of bed in the morning feel like a major victory? If you feel chronically tired, weary, and unwell, you might be experiencing adrenal fatigue.

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your adrenal glands function below the optimal level. Prolonged stress is one of the most common causes of adrenal fatigue.

In today’s busy world, most of us hustle between work and home, with a stop at the grocery store in between. We never take any personal time to rest and relax. It can be hard to shut down, and more often than not, we’re left worrying about things at the office long after quitting time. Family, friends and finances can all contribute to our stress levels.

Stress opens the door for all types of illness because it weakens our immune system. Adrenal fatigue and a weakened immune system often go hand-in-hand. Those with adrenal fatigue may suddenly become susceptible to all types of illness including infections that won’t heal, pneumonia and other respiratory infections. People suffering from adrenal fatigue go through life feeling tired and listless and believe that this is a normal part of life.

I’m here to tell you that it’s not normal, and I’ve got some tips that can help you regain control of your life and energy levels.

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Bridgit Danner

What’s Going On With Perimenopause?

By Bridgit Danner, FDNP, LAc

Menopause is, in our cultural vocabulary, described as the symptoms of hot flashes and night sweats. But menopause is actually the cessation of your menstrual cycle. You know it’s ceased when it you haven’t had a cycle for a year. Perimenopause is a period that extends for a long time before menopause.

Perimenopause starts at age 35, or starts 10 years before menopause, depending on who you ask. It is the slow decline (sorry to use that word) of your ovaries as a player in your endocrine system. Accompanying that is a slow decline of fertility, that really speeds up in your 40s.

Now that many women are delaying childbirth, many women are being hit with the double whammy of trying to conceive while dealing with perimenopause. Still others are experiencing troubling perimenopause symptoms while raising young children.

But what is going on in perimenopause anyway?

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Clary Sage Feature

Clary Sage Essential Oil Uses & Benefits

Clary Sage essential oil is one of my absolute favorites. I know, I know… I say that about all the oils. I love it because it provides just the right amount of balance and support for my body at the times I need it most.

Clary Sage is known for lightening your mood and reducing nervous tension. Just a few drops on the bottom of your feet can work wonders! It’s also one of my favorite choices each month on those days I’m not quite feeling right… if you know what I mean. 🙂

Clary sage oil (Salvia sclarea) originates from the Mediterranean and Africa. This essential oil is derived from steam distillation of the flowering plant and has a delicious floral/herbal scent. The key chemical element of this delightful plant is linalyl acetate. It is a member of the esters group, making it highly soothing and relaxing. Clary Sage has been used for centuries, and it was frequently used to soothe occasional skin irritation. Inhaling this oil promotes feelings of well-being, and some have even described that sensation as “euphoric.”

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