The Basic Bowl with Spicy Curry Peanut Sauce

The Basic Bowl with Spicy Curry Peanut Sauce

Last week I had a client talk about food overwhelm. As in having so much information about what constitutes healthy food that it overwhelms her. Her ultimate goal is to eat perfectly paleo. But instead of taking baby steps toward that (maybe-too-lofty-for-her) goal, she throws her hands up and stays stuck.

It’s a classic case of letting perfect be the enemy of good, and most of us know it all too well. In our strive for perfection, we inevitably fall short of our ideals.

How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

How to Fuel High Intensity Interval Training

I was recently interviewed by Sara Curry of Blaze Yoga and Pilates to talk about why her students are bonking during Inferno Hot Pilates -- a type of heated pilates that incorporates High Intensity Interval Training, or HIIT.

Bonking, crashing, hitting the wall...call it what you want, but when it happens, it sucks.

The great thing about HIIT is that you get a killer transformative effective workout in a short period of time...but ONLY if you’re adequately fed. Here are some common mistakes people make when trying to fuel their high intensity interval training.

Creamy Seafood Chowder (Paleo, Keto)

Creamy Seafood Chowder (Paleo, Keto)

I literally have no idea how I came up with this Creamy Seafood Chowder recipe, but it’s in my top 5 recipes I’ve ever created, no doubt. This chowder recipe uses a fair amount of grass-fed ghee. That, blended up with cauliflower is what creates the creaminess. Since ghee is made from butter, I didn’t label it as dairy free. But many of us who are dairy free can still consume  casein and lactose-free ghee. 

Immune Boosting Hot Chocolate

Immune Boosting Hot Chocolate

Moms are always writing me to ask for holistic home remedies, so I figured I would share the hot beverage we’ve been sippin’ in my household. This immune boosting hot chocolate recipe includes the immune supportive herb astragalus, the medicinal mushroom reishi, plus the fat soluble vitamins A, D and E which are necessary for natural cold & flu prevention. Even better — it's super rich and delicious -- a treat your whole family will love!

Festive Cranberry Vodka Mule

Festive Cranberry Vodka Mule

We hosted a Griswold family Christmas this year and I purchased roughly 764 pounds of food for the festivities but forgot ice. When I was fishing around the freezer for something to chill the vodka, I came up with several bags of organic frozen cranberries (I keep them on hand to throw in smoothies and baked apple dishes and such). Combined with other random dribs and drabs around the house, and we had the perfect festive house cocktail!

Unconditional Permission to Eat

Unconditional Permission to Eat

The way we approach health and nutrition in today’s world is referred to as the “Expert Model”. You are not the expert on you, someone else is. The doctor, the heath guru, the Instagram wellness influencer, the diet book author, the local Isagenix rep all wield more power over your body than you do.

The expert model takes away your responsibility and puts you in the role of a child waiting to be told what to do.

Lentil Salad with Fennel, Apple & Apricot

Lentil Salad with Fennel, Apple & Apricot

Lentils are a great source of resistant starch. Resistant starch is starch that our bodies cannot digest, so it travels down to our large intestine where our gut bacteria can digest it. (P.S. SO COOL.) Those bacteria ferment the resistant starch to short-chain fatty acids, like butyrate. Butyrate does a LOT for us - a crucial component of gut health, and also helpful for brain health, weight maintenance and cancer prevention.