The following blog posts are categorized under Healthy Holidays

Holli and Moses

Fresh peach Bellini’s

  Have you been to Harry Cipriani’s in Venice? They invented this cocktail called the Bellini, a mixture of fresh, local Italian peach nectar and sparkling Italian wine (you can…

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What’s in my suitcase

I’m getting ready to head out of town, and my goal is to maintain my nutritional style as best I can. Perfection is not for me, but letting it all…

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Green Foods Roundup

Nothing says theme party like St. Patrick’s Day, right? If you’re a mom, you’ve been asked year after year to provide green food to your child’s school, and while green…

Supplementing your health

  Want to know a semi-secret? I’m not a big supplement-pusher, and pills actually make me gag. And psssttt…in my search for solutions to my previous health problems, I consulted with what feels like hundreds of so-called experts who, instead of asking me about my diet, recommended hundreds of dollars worth of supplements. I used to have drawers full of vitamins, but it wasn’t until I truly figured out my Nutritional Style that I found relief from my health issues, lost weight and began to feel amazing again. When I became a Health and Nutrition Coach, I decided to do things differently. While I do recommend some selected supplements, because my clients sometimes have deficiencies or feel better with them, my focus is on food and how you feel. The time when I DO recommend supplementation is in the winter months, when local produce is scarce and when our bodies have to work harder to fight off colds, flus and defend itself against the cold and lack of sunshine. If you or your family seems to get sick often, maybe it’s time to supplement your nutrition. Here’s what’s on my personal supplement shelf now. Elderberry: This tasty herb is antiviral…

Your Body’s PH and YOU

Craving more meat and animal protein in the colder weather? You’re not alone. Many people do this time of year. And yet venturing too far down that path may not be the best for your health for many reasons. Excessive meat consumption has been linked to higher cancer rates, heart disease, and digestive disorders. Meat takes longer than most foods to digest, and has a longer transit time in your digestive system than plant-based foods, like vegetables, fruits or seeds. And then there’s the pH theory of nutrition. Animal proteins create an acidic environment in your body as they are digested, and your body neutralizes in order to maintain the slightly alkaline environment it prefers. Because your body likes to be slightly alkaline, if you eat too many foods that are acidic, it will scramble to return itself to the right pH balance. Your pH is the number that measures how acidic or alkaline something is (A pH of 7 is neutral). Maintaining a proper pH is important for digestion, energy, clear skin, and your overall well being. It’s surprisingly easy to re-balance, however, so don’t despair. If you’ve been splurging this season, try to incorporate the following alkaline foods…

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Breakfast is served

  I find myself preparing more breakfast meals this time of year. There are kids home from school, our friends and family filling the spare rooms, and a need for…

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Candy Cane Smoothie

  Don’t let the holidays get in the way of your Nutritional Style. Here’s a way to feel like you’re enjoying the holiday, especially if you love sweet treats! Nothing…

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5 Ways to Survive the Holiday Season in Style

  You love this time of year; the romance, the glitter, the candles, so many reasons to be around loved ones. And, lots and lots of delicious food and drink….

“Raw” Pumpkin Pie

I’m not much of a “baker”, but I love mixing this easy dessert for the holidays; it’s a crowd pleaser. Pumpkin is a fall Superfood, loaded with vitamin A, carotenes, fiber, and antioxidants. While a pumpkin pie is definitely still a sweet treat, using raw pumpkin and natural sweeteners like dates and coconut makes it a healthful choice. I say go for it. I love using the extra raw pumpkin in smoothies, too. Here’s my favorite recipe. Raw Pumpkin Pie Crust Ingredients 2 cups of pecan or walnuts 1/4 cup of soaked dates (pitted and cut into small pieces) sea salt, dash Optional: 1/4 cup dried coconut Preparation Blend the crust ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor, then press evenly in the bottom of a pie plate. Raw Pumpkin Pie Filling Ingredients 2 cups of shredded whole pumpkin 2 teaspoons of finely ground almond flour (optional-this helps to hold the pie together) 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon coconut oil 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 cup of almond milk or rice milk to blend Preparation 1. Blend ingredients in a blender and place on top of the crust. Set in fridge for a couple hours to…

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Fall Entertaining Style

It’s gotten chilly here is Virginia; given the time change and early sunsets, and I’m happy to be inside, cuddled by the fire, wrapped in a throw and planning to…

 
 
 
 
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