The following blog posts are categorized under Healthy Holidays

Mom and me

Wisdom from my mother

  Happy Mother’s Day, Moms! I was raised by a good mother. Thank you, universe, because I know I was fortunate…so this year I’m writing my mother a love letter….

Bacon Wrapped Asparagus

Bacon Wrapped Easter Asparagus

One of my favorite signs of spring is fresh asparagus. Did you know that there are festivals devoted to the asparagus all over Europe? True. While I’ve never grown it…

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New! Online Workshop with Holli

  I have something exciting to share with you, and to offer you a part in, so please read this carefully. Each season I try to look within myself to…

rituals for the new year

I hope your holidays so far are wonderful; filled with close family, delicious foods, and the dearest of friends… And maybe the new Star Wars movie, too. I confess to pushing harder than I should have this season….trying to get just a little more out of each day and doing my best to keep everyone happy. That’s what we do, don’t we? So if you’re guilty of that too, your daily self care may have slid of of Santa’s Sleigh. And, adrenal fatigue may have set in as a result of all that stress. Here are some signs that you might be overdone, too. *You’re having a hard time winding down at night, and feeling exhausted the next day after a full night’s sleep… ugh… *You’re retaining water even though you’re eating clean….double ugh… *You feel indecisive and distracted.. How to choose between red or white? Sparkling or still? Stay or go? …Don’t ask me… I’m committed to using this week to get back on track, and I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to bring back YOU, as well. Serenity, calm, focus… Let’s try this on before 2016 hits, shall we? Life has me splitting my…

holli xmas

making it through the holidays

  I was on Capitol Hill, in Washington, DC last week to celebrate the Health Coach Resolution put forth by our US Congress, and I was asked to give a…

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…

essential oils

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…


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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