The following blog posts are categorized under Healthy Holidays


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…


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…


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…


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…

The Green-tini: a “healthy” cocktail

Eat Drink and Be Merry! Even healthy girls serve, and enjoy, a good cocktail from time to time. And while you probably don’t want to drink alcohol too often (depressant, inflammatory, yeast promoting), when you do, there’s no need to keep your health-minded ways out of sight. I serve distilled, organic vodka to my guests mixed with a citrus green juice and call it a Green-tini! The year-round cocktail avoids the usual sweetened mixes and spirits that can spike your blood sugar and contribute to bad yeast in your gut. The fresh lemon offers alkalizing effects, and fresh ginger heals your digestion. PLUS I like to think all those phytonutrients in the green juice outweigh the negative effects of the alcohol (for sure it doesn’t hurt). Now, with this a healthy(er) cocktail, you can entertain in Nutritional Style. Cheers! Ingredients All organic please! Fill shaker or mason jar with: Two shots of your favorite green juice (click here for my favorite recipe) Half a lemon Thumbnail-sized piece of ginger, crushed 2 shots of vodka Cubed ice Preparation Mix all ingredients and shake. Strain and pour into your fanciest martini glasses when everything is well-mixed. Garnish with organic candied ginger, and…


DYNS Healthy Halloween Tricks

There is something about Halloween that causes even me, a Nutrition Coach, to feel excited. Maybe it’s the crisp air or the excitement of the kids, but I still love…


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