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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. 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 must neutralize them 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 rebalance, however, so don’t despair. If you’ve been splurging this season, try to incorporate the following alkaline foods into…

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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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My Book Launch!

It’s finally here! My book, Discover Your Nutritional Style: Your Seasonal Plan to a Happy, Healthy and Delicious Life, will be shipping to you on September 15. This book, my…

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Rock Your Vitamix

  This week I’m giving away not one, but TWO Vitamix blenders as part of my Launch with Benefits. I can’t wait to find out who is going to win…

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Superfoods for all year long

  Like an artists palette, the hub and I use a variety of Superfoods everyday in our smoothies. It depends on our state of mind—and our body’s needs. I keep…

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Review: Elizabeth’s Gone Raw

  Coming to Washington, DC, anytime soon? If so, don’t miss this restaurant review! Elizabeth Petty is a Washington, D.C. business woman, wife and mother. She also owns an elegant…

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

I spent some quality time with my son at his school this past weekend. It was an especially fantastic visit. He’s so busy, and he loves it, and that makes me one proud Mama bear. At breakfast on Sunday, he turned to me and said he hadn’t yet gotten me a Mother’s Day gift. Well, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree this time around. I, too, have been so busy that I haven’t taken care of my own Mom. So, if you’re like us, I thought I’d share a list of ideas that light me up. Maybe something below will suit the Mother(s) in your life? The Tea Lover A friend calls this Breville Tea Maker the “Tea Robot”. What a treat to have the perfect temperature tea waiting for you in the morning. I added some of my favorite loose teas too. *This is what I want the most. I’m a connoisseur of sorts. The Luxe-ist While a gift certificate for a massage may never get used, going WITH your mom to the spa is always a great gift. The best. For my last minute local DC and VA friends, I personally love treatments at Salamander Resort….

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Book Review: Integrative Nutrition

The new edition of Integrative Nutrition is a must read if you get that there’s a connection between what you eat on a daily basis and your energy, looks, weight…

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How to Prepare for Your Cleanse

  You’ve decided to do a cleanse, congratulations! This can be a life changing experience if you follow these important tips on how to prepare. I know, I know, preparing…

what you can learn from cancer patients

  One of my good friends asked the other day, over tea, why my new website doesn’t talk more about Cancer? How can nutrition and food be stylish and fun, when I work with so many critical patients? She glanced up at me, over her berry breakfast, and wondered why I don’t talk more about illness and sickness, and the sadness that I must meet each day? And she inquired gently, what about your Cancer patients? I partner with one of the top Breast Cancer centers in the Washington, DC area. They refer their patients to me, women who have just been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Women who are often reeling, still, from their news. My friend was curious. I understood why. If you haven’t dealt with Cancer, or a serious illness, you might wonder too. Maybe you assume that nutrition coaching or analyzing one’s diet and food is for vain women who want to look good. It’s all about being skinny, after all. Isn’t it? Not in my world. It’s about feeling great. It’s about reducing inflammation; aches, pains, sinus, infertility, migraines, auto-immune issues, and even the big C. Cancer. It’s about the energy and awesomeness that you feel…

 
 
 
 
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