The following blog posts are categorized under Minerals & Vitamins

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…

In My Vanity

Magnesium, the miracle mineral

  Meet my friend, Magnesium, the miracle mineral. Magnesium is found in many foods, like spinach, nuts, black beans, pumpkin seeds and dark chocolate, but chances are you’re still lacking…

BeWell Cleanse Kit

How to Be Well

  I’ve never insisted that my clients take supplements, and in fact, I really believe in getting our nourishment from whole, fresh food. But the fact is that I work…

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Drink Your Chia

  The warmer weather (finally) is making me want to get out and move, so I thought I’d share my favorite sports recovery drink with you. This is great for…


Happy Mother’s Day!

  Flowers are the perfect gift, always, for Mother’s Day… or a new nightgown, or an elegant bathrobe that she’d never buy herself.  But there are some healthy goodies that…


Foods to Keep You Looking 10 Years Younger (Trust Me!)

  It can be difficult to tell a woman’s age. Have you ever met a woman whom you’re sure is much older than you, and you find out that she’s…


Red Foods for Heart Health

  February is Heart Health Month in the US, and I was a guest on ABC’s “Let’s Talk Live” last week sharing five red foods for heart health. The American…

Butternut, Spinach, and Pumpkin / Sesame Salad

Spinach, pumpkin seeds, and sesame seeds are beneficial foods for their high magnesium content, a calming, essential mineral that many of us are lacking. Adding in magnesium rich foods at stressful times, like the holidays, are a wonderful way to keep your balance and maintain your calm. Turmeric spice is anti-inflammatory, and is a great addition to your spice cupboard year round. Ingredients 1 butternut squash, approximately 2 1/4 pounds 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground ginger 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil for squash, plus 2 tablespoons for dressing 1/3 cup golden raisins 1/4 cup water, boiled 1 teaspoon sherry vinegar 4 ounces (about 3 cups) spinach and other salad leaves if desired 1/3 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted or sesame seeds toasted Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. 2. Cube the butternut squash into 1 inch cubes, or purchase already cubed. 3. Put the butternut into a bowl with the salt, spices, and 2 tablespoons oil and stir until covered, then add to baking sheet (Don’t clean the bowl yet). 3. Bake the squash for 30-40 minutes. Check to see if it is cooked through by piercing with a fork; some…


Sugar, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

  I spoke to a group of kids from D.C.’s public school system this week, as part of the RECESS program for the American Heart Association. My topic at this…

Ocean Vegetables

Ocean Vegetables or Sea Vegetables are some of the healthiest foods on the planet, rich in vitamins, minerals, and high levels of antioxidants.. New and exciting findings indicate that ocean algae can reduce our rate of fat absorption by 75%, thanks to a digestive enzyme called lipase. That’s what I call BIG news! They are also high in iodine, a much needed mineral that most Americans are deficient in, and necessary for thyroid and hormone production. and very low in calories.. Check out some of these super easy -to -make recipes.. Our spotlight today on NORI… It’s not for sushi anymore..   NORI CHIPS  Nori is commonly known as the wrapper for sushi, and we love it that way, but did you know it’s also one of the ocean vegetables highest in protein?   It offers lots of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin C and essential B12. Ways to eat Nori: toasted as a snack (see recipe), rolled as sushi, or use nori wrappers to roll a slice of avocado, and assorted veggies and lettuces. I love nori sheets cut into skinny strips to garnish a caesar salad; a treat for vegans who love the taste but not the anchovy….


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