As a skincare specialist, you can count on me to ask about the skincare routines of my patients. Among this inquiry is the dreaded “do you wear sunscreen?” question. Too often, I hear this question answered in the negative. One of the most common reasons why people aren’t wearing sunscreen? Because they work indoors and therefore think they don’t need sunscreen. Read on to learn about why EVERYONE needs sunscreen, even if you think you are well-sheltered from UV rays.Read More
Spring is the ideal time for cleansing, rejuvenation, and tuning into our health and well-being. In Chinese medicine, spring is represented by the wood element and includes the liver and gallbladder. As such, these two organs are ideal targets for springtime cleansing and health regimens.
According to the philosophy of Chinese medicine, the liver is responsible for smooth flow throughout the body. When the liver functions smoothly, physical and emotional activity throughout the body also runs smoothly. So, for optimum health this spring, keep your liver energy is free and easy by following my top 5 tips for spring wellness:Read More
Get ready to shed your dry skin (and winter coat) and embrace spring! As the days get warmer, we naturally shift our skincare, our beauty routines, and even our food choices! When it comes to beauty trends, natural products, minimalism, and self-care are at the top of the list this spring. Put your best face forward and welcome spring 2018 with these top 5 beauty trends:Read More
Spring is in swing! The days are getting longer (and warmer) but the evenings are still chilly - the perfect time of year for warm, nourishing dinners full of vegetables and greens. I love this recipe for baked eggs inside of acorn squash - it reminds me of childhood 'egg in a hole' breakfasts, but a much healthier version! These babies are easy to make, look beautiful on the dinner table, and they are delicious! PS- no need to restrict this dish to dinner; baked eggs and acorn squash also make a great addition to brunch and save well for the next day.Read More
Recently, I've had several inquiries about intermittent fasting. To help us all understand this idea better, I invited my friend and wellness colleague Melanie Hardy share her expertise on the subject. Melanie is a multi-talented powerhouse; certified nutritionist, published author, wellness coach, and lawyer! Keep reading to learn more about the benefits of intermittent fasting and how to incorporate it into your life.Read More
Does the warm weather have you in spring cleaning mood? While you are tossing out the old to make room for the new, why not give your refrigerator a makeover? Here are my top 5 healthy food swaps to make today:Read More
I get it - mayonnaise isn’t exactly considered a ‘health food.’ But with the proliferation of paleo and whole-30 type diets, things are definitely starting to change. Nothing new for mayo; this often-misunderstood condiment used to be a kitchen staple and was always homemade. While it’s a simple formula of eggs, oil, and lemon juice (see my easy recipe HERE) – pretty innocent foods, depending on the source – it is a high-fat food. One tablespoon contains around 10 grams of fat.
The good news? As mentioned previously, I recommend that you make mayonnaise at home – with avocado oil, olive oil, or even bacon grease – you can make those 10 grams of fat count by making sure they are ‘good’ fats.
So, now that I’ve convinced you about the virtues of making your own mayo, what to do with all of that homemade goodness? Here are some ideas..Read More
On a recent trip, I was grocery shopping for that night’s dinner. At home, I like to make most of my own ingredients. However, when I travel, I have to find other options. On this particular trip, I needed mayo for a dipping sauce to accompany grilled salmon. Because I usually make my own, I was shocked when I read the ingredient list on mayonnaise jars at the store- most contained over 15 ingredients and not a single egg in sight! I couldn't pronounce half of the ingredients, as most of them were preservatives and stabilizers - not real food. At home, I make mayo with just 3 ingredients: eggs, avocado oil, and lemon...Read More
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. The EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides in Produce™ (aka Dirty Dozen and Clean 15) is updated each year and ranks pesticide contamination on 48 popular fruits and vegetables. The top 15 foods with the least pesticides are called the Clean 15, while the 12 foods with the most pesticides are called the Dirty Dozen.
Here is the latest list, along with important reasons why you should pay attention to whether your favorite produce falls on the dirty dozen list.Read More