Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Add Fennel to Your Food Funnel!

Fennel

Fennel is a versatile food (essentially it’s an herb) with a sweet, slight licorice taste that’s used for its feathery stalks, its aromatic seeds, and its flavorful root which is eaten as a vegetable. The whole fennel plant is edible. On the health front, fennel is extremely good for you. It reduces inflammation in the […]

Ever feel like you ate a brick?

Ever feel like you ate a brick?

Hey there– Ever eat a steak and feel like it’s just sitting on the bottom of your stomach, not digesting at all? You’re not alone! This is because as we age, we lose our once robust ability to digest our foods—basically, we need help. Not only do we feel like we ate a brick, but […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Beets! Don’t Pass Them Up!

chicken burger with pickled beets

There’s nothing like a gorgeous purple beet sliced onto a salad, roasted in the oven, or juiced with some greens and other veggies to make a beautifully colored glass of deliciousness. What’s this you say? You don’t love beets? Well, maybe you’re just not doing it right! Beets are in season now and they are […]

Cal-Mag – A Dynamic Duo!

Women duo working out together like calcium & magnesium

There have been countless TV commercials over the years talking about calcium and how it is important for strong bones and teeth.  Calcium is the primary mineral in your bones, which hold more than 99% of the calcium stored in the human body.  Since the body is constantly regenerating bone tissue it is important to […]

Inflammation Much?

Inflammation much?

Inflammation.  I’m talking about the kind of inflammation you can’t see or necessarily feel (directly) but according to studies, inflammation may be the cause of many different diseases and conditions.  So What Is Inflammation? Inflammation is your body’s process of fighting against things that harm it, such as infections, injuries, and toxins, in an attempt […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: All About Allspice!

Contrary to popular belief, allspice is not actually a blend of different spices. Allspice is actually a berry that comes from the “Pimenta dioica” tree, native to Jamaica and other areas of the West Indies as well as Southern and Central America. You can find allspice in the dried berry form, or as a ground […]

Shopping Cart Envy

Shopping cart in front of cold cases

What you’re about to read is based on a true story… About 2004 or 2005, I was shopping at my neighborhood grocery store (the new Harris Teeter in Wesley Chapel, NC) for the week. List in hand (well duh–I’m the Dinner Diva!), I had conquered the store and my cart was filled with all I […]

Vitamin D – The Bone Defender

Little girl enjoying sunlight in a field rimmed by trees

Vitamin D – The Bone Defender is a fat-soluble nutrient that helps the body absorb calcium, which is needed to maintain healthy and strong bones.  It is also involved in several other bodily functions such as digestion, blood circulation, and the immune and nervous systems.  The best source of vitamin D is sunlight, so it […]

The Mindful Mug

White mug with "Mindful Mug" in red lettering.

There’s mindlessness and there’s mindfulness. They’re polar opposites of each other and when it comes to food, nutrition, and eating, mindlessness is basically autopilot, and being on autopilot is not where you want to be when it comes to nourishing your body. Don’t get me wrong, autopilot is awesome for things like mundane tasks around […]

CRUSH Your Carb Cravings!

CRUSH your carb cravings!

YES, you CAN crush your carb cravings! Cravings are complex things–heavily loaded, connected to emotions, physiology, and habit, they’re not easy to get under control using just one strategy.  As a recovering carb addict myself, I can speak to this truth on every level–cravings can lead us down a path of absolute devastation and are […]