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 […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Tea or smoothies? (special herb for both)

Fresh mint is a common sight in the summertime and today you’re going to get a tip, a trick, and a recipe featuring this pretty little leaf! I have mint growing in my garden and let me tell you when you plant mint, you have mint for life! Really. Mint can take over so you […]

Fiber – Digestive Draino

The TV ads say that we need more fiber.  Doctors tell you that you need more fiber.  Product packaging promotes having more fiber than the other guys.  So what exactly is fiber and why should we care? Dietary fiber is a plant-based nutrient that passes through your digestive system relatively intact; it’s not digested into […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: High Fives for Fresh Chives

Chives belong to the allium family, making them close relatives to scallions, onions, leeks, and garlic. Chives have a mild oniony flavor with a slight hint of garlic, and a little goes a very long way. There are some great nutritional benefits to chives. They have antioxidant properties, can aid in digestion and they contain […]

A Shout Out to Sprouts!

A Shout Out to Sprouts!

A Shout-Out to Sprouts! Is there anything more nutritionally dense than a sprout? I don’t think so…and that’s why I want you to have this primer to learn how to make them yourself at home.  When you take seeds and soak them in water, they will start to germinate, grow a plant, and that first […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Quinoa – Gluten-free “grain” or is it a seed?

Quinoa is a seed that’s been around forever, though with the popularity it’s gained in recent years, you’d think it was a new invention. Quinoa has an amazing nutritional profile. This seed is gluten free, high in protein and rich in health-supportive fats. Quinoa is full of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants. It can lower your […]

Corona-no-no Virus for Me

Are you scared yet? According to hysterical media reports, the coronavirus has been one of the biggest health threats in history, even though it has only been in the news for a few weeks.  The international markets are collapsing under the threat, governments around the globe are taking drastic measures to contain it, and the […]

Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Reach for a Lychee Fruit

lychee fruit

Today’s Focus is on LYCHEE Lychee (pronounced lie-chee or lee-chee) fruits have been cultivated by the Chinese since 1700 BC (or thereabouts). They were actually quite revered back in those days. Poems have been written about these little fruits! Let’s see why. Generally round in shape, lychees are about the size of a walnut shell […]