Fall has finally arrived here in my little town of sunny SoCal! It is hard to believe November is upon us and yet just a few days ago my thermostat read 102 degrees! A brisk fog rolled in off the ocean over the weekend though, and today the high reached 60 degrees. I don't know about you, but in my house, fall screams “warm cup of tea,” and one of my favorite recipes “Chai Spice Muffins!” I finally feel a little better about turning the oven on, and not having to blast the air conditioning to compensate for all that extra heat!
Most notably known as the “calming mineral”, magnesium has so many benefits. It is used by many to settle down, relax, and get a good night’s rest at the end of a long day. But do you know just how important this vital mineral is to our bodies? According to Dr. Sircus, “after oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies, vitally important yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them. Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it.You can read more about his research here in his article on “Transdermal Magnesium Therapy” (1).Read More
When it comes to calcium more does not mean better. This may come as a shock to the millions of Americans who dubiously gobble down calcium supplements and tactfully wipe off multiple milk-mustaches daily. We are a culture that simply loves calcium- it is our glamorous “superstar” mineral with a name that rolls off the tongue. It has slipped its way into nearly everything from orange juice to glittering sugar-coated chocolate chews. Yet, contrary to the treasured conventional wisdom that calcium can single-handedly build strong bones, recent studies have shown that increasing calcium intake through supplementation has no significant effect on reducing the rate of fractures nor preventing the bone thinning disease osteoporosis. In fact, recent research released in a number of prestigious medical journals is revealing that improper supplementation with calcium is actually correlated with an increased risk for atherosclerosis and heart disease. Is calcium really the hailed bone-savior we have been looking for?Read More
Is it just me, or did summer fly by? I know in my household, Labor Day has always been the last “hurrah!” before the new school year began the following day.
Preparing for a new school year is no small feat, and certainly many items are on the never ending list to be accomplished and crossed off before the school bells ring and your child runs off with his or her friends, full of smiles, in anticipation for the year to come.Read More
As a mom of an energetic, fast-growing little boy, I am continually amazed by how each season is experienced so differently than the last. Last summer, our little bud toddled on sandy beaches, moving his little legs with fierce determination through the uneven terrain and then taking long breaks in the shade of an umbrella. This summer, that same little guy shrieks “Run, Mommy, run!” and races me down the beach, scampering through the waves lapping the shoreline with seemingly boundless energy. What I have heard from many wise folks is holding so very true: time really does slip by so fast with little ones.
Given the marked difference in his independence and physical mobility this summer season, I have found that I need to be much more intentional about keeping my son hydrated. His ever-growing energy and imagination result in little time for breaks, causing hours of playtime outside to fly by without a moment for sips of water. But ultimately, water is what keeps our little guys and girls happy and healthy in these hot and humid months, making it ever more important to prioritize its consumption.Read More
Last month I posted on “Three of the Many Wonderful Benefits of Collagen.” If you did not see that post, or you are new to the blog, you can check it out here! Today I am going to dive in to the topic of Gelatin and share some great facts, as well as a couple of my favorite recipes and ways to incorporate more gelatin into your diet.
Often times gelatin and collagen are used interchangeably and many people think they are one and the same thing. However, gelatin and collagen are indeed different, both with their own purposes and special health benefits. So let us jump in to gelatin and the amazing goodness that it is! (1)Read More
Collagen has become a hot topic these days. It has been given credit for aiding in everything from boosting hair, skin, and nail health, to healing “Leaky Gut”, and even improving overall cardiovascular health, to name a few. So why all the hype?Read More
You really can’t go wrong with the classic combination of cinnamon and raisins. In this recipe, the spicy-sweet duo is folded into a simple coconut flour batter to make hearty, flavorful muffins. Not only do these muffins taste delicious, they are also satisfyingly high in healthy fats, fiber, minerals, and protein. Topped with a dab of nut butter or drizzled with coconut spread, they are one of our absolute favorite recipes to use as a nutrient-dense breakfast or snack on-the-go.
Sardines. What can you do with this shimmery, nutrient-packed seafood? While undeniably rich in protein, omega-3s, and minerals, the strong tasting little fish can be very challenging to incorporate into the diet. Some brave people enjoy them straight out of the can or spread neatly over crackers, but I’ve never quite managed to get them down in that way. That’s why I’m always looking for creative, simple strategies to include them in meals. One of my favorite ways to eat sardines is in this traditional Fisherman’s Eggs dish with lots of garlic, shallots and parsley. It provides just the right balance of flavors and textures to make eating sardines delicious and easy.
Okay, it’s time to talk about strength and fitness. I don’t mean simply looking in the mirror and being impressed (or depressed) by the specimen staring back at you, but actually feeling great and performing at one’s peak.
Here’s what I have found after working out for the past fifty years. Yes, that’s 5-0! I actually began my journey when my Dad bought me a workout bench and a 110 lb weight set at Sears & Roebuck on my fourteenth birthday. I was preparing for the high school football season and wanted to excel. To this day, I am convinced weight training helped me become a better, stronger, more confident and more effective player and person than I would have been otherwise. I still have the original equipment in my basement. In fact, I just used it yesterday! It’s a bit worn and showing its age… some would say like its owner! Over the years, I have collected an assortment of other equipment. No matter what you have for equipment, here’s what I recommend to maintain (or to rediscover!) your youth at any age.