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I hope to enjoy a long and happy life and do my best to be healthy into my old age. There are just so many things to do, see and experience! Years ago, somehow I got the idea that maybe, if I took really good care of myself, it might be possible to live to 100 AND still be able to do cartwheels on the beach. Now, every time I go to the beach, I make sure to do cartwheels and handstands because it’s fun, and to make sure I still can. I’m 36 now and as of last month, I still can. We will see if I can keep it up for the next 64 years! Today I indulged my curiosity and found this video of a 91 year old woman doing cartwheels and much more. There is hope!!!!!

One thing I know will help me reach my silly goal, is having healthy, strong bones. Today I am going to first share some important information and then share tips of what you can do to keep your bones healthy and strong, and prevent osteopenia and osteoporosis.

According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation, it is estimated that 1...

     You have probably noticed by now that Kombucha is everywhere! At least it is in Central Oregon. I remember the first time I had Kombucha. It was at the Port Townsend, WA Farmers Market where I was selling my handmade glass beads and jewelry. My friend Rainie had a food booth and we traded a necklace for credit at her both. That summer I started many Saturday mornings with her delicious quiche, sauteed greens (usually Kale) and a large glass of her homemade Kombucha. I had never heard of Kombucha before, but knew I enjoyed the taste and felt great after my breakfasts. Now I know much more about Kombucha and it’s health benefits and even enjoy making it myself. It’s really so easy!

      Kombucha is an effervescent health drink made by fermenting tea and sugar with the help of a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts). The first recorded use of Kombucha, then known as “The Tea of Immortality”, was in China in 221 BC. Since then it’s use has spread across the...

This vanilla coconut chia seed pudding is topped with berries and nuts. It is nutrient dense as well as delicious, quick and easy! It takes 5 minutes to make the pudding the night before and 2 to put it together in the morning.

Ingredients:


For the coconut chia seed pudding: 
1 1/2 cups full fat coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chia seeds


For the topping:
1 1/2 cups berries (defrosted if using frozen)
3 handfuls of your favorite nuts


Instructions:

Add coconut milk, vanilla and chia seeds to a jar with lid. Make sure your jar is big enough to have room for shaking once full of ingredients. Shake vigorously until mixed well. Refrigerate overnight to thicken.

In the morning divide the pudding among 3 bowls. Top each with 1/2 cup berries and a handful of your favorite nuts. Enjoy!

If you enjoy this recipe, there's more in my e-cookbook, 31 Whole Food Dinner Recipes (that happen to be gluten free, grain free and are almost nightshade free). You can get the e-book here.

February 23, 2017

     Yesterday I was interviewed for a local radio show called Kathryn's Kitchen. It will air Friday March 3, sometime between 9 and 9:30 am, during The Point. Soon after, it will be available to listen to for a month here.

     We talked a little about what I do as a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. I also shared this recipe for Indian Cabbage.

    Every ingredient in this recipe has multiple health benefits. To name just a few...Mustard seeds, cumin seeds, coriander, cabbage and lemon support digestion. Turmeric is a powerful anti- inflammatory that supports the liver and digestion. Coconut oil is a healthy fat that is quickly and easily absorbed and provides lasting energy for our body and our brain. It also has anti microbial-properties. Sea salt helps us have the right balance of fluid inside and outside our cells.

Indian Cabbage (serves 6 as side dish)

Ingredients:

1 medium head of cabbage, shredded

2 Tbs. unrefined coconut oil

1/2 tsp. whole c...

February 16, 2017

    

      Weight loss is a goal for many people who seek out help from Nutritional Therapy. If you experience unwanted weight gain and the inability to lose it, it may be a sign of underlying imbalances that need to be addressed. As they are addressed, balance is restored and your body can let go of the weight as it sees fit. Trust your body. It always does the best for you with what it has in every moment. It’s trying to keep you alive and well.

     One very common example of an underlying imbalance that may need to be addressed for weight loss to occur is blood sugar regulation imbalance. This kind of imbalance is often due to eating an excessive amount of refined carbohydrates and not enough healthy fats and protein. This blog post gives an in depth explanation.

     Another example of why your body might not want to shed the excess pounds is because it is trying to protect you. One place our bodies store toxins is in our fat tissues....

October 29, 2016

I have something for you to think about before you gorge on all that leftover Halloween candy.....or better yet....something to consider when choosing what to dole out on Halloween......
 

What do type 2 diabetes, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease have in common?  Chronically high levels of glucose in the blood are contributing factors to all of them. What causes chronically high levels of glucose in the blood? Eating too many carbohydrates, especially the refined ones.

In 2010 the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that “...as many as 1 in 3 U.S. adults could have diabetes by 2050 if the current trends continue.”  They also stated that “1 in 10 adults has diabetes now.”  This is scary!

When you eat a high carbohydrate meal or snack (cereal or granola with low fat milk, pancakes or waffles with syrup, toast, crackers, chips, pretzels, “energy” bars, granola bars, fruit snacks, candy bars, bagels, etc.) your body turns the carbohydrate component into glucose t...

Beet, carrot, green apple slaw

Ingredients:

1 large beet
1 green apple
2 medium size carrots
juice from 1/2 a lemon
drizzle of extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

The easiest way to make this slaw is with a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor you can use a cheese grater. You could also make it with a friend who has a food processor. That would probably be the most fun.

Grate the beet, carrot and apple. Put in a large bowl and mix with the juice from 1/2 a lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. It will keep covered in the fridge 5-7 days.

This slaw tastes delicious and it’s a great way to eat beets even if beets aren’t your favorite vegetable. I recently handed out samples of this slaw at a local community event. I didn't know how it would go over but was happy to discover people really enjoyed it, even a few kids! It makes me really happy to see kids eating beet slaw. Eat this slaw regularly as a condiment. It can aid your digestion and support your liver too.

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