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Simple Holiday Tradition Recipes – From My House to Yours

Simple Holiday Tradition Recipes – From My House to Yours

I’ve certainly noticed over the years that traditions vary, family to family. I’d like to share two of my favorite simple holiday tradition recipes with you here. In our house, rather than turkey or ham at Christmas, we opt for beef. And often, instead of potatoes, we choose butternut squash. If your dinner choices aren’t quite set, I’m hoping you’ll…

Spiritual Giving – How to Be Generous

Spiritual Giving – How to Be Generous

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how to drop the expectations of gift-giving, which can be a draining experience—emotionally and financially—for many people. But I’d like to talk about a different kind of giving today: spiritual giving. Now, I’m calling it spiritual because I consider myself (and everyone) a spiritual being. If that term doesn’t resonate with you, you…

What to Do With the Holiday Season Blues

What to Do With the Holiday Season Blues

This time of year, it can seem like EVERYONE is busy being cheerful, getting together with family, and celebrating every chance they get. But what if this time of year has the opposite effect on you? Maybe you lost a family member who you used to celebrate with so now the holidays feel empty and lonely. Or maybe you’re not…

How to Drop the Expectations of Gift-Giving

How to Drop the Expectations of Gift-Giving

T’is the season for getting together with family and friends, celebrating, and, inevitably, spending more money than you anticipated on everyone from your children to the mail carrier. Does it seem like every year there are more people on your gift-buying list? The list gets longer and the gifts pricier as we unknowingly “outdo” one another year after year. And…

Enjoying Alcohol on a Low Carb Diet!

Enjoying Alcohol on a Low Carb Diet!

With the holidays upon us, we are more likely to encounter events that serve alcohol. But if you’ve been following my Skinny Gut Diet or any number of low-carb diets—or if you’re about to begin—you might be wondering if you can drink alcohol. The answer is yes, but not all alcohol is equal. Here are some tips for enjoying alcohol…

Losing Control at the Holidays?

Losing Control at the Holidays?

Every year the holidays approach and you swear you won’t succumb to the usual temptations—food, alcohol, and shopping. You tell yourself that this year will be different, and that you won’t overindulge, losing control. But come January, you’re 15 pounds heavier, your credit cards are maxed, and let’s just say that you don’t remember the last couple hours of your…

Hormone Health Before 50

Hormone Health Before 50

With the focus on women’s health each October, I am taking a closer look at the topic this month on my blog. It’s time to talk hormone health. This week I’m addressing hormone health in women under 50 years, and next week we turn the hormone discussion post-menopause. Estrogen Dominance There are two main sex hormones secreted by the ovaries…

Hormone Health After 50

Hormone Health After 50

Last week I discussed hormone health in women under 50, and this week I’m addressing hormone health in women over 50. Today, I’ll primarily talk about hormone changes during menopause and what you can do to keep your hormones balanced so you don’t have to suffer as much as you would if you just tried to “hang in there.” What…

Get to the Bottom of Your Gas and Bloating

Get to the Bottom of Your Gas and Bloating

We have all experienced gas and bloating to some extent, but many of us experience it on a regular basis. The trouble is, gas and bloating are symptoms of a wide range of digestive conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, Candida overgrowth, dysbiosis, indigestion, and food sensitivities are common causes of gas and bloating. But how can you tell…