3 Reasons to Avoid the Flu Vaccine

3 Reasons to Avoid the Flu Vaccine

This year’s flu season is already in full swing and so begins the Great Flu Debate of 2015, an annual discussion revisited each October at the start of the flu season, one which continues through the season’s peak in February and finally levels off...
Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Red Onion

Braised Red Cabbage with Apples and Red Onion

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced Gala apple, halved, cored, and sliced head red cabbage, cored, quartered, and thinly sliced Sea salt and ground black pepper bay leaf 3 whole cloves (optional) 3 tablespoons apple cider (or...
Homemade Roasted Root Vegetables

Homemade Roasted Root Vegetables

Ingredients: beet rutabaga 3 medium carrots medium yellow onion butternut squash or sweet potato garlic bulb olive oil sea salt and black pepper custom spice mixture (cumin+nutmeg or oregano+thyme+rosemary) balsamic vinegar Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees....
3 Steps to Put the Brakes on Your Next Flare-Up

3 Steps to Put the Brakes on Your Next Flare-Up

You know the feeling – the first twinge of pain, flush of fever, or wave of nausea. Like the check engine light in your car, your body has sounded a warning. How do you handle it? Do you stop and pull over to figure out what’s wrong or do you push through the...
Running on Empty: How to Refill Your Self-Care Tank

Running on Empty: How to Refill Your Self-Care Tank

I was wondering when the last time was that you did something just for yourself –the last time you pampered yourself with a massage, lost yourself in an exciting novel, or indulged yourself with a fine meal you didn’t have to cook. Some may argue that these are...
5 Common Responses to Women with a Chronic Illness

5 Common Responses to Women with a Chronic Illness

This weekend I had the privilege of attending an inspiring and educational convention, the type of event that leaves you physically exhausted after long days of instruction and interaction, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually fortified to handle whatever life...
How to Avoid Being Overcome by Rejection

How to Avoid Being Overcome by Rejection

I remember an intense conversation with a close friend a couple years ago after she had just been broken up with by her long-term boyfriend. Apparently something I had said was received as lacking empathy or insensitive, or perhaps she was just in extreme pain (which...