Reiki in the Energy

My health coaching and nurse practitioner philosophy is one of holism.  I recognize the importance of the mind-body connection and the role of spirituality in bridging the gap between the two.  Yet, despite encouraging patients and clients to find strength in their spirituality, I've done very little (aside from an occasional half-ass attempt at meditation) to adopt my own spiritual practice.  I have a science-oriented, practical brain and I believe in evidence-based practices.  Not to say there isn't an evidence base for certain spiritual or mind-body therapies (meditation holds a significant body of reliable evidence in it's corner), but I remained somewhat a skeptic.  

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July 2017 Hit List

Every month I compile a 'hit list' of things that are nourishing me- because nourishment is about so much more than food!  Here are the things that made me smile, think, celebrate and learn in July, 2017

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Flax (Health) Hacks

If you've been following my blog for awhile, you may have recognized that my approach to health is all about what you can ADD to your lifestyle to increase your longevity and quality of life rather than providing you with a list of restrictions and off-limit foods.  

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How to Avoid D-ficiency.

Over the last few years Vitamin D has been touted as the wonder vitamin, but there is a lot of conflicting information, guidelines are continually changing and much of the population suffers from Vitamin D insufficiency. It's important to clarify the guidelines and our needs, because unlike other vitamins and minerals, it can be difficult to get enough Vitamin D from food.

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The Top 6 Foods to Combat Cancer

If you've been following my blog, it's probably no surprise to you that minimizing meat and dairy and opting for plant-based foods reduces your risk for all types of chronic disease, including The Big C (cancer).  Even among plants, not all foods are created equal.  In fact there are 6 superstars you can increase in your diet to reduce your cancer risk.  You get to eat AND prevent cancer simultaneously.  Win-win.  Read on and get eating.

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My Top Tips for Staying Healthy While Traveling: Sleep on the Road

Many of us run through life overworked and sleep-deprived. Chronic lack of sleep compromises immunity, increases risk of high blood pressure, exacerbates stress, limits concentration and focus and often leads to overeating and weight gain.  When our immune systems are chronically compromised we're at higher risk of viral and bacterial infections and also many types of cancer.

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Break out the Broccoli, it's National Nutrition Month!

It's National Nutrition Month!  I'm sitting here in Ho Chi Minh City all excited because the area around my apartment in District 1 is a hub of healthylicious food (Hum Vegetarian, Pi Vegetarian Bistro and Kay Vegan are among my favorites).  Who would have thought?  Forget one blog post- National Nutrition Month deserves a whole series.  It's that important.  

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Move For Your Health: Yoga in Cancer Care

I spent 7 years working as an oncology nurse practitioner and have witnessed firsthand the devastating effects a cancer diagnosis elicits; for the person facing the diagnosis as well as loved ones.  Learning about any cancer diagnosis is psychologically distressing and the accompanying treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery are both physically and mentally arduous.  Side effects following the completion of treatment may leave you frustrated, scared, angry and feeling as if you're a stranger in your own body. As if a tornado picked you up and spit you out, your mind and body whirl in contemplation of past experiences, prognosis, future events and a fight for remission.  That's probably an understatement.  No, definitely an understatement, which is why self-care during and after cancer treatment is crucial to help prevent and better manage treatment related side effects, facilitate healing and help navigate that inevitable emotional rollercoaster.

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