Vitamin D–Sun, Food or Pills?

Low Vitamin D? You may not need synthetic pills made in a laboratory which is usually all the doctors suggest when you show up low in Vitamin D on a blood test. Before deciding for yourself, consider this list of [...]

Unexpected benefits from frequent movement

I was impressed with this article from the New York Times that indicated that regular movement not only keeps you fit, but also keeps you happier. http://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/25/well/move/get-up-and-move-it-may-make-you-happier.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share If you're not in Steamboat , there is always Essentrics TV  available wherever [...]

Essentrics Schedule + Weight Rebalancing

My New Year’s Intentions include: Weighing myself weekly Last winter, I put on 14 pounds after going to several months without weighing myself and getting addicted to sugar again which is so easy!   In my past, I’ve obsessed with weighing myself more than once a day which is not healthy either. Once a week on each weekend seems like a good middle path. Just say NO to Sugar & HFCS Sugar is more addictive than heroin; when you let it in, it’s so easy to consume it daily. The key is not to buy it. If it’s in the house, I’ll eat it    Read your ingredient lists carefully and when a craving hits, 1 teaspoon raw honey does the trick. Or… take a few drops of gymnema tincture to make sugar taste nasty. (this is a great herb for anyone trying to keep blood sugar levels down). Daily Essentrics It takes a combination of regular exercise and predominately healthy and whole food choices to keep our weight balanced.  In a recent Discover Essentrics  workshop, I was asked if our program is contraindicated if you also like to lift weights, run, cycle, etc   Quite the opposite is true; doing daily Essentrics to rebalance my body helps me be to be able to ski, hike and enjoy life to the fullest. […]

Fall into Winter with Soups and Stews

Hearty soups and stews keep us strong throughout the winter. I love this time of year.  Fall and Thanksgiving quickly recede as we start getting snow and colder weather--and the change can be abrupt here in Steamboat Springs. [...]

Common Sense Health Tips

Trees soaking up the vitamin D I just reposted "20  nutrition facts that should be common sense – but aren't"  on Facebook. One of my favorites is that eggs are one of the healthiest foods on the planet. [...]

Immune-Supporting Herbs

My last post included the Three Musketeers for immune function from a food point of view;  let's focus today on two herbs well known for immune support.  One you may be unfamiliar with is astragalus root (astragalus propinquus) which looks [...]

Service Berries

Service berries were something I knew nothing about, until moving to Steamboat Springs about 11 years ago.  Since my discovery, it's been an August goal to collect some to enjoy in a variety of ways. They look and taste a [...]

Yampatika and Elder Berry Tincture

One of the local organizations I am passionate about is Yampatika, a non-profit that promotes environmental education for adults and children. Not long ago, we had our biggest fundraiser, the Wild Edible Feast. One of my contributions was Elder Berry [...]