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Heart Health: Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women

Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women? While women may have a lower risk of cardiovascular disease before menopause, that risk increases after menopause when estrogen, which…

3 Tips for Addressing Menopause Weight Gain

Menopause is a complex transition in a woman’s life. During the process, many women gain weight, especially in the midsection. There are a lot of theories on why this may occur. Increased stress, decreased sleep, decreased insulin sensitivity,…

Top Three Diet and Lifestyle Habits for Supporting Mental Health

I read an opinion piece in the New York Times last week about how we currently treat depression. It left me frustrated. It offered two models of care. Therapy and medication and then went on to show how both can in some cases help and how other…

Blood Sugar Balance

You don’t have to be diagnosed with diabetes or pre-diabetes to be interested in managing your sugar balance. Blood sugar affects mood, weight gain, energy, cognition, sleep, hormones, and appetite, and it can be very, very difficult to fully…
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Staying True to Your Health and Wellness Goals Over the Summers

School is out and it is summertime. I was at my son's college graduation this past weekend. The plane was full and filled with kids of all ages. The sun was out and the ice cream stores were open. For those of us who have special diets or health…

Three Steps to a Better Night’s Sleep

Have you noticed that when you don't get a good night's sleep your mood is off, you don't think as clearly, and/or you find yourself gravitating to sweets, especially in the late afternoon? It is real work for me to get to bed on time every…

Diet and Lifestyle Tips to Support Immune Health

I listened to an interesting webinar last week from the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM) about what we can do to improve our immune system as we wait and prepare for the vaccine. Some of us, including me, are going to have a bit of wait…

One Woman’s Compelling Story To A Better Night’s Sleep and a Whole Lot More

Today I wanted to share with you one client's transformational experience. It's a story you might relate to, like I did. I was first introduced to this client through a mutual friend. We got to talking about the trouble she was having falling…

Stress: Sleeping, eating, exercising, and more during the pandemic

Here in the Bay Area we are in the middle of another stay-at-home order. For most of us, staying at home has come with both benefits and challenges. For me, one benefit is having my sons living at home again and one of my biggest challenges…

Self-Care Lessons from Toddlers and Pets

Nothing better than having a Monday off to sleep in, get organized, hang out with friends and family, spend time outside, exercise, and relax. In the midst of our busy lives, we often put the needs of work, family, and social responsibilities…

Summer Vacation: Self Care

Remember when you were a kid and you spent all year looking forward to summer vacation?  As adults, we don’t get to take the whole summer off, but we often do get to take a little time off work to recharge. I spent the last two weeks traveling…

Are Your Habits Supporting Your Goals: TV

Making change is hard and uncomfortable. It seems unfairly easy to make a change that can negatively impact your health and so restrictive to make the changes that support wellness. I have been an occasional TV watcher for a long time. When…

Sleep: Getting Back to Basics

We spend about one-third of our time sleeping.  Quality sleep and getting enough sleep is essential for feeling our best. Sleep affects almost every type of tissue and system in the body from the brain, heart, and lungs to metabolism, immune…