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when life gives you lemons…

Since 2 major factors in both cancer prevention and living a long and healthy life are managing blood sugar and quelling inflammation, I decided to focus today on 2 recipes that include ingredients that target both those goals simultaneously while celebrating the benefits of the lemon.

And, since I’m often asked for healthy breakfast ideas, I wanted to provide you with recipes that you can easily use to start your day.

A good breakfast, within one hour of waking, is your best bet for maintaining balanced blood sugar throughout the day!

Try one (or both) of these options and bring a little lemony sunshine back into your morning…

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reframing mental health

Today we have Dr. Oz speaking on television about diet and nutrition almost daily. We see healthy food shows on the Food Network and youtube videos touting the benefits of blueberries or chia seeds. And it’s not hard to find a vast array of food bloggers sharing their healing journeys through diet along with their amazing recipes to help walk the dietary-described talk.

Best of all, we have opportunities to learn from experts on the subjects from our very own home—experts like those featured in the upcoming Mental Wellness Summit 2.

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an herb with benefits

One of the cookbook legends days that I return to again and again for some insightful lessons is The Good Herb by the food and health author Judith Benn Hurley. At this point it’s an oldie, but a goodie. A real goodie! The pages of my book are worn, smeared and dog-eared.

And one of the herbs that Hurley touts as being good for your mood, your breath, your skin and your hair is…. you guessed it, basil!

The herb that may be growing in your garden like a weed right about now….

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notebooks, lunches, snacks and sacks (get prepping!)

No matter how old you are, whether you have kids or not, this time of year holds a back-to-school air that’s undeniable.

Can you feel it too?

It can be hard when the lazy days of summer give way to the mad rush of getting everyone out the door on time with a nourishing breakfast in their belly and a healthy lunch in tow. I get it!

I’ve got some tips to help your transition that I don’t want you to miss!

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say aloha to aloe

This week’s gut lovin’ ingredient provides soothing support:

and it helps you say aloha to easeful elimination

it’s aloe!

You’re likely familiar with the idea of putting aloe on your outer skin to soothe either a sunburn or an inopportune encounter with some fire—from the stovetop, the fireplace or your campground dinner. (I’ve always got a bottle in our house in both Portland and Hawaii.)

But can aloe actually provide some benefits for that internal skin as well?

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what’s your gene cuisine?

As a health nut, I know the topic of mastering your destiny to the best of your abilities is of interest you. And that’s why we want to talk genes—what they are, how they manifest and what you can do about them (no matter what the blueprint says).

Genetics and “genomics” is the topic of an upcoming (and free) online program hosted by my good friend, James Maskell and the Evolution of Medicine. I’d love to invite you to attend. I think you’ll especially enjoy my talk on epigenetics (the factors that impact your genes), which you’ll receive immediately upon registration!

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slip into summer with this gut lovin’ super herb

In our clinical practice we’re always looking to find the root cause of symptoms. That usually means starting with the gut. Since most digestion and absorption happens right in that organ, it needs to be in good repair. And repair we can!

This is why we’ve been focusing on our gut lovin’ foods all summer.

We’re getting right to the root of the matter, giving you the foods to clean and restore your ultimate gatekeeper.

This week’s summer lovin’ ingredient is all bark and no bite…

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root cause rescue remedy

I want to express my gratitude for the gut loving fun we’ve had together through the dog days of summer.

We’ve traversed the twists and turns of the small intestine with one ingredient after another for weeks now, exploring my favorite superfoods for root cause remedy.

Today’s no different as I have a new ingredient to reveal…

This week’s summer lovin’ ingredient gets to the root of it:

and might just cure your coffee cravings…

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get your digestive system into mint condition

If you’ve been with me through the past month or so, you know that I’ve made our summertime communications all about loving our guts with some digestive superfoods near and dear to my core.

I’ve been sharing ideas, ingredients and recipes that not only enliven your seasonal menu, but also support the organ system that so often begs for our attention.

Did you know that in Chinese medicine summer is the month of the small intestine? It’s the perfect time to bring in some special foods that do double-duty to nourish your insides while tickling your taste buds.

And, yeah, it’s also a good time for ice cream!

Can you guess where we’re going with this?

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go ahead. . . sow your wild oats!

There are ingredients we can include in our daily menus that have impact.

And this summer I’m on a mission to talk food as medicine…

As you may know, a few weeks ago I introduced the summer gut lovin’ challenge.

It’s an easy challenge. It basically involves trying out some surprising culinary ingredients that help your gut do it’s job a bit better.

Today’s summer lovin’ ingredient is a new twist on an old favorite…

it may surprise you coming from a mostly grain-free girl like me!

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