Category Archives: RecipEmail

get your digestive system into mint condition

Just the other day I asked…

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slip into summer with this gut lovin’ super-herb

What do the following symptoms have in common?
* bloating
* allergies
* eczema
* depression

Can you guess what’s at the root of all those expressions? It’s your gut.

That’s right, the health of that long twisting tube deep-seated in your abdomen is a key factor in a host of health situations. And those situations might not be a “condition” in and of themselves, but instead a manifestation that something’s gone awry in your primary organ of digestion.

This summer I’m driving this core initiative home with our gut lovin’ superfoods!

You can consider these symptoms in that same camp:
gas, constipation, diarrhea, sensitivities to certain foods, headaches, asthma, decreased immunity, brain fog, anxiety, and the list goes on. . .

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pick a peck of pectin

July is a big month for me.

Today, July 16th, is my birthday!

But July is also the month of the anniversary of my husband’s passing. This year marks my 49th birthday and the 13th year observance of his death.

The two occasions fall just three days apart.

Celebration and sadness.

I think we all know that both can trigger a hankering for comforting foods and sweet treats that don’t necessarily sit so well in a delicate system like mine (and possibly yours too?). We tell ourselves that we deserve that extra helping of strawberry shortcake or, screw it, tonight I’m going to have that summery mango margarita.

In the years that I’ve now been holding these two occasions so close in proximity, they’ve provoked a deep awareness about the different ways in which we culturally honor, celebrate, and observe.

As a result, I’ve been observing just how we observe!

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getting “macho” with your blood sugar

It’s blood sugar balancing RecipEmail time!iStock plantain

RecipEmails, from Replenish PDX are a monthly recipe delivery with a side of information highlighting one key ingredient and one key health concern to bring you deeper into your understanding of you.

This month’s featured ingredient:


(called “macho bananas” in the south!)

also in this RecipEmail:

▪ join me for a Even Keel, a free class about balancing your blood sugar
▪ glycemic in a nutshell
▪ a recipe for Paleo “Macho” Bread
▪ plantains: what makes ’em macho?

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getting rooted (and a little gnarly)

It’s (still winter) RecipEmail time!iStock celeriac-market
RecipEmails, from Replenish PDX are a monthly recipe delivery with a side of information highlighting one key ingredient.

This month’s featured ingredient:

celeriac (celery root)


in this RecipEmail:

▪ a note from Andrea
▪ a recipe for Creamy Celeriac Soup
▪ Celeriac’s gnarly goodness

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get your goji going for Valentine’s Day!

It’s February RecipEmail time!

RecipEmails, from Replenish PDX are a monthly recipe delivery with a side of information highlighting one key ingredient.

This month’s featured ingredient:

goji berries

(and chocolate, can’t forget that this month!)

in this RecipEmail:

~ a note from Andrea
~ get your goji on for Valentine’s Day with these Oh-Gee Goji Nakayummies
~ goji: the most nutritionally rich food on the planet?

I have to admit that I’d never been a fan of goji berries.

My son, Gilbert, doesn’t fancy them either.

But really, they’re so good for you!

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Be Aware and Act Flax!

Hello new year!iStock flaxground
I’m pleased to present you with this month’s recipe delivery with a nice side note of information highlighting one key ingredient. We like to call them RecipEmails

This month’s featured ingredient:


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ode to cheesecake

Since Thanksgiving is just around the bend, I’d like to invite you to spend this next week preparing to treat yourself well through the holiday season. This is the week that the flurry starts with anticipation and preparation and it doesn’t really let up until after the new year. Consider this week your “dress rehearsal”.

How might you create a foundation for more resilience to carry you through?

What are your “best habits” that you can commit to keeping during the frenzy?

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The new superfood in everyone’s gut

It’s funny how often we want to skip over the importance of digestive health. Or maybe you have no gut symptoms so you worry instead about your brain fog, fatigue, skin issues, blood sugar or autoimmunity ~ bypassing the all important connection between the gastrointestinal tract and every single sign or symptom that irks you. (Yes, that connection exists and it’s strong!)

Maybe we think we’ve got that gut thing covered; we’ve been there and done that (“yeah, yeah, I healed my gut”). We hear that one a lot at Replenish!

Yet what I’ve found for myself is that I have to go back to my core again and again (and, you got it, again).

This week in the Girl’s Guide to Hashimoto’s we’re diving into the principles of digestive health ~ from top to bottom, as we like to call it ~ and the timing couldn’t be better. After the stresses in my own life earlier this fall, I ran some tests to find that my gut needed a little RE-healing, it needs more of my attention.

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an herb with benefits

My not so green thumb. . .

When I think back on my love affair with food, cooking, nutrition and healing, it all started with a few good authors. I’d scour the shelves at the bookstore to find the writers who could speak both eloquently and practically about what I like to call curative cuisine.

These authors were writing about what you and I know well. Food Matters!

And while I stand by my philosophy that no one size fits all ~ that there’s no one food or one diet that will feel good to all systems and do the trick to invite remedy for all ailments (though it sure would make life easier!) ~ there are some key classical culinary legends we can all learn from.

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