Category Archives: RecipEmail

the herb that loves your liver

Oh no, you might say: not cilantro!

Yes, cilantro.

When springtime arrives, I like to spotlight the herb that’s prone to digestible dispute.

People either love it or hate it.

It’s met with either adoration or repulsion.

Which camp are you in when it comes to cilantro?

Personally, I don’t remember eating the fresh herb until my young adult years. As a cilantro lover, that’s an atrocity. I love the crisp texture, the hint of lemon. I enjoy cilantro in salsa, curry, spring rolls, and as a base for pesto. Lately I’ve been using it to make a garlicky chimichurri. Yum!

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dandy ways to love your liver

I love thinking about the energy of the dandelion. No matter how many ways we try to destroy them, they keep coming back. Rebecca Wood calls this “a meal ticket for herbicide producers”.

That stealthy persistence is something we could all use a little of. (Of course we’d want to be loved like the French love their dandelion greens and not loathed like the Americans loathe the weeds on their lawn!)

Among the many benefits of spring are fresh, young, leafy greens. In myriad places around the globe the color green itself symbolizes spring. It’s the perfect time to bask in the emerald bounty.

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Be Aware and Act Flax!

an important note about estrogen dominance:

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.

January is Cervical Cancer Awareness month.

And the last week of April marks National Infertility Awareness Week.

That does not mean that your awareness and action should be relegated to one month out of the year – especially when all the types of cancer and the challenges that I mentioned above, as well as low thyroid function and a host of other signs and symptoms, have one big thing in common…estrogen dominance.

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Hormone Happy Horchata

Hormones are a HOT topic!

You’ve got ’em.

I’ve got ’em.

But how do we manage them?

Is this thing called “balance” always going to elude us?

Are we doomed to some of the looming side-effects of hormonal disequilibrium no matter our age? (I’m talking…hair loss, night sweats, belly fat, breast tenderness, PMS and more!)

I’m a big fan of bringing our understanding of our bodies to a deeper level so that we have the knowledge to take the best care of ourselves right at our very own fingertips.

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New years are like breakfast. . .

With the promise of breakfast you may be thinking of muffins or pancakes.

Yet for most of us, after the clock struck midnight on January 1st, we realized that the time had come to lay the end-of-year indulgences to rest and start the new year off fresh. After all, the first days or even month of the new year are just like breakfast ~ the opportunity to begin anew.

(Can you feel the thrill of it? I can!)

A recent CNN poll showed that over 50% of us lay caution to the winter wind when it comes to our holiday season eating. Sadly, some of us will feel the gluttony right in our guts ~ not necessarily with weight gain, but with the digestive disturbances that can come with these seemingly festive allowances.

January is a great time for a fresh start!

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a perfectly sized seasonal prize (cookies inside!)

Winter mornings are dark.

I’m sitting in my office where I can see both the dining room and living room in my house. I haven’t yet turned on the lights in each room as I typically do each morning, illuminating the dawn.

My son’s breakfast sits still untouched on the table, I can see.

Teenagers don’t have much of a morning appetite. And while breakfast may have been downgraded from its position as ‘the most important meal of the day’, I have to wonder (as I do with most research), if those more recent studies haven’t fully explored what’s for breakfast and who’s eating it.

Personally, I’m a wreck without my morning meal (and there’s no room for that!).

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the stars in your spice rack

Every Thursday the Replenish team (all 17 of us!) gathers on video screen for our all-team weekly meeting.

We kick-off the session sharing, one-by-one, what each of us is grateful for.

It’s a time to connect and share a little bit about life, love and laugh together since, in a virtual setting, there are no water cooler or happenstance colleague encounters.

Yesterday, I was able to express my gratitude for two cross-generational stars in my life: my son Gilbert, who turned 15 that day, and my dad, who’s been in and out of the hospital, with one post-surgical complication after another, and an ever-amassing collection of varying -ologists (pulmonologist, gastroenterologist, neurologist, oncologist…).

I also expressed my gratitude for having the knowledge and acumen to help my dad, in every way I know how, through these trials.

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baby, it’s cold outside (kick up the heat with cayenne!)

When it’s cold outside, I’m tempted to kick up the heat and stay in.

Just this morning, when the alarm rang at 5am, I snuggled under the covers for another 15 minutes, contemplating whether or not I could weather my morning walk.

Even if you love the chill on your cheeks and you’re a self-proclaimed snow-bunny, you may find that there are moments, as the season shifts, that you’re drawn inside, to rekindle your glow and to counter the bite.

It’s no surprise!

Traditionally, winter is a time to focus INWARD, not outward.

It’s a time to receive, not act.

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the spice that helps digest

Thanksgiving has been the holiday my parents have claimed for decades now, calling all west coast family to feast at their table. Earlier this week my son and I made our annual trek down to their house in San Diego.

This tradition began when they lived in Colorado.

During those years, my husband (then boyfriend), Isamu and I would pack our warmest clothes and boots in preparation for the mountain chill. We’d load our bags with books ~ the kind with recipes as well as the ones to read ~ and prepare for the mixed blessings of a family gathering.

You likely know what I mean by “mixed blessings” and may be experiencing the same.

Let’s face it, family gatherings can be a lot to digest!

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The Comforting Spice That Makes Everything Nice


Take a moment to consider the word.

Go ahead, close your eyes.

When you think of comfort, what food comes to mind?

It’s odd to me that the phrase ‘comfort food’ is now associated with the sticky, sickly sweet, gooey or cheesy. All things that defy comfort to me (and my body).

When I close my eyes and think of the foods that connote comfort, they’re the foods I grew up with, the foods that were familiar in my childhood – foods like stuffed cabbage, mandelbrot, and cinnamon toast.

Did any of your comfort foods have a hint of cinnamon?

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