Category Archives: RecipEmail

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

Comfort.

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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tame what ails you with this golden root

Today I’d like to take a moment to tell you a story.

I’d like to reflect on what inspired my road to nutrition; to what brings me here, writing to you today, with scientific knowledge, insights about functional medicine, and the compassion and dedication that it takes to support someone moving from a state of illness to their optimal health.

As you likely know, this part of my story begins with my husband, Isamu.

The path that lead me to the powers of food as medicine began when Isamu was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor in April of 2000. At the time, we had just learned we were pregnant with our first child.

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a spicy reunion

Last week I sat down for tea with a friend traveling the states on her honeymoon. She was visiting from Israel.

Inbal (that’s my friend), and I originally met on a food tour in Tel Aviv. She was the tour guide! And that day unfolded in delicious and unexpected ways.

There was food, yes, but also history, culture, people and stories like you would not believe. The market (or “shouk” as it’s called), was crowded with towers of spices and what tickled my interest the most were the spice blends.

When Inbal and I sat down last week in PDX (fast friends after a one-day food tour almost two years ago!), she produced a little bag of specialty spice blends, relaying the name of the mixtures and recommendations for their use.

And this spicy reunion inspired me to get spicy with you!

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Everything’s coming up. . . pumpkin!

Everywhere I look, every door step I approach, every market I enter I’m greeted by my favorite color and one of my favorite flavors. . . pumpkin!

Are you a pumpkin lover too?

And are you fantasizing about your Halloween treats over there, like I am?

You might laugh at what constitutes a goodie for me over the holidays. (My body has zero tolerance for sugar).

Yet even with my comparatively tame excesses, I’ve felt a bit tuckered moving into the cold, wet autumn. Fall is a time to turn inward, slow down, and retreat and the start of this season has been anything but quiet.

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