Category Archives: RecipEmail

the stars in your spice rack

What achievements and capabilities are you most grateful for this year?

Make a list.

Check it twice.

And be sure to give yourself a gold star. (You’ll see, it feels quite nice!)

We’ve been talking a lot about the stars in your spice rack this season, but today’s star takes the stage in both form and function…

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

Kick up the heat, take a seat, and stop for a beat! Let’s have a cuppa.

what’s in my spice cupboard today?

it’s cayenne!

This red spice that’s best known for turning up the heat in your Tex-mex, and on your tongue, has a long history of use as a home-remedy, especially in the Americas…

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the spice that helps digest your Thanksgiving dinner

Let’s face it, holidays can bring a lot to digest, on many fronts. And, guess what, spices can help!

If you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant and saw a little bowl of seeds at the counter, that’s fennel. It’s common practice in India to chew the seeds after a meal both to help freshen breath and stimulate digestion.

Let’s look at why during this day when there certainly is a lot to digest…

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the comforting spice that makes everything nice

For the next few weeks, we’ll start to uncover colorful spices and their culinary and medicinal uses – it’s our focus for the month ahead and as we move into the holidays, and it’s a perfect time to think about comfort in relation to our spice exploration.

Whether you’re a seasoned spice user or rarely venture beyond the basic salt and pepper, there’s so much to explore in the world of spice. (They really do make everything nice!)

Get creative and spice it up!

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Be Aware and Act Flax!

an important note about estrogen dominance:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month

That does not mean that your awareness and action should be relegated to one month out of the year – especially when several types of cancer, as well as low thyroid function and a host of other signs and symptoms, have one big thing in common… estrogen dominance.
I think it’s time that we hone our hormone awareness throughout the year (and that’s for women and men alike!).

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when life gives you lemons…

I can remember this time several years ago, hopping between health and nutrition conferences and searching for lemons among the apples and pears in the market. I was both amazed and inspired by how much the lemon – its juice, its flesh and its peel – had come up throughout both conferences, even though one seminar was focused on fighting cancer and the other on striving for longevity.

So I was looking for life to give me some lemons.

Since two 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 two recipes that include ingredients that target both those goals while simultaneously celebrating the benefits of the lemon…

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autumn gingered stew

Recently at Replenish we’ve been welcoming a good number of clients with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) into our fold. The major types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – both considered autoimmune conditions where the immune system attacks tissues and cells in the sensitive lining of the digestive system.

With autoimmunity quickly on the rise, I advocate incorporating our culinary anti-inflammatory medicinals, like ginger, wherever and whenever we can.

But it’s not just the immune system that can be helped by this hero. Try this weekend stew and be sure to read on to glean all of ginger’s goodness.

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Cool as a Cucumber

Staying ‘cool as a cucumber’ has to do with staying hydrated through these hot summer months. The flesh of the cuke is mostly comprised of water (over 90%!). It also has the ability to keep its flesh slightly cooler than the outside temperature – staying cool itself. And yet the cucumber also packs an impressive store of minerals and vitamins…

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say aloha to aloe

When we turn our attention to digestion, I like to consider all aspects that might be affected – from top to bottom. That includes the brain (yes, your thoughts kick-start the whole process), the teeth, the stomach, the small intestine and the colon (this is where we get to indulge in poop talk).

And, while you’re at it, you just might find that our featured gut lovin’ ingredient might be just what your skin (inside and out) needs!

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

and it helps you say aloha to easeful elimination…

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slip into summer with this gut lovin’ super herb

In my clinical practice I’m 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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