Author Archives: Paula Widish

How Do You Know If You Have Good Digestion?

“How’s your digestion?” Without fail, this is a question I get asked whenever I see a healthcare provider who takes a more holistic approach to things. My automatic response is always, “It’s good.” And then we move on. However, because I also work at a traditional Chinese medicine clinic, I hear this question asked of […]

Revisiting Our Definition of Nutrition

Every once in a while, I like to browse through the SRP Historical Archives looking for a random article to read. It’s inevitable that I’ll find some little gem of information that makes me go, “Now that’s interesting!” And that’s exactly what happened the other day. These articles date back more than 80 years, but […]

Fight Indoor Air Pollution with Nutrition

Whether we like it or not, most of us have been spending more time indoors lately. So it seems like the perfect occasion to consider the air inside your home—is it healthy, or could it use a little help? Indoor air quality can be impacted by a variety of dangers. Some of these we bring […]

The Impact of Social Distancing on Your Mental Health

The other day a good friend reached out to say she wished we could spend some time together. She said that she’d been feeling down, which at first took me by surprise (she’d never expressed feelings of sadness to me before). But the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. She’s a […]

Finding Opportunity in Challenging Times

Stating that these are challenging times isn’t exactly a news flash, right? Because of COVID-19, so many people are worried about every aspect of their daily lives—jobs, finances, their own health and the health of the people they love. While it would be foolish to tell you there’s nothing to worry about, posing the right […]

How Clean Are Your Hands?

In light of everything we’re hearing on the news lately, it’s important to remember that the little things we do throughout the day can have a big impact on how we feel in the days that follow. Besides the usual diet and exercise recommendations, one of the most essential daily habits you can adopt for […]

Reclaiming the Lost Art of Nourishment

In this day and age of instant gratification, the art of truly nourishing our bodies has been lost. Rather than looking to food for its honest purpose—providing the fuel our bodies need to accomplish everything it must do each day—food is now just the stuff we consume to fill the void in our bellies. We […]

What’s Keeping You Healthy This Cold and Flu Season?

If you’ve been considering yourself lucky because you’ve managed to avoid catching bugs from the people coughing and sneezing around you, I daresay that luck has nothing to do with it. The thing that’s been keeping you healthy is your immune system, plain and simple. And it takes more than luck to keep it—and you—strong […]

Anna Vocino Wants You to Eat Happy Too

It doesn’t take much digging to discover Anna Vocino is a woman of many talents. Spend a few minutes on her website, and you’ll see what I mean. When I took some time to talk with her awhile back, I quickly learned that her life has taken her down a diverse career path. Vocino, a […]

Top 3 Benefits of Having a Hobby

Many of us think we should only spend time on our hobbies once we’ve taken care of everything else (you know, the important stuff). After you get the house clean or set the annual budget for your business, then—and only then—you can finally do that fun activity that you get completely lost in. Well, that’s […]

Is Your Posture Ruining Your Health?

All day long we’re standing, sitting, and moving as we go about doing all the things our lives require of us. Then, at the end of the day, we flop down in our beds to get the rest our body needs in order to do it all again. Standing, sitting, and moving, day after day. […]

Build Your Home Gym on a Budget

Some of us just aren’t gym people. But every couple of years—usually in January—we think we should be gym people and make it our resolution to “join the gym and actually go this time.” But it never sticks. We may beat ourselves up about it a little bit, but we soon fall into our old […]

Let’s Make 2020 the Year of Seeing Things Clearly

There was once a time when the year 2020 sounded incredibly futuristic. We’d never reach it—but if we did, there’s no way we’d look at our daily lives the same way in 2020 as we did back then. Surely, everything would be different. Right? Yet we’re just a few days into this visionary year and […]

2019 Self-Health Habits Roundup

Here at the Adventures of a Self-Healther blog, we discussed all sorts of topics in 2019. We made cholesterol less scary, learned about the pancreas, discussed fermented foods for naysayers, examined the perfect diet (for you), and explored some compelling facts about breast milk—to name just a few. Along the way, I hope you were […]

A Zero Waste Kitchen? Dare to Dream!

Every day, there’s a battle cry heard in most kitchens across the land: “I’m tired of wasting food!” Or it’s what the adults—aka the ones who buy the groceries and pay the bills—are saying anyway. One of the rites of passage into adulthood is when you go from opening the fridge, finding it clearly packed […]

The Most Important Thing to Consider
Before Setting Your 2020 Goals

The end of the year is drawing closer, and whether you realize it or not, you’ve probably been thinking about what you want your 2020 to look like. In other words, all kinds of ideas about the things you’d like to accomplish are bouncing around in that big beautiful brain of yours. Maybe you just […]

Self-Health Habit #12:
Get More Sleep

Sleep is one of those things that most of us don’t get enough of. Though the restorative impact it has on our bodies is well known, I bet we don’t even know the half of it. The busyness of this time of year can be an arch enemy of slumber, so make sure you don’t […]

Put Pen to Paper This Month

It’s hard to remember the last time you got a piece of personal mail delivered to you, isn’t it? If you’re like me, the route back from the mailbox always includes a brief stop at the recycling bin or the shredding pile, and rarely does anything make it any further than that. When a handwritten […]

Can Gratitude Save You?

Here in the United States, Thanksgiving is just a couple days away. While the origins of the holiday aren’t without controversy, President George Washington’s first Thanksgiving proclamation was about giving thanks to God. I was raised to celebrate this day as a time to give thanks for the good things in my life. And, I […]