American Goulash for the Slow Cooker

Ask Chef Phyllis It seems like just yesterday it was New Year’s Day, but as I glance at the calendar, I see that we’re already at the end of February! Any time now, these slow, bitterly cold, never-enough-sunlight days will be coming to an end. However, though spring is just around the corner, winter is […]

Winter Citrus, Olive, and Red Onion Salad:
Brighten Up a Winter’s Day the Sun-Kissed, Seasonal Way

It’s always around mid-February that I start getting antsy for spring. Colorado is well-known for our interesting weather: hot and sunny one day and a winter storm the next. Just a few weeks back I spent a lovely afternoon in a tank top, soaking up the sun’s glowing warmth. I even put my feet in […]

Hashimoto’s:
A Wholistic Approach

I don’t ask myself, “Why is this happening to me?” Instead, I ask myself, “What is happening to me?” When my health was first compromised, I simply thought I’d been dealt the menopause from Hades. But now I know that my suffering was—and is—caused by Hashimoto’s disease. If I’d been given my diagnosis years ago, […]

Tattoo Think-Through:
The Dangers to Your Health and Body

I recently read an article about a beautiful young girl who honored her father by having 90 percent of her body tattooed! It was quite a sight to see her photos, and I had one of those gasping “oh no” moments. I wonder how she’ll feel about them later in her life and how many […]

Mexican Chori Pollo (Chorizo Chicken):
A Flavor-Packed Family Meal

As someone always looking for super simple ideas for putting a filling meal on the table—especially one that my whole family will eat and that’s tailored to their personal dietary quirks—I was surprised that I’d never come across chori pollo (chorizo chicken) until recently. Since then, it’s become one of my absolute new favorites. Chori […]

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 […]

It’s About Time (for Carol Anne’s Warm Artichoke Dip)

Now that we’re already into the second month of 2020, perhaps it’s about time that I write one of my “that’s-the-makings-of-yet-another-post” post, as I’m fond of saying. (My regular readers surely know what I’m talking about—and any new readers will know soon enough!) There may be many of these over the coming year, but for […]

Slow Cooker Steak and Vegetable Pot Pie:
Homestyle Comfort Food Made Simple

In the last month or so of winter I start feeling a bit stagnant in my food creativity. Personally, I’m content to eat the same thing over and over until I get sick of it and move on to the next meal. But to ensure my family eats well, I like to mix it up […]

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 […]

Unexplained Fatigue:
Has Your Get Up and Go Got Up and Gone?

In the words of Samuel Butler, “Life is one long process of getting tired.” Maybe Mr. Butler was experiencing unexplained fatigue when he wrote his famous quote. This phenomenon is no stranger for many of us. I’ve experienced it myself and worked with many clients who have as well. They’ve come to me and simply […]

Lobster and Fingerling Potatoes, Carpaccio Style:
Reimagining an Italian Classic

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many of you may be mulling over how to celebrate with a special someone. I’m not into the overblown emphasis we put on the day, nor the need to spend uncanny amounts of money and effort on lavish gifts, fancy dinners, and overpriced flowers, which only places unnecessary […]

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 […]

Can Proper Diet and Supplementation Heal Your Back Pain?

You are what you eat—and so is your back. Back pain is on the rise. Experts estimate a whopping 80 percent of the population will experience back pain at some point in their lives. That’s bad news for those with back aches. Back pain may result from several factors, including injury, arthritis, or stress. Generally […]

Grain-Free Stromboli with Ham, Havarti, and Pesto:
Super Snacks for the Big Game

I may not be an expert in football, but I sure know how to whip up some fantastic food to feed the fans. One thing I’ve always loved about game-day grub is how it often revolves around snacking—lots of easy, hand-held foods that keep me interested, regardless of the occasion. And few other sporting affairs […]

Coconut Flour:
Not Allowed on the GAPS Diet

Coconut. Coconut milk. Coconut cream. Coconut oil. Coconut butter. These can all be great alternatives to dairy, providing healthy saturated fats and immune-boosting lauric and caprylic acids. They are all okay on the GAPS diet, as long as they do not have any fillers such as xanthan gum or guar gum. But coconut flour? Not […]

Help, I Have GERD!
A Tale of Two Sphincters

According to MarketWatch.com, “The global Antacids market was 6120 million US$ in 2018 and is expected to be 6460 million US$ by the end of 2025, growing at a CAGR of 0.7% between 2019 and 2025.” An impressive number, especially when you consider that all these sales are meant to reduce or eliminate a key […]

Curried Winter Squash Soup with Coconut Milk:
Soul-Warming Food for Chilly Winter Days

In Colorado we usually get to enjoy an abundance of sunshine even in the midst of winter. The ability to soak up some rays in January is a real treat, and it’s one of the many reasons I love living here. Irrespective, I also appreciate more typical winter weather. Sometimes, during a particularly mild or […]

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. […]

Demystifying the Mitochondria:
Must Know Facts About Cellular Health

As a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation, I’m privy to a wonderful publication called Wise Traditions. This quarterly journal delves into nutrient dense foods as well as health issues discussed by top-rated doctors, scientists, and other holistically minded people. It’s easy to read and absorb, and one of the things I like best […]

Asian-Style Daikon Noodle Bowl with Gingered Pork Meatballs:
A Simple, Healthy Meal for the New Year

Happy January, everyone! I trust that you’ve all recovered from the bustling holiday season and are settling in to the new year and a slower pace of life. I’m one of those people who relishes January. After the first week is down, I feel rested and productive. Ready to take on the year ahead, I […]