Category Archives: Self-Health Survival Guides

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Halibut and Other Seafood of the Pacific Northwest

Ask Chef Phyllis It’s the time of year that my husband goes fishing in British Columbia with his buddies. He comes home with great fish, but I’m tired of making and eating it the same old way. I usually dip it in pancake and beer batter and fry it. I’m thinking that deep-fat frying isn’t […]

Romaine Hearts with Persimmon, Prosciutto,
Pomegranate, and Crisp-Pickled Shallot:
Composing a Stunning Seasonal Salad

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it once more: I’m a salad girl through and through. There are few things I enjoy more than a carefully curated salad that honors the best flavors, textures, and colors of the season. Creating a work of art that will make a salad-lover out of even the staunchest […]

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 […]

Grilled Salmon with Grapefruit-Avocado Slaw:
Fresh and Light to Start the New Year Off Right

Now that the holiday season has come and gone, it’s time to ease back into the slower pace of everyday life and start the new year off right. Even the most steadfast of us health-conscious folks can stray a little from our routine habits over the holidays. We’re busy with the hubbub of company, parties, […]

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 […]

Flu? Stomach Bug? Stage 1 of the GAPS Diet to the Rescue!

‘Tis the holiday season. Unfortunately, ’tis also flu and stomach bug season. But have no fear, for the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet is here. Should your tummy feel queasy and uneasy this holiday season, or any other time of year, it’s back to Stage 1 of GAPS. The diet is easy to do, […]

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 […]

Eating “GAPS-Style” on the Road

Following the GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) diet at home can be challenging enough, but come the holidays even the most experienced GAPS cooks can be stretched to the limits. Travel—no matter when, no matter why, no matter if it’s by plane, train, or automobile—means eating outside the home. But the following simple rules will […]

Chocolate-Orange Truffle Tart with Toasted Pine Nuts:
Decadent Desserts for Special Occasions

I’m certainly not a dessert-after-every-meal person. In fact, I tend to avoid sugary treats most of the time. But there’s something to be said for special occasions—which, in my opinion, are one of the few times I feel it’s practically imperative to serve a little something in conclusion of a special meal. It could be […]

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 […]

Paleo and GAPS:
What’s the Difference?

Frightened of the GAPS Diet? Too complicated? Have no fear—it’s easier than you think! When people tell me they have symptoms that just won’t heal, I always bring up the healing properties of food. I ask what they are eating and if they cook for themselves. Often, when I talk with people about the GAPS […]

Steak au Poivre:
Create a Holiday-Worthy Menu with an
Easy, Elegant, and Timeless Recipe

Holidays and special occasions are a great time to present dishes that are a little more special than your average, everyday home meal. It’s also an excellent time to splurge on fancier ingredients and put forth a little extra effort in preparation. Unfortunately, there’s also the danger of getting carried away when dreaming up all […]

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 […]

The BEST Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Sugar-Free GAPS Chocolate Cake!

Everyone loves chocolate cake. (Well, nearly everyone.) I created this recipe one evening after dinner, when my husband said that he’d love a piece of chocolate cake. I told him to give me about an hour, and he’d have one! We’ve been eating GAPS-style at my house for years now. And for a few years […]

Sweet Potato Grits with Andouille Sausage and
Southern-Style Greens:
A Stress-Free Brunch from the Slow Cooker

The holidays come with all sorts of bustling activity, being the perfect time to relish good food and good company with cheer. It’s also a time for lots of entertaining, be it a cocktail party, a lavish dinner, or a family brunch with all the out-of-town guests—and with all that, exhaustion. Many of us feel […]

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 […]

Sauce Garibaldi:
The Tricolored Sauce of Italy’s Unification

I could have just as easily titled this blog post “Why No One Turns Down a Dinner Invitation in Italy.” That’s right—no matter the hour, no one in their right mind would turn down a dinner invitation in Italy. In fact, my son Billy tells me that it would an insult to do so. During […]