Category Archives: Tips from the Traditional Cook

Learning to Cook Nutritious Foods: Simple, Yet Seemingly Overwhelming

In recent months I’ve had the privilege of spending three to four hours every Tuesday morning with a very bright, helpful lady. It seems that at times providence is just plain serendipitous! This was certainly the case one Sunday after church when a member of our small parish politely asked if she might come visit…

Healthy, Gluten-Free Grains, Seeds, and Grasses (And No, Almond Flour Isn’t One of Them!)

In July of 2014 I wrote an article titled “To Gluten or Not to Gluten,” which was published in the Summer 2014 issue of Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts, the quarterly journal of the Weston A. Price Foundation. To say that it received a huge response, both positive and negative, is an…

Bitters! A Super Gut Remedy: A Bitter Herbs Primer

In our far distant past, probiotics, prebiotics, fiber from heritage grains, pesticide-free homegrown vegetables and fruits, and yes, bitter herbs, were all just a normal part of our daily diet. I honestly doubt that our ancestors understood the excellence of the foods they ate! It’s just the ways things were. And then… Then came the…

Baby Shower: The Best Gifts for This Very Special Occasion

A new life! What a special gift! In just a few weeks, I will be become a great aunt. The excitement is exceptionally wonderful as there’s not been a new baby in our family for some years. When this latest addition was announced a few months back, I was in a real quandary about what…

Yikes! Plaque in My Arteries: Keeping the Arteries in Tip-Top Shape

Are you ever surprised by some of the choices your closest family members or friends make in the attempt to avoid supposedly artery-clogging cholesterol? In recent conversations with friends who know I’m a retired nutritionist with access to natural, effective techniques to staying healthy—and, of course, a broad-based knowledge of foods and supplements that can…

Does Chiropractic Really Work? Don’t Knock It Till You Try It!

During a recent encounter with a very sick lady who’d tried everything to resolve some serious health issues, I gently suggested that she see a chiropractor and even recommended one in particular, Dr. Lowell Keppel, because I knew he was in her area. I explained that Dr. Keppel, as a Standard Process mentor, teaches his…

Recipe Copyright Law: A Simple Guide to Keep You Legal

The popularity of natural remedies featured in food blogs, ebooks, and other online endeavors has taken the world by storm! Before the internet, we simply subscribed to our favorite food and herbal magazines. And with the help of our well-worn library cards, we stockpiled the latest and greatest cookbooks from our favorite recipe authors. I’m…

The Longevity Secret, Part II: Nourishing Anti-Aging Techniques

In “The Longevity Secret, Part I,” I took the time to address what noted doctor and scientist Hans Selye discovered was the number one deterrent to living a longer, more successful, and stress-free life. That being the case, I would like to suggest that you go back and read the first part before continuing on…

The Longevity Secret, Part I: Will You Age Fast or Slow? Your Choice!

Attention readers: This is the first part of a two-part blog post. Sign up here to receive the Selene River Press newsletter so you don’t miss the second part of “The Longevity Secret,” which includes nourishing anti-aging techniques. Have you perchance noticed that anti-aging products and services are one of the fastest growing markets, not…

Building Your Own Health Portfolio: Is Money Really the Best Investment?

I recently recalled an event from the long distant past, when I was waiting for a good friend to pick me up for some fun. Not having the time to start any particular worthy project, I turned on the TV. I should mention that my television time, both then and now, is very limited. Other…

Inflammatory Foods: How to Replace These Pain-Producing Poisons

In talking with others, I’ve frequently find that when we experience pain of almost any kind, we often look for pain relief that works within minutes. Convenience and speed seem to be the priority. And too often, our first choice is one of the more devastating over-the-counter drugs. You may have guessed that I’m referring…

End of Year Review: Wanna Have a Much Better Next Year?

I’m one of those people who thinks it’s wise to take stock, with brutal honesty, of myself and my life at year’s end. Yes, I retreat to a quiet place where I can concentrate and take a serious look into my life. I reflect on my spending habits, on the time I wasted, on the…

Forgetfulness: Are You Afraid You’re Losing It?

The subject of becoming forgetful as we age isn’t new. It’s a secret worry we all feel as we search for lost keys or forget what we went to the kitchen for. The fear of ending up with lost memories in a nursing home is enough to send anyone into a mental meltdown!  Sadly, we’re…

How About Some Spiritual Nourishment? My Thoughts on Prayer

In a recent blog post, I interviewed David Thomson, a medical hypnotherapist. After I completed the interview and wrote up my findings, it was suggested to me that I should also consider doing an article on prayer. Well, dear readers, although I don’t consider myself an expert on this complex subject, I can nevertheless say…

Medical Hypnotherapy: The Unique Ability of the Subconscious Mind

During a recent sit-down with a good friend, I told her about some bad dental bridge work on a lower left molar some fifteen-plus years ago that left me with a consistent, never-ending pressure and a stinging, gnawing sensation in the tooth. I explained that even though I’d seen many dentists, visited my MD, and…

Resistant Starch Basics: The Health Benefits of Eating Raw Potatoes

“Resistant starch” is a relatively new phrase to many of my readers, and I seem to be finding more and more articles on the subject. However, like chasing a fleeting butterfly, it’s difficult to find enough time to study the connections between prebiotic fibers and foods that contain resistant starch. And when that issue is…

Muscle Memory: What You Should Know

A good chiropractor (in my case, Dr. Joe Givan) is a genuine gift! In this blog post, I’m happy to share my understanding of Dr. Givan’s viewpoints (and some in-depth research of my own) about the phenomena of muscle memory. Regaining muscle strength and health was just one of the many important facets of my…

Ready, Set, Grow! The Medicinal Side of Allium Sativum

Forgive me for being a little sneaky in an effort to get you to click on this particular blog post. Hopefully, my trick of using the Latin name for one of the most potent medicinal foods known got your attention! (Smile) Why is it so urgent that we talk about Allium sativum right now? Well,…

Best Whole Body Foods: Nervous System, Bones, Muscles, Digestive System

Recently, a client asked me if I had an all-inclusive list of the most nutrient dense foods for our nervous system, bones, muscles, and digestive system, as well as some recipes that would help strengthen and preserve them over the long term. It seemed like a tall order, but then I recalled that Sally Fallon…

The Blood Oxygen Phenomena! The Perilous Dangers of Low Level (O)

I have to admit that when all is said and done, healing may simply come down to knowing the most basic needs of the body in order for a sickened organ to begin the 180-degree turn, and head in the direction to heal a long-standing nonresponsive illness that despite all your efforts has plagued you…