Category Archives: Healthful Eating

Eating Well in the Year of the Ox

The Ox is an Earth animal according to the 5-element cycle of Chinese medicine. The Earth element relates to the Spleen/Stomach and digestion and assimilation of nutrients. In this cycle Earth generates Metal, which relates to the Lung and breathing. Focus on taking care of yourself by eating well and including breathing exercises or relaxed […]

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Nourishing Winter Cleanse

Any time of year can be a great time do a Nourishing Winter Cleanse to nourish your gut, immune system, blood stream and whole body while eating only the cleanest fresh vegetables, fruits, nuts, meats, fish and bone broth. These healthful eating tips can be useful even if you are not up for a full […]

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Phu Cuoc Fish Sauce – the Good Stuff

The best fish sauce comes from Phu Cuoc Island, in the Gulf of Thailand on the west side of the very southern part of Vietnam. It is closer to Cambodia than it is to Vietnam and indeed it once was part of Cambodia before the French decided in the 1950′s to make it part of […]

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Clean and Clean Gut by Alejandro Junger

A great resource for cleansing is Dr. Alejandro Junger’s book,  Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself. His book is quite readable and interesting. The three week cleanse he suggests is reasonably easy to follow. He recommends eating two liquid meals and one solid meal each day. Depending on […]

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Spicy Quick Pickled Cucumbers

2 pounds fresh cucumbers, cut lengthwise into spears (if the cucumbers are big and has big seeds, you can cut out some of the seeds) ¼ cup white wine vinegar or unseasoned rice vinegar 1 t sugar ¾ t crushed red pepper flakes 2 t sea salt, plus more 2 T chopped dill or other […]

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Immune System Tip #4 Stop Thinking

Over-thinking and Digestion A lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety about the Corona virus and its effects on the world. Are you finding yourself worrying, or perhaps having trouble sleeping? In Chinese medicine it is clear that anxiety and worry effect our digestive system. Overthinking damages the Spleen, and, conversely, a weak Spleen […]

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Trifecta Meatballs (Whole30 compliant)

  These meatballs are sooo much better than the turkey meatballs I made last week, which I over-cooked because I was following a recipe that said to use a meat thermometer to check the inside temperature, but it didn’t work and I cooked them too long. I suggest when you think they might be done, […]

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Soup Basics: How to Make Soup in 6 Easy Steps

If you know the basics of soup making, you don’t need to follow the recipe word for word, but instead can glean inspiration from recipes and use what you have on hand. With a nice sharp chef knife, a cutting board and a Dutch oven there are endless possibilities. See equipment below. Step 1: Soup […]

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Spring Cleansing

Every spring for the last 15 years or so, I do a cleanse of some sort. It started with one month of no sugar, and I did that several years in a row. It was such a great reset. I had been finding it hard to resist all the wonderful sweet treats available everywhere. Quitting […]

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Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger

For years I have been frustrated with what I call the brainwashing of our society about what foods are healthy. Even medical professionals routinely recommend dangerously unhealthy diets to their patients. Where is the confusion coming from? Denise Minger hits the nail on the head with her new book, Death by Food Pyramid, and clearly […]

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