Tools for analysis of 23andme genetic info

What do your genes say about you!? You can find out by running the 23andme test.* And once you do, there are so many tools to help you analyze your genetic info and make the most of your results. *Full disclosure: that link includes a referral code that gives me a tiny kickback. With my clients, IContinue reading “Tools for analysis of 23andme genetic info”

3 things a chronically ill person might want you to know

Do you know anyone with a chronic illness? You may without knowing it. Many people with a stubborn health condition might seem “normal,” but that’s only because you’re seeing them on a good day. They  may be expending all their energy to function normally and, after you say your farewells, may be headed home for a long nap. And afterContinue reading “3 things a chronically ill person might want you to know”

Power Poses (for 2 min/day) May Change Your Biochemistry!

Quick version: Holding “Power Poses” (making your body appear big) can change your biochemistry making you less stressed and more confident, at ease, assertive, confident, relaxed, risk tolerant, and fearless. More in Amy Cuddy’s TED talk. Long version: When my Mom and Sister are in airports or on long road trips, they pass the time by makingContinue reading “Power Poses (for 2 min/day) May Change Your Biochemistry!”

Cloudy days, clearer thinking and SAD

(Discussion on Daylight Savings here: buzznutrition.com/dst) It can’t be denied that the state of the sky affects our mood and perception. A clear, blue sky is crisp with contentment, while a cloudy, soupy sky might weigh your mind and your heart. For many who suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affect Disorder), cloudy days have dire consequences. But theContinue reading “Cloudy days, clearer thinking and SAD”

Flex your gratitude muscle

While we can’t change the world, we can change the way we see it. Practicing gratitude can increase your happiness by 25% (as reported by Robert Emmons, PhD in his book, “Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier.”) The idea is that gratitude is like a muscle: the more you flex it, the stronger itContinue reading “Flex your gratitude muscle”

Your cells work hard

Get to know your body by watching these mind-blowing, awe-inspiring videos… keep in mind, these things are happening RIGHT NOW in YOUR BODY! 1) An immune cell is chasing a bacterium: 2) A kinesin protein is WALKING on a microtubule. This is a simulation, but is complete non-fiction! 3) The previous video is an award-winning excerptContinue reading “Your cells work hard”

Curiosity ensures success

This amazing video is the winner of the RSA Student Design Awards, played along with an excerpt from Ian Leslie’s book called Curiosity. See the excerpt in text on the BrainPickings.org site, where each article is highly satisfying. As you listen, you might consider what it has to do with nutrition and health… or, read on to see my interpretation.Continue reading “Curiosity ensures success”

To sleep, perchance to… cleanse your brain

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep …As if we need another reason to get a good night’s sleep! This article on NPR.org, called “Brains sweep themselves clean of toxins during sleep,” discusses the new discovery of channels that cleanse your brain by whooshing out harmful toxins while you snooze. Snippets: During sleep, cerebral fluid flows throughContinue reading “To sleep, perchance to… cleanse your brain”

“Eat a Bug” Class

Tonight I had the distinct pleasure of teaching a class through Staunton’s Parks and Recreation called Bite a Bug.  Please read further about it in the Staunton Newsleader article, by Laura Peters. The title of the class, Bite a Bug, is not a play on words… we ate bugs… Lots of bugs!! Crickets, mealworms, giant water bugs,Continue reading ““Eat a Bug” Class”

Do you drink coffee? Make it cold-brewed and add butter!

Coffee is more than just a morning ritual. It’s a delicious medicine that humans have been enjoying since the thirteenth century. As one of the best sources of antioxidants, coffee helps eliminate excess free radicals, which cause inflammation and cell damage. However, the wrong coffee prepared with too much heat can detract from both the tasty pleasureContinue reading “Do you drink coffee? Make it cold-brewed and add butter!”