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Why Gluten May Not Be Good for Anybody

If my friend, Susan, ingests even a trace of gluten, she'll likely need to make a mad dash to the bathroom or she'll double over in pain for hours. Susan has celiac disease.  But what about the rest of us? Those of us who don't have a celiac diagnosis? Can we still “carb out” on fresh bread, cake, cookies, and [...]

July 16th, 2017|

Vibrancy: Yours For the Taking

Over the long weekend, I hiked a trail I’d never hiked before. It was a perfect summer day, the kind of day that Mainers dream about in the dead of winter: when the wind howls through the windows, the snow swirls in frenzied circles, and the fireplace doesn’t throw off nearly enough heat. The sun [...]

July 4th, 2017|

Quinoa Salad Even Teenagers Like

Last night I had a gaggle of teenagers—my daughter’s friends—at my house for dinner. At times like these, I struggle with what food I should offer. The “health coach side” of me wants to serve up boatloads of hearty nutrition while the “practical side” of me knows I can’t push too hard or they’ll never [...]

June 21st, 2017|

When Anxiety Creeps Back In

My daughter, Emma,* recently admitted to me that she's been experiencing a fair number of anxiety symptoms lately. Anxiety and depression plagued her a couple years ago during high school. (Anxiety kept her from doing things she wanted to do. Depression caused her to sob uncontrollably—curled into a ball on her bed—for days and nights on [...]

May 21st, 2017|

Anxiety Root Causes (Part 2)

Doctors and researchers have discovered that when our microbial gut flora is compromised or lacks diversity, we may experience a number of health issues, including anxiety. In my last post, I began to explore factors that may influence our gut flora. In this post, I explore even more. Inflammation Inflammation is sometimes obvious. For example, if you cut your finger, it gets red and swollen. Other [...]

May 13th, 2017|

Anxiety Root Causes (Part 1)

Depending on which lens you use, the cause of anxiety and how to treat it will look different. How Conventional Medicine Looks at Anxiety According to the American Association of Anxiety, the exact cause of General Anxiety Disorder (GAD) is unknown. The symptoms tend to emerge gradually. Symptoms may begin at any age, typically emerging between childhood and middle age. [...]

May 6th, 2017|