Food as Medicine, Health, Herbs

Insights from Ojai Part 2: Community Garden Tour

(Note: Part 1 of our adventure is covered in the previous blog, "Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai") The Ojai Herbal Symposium had a few optional choices for herbal use/applications. Ruth chose to do the Herbal Walk just a few miles away from the Theosophy center where most of the classes were held. We shared… Continue reading Insights from Ojai Part 2: Community Garden Tour

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Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai

Kathleen Note:  This blog was primarily written by my friend Ruth Redenbaugh. Ruth and I recently attended the 2019 Ojai Herbal Symposium in California ("The Wisdom of the Body") and we wanted to share some of our learnings and a few adventures with you! My friend Ruth is left, I'm on the right Best Laid… Continue reading Wellness and Beauty Insights from Ojai

Food as Medicine, Health, Toola for Success, Uncategorized

8 Ways to Limit Your Intake of Processed Foods

According to most nutrition experts, the key to an overall healthy diet is to limit your intake of "ultra-processed" foods. We all know this, but it’s so easy not to do it. Unfortunately, they make up about 60% of total calories and contribute 90% of calories from added sugars. We also all know that we… Continue reading 8 Ways to Limit Your Intake of Processed Foods

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Practice “Mindful Mouthful” Eating

(November, 2019 Health Tip) “Mindful Mouthful” is not a new expression. The L.A. Times did an article called “Being Mindful of Each Mouthful” over fifteen years ago. Doctors, nutritionists and dieticians have talked about mindfulness when you eat. There’s a store/bakery in Canada named “The Mindful Mouthful” who provide customers, food with a purpose. We… Continue reading Practice “Mindful Mouthful” Eating

Food as Medicine, Superfoods, Uncategorized

4 Ways to Add More Fruit & Vegetables to Your Diet

Fruit and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber. They are low in calories and nutrient dense. By focusing on eating the recommended daily amount of at least 5 servings of fruit and vegetables and it will naturally fill you up and help you cut back on unhealthy foods. A serving is half… Continue reading 4 Ways to Add More Fruit & Vegetables to Your Diet

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Juicing vs. Blending: Which Is Better for Us?

We know that fruits and vegetables are good for us. We know that fresh produce may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and cancer, while also helping to manage our weight. But according to the CDC, we aren’t getting enough of either. That’s why both juicing and blending have become so popular – both… Continue reading Juicing vs. Blending: Which Is Better for Us?

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Natural Remedies That Can Help Ease Depression

Our Merman Jay Fickess is back and sharing insights on how natural remedies can help ease depression. If you are burdened with depression or know someone who is, you know that its effects can be seriously debilitating. Estimates are that depression is the second leading cause of disability in the United States. The disease is… Continue reading Natural Remedies That Can Help Ease Depression

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Food as Medicine, Superfoods

Dancing in the Fairy Ring: Mushrooms Misunderstood

Note: “Merman” Jay Fickess continues the series we started about "Food as Medicine," focusing on the incredible mushroom. In our post "Food As Medicine," I wrote about why we eat the foods we do and the choices we make in light of the perspective that food provides nutrients that either help or hinder the functioning… Continue reading Dancing in the Fairy Ring: Mushrooms Misunderstood

Food as Medicine, Health

Food As Medicine

We at Midwest Mermaid Muse talk a lot about the healing value of our food. Browse our website and you will find that we believe in the health benefits of mushrooms and seaweed in particular. Our Merman Jay Fickess thinks it’s worthwhile to explain why we believe in them and what those benefits mean to… Continue reading Food As Medicine