It's the time of year that we all make New Year’s resolutions be more fit, get healthy, eat better, be nicer, save money, spend more time with family and friends and more. We get caught up in our own schedules and our kids’ schedules and so we often find ourselves eating out since it’s more… Continue reading Welcome to 2020 – A Simple Way to Implement Some of Your Resolutions!
(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
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
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
What promotes our efforts to look and feel good and what undercuts our efforts? What are these dream destroyers that undercut our real goal of improving ourselves or maintaining our recent past improvements? Is it our attitudes or our outlook on change? One deterrent is perfectionism, the other is fear. These two traits can then… Continue reading Look Good. Feel Good.
Recipe excerpted from The Herbalist's Healing Kitchen by Devon Young. from Page Street Publishing Co., 2019. We saw this Fermented Cranberry Salsa recipe online (written by Devon Young) and had to check it out. It's an herbalist-favorite fermented cranberry salsa for gut health. As the article points out, cranberries are a classic example of food… Continue reading Fermented Cranberry Salsa
Soup is already pretty healthy, so it’s easy to make substitutions that make the recipe really nutrient-dense, especially when we add our Land & SEAsoning and make potato soup with sweet potatoes. Plus sweet potatoes and our all-purpose seasoning really go well together. We put Land & SEAsoning on roasted sweet potatoes, on baked sweet… Continue reading Mermaid Sweet Potato Soup
(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
The people of Okinawa, Japan have traditionally enjoyed one of the highest life expectancies in the world. In their summary of “Everything You Need to Know About Sweet Potatoes,” Food Revolution Network reports that, “one of those secrets, it turns out, is lots and lots of sweet potatoes. The traditional Okinawan diet consists of minimal… Continue reading Mermaid Spicy Roasted Sweet Potatoes