• Why the new 8-Week Program Meal Plans are the most nutrient dense yet With a new round of the 8-Week Program kicking off next week, I thought I’d address the common questions I receive in the lead up to each Program. In a post earlier this year, I covered what I keep in mind when developing the Meal Plans. Below, a rundown on why nutritionist and registered dietitian Marieke Rodenstein says the new more
  • Start with a big fat lump in your throat and run with it As an angsty teen I read Robert Frost’s The Path Not Taken and would feel all kinds of profoundnesses. I would also read the bible, looking for the same depth. I’ve liked to think I’ve moved on from such binary thinking. But I recently came across a reference to Frost’s approach to poem creation: “It begins as a more
  • Got gut bloat? Here’s the ayurvedic cooking tricks I use. Ayurveda is one of the most grounded wellness approaches around. The central thread of Ayurveda is balancing through food and energy restoration. I love this. Catch up on previous tips here and here.  For today, some Ayurvedic cooking tricks to ease digestion and cut the gut bloat. 1. Start your meal with a small piece of fresh ginger or a more
  • The best toxin-free deodorant: an upfront guide. I’ve been talking about it a lot, this toxin-free caper. Recently I’ve covered off toxin-free cosmetics, why I use oils in my beauty regime and toxin-free sunscreen. You can catch up on all my toxin-free posts if you’d like. In terms of deodorants, I’ve used natural, fragrance-free deodorant for five years now. It’s been a long search. I’ve traversed more
  • Have you contemplated the “Hard Problem” yet? When I was 21 I got a scholarship to study philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I arrived with my mountain bike and a passion for German existentialism, lived with five lesbians and their eight cats and convinced the university to let me do their graduate course instead of the undergraduate stream. They relented and I more
  • Is melatonin a safe sleeping pill? I took melatonin regularly for a while, but started to have queries and doubts so have recently gone off it. If you have autoimmune issues and have turned to melatonin for sleep perhaps see if the below resonates. The deal with melatonin  Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. It’s taken in supplement more
  • How to cook resistant starch for constipation As regular readers of my blog may know, I’m experimenting with resistant starch as a cure for constipation. Resistant starch is a type of food starch that remains whole through the stomach and small intestine, and, unlike most foods, reaches the large intestine intact. Thus, it “resists” digestion and begins to ferment…which, in turn, feeds good bacteria…which in more
  • Why you need to boost your stomach acid. Especially if you have autoimmune disease The gut is where the wellness movement is at right now. I’ve talked extensively about my gut health obsession  here, here and here. So today, a gut health post with a focus on stomach acid. And why you need to boost it, especially if you suffer from autoimmune disease. This is the new direction in this realm, more
  • Why I like my unsettled life and have no hope of finding balance We keep seeking balance. But it’s a false goal. We have it wrong. For one thing, it’s just not possible. I’ve written about this before – how life balance is elusive. But more than this, balance or settledness, doesn’t see us grow. We grow and become better, and have a better life, from the very act of more