Batch Cooking | The Basics of Meal Planning & Getting Started

Meal planning and batch cooking are some of the most efficient and successful practices that I use with my nutrition clients.  So many people are intimidated by this practice, but desperately want to get the hang of it. When I present meal planning methods to individuals, I usually make adjustments and tweaks to each plan to ensure that the recommendations…

Recognizing and Rectifying Energetic Imbalances

Imagine the swing of a pendulum, oscillating back and forth.  At times, it can settle into one spot.  If it remains there too long, imbalances may occur.   This concept can also be applied to how we conduct ourselves.  For example, sometimes life requires a rapid response and demands high productivity.  This is sustainable for a short period of time…

The Mind-Body Connection

Naturopathic medicine has six guiding principles. They are all important, however I am going to elaborate upon one specifically; treat the whole person. As a human, you are an intelligent, living breathing being that is much more than a simple machine that can be broken down into the sum of its parts. Often times in the world of medicine, we…

The Naturopathic Approach to Anxiety and Depression

Anxiety and depression are fairly commonplace words in today’s society, which can be both good and bad. The good part is that people are more aware that anxiety and depression are real and debilitating conditions.  Many people now believe that these feelings are normal to have and that it’s ok to ask for help in coping. The bad part is that…

Cooking with Medicinal Herbs

Nutritionist and Herbalist Lindsay Kluge shares how to include nutritious, medicinal herbs into your favorite meals. Here are some of my favorite medicinal herbs to cook with that provide added nutrients, powerful medicines and delicate flavors. Cinnamon. This is the ultimate addition to any food that is higher in sugars (like cakes, cookies or even fruit smoothies). Cinnamon helps to…

Antioxidant Rich Foods

Antioxidants are another fast growing trend in health foods and supplement world, but for most people their benefits are vague and unclear. A big buzzword in the food industry right now is “Super foods." Everything from acai to wheatgrass to blueberries and maca. Foods that are built up to be these amazing little health savers, packed with super nutrients…and usually…

5 Tips on How to Make Nutrition Changes Stick

Every month is a perfect month to start to make healthy changes to your diet and just because it’s January doesn't mean that your commitment to better nutrition hasn't already had its challenges. Even the smallest nutrition changes can be hard to stick to, and dietary habits are some of the hardest habits to change in a sustainable way. Here…

5 Supportive Remedies for High Blood Pressure

There are several reasons why blood pressure may be consistently high, and most notably these include lifestyle factors with diet, exercise (too much, or lack of) and stress being the most common causes. In traditional medical literature, you won’t find words like “hypertension” or “high blood pressure”. This is relatively new terminology.  In the past, traditional doctors and healers were…

What’s SIBO? Learn More about Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth

Dr. Mandy Reckers, ND, shares her answers to commonly asked questions about SIBO. As a naturopathic doctor, you see patients with gastrointestinal health issues relatively often. Can you talk about how you became interested in GI health? When I was in naturopathic school and was under a ton of stress, that became the focus of my healthcare for a period…

Transform Your Kitchen Into a Positive Space

With the new year, we are presented with the opportune time to clean, declutter, and transform our kitchens into inviting, joyful spaces. One of the most common difficulties I hear from people when working together to develop a nutrition plan is that they “don’t have time to cook”, or they “don’t enjoy cooking”, or “cooking is such a chore”. Quite…