Hearty Vegetarian Chili

This recipe is a staple in my fall and winter dinner rotation. I especially love this recipe because it packs in lots of vegetables, makes a large amount at one time - perfect for batch cooking on the weekends, and it’s filled with warming spices that warm you right up on the colder days. Ingredients: 2 tbsp olive oil 1…

5 Ways to Introduce Ayurveda into your Health

Richmond Natural Medicine's Nutritionist Lindsay Kluge demystifies Ayurvedic Medicine and demonstrates ways to introduce Ayurveda into your health.   Ayurvedic medicine has been gaining more and more popularity in the west with the introduction of yoga (a sister practice of Ayurveda), and with the increase in popularity of Ayurvedic herbs such as turmeric, ginger, gotu-kola and tulsi (holy basil) to…

5 Ways to Counter Fatigue and Boost Energy

Feeling tired?  Richmond Natural Medicine's Nutritionist Lindsay Kluge shares helpful lifestyle tips that are sure to counter fatigue and boost energy. If you’re having a hard time making it through the day, sleeping through the night, or waking up in the morning, you’re likely to experience fatigue and low energy on a daily basis. There are several physiological factors that…

Addressing the multiple causes of Acne

In both adolescents and adults, acne affects nearly 15% of the US population, and the cause is often different for each person. It is most common that people presenting with acne, regardless of the actual cause, are often given conventional topical treatments that work temporarily but do not solve the underlying issue long term. Many people who try topical treatments…

Holistic Nutrition : Food as Medicine for a Lifetime

When I think of “Holistic Nutrition”, I think of more than just the food that we put on our plates. It is just as much a way of life as it is a way to eat. Holistic Nutrition encompasses mindful eating, making your kitchen a sacred and peaceful space, taking time to prepare foods, purchasing foods from good sources and becoming aware…

Getting Vitamins and Nutrients in Food

Throughout our lifetime, our nutrient needs will shift, and we must make dietary adjustments to cope with the changes in our body.  One of the easiest ways to get the needed vitamins and nutrients is through whole foods. I wish I could say it was easy to pin point exactly what every single person needs to fulfill their nutrient requirement…

How Diet Affects Emotional Health

Maintaining a healthy gut is key to maintaining one's emotional health and what we eat is extremely important to maintaining a healthy gut environment. It is often obvious how foods affect our physical health, like when we eat that chili dog and, lo and behold, heartburn happens pretty immediately afterwards.  Or if we eat a food that we are intolerant or allergic…

Favorite Fall and Holiday Recipes

These recipes are great for sharing or eating as leftovers! This time of year is my favorite to break out the crock pot and giant soup pots and make some warming, nourishing meals to share with the family. I like the below recipes because they make large batches and are mainly vegetable based, providing lots of extra nutrients within a…

Herbs for Seasonal Depression

Just as we have a circadian rhythm (approximately 24 hour internal body clock) that keeps us on track each day and night, we also have a circannual rhythm that keeps us in tune with the yearly seasons. This time of year we have some drastic environmental changes, like shorter days, much colder temperatures and often less sleep.  It’s important to…

10 Tools for Making a Positive Change In Your Health

Give yourself plenty of time to prepare, and know that any day is the perfect day to make a positive change. There are literally hundreds of things you could do, and thousands of resources out there telling how to overhaul your diet and or lifestyle. Many folks feel like the “all in” approach is the only way they can make…