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…

Nutritional Therapies for Cancer

“Prevention through diet and lifestyle has a crucial role to play in stemming the tidal wave of cancer that we are facing” —World Cancer Report, 2014 Cancer, as a collective entity, is the single leading cause of death in the world today, with some 8.2 million deaths per year resulting from cancer related dis-eases (according to the Union for International Cancer…

Herbal allies for sleepless nights

We all know there are ten or twenty great herbs for sleep, but how do you pick the right one? Which one of these herbal allies is right for your personal sleep issues, whether it’s falling asleep, staying asleep or calming your dreams? I have a great love and fascination for sleeping and the physiology of circadian rhythms. Sleep is…

Sleep Soundly: A Comprehensive Workshop on Achieving Restorative Sleep

Richmond Natural Medicine will be hosting a comprehensive 2 hour class on how to achieve restorative sleep naturally, presented by Dr. Bridget Casey, ND, Lindsey Wrable, RYT500 and Lindsay Kluge, M.Sc, CNS, LDN. Difficulty sleeping is one of the most common areas of imbalance in the United States, and there are many, many causes that contribute to poor sleep and…

Low Oxalate Diet – The Basics

Oxalates have gradually gained more attention in health news recently and the practitioners at Richmond Natural Medicine have been working with and researching them extensively for patient care. A Low Oxalate Diet is one that reduces foods that are high in oxalates. Oxalates are a chemical compound naturally found in many foods including some “healthy” foods that people feel inclined…