Sleep more for a healthier weight

There’s a strong connection between lack of adequate sleep and weight gain (and especially weight gain around the belly). Here’s an excerpt about that from my book “Take Care: The Sleep Guide.”

As the hours…

Fast and easy meal planning

I like to spend as little time and energy as possible thinking about what we’re going to eat during the week. At the same time, preparing healthy, wholesome, balanced meals is a high priority.

Our solution for meal planning has worked well for meeting both of those desires, so I’ll share it here as one option.

First, my husband and I sit down together every Sunday with our calendars…

Six things to keep in mind on your health journey

I wrote this as a note to readers that begins each of the books in my wellness series, but I thought I'd share it here too:

1. Be empowered, not overwhelmed. Free, not worried. Inspired, not guilty. This information is here to serve you. A lot of things are outside our control, including experiences and choices from the past—so let them go. Focus on what is in…

Tips for resolution fun

A new year is a natural time to reflect, renew and reset our lives. In today’s busy, fast-paced culture we don’t often set aside times for that, so it’s handy that the calendar builds in a time for pause.

Elizabeth Lewis (, a life coach and stress-management teacher who I interviewed for my books “Take…

Dear dark chocolate, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways

Dark chocolate has so many awesome health benefits. First, let’s define “dark.” I think of it as chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa and only a very small amount of sugar or no sugar.

Milk chocolate, on the other hand, often has a lot of sugar (and milk ingredients, of course) and low cocoa content. My tastes have continually transitioned to where my preference is pure cocoa (like baking…

Boost your immunity with zzzs tips

One of the loveliest ways to protect yourself from getting sick is to snuggle up in bed and get more (and better quality) sleep.

A couple excerpts from my book, “Take Care: The Sleep Guide” talk a bit about why:

Sleep, especially deep sleep, is when your immune system kicks into high gear—rest is crucial for the immune system to function properly. One study showed that people…

Getting gifts for kids? Tips for healthier, happier choices.

A spirit of giving is great. But a gift can be and do so much more when it not only brings joy but also makes a contribution toward a healthier, happier future for everyone.

I love to buy gifts that can go beyond an initial moment of excitement. Every time we spend money on anything, it’s an opportunity to vote for integrity. To be thoughtful in a deeper way. To choose a brighter future.…

A wellness "magic bullet" for all

If I had to recommend just one thing people can do to improve their health and happiness, I would hands down say this: daily meditation.

Here’s why…

Through meditation, people gain rich personal insights and guidance. They learn so much about themselves and become more centered and grounded. Over time with a meditation practice, whatever doesn’t serve someone begins to naturally…

5 minutes toward a healthier core

There have been times when I’ve wanted to give more attention to strengthening my core (including after having my babies!). I didn’t have much time or energy to make a big effort, but I felt it was important to do something for lots of reasons: a healthy core helps your whole body operate more efficiently and smoothly. It improves your posture, stability and balance. It also plays a big role in…

Save money, eat healthy

Last week I saved nearly $60 on my canned coconut milk—hooray! Here are a few more easy budget-friendly ideas so you can put more money toward healthier foods. Do you have any ideas to add?

-       Become a co-op member. Many of the best natural food stores are co-ops. Usually anyone can shop there, but if you pay a small fee to become a member, you get extra deals and you…

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