Insomnia Have You Down? Foods to Help You Sleep

A night of peaceful, deep and quality sleep is a blessing that only the sleep deprived and insomniacs can truly appreciate.  To have not just one, but plenty of your nights filled with rest and sleep, try adding the following foods to your diet, especially if you find yourself tossing and turning or wandering aimlessly around your house at night instead of sleeping.


  1. Chamomile:

Chamomile tea is a popular sleep-inducing tea that helps eliminate stress and anxiety. Before you go to bed, take a moment to sip a warm cup of chamomile herbal tea to relax, unwind and de-stress.


  1. Pistachios:

Pistachios are not only tasty, but they are a jackpot for sleep. They are rich in magnesium, protein, and vitamin B6, which all have a major role in inducing sleep. Consuming a healthy amount of pistachios before going to bed will knock you out like nothing else. You can eat them raw or add them to a glass of warm milk.  However, more than one ounce of pistachios will have a...

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7 Ways to Boost Your Brain Power

Are you doomed to slower reflexes and poor memory as you age?

 Fortunately, science says, “Not necessarily!”

I’ve been fascinated with the brain since I was a child. I’ve spent literally hundreds of hours reading every article I could find on the topic brain health and memory.  And now that I only have one more year where I can say “I’m in my 50’s”, I’m even more keen on learning ways to keep my brain and memory healthy and alert.  Every person’s brain, like their body, is uniquely different. Not everyone is subject to the slowing down of mental faculties that tends to come with aging.

The Benefits of Brain Exercises

 Like every muscle, the brain needs stimulation and exercise to sustain its function. Exercising the brain has as many benefits as exercising the body: You’ll be able to remember things later on in life, you won’t forget as many details about other people, and you won’t...

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Blood Sugar Balancing Act

It’s that time of year again when even the healthiest of health food fanatics occasionally slip up a bit in the area of resisting a sweet treat here and there.  Moderation is key, but it’s our ability to keep our blood sugar levels balanced that is crucial to a healthy and prosperous life. This topic hits a bit too close to home for me because diabetes is the number one health challenge in several generations of my family. From 1994 to 2008, I was pre-diabetic and monitored my blood sugar levels closely.  Fortunately, I found the magic combination of superfoods and habits that brought it (and kept it) under control for the past 10 years, but that’s a topic for a future blog.  Today, I’m just going to focus on a few simple foods to have in your regular diet to help balance your blood sugar levels in order to help prevent disruption of your body’s functions and help your overall health.

  1. Greens: You can never eat too many greens. For the...
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Confessions of a Backslid Yogi

Wow!  After being in the health and wellness industry for so many years, and completing so many Beachbody fitness programs even while dealing with setbacks due to 7 different joint surgeries, you'd think that I would be the queen of acceptance and embodiment of the perennial words of wisdom...

"Start where you are"

"No criticism or comparison"

"Have gratitude for your body just the way it is"

Well... I'm starting my latest fitness "comeback" (and my first ever blog post) with a little confession.....I just endured the most grueling 90 minute yoga practice of self-acceptance that I can ever remember! Yikes! 

I realize that I'm jumping into this new blog smack in the middle of my wellness journey story, so I’ll give a brief history of what has been going on the past few years.  After a few decades of trying to get to the bottom of my chronic migraines, chronic fatigue, joint pain, rapid weight gain and insomnia, I discovered that I had a...

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