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Finding Your Next Chapter

When you find yourself with an empty nest, life suddenly starts to look a lot different--doesn’t it?

All the hustle and bustle of constantly doing, schlepping and figuring out the various activities, need to do’s and what have you for your kids just stops.

As in Full Stop. This part of parenting is over--you’re now on the sidelines instead of in the middle of the field calling the plays.

It’s exhilarating and bittersweet at the same time--I know you understand.

But it’s also a place to shift, to think about what it is you really want and to make some changes!

I call it finding your next chapter--looking inside to see what it is that sparks you and makes you want to get up in the morning!

And if you’re reading this--I’m betting that you love to cook (and perhaps would love to cook even better than you do now), are nutritionally aware and are likely a heart-centered woman wondering what your next chapter is going to be about.

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Bone Me Up, Scotty!

Bone broth is a staple in my kitchen; I always have a tub of it in the refrigerator and use it almost daily.  

This healing broth is more to me than soup, and although it is a quick snack to satisfy your hunger pains, it’s actually a wonderful elixir that helps heal my gut and guards me from getting sick.  Making bone broth a part of your regular daily life helps tremendously with energy levels and digestion, especially if you have an autoimmune disorder like I do.

By the way, I do not mean the cartons of broth you buy at the grocery store. In order to have a good healing bone broth, you need to make your own.  I understand that’s easier said than done, so I’m here to take you through the entire process start to finish.

The nutritional benefits of bone broth are substantial and your bowl of bone broth contains a healing helping of glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, which work together to reduce inflammation, joint pain and other symptoms of...

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Are You A Frustrated Health Coach?

Coaching can be a very satisfying career--after all, your clients seek you out to get help with their nutrition and overall wellness. But sometimes the promise of having a lucrative career as a health coach just doesn’t happen. Your business is irregular at best, nonexistent at the worst.

Or maybe you’re frustrated--your clients aren’t getting the results they should be and they seem confused on how to deal with all these “health foods” you’re asking them to eat. They’re intimidated to have to actually cook them and need more guidance perhaps, than you’re able to give.

Or perhaps you are looking at your business and wondering what more you can do to differentiate yourself from the competition.  What can you do to gain more business and to give your clients more than they are getting now from you or anyone else?

As you know, a good coach will not only tell their clients what they need to do; they also teach them and show them how...

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Hashimoto’s and Thyroid Myths: Is it OK to Go To Goitrogens?

The term “goitrogenic” means something that causes “goiter,” or swelling of the thyroid gland. The goitrogens provided in certain foods can accomplish this by interfering with iodine uptake in the thyroid gland.  When the restriction causes a shortage of available iodine, the thyroid cannot produce sufficient levels of thyroid hormones T4 and T3. The hypothalamus senses low T4 and releases the TSH-releasing hormone, which then triggers the pituitary gland to produce TSH. The thyroid gland responds to TSH by making more hormones. If it can’t keep up with demand, it grows bigger trying and you will commonly see people with what appears to be a “fat neck”.

So is it best to just avoid those foods that contain goitrogens?  

Before we answer that, let’s take a look at the healthy foods that you would have to live without:  cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cabbage, kale, spinach, radishes, and...

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