We’ve all heard that kale is so good for us, but it often gets a bad reputation for not tasting very well. I love kale, but I don’t ever try to eat it raw without adding something to it first. If you are eating it raw in a salad, I recommend massaging the kale with…

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Pregnancy

My first pregnancy was very exciting to me. I couldn’t wait to have the baby bump! However, I didn’t know much about nutrition and honestly thought I could eat for two people. I ate whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted. I craved sugar and ate Whitey’s ice cream at least once a week. I didn’t…

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Food Fight

Kids are strong-willed, smart, and can survive on very little food. But when they are hungry, I mean really hungry, children will eat anything. Dr. Shah, of Mandala Integrative Medicine in Davenport, Iowa, and his wife, Ambreen, have a son who was diagnosed with autism at the age of four. At that time, the only…

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Picky Eater

On Valentine’s Day of 2006, a guy that I liked took me out on our first date. We dressed up nicely, he bought me chocolates, and we drove fifteen minutes from Monmouth College, where we were attending school, to McGuillicuddy’s in Galesburg, Illinois. I remember laughing to myself when the waitress came to our table,…

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Mindful Eating

How many of you work through lunch? Are you a multi-tasker who eats on the go? Do you tend to eat fast? How’s your digestive health? Did you know chewing your food has many health benefits?   That’s right. Chewing your food will improve your health, but not just chewing a handful of times and…

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Vegetables

How’s the New Year’s Resolution going for you? Are you still on track to meet your goals? Do you feel like you are starting to drift from your plans for a better future? I have three tips today that will get you back on the right path and keep you there!   Baby Steps If…

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Gut Health Tips

Do you feel like you eat the same foods all the time? Do you get bored making the same foods for yourself or your family? Are you ready to change it up? I have worked with many people, especially those who try to eat healthy, who seem to stick to the same foods day in…

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ILF 2018

Are you feeling stressed out? Looking for motivation to get and keep you on the healthy track in this new year? Ready to try something different for your New Year’s resolution 2018? Change your mind set by spending Saturday, January 6, at the Integrative Lifestyle Forum 2018. It is at the Radisson, in downtown Davenport,…

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Healthy Holiday Snacks

Processed foods are foods that have been altered from their original state. This does not mean that all processed foods are bad. Nuts, fruits and vegetables that are cut, seasoned and packaged for convenience are not necessarily dangerous for your health. Nevertheless, I believe that food in its most natural state is best, not only…

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mom and grandkids

This year will be my second Christmas without my mom. My mom was a saint to say the least and she loved Christmas. My mom would spend weeks planning the day, preparing the food, and praying her four kids, two son-in-law’s, daughter-in-law and six grandchildren would be safe traveling home for her favorite holiday. My…

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