Chicken Pox Round 2

My Chicken Pox Story " It's 102.5." "Whoa babe! That's quite a fever! I am so sorry. Can I get you anything?" "Maybe another wet towel" comes my congested and slightly coarse answer. "Wouldn't it be crazy if I got the chicken pox again!" I yell after Clayton while he is running cold water on a wash cloth in the bathroom. "Whaaaat?! I can't hear you babe. Do you need anything else?" "I said wouldn't it be funny if I got.... ah never-mind... No! I don't need anything!" "Ok!" Two weeks ago one of our dear friends, Julian, got the chicken pox. I was one of the people who took him to the doctor, brought him food, and ran errands while he was quarantined.  "For most people", according to CDS, "getting chickenpox once provides immunity for life. However, a few people, can get chickenpox more than once, although this is not common." In [...]

October 14th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Pushing Your Limits

"I can't stand up." I whisper to Clayton. "Something is wrong with my foot."  I am in the tent staring at my swollen ankle while my poor husband is asking me where it hurts. I am so disappointed with myself. All the fears about how physically weak I am come stumbling through." I knew this was going to be too much for me." I reply bitterly to Clayton's reassuring remarks. We have been planning this trip for six months and it is the beginning of our third day of backpacking  around the Three Sisters wilderness. We have four more days to go... So far our trip has been fantastic. Four of our close friends joined us for the first night in the wilderness, and for some of them it was their first experience backpacking, so everyone was excited and in high spirits. The next day we woke up and said goodbye to [...]

September 11th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |1 Comment

Are You Skinny Enough?

Skinny is the new beautiful. It doesn't matter what body type you are - if you don't have a petite frame and a size 0, you could do better. This is a message twelve year old girls and fifty year old women alike get bombarded with relentlessly. We see it in movies, we see it on billboards, we see it modeled on the mannequins in storefronts. We see it everywhere. We are a society obsessed with skinny. Sadly, our enthusiasm for "healthy" doesn't even come close to such levels. As our main concern continues to be "skinny",  obesity rates, together with cancer and heart attacks, rise at increasing rates. Did you know that retail sales for weight loss products are near $4.5 billion annually? The total industry revenue exceeds $40 billion.  Source 60% of US adults are currently overweight according to the CDC (source), so something is clearly not working. The more [...]

August 10th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Discovering Beauty and Health

" You could pose like a guy. Try and see how it feels to be ignored." "Sorry girl too short to enjoy." "You look like a man." "So why exactly did you cut your hair?' These are a few of the comments I got from some of my readers after I posted my short pixie cut on   Facebook. Even some of my friends are having a difficult time adjusting to my new look since I have always been the girl with long, wavy hair. "Why would you cut your long, pretty hair Sweetie?" My mama's voice is gentle yet slightly confused and maybe annoyed. She is usually my biggest advocate but not this time. After staring at each other for a couple for minutes I ask her quietly. "Hey Mom how about if I turn the Skype camera off." After we hang up, I take a deep breath and [...]

June 14th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: |22 Comments

Homemade Tooth Paste Recipe

  Three years ago I threw away my conventional tooth paste and started my epic search for an effective alternative. Why? You will find the long answer in Nigel Ramiel's book Cure Tooth Decay and Weston Price's Nutrition and Physical Degeneration. I can give you a short answer here. Conventional tooth paste is loaded with sodium flouride, triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, propylene glycol, and dye. You can click on the links I included to find out what and how many side effects they have. For example, according to the environmental working group: Propylene glycol can cause a whole host of problems. It is rated a-4, which is categorized as a “moderate” health issue. It has been shown to be linked to cancer, developmental/reproductive issues, allergies/immunotoxicity, neurotoxicity and endocrine disruption. It has been found to provoke skin irritation and sensitization in humans as low as 2% concentration, while the industry review panel recommends [...]

June 5th, 2013|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , |37 Comments

8 Things I have learned from My Laparsocopic Appendectomy

Almost a year ago I was rushed to the ER with debilitating abdominal pain, a low grade fever, and nausea. A few hours later, after a myriad of tests, I was wheeled into the surgery room for a laparoscopic appendectomy. The entire experience still feels like a dream - a bad dream really. On Saturday afternoon I was fine, enjoying the sunshine and hanging out with friends, and by Monday morning I was severely drugged and hooked to an IV, in a post-surgery bed looking like I had been run over by a truck. The next day while I was taking a walk through the hospital hallway, propped up by my husband, I caught a glimpse of myself in a mirror. I was horrified! A pale, stooped creature with sunken eyes, wearing an over-sized pale blue hospital robe looked back at me. Talk about feeling your own mortality! Needless to say I took my recovery very seriously! After [...]

May 5th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , |40 Comments

How I Lost Ten Pounds and Healed My Hypoglycemia

If you suffer from confusion, irritability, impatience, shakiness, or inability to complete simple tasks when you miss a meal or just haven't eaten in a few hours, you might consider trying to make some dietary and life style changes. These symptoms are typical for a condition called Hypoglycemia, which is connected to low blood sugar levels. Please read Part One where I explore what hypoglycemia actually is and what causes it.   I did not suffer from low blood sugar levels as a child. Unfortunately I became hypoglycemic in college due to a diet of processed foods, soft drinks, sugar, pastries, caffeine, and lack of sleep. It has taken a long time to heal but I have not had a severe low blood sugar episode in more than six months! I still occasionally get slightly lightheaded if I am hungry but it is rare and I watch my blood sugar levels like a hawk. Hypoglycemia can contribute [...]

April 8th, 2013|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |13 Comments

What Is Reactive Hypoglycemia?

"What do you mean dinner isn't ready yet?", I ask in an aggressive, irritated tone and I can feel my eyes flooding with tears. I am trying to stay calm but I am so angry. My husband has seen this before. "When was the last time you ate?", he asks as he hands me a few slices of cheese.I grab the food with shaky fingers and wolf it down. I close my eyes and wait for the surge of glucose through my blood stream. I am breathing steadily again. My anger, along with my pounding headache are slowly going away. "About four hours ago.", I say."That's too long, sweetie." he says gently as he is leading me to the couch."I know, I know." I retort sadly,  "I just wish I could last without food for a couple of hours and not turn into a monster!" Have you experienced this before? How about confusion, irritability, impatience, shakiness or [...]

March 18th, 2013|Categories: Nutrition|Tags: , , , |19 Comments

Are You Dreading the Winter Holidays?

I love food. I love making it, I love eating it, and I love sharing it with people. Food is one of the few things left that can bring us all together for a couple of hours away from our smart phones, car seats, and busy schedules. Food can create a safe environment for good conversation, honesty, and community building. Plus, there is the added benefit that wholesome, traditional foods are extremely nourishing for both emotional and physical health.   But do not let me fool you. I have not always viewed food as a great bonding venue and elixir of health. The last thing on my mind when I was in high school was to become a nutritional consultant. I was too busy being annoyed with the raw kefir and farm fresh eggs my mother would serve me for breakfast instead of the store bought cookies and fake soy yogurt my [...]

December 17th, 2012|Categories: Healthy Lifestyle|Tags: , |6 Comments

Three Teaspoons of Sugar: Kicking a Sugar Addiction

When I told someone the other day that I used to eat cookies for breakfast, they thought I was joking. It took them a couple minutes to realize I wasn't. It dawned on me that most people don't know how I became interested in nutrition. So today I decided to share part of my story with all of my readers. Growing up, sugar was a very important household item. While we got most of our produce from our farm, we would always top a lovely, wholesome dinner off with a delicious homemade desert. From a young age, I learned to appreciate sweets. In fact, I liked them so much that one day when I was five I sneaked a candy bar to bed only to wake up with half of it stuck in my hair! My cravings for sugar did not get better during my teenage or early college years. In high [...]

October 18th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: , , |4 Comments
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