Happy Liver Tea

Recently I introduced a new routine to our nightly schedule - Happy Liver Tea. We live in a world full of environmental toxins. In fact, during a recent thermography the nurse practitioner detected an increased level of estrogenic activity in my breasts. Excess estrogen theoretically should be eliminated by the liver, unless the liver is already overburdened. This was disappointing to me as I am already eating a clean diet, avoid using harmful products on my body, and even doing daily detoxes. But I can’t afford giving up, so I’m now going an extra mile with a few new routines. This tea is part of that. I made up the name in the hopes of sending good vibes to the most important filtering organ in my body. I love sipping on it in bed while I am curled up with a good book or my new writing project. It has two [...]

March 14th, 2016|Categories: Recipes|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

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

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

No Sugar For A Week

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary, addiction is "a compulsive need for and use of a habit-forming substance (as heroin, nicotine, or alcohol) characterized by tolerance and by well-defined physiological symptoms upon withdrawal; broadly: persistent compulsive use of a substance known by the user to be harmful." We are taught from an early age about the destructive effects such substances have on our bodies both physically and emotionally. Recently, however, there has been much talk about certain foods having similar qualities to heroine or nicotine. As most of you might have guessed, sugar is the number one suspect. I recently finished a class on carbohydrates and sugars. The reaction I seem to get after eating a sweet desert has made me wonder whether I am a sugar addict or not. I always considered sweets to be one of my "guilty pleasures" but what is the difference between "guilty pleasure" and [...]

October 14th, 2012|Categories: Diana|Tags: |2 Comments
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