What’s The Big Deal About Nutrition?

This is an excerpt from my book, soon to be published, one little thing. Define NutritionDictionary.com defines nutrition in two ways, as the process by which organisms take in and utilize food material and the act or process of nourishing or of being nourished. The latter definition can and should include emotional and spiritual nourishment. We all learned the definition of nutrition in the third grade as the process of the metabolism of food to produce life sustaining energy. Unfortunately, this conversion of food into energy has a price tag, and the consequence is cellular damage, or oxidative stress, which is
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Stress Matters

Do you ever wonder how your life became so busy?Perhaps this is not the deal you signed up for when you were designing your life.Human beings are the most stressed out life forms on the planet because we think too much and we run the endless treadmill of have to go…have to do…must accomplish. As we travel through life we learn to wear an infinite number of hats…parent, healer, psychologist, employee, spouse, employer, bank teller, magician, animal trainer, handyman, scientist, nutritionist, student, negotiator, teacher, lover, friend. Juggling and multitasking these hats can turn you into one big ball of stress.Stress is
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Do You REALLY Know What GMO Means?

My call to action: As a Board Certified Holistic Public Health Nurse, it has become an inconvenient truth for me to finally understand the serious consequences that genetically engineered farming has on our national public health safety, especially among our children who are the most vulnerable to its potentially harmful effects. I feel an ethical responsibility to my country to try to make this complex mess better understood by those who exercise their voting power. Here’s the scoop: Since 1996, big bio-tech companies like Monsanto have been getting away with altering the genetic coding of plants and animals by taking genes from
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Equine Therapy

Horse Play is more important than you might think. Asa holistic nurse in private practice, I am always interested in learning about how therapeutic modalities can make this world a better place to live. This project is part of an on-going educational campaign to bring these modalities to you.Equine therapy is practiced in most countries in the world. It was originally used to help people recover from traumatic injuries, then became widely used as a therapeutic tool for the physically handicapped. Most recently, equine therapy has become accepted as a useful tool in treating a wide variety of psychological and mental
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The Holiday Hurricane

Holiday time has become an interesting time for me. I’m not sure how I got here, but I find myself in a vortex of emotions at the end of every year around holiday time. I tend to distance myself from people who love me, my hands are cold, I feel irritated by all of the Christmas music playing everywhere I go, except for Jingle Bell Rock, and I crawl into my mental cave the entire month of December and dream of lying on a Hawaiian beach with a fruity adult beverage in my hand.Holiday StressPart of the problem lies in
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Giving “Thanks” on Thanksgiving Day & Beyond

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It brings me together with my crazy relatives, I get to eat gourmet food and drink fine wines, and it reminds me of what I have to be grateful for. The history of Thanksgiving is not really what we were taught in third grade, but is convoluted with political twists and turns. The Pilgrims who sailed this country aboard the Mayflowerwere originally members of a Puritan religious sect called the English Separatist Church. They had fled England in the early 1600′s due to religious persecution and sailed to The Netherlands to seek refuge. They enjoyed life in Holland for a
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Road Trip Eating

Venues such as McDonald’s, Subway, Starbucks, Taco Bell, Rest Stop Vending Machines and Gas Station Food Marts are not typically places I will stop to refuel my body’s gas tank. However, on occasion while driving through the center of California or traveling on a big road trip, I find myself stopping in these places simply out of necessity. I am faced with having to make quick decisions that could ultimately affect the way I feel for the rest of the day. I always try to purchase and ingest the lesser of the evils that are lurking in these common eating
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Congress Declares Pizza a Vegetable!

I was sitting around this morning thinking about possible topics for the day and feeling desperate. I thought, “How can I possibly reduce all of my thoughts down to one meaningful topic today? I’m not really in the mood to write anyway. I’ve had a tough week and all I want to do is sit around, play with my new adorable and highly spirited puppy, and attempt to empty the mush pot out of my brain.” In that moment of angst and temporary apathy for all things that usually light my pilot light, I heard the chirping of my Android 2 Motorola Smart Phone. You know, the sound that notifies you of an incoming text and makes you compulsively react
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Hydroponic Growing is Not Illegal

Have you ever walked through a hydroponic store just for the fun of it? The shelves are stocked with mineral juices and accessories and parts that help the hydro-grower maximize precious indoor crops that soak up energy from high voltage lighting contraptions. The whole experience is surreal, and it makes you wonder what the patrons walking around the store do with their spare time. The traditional hydroponic gardener is going to have to move over and make room. Here comes its aeroponic counterpart, and a fresh new vehicle for growing in the marketplace. National Safety Associates, LLC, a company based in Collierville, TN, is
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Health Brief: M-A-N

This project is nothing new to you…it’s a reminder to either get back on track or stay on your current course. Most diseases are preventable and reversible! The good news about your health is that you can prevent 90% of all diseases known to man if you would simply practice healthy lifestyle habits-consistently. We are self-healing humans, like something out of a sci-fi movie. Our cells regenerate over and over again every four months, and the way we move, think, feel, and eat determine whether those cells regenerate healthy or dis-eased. As a holistic public health nurse, I am constantly searching
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Hooray for Chipotle Mexican Grill

Every time I walk into our beloved, local Chipotle Mexican Grill, I glare into the server’s eyes as if she has the power to make lasting changes to their menu selection. Uncontrollable words fly out of my mouth that sound something like, “When are we going to see some brown rice around here?” I can always count on her best blank look as a predictable response to my interrogation. This behavior has gone on for several years that I can remember. My three kids roll their mortified, adolescent eyes, convinced that their mom is the creepiest food Nazi they know. I ignore them once again and carry on with my mission…changing
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