Dr. Samantha natural health and gluten-free expert

It’s Time to Feel Well!

Feeling Well MemeA few weeks ago I was chatting with a friend at a conference and another friend wandered by and mentioned that she woke up that morning very early because she was excited for the day. It struck me how very rare that is for people. Day in and day out in my practice I hear my patients tell me they just don’t feel great. Here and there I’ll hear ‘good’ or ‘fine’ or even ‘good enough’ but ‘great’ is a pretty rare commodity. We get so used to feeling awful that when we make a change and feel better we can trick ourselves into thinking it’s the end game.

What is it, exactly, that makes up the difference between crappy vs fine, and then the next level, fine vs great?

Think about it like this.  Great stems from wellness. Feeling well is deeper. And wider. It’s the you that you can imagine being if you lifted off all of the things that are holding you back in your life.

Although there are some exceptions, getting people from crappy to fine is something I can do pretty easily. Figure out what’s actually going on for the patient. Direct toward identifying causes instead of just treating symptoms. Talk about the importance of sleep. Educate that drinking those 3 beers while sitting on the couch watching reruns on Nick at Night *might* be the cause of the extra 20 lbs they’re hauling around, even if they have a day job when they’re on their feet all day (yes, that actually happened.)

That extra step from fine to well is about finding the sweet spot. Going gluten-free, for instance, might have helped your digestion, or your energy level, or even your state of mind. Cutting out sugar might have you feeling better than you have in ages. But f you really look you may see that there’s more.
So. Much. More.

There’s more energy to grab (and that cup of coffee can become a choice instead of a necessity), there’s better rest, there’s feeling lighter, and freer, and the ability to make decision based on what you want to see happen in your life rather than in reaction to one more thing getting thrown on your plate. I’m here to tell you you’ve got this. It’s within your reach. You can feel well.

I wrote another blog post about a few things you can do right here if you want to take a peek.

Yours In Health,



How Your Body’s Ancient Response is Hurting Your Contemporary Health

You are supposed to produce stress hormones when you’re chilling at the watering hole and you suddenly notice a Leopard is eying your baby as a possible appetizer. It’s pretty simple. You see the Leopard, you realize there’s danger, you grab your baby, you run to safety. You are able to do this because yourContinue Reading

How Do You Want to Feel This Year?

This is a book review. Or a book recommendation, really. It is for Danielle LaPorte’s The Desire Map. I’d been eying (ok don’t you think it should be eyeing?) this thing for a year. At first I didn’t buy it because it seemed everyone in my online world was buying it and I eschew aContinue Reading

Does Homemade Deodorant Work?

Beats me! I use Jason TeaTree deodorant and it works most of the time. I’ll admit to using an actual antiperspirant when I’m wearing a fancy dress or giving a talk to a large group but I’d really rather not…so I’ve been on the hunt for something that is strong but not chemical laden. IContinue Reading

Cook This: Pork Chops with Spicy Peach Salsa

I originally made this gluten-free pork chop dish summer of 2012 after adapting it from a recipe on Epicurious by Chris Schlesinger. It was fabulous. But then suddenly the summer was over so I thought I’d wait until this summer to post it. But alas another summer came and went. I’m simply not willing toContinue Reading

This website is for informational purposes only, and is not a substitute for individualized medical or professional advice, care, diagnosis, or treatment. Consult your personal physician regarding the applicability of any information on this site.