Posts by Dr. Samantha

Dr. Samantha’s Top Tips for Kicking Sugar to the Curb

Most people eat more sugar than they think that they do. It’s everywhere. Go grab a few things from your pantry or your fridge. Spaghetti sauce. Crackers. Cereal. Yogurt. Even milk. Now, look at the label. Check out the serving size. Now, look at how much sugar is in that serving. 4.2 grams of sugar…

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Why is Sugar So Addictive?

Have you ever wondered why you can’t just eat one cookie at a time? Or why diets are so difficult to sustain? Or why you’re thinking about cheesecake right now instead of the words you are reading? Sugar, sugar! We evolved to seek out sugar. Our brains are hard-wired to make us love sweets. This…

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Vitamin D: What You Need to Know

If you want to stay healthy through the winter and beyond, don’t forget your vitamin D! Where I live in Portland, OR, we’ve had an abundance of sunshine-filled days this winter- a rare treat! But no matter the season we need to be attentive to how much vitamin D we get. I’ve talked about winter…

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My Favorite Dairy Alternatives

Are you looking for dairy alternatives that actually taste good? My last blog post was about why you might want to avoid dairy. If you haven’t considered this, go take a peek at that post before you dive in here! I originally wrote a post in 2011 titled Is it Real or is it Memorex…

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To Dairy or Not to Dairy?

I first stopped eating dairy when I was a sophomore in college. I had been a vegetarian for over a year at that point, but dairy was still a staple in my diet. One day I was chatting with a friend about needing to make a little extra money and she suggested that I apply for a job at…

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Why Clearing Clutter Matters

We all know that when our space is organized and clean it’s easier to focus on the task at hand. But we don’t often think about the flip side: Clutter can drain your energy and significantly increase your sense of overwhelm. In the last few years the ‘minimalist’ movement has hit the bookstore shelves and…

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Exciting News—my book found a home!

Any of you who have been around for a bit have been hearing and reading about my book proposal for a while. And when I say a while, it’s been over 2 years…for this book. There was another proposal before that which I decided to bail on at the last minute—but that’s another story. The…

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Happy Mother’s Day…or Maybe Not

I don’t usually use my blog as a platform for very personal posts but today will be one of those exceptions. This is a piece I just published on Medium. As the mother of a child who was born to another mother, Mother’s Day is more than just cards and flowers. My privilege is a profound loss…

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Cook this: Green bean ‘french fries’

When my son was a baby we wanted to make sure that he was a vegetable lover. The way we went about this was extremely tactical. We mixed a slurry of kale, chard, spinach, and peas into all of his baby food. All of it. Pears? Half slurry. Sweet potato? Half slurry. Oatmeal? Half slurry. I…

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Dealing with road bumps on the way to better health

Fact. You can’t fail at self-care. How many times have you decided that you’re going to make a change? Lose weight? Stop eating so much sugar? Read more? Avoid social media? Take your vitamins? Stretch regularly? Meditate? If you’re like me and most of my patients and clients, it’s a number you couldn’t possibly begin…

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