I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since my book came out. And what a year it’s been! Dozens of podcast and radio interviews. Articles in some of the best read online magazines. And of course my reading and book launch at Powell’s City of Books in downtown Portland. My heart. Almost 200 people…

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Around this time of year, the internet is flooded with articles about making New Year’s Resolutions, goals, and plans. I’m a big fan of looking ahead but I am adamantly opposed to resolutions. Why? Because not only is it human nature to have trouble sticking to change, but with resolutions, we create an all-or-nothing situation…

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Can you believe the holiday season is already here? It’s time to wrap up calendar year projects, go to holiday parties, buy all the things if we do gifts, decorate, and get ready emotionally and physically for the dawn of a new decade. It can be a joyous and fun time for many, and a…

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This recipe is an adaptation of one I first made about 30 years ago (in my vegan days) from The American Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit for Life Kitchen by Marilyn Diamond. Better hot but also good cold IMO! There have been many incarnations of this soup in my life, including as a staple at…

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[this is an excerpt on values from my book Overcoming Overwhelm if you would like a full chapter (for free!)  just click here.] About 15 years ago, a woman named Susan came to see me for high cholesterol, pre-diabetes, and high blood pressure, a cluster of symptoms we call metabolic syndrome. She was 53 years…

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In Chinese Medicine autumn represents the transition season from the height of yang or active energy of summer into the passive or yin energy of winter. The season is associated with the Metal element and the Lung organ network. Just as the lungs and the breath help to establish a rhythm within our bodies, fall…

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The transition into the season of fall is beautifully illustrated by the changing of leaves to reds, oranges, and yellows. Dryness plays a pivotal role in this seasonal display as trees prepare to conserve energy for the winter months by drawing their moisture in away from the leaves and down deep to the trunk and…

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It’s not just kids and parents who get sick in the fall. More sick kids = more sick parents = more sick people sneezing on your kale. We spend more time inside as the weather cools down. We find ourselves getting less exercise. We are more likely to turn to poor habits as we head…

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pork chop dr. samantha

Grilled pork chops are an easy and lovely staple summer dish in our house. Protein forward with a light taste. The peaches make add some sweet, the adobo chiles add some spicy, and the cilantro adds a delicious depth. We always make some extra chops to freeze for later with our Food Saver (these things…

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[this is an excerpt on true self care from my book Overcoming Overwhelm if you would like a full chapter (for free! just click here.] There will always be times when you get off track—times you accidentally oversleep and don’t get to the gym, times you forget to plan for dinner and end up going…

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