Back to School- Keeping the Kids (and Yourself!) Healthy

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 into winter.

That said, this post will focus on the littles since it’s back-to-school season. I’ll be writing more about healthy immune systems as we head into fall!

A healthy developing child will on average get about 4 illnesses during any given year.  On the contrast, healthy adults would get approximately 2 illnesses a year.

What happens in the school environment that makes kids more susceptible to getting sick? (more…)

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Cook This: Pork Chops (or grilled chicken!) with Spicy Peach Salsa

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 are sooo helpful when you want to make sure to...

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Overcoming Overwhelm: Why Thinking About Health is Imperative.

[this is an excerpt about why you may want to deal with your health concerns from my book Overcoming Overwhelm] When you are suffering with chronic pain, imbalanced hormones, digestive complaints, fatigue, or pretty much any other ailment, you’re not only suffering through these symptoms, but also using your energy reserves to deal with them—energy that you might direct toward other things (such as, ahem,...

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5 Rules for Choosing the Right Protein Powder

Some folx feel like using protein powder to get protein levels up is cheating. I disagree. Given that getting enough protein is an important part of steady energy, even mood, and stable blood sugar, it’s often a great option for a boost. You can check out an older post about getting enough protein if you like but I can comfortably say that the lion’s share of my...

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My Favorite Macro Balanced Smoothie

  A smoothie is an easy way to get a little bit of extra protein in your day, And adding it in around your workout can help with muscle gains! Until recently I really tried to get that protein within 20 minutes after a weightlifting workout. We’re beginning to find that it’s ok before as well!  And anything that makes it more convenient to get...

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The Top Three Mental Traps that Keep You Stuck in Overwhelm

Today I’m back with a pretty bold statement: The cycle of overwhelm, stress, fatigue, burnout, and ill health is epidemic in our culture. It’s not that society’s demands to do-it-all (and with a smile) are causing our ill health or symptoms, but these demands pile on top of all of the other things that we may not even realize are causing us stress—leading to physical,...

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