Top Tips for Healthy Eating

Last Thursday I had the great pleasure of speaking to six classes of students at Brattleboro Union High School. I spoke to students in health class as part of nutrition week. It was a phenomenal honor to be able to educate young people on the benefits of holistic wellness. We went over the differences in the USDA My Plate Graphic and the Integrative Nutrition Plate. I believe that it is extremely important to educate young people on the benefits of whole grains vs. processed grains and water vs. dairy. I had a blast teaching these theories and seeing heads bobbing in acknowledgment! I think the information that I presented breaks down what to eat in a way that is more instinctual and less cerebral.

As my gift to you, I would like to share the tips that I concluded my lecture with. I hope that these tips will help to inform the choices that you make and lead gradually to a future of greater total body wellness through nutrition. Please share, print out, bookmark, etc.

With love,



-choose foods without labels (fresh vegetables, fruits)

-if there is a label, make sure you can read and understand all of the ingredients

-choose a variety of colors (of produce) for maximum nutrient consumption

-eat mindfully – pay attention to the way your food looks and tastes, chew, and relax

-listen to your body – observe how you feel physically and emotionally after eating

-eat foods that make you feel vibrant, energetic, and clear-headed and happy!

-90/10 diet – eat healthy (organic if possible) whole foods 90% of the time – 10% of the time you get to indulge


Wednesday’s Workshop Teaser

This Wednesday, November 7th from 5:30-6:30pm at Equilibrium on Elm St in Brattleboro, VT, I will be leading part two of my recent workshop series: Happy, Healthy Holidays. This workshop will focus on managing stress during the holiday season. We will cover a variety of topics for total-body wellness during the most wonderful (and also most stressful) time of the year.

  • Explore how to interact with friends and family members in a healthy manner.
  • Learn a variety of relaxation techniques to keep your stress level low.
  • Discover the connections between stress and food, and how to avoid weight gain this holiday season.
  • Contemplate strategies for shifting focus from money and gifts, to love, goodwill, and the magic of the season.

If you are in the greater Brattleboro area, I hope to see you this Wednesday for this important workshop. The cost is only $6, and you will receive a copy of the presentation afterward to review the information covered in your own home.

For those of you who are not local to Brattleboro, or who are not able to attend, I am looking into offering both Part One: Healthy Hosting and Guesting (covering healthy cooking for the holidays) and Part Two: Happy Holidays as online workshops. Stay posted.

The Most Important Allergy Article You’ll Ever Read

Are you ready for this? I’m about to alleviate and possibly cure your allergies for life.

The best part? I won’t be telling you to give up your favorite foods (“Just give up everything sweet and tasty forever! No big!“) or to start an expensive and unreasonable diet (“Drink a smoothie of greens every day! You have $50 to spend on one drink per day and $400 for a great mixer right?“) or lifestyle overhaul (“Just live inside forever with a top of the line air purification system!“).

Instead, I’ll be sharing my tips for managing mild to moderate environmental and food allergies.* Why should you keep reading? Because I have struggled with moderate environmental allergies my entire life, which get worse in the spring when people’s seasonal allergies kick in, to the point where I was taking 3 prescription drugs at a time and still suffering. Then I was introduced to neti-pots and the mind-body connection and was able to tame my symptoms a bit. Eventually I started working in the natural products industry and had the opportunity to try virtually EVERY allergy supplement out there. I have now been prescription drug-free for five years, and every allergy season seems to go by a bit smoother each year. In the past year, I have started to struggle with a gluten allergy after watching many friends and family struggle for years. This added allergy made me realize the most incredible thing: my environmental allergies got worse when I ate something with gluten in it. This lead me to a breakthrough in the way that I thought about and managed my allergies!

Without further ado, may I present a tool that will hopefully help you to visualize and potentially eliminate your allergies: THE BUCKET ANALOGY!

There’s a hole in my bucket dear Liza… Continue reading