Tag Archives: systemic

Top Self-Care Idea Lists of 2018

Have searched for “self-care ideas” lately? When I first published this article back in 2016, there were roughly 17,900,000 results on Google — today, there are 23,400,000. Can there really be that many more ideas? Probably. Self-care is limitless. By enlisting our creativity, we can come up with endless possibilities for taking good care of ourselves. Once […]

What is Real Food?

bright leafy greens

Let’s be honest. Transitioning to a real food eating style is like trying to spread cold butter on toast. It’s tricky until you warm up to it. But while we inherently know that real food is healthier for us, we’ve become increasingly disconnected from the sources of our food and more reliant on convenience foods. With so many […]

Overcoming Emotional Eating with Jessica Setnick

Jessica Setnick's photo

In this episode of Conversations with Smart People, I’m talking with Jessica Setnick, a Certified Eating Disorders Registered Dietitian, about emotional eating. Jessica is the owner of Congruence Consulting and the author of The Eating Disorder Clinical Pocket Guide. She also teaches healthcare providers how to support those suffering with eating disorders through her Eating […]

Who’s Directing Your Healthcare Experience?

doctor and patient

Since 2000, I’ve worked as a registered dietitian nutritionist, providing nutrition counseling and consulting services in a variety of healthcare settings — hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, physician offices, independent living facilities, home health, adult day care centers, corporate wellness programs, and private practice. Now, for the first time, I’m learning what it’s like […]

When Self-Care Isn’t Enough (Please Tell Me This Isn’t a Heart Attack)

doctor holding stethoscope

Being wired up to an EKG in the Emergency Room wasn’t exactly my idea of a good start to the holiday weekend, especially after the last couple of weeks I’ve had. But knowing when and how to seek professional medical treatment is a critical component of a comprehensive self-care practice. Life is hard sometimes. For all of […]

Mushrooms, Health and Self-Care

paul stamets with a giant mushroom

Before I dive too far into this post, I want to point out that plucking up random mushrooms from your backyard and eating them is a really dumb idea. There are a growing number of known health benefits associated with our fungal friends, but there are plenty of reasons to exercise caution, the most obvious of which […]

Building an Artificial Pancreas: An Interview with Dana Lewis

A diabetes supply kit containing a insulin, glucose monitor and syringes

Dana Lewis took patient empowerment to a whole new level in 2013, when she set out to find a solution for a not-so-small problem: the alarm on her insulin monitor wasn’t waking her up at night to alert her of severely low blood sugars. And the ability to find creative solutions to our unique challenges is […]

Self-Care Activity List: 366 Ideas

8 Dimensions of Self-Care

Having trouble coming up with fun and interesting self-care ideas? Last year, I took on a self-care challenge. For each of the 366 days in 2016, I experimented with a new self-care activity and then blogged about it. What would you add to the list? Be creative and come up with your own bucket list of […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 311): Raking Leaves

Large leaf Maple leaves in the fall

On day 311 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I raked leaves. Raking leaves (or any form of yard work, for that matter) has become my substitute for meditation – a practice that I’ve not been able to completely fall in love with yet. I’m never quite sure what I’m supposed to be doing while I […]

Keeping Safe Food with Mary Angela Miller

When it comes to protecting your plate from food-borne illnesses, Mary Angela Miller of Keep Safe Food is the authority. I first met her back in the early 2000’s, when I was just beginning my career as a dietitian. Since 1990, she has been ensuring the safety of patients and their loved ones at The Ohio State […]