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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)

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 […]

What’s Lurking in Your Canned Goods? Probably BPA.

can with non BPA label

Curious to know what’s lurking in your pantry? Probably some BPA. Bisphenol A (BPA) has been used for decades to make plastics and resins, and it’s commonly used in the manufacturing process of canned goods to prevent bacterial contamination and metal corrosion. Just scratch your fingernail or a fork against the inside surface of most empty canned […]

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

pink diabetes supply kit

When most of us think about patient empowerment, we think about choosing a health care provider or researching treatment options. But Dana Lewis took patient empowerment to a whole new level in 2013, when she set out to find a solution for a small problem: the alarm on her insulin monitor wasn’t waking her up at night to […]

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 364): Snowshoeing

orange and black snow shoes

On day 364 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I went snowshoeing. Snowshoes are just plain awkward. They’re big, bulky – Lord help you if you have to turn around or back up. Everything about them makes laughing inevitable. I’ve only been shoeing twice in my life, and both times I ended up giggling like a […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 362): Having Breakfast in Bed

Iron skillet breakfast

On day 362 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I had breakfast in bed. Breakfast is my favorite meal, and yesterday my self-care activity for the day was to indulge in breakfast in bed. On the weekends, my husband and I often take turns fixing breakfast for one another, which means we also get to take […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 350): Getting a Fluoride Treatment

Purple toothbrush

On day 350 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I got a fluoride treatment. Yesterday my self-care activity involved getting a fluoride treatment during my semi-annual visit to the dentist. I’ve declined the treatments in the past because the product they use absolutely nauseates me. (It tastes terrible!) But then it dawned on me that our well water […]

Self-Care Challenge (Day 348): Relaxing at the Spa

Christmas Tree at The Salish Lodge in 2016

On day 348 of my 366-day self-care challenge, I relaxed at the spa. Yesterday morning I spent a couple hours at the Salish Spa, which is just a short drive from my home. I’ve visited many spas over the years, some while vacationing and some in the various cities that I’ve lived, but only a […]