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Is Coffee Good For me?

Is coffee good for me? Coffee is the largest source of dietary antioxidants in the U.S. diet, and its complex mixture of more than 1,000 different polyphenols and other compounds is excellent for your health. (1) Drinking coffee is associated…

Unstoppable Success

As a creative entrepreneur with a passion for wellness and successful business growth, Dr. Karen has been the perfect mentor for me. She models business success using servant leadership and team development skills, personalized coaching, powerful presentations, plus an “Olympic-like”…

Inspiring Leadership

I love working with Karen. I find her to be an inspiring role model. She helps me with clear ideas about how to proceed in my business without feeling overwhelmed. With Karen’s guidance, I have been able to grow my business. She is…

Shine As An Entrepreneur

Dr. Karen Wolfe saw my potential to shine as an entrepreneur long before I did! This gave me the confidence and courage to leave my thankless and unfulfilling corporate position and launch my own business in wellness! I now have the…

A Conscious Marketing Model

I am extremely grateful for Karen’s leadership and guidance into financial freedom using the law of attraction and a conscious marketing model that defines sales as a service. Her style and approach resonate with mine allowing me to be authentic…

40 Tips for Fat Loss Success

40 tips for fat loss success.  CLICK HERE to get these great updates from Sanoviv Medical Institute by signing up for their Newsletter. Full credit goes to Sanoviv for these great tips! Consider choosing 4 or 5 of the 40…

Food, Mood and Your Microbes – PART 1

Food, Mood and Your Microbes are intricately connected.

Want to Try Intermittent Fasting?

Want to try Intermittent Fasting? I am sure you have heard the term as it has become as popular lately as the keto diet! I decided to try it and I started it last week and want to share my…

Sitting May Sabotage the Benefits of Exercise

Sitting may sabotage the benefits of exercise. As I write this, I am wanting to stand up! Sitting for most of the day could make us resistant to the usual benefits of exercise, according to a small but worrying new…

What Is Prediabetes and Why Should You Care?

What is prediabetes and why should you care? It’s a wake-up call that you’re on the path to diabetes. But it’s not too late to turn things around. If you have it (like 86 million other Americans), your blood sugar…

Brenda Finally Reclaimed Her Body

Brenda finally reclaimed her body after her struggle with her weight. As a 35 year fitness professional, a major aspect of Brenda’s work has been to facilitate various weight management programs. Her focus has been on behavior change which was…

The most commonly overlooked lab tests

Overlooked lab tests you need to ask for is the topic of this blog article. These focus on optimal functioning of the body and its organs, and address core imbalances such as inflammation in the body. FASTING INSULIN Desired Range:…

Marie lost 4 dress sizes in 3 months!

Marie lost 4 dress sizes in 3 months! I love to celebrate my clients and am excited to celebrate Marie as the client of the month! Changing lives is the greatest gift, and when people ask me what I like…

Key Biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease

Did you know there are key biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease? Whether a person is at risk of developing the disease versus actively has symptoms, is often reflective of the number of their biomarkers. As few as three to five suboptimal…

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria?

Is Glyphosate Destroying Gut Bacteria? Glyphosate is a chemical that is very useful to farmers because they can spray it all over their fields. The chemical kills weeds, but leaves the resistant crops untouched. New evidence suggests that even tiny…

How To Go Pro (as in Probiotics)

Let’s learn how to Go Pro (as in Probiotics). Throughout history, fermented foods have provided probiotic bacteria in the diet. All traditional cultures fermented their foods and lived in and with nature. This created an amazing diversity of gut microbes.…

Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Exercise into your Day

Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Exercise into your Day. Not exercising is worse for your health than smoking, reports a new study. Here are our best tricks for sneaking in more activity during the day without changing your routine. 1.…

Look what Costco Items I Have in my Kitchen

Look what Costco items I have in my kitchen. It is such a popular place, especially for people with larger families, people who entertain, people looking for a deal.  Did you know it is also a great place to stock…

Psychobiotics, The Future of Mental Health?

Have you heard the term psychobiotics? At this year’s National Wellness Conference in October, 2019, I am speaking on Your Brain and Microbiome (Psychobiotics)- New Imperatives for Depression, Anxiety and Mental Health. YOUR SECOND BRAIN “The second brain,” is a…

Do Dog or Cat Owners Live Longer?

Do dog or cat owners live longer? If you want to live a longer and happier, consider adopting a pet. Science shows pet owners are reaping an impressive number of health benefits. These include reduced risk for heart attack and…

Save on Your Veggies and Save the Planet

We can save on our veggies and save the planet. Food is a terrible thing to waste. It’s bad for people and the planet, and yet 40% of all the food produced in the US goes uneaten. From farms to…

What’s in those dryer sheets?

What is in those dryer sheets that have a strong fragrance? Dr. Anne Steinmann* tested dryer vent emissions with 25 of the most common brands of scented laundry products, here’s what she found: More than 600 volatile organic compounds (VOCs)…

Did You Know that Costco Is Banning Roundup from It’s Shelves?

Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup, is the most used herbicide on earth. From mass agriculture to backyard gardening, it is sprayed on most of the produce we cultivate. So much so, in fact, that a sampling of waterways…

Food Marketing to Children – A Health Risk Needing Attention

“Current food and beverage marketing practices put children’s long-term health at risk.” National Academies’ Institute of Medicine, 2006 The overwhelming majority of foods marketed to children are of poor nutritional quality. Three-quarters (73%) of the foods advertised on television shows…

Digestive Help for the Holidays

Want some digestive help for the holidays? Over 100 million American’s suffer from digestive upset. Maintaining a healthy digestive system year round can be difficult for anyone. Maintaining it during the holiday season is a whole other game. Between the months…

Consider this Easy Gift of Health this Xmas

It’s a wonderful chance to educate and inspire those we love to eat a little cleaner. I am so excited that I found an easy and healthy recipe WITH CHOCOLATE that I can make as a gift to my local…

Are You Intrigued By Stem Cell Therapy?

Are you fascinated by stem cell therapy? Join me HERE  on Facebook starting next Monday December 3rd as I walk you through a week long Stem Cell Rejuvenation Program @sanovivmedicalinstitute in Rosaríto, Mexico. I will be facilitating my annual Health…

Do You Know About The Healing Power of Pets?

Do you know pets have healing power? Such as Lower blood pressure less risk of heart disease reduced anxiety The number of scientifically proven health benefits of pet ownership is rising faster than the number of chew toys strewn around…

Join me Virtually on my Health and Education Retreat Next Week

Next week you have the opportunity to join me “virtually” on my Health and Education Retreat in Rosarito, Mexico.  I have the pleasure of taking a group of wonderful “wellness Seekers” on a Wellness Travel Adventure to Sanoviv Medical Institute…

Did You Know Your Genes Are Not Your Destiny?

Did you know your genes are not your destiny? I made a short video about the new science of “epigenetics” (or “above the genes”) . Epigenetics indicates that that our lifestyle exerts a profound influence over which of our genes…

Can Owning A Dog Help Your Microbiome?

Our bodies contain around eight million genes. Yet only about 0.3 percent are human. The rest come from your microbiome — the sum total of genes from the numerous microbes (mostly bacteria, but also viruses, yeasts and fungi) that coat…

Would you consider NON-FOOD treats to TRICK-or-TREATERS?

a worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all kids

My Favorite Healthy Halloween Treat

Halloween is coming. You know what’s even scarier than vampires, ghosts, and skeletons ? The long list of nasty ingredients in the candy kids eat by the bucket-full on Halloween. It can be extremely challenging to find healthy Halloween treats…

Lab Testing for Better Health – PODCAST

Testing your blood gives you insight into the most important laboratory – your own body. Get baseline screening blood tests or decide to take a deeper dive by ordering from our menu of advanced biomarkers. Here are some of the…

WHAT IS NUTRIGENOMICS? – Podcast

Have you heard about Nutrigenomics? In this episode of Dr Karen Health Talks, I explain how we are not victims of our genes. In fact with the human genome project showing that humans have the same number of genes as…

What 3 Things Can You Do NOW that Can Improve Your Health

I was interested to hear Dr Jeffrey Bland (the father of Functional Medicine and author of The Disease Delusion, answer the question “ What 3 Things Can You Do NOW that Can Improve Your Health?” Here is his answer. Get…

It’s Been a Rough Year for Sugar

It’s been a rough year for sugar. In my previous blog HERE, I wrote about  the article published in health journal Obesity that  found sugary beverage consumption down 20% in children and 10% in adults from 2003. Fruit juice and…

Americans Are Saying No to Soda Pop

A study released in 2016 shows Americans are saying no to soda pop! The study, published in the journal Obesity in 2016 relied on a representative sample of 18,000 children 2 to 19 years old, and 27,652 adults aged 20…

What Are Normal Blood Sugar Levels?

Checking your  blood glucose (sugar) levels makes a difference when it comes overall health awareness. I like to teach my clients about 4 main ways to test their blood sugar and I will explain each way and the “target” levels…

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer’s

Have you ever considered their might be a connection with the amount of sugar in your diet and your risk of Alzheimer’s Disease? A high-carb diet, and the resulting high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline. In recent years,…

Have you heard about Lipoprotein A?

Lipoprotein(a) (also called Lp(a) or LPA) is a lipoprotein subclass. Genetic studies have identified Lp(a) as a risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases such as coronary heart disease and stroke. The Lp(a) test is typically ordered by a doctor if you…

Regain Your Brain

Many people don’t realize that by the time you begin experiencing symptoms of cognitive decline, your diet and lifestyle has been affecting your brain’s health for decades. There is now a massive (and growing!) body of research that proves that…

The Deadly Lipoprotein A

The most dangerous particle when it comes to heart disease is genetically-determined, meaning your family gave it you. Insurance companies refused to pay to have it tested so most of the millions of people who have it are unaware.

Acid versus Alkali – What is the difference?

Your survival depends on your blood pH to be consistent. If you are more acidic, your body will  literally strip itself of  sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium just to establish balance, neutralize the over-abundance of acid, and safely remove it…

Ten Nutrition Tips for Adrenal Fatigue

Always eat breakfast before 10am.  Try to eat your lunch before noon and evening meal before 6 p.m. Avoid coffee or other caffeinated beverages. Coffee and tea act as stimulants and interrupt sleep pattern. Herbal tea is acceptable because it…

What Exactly Is CBD Oil ?

I get asked a lot about my opinions on CBD Oil. I had to research it myself because this is new to the medical and wellness world. I knew it had something to do with marijuana, but I needed to…

7 Things this Holistic Psychiatrist Recommends Before Antidepressants

Holistic Psychiatrist, Ellen Vora, MD just wrote an article on  the tips & tools you need to help manage your emotional symptoms and feel vibrantly healthy. I found them so clear and helpful, I am listing them here. She list…

Got Leaky Gut?

Hippocrates was right when he said many years ago that the gut is the foundation of our entire health. Research is finally starting to show that many chronic and autoimmune diseases can be connected to gastrointestinal problems. When your gut…

Top Ten Tips for adding Alkaline foods to your diet

In PART 1 HERE, I discussed the reason we should care about acidity and alkalinity. Research shows that diets consisting of highly alkaline foods — fresh vegetables, fruits and unprocessed plant-based sources of protein, for example — result in a…

Alkaline vs Acidic – Why You Should Care?

Do you know why that question is so important? Your regular doctor will not ask you that question. So why should you care? The bottom line is, disease THRIVES in an acidic state and is less likely to thrive in…

Do You Know Your Blood Sugar?

Do you know your blood sugar? Knowing how your body responds to a particular food, meal, activity, or even thought can be one of the most valuable skills you’ll ever learn. Measuring your blood glucose will give you this feedback,…

Tips for Eating Right on the Road – PART 2- ROAD TRAVEL

Road travel is a slower way to travel than flying. With most of the day spent in the car, you can easily lose track of time and what you’ve been eating. So, if you plan on snacking, fill up on…

Tips for Eating Right on the Road – PART 1- AIR TRAVEL

Want tips for eating right on the road? No matter if you’re flying, driving, or taking a train, travel can wreak havoc on your diet. It doesn’t have to. Just follow these tips for better travel nutrition. Air Travel Plan…

Are You An Emotional Eater?

I personally feel that much of our eating is “emotional eating”.  What do I mean by this statement?  Emotional eating is another way to look at cravings.  When you are not responding to natural hunger, you have to be responding…

Want Some Good recipes?

Everyone needs some good recipes. I am sure that you are wondering about a source for some good recipes that you can try or maybe you have a good recipe you would like to share. I am not a cook,…

What Is Genomic Testing?

Genomic testing is becoming more and more popular. Let’s look at what it is. You are born with your genes, many of which contain small errors called SNPs (pronounced “snips”) that can predispose you to certain health conditions or affect…

Is Sugar Addiction Really A Problem?

In this episode I am talking about “Is Sugar Addiction Really A Problem?” Like addictive drugs, highly palatable foods rich in sugar, fat and salt trigger feel-good chemicals such as dopamine. Once people experience pleasure associated with increased dopamine transmission…

Is Sugar Addiction Real?

For many of us, sugar is addictive. That’s because foods high in sugar trigger the reward centers of your brain. The Lay’s potato chip  advertising company were really onto something when they developed their “betcha can’t eat just one” slogan…

Do You Believe that Love Can Heal?

Do you believe love can heal? I felt moved to write about how love has shown up in so many ways this weekend. Last Friday we saw the tragedy in Texas and we mourned as a country and prayed for…

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 4 Your Microbiome and Your health

Until recently, scientists focused almost solely on how microbes negatively affect humans. There has since been a realization that some microorganisms are actually beneficial to human health. Let’s first of all define some terms: The microbiota is the collection of…

PODCAST – How Pets Help Your Health

Do you know how pets help your health?  Our dogs are part of our family. Some might say a little “too much” since they sleep in our bed and cuddle up on the couch with us!  See all the ways…

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 3 Foods Your Brain Will Love

BEWARE – Food is medicine, or it’s poison. LONGEVITY SECRET # 3 – conditions including Alzheimer’s — and other forms of dementia — and also depression, attention deficit disorder, PTSD, even bipolar disorders, are all deeply influenced by the food…

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 2 Diet Killers

BEWARE – Our diet is  killing more of us than smoking LONGEVITY SECRET # 2 – The vast majority of premature death and disability is preventable with a plant based diet and other healthy lifestyle behaviors 70 to 80 percent…

Vitality & Longevity: Secrets to A Thriving Life – PART 1 Beware Fake Foods

BEWARE = Ultra-processed called “Fake Foods”  foods are causing widespread chronic disease and shortening life span. LONGEVITY SECRET # 1= Eat a diet that’s nutrient rich without caloric excess. Ultra-processed foods now account for nearly two-thirds of the calories eaten…

How Owning A Pet Can Improve Your Overall Health – PART 3

PART 3 discusses how owning a pet improves your mental health. Pets get you out into the human world, help you work through mental afflictions, and, as you get older, help you stay cognitively sharp. Here is a short list…

How Owning A Pet Can Improve Your Overall Health – PART 2

Pets can improve your emotional health. They give unconditional love and are always happy to see you. They shower you with love and attention. This is PART 2 in a series on How Owning A Pet Can Improve Your Overall…

Owning a Pet Can Help Improve Your Overall Health – PART 1

Did you know that owning a pet can help improve your overall health? Our dogs are part of our family. Some might say a little “too much” since they sleep in our bed and cuddle up on the couch with…

Are Your Greens Clean?

Are your greens clean? There is another aspect to eating clean that many of us forget about. I say this with a “disclaimer”. Studies have been comparing the benefits of organic versus non organic produce for years, and despite all…

How to Attract Clients with Public Speaking

Public speaking is a powerful way to build your client base and build trust. However there is a whole “System” to put in place before, during and after your presentation to attract your perfect clients. It is not just about…

How to Stay Healthy on A Cruise – PART 1

I am headed on a cruise in 5 days and there are certain “essential” items that I pack. I am doing a series on “How to Stay Healthy on a Cruise”.  PART 1 are the supplements I pack The last…

Chile Bans Tony the Tiger in their Fight Against Obesity

The Chilean government, facing skyrocketing rates of obesity, is waging war on unhealthy foods with a host of marketing restrictions, mandatory packaging redesigns and labeling rules aimed at transforming the eating habits of 18 million people. This is world’s most…

FREE ONLINE ORAL HEALTH SUMMIT March 12-19, 2018

Did you know that 80% of disease symptoms are caused by problems that begin in your mouth? Oral health is one of the most common questions that comes up in my community, and one of the most overlooked health issues…

Sleep Duration & Dementia

One in three Americans do not get enough sleep, and 45% of the world’s population doesn’t either. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls that a “public health problem,” because disrupted sleep is associated with a higher risk…

FREE Webinar: “Healthy Gut, Healthy Body – Unlocking the Power of Your Second Brain.

Everyone is welcome – Please note: The proprietary presentation slides will not be shared, nor will the recording of the webinar! Thursday, March 8th, 2018 6:00Pm – 7:30pm (Pacific) 7:00pm – 8:30pm (Mountain) 8:00pm – 9:30pm (Central) 9:00pm – 9:30pm…

It’s My Birthday, I’m Giving YOU A Gift!

It’s a BIG birthday for me coming up and I am excited to be part of a 28 Day Online Self Care Immersion, and I am inviting you! PLUS, when you purchase the “Wellness Kit” to join the 28 day…

An Invitation for YOU

I have had a huge response to my new eBook. That is exciting because the topic of skin health is so important. I am glad so many of my wellness community are interested! If you haven’t accessed my FREE E…

Dr Oz Shares Powerful Skin Health Story

Last week I was part of an exciting  scientific skincare line launch and yesterday it was discussed at The Doctor Oz Show! My skin is more radiant and glowing since I been using Celavive. I have used it daily since…

Be Your Own Health Detective PART 2

Whatever skin issues you might be manifesting almost always point to imbalances in your body as whole. Your skin reflects the health of your body and that’s great news when the body system is vibrant and running on all cylinders!…

Be Your Own Health Detective PART 1

One of my goals in my life is to teach people to be their own Health Detective. Our bodies are comprised of many interdependent systems and when there is an imbalance in one area it affects the inner workings of…

Your Skin Is Your Second Mouth – PART 3 What To Eat for Glowing Skin

When it comes to good skin what you put in your body is as important as what you put on it! Most people look for skin care products in a drug or department store. But the latest beauty science buzz…

Love The Skin You’re In – PART 2 Your Gut Is Your Second Skin

Did you download my FREE EBOOK titled Love the Skin You’re Living In? CLICK HERE to download. Your gut is your second skin and gut issues can show themselves ob your outside skin. Skin problems can be an indication that something…

Love The Skin You’re Living In -10 Habits of Glowing Skin

Your skin is your second mouth. It is also the largest organ of the body. As your second mouth, your skin readily absorbs everything you apply to it. It will absorb into your internal body the nutrients and chemical compounds…

Sugar is our #1 Recreational Drug of Choice

One of my favorite snacks is frozen yogurt. I always get the fat free variety! Well…. when you look at the ingredients label and sugar content, I am  better off eating a candy bar! I thought low-fat yogurt was supposed…

Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health

Your Gut is one of the KEYS to Unlocking Brain Health. Most diseases of the brain do not start in the brain. Depression, anxiety, ADD and dementia often have a foundation in the gut. It doesn’t make sense anymore to…

New Year Resolutions Don’t Work – Here’s Why

Do you set New Year Resolutions? Many of us set them based on something we don’t want in our life. Maybe you don’t want those extra pounds or don’t want to smoke or don’t want sugar cravings. It is only…

Confessions of A Cereal Killer

Sugary cereal is one of the worst things you can have for breakfast. A major part of my Sugar Buster Program is giving up cereal! Yet millions of people around the world use this as their breakfast food of choice.…

Lifestyle Medicine Matters

Lifestyle medicine is what my focus is going to be in 2018. When I was in medical School I didn’t receive any training in lifestyle assessment and change. I would talk about risk factors for disease, but never had the…

Vitamin D Series PART 2 – Vitamin D and Your Health

Vitamin D insufficiencies are estimated to affect over one billion people worldwide. The Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) data showed a significant increase in vitamin D insufficiency in the USA over the last 30 years, with…

Vitamin D Series PART 1 – Vitamin D and Athletes

Vitamin D is well known for its role in calcium regulation and bone health, but emerging literature tells of vitamin D’s central role in other vital body processes, such as: signaling gene response, protein synthesis, hormone synthesis, immune response, plus,…

Life Perspectives From 30 Plus Years As A Wellness Seeker

I don’t often write about my musings on life. Usually I am teaching the  latest exciting news about health and nutrition such as the miracle of the microbiome or the science of epigenetics or the teachings of Functional Medicine. Today…

SIX WAYS SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN LEAD TO WEIGHT GAIN

Most people know they should cut calories and exercise more to trim down, but there’s now significant scientific evidence that another critical component to maintaining your natural normal weight  is avoiding sleep deprivation, sleep scientists say. “There is no doubt…

How Is the Gut Connected to the Brain?

Did you know your gut is intricately connected to your brain? The brain needs a lot of nutrients to do its job. Not just food nutrients, but minerals and raw materials needed to help metabolic processed. If you do not…

The Scariest Part of Halloween is the Sugar

The Scariest Part of Halloween is the sugar. The amount of candy consumed on Halloween may seem downright spooky, especially if you’re a dentist, nutritionist or health-conscious parent. Almost every child in the USA will have candy on Halloween, and about…

How to Stay Grounded in the Midst of Chaos

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop with Mathew Fox last weekend. He is a theologian and Episcopal priest who was a Dominican friar for 34 years. One of my favorite sayings of his life work is this……. Our…

New Research Says that Your ‘Breast Microbiome’ Plays A Big Role In Cancer

Did you know that your breasts have their own unique microbiome? A study has shown for the first time that breast cancer has been linked to a decrease in bacterial diversity.

Got Tempeh?

Got tempeh? I was in my favorite Mother’s market today and was so excited get my firm tempeh that I love to saute and use as my plant based protein source. Want some good plant-based protein sources? Tempeh is a…

The Power of Nutrigenomics

Nutrigenomics is the study of how genes and nutrients interact. We have finally been able to put the science to the idea that we’re all different. We respond in a different way to the environment, to diet, to trying to…

How Our Eating Habits Can Impact Our Planet

I was in Mothers market this week and I found a RAW HUMMUS WRAP that has this on the container “Adopting a plant-based diet is the single most powerful action an individual can take to stop climate change, end world…

The Eco-Impact of Meatless Mondays

I was in Mothers market this week and I found a RAW HUMMUS WRAP that has this on the container “Adopting a plant-based diet is the single most powerful action an individual can take to stop climate change, end world…

When Food Is Love

Food is love. I just completed  a LIVE call with 20 participants in my September Sugar Buster Program. The topic tonight was about our relationship to food  and how to heal it. I wanted  to share this topic with you…

Is Plant- Based Eating Going Mainstream?

Several Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers in California, doctors, nurses, and other staff are learning about plant-powered eating so they can pass along the information to their patients. Some of the medical staff are even adopting plant-powered diets long-term.

Want to leap into health and longevity with me?

Amazing what people can do when they come together. I never thought I would do something like this but I have been inspired by others who are dong this. My wellness team has been working, playing and visioning. I’m ready to take my health to a whole other level I want to really add value to the world.

Can I Really Do 30 Days of RAW?

If you have followed me on social media you probably know I have been doing a 30 Day Plant-Based Eating Plan. It was hard at first, but now I feel I prefer to eat this way. Isn’t it interesting how…

Can Exercise Help Us Think Better?

A new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in March 12, 2017, showed that exercise in people age 50 or over is demonstrated to have significant effects on cognition.

Can Gut Bacteria Prevent The Flu?

Many studies suggest that more than 70 percent of the immune system resides in the gut. At the center of all this is the microbiome, or the community of bacteria living in our digestive tract, which seems to become more…

Lessons from my 10 Days of Plant-Based Eating

My dad was a butcher and I grew up eating and loving meat, So, the plant-based challenge was definitely a challenge for me.I wanted to do it because it makes sense to me that eating a whole food plant based…

Why You Might Want to Soak Your Nuts

Nuts contain phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors that prevent them from being digested well and that can be detrimental to your health. The answer to this problem is simple: soak your nuts and seeds After a couple hours, much of…

PART 2 – Oral Wellness 101 – Your Daily Prevention Guide

Don’t smoke Reduce both the quantity and the frequency of sugar intake. Snacks and drinks should be free of sugars (other than natural sugars found in fruits and vegetables). Sugar-containing foods should be consumed with meals. ideally followed by brushing.…

PART 1 – Oral Wellness 101 – The Mouth-Body Connection

Do you think a physician who suspected heart disease or diabetes would refer the patient to a gum specialist? That is definitely not the current “standard of care”. Well. Based on research, that might change! Research is now showing strong…

Dr Karen Health Talks Podcast – How to Make Fermented Foods 101

Fermented foods have a lot of health benefits. They are rich in enzymes, which help speed up digestion and absorption in our system. They are also rich in good bacteria, specifically lactobacillus acidophilus, which is an extremely beneficial flora found in the gut.

QUICK TIPS TO HOME COOKING MADE EASY

If you are like me, quick tips are what you want when it comes to cooking. Here are some tips I have learned through trial and error! TO SAUTE Seasoning the protein with sea salt, ground black pepper and garlic…

Sugar Linked To $1 Trillion In U.S. Healthcare Spending

An article in Forbes magazine in 2013 highlighted the Credit Suisse report on sugar which is worth highlighting. 30% – 40% of healthcare expenditures in the USA go to help address issues that are closely tied to the excess consumption…

The Number One Way to Boost Your Brain Power

Nothing protects the brain quite like regular exercise. Here is the list of why exercise is the number one way to boost your brain. Exercise is like investing in a retirement fund for your brain. Exercise can Increase blood flow…

Mind and Modernity

An article in the Los Angeles Times today really got my attention. I am a supporter of “Lifestyle Medicine” and I saw this article that discussed how air pollution, Western Diet and digital screens may influence how are brains work.…

You and Your Microbiome

If you missed Microbiome Medicine Summit 2 there are more than 30 hours of expert presentations available online and as instant downloads! Gain the tips, strategies and secrets of microbiome medicine–it could improve your health, longevity, vitality and assist with…

Do You Have a Glucose Meter?

I recommend everyone purchase their own glucose meter as part of their “wellness tracking”. Digital health and personalized wellness is so popular now and more people are  interested in managing their own health by changing lifestyles and healthier living. This…

Got Reflux?

This week I have been attending a summit on the link between the gut and the brain. A big message for me was that stomach acid is critical to good brain function. Yet, so many people are blocking acid production…

Acid Blocking Drugs and Your Brain

The Microbiome Summit this week has been full of amazing cutting edge information. One message that I want to share and have you spread the message is about the use of the common acid blocking drugs (often used for reflux).…

Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Physical Activity into your Day

Daily physical activity is as important as getting quality sleep. So many people use the excuse that they don’t have “time”. I schedule physical activity into my day just like any “appointment”. Dr Karen’s Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Exercise…

Melatonin and Migraines

Melatonin is a naturally occurring hormone. In humans, melatonin is produced in several tissues, including the brain (pineal gland), retina, and GI tract. In the brain, melatonin synthesis is stimulated by darkness. Once synthesized, it enters the blood stream and…

Do You Weigh Yourself Every Day?

For so many of us the scale is a source of stress and self-loathing.  Conventional wisdom tells us not to weigh ourselves more once a week. What do you think? I personally feel this is a personal decision. The scale…

Join me on Monday May 8 to Learn about your Microbiome!

Your greatest ally in health is your microbiome–the trillions of bacteria that are the control center of your health! I have written a lot about the microbiome and I am speaking at two national conferences this year all about it.…

Vitamin D – What You Need to Know

Vitamin D is unique among vitamins as it works more like a hormone. Vitamin D is necessary for normal bone mineralization and growth (Vitamin D increases absorption of calcium from the small intestine so the body receives maximum benefit) maintenance…

Top Ten Reasons Why Stress is Fattening

Let’s define stress first. Most people only think of psychological stress when they hear the term “stress”. Things like family or job issues, or traffic or money worries. Yes, these can certainly be stressful. There are also less obvious stressors…

What’s For Dinner? – The Magic of Marinades

What’s for dinner? That question often instills panic in me as a busy working professional. I know I am not the only one! I decided to take on the challenge and find simple, quick, healthy recipes that I can enjoy…

Recipe for Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice is so easy to make. Especially when you buy the ingredients all ready to go. Here is the image of what you need. INGREDIENTS 3 cups of “riced” raw cauliflower (you can buy it fresh in a…

Want to Know How to Snack Smart?

Snacking between meals can keep you from getting too hungry and help you maintain a more consistent energy level throughout the day. The secret is eating the right kind of snacks, ones that will give your body the nutrients that it…

Got Heartburn?

According to the National Institute of Health, 20% of Americans suffer from heartburn symptoms at least once per week, and nearly half of these people experience symptoms every day. The pain associated with heartburn is caused by stomach acid backing…

Easter Reflections – A Heartbeat at A Time

Whether you celebrate Easter or not, it is such a special time of year. Spring in the Northern Hemisphere brings new life from Nature. At a time in our world, where there seems to be such anger and fighting for…

Non Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter and candy go hand in hand. So, here are some ideas for a lower candy Easter and equally as fun! May your Easter be the sweetest one yet.  If you celebrate Easter, I hope you celebrate with your favorite…

The Ultimate Social Network – The Microbiome– PART 1

90% of the cells in our body are not human. The trillions of tiny bacteria living inside of us are called the microbiome. Our body contains ten times more microbes than human cells and one hundred times more microbial DNA…

The Path to Create Health In One Phone Call

Yesterday I had a phone call which reminded me of why I chose the “road less traveled” in my career. (The path of creating health versus treating disease). Let me tell you about the call. I will not use names…

Constipation 101

We are not really taught about the importance of the gut and whether your digestive system is working properly. Some people have been constipated for 10 years and are dependent on laxatives. If you continue this trend, you can have…

My New Year Success Promise

I don’t set New Year Resolutions. They seem short term solutions that are easy to break. Instead, I go quiet for a while and reflect on the VALUES I want my life to represent and then live by these values.…

How To Survive the Holiday Party Menu

The holidays are upon us and we have parties and food everywhere! My brand new Dr Karen Health Talk Radio Show is all about my Top Ten Tips for How to Survive the Holiday parties!!!! Enjoy and share with those…

How to Eat Smart During Holiday Parties

It’s holiday season! That means lots of delicious food everywhere! Do you struggle with what to eat at these events? Do you find it hard to make healthy choices? I’m here to help! The best way to walk into a…

Mental Health Tips for Stressful Times

Mental health is an important topic and right now there is a lot of change and transition and it can be hard to know how best to handle it all

Is Your Dog Overweight?

Did you know that one of every four pets is overweight? Do you know how to tell if your pet is overweight? If you rub your hand under your pet’s hair and along his or her sides and can’t feel…

The Gift of My Divine Discontent

  An interview with the National Wellness Institute where we discuss how my Divine Discontent led me to be a change maker in  the state of American health-care system. I discuss Functional Medicine, Microbiome Medicine and new paradigms of healthcare…

The Obesity Code – Unlocking the Secrets to Weight Loss

The Obesity Code is a great book. I wanted to review the key concepts here. The subtitle is “Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss”. Jason Fung, MD does a great job explaining how weight gain and obesity are driven by…

6 Things Americans are Buying Less Of (and it makes me happy)

Can you guess what six things Americans are buying less of that makes me very happy?

What Are Autoimmune Conditions?

Autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and MS, affect more than 250 million people worldwide. In the United States, they are the 3rd leading chronic disease behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. Based on twin studies, we now know that…

Sugar Detox Series PODCAST – PART 3

In this third PODCAST on the Sugar Detox Series, there is a great conversation about low glycemic recipes and meal plans. Once you remove sugar cravings, you start to crave healthy food and real food tastes so much better! My…

Sugar Detox Series PODCAST – PART 2

Is sugar addictive? A study published is the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests  that higher sugar, higher glycemic foods can be addictive. If you are among those whose brain chemistry and taste buds have been hijacked by the food…

Sugar Detox Series PODCAST – PART 1

Sugar is fattening! When you consume excess sugar that your body can’t use it is then turned into fat by the body. Sugar can cause hormonal changes, mood swings, sleep disturbances, inflammation and much more! New studies show that excess…

You and Your Cell Signaling

Cell signaling plays a pivotal role in all degenerative conditions that are the main focus of all disease today. I am holding a webinar Monday October 3 at 6pm Pacific to explain more about this process and how it uncovers…

10 Things You Need To Know to Keep Your Gut Happy and Healthy

Whether we realize it or not, every one of us has an individually unique microbial eco-system in and on us, a “microbiome,” which is home to more than 100 trillion microbes. Sounds like a lot, doesn’t it? In fact, that…

5 Ways to Boost Your Brain through Your Gut – PODCAST

A healthy gut is needed for a healthy brain. Your brain’s health is dictated by what goes on in your gut. What’s taking place in your intestines affects not only your brain’s daily functions, but also determines your risk for…

5 Ways to Boost Your Brain Through Your Gut

A healthy gut is needed for a a healthy brain. Your brain’s health is dictated by what goes on in your gut. What’s taking place in your intestines affects not only your brain’s daily functions, but also determines your risk…

Dietary Recommendations for Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a form of dementia that causes progressive deterioration of memory, thinking, language, and behavior. This gradual loss of brain function occurs over a period of time and has been associated with plaques and tangles in the brain…

A Functional Medicine Approach to Autism

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD, previously called “autism”) is a poorly understood family of related conditions. It is linked to abnormal biology and chemistry in the brain for which the exact causes are unknown. However, it is now recognized that there…

Two Weight Loss Secrets You Don’t Hear

With all the diets available, I have found that getting healthy is the key to losing weight and there are two key weight loss secrets. Your body has a natural ability to find balance and heal once you stop doing…

Are You Pooping All Wrong?

Are you pooping all wrong? Squatting is apparently the most  healthy way to poop. The modern toilet seat creates  a style of pooping which puts upward pressure on the rectum and creates the need to STRAIN in order to eliminate.…

What is Depression? – Rethinking What We think We Know

Recent years have seen a shocking increase in antidepressant use the world over, with 1 in 4 women starting their day with medication. These drugs have steadily become the panacea for everything from grief, irritability, panic attacks, to insomnia, PMS, and stress. But the truth is, what women really need can’t be found at a pharmacy.

What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 2

The underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease begin with too much sugar on the brain. The cycle starts when we over-consume sugar and don’t eat enough fat, which leads to diabesity.  Type 3 Diabetes The idea that Alzheimer’s might be Type…

What You Eat May Be Killing Your Brain – PART 1

Just in case you need another reason to cut back on sugar, it now turns out that Alzheimer’s could well be a form of diet-induced diabetes. What Is Alzheimer’s? A neuropathologist named Alois Alzheimer noticed, over a century ago, that…

New Directions in Cancer Treatment – Hyperthermia

Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy or thermotherapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures (up to 113°F).

New Directions in Cancer Treatment – Curcumin

I am attending a Physician Symposium at Sanoviv Medical Institute on Integrative Oncology and amazed at the advances in personalized cancer treatment. I will be sharing some of my insights to open the door of awareness of what is possible…

Natural Remedies for Heartburn

Want to know some natural remedies for heartburn, commonly called acid reflux? It  is caused when digestive acids flow up from the stomach and into the esophagus. The esophagus, located in the heart region of the chest, becomes irritated with…

How to Not Get Sick While Traveling

Want to know how to not get sick while traveling? I have been in 10 cities and 5 countries in the last two weeks and of course there is exposure to all kinds of things that could make me sick!…

HOW SMART IS YOUR FOOD?

Is your food smart? Here is how you answer this question. Is the food you are choosing based on, Simple and Pure Ingredients? Macronutrients that are balanced? Advanced Fats? Research Validated ingredients? Total personalization to YOUR needs? One of the…

Weight Loss Secrets You Don’t Hear About

With all the diets available, I have found there are two key weight loss secrets.

Could Your Healthy Diet Make Me Fat?

Could your healthy diet make me fat? An Israeli study at Weizmann Institute of Science in 2015 about personalized nutrition was heralded by a media frenzy. “This diet study upends everything we thought we knew about ‘healthy’ food,”

How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins – PART 2

PART 2 of how to reduce exposure to toxins. CLICK HERE for PART 1. In the Bathroom Check shampoos, conditioners, shave cream, body wash and any other personal care product or cosmetic you use. Many of these products are filled…

How to Reduce Exposure to Toxins – PART 1

Toxins that we are exposed to in everyday life can act as endocrine disruptors. This means that they can increase or decrease vital hormones in the body. This ultimately leads to serious health problems, and so it is important to…

Do It Yourself Bone Broth

Bone broth is so good for your gut. It contains the minerals of bone, cartilage, marrow and vegetables as electrolytes. It aids digestion and is important for treatment of intestinal disorders (the gelatin in stocks is excellent for nourishing the…

Sitting is the new Smoking – Why I have a Stand Up Desk

I recently heard a new phrase, “Sitting is the new smoking.” Where did this phrase come from, and what does it mean? Marc Hamilton, a leading researcher on inactivity physiology, suggests that sitting is “the new smoking.” James Levine, a…

Deskercises to Keep You Moving

Deskercises are great ways to keep moving while at a desk. If you are anything like me you work at a computer for a lot of your day. Humans were not meant to sit at a desk all day, hunched…

Why Your DNA is Not Your Destiny

Your DNA is not your destiny. This is a heretical idea for some and  goes against a long standing understanding we have had that whatever choices we make during our lives might ruin our short-term memory or make us gain…

Autism and the Gut

Autism and the gut are four words you usually do not see together. Although many questions remain about Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), the role of the intestinal microbiome is becoming increasing researched

Epigenetics 101

Epigenetics is the study of sections of our DNA (called “marks”) that tell our genes when and how strongly to express themselves

Digestion PART 2 – Got Constipation?

Constipation is a result of severe leaky gut, inflammatory bowel disease over time, or toxicity in the body.

Digestion -Part 1 – Chew Your Food

Chewing your food serves as the first step in your digestive process. Chew until your mouthful of food is liquefied. The way you chew, including how long you chew, can significantly impact your health in ways you likely never knew……

HOW TO SAUTE BOK CHOY

Do you know how to Saute Bok Choy? I haven’t ever made this before and I regret that because it is delicious and EASY! Bok choy is a Chinese cabbage and not as popular as the cabbage typically found at…

What is Vitamin D?

What is Vitamin D? It is unique compared to other vitamins because when  your body gets it, it turns it  into a hormone. This hormone is sometimes called “activated vitamin D” or “calcitriol.” When you get vitamin D  in your…

How Much Vitamin D Do We Need?

Different organizations recommend different daily intakes. Here are the recommendations from some organizations in the United States: Recommended daily intakes from various organizations: Vitamin D Council – Infants 1,000 IU/day, Children 1,000 IU/day per 25lbs of body weight, Adults 5,000…

Want to measure your Vitamin D?

Do you know what your Vitamin D level  is? Having blood tests to measure the amount in your blood is the only way to know if you’re getting enough or not. The blood test you need is called a 25(OH)D…

What Causes Your Irritable Bowel Syndrome?

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is the most common  gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. In fact, studies estimate that 38-96 million Americans  suffer from IBS, although only 5 to 7% have been diagnosed. Symptoms of IBS include frequent diarrhea, constipation—or both—gas, bloating, and…

How Many Cells are in the Human Body?

I was asked today how many cells are in the human body. Good question. I thought I would blog about what I found out. Our cells can’t fill out census forms, so they can’t tell you themselves. And while it’s…

6 Things I look for in a Recipe

Many people ask me what I look for in a recipe. Here are the 6 things I look for: 1. Are the ingredients all whole foods and recognizable? I don’t want to wonder what an ingredient is or where it…

5 Digestive Health Tips After Thanksgiving

Need some digestive health tips? For many of us, digestive discomfort has become a fact of life…especially at holiday time. Do you suffer from gas, bloating, upset stomach, constipation or heartburn? By paying attention and making a few simple changes,…

Dr Karen’s Top Ten Tips to Keep Your Lungs Healthy

Do you ever think about keeping your lungs healthy? “The lungs are very durable if they’re not attacked from the outside,” says Norman H. Edelman, M.D., chief medical officer of the American Lung Association (ALA). With a few exceptions, your…

Is Your Thyroid Working Properly?

Is your thyroid working properly? The American Thyroid Association (ATA) estimates that 20 million Americans suffer from some form of thyroid disease—60% of whom aren’t diagnosed. Also, women are 5 to 8 times more likely to have problems than men.…

How to Kick Your Sugar Addiction

Tonight I am presenting my DAY 3 Teleclass of my October Sugar Buster Group. I hold these groups every month and the Wednesday call is my favorite call because we talk about the science of Sugar Addiction and how we…

Your Brain on Sugar

Your brain on sugar represents the relationship between poor blood sugar control your risk for dementia. This relationship is so strong that researchers are now calling Alzheimer’s disease Type-3 diabetes. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in…

How to Beat Sugar Cravings Forever

Did you know that sugar and processed foods are as addictive as heroin or cocaine? What holds most of us back — and gets in the way of success — are those cravings that seem impossible to break. Here is…

How Much Coconut Oil is Enough?

How much coconut oil is enough? According to researchers, an adult should consume around 3 1/2 tbsp. of coconut oil daily: an amount equal to the MCFA a nursing infant would receive in one day. The benefits of coconut oil…

Top Ten Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil, like other plant-based oils, does not contain cholesterol. The vast majority (more than 85%) of the fats in coconut oil are medium-chain triglycerides. These medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) found in coconuts has tremendous health benefits; they are…

Time to Stop Being Afraid of Fat

It’s time to stop being afraid of fat in our diet. Every five years, the US Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Health and Human Services (HHS) convene a 15-member panel to update the nation’s dietary guidelines. The panel’s mission is…

What Are the Predictive Biomarkers of Inflammation?

Inflammation is the root cause of most chronic illness. The word inflammation comes from the Latin “inflammo”, meaning “I set alight”. It is the body’s attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells and irritants…

7 Sneaky Sources of Added Sugar

Make sure you steer clear of these 7 sources of added sugar. Foods don’t have to be sweet to contain added sugar. An estimated 75% of packaged foods purchased in the US contain added sugar. This includes some surprising savory…

How I Make Money with Purpose

It is my own personal growth journey to share with you how I make money with purpose. It is personal growth because I have a reluctance to talk about money and also to share my business model . The business…

What Is Leaky Gut?

What is leaky gut? It sounds awful I know, I would rather rename it to inflamed gut. According to the research, leaky gut could be the cause of your food allergies, low energy, joint pain, thyroid disease, autoimmune conditions and…

Do you Steer Clear of Cereals?

Do you steer clear of cereals? I recommend you do! It’s not just kids’ cereals that are too sweet. Adult cereals like Kashi GoLean Crunch have 3 teaspoons of added sugars per (3/4 cup) serving. The Environmental Working Group (EWG)…

4 Steps to Heal Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  affects up to 2.5 million Americans and for most is a very debilitating illness. Conventional medicine is just now coming around to recognizing it as a real syndrome, and it is generally only as a diagnosis of…

Chemical Cuisine-Your guide to food additives

Want to know more about  food additives? Worried about the safety of the list of unpronounceable additives on packaged foods in your supermarket? Is aspartame the safest artificial sweetener? Or is it sucralose? Which food coloring is made from the…

7 Habits of Emotional Intelligence in People

Emotional intelligence is a quality that gives you an edge at work and in life. So what habits do they have that set them apart? “Anyone can become angry – that is easy. But to be angry with the right…

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fear)

Fifty Shades of Grey?  My new name for the movie that came out Valentine’s Day is Fifty Shades of Fear. I actually do NOT recommend the movie, but since I did see it, I have reflected on the true message…

My Inflammation Transformation

Welcome to my inflammation transformation. When I look at these photos it makes me so grateful that I learned about the role of inflammation (and how sugar creates inflammation) in my life! For so many years I exercised and thought…

Personalized Medicine goes Mainstream

At last, Personalized Medicine goes mainstream! The exciting part of this is that we are having a new conversation in the mainstream media about how our lifestyle and environment affects our genes. It gives clinicians tools to better understand the…

Shake off Aspartame

The Center for Science in the Public Interest is asking Grammy-award-winning singer Taylor Swift to reconsider her endorsement of Diet Coke, which contains the artificial sweetener aspartame. In a letter today, they told Ms. Swift that Diet Coke was probably…

Honey-Mustard Chicken with Ginger Recipe

Honey-Mustard Chicken with Ginger is an easy recipe and delicious. We had this at the Wellness and Education Retreat at Sanoviv and it inspired me to bring home the recipe. Ingredients: Chicken: 2 pounds skinless boneless organic chicken breast fillets…

Almond Crusted White Fish Recipe

Almond Crusted White Fish is an easy recipe. It is considered “paleo” and you can use any white fish of your choice. The key to baking fish is to keep 10 minutes for every inch of fish Ingredients: (1 serving)…

Tasty Paleo Chicken Cacciatore Recipe

I am ready to share my delicious Paleo Chicken Cacciatore recipe! It was delicious! Gluten free, dairy free, low glycemic and Paleo. Packed with healthy veggies and super easy! Inspired by my visit to Sanoviv, I am committing to trying…

Top Ten Tips For Resolution Success

Below are Top Ten Tips for New Year Resolution Success so you can set yourself up for success.  I have a Detox Program starting in January and I want to be sure we have the right mindset for success. Thinking…

Top Ten Reasons You Aren’t Losing Weight

Would you like to know the top ten reasons there might be a barrier to your efforts at releasing weight. For a long time, and even still a main focus, people taught us that releasing weight was all about calories…

What Do You Pack for a Sanoviv Experience?

What Do You Pack for a Sanoviv Experience? As you can see in the photo, we all are given organic and comfortable clothing for us to wear during our stay. So our street clothes are all we need to take!…

What happens when you drink 10 sodas a day?

What happens when you drink 10 sodas a day? Inspired by Morgan Spurlock’s “Super Size Me” documentary, in which the filmmaker ate nothing but McDonald’s food for an entire month, George Prior documented what happened when he drank 10 Cokes…

Join me “VIrtually” in Mexico this Week

This week you have the opportunity to join me “virtually” in Mexico.  I have the pleasure of taking a group of wonderful “wellness Seekers” on a Wellness Travel Adventure to Sanoviv Medical Institute in Rosarito, Mexico. Be sure to “like”…

What is autoimmunity?

The word autoimmunity has a mystery that I am hoping will be resolved with good education. So I have decided to do a simple FAQ to start with the basics. What is Autoimmunity? An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s…

How can you buy NON GMO Food?

You are probably consuming genetically engineered (GE) food, also known as GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) and you don’t even know it. Currently, up to 85% of U.S. corn is genetically engineered (GE), as are 91% of soybeans and 88% of…

Sleep May Ease Holiday Stress

During the holidays people should sleep as much as they can and not get too stressed out. This could prevent some of the holiday weight gain Samuel Klein, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at Washington University School of…

How to Make Mock Mash Potatoes

Ever heard of mock Mash potatoes? I have a secret ingredient is cauliflower and I have the  recipe that is really healthy and easy! Your guests will probably never know that these rich mashed potatoes contain no potatoes at all.…

Got Digestion Issues? – Avoid these Foods

Got digestion issues? It is estimated that up to 70 million Americans suffer from some form of digestive issue – ranging from chronic constipation to serious and even life-threatening conditions, such as Crohn’s disease. And while digestive issues can stem…

Gut Matters

Your gut matters! Unfortunately, many of us eating the Standard American Diet, taking medications and antibiotics, using antibacterial soaps and cleaners, and living a fast-paced, high-stress lifestyle are creating a difficult time for our friendly gut  flora and, instead, are…

Got Constipation?

Got Constipation? – Constipation is defined medically as fewer than three stools per week and severe constipation as less than one stool per week. Some of the symptoms of constipation include lower abdominal discomfort, infrequent bowel movements, straining to have a…

Soda Tax Success

Berkeley, Calif., became the first U.S. city to pass a law taxing sugary drinks including sodas. This is step in the right direction against diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and other sugar-related diseases! The city of Berkeley, Calif., passed a one…

Who’s Afraid of a Little Candy?

Who’s afraid of a little candy? This was a headline today in the Wall Street Journal. According to the Department of Agriculture, we Americans consume about 6 pounds more sugar a year per person than we did in 1970. This…

Hijacked! – The Food Industry Shifts Message

An attempt is being made by the food industry to hijack our eating habits! Have you noticed food manufacturers’ use of whole grain, omega-3, and gluten-free claims to market highly processed junk foods  that are “made with” whole grain and…

Sugar Overload at Retail Checkouts

Today, the Center for Science in the Public Interest released a new study on retail stores’ promotion of sugar, candy, soda, and other unhealthy foods at checkout. Food marketing isn’t only advertising: product placement at checkout is a common and…

Look to Your Dharma

Henry David Thoreau used the word dharma in his writing. Below are some of my favorite Thoreau quotes that have been a message to me to be true to myself. “Be yourself- not your idea of what you think somebody…

What sugars should I avoid?

Do you want to know how much you need to limit your intake of sugar each day, for your better health? How to eat right by knowing – with candid and reliable information – the types of beverages you should…

Sugar in Food: More than Empty Calories

Studies demonstrate that the large amounts of added sugars—including cane and beet sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, plain corn syrup, and dextrose—in our diets are harming much more than our teeth. According to estimates by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the…

Are Weight and Inflammation Linked? – PART 1

There is a lot of evidence linking inflammation to obesity and type 2 diabetes. Inflammation may be the single-most important mechanism driving the diabesity epidemic. An internet  search for “inflammation diabetes obesity” turns up more than 1,800 articles. The association…

Your Brain’s Silent Killer – Sugar

David Perlmutter, M.D., F.A.C.N., is a board-certified neurologist and fellow of the American College of Nutrition and author of Grain Brain. Dr. Perlmutter aims to expose the surprising truth about wheat, carbs, and sugar – your brain’s silent killers. Inflammation,…

Are Sleep and Weight Related?

Are sleep and weight related? The relationship between sleep loss and weight gain is a strong one, borne out in a variety of studies over the years. Large population studies show that both adults and children are more likely to…

Are You an Architect of Change?

I believe we are all architects of change. Every action, every relationship, every decision we make is creating change in ourselves or our family or our community. I have always considered myself a “change agent” in the health care world.…

Is Diet Soda Dangerous?

Do you think diet sodas are dangerous? In a new study done over ten years and sampling 60,000 women, it was shown that women who drink two or more diet drinks a day have much higher cardiovascular disease rates and…

Got Sugar Cravings?

Your endless battle with dieting, sugar cravings  and low self esteem will improve when you understand the link between low serotonin and sugar cravings. Blood sugar levels have a profound effect on certain brain chemicals and visa versa. One of…

A National Soda Tax

Rosa DeLauro, the 12-term congresswoman from New Haven, will be introducing a bill in the House of Representatives that would require a national tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. The SWEET ACT  (as she’s calling it) would amend the I.R.S. code and…

Low vitamin D status and the risk of type 2 diabetes

Adults with a lower vitamin D intake or low vitamin D blood levels may have a significantly increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes. There is increasing evidence that vitamin D influences many non-skeletal medical conditions, including heart disease, cancer,…

Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Exercise into your Day

Dr Karen’s Top Ten Ways to Incorporate Exercise into your Day Not only does it tone your body, it strengthens your muscles, keeps your bones strong, and improves your skin,  increases relaxation, improves sleep,  and mood,  immune function, and more.…

How to Undiet

The Sugar Buster Program is designed to be a lifestyle, not a diet and here are the 10 “undiet” principles it is based on:  Do not skip meals. Eat protein with every meal. Have your breakfast within 1 hour of…

The Gifts of Imperfection Book Study – PART 3 – Got Joy?

The book study is taking me into the frontier of joy! Here is a quote directly from page 79 of the book The Gifts of Imperfection. “Joy seems to me a step beyond happiness. Happiness is a sort of atmosphere…

Diabetes Savvy – The Significant Seven Risk Factors

But what if type 2 diabetes could be reversed? What if intensive lifestyle and dietary changes could improve it? Pre-diabetes and diabetes exist on a continuum and both dramatically increase the risk of heart attacks, stroke, cancer, infertility, sexual dysfunction,…

The Gifts of Imperfection – Book Study – PART 2 – Worthiness

Worthiness is an interesting thing. I believe that we are all amazing human beings having a human experience and each and every one of us has equal worthiness to be loved, to be successful, to be cherished and to belong.…

The Gifts of Imperfection – Book Study – Part 1

Tonight I started a 5 week book study using Brene’ Brown’s book titled The Gifts of Imperfection – Let Go of Who You Are Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. What a magnificent book this is. Every paragraph…

Easiest Baked Halibut Recipe for You

Last night Steve bought Halibut and we went online to search for an easy cook recipe. I am so proud of the outcome. This photo is our actual result! It worked!Baking halibut is probably the easiest way you will find…

My Money Love Story

Money is a form of energy and being financially abundant is an act of self care. Kate Northrup interviews me here about my money love story.

What’s Your Story?

My story is my message. The major AHA I received this morning was about AUTHENTIC BRANDING! I presented a pre conference workshop this weekend on WHOLEHEARTED LEADERSHIP and the word AUTHENTIC has been a very important value for me. Then…

Great Leaders Start with WHY

I love this video by Simon Sinek. He reminds us to start with our why which is how how great leaders inspire action and he reminds us that people do not buy what we have, they buy what we believe.…

What does GMO mean?

The term GMO is where the genetic makeup (DNA) of animals, plants, and bacteria are altered, predominantly in food, food ingredients, animal feed, medicines and vaccines. This is done by taking genetic material from one organism and inserting it into…

What Does ‘Organic’ Mean on a Food Label?

When I was holding my webinar last night on “Is Your Lifestyle A Health risk?” I had  a lot of questions about what organic means. So here is the answer! The term has specific guidelines defined by the United States…

Dirty Dozen Pesticide Laden Fruits and Vegetables

The Environmental Working Group  analyzed pesticide residue testing data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Food and Drug Administration to come up with rankings for these popular fresh produce items. Here are your DIRTY DOZEN and these are the…

Why Does Organic Matter?

Whenever I speak, I like to remind my audience that environmental factors are a huge cause of inflammation and chronic disease. The President’s Cancer Panel encourages us to eat organic when we can, to reduce our exposure to pesticides and…

JOIN THE FREE ONLINE THYROID SUMMIT NOW!

Conventional medicine believes thyroid disease can be detected with a blood test called the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone). DID YOU KNOW? The blood test called the TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) is the gold standard test for more than 90% of…

Snack Savvy Recipes

Here are four delicious and easy-to-make snacks that are perfect for summer Instead of chips, try munching on asparagus. It’s delicious raw or lightly steamed. Throw some in your lunch box for a snack or use a few stalks to…

GMO Breakthrough in Oregon

Voters in Jackson County, Oregon took a huge step for the right to know yesterday, when they voted to ban cultivation of genetically modified crops in their county. They overcame out-of-state spending led by Monsanto and Syngenta that amounted to…

Chuck E. Cheese: Enough with the JUNK!

Maybe  Chuck E. Cheese’s should consider changing its slogan to “Where a Kid Can Put on the Pounds.”After watching the movie FED UP yesterday, I am being bolder in supporting behavior change through awareness, So, my first discussion is about…

Calories Are Not Equal

Remember when the standard diet advice was a simple equation about calories in and calories out? In fact the equation was simplified down to eating less and exercising more. When I was writing my book, Is Your Lifestyle Killing You?,…

Top Ten Tips on Nutrition for the Everyday Athlete

By  SUSAN KLEINER, PhD, RD, FACN, CNS, FISSN Drink a minimum of 12 cups of fluids a day (at least 5 -6 cups need to be water) so cells will be well hydrated (volumized) and muscle cell synthesis and toxins…

How toxic is your food?

Don’t miss this opportunity APRIL 26 -MAY 4 to hear the best speakers in the field of nutrition and how it affects our health and the health of the world. How to Participate CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Each day there…

Sugar is the New Fat

For so long we were brainwashed to think fat was bad and we have been on a fat free binge. Guess what? We are getting fatter and sicker! All this time we were increasing our consumption of sugar and not…

Fed Up

A film that received a lot of attention at the Sundance Film Festival is called “Fed up”. It focuses on the sugar industry and its effect on the health of Americans. The film follows the lives of a group of…

Got Vitamin D?

I was having my annual physical yesterday and I asked to have my vitamin D level taken. It had been 6 months since I had the blood test, so I want to see where it is at. It will take…

Quick and Easy Kale Chips and Kale Salad

A great way to get kids to eat their greens is to make these fun kale chips. They are easy and quick. If I have time I marinade it overnight in the oil mixture and let them soak it up.…

Paleo simple slaw with cashew dressing

Thank you to my Boot Camp Buddy, Cindi who shared this paleo recipe with me. It IS easy and it IS delicious. Made it tonight for the family and EVERYONE love it! By the way, everyone does not love everything…

Wellness Travel Adventure – Roasted Red Bell Pepper with Quinoa

Roasted Red Bell Peppers Stuffed with Quinoa The most delicious stuffed pepper I have ever had! Cook quinoa ahead of time and prepare it your favorite way. Below is a recipe I use that is so easy! 1 tablespoon extra-virgin…

Wellness Travel Adventure – Part 1

Do you integrate wellness activities into your vacation and other plans? I love that there is a specific term for this called “Wellness Travel”. Whether you choose a specific wellness adventure or simply integrate wellness activities into your travel – …

A Healthy Meal in Minutes

A healthy meal in minutes is possible! Here is my go-to quickest and easiest meal. It is full of nutrients, low glycemic and loads of fiber. Anyone can do this. No more packaged meals are needed when you can make…

What is the Paleo Diet? – PART 1

The Paleo Diet is an effort to go back to eating how we’re biologically designed to eat as hunters and gatherers, allowing us to tap into our genetic potential. The Paleo Diet also almost completely eradicates sugar (except fruit).  Sugar…

Grilled Sockeye Salmon with Roasted Garlic Aioli and Asparagus Fingerling Ragout

4 Servings Here is a great recipe I learned today here at Red Mountain Spa and Resort 1 lb. wild salmon grilled to taste 4 servings roasted garlic and shallot aioli 4 servings asparagus fingerling potato ragout 8 ounces olive…

Savvy Snacking in Karen’s Kitchen

Savvy snacking means strategically timing snacks  throughout the day  for  improved concentration and reduced cravings. Snacking with the right ratio of nutrients and with the right calories, will help keep your body be energized. Protein (plus exercise) fuels the growth…

Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

March is  Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. Many of you know how passionate I am about teaching about gut health and the colon! It is the third most common cancer in the United States and it affects people in all racial…

How to Eat Your Way to A Healthy Heart

The first step in preventing heart disease is to eat a healthy diet. Increase your consumption of whole foods rich in plant molecules that give your body the nutrients it needs. Here are my TOP TEN TIPS to Eat Your…

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Most moms play a major role in the life of a young competitive athlete.  The Sochi Olympics has brought back many memories of my time as an olympic level swimmer. The behind the scenes stories are so captivating. The story…

Sochi and Living the Dream

The 2014  Sochi Winter  Olympics have begun.  I have gained so many lifelong  benefits  from my own experience as a competitive athlete (swimmer). Things like focus, determination, strength of body and mind, confidence and a sense of validation. I also…

Sunburn Remedies

Want to know my sunburn remedies? Even though it is FREEZING in a lot of parts of the USA, my husband is fishing in Costa Rica and needed some sunburn treatment advice! Here it is   To relieve swollen feet…

Food Addiction – PART 2

Is Food Addiction real? Here are some of the scientific findings confirming that food can, indeed, be addictive: Sugar stimulates the brain’s reward centers through the neurotransmitter dopamine exactly like other addictive drugs. Brain imagining (PET scans) shows that high-sugar…

Food Addiction – PART 1

There are  diagnostic criteria for substance dependence or addiction. Let’s examine the research and the similarities between high-sugar, energy-dense, fatty and salty processed  junk food and cocaine, heroin, and nicotine. We’ll start by reviewing the diagnostic criteria for substance dependence…

Koala Fun Fact

What do Koalas eat? Koalas eat eucalyptus leaves. If they don’t find any of them, they will not eat. The oil found in the leaves is poisonous to mammals. Koalas have special bacteria that lines the stomach and will break…

New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make a resolution on New Year’s Eve? If so, you’re in good company! Forty five percent of Americans make New Year’s Resolutions, and there are a few repeat offenders every January first! Some of the most popular resolutions…

Six Ways to Lose Weight After the Holidays

Here are my Top Six Ways to Lose Weight After the Holidays Drink lots of water – People often mistake thirst for hunger, so next time you feel like noshing, reach for water first. Spike your food with Salsa –…

How to Bust Sugar and Carb Cravings Forever

THE SUGAR BUSTING TRANSFORMATION PROGRAM Begin with the 5 Day High Fiber Sugar Cleanse. Participate in guided, 12-week lifestyle transformation program that will get you on track. Imagine what a difference it would make in your life to have 12…

Hunger Games Messages

The Hunger Games is such a phenomenon among young people and out of intrigue Steve and I rented the DVD this week to see the first movie . I didn’t know anything about the story line so I was able…

My Top Ten Tips for a Heathier Turkey Day

It is turkey day tomorrow! Here is how I keep my day healthy. Start the day with warm water and lemon (Great for  detoxing) Good cardio work out in the morning – a 1 hour spin class will burn about…

How to Cook Quinoa

Quinoa Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) has the highest nutritional profile and cooks the fastest of all grains. It is an extremely high-energy grain and has been grown and consumed for about 8,000 years on the high plains of the Andes Mountains…

Food Addiction Part 2 – Why Eat Less and Move More is Not Enough

The typical eat less, move more strategy does not address the unique mental, physical, spiritual and biological hunger of food addiction. We have a reward system in the brain that plays a very important role. It propels us forward to…

Food Addiction PART 1 – Hand Over the Chocolate and Nobody Gets Hurt

Halloween is over, but not the cravings! Do you  notice the more chocolate (or other sugary treats) you eat, the more you want? Sugar addiction is real. Not many people are talking about it, but you may be struggling with…

Vitamin D Supplementation News

In a new study published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition researchers analyzed the potential benefits of vitamin D supplementation on metabolic health in pregnant women with gestational diabetes. The randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study included 54 women with…

The Scariest Part of Halloween is Sugar

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How to Activate the Flow of Money – Interview with Kate Northrup

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DNA is Not Destiny

DNA is not destiny. The scientific view of what determines life span  or how a person ages has swung back and forth. Is longevity a genetic gift or is it about our lifestyle? Recent studies have shown that genes may…

Paws for Wellness

“Paws for Wellness” because it reminds me not to forget the smaller animals in our home that also need  preventive health care. The dosages below are provided by Pet Tech whose mission is “Improving the Quality of Pets’ Lives, One Pet Owner, One Click &…

Calm Sugar Cravings BEFORE the Holidays

Sugar cravings are sure to get the better of me during the holidays. That is why I love doing the 5 day Sugar Cleanse BEFORE the holidays. Click video below to learn all about how it works. Email me at…

Business Mentor Mastermind Opportunity

To find out all the details & learn more go here: Partner with Dr. Karen I’m offering a program in which I’ll be mentoring a few extraordinary people who are committed to creating a successful wellness business for themselves. I’m inviting you…

Five Brain Foods

Brain Food #1 – Love The brain loves new pathways, new neural grooves, and new opportunities to express its neuroplastic nature. Love renews us. It makes us believe. It helps us see through fresh eyes. Love often has us do…

FIVE THINGS TO DO TO MAKE LINKEDIN WORK FOR YOU

FIVE THINGS TO DO TO MAKE LINKEDIN WORK FOR YOU Join me in each of the five action steps below to start making LinkedIn the SEO of your professional life (Search engine Optimization). Fill Out Your Entire Profile – Take…

How to Make LinkedIn Work for YOU – PART 1

LinkedIn is changing business. On my way to Salt Lake City today I read an article that has been waiting to be read for a few months. I have carried it in my laptop bag and just never remembered to pull it out.…

Claim Financial Freedom: You Deserve It!

I have been holding something back from you and I am ready to reveal my story. I have been reviewing what my journey to financial freedom has been in reading Kate Northrup’s new book, Money A Love Story. More of my…

Got Greek Yogurt?

Got Greek Yogurt? An article in the Wall Street Journal this week let us know that over a third of the yogurt sold in a typical grocery store is now Greek! I love the thicker texture and how rich it…

Gluten Free Dessert Delight

Gluten free dessert delight. This is the final video in a five day series( view video 4 here). Going gluten free does not mean depriving ourselves of the sweetness of life.  

Want Gluten Free Snack Ideas?

Want gluten free snack ideas? Snacking is the hardest part of my food plan. Following a gluten free food plan means  I have to be prepared, so I always have these snacks ready. I also LOVE my new USANA  gluten free…

Gluten Free Lasagna Recipe

You’ll be surprised how easy this gluten free lasagna recipe is to make! For this recipe you will need: lean ground turkey low fat cottage cheese gluten free spaghetti sauce gluten free lasagna noodles Watch my video below for step by…

Gluten Free Lunch made Easy

Gluten free lunch made easy. My lunch today is low glycemic as well as gluten free. I aim for both of these in all my meals. I just feel better when I reduce gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat,…

Gluten Free Breakfast Made Easy

Gluten free breakfast made easy. My husband has a moderate  gluten sensitivity, so we have adapted a lot of our meals now to be gluten free. In today’s video I share some of our gluten free breakfasts. CLICK HERE FOR MY…

Trans Fat Begone

Trans Fat begone! This summer, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) named Long John Silver’s Big Catch with Onion Rings the “Worst Restaurant Meal in America.” It delivered 33 grams of trans fat—sixteen times the American Heart Association’s recommended daily maximum!…

Can we Trust What is in that bottle?

Can we trust what is in that bottle? In February this year, a study  was published by Kaiser Permanente in the Journal of the American Medical Association:Internal Medicine investigating the contents of vitamin D supplements. Researchers performed an independent analysis of…

TOP TEN Best Foods for Runners

TOP TEN BEST FOODS FOR RUNNERS A great article on August 27, 2013 Huffington Post is well worth reading. Liz Applegate, Ph.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of California and  Susan Kleiner, Ph.D., RD share some great information and…

Got Antibiotics?

 Got antibiotics? A new study found that U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to give them to 4 out of 5 Americans every year, an alarming pace that suggests they are being overused. If antibiotics are used too often for…

Brenda Began with the Sugar Buster Jumpstart

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DNA is NOT Your Destiny

DNA is NOT Your Destiny. The relatively new science of Epigenetics explains that we can dampen down or even shut it off gene expression completely by lifestyle choices

THE TRUE CAUSE OF OUR WEIGHT PROBLEMS

The true cause of our weight problems is known. There is one common mechanism for why people are overweight (many triggers, but one common mechanism)= INSULIN RESISTANCE (where your body becomes numb to the effects of insulin) This insulin resistance…

Is It Food Addiction or Cocaine Abuse?

Is It Food Addiction of Cocaine Abuse? New York Times Bestseller The Hunger Fix Dr. Pam Peeke uses the latest neuroscience to explain how, with repeated exposure coupled with life stresses, any food can become a “False Fix” and ensnare…

Women, Food, God and More with Geneen Roth

Women, Food, God and More with Geneen Roth Eating Psychology Conference Day 1. Our relationship with food  or money can be a doorway into our beliefs and who we think we are. This includes our beliefs about abundance, how much…

1st Global Online Eating Psychology Conference, August 5-9, 2013

 1st Global Online Eating Psychology Conference, August 5-9, 2013.   The Conference will stream live for FREE August 5 – 9, 2013  Each interview will be streamed on a web page page for FREE for 24 hours from their start time…

Finally FDA Defines Gluten Free

Finally FDA Defines Gluten Free.The rule published Friday by the FDA says that for a product to be marketed as gluten-free, it must contain less than 20 parts per million of gluten. It also requires that any foods labeled “free…

Do you support laws to limit soda sales?

Do you  support laws that limit soda sales? Below is a press release by The Prevention Institute which is an Oakland, California-based nonprofit research, policy and action center that works nationally to promote prevention, health and wellness by fostering community…

You Were Born to Fly

You were born to fly! What does that statement mean to you? To me it means breaking limiting beliefs and making waves of meaningful change in the world. I hope you take a few minutes and allow your heart and mind to soar with this video.…

Confused About Women’s Health Issues?

Confused about women’s health issues? Ready to learn the latest nutritional information about puberty, pap smears,  pregnancy, PMS, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), perimenopause, and postmenopause?   My colleague, Dr. Ladd McNamara will discuss these issues, and more specifically how, and why quality…

End of Summer Sugar Buster Offer

End of summer Sugar Buster offer for you! Join my August 5 Sugar Buster Group and you will receive a special gift to celebrate! I need to order your 5 day kit so be sure to email me at email@drkarenwolfe.org and…

Aloha Hawaii

Aloha Hawaii. I am so excited that today we booked our return to the beautiful island of Oahu. Last year our trip was cut short because I rushed to my brother’s bedside in a very sudden fatal turn in his health.…

Protect Your Pet

Protect Your Pet. I know many of you are pet lovers like me. Our little Sammy (pictured here) is 11 years old and suddenly had a deterioration in his health and he could not stand up on his back legs. So I…

Stop Marketing Junk to Kids

Stop Marketing Junk to Kids. Companies  shouldn’t use their marketing know-how to cultivate bad eating habits and cravings in our kids. And with the high rates of childhood obesity, urging kids to eat more frozen sugar water on a stick…

Sugar Buster Talk

Sugar Buster talk is headed your way! This Thursday, July 25, I will be holding my WEBINAR that is FREE all about Sugar Addiction, Glycemic Index and the 5 Day Sugar Cleanse. Why not join me and learn how you…

Genetically Modified Wheat Mystery?

Genetically modified wheat mystery? This CNN video shows the Oregon State University laboratory finding genetically modified wheat that was never approved by the FDA> http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2013/06/19/genetically-modified-wheat-creeps-into-crops-concerns-farmers/

Will You Be My Mentor?

Will you be my Mentor? In her book Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg has a great chapter discussing finding a mentor. Here is a great quote from the book; “We need to stop telling young people, “Get a mentor and you…

Your Gut Matters

Your gut matters! I was speaking in Sydney, Australia last month and if you can see this slide, it explains that; Two thirds of your immune system is in the digestive system 80-90% of serotonin is made in digestive system The…

Are cheerios Healthy?

Are cheerios healthy? The “healthiness” of a cereal is often relative. If you are prone to skip breakfast and in midmorning look for that bagel, then Cheerios with skim milk is a better option. However, it is not a better…

Do Graphic Images Change Behavior?

Do  graphic images  change behavior?  I took this photo last week  of a cigarette pack in Australia. Canada was the first to introduce picture warnings in 2001. Graphic images are now used on tobacco products sold in over 23 countries including Brazil,…

It’s the Climb of your life

It’s the climb of your life! Yes, the Sydney Harbor Bridge Climb is definitely highly recommended to put on your bucket list. We did a twilight climb and saw the city go from day to night. They strap you to…

Top Ten Dangers of Sugar

Here are my Top Ten Dangers of sugar. One of my passions is to educate about the way food is a drug and sugar is on top of the dangerous drug list. In fact it can be addictive. Here are…

Splenda Downgraded to a Caution Rating

Splenda has been downgraded to a caution rating. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has downgraded the rating for the artificial sweetener sucralose, best known as Splenda, from “safe” to “caution” in our Chemical Cuisine guide to food…

Is Your Lifestyle Killing You?

Is your lifestyle killing you? I have had wonderful responses so far to my new book!  Here are some comments ” It is practical and allows me to take baby steps toward lasting lifestyle change.” “easy to read and will be a…

What’s the Latest Scoop on Caffeine Dosage? – PART 2

What’s the Latest Scoop on Caffeine dosage? Yesterday we spoke about the dangers of caffeine and let’s look at how much caffeine is in that coffee and chocolate. A standard coffee has between 80 and 100 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison,…

What’s the Latest Scoop on Caffeine? – PART 1

What’s the latest scoop on caffeine?  It is the most popular addictive drug available.  Many people seem to feel a need to use it daily, and many can’t function until they’ve had their “fix”. Caffeine is most commonly delivered in the…

Healthy Snacking On the Go

My secret to healthy snacking on the go is Greek Yogurt! Snacking has always been the hardest part of my eating plan because I always seem to be hungry! I have finally found something that works! I even took it…

The Secret to Snacking with Vegetables

The secret to snacking with vegetables is BE PREPARED! I live a low glycemic lifestyle and in the video below I have taken vegetables from my own refrigerator and show you my secrets to snacking with vegetables. All these vegetables…

Turtles Know Best

I looked after our neighbors pet turtles this weekend and I realized they have great nutrition advice ..EAT YOUR GREENS

Quinoa Oatmeal Recipe

A new recipe for Quinoa Oatmeal

HOW I JUMPSTARTED MY SUGAR BUSTER SLIMDOWN

Do you want to know how I jumpstarted my sugar buster slimdown? I started with my 5 Day Sugar Cleanse Group and then I followed the whole food SUGAR  REHAB RECIPES and I feel GREAT! I am sharing all my ideas…

Sugar Rehab Recipe of the Day

My sugar rehab recipe of the day is my lunch today! Absolutely delicious and easy! Grilled salmon! 4oz salmon in a pan sprayed with olive oil. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side and add ground pepper as you like. 10…

Sugar Rehab Recipe of the Day

The sugar rehab recipe of the day is a  salad DRESSING!! MY husband LOVES it The photo shows all of my ingredients I used sitting right there on my kitchen counter. Olive Oil (whatever you use for Balsamic make this half of…

Sugar Rehab Recipe of the Day

The Sugar Rehab Recipe today is a BREAKFAST recipe. I absolutely loved this breakfast this morning and it was the first time I had made it. I loved the crunchy taste of the flax seed on top and the sweetness…

Sugar Rehab Recipe of the Day

Here is my Sugar Rehab Recipe of the Day! LUNCH – ROASTED VEGETABLES AND CHICKEN SALAD Steve’s Rating 9 out of 10 My husband is the “rater” of the food. He is an honest “judge” and will tell me straight.…

SUGAR REHAB

Sugar rehab here I come! Many of you know I am passionate about sugar addiction and I am excited to tell you I am embarking on a 3 week SUGAR Rehab Program. Last week was the  5 DAY sugar detox and today is…

Does Skipping Breakfast Make You Fatter?

Does Skipping Breakfast Make You Fatter? Quite simply..YES! Skipping breakfast is a common dietary habit and has been shown in numerous studies to be associated with increased incidence of obesity.  In a new study published in the American Journal of…

Heart Surgeon Speaks Out on What REALLY Causes Heart Disease

At last I am seeing support for what REALLY causes heart disease! I am reading it everywhere and all I can say is it’s about time! I just had to share this article with you and jump for joy as…

The Power of a Mother’s Love

I have experienced the power of a mother’s love.  My “mum” will be 90 next year and she has taught me the power of unconditional love. She emanates love as I am sure you can see from this photo. I carry…

Social Support Can Save Your Life

 Social support  can save your life. In my new book, Is Your Lifestyle Killing You? I have an 8 step system for creating health. One of those steps is SOCIAL SUPPORT SYSTEMS. I have found that Western Medicine tends to…

Canada’s new diabetes guidelines recommend Low Glycemic carbs

Canada’s new diabetes guidelines recommend low Glycemic carbs. I am so pleased to see a movement toward the low glycemic lifestyle! The online release the Canadian Diabetes Association includes the full text of all 38 chapters and an appendix. Each…

A New Tax on Sugar Drinks

Last week a new tax on Sugar Drinks passed in  California! The new tax rate is  one penny per ounce of sugary drink and it passed through the California State Senate Governance and Finance Committee for the first time.  The…

Got Flaxseed?

Got Flaxseed? I was grinding my flaxseed this morning to put in my smoothie and I thought I would share with you the secrets to getting flaxseed in your diet The seeds and oil of the flax plant contain substances…

A Book Launch Weekend

Last weekend was a book launch weekend. I was in Chicago to launch my new book and my daughter, Kelsey, was able to fly in from The University of Minnesota to be with me. It was so wonderful to have…

Why Use Supplements in Pregnancy?

Why Use Supplements in Pregnancy? This is a very important question to make sure the mother and baby are healthy.  Most recommended prenatal vitamins do not have “enough” of many nutrients AND often do not even get absorbed, or become bio-avaialble…

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes?

Is Alzheimer’s Type 3 Diabetes? Most of us have heard about type 1 or type 2 diabetes but the Type 3   is rarely spoken about. Although discovered in 2005, this new condition is just beginning to pop up on the headlines…

Stop the Lying Labels Campaign

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has a Stop the Lying Labels Campaign. They provide such a great public service and are truly creating the change we desire in the health care system. It focuses on the shortcomings of…

Serving Obesity to Children

Most fast food restaurants are serving obesity to children. It is no surprise that the National Restaurant Association declared that 91 percent of kids’ meals at America’s major chains do not even meet the nutritional standards of the industry lobbying…

Is Lack of Sleep Fattening?

Is lack of sleep  fattening? Seems like a strange question, but in fact the answer is YES, it can be! There are of course many lifestyle factors that determine who becomes overweight and who does not, such as food intake,…

Support Strong Nutrition Standards in Schools

Support strong nutrition standards in schools! Current national standards for snacks and beverages sold in schools are out of date and don’t address calories, saturated and trans fat, salt, and sugars, which are key public health concerns for child nutrition…

Got Silver Fillings?

Got  silver fillings? When I was a kid, we all had silver fillings in our teeth to fill the cavities. These silver fillings are also called “dental amalgams” and are actually made of liquid  mercury and a powder of silver…

What have been the keys to your business success?

What have been the keys to your business success? This week I was interviewed by a business magazine and they asked a really good question. They asked me :What have been the keys to your business success? Here is how…

Are you ready to be a Successful Entrepreneur?

Are you ready to be a Successful Entrepreneur? Do you have a burning desire to create or expand a wellness business of your own? I hear from lots of people who tell me, “Karen, I want to have a business…

Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash Recipe

This quinoa-stuffed acorn squash recipe is amazing! I love  acorn squash Garlic Veggie and Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash By Erin Trauth Yield: 2 servings -1 medium acorn squash -2 servings quinoa -Garlic to taste -Your choice of mixed vegetables — here’s my…

GREAT GREEN SALAD RECIPE

I love this GREAT GREEN SALAD RECIPE. It is easy and yummy! -large bowl of your favorite greens (spinach, collards, spring mix, etc.) -1-2 tablespoons flax seed oil or olive oil -1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar -juice of ½ lemon…

Sugar Blues

Most of us have sugar blues. In my new book Is Your Lifestyle Killing You (release date is April 20) I have some specific suggestions for getting off the sugar roller coaster. Here are four tips 1. Watch out for liquid sugars  …

Got Salt? – The Forgotten KIller

Salt is the forgotten killer. The Center for Science in the Public Interest(CSPI)  states that “Reducing sodium consumption by half would save an estimated 150,000 lives per year. That in turn would reduce medical care and other costs by roughly…

Worksheet for FInding Your Life Purpose

I am delighted to have this worksheet for finding your life purpose. Last week my blog was about Making Money with Purpose and many people contacted me asking me about the process for finding your life purpose. I am delighted to…

The Chemistry of A Soulful Business

I love exploring the chemistry of a soulful business. In my 10 years of growing my own soulful business, here are my five elements of making money with purpose. You have to do things you don’t like to work out what you…

Movie theaters are exempt from calorie labeling

 Movie theaters are exempt from calorie labeling. As you may know, Congress passed a law in 2010 to require chain restaurants and similar retail food establishments to provide calorie information for their food items on menus and menu boards.  The…

Diet Soda Makes You Fat

Diet soda makes you fat? Really? I grew up on diet sodas and loved that it was calorie-free but no mention that it made us fat! A  study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found Diet sodas raised…

Making Soda Safer

Making Soda Safer is one of the major  goals of  the Center for Science in the Public Interest. It is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to determine a safe level for high-fructose corn syrup and other sugars in soda…

Snacking Safely at Night

Snacking safely at night is one of my challenges. So  I have created a list of my favorite low glycemic snacks. Hope you enjoy it and it helps you stay on track with your health goals! Dr Karen’s Top 10…

2013 is International Year of Quinoa

The United Nations has declared that 2013 is International Year of Quinoa. This versatile grain is an excellent source of low glycemic carbohydrates and protein and is rich in B vitamins and minerals including iron, phosphorus, magnesium and zinc. It…

The Skinny on Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners are consumed by Eight out of 10 Americans Last year alone the food industry introduced 2,225 reduced-sugar and sugar-free foods, many of them made with sucralose. Chemical additives are nothing new, of course—most processed foods contain more than…

A Hand Juicer for Lemons

    I love my lemon hand  juicer. It makes it so easy to get that yummy juice out! We have a lemon tree that supplies us with loads of lemons, so the hand juicer gets a lot of use! Thank…

Recipes of the Day – Low Glycemic Beef and Broccoli Made Easy

I made a delicious low glycemic beef and broccoli tonight and used Quinoa instead of rice. The recipe comes from the cookbook Low Glycemic Meals in Minutes and you can purchase that book here. A big secret for great taste…

Are Your Hidden Food Allergies Making you Sick (and fat)?

I was writing a section about inflammation for my  book today and I felt compelled to write about my recent experience with food sensitivity. On researching the topic I found that foods as common as tomatoes and corn and bread can…

Highest Calorie Restaurant Foods Revealed

In 2010, Congress passed a law to have chain food establishments provide calorie nformation on menus and menu boards. The law was meant to include chain restaurants, vending machines, and other food-service establishments with restaurant-type food, like movie theaters and…

Dr Karen’s Top Ten Low Glycemic Snacks

Keep healthy snacks handy! Scheduled snacking is a smart strategy for maintaining stable blood glucose and achieving your weight goal. Snacks  help you stay motivated by avoiding hunger, which is what often leads us to abandoning our program. Top 10…

Dr Karen’s Seven Simple Steps to Low Glycemic Eating

Dr Karen’s Seven Simple Steps for Successful  Low Glycemic Eating Eat plenty of fiber-rich vegetables like dark leafy greens, spaghetti squash Beware of over doing  fruit (apples, pears, peaches, and berries have a lower GI than tropical fruits, like papaya…

Gut Matters PART 2 – AVOID This to Optimize Your Gut Health

Approximately 80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut. Most people do not consider the gut an important factor and in building your immunity to illness. Balancing your gut microflora is an essential element of good health.…

Gut Matters PART 1 – Your Gut Bacteria are Keeping You Healthy

Beneficial bacteria, better known as probiotics, along with a host of other microorganisms, are crucial to your health. For example, we now know that your gut bacteria  influence your: Genetic expression Immune system Brain development, mental health, and memory Weight, and…

Do You Have a Holiday Food Hangover?

The average American gains about 1 pound between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, according to a Tufts University study. And if you’re overweight or obese, then that number can exceed 5 pounds. Even worse, “people don’t generally lose the weight they…

Nutty Know How

Eating nuts every day could help control Type 2 diabetes and prevent its complications, according to new research from St. Michael’s Hospital and the University of Toronto. A team of researchers led by Dr. David Jenkins (University of Toronto Department…

Join the New Year Sugar Buster Challenge (Prizes too)

I know it is a busy time of year and lots to do AND I also know it is good to plan for your health goals. So now is actually a great time to commit to your sugar buster plan…

How to Resist the Urge to Splurge

Sweet foods are hard to resist, but there are some things you can do to fight against the urge to splurge. The following are a few hints I found on the WebMD website 1. Set a limit to how much…

itutionCalories Are Coming to Town – Better Watch Out

 Ideas for Healthy Holiday Substitutions: Among the most cherished of holiday traditions is sharing special foods—especially desserts and sweets. While many of these favorites are heavy on sugar and fat, you don’t have to feel guilty about splurging. You can…

Prayers for Newtown, CT

 A message from The Center for Spiritual Living, Orange County www.inspiritoc.com   We are inviting ALL of you to hold in prayer and loving energy the families that have been devastated by this travesty.  The ripple effect of this event…

Getting Into Authentic Alignment About Your Money In A Way That Feels Good

   I have always had a healthy relationship with money. Tonight our monthly Team Northrup Telegathering with Dr Christiane Northrup, her daughter Kate and her sister Penny was about their vision of how to be conscious about money. My big takeaway was that…

Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes

I attended Dr Roizen’s Integrative Medicine Conference  this past weekend in Las Vegas and the big take away for me was….Diabetics have twice the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a brain form of diabetes. In Alzheimer’s, insulin is…

Do Clean Teeth Protect Against Heart Disease?

 I was sitting in the chair today having my 6 month dental cleaning and realized that this was an important step to heart disease prevention. Since gum disease is caused by bacterial infection, researchers suspect that it may contribute to…

Healthy Holiday Recipes – PART 2

Quinoa Stuffing. I love quinoa !  You can  use in both sweet and savory dishes. I have even been using quinoa flour when baking. Quinoa is a complete protein, gluten-free, and is as easy to cook as rice. This recipe is…

The BIG 5 Stress Foods

There are several foods that could be labeled “stress foods”. I have chosen what I call the “Big-5”.   Refined sugar These irritate muscles and overwhelm the adrenal glands and pancreas. Most people are aware of the initial “sugar high” from refined…

Are You A Stress Eater?

Stress and the hormones secreted during the stress response are major causes of obesity. How you respond to and cope with stress determines your appetite, body composition and overall fitness. Under chronic stress, insulin, a fat storage hormone, rises, and…

When NOT to take a multivitamin

If you take a one-a-day multivitamin, most likely you are cheating yourself out of complete nutrition. “One-Pill Wonders” typically don’t contain nearly enough essential minerals to make a difference in your health. Don’t shortchange yourself. Invest in your health today…

Low GI Healthy Holiday Eating – PART 1

Here we are again in holiday season! A chance for us to stay healthy! I always find it helpful to have a specific plan when eating out or planning a party so here are some very specific recipes to stay…

Secrets from Redwoods about Creating Powerful Teams

 I was enjoying the Redwoods in Rotorua, New Zealand  yesterday when my friend  reminded me of a wonderful analogy Collette Larsen wrote about redwoods and team building. With great gratitude to Collette, I share some of  Collette’s wonderful wisdom (with…

4 Factors in Healing IBS

20 percent of Americans have irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). These people are plagued by uncomfortable and often disabling symptoms like bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and pain. Many people with IBS suffer without relief. The cause of their illness is never…

Type 3 Diabetes

Alzheimer’s disease was tentatively dubbed “type 3 diabetes” in early 2005 when researchers learned that the pancreas is not the only organ that produces insulin. Your brain also produces insulin, and this brain insulin is necessary for the survival of…

Got Koalas?

Everyone LOVES Koala bears.  You know they are not actually bears, they are a marsupial! They are in stores everywhere too! I just had to caapture  this I saw in a store today

Sydney Sights

Many of you do not know that I was a tourist guide in Sydney when I was in Medical School.What a great job! Now, 30 years later I use those talents to show my American husband the best the city has…

Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Early Death

I am visiting my 88 year old mother here in Queensland, Australia. My mum is on no medication, wears no eye glasses and is the most positive person I know. While visiting here, my colleague Dr Deborah Kern sent  me…

Why Do We Get Sick?

Why do we get sick?  The reason is that the integrity of our immune system is compromised. What changes can we make in order to prevent illness from taking hold rather than suffer its nasty consequences? Preventing getting sick such as…

Is Diet Soda Fattening?

Diet soda doesn’t help you lose weight after all. A University of Texas Health Science Center study found that the more diet sodas a person drank, the greater their risk of becoming overweight. Downing just two or more cans a…

The Chemistry of Artificial Sweeteners – PART 2 – ASPARTAME

Aspartame is the technical name for the brand names NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful, and Equal-Measure. It was discovered by accident in 1965 when James Schlatter, a chemist of G.D. Searle Company, was testing an anti-ulcer drug. Aspartame was approved for dry…

The Chemistry of Artificial Sweeteners – PART 1 – SPLENDA

In the past year, shares of one of the world’s largest manufacturers of sweeteners, have nearly doubled in price. And sugar has had nothing to do with it. The company sold came up with something much more profitable: sucralose, also…

Belly Fat News Update

 Belly fat bothers most of us. BMI, or body mass index, a common tool for gauging whether you’re overweight, may not be as good of an indicator of your health risk as measuring your waist circumference, according to research presented…

Get the Chemical Cuisine Calculator

Have you ever looked at a food label and not known what some of the ingredients were? Shopping was easy when most food came from farms.  Now, factory-made foods have made chemical additives a significant part of our diet.  Chemical…

Food Day Aims to Fix Broken Food System

The nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest is spearheading a Food Day as a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. The American diet does more harm than it should to human health, the environment,…

Releasing Weight and Cravings by Busting Sugar

[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM4t6ZjX_Sg”]If you  are feeling tired or listless during the day, maybe slightly overweight, or have a harried schedule and irregular eating schedules, you  might have high blood sugar cycles, and could be susceptible to type 2 diabetes. A good plan is…

Eating Disorder Not Otherwise Specified

Did you know there’s an official category called EDNOS? That means “eating disorder  not otherwise specified.” It’s a catchall term for any kind of pathological relationship with food that is neither anorexia nor bulimia. This is currently a hot topic…

Portion Size Is Target of County Anti-Obesity Campaign

I am excited about my book being launched in early 2013 that addresses the total lifestyle approach to obesity.  I keep seeing the need for it now! Many lifestyle factors contribute to the obesity epidemic and while I appreciate the…

Your Lifestyle Affects Your Body Chemistry

Every day, whether we know it or not, we alter our brain chemistry. We do this through what we eat,  how we exercise, how we sleep, our daily activities and how we think. These changes in brain biochemistry help to…

Your Killer Fat Cells

Fat tissue is now recognized to be the body’s biggest endocrine organ. Endocrine organs produce hormones that regulate metabolic activities elsewhere in the body. For example, the pancreas produces insulin, which regulates the storage of fat, protein and glucose. Fat tissue…

Are hidden food allergies triggering your cravings?

Food sensitivities can trigger cravings. I recommend if you feel this might be an issue, you have food sensitivity testing done or elimination testing. My husband had this done and found he had gluten sensitivity and following a food plan…

New York City Health Dept approves large soda ban

A big breakthrough is community efforts to counter the food industry marketing of obesity! Today the New York City Board of Health barred any establishment with a food-service license from serving sugary beverages in cups or bottles larger than 16…

Food As A Drug and Cravings

Whenever I am working with people I explain that food is a drug. The good news about this is we can manipulate this drug for positive results!  In my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, we studied all of…

How I redefine “Business Not As Usual” Every Day!

When I was at University, I never imagined that I would one day be working for myself and enjoying the freedom of working anywhere in the world and still being able to impact people’s health in powerful ways! Whether it is…

Allowing 9/11 to move us from Fear to Freedom

As the 11th Anniversary of 9/11 approaches this week, I am reflecting on how important it is for me to choose how I “see” the world. I know I see the world not as it is, but as I see it.…

How Lifestyle Impacts Genetic Code

I was writing a chapter of my book on Lifestyle Medicine today(I was at the beach and took that photo). I was delving into how the environment can impact genes and wanted to share! We pretty much  know that the genetic code of…

Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Young Adults: A “New Epidemic”

Here is a call to action from Francine Ratner Kaufman, MD, is president of the American Diabetes Association. She is a professor of pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and head of the…

How to rewrite your Money Story

 When I was at University, I never imagined that I would one day be working for myself and enjoying the freedom of working anywhere in the world and still being able to impact people’s health in powerful ways! Whether it is …

Can Stress Trigger the Common Cold?

276 healthy adults were exposed to a virus that causes the common cold and monitored in quarantine for five days for signs of infection and illness. It was found that  found that experiencing a prolonged stressful event was associated with the…

Early Life Stress May Predict Cardiovascular Disease

ScienceDaily (Feb. 10, 2010) — Early life stress could be a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adulthood, researchers report. “We think early life stress increases sensitivity to a hormone known to increase your blood pressure and increases your cardiovascular…

How Stress Influences Disease: Study Reveals Inflammation as the Culprit

ScienceDaily (Apr. 2, 2012) — Stress wreaks havoc on the mind and body. For example, psychological stress is associated with greater risk for depression, heart disease and infectious diseases. But, until now, it has not been clear exactly how stress…

Friday August 31st BLUE MOON SIGNIFICANCE

Have you heard the  saying “Once in a blue moon”? Well, there is a rare blue moon happening Friday August 31st and it has an even deeper meaning as that is also the day of a private service for Neil Armstrong,…

Landmark Moments in Our Life

There are many landmark moments in our lives.  We get married and have a baby, a child graduates or a grandchild is born. At landmark moments we have a realization; a moment when we know that our life is turning here.  Inside…

Improving school food

No one inAmericabelieves the walls of our kids schools should be lined with machines full of chemicals & artificial foods as a way to subsidizeAmerica’s educational system.We need to lose hydrogenated fats, artificial flavors & colors, refined white breads and…

Ways to promote osteoporosis

Interesting for me to say “Ways to promote osteoporosis ” but let’s look at that the 7 ways to promote osteoporosis 1. Eat white bread 2. white pasta 3. white rice 4. lots of potatoes 5. chicken 6. taking lots of…

The most important foods for strong bones

The most important foods for strong bones Plenty of vegetables, especially leafy greens. Protein, beans and animal food. Whole grains for the magnesium, because it helps put calcium in the bones. Nuts and seeds for the trace minerals. Good quality…

Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world,…

Is Cinnamon Good for Lowering Blood Sugar?

One of my participants in my LIVE SUGAR BUSTER group this week asked me if cinnamon could lower blood sugar, so I looked it up! Here is what I found. Cinnamon has scientifically proven abilities to reduce blood glucose levels…

What Water is the Best?

With all the different types of water out there and the hype that goes with each, it can be very easy to get confused about which water is really best for your health. So, if you find yourself struggling with…

Five Sources of Water – What You Need to Know About Each

Tap Water – Easy, quick, convenient. But how many pollutants lurk in your water? And what is your associated health risk? More on this in just a moment… Bottled Water – Did you know that 40% of bottled water is…

How Are Glycemic Index and Weight Gain Related?

Often we are told weight gain is just about lack of willpower. Well, listen up. because the science tells us something different. Insulin is a fat storage hormone. Let me say that again. Insulin is a fat storage hormone.  …

Glycemic Index Made Easy

 The body needs carbohydrates for the glucose they provide for fuel, especially to the brain. Our brain needs sugar to work and the body has a sophisticated regulatory system designed to keep blood sugars in a narrow window where the…

Your Gold Medal Life

Here are some great quotes from top Olympians on how they strive for gold in competition and in life! Live Life at 100%, But Enjoy Every Minute “When I was younger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee was a mentor to me and gave…

Gluten 101 – The Elimination Diet

While testing can help identify gluten sensivity, the only way you will know if this is really a problem for you is to eliminate all gluten for a short period of time (2 to 4 weeks) and see how you…

Gluten 101 – PART 1 – The Dangers

What most people don’t know is that gluten can cause serious health complications for many. You may be at risk even if you don’t have full blown celiac disease. A recent large study in the Journal of the American Medical…

Unsafe Food Additives – PART 2 – Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 food dyes

In the 1990s, FDA scientists developed new analytical methods that found worrisome amounts of the carcinogen benzidine in Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 food dyes. The FDA’s response to its own discovery of a carcinogen in the second and third…

Unsafe Food Additives – PART 1 – Trans fats

Walter Willett, chairman of the nutrition department at the Harvard School of Public Health, estimated that trans fat was causing tens of thousands of fatal heart attacks annually. So in 2004, The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI)…

Does Eating carrots help your vision?

Unless you’re deficient in vitamin  A. eating carrots likely won’t make a difference in how well you see, says says Dr. Benjamin H. Ticho, associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of Illinois Eye & Ear Infirmary.  “For the vast majority of…

Allergies Gone Wild – PART 3 – Tips for Adding Dirt to Your Diet

You can help your child’s immunity build up the natural resistance it needs by: Allow your kids to play outside and get dirty.  Simple soap and water is all you need when washing your hands. Avoid unnecessary antibiotics, Serving locally…

Allergies Gone WIld – PART 2 – The hygiene hypothesis

The hygiene hypothesis – the theory that early exposure to dirt and germs programs your immune system to properly identify and countermand threats – has been gaining slow but steady support over the past decade. According to this theory, if…

Allergies Gone Wild – PART 1

My husband and I have both had food sensitivity testing done and I was shocked at the results! Asthma, hay fever, eczema, food allergies, lupus, multiple sclerosis and other immune- mediated afflictions are all on the rise. According to some…

Freedom from Sugar Cravings

 As a wellness professional, I am on a mission to create freedom from sugar cravings so you can 1. Shift from craving sugar to craving healthy, nourishing foods that make you feel GREAT 2.Get back in the driver’s seat, and stop…

Eight Allergens Responsible for Ninety Percent of Food Allergies

I saw a PBS SPECIAL tonight all about a cookbook that  Eliminates ALL Eight Allergens Responsible for Ninety Percent of Food Allergies – dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish or shellfish  NAME OF BOOK – The Whole Food…

Thinking for Success

[youtube_sc url=”http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86R1VNJ5v2Y”]Even the best change in diet will little help an individual who is unwilling to alter their negative thoughts. In fact, one can never alter their diet beyond a certain degree until the thoughts change first.”                                                                                                        David Wolfe,…

Does Diet Soda make you Fat?

Think choosing no-calorie diet over the regular sugary soda is the smarter choice? Maybe not. A recent study found that diet sodas drinkers have larger waistlines than non-drinkers. The study compared diet soda drinkers to a group of non-diet drinkers…

Five causes for ALL Disease

   Dr Mark Hyman has a great way of explaining five causes of all disease   1. Toxins-environmental, biological, chemical   2. Allergens- food, mold, dust, animal products, pollens    3. Infections-bugs, microbes, bacterial, parasites, tick-borne illnesses    4. Stress    5. Poor diet…

Glycemic Index 101

The glycemic index, glycemic index, or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates in food on blood sugar levels. It estimates how much each gram of available carbohydrate (total carbohydrate minus fiber) in a food raises a person’s…

Reflections on the Dairy Debate

The CHina STudy found that dairy creates a metabolic acidosis in the body which tends to compromise a number of metabolic systems that in turn relate to how calcium is handled and how bone is formed. And there are more…

Have you heard of Orthorexia Nervosa?

Have you heard of Orthorexia Nervosa? I am finishing my studies with the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and just heard a term that I find very interesting. Dr. Steven Bratman is the first to coin the term orthorexia.  He used…

Ever heard of the 100 mile diet?

 In the North American industrial food system, the average distance from food source to plate is 1,500 miles. The 100 Mile Diet refers to the purchasing, consumption, or production of food all within a 100-mile radius from an individual’s residence. The phrase was…

The RE-NEW-ALL Power of Time Off – How to Make it Work for You

In this fast paced life we live I always take “time off” from my busy schedule to reconnect with nature and have some down time. My dogs help me stay in the moment and play. Here I am with Max…

Sports Nutrition Goals

  There is so much to learn when it comes to Sports Nutrition and an area I am very interested in. I will be providing resources on this topic and especially on my website at https://drkarenwolfe.org/sports-nutrition/ There are 4 main…

Obesity is Contagious – so is HEALTH

Obesity is contagious. It is a social disease.  But health is also contagious and we need to start infecting our communities and neighborhoods with health.  Let’s all  be health activists. We can’t wait for anyone else to solve this problem – not…

Are Your Food Allergies Making You Fat?

The gut, the immune system and detoxification system are connected. There’s powerful evidence that addressing food allergens  can address weight gain and illness can help you shed pounds. We  know that inflammation from any cause — bacteria, food, a high-sugar, high-fat…

What is Diabesity?

Diabesity   is the continuum of health problems ranging from mild blood sugar imbalance, insulin resistance and overweight to diabetes and obesity. It describes the link between obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.  It is a constellation of signs…

Type 3 Diabetes

Most people do not even know that there is a type 3 diabetes During a study done by the Rhode Island Hospital and Brown Medical School, the researchers discovered that the hormone insulin was not only released from the pancreas…

One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabesity

One in four kids have either pre-diabetes or diabesity. In a shocking new study published online in this week, researchers found that from 2000 to 2008, the number of teenagers aged 12 to 19 with pre-diabetes or diabetes increased from…

Freedom of the Mind

Everything can be taken from a man or a woman but one thing: the last of human freedoms to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor Frankl – Man’s Search for Meaning…

How Can I reduce my risk of breast cancer?

Aside from skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among U.S. women.  The following lifestyle strategies may help to lower your risk of breast cancer: Radically reduce your sugar intake. Normalizing your insulin levels by avoiding sugar is one…

99% of Breast Cancer Tissue Contained This Everyday Chemical (NOT Aluminum)

New research examining parabens found in cancerous human breast tissue points the finger at antiperspirants and other cosmetics for increasing your risk of breast cancer. The research, which is also reviewed in an editorial published in the Journal of Applied…

Secrets of A Successful Entrepreneur

At the Conference (retreat) this past weekend I shared my 3 secrets I used to  to create a successful six figure health and wellness business. Here they are; 1. Find a MENTOR who is successful at  doing what you want…

New Supplements Safety Guide for Athletes

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) recently released a new supplements safety guide for athletes as part of their “Supplement 411” initiative. NSF International is currently the only independent third party testing and certification organization to meet the requirements of the…

Before and After Vending Machine Options – Machine Cuisine

I am working with a Martial Arts Studio who currently has the vending machine below! Ouch! We need a major BEFORE and AFTER revamp of this machine cuisine. Even though whole food is best, vending machines can be a “baby…

# 8 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – Nitrites

Pollution of drinking water supplies from the nitrogen and nitrates that seep out of fertilizers has been linked to reproductive problems, cancers, and spontaneous abortion. Based on the Rodale Institute’s Farming System Trial data, water leaching from chemical farms was…

# 7 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – GMO’s

Genetically engineered, or GMO, food has never been proven safe, although it’s infiltrated most of the U.S. food supply. GMO crops, particularly corn, soy, and canola, are genetically manipulated to withstand heavy dousings of toxic pesticides. (So much so that…

# 6 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – PCB’s

PCBs were used decades ago in the electric industry and are now banned, but they don’t break down easily and have built up in our waterways—and in the fish that swim in them. Previous research linked PCBs to poorer sperm…

# 5 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – Pesticides

Pesticides have a bad habit of not staying put. In fact, atrazine, a common chemical weed killer used heavily in the Midwest, on Southern sugar cane farms, and on golf courses, has been detected in tap water. Its widespread use…

# 4 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – Phthalates

Perhaps one of the most ubiquitous household toxic compounds, phthalates are plasticizing chemicals found in vinyl products and products containing artificial fragrances (there are thousands). Men with higher levels of phthalates pay for it in the sperm quality department: In…

# 3 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – Flame Retardants

Used in everything from car seats and carpet padding to electronics, a common class of flame retardants could be delaying pregnancies. In 2010, researchers published a study releasing some pretty alarming facts. For each tenfold increase of polybrominated diphenyl ethers…

# 2 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – BPA

# 2   BPA Bisphenol A, or BPA, is used in so many products that it’s now detected in sand, household dust, and water. Studies have found that men with high BPA levels in their urine produce lower-quality sperm, making…

# 1 of 8 Everyday Chemicals That Could Be Messing with your Health – Nonstick Chemicals

Although we encounter many of these hormone-disrupting chemicals unknowingly every day, there is some great news: Once you ID these  infiltrators, you can make smart, easy choices to cut them out of your life for good. Follow me as I…

Hawaii Joy

 Hawaii makes me so happy. It is the relaxing lifestyle and how you can BREATHE there and savor the moment

Hidden Sugars in Dried Fruit

Dried fruit is a great snack—delivering fiber and important vitamins and minerals but there’s a catch: dried fruit can also deliver unnecessary added sugars and those added sugars can sometimes add an extra 50 calories to 1/2 cup of dried…

SECRETS TO SUGAR BUSTING

 I am on DAY 4 of my 5 day sugar cleanse and I feel great! I knew I had a lot of fluid build up from all my travels and I have released 4 pounds of that in 3 days!…

A Room with a View

 The JW Marriott on Oahu was an oasis. Ths is the view from our room        

The Weight of Grief

After a few weeks of traveling, getting on  the scale was scary today. It was a dreaded moment because I could feel the difference in my body and felt the extra weight. I feel the weight of grief from going…

Joy in Hawaii

 I had the best time in Hawaii last week and I experienced a deep joy from being so relaxed and active and surrounded by wonderful, positive people. It filled me up for what was to come when I had to…

Biggest 5 Life Adjustments that Control 70% of How Well and how Long You Live

In my gathering with Dr Oz last Saturday, he shared his TOP 5  Life Adjustments that Control 70% of How Well and how Long You Live 1. Keep BLOOD PRESSURE 115/75 (The average American is 130/80) 2. No cigarettes or…