Healthy food spotting: San Francisco

The Bay Area is like my second home now with my husband being from there and us traveling back and forth a lot. While we are there, we tend to do big food tours of the city to all my husband’s favorite places from his childhood and college years. You can imagine, this means a lot of Deli sandwiches, San Francisco’s clam chowder, Mexican burritos, Chicago style deep dish pizza, New York bagels, and other satisfying meals. While I don’t eat like this on a daily basis, when we are on holiday I go along with the flow. But after a week of eating like this my stomach and digestion are completely off, I feel lousy, low on energy, and just big and bloated. Not the greatest picture of health! So once

My favorite home remedies for a sore throat

Colder temperatures and damp weather mean that the common cold goes around. Although I do my best to keep my immune system strong all winter long with my fire cider, it is inevitable that at some point, the cold hits me. The scratchy throat makes it hard to swallow, and is the first sign of the cold hitting me. Here are my three favorite home remedies for a sore throat. You don’t need antibiotics anymore, these work every time! 1. Ginger lemon and raw honey tea The power combo of ginger, lemon, and raw honey is soothing for the sore throat, helps to clear the stuffy head and sinuses, and warms you from the inside. I love to drink this all winter long while I sit and work at my computer. The

My love for coconut oil

Coconut oil is on everyone’s mind these days, and so it will come as no surprise to you that I am also absolutely in love with it. You will definitely see quite a few recipes here on the blog. Coconut oil reminds me of summer, lazy days at the beach, and sunshine filling me with a good mood. Coconut oil is a healthy source of saturated fats. What, aren’t saturated fats the bad kind? Saturated fats have long been linked to heart disease and raising cholesterol, when that is in fact not the case. As I explain in my health coaching sessions, it is not the saturated fats we have to fear, but the processed oils that have no health benefits whatsoever. Processed oils are cooking and frying oils, m

Knee injuries don't have to be the end of your exercise routine

I was contemplating for a while what to write for my first fitness post. So I chose something meaningful and close to my heart. Knee injuries are the most common problems I see in group classes and personal training. Everyone seems to have pain and discomfort, meniscus problems or knee surgeries of some sort. It is very concerning that such a big part of the population has a problem with a joint, that is supposed to carry all their weight for the rest of their lives. I myself had knee problems as a teenager, putting my dancing career on hold. It took many years of learning everything I could about anatomy and how the body works, to heal myself from this. I am here to tell you, a knee injury

Fire cider - a natural immune booster

While I was studying herbalism, I learned all about making your own fire cider. It’s an natural remedy with pure immune boosting ingredients. Different versions of fire cider have been around for centuries all over the world. It has served to heal the body from flus, colds, sinus infections, and digestive issues. Rosemary Gladstar made fire cider popular again in modern times through her many herbalism books and courses. The basic ingredients of fire cider are apple cider vinegar, honey, horseradish, onions, garlic, and cayenne peppers. You can then get fancy and add other immune boosting ingredients to the mix like lemons, oranges, rosemary, thyme, mint and others. I have also made a versio

Slow cooker red lentil with rosemary

I had a hard time deciding which recipe to post as my very first one on this blog. So why not something completely new and different? We got a slow cooker as a wedding present, and today I tried it out. I made a delicious lentil stew with a Mediterranean vibe - think rosemary, thyme, and a good chug of extra virgin olive oil. I used the herb bear's garlic in this recipe. It is very common in Germany, and you will find all sorts of products flavored with this, from normal cheese, to yogurt and pasta. If you can't get your hands on it, then just leave it out! Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: 7 hours (in slow cooker) For 2 servings: 1 cup red lentils 1 carrot, chopped into bite sized

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