Monday, August 24, 2015

5 Simple Choices to a Healthier Life

Good Morning and Happy Monday!

If someone had told me five years ago that I could be healthier by making five simple choices, I probably would have laughed at them. But after spending the last three years studying holistic nutrition, health and wellness, I believe that healthy living really comes down to choices.
These are my top five choices for better health.

1. Choose water. Walking through the grocery store, looking at a menu or even standing in front of my own fridge, I can choose water. Being well hydrated is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to improve our health. Considering our physical bodies are composed of more than 60% water, why allow myself to become dehydrated? Without enough water, I am sluggish and my eyes lack brightness. My skin doesn’t glow. I get constipated. Drink water.

2. Walk. By moving my body more each day, I have more energy. I feel invigorated, fresh.  No, I don’t need pilates or cross fit or a trainer to make me sweat. I simply need to move more. I can take the stairs instead of the elevator. I can park farther away from the door to the grocery store. I can get off one bus stop early and walk the last few blocks. I can meet my friends for a walk instead of a coffee. I just need to move. It helps. Trust me.

3. Sleep 8 hours. Our bodies function optimally when well rested. 7-8 hours of sleep per night is the amount most adults need but few get. We choose to work a little longer or do that extra load of laundry. We clean out the play room or sort the mail. In reality, if we would sleep first, we would get much more accomplished AFTER the rest. Naps help, too! Let your body have the down time it requires to fully recharge. Give your brain some calm. Shut eye. Sleep.

4. Love someone.  It doesn’t always matter who as long as you care about someone else. When we have meaningful relationships, we live longer. And, we live healthier. Our heart attack risk is actually lower. Studies are showing that those in long term relationships often live longer, healthier lives. I’m good with that. I like the idea of being in love….even after all these years.

5. Cook. There is something satisfying about taking a few good ingredients out of my pantry and creating a meal. Making “real” food. Skip the processed, packaged stuff and make memories by sitting around a table with a home-cooked meal. Shop for food from the farmer, turn on your oven, enjoy the beautiful color of fresh vegetables and savor the smell of a slow-cooking casserole. Take pleasure in kneading your bread dough. Enjoy your kitchen. Not only will you consume less calories but your body will thank you for the wholesome ingredients.
So, see? It really isn’t that hard to make healthier choices. Skip the trainer and the diets. Eat real food, sleep well, walk a lot, drink water and love someone. Those are all things I can do every day and be happy with myself!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015


 Motherhood. Forgiveness. The two seem to go hand in hand. No one ever told me that motherhood would be one of the most rewarding, difficult, amazing struggles of my entire life! Every day motherhood is a twisted, entangled vine of love and forgiveness, heart and struggle, worry and hope.

Today,  I am struggling like many do with a teen who has a lesson to learn. A simple lesson from the adult perspective. Curfew. Be home on time. It really isn't hard but somehow, it is. What's hard is the consequence part. The parent part.

My kids carry my heart with them as they go about their day. My heart lives, breathes, eats as these three young men grow. My heart drives a '73 orange beetle every day, strums guitar late at night with good friends and romps in the yard with Penny, the boxer pup. My heart roams outside of my own body as my boys unknowingly go about their days...

Why forgiveness? It is purely self-forgiveness. As a mother, I have found that I must constantly keep guilt in check. I pray daily for peace and acceptance of myself as a mother. This is what motherhood has come to mean the older I have gotten. I can only do my best. That is all. I don't have to live up to anyone's standards. My best. Whatever that looks like. And, after I have done my best, let it go. Forgive. Relax.

You have to wonder if Mary ever had to reprimand Jesus. Was that even a thing? Did she have to ground him or take away privileges? I laugh and at the same time wonder...

Mother's Day 2015
Motherhood. Parenting. Tough stuff some days. It can be painful to watch our children learn their lessons. Uncomfortable but necessary. And, the truth of it is, I am learning my own lessons in the process. 

I am learning to forgive myself. To be more compassionate with myself. Forgive my  imperfections, my flaws, my mistakes. I am learning to love myself. 

This is when hardship turns into ease. Struggle becomes gratitude. What better way to learn life lessons than through parenthood? It's a win-win. 

I am grateful everyday for my boys. For the love they offer. For the love I can give. Freely. Even in the midst of consequences and discomfort. 

Love. Isn't that what it all comes down to?


Monday, August 3, 2015

"Back to School" Special from The Healing House!

Welcome to August! I'm not quite sure where July went but what I do know is that it is almost that time of the year.....fall, school starting, cooler weather. We will eventually have cool weather here in sunny Charleston, SC right? 

As my youngest headed out to summer band this morning, it occurred to me that it was definitely time for a "Back to School Special". So many of us spend the summer going full force! Vacations. Family reunions. Kids. Barbecues. Beach time. Pool time. How about some healthy living time? How about prioritizing your health?

In my practice, I see a lot of people who continue to put their own health and wellness on the back burner. They are waiting for that day when they have some extra time or some extra money. The bottom line is...until your health becomes your priority, you will NOT get healthy! You will not function at your optimal levels. Your body will remain tired, overweight, sluggish. 

The more I thought about this way of thinking, the more I realized how prevalent it truly is! I want to help you change that. Today. I want the whites of your eyes to be vibrant and clear. I want you to roll out of bed and feel rested, energized and full of life. Remember when you were school age and couldn't wait to get outside to play in the summer? That kind of energy. The kind that makes you want to be the best person you can be. The person you are deep on the inside...without the caffeine addictions and the over-eating and the processed food habits.

Is today the day that you make a change? I am offering a Back to School Special for clients who register before August 30th. This special deal teaches you the OWN Program~ How to Eat & Live One With Nature. The package includes 6-45 minutes private sessions, an intuitive health scan, and a guidebook full of family friendly recipes and ideas. I can also customize a grocery store tour and a pantry cleanse for you and your family as well. 

Eating and Living One With Nature is not a diet! It is quite simply a way of life. I am including a link to my website so that you can read all about the program and decide for yourself if you are ready to begin making changes. What have you got to lose? Well, except your health. Your longevity. Your vitality....Today feels like a great day to begin!

Contact me at 843.469.4487 or at if you are interested in scheduling your first "Back to School" appointment! And, remember, the special only runs until August 30th.

Hope you are off to a beautiful month of August!! Happy Monday from Charleston Treasures~enjoy!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Where Has the Family Dinner Table Gone?

What is mealtime like in your home? Our house is crazy, slightly obnoxious actually, but we eat together most evenings. Sometimes, it’s both of us with a few of the boys and a girlfriend or two. Occasionally, it is the mister and me, alone. But, more often than not, it is some combination of the eight of us along with assorted friends, girlfriends, boyfriends, boxer puppies, grandmas, stray cats, etc.

Our six kids now range from seventeen to twenty-three. They really do come and go depending on work schedules, class schedules, trips, friends, etc. And, yes, we are the Brady Bunch. Three boys are mine and one boy and two girls are his. We don’t pay “Alice” to clean or cook for us. They clean their own rooms and do their own laundry but the cooking, well, I keep that for myself. I love to cook and experiment in the kitchen.

After fifteen years of raising these kids and feeding the eight of us, fewer things rank as high on my list of priorities as mealtime. It has been our moment to freeze, have conversations, relive the high and low points of each day and basically, tease, annoy and love the heck out of each other.

Most of our truly valuable conversations have taken place around our dining room table. Dropping out of college? Moving to a new state? Walking away from a relationship or starting a new one? Adopting a puppy? Changing majors? It’s always around the dinner table. 

I remember dinners at my grandparent’s houses as well. Large families. Lots of relatives. Several generations. Everyone talking at once. Lots of love! Now that all of my grandparents have passed away, times have changed. We live in different states. We have busy lives. But, those memories of family dinners still remain.

 I fear that today’s kids are missing the dinner table. Family meals. Long conversations over coffee. It used to be the time to enjoy home-cooking, to catch up, to hear about each family member’s day. In Europe, the mid-day meal offers that chance to congregate, chat, share stories of the morning, discuss problems, find solutions, reconnect.

Where has the family table gone? 

It seems to have disintegrated into fast food consumed in cars or snacks from the vending machines. Take out. I know several families who skip the dinner table consistently in favor of movies, video games, cell phones, texting and microwaves? I say, “Let’s bring back the family dinner table!” 

Let’s connect and have “real” conversations that don’t include a character count. Let’s model compassion to our children and spend time each evening reconnecting our hearts and souls after long days in the world. Let’s sit around the table and dissect the day’s events. Let’s connect through food and coffee and laughter or tears.

I’m not the perfect parent. None of us are. We all have our short comings and we all have our priorities. My priority is to settle down most evenings and share a meal with the people I love most. A loud, crazy, obnoxious meal but a meal, nonetheless, at our own dining room table.  My priority is to continue to instill the family meal-time ritual into my kids so that one day, I can be the grandma at their family dinners and I can say I helped to create this moment.

How do you feel about the family dinner table? I would love to hear...

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Mark Bittman's Potato and Leek Soup

Some days, you just need comfort food, right? It doesn't matter if it is in the upper 80's with 70% humidity...

Comfort food. Better yet, comfort food that cleans out your pantry before you travel. What does that look like in our mostly vegan household? Yep. Leek and potato soup. Some fresh whole wheat bread. Tart green apple slices...

Where did this recipe come from? My first and second mother-in-laws both made superb potato soup. I, however, have been lacking in this department for many years. So, I compensated by large amounts of cheddar cheese and even larger amounts of bacon. Until now.

Good ole' Mark Bittman. Do you know him? Or, at least, of him? He has put out amazing books like Food Matters, VB6, and How to Cook Everything. 

I picked this one up at a used book store and felt like I was walking out with a steal at only $6.99. It's a HUGE book.

They apparently had never read his work or watched his videos or stumbled upon The New York Times?!?  I LOVE Mark Bittman. He is frank and direct and to the point. And, he KNOWS food. He really does.

Who else would believe that being vegan until six o'clock would be a great idea except someone who knows food and health and can make it work?

I want to share a great fall, winter and even spring recipe with you in the middle of summer. Believe me, after the last few weeks in my house, comfort food precedes logic! 

So, this is Mark Bittman's recipe for Potato and Leek Soup with the Lisa Caplinger twist. I always have to double his recipes because I feed boys and I also don't use dairy. Minor tweeks, okay?

4 tbs. of non-dairy butter or olive oil
6 medium potatoes, any type, peeled and cubed
3-6 leeks (or a couple of onions/green onions) whatever you have!
salt and freshly ground black pepper
a few shakes of red pepper flakes
1 quart of vegetable stock (preferably unsalted and warmed)
1/2-1 cup of unsweetened almond milk

*Put the butter or oil in a stock pot to heat.
*When the butter is melted, add the leeks, onions and potatoes.

*Sprinkle with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until you are finished with your phone conversation. Just keep an eye on it and don't let your leeks brown at all! Then, add your stock and cook until the vegetables are very tender...

 *About 20 minutes on low or until you are finished with your client or children or whatever. And, this is my favorite vegetable stock. It's from Trader Joe's. Organic and so incredibly rich and tasty. Never a complaint when I use it!

* At this point, I take 2/3 of the chunky potatoes and onions and vitamix them for a bit. Puree them and add them back into the remaining soup.

*Add some almond milk for creaminess and set back on the stove for just a bit to reheat. Make sure you check your salt and pepper and then, throw in some red pepper flakes if you like a little bit a spice.

This was such a good lunch. I doubled the recipe and there was only a single bowl left over....someone will need a late-night snack. Guaranteed!

If you already are a Mark Bittman fan, be sure to check out his newest book A Bone to Pick...

I hope this recipe finds you having a beautifully calm day and enjoying the beginning of a new month!

Our plan is to get going into the month with some exciting cookouts and beach time!

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Go! Just....go

Yes, we are taking our family on another adventure.
Sometimes, that is good.
Sometimes, not. 
To our kids, we say....

We want to teach you independence, courage, bravery
But, also compassion and the acceptance of tradition.
 Those belonging to you as well as the traditions of others. 

We leave town in awe of this great, vast Earth.
We search, find and observe 
The wisdom of the foreigners of other lands.

When you become weary, we'll rest.
When you become hungry,we'll eat.
When you feel confused, ask questions.
When you see beauty, exclaim it!
When you feel fear, we'll examine it.
 But, most of all, notice when you feel gratitude.

Their history is not our history
But, with its viewing comes wisdom.
Their glory is not of our own
But, with it, can come celebration.

With each new step we take in a foreign place, 
We get a little glimpse of those who reside there.

We taste their food.
We visit their sites.
We travel by foot-
the same paths as they.
And, we learn.

We return home wealthier, richer,
More ready to feel compassion.

Travel is always an insight into another's world, another's day.
We learn to accept.
We teach you to accept.
We value differences.
We compare.
We challenge ourselves to become more,
To live through other's trials,
To accept differences
To embrace similarities.
We travel.
We learn.
We see. 
We accept.

We return home filled with greater understanding,
Most of all, joy.

Some people have questioned our decision to travel with our kids. When the six of them were little (ages 2-8), vacations began as camping, amusement parks, band trips, touring Washington, DC, Chicago, New York City....where ever we could afford to go.  Trips to the beach and family reunions. The point is, we didn't keep them in one place. They saw some of the world around them.

Now that they are older, their wings spread wider. Germany, Guam, Ecuador, all across the United States and we like that. We are proud to be raising travelers. Kids with adventurous spirits. 

There will be moments in the next few weeks when they are tired, worn out and craving the comforts of home. We also know that through this trip, we will watch realizations and a-ha moments as they experience new cultures and find their own strengths and purposes. 

We are extremely blessed to be able to go and see and do. We want our children (who are really young adults ages 17-23) to be accepting of other cultures, races, religions. We want them to live outside of the bubble that is home. 

I was reading this article by Bryan Pirolli this morning.  Basically, do as they do. Be courteous. Attempt the language. Acknowledge the fact that you are in a foreign place. Be present to the world around you. Try new things. Don't expect it to be your homeland. It isn't! Yes, common sense for travelers.

I also love his blog of Travel. Live. Explore. See. Taste. Experience. Because, of course, Paris is one of my all-time favorite cities!

Just saying.

So, what do I offer you today? I extend my love of traveling. My desire to never be still or content or complacent. The world is huge and it is for our exploration. See it. Love it. Or, hate it but experience it!

Just buy a ticket and pack a bag...

A passport. A journal. Some snacks and headphones. A converter. You're all set!

Part of my own happiness is travel. My health and state of wellness depend upon it. As my husband is well aware...staying in one place for too long usually has some dire consequences. So, soon, we go.

I hope this post finds you looking forward to a magnificent Tuesday and I hope you are planning your own adventure! 

Enjoy xoxo

Saturday, June 27, 2015

How Can We Save Ourselves When the World Around Us Feels Lost?

On the edge of vitality, our world is beautiful.
It is calm.
It is peace.
On the edge of the water, ocean-bound,
Charleston is a city of bravery, of secrets, of longing and of history.

Our city atones for its sins and those of our forefathers.
Yet, it flourishes in beauty and resurrects all that has claimed it's past.

Never before have I lived in a city that could face a crushing dawn with such bravery.
Never before has a city taken hold of my heart and allowed me to see
It's deep inner-workings
While knowing that the site might sting my eyes.

Never before has a city exuded such love while experiencing such loss.

People have banned together joining as one in consciousness.
Together, Charleston will stand strong~united.
I will proceed each dawn.
As the sun rises to it's fullest potential,
Our Charleston will stand.

Built on mortar and bricks,
Quicksand and bullets.

Charlestonians fight to preserve what is right.
What is true. What is just.

Colors. Race. Sizes. Shapes. Country of Origin. 
None should matter.
For today, as everyday, we are part of a whole.
Part of the oneness created by our Creator. 
Part of this universe and the next.

Be blessed, Charleston.
Be brave.
Be strong.
Rise again with justice, with mercy, with grace.
But, most importantly, with LOVE.

It is in societies where love gets lost, that lives get lost.
Cultures. History. People. All lost.
For love is what holds all together,
Christened by God in great force.


The beginning. The question. And, always, the answer.
Friday, June 26th, 2015

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