Food for Thought: Supporting Your Brain Health

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

Have you or someone you know ever made an ever-so-slightly nervous joke about declining memory while confessing that Alzheimer’s runs in the family?  Do you or someone you love suffer from anxiety or depression? You are not alone. We’d all be hard-pressed these days to find anyone who is not touched by the topic of brain health. With rising rates of Alzheimer’s disease which is the most common form of dementia, and the increasing numbers of people on anti-anxiety and depression medications…it’s imperative that we seek to better understand what foods and activities support our brain in staying healthy. The great news is there are key ways to keep your brain functioning optimally. Consume a diet rich in the following: … KEEP READING…

Have you or a loved one been sick recently?

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

“Being sick is just your body’s way of saying you’re way too awesome and you need to slow down so everyone else can catch up.”  ~ Unknown Getting sick happens, although hopefully very rarely. To be sure…it’s NO fun! More important than any sickness or physical imbalance we may have though is HOW we treat ourselves when we don’t feel well. Do we judge ourselves for being sick, blame the coughing woman who was in line behind us at the grocery store a few days ago, or push ourselves to keep on working or moving through being sick? Keep in mind that when sick, the body is detoxifying and purging itself of something that doesn’t support health.  Here are some … KEEP READING…

Tis the Season of Cocktails!

Lisa StoryConscious Eating, Holidays

The holidays are the time of year when it’s tempting to overindulge in alcohol. It’s festive and tasty to celebrate with a cocktail or glass of wine…not to mention the relaxation that kicks in as we sip away when stress levels are traditionally higher. However, too much alcohol weakens the immune system leaving you susceptible to colds, flus and lower in vitality. It dehydrates the body resulting in headaches and what I like to call the “foggy and groggies”. While alcohol helps you fall asleep, it prevents you from slipping into a normal sleep cycle and causes night-waking. It also disrupts the endocrine system and creates hormonal imbalances that contribute to PMS, menopausal symptoms and adrenal fatigue. Keep in mind that … KEEP READING…

Autumn: A Nourishing Season

Lisa StoryConscious Eating

With autumn’s arrival there’s a discernable shift in the foods available for us to enjoy. Much is being harvested and the lighter, cooling foods of summer are disappearing and making space for warming and grounding foods. Say good-bye to the peaches! When we eat aligned with the seasons (which is FAR easier to do if we shop at the local Farmer’s Market) we support the body in staying healthy.  The body won’t respond the same to cool, raw summer foods if consumed during the colder months of winter. Just the same, it will react differently to a steamy bowl of soup eaten on a hot summer day then it will on a cold winter day. Eating out of season creates … KEEP READING…