The Protein Fad

For the last ten years or more, the American diet has been all about protein. This was all thanks to some very good advertising on the part of the meat and dairy industries, some misguided diets fads that were not really based on science, and some outdated studies done on animals. While it is true that cutting out carbohydrates and eating more protein will cause a person to lose weight, often drastically, it is not sustainable or healthy for the brain. It also has nothing to do with what our “ancestors” ate – although those diets did focus on moving away from processed foods and eating whole foods which was positive. Most people who have done these diets end up bingeing on carbs (unless they are extremely disciplined and prepared at all times).

Our bodies have evolved over time and so have our lifestyles. We now have, at least in the USA, endless food options at our fingertips. I see everything advertised lately as “high protein” – from yogurt to pasta to even cookies. It is all marketing to profit off this current trend. People are currently brainwashed to think the more protein they eat – the better! They also somehow believe the more protein they eat, the skinnier they will become. Not true. In fact, too much protein will cause serious health issues.

The CDC (which is not an organization I really trust for information) recommends 46 grams of protein per day for women and 56 grams per day for men. The World Health Organization recommends we have an intake of 5% of our total calories from protein. There are other factors you can consider if you want to calculate your protein needs more accurately. That is your BMI and your activity level. I found a calculator online that will help you calculate your protein requirements and you will probably be shocked at how little you actually need. Try it out:

Mine came out to a range of: 27 – 33 grams per day. Now, that does not take into the account my activity level or any health issues I may have, but I am not some kind of super athlete nor do I do physical labor, so it is fine for me. So what would that look like? 3 ounces of chicken breast or fish, one cup of cottage cheese, a heaping cup of lentils, or a cup and a half of tofu. You can also get protein from green vegetables or rice or potatoes. What most people don’t realize is that everything has protein in it. So, unless you are actually in a country where you are not getting enough food and are starving, you are getting enough protein. There are some more advanced ways you can calculate your requirements and you can read about that here:

Below is some information from Dr. Mercola’s newsletter that will explain why we want to avoid excess protein in our diets:

Excess Protein May Fuel Weight Gain, Yeast Overgrowth, and Cancer – by Dr. Mercola

“There are a number of reasons why I believe it’s prudent to limit your protein intake. The first is that if you eat more protein than your body requires, it will simply convert most of those calories to sugar and then fat. Increased blood sugar levels can also feed pathogenic bacteria and yeast, such as Candida albicans (candidiasis), as well as fueling cancer cell growth.

Excessive protein can have a stimulating effect on an important biochemical pathway called the mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR).

This pathway has an important and significant role in many cancers. When you reduce protein to just what your body needs, mTOR remains inhibited, which helps minimize your chances of cancer growth.

Additionally, when you consume too much protein, your body must remove more nitrogen waste products from your blood, which stresses your kidneys. Chronic dehydration can result, as was found in a study involving endurance athletes.”

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Healthy Holiday Gifts + Stocking Stuffers

Let me start by saying that I do like gifts that are eco-friendly, locally made if possible, and on the healthy side. Ok, sometimes I like frivolous pointless gifts too, but that is not what this blog is about! If you are in the Hudson Valley I also recommend you check out 2 local stores (both owned by friends of mine): Sierra Lily and The Dreaming Goddess – both in Poughkeepsie. Now, here are a few things I think would be great this holiday season:

The BEST tea ever that everyone will love. Seriously. Harney & Sons Black Tea – Paris is my favorite black tea. This is also a family company started 34 years ago in Connecticut that is now in Hudson, New York – so you will be supporting a local company that employs 200 people. Oh… also “John Harney is the creator of the coveted official line of teas requested by the Historic Royal Palaces of England” – need I say more?

Next up – for the girl or woman on your list who likes to have pretty nails. Believe it or not Butter London is an American company and their claim to fame is that they created the first healthy nail lacquer (formulated without: 8-Free – Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene, Camphor, Ethyl Tosylamide, Xylene, TPHP, Parabens, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Phthalates, BHA, Triclosan). I like their lip glosses a lot too. But here are a couple cute sets that would make great gifts:
butter LONDON Little Gems Manicure Kit and butter LONDON C’Est La Vie Petite Trend Lacquer Set, 0.1 oz each. This next gift idea is actually a gift that Zane (my son) and I received ourselves a couple years ago and we love it. It is a board game, Wildcraft! An Herbal Adventure Game, a cooperative board game, that teaches kids (and grown ups if need be) about plants, specifically healing herbs. The premise of the game is kind of like Candyland, but you are taking a hike to retrieve berries and bring them back to your grandmother. Along the way you acquire herbs so that when you run into trouble (like getting a sunburn, bug bite, etc.) you then can see if you have the herb that treats that condition. What is also nice about this game is that it is colorful, beautiful, fun, and you get to help other players, so it is not highly competitive, but more about teamwork.

Last, something we all need. Re-usable wrapping paper that requires no tape and no scissors!!!! I hate seeing all the trash bags filled with wrapping paper and bows after Christmas morning. It can wrap odd shaped items too. Yes, it might be a little more expensive, but if you can use it year after year, you will save in the long run – and so will the Earth. They have other colors too:
Christmas Gift Wrap Set – Stretchy Fabric, Reusable and Eco Friendly – Green and White Polka Dots | No More Wrapping Paper



I hope you enjoyed this little and I will be thinking up some more ideas soon! You can click on the links or the photos to buy these items. Happy holidays!


A Holistic Health Practitioner’s Favorite Natural Products for Cold + Flu Season

Hi Friends,

These are the things you need to have in your natural medicine cabinet and where to buy them! They are my personal favorites and what I always turn to for me and my son. Just click on the product photo or link to be brought to it on Amazon.

First up, Reboost Decongestion Nasal Spray. I first heard about this from my friend, Jenny, and then shortly after saw my doctor had it in his office. This is a homeopathic spray that does not burn or sting at all. It really helps loosen up congestion during colds and flus. I use 2 sprays in each nostril as directed on the box as soon as I feel anything coming on. Zane likes it too. Although his favorite is the “honey medicine” which I will describe next.

Reboost Decongestion Nasal Spray, 20 Milliliter spray

So, next I will talk about what we call “honey medicine”. My son has sensory issues and is very picky about the tastes and textures of things going into his mouth. On top of that, he just has never tolerated regular things like Tylenol or cold medicines. He can get them down, but then throws them back up! My friend, Hillary, turned me on to this product, Chestal Honey, and my son actually ASKS to take it when he feels sick! They make both a children’s version and an adult version. Both are awesome.

Boiron Chestal Adult Cough Syrup, Honey, 6.7 Ounce, Homeopathic Medicine for Cough and Chest Congestion


Boiron Children’s Chestal Cough Syrup, Honey, 6.7 Ounce, Homeopathic Medicine for Cough and Chest Congestion



Next, the best way to sleep and support your immune system while you are sick is definitely Gaia Herbs Black Elderberry Nighttime Syrup! Do you want the effects of NyQuil without the feeling of being drugged or stressing out your liver and kidneys with all that toxicity? Then this is for you. I really love everything Gaia Herbs does – they are all about sustainability and organic farming. This is an herbal product made from the immune boosting elderberry and the sedative (i.e. sleepy) qualities of poppy! And it tastes yummy. Keep it in the fridge after you open it. Sometimes I take it just for sleep purposes, even when I am not feeling sick.

My friend Kari recently turned me on to this next product – Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C – and she was turned onto it by our favorite doctor, Dr. Bock, in Rhinebeck. This is supposedly the next best thing to the vitamin C IV. I wasn’t feel well for awhile and she gave me a bunch of these to try and I really felt the difference. It is a little weird consistency-wise, but you will get used to it. It is kind of this orange vitamin C slime you put into a few ounces of water. Then you take it like a shot. The slime does not mix with the water. It just goes down like a little blob. It sounds gross, but it really is no big deal. And what I found is that my body started to crave it.

Lypo-Spheric Vitamin C , 0.2 fl oz. – 30 Packets | 1,000 mg Vitamin C Per Packet | Liposome Encapsulated for Maximum Bioavailability | Professionally Formulated | 100% Non-GMO, Ultra-Potent Vitamin C | 1,000 mg Essential Phospholipids Per Packet


These are a few of my favorite products for the winter season and I will be adding more recommendations soon for all types of conditions. Please let me know if you try these and what you think!



Protect yourself, your kids, and your dog from ticks!




These are 2 products I’ve been making for many years now and they are the best natural products for preventing Lyme disease. Protect Potion is made from all natural ingredients, 6 of which are the most potent organic essential oils to protect you and your kids from ticks, mosquitoes, and other biting insects. Protect Pup is a slightly different formula – safe for dogs – that also repels fleas. The added benefit of these being made with essential oils is that they smell great and have aromatherapy benefits. They are naturally antibacterial, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and uplift and balance the mood.

PROTECT POTION ~  $15 per 10 ml bottle

PROTECT PUP ~  $15 per 2 oz spray bottle

Vegan and non-toxic.

1. How long will it last? One bottle will last one person all summer – possibly enough for two people depending on your level of outdoor activity.
2. Is it safe for kids? Yes.
3. Is it safe during pregnancy? Pregnant women should consult an aromatherapist (like myself) or midwife before using as this does contain two types of eucalyptus which can be contraindicated in pregnancy because they have stimulant effects. 

To order: email, call, or text. I will mail you the products or you can pick them up at my office. You will receive a PayPal invoice to pay.