Reflecting On My Best Year So Far

I celebrated my birthday last week, and it was the best one I’ve had so far. My husband, who is officially on board with celebrating my “birthday week,” knows that my primary love languages are gifts and quality time, and he did a great job providing both. I got a love letter and a bath bomb every day. (Have I ever mentioned that bath bombs are the key to my heart?) I also had sushi with two close friends, had a lovely, surprise tea party with my colleagues, and a dinner with friends Saturday evening. The weekend was busy because I led worship on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, but it was filled with fun, cake, and french macarons. Can we please take a moment to admire this cake from Sucre that’s topped with French Macarons??? Things aren’t slowing down this week either because we’re traveling to Colorado to visit family. I plan to hike with Michael and my sister, drink lattes, and watch “The Sound of Music” with my nieces, in addition to other fun things. I also plan to take advantage of the opportunity to wear a hoodie in July. What’s the weather like where you are? It’s HOT here in […]
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Do you have a Bagel Brain?

We can link grain consumption with causing or worsening some of the most mysterious brain disorders that have eluded the medical community for years, such as schizophrenia, epilepsy, depression, bipolar disorder, and, more recently, autism and ADHD.

Are you and your kids unknowingly under the influence of opiates? Opiates come disguised in many forms.


Grains contain opiates. Not figuratively, but quite literally. These opiates are not too different from morphine or heroin. Yes, wheat and grains, cleverly disguised as a multigrain loaf of bread to make sandwiches or a hot, steamy plate of macaroni and cheese for the kids are mind-altering drugs. You and your kids are not oxycodone addicts, but when you consume wheat and grains, the results are not all that different.

Sparkling Water: Yes or No?

If you know me, you probably know that I love sparkling water. My favorites, in order, are Topo Chico, Polar Seltzer, and La Criox. Topo Chico is my favorite because it’s the bubbliest sparkling water I’ve ever had. It’s hard to find, but there are a few places here that carry it. Last week, one of my hilarious colleagues left some on my desk as a late birthday gift. I also buy it periodically when I see it in the supermarket. Polar Seltzer is my other favorite, and it beats Topo Chico because it’s so much cheaper! I like the plain flavor, but I like cranberry lime just as much. Orange vanilla is okay from time to time too. I can only find this brand at Winn-Dixie, but I love it because they often offer Buy One, Get One Free sales pretty often, which means that I can get 24 cans for $ 5.00. Win! I buy several cases at a time! La Croix is good too. My favorite flavor is passion fruit. It’s much more expensive than Polar Seltzer, but I get it when I find it on sale at Target or Whole Foods. It’s still much pricier than Polar, but I […]
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The fecalization of America

I’ve been lately discussing the issue of small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, a situation in which bowel microorganisms (especially of the undesirable Enterobacteriaceae variety such as E. coli and Shigella) ascend up from the colon and colonize the ileum, jejunum, duodenum, and stomach. This has numerous health implications that are only beginning to be appreciated: irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, psoriasis and other skin rashes, restless leg syndrome, diverticular disease, heightened body-wide inflammation, increased risk for colon cancer—SIBO is either synonymous with these conditions or at least a major contributor.