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Metabolic Flexibility

Metabolic Flexibility

January 08, 2020

What is metabolic flexibility?Metabolic flexibility is the ability to easily shift from burning carbohydrates as your main fuel to fat burning, either from your diet or from stored body fat. Our bodies are designed to be metabolically flexible. However, our modern diet is based on easy-to-access carbohydrates which force our metabolism to be carbohydrate dependent. Because of this, over time, we lose the ability to easily use fat as fuel. 

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Fall Nourishment Guide

Fall Nourishment Guide

November 01, 2019

Author: Dr. Bridget    Autumn is the season of wind and dryness.  For those in Sonoma County and other fire-prone areas, you have probably been experiencing this first hand.  The climate change wake-up calls are increasing, and we’ve got a lot of work to do collectively. 

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Medicinal Vinegars & Shrubs!

Medicinal Vinegars & Shrubs!

April 12, 2019

Vinegar: From the French for "sour wine." Vinegar is an aqueous, fermented solution, containing 5-20% acetic acid. Vinegar has been used to extract and preserve plants for 3000-5000 years!

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RepairVite Diet

RepairVite Diet

March 19, 2019

A leaky gut often means you need to heal something else first. That said, the abnormally permeable intestinal lining participates in a vicious cycle, and needs to be addressed directly as well. Ask your healthcare practitioner if a leaky gut test (available from Genova diagnostics) might be appropriate for you. I have found these to be useful in some situations, but since the condition can be transient and episodic (as with histamine sensitivity, binge drinking, and bouts of stress), the tes...

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Curb Sugar Cravings with these Immune Boosting Herbs and Spice

Curb Sugar Cravings with these Immune Boosting Herbs and Spice

January 29, 2019

During my first sugar detox, I discovered a new reason to love spices - they really add a taste profile that satisfies your sweet cravings instead of sugar!

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Farmacopia Frankincense + Rose Body Oil

Farmacopia Frankincense + Rose Body Oil

January 25, 2019

I don't know about you, but for me 2019 is taking off like a freight train-747-stampede of wild horses. In order to house this movement in my nervous system and stay grounded, I have my routines that are non-negotiable: prioritizing sleep, taking my herbs and nutrients, doing brain training, eating the food that fuels me best, and exercising as much as possible.

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Is Keto Right For Me?

Is Keto Right For Me?

January 12, 2019

KETO has made a big splash over the past year or so, so you might be asking: Is it right for  me? 

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Protecting Yourself From Smoke

Protecting Yourself From Smoke

November 13, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella Protecting yourself from smoke, with things you may have in your house: First, keep your house a safe zone. If your house has old drafty windows like mine you'll want to run your hands over the closures to feel if air is coming in. If so, use weather stripping, tape, or draft blockers (sand in stocking works) to shore up the window or door.⠀

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Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

Taking The Mystery Out Of Food Re-Introduction

August 02, 2018

Author: Lily Mazzarella Observations gleaned through a decade + of guiding clients through anti-inflammatory/elimination diets.You’ve been working hard at eating clean, doing an anti-inflammatory/elimination diet (like the Summer Inflammation Soother), and you’re feeling pretty damn good.

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Curb 6 Menopausal Symptoms with a Keto Diet

Curb 6 Menopausal Symptoms with a Keto Diet

January 18, 2018

Author: Bonnie NedrowAre you experiencing some of the many challenges of menopause? Do you suffer from weight gain, mood swings, insomnia, declining strength and vitality, hot flashes and/or diminished libido?

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Train Your Body to Burn Fat

Train Your Body to Burn Fat

January 10, 2018

Author: Bonnie NedrowMost people tend to think that they need to eat frequently to have energy. However, if we eat every time we need fuel, we lose our ability to burn body fat.

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Detox, De-stress, Digest

Detox, De-stress, Digest

January 07, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaCongratulations! If you’re reading this, you made it through the holiday season and the darkest days of winter (relatively) intact.

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Good Food = Good Mood

Good Food = Good Mood

January 05, 2018

Author: Lily MazzarellaHow to eat for nervous system and adrenal stability. Every day our digestive tracts are disassembling the outside world and providing raw materials to make our cell membranes and tissues.

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Fire Protection Essentials – Part 2 – As the Dust Settles

Fire Protection Essentials – Part 2 – As the Dust Settles

November 14, 2017

Author: Dr. BridgetAs I wrote in my first blog on Fire Protection, the smoke that we’re experiencing in the Bay area is filled with the combusted contents of homes and businesses.

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Fire Protection Essentials

Fire Protection Essentials

November 13, 2017

Author: Dr. BridgetYou are probably feeling it – a scratchy throat, dry cough and irritated eyes or that whoozy, nauseous feeling from breathing something you shouldn’t be.

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How Happy is Your Liver?

How Happy is Your Liver?

March 21, 2017

Author: Lily MazzarellaThe liver is hot, metabolically speaking. And very active: on any given day, it is performing over 500 functions for us. We all know that it’s on the liver to get us out of a pinch when we drink too much, but did you know that the liver contains a unique enzyme system that co-evolved with plants, and that this system can detoxify just about everything we encounter now?

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Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

Clean, Green Spring Cleaning

March 20, 2017

Author: Lily Mazarella The dirty world of cleaning products – Chemicals used in “air care” and cleaning products are receiving much-deserved scrutiny—in California. 

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Your Can’t Miss Daily Immunity Ritual

Your Can’t Miss Daily Immunity Ritual

October 03, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaKeep colds & flus at bay with this 15-minute daily wellness ritual.  

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6 Ultra Simple Lifestyle Tips to Break up With Sugar

6 Ultra Simple Lifestyle Tips to Break up With Sugar

September 28, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaSugar. It’s the worst partner you’ve ever had. And it’s time to leave it in the X-files along with his old sweater and that tattered napkin she first wrote her number on. “What’s so wrong with sugar,” you ask? “It’s always there when I need comforting, makes me giddy at just the thought of it, and never says no to me,” you say.   

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The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

June 27, 2016

Author: Lily Mazzarella If you are a person in the world these days, a person who speaks to other people, or walks through the vitamin section in your supermarket, who turns on a computer or glances at magazines in the dentist’s office, it is likely you know what a buzzword “inflammation” has become.

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Is Grilled Food Bad for You?

Is Grilled Food Bad for You?

June 27, 2016

  Author: Dr. BridgetGrilling season has arrived! As we celebrate Summer, let us use these days of sunshine for play and sociability, for spending time outside and for moving your body. This weekend remember to stay hydrated with water, electrolytes and other nourishing beverages like chia water or water kefir. This will help keep your muscles fluid, skin healthy, and your immune system balanced.

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A-Z Quick Guide to Whole Plant Skin Care

A-Z Quick Guide to Whole Plant Skin Care

May 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaShopping for organic, whole plant skincare? Here’s a quick guide to whole plant ingredients and how they impact your skin.  

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The Truth About Belly Fat

Farm to Face Skincare

May 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaThis spring at Farmacopia we are welcoming a new line of skin care with the highest standards for organic, biodynamic, raw, unrefined whole plant ingredients.  Learn from Laurel, owner and founder of Laurel Whole Plant Organics, how to feed your skin with the nutrients it needs…  

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Do you have a leaky gut?

Do you have a leaky gut?

February 02, 2016

Author: Lily MazzarellaA leaky what? “Leaky gut”: a shorthand colloquialism for “abnormal intestinal permeability” or “intestinal hyperpermeability,” a well-researched condition that is at once clearly defined in the medical literature, and largely ignored in the practice of conventional medicine.

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Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

November 11, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaNews from the health food craze percolated even through suburban New Jersey in the late 70s and early 80s:  I, like most people, grew up thinking that vitamin C was good for me, and that oranges were the only way to get it.  When I was home sick with a cold, I would tip an icy canister of orange juice concentrate into a pitcher, pausing to eat it by the spoonful, getting perilously high on sugar.  As I felt my energy levels rise, I knew for certain I was curing myself.

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Get to Know a Mushroom – The Mighty Maitake

Get to Know a Mushroom – The Mighty Maitake

October 20, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarellaneither plant nor animal nor mineral…….Get to know a mushroom!

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The Truth About Belly Fat

The Truth About Belly Fat

July 29, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaBelly fat:  it comes on stealthily, accumulating as we go about our fast-paced and stressful lives, perhaps not eating as well as we know we should, not exercising as much as we used to. It creeps up during hormonal transitions (puberty, postpartum, menopause & andropause), or after a long illness. And, seemingly suddenly we are stuck with it—for belly fat is notoriously difficult to lose.

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Lymph Magic

Lymph Magic

July 06, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaWe’re having a heat wave. There’s no AC in northern California, and the house is 89 at bedtime.

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Bowenwork: A New Approach to Bodywork

Bowenwork: A New Approach to Bodywork

May 26, 2015

Author: Sandra GustafsoBowenwork is an established form of bodywork increasingly sought by clients who desire approaches to pain relief, postural realignment and relaxation; and by bodywork practitioners seeking an effective, hands-on modality that does not unduly strain their bodies when working on multiple clients a day.

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Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

Spring All Year Long—Maintenance

April 22, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarella Remember high school health class? In suburban New Jersey in the late 80’s, we weren’t learning anything particularly useful or compelling—even the sex ed wasn’t titillating. Now that I’m a teacher of physiology, and health practitioner talking to clients about their bodies, I’m always struck by how interested people are in how their insides work, especially children and teens.

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The Takeways

The Takeways

April 21, 2015

Author: Lily Mazzarella The 21 Days of Inspiration blog posts for your Spring Cleanse are wrapping up. Our virtual and local community’s response to The Seasonal Cleanse outstripped my expectations—dozens and dozens of you bravely dived in and participated on every level of the cleanse.

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The Skinny on Olive Oil 

The Skinny on Olive Oil 

April 07, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaThe health benefits of olive oil have been touted for millennia, and as with so many plant-based medicines, recent research confirms what the ancients (and my grandmother, Benigna Mazzarella, who died at the ripe old age of 108) knew.

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Rise & Shine! Reimagining your morning ritual

Rise & Shine! Reimagining your morning ritual

April 02, 2015

Don’t run away just yet. It’s not to be demonized; after all coffee in its purest form isn’t all that bad. As anyone who’s ever been in the position to defend their dear java would know, coffee beans are chock-full of free-radical fighting antioxidants and the nervous system stimulating effects of caffeine goes a long way in providing a mental uplift, energy shift and, for some, migraine relief.

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Crave. Cave. Collapse.

Crave. Cave. Collapse.

March 25, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaSUGAR SUGAR SUGAR sugar sugar sugar CRAVINGS CRAVINGS CRAVINGS cravings cravings cravings

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Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

March 18, 2015

Author: Lily MazzarellaI’ve never been a hardcore detox person. For the past 15 years I’ve seen scores of people “cleanse” and become depleted and feel worse, or feel great for 10 days of juice and rice cakes and then rebound—hard—into (dis)comfort foods and crappy habits. But we’ve all heard it: there’s flame retardant in our breast milk, PCBs in our subcutaneous fat, and pesticide accumulating in our thyroid glands. Our fingers absorb BPA from store receipts, and our livers are being wrecke...

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The Bitter Truth

The Bitter Truth

December 11, 2014

Author: Lily MazzarellaBitters have been used pan-culturally, from Africa to Eurasia, as a natural tool to enhance digestion and appetite since our most primordial times. It would not be uncommon, for instance, to catch your primitive self nibbling on a bit of greenery along your post-hunt journey or rummaging in the village foliage after indulging in some flame-broiled bison. We humans learned very quickly that these bitter tasting shrubs growing all around often help ease our tummies after ...

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