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5 Ways to Stay Healthy this Winter

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During these upcoming winter months, we find ourselves coming down with nasty colds and flus.  We start sniffling, coughing, and loosing our energy.  I'm here to tell you that this doesn't have to happen.  If you focus on these 5 ways to stay healthy this winter, you'll have the tools to combat unwanted viruses and bacteria.

Eat Garlic  

Garlic is such a strong antibiotic and antiviral.  I recommend at the first sight of sniffles, to eat 1-3 cloves or raw garlic per day until symptoms are gone.  The best and most potent way to do this is to cut up the clove, then let it sit for 10-15 minutes so that the enzymes start to react.  Then, chase down the chopped up clove with a glass of water.  It can also be used many times per week as a preventative.

Cook with Bone Broth  

Bone broth is very high in protein and it helps to strengthen our blood.  In Chinese medicine, we think of blood as our barrier; almost like the brick on a brick house.  The stronger the barrier, the less likely unwanted pathogens will attack us and go inside our body.  Cooking with onions in the broth or another form of protein like check is a wonderful way to strengthen our immune system.  Also, to eat for meals when you are sick.  This will speed up the recovery time.

Get Enough Sleep    

Even though we all know this, I cannot stress enough how important it is.  Sleep plays such a major role.  Not getting enough sleep will definitely get you sick.  When you are sick, it is important to get more sleep than usual.  Take a break from your work and just rest.  Drink enough liquids, and sleep for hours!  You will wake up feeling so much better.

Protect Yourself from Cold Weather

When going outdoors when it's cold, always make sure to cover yourself, especially around the neck and shoulders.  The energetic channels running along the neck and shoulders are prone to invasion.  This means that pathogens like to insert our body here.  Always wear a scarf!

Get Regular Acupuncture

Getting regular Acupuncture not only increases your immunity, but it can also help you fight off a cold.  Doing this with herbal medicine treatments will strengthen your barrier, or help you get over sickness faster.

Meal Prepping

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With the crazy schedules that life throws at us, it is easy to make poor food choices. My way to make sure I stay on track with my eating is by eliminating the stress and time factor of having to cook every single night and day by meal prepping!  It saves you time in the kitchen and helps keep you on track with healthy eating! You can meal prep for just dinner or for all meals and snacks you eat during a day…the choice is up to you. So what is meal prepping?  Essentially it is planning and prepping your meals in advance for the next couple of days or for your whole week.  This basically means cooking items in bulk and eating leftovers.  Food prep can be anything. It can mean just simply chopping up peppers or other vegetables ahead of time for recipes, washing fruits and vegetables so they are ready for snacking. Portioning out nuts or other food items for snacks. Cutting up chicken or beef to be recipe ready, or fully making your meals. Its whatever is going to work best for you!

Healthy choices are easier to make when they are ready to be eaten!


- Pick one day a week as your prep day (pick the day that you have the most time)

- Grocery shop on this day as well

Plan your meals for the week using this simple guideline:

 Protein + Complex Carb (starch) + Vegetable (and always make sure  to get your healthy fats in!)

Protein Options:

- Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless)

- Ground Beef – 90% lean or higher (Grass fed is best!)

- Ground Turkey – 93% lean or higher

- Fish – Salmon (ONLY WILD CAUGHT)

- Eggs (hard boil a bunch for the week!)

- Steak


Vegetarian or Vegan plant based proteins:

-Beans (black beans, garbanzo beans, kidney beans, etc.)

- Lentils

- Quinoa



Complex Carb options: opt for whole grain, complex carbohydrates as your fuel!

- Quinoa— you can add whatever flavors/spices of dish to quinoa to boost flavor

- Sweet potato (MY FAVORITE!)

- Brown rice

- Potato

- Rice Varities: Jasmine*, Basmati*, Wild Grain*, Etc.

- Buckwheat


Vegetable options (these are just a few):

- Spinach/Kale

- Green Beans

- Mushrooms

- Asparagus

- Broccoli / Cauliflower

- Cucumber

- Red, Yellow, Orange Peppers

- Zucchini

- Brussel sprouts

- Squash

- Carrots

- Tomatoes


Healthy Fats

- Advocado

- Nuts

- Coconut Oil

- Olive Oil

- Nut butters

- Grass fed meat & Wild Caught Salmon

- Organic Egg Yolk


  1. Grocery shop for the week

  2. Peel, chop, cut all veggies and fruit for the week (cook what needs to be cooked)

  3. Prep your protein/meals (Make your meat "basic" to be used in a variety of ways throughout the week)

If you just don’t have the time to dedicate to meal prepping, I would suggest picking up prepped meals from a local store! On the weeks that I know I just won’t have time to prep my meals, my favorite places to go for meal prepping in Denver are FitKitchen and Fit Foods 4 U. If you aren’t in the Denver area, there are meal prep services that will ship right to your door. One that I would recommend is Icon Meals. Give yourself time to reap the rewards and make it a habit! In order to experience the benefits, see the results, and form new habits, you need to stick with your weight loss/ health strategies! Remember, it takes about 3 weeks to form a habit. Don’t throw in the towel if food prep doesn’t work the first few times! Expect to make a few adjustments along the way!

Superfood Salad

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Superfood Salad

  • 2 tbsp Stevia

  • 1/2 cup vinegar

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped

  • 1/4 red onion, sliced thin

  • 1 cup shredded carrot

  • 1 cup baby tomatoes

  • 2/3 cup fresh blueberries

  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries (such as Ocean Spray® Craisins®)

  • 1/2 cup cashew pieces

  • 1/2 cup shelled, roasted sunflower seeds


  1. Whisk stevia, vinegar, salt, pepper, and olive oil together in a bowl until stevia is dissolved; set aside.

  2. Toss kale, edamame, red onion, carrot, blueberries, dried cranberries, cashew pieces, and sunflower seeds together in a bowl. Pour about half the dressing over the mixture and toss to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate 4 to 6 hours. Serve remaining dressing on side.

Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites

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Broccoli Cheddar Quinoa Bites


  • ¾ cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed

  • 1½ cups water (or vegetable broth or chicken broth)

  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten

  • 2 cups broccoli florets, finely diced

  • 1 cup yellow onion, finely diced

  • 1 garlic clove, finely minced

  • 1½ cups shredded cheddar cheese

  • ½ teaspoon paprika

  • Crushed red pepper (optional) to taste


  1. In a medium sauce pan, combine quinoa and water (or broth) and cook according to package directions. Let cool.

  2. In a large bowl, combine cooled quinoa, eggs, broccoli, onion, garlic, cheese and paprika.

  3. Preheat oven to 350° F. Spray mini-muffin tins with cooking spray.

  4. Put a heaping tablespoonful of quinoa mixture into prepared muffin cups. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until edges turn golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes and then gently remove from pan to cool completely.

Carrot Apple Salad

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Carrot Apple Salad

1 can (8 ounces) unsweetened crushed pineapple

2 medium apples, diced

3 cups shredded carrots

3 tablespoons raisins

3 tablespoons honey

2/3 cup vanilla Greek yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice


1. Drain pineapple, reserving juice in a bowl.

2. Add apples to the juice; toss to coat. Let stand for 5 minutes; drain.

3. In a large bowl, combine the pineapple, carrots, raisins, coconut and apples.

4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining ingredients. Pour over carrot mixture and toss to coat.

5. Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until chilled.

Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

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Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

5-6 egg whites or 2/3-3/4c liquid egg whites

2 heaping tbs. pure organic pumpkin purée

1tbs. Coconut flour

2tbs. Vanilla

1tbs. Whey protein

1/3tsp baking powder

tons of cinnamon

tons of pumpkin pie spice

1-2tbs of water or almond milk (can add more if batter is too thick)


Blend ingredients until very well blended into moderately thick batter.

Heat skillet to medium, pour mixture into pancakes.

Cook thoroughly on each side

Emotional Eating

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Let’s be honest... are you always hungry when you eat? Or, do you sometimes use food as a comfort or distraction when you are feeling anxious, angry or upset? Could work stress, spouse arguments, or an all-around low mood be causing your waistline to expand? Many of us don’t often see that we are emotional eating. Emotional eating happens whenever someone has a strong emotion that they don’t know exactly how to handle, and they channel it into an eating experience. Don’t be fooled, stressed, angry, or upset aren’t the only emotions that cause emotional eating…happiness is another common emotion that people don’t realize can cause binge eating. Think about being around friends and family during holidays or events. You are usually happy, and tend to eat more. When you occasionally turn to food to celebrate or forget your troubles, it doesn’t mean that you have a problem. It’s when you let your emotions frequently dictate when and what you eat. This can hurt your fat loss efforts while leaving other issues or problems in your life unresolved.

There are ways to overcome emotional eating. First, you will want to figure out exactly which emotion triggers you to eat. Keeping a food journal can help you determine this. Write down exactly when you ate, what you ate, how you felt, whether you were actually physically hungry, and how you felt afterward. If you track your emotions and what you are it eating, it will help you to determine what types of feelings tend to drive you to emotionally eat.

Next, what you will want to do is figure out alternative behaviors to help deal with these emotions. Some good examples are to call a friend, go for a walk, read a book, or indulge in a hobby you have. If you are tracking your behaviors in your journal and start to feel yourself slipping into a bag of cookies, you can acknowledge that pattern and choose an alternative behavior that will help you fight the urge.

Another step is to focus on your food. Use all of your senses to really enjoy what you are eating. Don’t watch TV, talk on the phone, or be distracted in any way. Remember to always include your favorite foods regularly into your diet. If you love chocolate, allow yourself one small chocolate square after dinner. Or, if you love pizza have it one night a week. By not following a super restrictive diet and you allow yourself to indulge every once in a while you are less likely to turn to food for emotional reasons.

Overcoming emotional eating isn’t easy.  You have to commit to dealing with your feelings and not using food to comfort you. Expect some setbacks, don’t let them deter your progress. As you develop new habits, you will no longer reach for food when you become overwhelmed or stressed. In addition health coaching can help you overcome these obsticles with added support.

Cucumber Rollups

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Cucumber Rollups




1 tablespoons herbs, such as cilantro, if desired

Sliced turkey or chicken


  1. Slice the cucumbers using a vegetable peeler. Lay the cucumbers aside on a paper towel plate to allow excess moisture to drain.

  2. Spread the hummus across the cucumber slices and sprinkle with fresh herbs if desired.

  3. Spread thinly sliced ham or turkey across the cucumber slices if desired.

  4. Roll up carefully, using a toothpick to close if needed.

  5. Keep refrigerated until serving.

Chicken Quesadilla

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Chicken Quesadilla

2 (10-inch) Whole Wheat burrito size tortillas 1 cup chopped grilled chicken 1/4 cup Chipotle Sauce (recipe below) 1/2 cup Mexican blend cheese Chipotle Sauce- Makes about 1 cup 1/2 cup Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon canned chipotle in adobo sauce (use more if you like spicy) 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice 1/2 teaspoon paprika 1/4 teaspoon cumin 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Use hand blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients until combined.


  1. On half of the tortilla spread 2 tablespoons of chipotle sauce

  2. Evenly spread chicken on top of sauce

  3. Evenly Spread cheese on top of chicken

  4. Fold tortilla in half and place on skillet on medium heat

  5. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until golden brown

Cut into pieces and serve immediately

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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Chicken Lettuce Wraps

2 T. sesame oil, divided 1 c. mushrooms, chopped 1 lb. ground chicken 2 garlic cloves, minced 6 basil leaves, finely chopped

2 T. hoisin sauce 2 T. teriyaki sauce 1 T. coconut aminos 1 t. rice wine vinegar 1 t. ground ginger 1 t. cornstarch 1 T. Siracha sauce or chili garlic sauce (to taste, optional)

1 head bibb or butter lettuce, separated into leaves 2 small green onions, sliced



  1. In a medium wok or skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of the sesame oil. Add the mushrooms, and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and softened (about 5 minutes); transfer to a plate and set aside. Add 1 more tablespoon of sesame oil to the skillet and bring the heat back up. Add the chicken and cook until done, about 4-5 minutes, crumbling the meat as it cooks. Drain fat, if needed. Add the minced garlic, stir for 30 seconds.

  2. Add the mushrooms back into the skillet and sprinkle in the basil leaves; stir to combine.

  3. Meanwhile, in a small mason jar or mixing bowl, combine the hoisin sauce, teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ground ginger, cornstarch, and sriracha; shake or whisk to combine.

  4. Pour sauce over the chicken mixture and stir to coat evenly; cook until heated through and slightly thickened, about 1 minute.

  5. Spoon into the leaves of butter lettuce (or scoop over bowls of rice). Top with sliced green onions.