The Basics of a Paleo Lifestyle

The Basics of a Paleo Lifestyle

Whether or not you know what the term Paleo is, chances are you’ve heard of it, or one of its many names—the Caveman Diet, the Primal Lifestyle, the Stone Age diet, or the Hunter-Gatherer diet. While the Paleo diet may have recently become popular, it’s based on principles that date back to the Paleolithic Era. I personally follow a Paleo lifestyle and wanted to share a few details with you. It’s more than a diet, it’s a way of life - starting with how you approach each day.

Wine vs. Cocktails: Which to Choose Based on Their Nutritional Breakdown

Wine vs. Cocktails: Which to Choose Based on Their Nutritional Breakdown

I’m bringing back the age-old debate about wine and spirits—which is better? My husband and I own Fantesca Estate & Winery in Napa Valley, so I’m a bit biased as to which I prefer. My preferences aside, though, I wanted to take the question one step further and compare wine and spirits based on noted health benefits and nutritional value. Let’s break it down:

What's in a Name? Part I

What's in a Name? Part I

One of the best things about my personal fitness journey is hearing from friends and acquaintances who tell me they have taken inspiration from my posts and updates on social media. It’s gratifying to know that these lessons I’ve learned can help others.

I decided I wanted to work harder on sharing those stories and the things that helped me along the way. There are many beautiful fitness models out there. What do I have to share that is unique?

Here’s what I came up with.

The Alkaline Diet, Does Your Acidity Matter?

The Alkaline Diet, Does Your Acidity Matter?

Many diet trends have popped up over the last 10-15 years. I'm thinking of the Atkins Diet, the South Beach Diet, and the Keto Diet, among others. The most important part of any diet plan is getting all of your nutrients and moving toward your goals. I personally believe a Paleo lifestyle is the healthiest way to achieve optimal health and fitness, but I know many people like to explore their options. The buzz is now around the Alkaline Diet… here’s the lowdown for those wanting to learn more!

Collagen, the Unsung Hero

Collagen, the Unsung Hero

The benefits of collagen have been in the spotlight a lot lately. Good Morning America even featured it in a special interview with dermatologists! I’ve seen everything from collagen infused shampoo to collagen facial treatments offered at medispas. It got me wondering, what is collagen? Why is collagen good for us?

Spicy and Soothing - Ginger can be both

Spicy and Soothing - Ginger can be both

Do you remember when you were little and your mother gave you a glass of ginger ale and a few saltine crackers to calm your upset stomach? Then you experienced first hand that ginger root has some pretty powerful effects on the body. Now that we are a little older, and hopefully wiser, there are even more ways to reap the healing benefits of ginger.

Fall is Finally Here!

Fall is Finally Here!

The brisk breeze in the mornings with the leaves falling, a Pumpkin Spiced Latté warm in my hand, homemade pumpkin bread baking in the oven, beautiful pumpkins ready to be picked from my garden, decorative holiday pumpkins lining my doorstep, the quilt of warm colored trees cascading down Napa Valley and grape picking in our vineyard. Yes, Autumn Harvest season is here, and it is my favorite time of year.