what is a nurse practitioner?

I work as a nurse practitioner. NPs are becoming much more common, more respected, and more understood, but I still often get questions about what being an NP means-- questions from patients, acquaintances, even physicians. So I thought I'd go over some common questions here-- both because you'll understand me better, and because NPs will... Continue Reading →

Sunday Smoothie: Summer Lovin’

It's that time of year where it's hard not to buy more fruit than you can possibly eat before it spoils. Everything looks good-- and it's ripe NOW. This week, I bought up an incredible bunch of juicy, sweet plums. They were great by themselves and on toast with almond butter, but this post-run smoothie was... Continue Reading →

Dietary Guidelines: Who, What, Why, and WTH?

Perhaps you’ve hear the kerfuffle going on recently over the new dietary guidelines  released back in February. What’s going on, exactly? Is butter back? The “Dietary Guidelines for Americans”  is updated every five years, and it is billed as a joint effort of the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services. Does that... Continue Reading →

How to REALLY relax

Do you work out when you’re on vacation? I do. But before you tell me I’m nuts, lemme ‘splain: I don’t work out to look a certain way or be a certain size. I don’t need to be in tip-top shape for an event or a race. It just makes me feel good. My body... Continue Reading →

sunday smoothie: chocolate fix

sometimes, you want to do something good for you body-- you really do-- but only something super-chocolaty will do. it can't taste like wheatgrass. it can't be "kinda good, actually." it has to be the real deal-- creamy, rich, a little sweet. . . and preferably won't make you feel like crap. enter the chocoholic... Continue Reading →

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