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Mesa Arch Sunrise by Scott Taylor

Join us in Utah, June 23-24, for two free wellness talks and in-person patient visits with Kristen Brown. ARE YOU THRIVING OR JUST SURVIVING? Learn how Functional Medicine helps people heal and thrive! Are you trying to find the root cause of your health problems, or just plain tired? Kristen Brown, Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director of Altheda Health, shares two free talks about how Functional Medicine combines your detailed health history, guided nutrition, state­-of-­the-­art lab testing, and science-proven methods to help you thrive, not just survive. Kristen will also share quick tips to help you start living a more balanced, healthy life. You are worth it!  No RSVP required but seating is limited to 20 guests. THURSDAY, JUNE 23, 7 PM Natural Grocers in Bountiful 55 W 500 S, Bountiful, UT 84010 FRIDAY, JUNE 24, 7 PM Natural Grocers in Salt Lake City 645 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84102 IN-PERSON VISITS WITH KRISTEN BROWN Friday, June 24, 2016 Centerville, UT Call…

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"paddle board yoga" by moonlightsleeper (public domain, no copyright)

Stop. How’s your breathing? Did you know that you can manage your anxiety, food cravings, and stress, by controlling your breath? Check out this short 7 minute video that will teach you breathing techniques that will help you feel better in no time.

Meatless Shepherd’s Pie Its what’s for dinner at our house tonight. 1 hour start to finish. Recipe inspired by Martha Stewart Mashed Potatoes: 3 lbs Yukon Gold potatoes – washed 3 Tbsp butter (dairy or vegan) S & P to taste Filling: 1 med onion – diced 3 garlic cloves – minced 1.5 C brown lentils – rinsed and drained 4 C stock (veggie or chicken) 1 tsp dried thyme 10-oz bag mixed frozen veggies Preheat oven to 425*F Mashed potatoes: boil in water on stovetop until they easily slide off fork (20-30 min.), drain, mash with butter an add salt and pepper to taste. Filling: Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté onions and garlic in 1 tbsp avocado oil until caramelized (~5 min.) Add salt and pepper, lentils, stock, and thyme. Stir. Bring to low boil then decrease heat to simmer for 35 minutes or until lentils…

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Pesticides are not good for you. I recommend organic produce whenever possible. However, organic produce can be expensive. Would you like a list of 12 fruits and vegetables you should ALWAYS buy organic (also known as The Dirty Dozen)? There’s also a list called The Clean Fifteen, which is a list of 15 fruits and vegetables that contain lower levels of pesticides when not organic. This should save you some money. We all know that money doesn’t grow on trees. If it did, would it be part of the 12 or the 15? 🙂   Thanks to the Environmental Working Group (EWG) for their work on this.

Happy First Monday of 2016. We did some road tripping during the holiday and had time to talk about changes we would like to make in our routine. One of those changes involves food preparation. Once Monday hits, it seems like we are just running, running, running. I found this article from CleanEating.com that is similar to what my family is going to try. It involves prepping food during the weekend to help make food choices during the week easier and healthier (not to mention cheaper). Check it out!  

Mesa Arch Sunrise by Scott Taylor

UPDATE FEB. 16, 2016: THESE VISITS HAVE BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO ILLNESS. NEW DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON THIS BLOG. Join us in Utah, February 17th through the 19th, for two free wellness talks and in-person patient visits with Kristen Brown. ARE YOU THRIVING OR JUST SURVIVING? Learn how Functional Medicine helps people heal and thrive! Are you trying to find the root cause of your health problems, or just plain tired? Kristen Brown, Nurse Practitioner and Medical Director of Altheda Health, shares two free talks about how Functional Medicine combines your detailed health history, guided nutrition, state­-of-­the-­art lab testing, and science-proven methods to help you thrive, not just survive. Kristen will also share quick tips to help you start living a more balanced, healthy life. You are worth it!  No RSVP required but seating is limited to 20 guests. Feb. 17 , 7 – 8 pm Natural Grocers in Bountiful 55 W 500 S, Bountiful, UT 84010 Feb. 18, 7 – 8 pm…

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Happy Monday everyone. Holiday parties are in full swing and we had our family party last night. It was a lot of fun and there was a lot of good home-made items. Food is not just about nutrition, it’s about a lot of things, including tradition and culture. I made this recipe from PCC to take along to the party and made sure to make enough to have plenty of leftovers for this busy, busy week ahead. It is nutritious and very tasty. I highly recommend it.  

The weather outside is frightful…This is in our pressure cooker right now. This is a slow cooker recipe from twopeasintheirpod.com, but I tweaked a few of the ingredients and adjusted it to work in our Instant Pot on the pressure cooker “Soup” setting so it will be ready for delivery on time and because I didn’t want to wake up at 3am to get it ready for the slow cooker setting. Someone we care very much about was in a fender bender this week and needs a little TLC and we are happy to give it. Was anyone else’s childhood filled with food as gestures of love? (That’s a whole different conversation 🙂

This is a busy time of year for all of us. It seems like several of my friends are needing extra help due to new babies being born, unexpected surgeries, illnesses, etc. It’s at times like these that I like to offer to bring in a meal or two. Last night I made enchiladas and Spanish rice to bring to a friend in need. While I was at it, I made the identical meal for my family. There are several meals that are freezer-friendly and can be made in bulk. They sure do come in handy when times get busy and/or rough. Here’s a link from one of my favorite cookbook authors, Angela Liddon of the Oh She Glows blog. The meals are vegan and usually gluten free (she always gives a GF option). They are most definitely delicious, even for the non-vegan. If you want to add some healthy lean…

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Kristen Brown, Functional Medicine Nurse Practitioner and Founder of Altheda Health

People often ask which medical conditions we treat at Altheda Health. Here is a list of the most common medical conditions we treat…

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