Mermaid Wellness

Where Holistic Health meets Urban Homesteading

sweet potato nachos


gluten free; vegetarian(maybe)

I have not posted a recipe in quite a while and these are simply too yummy to not share. Thanks Delicious Living for the inspiration. I even included some meat as an option because I know I never post meat stuff. It is of course totally optional as is the yogurt topping. As the fourth of July approaches and you are looking for an “All-American” dish to serve at your party (yes I am giggling at the irony of nachos being all american but really they are) but want to keep it real, whole and healthy then this is the perfect recipe. Continue Reading

sunset on the beach

Living the Life you Want

What is your life expectancy? Find out in here in this post. I recently had the privilege of hearing Dan Buettner speak about the Blue Zones and life expectancy. Dan is the best selling author of “The Blue Zones” and a founder of The Blue Zone Project.

What is a Blue Zone? It is a geographical area where the people indigenous to that area live long, healthily and happy lives. It is a “hotspot for longevity” There are currently 5 blue zones in the world – Sardinia Italy, Ikaria Greece (the newest blue zone), Okinawa Japan, Nicoya Costa Rica and Loma Linda California (home to the 7th day Adventists). People routinely in these areas lives passed 100 and in great health. Continue Reading

Mermaid Wellness has a new fresh look

Why is DIET a four letter word? We have all tried to diet. Most of us many times. Often, a “diet” will jump start us and we lose weight and it will be successful. But almost just as often, we rebound and put the weight back on, Then we go another diet, or go back on the same one because it worked the last time. We lose the weight, loosen the reigns on our diet and before we know it, the weight mysteriously shows back up, and often brings a few extra guests.

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good fat


Fat is back in a good way! Thanks to new and emerging research, we now know that eating healthy fat doesn’t necessarily lead to weight gain. Although fat is caloric (it contains 9 calories per gram, more than double that of proteins and carbohydrates), this macronutrient boosts your satiety—meaning you stay fuller for longer.

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Sugar in my Coffee

Sugar Decoded

We all know Added sugar is not good for us by now. Yet the average American consumes 22 teaspoons of it every day. That equates to 130 pounds of sugar per person per year. The American Heart association generously gives us 6-9 teaspoonfuls per day (depending on if you are a man or woman) and we consume almost 4 times that. Yikes!

The food industry has spent a lot of money trying to convince us that added sugar to their products is just fine. They were even caught paying off a research group to fudge their results to downplay sugar’s role in disease. Continue Reading

pollinator garden


Celebrate Earth day by planting pollinator friendly plants. Hopefully everyone has started their garden plantings.! Turn your garden into a haven for pollinators, and you’ll soon reap the benefits. Native plants are most attractive to bees, butterflies and birds, but these multiregional varieties are a great place to start. Don’t forget, without pollinators, many plants can not reproduce or give us food!


Check with your local garden center for a list of the best native pollinator-friendly plants in your area.

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Plants in s boat


What is the People and Plant connection and how do you use plants in your everyday life? From DL: In our environment, plants help to mitigate pollutants from air, soil and water. They help clothe us, feed us and nurture us. They beautify the world around us, and they even make us and our living environments smell nice. They have the power to clean and disinfect—and, the power to heal. Their medicinal qualities are steeped in history, and a resounding body of research supports the integral role plants play in our complete well-being—mind, body and soul. Continue Reading


Bowl of Digestive Goodness

Repairing your gut health:Digestive Enzymes and Probiotics – the health of your gut, as we now know, is critical to your overall health. Did you know roughly 80% of your immunity resides in your gut? And did you know 85-90% of serotonin (yes that chemical responsible for mood) comes from your gut? When your gut is in bad shape then the rest of you is as well. This is fairly complex topic but I want to keep it as simple and basic as possible. Continue Reading

garlic naan pizza

What you’ll need

It has been awhile since I posted a recipe so here ya go. This garlic naan recipe is a family favorite and go to dinner on busy nights where we have to get to sports… Though I will give the recipe for grilled chicken, basil pizza, the possibilities are endless. Load it with steamed or sautéed vegetables, mix grilled chicken with barbecue sauce (homemade of course so there is less sugar) and top with organic cheddar. Make a salad (click to download my kale recipe from this cookbook – page 9) and top your naan with it. Whatever healthy creation you can dream up, you can make. Continue Reading


Jump that fence!

What exactly is a holistic health coach and where do I find one?

According to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition a holistic health coach “is a supportive mentor and wellness authority who works with clients to help them feel their best through food and lifestyle changes. Instead of prescribing one diet or way of exercising, Health Coaches tailor individualized wellness programs to meet their client’s needs”

Do you ever feel like your body and mind are not meshing? You feel out of line, not balanced? It could be a relationship you are in, a job or career you have that doesn’t align with you, not eating the way you know you want to…. There could be many (or just one) reasons for this disconnect. Continue Reading