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20 Easy and Healthy Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas

20 Easy and Healthy Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas

(Images sourced from Shutterstock, Getty Images, and Pixabay)Kelly Burch / September 1, 2021 Healthy, low-carb breakfast ideas include a green smoothie, low-carb muffins, and chia pudding.  For a savory low-carb breakfast, try asparagus frittata, egg drop soup, or...

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

Serves 4 It’s apple-picking season and this yummy, easy, vegan (if that matters to you), very lightly sweetened dessert is great to make right now with fresh apples from your favorite orchard, farm stand, or farmer’s market. I also like it because it incorporates...

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

Serves 4 This simple but elegant bento box doesn’t need to be in an actual bento box—any old lunchbox is fine—but I like it because it appeals to both adults and kids, so you can pack the same lunch for the whole family. Of course you can always substitute different...

20 Easy and Healthy Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas

20 Easy and Healthy Low-Carb Breakfast Ideas

(Images sourced from Shutterstock, Getty Images, and Pixabay)Kelly Burch / September 1, 2021 Healthy, low-carb breakfast ideas include a green smoothie, low-carb muffins, and chia pudding.  For a savory low-carb breakfast, try asparagus frittata, egg drop soup, or...

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

Serves 4 It’s apple-picking season and this yummy, easy, vegan (if that matters to you), very lightly sweetened dessert is great to make right now with fresh apples from your favorite orchard, farm stand, or farmer’s market. I also like it because it incorporates...

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

Serves 4 This simple but elegant bento box doesn’t need to be in an actual bento box—any old lunchbox is fine—but I like it because it appeals to both adults and kids, so you can pack the same lunch for the whole family. Of course you can always substitute different...

Quick Power Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Quick Power Pumpkin Spice Chia Pudding

Serves 1 This super quick, please-everyone breakfast gets put together in minutes the night before, and is ready in the morning, no matter how much time you have (or don’t have) for breakfast. This version serves one, but you can double, triple, or quadruple (or more)...

Slow Cooker Velvety Butternut Squash Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Velvety Butternut Squash Pot Roast

The slow cooker is one of the best inventions for that back-to-school time of year when everybody is busy all day long and then they all show up hungry at the same time, craving a warm, comforting meal. Prep this the night before and put it in the fridge, or the...

Preventive Health Checklist

Preventive Health Checklist

When it comes to health, prevention is power and knowing your health status and risk factors is one of the best ways you can avoid chronic disease. I recommend that everyone get baseline lab tests, starting in their 30s, and repeat them yearly. If you keep track of...

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #4: Socialize Blue-Zone Style

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #4: Socialize Blue-Zone Style

The Blue Zones, those famous spots around the planet where the longest-lived and healthiest people come from, have been studied extensively because everybody wants to know why people in these regions (Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria,...

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #3: BDNF

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #3: BDNF

When it comes to aging, one thing we all want is a brain that stays sharp right to the end of our lives, and one way you can help keep your brain young is by lubricating it with brain-derived neurotrophic factor, a protein that is instrumental in learning, memory,...

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #2: Pick Probiotics

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #2: Pick Probiotics

You may not think of your digestion as having that much to do with aging, but in fact, your microbiome—that collection of bacteria, fungi, and even viruses in your gut—has a significant effect on how well you age. We live symbiotically with the friendly flora we carry...

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #1: Go For Antioxidants

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #1: Go For Antioxidants

Aging. Sigh. It happens to us all, but as you may have noticed, it seems to happen to different people at a different rate, and yes, there are reasons for that. There is a genetic component to how well people age, but it is surprisingly small. Looking just at...

Blue For Morning, Red For Night

Blue For Morning, Red For Night

I’ve written about red light therapy for anti-aging and pain reduction, and blue light for treating acne and depression. These are technology hacks you can use to improve your health and appearance, but blue and red light also play a much more primal role in your...

Circadian Rhythm Hacks

Circadian Rhythm Hacks

Looking for ways to hack your circadian rhythm so you can sleep better at night and feel more energetic during the day? Here are some quick-and-easy ways to get back into synch with nature, the way your ancestors were: Pay attention to natural cycles. This is a great...

Blue Light Therapy: What’s It For?

Blue Light Therapy: What’s It For?

You may have heard that you should avoid computer, phone, and television screens right before bed because they emit blue light that can interfere with sleep (I talk about this in more detail here. However, blue light is also used therapeutically. Does it work?Blue...

Red Light Therapy: Does It Work?

Red Light Therapy: Does It Work?

If you’ve ever tried an infrared sauna or a red light booth, or even had a red light treatment offered to you at the dermatologist, you may wonder what this therapy is and whether it actually works. Red light penetrates the skin and goes into the cells, stimulating...

How to Beat ‘Tech Neck’ — and Why It’s So Bad for Your Health

How to Beat ‘Tech Neck’ — and Why It’s So Bad for Your Health

(Image sourced form Everyday Health) ‘Tech neck’ can cause back and shoulder pain, headaches, numbness in the hands, and in some cases tendinitis of the rotator cuffs. Canva; Everyday HealthAngela Haupt / August 10, 2021If you’ve ever spent hour after hour, day after...

Summer Wine and Food Pairings

Summer Wine and Food Pairings

(Image Sourced from Luxe Beat Magazine)Sherrie Wilkolaski / August 10, 2021Summer is upon us and backyard BBQ’s and weekend soirées are in full swing. For those wine-lovers out there, we have pulled together a few wine and food pairings that are ideal for those summer...

26 Hair Wellness Tips From Experts

26 Hair Wellness Tips From Experts

(Images sourced from Vegamour)Laira Martin / August 6, 2021The health of your hair is affected by everything from the food you eat to the products you use and even how stressed you are. Using quality hair products is important, but to get gorgeous, healthy hair you’ll...

Better Sleep Hygiene at Night for A Better Morning Tomorrow

Better Sleep Hygiene at Night for A Better Morning Tomorrow

There are many reasons to prioritize sleep, but the most immediate for most people is the desire to feel good the next day: awake, alert, energetic, rested, and ready for anything! Easier said than done, of course. The lure of a favorite show, social media, or work,...

Vibrant Romance

Vibrant Romance

Romance—it’s one of my favorite things. I must admit, I’m a romantic at heart, and fortunately, so is my husband. That works out pretty well for both of us because we both commit to keeping the romance alive in our marriage, but we don’t just do it for fun. Marriage,...

The Importance of Managing Stress

The Importance of Managing Stress

As I was writing my book, Vibrant, I went back and forth about including a section on stress. Should stress be part of the Vibrant Triad? Ultimately I decided no, because in reality, stress weaves its way through all parts of life. You can have stress related to food,...

Keep Your Brain Healthy

Keep Your Brain Healthy

Bloom TV / July 16, 2021Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, “The Vibrant Doc,” joins Gayle Guyardo on Bloom with tips for brain health. Bloom is part of Nexstar and airs in the Tampa-St. Petersburg market on both WTTA and WFLA TV stations plus our syndication has expanded...

5 Ways To Gauge Whether You Actually Got A Quality Night’s Sleep

5 Ways To Gauge Whether You Actually Got A Quality Night’s Sleep

(Image by Jamie Grill Atlas / Stocksy)Sarah Regan / July 16, 2021Quality sleep is, without a doubt, one of the most important pillars of our overall health—but what does it actually feel like? Sometimes it can be hard to gauge whether we actually had a night of deep,...

6 Expert-Approved Drinks Perfect For Unwinding Before Bed

6 Expert-Approved Drinks Perfect For Unwinding Before Bed

(Image by Dejan Beokovic / Stocksy)Sarah Regan / July 17, 2021When bedtime approaches and you're looking for a calming beverage to sip on, what do you go for? Not all nighttime drinks are created equal, so we asked experts for their favorites—plus, how much you should...

Trying to Cut Back on Salt? Here Are 14 High-Sodium Foods to Avoid

Trying to Cut Back on Salt? Here Are 14 High-Sodium Foods to Avoid

(Images sourced from Parade)Kaitlin Vogel / July 22, 2021Let’s face it: Like sugar, salt makes everything taste better. While sodium is an essential mineral that helps our bodies function, you can definitely have too much of a good thing: Excess sodium intake is...

Late Summer’s Garden Bounty

Late Summer’s Garden Bounty

If there is one thing I think about when I think about August, it’s boating! But this blog isn’t about boating. It’s about food, and if there is one food-related thing I think of, it’s garden bounty. August is when gardens all over America are producing massive...

Get Glowing Skin From Within

Get Glowing Skin From Within

(Video sourced from Fox 5 KVVU-TV)Fox 5 KVVU-TV / June 9, 2021Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson shares some of the vitamins and foods you should consume to get healthy glowing skin for the summer. See the original article @ Fox 5 KVVU-TV

I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Stop Dementia

I’m a Doctor and Here’s How to Stop Dementia

(Images sourced from Eat This, Not That) By Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson / June 19, 2021 Developing Alzheimer's is one of the worst fears for many people, but there is still a lot we don't know about what causes dementia. We know there are risk factors, both genetic and...

Dr. Stacie Stephenson On Up-Leveling The Vibrant Triad

Dr. Stacie Stephenson On Up-Leveling The Vibrant Triad

(Images source by Groomed LA) June 25, 2021 A primary focus of my work as the CEO of VibrantDoc and the author of the book Vibrant is to empower people to take back control of their own health by adjusting their lifestyles for maximum health optimization. Many of my...

Vibrant Triple Oil Treatment

Vibrant Triple Oil Treatment

One of the tricks I share in my book Vibrant is a key to glowing skin, vibrant energy, and super heart health: the Triple Oil Treatment. This is one of my anti-aging secrets, and it’s simple: Eat fatty fish like salmon at least twice a week for the EPA/DHA, and take...

Summer Skin Protection

Summer Skin Protection

I’m writing this blog on the first day of summer—the summer solstice, when the sun shines down on us for more minutes than on any other day of the year. That got me thinking about summer skincare, and what I’d like to focus on this week is summer skin—specifically,...

Your Body is Calling

Your Body is Calling

Listen to Your Five Senses Plus Your Sixth Sense: Digestive, Nervous, Endocrine, Lymphatic, Connective Tissue, and Intuition The human body is wise and highly responsive to its environment. It constantly gives you feedback about where you are, what you are doing, what...

Fourth of July Recipes

Fourth of July Recipes

It’s grilling season, and there is no time like the Fourth of July to celebrate the birth of our country with a reborn commitment to making the most of the gift that is your life! That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the enjoyment of delicious real food,...

Your Complete Guide to PsA Self-Care

Your Complete Guide to PsA Self-Care

(Image source from iStock & Illustrations by Jason Hoffman) By Krista DeMaio You’re working with your doctor and taking your meds. What else can you do to ease psoriatic arthritis aches and pains?  A lot. It's time you deserve some…Sweet Relief Psoriatic arthritis...

Bloated After Your Workout? Here’s What Might Be Causing It

Bloated After Your Workout? Here’s What Might Be Causing It

(Image source by Drazen/Getty Images) By Kimberly Zapata / May 28, 2021 Nothing makes us feel better than a good workout. The sweat is dripping. The endorphins are flowing, and even if we’re tired, we feel energized. We are — literally and figuratively — pumped. But...

Why Running Became My Go-To Method For Managing Anxiety

Why Running Became My Go-To Method For Managing Anxiety

(Image by Catherine Falls Commercial/Moment/Getty Images) By Anna Buckman / May 26, 2021 I know I’m not alone when I say that the pandemic had a serious impact on my anxiety. Though I’ve worked from home by myself for a while, the sudden uncertainty and increased...

Hydration

Hydration

Summer’s coming. Do you know where your water bottle is? During a rainy spring, people may have neglected hydration, not feeling as thirsty, but even when you aren’t thirsty, it’s important to keep drinking water for many reasons. Now that sweaty summer is hot on our...

Skin As An Indicator of Health

Skin As An Indicator of Health

During my many years in private practice, I gained a kind of intuition about how healthy people are. This came from a lot of careful observation—it’s a skill any observant doctor develops over time. It’s pretty incredible what you can tell about someone just from...

The Vibrant Man

The Vibrant Man

Can a man be vibrant? Let’s see. Great skin? Good posture? An engaged and lively expression? Strong muscles? Easy movement? Great endurance? A healthy heart? Lots of energy? Confidence? Passion? That sounds vibrant to me, and also what men want, according to what many...

Father’s Day Recipes

Father’s Day Recipes

This father’s day, you may be thinking of making your dad (or the dad of your kids!) a special meal, but rather than loading him up with the stereotypical guy favorites, like steak and potatoes, why not consider a more vibrant meal for the dads in your life? June is...

What Is Your Thyroid Telling You?

What Is Your Thyroid Telling You?

(Rasi Bhadramani / Getty) By Dr. Stacie Stephenson / May 13, 2021 Vibrant introduces readers to practical steps to improve everything from brain health and energy to immunity and weight. This excerpt explains the vital role your thyroid plays in your whole-person...

What It Actually Means If You Move Around A Lot While Sleeping

What It Actually Means If You Move Around A Lot While Sleeping

(Image by Simon Bcc / Stocksy) By Sarah Regan / April 28, 2021 Most of us move around in our sleep to some degree, but there are some who toss and turn excessively. Whether you're tipped off by a wearable sleep tracker or a (somewhat annoyed) partner who has let you...

A Vibrant Mother’s Day Brunch with Easy Recipes

A Vibrant Mother’s Day Brunch with Easy Recipes

If you’re looking for lovely and simple but elegant Mother’s Day Brunch menu ideas, look no further! Chef Q has crafted this vibrant menu, containing three easy brunch recipes for mother’s day, and although they may look fancy, they are quick to put together, not to...

How Diet and Exercise Affect Mental Health

How Diet and Exercise Affect Mental Health

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and I’ve been pondering the mental health state of the world after a long hard year of social distancing, isolation, decreasing diet quality, and more sedentary living. Really, 2020 was a recipe for a mental health crisis, and...

How to Get Better Quality Sleep

How to Get Better Quality Sleep

Sleep is one of the most important bodily functions for getting rid of metabolic waste products, healing and rebuilding the body, consolidating memories, and maintaining our physical as well as psychological wellness. Yet, a process so central to so many beings on...

Should you “do something” about perimenopause?

Should you “do something” about perimenopause?

It’s a conundrum. You, or someone you love (like your mom), is suffering with the symptoms of menopause or perimenopause, and you’ve been offered hormone replacement therapy, or anti-depressants, or maybe even a hysterectomy. Understandably, you may be unsure how to...

The 7 Best Sleep Trackers of 2021, According to Experts

The 7 Best Sleep Trackers of 2021, According to Experts

By Elizabeth Yuko, PhD / March 31, 2021 Our Top Picks Best Overall: Withings Sleep Tracking Pad at Amazon"Simply place the pad under the mattress, and find out data like your sleep cycles, breathing disturbances, and heart rate." Best Wearable: Fitbit Sense Smartwatch...

The Covid 25

The Covid 25

Image sourced from Organic Spa Magazine By Rona Berg / March 30, 2021  The good news is that more Americans have become more comfortable in their kitchens through the past year. Many have learned to cook and enjoy their own food. The not-so-good news? About  61...

6 Nutritionist-Approved Ways to Sneak More Fiber Into Your Diet

6 Nutritionist-Approved Ways to Sneak More Fiber Into Your Diet

Image sourced from NewBeauty By Danielle Fontana Dooley / April 9, 2021  Gone are the days when fiber intake was a hush-hush patient-doctor-only conversation. Between blood-sugar stabilization and its key role in hormone health and weight maintenance, fiber is being...

Prescribing Vibrancy

Prescribing Vibrancy

By Elizabeth Liberatore / Photo by Bob and Dawn Davis Photography and Design Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson's new book emphasizes healthy lifestyle practices for healing Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson always dreamed of becoming an Olympic figure skater. Hoping to realize this...

American Heart Association Partners with Vibrant Doc

American Heart Association Partners with Vibrant Doc

By Your Valley Independent / April 6, 2021  Paradise Valley resident serves as ambassador The American Heart Association has launched a new collaboration with Vibrant Doc and its founder and CEO, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, a resident of Paradise Valley. With the shared...

Bestsellers List Sunday, April 11

Bestsellers List Sunday, April 11

By The California Independent Booksellers Alliance / April 7, 2021  SoCal Bestsellers Hardcover Fiction 1. The Hill We Climb by Amanda Gorman (Viking: $16) A special edition of the poem delivered at the Biden inauguration. 2. Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro...

Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers

Publishers Weekly Best-Sellers

By Associated Press / April 5, 2021  Hardcover Fiction 1. “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah (St. Martin’s Press) 2. “Win” by Harlan Coben (Grand Central Publishing) 3. “The Midnight Library” by Matt Haig (Viking) 4. “Life After Death” by Sister Souljah (Atria) 5....

Spring Recipes

Spring Recipes

Spring has sprung and the first big holiday of the spring season is Easter. No matter how you celebrate—with a focus on the most sacred of Christian holidays, or as more of an easter-bunny-and-peeps spring celebration—Easter is a wonderful time to bring the family...

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Serves 4Ingredients  2 chilled avocados, pitted and cut into chunks 1 cup unsweetened coconut- or almond-based coffee creamer, plus a little more if necessary for consistency 1/4 cup organic cocoa powder 3 tablespoons maple syrup  1 teaspoon vanilla  1/2 teaspoon...

VibrantDoc CEO Discusses Her Must-Read Wellness Book

VibrantDoc CEO Discusses Her Must-Read Wellness Book

By Phebe Wahl | Philadelphia Style | March 22, 2021 In her first book, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson shares the keys to living life to the fullest. In the post-pandemic world, we are all taking our health more seriously than ever. Those wanting to make profound lifestyle...

Zoom Fatigue Is Affecting Your Face. Here’s How To Fix It.

Zoom Fatigue Is Affecting Your Face. Here’s How To Fix It.

Images sourced from Shutterstock By Maria Scinto | The List | March 18, 2021 A little over a year ago, Zoom was just the name of a '70s children's television show, or '90s if you watched the reboot (via the The New Yorker). Now it's, well, a way of life for many...

Adapting to Stress with Adaptogens

Adapting to Stress with Adaptogens

Charles Darwin once wrote: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent. It is the one that is most adaptable to change.” Assuming this is true (and I think it probably is), how do we, as people seeking to be healthy and vibrant,...

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

Natural Remedies for Seasonal Allergies

After a long and gloriously pollen-free winter, it’s spring again, and for many people with spring allergies, that means the dreaded return of itchy eyes, sneezing, congestion, coughing, and that general foggy feeling that comes with allergic rhinitis due to the...

The Research-Based Health Benefits of Vitamin C

The Research-Based Health Benefits of Vitamin C

Once upon a time, people took a multivitamin and called it a day. Now, supplements are complex, trendy, and exotic—think adaptogenic mushroom coffee, herbs borrowed from Chinese medicine like Panax Ginseng, herbs borrowed from Ayurveda like ashwagandha, and...

How to Become a Morning Person in 30 Days

How to Become a Morning Person in 30 Days

Tara Moore/Getty Images If one of your aspirations for this year — and maybe all years past — is to become a morning person, and you’ve failed, you may need to break up your goal into small chunks. After all, being someone who naturally rises with the sun is an...

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Ghee (or Clarified Butter)

8 Amazing Health Benefits of Ghee (or Clarified Butter)

Image Credit: EM / GETTY IMAGES First off, let’s clear up the one question everyone is probably wondering right now… What in the world is ghee? "Ghee, like butter, is made from whole cow’s milk, but the milk solids are removed so it is essentially butter oil," says...

How to Be Less S.A.D.

How to Be Less S.A.D.

The past year has practically been a recipe for seasonal affective disorder (aptly dubbed with the acronym S.A.D.), a mood disorder that typically coincides with the colder months when people stay inside more and get less sunlight. The symptoms are moodiness, sadness,...

March Recipes

March Recipes

After a long winter without fresh, newly sprouted produce, I crave baby spring vegetables, like tiny tender greens, spring peas, pencil-thin asparagus, baby artichokes, and nutrient-packed sprouts. I shared this with Chef Q, and she was just as inspired to create a...

Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson Opens Up About Her Debut Book

Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson Opens Up About Her Debut Book

By Phebe Wahl | Gotham Magazine | February 17, 2021 In her first book, Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson shares the keys to living life to the fullest. In the post-pandemic world, we are all taking our health more seriously than ever. Those wanting to make profound lifestyle...

The Truth About Love: A Guest Blog by Dr. Jay Ferraro

The Truth About Love: A Guest Blog by Dr. Jay Ferraro

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I’ve asked my friend and relationship guru Dr. Jay Ferraro, whom I also featured in my book, Vibrant, forthcoming in March, to write a guest blog about romance. My husband and I have worked with him for many years, and he is the expert at...

Date Night at Home Recipes

Date Night at Home Recipes

This light, fresh, three-course dinner is romantically fancy but easy to prepare, and it won’t weigh you down or leave you feeling overly stuffed, so you’ll have plenty of energy leftover for…more passionate pursuits.Grilled Romaine Wedge Serves 2Ingredients 3...

Raspberry Avocado Mousse

Raspberry Avocado Mousse

Raspberry Avocado Mousse Serves 2Ingredients 2 pints fresh raspberries (chilled)1 avocado (chilled, pit removed, cubed)1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk2 tablespoons honey1 tablespoon fresh orange juice1/2 teaspoon beet root powder or açai powder (optional,...

The Most Well-Researched (And Best) Diet

The Most Well-Researched (And Best) Diet

A lot of people will tell you they know what the best diet is, but the Mediterranean diet is the only diet with the most research support and is recommended by the majority of health professionals as the healthiest diet known to us. It’s a diet that is not only rich...

The Link Between Chronic Inflammation and Lung Cancer

The Link Between Chronic Inflammation and Lung Cancer

Lung cancer is a serious health problem and the top cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. each year. Scientists have discovered a few causes for this type of cancer, such as cigarette smoke, but continue to explore other reasons. One factor under investigation is a link...

January Recipes

January Recipes

You may know by now that I’m not big on cleanses because, barring extreme circumstances, the body already takes care of most of your detoxification needs. That doesn’t mean January isn’t a great time for a dietary reboot, however, and that’s just what this lovely day...

Detox Your Social Life

Detox Your Social Life

January is detox month, cleanse month, “fresh start” month, and social media is filled with suggestions for new diets, cleanses, and ways to detoxify the body. Maybe you have started a new diet or are trying a juice cleanse or experimenting with intermittent fasting....

Vibrant Resolutions

Vibrant Resolutions

The year is almost over, and many of us will be happy to see 2020 fade away in our rearview mirrors. I for one can’t wait to toast the new year and start fresh, but unfortunately, people are still feeling anxious, lonely, isolated, or burned out. That can make the...

Vibrant Holiday Recipes

Vibrant Holiday Recipes

I always look forward to the holiday season, but I don’t look forward to feeling overly stuffed, tired, or guilty after overindulging. For years now, I’ve been remaking my celebratory holiday dinners into lighter, more nutrient-packed, fiber-filled, and nutritious...

Movement Tips for Staying Healthy at Home

Movement Tips for Staying Healthy at Home

Exercise classes are cancelled, gyms or closed (or they're open, but you just can’t), the weather is getting colder every day, and walking outside is getting less and less appealing. But don’t give up on exercise! It’s easy to get out of the exercise habit when the...

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

Healthy Thanksgiving Recipe

I don’t normally eat dessert, but Thanksgiving always feels like a reason to celebrate with a little sweetness. The problem with holiday desserts is that they often contain ingredients I don’t want, or the portions size is just too big. That’s why I love these...

The Real Secret to Staying Well This Winter

The Real Secret to Staying Well This Winter

It’s confusing. So much health “news,” so many people so sure of one thing or another, so much controversy, so many contradictions--it’s no wonder people don’t know what to think. But if you want to avoid catching a virus this winter (whether the cold, the flu, or,...

Your Holiday Self-Care Prescription

Your Holiday Self-Care Prescription

In November, as the holiday season looms, I’m tackling self-care because there is no better time to take a minute and remember what’s really important (your health!) as we all brace ourselves to deal with what will surely be a strange and atypical holiday season. Will...

Deconstructing the PSL

Deconstructing the PSL

Maybe knowing that we’re all anxious to get 2020 over and done with, Starbucks released their famous (or notorious, depending on your perspective) Pumpkin Spice Latte in August this year. August! That’s more time than ever before for all you pumpkin spice afficionados...

Social Isolation and the Coronavirus Pandemic

Social Isolation and the Coronavirus Pandemic

As I write this, we are in the midst of a global pandemic that has resulted in people all over the world staying home and staying away from others. When we do go out, many (depending on where they live and their health status) must wear masks that cover their faces....

Deep Sleep And Brain Health

Deep Sleep And Brain Health

You want it. You crave it. You can’t wait to get more. But somehow, it eludes you. It’s sleep, and most people aren’t getting enough. A poor diet, alcohol, caffeine, anxiety, and stress can all interfere with a good night’s sleep, but what you might not know is the...

The 5 Best Foods To Eat After A Workout

The 5 Best Foods To Eat After A Workout

A bowl with chicken, avocado, quinoa, and leafy greens is a great recovery meal. Westend61/Getty Images The best foods to eat after a workout include fish or chicken, quinoa, avocado, dark leafy greens, and protein shake or chocolate milk. Quinoa is a great...

Benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Benefits of Continuous Glucose Monitoring

If you have diabetes, you are probably a pro at monitoring your own blood sugar. Whether you take periodic finger-stick tests throughout the day or you use the new continuous glucose monitoring technology, you already know how important it is to keep track of what...

What To Know About Fad Diets, and How to Actually Lose Weight

What To Know About Fad Diets, and How to Actually Lose Weight

If there’s one thing that never goes out of style, it’s a fad diet. “I’ll sell you X, Y, or Z for easy weight loss” is a trick as old as the hills. Sometimes it’s a book touting some special tricks you’ve never heard of before, an article or a membership site with...

Six Questions to Determine Your Exercise Personality

Six Questions to Determine Your Exercise Personality

Whether you are exercising at home, social distancing when you walk the neighborhood or hike the trails, or are keeping a treadmill-width apart from the next person at the newly re-opened gym, I hope you are exercising. Exercise is so important for your physical as...

How to Be Healthier at Home

How to Be Healthier at Home

I saw a startling article the other day, from a job discovery platform called DirectlyApply. It showed what remote workers could look like in 25 years. God willing, we won’t all still be stuck at home and social distancing for a quarter of a century, but I do suspect...

Types of Moving Meditation | VibrantDoc

Types of Moving Meditation | VibrantDoc

Meditation is an important part of my life (and an essential part of my stress management efforts), but people often tell me, “Oh, I could never meditate!” They say they are too impatient, they don’t like to sit still, they can’t quiet their minds, they are too busy,...

Growing A Medicinal Flower Garden At Home

Growing A Medicinal Flower Garden At Home

This spring has stirred many thoughts and some have been those of simple self-reliance. While home gardening has already grown in popularity over the last few years for a million reasons, the idea of cultivating an edible garden at home now has never been more...

Bringing the Outside Inside

Bringing the Outside Inside

It’s gardening season and everywhere I look, I see gardening inspiration—splashy photos, planting guides, aspirational kitchen gardens, gorgeous flower beds. It’s all lovely of course, and when I’m at my horse farm in the Midwest where I have plenty of space, I get...

Garlic Antiviral Properties: Cure-All or Health Scam?

Garlic Antiviral Properties: Cure-All or Health Scam?

Just because garlic has antiviral properties doesn’t mean it’s some super-powered preventive or magical cure for the cold or the flu, let alone COVID-19.oToday, garlic is still widely used as a therapeutic supplement worldwide, and the more scientists study it, the...

Your Circadian Rhythm in Quarantine

Your Circadian Rhythm in Quarantine

There are many reasons to feel out of sorts right now, but one of them is likely the disruption in your circadian rhythm—the biological rhythm all living things (animals, plants, bacteria) experience. Circadian rhythms tell flowers when to bloom and trees when to drop...

Just What Is Functional Medicine, Anyway?

Just What Is Functional Medicine, Anyway?

If you read health news at all, chances are good that you have heard of this new thing called “functional medicine.” It seems that people either embrace or criticize it, but from what I have been able to discern, many of functional medicine’s detractors don’t fully...

The Easy Spring Detox Anyone Can Do

The Easy Spring Detox Anyone Can Do

Detoxes and cleanses are everywhere these days. It seems like every time I go online, I see some kind of juice fast or smoothie cleanse or detox supplement advertised. One of the questions people often ask me is: “Do I need to detox?” Now that it’s spring-cleaning...

Now more than ever, your health matters.

Now more than ever, your health matters.

Welcome to VibrantDoc! Now more than ever, your health matters.Today, many of us are looking at our health with new perspective. We are largely shut off from the health resources and activities we normally rely on, but this may be an opportunity for us all to consider...

How to start listening to your body.

How to start listening to your body.

It’s a loud loud world, but somewhere inside you is a still small voice guiding you…or trying to. No, it’s not your conscience, or the angel on your shoulder. It’s your body, and it’s got plenty to say about the choices you’ve been making and the way you’ve been...

Winning with Vitamins: How to Incorporate Them Correctly

Winning with Vitamins: How to Incorporate Them Correctly

Immunity is a hot topic these days, but I’ve always believed it is what underpins health in any situation. Whether it’s cold season, a virus is going around, or you’re feeling just fine, your immune system is always working vigilantly to keep you functioning at your...

The Science Behind Quarantine Cravings

The Science Behind Quarantine Cravings

It’s becoming an all-too-familiar scenario: You’re worried, you’re bored, you’re uncertain about the future, and all you want to do is eat. Cravings are one of those things most of us battle once in a while, and some people seem to be more prone to cravings than...

A Safe Spring Detox

A Safe Spring Detox

Just say no to fasting. Cruciferous veggies and turmeric can be powerful tools in your spring detox plan. Read more tips from Dr. Stacie Stephenson, an expert in regenerative, functional, and natural medicine. Your body has a very complex and effective detoxification...

5 Simple Cancer Prevention Tips from a Leading Doctor

5 Simple Cancer Prevention Tips from a Leading Doctor

CANCER PREVENTION as a lifestyle, will always be top of mind for us. Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson is one of the first female health physicians to offer integrative care to patients in the Midwest. As Chair of Functional Medicine at the Cancer Treatment Centers of...

Detoxing for Spring: Prep Your Body to Leave Winter Behind

Detoxing for Spring: Prep Your Body to Leave Winter Behind

It can seem like winter will go on forever but, of course, spring is imminent, so the time to start getting ready is now. Making sure you get the right vitamins and minerals, as well as consuming the proper diet, can help you greet the new spring with a healthy mind...

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

Guiltless Mini Apple Crisps

It’s apple-picking season and this yummy, easy, vegan, very lightly sweetened dessert is great to make right now with fresh apples.

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

Big and Little Rainbow Bento Box

This simple but elegant bento box doesn’t need to be in an actual bento box, but I like it because it appeals to both adults and kids.

Preventive Health Checklist

Preventive Health Checklist

When it comes to health, prevention is power and knowing your health status and risk factors is one of the best ways you can avoid chronic disease.

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #4: Socialize Blue-Zone Style

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #4: Socialize Blue-Zone Style

The Blue Zones, those famous spots around the planet where the longest-lived and healthiest people come from, have been studied extensively because everybody wants to know why people in these regions live so long and age so well.

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #3: BDNF

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #3: BDNF

BDNF can help to mitigate mood disorders like depression that are common with aging, and it may even play a role in dementia prevention, so short version: You want more!

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #2: Pick Probiotics

Vibrant Anti-Aging Pro Tip #2: Pick Probiotics

You may not think of your digestion as having that much to do with aging, but in fact, your microbiome—that collection of bacteria, fungi, and even viruses in your gut—has a significant effect on how well you age.

Blue For Morning, Red For Night

Blue For Morning, Red For Night

I’ve written about red light therapy for anti-aging and pain reduction, and blue light for treating acne and depression. These are technology hacks you can use to improve your health and appearance, but blue and red light also play a much more primal role in your...

Circadian Rhythm Hacks

Circadian Rhythm Hacks

Looking for ways to hack your circadian rhythm so you can sleep better at night and feel more energetic during the day?

Blue Light Therapy: What’s It For?

Blue Light Therapy: What’s It For?

You may have heard that you should avoid computer, phone, and television screens right before bed because they emit blue light that can interfere with sleep. However, blue light is also used therapeutically. Does it work?

Red Light Therapy: Does It Work?

Red Light Therapy: Does It Work?

If you’ve ever tried an infrared sauna or a red light booth, or even had a red light treatment offered to you at the dermatologist, you may wonder what this therapy is and whether it actually works.

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