A Toddler’s New Year’s Resolutions

by Christina on January 5, 2017

Check out San Francisco Moms Blog today for my post about doing New Year’s Resolutions with my 2 year old…

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One of my favorite times of year is in the quiet and peace after the hustle and bustle of the holidays. For me, those first few days of the year are filled with optimism, hope and excitement for the year ahead.

It’s when I get my paper planner organized for the year ahead and write out my New Year’s Resolutions. This year, I wanted to start a new family tradition: writing New Year’s Resolutions with my kids.

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How healthy is your liver?

by Christina on December 7, 2016

About one in four of us has “Fatty Liver.”

It’s often a silent problem and people have no idea their liver is being damaged.

I was glad to see this excellent article from Authority Nutrition about it, and will be sharing this with my patients.

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Fatty liver is a growing problem and goes hand in hand with obesity and diabetes. It’s often discovered when we’re checking for something else with liver function tests or imaging. Liver enzymes might be slightly elevated, and the liver might look enlarged with fatty deposits.

If treated early enough it can be reversed. Untreated, it can cause major problems including liver failure and liver cancer.

If you have or suspect fatty liver, here are some things you can do (in addition to talking with your doctor):

  • Follow a low-carb diet — those extra carbs (particularly fructose) turn into fat in the liver
  • Do not put sugary drinks into your body — no sodas, no juices, no sports drinks
  • Eat more monounsaturated fats: nuts, avocados, olive oil
  • Eat more fiber (over 10g/day)
  • Eat and/or take omega-3 fatty acids
  • Exercise at least 30 minutes/day
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Strengthen your gut health with prebiotics and probiotics: Interestingly, your gut health and microbiome may play a role in fatty liver

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Marriage Meetings

by Christina on November 14, 2016

“Marriage Meetings are for healthy couples who believe their relationship can get better, or even better.” ~Marcia Naomi Berger

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I’m over at San Francisco Moms Blog today writing about our Marriage Meetings today and how helpful they have been – check it out if interested!

We all know it too well: life with kids is busy and hard.

The house is a mess; there is laundry to be folded; there are dishes to be done… the list goes on. My husband and I definitely don’t do enough date nights. It’s no surprise that sometimes we can get a little grumpy.

Let me tell you about one thing my husband and I started doing recently that has made a huge difference:  Marriage Meetings…

See the whole post over at San Francisco Moms Blog.

 

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