How Crafting and the Creative Process Can Help Kids Learn Skills

NOTE: This is a piece originally published (with permission) in The Huffington Post at the start of summer vacation. To view the entire piece (with photos) click here. To visit Cricut, please go to:  By Irene Ross...more

Kids and Sugar

I'm a board certified holistic health practitioner and, as such, I'm always shocked at the amount of hidden sugar in our diet. I'm especially concerned when it comes to kids--not that I'm not concerned about adults but, after all, healthy kids often grow up to be healthy adults--and we're seeing a lot of "adult-only" diseases in our kids, such as Type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.  ...more

Holiday Craziness--and How to Stay Calm

I think I could be a poster girl for overuse injuries.  As one of my friends points out, I exercise like I'm 18 (and, trust me, I'm no where near it)So my knees often hurt--as well as my lower back.  Oh--and did I mention my talus bone?  That's the bone that runs across the instep of your foot; mine often gets dislocated, so my chiropractor shakes and manipulates my foot to get it back in...more

5 Reasons to Eat with the Seasons

 Let’s talk about root vegetables because we always associate them with fall and winter. Parsnips and carrots are great additions to soups and stews, aren’t they?They make us feel warm and grounded, and that’s great for this time of year.  But who wants to feel warmer in, say, July?...more

How to Avoid Winter Weight Gain (Or: How Not to Panic on Memorial Day!)

 Ever wonder why we seem to get the "automatic" weight gain in winter?  Those extra winter pounds can really creep up on us, in some very hidden ways. Here are five sneaky ways your weight can be sabotaged, with solutions for you to keep it in control....more

Exercise and Healthy Weight= Heart Health!

February is Go Red/National Heart Month--and if women can only do one thing to protect their hearts it's to exercise, says Cardiologist Nieca Goldberg, MD, Medical Director of the Women's Heart Center at New York University Medical Center in New York City. "Exercise helps to lower blood pressure, blood sugar and weight and it raises levels of good or HDl cholesterol," she said....more

Five Things You Can Do Right Now To Curb Those Sugar Cravings

We all have them--those sugar cravings that make us keep running out mid-morning or afternoon for coffee or tea--and our fix.  Or we have two or three sets of those in different sizes to accommodate weight fluctuations....more

Our Kids Need to Learn to Eat Better!!!

 A friend just asked me an interesting question:  What would I recommend as an appropriate chore for her three-year-old?  Without blinking an eye, I said, "Two things--first, let him help you in the kitchen while you prepare meals (no knives or dangerous items).  He'll develop a natural curiosity about foods--for example, 'what do you do with a spaghetti squash??'"...more

Why mindset is so important in both our professional AND personal lives

 I've been thinking a lot about the importance of mindset lately, because that is what sets us up to take action, striving for new endeavors, to challenge ourselves and to do things we had previously avoided. As we stretch ourselves, we feel an energy shift and our vibration rises. We get people’s attention. We take action and have confidence and determination--and that's, well, very client attractive.We get to shake the "junk" out of our minds, focus and set priorities. That junk, by the way, usually doesn't even serve us....more

An Attitude of Gratitude Makes for a Happier Life

By Irene Ross, CHHC, AADP, certified nutrition and wellness coach Most of us think about gratitude during the holidays, but then forget about it shortly after New Year's. Consistent gratitude could be the key to raising your happiness threshold, however....more