Monthly Archives: December 2013

Oregon Blueberry Brunch Cake

A nice slice of Oregon blueberry brunch cake A nice slice of blueberry brunch cake

I’m ringing in the new year with something old – my mom’s Oregon Blueberry Brunch Cake.  My mom would make this for us frequently when my sisters and I were growing up living in Oregon.  We’d pick mountains of blueberries in the summer and freeze them to use throughout the coming year.  This was hands-down my morning favorite.

Of course I adapted it a little – just a smidge.  I used oat flour – my favorite gluten-free flour, and just a tiny bit of all-purpose gluten free flour mix to help with stability.  I used maple syrup in the cake instead of sugar, and real butter instead of oil.  And I used my favorite wild blueberries, which are now widely available in grocery stores.

The result was simply fantastic.  And you would NEVER – I swear to you – NEVER know this is gluten free.  You would also not guess that it’s almost entirely a whole grain cake.  That’s the fantastic thing about oat flour – it doesn’t have any of that cardboard-like flavor of whole wheat.  It’s sweet, and bakes up to be soft like white flour – not grainy.  But, as you can (kind of) see from the picture, it will have a golden color, and in this cake has an almost graham-y flavor.

I implore you to make this brunch cake.  You will be happy that you did.

Blueberry Brunch Cake Oregon Blueberry Brunch Cake

Oregon Blueberry Brunch Cake

1 cup oat [...]

By |December 31st, 2013|Gluten Free, Recipes, Soy Free|

Five Fixable Ailments and How to Fix Them

In my health coaching practice I see clients suffer from many of the same symptoms.  Most of the women I work with are working hard at their jobs, caring for families, and generally giving selflessly of their time and energy to others.  Their own self-care has taken a back seat, and the results are both physical and emotional.

The following are the five most common ailments I see in clients:


  1. Low mood, anxiety or depression 
  2. Gastrointestinal distress, gas, bloating, diarrhea 
  3. Headaches, including chronic migraine 
  4. Cravings for sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
  5. Fatigue and low energy 

What many don’t realize is that these are symptoms of intolerance, deficiency, and/or imbalance.  The good news is that they are largely fixable when the underlying issue or issues are identified.  Every body is unique and therefore the reasons behind the symptoms can be different for each person.  But here are a few commonalities I find in my practice:

  1. Low mood, anxiety or depression: Eating the wrong foods paired with a stressed-out lifestyle are a sure-fire way to chronically damage your mood.  The kinds of foods you eat contribute to the mix of neuro-transmitters available to your brain.  Too much junk food, blood sugar swings, and an imbalance of omega-3s vs. omega-6 fatty acids can all contribute to chronically low levels of serotonin and dopamine – your “happy brain chemicals”.  The real killer here is that stress and low mood often lead to seeking out junk foods (pasta, ice cream, candy!), which cause a temporary boost in serotonin, but deplete it long-term.
  2. Gastrointestinal distress, gas, bloating, diarrhea: Bio-individuality is truly a key factor here.  What makes one person feel wonderful can make another feel miserable.  What I can pretty much guarantee is that [...]
By |December 12th, 2013|Food as Medicine, General|