Staunton State Park: A Hike Review part 1

StauntonSP

Staunton State Park is challenging only by length, not elevation gain. The trails are well groomed and well marked. And it’s only 45 minutes from Denver, so you can get some quality time out in nature and have the rest of the day to do other things. You have several options to make your day challenging or […]

Qigong 101: Standing Posture

  There are many aspects to qi gong, and we are starting at the very beginning with the key points of standing correctly. Standing posture in qi gong emphasizes skeletal alignment as a way to work with gravity, instead of against it. Essentially standing correctly is an anti-aging strategy because the soft tissue surrounding the […]

Clean Medicine Cabinet

a well-stocked medicine cabinet

We can all pretty much count on the occasional cold, stomach ache, muscle aches, bruises, scrapes, pain, or headaches, as part of everyday life. When we feel start to feel sick we reflexively reach for what we know, usually over-the-counter remedies. Most of the time these medications are about controlling symptoms, not healing the cause underneath the symptoms. As […]

Don’t Let Foot Trouble Slow You Down

double-bunions on their way to being non-bunions

While science has determined a certain percentage of us have bunions due to genetic factors, I suspect years of walking in NYC plus running and dancing have contributed to the current state of affairs. I’d like to avoid surgery and even my doctor recommended stretching out the tendon instead. I came across Bunion Booties towards the […]

Freezing Technique for Peak Season Chile Peppers

hot peppers from the greenmarket

Update: Ha! Since I wrote this post we’ve moved to Colorado, where hot peppers abound. Watch this space for recipes using Hatch and local chile peppers. Shocked to see it’s so prevalent here- message to New York cooks: the infusing heat from green chili peppers are a whole new dimension to recast the same old, […]

Quandary Peak: A Hike Review

sheep live high up on Quandary Peak

Quandary Peak is one of Colorado’s “14ers.” Colorado has the most 14ers in the U.S. – 53 – and Quandary Peak is the 14th highest at 14,265 feet, located in Breckenridge, CO. 4 trails that take you to the top: East Ridge: 3,450 ft. alt. gain, 6.75 miles round trip, and a class 1 * South […]

Grilled Peaches

fresh peaches taste even more delicious when you grill them

Grilling your peaches is an easy way to save peaches for freezing when you’ve bought too many in the summer months. You’ll have them available to enjoy later in the season, if they last that long. Grilling concentrates their sugars, enhancing that unique peach flavor without being cloyingly sweet. 1. Preheat grill on low. 2. Cut […]

Heel-to-Toe Rocking Qigong

awaken to use your whole foot

Qigong exercises tone the nervous system in a way that leaves you with a calmer mind and relaxed body. Who doesn’t want more of that in this crazy, high-speed world? Try this simple exercise (video on its way): 1. Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and your arms at your side. An uncarpeted floor is preferable, […]

Breath Like a Pro!

simplest breathing exercise ever

Here’s the simplest breathing exercise, ever: 1. Inhale through your nose 2. Exhale through your mouth Try this for a few breaths right now, then keep reading. The next time you’re feeling overwhelmed, just take a few moments to do this breathing a few times and let it help you hit the reset button on your […]

Easy Salsa Verde Recipe

tomatillos

There’s nothing in the world quite like freshly made green salsa, and once you make this, you’ll never want to spend a fortune on the jarred version again, it’s so easy to assemble. Ingredients: 1.5 lbs of tomatillos- look for small and uniform size to make broiling easier 1-2 jalapeno peppers finely chopped Juice of 1 […]