& Mental Health
Sobriety is the gateway to self-care. You can overcome alcohol use disorder if you understand how to manage post-acute withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) and learn how to tolerate emotional discomfort.
A hacker used my Facebook ad account to post dangerous content that violated community standards. I have been permanently disabled from Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp without recourse.
Loneliness isn’t the absence of people but a lack of connection with yourself. Learn how to heal loneliness so that you can enjoy spending time alone.
“Drinking makes me happy. Alcohol helps me sleep. I’ll just have one”–and other lies. Learn the truth about why we drink and why it’s so hard to stop.
The question isn’t how to stay sober during the holidays but how we survived them intoxicated.
I quit drinking and overcame alcohol use disorder, but I’m still struggling. What is post-acute withdrawal syndrome and when do I get my sober superpowers?
The fact that I no longer need or want to drink still shocks me—into smiling. I don’t ever want to go back there.
Despite our society’s belief that most people are normal drinkers and only assholes are alcoholics, alcoholism is more of a journey than a destination.
Alcoholism is, in fact, a mental illness. However, the anxiety, depression, negative thinking and other psychological symptoms are the effects of heavy alcohol use, not the cause.
This easy sourdough bread recipe is no-knead, no-mess and no-fuss. Perfect for beginners.
In 2017, Jodi Gardner was diagnosed with Stage 4 GBM. Her doctor advised her to eat plant-based and avoid sugar. 29 months later, cancer is in remission.
Had I stuck with the assumption there was something wrong with me, the shame and guilt of my pathetic state would have perpetuated the cycle in which I was stuck.
We already know we should drink less, sleep more, increase veggies and cut the processed crap. But that’s too simple and also too hard. Health coaching can help!
The Hidden Risks of Women's Preventative Health Care For most of my life, I’ve followed doctors’ recommendations for preventative healthcare. I started getting annual PAP smears before I was even sexually active. (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.) Dentists have...
Is organic makeup worth the money? Not always . . . But don't let that deter you from reducing your exposure to chemicals.
Learn why I don't race for the cure, I run from the cancer. Seriously, get rid of the Secret if you want to be Sure . . . This recipe is better than any store-bought all natural version. It works,
Read 5 Questions with Colleen Kachmann in Fort Wayne Business People. Colleen Kachmann is a Fort Wayne native, proponent of healthy living, mom of four and now she can add author to her growing list of roles. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Chemistry Education from...
Dr. Kachmann continues his interview with me for Mind, Body & Spirit on Comcast 57. We discuss why I chose to call the book Life Off the Label, food laws and public policy, and what GMOs are and why we need to avoid them. If you missed part 1, here's a...
Dr. Rudy Kachmann and I discuss the first 50 pages of my book, Life Off the Label. He encouraged me to write the book four years ago. We discuss the writing process and delve into food addiction, Big Food, why we are fat and why exercise is not the cure. This is a...
If two identical seeds are planted, one in fertile soil and sunlight, the other in a sandy toxic dump, does DNA explain the results?
We got egged last night. I’m guessing it was in retaliation for the fact that I didn’t pass out candy to Trick or Treaters.
How would you feel if your children were offered cigarettes and encouraged to smoke? Junk food and candy are just as harmful and addictive . . . maybe more. Yet we pass our candy like it’s a treat. Have we been tricked?
My diet consists of mostly vegetables. I eat no processed food or animal products. I exercise. I do yoga. And I was shocked to discover that I am just as much at risk for heart disease as a smoker. Have you heard of the sitting disease?
In 1990, Monsanto submitted rBST, a genetically engineered bovine growth hormone, for approval to the Canadian government.
Teenage son rebels against vegan mom with the ultimate raw vegan diet.
MSG makes you fat. And sick. And it’s in everything.
Is beef safe? Do you want the truth?
How to save money on organic food.
Today is my daughter’s 13th birthday. In honor of our time together, I reflect on the gift her life is to me.
The side effects of acetaminophen are a little more complicated than an upset tummy.
I am not my kids’ benefit coordinator. Letting them get away with not doing homework sends a message: “That’s ok. I didn’t think you could do it anyway.”
We are all forced to interact with people we’d rather not. Sometimes we need to repair relationships with people we love when toxic tailspins threaten our family. Relationships are living entities and must be nurtured. Even despite good intentions, sometimes we just have to let go and move on. But when that’s not possible or desired, these 8 empowering strategies will repair relationships. Stop the circular conversations and start fresh with a positive approach.
Diet and lifestyle have a direct effect on the aging. We all age. The question is: do you want to age fast or age well? Don’t we all deserve to enjoy our retirement years?
Until we address the underlying beliefs that limit our behaviors, we will be stuck in an unconscious cycle of self-fulfilling prophecy. By accepting our flaws, we perpetuate their hold on us.
Anyone that’s been through a divorce knows the emotional battle that has been waged prior to deciding to end a marriage. And putting an end to the suffering, for both parties, deserves only one comment.
Negative emotions get the best of us–meaning they cause more problems than they solve. Learn how to use your energy to your advantage and sustain happiness regardless of the circumstance.
Real food doesn’t come in a package. Food imposters are cleverly designed to trick you into eating and buying more. Learn how to tell the difference so you can lose weight and live long!
The faster you transition to a plant-based diet, the more likely it is that you will experience a detox symptoms. Anticipating withdrawal and detox symptoms is essential to success.
The problem with plastic is that it’s made from petroleum. Plastic leaches into our food and water with toxic consequences.
How do you get kids to eat good food? Trick them, of course. Sneaky pizza may look like the real deal, but it’s so nutritious that you’ll have to act like you don’t want them to eat it…
We don’t inherit the land from our ancestors, we borrow it from our kids. Sustainable living is the only way to ensure our children have a future.
Hosting a green birthday party is less expensive, simple to plan and far more rewarding than the typical alternative. Showing our children that their future is not disposable is the best gift we can give.
Do whatever it takes to get kids to eat more vegetables. It’s a life or death issue that requires pre-meditated parental strategy.
Organic farmers pay to prove they aren’t polluting our food and environment. Conventional farmers get subsidies to spray away! But the organic certification process is part of a broken system.
Overeating is not an emotional malfunction. Learn how food addiction affects most of us and how you can free yourself once and for all!