Category Archives: Energy Boost

How Happy is Your Liver?

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Happy Liver Detox - Farmacopia Seasonal Cleanse

The liver is hot, metabolically speaking. And very active: on any given day, it is performing over 500 functions for us. We all know that it’s on the liver to get us out of a pinch when we drink too much, but did you know that the liver contains a unique enzyme system that co-evolved with plants, and that this system can detoxify just about everything we encounter now? Continue reading

Strawberry-Goji Happiness Smoothie

Author: Lily Mazzarella

This light, creamy, not-overly-sweet treat features vitamin C-rich springtime strawberries and goji berries, a.k.a. Happiness Berry or Wolfberry. Goji is a traditional Chinese medicine used for liver and kidney deficiency patterns, for “brightening” the eyes (no wonder, as it is chock-full of carotenes and anti-inflammatory pigments), and promoting happiness and longevity. Continue reading

Rosemary Flax Crackers

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Rosemary Flax Crackers Recipe - Lily Mazzarella NutritionistMany people miss crunchy and carb-y snacks when they do a cleanse. These simple flax crackers fill the void, and pair well with Cashew Cheez, pesto, avocado, smoked salmon, and tahini dressings. Continue reading

The Summer Cleanse – Your Inflammation Soother

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Summer Cleanse

If you are a person in the world these days, a person who speaks to other people, or walks through the vitamin section in your supermarket, who turns on a computer or glances at magazines in the dentist’s office, it is likely you know what a buzzword “inflammation” has become. Continue reading

Vitamin C: Fact, Fiction & Function

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Vitamin C Facts & Sources

News from the health food craze percolated even through suburban New Jersey in the late 70s and early 80s:  I, like most people, grew up thinking that vitamin C was good for me, and that oranges were the only way to get it.  When I was home sick with a cold, I would tip an icy canister of orange juice concentrate into a pitcher, pausing to eat it by the spoonful, getting perilously high on sugar.  As I felt my energy levels rise, I knew for certain I was curing myself.  Continue reading

The Truth About Belly Fat

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Farmacopia - Belly Fat. Where does it come from?

Belly fat:  it comes on stealthily, accumulating as we go about our fast-paced and stressful lives, perhaps not eating as well as we know we should, not exercising as much as we used to. It creeps up during hormonal transitions (puberty, postpartum, menopause & andropause), or after a long illness. And, seemingly suddenly we are stuck with it—for belly fat is notoriously difficult to lose. Continue reading

Rise & Shine! Reimagining your morning ritual

Author: Amber Valenzuela

Reishi Roast - mushroom coffee replacementI can sense it now. I’ve seen it many times with my clients. That sudden flash of anxiety as you register those first few words: Rise and Shine…Reimagine your morning ritual. The hurried question that escapes your subconscious as you debate continuing to read, “She couldn’t possibly be referring to my beloved morning brew, could she?” Continue reading

Crave. Cave. Collapse.

Author: Lily Mazzarella

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When you want it, it’s hard to think of anything else.

The Crave—Cave—Collapse cycle is something many of my clients go through as they attempt to get high sugar/processed Continue reading

Introducing the Seasonal Cleanse!

Author: Lily Mazzarella

Lily Mazzarella, MS CNSI’ve never been a hardcore detox person. For the past 15 years I’ve seen scores of people “cleanse” and become depleted and feel worse, or feel great for 10 days of juice and rice cakes and then rebound—hard—into (dis)comfort foods and crappy habits.

But we’ve all heard it: there’s flame retardant in our breast milk, PCBs in our subcutaneous fat, and pesticide accumulating in our thyroid glands. Our fingers absorb BPA from store receipts, and our livers are being wrecked by Tylenol. There’s rocket fuel in our organic greens. These exogenous toxins can make it difficult for the body to clear its own waste products—natural by-products of digestion, cellular metabolism, and processes like inflammation. Continue reading