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Avoiding the Slippery Slope of Halloween

For some, Halloween triggers the beginning of the holiday season and the start of the slippery slope for healthy eating.

What’s a couple of snack size candy bars? Truth be told, even those fun-size candy bars, can add up. Sugar and empty calories can lead to adding a few pounds here and there, especially if you don’t up your exercise regimen and eat healthy the rest of the day.

That doesn’t mean you can’t have a little candy around Halloween, if you limit your consumption. It does mean, even during the holidays _ and maybe more so _ you should not abandon the healthy eating and exercise habits you’ve been trying to adhere to the rest of the year.


Remember the key is to enjoy time with friends and family during the holidays. Don’t pile more guilt or stress on yourself.

So how do you stay on track? Try these tips and don’t let the hard work you’ve put in the rest of the year slip away during the holidays.

  1. Before leaving for a party, ensure you have some protein in your body. This can be any kind of animal or vegetable protein or even an energy “protein” drink. That way you won’t be hungry and arrive at the party ravenous with low and imbalanced blood sugar.
  2. Plan a workout for the day of the party and the day after. This will help prepare the metabolic system to use those extra calories. It’s best to work out a couple of hours before the party.
  3. Drink two (2) eight-to-ten ounce glasses of water before making any food choices. If you can add lemon to the water that’s even a better option to stimulate digestive enzymes.
  4. At the party, choose vegetables or foods higher in protein. Try to keep to a minimum simple starch foods like chips, crackers, breads, beer and cookies.
  5. Eat veggies first, protein second and simple starches as a last resort. You will feel more satisfied if you eat the veggies and protein as your first options and you’ll even tend to eat less.
  6. Chew your foods slowly, so you can begin to realize fullness. Fifteen to twenty chews per bite would be ideal.
  7. If you don’t usually mix all kinds of food categories, you may find overeating will lead to bloating and then fatigue the next day as the digestive system works overtime. The best course of action, of course, is to avoid the overeating. But if you do overeat, chewable enzymes will assist in digestion and may prevent that bloated feeling.
  8. Skip dairy whenever possible.
  9. Drink green tea. It will decrease fat absorption and increase fat burning cells.
  10. If you choose to drink alcohol, red wine is a better option. Red wine has wonderful antioxidant properties. It also contains resveratrol, which has excellent effects on the metabolism of insulin.

Most importantly, have fun and enjoy friends and family. It is a wonderful time of year to be thankful for health and to spend time with those who bring you great happiness and love.

Be well and have a happy, healthy and safe holiday season!

Dr. Holly Donahue is a licensed, board-certified doctor of naturopathic medicine. She is the founder of Simple Health, offering online wellness programs and counseling at


Health Benefits of Taking a Vacation

Vacations are all about recharging your batteries. Take time for yourself and you’ll reap a wide array of benefits. Studies show people who take vacations have increased productivity, stronger morale in the workplace, greater satisfaction at work and are more likely to stay at their job.

Still not convinced? One study published by the American Medical Association found men who took frequent annual vacations were 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease than those who skipped their vacations. Continue reading

RSVP Benefits of Naturopathic Medicine

A Naturopathic physician works to identify the root cause of disease and helps to facilitate the bodies’ own natural ability to heal itself.  It is the patient who needs the treatment, not the disease state or symptom.

The focus of Naturopathic medicine is to find and treat characteristic symptoms that define the patient rather than common symptoms that define the disease.

“It is more important to know what sort of patient has a disease rather than what sort of disease a patient has.”  William Osler, MD Continue reading

November is American Diabetes Awareness Month

Type II diabetes, or adult onset diabetes is a preventable illness. The following should provide a guideline for those who currently have a diagnosis of Type II diabetes, as well as preventative information for those who may be at risk of a future diagnosis. The key elements to living with diabetes are, blood sugar balance, exercise and reduce stress.

Food + Lifestyle = Balanced blood sugar
Food + Lifestyle = Stress Management
Food + Lifestyle = Smart Weight Loss

Eating healthy means eating low fat and low cholesterol foods; foods rich in monounsaturated fats and foods high in complex carbohydrates. Continue reading

What is Naturopathic Medicine?

What is naturopathic medicine and how does it differ from conventional medicine?

What are the definitions of health and illness? Conventional medicine and natural alternative medicine often have diverse views in restoring the weakened body back to health. How each type of medicine identifies healing will establish the method of choice for treating the symptom. Let’s look at an example of an autoimmune disease such as cancer and the differences in treatment between conventional and alternative medicine.

Cancerous tumors take a long time to grow to a size that is large enough to be seen with medical diagnostic imaging. Conventional medicine surgically removes the tumor and administers radiation. Depending on the type of cancer, chemotherapy is also used. These therapies are destructive to the tissues and do not encourage the body to utilize its natural healing capabilities. Standard medicine is mainly based on physiology to diagnose and treat the symptoms of disease. It utilizes four underlying assumptions: disease exists as entities, disease can be identified (diagnosis), disease entities can be eliminated (treatment), and evidence is produced, and is based on the application of drug therapy or surgery that constitutes appropriate and effective treatment.

Naturopaths evaluate and treat very differently than conventional medical doctors, promoting the body’s natural healing to achieve a natural cure as part of a holistic medicine approach. “Restoration of Health” is the goal of naturopathic medicine or holistic medicine. The basic assumptions of the naturopathic model are as follows: the universe is ordered, intelligent, wise and benign,; health is constant and is a natural state of being,; ill health is an adaptive response to the disturbance in the organism,; removal of disturbing factors will result in the potential return of normal health; intervention should involve the least force necessary to stimulate the self-healing mechanisms. Naturopathic doctors encourage the body’s intrinsic, natural healing capabilities and supports weaknesses. These therapies can be administered at any time to the patient without causing weakening effects. Natural healing medicine is constantly supporting the weakened systems/organs to become stronger and stave off disease.

Please click here to see a diagram explaining disease as a process.

Defining Naturopathic Medicine

Dear Patients and Friends, 

Thank you for subscribing to our blog. We hope that the information we provide will answer your questions about naturopathic medicine in general and our practices in particular. Reading through our articles should give you a better idea of our philosophy and point of view.Naturopathy or Naturopathic medicine is not just an idea, it is a system of primary care health care. But, its also a belief, a way of life for many. A Naturopath does not just treat the disease, they treat the whole person.

Naturopathic medicine stresses prevention and health maintenance as well as education of the patient, and teaches them to take an active role in their health and lifestyle.

A pillar of Naturopathic philosophy is that given the proper opportunity and gentle medicine or therapy, the body has the innate power to heal itself.

Today, Naturopathic physicians are trained in natural medicines and therapies (including herbal, vitamins, counseling, manipulation, exercise, diet and exercise, hydrotherapy, and homeopathy), as well as the sciences, pharmacology, and diagnosis using blood tests.

The distinct difference, however, from a ND (or Naturopathic Doctor), is their philosophy and approach in using gentle natural medicines first, and referring to western medicine last. Naturopathic physicians are trained to know when a condition needs western medicine.

Health and Happiness,
Dr. Holly Donahue
Cura’ Naturale Therapeutic Healing
“Simple Health”

Rebalance Your Health Naturally Through Detoxification

Are you feeling disconnected from your daily life? Are you having a hard time concentrating? Do you feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, achy, and disorganized?

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Detoxification goals to restore health naturally:

  1. REMOVE: toxins through diet and lifestyle changes
  2. RESTORE: healthy functioning of the digestive system
  3. REVITALIZE: enhance liver and detoxification pathways
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Remember, there is no better TIME to invest in your health and wellness!

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Have a Wonderful and Loving Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of our patients at Cura’ Naturale!  May you all be loved and give love back today.  Enjoy your day eating clean and knowing you are making steps with your health and wellness from all of us at Cura’ Naturale/Simple Health!

Happy Valentine’s Day

Joy, serenity, peace
Happiness, health, love
All is possible
When willing to try
Start with a gift card
And watch the changes begin.

Give the Gift to Heal on this Valentine’s Day

Eyes glimmer with joy
When you know someone cares
Why not show them
With a gift from the heart
Keeping them healthy
With a Cura’ Naturale GIFT CARD
To say Happy Valentine’s Day.