Chef and Confessed 'Cheese Addict' REVERSES His Diabetes!

Success story after success story share the health benefits of following a plant based diet. Prior to watching Forks Over Knives and reading The Starch Solution, I experienced my own health crisis…heart failure, liver failure, arthritis, and then found myself requiring dual hip replacement. I confess that I have followed a variety of fad diets such as high protein, juicing, fasting, and elimination diets. NONE OF THEM WORKED FOR ME. The Starch Solution has changed my life and I feel great. Food has the power to cure or harm…what dietary choices are you making that are negatively impacting your health? Read more about this gentleman who turned his life around in 5 months and read additional Forks Over Knives success stories here.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

David Rivest Reverses Diabetes (pictured below)


Finding a Qualified Massage Therapist

While receiving a therapeutic massage a number of significant health benefits take place. Heart rate and blood pressure is lowered, respiration deepens, circulation increases, tension in the muscles and tissues are released, posture can be improved, and immune function is strengthened. Plus, human touch offers relaxation and helps to manage stress and anxiety. It is suggested to receive a professional massage at least once every 4-6 weeks to maintain the aforementioned benefits. Personally, I feel my best when I receive a massage monthly.

Finding a qualified therapist can be challenging, especially for those of us living with chronic conditions. You may be looking for a therapist who understands the special needs of arthritis or artificial joints, certain skin conditions, or even diseases such as diabetes or cancer. You may also be looking for specialized work such as Deep Tissue, Myofascial Release, Reiki, CranioSacral, or Reflexology. Certification requirements, standards, and educational background of therapists vary greatly. Be aware that states such as Wyoming, Kansas, Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Vermont do not require a person to hold a license or education to practice massage whereas states such as Oregon and Washington require education equivalent to an Associates degree. To practice massage therapy in Utah, a minimum of 600 hours of training is required. I opted for extensive training and specialized certifications, earning 780 hours of initial training in 1997 and have continued my education for over two decades. My background has enabled me to work within a clinical setting at hospitals, rehabilitation facilities, and senior centers. I currently work at The Kura Door in Salt Lake City alongside some of the most highly educated therapists in the state. The Kura Door has won best in state awards for good reason and is unlike any other day spa in Utah. Visit this holistic Japanese day spa if you’d like to schedule an appointment with myself. The Kura Door is an experience that offers quality bodywork, a traditional Japanese Ofuro bath, a dry sauna, and a eucalyptus steam room. Here are a few tips to help you find a professional licensed massage therapist near you:

  • Search your states Division of Occupational Licensing, this ensures the credentials of a therapist and will also inform you if any violations have been reported against them.

  • Use the zip code finder with professional organizations such as ABMP or the AMTA. Both of these sites offer continuing education and the liability insurance that all massage therapists are required to hold.

  • Check with a local trade school for graduates practicing near you. I attended the Myotherapy College of Massage Therapy which supports the career growth of their students. Trade schools also run student clinics where the public may receive bodywork at discounted prices while students earn their ‘hands on’ practical hours.

  • Check with your physician or insurance company. Many health care providers and insurers partner with massage therapists and can refer you to a qualified practitioner.

    Be Well! ~Tiffany


Calm Your Mind...Sound Healing

In 2008 I studied with Dr. Carol Wilson and became a Reiki Master Teacher. Dr. Wilson introduced me to the work of Jonathan Goldman, a well known sound healer. Jonathan’s music is outstanding and pairs well during a Reiki session. Experience the sounds and sights below…the short video will help you to relax and quiet your mind. Additional information and visuals can be found at Jonathans website here.

Be Well! ~Tiffany

Fueling Good Health

Food is the key to building, supporting, and maintaining good health. I have followed a whole food, plant based, and oil free diet for 4 years and am astounded at how well I feel. Considering my arthritis, artificial hips, Hashimoto’s disease, and the ever so rare shingle outbreak I feel pretty damn good these days. I rarely get ‘sick’…colds and the flu are a thing of the past, I sleep incredibly well, take very little medication, and am often mistaken for someone much younger. If you are like the majority of American adults you are managing one or more chronic conditions. The food you eat is a factor completely under your control and makes a significant difference in how you feel. Whether you are ready to ‘go vegan’ or simply add more plant based dishes to your diet, consider the recipes from some of my favorite foodies. Plant Based Gabriel, Brand New Vegan, Minimalist Baker, and Dr. John McDougall and his wife Mary literally offer thousands of great recipes on their collective websites. My foodie pics below show off some of my favorite meals. I don’t bother to count calories, am satisfied, the food is delicious, and I feel great.

Dine Well! ~Tiffany

Caregiver? Support is Available!

Caregivers are faced with a host of new responsibilities - many of which are unfamiliar, intimidating, and can ultimately create caregiver burnout. Those living in Utah can find a wide variety of services, assistance, support, and information at Adult & Aging Services. Support groups, respite care, and consultations can provide the help you need. Outside of Utah? Search your local Division of Aging for support near you.

Also, check out the resources at my website. My 3 Key Concepts to Soothe - Nourish - Rest offer ideal tips, tools, and resources to help you take better care of yourself. Remember too that I am an alternative healthcare provider offering services as a Reiki Master and Professional Licensed Massage Therapist. Therapeutic touch is healing and offers a wealth of benefits for you and those you care for.

Learn more about caregiver support services in Utah here.

Be Well! ~Tiffany