Dr. Sara’s 2015 Gift Guide

Spiralizer Tri-Blade

These are few of my favorite things that I’m either giving or have received this holiday season. Wide range of prices for all levels of splurge! Xoxo Vegetable Spiralizer $30. This slices your vegetables in a spiral so that they can act like pasta. My favorites are carrots, zucchinis, cucumbers, … [Read more...]

Ana Forrest Wants You to Clear Your Stuck Patterns with Yoga


My first impression when I met Ana Forrest in 2005 at a yoga workshop in St. Helena, CA? FIERCE. I gathered with 75 other yogis, mat-to-mat, in a hot room as Ana coaxed us to clear the junk, the stuck emotional debris, that hardens us and eventually sickens the body. My companion at the workshop was … [Read more...]

Stay on the Path During the Holidays: My Top 5 Indulgences, Rituals, and Healthy Holiday Recipes


I've decided to think and act different Thanksgiving this year, to borrow a phrase from Steve Jobs. Not long ago, I would happily forget everything I knew about healthful eating in favor of overindulging in holiday favorites. I would overeat carbohydrates and gluten (stuffing! Yorkshire pudding!) and … [Read more...]

Nailed! Nail Polish Brands That Mess with Your Hormones (Plus the Polish I Personally Use)


New study proves that synthetic chemicals in nail polish may leach through your nails and into your bloodstream, leading to a sevenfold increase in toxic metabolites . . . . I’m doing something that feels totally weird. I’m at the nail salon in my Berkeley neighborhood, staring at a wall of pretty … [Read more...]

For the Love of Berberine: What It Is and Why I Take It to Lower Blood Sugar, Bad Cholesterol, and Weight (plus 5 FAQs)


Since I saw my first patient in 1989, I’ve refined my approach to health and healing. Probably the biggest needle mover is my growing respect for plant medicine and its role in healing. My enthusiasm for berberine is in lockstep with my personal and professional experience prescribing herbs, but also as … [Read more...]

15 Reasons to Rethink Red Meat


Who doesn’t love a grilled steak, washed down with red wine? Um, your microbiome, the aggregate microbes that live in your gut and play a major role in your risk of disease such as obesity, cancer, and diabetes. ((Turnbaugh, P., J. et al. "An obesity-associated gut microbiome with increased capacity for … [Read more...]

10 Surprising Facts about How Hormones Disrupt Your Health and Weight


Do any of these feel familiar?  I’m so tired when I wake up, all I can think about is coffee. I crave sugar, and must eat chocolate every day. My hair is thinning, and my doctor says I’m just getting older. That doesn’t seem right to me. No matter what I try, I can’t lose weight. I’m hungrier … [Read more...]