Coming to Terms with Sugar: Natural Sweeteners and Glycemic Index Comparison

by Stephanie Jo McCann While we all understand that sugar is not part of an ideal, health-promoting diet, many of us still struggle with limiting its presence in our lives. We know it’s not good for us, but we also can’t imagine giving it up completely! Here I will highlight some natural sweeteners, strategies to… [Read More]

The Sweet Life: Sugar in the Age of Youth

by Catie Pazandak With school cycling back around, the busy days and holidays will soon find their way into our homes once again. If you are like most in this country, you know what these kinds of days bring. Along with fun, laughter and family gatherings comes another guest, who has had quite an over-extended… [Read More]

We asked our Herbalists: Are you a sugar junkie? How do you deal with sugar cravings and/or what sweet treats do you reach for?

Yes! I notice that my sugar cravings can sometimes come up when I am stressed, so exercise, meditation and yoga can sometimes help me. I love Medjool Dates stuffed with chevre, apples, fruit. And honestly, I love cookies. —Kristen I usually get sugar cravings in the late afternoon when I will sometimes reach for a… [Read More]

Two Openings for Local Herbalists

We have noticed the first hints of autumn brisk on the air in the early morning, the early turning of the trees, and here at HAALo we are preparing for our busiest season. Throughout the fall and winter we are a hub of herbal and nutritional support for our foothills community, helping folks to navigate… [Read More]

What herb turned you on to herbalism?

Several of HAALo’s herbalists share those key moments when they connected with the plant world in a special way. Do you remember when herbs, herbalism and alternative healing entered into your consciousness? Juju Urcis Chamomile My father always made me chamomile tea before bed to help me sleep or calm me down.   Catie Pazandak… [Read More]

What are your favorite online herbal resources?

This month we asked our herbalists and practitioners about their favorite online herbal resources. Rexanne Diehl’s favorite herbal resources are books: Making Plant Medicine by Richo Cech, The Yoga of Herbs: An Ayurvedic Guide to Herbal Medicine by Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole, and Herbal Medicine from the… [Read More]