Foraging… no… Superfood Hunting

I listen to a lot of podcasts, and the Rich Roll podcast is one that always has inspiring guests discussion interesting ideas at the intersection of health, performance, and spirituality. Given that my two most recent posts have been about foraging (here and here), I was really happy to see that Rich Roll interviewed superfood … Continue reading Foraging… no… Superfood Hunting

An Open Letter to My Pre-Workout Self

Dear Maria, I know you don't want to work out. I can imagine exactly how you feel right now: tired, burnt out, unmotivated, and/or slow. Also, probably hungry. Just about anything seems better than changing clothes and getting down to it. Suddenly, work just got a lot more interesting didn't it? Or did you suddenly … Continue reading An Open Letter to My Pre-Workout Self

Nature Scenes and Hospital Recovery

We found ourselves in the hospital earlier this week for Sexy's broken ankle. It was not a lot of fun—not fun at all—but it did give me the opportunity to see the results of some nature-based research in action. In the hospital room we used before and after the surgery, the wall that separated us from … Continue reading Nature Scenes and Hospital Recovery

How Natural Light Helps You Sleep Better

As I dig deeper into the subject of how nature benefits human performance and well being, I am constantly amazed at how much evidence is available. I feel like I'll never be able to learn even a fraction of what we know—and that doesn't even account for all the things we do not yet know. This post … Continue reading How Natural Light Helps You Sleep Better

9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

What might your office or apartment have in common with a NASA spaceship? Unfortunately the answer may be poor air quality. Indoor air pollutants have been ranked among the top five environmental risks to public health: Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we humans should be … Continue reading 9 Air-Cleaning Houseplants That Are Almost Impossible to Kill

Blow Up Your TV

Exciting news: I've recently started out a side gig writing at, which is a super-fun health and fitness website. It's an awesome website, full of awesome writers (te he!), and I hope you'll check it out. Just open the site in new tab, read this post (Don't worry, it's pretty short!), and then go there and see what's … Continue reading Blow Up Your TV