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December 2019

Tips for Healthy Travel

By Nutrition

Traveling can be a stressful situation on its own.  It starts from packing to long airport lines and finally long flight times, and that’s assuming there are no delays.  Planning ahead, creative packing and letting go of expectations can help you distress.

These are 5 simple tips to stay healthy while traveling

1.  Water

Dehydration is the number one problem to fatigue, crankiness, headaches and even constipation.  Making sure to hydrate yourself at all times, especially if flying is important.  Before getting on the plane it is best to buy at least one bottle of water.

2.  Magnesium

Magnesium is a great mineral that helps with insomnia.  It can also help with muscle cramping that can happen either from long flights or from sightseeing.  It can also help you avoid becoming constipated. The best dosage is 400 mg.

3.  Antioxidants

Traveling has a way of wearing down the immune system.  Airports, rest stops and planes are loaded with germs.  Our immune system also gets compromised depending on what time of year you are traveling and climate change. It is best to travel with Emergency C or NUUN. Having fruits and vegetables as much as you can is a great way to get in vitamin C and boost the immune system.

4.  Probiotic Drinks

Fermented drinks like Kombucha, Got Shot or apple cider vinegar are great to help boost the good bacteria in the gut.  Probiotics in fermented drinks work to help with tummy trouble while traveling.

5.  Tea Bags

There are teas that help with relaxation and sleep.  The tiny tea satchels are perfect for travel because they take up very little space.  They can also be used to soothe tired eyes and puffiness that can happen from long flights.


Always remember to wash your hands as much as you can or carry with you natural hand sanitizers.  Enjoy your trip and stay healthy!

hot apple cider

Hot Apple Cider

By Nutrition, Recipes

Made from fresh apples in a slower cooker!  Add citrus and cinnamon for a naturally sweet and spicy treat for a winter night!


10 fresh organic apples

1 orange

2 cinnamon sticks

Dash of ground nutmeg

Dash of ground cloves (or 4 whole)

1 gallon water

  1. Cut apples into slices and place them in the slow cooker.
  2. Wash orange, cut into eight slices and add to slow cooker
  3. Add spices
  4. Pour water into the slow cooker and turn on low for 6-8 hours.
  5. Strain out apples, oranges, and spices.
  6. Serve hot or cold
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Give the gift of health & well-being!

By Our Practice, Promotion

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Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

Dark Chocolate Almond Butter

By Nutrition, Recipes

The average American consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate each year, and over $75 billion is spent annually worldwide on chocolate. With all this chocolate-eating, only dark chocolate has health benefits. The secret ingredient that makes chocolate healthy is cacao.  Packed with high omega’s, healthy chemicals like flavonoids and theobromine, making it a disease killing machine. It takes approximately 400 cacao beans to make one pound of chocolate.

5 Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate

  • Improves Heart Health
  • Great for Memory
  • Helps lower blood pressure
  • Rich in antioxidants including vitamins, minerals and phytochemical
  • Protects the body from disease

Give Dark Chocolate a try with this Dark Chocolate Almond Butter recipe!  It is a fun twist on a classic!


2 cups sprouted almonds (or dry roasted almonds)

3.5 ounce dark chocolate bar, minimum 72% cacao

2 tsp coconut oil

½ tsp sea salt

coconut sugar, to taste

  1. In a small saucepan or double boiler, melt the dark chocolate and coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor, add almonds and pulse until almonds are a fine meal. Turn on the food processor to high until the almonds begin to break down into a butter consistency.
  3. Add in melted chocolate mixture and sea salt and continue processing until a smooth creamy texture is achieved.
  4. If desiring more sweetness, add in coconut sugar one teaspoon at a time.
  5. Pour in jars and serve immediately or store in the refrigerator.

Recipe and photo from

Emily Noonan

Meet Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT

By Featured Clinician, Musculoskeletal Health

At Comprehensive Wellness, we enjoy working with a diverse team of clinicians to bring our patients the most comprehensive care in the area. Over the course of the next few months, we will be introducing you to each member of our clinical staff to share with you, our patients, more of what makes us love what we do. This week, meet Emily Noonan, DPT, CFMT.

What is your current role at Comprehensive Wellness?

I am a Physical Therapist and have been with Comprehensive Wellness since August 2019.

What do you like best about your role?

I love the close relationships I am able to establish with my patients. I feel privileged to assist each patient on their journey to better health and to have an opportunity to learn from them. I also love how many “hats” I can wear as a physical therapist, which keeps me motivated and hungry to learn. I currently treat pelvic health, orthopedics, pediatrics, and have focused more on neuro in the past.

What drew you to your current role?

I was inspired to change professions and pursue physical therapy after witnessing some amazing therapists, both inpatient and outpatient, help my best friend recover from a devastating accident. Aside from their professional role of helping her physically rehabilitate, they were equal parts cheerleaders, finding ways to motivate her to do hard things during a dark time, slowly helping her improve her mental and emotional health. I knew I wanted to be a part of a profession that helps rehabilitate the whole person.

What about Comprehensive Wellness drew you to join our practice? What do you feel makes Comprehensive Wellness special?

I wanted the ability to work closely and collaborate with other health professionals in order to provide my patients with better, more holistic care. I really value the ability to learn from others in areas where I do not have expertise. The continuity of care that Comprehensive Wellness is able to provide its patients is unique in today’s healthcare model and hopefully, one day will become the standard.

Tell us a bit about yourself—something we might not know.

I am originally from the Midwest and have lived in the Bay Area for over 10 years. I have a husband and boy/girl twin 4-year-olds who keep me very busy outside of work. I also work in pediatric outpatient physical therapy at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. I love being out in nature – running (especially trails), skiing (downhill and cross country), hiking, biking, and swimming.

Kale Cabbage & Quinoa Salad Recipe

Kale, Red Cabbage, and Quinoa Salad

By Nutrition, Recipes

This kale, red cabbage, and quinoa salad makes a delicious healthy side dish, or can be served on its own for a light meal!


2 cups cooked quinoa (see below)

1 bunch of curly-leaf kale, washed and chopped (approx. 6 cups)

2 cups shredded red cabbage (packaged or thinly sliced from a small head)

4-6 scallions, chopped (light and dark green parts only, unless you want a stronger onion flavor)

¼ cup slivered or sliced almonds, toasted


5 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

½ cup vegetable or olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

¾ teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons sugar

To cook quinoa, add 1 cup raw quinoa seeds to a microwavable bowl. Add ½ teaspoon kosher salt and 2 cups water. Cover and microwave for 10-15 minutes, or until all liquid has been absorbed. Remove bowl from microwave (bowl will be hot) and cover with plastic wrap to rest/finish steaming. Fluff with a fork like you would rice or couscous.

To toast almonds in a toaster oven, line a small pan with foil. Add nuts in a single layer and bake at 275 for 5 minutes or until lightly golden. To toast over the stove, add nuts to a skillet and cook over medium-low heat until lightly golden. For both methods, watch closely as nuts can burn quickly. (I toast a cup or more of nuts at a time and save the rest for snacking or adding to oatmeal.)

Strip thick stems from the kale and wash and dry the leaves. (A lettuce spinner works well for this.) Chop and add to a large salad bowl. Add shredded red cabbage, scallions, cooked and cooled quinoa and toasted almonds.

To make dressing, add all dressing ingredients to a jar. Fasten lid and shake vigorously.

Toss with dressing (to taste) and serve.
Leftover dressed salad will keep for at least a day, covered and refrigerated.

Serves 10-12 as a side salad or 6 as a main meal

Kristin Avicolli, LCSW

Meet Kristin Avicolli, LCSW

By Behavioral Health, Featured Clinician

At Comprehensive Wellness, we enjoy working with a diverse team of clinicians to bring our patients the most comprehensive care in the area. Over the course of the next few months, we will be introducing you to each member of our clinical staff to share with you, our patients, more of what makes us love what we do. Today, we introduce Kristin Avicolli, LCSW.

What is your current role at Comprehensive Wellness?

I am a mental health clinician at Comprehensive Wellness. I have been working here since we first opened our doors in 2017.

What do you like best about your role?

I truly love what I do! I feel humbled and honored to be able to support people in the way that best works for them.

What drew you to your current role?

I went through an intense experience and was fortunate to have the support of many people along the way. I am grateful for the work I get to do with people each day. I believe people already have what it takes to heal, they may simply need a little help in accessing their strength and courage.

What about Comprehensive Wellness drew you to join our practice? What do you feel makes Comprehensive Wellness special?

The comprehensive model allows us to treat the whole person. We can collaborate instantly and treat both the mind and body. The fatigue people experience having to navigate multiple systems is alleviated. The practitioners at Comprehensive Wellness are passionate about what they do and it shows. The staff is responsive and kind. I feel very fortunate to be able to serve my clients in this innovative way.

Tell us a bit about yourself—something we might not know.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area, however, spent many years in other states. I went to college in Seattle, worked at a ski resort in Colorado and started our family in Philadelphia. I have three children, a spouse, a Bernese mountain dog, and because we didn’t have enough going on, we just recently just added an English bulldog!

Is there anything else you would like to share with our patients?

I am grateful to all of our patients for their willingness to seek care with our practice. I am always open to feedback and hope we can be a safe, comforting place for you and your family to land. We appreciate your trust in caring for both your physical and mental health needs.