Improve your tastebud IQ

Aug 14, 2017 | Tags: nutrition , seasonal eating , sugar , | No comments

When I was 17 I loved indulging my taste for unique clothing.  I loved wearing my long sweaters lined with dark purple faux fur and snakeskin pants (also fake) from the tiny clothing store I worked at at the time.   Sometimes I'd sift through my mom's closet to find some piece she had from the 70s and pair it with something in my own closet. My taste for the unique is still with me today as I treasure my less duplicatable handmade jewelry from South America, a beautiful gold and citrine ring that was my great grandmother Laura Ruiz's, and beautiful objects I've acquired during travel.

A Healthy Spirit & the Will to Keep Going

Jul 31, 2017 | Tags: energy , healing , Living , | No comments

The late maestra curandera, Elena Avila, stressed the importance of cultivating a strong spirit..."the envelope of the soul," she calls it. Without a strong and resilient spirit we can feel stuck, powerless, and like victims in our lives. These are often the times we may be unable to find a way forward or aren't able to quite see a new opening or possibility yet.

One question that builds self-care confidence

Jul 18, 2017 | Tags: energy , sleep , weight , | No comments

I'm just back from a beautiful and impactful long weekend in Albuquerque, NM studying indigenous healing practices of the Americas. IMG_4338 Here I am during one of my breaks, at Masks y Mas, one of those "must visit" places in the Knob Hill district. True to the name, they have all sorts of Mexican masks, but much, much more :)

Personal thoughts re: Instagram

Jul 12, 2017 | Tags: body image , | No comments

Wow, so I'm not active on Instagram, but after a session with one of my beautiful clients last evening, I was prompted to "google" what's going on over there with body pictures... Let's face it, we like looking at bodies, especially fit and toned bodies. We admire them!

A Full Spectrum Approach to Weight

Jun 30, 2017 | Tags: weight , weight loss , | No comments

The role of a healer in traditional and indigenous healing systems is to look at a problem or symptom as it relates to the whole person and community. This is very different than the more modern approach of reducing things down to their component parts without any understanding (or care for that matter) of the connection and communication between the body, mind, soul, heart, spirit, community, environment, or the collective experiences of those who have come before us.

Still holding onto dieting? Here's 8 reasons why...

Jun 15, 2017 | Tags: weight , weight loss , | No comments

Intellectually you probably feel like you understand that dieting and the sort of stress and pressure involved doesn’t really work. You know...the planning, the rules, even the narrowly contained "cheat days" or "cheat meals." The inner pang when one of your girlfriends starts sharing with heroic verve about how amazing she feels now that she's started this new thing with her diet.

Resources I think you'll love (and a pic that cracks me up)

May 31, 2017 | Tags: energy , trigger foods , weight , | No comments

I hope you had a satisfying holiday weekend. Something I'd NEVER imagined myself doing before - tooling around on this John Deere lawnmower that now takes residence at my home - amused me to no end this past weekend.

Want centered eating habits? Tend to THIS bodily system

May 14, 2017 | Tags: Feminine Practice , | No comments

One evening on a Thursday not too long ago, my partner was at the office until about 9pm. I had no clients scheduled that particular evening. After I made myself a very simple meal for one: leftover sweet potatoes with tahini, some organic turkey slices wrapped around avocado, a few cucumber slices, and some dark chocolate, a familiar restlessness arose.

Why you might eat...right after eating

Apr 30, 2017 | Tags: Feminine Practice , overeating , | No comments

Today we’re exploring a very specific pattern I see with clients. Women who take pride in getting things done, often report a habit of eating…after having eaten. Take Sally for example: Sally’s work day is ending. She gets home, starts thinking about dinner. She pulls a bag of organic Asian veggies out of the freezer to make a quick stir-fry. She sits down to enjoy.  She’s approaching “satisfied,” even “full” but next thing she knows, she’s getting another helping, and then having a couple handfuls of chips...then a little icecream. No, she’s not binge eating. She just ends up feeling really full. She knows that she was satisfied earlier, so why did she keep eating? 

I couldn't get motivated. Then this happened...

Apr 15, 2017 | Tags: Feminine Practice , healing , | No comments

Not long ago, I almost passed this tiny creature on a rainy stroll through country roads near my home one evening. I assumed it was just another rock, but something slowed me down as I passed by. I backed up and crouched down to get a better look.