Three ways to use a therapeutic diet
If you have a strain or injury to your knee, you’ll likely seek out physical therapy for a while. But eventually the therapy will be over and you’ll return to your normal activities.
Diet can also act as a therapy of its own.
Nutritional therapy. (more…)
Nutritional Detox: bad move or wise therapy?
After about a year and a half of taking a break due to an unusual amount of international travel, I’ve gotten back to my regular seasonal nutritional therapy protocols and practices.
I was working on my digestive strength by way of decongesting the liver and gallbladder. (These organs work hard for us!)
For me, working with these organs results most notably in more restful sleep, more energy, and less bloating. (more…)
3 Common Mistakes while Cleansing (and their remedies!)
I am embarking on my annual fall seasonal cleanse. Today is officially day 2 of 14! (more…)
Thinking about Detox? Start with these 4 Questions
The week of Easter, I will personally be embarking on a 2-week nutritional detox rooted in the wisdom of Ayurveda once again.
My readiness for this particular protocol did not come overnight. When I started my formal studies in nutrition, I would become totally enamored with vigorous nutritional detoxification programs before I was truly ready for them. My body would be gripping the entire way through, I’d fantasize about all the yummy foods I would eat when the protocol was over, and I was not ‘gentle’ transitioning back into the world of “regular” eating. (more…)
6 Quick Reminders (when everyone around you is dieting)
On the journey to a healthy relationship with food, a lot of inner conflict can come up around diet. I notice this comes up for women frequently around the New Year. Have you ever noticed any of these thoughts crossing your mind: (more…)
Is this food behavior increasing toxicity in your body?
I still think back to the all the time I’ve spent over the course of many years trying to control my appetite, lose weight, attain perfect health, and determine the superior way of eating.
Not only was this pursuit taking up loads of my time, but I was unwittingly creating the exact environment in my body that would cause me to hold onto weight, weaken my immune system, and feel overwhelmed. (more…)
What we can learn from my husband’s 3-day juice fast
As I made my way to the shower last sunday afternoon, I paused and took note of my surroundings. The sweet scent of homemade banana bread lingered in the air. My husband was artfully preparing the chicken we had bought the day before at the farmers market. Julia Child was on TV.
No, we weren’t entertaining. Nor was the afternoon set aside for cooking and feasting. In fact, the opposite was planned. (more…)
Love Your Liver with these 4 Foods
Today, let’s hang in some Left Brain Wisdom and examine some ancient seasonal wisdom to give the liver a little TLC (our organs need a little love, too!)
In ancient Chinese medicine, each season is governed by two different interrelated organs in the body. Spring is governed by the liver and gallbladder. Today we’ll focus specifically on the liver. (more…)
6 Cleansing Rituals for Spring
Have you been feeling an inner shift with the extra sunshine? Here in west Michigan, the birds have been chirping and we have already experienced a couple of lovely days near 50 degrees (followed by some snowy days, of course…it’s Michigan!) I’ve worn one of my spring/fall coats twice already. Spring has not yet arrived, but is upon us. (more…)
Gentle Spring Cleansing
Whatever path you choose to pursue, it cannot be denied: A vital and well-nourished body is the vessel for intuition, creativity, and expression. When we begin to realize that our body is far more than this thing that takes us from point A to B, or a mere physical structure that we need to mistrust and whip into shape, we start to develop a loving partnership with our body.
The more my diet remains whole foods based and relatively clean, the less I am drawn to an intense dietary protocol. That isn’t to say there isn’t place for such a thing, but for many, a less intense protocol allows for nourished, seasonal eating minus the quick release of toxins into the bloodstream. Remember, the body is designed to heal itself given half a chance. (more…)