Oh the miraculous, ever-wise, and complicated belly! Was there ever another area of the body that caused such collective confusion and judgment?
If you have biological children, you know first-hand the mystery and wisdom of the middle-area of the body having carried a baby for 9 months of your life. And if you’ve ever, um, eaten food, then you also know that the belly region has it’s own moods and fluctuations, and some interesting shape-shifting qualities! (more…)
4 legit practices for better digestion
When it comes to physical symptoms, I’ve noticed many of us can tend to have a vulnerable spot – a place where symptoms often manifest, while other systems of the body seem to stay relatively unfazed. (more…)
Keep immunity strong with these 9 gut-boosting tips
I’m back from Peru for the 2nd time this year. My decision to attend a this most recent workshop (Jungian Psychology & Amazonian Shamanism in Synthesis) was actually a surprise to me as I made the decision to go 2 weeks prior to it!
I had an incredibly enriching experience that I will continue to integrate into my life and my counseling practice.
And the food! (more…)
Are you addicted to foods you are actually allergic to?
Today I am packing up and heading west.
My big brother is getting married on Saturday in the gorgeous botanical gardens at U of C Berkley.
I’m armed with my travel non-negotiables: my favorite teas, essential oils, nasya oil, and eydrops (these planes get so dry!) (more…)
How to Recover from a Holiday Sugar Binge
Reflecting on my own eating history, I remember the anxiety that would accompany holiday gatherings. I’d feel so worried about what food was going to be available and wondered whether or not I’d be able to make it to the other side without having ruined my diet. Even with the best of intentions, I often found myself over-indulging in sugar by the end of the day and feeling frustrated afterwards. (more…)
8 Ayurvedic Tips for Healthy Digestion
A teacher once described Ayurveda as “the poetry of nutrition.” Next to ancient Chinese medicine, Ayurveda honors Nature’s naturally occurring energies and elements like space, air, water, fire, and earth. Nowhere in these wise and ancient texts will you find discussion of calories in a bowl of lentil soup or how many points are in your chai tea. Food was used for it’s medicinal and energetic qualities as a way to bring balance and harmony to the body. These ancient systems honor earth’s natural cycles and seasons. The more we align, the better our bodies and minds respond. (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…)
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…)
Relieve Bloating with these 8 Strategies
Do you consider yourself a sensitive woman with sensitive digestion? Labeling yourself as a “sensitive woman” is a bit redundant, as being a woman makes you sensitive by nature. Whether we like it or not, we feel our feelings deeply.
This is why I am convinced so many women struggle with bloating and digestion issues so much. Being naturally sensitive also means we can be sensitive to the food we ingest as well as the state we ingest it in.
I personally know how distracting and uncomfortable it can be to deal with a bloated, distended belly (I’ve certainly worn my share of “flowy” tops) and am sharing a handful of strategies with you that have proven to be effective for myself and for my clients. (more…)
Beyond mere food: “Superfoods”
The term “superfood” is widely used in the health and nutrition world these days. How did we figure this out? What exactly propels everyday foods to “super status?”
Superfoods are sometimes described as having an exceptionally high nutrient content per calorie. These foods may have concentrated amounts of specific vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants that the body may not otherwise receive in the standard American diet.
I’m sure you’ve seen popular lists including leafy greens, fresh water fish, walnuts, green tea, and blueberries. We are recognizing that real, whole food – as Mother Nature intended, has powerful health benefits.
Now, let’s look at superfoods from both ancient and modern dietary perspectives. Each theory contains its own wisdom and key players in healing and balancing the body. Read on here to explore a handful of gems from a handful of theories. Notice what you are drawn to exploring. (more…)