Several delicious and delicate members of the allium family crop up in early spring. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, different flavors are nourishing to different organs and can be emphasized at different times of year to keep the body in balance with the seasons. The onion family is pungent and benefits the lungs, promotes warmth, moves impurities in the blood, reduces clotting, and expels the cold. But each member of the onion family has secondary flavors as well, nurturing additional organs.
For example, onion lowers blood pressure and cholesterol as well as breaking up phlegm and congestion in the sinuses. Tea of chopped onion simmered in water until soft and mixed with honey can sooth colds. Use small onions and take every four hours.
Leeks thrive in cool weather and are planted in fall or early spring. They over winter and store well, so are readily available while snow is still dusting the ground. The white base of this...
I love The Prime, an Ayurvedic digestive reset developed by integrative neurologist Dr. Kulreet Chaudhary, MD. The Prime supports gut health to help you feel great and achieve healthy weight. It is a slow progression with four phases that support natural elimination, detoxification from cells, fluids, and organs step by step. Each phase is simple and easy to do, and can fit into the busiest schedule. The gradual release of toxins coupled with proper nutrition mean you won't feel sick from detoxing. You may experience changes in urination output (usually an increase,) feel more or less energy, and have fewer cravings. When I do the Prime I feel stronger, have better bowel movements, feel lighter, and have a clearer mind.
Each one of us is an entire ecosystem of cells and bacteria. Our microbiomes are full of diverse species. In fact, we have more bacteria than cells in our bodies! Some of these bacteria are more beneficial than...
Weekend mornings are a treasured time for family. It's hard to think of a more nostalgic, homey scene than Saturday morning in Dad's kitchen: fresh coffee with cream, the sizzle of bacon or sausage, a seemingly bottomless pancake pan, thick pat of butter instantly melting on the hot golden pancakes deluged by a cascade of warm berries and syrup.
We had a lot of kinds of pancakes growing up: buckwheat, buttermilk, seven grain, high protein. But the fairest of them all was the ricotta pancake, moist, fluffy, and a meal unto itself. This fresh lemon ricotta pancake with blueberries is sure to make any day feel like a special occasion. Though this pancake's decadent flavor may trick you into thinking it's dessert, the protein rich eggs and ricotta, high ratio of fruit, and light lemony zest make it a satisfying meal that leaves your tummy as happy as your tongue.
1 cup blueberries (thaw and drain ahead if frozen)
3/4 cup white flour (or...
Why do a spring cleanse?
Are spring cleanses safe?
Yes they are! But not all are created equally.
Doing gentle, food based cleanses are safe but so are nutritionally supported cleanses. The big difference is the rate in which you clear or rid your body of toxins and whether you give yourself the correct nutrients and antioxidants to support the liver, kidneys and lymph systems to do so comfortably without excess side effects.
What are common side effects of cleanses?
We often hear about detox reaction which occurs because you are not supporting the liver with the appropriate nutrients to clear phase 1 and phase 2 detoxification processes at an increased rate. When this happens people feel sick-have low energy, muscle aches, feel hot, sweat more and just feel unwell.
If you support your body to detox slowly and correctly with the right nutrients and...
So much has happened since I began my practice in Clovis, New Mexico in 2007. I moved to Alabama with my husband, had my first child at age 36, moved to Virginia and began managing Acupuncture in Del Ray in 2014, moved to Massachusetts, had my second child, continued to visit Del Ray and offer remote consultations, and finally moved back to Virginia just as the pandemic began! My two boys (now almost 5 & 10) are vibrant, healthy, and full of athletic energy. They love to help cook. My husband's latest hobbies are brewing kombucha and pour painting. My parents, aunts, and uncles are transitioning into their 70s and 80s, my Zija and Ziju (great aunt and uncle) their 90s!
Helping people with fertility sparked my interest in acupuncture. My step-mom suffered through many miscarriages, and after changing diet, taking herbs, and regular acupuncture treatments was filled with joy when she finally...
Dad's clear broth chicken soup is a family go to perfect for March storms and April drizzle. Warm, light, and satisfying, #paleo, #glutenfree, and even #ketofriendly (just ration the carrots!)
Now that it is spring we want to open up the senses and our energy with fresh, bright notes like cilantro, green onions and lime to support Liver.
10 questions to keep in mind when you are TTC
This allows us to keep track of your improvements and ask follow up questions to make sure we are supporting all of you.
But you may be surprised to know that your cycle is not all that we will ask you about. Nope. Hardly, it’s important for sure, but we will want to know about when you started your initial period, gynocological health from an early age, as well as digestive function, and so much more.
If you are curious to learn more, check out these blogs or better yet, send me an...
In this month of November, we are surrounded with reminders of thankfulness and gratitude for what we have.
Everyone’s life looks different from what it once was and yet, finding the small, simple things to be grateful for is now more important than ever.
What does this have to do with thankfulness and gratitude? Being more connected within allows us to show ourselves gratitude in mind, body, and spirit. When you practice creating inner balance, then you can go into the community and support your partner, family, friends, and neighbors in amazing ways.
Many of the simplest things we do from the heart are the...
But I am here to tell you that it is one of THE most unhealthy things you can do. PERIOD.
From a young age, many of us have been taught that it is either okay or not okay to say things that others don't like. Sometimes it might be unkind or inappropriate to share certain feelings e.g. negative or hurtful things even if we feel them.
While this is true, it can also be true that this will damage the person who keeps their emotions to themselves and create an inner turmoil within them.
Having emotional expression, feeling heard, being accepted by our family/friends, and being loved unconditionally is essential for all...
Very early on I learned that our bodies can heal themselves in amazing ways given the right nutrition and herbs.
For myself this is one of my earliest memories, but what really made me interested in Chinese medicine was the fact that both of my grandmothers were very ill. I took them to both their acupuncture and doctors appointments, and saw how both the practitioners worked with them. Seeing how the acupuncturist communicated and shared their progress with them, I understood that it was a different relationship than a western physician.
Mind you, I am very passionate about all medicine and have always used western medicine when needed. But the shift in my family who saw acupuncturists was fascinating because they were being encouraged to take ownership of their progress and improvements, whereas with doctors it was, “here is...