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Ladies, stop pushing yourself all month! Join me in the Red Tent!

October 28, 2014

How many of you slow down and take it easy during your period? Show of hands? Not many. That’s what I thought–you just keep pushing though as if your period is just another week. Let’s introduce one of my favorite books, The Red Tent. It’s one of my favorites because it sheds light on something us Westerners have forgotten: how we should take care of ourselves when we’re menstruating. And

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There must be a reason I have PMS…!

October 21, 2014

It’s something I hear all the time: “I hate everything when I have PMS.” “I feel completely out of control before my period.” “It’s like I’m a different person when I have PMS.” Word. I feel like a crazy woman sometimes before my period, like I’m about to come completely unhinged and nothing will stop it. I’ve been known to go for an 1opm bike ride to calm myself down

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Food Therapy Month Continues: Eating With the Seasons

August 25, 2014

Just like our seasons, our digestive fire is prone to changes as the weather changes. Our digestive fire is strongest in the summer, because we derive a lot of energy from sun. It begins to wane in the fall. And, not surprisingly, it’s lowest in wintertime. Then spring rolls around, the world wakes up, and so does our digestive fire. One of the issues of our culture is that we

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Indulging at the State Fair

August 22, 2014

Ok, I think we have established that my favorite thing of the summer—and maybe of the year—is indulging in State Fair food. I love the State Fair. In fact, my husband and I have been known to do 12-hour bonanzas 10 a.m.-10 p.m. I’m impressed with how many others do that—and surprised at the amount of people who don’t think they could spend that much time at the Fair! The

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Behaving at the State Fair

August 20, 2014

Ok, I’ve already revealed this week that I suggest going off the moderation bandwagon when the State Fair rolls around, but if you must be good, I can offer some suggestions for foods you can have at the Fair that still fall under good behavior. Life is short, you can start with dessert first sometimes: Get strawberries and cream for a great dessert.  That stand is over near Machinery Hill.

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State Fair Secrets Week: Prepping for the State Fair

August 18, 2014

Yep, it’s that time of year. People are starting to talk about the State Fair. Many of my appointments start out this way: Patients tentatively ask, “What do you think about the State Fair?” Meaning: is it okay to indulge at the Fair? Answer: I LOVE THE STATE FAIR! I count down to the State Fair. It is right up there with Christmas and my birthday as my favorite times

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The Best Time to Indulge

August 15, 2014

So after all this digestive fire talk, I wanted to talk a little bit about everyone’s favorite topic: When is the optimal time to indulge. There are so, so, so, so many different opinions on what size meals we should be eating and what time of day is best to eat the biggest meal. There’s a phrase out there that goes something like “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like

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Balancing Your Digestive Fire

August 13, 2014

As we talked about on Monday, we want make sure our digestive fire is burning just right. Like Goldilocks, it can’t be too hot or too cold—and if you keep it roaring appropriately, you’ll have the best possible digestion and a strong metabolism. Low Digestive Fire If your digestive fire is burning too low, you can’t digest your food or break it down the way you need to, which means

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Your Digestive Fire: Why 100 is the Magic Number

August 11, 2014

In Chinese medicine, we think of digestion as a soup pot cooking over the fire, and the fire has to be burning juuuust right. It can’t be too strong, or foods will cook too quickly and you will feel hungry quickly. We also don’t want it to burn too low, because food will sit in your stomach too long and won’t turn into energy you need, leading to slow metabolism

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The Best Book For Food Therapy, Ever

August 8, 2014

OK, so hopefully you caught Monday and Wednesday’s posts about food therapy: what it is, what it isn’t, and now we’re going to talk a bit about how to implement it or read more if you’re interested. I seriously have read pretty much everything written about food therapy that’s out there. I don’t have one that I think is one is user-friendly that everyone can use. But I do have

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7 Myths About Food Therapy

August 6, 2014

Think you have a reason not to try food therapy? I bet I can change your mind. Behold, seven common myths and my rebuttals: If you implement food therapy, you’ll have to give up foods you love. That is absolutely not true. I actually find that many times people eat in tune with their bodies—sometimes foods you love make you feel good, and that’s why you’re eating them. I will

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Seriously, What Is Food Therapy?

August 4, 2014

People get nervous when they hear that I might do a little food therapy with them. I think they instantly are sure they are going to be “subjected” to some kind of crazy, pressure-filled elimination diet situation. People will ask: Is this Western nutrition? Is this about how I’ll never eat stuff I like ever again? Short answer: No. Here’s what food therapy means to me and how I practice

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The Science of Stretch

August 1, 2014

We’ve been talking about meridians all week—what they are, where they run, and why it means we can treat an elbow for a knee or a foot for a headache. And we’re learning that Western research is proving what Chinese medicine practitioners have known for centuries: meridians are real, they’re treatable, and Chinese medicine is effective. I know some of you love geeking out as much as I do, and

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OK, But How the Heck Do Meridians Work?

July 30, 2014

I know. It seems like magic. People will go see their doctor and ask, “Should I get acupuncture?” The doctor will likely say something like, “We don’t know why it works, but it does and you should try it if you want to.” I know how it works. Primarily, it works on your connective tissue. Not surprisingly, in Western medicine, there’s not a huge body of knowledge about connective tissue

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Just What the Heck Are Meridians, Anyway?

July 28, 2014

Meridians are one of those things people get curious about and we don’t always get to breaking them down in appointments, so I thought I’d take a week and explain how awesome meridians can be. Meridians are the energy pathways that wind throughout your body and circulate your energy. (See here for a great image of a map of your body’s meridians.) Energy meridians in your body run from head

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