Why Past Injuries Affect Present Treatment (and Future Wellness
It’s common to experience injuries during our lives. It is a natural part of learning about our limits while we inhabit our physical bodies. It may take a fall on the sidewalk to learn that I shouldn’t try to run full speed on it if it’s covered in ice. Perhaps I should wait for the baking sheet to cool down before I grab it with my bare hands. As unfortunate and painful as these lessons may be, they are necessary parts of our growth. We remember these instances so that we can be better prepared…
Let’s Talk Headaches & Trigger Points
Headaches can arise for a variety of reasons – dehydration, stress, hunger, lack of sleep, and many others. Headaches are one of the ways that our body registers to our mind that something needs attention and focused care. Sometimes when we get a headache, we try to determine the reason. And one of those reasons that we might not have been taught, it seems, is the trigger point.
Trigger points are hyperirritable nodules in our muscles or fascia (connective tissue throughout our bodies) that for…
Stress is not good for our health OR our immunity
In modern day lifestyle, most of us experience elevated levels of stress on a daily basis. Stress activates our body’s sympathetic nervous system’s response of “fight, flight or freeze.” This response is our body’s primitive, autonomic, innate response that prep…
Nourishing Bone Broth
Happy New Year! With Omicron surging in our community, it is the perfect time to cook up this warm and nutritious bone broth. Bone broth is nutrient dense with a rich flavor and easy on the digestive system. With a high concentration of minerals-including phosphorus, magnesium and calcium-it is a great immune boosting option to bring into your regular routine. Also, brewing connective tissue into bone broth provides the body with natural compounds from the cartilage. Studies show that many of th…
Happy Chinese New Year
Wishing you a wonderful Chinese New Year in this year of the Earth Pig!
The pig likes to enjoy life and brings playfulness, humor, good fortune, and joy to your year. The element of earth is associated with strong foundations, growth and harmony. Combining the traits of the earth element, with the justice seeking pig, this is a year to create positive and lasting change by combining efforts with friends and community.
The Year of the Earth Pig completes the rotation of the 12 Chinese Zodiac si…
Oatmeal Protein Pancakes
These oatmeal pancakes are packed with protein and fiber. The cinnamon gives this recipe a warming element and the local honey is a good way to boost your immune system during cold and flu season.
INGREDIENTS: Makes 2- 3 servings
- 1 c. old fashioned oats
- 1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
- 8 egg whites
- 2 tsp. vanilla
- 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
Take Advantage of Mushroom Season
It's all about the mushrooms this year. Whether you like white button, portabello, chanterelle, or porcini mushrooms, here are the top 5 reasons to start eating them this season:
1.) Mushrooms are the only vegetable with high levels of vitamin D. Like humans, mushrooms produce vitamin D when in sunlight. Exposing them to high levels of ultraviolet B just before going to market converts more of the plant sterol ergosterol into the so-called sunshine vitamin.
2.) Mushrooms are a gre…
As Fall Transitions to Winter
In Chinese medicine, fall is the season of the element Metal. Metal is a yin element that motions us inward, asking us to look to the past and review and reflect. This is the season of gently confronting ourselves to cut unhealthy ties that keep us anchored to the past so we can lay the groundwork for change to emerge in spring. This is also a time when many of us face the external busyness of the holidays and the year's end; while it can be wonderful to gather with family and friends in celeb…
Immune Boosting Fire Cider
Fire cider is filled with immune boosting ingredients to help you ward off cold and flu, and it's fun and simple to make. While there are endless variations, our favorite ingredients to include are:
- 1/2 cup fresh grated ginger root
- 1/2 cup fresh grated horseradish root (be warned, fresh grated horseradish is pungent and sinus-opening).
- 8-10 garlic cloves, crushed or chopped
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 jalapeno or 1 habanero quartered
- 1 orange, quartered and thinly sliced crossw…
Creamy Thai Carrot Soup
2 tablespoons olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped 1…