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Bandhas, the short & sweet version

I get more requests to talk about Bandhas than any other yoga talks.  I understand why, they are a bit elusive and mostly spoken about in esoteric languages.  I have written much longer articles about them, which I will include … Continue reading »

Personalizing Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Personalizing Your Anti-Inflammatory Diet – and what you can learn from genetics and microbiome testing What did I learn from all the testing? Complete Comprehensive blood panel, urine, hair, microbiome and genetics tests? The genetics and microbiome tests were by … Continue reading »

Savory Breakfasts

Nip the sweet cravings in the bud ~ before they begin! Starting the day savory instead of sweet can help to stop the sweet tooth before the cravings begin, and having more protein and less grains or sugars for breakfast … Continue reading »

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Pattabhi Jois & MeToo

It was recently brought to my attention that Pattabhi Jois’s name has been added to MeToo. I’m shocked and disappointed. While he helped popularize a beneficial form of therapy for body and mind that many people have benefited from — … Continue reading »

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Recipes

Food as Medicine, Food as information to our cells. What does this mean?
Eating to thrive is about finding your way of eating that promotes your health. There is no single “right diet” for everyone; we have to take into consideration genetic backgrounds, different cultures, and our likes and dislikes … Most of us have not taken the time to figure out what foods are right for us. This is where I will help you navigate.

For centuries we have relied on our food supply not only as a source of energy, but also for improved health, disease prevention, and connection with family and friends. However in the last several decades our food supply (and how we eat) has drastically changed. These changes towards processed and convenience foods have contributed strongly to the the increases in diseases.

Even science is very clear that food is a powerful influencer of our health. Food is not just calories to fuel our engines, it also carries nutrients that play important roles in all bodily functions — informing our cells how to behave to create health and resist disease. Poor quality food can actually create disease where as high quality foods at the right amounts, at the right times of day can reverse disease and sustain health. This is how food is medicine and food is information to our body.

Food also represents connection; families and friends that prepare and eat food together form healthy cultural bonds — at the daily dinner table and through celebrations and ceremonies. Preparing food from scratch are the traditions that spread knowledge of how to cook and prepare healthful foods from one generation to another. The loss of cooking from scratch has contributed greatly to the current disease load.

How do we get back to it? Change is not easy — there will always be ups and downs … but there will NOT be any harsh restrictions, counting calories, or feeling deprived. Instead I will help you with effective strategies and tools to improve your health; like weekly meal planning, shopping schedules and resources of clean foods, recipes, and recommendations about time management, cooking, and food storage. As well as steps toward mindful eating so you can digest and absorb all the nutrients in your nutrient dense foods.

Just a few basic concepts will get us started on the path … Keeping it simple in the words of best selling author Michael Pollan “Eat Real Food, Not too much, Mostly Plants”.

Only the fall and winter recipes remain to be entered in our new Learn & Thrive section.  While we get those in, here a file with the recipes.  Check out the Spring and Summer Recipes!

Notes on each season, grocery lists for each season, and why you want to adjust your foods for each season:

Meal Planning, a plan to succeed, a plan of thriving. 

Here is a meal planning template to help you plan and make your own nourishing meals quickly and easily.

Recipes for:

What should I eat?  Answer:  What is negotiable and what is NOT Negotiable

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Home Made Toiletries

This is an area where we can greatly reduce our chemical load. Personal care products are some of the most toxic.

Do you know that the average woman who uses cosmetics, lotions, lip stick, fingernail polish, hair gel, etc. walks out the house in the morning with over 60 known carcinogenic chemicals on her body (!) And over 515 chemicals in general. These chemicals interfere with our bodily processes — especially our hormones and are linked to increased risks of cancer and auto-immunity. With the rise in our populations with these diseases we clearly need to reduce our chemical exposures. Here is a nice starting point and a relatively easy way to reduce your chemical exposure which thereby reduces your risk of disease.

Everything you need can be bought either through me with Floracopeia products or at Mountain Rose Herbs
Don’t have time to make your own? Try out the radiant skin care line at Lifespa

 

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True Green Cleaning

Essential oils for cleaning are far superior!
EWG.org the Environmental Working Group explains that commercial cleaning products can cause numerous health problems including asthma, allergies, birth defects, cancer, and chemical burns. You want to avoid these poisonous products from “scented” cleaners to air freshers to dryer sheets!

A clean environment not a sterile environment is what we want. Sterile environments don’t teach our immune systems how fight off germs and bad bacteria. The bacteria in our soil and around our house “vaccinate” us from many illnesses just from being exposed to small amounts of them.  Many household chemical cleaners not only kill the bad bacteria, but also the good. This is like cleaning with anti-biotics — disrupting the balance of immunity and digestion. Don’t kill the good guys . . . and avoid the chemicals. It’s easier than you think.

You really don’t need clorox, oregano oil works better! Essential oils effectively kill MRSA, e. coli, salmonella, the flu virus, staph, listeria, and pneumonia. They effectively kill bacteria, viruses, and fungi without promoting resistance like anti-biotics and other chemical cleaners.

Essential oils are relatively easy to obtain, have low toxicity, and degrade quickly in water and soil making them environmentally friendly 🙂

Some of the best antimicrobials, antibacterials, antiseptic, degreasers, and mold and mildew killers are:  Cedar wood oil, Cinnamon, Clove, Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lime, Peppermint, Pine, Rosemary, Sweet orange, and Tea tree.

A word on Elbow Grease
As it turns out, it is not what we spray on surfaces to clean that does the cleaning — it is our effort of wiping . . . think wax on, wax off . . . The most effective mix for removing bad bacteria is a double wipe down method. It is the effect of spraying once and wiping down, then a second time and wiping down each area you are disinfecting.

Here is some more info and other tips for True Green Cleaning. 

The worst household air offenders?  Fragrance and Dryer sheets!  Fragrance does not need to be identified on an ingredients list other than to say “fragrance” which is most often a toxic chemical cocktail of several harmful chemicals. You want to avoid bringing anything with fragrance into your house. One of the biggest users of fragrance are dryer sheets and fabric softener. Read the link above for some solutions.
And diffuse oils instead of spraying toxic chemicals into your indoor air!

Grocery List for Cleaning Products:

Gallon of vinegar
Big box of baking soda
Essential oils; clove, a citrus, rosemary, tea tree, pine
Hydrogen Peroxide
Rubbing Alcohol
Cheap high proof vodka
2/3 cup olive oil
Plain Castile Soap

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Herbal Home Remedies

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Meditations

Take 5, its good for you!

Just can’t sit for 5 minutes, there are some great meditation feedback tools available that use your smart phone.  Here is one of my favorite biofeedback devices from HeartMath that is very affordable and makes it easy to meditate

A few meditations to get you started

Meditation and Awareness Mistaking the method for the goal . . . Many people think meditation is about being a good meditator . . . meditation prepares us to live our live with awareness. We need a meditation time, however … Continue reading »

Listening to the Heart Meditation with David Crow

This is a wonderful short 5 minute meditation, that leaves you with a nice visualization to sit with.  David Crow is my plant medicine and essential oils guru.  This is a blip from one of his courses offered through The … Continue reading »

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