Beat Sugar Cravings with NAET

January 17, 2019 | Naturopathic Medicine

Who doesn’t have food cravings?  We often think about cravings as a psychological phenomena.  An itch you can’t scratch.  But beating cravings isn’t as easy as practicing self-discipline, although that is an important aspect.  Food cravings can come from physiological issues as well as the mental/emotional pull. Desiring food as comfort can in itself be a symptom of food sensitivities or intolerance.  A food intolerance or sensitivity is an immune response to either immunoglobulin G (IgG) or immunoglobulin A (IgA).  Reactions to food could be delayed up to 48 hours after ingesting the food, which makes identifying the issue a challenge.  Regular stomach discomfort is caused by an inability to digest or metabolize a food completely.  Symptoms may include gas, bloating, nausea, and diarrhea. Oddly enough, having an intolerance to a food may make you crave that food. Having a mild immune reaction to foods may act like an endorphin (e.g., runner’s high) in … Continued

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Tapas – Burn Off The Heaviness

January 2, 2019 | Yoga

The term tapas is derived from the Sanskrit root “tap” meaning “to burn.” Tapas can mean either cultivating restraint or burning away impurities physically, mentally and emotionally.  It implies a sense of fiery discipline or passion. Tapas also refers to the heat that gets our heart pumping and motivates us toward change. Lois Nesbitt (yoga teacher) described the heat of tapas as coming from “the friction generated by going against the grain of habit, of complacency, of doing what is easiest” (2009, para. 5). The purpose of tapas is to burn off the heaviness in our bodies, energy flow, and mental processes to awaken the dormant energy within.  You can activate tapas during asana, pranayama and meditative yogic practices. Tapas in Yoga PracticeDuring asana (the physical practice of yoga), tapas can be the simple discipline of making time for our personal practice. It can also apply to the type of practice we do – … Continued

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7 Tips to Ease into Dietary Changes

December 14, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

Eating healthy is a learned habit.  Making dietary changes for health reasons or weight loss can be more challenging than just beating cravings.  Grocery shopping changes.  Meals might go from microwave or eating out to cooking with fresh foods.  Which means more dishes to wash.  Adding breakfast into your morning may feel like yet another task.  So when I recommend dietary changes, I take into account the client’s current lifestyle.  Busy parents and people whose work involves traveling or overtime hours need gradual changes in order to be successful.  My cornerstone belief for healthy diet is to eat fresh, whole foods.  This may seem simplistic, but it goes against the current Standard American Diet.  Reasons I may recommend dietary changes include (but are not limited to): Celiac or gluten sensitivity, food sensitivities, candida (yeast overgrowth), weight concerns, and brain fog.Start with whole foods you already like.  Instead of thinking of … Continued

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Nourishing Your Qi During the Winter Months

December 12, 2018 | Acupuncture

“When one stays in the darkness long enough, one begins to see.”  -C.G. JungWinter is a time of stillness and quietude, when nature’s energy has turned in during this most inward-looking of all the seasons. We call it the most Yin of the seasons.  Trees have dropped their leaves, the sap of the tree has retreated to its roots, outward signs of life have disappeared and the landscape can be covered in snow.  There is still work going on, but is in-doors.  In this state of rest, energy is collected and held in reserve.  It’s cold and dark, which are the qualities that preserve and store.  It is this concentrated, internal force of winter that enable a seed to burst forth in Spring.  A time for internal work, we use this season for rest and the filling of our reserves, gathering strength for the year ahead.  Abundant reserves within us … Continued

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TLC for a Healthy, Happy Gut

November 27, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

The digestive system is the power center of the body. There are more organs in this system than any other system. It keeps things moving in the right direction. Regular bowel movements are the cornerstone of good health as can ensure proper detoxification and absorption of nutrients. Anything interfering with these processes interferes with energy, sleep, mood, immune function and more. Therefore chronic constipation may lead to anxiety, depression, insomnia, yeast overgrowth (candida), migraines and allergies. As a naturopathic doctor, chronic constipation is a common issue that I help address. After each meal, you should produce a bowel movement. Although it is very common, finding the underlying cause can be complex and differ from person to person.  Blanket treatments such as laxatives often do not address the true issue and long term use can come with side effects. The body is very complex and the root issue must be found for overall health.   Constipation is usually a symptom of other issues caused … Continued

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The Five Elements of Ancient Acupuncture Treatment

November 9, 2018 | Acupuncture

The practice of Acupuncture began more than 3000 years ago in China when early practitioners observed patterns in nature and theorized that in all of nature is an underling cyclical flow of energy.  The tradition of Five Element Acupuncture is based on the understanding of this cyclical flow of energy- also known as Qi.  The past few blogs have talked about the seasons of Late Summer and Autumn.  How do these relate to Acupuncture?  In all of nature we see five elements expressed.  They are FIRE (Summer Season), EARTH (Late Summer), METAL (Autumn), WATER (Winter) and WOOD (Spring).The Five ElementsEach element exists within the other element and corresponding season.  The elements and seasons remind us that there is no beginning and no end to Qi energy, only change and transformation. However, one of the elements is manifested or expressed more strongly within us.  It is our strength and also where … Continued

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6 Steps to Begin a Meditation Practice (and why do it)

November 2, 2018 | Yoga Philosophy

Have you heard that you should meditate? There are many potential benefits from meditating like reducing your stress, clearing your mind, feeling less tired, getting happier, etc. Interested, but not sure what this meditation stuff is?The practice of meditation is simple. Find a place to sit or lie down, close your eyes, and focus your attention on one thing (like your breath or sensations or visual aid). Actually practicing meditation is not so easy.Some folks get caught in the “I don’t have time for this” barrier. It feels like you’re doing nothing and there are SO MANY things to do! Some folks sit still and just fall asleep – so you get a nice nap, but no enlightenment.Some people try meditating and get frustrated with the constant chatter of their mind. They feel that they are not good at meditating, so why waste the time.Some people can set aside time … Continued

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Homeopathy for Your Family During Cold & Flu Season

October 22, 2018 | Naturopathic Medicine

 Everyday in my practice, I help adults and children to address chronic conditions such as allergies, digestive issues, and hormonal imbalances.  A major part of addressing health concerns is dealing with the little flus and viruses that come and go.As a Naturopathic doctor who practices homeopathy, I team up with natural bodily functions in order to help the body’s innate ability to heal itself, which is the cornerstone belief of homeopathy.  According to homeopathic medicine, symptoms can be alleviated by small doses of substances which produce similar symptoms in healthy people.  What is Homeopathy?The word homeopathy is a Greek term that means means “like disease.”  Homeopathy can be traced back to the Greek Father of Medicine, Hippocrates.  It was the German physician Dr. C. F. Samuel Hahnemann (1755-1843) who tested and refined homeopathic practices and remedies.  Homeopathic medicine is founded on two major principles: that “like cures like” and “law of minimum does.”Like … Continued

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Yoga for Hip Mobility

October 17, 2018 | Yoga Movement Therapy

Maintaining a balance between strength and flexibility in the hips is essential for general movement throughout the day, decreasing your risk of injury, and/or reducing pain. If you are an athlete, avid runner or naturally tight in this area of the body, practicing hip opening poses on a regular basis can be helpful in maintaining healthy mobility. Check out one of my favorite yoga flows to improve your hip mobility!

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NAET for Children’s Top 7 Icks & Aches

October 11, 2018 | NAET

Kids are always running.  Running in the kitchen, to the car, on the playground, into your arms.  One of the greatest joys of parenthood is watching your child play and laugh.  But while they are running from one place to the other, it seems there is a seemingly constant battle with runny noses, tummy aches, and sleep problems.  A box of tissues in every room is a crucial staple to your home’s decor. Many over-the-counter medications offered to children come with undesirable side effects, such as drowsiness, and they only provide short bursts of relief.  Especially for children with severe allergies, drowsiness effects their school, social, and play time.  There’s no time to be sick when there is fun to be had!  As a Naturopathic doctor, I use homeopathic and natural remedies to help children through icky symptoms and to build strong immune systems.  One of my favorite treatments is NAET.  NAET … Continued

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