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My patients tell me they feel stuck: in their relationship with food, their bodies and themselves. And they don’t know how to change.

They are stuck in an endless loop of hating themselves. They feel at war with their body; wishing they felt smaller, thinner, bigger, a different shape, stronger, less pain, more sexy.

They tell me they are tired of putting their needs last; after the husband, the kids, the boss, the inner critic. “When will it be time for me?”

I hear, “I am craving more. I just wish I knew what.”

If you can relate to any of this, check out our program: Yes, THIS! 4 Weeks to Ultimate Wellness

In four weeks you will make peace with your food, learning what to add in, what to leave out, and how to stop relying on willpower and learn to listen to what your body needs.

You will learn to recognize the moments we call “Yes, THIS!” moments that are natural clues to follow on the path to the lives we want.
We have become so conditioned to listening to what other people think we should do or to the voice inside our heads that’s “shoulding” us, that we can forget to Pay Attention to Yes, THIS! moments and we get a little lost.
This shows up in the form of stress, discontent, insomnia and other things that are detrimental to our health and happiness.
As a result we came up with this 4-week program of live and recorded video calls, discussion, handouts, cooking demos, recipes, and accountability to help people better listen to their own Yes, THIS! moments so they can be fully living the life they want.
The program starts at 12:00 PM PST on Wednesday, February 15 with our kickoff call. If you’ve never done a live-video class before, don’t worry! It’s easy and we will show you how.
 
And if you can’t join via computer there is a way to join via telephone where you can be a part of the live call and watch the recorded video version of it later. 
 
In fact, you can do the whole program by watching the recorded video calls, although we encourage you to attend live because we will be doing some on-the-spot coaching and answering questions.
If you are on the fence about joining us, here are 3 reasons why this class is worth your time and money:
 
1. You are worth it. Self care is not selfish – it’s a necessity. We all know that without health and wellness, nothing else really matters. This is a chance to walk your talk and show up for yourself by making your health and personal growth a priority.
 
2. This is a killer deal. How much have you spent on self-help books you didn’t finish, healthy food that rotted in your fridge and vitamins you thought you should take but ended up expiring in your cabinet? $147 for 4 calls plus materials (short and simple videos! foolproof recipes! answers to your individual questions!) that you will have forever is a lot of bang for your buck. Not to mention that you will have us (and each other) for accountability and guidance the whole time.
 
3. You’ll get personal & direct access to a Naturopathic Doctor and a Certified Life & Health Coach. We will be available to you every step of the way via our weekly live calls, our active Facebook page and by email if you have any questions or concerns. If you have ever wanted to work with a Coach or an ND this is your chance to give it a test drive. Plus we have been where you are! We have felt the overwhelm and the frustration on our own paths to Wellness. We get it. Making changes to diet and lifestyle can feel daunting and uncomfortable but having us as partners along the way will make it fun and a whole lot easier.
So if you are thinking that you don’t have the time or the money to invest in yourself, think again!
This is an even better chance to take your health & happiness into your own hands and chart the course to the life you want.

We hope you will join us for Yes, This! 4 Weeks to Ultimate Wellness.

Say Yes,THIS! to yourself today.

 

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Who doesn’t love a chia pudding?  And seriously, folks are going crazy for pumpkin pie everything! What we have here is a super tonic, super nutritious, super delicious and filling pudding! High in easy to digest proteins fat and fiber, and low in sugar. This is a delicious, filling, and highly nutritious snack!

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1 can pumpkin puree

1 can full fat coconut milk

6 medjool dates (soaked for 10 min in boiling water and drained)

2 squirts liquid stevia

4 T coconut sugar

1/2 tsp sea salt

1 T ground turmeric (anti-inflammatory boost) 

1 T ground Eleutherococcus-a gentle adaptogen herb to help with stress response (I get mine here)

6 drops cinnamon essential oil (Certified Pure, Therapeutic Grade oils only-you can purchase here)

2 T ground ginger (anti-inflammatory boost)

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

1 scoop unflavored Whey Protein powder (I use this brand) 

2 scoops Collagen Peptides (I use this brand)

2/3 cup chia seeds

Add all ingredients except the chia seeds to a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until fully smooth. Add chia seeds and pulse to gently mix in. Spoon into jars or serving dishes. Let set up for 1-2 hours. Serve with cocoa nibs and unsweetened shredded coconut.

 

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Turmeric Ginger Switchel

Turmeric Ginger Switchel

 

Excited to share my new favorite summer drink! Why Turmeric? In botanical medicine it goes by it’s Latin name, Curcuma Longa. It is a member of the ginger family and is a rhizome that looks like ginger, but is bright orange/yellow. The orange color is the carotenoid called ‘curcumin’ which is responsible for the amazing health benefits including high antioxidant power. Turmeric is wonderful for soothing and quenching all sorts of inflammation. We now understand that inflammation is at the root of many common chronic illnesses. It has anti-cancer as well as brain protective benefits. With dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases on the rise, I am definitely looking for prevention strategies, especially ones that taste so good! If you are looking for a way to add delicious supercharged nutrition to your life, you can’t go wrong with Turmeric!

Fresh Turmeric

Fresh Turmeric

It is also slightly bitter, and a warming, stimulating herb which helps with bile production, and can support healthy cholesterol levels. We know it is absorbed best when in the presence of black pepper. In this recipe I use doTERRA black pepper essential oil which is really mild and adds a great balance to the flavor.

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IMG_2311Ginger is a natural companion to turmeric. Very anti-inflammatory itself, it also helps with digestion, has anticancer benefits too. Ginger has been shown to reduce migraine pain and menstrual cramps. This is powerful kitchen medicine! A switchel is an old fashioned beverage using apple cider vinegar with some sort of sweetener- commonly honey, maple syrup, or molasses. I will be experimenting with using a xylitol simple syrup to reduce the glycemic impact of the switchel. However, the amount of honey used in this recipe is relatively small, and the switchel is diluted with still or sparkling water, so the sugar content is much lower than most commercially available sodas and drinks.

Here is the recipe:

Equal parts fresh turmeric and ginger juice. I juiced them in my champion juicer, however if you do not have a juicer you can grate them on a fine, microplane grater, and then add the freshly grated roots to the apple cider vinegar mixture. When you serve it you will just want to strain it first. So you can scale this recipe as you want, but for this example let’s say we have 1/4 cup combined turmeric and ginger juices. fresh turmeric and ginger juice

To this you will add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon, lime or a combo of juice.

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Then add 3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar

Then stir in your sweetener. I used honey in mine and I used 1/2 cup. You may like it more or less sweet and you can adjust to your taste. honey

4 drops black pepper essential oil

Stir all together. This makes the base of your switchel drink. It is very strong by itself. To serve, add 2-3 Tablespoons to a 12 oz glass filled with ice and either still or sparkling water. It is also delicious added to summer cocktails! Be aware that the Turmeric can stain anything it comes in contact with!

Enjoy!

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Ginger, Turmeric, Cinnamon

More and more research is supporting the idea that inflammation is at the heart of most chronic diseases.

A wonderful friend of mine taught me this delicious recipe for an anti-inflammatory tea.  She experienced significant reduction in her arthritis pain after regular consumption.  I decided I had to try it myself!  Not only is it extremely good for you, it is delicious!

Recipe?  In a saucepan full of water throw a few slices of fresh ginger, fresh turmeric, and cinnamon sticks.  Simmer for 20 min or longer.  Add  a small bit of honey and the juice of one lemon.   Drink hot or cold!  It is also easily made with dried, ground herbs as well.  Try 1 quart of water with 1/2 tsp of each herb.

Curcumin, the potent anti-oxidant in Turmeric has been found to be as effective an anti inflammatory as prescription non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs in a trial with rheumatoid arthritis patients.  It is an effective free radical scavenger, and holds promise in prevention of cancer and alzheimer’s disease.  In nutrition, it seems that the deeper the color of the food the higher the nutritional value.  So when you are shopping, look for deep green greens like kale, dark berries, and bright yellow pigments like turmeric for nutrient dense power.

Ginger has been used traditionally to quell arthritis pain and has been shown effective in trials comparing it to NSAIDS.  Ginger is also a warming, digestive stimulant.

Cinnamon is rapidly earning its reputation as a blood sugar and lipid regulator for folks who struggle with insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.  Besides this, cinnamon is also anti-inflammatory, anti-parasitic, warming and delicious!

Do you need any more encouragement to go put on a pot of water for a batch of turmeric, ginger, cinnamon tea?

 

essential nourish

Four courses designed to nourish, educate, and stimulate your palate and your imagination. Each dish will showcase an essential oil with unique healing qualities.

Included is one cocktail or mocktail (with an essential oil, of course) and if you choose you may bring a bottle of wine or something else to share with your group.

The menu will be gluten free, and soy free, focusing on plenty of fresh vegetables, quality meats and fats, low in sugars. If you have individual food sensitivities please contact us and we can usually accommodate.

Please note, tickets are limited.

 

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Please go to mobius microfarms to learn more about why to eat microgreens and how to get them!

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We had a bumper crop of collard greens this year in the garden. Even our dog was eating them!

Collards are super nutritious- high in vitamin A, vitamin K, and Folate. We use them as wraps for bread-less sandwiches (lightly steam them after removing the stem), stir fried with bacon, julienned in salads or as a noodle replacement. We eat a lot of soups in the winter time and I’m happy to have a supply of greens in the freezer. Pictured is julienned collards in green papaya salad.

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My husband is a teacher, and I spent so many years in school, and with kids going back to school, that late August will always feel like “back to school” time. We also have a lot of late August birthdays in our family. Right about now I start longing for more structure, fewer parties, more vegetables, fewer cocktails, more yoga, fewer late nights. Don’t get me wrong: I love our summers of fun! It’s just time for a correction. I know I am not alone in this shift! I am a big fan of self-care routines- which I didn’t realize were a “thing” these days. There are so many different ways we can “add health” to our daily routines it can easily become overwhelming. One way I manage the overwhelm is to make short term commitments to a routine- 30-40 days- and then re-evaluate. Do I love it? How do I feel? Did I notice a difference? Is it sustainable? Do I want to keep going or start a new routine?

My plan: 40 days of the same Kundalini kriya

New supplement routine focusing on immune support: Daily Nutrient Pack, extra Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Olive   Leaf, Reishi mushroom

In bed by 10 pm (or earlier)

Morning/Evening journaling using the structure of the 5 minute journal plus some exercises from Lynda Barry’s   Syllabus (which is my latest obsession)

 

Did you notice… one of my philosophies of health is that it is easier/better/more effective to ADD health to the system rather than take things AWAY. Notice I did NOT say, I’m going to cut out all sweets, alcohol etc. Or do an elimination diet. Or say NO to all social invitations. But the focus of my routine will help me find my way back to feeling centered, good in my body, rested, energized, all those things that naturally lead to making better decisions about when and how much to indulge.

I got the idea of a 30 day new “routine” from my niece Amelia when she was living in Portland, and also from Gretchen Rubin’s book The Happiness Project, which is also a great read and wonderful resource for embracing new healthier habits.

I’d love to hear about any “back to school” changes in routine that are working for you!

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