I am very excited to announce that I am now certified to teach TRE®. If you have been around me at all this year you have probably already heard me talk about it. My training began in the fall of 2015 with Jessica Schaffer. At the core of most chronic health concerns is a nervous system struggling to deal with stress. Our bodies are well designed to respond to an acute stress, but in our modern world chronic stress is really taking it’s toll on our health. TRE® addresses chronic tension (caused by stress) by “shaking it off” literally! TRE® is a set of exercises designed to allow the body to tremor and shake, something that is a natural physiological release after threat or trauma. Tremoring this way in a safe environment allows the body and nervous system to let go of stored “fight or flight” tension, restoring calm and relaxation to the body. Benefits of TRE® include improved sleep, more emotional resiliency, feeling grounded, more flexibility and less pain in the body, decrease in anxiety and hypervigilance, more social connection, relaxation…and more! I believe a regular TRE practice really address the underlying effect that stress plays in our health. TRE® works well with other treatment modalities, and once you learn the basic exercises you can practice at home. The exercises are easy to learn, but it is best to work with a certified provider who can help support you as you learn self regulation. Learn more about TRE® here. Make an appointment with me to learn TRE®, so you can bring more calm and less stress and tension to your life!
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!
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.
Ginger 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.
To this you will add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon, lime or a combo of juice.
Then add 3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
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!
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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?
Would you like to clear away the sluggish fog of winter? The grey bloat of too many happy hours? Looking to shed a few pounds before summer? Lighten the load? Clean out the junk drawer? Are you experiencing any symptoms like
- weight gain
- joint pain
- depression, irritability, anxiety, mood swings
- bad breath
- itchy skin
- poor focus or memory
- sinus congestion, allergies
- constipation, gas, bloating
We live in an ever increasing toxic environment. Causes of impaired detoxification can include:
- Overwhelming load (exogenous-from outside the body, and endogenous-toxins generated by dysbiosis and leaky gut)
- Impaired excretion (liver, bowel, kidney, lymph)
- Inefficient fuels (improper macronutrient balance)
- Deficiencies in micronutrients (antioxidants, cofactors for detox pathways)
You are in luck! Spring Detox Group starts April 10th!
Here’s the what’s and the how’s: 21 days of 2 shakes a day with some liver cleansing herbs and digestive enzymes. Plenty of protein(in the shakes- it’s non GMO pea protein) to support proper phase one and phase two detox. Modified, individualized elimination diet. Learn how to properly support your organs of elimination to avoid “detox symptoms.” People do very well on this program and generally feel energetic and clear headed. We will not be meeting in person this time, but there will be 3 live calls (recorded) for education and support. Those will be Sunday April 10, April 17th, and April 24th at 10 am PST. There will also be a private facebook group for members to share ideas, recipes, and ask questions.
The 21 day detox costs only $217. When consider the cost remember that you will be replacing 42 meals with the shakes, so think of all the money you will save on groceries!
Here’s a recorded call I did last fall explaining a bit about why seasonal detox is a wonderful way to support our health.
What others have said about the program:
“We went to a gathering yesterday that represented the most outstanding baked goods we can eat loads of- chocolate shortbread cookies, sour cream coffeecake, arrays of cookies, ad nauseam. Honestly, after two weeks of choosing consciously what goes in the pie-hole, it wasn’t a big deal at all. I NEVER thought I’d feel that way. “I am weak; I can’t say no; diet is out of my control.” These are myths that it’s miraculous to discover.” CM
To join us email me with your interest at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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.
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)
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!
Kristy combines nutritional therapies, lifestyle education and counseling to assist her clients in achieving optimal health and wellbeing. Having personal experience with a debilitating illness she appreciates how nutrition and wellness therapies support us in healing. She is passionate about sharing her insights and expertise in cooking, nutrition, health, and mind-body therapies.
Kristy holds a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. She strongly believes in using food as medicine and that therapeutic diets should be satisfying and delicious. She understands food is most therapeutic when it is organic, local, whole and enjoyed in community. Kristy customizes therapeutic diets to each individual, depending on their specific tastes, belief systems and health needs.
She is certified as an Embodied Life Teacher and believes that being present and feeling whole leads to healing. Kristy earned her certification as a Feldenkrais Practitioner in 2007. Kristy honed her skills in the kitchen at the upscale Berkeley restaurant Lalimes. She now utilizes her cooking experience as a Therapeutic Chef for clients who are making dietary changes.
Kristy’s focus is on supporting gastrointestinal health through nutrition and other therapies. Healthy gut bacteria leads to vitality and wellness but an unhealthy gut can contribute to a variety of conditions such as SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth), obesity, diabetes and autoimmune conditions.
Kristy offers a variety of specialized holistic wellness services and if you are interested, you can SCHEDULE HERE.