I travel a lot and through my years of travel I have found there are a few no-fail ways to encourage a healthy and happy trip. It really is the small simple changes we make that can have a huge impact on our overall daily well being. I'm currently in South Africa preparing to teach at a retreat here. So I thought it would be a perfect time to share with you some simple things I do when I travel to stay healthy and sane.Read More
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Regularly using seaweeds or sea vegetables in your diet is a wonderful way to increase the nutrition profile and healing potential of your meal. There are so many reasons to eat more seaweeds!
Did you know that seaweed (is):Read More
Fermented foods are a wonderful way to expand your diet and a great way to include some of the the most beneficial foods available. Sauerkraut is a fermented food and it's a good place to start your exploration into the world of fermentation. When food is fermented lactobacilli (lactic acid producing bacteria) convert vegetable and fruit starches into lactic acid. Lactic acid is a beneficial type of natural bacteria that does not allow "bad" bacteria to grow. Most fermented products today are made with vinegar and are pasteurized (killing all of the lactic acid producing bacteria).Read More
Last week I had an afternoon with a friend whipping up these amazing raw chocolate treats while listening to Christmas tunes. Based on the recipe from Cafe Bliss in Victoria BC these chocolates are full of raw cacao which is not only rich and delicious it is also medicinal.....Read More
While all foods can be used medicinally some "superfoods" have an unusually high amount of beneficial nutrients and energetic vitality.
In general all green foods (especially the algae below) are detoxifying - they help to clean the blood, support the function of the liver, they decrease inflammation and acidity in the body, and increase alkalinity. They are also loaded with vitamins and minerals so they can be great for those working with deficiencies.Read More
According to TCM this season is related to the wood element and Liver energy. The wood element is where manifestation begins to form from deep seeds full of potential.
Liver energy can become stagnated with stress (especially emotional stress), intoxicants and too much rich or denatured food.
When the Liver is stagnant we may experience problems with our emotional life, menstrual cycles, eyes, and tendons....Read More
When consumed foods have an overall cooling, neutral, or warming effect. This observation helped form western herbalism and and medicine from greek times until about the 17th century. It remains central to TCM and ayurveda.Read More
Macrobiotics, Western Nutrition, Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Traditional Diets
When I work with clients I use a variety of theories to create a holistic diet plan. The following is a very general description of some of these systems.
Sprouts represent the most vibrant life a plant has to offer. When a seed is sprouting the vitamin and enzyme content is greatly increased. Sprouts help to ease stagnant Liver Qi and are cooling in nature (which can be counteracted through cooking the sprouts). Therefore, sprouts can be eaten more in the spring and summer.
How to make sprouts:
One part seed to a least 3 parts water. Soak seeds in a wide mouth jar. Cover the seeds completely with water.Read More