Nutrition/Food

Ready, Set…WOOD SEASON! Acupuncture Advice for Staying Balanced in Spring

March 15, 2018
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“And the day came, when the risk it took to stay tight in a bud, became more painful than the risk it took to blossom” – Anaïs Nin Looking out a window of my acupuncture clinic, I see a flat watercolor blend of dull browns and grays — for most members of the plant kingdom, […]

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Foods to Nourish Your Jing–An Acupuncturist’s Approach to using Chinese Medicine Nutritional Principles for Staying Healthy

January 2, 2018

Last week, I wrote about our Jing, how In Chinese Medicine it’s connected to our Kidney energy, and therefore the Water Element, and the season that we’re in right now: winter. Acupuncturists know that we want to do everything possible to avoid tapping into and therefore depleting our Jing — the root of all energy […]

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Don’t Throw Those Dandelion Greens Away!: There’s Powerful Medicine for Springtime in Those Garden Weeds

May 6, 2017
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“A weed is just a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered” –Ralph Waldo Emerson We’ve all seen ’em, we’ve all got ’em, right?  Those pesky, durable flowers that sprout up from everywhere in our gardens and driveways.  The typical response from most people is to either yank them out and throw them into […]

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Metal Season: The Time for Learning about Letting Go — but that what’s of Value Remains

November 5, 2016

  The air is pungent with the quieting of the seasons. Everywhere around us we feel the downturn of energy, as leaves shine their last dying blasts of color before departing this world for their fall into the earth. Now is the time of letting go, of releasing—of bringing inward the scattered energies of the […]

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Acupuncture Tips from the Earth Element for Staying Balanced in Late Summer

August 21, 2016

The end of summer is upon us, and the bounty of the earth’s harvest is pouring in. The long, playful days of summer have past, yet the air is still warm and the leaves are nowhere near falling. Traditionally, this was the season for building our stores of nourishment for the coming months, and hours […]

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Portrait of a Food Meltdown: Even Acupuncturists Need to Find Ways to Keep Keepin’ on, When Eating Healthy Feels Too Overwhelming

August 6, 2016

A couple weeks ago, I had one of those moments that as an acupuncturist, I’m usually coaching my patients through: a total food meltdown. Because I so often hear my patients experience them when they’re trying to completely overhaul their entire way of eating, after I was through it (and thinking clearly) I knew what […]

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FODMAPs: Yet More Foods We Need to Avoid?…Or Do We?

February 23, 2015
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More and more of my patients have been coming in over the last couple years reporting that reducing FODMAPS in their diet has really helped them feel better. I first learned about these potential problem foods when I switched to a more Paleo-TCM-fusion way of eating, and I remember thinking “oh great…yet ANOTHER thing that […]

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The One Food That’s the Most Beneficial for Helping You Stay Balanced in Spring

May 5, 2014

Like every season, it is easy to figure out what foods will be beneficial for us right now by looking out at nature. And what do we see sprouting up all around us? Green!  Just little bits; but soon more, and then more, until it is virtually an explosion in green! In the past, at […]

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How to Make “Paleo Bread” that’s just Veggie & Protein, Without Unhealthy Gluten-Free Substitutes

March 11, 2014

What do YOU think this is? Looks like bread… Tastes like bread… Feels like bread… It’s not bread! No gluten, no unhealthy substitutes like potato or corn starch. No grains at all. Paleo Bread It’s actually just sweet potatoes with eggs. That’s practically it! All I added were some sunflower seeds and flax seeds sprinkled […]

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The Big Question: Are Dietary Changes Really Necessary to Achieve Results from Acupuncture?

January 22, 2014

It’s the beginning of the year and just about the time when the motivation to keep New Year’s resolutions is wearing off fast. While I’m not one for New Year’s resolutions (mostly because I’ve never really been successful at keeping them, and as an acupuncturist prefer instead to just keep myself on track and balanced […]

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Another Acupuncture Paleo Practitioner Approved, Amazingly Yummy and Filling Non-grain “bun/pancake” Recipe, Perfectly Balancing for Cold Winter Months

January 21, 2014

  Paleo hamburger bun As an acupuncture paleo practitioner (I made that term up) :-), I’m always excited when I come across a recipe that’s both fabulous and medicinal, according to Chinese medicine’s nutrition principles. Well I just stumbled upon another recipe that I’ve gone crazy over and have to share, for so many reasons. […]

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An Acupuncturist’s perfect Fall Balancing Recipe that will Warm and Nourish your Qi

October 30, 2013

If you see me for acupuncture and we’ve done any TCM dietary counseling, or you’ve been to one of my seasonal eating talks, then you know that as the seasons change, the foods we should be eating to stay balanced and healthy change too. A few weeks ago, I came across a recipe that looked […]

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3 Tips from an Acupuncturist for a Perfect Fall Cleanse

October 10, 2013

I am often asked by my acupuncture patients how I feel about cleanses. While my responses have changed somewhat over the years, one thing has always remained stable: there is no single, cookie cutter cleanse that is right for everyone. If you’re thinking of doing a cleanse soon, you will want to consider the three […]

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To Grains or Not to Grains: That is the Question, Part II

July 17, 2013

  What a response to my last article! Based on all the replies, it seems my article rang a bell with many of you and spoke to a concern you’ve been experiencing. As a health care provider, my concern is no less, as people grant me their trust every day to advise them on what […]

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To Grains or Not to Grains: That is the Question Part I

July 11, 2013

If you’ve been coming in to see me lately, you’ve probably noticed that I’ve been talking about grains more than I ever did before. Actually, I haven’t just been talking about grains, I’ve been *thinking* about grains…a lot. To be more precise, I’ve been living, breathing, sleeping, eating (OK, maybe not always eating), researching, pondering, […]

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Food Revolution Day & Old Town Farmer’s Market Opening: THIS WEEK!

May 17, 2013

Nothing signals the nearing of summer like the opening of our local farmer’s markets!  Tomorrow (Saturday), our very own Old Town Fort Collins market at 200 W. Oak Street opens at 8 am and goes til noon. While I may be an acupuncturist, I’m also a complete foodie, so I can’t wait for the opening […]

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Immune Boosting Kale Hummus: An Acupuncturist’s Delight

May 17, 2013

(post update: This was written before I went paleo…you can still make it by just subbing steamed cauliflower for the beans!) You’ve all had hummus, right?   Well as an acupuncturist who’s somewhat fanatical about the benefits of eating dark leafy greens to benefit our liver, especially in the spring which relates to the liver—and especially […]

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Got Onion Breath? Good for You!: Constantly Sick in CO, What Can We Do? Part VII

May 17, 2013

Well we have finally reached the end of our article series on the immune system. As an acupuncturist, in the process of writing and doing the research for this series, I am even more convinced than before that it is vital, and becoming more and more so, that we do everything possible to keep our […]

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Constantly Sick in CO, Part VI: When Your Diet Just Isn’t Cutting It, These Supplements Can Be the Missing Link

May 9, 2013

(update: Xymogen had to change their source for their IgG product, and it now comes from milk. While they say everything except the IgG is removed, they still include a warning for people avoiding dairy. So unfortunately I’m no longer recommending this product since so many people react from dairy) We’ve finally made it to […]

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It’s a Kale Conspiracy!!! An Acupuncturist gets Inundated with Kale…

April 3, 2013

My mountain of kale, after already plowing through a lot of it… I swear the universe is conspiring to get more kale on this acupuncturist’s plate. One of the things I love most about doing acupuncture is that each time I talk to my patients or blog to readers about some facet of health, I […]

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