Everything Food!

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Making healthy food choices in the midst of busy, over-filled lives can be a challenge, even for someone like me who’s a complete foodie and loves cooking from scratch. If we can make eating healthy FUN and unintimidating, then we’re more likely to make those better choices.
These blogs cover topics such as: paleo benefits, struggles, and recipes; local eating, food-as medicine, seasonal eating, Chinese medicine nutrition principles, my own food challenges and triumphs, and just general inspiration for great eating!

One of the biggest hurdles for many people to drinking bone broth as they intend, is the taste. I don’t know how you feel about it, but I personally feel like bone broth tastes like I’m sucking the insides of a live animal’s bones out and slurping it down. As a huge foodie and paleo proponent, I feel like a fraud for thinking bone broth tastes gross! But the truth is, I’m queasy about eating...

One of the hardest things for us to figure out when my partner first got diagnosed with an auto-immune condition, was what to do for breakfast. Eggs had been our mainstay. Veggie scrambles and veggie frittatas made up the bulk of our breakfast food. But on the AutoImmune Protocol (AIP) eggs are out.   I knew it needed to feel like comfort food, since neither of us wanted to get up and have leftovers or...

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, once I was through it (and thinking clearly) I knew what this next blog would be about — sharing my experience in hopes that it might be an inspiration to others...

More and more 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 people are supposed to eliminate!?” But is there something we can do to increase the likelihood of being able to eat these foods...

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 —, so this week,  I will go into a little bit more detail on some foods you can eat to...

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’s virtually an explosion in green! In the past, at the beginning of the growing season I would traipse off to Farmer’s Market, only to be disappointed that there was no...

What do YOU think that is in the photo? 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 on top, along with a little salt and pepper to give it some flavor. In my acupuncture...

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 in smaller increments all throughout the year), there is no denying that many people feel that the beginning of the...

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. I just stumbled upon another recipe that I’ve gone crazy over and have to share, for so many reasons. First, it’s absolutely delicious and surprisingly simple. Second, it’s the perfect go-to snack for those of you who haven’t known what to eat since trying...

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 fabulous and decided to try it — being a sucker for lovely photos of decadent looking foods, I was instantly drawn...

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 things listed below before deciding on the cleanse that’s right for you. As many have probably noticed, cleanses are very...

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 is best for their wellness. So what’s the problem with grains? Or is there really even one? How can they be...

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, studying, racking my brains out wondering about, and just in general, obsessed with, grains. Why? Because over the past few...

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 of our local Old Town farmer’s market! The reason I like the Old Town FM over the Lemay and Drake...

(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 kale—I am delighted to share this recipe with you. Because thanks to my new Kale recipe book, I have...

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 immune system functioning at its highest states.As resistant bacterial strains stop responding to antibiotics due to their rampant overuse, and stress...

We’ve finally made it to the article in my series on the immune system in which I am sharing with you the supplements that I most recommend for a strong and healthy immune system. While these are not based on acupuncture theory, in combination with balancing your body via acupuncture and Chinese medicine, they can take you far along your journey to better immune function. Some of these are common and therefore you probably already...

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 am reinforcing it in my own life.  As you know, I’ve been writing about kale a lot lately. There’s a quote you may have read before, “If you want to learn something,...

Have you ever made a frittata?   I learned a recipe for a simple frittata using artichoke hearts several years ago, and I’ve been making it over and over again ever since.    Some people think that as an acupuncturist and a healthy eater, I must not eat very interesting or yummy food.  This recipe proves that you can eat like an acupuncturist and still feel satisfied and fulfilled!   It’s not only a great...

After a short break to welcome in Spring with my article on the Wood/Spring season of acupuncture's 5 Element theory, it’s time to continue our discussion on the immune system and how we can best take care of it using nutrition. (see recent blogs for the complete series)   As those of you  who have been following this series know, it was prompted out of my concern over the frequency of common colds that I...

This article continues my series outlining what we can do to boost our immune system here in CO where our weather patterns change frequently. From an acupuncturist’s perspective, these sudden changes cause imbalances in our system that weaken our defenses and make us more susceptible to common colds.    East meets west for a comprehensive approach to boost immunity My articles in this series are attempting to bridge the gap between both acupuncture and western...

Welcome back to our discussion of the immune system, and how we can increase it using the wisdom of both acuncture and modern western medicine.  If you’re just tuning in, please update yourself by checking out my last two blog on this topic, starting with the first one. Last week, I encouraged people to start thinking about how well they’re doing with following the dietary guidelines that have already been laid out for them during...

If you read my article last week, then you know my focus over the next several weeks is going to be about the issue of the constant common sicknesses I see affecting people in Colorado, and what we can do to prevent this.   This week, I’m going to go into more detail on how vital it is to build our immune Qi or energy with the food we eat, why I suspect that even...

  I usually don’t send out even quasi-political emails to my patients, because I feel in most cases it’s not appropriate.  However, the situation that is before us plays such a huge role in the issue of our health and our children’s health forever into the future that I couldn’t NOT alert you all to this, and share info on how you can make a difference. The issue before us is the ongoing problem with...

It’s been unseasonably HOT! During warm weather like this, some days you just want to bite into a nice, cool, crisp salad. For many people though, because of what Acupuncture theories say about energetic nutrition, I advise that they shouldn’t be eating raw foods. What to do then, when nourishing soups, stews, and casseroles are the last thing on your mind? Enter a simple trick I discovered a couple years ago during the height of...

This recipe, adapted from: Canning & Preserving, by Ashley English, is AMAZING and is a great way to put up the summer harvest. I just visited the farmer’s market and got an enormous flat of gorgeous local peaches. As someone who loves supporting our local farmers I sometimes have huge amounts of seasonal foods with which I need to get creative. Combining the peaches with the lavender from my garden made an incredible treat that I’ll...

Many of you have asked me “What should I be eating now that it’s summer?”  While of course this is going to depend on your individual Chinese Medicine diagnosis, there are a few overarching guidelines that most people can follow. In my general article about the Fire Element and Summer, I addressed the topic of foods, but I will use this week’s “Wisdom” to go into more detail. The most important thing to understand when...

Is this another shameless plug to try to get you to eat more greens? You betcha! Many of you know I’ve been trying the whole “local eating” thing this past year.  While it is turning into a huge international movement born out of the need to eat more sustainably, it fits perfectly in with ancient Chinese Medicine eating philosophy. Each season correlates with specific organ systems in TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), and the food that...

  Because according to Chinese medicine we are still in the season related to the liver (Wood), I am continuing to focus my posts on various things you can do to help keep your liver balanced.  Don’t worry…soon enough we’ll be in the season related to Fire, and you’ll get to hear some completely new stuff. :-) Western vs. Chinese “Liver” When acupuncturists use the word “liver”, we sometimes mean the actual organ as recognized...

I’ve known for years that there are some serious issues from heating food or water in a microwave.  Most acupuncturists or natural medicine providers do not support their use. But microwaves are so ubiquitous that most people have a hard time believing there could possibly be anything that bad about them. Doesn’t our regulatory system test appliances for safety before they’re put on the market?  When there’s a big push from industry and a lot...

  As an acupuncturist, why am I writing about beef, when everyone knows we “should be eating way less beef”? Because the reality is, we eat beef.  Lots of it. And the beef that most of us are eating is a major part of why it’s such a problem. Because beef is such a staple of our modern diet, whether it is recommended medicinally or not, I figured I should write an article on its...

 This week, I came home from picking up my CSA share with an overflowing bag of veggies. Chard, 3 kinds of zucchini, big beets and baby beets along with their greens, English snap peas, 2 heads of romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, spring mix, green onions, and garlic scapes poured out; making it undeniably clear that we have entered the peak of summer’s harvest. To supplement my veggies, the day before I’d visited the Sunday Farmer’s...

6/2010 This spring, an interesting and unlikely event occurred…yours truly conducted a spontaneous and unplanned study in which I ate worse than I’ve eaten since I moved out of my childhood home after high school. I ate more pints of Ben & Jerry’s in those short 10 weeks than I had in the last 10 years combined.  I ate more home-popped popcorn for dinner than any person needs to eat in a year.  (OK so...

So I got your attention, eh? Nothing like a good scandal to increase the readability of my posts!  ;-) But seriously…I did fall in love again this week…over a bowl of Cauliflower Cheese soup, and yes, the man is married. He is the famous Jamie Oliver, and if you haven’t heard of him, please inform yourself! Because by following his playfulness, inspiration and guidance, your life will become healthier and way more fun. As my...

(update: this is an old post from before I went paleo, so I now would make changes accordingly. But I kept this post up because the message still applies!) Today, as I sit and write looking out my still-winter window and think about what I’ve learned this week, I notice the leafless trees and unmelted snow on the ground. (Will it ever melt???) It is barren and dull outside, and there’s not much to look...