Monthly Archives: March 2013

Create the Shift

Spring is here, and though it has had a jumpy start this year, there is no denying the shift.  The crocuses and daffodils are in bloom and patiently serve as a reminder that rebirth is on the horizon- if only we chose to respond.

In my own experience I have found that in order to create major shifts towards meeting my goals for wellness and prosperity, I have had to honestly reflect on the things in my life that were holding me back and respond with fortitude and humility.   The hard life decisions, like ending a marriage or leaving a job or moving to a new city, can be really daunting, but when appropriate, can be the very shift that is needed to move forward with renewed purpose.

Most of my health coaching clients come to me at points in their lives when they are on the brink of a major shift and know that they need support of moving forward to reach their health goals.

Most recently, one client who just completed my health coaching program, first came to me struggling with overweight and wanting to avoid a family history of diabetes and other chronic diseases that had claimed  so many of her loved ones prematurely. She wanted off the fad dieting merry-go-round and its catastrophic effects on her physical and emotional wellbeing.  She needed to reprogram her approach to healthy living.  Over the course of six months, I am happy to report that she has lost almost 40 pounds, but more importantly she has learned to reclaim her agency over her health to become the healthiest, most vibrant version of herself. “I can’t unlearn what you have taught me,” she explained, “I can’t go back to how I was living before.”  The shift is there, if only we chose to respond.

Please join me for an exciting 7-Day Healthy Eating Challenge that I am leading at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness April 21st- 27th.  The challenge is this: Can you go for one whole week eating nothing but homecooked, unrefined or whole foods?  The program is designed to empower you to take control of your health through nourishing and cost-effective meal planning.  Create the shift towards sustainable weight loss and improved digestive health now!
Be well and lots of love.

Neti and Nasya: The Oldies but Goodies in Sinus Relief

Neti goes mainstream on Oprah!

In recent years, the neti pot - a device used in Ayurvedic medicine to manually irrigate the sinus cavities – has become increasingly become popular in alternative health circles.  Even touted on Oprah (see audience member demonstrating in pic above), the neti pot is shown to be be effective in relieving chronic sinus issues, as it flushes out bacteria, allergens, and other irritants that create allergies or chronic sinusitis.
However, as renowned Ayurvedic doctor John Doulliard explains, the neti ritual is only complete with its counterpart nasya ritual, an application of warm oil, usually oregano or sesame oil, to the inside of the nostrils.  The saline rinse of neti pot on its own without the application of oil can dry out the sinuses,  causing the body’s mucus production to compensate and go into overdrive trying to lubricate the lining of the nostrils.  The complete irrigating and lubrication process has been proven to be more effective than medicating.  And really- how exciting is that?! This can be your spring to enjoy all that is bloom, naturally allergy-free!

Uber-Simple Roasted Cauliflower

Cauliflower is increasingly becoming a trendy item on DC restaurant menus and it’s easy to see why.  When done right – roasted or seared – this cruciferous veggie with incredible antioxidant, cancer-fighting properties, is a delicately-sweet, epicurean treat.   This recipe is based on the one that would always come out of my mother’s kitchen… aaaand would  never make it to the dinner table because my brothers and I would nosh on all of it beforehand.  And it’s just so dang versatile- throw it in salads, wraps, or enjoy it as a side. To your health!

 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 35-40 minutes

Serves: 4-6

Ingredients:

1 large head of cauliflower, chopped into bite size florets*

1/3 cup of olive oil

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp coriander

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 tsp turmeric

 

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400

2) In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients until cauliflower is thoroughly coated in spices and pour in a large cast iron skillet, dutch oven, or casserole dish. Roast for 30-35 minutes uncovered until tender.

3) Optional: If you like it a little more browned, put cauliflower under broiler for 3-5 minutes (be sure to watch it!).

Serve immediately and enjoy!

*Cut a little larger than what you think bite size may be… cauliflower reduces significantly once cooked!