Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang You’ve seen the symbol, the circle comprised of two equal parts of black and white. It was even popularized by a clothing brand in the mid-1980s. I’m dating myself. But that symbol is much more than just a fashion statement. It represents Yin and Yang, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, everything is…

Winter

Winter is coming!  Having never watched Game of Thrones, I have no idea what that actually means & can only assume it’s enticing you to get prepared for the harsh reality that is the season. Prepared we shall be!  Those of you who watched can enlighten me.   In TCM, winter is a yin season. Yin…

WTF

There’s a lot of WTF health and wellness information that’s out there and it’s hard to figure it out, make sense of and what to believe. You may even think some of mine is WTF? I’m a big proponent of not drinking ice water as it’s hard on the body. You may think, wtf? I’ve…

Spleen/Stomach

Plagued by worry, stress, anxiety, and over thinking? In TCM, the stomach/spleen yin/yang duo aren’t only digestive fire power & aid in blood flow, but assoc. w. those not-so-fun emotions. This can indicate an imbalance in the stomach/spleen that look like gastrointestinal issues, which are usually the result of inflammation, which is a byproduct of…

Traditional Chinese Medicine

My fave! TCM is a system of health & wellness that’s been used for 1000s of years. TCM focuses on a person’s entire well being-physical, emotional & mental through balance & harmony of energy: Qi & Yin/Yang. May sound airy fairy, it’s anything but. My friend @christianheals says “It’s Chinese Medicine, not Chinese magic.” . There are…

Sunday Scaries

Looking back on your weekend longingly? Are anxiety, worry, grief & fear jumping into your Sunday Funday when you think about work on Monday? I remember it well. Below are a few acupressure points, stretches & 🧘🏻‍♀️ poses to help. Anxiety & fear is associate w. the bladder & kidneys. Open up the bottoms of…

Rice (with Recipe for Mongolian Jackfruit over Rice)

Rice Do you eat rice on the regular?  I know, it’s a carb black sheep. Feared and shunned, no one wants to eat it even though it is the most widely grown and consumed staple in the world. There are so many varieties of this gluten free grain.  What if I told you that in…

Schisandra

Schisandra berries are an #adaptogen (read: helps lower stress and anxiety – yes please!) and is a new- to-me ingredient. It’s been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM) for thousands of years. It’s flavor is unique to my palette, but I’m working to incorporate it as the health benefits, in addition to lowering stress and anxiety, are…

Meridians (Traditional Chinese Medicine)

What are meridians? In Traditional Chinese Medicine (#TCM), there are 12 major paired meridians, that correspond with organs in the body. They are paired as yin/yang (you can think of this more like a front/back or up/down). Yin is feminine, dark and cool and yang is masculine, sun and light. They are energy “superhighways” that…

Anger

Anger Do you walk around feeling angry, irritable? Are you so tightly wound you’re wired for sound? Are you craving sour foods like it’s your job? These are clues that your body is trying to tell you something, like perhaps you have stagnation in your liver/gallbladder. Stay with me here. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, each…