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So, last week Aaron and I laid out a backward plan in which for me to complete the chapter drafts of my next book on Gemmotherapy for Babies and Young Children. By all estimations, it’s a pretty rigorous schedule. But, then again, that’s how I seem to function at my best. When we wrapped up the plan, Aaron asked if it wasn’t a bit much to fit my blog writing in as well and, even I had to admit, there just wasn’t much space left for any further creative endeavors even if it was a short blog post each week. I said I’d think about it this weekend and get back with her.

This leads me to the most beautiful spring writing day that could exist for an Austin author. Overnight, the temps dropped by 20 degrees and I woke to a soft steady rain. Perfect! My absolute favorite writing weather. No distractions in sight beckoning me outdoors for an extra long swim or some re-potting in my herb garden. Here I had a whole gorgeous gray day ahead and three chapters open in Google Docs.

Off I push through one page turning chapter after another, topics ranging from acid reflux to blow out stools. It’s the stuff I dreamed of writing about as editor of my high school newspaper, destined to partner in the next Woodward and Bernstein reporting team… OK, maybe not so much.

Regardless, it certainly seems to be what the Universe has called me to do and there is no doubt I am passionate to share what I’ve come to know with parents, grandparents, and caregivers of the next generation. So, with a beautiful rain falling outside and Ruby the office cat nearby, I find myself two chapters in and take a well deserved tea break. What happens to catch my eye? Meera Sodha’s, Fresh India on my waiting room table. Hmmm, I’ll just take a peek while my tea brews. I mean isn’t this the ideal weather for Indian food bubbling away on the stove top?

Before I know it, I’ve assembled across my counter all of the ingredients for Cauliflower Korma with blackened raisins, Moong Dal Tarka, and Grain free nan. What could taste better on a day like this? Seriously?

Well, now is where the bargaining comes in because that is every artist/ writer’s curse. It’s a well honed skill I must say and this is the deal I make with myself: Finalize the two chapters I blocked out in the morning and lay out the content for the next one, then I can at least get that Cauliflower in the oven. The. rest. can. wait. But somehow it doesn’t.

One pan of sizzling coconut oil with turmeric and shallots leads to another of blistering raisins. The kitchen smells divine by the way. And then it comes to me! “Brilliant” I say out loud to no one but the inattentive cauliflower. But of course, I will write my blog, these upcoming weeks, on all that I choose to do instead of writing, because trust me: This is good stuff! If you are or live with a writer, artist, creative soul, etc. then you know exactly what I mean. Set a deadline and everything you haven’t done all year starts to get done. For me, this is the time when I organize and sort my closet by color, stage my pantry as if I’m preparing it for a photo shoot, plant 8 types of basil, and cook really amazing meals. Steven Pressfield may call what I am doing resistance. I call it enriching my creative spirit, or something more or less like that.

So aren’t you curious now about that Cauliflower Korma? I knew you would be! Here you go, my adapted version:

Ingredients
2 large cauliflower heads, cut into florets
Coconut oil
Salt
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 inch of ginger, grated
¾ tsp of ground cardamom or ground seeds from 8 pods
1 tsp black pepper
2 tsp garam masala
½ tsp chili powder
2 Tbl honey
1.5 cups of raw cashews, soaked in 1 can of coconut milk
Handful of golden raisins, toasted in frying pan on medium heat until puffed and begin to blackened
Handful of chopped almonds, toasted in frying pan until light in color over medium heat

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Toss cauliflower florets with coconut oil and salt, spreading out in one layer on parchment paper lined baking sheets.
3. Bake for 30 minutes until edges begin to color and single pieces can be pierced with a fork.

While cauliflower bakes,
4. Saute onion in 3 Tbl of coconut oil with a sprinkle of salt, cooking until soft for 15 minutes on medium heat.
5. Add grated ginger and spices stirring further for 3-5 minutes.
6. Blend coconut milk and cashews in high speed blender until smooth, add to spices, salting to taste.
6. Cook sauce another 5-10 minutes until golden in color. Thin with more coconut milk if desired.
7. Add cooked cauliflower as it finishes roasting, stirring well to blend flavors.
8. Transfer to serving dish and top with raisins and almonds.

Stay tuned for next week’s update. It will be cause for celebration if I am on schedule AND I’ve opened up my own test kitchen!

Whether you are still trying to meet that 2017 intention to begin a committed meditation practice or are an on-and-off-again practitioner needing some support, you may find your answer with Headspace.

Claiming to make meditation simple, Headspace founder Andy Puddicombe has brought to life an amazing app that does exactly what he professes. Watch Andy in this 9 minute TED Talk as he discussed the need he intends to fill with Headspace.

I recently had the pleasure of hearing about my colleague Gail Hurt’s experience with Headspace and thought you would enjoy what she had to say.

What is Headspace?
An application to teach/ support mindfulness through meditation.

 

What attracted you to Headspace in the first place?
The structure. The fact that I got it as a gift from my daughter as she had used it during the stressful time of studying for a certification exam. The fact that I know that meditation works for stress, chronic pain, etc. and I wanted to do a regular practice that wasn’t too woo-woo. 😊  Also, it let me begin in 10 minute increments.

 

What meditation tools/ instruction have you tried previously?
I did Transcendental meditation during the 70’s (still remember my mantra), have tried various times over the years and numerous techniques in an attempt to be consistent with a practice.

 

Why did Headspace work for you?
I made a commitment to do it for at least three months in preparation for a women’s mindfulness retreat and I noticed the benefits.

 

Who would you recommend it for?
I would recommend it for someone who wants to develop a mindfulness meditation practice and who needs structure and information from a neutral (non religious) source. I like the structure, the sense of making progress, the brief “talks” that explain and help me to understand what’s going on (or not). I like that after the first few weeks, you can choose the length of the meditation. (10 – 20 minutes).

 

What did it help you overcome?
The reluctance to “sit” daily. I decided to begin each day with the practice. Also, I now am OK with doing a weekly meditation group.

 

What have you noticed in yourself since using Headspace?
I’m noticing when I’m NOT present. The meditation time is going by quickly now (most days). I’m enjoying the increasing understanding of words like “acceptance.” I’m less critical of my thoughts and I’m using the prompts as an opportunity to be more in the present moment.

So what do you think? Might Headspace be for you? Here’s their free offer for ten, 10 minute sessions. Sounds like a deal with nothing to lose and a considerable potential of gain!

I’ve just returned from Atlanta and a full week immersed in the topic of Homeopathy! The first days were spent in meetings with the Board of Directors, on which I serve for the National Center of Homeopathy, the largest and most diverse Homeopathic organization in the United States. NCH is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health through Homeopathy by offering support to consumers, student Homeopaths, and practitioners. Through the advocacy work of NCH, Homeopathy remains available through practitioners and for consumers. If you have ever wondered how Homeopathy really works or what research is available to back the actions of Homeopathy, then the NCH website is an excellent resource.

One of the major contributions NCH makes each year as a service to its community is to sponsor an annual Joint American Homeopathic Conference. The conference unites Homeopaths from a wide variety of backgrounds to include MDs, Nurses, Chiropractors, Naturopathic Doctors, and lay-Homeopaths like myself.

As part of my responsibilities on the board of directors, I currently serve as the chair person of this annual JAHC conference. This provides me with a wonderful opportunity to work with my colleagues to search out and secure the best speakers in the field of Homeopathy health care. This past weekend I was proud to share a strong slate of speakers from as far away as India. We were most fortunate to host Divya Chhabra from Mumbai who is an expert on the sensation style of case taking in addition to a personal favorite of mine, Dr. Resie Moonen.

Divya is known for her dramatic case taking and Dr. Moonen has met incredible success in the treatment of autoimmune disease with Homeopathy. I had been fortunate to hear both Divya and Resie speak in Germany and was delighted that they both accepted my invitation to come to Georgia.

Proposals for talks were also accepted from our membership and of particular interest to all attendees was a closing plenary panel of well respected female colleagues who shared the outlook of Homeopathy given the challenges of today’s healthcare system.

It was no doubt a whirlwind week, full of inspiring connections and conversations, all wonderful fuel for creativity that I look forward to integrating into my work back home in Austin!

I have two questions for you:  Who manages your health? And how is that accomplished? If you are a client of mine, I hope you said yourself! It’s my practice to ask clients right up front to take on this role because they are the ones who will be making the simple yet profound lifestyle changes and they are the ones tasked with observing and taking note of specific bodily functions on a daily basis. This must always be clear right from the start so we both know who is in the driver’s seat! Even if you are not a client of mine, you might think about these questions as well because, when it comes to being in charge of your health, your answer certainly should be you, rather than your health practitioner.

The role of any practitioner should be to help interpret signs and symptoms and offer guidance because you and only you will be the first to observe changes in your body from the very subtle to the dramatic. You and only you have control over what you put in your mouth for nourishment each and every meal. You and only you can decide whether you make exercise a priority. These three actions: observing, eating, and daily movement are the keys to achieving success with any protocol.

As we become adults, we are in the position to make significant choices in our health that directly impact our quality of life and lifespan. We get to choose whether we want to approach aging from the perspective of our recliner or like one of the 80 year old die-hards I meet each morning at Barton Springs Pool. I know what my decision is! And I want you to be clear about yours and the implications of your choice.

The other option we have as adults is what type of model we’d like to support our health. There is the healthcare model attached to our insurance programs that is designed to fight disease. Whether it be heart disease, cancer, MS, or a simple ear infection, the system is built around the fight. The motto of this healthcare model is to “fight dis-ease” and this is done by suppressing and controlling the symptoms our bodies produce. This fight is clearly portrayed in medications that are given upon the early signs of disease. We see this with prescriptions for lowering blood pressure, reducing urinary discomfort, correcting erectile dysfunction, etc. Or, in the case of cancer, the use of chemotherapy, radiation, and medications that suppress the body’s natural responses.

In this model it is common practice for organs and body parts to be removed when they are viewed as dis-eased. “Check-ups” that look for the known first signs of these diseases are the norm. At check-up appointments, blood pressure is measured, blood and urine labs are reviewed, and the metrics discovered tell the physician what type and how much medication is needed.

This is a model for healthcare that has expanded and thrived for the half century. It is expensive and it is also the choice of the majority of Americans. In fact, there is considerable political debate over how to sustain it and make it more accessible. It is my perspective that it is of questionable effectiveness. I see the results of years of “care” by this system all too often in my practice and they are both heartbreaking and preventable.

The model I’d like to offer up is in opposition to the one previously described. It is one of working with the body’s innate abilities to clean and self heal. The motto of this model is to “prevent disease” by supporting and resolving symptoms. This model, however, does require active awareness and participation. It depends on you, the client, to learn and take note of the early signs and symptoms that appear when your cleaning and healing systems are out of alignment or not functioning effectively.

Learning these signs and symptoms doesn’t take a medical degree, but rather some time with a good teacher. They indicate distress in the body well before any lab test, providing time for natural correction with diet, exercise, and plant based therapies. This model of “disease prevention” healthcare can be provided by practitioners who work with a variety of modalities. But always take note of whether or not you have been put in the driver’s seat. Is the tracking of signs and symptoms relegated to laboratory tests or are you the one watching for the subtle changes in your body? Have you been made aware of what the indications are that your health is improving? This is critical. If you don’t know what you watching for and your health is only measured by lab results, then this isn’t the model that I am proposing.

Here’s how I place my clients in charge of their health.
In order to restore the body’s natural ability to clean and heal, we first work with the symptoms of elimination associated with the urinary tract and bowels, around the clock. It doesn’t take much to learn whether your body is cleaning optimally or not. I also take note of vitality symptoms of the eyes, hair, teeth, skin, and sleep. Vitality must be raised in order to restore our body’s own healing capabilities. Protocols that pair a plant based diet and Gemmotherapy extracts make a dynamic team as they work together to restore an alkaline state, optimize elimination, and boost the function of the immune system for healing.

What’s beautiful about this is that if you are not yet experiencing chronic disease, then the decision is all yours. I can’t say enough that you are the one who gets to decide how you’d like to manage your health. You get to decide whether you want to be proactive or reactive; whether you want a model that simply fights dis-ease or prevents it by cleaning and healing. If you decide to choose the latter, I’d love to talk further as it happens to be not only my personal choice, but also the work I do each and every day.

Is it too late to change models if you have a current diagnosis of a chronic dis-ease? Absolutely not! You just need to keep in mind the changes you make may need to be more dramatic, particularly when it comes to diet. Restoring organs that have deteriorated is possible, it just takes time and commitment and practitioners in both models that are willing to support your journey towards a more natural solution.

I’m often asked by friends, family, and colleagues what is the first and most important recommendation I have to those who wish to improve their overall health. The answer comes easy and quick: change their breakfast! The path to health is found by tapping into the body’s innate abilities to clean and heal and, unfortunately, most of what we do on a daily basis works against those important functions. My suggestion is to start the day right and build from there!

Considerable information circulates today claiming breakfast to be the most important meal of the day. I could not agree more, but for very different reasons than what is usually reported. Be aware the loudest messages are promoted by industries which will benefit financially from your choice of breakfast so proceed with caution! I’m going to present to you a perspective you will never see promoted by the American dairy board or egg board who, by the way, fund an incredible amount of research to back their claims. My breakfast viewpoint on the other hand comes from a place of reality instead of hype.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that while you sleep away the night, many of your organs are hosting clean up parties! If you have trouble sleeping through certain hours of the night this may be of particular interest as you can discover what organ is having to clean to the degree it is waking you during those specific hours.

sleep clock
You can see in the Traditional Chinese Medicine clock above that your body is actually hard at work during the night cleaning and restoring the gall bladder, liver, lung, large intestine, and finally stomach. The waste product from this clean-athon should exit the body first thing each morning. When this cleaning does not occur in an efficient and effective manner we may experience a foggy head, stiffness, achiness, and a sour disposition.

yawning-child

How do we work with the body to clear the waste from the previous night’s cleaning in order to be alert, sharp, and even cheerful? The goal is to eat a cleansing meal that alkalizes the highly acidic state your body wakes up in and encourage the lymphatic system to clean and promote efficient and effective elimination.

What’s the perfect cleansing meal to break the fast from sleep? 
Nature’s perfect alkalizing product is fruit.

Are there better fruits to choose?
Actually, yes, there are some fruits that are more effective. The fruits that are the most cleansing are: apples, berries, citrus, grapes, mangoes, and melons. You don’t need them all or even a blend every day. Pick one that you enjoy, eat a nice bowlful, and switch out when you are ready for something different.

berries

Wait! What about all that sugar first thing in the morning?
If it’s the sweet taste you struggle with and you prefer something more savory first thing in the morning, I suggest cucumbers, celery, greens, or sweet peppers. They are all good choices for breaking your fast. However, if it’s really the sugar that scares you, here is some great research to dispel those myths.

If you currently struggle with glycemic symptoms, you need to know that spikes or drops in blood sugar is not a primary symptom caused by the food you are eating at the moment. Rather, it is secondary symptom caused by the food you ate over a lifetime that resulted in a fatty liver. Check out this series of videos from Michael Greger that goes into this subject in great detail. (I’ll be sharing more on that subject and how I work with clients who experience this symptom in a future post.)

How can fruit be the most nutritious breakfast? 
If we are comparing nutrients and calories, fruit is not going to compare to traditional western breakfast. But that’s not the goal here. The goal of eating a fruit meal in the morning is to:

  1. Break our fast from the night before.
  2. Stimulate the lymphatic system to eliminate the waste product produced.
  3. Start the day fresh, alert, and ready for what lies ahead.

How will a fruit meal sustain me?
If you are used to a cooked breakfast, or even muesli or toast, the fruit breakfast will feel different but for very good reasons. The meal you were eating before can take up to 2-3 hours to digest depending on the ingredients and it has been sitting on top of what was cleaned the night before giving a sensation of fullness. Fruit in contrast will feel light and refreshing because it digests and provides the body with energy in as fast as 15-20 minutes!

Important to note: When you are just getting started- you will feel hungry. The first solution is to eat what you would have normally eaten for breakfast later in the morning, or at least not sooner than 30-45 minutes after consuming the fruit. Keep in mind that over time the goal would be to drop and replace that second “breakfast” with more whole fruit or a fruit and veggie smoothie.

The-Ultimate-Green-Smoothie

What about coffee?
Besides that fact that it is a ritual and you love it, most adults continue the coffee habit because it helps them out of the morning fog they experience from their body not cleaning in the first place. It also provides a false boost to overworked and exhausted adrenal glands. Additionally, the acid level of coffee often produces a quick bowel movement which many see as healthy elimination, but it’s not.

Here’s what I ask my coffee drinking clients to do, eat their fruit meal on an empty stomach and hold the coffee for a minimum of 30 minutes. Over time, most will admit they no longer need the coffee because of the positive impact of the fruit or they are able to switch to tea. Do you have to give up the coffee completely?  Well, that is another article altogether. For now let’s say No, but limit it to one cup and time it well away from your fruit meal to break your fast.

a woman holding a cup of coffee

So, what’s holding you back? Your body deserves to start the day clean and refreshed and you will reap the benefits all day long. Have some questions? I’d be delighted to answer them here or in an email.

These past eighteen months I’ve had the most fortunate experience of supporting Homeopaths along the east coast integrate Gemmotherapy extracts into the protocols they are now offering their clients. Last year I made several trips to the Boston area to teach day long seminars, each one warmly received and quite rewarding for me as well. At one point, however, I was struck with the idea of offering a deeper and more meaningful venue, one in which we could connect with one another and the passions we each carry to lead others to a healthier more fulfilling life. As months passed, the concept of a retreat began to form, one that  would provide time and space to arrive, be in the midst of nature, share ideas, contemplate new concepts, and discuss further over delicious plant based meals. The idea grew over time until it actually became a reality last weekend.

From Friday evening on March 10th until Sunday lunch on March 12th, ten of us gathered just outside of Leyden, MA and immersed ourselves in the next levels of Gemmotherapy protocols and Plant Based Eating. While I came with hot off the press curriculum, each practitioner also brought his or her own magic to make it an unsurpassed weekend that was truly guided by a Universal Force far greater than us all.

candles

We opened our weekend together with a candlelit circle at sundown on Friday in the cozy meditation room as the icy wind whipped and howled through the surrounding trees. We spent the next hour getting to know one another through a “giving and receiving” offering. Each individual brought a small token for their fellow participants of what they hoped to receive as the days unfolded ahead. This simple act provided a beautiful heart opening connection for all.

While we gathered, our retreat hosts Tim and Steve prepared a glorious meal we would share before the first teaching session. The dinner set a gold standard for what we could expect in the meals to come: pure, plant based deliciousness!

menu

I would be holding out on you if I didn’t pause here to share a bit more about our location as it was absolutely sublime. I have my dear friend and fellow practitioner, Jhuma Biswas, to thank when she sent me the venue referral in my early planning stages. Spirit Fire Retreat Center is situated just on the northwestern border of Massachusetts and Vermont outside of Leyden, MA, on 95 acres of forested and meadowed grounds. The pristine beauty is breathtaking. What better setting to learn about the healing power of trees?

spirit fire

spirit fire

And so the weekend unfolded. We covered a considerable amount of new material, from a new intake process for clients who have reached optimal elimination (Stage Two), protocol formulas for the next stage of Gemmotherapy drainage (Stage Two), more on plant based eating for ourselves and our clients, and an additional intake process specifically designed for infants and small children.

In between, we were nourished ourselves with first class vegan meals from our morning smoothie to roasted veggies with pesto at night. We wandered in the forest, on our own or in groups, breathing the crisp March air, we did some yoga, and even sang to welcome the full moon. It was truly magical only due to the willingness of each participant to show up and open up to the moment in time we were gifted.

group dinner

It wasn’t long into our weekend that the murmurings of an annual event began and, yes, I have to say that I agree! We need more of this in all of our lives and the world needs us to do more pausing and connecting for ourselves as practitioners and for those we serve.

“We are all souls who have met for a purpose on this mysterious journey;
each of us is here for the other and all that is required is to be present.”
Elizabeth Lesser, Marrow

One of the beauties of Gemmotherapy is that it provides support literally for everyone under your roof. It is a therapy for the entire family and the more you learn the more confident you will be in handling acute situations when they arise and know when to ask for further support. Whether you are just hearing the word Gemmotherapy for the first time or you are the proud owner of your own growing collection of extracts, it is important to realize just how all encompassing this therapy can be.

pet cat

Because Gemmotherapy extracts, unlike traditional herbal extracts, have the potential to clean, nourish, and restore organs, they are helpful for humans of all ages as well as our pets! Recently, I presented a webinar on Gemmotherapy For Pets to introduce a set of basic extracts all pet owners can use at home. The webinar is available now for immediate download on the Vital Extract store.  (Please note that the link to the video will be included in your confirmation email.)

herbal extract

Incorporating Gemmotherapy into your pet care will protect your pet(s) from the toxic load of medications and directly address the root of their symptoms. Just like humans, our pets have symptoms that present well before any dis-ease diagnosis and if we can support their bodies with a simple Gemmotherapy protocol, then we can be proactive rather than reactive in their health care.

puppy

In my practice, I have used Gemmotherapy for a wide variety of pet symptoms with remarkable results. The kidneys of our pets are usually the first organ to deteriorate with age and there are specific Gemmotherapy extracts that offer tremendous support for the kidneys due to their ability to clean, nourish, and restore organ tissues.

outline cat

Acting early can prolong your pet’s life by years. Puppies and kittens can benefit greatly from Gemmotherapy protocols that resolve and offer protection from parasites. Rescue dogs who have been on the run will settle into a new home easier with support for their adrenals and nervous system. Pets with strong immune systems and healthy gut flora repeal pests and are less susceptible to fleas and ticks. Did you know that pets who have sleep disturbances often suffer from digestive symptoms that can be resolved with Gemmotherapy? Surprisingly, even chickens can benefit from Gemmotherapy! If you have a home flock, there are protocols that can be given for immune support and increase the longevity of your hens.

chickens

Beyond watching the webinar, if you are interested in learning more about how you can resolve specific symptoms and support your pets using Gemmotherapy I recommend booking a 30 minute appointment as an intake and then 15 minute remote consultations thereafter. As a resource my recently published Gemmotherapy For Everyone: An Introduction to Acute Care has a wide variety of protocols which can also be applied to pets.

When it comes to caring for your family, it is important to know you have options and, because of it’s unique abilities, Gemmotherapy is certainly one that should be on your radar.

When embracing a natural approach to healthcare one of the most important elements is how to handle acute symptoms. Acute symptoms are those that come on suddenly such as the congestion, sore throat, or body aches associated with a flu or virus. Acute symptoms can also include a frozen shoulder, the lower back going out, or a skin rash. Learn more from this a blog post where I discuss how to distinguish between acute and chronic symptoms.

acute flu

Choosing to resolve these symptoms by supporting the immune system and the organs affected is the very key in avoiding the development of chronic conditions. It is exactly the repetitive suppression of symptoms that takes its toll on our bodies, weakening organ performance, and forcing the body to compensate long term for those weaknesses. The build up of inflammation from symptom suppression that can begin with baby’s first ear infection is exactly why chronic conditions arise as early as adolescence and teen years. Learn even more about that here.

Self Care For Acute Symptoms

Step One is to recognize symptoms early and respond quickly. I encourage the use of Gemmotherapy extracts for acute symptoms because they are simple and effective in supporting the body during the early stages of inflammation.

Guiding yourself is easy with my book, Gemmotherapy For Everyone: Introduction To Acute Care. Families that have this can find quick solutions for over 30 acute symptoms. It is available through Amazon and in my practice.

Step Two is to slow down so that the body’s limited energy supply can be directed toward healing. When we continue at the same pace as always, there is no reserve for healing and symptoms last longer, often even exacerbating.

acute headache

Step Three is to know when further support is needed. For my clients and readers who see a Homeopath, this would be a Homeopathic remedy to support their vital force. The vital force can also be supported with acupuncture.

If any of the following develop after 24-36 hours from the first symptom and having begun an acute Gemmotherapy protocol, it is time to reach out to your practitioner:

  • Decreasing energy; children become lethargic and not interested in play
  • Symptoms disrupting sleep; extreme cough or body aches
  • Appetite does not return; a low appetite is normal but an apathy toward any nourishment is of concern
  • Irritability or a state of despair; children become weepy, clingy, or more prone to meltdowns

Missing this final step is critical for both children and adults. However, because adults are often geared to power through and not take care from the first sign of a symptom, they are more at risk for a secondary infection. While this too can be cared for with Homeopathy and Gemmotherapy, the recovery time is slower and more attention will be required.

Knowing what to do and when to do it before acute symptoms appear will put you in a proactive state, rather than a reactive one, and give you the space to respond with confidence.

Here is a great article itemizing what to keep on hand to best be prepared to care for acute symptoms.

Always remember: Pay attention to your symptoms, respond to them early, and ask for help when needed!

In the process of restoring optimal elimination and resolving chronic symptoms I often see that clients tend to develop acute inflammation in areas traditionally held tight, particularly the hips. Diet and a daily Gemmotherapy protocol certainly help move this inflammation along, but there is more that can be done. In a perfect world I would recommend all my clients have acupuncture and massage, however, I know that doesn’t necessarily fit in everyone’s schedule and/or budget. So what’s an alternative? This is where I suggest a foam roller and creating a short routine to do 1-2 times daily that will assist your body’s moving of that inflammation along.

foam roller

Foam rolling became popular a few years back among runners and athletes looking for a way to work with the tightness experienced from over exercise. While that is one use case, foam rollers are even more important for those who spend hours at a desk or who lead a more sedentary lifestyle. This video takes you through a series of exercises for each major body area that could benefit from foam rolling and gives you a good overview of the method needed. I suggest watching it, deciding what areas you specifically need to address, and creating a program for yourself.

Thanks to a recommendation from my daughter, I happen to own this one from Trigger Point of Austin and love it. It is a great size, light weight yet durable, and is compact enough you can take along when traveling. The only other piece of equipment that might be useful is a yoga mat but it certainly is not required. So, how about it? Foam rolling may just be what you need to integrate into your daily self care.

MarianneSo this story is certainly a personal one but I am so proud I really can’t keep from sharing!

At 82, and soon to be 83, my mother-in-law, Marianne, continues to make changes to improve her health. This is a woman who exercises daily and has been vegetarian for over 30 years. Three and a half years ago, our own household’s new dairy free lifestyle certainly got her attention and together we discussed the hows and whys over the course of each international visit. While not ever a milk drinker, she was known to enjoy a daily serving of fresh yogurt, a wedge or two of good cheese, and certainly wouldn’t pass up whipped cream on a slice of kuchen when out with her girlfriends. But this past November, having spent a month at our house dairy free and seeing a notable difference in her rosacea, she made a commitment to herself to maintain this when she returned to Germany. Now, a month and a half later, she is going strong AND even made it through all of the holiday season going against the flow in her social circle, which is no small task in her generation.

So, what’s the takeaway from this story? Well, I hope it is that you are never too old to make changes for good and that you can always be one step further in your pursuit of health. Here is Marianne, nearly 83 years old, saying: You know what? I do feel great AND I’d like that to continue that for the rest of my days! Here’s to you Marianne, keep going strong. You are one amazing role model for us all!