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Have you been experiencing hot flashes or irregular periods? Worried about osteoporosis? Emotions running rampant? You might be at the beginning of menopause or peri-menopuase. Yes, there are many drugs out there that reduce menopause symptoms with some dangerous side effects. Why not eat the right foods to feel cooler and a little less crazy instead? Proper nutrition can reduce symptoms and keep you calm with out any of the worries of medication. In Chinese nutrition, each plant, nut, seed, or fruit has an energetic value to it. They can give you energy or help you to de-stress.
Here are some tips.
What to eat, when you’re feeling.….
Overwhelmed or afraid
Miso soup, adzuki beans, black beans, buckwheat, soba noodles, roots and greens, squash
Barley, wheat, rye, lentils, white beans, spring greens, daikon radish
Worried or self-conscious
Millet, adzuki or garbanzo beans, sweet squash, root veggies
Depressed or sad
Brown rice, tempeh, lentils, roots and greens, miso soup, onion, scallions, ginger
Cooling foods to help with hot flashes and night sweats
Apples, bananas, pear, persimmon, cantaloupe, tomatoes, citrus, lettuce, radish, cucumber, celery, asparagus, Swiss chard, eggplant, spinach, summer squash, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, corn, zucchini, soy, mung beans/sprouts, alfalfa sprouts, millet, barley, amaranth, seaweed, spirulina, wheat grass, peppermint, lemon, cilantro, marjoram, molasses, oats, wild rice, black beans, parsnips, black sesame seeds, potatoes, kidney beans, blueberries, blackberries, and watermelon.
Sources of fluorine for building bones
Cabbage, avocados, black-eyed peas, seaweed, rice, rye, parsley, lemon grass, licorice, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, carrots, caraway seed, cauliflower, cucumber, dates, endive, turnip and beet greens, dandelion, sunflower seeds, garlic, spinach, tomatoes, green leafy vegetables, and almonds.
Feeling better about ‘the change’ now that you’ve read this? I hope so! You can take charge of your health and do it naturally. The transition into menopause can go smoothly.
Live natural. Live well.
You might have heard that your liver is in charge of filtering out toxins. But did you know your liver is also in charge of filtering out anger and resentment? It’s true. In Chinese medicine, each organ has an emotion or emotions that affect it. If you don’t release or process what you’re feeling, it starts to cause internal imbalances. The liver is weakened or compromised by anger, resentment, frustration, and/or stress. Experience any of those lately? In the last week? In the last hour?
If you are stressed out or frustrated about your job, you might be experiencing some physical symptoms related to your mental health.
Symptoms that can manifest from suppressing your anger.
* High blood pressure, PMS, headaches
* Vertigo, hair loss, & blurry vision
* Muscle spasms & ringing in the ears
* Crave sour tasting foods, dizziness, & red eyes
Avoiding anger and stress is pretty much impossible unless you live in a cave. But you can do something about it. How you deal with it is key. One of those ways is through the foods you eat. Chinese nutrition gives very detailed guidelines on what to eat when needing emotional support.
Foods to Eat
* Beets, apple cider vinegar, & dill
* Broccoli, pine nuts, & mustard greens
* Romaine lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, & cauliflower
* Basil, mint, cabbage, peaches, strawberries, & quinoa
So instead of going through PMS hell, try the above foods instead. Find ways to simplify your life. Maybe take up yoga or meditation. A kickboxing class might be just the trick. Most importantly, acknowledge and accept your what you’re feeling. Don’t suppress or ignore it, even if it’s uncomfortable. You’ll not only feel your mood lift, but any physical ailments will start to disappear.
Live natural. Live well.
The information out there can be so confusing. Have any of these thoughts run through your head?
My doctor says I HAVE to eat meat.
Is it safe for my baby?
All I can think is I need to: get rid of the baby weight pronto, have energy, keep my baby healthy.
Breastfeeding is definitely the best choice for guaranteeing better health for your child. Keep in mind that everything you eat, your baby is eating, too.
What to avoid and why
* Caffeine including chocolate (Sorry!): irritability, poor sleep, and colic.
* Sugar: poor sleep, irritability, decreased immune function, thrush, diaper rash, and eczema.
* Alcohol and recreational drugs: lethargy, poor physical and/or mental development, decreased immunity, thrush, and diaper rash.
* Medications: Talk with your doctor to see if there are safer options while lactating. There may be a safer medical or herbal version. Side effects may vary, depending on the medication.
* Spicy food, cabbage, dairy, raw onion, and broccoli: colic.
* High allergen foods (gluten, nuts, dairy, soy) as your baby may develop an allergy from early exposure.
What to Eat
• Eat whole unprocessed foods including fresh fruits and vegetables, seeds, and whole grains daily.
• Because of brain development, eating a balance of essential fatty acids is key. Limit meat and dairy products and include hemp seeds, kale, flax seeds, avocado, and seaweed into your diet.
• Keep taking your whole foods source pre-natal for added nutrients. If you haven’t already, add a probiotic for your immune system and digestion.
Now that you’ve made the best possible choice for you child, your breast milk will help your baby to thrive. Every child is different. How your diet affects her may change or be different from child to child. Watch how she responds from meal to meal and you’ll know what’s best.
Live natural. Live well.
I’m writing this article based on a FRED talk I’m giving tonight. I realized 6 minutes isn’t enough to share all of these great tips, so here they are on my site. Have you made any resolutions? Is the thought of committing to them stressing you out? Then this list is perfect for you. Now and throughout the year.
First, I’d like to point out that stress makes you sick. It keeps you awake at night. Makes you crave the bad stuff even more. It even makes you gain weight. I’m not saying don’t put pressure on yourself to do better and more. But setting yourself up for failure and then beating yourself up isn’t going to make you healthier. And definitely not happier.
* Make realistic goals for the year. Make goals that you know you can keep. You know what you’re capable of. If going cold turkey on alcohol, sugar, or coffee or maybe all of the above terrifies you, then don’t do it. Pick one thing you want to give up. Commit to it daily. Set the intention to keep this commitment every morning. For all of you twelve steppers reading this- one day at a time does help. Thinking- “I can never have another pint of ice cream ever again in my entire life” will make the most sane of us go crazy.
* Want it. You’ve got to really, really want it. What ever your goal or commitment is- every cell in your body should crave it. Whether it’s adding a daily yoga practice or giving up meat. People come to me all the time to get over an addiction. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t really ready. They usually do it out of pressure from loved ones. If that’s the case, you might not even last a day. A great example- someone came in to quit smoking a few weeks ago. They called me the day after their first treatment to tell me acupuncture wouldn’t work for them. They had a cigarette on the way home from my office. They hadn’t even gone 2 hours. They still had cigarettes in the car. So of course acupuncture didn’t help. It reduces cravings, detoxes your body quickly, and helps you deal with any emotional stuff that comes up. But you have to be ready to let go. So, if you really want to give something up, don’t have any of it in your home. Throw it away. Give it to a neighbor. Make that commitment.
* Stop buying stuff. Yes, I said it. Stop shopping. Buy only what you need. If you see something you like, wait a week. Stop buying stuff. Yes, I said it. I know that’s considered blasphemy in our culture. But it can be done. Stop shopping. Obviously, uy what you truly need. If you see something you like, wait a week. If you can’t stop thinking about it, then indulge. Give away whatever is in your home that doesn’t inspire you. Go through your closets and cabinets. If you don’t love it or haven’t worn it, it’s time to say goodbye. Many charities will even come pick up for you.
* Eat more plant based, locally grown whole foods. I don’t consider this a diet. It’s a lifestyle. Going to your local farmers market or even having organic produce delivered to your doorstep by a CSA- Community Supported Agriculture. You can find recipes for anything online. Start today. Why not? Your body, the planet, and our fellow earthlings will all thank you.
*Give yourself a treat. I’m not talking about cupcakes or a third cocktail. I’m talking a massage or a day off in the middle of the week. Visit your best friend. Go to your favorite restaurant or yoga class regularly. You deserve it.
* Volunteer. A lot of my readers already do this. There’s nothing more fulfilling than helping others. Whatever your cause. Getting out of your head and giving back will definitely bring more joy in to your life. It helps gain perspective on our own lives. An added benefit is that we end up learning so much. So whatever your passionate about- protecting children, the environment, animals, find a group. Maybe use your expertise to help your favorite cause.
*Consume less caffeine and sugar. They might make you feel great in the moment. But believe me there are consequences. No way around it. The crash can make you cranky, tired, and want more of it. So why not just stay away? I have to say that all that I’ve written, the one on coffee upset the most people. It wasn’t the ones on giving up plastic, meat, or sugar. It was coffee. Luckily, I’ve never had it. But I can relate when it comes to sugar. Especially after all the desserts I had in the last week.
*Nature. Most of us are so busy; we don’t take the time to get outside. Which is really sad for any of my followers living in southern California. We can comfortably be outside 300 days out of the year. Go on a hike. Get to the beach. Or just go to your local park in put your bare feet in the grass.
* Forgive yourself and others. Do a meditation apologizing to yourself and the person. I like this guided meditation to help. Visualize the person you feel has hurt you. Forgive them. Then apologize to them for any harm you may have caused them. Then forgive yourself. Pick one person or event a night. See how the weight has been lifted.
What I want you to end with this thought- what are you wiling to change in 2013?
Live natural. Live Well.
Want to stay healthy this holiday season? No colds or flus. No gaining ten pounds that never seem to come off. Sound impossible? Not at all. Let’s do it differently this year. If you’ve been following my posts for a while, you know I’m all about prevention. Once you’ve gained the weight or gotten sick, it’s much harder to recover than not going through it at all.
Here are a few helpful tips to be in top shape the whole year.
1) Take at least 500 mg of vitamin C a day.
2) Eat garlic- It’s a natural antibiotic and tastes delicious.
3) Sweat- It’s a great way to get toxins out.
4) Dab your wrists or neck with lavender oil, because it has antibiotic properties.
5) Eat before going to parties. Fill up on healthier options before being tempted to eat only sugar, white bread, and animal products.
6) Contribute some healthy options of your own to holiday meals.
7) Take a B complex for hangover prevention.
Let yourself totally enjoy when you are indulging. Feeling guilty releases stress hormones leading to weight gain. So, if you’re going to have one too many cocktails or that second piece of pie, just accept it and enjoy every bite. Not that I’m condoning doing this, but we all know it’s going to happen.
9) Drink a glass of water after each alcoholic beverage.
10) Get moving. It’ll help keep the weight off, reduce stress, and boost your immunity. Walk. If you live where it’s too cold and wet to get outside or even to the gym. Run up and down your stairs a few times. Do some jumping jacks. Buy a mini trampoline and jump for 20 minutes.
See how simple and fun prevention can be? Start a new holiday tradition this year. The tradition of health.
Live natural. Live well.
How many days have you called in sick this year? How many special occasions have you missed, because you or a family member is sick? Again? The stress of our every day lives taxes the body. Bad food, late nights, little to no sleep, caffeine and sugar addiction, and high stress levels every day would wear out anyone. Chinese medicine and proper nutrition can help you stay healthy & recover quickly from colds and the flu.
A lot of people have weakened immune systems due to the fast paced lifestyle most of us lead. This makes them prone to colds and the flu. Having a lower immunity can also make you prone to being really sick for longer periods, especially when compared to someone who is relatively healthy. It’s rare to just get a case of the sniffles.
Improving one’s immune system, so you don’t get sick is ideal. This process can start immediately and have a long-term impact on one’s health. These modalities are also highly effective for those with HIV/AIDS.
Once a person is sick, the sooner treatment is administered, the quicker the recovery. Similar treatment protocols are administered with someone who is sick or just starting to come down with something. The types of herbs and points used do change, but daily acupuncture treatments and herbs are essential. The use of Chinese medicine gets rid of an infection without the side effects of antibiotics. Naturally treating an infection doesn’t suppress the contagion, but helps the body heal itself. So the bug doesn’t come right back.
A few, easy preventative measures: Eat lots of garlic, take vitamin C daily, and avoid dairy and sugar (sorry!). These simple steps may help you:
* avoid feeling miserable
* have more energy
* save money
*no more calling in sick (unless you want to)
* avoid side effects of antibiotics
* thoroughly enjoy your holidays
Live natural. Live well.
Did you know your brain is about 60% fat? That your hormones are made from fat? 60% of your heart’s energy comes from burning fats. Your lungs need fat to work and keep them from collapsing. Fats help you absorb certain nutrients, including fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
I know there’s all this confusing information out there about what’s healthy to eat and what isn’t. One myth out there is that fat is bad. Low fat and non-fat products became all the rage in the 90s, but not all fats are created equal.
Monounsaturated fats are the healthy kind. The best example is olive oil, but don’t cook with it. High temperatures change the chemical make up of olive oil, which can make it carcinogenic (cancer causing). For cooking, I’d recommend refined coconut, safflower and non-GMO canola oils.
Great sources for healthy fat: nuts, seeds, and avocado. I suggest adding flax or coconut oil, plus some almond butter and hemp seeds to your morning smoothie.
Signs that you might not be getting enough of the good stuff
* Lack of mental clarity upon awakening
* Weight gain
* Brittle Fingernails
* Poor Sleep
* Poor Memory
* Dry hair & skin
* Lack of Concentration
You might have heard of Omega 3, 6, and 9 Essential Fatty Acids, but aren’t really sure what they do. EFAs can reduce risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and many other degenerative illnesses. Sources for Omega 3s: seaweeds, hemp seeds, flax seeds, borage oil, and primrose oil. Yes, some fish are a great source of EFAs, but almost all fish have dangerously high levels of mercury in them. Fish get their omegas from eating seaweed. So why not eat the original, safer source instead?
Definitely stay away from trans fats/hydrogenated oils: These fats form when vegetable oil hardens, a process called hydrogenation, and can raise LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, and lower HDL (good cholesterol) levels, repeatedly linked to heart disease. These fatty acids can also cause major clogging of your arteries, type 2 diabetes, obesity and other serious health problems. For the men reading this, trans fats also reduce sexual performance. They’re found in most processed foods, fast food, crackers, and cookies.
You should also minimize most saturated fats, which are found in animal products such as butter, cheese, whole milk, ice cream, cream and meats. They are also found in some tropical plants and vegetable oils such as coconut, palm and palm kernel. Coconut oil is actually really healthy and is the oil to use for cooking since it is far less likely to be damaged through heating.
I know a lot of you reading this are probably thinking, “I’m young, I don’t need to worry about this kind of stuff until I’m in my 40s or 50s.” I hate to break it to you, but that’s not really the case. More people are overweight and becoming diabetic at a younger age than ever before. I recently saw a patient who had his first heart attack at 35 years old. He grew up eating a typical American diet and rarely exercised since college. The hardening of his arteries started in his 20s. Once that damage is done, it’s really hard to heal. I don’t want to scare you. Hopefully, it will motivate you to make smarter food choices from now on.
So when you’re eating on the run, grab some walnuts instead of pizza. Your body and your brain will thank.
Live natural. Live well.
Many parents come to me after their child has already been diagnosed. Most autistic child develops at a healthy rate, and then ‘suddenly’, their behavior changes drastically.
Some of the symptoms include:
- Digestive issues
- Increased pain threshold
- Lack of attention and difficulty making eye contact
- Issues with non-verbal communication
- Lacking in verbal communication skills
- Poor immune responses
- Problems with social relationships
- Obsessive attachments to certain objects
- Sensory integration problems
- Poor behavior, whining, or tantrums
- Poor Detoxification
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Inflamed Gut and Microbial Imbalance
- Food Allergies
- Nutritional Deficiencies
What you can do
- Have your child tested for heavy metal poisoning, food allergies, and gut health.
- Put your child on an allergy elimination diet.
- Avoid vaccines, especially those containing mercury.
- Avoid amalgam/silver fillings, as these contain mercury.
- Avoid all toxic cleaning and beauty products.
- Feed your family organic, non-genetically modified foods.
- Receive acupuncture/acupressure treatments along with herbal medicine.
- Research what supplements will help your child.
I can help your autistic child with any of the above steps to have a healthier, more fulfilling life. There is hope.
Live natural. Live well.
Hello and welcome to LiveNaturalLiveWell.com! Come here every week to find all the latest info on health related topics as well as tips for how you can heal your body and the environment. I am thrilled to be starting this blog. So to kick things off I thought I would tell you a little bit about myself and how I got started. People are always asking me, “Heather, how did you get interested in Chinese medicine?” It started when I was a teenager and I had two major health incidents.
The first was when I was 14 and I had a severe case of mono that flared up off and on for almost a year. I missed over 2 months of school and had to give up swimming because I was so weak. I was constantly seeing my doctor and he didn’t have any advice on how to heal from this very common illness. He literally said, “There’s nothing you can do.” After this illness took its course, I couldn’t help but wonder if there was any information out there besides what my doctor was telling me.
The second health event happened when I was just turning 15, and like many young people in America, I was a junk food junky. But after learning about the conditions of the meat industry and animal treatment, I decided to become a vegetarian. Like the good student I was, I went to my doctor to get any nutritional expertise I could find. He had no idea what to do with me, besides saying “Make sure you get enough protein.” I remember feeling so confused. If doctors are supposed to help people, why doesn’t he have any specific guidance about my nutrition and wellbeing? It seemed that if I wasn’t sick or injured, there wasn’t anything he could do for me.
Well, it turns out that I was sick. I was anemic for almost two years, and that was when I realized I would need to go beyond my doctors to find appropriate nutritional support. This led me to start studying nutrition, herbs, and supplements on my own. I loved reading anything health related, especially holistic medicine. I found out better ways to eat vegetarian and that mono is treatable. More profoundly I learned that there is never one answer to a solution, no quick fixes, and no magic pills. As I studied nutrition more I was fascinated to learn that there are so many different ways in which our bodies can get out of balance and that this affects our wellbeing. Over the years, I kept learning purely out of curiosity. I had no idea that one day I would be doing this for a living!
I found out later that M.D.s have very little nutritional training, just a few hours in fact. Also, many (but not all!) doctors will just say nothing can be done or nothing is wrong because tests results are normal. I see this almost daily in my private practice. Patients come in desperate, because their doctors didn’t have the tools to help them get better.
After college, I moved to Los Angeles. That was when I realized I could do what I love for a career. At this point, friends were regularly asking me for advice, and I didn’t always have the answers. I don’t always have the answers now, but with my training and continued studies, I have the tools to do what I really want to do: help and empower others to be healthy and live a fuller life.
I would like to encourage those of you reading this to do research and see if the illness you’re dealing with can be treated naturally to eradicate it. Then ask questions. I’m so excited to create a dialogue with people all over the world. I have a long list of ideas to get started, but I would love to get to know all of you reading this. What are you curious about? What do you find confusing? What are you interested in? I truly look forward to hearing from you. Til then,
Get Natural. Get well.