Cleansing: A Cautionary Tale

Here's some unsolicited advice. Cleansing, detoxing, juicing or whatever is being promoted this time of year, ones that don't allow you to tailor them to your own specific needs, are probably not going to give you the results you seek. The one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for everyone, and mostly no one. So, if you bought your Groupon Juice Cleanse touting the banishment of toxins and other undesirables from your body, there is a better way. Why? Let me illustrate my…

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This IS Your Year!

How acupuncture can help you in 2014 You're resting and recuperating from the holidays, right?  Because you are resting and creating some down time, you notice things bubbling up that you see yourself being or doing or having this year.  It's the New Year after all, and that usually holds The Possibility of Creating Something New yet again. It's creating some excitement and enthusiasm and/or perhaps you're a little confronted. If you're bumping up against thoughts that are exciting and…

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Have a Happy ‘Resolution-Free’ New Year!

Here's a great resolution for the coming New Year:  Don't make one. Not one. Zip. Zilch. Nada.  I give you permission to let yourself off the hook. Yes, we all love the idea of a fresh start, a clean slate, making our wrongs right and beginning again.  We do this with a new diet, a cleanse, a shiny new gym membership.  "This is the year!" we exclaim. Yet, how many of your resolutions do you keep, and keep longer than…

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Appreciation – Double Your Pleasure

Last month I purchased adhesive chalkboard paper.  In my desire to have my household enveloped in love as much as possible, I was thinking it would provide a unique way to communicate appreciation to my BF and his kids. It's not the only way to communicate mind you. This was not an attempt to replace live, 3D communication. This was a practice of amplifying the love in our relationships. I envisioned us writing each other public love notes, maybe adding…

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Feeling run down? Try this.

Just in time for the cold weather months, this tea has helped me out when I'm not feeling 100%.  However, I need to look at my schedule to see where I'm losing energy, and it's usually around getting less sleep than I normally do. If lack of sleep is a factor with any of my patients, and if there is also cold or flu symptoms, I recommend they prepare the recipe below to see if it helps. Not one remedy…

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3 Tips to Avoid Overeating during the Holidays by Holly Harmon, Certified Holistic Health Coach

‘Tis the season to feel overwhelmed with food, events and relationships.  Wait.  Is this the holidays or every day?  Either way, Mary and I recently teamed up for a fun workshop, “Eating with Ease for the Holidays”.  Who doesn’t need a little ease in their life—it’s good for you! When I start working with a client I often hear, “I eat healthy for the most part but I cheat sometimes”.  With all the Halloween candy hanging around and more tempting…

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Easy and Delicious Creamy Carrot Soup

Two weeks ago, I had carrot soup twice in a weeks' time, and at two different locations.  Both were delicious, wonderfully creamy and one was more distinctly flavored with ginger and spices that my senses found very palatable.  This inspired me to create my own version, and since it's the perfect soup for keeping warm during the colder months, I'm passing it along. This is very easy.  The key spice is curry powder and enough ginger to warm you, but…

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Spreading Wellness More Powerfully Than a Virus

I have begun a year long journey with a group of practitioners from different professions. Our focus: the art of the healing word, the art of healing conversation and the art of daily practices for self healing and self care. I'm very excited about this. No. Major understatement. I’m extremely passionate about this. As I reflect on my life's work (so far), including the time before becoming a practitioner with a needle in hand, I see that teaching people to…

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A Familiar Rhythm

Nature is signaling the descent into Autumn. While our calendars point to a date to tell us of Fall's arrival, nature makes us aware of the transition from season to season. The sun's light and duration shifts and some plants look piqued while others begin their heyday.  The air, although as of this writing is humid, is certain to circulate the clarity, coolness and crispness only found this time of year. Autumn allows us to get back into a particular…

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Wanted: Whole Foods

I gave up purchasing nutritional supplements long ago. The more I read, the more I realized I was ingesting the synthetic version of health, from a bottle, rather than from the foods I ate. What I was reading suggested a vast difference between supplements and their food sources, so I decided to stop plugging the nutritional holes in my diet with pills. Instead, I focused on adding more whole foods to my diet, the optimal way to bolster health. My…

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