Happy Autumn!

Or maybe not. Maybe you’re not so thrilled with the turn of the season. Many people are uncomfortable with this time of year. You may love it because it brings relief from the oppressive heat and humidity of late summer (well, maybe not this year) and it’s refreshing to embrace the cooler weather and beauty of the season. But you may cringe from it because you love summer’s warmth and activity. However, the Fall season brings necessary reflection and opportunity.…

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Guided Meditation: If you’ve been intending to have a regular meditation practice, this may help. It did for me.

  It might surprise many of you that I'm fairly new to practicing meditation - like two months ago new, and I mean consistently. It takes a lot for me to sit still. A LOT.  I squeeze as much as I can in a day, and truth be told, the first thing I want to do when I get home is watch HGTV's Fixer Upper.  I'd reassure myself that I’d be going to bed soon anyway, so I'll do it then. Yea, right.…

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How the Act of Cooking is Medicine

I have been cooking a lot lately. Like with all recipes, it's one part distraction, two-thirds therapy and a whole lotta play. It started the week of the February storms that swept along the east coast. I was excited for the interruption the weather would bring and the extra accumulation that provided excellent raw material for the design and construction of a frozen lawn ornament. Even when play is the activity, such as with cooking, for me the activity has…

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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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