What I Want For You For Christmas

It’s really been a crazy year, yes? David Bowie and Prince are gone… The Olympics came and went… The election… Deep breath. I like the holidays because it’s (well, it should be) a quiet time of year.  You take some extra days off work.  It’s too cold to be outside (unless you’re in Austin on one of our 70 degree winter days!) and all the stores are closed. I think it’s always a good idea to give yourself a Christmas gift (or five;) as well.  Here’s my list of what I want you to give yourself this year. ON THE FIRST DAY OF CHRISTMAS, MY TRUE LOVE (MYSELF) GAVE TO ME… Remembering to breathe deeply often. Love yourself just the way you are. Allow yourself to invest in you:  your health, your education, and your interests. Have more experiences and adventures. Take time to read a book. Sleep.  Lots of it. A warm cup of tea. Do what you want to do. Say what you want to say. Move your body every day. Take time to cook healthy food. Thank yourself for doing such a good job!  Seriously, you should list out at least 3 things in the comments below that you accomplished this year.  Pat yourself on the back....

Holiday Cleanse

When you’re finally sick of mashed potatoes and pecan pie, and you know it’s time to get back on a healthy diet track, it may be time to do a cleanse. WHY CLEANSE? I don’t believe that fasting (as in “NOT EATING ANY FOOD”) is healthy.   We should eat food; we can and should use food as a tool to heal our bodies. Food can keep your body running at a top level, or it can be your worst enemy! How and what you eat is simply a HABIT.  You get used to eating and living in a certain way. To break or change a habit, you have to DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT. That, essentially, is the purpose of a cleanse. Take the time to eat different foods in a different way.  This helps create a new, changed relationship with food. In the cleanse process, you can feel how the food impacts your body.  After the cleanse, you will also feel how non-cleanse foods may either impact your body negatively or positively.  You will become more aware of your body’s energy changes with food. WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO CLEANSE? One word:  vegetables. The best way to eat healthier?  Eat more vegetables. Need some ideas? Artichokes ƒ Asparagus ƒ Avocados ƒ Bamboo shoots ƒ Bean sprouts ƒ Beets ƒ Bell peppers ƒ Broccoli ƒ Brussels sprouts ƒ Cabbages (sauerkraut) ƒ Carrots ƒ Cauliflower ƒ Celeriac ƒ Celery ƒ Chives ƒ Cucumbers ƒ Eggplant ƒ Garlic ƒ Green beans ƒ Green leafy vegetables: beet greens, bok choy, chard, chicory, collards, lettuces (including endive chicory, escarole), mustard greens, spinach ƒ...

Back Pain? Tighten your corset!

If you’re having lumbar pain (that’s the small of your back or the area where the Doan’s back pain guy is holding), listen up! I’m sure by now you’ve heard the importance of “strengthening your core.” But I have some important information for you, especially if you have been working on your core but you’re still having pain. The part that you may miss in your core work is called the “Inner Corset.” (Courtesy of Esther Gokhale) Where can I buy this “Inner Corset,” you may be asking? Good news!  It’s free. Your body already has one, you just need to activate it. Even more good news: you don’t have to do any weird special exercises to make it stronger. We need to know 2 things to activate your Inner Corset: the location, and the how-to. LOCATION: The abdominal oblique muscles wrap around your waist like a corset. Place your hands just under your ribs, across your belly. You’re right on top of them.  HOW TO: To engage the obliques, you need to anchor your ribs. I can’t emphasize this enough.  Anchor your ribs.   Do this test: put one hand on your lumbar spine while you “sit up straight.”  Do you feel how your back muscles are tight and ropey? Now use your other hand to guide your ribs down toward your belly, as if you’re going to hunch over. Feel your back now. The muscles are no longer tight, but relaxed. This is how you want them to be all the time. With your ribs anchored and down (not popping out), then engage your abdominal muscles. You can do this as if...

Keeping Out of the Doctor’s Office

#1 reason people miss their appointments with me:  work meetings.  #2 reason:  traffic.   #3:  sick (themselves or children). Okay:  first of all, come in because you’re sick!  We’re kind of like a doctor’s office…and we can help you get better.  Unless you’re not able to get here, running to the bathroom to vomit every 2 minutes, then just, we’ll see you tomorrow hopefully.   Many people don’t know that we can treat the same things that you would see your “regular” doctor for…but with natural things.  We can treat: head colds, flu, sinus infections, croup, phlegm, coughs, weird rashes, hand-foot-and-mouth disease, parasites, and all the other million things kids bring home from school and you pick up from your coworkers at the office. This is a photo of my “medicine cabinet” at home and everything I need – my arsenal if you will – for treating my family and myself at home. For any sort of “invasion” of virus / bacteria: 1.Congaplex (chewable or capsules):  this you can get from any Standard Process rep where ever you live.  It’s mainly used for when you are sick, but I have my kids take 2 or 3 every morning during the school year as a prophylactic.  If they are sick:  take 2 every 3 hours as needed.  For adults, 3 every 3 hours as needed.     2.CQ Jr.:  this is a pediatric liquid herbal antibiotic / antiviral.  It is a life saver for me.  I have used it for:  high fever, croup, hand-foot-and-mouth, anal itching, UTI, flu, head colds and sinus infections.  Basically anything.  You can get it in our office...

Dealing with Grief

The Holy-days are approaching, and you may start to feel sadness from ones past, or sadness and anger from the last election… There’s a tendency in our society to want to mask these emotions.  It makes people feel uncomfortable if we’re not smiling 24-7. We don’t like that in other people so we don’t like that in ourselves…or is it the other way around?   My way to deal with grief and the other so-called “negative” emotions, is to let them fully ensconce you.  You have to let go of the need to feel happy and just let yourself feel what you feel.  Take a sick day from work if you need to.   How to have an awesome “Mental Health Day”: Wear all black.  Bonus points for rips and tears in your clothes.  Bonus points for incorporating part of your Halloween costume.   Put on outrageous makeup and make your hair all crazy-looking.   Listen to some really angry / sad music.  Cry / scream / dance Watch a movie or read a book that makes you cry. Make /do something creative:  art collage, altar, painting, or even just cleaning out your closet (literally and figuratively!) You need to take your time with the grieving process.  You can’t rush this, but allowing yourself to wallow for a time will help you move through the process quicker.   If you try to rush the process of grieving, it will only slow you down.   Take as long as you need.  Don’t hide it.  If people ask you how you’re feeling, tell them the truth.   Like this: Store Clerk:...