Focus on what you can eat

This morning NPR ran an interesting story discussing weight loss and food choices for women of the Baby Boomer generation.

The take home message is simple, focus on what you can eat.  Rather than bemoaning all the desserts and rich foods you cannot indulge in, think about increasing the fruits and vegetables.  This will help you to be satisfied so it is easier to cut down on dessert.  Not that you can’t have dessert, but a smaller portion and less often is better.

Simple choices and voila, you have yourself a healthy diet.  These healthy habits will follow you around, … Read More

Vegetarian Foods from a Chinese Medicine Perspective

Some people are vegetarians for are religious and spiritual reasons, others political and philosophical reasons, and others are for health reasons.

Vegetarianism is certainly a healthy diet for many people , as long as they make healthy food choices.  It takes work in order to build up the nutrients which we find in meat.

I am personally not a vegetarian, but I do eat a plant based diet with small amounts of chicken and fish.  My choice is based upon health reasons and lessening an environmental footprint.

What is Chinese medicine view of Vegetarianism?

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How to Eat Healthy and Create Harmony

Da Fo- Big BuddahThe first book of Chinese medicine written over 2000 years ago, called the Huang Di Nei Jing Su Wen (The Yellow Emperor’s Inner Cannon), is obsessed with disease prevention.  The book is full of stories of a time when people lived longer lives without diseases.  The secret to staying healthy was the ability for people to live in harmony with the natural world.

I think for the modern world, this is more important than ever.  We are so removed from the natural world some people barely even step outside or look up from their phones.

Connection to our plates

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Diet and Acupuncture for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

IBSOne million Americans suffer from Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis causing much pain and stress in their lives.  Acupuncture can help people with Crohn’s and Colitis and has been used treat these symptoms for over two thousand years. I have helped many people with IBD in my practice over the last 15 years.

Acupuncture for Crohn’s and Colitis

Acupuncture views the body as a network of interconnected organs and channels. The channels transport qi (often translated as energy) and other substances through the body. When the qi is sufficient and moves freely, there is health and wellness. Diseases occur when … Read More