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Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Fertility, Personal Development, Pregnancy, Useful Tips | 2 comments

How To Energetically Protect Yourself As A Highly Sensitive Woman

How To Energetically Protect Yourself As A Highly Sensitive Woman

  I believe highly sensitive, empathetic women are healers. Whether or not you’re in the healing profession, if you’re this type of woman, you tend to assimilate the energy of the people you love and come into contact with in effort to take away their pain. It’s what we do best. While being highly sensitive and empathetic have enormous benefits, it’s imperative that we learn the art of self-protection. With the internet and social media, the amount of people we are in contact with day-to-day has grown exponentially. Side note:  You don’t have to be in someone’s physical presence to feel the effects of their energy, as I’m sure you have already experienced to be true. When I was in acupuncture school treating patients in the student clinic, I would see a patient and later complain of the exact symptoms I was treating earlier that would seemingly come out of nowhere. Interestingly, my patients would report they felt better immediately after our session. This became a pattern I would notice frequently throughout my schooling and into my first...

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Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 in Motherhood, Postpartum, Pregnancy | 0 comments

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

Learn To Make Postpartum Recovery Nepali Rice Pudding

  I first met Julia when I was pregnant with my second daughter and about to deliver. She showed up at just the right time, offering me sage advice as a postnatal Ayurvedic doula to take care of myself and my baby after delivery. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine share similar roots, so I have always been intrigued by Ayurvedic medicine. As a mother and acupuncturist specializing in women’s health, I was interested and grateful on many levels to read Julia’s book and share her knowledge with my patients and clients all over the world. When she asked me to review her ebook Nourishing Newborn Mothers, it was a no-brainer! Without further ado… At first I was intimidated by the Ayurvedic ingredient list, but I was pleasantly surprised to find we already had almost everything we needed in the pantry, fridge, and garden to make the recipe I wanted to try: Nepali rice pudding. With useful tidbits throughout the book about how to treat common postnatal issues like constipation, depression, sciatic pain,...

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Posted by on Apr 21, 2014 in Fertility, Nutrition, Pregnancy, Recipes | 0 comments

My Favorite Spring Recipe: Omega Yogurt Berry Popsicles

My Favorite Spring Recipe: Omega Yogurt Berry Popsicles

  Spring is quickly transitioning into summer here in Colorado–YAY!–and one of my all-time favorite snacks (and pregnant cravings) is yogurt, fresh berries and honey. I love this recipe that I found from Dale Pinnock’s book Healing Foods. He takes my favorite ingredients and makes them into simple, medicinal recipes that I often recommend to my friends and patients. Pinnock’s “Omega Mania Ice Lollies” are an excellent spring / summer treat to easily up your omega intake. Plus, this recipe includes my main criteria for a good recipe: no cooking. 😉   Why increase your omegas?   Omega fatty acids (like fish oil or flax seed oil) are wonderful for balancing your hormones and mood, producing radiant skin, shiny hair, and strong nails, boosting fertility, supporting a healthy pregnancy, and so much more. Yogurt nourishes Kidney yin in Chinese medicine, which plays a huge role in women’s fertility, as well as improves digestion due to its probiotic content. Honey can help alleviate or prevent pesky allergy symptoms that arise...

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Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in Pregnancy | 4 comments

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

My Favorite Pregnancy Resources From Bras to Apps

  By popular demand, I’m finally posting all of my favorite pregnancy resources in one place! (Click here to read My Favorite Resources For Baby’s First Year.) As a health care practitioner that specializes in women’s health, I did tons of research while I was pregnant to find the best of the best resources to help me through my journey and to be of even better service to my pregnant patients. If you’re pregnant or planning to be, bookmark this post, and please share with your family and friends 🙂 If you have any resources to add, please leave them in the comments below! Some of these resources are Denver-specific, but there are some wonderful online listings as well if you are in other parts of the country. Without further ado, in no particular order, and with free commentary…   Books & Websites: Birthing From Within (Best. Birthing book. Ever.) The Baby Book (You know how they always say, “if only babies came with a manual.” This is the manual.) Ina...

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Posted by on May 9, 2012 in Pregnancy | 8 comments

My Most Unexpected Teacher Of Motherhood

My Most Unexpected Teacher Of Motherhood

Being pregnant has brought with it many surprises — among them the return of my migraines. I tackled and eliminated these suckers years ago with diet, acupuncture, and lifestyle changes. Now, with a new surge of hormonal cocktail coursing through my body, I find myself in a familiar position of dealing with the sparkly vision, the sensitivity to light and noise, the pounding headache and “bruised brain” feeling that can last for days after the initial onset. But one thing is different this time:  I have an improved relationship with my body now than I did years ago. When it speaks to me, I listen. Every time I have a migraine my body is telling me to stop, breathe, close my eyes, and rest. (Because, the truth is, if I didn’t have to, I wouldn’t.) The more I honor my body’s request to slow down, the less severe the migraine. The sparkly vision sets in, clears, and then no headache follows. I read an incredible book recently called The Art of Extreme...

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Posted by on Mar 7, 2012 in Pregnancy | 10 comments

To Get What You Want, Ask Yourself This Simple Question

To Get What You Want, Ask Yourself This Simple Question

If you’ve seen me for an acupuncture treatment recently you’ve probably noticed I’ve gotten a little thick around the middle. I’m happy to tell you that I haven’t fallen off my own nutrition program wagon… I’m 4 months pregnant! 🙂 Becoming pregnant was one of my main goals last year, and it didn’t come as easily as I’d hoped. When a goal or desire doesn’t come easily to me, it forces me to do some soul searching. Which is always a good thing. One of the best pieces of advice I received was from my mom–of course. 😉 She told me to ask myself this simple question in order to make anything I want to happen, happen: What will it take?   This question is genius and does two things: 1) It opens up your mind to the positive instead of focusing on the negative. Your mind is instantly pointed toward possibilities and solutions instead of fixating on the fact that you  haven’t yet reached your goal. 2) This...

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