Category Archives: Healthful Living

2021 – Year of the Metal Ox

Happy Chinese New Year Legend has it that the Jade Emperor staged a race across China to determine the order of the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. The determined Ox was in the first position, but the sneaky, resourceful Rat hitched a ride on Ox’s back. Ox swam across the river and as they […]

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Nutrition Resources

Here are some books and websites that I highly recommend if you would like to learn more about nutrition. I have utilized these resources in the past several years and they have only deepened the knowledge I gained during my undergraduate studies in Nutrition at Bastyr University in Seattle. Bad research, politics and crony capitalism […]

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Moxa Season – Time to Build Qi and Blood

3 February 2021 is the beginning of Spring Moxa Season, which lasts about 4 weeks, with the peak being Chinese Lunar New Year, which is Feb 12 this year. During this time the “Life Gate” is open and illness can invade more deeply than at other times of year. This is also the time when […]

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Laraway Mountain – the secret is out!

Laraway Mountain, Waterville, VT 4 mile hike round trip to lookout, about 3 hours, 1500 ft elevation gain, summit 2700 ft I have been doing a decent amount of hiking this fall, and I am particularly loving Laraway Mountain. My friends call me obsessed! There’s enough elevation gain to give my legs a good work […]

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Immune System Tip #4 Stop Thinking

Over-thinking and Digestion A lot of people are experiencing stress and anxiety about the Corona virus and its effects on the world. Are you finding yourself worrying, or perhaps having trouble sleeping? In Chinese medicine it is clear that anxiety and worry effect our digestive system. Overthinking damages the Spleen, and, conversely, a weak Spleen […]

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Immune System Tip #3 Focus Inward

I encourage you to focus inward. Of course we want to connect with our community and not be completely isolated. But don’t just focus outward. Bringing your energy inward is good for your immune system because the exterior of our body is where our defensive Qi is, but it comes from having strong Qi grounded […]

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Immune System Tip #2 Get Some Sleep

Sleep! That’s it. Sleep. Sleep is one of the best things you can do to boost your immune system. Get enough sleep at night and if you are tired, take a NAP. Naps, or even some down time with a book, are a great way to maximize your energy. I feel like I am stating […]

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Immune System Tip #1 Put Down Your Phone

One good thing you can do for your immune system is put your phone down. No, I’m serious. Putting down your phone is one of the best things you can do for your immune system. Do you check Facebook and/or other media regularly? Are you experiencing anxiety and stress these days? Cortisol levels in the […]

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Happy Year of the Earth Pig 2019

2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig according to Chinese Zodiac. Starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020. Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese Zodiac Sign. The Years of the Pig include: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043… Come […]

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Year of the Dog 2018

2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog. Friday 16 February was the first day of the Chinese New Year this year. Dog years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030… The Dog is known to be friendly, kind, loyal and pack-oriented. Some of the major themes of the Dog Year are […]

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