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  • The TCM Five Elements (A Very Brief Overview)

      Ah, the TCM Five Elements. Where would I be without them?  When I first started learning TCM and the Five Elements, a light bulb went off in my head.  It is time I give you a very brief review of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Five Elements and their paired Organs. This is by no […]

  • Filters, Resistance and Quaternity

    Lately I’ve been thinking about how we filter our lives, what we take in and digest, what we let go, what we resist, and the images that define us.  My hope is to explore, without purpose, ambition or goal, what comes from our experiences and how they inform our health and well-being. Quaternity is a […]

  • Changes, Liminality, Vulnerability

    I know, it’s been a long time since I last posted.  I’ve been working on changes, being in liminality, and being more comfortable with vulnerability.  Here goes! Let’s see if I can quickly bring you up to speed about my weight-y issue: I have been working out I have lost fat I’ve gained muscle The […]

  • Trust Me, I Know What I Want

    Not too long ago, I decided it was time to work with a trainer at my gym, with the specific goal of learning how to do a deadlift, squat, bench press and military press.  It was a lesson in “know thyself” and also a nice little reminder when working with others: trust me, I know […]

  • Messages, Attitude and Weight

    I’ve been thinking about the messages we receive and say to ourselves, with regards to weight loss and with everything else in our lives, and the attitudes with which we approach both weight loss and life.  What do these messages and these attitudes have to do with our weight? On the one hand, “losing” weight […]

  • Exercise and Weight Loss

    You may or may not know that I’ve recently embarked upon my own weight loss journey. My goal is to be back to where I felt best physically: strong, resilient, full of life and endurance, powerful, conquering, beautiful. I want to look in the mirror and be proud of myself and my body. I want […]

  • Diet: A Way of Life

    Did you know that diet comes from the Greek diaita meaning “way of life”, the Latin diaeta meaning “prescribed way of life, a day’s daily food allowance”, and related to the Greek diaitasthai meaning “lead one’s life”? In other words diet is a person’s gastronomic way of life.   In the early 13th century, diet simply […]

  • Medicine Making – Summer Recap

    Happy Summer!   I’ve been working on a few things with my products, and wanted to share with you what my summer harvest has been. I live in Brooklyn, which means that harvesting requires trips outside of the city. Here’s a shortlist of what was gathered and made on Tug Hill (Lewis County, NY) this […]

  • Avoiding the Quick Fix for Weight Loss

    I’ve been lacksadaisacle with writing blog posts lately, for a couple of reasons.  One being that I started a new full-time job a few months ago, the other being that I haven’t felt “up” to sending out newsletters about feeling great when I myself haven’t been feeling great. I hurt my leg, I had made some serious changes, […]

  • Quitting, Taking the Leap, Moving On…

    I’ve found myself quitting a lot this past year: coffee, a job, wheat, alcohol, toxic relationships, over-scheduling, over-doing. Quitting can involve anything from coffee, to alcohol, cigarettes, sugar, junk food or even a job, using a credit card to buy things out of your budget, negative self-talk, or a toxic relationship.   It seems that […]