Insatiable Interview with Ali Shapiro

When holistic nutritionist and integrative health coach Ali Shapiro contacted me to be on her "Insatiable" podcast - I instantly blushed. Me? You see, I've been following Ali's work for years, and continue to be inspired by not only her knowledge but her frank enthusiasm for healing ourselves from the root. She's a total powerhouse.

It is my deep-held belief that we need to collectively change the conversation about female-fertility to encompass all phases of life - NOT just baby-making. Our conversation does just that - with a strong emphasis on peri- and post menopause transitions. I've never done an interview like this - I hope you find it insightful and please pass along to women in your life who might benefit.

Listen to the full episode here.

What Your Period Is Trying to Tell You

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Katie Hess is one of my favorite people on the planet - her story, her passion, her flowers...many of you know how often I recommend her products clinically (and I use them daily). She is truly a modern alchemist. So when she asked me to join her for a second time on her Flowerlounge Podcast the only answer was an enthusiastic "yes"!

There is so much mystery in the world of women's health and physiology, and I'm passionate about women reclaiming this wisdom. If you struggle with painful periods, ever wondered what the symptoms surrounding your period really mean, or want a deeper connection with your hormonal rhythm, then please listen in and pass along to other women in your life who might benefit!

Symptom-free periods ARE possible, and not only is it important to take care of any imbalance to serve your immediate quality of life, but it will set you up for a lifetime of vibrant health and chronic disease prevention.

What you'll hear in this episode:

  • Eastern vs. Western approaches to the menstrual cycle
  • Way of working towards a symptom-free menstrual cycle: herbs, supplements, and practices!
  • The one supplement that everyone needs + why
  • What's the deal with the birth control pill?! Dangers of using it + safer, natural alternatives 
  • Noticing the Yin/Yang patterns in your cycle + how to use that information to harness your intuition, right timing + power each month
  • Erin's favorite supplements for hormonal + overall balance
  • A little bit of Western Science - the role of inflammation, blood sugar, and gut dysbiosis in hormonal imbalance (aka = PMS and painful periods)
  • Basic Foods, Herbs and Lifestyle to Support each of the phases with practical home remedies

Two Ways to Turmeric

Two Ways to Turmeric

Turmeric is a common kitchen spice, but it is also a potent health tonic and herbal remedy - taking it's rightful place in the spotlight of many health food stores, juice bars and cuisines. Truly, Turmeric is a wildly beneficial food, and this post will highlight just why you'd want to include it in your health regimen and my two favorite recipes to use it.

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Surrender Into Metal

Surrender Into Metal

Moving from the momentum of summer, through the grounding of Earth, we arrive at one of my favorite seasons - Autumn - ruled by the Metal element. A time of year great for letting go of waste in your life (physical and meta-physical) and cleaning up the temple of your body.

But, what does it actually mean to "let go"? And how do we know if we are doing it? These are questions attuned with the precision of Metal, offering up the perfect opportunity to practice mastering the opposing forces of action and surrender.

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Peaches and Cream Porridge

Peaches and Cream Porridge

When I was a kid we used to eat instant Quaker Oat oatmeal - in all the gloriously flavored varieties. "Peaches and Cream" was my favorite. I cringe at the thought of eating that much sugar, artificially flavored ingredients and non-sprouted grain in the morning - not to mention feeding that to my children!

Our blood sugar does so much better with a high fat and protein morning meal after "fasting" overnight, but there is something about the comfort of warm cereal that I crave once in a while...

So I got to work developing this gluten-free recipe - loaded with easy-to-digest sprouted millet and abundant healthy fats to keep you (and your blood sugar) satisfied for the whole morning.

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Herb Safety in Pregnancy

I found herbal remedies to be incredibly helpful during my pregnancies - from common complaints like digestive upset, insomnia, swollen ankles and varicose veins. But, there is a lot of conflicting information out there on herb safety and efficacy during the unique time of pregnancy. I tried to lay it all out for you so you can make an informed choice if (and when) herbs are an appropriate supportive pregnancy tool.

This article was published on Kelly Brogan MD's website, read the full text here.

Find Hormonal Balance AND Intuitive Connection Through Fire and Water

Find Hormonal Balance AND Intuitive Connection Through Fire and Water

I speak to my community and my clients a lot about the link between female reproductive hormones and intuition - the combination offers up guidance for your health and life decisions.  My own intuitive guidance and my fifteen-plus years experience in women's health have proved this theory time and time again. Additionally, the wisdom of Chinese Medicine has a very practical way of verifying this claim through it's knowledge of the heart-kidney connection.

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Warm Winter Smoothie Recipe

Warm Winter Smoothie Recipe

Some might call this "soup" - but I like to call it my nourishing, warm winter smoothie! In my last post, we uncovered some of the hazards of regular (frozen) smoothie consumption, and how to consciously create smoothies in service of your health and hormonal goals.

This recipe is a great substitution for a raw smoothie, especially during the cold winter months. It's a pureed blend of a variety of greens and vegetables, nourishing protein, tastes great and when prepared ahead of time can provide a quick reheated meal throughout the week.

Sounds kinda like a smoothie to me, no?

But instead of taxing your system, it will bolster the digestive energy, enhance nutrient absorption, offers up cellular renewal to the tissues of the body and combats free-radical damage...full recipe below.

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How to Eat a Smoothie

How to Eat a Smoothie

Smoothies are a fun (and usually, delicious) way to enjoy all sorts of foods and superfoods pureed into one beverage. But despite their popularity over the years, smoothies should be enjoyed with caution - and in some cases, avoided entirely - especially when it comes to women's hormonal health.

Chinese Medicine nutritional therapy has a lot to say about the temperature and method of food consumption, and smoothies fall right into this important category. This post will explore the risks associated with regular smoothie consumption, and offer my step-by-step guide for incorporating smoothies into your healing strategy.

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