Pesto offers a concentrated source of nutrition - micro and macro-nutrients. Plus, it will soothe inflammation, cleanse via the inclusion of fresh lemon and garlic and offer comprehensive nourishment for hormone balance. This baseline recipe will give you a template for creating delicious pesto with whatever ingredients you have on hand. Please report back on any creations you fall in love with!Read More
In my previous post, I shared all the wonderful benefits of eating liver. In truth, my overwhelming love of liver resides mostly in how abundantly this food has changed my life - not because of how much I enjoy eating it. The flavor is, well, acquired (at best), and I've struggled to find ways to include it that taste truly delicious. My clients have too. In fact, it's probably the most common question I get - how do I cook liver?
If this thought is familiar for you, then this post (and recipe) are for you.Read More
I consider liver to be one of the most nutritious foods for women and recommend it at some point to most of my clients. This suggestion often comes as a shock to many - who have either understood liver as an unhealthy (maybe even toxic?) food or just plain don't like the idea (or taste). In this post, I'll share a little bit about my journey with this traditional food, the myriad of ways you can begin to include it in your wellness routine and why you'd want to.Read More
I grew up in Minnesota - the capital of hot-dishes, dessert bars and jello. I don't think I can remember a single birthday party, holiday, school event or other celebration that didn't feature one of the above items (if not all of them together). I've spent many hours re-creating recipes of my childhood with real food ingredients - they not only taste better but also offer many health benefits, such as these gummies (aka: "jello-jigglers).Read More
The Fire Element in Chinese Medicine has always eluded me. The obvious aspects - like warmth and energy - made sense, but there was a deeper meaning that I just couldn't seem to connect with...ironic since a big part of the fire element is about internal/external connection.Read More
Sleep is such a crucial part of our health and well-being. Not only do we generally feel better when we've had sufficient sleep, it lays the foundation of health for various systems in the body. For these reasons, my family and I enjoy a lovely brew most evenings as part of our sleep-ritual. It's safe for children, during pregnancy and while breast feeding! Learn my recipe and more about the benefits of sleep below.Read More
Springtime is analogous with the liver element in Chinese Medicine - the emperor of detoxification, and is especially responsive to purging toxins this time of year. You can help your liver accomplish this important task with some simple habits and herbal remedies - safely and effectively.Read More
There is a game of internal tug-of-war within a woman's health - a relationship between living a life connected to her innate purpose and hormonal symptoms. I see it time and time again - from menstrual discomfort, fertility concerns to peri-menopausal symptoms. The dynamic flow of hormonal balance (or, imbalance) is not only a matter of physiological health - but also deeply rooted in how connected we are to our intuitive self.
In this post, I'll discuss the important role of transforming resistance in service of physiological hormonal symptoms - plus three ways to begin doing this today.Read More
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.Read More
The winter season is affiliated with the Water Element in Chinese Medicine - a very auspicious and deeply soul-searching energy. Learn how this element connects us to our foundation for health on emotional, energetic, and physical levels by cultivating our true essence (jing) and paving the way for creative expression in alignment with our highest potential.Read More
Bursting with immune boosting, endocrine balancing and anti-inflammatory health benefits, this recipe for stuffed peppers is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters. It's the perfect way to nourish during the cold winter months - offering deep support to the water element in Chinese Medicine, enhancing fertility and balancing hormones along the way. Grain-free and dairy-free, too!Read More
There are many good reasons women decide to delay having children until their mid-to-late thirties, one of which is usually not enhanced fertile health. Women today are inundated with reasons as to why it will be more difficult – if not impossible – to conceive after the age of thirty-five. And, yet, we know from the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine (and other traditional healing systems) that a woman’s fertility is not simply a spiral downward, diminishing with each passing month from menarche to menopause, but that she has the capacity to actually increase her fertile health as she ages.
What to know how? Hop on over to Dr. Carly Snyder's blog, where I illustrate the five steps for optimizing fertility if you want to get pregnant right now or to lay a healthy foundation for pregnancy later in life.
I LOVE Pumpkin! And fall is the perfect time of year for enjoying pumpkin in so many different ways. Click through to get the recipe for my favorite spicy pumpkin-ginger muffins, plus links to some of my other go-to pumpkin recipes.Read More
This is an auspicious time of year - for both our physical and spiritual health. Autumn is ruled by the Metal Element, bringing clarity and inspiration, along with grief and vulnerability. It is both cutting and tender, often manifesting in emotional turmoil or decreased immunity. The Metal Element relates to the Lung and Large Intestine organs, making these areas particularly susceptible to ailments this time of year (think of that pesky cough that just won't quit, or chronic digestive symptoms).
Let's dive in to understand a bit more about the Metal Element as it relates to our health, finishing with one of my favorite Metal Element Recipes: Roasted Pears with Honey.Read More
The transition from Summer to Winter isn't an easy one for the world around us, and many of us experience this upheaval through our immune response to common colds and flu's. Inside, you'll learn my top 10 ways to strengthen immunity - the same ones my family uses as soon as we feel that first hint of fall in the air!Read More
Hello! My name is Erin and I am the proud mama to those two adorable little girls in that photo up there, wife to the amazingly talented and inspirational artist Borbay, and a deeply passionate women's health and wellness practitioner. I founded this virtual practice out of my love for educating and inspiring others to step into their most blissful life, by owning their health.
In 2015, I closed my brick and mortar practice in the heart of New York City after seven years, to embark upon a sabbatical with my family. We traveled, explored, played and visioned. About half way through our year on the road, I began to study with some mentors and work with clients remotely. Both of these experiences enriched my life in ways that surprised me. Click to read more about my transition from brick-and-morter clinical work to engaging in phone-consulting with clients.Read More
It might seem far-fetched to fathom that so many modern ailments can be linked with some level of gut dysbiosis: flora imbalance, food intolerance or other digestive distress resulting in inflammation and poor nutrient absorption. But, it's true. Chinese Medicine has known for centuries how important the role of the digestive system is based on proper functioning of the Spleen and Stomach - an energetic system linked to pretty much every pathology (and physiology) imaginable within the scope of TCM. Science is even starting to prove it. So how does it all get out of balance in the first place?Read More
Just like all other living things, beneficial bacteria need to be inoculated, fed and cultivated. We can inoculate (or, start) and proliferate our own digestive flora through eating probiotic rich (alive) foods and taking supplements, but our initial foundation for probiotic growth was at birth, and has been passed down for generations. Yes, generations. Your great-grandmother’s gut flora played a role in the formation of yours. We'll explore this fascinating process in Part 2 of my Gut Health Series and learn how to lay a healthy foundation for future generations to come.Read More