You, the Ox, and 2021

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In the Chinese tradition, every year is symbolized by one of twelve animals. The year itself, as well as the people born in that year, are believed to share the characteristics of that year’s representative creature. Were you born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 (and now for those born in 2021)? If so,… Read more »

Is stress making you sick to your stomach?

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Feeling worried? Uneasy about today’s challenging times? Bowel routine slightly off? Experiencing digestive grumbling, “butterflies in your stomach,” or heartburn? Nausea or cramps? Change in  appetite? Any of these common discomforts can be a sign of disturbance in your enteric nervous system (ENS). What? You’ve never heard of it? You’re not alone. As important as this… Read more »

3 Easy Steps to Shift Your Mindset and Embrace Change

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Whether we like it or not, change is all around us, especially in our current environment, considering all that we’ve been faced with in 2020. While just sticking our heads in the sand, waiting for all this to pass, then returning to “normal”—and meanwhile being consumed with worry, fear, and stress—would seem easiest, I’m  taking… Read more »

5 Key Pre-Pandemic Habits I’m Changing For Good

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We are currently in a “new normal” as it has been called. No question but that I’m missing—or really craving—hugging my family who live out of state, meeting my friends for tea or dinner, or even seeing my patients in my office. What are you missing from the “old normal” in the new normal? When… Read more »

Have You Been Called “Too Sensitive”?

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If you’re too sensitive, then join the club—the HSP club. In fact, I’m a card-carrying member myself, along with many of my clients and 20-30 percent of the general population. Short for Highly Sensitive Person, being HSP is truly a double-edged sword. When I was growing up, my mother would say, “Oh, you’re just so sensitive”… Read more »

2020 Is All About Rats

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You probably have heard it’s the year of “insert animal name here” before, and maybe you aren’t sure where that comes from. Well, in the Chinese tradition, each year is represented by one of twelve animals: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The people born in any particular… Read more »

Delete These 2020 Resolutions Now

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Happy 2020! A new year is here, and around this time, we really start thinking about our wellness. Your wanting to take care of yourself is fantastic, but some of the resolutions you’ve decided on might need a few tweaks. Let’s explore a few common resolutions and how to make them work for you. Keep… Read more »

What I’m NOT Going to Do This Holiday Season

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My email inbox is overflowing with lists of best gifts, recipes, and holiday deals. Having to focus on all that’s trying to grab my attention feels pretty overwhelming right about now! And when I think of the holiday season straight through to New Year’s, I can easily slip into that whirlpool of building tension and too… Read more »

My Top 5 Tips to Avoid the Flu

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The flu is NO fun. Those achy pains, sore throat, runny nose, congestion, fever, vomiting—the flu runs a wide gamut of uncomfortable symptoms. Because flu season affects millions of people and the virus is highly contagious, I wanted to share some important, timely tips to protecting your health this season.    Wash your hands—and wash… Read more »