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It all starts with a casual remark. Something like, "I could never look good in yoga pants," "My arms are too flabby," or "My hair is so dull and boring." Maybe your friend chimes in, "Well, my butt is too big, and my ... Read more »

Skin and Bones

That's me in the red shirt with my mom and step-dad in Florida in 1996. I was 22 years old and weighed 72 lbs. We flew there to see a doctor—as a last-ditch effort to save my life. It all started four years ... Read more »

Good Enough

My father was a craftsman in every sense of the word. Whether he was restoring a Victorian home or building an outhouse in the Maine woods, he always did everything "just right."  His corners were square, he never missed a detail, and ... Read more »

The Hidden Beauty of Grief

Little A loved waving hello. Her chubby little arm would shoot out with fingers outstretched whenever she'd see us. Even our dog Zola would get an enthusiastic wave whenever they'd cross paths. Waving goodbye, on the other hand, was a different ... Read more »

Making Room for Everything: A Foster Care Story

May is National Foster Care Month—something I didn't know until I became a foster parent. There was a lot that I didn't know before September 19, 2017. That was the day I picked up Little A from the hospital. I met the social ... Read more »

How to Choose Food That’s Right for You

Ever hear this nutrition advice? "Avoid carbs!" "Eat whole grains!" "Go vegan!" "Eat meat!" "Trim that fat!" "Eat more fat!" "Cook your food" "Go Raw!" It's no wonder these polarized opinions create such confusion, anxiety, and overwhelm. Don't get me wrong, there are some ... Read more »

Three Types of Foods that Put a Damper on Digestion

Note (added March 20, 2020): This post is focused on digestion, but it's equally relevant for lung health—which I talk about in my post, COVID-19 from a Chinese medicine perspective.   Imagine your digestive system is like a cozy fire in the center ... Read more »

Some Like it Hot

Have you ever noticed your cravings change with the seasons? For instance, that refreshing watermelon that was running down your chin in August may be the last thing you crave in November. As spring approaches, you may start hankering for bitter greens ... Read more »

A Matter of Taste

Food has the power to lift us up when we're down, ground us when we're scattered, warm us up, cool us down, and even treat or prevent illnesses. The specific effects depend on the food's inherent qualities, such as flavor, temperature, nutrients, ... Read more »

Braving the Thaw

Have you ever felt antsy and unsettled as you move from winter into spring? Maybe even frustrated or impatient as something begins to stir deep inside of you? If so, you're not alone. According to the Five Element tradition of Chinese medicine, ... Read more »
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