Roadmaps & Recipes
Coming to Light: A Holistic Spring Reset
Change is happening all around us – there’s an air of excitement for newness, growth and more light in every way!
Returning to the nest: Intuition Facilitation
I also find it very comforting to know that I have all the answers within me.
Return to the nest: Hypnosis
Hypnosis, as you will see, is completely under our own control.
Returning to the nest: Chinese Medicine
Will it work on me if I don’t know anything about it, or believe in it?
Returning to the nest: Reflexology
We begin today where it all started – in the Maine woods where I learned the art of REFLEXOLOGY.
No Bake Brownie Balls
It’s just sweet enough, very chocolatey, and so very satisfying to this sweet-tooth!
Blueberry Pear Oatmeal Bake
In reality, there’s more stuff I GET to eat – wonderful, colorful, delicious things.
Apple Carrot Muffins
While I was in Europe the last two weeks, I was exposed to lots of delicious baked goods.
A London Cab Convo
“But life is beautiful, you know. You just have to be smart about it.”
My Gut Story
It was the first time I recognized that my emotions directly impact my digestion.
Fall Reset: Get Grounded
When out of balance, we can feel frazzled & overwhelmed. We can lose focus and feel out of control.
7 lessons from 47 years
I decided to feature the 7 that feel most impactful for me on my 47th birthday.
The Beginning of Empty Nesting
I’d tell him that this next chapter seems more daunting at the moment than when he saw me with the babies.
You and Your Qi
If we want to live a healthy, fulfilling, peaceful life, it is imperative that we take time to pause to reset the Qi.
Qi Reset: Back In Touch
In 5 days, we will reconnect with our senses, our nourishment, our movement, our thoughts and intuition.
Before there was just silence, we managed to tell her one more time that we loved her.
Central Park Lessons
And just like that, I let go of whatever story I had in my head about these super active people who seemed tormented.
May 30: Three Treasures, Part Three
The question is, how much do we want to access and utilize this gift of intuition.
May 29: Three Treasures, Part Two
When we ignore its signs and nudges, we usually suffer more negative consequences, and sometimes lasting ones.
May 28: The Three Treasures, part 1
The mind is there for us to work with, manipulate and mold, like a block of clay to a potter.
May 27: Everything is possible
From that moment on, I felt an ease in my step. I was no longer anxious to see my family.
May 26: KISS and Caprese
I decided to scrap the whole thing because it was feeling unnecessarily hard.
May 25: Close to Quitting
It was June, 2014. I was in the middle of intensive week long in person hypnotherapy training that met all day, everyday.
May 24: More than Okay
Eventually our sobs and moans quieted. He reached his hand out to find mine, and whispered:
May 23: Tight Shorts, Part 3
They are tight not because they shrunk; they are tight because I had gained some weight over the past year.
May 22: Tight Shorts, Part 2
So I can’t blame Margaret when she recently offered all the negative thoughts surrounding my tight shorts.
May 21: Tight Shorts, part 1
I suddenly had different feelings about them when they didn’t slide up smoothly as before.
May 20: Showing Up
Trying to do something or be someone that is not aligned with who I am never felt right, so why should I try?
May 19: Perfection & Pizza Beans
I used to identify myself as a perfectionist, believing that it was a good thing to be, something to strive for.
May 18: An Anniversary to Remember
May 12, 2014 was when I officially started my own private practice in Ohio.
May 17: Move the Qi
How else, besides getting acupuncture, can we ascertain that Qi flows as much as possible?
May 16: Qi Magic
When using acupuncture, we choose acupuncture points that unblock Qi stagnation.
May 15: Tears and Coaches
Coaches can certainly change lives. These particular ones did not just change our kids’ lives, they helped MOLD them.
May 14: Being So Wrong
Have you written off someone or something completely only to have it resurface as a boon in your life?
May 13: Lefty or Righty?
I was unsure of what she meant until she literally moved my pencil from my left hand to my right.
May 12: On Tom Brady and Cauliflower Wings
So TB is only my current “case study” on how powerful the human mind can be.
May 11: the power of 5 letters
It’s become a way to connect, a topic to discuss, a simple vehicle to bond.
May 10: Katie, part 3
When I tapped into it, it felt like entering a new world of possibilities, knowledge, entertainment, education, and even friends.
May 9: Katie, part 2
Having a dog that I thought I had to walk 3 times a day made me a more disciplined person I had always wanted to be.
May 8: Katie, part 1
On a cold and snowy January day, the four of us excitedly drove out to meet the possible new family member.
May 7: Job interview and power muffins
I came back down to earth and joyfully made these muffins for my family – a permanent job I will always be grateful for.
May 6: Feelings and Anchovy pasta
It was one of the first things that solidified our love for each other, for food, for sharing a dish we love with…yes, anchovies!
May 5: Joy, Grief and Ginger Bread Loaf
It’s the juxtaposition experiencing the joy of seeing your children successfully moving forward on their journey and the sorrow of no longer being needed by them.
May 4: Why are we here and Lentil minestrone
While it’s been fun to learn, many years later, I no longer have an answer to why we are here.
May 3: Games and Curry
I learned how to play mahjong for the first time a few months ago with some old friends in California.
May 2: An Edible Hug
I didn’t grow up with many hugs from my parents, friends or other loved ones.
May 1: May Day
It was Spring time in New England, my first one as a foreign student in America.
Introducing A Blog A Day in May!
You can call it a dare, a challenge, a silly goal, but we think of it as a way to grow our uncomfortable muscle stronger.
My Sugar Story
I took a whole year break from chocolate. I stopped eating all sweets for weeks or months. I created challenges to follow for myself and my community.
Your team members
When you or anyone else is on your team, you have the same intention and goal of keeping the team “winning” which may look like anything that creates your definition of success.
Maple Cranberry Sauce
My favorite dish at the Thanksgiving table has always been cranberry sauce. I would have every bite include a tiny bit (or a lot) of cranberry sauce if possible! Sometimes I wonder if I like it that much because of its taste, or is it more sentimental? I didn’t grow up with cranberries – they […]
Roasted Butternut Squash & Quinoa Salad
This recipe is a good one! It’s versatile and can stand on its own, or be a star side dish at any table – fancy or not. It is one of those dishes that is almost too pretty to eat.
Chocolate Avocado Pudding
With a few ingredients that you may already have in your pantry, this recipe comes together in minutes. It serves a nice portion for 3-4 people. Add berries, a little cinnamon or just eat it alone. You won’t regret it!
The wonderful thing about all of it is that… this relationship is designed, decided, and controlled by me and only me! The baked goods have no say, nor should they. Sweet or sour, I get to be in charge.
Salmon Curry with Summer Vegetables
I pretty much grabbed whatever vegetables I had, thawed the salmon, mixed some curry paste (leftover) with coconut milk… and voila, a dish that’s actually worth sharing with your friends!
Shrimp Fried Rice
Fried rice, when done right, is beyond rice. This means, it’s even better than regular plain rice because it’s got all the extras that elevate the rice itself.
Either I wanted to live up to her comment of me, or it’s just how I was programmed, I am a good eater. I will try anything, especially, any vegetables.
Intuitive Eating Journey: Intention
Even though we were all born intuitive eaters, we were not all raised intuitive eaters. The body may know and remember, but our mind has to practice being intuitive again.
Chia pudding is relatively new in my repertoire, and I was not always a fan. But I am all about easy, simple things I can make myself with what I have on hand.
Intuitive Tuesday | Reality
One of my favorite teachers I learn from is Byron Katie. Her words ring true, and need to be remembered on a regular basis: When we fight with reality, we always lose.
Soba Noodles with Zucchini & Edamame
Even though my first cuisine is Thai, and it sure holds a special place in my heart, Japanese food brings comfort, and all the umami flavors one could ask for.
Sometimes, life can be that simple. Bake a cake, just because.
I think you should, too. Especially THIS cake. That’s all I will say. As simple as that!
Intuitive Eating Journey: Weight Loss
When I was accidentally dieting (because I seriously didn’t know it – most people don’t), I would think about what foods will help me lose weight, how much I should eat to lose weight, when to eat so I lose weight, etc.
Intuitive Eating Journey: Food Choices
I felt liberated with this permission, and glad to be eating everything with my family again. I doubt they noticed the change, but they did stop asking if I would join them – because they knew I would.
Kit’s Kale Salad
I’ve made this salad many many times, and each time, I’m not only grateful for the gift that continues to give, I’m just grateful that there’s a recipe for a salad that our whole family loves.
Intuitive Eating Journey: Satisfaction Factor
If you aren’t, it’s possible that you didn’t eat what you actually wanted to eat. You may have eaten on a run, or eaten what you “should” have eaten… but not really want you WANTED to eat.
Thai Green Curry with Shrimp
This is a really simple way to make a dish that explodes with Thai flavors without requiring exotic ingredients.
Intuitive Eating Journey: Permission to eat
If you want to return to our natural way of being which will help you to return to your natural body weight as it was meant to be, then we have to do some unraveling, and re-learning.
Black Sesame Banana Bread
THIS recipe is special in that it uses two ingredients that aren’t common and yet they make two humble sad looking bananas into something quite magical. You will just have to try it for yourself!
Meet Sage, My Inner Voice
We’re getting to know each other better, Sage and I. It’s like a long lost friend I’ve rediscovered. It’s as if no time has passed because we know each other really well.
Chickpea & Herb Salad
When your kids beg you to make a salad, you oblige, with glee.
This is that salad!
Intuitive Eating Journey: The Irony
My intuition knew I didn’t have a problem, so I would struggle even more because my mind wanted something different than my body.
Yogurt Lemon Cake
This is the cake that I make for them on their half birthday which just happened. It’s simple, but delicious, and comes together so quickly. It’s from Molly Wizenberg’s first book: A Homemade Life.
The best things in life are simple.
Don’t you agree?
Take pesto. It’s a combination of a few really good ingredients that can be enjoyed in so many ways.
When the clouds parted and I decided to leave the traffic circle of dieting, I returned to what made me and my body feel good.
Cashew Tahini Cookies
I was surprised at how 4 ingredients can make these most decadent cookies ever!
Intuitive Eating Journey: My Weight Story
It’s embarrassing and vulnerable for me to share it because somehow I feel like I still should not have a weight story.
Roasted Cauliflower & Garlic Pasta
Those times have past, thankfully, and I now enjoy pasta when I want. Life is so much easier and more pleasurable with it in my life.
Circumstances: they don’t affect you
The reason we do anything is because we choose to do it.
The reason we do anything is because how we think it will make us feel.
The Only Question We Need
Last week, my business coach asked me a question that I’m still pondering.
It’s seriously the only question we all need.
Decision making: a lesson from my father-in-law
Too much information creates overwhelm. It prevents you from making a decision – especially when you might not HAVE to.
Commitment: What it looks like in a teenager
My daughter is proving to be a night owl.There are some days when she will have just turned off her lights to go to bed as I am about to turn on mine as I wake.
Understanding the Mind: Why We Crave
When we have a craving for certain foods, it feels as if we have no control over our actions. Cravings feel urgent, and important.
Oatmeal Banana Bar
In honor of the No Sugar Challenge Summer Reset, I created this recipe with overripe bananas hanging around the kitchen.
Enough: What does it mean to you?
What if we just ask ourselves what enough means to us? What if it’s different from other people’s enough? What if we get the freedom to decide for ourselves?
Mindful Eating: Forbidden Foods, or Not.
Instead of denying oneself of certain foods, the practice mindful eating allows us to eat all foods.
4 Types of Eating
Eating should not be complicated. And yet for some people, it is the most complicated part of their existence. Breaking down the different types of eating can be helpful.
Three Steps to End Overeating
If our body were a vehicle, overeating is over-fueling at the gas station. When was the last time you did that – putting TOO MUCH gas into your car?
So Sweet: The Truth About Sugar
It is a fact that our brain only feeds on glucose, the form of sugar that gives it energy to function. Without sugar, we would cease to exist.
Feeling Loved Through Food
Of course, the conversation flowed to food. I happen to enjoy Nepalese food, although I am no expert.
Food and Compassion
One of the ways that I show love and compassion with the people I love is through preparing and sharing food.
How to Stay Ready : A Mindful Practice
“If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.” It occurred to me that staying ready is a conscious action.
Eating Habits: Change in 5 Steps
Before we go into how we can change our eating habits, let’s look at why we have certain ones that we hold on to for dear life.
Mindful Eating Project: Gluten Free
Our family has a tradition of setting intentions for the new year on New Year’s eve.
Mindful Eating Lessons from Japan
We just spent 10 lovely days in Japan, with many memorable family time, and countless delicious meals…
Mindful Eating: What is it?
Here on my blog and in my practice, mindful eating is about how we approach food…
5 Healthy Habits that Help Prolong Life
A recent New York Times article listed 5 healthy habits that prove to help people live longer…