Zen

How do you define zen? Merriam-Webster defines it as “A state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort, lost in the rhythm of the tasks at hand.” . I got to practice the art of zen yesterday when I locked my keys in my car. Well,…

Zucchini

#TBT Zucchini and Sweet Corn Fritters Did you know zucchini is actually a berry? Yep, they are, though in the culinary world, they’re treated like a vegetable. They’re the swollen ovary of a zucchini flower. You’re welcome for that imagery. I made these delectable fritters when @jack.vandever was visiting back in April. What a fun 4 days that…

Zinc

Zinc Whenever I hear the word zinc, it brings up summer memories from my childhood spent at the pool when people proudly sported fluorescent colored zinc oxide sunscreen on their noses. Anyone else? Zinc is so much more than a powerful sunscreen. It’s one of the 16 essential minerals prevalent throughout your body, from your…

Yoga

Yoga Have you tried it? It wasn’t an immediate love for me. I’d go for a bit & stop. I never quite understood what was going on, I never knew if I was doing it “right” and quite honestly, it was a bit intimidating. The first time I tried a 26×2 class was in 2003…

Yeast

I always bring the fun topics to the table right? My cinnamon rolls were often requested. In fact, a friend from work asked me to make them if he quit or got fired. He quit. I made good on that promise. But my cinnamon rolls were gluten festival, & as the proud owner of celiac,…

Yams

Yams Did you know that a yam and a sweet potato are not the same? While they are often times used interchangeably, that’s not always the move. There are some differences. Yams have a tougher skin, are much more starchy than sweet, are an entirely different root vegetable and their insides are white, red or…

Yin and Yang

Yin and Yang You’ve seen the symbol, the circle comprised of two equal parts of black and white. It was even popularized by a clothing brand in the mid-1980s. I’m dating myself. But that symbol is much more than just a fashion statement. It represents Yin and Yang, which in Traditional Chinese Medicine, everything is…

Young Lords and NADA Acupuncture

  Young Lords and NADA Acupuncture Have you ever heard of them? Let’s just say both are pretty dope. The Young Lords are a civil and human rights organization that started in Chicago in the late 1960s and made its way to NYC. They are credited with bringing Auricular (ear) Acupuncture, commonly called the NADA…

X Rays

X-rays are a type of radiation called electromagnetic waves, that have a slight chance of causing cancer and low risk of side effects with low exposure. High exposure can cause unpleasant things like vomiting, hair loss bleeding or fainting. That being said, if I ever get any sort of xrays, like a dental exam or…

Wheel Pose

Wheel Pose I don’t do this pose often, but when I do, I do it on a concrete walkway in my friend’s front yard in Los Angeles on a lovely September afternoon. And when @juliemagnussen asks “can you kick your leg up?” you reply with no and do it anyway. #surprise I have a complicated…