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…

Winter

Winter is coming!  Having never watched Game of Thrones, I have no idea what that actually means & can only assume it’s enticing you to get prepared for the harsh reality that is the season. Prepared we shall be!  Those of you who watched can enlighten me.   In TCM, winter is a yin season. Yin…

Wellness

What does this word mean to you? It means something different to everyone. The definition according to the Google is “the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.” I can relate to that. To expand on that, I also think it means taking care of myself so that I feel…

WTF

There’s a lot of WTF health and wellness information that’s out there and it’s hard to figure it out, make sense of and what to believe. You may even think some of mine is WTF? I’m a big proponent of not drinking ice water as it’s hard on the body. You may think, wtf? I’ve…

Vinegar

Did you know vinegar is more than just commonly used in the kitchen to add flavor or acidity to a dish? Yeah, it’s a little unicorn and can be used for pickling and preserving, as a non toxic household cleaner, a drink to promote wellness, a beauty staple and used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to…

Vanilla

  Think vanilla is basic?  Called someone vanilla because you think they have no flavor?  Vanilla often plays second fiddle to chocolate and I have and after looking into vanilla, this little pod is rather complex.   Vanilla is a flavor that comes from the only fruit bearing orchid that exists and literally translated from…