Coming into the season of Christmas cookies and baked goods EVERYWHERE.....I am SO excited to have discovered a fabulous blend of herbs called Sweet Change. I heard several rave reviews about it before I was finally moved to try it out myself, and boy was I glad I did!!! Sweet Change was created to help eliminate cravings, support blood sugar levels, detoxify the liver, combat stress eating, and calm the mind!!! Doesn't that just sound like a holiday life-saver!!!! Not only will this be a great addition to your life, but it also makes a wonderful gift for your sister with a sweet tooth, or your friend who is making a New Year's resolution to eat healthier.
Lets talk about taste. The blend of herbs in Sweet Change are bitter by design, on par with the wisdom of Chinese Medicine. Different tastes and flavors have specific effects on the organs in the human body. The flavor and tastes of a food, spice, or herb help to determine the therapeutic effect. For more info about how Sweet Change helps to rebalance the flavor spectrum of the American diet, click here. Basically, Sweet Change provides a flavor that is missing from the average diet, and makes it easier to make healthier, fresher food choices. To me, the bitter taste was very palatable, didn't linger on the tongue, and I even noticed a hint of a maple syrup aftertaste :)
After implementing Sweet Change into my daily routine, I noticed myself having way less interest in both sweet and salty treats that before would have tempted me. The batch of brownies on the counter at Grandma's house didn't even make me think twice. The herb blend was created for food cravings, but people have also been having luck with using it to curb other negative habits like smoking or alcohol overconsumption.
I can't wait to hear YOUR success stories about this amazing herb!!! Contact me here to get more info or purchase Sweet Change today!!!
This past week, during the Thanksgiving holiday, I got to experience something I had never felt before...severe sciatica. In the middle of my 31st week of pregnancy, baby decided to snuggle herself right up onto my sciatic nerve! After spending Thanksgiving limping, and even crawling at times due to intense pain, I decided I should practice what I preach, and initiate some self care. I asked for help from my friend and fellow acupuncturist, and was just amazed at the results!! We began treatment with the intention of encouraging the baby to reposition herself so she was not pressing on my sciatic nerve. After putting in a few needles to activate the meridian that affects the uterus, my friend left me alone to rest. Within just a couple of minutes, I felt the baby start moving!! By the time I got up off the treatment table half an hour later, my pain had decreased by more than half. Baby continued moving the rest of the evening, and by the morning I could walk normally again. Even though Chinese Medicine has been a part of my life for many years, it just never ceases to amaze me when I feel the results firsthand. My hope is that by sharing these stories, I'll encourage and inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and give acupuncture/Chinese Medicine the chance to change their lives too!!
The change of seasons can be a tough time health-wise for lots of people, if they are not prepared and proactive about their self care. In Chinese medicine, the season of Fall is related to the lungs energetically. This means that physical issues relating to the lungs, such as colds, cough, weak immune function, or even bronchitis can arise. This also means that emotional releases of grief or "letting go" may come up for us as we shift into Fall energy. From a Chinese medicine perspective, the chilly winds that blow the leaves from the trees can also carry pathogens into our bodies, and cause chronic pain to worsen, or new aches to arise. The beauty of knowing these things, is that we can prepare and support our bodies to ensure a more graceful and easeful transition! First of all, an easy and important tip: protect your neck!!! In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), the neck is called the "wind gate". If not protected with a scarf, hat, coat, and/or hood, the neck is vulnerable to winds that carry pathogens into the body. We have all experienced this at one time or another, where we have been outside in windy weather without a coat, and afterwards feel achy or "chilled to the bone", and then wake up sick the next day! So, remember your scarf when you head outside!
Here are some self care practices to consider this fall for immune system support and maximum health:
*Keep in mind, this list is a great place to start, but there are TONS of other ways to support your body that are specific to your individual needs. I would love to assist in this process in any way that I can!
I found myself thinking today as I was doing some meal prepping for the week, "If the people who think vegans only eat leaves and twigs could see this food, they'd be shocked!" Among the meals on my counter were zucchini chickpea scramble, mini veggie frittatas, creamy potato kale soup, and vegan queso. Every single meal is whole food based, gluten free, vegan, and organic!!! I am feeling very blessed to be surrounded by such nourishing and healing food, and wanted to share these delicious recipes with anyone who has the desire to eat for health, but feels it is out of their reach. I have included the links below...enjoy!!!
As an acupuncturist, by far the most common question I am asked is "What can you use it for?" The answer is, truly, just about everything. Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine which uses a completely different medical model to diagnose and treat disease than Western medicine. A basic concept of TCM is that physical disease, pain, and emotional/mental disharmony can be attributed to an imbalance of the body's natural healing energy that flows through pathways within the body. For example, sciatic pain can be caused by a blockage of energy in the pathway, or meridian, that runs through that area of the body (the hip/buttock area). Acupuncture uses hair-thin, sterile needles to direct the flow of this energy through the meridians of the body. It assists in restoring balance, which allows for the body's natural healing ability to work as it's meant to. In the example of sciatic pain, acupuncture needles would be inserted strategically to rebalance the meridians that are blocked or out of balance. Another way to look at this concept is by referring to the energetic flow in the body as electricity (which it more or less is). In an electric circuit, if a blockage is present, the flow of electricity will be altered. Removing the blockage to restore the flow of electricity will allow the circuit to perform as it was intended to.
Acupuncture is widely known to be effective for conditions such as insomnia, infertility, PTSD, body pain, IBS, GERD, migraines, PMS, neuropathy, nausea, depression, anxiety, and so many more. Even more exciting news is that all of this healing can be achieved without surgical intervention or prescription medication!!!
I invite you to begin your journey of working WITH your body's natural healing abilities, and look forward to guiding you as move into a space of empowered mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
As an Animal Communicator and Intuitive Guide, I am able to tune in energetically to the messages from animals, spirit guides, our higher self/consciousness, Angels, Archangels, nature spirits and elementals, ancestors and Earth consciousness. I do this by stepping out of my mind consciousness and entering my heart space where I am free from judgement, doubt, bias, and preconceived notions. This beautiful, healing space holds a dominant vibration of love, which allows clear messages for the highest good of the client to flow through me. Being that this connection is energetic and vibrational in nature, physical proximity plays no part in its quality or depth. I am able to tune in and receive messages for a giraffe in Africa with the same clarity as a horse standing next to me in a barn. This allows me to share my gifts with humans and animals across the globe, which is a piece of my divine purpose and opportunity on Earth in this lifetime.
Phone sessions are an extremely convenient option for both parties, as there is no travel time. This allows you to snuggle up in the comfort of your favorite chair while receiving beautiful messages from your animal companion or intuitive guidance team. It doesn't get much better than that!!!
Caitria is a licensed acupuncturist, Chinese herbalist, holistic nutrition and wellness educator, professional animal communicator, and intuitive guide. She has a passion for growing her own knowing in all ways, and for sharing her gifts and insights with others.