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I've been talking about stress this month. Today, I want to share MY style of stress management. I'd love to tell you th...
04/26/2024

I've been talking about stress this month. Today, I want to share MY style of stress management. I'd love to tell you that I live an ideal, stress-free life, but that wouldn't be real. What IS real is that since 2017 I've been diagnosed with breast cancer, gone through treatment, lived through a global pandemic, managed medical care at end of life for BOTH of my parents who passed away 19 months apart AND helped my sister finalize the estate, all while managing two small businesses, running a breast cancer support group, and doing my best to be present in my marriage. Life has thrown a lot of curve balls, and it has been a messy and imperfect period of navigating all the things.

How do I manage to stay "sane" in the face of insanity?

My #1 go-to is EXERCISE. Even 20-30 minutes 3x/week boosts serotonin and dopamine enough to improve mood (though I need more than that!). In fact, studies have shown that exercise is equal to or even more effective than anti-depressants for mild to moderate depression. It doesn't matter what - just make it FUN. My favorite way to exercise is to ride a bike, and while I love getting outdoors, I was surprised how by much fun I have had on a Peloton.

#2: Therapy. We love to think practitioners are immune to needing support, but I have NEEDED it these last few years. There is NO shame in working with an impartial person who can help you keep things in perspective when it feels like the world is simply too much, and it can literally be a lifesaver.

#3: Feed myself really well. Nourishing the body helps to keep stress hormones and inflammation in check, and it feels really good. My favorite food to eat when stressed?? CHOCOLATE, of course 😛. My "guilty pleasure" is a honey lavender oat-milk latte, which always feels soothing to drink. And my standard diet is omnivorous with lots of whole grains, veggies, and real food.

The rest...getting enough sleep, breathing through the toughest parts, journaling, spending time with friends, and as much good s*x as my aging body will allow. Nothing boosts anandamide and serotonin like a good or**sm!

How do YOU manage your stress? Drop your comments below 👇👇👇

Pep-talk for the month: Every BODY is BEAUTIFUL.  No matter your skin color, the texture of your hair, the thickness of ...
04/24/2024

Pep-talk for the month: Every BODY is BEAUTIFUL. No matter your skin color, the texture of your hair, the thickness of your thighs; whether you’re naturally aging and things which used to be perky have begun to sag, or you’ve had surgeries and bear the scars, or you’ve carried and nursed and parented children and have the wrinkles to show for it…you’re BEAUTIFUL. Yes, BEAUTIFUL!

And let’s not leave out strong, capable, and amazing.

As a closer-to-60-than-50-year-old breast cancer survivor and athlete, it's so easy for me to compare my saggy, surgically scarred, hormonally-suppressed-for-5-years body against my 45-year-old ultra-cyclist body. But I can tell you that I'm still strong, still an athlete, still passionate, still loveable, and DEFINITELY healthier as a 165lb size 12 than I was as a 135lb size 6. And YOU are PERFECT, just the way YOU are.

I spend a lot of time on a Peloton these days, and one of my favorite instructors is a menopausal, plus-sized bike racer. Yes, you read that right. She’s over 50, teaching fitness classes, racing (and WINNING) track bicycle races at a World level. One of the most inspirational things she says is that you don’t have to be a particular size or shape to be an athlete. Or to be worthy. Or to be loved. "You are bigger than a smaller pair of pants" is one of my favorite quotes from her. I love this woman and her message, because I see so many people who are miserable while trying to force themselves into an unobtainable shape. And the stress is literally killing us.

Can we PLEASE stop stressing out about the shapes of our bodies? Let’s talk about healthy instead of perfect. Does your body feel good? Can you do the things which bring you joy? Do you feed your body well? Including dessert?? These things are so much more important than the size of our pants.

Please accept yourself as the amazing, strong, beautiful soul that you are!! And if you're struggling, please know that there are resources to help.

“You have cancer.” Three of the absolute WORST words anyone could hear, and a quick pathway to a nervous system melt-dow...
04/22/2024

“You have cancer.” Three of the absolute WORST words anyone could hear, and a quick pathway to a nervous system melt-down for the patient and anyone close to them.

Cancer is stressful. From the initial diagnosis to learning all the things to getting a treatment plan to having the treatment, there is stress at every step. And it’s at EXACTLY the time when stress is the worst possible thing to be experiencing. We want to be focused on healing from difficult treatments, and our nervous systems are hijacked instead.

Even once treatment is over, stress can stick around. People worry about what to eat, how much exercise to get, whether that new pain means the cancer is back. Figuring out how to reduce risk can become an obsession. Many patients undergo scans or blood work several times each year, and the days before and after these tests can be torture while they wonder if THIS will be the time when they hear those words again. The struggle is real, and it’s something cancer patients have to manage every single day as they keep on living. I KNOW because I’ve been living it since 2017.

You might not know that cancer patients are second only to combat veterans for severity and intensity of PTSD. Nightmares, sleeplessness, hypervigilance, constant feelings of impending doom…all of these can be with a cancer patient from the moment of diagnoses until, well, forever. The good news is that there are things which can help. Things like working with a therapist who specializes in trauma, PTSD, or working with cancer patients. Getting good nutrition advice and guidance so you don’t have to overthink it. And acupuncture. Acupuncture is one of the most effective things I know of for flipping the nervous system from fight-or-flight to rest-and-digest.

I specialize in working with cancer patients, especially breast cancer patients, to help them get through treatment and thrive. Stress management is a HUGE part of what I help my patients and their families with. If you or someone you love is going through cancer treatment, hit me up for a free 15 minute discovery call. I’d love to help!

Chinese herbalist geek-out moment 😛 I'm using 420 as an excuse to share a little bit about one of my favorite plants. Ca...
04/20/2024

Chinese herbalist geek-out moment 😛 I'm using 420 as an excuse to share a little bit about one of my favorite plants.

Cann*bis has been part of Chinese medicine tradition for thousands of years. The first record appears in The Divine Farmer's Materia Medica, a text which which dates to about 2000BCE. It appears again in the work of Tao Hongjing during the Han Dynasty (roughly 540CE), and again in a huge work published during the Ming Dynasty in the 1500s. In these texts, cann*bis was used as a remedy for all manner of women's healthcare issues. Infusions of the flower were used to relieve menstrual cramps, to stimulate milk production post-partum, and to promote relaxation. The roots were used to help fractures to heal and to help expel the placenta after a difficult delivery. Oil pressed from the seeds was used to help thinning hair grow thick and luxurious. The seeds were made into a porridge and fed to anyone with debilitating illness. The stalks were used to make clothing, shoes, sails, storage containers, and more, PLUS were used medically for dribbling, painful urination. Nobody was inhaling back then, though the plant WAS used as an ingredient in the incense used in some temples.

And I bet you didn't know that cann*bis was part of the US Pharmacopeia until the 1930's. Doctors here in the United States considered it to be an important medicine for menstrual cramps and other pain. The American Medical Association actually opposed the legislation which made it mostly unavailable, and it's taken nearly 80 years to bring it back. No other plant in history has been the subject of so much political controversy and angst.

Pretty cool history, right?? I could geek out on this stuff all day 💚💚💚

#420

Did you know that Chinese Medicine looks to the seasons for a guide to what is "normal" and what needs intervention? The...
04/18/2024

Did you know that Chinese Medicine looks to the seasons for a guide to what is "normal" and what needs intervention? The year is broken up into 24 seasonal nodes, each of which defines the season and the expected movement of qi.

This week marks the beginning of the 6th node, the cusp between spring and the beginning of summer. In the north, it marks the end of frost and the beginning of rain which will pave the way for the growth of spring and summer. In the south, it marks the closing of spring rains and the beginnings of summer growth. A famous quote says "Rain brings up the growth of hundreds of grains." (sorry, I have NO idea who to cite for this quote).

While spring growth is explosive and green, summer growth is more lazy and marked by the warmth of the sun. This is a time of year to be paying attention to our digestion, making sure we have absorbed all of the intensity of spring so we are ready for the flourishing of summer.

Some of my favorite things to enjoy in the spring include sweet peas, fresh local strawberries, and tender baby greens. But I always make sure to gently warm the greens and add some ginger or sip some cinnamon tea because too much raw food can be hard to digest without adding some warming spices.

I LOVE when my patients bring me gifts from their gardens. Fresh, organic greens and oranges? Yes, please!! Dinner is ge...
04/18/2024

I LOVE when my patients bring me gifts from their gardens. Fresh, organic greens and oranges? Yes, please!! Dinner is getting extra special tonight 😋

Tax time is one of the most stressful times of the year for many of us. What are you doing to treat yourself after your ...
04/15/2024

Tax time is one of the most stressful times of the year for many of us. What are you doing to treat yourself after your return is filed???

Some ideas:
✅✅✅ Acupuncture
👍 Take a walk
✅✅✅ Acupuncture
👍 Enjoy some ice cream
✅✅✅ Acupuncture

Seriously, NOTHING beats ACUPUNCTURE for managing the aftermath of stress ❤❤❤

When stress takes over, it’s hard to figure out how to get our nervous systems back “on track”. We also tend to stop pay...
04/11/2024

When stress takes over, it’s hard to figure out how to get our nervous systems back “on track”. We also tend to stop paying attention to our habits when we’re stressed and basic self-care goes out the window. We ALL have our moments, and it’s NOT a time to judge ourselves! Instead, a gentle reminder to ourselves that we do have the tools to manage this would be more kind.

When everything else fails, it’s time to go back to basics. Rest. Nourishment. Hydration. Survival for humans (and really ALL animals) is really that simple. Rest. Nourishment. Hydration.

❤ REST: even if you can’t sleep, take time to rest. Turn off electronics at least 30 minutes before bed, take a warm bath or shower, get into bed, and close your eyes. I call it “constructive rest” when I lie down, close my eyes, and breathe even if I can’t sleep.

❤ NOURISHMENT: It’s not the time for elaborate or fancy meals unless you LOVE to cook and making food de-stresses you. Go for simple, quick, high-quality foods. A veggie burrito or a bowl of soup from your favorite place. Keep fruit or nuts on hand for easy snacking. Limit caffeine and alcohol which can make you feel more jittery.

❤ HYDRATION: Plenty of pure, clean water will help to flush out all the extra stress chemicals in your body and soothe your nervous system. Try to drink at least 2-3 liters/day, and it’s fine to add a little bit of electrolyte blend into your bottle for flavor and extra support.

It really IS that simple.

Clinic is got a mini face-lift!!  New was installed carpet today, and it looks and feels so much cleaner. Yes, the clini...
04/11/2024

Clinic is got a mini face-lift!! New was installed carpet today, and it looks and feels so much cleaner. Yes, the clinic was clean before. But it's amazing how much dust old carpet holds!! And carpet padding 💕❤️💕 SO nice on the feet. Sometimes it's the small things which create joy.

You’re feeling agitated, heart is racing, and you just can’t concentrate. Stress has overwhelmed your nervous system and...
04/09/2024

You’re feeling agitated, heart is racing, and you just can’t concentrate. Stress has overwhelmed your nervous system and you’re fully into “fight or flight” with nowhere to run.

Does this sound familiar? If so, there’s no need to lose your s**t. Here are a few quick nervous system hacks for bringing your nervous system closer to balance when it all hits the fan:

1. Get grounded. Plant your feel right under your hips. Focus on feeling the ground under your feet as you tuck your pelvis under you and let your knees soften. Visualize sinking down into your hips and legs, your feet rooting into the earth. Take a deep breath into your belly. Let go of sucking your stomach in so the muscles relax, and picture the breath going down past your lungs and expanding your abdomen. When you can’t get any more air in, let it out slowly, counting to at least 5. Repeat at least 3 times. This should leave you feeling calmer and better able to face whatever it is which hijacked your nervous system.

2. Andrew Weil teaches a 4-7-8 breathing exercise which is REALLY helpful at times when you are trying to relax but can’t let go of the day’s stress. It may not work in the middle of a panic attack or when you need to stand your ground and fight back, but it can be magic if you’re stuck in an MRI machine or trying to get to sleep. Here’s what you do…if you can, find a relaxed or reclined position and put your hands on your belly. If not, wherever you are is FINE. Slowly inhale through your nose for a count of 4. Hold your breath at the top for a count of 7. Exhale slowly through your mouth with a “whooshing” sound for a count of 8. Repeat until you are feeling calmer.

Today's the DAY. I'm pedaling my bike to raise funds for cancer research, and I'd love your help! (Yes, it's ME in the p...
04/07/2024

Today's the DAY. I'm pedaling my bike to raise funds for cancer research, and I'd love your help! (Yes, it's ME in the photo, at the finish line in 2022!)

Padres Pedal the Cause is one of my favorite charities because they exclusively fund cancer research within my home town of San Diego. I'm riding as part of the UCSD Comprehensive Breast Center team, supporting the doctors and nurses who provided my treatment.

There's still time to help me meet my fund raising goal, and donations made TODAY will be matched 100% by an anonymous donor for double the impact!! If you have a charity budget and feel inspired, please consider a donation to this cause which is so important to me.

https://www.facebook.com/donate/2342193762654783

April is STRESS AWARENESS MONTH, so my posts this month will be mostly about types of stress, how it impacts our bodies,...
04/05/2024

April is STRESS AWARENESS MONTH, so my posts this month will be mostly about types of stress, how it impacts our bodies, and how to manage it.

What is STRESS?
The Oxford Dictionary defines stress as
1. pressure or tension exerted on a material object
2. a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances

Stress can be a physical force – pressure from sitting in the same place all the time or from lifting heavy things; another person actually shoving us; a headwind while pedaling a bicycle. It can also be an emotional force – constant criticism from a boss or partner; a child who is sick or chronically misbehaving; the daily grind of treatment for a medical condition like cancer. Even self-talk…”I’ll never be good enough.” Or “My pants don’t fit and I need to lose weight RIGHT NOW!” Stress can also be a low grade, constant irritant like a food sensitivity or allergy. ANYTHING which creates an ongoing strain or tension on our bodies can be defined as a source of stress.

When we are stressed, we have lower capacity for managing everything else. Tempers are shorter. Headaches and upset stomachs become more typical. Pain may become worse and won’t go away. Over time, we lose our sense of joy and purpose.

Modern life tends to be stressful, even though we tell ourselves we’re “living our best life”. And managing stress can feel like a full time job. The good news is, there are simple things we can do which will reduce the impact of stress on our bodies and create space for actually reducing the stress in our lives. Curious yet??

Stay tuned on my socials for tips, strategies, and hacks for reducing and managing stress which will be dropping all month. First strategy…get some acupuncture! One of the quickest and easiest ways to reset the nervous system from stress to rest is acupuncture. If you need some relief, call or text for a free 15 minute discovery call at (619)772-4002.

People ask me about nutrition all the time. What’s the “BEST” food for_____________? Really, there’s so much conflicting...
04/04/2024

People ask me about nutrition all the time. What’s the “BEST” food for_____________? Really, there’s so much conflicting information out there that I take most of it with a grain of salt and go back to basics. In the words of Michael Pollan, “Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants.”

That said, some foods provide better support than others during the transition through menopause. Here are a few things to consider ADDING to your diet to give your body everything it needs to survive the change with as little drama as possible:

Fish, especially salmon, mackerel, and sardines. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids which are great for our brains and for making hormones and neurotransmitters. Don’t eat too much shark or tuna since they can have higher amounts of mercury.

Nuts. They’re high in calcium and magnesium which help keep our bones strong, and a small amount is a filling source of protein and fiber.

H**p seeds. A nutritional powerhouse which contains ALL of the essential amino acids and fatty acids, plenty of fiber, AND is one of the few food sources for vitamin D. Also high in calcium, magnesium, and trace minerals. Try adding them to your oatmeal or smoothies.

Avocado. Loaded with potassium, fiber, and polyunsaturated fat. Even better with a squeeze of lime and a pinch of salt.

Curry. Turmeric, one of the main spices in many curries, is a great anti-inflammatory. Don’t worry about taking a supplement, food quantities are plenty for most of us.
Cucumbers, melon, celery. These foods have a cooling effect and may help to reduce intensity of hot flashes.

Chocolate. One of the few foods which naturally stimulate production of anandamide (the molecule of bliss), chocolate can help reduce irritability and mood swings. Be careful, though, because too much can make hot flashes worse.

Water. Pure, clean water is the best beverage to support all of our physiology. Try to get at least 2-3 liters/day.

Note I didn't tell you to ELIMINATE anything from your diet! This is all about sustainability and ENJOYING our food ❤️

Humor is great medicine! Seriously, sometimes the best thing we can do is have a good belly laugh. Hope you get some gig...
04/01/2024

Humor is great medicine! Seriously, sometimes the best thing we can do is have a good belly laugh. Hope you get some giggles in today 🙃

Amusing pic? Maybe. Serious subject? DEFINITELY! As a breast cancer survivor who found my own cancer on a breast exam, I...
03/30/2024

Amusing pic? Maybe. Serious subject? DEFINITELY!

As a breast cancer survivor who found my own cancer on a breast exam, I can't stress enough the importance of checking yourself out EVERY SINGLE MONTH. The more familiar we are with every nook and cranny, every bumpy nuance of our breasts, the more likely we are to notice when something is different. And early detection is the key to the very high survival rates for many breast cancers. Breast cancer is being found in women in their 20s, so it's never too early to start those monthly checks.

By the way, this is ALSO a reminder to our friends with testicles that a monthly check there is a good idea. If that's you and you're seeing this, know that familiarity with your "boys" is the best tool for early detection for testicular cancer. And while breast cancer in men is relatively rare, it DOES happen. Even people born without uteruses need to check those bo***es.

Menopause and the period leading up to it can come with all kinds of symptoms. Acupuncture is AWESOME for relieving many...
03/28/2024

Menopause and the period leading up to it can come with all kinds of symptoms. Acupuncture is AWESOME for relieving many of them including:

🔥Hot flashes
🔥Brain fog
🔥Insomnia
🔥Joint pain
🔥Painful and irregular periods
🔥Vaginal dryness
🔥Mood swings

Nobody NEEDS to suffer. Book a free 15 minute discovery call to see if we can help YOU.
(619)772-4002

You may know I was an ultradistance cyclist through most of my 40s. Ultra as in 120 hilly miles was a routine training r...
03/25/2024

You may know I was an ultradistance cyclist through most of my 40s. Ultra as in 120 hilly miles was a routine training ride. Riding all day and all night was no big thing. Climbing in the heat? Sign me up! I was one of 45 American women who finished Paris-Brest-Paris in 2015, at the age of 50.

The year I turned 51, everything changed. On hot days, my heart rate would accelerate and not come down with rest. My beloved “ride chicken” sat in my stomach like lead. I routinely found myself bonking on a full stomach, and couldn’t figure out what I needed to do. Maple syrup shots became a thing. (SERIOUSLY! The stuff was like rocket fuel!). I had been an Olympic sleeper, and suddenly I was finding myself awake during the night. And yes, my period got weird. It would show up for EVERY event. I knew menopause would affect my performance, but I wasn’t prepared for the train wreck it brought.

I’ve since learned that I’m not alone. Hormone changes mean that our training and nutrition need to change to fit our changing bodies. When I went through this, there was NO guidance for women in this area. Today, there are several elite female athletes writing books about how to keep doing endurance sports through menopause and beyond. I’m grateful that there are now resources for YOU which weren’t there for ME.

A few keys…
Sports nutrition has typically been carb-centric. As aging women, we need PROTEIN as well as carbs for fuel. And timing is everything.

We MUST add strength training to our routines. As estrogen declines, we lose muscle mass and it WILL impact performance without adding something to build muscle. Lift Heavy Sh*t is the mantra…

Rest days are CRITICAL. We no longer have the capacity to push through forever, and will need time for muscles to recover between efforts.

It doesn’t matter if your workouts last for 20 minutes or 20 hours, your changing body WILL have different needs, and with some guidance and small shifts there’s no reason you can’t keep doing all the things with the same enthusiasm.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of Next Level by Stacy T. Sims to learn more!

Perimenopause and menopause bring lots of changes to our bodies. Periods get weird, then stop altogether. Mood swings ar...
03/22/2024

Perimenopause and menopause bring lots of changes to our bodies. Periods get weird, then stop altogether. Mood swings are a thing. Sleep gets wonky. Brain fog…what WAS I saying??! It can all make a woman feel like she’s going crazy. And it IS our first rodeo, so we don’t really know what to expect and when there is trouble brewing.

MOST of the perimenopause symptoms are uncomfortable, but not medically serious. But sometimes, a visit to your doctor really is the best thing. Here are some times when you should DEFINITELY go get checked out:

👀 Your periods have been gone for 12 full months, and then…it’s BACK. If it reappears after a full year, it could be a sign of endometrial cancer. This is a possible complication for anyone with a uterus who is taking Tamoxifen, so it's ESPECIALLY important to call your gynecologist if a period appears out of the blue.

👀 You find a lump in your breast or armpit. Especially if there is a history of dense breasts, it’s hard to tell what is “normal” lumpiness and what may signal trouble. Be sure to get your mammograms as scheduled during this time of transition, and report anything unusual with your breasts to your doctor.

👀 Mood swings which are impacting your job or your relationships. Yes, mood swings are a thing. As our hormones go on a rollercoaster, they take our neurotransmitters along for the ride and the result can be a cascade of tears or rage. If your co-workers are starting to avoid talking to you, the kids are running away when you get home, and your partner is at wits end, it’s time to talk to a professional.

👀 Unexplained upset stomach, nausea, and uneasiness. Estrogen protects women from heart disease risk, and when our estrogen drops, our risk increases. For US, signs of a possible heart attack rarely include chest pain, pain in the left arm, and other classic things we associate with heart attacks, and they often are miss diagnosed. If stomach upset or new and unexplained uneasiness/anxiety persists, be sure to get in touch with your doctor. An uneventful EKG is much better than an untreated heart attack!

03/20/2024
Is your “Aunt Flo” starting to show up unannounced, out of the blue, and at COMPLETELY inconvenient times? After years o...
03/19/2024

Is your “Aunt Flo” starting to show up unannounced, out of the blue, and at COMPLETELY inconvenient times? After years of regular visits, during the perimenopausal period she can get a little bit feisty, dropping in on a whim.

What’s “perimenopause”? It’s the time leading up to menopause when a woman’s hormones begin to fluctuate. Estrogen levels start to drop, FSH starts to rise, egg quality declines, the uterine lining doesn’t get as thick, and periods can get, well, WEIRD. They can be heavier than normal, lighter than normal, earlier or later than normal. A month or two may be skipped, followed by the heaviest ever. All of this is TYPICAL during this time of life, but it can be ANNOYING.

The good news is, there are things we can do to make this transition smoother. The gynecologist’s toolbox includes hormone replacement therapy, often with birth control pills or bioidenticals. That’s a great option if there is no reason for you to avoid extra estrogen, and can make the transition much easier.

But not all of us can use HRT (looking at you, hormone-positive breast cancer ladies or people who carry certain genetic mutations – like ME), and for us, this is a time when Chinese Medicine shines. Acupuncture can help to reduce cramps, hormonal migraines, and other discomforts when Flo makes a show. Chinese herbs can help to regulate cycles, even out the uneven flow, reduce mood swings, and more.

I LOVE helping women in this transition phase to feel better and live their lives without unexpected visits from their most fussy aunt. If you’re struggling, hit me up for a free consultation and let’s chat about your specific experience. I’d be honored to help! Call or text (619)772-4002 to reach me.

Be sure to get plenty of cabbage to balance that corned beef and green beer today! And don't forget, if you overindulge,...
03/17/2024

Be sure to get plenty of cabbage to balance that corned beef and green beer today! And don't forget, if you overindulge, an acupuncture treatment can help to set things right again 🍀☘️🍀

Brain fog during menopause?? Yes, it’s a thing. We struggle to remember the word we’re looking for. We get into a room a...
03/15/2024

Brain fog during menopause?? Yes, it’s a thing. We struggle to remember the word we’re looking for. We get into a room and wonder why we went there in the first place. It can feel like we’re going crazy, but really it’s a sign that something is out of balance.

Declining estrogen leads to fluctuations in neurotransmitters, and when these chemicals dip, we can feel foggy and confused, even depressed.

Usually, it’s temporary and we bounce back and a few lifestyle adjustments can be super helpful.

🌥 Take a good quality Omega 3 supplement, ideally one rich in DHA which is needed for optimal brain function.

🌥 Get enough sleep. If you’re not sleeping well, it will make brain fog worse. Check out my post last week for ideas on how to improve your sleep.

🌥 Manage your stress. Stress hormones add fuel to the brain fog fire, overloading neurons which are already struggling to perform. Try a yoga class or some deep breathing, getting some exercise, or spending some time in the garden to ease stress.

🌥 Reduce your sugar, caffeine, and alcohol. They’re our comfort foods, but they all can increase inflammation and wreak havoc on our blood sugar. Include fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains, nuts, and fish for brain-healthy fuel.

🌥 CBC, one of the chemicals in the cannabis plant, has been shown to help with lifting brain fog and clearing the head. Talk to a qualified medical cannabis coach about whether this could be an option for you.

🌥 Try acupuncture. The nervous system calming effects of acupuncture can go a long way towards improving cloudy thinking and brain fog.

If NOTHING is working, it’s time to talk to your doctor!

Here's the good news. Menopause doesn’t HAVE to be MISERABLE. Even for people on hormone blocking cancer treatments, acu...
03/14/2024

Here's the good news. Menopause doesn’t HAVE to be MISERABLE. Even for people on hormone blocking cancer treatments, acupuncture and some simple lifestyle tweaks can make a HUGE difference in how we feel. As someone who’s been through both natural menopause AND hormone blocking meds, I KNOW I can help you get through it!

Curious if I can help YOU? Reach out for a free 15-minute discovery call. (619)772-4002.

Difficulty sleeping is SO common during the years around menopause. It gets harder to fall asleep, and for many of us it...
03/12/2024

Difficulty sleeping is SO common during the years around menopause. It gets harder to fall asleep, and for many of us it gets harder to STAY asleep. We wake up to everything from our bladders to hot flashes, and then falling back to sleep can be an exercise in frustration.

Sleepless in San Diego? Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can provide a gentle and simple solution to help make nights restful again! Book a free 15-minute discovery call to find out if we’re a good fit to help YOU. (619)772-4002.

Here's to another turn around the sun. How am I spending my personal holiday? In the clinic, of course! But at some poin...
03/11/2024

Here's to another turn around the sun. How am I spending my personal holiday?
In the clinic, of course!
But at some point, there will be a massage or facial and a special meal. Because EVERY birthday deserves a celebration 🎂🥂

Hot flashes. How many times have you been in a meeting and found yourself suddenly red in the face, dripping with sweat,...
03/08/2024

Hot flashes. How many times have you been in a meeting and found yourself suddenly red in the face, dripping with sweat, vaguely queasy, and wanting to run screaming from the room? Embarrassing? You bet. Annoying? H*ll yes!

Hot flashes are the most common symptom of menopause, and one of the most annoying. We KNOW they are due to a sudden activation of the sympathetic nervous system (think fight or flight), but we don't know WHY this system gets so dysregulated when our hormones start to fluctuate.

Who gets them? Anyone CAN get them, but the people who get them the most are women going through menopause, breast and ovarian cancer patients on hormone suppressing medication, and men on hormone suppression for prostate cancer.

There's no way to completely get rid of hot flashes, but a lot of things can make them less frequent and less intense. My top recommendations:

❄️Drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day. Water is the coolant for our body's radiator.

❄️We have "temperature sensors" on the inside of our wrists, the back of our necks, and along our breastbones. Cool compresses on any of these areas can send a signal to our brains to turn down the heat and relieve a hot flash.

❄️Alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, and citrus fruit can make hot flashes worse, so reducing how much we consume might help.

❄️Cooling foods can help - these include melons, pears, cucumbers, tofu, celery, green tea.

❄️Spicy foods...these can go either way. For some of us, spicy foods are a trigger to avoid. For some of us, they can provide relief. I "cured" my hot flashes for a month after eating a particularly flaming chili on a trip to New Mexico🔥🔥. Experiment carefully here, as eating really spicy food can have unintended consequences!

❄️Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help. Please be sure to see a qualified practitioner since one size does NOT fit all. (I'd LOVE if it were me!)

❄️If nothing else is working, some people get relief from medications like Lexapro. Your doctor can help you decide if this is the right solution for you.

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Wednesday 1pm - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 7pm

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At our acupuncture clinic our philosophy is that every person has the capability to heal deep within themselves, and we know that modern life leaves most of us disconnected from our bodies so we forget how to tap into that power within us. We offer services such as acupuncture and herbal medicine in order to give your body everything it needs to turn on its powerful healing capabilities. Call us today to book your free consultation and learn more about how we can help you!

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