More days than not, you can find me outside walking, rain or shine, often with camera in hand. Lately I've been listening to nerdy podcasts on gut health and nutritional fat intake, but sometimes you will find me dance walking to Beyonce. True.
What I'm taking away from this regular time for myself is the reminder that PranaVis Medicine is on the right path. More than ever, in a sea of confusing and frequently contradictory medical studies, one thing is clear: health comes through health promoting behaviors. The foods we choose, how we move, how we rest our bodies - the choices we make can lead in the direction of wellness.
If you are finding your New Year's resolutions falling by the wayside, now's the time to reach out for community support. Join me this Saturday, February 6th, 2:30-4:30pm, for another PranaVis Whole Health workshop, this one on sustainable eating strategies for healthy weight management. I'll be at one of my favorite yoga studios in the South Sound, Three Trees Yoga in Federal Way, and believe me, you won't find a friendlier, more grounded studio around. During the workshop, I won't tell you what to eat (because the science is that unclear!), but I'll be sharing what I know about blood sugar dysregulation, fat intake, and the importance of probiotic foods to help you reach your weight goals. And after the discussion, I'll be leading a calming and restorative yoga practice - perfectly suitable for brand new beginners - because how we eat is as important as what we eat. Register here.
I'm happy to say that the last Yoga Basics series filled within hours. Yes, there will be another! Monday evenings, 6:00pm-7:15pm, beginning March 14 through April 18. $72 for 6 weeks, $60 each if you sign up with a partner. Class size is limited by the nature of the clinic attic space and I anticipate this class to fill quickly as well, newsletter readers get first dibs. Register here.
The insurance re-credentialing process is coming along as timely as these things can be. A reminder, I am currently able to bill out of network with those insurances that cover naturopathic care and I encourage you to always understand your insurance benefits. When a random medical bill arrives in our home, there are always groans, and I'd hate that to happen to you.
As always, please know I am here for any thoughts, questions, or concerns. February is one of my favorite months of the year, still dark, still quiet, and yet there is a hint of what's to come.
PS: My beloved Hubs calls me the "Sauce Queen" because mmmm, I love a good sauce to top all those vegetables I ask you (and myself!) to eat. See below for my latest find: Carrot Ginger Dressing, adapted from one of my go-to recipe sources, Heidi Swanson's always good 101 Cookbooks. Elimination diet friendly with some tweaking - you'll thank me.
Carrot Ginger Dressing (adapted from 101 Cookbooks)
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk
1/4 teaspoon ground turmeric, or more to taste
2 tablespoons peeled ginger, chopped to measure
4 medium farmers' market carrots, scrubbed
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2-1 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
1/4 cup brown rice vinegar
2 medium shallots, peeled
Throw all the ingredients into a high powered blender and hit the on button for a good minute or so, until smooth. How easy is that?! Taste and balance flavors: add heat with chile pepper, maybe 1/2 a serrano chile, add sweetness with a touch of maple syrup, add umami with a touch of miso. Need more salt? Add that! More acid? Add more rice vinegar. More ginger always tastes good. Maybe even more shallots or a clove of garlic. Experiment. Use over veggies, fish, a Buddha bowl, as a dip...the possibilities are endless.
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