Nutrition

My Seasonal Produce Print – now on Etsy!

I’m super excited to announce that after much hard work, I am now offering prints of my year-round seasonal produce poster!! Available in full color prints or digital files on my Etsy store. This poster makes it easy to keep up with what produce is in season, all year long. Each month is illustrated with […]

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Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory Foods

I treat pain all the time with acupuncture and herbs and it generally responds very well.  When I have a particularly tough case, however, I ask my patient, “are you aware of the connection between diet, inflammation and pain?”  And the answers I get probably won’t surprise you.  The majority of people are totally misinformed about […]

Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory foods

Why to Soak or Sprout Grains, Legumes, Nuts and Seeds

Many health conscious folks incorporate whole grains, legumes, nuts and/or seeds into their diets because of the nutrients they contain, such as B vitamins (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate) and minerals (calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc) just to name a few. But did you know that without first soaking or sprouting these foods many of those nutrients are […]

Foraging Hike Through Elysian Park with Joel Robinson

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a guided foraging hike through Elysian Park, led by Joel Robinson from Naturalist For You and hosted by the good folks at the Hive House. While I already considered myself fairly savvy at neighborhood foraging, having harvested figs, lemons, loquats, kumquats, dandelions, nasturtiums, and several different herbs from […]

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Making Clabber and Whey from Raw Milk

What on earth is clabber?  And why would I want to make it out of raw milk? Well if you read my post from last month about why I choose raw dairy you already know the nutritional and digestive benefits that raw milk has over its pasteurized and homogenized counterpart.  But did you know that […]

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Why I Choose Raw Dairy

I drive a few blocks out of my way every Saturday morning to an unassuming parking lot in Glassell Park where I can buy raw dairy products direct from the family-owned Organic Pastures.  It’s the absolute best local source of raw, organic, grassfed dairy that I’ve found here in LA.  While I can get their […]

Why I Choose Raw Milk

When to buy organic? Know your Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen

For those of you who try to eat organic as much as possible, would you be surprised if I said you don’t always have to? Every year the Environmental Working Group tests a wide variety of conventionally grown (non-organic) produce for levels of pesticides.  They publish their findings in a Shopper’s Guide as well as […]

Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen: When to buy organic?

Home Remedy for Dry Cough

This time of year it seems like most people are over the hump of cold and flu season but many people still have coughs that linger for weeks on end.  Dry coughs especially can be hard to recover from without the proper support.  There are herbs you can take and acupuncture is important too, but […]

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Vitamin D Deficiency: Are You Part of the Pandemic?

I don’t usually like to foster fear about health but the fact that vitamin D deficiency is now being considered an pandemic really concerns me because it has been linked to higher incidences of some serious illnesses, things like cardiovascular disease, bone deformations, cognitive decline and even cancer.  It’s been estimated that upwards of 30-50% […]

Vitamin D Deficiency: are you part of the pandemic?

5 of the Biggest Nutrition Myths

I think nutrition should be a simple thing, eat good food and live well because of it.  So it truly is a shame that there is so much confusion surrounding what we eat.  In this era of over-thinking it is more important than ever that we let go of the outdated notions that no longer […]

5 of the biggest nutrition myths

Making Bone Broth at Home

I told you yesterday about all the Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth, so today I knew I had to tell you how to make it yourself! As an acupuncturist, drinking bone broth is one of the single most frequent nutritional suggestions I make to my patients.  I drink it myself every morning.  While I believe […]

How to Make Your Own Healing Bone Broth

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

While many commercial broths available today are only made with skin and may contain MSG, bone broth has been a staple of many cuisines throughout history and across the globe. This is largely because of its economic value (using every part of the animal) but more importantly because of its nutritional value (delivering many essential […]

20 Amazing Benefits of Bone Broth

Dietary Advice from a Licensed Acupuncturist

You may have read my PIVOT Nutrition Advice series, but for those looking for a more simple way to understand the dietary advice an Acupuncturist would give you, I’ve made this simple graphic.  These are the sort of things I tell my patients each day, but condensed down to be a bit more digestible.  Chinese […]

Dietary Advice from an Acupuncturist

Nutritional Advice Series: Further Reading

  With the last post of Pivot’s Nutritional Advice Series I am left with the feeling that there is always more to discuss and explore when it comes to nutrition.  I have tried to limit my advice here to be more general in nature, but if you have more questions I would recommend to start […]

Pivot's Nutritional Advice Series: Recommended Reading - Sally Fallon, Nina Planck, Real Food, Nourishing Traditions, The Tao of Nutrition

Nutritional Advice Series: Exercise

I won’t get into detail on exercise, since the focus here is nutrition, but I will say that an active lifestyle is essential for a healthy body.  If your job does not provide much physical activity then you must supplement it at least with light exercise like walking, biking, hiking, swimming or yoga. If you […]

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