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Grateful

Grateful

Since moving to Sparkill, NY in Rockland County I’ve had the pleasure of working with a few fantastic yoga/meditation students. Recently a local woman called me who was looking for someone to help heal her belly blues. She wanted to learn meditation, yoga and ways to practice on her own at home – what a perfect match we were!  The Universe played its part as matchmaker as well as Google! I have so much gratitude in my heart as she wrote me a beautiful testimonial – here it is below: Read more »

Ingredients for turmeric tonic

Ingredients for turmeric tonic

Steep tonic

Steep tonic

Since it’s been cold and rainy for the last 24 hours and won’t be stopping until noon tomorrow, my body needs extra warmth. Covering up with warm clothes, blankets and thick socks isn’t even cutting it! I decided to concoct a delicious warming tea that will surely warm me from the inside out – which is exactly what I need. Turmeric aids inflammation Read more »

Macrobiotic Meal @ Kushi Institute

Macrobiotic Meal @ Kushi Institute

This past week Chad and I ventured up to the Berkshires to Beckett, MA where we attended an overnight at the Kushi Institute. Michio Kushi and his wife Aveline founded the institute in the 70’s as a macrobiotic retreat and training center. People from all walks of life attend the institute since the macrobiotic style of eating has shown to help many diseases such as different types of cancer, IBD and much more.  Read more »

Bone Broth

Bone Broth

Yesterday we spent the day with our good friends Becky & Phil. We found ourselves at Dickson’s Farmstand Meats in Chelsea Market, NYC. They sell organic, grass fed meats that are delicious. We bought a cooked rotisserie chicken that was tender, juicy and so flavorful that it’s Read more »

Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding

We’ve finally figured out a healthy, easy, homemade and delicious snack – chia pudding. Have you tried it? It’s SO easy. You can add any topping of your choice. Here are some of my favorites: Read more »

IBD Meetup Group

IBD Meetup Group

Last week was my monthly IBD Meetup group. 5 of us came together to tell our stories, stretch, laugh, breathe, meditate and most importantly share knowledge together. I feel blessed that this group of people can come together each month and feel comfortable enough to talk about their bowels… that’s something that takes most people quite some time to open up about but not IBD folks! We’re ready, willing and able to talk about it any time of the day – in fact, we want you to ask us about our bowels, especially if it’s been a good day! We’re proud when it’s good – however when it’s a bad, flare up kind of day that’s not the time to be asking. A note to IBD significant others – make sure to be really excited for us when it’s a good bathroom day because they might not be so often and we need you to be happy for us! My next Meetup group is on March 26th will I see you there? Class is limited to 6 students so please make sure to RSVP HERE if you’d like to join us.

Be well!

 

Hu Kitchen Contest

Hu Kitchen Contest

 

Do you know about the dirty dozen list of fruits and vegetables? It’s a list that shows which foods should be bought organic due to the harmful pesticides that seep into the food. If you don’t know about this list then I highly suggest you do some research because these foods are the most effected by pesticides and should be bought organic every single time. Hu Kitchen – one of my favorite restaurants in NYC – is doing a fantastic challenge. If you memorize the list of dirty dozen fruits and veggies and recite it back to them they will give you 15% off your entire purchase for 1 entire month! That’s genius! If you already know the list then you should just go to Hu, recite it and get your 15%. If not, then learn it and enjoy your discount. What a great way to get people in the know about what should be organic.

Apples – celery – cucumber – spinach – strawberries – cherry tomatoes – grapes – hot pepper – nectarines – peaches, white potatoes – sweet bell pepper

Restorative Yoga with Shira

Restorative Yoga with Shira

This Thursday 2/27 from 10:45am-12pm I’m teaching a restorative yoga class at Nyack Yoga at 42 Main street in Nyack. Petrina Plecko typically teaches a therapeutic class at that time, but she’s away and asked me to sub. This class will be filled with delicious, relaxing, supportive, nourishing poses to help soothe and heal your body, mind and soul. If you’re having any symptoms of disease, this class will give you helpful tools to relax on a daily basis. I can’t think of a better way to spend your Thursday morning. Make your way over to Nyack Yoga at 42 main street in Nyack, NY. Let’s breathe together!

Love Over Fear

Love over fear bumper sticker

Through the seven years that I’ve been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I’ve learned some pretty valuable information. One thing that I’ve learned is: in order to feel my very best I’ve got to break the pattern.  When you’re struggling with any particular disease, it’s because your body has gotten into a certain pattern that’s not working – yep, you heard me – it’s time to change it up. Sometimes I’ll start taking a certain supplement that I feel is helping me for a while, but then all of a sudden it’s not working anymore and I’m standing there scratching my head wondering what I’m doing wrong. You have to take a stand back and look at everything that you’re doing to see if something can be changed.

If you’re in a flare up that’s your body’s way of telling you that something’s got to change.  If you’ve been practicing a certain set of breathing exercises, stop and try something different. If you’re drinking raw green juice everyday, stop and try something else. Some of the efforts that you’re doing, even though they are healthy for some, might just be toxic for you. Every body is different so make sure to listen loud and clear to hear what yours has to say – eventually, you’ll break the pattern.

 

colitis crohns flare up exercise

Start with your feet on the ground and stable

colitis crohns flare up exercise

Stretch over the ball to release pressure and tension in the whole body

It’s important to move your body especially when you’re having a colitis or crohns flare up. Here’s a photo of an exercise that’s fantastic to get you moving. Use one of those large bouncy balls either at home or at the gym to stretch your entire body. Make sure you have something to hold onto behind you so that you don’t fall! The more you roll back, the more of an inversion you will get, the better it is for your belly and the more you will move your body. I mention another exercise in a previous post here that is also helpful when combating a flare up. The more tools in your toolbox, the better. It’s all about trial and error – see what works and stick to it. Enjoy!