Month: June 2016

The Mess with Stress: Why we need to relax

We live in a fascinating time. We are seeing technological advances that have dramatically improved our healthcare, daily conveniences, transportation and even communication. While many of these things are beneficial, they are also becoming increasingly destructive. Destructive in the sense that when you delve into the effects of too much stimulus and the fast pace we are now expected to maintain, our health is beginning to suffer. Fast food, fast cars, fast Internet, fast replies…the list goes on. While most common conveniences were invented to give us more time, it’s interesting that it seems it is the one thing most people complain about not having enough of. Case in point, electronics. The computer was first developed with the hopes to bring a modern convenience to an otherwise time consuming activity. Driving down to the library to research topics, walking over to a friend’s house to ask a favor, calling a relative to write down a recipe for a casserole, all became things of the past. Once we had the world at our fingertips, wouldn’t a normal …

Get Your Buzz On…With Bee Pollen

When I first started seeing been pollen used at a Super Food it was at a smoothie and bowl place up in Santa Barbara, CA. I always try something once, so I decided to keep the topping on my acai bowl and research the reasoning behind incorporating pollen later. What I found was actually pretty fascinating, and it became something I regularly stocked up on when I was at the natural food store. So, what is it and where do we get it? Bee pollen is the food of the young bee and it is actually the male seed of flowers. It is considered one of nature’s most completely nourishing foods because it contains nearly all nutrients required by humans. The ‘essential components of life” these tiny beads contain include: proteins, free amino acids, B-complex vitamins and folic acid. When used as part of a human diet, bee pollen increases high-density lipoproteins (HDL), decreases low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and normalizes blood serum cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Been pollen has been shown to reduce cravings (therefore aiding in …

Bubbles & Madame: The Champagne empire of Cliquot

 “The world is in perpetual motion, and we must invent the things of tomorrow. One must go before others, be determined and exacting, and let your intelligence direct your life. Act with audacity.”  -Madame Clicquot I owe many of my favorite things to my older brother whose great style, taste and zest for life inspires me daily. He was the first to introduce me to sushi, not a soft intro like a California roll, instead a plate full of raw strips of fish (sashimi) which at the ripe age of 13 mine as well been a plate of worms. As I did with sushi I began to appreciate (and fall in love with) another one of his specific tastes, champagne. Not the sweet, domestic fizzy drink often found in your brunch mimosa…real champagne made in France. My fascination with France is something I will delve into in a future post, but for now lets just say I have a kinship with anything French, so naturally I would love champagne. The first time I had brut champagne …

3 Ways to Find Your Chi

To piggy-back off a previous post I did on acupuncture, I wanted to explore more on finding your chi and what it is exactly. The simplest explanation of chi (or referred to as qi in some Chinese philosophies) is what gives us life. Someone who is living has chi, a body in a morgue does not. In some religions, including Biblical references, chi is what God breathed into Adam to give him life. Chi is also the basis of acupuncture, which I touched upon in my earlier post. The thought behind chi in regards to acupuncture, is to maintain a healthy chi in order to overcome illness, become more vibrant and enhance mental capacity. Chi is also thought to extend to the physical body and activate all human functions, including emotions and thought. If your chi is unbalanced, you can have your emotions out of whack or become agitated or stressed. So now that we know keeping your chi balanced has many benefits, how do we “maintain” our chi? There are 3 main ways to keep …