Author Archives: Amanda Johnson

Apples Galore!

It’s that time, the great season of the apple reigns supreme! In the day and age of produce being available year-round against the grain of seasonality, the beauty of a fresh and humble apple in Fall can be lost. But who can deny the lovely, crisp, dewy flavor of a fresh apple picked in the […]

The Importance of Play

There is a lot to be said about how structure and routine serve us. We have clean teeth, pay the bills, keep our jobs, have meals to enjoy, and have tidy houses due to adhering to routines. In the quest for health, regularity with workouts, eating, and mindfulness practices are all of great importance. However, […]

Collagen as a recipe for recovery, regeneration, and really soft skin.

As an acupuncturist I treat a lot of pain conditions. Whether from athletic injuries, or just living life actively, pain can be a hindrance. Some of the more popular questions I field in my practice are: How can I heal faster?, How do I keep my body in good shape for as long as possible?, […]

My Favorite Fat – A Love Letter to EVOO

By this point, the term “good fat” has gone mainstream. People are once again delving into avocados, nuts, seeds, and butter after the long reign of low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that ruled the common kitchen paradigm. The work of Ancel Keys (poor research turned into even worse blanket advice about the dangers of dietary lipids) […]

Super Powered Cacao Bark

You already knew chocolate had super powers, but this one can convince any doubters. Feel free to play with this recipe, it’s quite forgiving! Remember, this is a refrigerator chocolate bark, the coconut oil can not withstand room temperature without melting into a beautiful chocolate puddle. Ingredients: 1/2 cup virgin coconut oil (melted if it’s […]

Paleo Blueberry Muffins

Ingredients: 3 TBSP flax seeds 1 TBSP, plus 2/3 cup coconut sugar 2-3 TBSP lemon zest 1 TBSP lemon juice 1 cup (4 oz.) arrowroot flour 3 large eggs 1/2 cup water 3 TBSP coconut oil (melted and cooled to room temp.) 1 TBSP vanilla extract 1 tsp sea salt 3 cups (9 oz.) almond […]

Motor Vehicle Accidents and Acupuncture

Statistically speaking, the average driver will be in a motor vehicle accident once every 7 years!  If you’ve been in an accident before, you know the pain can be debilitating, and may linger much longer than expected. Between the shock of the accident, and the stress of dealing with repair shops, lawyers, and insurance agents, […]

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Salad

Ingredients: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons honey 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 5 cups mixed greens 1 cup sliced strawberries 1/4 cup chopped walnuts Instructions: First, make the dressing so the flavors have a chance to meld. Beat […]

Painful Periods? Chinese Medicine Can Help

For years I thought that having a painful period (dysmenorrhea) was what every woman went through. Women grow up with a general cultural consensus that periods equal pain; you just have to take painkillers, feel miserable, and wait it out. Needless to say I was elated when acupuncture and Chinese herbs gave me a new […]