Tag Archives: Thompson Family Acupuncture Clinic

How to Cultivate Yin and Hydration in the Heat of Summer

We’re now a couple weeks past the summer solstice, and many of us are enjoying the extra daylight hours and the hustle and bustle of summer play. The solstice marks an important time for our health. It  marks the longest day of the year -a time that is considered peak ‘yang.’ Yang represents activity, heat, […]

How I Overcame Depression

Today I feel inspired to share a more personal story with you. For most of my childhood, through early twenties, I struggled with depression. A number of physicians wanted to put me on antidepressants. I chose to avoid them, because I felt that I had some concrete reasons for feeling blue. But then that blue feeling […]

Bare Pantry Pesto With Asparagus Zoodles

Ingredients: (Makes 6-8 servings of pesto) 1 packed cup of fresh basil leaves 1/2 cup olive oil 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 raw pumpkin seeds 2 tablespoons parmesan (this was all we had in the house) pinch of salt Other common substitutes for a bare pantry pesto are to only use walnuts or only use pumpkin seeds. In […]

Home care for healthy connective tissue

Athletes, weekend warriors and those of us who engage in less physical activity all can suffer from aches and pains related to our muscles, tendons and ligaments. Many of our daily activities encourage our muscles to tighten, like sitting at a computer, carrying heavy objects, or standing in place for long periods of time. Treatment […]

Beet Kvass: Nurture Your Spleen and Stomach

I don’t fault anyone upon hearing about fermented beet juice to go – “Eww!” Many of us were raised on slimy, canned beets and were forced fed them for dinner – so who on earth would you want to willingly ferment and drink beet juice?! I first discovered Kvass on a weekend camping in central […]

Raspberry Chia Pudding

My husband and I have recently fallen in love with breakfast chia puddings because they are both nutritious and filling. I love the ability to quickly throw together 2-6 servings of chia puddings at the beginning of the week and know that for a few days breakfast is already to go right when we wake […]

Rising Yang: Setting Up Your Morning Routine for Success

  How do you wake up in the morning? Do you hit the snooze a few times, instantly look at your phone, and shuffle around getting ready, breakfast (maybe?) and hustle in a frazzle to get the kids, the dog, yourself all out the door in the morning? We all have our routines, for better […]

How to Live in Harmony This Spring

Every season the energy of nature changes. In spring the energy of nature wakes up and grows whereas in winter nature slows down and hibernates. In Chinese Medicine theory the energy of the human body changes in accordance with the season. What happens outside of us also happens within us. In winter we, like nature […]

Learning To Enjoy Vegetables

  This week I became inspired by the article: No Diet, No Detox: How To Relearn The Art Of Eating. This remarkable article discusses the myriad reasons as to why the Western world continues to struggle with food choices. If you like any of my thoughts on the matter, please read the article for yourself. It truly […]

Avoid Fasting/Cleansing In Winter

  The main motivation for me in writing this post is to help you protect your health by helping you pick the right time to cleanse. I witness many people turning to various fasts and cleanses in early January. The goal is to lose weight and counteract holiday overindulgences. The idea of cleaning out your system from […]