A Visit to India and to a Place that’s Changing the World

Over the past 10 years, I have been very fortunate to visit India 11 times. The purpose of these travels has been to volunteer, study yoga and meditation, and, most of all, explore and soak in the rich experiences this massive land has to offer. There is one place in India that has influenced my life more than any other. This is the Deenabandhu Trust Children’s Home, an organization in the rural town of Chamarajanagar, Karnataka, South India that provides care, shelter, education, and emotional support to over 80 orphaned and destitute children.

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Dense & Nutritious Banana Bread

I was at the grocery store the other day and noticed that they were selling dozens of very ripe bananas.  This sparked my desire to try and create a healthier yet dense version of banana bread.  After some experimenting, I was really satisfied with the following recipe and wanted to share it with you.  It uses a combination of nutritious barley and protein-rich almond flour.  Barley is is a low-glycemic grain that’s loaded with vitamins and minerals, as well as hearty amounts soluble and insoluble fiber.

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Reflections on Fall

Autumn is a magical time of preparation, transition, and integration. As the days become shorter, I notice that my skin is calling for more hydration, I’m craving more sleep than I do in the summer, and I’m catching myself contemplating the mysterious cycle of life as I see each burnt-colored leaf hesitatingly twirl towards the deep lull of Winter. Because the Fall can be very busy for most people, it is essential to listen to our bodies, and to honor what it is calling for.

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Homemade Almond Milk

Something I find so comforting on a brisk autumn day is a glass of farm-fresh milk, warm or chill, with a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg.

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Baby Butternut Squash

Last Sunday, my husband and I biked to Sport Hill Farm, one of our favorite places in our hometown of Easton, CT.  It was a cold and blustery fall day, so we were happy to warm up in the market farmhouse.  My eye was caught by the cutest squash I have ever seen: a miniature variety of butternut squash called honey nut.  I decided to throw a few in my backpack, alongside fresh eggs and cider, and later roasted them up for supper. I enjoyed these personal-sized squash so much I wanted to share the recipe with you!

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Musings of an Acupuncturist, Part III

In today’s fast paced society, it’s ever more important to work at our own balance.  We need to go back and listen to ourselves.  We need to cultivate our own Qi, or vitality.  It’s also crucial to have a spiritual perspective, beyond the material realm, and do all the things that we know are good for us.  It’s then that we can really thrive and have abundant lives on a physical, emotional, and spiritual level.
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Ujjayi: A Breath to Massage Your Nervous System

There is one yogic breathing technique that can be practiced anytime by just about anyone: Ujjayi pranayama.

The word Ujjayi means “victorious” in Sanskrit. The prefix ud means upward and superior, and jaya (from root ji) means to conquer and have victory over.  Consistent practice of ujjayi breath, can lead to victorious results for your body and mind. 

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Delectable Delicata Squash

The autumn harvest is here! It’s the perfect time to fire up the oven and roast squash, root vegetables, apples, and more.

This is one of our favorite, easy-to-make oven recipes: roasted delicata squash.  Though technically a summer squash, delicata has a hard flesh that’s entirely edible and delicious.  This versatile squash is also high beta-carotene, vitamin C, potassium, and dietary fiber.

Enjoy as a side dish or a nutritious snack.

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Pickled Watermelon Rind

I have many fond memories from my childhood in Shanghai in the 1970s.  Like many households at that time, my family did not own a refrigerator. The healthy consequence of this is that my parents would visit the local market every morning. Their ritual was to wake up at 5:00 and be back home by 6:30 with seasonal fare grown by farmers who lived beyond the city bounds.

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Musings of an Acupuncturist, Part II

Acupuncture is a tool that helps to normalize imbalances in the human energetic system. It certainly is effective at eliminating symptomology and restoring health; yet, it is important for people to continue working on themselves, as there is no shortage of stressors in modern-day society. Chinese Medicine as a whole emphasizes the need for the human individual to live in harmony with Nature and to keep disease at bay through proper lifestyle and thinking that is balanced and heart-centered.

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