Archive for May, 2017

No Sugar Challenge: Help The Hunger Project help the Hungry

Earlier this year, my friend and colleague Annabel Boys and I created the Sweet Charity Sugar Challenge. It came out of a little conversation we had around the holidays when we wanted to challenge each other to a few months of eating healthier with no added or processed sugar.

We did it, we went three months in 2017 without sugar. We also managed to include several courageous souls to challenge themselves as well, while giving something to a good cause.

Sweet Charity Challenge was able to raise almost $10,000 to benefit United World Schools in three months time!

During that period, The Hunger Project reached out to us because they were intrigued at what we were doing. They thought it was such a good idea to challenge ourselves toward better health, while helping better the world.

 

 

With World Hunger Day approaching, they wanted us to help them launch a fundraising campaign.

So here we are, two days from the date, Annabel and I have teamed up with them to launch the No Sugar Challenge!

It’s quite simple to join: you pledge to give up sugar for one week while fundraising for The Hunger Project to help end world hunger.

It’s giving up something small (but so beneficial for you) while giving away something BIG.

I have set up an easy way for you to donate and join!

Why give up sugar, even for a week, you ask?

If you have not heard, sugar is a major culprit to all kinds of conditions. From obesity, to diabetes, to heart disease, to name a few. Sugar is as addictive as cocaine, so it’s no wonder we are consuming so much of it without even realizing.

The World Health Organization recommends that we have no more than 25g of sugar per day. In the US, an average adult consumes 4-5 times that amount, up to 100-130g of sugar a day!

Sugar is found in most processed and packaged foods. Sugar is found in most of our meals. It’s no wonder we are getting bigger, and sicker by the day.

You will find that with less sugar in your diet, you will feel lighter, have more energy, sleep better, and possibly lose those extra pounds that have been hanging around.

Annabel and I will be their consultants/ coaches throughout the No Sugar Challenge. We have set up a Facebook group to help support the community and will be there daily! Once you pledge, you will enter the community!

 

Won’t you join us in helping the Hunger Project realize their goals?

To learn more about The Hunger Project, you can check out their website here.

To learn more about the No Sugar Challenge or to join, please click here!

 

Question: Will Acupuncture Work If I Don’t Believe In It?

In my 15 years of practice, I have answered many questions about acupuncture:

How does it work?

When should I come back?

Will it hurt?

 

 

These are common and valid questions, especially from people who had not experienced it before.

The question that I get sometimes that I actually love to answer is this:

“If I don’t believe in it, will it still work for me?”

My short answer is: Maybe?

Here’s the thing: acupuncture is not for everyone, just like how pharmaceuticals or physical therapy, or any other medical interventions are not for everyone. Sometimes you have to spend time and energy to figure out what works best for you.

Acupuncture is a wonderful tool and an effective modality, for those who respond well to it. 

But do you have to BELIEVE in it for it to work?

No.

I have had a fair share of new patients who walk in (usually reluctantly) with a skeptical mind about the new experience they were about to have. I have had people who explicitly tell me that they don’t think it will work, but their wives or husbands or mothers encouraged them to try.

 

 

Because acupuncture accesses your own healing potential, it all depends on your body’s receptivity to this particular modality. I have had skeptics walking in with excruciating pain who walk out with none (and at that point, they are no longer skeptics). I have also had believers who want to feel better so badly, but they feel no change after several treatments.

Bottom line is this: it really depends on your body, and whether or not it’s ready to receive the treatment. When it is, there is almost nothing that will stop it from succeeding (not even your mind!).

The best thing to do is to give it a try, and watch what happens.

The Power of Knowing Our Tendency: How it has changed how I do things.

It was a life-changing moment after I took the personality quiz created by Gretchen Rubin.

For so long, I knew that I showed up so much better and more consistently if I had to show up for other people.I am more successful in a classroom or group situations; I show up on time to appointments and meetings; I work hard to ‘be there’ for others.

When it comes to showing up just for me, it was 50/50, or more like 80/20, which always frustrated me. Why can I not do what I want to do for myself? Why can I do it for others?

There are, of course, many reasons for this.

I was glad to have found one of the reasons, through Gretchen Rubin’s work: Better than Before.

According to Gretchen, there are four personality types when it comes to expectations: Upholders, Obligers, Questioners, and Rebels. (She’s actually coming out with a brand new book all about these tendencies.)

Most people fall in to the Obliger category : I am one of them.

An Obliger’s tendency is to meet outer expectations: other people’s expectation of you. We are more likely to show up for others, and we have a hard time meeting inner expectations. Bingo!

Having this knowledge, I now plan and strategize my life in a much more productive way.

If I have a goal to achieve or succeed in something (from exercising, to eating well, to daily mindful practices), I now seek outer accountability for better success.

For instance, I am now working with coaches to help with personal and professional goals. I work out with a trainer to help me get stronger. I sign up for a class when I want to learn about something new. I announce to friends and family (and the world), and get them involved, if I am doing some kind of challenge (oh, hello, Clean Eating Reset & Sweet Charity Sugar Challenge). I even have an accountability partner! It all works so much better because I know my tendency!

Doing it this way keeps me accountable and helps me succeed. I show up. I achieve my goals. It’s that simple!

What about you? Take the quiz and find out – it may change the way you go about life in the most positive ways!

 

Clean Eating Cooking Class: Kitchari recipe for digestion

Last weekend, my friend and colleague Betty Brown and I offered a Clean Eating Cooking class right here in Bexley. It was fun to cook and share healthy foods with several people who came!

Betty is studying to be an Ayurvedic practitioner. She brought to the class loads of information about how we can cook and eat according to the seasons, to benefit our health.

Among other things (vegetable wraps, sushi, Thai green curry) we made and tasted Kitchari, a gentle, cleansing soup with lots of grains, spices and greens. I thought I would share that recipe here for you all to try at home. It’s a great dish to have around especially when your body is feeling tense or overwhelmed. Eating this as your main meal for a few days will reset your digestion and metabolism.

If you want to participate in our next Clean Eating Cooking class, or have suggestions, please contact me directly!

kityoonlac@gmail.com

Enjoy!

 

 

Kitchari Recipe

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients:

¼ cup green or golden mung dal (alternatives: red lentils)

¼ cup brown basmati rice (alternatives: white basmati rice, brown medium grain rice, quinoa, millet )

1 tsp ghee – clarified butter (alternative: olive oil, sunflower oil, avocado oil)

Dry Spices:

½ tsp whole mustard seeds

              ½ tsp  whole cumin seeds

              ½ tsp turmeric powder

              ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper

              ¼ tsp fennel seeds

              ¼ tsp coriander seed (or powder)

               1 bay leaf

4 cups filtered water or homemade vegetable stock

1 medium carrot diced

1 medium onion diced

[Chopped greens: arugula, asparagus, bok choy, collard greens, green beans, kale, parsley, dandelion leaves, beet greens, swiss chard, spinach]

              1 cup dandelion greens, chopped

              1 cup parsley, chopped

½ inch fresh ginger, minced or mashed (use grater, or mortar and pestle)

½ cup diced burdock root (optional)

Toppings (optional):

  • fresh minced cilantro
  • ground coriander spice
  • raw or toasted sunflower seeds
  • raw or toasted pumpkin seeds
  • raw hemp seeds
  • fresh ground ginger
  • fresh lime juice,
  • unsweetened shaved coconut meat.

Cooking Method:

  • Rinse dal and rice and drain well.  
  • In a large heavy pot, on medium temperature, heat ghee until it is hot.  Stir in mustard seeds, cover with a lid until they pop.  
  • Add remainder of dry spices and cook uncovered for about 20 seconds.  
  • Add rice and dal and cook for another 20-30 seconds.  
  • Add water and stir, then add carrots, onions, fresh ginger, burdock root and greens.  
  • Increase heat to medium high, bring to a boil, then cover pot with a lid, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes or until dal is soft.
  • Serve in a bowl and garnish with cilantro, salt, ground coriander, sunflower pumpkin or hemp seeds, and any of the other toppings.