Friday, August 27, 2010
In my work as a hormone guide, I find the adrenals are the hardest to nurture and tonify. Our lives are so hectic, particularly in the Bay Area. But nothing nurtures and tonifies as much as a fabulous vacation.
In Ayurveda, they say that illness develops when you move to fast, when your body cannot catch up with your Being. This happens with trips that require airplanes or long car-rides. Solution? Bolinas!
I'm blessed to own my integrative medicine practice and to set up at the outset that I will be unavailable (the doctor is "out") for the month of August and for a month mid-December to mid-January. My adrenals demand it. It allows me to connect to my true Self, to reconnect to what is important, and to develop new ideas about to help you even more deeply and efficiently.
Here are some highlights of what was particularly helpful and healing on my August vacation.
First, one word: Bolinas. Ah, I just love to say it: Bolinas, Bolinas, Bolinas. We stayed in the house above for three days. It was so deeply relaxing, it felt like three weeks. Why? Soulful space.
We, as a family, did yoga daily, meditated, ate amazing local food from the Bolinas' People's Co-op, drank tea, had Big Thoughts, Big Conversations, Lingering Dialogues.
And then there was the Japanese soaking tub. OMG. Fantastic. I'm sitting there, chillin', or perhaps more accurately, sweatin', and in hops a little frog.
Hello, Sweet Frog. He hopped away before I could kiss him.
Darling Husband, David Gottfried, loved Bolinas because we were off the grid. He loves that in a vacation destination.
I just love getting re-energized about my path. Spent the month thinking about how aligned I am with my dharma or purpose. How can I make adrenal buoyancy more a daily part of my life for both me and my patients. Ideas? I'm reviewing Ayurveda and the wisdom it offers to us householders and forest dwellers. Stay tuned! Vacation ends Monday, August 30.
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I arrive this morning a few minutes late, jogging the last few blocks on Piedmont Ave to limit the damage to our first impression. I'm out of breath, sweaty and my monkey mind is at full throttle.
Stan is calmly seated in the waiting room. I take a deep breath. I'm so not zen. He is. He's got lovely energy. He shakes my hand, introduces himself and genuinely reassures me with "no worries" on my late arrival.
I'm liking things so far. I'm a week into my supposed August vacation, and I'm failing miserably at the vacation aspect. I'm checking email too much. I'm texting my assistant obsessively. I'm guzzling oolong tea. You could argue that I'm overexercising. I'm freshly back from a trip to Point Reyes that was supposed to be two weeks on the Inverness Ridge, but our rental was on a highway and peaceful it was not. I'm nuts. I'm acutely aware that I'm obstructing the expansion of my consciousness with busyness and overinvolvement with work. My output is unsustainable. I've been looking forward to this vacation all year and I'm hopelessly squandering the opportunity.
I also know a therapeutic opportunity and a fellow seeker when I see one. This man is the Real Deal.
I ask: "How do you find balance?" Stan's response was exactly what I needed to hear, especially since I'm mildly burned out and struggling significantly to get into my August-vacation-state-of-mind.
How sane is that? I left Kaiser four years ago but I still stack up the patients like Mother Kaiser is my employer. Hello? I'm self-employed. Like Stan, I run the schedule and set the flow but I'm running the schedule as if I were drill sargent and not a sentient being.
Light heart and strong arms from putting down the baggage? Sign me up!
Stan contrasts his measured output with that of his much-revered Pilates instructor who is, in his words, "Agro." I request a translation. "She's got more on her plate than anyone I know."
OMG, I think I'm agro.
"My incredible Pilates instructor has big output." Stan continues. "She's got 3 kids and her belief is that more fun fills the cup. You know? Fun with the kids: trapeze arts - things like that."
I want to channel Pilates Mom and Stan. But can I do both?
"What is a blog really? An online journal?" he asks.
Clearly, low connectivity is another crucial part of managing output that I've failed to master, but meanwhile he agrees to let me blog about him.
"Dude, you'll remember what you need," he replies.
Wow. I got a massage from an enlightened being. I feel transcendent; the massage was phenomenal. He's a gifted, intuitive and strong body worker. I give him my highest endorsement. For those of you women who won't go to guy for a massage, you're missing out on something special. Stan is a powerful hybrid of sacred masculine and feminine, and he's got the energy flow of input and output down like nobody's business. Thank you, Stan!
4315 Piedmont Avenue
Suite # 203
Oakland, California 94611
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
American Heart Association Low-Fat/Step 2 Diet - makes your particles dense
Lack of lean muscle tissue
High insulin (fasting insulin > 6)
Lack of exercise or overtraining
Too many carbs
Sugar, processed foods
Inadequate fish oil (omega 3s)
Too much alcohol(Per day: 2-3 or more drinks for men; 2 or more for women)
- Paleo Diet
- Andogens (taking DHEA, testosterone)
- Niacin (see below)
- Vitamin D (Note that you need a higher dose if you have a problem with your vitamin D receptor)
- Intermittent fasting
- Generation of ketone bodies (low carb, mod-high prot/fat)
- Exercise (avoid excessive endurance training)
- Strength/resistance training
- Reduction in belly/visceral fat
- Reduction in insulin (eliminating wheat, reducing carbs)
- Tobacco cessation
- Elimination/moderation of alcohol
- Eating protein, esp Leucine, Taurine, etc
- Carotenoids (astaxanthin, krill oil, seafood, grassfed meat, etc)
- Fish oil/EPA+DHA: supplemention, grassfed meat/dairy; fatty fish, mackerel, tuna, herring, hamachi, trout, cod liver oil, mollusks, krill, crustaceans, etc
- If high inflammatory state: Ultra high dose 8-10 g/day EPA DHA fish oil for 6-18mos (Goal: fatty acid profile test, omega-6 to omega-3 ratio = 1.5)]
- ALA, monounsat fats: flaxseed oil, olive oil, nuts/seeds, etc
- Plant sterols, grass-fed ghee
- Eating some saturated fats (not TRANSFATS which are toxic to HDL2)
- Eating some CHOLESTEROL (via omega-3 eggs, seafood, grassfed meat/dairy, etc)
Niacin & HDL2
Niacin raises HDL2 by 200-300% in 18-36 months.
- Take 4.5 g/d x 6wks EPA + DHA resulted inHDL2 increase of 74% with a concomitant 19% decrease of HDL3-C (Metabolism, 1991).
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
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