The Best Mango Shake… Ever!

Maybe it is the warm summer weather, but lately I have been loving fruit shakes to start off my morning. This is my current favorite – and don’t forget to eat within 30 minutes of waking to kickstart your metabolism for the day!

Ingredients (one serving):

  • 2 scoops East West Essentials Optimal Protein Powder
  • 1 sachet Est West Essentials Optimal GI
  • 4 frozen organic mango chunks (or your favorite fruit)
  • 1/2 small packet of stevia
  • 1/2 cup of organic OJ or apple Juice (or water)
  • 3 ice cubs

Blend and enjoy! Add more or less of anything for your personal preference.

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Think You Know Sunscreen? Read This Before You Step Outside Next… Just To Be Safe!

UVA, UVB, SPF… huh? Sure, you wear sunscreen but, do you know the real scoop on sun safety? Here are some tips and facts that we have come across that have been helpful and surprising. And as always, we had to share!

What a lot of people don’t realize is that the differences between SPF ratings are minimal. For example, SPFs of 15 and 30: depending on the chemicals that are added, the SPFs only vary between 95 vs. 97 percent concentration. Going from SPF 15 to 30, you would think that your protection is doubled. It’s not!

Remember . . .

1. Use sunscreen every day, rain or shine.

2. Don’t skimp. The average-size body requires at least a shot glass worth to achieve maximum coverage.

3. Don’t dig to the bottom of your beach bag for last year’s sunscreen. Sun protection expires after 12 months.

4. While at the beach or other sun-drenched locations, Read More »

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The Ultimate Shopping List For Road Trip Snacks

Anyone who has taken a summer vacation in the car with family knows that the long road can produce hungry kids (and parents!). Keeping healthy snacks handy is important for a drive. Today we share what our family noshes on during those four-wheeled summer jaunts!

Q: My family and are are taking a road trip this summer. I plan to pack lunches to avoid the dreaded fast food restaurants, but what snacks can I keep in the car for in between meals? Hopefully non-perishable also. Thank you!

A: I am glad that you are thinking of this. Snacking on vacations can be the downfall of us all, especially when we are in a long car ride with limited movement. Planning ahead will guarantee that you won’t be stopping for any McSnacks along the way! On the first day I like to bring Read More »

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Yes, You Can Prevent Pregnancy Stretch Marks! Learn How From The Experts

prevent stretch marksAs a fertility and pregnancy specialist, I’ve been lucky enough to help guide thousands of women through their pregnancies. My patients have asked me every question imaginable, from the normal (What can I do to lessen morning sickness?) to the unique (Can I cook the placenta after I give birth?). But one topic that seems to arise with every patient without fail is stretch marks.

It is a myth that stretch marks are the norm for pregnancies, or that Read More »

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The Definitive Guide To Beating Afternoon Fatigue (No Caffeine Needed!)

When that afternoon fatigue kicks in do you automatically make a beeline for coffee? Or a soda, or other sugary snacks? What if you could combat that post-lunch slump with healthy snacks that will not only perk you up but keep you full until dinner? Yes, it does exist – and the foods are low-cal, to boot!


1. 1/2 Cup Sliced Banana (or small apple) with 1 Tablespoon Almond or Sunflower Seed Butter

Midday snacks should contain about 100 calories or 15 grams of carbohydrates. The natural sweetness in fruit takes longer to metabolize than the processed sugars you’ll find in candy. And the protein in peanut butter provides a long-lasting form of energy.

2. 4 Whole-Grain Crackers Spread With 1 Tablespoon Hummus

Complex carbohydrates such as whole grains and beans are some of the best energy boosters out there, and can fill you up without making you sluggish. Hummus, a spread made from garbanzo beans, contributes fiber and a little olive oil, both of which help satiate hunger pangs.

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8 Ways To Use Lavender Essential Oil That Will Make You Want To Run Out & Buy Some Right NOW!

Lavender herb and essential oilHave you ever noticed that pretty much any product you can purchase laundry that is scented is available in lavender? And for good reason!

Lavender oil is believed to have antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, which can be used to help heal minor burns and bug bites. Research has revealed that the essential oil of lavender may be useful for treating anxiety, insomnia, depression, and restlessness. Some studies even suggest that lavender can help digestive issues such as vomiting, nausea, intestinal gas, upset stomach, and abdominal swelling. But wait, that’s not all! In addition to helping with digestive issues, lavender is used to help relieve pain from headaches, sprains, toothaches, and sores. It is also used to prevent hair loss and repel insects.

Below are 8 of our favorite ways to use lavender. Do you have a lavender potion you like to make? Tell us in the comments!

1. Natural Laundry Scent Booster

Take a small piece of cotton cloth (cut up t-shirt, washcloth, etc.), soak it with water and wring it out so that’s it’s just damp. Take your lavender essential oil and put about 10 drops all over the cloth. After you’ve run your clothes through the dryer using heat, throw the wet cloth into the dryer and run the dryer again on a NO HEAT cycle for about 10-15 minutes. When you take out your clothes they’ll smell  fresh and clean but without that overpowering scent you get with commercial dryer sheets. Just keep wetting the cloth and using it over and over again until the smell runs out. Then toss it in the wash and start all over again!

2. De-stress & Relax
Rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil in your cupped palms, then use the inhalation method to draw the scent all the way into your amygdala gland (the emotional warehouse) in your brain to calm the mind. Then, rub on the feet, temples, wrists (or anywhere) for an immediate calming effect on the body. Great for use in crowded areas like planes or subways to carve out your own personal oasis.
3. Pain Relief 
Put 2-3 drops lavender oil on a minor burn Read More »
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What The Heck Is pH? And Why Does It Matter?

ph“What the heck is pH?” is a question I have been asked more than once by a patient in our East West Essentials clinics. Therefore, let me explain exactly what it is and why it is important!

To explain pH balance I’m going to use the “Chinese Medicine Model” – after all, that’s my gig!  It’s always helpful to try and understand anything complex by presenting it in the simple, basic scope of nature.  In nature and Chinese Medicine there are two basic forces called Yin and Yang that exist in in everything.  It is this relationship that allows thing to function and be alive.  This includes all parts of the body chemistry.

One of the most important yin-yang relationships is that of acidity of the body (the yin) versus the alkaline of the body (the yang). To put this into perspective, if we become too acidic we check-out ( i.e. the heart stops beating!).

The yin of life is the quiet, the night, the winter and moon, and substantial foods (meat, breads, fats).  The yang of life is singing, activity, the day and sun, the light foods (vegetables and fruits) that are usually more plentiful in the spring and summer.  And for thousands of years people have naturally known that you eat more yin foods in the cold winter because the body needs more calories to keep warm and eat more yang foods in the summer to balance the heat the body will be subjected to.

Now let’s continue with this approach and move along into the 21st Century and how this affects us today:

In the winter we heat our cars, houses and buildings. In the summer we refrigerate our foods and homes as well as buildings and cars. Now think about this for a moment… what might this alone do to our natural, environmental acid/alkaline balance and its relationship to our foods?  We eat fast food, sugars and sodas, which are all acidic, all year round. Most people do not not eat with the seasons. Its all a little too crazy, too fast, and confusing for our body chemistry to naturally keep up. So what can you do?

The best approach in today’s Western world is Read More »

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Wait A Minute… You Use PABA? And What Exactly Is That?

Optimal Stress BlendWe love your questions, keep sending them in! This is a different type of inquiry that we wanted to share, it goes beyond a supplement or program and digs in to our actual ingredients! Have you heard of PABA? Did you know we use it in our Optimal Stress Blend? One customer wasn’t exactly sure what it was or why we use it so Heather is on the blog today to explain this important ingredient.

Q: I received samples of your Optimal Stress Blend tablets with a recent order.  Thank you! I have just started taking it today.   I was surprised to see that you have included PABA in the ingredients — although in very small amounts. I don’t know a lot about PABA as an oral supplement and there isn’t much information out there re proven benefits.  I have a lot of faith in your company and products, generally.   I am curious to know your thinking behind including it. Thanks very much.

A: GREAT question! Here’s the answer:

PABA  is part of the “B-complex” and is used along with our other B’s Read More »
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In Pain? Acupuncture IS The Solution You Are Looking For

acupuncture relieves painLet me start by saying that even though there are needles involved, acupuncture involves NO pain but lots of GAIN!

I’ve been an acupuncturist for many (many, many!) years and have seen the ebb and flow of conditions that have come through my office change.  What I’ve been seeing a lot of in the past few years is PAIN.  A lot of people are in a lot of physical pain.  Usually it stems from a recent injury, such as a fall, moving heavy items, twisting or the mysterious “I have no idea what happened, I just woke up one day with this pain in my knee, foot, back, neck, etc.” (This statement seems to be said frequently by new patients in our East West Essentials clinics!)

Two things I can tell you about these pains:

1. It is common.

2. You do not have to suffer, deal with or just accept this pain. It can be cured.

How? Acupuncture. Here’s a little secret you may not know: Acupuncture is the number one “go to” for lots of famous athletes and movie stars, people who work hard and have the resources to receive fast and effective treatment.

Let me mention a few scenarios where Acupuncture and herbals can help:  Read More »

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Reduce Gas and Bloating from Beans – Please!

gas_powered_beans_make_ya_fart_t_shirt-p235177539998382282trlf_400Some people avoid eating beans because they experience gas, bloating, abdominal discomfort and an occasional embarrassing moment (not to mention, a fragrant moment for the rest of us)! However, this side effect of bean consumption can be reduced in several ways:

·Note: My mother always used this one and this is the way she taught me to cook beans – now I know why! Soak dry beans overnight and discard the water before cooking. This reduces the oligosaccharide content of the beans, which is a sugar that is digested by the bacteria in our intestines, thus producing gas. As a bonus, they will also cook faster this way.

·Cook beans with Read More »

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