Continuing Education

Nutritional Strategies for the Aging Mind; A biomedical and traditional approach. 5 CEU's available for Acupuncturists for the California State and the National Board.  Lecture locations will be in San Luis Obispo, CA, Santa Barbara, CA, Fresno, CA, and Park City, UT.  Dates to be announced.  Time will be 9-4pm with a one hour lunch break.

*Email tara@acu-energy.com for more information

 

On-going online course available though https://www.grasshoppereducation.com/courses.html

Interested in having Tara Kulikov, DACM speak at your next event?  Email tara@acu-energy.com with more information.

 

 

To Those Who Have No Excuses:

2016 and already many people feel like failures because the rain, snow, cold, work, kids, dirty laundry, and bills have gotten in the way of their 2016 New Years resolution goals.

My advise is, do not make excuses!  Everyone in this world is dealt some sort of "barrier" any moment during the day, but it is those who look beyond the barrier, jump it and continue onward that succeed in reaching the finish line.

So to those people who get up extra early, in the dark, in the cold snow or rain, to get their morning exercise in EVERY day or to chop and prepare dinner at 6AM, or to prepare 5 healthy lunches and snack for other mouths to eat, I solute you!

If thoughts of eating more vegetables or exercising more are not part of your "resolution" because are ALREADY DO THEM DAILY, then I solute YOU!

Of course hearing those year end stories of how XYZ lost 100 pounds or reversed Type 2 Diabetes are always inspiring, what should be more inspiring is never having to lose 100 pounds or to never having to reverse diet related diseases because you put in the hard work EVERY DAY no matter what with no excuses!

So to those who have no excuses, I solute you!

Holiday Parties

This week I have been invited to attend a party at a pizza joint, an Italian deli, a wine party and a cookie party!!  

So what do I do at all these parties?  Well, I try to have fun and enjoy myself!  For me, having fun means I eat before hand or I will bring a healthy dish to share with other guests.  If we are going to a restaurant, I will check out the menu in advance to see if there are any healthy options for me.  At the party,  I spend more time talking to people and less time eating.  I make sure when I am home I am a little more diligent with my nutrition and exercise, I drink a lot of water (especially bubbly water) at the parties to keep me full, and most important of all, I DO NOT STRESS!

Seriously, it is not an issue!  People that know me, respect me and know my "style"; therefore, it is not an issue!  I do not "push" my beliefs on others at the party; "PUT DOWN THE PEPPERONI AND RANCH DRESSING" never comes out of my mouth at a pizza joint nor anything similar anywhere else.  

I also pick and choose my "battles."  I can skip drinking wine at home and wait to have a special glass of wine at a party; or, I can forgo a few squares of dark chocolate at home in anticipation for the paleo double dark chocolate cookies that I will bring to the cookie party.

The bottom line is: DON'T STRESS OUT and HAVE FUN!

 

Pizza!! Who does not love pizza?

To the person who invented the "cauliflower crust" pizza, 

I say THANK YOU!  I am not a big fan of gluten (I have celiac disease) nor am I a fan of strange flours and other binding agents trying to mimmic gluten filled crusts so I thought my days of eating an occasional pizza slice or two were over until the "cauliflower crust" was invented!!

This delicious and nutritious crust can be made and manipulated in so many yummy ways!  This is the base recipe that I tend to follow; http://detoxinista.com/2014/02/vegan-cauliflower-pizza-crust/ and I often mix it up by adding a pasture raised egg to the mix or omitting the almond flour and adding cashew flour or coconut flour and sometimes adding fermented parmesan cheese to the mix.

My sauce of choice is a homemade pesto usually using cashew nuts or pumpkin seeds instead of pine nuts and adding fresh lemon and sea salt to preserve it for longer use.

My topping reflect what is in-season at my locals farmers market or what is growing in my garden.  I seldom add cheese and if I do it is fermented, grass-fed sheep or goat milk cheese or sometimes a cashew cheese.

All said and done, IT IS AMZING and nutrient dense unlike the traditional stuff!

Once again, thank you inventor of the cauliflower crust!!