Food to Help Fight Anxiety

There are lots of obvious foods and drinks that we know to exacerbate anxiety: caffeine, too much sugar, alcohol … but what if we could eat our way to being calm instead of fueling the symptoms?

Refined sugar, while giving us that initial high, can cause massive crashes in energy, lethargy and mood swings. Caffeine has a similar effect on the body after that initial burst of fire.

Acknowledging anxiety triggers: Part 1

Do you ever wake up with a tight chest feeling like you can't quite catch your breath? Have you found yourself immobilized in a busy street while the world rushes on around you? Are there days when you notice that you can't seem to calm your mind, like it's jumped on a runaway train that's going around in circles, incessantly honking, asking you to take notice but you've no idea how to address the thoughts, or even where exactly they're coming from?

Detox your every day with simple changes

For the past two weeks we've been talking about spring cleaning your health in this section: making the switch to spring eating, and beginning to eliminate processed and refined sugar from your diet in order to expel toxins from your body and in turn cleanse, nourish and support your liver during the change of season.

Eating with the seasons for optimal health: Spring edition

Generally speaking, we all feel a little more inspired and uplifted come spring time. Once you catch sight of a few buds on the trees trying to burst open and there's a run of 60 degree days, we're able to start thinking about shedding a layer or two and everything seems a little more possible. It's easiest at this time of year to adopt a more positive outlook toward the future, set some goals, and let go of the heaviness and introspective nature of winter.

Start your sugar detox now: Spring cleansing

We're all about detoxing for spring over these next few weeks, both physically and emotionally, in our houses and our diets. With that in mind, embodying a fresher mindset and starting to make the switch from earthy, warming foods, to a lighter, more cleansing palette. This is a great time of year to eliminate stimulants such as coffee and tobacco as we find ourselves being naturally boosted by the budding blossoms, change of light and overall sense of renewal.

Lessons from the wild: Recovering from trauma

It is no secret that stress and trauma affect nearly everyone. Developmental trauma, accidents, falls, loss, abuse, violence, witnessing a horrific event, medical and/or dental procedures, ongoing fear and conflict, and chronic stress are just a few of the many experiences that can leave us feeling like we are just surviving — not thriving.

Lessons from the Wild: Recovering from trauma (Part II)


Somatic Experiencing® was developed by Dr. Peter Levine following his observation that animals in the wild do not appear to suffer from post-traumatic stress, even though daily they are faced with life threatening situations. Dr. Levine observed the mechanisms by which animals are able to shake off the high levels of nervous system arousal and return to their daily lives. He then developed an approach to working with the human nervous system to not only reduce symptoms of stress and trauma but to also release the energy that is embedded in the underlying system. A holistic and multidisciplinary approach, SE now has over 45 years of successful clinical application in the treatment of shock and developmental trauma and is taught throughout the world as an effective method for resolving symptoms of traumatic stress.

How to reduce pain and rehabilitation time after a motor vehicle accident

Being in a motor vehicle accident has many scary components to it but fear of getting good healthcare should not be a part of it. It is important to know that your (or the at-faults drivers) car insurance company has a set amount that is "guaranteed" (usually $15,000 per person) in their Personal Injury Protection (PIP) for medical bills.

Does your child keep getting ear infections?

Five out of six children will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday and it is at this particular time of year that the little ones might be coming home from school repeatedly with runny noses, coughs and … ear infections.

Most ear infections are a consequence of colds that ascend along the auditory tube: in infants and preschool children we see uncharacteristic symptoms such as refusal to eat, restlessness, fidgeting with ear and even diarrhea.

Maya Prenatal Massage

Maya Prenatal Massage has a heritage that encompasses a legacy of healing and nurturing knowledge handed down from generation to generation of midwives and traditional healers in Central America. Every Maya technique facilitates a comfortable pregnancy and optimal birthing journey for mother and baby. The Maya technique of abdominal massage is a well-researched, highly-effective ancient therapy reintroduced to modern practitioners around the world by Dr. Rosita Arvigo.

Structural Integration: A whole-body approach to positive change

There is a crispness in the air and twilight comes too early. During this time, you may find yourself noticing aches and pains that were perhaps masked by the flurry of summer activity or wrestling with the reality that you weren't able to do as much as you had hoped or with the intensity that you had envisioned due to some injury or condition of life.

These cooler weather seasons are the perfect time to address those nagging issues that may be limiting you, but you struggle to find time to deal with. It is a time for healing and preparation, and Structural Integration can put you on the path toward that optimal Tahoe life.

Embracing HYGGE this winter

Entering my third winter residing in South Lake Tahoe, I am reminded that living at 6,200 feet is not an easy task. Cold days filled with shoveling snow will soon become our everyday life. However, there is something about our little mountain town that is charming, warm and cozy.

I believe this is cultivated by a community that understands there is more to Tahoe than just a weekend ski trip. That is why when I came across the word Hygge, (pronounced hue-guh), I knew this was the perfect way to embrace winter this year!

Cultivating a healthy and happy holiday season

Here at Elevate we have been embracing all things Hygge since we lost that afternoon hour of light and the first snows started appearing on the forecast.

Hygge (pronounced Hoo-Ga) is all about cultivating cosiness, creating warmth, embracing intimacy and most of all, learning to slow down and have gratitude for the simple things in life. Foodwise, it's all soups and stews and cake and coffee. It is hot tea drinking, cocoa making, and creating slow cooked, hearty food surrounded by good people having great conversation.

Herbs for winter wellness

Hopefully you are starting to downshift gears and transition into the winter as we reach mid-December. This is a very restorative time of year: In Chinese medicine winter is associated with the kidneys, which are our energetic store house; our savings account.

From a western physiological perspective the adrenal glands assume a very similar role. They help support us through all of life's stressors and demands including psychological and physiological. The goal is to rebuild and reserve our energy versus spend it.

Entering the flow state with mindfulness

Imagine yourself seated on a boulder just behind a waterfall. The smell of the fresh rain water tickles your nose as the coolness surrounds you. The gentle drips and splashes create a way for your mind to quiet, while your awareness is settled only on your breath. Now imagine taking this escape every day!

Setting intentions, not resolutions

The advent of the new year is traditionally a time to undertake some self reflection on all that the past year has dealt us, and to consider our goals and dreams for the next.

How often do you begin the new year setting resolutions that may be unrealistic, unachievable or difficult to implement – that may end up causing you more stress and frustration than is worth the end result? Around 80-90 percent of resolutions fail because of overambitious goal setting, pressure from your peers and lack of time. What if, before you set your resolution in stone, you asked yourself a few questions?

Developing a self-care practice

I recently came across a TED Talk by a lady called Bonnie Feldman. It's called "The Single Most Valuable Legacy We Can Pass On" and during the course of the talk, she discusses the importance of developing self-care practices, not just for ourselves but for our children and our grandchildren.

Here at Elevate, we know we're not alone in feeling the need to expand on the subject of self care. We want to play a part in bringing it into everyday conversation, making people aware that it's a valid subject to discuss with their friends, their primary care providers and their community. Something that we can share with others: our practices, our mantras, our nutrition and wellness advice.