Allie is a certified TCM Nutritionist and author of New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding, and Growth
The Road (to Sleep) Less Traveled
New parents have a lot of questions. Some of the most basic are the most controversial:
• For how many months (or years) should I nurse my baby?
• When should I wean my baby and how?
• Where should my baby sleep?
With so many commercial interests in our society telling us what […]
Whether the subject is religion, education, politics, or even eating — when you swim against the current, you’d better be strong, confident, and resilient. Parents who work to feed their children nutritious foods know this well.
The Sea Change
Around the world and throughout time, the choice of what to eat has been made by adults combining […]
Of all the unusual things I learned from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda about conception and pregnancy, this one caught people’s attention most. Probably because it was the one thing they’d never heard of.
Growing up in Texas in the 70s, we kids without two nickels to rub together only did about two things: if […]
I’d always imagined a natural birth. In our 20s my cousin, Christina, and I would joke and laugh about squatting in the shade of a tree to have our babies—and we were just joking…but not completely.
Through my 30s I watched not one or two, but almost all my friends enthusiastically enter the hospital in labor, […]
How does a woman quickly and safely rejuvenate after childbirth, provide well for her baby, get back to her old energy level, and back into her old jeans? Have a sitting moon!
In use for thousands of years, the Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, indicating the phase of the moon. According to Traditional Chinese […]
How Food Additives Slip Into Your Diet and What To Do About It: Part II
In Part 1 of this two-part series, Allie discussed different categories of food additives and in particular, a controversial group of MSG-containing additives. In Part 2, she discusses how these additives made their way into top-selling organic products, onto the shelves […]
How Food Additives Slip Into Your Diet and What To Do About It: Part 1
by Allie Chee
There are tens of thousands of food additives, some growing in your backyard, and some only derived from chemical processes having nothing to do with a food’s natural state. The makers of food additives and food processors are increasingly […]
A Traditional Chinese Medicine Approach to Nutrition
by Allie Chee
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), human emotions and physical health are seen as deeply intertwined—as mutual correlations. As the body houses the mind, nourishing our body allows for proper functioning of the mind and supports clear, positive thought. Positive thought and a healthy mind create a peaceful […]
Why do we cheat on ourselves?
As I was writing this weekend, my ten-year old son approached my desk and said he had “a confession”. That always peaks a mother’s interest. He said, “I was really looking forward to my friend’s slumber party so I could celebrate by having cake and soda. Then I realized that […]
by Allison Ellis
If it’s good for you, isn’t it good for you all the time?
In Part I of our series, Eating with the Season, we discussed Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Nutrition principles, stating that the foods we eat all have specific energetic properties (cooling, heating, descending, dispersing, etc.) and can strongly affect specific organs. Eating […]