Hold the Ice!

Iced drinks used to be viewed as a luxury in the 19th century; now it’s the norm for every glass of water set on the table!  If you have worked with me before, you know one of my guidelines is to ditch the ice and get used to room temperature water.  Can’t stand the ‘taste’…

All About Congee

I looooooove congee!  After learning about it through my studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine, I learned why this simple rice porridge is such an important staple in Chinese dietary therapy. What is Congee? Congee (con-jee), also called ‘jook’, is a type of rice porridge that is cooked over low heat for a an extended time.  A variety…

You Are Not Your Diagnosis

YOU ARE NOT YOUR DIAGNOSIS. Read that again. According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, a diagnosis is, “the art or act of identifying a disease from its signs and symptoms”. We’ve all done it before… we go to the symptom checker on WebMD and begin to match our symptoms so we can get an answer…

What Is A “Cure”?

According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary: Cure: “to restore to health, soundness, or normality; to bring about a recovery from; to deal with in a way that eliminates or rectifies”. Health: “the condition of being sound in mind, body, or spirit; freedom from physical disease or pain; a condition in which someone or something is thriving…

The Power of Ginger

I used to HATE ginger – it was too spicy, tasted like a rotten sour apple, and made my nose itch.  Fast forward to last month; I now drink ginger root tea every day and enjoy it.  Learning about how food runs through us internally has helped me enjoy certain foods because I learn how valuable it…

Behind the Name

Five Roots Five. Behind the number, there are 5 faces. Mike, Maureen, Liana, Molly, and myself (Caroline).  This is my family, my foundation, my eternal teachers, the ones who keep me on my path.  I am beyond grateful for my parents and my 2 older sisters who raised me and are still continuing to shape…

What is “Food Energetics”?

Food is composed of micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) and macronutrients (fat, protein, carbohydrates); the macronutrients can be broken down into smaller units (calories), which defined by Merriam-Webster is, “the amount of heat required at a pressure of one atmosphere to raise the temperature of one gram of water one degree Celsius that is equal to…

This Is Personal

When we are dealing with any issue, whether it’s excess weight, painful joints, sleep problems, menstrual irregularities, or emotional strains, we need to internally balance.  How do we bring balance back into the body?  By fueling it with foods that support you. A personal approach needs to be taken in order to achieve an internal balance. …