Unmotivated, Undetermined, Just…blah.

The hype of the New Year is settling down, routines are getting back to normal, and old urges and habits might be peaking their nasty heads around the corner.  What happens when our motivation deflates?  It can be hard to pull ourselves out of this slump, especially if we haven’t been seeing or feeling results…

What Does Your Posture Say About You?

Pause. Check your shoulders; are they bound up tight to your ears, rolled forward over a keyboard or phone, or pulled back enough so your chin is forward? Our posture can say so much about us, physically and emotionally.  Many things contribute to an altered posture: technology, cars, bad shoes, beds, and so on.  One…

Coffee, Coffee, Coffee!

One of my all-time favorite routines is making a smooth cup of aroma-filled coffee.  Ever since I was working the opening hours at the gym when I would come home from college, I enjoyed the way the caffeine made me feel; I had energy, more focus, and had an easier time in the freezing Illinois…

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…