Part III: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

When I ask clients what they want to achieve from a nutrition consultation, it is common to hear, “I want more energy”. This tells me the person needs to start with the nutrition basics and heal from the ground up.

Nutritionally, healing from the ground up is a matter of acknowledging and using appropriate building blocks that foster good health.

The building blocks are simple and few: drink pure water, eat pure food that supports your biochemical individuality (free of chemicals, additives or preservatives), breathe fresh air, and find a balance between movement and relaxation.

Factors that contribute to good health are often learned from family, friends, and society.

Factors that contribute to ill-health and interfere with the ability to use appropriate buildings blocks that foster good health are also often connected to health pattern learned from family, friends, and society.

Your life experiences and what you’ve been taught along the way has the potential to color your perspective and decision-making ability in regard to your health.

A question to consider: Are you making food choices from an emotional, mental, spiritual or intuitive place?

When you make food choices from an emotional place, you connect eating certain foods to social situations. This is where family traditions come into play, or pizza night with friends. For example, you might enjoy eating a Wendy’s cheeseburger because it is familiar and you have memories of having lunch with your Grandmother there, or you might make a certain meal because it is a traditional meal learned from family.

When you make food choices from a mental place, you rely on media to inform you about diet trends and nutrition protocols. As someone who “follows the rules” you apply what you have read or learned about nutrition from the media to your own life. An example would be someone who follows current diets like a gluten-free diet or a Paleo diet because it is part of a trend (even though these diets are great for many people).

When you make food choices from a spiritual place, you may be connected to a particular philosophy or dogma that you feel loyal too. You might add or eliminate foods based on religious/spiritual/dogmatic principle. For example, you might modify your diet as part of a religious observance or follow a particular food philosophy such as veganism.

When you make food choices from an intuitive place, you eat with intention. You listen to your hunger cues and work with the building blocks of health to sustain your body. Food choices and meal planning are based on what your body needs to eat and thrive. You pay attention to how your energy feels.

When you consider the chakras, healing from ground up begins with Root Chakra.

Do you want to learn more about the Chakra System, nutrition and the role intuition plays with your health? Friday, May 23rd is the last day to register the class, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. Follow this link to sign up: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.  

Part II: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

For thousands of years, ancient medical systems such as Ayurvedic Medicine and Chinese Medicine have recognized that fine tuning energy flow is the key to maintain a healthy body, mind, and spirit. The quality of your energy, or life force, is the most important factor to consider when it is time to make some changes and improve your health.

Working with the chakras can be a useful tool to help maintain energy flow and to create much-needed balance. As an energetic super highway, the Chakra System creates a convenient blue print that has much to say about what is happening with your entire body.

When you feel sluggish, tired, depressed, overweight, constipated, bloated, or unable to make decisions in your life — these are signs that you are dealing with a foundational issue or potential dysfunction that affects the Root Chakra.

Each chakra is attached to:

Physical Health — A specific gland of the Endocrine System is associated with each chakra as well as specific organs in the body.

Emotional and Psychological Health — Certain characteristics are associated with each chakra and your personal story has much to say about how to improve the health of each chakra.

Potential Blockages and Dysfunction — What is happening with you physically, emotionally or mentally act as clues to inform you about the function of your chakras. Once you are given information you can make an informed decision about your health and take responsibility for potential blockages or dysfunction.

A Particular Color from Nature — Ayurvedic doctors counsel that we are influenced by the vibration of the food that we eat, so a particular color is thought to raise or lower your vibration (energy). A particular color from nature is attached to each chakra and has the ability to heal it.

Working with chakras is an intuitive and proactive approach to your health. When you work to incorporate chakra information with your whole body, you initiate the healing process.

Root Chakra – The Foundation

Symbolically, the Root Chakra connects you to the Earth. Your concerns about physical and material survival are addressed here. For those of you who study psychology it is the base of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. You cannot thrive unless your essential needs are met. If your foundation has cracks, you can expect to see dysfunction in other chakras as well.

Physically, the Root Chakra is located at the base of your spine (there are also chakras that are located in the soles of your feet). Any potential dysfunction can be connected to your bones: spinal column, legs, feet — your rectum, Immune System, Adrenal Glands and Circulatory System also show up here.

Psychologically and Emotionally, When general information about the Root Chakra is applied to your nutrition and health you are working on: trusting your food choices, body image, as well as will power and the ability to create boundaries. How you perceive the Earth is also important. Appreciation for where your food comes from as well as where and how it grows can be addressed at the Root Chakra level. Our family rituals and traditions with food are also explored here.

The Root Chakra asks us to shine light on our family of origin, our history and ultimately take responsibility for creating the changes that our health deems necessary for survival.

Some questions to consider: What did you learn from family about physical and material survival? How was money viewed in your household? Was there an abundance of food or was food scarcity a concern? Did your family care about the source of your food? Was your family interested in buying quality ingredients or growing your own food? 

Do you want to learn more about the Chakra System, nutrition and the role intuition plays with your health? Friday, May 23rd is the last day to register for the class, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. Follow this link to sign up: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.



Part I: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

Sound nutrition has people so confused. The media says one thing, your neighbor says another, and your doctor says something else – Why has eating a balanced diet become so complicated? Andy why have people placed the power to decide what is right for them in someone else’s hands? Is it possible that you are looking for answer from  people or using resources that are not right for you? Why is this?

As a holistic nutritionist, part of my work is to educate clients about sound nutrition, but I don’t push a particular philosophy, I always leave room for intuition and I respect what is right for you – what is your food philosophy? How has your food philosophy evolved over time as you have received new information?

When I educate clients about sound nutrition I give an array of choices – not just one nutrition model to choose from. Eating well looks different to everyone, that’s why one nutrition plan does not work for every person. I respect each person’s biochemical individuality. The client is always in the driver’s seat, as a passenger, I co-create nutrition plans that help and heal.

This June, I will be teaching a class with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts, called Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System. This class offers another choice, another food philosophy or model that may work for you. If learning information about using your intuition, exploring multiple food philosophies and learning about the Chakra System and how this information can help you lead a healthier, happier, and more productive life resonates, then I think this class will be for you.

Some of you may need a little more information. I hope to fill in the gaps in the coming weeks touching on a few questions that I’ve received so far. The following post will offer some Chakra 101.

What are the Chakras?

Practitioners of one of the oldest medical systems, Ayurveda, continue to rely on information about the Chakras to treat people, recognizing that you have to look much deeper and work from the root if you want to create real changes with health. A proactive nutrition protocol respects this as well. Health plans must treat the whole person,  improvements on the physical plane are often made when you also address what is happening emotionally, mentally, and energetically.

The Chakras are considered to be seven energy centers in the body that follow the spine connecting our physical body with our emotional, psychological, and spiritual bodies – they are interdependent – the health of one chakra depends on the health of all the others. The Chakras are known as the Root, Sacral, Solar Plexus, Heart, Throat, Third Eye and Crown Chakra.

Each chakra is considered to be a circular sphere that whirls on its own axis – the speed of each is dependant on the quality of energy (or light) that is present in our environment – our thoughts, the people in our communities the quality of our air, food, and water supply all have an effect on the health of our chakras.

A healthy chakra system is moving – the speed depends on the amount of energy you have and the quality of light has a special significance as we get much of our energy from the sun as a heat source and fuel for our natural world to grow. Food choices of the full color spectrum play a significant role in the health of our chakras because light is so significant to the health of the chakras – a color from nature is connected to each chakra.

Are your wheels spinning?

The Chakra system is interdependent relying on the body, emotions, mind and spirit to work harmoniously. If your mind is healthy you continue to think positively and move forward, if that energy is blocked, you stay right where you are, or continue to spin your metal wheels wondering what direction you should be heading in.

Each chakra has specific physical, emotional, and psychological attributes that are able to give us clues about the state of our health. When the chakras are out of balance they are considered to be overactive, under active, or blocked.

Whether you believe the chakras to be actual whirling disks in your body or you choose to view the chakras location as a metaphor to teach you about your health there is something to be learned.

If you would like to read more about my class offering or register for the class, you can do so here: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.

I welcome questions and comments from the generally curious or prospective students in the comments section below.

Upcoming class: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System

I’m excited to announce in June of 2014, I will be teaching a class with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts that explores nutrition, intuition and the Chakra System. As a holistic nutritionist, I feel particularly passionate about this combination of disciplines.

The class will be held on 3 consecutive Wednesday evenings from 5:30 PM till 8 PM on June 11th, June 18th and June 25th.

The cost of the class is $125 but you can get an early bird discount ($25 off) if you register by May 11th.

You can register for this 3-day workshop directly with the Wellspring School for Healing Arts. Here is a link to read about and register for the class: Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System.

Is there room for intuition in your healthcare plan?

Some of you may wonder: What role does intuition play in my healthcare plan?

At the present time, many healthcare plans do not recognize intuition as an important part of decision-making that can lead to improved health – but shouldn’t it be? Isn’t it your intuition that encourages you to make the necessary changes that lead to improved health? Isn’t it your intuition that encourages you to make an appointment to see a specialist when you see signs of ill-health?

Coming from a holistic health perspective, I believe that your intuition continuously gives you clues about what you should be doing to keep yourself well. Sometimes people just need a little help finding that voice and the ability to recognize that the voice is saying something of tremendous value.

Are you ready to learn how to listen and respond to what your intuition is telling you?

In the 3-day workshop, Nutrition, Intuition and the Chakra System, the following questions will be explored:

What is the Chakra System? How can information about the Chakra System help with your overall health? How does the Chakra System relate to nutrition? Which foods are thought to support the Chakra System? What is intuition?  How do you use or enhance your intuition in regard to making appropriate food choices?

What will students learn in this class?

This class will focus on the qualities of each Chakra and which foods are thought to balance each system. While exploring the Chakra System we will focus on developing an intuitive sensibility using tools for exploration and self discovery – some possibilities include: tarot, creative visualization, meditation, and movement. A variety of food philosophies will be explored as they relate to each of the Chakras.

This class is experiential and it will be important to come to class prepared to interact and share!

If you are a student who is interested in taking the class, questions are welcome in the comments section.

A Day of Renewal in Portland, Oregon

I will be co-hosting (as Eat to Live Nutrition and Tarot for the Times) a space-limited retreat called, A Day of Renewal, with Dr. Louise Rose ND of Rose Cabinet Medicine on Saturday, April 27th, from 11 AM to 5 PM.
The retreat will be a daylong event with a potpourri of relaxing and rejuvenating options such as: detoxification, energy healing, body work, water therapy, holistic nutrition, intuitive development, and stress management.
This event would make an excellent gift for someone in need of some TLC. Is it you? Don’t miss it! If you know someone who might be interested, please share this event.

A Day of Renewal at Rose Cabinet Medicine

 with Dr. Louise Rose & Traci Goodrich

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What new seeds of possibility do you want to plant in your life this spring?         

Which areas of your health do you want to explore?

If you had more energy what would you do with it?

Are you ready for a change?

Come for a day of renewal and to rediscover what wellness feels like. 

When + Where + Cost:

Saturday, April 27th, 11 AM – 5 PM

Rose Cabinet Medicine, 2135 NE 55th Avenue, Portland, OR 97213

The total cost is $230. $115 will reserve your spot at this space-limited retreat. The remaining amount is due in full by April 15th. Contact Dr. Louise Rose to pay. 503-308-8608 Cash, check, or credit cards are accepted.

Increasing Your Milk Supply

I am teaching a free introductory class for mothers who want to increase their breast milk production using food and herbs found in their homes at the Alma Education and Movement Space, on May 11th from 6:30 until 8:30. See the specifics below!

CLASS: Increasing Your Milk Supply – One Bite at a Time FREE!

WHEN: Fri, May 11, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

WHERE: Alma Education and Movement Space, 1233 SE Stark, Portland (map)

DESCRIPTION: Do you want to know what mothers from cultures around the world have done to increase their milk supply? Join holistic nutrition consultant and traditional foods educator, Traci Goodrich, as she teaches fundamentals of postpartum nutrition and lactogenic food and herbs, Pregnant and nursing mamas and partners are encouraged to attend. Food demonstration and samples provided. Call Traci Goodrich at 503-233-7064 to register.
You need to register for the class by May 9th, if you would like to attend!

12 Strategies for a Healthier You in the New Year

As the new year approaches, many of us like to reflect upon what has worked and what hasn’t worked in regard to our diets and how we take care of our bodies. Unfortunately, many of us think about our health but once a year. The New Year’s Eve resolution often attempts to resolve whatever went wrong with last year’s commitment to do things the right way.

Instead of trying to do things the right way, why not give your plan a little space, and maybe even allow some room for mistakes and the opportunity to start again if your original plan doesn’t seem to be working?

Try implementing some of these strategies in the new year and see how you feel!

1. Give credit where credit is due. Acknowledge your successes from the previous year. Have you been eating more vegetables? Are you now reading labels and choosing foods that don’t have any sugar or salt when it simply isn’t necessary? Have you reduced your caffeine intake? Acknowledge whatever it is you do to improve your health in small ways.

2. Do not change your diet starting on January 1st. Start by eating the foods you normally do and pay particular attention to how some of these foods make you feel. Do you eat enough? Do you eat too much? Are you able to digest what you do eat? Do you have a blood sugar response that creates headaches when you eat certain foods? See if you can connect what you are eating to what you are feeling.

3. If you do anything this year, take a few days to record what you eat and how different foods make you feel. Do some some foods and drinks make you feel vital and alive, while others make you feel tired and generally stagnate your energy? Embrace the food journal!

4. Reduce and Replace. Do you drink too much coffee? Eat to many doughnuts? Salt everything you eat? Start by reducing the addictions: caffeine, alcohol, refined sugar, refined flour, and refined salt. Replace the addictions with something that you love that does not have the jolting effect that these items do.

5. Pay attention to the seasons. Recognize that there is a time for everything and that the dead of winter may not be the best time to be eating watermelon. Why is this? During the winter months, your body needs heat. Consume warm foods and warm drinks during the winter months. This does not mean consuming more hot chocolate or apple pie, instead, choose an herbal chai tea or baked apples with just a hint of cinnamon and butter.

6. Use your intuition and follow up by checking in with someone who knows. Do you feel “fight or flight” if you don’t get regular meals? Does cheese sit in your stomach for hours? Do you feel irritable after eating wheat? Do you break out after eating certain foods? These are your body’s cues that something isn’t right with the way you are eating. If you can’t figure it out, check in with someone who can!

7. Give your digestion a break. If you have managed to pinpoint a digestive issue in your food journal, the winter months are NOT the time to do a cleanse (I will outline a plan for a cleanse as we get closer to spring). Instead, try focusing on foods that are easier for you to digest but are going to keep you warm and your blood sugar in balance. Reach for cooked vegetables, vegetable soups, stews, and chili. Experiment with using bone broths instead of meat in your meals to give yourself a bit of digestive break without skimping on the protein.

8. Slow down. Take the time to prepare food and enjoy what you are eating. It doesn’t have to be complicated. The winter months are the perfect time for one-pot meals. Ask yourself a few questions: Do you enjoy what is in your mouth? Would you make this meal for a friend?

9. Do you recognize when you are hungry? Do you recognize when you are full? Learn to pay attention to your body’s cues.

10. Drink more. Many of us are dehydrated and need to drink more water, herbal tea, kombucha, coconut water or other beverages that replenish our cells and keep us alert. Next time you are tired in the afternoon reach for some mineral or coconut water and see if this helps.

11. Eat regular meals and focus on the quality of food you eat over the quantity of food. Experiment with eating 75% of your meal and leave some room in your stomach to simply breath.

12.Move your body. Try getting into the habit of going for a walk after you eat to help aid digestion and to keep you breathing. For many people, moving needs to come before any changes are made to the diet.

What is the right way, anyway? There is no right way, simply do what works for you. Stay with a few of these strategies until it feels right for you to move on. Make sure you feel comfortable making the changes. For some people this will be a week, for others a month, while others still will spend the winter months working on just a few of these steps. It’s OK to be where you are.

I would love to know how you plan to take care of yourself in 2012. The comments section is great place to support and encourage each other. Please share your experiences with all of us!

Weight Management Class at Sunnyside Holistic Group

Focused on Food: Finding a Weight that is Healthy for You

A busy lifestyle doesn’t have to lead to poor eating habits, weight gain and frustration. Instead of committing to a fad diet for the new year, commit to a new way of eating by learning about real food that supports the health of your body and learn about the foods that might be sabotaging your best efforts. This class will teach you the fundamentals of whole foods nutrition and steps that you can take to create a plan that is right for you. Everyone is an individual. Learn more about what your body needs to feel better, look younger and have more energy for yourself and to share with others in 2011!


Tuesday, January 18th, 6:00 to 7:30


Sunnyside Holistic Group, 2450 SE Belmont, Portland, OR 97214


$35 To secure a slot in class, registration payment must be received by January 16th.

Payment options:

PayPal, Cash or checks are also accepted.

Make checks payable to Traci Goodrich.

Sunnyside Holistic Group
2450 SE Belmont                                                                                                                                                                                                 Portland, OR 97214


Traci Goodrich, NTP at 503.233.7064 or

***Discount Winter Wellness Special on Nutrition Consultation Services:

15% discount on nutrition consultation services through the month of January.

Holiday Eating Survival Guide

Family, friends and co-workers are well meaning when they offer you special treats over the holidays. Unfortunately, the best of intentions can sabotage your efforts to eat well and to choose healthful foods for yourself and your family.

Between Dad’s world famous peanut butter fudge and Aunt Leona’s mouth-watering lemon cream pie, you’ve got your work cut out for you!

Your job is one of choice. I recommend some of the following strategies to help you find an appropriate balance. Here are some steps to limit over-consumption of holiday food and to avoid the unnecessary weight gain that is so common during the holidays.


If you make your own home a safe haven of healthy foods, you will be doing yourself a favor. Holidays often offer a buffet of any kind of sweet or savory treat you can think of.

I suggest going through your cupboards and your refrigerator and throwing out the refined and processed foods (white sugar, white salt, white flour) you see and replacing them with whole healthful alternatives (see the article “Great Beginnings Always Start with Leaving Something Behind” for more details on how to get started with your home cupboard and refrigerator cleanout).

By eliminating the amount of processed and refined foods in your own home, you can feel a little better about saying yes to the occasional treat when you are at a holiday function.

If it’s tradition in your home to make a few treats, try and use unrefined ingredients in the recipes. Reach for fruit, 100% maple syrup, molasses or raw honey to sweeten dishes, and remember a little goes a long ways! You can make treats that taste delicious without overloading your body with sugar.


Eat balanced meals and choose foods that support your health. This may sound simple, but it often falls by the wayside during the holidays. You still need to eat fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, whole grains, protein, and calcium-rich foods to be a healthy person.

Get regular exercise to maintain your level of fitness. I don’t recommend trying to lose weight during the holidays, instead I recommend maintaining a stable weight.


I encourage you to set some limits on how much sugar and refined food you choose to eat during the holidays to 3X a week or less. It’s a good starting place considering the amount of food that is often offered.

Remember, you don’t need to say “yes” to everything that is placed before you at a dinner party. Instead, decide what you would like to indulge in. Choose one or the other.

When at the buffet table, choose smaller portions. You can always return if you are still hungry, but decide if you are hungry or if you are just trying to clean your plate.

Share what you do decide to indulge in. There is nothing wrong with having a bite or splitting a piece of pie instead of having your own.


Parties are for socializing, I recommend placing this before the buffet table, by arriving to the party with something in your stomach. You will feel much better when you do reach for a small nibble of something you would like to enjoy.

Avoid being peer-pressured. You know when you are hungry and you know when you are full. It’s ok to say, “No thank you, that was delicious, but I am full”.

If someone gives you some treats as a gift, have a piece of whatever it is, and either freeze the rest or throw it away (I promise you, they will never find out).


Above all, please remember to be kind to yourself over the holidays. Special times spent with family and friends are meant to be enjoyed. If you follow a few simple steps and take some precautions along the way you can indulge a little and enjoy the festivities a lot while feeling happy and guilt-free.