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.  

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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.

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

 image of day of renewal             

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.

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!

When:

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

Where:

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

Cost:

$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

Contact:

Traci Goodrich, NTP at 503.233.7064 or etlnutrition@gmail.com

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

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

Fall Class with Sunnyside Holistic Group

Recently, I joined a wellness center called the Sunnyside Holistic Group. I will be meeting with clients and teaching classes at this new location. On Monday, October 25th, from 6 PM to 8 PM, I will be teaching a nutrition class in the community room of this new location. Please read further if you are interested in participating in the class!

 

The Necessary Evils: Sugar, Salt and Fat

 Are sugar, salt and fat indulgences or are they necessary to life? Do you want to learn about eating real food that actually supports the health of your body, and also tastes good? Are you tired of being on a diet that simply does not work? Part nutrition education and part cooking demonstration, students will learn how to eat to maintain good health and vitality.  A food demonstration with samples will be provided based on recipes and meal plans created by the instructor. Students will leave with a packet of information to assist in their transition to eating healthier traditional food.

When:  Monday, October 25th, 6 PM to 8 PM

Where:  Sunnyside Holistic Group, 2450 SE Belmont

Contact:  Traci Goodrich, NTP

503.233.7064 or etlnutrition@gmail.com      

Cost:  $35  Class size is limited. Registration is required.

Make the Commitment, Transition to Eating Whole Foods in 2010

I will be teaching a class about the fundamentals of nutrition and transitioning to a whole foods way of eating this Saturday, January 23rd, from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM at the Northwest Women’s Fitness Club. The class is free for members and I believe it is only $15 for non-members to get a day pass. Call the front desk at 503.287.6755 to register for the class! Space is somewhat limited.

This is a small blurb about the class:

“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. This class will teach you the fundamentals of whole foods nutrition. 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 2010!”

Date: January 23rd

Time: 1:00 to 2:30

Location: Northwest Women’s Fitness Club, 2714 NE Broadway St., Portland, OR

Amount: free for members, $15 for a day pass for non-members

 

Winter Nutrition Classes 2010

Sugar Addiction: Trouble-shooting a Problem of Epidemic Proportion

 If you were to list addictive substances in order, sugar would be at the top of the list, and part of this reason is access–we are surrounded by it! I know that in Portland, Oregon, you cannot throw a stone without landing on an artisan cupcake. Sugar is also in many prepared foods that you might not consider to be sweet. This class will focus on strategies to greatly reduce the amount of sugar people consume in order to avoid larger health concerns such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. In this class, students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources that they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

  • Students will learn strategies to greatly reduce the amount of sugar they consume.
  • Students will learn about the glycemic index and the glycemic load of food and how carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels.
  • Students will learn how to “recalibrate” their blood sugar levels.
  • Students will learn how to avoid being part of the epidemic that is diabetes.
  • Students will sample foods that support blood sugar regulation, and leave the class with a packet of information that includes: a sample 5-day meal plan, recipes and recommendations that balance blood sugar.

LOCATION:

Common Ground Wellness Center

FLANDERS HOUSE, 2926 NE Flanders St., Portland, OR

DATE: Tuesday, January 19th

TIME: 6:00-7:30

COST: $60

 

CONTACT:

Traci Goodrich, NTP, 503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

Low-thyroid Solutions for the Next Generation of Women

Difficulties with thyroid function often run in the family, and by far, more female than male members of the family are affected. Yet, when it comes to nutritionally supporting women with low-thyroid function, knowledge is power. If there is a history of thyroid dysfunction in the family there are things you can do to lessen the severity of the problem and provide the nutritional support that is needed for the thyroid to function properly. Students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

  • Students will learn which foods support healthy thyroid function and which ones do not.
  • Students will learn how to sleuth out barriers to thyroid function.
  • Students will learn about some alternative methods to improve thyroid function.
  • Student will learn how to improve their energy level and metabolism, as well as how to control food cravings.
  • Students will sample foods that support thyroid function. Students will leave from the class with a packet of information that includes: a sample 5-day meal plan, recipes and recommendations that support healthy thyroid function.

LOCATION:

Common Ground Wellness Center

FLANDERS HOUSE, 2926 NE Flanders St., Portland, OR

DATE: Date: Monday, February 15th

TIME: 6:00-7:30

COST: $60

 

CONTACT:  

Traci Goodrich, NTP, 503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

Supporting the Nutrition Needs of the Post-partum Mother

Providing nutrition for two is not as easy as one may think. The nutrition needs of a newborn baby are significant, but so are the nutrition needs of the mother, who may be lacking many essential vitamins and minerals as a result of providing nutrients to a growing fetus for 9 months. This class will discuss the post-partum nutrition needs of breast-feeding mothers, as well as mothers who are trying to get their bodies back on track after pregnancy and breast-feeding. Students will leave with a packet of information that includes: a 5-day meal plan that supports nutrition needs, recipes and nutritional recommendations for the new mother.

  • Students will learn about foods that support the baby’s health as well as the mother’s health during the first year.
  • Students will learn about vitamins and minerals that are important for the health of a newborn baby.
  • Students will learn about vitamins that have been depleted from the mother during pregnancy and what steps to take to restore them.
  • Students will learn how to get their bodies back on track, once breast-feeding ends.
  • Students will sample foods that support the needs of the post-partum mother and leave from the class with a packet of information that includes: a sample 5-day meal plan, recipes and recommendations that support the mother and newborn baby.

LOCATION:

Common Ground Wellness Center

FLANDERS HOUSE, 2926 NE Flanders St., Portland, OR

DATE: Date: Monday, March 1st

TIME: 6:00-7:30

COST: $60

 

CONTACT:

Traci Goodrich, NTP, 503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

Support Fertility and Reproductive Health Naturally

Infertility is a costly problem. Americans spend billions of dollars each year to enhance their fertility with fertility drugs and invasive medical services that enhance reproduction. Is there another way? Nutrition plays a significant role in an individual’s ability to conceive. This class will provide students with useful information to enhance fertility naturally with the very foods they consume. Students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

  • Students will learn which foods provide the nutritional foundation that helps to support fertility.
  • Students will learn how to stabilize blood sugar and control food cravings.
  • Students will learn how to sleuth out barriers to fertility.
  • Students will learn how to improve their digestion and immune system function (two potential barriers to fertility).
  • Students will sample foods that support fertility and leave from the class with a packet of information that includes: a sample 5-day meal plan, recipes and recommendations that support fertility.

LOCATION:

Common Ground Wellness Center

FLANDERS HOUSE, 2926 NE Flanders St., Portland, OR

DATE: Date: Tuesday, March 16th

TIME: 6:00-7:30

COST: $60

 

CONTACT: 

Traci Goodrich, NTP, 503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

 

Nutrition and Cooking Classes

EAT TO LIVE NUTRITION

Healing the body with nutritional therapy and a culinary re-education

Traci Goodrich, NTP                                                                                                                                                                             

As a nutritional therapist and cook who emphasizes the use of nutrient-dense foods and traditional food preparation methods, my goal is to help people find time to prepare meals and to educate people about foods that support and maintain their vitality. Knowledge is power and with the right information, people can heal their own bodies with the vitamin and mineral-rich foods they consume. With a little planning, preparing meals that nourish the body can be easy. Part of this education emphasizes using quality ingredients, and helping people locate foods that contribute to maintaining health. I believe that an investment in the quality of foods you consume is an investment in your future, and is a form of preventative health care.

Check out upcoming nutrition and traditional foods cooking classes in November with Traci at community supported kitchen Salt, Fire and Time in Portland, Oregon.

THE NECESSARY EVILS

Sugar, salt and fat have a bad reputation, and for good reason! Refined and processed version of each are responsible for many of the degenerative diseases that exist today. Consumers are often scared and confused by too many choices. Part nutrition class, part cooking class, students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

Students will learn about versions of sugar, salt and fat that actually support health and why.

Students will learn ways to improve digestion and how proper digestion supports healthy immune function.

Students will learn how to source food on a local level.

Students will learn about the vitamins and minerals in the foods that eat and how to get the most bang for their buck by choosing foods that are the most nutrient-dense

LOCATION: Salt, Fire & Time, 609 SE Ankeny Street, Unit A

DATE: Monday, November 2, 2009

TIME:5:30 to 8:30

AMOUNT:$60.00

Please contact Traci Goodrich for more information and to register for classes.

503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

The amount of the class includes nutrition education and food that is organic and sourced locally, for the preparation of the community meal. Class size will be limited to ensure individual attention. Some work-study positions are available that reduces the amount of the class. 

SUGAR ADDICTION: TROUBLE-SHOOTING AN EPIDEMIC

If you were to list addictive substances in order, sugar would be at the top of the list, and part of this reason is access–we are surrounded by it! I know that in Portland, Oregon, you cannot throw a stone without landing on an artisan cupcake. Sugar is also in many prepare foods that you might not consider to be sweet. This class will focus on strategies to greatly reduce the amount of sugar people consume in order to avoid larger health concerns such as hypoglycemia and diabetes. Part nutrition class, part cooking class, students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

Students will learn strategies to greatly reduce the amount of sugar they consume.

Students will learn about the glycemic index and the glycemic load of food and how carbohydrates affect blood sugar levels.

Students will learn how to “recalibrate” their blood sugar levels.

Students will learn how to avoid being part of the epidemic that is diabetes.

Location:Salt, Fire and Time, 609 SE Ankeny Street, Unit A

Date:Monday, November 16, 2009

Time:5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Please contact Traci Goodrich for more information and to register for classes.

503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

The amount of the class includes nutrition education and food that is organic and sourced locally, for the preparation of the community meal. Class size will be limited to ensure individual attention. Some work-study positions are available that reduces the amount of the class. 

SUPPORTING THE NUTRITION NEEDS OF THE VEGETARIAN

Many vegetarians often have difficulty digesting food. This seems counter-intuitive considering vegetarians have a mostly plant-based diet, which is considered easier to digest. Yet, all too often, many vegetarians rely too heavily upon foods that are difficult to digest and that many people are actually sensitive to, such as soy, wheat and cheese. This class will focus on the special nutrition needs of the vegetarian diet. Part nutrition class, part cooking class, students will walk away with useful information, skills and resources they can immediately apply in their own lives, including the following:

Students will learn how to jump-start their body’s ability to produce stomach acid and digestive enzymes.

Students will learn about specific nutrients that many vegetarians are deficient in and how to better absorb the vitamins and minerals they consume.

Students will learn how to reduce their dependence on soy, wheat, and cheese and which versions are considered better alternatives for wellness.

Students will learn about some of the low-fat myths that might be undermining their body’s nutritional needs.

Location:Salt, Fire and Time, 609 SE Ankeny Street, Unit A

Date:Monday, November 23, 2009

Time:5:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Please contact Traci Goodrich for more information and to register for classes.

503.233.7064 or tracigoodrich@gmail.com

The amount of the class includes nutrition education and food that is organic and sourced locally, for the preparation of the community meal. Class size will be limited to ensure individual attention. Some work-study positions are available that reduces the amount of the class.