How what you do- or don’t- eat impacts your brain

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Introduction: The Disconnect Between Gut and Brain

A few days ago, I took a long walk through the streets of San Francisco with a nutritionist a mutual friend put me in touch with. In the beginning, we had a typical networking conversation: Linda (name changed) told me…

I struggled as a woman growing up in American culture- until I traveled abroad and learned some major lessons from other women

A couple walking hand-in-hand in a Polish city | Credited: Katie Critelli

Introduction: Beyond Honor And Shame

As a teenager, my idea of what it meant to be an American woman was shaped by Cosmopolitan magazine, Hollywood movies, Victoria’s Secret catalogues, and vague warnings from…

Steps to develop the skill Americans need in in order to re-build society post-pandemic

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Introduction: A Breakdown in Communication

A few months ago, I read an article in the New Yorker titled, “What the Coronavirus Crisis Reveals About American Medicine” by Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee. The article is an in-depth analysis of the many fractures in…

From someone who spent three years overcoming an inflammatory illness

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Introduction: A Slow Burning Fire

A few weeks ago, I was at a party chatting with a group of women when our host placed a beautiful cheese plate in front of us. As the women around me reached for cheese, they commiserated on the effect…

What a chronic illness taught me about the unexpected upside of limitations

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Introduction: A Lesson I Learned from An Artist

A few years ago, I watched a fantastic TED Talk called “Embrace the Shake” by artist Phil Hansen. In his talk, Hansen shares how his dream of becoming an artist was nearly derailed by a growing tremor in his right hand. As an aspiring pointillist, Hansen was so depressed and…

How a summer spent volunteering on a German farm transformed my perspective on eating

A View of the Fields From My Summer on a German Farm | Credited: Katie Critelli

“By gaining a firmer grasp on the nature of the Western diet — trying to understand it not only physiologically but also historically and ecologically — we can begin to develop a different way of thinking…

Long-term stress is a gateway to mental illness, disease, and burnout- here’s a quick guide of how to understand and overcome it

A Gallup poll from 2018 revealed a disturbing trend: Americans reported levels of stress, anger, and worry at the highest levels in a decade, putting them among some of the most stressed people in the world. …

These exercises drawn from theater, meditation, and natural movement will connect you to both your body and feelings


A few days ago I saw a toddler walk into a café with her Dad and experience the full spectrum of human emotion in under two minutes. She lit up with…

A conversation with Giten Tonkov, founder of BioDynamic Breathwork and Trauma Release System (BBTRS), on how his practice works and why it is so powerful in triggering the body’s innate self-healing pathways.


Just over a year ago, I had my first BBTRS breathwork session and it introduced me to…

A conversation with Natural Movement expert and trainer Brian Azarian on what natural movement offers that traditional fitness doesn’t- and what it means to live as a ‘unified creature’


My first thought upon meeting Brian was that he moves unlike anyone I’ve ever seen. He combines a grace and…

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