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Lara I.

Oakland, California
I am a clinical social worker, as my day job, and an avid self-care enthusiast in my spare time. My job is an extremely stressful position in which I am a psychotherapist for chronically mentally ill individuals. For this reason, I have dedicated myself to balancing the stress of my weekdays with healthy relaxation practices in the evenings and weekends. I am a strong advocate for the benefits of self-care, both for my clients, and myself. I get outdoors as much as I possibly can, and love to... Full Bio
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A complete vegetarian, fat free mexican meal by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking I was craving a mexican dinner the other night, but being vegetarian and on a fat and dairy free diet, I had to get creative. Here's what I did: I used soy strips (chu ... Read on »
A nice Sunday activity by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Hiking For father's day, my boyfriend and I hiked to the West Point Inn on Mount Tam. If you've never done this, it is an experience. The West Point Inn serves pancake breakfasts a ... Read on »
A South Bay Hike by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Hiking Although I don't make it to the south bay all that often, I decided to try out Black Mountain due to the length of the hike: over 9 miles round trip! I thought it would be a g ... Read on »
Active BBQ by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Recreation As Labor Day weekend approaches, BBQs abound. One idea...make activity, not food, the focus of your BBQ. Set up badmitton, horseshoes, even regress to childhood and get goof ... Read on »
afternoon snack by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian For a good, vegetarian afternoon snack, try lightlife brand vegetarian pepperoni slices on slices of apple. Sounds weird, but it's really good! Read on »
And polenta??? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Vegetarian I just posted about my distaste for tempeh, then realized i have a similar attitude toward polenta...it's so bland! Any ideas to spruce it up??? Read on »
Another suggestion for healthier coffee by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Not too long ago, my boyfriend bought a "cold brew" coffee system. You can read about it online: http://www.toddycafe.com/ Basically, you buy a pound of coffee at a time, soa ... Read on »
Any tips on good posture? by Lara I. 5 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management I have been trying to improve my posture for over a year. Nothing seems to work. I am a horrible sloucher. I've tried braces to hold my shoulders back, I've tried strengthe ... Read on »
Anyone know of a good, affordable massage? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management I would like to start getting regular massages, but am worried about not going to a nice spa, or a place that has been recommended by a friend. At the same time, I can't affo ... Read on »
Are you ok with not being ok? by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Mind-Body I've recently discovered that a lot of people I know, myself included, frequently struggle with being ok with not being ok. Our society has sort of trained us to do something ... Read on »
Bad day cures? by Lara I. 6 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management What do you do to take care of yourself after a really bad day?? Read on »
Balance ball by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Yoga I recently bought a 64 cm balance ball for work. I find that sitting all day, my posture really suffers. Now, when I am not with clients, I sit on the ball, which forces me ... Read on »
Be OK with not being OK by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management I feel like we live in such a society where we seek fixes for everything: Bad mood? Do something to make yourself feel better! But, sometimes it seems like this then bree ... Read on »
Benefits of the eliptical by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I really like the eliptical trainer. It sort of can simulate jogging, but with no impact. It's easier on the joints, particularly the knees. Plus, if you put headphones wit ... Read on »
Berkeley Bowl shopping by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Organic Food If you live in the Bay Area and have never been to Berkeley Bowl...go. It is a very large (former bowling alley, hence the name) grocery store with a produce section unlike a ... Read on »
Beware of Salad by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating So, you think you're choosing the healthy option by getting a salad at a restaurant? Think again. Most restaurant salads, unless you get a plain green salad, are loaded up w ... Read on »
Body Sculpting to strength train by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Strength Training If you are looking for ways to begin toning and strength training, but are intimidated, or at a loss of how to begin (I know I was), I would HIGHLY recommend checking out whet ... Read on »
Bowling Ball Weight? by Lara I. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Sports I went bowling last night and I noticed that some people opt for heavier balls to knock more pins down, I choose a really light ball to improve accuracy (I'm not very strong), ... Read on »
Calorie Counters by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I recently saw an article which suggested that the calorie counters on gym cardio machines, like the elliptical, are inaccurate and may grossly over-estimate calories burned. ... Read on »
Can you bowl a curve ball? by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Sports I've seen really good bowlers put spin on the ball, so that it curves. Any tips about how to do that??? Read on »