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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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Cataract Falls...a great hike by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Hiking I went up hiking at Cataract Falls, which is near the Mt. Tam watershed in Marin. It was spectacular. 2 hours, a very steep climb, and seven waterfalls, with a perfect pic ... Read on »
Cataract Trail by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Hiking Has anyone ever done the Cataract Trail in Marin? Is there a good trailhead, or section of the trail? Where do you recommend starting? Read on »
Ever been to NHI? by Lara I. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Massage/Spa Has anyone ever tried the student clinic at National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA for discount massages from students? How is it? Read on »
Sweetner health? by Lara I. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating If splenda is not an option, I can't remember which is better, the pink (sweet n low) or the blue (equal)? Do you know? Read on »
Slipping during postures by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Yoga Does anyone else have the problem of sliding on the mat when your hands or feet get sweaty? I find I spend my downward facing dog just trying to not slip. Is it my mat? Is it ... Read on »
Holding grudges by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management I am reading the book "Don't Sweat the Small Stuff...and It's All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to keep the Little Things From Taking Over Your Life" by Richard Carlson. A quote t ... Read on »
How old were you when you first dieted? by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: Questions & Answers in Weight loss An article in Time magazine some years ago reported that 80% of girls have been on a diet by the fourth grade. How old were you when you first dieted, and what factors led yo ... Read on »
How do you know when you are getting too stressed? by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management Do you have any red flags that tell you your stress level is too high? What do you do when you first feel them? 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 »
Do you exercise when sick? by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: Questions & Answers in Exercise I am a major exerciser. I usually exercise at least 5 days a week, but I've had a cold for the past five days, so I have spent more time in bed and on the couch than I have i ... Read on »
Yummy, healthy dip by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian I made this as an appetizer at Christmas, and it was so tasty and so easy. I found it in a vegetarian cook book. Carrot, Raisin, and Chopped Peanut Spread 1 cup gra ... Read on »
The power of lists by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Stress Management So, I am a stress-oriented person. It's the classic...my mind races a lot, I am always thinking about things that need to get done, etc. I found a really powerful tool, thoug ... Read on »
Veggie Sausage by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian I have been eating Gimme Lean brand of vegetarian sausage for a couple of years. This morning I tried Morningstar Farms instead, and found that I like it much better! It's fl ... Read on »
Great Kidney Bean Recipe by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian I had a can of white kidney beans in the cupboard and was unsure what to do with them. I found this recipe on allrecipes.com, then adapted it to fit the ingredients I had. ... Read on »
Namaste Yoga, Rockridge Ca...great for beginners! by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Yoga So, I am an avid exerciser, but have always been somewhat intimidated by yoga...there just seem to be so many people who are really good at it, and I hate to say it, but also ... Read on »
Namaste Yoga Rockridge by Lara I. Posted in: Questions & Answers in Yoga Has anyone ever been to this studio in Oakland? How is it for beginners? Read on »
Workout shoe recommendations by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Exercise I need to buy new shoes, but know nothing about what brands are good, what types are good for which types of workout, etc. I usually workout out on the eliptical, take body s ... Read on »
Stuffed Acorn Squash by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Vegetarian My husband and I were craving acorn squash, because of the season, so we bought one, but then didn't know what to do with it. We're vegetarian and wanted to make it a main ... Read on »
Pre-dinner Menu browse by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating If I know I am going out to dinner to a specific restaraunt, sometimes I'll go online (citysearch is a good website) and look at the menu for the place ahead of time, preferab ... Read on »