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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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Potluck recipe by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking I've been invited to a potluck where I am likely to be the only vegetarian. Any ideas for yummy vegetarian recipes that will be a meal for me, and appealing to meat eaters? Read on »
Cooking smells by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Cooking I like to cook with a lot of seasoning...garlic, onion, curry...these all smell, and linger...what do you do, when you love to cook, but don't want a smelly home? Read on »
Cracked lips by Lara I. 10 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine I have an annoying and painful crack at that crease between my upper and lower lip. I've been putting Burt's Bees on it, but someone told me that might be abrasive. Anyone k ... Read on »
taste buds or stomach? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating Do your taste buds or your appetite rule your consumption? Read on »
Shrinking stomach by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss My grandmother always used to say that if you eat less, or eat smaller meals, your stomach will "shrink". I've kind of noticed this phenomenon...my appetite does change when ... Read on »
Nutritional Yeast by Lara I. 5 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating What's so nutritional about it? My boyfriend swears on putting it on everything...salads especially. I admit, it does taste pretty good on a salad, and I know how to make a ... Read on »
Protein shakes? by Lara I. 2 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Vitamins & Supplements I am curious...I hear people talk about protein shakes, but I've never tried them. Anyone have a suggestion of a low-cal, high fiber protein shake that tastes good and is fil ... Read on »
Good shoes by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Running I realize that part of the answer to my own question about jogging safely is good shoes. I admit that I skimp seriously on this...I think mine are from Payless and cost less ... Read on »
Jogging safely by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine I usually work out in a gym, but yesterday I went running. I found that after just a short period of time, my knees and ankles were killing me. Anyone know how I can keep my ... Read on »
Macrobiotic by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Healthy Eating What exactly is macrobiotic food? Read on »
Manzanita by Lara I. Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating I recently tried a place in Oakland called Manzanita Restaurant. It's macrobiotic, which was my first such food. It was fantastic, the portions were healthy-sized (not overi ... Read on »
Kickboxing DVD by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Martial Arts I recently bought Kathy Smith's Kickboxing DVD. I really like it. The 45 minute workout is easy to follow, and I feel like I am really working. I put it on my computer and ... Read on »
Little changes = big difference by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Recreation Little lifestyle changes can make a large overall impact on your health and fitness. Try walking the stairs or even walking up the escalator rather than standing. Don't figh ... Read on »
Sleep routine by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in General Medicine I've heard that it is better to get up at the same time every day, to program your inner clock, than it is to sleep in a little extra some days. Is this true? I usually get ... Read on »
Too much of a good thing? by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: Questions & Answers in Stress Management I am wondering what others think about too much self-care. Is it better to be really busy, but with good things, than to have a more relaxed schedule? Or can too many wellness ... Read on »
Tips not to overindulge by Lara I. 3 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating I am headed to New Orleans this weekend, where I am sure I will be partaking in quite a bit of food and alcohol. Any tips on how not to overindulge in either once inhibitions ... 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 »
I'm not the only fruit lover by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating Any tips on combatting fruit flies? I love fresh fruits and veggies, but my kitchen is overrun with the little buggers. Read on »
Developing food alergies by Lara I. 4 Comments Posted in: General Discussion in Healthy Eating I recently broke out in hives after a bite of gluten. I eat gluten a lot, as I am vegetarian, and have never had this problem before. One of my friends, who is newly allergi ... Read on »
Mismatched diets by Lara I. 1 Comment Posted in: General Discussion in Weight loss Does anyone else have this problem: my fiance eats very differently than I do. We are both vegetarian, but he opts for much more fried foods, lots of oil, and cheese on every ... Read on »