Best Nutrition Cookbook Ever

Veggie Stir Fry

My favorite cookbook is “The Whole Life Nutrition Cookbook.” This book is chalk full of tasty whole foods recipes and teaches you the importance of eating a heavily plant based diet. There is no understating the phrase “food is medicine.” The recipes are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, guilt free and finally – not flavor free!! For those of us with allergies, food sensitivities, diabetes or numerous other health ailments; this book is a blessing. The other insanely cool part about this book is the way they so clearly and concisely break down the foods and the how and why each food benefits your health.

Make just a few of these recipes and you quickly come to realize that the authors (Alissa Segersten and Tom Malterre) took the time to build, test and refine the recipes by having their children and friends test each revision. The result is a collection of completely “eatable” meals! I think it is an especially interesting and impressive feat in that recipes in this genre are typically mundane or flavorless.

They have a great website

Here are a couple of my favorites:

Recipe for green smoothie 

Recipe for Kale sauté  … I just realized this is two kale recipes in a row. I love kale and promise to move on from it!

Cheers to good health!

Clinical Experience: TMJ

I had an old patient come back for a new issue the other day. He had not been able to open his mouth more than a couple of centimeters for 4 weeks. This patient could not eat or brush his teeth properly. He was drinking milk shakes, smoothies and soup to get nutrition. He had a tooth extracted 4 weeks earlier and shortly after the procedure he found himself in this terrible situation with his mouth clamped shut.

He had been to back to see his dentist, a physical therapist, and a TMJ specialist all to no avail. I always say patients need acupuncture after major dental work! From our clinical experience, 99% of  pain in the head and jaw is coming from the neck and shoulders. We worked on his jaw with trigger point acupuncture, we did acupuncture using imaging, and on the 3rd session, I treated him face down, and worked on his neck and shoulders, which were extremely tight. When I finished needling I asked him to try to open his mouth and he practically yelled, “bring me a pizza!!”  I told him it may take a couple of times to get him to 100%. Today he called to cancel his appointment a couple of days out because his problem was resolved. This is a man who could not eat and was facing possible surgery. I say it all day long, acupuncture is amazing. It blows me away everyday!



Spinach & Kale Salad Recipe

This is a very flavorful recipe I came up with recently after hearing Sarah talk about a kale salad she had from Whole Foods that had kale and nutritional yeast in it. Sauteed kale provides a delicious base and compliments the spinach and garlic. I would suggest experimenting with this recipe by adding different proteins or nuts to add to the flavor. I plan to try this recipe with a few different additions like chicken, tofu, roasted almonds, roasted filberts and cilantro. (If you are doing a cleanse, tofu and nuts are typically on the “do not eat” list, so avoid these items).

The portions below are approximated.


Baby Spinach
Purple Kale – remove the spines. I found the easiest way to do this is with good kitchen scissors. Then chop it into around 1/2 inch pieces.
4 cloves Garlic – chopped finely
1/4-1/2 Onion – diced
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 tbsp tamari
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/2 C lemon juice


-In an iron or non stick skillet. Heat up some of the olive oil on medium heat.

-Add half of the garlic and saute garlic for about 3 minutes until it starts to brown.

-Add kale and saute, stirring frequently until softened and glazed with oil –  about 3-5 minutes.

-Transfer sauteed kale, onions and garlic to large mixing bowl.

-Keep pan on stove and add the remaining garlic and diced onion to pan and saute until onions and garlic begin to brown.

-Add tamari, remaining olive oil, and a couple pinches of nutritional yeast to pan and saute for 2-3 minutes.

-Add baby spinach to mixing bowl and stir in with the sauteed kale.

-Next drizzle the contents of the pan over the top of the spinach and kale and toss, drizzling a little bit at a time while you stir the mixture.

-Finally sprinkle the remaining nutritional yeast over the top of the mixture stirring a bit in between. Add as much nutritional yeast as you like…I find it is hard to have too much. Finally, squeeze lemon over the top of the salad and toss.

Enjoy and feel free to be creative and add your favorite ingredients…Bon apetit.

– Jake (Sarah’s husband)

TMJ: Treating Jaw Pain

We have many patients who come into the clinic complaining of jaw pain. We often use the catch-all term “TMJ” to describe all kinds of jaw pain, although it technically stands for temporomandibular joint. TMJ is often a result of muscular strain, rather than a structural issue with the joint itself. It can cause all kinds of pain in the jaw, but also the neck, face and head. It can even cause symptoms with the ears, including tinnitus (ear-ringing) or a plugged feeling in the ears. We often see a connection between TMJ and sinus issues, with patients presenting with frontal headaches and sinus pressure. There are not many treatments offered by conventional medicine that provide long-term relief, and many of the therapies offered, including bite guards and medications, can be cumbersome and do not fully address the problem.

Acupuncture has been found to offer immediate relief from TMJ symptoms, as well as effectively treat stress, one of the leading contributing factors to TMJ pain. Research has been done and continues to show that TMJ is very common for people who also report high levels of stress. TMJ is also very common in women. At Acupuncture Northwest, we specialize in trigger point acupuncture, a method that allows us to find and release the tight muscles responsible for the jaw pain. Some of the most common muscles involved are the masseter (our chewing muscle), temporalis, SCM and trapezius muscles. We also address the underlying causes for the jaw pain, including muscle tension, stress, teeth grinding, sleep issues, and other factors that might be in play.

There is no need to continue to suffer with TMJ symptoms. Acupuncture is an easy and effective way to release tight muscles and relieve pain!