Do you ever have a hard time letting go? Is it a person, relationship, event or thing? Or all of the above? Have you been unable to process the grief of losing someone you love? By not expressing ourselves fully or completely ignoring emotional discomfort, we can make ourselves sick. Heather Lounsbury, author of the new book “Fix Your Mood With Food” talks about how unprocessed emotions can be detrimental to our health and how eating the right foods plays an important role in supporting the healing process.

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More than sixty million Americans are affected with psychiatric disorders and few see improvement using prescribed medications. “Fix Your Mood with Food uses the methods practiced in Chinese medicine to improve mood naturally. By focusing on the whole individual—rather than an isolated affliction—it is designed to cure the entire body.

In this approachable book, Heather Lounsbury, one of Los Angeles’ most well-known acupuncturists, draws from her own personal and clinical experiences as well as her extensive studies in holistic and Chinese nutrition and Chinese medicine to help you achieve emotional and physical health. Readers will be empowered by natural options for mood improvement with dietary insight based on ancient healing practices. Whether you’re a constant worrier, easily agitated, stressed, suffer from panic attacks, or anything in between, you can take back control and return to emotional balance. Lounsbury guides readers to elevate mood naturally as they improve (and prevent) a variety of physical ailments, including heart conditions, high cholesterol, digestive issues, headaches, and energy problems. Includes comprehensive food charts and health tips.

Please enjoy the following “teaser” sample section from the book until you can get your hands on your very own copy!

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Time to Say Goodbye

Do you ever have a hard time letting go? Is it a person, relationship, event or thing? Or all of the above? Have you been unable to process the grief of losing someone you love? By not expressing ourselves fully or completely ignoring emotional discomfort, we can make ourselves sick.

Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes the importance of emotions and their role in our physical well-being. Each emotion that goes unprocessed can affect specific organs. Difficulty letting go or grieving is detrimental to your lungs and/or large intestines. So if you have issues with digestion, going #2, asthma, or weakened immunity, take some time and see what old hurts or non-supportive patterns you might be holding on to. Maybe your health issues haven’t been alleviated or even diagnosed with Western medicine. Holding on to sadness can contribute to physical issues. I’m not saying you’re at fault, but if you haven’t dealt with past hurts and let them go, they will eventually make you sick.

Eating the right foods to support your healing process is key. You might have been given some great nutritional advice in the past. But maybe some of your health concerns just won’t go away. Or that last ten pounds you need to lose refuses to come off. Those sinus headaches keep coming back. Tweaking your diet just slightly could be all you need.

What to eat?

If you’re experiencing a runny nose, coughing up phlegm, sinus congestion:

Kelp, turnips, flaxseeds, garlic, pears, watercress, garlic, and papaya

Shortness of breath, coughing, easily catches colds and flus, asthma:

Brown rice, oats, carrots, almond, lima beans

Dry, hacking cough:

Miso, pears, apples, oranges, bananas, peaches, strawberries, and spirulina

Several studies have shown a link between suppressing emotion and disease, as well as how expressing negative emotions and releasing tension can lead to physical healing. Now isn’t time for you to let go once and for all?

For more details on how to improve your overall mental and physical health, please read my newly released book: “Fix Your Mood With Food.”

Live natural.  Live well.

-Heather

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Heather Lounsbury, L.Ac., one of Los Angeles’ best-known acupuncturists and author of “Fix Your Mood with Food,” is the powerhouse behind the Live Natural Live Well brand, embracing a popular blog, YouTube videos, and weekly radio show. She is passionate about spreading the message of holistic living, vegan eating and empowering her patients to heal themselves, and has attracted broad media attention from Psychology Today, Time, FOX News, Billboard Magazine, Vogue Germany, VegNews, Business Insider, Elite Traveler, among others.