Dear Doctor Amy may you suggest some tips on coming out of a fast? what are the steps to come back to a normal eating routine? Whats an easy way and healthy way to do it? This is the part that scares me the most of fasting.. how not to go on a total binge?

 -Dr Amy:  I understand, this is quite common. It’s typically much easier to do the fast itself, rather than coming off of it.  Though, this part of it is perhaps highlighting where our attention and further need for self-understanding and care is.  I’ve even heard people say you shouldn’t fast because of this. Rather than “throwing the baby out with the bathwater” – I suggest taking this as an opportunity to be  taken into the next level of what a fast teaches us. It isn’t just about the wonder and amazingness we feel on the fast, with so much  more clarity and energy – it’s also being willing to confront what we’re faced with, coming off it. And that’s often what’s unresolved within us.  Avoiding fasting doesn’t solve that repetitious issue.  So lets take it a bit deeper.  Here’s some suggestions:

First and foremost: remain humble while fasting without getting attached it this state (as our original issues may very well be there as we come off it, and roar with a vengeance…. ie, the tendency for binging, eating uncontrollably, or feeling out of control with food.

Keep connected to your body – and belly.  Stay tuned into yourself, both physically, and emotionally.  It’s so much about awareness. The head wants to slip back into the driver seat, with all its fears, conditioning, and programming… which often also includes how we use food to subdue that gnawing and discomfort. Lose awareness of you, and wham, there we are acting out for food and feeling more shitty than ever after all our “hard work.”
Hold yourself, that little child inside of you. She needs you now more than ever.  Sit with her.  Ask her what she’s really going through, really listening like you would with anyone you love. Allow her to express, be seen and heard – and why she may go to food instead of being acknowledged for her stresses, overwhelm, etc – that makes her potentially act out.
-Avoid being hard on yourself with self-condemning or cursing with language such as “STOP”, “I hate it when you do that”, and how that language/feeling state reflects on your self-image and body.  Instead, see if you can hold yourself there, self-inquire, and create self-understanding.  Otherwise, you’re options may narrow to what you’ve known… and for many of us, that’s acting out with food – then hating ourselves for it after… especially after fasting.
-Once tuned in with yourself, and in the state of holding as talked about above, ask your inner little one what she needs from you… and ask her if you can bring awareness to how you use food when bored, stressed – or simply out of habit. Now tune into your belly, as you’re tuned in with her, and breathe. Slow way down.  And do your best to honour the agreement to stay tuned into and listening to your belly. Before you eat anything, use your awareness – and ask your belly if it wants it.  This is an honouring way to create self-discipline and guide yourself into listening to your belly and following what it wants, rather than feeling like you’re running amuck with the rampant voice of over eating (also get to know that voice… does it bully you, push you around, and make you do things you don’t want?)… by listening to your belly and following its lead, our inner bully finally also gets the attention it needs, and perhaps is willing to be feed with self-love, rather than grabbing uncontrollably with food.

Why so cold!?

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-Dear Dr. Amy I find that I’m always cold! mostly my feet, my hands and my bum… any ideas? 

This is due to a lack of circulation. The blood isn’t pumping to your extremities so well, which in turn makes you cold.  Same is true in your bum, perhaps from sitting too long (on the computer, etc… especially on a hard surface).  Moving it – exercise – well of course help, though we need to clean up our blood, as circulation only partially from movement.  If the blood is clogged with mucus (this is most common for everyone as we tend to eat foods that produce on over production of mucus), yeast, and general toxins – then naturally the blood will stagnate – this is where things that make you feel crappy grow… and this is because oxygen is decreased.  So blood that is continuously moving well is keeping us warm as it’s oxygenated and unobstructed.  Think of a river thats had cleaners dumped in it (i.e. chemical shampoo/soap/detergent we use), pesticides, herbicides and hormones (from food and substances we consume), and on and on it goes. Of course the river will get clogged, lack oxygen, and you in term will be cold.  And… this isn’t just from toxic stuff we consume and in the environment. It’s also from overeating, being full all the time and not allowing the belly to empty (therefore the blood given movement)… constipation is usually a part of this story – so we’ve got to get the colon plug out, so the blood can move more freely, clean itself up – decongest, oxygenate… and viola, warm us!

A little recipe Advice

Healing or band-aiding?


I didn’t sleep last night and wondering if you have any advice or wisdom to share on this digestion issue. Seems I have low hcl so I’ve been taking  a digestive enzyme at dinner the past few years. If I don’t my stomach will keep me up. 

 2 weeks ago I ran out of my hypo D enzyme so I started drinking about ½ to ¾ jigger of organic apple cider vinegar before dinner and happily it seemed to work. Last night I forgot to take it so my brain doesn’t let me go to sleep because my body hasn’t digested the food and still is trying to send its acids 3am4am 5am.

 I finally took a digestion essential oil 7am so I could fall asleep for a few hrs and that helps. Wondering if you have any suggestions or preferences of digestive enzyme. Last night for dinner I made butternut squash soup and salad which tells me that even the enzymes needed for plants I have a hard time digesting in the evening.


Dr. Amy:

Digestive enzymes and taking HCL are helpful to break down what we eat… though,

I encourage you to also consider why you need them.  When we don’t have adequate
gastric juices to break down what we consume, it’s typically because we’ve trained our body over time to stop producing what we need for digestive power from a high cooked diet.  This becoming a habit, gone unquestioned, may make us presume we just can’t live without those supplements.
Though – lets question why we need them in the first place!  Ultimately, our
body is telling us the food we’re eating isn’t digesting well.  Sure, we can take supplements for that, though we’ll always need them likely, and we aren’t addressing why we need them.  And digestion continues to weaken, which means so does immunity. .
This is where changing diet comes in, and using supplements, vinegar (for those whose
body agrees with it – not everybody does) and a shoot of lemon juice before eating – to rebuild digestive power comes in… then these helpful acts are acting as a bridge while we’re improving diet. This is healing, and that’s because the body is finally getting living enzymes, so long as we eat a high amount of living food in the diet… as a primarily cooked diet is largely devoid of living enzymes, hence why we take them in supplements instead – and why digestion suffers.
Using supplements with dietary improvements, the body can rebuild its digestive power rather than continually suffering as a result of acidic foods which produce more acid in the body, gas and inflammation…. this means lots
of burping and farting, and possibly even heartburn, acid reflux, belly aches, skin issues, aches and pains, etc… (all which can lead to major health issues).
Digestive oils are great, though when the next onslaught of indigestible foods hits the stomach, they will only marginally help – not heal.  So, treat the root cause, and the rest will take care of itself. Some people won’t give up foods they love, and will opt for supplements instead.  It’s a personal choice, though as a naturopath,
it’s my responsibility to help you understand the root cause so you can make an educated decision in your choices – and know you have options!

Health Inner Saboteur? 7 Tips For Getting What You Want


Happy winter in the west, and summer in the east!

Day 18 of a fast, and I’m feeling fine – especially after a great colonic session with a wonderful therapist today who managed to move a brick of gas sitting in my belly. After, my eyes got brighter, my energy came up, I’m breathing better, and my belly is no longer a rock. Seriously.  Looks like I’m again giving up the matcha and chocolate that have been blowing me up.

Do we all have gas?  Most likely.  Even if you’re not burping and farting, if your belly feels hard, bloated, and your digestion isn’t working great, stored gas in the intestines, tissue, and even cells is likely the culprit.  It’s SUPER common, and likely the cause of many health issues.

What to do – especially if you find yourself wanting to be healthier though have resistance, and even rebellion?

Before going crazy with a diet plan, and putting pressure on yourself to workout, I suggest cultivating a mindset for health. Here’s 7 tips:

1.  Health starts with how you think. Think healthy thoughts to be healthy.  Do you view yourself healthfully?

2.  Check in with yourself – and how you think about health – ask what you really want for your health and well-being.

3.   What stands in the way of what you want?  Be ruthlessly honest with yourself, beyond self-condemning.

4.   Do  you have unconscious commits that assure lack luster?  Such as:  “I’m too busy”, “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have the money”?  Is this true?  Have a talk with the inner-saboteur and find out who’s running you.

5.   Remember, we are 80% more likely to succeed with support. Get help with your health.

6.  Let go of harmful things you love, one by one. Find out which one is whacking you most, and fast from it. Then do the next, then the next.

7.  Do you belief you just can’t do it?  Start with baby steps, gain small successes, and build from there.

Let me know if you find this helpful, I’d love to hear from you.

And… check out my new Intro to Health program starting this Saturday, Jan. 20th online – 6 Steps To Your Self.  We cover all the topics above and more over 6 weeks.

Learn More & Register Here:
My Love To You!

Dr. Amy

Endings & New Beginnings


Hello Dearest Reader,

What are you leaving behind in 2017 and inviting in ’18?  What would give you closure for anything left hanging – such as communicating unresolved feelings, following up on a commitment, reaching out to someone you’ve been meaning to contact, etc.  What are you inviting for the new year?

What’s been the most significant happenings of the year for you?  This year has been very intense for me, hands down.  My father passed on Easter, I got married, and my brain started working way better, propelling me out of a two year mid-life crisis of sorts.  At times I’ve felt like I was heaving without breath, and at other times I’ve experienced a renewed inspiration from deep within that’s restoring my sense of self, growing me by leaps and bounds – and expanding my heart with new understandings of death, and therefore life.  What a gift it all is, even though it seems we may break into pieces at times.

Like to go deeper with what you’re leaving behind in 2017, and what your invoking for ’18?  Here are some questions to foster your focus:

-what’s been a powerful lesson for you in this past year that you’d like to leave behind, yet take the learnings with you?  What are those learnings?  How have you been affected, your life changed, and how have you grown?

-how has your heart been most touched?  How does this help with what you wish to invoke in 2018?

-what’s your intention for 2018, and your plan of action for going for it, based on what you’ve learned, how your heart has been touched, and how you’ve changed?

-do you have a self-care plan in place, with support (especially if this has been difficult for you in the past) for ’18?  Outline it in detail, along with a doable structure.

Consciously reviewing and releasing whats passed, learning from it, and setting forth on what you really want – may we let go of self-sabotaging thinking that leads to (self)destructive behaviors.  Through support and sharing, many things are possible where we otherwise may feel alone and isolated.

Remember the old saying  “success doesn’t always go to the most talented, smartest, and wealthiest – it often goes to those who show up and persist.”

So, what do you really want and what’s your support to get it?

My love to you this holiday season, and in 2018!

Dr. Amy

Nov. News, Metoo, Youtoo, Wetoo


Hello Dearest Reader,

Better late than never this edition!

With so much media around the Metoo topic – that historically has been subconscious and suppressed – its now been plunged to the collective surface. Most every woman (and many men) I know personally, and have worked with, have experienced some form of violation. Myself included from conception through childhood, and on… until I gained enough hard earned awareness to end the cycle.

Yes, you too, me too, and all of us.  It is quite rare to encounter someone (especially a woman), who hasn’t been victimized, violated, and then found herself in a role of saving others.  This age-old pain has plagued humanity forever. Karpmans Triangle details this cycle –

Is this to suggest abdication of the perpetrators responsibility, or diminishment of the victim’s pain?  

Not at all, actually the opposite.  It’s to highlight how abusive behavior is learned and repeated – and to empower ourselves to step out the victim, villain, victor cycle.  And in this context, as a naturopath, it’s to take account how this issue affects our health, self-worth, and how we use food and substance… especially when stressed.

A few mornings ago I was juicing on our porch – as I do every day – in the warm Ibiza sun.  Being at the end of a very isolated mountain road that has zero traffic, and only the odd hiker, I feel very safe and expect absolutely no one, as I juice naked.

On this particular day, 2 men came out of nowhere – no sound of a car to warn – and smiled at me as they stridently walked towards the edge of our property that drops down to expansive sea.  The view is mind-blowingly beautiful… and on a private road, on private property.  The uninvited didn’t ask permission to enter, or acknowledge my nakedness.  This instantly ignited and infuriated me. Wrapping a sarong around myself, Luna barked full blast on their heels.  I felt my fury grow as I walked towards them.

The younger of the two seemed to understand that I was angry, while the older attempted arguing with me in broken English.  Basically saying he wouldn’t leave.  Outraged, and surprising myself, I stood my ground, shouting at the top of my lungs, pointing towards the exit repeatedly yelling,  “OUT!!!”    Lingering a few moments as if nothing had happened, they began to leave, not acknowledging their trespass.

Astonished, I didn’t feel victimized.  On the contrary, I felt incredibly empowered as I did a few things I hadn’t always done in the past when feeling violated.

This is what I learned:
-letting another feel my fury in an appropriate way, on the spot, is my responsibility… and that may feel intense, AND It’s one way I can take care of myself.
-I can’t control another’s actions or reactions, though I can make choices (such as instantly facing violation and speaking out) that help me to step out of the perpetrators path – and end perpetrating myself.  What I don’t stop continues.
-holding another accountable doesn’t wrong them (unless blame is involved)… it actually creates boundaries, and the opportunity for respect.
-Even if another doesn’t honor boundaries, I still can.
-Speak up and out, use your voice.  No one else can do that for us.  I learn to take care of myself by letting others know what’s ok and what’s not – even when it’s painful, or not popular.
-to thyself be true; speak my truth, especially when I feel awkward, uncomfortable or fear confrontation. Do it anyway.
-be there for myself… sometimes that means calling a situation – ON THE SPOT – for what it is and expressing your wrath. Often we are the only one who can truly protect self.  Anger is a warning sign.
-even if the violator continues when you’ve expressed a boundary, don’t waiver. Stand by what’s ok with you and what’s not.
-the more I take care of myself, the less I crave and act out with food, being self-destructive, etc.…

Is self-care just about eating healthy, exercising, meditation, etc?  Not, it’s also about facing uncomfortable feelings and being fully present to them, especially when we resist or shy away from it.

Here’s to welcoming all parts of our self, humanity, and being willing to take care – no matter the situation.

Love & Support,

Dr. Amy