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Happy 3rd Birthday to Prism!

Dear Prism Family,

Times being what they are, this is a very bittersweet birthday.

I’m sad to not be able to see all of you right now! It’s been really heartbreaking to have to close. This is such a challenging time for all of us and a strange time to be celebrating an anniversary, but I AM excited about finding new ways to work with you. Who knows, maybe we’ll find something even better!

{Read Prism’s story below, and don’t miss the healthy cake recipe at the end of this email!}

Three years ago, I started Prism to fulfill a community need for LGBT-inclusive, integrative healthcare.

Through working with patients and finding out what was most helpful to them, I developed a more specific focus in hormone regulation and surgical recovery, including offering home visits for folks recovering from surgery.

I also brought in my personal experience with endometriosis and developed a holistic treatment plan for patients dealing with pelvic pain and pelvic floor dysfunction that has been more effective that I could have imagined.

Together, we have created an amazing practice that is not only inclusive and community-oriented, but that is really getting people the care and results they deserve.

I am so grateful to the Prism community for helping me create this wonderful service.

It has been heartbreaking having to shut our doors, but we’ve been finding new ways to work together and I’m confident that we can keep providing you with excellent care from afar, just as we did when you were coming into the office.

In figuring out how to best practice virtually, I’ve gone back to the roots of my business.

I chose the name ‘Prism’ because it not only brings up a visual of a rainbow, and thus flags LGBT-inclusive without being exclusive to anyone else, but it also implies multifaceted-ness. One stream of light through a prism can create an entire rainbow.

I liked this image both in reference to identity as a prism, but also to healing as a prism: a multifaceted, integrative process. I don’t just do acupuncture, I also work with herbs, nutrition, and lifestyle coaching.

Though I may not be able to practice acupuncture right now, the other facets of our prism of integrative care are going strong.

I am so grateful to be able to offer you guided acupressure sessions, virtual herbal consultations, nutrition and selfcare advice, qigong and breathing exercises, and more–all from afar!

I am not sitting around waiting for the stay-in-place orders to be over, and I’m not trying to sneak you into my practice for some acupuncture, potentially exposing you and myself to this pandemic. 

I am busy creating something even better, to be able to SAFELY and EFFETIVELY work with you during this time when we can’t see each other in person.

You can look forward to continued updates on the progress of our virtual sessions and more I have planned for you.

Our three-year-anniversary is the beginning of something new and exciting, a new way of providing you with the best care, and I look forward to sharing every minute with you.

Read more about our roots, here.

Now, for the birthday cake!

I’d like to share with you a healthy-ish cake recipe, adapted from a PaleoHacks recipe.

I used to be a sugar addict, I could’ve eaten an entire cake in one sitting–seriously. Sugar was a huge part of my life.

When I was diagnosed with endometriosis, I knew I couldn’t keep that up. I cut sugar out of my life entirely.

I thought that would be impossible, but the results I’ve had are better than I could’ve expected and–after the first two weeks of intense cravings–I haven’t looked back.

I still love sweets though, and though I keep all sweet treats to a minimum, I do like to treat myself to an occasional sugar-free dessert.

This delicious paleo cake uses maple syrup in lieu of sugar, and coconut flour and coconut oil instead of flour and butter.

And it’s delicious!

Give it a try and send me a picture of how it turns out :)

Lemon Pound Cake Recipe

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  •  1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
  •  1/3 cup maple syrup
  •  1/3 cup lemon juice
  •  zest of 1 lemon
  •  1/2 cup plus 1 T coconut flour
  •  1/4 cup tapioca starch
  •  1/2 t baking soda
  •  Pinch sea salt

Glaze

  •  1/3 cup coconut butter
  •  2 T maple syrup
  •  2 T lemon juice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 7.5” by 3.5” loaf pan or similar size round pan.
  •  In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs with the coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice, and lemon zest.
  •  Add the coconut flour, tapioca starch, baking soda, and salt. Mix well.
  •  Transfer to prepared loaf pan. Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean.
  •  Remove from pan and cool completely.
  •  In a small bowl, mix together the coconut butter, maple syrup, and lemon juice for the glaze. Spread on cake.
  • Top with as many fresh berries as your heart desires. Serve with a light rooibos tea and enjoy!

That’s all for today… have a safe, healthy, and awesome day!

Katrina Hanson L.Ac.

PS. Whenever you’re ready, here are 3 ways I can help you:

(1) PAIN-FREE WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS?
If you have endometriosis and are ready to live pain-free within the next 3 months, book a free assessment call with me here.

(2) GET MOTIVATED
Want more structure, more focus, and a more organized way to reduce your endo symptoms? Get the Prism EndoGoals tracker here.

(3) CASE STUDY INVITE
I’m looking for 5 people who’ve been dealing with endometriosis symptoms for at least five years (regardless of when you were diagnosed), have tried western medicine without much success, and who are ready to commit 15 minutes per day to discover a new pain-free life. Is that you? Reply to this message with the words CASE STUDY and I’ll send you all the details. I’ll be choosing people this week.