Talking Crystals, Tapping into Your Intuition and Moon Cycles with Melissa Wood [Video]

Hi Friends,

Awhile back I asked you guys on Instagram, what you wanted me to do a video about, and the overwhelming answer was CRYSTALS!  I was lucky enough to sit down with one of my favorite people Melissa Wood and discuss all things crystals!

Because crystals are so powerful and I feel so connected to them, I could talk about them for hours.  The healing, the beauty, the inspiration I find from  that crystals has been something I resonated with since childhood, I could go on  I like to think of this as a sort of quick simple guide to crystals - there’s something in it for everyone.

We discuss: 

•   A few of my favorite types of crystals
•   Different ways of clearing crystals:
•   How to pick out and set intentions with your crystals
•   Why it’s so important to have no fear around crystals
•   Palo santo + Sage
•   A Ritual for Clearing negativity in a place that has negative memories for you
•   Rituals, getting quiet, and meditation
•   A Course in Miracles
•   How to use crystals to release ideas that hold us back
•   Keeping yourself and your crystals in synch with moon cycles, and moon rituals
•   Tapping into your intuition


Check it out 

If you have been enjoying the New + Full Moon + Crystal Rituals with me every month, and want to do it together in person:

Please join me in person in NYC for NEXT MONTH"S NEW MOON ON MAY 15th. 

This is the first time in over a year that I have held a New Moon event.  I am so excited to see you there! Please note there are limited spaces, so please sign up soon.  You will leave with your own sacred tools (crystals + journal for your New Moon intentions) to continue setting your intentions when you return home. There will be a guided Reiki Healing + Intentions ceremony that will be amplified with the Power of the New Moon.

My Thoughts On Finding Balance with Food

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it's 2012, I had just come from Soul Cycle, sweaty and all,  and was greeted by strangers at the Cafe.  They asked if they could do a quick video  interview about what Gingersnap's was and my thoughts on food.  I of course said yes, and decided not to even attempt a trip to the mirror, because if I did I would overthink it.  So, to say I was unprepared is an understatement.  Nonetheless, they did a beautiful job, and even 6 years later, I agree with what I said:)...I hope you enjoy it..

My Podcast with Jordan Younger of The Balanced Blonde

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My interview with Jordan, of The Balanced Blonde, is LIVE. And I can’t wait for you to go listen.

As many of you know, Jordan and I go way back.  I have had the pleasure of hosting her at both the East Village and West Village locations of Gingersnap's Organic. We get really deep, and really raw about the scary decisions that have created magical transformation in our lives. How stepping away from one identity for each of us, lead to a magical life of transformation, healing and happiness. 


You’ll get to hear us talk about…


  • the ONE conversation I had with Jordan that completely changed her eating habits, in a single day (you might’ve heard this story if you know her background as The Blonde Vegan).
  • manifesting the life you want 
  • getting quiet so you can actually know what is best for you 
  • learning to listen to YOUR body to know what is best for YOU to eat
  • my honest thoughts about french fries (and why I sometimes say YES to foods I used to label “bad”).
  • the beauty that can be found in seasons of difficult transitions.
  • why both of us reject labels and choose to embrace a more intuitive eating practice.


I honestly can’t wait for you to take a listen. Not only is Jordan filled with so much light and wisdom, but I also know that you’re going to pull so much value from our long-overdue conversation.

Click here to listen to the episode HERE and please, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

And in case you missed it, enjoy my latest Ritual  for going inward and doing the deep healing..

Interview with A Wild Dove: Being Mindful During the Holidays

Written by A Wild Dove | Photographed by Caitlin Mitchell

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, our lives are basically a cluster-you-know-what of holiday events - with what feels like 20 different dinners, lunches, brunches and drinks in a given week. We know that holiday dining (and drinking) every day and night wreaks havoc on our skin, body and mood. And it’s even more intense for our kids, whose stockings become stuffed with cookies, chocolates and treats. So we checked in with life coach Jamie Graber, who shares her tips on how to survive the most festive  time of year and avoid falling into a destructive cycle that will have you feeling like holiday roadkill come January 1. Her advice below...

1. Jamie, please help us! How can we keep the holidays healthy for kids and parents alike?

One thing I advise for most people and myself is the “crowding out” theory. We don’t have to tell ourselves that we won’t have this or that. But we should make sure we’re filling up with healthy things, like vegetables and salad. So by the time the dessert rolls around, which is often a place where destruction can happen, we’re already full. So when you do have dessert, it’s small but that’s enough. Some people will fast until the big meal and then you get ravenous and you end up eating all the stuff. Eat throughout the day. Crowd in all the healthy food. It sets you up to have a taste. And you should have a taste! Enjoy it. It’s a holiday. It’s a beautiful time to be with family and enjoying connection. You don’t want to be in place where you’re saying no and associating food with the bad. So allow for it and allow for it mildly. And drink water. So again you’re filling up.

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove


2. Totally makes total sense. Can you share any hacks to avoid falling victim to every treat that crosses our path?

Water and filling up with healthy stuff. I also highly recommend meditating and working out over the holidays. The mindset to how you start the day snowballs and builds momentum. The better you care for your body, the less likely you’ll be to throw trash in it. Your body is a temple. Be more connected and have more understanding of what enjoyment feels without shaming it. Eat something if it will make you feel good. And move your body or meditate. There is something about taking care of the physical body in the mind and starting the day off in a good way.

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove


3. Let’s talk post-holiday. What are some tips you can impart on getting back into normal habits and routines after the holiday, for mamas AND kids?

Often what happens is these habits snowball. They say the largest amount of weight gain happens from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. And it doesn’t have to be like that. There are ways to recognize. So if I go heavier today, I’ll go lighter tomorrow. For example, today was Thanksgiving and I had all the things and I enjoyed them. Tomorrow I will be a bit cleaner. Personally,  I’ll do liquids for the next day until dinner so I don’t start the rollercoaster. If I can catch myself quickly, I won’t go down the rabbit hole. So the day after Thanksgiving or Christmas, I’ll make sure I do all liquids until dinner and stay plant-based for that day. So you’re helping your body as much as possible. Your body is tired from digesting. So give your body more energy. Drink smoothies, enjoy some soups, and be plant-based at night. And go back to your normal ways the next day.

4. Talk to us about boozing during the holiday. Any hard and fast rules for managing intake?

As long as you have a healthy relationship with alcohol, by all means enjoy! Clear liquids and mixers are best. Part of what happens is that sugar makes a hangover worse. Any clear is better. Have vodka with lemon juice or sparkling soda. Wine is clean and simple too. Just be mindful. Have a glass and then a glass of water. Pace yourself. Or add sparkling water to make wine lighter. So one drink is split into two drinks. And before bed, drink tons of water. Also add minerals to your water when you go to bed and make sure you’re taking probiotics, especially during the holidays. They will be your friend. 

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove

I live by Probiotics and Magnesium. They are important for healthy gut and digestion.  They help to restore and regulate healthy bacteria in the gut.  I love Prescript Assist  because it is shelf stable and powerful.  I take it every morning, on an empty stomach. Magnesium helps to calm the nervous system and it helps with sleep and digestion.  For people who have problems with regularity, this is a great non-habit forming addition to the night time routines. It is calming for the body, and helps with allowing it to release.


5. Got it , these are already in our cart. Lastly, for those of us with packed schedules, how can we best treat food/alcohol/sugar hangovers when we have back-to-back events?

Do some meditation in the morning. It sets you up for success and a good day so you can feel good about yourself. When we feel good about ourselves, we’re not as inclined to make decisions to make us feel badly. Enjoy the cake. But don’t eat the entire cake. And all you need is three bites. The first bite is confusion. The second bite, your mind figures it out. By the third bite, you’re bored. Think of all the things went into making it - the farmers, the cooks. Everyone. Enjoy it and savor it. If you do have a bad one night, go liquid the next day until dinner. Have smoothies and savory soups. There is great oil and fat in them. Get back in the body. It’s not about a six day cleanse because that starts to cycle into binge and restriction. It’s about letting the body rest and digest. 

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove


Check out the recipe for Jamie’s favorite evening healing tonic that you can sip on after a long day-to-night holiday hustle... 

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for  A Wild Dove

Photo by Caitlin Mitchell for A Wild Dove



Put the warm liquid in first. It should be tea temperature. Warm to the touch, not scolding. Blend.