Thriving Primally Blog

Sunday 26th August 2018

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What an amazing weekend of learning and connecting with my fellow FDN practitioners from around the world at FDN’s ten year anniversary conference and celebration, and to learn from thought leaders in the functional health and wellness world. So blessed to have such amazing people in my world and to have the ability to help moms reclaim their lives.
#FDNis10 #FDNconference18 #FDN #functionaldiagnosticnutrition #healthcoach #blessed #grateful #sandiego (at Wyndham San Diego Bayside)

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Sunday 26th August 2018

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You know you are in sync with your friends @wholistichealthboss and @diygreatlife when you show up at the conference wearing almost the exact same outfit and the same colors.
#FDNis10 #FDNconference18 #FDN #functionaldiagnosticnutrition #sandiego (at Wyndham San Diego Bayside)

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
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I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻 •••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Thursday 2nd August 2018

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What I really WANTED for dinner tonight was ice cream, which would have been so easy considering there is an ice cream shop literally in my driveway (see photo). BUT…what my body really NEEDED was good nutrition and grounding.
•••
I’ve been in a bit of a (okay, I confess… enormous) mental funk the past few weeks as the reality of the enormity of my move to the opposite side of the continent has sunk in and the move date draws closer.
•••
The downsizing portion of it has been overwhelming both physically and emotionally, as at times it has felt just plain insurmountable. So. Much. Stuff! Downsizing from a large house to minimalistic city apartment dwelling is no easy feat..especially when you’re doing it all solo. Woe is me. 🎻
•••
What I was completely unprepared for was the HUGE emotions that would surface when thinking about all I’ll be leaving behind to start my life from scratch in a new city…the friendships I’ve built with amazing people (my tribe), my hairdresser, trusted mechanic, the grocery store I love to shop at, my dentist, Maple’s groomer. The list goes on. There have been tears, immense feelings of loneliness, and more tears. This isn’t my typical energy, so I’ve needed to learn to sit with these emotions and remind myself over and over again that everything always works out as it should.
•••
Circling back to wanting ice cream for dinner. When we are experiencing unusual amounts of stress or are sick, our bodies need good nutrition more than ever because stress puts an enormous burden on the body. As a society, we tend to nurture our stressed or sick bodies with junk foods rather than nourish them with good nutrition when it’s needed most. So rather than cave to my emotional craving, I decided to nourish my body instead with a delicious salad, ground beef with garlic, onions, olives & tomatoes, and for dessert I settled for whole fat plain yogurt with fresh blueberries and peaches which I ate while grounding outdoors with my best friend.
#healthcoach #mindsetshift #nhtosandiego #hormones #stress #overwhelm #meditate #loa #itallworksout #theuniversehasmyback #sandiego

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Sunday 29th April 2018

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You just never know who you’re going to find at @PaleoFx! My soul brother @macromindshift!
#soulbrother #fdn #fdntraining #healthcoach #autoimmunedisease #hormones #dutchtesting #guthealth #microbiome #thrivingprimallywellness (at Paleo f(x))

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A video

Friday 27th April 2018

You just never know what you’re going to learn at @paleofx!
#poledancing #paleofx18 #fdn #thrivingprimallywellness

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Friday 20th April 2018

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Remember this always: You weren’t born to fit in. You were born to stand out!

#rulebreaker #breaktherules #beyourself #daretobedifferent #daretobeyou #justbe #standout #mindfulness #choosehappy #shineyourlight #shineyourheartout #smile #beyourownbeautiful #youwereborntoshine #youwereborntostandout #youwerebornbeautiful

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A video

Thursday 19th April 2018

What are some strategies you use to boost your spirits when you’re feeling low/stressed/overwhelmed?
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I’ve experienced two very significant traumas in my life recently, which I’m not quite ready to talk about here. While I’ve handled these situations fairly well, there are days when I’m just overcome with the emotions of it all. Today was one of those days when I just felt overwhelmed by the grief. So what did I do? When the emotions were at their strongest, rather than diving head first into a tub of Ben & Jerry’s or burying my head under a pillow, I whipped together the most colorful and mismatched workout getup I could find and made my way to the gym to lift some heavy stuff. The emotions weren’t gone after my workout, but I felt more balanced and focused…and came home and ate salmon and roasted veggies instead of Ben & Jerry’s.
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#selflove #selfcare #healthcoach #fdn #hormones #stress #overwhelm #crossfitter #strongwoman #forthewin #stressmanagement #mindfulnesspractice

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Friday 13th April 2018

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What’re you up to on your Friday night? I made myself a little DIY spa night! Magnesium salt bath with lavender, hot cup of roasted dandelion root tea, BEAUTYCOUNTER Brightening face mask, and meditation, followed by curling up with my dog and a good book!
#radicalselfcare #meditation #calm #breathe #lovingkindness #spanight #stress #hormones #relaxation #beautycounter #destress #thrivingprimallywellness #selflovefirst

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Thursday 29th March 2018

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I love beets! That is all.
#beets #wholefoodie #wholefood

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Thursday 29th March 2018

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We can learn so much from our animals. As I set out for my walk this morning, I was thinking about my agenda. All the things on my list that I need to get done to be productive. But Maple’s agenda was entirely different from my own.

She just wanted to be. Without a care in the world, she was 100% present in the moment. Happily sniffing ALL the things. Blades of grass, chunks of snow, paw prints of other dogs, trees and bushes and sign posts that other dogs had peed on.

I intended to walk our usual loop. Maple had other plans. She went the opposite direction we usually go, and as she stopped about every ten feet to sniff whatever new scent crossed her path, I had to remind myself that it was okay to slow down. To be present. To just enjoy the fresh air and the outside noises and the crisp air. To just be.

In our fast-paced, over-worked, over (or under)-exercised world, so many people are suffering from health issues that are symptoms of stress. Stress plays an enormous role in our overall health. One of the things I had to learn the hard way with my own health journey.

My own journey back to health involved not just changing what I put in my mouth, but what I allowed into my mind as well. Taking time to just be, to enjoy each moment, to practice mindfulness, and to inspire others through positive actions were every bit as important in healing my body as changing what I put into my mouth.

Unlike Maple, I don’t think I’ll be sniffing anyone’s pee, but I’m going to use her reminder that it is okay to slow down, be in the moment, and enjoy the journey. How can you find ways to build joy into your journey to improve your overall health?

#stress #fdn #functionaltesting #thrivingprimally #hormones #autoimmune #aip #paleo #healthcoach #leakygut #guthealth #fatigue #toxins #environmentaltoxins #headaches #allergies #migraines #healthtips #healthyliving #cleaneating #cleanliving #adrenals #mindset #healthtips #grainfree #primal #stressreduction #meditation #enjoythejourney

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The Scale Holds No Magic

Thursday 22nd March 2018

It’s true. This box holds no magic. I wish it didn’t exist, and I hate that our society puts so much faith and value on it.

That we’ve been told to “just lose weight” to be healthy. The information it provides really tells us nothing about the big picture of your overall health and what’s going on “under the hood”, which is really misleading for people. The truth is that excess weight (really fat & inflammation) is just a symptom that something is askew internally. A symptom. Just like a headache, a cough, a runny nose, achy joints, acne/rashes, pain, anxiety, fatigue, sleep disturbance, etc are just SYMPTOMS of an underlying cause. And typically when a person needs to lose “weight” there are usually multiple other symptoms accompanying the unfavorable extra fat and inflammation.

So what exactly is “healthy”? By most people’s standards, “healthy” would be defined as an absence of a diagnosed medical condition. But from a functional health perspective, and by my standards, “healthy” means an absence of symptoms, vibrant energy and the ability to live life to one’s fullest. Symptoms are very common in our modern world. So common, in fact, that most people believe that it’s normal to have at least a few symptoms. We’re “genetically predisposed” right? It’s just because of aging, right? Wrong. Symptoms are common, but symptoms are NOT normal. Symptoms are a signal from the body that there is HIDDEN dysfunction going on “under the hood”.

That’s why, when working with clients, I have them take photos, including a close-up face shot, do an initial weigh-in, and then…<ZOINKS!>…I tell them to lock their scale in the trunk of their spouse’s car or in a closet and hide the key for the time-being! What is the goal, REALLY, when one seeks to lose “weight”? Is it really a magic number that we’re striving for? Or is the goal really to feel amazing inside our bodies? To wake up every day filled with energy, be free of symptoms, love what we look like in the mirror and be ready to tackle the day.

By taking the focus OFF THE SCALE and on BUILDING HEALTH instead, we’re shifting mindset to focus on a vision of how AMAZING life can be when we are free of all symptoms. That’s what the ultimate goal is right?

In addition to lifestyle modifications around diet and exercise, as an FDN practitioner, I make the right lab testing available to my clients and help them discover the HIDDEN causes of dysfunction in their bodies that are leading to SYMPTOMS, including dysfunction with their Hormones, Immune function, Digestion, Detoxification, Energy, and Nervous systems that is leading to symptoms. After this dysfunction is uncovered with a little detective work, I guide my clients through actionable lifestyle modifications focusing on diet, rest, appropriate exercise for their body’s needs, stress reduction (internal and external), and appropriate targeted individual protocols based on their body’s needs.

This is why I market myself as a HEALTH coach, not a weight loss coach. Does this mean that my clients don’t lose weight (ie fat and inflammation) while working with me? Absolutely not, and quite the contrary. The majority of my clients do come to me with weight loss as a goal, and that weight loss happens…as a natural side-effect of becoming healthier! BOOM!

My BIG passion and PURPOSE is that I believe that it is our BIRTHRIGHT to live a high-quality existence while we’re on this planet and be able to enjoy daily life with vibrant energy, and I believe that the best way to achieve a high quality existence and be able to enjoy daily life with vibrant energy is to be in tune with what your body needs and be charge of YOUR OWN health!

And in order to be in tune with what your body needs and to be in charge of YOUR OWN health you need to know what is going on INSIDE your body with the right testing and make the long-term commitment to lifestyle changes that empower you to have the reins on your own health, focusing on proper diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction, and appropriate supplementation based on your body’s unique needs…instead of giving that power to your doctor or insurance companies!

Can you imagine how amazing life can be:

✅To wake up each morning free of nagging symptoms?

✅Having the energy to get through each day without feeling the need to depend on caffeine or other stimulants?

✅Feeling more joyful and confident?

✅Waking up each morning with the energy to spend time with your loved ones?

✅Having energy and motivation to exercise?

✅To be able to focus on tasks for longer periods of time?

✅To feel zest for a life worth living?

✅To just enjoy life in general?

I firmly believe that we were meant to THRIVE, not just survive. QUALITY OF LIFE MATTERS!

If you are ready to be empowered to thrive, and become the healthiest version of you, hop on over to my website and complete my quick Health Building Questionnaire. Then I’ll send you a link to schedule your free 45-minute consultation during which we can discuss your unique needs/goals and which of my health building programs might be a right fit for you!

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Friday 16th March 2018

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Heading out for girls’ night to make a statement in BEAUTYCOUNTER Red.
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#beautycounter #saferbeauty

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Wednesday 14th March 2018

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The view from my meditation chair this morning. Still snowing!
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#winterwonderland #nh #newhampshire #meditate #meditationspace (at Chichester, New Hampshire)

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Tuesday 13th March 2018

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Just what my muscles need after two three consecutive days of heavy lifting @ancient.minerals.
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#magnesiumoil #musclerecovery

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Tuesday 13th March 2018

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I just LOVE this Citrus Rosemary body oil after a shower!
#beautycounter #saferbeauty #saferpersonalcare

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Thursday 8th March 2018

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My new favorite. That is all.
#yogitea #chairooibos #caffeinefree

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Wednesday 7th March 2018

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Today is my youngest son’s 18th birthday. 😱 I wanted him to wake up on his birthday morning to something special. Knowing that he probably wouldn’t have been very excited about a bouquet of flowers, I decided to make him a bouquet of treats instead. But, while he’ll find everything in the bouquet yummy, I put nothing in the bouquet that I wouldn’t be willing to put into my own body as well.
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So let’s talk about “kid food” vs “adult food”. In my mind, there is no difference. There is only “people food”. Let’s face it, if a food is good for you, it’s also good for your kid. If a food is harmful to you, it’s also harmful to your kid. It’s really that simple. People ask me all the time, “If I’m eating this way, what should I be feeding my kid? This isn’t really kid food.” Uuuuuuhhhhhh…🤔 Or “My child is really picky and will only eat kid food.” Then there’s always this one, “I don’t want my child to feel different at school or deprived.”
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When I think about my philosophy to feeding my kids, I think of these two quotes, “Food is meant to nourish, not to nurture.” And, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.” Ann Wigmore.
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I have no control over what my kids eat outside the home (and believe me, they eat ALL the crap), but I do have control over what I bring into my own home and feed them at home. This is a philosophy I’ve stuck to with conviction despite the whining and complaining and even the raised eyebrows from others. Because the way I see it, if I know that a food is harmful to HUMAN health, how can I justify feeding it to my kids just to satisfy their tastebuds or protect them from feeling “weird” at school because they’ve got real food instead of Frankenfood in their lunch boxes? To me, protecting them from a lifetime of chronic health issues, obesity, and autoimmunity is FAR more important than the instant gratification of tasty poison.
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I really do dream of a time when ALL parents feed their children based on what is best for them rather than what they like.
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#prevention #conviction #mission #foodasmedicine #foodismedicine

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Tuesday 6th March 2018

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I love getting amazing feedback from my clients like this:

“Wanted to show you how much you have helped me in improving my sleep over this last year! This was my typical night before I met you. Never really getting a good deep sleep and now my average looks like this!”

Building health from the inside out!
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#sleep #sleepdeprivation #fdn #healthcoach #hormones #guthealth #autoimmunedisease #autoimmunity #selfcare #selflove #paleocoach

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Monday 5th March 2018

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Because I was in such anticipation of the 18.2 ascending ladder. 🤷🏻‍♀️
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But in all seriousness, if this (💩) isn’t happening for you AT LEAST once per day, then Houston, you’ve got a problem. A problem that can have serious consequences for your long-term health. A problem that’s a tell-tale clue that you’ve got some dysfunction going on in your gut. A problem I can help with.
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Looking to improve your moves? 💩 Give me a shout-out. I can help! 👊🏼
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#poop #microbiome #guthealth #constipation #autoimmune #autoimmunedisease #leakygut #fdn #functionalhealth #hormones #digestion #healthcoach #crossfit #crossfitopen2018

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Sunday 4th March 2018

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When that clear vision hits you…I woke up BURSTING with gratitude about being a speaker at next year’s @paleofx conference! To be clear, I haven’t even submitted my proposal yet, but I have my talk worked out in my head, and I can already visualize myself on the stage. 🔥 💥☄️💫✨
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#manifest #create #believeindreams #believe #makeadifference #changetheworld #improvelives #bethechange #possibility #faith #paleo #paleofx2019 #speaker

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

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I’m in full-on creation mode tonight and decided to take a little break for a brain boosting snack of Paleo Certified @4505meats Chili & Salt pork rinds. So delicious!
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#eatfat #porkrinds #holyyumminess #paleo #paleocoach #FDN #brainfood

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

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Any experience with using crystals for clearing negative energy from a space? I’m new to this idea, but learning more about them and need to clear some dark energy from one of the rooms in my home, so I got these two crystals, along with all the smaller ones. The large ones are selenite and quartz. I have no idea how the magic works, but I figured it certainly can’t hurt, and as a bonus, they’re beautiful!
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#healingcrystals #crystals

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

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No banging and crashing today. Time for some self care!
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#selfcare #mobility #injuryprevention

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Saturday 3rd March 2018

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Sometimes I like to share helpful hacks, and here’s one. When I remember, I like to give my kitchen scrubbers a bath in boiling soapy water (I use Seventh Generation dish soap) and follow it up with a good soak in hydrogen peroxide to get rid of any nasty bacteria that may be lurking on the tools I’m washing my dishes with. This morning I added a few drops of melaleuca (tea tree oil) to the peroxide soak for some extra antibacterial protection. No need for harsh, hormone-disrupting chemicals in this house!
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#healthtips #kitchenhacks #saynotochemicals #hormones #FDN #healthcoach

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Tuesday 27th February 2018

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My dentist suggested I add activated charcoal to my next batch of toothpaste for added detox while I’m brushing. I thought, “Why not brush with black toothpaste?” I also decided to try out a new recipe that would be squeezable so that I wouldn’t have to scoop it out anymore.
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#nailedit
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This recipe contains filtered water (maybe a little too much? 🤷🏻‍♀️), diatomaceous earth, coconut oil, MCT oil, activated charcoal, pyrophyllite clay, Himalayan salt, baking soda, stevia powder, peppermint, wild orange, and clove essential oils. And since I’ll be driving right past Whole Foods this morning, I guess I’ll swing in and pick up some bentonite clay to enhance the detox and thicken it up a bit.
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#detox #chemicalfree #selfcare #nofluoride #safepersonalcare #toothpaste #healthcoach #healthtips #squeezable #nailedit

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Saturday 24th February 2018

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Heading out for my Saturday errands, and while there are many things on my to-do list, my most important mission of the day is to inspire joy and bring smiles to the faces of as many of my fellow human beings as possible.
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How will I accomplish this mission?
💫 I will make, instead of avoiding, eye contact with as many people as possible as I go about my errands and gift them with a bright, warm smile.
💫 I will say a kind word to a stranger if the opportunity arises.
💫 I will slow down in parking lots to allow people who are trying to back out of their spaces out instead of crowding my way forward.
💫 I will smile and wave on the person who cuts me off in traffic. If their energy is already negative, I won’t help the situation by shaking my fist and shouting obscenities at them.
💫 I will be kind.
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Inspiring positive change in the world does not require posting loud opinions about the awfulness in the world. It also doesn’t cost a thing. Being kind is free. Gifting others with a smile is free. I think anyone would agree that a smiling face is more attractive than a “resting bitch face” any day of the week.
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Be the change you want to see.
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#kindness #smile #randomactsofkindness #spreadjoy #spreadpeace #calm #love #bethechange #justsaynotorestingbitchface

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Saturday 24th February 2018

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Heading out for my Saturday errands, and while there are many things on my to-do list, my most important mission of the day is to inspire joy and bring smiles to the faces of as many of my fellow human beings as possible.
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How will I accomplish this mission?
💫 I will make, instead of avoiding, eye contact with as many people as possible as I go about my errands and gift them with a bright, warm smile.
💫 I will say a kind word to a stranger if the opportunity arises.
💫 I will slow down in parking lots to allow people who are trying to back out of their spaces out instead of crowding my way forward.
💫 I will smile and wave on the person who cuts me off in traffic. If their energy is already negative, I won’t help the situation by shaking my fist and shouting obscenities at them.
💫 I will be kind.
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Inspiring positive change in the world does not require posting loud opinions about the awfulness in the world. It also doesn’t cost a thing. Being kind is free. Gifting others with a smile is free. I think anyone would agree that a smiling face is more attractive than a “resting bitch face” any day of the week.
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Be the change you want to see.
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#kindness #smile #randomactsofkindness #spreadjoy #spreadpeace #calm #love #bethechange #justsaynotorestingbitchface

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Wednesday 14th February 2018

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Step one to a happy, healthy, joyful you: Love thyself!
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Happy Valentines Day!
#mindset #peace #lovethyself #love #innerpeace #healthtips #healthymindhealthybody #calm

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Tuesday 13th February 2018

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Seriously. I get to do my morning meditation and journaling with this curled up on my lap EVERY DAY! Does it get any better? 😍
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#meditate #gratitude #appreciation #yorkie

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Monday 5th February 2018

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Maple and I are off to an amazing start to our week, and we hope you are as well. A relatively warm day giving us the opportunity for comfortable outdoor time in nature, clear blue skies with some puffy clouds, diamonds glinting off the snow. This moment was such a gift!
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#nature #gratitude #gratitude365 #moveyourbody #nature #healthcoach #hormones #FDN

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Monday 5th February 2018

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Just a quick little piece of Monday morning inspiration. It’s not serving your health. It’s not serving your happiness. It’s affecting the quality of your sleep and your relationships. Let. It. Go. And go make it an amazing week!
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#healthtips #meditate #meditation #stressmanagement #stressrelief #stress #breathe #happiness #joy #mindset #lawofattraction #cortisol #healthcoach

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Wednesday 31st January 2018

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Operation Downsize is underway! Like I said in an earlier post, little by little, a little becomes a lot. This is true with “stuff”, just like it is with health or anything else. And 20+ years of adulting has resulted in the accumulation of a lot of stuff…a little at a time! But I have a goal to relocate to a warmer climate and city living before the end of the year, and if I’m going to make that happen without completely stressing myself out, I need to have a plan and take action now!
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My car is small, but with weekly (or more) trips to the recycling center and donation drop-offs, and ads on Craigslist to sell stuff…little by little a little becomes a lot of downsizing! And boy does it feel GOOD to get rid of STUFF and simplify life!💥 👊🏼
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Git ‘er done! ✅
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#operationdownsize #downsize #organize #smallsteps #bigchange #lifetips #NHtoSanDiego #goals

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Wednesday 31st January 2018

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“Little by little, a little becomes a lot.” I love this quote because it applies in both directions and applies to literally everything in life. Take daily health habits for example. When we are making unhealthy decisions a little at a time, those unhealthy choices stack up over time to yield some potentially very negative consequences. On the other hand, when we begin making on more positive decisions for our health, little by little we begin improving our health.
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My healthy habits have taken a downslide the past couple of months after a traumatic event in my life, including eating foods that I don’t typically include in my diet, drinking more coffee than I need, drinking alcohol more frequently, and staying up later than normal. Little by little, the bad habits were beginning to sneak in. I decided I needed to hit the “reset” button to get myself back on track.
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My reset started with a 36-hour fast and involves 30+ days of the following:
👉🏼 100% grain-free, which is my normal, but I’ve let lots of corn chips sneak in there.
👉🏼 100% alcohol avoidance.
👉🏼 Daily exercise.
👉🏼 Drinking lots of water.
👉🏼 No coffee; herbal tea instead.
👉🏼 Morning meditation.
👉🏼 Frequent movement throughout the day.
👉🏼 Grassfed meats or wild caught fish and lots of veggies with all meals.
👉🏼 In bed, lights out by 9:30.
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The purpose of this reset is to get myself back into my healthy habits and to prevent myself from sliding down a path that would eventually lead to ill health. I’ve been down that road before, and I don’t want to go back!
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One of the most common problems I see with people who complete reset programs such as the Whole30, is going in with the mindset of the change being temporary and planning a junkfood gorge-fest when the reset is over. This is completely irrational logic! The purpose of these programs is to help you build healthy habits that you can carry forward as a lifestyle into making a happier healthier version of yourself. Does that mean that after changing habits that one can never indulge in their favorite junk food again? Of course not! But remember, “Little by little, a little becomes a lot.”
#paleo #healthcoach #habits #mindset

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A video

Tuesday 5th December 2017

How Sleep Deprivation is Harming Your Health and How to Get a Good Night…

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Monday 4th December 2017

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“Well behaved women rarely make history.”
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I’ve never really been one to follow the crowd. When the rules make sense, I follow them. When they don’t make sense, well…Be your own beautiful and break the rules when they don’t make sense. Who says things have to match?
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#rulebreaker #trendsetter #fashionista #lotsacolors #entrepreneur #paveyourownpath

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Sunday 3rd December 2017

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This is why I ALWAYS weigh my flours instead of scooping them. The recipe I’m making this morning calls for half cup of cassava flour (64g).
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#bakingtips #kitchensmarts #cassava #paleo #primal #grainfree #grainfreeliving

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Saturday 2nd December 2017

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I had fast food for breakfast this morning! Fast food doesn’t always have to bust your gut and harm your health.
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Fall in love with and honor your future self, by caring for him/her now.
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#sardines #omega3 #omega3fattyacids #fermentedfoods #probiotics #livingfoods #healthfirst #kimchi #kombucha #lovethyself #lovethybody #healthtips #healthcoachtamy #healthcoach #fdn #autoimmunedisease

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Friday 1st December 2017

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I hope you’re in need of a good laugh this Friday evening, ‘cause I gotcha covered! 🙌🏽👊🏼 I always say, “Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good.” I should really listen to my own advice once in a while. I’m a work in progress, what can I say? 😖
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When you’re filming a video, sometimes your nose gets a little itchy after about 100 takes…when you don’t think the camera is actually rolling. 😳
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Then after about 220 takes (sure wish I was exaggerating 😖), well…I was a teensy bit annoyed when I discovered that the camera wasn’t actually rolling AFTER finally completing a perfect take. 🤬🤦🏻‍♀️
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I sure do hope y’all get a lot out of my sleep video and podcast coming out next week!
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#nosescratch #bloopers #perfectlyimperfect #perfectionist #healthcoachlife

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Friday 1st December 2017

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That is all. Have a beautiful day!
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#lovingkindness #peace #joy #love #health

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A Case for Meditation

Thursday 16th November 2017

Do you suck at meditation? Yeah, me too.

You read that right. I suck at meditation. My mind is busy and I’m constantly thinking about stuff. Lots of stuff. Sometimes irrational stuff. But does that mean I don’t meditate? Nope. That’s actually excellent evidence that I need to meditate. Daily.

As humans we are wired to be constantly thinking. About things we need to get done, perseverating about something we or someone else said in a conversation, things we forgot to do, planning for our future, finances, worries about irrational things that MIGHT happen in the future (but probably won’t), and yadda, yadda, yadda. We’re always turning mole hills into mountains inside our busy brains. Amiright?

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I haven’t always practiced meditation, in fact, the practice is relatively new to me. Like, within the last year new. I said I haven’t always “practiced” meditation, because meditation is just that, a practice. Ever known of a professional athlete who didn’t practice their sport? A professional musician who didn’t practice their craft? An author who didn’t practice writing? A woodworker who didn’t practice working with the tools necessary to build beautiful things? I didn’t think so. And just like anything, getting good at meditation requires practice. You simply can’t get good at something unless you practice doing it. Like, every day.

I used to say, “I can’t meditate.” But really that was just code for, “I’m too lazy to sit quietly on my butt with my eyes closed for 5-10 minutes and focus on my breathing.” And really, that’s what meditation is, parking yourself on a chair or a cushion on the floor with your back straight, focusing on your breath, and pushing those nagging thoughts away. Really, it’s that simple. And it’s hard. But worth it, and below I’m going to share how meditation has already helped me in a most unexpected way.

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The benefits of meditation have been scientifically validated in hundreds of studies. To name just a few of the benefits: MRI studies have shown that meditation increases the grey matter in parts of the brain that are associated with emotional regulation and control , decreases anxiety  and depression, decreases stress , leads to an increase in positive emotions and life satisfactiondecreases pain, decreases cellular inflammation (which means improved health) , and increases your ability to stay focused (HELLO!…get more stuff done in less time!).

Recently I got that phone call that every parent dreads, “Your son has been in an accident and you need to get to the hospital.” Yes, that call. The hospital was a 40-minute drive from where I was, which was plenty of time for my brain to conjure up all the worst possible scenarios and send me into an anxiety shit storm. But here’s where my meditation practice kicked in. I stayed calm. Strangely calm. I focused on my breath all the way to the hospital and pushed all possible worst-case scenarios out of my mind and replaced them instead with positive affirmations such as, “He’s going to be fine. He’s being taken good care of.”

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On my way to the hospital, I called a friend of mine, whose sons were also in the accident. She was hysterical, like hyperventilating hysterical. My meditation practice helped her too, as I was able to help calm her down, coach her to breathe, and remind her that the boys were being taken care of and that we needed to stay calm for them. Sometimes we need to relinquish control and trust that the Universe has our back.

Arriving at the emergency room, I had no idea what to expect behind the curtain in the room my son was in, and I took a deep breath before pulling it back. Behind that curtain, it wasn’t a pretty sight, but my meditation practice allowed me to be in control of my reaction and stay calm when it was most important. When my son saw me he began to cry. He was scared and had no idea what had happened to him, where he was, why he was there, and why he was in pain. I wanted to dissolve into a river of tears, but I knew at that moment that what my son needed most from me was for me to be calm and assure him that everything would be okay. So I took a slow, deep breath and proceeded forward. I explained what had happened, where he was, and why he was there. I rubbed his arm, smiled warmly, and assured him that he was going to be okay, even when I wasn’t sure if that was the truth. When he panicked and began hyperventilating from the pain, I helped him calm down by talking him through breathing exercises. And so it went for the next few days. My job was to be calm and assure him that he would be okay, not to instill fear or sadness by being a hysterical crazy-pants.

I know how the old me would’ve reacted in that kind of a real-life traumatic situation, and it wouldn’t have been pretty. Or helpful to my son when he needed me most.

When I began meditating less than a year ago, my purpose was to help myself focus on building my business, calm irrational worries, and further my practice of gratitude. Never did I expect it to play such a vital role when shit got real.

I now begin each day with gratitude and meditation. Before I let that daily mumbo-jumbo that life throws at us hijack my mental space, I sit in my meditation corner for 10-20 minutes. I start by writing down at least five things that I am grateful for, the first of which is that I get to make my living by helping other human beings improve their health and quality of life. We all have things to be grateful for. Ya know, like the fact that we woke up today and have the opportunity to make this a kick-ass day, right? I follow my journaling with 5-10 minutes of meditation with the help of the app Calm, which provides short guided meditations and makes it possible even for me to park my ass and focus on my breath. Calm has both a free lite version and a paid version. I loved it so much I upgraded to the paid version, and it has been worth every penny and then some! Calm is just one option for meditation, another great one is HeadSpace, but I haven’t personally used that one.

The photo below is of me in my meditation space. I sit in a comfortable chair with my back straight and shoulders back (good posture allows for good breath) and feet together. You’ll notice that I have a meditation partner, who I  never practice without! One of the myths about meditation is that you have to do it sitting on the floor in lotus position. That’s not the case at all. A chair is fine, and you don’t have to be in lotus position. The point is to sit and quiet your brain. You probably don’t want to mediate lying down however, otherwise you might fall asleep, which defeats the purpose.

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I end each meditation session with a sweet ritual (shown below). Hugging my puppy (well, actually she’s not a puppy anymore, but you can see why I still refer to her as one) and continuing to breathe for a few minutes with my eyes closed connects me with deep joy and purpose. You could do this with your cat, dog, or even an object that is near and dear to your heart.

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Being a mother of two adventurous, thrill-seeking boys, I have spent far too many minutes (hours, days, months, years…) of my life worrying and living in fear of what MIGHT happen. Ya know what worry and anxiety are really good at? Sucking the joy right out of your life. Mel Robbins says, “Anxiety is what happens when your habit of worrying spirals out of control.“ The reality is that while you can take proactive measures to prevent accidents from happening, you can’t control everything, and accidents can still happen even when you’ve taken proactive measures to prevent them. Life happens, and sometimes in ways we don’t want or expect. But what you CAN control is how you choose to react when stressful life situations do happen. If you can breathe, you can choose, and a daily meditation will help with that.

If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “I don’t have time to meditate! I’m so stressed and I barely have time to get my daily obligations done!” or “I can’t possibly meditate! I’m in too much pain!” or “I can’t meditate, my brain is too busy!” or “I can’t meditate! I can’t sit still!” Then you’ve just listed reasons why you SHOULD be meditating! If you spent 20 minutes today on your phone scanning social media, or watching the news, or complaining about how tired and stressed you are with no time for yourself, then you’ve got time to meditate. Just keepin’ it real.  

“When you don’t know what to do, do nothing. Be still.” Oprah Winfrey

Do you suck at meditation? Yeah, me too. Just stop making excuses already. Sit your ass in a chair or on a cushion on the floor, close your eyes and breathe. Focus on your breath, and when a niggling thought pops into your brain (which it will), just go back to the breath. Breathe in. Breathe out.

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