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Saturday 19th January 2019

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My calf is injured and it’s all my fault.

I tore it about a month ago less than ½ mile into a hike and had to hobble back to my car. It felt a tad tight that morning, but I ignored my body’s whispering warning to go easy.

I rested and thought it had healed, but again I ignored the little whispers my body gave me and did something I shouldn’t have.

And then again.

It seems that box jumps, jump roping and sprints are a bad idea when you have a pulled calf muscle. 🤦🏻‍♀️

I should know better. I do know better. Sometimes I need to keep my ego in check so that I can continue to do all the things I love to do, and not be sidelined by nagging injuries.

Fortunately I found Dr J @thesportsphysician who is not only helping me get back to 100% by removing adhesions, but by finding and addressing the underlying cause of the issue to begin with…almost no ankle mobility!

This weekend, and until my body’s whispers tell me to go ahead, I’m taking it easy and doing lower impact movement, including strolling the farmer’s market with a friend and a trip to the beach with my best friend Maple. 🙏👊🏼
#listentoyourbody #radicalselfcare #selfcare #getoutside #yorkie #yorkiesofinstagram (at San Diego, California)
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Friday 18th January 2019

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The mess I made making my butter mushroom coffee with my new immersion blender was smaller this morning on day three than it was on days one and two. I call that a win.

Isn’t that how everything is in life? When you try something new, there is a learning curve involved. We tend to give up on things when we don’t see immediate success…if we’re not good at something new right away, and if it seems just plain hard.

Failures are great teachers, but we can’t learn from those teachers if we give up before we even start with proclamations of “I’m not good at that”. This applies to literally everything, including making changes in lifestyle habits, work habits such as scheduling your day (something I’ve been giving a lot of attention to), meditation practice (it’s called a PRACTICE) for a reason, playing an instrument, cooking, etc.

If you want to make a change to your lifestyle or learn something new, but you’ve been avoiding it because you think it’ll be too hard or you won’t be good at it, you’re making an excuse my friend. Success doesn’t come to those who quit.

When I was a classroom teacher I used to say to my classes at the start of every year, “We are going to do very hard work in this classroom this year, because I’m not going to insult you by giving you easy work. Smart is not what you already are, it’s what you get by working hard.” When a student would whine about something being hard, I would exclaim, “That’s great! I told you we would do hard work in here this year, and I’m keeping that promise. You’re getting smarter!” There was no expectation of perfection, just effort.

When we start to view failure as an opportunity for growth, that’s when the real magic begins to happen.

Someday soon, I will have the perfect butter mushroom coffee without needing to clean up a mess on the counter. Until then, I’ll just enjoy what’s remaining in the cup.

#mindset #healthyhabits #mindsetboss #healthisajourney #takeactionnow #empowerment #foursigmatic #mushroomcoffee #buttercoffee #meditation #failure #practice #selfcare (at San Diego, California)
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For lasting results, find your WHY!

Thursday 17th January 2019

If you’re like many people I know, you may have come into the new year with gusto, saying “2019 is my year to get healthy!” … or “lose weight!” … or “get fit!” But, if you’re like 80% of people, by February, your initial excitement will have waned and the resolution long forgotten.

Life got busy.

Temptations arose.

Friends and family were assholes and did not share in your enthusiasm about your new healthy lifestyle. In fact, they were downright resistant and unsupportive. The husband brought home doughnuts and cookies. Colleagues brought cookies and pizza to the office. Friends invited you out for drinks and pub fare. Jerks.

Cravings for your favorite comfort food got the best of you. And dammit, you EARNED it because you went to the gym four days this week and had salads with dinner every single night last week! Can I give you a little hint? You don’t EARN junk food. You simply make a choice to put it into your mouth, and the choice is always yours. Sorry to be a killjoy.

Old habits, like parasites, worked their way back in.

You blame it on willpower. “I just don’t have enough.”

Ninety-five percent. The research shows that 95% of people who establish a health or weight loss goal fall flat of reaching that goal at all, or fail in the long-run by gaining all that weight (or more) back. Not good odds, and how can you be part of the measly 5% who see long-term success?

The answer lies in the word “why”.

If stopping and starting and stopping and starting has been a recurring pattern for you in your journey towards better health, then I suggest you DIG DEEP and establish your big WHY. And let me tell you something right now, my friend–a shallow or superficial reason such as fitting into size 4 jeans, or losing 15 pounds for your wedding, or getting a swimsuit body for an upcoming vacation, or running a marathon in October is not a big enough WHY.

Why not? Because your WHY needs to be much, much bigger. Because when you get to that size 4 or lose those 15 pounds, the vacation or the athletic achievement is over, then what? Did you achieve that ultimate state of happiness that you thought you’d have when you reached that superficial goal? The research indicates that this is not the case.

I tell my clients and participants in my group programs that in order to achieve long-term success, you need to have a deep emotional connection to your why. When you think about your why, you should have a visceral reaction in your gut, get goosebumps, a catch in your throat, and big fat tears welling up in your eyes. Your why should be big enough that it takes you well beyond superficial short-term goals and keeps you fired up to prioritize your health for the long-term (i.e. for LIFE!). To make “being healthy” just part of who you are. When other people think of you, they think of you as healthy (among your other awesome qualities that will shine through even more when you’re healthy from the inside out).

To find your big WHY, I suggest you sit your butt down with a pencil and paper and make a list of ten reasons you’re unsatisfied with your health the way it is in this very moment. In other words, what it is it about your current state of health that creates limitation in your life? What can’t you do that you want to be able to do? What do you see yourself not being able to do five, ten, or twenty years from now because of your current state of health?

Then, turn that list around and make a list of how your quality of life would be improved if your life wasn’t limited by those things. What could you do or have that you can’t do or have right now because of your health?

What is it that you really want? Why?

Who do you want to be? Why?

How do you want to feel? Why?

How do you want to show up for your family, friends, colleagues, the world? Why?

In other words, figure out what the most important, highly valued things are to you in life (you’re going to find some themes) and use those things as a focal point for your reason to get and remain healthy. Really, if you’re serious about getting healthy, you’ll take the time to sit down and do this exercise. Or stand at the counter and write it. I don’t give a shit whether you sit or stand to write your list, just do it!

Keep going with your list. THINK FUTURE. Thirty days from now…ninety days…six months…five years…twenty years, and so on. High performance coach Brendon Burchard says that successful, high performance people think about the future…constantly. So thinking in the moment about satisfying your current whims ain’t gonna get you to better health. I’m sorry.

I’ve seen it time and again…folks get themselves all fired up about getting healthy, signing themselves up for a health challenge (even those that I’ve run), and going into it ALL IN. Well, sortof all in. I mean, for the 30 days or so of the challenge, that is. Maybe even for the following week or month. They see all sorts of improvements in the way they feel, their energy, their sleep, their skin.

But then, something happens. Life gets busy. Social gatherings happen. Their family doesn’t share their enthusiasm about their new healthy ways. Old habits slowly sneak their way back in. Before they know it, they’re staying up well past their bedtime and their cart at the grocery store is filled with Doritos and Oreos (“Hey, it’s kid food. Gotta stock my house with snacks for the kiddos.” I’m just going to resist the urge to diverge down THAT rabbit hole right now.) instead of meat and vegetables. Their cars steer themselves right into the drive-thrus at Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds. But they’re still hitting the gym 3-5 days per week, so hey, it’s all good, right? Wrong.

WHY does this keep happening? Because those folks have not identified a big enough why. They’re too focused on short-term superficial goals like the number on the scale, or the measuring tape, or PRs they’ve hit at the gym this week. F*ck the scale. F*ck the measuring tape. F*ck the PRs. These things tell you nothing about real health and what’s going on inside your body.

My personal WHY came to me after a 20-month health crisis that ravaged my body and spirit had me questioning what was really important to me in this world; wondering if I would be around to witness all the major milestones in my two boys’ lives…first girlfriends, athletic achievements, graduations, careers, weddings, grandkids. This was after over two decades of suffering from chronic health issues that I just couldn’t seem to resolve no matter how many doctor visits I made or how many medications I took. And I was no slouch either. I had several marathons under my belt, including multiple Boston marathons, which I’d qualified for. The scale told me that I was a “healthy” weight. My size 2 pants fit just right (well, maybe a little loose). I was a high achiever in my career. My blood work always came back normal. I looked pretty good on the outside, aside from the humiliating acne, which I got really good at covering with makeup.

But my body told me something was wrong. Really wrong. And it seemed nobody could help me, so I decided to help myself because I decided I wanted to be there for all the major milestones in my kids’ lives. I wasn’t ready to throw in the towel, and I also wasn’t willing to live a sub-par life struggling with chronic symptoms that sucked the joy out of every minute.

Through digging deep and educating myself I learned that many of the foods I was eating were making me sick. I learned that I was over-exercising, adding stress to my already struggling body. I learned that my sleep habits were really harming my health, and gave up the sleep deprivation badge of honor. I learned that the thoughts I was allowing to take up space in my brain were causing additional stress that was also keeping me sick. I made becoming healthy a priority, and made it a priority to change my habits…permanently…in order to achieve that goal. It didn’t happen overnight in the same way that my poor health hadn’t happened overnight…it was the result of many years of not honoring my body.

After recovering from my 20-month health crisis, I realized that I had been suffering from chronic symptoms for SO LONG (decades) that I hadn’t even realized what it felt like to be healthy! That state of waking up each morning fully rested and ready to tackle whatever the day has to offer, free of symptoms, and feeling as alert and energetic in the afternoon as I did first thing in the morning. It was, and continues to be, A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! I find that this is the case with all of my clients as well, because when you’ve been suffering from chronic symptoms for years you come to forget what it feels like to feel good…you just begin to see the symptoms as part of “getting older”, which is the dogma we’ve been told to believe.

Here’s a partial list of what keeps me motivated to stay the course, even when temptations arise…my big WHYs:

1. I know what it feels like to be healthy. I also know what it feels like to feel like SH!T every single day. I don’t ever want to go back to that dark place.

2. I want to experience and enjoy all my young-adult boys’ major milestones.

3. If and when I have grandchildren, I want to have the energy and physical mobility to play with them and take them on fun adventures, to get up and down from the floor without assistance.

4. If I live to be over 100, barring no tragic accidents between now and then, I want to fully enjoy each and every day of it without pain or disability. Quality of life matters. Who cares if you live to be 110, if you are riddled with miserable symptoms all the time? That would suck.

5. No matter what age I live to, I want to be able to travel and not be limited in the types of activities I can participate in, whether that be a difficult hike or a high-speed jet boat adventure.

6. No matter what age I live to, I want to be able to take care of my own business in the bathroom. I would think pride matters at any age.

7. I want to have full brain function until the day I die so that I can have intelligent conversations with my great grandkids.

Notice how my list does not include anything about a number on the scale or pants size or hitting PRs in the gym? Does that mean I don’t have any short-term goals? No, it just means that I’m focused on the bigger picture. Your big WHY needs to be big enough that it keeps you inspired to make being healthy a LIFESTYLE, and that voice in your ear that reminds you why you should leave that package of Oreos on the shelf at the store instead of adding them to your cart.

The common denominator is happiness. We all want happiness, right? Feeling like crap tends to suck the joy right out of your life.

“But I’m busy! I work full-time and I have kids.” Yeah, yeah. I’ve heard it all before. We’re all busy. Folks, lots of people have done amazing things in this world while being busy (and short on funds). When I dragged myself up from the depths of despair, I was busy. I worked full-time, I had two kids with sports schedules to keep up with, homework to help with in the evenings, meals to cook, a house to maintain. Oh, and I was taking classes for a Master’s Degree program. I had a budget, and I paid a lot of money on my quest to reclaim my life. I get it. But I made my health and happiness a PRIORITY and I found my WHY!

If you want to become deeply healthy, you must make health a high level PRIORITY, which means you find a way to fit it into your time and budget no matter what. Health is a lifelong journey, not a 30 day sprint. Temptations will arise. Friends and family will be unsupportive. You’ll get home late and have nothing prepared for dinner. To overcome these obstacles, you must have a plan and a deep and emotional value-driven WHY.

What is it that you need to get there? A mentor/coach? An accountability partner? Do you have the tools and knowledge necessary to get there, or do you need some help? If you have some chronic long-term health issues or autoimmunity, I can help you get to the bottom of your health issues and get you feeling like (or better than) yourself again. In my practice, I use functional lab testing to investigate HIDDEN internal causes of stress on the body in addition to providing education, resources, accountability, and mentoring.

If you need help figuring out what foods are right for your body, the lifestyle tools and habits you need to employ, and HIDDEN causes of your niggling symptoms so that you have the energy and vitality to enjoy life again, schedule a complimentary Empowered Health Discovery Session here. You CAN be the BOSS of your health for life, and I can help you get there!

I also provide group coaching opportunities for businesses and gyms, which can be done virtually or in-person, so contact me if you want more information about that.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is good health. Find your WHY and make it a PRIORITY to do what it takes to get there! Honor your future self by taking care of your body today.

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Wednesday 16th January 2019

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I’ve been making a point to get outside as early in the day as possible to expose my body and eyes to natural daylight. I’ve also been avoiding wearing sunglasses whenever possible so that my eyes are getting unblocked exposure to the light. This helps to stimulate the natural production of the #neurotransmitter #serotonin which helps to regulate mood, feelings of #happiness and helps to prepare me for a good night’s #sleep. Who knew that a good night’s sleep started shortly after waking up? Sometimes I do a walking #meditation but often I use it as an opportunity for learning and personal growth, listening to my favorite podcasts and audiobooks so that I can be the best version of me and the best #healthcoach to my clients. This morning’s podcast was an episode about pushing through #fear on #thebrendonshow and I think you should give it a listen! 👂 (at San Diego, California)
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Tuesday 15th January 2019

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The quest for the perfect desk chair is over. Patent pending.
#functionalmovement #functionalsitting (at San Diego, California)
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Saturday 12th January 2019

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Yes! This understanding has been a game changer for me!
#mindset #befearless #gamechangers (at San Diego, California)
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Saturday 12th January 2019

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Saturdays are for connecting with the girls! Coffee and the farmer’s market. New home, new friends! 💥
#sandiego #littleitalysandiego #connection (at San Diego, California)
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“Healthy”

Thursday 10th January 2019

I wanted to get 2019 started with this question about what “healthy” really means to get you thinking about how improving your health (REALLY improving your health) can change your life in unimaginable ways.

We say we’re going to go to the gym, start exercising, or lose weight to “get healthy”. But what does it REALLY mean to be “healthy” anyway? In today’s world, “healthy” has become a very loosely defined term. Symptoms and chronic states of dis-ease have become so commonplace that we’ve come to label ourselves as “healthy” so long as we’re not down and out with strep throat, a cold or the flu, have not received a warning from our doctor that our cholesterol levels or blood pressure are not normal, or we don’t have some type of medical diagnosis such as cancer or an autoimmune disease. Unfortunately, things have become so bad that even folks who have a diagnosed autoimmune disease of some sort are considered “healthy” as long as they’re just chugging along and not down and out with the bug of the season.

We intuitively know that we’re not actually “healthy” when we’re experiencing symptoms, because we go to our doctors for help. Because, let’s face it, the symptoms suck and they’re impacting your daily life and happiness. If you’re like most people I know, you’ve been to your doctor to seek help for some nagging symptoms that you know aren’t normal. The doctor listened to your complaints during your rushed appointment, and probably interrupted you a few times to hurry your story along. You likely walked out of the office with a prescription in your hand for a new medication or two, likely a long-term medication that you’ll need to take indefinitely because there’s no cure for the ailment that your doctor diagnosed you with during that ten minute rushed appointment. Oh, and these new long-term medications are in addition to the other long-term medications that you were prescribed before during previous visits for different symptoms.

Or perhaps your doctor ran some blood work and maybe even scheduled you for some scans. You’re actually secretly hoping that SOMETHING will show up on those tests to give you SOME explanation as to why you’re experiencing all these symptoms and to confirm that you are not actually crazy. But, the results come back and everything looks normal. You’re “healthy”.

“You’re having respiratory problems and get short of breath during exercise? You must have asthma because all the bloodwork and scans look normal. Here’s a prescription for an emergency inhaler and another for a daily maintenance inhaler.”

“You’re experiencing chronic headaches? All the tests look normal. Here’s a prescription for a medication to reduce the occurrence/severity of your headaches, and another for managing the pain when you get one.”

“Can’t sleep at night? Here’s a prescription for a sleep medication.”

“You’ve been experiencing depression and/or anxiety? Here’s a depression/anxiety medication. It must be taken daily and don’t you dare stop taking it without consulting your doctor first because it’s dangerous to stop taking it all at once. You must be weaned off!”

“You’re exhausted all the time no matter how much sleep you get? You must be depressed. Here’s a prescription for depression medication. See above.”

“Terrible allergies and sinus issues? All the tests look normal. Here’s a prescription for a daily medication intended to suppress your symptoms and another one for a nasal steroid to squirt up your nose a couple times per day. Oh, and you should probably get rid of your dog. And avoid going outdoors during allergy season. Wrapping yourself in a bubble might be a good option as well. There’s no cure for allergies, you’re just one of the unlucky ones.”

“Acne? Here’s a prescription for that. Who knows how long you’ll need to take it. And you should probably buy some of those medicated acne face wash lotions and potions. Oh, and jeez, stop touching your face already!”

“Terrible PMS symptoms, heavy menstrual bleeding? You should definitely be taking hormonal birth control pills to f*** with your body’s natural hormone producing pharmacy. You might even consider an ablation surgery to screw with your hormones even more. Oh, and here’s a prescription to manage the cramps and another to control your anxiety.”

“Heartburn? Here’s a prescription antacid.”

“Digestion issues? Here are some medications for that.”

And on and on and on.

What gives?

If any of this sounds familiar to you, you’re not alone. And you’re not crazy. I suffered from a laundry list of joy-diminishing chronic symptoms for over two decades, the grand finale of which was a two-year autoimmune flare-up that the doctors couldn’t seem to identify which left me agonizing daily about my mortality and wondering what my young boys’ lives would be like after I was gone. There were countless doctor visits, blood draws and scans, all of which said things looked “normal”. Over those 20+ years, I estimate that I was prescribed antibiotics over 60 times in addition to a wide range of other pharmaceuticals. I wish I was exaggerating. By the time I was 30 I was taking five long-term prescription medications in addition to over-the-counter medications such as Advil, which I took to reduce pain and inflammation from my frequent running injuries.

For many years I figured that I was just unlucky and because no doctor seemed to be able to give me any long-term solutions, I came to accept that managing these symptoms was just going to be my way of life. Maybe it was just bad genetics or because my dad smoked in the house when I was a kid (that was likely a contributing factor). And, like most people today, I figured I was “healthy” as long as I wasn’t down and out with the bug of the season, like strep throat, which I got at least once, but usually twice per year for over 20 years. I motored through each day in survival mode doing all the things that moms do. Until things got SO bad that I was facing my own mortality and I decided to take my health into my own hands.

I learned that my “healthy” eating habits were not as healthy as I thought, and adopted an ancestral, or Paleo, approach to eating, which…CHANGED MY LIFE! I learned that the way I was exercising (marathon training) was actually harming my health, so I changed the way I exercised, even though I LOVED running, and at the time believed there was no other exercise that I could love as much. I learned that my thinking patterns, sleep habits, and stress perception/management were all contributing factors to my health (or lack thereof). And I learned that there were HIDDEN causes of dysfunction in my body that all my doctors’ tests had not uncovered. I discovered these hidden causes of stress on my body through functional lab testing, which I now use as an investigative tool to help my own clients figure out the H.I.D.D.E.N. causes of dysfunction in their bodies. Dysfunction with the Hormones, Immune, Digestion, Detoxification, Energy, and Nervous systems.

Healing my body was a journey that required work and a diligent commitment to changing the lifestyle habits (including my thinking habits) that were not contributing to my overall wellbeing.  But it was work that ended up being well worth the effort. Today, at almost 46 years old, my quality of life far surpasses the quality of life from what I experienced in my teens until my late thirties. I wake up each morning full of energy and anticipation of the day ahead. I no longer suffer from any of the symptoms that were at one point a part of my identity. I no longer need to know where the closest box of tissues is. I have not taken a prescription medication of any kind in almost eight years. I am often mistaken by strangers as my young adult sons’ girlfriend or sister; a pretty freaking awesome side effect of being healthy from the inside out!

My friends, taking charge of my health has been the biggest source of empowerment that I have ever experienced and has improved my life in more ways than I can even begin to explain.

So, getting back to my original question, “What is health?”. Today, my definition of health is much different than it was for over two decades when I suffered from all those symptoms. It is far different than what most of us, including doctors, in our modern world have come to define as “health”. My definition of health is having an absence of symptoms and waking up each and every day filled with the energy necessary to tackle whatever challenges life has to throw at us.

So I’m here to to tell you that if you are suffering from chronic symptoms, you’re not healthy, even if the blood work and the scans say you are. Because as I said above, true health means an absence of symptoms. The good news is that you have the power within you to fix that! The suffering is unnecessary, and you are not “unlucky”.

The human body has an amazing capacity to heal if only we give it the right conditions. We really are intended to thrive, not just survive. Pushing through each day with pain and suffering is what I call surviving, and we all deserve so much more so that we can ENJOY LIFE each and every day and be there fully for all the things that matter. Like our families.

If you are ready to take charge of your health and stop the cycle of trial and error, I can help you do that. My experience with suffering from chronic health issues for years and healing my body when the professionals couldn’t help lit a fire in me to help others who are suffering. I know what it’s like to feel like you can’t be there fully for your family, struggling through each and every day, and wondering if you’ll be able to care for your children. Because I’ve been there. I suffered, and I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to. There is life on the other side of chronic illness. A f***ing good one. So, if you’re ready…really ready to get to the other side…contact me here to schedule your FREE 45-minute consultation session to learn about my health coaching programs and to find out how my work is different than anything you’ve experienced until now.

And one more thing, if you have a friend or a loved one who is struggling with chronic health issues, please share this link with them!

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Wednesday 9th January 2019

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Don’t get too excited 😆(or panicked 😱)! It’s not what you think. 🤣

During the last 14 months, my cycles have been irregular and unpredictable for the first time in my life after experiencing two major traumatic life events during a four month period, followed by mold poisoning. While I feel like I handled the mental/emotional aspect of these #traumas quite well thanks to my daily #meditation and #mindfulness practice, and the immense love and support I have received from my family, friends, and community, my body is telling me that the #stress of these events have had an impact on my #hormones!
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I am using this #ovulation test kit to determine the best day to complete my #DUTCH hormone test so that I can investigate what is happening with my hormones and come up with a plan of action to bring them back into balance as I do with my own clients.
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I am too young to be going into #menopause, and would like to keep my sex hormones strong and balanced AT LEAST into my mid-fifties. Early menopause is associated with many negative health risks and unpleasant symptoms, including:
👉🏼 increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes & stroke (☠️)
👉🏼 Mood issues (😠😭😤)
👉🏼 Impaired cognitive function/brain fog (🤯)
👉🏼 Increased risk of #osteoporosis (☠️)
👉🏼 Decreased #libido (🙅🏻‍♀️🤬)
👉🏼 Hot flashes (😰)
👉🏼 Night sweats (😰)
👉🏼 Vaginal dryness (🙅🏻‍♀️🤬)
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I love having access to functional lab testing that helps to uncover the underlying causes of dysfunction in the body!
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#functionallabtesting #dutchtest #earlymenopause #brainfog #hotflashes #nightsweats #adrenalhealth #healyourbody #mindsetboss #FDN #fatigue #chronicfatigue #momboss #mindsetboss #glutenfree #guthealth #paleo #aip #primal #grainfree #happyhormones #hormonebalance #menstrualcycle #healyourbody #functionalmedicine #functionalmedicinecoach

(at San Diego, California)
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Wednesday 9th January 2019

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Don’t get too excited 😆(or panicked 😱)! It’s not what you think. 🤣

During the last 14 months, my cycles have been irregular and unpredictable for the first time in my life after experiencing two major traumatic life events during a four month period, followed by mold poisoning. While I feel like I handled the mental/emotional aspect of these #traumas quite well thanks to my daily #meditation and #mindfulness practice, and the immense love and support I have received from my family, friends, and community, my body is telling me that the #stress of these events have had an impact on my #hormones!

I am using this #ovulation test kit to determine the best day to complete my #DUTCH hormone test so that I can investigate what is happening with my hormones and come up with a plan of action to bring them back into balance as I do with my own clients.

I am too young to be going into #menopause, and would like to keep my sex hormones strong and balanced AT LEAST into my mid-fifties. Early menopause is associated with many negative health risks and unpleasant symptoms, including:
👉🏼 increased risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes & stroke (☠️)
👉🏼 Mood issues (😠😭😤)
👉🏼 Impaired cognitive function/brain fog (🤯)
👉🏼 Increased risk of #osteoporosis (☠️)
👉🏼 Decreased #libido (🙅🏻‍♀️🤬)
👉🏼 Hot flashes (😰)
👉🏼 Night sweats (😰)
👉🏼 Vaginal dryness (🙅🏻‍♀️🤬)

I love having access to functional lab testing that helps to uncover the underlying causes of dysfunction in the body!

#functionallabtesting #dutchtest #earlymenopause #brainfog #hotflashes #nightsweats #adrenalhealth #healyourbody #mindsetboss #FDN #fatigue #chronicfatigue #momboss #mindsetboss #glutenfree #guthealth #paleo #aip #primal #grainfree #happyhormones #hormonebalance #menstrualcycle #healyourbody #functionalmedicine #functionalmedicinecoach (at San Diego, California)
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Tuesday 8th January 2019

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Who believes in love at first shot? 🙋🏻‍♀️
#gtskombucha #probioticgutshot #healthygut #guthealth #moreplease (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 7th January 2019

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Double-fisting tonight with some bone broth and my workout recovery drink!
💥 🙌🏼☕️ (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 7th January 2019

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In just a couple short hours, these ingredients will have been magically transformed by my Instant Pot into nourishing, gut supporting bone broth containing collagen, gelatin, amino acids and trace minerals.

I don’t always make my own. Sometimes I’m just plain lazy or don’t take the time and buy it. There are plenty of good options available on the market right now. But, I prefer to make it myself because.
A) it’s less expensive.
B) When I make my own foods at home I just feel like I’m winning at life. And who doesn’t want to feel like they’re winning at life?

#bonebroth #collagen #instantpot #eatlikeourancestors #healthylife #healthcoach #guthealth #fdn (at San Diego, California)
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Sunday 6th January 2019

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I’ve been missing my Silly Dilly Carrots from @micro_mamas since those products aren’t available in San Diego, so I was excited to find these #lactofermented carrots from @fireflykitchensseattle at Whole Foods yesterday. This one has ginger instead of dill, but delicious just the same. Have you had your #gut supporting #probiotic #fermentedfoods today?
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Friday 4th January 2019

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I just love what’s going on in my freezer when my monthly @butcher_box arrives! It makes planning for healthy meals with pasture raised meat so much easier and frees up my time and brain energy to focus on other things!

#pastureraised #grassfed #healthyliving #cleanfood #moneywellspent #paleo #primal (at San Diego, California)
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Thursday 3rd January 2019

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This one is part big announcement, along with my daily gratitude, and it’s a vulnerable, scary post.

It was super chilly in my apartment when I woke up this morning, so I was super grateful to be able to cozy up beside the fireplace for my morning writing session…where I worked on the book that I will finish before the end of 2019. The book I’ve been saying I have inside me waiting to be written for years and that I have finally decided it’s time to stop saying “someday” and just write already. It is my childhood memoir. A story of growing up with a severely mentally ill mother and a mostly uninvolved alcoholic father. A story that involves poverty and emotional and physical abuse and neglect. A story of being the underdog amongst one’s peers. A story of triumph over tragedy. A story that is not about wallowing in self pity, but about choosing to overcome adversity and create a better life instead. Coming soon to bookstores near you.

#memoir #gratitude #takingaction #mylifestory (at San Diego, California)
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Tuesday 1st January 2019

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So amazing to get the pups out for a hike with my new neighbor in my new hometown and to see so many people out getting physical activity to start the new year. And so great to be ready to rock the new year feeling great having been in bed before 10PM! 👊🏼🙌🏼🎉 #hiking #sandiego (at Cowles Mountain)
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Monday 31st December 2018

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Was 2018 only one year long? 2018 was a year of immense struggle and sadness after the unexpected death of my husband in December 2017. But it has also been filled with many #blessings, the biggest of which is love.

The months following my husband’s death are a blur. I went deep within myself, opting to be by myself most of the time, avoiding social activities and hanging out only with my closest friends and family. I went to my CrossFit gym a few times per week to get myself out of the house. I snuggled with my dog.

I went into “take care of business” mode like somewhat of a robot-zombie. I turned in circles, overwhelmed by the smallest of tasks, trying to focus on building my business while making sure my family was doing okay and simultaneously working on a big downsize in preparation for a cross-country move. I was overcome with guilt when I focused on my personal life tasks instead of business tasks.

At some point, I realized that I needed to #surrender to the fact that I couldn’t DO IT ALL. I needed to put my business completely aside and focus only on what was most important…being there fully for my son, focusing on my personal obligations, and #TRUSTING that everything will work out.

I learned to sit with immense #loneliness. It was tough. There were a lot of tears. But it was also a time of incredible #reflection and #personalgrowth. A time to put clarity on who I want to BE and how I want to show up FOR this world. A time to focus on #gratitude and to #INSPIRE others.

Through all the tears, sadness and loneliness, I always felt surrounded by magical #LOVE, and I learned to #RECEIVE LOVE in a way that I never had before. I learned to love myself on a deeper level. Every time I felt overwhelmed or awash with loneliness, the Universe would deliver a reminder that I am loved at the perfect moment, through a message from a friend, a card in the mail, a phone call, etc. Through all the loneliness I was loved.

Life is full of #challenges, and we get to decide how we choose to BE despite those challenges. They are #opportunities for personal growth and reflection. Opportunities to realize that love is all around you. Surrender to it.

(at San Diego, California)
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Monday 24th December 2018

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Whoa. This one made me reflect. (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 24th December 2018

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I just finished creating my new vision board, and in my inspiration corner I put not one, but two photos of @ladygaga. The surge of inspiration she ignites in me is difficult to put into words. It’s a visceral reaction.

I’ll admit, when Lady Gaga first came onto the music scene, I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention (And I may have even rolled my eyes a time or two.). Who was this woman with the crazy costumes and dance routines? I honestly didn’t think she’d stick around. But the more I watched her over the years, the more I came to realize that she embodies all the qualities that I admire and respect. She is the true non-fictional Wonder Woman.

Yesterday as I went about my business, I listened to my favorite Lady Gaga songs obsessively on repeat, all the while thinking about what it is about this woman that inspires me so much. First and foremost, Lady Gaga is fiercely and unapologetically authentically herself. She says and does what she damn-well pleases without getting caught up in what “other people” will think. She found her tribe that way, don’t you think? Second, she lives with integrity. She follows her heart, and if something someone wants her to do doesn’t match her values, she doesn’t do it and she’s vocal about it. Third, she is FEARLESS, which means she also allows herself to be VULNERABLE. She is living proof that if you follow your dreams you can be and do anything you set your mind to, even if it doesn’t fall in line with the conventional path of doing things. Finally, she INSPIRES and EMPOWERS her audience of millions worldwide, something I strive to do myself.

Lady Gaga has definitely made the list of “people I must meet before I die”, alongside @oprah, @theellenshow, @marieforleo, @michelleobama and @dallashartwig. All who embody qualities that inspire me to play big in this world and to be the best version of myself.

Ladies, I’m wondering, what female inspires you to be the badassiest version of you? Drop your answers in the comments below. Can’t wait to hear who inspires you. Guys, you can chime in too!

#inspiration #inspire #vision #integrity #fearless #empoweringwomen #beauthentic #wonderwoman #highestvalues #beyou #lifeonpurpose (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 24th December 2018

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Maple and I were out today on our continued “Operation Bring Smiles to the World” mission. This time on a busy local hiking trail.

We met @gordo_1_ who asked to snap a photo. He said he’d crop my face out, but I assured him that was unnecessary. Nice to meet you on the trail @gordo_1_, and I’m glad Maple and I brought you a smile today!

Want to feel happier? There’s a sure fire way to get there. Just follow these five simple steps:

Step 1: Get yourself a miniature dog. One that looks like a real live Teddy Bear.

Step 2: Buy a front pack carrier for your new miniature dog (available on Amazon).

Step 3: Go out in public wearing your dog in the front pack carrier where you’ll be seen by your fellow humans. Anyplace will do… the grocery store, a mall, a park, a hiking trail.

Step 4: Make eye contact with your fellow humans as they pass by and watch them smile with their entire faces. Some will even laugh. Some will laugh and point.

Step 5: Smile back and be kind! Be willing to make quick small talk when someone wants to ask about your irresistibly cute Teddy Bear dog. Rejoice in the fact that you brought smiles to lots of other faces and consider the possibility that you may have sparked joy in someone who was having difficulty finding it.

In all seriousness, smiles and kindness are free, and they are both gifts you can offer the world each and every day. You probably don’t need to get yourself a miniature dog (although I assure you you’re bound to feel happier). Next time you are out in public, I challenge you to forget briefly about all the things that are cluttering your mind and your to-do list and be present. Make eye-contact with your fellow humans and flash them your brightest smile when you pass by. You might just brighten someone’s entire day.

As I always say, true health goes well beyond what you choose to put in your mouth and getting daily exercise. It is your entire state of being, including the thoughts you allow to take up space in your mind as well as your actions.

Spread love. Spread joy. Be generous with your smiles.

#smile #spreadjoy #love #spreadlove #smilesarefree #spreadkindness #bekind #humanity #connection #moresocial (at Cowles Mountain)
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Sunday 23rd December 2018

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Once again the Universe and the Parking Gods had my back. When arriving at a popular hiking trailhead this morning, it was clear that LOTS of other people had the same idea. Cars lined both sides of the road for quite a distance leading up to the trailhead. I chose not to park at the end of the long line, knowing that:

a) my little doggie would be tired at the end of the hike and wouldn’t want to walk the extra quarter mile, and

b) I had absolute faith that there would be a spot waiting for me very close to the trailhead.

As expected, a car pulled out of this spot directly across the road from the trailhead parking lot as I approached.
🙏.
#askandyoushallreceive #justask #theuniversehasmyback #loa #lawofattraction #expectgoodthings #appreciate #gratitudeforeverything #gratitude #hikesandiego #connectwithnature (at Cowles Mountain)
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Saturday 22nd December 2018

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Saturday night bliss!
#bathtime #detox #livinghealthy #relax #meditate (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 17th December 2018

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I just think tonight’s dinner is just really beautiful. Simple, yet beautiful. Agree?
#eatrealfoods #paleo #primal #healthyliving #healthcoach #fermentedfoods #sauerkraut (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 10th December 2018

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Dinner tonight is leftover #paleo chocolate chili (topped with @bubbiespickles Spicy Sauerkraut for some added gut supporting #probiotic bacteria) from @meljoulwan Well Fed cookbook. Breaking my no media rule during dinner tonight to search Google Images for photos for my #visionboard.

#manifesting #creatingmagic #dreambig #loa #begrateful #gratitude (at San Diego, California)
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Monday 10th December 2018

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I am so excited about my new dining room table! You may or may not have noticed the glaring absence of something. Like, chairs.
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My health goals are far, far, far bigger than looking good naked (although that’s a fantastic side-effect of healthy living for sure). I aim to live a high quality life at whatever age I am lucky enough to reach, even if I reach triple digits. My definition of a high quality life means the ability to have an intelligent conversation because my brain is functioning optimally, being able to get up easily from a chair and from the floor, be able to move and live independently, be active outside of the home, take care of my own business in the bathroom (🚽 🚿), and travel if I so desire. Achieving that goal means being proactive NOW by taking care of my body in the best ways possible. And healthy living goes beyond what I choose to put into my mouth, but the conscious, mindful decisions I make each and every day about the way I live my life. My thoughts. My actions. My food choices. My exercise. It ALL counts.
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Back to my dining room table. I’ve decided to try out a minimal furniture concept in my new home, including a Japanese-style dining room table with no chairs. Say what? You may have heard the phrase, “sitting is the new smoking”. We are not moving enough; we are not moving functionally; and we are sitting way too damn much! The human body simply was not designed to be sitting in a chair all day long. My new #furniturefree concept forces me to get up and down from the floor more frequently, more more functionally, and encourages me to sit less.
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I’m not sure yet whether furniture-free will be my forever way of life, but I am enjoying this #livingexperiment and perfectly okay with being the resident weirdo for now.
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#lifeonpurpose #healthyliving #healthylifestyle #healthcoach #fdn #functionalmovement #functionalmedicine #functionalhealth #functionalliving #movemore #sitless #fitness #sandiego (at San Diego, California)
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Friday 7th December 2018

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“The most important part of your environment to be conscious of is the people you surround yourself with.“ Jen Sincero

Do you ever just sit back and marvel at how #blessed you are by the people in your life? If not, perhaps you should consider one or both of the following:
A) Ask yourself if you’re showing up as the person you really want to be in this world. If the answer is no, fix that problem.
B) Find yourself some new friends.

This bouquet was sent to me by Martha, one of my dearest friends yesterday on the anniversary of my husband’s death. The delivery could not have come at a better (or worse, depending on your #perspective ) moment, and composing myself when opening the door just wasn’t gunna happen. The poor delivery lady.

Martha is truly one of the best human beings on the entire planet. #generous #loving #thoughtful #kind #selfless. One of those people who just makes you want to be a better version of yourself. When I was really, really sick from 2009-2011, I credit Martha for getting me through the really rough days, and possibly why I’m still here today. She would always call at just the right moment and say, “Let’s go for a walk.” The story she tells of how our friendship began is quite different than mine (which I’ve never told her). Uh, Martha…

Her (abbreviated) version goes something like this: “I stalked you for months because you were cool and I wanted to run with you, but you kept giving me the cold shoulder and saying you were more of a solo runner.”

My entirely accurate version goes like this: “I’m not good enough to have you as a friend, and if I hang out with you, you’ll find out I’m a fraud.” But Martha is a tenacious little beast, so I finally had to allow myself to be #vulnerable enough to hang out with her. To do so, I had to believe that I was #enough and to take the advice I offer in A above. Thank you Martha, for being you, and for being there on my #journey to becoming the best version of me. Who are the Marthas in your life?

#mindset #mindfulness #beyou #youareenough #iamenough #lifeonpurpose #endlessgratitude #grateful #blessings #healthcoach #heal #selflove #loa #functionalmedicine #FDN #radicalselfcare (at San Diego, California)
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Wednesday 5th December 2018

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I birthed these boys. Really, I did. I cooked them each in my belly for nine whole months and squeezed them out a relatively tiny hole. 🤷🏻‍♀️ And I have the stretch marks to prove it. Just keeping it real.

For years I hid those stretch marks under one-piece bathing suits because I was so self conscious of them. I’m not gunna lie, I still hate the damn things, and if there were a magic eraser you can bet your bottom dollar I’d erase them in a heartbeat. Sometimes vanity just has to prevail. Real talk.

BUT…disliking those marks as much as I do does not mean that I don’t LOVE the body I’m in! At 45 I am more comfortable with my body than I was in my 20s and <especially> 30s. I don’t think that coming clean about not loving a certain aspect about my body is a bad thing, nor that it implies self-loathing. It’s being honest, and keeping it real. Because I like to be real. It’s sorta like how you can love your children or significant other to the moon and back but certain things about them just grate on your last nerve. It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Amiright? And I’ll bet some of you moms out there can identify with me on this.

I no longer hide the marks I don’t love under one piece bathing suits. I have no qualms about wearing that two-piece at the beach or sporting the sports bra at the gym, because I love the body that I’m in despite the perceived imperfections that I would prefer doing without. And I have to remind myself that those marks are EARNED! 👊🏼

What I love most about the body I’m in today is not the outward appearance of it, but rather that I feel GOOD every day and have the energy to keep up with and do cool shit with my grown boys. Like Spartan races, hiking, traveling, and cliff jumping. This is the stuff that REALLY matters as a mom. But there was a time when I didn’t think I’d be here to do those things with my grown boys.

👇🏼Continued in comments👇🏼
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Tuesday 4th December 2018

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‘Tis the season…for shopping and wrapping and baking and…STRESS!

I spent the better part of this past year, going through my house and garage room-by-room, in an effort to reduce my belongings by about 80%. My goal was to include in my living space only things that I love. Over the course of 20 years with family and life, things add up. Drawers, cabinets, & closets get filled.

I got rid of EVERYTHING that no longer sang to my heart. Everything. As I went through this process I began to feel lighter and freer. The less “stuff” I had, the lighter and freer I felt. It was literally detoxifying! From this experience, I realized the impact that having a lot of STUFF has on our STRESS levels.

It was my mission to keep only those items that I loved enough to include in my new space. I can’t tell you how light it feels being in this new space that is free of clutter and excess stuff. And I plan to keep it that way, so I have become extremely mindful of every purchase I make and the “stuff” that I allow to enter my home!

As I was standing in line at TJMaxx last week waiting to purchase a small necessity for my home, I suddenly became aware of all the enticing “stuff” that was strategically placed in the line to the checkouts. I realized that I didn’t have even the slightest interest in browsing through any of it. It was all virtually uninteresting to me…all the candles and socks and decorations. All the pretty stuff. The stuff that ends up filling drawers and cabinets and closets. Stuff I don’t need, and neither, probably do you.

I LOVE giving gifts. However, I’ve begun to focus on gifts that are either consumable or needed and have moved away from gifts for the sake of a gift.

Is your excess “stuff” causing undue STRESS in your life? I challenge you to be mindful of what you bring into your personal space, as well as what you contribute to the personal spaces of others because when you focus on surrounding yourself only with things you need and love, you’ll feel a whole lot lighter…and less stressed! Oh, and did I mention that stress is a major contributing factor to health issues?

#destress #declutter #grateful #gratitude #stressreduction #giving (at San Diego, California)
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Sunday 2nd December 2018

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Babies, babies, babies!

I just love getting messages like this from clients I’ve worked with! It is so rewarding to be a part of such monumental improvements in people’s lives!

When this client initially came to me prior to becoming pregnant, she had a very long list of health symptoms, did not feel good in her body (both physically and emotionally), had a very poor body image, engaged in a lot of self-loathing fueled by guilt and negative thought patterns, felt angry most of the time, and had been on hormonal birth control for YEARS (wreaks HAVOC on your hormones, gut, and health). We worked on optimizing her diet, improving #sleep quality, practicing #selflove, #stress management, did some lab tests to figure out what was going on in her body causing all the symptoms, and worked on healing her gut.

She was ALL IN on the idea of improving her health and being who she wanted to show up as in this world. I provided the guidance, support and resources…SHE did the WORK.
And how lucky her beautiful baby is to have come into this world with a “leg up” on health…born to a healthy mommy who feels good in her body and has the energy both physically and emotionally to be fully there for him each and every day! I wish I’d figured this stuff out before my kids were born!

I love being there to empower moms (and moms to be) to help them be there for all the things that matter, because I’ve suffered through the suck-fest and come out on the other side, so I know life doesn’t have to be that way. Our roles as women and moms are so monumental, and how amazing it is when we feel great performing all of our roles (especially the most important ones, like mommying).

#thrivingprimallywellness #mompower #momboss #healthymom #healthymoms #healthybabies #autoimmune #autoimmuneconditions #autoimmunedisease #hormones #fertility #paleo #primal #fatigue #chronicfatigue #hormones #energy #adrenals #healthymindset #mindset #guthealth #healthygut #healyourbody #FDN #functionalmedicine #healthcoach #anxiety #depression (at San Diego, California)
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Sunday 2nd December 2018

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After placing my order over seven months ago, my OURA ring is finally here! Super excited to find what insights it brings me about my sleep patterns, body temperature patterns, and daily movement.

Who already has one, and what are your thoughts?
#ouraring #sleep #movement #dailyhabits #healthylifestyle #healthyhabits (at San Diego, California)
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Sunday 2nd December 2018

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After placing my order over seven months ago, my OURA ring is finally here! Super excited to find what insights it brings me about my sleep patterns, body temperature patterns, and daily movement.

Who already has one, and what are your thoughts?
#ouraring #sleep #movement #dailyhabits #healthylifestyle #healthyhabits (at San Diego, California)
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Friday 30th November 2018

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Little rant here today.

I love old people. Really, I do. They’re funny, uninhibited, and fun to talk to. They’ve lived so much life and often have such sage, practical advice. But not always. Sometimes their advice is just plain dumb. Here’s an example:
As I was walking my dog, this guy (👆🏼) came out of a restaurant and said, “I like your legs.” 😳 I’ll be honest, his energy was really, really creepy. Like, the serial killer on Criminal Minds kinda creepy.

Me: “Thank you.” What else was there to say?
He continued, “Does HE like your legs too?”
Me (a little confused as I assumed he must’ve been referring to my dog, but thinking what an odd question): “My dog? I’m not sure.”
Him: “NO! Your boyfriend.”
Me: “I don’t have a boyfriend.”
Him (looking incredulous and spitting the words): “Well maybe you should get rid of your dog so you can get one.”
Me (🤔): “Hell no! If a guy doesn’t love me because I have a dog, then he’s not worth my time.” 🙄

This struck me because it was almost the exact same story a single friend told me happened to her a few weeks ago, except with her it was a friend’s boyfriend who offered the unwelcome and unsavory advice.

Ladies:
1. You do not have to be in a relationship in order to be complete, as this advice so clearly implies. And you’ll continue to be the same badass complete self when and if you stumble upon your perfect partner one day and decide to become a team.
2. You are not defined by your relationship status.
3. Self-love is so important in this game called life. Love yourself enough to let the silly unwelcome advice of people roll off your shoulders. Be you. Love you. Because there will only ever be one perfect you…boyfriend, partner, spouse or not.

Rant over.
#selflove #beyou #loveyourself #mindset #healthtips #healthymindhealthybody

(at San Diego, California)
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Friday 30th November 2018

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This was a practice in:
👊🏼 Patience
👊🏼 Perseverance
👊🏼 Problem-solving
We both had too much light filtering into our rooms for quality sleep, so we ordered blackout curtains. Neither of us had ever hung curtains before, so we were on a learning curve. There was stud-finding and measuring and hole drilling and spackling (for the extra oopsie holes) involved, but we got ‘er done, and over 24-hours later they’re still hanging, so I qualify that as a win.

Anything for a good night’s sleep!
#sleep #sleephack #sleepmatters #sleepdeprivation #sleepinthedark #circadianrhythm #hormones #goodsleep #allthetools #momsonqualitytime (at San Diego, California)
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Tuesday 27th November 2018

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Sometimes you just gotta wear reminders of your awesome badassery as a woman.

To be honest, I’ve never really been a TV watcher. Sitting there makes me feel antsy and it has always been tough to sit through an entire episode of anything (even, I’ll admit, as an adult. 🤷🏻‍♀️).

But as a little girl, I was always drawn to shows with strong female characters (both in body and in mind). Growing up as the underdog among my peer group—coming from really tough family dynamics and poverty and being the undernourished, dirty, and pathetically dressed waif—there was just something about those strong female characters that just drew me in and I was easily enraptured for the entire episode. I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder on Little House on the Prairie for her spunky freespiritedness at a time when that just wasn’t cool for girls. I felt like she was a reflection of me. And of course, Wonder Woman…for her strength, courage, quick action, and fearlessness! These characters helped to instill a belief in myself from a very young age that I could be bigger than my circumstances, that I could overcome adversity and be and do anything I wanted in life. I wanted to look like her and be like her in all her superhero badassyness. And one day I woke up and realized that in my own unique, spirited, quirky and fun-loving way, I am in fact, Wonder Woman. And you are too.

I’m still on the lookout for her earrings though. Remember those simple round red disks? Any leads would be appreciated. 😉🤷🏻‍♀️

Ladies, embrace your inner Wonder Woman and wear her loud and proud! 👊🏼⭐️💪🏼

#wonderwoman #embraceyourinnerwonderwoman #mindset #badasswoman #badasswomanclub #mindsetwarrior #healthcoach #loa #lawofattraction #functionalmedicine #autoimmunity #thrivingprimallywellness #strength #choosehappy #lifeonpurpose #positivemindset #fdn #hormones #anxiety #depression #guthealth #leakygut #healyourgut #energy #chronicfatigue #fatigue (at San Diego, California)
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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.
•••
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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Friday 27th April 2018

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

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