When It Comes to What You Eat, Are You Focusing on the Right Questions?

When It Comes to What You Eat, Are You Focusing on the Right Questions?

If you’re confused about what to eat, adjusting your thought process and mindset can lead to the solutions that work best for your unique body.

Why Your Health, And Your Attention To It, Is The Base Of Your Life

Why Your Health, And Your Attention To It, Is The Base Of Your Life

A few weeks ago, I had a visual pop into my head in the middle of the night. I was inspired to sit up, pull out my journal, turn on my bedside flashlight and right it down.

I’ve since come to view the image as a skyscraper. The middle part, where all the floors of the building would be, is all about your life and what you experience on a daily basis:  work, relationships, fun, etc. And that’s where most of us put our focus. 

Your physical and mental health are represented by the foundation of the building, the part that’s underground and not typically visible. Without the proper foundation, everything above is at risk. The building will be compromised and could sink or collapse if the builders neglect to build a proper foundation. 

When I started my own healing process in 2000, I was focused intently on my physical health. I started with exercise, supplementation and bodywork, and experienced some quick wins that inspired me to keep going. 

As my health improved, I completely overhauled my diet, personal care products, and household cleaning products to find the best options available to support my other efforts. I became very mindful of my home environment and chose non-toxic and healthy options for furniture, bedding, etc., whenever possible. 

My health continued to dramatically improve and I was further inspired to see how much farther I could take it. 

When I started addressing my mental, emotional and spiritual health, and examining my beliefs, thoughts, emotions and actions, I was able to reach a whole new level of health. It opened my eyes to how limited our perception of health really is and how much we are missing out on by overlooking these foundational aspects of our health that affect every other aspect of our lives. 

At the top of my diagram, you can see a circle that I labeled “higher consciousness” (misspelled in the middle of the night). We have the ability to see all of what’s going on, find what’s being overlooked and/or neglected, and shift anything we desire. 

And this is where the magic happens. Unlike a building foundation that can only be built before the rest of the building, we have the ability to examine, shift and change every aspect of our health on an ongoing basis. 

Those efforts directly impact, and have the ability to significantly enhance and constantly upgrade, every other aspect of our life. And this is how you can create the life of your dreams! 

I can’t encourage you enough to deeply consider your “foundation”. You can put a lot of effort into some aspects of your health and the life you’ve created and desire, and still be at risk if and when other pieces of your foundation have been overlooked or are being neglected. 

Awareness is the first step. Creating a plan to strengthen what weaknesses you discover comes next. 

Sometimes the answers are obvious and easy, and other times that are elusive. Action is always easier when you have the right guidance and support in place. 

Let me know what comes up for you so I can point you in the right direction to take action on what you discover.

The Incredible Power (And Pain) Of Your “Inner World”

The Incredible Power (And Pain) Of Your “Inner World”

There’s so much drama, fear, stigma, lack of expression, judgement and restricted communication in our world.

Being sucked into that vortex and living your life from that place comes with a huge cost. It can override your senses, suppress your true nature and hide your gifts and talents.

It can also shut down your ability to let your emotions flow and understand what they mean. Your emotions help you concentrate your time and energy in ways that feel good to you, enhance your own life experience and allow you to be a force for good. Suppressing them can make you judge yourself harshly and subdue important aspects of who you are.

This can create numbness and an inability to make important life decisions, leaving you full of regret when you reach the end of your time here on our magnificent, complicated planet.

I was raised with the motto, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”. While this is great at supporting peace and calm in a household of eight, it wasn’t great for acknowledging and accessing my own emotions and the power they hold. It severely limited my ability to understand others’ perspectives and how to communicate openly and clearly in times of irritation, anger or hurt. And it held me back from finding my own voice and getting to know myself.

My teenage years were particularly challenging as I tried to figure out who I was and how to find my way in the world. I had no idea how to understand and process my own emotions and how to talk openly with others. I made poor choices and lacked connection to the type of intuition and inner knowing that would have allowed me to take advantage of wider opportunities. It robbed me of creating healthy relationships, especially with myself; and it went on like that for years.

I’m not under any delusions that choosing a different path is easy. I started to explore all aspects of my health and my life in my early 20’s, and haven’t stopped since. Right now I’m facing the difficulty of more deeply navigating my “inner world”, as in my emotions and my intuition. I’ve come to realize this is a huge pain point for me as I had no idea how to up-level this area of my life.

However, I’m uncovering some simple solutions. For example, I often try to do too many tasks simultaneously in a short period of time, causing myself unnecessary stress and ridiculous self judgement (which now seems SO silly after bringing awareness to this destructive habit).

I’m having conversations with myself, literally asking myself what I’m feeling (often while I am driving or walking), what my concerns and fears are, and where they come from. I stick with it until I understand where I’m at and how I want to proceed.

I’m summoning my courage to speak up, personally and professionally, knowing that our cultural and societal ideas of health and expression are way too limited and cause distress, heartache, regret, illness and disease. Our beliefs, thoughts, emotions and choices all emit chemicals in our bodies that change how our bodies operate, for better or worse.

You can eat all the right foods, move your body in the right ways, live in a healthy home, etc., and still be sabotaging your health. If you’re suppressing your emotions, operating from beliefs that don’t serve you, making choices based on familial and societal teachings that you didn’t consciously choose, or generally forgetting that you are in charge of all of those things, then it’s time to consider how this may be affecting you.

Making mistakes, showing up fully as our less than perfect and always expanding selves, and caring deeply, are all part of a beautiful, well-lived life, no matter how messy it may look or feel.

I know I will not always express myself fully or clearly and that I will be judged for how I show up and what I say. In the past, that has made me hold my tongue and hide. I’m ready to be done with that, but putting that into action is scary and uncomfortable.

I’m sure the old patterns will creep up and threaten to pull me down. But I’m determined to stay mindful and forge ahead. I want to play my part in expanding our conversations about what true health means, and that exploring and expressing our beliefs and emotions are integral parts of all that we do.

Far too few of us are actively working towards realizing the incredible depths of our potential. That’s what I find to be the great tragedy of where most people operate from. And we are hijacked each and every day with constant assaults to our focus and intentions.

Today I invite you to allow yourself to reach the places inside yourself you may have lost touch with. You must see all that you are and muck through the uncomfortable stuff in order to experience the most joy and fulfillment in life.

And I want you to be able to live an extraordinary life!

Hidden Microbial Issues Can Sabotage Your Current and Long-Term Health

Hidden Microbial Issues Can Sabotage Your Current and Long-Term Health

I’m a huge proponent of taking matters into your own hands, listening to how your body feels and customizing your lifestyle to honor your unique needs and desires. This approach has served me beautifully in my own healing and wellness journey. 

I also have a team of talented practitioners that I rely on to support me in keeping my body on track. Over the years, this has changed dramatically and has included bodywork, nutrition, therapists, physical therapy and more. 

As a clinical nutritionist, I can easily see how regular visits with my private clients help them stay on track and ahead of the game. The muscle testing protocols that I use allow me to evaluate the function of bodily systems and identify immune challenges, toxicity issues like heavy metals and chemicals, nutrient deficiencies, deficits in function, and other issues that interfere with optimal health and vitality. 

As a society, our view of how microbes affect the body is limited. We tend to only suspect bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites as potential culprits when we feel sick with cold or flu symptoms, intestinal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. But the presence of microbes in your body does not always cause symptoms.  

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a viral family popping up in many of my clients. A few of them have felt ill, but most of them have not. And yet they knew something wasn’t right as the virus was interfering with proper bodily function. For some, it made old issues flare (skin rashes, belly discomfort, etc.), while some just felt tired or “not right”. 

They attributed how they were feeling to their busy lives, stress or lifestyle choices if they hadn’t been eating well or drinking enough water. And those things alone can and do interfere with proper bodily function. But without the proper support to eradicate these microbes, their bodies may have continued to lose function, experience an increase in symptoms over time, and work their way towards significant health challenges without ever knowing how it all started. 

If you don’t have talented practitioners that support your efforts, I highly encourage you to begin a search and experimentation process to find out what services are available in your area and what services will work well for your body and lifestyle. It has been my experience that your needs are likely to vary at different times in your life. 

We live in a complicated world and we need the support of others to make the most of our health. Our bodies require support in eliminating hidden issues that can be highly problematic, such as the presence of unhealthy microbes. 

If you don’t know what type of practitioner to look for, hit reply and tell me what your needs are. I’d be happy to point you in the right direction and share any resources I’m aware of. 

You need amazing health to have the life you dream of. And there’s nothing I want more for you.

How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus

How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus

My journey to wellness began with a commitment to myself in December of 2000, which led me into the world of holistic health.

It has been incredibly exciting to watch the offerings in the holistic health realm expand exponentially since then.

We still have a long way to go in shifting our collective mindsets about what true health is and I’m always doing my best to be part of this essential change.

So I’m super excited to share with you an article I wrote for Not Sorry, an online magazine “sharing empowering articles from inspiring women”.

Click here to read How Gut, Hormone Health & What You Eat Can Make Or Break Your Mood, Energy & Focus, and let me know what you think in the comments below.

I enjoyed creating it and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it!