Mood swings, sleep disorders, chronic inflammation, low immunity, digestive issues, hormone imbalance and the list goes on. Most of you reading this can relate to one if not all of these issues. AND most of you already know that if you cut out sugar (among other inflammatory substances) you could see great improvements in your health. The problem is the sweetness calls to you, maybe even whispers sweet words to you and you find yourself elbow deep in a pint of ice cream or running to the cupboards to find the hidden chocolate stash. And all this after your seemingly nourishing meal. But you were doing so well…. But you are following all of the rules… Why does sugar always win?!! [Read more…] about Sugar is Your Frenemy
I remember a friend from years ago saying that the way to remember the difference between mango and papaya was… mmmmm-mango and poo poo-paya. Well, despite her opinion, I have always loved the papaya for its not to sweet flavor, creamy texture and, of course, the tropical nostalgia. In my most recent travels to Thailand I ate papaya, and many exotic fruits daily and noticed that the locals would consume every part of the fruit from seed to flesh. So, I branched out from my “remove all the ugly stuff and only eat the cleaned up and stripped down Western version” and learned that there are so many reasons not to poo poo the papaya and all of its parts. [Read more…] about A Papaya a Day Will Keep the Gastro Doc Away
2 months ago I walked into a Reiki healing session and my “healer” looked me in the eye and told me I wasn’t breathing. What?! Of course I’m breathing- I practice my yoga, run 6 miles, am living… But, after only 2 sessions of learning about my breath, my sleep improved, my energy increased, I digested better and was, of course, a bit more calm.
So what does it mean to “breathe” and why is doing it properly so important? [Read more…] about Breath~ The Other Vit-B Deficiency
Are you the “sickest” healthy person you know?
My beautiful and soulful friend, Jaimie, said something so simple and profound in our discussion about cleanses and colonics and healing and , and, and… She simply posed the question “why do we keep treating the well body as if it’s not?” [Read more…] about The Sickest- Healthy People I Know
“The shape of your body obeys the shape of your beliefs about love, value and possibility. To change your body you must first understand that which is shaping it. Not fight it. Not force it. Not deprive it. Not shame it. Not do anything but accept and love….” ~ Geneen Roth
I was asked to write about weight loss. I get a pang in my gut and I want to stop right there as that alone stirs a whole current of beliefs and emotions around how I value myself, my strengths, my hopes and my ideas of health and happiness. I have my own story around weight and loss and struggle and love and gain. But, my story is only a thread in the tie that binds us all in such an emotional, personal and necessary topic of discussion. So, I will take you on a journey of what I believe the root of our obsession, failure and fear around weight loss is through the experience of another- a client- a beautiful and brave soul.
I propose the idea of abdominal massage being a tool for losing weight to highlight a couple of important points. One, I am sure that most of you are reading this hoping to find “the best new weight loss secret”. There is no judgment if you for one second thought that abdominal massage could literally help you lose weight; really we are all contributors to that societal bandwagon. Two, we all have a deeper intuition behind what blocks us from being able to address our belief and our courage around losing weight. Sometimes that intuition is buried under the physical and emotional layers that we have “gained” and the only way to access that deep knowing is through the use of healing tools to peel those layers away- enter abdominal massage… [Read more…] about Can Abdominal Massage Help You Lose Weight?
In late June 2013 I began writing about my state of amenorrhea in a blog titled “My Journey to the Moon”. I was committed to reigniting my body’s natural rhythms and regaining my feminine connection regardless of what I had to face emotionally and physically. Between the damaging effects of birth control pills and a severe battle with bulimia which included extreme exercise for over 20 years, I fluctuated between very erratic periods (dysmenorrhea) to eventually no periods (amenorrhea). All in all I had not had a true period in over 8 years.
I documented my plan weekly. I was using a whole handful of healing tools … if you would have said walking backwards and whistling helped I would have done it. Week after week I would write about my emotional and physical realizations and what was/wasn’t working. And week after week- no period. I was emotionally spazzed out- for lack of a better term. My body was all over the place with weight gain and fluid fluctuations. I bounced between fear, anxiety and depression with some occasional days where I could feel my soul connection again. Those few days where I could hear my “inner voice” and my “gut instinct” coming back to life are what kept me on track. [Read more…] about Hypothalamic Amenorrhea~