If you had to put a price on your head, how much would you be worth? Hundreds, thousands, millions or billions of dollars?
What are all of the things that you bring to the table in your relationships, family and work?
What do you value spending your money on? Your daily coffee to get you going in the morning, a weekly or monthly housekeeper to keep you sane, travel, quality clothing that is comfortable and doesn’t fall apart in the washer, organic food, massages for relaxation, phone apps to make your life more efficient?
What about your health? How much is that worth?
For the longest time I thought I valued my health because I was “doing all of the right things.” I was “eating healthy”, meaning I was mainly choosing veggies, meat and occasionally indulging in a treat. I was lifting weights, doing yoga and/or cardio daily. I was taking high quality supplements to give my body extra nutritional support. And I was seeing a chiropractor, acupuncturist or massage therapist at least once every 2 months to tune up my body.
It wasn’t until I faced mold illness, estrogen dominance and was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s that I realized how much I hadn’t been valuing myself and my body.
Looking back now I can see the signs my body was giving me for over two years- how it was trying to tell me that something wasn’t right, and how I chose to ignore them because I had “more important” things to do or because I “didn’t have time.”
Not valuing ourselves is at the core of almost every health issue I see.
With every client I’ve worked with or person I’ve spoken to about their health issues, there is always one common characteristic or behavior…a tendency to put others or everything else before self.
Here are some of the common ways this shows up…
- Don’t have time to cook = making everything else a priority over cooking
- Not exercising = not making time/not willing to invest in accountability (i.e. personal trainer)
- Going to bed late = not setting healthy boundaries to support an early bedtime
- Working long hours = won’t delegate, fear of asking for help and being seen as less than
- Feeling really stressed out = not making time to de-stress and resisting spending money to relax
We make time and we find the money for what is important to us. If your car broke down and you needed to get somewhere, you would find the money to fix it. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, but how we choose to use those hours is what can make all the difference in your health.
A few years ago when I started reiki training my teacher told me I had to meditate for 30 minutes 21 days in a row. My initial reaction was, “I don’t have time to meditate for 30 minutes every day! I barely have time to relax and watch TV at night with my husband.” But I never turn down a challenge, and if I wanted to learn reiki, making time to meditate was part of the deal.
I carved out 30 minutes to meditate one day at a time, and before I knew it 21 days had passed. Over time I fell in love with the positive impacts meditation had on my body so much that now I meditate for 30 minutes twice a day at least 5 days a week!
How did I find time to do this when I originally felt like there wasn’t enough time in my day? I decided I was worth it, that my post meditation bliss and my health was more rewarding and more important than some of the other things I was spending my time on. I let go of having to tidy up the house at night, decided to get up a little bit earlier and let my husband know how important meditation was to me so we could find other time to spend with each other.
It’s not our fault that we have evolved to not prioritize ourselves or see our self worth. Somewhere along the line taking time for ourselves, voicing our needs, standing up for what we wanted or needed, and making ourselves a priority became shamed upon or seen as selfish.
But embracing your self worth, making your health and self a priority is far from selfish, it’s essential to your survival.
If you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Your kids or your family? Is that a fair burden to leave them with when you have all the power right now to ensure a better quality of life as you age?
In this week’s video and blog I share more about how I wasn’t valuing myself, how Hashimoto’s humbled me and 3 ways you can start owning your self worth now to better support your health.
When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s I was faced with having to re-evaluate my lifestyle to see how it was or wasn’t supporting my health in order to try and figure out 1) how I landed here and 2) how could I recover from this.
Although I was “doing all of the right things”, or at least I thought I was, it wasn’t enough or exactly what my body needed. I couldn’t just keep doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different outcome for my health.
It was a humbling experience, to say the least. It forced me to look deep within and see where I was still not putting myself first, not valuing what I was worth.
A recent passage I read in one of my spiritual books describes to a tee what I was faced with and what most of my clients are faced with in regards to making health a priority…
“Awakening begins with noticing more of what you normally ignore. The process of denial happens so quickly that it is difficult to interrupt it at first. It is that imperceptible flash of feeling you override with a more acceptable thought, the burst of inspiration you judge to be foolish, the presence of greatness your unworthiness will not allow you to receive and the true feeling of dislike that guilt shames you to nullify. The mind would have you believe that awakening comes from what you know, but this is not a journey through the mind.”
There were plenty of moments leading up to my diagnosis when I could sense that something wasn’t right in my body: I started putting on weight, I wasn’t recovering from my workouts well, I didn’t have the same energy or endurance, I started grinding my teeth, had occasional ear ringing and I had acne for the first time in my life, just to name a few of the signs.
But I kept pushing it off telling myself I would do something about it “soon” (ignoring it), judging myself for not exercising hard enough and thinking I must just be out of shape, and resisting spending the money to seek help or to actually run some tests to take a look at what was going on.
Before I knew it, two years had flown by. I had gained 15 pounds, had some severe hormonal issues going on and I didn’t feel anything like myself in my body.
Over time, if we keep giving ourselves the short end of the stick, it will eventually catch up to us until one day you look in the mirror and wonder “how the heck did I get here.”
Luckily for me, it wasn’t too late and my health issue wasn’t critical. I caught my Hashimoto’s early and was able to reverse it quickly. I honored that I needed to modify my diet, even though it meant eating different than everyone else. I made even more time to meditate to allow my body to heal. I set my ego aside and turned down the intensity of my exercise. I embraced the fact that I had to take even more supplements for a period of time to support my body’s healing process. And I accepted I need to spend money on me to get me back to where I wanted to be.
Had I owned my self worth sooner, made time for myself, and paid attention to what my body was trying to tell me, maybe I would have never landed myself in such a pickle in the first place.
Don’t wait until you’re faced with a health crisis to value yourself.
It’s the little things we do each day that either add or subtract value to our self worth. Think of it like your bank account. If you’re constantly withdrawing money for very time you give to others or your work, for every instance you eat something that isn’t right for you because you didn’t make time to cook or plan ahead, for every night you stayed up burning the midnight oil or for every workout you forced yourself to do even when you were tired, you would find yourself quickly in debt.
We have to deposit money into our body bank account just as much, if not more than we withdraw it.
So how can you start depositing more than you’re withdrawing to build your value and self worth?
Any time you give back to yourself, communicate your needs and take action to make yourself more of a priority, you build your value. It might be uncomfortable at first, but with each value-building action you take your confidence to keep taking action will grow.
Here are 3 simple ways you can start to reclaim and build value in your self worth to support your health…
#1- Do 1 Thing A Day
Doing just one thing a day for yourself, and no one else, is one of the simplest and easiest steps you can take towards embracing your self worth. This can be as simple as taking a bubble bath, stepping outside for a break at work or making 5 minutes to meditate. You’ll find that you’ll gravitate to it more often when you consistently do it through the power of positive reinforcement and reward.
#2- Hire help
You can’t do it all alone. Everyone needs help. Often times when my clients run up against excuses about not having time or knowledge to achieve what they want I ask them, “what resources or support do you need to make it happen?” Do you need to hire a housekeeper to free up some time, a personal trainer or health coach for accountability and guidance or a food delivery service to take the work out of it. I have come to know that my time is worth money. If I have to pay someone to do a job I can do myself just to get a moment of peace and relaxation, it’s totally worth it!
#3- Schedule An Escape
Your work vacation benefits are meant to be used. That’s why you have them. And if you work for yourself, there’s no excuse to not use them. This is such a common area where people downplay the value of themselves while making work more of a priority. Whether it’s a half day, a long weekend or several weeks, this is one of the best ways that you can invest in yourself by immersing in nature and/or by simply disconnecting from the monotony of your typical day. When you schedule an escape, you will emerge more energize and rejuvenated. You deserve a damn vacation.
We tend to lean on so much science when it comes to our health: eat this not that, exercise this way, take these supplements etc. But the way we are acting, the way we are being and how we are treating ourselves play just as much a role in the outcomes of our health as what we put in and on our body. Valuing yourself creates a positive impact on a cellular level that boosts your health.
Don’t wait until it’s too late, until you’re faced with a fork in the road or a health crisis. Start depositing money in your body bank today and building your health 401K for the future.
As a Functional Health Practitioner and coach, I not only use lab testing, diet, rest, exercise, supplements and stress reduction techniques to help my clients achieve their results, but I also infuse transformational coaching methods to help them embrace healthy as a way of being.
If you’re looking for guidance on how to improve your health and you’re ready to invest in your health and yourself, then schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session here today!.
It hides in place you wouldn’t even dream it would be. In your shampoo, conditioner, body lotions, medications and even coffee. Slowly but surely, it inflicts inflammation and turmoil in your body.
That sneaky little toxic ingredient known as gluten.
When I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s, gluten became my number one enemy. Gluten is a trigger for autoimmune disease: signaling the body to attack itself, causing elevation in antibodies, contributing to leaky gut and overwhelming the immune system with inflammation and its toxic properties.
The gluten molecule also resembles thyroid tissue. This molecular mimicry causes the body to attack thyroid tissue even more in people who have thyroid autoimmune disorders, such as myself.
In order to reverse my autoimmune condition and be in remission, gluten had to go for good.
Prior to my diagnosis I was mostly gluten free. My household food products were gluten free and I ordered from the gluten free menu when eating out. But I wasn’t paying close attention to the sneaky or less obvious places where gluten was hiding.
I would order fries made in the same fryer as other gluten-laden foods, such as chicken strips. I would assume that foods on the menu were gluten free if they appeared to be, and hesitated to ask my server to make sure they were. And I certainly wasn’t checking any products outside of food items for hidden gluten.
All of that changed when my health was put on the line and I had to make a choice about what was more important to me…
Did I want to live a life battling symptoms of Hashimoto’s, struggling with my weight, my mood and hormones?
Or was giving up gluten worth being able to resume a normal, happy and healthy life?
For me, my health and happiness was worth more than the occasional slice of bread, pizza, pasta dish or cupcake.
It doesn’t matter if it’s one bite or one slice, it’s still toxic.
A gluten exposure is a gluten exposure. The smaller the size or amount doesn’t make the damage any less. People often think one little bite won’t hurt, but the reality is that it does.
The tricky thing about gluten is that it doesn’t just exist in the form of bread or pasta. It’s also found in hundreds of different foods and personal care products.
The body doesn’t just absorb gluten through food, its also absorbed through skin and in more severe reactivity cases even gluten that becomes airborne from the use of products such as wheat flour can pose an issue for some people. It can become embedded in porous surfaces, such as wood cutting boards. I’ve seen cases where gluten eating family members are contaminating gluten free family members by using the same cutting boards and cooking tools.
This is why some people may not see an improvement when they go “gluten free” with food.
They may have cleaned up gluten from their diet, but they are being exposed to it in some other way.
When gluten enters the body, it increases intestinal permeability, meaning it opens up the gates of the intestinal barrier, allowing toxins and food particles to freely flow into the bloodstream. The body then sounds the alarm that foreign invaders have entered the bloodstream. It enlists an immune system response and sends inflammation out to fight off the bad guys and to repair the damage.
Overworking the immune system in this way adds insult to injury for those who have an autoimmune disorder. It can be the tipping point for those at risk for autoimmunity or it can depress the immune system in “healthy” individuals.
Repairing the intestinal lining after an exposure to gluten, and therefore other toxins that have now free flowed into the body, is very complex. And compounding factors such as food sensitivities, existing hormone imbalances, insulin resistance, IBS, stress, infections and an already existing state of leaky gut can slow the healing process even more. I have yet to meet anyone who doesn’t have single compounding factor who could swiftly recuperate from a gluten exposure, because at the very least all of us have stress.
One exposure to gluten can cause damage to the gut for as little as 3 weeks and up to 6 months.
In this week’s video I reveal the sneaky little places where gluten might be hiding and how you can support your body after an exposure.
First, let’s define what gluten is – it’s part of the grain structure found in wheat, barley and rye. It’s what makes bread-like products or pasta sticky and doughy. Therefore it’s also used to thicken sauces and products such as shampoos, conditioners and lotions. It’s also very cheap to produce, so it’s used as a filling agent in other foods to create the illusion of bigger bulk for less cost.
Here are just some of the most common sneaky little places that gluten likes to hide:
- Shampoo and conditioner
- Body or face lotion
- Body wash and soap
- Makeup and deodorant
- Prescription or over-the-counter medications
- Supplements – yep even the “natural” and organic ones
- Sauces, marinades and other condiments
- Potato products – chips, instant or restaurant made mash
- Meatballs and processed meats
- Flavored or instant coffee and tea
Gluten isn’t always listed as “gluten” either. So when you’re reading a menu or an ingredients list, here are the words you want to look for:
- Wheat, barley or rye
- Hydrolyzed wheat protein
- Crusted, crispy or fried
As I mentioned earlier, I used to make the mistake of assuming things were gluten free just because they appeared to be or because they were considered all natural or healthy. I had to give up my beloved Aveda hair care products, a line that is touted by professional hair stylist for being “natural”, because it contained hydrolyzed-wheat protein. Now I always ask for gluten clarity on menu items and make sure my server lets the kitchen know about my dietary needs even if I ordered something that was gluten free.
As much as we can try to control what goes in and on our bodies, that doesn’t always guarantee a gluten free experience. For example, just a few weeks ago I clearly ordered a dairy free matcha latte with coconut milk and that’s not what I received. Although it wasn’t gluten, it just goes to show mistakes can still happen. After all, we all are only human.
So to safeguard myself against getting unexpectedly glutened here’s what I do:
- Bring my own soap, shampoo, conditioner and other body products when traveling
- Make sure my server knows I’m gluten free
- When eating out, I take a gluten destroying digestive enzyme such as NuMedica’s Glutenza, Allergy Research Group’s Gluten-Gest or Pure Encapsulations Gluten/Dairy Digest
Just think… if you have some kind of glutenous food for breakfast, followed by gluten in the body lotion you apply after a shower, gluten in the makeup you put on your face and later in your lunch or dinner, the war against gluten goes on all day in your body.
Getting rid of gluten for good played a HUGE role in my body’s ability to recover from toxic mold exposure, hormone imbalances and it was a key factor in my quick road to remission with Hashimoto’s.
Whether you have an autoimmune disorder or not, or a noticeable reaction to gluten or not, this ongoing war will eventually bring your body down. Making a conscious effort to reduce your gluten exposure or minimize it all together will have a significant and positive impact on your health and your body.
The other morning as I walked the dog and headed to the gym I was curiously observing all the other people who were getting up and leaving their homes on some kind of mission or with some kind of purpose.
I find it funny that as humans we seem to always have an agenda- a list of things to get done every day and a need to fulfill a purpose, especially when compared to our furry four legged friends and family members.
I wondered… does my cat or dog wake up each morning with an agenda in mind or a desire to fulfill their purpose? I suppose they do- to eat, sleep, monitor the doors and windows, and to get as much attention from me as possible.
Having a strong need to feel purposeful is something that sets humans apart from other mammals. We strive to find our purpose in our life and within our day.
I know one-hundred-percent, without-a-doubt, that my purpose every day is to help people with their health. Just the thought of it lights me up and makes me feel giddy!
So far this year, I have had the pleasure of helping over 40 people improve their health!
These people have been able to achieve so much within a matter of days or weeks of us working together. The health milestones they have hit have been spectacular! Here’s just a few of the highlights…
- Seth went from napping almost every afternoon to no longer needing a nap at all!
- Gabby went from only being able to eat 6 different foods up to 23 with less reactions
- David hit his goal of losing 20lbs. so he could zipline on vacation
- Heather’s Psoriasis has been diminishing so much that coworkers are commenting on her improvement
- Jen hasn’t been sick in months, is able to fall asleep without sleep aids and never passes gas after eating anymore 😛
- Michelle’s blood pressure is back into normal range and her bone healed more in 30 days than it did in months!
- Todd’s joint pain almost completely disappeared and he was able to get back to long walks and jogging again
People seek me out when they are searching for lost answers, when other diets, doctors or therapies have failed them. And when we connect, it’s like magic – the missing pieces of their health puzzle finally fall into place and they are quickly on the road to realizing their full potential. This is all what lets me know that I’m on the right path fulfilling my purpose every day.
What is your purpose? And how does your health help or hinder that?
At the beginning of this year, I created 3 special deeply discounted program offerings to help you finally get on the right path to your ideal health and weight, to realize your full potential…
To finally figure out what is making you so tired all the time and to get your energy back.
To get to the bottom of your hormone imbalances and heal them naturally.
To find the root cause of your stomach aches, heartburn and/or irregular and unpredictable digestive issues.
To lose weight and actually keep it off this time without having to count calories or deprive yourself.
To sleep through the night and wake up with an abundance of energy.
To make sense of and get answers about all the random sickness, aches, pains and disease that you’ve experienced, and to put a stop to it!
Now here we are with less than 6 months left of the year.
If you haven’t been feeling like yourself for a while but you can’t exactly put your finger on what is different and why you feel fat, sick and/or tired all of the time.
If you’ve tried going to the doctor but end up leaving with a diagnosis that you don’t fully understand, a new prescription that only works for a short time, or without answers at all.
If you’ve tried alternative solutions such as acupuncture, massage, personal training and a variety of diets, which get you some short lived results but don’t fully solve the problem.
And if all you want is a REAL solution to stop getting sick, to balance your body and get your energy back so you can think clearly, have more confidence and feel comfortable in your body, find a partner or enjoy the one you already have more, travel, explore, truly live life and be the best version of you…
Then this is where I can help you!
I help busy, health-minded professionals take back control of their health by looking at it on a deeper level, to find the missing pieces so they can actually fix what’s wrong and feel like themselves again.
Using my decade of personal training experience, training in Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and mastery of Transformational Coaching, I create personalized health-rebuilding programs offering realistic, sustainable and long-lasting results using the latest research.
If you’re ready to look at the “big picture” of your health (not just one disconnected piece at a time), to embrace healthy as a way of being, and to stop settling for anything less than you deserve when it comes to your health and happiness, then I’m your gal.
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You can check out all the details and purchase any one of these special packages here before the end of the year.
OR… you can schedule a complimentary Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session here so we can discuss your particular health situation and the package or next steps that would be best for you.
Don’t let another year of poor health keep you from realizing your full potential and fulfilling your purpose in life. It’s time to stop settling for less than you deserve when it comes to your health and weight, and to start living life!
We now live in a world where more and more chemicals and toxins are being released into the environment every day, week, month and year- far more than we can even fathom, and our bodies are taking on a huge burden as a result.
In June of this year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a report from a year long study showing that 420 chemicals known or likely known to cause cancer have been found in the human body across different populations.
Let me repeat that…420 chemicals which cause cancer have been found in our bodies.
Cancer may be the worst of what these chemicals cause, but what about what they do to our bodies on a daily basis?
Chemical pesticides found in our food and water have been linked to increases in BMI and insulin resistance in children and rodents.
A classification of toxins known as Obesogens disrupt the endocrine system which houses our thyroid, adrenals, and other glands that regulate metabolism, growth, development, tissue function, sexual function, reproduction, sleep, mood and other bodily functions.
Toxins cause inflammation and immune system dysregulation which makes us more susceptible to autoimmune disorders, other chronic diseases and overall sickness such as colds, flus and allergies.
Exposure to chemicals causes cells that would become bones or other types of tissues to become fat, contributing to things such as osteoporosis, and make our body biased towards burning carbs.
So are we doomed to be a society of sick and toxic people?
Not exactly. We do have a built-in and very sophisticated detoxification system. Our liver, kidneys, lymphatic system and even skin are always working hard behind the scenes to flush out as many toxins from our body as possible.
However, our detoxification system and organs could use some support as they are being required to work harder than ever before with the increase of chemicals in our environment.
In this week’s video and blog, I dive into how these chemicals are disrupting our health and what’s the best way to go about supporting your own internal detoxification system.
There are a lot of “detoxing” or cleansing programs out on the market these days claiming to boost your energy and help you lose weight as a result of flushing toxins from your body.
But are these programs as effective as they claim to be, or are you just flushing your money down the toilet (literally)?
Let’s examine some of the biggest myths around detoxing your body of the toxic burden and what you should know or be doing instead…
MYTH #1 – Juice Cleansing Is The Best Way To Detox
FACT – It’s a waste of money if you’re not eating protein. Protein is required for your body to actually move toxic elements through the different phases of detoxification in order to eliminate them.
MYTH #2 – Diet & Exercise Are The Key To Weight Loss & Eliminating Toxins
FACT – Diet and exercise really aren’t enough. The liver is the powerhouse when it comes to eliminating toxins, regulating your metabolism and energy, you have to show your liver some love too, in order to get the results you’re looking for.
MYTH #3 – Detoxing Requires Expensive Supplements
FACT – Supplements help but aren’t the ultimate answer. You have to decrease the toxic stuff coming in and increase the toxic stuff coming out consistently. Otherwise those supplements are just keeping you afloat, but never helping you to actually get ahead.
MYTH #4 – Detoxing / Cleansing Requires Deprivation
FACT – No it doesn’t at all! There are simple ways to detox your body daily using food, water, sleep, exercise and at home liver flushing techniques that still allow you to enjoy food and life.
Reducing your body’s daily toxic burden can be fairly simple once you learn how to identify toxins in your environment and by putting some simple healthy habits in place to support your body’s natural elimination process.
Attend my upcoming FREE webinar The Daily Detox: No Juices, Gimmicks or Supplements Required! on Tuesday, September 20th at 6pm PT / 9pm ET
During this webinar I’ll be going to go into even more detail about how you can detox your body daily and naturally so you can unburden your body, boost your energy, promote weight loss and get back to feeling like your less toxic self again!
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P.S. For those who have been asking about the next Seasonal Cleanse Challenge, I’ll be revealing the enrollment dates during the webinar. There’s only going to be 50 spots available on a first come first serve basis 🙂
I was never addicted to caffeine, drugs or other substances, but I was addicted to cortisol and abusing my body.
(Side note- before I jump into my story of cortisol recovery, I want to quickly remind you that my special Cortisol & Hormone (Adrenal) Test offer ends today! Check out the details and purchase here.)
Back to my story…
I used to feed off the rush that I would get from working under pressure. It was almost as if I would intentionally wait until the last minute to do things or I would take on extra projects and responsibilities just so I could work under pressure and get naturally high from it – it was a happy, anxious feeling.
I remember buzzing around like a crazy worker bee, fueled by being overly productive all the time and damn proud of it! I viewed being productive as one of my best qualities.
I worked long hours during the week, I exercised for long hours almost every day and I stayed up burning the midnight oil on the weekends.I fed my body processed low-calorie food to keep my weight down, alcohol to let loose, and starved it from having any downtime.
I eventually started to crash and burn – it all started to catch up with me.
I was what I now call a “cortisol junky”, living off cortisol all the time and feeling turbo-charged as a result of it.
Cortisol is our fight or flight hormone that is released when we’re stressed. It is supposed to give us the energy we need to run from whatever danger is stressing us out – a lion, a car accident, a natural disaster.
Our body doesn’t know the difference between those life-threatening circumstances and the artificial stress that we create in our lives with work, devices and expectations that we place on ourselves.
The adrenaline can be addicting. We feed off of that stress response, feeling amped up from the cortisol rush and keep pushing through whatever the pain might be.
When I was about to turn 30, but felt like I was 40, I knew something had to change.
In this week’s video and blog I talk more about being a cortisol junky, the cortisol high and what a day in the life of a recovered cortisol junky looks like now…
The constant stress put me in a state of cortisol or adrenal dysfunction, and it was taking a toll on my health. I didn’t know it at the time because my adrenals were in overdrive, pumping out cortisol, making me feel like the energizer bunny.
I look back at how I was moving through life and I can’t believe what my body was tolerating. It was screaming at me to slow down. I was anxious all the time, had dizzy spells, constantly felt like my heart was pounding out of my chest and I was always running out of time.
I eventually reached my rock bottom and got the reality check I needed the first time I ran an adrenal test on myself. My cortisol was off the charts, and my estrogen and progesterone were super low as a result.
I decided I wasn’t going to tolerate living this way anymore. Three years later, my days look and feel much different.
Here’s a snapshot of what a day in the life of a recovered cortisol junky looks like…
Then – 5:40am drag self out of bed, immediately have coffee, check emails, feel stressed and anxious about number of emails and things to do
Now – 5:40am wake up without an alarm, feel rested and peaceful, mosey around the house
Then – 6:45am do a crazy intense workout and feel wired but tired after
Now – 6:45am do a workout that is energizing, but not exhausting, with some stretching
Then – 8:45am rush to get ready, check emails every minute, moving a mile a minute to get things done and get to work, spill things and forget stuff
Now – 8:45am get ready, meditate and set mindful positive intentions for the day
Then – 12:00pm scarf down food while working before next meeting that I crammed in, fighting to keep my eyes open and energy up
Now – 12:30pm eat a relaxing lunch while sitting outside
Then – 4:00pm hit an afternoon slump, need coffee to stay focused on work and awake
Now – 4:00pm meeting with clients and working on projects at full steam
Then – 7:00pm check emails until bedtime, watch TV, Facebook, mind racing about the next day
Now– 7:00pm walk the dog, meditate for 30 minutes, check Facebook for 5 minutes
Recovering from cortisol dysregulation means learning to let the little things go.
I had the power to change things. I didn’t work in an emergency room, so no one was going to die if I decided to do things differently.
Getting my adrenals tested is what empowered me to make the changes.
Cortisol dysregulation inhibits our ability to handle stress, thus making us feel more stressed and dysregulating cortisol even more. Yet, we feed off the artificial energy and adrenaline-like feeling that cortisol gives us. It’s addictive just like a drug and it can become a vicious cycle.
The long-term side effects of cortisol dysregulation can be very serious. It predisposes us to cardiovascular and autoimmune disease, alzheimer’s, diabetes and premature aging, just to name a few things.
In this day and age with all the stressful demands in our lives, I’m a firm believer that everyone should be getting their cortisol tested as a tool to improve their health. It was just the reality check that I needed to turn my life and health around.
It’s my personal mission to empower you, too, by giving you the tools and resources you need to take back control of your health, which is why I’m offering you a…
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The symptoms of adrenal dysfunction (fatigue, weight gain, wired energy, etc.) can be easily overlooked and most people don’t realize they’re in it until it’s really affecting their health.
I like to say “don’t guess, let’s test!” – then you can consciously do something about it. Become empowered in your health.
You might be laughing or totally turned off by the subject line of today’s post, but I assure you- you’ll want to read this one closely.
Nothing is TMI in my line of work.
Sometimes I start talking about poop even before I’m on a first name basis with people. It’s one of the hottest topics of conversations in ALL of my consultations and client sessions.
Maybe that sounds gross, but your poop has so much to say about what’s going on with your gut and your health. If you don’t have kids, just ask any parent out there about how they monitor their infants health and food tolerances by what’s left in their diapers 😛
It’s often not appropriate to talk about your bathroom habits, but what you might not be talking about could be giving you the best insight as to what’s going on with your health.
In 2011, the Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology reported that over $800 million dollars was spent per year on prescription laxatives. That doesn’t even count over-the-counter ones!
You shouldn’t have to pay to go poop.
It’s a born birthright. Do you think our neanderthal ancestors had this much trouble in the bathroom department? I don’t think so.
Never knowing when your next bowel movement will happen can leave you on edge all day- making you feel heavy, bloated and down right sick to your stomach.
And then I talk to some people who have every bathroom in the city mapped out because they never know when that sinking feeling is going to hit and they’ll have to make a run for it.
I’ve had clients who have lived with this fear and struggled for years until we started looking at what their poop is trying to say.
In this week’s video I talk more about what your poop might be trying to tell you and how to tell if your bowel movements are healthy or not.
1- Frequency. Everyone is different, but you should poop every day. Going 1-3 times a day is typically healthy and each day can be different. Poop is waste and helps to remove toxins, so you should be getting rid of it daily. If you find yourself going only a couple times a week, you’re probably constipated. And if you’re going 5+ times a day, you’re on the diarrhea side of things. Both could be a sign of serious health risks over the long term.
2- Time. It’s normal to decorate your bathroom with reading material but it’s not so normal for you to actually need something to read while you’re in there. Healthy pooping should only take a matter of a few minutes. You shouldn’t have to push or strain too much, but you also shouldn’t be running to the bathroom in fear of not being able to hold it in. Also, typical transit time from the point of eating to elimination should be around 12 hours. If you’re not sure what yours is, eat some red beets and wait for them to show up on the other side.
3- Presentation. There’s even a poop scale for this. The color, shape and smell can all be indicators of healthy poop or not. Color that is too dark or pale, and undigested food can be a sign of unhealthy poop. Anything that smells too fowl, has a film or mucous can also be an unhealthy indicator. In essence, it should resemble a brown snake-like shape and not have a very offensive odor. Check out the Bristol Stool Scale and Dr. Mercola’s charts here.
If one of these areas seems a little off to you, then it could mean there something disrupting your gut. Gut disruptors can indicate a wide range of things – parasites, bacteria, yeast, food intolerances, stress, emotions and even toxin exposure.
Irregularities lasting for long periods of time or that go in cycles could be a HUGE sign that something is festering in there and needs to be addressed.
Want to learn more about what your poo could be telling you and your gut health?
Then my upcoming Get Your Gut In Gear Group Program is just for you!
This program will give you the opportunity to take a deep dive look at your gut health using a simple functional at-home stool test. This test will help you identify what might be going on in your gut and the healing opportunities. From there, you’ll work with me as your guide in a small group (5-10 people) setting over the course of 3 months to get your gut back in gear and restore balance!
Enrollment for this program is going to open next week and space is limited to 10 people. If you want in on this, then get on the INTEREST LIST HERE to get first dibs at scoring a spot!
I wasn’t always a teeth grinder.
It was a new thing for me that popped up late last Spring. All of a sudden, one of the porcelain crowns that I had replaced the year before on my back lower molar started giving me trouble. It was super sensitive to cold and hot, and would ache for no reason occasionally.
Being the health boss that I am, I went in on a mission to find out what was causing this to happen.
Strike Out #1- I went to my then holistic dentist to see what she had to say. She did an exam but came back with no real answers. She couldn’t explain why my tooth was aching. Her solution, three rounds of ozone therapy to kill off any bacteria that could be causing it at $400 a pop! No thanks!!
If I was going to spend that kind of money on my health, I at least needed an explanation.
Strike Out #2- I then went to see my old traditional dentist who had originally replaced the crown to see if they had messed something up. I was even less impressed with the answers I got there. They couldn’t figure it out either so a root canal was suggested.
Yeah freaking right was I going to do a semi-invasive procedure when I couldn’t even get a real explanation as to why I should!
I had to be my own health advocate, so the search for answers continued.
It was time for a 3rd opinion. I found a new holistic dentist that a friend had seen and had great results with. The appointment was booked and I was pleasantly surprised with his extremely thorough evaluation and recommendations.
He concluded that I was aggravating the root of the tooth because of clenching or grinding my teeth at night. He asked me all about my eating habits, lifestyle and stress (like a good dentist should!) and attributed it to stress and convinced me to buy a $500 night guard to alleviate the pressure on the root of my tooth.
The night guard helped a bit, but you won’t believe what I found out later about what was really causing me to grind and clench in the first place!
In this week’s video I talk more about what was really causing my tooth pain and how I was able to cure it in 2 months after I figured it all out.
At the same time as this nagging tooth issue, I had also recently discovered that I was dealing with some unwelcome guests in my gut. I had recently run an annual stool sample test on myself and to my surprise I had not only a parasite, nasty but common Blastocystis Hominis, but also some Candida overgrowth.
Something made me wonder if these gut invaders could be contributing to my tooth aches in some way since I knew that Candida can affect the environment of the mouth.
I did some research and in less than 2.5 seconds found my answer!
One of the symptoms of having a parasite like Blasto is teeth grinding (bruxism)! Those damn bugs where the root cause of all my pain. I went on a mission to eradicate them and in less that 2 months of starting an anti parasite herbal supplement protocol, I was pain free!
And now here I am, almost a year later and I can call myself a recovered teeth grinder. I haven’t used that night guard in well over a year. Once I got rid of the Blasto, I was pain and suffering free! No more teeth grinding for me 🙂
Bugs like Blasto and other types of bacteria and and yeast overgrowth such as Candida can cause all kinds of symptoms that seem far removed from the gut. Here are some other signs that these invaders might be inhabiting your gut:
- Depression, anxiety, irritability
- Strong cravings for processed and sugary foods
- Hives, rashes, eczema, itchy dermatitis, acne, ulcers, sores, lesions, etc.
- Recurring yeast infections like Candida
- Bleeding gums, teeth grinding and drooling during sleep
- Food allergies/food sensitivities, loss of appetite and/or hungry all the time
- Sexual dysfunction in men/menstrual cycle problems in women
- Chronic fatigue/constantly tired
- Persistent digestive problems (cramps, bloating, gas, etc.)
- Sore/stiff joints
- Itching – especially around mouth, nose and anus
If you think you might be suffering from some unwelcome gut guests then you’ll want to check out my upcoming FREE webinar on April 6th at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET-The Gut, Mind, Body Connection: Decoding The Signs And Signals Your Gut is Sending About Your Health And Wellbeing – where I dive into even more detail about the about what might be going on in your gut!
And for registering for the webinar you’ll get my FREE DECODE YOUR GUT GUIDE so you can begin investigating what might be causing some of your nagging aches, pains and ailments.
REGISTER & GET YOUR BONUS FOR THE WEBINAR HERE
You might think this is a little superstitious, but there is something real about how the full moon impacts people, animals and the things around us.
You can call me crazy but just hang in here with me for a minute…
Have you ever noticed with yourself or others that there seems to be something cyclical when it comes to being moody and irritable, and I’m not talking about PMS. A fluctuation in mood that only lasts for a few days for some reason and is unexplainable.
Or what about sleep disturbances- going through periods of time when you have trouble falling asleep or tossing and turning that only last for a few days or a week at a time?
How about your digestion? Do you experience phases of really great bowel movements and then all of a sudden they seem to go on the fritz?
And then there’s stuff such as skin rashes or breakouts, teeth grinding, and joint aches and pains. Do those come and go too every few weeks?
Looking back now, were any of these things, or other ailments that you might suffer from worse this past week or so leading up to the full moon that we had last night?
It’s not a coincidence, it’s science.
In this week’s video I talk more about the scientific connection with the full moon cycles, your gut and what to be on the lookout for.
But PARASITES are likely the real thing driving you crazy or causing suffering during a full moon.
The gravitational pull on water balance in the kidneys causes a shift of movement or an “awakening”, making these little buggers more active during the full moon cycle, wreaking havoc on your gut, digestion and hormone balance. Overgrowth of gut bacteria and/or yeast can also have similar effects during a full moon.
Textbook symptoms of parasites include; bloating, fatigue, flu like symptoms, low immune function (get sick or allergies often), excessive hunger, constipation, diarrhea, grinding teeth especially at night, hives, irritability, rashes, sleep disturbances, changes in weight, joint pain, headaches, gas, and bloating.
The most common parasites in my health coaching practice is Blastocystis Hominis.
Blasto can be persistent and likes to hang out with another gut offender, H. Pylori. And H. Pylori’s classic symptoms include; heartburn/acid reflux, ulcers, migraines and mid-back pain. But there are a bunch of different species that could be disrupting you. We come across them all the time, and if the gut is already compromised, they move in and take over.
So here’s what I want you to do.
Now that the full moon has officially risen and we’re moving into a new moon cycle I want you to jot down any symptoms, aches, pains, ailments or health complaints that you’ve been experiencing this past week.
Then you’ll start tracking the progress of those things. You’re looking to see if they improve and/or go away in the coming weeks, especially leading up to the new moon on April 7th when these gut infestations are most dormant.
If you think you have a gut bug now or after tracking this then you can set up a FREE Ideal Health & Weight Discovery Session with me to chat about the right plan of attack for you.
P.S. If you want to learn more about gut bugs and all things gut related then mark your calendar for April 6th at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET and register for my FREE webinar here where I dive into more details on this stuff!