Get up and get going, you got this!
This past week I spent in Anaheim California at David Wolfe Longevity Conference. This is the fourth conference I have worked. We run a tonic bar, 15 hour days, a whole lot of herbal tonic drinks and superfoods served. It is heart centering but body exhausting. I get to work with my "family" and best friends. We come together just for this event. Some local, one from Washington, DC and then of course my self, the country girl from Tennessee.
The first time I went I enjoyed the fact know one knew who I was. I didn't have labels attached as mom, business owner, wife etc. I was there to serve and I came alive. I got to see people I admired online and through lectures. Some I was impressed by, in person, others not so much.
One thing I could see is the side of health that isn't healthy. There is a big movement to get the message to a larger audience. To provide the love of Mother Earth, God, and our whole race to a higher level. What I find is missing is a lot of the people with the message are only presenting their message to those who will understand it and not to those who need to hear it. I see it being spoke to those in their bubble but not in a way that can be heard by those that should listen. Now, it is ok that you speak your truth in an authentic way, but I do not think it is good to talk shit about those who do not understand when you barely speak their language.
POP YOUR BUBBLE. I actually said to someone in line that was being ridiculous about the fact we used hotel ice instead of bringing in bags of fresh spring water ice, " Would't it be nice if we all got to choose what bubble we could live in" Once you know what I know and what she knew, it would be very easy to feel like you needed to live in a bubble. When you walk outside you may breathe your neighbors sprayed lawn, or have to smell someones perfume that is toxic as you eat dinner. We do not always get to choose what is around us unless we live remotely and stay there. So I do what I can with what I know and I work hard to present my message in a way that is understandable by the masses. Cause, lets be frank, its the masses that need to hear it. Not the small group that was at this conference. I also know I have to be honest and upfront when someone is making excuses about their health, and what they are doing is harmful.
I love those of you speaking your truth about the world and being real, but remember your message is only heard by those in a place to hear it. If you speak over their head and as if you have information they do not and they must follow you to get it.... Your message is lost.
If you see me to much in a bubble.... pop it for me,
Love you all,
I recently went to Dallas not for the first time, but the first time to be there and enjoy. I had some scheduled appointments, time with a great friend and also to teach a class at the Allen, Tx Juice Bar which is right outside of Dallas.
Prior to the class I got to meet with my cousin, his wife and new baby who I had not seen in a while. The class was next door and we had about 20 people in attendance. It was a great turn out for my first class there and the first class they had offered in their location.
I spoke on weight loss and gut health, two major topics. Both require a lot of guidance and both are a huge problem all around. I gain so much during my talks from the Q and A portion. I think it is almost more important than what I am saying. It is the time the audience asks what they want to know. I get an insight on what the "real world" is going through, not what I hear from my bubble or the articles I read.
In the last year, I always get asked about Keto, and intermittent Fasting. Both are currently trends but done right are amazing. I will not go into details on this post of each, but I will say that neither are ones to just hop into. Teaching a class I do not know, know the person asking the question. I can only answer generally and from my area of expertise. What I will say in this post about each is that if your only goal for either is to lose weight, do not do it. You will wreck your hormones and gain the weight back. We have to remain nutrient strong.
I also got to connect with a friend I met in 2012 after she reached out to me about my business. She is also a holistic practitioner and we have followed each other on social every since. I am grateful for her support.
The rest of the visit was about relaxing and recharging. I was taken to The King Spa and sweat in various sauna/salt rooms. Each room was more hot than the last. Each room was also full of amazing Amethyst crystals. It was nice to detox, relax and recharge.
I plan on visiting Dallas more, doing more talks and getting outside my bubble.
In person, in a one on one setting im fire, haha. I flow I present information and knowledge to clients im not even sure where it comes from. On social media not so much. Watching myself on the screen, seeing my true authentic dorkiness haha. But sometimes I have a who gives a F#$! mentality and I just do it. This was one of those mornings. You all loved it... here it is in its entirety.
Love you all,
Candida, which is yeast, is not just found vaginally. it can live in your mucus membranes of your eyes, ears, bladder, stomach, lungs, vagina etc.
The goal of candida is to not over grow it is to control harmful bacteria. When it has over grown in an alive body a host of symptoms and issues begin to take over the body.
I want to begin this series by going over the systems so you can "digest" those. Unfortunately, candida isn't recognized by traditional doctors and many ailments arise from candida. See the long paragraph below and count how many of these issues you have on a daily basis.
Allergies, sensitivities and intolerances that worsen in damp, muggy or moldy places or weather that is damp, muggy, humid or rainy. • Hay fever and asthma. • Intolerances or allergies to perfumes, odors, fumes, fabric shop odors, grass, cats, dogs or other animals, tobacco smoke, chemicals, smog, molds, dust mites, dust, pollen, and other airborne substances. • Athletes’ foot. • Babies - colic, diaper rash, thrush (coated white tongue), and cradle cap. • Bruising easily. • Cheekbone or forehead tenderness, pain. • Cold hands or feet, low body temperature. • Cold-like symptoms - excessive mucus in the sinuses, nose, throat, bronchial tubes and lungs. • Cravings or addictions for sugar, bread, pasta and other high carb foods, and also alcohol. • Cysts, abnormal formation of, in different parts of the body, especially around the neck, throat, and ovaries, and in the bladder or scrotum. • Digestive problems - diarrhea, constipation, abdominal distention, bloating or pain, gas, mucus in the stools, hiatal hernia, ulcers, suffering from bacteria, i.e. salmonella, E. coli, h. pylori, etc. • Ears - ringing in the ears (tinnitus), sounds in the ears, ear infections, dryness, itchiness, ear pain, ear aches, ear discharges, fluid in ears, deafness, abnormal wax build-up. • Eyes - erratic vision, spots in front of eyes (eye floaters) and flashing lights; redness, dryness, itching, excessive tearing, inability to tear, etc. • Fatigue, chronic fatigue syndrome or Epstein Barr or a feeling of being drained of energy, lethargy, drowsiness. • Flu-like symptoms. Candida/Yeast. • Glands – swollen, too little saliva (dryness in the mouth), blocked salivary glands, swollen lymph nodes. • Hair loss, scum on the scalp, dandruff, itchy scalp, scalp sores and dryness. • Heart palpitations and irregular heart beat. • Headaches, migraines, brain fog, dizziness, etc. • Hemorrhoids, and rectal itching, rash, irritation and redness. • Hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), and diabetes. • Hypothyroidism, Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome, Hashimoto’s disease, hyperthyroidism, erratic thyroid function, etc. • Irritability, nervousness, jitteriness and panic attacks. • Lesions on the skin, and inside the body, i.e. the brain. • Male associated problems - jock itch, loss of sex drive, impotence, prostitis, penis infections, difficulty urinating, urinary frequency or urgency, painful intercourse, swollen scrotum, etc. • Female health problems - infertility, vaginitis, unusual odors, endometriosis (irregular or painful menstruation), cramps, menstrual irregularities, pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS), discharge, painful intercourse, loss of sexual drive, redness or swelling of the vulva and surrounding area, vaginal itching or thrush, burning or redness, or persistent infections. • Fungal infections of the skin or nails, i.e. ringworm, saborrheic dermatitis, dark and light patches on the skin (tinea versicolor), etc. • Joint pain, stiffness or swelling (arthritis). • Kidney and bladder - infections, cystitis (inflammation of the bladder with possible infection), urinary frequency or urgency, low urine output, smelly urine, difficulty urinating, burning pain when urinating. • Lack of appetite. • Mind and Mood - anxiety attacks, crying spells, memory loss, feeling spaced out, depression(including suicidal feelings), manic feelings, inability to concentrate, mood swings, irritability, etc. • Mouth sores or blisters, canker sores, dryness, bad breath, a white coating on the tongue (thrush) and blocked salivary glands. • Muscle aches and pain, numbness, burning or tingling, and lack of strength and coordination. • Nasal congestion, postnasal drip, itching, dryness. • Odor of the feet, hair or body not relieved by washing. • Respiratory - cough, bronchitis or pneumonia, pain or tightness in the chest, wheezing, shortness of breath, asthma. • Sick all over feeling. • Sinus inflammation, swelling and infections. • Skin – dryness, dry red patches, acne, pimples, hives, rashes, itching skin, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhoea, ringworm, contact dermatitis, rosacea, etc. • Stomach – h. pylori bacteria (causes ulcers), heartburn, indigestion, hiatal hernia, acid reflux, belching, vomiting, burning, stomach pains, needle-like pains, food that seems to sit in the stomach like a lump, etc. • Sleep - insomnia, waking up frequently, nightmares, restless sleep, etc. • Sore throat, hoarse voice, constant tickle in the throat, laryngitis (loss of voice), etc.
I know this seems like a crazy long list but candida can cause crazy bad symptoms in the body. Review this and we will continue this throughout the month. :)
The first day of Fall was on Friday, September 22. In Tennessee you wouldn't know it with the 80 degree temps. The leaves are falling off the trees and things are beginning to die off for winter. This is a great time to cleanse and prep your body for a new season.
WHY? When the seasons change new food is in season and we tend to crave new foods and foods that provide us what we need for the season. In the winter we usually crave warmer foods, stews, cooked foods and heavier root veggies and meats. We need to be mindful of our digestion during this time, because these foods can take more work to break down if your digestion is already compromised.
What type of cleanse is good? That will be dependent on where your body is at the time of cleansing and what your goals are. I am currently doing an 80% juice cleanse. 4 20oz all great juices, a seaweed soup for breakfast and a raw zucchini noodle pai tai for dinner. Juicing is not my favorite thing because I love to eat. I do like it for the digestive break I get and also the amount of nutrients I am consuming at one time. If you are not used to restricting the types of food you eat, then a food based cleanse is a good choice. I offer two different ones. How I am cleansing would fall into either one if you wanted to be that strict.
Do not complicate cleansing but do remind mindful that it serves a purpose much more than a fad. Make sure your colon is eliminating extra during cleanse time or you will have a lot of gas and constipation. Drink plenty of water and make sure you are able to rest.
You got this!
I will hear over and over, I know how to eat I just don't do it or prepare. We know we have to prepare for goals. It started as early as grade school, prepping for a test. We had daily class, we read text books and then we studied for the test. Over and over we did this. We prep for our week by look at schedules, kids events, and appointments What outfits or clothes need to be washed for this ball game or this recital. You get my point right? Planning goes into a everything we do. It becomes so normal we don't even think about it, we just do it.
Our eating and meals need to also be planned for success. This does not mean you have to meal prep the same boring meal for every day in your plastic Tupperware and hope after you microwave it it tastes good. This means you look at your week, what it entails and then plan your fuel to match your work load.
You wouldn't plan on drinking a smoothie for breakfast after a big workout if you knew you wouldn't get lunch until later that day (after normal lunch hours). You would do it a couple times be ravished with hunger and then realized you need more food after the workout or to bring a snack you can have since lunch was delayed.
Look at your week, see what you physically and mentally have to do. How can you fuel yourself to make it through the week? Do you know you need more fat to fuel your brain through a long meeting or intense research? Do you have a lot of tough patients or clients that day and you need to feel strong and stable to get through it? Are you staying at home with your children and the day is all over the place and you need to be light and flexible so you have the energy to go where the day takes you?
We have to get out of the rut of running through fast food or not eating when our day gets overwhelming. Are there things you can have in your office or car to make sure when you forget that you can easily fuel so you don't loose all your energy or go into hangry mode?
Here are some quick grabs for you to stay on track:
1. Trail mix: Made at home or a good quality purchased ( this means unsweetened fruit, no candy)
2. Greens powder: Containers or individual packets to add to water or tea as a boost to your nutrition for that day. It will not fill your belly but it will give your body fuel through vitamins and minerals.
3. Primal Kitchen bars or Kind Bars: Both are great low sugar options that allow you to grab a quick snack that provides quality fat and protein. If the weather isn't to hot and you choose ones without chocolate they will not melt.
4. Have your favorite quality restaurants on your phone. Any place can be fast food if you call ahead. They can make sure you have a snack or meal that is keeping you on track and some will bring it right to your car.
5. Utilize apps like, insta cart, postmates, order up, Amazon, and Uber Eats. If you are in their area all the above can deliver you your groceries or your meal. It may even be getting green juice and bar from Whole foods. You will pay a little extra in a delivery fee but hey, you would pay more at a diner and also giving a tip.
Life is always moving and always changing. Some things are in our control others are not. If we plan ahead we can navigate with ease and not feel like a "chicken with your head cut off"
I am here for you,
I hope you have already been playing with Zucchini noodles. They are super easy, nutritious and a great way to get more veggies in and avoid the starchy carbs. You can find a single spirulizer in most grocery stores. I enjoy using one I purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond. I will place a link to it below.
I like to use a pumpkin seed pesto on mine. Pumpkin seeds replace the traditional pine nuts. It gives it a wonderful flavor and a nice punch of zinc.
What you will need:
1/2 cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
1 large handful of Fresh Basil
1-2 small cloves of Garlic
Follow instructions on how to use your spirulizer. Make noodles.
In a food processor combine the remaining ingredients and blend. Test consistency with olive oil based on how thick you want your pesto to be. You may also want more sea salt. Once pulsed to a consistency you will enjoy, combine what you like to your zoodles. Eat alone or add any protein you enjoy!
Let me know if you make it and how you like it!!