Inner Ramblings of a Chronic Illness Warrior

I have been feeling so lost this week. I have been really sick again which always throws my psyche off but I am completely second guessing myself on just about everything. Today I am going to be vulnerable and share the inner workings of my mind in hopes it helps you understand a different aspect of living with illness...

 

Do I commit more time and money to resistance stretching? On one hand I am afraid it is too much money to spend. On the other hand, if it works then it is totally worth it. But then again - it’s a lot of money to spend and I am trying to work less, not more. The fear of spending money during uncertain times arises and weighs on me a lot but I don’t think it is a completely “valid” fear. I am still bringing in a little money and I do have savings so I think I am safer than I feel. I can feel a difference after every session but at the same time it doesn’t feel like it has an epic overall effect. I have spent a little...

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5 Steps to Starting A Meditation Practice

I think the most important part of starting a meditation practice is remembering that it is called a practice for a reason!
 
Nobody is "good" at meditation from the start. It takes practice - lots and lots of practice. The beautiful thing is that you can feel the benefits each and every time you take the time to sit in silence and connect with your breath. Soon you will notice that you are able to keep your mind focused a little longer and when it does become distracted, you are able to bring it back to meditation quicker and quicker.
 
Create a set time in your schedule. 
At first it is best to do it first thing in the morning when you wake up. You may want to splash some water on your face and brush your teeth to make sure you don’t fall back to sleep!

Designate a set duration. 

When beginning a practice it can be hard to set aside part of your day to sit still. You may want to start with three minutes on the first day and set an alarm. See how...

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Tabata: Mountain Climbers

fitness tips workout idea Feb 03, 2020
 
 
 

Mountain climbers are a complex exercise. You are in plank position so your arms and shoulders are holding you up while your core and legs are also engaged. Your cardiovascular system is working as you are alternating pulling your knees in towards your chest. The entire body is working hard which is why it is very challenging to do for the full eight rounds that tabata training entails. This is why I have most of my clients alternate just holding plank position with mountain climbers…and even this can be challenging!

While holding plank position remember to flex your feet and push through your heels while lifting the belly button up towards your spine to engage the abdominals and avoid lower back pain. 

No matter what your schedule today entails I am sure you can fit four minutes into your day for this four minutes of tabata training!

20 second forearm plank

10 second rest

20 second mountain climber

10 second rest

20 second forearm...

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Green Juice: A Medicinal Recipe!

I learned this juice recipe a couple years ago when I was reading David Wolfe's book "Raw Beauty". At the time I had developed vitiligo on my inner thigh and it was starting to spread. This book said that many skin, stomach and intestinal problems are caused by a lack of hydrochloric acid. This juice seemed to be the solution to help so many issues from vitiligo to arthritis. Here are some of the things each individual ingredient can help with. Even if you don't use this recipe, maybe you will find a combo your body would benefit from whether you eat it raw or juice it!
 

Celery contains two special compounds called luteolin and polyacetylene that help inflammatory diseases like arthritis, osteoporosis, and gout. Drinking celery juice helps neutralize the acid, alkalize the body and balance its pH. This cancer-fighting food is full of antioxidants that help cleanse and detox the body and is recommended for treating kidney stones.

 

Spinach provides your body...

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Key Lime Chia Pudding

I made this recipe during my last retreat in Nicaragua and it was a big hit! It is very simple to make and extremely nutritious. I find lime refreshing and a great way to start the day. For the retreat I cut papayas in half, scooped out the seeds and filled it with the Key Lime Chia Pudding. Then I topped it off with some banana slices, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds.

 

 BENEFITS

Chia Seeds: High in protein, loaded with fiber, full of antioxidants, plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, and have five times as much calcium as milk. 

 

Avocado: Low in sodium and fructose, high in potassium and monounsaturated fats making it good for lowering your risk of heart disease. It is also known to be good for digestive health, shiny hair, healthy muscles, and it reduces the risk of osteoporosis. 

 

Lime: Rich in vitamin C and stimulates the digestive system, eases constipation, and helps promote healing in peptic and oral ulcers, gout, arthritis, nausea,...

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Helpful Supplements While Using Disulfiram

 

This is a compilation of different supplements that can be helpful while using Disulfiram. I will try to keep it separated into different categories based on what issues you may be having but I have also included my top six supplements at the bottom.

I created an Amazon Shop that has all the supplements and the brands I recommend listed to create a quicker way to shop. I only used the brands that my doctor carries because I know they are superior and since this is an unregulated market, we need to be careful. I gave you options with the supplements offered in their pure version as listed on this page and some are combined. I combine where I can to keep the costs down.

You may see some supplements listed in multiple categories, this can also be a more economical way to choose your supplements. My acupuncturist has mentioned that taking so many supplements is stressful on our digestive system, so I try to cut down and only use what I specifically feel is helping. This...

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Bodyweight Leg Workout

fitness tips workout idea Jan 13, 2020

Here is a quick leg workout you can do without any equipment in as much or as little time as you have available. The goal is to do as many rounds as you can until you are burned out but if you only have ten minutes, then simply do it as many rounds as you can in ten minutes. The purpose of this is to give you a wonderful lower body and cardio workout with any excuses to get in your way. 

 
 

Alignment Tips

*Click on the name of the exercise for a quick YouTube video demonstration if you need it!*

Tabata: High Knees -  A tabata is a specific type of interval training. You are working as hard as you can for 20 seconds, resting and catching your breath for 10 seconds and then repeating for a total of 8 rounds (4 minutes). If you are a beginner, you may just want to march in place with high knees but if you are more advanced, you should be running in place with high knees. Swinging the arms and trying to get the elbows up towards shoulder level...

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Disulfiram: Bath & Beauty

The largest organ in the body is the skin. I don't think very many people give this a lot of thought but it is a way we both absorb and release toxins so what we put on our body is just as important as what we put in our body. I have been using all natural bath and beauty products for about eight years and finally switched my medicine cabinet out about three years ago. Even though I have been using all-natural, organic products there are still several changes I have had to make since starting Disulfiram. I tend to err on the side of caution because my body is very sensitive and has adverse reactions to many different things but I'm also a rebel that likes to test my limits and experiment with just how strict I have to be!

When using Disulfiram you will need to start reading the labels on all of your bath and beauty products. You will want to read the labels on shampoo and conditioner, soap, shower gel, shaving products, moisturizers, facial skin care, bath products,...

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The basics of aromatherapy & reflexology!

I love incorporating aromatherapy and reflexology into all my Thai massage sessions but I also offer focused sessions on aromatherapy and/or reflexology and find both to be healing for a wide variety of conditions.
 
Aromatherapy and reflexology are holistic treatments with ancient roots. A holistic treatment means it views the individual’s body, mind and spirit as a whole unit. Instead of suppressing symptoms like most modern medicine, it aims to target the cause of imbalances or illness within the body.
 

Nobody has truly determined the roots of Aromatherapy but it was used by the Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks in ancient times. The actual term "aromatherapy" first originated in 1937 when French chemist Rene-Maurice Gattefosse invented the word after a burn incident spurred his curiosity about the healing power of essential oils. On the heels of Gattefosse's "discovery" that lavender oil helped to cure his burn, French surgeon Jean Valnet used essential...

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2019 in a Nutshell

At this moment, reflecting on 2019 does not bring a lot of joy. But it is important to remember those words "at this moment". I was able to see a client this morning but spent the rest of the day in bed too weak to function in any capacity. A year ago I felt healthier than I do today and I was still recovering from my hospitalization. At this point last year, my goal was to be as healthy as possible by summer 2019. My doctor told me to expect it to be at least a year before I would be back on my feet and he was very clear that he did not mean back to 100%.

I don't put a lot of faith or trust in doctors so I was determined to be back to work and living a full life by summer, and I was willing to try anything to get me there. I had already been suffering through Guillain Barre Syndrome for two years and the thought of another debilitating year was disappointing. I have spent the past year on a variety of supplements, three different IV therapies, herbal tinctures, Chinese...

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