The Surprising Tool That Kickstarted My Healing Journey

In September 2019, I was in the midst of a five-year health crisis and struggling to simply survive each day.

 

I felt like my body was holding me hostage. I was crawling to get to the bathroom. I could barely feed myself, and could no longer sleep upstairs in my bedroom because seizures had become common and I was worried about falling down the stairs. 

 

My mind was overwhelmed with the fact that I had been living a healthy lifestyle almost my entire life, and an organic one for the past decade, yet I had been hospitalized three times in two years, and now had 6 rare diseases, 4 mycotoxin poisonings, and 5 heavy metal poisonings. I always practice what I preach but I had become severely ill and no matter what I tried, I wasn’t getting better. 

 

I couldn’t work, leave the house, or drive. I was trapped. I was too weak to stand up and use the walker. I was barely eating or drinking because it took so much effort to make it to the bathroom. I...

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What to expect for aging in your 50's

Your 50th birthday is the signal that it’s time for your first colonoscopy screening. What a rude awakening to your fifth decade of life!

If you read my last blog post about what to expect in your 40's, then you know that our bodies slowly decline in more ways than one. Our 50's also have a wide array of health issues that we are at higher risk for, but once again there are plenty of ways to practice self-care and upgrade your habits to help prevent these problems from arising. Remember: Knowledge is Power!

This truly is what makes it so important to clean up your act and live a healthy lifestyle. It is not about six-pack abs and fitting into your skinny jeans. It is about staying healthy for as long as possible and not having to suffer from preventable issues. 

Here are the health issues you are more prone to in your 50's and the preventative health measures or lifestyle changes you can make to keep them at bay!

Let's start with the fun one that none of us can...

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What to expect for aging in your 40's!

Hitting the age of 40 feels like a pretty big deal to most people! It is a time where the signs of aging become undeniable.

Fine lines and wrinkles have started to appear, the first grey hairs may have arrived, and most people feel a big shift in their metabolism so it becomes more difficult to lose weight and much easier to pack on the pounds. Vision also starts to go and reading glasses can become your newest accessory!

When it comes to aging, there are always a variety of ways that we can change our lifestyle to implement self-care practices in an effort to slow down the effects of aging and to help prevent more serious issues from happening.

Our bodies don't come with a handbook of what to expect as you age, so I thought I would help educate you! It is actually somewhat difficult to find any straightforward information on what to expect as we age. It feels like nobody wants to think about it.

Facing our own mortality can be difficult but our demise is coming whether we want...

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Do natural remedies actually work?

Whenever an issue arises in my body or in a friend's or client's, I always turn to nutrition, supplements, and natural remedies first! I have realized that most people don't operate this way at all. They immediately turn to a pharmaceutical method to quickly resolve the problem or they just suffer and don't know what to do.

It made me realize that people are simply uninformed on the benefits and differences of pharmaceuticals versus supplements and natural remedies. There are so many benefits of turning to natural remedies first and it truly is the best strategy for helping your body in the long run.

Yesterday I was working with a new client who confessed their leg is in pain 90% of the time. I immediately asked him if he was taking any supplements to help with inflammation or joint pain. He told me that he doesn't consider it joint pain, it is more muscular, and that he just takes a lot of Advil to help manage the pain.

The issue here is that Advil is merely a...

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Top 10 Tips for Aging with Ease

 

Getting older is inevitable but that doesn’t mean you can’t age with grace. How we live in our bodies, dramatically influences how we age. We can care for them or we can use them and abuse them! 

Unfortunately, life didn’t come with an instruction manual on how to best care for our aging bodies and it isn’t something taught to us in school. It is up to each of us individually to learn for ourselves and to figure out what works. I want to help you get started on the right track to aging gracefully with 10 helpful tips. 

There is no question that our bodies do change over time, but the myths of aging have discouraged seniors from making healthy lifestyle changes because they feel it is too late and aging is inevitable. Most people believe that they are too old to exercise and that aging is a hopeless battle. 

Here is the thing; yes, you CAN lose half of your muscle mass by the time you are 80, BUT if you are exercising then you won’t...

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The Ultimate Reset: My Results & Honest Review

I always like to experiment on myself with new health products so I can give a true testimonial before I have my clients try something. This month I decided to do Beachbody's Ultimate Reset, a 21-day Clean Eating program and Detox.

I documented the whole journey day by day so you can truly see the progress and get some helpful tips if it is something you are interested in. Throughout these past three weeks, it has actually been really hard for me to find any reasons my clients and friends shouldn't do the reset! 

If I am being honest, on day 17 I started missing eating what I want when I want, but I think anyone can get a little bored when following a plan. It definitely isn't a reason not to do the Ultimate Reset! I am just a free spirit that values freedom.

I actually really enjoyed the entire program and thought it was really well done. There are such a wide variety of reasons you could do this program:

  • You want to lose stubborn weight quickly.
  • You have had a health...
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The Ultimate Reset: Week One!

A few weeks ago I decided to embark on the Ultimate Reset journey, a 3-week clean eating and detox program, for a couple of different reasons. First and foremost, I am finally regaining my health and haven't had many symptoms of illness lately. I have had so many ups and downs that I am still nervous to say that I am healed but each healthy day makes me a little more confident! 

The reset is a combination of a 3-week clean eating meal plan where the second week you progress to being vegetarian, and the third week you are vegan. I always have a challenge cutting out dairy to commit to being vegan so I thought this plan may help with that. More importantly, there are three weeks of supplements with a colon cleanse the second week, and I want to make sure I have gotten rid of these toxins once and for all!!

The other reason I wanted to try out the reset is because I have been using Beachbody products for years and I am a coach with them. That means I make a small commission...

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A common obstacle on your nutrition journey!

I just had an interesting conversation with one of my clients that blew both of our minds...

This client has been showing up to her workouts, getting plenty of sleep and even tracking her food intake, but she's struggling with low energy, constant hunger and a scale that won't budge!

Curious to see what was wrong, I asked to see her food journal and the answer was right there glaring both of us in the face! 

It’s SUGAR!

I honestly think if sugar had to be reviewed by the FDA today that it would be classified as a drug and not a food. If you have ever tried to eliminate sugar from your diet before then you are well aware of the withdrawal side effects and the intense cravings you can have. Once you go sugar free for a few days, your natural energy levels return and you are free from the sugar dependency cycle. I think it feels amazing to be sugar free and you become much more sensitive to sugar which helps you eat less and less!

Most people know that added sugar is...

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Holiday Stress & Self-Care

At this moment Thanksgiving is less than a week away and the holiday season is officially upon us. This is normally a season of increased stress for most people but it can also bring a lot of joy so we tend to handle the stress a little better and it all seems worth it for a fun and festive season.

This year is different though! The things that brought us joy may not be accessible in the middle of a pandemic. I think we all want to be safe and protect our loved ones from illness and suffering, so it is important to do the right thing and give up some of our traditions this season. For those without close families or the many families that have experienced loss this year, this may be a time of deep sadness and further isolation. Our hearts and minds are being taxed a lot more in 2020 and we need to focus on our mental health and well-being now more than ever.

Our mental health affects not only our quality of life but it can damage our physical health too. One very common symptom of...

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Medical Marijuana - Friend or Foe?

I'm not shy about the fact that I use medical marijuana but I'm also not one to scream it from the rooftops either! I did create a medical marijuana journal to help people track what works to help their ailments because I have struggled to find the correct strain for my needs, but other than that I don't share too much about it.... until now.

Last Friday was my birthday and I decided to give up marijuana until at least the end of 2020. This decision came for a small variety of reasons but primarily because I have had one of the hardest months of this health journey and I have turned to marijuana so much that it feels like a really unhealthy coping mechanism. I think it is important to see how my body feels without it and to start turning to healthier coping mechanisms. It is really the only habit I have that I question whether it is healthy, and if it is truly helping me cope and manage my symptoms or if it is limiting my healing ability.

On a good day, I don't want to touch it. I...

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