My patients tell me they feel stuck: in their relationship with food, their bodies and themselves. And they don’t know how to change.
They are stuck in an endless loop of hating themselves. They feel at war with their body; wishing they felt smaller, thinner, bigger, a different shape, stronger, less pain, more sexy.
They tell me they are tired of putting their needs last; after the husband, the kids, the boss, the inner critic. “When will it be time for me?”
I hear, “I am craving more. I just wish I knew what.”
If you can relate to any of this, check out our program: Yes, THIS! 4 Weeks to Ultimate Wellness
In four weeks you will make peace with your food, learning what to add in, what to leave out, and how to stop relying on willpower and learn to listen to what your body needs.
We hope you will join us for Yes, This! 4 Weeks to Ultimate Wellness.
Say Yes,THIS! to yourself today.
Here we are in January! That must mean that we made it through the election, Thanksgiving, December holidays (whatever those are for you), and New Years celebrations. You might be feeling ready for a fresh start, invigorated toward new health, work, or family goals. Whatever your personal experience of the last two and a half months has been, I’m sure you won’t be surprised to learn that for many folks stress levels are running pretty high. Many of my patients and friends are concerned about the current political tenor, wondering (and imagining) what will be coming down the pike. Living with an impending sense of doom and hyper-vigilance. For lots of folks the holidays bring up family tensions that have simmered under the surface and pop up when everyone is together. Especially when our expectations are high and communication skills are low- things can ratchet up in intensity pretty quickly!
This year I experienced some pretty emotionally charged and stressful moments with family members while we were all together for Christmas. When debriefing with my husband afterward he shared how astounded he was at the calm, loving, yet direct way I was able to communicate- saying some really difficult things. My “normal” response to family conflict is to freeze- unable to think of what I would say-only later realizing what I wish I had been able to say at the time. The difficult discussions we had this year were remarkably well received. I didn’t freeze like normal. I was able to “access” my neocortex- the cognitive part of my brain-because I wasn’t stuck in survival mode. I was able to be articulate, firm, yet loving and compassionate. And the result was real communication! As we reflected on this, I realized that I can credit my regular TRE® practice with my new found ability to stay grounded and present during an emotionally charged discussion. I am incredibly grateful to be able to deepen my relationships with my loved ones.
My wish is that as we move into emotionally AND politically charged times ahead that we can each do our own work to stay grounded and present with ourselves so that we can HAVE difficult conversations without losing our ability to listen with compassion and love.
TRE® practice is not the only way to get there, but it really works, and I’m thrilled to share it with you. Learning how to invite a Therapeutic Tremor into your body releases long held patterns of tension and stress and can restore your personal sense of safety, calm, and grounding so that you can access your best self when things get challenging. If you are interested in learning TRE®, expect to schedule 3 one-on-one sessions with me at a minimum, and I will help you find your path to feeling more calm, more grounded, and less reactive!
Who doesn’t love a chia pudding? And seriously, folks are going crazy for pumpkin pie everything! What we have here is a super tonic, super nutritious, super delicious and filling pudding! High in easy to digest proteins fat and fiber, and low in sugar. This is a delicious, filling, and highly nutritious snack!
1 can pumpkin puree
1 can full fat coconut milk
6 medjool dates (soaked for 10 min in boiling water and drained)
2 squirts liquid stevia
4 T coconut sugar
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 T ground turmeric (anti-inflammatory boost)
6 drops cinnamon essential oil (Certified Pure, Therapeutic Grade oils only-you can purchase here)
2 T ground ginger (anti-inflammatory boost)
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1 scoop unflavored Whey Protein powder (I use this brand)
2 scoops Collagen Peptides (I use this brand)
2/3 cup chia seeds
Add all ingredients except the chia seeds to a blender or food processor. Blend on high speed until fully smooth. Add chia seeds and pulse to gently mix in. Spoon into jars or serving dishes. Let set up for 1-2 hours. Serve with cocoa nibs and unsweetened shredded coconut.
I was delighted to have this message on my phone after just ONE session of TRE® with this person. They were under a great deal of stress and uncertainty regarding finances, housing, and finding a job.
This is the transcript of the voice mail:
“Hi this is _____,
I just wanted to let you know that I went to kundalini practice with gong meditation after I came to see you. I felt amazing! and I did a LOT of twitching in savasana. And then I woke up yesterday and I felt so calm and balanced and back in my body. Just centered. It was really great and felt amazing.
I had a pretty busy day and in the midst of it I took a nap; and boy I was just twitching like crazy! But one of the big things I noticed (especially during the kundalini practice) after I’d had those diaphragmatic releases (during TRE®), was my ability to breath more deeply. Like a lot more deeply.
And the last few days I have just felt so good! Relaxed, happy, in my best space. I got the job that I went to interview for!
Everything has just felt really like “ahhhhh.” Like that constriction has really released. It was amazing! That was an amazing experience!
It was so subtle. I felt really loved, and supported, and cared about, which was nice. And on top of it it was that extra bit of , “wow, something really actually shifted! “
I am just in an immense amount of gratitude at this moment. I just really want you to know that that was a real genuine healing experience for me, and it has dramatically improved my quality of life. I just wanted to tell you thank you. I look forward to see you again. Thank you!”
TRE® is such a gift to offer my patients. It can be a key to unlocking and fully accessing your own energy, clarity, and emotional resiliency.
Everyone needs strategies for dealing with stress! (I’ll be glad when this election season is over!) TRE® is one of the best ways I know to release stress from the body and restore equilibrium to the nervous system.
Benefits can include:
- Reduced musculoskeletal pain
- Better Sleep
- Feeling more “grounded”
- Less social anxiety
- Getting hired for your dream job because you were confident, comfortable, and grounded during your interview!
Learn TRE® from me in my office or come to the Oregon Coast Oct 21,22,23 for Yes, This! Wellness Retreat.
If you would like to find your own calm, relaxed, happy place, come learn TRE® with me at the Yes, This! Wellness Retreat October 21,22,23 in Nehalem Oregon.
Listen to this fun interview I did recently (9-30-16) with my retreat co-facilitator, Lisa Levine from Audacious Wellness!
Would you like to clear away the sluggish fog of too much “summer fun”? The grey bloat of too many happy hours? Looking to lighten the load a little? Clean out the junk drawer? Are you experiencing any symptoms like:
- weight gain
- joint pain
- depression, irritability, anxiety, mood swings
- bad breath
- itchy skin
- poor focus or memory
- sinus congestion, allergies
- constipation, gas, bloating
These can all be related to inefficient elimination of toxins!
We live in an ever increasing toxic environment. Causes of impaired detoxification can include:
- Overwhelming load (exogenous-from outside the body, and endogenous-toxins generated by dysbiosis and leaky gut)
- Impaired excretion (liver, bowel, kidney, lymph)
- Inefficient fuels (improper macronutrient balance)
- Deficiencies in micronutrients (antioxidants, cofactors for detox pathways)
You are in luck! Fall Detox Group Starts September 25!
Here’s the what’s and the how’s: 21 days of 2 shakes a day with some liver cleansing herbs and digestive enzymes. Plenty of protein(in the shakes- it’s non GMO pea protein) to support proper phase one and phase two detox. Modified, individualized elimination diet. Learn how to properly support your organs of elimination to avoid “detox symptoms.” People do very well on this program and generally feel energetic and clear headed. There will be 3 live calls (recorded also) for education and support. Those will be Sunday September 25, October 2, and October 9 at 10 am PST. There will also be a private facebook group for members to share ideas, recipes, and ask questions.
The 21 day detox costs only $237. When consider the cost remember that you will be replacing 42 meals with the shakes, so think of all the money you will save on groceries!
Here’s a recorded call I did last fall explaining a bit about why seasonal detox is a wonderful way to support our health.
What others have said about the program:
“We went to a gathering yesterday that represented the most outstanding baked goods we can eat loads of- chocolate shortbread cookies, sour cream coffeecake, arrays of cookies, ad nauseam. Honestly, after two weeks of choosing consciously what goes in the pie-hole, it wasn’t a big deal at all. I NEVER thought I’d feel that way. “I am weak; I can’t say no; diet is out of my control.” These are myths that it’s miraculous to discover.” CM
I am very excited to announce that I am now certified to teach TRE®. If you have been around me at all this year you have probably already heard me talk about it. My training began in the fall of 2015 with Jessica Schaffer. At the core of most chronic health concerns is a nervous system struggling to deal with stress. Our bodies are well designed to respond to an acute stress, but in our modern world chronic stress is really taking it’s toll on our health. TRE® addresses chronic tension (caused by stress) by “shaking it off” literally! TRE® is a set of exercises designed to allow the body to tremor and shake, something that is a natural physiological release after threat or trauma. Tremoring this way in a safe environment allows the body and nervous system to let go of stored “fight or flight” tension, restoring calm and relaxation to the body. Benefits of TRE® include improved sleep, more emotional resiliency, feeling grounded, more flexibility and less pain in the body, decrease in anxiety and hypervigilance, more social connection, relaxation…and more! I believe a regular TRE practice really address the underlying effect that stress plays in our health. TRE® works well with other treatment modalities, and once you learn the basic exercises you can practice at home. The exercises are easy to learn, but it is best to work with a certified provider who can help support you as you learn self regulation. Learn more about TRE® here. Make an appointment with me to learn TRE®, so you can bring more calm and less stress and tension to your life!
Excited to share my new favorite summer drink! Why Turmeric? In botanical medicine it goes by it’s Latin name, Curcuma Longa. It is a member of the ginger family and is a rhizome that looks like ginger, but is bright orange/yellow. The orange color is the carotenoid called ‘curcumin’ which is responsible for the amazing health benefits including high antioxidant power. Turmeric is wonderful for soothing and quenching all sorts of inflammation. We now understand that inflammation is at the root of many common chronic illnesses. It has anti-cancer as well as brain protective benefits. With dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases on the rise, I am definitely looking for prevention strategies, especially ones that taste so good! If you are looking for a way to add delicious supercharged nutrition to your life, you can’t go wrong with Turmeric!
It is also slightly bitter, and a warming, stimulating herb which helps with bile production, and can support healthy cholesterol levels. We know it is absorbed best when in the presence of black pepper. In this recipe I use doTERRA black pepper essential oil which is really mild and adds a great balance to the flavor.
Ginger is a natural companion to turmeric. Very anti-inflammatory itself, it also helps with digestion, has anticancer benefits too. Ginger has been shown to reduce migraine pain and menstrual cramps. This is powerful kitchen medicine! A switchel is an old fashioned beverage using apple cider vinegar with some sort of sweetener- commonly honey, maple syrup, or molasses. I will be experimenting with using a xylitol simple syrup to reduce the glycemic impact of the switchel. However, the amount of honey used in this recipe is relatively small, and the switchel is diluted with still or sparkling water, so the sugar content is much lower than most commercially available sodas and drinks.
Here is the recipe:
Equal parts fresh turmeric and ginger juice. I juiced them in my champion juicer, however if you do not have a juicer you can grate them on a fine, microplane grater, and then add the freshly grated roots to the apple cider vinegar mixture. When you serve it you will just want to strain it first. So you can scale this recipe as you want, but for this example let’s say we have 1/4 cup combined turmeric and ginger juices.
To this you will add 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon, lime or a combo of juice.
Then add 3/4 cup Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
4 drops black pepper essential oil
Stir all together. This makes the base of your switchel drink. It is very strong by itself. To serve, add 2-3 Tablespoons to a 12 oz glass filled with ice and either still or sparkling water. It is also delicious added to summer cocktails! Be aware that the Turmeric can stain anything it comes in contact with!
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