Don’t.Give.Up: the crazy stuff I’ve done for health

In my neck of the wood, winter has not given up yet, which means relief from the winter pounds and blahs is not as close as I would like it to be. As I explained in the last newsletter, even if I would like to start detoxing for spring, my body has other plans and still wants to hold on to its “safety” blubber to keep me warm.

So with that in mind, I know it will have to get a lot warmer for a lot longer before I can let go of those extra pounds. You will have the opportunity to join me when I launch my brand new online group reboot this coming April. I am super excited about it as it will be quite different from the ones I have led in the past. Look for information regarding this later on!

Now on to the subject at hand…and the message I carry with me at all time:

Don’t. Give. Up.

I could have given up when my health crashed three years ago. I could have given up when no doctors was coming up with answers. I could have given up when I finally figured out what was wrong and it was overwhelming. I could have given up when I was told I could not change or “fix” myself. I could have given up when the pain was too strong or the despair too loud.

And I almost did…many times. But in the end I kept going, one step at a time, one question at a time, one answer at a time, one failure at a time.

It’s frustrating when THEY can’t fix you, when THEY let you down, when THEY don’t understand what you are going through. You can use that frustration to fuel the fire, your fire.

I have tried all sorts of “therapies” while trying to get better, from acupuncture, colonics and energy medicine, to spiritual healing and Emotional Freedom Technique, with a lot in between. All of them helped to a point, but none of them was THE solution. I still rely on some of them to get me through rough patches, but mostly they taught me one major lesson:

What if I was the only one who could truly know what my body needed?

Most people will balk at that idea, and I hear it in my practice a lot. Fix me. Tell me what’s wrong with me or what I’m doing wrong.

But it worked. I did what I was drawn to, what felt totally foreign to me yet incredibly luring: I went on a raw food diet and overhauled my lifestyle completely. And although not all health issues have successfully disappeared, two major ones (Hashimoto and thyroid disease) are no longer picked up on my regular tests.

This is NOT to say that you should jump on a raw food adventure or any other drastic “diet”. What I mean is that if you would be open and willing to drop into your body long enough to “feel” what it needs, you could be amazed at the answers you get. This is true for health and weight issues alike.
If you have struggled with resistant weight for a long time, don’t give up, you can crack the code!

Here are tools to help you out in this process:

  • Start asking questions. Your body has an awareness that is different than yours. And most of the time, you are not paying attention to vitamin deficiencies, you are only concerned with how fat you look, what others think of you, and if it is late enough in the day to start drinking! Ask your body what it wants to eat, how it wants to move, what message it is trying to convey. It can be frustrating at first but you will eventually get it.
  • Stop forcing change. How often do you see people at the gym or at a vegan cafe looking utterly miserable? If your body wants to spit out the food, this food probably has no benefits for you. If your body hates running and manifests its dislike with constant knee pain and injuries, try Zumba!
  • Stop labeling yourself. I have acid reflux. I have IBS. I have depression. Do you? Or is your body telling you that the foods you eat don’t work, that your gut needs some loving, or that it’s time to leave that job?
  • Appreciate the feedback and allow for change. Trying to see the lesson in the challenge helps take consistent action and teaches you that your needs are evolving as you age. What worked once may no longer work. Stop trying to do the same darn thing!

I really hope you will consider trying a different approach to your struggles, be it with weight or health. And yes, you still need support on this journey, but ultimately, you know best.

Bottom line: never give up…gather up your determination and keep on searching, doing, asking. The breakthrough is just on the other side!

Get your superfood on! Introducing Scoop…

In my two years in practice, I have been approached relentlessly by representatives for Isagenix, BeachBody, Arbonne, and a slew of other companies I can’t even remember. It is a crazy market for “nutraceutical” products, and everyone wants a share of it.

But every time I looked into the products or company practices, I could not get on board for two different reasons: I believe that people need to stop relying on shakes and powders to sustain them (bodies need REAL food to thrive), and most of the products mentioned above have ingredients in them I would never feed my body, no matter what marketing gimmick they use to try to convince me.

Additionally, my clients rely on me to do the research for them and trust my judgement, so I never thought it was worth the couple of dollars I might make on selling these shakes and protein powders.

However, I “get” that most of you have a real need for some affordable and easy ways to get your greens and nutrients in, and that time in the kitchen can be tough with life, kids, work, or travel. With my genetic issues with nutrient absorption and poor mitochondria health, I do too.

Now the wait is over…you can now get your superfood on in one convenient and awesome product from a small company in Boulder, Colorado.

Let me introduce you to SKOOP and their amazing A-Game superfood blend!

I have been using A-Game for a few weeks now, as my incredibly sensitive and discerning body is my best lab to test out products (I can’t tell you how many protein powders have made me vomit!), and I love it, especially in this bitter winter when juicing isn’t always a good option.

Not to mention that I can get my greens, adaptogens, fiber, omega 3s, antioxidants, enzymes, and probiotics in ONE serving, instead of cluttering my counter with dozens of products. Hell yeah!

Here are the reasons I use A-Game and feel that I can endorse it:

  • It is a powerful way to put superfoods to work for you. The 41 plant-based ingredients have been thoughtfully selected to work synergistically with each other.
  • It is anti-oxidant-rich, micro and phytonutrient-dense (versus macro) to help you fight inflammation and acidic build-up while helping with energy, productivity, and resilience.
  • For those who have a hard time consuming or digesting greens, it covers your basics, as each serving has the equivalent of 10 servings of vegetables.
  • I love that this product contains adaptogens has all of us experience chronic stress and I am a big fan of adaptogen to support your nervous system and hormones.
  • Added bonus: enzymes and probiotics.
  • No fillers, gluten, dairy, corn, artificial sweeteners, colorants, or other unsavory ingredients. You still need to check the ingredients list to see if you are sensitive to some of the fruits or vegetables used.
  • It is palatable, not a chalky goo.
  • It is versatile. There are many ways to consume your A-Game. I have put it in warm water, almond milk, chia pudding, cookies, and oatmeal.

What it is NOT:

  • A-Game is NOT a protein shake (Skoop is working on a protein powder product), it is a superfood blend designed to flood your body with the nutrients, enzymes, and fiber that it needs. You can get your protein through the vehicle you use to take your A-Game, such as a nut-based smoothie or nut milk, or chia/quinoa pudding.
  • It does NOT replace a meal (enough already with the powdered meal replacements that your body CANNOT digest); it enhances and assist with digestive, cognitive, and healing functions.
  •  It is NOT an excuse to go binge on pizza ’cause you had your A-Game earlier on…

What I could do without:

  • Stevia. If you are on sugar free diet, this makes it tough for you to take A-Game, and some people react to stevia.
  • Xantham gum.

But ultimately, as powders go, this is the one for me.

Finally, to help you decide for yourself, here is a table the company put together. To their credit, they didn’t even bother with the worst offenders, such as Isagenix which contains gluten, soy, additives, and corn.

And remember that no matter which green superfood powder you introduce to your body, start with a fourth or half the single serving and monitor how your body feels. These powders are best consumed in the morning and outside of heavy meals.

Grab your own supply at a discounted price HERE!

I’m stupid, and I’m lazy…

I just spent four days in Atlanta at a workshop lead by Larry Winget. Larry is best known as the Pitbull Of Personal Development.

I seem to be a glutton for punishment and self-induced pain…

The first hours in Atlanta were quite interesting as I got my hair done by a stylist named Nick who used to do hair and make up for Playboy photo shoots…I was in for a treat!

However, I lost my appetite and Playboy sparkle just hours into the workshop, as Larry started to drive his point.

First, let me say that Larry Winget is an amazing speaker, one of the best out there. He wrote many best New York Times best sellers, with titles like “Shut Up, Stop Whining And Get A Life”, “Your Kids Are Your Own Damn Fault”, or his latest “Grow A pair”. You get the idea. His message is all about taking personal responsibility for your life.

Within hours of the first day, Larry laid out for us the top 10 ways people sabotage their success, and I realized that the top two for me were stupidity and laziness. Let me explain.

I was lazy because I tolerated behaviors in myself and others around me; because although I thought I did, I didn’t give enough of a damn; because I couldn’t be bothered; because I had low expectations for myself; because I quit way too easily.

I was stupid because I was not taking consistent action; because I would not speak up; because I would make excuses and stay in hiding; because I had bad habits that didn’t serve me.

Here is the cold hard truth: the main reason you are not achieving your goals, whatever they might be, is YOU, what you are not willing to do, and what you are not willing to give up.

Folks, I keep wondering why I always have to search for a better me, when I could enjoy a very mediocre version of myself and be blissfully unaware of the call for growth, challenge, and fearlessness.

It hurts! It’s painful! It’s uncomfortable! But the reality is that there is no change unless we get uncomfortable. And I can’t help it…I am always looking for the next level of growth, for the satisfaction of breaking through yet another layer of resistance and “crap”.

Basically, I can’t live my life buried in the comfort zone. It’s impossible. And although it is terrifying to leap out, it is even more painful to stay in.

Second guessing ourselves, fear, blame, overwhelm…these are all ways we quit and short-change ourselves. We have very good excuses and we hang on to them.

So when you accept that third piece of pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, it is NOT because you have no willpower, it is NOT because you don’t want to hurt Aunt Edna’s feelings, and it is NOT because you don’t want to waste food. It is because you CHOOSE not to exercise your willpower in that moment…It is because you are not willing to give up pie or instant gratification for a slimmer waist or a stronger immune system.

If, like me, you keep bumping against the agony of failure and disappointment in yourself, I invite you to take some time to make a list of all the excuses you have for not having what you want, and all the things you need to give up to get it.

It is time to grow a pair!

And get some of Larry Winget’s books to help you along:)

Open letter – It’s Not About Raw Food

Since I started my company two years ago, spurred by my own healing journey and my desire to help others on the same path, I realized that my services appeared to be all about raw food, detox, and health.

And while I DO offer detox programs and raw food coaching (because it works), I need to come clean here and let you know that I really don’t care about what you had for dinner, and whether or not it should be raw, include kale, or contain heathy fats.

Because from my very personal experience, raw food, vegan, paleo, or macrobiotic can only take you so far. Yes, a raw food diet and a lot of juicing ended my diagnosis of Hashimoto and thyroid disease, and brought me back to a more vital life. But it didn’t cure me, or change the fact that I have a gene mutation that gives me a run for my money almost on a daily basis. There are still many bad days among the glorious days, beyond what I do or do not eat.

Most people who run into me and are familiar with what I do immediately feel like they should justify their food choices, tell me how good they were today with making their green juice, or are quick to hide the month supply of Diet Coke in their car.

So I want to set the record straight here: I don’t care about what you eat.

I’ve come to realize that the real success in my business has nothing to do with how many programs I sell and everything to do with how many people actually COMPLETE them and continue to thrive and change much past the end date.

I have turned down many potential clients because they were so intense and obsessed with the “perfect” way to eat, creating so much stress in their bodies and lives that they were unable to really open their mind to the other parts of thriving and living a life you love. Not to mention that it doesn’t make for a fun family member!

The truth is that what a person eats is not the only key to how happy they are. I have met many people following very strict diets that were probably the most unpleasant and rigid souls out there.

Yes, I promote raw food because it works, will simplify your life, and can help you reach your goals faster and with less effort, but another juice detox isn’t going to change your life if you have failed over and over to change your habits, patterns, or beliefs.
It comes down to self-sabotage and an unwillingness to change, pure and simple.

I know. The most frustrating part of my quest to better health has been the realization that there is a very strong part of me who does NOT want to heal, who is looking for drama, and who thinks that life is not worth living. She won’t let me BE. I’ve known this unconsciously for a while, but watching this documentary
really solidified the knowing in a very painful way.

Your body will always offer you a way out, or an excuse not to live your life to the fullest, if you are looking for one.

There are many layers to addictions, unhappiness, disease, or emotions. Although an important one, food is only one of them.

That’s why raw food is only a small part of my work now, and the French lifestyle has taken on a bigger role. Everything is energy, either something feels good and energizes you into action, or it feels bad and sucks the life out of you.

By connecting back to YOU and what makes you feel super delicious, while eliminating resistance at the same time, is where the gold is. This is how you will meet confidence, success, and power. The rest is just a journey. It’s up to you to take the decision to be vulnerable, to be yourself, and have the courage to keep looking deeper for answers. And to ask for help.