I’m Grateful

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A grateful life takes work, doesn’t it? Even in the face of so much to be grateful for.

The stresses and traumas of life can tether our focus to what upsets us, needs to be fixed, or has to be done. It’s how our brains were designed—to keep us alive. It’s so easy to forget what makes us blessed and lucky, though our lives are filled to the brim with these things when we look hard enough.

I am…

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Golden Milk and Coffee–Oh, My!

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I’ve long loved the comfort and deliciousness of my favorite Golden Milk recipe, but a friend helped me take it to a whole new level of ecstasy!

Coffee.

You heard me right—how delightfully naughty is that?

First, here’s my Golden Milk recipe. In addition to it’s yummy-ness, I love that its ingredients support my energy and reduce inflammation. I drink it warm—so soothing in the months of…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Three: How to Put Out the Fire

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In part three of my Hypothyroidism series, you’ll learn action steps you can use right now to heal the root causes of your under active thyroid.

In the first of this series I introduced hypothyroidism as a manifestation of damage from an autoimmune-inflammatory syndrome, amplified by unmet nutritional needs. This is the most common cause of hypothyroidism in the developed world. We learned that…

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Hope.

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Dear One,

Someone once told me that hope is just wishing that things could be different than they are. They didn’t want to have “false” hope after so many struggles and disappointments.

I hear this concern expressed by my clients—many have suffered greatly. Promises were made. The positive outcomes did not come through.

Someone else told me (essentially) that hope was for sissies. In their…

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Learning to Practice “Slow”

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Dear One,

Oh my God, I’m so impatient! Can you relate?

I’m not gunna lie, I want it now. I want to see the results. Now. I want to feel the transformation. Now.

I want to get there fast. And I want the world to keep up with my brain and my intentions.

About ten years ago I received two speeding tickets in rapid succession within a mile from my home. Within a mile!

One was on my way to work. My…

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Hypothyroidism–Part Two: How to Diagnose Hypothyroid-Autoimmune Syndrome

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke we see, rising above the smoldering fire of inflammation, autoimmunity, and unmet nutritional needs. It’s a symptom of the hypothyroid-autoimmune syndrome that is the root cause of hypothyroidism in the vast majority of Americans.

In part one of this series (Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke) we explored this relationship, introducing the concept that…

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Hypothyroidism–Part One: Just the Smoke

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Hypothyroidism is just the smoke rising high above the smoldering fire that lies beneath the surface. Said another way, hypothyroidism is a symptom–it’s not a disease. It’s not the defining thing that is wrong with you. It’s just one–of many–surface-level indicators of much larger and deeper problems. Problems most likely caused by two key factors: overwhelming inflammation and unmet…

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Nutritional Ketosis: Heal and Protect Your Brain

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Nutritional Ketosis: yikes–that sounds foreign and scary–and hard! But it’s not. In fact, nutritional ketosis is a powerful food strategy that supports energy and brain health, and is quite simple (though not easy–it requires, like all new habits, that thing we’re really afraid of: change).

After many years of experimentation (food is one of my favorite playgrounds), I’ve figured it out, it’s…

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Brain Food: Feed, Heal, and Protect Your Brain

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Brain Food: We can eat our way to better brains–and protect the vibrant minds we cherish–regardless of a devastating family history like mine.

I am especially concerned about my brain as I age. My Dad started showing signs of cognitive decline in his 60s and was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease with rapidly progressive dementia in his 70s. We’ve watched his deterioration with horror. He…

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Jealous: The Heart’s Quest for Belonging

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Jealous–we ALL know the sting of it and have been smacked down by the shame of it, but it’s really a normal part of being humans who thrive on connection. In this article I demystify jealousy, look at it’s purposeful role in our lives (yep, you heard me right), and remove the burden of shame and indignity that always seems to go with it.

Jealous: We All Know it Well

Two recent conversations…

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