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You WILL get better (a story of hope).

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“You will get better.”

Said my new rehab doctor after our first visit, utterly stunning me.

I had yet to hear any such words during my multi-year saga of pain and dysfunction. No one—not one—of the perhaps dozen professionals I had sought help from in the past years had given me any scrap of hope that I might recover.

It’s a long story, but suffice it to say, I had one complicated injury…

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Vitamin D: Support in the Dark Days of Winter

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My story of vitamin D resuscitation.

I used to struggle with winter. And thought it was just how it was. The short days, long nights, unforgiving cold. Just awful! I felt sluggish and tired and blah about everything.

Each year I met the descent into winter with dread, and pined for the release of spring.

When I learned that the light nutrient, vitamin D, helped others with seasonal affective…

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Fatigue and Overwhelm: Rescue Your Adrenals

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Fatigue and overwhelm–I know them well! From the depths of full blown adrenal melt-down (any other type A’s out there?) to the tired and overwhelm of an extra busy week. We’ve all been there. It’s not at all unusual to feel run down from our busy lives, the crazy world we live in, and the high energy atmosphere of springtime!

The adrenals–these are the seat of our life force energy–and…

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Vital Energy: Rock It With Five Simple Steps

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Vital energy is our BIG energy–the physical energy that makes us feel awake, alert, and alive, as well as the life force energy that makes us feel connected, creative, and inspired. Because we’re integrated beings–body, mind, spirit–it’s really all one and needs to be nourished for a full and exhilarating life.

For the vast majority of us, our low energy states have simple solutions that yield…

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Energy Recovery 101: Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals, Part One

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Root Cause Solutions for Healing Your Adrenals

Part One: Understanding the Big Picture of Energy Production

I’d like to pay homage to our adrenals in this series of articles, the source of our physiological life force energy, and teach you how to nourish them back to their full potential. Supporting adrenal function, as part of a comprehensive energy recovery strategy, will catapult you into…

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How’s Your Diet? Anti-Inflammatory Eating for Optimum Nutrition

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“Our diets are better than they’ve ever been! Look how tall kids get today-it’s because we have such good nutrition in our country.” 

I hear these statements regularly. It’s easy to think we eat well because food is so readily available. Especially for people who grew up with food insecurity, never knowing when a meal would be available, an abundance of food seems like it should guarantee…

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Learning to Say “No” and “Yes” to Heal Our Lives

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Creating Boundaries is Part of Good Self-Care

I used to not know how to say “no” to the people in my life–my clients, my family and friends. I didn’t want to disappoint them. I felt that to be the perfect everything (ha) and to earn the love and approval of the people in my life, I had to take care of everything, always be available, never ruffle feathers, and meet everyone’s demands and needs.…

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Detox is About Letting Go: Part Two of a Series

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Detox is About Letting Go: Part Two

Detoxification is about how we manage the toxins, irritants and negative energy that are an inevitable part of our daily lives. We can’t live in a bubble. But we can be wise about how we live and eat and fortify ourselves. 

This is a series of offerings that will dispel common myths about what detoxification is and how to stay safe and strong in our lives and…

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Exploring Nutritional Ketosis to Improve Energy

Ketogenic Diets

I am fascinated by the science of nutritional ketosis and the potential for what a ketogenic diet can do for our health. We all know that sugar is bad, but recent scientific evidence is suggesting that a diet that restricts all carbohydrates to less than 5% of total calories is really good for us. It makes us more energy efficient, protects our brains, and has been shown to…

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