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Body First

We get the truth of body-mind-spirit integration, don’t we?

But in our rush to get to the bliss and awe we forget about the work we have to do first. Right?

I think it starts with the body.

Maybe it’s just me, but when I don’t eat well, or skimp on sleep, or slack off—or push myself mercilessly—it’s hard to access bliss and awe.

That comes with the discipline and vigilance of self-care.

When I take care of myself well, my energy soars— not just my physical stamina, but the vibrant energy of feeling fully alive and awake and aware—present.

Only then do I get to experience that peace and solace and beautiful energy flow of my meditation practice. The gorgeous body-mind-spirit alignment and awareness of my yoga practice. The mind-blowing connection to Nature on my walks in the woods. Or the soul churning connections with the people I love.

Body first.

We know what that means, right? Nutrient-rich, non-toxic food. Deep sleep. Rest and play. Movement. Hugs.

They elevate everything.

Have a Beautiful day!


p.s. Want support on your body-first journey of self-love and self-care? Join the love at Grit and Grace. We’re an exclusive Facebook community of like-minded seekers of truth and light through healthy lifestyle and self-care. The group is moderated by me, and my amazing Functional Nutrition colleague, Lisa Scranton, MS, RDN, LD.

p.p.s. Our foundational nutrient dense food plans:

Foundational Intensive Nutrition Energy (FINE) food plan. 2018.

Gut-Immune Restoration Intensive Nutrition (GRIN) food plan. 2016.

Nutritional Ketosis: Heal and Protect Your Brain. 2017.

p.p.p.s. From my Archives:

Self-Care is Subversive. 2018.

My e-books addressing the wonderful art of self-care:

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Karyn Shanks MD


Karyn Shanks, MD, is a physician who lives and practices in Iowa City. Her work is inspired by the revolutionary science of Functional Medicine, body-mind wisdom, and the transformational journeys of thousands of clients over her twenty-eight year career. She believes that the bones of healing are in what we do for ourselves.

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