Wellness

Gut-Brain Connection–Part Two: Action Steps for Healing Depression

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The Gut-Brain Connection is a central pillar to healing depression–as well as the myriad mood and thought imbalances we struggle with. While depression can be a complicated issue, with inputs from many aspects of our lives–our thoughts and beliefs, past trauma, stress, and the situational challenges we all face–persistent and recurrent depression almost always has roots in the body–and most…

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Intermittent Fasting: How it Energizes My True Life

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Intermittent fasting has become a routine part of my personal daily energy support strategy. It’s simple, painless, and meets my number one requirement for self-care practices I stick with: it fortifies me for living my best life–my True Life. Isn’t that what good health is all about? In this article I’ll discuss what Intermittent Fasting is NOT (I sense your fear!) as well as what it is. And…

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The Gut-Brain Connection: Root Cause Solutions for Depression

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My clients suffering from depression are often not aware of the profound Gut-Brain Connection and how it plays into their darkest moods. They are quite curious when rather than focusing solely on descriptions of their thoughts and feelings (as vitally important as they are), I expand our discussion to their gut health and what they eat on a regular basis. I recommend food plans and gut-healing…

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Jumpstart Your Libido: An Energy Solution

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A Story About Life Force Energy

There was a girl so wild and free… when life was one present moment moving fluidly and effortlessly into the next. She was supercharged with the energy for everything she set her mind to–thriving in the pursuit, the challenges, and the accomplishments of life. And she played, and fell in love, and shared an energy exchange of love that was electrifying and…

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The Dangerous Myth that Self-Care is Selfish

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The Antidote? Self-Love (In Five Simple Steps).

How Caring for Ourselves FIRST is Vital…for Us AND Others

You’ve heard it a million times. Why? Because it is vital:

“In the event of cabin decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your…

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How to Age With Beauty and Resilience

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The Downward Spiral of Aging is a Dangerous Myth

I’m shocked to be in my mid-fifties. When did that happen?

I’m also amazed to have gotten where I am so much stronger, healthier, and more vital than what many of my aging role models taught me I could be at this age. We’re all too familiar with the idea of aging as a downward spiral to loss of beauty, brain atrophy, helplessness, and–God…

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My Beautiful Self-Care Plan

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A Functional Medicine Doc’s Approach to Daily Self-Care

Do I walk my talk?

You bet I do!

And I have a plan, a life plan… a way to navigate each and every day to support and nourish myself so that I feel my best and can be my best.

You’ll not learn about life “hacks” here. I have to create time every day for those non-negotiable aspects of self-care that support me the most: enough sleep,…

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Anxiety: Simple Ways to Calm and Soothe By Fine Tuning Your Biology

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The Power of Self-Care to Smooth the Rough Edges of Anxiety

In my own life, I’ve had to contend with my personal biology to discover the ways in which I am more vulnerable to anxiety. Taking good care of my body’s needs has been one of the cornerstones of my mood stabilizing strategy. A few key corrections to my nutrition and lifestyle has made a world of difference.

For all of us, self-care is…

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The Genius of Our Anxious Minds

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Reframe Anxiety: How to Use Its Wisdom as a Trusted Guide

How does it make sense to use anxious and genius in the same sentence?

Isn’t the opposite true? Aren’t our anxious minds–you know, the way they churn and burn with worry about what has not yet happened, question everything, and stay on high alert–our downfall? A whopping character flaw? Loss of all control of, well, everything? The enemy…

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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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