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Want To Get Glowing Skin And Have Tons Of Energy?!

Don’t we all want enough energy to go after our goals, hit an exercise class, and hang with our friends after a full day of living it up? Don’t we want to feel amazing and have beachy, glowing skin?

These are my foremost goals right now: more energy, feel amazing, and get my skin to glow. Somewhere over the course of the previous year, I took a job that has me traveling all over the place, at the same time I’m still coaching clients, teaching yoga and meditation and speaking to college students on campuses around the US.

This lifestyle is fast, fulfilling and exciting. But, it’s not so great for my body. I’ve started having digestive problems, my skin looks like a pubescent 13 year old, and I’m walking around in a mental fog a lot of the time. During my time as Health Editor for CBS News, I learned a lot about how our diet can affect all of these things, and when we remove certain foods from our diet like processed food, sugar, dairy and alcohol, our bodies have a chance to heal.

If you’re having problems like brain fog, digestive issues, skin breakouts, low energy, and weight gain, then keep reading!

I’ve decided that it’s time for a reset. If you’re looking to boost your energy and upgrade your health, I invite you to join me on this journey! Keep me posted on how it goes for you in the comments!

Yesterday, I began a 30 day diet based off of the book The Paleo Cure by Chris Kresser. It’s pretty strict, so I’ve had to rethink and retool a lot of my habitual foods and meals already.

Here are the rules: For thirty days you can eat as much organic meat, vegetables and good fats (avocado, coconut oil) that you want. Fruit can be eaten in moderation. Grains, legumes (beans), dairy, sugar, and alcohol are off limits.

That’s it, plain and simple. If you want more specifics about the plan, check out Chris’s website.

To hold myself accountable and to support you on this journey, should you accept my invitation to join me, I’m going to post the meals that I eat and some recipes for you to try out. Even if you decide not to do the full cleanse, I invite you to try some of the recipes I’m going to share. They are jam-packed with vital nutrients and minerals and will aide in delivering you to your healthiest self.

As always, there’s no better time to start than right now. So here we go!

For breakfast I typically eat eggs, toast and avocado, but now I have to adjust.

This morning I made a green smoothie in the vitamix blender and a couple hours later, I enjoyed my new favorite thing: superfood cereal.

Green Smoothie: four leaves romaine lettuce, 1/2 green apple, 1/4 fresh jalapeño, 5 stalks cilantro, coconut water

Superfood cereal: 1 tbsp chia seeds, 3 tbsp hemp hearts, 4 tbsp cacao nibs, handful raisins, blackberries, raspberries, coconut flakes, 1/4 cup Zenola paleo granola, almond milk

superfood cereal

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Are You Pregnant Or Do You Know Someone Who Is?

As creative vessels to bring human life into the world, women have a great role to play. When a woman becomes pregnant, immediately, her life is no longer her own. She instantly steps into a great lineage of mothers. All those who have walked the path of motherhood stand behind her, supporting her in her new journey.

But, sometimes, when life hits us over the head with a massive event, like pregnancy, we can’t sense this support. We may feel alone and really scared. I’ve watched many of my friends go through the transition from woman to mother. Some can move through the identity shift with grace and some struggle.

In the first months of pregnancy, the baby’s brain and nervous system start developing, and women take folic acid and supplements to support this development. But, do we understand the importance of developing our own healthy responses to stress while pregnant? The baby is a sensitive being, and when we are in states of high stress, the baby’s brain development can be negatively impacted. As we learn to process our stress and bring ourselves back to a baseline of calm, our baby will begin to develop a healthy stress response as well.

Steeped in the power and tradition of kundalini yoga, Calling in the Soul is an experience for pregnant women to step into their new role as mothers. The experience involves connecting to the spirit of the great mothers who have come before us, and serves to create a strong, healthy bond with the baby that we are growing within us.

With this ritual, we will learn a meditation to help calm and center us when we are feeling overwhelmed, and with this practice, we will support the healthy development of our growing baby.

Additionally, each woman will receive a beautiful sri yantra mala necklace, handmade in India, as a symbol of her strength and power.

To schedule your private session, contact me.

calling in the soul

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Digging Deep

“You gotta dig deep.”

It’s one of Survivor host Jeff Probst’s favorite phrases, and I’ve found that I constantly dig deep no matter if I’m challenging myself physically or connecting in conversation with a stranger. It’s important to know that no matter how far you go, there are always deeper layers to uncover.

This is what mediation is all about. In the beginning we skim the surface of our mind, watching the mental chatter and maybe getting carried away with it for a bit. Then, as we sit in meditation day by day, our minds start to relax, the resistance fades and we can drop into a deeper connection with ourselves. Here, in these quiet, still, deeper layers, we find the steady truth of our own nature. We are calm. We are powerful. We know who and what we are. We touch our greatness in these moments of deep connection.

If you’re encountering resistance to starting a meditation or yoga practice, please know that this is normal. Acknowledge the resistance. Notice the urge to get up and get out. And, continue to breathe. Dig deep. Then, dig a little deeper. Find your willpower to keep you in it. Stay in it. Breathe through it. And, relax into the void, into the deep unexplored parts of yourself. Begin the conversation with your soul, and discover your immense power.

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