Acknowledging the Pain to Heal

Posted by on Jul 19, 2016 in Blog, CranioSacral Therapy, natural childbirth, SomatoEmotional Release, Uncategorized | 0 comments

When we consider the concept of evolution, we often think about change happening over generations.  We look at Darwin’s work meticulously charting changes in beak size and other factors that can help a species adapt to their surroundings.  We debate over whether the digestive tract of the human body has evolved to adequately process the increased consumption of grains thanks to the Agricultural Revolution.  But, what about the evolution of each of us as individuals during our human experience? The human brain reaches full development around the age of 25.  That is not to say that the kitchen timer rings and suddenly our growth is complete.  There is always an opportunity to grow, change, and evolve towards our greatest potential.  What matters most is the ability to let the ego go and be open to change.  This may be easier said than done.  When I talk about evolving in your human experience, I am not referring to adding an inch to your height.  I am referring to literally allowing pain to destroy that which no longer serves you on your journey.  (I am in no way endorsing seeking out pain, staying in a volatile relationship, or inflicting it on others.) We as a culture shun pain.  If someone tries to talk openly and honestly about pain, we say they are complaining, they are weak, they are self absorbed.  The over-medication of our escapist society with a surge in prescription drugs, alcohol consumption, and any other feel-good substance do nothing more than numb us from that which is there to help us.  These tools do have their place, but we are all individuals.  We each have our own body chemistry, physiology, life experience, beliefs, situation, & outlook that can affect the role of these medications.  Prozac may work great for one person, while another may respond better to CBD oil.  It is important to find an Integrative Functional Medicine practitioner to help manage supplements and medication. In the Army, we were constantly told (and it trickles down to the lowest rank) to, “Suck it up, and drive on!”.  The most common cure-all was 800mg of ibuprofin and water.  It was ingrained to put mind over matter and just keep pushing through.  I understand that the mission comes first, and sometimes we do need to FIDO (F*&k it, drive on).  But, when it is all said and done, restoration and reset are paramount. Soon-to-be mothers often choose an epidural or an elective cesarean section because they are afraid that they cannot handle the pain.  When I was 9 months pregnant, a friend gave me the best advice for labor.  “Savor the exquisite pain,” she said.  She went into a story about with her...

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Sleep Tips from an Insomniac

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Blog, Clinical Aromatherapy, Paleo, post-partum, progesterone, supplement, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

Sleep.  We all know that we’re supposed to get 8 hours of sleep.  It’s one of those old recommendations from childhood, like how grandma always told you to eat your vegetables.  “Treat others how you wish to be treated.”  “Don’t talk with your mouth full.”  “Sit up straight.”  “Get your beauty rest.” We have all heard of the increased incidence of cardiovascular disease, decreased immune system function, higher rates of depression, and reduced tolerance to stress that are associated with poor sleep. If we know all these things, why are we such an exhausted society?  Many of those who do keep the mojo up all day often rely on energy drinks and coffee.  There are some who enjoy quality sleep on a regular basis, or can at least replenish their inadequate sleep on the weekends.  They are NOT parents of infants or young children. I have had issues with insomnia since I was 8.  It has been a life-long issue, and I like to consider myself well versed in sleep deprivation and home remedies.  At one point in my life, I managed to improve my sleep significantly through nutrition and supplements.  Since having a baby, my body needs a little extra help beyond basic nutrition to get some zzz’s.  After two years of raising Sterling, my body still has a difficult time sleeping through the night.  Sterling is a pretty good sleeper, but sometimes will wake up in the middle of the night.  He’ll either cry for me or come to our room.  Even after we get him back to sleep, my body has a hard time going back to sleep.  It is especially irritating on nights that Sterling sleeps soundly until 7am, but I wake up multiple times. Through continued work with lifestyle, nutrition, and mild supplements, my quality sleep is an ebb and flow.  I am so thankful that I can get help for sleep without the use of prescription pills.  While I am currently in a pretty nasty insomnia spell as I write this (it’s been almost 2 weeks since a good night’s sleep and last night was a disaster), I remain hopeful that rest is just around the corner.  I saw a  few recent posts from women on a couple of internet mom groups asking about tips for sleeping. I’d like to share the habit changes and other tips that can help me sleep.  It really is brighter on the well-rested side. NUTRITION & SUPPLEMENTS –Clean Up the Eats- I finally cleaned it up and did the Whole 30 in October. It’s a super strict paleo cleanse for 30 days. No cheats, no excuses. It was helpful to eliminate all the grains, legumes, dairy, alcohol, and added...

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Holiday Tips

Posted by on Dec 21, 2014 in Blog, Nutrition, Paleo, Uncategorized, Wellness coaching | 0 comments

The holidays are upon us, and treats and sweets surround us.  I am not about to give you a “Keep it Paleo- Holiday Survival Guide”, but instead offer some options to maximize the enjoyment while not busting out of your skinny jeans.  I personally believe that the holidays are a reason to splurge.  I’m not saying to let yourself go all out in the bakery section, or indulge at every opportunity.  But, I’m not going to encourage you to gut it out and restrict yourself to the almonds in your purse during a party, either.  The following tips are to keep your bod in good condition, avoid developing unhealthy lifestyle habits, and get the most from the buffet. 1. Savor your splurge.  When it comes to indulging, pick your poison.  Try to limit yourself to a few splurges a week.  Just because someone brought store-bought sugar cookies to the office, doesn’t mean you need to partake.  Instead, save it for the scratch made treat or that festive cocktail at happy hour.  To keep the novelty of the fun and avoid forming a bad habit, try not to have something everyday. 2. Extra miles for extra calories may not be the answer.  What’s the best way to get injured or run-down?  Amping up your workouts to accommodate the cookies.  While you may have some extra energy from indulging, you may want to run a little harder, or add a few more reps to the work out.  That’s fine.  But, don’t start doing 2-a-days if your body is not accustomed to it.  Don’t add in 5 rounds of the bear complex after your wod because you feel guilty about eating two cheat meals this week.  Your body can probably use the extra calories right now.  Talk to the coach who is doing your programming or writing the wods if you want to earn a little extra credit in the gym. 3. Keeping it clean at the buffet.  See #1 above.  If you are in a situation where you want to eat clean, there are options.  Load up on fresh vegetables and good protein.  If all they have is chicken wings and swedish meatballs as protein, go for it.  It’s better than taking stacks of low-nutrient crackers or chips.  Fill your plate with good fats: guacamole (use vegetables over tortilla chips for dipping), nuts, olives, etc.  Give your brain a boost with good Omega fats in seafood: lox and sushi are great options if they are on the table.  If you’re going to a pot luck, bring something that you want to eat and know will enjoy.  That way, you know you can at least have something on your plate that won’t trash your...

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The Hips Don’t Lie

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in CrossFit Mom, Fitness, happiness, manifesting, post-partum, post-partum weight management, Uncategorized, Videos, Wellness coaching | 4 comments

We learned in massage school that emotions are held and stored in our bodies.  Experiences, stress, fear, anger, anxiety, can get bundled up into a tight little ball and lock themselves in various places in our muscles.   Joints are sneaky places for them to hide, especially in our hips and pelvic region.  This can lead to all sorts of misalignments, aches, pains, stiffness (hello neck and shoulder issues!), and if not properly addressed, become bigger issues. I have some long-lasting tweaks from life and training.  Though I have spent years and lots of $$$ trying to “fix” them with chiropractors, acupuncture, massage, physical therapy, Airrosti, essential oils, to name a few; I learned that in order to be relieved of something, you have to go through it.  Face it.  Release it.  What I’m talking about is slow, conscious, deliberate stretching.  These are perfectly demonstrated in Hatha Yin and Restorative Yoga.  Both modalities use props such as bolsters, blankets, and blocks to help our bodies release hypertonic muscles while holding positions.  As your body lets go, the props can be removed.  It’s amazing.  In the Hatha Yin class I take, we work on our postures for 2-4 minutes and move in a very fluid manner.  In Restorative Yoga, we tend to use more props and will be in a position generally from 4-10 minutes.  If you are interested, I go to Hatha Yin at Yoga Yoga and Restorative at Say Om here in Austin. Both are fantastic to get the parasympathetic nervous system to engage.  This is the Rest and Digest part of your body’s physiological stress response (the sympathetic nervous system runs the Fight, Flight, or Freeze; or for women, Tend and Befriend stress response).  When the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged, we relax, renew, heal, and regenerate.  We all need this reset in order for our bodies to function properly; especially at optimum levels.  (Momma’s, let me here you say, “OH, YEAH!”) I was in a packed Hatha Yin class the other day, and the instructor opened class with one of her recent experiences as a life lesson to share.  She reminded us of the option in confrontations to either Be Right or Connect.  When we choose to Be Right as in debating or arguing, the reactions build and build and the energy gets tense and stressed until someone either blows up or gives up.  When we choose to Connect, we instead open ourselves to new perspectives and possibilities and create a stronger foundation of energetic harmony.  Think close-minded vs. open-minded. Well, that morning, our instructor was taking her small child to school, and her kiddo started having a tantrum at drop off.  Instead of choosing to Connect, the...

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