Posts in Whole Health Phillosphy
Think About It: Better Digestion Through Mindfulness

Many of my clients show up seeking big, sweeping solutions to their digestion issues. They often see food as the problem and so they want to get big diagnostic tests that spit out answers that say “avoid this food and this food and your digestive issues will be solved!” While this is a great part of a plan for many folks, the truth is that there’s a lot we can do to improve our digestion without having to take a single test—it’s all about shifting our mindset while we eat.

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The Special Sauce to Meeting Goals and Creating Lasting Change

Doesn’t it seem that by a certain point in our lives, we should know how to change the things that aren’t working for us and actually get the results we want?

We’re certainly culturally conditioned to believe that we should. Why else would “self help” even be a section in the bookstore? And yet research shows that 92% of people who set New Year’s goals never actually achieve them. This doesn’t mean that the vast majority of people are inadequate, lazy, incapable or unworthy. It means that our approach is flawed. Learn more about how to actually create the change you want.

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Be Mindful of Your Summer Pace

I love summer, but I also find it challenging. Juggling my kids’ schedules without the predictable structure of a school schedule alone is enough to stop me in my tracks! And for my autoimmune clients, I’ve noticed that all the spontaneous social activity can be depleting and even debilitating. For many folks with autoimmune issues, a failure to effectively manage and balance energy throughout the season can lead to physical consequences in the form of exacerbated symptoms. Read more here.

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Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself: The Anger/Autoimmune Connection

Anger is a pretty loaded emotion. Culturally, we tend to try to suppress anger and oftentimes don’t allow ourselves to experience it. I have found that my autoimmune clients frequently experience SIGNIFICANT anger — at their disease, at their body for not functioning properly, at themselves for being the way that they are, and even at past events that continue to bother and haunt them — but they often also tell themselves that they shouldn’t outwardly express their frustrations. Instead, they ignore them or bottle them up, only adding to their body’s stress response, and, you guessed it, exacerbating their autoimmune systems (more on that in a minute.) Read more about anger and autoimmune disease here.

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Health is More Than Exercise and Performance Alone

Once we decide to get serious about our health, it can be really easy to get tunnel vision.  I think we do this to avoid overwhelm. We want to make shifts manageable and digestible, so we FOCUS. Totally valid! Consequently, if we stay perpetually focused or obsessed on the same one thing over time, we can limit the opportunity to improve our physical, emotional and spiritual health. Exercise is a common place that people over-focus to "get healthy." I watch many people cling to exercise, athleticism, and burning calories with an iron grip, so much so that it can cause them to neglect other important parts of their whole health. This ultimately leads to subpar living.  We get to set aside our comfortable routines, zoom out, and look at the big picture from time to time.

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