Through the media or our standard doctors office it’s easy to feel hopeless and full of fear or overwhelm that disease awaits us all, and there’s little hope but surgery, drugs and side-effects; but there is hope, knowledge, and tools available to us, and it doesn’t come in a ‘pink washed’ package of cookies for breast cancer.
Never did I think I would be faced with my furangel having cancer, not with my background in Functional Medicine and Nutrition, but alas, our beloved Bastian has Hemangiosarcoma. I believe we can live well with cancer, perhaps even beat it, or at the very least improve the conditions and quality of life in the time we have. So here’s our approach and experience thus far, incase it can help you or loved ones
I'm sure you've noticed the gyms are packed in January, then soon fizzle out only a month or two later, everyone's on an epic juice cleanse, then gets back to eating their old ways again. A recent poll indicated that only about 8% of people actually follow through on their new years resolutions. Why? Because we make some common mistakes that most often set ourselves up for failure.
So, what can we do to reach our goals and rock it in our health, career, relationships, etc?! Here are five tips
1) Progress not Perfection
Focusing on perfection sets us up for failure, frustration, and an ever decreasing sense of self worth and trust. I know because, well I consider myself a 'recovering perfectionist', and as I've tuned in on this, boy has it drastically improved my inner dialogue, health, happiness, and true success. Marie Forleo, the vibrant incredible femme fatale who created B School, says 'progress not perfection', and that quickly became my mantra over the years. Switch your mindset to enjoying the process, the journey of discovery and lessons, instead of the impossible ideal of overnight perfection, and you'll do wonders.
2) Replace negative goals with a positive more enticing option
Instead of 'I'm not gonna eat those cookies', focus on 'I'm gonna give my body what it really wants/needs for sweetness, like more natural foods, more movement and play, etc.' With my clients I never use diets, as they're based on deprivation and are short term 'fixes' with a host of side effects; so instead, we focus on indulging in a more nourishing food plan and lifestyle. When we tell ourselves not to do something, so often our inner child or rebel will self-sabotage and want to do just that. So give yourself the invitation to support your values and goals, and focus on all the goodness and opportunity of these more positive solutions.
3) Make SMART goals
With my clients we discuss what it means to make more effective goals by making them Small, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely. Instead of super vague goals that make it too easy to slip by in our busy lives, make it clearly defined and achievable. Try one new smart goal per week, start really small and achievable, and work your way up. And if you or life gets in the way and you don't achieve your goal, than perhaps your life was especially chaotic at the moment or perhaps your goal wasn't SMART enough, so be understanding and kind with yourself, proactive and move forward. Beating ourselves up only pushes us farther away from achieving and sustaining health and happiness.
4) Commit Already
Say it, write it, in the present tense, so you've already decided this is happening. 'I am' instead of I will or I want to. You've already committed; this is what you want for yourself to live and feel and achieve all you want in this life. Decide this is non-negotiable and valuable for you.
5) Support Team and Community
Will power alone is often not enough to achieve our goals, we must set ourselves up for success. Following the above steps are a part of that, as is inviting in friends/family to support or join you, and also knowing when to ask for help/support. See when your ego or excuses are getting in the way of your success, and allow yourself to receive some support from experts. As a Functional Medicine Health Coach, that is my forte to be your accountability partner, your nonjudgemental positive mirror that helps you uncover the roots and blindspots, and supports you in achieving what you really want. So whether that's a fitness group, personal trainer, health coach, therapist, etc. build your toolbox and dream team, you and those around you, deserve that.
Now remember, to take it step by step, and enjoy the dance, the process of being human and uncovering your greatness. Invite more curiosity and compassion in your life, instead of so much judgement and struggle, and I assure you, you will achieve and manifest more of your goals and dreams, and be happier and lighter for it.
So what are some ideas for healthy smart goals this year? I'll give you a glimpse at some of mine:
- I am hiking and running 4-5x/week for atleast 20min
- I am following the Anti-Candida Food Plan for atleast 1 month, avoiding dairy/grains/sugar and enjoy more water, herbal tea, veggies, soups, and more.
- I am meditating every morning and/or evening for 15minutes, using breath-work or
- I am unplugging from the phone/computer/wi-fi from 7pm-7am this winter, then when the days lengthen switch time frame.
Does that help? What are your health goals this year, or this month?
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The vulnerable ecstasy of shedding skin, of stepping out to go in,
off the grid and deep in wilderness untainted by man's hand,
every year treading the internal footprints that further etch into our family bones,
we traverse along an invisible trail of changing landscapes that fold in to cover our tracks as we pass,
a secret garden of our reunion with each other and the wild
This month of February, as Heart Health Awareness Month, and Valentine’s Day brings our awareness to the rhythm holder within each of us. Whether we’re soaring solo or in a romantic relationship, this month is not just about the health of our poetic hearts, but our physical hearts as well. Here is the hard truth...
In essence, how can I speak of the benefits of sauerkraut or other ‘luxuries’ of health, while there is such division and fear of security in our own homeland?’ How can we talk of anything other than the latest politics and media releases, without feeling off-topic and insensitive?...
I was asked to write a piece for this beautiful digital magazine, Bare Essentials, which showcases incredible nature photography and adventures. They were highlighting female 'role models' living empowering authentic lives connected to nature, and asked if I'd pen a short piece on my 'strength and creative approach to challenges' that's demonstrated throughout my life and shared images.
This turned out to be a bigger challenge than I imagined, to write about yourself, in a few words, and without feeling like..well, that you're just talking about yourself..was a surprising and very interesting experience. It triggered the 'self-judgement and recovering perfectionism' to say a big HELLO again, and in the end I was thankful for the challenge and opportunity to dance in the shadow and laugh it away again. Thanks for the opportunity Inga and Bare Essentials, and for the beautiful adventures/photography/friendship Ben Horton. PS Do yourself a favor and check out his incredible photography work of wild creatures and landscapes.
You can find the article on page 111 at http://bareessentialsmagazine.uberflip.com/t/16638-bare-essentials-magazine
..Unlike any other organ the heart links the physical with the metaphysical, as without its melodious beating, our curious spirit would drift away from its human vessel, seeking a new melody of being.
I want to help you jumpstart your new year with some foundational insights to empower a healthier happier you, this year and beyond! The following are four foundational pillars I use with my clients to empower them for more powerful and lasting success in their health resolutions and beyond.
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Through these heavy doors I slowly drift to leave these moors,
this dimensions limitations left behind,
The latin root for human is humus, which means soil or earth. Interesting...so is it then not ironic that we are born from the earth, we die and fade back unto the earth, and yet we brush away it’s wisdom and connection, much like a pubescent child fleeing his maternal nest? ..
..Slivers of silvery thread ripple and glide
Across the fluid blanket that is tonight’s courage ride...
instead of perceiving polarity on a linear scale with extremes separated by distance, can we see that perhaps the scale runs on a circular dial, with the opposite ends actually meeting together? It almost feels like a glitch in the matrix,
I wrote this when I was really sick, seeking for the gift...
"Sometimes we're not as invincible or as strong as we had thought. Something sinks our ship despite doing everything we possibly could. An unforseen attack from an invisible force. We sink below the surface of understanding...
What is this obsession with labels? What is your star sign, your race, your religion, your job, your political party,…. Do these labels really truly define YOU?...
Is one truly living if they are lying in a coma, cruising on a conveyer belt of a path laid out before them? The body is breathing but the spirit is numbed and crippled from expressing itself to its potential,...
We have been created as emotional beings and that is a beautiful gift, though painful and dark at times, it gives us a rainbow of hues with which to paint and experience our world....
Microcosm of a macrocosm, every part a fractal of the whole. Individually holistic yet symbiotically woven into a greater cosmic tapestry...
With nature’s matter and the space in between, Exploring the mind yet quieting it, The possibilities are endless and unforeseen...