black lives matter
I stand in solidarity with BIPOC & allies in denouncing police brutality, racialized violence and systemic oppression in all forms.
I may not always know the best actions to take, but I WILL take action and I will admit when I am wrong and learn from my mistakes.
Nourishing body wisdom in sensitives & empaths to heal inflammation, pain, digestive issues, anxiety & fatigue to show up powerfully & authentically
"What if your health issue is actually an opportunity to emerge more resilient, in joy, in love with life, and more confident than ever?"
~ Kathleen Bauer~
It’s time to ditch the anxiety, fatigue and the effects of overstimulation on a frazzled nervous system; to feel powerful and confident in your body and mind; to get to the root of inflammation, pain, and digestive struggles; and to trust in and understand your own unique body wisdom.
As empaths or highly sensitive people, we are heavily influenced by our environment and can easily be overwhelmed from overstimulation. We can be like sponges and take in the heaviness of the world around us, feeling so deeply and intensely the emotions and pain of the world, of the environment, and of the people we are surrounded by. This is such a gift to feel so intensely and to have so much awareness of what others are experiencing and yet, if we aren’t prepared for this, it can overwhelm our nervous systems. If we can’t differentiate what is our own pain and what is the pain of others, we can lose ourselves and feel uncertain, lost, and out of connection with our own soul purpose. Our minds can rebel from so much input resulting in worries, negative self-talk, and worst case scenario thinking.
As we burn-out from taking in too much, we get fatigued, withdraw, and just want to avoid it all. Sometimes we avoid by numbing ourselves out with overeating, with sugar, by binge watching tv, through drinking, and via a wide variety of other addictive behaviors that all take their toll on our physical and emotional health.
As empaths and highly sensitives, our bodies communicate to us not only of our own needs but also of the needs of everyone and everything around us. Our nervous systems are more sensitive and can get easily overwhelmed, resulting in a flood of stress hormones that create inflammation, pain, digestive issues, and more. If that wasn’t enough, also, if we don’t learn how our bodies uniquely communicate with us, our bodies will communicate in louder and louder, and more and more painful ways. This communication can appear as a whole host of health issues.
As both an empath and a highly sensitive person, I have struggled my whole life with overwhelm and overstimulation from my external and internal environments. I would shut down and go into avoidant mode, as I closed myself off to people and experiences, and people would find me cold and insensitive, because to open myself up would flood my system with their emotions and experiences. For the first half of my life, being in very masculine-dominated environments, I was afraid of what others might think was weakness as I was flooded with emotions. I couldn’t help but to always see the best in people and as a result attracted narcissists and dependent people into my life. My nervous system became frazzled from taking in too much or trying to avoid so much, and my body/mind rebelled with skin rashes, digestive issues, fatigue, thyroid issues, food sensitivities, and moodiness.
I had to learn to love myself, to set boundaries, to stand up for myself, and to stop taking in the emotions and pain of everyone/everything around me. I had to get in relationship with my body to know what symptoms were my own, what was not mine, what energies from my environments were affecting my nervous system, what was from trauma, what was ancestral, and how my body/mind communicated to me through my emotions, thoughts, and physical sensations. I had to learn to build resilience in my nervous system, ground myself to the energies of others/situations, and clear my system of what was not mine. From this place, my symptoms resolve and my body/mind allows for the healing of dysbiosis and gut issues, inflammation to be quenched, and body communication to not happen through pain. You can get there too…
I help sensitives and empaths connect to their body wisdom, counter overstimulation so they can show up powerfully and authentically themselves while releasing their anxiety, fatigue, digestive distress, pain, and inflammation. My unique somatic/body-centered approach draws predominantly from functional medicine, individualized nutrition, intuitive therapeutic culinary skills, psychospiritual mental health coaching, Chinese energy work, and medical qigong to address the root causes of health issues, support deep healing, resolve trauma, and empower you to be in relationship with your body and be your own healer.
DIVE IN! Food for the soul!
Day 4 of menstruating: I shouldn’t be having cramps… But there it was, all “shoulds” aside. It can be alarming when we get unexpected pain. It can feel most comfortable to run away from it rather than to turn toward it and to find understanding with it.
This article isn’t about the stress of relationships with others, but about changing simple acts of relationship to self that can have drastic impacts on histamine levels. It is a call to date ourselves and change the way we eat and hold space for ourselves and our bodies as a way to calm inflammation and reduce our histamine loads. Will you heed the call?
Sufferers of histamine intolerance and of mast cell-associated disorders need to be especially skilled at managing stress responses in their bodies. This is especially true of sensitives and empaths who aren’t just managing their own stress, but the stresses of those around them too. Although it is not possible to remove all stress from our lives, what is possible is to calm the reaction our nervous systems have to stress.
You did the lab detective work, nourish yourself through an anti-inflammatory diet, restored your gut integrity, healed your dysbiosis, and yet still struggle with digestive distress or pain. What’s left? What is especially useful for those of us experiencing digestive disorders or chronic pain to understand is that we may have a heightened stress response that is fueling our symptoms.
Cookies!!! YES! More specifically, chocolate chip cookies. Even more specifically, no-sugar, immune supportive, decadent balls of delicious healthy fatty goodness. Use this chocolate chip cookie dough for baked cookies (with a Mexican Wedding Cookie-type consistency), for home-made ice cream, or for just plain ol’ eatin’ of the raw dough deliciousness.
Nourished Health Anti-Racism and Anti-Discrimination Action Plan: Behavioral Health and Mental Health Coaching
I am saddened and disgusted by the ongoing police brutality and the rising death toll of the Black community as the result of racism, racist policing, and racist policies of the US. This article shares my commitment to end my part in supporting institutionalized racism of the mental health field and what actions I am committed to taking as an anti-racist provider and company.