Body Wisdom: Pain as an Invitation to Self
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.
Dating Myself to Heal Inflammation and Histamine Overload
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…
Navigating the Relationship of Stress to Histamine Intolerance and Mast Cell Disorders
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…
Healing the Stress Effects on Digestion
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…
Satiating Comfort Food Cravings with My Keto Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
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…
Deepening Social Connection During Covid
Our habits and rituals are being forced to change and there are health risks that come with disconnection if we don’t shift to stay connected while distancing physically.
During Times of Uncertainty, Turn to Nature
Finding certainty in nature is one of the best ways to ground ourselves right now. We need only to look at the moon to be reminded that we have certainty, we have grounding, we have continuity that isn’t going away no matter how much the rest of our world changes.
How to Take Back Control: What I’m Doing to Stay Healthy During this Time of Uncertainty That You Can Do Too
During times of uncertainty, it is essential that we carve out things that we can control so that we aren’t choosing unhealthy patterns of control.
Salmon Cooking For All Budgets, to Support Brain Health
Salmon is simply brain food (and delicious and super easy to cook!). It’s ratio of omega 3 to omega 6 essential fatty acids (EFAs) makes it anti-inflammatory. Reduced inflammation in the gut, reduces inflammation in the brain.
VIDEO: How to Quickly Calm Stress & Anxiety and Produce Calm in Your Body – 1 min video
The best way to get out of fear and to build immune system resilience is to shift our breathing to calm our nervous system. I show you how in this 1 minute video.
How Our News Consumption is Affecting Our Mental Health & What to do Instead.
Watching just three minutes of negative news in the morning makes viewers 27% more likely to report having a bad day 6-8 hours later versus individuals consuming transformative stories of resilience, growth, possibilities, and solutions who reported having a good day 88% of the time!
Easiest “no brainer” way to boost energy, mood & brain health? Drink more water!
Water is the most essential “nutrient” that our brain needs to function properly. It is estimated that about 80% of the North American population suffers from energy loss due to minor dehydration. Even mild dehydration of just a body water loss of 1% (which can occur through routine daily activities)…
VIDEOS: Self-Acupressure to Easily Calm Anxiety & Overwhelm
Calm the body of anxiety, fears, overwhelm, and overthinking by self-stimulating two acupressure points I share in 2 video tutorials. These are points I stimulate using Medical Qigong practices with my clients but can also easily be self-stimulated through acupressure.
VIDEO: How Our Heart Health is Connected to our Mental Health
Given that our heart actually produces and synthesizes neurotransmitters that are specifically connected to our ability to upregulate our nervous system and calm down our nervous system - it is essential when working to overcome depression or anxiety that we also work on supporting our heart health. More on this…
Can’t Stop Overthinking When Meditating? Try this…
Swirling thoughts A cacophony of words, will, wants and whines. Shhh… And yet, willing the words to stop doesn’t work
Keep Moving Forward, Even (Especially) When Your Path is Unclear
So many times with depression I see uncertainty of a path crippling the person into not walking at all. The first steps through the uncertainty is the hardest – it’s like slogging through waist deep Colorado snow.
Practice Self-Love: Stop Hating Your Family
To hate or denigrate our family is to hate on ourselves which has the unanticipated effect of lowering our self-confidence, creating a perception of unworthiness, and promoting illness. When we loathe our blood family for the traumas they have inflicted, we also cast ourselves out and loathe ourselves because our…
When Food is Your Adventure
Are you overeating or choosing foods that are really rich when your life is lacking richness? Are you bored and stuck in a rut and food is replacing that need for adventure, joy, doing something new, exploration?
3 Ways to Reframe the Situation to Calm Reactivity
We do have a right to be upset, to be angry, to be sad, etc. and we also get to choose whether to take that frustration out on the other person and to carry that upset with us through the rest of the day and all of the interactions that…
6 Steps to Stop Reacting out of Frustration or Anger
In this article, I share my story of finding my way out of reactivity to understanding and the 6 key takeways that we can all use, whether in a state of meditative bliss or upset and emotionally raw, to calm down our reactivity, frustration, or anger enough to be more…