are you ready to do a reset
so you can thrive this fall?

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Cooking at Home, Gluten Free, Healthier Choices, Holistic Pain Relief, Wellness | 0 comments

Reset & Thrive Library Logo_MOD-Reset and ThriveIf you’re anything like me, summer is all about relaxation with flexed schedules, vacations with delicious indulgences, and a lighter list of to-do’s and to-don’ts. Don’t you savor every second of summer, and feel startled when autumn approaches? All too soon come the early morning alarms, lunches to pack, heavy project lists in the office, seemingly endless after school activities, and so very much more that seems to snowball so quickly!

I get it, the arrival of fall can feel like a fall into chaos!

This year it doesn’t have to! Perhaps it’s time to do a reset so you can thrive going into this new season?

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Introducing the Reset & Thrive Library:

Comprised of over 40 electronic resources specifically selected to help individuals and families get organized, create balance and improve their health for fall and a new academic season!

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No need to sort through thousands of recipes from the cookbooks included, we’ve given you two weeks of a get-started meal plan so that you can start without much planning or thought on your own – giving you precious time back to focus on reading the resources and thriving from the onset of this autumnal new year!

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The organizers of this Library, the Paleo Parents, have learned from over 5 years of healthy living, what tools people need for success. This bundle is sized just right to not overwhelm. It is broken into separate categories so that you can determine how to prioritize where you want to start.

For the Kitchen: The Cookbooks (a $201 value)

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Make it Merry: A Healthy Cookbook, Carla & Emma Papas

7 Steps to Better Grain-Free Baking, Kelly Smith

And Here We Are At the Table, Ariana Mullins

Health Happiness Paleo, Leslie Auman & Chelsea Gold

Paleo Desserts for Dummies, Adriana Harlan

The Healthy Breakfast E-Cookbook, Davida

Real Food Recipes, Kelly Brozyna

Paleo in a Pinch, Sarah Al-Khayyal

Modern Paleo Holiday Cuisine, Alanna Figueira

Family Feast eBook, Cassandra Garcia

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The Gratitude Workbook, Nicole Pittman

Bite Size Paleo, Kelly Bejelly

Full Plate: Nourishing Your Family’s Whole Health in a Busy World, Sarah Kolman

The No Brainer Wardrobe, Hayley Morgan

Clean & Colorful Cooking and September Jumpstart Grid, Ashely Reeves

Simplify, Abby Lawson

Self Care for Self Love, Summer Innanen

Once a Month Meals, Kelly Seaton

The Wild Diet Shopping Guide, Abel James

The Ancestral Blueprint’s Guide to Sleep Troubleshooting for All Ages, Dr. Natcha Maithai

Fall Watercolor Planning Printables, Caroline Potter

Go to Bed, Sarah Ballantyne

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Paleo Made Easy, Sylvie McCracken

The Empowered Mother, Cara Comini

The Kitchen Workout, Natalie Wright

Weight Loss Unlocked, Stefani Ruper

The Dietary Cure for Acne, Dr. Loren Cordain

Beauty’s Dirty Secret, Trina Felber

Mind & Body Balancing: A Guide to Counteract Inflammation Through Food & Lifestyle, Kari Owens

Kick Pain in the Kitchen, Barbara Searles

For the Kiddos (a $100 value)

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Baby’s First Foods, Rochelle Serna

Teacher’s Notebook Packet, Carisa Hinson

Kids’ Bundle, Emily Chapelle

MOMables, Laura Fuentes

Want to learn more about any of the titles listed above? Click the links to be taken directly to their page!

Of course, I’m especially excited that my book, Kick Pain in the Kitchen was chosen to be included in this Library. But, omigosh, it’s also amazing to be in the company of some of my health and wellness heroes like Dr. Loren Cordain and Sarah Ballantyne.

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The absolute best healthy living and organization experts and authors have teamed up to share their eBooks, workshops, tutorials, meal plans, calendars, and worksheets. All items feature NEW CONTENT, NEVER OFFERED IN ANOTHER BUNDLE. Some resources are DEBUTING in the Reset & Thrive Library and cannot be found anywhere else!

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The Reset & Thrive Library includes over 40 healthy living, planning and organization electronic resources which can be viewed on any e-reading device!

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All 40 resources come in PDF form and are available for instant download. Access all materials on your computer, phone, and e-reader of your choice.

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holistic therapies for pain relief, part 2

Posted by on May 15, 2015 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Holistic Pain Relief, Wellness | 0 comments

Reiki Holistic Therapies for PainLast time we talked about three of my favorite holistic therapies for pain relief: massage therapy, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. These are the mainstays of holistic care for people living with chronic pain, particularly because they integrate so effectively with Western medical care.

This time we’ll talk about two more holistic therapies that have big advantages for pain relief: topical analgesics and Reiki energy work.

Topical analgesics sure sounds like a medical term, not a holistic one. But actually there are many choices available over the counter, without a prescription. These lotions, gels, sprays, or patches usually include a few common ingredients: menthol and camphor. Each has a different formula, fragrance, and delivery method. You’ll find what works best for you! (Personally, I like patches because they stay on the skin longer. But you may find that adhesives aren’t comfortable for you.)

Why menthol and camphor? Menthol comes from peppermint and spearmint, and has natural cooling effects. If pain is inflammation and heat, then the cooling effects of menthol help counteract that. Menthol causes a signal to be sent which your brain interprets as cold, relieving the uncomfortable heat of inflammation. Menthol is also a vasodilator, which means it encourages your blood vessels to widen or dilate. When they dilate, increased blood flow can help relieve pain, especially in muscles.

Camphor comes from a tree called the camphor laurel. Originally from Asia, it’s now cultivated in many places around the world. Camphor is used for pain relief because it numbs the nerve endings. It also produces a cooling sensation similar to menthol. A volatile oil, it should always be added to a carrier lotion or oil.

Based on personal experience, and various clients’ experiences, I recommend Salonpas® products. They offer a wide variety of methods (patches, gel and sprays), and have been around for 150 years. That’s a lot of time to perfect their formula!

Full disclosure: I was recently quoted in two Salonpas blog posts. I hope you’ll read them if you’re interested in the topics.

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Reiki is something I experienced for the first time over ten years ago. A friend in massage school offered to give me a session, and I loved the peaceful way it made me feel. I started my own Reiki training soon after. When a client asks me to explain Reiki here’s what I say:

Reiki is a way of harnessing the positive energy that’s all around us. By positive energy, I mean the way you feel when you’re spending happy time with a friend or family member. It’s the way you feel in your “happy place.” It’s not spirits, ghosts, or anything intended to be forced on you. It’s not a religion or religious ceremony. Reiki energy is designed to go only where it is needed and welcome. The person giving the Reiki session is merely a vessel through which that universal energy flows.

Having a Reiki session can begin with an intention. For example, the client might say, “my knees have been bothering me and I’d like to picture the Reiki energy focusing goodness on them.” The session can also be broader in intention, such as to lift sadness or tension. Or the client may choose to “ask” the Reiki to go and to do what is needed.

How does Reiki relate to pain? Well, it’s individual of course. But in 2008 a meta study was done, reviewing results of previous studies. This meta study looked at pain relief and Reiki, as well as two touch-based therapies. The conclusion was that of the studies reviewed, Reiki was more effective than the other therapies. They also found that an experienced practitioner assisted the study participants in achieving greater pain relief.

These are just brief discussions of two holistic pain relief methods. Don’t forget to look at the first post in this series. Next time we’ll discuss

  • Magnetic therapy
  • Far infrared saunas & mats

 

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cheap + easy + relaxing =
Epsom salt baths

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Healthier Choices, Holistic Pain Relief, Wellness | 0 comments

Epsom Salt BathsHolistic pain relief can take many forms. In my years as a massage therapist, I’ve explored a wide variety of alternatives. By explored I mean both tried these methods myself, and recommended them to clients. Lately I find myself recommending Epsom salt baths to friends and clients on a regular basis. There are so many options for pain relief, but taking a warm bath with naturally pain relieving stuff in it is one of the most satisfying options. No side effects, just relief!

What’s the best way to try this? You only need a few ingredients:

  • Epsom salts (2 cups)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)
  • Tub with warm or nearly hot water (to your own temperature preferences)

The following ingredients are optional, but can be wonderful if you’d like to try:

  • Essential oils
  • Bentonite clay
  • Powdered ginger

So what is it about Epsom salt that’s helpful for pain relief? They’re actually magnesium sulfate. As I’ve mentioned before, Americans are woefully deficient in magnesium. While getting enough magnesium from food sources is ideal, that’s not the only way. You can absorb magnesium through your skin, including while soaking in the bath.

Magnesium is a natural muscle relaxant, plus it’s anti-inflammatory—both positives for holistic pain relief.

Simply fill up your tub with water (as hot as you can safely enjoy), adding the two ingredients and soak for 15-20 minutes. There’s no real benefit in a longer soak, plus the water starts to get chilly.

About the optional ingredients—you may find some benefits but it’s up to you whether you add them to the bath. Essential oils like lavender will add to your relaxation and possibly help you sleep. Bentonite clay can up the detoxification effects of the bath. Powdered ginger spice (yes, I got mine at the grocery store) is also anti-inflammatory and detoxifying.

While these are all readily available ingredients and likely to have no side effects, if you’re living with any chronic or acute conditions you should discuss regular use of Epsom salt baths with your health care provider.

Happy soaking and here’s to pain relief!

 

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oxytocin (the love hormone)
conquers all

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Guest Blogs, Holistic Pain Relief, Women in Pain | 0 comments

My friend and fellow author Aubree Deimler wrote today’s blog. She’s taken everything she’s learned from living with endometriosis, and from her training as an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, and created PeaceWithEndo.com. You may not have pelvic pain, but this information about oxytocin applies to all of us looking for holistic sources of pain relief.

The Healing Powers of Oxytocin

Puzzle of LoveI listened to Dr. Christiane Northrup speak awhile back and something that she said made my ears perk up. She mentioned the hormone oxytocin and how it is the true fountain of youth hormone.

“Pay attention to this”, she said.

How had I never heard of oxytocin a.k.a. the love hormone?

I found out that oxytocin is produced in your hypothalamus and stored and secreted by your pituitary gland. It acts as a neurotransmitter in your brain.

Turns out this molecule is super powerful and arguably all healing. Here’s why…

Oxytocin has anti-inflammatory properties. So when it is released in your body it helps with cramps, headaches, and overall body aches.

Oxytocin has been shown to reduce cortisol levels in your body. Cortisol is the “stress” hormone, which can cause all kinds of havoc in your body. The release of oxytocin follows with feelings of calm 🙂

Oxytocin is also helpful in overcoming depression and anxiety.

Interestingly enough, oxytocin receptors have been found in your digestive tract. Therefore, it helps improve digestion through improved gut mobility and decreased gut inflammation.

More oxytocin means less cardiovascular stress and an improved immune system.

As I gathered this information I could definitely see why Dr. Northrup spoke of oxtytocin with the suggestion to pay attention to this hormone!

How to Get More Oxytocin

Inevitably the question follows…. So how do we get more oxytocin?

Turns out its pretty simple. Your body releases oxytocin when touching is shared. This can come in the way of a hug, kiss or a simple handshake.

This touch causes your brain to release low levels of oxytocin both in yourself and the person that you are touching. With this connection, oxytocin levels help create a sense of trust.

When your body is sexually aroused or excited then oxytocin levels increase in your brain significantly. With orgasm your brain is flooded with oxytocin!

I understand that for many of us with endometriosis that sex and/or orgasm can be painful. But no need to fret, there are plenty of other ways that we can increase our oxytocin levels.

Simply watching an emotional movie can compel oxytocin release as can singing in a choir, doing karaoke with a crowd or dancing! Playing or cuddling with pets can cause oxytocin levels to increase too.

Another way to increase oxytocin is by verbally expressing your love for all the ones in your life: “I love you!”

Oxytocin is the love molecule but part of its evolved biology comes from the fact that you have to put it out there to get it back.

Because of this energy exchange, giving gifts to others can increase oxytocin levels.

Another way to give to receive is with focused meditation on others. Putting forth positive, focused energy to those in our life that we care about creates a ripple that returns to us with increased oxytocin and yes…. LOVE 🙂

On the Positive Side? 

I shared with my husband the power of oxytocin, and its become something we joke about now and again. We both recognize just how powerful this hormone is to calm down tension between the two of us.

Have you ever paid attention to how sometimes a hug makes the stress and anxiety melt away (at least for a moment)? Sometimes all it takes is my husband’s arms around me to make everything better.

I love how oxytocin spreads with the spread of the “L” word. When we give, we truly do receive. Oh by the way I LOVE you dear reader 🙂

I hope this information inspires you to give up some hugs today and share some love.

Yes, love indeed conquers all.

 

More about Aubree:

When Aubree was 29 years old she was officially diagnosed with endometriosis. She realized that she did not want to treat it with drugs or surgery. Instead she took an alternative road on a journey to whole healing – on a physical, emotional and spiritual level… and the rest is history.

As a certified holistic health coach and founder of Peace With Endo, Aubree is deeply passionate about wellness and inspiring other women with endometriosis to reconnect with a life filled with love and positive rhythms. 

Aubree is available for speaking events on the subjects of nutrition, healthy lifestyle, stress management, and overcoming suffering.

 

 

 

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why I’m choosing antibiotic-free meats

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Anti-Inflammatory Ideas, Healthier Choices, Kick Pain in the Kitchen, Why Organic? | 0 comments

Antibiotic-Free Hormone-Free Grass-Fed CattleIn my quest for concrete, scientific answers regarding some ongoing symptoms, I recently embarked on a pretty intense food testing protocol.  There are many food testing options available, and this is what the functional medicine practice I’m working with recommended as “top-of-the-line.”

I won’t bore you with the complete test results, although don’t be surprised if I continue to share the things I’ve learned. However, I do think you’d be interested in one particular part of my results and what I’ve learned because of it.

Turns out my body is making a LOT of antibodies to an antibiotic called streptomycin. In simpler terms, I’m allergic to this drug. When I saw this on the list of severe reactions, I also realized that I’ve NEVER taken this antibiotic for medical treatment.

So how is it that I’d be making antibodies for something that’s never been prescribed for me? Thank goodness for Google and the documents available online! Here’s what I found:

Streptomycin is a commonly used antibiotic for large animals including cattle, sheep, and pigs. It’s used all the time in the process of producing the meat and dairy we buy at the grocery store.

Streptomycin is also used to control disease in vegetable and fruit crops, INCLUDING organic apples and pears.  On the upside, the exemption that allowed organic growers to use streptomycin expired in October of 2014. Just be aware that those chemically treated organic apples will probably still be on shelves for most of 2015 as well.

You probably realize by now that I’m not vegetarian, but we’ve been eating with mindfulness (within our budget) for decades. So this was a big blow to my sense of comfort with our choices! And let me tell you, our budget just shifted around so that I can get some relief from this allergic reaction.

I know the changes we’ve made are really the important part of this learning experience for us – and for you! So here’s what we decided to do.

First, I’m going to give organic apples a break. It’s been my go-to fruit for the last few years because it’s inexpensive, easy to find and travels well. I’ll just choose different organic options for the next several months or more.

We are completely switching our beef and poultry buying habits to only antibiotic-free, hormone-free producers. This is NOT easy on our budget, since the costs are about twice what we’ve paid in the past. It really comes down to the “pay me now or pay me later” philosophy. Since the antibiotics are likely playing a part in my health challenges, then continuing to eat food containing them will only make me sicker later. Investing in better quality products now will hopefully lead to better health in the long run for our whole family.

I’m grateful to live in a part of the U.S. (central Pennsylvania) where we can source these products direct from the farm. The web site Local Harvest has been a big help in identifying these folks. Plus, Cris already shops regularly at a local farmer’s market where he’s been able to find a few more sources.

A few Saturdays ago we decided to go straight to a farm store near us. I’m not sure if this would happen everywhere, but after a quick check in to see if we had questions, the family left us on the honor system. We literally picked out our foods, listed them on a steno pad, and left a check in the cash box. And there were two other families right behind us in line. You can’t get much closer to the producers than that!

Taste and texture of these meats is definitely different, especially their leaner and less fatty nature. But it’s not unpleasant at all. And once we decide on the meat we prefer, we’re expecting to buy in quantity to reduce our overall cost per pound.

It’s too soon to tell you whether these changes will make a difference in my health, but I believe they will be positive in the long term. I hope you’ll take the information I’ve shared and consider how it might relate to your own health. I’d love to hear what you find!

Amish Farm Store Sign

 

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