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Brain Food

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Here’s a list of food to help the brain.  What inspired this?  A post-it note asking for natural remedies for Parkinson’s Disease.  I love being a reference for a holistic and alternative approach to healthcare.

This list was composed while listening to the re-play of Anthony William and Restoring Brain Health. 

The Grocery List:

Chaga Powder

Turmeric and ginger

Gotu Kola (herb)

Restore glycogen with

Wild blueberries (most powerful medicinal)

Apples

Oranges

Cilantro (medicinal)

Parsley

Rosemary

Potatoes

NO ASPARTAME!!!

Heavy metal detox with:

Barley juice grass powder

Cilantro

Spirulina (Hawaiian)

Dulse (blue green algae), Kelp

Artichokes

Celery Juice (fresh pressed extremely powerful medicinal)

Cucumber juice (fresh pressed)

Leafy greens (lettuce, spinach)

Walnuts

Hemp Seeds

Coconut and coconut water, coconut butter, coconut meat

Aloe Vera

Bananas—only thing that kills HIV/AIDS in a petri dish!!!—HUGE antiviral, helps with sleep too.

Salmon, Halibut, Haddock

Minimize animal proteins each day (don’t have to quit just lower it)

Vitamins:

Melatonin (you WILL NOT get addicted to it)

Vitamin C

Curcumin (from Turmeric)

Burdock Root tea or Fresh burdock root

Magnesium glycinate

L-threonate

L-glutamine

Pharmagaba

Examples to live by:

Eat a banana everyday

Breakfast:  Fruit Salad, or smoothie and celery juice

For dinner sprinkle turmeric powder and ginger on as seasoning

Cut up ginger and boil it:  Drink the water.  You can also juice fresh ginger

Lunch:  EVERYDAY:  Have a raw salad with a mixture of greens, vegetables, nuts, and berries.  Top it with a dressing made from blended orange juice and avocado.

Dinner:  Baked potatoes with Himalayan salt, pepper, topped with braised cabbage and avocado.  Also utilize the squash family (butternut, spaghetti, acorn, and crooked neck) to replace pasta and meat.

References:

Life Changing Foods by Anthony William

Medical Medium:  Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal.  Anthony William

Mindful Genetic Control

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Bruce Lipton is a stem cell biologist and author of The Biology of Belief.  Through his research and publications, he explains the power our thoughts have to control our genetic expression.  This means we are not a victim to our genetic inheritance, we actually have the ability to control it through our perception.  I heard an interview with Bruce on the radio and was immediately intrigued because I’ve never heard the science, and specifically the cell biology behind the energy and power in our thoughts.  As a practitioner in the medical field with a strong interest in metaphysics, it was relieving to hear a scientifically sound explanation supporting the power of belief! I wanted to share some his key points taken from his blog.  All of Bruce Lipton’s blogs can be found at https://www.brucelipton.com/blog.

Our assumption that DNA controls cellular function has been proven untrue.  The truth, he proposes, is that DNA function and expression is reactive and controlled by the cellular environment.  He relates this to an experiment he did with stem cells.  He cloned a single stem cell and ended with many cells genetically the same.  He divided the cells into three petri dishes with three varying mediums or environments.  The cells became either muscle, fat, or bone based on the environment, not based on their genetics because, as he said, the cells were genetically identical.

Whaatt??!!

The cell’s perception of the environment opens protein-gated channels in the membrane that then cause our DNA to turn genes on or off.  So really it’s all about perception.  Perception is influenced by the level of stress.  Our genetic expression is written and rewritten based on perception causing a biological reaction to the environment.  Keep in mind that a perception is not always true.  Biological reactions come in two forms:  growth and protection.  If the environment is perceived as nutritional, growth genes are activated, if it is perceived as harmful, protection genes are activated.    When growth is activated, our immune system is fully functional, and we are ready to heal and grow; however, when protection is activated energy conservation is kicked in by supressing the immune system and shunting blood away from vital organs into the extremities, this is “fight or flight.”  The cellular goal of fight or flight is to utilize the least amount of energy to reflexively keep the body alive…no time for healing, no time for cognizant thought or memory…just survive.  Survival does not allude to any type of replenishment, pleasure, or enjoyment.  With blood being shunted away from our vital organs and the immune system supressed, it is clear how this creates an opportunistic breeding ground for disease and cancer.

Davidji, meditation guru and Hay House author, reminds us that the breath initiates the fight or flight response.  Rapid breathing sets off this autonomic response but slow steady breathing has the power to reverse it.  How easy!  A couple of slow deep breaths amidst a stressful situation will help to keep our blood chemistry primed for growth, health, and love.

Bruce Lipton also speaks to the power of quantum physics where the focus is on the unmanifest, or in other words, energy.  Energy is the only true primal essence.  Energy is the building block of the manifest.  Quantumbiology is a new science attempting to harness the energetic power held in our consciousness.  Thoughts (energy) control blood chemistry, which affects DNA expression.  Love produces a blood chemistry conducive to growth and fear a chemistry conducive to death.

Angel Numbers by Shape

Why numbers?  Numbers are the universal language.  Most humans have 10 fingers and 10 toes enabling communication through quantity.  God and the angels utilize this universal language to deliver messages.  I’ve devised a simple way to remember the meaning of numbers through examining their shape.

If a number is repeated (for instance 111, 333) then the meaning is amplified.  If it is a combination of numbers (3033, 1008), then the meaning is a combination of the vibrational components of all of the numbers involved.

This is my so-called angel number “alphabet.”  Once you know the basics, you can intuitively create your own number meanings and stories…just like writing a novel.  Author and PhD Doreen Virtue is an amazing source to learn more about angel numbers.

0—New beginnings.  Imagine an empty pool ready to fill up or envision stepping through a portal.

1—Manifestation.  Imagine a rope hanging from heaven to earth.  Heaven is working to manifest your conscious thoughts and desires as they are being sent straight up to the divine assembly line.  Conscious thought materializes through this number.

2—New partnership.  The number two is the first number to combine both curves and angles.  This is a new thought, idea, seeds being planted, the beginning action step in bringing a new idea to fruition.

3—Holy Trinity, ascended masters are with you.  The number three looks like a heart or a circle (the earth) cracked open.  “Fill my heart Lord,” “Come fill me,” are often things we pray or meditate upon inviting in the Holy Spirit or ascended masters into our body.

4—Angels are with you, balance. Imagine standing between multiple cords hanging from heaven to earth.  Once you grab ahold of one cord, the number four is formed.  Angels are surrounding you, they intervene based on invitation so be sure to invite them to help you…because they’re waiting!

5—Change.  The number five incorporates all angles, and is the most difficult number to write because it requires so much movement.  It also resonates with a very mathematical vibration.  Planets are aligning, trails are being blazed, and mountains are moving in precise time and measure to create change in your life.  Don’t fear it, life is very cyclical requiring change.

6—Very worldly, look to heaven.  Six is a round number, and the staff is going toward heaven but just misses curving back down.  Six’s staff never really makes it to the clouds.  This number is very concerned with worldly order and involvement.  It may be a call to look beyond this world for answers.

7—Divine magic.  Imagine that the top of the number seven is heaven and the bottom is a straight shot to earth.  Heaven is blasting magic down to you!  It’s like a lightning bolt, surprising and out of nowhere.  Doors are being blasted open, and magical, unexpected events are to come.

8—Abundance.  Eight resonates with infinity.  It’s the pure connection between heaven and earth in a reciprocated divine flow.  It also mimics the planetary orbits and vibrates in a very balanced and fulfilled frequency.  Abundance comes in many forms:  happiness, grace, joy, wealth, family.

9—The end of a phase, completion.  The number nine is shaped like a helium balloon.  Imagine letting it go.  Watch it float into space and disappear.  Number nine represents the end of an earthly phase.

Be sure to follow this blog and check me out on the socials @alternative_PT to learn more.  I’m creating the health meaning behind numbers so look for that soon!  Also check out www.AlternativePTFortworth.com for more awesomeness.

The Drunken Medium and I are joining forces to offer the spirits and Spirit mentoring program for professionals interested in learning the basic concepts of spirituality and manifestation for success in career and life!

The Secret

Who wants to cultivate mindfulness?  Who wants to develop a deeper relationship with God? Who wants to work on vision, intuition, and clarity?  MEDITATE!  In his book Secrets of Meditation, Davidji keeps it simple when encouraging and teaching the foundations of meditation and how to finally get started.

“Prayer is talking to God; meditation is listening.”  As a spiritual intuitive, meditation is something I’ve naturally been doing for years.  Slipping into the gap has been a hobby of mine from the time I can remember thoughts.  Now that I’ve read this book, I realize it was actually a form of sound meditation.  Ever since I can remember, I have the “gift” of drifting off.  How do I do this?  Certain sounds and vibrations take me away.  I simply listen to the vibration of a lawn mower, the air conditioner, someone’s tapping pencil, the water faucet, the dogs barking…and I’m off.  The utilization of honoring the vibration of sound has always quieted my mind.  My co-workers are amazed at my focus and ability to day dream in the most crowded and busiest of environments.  The ability to disconnect from the world and connect to the collective consciousness or higher self has set the stage and cultivated my understanding and acceptance of the world and that which is beyond.

Here’s my brief summary

Meditation has many benefits.  Our physiology, psychology, and biochemistry change.  We eliminate knee jerk reactions and replace them with conscious, purposeful reactions.  The production of stress hormones, heart and respiratory rates, and platelet production decreases and our immune system, sex hormones, and growth hormones increase.  There are many more transformative benefits of meditation that can only be discovered by starting a practice.

There are many methods of meditation that include biofeedback, the use of a mandala, Buddhist meditation, chanting, primordial sound, and breath awareness to name a few.  Meditation is not a religious practice, it simply unifies you with your higher, enlightened self and brings many closer to God.

Meditation employs concepts based in yoga, which means union, pure being, and acts to provide mental cultivation that resonates with unconditional love and compassion.  A mantra or chant acts as a mind vehicle to get us where we’re meditatively and wakefully going.  It allows the meditator to disconnect from the sounds or words and enter into the space between thoughts known as the gap that is beyond labels.  To pick a mantra, simply go with what resonates and vibrates with you now.  Here are a few examples he gives:

  • Aham brahmasmi—I am the universe
  • Moksha—I am emotionally free
  • I am or So Hum
  • Om or Aum—the sound of the universe
  • Yogastha Kuru Karmani—established in oneness perform action
  • Trust

What is the gap?  It’s the space between thoughts, which is where you find you.  The gap reveals your unbound potential.  You are not defined by your thoughts, and you cannot tell you are in the gap until your thoughts bring you out of your meditative state.

Stop trying, stop expecting just keep up the practice!  Don’t let thoughts, sounds, and sensations distract you.  Simply let them be.  We are human and cannot avoid experiencing any of these.  Simply witness it, accept it, and let it go returning back to the mantra, which can always override the others.  “Let it come; let it go; be unconcerned.”

You know you’re a successful meditator if any of the following happen:  You fall asleep, you have dancing thoughts, or you drift into stillness and silence known as being in the gap.  The gap opens up infinite possibilities, which you can materialize when your eyes open.  Through meditation the understanding and acceptance of life develop and deepen.  Meditation allows you to simply BE not just DO.  In fact DOing hinders the experience.

Here’s how to start a successful practice:

RPM—rise, pee, meditate 10-30 minutes.  Ritualize the practice, do this every day for 21-40 days.  You may also…

RAW—right after work, meditate an additional 10-30 minutes.

What I’ve learned after 21 days of meditation

  • Sometimes I’m in the gap, sometimes I’m not.
  • Sometimes I never find the gap.
  • Sometimes I can’t say the mantra very loud. Sometimes I whisper it, sometimes I just think it.
  • Sometimes I fall asleep…and snore.
  • I need environmental sounds playing while I meditate.
  • Sometimes I have to jog on the treadmill before I meditate because I’m very sleepy at 5:30am! So RRPM (rise, run, pee, meditate)
  • I need a blanket every time. Anytime I’m uncomfortable, I adjust.
  • Sometimes I sit, sometimes I lie down. I keep my legs however they are most comfortable.
  • Sometimes I have intense visualizations filled with people, animals, nature, and symbols, but most of the time I don’t—I just appreciate the vibration of the mantra and my voice.

A Dose of Medical Medium

mmThere aren’t many books that I can save have changed my life.  1)  The Bible, 2) You Are What You Eat by Gillian McKeith and 3) The Medical Medium by Anthony William.

The bible has changed my life for the obvious reasons.  In 2006 I read You Are What You Eat and this was my first exposure to clean eating, clean living, and debunked everything I thought I knew about health through portion control, calorie counting, and dairy consumption. Of note, I suffered from migraine headaches for 10 years, and as soon as I eliminated dairy from my diet they disappeared.

Since my 2006 exposure to the healthy truth, I have engrossed myself in literature regarding the use of food as medicine, and most recently read The Medical Medium.  The problem is that so much of this literature has been trendy, fashionable, misguided, and not completely the cure for me.  I’ve done low calorie via a calorie tracker (before I read You Are What You Eat), gluten free (GF) with GF products, Paleo, and vegetarian with “healthy” grains.  All have resulted in some improvement but I always felt some kind of deficit…something still missing.  The signals came in the form of heart burn, fatigue, grogginess even after sleep, afternoon crashes, brain fog, word finding problems, headaches, allergies, and viral and bacterial infections.  Right now, these are the things that define “health” for me (and yours may be different, feel free to make your own list!):

  • Good sleep
  • Vigor after a good night’s sleep
  • Mental clarity
  • A healthy weight
  • No more allergies
  • No more bacterial and viral infections
  • Positive mood and outlook on life
  • Happiness

Whilst in deep prayer (after a series of streptococcal throat infections), I begged God “Please, please, please just tell me what to eat to be healthy.” He showed me hands digging into the earth.  He impressed upon me to eat simply what he planted on the earth.  He also showed me a large pasture with one small donkey.  This told me that animals are here if needed, but to limit it.  I also got the strong urge to start juicing and meditating.

The Medical Medium has been a huge validation!  Along with my dietary struggles, I’ve often struggled with the traditional medical model.  As a Doctor of Physical Therapy, I see client after client fight a losing battle with chronic illness despite medical diligence.  If you are suffering from a chronic illness, have faith that your body can heal, and you deserve this.  Read this book.  Do not harbor anger toward practitioners because they are trying to help the best way they know how but there may be something they aren’t thinking about or missing.  Here are a couple of highlights from the book (I have paraphrased from my understanding of the content):

Chronic illness should really be called Mystery Illness because modern medicine cannot fully explain or cure it.

The body does not attack itself, it attacks invaders.  The word autoimmune is misguided, your body is fighting for you, not against you.

Viruses mutate at an extremely rapid rate and are poorly understood, leaving the medical community perplexed at best.

Thank God for medical advancements that have allowed physical repair of the body when necessary.

Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) and heavy metal exposure/toxicity is often the root cause of all chronic illness NOT bacteria or Candida.  Bacteria and Candida are the messengers telling you something viral or metallic may be deep seeded.

It is best to avoid all dairy products, eat organic when possible, eat abundantly in the form of fruits and vegetables, some seeds/nuts/legumes may be okay (these are based on individual needs), drink celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach, and use only very clean oils like coconut oil (see the book for details).

Sugar from honey and fruit are good.  The thing that makes them difficult to digest is when they are paired with or eaten after the over consumption of meat, protein, and carbs.

Adrenal fatigue, migraines, PTSD, anxiety, depression, all abdominal/gut illness, progressive neurological decline and a host of other diseases may be effectively managed or cured with food.

Menopause should be celebrated as it is an end to aging.  With good food choices, you can celebrate!

The gut is a spiritual organ.

Call out loud upon angels including the unnamed angels.  Have faith in God and that the angels are here to help you.  They can and will come.

You can find The Medical Medium by Anthony William at www.Amazon.com!  I HIGHLY recommend it!

Love and Health,

Alternative PT Fort Worth

What is destressifying?

“Live From The Sweet Spot” is absolutely my favorite radio show on Hay House Radio (http://www.hayhouseradio.com/#!/host/davidji).  Meditation guru and New York Times bestselling author Davidji is the host. He teaches very real, in the moment solutions for life’s stressors seeking to cultivate awareness and consciousness into the nuances of earthly existence.  His most recent book destressifying is a practical guide that helps incorporate enlightenment into our daily lives even in a never ceasing, constantly communicating, information overloaded culture.   My goal is to summarize a few of the techniques, and encourage you to GET THE BOOK–it may change your life!

Stress can be good, it’s what drives earth’s creations.  Stress is also our best teacher, leading us to our greatest accomplishments and higher selves.  Stress’s evils are nown all too well in our world today.  The ability to change the perception of stress from a negative event into a nurturing event is key to transforming your life.  The world is not out to get you, but it is out to guide you to your dharma (life purpose), and to cultivate our ever existing soul.  Sometimes humans need the brick over the head, or a life-halting moment to change gears, to repent, and to turn around!

Pattern Interrupts:  It is vital to pump the breaks as we begin to lose control and to prevent a loss of control.  Stress starts affecting our body by elevating the heart rate, causing us to perspire, and shifting hormone levels to adequately fuel the extremities to bounce into action.  Subsequently our brain goes into autopilot and we often react in a way that is regretful or physically harmful to ourselves.  A brief pattern interrupt can physiologically restore the body to a leveled sense of being so that rational, mindful decisions and reactions can be birthed.  The second you become aware of your body’s reaction to stress, Davidji suggests doing the following:

STOP, detach from the situation both physically and emotionally so that you can witness what is going on.  Pretend to be a fly on the wall, then react in a way that reflects the best version of yourself.

The book details examples that clarify, but for me the word “STOP” is the most important.  In the stressful moment, throw up an emotional, nonverbal stop sign.  If anyone else is involved in the situation, they do not have to be aware of what you are doing.  Stop because your reflexive reaction is not the imprint you want to leave behind.  Once the reflexive pattern has been interrupted, there is space to turn to the direction you wish to go.

PT application:  What is the biggest pattern interrupt of all time?  An injury, a traumatic event, a hospitalization–talk about a screeching halt!  As I mention in my blog Why Me Why Now at https://alternativeptfortworth.com/2016/01/19/why-me-and-why-now/, these events are ultimately wake up calls.  We ignore what our body is telling us on a daily basis continuing to grind through to accomplish something that in the end.  Do we even know what that something is?  By initiating the practice of pattern interrupts, I think we may be able to avoid and shift life’s screeching halts.

16 Seconds to Clarity:  If you listen to Hay House Radio Davidji offers a “meditation minute” between programs, and one of the techniques he uses is 16 seconds.  The best thing about 16 seconds is…it’s short.  If you are new to meditation or feel too busy for mediation, this is the perfect practice.  In our work-life culture, stress has become an accepted, mundane practice.  16 seconds offers a pattern interrupt to the stress-infused day.  It’s so easy–perform 16 seconds three times a day for two weeks, then observe as you effortlessly incorporate it out of habit in the days that follow.  The full version can be found on page 58 of destressifying.  Here is a summary:

Inhale deeply through the nostrils for 4 seconds, hold that breath in 4 seconds and witness it, exhale slowly 4 seconds (you may exhale through the nostrils or sigh through the mouth), hold the breath out 4 seconds and witness it dissipating into the universe.  If you have time quietly observe your normal breathing pattern in the following few seconds.

PT application:  16 seconds helps to detach your ego from the current situation.  In my practice many people have a brain block.  Their brain is convincing their body to be, act, and move in a certain way.  16 seconds allows the person to detach for a few seconds, clarify the situation, and then harmonize with the highest version of themselves.  An approach utilizing the higher self may impart utilizing a different spin or a different path to wellness as oppose to the beaten path, which translates to a new outcome for the situation.

The 5 Realms:  Consider five aspects of our existence according to our needs as identified by physical, material, spiritual, emotional, and relational needs.  Once you identify your blockages within each realm or within a particular realm, healing can begin.  We are our own ultimate healer and teacher.  Just by asking God reveals answers to us.  We just have to be open and receptive to that answer.  The 5 realms gives the human brain an objective playing ground.  More details can be found in Chapter 7!

PT application:  You can see that one of the five realms is physical.  My career has been birthed out of needs identified in the physical realm but that’s only 1/5th of the puzzle!  What I’ve come to realize is that a focus and consideration of the other four realms is essential.  When is comes to treating someone who is homeless, an abuser or abusee, an atheist, or someone without family or friends, a focus in the physical realm rewards little amount of healing.  By tapping into the deficits in the other realms, I can better tailor my treatment and education to guide my clients into healing the blockages present elsewhere.

The Importance of Relationships:  So many of us hold on so dearly to relationships that are tearing us to shreds.  It’s the one realm that requires the active participation of another individual.  Over and over I’ve identified and encountered people with physical burden due to these toxic relationships.  Yes, it may be your spouse, sibling, or dearest friend–that doesn’t make the relationship any less toxic.  A relational toxicity doesn’t mean that either person involved in the relationship is a horrible person, it simply denotes that the energy surrounding the relationship is not nurturing at this time to either of you.  Davidji offers four techniques to remedy a toxic relationship (Pg 145):  1)  Birth it–create a new relationship, start over brand new.  2)  Repair it–release the past and step into the future, (if this fails then) 3)  Shift it–create or dismiss boundaries to re-define the relationship (and if all else fails) 4)  End it–release the relationship for the time being.  When ending or shifting a relationship I always say that this doesn’t have to be forever, but for now.

Please visit Davidji’s website at http://www.davidji.com for more information

You can buy destressifying on Amazon.com

Butt Pain

Butt pain is not cool. I’m not talking rectum pain (go see a doctor if you have this), I’m talking pain right in the middle of your booty cheek. Can’t sit, can’t walk, can’t run, can’t get comfortable! What is the cause, and how can I fix it?

No one is immune to butt pain because we all have glutes (unless your glutes were bitten off by a shark). Pain in the butt may have a few causes including pinching by the piriformis, irritation of the sciatic nerve, lumbar disc bulge, low back derangement, SI/sacrum/coccyx dysfunction, and hip arthritis.

With butt pain we can assume that the glutes and hamstrings are tight and weak. There may be some associated quadratus lumborum tightness and weakness as well as quadriceps and IT band tightness (quads are usually pretty strong in healthy adults).  No matter the cause, there are a few simple fixes that can alleviate your symptoms:

Postural Change and Correction–My soap box of all time.  SYMMETRY.  It is SO important that we balance our posture.  Every 15-30 minutes change position, get up, stand, walk, stretch.  Movement helps to shift the pressures in the spine and joints to refresh and replenish the blood supply.  The blood carries vital nutrients and oxygen in and removes waste on the way out.

*If all you do is stand all day, lay down, roll like a ball, throw your legs over your head, hang upside down…change position!

LLD–what people in the biz call leg length discrepancy.  Most people have one leg that has little man syndrome.  Do not let the little or big guy rule your posture.  Either correct or overcome the LLD.  If your SI is always “out” (the biggest PT debate of all time is if the SI really moves at all), or if you have herniated discs, or a “bad side” it’s probably because the little guy isn’t up to par.  Correct LLD by placing an extra insert into the short leg.  If this feels too weird, then you will have to consciously balance your posture by even weight distribution and postural positioning throughout the day.

Cross Training–I marathon, CrossFit and practice yoga.  I began by running, and then my PT brain told me that I needed to strengthen to prevent an over use injury so I started CrossFit.  CrossFit improved my strength, which fueled my cardiovascular health for running but then I began feeling tight and too forward flexed so yoga came to the rescue.  Yoga is the the icing on the cake.  Yoga is the ultimate balancing machine.  No matter the sport, please practice yoga.

Yoga has taught me that prayer, meditation, and a healthy spiritual practice are vital components of the cross training circuit.  Again, it’s all about finding balance.  God made us to be multi-dimensional, multi-modal, multi-talented individuals capable of anything because we house His breath, life essence, talent and creation.

Eat Healthy— A healthy diet produces good neuronal firing and decreases inflammation.  Remember these simple tips:

  1.  You can’t over eat the produce aisle:  If you eat nothing but clean meat and produce, you WILL NOT be fat…it’s impossible.
  2. Clean meat:  Organic, free range, non-GMO.  Remember you are what you eat, so if your food is eating chemicals that can melt plastic, you are too.
  3. Plan your cheat meals:  Look ahead each week and decide when you are going to be bad.  Have a kid’s birthday party with a hot dog and Cheetos buffet in the future?  Know that you aren’t going to win any health awards at that party and plan accordingly.  I would recommend no more than 3 cheat meals in a week.  You can do a cheat day, where the day is dedicated to gluttony, but I’ve found it’s wiser to plan the cheat meals based on social obligations.
  4. Eat healthy most days of the week AND consecutively:  MOST days is four days out of the week. Try to string these together if you can so that your guts get a break.  You’ll notice less pain and swelling in the these four days because your energy will be used to effectively to fire your brain, muscles, and nerves.  Your guts get really tired and cranky kicking into high gear to digest indestructible carbohydrates and GMOs on a daily basis, so they’ll request energy from other sources (like your brain, muscles, and nerves).

The Earth Diet by Liana Werner-Gray is a great reference http://theearthdiet.com/.

Relationships–Look at your relationships and life, is there a pain in your butt? Shift it, fix it, or release it (as Davidji would say).  Remember that some relationships are toxic, get over it–try to shift it, fix it, or let it go if all else fails.  Look for a future blog featuring this approach to healing taken from Davidji’s book Destressifying.

Now to the physical therapy stuff…

Stretching–Feel free to totally “Zen” out in the following stretch poses:

Child’s pose:

Spread the knees wide, let the toes touch and bend forward putting your belly between your knees.  Hold for 3-5 breaths or up to 2 minutes.  Repeat with body shifted to the right and left.

child's

 

Quadratus Lumborum stretches:

This stretch is intense so please modify if needed.  Some are flexible enough to reach the top arm to the shin or grab the toes.  If you get a quarter of the way into the stretch and feel it, good job…that’s it for you today, stay and hold.

QL

Sit on the ground with legs spread wide.  Lean to one side reaching the opposite arm over head toward the toes.  You may use a strap around the ankle to assist.  Hold 3-5 breaths or 1-2 minutes.

twisted tree
Cross one leg over the other.  Allow the top leg to pull the bottom knee down and in.  You may be flexible enough to double cross the legs to take the stretch deeper.  Relax and breathe 3-5 breaths or 1-2 minutes.
Piriformis stretches:

Cross one leg over the other, grab the uncrossed leg behind the thigh and pull forward 3-5 breaths or up to 2 minutes

piriformis2

Glute stretch pigeon pose style. You can also come to elbows, or rest your head on the ground.  3-5 breaths or 2 minutes each side.

pigeon
Spinal twist by pulling one knee across the body, shift that same shoulder out and lower the opposite shoulder to the ground to deepen.  Hold 3-5 breaths or 2-3 minutes each side.

spinal twist

Quad stretches:

I like this pose because modifications can easily be done with depth of lean back (stay propped up on hands, come to elbows, lay on pillow, lay on ground).  I can totally relax and daydream for a while in this pose.  I like to let my head fall back as well.  Hold 2-3 minutes.

quad stretch

Rolling—  Sit on a tennis ball or foam roller and hang out.  Cross one leg over the other, find that nauseating trigger point and chill for 2 minutes.  Exhale through the pain, each exhalation should exit out of the trigger point relaxing it.  Just when it feels like it will never relax is when it does, so give it time–2 minutes of time, then move on to the next trigger point.  Don’t ignore the IT band because it’s often a culprit to be dealt with as well.

Glute roll:

foam roll glute
IT band roll:

ITB foam roll

Strengthening— Just because your butt cramps and spasms tighter than a vice grip does not mean that the muscles are strong.  In fact, the majority of the time, the gluteals are weak in cases of butt pain.  Try some of the following booty tighteners (after you stretch and roll):

Standing forward bend balancing on one leg: rep it out or hold 3-5 breaths.

single leg forward bend
Bridge pose (block optional):  rep it out or hold 3-5 breaths

bridge
Pistol  Squat (a CrossFit favorite):  To perform reps, you may need to modify depth, hold on to a stable object with one hand, or use a band.  Below parallel may or may not be obtained, and that’s OK.  You may also simply hold 3-5 breaths.

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Offensive Health

My mid 20’s marked the beginning of my journey to health. I was hardly an adult but I was experiencing pain that I began to identify as something that could easily spiral to chronicity. Weekly migraines, high blood pressure, viruses, infections, allergies, depression, intolerance, fatigue, neck pain and hand pain were things I didn’t think I’d experience until my golden years. My hobby became figuring out food— a BS in Biology taught me that medicine is made out of food so I figured if I ate the right things I may be able to stay out of the local Care Now.

Health can offend. I had absolutely NO CLUE that my decision to seek health and happiness may offend so many. My now husband, then boyfriend, accompanied me to Whole Foods for my first effort in transformation. He rubbed his head as I searched for a non- dairy milk, he sighed as I picked up a bottle of spirulina, and he nearly passed out when I bought almost everything in the produce aisle to prepare my meals fo
r the week. Finally, I turned to him and jokingly said, “You’re acting like I’ve decided to do crack cocaine!” We had a hearty laugh and headed to the register. Maybe he was realizing that he would be dragged into the same eating habits if he stuck with me.

One change a week was my motto. Every week I would pick something to change: Minimize dairy and eliminate milk, eat healthy grains, eliminate processed foods, rid myself of gluten, no more “juice” that isn’t really juice, read all ingredient labels, try everything in the produce aisle, experiment with one new recipe a week, read more books, do more research, and learn about organic and non-GMO food options.

Almost 10 years later my healthy habits now include yoga, meditation, exercise, use of essential oils, and homemade/chemical free household products, juicing, and incorporating alternative therapies (which I think shouldn’t be called alternative as they are the practices of our great grandparents). Yet every change continues to offend some people. I am amazed by how many conversations I’ve had trying to convince a disbelieving audience or defend my current practice. More eyes have rolled my direction than I care to count. Things that are my “Zen” and bring me happiness, and health have truly made some people irate, and I’ve lost a few friendships over it.

The norms of the world necessitate my constant tolerance, which is not always reciprocated. The planetary demands to conform have never suited me—not because I like to be different or cool but because I am drawn like anyone else to the things that bring me health, happiness, and joy. My antidepressant is exercise, my migraine deterrent is non-dairy milk, and my allergy pills are my oils and juice. Yes, I find myself in the local urgent care every now and then but it’s WAY less than the 4-5 times a year as in my early 20’s. I’ve eradicated the need for blood pressure medicine, daily Zyrtec, Flonase, Excedrine Migraine, and Celexa (an antidepressant)—yes, I was taking all of these at the ripe age of 22.

I’m sharing all of this so that you don’t feel alone if your efforts to heal and be healthy are not supported by your friends, family, coworkers, or spouse. It is my hobby, it brings me joy, and I don’t try to control anyone else’s hobby—maybe this will help it be accepted or at least tolerated. I’m extremely proud of all of the things I’ve taught myself through the wisdom of the health and alternative community (thank you Hay House radio, and the countless authors in the self-help and health/nutrition section of Half Price Books and Amazon).

XL hugs and kisses!

On The Radio! The Earth Diet

Wednesday evenings on the way home from work I often tune in to The Earth Diet radio show on Hay House radio.  I don’t have the book yet, but basically, Liana (the author and host) encourages a clean, vegan diet to revitalize, recharge, and restore health.  The goal is to thrive in the body you’ve been given.  She offers several healthy, whole, alternatives to kick cravings in the butt.  Her personal struggle and dietary transformation fuel the questions and discussion.

Finally, I did it.  I hit the “call in now” button…I actually did it, and I actually got through!  I couldn’t believe it!  People who know me can attest to my stage fright, so my heart was racing and clogging my throat.  The feeling of being in the presence of a pop star filled my stomach.  I had a simple question:  How can I eat clean, and in enough quantity to fuel my long marathon training runs and my heavy Crossfit workouts?

I love the feeling after a nice, dietary cleanse.  Eating healthy is so revitalizing…but then I’ve got to get back to the gym.  Exercise is my passion.  It’s my anti-depressant, anti-anxiety, my hobby, and my energetic release.  It’s created physical strength in my workday and motherly activities and cultivated discipline and respect.  I love it–BUT–a vegan diet doesn’t seem to cut it in the fuel department.  I know vegan athletes exist so I must be missing something!  After a few days of clean eating I feel as if I am running with cement shoes, my stomach is growling in the middle of a run, and I can’t lift a heavy barbell to save my life.

Liana Werner-Gray, author of The Earth Diet book, came to the rescue and gave me some wonderful tips.

  1.  Chia seed cereal (recipe below)–double the serving size it and take it to go.  I’ve been eating chia seed cereal, which has helped energetically in the beginning of the workout but it digests quickly, leaving me hungry by mile 7…simple fix…double the recipe AND take some to go for longer workouts.
  2. Nutiva protein powder–this is plant based as opposed to grain based, which may settle and fill the stomach and ease digestion.
  3. Fresh vegetable juice–vegetable juice power packs your system with nutrients so the cells aren’t bogged down, sluggishly looking for a fuel source.
  4. Hemp seeds–recent studies show hemp seeds may have more protein than meat!  How exciting!  Eat spoonfuls post workout or put them on just about anything for a nice, nutty flavor.  Three tablespoons has 10g of protein!
  5. Quinoa–this is a nice, clean, digestible fuel source, maybe the night or afternoon before a long run.  (My Paleo brain made me forget about this great source of plant-based protein)
  6. Brown rice pasta–also an easy to digest, clean fuel source the night before or afternoon after endurance training.  (Again, paleo brain made me forget this as a source during marathon training)
  7. Tiger nuts–I’m in love already.  They are so filling and delicious but take quite a bit of chewing to get down.  She suggested soaking them in water or placing them on top of the chia seed cereal to aide in availability during or after a long workout.
  8. Eat clean meat only–organic, grass-fed, free range is the key.  If the animals are stressed and eating crap, you will be stressed and eating crap.
  9. Vitacost!  Vitacost.com is a great website with discounted prices on clean food items.  Many of the prices I have found are cheaper and cleaner than Amazon, Sprouts, Central Market, and Trader Joe’s.  Liana told me to use coupon code earthdiet to get 10% off!

Chia Seed Cereal:  I put two tablespoons of Chia seeds into a bowl and put in about 1/2 cup to 1 cup almond milk.  I soak them overnight and add cinnamon and honey in the morning, mix up, and eat.  The thickness can be adjusted by changing the seed/milk ratio to your liking.  I make home made, chocolate almond milk to jazz mine up.

Almond Milk:  1 cup almonds soaked overnight in water.  Pour almonds into high speed blender with 4 cups water.  Add 1-2 dates (or none), a bunch of raw honey, sea salt, cocao powder (or none), vanilla extract, and nutmeg.  Mix on highest setting for 2 minutes.  Pour through nut bag or cheese cloth and enjoy!