Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Breaking Up with Bad Foods & Emotions: The Path to Enlightened Wellness

When you give something up, whether it’s a certain type of food, drink or even an emotion or a limiting belief, how do you do it? 

Do you go cold turkey and white knuckle it, fighting the cravings and inclinations with every fiber of your being? While that may work for some, I am going to be bold and say that for the vast majority of us,  giving things up in this way is not sustainable. It simply WILL NOT last. Regarding anger, the Buddha said, “Give up your anger completely”, and he went on to say that suppressing or denying the anger was not the way. Instead, he taught that we must seek to understand both the root and the fruit—the cause and the effect--of our anger, in order for it to dissolve.  I like this way of looking at giving up anything that is causing us harm, and this is the approach that I use with my clients. If you're constantly craving sweets and have low energy, we ask, "why?". We tune into what it is that your body and even your spirit is REALLY asking for. Maybe you need help slowing down to notice and respond to your hunger cues when they first arise. Maybe you also need help understanding how to choose foods and combinations of foods that regulate your blood sugar. Actually, there's no maybe. Those are the two main things we look at, in synergy with identifying the best overall eating plan for YOUR unique physiology. That means minimizing some foods, giving some foods up completely for a while or indefinitely and/or learning how to eat some foods in a way that doesn't leave you starving in 30 minutes. We also focus on the best foods to include, so that you don't feel deprived. That said, in my line of work as a Functional Nutritionist and Transformative Coach, I’ve talked to many a person who was not ready to give up foods, habits or attitudes that were harming them, in order to adopt new supportive ones. Many are unwilling to explore what might be harming them, for fear they will have to give up something that they hold dear. Even if that something is the cause of their suffering and a major roadblock to their best health and life. Most of these people that I'm referring to obviously never became clients, but a few did slip through the cracks. That was before I got clear on my own intention to facilitate true and lasting transformation and only work with clients who are ready for the level of transformation that I offer. 

If there's one thing I've learned along my journey, it's this: 
A person who is not ready to heal (physically and/or emotionally) has a hundred and one great reasons why they should keep doing what they’re currently doing, versus making a radical shift in their diet, along with creating the emotional and spiritual shifts that are needed for authentic healing.

If that’s where you’re at right now, that’s ok. We all have to spend some time in this space. My hope for you, however, is that you will find the courage to ask yourself what is causing your pain and what is the message that your body, mind and/or spirit are trying to convey to you about your needs. Perhaps your headaches, fatigue and bloating are your body’s way of saying, “Please feed me properly. Do the work to figure out which foods are best suited for me. Listen to and honor my cues.” And maybe your spirit is saying, “Let go of those harmful foods and thoughts. Learn how to say yes to yourself. Be open to exploration and new ways of thinking and being. It’s time to grow.”  

For those of you who are truly ready to heal and are just looking for the right guide to show you the way in, I would love to hear from you. 

I have space in my calendar right now for two highly motivated individuals who are ready for an enlightened approach to wellness and to life. If you are tired of feeling lousy, and you don’t want to just pop a pill (because that’s not going to get you to root of the issue, nor will it make you feel the level of aliveness that you know you are here to feel), and you are ready to play full out to heal both physically and emotionally, I am thrilled to offer you a FREE 30-45 minute, no-strings-attached Enlightened Wellness Clarity Session with me. The purpose of this session is to help you get clear on how you want to feel and why, as well as what’s holding you back, so that you can make an informed decision about how to get started on your healing journey. This session will also give us both a chance to explore how it feels to work together, with no expectations regarding the outcome.  I promise that you will ONLY benefit from this session! I don’t need clients. I want ideal clients, because in truth, the healing work that I do is not about having a career. It is my life’s purpose. It is in support of how I want to feel when I wake up in the morning and when I go to sleep at night. So, if we’re not a good fit, and one or both of us isn’t on board, I won’t try to keep you. If we ARE a good fit, it’s still your choice. I ONLY want to work with you if you want to work with me.

You should know that I only offer 90-Day intensives. That's because I'm in the business of transformation, and transformation takes time. My Enlightened Wellness 90-Day Intensive gives you the time you need to change your diet and develop the best way of eating for your unique physiology. It also allows for the consistent and expert one-on-one guidance and support that you need to turn your health around and get unstuck in all areas of your life.  In case you’re wondering, I don’t offer lesser programs or a la carte assessments or sessions. Like I said, I’m in the business of transformation. Transformation takes not only time, but also deep level of readiness to not only make some big shifts in your diet, but in all areas of your life. Can you do this on your own? Some of you can, but most of you will be best served by a guide to show you the way, as well as to hold space for you. You need the right support and the right accountability to make this leg of your healing journey highly effective and transformative. Will you be totally transformed in 90 days? Listen, we’re never done growing and fine-tuning, but give me 90 days, and together, we’ll get you further than you ever thought possible; and I promise you, you won’t want to go back to the way things were before.

I am putting this message out there today, because I know that a couple of you are ready and are expectantly awaiting your nudge. Here it is. 

Here’s to Enlightened Wellness and being fully alive on all levels!

Health and Happiness,


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Staying in Gratitude

So often we get caught up in our busy lives and in worrying about getting all done. I don't know about you, but when I get caught up in the rat race, crankiness and chaos ensue. I start focusing on all of the ways that my day is going wrong and all of the ways that I could have been successful at accomplishing everything, IF everything had gone according to plan. IF my daughter had remembered to pack her homework folder. IF my son hadn't awakened so early. IF my husband would share the cooking a little more. When I get into that state, it's all down hill. I'm a firm believer in the Law of Attraction, and I believe that whatever vibe we're putting out there, we're going to get right back from the Universe. If we're cranky with everything life hands us, it's going to hand us a bunch of bad news. But if we're thankful for every breath, and we take time to slow down and see the beauty and the gift that every experience and encounter brings, then the Universe will reflect that back to us. I've experienced both scenarios, and I'd much rather experience the latter, wouldn't you?

How do you stay in gratitude? My method of late is a few minutes of inspirational reading at night, followed by a 5-10 minute meditation before drifting off to sleep. I also meditate before each client session. I attend a yoga and mediation class each week with my amazing teacher and guru, Aparna Levine (www.livingyouryoga.org). I practice the Law of Attraction by saying affirmations that match the experience I want to have, several times a day. I like to affirm my competence as a coach and practitioner, my ideal clients' ability to find me (yes, I've conjured your clicking!), the health of my body, divine guidance and so on.

If you're looking to get healthy or change your experience for the better, you must start with being grateful for and accepting where you are now. Gratitude and acceptance are the gateway to healing and transformation, and I invite you to practice these in your daily life! This is a big focus of my coaching and my life, and it works! I'd love to share this with you, and help you find your path to Enlightened Wellness. 

Check out this post on gratitude from Rachel Shieck, of Qoya. She's got some really wise words on gratitude that you'll love, and she shares how to conduct your very own shamanic gratitude ceremony, called a despacho. I love a good ritual!

Also, check out her free Qoya movement videos. They're short, easy and fun, and they're a great way to get your energy flowing and get into a positive space!

In Gratitude,

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Cilantro Cashew Dip on Crunchy Jicama

Meet my favorite new crunchy, creamy, low-glycemic snack: Cilantro Cashew Dip on Crunchy Jicama. Have you ever had cashew cheese? It is so delicious, and very easy to make. For those of us with a dairy allergy or sensitivity, it's such a nice option. Even if you're ok with dairy, you'll still love it, and it can be flavored in a number of ways. Moving on, have you ever had jicama? I really appreciate jicama for it's prebiotic fiber. Prebiotics feed the good bacteria in your colon and keep them predominating over the pathogenic bacteria. And if you're fighting candida or are eating grain-free for any other reason, it's such a wonderful crunchy medium for dips like this one, as well as guacamole. I actually ate this with my lunch today and added nitrate-preservative-filler-free turkey (Organic Prairie). And for even more flavor and benefit, I added pickled/fermented beets for a tangy, sweet, probiotic punch! Who says you have to suffer to heal? Certainly not this nutritionist!  By the way, if you'd like to learn how to heal (that includes losing stubborn excess weight) in a way that is nourishing, not depriving, and that gets the root of your issues, read up on my Enlightened Wellness programs. 

Cilantro Cashew Dip

  • 2 cups raw cashews soaked in filtered water for 2 – 4 hours (soaking is optional)
  • 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup filtered water as needed for desired consistency
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
  • 1/2 cup nutritional yeast (optional)
  • 2 to 4 cloves fresh garlic minced (depending on preference)
  • 1 tsp Celtic Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt
  • 2 Tbsp freshly chopped cilantro
  1. Place the cashews, nutritional yeast, 1/2 of the water, 1/2 of the lemon juice, garlic and sea salt in the food processor and pulse until roughly blended.
  2. Gradually add in more lemon or lime juice, garlic and salt to taste. 
  3. Transfer the cheese to a bowl, and stir in the cilantro. 
  4. To prepare the jicama, wash it well. To peel it, use a sharp chef knife to slice off the skin. Use a downward motion and just keep turning the jicama until you have all of the skin removed. Easy. Then cut it in half, and turn each half flat side down. Cut  into thin (or thick) slices. For larger, stackable pieces, turn the jicama half on its side, with the flat side facing the knife and slice.
  5. This recipe makes a good amount of dip and slices, so you can snack on this for at least 3, if not more, days. A good serving size per snack is 1-2 TBSP of the dip with as many jicama slices as you like. This snack is rich in protein, healthy fat, fiber AND antioxidants. Eaten between meals, it will keep your blood sugar steady, which will also keep your energy, appetite and moods stabilized, setting you up for making nourishing choices at meal times. Enjoy, and feel free to play around with different herbs and spices to vary it up! 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

The Sugar Kick: 7 Solutions to Ending Your Servitude to Sugar for Good

If you are tired of being a slave to sugar, and you want to enjoy delicious food without the fear, guilt and disappointment of overindulging, this workshop is for you. End your servitude to sugar by finding out why you crave it and what to do about it, once and for all.
If you're in the Albuquerque area, join me for The Sugar Kick: 7 Solutions to End Your Servitude to Sugar for Good, at Primal Athletics in Corrales.
When: Sunday, January 11, 2015, from 2-3:30 pm. 
Cost: Free for Primal Athletics members and $10 for non-members. 
Wondering if you should come? Check out this 3 minute video for the 7 Red Flags of a Sugar Slave. 

RSVP to Primal Athletics: (505) 726-4738

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Your Microbiome and Your Weight

Want to know about what the universe within your gut is all about, and what issues you may be having as a result of an imbalance of microbes living there? Gut microbial imbalances can lead to many conditions, including autoimmune disorders and even weight gain/obesity. In fact, rebalancing the microbiome is a key aspect of the Functional Medicine 5-R Gut Restoration protocol, and it's one of the main reasons why the Functional Medicine approach works for just about everything! My new program, Lighter and Enlightened: The 90 Day Transformation, actually includes a 5-R Gut Restoration Protocol. Why? Because rebalancing your microbes is KEY to attaining not only the health you want, but the weight that you want (and keeping it that way!). There's all kinds of exciting research in this area, and I am thrilled to be coaching my clients toward success by helping them to apply this new, juicy knowledge. That's not to say that it's ALL physiological, though. We all know that there is a huge emotional and behavioral component to weight management, which is why I use the tried and true Transformational Coaching Method to address those aspects. We're really going all in here--Body, Mind and Spirit!

To learn more about the microbiome and how yours is affecting you, here is an excellent overview, loaded with links to credible resources on the matter, particularly regarding autoimmune disorders. This article is by Gary Rothbard, MD, and is posted on a website that I regularly contribute to, called AutoimmuneMom.com.  There is a new section devoted to the microbiome, where I will have an article coming out later this month on the Gut-Brain Axis and how it relates to autoimmunity.

Check out Dr. Rothbard's article here!

Here's to getting Lighter and Enlightened!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Coming back soon....Gourmet Healer Health Coaching!

This is it. I can't stay away much longer from one TRUE professional and personal passion--transformational health coaching. I've been on a coaching hiatus while my baby boy has been growing, but I've turned a corner in my thinking. I really can have the Functional Nutrition coaching practice of my dreams AND be a happy, healthy, present-- even hot-- mama! In a few weeks, I'll be rolling out some transformational health coaching packages, so get ready! If you are ready to go "all in" and transform not just your health, but your WHOLE self, you don't have to wait much longer. Stay tuned for more info in the coming weeks!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November 1: Live Intro to Essential Oils Class

Introduction to Essential Oils for Family Wellness
Please RSVP
Peruse Oils
Create a doTERRA Wholesale Account/Join my Wellness Team

Learn how to stock your medicine chest with Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential oils and how to use them to keep your family healthy in times of great illness.
Bonus: Get a FREE immune-support protocol, which includes essential oils, foods, herbs, supplements and lifestyle practices. 

Saturday, Nov 1, 2014
9 am-10 am OR 10 am-11 am
Baillo's Meeting Room
1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE 
Albuquerque, NM 87113