But you don't look sick......

But you don't look sick......

Most days as a celiac I struggle through, I push myself to get up, get dressed, do my makeup and hair, get working, and doing my best for my family yet I feel like the walking dead. I am barely surviving and some days I just can’t keep pushing my body and I have to cancel appointments, meetings, get togethers no matter how much I was looking forward to this because my body and my health is screaming for my attention. When I ignore it, it has a nasty way of making me stop and listen. Sometimes it’s in the form of excessive exhaustion, migraines, horrible joint pain, bathroom issues and that’s just the beginning.

Did you know that if you have one autoimmune disease you have a 25% chance of getting a second autoimmune disease. And, according to Dr. Gerald Mullin from Johns Hopkins, he said that statistically somebody with an autoimmune disease they are at risk for a total of 7 autoimmune diseases in his or her lifetime. Why is that? Why would that be? 

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Lessons Learned from I’m Not Your Guru.

Lessons Learned from I’m Not Your Guru.

Yesterday, I went to the Palm Beach International Film Festival to see Tony Robbins movie that will be coming out on Netflix in early summer, I’m not your Guru. Having been a Tony person for a few decades now, I have to say this man never ceases to amaze me and inspire me with his compassion, his commitment to people and sheer obsession to help people in pain. 

Tony has seen me through some dark times in my past hating myself, Daddy issues, marrying the WRONG man for all the wrong reasons, not liking the person who I had become, blaming myself for a whole host of bad decisions that I made when I was completely numb and felt dead inside. I had lost sight of who I am and what was important to me. And, Tony has helped me pick myself up, dust myself off and find the strength and the determination to try yet again. 

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Who are you when your world turns upside down?

Who are you when your world turns upside down?

When you first get your diagnosed everything you thought you knew changes. The life you led will never be the same again. The relationships you have will change. How you look at the world all of it changes and it has to whether we want it to or not. 

Why many people would ask? And the truth is because you have to change. You have to learn to make yourself a priority in your own life. You have to learn to speak-up and stand-up for yourself. You have to learn to listen to your body. You have to learn what to feed your body that is healthy and not harmful to it. And, you have to learn how to heal your body as well as your mind.

No one else can do this for you. No one else can carry this for you. No one else will suffer the pain of a simple mistake. No one else will live their life constantly on guard. No one will understand truly why you always have to plan ahead. No one else can help when your body goes all haywire because you’ve been glutened and days later your still so exhausted that showering is a major event. No one else will be able to prepare your meals without you watching over them like a hawk because one wrong little thing can effect you for weeks. No one can understand the mental anguish that goes with this. No one can take this way for you. 

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When will you be happy, lovable and the real you?

When will you be happy, lovable and the real you?

This week I watched the Institute for Psychology of Eating’s quick video “We don’t know how much anyone should weigh” and it really stuck with me…. the lines “way to many people are giving way to much of their power to a number that they have invented…” and “I will be happy, lovable and the real me as soon as I hit this magic number”. I can’t tell you how many times in my life I have been guilty of so much of this. 

I have hated my body for decades! I had a horrible relationship with my body and I became an expert at beating the crap out of myself for everything my body wasn’t daily. My body was a constant let down as I could never measure up to the magic number or vision of me in my head.

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Are you ALL-IN?

Are you ALL-IN?

As January comes to a close… How are you doing with your 2016 goals? Are you on track? Have you stayed committed? Have you been side-tracked? Changed direction? or Simply given up? 

One of my favorite quotes from Tony Robbins is “There is ALWAYS a way when you are committed” So how committed are you to your goals and/or resolutions? Do you want them enough? 

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Cheers to finding a way...

Cheers to finding a way...

Hope all of you have had a wonderful Holiday and great New Years. 

2015 was an incredible and a rough year for me. Some of my high’s were writing a book, going to NYC and having a book launch party in Whole Foods Lincoln Center, becoming a Certified Gluten Practitioner with Dr. Tom O’Bryan and finally meeting the man who truly changed the state of my health. Some of my low’s were dealing with several additional complications with my health, my Mom has had some health challenges too this year and making some tough decisions to end a relationship with a man who I will always love. 

As 2016 begins, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Oprah, “Cheers to another year, to get it right!” My question is what does right look like to you? And how will you know if you finally get there?

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Saying Goodbye to Wonder Woman……

Saying Goodbye to Wonder Woman……

For far too long I was under the crazy notion that I was Wonder Woman in disguise. I’m not sure if it is a generation thing, if its a woman thing or where I adopted it, but I was under the ridiculous notion that in order to be successful in my life I had to do it all and I had to be it all to my family and myself. 

Truth be told, I fell short most days and I constant felt like I couldn’t measure up to my own ideals. The problem was I had trained everyone in my life to rely on me for everything, that when I suddenly couldn’t be there for everyone it wasn’t only my world that came to a screeching halt so did everyone else’s world. 

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New Beginning……

New Beginning……

Can’t believe that this day is finally here! 

After decades of sickness, additional health complications and a crisis or two, fighting with doctors, refusing to take prescriptions, years of research, studying, my health finally turning a corner and my body is healing - all of that, lead to learning to help family, friends and clients with their own healthchallenges and it all comes together in a few days with my book! 

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Loving Yourself……

Loving Yourself……

Loving yourself is not a concept that I have ever been familiar with, I knew mean, angry and hateful to myself because my body had failed me my entire life. I have always been overweight, always on a diet, new plan, exercise routine only to be slammed back into reality and derailed with pain from migraines, joint, back, hip pain and then of course stomach issues and having to live on ginger ale and plain crackers. I was angry that I had no follow through, that I couldn’t stay focused physically, that I obviously wasn’t committed enough, my body and my weight was always a constant disappointment. I even had a miscarriage and was told I lost my baby because I was too big, so you know loving my body was not a concept I ever understood until I realized that celiac was the culprit all along.

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Learning to say NO……

Learning to say NO……

This is a biggie for a lot of us. And I’m gonna add learning to say NO (and mean it AND not having to explain yourself)!

For a lot of us, who run businesses, have family and friends that depend on us this is really a tough one to follow through on but it is an essential part in our healing and in our learning to put ourselves first. 

My body does not run the way it use it, I cannot push it and neglect it like I did in the past. And, this has led me to realize that I have to pick and choose what I will give my time to more carefully. Certain events require more down-time for me and that too has to be added in. 

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