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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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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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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Grateful to Celiac Disease……

Grateful to Celiac Disease……

For me, celiac disease has been one of the greatest blessings of my life. Celiac disease has forced me to re-evaluate how I was living. What I thought was important, really wasn’t and I have had to change accordingly to fit my new reality. Some of the people who I invested a whole lot of time in, when I got sick suddenly disappeared from my life. This certainly made the friends and family who stayed, have helped me and would do anything for me - crystal clear and now I know without a doubt who truly is deserving of my time. 

Celiac disease was an answer to decades long search for all of my health issues that no one could figure out what was wrong with me and why I was getting worse and worse. Celiac disease also provided the answers on how to heal the damage that was done to my body by simply changing what I put in my mouth.

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De-stressing……

De-stressing……

Taking time to de-stress when you have any kind of health related issue, this is a crucial component to your recovery and healing. Your body can not do what it needs to do if it is constantly being overworked and overloaded. So it is essential that this becomes part of your routine as often as you can. 

The more you embrace this, the quicker your body will heal and will continue to function optimally. And as someone who only had one speed and pushed my body hard and then harder working sixty hours a week, 2-hour commutes in traffic, 5;00a gym-time, daily visits to the Chiropractor office so he could put me back together so I could repeat again the next day taking care of my family and oh yeah whatever was left to take care of me. I was high-strung, tightly wound, stressed out and my body eventually broke. I know I never want to go back to that place.  However, now-a-days my stress is not only around work, finances, family but it also around food too. I still don’t have an off button or a pause button but I have learned to change my routines around to include time to relax and de-stress every day so that I can keep my life going in a positive, healthy, healing way.

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Cutting out the Negativity……

Cutting out the Negativity……

I’m not sure if this is a Celiac thing or if this is just a change in my own outlook on life but I find myself having less and less patience with people who are negative all the time. Negativity breeds negativity and I believe the more you bitch and complain about how everything in your life is wrong the more you bring into your life. What you focus on, you become.

I choose to look at the positive, to focus on the good and create and bring more of that into my life. Something majorly changed in me after realizing that my health was in shambles, I realized that I needed to do the best that I could every day and to make better choices and to focus on what was working and what was good, even when I felt like hell. It was the only way I knew how to survive and it was the only way I knew how to be. Some days it took a lot to find something positive to focus on but I refused to stay stuck on how something wasn’t working the way i thought it should be.

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Getting Comfortable First…

Getting Comfortable First…

So you have celiac disease or are gluten sensitive and suddenly everyone arounds you treats you differently, why is that? Why does what is going on in my body have an effect on everyone else? The truth is, it will change your relationships quite a bit because you will no longer be able to do the things you have always done, things that you did today before you found out what was going on inside of you.

As you learn to navigate the world of gluten out of sheer necessity, you will be forced to make choices and decisions that you will now approach differently and you will change. In truth change scares people. People who are close to you sometimes become threatened because they are afraid they may have the same issue, they are afraid family dinners/get-togethers/holidays will never be the same, they are afraid you no longer will be the you who you they know and love. 

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Taking time for you…

Taking time for you…

We have all heard by now that we need to make time for ourselves but do we? Do you on a regular basis exercise self-care? I know for me, that’s a concept that I never understood until I had celiac disease and I realized that my body just couldn’t keep going anymore. I had spent my entire life pushing and pushing and I suddenly found myself at a place where my body just said no more. I needed to take better care of myself but I had no idea what that even looked like. Sure a good night’s sleep sounds like heaven but what did that even look like? I use to sleep about five hours a night and now my body just requires more now. But how much more? 

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