Let’s talk about Anxiety – part 1

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Anxiety is that thing that you hear people talking about but that nobody really seems to understand, unless you’ve had it. People also tend to talk about as if it’s just some emotion like laughing or crying, yet it’s not and it affects 40 million adults in the U.S. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable but only around 36% of those who suffer receive treatment and those treatments usually involve medication which can cause other horrible issues besides anxiety.

Instead, we need to be treating the root of this serious disorder called anxiety and mindfulness can help.

As someone who previously suffered with this sometimes debilitating disorder, I think it’s important that we have these conversations openly. Anxiety causes people to feel extremely alone, scared and it’s not just something you can turn off. You can go from feeling normal to downright crazy in 1 second flat. It can also cause panic attacks, which is a whole other issue in and of itself. It involves hormones, emotions, chemicals and every system in the body.

Treating anxiety isn’t easy but it starts with taking a look inward. We need to be looking at our lives from a holistic or whole perspective, meaning how everything inter-relates. Is our financial situation causing us to be stress out? Are we eating differently now that we are stressed? Is our family life and relationships affected? Is our job affected? All of these things interplay and affect one another.

The next step is figuring out where to make cuts. If you want to overcome anxiety naturally, you have to make cuts. Where can we delete things from our lives? Is our schedule jam packed with “stuff” to do? Do our kids really need 8 million activities? Do we need to say yes to everything we get invited to? Do we really need to be staying late at work to just finish those emails? And, who says we need to be doing and being all of these things, hmm? And who says we need to do them without help? Does someone or something on TV or social media say we need to be doing these things? Are we stuck in the comparison game? Are we desperately trying to keep up with Mr & Mrs. Jones?

De-cluttering is one of the best things for anxiety. This simply means cutting unnecessary things out of our lives. Seriously, give it a try and you’ll be amazed at how you feel and how much more productive you can be. Start with your closet. Take everything out and start looking at each item and start downsizing (the KonMari method is my favorite way to do this). Next, go through each room in your house and do the same thing with your “stuff”. Get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you joy and that you don’t love or need. Next, stop spending money on things that don’t matter. Be mindful when you’re shopping and start to only purchase things you need (with the occasional want thrown in for fun). You’ll start to see some major changes, but you’ll really start to feel these changes too.

Keeping a tidy home, with less clutter, will start to allow you to feel less cluttered in your own mind, it’s just how it works. You’ll feel lighter and happier, I promise. Same goes for work and working smarter, not harder. Prioritize your 3 most important tasks as early in the day as possible and then structure your day in a way that allows maximum productivity, (I recommend the book Eat that Frog by Brian Tracy).

In part 2 of this article, we’ll talk about nutrition and supplements for anxiety. Start with de-cluttering and then come back for part 2.

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Minimalism – what’s the hype?

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Minimalism has become the next “people going vegan.” It’s trendy, it’s hot and there’s a reason: it’s awesome! It created one of the most pivotal shifts in my life and I want to share that with you, because I know you’re curious! I get asked about it as frequently as I get asked about recipes/food. *I will try to do a YouTube video on this soon.

Minimalism is learning to live with less. But, so much more!!!

Its philosophy is based from living with less and removing things from your life that don’t add value….sometimes that even means letting go of people who don’t add value to your life. 

Ever hear of a book called “The life-changing magic of tidying up” by Marie Kondo? She started a revolution with her book about de-cluttering and thus created a frenzy of people who wanted to become minimalists. I will point out that minimalism isn’t all or nothing, “I have to sleep on the floor and only own 5 shirts”…no, it doesn’t HAVE to mean that unless you want that….it’s de-cluttering your life in a way that works for you.

Here are some amazing benefits of minimalism:

  1. Clarity of mind
  2. Less stress/anxiety
  3. Better Health
  4. More Freedom
  5. More Time
  6. Greater Purpose
  7. Extra Money
  8. Family Closeness
  9. Easier to Clean
  10. Good for the Environment

When you begin to incorporate a more minimalist life, you start by taking inventory of what you own. Marie Kondo suggests going room by room (start with your closet), and putting things into 3 piles: one pile to trash, one pile to keep and one pile to donate. The pile you keep should only be things that bring you joy or that you really need. Learning the difference between needs and wants will get you everywhere. It starts to affect your shopping habits too, which is awesome!

Sentimental items that aren’t doing anything for you but taking up space should be donated. What?? Yep. She suggests taking a photo of the item so you can still “have” the sentimental value, which is genius because really, what’s the difference from looking at a photo of something you don’t use from looking at something you don’t use in person? The moral of the story is, you don’t use it so get rid of it.

I cannot tell you how LIBERATING and ADDICTING it is to start living this way. It completely changed my life!! I started in 2014 when I was pregnant, when I started to hear about Marie Kondo’s book and started researching on my own. My first thought was “yes, this resonates with me” followed by “how on Earth am I going to be a minimalist with a baby?” But, I figured out ways to do it.

It feels SO GOOD getting rid of “stuff” that isn’t bringing us joy or happiness. Material possessions do not bring us happiness, happiness is found within. Does this mean you can’t keep that Louis Vuitton purse? Of course it doesn’t, keep that beauty….but only if you actually use it.

I noticed a difference in my frame of mind instantly, once I started going through my apartment and downsizing. You feel the calm energy of the space open up, you feel lighter and it actually affects your mindset and brain! It spreads to other areas of your life, like your schedule, your activities and work. You don’t feel as stressed and I think it definitely has connections to feng shui principles.

This post could go on forever, I am SO passionate about minimalism. Do you think you’ll give it a try? Do you have any questions about it that I can help answer?

xo

Heather

 

 

 

 

 

Simple Stir-fry Recipe

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When I said it was simple, I meant it. I am a one-pot meal master! No measurements, no fuss, just simple and fresh ingredients and throw them all in a pot!

Here’s what I used for this meal:

-cauliflower rice

-carrots

-zucchini

-broccoli

-mushrooms

-firm tofu

-pressed garlic, sesame oil, sea salt, onion powder, maple syrup

Cut the veggies however you want, add the spices to your own tasting preference and simmer for 20 minutes on low heat!

Enjoy!

Heather

Why we can’t all eat the same food!

Simply put: we are all made differently with different genes, lifestyles, diets, makeups, habits, bodies.

There is no correct diet for all- it doesn’t exist! Eating must be intuitive & planned in a way that supports YOU, no one else….and no that’s not a free pass to eat donuts.

We must eat with intention & eat for fuel. Our bodies are not garbage cans so it’s crucial we put good food into them.

 

Are you breathing correctly?

Dr. Weil was one of my professors in nutrition school and he’s a really cool dude. I love his approach to Western Medicine and his open-mindedness to other philosophies. He has an amazing breathing technique that I wanted to share because it makes a huge difference in allowing space to open up inside your body. It’s great for relaxation, stress, anxiety and does wonders before sleep.

Link to Dr. Weil’s breathing technique

What’s in your shaving cream, makeup, fragrance, products?

Ok….so I have an obsession with toxic chemicals. I’m always looking for ways to clean up my products, living practices and my home environment. I’ve been into this stuff since forever ago but it really started peaking my interest in 2003 when I attended a natural health college. I learned SO MUCH about natural health and natural “green” living and it sparked something inside me.

I love to teach….educate….share. I want to help people. I want people to feel better and detoxify their lives. I want to provide simple solutions to those same people.

I found this video that really is worth the roughly 7 minutes of your time. It helps simplify things when it comes to chemicals in our products and WHY it’s crucial that we ditch them for good.

Video Link Here

5 things I do to feel awesome!


What are you doing to support your happiness & wellbeing??

Here are my 5 top tips for feeling awesome:

  1. Mind my attitude – I choose to be happy on a daily basis. This means I am conscious of what my thoughts are, how they make me feel and if they make me feel good or bad. I really try to focus on gratitude and what’s going great in my life and I steer clear of negativity. When I find myself in a bad mood….because it happens to us all….allow yourself the right to feel your emotions but we’ve got to move on as soon as possible. We’ve got to adopt a “life goes on” attitude when shit hits the fan. Have an impromtu dance party, crank the music….do whatever you need to do.
  2. Eat whole, natural foods – This is paramount. Stop eating crap. It’s slowly killing you or creating disease. I hate to say it like that but someone has to. Cheetos are not our friend! Ditch the chemicals and go for the foods our bodies are designed to eat. If your Grandma (or Great Grandma) wouldn’t recognize it, don’t eat it.
  3. Find humor in everything – I’ve had a slight problem with this since childhood. I just think I was born to be easily amused. I find humor in things people probably wouldn’t find humor in and it helps me through a lot of situations. Surround yourself with funny people, laughing and even funny things on TV/Movies. It really is the best medicine.
  4. Nourish your passions – Do things that make you happy! Simple as that. Take the step and sign up for a class, a trip, a tour, an activity, whatever feeds your soul.
  5. Meditate – I use this as a way to stay sane. It helps you lower your blood pressure, reduce stress and cortisol levels, supports your adrenals and promotes healthy sleeping habits ON TOP of all of the amazing ZEN benefits it gives you. It’s for real!

Lavender oil uses


Lavender oil has so many uses! It’s such a versatile oil. Here are my top 4 ways to use it:

1. Diffuse or spray on your pillow to enhance sleep quality.

2. One of the only safe oils for babies/kids. *Dillute* and use on bottom of feet to promote sleep. Diffuse in their room at night but put the diffuser across the room to make sure they don’t have a reaction. You never know!

3. Rub a drop in your temples for headaches or migraines. 

4. Apply directly to burns/bites to soothe pain and aid in healing.

Hope you enjoy! 

What exactly is Holistic Health?

  
This is how Holistic Health works: It takes the whole person into consideration when assessing their state of health. This is how I was trained—to treat the patient as a whole, not by their “problem.” Their problem can be attributed to many factors in their life. Holistic Health encompasses: Food, Spirituality, Finances, Relationships, Exercise, Career & Social Habits. The belief that all areas of a person are connected. 

Are you lovable?

  
Love is powerful! The most important kind is self-love. You have to become the type of person that you can love when you look in the mirror. THEN, you’ll have the ability to love others. Are you lovable to yourself? 

Xo, Heather 

If life has you down, read this….

I always look back on this monumental time in my life when life was at its worst. Coming out on the other side as a stronger, brighter and more courageous person gave me the power to create change. My goal since then has always been to inspire others to LIVE LIFE, EAT HEALTHY and LOVE DEEPLY. It’s all that is important. This article below is my story 🙂