How I’m tending to the chaos...

Uncategorized Jan 13, 2021

As a young child, my parents taught me that my external environment is a reflection of my internal environment. As I look around the chaos of our current world, and I increasingly feel the spiral out of control, I remember that the only true solution is to redouble my commitment to tend to my insides.

It seems easier to point fingers outside - at politicians, at money-hungry businessmen with dubious interests, at medical doctors committed to toxic dogma, and at neighbors who we judge to be doing wrong. In fact, it would appear that this is what most of the world is busy doing. But while we’re fighting each other and arguing about who is to blame ... I think about what I can actually control. What I can actually DO. And the only thing I can truly control is my response to this chaos.

The most incredible thing has unfolded for me in the last few weeks ... the more absurd everything becomes, the less attached to the drama I feel. It feels a bit like a theatrical event....

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Today my identity changed.

Uncategorized Dec 23, 2020

This morning I woke up on an island off the coast of southern Brazil (Florianópolis) and set out to hike to what I’d been told is the most beautiful beach on this island.

The thing is: I’m not a hiker. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life with extreme muscle weakness, headaches, dizziness, nausea ... my daily life is confined by my physical limitations. Don’t get me wrong - I’m stronger now than I think I’ve ever been. The last few months, I’ve finally felt stable standing and dancing on one leg (thanks to my wonderful Lyrical Jazz dance teacher Tracey Durbin teaching via zoom twice a week!). And thanks to practicing relevé (tippy toes!), I was nimble on my forefeet to navigate the slippery roots and steps

Three hours later, we arrived at the peak of this crazy overlook above the beach.

Three weeks ago, I sold my home in Portland, Oregon, put my belongings in storage, and set out for a journey around South and Central...

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PANIC ATTACKS + DISSOCIATION‼️ Ever had an experience where you go sort of “absent”? (If you’re familiar with absence seizures you might even describe it as looking similar) ... Triggered by worry

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

PANIC ATTACKS + DISSOCIATION‼ Ever had an experience where you go sort of “absent”? (If you’re familiar with absence seizures you might even describe it as looking similar) ... Triggered by worry and/or sensory over-stimulation, you go into this weird “freeze” mode. It can be hard to talk and even hard to breathe. It might last just a few seconds, or minutes, or maybe longer. I recently read a friend's thread where she described having this experience periodically, and she asked, “Do I need to be looking deeper into this?” Here’s my take on it (from someone who has been there personally *and* seen this professionally): If your brain is living in a chronically elevated fight-or-flight response aka Persistent Stress Mode, the threshold for over-stimulation may be hypersensitized. If that’s the case, it’s absolutely an indicator that there might be something deeper happening, and is worth investigating. You may find some...

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The sleep struggle is real 😴 Do you sometimes feel like the Mayor of Struggletown?? Especially with everything happening in the world right now, and everything feeling like a bit too much too often

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

The sleep struggle is real Do you sometimes feel like the Mayor of Struggletown?? Especially with everything happening in the world right now, and everything feeling like a bit too much too often … tensions are running high (obv).  Here's the #1 most common reason for sleep struggles: a brain running in Persistent Stress Mode doesn't want to sleep soundly through the night (understandable, since that fight-flight response is meant to deal with life-threatening situations … which might not go away just because it’s nighttime ;) But this can mean difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and waking up exhausted rather than well-rested This week for my email insiders, I've put together quick action items you can use to handle the most common health challenges I've seen over the years… starting with sleep!  Here's one of my favs to manage energy naturally: Drink red tea (aka rooibos aka redbush tea) . This tea is adaptogenic, which means that...

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May the Forest accompany you when you feel alone / May the Wind be a song that sings you to sleep / May the Fire keep you warm and set your soul free / May the River be a guide that carries you home

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

May the Forest accompany you when you feel alone / May the Wind be a song that sings you to sleep / May the Fire keep you warm and set your soul free / May the River be a guide that carries you home / Words by my incredibly talented sister @graviteesgala

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I heard this statement recently and it resonated like WHOA. The full declaration was actually: “I’ve learned so many skills just to prove that I have value ...

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

I heard this statement recently and it resonated like WHOA. The full declaration was actually: “I’ve learned so many skills just to prove that I have value ... to make up for all my flaws.” I was struck so deeply from a place of recognition that this lucid self-reflection may be (at least in part) accurate for me as well. People have been commending my skills for as long as I can remember. I’m known for my capacity to accomplish and achieve remarkable things. I’ve got a wall full of diplomas and plaques (my “wall of glory” as I jokingly call it) And this last year, cancer forced me to downshift from my constant state of DOING and PRODUCTIVITY to just BEING. But it never occurred to me before a few days ago that the motivation behind my accomplishment-driven personality could be tied to a deep sense of “not enough”. Of “flawed”. Not least of which comes from over a decade as a teen and young adult of believing my...

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So you know I'm kind of obsessed with fascia, right?! 😂 Well get excited because I'm delighted to share that I've been invited on as a speaker for the @worldcongressoffascia ! This incredible event

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

So you know I'm kind of obsessed with fascia, right?!  Well get excited because I'm delighted to share that I've been invited on as a speaker for the @worldcongressoffascia ! This incredible event, happening Sept 24-27, 2020, is part of our global deep-dive into the fascia-nating world of our body's energetically-charged scaffolding ... the true future of healthcare!  There are going to be so many incredible speakers delivering amazing content over this three-day event ... and even though it's based in Brazil, the whole thing will be online (don't you love these silver linings to the craziness happening right now? I know I do!) Here are a few of the sessions I'm most looking forward to:  Biotensegrity - Unifying Bio-Architecture, Open Anatomy, and Bio-Communication (Stephen Levin) Elastic Storage Capacities of the Fascial System (Robert Schleip) The Pathogenesis of Adhesions, Fibrosis, and the Dynamics of Pain Perception (Susan Chapelle) The...

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Are you (or a loved one) struggling with mysterious health challenges that no doctor has been able to give you real answers for? Maybe you've tried specialists who just want to write a prescription,

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Are you (or a loved one) struggling with mysterious health challenges that no doctor has been able to give you real answers for? Maybe you've tried specialists who just want to write a prescription, or maybe even tell you it's all in your head? And sometimes you feel like you're throwing wet spaghetti at the wall to see which therapy or supplement or exercise or specialist is gonna finally "stick"? Maybe you're even doing a million things that DO help you function, but it eats up your energy to juggle everything and you are EXHAUSTED from being the Mayor of Struggletown Oh love, my heart goes out to you! While our stories are not identical, I suffered with mysterious chronic illness for a long time as a teen and young adult. I was passed from doctor to doctor who could never figure out what was wrong (and I've taken about a million supplements, tried all the different healing techniques, been told it's 'just stress' and it's all in my head ). Veeerrrrry long story short, I've...

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Sooo being that I avoid most grain (and especially corn) for health reasons

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Sooo being that I avoid most grain (and especially corn) for health reasons ... I'm pretty enamored with making cassava tortillas from scratch (it's easier than you think!) Combine that with my love for tiny things, and tonight I christened my new miniature tortilla press and made these adorable goat gouda quesadillas Tiny perfection level 3000 unlocked with the accompanying mini avocado courtesy of @jackieknechtel and @justin_faerman 's avocado trees! #paleo #grainfree #antiinflammatoryfood #cleaneating #simplefood #realfood #foodasmedicine #comfortfood #foodporn #yummy #miniatures #foodphotography

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Alright I'm coming in hot with two food posts in a row 😂 I found out that my fav baked lentil chips by @saffronroadfood have been discontinued ... but if you've met me, you know that I don't take limitation well 😂

Uncategorized Aug 25, 2020

Alright I'm coming in hot with two food posts in a row I found out that my fav baked lentil chips by @saffronroadfood have been discontinued ... but if you've met me, you know that I don't take limitation well Sooooo I figured out how to make them myself! Here's what I did: Soaked 1c red lentils (rinsed) in about 2c water, overnight Put them in the blender (liquid included) with about 1/2c chickpea flour + 1/4c potato starch + 1/4c avocado oil + 1tsp salt + 3Tbsp @beyond_broth yummy tummy broth ... Liquify everything to the consistency somewhere between pancake + crepe batter Pour 1/4c batter onto a medium-low heated cast iron pan + spread with the back of a spoon to pretty thin. Cook until dry on top (1 min?), then flip for another 30-60sec cooking On a cutting board, cut tortillas into bite size pieces. Bake on parchment lined cookie sheet at 250 for about 45 min, then turn the heat off and leave them in the oven another 10 min... Then let them sit on the counter to cool to...

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