I know living with a chronic disease (or let’s be real, just living) can be exhausting, and we're constantly trying to monitor, assess, test, diagnose and improve. It can be really easy to get stuck in these stories we tell ourselves about ourselves. We have the ability to choose the stories that we tell ourselves every single day and every single moment. We have the ability to stop thinking of ourselves as the victim, unworthy and unable to change, and starting thinking of ourselves as humans capable of healing and joy no matter where we are at right now. When you find yourself feeling like a victim and telling yourself the same story over and over again and it’s making you feel awful, take these 2 steps to let it go and reclaim your confidence instantly.Read More
The way to get out of a boring, healthy eating rut is to get inspired and think outside the box. Next up in the list of inspired lunches is my all time favorite: The Lunch Bowl. Bowls are the best way to get variety and create satisfying, filling, nourishing lunches that you can take on the go. This week's guide is in line with the Autoimmune Paleo Diet. Depending on your needs and preferences you can add or subtract different proteins, nuts, seeds, gluten-free grains etc. It's up to you! This AIP lunch bowl serves as a great base balanced with protein, good fats, fiber and carbohydrates from veggies for you to customize to your liking.Read More
Who has a "boring salad" for lunch when they want to be healthy? You pull it out of the work fridge and it looks all sad and wilty and your friends are heating up mac and cheese and and bringing back delicious looking pulled-pork sandwiches from the food truck seemingly without a care in the world and you start to seriously resent this stupid, healthy boring salad looking back at you. Wanna know what I think about that? DEATH TO THE BORING SALAD. I'M DONE WITH IT. Eating healthy does not have to be sad and boring. You do not need to angrily chew carrot sticks and choke down iceberg lettuce. You do not need to sacrifice flavor and fun. You do not need to feel deprived. We need to flip the script on this one and what "healthy" food looks like.Read More
As a RN in the ICU I experienced some gnarly stuff on a daily basis. Caring for people on life support with all sorts of tubes and drains in their bodies, consoling family members in unthinkable pain after losing a loved one, concentrating so hard for 10 hours straight to ensure I didn’t miss a thing, and was providing the best care possible at a critical time. At the end of these shifts I was done. An exhausted, stressed out, shell of a human. I would get home and it would take me hours to unwind, replaying things I did or didn’t do in my head and processing the events of the day.
I still do this even in a very different job setting. Or I did until a practitioner suggested I start a “transition from work routine.” It was really evident that I was carrying around my physical and emotional stress from the work day into my hours spent outside of work. It was taking a toll on my body and mind as I was never really able to turn “off.”Read More