Hi, I’m Heidi, Functional Wellness Coach and Author… Are you 40+ and feeling like your body has let you down? Struggling with low energy, brain fog, bloating, insomnia, weight gain, eczema and other skin issues, or chronic aches and pains? Have you been to doctor after doctor only to be told it’s all in your head? Are you too young to feel this damn old? Then you’ve come to the right place!
Did you know these are NOT actually normal signs of aging? This is your body giving you clear warning signals that something is out of balance. And I can help you to get back in balance…
With so many specialists and “a pill for every ill”, WHO is looking at your WHOLE health picture? I’ve been there, and I can relate. That’s why I became a Functional Wellness Coach. I’m passionate about helping women 40+, who have already tried everything under the sun, to feel FANTASTIC again. Learn More…
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You’ve probably seen the term “self-care” thrown around a lot lately. But what does self-care actually mean? And why is it so important, especially now?
Many people seem to equate it with going to a spa for a massage or getting a mani/pedi. And those can definitely fall under the category of self-care. However, self-care is so much more than that.
The Oxford Dictionaries definition of self-care:
“The practice of taking action to preserve or improve one’s own health.”
And thanks to bio-individuality—every “BODY” is different—self-care may mean something different for each and every one of us. But no matter what form of self-care speaks to you, we all need to start embracing it sooner than later. Truth: living in a Covid-world, with a war going on is stressful, there’s no way around that. The good news is self-care helps to balance out the stress. Yet most of us are woefully deficient in this important wellness concept.
It’s part of our Western culture of doing more, bigger, faster, better…the go-go-go mentality. We wear our super-cape as we strive to be the super-mom, the super-employee, the super-boss, super-homemaker, and the super-spouse. Yet we often end up with the short end of the stick. Best case, we may feel like we’ve only done a half-assed job at any one of those things, feeling completely exhausted as a result, and potentially becoming hypo-adrenal…
Your body is not dumb. In fact, it is one of the smartest machines around. And it’s constantly giving you warning signs. Body parts don’t just start to fail or go haywire for no apparent reason. There is always a root cause when something goes wrong in your body. News Flash: contrary to what TV ads may have you beliving, that root cause is never a deficiency of prozac or prilosec. And more often than not, that root cause has been ongoing for many years.
Your Body Is Talking… Are You Listening?
Your body communicates with you all the time. But unfortunately, we may be so tuned in to our electronic devices or our busy lives that we tune out of our bodies. We may fail to pay attention to the warning signs, subtle cues, and clues our bodies are giving us… until it’s too late and they “suddenly” hit us over the head with something major.
Only it wasn’t really suddenly at all… it was the straw that broke the camel’s back if only you’d heeded those warning signs.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you had a clue when things were starting to go sideways with your body? And you could actually reverse or prevent something worse from happening? Guess what, you do have clues. And your body has been crying out in pain or showing you warning signs all along. You just need the secret decoder ring!
This hearty, warming Roasted Veggies & Cannellini Beans is perfect for autumn or winter. I made it earlier this week and had to share because it’s SOOOO good! And it’s packed full of colorful root vegetables to help you eat the rainbow and boost your phytonutrients intake.
Root vegetables are also very grounding, so if you’re feeling overwhelmed or uncentered (who isn’t these days, right?!), this would be a perfect meal to help ground you. Plus it makes enough that you can re-purpose it for several more meals, as I share below.
Updated from September 2018
Do you need to balance your immune system? You may be seeing lots of articles and news stories about “boosting your immune system”. But in reality, you want to BALANCE your immune system, not necessarily “boost” it.
Boosting it could create an over-active immune system, which can be just as bad as an under-active immune system. An over-active immune system is what happens in autoimmune diseases where the body attacks itself. Whereas an under-active immune system is what happens when you get every virus that comes along. We want to strive for a balanced immune system where the body is in homeostasis or optimal wellness.
And chronic inflammation usually goes hand in hand with our immune system, causing it to get out of balance. So what exactly is chronic inflammation? Is it always a bad thing? And if so, can you really eat well to balance your immune system and reverse chronic inflammation?
“Inflammation is your body’s first line of defense against toxins, infections, and injuries. When your cells are in distress, they release chemicals to alert the immune system. The immune system sends its first responders — inflammatory cells — to trap the offending substance or heal the tissue.”
— Cleveland Clinic (1)