Does S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D out you mean D-E-S-S-E-R-T-S?

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What is the first thought that comes to mind when you hear the word “Stress.”  For me, it actually makes me STRESSED, both physically (shoulders take up real estate pinned to my ears) and physiologically (my heart starts to race).  As I’ve talked to others about stress and stress management, I’ve heard all responses from anti-anxiety medications and sleep aids (Hello, Nyquil), to working out, to meditation (yay)!  

Now don't get me wrong, a little bit of stress is vital for the bodies to thrive and adapt to our environment.  However, as we allow tension to build up anywhere in the body, our cortisol levels rise.  Low belly bloat? Could be high cortisol levels!  The worst part?  So many turn to FOOD for comfort, and I am not talking fruits and veggies comfort, those desserts and heavy, processed pastas and grains can make you MORE stressed.

Guess what?  I am here to give you a little advice on NATURAL ways to help with stress (the uninvited kind).  Some key supplements and takeaways that can help in reducing stress:

-Ashwaganda- helps cortisol levels
-Maca root powder - helpful with stress related to hormone imbalance *(for some people this has the opposite reaction, so start small and see how it goes)
-Magnesium- helps regulate the nervous system and cellular function- did you know a large perentage of people diagnosed with depression are deficient in Magnesium?
-Holy Basil- can lower stress level
-Lavender Essential Oil- place on the bottom of the feets and put on socks before getting into bed, not to mention it can be diffused to make your whole house calm, cool, and collected.
-Meditation- Take 10 deep breaths- counting up to 5 (can start with 3) as you breath in, and 5 as you breath out.  Make the breath even like an oscillating wave as opposed to mountain peaks and valleys, never holding the breath.  As you concentrate on your breath, there is no room in your brain to concentrate on anything else.

I’m a huge supporter in switching out the prescription stuff for the natural herbs and supplments. I add ashwaganada and maca root powder to my smoothies, and use DoTerra Essential Oils on the regular these days.  Let me know if you try any of these and how it goes!  And, if you want to check out a video of how to get essential oils of your own just click here for a step-by-step video created by yours truly to walk you through!

 

Xo,
Lindsey

Which of Your Brains is Leading You?

Did you know you actually have TWO brains?  Of course, there is that big guy between your ears – fully functioning, made up of the temporal, frontal, and parietal lobes, cerebellum… (neuroscience nerd here!), but I’ll spare you those details. 

Today, I’d like to share with you more about your SECOND brain… your GUT! 

As stated best by Hippocrates thousands of years ago, “All disease begins in the gut.”  Yes, your gut digests your food, but it also is responsible for most of the other functions in your body.  If your gut is out of balance or unhealthy, all other aspects of health suffer.  Have you ever heard of leaky gut or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?  How about adrenal fatigue, Hashimoto’s or Crohn’s disease?  What if I told you that ALL of these are related to the health of your gut?!

In case you don't know my story- here it is....

Growing up you could always find me outside- playing with my neighbors, swimming, and in my high school years running and playing soccer.  While physically fit, I suffered from at least 5-7 sinus infections each year, on top of at least a case or two of a stomach bug and/or bronchitis.  I thought it just ran in my family (my dad suffers the same type of respiratory issues).  As I grew older, in addition to getting sick I also developed food allergies (dairy and gluten).  Right when I thought I had these food intolerances under control, my body started rejecting more foods.  Before I knew it, it appeared everything except fruit and peanut butter was making sick.  Then I will never forget the day things in my life started to shift into a more positive realm.  I stumbled into a yoga studio.  As I learned to connect my movement with my breath I suddenly became more aware of my body, which in turn made me discover that I have the ability to listen to my gut- with my decisions, with my food choices, with my life.  Clearly, I was addicted and decided to complete my RYT-200 Hour program which in turn led me to leading others in their yoga journey. 

I was intrigued about nutrition and my intuition and completed a Holistic Health Program called the Integrative Institute of Nutrition.  Due to my knowledge of food, health, and essential oils, I slowly healed my gut.  I came across an interesting connection- the more yoga I did, the more thought I put into my food decisions.  The more thought I put into my food decisions (i.e., emotional vs. non-emotional eating), the better I felt.  The better I felt- the more yoga I strived for.  As I mindfully twisted and balanced I discovered that my calling is to help others heal their guts, and honestly, heal their lives.  Allow yourself to be important enough to be afforded the opportunity to empower yourself through natural solutions.  The body, YOUR body, can heal itself given half the chance!  If you’d like to chat more about where you are, let’s hop on the phone!  If you would like to see more of what I’m up to you can visit my site here or sign up to stay in the know and get my freebie on using essential oils to curb emotional eating.  I can’t wait to hear how things are going for you.

Skin Care Hacks for Holiday Travel

SKIN CARE HACKS
for a post-holiday-travel, fresh-faced glow and how Vital Proteins can help you through!

It can take quite some time to develop the perfect skincare routine. Just when you think you’ve nailed it, then comes the challenge of picking the necessities for your travel case. TSA guidelines often help keep us in check, but choosing which items to bring can be more difficult than planning outfits! Rest assured there are great, universal tips to keep your glow strong no matter where you roam. Read on for a few favorite skincare travel hacks.  Plus, comment below and share your favorite travel hack!  We can never have too many.

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  • Travel Prep:
    • Increase your intake of omega-3's a couple of days prior to send off to protect your skin cells from stress and dehydration.
      • Salmon, chia seeds, walnuts, or cod liver oil are all great options with over 2,000 mg per serving
    • Avoid harsh, drying treatments. Our skin needs every last bit of moisture, so it's best to bypass peels and most acid.

 

  • En Route:
    • Apply a moisturizer with hyaluronic acid to support hydrated skin.
    • Sheet masks/under eye gels are convenient when on the go.  My favorites are CocoKind.
      • Invest in a few masks with moisturizing properties and vitamin C for a brightening effect. 
      • For those who don’t want to devote themselves to a full sheet mask, under eye gels are a great option, too as they are a little more discreet. Under eye gels do a great job at plumping fine lines around the eyes and decreasing puffiness.

 

  • Post Travel:
    • Cleanse your face to remove dirt and oil, and to help calm down from the day's stress.
    • Apply hydrating mask and massage:
      • Apply moisturizer on finger tips and massage the cream in upward, outward circular motions. Follow the natural muscle direction and repeat.
  • Lastly, always HYDRATE!
    • When flying, pack an empty water bottle and refill it once you pass through security.
    • Add Vital Proteins Collagen Beauty Water Stick Packs to your bag.
      • The added collagen and hyaluronic acid will help support healthy, hydrated skin.
      • Strawberry Lemon contains Collagen Peptides. 
      • All are Whole30 Approved, Paleo-friendly, no sugar added, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Wishing you safe travels during the holiday season.  Stay safe, eat healthy, and relax!

Happy Holidays,

Lindsey

Sometimes even a Health Coach needs a Coach

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I debated if I should share this with everyone.  You know those thoughts that we drill through our heads when we are in fear:  “What will everyone think of me if I am honest?”  “Does all of my trust go out of the window?”  However, I decided, how FAKE of me to keep the truth to myself!  So here's the deal- the past few weeks I have felt like a total sucker to Imposter Syndrome

Recently, my coaching has led me (and I'm so excited) to hold classes, discussions, and even a series on mindful eating.  However, as of late, after almost every meal, I felt completely bloated, heavy, and wanting more.  I fell asleep easily enough, but the snooze button became my best friend and I woke up exhausted.  My food allergies seemed to be creeping back up on me, even if I had the smallest bit of anything “not clean.”  The worst part, I had CRAZY food cravings!  SUGAR, SUGAR, SUGAR!  I mainly stuck to the natural sweeteners (raw honey, 100% maple syrup) but it was never enough!  I was overwhelmed, frustrated, and did not really know what else to do because I make the RIGHT food choices, 85% of the time, and it didn't matter.

This week I checked in with my holistic nutritionist.  While I knew something was off, I couldn’t completely put my finger on it, and I really needed someone else to help me out and hold me accountable.  Turns out, I somehow contracted a parasite!  Pause.  I know.  Parasites. Are. GROSS.  After I had a very, very, small pity party thinking that someone as health conscious as myself could ever host this disgusting thing, I decided to hop on board and get RID OF IT.  A few supplements, and a bit more conscientiousness on my end of diet and exercise, and I am confident that shortly, this parasite will be GONE! 

The whole point of this graphic story is that I knew in my gut, something was OFF.  Does that ever happen to you?  I felt crazy, but I just needed someone who understood me to confirm what was going on.  And, even though I help others achieve health goals, sometimes, even people like me also need a little guidance and accountability.  Once I talked about it with my holistic nutritionist, and we decided together on recommendations and the why behind them, I immediately felt that a weight was lifted.  I left his office feeling empowered, strong, and ready to make a few small changes.  Now, I feel that my mindful eating series is THAT much more meaningful.  

I am excited to host a few workshops coming up this month and in early January!  Plus, making these shifts in my health and well-being leads to positive change.  So, with my newfound knowledge, I know it is my responsibility to do my part to feel and operate as my most authentic self.  

If you have questions about your health journey, I’d love to chat more with you!  Click here to book your complimentary 20-minute clarity call!  Plus, with the holidays here in front of us, who couldn’t use a little pick-me-up?  Be sure to grab your spot soon, as these calls have been filling up quickly!

P.S.  interested in parasites?  Here is a list of possible side effects when you do contract a parasite!  Yuck and WOW at the same time, right?

To your health and happiness,

Lindsey

The Silence in My Chaos

Recently I’ve had a TON of interactions with friends and aquaintances that say, “Hey! I see your stuff online, you are taking over the world, one yoga pose at a time” or, “Hey, Namaste girl (input hands in prayer and bow)!”  I’ve even gotten, “I love your yoga posts, how do I go upside down?”

 

It is SUPER inspiring to hear any feedback, at all, that means you all see my stuff that I post, right?   Here is my truth on yoga and my practice.  But first of all, let’s get something straight.   Despite that voice inside of your head, you are absolutely PERFECT the way you are, without going upside down and even without deepening your splits.  To me, all of that stuff, the flexibility, the hang time, the twists and backbends, they are ALL just a SIDE effect of what yoga really is to me.  Yoga comes from the work “to yoke” or to join/couple together.  Yoga is a connection of my movement with my breath.  That means, no phone calls, no text messages, no Instagram notifications, NO distractions…. Except for the ones of course I create in my always-busy mind.  Yoga most importantly means no room for thoughts of doubt in any area of my life. 

 

When I am concentrating on flowing and moving in accordance to my breath, I (this science stuff applies to everyone) cannot pay attention to anything else, my (our) brains just do not work like that, pretty cool huh?!  After I practice I typically find a place of clarity and calmness that surrounds my day, and I get further and further away from nonsense chaos that would otherwise take over my thoughts.  I also notice when I let life “get in the way” and I stray away from my daily movements I am less patient, more closed off, and just do not feel like the strongest version of me! 

 

As my yoga practice became my routine, my breath and temperament become more even-keeled both on and off of my mat.  As I came to understand the importance of my mindful movement and detached myself further from going upside down, the easier it became to balance on my head, forearms, and hands.  So, for everyone who thinks “I can’t do yoga because I am not flexible,” I could not think of a BETTER reason to give yoga a shot.  Put yourself out there.  The worst thing that can happen, is no different than where you are RIGHT. NOW.  There is a possibility you try yoga and it’s not for you, but maybe, just maybe, you find a tool to ease your thoughts, allow you to be seen, and transform your life.

 

I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on yoga and your practice (or lack there of)!  P.S. here is a useful guide if you are looking for a new yoga mat to enhance your practice.

 

Namaste, to your health and happiness

 

Lindsey

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~I like to move it move it~

I recently just spend time with my family outside of New York City.  As what usually happens, many health questions arise, “Lindsey how do you feel about ______ food?”  “Is Ice cream REALLY that bad?”  “What are your thoughts about going to the gym?  Don’t you think EVERYONE needs to go like you do?”

 

While I have many opinions on foods I’ll leave that for another post (or another twenty posts).  Here’s the honest truth.  I work out (Yoga, Orange Theory, Running) because I LOVE IT.  For me, although a high intensity exercise, it makes me feel calm and it gets me out of my own head (if not crazy thoughts really begin to build up in there, anyone else?)!  I also enjoy meditating and slower movements when I prioritize that time for myself.  As a by-product, yes, working out is amazing for your overall health.  Having said all of that, I don’t believe that working out in the way that serves me, is for everyone.  If you DREAD it, don’t do it!  I have also recently become more interested in blood type, and activities/foods that support each person. Click here to find out what kinds of activities support your blood type!

 

What are your favorite go-to exercises?  I’d love to hear your thoughts, click here to leave a comment on the blog!  Looking to find more inspiration and ideas?  Click here to schedule a free 20-minute session with me to brainstorm ideas together. 


Much love,

Lindsey

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Downward Dye

 

Hey ya’ll.  I don’t know about you but with warm weather I am ALL about that summer clothing!  Growing up in Norfolk, VA my closet was primarily filled with tank tops, cut off jeans, and then sweaters and hoodies for layering up when it got cold during the winter months.

Last summer a girlfriend and I both had an indigo dye kit and decided to give it a whirl.  Fastforward a few weeks later we all of a sudden had price tags, orders upon orders, an etsy shop, AND a logo!  Thus, Downward dye, was born.  We take all natural cotton clothing and use indigo dye, therefore good for the environment.  Check out our site by clicking below, happy shopping!  Please use code : WholesomeHealth for a little discount!

The evolution of yoga, in my opinion

“Yoga is not about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.”- Judith Hanson Lassiter

 

Patanjali, came up with and recorded the yoga sutras.  Currently the internet has really changed and evolved what yoga is.  Yoga, in itself, means to “yoke” literally “to herd” or really to mix, as in mixing the connection of body and mind.  Currently, if you search yoga on any social media realm, you see flows of beautiful humans in handstands and gracefully floating effortlessly into Hanumasana (monkey pose or splits)!  Instead of thinking that could be me (I mean, it could be me, not this lifetime, but one day) we so quickly forget our journey to get to that “pose” or asana.  What about the first time we correctly lowered into a low pushup, or the first time we activated our hands and finger pads so much that one toe ALMOST lifted off the ground in crow pose! 

Asana is used interchangeably with the word “pose” although the word asana actually means “seat” so to sit in a position and be relaxed (as said by Patanjali himself).  It’s about the connection of your movement and your breath (not anyone else's) so that you are able to keep that sleek, effortless feel off of the mat when guess what, you get a case of the Mondays (you guys get that too right?) or instead of being a "yes" man you are able to confidently say no thank you.  Yoga is the intentional movement, that often yes, creates heat, and in doing so allows the mind to disregard anything but what presently is in front of you through breath.  Yoga is the NOW, it is not the yesterday’s, the should haves, or the I’ll do tomorrow’s.  Yoga is the day 1 looking around lost and confused, barley being able to fold forward, to the day 1000 mind staying calm, meditative stance breath in and breath out, but still at times lost and confused within one's on mind.  These pictures and videos, that seriously are truly breath taking and amazing, are often the billionth try to get the perfect shot (speaking only from personal experience).  Alexandria Crow published an amazing, spot on article, about yoga,  and it’s true meaning, and definition.  Yoga, it is a changing, and to me, I love the exhilaration of going upside down, and as you can see in the picture above, on the millionth take, I was able to capture that split second of my yoga in that day.  I however, also enjoy a deep forward fold, and let's be honest, savasana...... so I invite you, be PROUD of your journey, wherever that is today and right now.  What are your thoughts on yoga?. Let me know what you think below!

 

XOXO

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Limitless Confidence

Confidence – what would you do if you had limitless confidence?  Not in an arrogant, head above the clouds ego-driven confidence, but a grounding, strong self of self, capable of anything kind of confidence?  What a loaded question!  So many options… for me, if I have limitless confidence (a work in progress) I’d quit my 9-5, do so much yoga, stop worrying about the puzzle pieces of my life fitting together to complete perfection. 

Instead of pondering this question, these decisions, I decided to TAKE action.  I did the first on my list, quit my 9-5, dedicating my time 100% to my passions- yoga, healthy eating, and helping others achieve their fitness and wellness goals.  I realized as I made this shift into wellness, everything else began to fall into place.  These “puzzle pieces” that were the jigsaw of my life were not meant for perfection… they were meant for messy, soulful, lively discussions and FEELING every single day rather than going through the motions to check off each box with it’s completion.

As I dropped the “should do’s” and exuded confidence that if I am open to the universe, the universe is ready for my being.   As you stand on your own two beautiful feet every day begin to feel the shift in energy you create.  Here are a couple daily practices I use to up my confidence.  What is something you can do to give yourself a boost?  I can’t wait to hear!

·         Smile and make contact with every single person you come in contact with for one day

·         POSTURE- stand up straight and proud (if we stand with our shoulders hunched over, our heart it is closed off to those around us)

·         Do something one time per week that you don’t typically do – try a different work out, a different walk home, strike up a conversation instead of waiting to be spoken to!

 

“What if I fall, oh, but my darling, what if you fly?”-Erin Hanson