How to build your personal power and energy levels to have anything you want in life.

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Me skiing at Deer Valley Ski Resort in Utah last week!

Have you ever noticed my tagline ‘Thriving Body + Unstoppable Life”? Something I’ve learned on this journey of healing is that there is always better. You can always feel better than you feel right now. There are still new discoveries and technologies awaiting us in regards to our health, mind, spirit, and emotional states.

The vast knowledge of the balance between us and nature along with the practices and ways of being that are lost to us from our ancestors has set us back tremendously.

We have so much to learn and re-learn about feeling amazing.

One ancient practice is about power and energy.

When you build your personal power and energy levels more and more becomes possible for you in your life.

Power and energy are interrelated. The more energy you have; the more power you have and vice versa. When I speak of power I am referring to personal power. The ability you have to maintain full control of your decisions and actions. This is what makes you a creator and enhances your elegant abilities of manifestation.

In order to do this you must first take inventory of your current personal power and energy.

Take this quick quiz to find out if you have enough power.

  • Do you feel powerful in your day to day life?
  • Do you always get what you want?
  • Do you easily get what you want without taking others power through manipulation, lying, coercion, or violence?
  • Do you know how to ask for the things you need without demanding, fighting, or throwing a tantrum?
  • Do you know how to commit to getting what you want without giving up, going passive, giving in, or conceding with another person?
  • Do you know how strive to get what you want without putting someone else’s needs in front of your own?
  • Do you know how to resolve confrontation where everyone gets their needs met in the end?
  • Do you embrace confrontation knowing that it can be a process that bonds people together as a means to get everyone’s needs met?

If you answered yes to 2 or less of these questions, you have some personal power-building work to do. Keep reading to learn more.
If you answered yes to 3 to 5 of these questions, you have some decent personal power skills. Personal power-building work would still benefit you greatly. Keep reading to learn more.
If you answered yes to 6 or more of these questions, you have solid personal power and have done good work in building your power in healthy ways. Keep reading to learn more so you can have enough extra power to create an unstoppable life.

Take this quick quiz to find out if you have enough energy.

  • Do you get your daily needs for survival met? (food, shelter, water, clothes, preparing healthy food, health insurance, etc)
  • Are you able to heal your body of any nagging, acute, or chronic health concerns? (This includes supplements, wellness support, proper foods, personal chef, nutritional counseling, herbal consultants, testing, consults with practitioners, body work, healing work, etc.)
  • Do you save money for the future?
  • Do you go on vacations, play, have fun, and enjoy yourself on a regular basis?
  • Do you take daily actions towards your long-terms goals and dreams that you are confident you will reach?
  • Do you have the ability to exercise on a regular basis to keep your mind and body growing stronger and stronger?
  • Do you have even keel energy levels all day long without the use of stimulants like coffee, tea, herbs, yerba mate, chocolate, sugar, etc.
  • Do you sleep easily and deeply while waking rested and restored?

If you answered yes to 2 or less of these questions, you have some energy level-building work to do. Keep reading to learn more.
If you answered yes to 3 to 5 of these questions, you have some decent energy levels. Building more energy reserves would benefit you greatly. Keep reading to learn more.
If you answered yes to 6 or more of these questions, you have solid energy levels and have done good work in building them in healthy ways. Keep reading to learn more so you can increase your energy levels even more to create an unstoppable life.

Now that you have an idea of where you are power and energy-wise, I want you to consider where your energy and power is leaking from your life.

Let’s get an idea of where you are letting your power and energy slip away.

The most common power leaks start from not knowing what you want***. Learning to tap into your desires, dreams, hopes, and wants will create the basis for building power. Knowing yourself – who you really are – and honoring your unique desires will create a the foundation for co-creating an amazing life with other people in your life.

***Note: Distinguish needs from wants. In order to consistently build power you must actively make sure your basic needs are handled. Some people try to skip the basic needs and move ahead to the wants. Make sure you have health insurance, healthy food, clothes that fit and make you feel good, access to money, and a safe, comfortable living environment.

Once you know what you want you now need to learn how to get it. Getting what you want means cultivating clarity, focus, and energy. Building power becomes a daily practice. Building power means having your thoughts and actions fully aligned. Integrity, intention, and will are all at the heart of cultivating power.

Some of the most common PERSONAL POWER leaks are as follows:

  • Not asking for what you want.
  • Putting other people’s needs in front of your own.
  • Viewing your needs as less important than others.
  • Not taking 100% responsibility for every single one of your actions.
  • Having an emotion that rules you such as fear, anger, sadness, regret, disappointment, humiliation, embarrassment, shame, rage, or guilt.
  • Being afraid of one of these emotions (in yourself or in others) so intently that you will do anything to avoid it.
  • Giving up control of your own actions though cravings, addictions, and unhealthy relationships.
  • Treating situations as if they are happening TO you instead of FOR you.
  • Blaming things on other people or circumstances.

Some of the most common ENERGY leaks are as follows:

  • Not getting enough deep, restful, proper sleep.
  • Eating things that lowers your energy levels such as foods you are allergic to, calorie-rich nutrient-weak. foods, bad food combinations, industrialized, chemicalized, processed, and artificial ingredients.
  • Not eating nutrient-dense foods, good fats, lots of veggies, and herbs that heal your body.
  • Not getting enough body movement that helps you express your utter and extreme joy for the miracle that you have a human body.
  • Relying on caffeine, stimulants, alcohol, sugar, and other addictions to control your moods and energy levels.

Let’s pinpoint your energy and power leaks and create a strategy to fix it. I call these power moves. In order to do that you can work with me privately or join one of my group programs and raise your hand during the group calls and ask me about where you’re stuck. I will help get to the bottom of it with you quickly so we can figure out the best use of your precious energy so you can build even more.

The benefits of cultivating power and energy for me personally have been profound. I think back to myself as a little kid throwing temper tantrums, allergic to gluten without even realizing it, eating sugar to numb the pain, struggling immensely as a teenager and turning to drugs as the solution, being completely broke and house-sitting and couch surfing to get by, feeling hopelessness and impending doom most of the time.

I started cultivating my personal power and energy by noticing which foods made me feel weak and tired. I kept eliminating those foods. I developed sensitivity and awareness about which foods built energy and sapped energy by doing cleanses two to four times per year. Cleansing also helped deepen my awareness of the emotions I was stuffing down and not dealing with. These emotions were keeping me sick and sapping my energy.

I wrote down endless lists of goals and dreams filling up notebooks with my intentions and desires. I stayed true to my heart and let my inner voice guide me. I started with easy interactions where I worked to maintain eye contact with those around me. This was the beginning of me building my personal power.

I started eating only foods that built my energy levels. I worked diligently to heal my body of every single health concern that plagued me. This meant that I was able to increase my energy levels even more. I started learning how to move my body in ways that feel amazing versus ‘exercising’. I listened to my body and added more and more activities slowly to prevent injury.

In my personal relationships I didn’t settle. I frustrated the hell out of my exes because I was so headstrong and stubborn. But I was learning how to get what I wanted in the best way possible. Before some of these relationships I had nearly given up on believing that it was possible for me to have what I wanted. I believed I had to fight and work hard to deserve anything I asked for. I felt as though I had to earn every single thing in my life…including love.

Over time I’ve diligently and intentionally taken one step at a time towards my dreams and goals.

For many many years it felt as though I was trudging through mud. It took all of my energy every single day just to pull that boot up out of the sticky suctioning mud and take one more step. Knowing that the next step was right back in the mud.

For decades I didn’t even know where those steps would lead me because for miles and miles all I could see was brown, sticky mud.

It takes all of your energy and personal power to go against the hard worn patterns of self sabotage. It takes all of your energy to not feel bad about yourself for messing up all the time. It takes all of your energy and personal power to set the course of your life and point it in exactly the direction you want to go. It takes all of your energy to heal. It takes all of your energy to manifest your dreams. It takes all of your energy and personal power to make your life fully yours.

So now do you see why energy and power are so crucial?

Let me share with you some of my favorite strategies and resources for building energy and personal power:

Read (or re-read) the book, The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz   http://amzn.to/1Bp0QFZ

Read the book, Eating for Energy by Yuri Elkaim   http://amzn.to/1Cg6sYz

Do a cleanse. I recommend my program, The Probiotic Power Cleansehttp://www.probioticpowercleanse.com/  Sign up now for the one that starts soon!

Do my program, Gut Rebuilding  http://www.gutrebuilding.com/ to maximize your energy levels, detox your emotions, and create a thriving body and unstoppable life.

Remember, the first step is to get clear about what you want. Start writing. Create brainstorms, lists, journals, talk sessions with friends, drawings, visions boards – open up that part of yourself that dreams and desires.

I’ll leave you with this quote from Herman Hesse about the interconnection between goals and fasting and cleansing.

“When you throw a stone into the water, it finds the quickest way to the bottom of the water. It is the same when Siddhartha has an aim, a goal. Siddhartha does nothing; he waits, he thinks, he fasts, but he goes through the affairs of the world like the stone through the water, without doing anything, without bestirring himself; he is drawn and lets himself fall. He is drawn by his goal, for he does not allow anything to enter his mind which opposes his goal. This is what Siddhartha learned from the Samanas. It is what fools call magic and what they think is caused by demons. Everything can perform magic, everyone can reach his goal if he can think, wait and fast.”

Join me for The Probiotic Power Cleanse to reach your goals for everything in life.

How to take care of your allergies in the Winter to prevent them in the Spring

Allergies suck.

 

I know because I suffered from them for years.

 

As soon as the yellow dust started drifting through the air my eyes puffed up, my nose started running, and my sleep was affected.

 

Oregon logging trails

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No matter which side I slept on one nostril would fill up while the other nostril would drain, which kept me waking up and stuffing tissues into my brain to try and get some rest.

 

When it got really bad I would start getting allergic to my cat. It was so sad. She’d rub her body across my face and my eyes would get even more blood shot. Never before in my life had I been allergic to my cats.

 

What’s crazy about allergies is the additional trauma they cause to the body.

 

Inflammation. 

 

That’s the dirtiest word in my industry when it comes to disease and aging. And it is best friends with allergies!

 

What does your body do to shut down a histamine (allergic) response?

 

Adrenaline.

 

It’s your body’s way of making sure you don’t drown in the mucus. It shrinks blood vessels and reduces inflammation. Over time these shots of adrenaline lead to adrenal fatigue and eventually burn out.

 

Like everyone else, I used to think that you couldn’t get rid of allergies.

 

And one day it dawned on me that allergies can’t be normal. How could I be allergic to the world I was born into?

 

On that day I decided to cure myself of allergies because I knew that I wasn’t supposed to have them.

 

So I set out to do anything I could do heal them.

 

And guess what? It worked!!!

 

I no longer suffer from or struggle with environmental allergies. 
 
I want this for you, too.

 

The first step is to cleanse.

 

But the most important thing you can do is to cleanse.

 

Take care of your allergies in the Winter to prevent them in the Spring. [tweet this]

 

No one realizes this, but it’s true.

 

Many people talk about bee pollen and eating local honey. I don’t agree. Most people with allergies have Candida and Candida loves sugar. So eating honey will feed the Candida and make your allergies worse. Don’t do it.

 

Instead, sign up for a cleanse now to get the inflammation down, clean out your gut of bad bacteria and yeasts like Candida and get your immune system to calm the f***down so you don’t react to every little thing out there!

 

Conveniently, I’m running the Probiotic Power Cleanse on February 16th for 2 weeks to give you all the tools you need to get your body in shape to prevent allergies this year. Learn how to do it! And the cleanse is just the first step. But it’s an easy step! And you can do it because I’ll show you exactly what to do step by step to make it fun, comfortable, painless, and easy.

 

Check it out here. Click here to watch.

 

If you aren’t sure if it is right for you or not, please come join me in my kitchen LIVE on January 29th at 5pm ET for How You Can Detox Differently This Year. I’ll show you blender tricks and juicer fun while teaching you some of my favorite cleansing meals to eat.

 

Register to get the Livestream details. Click here to register!

 

It’s going to be entertaining to say the least! Plus, I’d love to have you over to my house.

 

See you Thursday, Jan 29th at 2pm PT/5pm ET!

 

Guts & Glory – What’s Lurking in your Cabinets? with Lara Adler

 

What’s lurking in your cabinets? Only you can tell. (Or can you? Those companies work hard to hide things.)

 

This week I want you to come with me on a tour of my new house as my friend and colleague Lara Adler, environmental toxins expert (and self-proclaimed super nerd) give you a different kind of house tour.

 

I know a lot about toxins and the impact they have on the body and the environment, and I knew that dryer sheets rank high up there on the ick-factor. But I also love to rub my face in soft towels. A lot.

 

I have to say that getting the facts about dryer sheets from Lara blew my mind. But my girl wouldn’t just leave me hanging with crunchy towels. . . she’s got solutions for everything.

 

We also answer the question that we get a lot during this conversation about toxic chemicals: “If these things are really so bad, why isn’t everyone in the hospital right now?”

 

The truth is that there are simpler, healthier, and less expensive ways to clean your house, your clothes, and your body. They still smell purdy and they work just as well! But more importantly than price or a lovely aroma, I want you to understand the impact toxins have on your short term and long term health. (You’ll see me sneeze several times just from going through the cabinets!)

 

Your house is your sanctuary—check out the video for valuable lessons about products that could be keeping you sick. (Oh, and false marketing, anyone? We hit that point, too)

 

After the toxins tour with Lara, I cleared out the worst of the offenders. I have to say it’s helped me feel remarkably more peaceful! She’s got more where that came from. Check out http://bit.ly/1ygGmly for more tips about environmental toxins. This woman knows her sh*t!

I went and researched the sites she recommended and these are the best products I found to start replacing the chemicals.

These awesome products are easily accessible from Amazon: Simple Green Naturals Floor Cleaner, Eco-Me Natural Sudsing Liquid Dish Soap, Seventh Generation Auto Dish Pacs, Seventh Generation Fabric Softener, & Seventh Generation Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

Also, here is an amazing chemical-free product Lara recommended offline by Vital Image: Face & Body Wash.

 

Cleansing has two parts—reducing external toxins AND getting rid of what’s already accumulated inside your body. If you want more information on how to cleanse to get bountiful energy, sign up for my livetream here: www.probioticpowercleanse.com Livestream

 

Okay, now your turn! I would love to hear what’s in your cabinets. Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for watching and sharing this with people you care about!

 

Guts and Glory – Activation Products with Ian Clark

Some of us are willing to try many things to get that body and to live longer and have a better time while we’re here. We eat certain foods, avoid others, take supplements…And it can be mixed results for many of us. Here’s why—there’s an important distinction that I want to make about building the body up versus killing off disease.

 

It’s about creating an environment where disease can’t hang out. (When I went this route, it changed everything.)

 

Because things like Candida that are causing the health problems? They’re present in the body for a reason. You can’t just kill em off. Won’t work.

 

So what will? It involves creating a healthy body where disease can’t exist.

 

Before that it was a fight, a constant fight. When you’re fighting your body or you’re fighting anything living in your body, it’s going to fight back—that’s just what fighting is!

Check out this special two-part interview with Ian Clark where we talk about the biggest mistakes we made in this realm.

 

 

 

Ian Clark is the founder of Activation Products, a company which I’m a big fan. We talked about his personal journey going from being given 2 years to live (and facing massive pharmaceuticals and surgeries) based on his other family members dying before 50–to thriving and running a booming business ten years later.

 

When the doctors told Ian that his fate was sealed due to his genes, he rejected the idea that genetic predisposition was something he couldn’t do anything about.

 

He chose to believe he could do something about it. He had nothing to lose.

 

In the interview we talk about Oceans Alive Marine Phytoplankton and how for the last 8 years it’s flown off the shelf. (That product became the reason why he called his company Activation Products. “Every time I took it when I first started taking it, it activated something very deep inside that wanted me to get way more healthy,” says Ian.)

 

We also talked about Activation’s raw pumpkin oil (future product), cumin oil, and coriander oil, and how they give you more power than you’ve ever had before as far as endurance and stamina.

Coriander oil is especially important to those interested in gut health—it played a crucial role in helping to rid Andreas (the person responsible for fresh pressing these oils!) of his Chrone’s disease.

 

Check out the video above and listen in on our conversation about how we went from being sick to our highest functioning selves.

 

There’s also a transcript for you to read if you’d rather read the interviews: Ian-Clark-on-2014

How to use this information for your health:

Check out Ian Clark’s products to boost alkalinity, remineralize your body, and rebuild your gut. Pour the 5-Seed Blend into your smoothies, use the black cumin seed oil for parasites and Candida, and use the Magnesium spray to quickly absorb minerals for reducing muscle pain and easing constipation.

 

If you’re a wellness practitioner:

You need to know about these products because they are highly effective in taking your clients’ health to the next level. For example, the coriander oil is incredibly effective at ending Candida and the 5-Seed Blend will help boost your clients’ nutrient levels, support skin and brain health with omega fatty acids, and energize organ function.

 

Go check out his website and peruse the products he’s formulated to learn more about a high quality product that you can use to help your clients get better results.

Are you exercising too much?

I’ve changed my mind about my relationship to exercise and weight in the last few months.

I used to think that I had to work out like cray-cray to lose weight.

I never thought I would count calories. (After all, I’m a holistic health coach!)

I believed that wanting to lose 10 pounds was just a bunch of mainstream media hooey.

I thought that exercising for 90 minutes was a surefire way to lose weight.

When it came down to it, I wanted my outside to match my insides. I wanted to be fit and ready for any adventure that came my way.

So I had to rethink everything and this included taking a long hard look at some of my old beliefs.

Watch this new video to learn how I lost 10 pounds by exercising LESS.

I gathered valuable information about what my body actually needed and learned a new approach to exercise that I want to share with you.

The biggest thing I realized was that it wasn’t just about losing weight. It was about feeling like a super-ninja-spy in my body. . .

It was about being able to play harder—doing more enjoyable things like rock climbing and swimming in the ocean.

Have you signed up for the free webinar training yet? I’m going to lay out all the easy ways you can get more energy through Gut Rebuilding.

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One of my favorite wellness gurus has a new book! I have personally spent time with this expert and can attest that he walks the talk. I can’t wait for you to learn what he is teaching in the upcoming book. Check it out here:

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What cleansing did for me (and what it can do for you)

IMG_3503I used to obsessively crave food until I learned how to cleanse when I was in my early twenties. I didn’t start out perfect. I practiced and practiced, getting better all the time. Getting better meant that instead of craving and binging I now can be comfortable with what I’m eating without intense cravings. I know that the cravings are temporary.

Cleansing has made my day-to-day life better. When I’m not cleansing I listen deeply to my body and honor the messages I hear so I don’t swing the pendulum anymore and don’t develop intense overwhelming cravings. I also am getting the nutrients I need through my food and supplements, which lowers cravings as well.

My hypoglycemia has healed through my cleanses. I used to crash like crazy and felt like I had to eat every few hours just to keep from getting jittery and low blood sugar. One day I went out to jump on the trampoline and came back inside a total wreck. My blood sugar crashed so hard that I thought I needed to go to the hospital. I thought something was seriously wrong with me as I felt the ground slip out beneath me and I crumpled to the floor. I couldn’t use my arms or legs. My heart beat fast and sweat covered my cold body. I drank some orange juice, which helped, and the awful feeling eventually passed, but this was my first experience with low blood sugar and it actually scared me so badly that after that I was terrified to let it happen again. I refused to go for more than 3 hours without eating and over time became more and more obsessed with my next meal.

This affected my ability to function normally, go on hikes, and participate with people in normal events because I was so scared that something would happen to me when I was too far away to get the help I needed. This fear was irrational, but was exacerbated by hypoglycemia.

Hypoglycemia made it nearly impossible to enjoy cleansing. I always thought about food and was always concerned about the crash. I never felt full on a cleanse no matter what I tried.

Once my hypoglycemia was healed (more on that in the future) I was able to comfortably and happily cleanse. It also helped me lose weight around my belly.

Another great benefit of cleansing was boosting my immune system. I have theorized that the common cold is really just a microbial toxic overload and the mucus and snot are just the superhighway for toxin elimination. When I started looking at the common cold as just that things really started to shift.

And since then, I rarely get sick. If I feel it coming on, I know exactly what to do to get un-sick quick.

IMG_2325Cleansing helped me break my food addictions. From sugar to gluten. Dairy to puffed cereals. From ice cream to pizza. I was so addicted to foods. I used them to calm down the intense emotions I (still) feel. I used food to ground me. I used food to procrastinate. I used food to comfort me. I used food to feel better. I used food to keep me awake.

Food is fuel. It can be pleasure, but at the core, it is nourishment. It is not a hug. It is not love. It does not fill empty holes inside of me.

Cleansing helped me find those holes and keep them empty long enough to see what was really needed to fill them. I stopped filling them with food.

My digestion used to suck. Bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, cravings, upset stomach, heartburn, etc. My belly used to hurt so much that I just got used to the tight knot in my solar plexus.

Cleansing helped me figure out my digestion.

It also helped me deepen my awareness of my body.

I always struggled with emotional eating. I still do sometimes, but it is way less of a problem than ever before. Cleansing helped me see clearly that my emotional eating patterns were exacerbated by certain foods. I learned which foods boosted me up and which ones sent me into emotional eating tornadoes.

I also learned that by rebuilding my gut I was able to boost my overall energy and moods. Cleansing is one of the hands-down best ways to rebuild the gut. You can’t keep cleansing forever – you may end up getting too depleted – but you can alternate cleansing and gut rebuilding.

Cleansing is the cornerstone to health. Animals know how to fast and use this to heal. Humans have this ability, too. But most people are too terrified to go without food for a day. My dream for you is to be able to go for 1-2 days on a water fast and be fine. Doing short water fasts can be one of the best ways to stave off illness, increase energy levels, detox the body, and ward off chronic illness. I want you to heal your body to the point that this is a tool in your toolkit to prevent and reset your body – whenever you need it.

This is what is possible when you cleanse regularly and master the art of cleansing. You don’t get sick. You stay strong. You sleep deeply. You feel amazing and know how to respond when you don’t. You are flexible. Your digestion is awesome. Your mental clarity is on point. You enjoy cleansing. Cravings don’t rule your food choices. You break your food addictions.

But more than absolutely anything, I want you to know what it is like to just enjoy your life. I want you to know what it is like to not be sick and not have to make excuses for why you can’t go out and start having a blast. I want you to discover what you are passionate about and go do it. When you are sick for decades you start to give up on your dreams. Survival becomes more important than long term goals. When you are chronically sick you get to a point where you no longer know what moves you, what drives you, what makes you tick – because all your energy has to be spent on getting through the day.

Once you get better you have a whole new dilemma. And I’m in the middle of it right now. Learning what I love to do. Learning what makes me happy. Learning what makes my skin tingle and hairs stand up on end. But I welcome these new challenges.

I have no excuses anymore for not being able to follow my dreams. It used to be my health and my finances. I spent more than a decade trudging through mud everyday picking up one leg out of that muck – using all my energy just to take one step. I couldn’t even see the other side of that swamp. All I knew is that I had to keep moving. Everyday. One step. Decisive.

(The interesting thing is that when my health improved, so did my financial situation because I wasn’t distracted, unfocused, foggy-headed, and ill.)

It was the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life. It took pure grit and pure determination.

And now that I’ve made it to the shore. Rinsed off all the mud. I’ve fallen in love with going fast. Mountain biking. Running. Skiing. Cycling. Racing Go-Carts. Motorcycles.

IMG_2271Because I don’t want to go slow anymore. It took all the energy I had at the time to get through it. And now I’m spending my energy learning how to create more.

I’m having more fun than ever before.

And I cared about none of this before. All I cared about was getting better. But now that I’m better a whole new world has opened up. I want to meet you there.

I want to show you everything I know about healing your body

The Probiotic Power Cleanse is coming up in November. It’s the first step towards getting healthy. It’s a step I recommend that you (and every single person) consistently take. Learning to cleanse is a must. This is a tool you will want to always have in your tool belt. You can take it with you wherever you go. If you are interested in learning more, check it out.

New spin on paleo – new video blog with Leanne Ely!

The Paleo Diet is short for the Paleolithic Diet (a.k.a. the hunter-gatherer diet, the caveman diet, or the Stone Age diet). It is a way of eating that resembles the way our ancestors ate during the Paleolithic era. This means you avoid grains, legumes, processed oils, and refined sugar.

This diet is great for several reasons:

  • It helps get people off gluten, which is a genetically modified organism in most cases and is causing tons of inflammation in people’s intestines.
  • It reduces the amount of sugar eaten, which switches people into fat-burning mode by getting rid of the blood sugar spikes often helping people regulate their weight easily.
  • It dramatically reduces the intake of processed, artificial, and junk foods.
  • It’s easy to stick to because you are getting all your nutrient needs.

I decided to learn more about Paleo myself so I went to one of the experts, my friend, NY Times best-selling author and nutritionist Leanne Ely.

I got an advance copy of her new book, Part-Time Paleo and interviewed her so we could talk more about it and I have to be honest – I thought it was going to be just another cookbook. Not so. This cookbook is also a tome of the best nutritional information gleaned from the past few decades. Each recipe reflects solid nutritional principles that will help you enhance your energy and heal your gut.

You’ve heard all the good things about Paleo, but you’ve never really taken the time to look deeper into it. If you’re unfamiliar with how effective the paleo way of eating is, here’s what you need to know…One of the studies in the book is about the dietary habits of a particular Papua New Guinea tribe called the Kitava.

What the researchers found over a series of years is remarkable:

“Despite a fair number of older residents, none of whom showed signs of dementia or poor memory… They did not find any accounts of heart disease, nor were there any signs of diabetes, dementia, acne, high blood pressure, strokes, or weight problems!”

Enjoy the interview!

Do you ever catch yourself staring blankly at the carrots and kale in the grocery store, thinking:

I’ve made the same kale recipe for years and I know it’s good for me, but really – I’m getting bored…

And, you really, really want to eat healthy—maybe even paleo because you’ve heard tell-tale of its stunning health benefits, but you know it’s probably just another food fad that will end up being bad for you in a few years anyway.

I feel ya.

So how do elevate your healthy eating experience from stuck-in-a-rut to total confidence and fun in the kitchen (and your mouth)?

Here are four things that make it easy to eat nutrient dense foods that make you feel energized and snazzy:

#1 Know what to eat and have a plan for your “hunting and gathering” at the grocery store.

#2 Be prepared in your kitchen.

#3 Like what you’re eating. Simple, but not always easy, this is one of the best things you can do to create great habits. (If you don’t eat things that make your mouth sing with pure delight, you probably won’t keep with it.)

Trick #4 will make all of the above three things super easy. . .

It’s a new (and free!) Part-Time Paleo Starter Kit, from my friend, NY Times best-selling author and nutritionist Leanne Ely. It’s by far the best thing I’ve seen and I’ve fallen completely in love with her way.

Leanne is for real.

She’s helped thousands of women and busy moms for over 20 years feed their families healthy meals (without the whining!)

In addition to the launch of her book Part-Time Paleo: How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy, Leanne is giving us the Part-Time Paleo Starter Kit

Having a paleo diet helped Leanne triumph over Hashimoto’s disease which she battled for over 10 years! I encourage you to order her book now, because the Part-Time Paleo Starter Kit is a fabulous bonus that is only available for a short time.

Why do I love this book so much? Part-Time Paleo:How to Go Paleo Without Going Crazy conveys her healing principles with true simplicity and ease. She uses many stories and includes great recipes. There are countless books out there and hers is not just a cookbook, but a simple guide to eating healthier than ever with delicious recipes. She compiles decades worth of nutritional healing information into one of the best nutritional guides I’ve seen.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Save money on your fresh organic produce.
  • Equip your kitchen for success.
  • Make mouthwatering smoothies.
  • Learn to juice healthfully.
  • Stock your pantry, fridge, and freezer to easily throw together any meal.
  • Simplify your life with menu plans, grocery lists and serving suggestions.
  • Harness the magic of your slow cooker.
  • Get your freezer stocked with easy freezer meals.

Get your free Starter Kit here and happy feasting!

Become the master of your life

I spent last week hanging out with Pedram Shojai, Dr. Sara Gottfried, Able James, Tom O’Bryan, Alex Jamieson, Dave Asprey, JJ Virgin, and many other alternative wellness online practitioners. We connected deeply and got a chance to learn more about each others’ businesses and healing work.

This week we are all getting geared up for the 100-day GONG challengeWatch this video to learn what Gong is!!!
 
The things I’m going to show you help me sleep deeper, sit up straighter, and feel the energy flowing freely in my body. 

I want you to experience this too! 
 
In fact, let’s do it together. Pedram has an inexpensive program that will give you all the basics you need to get started on this challenge with amazingly talented healers. 
 
Because I’m friends with these folks they’ve given me a really special deal – they’re letting us in on the beta program for a fraction of the price. There are limited spots in the beta program and there are thousands of people reading this email right now – so hurry up and register so we can do this amazing self-healing work together. 
 

Let’s raise our vibration, free up blockages, and ground ourselves so we can be more clear, more productive, and more present in our lives over the next 100 days. 


Did I mention that Pedram will be hosting live Q&A calls each week? I’m going to be there. This man is an inspiring wealth of knowledge. Last week we were hiking through the mountains of Palm Springs and he kept blowing my mind with his ideas. 
 
I am committed to sharing the resources with you that I myself use. Let’s do this together. Dr. Sara, Abel James – The Fat Burning Man, and a bunch of other high-level practitioners will be doing this with us!  
 
 
Probiotically,

Summer

P.S. Here’s the link to register and learn how to master your life with an amazing group of people.

How to be self-honoring (How I got over my blocks to being my best)

A month ago I went to my home state of Tennessee because my younger sister was going to have a baby and she’d asked me to be her doula. (I was hoping this would happen since we were very wee kids…)

Plane tickets were bought, I got someone to water my plants for seven weeks, and I was all set to stay in the guest room at my dad’s house.

“You can stay as long as you like!” said Dad.

It wasn’t more than a few days into my trip when it became clear that staying at my dad’s wasn’t going to work out so hot.

Now, I love my Pa, I wouldn’t have attempted such a marathon hang-out if I didn’t think that it was a good idea, but when it came down to it, it wasn’t a good idea.

What’s a fermentationist to do?

I found me an apartment to rent for a month and a half.

In my younger days it might have been a bigger deal. I may have hemmed and hawed, dragged it out longer, and possibly even toughed it out for the whole time to try and save money.

(Glad those days are over.)

Here, I really am grateful that I made a decision to take care of myself on all different levels. This apartment thing–it felt like an indulgence. Here I had a perfectly good place to stay. There was a bed, my own room…but it didn’t serve me.

I felt really good about the fact that I realized so quickly that this was how it was going to work out the best for everyone. I chalk that up to the fact that I’m committed to taking care of myself and giving myself the things that make me happy, not just keep me squeaking by and subsisting on “good enough.”

When I decided to do radical self-care I got to spend really wonderful times with my father instead of trying to make something forced happen. I would spend hours on his couch watching NASCAR and chatting it up instead of getting annoyed at the TV blaring.

We got to go motorcycle riding and enjoy each other’s company. I even invited him over for dinner and he made KALE! (This is still going to take some getting used to–since he did The Gut Rebuilding Program he has really changed his eating habits!)

And once I sat down in that apartment and locked the doors – I had a huge emotional detox session. I had been holding up my walls for months (maybe years) living with other people and I just needed the safety of being totally alone to let those guards down.

My meditation and yoga practice flourished. My personal training hit a new level. I knew where everything was in the house and the fridge was stocked with exactly the right foods.

It was delightful.

And everything in my life went better for it.

I’m so happy I made that decision to take care of myself fully even though it was a leap to rent a fully furnished condo for 6 weeks! It was worth it in every way to shift my mentality fromto one of deprivation to self-honoring who I am TODAY.

Are there things in your life that you deny yourself because they might be a stretch, financially or otherwise?

And how long do you wait, pining for the right time, when the right time is right in front of you with loving open arms (and maybe even has some really cool surprises for you if you decide to tango)?

When it comes to the things that you really want, the things that will plant the seeds of long term growth, do you say yes to them?

Getting in touch with self love is invaluable, and it looks different for different people.

Could The Fermentationist Certification Program be exactly one of those things for you?

The FCP gives you much more than just the tools to make the most healing foods possible, but also brings with it something deeper that your soul’s been itching for (however unnoticed & unrequited) for years?

I invite you to find out.

http://www.fermentationist.com/

xoxo,

Summer

P.S. The FCP is like SCHOOL! This is a high level training that I’ve spent years developing. When you join the FCP, it’s an investment in who you are and where you’re going. It’s not for everyone, I’ll say that. I’ll also say that I’m committed to people being healthy, and that includes being financially healthy as well. That’s why I offer to coach participants on how to use the FCP concepts in their business, with the end goal that they get a return on their investment in a remarkably short amount of time. I love talking about business and coming up with creative ideas that really work!

 

How I saved my Southern family’s Thanksgiving (and my dad only complained once!)

I want to tell you a wild story about my family’s Thanksgiving dinner that changed everything. It’s how I found a way to be different AND healthy in my family.
Pumpkin pie

There’s work to be done in the food system. It starts at the plate, with your family and those you share meals with.

So many people tell me about the fear they have about changing the way they eat. They think it means they’re going to become social outcasts, that they won’t have a life, and they won’t be able to connect with others like they used to.

The need to belong is one of the most powerful human needs. People will go to drastic lengths to meet this need.

When a person who has been struggling with their health finally starts to change that, they often realize that the changes they are making are about WAY more than health.

It’s about being who you are. Expressing who you are. Sharing it with people. Holidays are a big deal for those trying to eat differently.

So let me tell you about my Southern Family Thanksgiving, Bock-Style.

For years, I had been unable to eat the most big to-do meal of the year. My family’s traditions included dairy, wheat, and sugar galore. There was no way I could even eat around that stuff, so I would bring my own food.

Although it had been years since I became confident in what I needed to do to eat in a way that didn’t mess me up for weeks, this year, I decided I wanted something more. I wanted to actually share this day with my family in a different way.

“Dammit,” I said. I said, “Family. . .this year I’m organizing Thanksgiving.”

To my astonishment, they agreed.

I wanted to share this meal with them. This Thanksgiving. It was a big day for a few reasons. One, my parents, who had been divorced hadn’t been back in the same room for many years. So that was happening. Recipe for disaster? Possibly.

Another thing: Grandma had always been the one to cook the whole meal. Very sadly, she’d since passed away, and my family continued to cook in her style…her turkey, her mashed potatoes, her stuffing, and her glorious, almighty pumpkin pie.

Beyond wanting to share this meal with my family, I wanted to impress them! I wanted to show them that healthy food didn’t mean deprivation.

So I assigned everyone a dish – this was key in getting everyone on board. We made a delicious bountiful meal. Steam from the stove poured out from the kitchen as my parents existed in the same room for the first time in years. Nothing broke!

We ate. It was outstanding. Everyone loved it, and my father only complained once!

“It’s not Grandma’s pumpkin pie,” he said.

True enough, Dad, true enough.

But what is was is something that I’d been craving for years–to feel supported by my family in this specific way. I took a big risk (can you imagine ruining Thanksgiving?!) and at the end I felt more in tune with who I am. I realized that by being who I am, by including others in my life, I don’t have to feel like the black sheep.

I still might be different from my whole family, but the negative association I once had for that difference just isn’t there. It vanished somewhere in between the dairy and gluten-free miso gravy and the moist gluten-free stuffing.

So what I want to you to think about is how you can stop living in fear of being the black sheep, and how to start embracing it. Being true to who you are, what you eat, and what’s important to you is a recipe for being powerful.

For many of us, we HAVE to be true to ourselves.

You might just decide that you want to find others who see things your way. When you let go of the struggle, of who you are NOT, you find out who you ARE. That’s where the cool shit starts.

If you’re interested in how we can spread these ideas on a large scale, I invite you to check out the The Fermentationist Certification Program. It’s a chance to embrace who you are, to find your people, to make a real change in the food system. Registration is open!

Meet me over here to check out the FCP
http://www.fermentationist.com/

Love, Gravy & Probiotics,

Summer

PS – Want the recipes for that meal? You can find that here.