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Why I'm Changing the Direction of My Business, and Why I'd Love for You To Come Along!


Blog Post – Why I’m Changing the Direction of my practice, and why I’d love for you to follow along

 

 

I have a confession. I’ve been struggling for a while now, and truthfully the only people I’ve expressed it to are my closest confidants. I don’t mean to imply that anything is wrong, because its not, but I haven’t felt aligned with my practice for a couple of months now and the frustration has been swirling and building and gestating. Recently, this somewhat irritating energy finally decided to express itself, and I experienced a pretty major meltdown. However, once I finally dried my tears and got myself out of the shame/blame game, I realized the clarity that had been born from the moment. You see, I started out in the health and wellness community very passionate and excited about nutrition and its role in the vitality of the human body. I thrived on learning how to heal from chronic conditions that the conventional medical community dismissed such as anxiety, autoimmunity, depression and hormonal imbalance and ate up every piece of information I could. From there I got interested in other physically-focused aspects of health like sleep, exercise and the stress response, but then as I continued my research, work with clients and personal journey into the space of living well, I realized there was a big, fat hole no one was talking about. Well, not no one, but at least not the majority of practitioners I knew and listened to. The disconnect was: How other pieces of our lives such as work, relationships, self-acceptance, mindset and our ability to lean into feelings like love, vulnerability and joy fit into the puzzle of wellness AND can stop us from really ever getting out from under the story we feel is ours to bear. You see, many of my clients (including myself at one point) hit a wall and stalled out when we focused solely on nutrition. Sure they’d get results and feel or look physically better, but they would either fall back into old habits OR still walk away feeling like there was something missing. They’d get stuck in “healing mode” for months or even years at a time always looking for the next protocol, lab or aha-diagnoses to finally cure their issues, not realizing it all had to do with alignment.

 

The deeper I got into my own path with these internal subjects, the more I started sharing with my clients and the more results they started getting as well. They were becoming happier, calmer, more joyful and less anxious. They were aligning more with their soul paths and learning all about self-love and compassion and taking time, maybe for the first time, to implement self-care, which led them to show up better for everyone around them as well. WE began talking about relationships, and shame around money and their unwillingness to forgive themselves for not being perfect and as I watched these transformations unfold, I realized that I no longer aligned with just a nutrition-centered practice, but still wasn’t sure how to bridge the gap between where I was with my business and where I really wanted to be.

 

Then this last week, in the middle of another frustrating battle, and subsequent breakdown, with my copy, messaging and marketing (all things I dread by the way), I realized something – It wasn’t flowing because it wasn’t my truth. Well, not my whole truth anyway. You see, I’m not interested in taking my clients half way and focusing in on what I consider to be only one aspect of healing and transformation. I’m interested in co-creating and rendezvousing with those who are ready to chew on the whole enchilada. Those who are looking to wake up a year from now and say, “I don’t even recognize the person I used to be.” Those who are willing, able and committed to finding purpose and passion every day and who are ready to fight the good fight to bring forth their authenticity and divine truth.

 

Does nutrition line up with this? Absolutely. You must have a well-oiled machine if you want to win the race, but is it the whole picture? Not from what I’ve found. In fact, over the last couple years, I’ve found that there are really 6 key areas of the human experience that impact whether or not we will ever reach our fullest potential and live a life of freedom and happiness, of health and wellness. They are: Diet, Sleep, Exercise, beliefs/mindset, relationships and finances. And yes, I’m aware that the last one is a loaded topic, but it’s true. I’ve met people who were eating the best diets and sleeping 8 hours a night, but were riddled with dis-ease because they were constantly worried sick about money or, on the flip side, who felt terrible living large because what they really wanted was to live off the grid in a more sustainable way. Like it or not, money plays a role in all of our lives and our alignment with what feels good to us matters – whatever that may be!

 

In my mind, each one of these aspects compliments the others like a beautiful tapestry with multi-colored threads woven throughout. The picture simply wouldn’t be complete without each individual colored strand, and that is the way I have found healing to occur. I believe with my whole heart that when we are not in alignment with the higher purpose we come here to this earth for, that our bodies will find a way of telling us this. Maybe it starts out small like feeling a little tired and burned out, but as we continue to ignore the messages, our body and inner beings turn into screaming toddlers, throwing tantrums and trying every trick they know to get our attention.

 

The more we ignore the message, the louder the fits get until finally, and usually in a grand-gesture of frustration, we end up with something more serious like autoimmunity, heart disease, cancer, depression, anxiety, thyroid issues or some psychosomatic condition conventional medicine has no answer for (um, hello me). Then, and only then, with our backs pinned against the wall, do we usually listen up and THIS is the pivotal moment where we have a choice. A choice to choose a new path, the one that’s always been waiting for us, being held in trust by our higher consciousness, or to turn away in fear and continue to live a life with our hearts and souls closed off to all that we are wasting away what precious time we have left in this mortal body.

 

For those who choose option A, the path will not always be clear or easy – that is to be expected, and where I come in as a coach. I decided to go at this journey alone, but not because I wanted to. At the time, I simply didn’t realize there were coaches out there who were acting as mentors and guides and facilitators for those like myself who were walking the path of awakening and transformation, or I would have absolutely enlisted the help someone wiser. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t’ have teachers. I read books, I listened to books, I listened to podcasts, I read blogs, I Googled an inordinate amount of questions, I went to retreats, I spoke with friends and family, I saw therapists, I went to yoga classes, I meditated, I saw energy healers, I followed inspiring Instagram accounts and so much more. I submerged myself into the space of transformation because it was what I wanted more deeply than anything I’d ever wanted, and you can too. I went through much trial and error in my own journey, and while I certainly don’t preach one way of living (there are a million different ways to align), I do feel like all those experiences put me in a much better position to guide others down the path of awakening and reformation.

 

I believe that there are more of us than ever hearing the call. The call that says, “There’s more. I am more.” It is when we hear this call that we must listen or our resistance to it will build and gain so much momentum that our lives will begin to disintegrate before our eyes as the universe drags us along down the path to our dreams. We can go kicking and screaming, getting beat up along the way by the dusty road of stagnation and fear, or we can let go, surrender and trust that where we are heading is grander than anything we could have imagined for ourselves. It is our choice.

 

So, with that being said, this is the gentle, but exciting shift I will be making with my clients and in my platform. I’m not entirely sure how it will all unfold, and that part is exciting to me now. But I do know that this new, more expansive direction feels right and feels good. I can’t wait to be a part of the many journeys of total life transformation that are to come. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing my clients lives improve as they learn to lean into their intuitive nature and step into their power and vitality. But none of that is possible without addressing more than just our diets. More than just what’s in front of us in a way that we can see, touch and hear. We must go deeper if we are to truly change, and that is what I hope to bring to the table in this new direction. I hope you’ll stick along for the ride. I have a feeling it’s only going to get bigger and better from here. Until next time...

 

Much love, 

Sy 

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How to Keep Your Energy During the Holidays


 

 

So, we’re officially in the throws of holiday season and you know what that means…

 

More:  Sweets, alcohol and stress

Less:    Exercise, sleep and healthy meals.

 

For a while, this is manageable. Our bodies are pretty durable and it may take a while for the negative consequences to show themselves. But, if you’re anything like most people, after the New Year festitivies have worn off and all the hustle and bustle of the holidays is over, you’re left feeling lethargic, stuffy, out of your routine and a bit sick of sugar but also unable to stop eating it. Sound familiar?

 

If so, keep reading. Today I’m sharing my top five tips for beating the holiday health blues as well as how to do a bone broth fast, which is my number one when it comes to avoiding that icky bloated, heavy feeling that comes with too many indulgences.

 

If the holidays were literally one day, we wouldn’t have a problem. The issues lies in all the fun leading up to and surrounding them. Wait- that sounds pretty grim. Let me rephrase. The issue is NOT in the fun itself but in the amount of opportunities it presents for us to “derail” from our nutrient-dense diets and stress-reducing practices. Again, letting go and balancing out with more relaxed time is not a bad thing, in fact it’s equally necessary for good health, but most of us get more than we bargained for when it comes to all the holiday parties, commitments and activities that pile up.

 

So, how do you “get back on track” after the actually event itself then? Over the years, I’m come up with a few strategies that help me recalibrate after the excitement which also allow me to head into the new year with lots of energy, excitement and good health.

 

My Top Tips:

 

1.     Do a mini bone broth fast. Fasting is one the best ways for us to give our digestive system a rest and to reset the hormones that play a role in blood sugar regulation and hunger signals. If you have a particularly hard time with bloating or with cutting out the sugar and alcohol, a bone broth fast will be your best friend. When we constantly bombard our digestive system with extra food and sweets, it can get “backed up” so to speak. Giving it a day of rest, while still supplying your body with easy-to-digest proteins and nutrients gives you all the benefits of a fast without the cravings and hunger pains usually associated with it. I personally find that fasting for the day and then finishing off with a light, healthy dinner works best, but if you feel fine fasting for a full 24 hours, go for it! I’ve put instructions for how to do the fast below.

 

2.     Force yourself to move. When you’ve been indulging in sweets, skipping workouts and staying up a little too late, getting in some exercise can seem like the last thing you’d rather do, but it’s also one of the most powerful ways to stimulate motivation and energy levels. I’m not saying you have to go smash a CrossFit workout – although if that feels good to you, by all means. Just work to get some type of movement into your day and I promise it will shift your mindset and energy for the better. You could start with a simple walk, some yoga, some stretching, a good run, lifting some weights, taking a dance or fitness class, taking your dogs out to play. Any and all of that will be good to get blood flow moving and your lymphatic system clearing out all the gunk. The key here is: Even if you don’t feel like it, DO IT. (unless you’re sick, then stay home J )

 

3.     Aim for extra veggies. I’m not saying count calories or get super strict about your food intake. That usually sends most of us into a rebound effect anyway where we rebel and eat ALL the nasty food we can get our hands on. All I’m suggesting is that you focus on increasing your vegetable intake to 2 or 3 servings a day and see what happens. I’m willing to bet that diet, exercise and mindset practices sort of fall into place as you commit to this one small goal daily. Vegetables are full of anti-oxidants and offer us the micro-nutrients (vitamins and minerals) that support our immune system, energy levels and general metabolism, so eat up!

 

4.     Schedule in some self-care that excites you. The key is that you feel good about whatever you’re scheduling in. If going for a run makes you feel exhausted just thinking about it, that’s probably not the best option. However, if dry brushing and taking a bubble bath sounds delightful, then it could be just what you need to start your motivation train. Eating well, exercising and taking care of one’s needs are forms of self-love and self-respect. When we feel loved and taken care for, we are much more likely to continue the habits we know make us feel good. It’s cyclical in nature, so taking the time to schedule out some self-care can be the starter to that fire. Some of my favorites include: Getting a fresh haircut, doing my nails, taking a bath, going to do something I love like skiing or hiking, reading a great book all day long, splurging on a new supplement (yes, I’m dorky like that) or going shopping for a new outfit. All of these make me feel joyful and loved and motivated to keep the feeling alive by continuing healthy habits.

 

5.     Lastly, one of my favorite ways to keep motivation high is to set daily reminders on my phone to go off at various times throughout the day. I don’t recommend setting too many as science shows that constant notifications can actually be stressful, but setting 1 or 2 throughout your day is helpful. Whatever it is that you’re trying to work on that day, write yourself a little note and set it to remind you once in the morning and once at night to help you keep motivated and aware. For example, if I’m concerned with slowing down and being mindful during my day, I might write something like, “Take a deep breath, notice your surroundings, all is well.” And then, when this reminder goes off, I’ll take a moment to check in and do whatever it is my reminder is telling me to do. Creating new habits can be challenging when we don’t remember them until the day is over – this is why I love reminders so much, because let’s be honest, most of us are attached to our phones! We might as well make them useful in a positive way.

 

 

So, that’s it guys. Today is short and sweet, but hopefully you can take one or two of these tips and weave them into your routine. As always, let me know your thoughts in the commentsand feel free to share your own tips and tricks for staying well through the holiday season!

 

 

Bone Broth Fasting:

1.     Make or purchase your bone broth. Depending on your blood sugar regulation, you will want 3-6 meals worth. I personally go through about 3-4 mugs during my day, but when I first started these, I was closer to 6 because my blood sugar was a little wonky.

2.     Substitute your breakfast, lunch and any snacks during the day for a mug of bone broth. If you feel extra hungry or unable to fast completely, I recommend adding 1-2 eggs into your broth like an egg-drop soup.

3.     You may have another mug for dinner, or if you’re feeling ready to break your fast, shoot for a light, healthy dinner such as an easy protein like chicken or fish, some veggies and a healthy fat like butter, coconut oil or ghee.

4.     The next day, you may eat as usual.

 

I try to do one mini fast per week during stressful or crazy months as they keep my digestive fire stoked, my energy levels up and my immunity high! 

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