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#033 Awaken Your Body’s Innate Intelligence with Alicia Lynn Diaz

 

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Alicia Lynn Diaz – a Life Transformation Expert, Holistic Health Practitioner and Soul Visionary. Alicia supports healers and health-enthusiasts to activate their innate intelligence, liberate their mind and emotions and boost their energy and vitality for life. What she is really passionate about is uplifting the holistic healthcare paradigm by integrating the soul and helping people actualize their higher purpose to transform the world.
In this episode, you are going to hear Alicia share her expertise and experience around:
  • how living your purpose is paramount for your body to heal.
  • her personal health journey from western to eastern medicine and how she now integrates the two.
  • the amazing self-healing she witnessed and experienced studying in India.
  • how to go from victim to leader of your own health and wholeness.
  • the importance of the nervous system in being able to heal.
  • insights on holding onto extra weight, difficulty losing weight.
  • the impact being highly sensitive has on your health.
  • the energetics of weight loss from the Ayurvedic perspective
  • how daily oil self-massage could transform your entire life.
  • how repressed trauma can create illness.
  • the 6 stages of Disease and Healing.
  • some practices you could start on your own to support you on your health/wholeness journey.
Learn more about Alicia Here
Free guided Meditation by Alicia: 
http://alicialynndiaz.com/summit
Oil Massage: Video
Highly Sensitive Person: Assessment/Movie
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#029 Calm the Chaos, Build a New Foundation and Optimize Your Metabolism with Josh and Jeanne Rubin

 

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Jeanne and Josh Rubin of East West Healing and Performance. Josh and Jeanne are revolutionizing nutrition for thyroid health by teaching people how to use food as supplementation, reduce stress and build the most sound foundation for the body to heal.
They believe the greatest defense one has against the ever-changing environment is the health of the metabolism. When the metabolism is strong and the thyroid is functioning, all systems are working in synergy, just as they are meant to.
Josh and Jeanne are teaching people how to use food to resource their body in new ways, which in turn is building a bridge for complete mind, body and spirit growth and transformation.
They are here to offer you back ownership of your health and to provide you the information you need to make more informed choices around your health!
In this episode, you are going to hear Josh and Jeanne shed light on:
  • their refreshing philosophy on healing the body of all chronic ailments.
  • why we must look at cellular function to restore health.
  • the importance of looking at the body as a system.
  • what foods, and ways of eating, support optimizing metabolism.
  • their food strategy that meets you where you are at.
  • what mistakes, and misguidance, they see being practiced out there.
  • the most accurate way to assess thyroid health and metabolism
  • how to stop chasing your tail and instead, build resiliency in your body.
  • how people are approaching weight loss backwards.
  • why weight doesn’t determine health.
  • how important breath is to metabolism and restoring optimal function in the body.
  • how you must be willing to change your life to achieve the results you want.
  • why patience, experimentation and customization is crucial for long-term healing.
  • how health challenges have become a red tag people wear as a badge of honor.
  • why you cannot heal in a state of chaos.
  • bringing health back to basics, instead of over-complicating the solutions.
  • how nose breathing can transform your health.
Learn more about Josh and Jeanne at East West Healing
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#026 The Magic of Mind-Body Medicine with Dr. Kim D’Eramo

 

What do you do when faced with illness? or an overwhelming health challenge?

Most people gear up to fight, battle with and beat (fill in the blank)….Cancer. Heart Disease. Autoimmune. Anxiety. Leaky Gut. Weight Gain.

What if this approach actually fueled the dis-ease? What if this way of being was even a cause of the illness, the imbalance?

The thing is, you cannot heal something you hate.  You cannot use anger, shame and resistance to transform your body. The body is a reflection of your thoughts, emotions and beliefs.  Therefore, having fear be the driving force on your path to health will never lead to wellness and vitality.

There is another way to approach healing your body. My guest today and I, both agree this other way, is THE way.  It is the only path that fully heals and restores dis-ease to wholeness and well-being.

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Dr. Kim D’Eramo – a physician, speaker, #1 bestselling author of “The MindBody Tool Kit,” and founder of The American Institute of MindBody Medicine. She is board-certified in Emergency Medicine, and attended residency at Emory University in Atlanta.

After healing herself from a chronic illness using MindBody tools, she now empowers millions to use the same tools to immediately shift their body chemistry and brain activity to create health and wellbeing.

Dr. D’Eramo conducts online group training programs and speaks internationally to doctors, medical students, and the general public to teach self-healing tools.

In this episode, you are going to hear Dr. Kim share:

  • how she overcame a rare autoimmune illness during med school when no doctor could help her.
  • what it takes to truly heal from any illness.
  • the top two things blocking your healing
  • how suppression of the feminine is making you sick, exhausted and age faster.
  • her approach to diet and supplements.
  • the impact emotions and negative thinking has on your physiology
  • the art of allowing, acceptance and surrender in your healing journey.
  • the truth of what is underneath the pattern of over-doing, overcoming, fighting and battling your body.
  • how what is happening with your body is a reflecting of how you live life.
  • the difference between pure and conditional love.
  • when things getting worse is actually a good thing.
  • the opportunity for creating a New Earth happening right now in the world
  • her A-B-C Instant Elevation Practice.
  • what she has found to be the most powerful medicine of all.

Learn more about Dr. Kim at Dr. Kim.

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#024 Finding Peace with Food & Your Body with Melissa Costello

 

 

The topic on the table today is, always a fav, your relationship with food and your body.  My guest and I know this journey well.  And, we both wholeheartedly believe in the following quote.

“The relentless attempts to be thin take you further and further away from what could actually end your suffering: getting back in touch with who you really are. Your true nature. Your essence.” – Geneen Roth

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Melissa Costello – the founder of Karma Chow. Melissa is a Transformational Eating Coach, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Certified Spiritual Psychologist, Plant-Based Chef, Speaker and Author. She is committed to your profound and deep transformation so you can finally break free of your sabotaging behaviors when it comes to food and loving your body. She is here to support you in stepping fully into your greatness, in every area of your life. 

Melissa and I dive into a number of the key aspects of your journey with food and your body. There is one foundational truth, that we keep coming back to as the conversation flows.  I would encourage you, to be on the lookout for that, as you listen.  

In this episode, you are going to hear Melissa and I chat about:

  • her path to finding freedom from sugar addiction, body shame, the diet/binge cycle, chronic health issues, over-exercising, and orthorexia.
  • what your struggle with food is really about.
  • the parallels of healing your health challenges and relationship with food at the same time.
  • how food and body obsession is part of being in survival mode.
  • how control is always lurking under food/body obsession.
  • how to be in full body acceptance and also find a weight that feels good for you.
  • why seeing things as black and white is dangerous.
  • her insights on both ends of the body image spectrum currently in the media.
  • how to find being in flow with food.
  • the importance of self-trust and honesty in healing.
  • the key piece to being healthy on all levels.
  • why failure is BS.
  • when intuitive eating is a good next step.
  • why daily self-care rituals are a must.

Learn more about Melissa at Karma Chow.

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#019 How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can with Amy B. Scher

 

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Amy Scher. Amy B. Scher is an L.A.-based author and leading voice in the field of mind-body-spirit healing. Her new bestselling book, How To Heal Yourself When No One Else Can was published in January 2016. As an energy therapist, Scher uses energy therapy techniques to help those experiencing illness and those in need of emotional healing. She has been featured on healthcare blogs, CNN, Curve magazine, Elephant Journal, Cosmopolitan magazine, OM Times, and the San Francisco Book Review. Her essay about her healing journey is featured in Elizabeth Gilbert’s most recent book, Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It (Riverhead Books). Scher was also named one of Advocate’s “40 Under 40” for 2013. Amy has presented to groups such as the Department of Psychiatry at Stanford University and teaches at retreats and conferences nationwide.

This episode is a special one. It encompasses everything I know, have learned AND have experienced around healing on all levels.  I recently shared about my skin and autoimmune healing journey on my instagram page.  In the post, I spoke to how I am following the food and supplement guidance of the medical medium (who is amazing, by the way)….AND I also expressed how the inner growth work has been the MOST important piece of my transformation. I know that if hadn’t done the inner work – looking at my emotions, beliefs, fears and so on, the food and supplements wouldn’t have been effective.  Going within is the truly the foundation for lasting change. It has been for me, and it was for Amy as well.

In this episode, you are going to hear Amy share:

  • her incredible story of healing herself of Lyme disease and a variety of other health challenges using mind-body and energy medicine.
  • how your emotions and beliefs can keep you from healing.
  • what the stress mess is and how to shift out of it.
  • what can get in the way of healing.
  • why deep down you may not want to heal.
  • the difference of holding onto vs. honoring emotions
  • the role fear has in health and illness
  • the root cause of ALL health challenges
  • how to shift into alignment with healing.

If you are struggling with your health, and NOTHING seems to be working.  If you are feeling confused, drained, and hopeless – let me know. I would love to speak with you and see how I can help.  

Learn more about Amy at www.amybscher.com

Get her book, How to Heal Yourself When No One Else Can.

Mentioned in the Show:

Donna Eden

Bruce Lipton

Louise Hay

Abraham Hicks:

Health Meditation

Remember Who You Are

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IMperfectly Healthy: 005 Being a Health Detective with Kimball Willson

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews her good friend and functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner Kimball Willson.  Kimball shares her own journey in finding the root causes of her own health challenges, that led to her passion for helping others achieve vibrant health.

What you will learn from Kimball in this episode is:

– the difference between functional and conventional lab testing

– the importance of looking at the body as a whole

– what question to keep asking until you get to the root cause

– how most often the answer lies in the gut

– why exercise is making you gain weight

– the real causes of excess weight

– why self-care is a key piece to your health journey

Connect with Kimball at www.kwhealthcoaching.com

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The missing piece to healing your body.

Welcome to episode #2 of Own Your Body ~ The Loving Path!

In this episode, I interview Megan Buer, emotion code practitioner, wellness coach and author, on her own journey with her body. Her website is www.harmony-restored.com
Megan shares her wisdom on:
  • why stress is worse than the food.
  • how your story keeps you sick and struggling
  • the difference between empowered self-care and destructive self-care.
  • how all the answers are within you.
  • the thing most people are missing in order to heal.
  • how healing can be really simple.

This is an enlightening and inspiring conversation!!

Let me know what you think!! Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com to continue this conversation =)

Love,

Faith

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Are you falling for these nutrition myths?

Myth #1: Fat makes you fat.

Truth: Although fat has more calories per gram than protein and carbohydrates, that fact is somewhat irrelevant in the fat and weight discussion.

  • Fat mass is more about hormones than calories.
  • It is sugar and refined carbohydrates that initiate the hormonal shift resulting in fat gain.
  • Sugar and carbs make us hungrier and more apt to have cravings and overeat.

Fat, on the other hand, makes us feel full and keeps us feeling full longer.

Fat is important for so many reasons, including these:

  • Fat is an essential part of every single cell in the body.
  • The all-important fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) require fat for proper absorption.
  • Fat assists with protein digestion.
  • Certain healthy fats act as powerful agents in managing inflammation in the body.
  • Fat is also a steady and consistent energy source.

Fat is an important nutrient with many important roles in the body providing many benefits.

Not all fat is created equal. Some healthy fats to include in your diet include:

  • Eggs
  • Avocado
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Coconut oil
  • Ghee or grass-fed butter
  • Olive oil
  • Oily fish
  • Grass-fed meats

Bottom Line: Fat does not make you fat.

Recommended Reading:

  • Eat Fat Lose Fat by Sally Fallon and Mary Enig.
  • The Perfect Health Diet by Paul Jaminet.

Continue reading “Are you falling for these nutrition myths?”

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5 (more) Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Barriers to Weight Loss, Part 2…

Here are 5 more reasons you can’t lose weight even though you are trying your best and doing everything “right”.

The Wrong Diet: The #1 bad guy here is excessive carbohydrate (aka sugar) intake. It can lead to fat gain pretty quickly.  Carbohydrates (starches, grains, and sugar) are converted to glucose in the blood.  Eating too many refined and processed carbohydrates triggers an increase in insulin. This opens the doors of fat cells for efficient storage.  Eating too many processed carbs, skipping breakfast, and unbalanced meals can cause unstable blood sugar levels which also makes losing weight difficult.

Another key point here is that there is no one diet perfect for everyone. What you hear out there as the best diet, may not work for your body. No matter which expert recommends a certain diet, it doesn’t mean it is what will work for you. We all have unique needs regarding diet and lifestyle. There is no “one size fits all”. You know your body best.

Toxicity: Toxins can make us fat because these chemicals disrupt the body’s ability to utilize and metabolize food.  The high toxic load we are exposed to in our society causes imbalances on the cellular and whole body level.

The burden put on the liver alone is detrimental, as the liver is a major detox and metabolic organ.  As the body gets overwhelmed, it starts storing the overflow of toxic byproducts in the fat cells.

Difficulty losing weight can be the body protecting itself. The body is avoiding the harmful effects that would result if fat was lost and those toxins were released into circulation again.

Inadequate Rest: Timing, duration, and quality of sleep can affect metabolic and hormonal functions related to health. Sleep effects our metabolism, our energy level, and our appetite. When our sleep cycle is off, our hunger hormones — ghrelin and leptin — become altered, thus increasing our appetite.

Maybe you have noticed that when you are feeling tired you eat more and grab for snacks more often. Your body is looking for an energy source. Insufficient sleep impairs glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, meaning the way the body stores and processes carbohydrates is altered. This increases food cravings and explains how research has discovered a link between poor sleep and risk of diabetes.

Hormone Imbalance: Stubborn weight loss may mean that hormones are out of balance.

When thyroid, adrenal and/or sex hormones (such as estrogen and progesterone) are out of whack, weight loss can be utterly impossible despite the proper diet and an active lifestyle.

Adrenal fatigue, which occurs with chronic stress, will also hinder your weight loss progress.

Another well-known controller of weight is the thyroid.  Thyroid hormones drive metabolism, temperature, and energy production.  Other hormones that have already been discussed, such as insulin, cortisol, ghrelin, and leptin are also key players in weight loss.

Imbalances in estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone are major weight loss barriers for both women and men.

The take home here is that all the hormones work together, in either harmony or disharmony.  When one is off, the rest will follow, creating an overall imbalance inhibiting any sort of budge on the scale.

The only true way to know if a hormone imbalance is the missing barrier to weight loss for you is to ask your health practitioner for a full metabolic and hormonal work-up.

Last but NOT least… Emotional Weight: Not only are we what we eat, but we are also what we think.

As Dr. Bryan Walsh says, “Our physiology follows our psychology.”  Our physical body is a reflection of what we think. So allowing negative thoughts to flood our consciousness about our body only affirms that which we are trying to change.  Thoughts such as “I am so fat” or “I will never lose this weight” only deepen the struggle.

The more we think and talk negatively to ourselves about our body, the more we manifest extra weight, and make losing weight more difficult.

“The self will fulfill our beliefs about ourselves even when they are destructive and disempowering,” says motivational speaker Tony Robbins. Emotional eating stems from underlying core issues that are denied and avoided by turning to food as an alternative to dealing with them. Food is the drug of choice for so many people.

Many people use food to soothe uncomfortable emotions, to replace love, for reward, and distraction. This unconscious practice leads to overeating and cravings. Excess weight can be the physical manifestation of the emotional burden kept inside the body.

According to Dr. Walsh, “When you have a lot weighing on your mind, your body becomes weighed down as well.” There are a number of subconscious beliefs that keep weight on.  For example, weight can serve as an unconscious method of protection and can be used to feel safe.  Being overweight may become an identity one is afraid to let go of.  There may be fears that others will see you differently if you lose weight, so it is safe to remain overweight.  The possibility of losing friends or being seen differently is too scary to risk.

Food is a coping mechanism for many people, so there may be worries around how to manage stress and anxiety without food.  Letting go and clearing out emotional wounds can be the key to feeling lighter and letting the weight go. EFT tapping, yoga, and body work, such as massage, acupuncture and energy therapies, are very effective practices to release stuck emotions.

Are you ready to solve the mystery of your weight struggle? Contact me at faith@faithshevlin.com for further guidance and information on how to uncover what specific barrier you may be up against.

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4 Reasons You Can’t Lose Weight

Our nation clearly has a weight problem and the majority of people are unsuccessfully struggling to lose weight.  There are many people out there putting in tremendous effort by eating well and exercising, yet still not getting the results they want.  The common advice to simply “eat less and move more” or the popular philosophy of “a calorie is a calorie”, is incomplete at best.

Holding onto unwanted weight is a message from the body saying there is something that needs attention; something is off and the body is trying to be heard.

Here are 4 potential contributors to the nation’s seemingly never-ending battle with weight (in no particular order).

Nutrient Deficiencies: Food provides essential nutrients needed to effectively run and support metabolism.  The food we eat speaks to our cells… for better or for worse.  Eating a nutrient rich balanced diet provides the enzymes, vitamins, and minerals that keep our metabolism firing and our hormones in harmony.  Then of course, there is the opposite…

It is hard to lose weight when the body isn’t given the nutrients (like B vitamins, vitamin D, omega-3 fats. and chromium) needed to run the metabolic pathways smoothly.

Overall, we are a nation that is overfed, yet undernourished. This sets the stage for nutritional deficiencies and puts the body in a chronic state of confusion. The result is sluggish digestion, a slow metabolism, inadequate elimination, and carrying extra weight.

Gut Health: Any gut dysfunction can sabotage weight loss in a few major ways.  When there are digestion and absorption issues present, the body is unable to properly breakdown and assimilate the food you eat. This can create nutrient deficiencies leading to depressed metabolism, fatigue, cravings, and altered hormones.

The immune system, 80% of which is in the gut, is negatively impacted when there are gut imbalances present.  This causes inflammation and stress which halts weight loss and contributes to weight gain.

The presence of too much bad (vs. good) bacteria, infection, and/or yeast overgrowth also impacts the body’s ability to metabolize nutrients and disrupts functioning of the endocrine system, such as the thyroid gland.

Food Intolerances: Inflammation is a key player in our struggle with weight.  The presence of unknown food intolerances results in an inflammatory response every time that food is ingested.  This ongoing inflammation causes internal damage and ends up slowing down our metabolism leading to weight gain.

To identify food intolerances, ask your health practitioner for an IgG lab test or go on an elimination diet for at least three weeks.  (note: gluten and dairy are the two most common food intolerances related to weight.)

Stress: Stress has detrimental effects on the body regardless of the source — emotions, inflammation, infection, food allergies, or poor diet.  The body responds the same.

Stress causes the body to go into survival mode, resulting in digestive system shutdown.  Therefore, the body isn’t able to properly assimilate and utilize nutrients. This confuses the body into feeling malnourished.

Stress depletes vital vitamins and minerals, contributing to heightened hunger, leading to cravings and overeating.  The body responds to stress by releasing cortisol, the fight or flight hormone, from the adrenal glands.  Cortisol inhibits weight loss and puts the body into fat storage mode, causing fat gain in the belly specifically.

Cortisol triggers an increase in appetite and cravings as the body thinks it needs energy. Cortisol also depletes serotonin, making the situation worse.   Alternations in cortisol have a direct effect on all of the endocrine hormones.  So stress is a major contributor to imbalances that make losing weight an impossible feat.  Stress must be a top priority for managing weight and overall health.  Ask your health care practitioner for an adrenal index test to see if/how stress is impacting you.

If you are struggling with your weight despite doing all the right things, consider the barriers discussed here.  And stay tuned for a few more next week. One, or possibly a combination of a few, could be the hidden cause of your frustration.