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2 Ways to Regulate Your Nervous System

I am stopping by today to share a tiny bit about what I have been diving deep into personally this past year, and how my work is becoming more focused in this area…the stress response, health and the nervous system.  While this blog is a little longer than I would like, there is SO much more I want to share about this topic. It was hard to cut it down to what is below…Let me know how it lands with you!

Your nervous system’s ability to handle stress is THE key factor that determines your well-being and health. Each of us has a unique capacity to handle stress based on a few factors; which we won’t get into here (another topic for another day).

Illness and dis-ease often manifests when your body is unable to self-regulate and complete the stress response, therefore leaving your body “stuck” in a state of fight, flight or freeze. Anything incomplete stays…meaning, it gets stored in your body.

Imagine wanting to stand up to someone that is treating you unfairly, but being too afraid to. You have the impulse to lay a boundary and say something, but worry about the consequences. So you stay quiet, move onto the next thing and “let it go”.  While you tell yourself you “let it go”, your body says otherwise. The energy of that impulse to “fight” has nowhere to go and is held within your body. Imagine how much energy gets trapped when this is a repeat experience with a boss or maybe a family member. Then multiply it by all the other stressful situations in your life where you feel you have to suppress your authentic expression.

Over time, stored stress builds up leading to dis-ease (physical or mental) like digestive issues, chronic anxiety, poor immune health, heachaches, chronic fatigue, heart disease and so on.

In a highly overstimulating and triggering world full of stressors, this is everything. One of the first steps to regulation (and building capacity) is to connect with your body and be present to what you are experiencing, without judgment or story. You have to tune into your body in order to sense what your body needs in order to regulate.  

Is your body needing to rest and relax?  Or express and release? (ps – it’s not always about “calming down”)

BEing with your experience is key. Become aware and present to your feelings, the sensations in your body, and your impulses.

Here are 2 of my favorite ways to assist my nervous system in regulating:

1.Lower Belly Breathing:

Breathing quickly and shallowly in and out of the mouth from your chest is what happens when you are stressed, and your fight/flight system (sympathetic nervous system) is activated. The issue is that many people are breathing this way everyday, ALL day long.

Use the following breath pattern to shift your body into your parasympathetic NS (rest/digest/heal mode) and connect deeper within.

Start in a comfortable position, sitting up or laying down.  Place one hand on your heart and one on your belly. Close your eyes and bring awareness to your breath.  Breathe normally and notice what your hands do.

Is one moving more than the other? Which one? Are you breathing out of your nose or mouth?

Next start to intentionally take medium breaths from your lower belly, in and out of your nose.   You want the hand on your belly and rise on the inhale and fall on the exhale. Breathe deeply into your lower belly, expanding this area 360 degrees, including your whole pelvis region.

Take 10 medium-to-full breaths and see how you feel.  To further calm your nervous system, extend your exhales to be longer than your inhales. Ex. inhale for a count of 4 and exhale for a count of 6-8.

2. Get on All Fours:

Get in a table top position on the floor, like in yoga. Ensure you have a soft surface below you. Feel your hands, knees and feet connected to the ground below you and how they are supporting your body in this position.  Allow your neck to soften and your head to hang heavy. Do this slowly allowing your head and neck to relax as much as possible.

Feel the tension release to the floor. Now do the same with your belly. Allow it to completely relax.  The key here is to move very slowly. Focus on how this feels in your body. Notice your breath.

Feel free to stay here as long as you like.   Follow any other organic movements or stretches your body is asking for – sway side-to-side, roll your neck or hips, push back into a child’s pose, dip one shoulder than the other.

There is no way you can do this wrong. Simply feel, breath and let your body move as it wishes. Make sound if you feel the urge. If emotion comes up, let it move you. You could even practice embodying a four-legged animal you resonate with and tap into your primal instincts. Feel free to put on some music to enhance the experience.

(note: if you have any neck issues, be cautious and avoid any movements that could cause pain or injury)

If you feel called to try one of these, go slow.  The nervous system is delicate and responds best to tiny baby steps. This is not something to push yourself in. The whole point is to slow yourself down and be present.

PS: I am not an expert on the nervous system (working on it!).  It has been a huge area of interest for me personally and professionally over the last year, and I have to share.  Here are some of the experts whose work I have been following:

  • Irene Lyon, Nervous System Specialist
  • Suzanne Gunderzen of Transformed Connections
  • Dr. Gabor Mate, author of When the Body Says No
  • EastWest Healing; Jeanne and Josh Rubin
  • Kimberly Johnson of MagaMama
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#036 The Brain Flip Weight Loss Method with David Zappasodi

 

I am thrilled to welcome my friend David Zappasodi to the show today.  I have known David for 3 years now. I was first introduced to David when I saw him speak at a yoga and spiritual center here in san diego.  He was promoting his new book at the time, Immovable Heart Unstoppable Mind. I was able to chat with him at that event and connected with where he was at on his journey in the wellness industry. He and I were both being called to expand and evolve the traditional weight loss approach.
David Zappasodi is the founder of Empowered Health Now. He is a thought leader, international bestselling author, and transformational weight loss expert who has helped countless individuals to break through the weight loss struggle and drastically change their lives for the better. 
David is a super down-to-earth guy, with a huge heart.  He is very passionate about his work, and committed to making a huge impact in people’s  lives
In this episode, you are going to hear David share:
  • his radical methods for helping people find freedom from the weight/food struggle fast and forever.
  • the dramatic results he gets for clients in a matter of days
  • the difference between the thinking and sensory brain
  • why willpower and discipline don’t work and never will
  • the importance of safety when it comes to weight loss
  • how changing a habit doesn’t need to take 21 or 30 days
  • what a brain flip is and how it changes your life very fast
  • what is really going on with self-sabotage
  • why cravings are like bullies
  • how to have a FREE breakthrough session with David to see if his work it the missing piece for you
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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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#027 Hungry for Happiness with Sam Skelly

 

“You cannot heal something you hate” 
“Dieting and binge eating is rooted in fear.”
“Suppressed anger is one of the main reasons you are using food as a drug.” 
“You have to decide you are worth it.”
These are just a few of the powerful truth bombs today’s guest shares in her book.  There are many more.  I highly suggest you listen to this episode, giving it your fullest presence…and read her book.
In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview Samantha Skelly – an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and emotional eating expert who has revolutionized the weight loss industry by examining the individual and underlying causes of eating disorders. She has shared her mission on an international platform and continues to spread her message and transform the lives of thousands of people through the Phoenix Formula, motivational speaking engagements, the Hungry for Happiness podcast, worldwide international retreats, and her Amazon best-selling book, Hungry for Happiness: One Woman’s Guide From Fighting Food to Finding Freedom.
Hungry for Happiness is a movement of women dedicated to ending the fight with food and their bodies by addressing the underlying causes of emotional eating. When we heal our connection to our bodies and reestablish trust in ourselves, we realize our problems really have very little to do with food.
In this episode, you are going to hear Sam and I chat about:
  • her path to finding freedom from weight loss obsession, body shame, the diet/binge cycle, over-exercising and clean eating 
  • the internal issues causing your struggle with your body.
  • how every choice you make is either self-loving or self-violent.
  • why suffering is a learned behavior.
  • the power of observation.
  • how your life is a reflection of your beliefs.
  • why you need to be willing to be in the process of transformation and healing, AND allow it to be messy.
  • how to let go of dieting and still honor your health.
  • how your identity is keeping you stuck.
  • why it is ok to not like your body.
  • why self-honesty is a KEY to transformation.
  • what self-acceptance truly is.
  • how to create self-trust.
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Within You are the Answers with David Lesinski

 

Hello and welcome to EP12 of IMperfectly Healthy.  I am thrilled to have David Lesinski on the show.  Dave is someone I have known about and followed for years now.  I have always admired his vast insight,
his deep wisdom, his grounded/calm presence, the way he leads with his heart, and how he does so humbly. Him and I have pretty recently crossed paths, so here we are =)

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview David Lesinski, an emotional wellness coach, Ayurvedic practitioner and intuitive artist and poet. His passion for meditation, spirituality and energy medicine was developed through his own personal pursuit of finding stress relief and inner peace naturally, years ago. Dave assists his clients in releasing long-standing stress-patterns, feeling lighter/happier/empowered/renewed, and connecting with the deepest, divine part of themselves.

You are going to hear Dave share his journey from teaching kids with emotional challenges to the world of meditation, yoga, Vedic astrology, intuition, Ayurveda, and now healing art. In this conversation, Dave:

  • explains how unresolved stress from the past gets stored in your body.
  • takes you on a deep dive into what Ayurveda really is.
  • walks you through the 5 layers of self.
  • shares the benefits heart-based meditation can have on your health and happiness. 
  • gives you insight into what a powerful, creator you are.
  • inspires you to do your work, trust your life and let your divine nature lead.

Dave is an incredible example of what is possible for someone when you stay committed to your own personal growth path. He certainly walks his talk.

Connect and learn more about Dave at www.davidlesinski.com 

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You are Your Own Healer with Sarah Small

 

 

In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Sarah Small, a health, lifestyle, & mindset coach for women with autoimmune disease. She helps empower women to get UN-stuck and be their own best healer through 1:1 coaching, online group programs, meditation, tapping, crystals, nutritional changes, essential oils, muscle testing, and strategic intervention. Sarah also works as a yoga and meditation teacher in Colorado (where she lives) and hosts an autoimmune book club.

Sarah shares her incredible journey with a mystery illness and heart-break, and how it lead her down the path of spirituality, personal growth and finding her own wholeness. You are going to hear Sarah share her insight and wisdom on:

  • what is missing from the world of treating autoimmune
  • the ball and chain of chronic illness
  • the dangers of perfectionism
  • creating boundaries with others and what can happen when you don’t
  • listening and trusting your own body’s wisdom
  • four of our mutual favorite tools for healing, loving support and transformation.

Connect with Sarah at www.autoimmunetribe.com and/or on social media at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1477095185932809/ 

Resources for support and/or mentioned in the show:

IMperfectly Healthy Community FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/IMperfectlyhealthycommunity/ 

EFT Tapping: http://www.thetappingsolution.com/what-is-eft-tapping/ 

Essential Oils: https://www.mydoterra.com/faithshevlin/#/

Nourish Medical Center: www.nourishmedicalcenter.com 

Nourish TV: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7YzzV95hL3m2gFxVtfOqJA 

Institute for Functional Medicine: https://www.functionalmedicine.org/ 

Jessica Flanigan, The Loving Diet: https://aiplifestyle.com/ 

Paleo Mom: https://www.thepaleomom.com/ 

Autoimmune Paleo: http://autoimmunewellness.com/ 

Mastin Kipp: http://mastinkipp.com/ 

Gabby Bernstein: https://gabbybernstein.com/ 

 

 

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Freedom from Your Past with James Woeber

 

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, I interview James Woeber, an international speaker, writer and consultant who trains thought leaders, healers and entrepreneurs to free themselves from trauma-based and ancestral patterns so that they can be wonderfully successful and serve as powerful change agents in the world.

James is the Co-Founder and Director of Art of Heartful Living, a leadership development and human potential program, that since 1998 has taught individuals and organizations powerful mind/body tools to manifest their heart’s deepest desires and be of service in their communities. His experience as a trainer and therapist spans well over two decades, and he recently served as Co-Director of the 2015 North American Systemic Constellations Conference—an event dedicated to healing ancestral and trauma-based issues for individuals, families and organizations.

You are going to hear James share his insight and wisdom on:

  • the mind-body connection
  • how family patterns impact your life and health in the present
  • how early childhood experiences or trauma are connected to current health challenges
  • what are some of the common “issues behind the issue” 
  • the importance of being in tune with your own body
  • the main keys to healing issues keeping you stuck in life
  • what it means to practice the art of heartful living

Connect with James at www.artofheartfulliving.com

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The Gift of Illness: Autoimmune, Love and Waking Up

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In this episode of IMperfectly Healthy, Faith interviews Laurie da Silveira, a certified nutrition consultant with a masters degree in counseling living in the Bay Area. She is the owner of Vibrant Living with Laurie, where she sees individual clients and offers group classes regarding holistic nutrition and heart-centered healing. She is also the co-founder of the Love is Medicine: Guiding Clients to the Cure Within Practitioner Training.

You are going to hear about why Laurie sees her own health challenges as a gift, the role of limiting beliefs in illness, the healing power of forgiveness as well as:

  • why addressing health physically often isn’t enough
  • the common limiting beliefs that precede illness and health issues
  • the power of taking responsibility for your body and life
  • why you are a big huge mansion
  • how illness can become your identity and keep you stuck
  • how to find peace and appreciation on your health journey
  • the mental/emotional/spiritual causes of thyroid and digestive imbalances

Connect with Laurie at www.vibrantliving.us

 

Mentioned in the show:

Direct Labs: www.directlabs.com

Heart Math: www.hearthmath.org 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdneZ4fIIHE

Gaps Diet Book: http://www.gapsdiet.com/home.html

Mystery School: http://www.livinginthepresence.net/

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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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See your food cravings in a new light

If you’re like I used to be, you have likely been struggling with food cravings forever. And, also like me, you’ve likely tried a number of diets and strategies that haven’t worked long term. I know how frustrating this can be, and how defeating it feels to try to “be good” all the time. Because it never works, right? You do well for a while, avoiding all those foods you love.  Then you end up giving in and devouring a whole bag of candy or chips.  Then it all goes out the window…

It doesn’t have to be that way.

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I put this guide together so you can start to learn some foundational lifestyle habits that can help you find more confidence around your food choices. The information I’m sharing is not about deprivation or the latest strict diet; it’s about creating healthy sustainable habits that have been proven to both help keep cravings in check, and improve overall well-being at the same time.

Get my 5 Ways to Overcome Your Food Cravings –> HERE

And let me know what you think.  I would love to know how these tips resonate with you.  Email me at faith@faithshevlin.com to continue the conversation =)