Affirmations: a beginners guide

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Affirmations

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Hi there, it’s me again! It has been one crazy week, but right now I’m sitting in the sun by the river, sipping on hemp milk matcha, watching the leaves fall, and am feeling inspired to touch basis with you about a topic that changed my life.

A few days ago, I turned 21 years old! I went out with my boyfriend, some family, and a few friends. Twenty first birthdays are well known to be hectic for most, and I think that would have to be an understatement regarding my experience. Let’s just say I’m glad to be home and have a fresh start before I begin knocking out some goals. As I ease back into daily responsibilities, I am having to utilize some of the more effective methods to gain my focus back.

I feel inclined to share with you one of the most powerful tools I’ve come across throughout my spiritual journey. It is the power of language, otherwise known as affirmations.

I discovered affirmations before I really knew of their potential. Whenever I went to my grandparent’s house as a kid, I would find sticky notes all over the fridge, on bathroom mirrors, and so on. Written in my grandma’s perfect handwriting would entail a powerful statement as simple as “I am loved”.

At the time, I didn’t understand the concept to its fullest capacity, yet I still followed my grandma’s footsteps and found myself writing similar affirmations in my journal. All I knew was that it made me feel good.

No matter your religion or spirituality, implementing affirmations into your life can be an extremely powerful practice that will develop a noticeable change in your physical reality.

In the bible, Proverbs 23:7 says “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”.  

Albert Einstein quoted “your imagination is your preview of life’s coming attractions”.

The Buddha proclaimed “All that we are is the result of we have thought”.

When you use affirmations, you are affirming yourself of the power you have in this world, and are providing yourself with the proper energy to manifest miracles in your life.

If you have ever gone through a rough patch where everything seemed to have been working against you, you might remember some of the thought processes that came about. You might have told yourself that you don’t deserve happiness, or that the world is a dark place. You might have affirmed whatever pain you were going through by reminding yourself and others how bad it was. At the time, you may or may not have noticed how these thoughts were renewing the negative energy and creating more problems.

For instance, I have found that when I attach myself to a negative situation(because I’m human too), I might start thinking about it in depth while I mindlessly clean the house, and before you know it, I stub my toe really hard and it becomes the cherry on top of my problems. This is an example of how negative thoughts can quickly manifest into a physical problem.

The beautiful thing is that it works the same way with positive thinking and speaking. When you choose to promote empowering and loving words, you are developing an energy within your heart and mind that is reflected in your outer world.

I’d have to say that the largest miracles in my life are a result of thinking and speaking affirmations. When I decided that I wanted to live in the tropics for awhile, I continuously told myself that I am capable of anything I set my heart to, and before I knew it, I was laying under palm trees in the white sand and thanking the Universe.

Even today, as I am working to expand my brand so that I can positively influence the world and have a career that I’m passionate about, I have to remind myself everyday that I have infinite creative energy and compassion to share with the world. My own words have become my highest source of motivation.

An important aspect of affirmations is that they are always said in present tense. Instead of saying “I will become healthy and happy”, you will say “I am healthy and happy”. Saying it in present tense allows you to really feel out what it’s like to live out your words. The feeling you have while saying it might be the most effective part of executing your goal.

Here are a few affirmations I have been using recently. I encourage you to say them out loud, or in your head, and really feel what it’s like for them to be true:

I have a healthy body, tranquil mind, and a vibrant soul.

I create happiness by appreciating the little things in life.

I am enough.

My job brings me financial abundance.

My positive attitude, confidence and hard work naturally draws in new opportunities.

I radiate success.

Life is full of love and I find it wherever I go.

I utilize my creative energy to positively impact others lives.

I don’t entertain negativity in any shape or form, I simply let it go.

My relationship is divine and my partner and I are perfectly matched.

I know that massive actions cures anything.

I am a fearless explorer and feel as though I’m always on vacation. <<< one of my favorites!

You can also create affirmations that focus on what you want to manifest in your life. Just remember to always say them in present tense, and to only use positive and empowering words.

There are many ways to implement affirmations in your life, and I believe the more creative ways you use them, the more power they hold in your life. A few ideas are:

  • Writing them on sticky notes and placing them around the house(like my grandma does)
  • Putting them in your car
  • Writing an affirmation on paper five times a day
  • Saying them to yourself in the mirror 10 times
  • Closing your eyes and meditating on the feeling your affirmation brings
  • Bringing them into the context of conversations with others
  • Empowering others with your favorite affirmations~ It feels just as good if not better
  • Create a drawing including your affirmation and color it in
  • Whatever works best for you 🙂

I genuinely believe that implementing affirmations in your practice will create an amazing change in your life, and I want to motivate you to start using them on a daily basis. Think deep and hard about the reality you want to live in, and turn that thought into a bold statement. If you feel willing to share, I’d love to know what your affirmations are for this week. I’ll be sure to get back to you and even send you a reminder next week of your chosen statement so that you don’t lose touch with your truth.

This week, my chosen statement is “I live in abundance”. I will incorporate this statement into my actions, my work, and my communication with others. It will create a shift within my life, and I will make sure to follow up with you on the impact it makes.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to improve your life by using the power of your words to reach your highest potential. Our world is ultimately a reflection of our minds and as long as we continue to have thoughts of love, growth, and abundance, the world will gradually change for the better.

I hope you have a beautiful week and really look forward to hearing back from you! If you know anyone that might benefit from the power of affirmations, feel free to forward this email or send them to my website, where this letter will temporarily be available to the public. Let’s work together to change the world.

Love,

Gabrielle


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A few tools that will help to implement affirmations into your spiritual journey:

50 daily affirmation cards

Creative Visualization: Use the Power of Your Imagination to Create What You Want in Your Life

Sticky notes for your affirmations

The Affirmations Coloring Book

Eco- friendly notebook for affirmations

Colorful pens to write down affirmations

Healing from Burnout

 

 

For every high there is a low, every good a bad, every action a reaction. To experience it is living, to accept it is adult, to learn and rise above is to be strong.

Nishan Panwar

Life is all about ebb and flow. As we work toward our highest potential, it is important to appreciate the ups and downs within our progress.

In a society that expects you to consistently perform at your maximum capacity, there is also an avoidance of the subject of our lower states.

Which is why in this article, I am going to cover the topic of burning out; so that we as humans can work to acknowledge the reality of life and it’s fluctuating patterns.

In doing this we can learn how to find balance to prevent ourselves from burning out. We will also work toward building a society that focuses on the health of individuals, so that humans are encouraged to work through these low moments instead of being judged for them.

The inspiration behind sharing this information with you, is that I have experienced burnout throughout different times of my life, and have had to work through feelings of inadequacy when I wasn’t able to perform at the rate I was expected. I have had tendencies to put too much on my plate, and come out of it feeling fatigued, emotionally drained, and weak. I am not afraid to share this, because I know I’m not the only one who experiences burnout, and I’ve chosen to accept it as part of the human experience.

In this article, I am going to share with you what burnout is on a scientific and spiritual level. I am also going to share some tools to work through it when it comes. In future articles, I am also going to cover finding balance in your life to reduce these crashes as much as possible and have the energy you need to live out your highest potential.

What is burnout?

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Noun

  1. The reduction of a fuel or substance to nothing through use or combustion
  2. Physical or mental collapse due to overwork or stress

Seen through a spiritual point of view, burnout can be viewed as a result of imbalance. When you place too much energy into the productive areas of your life without focusing on your spirituality, relaxation, and relationships, you develop a lack of harmony.

There is a yin and yang, or inseparable opposites that is recognizable in human nature. Through contrasts as large as war and peace, and as simple as happiness and grief, it is quite obvious that change is both inevitable and intertwined. So goes with your health. Even through the most positive intentions, you will experience times of negativity.

For example, if you have ever set goals for self-improvement, such as daily exercise or high career performance, and placed all your energy into those goals without maintaining the other areas of your life, you might end up feeling drained and not wanting to continue bettering yourself. You might even feel:

  • Body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Nervousness
  • Mood swings
  • Sleep disruption
  • Digestive issues
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Lightheaded
  • Migraines
  • Loss of body hair

This is burnout. I can reassure you that although these symptoms can be discouraging, you are capable of healing and finding balance within your life. So don’t lose hope.

From a scientific perspective, burnout is ultimately a disruption within your endocrine system. The endocrine system is a collection of glands that create hormones to regulate the immune system, metabolism, tissue function, sexual health, reproduction, emotions, and sleep patterns.

Some of the glands directly linked to burnout is the adrenal glands. They are two nickel sized organs above the kidneys, and are primarily responsible for producing cortisol.

It is suggested that when you overwork yourself, you are creating perpetual fight or flight arousal, which means you are consistently creating cortisol and begin to exhaust your adrenal glands.

Although cortisol is often seen as a negative chemical within the body, it is highly important for your body’s regulation of energy levels. If your adrenal glands start slowing the production of cortisol due to over compensation, your body starts to lose its energy. In other words, you start to experience burnout.

There is a substantial amount of scientific evidence regarding low cortisol levels and how it affects the human body, and you can even have your cortisol levels tested to see if it’s the root of your symptoms, but the term adrenal fatigue is not considered a medical term other than by the alternative health community. So I must disclaim that I am by no means a medical doctor, or verifying the validity of adrenal fatigue, and am basing this information off research and what I have learned through health coaching school.

So yes, your body can undergo physical and emotional sickness from overworking itself, but this is not recognized in the workplace, schools, or even some doctors offices.

Not all traditional doctors will ask how much energy you’ve exerted, as they are knowledgeable in the field of providing relief to symptoms instead of focusing on the underlying problem. It’s generally not accepted to call your boss or teachers and tell them that you can’t come in because you’re “burnt out” even though you’re feeling as sick as you would with the flu.

Which is why I am going to share with you some tools to overcoming adrenal fatigue, and redeveloping the energy you need to be living your best life.

4 natural tools toward overcoming burnout

  1. Redeveloping simple healthy habits:attractive-beautiful-beauty-1024389

When you’re constantly on the go and putting energy into everything but yourself, it can be easy to forget your most basic of needs, which can wreak havoc in your mind and body. Get back to the basics:

  • Drink more water: carry a gallon around, add lemon and cucumber if necessary
  • Force yourself to get at least 7 hours of sleep
  • Eat whole, nutritious meals that nurture your spirit and body
  • I’m sure you know which basics you need to focus on better than I could tell you

Don’t overwhelm yourself with integrating these habits, just allow your intuition to help you make the right decisions throughout the day that promote your well-being.

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The Earth has a beautiful way of providing the remedies we need to heal ourselves. There are a ton of natural solutions that I could list but these are few that I have used and how they serve to help:

I am not a doctor and do not advise you to use any of these natural medicines without medical approval.

  • 5-htp: derived from the seeds of an African plant, and used as an after-party remedy, it is a metabolic intermediate in your serotonin levels, meaning it can help restore the happy chemicals in your body.
  • Sensory Deprivation Tank: soaking in an enclosed tank of water that is mixed with large amounts of epsom salt and kept at 93.5 degrees will deprive you of your senses, and in turn allow your body to properly detoxify itself, while relieving your muscles, and increasing dopamine levels.
  • Tea instead of coffee: coffee has been proven to create cortisol in your body(see reference at bottom of page), and when consumed too frequently, can disrupt your endocrine system and not allow your body to heal itself. You might feel an intense urge to drink coffee to get through your burnout, but try your hardest to compensate with Yerba Mate, green tea, black tea, or even guarana/ginseng teas.
  • CBD oil: a chemical derived from the hemp plant, CBD is well known to help ease tension in the body, reverse/prevent inflammation, decrease anxiety, and relieve stress overall. It’s non psychoactive and completely legal. Check out my Hemp Healing page for more information about it. Westcoastcbdsupply.com is a great source for CBD products and flower, so keep an eye out for their inventory restock.

  1. Take a day off for self love:adult-attractive-beautiful-1261459.jpg

If you’re a parent or working full-time, this might seem impossible. There are ways to make it happen however, it will just require some intention. Whether you need to call in for one day off, or ask a family member to watch the kiddos, this could be a vital action toward reclaiming your energy.

Remember that it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes, because in order to fully be there for others, you should have your own health under control. Here’s a few ideas of what to do on a day of self-love:

  • Sleep in if you need to, or wake up early if that makes you happier
  • Focus on taking care of your basic needs, as described above
  • Write a list of all the areas in your life that need redirecting, then come up with ways to fit the changes in your schedule
  • Read a book
  • Take a bubble bath
  • Get a massage, or go to a sensory deprivation tank
  • Call the people you miss
  • Stretch out your stress, allowing the tension to escape your body
  • Buy yourself some flowers
  • Make your favorite meal, or go to your favorite restaurant

I’d like to know what other things you love to do and what a day of self-love looks like to you. You can either comment below or email me at gabdozier@gmail.com

Check out my Soul page that includes 4 ways to love yourself on a deeper level. Practicing self-love will speed up the healing process and reintegrate balance in your life.

  1. Redirect your focus:alarm-clock-calendar-close-up-908298.jpg

Something I’ve recently learned in health coaching school is the power of time management, as well as our relationship with time. It is important to recognize that time is our friend, not our enemy.

Telling yourself that you don’t have enough time in the day is simply lying to yourself. You always have enough time, it’s just a matter of redirecting your priorities. So yes, you do have enough time to meditate. It might just mean utilizing 10 minutes out of your day to sit and quiet your mind instead of watching Netflix or binge eating your favorite comfort food.

I encourage you to reflect on how you manage your time, and how it affects your stress levels. Buy a calendar, or daily planner to map out how much time you spend on each task. Reevaluate how you can incorporate more focus onto the areas of your life that need attention.

By defining what you need to do to find balance, you will experience less stress, and more clarity, which will in turn help to heal your body and create the change you want to see.

 

 

So there you have it friends; a lengthy but necessary excerpt regarding the reality of burnout and how to handle it.

While all of these tools are listed to help you heal and feel better, it is important to go about healing in a non-dualistic mindset. This means that instead of putting yourself down and labeling your energy levels as “good” or “bad”, rather embrace how you feel and accept it for what it is. Remember that the “highs and lows” are beautifully and inexplicably intertwined, and there not one without the other.

Good luck on your healing journey and I hope to hear feedback regarding your progress, your experience with burnout, and how you’re seeking balance in your life. Comment below or email me at gabdozier@gmail.com.

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References:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2257922/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25035267

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/addisons-disease/expert-answers/adrenal-fatigue/faq-20057906

Lavender Hemp Milk

Ever since the lavender bloomed in Bend, I’ve been into lavender everything. It’s soft purple and relaxing scent draws me in every time. There are so many ways to utilize the healing benefits of lavender but finding ways to drink it is getting the full sensory experience.

I don’t drink cow’s milk for many reasons, including the environmental implications, treatment of the animals, and I just find it odd to drink the milk of another animal.  Nut/seed milk contains no cholesterol, healthier fats, and nutrients that can’t be found in traditional milk. So I drink hemp, almond, soy, rice, cashew, and coconut milk. They’re all delicious in their own ways, but hemp  is personally my favorite. It is creamy, nutrient dense, and flavorful. Hemp is also an amazing plant, and I love exploring the uses it has.

So, with my neighbor’s front yard covered in lavender, and a large bag of hemp seeds in my cupboard, I put them together and created lavender hemp milk!

It can be consumed plain, heated(good option before bed), in cereal/oats, and is delicious as creamer in coffee and tea. You’ll enjoy the aromas while making this recipe, it might be the most relaxing cooking sesh you’ve ever had. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

Makes 4 cups

Lasts 6 days

Produce:

1.5 tbsp lavender

Nuts/seeds:

½ cup of hemp seeds

Liquids:

3 cups water

½ tsp vanilla extract

2 tbsp agave syrup

Instructions:

  1. Put all the ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Blend for two minutes.
  3. Strain with cheesecloth, a mesh bag, or thin strainer. (optional: not straining will retain more nutrients)
  4. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. Enjoy!

Breakfast on a Budget

Tofu scramble & Potato Hash

One of my favorite morning meals can appeal to college students and LA housewives alike; it is easy on everyone’s schedule, budget, and waistline.

This meal costs $1.75 per person.

You read that right.

It is savory, filling, plant-based, and made with whole vegetables that will nourish your day.

Note to carb- phobes: Potatoes, when cooked properly are great for providing energy to the body. They contain high amounts of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Eaten in moderation and with a proper balance of fats and vitamins, carbs are essential for providing your body and mind the energy it needs to sustain itself.

Ingredients:

(serves 2 people)

Produce:

2 small red potatoes ($.75)

1 small Yukon gold potato ($.50)

.25 lbs Crimini mushrooms ($1.25)

Protein:

Half a block of firm tofu ($1.00)

Oils & Spices:

2 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp smoked paprika

1 tsp red chili pepper

1/2 tbsp garlic salt

Salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Prepare produce and tofu.
  2. Heat up oil. Throw in potatoes, add spices, cook until soft. Gradually add water if potatoes stick to pan.
  3. Saute tofu and mushrooms with spices in a separate pan for about 7 minutes.
  4. Bam, done! Enjoy your meal.

Boldness Will Take You Places

An excerpt written in December, 2017

“Three months ago, I was sitting on the bed in the back of my motor-home, outlining a boon docking route through California. At the time I was living on the Oregon Coast, ready for the next elbow of my path. As excited as I was, the inner me was yearning to do something more ballsy- perhaps follow a dream I had buried. As we know, fear is what fuels our egoic decisions. On this journey, breaking from the ego has brought me to these moments of uncertainly like, “why do something short of what I really want?”. When I closed my eyes I ultimately knew what I wanted: something new. A fresh realm of colors. A change in culture. I wanted to live in Hawaii.

    So, instead of finishing my route to Cali, I booked a one-way tickets to Honolulu. It really didn’t sink in until I put my four weeks notice in at a job that had been weighing on my soul for too long. It took some consideration to walk away from a life of security. Instead of allowing fear and emotion sabotage the trip, I decided to prepare lightly and have little to no expectations for what the next chapter would look like.

    Fast forward three months to present day, and here I am, living on the Big Island of Hawaii and feeling more at home than ever. It is so inspiring to be on the islands after years of burying a dream that may have laid in my subconscious mind if I hadn’t disassociated with that voice of fear. You see, we are creatures of infinite potential, and born with the power to control our reality. Although our path does not always go where we predict, it always brings what we need. I’m sure California would have been great, but I feel like I am meant to be on this little piece of land in the middle of the Ocean, for whatever reason it may be.”

    From one human to another, I encourage you to evaluate what it is you really want out of life. Everyone has a desire to feed their senses of curiosity, so what is it that you are intrigued about? Without fear of failure or criticism, what is it that you feel called to do? It is important for us as humans to fulfill our potential of happiness by not suppressing our dreams, but rather finding a way to carry them out.  You are given one opportunity to write to the Universe, a story of the collection of your experiences- don’t hold back.

5 Ways to Naturally Cope with ADHD

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Coping with a fast paced mind

 

In my last post, I discussed the road toward being diagnosed with ADHD and why I chose to stop identifying with the label and quit taking medication. My intention now is to share with you how I cope with my right sided, fast-paced mind in a logical and number driven society.

I know I’m not the only one who’s struggles with staying focused. There are 6.4 million American children, about 5 percent of the population that are diagnosed with ADHD. The way I see it, there are 6.4 million children that are led to believe that there is something wrong with them because their mind doesn’t fit society’s standards. Taking medication to alleviate a personality trait is a very recent societal invention, one that works for some, but not for everyone. 

So whether you feel that you are frequently distracted, or you have been clinically diagnosed with ADHD, these natural coping mechanisms have the power to make a drastic difference in your life if you let them.

Here are the 5 methods I used to stop taking ADHD medication and harness my mind to reach a higher potential:

  1. Grow appreciation for how your mind works

 The fact is, your mind is incredibly unique and has a perspective unlike anyone else’s. The first step to coping with ADHD is to no longer view your thoughts as your enemies, and rather love yourself for the complexities in how you think. Stop being so hard on yourself and feeling inferior to those around you. With doing this, you will find a decline in negative emotions which will help you to harness your energy where you want it. If you keep emphasizing how hard it is for you to focus, it probably will be hard. If you keep telling reminding yourself how beautiful your mind is and how your concentration keeps improving, it most likely will.

  1. Edit your lifestyle

When I realized why school was making me so unhappy and that it was an institution not designed for my personality, I decided to do online school which would give me more flexibility and time to complete my assignments. Instead on focusing on why it was so hard for me to concentrate on math, I chose to focus on what I excelled in, which was writing and other creative subjects. You have complete power over your life, which means you have the authority to make the changes that will empower you instead of drain you. Write a list of changes you can make in your life that’ll tailor to your mind. It might seem hard or out of our comfort zone, but just one change might dramatically alter your day to day happiness.

  1. Eliminate substances that contribute to your problems

For me it was Red 40, alcohol, and animal products. None of those things were fueling me with the energy I needed to complete the tasks I needed to. When you have headaches, indigestion, and mood swings, it can really contribute to your ability to remain focused. When your body feels energized and healthy, it is much easier to work toward your goals. Learn what substances and foods are wreaking havoc on your life, and work toward avoiding them for the sake of your mental health. After all, mind and body are hand in hand.

  1. Quiet your mind

The most helpful tool I have come across is meditation. When I quit taking medication, I immediately started meditating and continued to do it everyday for a year straight. I healed my mind in inexplicable ways by learning how to let my thoughts pass by instead of clinging to each and every one that pops up. So take time out of your day, even if it’s just five minutes, to quiet your mind and let each though float by without associating to it. For me it has been a replacement for adderall and has brought me much more peace and happiness than medication ever did. For more information on how to meditate, check out my FAQ page and keep an eye out for upcoming articles.

  1. Take action toward loving yourself

Besides just loving yourself in general, it is important to do the little things to take care of your mind and body so that you can be your highest self and not have to worry about your ADHD. It might just be drinking more water, making sure you get enough sleep, or taking a bath with some candles lit. Take the small steps toward becoming your healthiest self and you’ll be surprised to see how much it affects your mind and thoughts. Check out my soul page, which covers 5 tips in loving yourself on a deeper level. This has been an essential part of growing past the label of ADHD, and associating with all the depth my personality has to offer. I’m sure it will be for you too.

 

 

These are some of the most important actions you can take toward growing and healing from inner turmoil caused by your complex mind. The last thing I could have done for my mental health, which I did not include in any of those points, is taking CBD on a daily basis. It has provided me with mental clarity so that I’m able to focus on my goals and feel like my best self. If you’d like to learn more about it, check out my artcile, An Intro to CBD!

No matter what you think might be wrong with you, I challenge you to connect with your highest potential and recognize the miracles within your life. And remember, ADHD is not the limitations of who you are as a human being.

My FAQ page offers a ton of written support regarding overcoming life’s challenges and becoming our highest selves.

As I disclaimed in my post regarding why I quit my ADHD medication, my intention is not to persuade anyone into quitting their medication without a doctor’s supervision and these methods at which coping can be paired with or without prescriptions.

Why I Stopped Using ADHD Medication

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Coping with a fast paced mind

I’ll start from the beginning. When I was in early High school, I felt like there was something wrong with me. I had an awful time sitting through class and would often drift into la la land while the teacher lectured us about postulates and linear equations. I took advanced classes and would go home with a stack full of homework. The challenge was, my attention span lasted about 10 minutes. Which meant I would sometimes stay up all night long trying to complete a few hours worth of homework.

Beyond that, I dealt with emotional turmoil because instead of properly processing the challenges I went through, I let my fast paced mind take hold of me. So, under the illusion that a doctor would fix my problems, we scheduled an appointment.

I went in, told my doctor how I felt, and he sent me home with a few evaluations that I was told to give to my teachers and older family members. I brought them back after everyone filled them out, and he had them assessed. He told me I had a high chance of having ADHD. There is no way to physically test if someone has it or not, so it is presented in terms of likelihood.

He prescribed me two medications. Vyvanse in the morning, which is a stomach activated non-stimulant, and then Adderall for when the Vyvanse would wear off.

I can definitely say that it helped me focus. In fact, it made me hyper-focused. I would meticulously clean my room, find enjoyment out of math homework for once, and most of the time forget to eat. I was becoming really skinny because I religiously exercised and never had an appetite.

At first, I was happy with the “improvements” it was bringing to my life. But after some time, I started to see the flaws in which it brought. For starters, I had to continue upping my doses because I quickly grew a tolerance for both medications. I was nervous that I’d have to keep increasing my dosage for the rest of my life. Second of all, if there was a day where I ran out of medication and couldn’t get a refill, I felt absolutely incompetent. I would stay in bed all day and feel brain dead. Lastly, I realized that I no longer enjoyed writing, music, or art as much, and those have always been some of my deepest passions.

I could tell people were worried about my weight and could sense a change in my personality. It was a very serious thing at a young age to be completely shifting the chemical foundation of my mind.

It wasn’t until I started learning more about the structure of our society that I started understanding why I thought I needed medication to be normal. Humans are expected to act and be a certain way, which is why the school systems are seeking high test scores instead of encouraging kids to focus on their passions. I realized I was taking a few pills to conform to the expectations of others.

The fact is that I have always had a strong right side of the brain, and have felt more in tune with my creativity than my logical thinking. As soon as I learned to appreciate this instead of view it as a hindrance, I felt motivated to come off of my medication and find natural ways to cope with my fast paced mind. As easy as it made my life and as addicted I was, I still chose to quit overnight because I knew in my heart that it was taking away from my true potential.

I was on pharmaceuticals for about a year, and it has been almost four years since I have used them. When I look back at my writing during that time, I see an author restricted from her highest capabilities and stuck in structure rather than truth. It has been liberating to find relief in substances that bring genuine positivity to my life, instead of feeling incomplete without taking a few pills.

If you take medication to cope with your inner challenges, that is okay. But if you feel that it is bringing you more problems than solutions, it might be time to start exploring various ways to cope. If you are experiences side effects that are negatively impacting your health, I highly encourage you to talk to your doctor as there are always alternative solutions. If you’ve felt an underlying need to stop taking your medication, again, have that discussion with your doctor.

I want to remind you that are whole, complete, and absolutely beautiful whether you take medication or not. The purpose behind this article is to inspire anyone who feels incompetent in this society to assess your qualities and find the positives in what seems to be your downfalls.  It is also my intention to be as raw as possible so that we can share this imperfect human experience together. And as always, I encourage you to envision the life that aligns to your truth, and live it out.

To see my methods at which coping with my distractions, check out my article 5 ways  to Naturally Cope with ADHD.

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Disclaimer: that I am by no means encouraging anyone to quit taking prescriptions without doctor supervision. This is a touchy subject and I have no intention to offend anyone who uses medication as a tool in their life, as this is simply based off my own experiences. I encourage everyone to follow the path that feels right to you.

Chia pudding

 

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Yummm

When beginning my health journey as a vegan about four years ago, I was on the hunt for replacement foods that would satisfy my cravings. One of the first recipes I came across was chia pudding, and ever since it has been one of my all time favorite meals as a dessert, breakfast, and snack.

Chia is a nutrient-dense superfood that contains copious amounts of fiber, protein, calcium, magnesium, and it even has more omega 3’s than salmon, gram for gram! It’s gelatinous consistency when put in liquids is helpful with pushing toxins out of your intestines and cleansing the gut. So it’s delicious, and absolutely guilt free.

Chia can be bought in bulk sections, or in individual packages in almost any natural foods store. I have bought massive bags of chia from the organic section at grocery outlet, which is something I suggest you check out!

This recipe is sweet, healthy, and reminds me of tapioca pudding. I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!


Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: overnight

Ingredients:

Produce:

Raspberries

1 mango

Nuts & Seeds:

  1 cup chia seeds

Liquids:

4 cups coconut, almond, or hemp milk

1 tablespoon agave syrup

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract(optional)

 

Instructions:

  1. Whisk the chia seeds, alternative milk, and agave together in a tupperware bowl.
  2. Let sit in the fridge overnight.
  3. Top with raspberries, mango, and drizzle some agave.
  4. Indulge!

 

The Rooted Pantry

A plant based, nutrient dense collection of food

 

Eating out is easy. The truth is though, making your meals at home has countless benefits. Filling your fridge with healthy, delicious, whole foods is one of the smartest actions you can take toward your health. Here’s a few reasons why:

  • Having healthy food at arms reach allows you to intuitively eat. When you’re hungry, you’ll be able to immediately fulfill your body’s cravings.
  • Making your own meals is a form of creative expression
  • Grazing, or eating small snacks all day keeps your metabolism running well, which can promote weight loss and overall health
  • You can save a ton of money buying staple foods instead of frequently going out
  • Having healthy food that you enjoy can be a motivation to continue your self healing journey

The Rooted pantry is a section of this community that will inspire you to reflect on your eating habits, and encourage you to fill your home with foods that nourish your life. There is no particular set of rules as to what you should and shouldn’t buy, but the three words I keep in mind when grocery shopping is: nutritious, real, and satisfying. Before you set any item in your cart, ask yourself, is it nutrient-dense, is it real food, and will it satisfy you in a healthy way? Many people will begin their health journey by buying a bunch of foods they don’t even like, and then later on wonder why they started eating Mcdonald’s again. It’s great to try new things, but focus on the healthy foods you know you like.

My favorite foods are plant-based, flavorful, and easy on my tummy. I also try to buy all organic items, but will sometimes opt for gmo free if organic is not available. I consider the cost difference an investment toward my health. I like to recognize my eating priorities before I go into any grocery store, and I also make sure to eat a good meal so I don’t get distracted by all the food.

Here’s a few snaps of my recently stocked fridge/pantry so you can have some grocery inspiration and see what a plant-based vegan keeps in their house:

IMG_0245                                       An overall idea of what my fridge looks like

IMG_0238Dairy free milk, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce are few items that are always occupying my fridge

IMG_0243Although I don’t eat a lot of mock meat, I like to keep veggie dogs and veggie sausage in my fridge in case I start craving comfort food

IMG_0235I like to meal prep, so I generally buy my veggies based upon what I plan to make. Also, I’m a tofu lover, hence the four packs

I love curry, which is why I stalk up on coconut milk. I also make veggie burritos, so I buy refried beans. Amy’s soup is an easy go-to when I don’t have much time to cook

IMG_0249Chia, hemp seeds, moringa powder, spirulina, and maca powder are some of my all time favorite superfoods. They fuel my body, so I like to incorporate them in various meals. Note the perfect avocados

 

So there ya have it. This is my most recent grocery haul, and I’m always making changes and revisions to my palette, so you just might see an update in the future!

If you are on your health journey and have fridge aesthetics, comment below what you buy or email me snapshots at gabdozier@gmail.com. I’d love to share with the community your version of nutritious, real, and satisfying food!

Healthy comfort food: Ital Stew

One of my go to recipes is inspired by the Ital diet, developed by the Rasta culture. Eating Ital foods is a very spiritual practice as it is essentially treating the body as a temple so we can connect to our higher power.  Also, the philosophy of eating nutrient dense, whole food meals is one that has the potential to change your life.

The idea behind following an ital diet is to eat in a way that provides vitality, and to nourish your body as it is your spirit’s vessel. It is centered around whole, plant-based foods(no processed crap); simple meals from the Earth.  Rasta’s follow many variations of the diet; some are strict on eating no salt while others will occasionally add it to their meal. Some don’t drink coffee or consume sugar while others grow their own coffee and sugar. It’s much less about the guidelines and more about the intention.

This meal is a well known jamaican staple called Ital Stew and let me tell you, every different recipe I’ve have had has been delicious. I believe the reason why is because it’s hard to go wrong with organic whole foods. Feel free to add or eliminate any ingredients based upon what your body craves. I encourage you to buy as many organic products as you can, as it will taste better and make your body feel fantastic! It is a great meal option if you are backed up or have been feeling sluggish after eating.

This is my version, including all of my favorite veggies that are traditionally used in Ital stew. It is filling, affordable, full of flavor, and what I consider healthy comfort food. Enjoy!

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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes to 1 hour

Ingredients:

 

Produce:

2 baby red potatoes

1 yukon gold potato

2 carrots

1 bunch of chives

2 small green plantains

5 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons of fresh minced ginger

A large handful of your choice of leafy greens (spinach, kale, collards)

Liquids:

3 tablespoons of olive oil

3 cups vegetable broth(salted or unsalted is optional)

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

4 cups of water

Juice of half a lemon

Spices:

1 tablespoon sassafras(thickens soup & is optional)

1-2 tablespoons red chili peppers (depending upon your spice threshold)

1 tablespoon dry thyme

1 tablespoon dry basil

3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Legumes:

1 can black eyed peas or beans of your choice

 

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a pan on med-low, then add chopped carrots, ginger, garlic, and half the chives. Saute for 5 minutes.
  2. Add potatoes, plantains, and beans and saute for another 5 minutes.
  3. Add all spices and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add remaining ingredients besides leafy greens and bring the stew to a boil.
  5. Add leafy greens, reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20 minutes covered, or longer if you choose.
  6. Enjoy!