I Dropped Everything and Moved to Hawaii

Letting trust be my guide

It’s fascinating how the Universe has it’s way of taking you where you need to be. Less than two weeks ago, I was living in my luxury apartment in downtown Bend. Today I am free floating on the island of Kauai in my 98’ Subaru. I don’t know where I’ll be a year from now; what I do know is that the only constant in life is change.

It has been a hot minute since I have posted, primarily due to an inner and outer transformation I have been undergoing in the last month. It has been hectic, beautiful, and spontaneous. I had a difficult time trying to write out my experience while in the midst of it; I truthfully didn’t know what to make of everything.

I have been rather inspired since arriving on the island; not only from the picturesque beaches and scenery, but also because of the inexplicable energy here that fuels my creativity. This means you’ll gradually be seeing more content from me!

It is my intention to share my ever growing journey with you as to stay connected to the collective, but also as a creative outlet for me to contemplate on the pathways I have chosen to take. So that is the purpose of today’s article: to update you, as well as to jot down some reflections on this previous phase of my life.

I could go into depth on the logistics of why my boyfriend, Stuey, and I chose to up and leave Bend. The details would probably bore you to death, so I won’t subject you to that. To break it down, there were 3 simple reasons:

  1. Our landlord gave us a 30 day notice (we were on a short term lease)
  2. We felt ready for a change in scenery
  3. There’s no better place to live on a budget than the islands- believe it or not

So, us being rather spontaneous and intuitive people, set out to make the move. We decided we were ready to leave within two weeks. We got rid of a bunch of our belongings, put the rest in a storage unit, sold our trusty steed, bought our tickets, and before we knew it, we were on the beach in 80 degree weather.

There were certainly external events that drove us to leave the mainland but the main influence was the inner transformation I previously mentioned. Another topic I could write a book about but here’s the summary:

Ever since living on the Oregon Coast and Big Island, I have had an inner knowing that I belong by the Ocean. The beach has and always will be a release for me; a safe haven, if you will.

Me, in my natural habitat

Ironically, the Universe guided me to a mountain town in Central Oregon about a year ago. Bend is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places I have been to. It is also my birth town, so I may or may not be biased. My summer there was filled with high desert adventure, floating down the river, growing hemp. It was awesome.

Taken while exploring Cascade Lakes
Overlooking the city of Bend and it’s glorious sunset
Drinking some local beer in the Cascade Lakes
The hemp jungle I spent my days in

As winter kicked in, the mountain parks started closing and I was limited to my adventures because of the snow (I owned a 2008 Chevy Impala- not ideal). I found myself spending more and more time inside, avoiding the icy roads and having to put 3 jackets on before walking out the door. I admit, I am somewhat of a baby when it comes to the cold.

This was challenging for me, as I didn’t have the ocean to escape to and I usually prefer to be outside. Although it didn’t feel right at the time, in retrospect, I know that it was.

Separating myself from a release as powerful as the ocean required me to start looking inward for my healing. Instead of relying on nature, I had to explore the deepest depths of my soul to find comfort. Granted, it was messy. There were suppressed emotions that I hadn’t dealt with for years including lingering grief from the death of my mom, feelings of abandonment from both my parents, and underlying limiting thoughts that have prevented me from my highest potential.

I am being transparent about this experience because I have come to realize that this is an inevitable aspect of life. Everyone has a “shadow self” as well as programs that separate us from our highest being. It is positive to acknowledge this, as it is the first step toward inner growth. Even the most revered spiritual teachers, including Jesus, Buddha, and Terrence Mckenna have had periods of deep reflection in order to ascend to their highest consciousness.

I must say, after looking so deep within, I have come out of it with more understanding than ever. It’s as though the periodical darkness drove me to my limits, pushed me out of my comfort zone, and led me to appreciate the light more than ever. After mending some wounds, I have been focusing on the parts of me that are well polished, and divine.

Back in my natural habitat and feeling recharged

As far as for what’s to come, I feel happily intoxicated with all the possibilities. I have a vision, but for the most part, I am simply waking up everyday and trusting. Trusting in the Universe, that it’ll provide all of the perfect opportunities. Trusting that abundance is running toward me. But mostly trusting myself, and my ability to bring my desires into reality.

If you are pushing through the roughs or aren’t feeling aligned with your surroundings, do not forget that divine order has you there for a reason. If you were in constant paradise, you wouldn’t feel the need to look deep within, and assess the parts of you that require recognition and healing. I promise though, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. When you do find it, it’ll be one of the most vibrant lights you’ve ever seen.

I can’t wait to share more of my journey with you as I continue to pursue my passions and soak up the Aloha energy. I am going to have much more time and resources to create powerful content that will inspire you on your journey, as you attract confidence, strength, contentment, health, and abundance in your life.

I always love to hear from you! As I grow Rooted Health & Healing, I will always consider it a community and place of support and inspiration. That’s going to take more than just my voice, so I am open to collaborations, ideas, or even just transformative conversations. I hope you have a beautiful week and know that you are divine.

CBD Oils vs. Smoking Hemp

Why smoking hemp might be your preferred method of consuming CBD

When I used to hear the word “hemp”, my mind would resort to sustainable clothing and my favorite seed milk. I never felt inclined to buy some hemp and roll it up into a joint, and I in fact didn’t even know that it was legal, me being under the age of 21 at the time. That all changed when the CBD trend skyrocketed, and I wondered, if it’s legal and beneficial for me to consume cannabidiol tincture, would it be the same for me to buy and smoke the flower? I would soon find that the answer was yes.

For cannabis to legally be considered hemp, it has to be tested under .3% in THC(tetrahydrocannabinol); meaning it won’t get you high. The concept of smoking something that doesn’t get you high still confuses stoners and conformists alike. Yet everyone and their mothers have been jumping on the CBD oil bandwagon. Don’t get me wrong. CBD tincture is a powerful natural medicine. However, I wanted to explore how smoking hemp, or high CBD flower could provide different, or even more relief to the patient.

After I began frequently adding hemp to my joint, and did some research, I found that smoking CBD has a different effect on the body than orally ingesting it. I am going to explain how and why it has different effects, and allow you to conclude with your own preferred method of ingestion.

Are you seeking long term or quick acting benefit?

One of the reasons smoking hemp has such a different effect than CBD oils is due to the difference in the metabolic pathway, or how it enters your bloodstream. For the CBD to provide benefit through orally ingested products, it has to pass through the GI tract and the liver. This means that it takes longer for CBD oil to bypass the blood brain barrier and take effect. In contrast, smoking hemp sends the CBD directly to your lungs, which creates almost immediate absorption into the bloodstream.

With that being said, orally ingesting CBD can have a longer effect on the body, depending upon the product. So if you’re having an anxiety attack or debilitating pain, smoking hemp will provide near instant relief. If you’re looking for conveniency and long term effects, orally ingesting might be your better option. Smoking flower for immediate alleviation in conjunction with CBD oil to maintain the effects can create a medicinal synchronicity that could be more beneficial than one form of consumption on it’s own.

  CBD absorption: smoking VS. orally consuming

In order to assess which is more potent to the body, we have to the look at the bioavailability in different methods of intake, or degree of which the CBD can be absorbed into the body. There are 6 ways of ingesting cannabidiols, all of which have a different rate of bioavailability. It is important to recognize this because although you might be paying for a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil, your body has a limited capacity of absorption which means you are only able to process 200mg of the bottle, at best. There have been a few varied studies to suggest the bioavailability percentage of oral CBD products is between 6- 20%. Although this is a wide range, the most optimistic percentage is still low compared to that of inhaling cannabidiol, which is up to 56% absorption.

Knowing the bioavailability of each product you consume will allow to calculate how much money you’re actually spending on the CBD that your body is able to absorb. For instance, if you spend $50 on a 200mg bottle of oral CBD oil, and you’re only able to absorb 40mg(at the very max), you’d be spending $1.25 per mg of CBD. If you spend $50 on a product that you’re able to inhale, such as a vape liquid with 200mg of CBD in it, and you’re able to absorb 35%(at the lowest), you’d be spending $.25 per mg of CBD. In other words, you’d be spending 80% more on oral CBD products for the same results.

Although I’d like to give an exact calculation for bud itself, there are countless variables that would go into the equation including the CBD percent of the flower, how long you inhale it, exactly how much you inhale when your burn it, etc. Refer to my sources below, specifically Human Cannabinoid Pharmacokinetics for cited information regarding the high bioavailability rate of smoking CBD bud vs. orally ingesting it.

 CBD has to be heat activated for it to work at its full potential

As I started to see more and more oral CBD products on the shelves, I became curious as to the method of which these businesses were making it. I would check to see if they were using organic carrier oils and hemp product. I was also curious if they were heating the CBD at the necessary temperature for it to be activated properly(decarboxylated), which I knew a little something about from years of making edibles. I was surprised to find that a ton of the most well known companies weren’t. They are selling products that aren’t activated for the consumer to reap the benefits at full potential. Another piece of information that they left off the labels.

It is important to recognize the difference between CBD and CBD-A in order to understand why decarboxylation is done for some products and not others. The hemp plant is naturally grown with CBD-A, and any products that are made raw are actually providing that molecule instead of what their bottle says, which is generally pure CBD. The body is NOT able to convert the product into CBD unless it has been heated at its proper and rather low temperature of 230 degrees.  (see figure 1 on resource #2 listed below)

Although CBD-A does have some vague evidence tied to health benefits, CBD is the molecule that has been scientifically proven to relieve anxiety, depression, inflammation, chronic pain, epilepsy, and cancer in the patient. That being said, if you are interested in CBD for any of the reasons previously listed, I encourage you to do some research before buying any orally ingested products so that you know what you’re taking.

When you smoke CBD hemp flower, you are automatically activating it with the heat of the flame so that your body is able to process it and reap the full benefits of the molecule.


After assessing the longevity of benefits, my ability to absorb the CBD, and the importance of activating the molecule, I was able to conclude with my favorite method of consuming CBD, and I hope this information will help you do the same.  

My personal favorite way to get my dose of CBD’s is by simply buying the flower and smoking it. I’ll either add it to a joint with THC bud, or just smoke it on it’s own if I’m too busy to alter my mind. I  highly suggest smoking hemp to those that enjoy smoking anything(i.e. Tobacco, weed) but want a healthier and calmer alternative.

The good news is that hemp is completely legal to buy, and can even be sent to your mailbox. It is crucial to look for organic, high quality bud so that you will enjoy smoking it and get the most benefit for your buck. My favorite source for hemp products including frosty, organic buds is westcoastcbdsupply.com. They have superior customer service as well as some of the best hemp flower I’ve ever seen.

I intend to write more about CBD and the health advantages of consuming it in the near future, so keep your eyes out! For a basic introduction, check out my article, An Intro to CBD/. Thank you for reading this article, and I hope you have a beautiful week!

Please be aware that I am by no means discounting the healing power of orally ingested CBD products and am fully aware that it is the only means of consumption for many people. My intention is to educate and provide cited information for you to make your own conclusions.

Resources used:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2689518/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5938896/

https://www.biocbdplus.com/what-is-decarboxylation-how-cbd-a-becomes-cbd

How & why I broke up with coffee

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Quitting coffee

Imagine waking up feeling groggy and unmotivated. You’d rather stay in your cozy bed than wake up and take on the day. There’s only one thing that’s going to get you through your day, what is it?

Little over  a month ago, my answer would have been an iced americano. That, or a pot of freshly brewed Equadorian roast with coconut milk creamer. Ahh, just thinking about it makes my mouth salivate. However, those days are no more.

You see, I’ve had a wavering relationship with coffee. One day it had me on top of the world, and the next day I felt as though it claimed supremacy over my life. One day it would help me get everything done, and the next it had me feeling lifeless until my cup was refilled.

So I decided to step off the roller coaster and quit coffee all together. I’m just not the type to stick around for love- hate relationships.

There is a ton of contradicting information in the nutritional world regarding whether coffee is health food or not. Some will claim that it has rich antioxidants, promotes a healthy heart, and improves memory function. Other sources will point out that it is acidic which increases free radicals, lowers the immune system, and strips our body of nutrients.

The fact is that your body is incredibly unique. Bio- individuality reveals that one man’s medicine is another man’s poison. So if you feel like coffee genuinely brings benefit to your life, that is a valid observation. If you feel that it’s causing problems with your health or that you’re too dependent on its energy, that is also a valid observation.

What I have come to realize is that coffee is just not the drug for me. I was drinking it frequently to get through long days at work. I’ve always loved the taste and aroma of it, which certainly contributed to my dependency. But after some time, I started to experience adrenal fatigue and my body constantly felt dehydrated. My skin and hair was dull and I was dealing with a perpetual cold. That was when I made the connection; I previously hadn’t been drinking very much coffee, and as soon as I started to drink it more I started experiencing mild health issues.

It took me about 3 days after quitting to lose withdrawal symptoms that included migraines, worsening of my cold, breaking out, and fatigue. As soon as those 3 days were over, I started feeling like myself again. I got out of bed and instead of barely making it to the coffee pot, I was up and going almost immediately. It goes to show how much of an addictive drug coffee can be.

If you are an avid coffee drinker and are ready to reclaim your independence, I have a few tips that will help you recover as soon as possible. Here’s a few actions I took:

1. Quit cold turkey:

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Coffee isn’t tobacco or pharmaceuticals; you don’t have to ween off. Although it can be addicting and cause irritating withdrawal symptoms, quitting cold turkey(or all at once) is the way to go. You’ll be surprised how quick your body and energy levels can heal after quitting. I mean, it only took me 3 days! So start by avoiding it all together and you won’t keep getting sucked back into it’s trap.

2. Detoxify:

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After drinking coffee on a frequent basis, your body will develop a dependency, meaning it starts to expect that acidic dose of caffeine to hit your bloodstream everyday. If you don’t give your body what it expects, it will produce withdrawal symptoms. To minimize these symptoms, start detoxifying your body with nutrient dense foods. This will get your body back to its natural state and decrease your cravings. Make smoothies, take some spirulina, and drink lots of water.

3. Find a replacement:

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I believe there is a way to have a healthy relationship with caffeine by consuming it in moderation. With that being said, there are many delicious drinks and products you can make that will help you feel focused and energized. This will help you ditch coffee once and for all. As soon as I quit coffee, I replaced it with matcha lattes. I love the earthy taste and prefer the energy it gives me over coffee any day. See below for the recipe! Some great replacements are yerba mate, black or green tea, matcha, chai, maca root, green juice, vitamin supplements, ginseng, kombucha, and much more. All can be made into enticing hot or iced drinks that’ll make your forget the roasted bean water and move on with your life!

4. Examine your addiction:

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Our bodies are created to hunt for food, escape from predators, and travel the land. That means that you should naturally have enough energy to get through your day. If you feel rather addicted to caffeine or coffee, it might be a good practice to examine why you feel like you need to supplement. Are you getting enough sleep? Have you been eating whole, nutritious meals? Do you get in enough physical activity? If your answer is no to any of those questions, you might be dealing with deep rooted causes that are beyond your daily craving for coffee. This is actually very common. So don’t be hard on yourself, just reflect on any other lifestyle changes that might naturally increase your energy levels. Understanding your cravings is the first step to curbing them.

So whether you’re a die hard coffee chugger or sober off the bean, this is simply a recap of my experiences with quitting. My most important point is that you make intuitive decisions with your healing. You don’t need health articles or varying opinions, your body always knows what’s best. My body told me not drink coffee, so I listened. Now I rarely crave it and have been thoroughly enjoying my matcha lattes.

For those of you that are ready to quit, I’m here to help! Below you will find a recipe for my favorite replacement drink. Be on the lookout for more beverage recipes. There will be a new site page open tomorrow that will provide you with more healthy, energizing products to shop through. Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for my weekly newsletter that will provide you with exclusive content and one on one contact with me.


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Matcha Latte

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This Japanese drink is earthy, lightly sweet, and creamy. It provides a very focused and meditative energy without any crash included. It is rich in antioxidants and studies have shown that it boosts brain function. Recipe can easily be revised to your liking!

 Makes 1 cup

Ingredients:

Herbs & teas:

1 tsp matcha green tea

Liquids:

12 oz. of dairy free milk ~ my favorite is Pacific Vanilla Hemp milk 

½ tsp of honey or agave

Instructions:

  1. If you have a milk frother or stirrer, simply mix the matcha and about 4 oz of milk. If your don’t have one, mix the matcha with a tiny bit of boiling water.
  2. Add the honey, mix in.
  3. Add the rest of the milk in cup.
  4. Either add ice or heat up in a stove/microwave.
  5. Enjoy!

Matcha:

Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder

Matcha Green Tea Powder

 

Matcha DNA Certified Organic Matcha

Kyoto Dew Matcha Green Tea Powder

MatchaDNA Milk Frother

BambooWorx Japanese Tea Set

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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ˈbərnˌout/

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!