Shift Your Health: 4-weeks to feel better in your body.

Our current healthcare model is not stopping the growth of chronic diseases.

Time to try a new paradigm. Four weeks. A better you.

Shift Your Health.

Enrollment: 9/14/18 – 9/24/18

Sessions start Monday 10/1/18, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM; weekly.

Investment: $40. A weekly payment plan available.

The return on your investment includes:
> 4 weeks to explore the health of your mind, emotions, and body.
> 4 weeks to learn how to feel better in your body.
> Changes you can implement for years to come.
> Attend classes in your PJs (online video classroom).
> Online forum to connect with other class participants.
> 1- Wholistic Lifestyle Coaching session with personalized Lifestyle Prescriptions®. (Recommend scheduling prior to the start of the 4-week session).
> 10 ThermoBuzzer™ scan images (only available locally). Can be redeemed up to one year if you are not local.
> Ongoing support via email or text prior to and for two weeks after the program (responses within 24 hours).
> 15 min personal call time, per week, during program, if needed.
> 10% discount on all future classes/workshops.
> Family and friends rate for personal coaching for up to 1 year after class. (save up to $720)

 

Problems cannot be solved with the same type of thinking that created them.

Shift Your Health.

Registration opens on Friday 9/14/18. There is a 20 person limit and I’m guessing you don’t want to miss out. Pre-register at syd.enjoyingbeing.me.

 

9/11, Emotions and Health.

Lower Manhattan, post 9/11, with the New World Trade Center under construction. Photo by enjoyingbeing.com.

I’m feeling a touch of sadness as I realized that 9/11 falls on a Tuesday again, as it did in 2001. But I don’t think that’s the only reason I feel like that. I realized that we as a society, a country, a world and just a bunch a very hurt people and most of us don’t even recognize it. Being a human guarantees you will experience some form of emotional trauma in your life; it’s just part of the journey.

However, when we exist in that hurt, we lash out with fear and anger. Without emotional literacy, it’s a hard choice to help a neighbor when we are in the emotions of fear and anger. We have a lot of work to do. And after going through such an event as 9/11, to become even more divided now, just 18 years later, is evidence that we are far from emotionally literate.

I want to believe that in a world where people cross all the imaginary barriers erected for them, that we can overcome racism, sexism, ageism and all the other -isms aka divisions. That we can be emotionally intelligent during life’s twists and turns and have the ability to help each other through because we are not lost in our own emotional trauma.

Photo from the NYPost.

I do know we can change, thanks to neuroplasticity. And it doesn’t have to take a long time either. But we have to realize that we need to change and that happens the more we see others do it. Awareness is where change starts. Awareness of the emotions and the physical sensations that accompany our emotions. Awareness that you CAN change your emotions. Allow that thought into your mind, you don’t even have to agree with it.

We cannot ignore this emotional crisis us humans are experiencing. We have conquered so much of our previously unknown. I mean, look at what modern medicine can do with the physical body. Yet, it is miles away from even touching the real medical crisis of today, ie. chronic diseases. Why?

I could summize for days as to the reasons why, but, I know what I see with my clients. I see pain resolving, hair no longer falling out and people overcoming health challenges that they have had for years. In case you’re wondering what the secret is, I’ll gladly share. It’s helping them resolve specific emotional trauma; and in this human experience, none of us are exempt. Also, emotions, especially around traumatic experiences, are something a large part of our society avoids talking about and even experiencing. No, we shouldn’t prefer emotions such as fear and sadness, but we all experience it and those experiences are a regular part of being alive, for all human beings. Avoidance is futile…and makes you sick.

So I will continue to do the personal emotional work I must do for me…and you. I will work on resolving my trauma and I will stand brave and open so that I can plant the seed of possibility for anyone looking.

Here’s what I would like you to do. Take a deep breath…or 10. Be friendly toward your emotions. Listen to your body. Seek a helping professional such as a coach or counselor, when the need arises. Do it for you, for your health and for humanity.

Butter Bean Soup of sorts

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I posted these pictures on my Instagram and Facebook of my butter bean dish and a Facebook friend asked for a recipe. Well, I rarely use recipes but thought it would be easy to type out the ingredients I used…which turned into a recipe anyway, of sorts, LOL.

There are not real measurements but here it is. And with the cooler temperatures of fall and winter coming, this would surely warm your kitchen and your tummy.

Prep dumplings first.
Flour (I used 1 cup wheat, 1/4 cup corn meal and 1/4 coconut flour)
Salt
Water
Knead slightly then allow to rest.
When ready to add to pot, roll out to .25 inch thick and cut into small dumplings.

To a pot large enough to hold 3x the volume of the beans (so there’s space for them to expand, plus add the dumplings and extras) add:
A little oil
Onion, chopped
Garlic, pressed or cut fine
Dried Parsley, Cilantro and Thyme
Salt
Cayenne Pepper
Butter Beans (I used 1lb frozen)
Radishes chopped (5 small ones)
Cook until beans are a little soft. (1hour to 1hr 15mins)

Add Kale, chopped
Cook 20-30 more mins.

Add dumplings.
Cook 20-30 more mins.

Remove from heat. Add EVOO and any additional salt.
Enjoy; I sure did.

I’ve been thinking and penning a bean class. I heard (don’t remember where) that Americans (US) don’t eat beans because they don’t know how to prepare them. I have to agree. In the southern United States, beans are cooked with meats, which can be tasty, but if you are using beans as a meat alternative, that doesn’t help.

Would you be interested in ways to prepare beans that would be simple and most of all tasty? Comment on my social media posts (or on this blog post :-)).

Why America? Emotional Literacy And Fixing Racism.

Hey America, I have a question?

For reference, here’s the video that tipped me into this idea. https://www.facebook.com/OccupyDemocrats/videos/2097816210311422/

I consider myself pretty objecting and open minded so I have to say that I don’t know what preceded this video. Maybe the officer tried to pull him over before he turned into his driveway. Maybe the girl (white) in the front seat incited a fear in the office and he felt the need to “protect”? Maybe the officer was just having a bad day? I don’t know and it doesn’t matter. My question is:

Why does it escalate so quickly with police when it’s NOT a white person?

There are numerous incidents recorded on video where a white assailant with a weapon was safely disarmed and arrested. In this instance, if this guy was being so combative, why didn’t the officer wait for backup. He could have blocked him in the driveway. He could have asked what happened to his tail light. Maybe he was in fear and lost control of his forebrain thinking.

When we are angry or in fear, we lose our capacity to think clearly. Blood literally leaves the forebrain, our thinking center. Yet, that is the place we need to be most operational in to fix this.  No blood = no rational thinking. We are hindering humanity, we are hindering ourselves with our anger and fear. It is important that we keep our hearts connected to our shared humanity. That requires emotional literacy. We must learn to feel our emotions and not always act out from them. We must realize that every human being has red-blood and wants the same things as everyone else – to be safe and to be loved. And there’s no reason we cannot be generous with these things. Safety and love are not diminished when shared; they grow.

Side note to those that say “If you don’t like how things are here in the USA, move to another country.” That reasoning is senseless, especially with regard to someone whose forefathers were slaves, here. They didn’t ask to be here, but ‘here’ presently belongs to them also. And the fact that they are still viewed as threatening or ‘less-than’ is also senseless. They deserve 100% of the rights and comforts enjoyed by every other citizen of ‘here’.

I know the race situation is dire. Anger can be helpful, but it only helps to initiate action. Anger will not resolve anything. We must become proactive instead of re-active, and one day we will be able to see our fellow humans without seeing race. To that end, I have suggestions for two groups of people, one each. Place yourself accordingly. Then I have a recommendation for us all…and an invitation.

Group 1 – white people and those that are white-passing.
First, explore real history, not just what is given in textbooks. Yes, you can watch that on free TV too, in shows like American Experience. Second, connect with and help install change for those in group 2. In doing so, you help to better the world you also live in.

Group 2 – black, colored, immigrant, anyone not white-passing.
You must know that you deserve good things. Please stop relegating yourself to what history has taught you. You are enough. Move forward with love and forgiveness, not anger.

Simple, but maybe not easy. You’d have to first own your part in this. Second, you would have to care about others. When we are in our feelings, especially fear and anger, other people are not what we think about. Please refer back to my statement above about our brains when we are in fear and anger. Remember, you can feel fear and anger without lashing out.

I don’t think this is fix-all; but we must keep moving this issue forward, hopefully to a place where it will no longer be an issue. We all have a role to play, myself included. My goal is to help grow the communal belief, for both groups listed above, that no human is less than another. I want to help others walk in the truth that every human is deserving of belonging simply because they are here. A big part of that is addressing how we deal, with what I feel is the hardest part of it: our emotions. And yes, I am building workshops about emotional literacy.

To that end, I am also hosting a virtual Wilderness Meetup. The term ‘wilderness’ is based on Brene Brown’s latest book, “Braving The Wilderness”. It will be a place for open conversation. Please join in – bit.ly/heart-wild.

And that recommendation: vote, in every election. I’m so stoked that I got to vote in my first open primary election because of where I live now (South Carolina).  Politicians, no matter their party affiliation do not have all the answers, though some truly mean well. But our system is not set up for politicians to have all the answers. It is set up for citizens to participate. We think they are operating on our behalf, but with less than 50% of the eligible population voting in any given election, how can that be? The day Americans really turn out to vote, I’m talking 80-100%, politicians will sit up and take notice. In this political system, we the people are supposed to be the ones with the power. Let us stop depriving ourselves of that power.

“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt

And just in case you are stopped by the police while not being white: http://www.blackpolice.org/education/whattodowhenstoppedbythepolice81814.pdf

I love you. And I’ll see you in the wilderness.

Let’s Chat Catch-up

It’s #beachseason here in South Carolina and it’s been on my to-do list. #saltlife

What’s your favorite thing to do in the summer?

More importantly, in case you’ve missed these Let’s Chat videos. You can see the entire archive here.

Speak truth to BS.

You know more than your doctor.

How not to become who hurt you.

Is it too easy for you?

Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comments.

Lifestyle Prescriptions® and ThermoBuzzer™ starts June 1.

Starting June 1, I will be offering Lifestyle Prescriptions® Health Coaching, in-person or via Zoom. Yay! You can reserve a FULL complimentary (aka FREE) Wholistic Lifestyle Prescriptions® Coaching session. Yes, you read that correctly. To celebrate my online launch, I’m offering launch pricing until August 31 with complimentary full sessions during the entire month of June to those who are a part of my email tribe (Join here). Complimentary sessions must be booked online by June 9th and only through this link: https://calendly.com/roanne/launch.

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So what is Lifestyle Prescriptions®?
This is a wholistic coaching method that finds the root causes for why you don’t feel great. It uses healing arts and science to identify a mind-body-social cause for symptoms. This addresses you as a whole person because everything in our life affects everything else in our life, even our health. I then guide you in resolving these challenges to your health. Along with providing personal support, I use non-invasive, wholistic and energy techniques. Between sessions, your body and mind have time to adjust and regenerate, and you have time to implement your personalized Lifestyle Prescriptions® bringing change that sticks and feels good. enjoyingbeing.com.

An example of a thermo scan.

ThermoBuzzer™ will also be available June 1st, with introductory pricing. ThermoBuzzer™ Mobile Imaging System combines cutting-edge mobile technology with infrared imaging to visually demonstrate stress imbalances via the autonomic nervous system. It’s the perfect educational and monitoring system for peak performance, longevity and prevention screenings. ThermoBuzzer™ is:
Non-invasive
No contact
No radiation
Chemical-free
Indicates under/over function, blood flow, inflammation and imbalances caused by stress.
Highlights pre-disease conditions that can easily be addressed with a Lifestyle Prescription®.

Bonus: Until August 31, you will get five (5) Thermobuzzer™ scan images when you book any Lifestyle Prescription session or package. This is only available when we are in the same vicinity. Sorry, it doesn’t work over the internet. But, I do plan on being between NJ and SC, and even Vegas and VA over the summer. So if you’re even curious, don’t hesitate to connect because Thermobuzzer™ travels.

IMPORTANT:
If you are reading this on my blog or on the WordPress reader, that does not mean you are a part of my email tribe. Please make sure you are in by 6/1 at tribe.enjoyingbeing.me. You will not get double emails if you use the same email as previously.

Things I like: EFT Tapping

One of my nephews has, for a long as I can remember, had a very negative reaction when he came upon a challenge while reading. It’s definitely visceral and something I pray I can help him overcome with some energy work. But, while coaching him to finish some reading last Sunday, after he had lashed out in anger, even throwing his book, I asked him to tap on his karate chop point (I’ll explain that later).

After about one minute, literally sixty seconds, he got his book and began reading – still a bit upset at first but his attitude improved and he completed the entire reading, even trying the hard words, without issue.

Lesson 1 – Why people lash out.

People lash out because of fear. They fear not being heard, not having their expectation met, not feeling loved. Maybe its happened before and so they liken this experience to a previous one and are often triggered without even realizing it. It’s part of being human and yes, we can get better at it. That will have to be another post. In the meantime, we can incorporate tools to help reduce extreme emotional reactions

Lesson 2 – EFT: A tool.

But there is a simple tool to help us when we realize we are triggered: It’s called Emotional Freedom Technique or EFT or Tapping. EFT stimulates a particular set of acupressure points, that in turn help calm the sympathetic (fear, flight, flee, freeze) response to a memory or situation. I explain more in my ‘about video’. You’ll find some history of EFT here.

I love this tool because it is simple, needs no special equipment and can be used by kids and adults to address any challenging emotion we are facing. I’ve personally used EFT to help with depressed moods or being angry and I’ve used it with my clients.

I find this to be such a valuable tool that I’ve added a reference on my website’s resource page. You will find images of the tapping points, an explanation video and a demo video referencing anxiety. I recommend familiarizing yourself with the tapping points so you’ll know them when you need them, but whenever you find yourself needing a quick reference, it will be here for you.

Know someone with anxiety? This tool would be great to share with them.

Do you have a tool to help you through life’s emotional bumps? I love tools so please share in the comments below.

Healing Tears

I listen to a lot of personal growth books and recordings. And then sometimes, when I ‘m not even listening, I have a moment. A healing moment; that may not feel so good at first, but they you are grateful for it. That moment.

That moment…

…when I cry; then laugh at the story I’ve carried, that was intended to bring shame to others but was only bringing shame to myself.

…when I realize through our shared humanity that I am just like those people that my story intended to shame. When I realize that they are just as deserving of love and acceptance as I am and I am the one to give that to them.

…when I cry, not because I’m sad, but because I’m healing, letting go of what I didn’t even realize I was holding on to.

…when I realize that it takes tears to let go of that shame story.

…when I cry but feel really good because in naming my shame story, even to myself, I can let it go.

…when I realize that even sharing that I have a shame story can empower someone else to name and then let go of theirs.

We all have a shame story but we don’t have to live with it. You don’t have to share the sordid details. You do have to be open and honest with yourself, invite in those hard emotions and sit, cry or walk with them until they subside. Your Creator has given you to the power to be an overcomer.

Here’s to our communal healing, our #EnjoyingBeing.

Let’s Chat: Why bother with exercise?

During a networking event, a doctor that was addressing the audience said, “exercise is not how you lose weight.” While I sort of agree I think we have to be more judicial in how we present that concept. His statement sounded to me, like giving folks a reason to skip out on exercise. Check out this Let’s Chat video and them my summary of points below.

1. Weight is not simply calorie exchange. Food does play a part but that’s because food gives our body information.

2. Toxins can play a part in weight loss also. The body may hold on to fat to save your life, literally, as that is where it stores toxins so that they don’t cause organ damage.

3. Emotions can play a huge part. “One analysis of 57,000 women found that those who experienced physical or sexual abuse as children were twice as likely to be addicted to food.” https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2015/12/sexual-abuse-victims-obesity/420186/

Exercise SHOULD be incorporated into your lifestyle whether you’re trying to lose weight or not, and even if you are trying to gain weight.
Exercise:
– creates heat and helps with internal circulation and with the activity of exchange, i.e. getting nutrients in and waste out;
– lowers cortisol and stress hormones
– increases receptor site activity for hormones.

Too much exercise will work against you because your body needs a balance of activity AND rest so it can complete repair and regeneration.

Even if it’s just a few minutes of jumping up and down in your house, your body will thank you now and later.