-Dear Dr. Amy I find that I’m always cold! mostly my feet, my hands and my bum… any ideas?
I didn’t sleep last night and wondering if you have any advice or wisdom to share on this digestion issue. Seems I have low hcl so I’ve been taking a digestive enzyme at dinner the past few years. If I don’t my stomach will keep me up.
2 weeks ago I ran out of my hypo D enzyme so I started drinking about ½ to ¾ jigger of organic apple cider vinegar before dinner and happily it seemed to work. Last night I forgot to take it so my brain doesn’t let me go to sleep because my body hasn’t digested the food and still is trying to send its acids 3am4am 5am.
I finally took a digestion essential oil 7am so I could fall asleep for a few hrs and that helps. Wondering if you have any suggestions or preferences of digestive enzyme. Last night for dinner I made butternut squash soup and salad which tells me that even the enzymes needed for plants I have a hard time digesting in the evening.
Digestive enzymes and taking HCL are helpful to break down what we eat… though,
Happy winter in the west, and summer in the east!
Day 18 of a fast, and I’m feeling fine – especially after a great colonic session with a wonderful therapist today who managed to move a brick of gas sitting in my belly. After, my eyes got brighter, my energy came up, I’m breathing better, and my belly is no longer a rock. Seriously. Looks like I’m again giving up the matcha and chocolate that have been blowing me up.
Do we all have gas? Most likely. Even if you’re not burping and farting, if your belly feels hard, bloated, and your digestion isn’t working great, stored gas in the intestines, tissue, and even cells is likely the culprit. It’s SUPER common, and likely the cause of many health issues.
What to do – especially if you find yourself wanting to be healthier though have resistance, and even rebellion?
Before going crazy with a diet plan, and putting pressure on yourself to workout, I suggest cultivating a mindset for health. Here’s 7 tips:
1. Health starts with how you think. Think healthy thoughts to be healthy. Do you view yourself healthfully?
2. Check in with yourself – and how you think about health – ask what you really want for your health and well-being.
3. What stands in the way of what you want? Be ruthlessly honest with yourself, beyond self-condemning.
4. Do you have unconscious commits that assure lack luster? Such as: “I’m too busy”, “I don’t have time”, “I don’t have the money”? Is this true? Have a talk with the inner-saboteur and find out who’s running you.
5. Remember, we are 80% more likely to succeed with support. Get help with your health.
6. Let go of harmful things you love, one by one. Find out which one is whacking you most, and fast from it. Then do the next, then the next.
7. Do you belief you just can’t do it? Start with baby steps, gain small successes, and build from there.
Let me know if you find this helpful, I’d love to hear from you.
And… check out my new Intro to Health program starting this Saturday, Jan. 20th online – 6 Steps To Your Self. We cover all the topics above and more over 6 weeks.
Learn More & Register Here: http://www.amyrachelle.com/discover-the-secret/
My Love To You!
Hello Dearest Reader,
What are you leaving behind in 2017 and inviting in ’18? What would give you closure for anything left hanging – such as communicating unresolved feelings, following up on a commitment, reaching out to someone you’ve been meaning to contact, etc. What are you inviting for the new year?
What’s been the most significant happenings of the year for you? This year has been very intense for me, hands down. My father passed on Easter, I got married, and my brain started working way better, propelling me out of a two year mid-life crisis of sorts. At times I’ve felt like I was heaving without breath, and at other times I’ve experienced a renewed inspiration from deep within that’s restoring my sense of self, growing me by leaps and bounds – and expanding my heart with new understandings of death, and therefore life. What a gift it all is, even though it seems we may break into pieces at times.
Like to go deeper with what you’re leaving behind in 2017, and what your invoking for ’18? Here are some questions to foster your focus:
-what’s been a powerful lesson for you in this past year that you’d like to leave behind, yet take the learnings with you? What are those learnings? How have you been affected, your life changed, and how have you grown?
-how has your heart been most touched? How does this help with what you wish to invoke in 2018?
-what’s your intention for 2018, and your plan of action for going for it, based on what you’ve learned, how your heart has been touched, and how you’ve changed?
-do you have a self-care plan in place, with support (especially if this has been difficult for you in the past) for ’18? Outline it in detail, along with a doable structure.
Consciously reviewing and releasing whats passed, learning from it, and setting forth on what you really want – may we let go of self-sabotaging thinking that leads to (self)destructive behaviors. Through support and sharing, many things are possible where we otherwise may feel alone and isolated.
Remember the old saying “success doesn’t always go to the most talented, smartest, and wealthiest – it often goes to those who show up and persist.”
So, what do you really want and what’s your support to get it?
My love to you this holiday season, and in 2018!
Hello Dearest Reader,
Better late than never this edition!
With so much media around the Metoo topic – that historically has been subconscious and suppressed – its now been plunged to the collective surface. Most every woman (and many men) I know personally, and have worked with, have experienced some form of violation. Myself included from conception through childhood, and on… until I gained enough hard earned awareness to end the cycle.
Yes, you too, me too, and all of us. It is quite rare to encounter someone (especially a woman), who hasn’t been victimized, violated, and then found herself in a role of saving others. This age-old pain has plagued humanity forever. Karpmans Triangle details this cycle – https://www.karpmandramatriangle.com
Is this to suggest abdication of the perpetrators responsibility, or diminishment of the victim’s pain?
Not at all, actually the opposite. It’s to highlight how abusive behavior is learned and repeated – and to empower ourselves to step out the victim, villain, victor cycle. And in this context, as a naturopath, it’s to take account how this issue affects our health, self-worth, and how we use food and substance… especially when stressed.
A few mornings ago I was juicing on our porch – as I do every day – in the warm Ibiza sun. Being at the end of a very isolated mountain road that has zero traffic, and only the odd hiker, I feel very safe and expect absolutely no one, as I juice naked.
On this particular day, 2 men came out of nowhere – no sound of a car to warn – and smiled at me as they stridently walked towards the edge of our property that drops down to expansive sea. The view is mind-blowingly beautiful… and on a private road, on private property. The uninvited didn’t ask permission to enter, or acknowledge my nakedness. This instantly ignited and infuriated me. Wrapping a sarong around myself, Luna barked full blast on their heels. I felt my fury grow as I walked towards them.
The younger of the two seemed to understand that I was angry, while the older attempted arguing with me in broken English. Basically saying he wouldn’t leave. Outraged, and surprising myself, I stood my ground, shouting at the top of my lungs, pointing towards the exit repeatedly yelling, “OUT!!!” Lingering a few moments as if nothing had happened, they began to leave, not acknowledging their trespass.
Astonished, I didn’t feel victimized. On the contrary, I felt incredibly empowered as I did a few things I hadn’t always done in the past when feeling violated.
This is what I learned:
-letting another feel my fury in an appropriate way, on the spot, is my responsibility… and that may feel intense, AND It’s one way I can take care of myself.
-I can’t control another’s actions or reactions, though I can make choices (such as instantly facing violation and speaking out) that help me to step out of the perpetrators path – and end perpetrating myself. What I don’t stop continues.
-holding another accountable doesn’t wrong them (unless blame is involved)… it actually creates boundaries, and the opportunity for respect.
-Even if another doesn’t honor boundaries, I still can.
-Speak up and out, use your voice. No one else can do that for us. I learn to take care of myself by letting others know what’s ok and what’s not – even when it’s painful, or not popular.
-to thyself be true; speak my truth, especially when I feel awkward, uncomfortable or fear confrontation. Do it anyway.
-be there for myself… sometimes that means calling a situation – ON THE SPOT – for what it is and expressing your wrath. Often we are the only one who can truly protect self. Anger is a warning sign.
-even if the violator continues when you’ve expressed a boundary, don’t waiver. Stand by what’s ok with you and what’s not.
-the more I take care of myself, the less I crave and act out with food, being self-destructive, etc.…
Is self-care just about eating healthy, exercising, meditation, etc? Not, it’s also about facing uncomfortable feelings and being fully present to them, especially when we resist or shy away from it.
Here’s to welcoming all parts of our self, humanity, and being willing to take care – no matter the situation.
Love & Support,