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Buckwheat Blueberry Pancakes

Oct 12, 2019
Always Watching...

While working on my research with my historical fiction novel based around post WWII - I thought back to my Grandmother (Oma) who was from Germany. As a little girl, I always watched Oma from behind, usually peeking around the doorway. I never moved too quickly because I didn't want to startle her. She was so fragile and while I didn't understand exactly why at the time - I did know that she needed us to be gentle around her. Part of me was afraid to move too hard and fast or say the wrong thing, yet a bigger part of me wanted to run up to her and hug her tight. She was always mumbling to herself or seemed very lost in thought - which I couldn't blame her suffering such intense Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from the war.

The kitchen was my favorite place to spy on her and how she appeared. All her quirky behavior paused when she was in the kitchen - it was the only place she seemed to be happy. Blueberries soaked in full fat milk with sugar, meats and...

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Beat Mental Fatigue

Aug 08, 2019
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 I remember waking up one morning...

When I was about 5 months pregnant with my third daughter, Luna and feeling as though I was literally beaten up in my sleep. My hips were really starting to ache - hello fourth pregnancy and my body remembering all those pains so very well – and my head felt so off. It wasn’t a headache and I wasn’t particularly tired, it just felt cluttered. It was almost as if it was still running in overtime from the day before and all the activity. It was the end of the school year for my oldest and she was graduating from elementary school, so there was a lot to do!

I sat up and put my feet on the floor and took some big breaths. I knew I needed to start my day and think about myself and my growing baby girl, so I started to make my way to the kitchen. I stood next to the sink and it was as if my brain decided to stop working. I couldn’t remember where everything was and I laughed a bit to myself because I thought, great...

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Tart Montmorency Cherry-Chamomile Smoothie

Aug 05, 2019
Just Sleep Well

Yeah...easier said then done #amiright? 

Sleep and anxiety are the two biggest areas of the work that I do when helping moms recover their mental health. Many moms might read that and laugh and say “Sleep? What’s that?” And yes, as a mom of three girls, I understand this ALL too well! 

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After YEARS of chronic sleep issues on and off - I’ve learned not only how critical quality of sleep is for our current and future health but also for our mental wellness! Everything starts with sleep and as a writer, that is easier said than done - especially when inspiration from my stories usually comes in the overnight hours.

Here is an easy tip anyone can try!

Go Red Before Bed

Let’s review tart montmorency cherries, my top food recommendation to help aide Cherry Chamomile Smoothie Recipesleep. Tart cherries are one of the few natural sources of melatonin, which is responsible for the regulation of the...

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How to Heal Adrenal Fatigue & Burnout

Aug 01, 2019
Stress is a Universal Enemy 

This morning I discussed stress and circadian rhythms balancing in my 26 Days to Better Sleep Series and while small amounts of stress are necessary for life and can actually help keep our immune systems sharp, as well as help keep you alive in dangerous situations - chronic stress is absolutely insidious.

Unfortunately, our world today, almost everyone chronically carries high amounts of stress. Chronic stress has been linked to almost every health condition you can think of, from headaches, migraines, digestive issues, and heart attacks all the way to adrenal fatigue, insomnia, advanced aging and a plethora of autoimmune diseases.

Sigh....

Let's Chat HPA Axis

When you’re stressed, your hypothalamus is the part of your brain that recognizes the stress. To put it as simply as possible: your hypothalamus signals your pituitary 


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gland, and they both in turn signal your adrenals to produce and release stress...

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"Earthing" - Why Bare Feet on the Grass Can Improve Your Health

Jul 31, 2019
Before our modern times....

Did you know that there once was a time that it was considered normal for people to go outside barefoot, knowing full well the benefits of this practice? It was a daily norm for our ancestors to do almost everything barefoot. Part of the reason is shoes were not how they are today - but it was mainly because their connection with earth was much more present in their times. 

Today - this is referred to as "earthing" or "grounding", whereas in the times of our ancestors, there was no name for it because it was an everyday thing!

Today's World

Sadly, people today can go weeks without ever stepping one bare foot outside. It is just standard to reach for your shoes before you walk out the door. Now, let's pause and understand that of course you have to put shoes on before you drive to a public place - but what about taking a break from that and going outside barefoot in your backyard? What do you do during the winter months? Read on! 

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4 Natural Solutions for Anxiety Relief

Jul 05, 2019
Anxiety Cannot Just Be 'Switched Off'

As a long-time sufferer of PTSD and trauma - anxiety was the shining symptom for over a decade that I suffered with. It was so intense and took center stage for a majority of my day with multiple panic attacks - some resulting in trips to ER, just to find relief. However, the temporary effects that the Doctors gave me while there, only lasted a few hours and I was back to suffering. The prescriptions they would hand me just didn't sit well with me because even though I found relief during my stays in the ER - I walked out feeling so drugged and sometime this feeling put me into another attack!

An endless cycle that I eventually screamed out "ENOUGH!" one day and made a decision to learn more about my anxiety, rather than push it away.

The Millennial Struggle

Some of you may or may not agree - but this current generation? Well, let's just say anxiety has found a way into all of our lives in some form or another. While every generation has had...

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Matcha Green Tea Latte

Jul 01, 2019
Mighty Match Green Tea

Matcha Tea has been a source of promoting good health for centuries. From aiding in digestion to enhancing mood and memory, this bitter tea continues to be leading in great benefits to promote health. You are probably familiar with black tea, but green tea comes from the same plant -called the Camellia Sinensis, which is the younger leaf version of black tea and plucked early how.

How it creates such a beautiful green texture?

L-Theanine, Amino acids contained in green tea, is produced in the roots of the tea tree, and then moves into the leaves. When exposed to sunlight, it transforms into a different element, Catechin. By shading, tealeaves begin to crank out increasing amounts of both Chlorophyll L-Theanine that makes Matcha color nice and bright green, and gives its intense “Umami” taste. Then, tealeaves are handpicked with special care, and processed with traditional method with a long period of history right after they are picked.

Health...
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Aromatherapy Tips for Shock & Panic

May 16, 2019
The Day I Saw Them

I don't even think I took one single breath for at least a minute. I felt my heart start to race as I finally inhaled sharply and my mind scrambled to catch up to what I was holding. In my hands were my angel son, my sweet boy's mini cloth diaper and hat from the hospital. A soft remembrance of that sacred time of saying hello and goodbye to him all in one day. Once my blood flowed again and I was able to breathe, the tears came. You see, I thought I lost these as it has been years since I saw them.

"He taught me a new kind of love. My son. My angel above." - Lindsay Gibson, Just Be.

I quickly texted my husband and showed him a picture. He called me back within seconds and we both couldn't believe it. He reminded me of that first Christmas after we lost him and how I fell apart. The day I smashed a mug all over the kitchen floor and sunk to the ground. My mind followed his reminder back to the day the scene flowed out of me as I typed it in my memoir. How my...

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Are You Reaching Stage 4 Sleep Every Night?

May 14, 2019
The Importance of Sleep

Sleep - a critical part of our well-being, along with nutritious food of course - but such a hard thing to achieve for SO many of us. We need the time psychologically to make sense of the day’s happening and we also need lay flat on our backs and let the heart take a break - and this is all achieved during sleep.

When working with parents on infant sleep - one of the key factors that I stress over and over is how important it is to establish structure around a good routine for their baby so that the baby can sleep - and sleep soundly. Often, parents just simply need to understand to core concepts around infant sleep and how a baby's brain develops during the stages of sleep. This will (hopefully) encourage them to treat sleep with vital importance, even if this means making lifestyle changes so they can create a good sleeping schedule and environment for their baby. Yes - this includes not having a free for all during your day and arranging it so...

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#1 Tool for Writing Traumatized Characters

Apr 12, 2019
We've all heard it before...

We hear it all over the place: on social media, from friends and in public - "Stop your negative thoughts! They will harm you!" Those words make sense to most of us and some will even research how to control their thoughts. Whether it be meditation or deep breathing and go on to practice these vital practices to help those nasty thoughts from seeping in. Yet, in this modern world filled with distractions, and smartphones, and incessant demands, most of us don't know how to take the time to sit with our thoughts, to reflect, and to witness that, perhaps, we have toxic beliefs that are holding us back.

When writing good manuscript, toxic thoughts can hold you back from creating characters or stories that make sense to the readers. There is a step you must take before you write to publish.  And that is to write to heal first. 

The #1 tool needed to create good character and powerful narrative is: clearing your own toxic thoughts from...

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