Sunday, December 9, 2018

Self Care During the Holidays

How to we practice self care, especially over the holidays? How do we show up for ourselves when you want to show up for everyone else? How do I walk the walk?

Typically, the holidays revolve around my family. This Thanksgiving however, my husband and I decided to spend the holiday alone instead of with our family. We had the choice to drive 12 hours in the snow to Northern Michigan to visit my two daughters and grandchildren or go to sunny Cancun. We decided the latter. We were exhausted, my husband has had unprecedented stress with his business, and we realized we needed time for ourselves and each other.

But this decision didn’t come easily. It felt sacrilegious and selfish. I felt guilty at the idea of missing out on quality time with my quickly growing grandchildren. But one thing I’ve learned is the more we give, the more self care we need. You cannot give from an empty bucket and my bucket was close to empty.
So we chose Cancun.

Each day my daughters sent messages of what I was missing: Zydeco dancing with a live band! Making mini snowmen with my grandson! Hiking, cooking together, holiday music! This was a lot to miss.

But by choosing to miss out on these beautiful family memories, I was able to take the time for myself to recharge. To bask in the sun and do yoga on the beach. To reconnect with my husband, I even did a little Christmas shopping online. Now refreshed, I can truly enjoy the holidays without the stress and migraines I routinely had this time of the year.

By choosing my own self care, I am now ready to fully engage and be present with my family this Christmas and New Year’s. By showing up for myself and honoring my own needs, I can now show up for everyone else.

How are you showing up for yourself this holiday season? What small acts of self care can you give yourself?

For more self care, come see me Wednesday mornings at the Rise Well-Being Center, or stay tuned and plan to join us for our newest Intermittent Fasting Kickstart in January.

Carpe Diem and Happy Holidays!

With Love & Gratitude,


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, AFMC

Lisa is an author, functional nutrition, and functional medicine trained health coach, yoga teacher, and retired Registered Nurse with the mission to "Inspire, Educate and Empower" individuals and corporations to achieve optimal health.

Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think & Thrive is a self-health book offering her Seven Steps to Optimal Health.

When she is not coaching, or speaking, you can find Lisa joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance or playing with her two grandchildren. She is the mother of four adult children and believes, "Optimal health should not be a secret."

Thursday, November 22, 2018

This Thanksgiving a friend and colleague, Babette Lamarre is in need of support. She has  been told that she has an incurable cancer and is on her way to California to beat the odds given. I do believe in the power to heal from within and so does she. She's given so much to others, now it's time for her to receive. Please read her story and send her love, prayers and consider supporting her.

Click Here to See her Story & GoFundMe Page

If you want proof in the power to heal from within, then please purchase tickets now for a December 5th viewing for inspiration and education. The Food Cure is a documentary about 6 individuals using food for cancer treatment. 

Hope to see you at the movie theatre!
Wishing you and your families health and happiness this Thanksgiving. 
Carpe Diem. With Love & Gratitude,

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Turning Fear into Curiosity and Empowerment

I've talked about turning fear into curiosity as one of my seven steps to optimal health and wellness. How do we do this when we are feeling stuck? When we feel like our world is tumbling and we are stuck in a rut?  The current human condition is to feel like a victim or we might be the rescuer or the prosecutor. We get stuck in this negative triangle. It is called the Drama Triangle.

When we are ask ourselves, "Why me? Why does this always happen to me?" we fall into the victim role. We may identify our being with our illness or diagnosis. Or we may move over to the rescuer role, "I'm going to swoop in and fix this." Some one else is hurting, I'm going to be the rescuer, which can make us feel good but ignore our own issues. Many healthcare providers identify with this role. Or we might take on the persecutor role, "What's wrong with me?" It's that internal negative voice full of automatic negative thoughts (ANTs) and self limiting beliefs that we bestow upon ourself.

How do we change this negative pattern? We can change this to a triangle that is full of personal development, growth and transformation.  Imagine what your life can become by changing these dynamics! We can change from being the victim to becoming the creator.  To be the creator of our destiny.

To turn that inner voice into the coach like the little train that said, "I think I can, I think I can"

Or turn the inner critic, the persecutor into the challenger. When you hear that voice saying, "Why am I always so dumb? Why am I always so sick?" (or whatever ANTs show up) ask a different question.
Like, "Am I always dumb, all the time? Is this really true?  What would my life be life if I were smart or not sick (or healthy or thin and beautiful or whatever the goal) How would I feel?"  Get into this future vision of yourself that you can keep in your mind, and be open to new possibilities. Then take small sustainable steps to get there. I'm taking on a challenger role by writing this blogpost.  What will you create as a result of it? 

This is the power of coaching. To have another person help you to co-create a new reality for yourself. Co-create a plan that serves you better. To look at the dis-ease you are feeling today as a lesson for where you don't want to be; and as motivation to help you create a roadmap to where you want to be.

Food for thought. Carpe Diem.


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, AFMC

Lisa is an author, functional nutrition, and functional medicine trained health coach, yoga teacher, and retired Registered Nurse with the mission to "Inspire, Educate and Empower" individuals and corporations to achieve optimal health.

Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think & Thrive is a self-health book offering her Seven Steps to Optimal Health.

When she is not coaching, or speaking, you can find Lisa joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance or playing with her two grandchildren. She is the mother of four adult children and believes, "Optimal health should not be a secret."

Sunday, November 4, 2018

November 1st as the New Year

The nights are getting longer. This is good news. All seeds begin in darkness. Often our darkest moments create the seed of innovation. Everything in nature points to this. Through darkness comes miracles and transformation. The caterpillar becomes a cocoon and then the butterfly. Human beings take 9 months of incubation before birth. My husband and I were driving home last night and noticed all the deer.  I reminded him that this was mating season and that mammals mate and incubate and hibernate during the winter months.

Dr Eben Alexander, MD and Harvard Professor, discusses his coma and Near Death Experience as feeling like he was in a "murky muddy underground."  He then saw a bright light and a being that said, "You have eternal love and nothing to fear."  He goes further to say that the world is about to go through a global conscious awakening and will experience peace like we have never known. 

How beautiful is this? How different is this to the news we are receiving today? Dr Alexander survived a coma for 7 days which is unheard of in conventional medicine. He is an example of the power of the human being. 

Our modern culture does not honor this incubation period. We judge ourselves on how much we can accomplish each day. We can easily dismiss the importance of sleep, rest and just being. We forget that we are human beings, not human doings. 

The earth based traditions believed that November 1st was the New Year.  That now is the time to save and cultivate seeds. Now is the time to plant your seeds for what you want to begin to germinate in the Spring.

Will you take the extra hour and perhaps meditate on what it is you would like to sprout in the next 6 months? Will you prioritize sleep so you can align your body with natural rhythm for optimal health? 

Food for thought. Carpe Diem


Sunday, October 28, 2018

Importance of Play & Community: An Invitation on Halloween

I love Halloween. It gives me an excuse to dress up and pretend I'm a kid again. I can so easily get bogged down in the seriousness of life... in the data. I can forget to smell the roses. There's a reason that children and grandchildren keep us young. They can keep us in the moment. They can be pure joy. We forget how important it is to play. Even working dogs, like rescue dogs, can only work 2 hours before they need a break and need to run and fetch a ball for fun.

This is why I love and teach Carpe Diem Dance. It is movement to music that keeps you in the moment. It's playful, fun and joyful. Sometimes I throw in an invitation to explore your emotional and spiritual self along with your physical body.  Otherwise, it's too easy to get stuck in our mental body. When you play, your body emits powerful endorphins of pleasure. This tells your body that it is safe to rest and relax, to rest and repair, and/or to mate and ovulate (depending on your goals).

It's also easy to get stuck in social inertia. If you are self employed or work at a desk on a computer every day, you can easily feel some social isolation. This is a common root cause of dis-ease that is becoming increasingly more common.

You cannot underestimate the power of both play and community. Sometimes our community can keep us stuck too. If you are wanting to create change in your life, your family and friends may be resistant. Especially when it comes to food and alcohol. Food is emotional and it takes courage to be different. This is why it is especially important to create your own community for support as we are doing with the IF Kickstart starting this week.

In yoga, we call habitual patterns, samskara's. These habitual patterns become so ingrained that they can become addictions. These can become our modern day "Ghosts"

So whaddya gonna do about it? Call Ghostbusters!

Please join me on Wednesday morning at 7:30am to dance and play to fun Halloween music. Can you think of a better way to start your day? You can bring a costume or just bring yourself in whatever attire is best for the day.  I'll be teaching my Carpe Diem Dance class at Rise Wellbeing Center. If you've been meaning to check out this beautiful new center then come this week. If it's your first time, the class will be free. Consider joining this community of like minded souls to nourish your mind, body and spirit.

When you surround yourself with healthy people, your health improves. Do you have a community that supports your samskara's or that allows you freedom to choose healthy, food, thoughts and actions?

What ghosts do you need help busting? What do you do for fun? Is there a super power you want to emulate this week?  Happy Halloween!

Carpe Diem,


Thursday, October 18, 2018

Antioxidants and Cardiovascular Health

You may not know this about me. I was diagnosed with hypertension in my 30's and on statin medications to lower my cholesterol. Never mind that I was a single mother with 3 small children. Stress was my mantra. I remember taking a meditation class at Brown's Chapel where they wanted us to sit on the floor, when every bone in my body ached. I had chronic back and neck pain then. I told them it hurt to sit that way and was told to just sit and breathe through it. I thought to myself $%* this! I didn't go back. I didn't think I had any choice back then, but to power through. I took a mindful eating class, but that didn't resonate with me either.

I've since learned ALOT about hypertension and cardiovascular disease.  I know that cholesterol is not the enemy. I know that stress is the silent killer and as in all chronic disease, there are usually multiple factors and triggers. I know that we are all unique and we need to look at root causes to find "the cure" or at least to stop progression and put the disease into remission.

I know that maintenance matters. Here's a picture of the birthday card my girlfriend Peggy gave me:

Maintenance Matters!

Those statins gave me severe muscle pain. I tried them on and off over the years always with the same result. It wasn't until this past decade that I discovered the power of micronutrient testing and functional medicine that I finally pinpointed some of the root causes of my cardiovascular disease.

I know now that if you are on a statin medication you must take CoQ10. You see statins lower this vital nutrient, there are in fact, mitochondrial killers. The mitochondria is the power plant inside each and every cell in your body that generates energy in a process called ATP. CoQ10 is the spark.

It's not just statins that lower CoQ10. Acid blockers like PPIs and antihistamine allergy drugs, antacids, antibiotics, blood thinners, blood pressure and anti arrhythmia drugs, cancer drugs, diabetes medications and psychiatric drugs, all lower this vital nutrient.

CoQ10 is just one of several powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants are powerful in that they counteract oxidative stress from free radicals. Free radicals occur from daily living like exercising and eating. They also occur from toxins in our bodies, fried foods, alcohol and internal and external stressors.

How do we raise antioxidants? We can take supplements or we can eat and drink antioxidant rich food. If you are on medications and/or live life to the max with added stress, I would suggest you do both, supplement and ingest nutrient dense food. Last month I attended a seminar on micronutrient status as it relates to cardiovascular disease sponsored by Spectracell Laboratories. This is my go to lab for many years now and I test myself annually for both micronutrient testing and cardio metabolic testing.

But what is the simplest solution? Eat 8-10 servings of a variety of vegetables particularly green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, small amount of seasonal fruit and healthy fats and proteins. It's hard to eat that many vegetables for most, so I'm a big fan of green juices. This is why I am teaming up with Tasty6 and others to offer the Intermittent Fasting KickStart. If you'd like to join us, then please register before October 25th. You can learn more via this short video.

Carpe Diem,


Friday, October 12, 2018

Did you miss out? It's not too late for an Intermittent Fasting KickStart!

Did you miss out on the first opportunity? No worries, because now you have another chance! There is always a new day, a new opportunity for a kickstart. This fall for the first time, we are offering an Intermittent Fasting Kickstart. Why? Because it's sustainable. It's easy and it's life affirming.

What does this mean? It means, it's not about dieting. It's not about deprivation. It's not about eating less. It's about eating less often. To find your own daily rhythm. A rhythm that suits your unique body the best.

It's what everybody is talking about it! Here's the "Who's Who" of experts in healthy living from the famous Cardiologist who wrote Wheat Belly Total Health to the recent book by Dale Bredesen, MD on The End of Alzheimer's: The First Program to Prevent and Reverse Cognitive Decline. Who doesn't want to have the sharpest mind, no matter what age?!

Dr Ben Lynch writes about the benefit of intermittent fasting to clean up your dirty genes. YES! You can change the expression of your genes with diet and lifestyle! You are not bound by your genes, nor are you bound by any diagnosis. This is what we will be talking about in our first online webinar that is included in your 7 Day KickStart to Wellness.

Do you want to feel and look your best? Then, please, I urge you to join us and sign up before October 25th when we will hold our first online kickstart webinar, where you will commit to a 7 day Intermittent Fasting Kickstart program. The program will officially begin on November 1st when your Tasty6 supplemental organic fresh soups, juices, nut mylks, and MCT shots with turmeric will be delivered to your home or office.  This can be shipped directly to the address given when you register.

The day after Halloween is a perfect time to begin. Whether your goal is to prepare for the holidays, or a wedding, you want to heal from a war torn body, or you want to find your optimal weight and health.  This is the perfect program for you to get group support, education and knowledge so you can confidently create positive lifestyle change that is sustainable.  We are providing you with the best organic juices and food voted by Washingtonian Magazine, vetted tried and true simple recipes, a guidebook on eating out, group support and more.

We are really excited to be able to offer this program to you and hoping that you will join us to find your optimal health and wellness.

Carpe Diem,