Saturday, September 16, 2017

Turning Impossible to "I'm Possible"

Self discipline is consistently doing something (you may not always feel like) to get the results you really want. 
What is the result that you really want? Make a mental picture of this in your head. Then begin to act like you've already achieved it. Feel it in your bones. This is how you create a vision.  A vision is so much more powerful than a goal. Goals, like rules are often broken. A vision is something that you feel and enables you to feel contentment in the moment.

You see, we've got it all backwards. We think that if we just do this one thing, or lose weight, or meet our goals, then we will be happy. Feel contentment first, and then you will unlock the ability to manifest your goals.

When you are happy and relaxed, your body can heal and repair itself. Do this first, then know and discover your own ability to heal from within. 

Think of a time you felt something was impossible. Like riding a bike. Remember what you did to prove otherwise. Maybe you started with training wheels. Next, you had someone hold the back of the seat and run alongside you, giving encouragement while you gained speed. Then suddenly, you realized you were riding the bike all on your own, Woo Hoo!  Remember and feel the exhilaration!

Create the vision and then get the right kind of support to turn what appears as Impossible to "I'm Possible".

An accountability buddy or a coach can help you develop the self-discipline muscle. This is why I am offering a Kick-Start to Wellness Program to provide you with a supportive framework. Join us next Thursday for a free webinar to learn more.

Carpe Diem,

Lisa

About Lisa
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.
Lisa's book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

9/11 Remembrance

Sometimes life stops you dead in its tracks. Tragedy forces us to stop and re-prioritize. Fear can be paralyzing or mobilizing.

This day, sixteen years ago, terrorism hit home in America. Our dear friends and colleagues lost loved one in the collapse of the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon.

My father had retired. The third plane hit where his office had been in the Pentagon. He was the architect behind the Pentagon's renovation and he died 6 months after 9/11. The Vice President of Tramel Crowell spoke at his funeral and shared how his renovation had saved lives. The expanded fire walls prevented further damage and the fact that part of this section was still vacant.

This is day that many remember. I was working in my office in Rockville, Md when I received an instant message from my daughter Dana in college. "Mom, Do you know what's happening? They are saying another plane is heading towards the Pentagon." Her younger sister, Margo was in school not far from there. I jumped in the car and arrived at her Arlington school on autopilot, stuffed Margo and four friends in my two seater car and brought them home.

We react out of fear or we respond out of love. On September 11th, 2001, I did both.

I had stayed in a hotel with a bird's eye view of the World Trade Center just the Tuesday before. My boss lost his brother in law, the Chief of the NY Fire Department when the second tower collapsed. My CTO at the time was David Beamer, his son Todd lost his life on the plane headed towards DC. His wife wrote the book, Let's Roll of his heroism on the plane to stop the terrorists.

I'm currently reading a book called Living Forward, by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy. It's a "how to" book on living a life of meaning, significance, joy, and satisfaction. One thing I know for sure is that we will all die someday.

So how do we live life today to it's fullest? We learn to live life on purpose. We live and choose consciously out of love, not out of fear. We create our own roadmap. We determine our priorities.

We must prioritize ourselves, for our loved ones to make it happen.

Are you living the life of your dreams? Or are you just drifting? What adjustments do you need to make to get back on course?

Will you take time today to remember the truth of who you really are?

Carpe Diem,

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa
About Lisa
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

Lisa's book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process
towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance. 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Why Kick-Start? What's The Difference?

Food is Love.  What's the difference in a Kick-Start to Wellness Program and a cleanse? It depends. The purpose of the Kick-Start is for you to identify what your unique body needs with education and support.

Our goal is to Inspire, Educate and Empower you to find your own optimal health and wellness.

Join us a week from Thursday, September 21st for a FREE Webinar to learn more.

This is a way for you to:
  1. Bring in healthy foods that are decadent and delicious, nourishing and nutritious. 
  2. Minimize food sensitivities, toxins, and inflammation and 
  3. Help you to prioritize self-care.  
Here we will discuss specifics on why and how you can Maximize, Minimize and Prioritize.


This is NOT about dieting or deprivation! Feeling HANGRY (Hungry and angry) is NOT our goal!
See the funny towel my sister gave me below:


Each one of us are unique and different. We can have ten people with the same medical diagnosis and all ten could have different root causes and therefore different nutrient needs, different genetic capabilities to detoxify, and different environmental factors. A Kick-Start helps you discover what your unique body needs starting with what you are eating.

This Thursday, I'm speaking at the Loft @ Lululemon Store in Georgetown for a group of runners training for the Marine Corp Marathon. Click here to for more information and to register.

Territory Foods will be serving dinner while I speak about maximizing nutrition and give a few pointers for increasing breath work and the importance of rest and repair during training.  When preparing for a marathon is NOT the time to do a cleanse!  It is, however the time to Maximize, Minimize and Prioritize YOU so you can be your best!

So how is our Kick-Start to Wellness program different from a cleanse? First of all, this is not a one size fits all program. Included in the program is a health history and symptom questionnaire and a 30 minute consult to determine what your unique body needs are so you can set the goals you wish to accomplish over the next three weeks.

It includes group support, education and motivation. Something all of us, myself included, can benefit from. Just because I know what to do doesn't mean I always do it. I need you to keep me motivated too.

Most of all, this is about self-love and life affirming food, thoughts and actions.

Email me if you would like to join us Thursday, September 21st for our Free "Why Kick-Start?" Webinar to learn more.

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa


About Lisa
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

Lisa's book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance. 

Monday, September 4, 2017

Are you Ready for a Fall Kick-Start to Wellness?

For me, Fall is a time of new beginnings. As a child, back to school meant new classes, new friends, new opportunities. As a mother, it meant more structure and needed discipline to meet busy schedules.

The summer heat wanes and encourages us to focus inward. It's a great time for nourishing savory soups and kitchari. Fall foods prepare us for the winter season and can protect us from seasonal allergies.

Individuals and families today have more stressors than ever in our history. This week I spoke with a client in Houston as well as a doctor I consult with about the effects of Harvey on their lives and their businesses. We have unprecedented physical and emotional challenges from the floods to the assault on our brains and bodies due to increasing toxins in our food, water and air. It is hard not to turn on the news and worry about the health of our country. Many feel anxious about the state of affairs.

When I graduated from nursing school in 1981 there were only a few autoimmune diseases, now there are well over a 100. Autoimmune disease, cancer, autism, ADHD, Aspergers and Alzheimer's have all risen dramatically.   

What has changed dramatically in my lifetime? (Our genes haven't, only the expression of them). Specifically, we've seen a dramatic:
  1.  Increase in consumption of non-food items; an estimated 600,000 products in the grocery store stored in a box or a can that our ancestors would not recognize. If they can sit on the shelf and the bugs won't eat them, why do we think we can? 
  2. Thousands of new chemicals and toxins added to our food and environment every year, none of them tested in synergy with other toxins. (please read this section in my book). We've known about this since 1962 when Rachel Carlson published Silent Spring.
When we are in fear mode, we often fail to make the most loving choices. Love is the antithesis to fear. So my quest and challenge to you is to practice self-loving, life-affirming actions.  EAT, THINK & THRIVE

We know that toxicity and inflammation is the root cause of all chronic dis-ease.  So how do we maximize nutrition and minimize toxicity and inflammation?


Take time to get to rediscover what your unique body needs. 

Use curiosity to turn fear and overwhelm into empowerment. 

Join us for my Kick-Start to Wellness Program.  Make conscious choices that will yield more energy and less stress. Join us for weekly educational webinars and support to bring in positive actions and prepare you for the fall and winter season.

Optimal health is not complicated but if you could have found it on your own you would have done it already. We are social beings and studies show that our health and longevity is determined by the people we surround ourselves with. Join our community to consciously choose constructive change.

Be the change you want to see in the world.
Introductory Webinar is Thursday, September 21st followed by three Wellness Wednesday Webinar sessions.


Carpe Diem Wellness
Because nothing is more important than your health.

Lisa

ABOUT LISA JACKSON, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN, AFMC

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

She is the former Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Lisa's book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance. 

Friday, August 25, 2017

Motivational Mondays: Join me Monday to Celebrate YOU!

Monday is back to school for Fairfax County Public Schools. For busy Mothers, it is often a time to celebrate time to refocus on yourself. I've had a wonderful rejuvenating summer with family and friends and am ready to offer a class in my home studio on Monday mornings.

Please RSVP to join me Monday at 8:30am in my home studio for a sample class and a celebratory green juice. Cost $25.00 InfraRed Sauna and showers available.

We will work on creating more joy and flexibility. The practice of yoga and movement to music provides the union of all of your layers: physical body, breath body, mental/emotional body, intuitive, and spiritual bodies. It helps you move out of your head and into your body to deepen your most important relationship, with you.

It is an excellent way to start off the week and to prioritize the most important person, YOU!

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN-P, AFMC
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower, clients towards optimal wellbeing.


Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is founder of the Wellness Inspired Network and Carpe Diem Wellness and part of the Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine, and the New Self Health Movement. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Yoga and Bone Health

I wrote this blogpost for my friend and colleague Dr. Susan Brady of Nurtured Bones. She is part of our Wellness Inspired Network where we learn from each other so we can best support our patients and clients. 

Yoga provides a framework for healthy living. Western yoga studios and gyms often focus solely on the asana, the physical practice. Yet the tools of yoga provide so much more. Tools like pranayama (breathwork) and meditation.
Our current addiction to computers and handheld devices promote repetitive flexion of the spine and internal rotation of the shoulders, forcing the head forward, adding extra strain to the spine. This is called kyphosis.

His 12-pound head becomes a 32# weight due to the gravitational pull when it protrudes over his body. This stretches out his back muscles, shortens and weakens his chest muscles, and inhibits his breathing and digestive system. Opposites heal.  A yoga practice to strengthen the back and neck muscles and stretch his chest muscles will improve breathing, digestion, cellular energy and renewal.  Low intensity, back-strengthening exercises are associated with improved quality of life for people with osteoporosis.  Didn’t Mother always tell us to stand up straight?
Becoming mindful of daily repetitive movements gives you the opportunity to form new habits. Yoga is all about finding that healthy balance. This is a key concept found in the sutras. Sthira and sukha, translated to (finding the balance between) effort and ease.
No two bodies are alike. I often talk about bio-individuality in my coaching and functional medicine practice and the importance of a personalized plan to uncover the root cause of discomfort for your unique body.  This is also true for a yoga practice. Unfortunately, some gyms and studios only offer hard-core physical practices that are rapid, and repetitive. This is not only challenging and difficult for those with osteoporosis, but may be dangerous.
The “no pain, no gain” mentality is counterproductive. The body (and bone growth) responds to gentle light force.  Too rapid and too forceful the body will fight back with an inflammatory response. Worse yet, could fracture brittle bones. Yoga is a very individualized practice; one that begs to be experienced. It is important to listen to what your body needs in the present moment. What feels good and what doesn’t? This not only keeps you grounded, it helps you to cultivate discernment, focus, and a healthy relationship with yourself. By being present with yourself helps to let go of stress, release emotions and even pain. A healthy yoga practice is safe, produces feel good hormones and endorphins, and builds healthy bones.
Our bodies are self-healing and self-repairing. The body miraculously responds to messages given. The body needs movement and the appropriate amount of force to mechanicallymessage building new bone. Inactivity causes bone loss.
Case in point, without gravity, astronauts lose bone density and strength.
Here’s the science. “The microarchitecture of the trabecular bone (inner bone where growth occurs) is constantly remodeling based on the demands placed upon it. This remodeling enables bone to optimally withstand loads associated with habitual use.” (1)
In other words, “ Use it or lose it!”
Muscle strength is also protective against fractures, which is the most common and serious side affect of osteoporosis. Inactivity and limited spinal movements weaken the internal trabecular structure of the vertebrae and result in greater risk of vertebral fractures.
The discs between the vertebrae are avascular. Like the lymphatic system, they require movement. It is the change in pressure that pushes needed nutrients in and expel waste products. Without movement the nucleus, the center of the disc, lose valuable proteins. We need protein to build all tissue.
Many people dangerously take extra calcium supplements, unaware that you need other vital nutrients (like vitamin D, K, magnesium) and weight-bearing exercise to move calcium into the bones. Without exercise, the body will deposit the calcium in unwanted places, like the kidney and arteries.
Everything in the body is interconnected. The health of our lymphatic system is also important to bone health. Our lymphocytes, white blood cells and red blood cells are made inside the bone marrow.  This is important to know if you have lymphoma or a blood disorder. Without vital movement, it is impossible to move essential nutrients inside the bone and remove toxic waste.  Can you see why this might be important to all new cell growth?
Without blood cells we cannot deliver oxygen to tissues. Cancer cells grow in an anaerobic environment, i.e. without oxygen. Which explains a most essential tool of yoga, breathwork. Pranayama means life force. Breathwork is vital for cellular energy and bone growth.
I love getting scientific reinforcement for why my yoga and yoga dance are so essential to my wellbeing J Can you sing, “Everybody Dance Now!”  This helps to build new bone! How exciting is that?
Falling is the highest risk factor for fractures. Balancing postures help keep balance as we age.
Weight bearing and strength building exercises can help prevent and stop the progression of osteoporosis.
Meditation is also a powerful tool of yoga. This practice messages the body that you are safe to relax and repair, (or rest and digest, or mate and ovulate, depending on your goals!)
We need to message the body to stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) for the growth of healthy bones and tissues. This puts the body in an anabolic (growth) state versus a catabolic (breaking down) state.  Most of us live in a constant state of fight or flight, sympathetic nervous system overdrive.
You cannot build bone, digest food, lose weight, or heal and repair, when your body thinks you are running for our life. See the picture from my book below:


Fortunately, we can flip this switch from SNS overdrive to PNS with simple tools like deep belly breathing and meditation. This is why I coach my clients to do a simple breath exercise before each meal. I’ve coached clients to overcome anxiety and dis-ease via breathwork, meditation, and by addressing gastrointestinal issues that interfere with hormone and neurotransmitter production.
The Pancha Maya Kosha Model integrates all of our layers: physical, energetic (breath), mental-emotional, intuitive, and spiritual body for healing the whole being.
Need further proof? See my idol, the world’s oldest yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch. She is 99 years young, doesn’t take medicine, and has no dis-ease. She practices yoga every day.


People have always asked me what’s my secret. “Yoga and Carpe Diem Dance are two important arsenals that could be your secret weapon too!
Contact me if you are interested in exploring yoga or Carpe Diem Dance at a deeper level. 
Better yet, join us a week from Monday, the first day of school!  Let me know if you are interested in a 6am class, 7:30am class or 9am class.  Please RSVP
Lisa
PS Stay tuned for a future blogpost from Dr. Susan Brady of Nurtured Bones 
About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN-P, AFMC
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and functional medicine coach and yoga teacher with a mission to inspire, educate and empower clients towards optimal wellbeing.
Lisa’s book, Savvy Secrets: Eat Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.
Lisa is Founder of Carpe Diem Wellness and the Wellness Inspired Network, and part of the New Self Health Movement, Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine.  When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

99 Years Young! It's not too late to join us next Saturday. Please RSVP

Do you need a reboot to feel young and joyful again? It's not too late to join us for our VIP wellness weekend. If interested, please RSVP this weekend. Here's why.

Last weekend, I was blessed to attend a workshop led by the world's oldest yoga teacher, Tao Porchon-Lynch, 99 years young, and still teaching in New York City. She also happens to be the world's oldest ballroom dancer. Her message to the world is this:
"We are all one and there is nothing we can't do together. Every morning say, This is going to be the best day of my life. Whatever you want to make happen, you see it happen. what you put in your mind materializes. It works all the time."
Tao "levitating"

July I witnessed the Journey to 100 Conference, sponsored by the Functional Forum and the Evolution of Medicine, on how to create culture and community to support sustainable living to 100 years old. Our health is greatly influenced by our friends and community. If you have healthy friends you will live longer. Social isolation is a root cause of dis-ease.

Tao Porchon-Lynch 99 years young

What is it that you want to be doing when you are 99 years young? Won't you join me next Saturday to meet new friends and explore how you can create your own personalized plan so that you too can live to be a joyful centenarian?


Carpe Diem, Eat, Think & Thrive!

Lisa

PS, to encourage community, bring a friend and both save 

About Lisa Jackson RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN-P, AFMC
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire, educate, and empower, clients towards optimal wellbeing.


Lisa's book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

She is the former Executive Director of the Integrative Wellness Program for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Lisa is founder of the Wellness Inspired Network and Carpe Diem Wellness and part of the Functional Forum and Evolution of Medicine, and the New Self Health Movement. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.