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.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Special Invitation to VIP Weekend Wellness Workshop

Come to an exclusive, very special VIP, half day of inspiration, education and empowerment. Are marketing myths keeping you stuck? Do you need a day to reboot and some tools to consistently increase your energy and well being? Come to a day of self discovery and leave with tools to create a personalized plan to feel and look your best at any age. The process will be fun, playful and transformative.

 Saturday, August 12th 
9am-2:00pm 
Included in the Day: 
Replenishing Refreshments
 Organic Gourmet Whole Food Luncheon
Presentation Holy Hormones!
Stress hormones, Sex Hormones, Metabolic Hormones-BMR
Savvy Secrets to Rest & Digest, Rest and Repair, or Mate & Ovulate 
Movement to music and meditation. 
Workbook, Handouts, Autographed Book, Special Offer.

Cost: $197
Connect and build community; bring a friend and get two for $295 

Great Falls Virginia

RSVP HERE 

Space is limited to this special event. To reserve please RSVP


Carpe Diem, Eat, Think & Thrive!

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.

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.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Water is Good for You, Right?

Yes! and unfortunately no; not all water is good for you. I was shocked, yet not too surprised, at this article in this week's paper:

14 Pollutants Found In Virginia Drinking Water, Study Shows What's legal isn't necessarily safe. See what Virginians are drinking that could harm their health.

Apparently health guidelines and legal guidelines are two different things...
Chromium (hexavalent), which is linked to cancer, liver damage and damage to reproductive system is one of the 10 contaminants found above health limits.

Remember Erin Brockovich? This is the same chemical from the movie.


My point is not to scare the sh%t out of you. Yes, it's important to point out that we are all exposed to toxins on a daily basis, so we don't stick our heads in the sand. It's important to know if you DO get cancer, that the first thing you must do is look at root causes, heal your gastrointestinal tract, and detoxify yourself.  

Do not waste emotional energy pointing fingers of blame or shame. Instead, get educated and empowered by making small and significant changes.

Per this article, get a water filter, or do what I do which is get bottled water delivered from deep in the Ozarks from Mountain Valley Water.

Know that chemicals in our food and water disrupt the gastrointestinal normal flora and weakens the immune system.  If you have gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or digestive issues, ignore the stupid ads on the radio and TV about needing to see your doctor for the latest pharmaceutical bandaid.

Instead, consult with someone who has actually studied nutrition! I know it's a novel idea, but an idea whose time has certainly come.

It is hard for me not to get angry. I get angry every time I consult with someone who has struggled for decades with chronic dis-ease and has five specialists and 10 medications and no one...NO one has given them any constructive advice or support in uncovering the root cause of their dis-ease. As I said in my last post, the root cause is always unique for each individual. This is why the Evolution of Medicine is upon us. Functional diagnostic testing and functional medicine can help you uncover the root cause of your dis-ease.  As I tell my clients, we can guess, or we can test.

In the case of water, I assume all municipal tap water has chlorine and flouride that compete with iodine essential for healthy thyroid function.  At a minimum, get a water filter that can filter these two chemicals.

The Environmental Working Group has several resources to help you with this major public health issue.
  1. First EWG's Tapwater Database  to see the water report for your zipcode.
  2. Second a report on Lead
  3. Third, a Water Filter Guide
I've written blog posts before about the importance of water HERE and the importance of drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces of clean filtered water. We all deserve clean water, free from carcinogens. I hope this post will ensure that you and your family get it. Yesterday, I met with a frustrated new client saying, "Why me? My diet is healthier than all of my friends." It's what we don't know that can kill us, both in business and in our own health.

My hope is that this educates, inspires, and empowers you on what you can do to ensure the health of yourself and your family.

Have a joyful weekend.

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.

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 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, July 21, 2017

Woo Hoo, I did it!

I'm very proud to say that I passed my Functional Medicine exam and am now certified as a Functional Medicine Practitioner!

Here's a video about my school filmed last fall.


Last year I completed the coursework to become a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. This allows me to help you find the root cause of your dis-ease so that you can become your own best advocate. After all, no one knows your body better than you do. To quote Dr. Jeffrey Bland,  the Father of Functional Medicine,
"The origin of the disease is always unique." 
This I know for sure. Ten clients could have the same diagnosis and have ten different root causes. So how do we expect that one pill is going to reverse illness and rebuild health? It doesn't. It will merely mask the symptoms so you feel better and hope that your body heals itself. Hence the title of this blogpost Healing From Within.
"Your body's self healing and self repairing, if you can just get out of your own way." 
Functional Diagnostic testing helps you do that. So does the D.R.E.S.S. for Success Program addressing Diet, Rest, Exercise, Stress reduction and Supplementation customized to you after identifying your HIDDEN stressors. Together, we identify Stressors caused by imbalances in your Hormones, Immune system, Diet, Detoxification capacity, Energy production and Nervous system.  We then use fundamental principles to rebuild health.

So what is Functional Medicine? This is the evolution of medicine. I can't tell you how many of my clients see multiple physicians, and have multiple diagnoses and labels, each given multiple medications, to manage their dis-ease.

In my former clinic, I would see patients with Crohn's disease, or stomach cancer, or iron deficiency anemia (and witness) not one physician (from well known institutions) recommending a change in diet to alleviate symptoms. One of my favorite patients had had 5 bowel resections and had been bleeding for 10 years requiring regular iron infusions and b12 shots. I asked him if anyone had suggested he go on a gluten free diet. He replied
"No, but I've read about that and have considered it myself." 
I gave him my Kick-Start to Wellness Guidebook with recipes and 3 weeks later received an email from him. For the first time in 10 years he stopped bleeding and his hematocrit and hemoglobin (H&H) blood levels rose. H&H measures the amount of oxygen in your blood, when low you may get a diagnosis of iron deficiency anemia. A prime example of how health begins in the gut.

To quote the Institute of Functional Medicine,
"Functional Medicine asks how and why illness occurs and restores health by addressing the root cause of disease for each individual."
How many times have you gone to the doctor, received a diagnosis and a prescription drug and told to just exercise more and lose weight?  What's wrong with this picture? First of all, if it were as simple as this, you would have done it already. A Functional Medicine Practitioner helps you uncover the hidden internal and external stressors that is keeping you stuck.

In fact, most of my clients need to do just the opposite. Most need to exercise less and eat more healthy fat. This is not a typo. Despite the recent hoopla on the news, coconut oil does have benefit and (healthy) fat will not make you fat. Understanding that cholesterol is the essential precursor to your sex and metabolic hormones as well as the lining of your cellular membranes is key to changing these old medical myths.

So in a nutshell, this is what I do. I help you uncover what your unique body needs. We then co-create a plan to replete digestive and nutritional insufficiencies, eliminate hidden internal and external toxins, and help you prioritize you so your unique body will do what it naturally does...heal from within.

Carpe Diem and enjoy this glorious weekend!

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa Jackson,

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.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Morning rituals, yoga classes and workshops

Someone walked away with my "Gold Plated" blender. Several years ago I invested in a Blendtec blender. I had seen a Costco demonstration making both soup and ice-cream, and I was sold.  I bought one with a friend and we called it "Gold Plated" because it was so darn expensive. It sat in my kitchen, virtually unused, until after my daughter was diagnosed with cancer when food really did become our medicine. Since then, I've literally made thousands of smoothies. The Blendtec actually keeps track and records the number on the blender.

Like most things in life, I didn't realize how much I missed it until it was gone. Fortunately, my dear friend replaced my beloved blender which I joyfully used this morning. 

The beautiful thing about smoothies is it gives me an opportunity to play and explore every morning with different ingredients. My body needs lots of healthy fat and protein to keep me satisfied until lunch time. This morning's smoothie consisted of spinach, hemp milk, avocado, blueberries, raw cacao and maca powder.

My most important morning ritual is my yoga practice. Everything goes more smoothly when I've given myself time to stretch, play and meditate. A stressed out health coach is not only not good for me, but definitely not good for my clients. You deserve more. You deserve the best, and so do I. 

I'm home now, renewed, and so excited to share my beautiful space with you. Last weekend we supported Beloved's teacher training here where I shared anti-aging and cancer prevention strategies.  You can download them on my website. 

Please let me know if you are curious about the tools of yoga and how to integrate them into your life. I'd like to offer a few classes and workshops here during the next 6 weeks.  If you are interested in joining me, please respond with the following:

Are you most interested in experiencing a traditional vinyasa yoga or a movement to music class? What days and times work best for you? Private or group session? 

Would you be interested in a weekend wellness workshop? If so, what topics and activities would you like to be included? 


Carpe Diem and enjoy this beautiful weekend!

Lisa

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

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.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

80/20 Rule

I am in Norway, the land of beautiful people and beautiful vistas. I’m struck with how progressive Norway is in terms of technology, social programs, the environment, and food.  Those who know me, know that I love food, especially when it is fresh, local and organically grown. Norway has an abundance of all three.
 Baked Cod, Grand Hotel Cafe
Roasted Cauliflower with Watercress Sprouts




Lofoten, Norway

Our friends whom we are staying with, used to be our neighbors in Virginia. They (along with their friends who came to visit the U.S.) all suffered from digestive dis-ease while living in the United States.

Fortunately for Bjorn, he took my advice to purchase some supplements on his last visit with us, and I’m happy to report that his digestion is now back to normal in Norway.

This reinforces my concern about how we have adulterated our food. We are the only country that allowed Genetically Modified Food (GMO’s, inserting the DNA of bacteria into the DNA of plants) as well as thousands of chemicals and pesticides into our food supply. Our wheat is also hybridized to include 50% gluten versus 4% gluten of previous generations. Plus, our flours are bromated. Bromine is a halide chemical that competes with iodine, essential for a healthy thyroid and regulation of metabolism.

I see very little obesity here and I think it is more than just clean food. Norwegians typically take 4 weeks of vacation in the summers and many have been able to afford homes in the country where families go often to hike or cross country ski. The cities are also surrounded by forests, with strict rules about preserving them for present and future generation recreational use.

Public transportation is robust and bike shares and electric cars are encouraged to keep pollution at a minimum.

There is also zero tolerance for drinking and driving and our Norwegian friends do not drink alcohol during the week.

Our daily choices are so important for both longevity and quality of life. Our bodies are designed to heal, repair and protect us from our abuses. As I pointed out in my book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive, the body is designed to eliminate even mercury, the most toxic element through the digestive tract, if it is intact. Unfortunately, intestinal permeability is becoming epidemic in the United States leading to everything from food sensitivities, psoriasis, depression, anxiety, autoimmune dis-ease and cancers.

Major causes of intestinal permeability include external stress and internal hidden stressors such as nutritional insufficiency, GMO’s, chemical laden processed foods devoid of nutrients, antibiotics, steroids, over the counter drugs like aspirin, Motrin and other NSAIDs, and even birth control pills.

The good news is that if we make good choices 80-90% of the time, we can afford to indulge 10-20% without sacrificing health. The problem is that just because we can, doesn’t mean we should. Just because we can drink wine every night and have dessert with every meal, doesn’t mean we should. Not if we want to live a long healthy and happy life.

Instead, we develop these rituals, these daily habits that will determine whether we experience ease or dis-ease in the body. We live into our habits. Habits easily become addictive.

What we resist persists. It's taken me a long time to get this. I've noticed the one thing that we most love may be the very thing that keeps us stuck. Remember that diversity in the diet is the number one anti-aging as well as cancer prevention strategy.

Our body is designed to be self-healing and self-repairing. It is designed to protect us and will do so up to a point. You may not notice the subtle changes occurring that warn you, like creeping levels of glucose in the blood or slow steady weight gain. Personally, I remember the shock I felt looking at myself in the mirror of a dressing room several years ago when my scale tipped to 160, 35 pounds above my current weight.

What daily choices do I now make 80% of the time? Here are some essential to my wellbeing:
  1.  I drink a glass of clean water upon wakening, followed by my yoga practice and Dinacharya, my self-care routine that includes a shower with coconut or olive oil.
  2. I’ve replaced daily coffee with green tea and herbal teas; essential to heal adrenal fatigue. 
  3. I’ve added more fish, green leafy, cruciferous, and sea vegetables to my diet and reduced intake of caffeine and alcohol. 
  4. I do my own functional diagnostic testing like measuring micro-nutrient status every 6-12 months and supplement as necessary.
  5. I practice taking frequent breaks between work to be focused and fully present.
  6. I go to sleep by 10pm and end my day reading, writing and take note of all that I am grateful for.
  7. I practice creating self compassion, self-love and forgiveness by deleting the need to beat myself up and the ANTs, automatic negative thoughts that arise.
What kind of daily choices do you make to create wellbeing? What habits no longer serve you?

With Love & Gratitude,

Carpe Diem!

Lisa

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

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.