Saturday, March 25, 2017

Moving from Tragedy to Transformation

One characteristic I've noticed about "Thrivers" (those that thrive rather than just survive), is how they view tragedy. I've heard many cancer thrivers say that "cancer is the best thing that ever happened to me." Don't get me wrong. This doesn't ignore or belittle how it feels in the process.

I've often said that the worst things in my life have turned into the best lessons and opportunity for growth and transformation. Nature reinforces this concept.
A diamond is formed from a lump of coal under extreme pressure. (What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger)
A caterpillar literally burns itself up to become a butterfly.
The discomfort of labor brings forth an amazing joyful miracle.
Feeling lost, deep depression, or the pain of illness, are all catalysts for change.

Periods of extreme stress and transition are also opportunities for extreme growth.

This past weekend I had the luxury of spending the weekend in New Orleans and it reminded me of several years ago when I was struggling with a failing business, searching for deeper meaning, and wondering "What do I want want to be when I grow up".

I was the CEO and spokesperson for Innovative Green Solutions and I told a fellow partner that I wanted to become a top spokesperson for wellness. I was sick and tired of seeing so many colleagues work their entire lives only to fight chronic illness at the time when they should be enjoying the fruits of their labor.

Not long after, I stumbled onto an advertisement for the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and decided to sign up. It opened my eyes to possibilities I couldn't imagine. It gave me a framework and a safe supportive platform to begin to dream. Not that this program answered all of my problems. What it did do was ask a lot of questions. It forced me to dig deep and to walk the walk, before I could talk the talk. It opened my eyes to my love of learning, led me to further studies and introduced me to amazing men and women. What I love about the IIN community is that there is such a diversity in backgrounds, work experience of men and women of all ages. It's a community that helps you find your passion, gives you tools to be creative, and the confidence to manifest your dreams.

This weekend in New York City is their annual conference of which I am sorry to  have to miss. If you are going, or are near to New York City, be sure to attend the New Self Health Movement Book signing event on Saturday night.
My friends and colleagues will be offering their books (and one of mine) for sale and proceeds go toward charitable donations. Email me if you want more information.

Transitions can feel like a crisis. It provides an opportunity to either beat ourselves up and say, "What the hell is wrong with me?" or to choose to go with the flow. For those of us who are action oriented, "Doers" with an overfunctioning sense of responsibility, it can be really hard to let go.  In Yoga we call this a rajasic state.

Conversely, there is a tamasic state. When we find it impossible to take any action. We feel paralyzed. Like deer facing headlights of an approaching car. Times when you are too scared to do anything. I've been here too. So overwhelmed and paralyzed that I've had to just stop and let go. Stop the struggle. Give myself time to rest until I can get energy back to take action. Sometimes we just need that rest to find clarity. In this world where we measure ourselves on what we do....just "being" can be super challenging.

So how does a caterpillar not panic when it's burning up in the cocoon? Perhaps, because it does not have free will, it doesn't struggle with it's own innate intelligence. It does not question the ability to heal from within. It does not question its own transformation, innately, brilliantly created for its survival and magnificent expression.  It doesn't fight the process.

What brilliant transformation have you been fighting? Could this be a root cause of discomfort?

This is where faith, trust in a power that we cannot see and a spiritual connection comes to our rescue. Trust in a power greater than ourselves, or merely just trust in the process. Trust in the ability to heal from within. Know that if you cut your finger, it will heal all by itself. Know that no matter what happens, the sun will shine again.

We've been brainwashed to believe that we need all of this external stuff in our lives. Man-made medications or synthetic supplements, a pill for every ill and human condition. We are brainwashed to believe we will get solace from a candy bar, chips, or a bottle, instead of exploring our own beautiful, innate wisdom inside ourselves.

Instead, take a break to stop to listen to what our body really needs. Drink a glass of pure clean water. Breathe deeply.  Close your eyes for five minutes and listen to the internal wisdom that is available to you all the time. You do have a choice on how you feel and react to each moment and each situation.


A mother that has practiced breathwork can go through labor without medication. Yes ladies, it was done for centuries, quite naturally too! With the miracle of birth comes amnesia of the pain and struggle. Above all, the birth of my children brought an indescribable joy, I had not known or thought was possible.

Know and believe that when you practice these wise ageless tools of yoga that what at first seemed impossible becomes, "I'm Possible".

Join me next Sunday, April 2nd @ 4pm to practice finding this balance with my Carpe Diem Dance, movement to music class to practice these principles.

With Love & Gratitude,

Lisa

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

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and a 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.



Saturday, March 18, 2017

Feeling a little GREEN today?

Feeling a little GREEN today? Did you have too much green beer to celebrate St. Patricks Day last night? Or did you have food that doesn't feel good to you causing gas, burping or worse?

Did you find yourself waking up today with a headache? Leg cramps, dehydrated or ravishingly hungry for sugar and empty carbs? Do you need a strong dose of coffee to get you going ? Do you have afternoon fatigue that begs for another dose of strong coffee and sugar?

If so, how do you get off of this roller coaster? 

Here's a few simple solutions:

  1. Take an honest personal assessment. Do you find yourself feeling under pressure to drink even when you don't really feel like it? Or do you find it socially unacceptable to say no to food that doesn't serve you well? Think about what might be at the root of this. Could you possible go out and drink soda water and lime instead and still have fun and be sociable? 
  2. Drink plenty of water and eat a meal with plenty of healthy fat, protein and vegetables before going out. 
  3. Think HALT. Don't allow yourself to get too HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY or TIRED. Otherwise the bad gut microbes inside of you will overcome any semblance of willpower. Believe me, yes this is so true! You will reach for that bag of chips, chocolate or favorite vice with a "What the Hell" attitude.
What to do about that incredible headache or the leg cramps? The most common missing mineral in the standard American diet (SAD) is magnesium.  Magnesium Threonate is the only form that will cross the blood brain barrier and is so helpful for headaches and migraines.  

Totally dehydrated and need some electrolytes and d-ribose (that sugar that your cells need for energy that will not negatively affect your blood sugar)?  My favorite energy and sports drink is what many professional athletes get from their nutritionists.  It's called Catalyte by Thorne Research. I also recommended this frequently to patients undergoing chemotherapy or for post surgery nausea or if you've had the flu.  It is indeed a lifesaver! Contact me if you'd like to know how to order it.

Last but not least, consider joining me in a Spring Kick-Start to Wellness program so that you can be surrounded by a supportive group to springboard. yourself to a healthier happier you.

Have a great weekend and may we all be as healthy and happy as my beautiful grandson! 

Miles 14 months old


Events:

$5 FOOD DEMONSTRATION
“The Power of the Brew”
Fermented Vegetables are great sources of the bacteria we need for good gut health, (and a healthy gut will lead to a leaner body). Come learn how to make kimchi with Yonina

When:       Tuesday, March 21,  2017 at 6 pm
                                    Or
                  Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10 am
Where: Comprehensive Primary Care, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 140, Rockville, MD 20850
Cost: $5 per attendee. Open to all.

Please RSVP to yoninabh@hotmail.com


Carpe Diem!

Lisa

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


Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and 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.



Thursday, March 9, 2017

Friends & Family Discount for you @ Athleta Today thru Monday

Thank you to those who came last Sunday and brought your great energy to my new home studio. 

In gratitude, I 'd like to share with all of you an offer from Athleta today March 9th through - Monday 13th

I personally love their clothes and practically live in them. They last forever and are super comfortable.  Here I am today relaxing at my in-laws in a new dress I just bought a week ago from the Spring Collection.

For my family and friends, SAVE 25% OFF* your entire purchase. Call to reserve your discount card today - 703-668-0256  Tell them you are a friend of Lisa Jackson from Carpe Diem Wellness. This can be used online or in the store.

Also, if you are local to Reston Va. Food, Fun and great raffle give-aways including fabulous prizes from Reston Town Center restaurants and retailers!
...some of the great prizes include, Kendra Scott Jewelry, Mon Ami Gabi, and M&S Grill!   

Garage parking is FREE on all Saturdays and Sundays!
Bring a friend and have some FUN! You don't want to miss out!


Feeling good inside and out is part of looking your best.

Carpe Diem!

Lisa

Friday, March 3, 2017

Would you like more Energy, Peace & Joy in Your Life? Join me this Sunday

What is it that you want more of in your life? If you are like me, you may want more peace, more joy and abundant energy.


Join me Sunday in my new home studio for a fun experiential energy in motion class. Discover how to integrate the breath, tools of yoga, and movement to music to experience more energy, peace and joy.

Please RSVP and PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  as space is limited.  Bring your yoga mat if you have one.

Carpe Diem,

Lisa

About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and 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.