Posts tagged autoimmune
From Mold Illness to Mindfully Healed, Part II: Clean Up

Though misunderstood by many—even in the medical field—there is a difference between mold toxicity and a mold allergy. A mold allergy is what my husband experienced when we pulled off the door frames and found ourselves face-to-face with Stachybotrys, i.e., black mold. An allergy elicits an immune response that usually manifests with symptoms in the sinuses and lungs. This response is typically an acute one (at least on the surface) that subsides when a person removes himself from the proximity of mold.

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The problem with being busy

Modern day society values hard work. Most of us are brought up to believe that success can only arise out of blood, sweat and tears. That’s how we can become the best versions of ourselves. That’s how we can accomplish greatness. That’s how we can be happy. 

Problem is, all this hard work, or being busy, actually distracts us from being happy! 

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What do we actually give up for our health?

Like many you I felt that I had given up so much in my life in an effort to heal. 

I gave up gluten, dairy and a laundry list of other foods in an effort to heal my gut. 
I made this mean that I had given up on enjoying restaurant meals and social events with friends. 

I gave up my high paced career when my energy was no longer available to sustain this lifestyle. 
I made this mean that I wasn't really the accomplished woman with whom I had so strongly identified for decades.

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Do you hide your anger?

Many kids have trouble getting a handle on their anger. My parents will certainly tell you I did! For some, these emotionally charged outbursts continue into adulthood. It took me a very long time to figure out that my short fuse made me feel powerful and was really a disguise for a whole host of more vulnerable emotions like sadness, embarrassment and shame that I wasn't willing to face.

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Are You Eating Your Emotions?

Since implementing a mindful eating practice I’ve noticed a significant improvement in my energy levels after mealsSlowing down to acknowledge a meal that you are about to eat and savoring the bites as they touch your lips may seem like a luxury we just don't have the time for these days (not to mention a bit odd), but there is real evidence that this practice translates into health benefits for you.

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Can You Hear Your Inner Wisdom?

Picture yourself waiting for an elevator late at night, all alone in a quiet building. You push the button and search inside your bag for your keys as your mind wanders through any number of busy thoughts. Suddenly the elevator door opens and you're startled to see a strange man, who for some reason, makes you afraid...

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