Lately I’ve been thinking about how we live according to our beliefs. In our lovely brains, there’s no difference between beliefs and facts so it shouldn’t surprise you that negative beliefs could be creating a little roadblock in your life.
“I don’t feel well” becomes “I’ll never feel well.”
“I’ve been on this new Lyme disease/autoimmune protocol for a year without success” becomes “I will never have success.”
The problem is these are False conclusions. You wanna know how I know this? Because I’ve been working on healing my body for a decade. If I had quit after a few doctors rejected me or because a year had passed without me feeling better, I wouldn’t be writing this right now.
I’ve learned that the people who succeed in life (anything in life)….are those who can fight through pain, failure and discomfort. There are some folks who wanna play a ‘safe’ game of life where they are content with their family, friends, pets, yoga, etc. and that’s fabulous–there’s nothing wrong with that but if that’s all you want, it should make your life pretty simple. No need for trial and error and failure and rejection and frustration and confusion….and possibly never finding the underlying cause of their health issues. That’s your call. Not mine. But don’t make the mistake of quitting because you haven’t found relief yet. And stop thinking that if it hasn’t happened yet—it’ll never happen. Because it WILL. It requires a bit of pain and frustration and disappointment but if your old way isn’t working and hasn’t worked—well then it probably won’t ever work. It’s time for a new doctor, a new protocol, a new approach, a new mindset.
This time last year I was feeling AMAZING. OMG A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. I was fabulous until something happened in July—that triggered an autoimmune reaction along with some Lyme symptoms. Needless to say- I was in bed pretty much from July until November and went back to square one working with new doctors- because I wasn’t getting any answers from my current doctors. Could I have just taken a drug—such as prescription Cortisol, which they wanted to put me on—and IVIG—something to reset my immune system, well sure I could have done both and pretty much been a vegetable for the rest of my life while these IV’s and drugs covered up whatever the heck was happening inside my little bod pod.
So, I said NO. That’s right. I said NO to two of the best doctors in the country. Walked away and hired two NEW doctors. Talk about burning a hole in my pocket—$4,000 later and a two office visits, I had two doctors who went through my 10 lbs. of medical results from the past decade, sat with me for over 5 hours in their own homes and gave me hope because FINALLY…..someone was looking at the BIG picture. Not just my elevated liver enzymes, failing hormones, elevated CPK, low white blood cells and chronically low immune system.
It’s amazing how after a decade of working with some of the top integrative MD’s in this country- they missed SO much and I hold myself accountable for this too, which is why NOW I am going above and beyond tests, blood work, etc. to understand the numbers behind my results–instead of relying on doctors to miss something! I’ve also learned that many of the ranges you receive in blood work are not accurate—there is a whole different set of ranges for Integrative Medicine – and wow are these different! My mind has been blown, yet again.
And so, after thinking I was finally healed last year- I’ve had a little dip in my health. But, I’ll have you know I’m staying strong. Super positive. Meditating. Practicing yoga. Clearing my calendar of everything. Saying NO, yes N-O to a whole lot because my health isn’t worth risking.
If you refuse to change anything from the way you were doin’ it before, well then yes there is no point in figuring out what’s going on inside your body. Some of you are probably reading this….nodding your head, agreeing and understanding/relating to most of this but still doing the same ol’ thing.
Well, folks. It’s time for a new game plan.
I want to inspire you to take a new action. Budgeting 30 minutes a day to researching your symptoms, setting up a new doctors appointment, opening up to people in your community to ask about their experience with other doctors and giving a new doctor a chance to shine.
Action gets results. Knowledge doesn’t. I know a lotta information about autoimmune, Lyme, etc—more than most doctors- however without action- there’s no result. So, even if you are the most fabulous man in town, nothing changes unless you do something different.
In the past few months, I’ve had a handful of new clients find their underlying causes and they’re no different than you are. One was 18, another 39 and another 72. I’m not here to share my client success stories or promote my services. Heck, I don’t care whether you buy anything from me. I just want you to be WELL and understand that there IS an answer out there….whether it’s heavy metals, adrenals, hormones, viruses or something else…you CAN figure it out and you will.
Because, to me, not bothering is saying you quit. And I’m not a quitter.
Neither are you.
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- 1 head cauliflower cut into florets
- pinch cayenne pepper
- 1 head kale stemmed and chopped
- 3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. tahini
- 2 Tbsp. water
- Juice of 1 large lemon
- 1 small red onion thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. golden raisins optional
- sea salt and pepper to taste
- pinch crushed red pepper flakes optional
- Heat oven to 450 degrees F.
- Toss the cauliflower with cayenne pepper, 2 Tbsp. oil, sea salt and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes or until tender and golden brown. Toss cauliflower after 10 minutes of roasting to ensure even cooking.
- Steam kale in a steamer basket over medium heat until tender, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, whisk tahini, lemon juice, remaining 1 Tbsp. oil, salt and pepper and 2 Tbsp water. Add more water if needed to thin out the dressing.
- In a large serving bowl, add the chopped kale, red onion, golden raisins, and cauliflower and toss to combine. Serve warm.
- Garnish with crushed red pepper flakes, if desired.