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What’s Your Life Purpose? with Holistic Therapist Lucy Anne Chard :069

What’s Your Soul’s Plan?

Discovering and fulfilling your life purpose, ironically, does not come naturally to everyone. Even if your life seems perfect from the outside or you followed all the steps and the rules… you still may be asking these questions. Having been in your shoes, I encourage you to listen, learn and enjoy!

 

“Get clarity on your heart’s core desires and align your life and career goals with your innate talents.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist

Here are some highlights of what we discussed:

  • How her skin cancer diagnosis woke her up to acknowledge how disconnected she was in her own life and how she was dissociated from herself and had put aside her own created expression – her own needs and hearts core desires.
  • The tools she used to bring herself back into alignment: hatha yoga, meditation, enjoying being in nature, digital detox, etc.
  • The Insight Timer App
  • “I had built up a life around me that was designed to please others but not myself.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • How she balances social media and online work
  • “I’ve found in the work that I do that one of the deepest questions, and one of the most important questions, is, ‘What do you want?’ …I’ve experienced when you ask people that… we’re very good at articulating what we don’t want, but we’re not that good at articulating what we do want.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • Signs of being disconnected: the dreaded “should’s”, a feeling of anxiety in the chest, feeling overwhelmed; seeking guidance, truth, approval, confirmation and energy from external sources; not looking inward for answers or trusting that the answers are inside; knowing information intellectually buy not fully understanding it; “collecting” courses; looking externally for validation, etc.
  • “Imagine how wonderful it would be if we could move forward making decisions based on flourishing and what that means for us, what that means for you – to flourish. And to be able to learn to be able to say ‘no’ to the things that don’t support that.” – Lucy Anne Chard – Holistic Therapist
  • Discovering and recovering life purpose and mission
  • How a Soul Plan Reading helps a person come into alignment
  • Examples from my Soul Plan Reading
  • Anxiety beyond biochemistry
  • Becoming addicted to being anxious

 

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

 

About Lucy

Lucy Anne Chard - Weight Free Wellness PodcastLucy Anne Chard is a writer, holistic therapist and teacher, encouraging people to re-connect with their mind-body-spirit wholeness, recover the confidence to be true to themselves in all aspects of life and create a life that is in alignment with their soul’s purpose.

Having completed her Bachelor of Arts in Drama & Performance, she embarked on a career as an actress for a theatre company in South Africa, where she grew up. She spent the first two years post University performing Shakespeare and original South African works to the public, as well as taking productions into rural areas of the country to perform in town halls and civic centers for school children and adults who had never experienced theatre before.

She moved to London in 2005 with her partner, following the impulse to travel and explore the world. It was here where she embarked on a new career in Television Broadcasting.

Drawing on her unique experience in Drama & Performance, Strategy and Planning for some of the top blue-chip channel brands in the UK, Europe and South Africa, her training as an Energy Healing Practitioner and her clinical training in NLP, Hypnotherapy & Life Coaching, she loves working with heart-conscious, spiritual seekers through her Radiant You Programme & Soul Plan Life Alignment sessions, who are ready to shed the confines of playing small, be their own guru and live life in alignment with their soul’s purpose.

Lucy is a certified Advanced Clinical NLP Practitioner, Hypnotherapist and Life Coach, having studied through the prestigious Phil Parker Training Institute in London. She is an Advanced Soul Plan Practitioner, a Reiki Master-Teacher and an Advanced ThetaHealing Practitioner.

Learn more about Lucy and what she offers here!




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Lupus – Survive, Thrive and Live Naturally! :068

Given a diagnosis of Lupus and only 10 years to live (without medication) – Sandie moved back with her parents and pulled out all stops to not only heal herself, but to fulfill her dreams!

Sandie’s amazing Lupus healing story would take more than a simple blog post to summarize, but here are the highlights: beginning at age 7, Sandie experienced debilitating migraines headaches. Eventually, resorting to the prescription medication Effexor for help, she found some relief, but nothing that truly restored her to a normal life.

Her fiery spirit  was not totally tamed by debilitating headaches, cystic acne, depression, mood swings, and insomnia (to name few). Sandie still managed to graduate from university with honors in biomedicine and lead a relatively normal life; until the fateful tuna salad incident that seemed to throw things into a tailspin.

After food poisoning, a Lupus diagnosis and moving back in with her parents, Sandie – with seemingly every last ounce of gumption left in her –  enrolled in a Functional Diagnosis Nutrition Course which, with her determination and spirit, probably saved her life – at least that’s what I heard from her story.

If you are suffering from mystery symptoms or have a diagnosis of Lupus (or any other autoimmune disease) you should definitely listen to this woman’s inspiring story! I had a great time getting to know Sandie, I bet you will too!

Here are some topics we covered:

  • Symptoms: Migraine headaches, insomnia, depression, manic, Interstitial Cystitis, Cystic Acne, Butterfly rash, Mood swings, Joint pain, Chronic throat infections
  • Body-typing
  • Heredity
  • “It changed my path. It changed my whole life… The biggest lesson of my life came from that diagnosis…” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • Zone of Genius from “The Big Leap” by Gay Hendricks
  • Raw vegan diet
  • Functional Diagnostic Nutrition
  • Un-labeling from disease
  • The difference between Functional Diagnostic Nutrition and Functional Medicine
  • DUTCH testing, Hormone testing, Sex Hormones, Organic Acids Testing (OATs)
  • IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and SIBOS (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth)
  • Cystic Acne and Interstitial cystitis
  • How she healed more in 6 months than in 5 years of prior attempts
  • Why testing is better than trial and error
  • Why it’s easier/better to work with the Liver first
  • Mind-body healing
  • “You want to address the imbalances, but you also have to get to the root cause.” – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver
  • The true cost and value of health.
  • Her opinion and experience with social healthcare.
  • “Be positive. There is hope. Don’t give up.”  – Sandie Gascon, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner and Lupus Thriver

Watch, listen, learn… Enjoy!

About Sandie Gascon

Sandie Gascon - Motivated2Heal - Weight Free WellnessAs a Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner I am living my dream helping people achieve their health goals. I have spent 6 years researching every aspect of natural healing and have made it my life long quest to continue that learning. I am able to pull knowledge from many sources including my 4 year Honor’s Degree in Biomedicine, my 3 year diploma in Massage Therapy, and many different natural healing courses.

Dogs are my passion. I train and hike with my dogs everyday. I compete in dog agility every weekend I am able. I love yoga, golfing, kayaking and hiking. I am a high energy, passionate woman and I love true, natural beauty. I cherish every moment I am able to do the things I love because it was not long ago that I was in constant pain, fatigued and unable to do anything.

In the photo is Sandie and one of her 5 dogs dogs, Missile, who is retired from agility. Her goal is to be on the Canadian world agility by 2019. She also has a horse named Secret.  Learn more about Sandie here.





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Holistic Fertility with Stephanie Risinger :056

Natural Fertility Options can Replace or Enhance Medical Intervention

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate and the creator and host of The Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast.

In this interview she shares the ups and downs of her journey as well as natural fertility options.

This story is complete with a happy ending!

Serendipitously, after she decided to begin her own podcast to help others through their fertility challenges, she became pregnant and after nearly 10 years since beginning their journey to conceive and have a healthy baby, share and her husband are expecting their baby girl in May of 2017!

 

Here are some highlights of my talk with Stephanie Risinger of Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast:

  • What is fertility coaching?
  • How Stephanie uses her counseling background and personal experience to coach women on their journey to becoming pregnant.
  • Losing ones identity while trying to conceive. What were you doing before you started trying to conceive?
  • Stephanie’s journey
  • Looking into holistic approaches after 2 years of unprotected sex and no pregnancy.
  • Fertility Awareness Method
  • Achieving pregnancy after 4 years of “trying” which very sadly ended up being an ectopic pregnancy.
  • Miscarriage
  • Going through the adoption process.
  • The healing process.
  • Acupuncture
  • Nutritional changes
  • Yes I Can Get Pregnant – Aimee Raupp
  • The reasons why she and her husband did not choose to use medical intervention
  • “I just knew my body could do this!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • What helped: essential oils, eliminating gluten, multivitamins, fish oils, exercise
  • The importance of taking a break
  • Preserving your marriage when struggling to conceive
  • “Last year… I see as the year that I pursued what I love – and that’s the year that I got pregnant!” – Stephanie Risinger
  • Stephanie shares an amazing message of how seeking a sense of self or worth from another person sets us up for disappointment and pain.

 

About Stephanie

Stephanie Risinger - Holistic Fertility & Wellness Podcast

Stephanie Risinger is a Fertility Coach, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and a holistic wellness advocate.

Stephanie was born and raised in Southern California and has recently relocated to the MidWest with her husband of 12 years and their German Shepherd.  Stephanie has been a therapist for nine years and a successful network marketer for four.  She decided to start The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast after experiencing several years of fertility challenges and pursuing holistic approaches to improving fertility.  She found that the information she sought was not as easily accessible as she had hoped.  She worked hard to find resources and would like to share those resources with you, as well as hear from you and what you’ve learned on your own journey.

With a background as both an Adjunct Professor of Psychology and a Marriage and Family Therapist, Stephanie brings a unique perspective to the show.  She believes true wellness involves the mind, body, and spirit; as all are interrelated and interconnected.  In addition to interviewing experts on The Holistic Fertility and Wellness Podcast, Stephanie personally provides you with the tools you need for emotional and relational support on your fertility journey.

Visit HolisticFertilityPodcast.com






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Mindfulness Can be Easy (even for a busy working mom!) with Dr. Chantal Hofstee :052

Mindfulness can be achieved even by the busiest of people…

A very busy person herself: a mom, wife, clinical psychologist, author… need I say more? Dr. Chantal shares what mindfulness has brought to her life and how she has been able to apply this practice without having to chime bells every hour or set aside swaths of time – that frankly, few of us have!

 

Here are some highlights of our discussion:

  • How she was introduced to mindfulness
  • Her initial skepticism of mindfulness
  • Red Brain : Orange Brain : Green Brain States
  • “‘Red Brain’ brings out the worst in us, ‘Green Brain’ brings out the best in us.” – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • ‘Orange Brain’ is the to-do list brain.
  • How you can live from the ‘Green Brain’ State
  • What “stay green” means in her office.
  • In the Green Brain State you can be more productive and feel good at the same time.
  • The Productivity Myth
  • An explanation of procrastination
  • Having more consistent output and energy
  • Stress gives us tunnel vision
  • “Green Brain – the absence of stress – makes us flexible, creative, see new ideas and angles and ways to work smarter.” – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • Neuroplasticity – you can rewire your brain!
  • With mindfulness you can rewire your brain to handle stress
  • After 6-8 weeks of practicing mindfulness the amygdala (fear center) of the brain literally shrinks!
  • How Dr. Chantal practices what she preaches, her ‘Green Brain Activators’. She gets up early for a short morning run… gratitude practice… setting a daily goal… savoring her morning coffee.
  • How she created a happier, more connected morning routine with her 4 and 1 year old children.
  • Her perspective on the concept of “judgement”
  • You can be angry or sad in ‘Green Brain’ – it’s just different.
  • “Emotion is a signal that something needs to be addressed.”  – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • “Emotions are my internal GPS.”  – Dr. Chantal Hofstee
  • What is helpful?…
  • Check out her book “Mindfulness on the Run” and online programs

 

 

About Dr. Chantal Hofstee

Based in Auckland, born in the Netherlands, Dr Chantal Hofstee lives and breathes mindfulness. A Clinical Psychologist, Mindfulness trainer and author. She is a strong believer in taking control of your happiness rather than seeking it outside of yourself. Accessible, warm and compassionate and in the first minutes with her you can tell she teaches from both her brain and her heart. Check out her insightful extended bio here as well as her books and resources!





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Healing PCOS Naturally, Spiritual Healing and More with Tanaaz Chubb of Forever Conscious :047

Tanaaz shares how the Process of Healing Herself Naturally from PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) started her on the Wellness and Spiritual path

On her website Forever Conscious, author Tanaaz writes on several intriguing subjects: Healing, Spiritual, Mindfulness, Astrology and Intuitive Readings. It’s a great place to begin or continue your interest in these topics. Her writing not only makes the subjects easy to grasp, but leaves you satiated yet curious for more.

 

In addition to discussing how she naturally healed from PCOS we discussed:

  • Living in Los Angeles
  • Tanaaz’s background in the entertainment industry
  • Spiritual and Metaphysical aspects of healing
  • Paths she used to treat her PCOS: iridology, naturopathy, acupuncture, herbs and change of diet
  • Positivity and Hope she received from “natural” health practitioners
  • Gaining weight from birth-control pills meant to subside PCOS symptoms
  • The role of emotional healing and emotional health
  • What are Flower Essences?
  • Natural Remedies for anxiety and stuffed(ing) feelings
  • The role of confidence: acting, Pilates and core energy/exercises
  • Self-help books: Hay House Publisher and authors
  • Body – Mind – Spirit – Emotions are all connected
  • Following what feels good
  • Meditation – how to get started, different forms, etc.
  • Shower/bathing meditation and cleansing ritual
  • Astrology – our health and our bodies
  • An Energetic Perspective on Fat
  • The emotional component of weight gain

Watch, Listen… Enjoy!

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“Love – There are many things that you can do to activate your own self healing ability, but the number one task of disease is to learn how to love yourself.”

– Tanaaz Chubb, Forever Conscious

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“If the moon can affect the entire ocean, what kind of effect does it have on the water in our body?” – Tanaaz Chubb, Forever Conscious

 

About Tanaaz

Tanaaz is the co-creator and owner of Forever Conscious.

Growing up in Melbourne, Australia Tanaaz moved to Los Angeles, USA after winning a green card in a lottery.

She arrived in LA eager to pursue work in the entertainment industry, however it seemed that the Universe had other plans for her.

Tanaaz always had a passion for writing, so she started writing content and blogs for clients and professional companies.

While this helped her to pay the bills, Tanaaz felt a stronger and deeper calling to turn her attention to the world of all things metaphysical.

Tanaaz had been doing intuitive readings for family, friends and friends of friends for ages, but she had never really considered doing it professionally before.

Feeling bored with her job as a content writer, Tanaaz had the inspiration one day to create Forever Conscious, which would use her writing and blogging talents as well as her passion for all things spiritual and metaphysical.

To date, she has done countless readings that have helped to guide and inspire others. She has also written two books- “Becoming Forever Conscious” and “Messages for the Soul” and released an e-course, “How to Connect With Your Spirit Guides.”

Her next book, “The Power of Positive Energy” is expected to be released in August 2017.

She has also been featured in Elle Magazine Italia and is a contributing writer for The Huffington Post.

Tanaaz currently lives in Los Angeles with her boyfriend and puppy dog, Cake.






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Autoimmune Wellness with Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott :022

Autoimmune Issues Show up as Nagging Symptoms

Do you have a list of symptoms you experience that seem to have no rhyme or reason? Do they show up at the most inconvenient times, and those around you (even loved ones) just don’t understand what all the fuss is about!

The list is seemingly endless, but may include:

  • feeling tired
  • feeling irritable
  • pain in all kinds of strange places
  • unpredictable energy patterns
  • sleepless or at best fidgety nights
  • hair loss
  • skin ailments and so many more

 

From this stellar book, “The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook”, I got some explanation for seemingly unrelated health symptoms that I’ve experienced since childhood!

If this book has been around 15 years ago when I first became aware of the Celiac Disease and Irritable Bowel-like symptoms I experience as a child, I could have helped my body much quicker and sooner.

But the great news is that it’s available for you!

 

I am very pleased to share this insightful interview with the authors of The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

Angie Alt and Mickey Trescott have put together an amazingly helpful book for those who suspect they have or have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. The Weight Free Wellness Podcast is here to help you make your wellness journey as simple as it can be (and provide some encouragement along the way) and Angie and Mickey’s book is a perfect fit!

Watch, Listen, Read… Enjoy!

 

The answers below have been summarized from the podcast…

Turn to the audio or visual podcast for the full experience!

 

Q:  Where are you from?

A:  Angie Alt, NTC, CHC  lives just outside of Washington D.C. and is originally from Montana. (On the left in the photo above.)

A:  Mickey Trescott, NTP lives on the West coast in rural area of Portland, Oregon. (On the right in the photo above.)

 

Q:  Please introduce yourself and give us your educational background.

A:  Angie is a certified nutritional therapy consultant and certified health coach.

A:  Mickey has a background as a personal chef and after diagnosis studies to become a certified nutritional therapy practitioner.

 

Q:  What is an Autoimmune Disease?

A:  This is the part of our body that serves to protect us from pathogens (bacteria, fungus, viruses for example) and rids the body of these foreign invaders. The body protects itself from suffering future attacks of the same kind by creating immunity- essentially it is already familiar with the former intruder, it has its mugshot, and can quickly mount a seek-and-destroy mission if this pathogen enters the body again. In the case of an Autoimmune Disease, the body sees a part of itself as the invader, and therefor is continually on the attack of the “invader,” which is your own body. Not good…

 

Q:  Which Autoimmune Diseases have you been diagnosed with and their primary symptoms?

A:  Angie: A diagnosis of 3 or more autoimmune diseases is considered a category of its own, Multiple Autoimmune Syndrome (MAS). Usually MAS includes a skin disorder.

Lichen sclerosus – tearing and changes to the skin in the genital region

Endometriosis – (suspected autoimmune disease) – symptoms are primarily emergency-level painful menstrual cycles.

Celiac Disease – (Angie suspects this is her primary autoimmune disease) – The immune system attacks the cells in the small intestine which prevents absorption of [some] nutrients. Can experience intestine pain, weight lost, diarrhea, or even constipation or weight gain. Celiac Disease can be a symptom due to nutrient deficiency.

 

A:  Mickey: 

Celiac Disease – Explains how hers and Angie’s symptoms showed up as more neurological and emotional due to the effects of nutritional deficiencies that Celiac Disease can cause; illustrating that Celiac Disease does not always show up as disturbing sensations in the abdomen.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis – It is the most common autoimmune disease. Symptoms are varied greatly: loss of feeling in fingertips, feeling cold even in the summer (despite ambient temperature), hair loss, very low energy, exhaustion, muscle fatigue, mental and emotional “stuff”, anxiety, depression, weight gain not helped by diet; although weight gain was not the case for Mickey which she explains can complicate diagnosis since most doctors see this as a almost necessary symptom.

 

Q:  What causes Autoimmune Disease?

A:  Angie: There can be a lot of factors. Genetics is one of them. If others in your family have an autoimmune disease you may experience one as well, but it could be an entirely difference diagnosis. Your environment: toxins, viruses, diets and lifestyle.

 

Q: What is Paleo?

A:  Paleo is a way of eating like our ancestors. There are many different version, but most agree it’s a diet more like our ancestors’: without processed foods, thickeners, and even as far as eating grass-fed meats… that the animals are eating what their ancestors ate too (Tara).

 

Q: How is the Autoimmune Paleo protocol different?

A:  The AIP protocol falls under the umbrella of Paleo but eliminates foods that are known to trigger autoimmune symptoms while adding foods that are dense in nutrients.

 

We also talk about:

Elimination diets and/or food allergy testing.

Food – there are some amazing recipes in this book and each author has previously authored Paleo and Autoimmune Paleo cookbooks!

Achieve Wellness – Not an Image…what this means to them.

The dedication of the book to their supportive hubbies

I praise the book, maybe a little too much (was it weird?) but it’s so true… it’s such a terrific book!

How to handle the stress of making healthy changes when already stressed with challenging symptoms.

Angie and Mickey share their parting messages and words of encouragement.

 

 

From The Autoimmune Wellness Handbook

“Wellness is not in your doctors office or in a new pill; it is in your hands and it starts with being informed.”

Start to inform yourself with their book, you’ll be glad you did!

Visit Autoimmune-Paleo.com