Empowering chronic illness patients to fully recover. Pre register at www.thehealedtribe.com
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Empowering chronic illness patients to fully recover. Pre register at www.thehealedtribe.com
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Eating the rainbow. Spaghetti squash hash browns. Sweet potato avocado toast. Spinach, arugula, radish, beets and broccoli sprouts. Sprouts are the ultimate superfood and cost next to nothing to make at home. You throw them in a little seed sprouter (amazon! ) and in 2 days you have sprouts. Super high in antioxidants, phytonutrients and a really potent anti cancer compound.
Organic zoodles with butternut squash, artichokes, roasted chestnuts and winter spiced cauliflower and parsnip puree * 10 minutes, start to finish * Holy shit it looked so wonderful; that I didn’t know if I wanted to eat it, or take it on a date * This is fast food * TV may tell you that the shit in packets with hydrogenated fats, hormone laden dairy, factory farmed meat, sugar, additives and chemically altered salt; is food * It is not. It is poison. Your body cannot use it to heal, and it will impede your recovery entirely * Learning to eat well, easily, with joy is one of the most empowering lifestyles we can adopt * And holy shit it’s not a ‘diet’. Stick that word right in the fuck it bucket and move on people * This is primary joy, food porn, exciting flavours, and self care. And if that self care is tough and you reach for foods that harm you - then it’s time to gather your bollocks and heal what ever wound that food is numbing. It won’t be about the food. Like any addiction or numbing behaviour - we have to find the root. With self compassion, but with deep intent not to bullshit ourselves.
Boundaries are the limits we set for ourselves within relationships. A person with healthy boundaries can say “no” to others, but they are also comfortable opening up to close relationships * Sounds simple right? Well no. Many have not had the best examples of this in their lives to learn from * Learning to set healthy personal boundaries is necessary for maintaining a positive self-concept/self-image * It is our way of communicating to others that we have self-respect, self-worth, and will not allow others to define us * Know that you have a right to personal boundaries. You not only have the right, but you must take responsibility for how you allow others to treat you * If you don't have boundaries that protect you, as in a strong sense of identity, you tend to derive your sense of worth from others; which is no bueno * When we feel at home, worthy and enough just as we are - we are able to say yes, and say no, in ways that serve us * Recognize that other people's needs and feelings are not more important than your own. Identify the actions and behaviours that you find unacceptable. Trust and believe in yourself * You are the highest authority on you. You know what you need, want, and value. Don't let anyone else make the decisions for you. Healthy boundaries make it possible for you to respect your strengths, abilities and individuality as well as those of others * An unhealthy imbalance occurs when you encourage neediness, or are needy; want to be rescued, or are the rescuer, or when you choose to play the victim. Be honest about this as we have ALL been there, it is called being human * My personal struggle is when someone encroaches my boundaries about treatment…..’oh I heard this podcast on lyme, oh my friend’s cousin’s guinea pig had chronic fatigue so I’m an expert’. I struggle not to roar ‘fuck off’ at them and high five them in the face with my boot. This comes from not having boundaries respected when I was young. But I have the ability as an adult to communicate calmly that I don’t need unsolicited advice or rescuing, I know what’s best for me. And I must not blame the other person for their lack of awareness. My boundaries are my responsibility
This is what has been in creation here over the last few months * The Healed Tribe and The Healed Tribe Clinic have been created in conjunction with top functional medicine doctors, trauma therapists, movement specialists and recovered patients to empower the chronic illness population, to recover * What We Do. We work to educate and to empower patients on the root causes of illness and how to recover their own health * How We Do This. Through The Healed Tribe site, we empower patients utilising ebooks, webinars, online courses, and Tribe Retreats. We seek to provide each unique person with a method that works best for them in order to learn and then to create a new state of health and wellbeing * We understand the need for some tribe members to have individual assistance so we have a multidisciplinary team that can work one to one through our functional medicine clinic, providing chronic illness treatment, nutrition plans, meditation classes, emotional self regulation classes, and bespoke yoga lessons tailored to each patient * Our Values. At the core of our work is the handing of power and responsibility to the patient for their own recovery. Responsibility is the ability to respond; to learn, to empower ourselves, and to be our own strongest advocate. This is why we are focusing on accessible and affordable group education. We want you to be self sustainable and empowered, never co dependent on another for your well being. This is true recovery * Our Mission. Good health is our birthright. It is our mission to restore health and teach each other how to thrive. Our power as a community has its roots in gathering a growing tribe of recovering warriors. By creating this movement, we invite you to become part of a fierce and loving tribe. We honour all of you for working hard for your recovery, and welcome each one of you to The Healed Tribe * Please pre register at www.thehealedtribe.com for information on our programs, the chance to win free places on our courses, and to receive recipes and recovery tips
Your health moves and breathes like a big creation, your creation * Create what you want in 2018 * It’s not enough to say I want it to be better than 2017. Our goal is to be free to thrive in the world. Do not settle for less than you dream of * We have to live and breathe the outcome we want and know it is ours for the taking. We must dare to believe in ourselves * To know that we are worthy of our healing. That we trust it will come, without trying to control the how or when. We all know this shit is not linear, and we may stumble and fall 1838 times more, but we can’t let go of knowing we will come through * Change happens when we are truly ready to let go of the old and take our power back to create something new * Our language, thoughts, emotions and way of being begin to reflect the healthy humans we are turning into when we do this. And our reality shifts * New year resolutions often feel like pressure in recovery. Don’t make them if so. I’m absolutely not bothering * Just commit deeply to yourself that you will trust yourself, you will find any voices in your head that undermine your self belief. Those voices that aren’t really you * Be so grateful for every opportunity to eat better, self love more, learn new things, experience new ways of being. These things add up to greatness. Gratitude is the ultimate state of receivership. Spread that magic everywhere! * Thank you to everyone that has been part of this year. I couldn’t have better people by my side as my recovery accelerates and my new life is opening up for me. Thank you for all you magical humans I’ve gotten to know through Instagram. I am so grateful for everything in my life and so excited for 2018 to reach out and touch many lives to help others heal * Tell me your dreams for 2018!
Food and ‘diets’ have gone fucking mental * Myriad studies emerge showing fats are good, fats are bad, meat is the devil, meat is necessary…….It is confusing as all hell * So let’s take it out of compartmentalised science and into the real world * There are five ‘blue zones’ in the world where inhabitants enjoy remarkable good health and longevity * These zones are in Greece, Italy, Costa Rica, California and Japan * Foods vary, but there is huge overlap in what these communities eat * They are all predominantly plant based; vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds, with meat and fish as an accent once a week or so. Some have a little goat or sheep milk, no cows milk * They eat significantly less calories than the standard Western diet and a very light dinner to give optimum rest and repair time * Some of these communities fast, which helps cut all disease processes and slows ageing * All have a strong sense of community, emphasise the importance of elders, exercise, enjoy nature and laugh often * It is what we eat, but also how we eat. How we approach our food mindfully, as part of life in a community, with love, appreciating the source of our food; the earth * Working with clients we educate on these principles, taking anxiety away from the worries of ‘oh my fucking god I ate a carb/a piece of fish/an origami swan!’ * Eat mainly plants, eat to cut inflammation and repair, learn about your food, and tune in to how your body responds * If it isn’t a whole food; if it is chemically processed or refined, then it has no place going into our face. No exceptions * If this is a struggle then it is emotional eating or an addiction and that’s ok. We ALL use food to self soothe, so we can use these difficulties to learn to self soothe in new ways. No shame, no judgement, just a route in to deeper healing * So this is how I eat. I don’t stick a label on that says keto or paleo etc as that caused anxiety and it lead to me joining groups that contained humans that were totally fucking bat shit crazy; living on grape juice, sun beams and outrage. * So tune into your body and heart, don’t bullshit yourself. If you’re not eating to heal - why not? You deserve to x
So something a little magical has happened. I’m out of my auto immune flare, whoop * And on the other side, I’m actually stronger * I just went for a run. A RUN. Me. Running. Something unheard of for the last 8 years. Granted it wasn’t long. But I had the urge to do it and so just went. I haven’t been able to do any cardio for many years due to my mitochondria being fucked (technical term ) * Those of you following my recovery will know I have used neuroplasticity and my meditation work as an integral part of recovery. Each workshop I have been to I’ve seen profound changes * This last few weeks I’ve been in a real meditative place, like my own 6 week workshop. I have spent a lot of time alone. Not over thinking. Not having a shit time. But learning more about how much my brain and central nervous system truly govern my immune system. Pulling threads together of years of research * Experimenting with my breath work, with my meditation, and monitoring my results with neurofeedback and heart rate variability measurements (yes, I’m a massive geek and need to get out more I know ). This work with myself and bouncing off amazing professionals has lead to a huge progression in the programs we will be offering patients. We are all very excited * I know deep down I needed to have this experience. As we get closer to launching the site and all its associated self help patient programs and education, I had to go through this and emerge stronger. What right do I have to guide people through if I haven’t walked through my own fire and emerged * I’m a work in progress, and really human and imperfect, but I think that’s what makes a good teacher. I am no better and no worse than anyone else. I have passion, knowledge, and a will of steel to ensure chronic illness patients all get better. With a background in psychology, and personal experience as a patient, I am whole and ready for this just as I am. It took this flare to finally help me realise this.
It is the season for soups and snuggles * I’ve been spending a lot more time than usual alone recently, out of choice * I had an incredibly busy and social summer and fall, and when the flare hit I realised I needed to create a little more space in my life * Yes this flare was not the most fun I’ve had this year and I’m still fatigued and finding my way back to baseline after it * But it gave me such a good opportunity to re assess the balances in my life as I end this year * I had a series of work disappointments with not being able to do my yoga teacher training and some other work falling through, that caused deep stress for how I was going to support myself financially. New opportunities are emerging now and I trust it will all work out beautifully * It was a good lesson in not pinning expectations on things working out as planned. To focus always on staying open and happy for things to shift as they need to * I will emerge from this introversion when I’m ready. But I feel no rush. My best friends are either on holiday or thousands of miles away : ) so I’m Skyping my loved humans and I never feel lonely. I’m really happy at the moment having this time for myself * Winter is a beautiful time for us to turn inwards more, see where we can self care deeper, let go more fully the things that don’t serve us, cultivate the things that do * Always honour where your energy is. Let seasons both out in the world and seasons that come and go in your heart, guide you to what you need most in your recovery * This is spiced butternut squash soup with coconut. There is cilantro on top for the picture but cilantro to me tastes like the devils armpit - so I don’t actually eat it ha
After my post about the current news around sexual boundaries, many sent me messages about their experiences. Thank you. Navigating back to health raises these issues for many as part of healing * It doesn’t have to be one big event; one stab wound of trauma. It can be the thousand every day paper cuts of boundary violations, degredations, invalidations, that does just as much damage * As women our bodies are used to sell products, services, sex. Our bodies are argued about with regards to reproductive rights and healthcare * Society detaches women’s bodies from women’s humanity so often, so recklessly, that we ourselves are having to work backwards in order to align these two things again * I get asked ‘why wear short skirts then’ and ‘why’s a sweet little thing like you not more sexually active’. I could reply it’s my choice but that’s not the issue * Our bodies and our humanity are one. We have unassailable and unconditional agency over them. Our bodies are not some separate vessel for discussion and taking * Separating our being from our bodies is one of the roots of dis-ease. It is no coincidence that women get more stress related illness, auto immune disease, digestive illness (the area where emotions are held most ) * Coming back into alignment into our humanity and power, as women inhabiting these bodies and speaking up, with open hearts, allows us to help others, men too to hold better boundaries * Challenging belief systems takes balls and yes it is fucking uncomfortable. We have to look at how we interact, women and men alike. We ALL buy into this default programming * But what a point of power to come together in a world that perpetuates constant separation. To transmute the anger and move through it. This is empowerment * Rebalancing the masculine and feminine in this world is crucial, and something we can all be part of. While the system is broken, it still can’t break us. Abuse of power and misdirected sexuality can’t destroy us. We can be whole. We can be powerful. We can be healed. We don’t need to wait for an external system to change in order to begin
I’m back in the gym!!!!! * Today was lovely * I didn’t feel like I was walking through quick sand. And I wasn’t in agony. I am so deeply grateful for starting to emerge from this flare * More than anything though today, I was grateful for this man next to me, my trainer Khino * He’s an exceptional trainer, really diligent, focused, fun and knowledgable * But more than this, he’s a safe human. And this is what makes him super special. He knows my energy goes up and down. Knows this recovery is not linear. Knows that I struggle sometimes * He just gets it and meets me where I am, without frustration, or guilt, or anything else that would freak me out and close me down. He meets me where I am, knowing I will always give 100% when I can. He also lets me swear like a pirate haha * These are the most empowering people we can be around. Not pushing, not pulling. Just a hand out, and our choice if we take it or not * We work slowly and carefully. Cardio/aerobic exercise just floors me, so he never raises my heart rate too high. Over the months, my strength has grown and grown. It has been amazing and so confidence building to see this hard work come to fruition. I can see it in my yoga practice, I can feel it in my body day to day. It is wonderful * I am so very lucky to have people like this helping me heal. Thank you @khinobrackeen I WILL be doing pull ups by the end of this year. Word.
When you manage to get out of the house and go to your favourite paleo food cart * My work here is done * Victories can be big or small. They all count. Be so kind to yourself. To your magnificent body that is keeping you alive every second and healing as fast as it can. Love it fiercely. Love yourself as fiercely. On the days/weeks that life slows down and gets a little smaller, settle into that love as it knows everything is just passing through and will change * I shall now be at home for most of the weekend to recover more by resting (reading fantasy ) and doing yoga (horrifying downstairs by landing like a drunk hippo in my handstand practice ) * Anyone who wishes to bring me hugs, honeymamas chocolate (the peppermint one ) or sarcasm, please feel free to pop over * Anyone that doesn’t know the difference between your and you’re, please never pop over * All my love. Happy weekend to all you lovely humans xxx
My first Instagram selfie. Form an orderly queue boys * I have been at home a lot recently recovering from flare-gate so have been as socially active as a 95 year old nun * The amount of fantasy novels I have read should mortify me, but I’m pretty delighted with the level 10 geekiness of my kindle library * This flare has not gone yet. I am sitting in this fire and feeling my body rage; to hear it, feel, to not push that away or try run from it * It is a different experience to actually feel into our bodies like this * Not just marinade in the negative thoughts about the experience * It is so much healthier to allow the sensations to arise and sit with our bodies, without all the catastrophising stories of; ‘this is fucking shit, when will it end, I’m so sick, I must go google this symptom, oh my god the internet is telling me I have prostate cancer, but wait…. I’m female, oh my god I have female prostate cancer’ * Instead, we can learn to disengage the thinking brain and just tune into where our body is holding hurt, where the heart ache and gut wrench of fear or sadness or anger has reverberated around our body and gotten stuck. We all hold onto this old stuff, not meaning to, it is subconscious. But we have to let it move and let it go * I feel this flare is hanging around like a fart in a space suit because I am so close to healing and it is a final hurdle. Before this, I had months of growing strength and stability. I know I’m doing fine. Infections are down, fatigue is down, strength is up, I’m a happy human * But my central nervous system and brain had further to heal, hence this flare after a conflict to show me I wasn’t there yet and where to go next in recovery. When those things are strong and no longer vulnerable to outside influence, I will be fucking invincible. An invincible unicorn. That loves fantasy books. And chocolate. And Benedict Cumberbatch. Word.
A lot has arisen recently about men abusing positions of authority to prey on women, creating unsafety, a culture of shame and hidden abuse * Many women seek out yoga, meditation, and healing arts to find safety within their bodies and to be around men who are conscious of these issues. To conscious men, it is not enough to be aware and yet still stuck in the ego of sex and lust * Increasingly this year I’ve read about and seen many men in the spiritual community doing exactly the same thing. Using the power differential to prey upon women that are so open in these environments as they go there to heal; to reclaim self worth, self love and to build safe boundaries again, which is profoundly brave and vulnerable work * I don’t see myself or women in general as passive victims. We are so strong * But I do see a culture where this behaviour is so ingrained, in every area of life, that we begin to doubt our experiences as women. To allow ourselves to be invalidated by the blame and shame. Where our boundaries are not seen, heard, or respected * This is everywhere and and is not a normal way of conducting male and female interactions. It is abuse * I don’t think I have a single female friend that hasn’t experienced some violation of boundaries physically or emotionally from a man * This is so fucked up, and yet it is the norm that so many do not seek to question. People shy away from the crucial work of sitting in the discomfort of challenging these deeply ingrained belief systems * I am responsible for my boundaries. But I am not responsible for the damaging force of this kind of behaviour. I will not hear that women are at fault for flirting, for being a certain way, for in any way bringing about a violation of their emotional or physical being * We are deserving of total respect and safety always. To women brave enough to speak, keep going. These conversations begin at home, with family, friends, in our own communities. We cannot do this in anger, it has to be from a meeting of open hearts and minds, something that feels in short supply in these times I know. But we have to speak. Silence serves no one.
Organic grain free, sugar free, dairy free chocolate brownie (I actually used sweet potato and it’s divine ). Served with home made coconut vanilla ice cream. Because a life without chocolate is not one I wish to live * A warm from the oven chocolate brownie is one of my favourite treats, especially in this season as I curl up in the evenings with a book and get nesty (usually in my unicorn onesie - wild times in Portland ) * I don’t eat many sweet things as it kicks my inflammation if I do. But I don’t believe in deprivation or diets as it leads to unhealthy mental and emotional connections with food. Dieting is a corporate invention based on shame. When we are connected to our bodies and emotions, and eating with love for ourselves, we are healthy and balanced * There are always ways for us to treat ourselves. Not ‘cheats’ that hurt us and lead to shame and health consequences * Real treats using whole foods where we can enjoy beautiful flavours that we love, without them being full of refined sugars, processed fats and chemicals that hurt us * Please know that changing how you eat to whole foods doesn’t mean food will be boring or you won’t be able have wonderful treats. Trust me that the joy of being out of pain and inflammation, coupled with the self love we grow by eating well, becomes a habit that we want to grow and maintain * If we have difficulty with stopping the eating patterns things that hurt us, there is no shame in this at all. Processed food and sugar are physiologically addictive, so coming off them can take time and guidance * We are also taught to numb feelings and pain with food, rather than learning to love ourselves. So go gently on this, and get help if needed. We deserve a lot of support and kindness through all the changes we are brave enough to begin. It is a process. Every baby step takes us further and counts for a lot. Get in touch if you don’t know where to start x
Meditating through chronic pain is a skill I’ve mastered this year. It hasn’t been linear but like any other muscle it improves with practice * With the guidance of my teacher Dr Joe Dispenza, my pain has lessened hugely and as you guys have seen, I am recovering : ) * A new challenge arose this past couple of weeks. To meditate through severe acute pain during this auto immune flare * Holy shit this was a different experience. Chronic pain shouts for attention. This pain is staging an entire tap dancing show * How difficult it is shows me how profoundly my brain is reacting when I’m in a flare. How activated my limbic system is. That primal part of my brain that screams fight or flight has been in full operatic voice, in surround sound ha * But I’ve persevered. I have not been able to leave the house, so every few hours I sit my bum down and I try. Sometimes it’s just a short time, but it counts * It has made me more grateful for my yoga practice. Due to pain it has been floor based, very gentle. But it has kept me in my body instead of taking flight from pain. It has helped me remember to breathe, to stay grounded, connected to this amazing body that is healing and that keeps me alive every second * Today I got dressed. To have this as an achievement gives me a stark reminder of where I was a year ago; when a shower, getting dressed, a trip to the store, was a massive win * It reminds me to be grateful for how far I’ve come. To thank this flare for showing me the power of the work I’ve done so far to heal myself. To show me yes I have further to go, but that’s ok and is entirely in my power * I feel safe. I don’t feel overwhelmed. I’m tired as all fuck, look like a camel’s bumhole, and yes this is not the most fun time I’ve had. But it is worth it a thousand times over for the woman it is creating out of this fire * I do not feel like a victim. I am more than equal to this challenge. Thank you to @julie_oregone @kayleeholzart and everyone supporting me. I want for nothing. A functioning liver would be great haha, but I don’t feel any lack or frustration. I’m right on time, I just have to sit in this fire, observe, and it will pass. @officialdrjoedispenza