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This simple medal is just a small thing, it fits in the palm of my hand easily. Have you ever realized how such small things make the biggest difference? .
But it is HUGE in its significance and in the impact it made in my life. 🤗The ripples of it that continue to reverberate in my life even years later. .
This may have been in 2005, I don’t even recall the year. 🧐But I was at a point in my life I was so tired of living the way I had been. 😢I was in my 40’s and was headed for disaster. A health crisis at a minimum. 😔My life was unhappy and unhealthy. I had a moment when I KNEW I had to take action. .
I was INVITED to join a group. We would walk 2-3 days a week 👣 and build up to complete a 10K. I was assured I could walk and would not have to run.🏃🏻♀️ I was 286 pounds. Running was not even in my universe then! 🚫 .
I acted on faith and an attitude of “what the hell”, I will just do what I can. Never even certain I could do a 10k. 🤷🏻♀️ BUT, I did it! It took a long time, nearly 2 hours to walk that distance. 🤭But I did it and kept trying giving NO FUCKS to what other people thought of me. 😬I relied on my SUPPORT SQUAD! 👏They had my back! .
Do YOU have a support squad? 👫👭 I am so thankful to have this group of bad ass ladies ! They always give me the courage and the strength to keep pushing forward. 👊🏼To new goals. 🙌🏻New levels of success and we cheer each other’s efforts along the way. .
Maybe you need that squad in your life. ❤️Maybe you are seeking growth and improvement. 🌿a safe place to make the small steps to change long held behaviors and limiting beliefs. Message me please I’d love to connect with you and be a proud member of YOUR support squad! 💋
this is one of my cute pups named Lulu! I miss her tons but can’t wait to see her again in a couple of weeks!
so I wanted to talk about how my body has changed since becoming a vegan. I had heard that all of these things might happen, but I didn’t believe it until it actually happened.
ever since middle school, my acne has been really bad. I even remember using proactiv in 7th grade to treat my face and it didn’t really work for me. but now with changing my diet I’ll usually only have hormonal breakouts every month. my face is pretty clear in this picture and I was only wearing mascara!
another major change that I’ve noticed would be my allergies. I have had really bad seasonal allergies for as long as I can remember and had been taking prescription medicine for them ever since I was 8 years old. I accidentally didn’t refill the prescription for the month of February last year and by spring break, I had never been so sick. my mom took me to urgent care as soon as I got home, where they told me I had a severe sinus infection. they even put me on a stronger antibiotic than what I normally would take with a sinus infection.
sure enough, in February of this year my doctor refused to refill my prescription because she wanted to ween me off of my medicine. I was freaking out because I didn’t want to be as miserably sick again as I was last year. but I stopped taking it, along with my flonase nose spray and guess what? while everyone was sneezing and coughing and having really bad reactions to the pollen this spring, I barely had any symptoms! CRAZY! and I was off of my allergy medicine! it’s crazy to think that the lack of animal products can have such a drastic effect on your body!
so this post is already pretty long but if you want to know more about some of the changes I’ve noticed since changing my diet let me know!
Hey! It’s me!!! 👋
I’m Rachael Collins. I’m a mother of six. 3 boys and 3 girls. After the birth of my fourth child, I began experiencing extreme fatigue, headaches, major weight gain, foggy brain, irregular bowel movements, severe stomach cramps, and terrible mood swings. My hair was falling out, my body constantly ached, and my throat was always swollen and sore. I was over weight, miserable, cynical, depressed, and I never felt good. I tried everything to feel better, but nothing worked. I was just making things worse. In fact, at my heaviest, I was 50 pounds overweight. I didn’t feel like myself, and this was not the way I dreamt motherhood would be.
I went from doctor to doctor, and diet to diet. I knew the solution was out there somewhere, I just had to find it. I started researching health and weight loss. Through classes, certifications, books, programs, and a lot of trial and error, I found the answers. I learned what works and what doesn’t. I learned how to keep the weight off permanently and was able to heal my entire body -physically, mentally, and spiritually.
I decided once I figured it out I would help others. And that’s what I love to do.
My coaching is tailored specifically for the busy mom who is ready to change her life for the better.
I love teaching women the tools they need to empower themselves to become their strongest, healthiest, happiest version– what I call ‘a joyful you’.
I’ve been trying to act like moving to the other side of the world has been great and hasn’t affected me at all, but it’s time to be honest with myself!! I don’t do well with change, especially when I’m all alone without my friends and family sitting right by my side, and this change has been kicking my ass!!! I have been eating like crap and I have barely gone to the gym! One thing that I know is that when I’m not eating right and not getting in the gym, my mental health goes to shit!!! Being in Bahrain is an experience that I’ve never experienced before, so I’ve really been letting this get to me but I’m glad I’m realizing now! Realizing it sooner rather than later so I can change things around!!! I know what to do, I know what it takes, yes it may be harder because I don’t have access to everything and as easily as i did in the states, but this is when I have to do what I have so much trouble with doing! Asking for help!! Asking for my family and loved ones to let me lean on them, ask for help when i need it, and ask for help finding the grocery store off base when I have no idea where anything is!!! I need to stop letting my fear of change and my fear of being alone get in the way of my physical, mental and overall health!!! If I’m not healthy and taking care of myself, I’m never going to settle into this change and make the most of this year!! Thank you for everyone’s understanding and allowing me to be translucent here and allowing to be honest with not only you, but myself. Talking through things really does help me!
Lastly, thank you my love for always having extremely long conversations with me on the phone balling my eyes out and just listening when I need you to and always knowing exactly what to say to put a smile on my face and make me feel better! And to my family for supporting me through this and always being there for me! I always know who to go to to pick me up when I’m down!
Apparently May is National #Arthritis Awareness Month! So I thought I’d start off with a little #TBT back to my first infusion. It still hurts me to remember this time period. To give a glimpse of what life was like for me then:
▪️l woke up every single day in horrific pain, often not sleeping well, either, because my body just hurt too much ▪️Most days I was unable to undress myself at the end of the day, needing my husband’s help for such a menial task
▪️Dropping an item on the ground usually caused immediate tears because I knew how much it would hurt to bend down just to pick said item up
▪️I had dropped to 100 lbs from being sick, despite being on steroids. (Constant pain = lack of appetite)
▪️Most mornings, I would wake up, hobble to the couch, pop 400 mg of ibuprofen, then wait for them to take the edge off my joint pain just so I could shower and dress
▪️Despite having just earned my teaching credential, I only worked 1-2 days a week, substitute teaching, because that was all my body could handle. Working full-time was far from a realistic option.
I had switched to a plant-based diet in desperation to find ANYthing that might help my body. Finally, my dr suggested switching me to a biologic. I had been on steroids + plaquenil for over 2 years with practically zero relief of symptoms. At this point, I would’ve tried anything. So, we did it. My mom took me to the infusion center where I spent my next 6-8 hours chilling with my IV. About 6 weeks later, a miracle started happening. I still remember waking up in less pain one morning. A tiny bloom of hope began in my heart that perhaps the worst of the nightmare just MIGHT be over. With each passing day, my pain eased a tiny bit more and my heart lightened, too. Since then, I’ve never been back to that deep level of pain. I still call Rituxan my miracle medicine. I’ve swapped meds countless times since then, but for now, my body is out of crisis, even on my worst flare days. #RA can feel like a thief sometimes, but the Lord has also used it as a huge tool of thankfulness, too. Any day that I feel even close to a “normal”, “healthy” person, or at least my definition of it, is a day to be thankful.
I’m curious to know, who likes Facebook lives!? 🙋🏼♀️ We have been working hard on Alternatively Healthy’s social media campaigns this week and it seems I need to lift the Facebook game! ✨
This afternoon I will be jumping over to our Facebook page to do a LIVE (that’s right, no editing or breaks!) chat about where I am at right now with my body, my health and all things hormones - which could be interesting after my visit with a new GP today 😬😬 Stay turned for something very real, raw & honest 💞 (link to FB page in bio) xx
🔐 Client Testimonial 🔐 Don’t overlook what your body is telling you! Parker came to us a former D1 collegiate athlete, still in great shape and eating relatively well. However, his body was not happy. He had deficiencies in numerous vitamins, high cholesterol, high blood sugar and hormone irregularities to name a few. With just a few nutrition fixes (better quality & quantity!) and a detailed vitamin regimen (only 3!), he was able to restore his health in just 3 short months. The body is such an amazing machine. Thanks for sharing your story with us! #FunctionallyFueled
Do you feel like there is a link between your #chronicpain and #trauma ? Does going to the doctor feel like a fragmented process? Do you feel like If you could get all of your healthcare professionals in one room to listen to your #healthstory that you could finally get an answer to your #chronichealth problems? 📈
That is what it felt like when I was suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, and serious complications from #ptsd . I felt like my past held a key, and that my #emotional & #spiritual body needed healing too.
I’m two years in, and am leaps and bounds above where I was. #nomorechronicpain
I made some simple but profound changes to my life that has created space for deep healing and progress in my life.
What is one practice that has helped you on your #healingpath ?
“I dropped the baby today…” Breathe. “He’s okay. He fell on the rug, but I broke his fall.” Silence. I willed myself to finish the story, but I could not, just as he could not answer. More silence, more breathing + nervous glances, and more shame… which in turn, equalled more pain.
Several years ago, after the birth of my fifth child, I had a health crisis that changed me and how I now approach health + wellness. In truth, it changed how I approach myself, others, and life in general. During this time, I was diagnosed with multiple autoimmune issues + diseases (fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, adrenal + thyroid failure, Hashimoto's disease, and celiac disease to name a few) and told that if I did not begin my pharmaceutical regimen, I would not walk or properly function by the time I was 50.
In the months to come, insert a myriad of other spectrums, future diagnoses and a new life that revolved around the next appointment, therapy, or ability to research each new suggestion. To say the least, I was confused, exhausted, lost, without answers, afraid, and still. in. pain. To this date, it is one of the hardest, loneliest, and most painful struggles I have ever physically experienced, including the birth of five beautiful babies. As I said, it changed me, and I am grateful.
Read more about my story and this journey on our blog today. It is one I still feel so deeply, because I am not so far removed. As I share today, there is such a joyful release in knowing others may benefit from a hardship that seemed utterly hopeless turned healing and hopeful. Love to all, and please comment below if you relate or know someone who may, as we share hope today.
📸: The compassionate and talented storyteller: @mytribe_photography
Healthy FATS? 🥑🥑🥑
When I started my health journey to lose weight, I had no idea there was such a thing called “healthy” fats.
I grew up in home where there was just Fat! Fat was bad! Well in my journey I have learned that the #avocado is one of the greatest Whole Food Fats that we can consume. Next would be Olives! This makes me laugh because I have learned to LOVE both of these. I noticed a difference in how I felt and in my weight loss when I incorporated a Healthy Fat 3 times a day.
Now when I go to The Cheesecake Factory, I order the Avocado 🥑 Salad and it flat ROCKS! I love it!! I have found myself, with the help of my wife, falling in love with Good, High Quality, not always expensive, Food!!
Camila, age three, photographed for @pedsnw ✨ I love spending time with little humans. ✨ Thank you to all who support me in doing what I love, documenting the stories of every day life. As my children grow older I am reminded how fortunate I am to be able to do what I do.
To view more from this series see previous post #jlsfoto
You are not alone in this.
One commonly suggested reason for the increase of night time depression is the lack of distractions.
During the day, it’s a little easier for some people, especially those with mild or moderate depression, to keep themselves busy. Work, school, or social activities act as a distraction during the day. But at night, when you settle down to sleep, there’s nothing but you and your thoughts.
Depression is a mood disorder accompanied by emotional and physical symptoms that interfere with your daily life.
Everyone experiences depression differently. Some people experience significant increases in their depression symptoms at night. They may experience more symptoms, or their symptoms may increase in severity.
Nighttime depression can also create or worsen insomnia, by keeping you awake longer or making it more difficult to fall asleep.
Here are some tips on how to cope: -Unwind at least two hours before bed. This helps your body start to slow down early in time for a good night sleep. -Keep reading and technology out of the bedroom. This can help to make your sleeping space more calming and positive. -Practice stress-relieving activities. Find activities that make you calm and practice them. -Limit alcohol and caffeine intake. Both of these can increase symptoms of depression. Caffeine too late in the day can also disrupt your sleep.
LET'S GET PERSONAL // I've been thinking about sharing a bit more about my "food and health story" here, but I've mostly been a bit apprehensive as I DO NOT want to give the impression that this the "only" way or "right" way to go about finding a healthy lifestyle that suits your needs!
So, during my high school years I put on some weight and, at the time, I did not care, I was so focused on school and studying that it was hardly a priority to me. I ate junk food (like many teens do), but for me, I had a particular issue with emotional eating & secret eating!
My family either hid chocolate (my particular sweet of choice) or didn't bring it into the house, so once I has a few spare dollars, I was sneaking in all sorts of things, eating it secretly till I felt sick and then feeling bad about it later, promising myself I'd do better. .
It wasn't till I started university, I was A LOT more active just walking to classes and also joining a dance society meant I was dancing almost daily and I slowly started to shift some weight.
It wasn't until I studied biochemistry that things really fell into place for me, mentally. I learned the importance of carbohydrates for the brain and for muscle function and realised that I simply was not eating enough of them, just by a lack of education & purely accidentally! .
I was so focused on high protein foods to satisfy my endless hunger (I didn't actually experience the sensation of fullness for 3 or 4 years!) and high fibre foods (but not the grainy kind). Constantly searching for the next high protein, high fibre bar and getting my nutrition out of packets instead of the earth.
Once, I switched my thinking, enjoyed more carbs & fruits & veg, things balanced out. Including my weight. It was a very slow process (1-2 years) and I didn't approach it as a "diet"
The single most important thing I did, was start to work on dissociating emotions from food & allowing myself to have whatever I want but how much do I REALLY want, how much just keeps me satisfied, I can have more later if I want it. And I avoided the scales like the plague! It just wasn't the right feedback for me. .
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Took an hour off from studying yesterday to listen to the AOGME webinar series about Narrative Medicine! Dr. Waters, DO, a cardiothoracic surgeon talked about his experience with getting a certificate in narrative healthcare and how writing has shaped his career. Everyone has a story, and that’s why it’s important that we get the hiSTORY and physical of every patient we see! Dr. Waters’ story is that he ironically had an MI a few years ago. He turned from the doctor to the patient, and it took him almost a full year to recover. He felt the “end” of his journey was when he wrote a piece about his experience, “Heart, Attacked”. It was published in JAMA! I am super interested in getting either a Master’s degree or certificate in Narrative Medicine from the school where “narrative medicine” originated from, @columbiasps. I absolutely love narrative medicine, and hope to have a career as a doctor-writer! #narrativemedicine
Coach Michael aan het woord. Vandaag stond in het teken van de workshops. Deze video’s worden gebruikt als ondersteuning voor jullie verhaal. De video’s zijn gericht op de bekende vlakken zoals voeding, bewegen en gedrag. Binnenkort dus meer 💪🏻
And this is one of my favorite parts about spring. 🌸 When you let the grass grow wild in San Diego these flowers that can pop up. Dreamy spring day with precious little Lucia. ✨In case you wondered her adorable outfit is from her mom’s whimsical independent clothing line. Check out Angelin’s shop at @shopkumquat or stop by her store if you are in the LA area.