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A Year of Full Time Van Life & More

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A Year of Full Time Van Life & More

I cannot believe April 2nd was the 1 year anniversary of full-time van life for me. This after years of touring the USA in my Fiat. Once again I find that time flew by in certain parts & moved at a snails pace in others. No matter what a year of full time van life has been my journey.

Van life brought so much BAM to the tour beyond the name. Having a tiny home on wheels created so many opportunities for changing the narrative around traveling. Van life is a way of living that many have found to be the perfect alternative lifestyle.

From day one I found it wonderful to have the freedom only a tiny home on wheels can offer.

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In one year Gidget & I were able to make time to stop at many national parks such as - The Grand Canyon, Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park & Joshua Tree. What great treasure’s these are and having a converted van to take in National Parks brings it to an entire new level. Finding the perfect spot to park and prepare meals, rest and be in nature alone became our thing to do in parks and the BAM van made it easy. We would spend all day in the beauty of Mother Nature fully equipped with our home on wheels.

Touring National Parks in the BAM van is the #1 reason I loved my year in the BAM van.

Although driving the van empty across the USA in the worst weather possible was my truth right after the van was purchased I was still a little nervous about going from a small Fiat to the BAM van on tour. Thankful to say the Dodge Promaster Van is as easy to maneuver as the Fiat and I loved zipping all over the USA in the van.

Mentally life in the van was a huge win while touring. It provided me space to have alone time, unwind and to just be. This was a new and much needed outcome for the tour and I was always grateful to have my own home touring this last year.

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Not only my own home, but a conscious home.

My conscious life has me sensitive to not only food toxins, but also environmental. The BAM van helped to limit these for me. Literally I just got back from air traveling and staying in hotels for the first time in 18 months and it takes a huge toll on my body. So much so I got sick.

The BAM van created the space for wellness not offered by hotels and Airbnb’s.

  • Recycled air in hotels and planes are toxic to my person.

  • Hotel bleached sheets & towels are toxic to my person.

  • Most soaps and bath products are toxic to my person.

  • Sugar filled creamers, non organic coffee and standard American diet foods offered in hotels are toxic to my person.

Van life made it easier to control the level of exposure to toxins which for me was a huge win.

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Sadly my year did not come without struggles and challenges. From a small fire to global warming and much more. The worst and scariest brought instant reminders the fine line between wellness and sickness for me. I was food poisoned twice and even months later I am still recovering from both. Sadly I am a fragile flower.

Gluten and grain poisoning for me in the first year of van life made for the hardest of challenges.

I landed in the emergency room while touring things got so bad. This coming from a girl who does not even believe in Western medicine! I take ownership for both poisonings because my gut said no even thought I was told what I was eating/taking were safe foods/products.

Not listening to my gut was my mistake and a big one.

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This resulted in my body struggling to tour any longer. My first year of van life also included 8 weeks of bed rest and extreme sickness. Having Multiple Sclerosis (MS) any changes become a big deal and being poisoned proved to be more of a challenge than my body could handle. My daughter sat me down and asked me to consider stopping the tour and taking it all virtually.

As of today the ‘Taking it to the Streets Tour” will be going virtual and the BAM van is for sale. After a year of living on the road the van is now ready for its new owners. Below please find all the information for this off grid tiny home on wheels.

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I HIGHLY recommend it for anyone looking for a great new full time home, vacation or 2nd home. The van build is cozy and comfortable making this tiny home on wheels a great place for anyone looking to enjoy the freedom only van life can offer.

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FOR SALE - CUSTOM CONVERTED VAN 

White 2018 Dodge Promaster 1500 Conversion Van 
43,100 HIGHWAY miles
Reverse Camera
100K bumper-to-bumper factory warranty

This custom van was built for true van life purposes. It's a tiny home. It is self-contained and a very comfortable home on wheels. The build includes:

Kitchen:
17-inch stainless sink with faucet
Suburban propane 3 burner stove & oven 
Butcher block counter & custom cutting board
5 gallon water and grey water tanks
Paper towel holder
Veggie hammock
CR Laurence 41 ¼ by 16 ¾ Horizontal sliding window
12 v electric cooler
Corkboard & storage rack
Peg broad with hooks, clips and rack

Electric:
External Shore Power hook up
2 NPP 6V 200AH 200AGM Deep Cycle Batteries 
150 Amp isolator relay automatically recharges battery bank while driving 
1500 Sine Wave watt Inverter 
USB outlets
Standard DC connector
3 110v outlets
3 LED lights

Insulation:
Reflectix, Polyiso & foam insulation mix of rigid foam and expanding foam 
Noico 80mil sound deadening insulation
Custom Insulated Reflectix Window Covers w/ Organic Hand Painted Fabric Covers
Insulated Curtain for Privacy

Amenities:
2 Maxx 4500K Air Fans – remote control - bidirectional fans/vent with various speeds and thermostat
Mr. Heater 12000 BTU Portable Propane Heater
Bunkerwall Leveler Blocks
16-inch magnetic knife holder
Custom organic fabrics and bedding

Build:
Custom slide-out sofa conversion to double bed 
3-foot custom birch closet for storage
Crystal cabinet knobs
Storage: under sofa, sink, closet and oven
Imported Italian Oak hardwood floors
White eucalyptus bead board interior walls
Birch custom cabinets & closet with extra storage underneath
Custom racks over sofa and kitchen for extra storage

PRICE - 42K
SERIOUS INQUIRES ONLY

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Vendors I love & Coupon Codes - Part II

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Vendors I love & Coupon Codes - Part II

I am blown away on the daily how many of my favorite vendors believe in the work that i do on tour. I could not drive one mile without them. This is the reality of the work I do.

Each vendor on tour offer something that is essential to my "Bag of Tricks" and the community I serve.

Often times people who reach out for a tour visit are living in community and not living alone. With this being said it is hard to be the only one conscious especially regarding food choices. Many of the vendors on tour help to change the narrative around food choices without alienating yourself and others.

These vendors also open the door for a healthy dialogue to begin when I am touring regarding ingredients and what we put into our bodies. I am humbled to have such an all star list of supporters and grateful beyond belief I get to share these with all of you.

DR. WILL COLE:

I remember meeting Will like it was yesterday. I met him through my good friend, Dr. Terry Wahls. Since day one it has been a love affair for me. Today I am proud to say that I have officially met his staff and family and have no words to describe just what an amazing man Dr. Will Cole is.

I remember reading so much from Will via MindBodyGreen where he has been a huge contributor forever. So meeting Will was a huge BAM in my life. In 2016 Will helped me as part of my healthcare team and that was simply the icing on the cake. Will taught me what a true healthcare partner is about. He spent time with me and asked questions no one has ever cared to ask me before. My intake forms took me hours and I was not mad about it. Will saw me via Skype and was really looking at my entire body as a collective. which was new to me. Dr. Cole’s advise helped prepare me for the start of the “Taking it to the Streets Tour” and I have never looked back. His advice and recommendations took my healthcare lens to a higher level. Even today his blogs, interviews and book continue to inform my ‘Bag of Tricks.”

Today Will has recently released his new book Keto-tarian whose 1st press sold out almost instantly. It is a must have for every families medicine cabinet. Filled with information and recipes that will change the narrative easily in homes.

For any friends interested in a Functional Medicine approach to wellness I HIGHLY recommend Dr. Will Cole. He see’s patients via Skype all over the world. Just mention PaleoBOSS Lady sent you when you call and Dr. Cole will extend a huge savings to you! No words to describe how amazing this is for everyone. BAM times a billion.

CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED WITH DR. WILL COLE - TELL THEM BOSS LADY SENT YOU!

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MUFFIN REVOLUTION:

I first met this team at Expo. West I am pretty sure. If not it was PaleoFX. Not going to lie I returned to the booth many times eating their entire line of samples. One I liked more than the other. This was a huge stumbling block for me regarding entering the Paleo movement. I wanted muffins for breakfast.

For the 1st - 6 months of me going Paleo I batch cooked muffins every Sunday and had muffins and bacon for breakfast. It was the only way I could have begun this journey. I like cake like things in the morning especially with my coffee. When I enter homes typically one member of the family is looking to eat clean. Muffin Revolution makes it easy to include the entire family in eating consciously delicious in the morning. We all know our highest sugar intake happens at breakfast for all of us. From kids to adults we start our day with more than the daily amount of refined sugar. It is the hardest meal to get kids to consider eating healthy.

Muffin Revolution is the solution to this hurdle in the conscious living world. They freeze for easy grab and go mornings. Every home on tour so far has gone crazy for this line: 24 Carrot Gold, Banana BAM BAM and Cha Cha Cha and many more.

CODE FALL15 SAVES HERE

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PRIMAL KITCHENS:

I am not going to lie the entire line of Primal Kitchens products address a HUGE need in the conscious living space. Most condiments we give our kids and families are filled with sugars and gluten. Cooking with olive oil we know many times converts to a trans fat. Don’t even get me started on mayonnaise and ketchup.

Primal Kitchens has the answer to all of it. An entire line of avocado oil salad dressings, mayonnaise and stand alone. I love crisping up roasted veggies in avocado oil. My favorite oil when making fries or chips of any kind.

I do confess I have a problem with Primal Kitchens dressings. I can’t decide which is my favorite. Every time I think I have decided they come out with a new one. Hard to keep up with this company and happy every time they launch a new product. Wonderful to have them on tour.

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Siete Family Foods:

I remember the 1st time I bought Siete. I had been searching for them at Whole Foods for quite some time and they were always sold out. I was in Florida touring and BAM they had them in stock and I ate the entire bag in one sitting. I could not believe how delicious they were and that somehow in my conscious life tortilla were back!

Fast forward and the following year at G2F2 and Siete shared they wanted to join the award winning “Taking it to the Streets Tour” and it has been amazing to share Siete with the homes I visit. Often families are shocked that such an amazing line of products exist that are Paleo. This year with the new additions to the product line Siete continues to raise the bar on what we think is possible in the clean food world. BRAVA Siete for changing the narrative for many of us. Taco’s everyday are BACK baby!

CLICK HERE FOR SIETE FAMILY FOODS

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Jilz Gluten Free

I remember back in the early Instagram days my friend Shay would always post eating Jilz Gluten Free and I would be so jealous. I missed crackers and could not find Jilz anywhere. Until that 1st day and I literally cried with joy. The Mediterranean blew my mind it is so delicious. Lavender in a cracker made me happy and Jilz delivers. Later that year I met Jill and her wonderful mom (may she rest in peace) at PaleoFX and that sealed the deal. I feel in love with Jill as much as her crackers.

As luck would have it we both took the same flight out of Austin to LA and were able to get to know each other a little better which made my day. No words to express how much Jill has believed in my work and how much her crackers change the narrative around every holiday meal, BBQ, party and/or any type of gathering. No one ever guesses her crackers are anything, but delicious.

Bring back the crackers and never look back because Jilz are the only alternative that tastes great and everyone loves them. Grab some today and save! BAM.

CODE: BAMJILZ20%

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CAPPELLO’S:

When I met Ben and Stacey from Cappello’s I literally cried. I almost felt like I was being punked because not only did they have pasta, but they had cookies and pizza. My 3 favorites of all time. This was so unheard of in the Paleo world I was starting to tell myself zoodles would be an okay replacement for Sunday pasta. Thankful this lie never had to be realized.

Pizza was my hardest gluten item to give up. I lived for pizza at least 2-3 times a week. I could not imagine giving it up forever and now with Cappello’s I don’t have too. Having Cappello’s on tour has been a dream come true. Almost exclusively every home I enter has the same list of foods they cannot live without and Cappello’s has almost all of them covered with their amazing line of: pasta, pizza and cookies.

Having Cappello’s on tour has meant that all, but one cooking class in 2018 have been lasagna. Many of the classes I have witnessed someone crying tears of joy shocked this is gluten free, fresh, homemade pasta. Not hard noodles you need to boil. Just like Nona made. So delicious it is unbelievable. Isn’t it time you welcomed Cappello’s into your family!

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ZEVIA:

This company gave in so many ways to the tour it is almost too emotional for me to even type this. I happen to have an introductions to the VP of Sales at Zevia, Robert, through a good friend of mine. We had coffee one Sunday and he was intrigued to hear about my tour. After that meeting we kept in touch and I discovered the Zevia Cream Soda.

Cream soda was my dad’s favorite. I started bringing it on tour with me when I was driving and channeling my dad. I know this may sound weird, but I take great comfort in feeling my dad’s presence with me when I am out on the road touring/driving alone. Every time I have a Zevia cream soda and/or hear LeRoy Brown on the radio I know my dad is with me watching over me.

When I was building out the van I needed more money than originally expected for the build out. I was off by a ton and really stressing out about how I was going to get the BAM van done and me back on the road serving. One day I get an email from Robert introducing me to his team and asking how they can help. Next thing I know Zevia wired funds for the van build out washing away great stress and worry getting me back on tour by April. NO WORDS. GRATEFUL.

When I think of Zevia I get all warm and fuzzy. My dad riding with me on tour and the BAM van would not have been completed so quickly without Zevia. Not only do I love their root beer and cream soda but we make the Turmeric Tonic in the cooking classes and everyone gives them a huge thumbs up. You can find Zevia everywhere. BAM.

CLICK HERE FOR ZEVIA

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PINNERTEST:

Food sensitivity is a huge indicator of bio-hacking for gut health and optimization. I am a huge fan and wish I knew about Pinnertest sooner. For years I wanted to test my food sensitivity and quite honestly could not see how to afford it and then on top the need to pay someone to read it to me because it did not make any sense.

Then comes Pinnertest who not only delivers the simplest form ever to read, but also has an easy payment plan. BAM. BAM. BAM.

I never had to leave my house. It was the easiest test I have ever done and took like 5 minutes from start to finish. No words to describe how spectacular this is and informative information. I plan to redo my Pinnertest every year to see how my gut is healing and potentially creating the space for more foods. I am proud to be able to see how my gut continues to heal with Pinnertest by my side. Not going to lie I think this makes an excellent holiday gift to anyone who you think has food sensitivity. Knowledge is power and Pinnertest delivers on all fronts. BAM.

CODE: PALEOBOSSLADY SAVES $60 AT CHECKOUT

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ALITURA:

I was walking down the isle at PaleoFX and by a booth that was on the diagonal from the BAM van which was on the show floor for people to check out. The man behind the very crowded booth stopped me and introduced himself to me sharing he had read my website the night before and was impressed with my work. I was totally taken back by this and humbled beyond words. The man was the founder of Alitura Naturals and a great guy, Andy Hnilo.

Andy and I started talking and learned he too had a life threatening incident that lead him to a passion driven life. Now the founder of a Alitura Naturals: a skin care company built on quality and craftsmanship of products with extreme attention to detail. Andy shared with me his enthusiasm and the commitment he has about bringing the best, high quality skin care line for both men and women. That is one of the things I love about this line is that it is sought after by both men and women.

Andy hooked me up with some samples back in April and I have been a huge fan ever since. I get compliments on my skin almost daily. Many cannot believe my age and ask me what I do for such amazing skin. I do very little beyond washing and caring for my skin using Alitura Naturals. I call it the skin care with guts. No matter what product you use someone notices. From compliments on how pretty my skin is to how wonderful I smell my answer is always the same: Alitura Naturals.

CODE: PALEOBOSS SAVES 20%

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PIQUE TEA

I first met Pique Tea last December. I was fortunate enough to spend time talking to the founder Simon Cheng whose story blew me away. He personally found his way to tea during his own healing journey. Having walked away from the finance world looking for a more purpose driven calling Simone started studying medicinal breath-work. His studies brought him to monks where he learned a lot about medicinal breath-work, meditating and discovered the role tea plays in overall health & wellness. Simon learned and created a tea company in the spirit of those before him who treasure it’s healing properties and teas’ ability to support your best life.

Pique tea crystals are easy for me personally to drink. Simply grab and go are how I role with Pique Tea. So simple and yet Pique Tea’s line offers huge benefits to any wellness program with little to no effort. You can have Pique Tea hot or cold which I love best. I love my tea temperatures to change like the seasons and Pique makes it easy offering both versions of many of your favorites. I recently did a bone broth fast that was supported by Pique fasting ginger tea which I love. It really helped me keep my fluids up and my energy high. Noted a huge difference with my fast with Pique added into the fasting. So much that I don’t think I will ever fast without Pique Tea again. Isn’t it time you tried Pique? Their website filled with tons of amazing information and recipes that will blow you away friends. I love Pique Tea.

2 FREE CARTONS USING THIS LINK

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NUTRIGOLD

Meeting the team at NutriGold has been a life changing event for me personally and professionally. I first heard about them at ShiftCon which is an eco-conscious bloggers conference. I was attending a talk on supplements and quickly learned that I knew nothing about how to know if I was buying whole food based supplements or marketing based. Seemed every slide they showed of companies run by Mad Men were the ones in my stash.

Yes they all said whole foods on the package. I had no idea there is little to no regulation on supplements in the USA. Not surprised and was kind of mad at myself for not knowing this. I quickly got over that and decided it was time to up my game.

In walks NutriGold. This company inspires me from the owners down to every single employee. They have a corporate culture that jazzes my soul and a product line that is so transparent the number of 3rd party tests alone will blow your mind. I literally love reading the NutriGold labels because they are real food based. Ingredient lists that have food listed are what you get from NutriGold. Their products are certified free of almost everything you can imagine. It is simply mind blowing how many products on the market have synthetic vitamins and are loaded with sugar and gluten. Even what I was getting from my Naturopath had sugar. Everyday I am thankful for the NutriGold standard for keeping my body running like a well oiled machine. This discount code link makes all purchases cheaper here than Amazon friends. Don’t miss out.

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THE DATE LADY

It was Halloween 2015 when I was introduced to The Date Lady. I received a gift from a handful of vendors and the Date Lady syrup was in the gift basket. I almost died. BAM is all I can say.

Following me you know I am a sugar addict. I love me some sweet, but tend to overdue the honey and maple syrup on the daily. The glycemic index for dates is less than both and adds to my harms reduction approach to my addiction. The Date Lady syrup works well in all recipes when added as a sugar replacement. It is now included in all of my cooking classes and the crowds LOVE the taste of all the items we make using the Date Lady.

Can we talk dates? The Date Lady dates are like delicious caramels and melt in your mouth. I have never had such soft creamy dates in my life. I thought all dates were hard and chewy. Not anymore! I simply cannot believe I am eating a date when I have them from The Date Lady. Add this to any meal time and everyone will feel special. The Date Lady change the date game beyond words. You need to taste these candy’s from earth. Nothing added just pure goodness. Great for holiday baking friends. Start creating delicious healthy versions of your favorites with The Date Lady.

Don’t even get me started on the Chocolate and Caramel spreads. You all need to try these. They will simply blow your mind. BAM.

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The tour would not be happening without the kind support of all of my vendors. Each and every one continue to help monthly with donations for gas, Gidget and so much more. Without their generosity this tour would not happen.

Many are small family owned businesses and I hope you will make the effort to add their products into your bag of tricks while supporting small business at the same time. Even the few vendors who have merged with larger companies still employee the original team members which for me is a huge win.

Personally my miracle life happens because of each of these companies. I am humbled to have their support. BAM for all of us.

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Expo West 2018 Hot Products Round Up

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Expo West 2018 Hot Products Round Up

I have to say having Expo. West and the time change happen in the same week almost did me in. Still recovering and hence the delay in getting this blog post done.

I spent 4 days at Expo and still did not see everything. Heck I was not even able to say hi to the vendors I already know and love let alone new companies. I am grateful to have had 2 early morning strolls that allowed me to cover a lot of ground where I caught quite a few products I am tickled pink to see.

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TOP PICKS FROM EXPO WEST 2018:

  • Zevia Tea:  My good friends at Zevia just introduced an organic ready to drink tea line. Like all Zevia products, these items are sweetened with stevia, and contain zero sugar. In addition, Zevia Organic Teas are non-carbonated, non-GMO, brewed with Fair Trade Certified Tea, and will carry the USDA Organic seal. The flavors include Black Tea, Green Tea and herbal flavors, featuring two caffeine-free options. BAM.
  • Nutiva: Boy did Nutiva blow me away with the new MCT Powder. The 1st of its kind and quite delicious if I do say so myself. I love this and Nutiva made the MCT powder with those who have a sensitive stomach in mind. Many complain about MCT liquid being a little harsh on the tummy and this powered MCT has got you covered . Nutiva has included ingredients that help to minimize stomach upset making this a huge win. Looking forward to this coming out in April 2018.
  • Siete: I literally lost my mind when I tasted the cashew tortilla wrap. OMG they are delicious. Siete  also launched a chick pea wrap, but I am on team no chick pea so I did not taste. History leads me to believe it will be delicious. Now stand up and scream 'Hell Yes" Siete also announced new chips with ranch! Drops mic and walks off stage. BAM.
  • Bubba's Fine Foods: I love a good serving size pack and even more when I get to chose if I want bourbon vanilla un-granola, Nana chips or a savory original. Single serving size packs keep me from embarrassing myself and eating an entire bag in one sitting. Thank you Bubba's for helping a girl out with your cute little bags of YUM.
  • Abeego: Beeswax wraps rule. I love these and literally almost hugged the woman who is the CEO of this company. What a great way to say bye bye to plastic wrap and foils. These wraps are washable and last. They come in many different sizes. Side note: For vegans this will not work.
  • Further Food: Daily Turmeric Tonic is a must have for everyone. I added turmeric to my life a few years ago and in the last year have increased how much I consume 2 capsules daily and notice a great difference in inflammation. Further Foods Turmeric Tonic is tasty and a great way to say hello turmeric and feel special doing it. Trust me.
  • NutRaw: Pistachio milk for the win. I was giddy when I tasted this line and this company is all about anything pistachio. I could see this in my refrigerator on a monthly rotation. I love all the nut milk choices don't you? Not going to lie I really liked pistachio milk a lot.
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If I had to pick my favorite product for 2018 it would be the beeswax wraps from Abeego. Not to discount the foods I mentioned because all of them are delicious game changers. The wraps are a narrative changer in the space many of us still hold many toxic habits. Wraps, foils and plastic containers are filled with all kind of toxic stuff and this not only creates the space for a conversation to happen it also offers a wonderful solution.

I am grateful for shows like Expo West for many reasons. Everyone under one roof makes life easy and I get to see people I love in one event.

I look forward to trying these products and seeing if they make it to my regular rotation. Let me know if you get your hands on any of them and what you think. Wishing luck to all the companies who showed and hope Expo West exceeded your expectations.

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Food is Not the Key to my Miracle Status

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Food is Not the Key to my Miracle Status

I am sure that many of you know me as a Wahls Warrior. In addition many believe The Wahls Protocol is why I am a walking miracle.

Yes The Wahls Protocol is a huge part, but it is not the reason I am a walking miracle.

As I travel around the USA as part of the award winning "Taking it to the Streets Tour" I am often reminded that most people's entry into self care as healthcare are starting with food.

Food was the last piece to my healing puzzle.

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Food is not what I credit with the reason for my miracle status. Food was the final piece for me. My journey toward being a miracle really started when I was diagnosed in 1987. At that time I made the conscious decision to step outside the standard of care by using cannabis for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in place of narcotics. This eventually grew to incorporating essential oils into my wellness plan and it continued to grow.

Cannabis was the 1st step toward my miracle status followed by essential oils & massage.

My life with MS always had a huge movement component which consisted of hard core work outs and interval training until I became disabled in 2001. By 2001 I found myself unable to do anything physical due to severe fatigue making movement a great hardship.

I spite of this I pushed myself & took MS specific swim classes at the local YMCA. I did this 3 days a week for 2 years until I was able to literally roll onto a yoga mat. At this time I had no ability to elevate my arms above my waist & balance was not the best look yet onto the yoga mat I went.

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Yoga from day one started to heal my body and continues to this day.

Yoga is my hero and has offered the most bang for my buck as a healing modality. Not only is it a great workout, but it also has a spiritual element. Yoga gives me a '2fer' each day is how I see it. Yoga is a part of my daily life & without it I would not be able to move freely. The end.

I have been a devote yogi since 2001 & will be until the day I die.

Movement was the next key element into my miracle status.

My life was so desperate by 2011 I had nothing, but fear driving the ship. Sleepless nights the norm. Wall walking most days unable to be certain I would not fall. Counting my steps to maximize ability to care for myself. Self medicating using booze a constant & financial ruin a daily reality. 

I was completely alone, going broke & my body was failing a little more everyday. Scared doesn't begin to describe what I felt. Suicide a constant thought.

By the grace of life I was able to attend Burning Man. Burning Man is an artist, man against nature, no consumerism or judgement event in the dessert of Nevada offering every attendee the chance to become the person they always wanted to be if even for a day.

At Burning Man I realized my current life was toxic & in order to heal I had to wake up.

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About day 4 at Burning Man while praying at the temple I had a brick hit forehead moment realizing that my life was on autopilot and if I wanted to heal I had to wake up & fast. This was a huge epiphany & began what I consider the core foundation of my healing.

My miracle status is a direct result of my work to get my mind right which began on the playa at Burning Man.

I believe the key to becoming a miracle is to live a conscious life filled with self love, gratitude and joy. Waking myself up & owning my life choices 100% are the reason I am a walking miracle. The Wahls Protocol is the way I eat not why I am PaleoBOSS Lady.

  • I know who I am.
  • I like who I am.
  • I believe in the person I am.
  • I wake up with joy in my heart everyday.
  • I have gratitude for life.
  • Mylife is blessed.
  • I am grateful.

This is why I am the miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady.

I am madly in love with me & the life that I life.

With certainty & purpose I rise and rest daily knowing my life is entirely motivated by purpose & joy. I am awake, alive & in love.

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What I Learned From Dr. Wahls in Iowa 2017 Seminar

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What I Learned From Dr. Wahls in Iowa 2017 Seminar

 I am proud to say that I have attended all, but one of the seminars offered by Dr. Terry Wahls yearly in Iowa. I have literally sold family heirlooms to be able to attend The Wahls Seminar.

I believe Dr. Wahls Seminar is essential to my well being and would like to believe I will be in Iowa for this event yearly.

I would say about 30% of the seminar offers similar content year after year. Like the book I never seem to be over hearing how the functional medicine lens works & this is what most of the repeat lectures involve. The remaining 70% influenced by the evolution of Dr. Wahls personal research & what is learned in the lab.

There is no doubt The Wahls Seminar shares the most cutting edge research currently happening regarding autoimmune disorders, the microbiome and so much more.

Dr. Wahls delivers the bulk of lectures which is a huge BAM. Each lectured is filled with first hand insights presented in an approachable format filled with real time observations & measured outcomes. In addition The Wahls Seminar has incredible speakers like: Dr. Will Cole, Dr. Ken Sharlin, Cyndi O'Meara of Changing Habits and many more powerhouse people.

Everyone in the room learns something that will have a direct positive impact on their live with each lecture given by Dr. Wahls.

Reading The Wahls Protocol offers new life changing insights every time I pick it up. I personally have read The Wahls Protocol a million times. My book is so marked up and sticky notes everywhere it looks like a workbook rather than a text book. 

Dr. Wahls matter of fact approach & delivery of her work offers a clear understanding regarding the processes she took to heal & what it takes personally to achieve desired outcomes. The icing on the cake comes from realizing the power the support of her family & community have had supporting Dr. Wahls healing & her work.

Learning all of this in real time & as a collective at the seminar offers an intimate safe space for learning where judgement is gone & community support quickly becomes the status quo.

It was nice to hear from the many research scientists who work in the lab with Dr. Wahls. Clearly they are looking at autoimmune disease from many angles learning with each step. Progress happening across various studies supporting a message of continued hope to all attendees.

In addition Dr. Wahls shares video's of her clinical trials for The Wahls Protocol where you see many subjects go from mobility issues to almost a memory. There is no denying the power of the protocol with each patient showing remarkable healing.

Dr. Wahls family has a key role at the seminar. They allow us to see the power of family support in the face of disease. Many who attend are fortunate to have the same support system in place. For those who do not you are inspired to build a network of unconditional support as exhibited by the Wahls family.

Dr. Wahls and team do a great job of community building from the word go.

Many leave with a valuable support system after the seminar which proves key to those without family support. I personally believe community is one of the greatest outcomes of the seminar.

Last, but not least the number one message I learned from Dr. Wahls at the seminar is that a 100% commitment is required to tap BAM status. This protocol does not work magic when presented with anything less. Dr. Wahls could not be more clear that it takes a 100% commitment to make real life changes as outlined by The Wahls Protocol.

TOP 5 Things I Learned From Dr. Wahls:

  1.  100% compliance of The Wahls Protocol is required
  2.  Community is key to success
  3.  Our gut holds the key to health
  4. A purpose driven life key to success.
  5. Resilience is something we call can work on.

These lessons learned from Dr. Wahls have not been our 1st time around the block hearing these truths. 

It is however hard to reprogram ourselves from years of believing that we follow Doctors orders taking medicine to mask symptoms not being concerned with root cause.

The Wahls Protocol puts the power of healing in our control.

100%. Not a doctors. We have to want it. We have to do the work ourselves. The end.

I am grateful to learn about how to respect my body. Doing this as a Wahls Warrior continues to relieve my body of the horrific symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) as my gut heals & my consciousness rises regarding what healthcare truly is.

The Wahls Seminar is simply a road map to BAM.

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How to Add Cannabis to the Medicine Cabinet

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How to Add Cannabis to the Medicine Cabinet

As many of you know I have been using cannabis for the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) since diagnosis in 1987. Even though for decades I was breaking the law by using cannabis its health benefits were so important to my well being that I felt it was worth the risks.

When I was first diagnosed with MS there were no disease modifying drugs or a standard of care treatment for MS beyond addictive pain killers & narcotics. My mother was a prescription pill addict my whole life so I quickly said no to any drugs the doctors offered instead turning to essential oils & cannabis to help my initial symptoms of muscle spasms & limb jumping.

To this day I use cannabis even though many of my symptoms have left the building due to diet & lifestyle choices.

After my healing began as a faithful Warrior who follows The Wahls Protocol I was able to go off of over 24 medications for the treatment of MS. I thought at this time I should also stop using cannabis. It became clear after about 12 weeks that cannabis was helping me with more than the symptoms I originally thought.

Little did I know all that cannabis was managing outside of diet & lifestyle.

I have scary issues with my throat due to MS. Sever spasms or becoming rigid as we call it in MS. Literally it is like a 'Charlie Horse'  that most often happens with your feet, but it is your throat. When I stopped using cannabis throat symptom returned as well as a low level of anxiety. Both of which I thought my diet & lifestyle choices had healed 100%. It was not until I stopped using cannabis that I learned how much of a role THC had in healing these two important symptoms.

Even though I am a Wahls Warrior who is a walking miracle I continue to use cannabis for the treatment & management of MS.

One of the most common questions I get regarding cannabis is where to begin. Many of my tribe reach out to ask how to get started. I wanted to give some insight into the process & some best practices using cannabis as medicine.

Most important to note is I am not advocating anyone step outside of the law regarding the use of cannabis. Although this was how I operated for many years exclusively until 2006 when I moved to CA where medicinal cannabis was legal. Today recreational use is also legal in CA & many states around the USA. 

Strands: There are 3 varieties of cannabis & they are either strands called Sativa, Indica and/or a hybrid. Each one offers a different medicinal tool.

  • A Sativa will help you stay active & alert offering an overall calming effect. I find Sativa helps to calm your mind while allowing you to function without feeling high.
  • An Indica on the other hand offers an overall body effect often inducing sleep & a large sense of relaxation. An Indica strand is great for pain & sleep.
  • Hybrids are a mixture of both Sativa & Indica typically having one higher in concentration than the other. Depending on which is dominant defines the type of effect. Hybrids are classified as either Sativa or Indica dominant.

It is important to remind ourselves that we are all different & our bodies are the ultimate source of information.

When offering medical cannabis in most states it is required that the community have options for usage beyond smoking. Below I will outline the different ways most states offer cannabis to the consumer.

Edibles:  You can find cannabis in edibles of all kind from pop to brownies & even infused butters. I personally do not recommend using edibles without checking the ingredient list. Many are filled with sugars & things that do not support a conscious life. The standard dose is 10mg of THC per serving with many edibles offering more than one dose.

Edibles can take on average one hour to feel the effects. Many times edibles are hard to manage due to dosing not being exact producing an outcome that is powerful for some & not effective for others.

I strongly suggest when using edibles to put the day aside to see how your body reacts. I have learned that everyone is different & there is a learning curve that is quite individual. Only when consuming edibles have I had experiences that felt like I was tripping & produced a negative outcome. However there have also been times where the use of edibles have delivered exceptional results.

Due to the nature of unpredictability of edibles I advise to plan a day at home where you can ride the wave until you are able to have the correct dosing.

Tinctures: A sublingual form is also available which are called tinctures. This is another method for using cannabis that is easy & very effective. Although they are the least used form of cannabis they are still very powerful.

Tinctures are liquid forms of cannabis that include THC which can be administered by putting a few drops under your tongue. Tinctures are easily absorbed with many feeling the effects within 15 minutes of using. This treatment is quicker, easier to regulate & often more effective than edibles. I have personally found great success with tinctures even though I prefer to smoke bud.

Vaping: Cannabis is also available in Vape Oil. Vape oil is considered the healthier alternative to smoking. The THC & CBD oils are extracted & often added to coconut oil. Vape pens are needed to administer the oil by heating it up for smoking.

Vaporizing cannabis has been shown to not have the same negative effects on the lungs that traditional smoking does. However one has to pay attention to what is added to the cannabis oil for vaping. Some companies do add unhealthy chemicals that make this method not a good choice.

Cannabidiol or CBD oil: CBD oil can be derived from both cannabis & hemp. I am going to talk about cannabis derived CBD oil here. This oil is known to have lots of health benefits without any of the psychoactive effects of cannabis most often derived from low THC strands of marijuana. Many use CBD oil to help with pain, tremors, cancer and ADHD.

Hemp oil derived CBD oil can be purchased in every state in the USA & is much different than cannabis CBD oil. This type of CBD oil has shown great promise in helping dogs & autism. Hemp oil is much different than a cannabis CBD oil and should be noted as such. Hemp does not contain any THC making it a very different medicinal tool that is quite effective.

How to Get Started: Check the laws in your state/country to find out how to legally use and/or grow. In 2017 over 26 states have legalized cannabis for medical uses in the USA & 7 for recreational use. However it should be noted that marijuana is still against the law at the federal level and legality is a state decision only in the USA. Being informed regarding the laws and potential risks are highly recommended.

Medical license: For most states a doctor visit either in person or online is required to obtain a medical license. I have been able to get this from all kinds of partners in my wellness team. My 1st license back in 2006 came from my gynecologist and cost about $225. Today in California you can get a license for about $35 from brick and mortar & online establishments that have a doctor on staff for licensing only. It simply is not as hard to get as it was in 2006.

Licenses are good for one year. Once you are legal your information is put online for the dispensary to verify prior to purchase in states where medicinal only is legal. States with recreational use do not require a medical card, however if you have a medicinal need discounts are typically offered making a license advisable & cost effective.

Dispensary: This is where you go to get cannabis in all forms talked about. Most dispensaries have at least 10+ strands plus an assortment of edibles, oils and the tools needed to use cannabis. I highly recommend you talk with the staff (bud tenders) about the best route for you to take. Cannabis is very individual & each strand is different not only in name but in THC, CBD strength. Bud tenders are trained on strands just like a sommelier is on wine. They are very knowledgeable & should be treated just like any member of your healthcare team.

You can find dispensaries online via Weedmaps or simply google for storefronts. Some states like CA have delivery which makes life easier, but also increases the value of a trained bud tender to give you insight into what strands are working the best to support your needs. I value the role of those working in dispensaries & trust their insight & knowledge.

The use of cannabis is still controversial for many. I am sharing my 1st hand experience & knowledge based on the huge role it plays in my life with MS. There is no doubt in my mind that the medicinal benefits have been extreme in helping me tap my best life in the face of the devastation caused by MS even when I was dealing with the stress of breaking the law.

I simply cannot impress upon you enough how much cannabis has been the #1 most effective treatment for living with MS. Even in the face of the miracles that have happened with diet & lifestyle cannabis still holds a huge role in my ability to live my best life.

For anyone who believe that it fries brain cells & produces addiction I am here to call bullshit.

I have better cognitive than most & am not an addict with over 30 years of smoking weed. If you want to talk about brain cells dying and addiction we should look at big pharm & booze.

Not going to lie I am sure this blog post will raise some eyebrows.

For those who can be open to living life outside of cultural norms I hope this post helps guide your best life journey.

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PaleoFX 2017: New Products Round-Up

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PaleoFX 2017: New Products Round-Up

Just back from my 5th PaleoFX & excited to share the latest products that caught my eye.

I did not attend talks at this year's PaleoFX as I seem to find them geared toward those early in their journey & not offering new insights to me personally. I highly recommend a full pass for those just starting their conscious life & for others a trade show floor pass is sufficient to get a BAM from your time at this event.

Vendors did not disappoint at all. So many old friends & new make walking the exhibit floor a good time.

For those who like to break a sweat the show has tons to offer you as well. I did note many of the activities that in previous years were free are no longer & have price tags ranging from $25-$35 for each session. Not going to lie this broke my heart a bit because exhibitors give samples of their products all day long & I feel anyone that makes money doing what they taught in a class should offer it for free. My 2 cents for what it is worth.

Ancient Nutrition: Bone Broth Capsules

This is a BAM. I thought the dehydrated Bone Broth protein powder was huge& this takes it to an entirely different level. I am so excited to see this new addition to the line of products from my good friends at Ancient Nutrition. Their entire line I love & also includes individual serving packets, 30 serving tubs & now supplements. Can it get any better? Thanks Ancient Nutrition.

Eating Evolved: Keto Cups

These little BAM's are so key for me personally right now as I committed to giving up natural sugar (honey, maple syrup) forever. I am a true sugar addict & need to end the constant struggle once & for all. I have been on the search for a tasty alternative and these WIN! Check out that ingredient list too. All organic & all YUM!

Legit Bread Company: Sandwich Bread & Bagel Mix

Have not tried these new products from my friend Jennifer aka Predominately Paleo, but have them on the top of my list. Post after post others share their love of this product & I am ready to give it a go. Traveling for the tour makes it hard for me to cook breads, but I am hoping to share it with someone on the upcoming leg of my tour in exchange for use of their kitchen. Hang on for a tasty review in the near future. Jennifer's recipes have never disappointed so I am certain this will be a huge addition to any kitchen.

Guiltless Goodies: Skinny Donuts

I love a good chocolate iced donut like anybody else. Cannot remember the last time I had one until these yummy Paleo donuts entered my world. Love at 1st bite is my story. They are sold in a 6 pack and uber tasty. Reminds me of the old school Hostess donuts mom would buy however these will not kill you one bite at a time. All healthy ingredients with this line of donuts.

Malk Organics: Nut Milks

Finally a nut milk company not adding sugar to the entire product line. I hate that most organic coffee shops I go too offer nut or coconut milks with sugar added. Say what? It feels so opposite the message of the business I find myself walking out often not feeling like the owners are true to the mission. To me organic means consciousness & the ingredients of the products you serve should have a conscious lens also. Hoping to someday find this line served in most coffee shops. I tasted each of their milks falling in love with each sip. They even offer a cold brew so check them out.

Picnik: Butter Coffee

Words cannot describe the love affair I have with Picnik. This place has meant so much to me in my conscious life since day one when I ate at the little trailer on S. Lamar. It was the 1st time I ate out or anywhere that supported 100% my lifestyle. Never will I forget the joy in this experience. Since than every time I am in Austin you can find me at Picnik daily. The food, staff & owner are a huge reason Picnik has grown to add another location which is a full restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner/7 days a week. Taking life one step further Picnik now offerse buttered coffee to go and these are all delicious!  Dirty Chai is my favorite, but I love all of them. Literally delicious is all I can say. Try all of them to pick your favorite.

I hope you find the above helpful & know that each of these companies are filled with amazing individuals who produce products with a conscious. Having the pleasure of meeting them at PaleoFX & other shows throughout the year I can confirm that this community is a supportive, loving & conscious group whose main goal is to improve the lives of others through food. It seems we all get to this journey based on need & I can honestly say when you support companies like the ones listed above you are supporting change regarding health & wellness.

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14-Day Gut Shot Challenge

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14-Day Gut Shot Challenge

We all have heard that the core to beating disease & good health happens in the gut. Today you can find peer reviewed study after study talking about the gut microbiome & the huge role it plays in health & well being.

The gut flora is essential to keep our mind/body connection flourishing.

Often lifestyle choices change the gut health setting us up for sickness which can often be long term & very destructive. My mom was a prescription pill drug addict who freely gave us antibiotics like candy & never did we finish an entire script. We also lived in a high stress household with my father suffering from PTSD post WWII coupled with mom's many emergency room visits due to overdosing deteriorated my gut health & quickly. From childhood I was always sick.

Needless to say my gut health was horrific.

As a kid until the age of 30 I suffered from IBS & was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) by the age of 24. My health declined to the point that by the age of 37 I became legally disabled. Within 10 years of disability I lost the use of my hands & had trouble swallowing. My life was beyond desperate & hope was leaving the building at a rapid pace as I faced homelessness, institutionalization or death.

Healing my gut was the 1st order of business when I decided to get conscious about my life as a Wahls Warrior following The Wahls Protocol.

By using diet & lifestyle to heal from MS I knew the key was to focus on healing my gut. Probiotics are essential to restoring gut flora & Wildbrine has been a key element to my gut healing. I can tell you personally my gut flora took over 48 months of 'no cheating' & extreme consciousness regarding diet & lifestyle to heal. Today I have a healed gut & I am 100% asymptomatic from the devastation known as MS.

In order to accomplish this huge feat of becoming one of the most healed from MS using diet & lifestyle it took a village with Wildbrine being a part of this journey.

Daily probiotic pills & healthy doses of Wildbrine kraut with each meal are two key elements that aided my healing beyond being a Wahls Warrior.

When Wildbrine asked me to participate in the 14-day challenge I was excited to see what the outcome would be. Being uber in tune with my body I pay close attention to any changes that may take place & I was interested to see how the challenge would play out.

I started the challenge the day before I was leaving on a 41 city tour across America as part of the "Taking it to the Streets Tour." At 1st I thought this would be hard to maintain & maybe not the best idea. However it actually turned out to be a life saver.

Several days on the road driving 7+ hours made consuming probiotic rich foods a challenge with each meal. I found myself successful for 1 meal a day, but did not worry because I knew I had a morning live Kimchi gut shot on board. As a result the challenge ended up aiding my wellness plan while traveling tremendously.

Each day I took a gut shot 1st thing after my morning Bulletproof coffee. As someone who eats 2 meals a day I would have Wildbrine kraut with one meal complimented by my morning live gut shot.

I have to say I noticed the biggest difference which involves talking about poo. The sign you have a healed gut flora resides 100% in your 'morning constitution.' The gut shots helped me to maintain a consistent ritual even when traveling which for me is often a huge BAM. No matter how healthy my gut has been recently I always struggle to maintain the ritual simply by traveling. This was not the case during the 14-day challenge.

In addition my mental clarity increased which for those suffering from MS this is often a struggle. I believe this had a lot to do with my capacity to gain a great nights sleep for the entire 14 days during the challenge. To test my theory I did not take a shot on day 15 and my sleep was compromised. I know personally that days lacking proper sleep effects my clarity & psyche greater than anything else. Having my gut health top notch puts all of these concerns to rest.

I drank each like a shot of tequila & really enjoyed the flavors.

The gut shots come in 3 delicious flavors Citrusy Japanese, Spicy Korean & Zesty Thai. Each made with whole ingredients, no added sweeteners, extracts or lab cultures. They are naturally fermented resulting in a savory taste. Each is gluten free & supports a vegan lifestyle as well.  With over 5 billion CFU's per bottle your gut will begin to establish a healthy microbiome for optimal health.

I highly recommend we all give ourselves the opportunity to participate in a 14-day challenge. No matter where you are on your wellness journey I am sure you will notice health benefits by adding Kimichi live shots to your daily routine.

Let me know how it goes as you up the volume on YOU!

Thank you to my friends at Wildbrine for allowing me to participate in this challenge. My body also thanks you.

 

 

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How Can I Help?

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How Can I Help?

"Find yourself in the service to others."   Mahatma Gandhi

As the requests keep coming in for visits during the tour I am reminded of how much each stop means to the community I serve. In addition those I have visited continue to inspire the journey with their new found BAM's that happen almost daily.

The truth is the tour changes lives with my own included. So much so that this crazy girl decided to extend the tour to 5 years & all 50 states. BAM.

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Since touring the last 11 months I have learned a lot that I would like to share with all of you hoping you are inspired to answer the "How Can I Help?" question on your own.

The "Taking it to the Streets Tour" is a no judgement tour that says yes to anyone who asks for a visit. Many times the community I serve cannot offer me & Gidget a place to stay. Regardless we will visit if you ask. 

Within the 1st year of the tour I personally will have traveled over 30K miles, 90+ cities living with close to 50 strangers which is a huge BAM. 

To date over 200+ requests have come in for me to visit, talk or work with the community & there appears to be no end in sight. The need for the work that I do is beyond real.

After having an honest conversation with myself about why I started this tour it has become clear that there can be no stop date as long as the need exists. However some changes are needed for the tour to continue & this is where the "How Can I Help?" part comes in.

Touring involves changing locations almost every 3 days which means I am loading & unloading quite often. For those who don't know many with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) often have issues with their rotator cuff & as luck would have it I am one. Lifting & carrying my stuff are extremely taxing on my body which is something that will need to change in order for me to have longevity on the tour. The last words my PT said to me before touring was that I can end this real quick by lifting a lot. I heard him & have only light small bags, but it still proves hard for my body to handle with MS on board. This needs to change for me to continue long term there is no doubt.

Remember how I mentioned if you ask me I will come? Well this is regardless of anyone's ability to offer a place for us to live. Since I am homeless & still come to visit no matter what this translates into housing costs that average more than I can afford living on social security.

Not complaining, but costs like this leave me with days of forced fasting due to no money for food.

Yes fasting heals inflammation & my body does well, but the psychological element of not having money for food is not a best look & often my body needs food to put forth this huge effort making fasting not the best overall look for me while touring. 

"How can I help?" is a question others have asked & I finally have the answer.

I am hoping to buy a trailer & small SUV to be able to keep my costs down, save my body & allow the tour to continue as long as the demand is present. These purchases will stop the need to carry in & out saving my body which is huge. It also cuts any housing costs down tremendously.

Did you know small considerations like $25 a month are a BAM for this tour?

The 'Taking it to the Streets Tour" is about serving the community 100% & I hope you will consider being a part of an initiative personally or as a company. The 'Taking it the Streets Tour" provides hope, tools of empowerment & community resources to all of our brothers & sisters whom I visit.

The tour to date has served ages 6 months to 99 years old supporting mental, physical and age related issues. It does not discriminate, judge or have any preconceived idea's of how to support the community. All of the work I do is customized to the needs of each individual.

In addition It would also mean the world to me if you would consider sharing the tour with others. With 1-5 in America disabled we all know many who can use help tapping their miracle life.

Hopefully this speaks to some of you to take action today & commit. Imagine the satisfaction of being a part of the tour that is building a grass roots movement of consciousness changing lives daily for the cost of about 2.5 lattes.

If this speaks to you please click here to learn more about the tour & to join me in changing lives with each mile I drive. You can also use the tab on the link or if you prefer I accept both Paypal: contact@paleobosslady.com or Vinmo: diane-capaldi

Namaste. I honor each of you & really hope you will consider joining the "Taking it to the Streets Tour" which was nominated by Paleo Magazine as "Best New Idea." BAM.

 

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My Battle With Anxiety

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My Battle With Anxiety

Never in my life did I think anxiety would be a crippling force for me. I always identified with my birth sign, Taurus the bull. For most of my life I saw myself as someone who has been overcoming obstacles since the day I was born because I was a fearless bull. 

Until I wasn't.

My mom was a prescription drug addict & my dad suffered from un-diagnosed PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) as a WWII war hero. The combination presented a very colorful & often hard childhood. Yet in spite of this I was an honor student & overall great kid. Never once did I get in trouble like most kids & even with my parents issues I was able to maintain a strong relationship with both filled with love.

I really believed I had it all together regardless of my childhood. I could not have been more wrong.

At the age of 23, I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis & this is when anxiety started to become a noticeable issue.

Google's definition of anxiety is: "a nervous disorder characterized by a state of excessive uneasiness and apprehension, typically with compulsive behavior or panic attacks."

I really had no idea I suffered from anxiety until it became so great I swore I was having a heart attack. When anxiety got so bad my heart would feel like it was going to beat out of my chest, I could not catch my breath & my body temperature would elevate leaving me to see this as symptoms of a physical issue not mental.

This was not my truth. My issues were 100% psychological.

Looking back & as early as I can remember I suffered from anxiety. Anxiety comes in many forms with phobia being one & this gal has the same phobias since childhood: I am afraid of heights & closed spaces.

I also lived on 'edge' most of my childhood into adult life which is another sign of anxiety. Almost fight or flight since birth is how I would describe it. When your mom is a drug addict you never know what each day will present & on top of that having a violent father meant mom's actions would trigger his frequent outbursts of violence.

I also suffer from OCD & have since early childhood. I maintain being a neat freak who cannot have things out of place. When I was a kid my part of the bedroom was organized every morning, my drawers neat & orderly plus I had many personal 'routines' that need to be adhered to or I simply lose my mind. All signs of anxiety yet I had no idea. In fact I was praised by my parents & grandparents for these 'honorable' traits as a kid. Like most kids my sisters were messy & always forgetting stuff yet my parents would often tell me how proud they were of my anxiety driven behaviors which often left me far removed from normal kid activities.

Last but not least I lived with crippling irritable bowel issues from childhood until almost the age of 30 & never once did a doctor share the trigger might be psychological.

You see my friends anxiety has been my partner for most of my life since childhood yet I had no idea.

When life got crazy & Multiple Sclerosis became my life partner anxiety became a much harder thing to ignore. Anxiety now meant a life driven by fear resulting in a feeling that I was going to die from a heart attack.

I was so overwhelmed it became impossible to function & Xanax became the answer. 

Doctors instructed me on days that I felt 'overwhelmed' to take Xanax so I did. This resulted in several days a week for long periods of time living on Xanas yet my habits, behaviors & thoughts did not change. Xanax simply made it almost impossible for me to 'get worked up', but did nothing to manage my fears.

I did not question that Xanax was a nothing more than masking symptoms & really was not aware of the fact that Xanax was not the right answer to resolve anxiety.

Today beyond being an extremely neat person I no longer have anxiety in my life or take any drugs for the treatment of anxiety.

What changed? How did this happen?

  • I woke the fuck up is what happened.
  • I took ownership of my damn life is what happened.
  • I know who I am is what happened.
  • MS no longer defines me is what happened.

By living a conscious life I have been able to make choices outside of the cultural & societal norms that involve changing the way I treat my person & my body. Using food as medicine is a great example of this. Being a Wahls Warrior following The Wahls Protocol created the space for my brain fog to lift enabling me to wake up.

A daily yoga & meditation practice have also fueled this journey with years of psychotherapy & community support added to my conversations around consciousness.

Anxiety in any form is crippling to many who experience it. I see more & more struggling with this in their lives. I would ask you to 1st look at mindful ways to get moving & consciousness regarding food to be the 1st few steps you take. It is hard to make changes & control negative behaviors when our body is not given the proper foods & love it needs to be the best version of itself.

Community support is always a great way to achieve any goals especially when stress triggers are present as with most anxiety outcomes.

Rome was not built in a day & consciousness takes time to change this narrative. Stay present, stay with it and believe you too will overcome anxiety in your life. Simply treating it with medication is not the only answer. Owning your life & your actions sets the stage to offer a life free of anxiety with many tools in your 'Bag of Tricks" to kick it to the curb for good.

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When to Run From a Nutritionist

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When to Run From a Nutritionist

I don't know about you, but if I counted the endless supplements bought after seeing a nutritionist I could fill up a medicine cabinet plus have a significant increase of money sitting in the bank. Literally this would add up into the hundreds of dollars. Can you relate?

I remember this one time I saw a nutritionist & after one visit she loaded me up with so many supplement recommendations it cost three times the initial visit.

All of her recommendations were filled with shit I never continued or took for longer than a month. One product was touted to 'rebuild my myelin' which when you live with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) you're compelled to try. However all it did was rip a hole in my gut after gouging me for $75.

If you are seeking a nutritionist help for the 1st time to begin a journey using food as medicine beyond Vitamin D, a B complex & fish oil I do not believe they should recommend you take any supplements. Science has shown that most of us lack the above & taking them typically does not harm at least from this lens.

If they do I would run as fast as possible. This signals to me they make their living off of supplements & that is their profit center. 

When I started using food as medicine every nutritionist I saw pushed & pushed & pushed supplements all across the board. None of which can I tell you have contributed, aided or helped my food as medicine journey. Zero have had any impact on my miracle status.

The truth be told when you go from eating a traditional diet to a food as medicine diet your body is most likely getting a huge boost that will out way any supplemental benefit for at least the 1st year of hard core effort.

After about 6 months to a year I recommend then you have labs done with a Functional Medicine doctor or Naturopath to determine where your needs lie. Prior to this you are just wasting money & fueling the consumer driven machine of the professional you are seeing.

So often I have felt like seeing a nutritionist was like going to a time share pitch. They do a huge intake form to qualify your resources, have a long 1st appointment then hand you a sheet defining a list of things you need to spend money on.

Seldom if ever have I walked out of an appointment with a nutritionist without a huge list of things recommended to purchase. Each one has their own favorites as well.

One particular nutritionist seemed to have 3 Standard Process recommendations she offered everyone. I realized this after two of my friends followed my lead going to see her. Neither one of us had any of the same health issues even remotely & the reason she gave to each of us for the why we needed them the same. Say what?!?

When you begin a food as medicine journey and coming from an uneducated lens, but a miracle lens without question, I feel you should 1st just use food as medicine.

Again this is from the lens of someone who simply lives a miracle life managing MS through diet & lifestyle day in and day out. Not someone who learned from a classroom. My lens is real life shit. 

When one goes from a traditional diet to a food as medicine diet you now are fueling your body with nutrients it may have been missing from the processed food way of eating. Almost immediately this will negate the need to add supplementation until you have a few months of clean eating effort to be able to pinpoint where the gaps may be.

To have a nutritionist or any healthcare professional offer a list of supplements right out of the gates signals to me time to stop seeing that person & run. Their business clearly driven by this income stream having little to do with your well being.

I particularly would be skeptical of those who offer discounted 1st appointment rates as it shows another marketing tool to gain revenue on the back end which usually means supplements. Sorry not sorry & don't kill the messenger.

My miracle status using diet & lifestyle has had zero to do with any supplement or recommendations from a nutritionist outside of using food. Nothing has ever offered the results that being a faithful Wahls Warrior has which includes diet & lifestyle changes.

To think a cure comes from a supplement bottle is built on the same principle that our drug companies have capitalized on for years. I am here to tell you it is a lie based on the art of consumerism alone. I would run as quickly as possible knowing this has nothing to do with your well being & is driven by a back end revenue stream.

Oh shit looks like I did it again sharing a potential hair raising idea based on the art of consciousness coupled with 1st hand experience.

No need to get your panties in a bunch if you work with someone.

Just another blog from this BOSS asking you to question the why when healthcare professionals recommend supplementation without a starting point of nature providing all we need.

If you have not subscribed to the Oh it Gets Wild Newsletter today might be a great day. As always I continue to share 1st hand information that has lead to the miracle outcome I live every day as PaleoBOSS Lady. The end.

#upYOURvolume

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How to Touch Yourself

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How to Touch Yourself

By: V Capaldi

Knew this headline would raise an eyebrow or two. Hang on because this is exactly what we are going to be talking about.

How to touch yourself! 

Funny how many have never really touched themselves.

I mean really touched their entire body. Every inch of it from head to toe.

"Touching myself slowly, with feeling, honor and respect are a daily ritual in the life of this miracle & have been essential to my current miracle status."

Living in complete conversation with your body sits at the core of any miracle life. Without mutual respect coupled with extreme self love miracle status is not accessible. The end.

I am always aware of my bodies needs because I ask it daily & assess throughout the day.

When was the last time you...

  • Knew what it felt like on the right side of your body vs your left?
  • Assessed if movements on each limb offer the same result on each side?
  • Became consciously aware of both sides of your body noting if they offer the same feelings?
  • Noticed if your strength is equal on both sides of your body?
  • Noted what happens if you walk on your toes?
  • Became aware of what happens if you walk on your heels?
  • Stood on your toes? If so, do you need to hold on?
  • Touched your toes? Can you touch your toes?
  • Touched your jaw, face or cheek bones? What did you notice?
  • Became aware of what each finger feels like when you touch it? Each toe?
  • Felt your ears & around your head?
  • Rubbed your elbows & knees to see how they feel?
  • Twirled your wrists & ankles in clockwise & counter-clockwise motions noting how they felt?
  • Did a squat?
  • Got up and down from a chair? the floor? What did it feel like? 

Focused movements & consciousness of being are 2 key ingredients to a miracle status. How one brings this into daily routine is the journey we all get to decide.

"Dancing, yoga & self myo-fascial release with the intention setting power of angel cards are my "go-to" daily rituals that support conscious body awareness for this boss."

Dancing allows us to access physical & mental states in an effort to support our individual needs for the day. This fun & easy routine creates a perfect storm for self love & movement without the stigma attached to morning rise & shine exercise.

"If you ask & act while listening your body will speak with very clear messages. Responding is the powerful force that elevates one to true empowerment."

Dancing happily is the goal.

When this outcome is not accessible more down time may be needed with a strong potential need for increased mindfulness & breath work. When smiling at the mere thought of dancing you may want to focus the day's attention on area's of life that involve a more active role of your time. Viewing the day in such a manner shows the power of dance to play an important role as a valuable lifestyle tool.

My popular solo morning raves offer me a vehicle to customize a personal plan for the day to support my goals.

A morning dance session has the ability to rearrange an entire day of you are open to the possibility. Living with disease or not if a morning dance does not make your body & mind smile it might be time to stop, drop & rest.

If for whatever reason my body & mind do not appear to be aligned with the goals of the day without question a "day off" is granted. Last time I checked nothing matters more than a healthy body & mind which means allowing for down time an easy step in the role of a self loving goddess.

How to really touch yourself:

sit, stand, lay down. who cares. have water handy & drink it. now get busy touching yourself

  • Align/comfortable/focused/shoulders down/chin & belly tucked/breath/head to sky/feet to ground/opposing energies/breathing/note/mentally/ spiritually/physically/relax
  • Rotate wrists/feel/sounds/compare/reverse/repeat
  • Ankles/rotate/clockwise/counter/repeat/feel/compare
  • Knee to chest/breathing/note/repeat/both knees
  • Hug yourself/hard/tight/feel/shoulders/down or up
  • Hands above head/reaching sky/feels like
  • Crown of head massage/ to base of skull/push/pinch/rub/note/compare sides
  • Touch ears/pinch lobe/feel sensation
  • Jaw line/pinch/chin to ear/feels like/repeat
  • Head side to side/note/even/uneven/rotation/note/repeat
  • Rotate head/clockwise/counter/feels
  • Shoulder start/squeeze down to fingers/ feeling/both sides
  • Fingers/pinch/3 spots/palm
  • Feet/pinch/3 spots/rest of foot
  • Rotate wrist/feels
  • Legs to ankle/note/feel
  • This entire process takes about 10 minutes done with intention

The longer you engage in touching yourself shorter focused time will be required.

I am uber body aware crediting both yoga & self myo-fasical release as the strongest tools in my "Bag of Tricks" supporting this.

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Help! I am Going to be Homeless!

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Help! I am Going to be Homeless!

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"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase." MLK

By: V Capaldi

The reality I have lived in fear of for almost 30 years is happening. A thought so crippling at times I believed it accelerated my sickness: being homeless.

Finally the day has arrived and without question homelessness is in my future. A huge part of me is scared, but I know facing your fear head on can be a healthy way to overcome their power.  I am determined to continue to set an example for others & to always have hope that I can do anything I put my mind too.

Yet I am so damn excited I cannot stand it. It is voluntary homelessness. 

Now don't get your panties in a bunch when you read the next few sentences accusing me of a misleading headline. I speak only the truth. Damn it.

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The message of PaleoBOSS Lady will be hitting the streets starting September, but I will officially become homeless June.

Yup me! Little Miss "No Hands" girl who had trouble swallowing & always tilted left less than 4 years ago is now a driving freaking fool!

My person without question knows the best way to create change is to "Take it to the Streets!" which means I am officially announcing the Up Your Volume: Taking it to the Streets Tour!

Words nor actions can begin to express how excited, scared and thrilled I am to be dedicating the next year to the community.

Literally on Sunday while on the yoga mat I was overcome with the certainty that this tour officially begins my life of dedicated service to others. Nothing has called me more than where I am right now.

The best way I can serve the community is to spend time with as many as possible showing and sharing exactly what I do to be a walking miracle.

The brand of PaleoBOSS Lady has been preparing for this journey for a long ass time.  For the last almost 10 years I have been studying how to make messages culturally relevant and powerful. My person is certain that it is time to put my money where my mouth is.

Sunday and every day since I have cried tears of freedom from the fear of losing possessions, a roof over my head and whatever items I held dear. Clearly my person is transitioning to the place of acceptance needed to become selfless and I am more alive than I have ever been. 

No matter what I am anxiously anticipating the coming year ahead and need your help. An energy push directed my way whenever you think of me or are reminded of my mission. This folks is the fuel to my fire and I need your help to keep my flame lit during the challenging times which I am sure will appear.

Words nor actions will ever express how thrilled I am that my partner in crime for this entire journey supporting me every step of the way is my daughter. Nicki Bove will be joining her momon on and off throughout the year as we offer events all over America plus a whole lot more.

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Please stay tuned as the details continue to unfold. I would love all the directed positive energy you can muster to be sent my way for a safe journey ahead.  In addition consider sharing my blog with those you think might want to up the volume on their life.  Maybe we can meet along the way?

I honor the miracle in all of us and this BOSS is coming for you America!  Not going to lie I see a morning dance party or two in our future. #PBLravers unite!

Want me to come to your town? Let me know in the comments. The brand of PBL will be offering FREE events, cooking classes, workshops & talks all year long! #itsawonderfullife

Not a subscriber? Today feels like the best day ever to change that.

Once a week for the most part and on Wednesday between 1-2pm PST you get a blast with chatter from me, usually a video and a spotlight on something I give a shit about.

The end. Join the crew. We do not bite.

At least I do not think so.

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Drinking it Neat, Dancing on Bars & Living Life Like a BAM

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Drinking it Neat, Dancing on Bars & Living Life Like a BAM

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By: V Capaldi It is amazing how once you identify higher purpose many if not all of the ideals that guided life choices change. I literally do not have many things in my life that even remotely resemble my world even 5 years ago.  I was the party girl who liked to drink it neat, dance on bars and occasionally was known to get a little too wild.

Now I follow my circadian rhythm for heaven's sake!

It is so funny how when you turn the auto pilot of life off and really truly engage in conversation with yourself you realize how little of what you do day to day resonates with who you are. My life was based on consumer driven values that today are the bane of my existence.

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I struggle to step foot into a Target, Costco and seldom if ever support large chains.  It is amazing this is my reality since I am the poorest I have been in my life to date.  This alone serves as a perfect example of how much my life has changed.   My life is guided by moral consciousness and a value system that filled with the role of activist.

I used to be mad at myself for the consumer driven values that drove my former professional life. Then I realized the skill set that my life has today happened during that time and prepared me for my role and responsibility as PaleoBOSS Lady®.  Today I wear it as a badge of honor and pride that I have successfully build nearly a dozen small businesses in my lifetime.  This time it is a little different as I am the face of a movement to create conscious awareness about life and living and that means its a BAM life all day every day for me.

Lately the word on the street is that this crazy ass bitch is great in front of the camera.  Who knew?

You find that out by being in front of the camera and that is what has been happening in my current life.  Two of the folks I have the pleasure of working with are both doing a crowd funding event to support their efforts.   Please know that millions have been raised  to support such campaigns by donating the smallest amount. Change can happen $1 at a time and if you would consider any amount it would be truly a conscious act that can support huge change.  Both of these fine groups are creating movies that focus on an aspect of food as medicine or poison.  You all know my miracle story and how this has served to be the truth in my journey.

Food as Medicine makes healthcare accessible to all.

The current status quo regarding healthcare is accessible to only those who can afford it, does nothing to recognize culture or environmental history at all.  This type of system is based on consumer driven principles alone. The only way to create sustainable change is through awareness.  Both of these crowd funding campaigns do just that.

Check out their video's and use the links to support my friends.

I am proud to say PBL will be featured in both films and I thank you so much for your consideration. Sharing this is always recommended and as always cursing is free in all of my work.  Lets raise the roof on life together and stop a consumer driven healthcare system and make it a system tosupport wellness.

You can support their funding here with a 21-day meditation challenge. Details here.

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You can support their funding here through KickStarter. Details here.

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I really hope you will consider taking this one small step in supporting others who are working hard to create awareness in an effort to bring sustainable change that heals.  Please consider subscribing to this blog and sharing this with others. Community matters and this community rocks.  Up Your Volume!

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