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Bedridden to BAM: Guest Blog

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By: V Capaldi & Dillon Druz I am a huge believer that life takes us where we are supposed to be. I know intentions can guide this journey & really work hard to live my life by this personal mantra.

The last 18 months I have grown to socialize very little. Having a digital media brand built around dedicating & sharing your life makes for a very public life. In addition being healthy is my full time job & a hard job. I treasure my alone & dog time often looking forward to when I can be private.

To assure I do not stop going out, networking or engaging weekly I developed the ritual of heading to The Bulletproof Cafe in Santa Monica. 

I cannot express the amaze balls folks I meet there every time. The community it draws are my kind of people. It has become a little family that I appreciate very much.

As luck would have it this gal had the chance to speak to a young man I noticed was a regular just like me. His energy contagious. We got chatting one day & without hesitation I begged him to share his story with you all.

With great pride, respect and mad love I introduce a true inspiration, gentleman, miracle & my friend: Dillon Druz.

A special shout out to Dave Asprey for building a cafe that inspires community, conversation & education with some of the best damn food I have ever had. It supports the miracle that lives in all of us. 

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Hello. My name is Dillon Druz. I live consciously because if I want to thrive in life, I have to. 

In 2007, I was diagnosed with Chiari Malformation.  This condition is a rare neurological brain disorder that affects everything from sight to balance.  I received brain surgery after the diagnosis and was bedridden for months. 

Chiari Malformation turned my life upside down.  I went from being a top sponsored athlete to an Oxycontin addict.  I was lost, sick, and waiting to die. 

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I had daily migraines, chronic fatigue, and extremely low libido. I was suffering and drowning through life. These days I am healthy and sober.  I work full time. I can do almost everything I could do before my surgery.

Doctors told me I would be handicapped for life, but that has not been my experience. 

All of my hard ships have led me to self-discovery and an inner healing journey.  Every trail & tribulation I have gone through has taught me many meaningful life lessons.

I would not trade my current life for anything nor wish it happened any other way!  Living conscious has led me to deep acceptance.

I firmly believe that if you show up for yourself boldly, then life will take care of itself. I have every reason to sit in self-pity, but I just can't allow that in my conscious. I am someone who doesn't handicap myself based on western beliefs.

I dance on my bike in the morning while biking Venice Beach.  I grooved to Kanye West's "30 Hours" from his new album The Life of Pablo this morning.

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I absolutely love spin classes, surfing, and hiking.  I crave the outdoors and any situations that connect me to my true self.  Lately, though, I have been exercising much less.  Focusing on long fasts, diet, and cyrotherapy to mimic a similar beneficial stress response.

Possibilities.

My favorite word is keto.  I know, I know.  It's super cheesy, but ketosis has given me my life back.

I am listening to Kanye West. I truly admire his artistic and creative abilities.  His persona also cracks me up.  Being authentic and true to you is a major key in life.  Regardless of how that looks to the individual.

I get mindful on the regular!  I start the day by reading spiritual texts and conscious deep breathing. Then I meditate for at least 5 minutes with at least 1 longer meditation during the week.

One small step that has produced profound effects in my life was reducing carbohydrates from my diet and going ketogenic.  A low carb diet has tremendously improved my life.  It almost feels like my brain fires better now than it did pre surgery.

The return in investment this action has given me is nothing short of miraculous.  I have a new found zest for life and insurmountable hope for the future. 

A mini hack I used to help me transition into this lifestyle was the use of exogenous ketones (I prefer KETO OS) as a brain fuel while taking a special form of magnesium (MagTech from Natural Stacks). These supplements made my transition effortless and sustainable.

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I am extremely grateful for the time we are living in. The amount of information available to the general public is unbelievable. We live in a time where we can learn and heal our selves by applying information from other people’s experiences. I always recommend seeing a doctor first though so you know where to start!

Dillon Druz is the 2007 United States Bodyboarding Association National Champion. He was diagnosed with a rare brain disorder in 2008 and used functional medicine to bring himself back from a debilitating brain surgery. These days he does social media marketing and promotes health & wellness through his personal social platforms.

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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By: V Capaldi I am someone who for most of her adult life has probably averaged more than 3 days a week working out. My mental and physical body require it and I would say I am addicted. These workouts have evolved, but one thing has always remained: my love of props. Using props during a workout & life offers a richer, deeper experience in many ways.

For some reason the mental conversation most of have regarding props are centered around defeat or lack of ability. I find the opposite to be true and believe my growing ability to thrive in the face of MS due to my willingness to use props in my life both physically & mentally.

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A great example of the joy of using a prop during my workout is triangle pose in yoga. This pose is a huge necessary in my "Bag of Tricks" due to gait issues resulting from MS. However 9 out of 10 times the best outcome my body receives from triangle pose happens when assisted into the pose with a block. This pose incorporates so many different yet important variables that using a block is the best way to gain the maximum benefit of the pose. The experience of this pose is night and day without a block for my body.

Sure I can touch the ground and offer a beautiful triangle pose on command with no block needed.  This however is not the goal just getting into the pose. The goal is to be one with the pose.

Allowing for the complete experience often will land most of us in my favorite place: "Propville"

I literally have a box full of fun props for movement & life.  Each day before my morning workout I lay the choices of the day on the floor next to my yoga mat. This way once I am on the mat whatever I need is accessible.

TOP 7 PICKS:

  • I am Wonderfully Made:  My yoga mat is a prop in itself. I do all workouts starting and ending on my mat. This is a prop that reminds me why I am doing this and to take time to allow the workout to be felt and appreciated.  A huge step #1 on "Propville"
  • Necks are Nice: Another great tool is something under my neck for whenever I lay down. Many times I am in yoga watching row after row of folks hyper-extending their neck when laying down. I have a few options  beyond rolling my towel.  Almost every class someone asks me about my props which leads me to believe there is a need. Neck rolls are nice.
  • Save the Knees: Hello folks stop acting like kneeling is not a challenge.  If you have knee pain please put something under them.Save the knees & the bees (I digress). I have a few tricks to share if you do not want to buy a support like I use.  I sometimes fold my yoga mat double or my towel to support my sore knees.  Both are accessible & super easy to incorporate offering maximum benefits.
  • Cork Block:  This thing is hard as hell and I am in love, love, love. OMG!  That is why I love it because there is no doubt when using it that I feel sturdy. Having MS many times balance is an issue. Using a block that feels like a dead weight I love. Plus it most often is made of sustainable and recyclable material which is an added BAM.
  • Wonder Wall: Imagine that! Using a wall for help during a work out. I actually have a workout wall in every room of my house. I know you are jealous. So often people come over and ask why certain walls have nothing on them (but marks from me being a badass) & when I tell them because they are my work out walls it definitely brings a pause.  Workout walls rule and are FREE.
  • Chairs Care: The greatest invention behind the wheel maybe? Okay another blog post and I digress. Damn it. Use the damn chair when you need it. I use it to put my feet up in meditation, balance when getting into certain yoga poses & to keep me stable when stretching. I need to be very careful due to a torn meniscus and support is my friend. Without the support of a chair my home care would be lacking effectiveness big time.
  • Band Babe: I freaking love my bands. I use them all the time to assist in stretching, assist with clam pose and so much more. For a few dollars you can really do amazing strengthen training, stretching and so much more.
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The moral of the story is to engage in your own narrative regarding props in your workout & life.  Make sure your reasons are not based on cultural norms & societal pressures which I believe for most of us to be the case.

Look at a packed yoga class and when the instructor asks if you need props no one moves. Yet when class ends half the room now has props the teacher handed them because their experience would be better with them. Nothing else folks.

Don't be a workout douche and give your body what it needs.  Some loving support every once in a while to show it how much you care.

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We talk about consciousness across all things in an effort to up the volume of life and raise the roof on living. BAM!

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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By: V Capaldi I am 100% grateful and do not know what I would do without social security disability income (SSDI). I literally have spent my entire everything trying to heal from Multiple Sclerosis (MS) following traditional healthcare until almost homeless or institutionalized and today have little more than SSDI to pay my living expenses. IRA, life insurance, jewelry are all gone with accounts empty.

Yet somehow I have a goal in 2016 to be one of the 1st if not the 1st person in American who has MS who goes off of SSDI.

Did you know the longest and youngest population in institutions in the United States have MS 2nd to psychological disorders?

Did you know that one of the largest populations disabled collecting SSDI in the US have MS?

Being a Wahls Warrior my next HUGE life goal is to become self sustaining once again for the 1st time in 15+ years so that I can turn off my SSDI payments.

This would be a true victory personally & for the community I serve. To let others know that if you stay on the path of conscious living through higher purpose you too can raise the roof on life and living!

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In typical me fashion this does not look even humanly possible if your lens is filled with the narrative that comes from the autopilot of life. When you are a BOSS like me that is never the case.  I chose my narrative and work always toward higher purpose of life and living. This being said anything is possible, nothing happens by accident and I believe with all of my person this really can be true.

I am already a walking miracle!

This shit does not just happen folks. In any way shape or form.  My miracle life is work that has been the outcome of re-programming almost everything about my person, life and environment.  Yet the longer I stay on this path the more joy I have for life and living that produces the certainty that I can break down walls and barriers before me.

My volume is way up!

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I thought it would be nice for me to share my TOP 5 Wellness Tools that aid in my miracle life:

  1.  Aromatherapy:  I have been a huge advocate since being diagnosed with MS and value this in my life daily.  I recommend we diffuse, use and appreciate the power of essential oils. Recommended starter kit: Diffuser, Essential Oil Blend, Tea Lights and you are ready to go.
  2. Angel Cards: Since 1996 these have been a huge part of my intention setting tools that have allowed my mindfulness journey to blossom.  I love Hay House and this product is a great tool in my Bag of Tricks.
  3. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga: I have been a huge fan and avid yogi since 2000. One book I have had and use to this day to aid my practice is by Eric Small. He shares the disease of MS and teaches yoga in a format all of us can approach MS or not.
  4. Meditation:  I do not care how you do it, but do it.  Conscious down time is a must for higher purpose outcomes.  All of the above tools help to create the scared space often needed to get our meditation game on. Download a group app and feel apart of community if that makes it work for you. Whatever it is do it and jump on quieting the mind.
  5. Ball Rolling: Self myofascial release is so critical to my mental and physical well-being it is ridiculous. I literally have a body that works better due to dedicated time ball rolling. I am a huge fan of both Yoga Tune Up and Rad Roller products using both daily in my wellness routine.

I hope all of you will use this time to end the year reflective of highs, lows, lessons, outcomes and whatever else floats your boat.  Also take time to project, dream and design what 2016 should hold for you. If you got it all right what would it look like this time next year?

Get some.

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Friday Friend & Slow Cooking Artichokes

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Friday Friend & Slow Cooking Artichokes

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By: V Capaldi Last week I missed the Friday Friend feature because I was in Iowa at the Dr. Terry Wahls Symposium and I apologize.  Tried for a Sunday make-up day, but that did not happen either.  Such a test of 'riding the wave' for this Type "A" gal.

I am uber excited to talk about this weeks Friday Friend for 2 reasons.  The 1st is because I love being a Roll Model and sharing the power of Yoga Tune Up (YTU) Therapy Balls!  The YTU balls are one of the most important tools in my wellness "Bag of Tricks" and support my program no matter where or when I need them. I have been an avid Roll Model for over 5 years and my body and person are grateful.

Just as I stalked Dr. Wahls about my amazing healing journey following The Wahls Protocol I stalked Jill Miller the founder of YTU to share with her my healing story of movement using the YTU balls.  The power of self myo-fascial release to help me to "work better in my body" are beyond description and should be experienced by each of you 1st hand!

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Self Massage w/ Jill Miller

I encourage you all to click hereand invest the $15 for a set of YTU balls and get rolling. Literally at the symposium I gave a talk and so many of you were singing the praises of how well your body felt in just that short time. 

Another way to get to know the power of the balls is to invest in a copy of The Roll Modelby Jill Miller.  I am proud to be featured  sharing my story of healing using YTU.  This book has photographs that take the guess work out of the poses and I find it to be the  perfect compliment and very helpful as a YTU fan.   A bible on wellness actually!

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Slow Cooker Lemon Infused Artichokes

Can I just tell you this rules and is delicious beyond words!

What a nice transitional dish from our grilled summer foods to the slow cooking of the fall and winter season.  I have been making artichokes non stop these last few weeks and each time reminded of my family and Italian culture.

Growing up my maternal grandmother made killer Italian stuffed artichoke that inspired the recipe in my Paleo PerfectHolidays e-cookbook.  Enjoy this new version of one of my cultural family favorites!

Ingredients:

3 Artichokes trimmed and prepped (snip off pointy ends using scissors trimming tops and bottom)

1 Lemon

1 Bay leaf

1/4 cup Kasandrino's EVO

Pink Himalayan sea salt

Fresh ground black pepper

1 cup of bone broth or filtered water

Tin Star ghee or Brown Butter melted

Slow Cooker or stove top for 25 minutes covered

Directions:

Place trimmed and cleaned artichoke in Crock pot with 1/4 inch fluid on bottom. Add bay leaf, squeeze lemon, S&P drizzling with EVO cooking slow for 4 hours. Serve with melted Ghee of your choice. Enjoy!

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Changing the World w/ Dr. Terry Wahls

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Changing the World w/ Dr. Terry Wahls

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By: V Capaldi Barely back in one piece and still on an emotional high that will take me at least a month to recover from.  The 2nd Annual Dr. Terry Wahls in-person Symposium just ended and I am speechless.  Simply finding it hard to socialize, idealize and realize all that happened in the last 6 days.  My body has demanded so much attention since I am home my post may seem jumbled and all over the place since my person has had little time to process. #damnit

The 1st thing I want to say that was the most amazing outcome was to have the entire Wahls Family present for the symposium!  Mind blowing they all participated in a BIG ASS way and how much this elevated the bonds, learning and experience of the Wahls Warrior community and how deep it goes.

A huge highlight was to officially meet Zach Wahls.  He has been a hero of mine long before I realized his mother was Dr. Wahls.  Zach opened and MC'd with the level of professionalism, heart and soul the WORLD has grown to love. His  presence is warm, welcome and commanding just like his mothers.  Zach added a huge element to the entire event that was magical.

Zebby whose art is beyond words in my limited vocabulary. She is a young lady who portrays a large dose of self expression, is complex, captivating and beautiful.  In addition Zebby held a key role facilitating testimonials of those like me who have been given the gift of hope and healing from The Wahls Protocol.

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Last, but not least Dr Wahls wife, Jackie shared with much vulnerability her life as a partner of Dr. Wahls and MS.  The bond that was witnessed by each person in the room between these two was deeper than anything I have ever felt or experienced and I am sure I do not stand alone in this feeling.  At one point Jackie shared, to a tear filled room, how she fell in love with Terry's "eye's and heart and that MS did not change that."  Amazing, amazing, amazing.

We were also gifted with another panel discussion that included couples dealing with both life threatening sickness and disease.  Both of these couples gave us full access to their personal lives and how they manifested their healing outcome.  Tears of sorrow, joy and determination where shared by everyone and after all of this I knew each of us had forever changed and become one.

When you live with disease being vulnerable in community is

never really experienced and these events brought me personally to a place of emotion

that lifted my soul to a higher level. 

This years event was about twice the size of last and if offered triple the punch.  A day longer and larger community brought lots of energy and was felt by everyone.  As of today all indications show this outcome to almost be universal with about 1/3 already signed up for next year. 

To be disabled, alone and often isolated in my struggles there is great strength in knowing that I will once again see my FAMILY in wellness and knowing when.  The Dr. Wahls Symposiums are a life line and intergral part of my wellness plan and this year solidified this reality. 

I recommend you all start now saving and plan to attend next year. 

This is a must for the warrior in all of us!

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Dr. Terry Wahls and PaleoBOSS Lady

are proud to share they have developed

The Wahls Protocol Coaching & Practitioner Certification!

For the better part of the summer I have had the honor of working side by side with Dr. Wahls to develop these 2 programs and am thrilled to announce this huge achievement for both of us! 

The official announcement has not happened, but I wanted to give you all a heads up since a soft announcement was made at the conference and on various social media outlets last week. 

If you are interested in information please email me at v@paleobosslady.com.  We are sending email blasts out soon and would love to include you! So far we have close to 100 interested from as far as: Trinidad, South Africa, Greece, The United Kingdom, Canada and more.  Join the movement!

For more information about Dr. Wahls and her work go here: www.terrywahls.com

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5 Tips to Thrive Like a "BOSS"

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5 Tips to Thrive Like a "BOSS"

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When you live With a Disease of Any Kind! By: PaleoBOSS Lady®

The other day while I was in the shower disgusted that LA is having rare horrific weather a blog post came to me. The mental conversation I was having I somehow suspect many others living with a disease might also engage in from time to time.  This prompted me to think this might be a good time to share some tips and tricks I have learned in my life commitment toward changing the narrative to manifest my desired life outcome.

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Due to an offshore hurricane we had rare 90% humidity for days which sucks a wet one.  Living with Multiple Sclerosis this is not a good look and quite frankly just blows. My body has no ability to regulate temperature and overheats very easily. My most disabling MS attack was a result of a morning walk along the beach in 2001 when the humidity was high and my body was unable to cool down resulting in one of the worst health nightmares of my life to date. #ohitgetswild

For the last few months I have been walking along the waters edge about 3 days a week for my movement, mindfulness and grounding work. I so look forward to this more than any other part of my day because that is how I roll.  Sadly I have had to curtail this due to the weather and even though the weather is not as severe I am still unable to resume.  It is just over the edge of acceptable humidity levels for my body even at 60%.

Every morning I wake up hopeful as a mother and then realize that not only can't I walk I also should not really be do much during  warm weather conditions.  So not a good look on any freaking level.  Which for anyone who knows me personally knows this is a hard ass thing for this Type A overachiever!

As a result I have literally caught myself several times a day having these types of conversations with myself:  "It's only 70% humidity in the afternoon I got this?" or "If I am walking before the sun is up that is a good look?" and finally the most rational "California humidity is not like the east coast humidity cause this is the best damn coast." All of these are unhealthy conversations that if acted upon could potentially have an outcome that could set me back or worse yet change the landscape of my current independent life in a heartbeat.

Living with disease always presents the risk of making a "false move" and how it tends to effect our lives longer than we ever imagined.  I never in my wildest dreams would have believed that a walk on the beach on a humid day in 2001 would take almost 14 years to recover from!

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How does one avoid these often life changing "false moves" when living with disease of any kind? #damnit

While in the shower mind racing a mile a minute I put together my:

Top 5 TIPS for Living with Chronic Disease

1. Define Your Desired Life Outcome:  As my dear friend, hero and mentor, Dr. Terry Wahls, talks about in her book The Wahls Protocol real change has to come from an internal motivating source to be successful. The best way to attain this level of success it to focus on identifying our higher purpose or desired life outcome.

Engage in conversation with yourself to really define a desired life outcome is key to thriving in the face of disease.  Without conscious conversation defining dreams and desires life runs on autopilot and many of us become victims of our disease rather than peacefully co-existing.

2.  Develop an Action Plan:Once you have defined a higher purpose how are you going to get there? Break down the steps with a well defined action plan for the most successful outcome.  Making sure each step maintainable and sustainable.  These two aspects are key to the success of this step.

Often many of us go from nothing to "all in" and this seldom works.  Small, consistent and well thought out action toward a desired outcome lends itself to a higher rate of sustainable success.  Rather than jump head 1st without a parachute it is best to go slow and steady with a well defined path.  Plot out baby steps up the latter to success and be willing to change course as needed.

3.  Build Community:  Community is the ground in which I stand and responsible for my current miracle status.  Without the support of community most challenges in life become mountains many of us cannot climb.   The support of friends, family, organizations and groups are key to any life successes.

Often when living with disease one feels isolated and alone. By seeking and engaging in community you can quickly overcome feelings of loneliness and defeat to begin taking steps toward effectively manifesting a higher purpose.

4.  Changing the Narrative: Being open to changing the lens in which you view all things to accommodate and peacefully coexist with disease is a key element to success. Many times we are so fixated on what we already know we forget to ask about what we don't.  When we allow ourselves to be comfortable with a fluid narrative the path to higher purpose is more like a tree that grows around something in it's way, but continues to grow instead of slowing dying due to the obstacle before it.

5.  Get Conscious:  Most of us live an unconscious life and you have heard me say it time and again. Without owning our life and actions chronic disease is in the driver seat and you are the passenger.  The status quo is not an effective way to manage any disease.  By questioning the status quo you allow your person to often think outside the box and open yourself up to idea's that often would be missed or overlooked by an unconscious existence.

If PaleoBOSS Lady had not been searching the internet for nutrition based outcomes for MS I never would have found Dr. Wahls Tedx Talk which laid the foundation for the miracle I am today. In questioning the status quo I was able to find my hero and miracle outcome.

They say 1 in 3 are projected to be disabled by 2018 whereas today about 1 in 5 are disabled.  Many of us live with this reality due to our unconscious acts in our autopilot life and are living in a world based on consumer driven idea's only.  If each of us would begin to really question simple things like:

What time we go to bed?

How many hours of sleep we have?

What we eat for our meals?

How many meals we have a day?

What we apply to our bodies, brush our teeth with and the list goes on we might find out that a lot of these things would not be happening in the way they are now which often will produce a different outcome.  The simple act of questioning the status quo many times produces the outcomes needed to manifest your life.

Applying all 5 of these idea's are required for my miracle life and I would venture to believe the same would hold true for each of us.  This process and practice is a daily initiative that defines my person and my day.

As often happens we experience unexpected outcomes in addition to the intended and it seems these steps would hold true in this regard. I am not going to lie and let you in on a little known secret: living with disease in this way simplifies life!  Yup!  Which is an oxymoron when you are compromised and especially as you age.

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When you question the status quo everything somehow becomes simple, pure and innocent and life becomes fresh and essential. Life becomes something you LIVE with your eyes wide open welcoming every second!

Damn it.

I already know you are like, "Wow this blog is great and I want to sign up!"

Thank you and I am honored you want to join the PBL party. We are going  to have fund raising consciousness and eyebrows at the same time.

Double Damn it.

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Wahls Protocol Plus: A 4 Week YUM Fest in Pics!

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Wahls Protocol Plus: A 4 Week YUM Fest in Pics!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® As many of you know I have been a walking miracle since embarking on The Wahls Protocol over 1100+ days ago.  Prior to that my life was on a downward spiral with my health failing at rapid pace resulting in limited to almost no use of my hands & lack of ability to swallow.  #damnit

When I discovered Dr. Wahls her protocol was not as accessibly defined as it is today. I began my journey after watching a Ted Talk & a few DVD's I purchased from Dr. Wahls.  I had no interaction & no idea what I was doing.

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Starting January 2015 I began my 1st conscious attempt at The Wahls Protocol Plus (WPP) & ketosis!  Can I just say that I am loving the 2 meals a day!  In addition I am not feeling hungry, sleeping through the night and my overall meal plans have been delicious, easy, seasonal & damn good!

The hard part for me to date has been the fasting of 12 hours. I find myself an hour short each day yet it has not altered my level of ketosis. It took just 7 days for my strip to show ketosis which is spot on what the average is for most.  I have been able to maintain this except for one night at dinner party where I could not be so sure beyond gluten how clean my food was.

I chose to begin a #90DayManifestingMEChallenge to begin January 1st in conjunction with my WPP.  There are many reasons this decision was made and I am happy to share them with you:

1.  Being a miracle is hard work.

2.  30 days a habit - 60 days you freaking got this - 90 days forget about it!  Since I am PaleoBOSS Lady® we gotta forget about it! (Italian South Philly slang here)

3.  It's time to be quiet.  Manifesting YOUR Life requires you being with you. #ohitgetswild

4.  Being a miracle is hard work.

5.   Fighting for the right to overcome disability to once again lead a self sustaining life requires huge commitment & effort.

As part of the #90DayManifestingMEChallenge I meditate everyday, have at least 2 hours of movement a day, attend 3 yoga classes a week, live by candlelight after sundown, rise & set with the moon, fast 12 hours daily, live in noble silence unless work, teaching or yoga related efforts.   Minimum contact with others and total self immersion!  #BAM

Many of you are probably like "Well good for you sister!" That is never going to happen in my world!  I got kids, family, people in my life!  #damnit

This is MY manifesting me challenge!  I encourage you to create yours!  #whyNOT

Maybe it is taking a moment out of your day to just be, or lighting a candle each night before bed, diffusing oils at your desk, knitting a little each day, painting, walking, dancing…name it!  Only thing to remember is that it has to be from within.  Taking a class or going out with friends does not serve to manifest in this way.  Internal work is needed to manifest which results in shhhhh or in other words #shutthefup

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Enjoy the PaleoBOSS Lady videos of 4 weeks of Wahls Protocol Plus YUM Fest!  I hope they inspire you to realize that conscious eating does not mean boring or not pretty. In addition PLEASE remember that this girl still has to watch how much she uses her hands meaning no remarks like this stuff is hard. #damnit

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I would be honored if your would subscribe to my blog!  This journey is a real time account of what it is like to question the status quo and manifest a miracle life!

The greatest part about being PaleoBOSS Lady is that this journey is accessible to everyone!  The idea's and principles that fill my "Bag of Tricks" truly are available to anyone who!

I promise to keep it real cursing the whole time.  Part of my charm! Namaste and Thank YOU!

 

 

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The Magic of 21 Days of Conscious Living

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The Magic of 21 Days of Conscious Living

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“The disempowered mind believes dreams come true; the empowered mind

knows you bring your dreams to life.” Steve Maraboli

By: PaleoBOSS Lady®

It is no surprise to me that 21 day detoxes many of us do time and again!  I am no scientist, but whatever happens at the 21st day mark is like a body symphony!  Suddenly you realize that this is how you are supposed to be.  No aches, pains, sleeping & having energy are often the outcome at day 21!  You almost wake up & bam feel like a new person, but someone you have met before!

In 2012, I began my Wahls Warrior journey. Prior to that I was gluten free and had done several 21 day protein shake based detoxes and those results are what spearheaded my search for how to use food as medicine. Thankful my search found Dr. Terry Wahls Ted Talk and here I am little miss conscious eater!

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The most amazing thing about my search was food as medicine was not what I was learning.  Stop using food as poison was the clear message!  #ohitgetswild

Once I removed processed big bigness foods, products, medicines and toxic exposures from my life Multiple Sclerosis became a long lost friend. 

Prior it was the family member who was out of control in every way possible. 

MS took my life existence for many years.

MS took my ability to live pain free uninterrupted for over 5+ years.

MS took my eye sight.

MS took my ability to use my hands bilaterally.

MS took my ability to swallow.

MS took my ability to drive, ride a bike and walk.

MS took my ability to remember to use the ladies room.

MS took my ability to play the piano, golf, needlepoint, sew and many things I loved to do.

MS took my friends, family and partners.

MS took my entire life savings.

MS took my ability to live alone.

MS took my ability to be self sustaining.

MS took my ability to no longer be able.

Now that I stop supporting big business & big pharm by questioning my status quo...

I own my life.

I have no pain.

I see very clearly.

I use my hands bilaterally.

I swallow.

I have full bladder function.

I live alone.

I have a Masters in Psychology with a focus on Community & working toward becoming self sustaining again!

A 21 day detox of any kind is a good place to start, but if you want a miracle life that you manifest this should be seen as the beginning and the beginning only.

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True detoxification comes from a life commitment beyond 21 days for true nirvana!

The detox of YOU has to happen for it to bring the results that manifest a miracle! #ohYESidid

Imagine what my life is like for me right now?

I am not kidding PLEASE give me one freaking second and re-read that list above about my life with MS.  Imagine when all of that is happening to you at once.  #hopeless

I freaking wake up every day in shock that I am a walking freaking MIRACLE!

If I am not mistaken history has shown that no one recovers from MS.  In fact, MS is the 2nd largest reason folks are in state institutions in the US and the 2nd youngest population!  #damnit

Somehow I have kicked this shit to the curb and continue to do it every day! #proudofME

If you are doing a 21 day and feel amazing (as you should) would you consider doing it again and make the next one a 45 day?  How about again with the next one a 60 day?  Each time make it more than food? Consider beginning to question the status quo for real.  Maybe look at your cleaning products, cosmetic and skincare and read what the ingredients are and what they mean.  #liveconsciously

What do you have to lose, but having your eyes wide open!?! #whataconcept

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Begin to live a conscious life & the miracle of you will unfold. #worthmorethan21days

Right now we are all the 'miracle' of big business & big pharm.  #ownit

Time to subscribe and thrive with PaleoBOSS Lady®!  Would LOVE it if you would join me on my journey and click the subscribe button.  #whynot

My life journey is nothing short of amazing and I hope you will engage in helping me share the word about manifesting your amazing life!

I do solomely swear to engage and annoy you with each post. Probably a curse or two thrown in cause I cannot help myself. #pottymouthsince5

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How To Meditate in 5 Easy Steps

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How To Meditate in 5 Easy Steps

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® The first time I made a conscious effort to start meditating was 1996. I just suffered a severe Multiple Sclerosis attack and was desperate to find calm within the storm. I bought tapes, books and magazines and devoured as much information as I can find.

At the time I was living in Delaware and access to holistic intentions like this were often difficult to access community. So off I went to the Golden Door in Escondido, California. During my time at the Golden Door active daily participation in medication classes happened coupled with much internal 'work'.  The beauty of this was each day students were offered various forms of meditation.  By the end of my week stay I had several variations in my "Bag of Tricks!"

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The key to success for me was to continue the practice and identifying how to best accomplish this.  It's funny because only recently has my mindset regarding meditation changed.  A conscious effort to meditate is not a meditation practice.

A practice of meditation comes without effort and is commonplace in your life.

Today, PaleoBOSS Lady® meditates using several variations all based on the day, the moment and the intention. The greatest thing about meditation is learning and accepting the myth of sitting down in a cross-legged position and chanting is bull shit.

Meditation can be done however you define and that is the most empowering message of all!

How to Meditate in 5 Easy Steps:

1. Spend time figuring out how to be most comfortable enabling you to eventually achieve the goal of quieting your mind. Quite honestly this can be any way you want! Sitting, standing, lying, legs up, legs down, cross-legged even walking is acceptable regarding meditation.

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For me personally this position evolves and changes. Living in constant conversation with your body allows for this with ease. You may identify several positions that work for you based on these conversations. The key is to listen for the answer.

2. Find the space that works for manifesting a quiet mind during a practice. Consider the space sacred for at least the time the meditation is happening. Your sacred space can be different and evolving just as you practice is.  However, setting an intention within the space is a critical element that remains regardless.

I often find once I locate the space certain elements within the space are essential to the mindset to have the space feel sacred. Lightening candles, diffusing essential oils,  listening to music or sounds playing in the background  & even being out doors works.  Many times I find myself yearning for the sound of air & the feel of sun, wind or rain on me as the sacred space.

Incorporating elements to enrich the experience should also be part of the conversation when creating your sacred space.  Be comfortable asking yourself what makes your space comforting to you!  No body, but you and for that moment!

3. Download an app with a meditation timer! I love this and it makes it easy because many of them offer wonderful meditative sound effects to start and end your practice. I personally use Insight Timer and love how it shares how many other people worldwide are meditating with you! The power community once again speaks with this little feature in the app!

In lieu of downloading an app, I recommend getting a timer and/or a bell to be used to start and stop your practice. Little gongs and triangles are often used once again personal preference is essential.

4. Start slow without expectation beyond commitment! I recommend starting with a five-minute commitment for at least three days a week. It is recommended that you not be fully awake when engaging in your practice. Typically I've consumed about half a cup coffee before meditating. Define what this means for you and for many the state of mind needed to accomplish a successful practice happens before going to bed. No rules here just breath and quiet your thoughts.  If your mind is busy no pressure.  Just remind it that it is quiet time!

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Gradually and at a sustained pace increase your time. There are no rules beyond honest conversation that continues on a path of self growth that often feels uncomfortable coupled with real commitment to quiet the mind!

This should be a lifestyle change and not a short-term resolution. Therefore there is no race to the finish and often slow and steady is the best way to roll.

5. Change your mindset or fake it till you make it regarding meditation. A conscious life requires balance and with balance comes daily large doses of self-care. To include dedicated time to a meditation practice should never be an issue when you are living a conscious life.

I know you're all thinking sounds great in theory, but there's this thing called life!

I honestly have to tell you that the first step of a conscious life is realizing what's important for you to manifest your life. Some of you may not believe meditation is important or needed. I am not going to argue this point.

The only way to find out is to allow for 30 to 60 days of some form of commitment to a practice and see. Science, personal experience and history have shown that meditation increases quality of life for those practicing. What you have to lose?

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If anything I said offended you than you MUST subscribe to my blog! Kidding.

I hope something engaged you however that manifested.  Offensive is not what I am going for, but I will take it because it means you were engaged.

Consider subscribing to this great blog by this gal who considers herself a walking miracle!  Overcoming secondary progressive MS is not easy and it is the community of YOU that encourages my journey.

Long story short…is just subscribe and lets manifest life together!  Kicking ass the whole time!

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Vision Board to Reality in 5 Easy Steps!

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Vision Board to Reality in 5 Easy Steps!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® As many of you know doing a vision board each year is one of my most thought about, important and sacred acts of the year!

A vision board provides the roadmap toward manifestation of life for this BOSS Lady!   I still have vision boards from a few years back that if laid out would paint a picture of my path.  A path that has intention, direction and a willingness to see options in growth.

Overcoming a disease that has shown to offer the opposite reality for others is no small feat! In fact it is a daily committed challenge to keep such a disease at bay.   This does not just happen!   I often say to others, " don't let my good looks fool you!"

Making this look easy and never letting you see me sweat are mantras that living by often offers confusion on the part of  others.  

This is hard ass work and not for the faint at heart!

It all starts with the board!  Spending time creating a vision board is an easy, inexpensive way to begin manifesting your dreams toward reality.  Top 5 steps to making a Board to Reality RoadMap!

1.  Have a chat with your self!  Call yourself up and say, "Hello life what do I want? Where do I want to be? What kind of person do I want to be?  How do I want to spend my time?  With who do I want to the spend my time? "    Began asking yourself questions and answering.

Vision board should offer a 12 month focus. When creating the board is recommended that the steps somehow be shared within the board.  An example could be regarding fitness: you might start with committing one hour a week for the first month and then reevaluate, but the overall focus is fitness will be a focused effort from this point forward.  On the board this could be shown with picture of sneakers and also a yoga class. A progressive experience artistically portrayed is the desired outcome.

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2.    Party Planner or Party Pooper?   Finding out how  you would like to represent this year is a logical next step.   The great thing about vision boarding is that it creates a fun party as well as a terrific solo experience! Each year my desire changes regarding my vision board celebration . Most often this is a reflection of the direction I'm heading.

Many years the desired outcomes create a more  internal or external focus. This can help to influence how I choose to create  my board.  Starting with a group can be viewed however it fits best: as a great to kick off to an externally focused year or to celebrate becoming internal in 2015!

The beauty of  Vision Boarding is the outcome is what you desire!  Asking yourself the question needs to happen because energy leads the process of good intention. 

3.   The space! The location for creating and the process that will happen needs to be thought out and planned! I personally like to have options remaining flexible for most aspects except for the date.

The week between Christmas and January 2 is the time my vision board is made each year! #howiroll

Think of the space as an altar to your life purpose and dreams. Such a sacred reality deserves strong consideration. I prefer in my home with the ritual of movement through music before, during and after. Followed by a food celebration similar to an Italian holiday! Culturally a meal solidifies thoughts and actions!

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In the past few years, I've begun adding an ocean/beach experience to the process of boarding. #healingenergy

Some time around the making of the board I hit the sand to allow for deep breaths of salt air and the memories that are filled with this life energy! Doing this allows for awareness of the sacred spaces internally ingrained in my person and myself that are my grounding forces.

4.   Get organized!   Don't be scared this is actually quite simple and can be done borrowing from others, hitting the dollar store as well as sifting through your house and seeing what you have!   This PaleoBOSS Lady®  didn't have use of her hands for many years creating traditional vision boarding and impossible reality. Cutting, pasting and collaging require so much in the use of hands there was no way this would ever be my reality. I began to create boards however I wanted and the experience became even more affirming!

Considering your board as an artistic expression of outcomes gives you the freedom to create the board how ever you want!   The sky is the limit and there are no rules other than a concentrated effort needed to produce any outcome! #ohitgetswild

5.  Enjoy yourself!   Allow yourself to bask in the glory of your life! Map out a clear path that's focused toward dreams becoming realized!  Prepare your altar and sacred space with the energy needed to inspire dreams mapped out consciously by you!

Light a candle, have a glass of wine, listen to music whatever you need to allow yourself to enjoy with intention the manifestation of dreams becoming reality!

Once the board is complete the placement is critical! You need to see it everyday with concentrated effort!  Why make the damn thing if you do not use it??? #ohyesIdid

I have found that my morning movement is where I like to have my board. This way I start my day affirming my roadmap with a clear understanding of where I am headed and the steps to get there.

Dreams becoming reality don't often happen unless you actively are aware of what your dreams are and what you're doing to make them happen! 

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The best advice I can give anyone regarding vision boarding is flexibility in thinking is critical to living a life dreams are made of!   Rigidity of the mind, spirit and body do not allow the movement of energy needed to manifest dreams!

Life is alive and  cannot be contained! It needs to be embraced and understood as a privilege and a right!  Make it one of manifesting dreams or not.

If anything I said here matters at all I would love it if you would consider subscribing to my blog! Being a miracle is hard work and having people engage is what keeps me inspired to continue this path.

With one in five Americans disabled I'm sure many of us know someone who might be enlightened about my conscious journey. Maybe consider sharing with others!

Happy holidays to you and yours and all the best in 2015! Health, happiness and dreams realized are always my wishes for you! I thank you for being here. Namaste.

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How to Kick Fear Out For Good...

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How to Kick Fear Out For Good...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady®

"I would like to think this all started when I first became sick, but the reality is I was born into fear." 

The fight or flight mentality that most of us experience during intense times of life have been present in my life since birth. So many of us born into dysfunctional, addictive  and abusive families live in fight or flight from infancy into adulthood.  Many of us living this emotional reality for a lifetime.

This certainly held true for PaleoBOSS Lady® for the first 40+ years of her life! #truth

For the 2nd half of my life I lived in fear of a disease whose track record had shown to leave its victims:  alone, penniless, homeless, bedridden and/or institutionalized.

Fear is that the only thing in my life that I could count on!  #damnit

Until it stopped serving me… #f*cker

In 2006,  I directed my life to began ownership of self rather than a fear driven existence.  I knew without this drastic change of the status quo my life was headed for disaster! #writingonthewall

I literally packed up my bags and moved to Beverly!  #venice

Fast-forward and here I am a living miracle whose life is no longer motivated by fear!  #applause

This outcome did not happen by accident, easily or without consequence.  Fear in our culture is used as a tool in almost every interaction we have. #bam

The final removal of fear for my life was the biggest jump I had ever taken!   The outcome of this jump has granted the biggest leap of my life to date and responsible for PaleoBOSS Lady®  becoming her own miracle!

Without removing fear from my person being a miracle could not happen! #heardithere

Below are steps outlining how to kick fear to the curb & gone from your life for good!  These steps are based on psychological principles that produce effective outcomes.

Roll up your sleeves & lets get conscious!  #jumponit

7 Steps to Kicking Fear Out of Your Life for Good:

1.   Agree to own your life!   That means 100%!  A conscious reality removes fear from daily existence.  This does not mean to no longer be able to "ride the wave of life" or "go with the flow: it means to be aware of your standards so that the "ride" and the "flow" match your identified moral obligation and person.  All the time.  Always. Without question.

2.   Surround yourself with community!   Community matters so much across so many areas in life!  Building many different communities to support your conscious existence removes a tendency toward fear.  The power of community has been known to create miracles since the beginning of time.

3.   Get moving!  Energy that sits in the body becomes toxic waste. Movement, sweating, deep breathing and pushing oneself past your comfort zone are essential to kicking fear out of your life!  Done alone, in a group or with community movement is critical to understanding fear and eliminating fear!  Some of the most harmful toxins live in our bodies & a good sweat often must happen to remove them without question.

4.   Bye-bye toxic people! Now it's time to look at every single solitary relationship for its mutual value in your life.   This exercise often can be the hardest because we find that the majority of people in our lives are toxic. Leave personal judgement at the door & get serious with yourself.  

I found this a HUGE challenge and chose to hibernate and walk away from everyone for 6 months indoors and slowly connecting with others over the next few years to the present day. This becomes even more challenging when those relationships are familial or long-standing. Without removing & limiting exposure to toxic people fear will continue to grow as if it were in a petri dish.

5.  Love yourself! The only way to fake it till you make it in this regard is to truly "put yourself 1st!" Above all others and without fail!  I'm not kidding and this is no joke! There are many times you may find your self fatigued, mentally exhausted or just not in the right place overall to do something that is expected  and you still do it. Stop it!  Most often our body is telling us something and we need to pay attention!  The longer we stop listening the more reason we have to be fearful. Listening means loving and working in harmony with our person mentally & physically!  Fear literally has no where to go when you truly love yourself!

6.  Slow the F down!  Somehow our subconscious life has taught us time is our enemy! Time is on our side and we are best served enjoying the seasons, going for long walks and allowing for afternoon naps! This should replace the current reality of  then running on little sleep, never seeing sunrise or sunset and seldom taking vacation/time off from life!   The art of consumerism alone is what drives our pace today!  A conscious existence  should result in an immediate ability to enjoy small pleasures and slowing your role.

7. Manifest your life!   This is the most important and challenging part of kicking fear to the curb!   The point where you become certain of your path, your purpose and your role and now set out to affirm its reality. Manifesting can only happen when doubt and fear are completely removed from your being and on every level.   This work is focused and conscious!  Manifesting requires time dedicated with concentrated effort focused on potential outcomes that produce life dreams!

My father  always told me, "I could do anything I wanted if I put my mind to it!" I have always believed this dating as far back as the second grade, but somehow for most of my life Multiple Sclerosis keep winning!  No matter how hard I tired to believe my Dad!  I began to question the mantra that had always proved true throughout my entire life that hard work equals results!

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I remember learning about the power of fear in a Narrative Therapy class in my BA  program. For the first time in my entire life I was able to see fear within me and the power it had. From that moment on I knew this was the missing piece for me to hold true the mantra my father always told me! I had to overcome FEAR!

Since overcoming fear my life daily is experienced in an elevated state of goodness! These are not words of a Southern California 'hippie', but words based around life experience!   A conscious existence that produces manifested realities can be nothing short of Nirvana!   Not a single argument will ever prove this not to be true in anyone's life from the lens of PaleoBOSS Lady®!

The final hurdle for this gal to remove fear for my life focused 100% primarily on my health care team! Imagine what a challenge it is to realize toxicity lies within the team entrusted with your wellness?   With all of the above steps in place I was able, with the help of community, to finally say to 'goodbye' to fear and hello to life!

This week I am celebrating 1 year of being 100%  fearless!  #holla

The decision to jump and manifest my life reality has produced a miracle and it is me!  Almost daily my life offers me concrete signs that fear is gone and dreams do come true!   It is amazing what happens when life gives you what you bring to it!

Without fear life is no longer a waiting game and no longer a power struggle!

Life is all about living it to the fullest, all day, every day! #howiroll

 Come and get it!

If anything at all that you've read speaks to you in any way I would appreciate  you subscribing to my blog! Being a miracle is hard ass work and  a community of readers produces the wind in my sail.

Maybe share the blog with family & friends!   This would elevate you hero status immediately!  Who doesn't want to be a hero?

So it takes like three seconds, but who's counting?   Just do it and THANK YOU! PBL

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The 1st Ever Dr. Terry Wahls In-Person Symposium Wrap Up

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The 1st Ever Dr. Terry Wahls In-Person Symposium Wrap Up

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady®

"100% compliance not 80% compliance!"

Dr. Terry Wahls

Words will never express the gratitude I feel to have been the one to open the symposium!  I still cannot believe this & that I am my own miracle! Enough already!

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From the moment we looked into each others eyes for the 1st time we knew.  Each of us knew the other

like we have for a lifetime. None of us needed to share anything to get to this place!  

One of the most magical experiences of my life happened at the symposium with the above two sentences describing it!  We all knew Dr. Wahls would empower us, but the community that happened, the family that developed and the spirit that remains are beyond forethought of any kind.  We became a family as soon as we met eyes!  #universally

The location of the event at http://prairiewoods.org set the tone from the word go!  This magical venue offers a very Frank Lloyd Wright feel with the indoors coming in!  Complete with meditation room, outdoor patio and a labyrinth the venue was an outstanding choice with lodging and meals available to several of our travelers.

The kitchen at Prairiewoods and Rodney the manager are the icing on the cake!  Volunteers cooked the most amazing, Wahls complaint food for all of us to enjoy and be inspired by!  Served with love and treated with care every step of the way are what all of us encountered at this facility! Rodney is quite simply the greatest life energy you could ever imagine making us feel at home every step of the way!  #Bravo

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Made With Love!

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Having an intimate setting and the presence of Dr. Terry Wahls for 1.5 days

was a nirvana moment for all of us.  

Dr. Wahls took attendees through a handful of functional medicine forms that are used to draw a roadmap regarding our life and the significant events that have taken place.  Many of the events noted question the status quo and step outside of the questions a 'traditional' doc would normally ask!

Were you delivered vaginally?  

Did you experience a lot of antibiotics in your life?  

What type of fillings do you have?  How many?  

Any emotional trauma in your life?  

All drawing a picture that often shows a path of repeated abuses.  Which will need to be healed at the cellular level to create change of disease course.  Symptom management is not offering this option and that is the basis of traditional healthcare today. The Wahls Protocol is designed to aid in cellular healing! #BAM

The Wahls Protocol is designed to offer optimum nutrient density to aid and promote healing through the food you eat.  For several hours Dr. Wahls talked about how this is done and gave detailed information supporting the book. All attendees were able to ask questions during a daily Q&A that addressed anything from food as medicine to types of shoes to wear!

Dr. Wahls empowering each of us with every word!

Every attendee was given a roadmap to maximize their efforts toward wellness using The Wahls Protocol (TWP).  It was noted that many arrived participating at some level regarding food, but very few focused beyond food.  TWP is much more than food and Dr. Wahls stated this quite often!

We were taken step by step through a stress relieving self massage and encouraged to continue to identify ways to incorporate these types of activities into daily life.  In addition, Dr. Wahls stressed yoga, the water, Pilates, Sauna and Electric therapy.  In addition to ice paths, bone broth &  strengthen training being noted as vital to success.  Focus on how  to keep muscle mass up to maintain wellness.  Dr. Wahls suggested meeting with a physical therapist to get a plan in place.  No matter what get moving was a clear message! #daily

Each step of The Wahls Protocol involves talking with your doctor.  Dr. Wahls offered insight into how you can educate your own doctor to her findings and those in functional medicine.  Dr. Wahls shared how often a doctor may not be receptive suggesting  ways to help manifest change.  #ByExample

In addition, Dr. Wahls spoke about the people in your life and how important this element is!  She stressed toxins are not only in food.  You need to surround yourself with those who are supportive and understanding of your life, person and situation.  Community matters and was stressed as well.

I am certain that if anyone came to the symposium without community left with community!  #Magic

Finally the message was about creating a plan and sticking to it!  100% no questions asked and just do it!  No 80%, no cheat days, no nothing!  Compliant and that is it.  In order to do that set baby hurdles knowing you will get there.  Maybe just give up gluten 1st!  Maybe sugar.  #DoSomething

Developing a road map and journaling this offers a path to success that has changed Dr. Wahls life and many others.  Nothing happens overnight, but hard work does pay off.  The future is bright for all of us as we continue to learn about how food heals with leaders and visionaries like Dr. Wahls leading the way!

 

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So many sponsors and give aways it was like Christmas!  Everyone went home with a present and that was so well thought out!  Discount codes and support at every turn were a constant theme felt and encountered!  Dr. Wahls was accessible, supportive, loving, warm, smart, funny and a real trooper answering question after question from a room full of eager healers!

The Board of Directors of which I am  a part of consists of simply the greatest group of people you could ever imagine!  This event was my 1st in person meeting & my heart is overflowing with love, respect and admiration! #WeRock

All of us agreed the movement is growing and we are a Wahls Warrior Family!  Anyone following the protocol or thinking about it join us as we question the status quo in an effort to live our best life by changing our own personal narrative regarding healthcare! #selfcareishealthcare

Next year we decided to meet and go dancing in the streets! #MiraclesHappeningAllTheTime

If you like even a single word or hate it entirely I ask you to subscribe to my blog!  Community is the fuel that keeps me going and I get a report every week that tells me how little community I have.  LMAO.  Having a new name added makes me jump up and down like the crazy person I am! I like that so please consider subscribing!  In addition it would be supercalifragalisticxpeealidoscious if you shared this too.  Just saying. For realiz…#ohitgetswild

 

 

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Don't be Hating the Miracle of Me!

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Don't be Hating the Miracle of Me!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® Being your own miracle is hard ass work!  Let me tell you that I have been surprised at every turn and need to go to school for this shit!

1st I am all bent out of shape mourning the loss of the chaos knows as MS and now I was 'publicly stoned' via social media in a private MS group I went to for support!

Literally! #WTF

Many…um please let me correct myself …MOST….drum roll

that live with disease of any kind are not happy when they hear that I have healed using food & movement as medicine! #ohHELLno

Can you fucking imagine that?  You tell people the power to heal is in their hands, costs virtually nothing, will save you money and it is accessible to everyone and they get mad!

#ohitgetswild I tell you!

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Why?

They hear, "You gave yourself ________ and continue with every bite so its your fault asshole!"

Which BTFucking way is exactly what big pharm, big business and even Uncle Subsidized Sam want you to hear! #itsworking

Rather what I am saying is, "Wow did you ever consider the cultural norms in your life and how this translates in your life?  #fuckingbrilliant

Ownership PEOPLE!

Life is about ownership and my healing is 100% based on accountability for MY LIFE!  Yup people I own 100% of my life and this shit is hard!

The minute I stop owning my shit my body be like "Yo biatch we ain't working if you be tweking!"  #partofmycharm

How about we all sit down and have a conversation or 2 with ourselves and ask some simple questions????

Who said breakfast, lunch and dinner?

Why do we eat pancakes at breakfast and not dinner?

Why do we go to learn in a classroom?  Why are we separated by grades?

Why do we eat food ridden with chemicals?

How did we get Gluten?

Who said healthcare is about symptom management only with little to no regard for the reason?

I am learning every step of the way and the community of conscious living is growing.  #YIPPEE

No matter how many people I piss off this #BOSS Lady will not stop until she no longer sees posts like this titled: BREAKFAST

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and replaces them with this: ENERGY, FUEL, SELF-RESPECT:

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Can't Touch This...

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Can't Touch This...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® Many days I do not even recognize my life!  Almost everyday if I were being honest. #notlying

Having self healed from Multiple Sclerosis is responsible for this new life.  The steps it takes to maintain continued healing are reminders of how different my life is today!

Since the age of 20 I have maintained a pretty decent work-out ethic. Until MS became debilitating my work-out focus was always on burning calories.  Today I don't even remember what calories are and movement of any form is my medicine!

As a proud 100% Italian cook becoming PaleoBOSS Lady was a huge jump from all that was familiar to me!  Nightshades alone being removed from an Italian cooks diet is devastating!  Throw in gluten removal and it almost becomes a sacrilege, but food is my medicine now!

Amber goggles, essential oils, charcoal capsules and toothpowder are clear indications my life has no resemblance to anything prior to 2012.  

Once the power of food & movement as medicine took a hold of my life resulting in self healing the message was clear that I had to begin to live consciously about everything!

Life takes you where you are supposed to be all the time if you are open to this mantra.  I was again reminded of this recently as I was beginning my conscious life regarding my skincare, mouth care and makeup.

As luck would have it I had the fortunate reality of sharing a cab with Trina Felber founder of Primal Life Organics Paleo Natural Skincare!  Primal Life Organics offers a line of products that improve your health instead of the commercial crap available in mass today!

The answer to my prayers happening in a cab! Thank you life! #ohitgetswild 

Why Primal Organics?

Today I am a HUGE fan of Primal Life and an avid user and fan of the Dirty Mouth line of products!  The gum serum and mouth boost have restored my gums and teeth to a healthy glow!  No more bleeding, swelling or film on my teeth and gums.

I remember the 1st week I started using the Dirty Mouth Primal Package® I could not stop running my tongue across my teeth! Literally I feeling my teeth for the 1st time!  This sensation reminded me of eating an organic apple and noticing the missing wax around the pesticide ridden apples I was used to.  Same holds true for toothpaste!  It leaves a film on your teeth for real!

Living a conscious life requires questioning the status quo regarding everything you do and products you use on your body and in your environment are also essential elements to well-being!  I am grateful to have the line of products from Primal Organics and proud to be an affiliate member!

The journey of life is so amazing and during our cab ride we also learned that both of us worked at Crozer Chester Medical Center's Burn Treatment Center.  Trina as a nurse and me as a respiratory therapist!  Our lives have been joined a long time and the energy of our official meeting could not come at a better time!  #CabRide

To help inspire you to invest in thinking outside the box again I am pleased to be able to offer PaleoBOSS Lady followers a 15% DISCOUNT OFF your order from September 3-5th!  Use Promo Code: PLO is boss

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Questioning the status quo to change my narrative produces miracles everyday.  This journey is not scripted or known, but I am certain that no good ever comes from putting things on me, around me and in me that I cannot identify or find in nature!  History has proven this to be true time and time again!

If anything I said here works for you in some small way I would ask you to please consider subscribing to my blog!  Being a BOSS Lady is not easy and this is my fuel.  Every week I am sent an update of how many sign up and it jazzes my soul helping to keep me fighting the good fight.  Sharing is caring and with 1 in 2 disabled today I bet we each know someone who may be inspired by my random bullshit!  Happy September and lets get wild together and question the status quo all damn day long! #howiroll

 

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I am Addicted to my Chaos Known as MS:

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I am Addicted to my Chaos Known as MS:

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® How fucked is that title?  Right?

Hate to sound like a broken record, but since graduation I have been in a mind space that is completely wild.  #blahblahblah

1st: I sleep for 2 days once I officially get my Antioch walking papers and flash mob taken care of!  #partofmycharm

Adrenal fatigue maybe?  

7 years of waking up at 3-4am 7 days a week to read/write papers while self healing from secondary progressive MS finally caught up maybe??!!!  #brickhitsforehead

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2nd:  I run around like a chicken with her head cut off post graduation trying to get a 'job' like everyone else!  Somehow forgetting that I still do have MS and probably need a little help.  In addition I need accommodations.  #charmsmarm

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CAN I GET A DRUM ROLL FOR THIS???

I learn that I often find myself at a loss without the devastation MS causes in my life!  #fuckedupright  

I remember when my mom got sober I was in AL-ANON and realized that I was struggling to live in the sober world. Finding the chaos of life the norm and it hard to live in the calm space of mothers sobriety.

Well guess what? This BOSS Lady is right back at the same spot! #listening

Be careful what you wish for is often a life reality for me.  I would never change my wellness and continue to dedicate myself 100% to sustaining this outcome.

Changing the narrative of your life often allows for 'openings' that create new possibilities for oneself.  #iamabosslady

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I had to take ownership for the loss of the chaos caused by MS.  PBL had to began to focus that energies loss toward something intense but  not harmful to myself.

By listening I realized the chaos of MS shall become the chaos of ownership! #iownmylife

Owning your life is harder than anything MS has ever thrown my way!  I actually believe that without this step MS will own me!

#byebyeMS and don't let the door kick you in the ass!  This BOSS Lady owns her shit.  All day & everyday!

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#AHS14

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#AHS14

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady™ Just home about 24 hours from my virgin Ancestral Health Symposium (#AHS14) held in Berkeley, CA!   PaleoBOSS Lady (PBL) had 4 days of learning filled with the awesome  Paleo Community!

This trip was my second amongst my piers within the Paleo world which for me is a really awesome thing to have happen!  For the most part this journey of using food as medicine has been a solo ride.   Although PBL has lots of 'cyber-support' I travel this alone in my home.  Thank God I live at the beach!  I digress.  #damnit

Being able to spend time with others who don't require an explanation beyond "I have MS" for how I eat and live my life makes this a huge slice of heaven in the life of PBL!

#AHS14 is like going to class from 9am until 5pm everyday!  The learning intense and not for the faint at heart (mini damn it)!   At least a working knowledge of the Paleo lifestyle is a 'good look' to gain the full POW that can be experienced.  I am not gonna lie many times during presentations I was like " What the fuck are they talking about & why does it matter?"  #ohitgetswild

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You all know how much PBL LOVES to play school girl & for 3 days I did a damn good job until I could not learn anymore! Thank you ! #AHS14

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Empowerment is huge in life & needed for a real win!  My story.  PBL is winning & this community continues to empower anyone who will listen. EVERY damn speaker I heard has at least one of the following/most have all: website, podcast, blog, social media, book, published journals or articles you name it!  Each eager &  excited to share their learnings offering 100% accessibility!  #POW

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The Paleo Community is some of the finest people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! #VISOINARIES

This movement is not exclusionary to anyone.  100% accessible for those who truly want to live an empowering conscious life! It is no secret we are sick, fat  & out of balance! It is also no secret that our food & way of eating is of great concern!

Everyone knows it! #TRUTH

For those truly interested in learning about all that happened this weekend I encourage you to check out the #AHS14 website & watch the recorded video's. Take it one step further to browse the speakers sites as well to meet my friends!  #EMPOWERMENT

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There is a really important common denominator that #AHS & #PaleoFX offered beyond how nice everyone was.  We are a collection of people who at some point decided to live a conscious life & care about our personal footprint.  That fact that we all ended up in the ancestral health movement is no surprise to this BOSS Lady.

What is a huge surprise is the magic that comes when this group gets together! #TRUELOVE

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Suddenly this group of what I learned are often "special, different, misunderstood rebels" now get to live as one community together: respectfully, consciously & supportively! #GOODTIMES

I encourage all of you to empower yourselves and consider peeking further into this community for many reasons.  If you don't that is okay too cause I am not really the best at sharing. #partofmycharm

If you like even for a hot minute anything I am saying please figure out how to subscribe to this thing!  Don't make me type more shit so I can save my hands for more chatter. Anyway share it too why don't you.  I want to inspire, engage & empower you so if by chance that is happening than I think you have no choice, but to subscribe. #ohitgetswild

 

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The Miracle of Raw Rita...

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The Miracle of Raw Rita...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady™ OMG I just cannot believe how much this shit is right in front of my eyes, happening in record time & still people look at me like I have 7 eyeballs.

My dog has officially been named Raw Rita!

Rita SUFFERED from severe airborne & food allergies since the age of 3 & she is almost 11 years old.

Rita on average was on steroids 4 months out of the year.

Had the worst dandruff & dry skin.  

Lived with constant ear infections (costing $750/yr on average.)  

Unable to spent time outside ever.  

Always locked up when company came fearing food falling.  

Was injected with a "special" allergen to help her symptoms (which was bullshit & so costly even w/ a HUGE ass discount).

Rita almost died (costing $16,000/once)  from her "severe/worst case they ever saw" allergies.  #BULLSHIT

Start of this year Rita weighted in at 16 pounds & was unable to get up a single step while snoring all day long. 

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Rita went Paleo just like her Momma January 2014.  We did cooked mainly because this BOSS  Lady thought slow and steady for an old girl was the right approach with plans to go raw January 2015.

Rita lost a little weight and definately had more energy & her coat started looking better.  

Warm weather arrived on the day we moved & the hot spots, biting till blood everywhere, itching, ear infections, dandruff, ALL OF IT arrived in full force!!!

The 1st day of summer type heat & it ALL went down. Really???

#DAMNITSHITFUCK

I ran for the steroids & chemical ridden cream eager to lather her in its madness. #COMEHERERITA

As my sweet baby girl lay on the bathroom rug agreeing to be poisoned once again I THANKFULLY  had a moment of clarity & just STOPPED!

I am not doing this cycle ever again.  At that moment I committed to start to treat Rita like me regarding how she lives her life! #WHATACONCEPT

I ran to the local pet store settling on TeaTree based bath gel & sprays, aloe rubs and a soft collar to stop the blood sore bite-a-thons (these always resulted in at least a $250 vet visit per year.)  #OVERIT

Spraying. Bathing. Spraying. Bathing.

Collar on.  Collar off.  Collar on. Collar off.

Hot compresses. Cold compresses.  Hot compresses. Cold compresses.

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#FUCKMYLIFE #REALLY

One day I am sharing my "tragic story" to a dear friend who simply says, "oh yeah my dog same thing and we went Paleo raw and it cured everything."

#OFCOURSEITDID #BAM #BAM #BAM

Next day I did research & ordered Raw Duck with veggies!

Suddenly we renamed Paleo Rita to Raw Rita.

All I can tell you as astonishing as my life reality is this dogs is equal!  

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My kid, the groomer, a dear friend & anyone who knows my LITTLE DUMPLING stops dead in their tracks compelled to ask what happened!

She has lost weight for sure, her coat gorgeous, running, playing and Raw Rita does not snore.

The best news: NO BITING, NO SORES, NO EAR ITCHING & NO INFECTIONS!

#NOTAGODDAMNTHING

I don't have 7 eyeballs so stop looking at me like I do.

Almost everyone looks at me like I do when I tell them that all I did was change Rita's food !

#YUP  #DAMNRIGHT

Raw Rita is given organic raw meat mixed only w/ veggies.  Instead of expensive prescription, out of a bag, dry food that a vet had to supply  filled with a list of chemicals one can not pronounce! 

#CONSUMERISM

2 days shy of 3 weeks & my baby girl just became her own miracle just like her Momma!

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#QUESTIONTHESTATUSQUO

If you like what you are reading please post, share and subscribe to my blog.  I am working really hard to inspire, engage and empower others by sharing my own life reality.  I had no idea I was going to heal myself so I am not sure what I am doing, but would LOVE the support.  #THANKSSOMUCH #LIVECONSCIOUSLY

 

 

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Final 25 is how PBL is rolling...

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Final 25 is how PBL is rolling...

By: PaleoBOSS Lady™ In case you missed all of my other amazing kick ass blogs I can get you up to speed…

I recently graduated with a Masters of Arts in Psychology and have been freaking out about what I am going to do with my life!  I also recently self healed from secondary progressive Multiple Sclerosis and now have my life back!

This situation has been oppressive for me. Literally! Hard to get my head of the pillow kind of bullshit!

Or hard to get my head on the pillow!  Nothing has been feeling right and I have been depressed!

PaleoBOSS Lady never get depressed and I can count 2 times in 51 years that I identified with anything other than happy!

For the last 4 weeks I have worked hard personally & in therapy to identify what was happening and how to change the narrative.  Instead of being proud of me I was miserable!

Problem for me was that I kept trying to answer my life question through the lens of my culture and not the lens of PBL!

My cultural lens had me believing I needed to get a "job", pay my bills in hopes of growing my life and that I needed to build a nest egg working hard long hours to get ahead.

God Damn it since the age of freaking breathing I have been self sufficient, financially stable, lived with excellent credit and at this phase in my life all of these are secondary to me.

I do not give a god damn about my credit score (which is 800…of course it is)!  I give a damn about my happiness and leaving my mark!

JUST JUMP!

 

PaleoBOSS Lady hopes for 50 more great years, but would rather plan as if it is my FINAL 25!

That being said after long hours of self reflection, talking to loved ones, working with my therapist and chatting with my dog: PBL officially "jumped" this week into the world not following the rules once again!

I have decided to commit myself to this mission of conscious living without a clear plan and am willing to be lead by the power of the human spirit!  Quite honestly I did not know I was going to be PaleoBOSS Lady and continue to be overwhelmed with my life reality.

The best thing I can do is inspire, engage and empower others by LIVING my life consciously and publicly.  I am officially an open book!  My life is my job no matter what!  End of story.

I am my own miracle and that should be enough to leave my mark on life. Now to teach others...

"Your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don't make it wait any longer." Dr. Steve Maraboli

 

 

Hang on folks cause it has been known to get wild!

If you like what you are reading please consider subscribing to my blog!  Also maybe sharing this with others.  My life reality is to great to be ignored and each of us working together to share this message can bring hope to others.  Hope produces miraculous outcomes!  Be your own miracle like I am!

 

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NOT TILTING LEFT anymore...

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NOT TILTING LEFT anymore...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady™ 1281 Days. 3 Years 6 Months & 4 Days or 183 weeks I have been eating consciously.  

Yesterday for the 1st time since moving to Venice Beach in 2006 I rode my bike without a strong left tilt.  Since the onset of Multiple Sclerosis the left side of my body has always been dead.  I never felt my left side, but could move it whenever my body worked.

Last year the left side of my body started to wake up.  I now have feeling the entire side.  

Not equal feeling to the right, but I am sure it will be some day. My body continues healing in real time and I believe with certainty I can regain most of what MS has taken. Current history is showing this to be true.

People with MS don't get shit back.  However this lady does! #BOSSLady

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About 2 days before I was going to my friends 4th of July party  I knew that I wanted to try and ride my bike   I began mentally preparing for the distance of the trip because it was going to be my furthest in 5 year.  Physically  I believed my body was strong enough to go the distance.

First few pedals out of my house were a little iffy and my tires needed air.  I rode to the nearest bike shop, got air and then the magic began!

Never did I consider I would be on a bike NOT tilting left.  Not for one second!!! Dead side = you tilt to that side.  Right???  My tilt was so strong someone tried to borrow my bike and could not believe I could even sit on the bike it had tilted the seat!  #notlying

At first I was like wow air makes a big ass difference when you are riding a bike.  Then I was like oh hell no I am just riding the bike.

Pedaling, riding, pedaling, riding, straight & steady like a baller!

OMG I am not tilting.

I am just simply riding!

With air in my tires!!!

OMG Freaking GOD!!!

I wanted to swing my hands free, but then I would have fallen and it would have been ugly and the story would not be a great one like it is now.  #damnit #idigress

With my head high I rode down Venice Blvd to my good friends house screaming my news!

It was a huge day for me and a SHOCK not only did I make the longest trip in many years on the bike, but I am not tilting left!

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My body continues to heal as I use food as medicine and I joyfully kick MS to the curb every day and show it who is BOSS! #ThisGirl

Please know my goal is to inspire, engage and empower you.  If you like what you read PLEASE subscribe & share what is happening.

Thank you so very much! Love the life you live!

#liveconsciously

 

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The decade of surgery...

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The decade of surgery...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady™ Not to be an ass, but I consider myself similar to a fine wine since I have improved with age!  No one can deny this reality!  Even strangers because I have it all on film.  Clearly you see my transformation which is a direct result of  using food and movement as medicine.

Life is an amazing journey and my decades have played out like this:

20's everyone gets married,

30's everyone has babies,

40's everyone gets divorced,

50's everyone has surgery...

Swear to God!

Social media is so great about bringing forth connections to so many in a rather intimate forum.  Many times when someone is sick social media offers a wealth of support for those friends which I love about social media.  Therefore it is common to be aware of a friends health because somebody somewhere will mention an illness hoping for prayers & support.

Gallbladders, thyroid, backs, knees, sinuses and the list goes on and on…surgery everywhere!

I have run out of hands how many people I know my age who have had surgery in the last 12 months!   I am not talking cosmetic either.  It blows my mind!

Interesting when you are PaleoBOSS Lady how this reality sits with others.

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Seldom do those having surgery ever want to hear from me.  Quite honestly they 'dislike' me.  I coach 100% accountability for self which means self care is healthcare.

It is who I am and what I scream from the rooftops daily!

The folks that want to hear from me are those who question the status quo regarding healthcare.  Somewhere their own health reality brought them to a place that does not feel right and they are peeking outside of the traditional box. #YIPPEE

If you live in 'the box' of traditional healthcare, PaleoBOSS Lady will only stand to annoy you!  Self-care as healthcare is the foundation of my being.

My person cannot stop my dedication to this movement!  My passion increases daily as I watch the art of consumerism cut open another person I care about rather than give them a plate full of healthy nutritious food & a movement program 1st.

If you have not seen my videos I encourage you to watch just this one of my 1st Paleo Year.  It blows my mind that this video stands to annoy many, but it does.

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Consider for one minute right now:

How the F*CK did we get here?

Why are we so willing to stay here?

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PaleoBOSS Lady is committed to the movement of awareness for living and I hope to inspire, engage and empower you to love the life you live!  Thank you for being here!

#iwillnotbestopped

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