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Are you a Fat Burner or Sugar Burner?

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Are you a Fat Burner or Sugar Burner?

The truth is I can pretty much tell you without even knowing you which way you roll. Are you someone whose body gets its energy from sugar or fat. Yup! All of this information can be known merely by asking a few questions. The truth is I never knew there was a difference until a few years ago. Learning this information has been the biggest BAM of my miracle status.

So lets find out about you: do you consume sugar & carbs?

If the answer is yes you are a sugar burner.

If the answer is no you still can be a sugar burner. Damn it.

Sad to say it is not the easiest thing to become a fat burner. Not because our body struggles it is because we struggle. Actually our bodies for most of us act happier when the energy source is fat.

I know, I know must of us are low fat consumers. We have been told time and time again that fat is evil and not I am saying that high amounts of fat in my diet was the biggest BAM to the miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady. Would it surprise you if I told you the whole idea about fat being evil was a consumer driven idea? Meaning companies that stood to have financial gain from sugar sales were behind this concept.

The traditional diet of almost all humans tends to be heavy on the sugar, carbs and dairy and very low on the greens, protein & fruits. In order to be a fat burner you almost exclusively have to give up carbs and all sugar & consuming what may appear to be large amounts of fat.

For over 5 years I have followed a Paleo lifestyle. I have even taken it a step further and follow The Wahls Protocol. The Wahls Protocol differs slightly from simply Paleo. Dr. Terry Wahls developed a protocol that supports your body at the cellular level. Using a combination of 6-9 cups of fruits & vegetables offers our body mitochondria support and for many of us that results in transitioning your body to becoming a fat burner. The mitochondria are the powerhouse of the cells so becoming a Wahls Warrior means you are eating at the cellular level. Food is about nourishment to your body & no long based on taste buds alone.

Ketosis is the state your body enters when you are a fat burning fool and this is what I am talking about. Ketosis from an uneducated lens happens when your body starts to develop ketones. Ketones start to be seen in the body when you stop consuming sugar & carbs while increasing your fat consumption. Think Atkins on steroids.

I am no expert and this blog shares my personal experience. There are other things you can do to help Ketones arrive and to get in the state of Ketosis. Fasting is a huge tool many who enter Ketosis incorporate almost daily. For Ketosis many will typically ast about 18 hours between their last meal and their 1st meal. I personally do a daily fast on average of 10 hours a day. In order for my sugar loving body to get into Ketosis I am an 18 hour a day faster. This actually was the key to my 1st successful round of true Ketosis meaning it lasted for more than a few days.

Science continues to show that a state of Ketosis helps cancer risk, decrease inflammation, weight issues and overall health. Eating healthy whole foods, intermittent fasting combined with a state of Ketosis yearly have been my miracle script.

About 3 years ago I started my 1st attempt at Ketosis and failed miserably. My carb consumption was too high and fat not enough. I couldn't get it through my head that this much fat was okay. Years of being told the opposite made this transition hard for me. So I would say my 1st year was a learning experiment. I actually gained 15 pounds. Oh my.

I remember when I told Dr. Wahls she said to try again and to increase the fat and add fasting. Dr. Wahls also recommended switching the fat source from primarily coconut milk to meat fats or uncooked EVO. The next year I followed her lead and Ketosis was a much different experience for me. I lost weight, my energy was amazeballs while MS continued to run scared of my bodies power while in Ketosis.

I am not going to get into the steps to take for Ketosis and recommend you all spend a little over $10 to grab a copy of The Wahls Protocol. This book is not for MS it is for everyone. Level 3 is the one where ketones become your friends. This book belongs in every damn medicine cabinet & should be read if you really care about you and your body. Dr. Wahls work is approachable, easy to understand, ground-breaking & the only one based on human, clinical trials.

If you have never consciously been a fat burner it is time to consider doing it. Give yourself ideally 90 days, but 30 would be a great start. At the end of 90 days hit me up & fill me in on how you feel. If Facebook is your thing there is a private group called The Wahls Protocol which is a great community to support your journey.

I believe in you.

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Crush the week everyone. Namaste

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A Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free Treat: Apples Ahoy!

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A Sugar, Dairy & Gluten Free Treat: Apples Ahoy!

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By: V Capaldi I am doing my 1st Whole Life Challenge and loving it. 8 weeks of clean eating all in an effort to stop my addiction to honey.

Yes folks I have a honey addiction.

It used to be jars upon jars of honey. Now we have no longer maintained that level of addiction, but having honey in my diet often is not a good look for this body.

Yearly after the holiday honey feast I do a detox.  This year and probably next it is a Whole Life Challenge which means my lifestyle is clean and mean right now. However I still like to have an after dinner treat no matter how much I detox.

Here is my latest "go-to" treat that is sweet with nothing added beyond what mother nature puts in the fruit.

Simple and fun to make for the whole damn family. I like to set up a topping bar and let everyone have fun creating their favorite treats:

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Apple Ahoy!

  • Serves 4
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Line tray with parchment paper.
  • Slice apples and set on trays.
  • Set up desired toppings in bowls.
  • Melt oil and chocolate together.
  • Drizzle melted mixture over apples adding desired toppings.
  • Place in refrigerator for minimum of 20 minutes and enjoy.

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How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

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How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

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By: V Capaldi I must admit that I find myself often getting mad at me when I realize how many times I take things I do for granted. I work so hard to share my life while being conscious and yet I still am not perfect. #damnit

One of the things I have somehow always had even as a young child was the awareness and ability to create and have a sacred space. As a kid I decorated my bedroom each month making it my personal retreat even though I shared the room with my sister. It was very clear when you entered the room where the sacred space was.

My sacred space was were "I" lived whenever I was not outside playing with friends.

My childhood home was dysfunctional to say the least. Filled with addiction, violence and mental disorders gone wild.

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"Your sacred space is where you can find yourself over and over again."

Joseph Campbell

This year for the 1st time I realized how for so many the idea of sacred space is a new concept.  #doubledamnit

As with most of my tips and tricks in the infamous "Bag of Tricks" I recommend a 100% no rules allowed policy when defining a sacred space.  If you read my blogs you will notice a common theme and that is you get to set the rules on how you interpret your life. Who am I to say what constitutes your sacred space?  I can however give you insight into how to get started to begin creating a sacred space:

How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

 1. Ask the question: As in most new concepts I chose the outcome driven approach.  Looking 1st to my desired outcome and working back.

  • Is it a place?
  • In your mind's eye?
  • How is it accessible?

What was the 1st thing that you thought of when you heard sacred space? Often answering this is a great starting point.

2.  Try it on: Once  you have identified a thought or two concerning your sacred space try that shit on, take it for a test run, whatever it is get going.  I happen to be someone who has moved a lot  counting over 19 times in my 52+ years.  Each time within a month of moving I have progressed to this step.

An example would be: when I moved from living on the beach to near the beach I knew my daily access to "my sacred space" was going to be in trouble.  It took me a few weeks of trying new versions of 'going to the beach' to finally hit a system that supported finding my space.

3.  Visit often: Like a new pair of shoes I often try them out before the 1st day of a good wear I recommend you check your shit out.  I personally wear a new pair of shoes for 'short' outings or around the house for a minute before a full day.  Breaking them in for me always a learned necessary step. Same holds true for a sacred space. You gotta try this shit out and see how it feels.

If you have to search for "you" than it probably is not the best look is my gut. You know a sacred space. 

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For me personally I share my sacred space with the waters edge, my yoga mat and a 'cozy' moment created on-demand using essential oils, candles, angel cards and music.  I know the perfect locations, sequence, oils and so on to allow space for me to find me.

The miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady believes having a sacred space is essential to all of our own miracle reality.

Where is yours?

Would love to hear...

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Namaste you bastards! #ohitgetswild

 

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How Angels Help My Life

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How Angels Help My Life

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By:  V Capaldi Okay so doubters, haters & shit talkers simmer down now.  I am certainly not little miss spiritual, but I am 100% mindful.

It all started for me back in 1996 when I owned a store called Sanity. It was an award winning version of PaleoBOSS Lady that lived in Delaware over 20 years ago. Everyone thought I was a head shop. I digress. #damnit.

Oracle Cards from Doreen Virtue were one of the longest and best selling products at Sanity. This deck of cards still to this day is a huge tool in my "Bag of Tricks" and leads me in so many ways it is worthy of a blog post.

Yearly Angel Reading:  Do not let the term 'yearly' in any way define a start date. It is a year from whatever day you chose it to be. The fact that I am writing this blog at the beginning of the new year is because I know many use this time like I do to set intentions. I am hoping this may capture some who are in this process.

A 12 month reading for me gives me guidance with intention and purpose. It allows me to apply a directed focus in an often broken record style mindset.  This years reading I am especially excited about and believe the angels have guided my journey so strong in the last few weeks presenting the archangels almost daily. This 12 month reading for me I felt needed to be heard loud and clear knowing all of the archangels have been by my side telling me I got this and it is time to go GF & make shit happen.

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V's 12 Month Oracle Card Reading:

  • January: Harmony
  • February: Children
  • March: Freedom
  • April: Spiritual Growth (attention/resisting/upside down)
  • May: Listening
  • June: Dreams (attention/resisting/upside down)
  • July: Friendship
  • August: Miracles (attention/resisting/upside down)
  • September: Focus (attention/resisting/upside down)
  • October: Forgiveness (attention/resisting/upside down)
  • November: New Love
  • December: Body Care (attention/resisting/upside down)

Daily (or almost) 1 Card Reading:If you have not figured this out I have a touch of OCD mixed with ADHD.  With this comes a hard time focusing on stuff for longer than a second it seems some days.  I have a very chatty mind full of energetic idea's that sometimes result in nothing good.  Sometimes the chatter is filled with things that have no business being in my head like fear, worry and negative thoughts.  Angel readings solve this for me. Literally.

I actually learned this in the 12 step program. My mom was an addict and I went to Al-Anon where they talked about "Let go and let God."  I struggled with this greatly being the chief enabler and care taker of the addict. My sponsor gave me a shoe box with strips of paper and a pencil. He told me to write those types of worries on the paper and put in the box. Once the worry was in the box I gave it to God and no longer was allowed to think of it. Ever. If I got confused all I had to do was open the box to remind myself I had broken my own promise to myself which was unacceptable.

Using the angel cards gives me a focus. Enough so that when negative talk or lack of purpose strikes I remind myself of my card. This is my focus, purpose and intention for the day.  No need to fill my head with the other stuff which was not serving me.  Filling my head with the angels message is healing and helping my journey in more than words. I literally feel like Dumbo with the feather.  Feeling the angels by my side offers comfort and security in my journey without identifying higher power beyond energy.  I like that.

3 Card Reading:Each card representing a past, present and future however not in such a literal sense.  I try and do this weekly as a focus of the week question to my angels. I feel it allows me to reflect, be present and take a quick look into the future.

Each time I do a reading I set a scared space which typically for me means something is burning: essential oils, incense and/or candles. Lights are dim with the energy in the room open to the angels and their message. Takes about 5 minutes to have the stage be set for this experience for me. I have a little section in my dining room cabinet with all of my scared space needs so I am ready in a flash.

Each one of these tools are a big part of my mindfulness work. For many it seems mindfulness is the hardest part. Not sure if you have considered work like this before and hope this blog helps inspire you along your conscious journey. However you get there PLEASE know that mindfulness work is essential to a miracle life.  You cannot get around it, but you certainly get to define it.

Here are a few of my favorite and most read blogs offering additional idea's for mindfulness tools:

http://paleobosslady.com/autumn-aromatherapy/

http://paleobosslady.com/how-to-dig-deep/

http://paleobosslady.com/how-to-meditate-in-5-easy-steps/

http://paleobosslady.com/vision-board-to-reality-in-5-easy-steps/

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A 5 Star Chef Born at 52+

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A 5 Star Chef Born at 52+

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By: V Capaldi Whoever in their right mind would have pinned me a rated 5 star ***** chef at the age of 52+?

Are you kidding me my bedtime is 8pm. The role of chef is kicking it up at notch at 8pm. Still figuring this out.

For the last month through the company Cozymeal I have had the pleasure of sharing a Paleo kitchen with almost 100 people.  These engaging, interactive classes have been a whirlwind surprise, wonderful journey &  just plan fun.

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As "Chef V" I specialize in corporate team building events and could not be happier.  The groups of community I get to engage with in this role are uplifting, inspiring and offer everyone an all around good time. In addition my years of building small companies and studies in community psychology offer a truly rich experience.

Most groups insist on a competition element which I LOVE!  Imagine if you will Iron Chef meets Survivor.

Each Corporate Team Building Cooking Class with Chef V includes:

  • Teams
  • Competition
  • Active Engagement
  • Timed & Measured Outcomes
  • Thankfulness Reception
  • Closing Dance Party

Can I tell you folks take this seriously every time.  Which jazzes the Philly Italian girl/chef in me.

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As in life this role of "Chef " teaches me life lessons at every event.  The inspiration/lessons I am gaining in the kitchen with others is where I am feeling the most personal growth as " Chef V". Watching varied communities use ingredients in different ways, marrying things in a way and/or preparing in a way I never thought have been a strong personally full-filling part as a teaching chef with Cozymeal.

Ever wonder how to get to a place you never dreamed?

Thought about doing something yet believing it is impossible?

If so, try my TOP 5 BAM Outcome Rules:

  1. Peek into every door
  2. Never limit yourself
  3. Open your mind
  4. Create space for the process
  5. Believe in yourself

This week I was inspired by a client from The Four Seasons Hotel who participated in a team building cooking class with me. For years I have been dipping things in chocolate & adding ingredients to stick to the chocolate.  This weeks team simply melted & mixed everything together. This process created a different taste, texture and dessert using the same ingredients I had for years and it creating a tasty new dessert.  These delicious dipped strawberries won the competition!

The only negative comment was the dish was ugly. Straight up not pretty. Not going to lie. #damnit

Food has got to be pretty is my story.

So I thought all day yesterday and at some point yesterday found myself in the kitchen with this recipe in my mind. I will be damn if it is not tasty and gorgeous.

Simply perfect for holiday entertaining and SIMPLE!

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So damn easy breezy it is ridic is all I am saying.  Holiday BAM!

The end. You are welcome.

Take pics & post. Damn it.

Coconut Chocolate Pucks w/ Whipped Cream & Fresh Organic Berries

Sugar & Dairy FREE

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Whip entire can of coconut milk and place in refrigerator overnight.
  • Melt all ingredients together except strawberries mixing well over low heat.
  • Using a cupcake pan or desired candy/ice tray or vessel of choice add mixture.  Line with coconut oil if not using a non-stick pan.
  • Place mixture in the refrigerator for 4 hours and pop out pucks when ready to serve.
  • It is recommended to let sit for about 5 minutes before popping out of vessel.
  • Place puck on serving dish, add a dollop of whipped coconut milk topped with berries and enjoy!
  • I pick up the puck and eat like a nut butter cup with whipped cream on top. So good. So good. So good.
  • Perfect to throw in your bag for mid-day yumfest is also a good look.
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Share with others so we can work on a real food movement together.

Chocolate is the gateway 'drug' & bacon.

Do not kill the messenger.

How about today you subscribe to my blog. Double damn it.

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Roasted Fennel

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Roasted Fennel

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By: V Capaldi When you are 100% Italian you grow up enjoying fennel and this is my story.

I love to add fennel this time of year to many dishes and now that I am known as "Chef V"working with Cozymeal I serve fennel a lot learning that for many it is their 1st experience eating this flavorful veggie.

Fennel is also used to make liqueur & how my family was known to get their fennel on.  Part of our charm!

It was a real treat to have it served as a side dish. Not a part of my family holiday traditions yet a part of my modern day holiday traditions. I like to include fennel to any holiday meal!

My great grandmother: Mom

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My maternal grandmother: Mary

Enjoy this FREE recipe from my newly updated e-cookbook: Paleo Perfect Holidays!

Roasted Fennel

Ingredients:

Preparation:

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Remove stalks & cut bulbs into 1 inch lengthwise pieces or you can peel the bulb to create an almost chip
  • Coat in avocado oil & balsamic vinegar.
  • Add S&P to taste.
  • Line baking sheet w/ parchment paper
  • Place fennel on baking sheet.
  • Roast for about 45 minutes until desired.
  • It is recommended to allow the fennel to caramelize for best flavor!

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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.

Hey YOU! Consider sharing my shit and subscribing to my blog. Think of it as a holiday present. Namaste.

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The Tradition of Holidays and FREE Sugar Free Pear Butter Recipe!

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The Tradition of Holidays and FREE Sugar Free Pear Butter Recipe!

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By: V Capaldi Happy Thankful Week everyone!  I have so much to be thankful for this year as in every year. I LOVEthis time of year for so many reasons.  Tradition is what really rings true for me.

Being raised Italian we had many cultural traditions especially around this time of year.

Today I live in LA with no family beyond my daughter. She spends her holidays with her fathers large Italian family back east and my traditions have changed to reflect me and my person. Although not inherited, taught or learned traditions they are still important and represent the person I am and keep me grounded.

Some of my most loved traditions:

  • Vision Boarding
  • Having a Fresh Christmas Tree
  • Lighting a candle everyday from Thanksgiving till New Years that brings those I have loved and lost into the space
  • Setting resolutions
  • Walking the Venice canals on Christmas Eve
  • Making homemade gifts (see recipe below)
  • Playing holiday music everyday
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Do not let the "Hallmark" version of the holidays be what defines you this season. Create your dream holiday and fill it with traditions that  resonate your spirit and person.

Happy Holiday season 2015 to you and yours!

Sugar FREE Pear Butter

Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Remove tops of pears and add entire pear to Crock pot.
  • Add about 1/4 inch of filtered water, honey and spice.
  • Turn pot on high for 1 hour.
  • Open and stir all ingredients.
  • Lower Crock pot to low and cook for 10 hours.
  • When done take hand masher and mash all ingredients.
  • Use fine strainer to remove excess water and add to mason jars.
  • Store in refrigerator. Tested good for 3 weeks once refrigerated.
  • Enjoy
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This makes great teacher gifts, hostess gifts, dinner guest gifts for holiday take away and so much more.

Have fun and enjoy!

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Dairy and Sugar FREE Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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Dairy and Sugar FREE Mint Chocolate Chunk Ice Cream

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By: V Capaldi Words cannot express my sheer joy in sharing this with all of you.  Hoping to include this in the upcoming South Philly Paleo Cookbook set to release in 2016.  The South Philly Paleo Cookbook is set to change the way families eat and celebrate food!

Team PBL loves to offer the community relevant content to support their conscious living journey and we hope that you will consider contributing to our crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. Click here to get all the information.

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Directions:

  • Day before making ice cream put one can of coconut milk in refrigerator
  • Take dark chocolate and grind in mini-cuisinart or desired kitchen aid.  (I like the consistency to be all different sizes so have fun with it.) Put aside.
  • Take a saucepan adding all ingredients except refrigerated coconut milk, oil and dark chocolate.
  • Heat over medium heat until blended.
  • Once blended put aside stirring in oil and let cool for 5 minutes.
  • Next add to loaf pan or container of choice.
  • Let sit for 30 minutes adding 1/2 of shaved chocolate mixing through.
  • Put in freezer and after 15 minutes sprinkle the remaining chocolate on top and freeze for up to 4 hours or overnight.
  • Before serving take refrigerated coconut milk and remove the top harder coconut milk part out leaving the fluid to drink later.
  • Take a hand mixer or submersion blender and whip until creamy.
  • Remove from freezer 15 minutes before serving adding a dollop of cream and a mint leaf on top.

Enjoy and happy entertaining season 2015!

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Big Anniversary & Squash Pudding

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Big Anniversary & Squash Pudding

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By V Capaldi

How is that for a blog post title? Kinda sums up my life right now.  2 years ago this week I stood up for my beliefs and  person and made the decision to follow my heartand passion to lead a conscious life.  This gal said goodbye to the idea that healthcare is only for those who can afford it and embarked on a healthcare is self-care life.  In typical V fashion, November 2013 I jumped and decided to see if my Bag of Tricks was filled with enough tools to lead an empowered life.

Today the brand of PaleoBOSS Lady™ (PBL) shares tools of empowerment with over

50, 000 people daily & growing!

Happy 2nd Anniversary to PBL!

I could not be more excited, proud and certain of the direction the brand known as PaleoBOSS Lady™ is heading. Literally the movement is growing everyday with opportunities continuing to present themselves that continue to spread the PBL message in an accessible culturally relevant way.

The cultural norm is what the brand of PBL questions every day.  

A huge message of the brand is sharing with others how to change their narrative.  One narrative we would like to change is that 25% of children are taking medication in America.

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Are you really okay with this?  Children are our hope to sustainable change.

“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”   Hippocrates

The brand of PBL takes us back to the kitchen offering experiences beyond eating.  Mediums like the soon to be released South Philly Paleo Cookbook shares food, family and culture in a way that not only provides insight, recipes and games, but begins to lay the foundation for others to envision their cultural path to consciousness.

Click here to find out more about the South Philly Paleo Cookbook and our Indiegogo campaign to support this.

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PBL had the opportunity to be filmed for a movie that will share my life story. This film is set to release April 2016 in 1100 theaters worldwide and is beyond surreal.  During the filming I lived with Dr. Wahls & her family where she ntroduced me to a dessert that is simply out of this world: Squash Pudding.  This sugar and dairy free dessert was delicious and super easy to make.

Dr. Terry Wahls Squash Pudding (adapted from memory)

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Ingredients:

Directions:

  • Put one can of coconut in refrigerator for up to 4 hours with 24 being ideal.
  • Add all ingredients, but refrigerated coconut milk to Vitamix/blender of choice until creamy and mixed.
  • Add water to desired consistency.
  • Spoon into cups and place in refrigerator for at least 4 hours.
  • 5 minutes before serving take canned coconut milk from the refrigerator placing all, but the liquid into a mixing bowl.
  • Using a hand mixer whip into a cream adding honey and pinch of cinnamon.
  • When ready to serve add whipped cream to the top with cinnamon sprinkles if you like.

Dr. Wahls used a Vitamix to make the pudding and I will be using a Cuisinart. 

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Enjoy and post pictures of your creations using #squashpudding!Great for holiday entertaining too! Guests will love it. 

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Party all the Time

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Party all the Time

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By: V Capaldi Anyone who knows me well can vouch for the fact that I have been known to "hit the streets" and dance on bars a time or two in this life.  In addition this gal is a slamming cook and party planner.  My mom taught me long ago the art of throwing a good party and my grandmother the way to own your kitchen.  This pairing is the foundation of many if not all of the recipes offered by me in all of my cookbooks.

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Today, Team PBL, is pleased to announce the re-release of the PBL line of original recipe party planners!  Updated new recipes and photo's fill the pages of these inclusive Paleo Perfect events:

Paleo Perfect Holidays

Badass Brunch

Titillating Tapas

When I began my conscious living journey regarding food Paleo at 1st seemed overwhelming and way too labor intensive for this 'no hands' girl. At the time I had little to no use of my hands bilaterally due to the devastating effects of Multiple Sclerosis on my body.  Little did I know that the time spent in the kitchen is no more than when I was eating processed unhealthy foods. The difference is in the planning.  Sad, but true the planning is needed because eating healthy, organic and chemical free food is not the norm in most places so planning is needed for this to be a reality for most.

How backwards is our thinking that this is the reality?  

With the holiday and entertaining season fast approaching the Paleo Perfect Party Series is the answer to your prayers.  Not only do they offer original delicious easy to prepare recipes they include helpful tips to ensure your party goes off without a hitch except sore feet from dancing and cheek bones from laughing.

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Badass Brunch and Titillating Tapas offer everything you need to throw a care free conscious party.  These party planners offer meal planning, shopping lists, music and a libation station to assure you have everything perfect while enjoying every second. Paleo Perfect Holidays pages are filled with my mom mom & grandmother's recipes made Paleo perfect.

Click here to get the latest copy of each book in the series and check off holiday entertaining planning as being done!  These no worry planners have got you covered.  BAM

Raise the roof,

V aka PaleoBOSS Lady

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Friday's Friend & Grown-Up Back-to-School Recipes

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Friday's Friend & Grown-Up Back-to-School Recipes

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By: V Capaldi At this point I am pretty sure we all know who is my hero, mentor and friend that provided the tools for me to get my life back!  Yup, Dr. Terry Wahls and The Wahls Protocol!  Long before The Wahls Protocol I became a Wahls Warrior.  For over 1400+ days I have been a faithful, devoted and successful miracle under the guidelines for wellness outlined in the best-selling book, The Wahls Protocol by Dr. Terry Wahls.

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In-Person Symposium 2015

This wellness bible is available in both hardback and paperback and

I truly believe it is a must for every household's library.

Many of the concepts, idea's and components of the protocol are lifestyle based on conscious awareness that involve far more than food.  This life changing book explains how and why we got here regarding health and wellness and in addition informs us how to live, eat and move based on our cellular level needs.  An approach like the Wahls Protocol puts you in the driver seat and removes many of the victim filled outcomes the majority of us live with.

In fact 1 in 3 Americans are legally disabled with The Wahls Protocol

poised to change this without drugs or high healthcare costs.

Enter to WIN your FREE copy of The Wahls  Protocol by clicking on my Instagram here to enter. No purchase needed and enter as many times as you like.  The more the merrier is how I see it.

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Healthcare Bible

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of seeing 1st hand the power of Dr. Wahls, her family and The Wahls Protocol teachings to change lives beyond any healthcare science I have ever witnessed.  None of what took place at the symposium was based around consumer driven principles or sponsored by a drug company as in traditional healthcare.  Instead all was based around accessibility with self-care tools of empowerment shared by the buckets!

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Friday Friend

My FRIDAY FRIEND has been the most important person in my life to date by showing me the way to thrive! Before becoming a Wahls Warrior I was dying a slow and painful death. To find out how amazing Dr. Terry Wahls is click here and check out her stuff.

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Mason Jar Meals Rule

Only because I am an ass would this matter so here it goes...I am sick of Back-to-School being about kids only!

What about us as grown-ups? Do we not matter?

This time of year has always been significant my entire life. As a kid, parent and even later in life yet no one addresses what this means to anyone but kids. Well I have had enough and present: Grown-up Back-to-School Mason Jar meals.

Thanks to my good friends at Breaking Muscle for helping me to make this happen!  Click here for recipes of yum!  Enjoy and stay tuned more recipes coming in September!

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Italian Influence

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How to Dig Deep

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How to Dig Deep

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By: V Capaldi It is amazing this journey we call life.  I find myself guided by a moral code of ethics that has begun to self govern my every move.  So many of my decisions are lead by the knowledge gained living consciously.  Not that this is a bad thing, but a difficult way to try and survive in an international culture that is almost exclusively built upon the auto pilot of life. From fast clothes retailers like H&M to Target and Costco the era of disposable is everywhere and that is the ethical undertone.

We have all heard the term doubling down and most of us will relate it to gambling.  Doubling down often happens many times when the odds are not always appearing in your favor and it is a last stitch effort.  Making the act of 'doubling down' a greater risk offering huge rewards being the motivation.  This is exactly where I would say defines my current life situation.

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Literally I have no idea how I got to this place or life known as PaleoBOSS Lady®.   I do not have one single complaint about the journey I live and continue to live. However in my wildest dreams not for one second would I have predicted my life to include being PaleoBOSS Lady® and all that  being this means to me and others.

Being a miracle and sharing this journey with others is what is driving my life right now

and with every ounce of my person this is my daily truth.

This journey is not easy and a process that involves overcoming odds every day using steps that are in direct opposition almost universally to everyone.  Conscious living is not the norm. Being a miracle is not the norm.  Having both of these principles guide  life choices is not the norm and I have had to dig deeper to maintain this reality more than I have ever in my life. Recently I am digging the deepest I have to date with most of my life decisions happening outside of the cultural norms regarding how to successfully live your life.  I often feel like others see me as a train wreck just waiting to surface where I see myself as a true warrior dedicated to community and activism.

So how do I continue to dig deep when motivated by a gut with a highly defined moral conscious outside of cultural norms?

My Steps:

1.  I am digging deep right now as my life is about to change in some way and I have no real idea how.  I do know I need to prepare mentally for whatever the outcome is and do my best to define all the potential possibilities. Some of them are very scarey and some are quite exciting and wonderful.  When you are a boss like me things are always either one extreme or the other: completely horrific or the greatest thing ever.  Not always has it been the greatest thing ever and being prepared knowing my 'next move' gives me the tools to grow in a forward direction even when things do not always turn out the way I hoped. That does not mean giving up on your journey just allowing  your steps to ride the wave which often means taking a different route.

2.  Balance in all things is always essential and even more when you find yourself digging deep. The tendency is to internalize and fall out of balance when in a life phase where you need to dig deep.  It is important to establish a system that allows an ideal balance of work, self, others, movement and mindfulness efforts.  How that plays out for each of us is an internal conversation that has to happen.  We are all not the same and a 9 to 5 work day may not give all of us the balance we need.  For some of us it is ideal and for others like me not so much.   Cultural norms like this often ask us to put a square peg into a round hole which we know never will be a successful outcome no matter how deep you dig.  Find your balance and work to build the path that works for you.

3.  Listening to your gut is the foundation of digging deep.  Something inside of us was talking so much we decided to finally listen.  The problem is quite often gut chatter is not the most widely accepted and common form of knowledge for solid decision making requirements. Yet without listening to your gut there is no reason to dig deep for the majority of us.  Our gut typically is the most genuine and real response we have. Over time due to cultural norms many of us learn to silence our gut and chose to 'go with the flow.'  Digging deep is usually needed when thoughts are in opposition to cultural norms and your gut most often is driving this need.  If you listen to your gut you will find these steps used often in your life.

All of us have a miracle life available to us.   We may not see it at first glance but it is there.  Waiting for you to grab it and own what is rightfully yours.  Digging deep is an essential element to achieving such a status and the above outlines a good way to assure your journey produces the desired outcome.

Every move I have made since day 1 of being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis has kept me on the edge of almost all cultural norms and is the foundation of my miracle status.  Listening to my body at every turn and each stage of life has produced a foundation that makes each dig a little easier and filled with more confidence that the energy of life will provide what I need as long as I create the space for it to manifest.

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Dig deep and create space for your miracle life. Why settle for anything else?

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Join the PBL team as we share our journey of taking #onsmallstep toward conscious living for your miracle life!

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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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Friday Friend & Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Recipe! Oh My!

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Friday Friend & Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Recipe! Oh My!

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By:  PaleoBOSS Lady®

"Believe that you can and you will." Buddha Teas

A few weeks ago I started a feature called Friday Friends and it has been so well received I am going to extend it to a blog post each week! Each week I will try and offer a new recipe or food idea while highlighting a few of my favorite Friday Friends.

Friday Friends are picked randomly by PBL and will be across all conscious living idea's.  Anything that will help us along our journey is free game as a Friday Friend.  The end.

BUDDHA TEAS

This company and their website have taken tea to a whole new level.  Literally you can spend so much time getting lost in the wonderful land of tea devouring every written word on their site imagining how magnificent each tea must taste.  I am glad my 1st choice I allowed the folks at Buddha Tea to decide for me.  They asked me what my preferences were regarding tea and delivered a delicious tea that blew me away: Papaya Leaf Tea!

The Papaya Leaf is full of antioxidants and a great source of Vitamin C which is a huge bonus and it tastes delicious!

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Beyond taste Buddha Tea hits the ball out of the park informing us of all the benefits of each tea. In addition they use only organic tea's, bleach free bags and each bag comes with a wonderful inspirational quote.  They offer so many teas there is no doubt one has your name on it.  I highly recommend you give Buddha Tea's a try and check them out.  I am pretty sure you will never look back at tea's commonly sold at most grocery stores.  My story. The End.

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This BBQ sauce is a home run of tasty goodness!

I literally have had this at least with one meal a day since last Sunday!  I was having dinner with my friend Hima, owner of TinStar Foods, and dry rubbed my ribs, but wanted a little kick so I whipped this recipe up and feel in love.

Enjoy and share your uses for this delicious sugar and gluten free BBQ sauce!  Happy BBQ'ing!

Ingredients:

Directions:

Throw all the ingredients in a saucepan and heat until blended. Adding water to desired consistency. I prefer my BBQ sauce thick and 1/3 cup of water seemed to work perfectly for this smiling fool. Experiment with what suites your palate and enjoy!

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Smiling Fool is ME!

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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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Pothead here...

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Pothead here...

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DO NOT JUDGE. NO ASSHOLES ALLOWED.  THE END. #icurse Almost immediately after my diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) I started using marijuana to treat my symptoms and it still continues to this day.  Which was a huge issue for me because I was raised by a mother who was addicted to prescription drugs my whole life.  On one hand I was saying no to Valium which docs freely wanted to give me, but willing to use illegal drugs to heal.  This became a huge issue for many in my family as they say my decision and need to use marijuana as the gateway to be becoming an addict like my mother. I saw it as a saving grace for this not to happen.  Because marijuana is illegal most closest to me considered me a drug addict rather than someone holistically trying to live with MS and it's horrific symptoms. #onesmallstep

From the onset of MS becoming my life partner it brought with it what I call "under-skin jumping."  Basically it felt like my limbs were jumping around all the time in every direction.  As a result of this feeling my body was constantly trying to stop the limbs from 'jumping' and I lived with the feeling of constantly trying to hold them down & in place.  My 'jumping' was so severe that I could not do acupuncture because the needles would move so much they would eventually bend from the constant movement.  Good times had by all when this happened.

Until I moved to California in 2006 I broke the law and smoked marijuana daily to control these symptoms.   Little did I know until recently how much marijuana was really helping in my life beyond 'jumping.'  I just learned in the last few months how much marijuana relieved many symptoms related to MS. For 28 years I spoked marijuana almost daily. Everywhere I want and everyone who knew me was aware I used pot as medicine in my life with MS. Whether they agreed or not they knew if I was around there was a chance weed was on my person. #ohitgetswild

As luck would have it following The Wahls Protocol I healed from almost all of my symptoms related to living with MS. The limb jumping slowly but surely left my body and I no longer lived with this 'jumping' sensation. In   2015 I decided to stop smoking pot after the symptoms that I used marijuana to treat were no longer in my life.

Little did I know how much more the use of marijuana was helping.

The end of April I rented a guest house in LA and moved in 2 days before heading to Austin for PaleoFX.  Literally I moved in, unpacked my boxes and then quickly proceeded to pack a suitcase to start a month of assorted traveling as PaleoBOSS Lady.  So excited I was to head to my 2nd year of PaleoFX! #paleocommunityrocksbigtime

The plane takes off at LAX and all of a sudden an MS symptom I had not known in over 4 years returns and it is the scariest of all: throat rigidity. Yup the mother of all symptoms happens when we reach 'our cruising altitude' and results in a strong charlie horse in my throat.  Unable to swallow or stop the throat spams I literally panic realizing I am on a plane, traveling alone and unable to speak to share what is happening to me.  My throat is spasming like a mother and I have nothing on my person to help relieve this almost foreign symptom from MS. #damnit

I massage the area, calm my shit and slowly the spasms subsides. I sit in fear for the remainder of the flight especially the landing.  Convinced the atmospheric pressure caused the spasm I wonder if landing will bring the same result.  Happily it did not and once on the ground in Austin I kissed it.  Thankful that the flight reality was not worse and that I am okay.

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When I get home I immediately call my doctor who prescribes Baclofen for me to take before and after flights to relieve the spasms.  This is such a defeat for me since it took me over 1.5 years to ween off of high doses of Baclofen that I took for years to treat my bodily spasms and was my last MS drug to kick to the curb since becoming a Wahls Warrior.  However the scary reality of throat rigidity and 2 upcoming plane rides were enough for me to give in and resume Baclofen in my life. Honestly with each plane ride that I took without issue I was grateful that I had Baclofen back in my 'Bag of Tricks.'

Traveling stops and I wean off the Baclofen but the throat rigidity continues to haunt me. In addition I lose feeling on the left side of my face & the area from my knee to ankle and restless leg starts to come back into my life. I am now not getting on planes or traveling but yet symptoms that were distant memories are coming back and piling on top of one another.  I am scared and surprised this is happening. #doubledamnit

What is causing this to happen?

Living a conscious life not much happens that I am not aware of and how it may or may not effect my body.  I looked for days at my life since the throat issues came back and what could have caused them if it was not the change in pressure caused by flying.  I knew I had just moved and the house became my focus. Sure enough my new landlord had been spraying highly toxic chemicals in the house I moved for roach control (another blog post for this but know I have moved again to a non toxic home without roaches)!  The air travel was enough to wake up my throat rigidity and the continued exposure to toxic chemicals created a petri dish for other MS related symptoms to follow.

So I did an experiment.  

I smoked weed for 3 days one weekend to see what result if any it would have on my body.  The throat jumping stopped immediately and the other symptoms started to slowly go away.  They would all be gone for about 2-4 hours after smoking and some would return in a less threatening form.  I stopped smoking again for 3 days and all of them returned to their full blown nightmare reality.  For the 1st time this BOSS realized how much pot helped MS symptoms beyond 'limb jumping.'

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For some reason initially I felt mentally defeated that I started to smoke weed again. I was so proud to have gone off all medications for the treatment of MS.  Then I realized this too may pass.   It was toxic chemical exposure that caused the symptoms to come back. Weed is the treatment that is helping until my body calms down enough to let go of their death grip on my symptoms. History has shown for me as a Wahls Warrior that these symptoms can leave my body and remain gone as long as my conscious life reality is not effected.

Smoking a little daily to treat the symptoms and it continues to help.  My usage and need are getting less and less each day as my toxic load continues to diminish.  However I am certain the marijuana will always be in my 'Bag of Tricks.'  This medicinal plant has provided me life changing healing for most of my years living with MS and continues to be a much better option than any pill a doc has ever prescribed.

The moral conflict associated with using weed I am over and think that the future continues to look bright for legalization to happen universally in the USA. I hope that many will realize the power to heal both mentally and physically using marijuana holds.  I really think it is time for all of us to stop the demonization of pot and can we all just say AMEN TO THE WEED!

We should instead be having this critical eye on all the drugs and drug companies and leave mother nature alone!

So hopefully I have raised an eyebrow or two or three with this post.  If so I would love it if you could subscribe to my blog!

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Travel Tips for Conscious Eaters...

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Travel Tips for Conscious Eaters...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® Watching the spread of empowerment offered through The Wahls Protocol® is almost a daily nirvana for this BOSS Lady!  More and more I am elevated with joy at the outcomes of wellness many are achieving!

 Thank you Dr. Wahls for giving us the tools to heal ourselves!  #empowerment

One of the hardest parts of being a Wahls Warrior is traveling!  So many ask me about how to make this work & this blog post is dedicated to the world traveler in all of us! #knowledgeispower

PaleoBOSS Lady's Top 10 Travel Tips for Warriors!

1.  Preparation is key to any successful trip that includes following the protocol. Just like daily 'non-vacation' living requires Warrior planning travel does too and actually tends to step this need up a peg.  #damnit

No complaining allowed because you are on vacation and planning more seems like an oxymoron.  Consider the alternative is all I am saying.   #bossladyhere

Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball Rolling is GREAT for travel!

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2.  Consider accommodations that offer a kitchen. With many travelers using Airbnb & VRBO this reality is easy & economical to make happen.  This option has offered PaleoBOSS Lady  at least one compliant meal a day on average and always a safety zone when finding meals out an impossible task.  Not to mention the savings traveling this way!  #nirvana

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3.  When staying at a hotel call and ask for a small refrigerator to be put in the room.   Many if not most hotels do this on a regular basis.  This way you can keep items on hand that are compliant if you are traveling with your own food of any kind.

4.  Pack a travel kit of hard to find items or must haves!  Many times PaleoBOSS Lady has shipped ahead items to a vacation destination!  Makes a huge difference and most travel destinations have no problem receiving deliveries!  #ohitgetswild

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5.  If you are like me & love food many vacations have 'destination' dining spots on the list of must do's.  When an eating event is known way in advance than call the restaurant.  Be honest & tell them how food is your medicine  and it can easily turn into your poison and can they help you?  It seems that anywhere, but in LA the answer is always yes!  #ohyesidid

6.  The secret is in the planning?  A Wahls Warrior needs to plan vacations with food, mindfulness and movement accounted for on the itinerary.  #notestep1

7.  Search the internet for recommended spots that are Paleo or Wahls compliant.  More and more are popping up & I recommend looking at the latest food bloggers websites.  Especially if they have just published a cookbook because many of them are touring around for signings posting the food spots they are hitting during the tour! #bam

8.  Lighten up a little and don't get yourself crazy over food not being cooked in the right fat for a few days!  Not going to lie and say after a while this does not bother me because I do notice when I am not living optimally.  How I extend this outcome is by increasing my movement and mindfulness work during vacation! Not to the point of being out of balance, but I may add a little extra breath work or longer meditation time.

9.  Planning is essential to being a successful Wahls Warrior!  #refertosteps1and6

10. Don't travel to places that do not offer you optimal best life living options unless you have no choice.  I know in an ideal world we want to be able to go everywhere and see it all, but this reality is not realistic and that is that.  #SoBOSSy

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PaleoBOSS Lady has been a living miracle as a Wahls Warrior for over 1000 days and it does get easier over time, but it is not easy!  Nothing about living with disease is easy!  

Anywhere I go I always have something like a bag of nuts, almond butter packet, a bar or fruit on my person so that I will never go hungry.  Long gone are the days of panic because there is nothing I can eat.  #learning

Never does a situation happen that I starve, but I have been out and unable to eat what was being served.  This used to make me mad until I changed my lens.  Now I feel more empowered to promote the movement by example as I am reminded that so many are still blind to the self poisoning our food system is causing their bodies!

Not a day goes by that PaleoBOSS Lady does not hear that she has inspired, engaged or empowered someone to live consciously and that is the greatest joy of all!   No longer does PaleoBOSS Lady get mad when being a Wahls Warrior is hard instead it reminds me of how important my mission as a warrior really is! #teachbyexample

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If anything I said inspired, engaged or empowered you please consider subscribing to my blog.  This cursing fool does have some amazing wisdom that might just help you to become your own miracle!

Oh yeah and it is 100% FREE and accessible to everyone! No matter who you are!  

Maybe even share my shit too. That would be super rad and very kind hearted of you!  Just saying.

Well enough of my nonsense and I hope this helps you to somehow stand a little taller than before you read it.  #ohitgetswild

 

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