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How Can I Help?

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How Can I Help?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Bedridden to BAM: Guest Blog

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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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Help! I am Going to be Homeless!

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Help! I am Going to be Homeless!

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

By: V Capaldi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

At least I do not think so.

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F*ck Health Insurance

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F*ck Health Insurance

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By: V  Capaldi As the woman who professes to question the status quo at every turn my financial life has finally brought me to a place where I am questioning the cost of health insurance.

I was granted Medicare 2 years after becoming legally disabled from Multiple Sclerosis (MS). The monthly cost to me for both Medicare and Part D (Prescription Drugs) is roughly $230/month. 

Within the 1st few months of being granted Medicare you have a "once in a lifetime" opportunity to get gap insurance. Gap insurance is supposed to cover the gaps in your existing insurance plan.  It is supposed to help assure you are covered in a time of great need. My gap insurance comes at the cost of $392/month.

Total health insurance = $622/monthly #WTF

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This month I decided to take a bold step and say "bye-bye" to my gap insurance.

I think the narrative regarding insurance has to change.

I decided I am going to take that money and spend it on my kind of insurance.Which equates to approximately $7500/year!

The PaleoBOSS Lady Insurance Covers Yearly:

  • A Functional Medicine Doc
  • Blood Work
  • Fecal Testing
  • Supplements
  • Pilates
  • Tai Chi
  • Vacation

All of which coupled with a healthy conscious life will do more to insure my health than any company in a building that is all about waiting for disaster to happen so they can deny you because you did not read the fine print.

F that.

Bye bye insurance and hello brass balls. Once gain this BOSS believes: I got this.

If this blog resonated with you at all leave a message. Better yet how about subscribing?

#upYOURvolume

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Top 5 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Life

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Top 5 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Life

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By: V Capaldi You had to see it coming!  The last 3 weeks the blog is all about detoxing. I will eventually get over it, but for right now I really hope you will stick with me on this topic of detox.

How the "F"  do you detox your life? 

For many of us a starting point is beyond comprehension and for others we believe we have no need for a life detox. No matter where you see yourself in this spectrum I can almost guarantee the list below will speak to all of us. One thing I have learned both personally and professionally is that many of us share the same internal dialogue that can lead to negative outcomes in life. Often all are a result of cultural norms and/or societal pressures that occur in our subconscious.

There is no question the following list will serve as a perfect reminder for all of us to live our best life toxic free. The greatest part is they have all been tested by the miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady®.  #damnit

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Top 5 Tips To Detox Your Life:

  1. Check Yourself:  Shit is not always about you.  When we find ourselves feeling insulted or offended when someone does not call us back or respond to a text right away, when we did not get the invite to something we thought we should and blah blah blah...we need to put our shit in check because that thinking means your current life lens thinks the entire world only revolves around you.  Hello! Life is not always focused on our needs when others make their choices. We have no idea where someone may be emotionally or what their needs may or may not be with each interaction.  We are all only responsible for ourselves and what we need and everyone gets to decide for themselves no matter what.  Trust me. Stop it.
  2. Give & Take:  One sided shit sucks. If you are acting that way stop it now. If someone in your life is create change to stop it now. The 'give a shit' ratio needs to be present on both sides. Not necessarily equal, but present for a truly non-toxic relationship. Many of us have a handful in our circle that do not meet this criteria and we question it. Next time you question it, cut it off. A toxic bye bye. The end.
  3. Know Your Motivation:  Stop the bullshit of "All I have done for them and they do nothing back." If you are doing shit because you want something in return than you are toxic. Do stuff because you want to. Come from a place of genuine desire and the returns come as a result of that energy.  The type of energy you put into the universe is what comes back. Many call it Karma. Engaging in conversation about our own internal motivations when you do things for others will stop this toxic thinking.  Be honest or you are wasting your time. Damn it.
  4. #1 Status:  You have to have #1 status in YOUR life. What a freaking concept to put yourself 1st. This idea was so hard for me to overcome and many battles fought in the therapy chair over this I can promise you. Yet once I finally got out of my own damn way the miracle of my life really started to unfold before my eyes. I became a better everything as a result and believe this is a huge 1st step. Remember we only have to answer to ourselvesand what our body, mind and spirit need to thrive in a morally conscious way.  F everyone else. Jump on this shit.Now.
  5. Gratitude:  Putting time aside each day to see life through a place of gratitude is key. This allows for so many toxins to leave life. I am personally blessed because since childhood for the most part I wake up happy every day. However in my adult life this is not always the case and often has required concontrated effort.   Today when I struggle to find a sense of gratitude I take it back to the breath with personal & invigorating often exaggerated breathing mantra's that support my detox life:

Suggested Mantra's of Gratitude:

With each breath in say the 1st word and on a forced exhale say the 2nd all in your minds eye;

Breathing in love and out hate...

  • Love/Hate
  • Nurture/Toxins
  • Comfort/Fear
  • Sun/Clouds
  • Nature/Chemicals
  • Joy/Sadness

*I may or may not have fun getting really loud & exaggerated on the exhale. Similar to how I did when I was in kindergarten and we sang songs. I would scream with joy. The end. #ohitgetswild

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Now that you see the list one can quickly notice all of us might fall prey to this toxic list. #doubledamnit

It is almost impossible to incorporate any of these without a conscious effort. As someone who is very self motivated I can tell you that although each step is now automatic it starting by putting 3 minutes aside to do mantra's and growing from there. Even from the start this exercise can produce HUGE results, but you have to do it.

Once again the moral of the story is if you own your life great shit happens such as living a miracle life. This gal is living proof and the above are my TOP 5 Tips.

How about we all share my blog with every single person you have ever met?

Okay if that is too radical you can make sure to subscribe and not miss another weekly episode of nonsense, maybe post it somewhere as a nice gesture of love, support and BAMness at the same time.

Together I am hoping to raise the roof on life and living by questioning the status quo. Time to say "Bye bye Autopilot life & hello BAM!"

Hello miracles. #BAM

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Ecuador Done Right

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Ecuador Done Right

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By: V Capaldi It is hard to live in the world today and not be aware of the concerns over the farming of red palm oil. Thankfully Greenpeace and now Leonardo DiCaprio among many other groups have taken a strong stand regarding red palm farming practices that are destroying the rain forest in Africa and around the world. The companies that are doing this are not only destroying the forest they are doing the same with people's lives. These are companies who are driven by greed and nothing more with employee lawsuits for unpaid wages, poor working conditions, harassment and so much more. The further you scratch the service while looking into the horrific deforestation of the rain forest the more you understand it is the people who run the company that have had a mastermind idea of deforestation for a long time married to abusing the local people.

When I was asked to travel to Ecuador to see organic and sustainable red palm farming I was at first skeptical and excited.  The brand of PaleoBOSS Lady often hears from followers that coconut oil does not support their conscious living journey for one reason or another.  Knowing the healing properties in red palm I was excited to learn 1st hand how red palm was farmed and what it could mean to the community of PaleoBOSS Lady. On the other hand I was skeptical because of the history of red palm farming and its most publicized effects on the environment making this trip a must do if I wanted to learn 1st hand about organic, sustainable red palm production.

Little did I know what I was going to learn!

This BOSS Lady was honored to have been chosen to participate in this amazing and life changing trip. I was joined by some of the leaders in the field from the following companies: Nutiva, Boulder Brands, Cooking Light Magazine & Nourish Evolution which added an additional element of growth for me personally and professionally.

The 1st morning breakfast I remember looking around the room and thinking why am I here? Who are these people and what was my role? 

By lunch I knew the answer.

I was there as the representative of the community who truly uses food as medicine. A roll as PaleoBOSS Lady I take very seriously and one that I am honored Natural Habitats recognized. 

Who where those people?

A group of folks who have dedicated their lives to consciousness regarding food.  Each from a different lens yet encompassing almost the entire community who would benefit most from the power of palm done right. A group of individuals who collectively have shaped the organic food industry as we know it to date.

BAM!

Needless to say this gal worked hard to up her game and realized that I too am now expected to be shaping the industry by being a voice in the food as medicine revolution.

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From the moment of my arrival in Ecuador it was clear this was a proud country of people. They welcomed our group with open arms and I knew this trip was going to a life changing reality. Natural Habitats organized the trip to Ecuador for a hand picked group of influences to show us the beauty and power of red palm farming done right.  This trip included many stops visiting various farms that showed the culture known as Natural Habitats.

Traveling many long hours each day our group was taken to remote farms all over Ecuador to see all the various ways palm done right was happening in Ecuador.

Not going to lie the terrain we traveled was windy, remote and often a challenge for many of us on the trip.  Never have I witnessed so many grown ups car sick yet determined to see if palm could really be done right.

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The 1st farmer we visited set the tone for the trip with his 1st statement sharing that organic farming comes from the heart and not the wallet.

The farmers that represent Natural Habitats are an organic people not only organic farms. Their moral and conscious makeup is organic. They farm this way because of a personal moral code that goes deeper than a consumer driven desire to succeed.

All you have to do is read one article regarding companies destroying rain forests to note the difference in moral code.

There is also a plausible argument that no matter what the farming methods promoting red palm oil supports the demand which in turn will increase the deforestation.  An argument I have sat with a long time and one which certainly is valid on so many levels. Yet not an ideal solution.

To sink our heels into the ground and say, "No we will do nothing" will not create change. Especially if one believes food is medicine.

Red palm is medicine and to many. South America uses red palm like Italians use EVO. It is a cultural norm. Farming of red palm is an industry that gratefully is here to stay.

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Red palm oil has healing properties that support our bodies in so many ways. This medium heat cooking oil offers an often described nutty flavor and adds a perfect compliment to meats & vegetables alike. The red color adds a slight tint to foods making the visual as pleasing as the taste.  The beautiful red color of the palm means it is loaded with beta-carotene and lycopene. Both of these have huge antioxidant properties making this combo an antioxidant powerhouse.  In addition red palm offers vitamin e for the added extra BAM!

Being a miracle was the 1st step and now it is time for me to be the ears and eyes for the community I represent.  I take this role very seriously and with certainty know that the work of Natural Habitats regarding the production of red palm oil feels like a walk back in time. Back to a time when companies where like what I remember as a kid in America from my grandparents and parents adult lives. Companies that supported family, a sense of home and the community. Natural Habitats gives from the soil to the sun and in between with a focus on marrying the community with the earth while enriching both at the same time.

Here are some great blog posts I did for my friends at Breaking Muscle all about my trip & the healing power of red palm.  Enjoy and 2016 is the year of #palmdoneright for this BOSS Lady!

Check out the amazing video sharing our trip done by the fine folks at Natural Habitats:

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Thinking today is a great day to subscribe to my blog if you have not already? Many new recipes coming using red palm to help add a little extra BAM to your kitchen...

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Simple Steps to Say Bye Bye Alarm Clock

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Simple Steps to Say Bye Bye Alarm Clock

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By: V Capaldi Not much amazes me with my liberal anything goes hippie lens, but this one really does.  Most of society wake up to the sound of an alarm and hate it.  Even if it is their favorite song, the smell of coffee it does not matter the mere sound of something telling you 'it's time to wake up' is met with dread.  Yet we still do this day in and day out.

Society and consumer driven ideal's have tricked us into thinking our favorite song or the 'snooze' feature is the cure.

WRONG. #damnit

Why not train your body to wake up each day when you need it too?  What a concept right?

It can be done and I am certain many other than me have done and are doing this. A favorite professor I had in my BA studies shared he vowed NEVER to wake from an alarm and I thought shit I like that idea, but how the heck do I do it? Who does that? Well after years of trial and error this gal does that! #BAM

Like shaving my hair this is one of the most liberating things I have ever done!

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Lets get started:

  1. Higher Purpose: Freaking have a reason to wake up that you love! Can we all just please start here! Define your higher purpose and live a life driven with that goal always in the mind's eye. Long gone of the days of autopilot living. With a global world that is technology driven we can all pretty much define our lives by location, desires and purpose.  If you have not begun this process I would recommend a few of my former blog posts to help support your journey:http://paleobosslady.com/vision-board-to-reality-in-5-easy-steps/ and http://paleobosslady.com/how-to-meditate-in-5-easy-steps/
  2. Love the sun and moon. Literally begin to adjust your life to the cycles of the sun and moon: a circadian rhythm. This allows your body to start automatically producing the hormones you need based on light and darkness. Establish a rhythm to life and sleeping that mirrors the sun rise and set always accounting for seasons and cycles. In the winter I personally sleep later as the sun comes up later. Spring I will gradually transition to earlier mornings.
  3. Mindfulness: Listen folks you cannot outrun the need for this in your damn life. Stop focusing only on food & fitness & ignoring mindfulness. There are so many ways to make this happen with all of them as always defined by you. Work in the garden, go fishing, take a walk, light a candle and even do nothing giving conscious thought to simply nothing.  You must create space for this to happen.
  4. Trust and be patient. It has taken me about 18 months of real dedicated work where I finally have 'no back up alarm' set.  Just in case I used to set one, but my body adjusted even for those rare 4am flights I sometimes have to take.  Amazing to even consider this reality, but it is true so once I knew that no more alarm was needed no matter what I chose to rely on pure faith only & it is working. I am officially waking up real cave man style now I guess.
  5. Blue ray blockers: Invest in amber googles and consider setting stop periods for blue light exposure before bed. This is a hard thing to incorporate and yet I tell you the benefits for sleep, reading and down time are HUGE!  Jump on this shit and make it a part of your life no matter what. Stop the sleep aid pill popping madness and own you shit by trying this on for size.
  6. Get moving: Make sure you are moving every damn day. Somehow time has to be dedicated to movement. Your body needs it to function properly and it also is a helpful sleep aid. Get moving if you are not already. Start with 5 minutes and build steps that are sustainable and real.

We all know the best things in life take time like a fine wine, a first kiss and some of the best things need to be 'nurtured' to happen properly.  Once you cross the 'bye bye alarm clock' chasam you will be proud every time you wake up! This truly is an amazing life changing achievement and narrative flip. Get some and #upYOURvolume

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Virtual Vision Boarding

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Virtual Vision Boarding

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By: V CapaldiWelcome 2016!  Happy Holidays everyone!  I want to thank all of you for a wonderful 2015 that has been filled with so many amazing outcomes I cannot even begin to collect them all together in my mind without feeling overwhelmed with gratitude!

A few highlights of 2015:

  • The Brand of PBL has grown to reach over 50K daily and 1 million weekly.
  • Chef V has become a sought after 5 Star Cozymeal Chef serving over 100 plates this holiday season!
  • Started signing my name: V, Wahls Team Member
  • Officially began working with both Dr. Terry Wahls and Zach Wahls
  • Was filmed for 2 movies about my miracle life set to release in 2016
  • Launched the Up Your Volume Webinar Series
  • Spoke at The Wahls Symposium in August on motivation and movement
  • Won the Food Babe Video Contest
  • Was sponsored for a trip to Ecuador to learn about organic, sustainable farming
  • Attended PaleoFX with my roommate Dr. Terry Wahls (OMG)
  • Lived for 5 days with Dr. Terry Wahls and family in Iowa in October
  • Co-wrote and launched the Wahls Coaching Program with Dr. Terry Wahls

Needless to say the above alone has me 8 feet tall and that is just a small list of 2015 realized!

Anyone that knows me knows that Vision Boardingis a huge part of my higher purpose journey. This year I have decided to offer a Virtual Vision Boarding Webinar!

Mark your calendars for December 30th at 9am PST!

Sign up & grab whatever supplies you need to join me for a 90 minute webinar mapping out 2016.

Theme of Webinar:"If we got it right, in 1 year, what would my life look like!"

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Included in the Webinar:

Guided Meditation

Intention Setting

Short Talk from PBL

Collective Energy Push

Movement Session

Allow yourself to consider the collective power of such focused energy to help raise the roof on your goals for 2016! Join the community of PBL and lets map our visions for 2016 together!

Here is one of my most read blog posts to help inspire your journey: http://paleobosslady.com/vision-board-to-reality-in-5-easy-steps/

Up your volume in 2016!

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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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Saturday Social & Get Karmic GIVEAWAY!

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Saturday Social & Get Karmic GIVEAWAY!

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Hello Friends,

Happy Holidays!  I am excited to share a new change in the format of things at PBL. We have decided to change our Friday Friends to Saturday Social. In essence this will be a our 1st publication as Saturday Social. Applause!

Since we like to share companies we love & people doing great things Saturday seemed the best day to capture your attention for such inspiring content. Rather than Friday thoughts of running out for happy hour we hope our Saturday posts find you sipping coffee or tea and relaxing in your space.

This 1st post touches all of our hearts at PBL because it is from someone who has lived in my heart for decades. Enjoy!

Up your volume,

PBL & Gidget

We've been on a mission here at Team PBL to find conscious gifts, mindfulness tools, and daily pick-me-ups that can add joy and good energy to our daily lives.  So we're really excited to introduce you to Get Karmic... a conscious company that's all about paying it forward, giving the gift of good energy, and reminding us that we receive the energy that we put out into the world.

We've known the founder for many years, and have been so excited to see her company grow from a dream to reality. The core mission of Get Karmic is totally in line with the PBL vibe:

"Make lemonade when life hands you lemons… and then share the lemonade.

We are about choosing to show up to life with our better selves, pushing the good out from ourselves, and creating a positive ripple effect in the universe.

We are about changing lives – our own and others - one good deed at a time."

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Karma Cards are based on the idea that small acts of kindness can create big change.

Typically, the small opportunities to be of help and service to others present themselves more frequently and you are more likely to notice them.

If you’re more likely to notice these opportunities, then you are more likely to take action to be of help and service. And that’s the whole point. The more acts of help and service and kindness you do during your day, the more good Karma you receive and accrue in your life. It’s that simple.

Make no mistake; the smallest gestures of help and kindness you show to others throughout the day are just as powerful a force for generating good Karma as the largest gesture.

Acting to be of help and service to others takes us out of ourselves. When we step out of our self-centered, ego driven focus, that’s when the magic of good Karma happens! - Clair, Creator & Founder of Get Karmic

So what exactly IS a Karma Card?

This line of Karmic Greeting Cards takes that philosophy and starts by giving you the tools to pay it forward. For example: The birthday Karma Greeting Card contains a keepsake karma card for the recipient, one for them to give away, and a surprise bonus card for extra good energy!  The idea is that you pass the good vibes along to someone who may need them.

What Makes a Karma Card Even More Awesome?!

Get Karmic will be donating a portion of proceeds to charities focused on feeding & educating those in need, as well as caring for animals in need.  So each time you buy a Karma Card, you are not only sending great energy out into the world, you are making a contribution to bettering someone's life right now.  I'd say that's one small step in making the world a better place! Talk about Upping Your Volume!

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Check out our Get Karmic Giveaway on Instagram!

$50 worth of Karma Card products to help you get started on sharing the love.

The giveaway ends today at 9pm PST, so jump on it peeps!!

 

 

If you like what you are reading would you please consider subscribing to our blogs?

We can promise not to jam your email and talk nonsense.

We can also promise to keep it real and curse from time to time.

Join us and Up Your Volume! Namaste friends.

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Friday Friend & FREE E-book!

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Friday Friend & FREE E-book!

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By: V Capaldi

Are You Adding Toxins While Cleaning?

It is amazing how once you start to live consciously regarding food you open your eyes up to everything.  The toxins in products we use in our homes are almost as mind blowing as what is sprayed on our food and added to cosmetics.  Most of these products filled with known ingredients that harm us.  Ingredients that cause illness and many forms of cancer.

This year I was lucky enough to attend Shiftcon which is a huge eco bloggers convention. The weekend was off the hook on the learning tip and it also had the best vendor area ever.  I met high quality vendors whose products are so what the PBL lifestyle needed.   One stand out company is Grab GreenA non-toxic plant and mineral based cleaning product line that is not only conscious, but offers amazing cleaning products! 

Many times eco products leave residue & do not 'lather' like we have grown to expect.  This is not the case with Grab Green. The line exceeds Team PBL expectations with every use and cleans better than those harmful toxic traditional products.

The use of essential oils in their products adds that extra nirvana

that speaks to the Team PBL soul.

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We have a GIVEAWAY happening on Instagram for a

$35 Gift Card plus FREE SHIPPING! 

Enter as many times as you like and good luck! Contest ends soon so do not delay.

Our good friends at Grab Green have provided us with this lovely E-book for all of you for FREE! Click here and enjoy 25 Tips for Working Parents/Moms/People. Yippee!

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Isn't it time you considered what you are cleaning with? and why? Team PBL kind of thinks so. Hope this helps in your journey.

Raise the roof,

Team PBL

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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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The BAM of Life

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The BAM of Life

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By: V Capaldi One of the nice perks of MS is that you have a hard time with emotional control. An example is laughing when others hurt themselves and also not being able to keep a lid on the highs and lows of life.  A little more than 24 hours home from my trip to Ecuador and I am struggling to keep a lid on the exhaustion mixed with the joy of all this trip afforded my person and the brand of PaleoBOSS Lady®.

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Natural Habitats are the group that organized and invited me to Ecuador. They are the only organic, sustainable farming company producing red palm oil in Ecuador.  With the knowledge many of us have regarding the production of red palm in other countries being a devastating reality Natural Habitats wanted to make sure others knew they offer completely the opposite outcome and how they do it.

During my trip we were taken to very remote farms to 1st hand witness how community, heart and pride can build a company that not only supports culture, fair trade and the human collective, but does it with grace and elegance offering a product that truly lives up to the food is medicine standard.  I so look forward to sharing my trip and what I learned over the next few weeks and hope you will engage in my 3 part series.

For now a few pictures that really capture the BAM of my journey:

IMG_7491IMG_7587When the reality of my being offered this once in a lifetime opportunity hit I am not going to lie the question of "why me?" kept playing over and over again in my head? How did I get here? Of all the people in the world why did they ask me?  Yup that was my internal dialogue sad, but true.

Now I am proud to say I know the answer!

I did not just get here. This is not a random gift that fell from the sky. This is an earned right and I clearly see my role in this amazing journey.  Natural Habitats collected the most well rounded group of individuals that they believed not only could share about red palm, but could also offer insight into how to create products to support the communities represented. Natural Habitats was as interested in what each of us did as we were in their work.  It was a collective community that spent days sharing, comparing and building community around conscious living.

Not only in food practices, but business and community. 

IMG_7599Seldom in life do you end up in a situation with complete strangers where the bond is instant. This is exactly what happened in Ecuador.  A group of individuals came together and left knowing without question each of us are raising the bar on conscious awareness regarding the autopilot of life and as a collective it is a movement that is real and happening in a big way.

The volume is pumped way up and conscious living is here to stay and growing in a big way!

Raising the roof on life and living is not the easiest for most of us.  Each of us find ourselves often trapped in the autopilot of life or feeling as if we are alone in our thinking.  Self expression and living our dream reality for many of us is a private matter. The sad truth about  this is that reaching higher purpose becomes an almost impossible outcome when this is how we are rolling.

I say F that to impossible and Hell Yes to possible!

We are in the final days to sign up for the Up Your Volume Webinar series with PBL!  This series is poised to help you do just that raise the roof on life and living.  For the next 6 weeks we will embark on a journey that will be engaging, fun and offer so many tools of empowerment your personal "Bag of Tricks" will be overflowing.

Click the link below and commit to ending 2015 with the roof raised on life & living!

Raise the roof on life & living,

PBL

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food as Medicine makes healthcare accessible to all.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

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Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

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By: V Capaldi I had the honor and privilege of being interviewed for a live broadcast of The Coffee Corner Radio earlier this week. So grateful to Thelma, Paul and the entire crew for a day I will forever remember.  There commitment to the community started the moment they so graciously picked me up and provide transportation to the show.  During our drive to the station an informal interview happened and they mentioned who the other guest was and I was surprised and wondered how this was going to turn out.

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Listening to Betty's familial story brought tears, laughter and a sense of joy to my person.  Porto's Bakery is built around a story of hardship, extreme struggle, hard work, determination, self belief, family and commitment to community.  The story of how Porto's came to be after leaving their home in Cuba to now employing close to 1000 people is worth your time and at the core is a woman.  Betty's mom who is still alive is the mastermind and head of this LA gem that has been a member of many family celebrations all across LA for decades.   Stay tuned for the edited version if you missed the live broadcast I hope to post on social media later this week so check back. 

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Now if that was not enough to make you go "Oh hell Yes!" then this news will certainly make that happen!  This gal is being filmed for in a full length feature film One that will offer worldwide international distribution and filming is set for the end of October!  I had no idea this was happening and BAM it appeared. Today I just did an interview and the producer flipped out about my story, person and my camera presence.  Seems like all the years of things I got yelled at for producers and directors love. Thank God someone gets me!  

I am so excited to think the conscious living movement can grow through cinema and I am involved in this process.  Daily my life continues to affirm that I am involved in world wide change and that is the most amazing outcome when only 1400 days ago I was desperate and facing being institutionalized.  Now I am on the radio and in a feature film!

The film company known as Alto Films have a history of award winning films. I am honored to present for FREE one of their films: Microbirth explores the seeding of baby’s microbiome that happens during childbirth. This microscopic event could impact the baby’s lifelong health and could also affect the health of generations still to come.

What’s more, Microbirth is FREE to watch on FMTV right now (as part of a 10-day free trial). FMTV is a kind of Netflix for health documentaries. Here’s the link:https://www.fmtv.com/watch/microbirth?FMTV=1968

Or, you could pay to watch for a small fee to stream/download the film on the website: http://microbirth.com

Or to buy the DVD! http://microbirth.com/store and help support small independent film makers who are working hard to create real change in the world.

S86A0607Not going to lie one minute I am begging someone to pay attention to me and my miracle status and the next I am being interviewed, filmed or both.  Words cannot express my sheer joy about the growth of the conscious living movement and my role.  Not only is it responsible for my miracle status it truly is a world wide movement that is growing and I am right in the middle of the storm and so grateful to be able to live my higher purpose daily.

Would love to have you consider joining our newsletter and subscribing if you have not already. This is a special blog too cause I did not curse one time. Damn it.

 

 

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Fall 2015 & New Apple Butter Recipe

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Fall 2015 & New Apple Butter Recipe

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By:  V Capaldi

Happy Fall 2015!

I don't know about you, but this time of year is my fav!  I love everything about the fall season and cannot wait to snuggle indoors and nest a little.  This planning fool has already starting using this time to consider my goals for 2016.  Not to sound too ahead of the game, but looking at the current year automatically puts my future dreams & desires at the forefront of my mind.

For many of us living on autopilot is where we tend to be.

Seasons come and go without acknowledgement, refection or consideration of higher purpose. 

I am not going to lie that I find this troubling.

Last time I checked this was not a dress rehearsal.  We only have right here and right now.

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Team PBL is so excited about the Up Your Volume Webinar series that starts in October designed to engage you in life and living.  By the end of this series you will have raised the roof on you ending 2015 on point!

This 7 part series is offered at the remarkable price of $35 for the entire series with limited spaces remaining so do not delay. 

Lets

Raise the Roof

on YOU!

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This original recipe is easy, delicious and makes the house smell like fall 15 minutes after you turn on the Crock Pot.  So easy I say let there be apple skins!

Ingredients:

3 - 5 pounds of organic cooking apples

organic pumpkin spice mix

1/3 cup organic local honey

Filtered water

Directions:

Using an apple peeler cut and core apples leaving skin on,

Add to Crock Pot with honey & enough water to have 1/4 inch in pot,

Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of spices,

Turn on Crock Pot to 1 hour on high,

After 1 hour turn to low for 10 hours more.

When done take immersion blender to pot and mix until desired consistency.

Place in mason jars and refrigerate this deliciousness

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Friday's Friend: Tony Ferro, founder of Change MS

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Friday's Friend: Tony Ferro, founder of Change MS

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For this week's Friday's Friend, PBL is so proud to pass the mic to Tony Ferro, founder of Buffalo, NY based non-profit Change MS.  Change MS was created to help people with Multiple Sclerosis feel better physically, mentally and emotionally.  Tony is healing his body through food, movement and mindfulness, and is here to share his story with us.

By: Tony Ferro

MS/Multiple Sclerosis: two simple letters that are short for a complicated condition. Anyone who has MS can relate to the challenges and fears that come when you hear those words for the very first time.

As serious as the disease is, the bond it creates with those that share the same diagnosis is amazing. Anyone I have ever spoken to about the day of diagnosis has the same story, same emotions, same sense of loneliness and not knowing where to turn. It is hard to stay positive when you hear such devastating news. But the moment you leave that doctor’s office is when the journey should begin.

This disturbing news saved my life.   You’re probably thinking, how can being diagnosed with a disease save one’s life? Well, I can assure you my diagnosis turned into a blessing and instead of looking at it as the end; it was my opportunity for a new beginning!

Perception and positive outlook on your situation is key!

If I could give anyone with MS one piece of advice it would to have the right ATTITUDE! One thing my doctors say (and I agree with), is if they could bottle up my attitude and prescribe it, they would. Although, not one of them agrees with me not taking any medications, they are all pleased with my progress and the way I look at things. I have always been an optimistic person, no matter what the situation, and that has helped. Talking about myself isn’t easy for me, but I’ve learned that the more I speak about it, the more positive I am with my own situation. I also find that by speaking my truth, it allows others to open up and talk about their experiences.

Community Matters!

No one should feel alone! One thing that I found lacking in the doctor’s office on the day of my diagnosis was the sense of community. I wanted to talk to someone who had been through the new things I was experiencing, but instead I was left alone with some preprinted literature and my own thoughts… and the answers I could find on Google. WTF is that?! No one should be told something that serious and be sent off to fend for themselves! In my experience, this burden is the heaviest thing to carry with you; holding things in and trying to hide our new fate can cause more harm than good.

Be your own advocate & Embrace Change!

I often ask people after sharing our MS stories, “what are you doing differently now that you have MS”? I press them to consider things like… How are you being proactive and handling the diagnosis? Are you only taking advice from your doctor or are you more aggressive with getting multiple sources of information and not wanting to settle for the normal status quo?

We are an over-medicated and under-educated society. Do I have all the answers? Absolutely not. But leaving the doctor’s office early in 2012 and seeing how devastated my mother was, followed by close friends and of course my family, I found new strength. I was going to be ok. It fueled a thirst for knowledge that I never experienced before.

I intend to keep learning and kicking MS’s ass. But all in all, I’m looking forward to learning about myself. I recently attended a health seminar and met amazing people with inspiring success stories. I also met one of my idols, Dr. Terry Wahls and a new mentor, V Capaldi (or the woman you know as PaleoBOSS Lady®). I can’t help but ask … what if they listened? What if they settled for what they were supposed to do according to their doctor’s orders and ignored their heart? What if they didn’t go above and beyond what they were told? They wouldn’t have these stories to share; they wouldn’t be able to inspire others to do the same.

Don’t settle!! Don’t stop questioning! And don’t stop believing in the power of you.

Through his organization, Tony and the Change MS team have created an amazing community dedicated to raising awareness about MS, providing resources and support,  and empowering people to live their best life.

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My One Small Step Week 3:  Community matters!!

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My One Small Step Week 3: Community matters!!

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Happy Saturday, friends!! I love starting my weekend with our little chats... It keeps me accountable and helps me keep an eye on the big picture.

In my new adventure into conscious eating & living, I am constantly reminded of how important community truly is. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by really great people like V and the PBL community (that's YOU!) to keep me on track and lift me up!

At home, I have an incredible network of friends in my neighborhood. This little neighborhood is a treasure from another era in many ways. It was built in the early 1900s on the outskirts of the city limits. Our kids play "Kick the Can" & "Capture the Flag", and have been known to drive neighbors crazy by jumping on pogo sticks late into the summer evenings. When the kids were all little, we would bring wading pools out onto the corner under the trees to jump and splash, while parents sat on the stoops or benches and caught up on our lives. We've seen each other through family losses, difficult pregnancies, cancer battles, and separations. We've celebrated birthdays, proms, graduations, & new babies as well!!

The great thing about a vibrant and thriving community is that it requires a cohesion in vision or purpose, and also a strong diversity of opinions, backgrounds and perspectives. Our little neighborhood group is made up of people of different ages and political opinions. Some come from money... some live on a really tight budget. Some are transplants, and some have been here for generations. We all love each other for what we bring to the table, and the joy we find in each other's company! We get into heated debates! We walk off in huffs. We cry in each other's arms. And we laugh hysterically... a LOT!! We also sit in silence sometimes. Just taking it all in.

When I told my neighbors that I was starting my "conscious eating" adventure a few weeks ago... it sparked quite a conversation!! Some people jumped right in with recipes, tips, excited ideas and strong opinions on how I should proceed... Giving up refined sugars isn't enough! Why am I allowing honey & maple syrup?! Why am I still eating grain?! It got passionate!! In the other corner were the neighbors who felt it was a bit extreme... What's wrong with a cookie or s'more every now and then?! Why does everything have to be all or nothing? Isn't there a way to be mindful, and still allow for occasional indulgences?

I love this dialogue, because it helps me to ground myself, and test my convictions. Differing opinions help me to consider things I may have missed. Similar mindsets offer insight into the challenges ahead and ways to make them easier to overcome. I'm loving the way this conversation is unfolding, and the way it is helping me to grow and center myself.

Thank you so much for being part of this conversation and for expanding my community from my little corner of the world, to a larger and more diverse group of souls!

Have a great week!! And let me know some of your small steps toward mindful eating & living. It will help the conversation to grow!

PS: speaking of community... I want to give a shout out to my beautiful friend Clair at Karma Card for the great graphic at the top of this post. Follow her on Instagram.  She's the bees knees!

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Mourning Consciously. Say What?

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Mourning Consciously. Say What?

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® March 5th around 12:25am my life became a mourning fest that has not stopped.  Literally tears are flowing down my face as I type this post.  My best friend and longest relationship beside my daughter passed onto angel status.

Raw Runway Bikini Ready Rita became an angel on 3.5.15

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She was my faithful companion, healer and best girl for almost 12 years.  Rita chose our family at the age of 4 weeks old by literally running on top of all of her brothers and sisters and announcing "pick me!" and we did!  December 8, 2003 Rita joined our family.

Fast forward to 2004 less than 5 months after she arrived my familial world collapsed beyond my wildest dreams.  The hardest fall of my life and Rita was by my side & my healer.  She was my rock, inspiration and best friend.

Rita gave me purpose, love, joy and most of all companionship.  

Rita's passing did happen overnight although it so feels like it.  I really knew in December she was showing signs of aging and acting differently. We took a trip east for the holidays and Rita for the 1st time in her life decided she wanted to lay on my chest all the time.  I conveniently attributed it to her age mentally moving on. #damnit

Fast forward New Year's Eve blood appears in her urine.  Big warning sign even though meds cleared things up.  A mom knows when something is really wrong and this mom knew she was not well.  As I began to look over the year it actually started the year before while visiting back east.  This new awareness increased our conscious life together from me as her owner and friend.

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Thankfully on NYE I chose at that moment to assume Rita needed hospice and never left her side almost 100% since December 31st 2014.  Those moments filled with gratitude were a real gift for both of us.

We both knew where we were heading, but somehow I thought we had more time.

A dear friend came over the week after Rita passed and reminded me of the tradition of sitting shiva.  Allowing yourself to mourn and others to take care of you.  I heard her and agreed this was the right thing for me to do just allow for the emotion.  So I sat and sat and sat.  Still sitting.

Here we are 3 weeks later and I am still crying and aware of this loss most of the day.  Slowly with time, the help of friends and focused effort I have once again started cooking, sleeping better and am finally able to physically move. Progress is happening although slow and I am encouraged.

You see my heart has not hurt this much ever. Sure I have been sad and heartbroken many times in my life, but those relationships were all unhealthy for me. In the past my person was broken because the relationships were broken and based on deficits.

I had never mourned the loss of such a trusted companion ever and found myself on new terrain.

In typical PBL fashion I turned to Google for answers. Searching for any blogger, science wisdom on how to mourn consciously.  Nothing. Nada.  Which to this lady means there is a need for one and why I am sharing this blog post in real time. #theusual

Sure I am still mourning living in what I call a real life Heartbreak Hotel.  I am also certain that #onesmallstep has to be enough.  In addition another common theme that holds true for a successful outcome during times of mourning as in almost every aspect of life is community.

Mourning consciously means allowing for the process while including the support of others.

Sitting shiva is not only a time for allowing one to mourn the loss it is also about accepting the help of others consciously.  I am learning in real time how that manifests and finding community in so many ways. From forcing my person to go to a yoga class in the hope of not crying for just that time to taking walks along the beach getting outside and around other life energies.

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I encourage all of you to recognize in time of great loss and heart break it is essential to allow for the process of mourning, find community and engage in self evaluation to successfully navigate what only time can heal.

Time is the real healer.

Oh shit it has been a minute since I posted!  Happy to be back and hope I have stirred you up enough that subscribing to my blog is happening now!

Join the party of questioning the status quo in an effort to manifest your life reality. #ohitgetswild

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