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How Not Focusing on Healing is Powerful Medicine

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How Not Focusing on Healing is Powerful Medicine

Touring I am fortunate enough to be invited into people’s homes and lives on almost a daily basis. Although my tour is not focused on Multiple Sclerosis (MS) many I visit do have mobility and/or limb issues. If I ask them what they wished would change in a year the answer is always universal – “I want to walk” or “I want to use my arms/hands.” Even if many were depressed, sad or struggling with anxiety, bad marriages, finances and more they always want to have their body back.

Never is it that they want to be happy & healthy.

Somehow the societal norm is happiness equals using our limbs freely. I know because for years once I started to live with MS I would tell my kid and spouse if I was in a wheelchair my life would be over. Until one day I woke up and my hands didn’t work. Quickly I began to realize that many in wheelchairs and with limb issues live exceptional lives and most were happy with their lives.

Quickly once I was living it I changed my tune that a wheelchair or my hands were not going to define me. They were only one part of me.

I asked myself and the tour friends did they think “happiness existed outside of a wheelchair or mobility issue?” Unanimously they responded, “of course it did.” Funny since at the same time each of us had wished for only mobility related changes in the year.

Societal norms influences our wishes too.

Just like I mention in my TEDx societal norms come into play in the strangest ways sometimes. This is another example of the role in our lives and once again found to be an almost universal norm in many societies.

Somehow we all believe(d) if we got it right we would be without a wheelchair & have our limbs moving freely. For most of is this instead of being happy, healthy and loved.

We all know that living a happy, healthy & full life are the keys to BAM.

When we focus on one area or body part we are discounting the fullness of what life has to offer. When we focus on living a life that represents the best version of ourselves it creates the space for healing and the powerful medicine mentioned in the title.

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Key to my lens for healing are reminders that I decided or the what and why of my life.

  • No longer am I living an auto-pilot existence.

  • No longer is MS me.

  • No longer do I take Mother Nature for granted.

  • No longer do I ask more of my body than I give it. .

  • No longer do I consciously self poison with food.

  • No longer to have a negative impact on the earth without conscious effort to change.

  • No longer do I cook with foods I have no idea where they came from.

  • No longer do I believe western medicine is the only answer.

  • No longer do I believe my healthcare comes from big pharma.

  • No longer do I believe I am powerless against MS.

  • No longer do I believe our environment is toxin free.

  • No longer do I believe our water is safe to drink.

  • No longer do I believe our oceans are clean.

  • No longer do I believe my life trajectory was to be bedridden.

  • No longer do I believe eating processed food is a good idea.

  • No longer do I believe refined sugar is not poison.

  • No longer do I believe gluten is safe for anyone to eat.

  • No longer do I believe the person with the most stuff wins.

  • No longer do I believe the mind-body connection doesn’t matter.

  • No longer do I believe western medicine is healing focused.

Today I am conscious and not making life choices because of MS as much as because this is what is best for me and all that I am.

Once I began focusing on living my best life and not always MS and healing my body the true healing could begin. The healing that not only stopped what MS was doing to my body, but manages and reversed all that MS delivered(s).

Try taking your eye off of what brought you to consciousness and have both eyes focus on LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE!

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.

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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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My 35+ Years of Toxic Workouts

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My 35+ Years of Toxic Workouts

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By: V Capaldi Not going to lie I was raised in a family where going to work was how you got in a work-out. No one in my family ever once said, "I am going for a work-out or a run" in my entire childhood.

We had a beach house growing up that was 5 houses from the beach and my mom drove every day.

Working out was something I learned about thanks to Jane Fonda. Her video's exposed me to the power of a good sweat while satisfying my need to wear tights, spandex & a headband!

Aerobics was my movement drug of choice for me & the crew. Immediately after each class the 1st thing we all did was light a cigarette while sharing a nice cold can of coke. Imagine!

Never once questioning how much of an oxymoron this was. We worked out & truly believed we earned whatever we were doing.

Toxic workout.

Then MS decided to show up & Jane Fonda had to take a back seat. No longer was I hopping around while lifting body parts for the count of anything. Damn it.

For the next several years my workouts were consistent, however physical therapist defined. I literally would work out with my PT whose clients were professional athletes learning strength training, cardio & resistance work with Moses Malone, Andrew Tony, Darryl Strawberry and many more.

Healed myself enough so I put a full gym in my home. Right off my bedroom so I could use it everyday.  Which I did. In addition to walking track on average 5 days a week after dropping my kid off at school.  If it was cold outside, no problem I went to the mall before it opened (they do that on the east coast so you can walk).

After which I would go through my day eating sugar filled foods, making unhealthy choices because "I worked out."

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Toxic workout.

When MS decided it was time to disable my body I took to the pool for several years until building up enough strengthen to land myself on my hero the yoga mat.

Religiously I have been a devout yogi identifying yoga as a life long hero in my wellness "Bag of Tricks."

As yoga increased my ability to heal, move and kick MS to the curb I decided to do things like: yoga everyday for 30 days, started adding a spin class before my yoga, hired someone to help me train for a 5K, increased my work out time to 3 hours/6 days a week and so on you can see the pattern.  All in the name of beating MS.

Each time my body screaming with IT band pain, neck issues, foot pain and the list goes on.

This is what is supposed to happen when you work out. Right?!?

I was doing this not to have a perfect figure, lose weight or anything that has to do with what the eye can see. I was showing this dedication to stop MS from taking over my body. I had to be diligent. Right?!?

It was not working. In fact it was making my road to healing harder. Much harder.

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As luck would have it I learned about conscious eating and began to heal my body from MS using food. Also while dancing on a bar in 2014 (do not judge)  tore my meniscus.  Having MS surgery is not an option unless no other choice.

I began with a new PT who understood my concerns. His 1st few visits all he did was have me show him exactly what my work out's look like. Start to finish. He put me on a spin bike, yoga mat and walked outside, up & down stairs, watched me open drawers, cabinets, open & close doors which pretty much the whole time I was like okay this is insane. For hours he watched every move I made.

Yet by doing this almost instantly he offered simple and easy corrections.

1st order of business was he asked me to just STOP.  No yoga, spin, walks, Zumba, bike riding. No nothing.

He wanted to see what would happen if I were to allow my body to rest from intention workouts & to begin intentional workouts.

Becoming Aware of Toxic Workouts.

He asked me to consider healing by offering my body a movement conversation daily delivering what it tells you.  A work-out routine based on loving kindness of yourself.

What a freaking concept & one this BOSS at first was like, "Say what?" & "I will have what you are smoking!" 

A torn meniscus when you do not want surgery leaves you with no choice, but to listen. Hate that shit. Double damn it.

Within 3 months I realized all of my pains were gone. Yes I was still moving 6 days a week, but with focused purpose of loving my body.

Not trying to beat MS or to push myself as hard as possible. Instead daily listening to my body, life & person delivering what was needed to support the immediate journey ahead.

The sad truth is I was the norm before. Many if not most of us motivated for the wrong reasons to break a sweat.

An Exercise:

  • Imagine dancing every day or walking down the street for about 3 minutes with the only purpose to see what your body is saying. Mind & spirit.
  • Do this with the commitment to support the message.
  • Then define what will make the support happen.
  • What do you have & what do you need to support the desired outcome?
  • How long will it be approximately to complete the process while committing to it?

Then do it. Whatever it is.

For me it often requires time on the yoga mat, more dancing, self myo-fascial release work & walking.

By starting your day like this you are questioning the status quo daily with an openness to create a narrative.

A narrative that supports your person 100%.

By compartmentalizing wellness it becomes a thing. 

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Realizing my daily needs guided by a commitment to higher purpose removed all toxic workouts from my life & body has never been better. I literally cannot say enough about how liberating this has been for me & a huge growth factor in my wellness journey.

I really believe this is the reason why I can drive so far now. I was self injuring before due to excessive working out. Now I honor what my person needs, open my "Bag of Tricks" pulling out what I need & the love party begins.

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Hot NEW Products Review from Expo West

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Hot NEW Products Review from Expo West

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By: V Capaldi Anyone who has spent any time with me has had to endure my boring stories of building tech companies that including attending more trade shows yearly than I can even imagine. My team consisted of a group dedicated to just trade shows it was such a huge part of my business.

After building tech companies I opened a retail store dedicated to consciousness and once again found myself at trade shows, but just 4 a year.

Regardless the size, going to a trade show can be a daunting experience. I often relate it to walking down a busy NYC street filled with people and knowing not a single person. Many of us are used to walking down the street and knowing everyone.

Last week I attended my 1st ever Expo West. It happened to be a record attendance at 75K!  Talk about intimidation!

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In typical V fashion I arrived a day before the entire event opened up to tour the smaller "Hot Products" section when it opened on Thursday; which offered a nice step back into trade show life.

Friday all hell broke loss and Expo West was in full swing. Have mercy this show has everything you can imagine complete with free food and live music! 

Words nor actions can begin to express how different this experience was for me compared to any trade show I have done before. Many of us who live in the conscious world got here because life dealt us a hand we decided not to lose.  Even though the odds were not in our favor we knew our hand was a winning hand. When no one else did. When everyone thought we were crazy. When the only person we could count on was ourselves.

Imagine being in an energy space of this group of poker players?!? 

I found myself crying almost every booth I visited by the uplifting forces encountered within each of the companies I had the honor of meeting. Many of them have supported my wellness journey with their brands and it was a privilege to meet the faces behind the products.

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To make my life even more exciting finally my dear friend Vani Hara (aka. The Food Babe) and I met face to face in Venice on Wednesday before Expo West even kicked off. Needless to say all of this is the reason this newsletter is a little delayed. I am still in recovery mode.

Here is a round-up of my TOP PICKS of PRODUCTS:

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Crio Bru: This stuff is delicious! WOW!  For those looking for a coffee alternative I would highly recommend you consider this brand made from Cocoa Beans.  They have different roasts and each I sipped were exceptional.

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Fruit Bliss: The look of the figs pulled me into the booth.  The fruit from Fruit Bliss tastes and looks fresh picked. They give each piece of fruit a nice steam before packaging producing a quality product that is the best I have ever had.  Mother Nature would be proud.

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Gaia: Adrenal Health: This product is for my adult daughter. She has had a tough year and wonderful year at the same time. Leaving her fatigued and her adrenals screaming for attention. I was so excited to see the addition of the Jump Start knowing this may be exactly what she needs.  I love that all Gaia products are gluten free and certified to be.

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Farmhouse Culture: The Gut Shot:  Saw this and bought it for my kid at my local Whole Foods. She has always love pickle juice and this is designer juice the way I see it. Take a shot a day and let the gut begin to heal. They taste delicious too.  I would highly recommend adding this to your daily life.  Bacteria is the new black!

There were so many products to view and learn about my mind is still numb. However of all that I personally saw these are my TOP PICKS!  I hope you found this insightful and look forward to hearing your feedback.

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Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding: Sugar & Dairy Free

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Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding: Sugar & Dairy Free

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By: V Capaldi As Chef V for Cozymeal it has come to my attention that my Chia Pudding is a huge hit!  Class after class loves this super nutrient dessert that I had to take time to share the recipe.  Literally takes less than 15 minutes to make and is so delicious, elegant and good for you it blows my mind and it is my recipe. A real BAM!

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Chocolate Chunk Chia Pudding w/ Whipped Cream & Date Drizzle

  • Diary & Sugar Free
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Serves: 6

Ingredients:

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Directions:

  1. Take mason jar and add 1 can of coconut milk, water & vanilla. Using an immersion blender mix well.
  2. Next add Chia seeds mixing well using a spoon trying to remove any potential clumps.
  3. Once done mixing place lid on jar and dance around shaking the ingredients together. Why not? Don't be shy!
  4. Put remaining can of coconut milk in refrigerator & filled mason jar mixture for minimum of 4 hours.
  5. While you are waiting take chocolate bar and place in Cuisinart chopping to medium consistency. Different sizes of bite size pieces are the goal. Put aside when done.
  6. Right before serving take out can of chilled coconut milk removing the hard top layer. Place a little of the coconut water from can and to hardened coconut and using an immersion blender whip into a cream.
  7. When serving place chia pudding in bowl, sprinkle with cacao powder, top with 1 tablespoon of chocolate chunks, whipped cream and some date drizzle for a dessert you will have time & again.

Click here for more Chia Pudding recipes including Cinnamon Raisin & Pumpkin Spice FREE from my kitchen to yours. Enjoy!

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOP 7 PICKS:

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

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

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

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am already a walking miracle!

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

My volume is way up!

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

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

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

Get some.

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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!

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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

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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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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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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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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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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 & Pre-Release Recipe from Down South Paleo!

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Friday Friend & Pre-Release Recipe from Down South Paleo!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® How it it Friday already?  Have mercy time is flying so quickly regardless team PBL is super stoked to introduce you to our Friday Friend, Jennifer Robins, aka Predominately Paleo. Like many of us Jennifer became conscious about the foods she ate as a result of being diagnosed with many illnesses that were dictating her life and the message was not good. Once she began using food as medicine life changed and Jennifer stayed in the kitchen cooking to heal her body.  This Texas native although was never one to know her way around the kitchen has certainly done a 180 and now not only shows her body whose BOSS but is a BOSS in her kitchen slinging some amazing easy and delicious Paleo meals.

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In just a few days the highly anticipated release of Down South Paleo happens and fans of Predominately Paleo are literally counting the seconds!  This book is so anticipated it holds the #1 spot on Amazon for Gluten Free cookbooks and it has not even started shipping!  Jennifer known as the 'Yuca Slayer' has been delivering delicious and easy to make recipes through social media to the conscious living community and now her complete book of southern classics will finally hit the store shelves.  I am not going to lie this BOSS has had a copy on order since it was announced!

Team PBL is honored to be doing a giveaway so you can WIN a copy for yourself.  Hop on over to our Instagram page to enter. No purchase necessary and you can enter as often as you like.  Good luck and Team PBL is available to taste test when our winner is lining up dinner guests so no need to worry.  Contest ends Saturday at 9pm PST so do not delay.

Down South Paleo includes some of the southern favorites many of us never considered to be part of the Paleo lifestyle:  Dairy-free Chile Con Queso, Coconut Custard Pie, Chicken Chimichangas, Fried Chicken, Corny Bread Muffins, Huevos Rancheros, and JBR’s BBQ Ribs, and more with recipes easily identified grain-, dairy-, soy-, nut-, egg-, nightshade- free for those who need to be certain.

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As friends do Jennifer has been kind enough to share with us a sneak peek recipe for Chipotle Stuffed Mushrooms:

Ingredients:

2 lbs (908 g) whole white mushrooms, cleaned and stemmed

1 medium onion, diced 1 lb (454 g)

pastured breakfast sausage (or best quality available)

1 cup (240 ml) homemade mayonnaise (or high-quality store-bought)

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce,minced

1⁄2 tsp adobo sauce

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C, or gas mark 5). Place the stemmed mushrooms on a foil-lined baking sheet. In a large skillet, sauté the onion and sausage over high heat until the sausage is cooked through, about 8 minutes. While the sausage is cooking, puree the mayonnaise, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce in a blender or food processor. Once the sausage is cooked through, remove from the heat and stir in the chipotle mayo. Spoon the filling into the mushroom caps, being careful not to overfill. Bake for 20–25 minutes, or until the stuffing starts to brown nicely along with the mushrooms.

Enter to win your copy of Down South Paleo or click here to order so you do not miss out.

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Today is a great day to sign up so you never miss a Friday Friend post and much more.

Thank you and enjoy this great recipe you'all!

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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.

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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!

The community of PBL is the ground in which I stand and your support means the world to me. #truth

Please consider it and never miss another hair raising post!  Namaste my friend.

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Smoothie Palooza!

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Smoothie Palooza!

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PaleoBOSS Lady's smoothie game is relatively new starting in October 2014! I did a short stint with a nutritionist around 2010-2011 focused on whey protein.  Other than that I've never really understood when and how to introduce a smoothie into my diet. #ohitgetswild

I have been a Wahls Warrior for over 1100+ days!  This lifestyle change resulted in an eating pattern change that has me really consuming about two meals a day.  Eating a high fat diet my body does not require more than that.  This makes it hard for me to get all the vegetables and nutrients I need daily. My NutriBullet smoothies have become essential in helping me achieve my Wahls Warrior status regarding veggies! #9cupsaday

Even if you're not following The Wahls Protocol for many of us getting the proper amount of vegetables can be a challenge! A smoothie can provide a delicious and easy alternative! #yippee

Those following a ketogenic diet requiring large quantities of fat I have found coconut milk based smoothies help me to maintain my level of ketosis without using dairy. This is critical for me during my Wahls Protocol Plus phases.

Whatever the reason a smoothie enters your lifestyle here are a few of my absolute FAVS & a reminder that a smoothie does not have be green: #notkermit

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Cacao Berry Blast:

1 cup of greens & frozen organic berries

1/2 avocado

1/3 can coconut milk

3 tablespoons of cacao powder

1 teaspoon of vanilla, turmeric & cinnamon

filtered water

Whip till smooth & creamy!

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Chocolate Peppermint Cacao Nib Smoothie:

2/3 can full fat coconut milk

1/2 cup of cacao powder

1/4 cup cacao nibs (1/2 in smoothie 1/2 on top)

1/2 avocado

9 ice cubes

filtered water

5 drops peppermint essential oil

Blended for about 60 seconds! Pour into Mason Jar and sprinkle with remaining nibs!

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Strawberry Chia Seaweed Smoothie:

2/3 can full fat coconut milk

1 cup of frozen strawberries

1 teaspoon seaweed flakes, cinnamon & turmeric

2 tablespoons chia seeds

1/2 avocado

filtered water

Blended till creamy delicious!

ENJOY EVERYONE!

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Manifest your miracle life! #BAM

 

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