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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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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.

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Tips to Embrace Change

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Tips to Embrace Change

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By: V Capaldi My kid and anyone who knows me will tell you I did not embrace change well for most of my life. Not only that I would lose my mind with even the slightest change to my day. Yes I would officially lose my shit when life happened.

No wonder MS (multiple sclerosis) was winning at every turn.  Not only was my diet & lifestyle a mess the "mentals" were way off.

Moving to California has been a huge lesson in riding the wave.

It is amazing how much slower life appears to this east coast girl & more fluid living on the left coast.  Having the outdoors call your name almost daily requires fluid living. I am sure folks in Colorado feel the same way with all the sunny days.

Long gone are the days of 9 to 5 which was a huge wave riding thought when I 1st arrived in Venice Beach.  I can remember thinking "does anybody work?" Everyday it seemed everybody was home.

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The LA work narrative is different. Fluid and wave like.

Today I am sure if you asked my kid and others how I am now they would talk about my re-invention of self that has resulted in adapting to change in a healthy way.  An approach that creates space to up the volumeof live while allowing for it to unfold.

 How to Change Without Freaking Out:

  1. Remind yourself that evolution is real. We all need to evolve in order to grow. The end. A great book & tool to help this narrative is found here.
  2. Mentally, write it down & know your fears surrounding this change and your joys. Leather bound journals make this more fun too.
  3. Check in your "Bag of Tricks" for resources. What do you need, have & gotta get? Great blog about this right here.
  4. Know it is okay to be a little scared married with self belief. Here is my favorite tool to support my journey.
  5. Do nothing. Learn how to create a scared space and do not a damn thing. Nothing at all. Just chill. More here.

Since this gal is a BOSS I also need immediate self help strategies when I am feeling overwhelmed or consumed by change in real time.

  • Stop, close your eyes & breath.
  • Slowly in & out with concentrated effort for at least 3 times.
  • Slowly is the key word.
  • Take big breaths that start in your belly expanding up your spinal column, vertebra by vertebra, reversing on the exhale.
  • Add words like gratitude on the inhale while smiling on the exhale. This is always a crowd favorite.

Cultural changes are the hardest. I was raised with tradition being the foundation of who you are.

My conscious living lifestyle stood to create huge cultural change & it scared me.

Then I remembered step #1: Evolution.

I became the change. The change did not happen to me it is me.

Please give feedback, share this shit or not. I would love to know what speaks to you or not.

You get my drift.

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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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Top 10 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Skin!

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Top 10 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Skin!

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By: V CapaldiThe government does not regulate the cosmetic industry to protect the public from products and harmful chemicals.

Heck they do not care about our food why would they care about our skincare?

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Have you ever read the ingredient list of skincare products? If so, do you understand what you are reading?

Similar to food if you cannot identify the ingredient you probably should not eat it. If you do not know what an ingredient is in a skincare product maybe you should not put it on your skin.

What a freaking concept right? 

The average skincare product has over 15 chemicals most of which have toxic, negative effects on our health and yet we never hear about this. Ever. 

Obtaining knowledge coupled with how you respond is a powerful tool and I offer this information hoping you will respond with your health and no longer apply these toxins to your skin.

Top Toxin List:

  1. Parabens:  Known to cause cancer and found in shampoos, scrubs, lipstick and many cosmetics
  2. Artificial Fragrance: Potential Neurotoxins that interfere with your immune system and found in many skincare creams, perfumes, shampoos and more.
  3. Artificial Dye: Many are known carcinogens and used in nail polish, lipsticks, eye shadow and many cosmetics that have color.
  4. Synthetic Co-polymer: Known irritant to skin and used in many hair & nail care products.
  5. Imidazolidinyl Urea: This chemical releases formaldehyde while remaining on the skin hours after applied and a known carcinogen used in deodorant, shaving creams and masks.
  6. PEG compounds: Used in many creams and known to cause cancer.

For more on this adapted list from "One Green Planet"  & David Suzaki Foundation click here.

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Top 9 De-Tox Skincare Tips:

  1. Coconut oil:This is the magic elixir of life. From cooking to skincare this stuff rules.  I literally plow through gallons of this stuff. I make my toothpaste with it, use it as a face & body moisturizer, sun screen, shaving oil and so much more. Literally the list is almost endless here.
  2. Essential oils:  Have been using this as perfume, in my toothpaste, diffusing to freshen the air, as a spray for sheets at night for a fresh scent and good nights rest.
  3. Vitamin E: I may or may not have been know to pop open the capsules and wipe the vitamin E directly on cuts, sores, bruises.  You can purchase Vitamin E oil in bulk and it is perfect for any skin issue.
  4. Sugar Scrubs:My great friends at Nutiva have you covered so click here for easy DIY recipes.
  5. Deodorant:Give that shit up. Forget about it. Toxic poison. Throw some Witch Hazel under your pits if you need to or super hot days. I love the smell of my body sweating. The end.
  6. Shea Butter:  Makes a great skincare moisturizer and adding essential oils makes it even more fun.
  7. Nail Polish: Ditch it the stuff is so toxic. The remover the worst.  Since you may not and I have been known from time to time I recommend Mineral Fusion and the colors are rad.
  8. Oil Pulling: If you are not doing this you need to start. Nothing I can say will express how effective and amazing oil pulling is for your gum health, breath, teeth and mouth in general.  Not sure how to do it? Read here.
  9. Water:I wash my body and face with water. Straight up and it works and cleans my skin. Imagine that.
  10. Bone Broth: Replace hand Sanitizer with bacteria. Stop going crazy over germs and keep your gut flora healthy.  The use of hand Sanitizer is a consumer driven ideal and bacteria is the new black (free flavored bone broth recipes by clicking here).

Once again I would love to think all of you are going to create a non-toxic skincare routine tomorrow, but we know this is not the case. As luck would have it I ran into someone who already thought all about this.

Can I digress for a moment? #damnit

A few years back at my 1st PaleoFX convention I split a cab with someone who I thought was a stranger, but then they looked really familiar once in the cab. I even looked familiar to them.  After a few minutes of geography with the where, who, when and why we both came to realize we did know each other. In a former life we both worked at a very large burn treatment center in Pennsylvania. Trina was a Nurse Anesthetist and I was a Respiratory Therapist and quickly we were reminded of how small the world is and how far we both have come from where we were to now.

Any who ~ the moral of the story is she is the founder and CEO of Primal Life Organics which is a skincare line that is toxin FREE!  It was my 1st step into changing my skincare narrative. Today I still keep a healthy supply of the following products:

Top 5 Primal Life Organics Picks:

Dirty Mouth Serum: I hate the dentist. Did I mention I hate going to the dentist?  This stuff keeps me home and not in a dental chair even with my horrific teeth.  I add it to my DIY toothpaste and brush with it on the solo.  Amazing stuff.

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Dirty Mouth Powder: Before the DIY me I used this and loved it. My favorite flavor is Anise. Whatever you do please stop using over the counter toothpaste.

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Cheek Stain: I freaking love, love, love this stuff. The video about it is cool too. It lasts forever and I feel like a real female warrior wearing it because it is from mother nature.

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Pit Stick: Before I began loving my own fresh scent (LMAO) this was my shit.  Freaking love the coconut the most. Lasts forever too.

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Sun Up:  This before skin protector is the perfect protector.  I have tried it and tested it in the LA sun.  This BOSS although Italian I burn baby burn in the sun and I can vouch for this product.

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Please consider stopping the application of toxic chemicals to your body in the name of skin care and cosmetics. There are options out there that can offer the same results without causing cancer, illness and permanent damage to our bodies. I urge you to PLEASEquestion your status quo and up your volume regarding what you put on your skin in the name of beauty.

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Top 5 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Home!

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Top 5 Helpful Tips to Detox Your Home!

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By: V Capaldi Not going to lie it took me a few years of living a conscious life regarding food, movement and mindfulness before I started to look at the products I used in my home. Little did I know I was continuing to expose my body to high levels of carcinogens. In 2012 the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a list of the most toxic chemical ridden house cleaning products and even those that say natural and safe are not.

Did you know that over 50% of household products contain harmful ingredients? Many of them carcinogens?

People ask me all the time about my road to health and miracle life status. As a Wahls Warrior I am very strict about what foods enter my body and eat supporting my cellular health. However food is one part of the equation. Lifestyle and day to day choices are the reason for my miracle status. My life is 100% conscious. There is nothing that happens in a day without thought and conscious awareness.

Questioning the status quo is ultimately responsible for my miracle life. 

I find it harder and harder to keep my mouth quiet about the level of toxic exposure I see in what people eat,  products they use in their home and on their body.  In 2015 I made it my business to find products that were safe, effective and did not break the bank.  This effort is not easy and I learned the hard way once again that packaging lies.  My entire house was filled with store brand 'green products' where once I scratched the surface I learned these were marketed to me based on lies.

This blog post is to help you navigate how to detox your home!

Top Toxin List:

  1. Triclosan: Most hand soaps labeled 'antibacterial" which is a probable carcinogen
  2. Phthalatese: Anything fragrant even toilet paper
  3. Perchloroethylene: Spot and stain removers
  4. Quarternary Ammonium Compounds: Fabric softeners
  5. 2-Butoxyethanol: Cleaners from kitchen to window
  6. Ammonia: Cleaners for bathroom & kitchen
  7. Chlorine: Mildew removers, whiteners and drinking water
  8. Sodium Hydroxide: Oven and drain cleaners

For more on this list adapted from Experience Life Magazine click here!

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Top 5 De-Toxic Cleaning Tips:

  1. Vinegar: This is a great household cleaning product that is non-toxic, cost effective and gets the job done. Add to a bucket of warm water to mop floors to a sparkle. Use with newspaper on windows for a wow moment. 
  2. Essential oils: Vinegar, warm water & add a few drops to a spray bottle and get busy all around the home!
    1. Tea Tree oil is my go too for killing germs and keeping my house on point.
    2. Lavender oil is my fragrance maker and adds calming effects all over my house. Great to spritz on your pillow before bedtime too.
    3. Peppermint oil keeps the bugs away in a healthy wonderful smelling way.
    4. Baking soda:  This can make a powerful cleaning paste to help get out tough stains from ovens, toilet bowls and tile.
    5. Lemon:  Add to warm water for a great kitchen and appliance cleaner. Love to clean my refrigerator using this mixture
    6. Bon Ami: Coconut and palm oil cleaner that works great and keeps my sinks and tubs shining bright.

It would be great to think all of you are now going to completely change how you care for your house and begin many DIY projects to make that happen.  If in case this does not happen I am happy to report I have done the hard work for you and identified products I can 100% stand behind to use safely in your home, with your family and yourself. Grab Green: These products clean effectively, safely and are perfect in every way. I have been testing them since October 2015 and have not been disappointed at all.

Here are my TOP 5 Grab Green Picks:

Garbage Disposal LOVING: I know you can do a lemon, but I live in a rental and even when I owned never really trust the disposal for hard core skins like lemon.  I even had a disposal that was supposed to chew a penny and it made terrible noises when I put lemon down. These are my soft, fluffy sweet smelling toxin free alternative. Love once a week showing the disposal some loving.

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Laundry Pod POW:  They get the job done and what I like the most is the shit dissolves people. OMG I am so over getting my clothes out of the laundry with detergent clumps. You know what I am talking about. I live where my laundry does not even offer hot water or warm and these suckers work magic.  I get unscented and highly recommend this. My kid I gave a set of stuff at Christmas to open her mind to a toxic house and she loves this and even commented. Which is saying something.

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Bleach Alternative BAM:Okay remember I am a 5 STAR **** rated Cozymeal chef?!?! Well part of my job is washing aprons. White freaking aprons after folks have been in a cooking competition which often they have no idea they are coming too. Wine has been involved all, but one class too. These suckers come to me looking like a war was fought. Which it kind of was, but I digress.  Damn it.   Any who!  White, sparkling and good as new every time with this action happening. Jump on this shit and say bye bye bleach or I will hunt you down. It is so toxic. (Funny small picture here due to being 100% technically challenged. Double damn it.)

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Dish Soap DYNAMITE:  This shit lathers! It really does. I hate to admit but the toxic free stuff typically doesn't and I miss the bubbles. Those tiny bubbles are the fun of dish washing. I do not  have a dishwasher and can tell you that when you teach food for a living it sucks when you do not have bubbles. I digress again. Grease cutting, wonderful smelling and a bubble making BAM for this dish soap.

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Straw Brush BAM:  I love drinking out of a straw. What can I say. I have no dishwasher and these little devils are the cutest things. I use it to clean my baby Chemex too so for you coffee Chemex people listen up.

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Long story short it is time to really start questioning the status quo regarding your home and what you are exposing yourselves too. The risk you are taking to be clean! Go outside and roll in the dirt. That is how I am living life OUTSIDE!

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How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

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How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

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

Joseph Campbell

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

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

How to Create a Sacred Space in 3 Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where is yours?

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Namaste you bastards! #ohitgetswild

 

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How Angels Help My Life

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How Angels Help My Life

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

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

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

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

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

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V's 12 Month Oracle Card Reading:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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!

KC_giveaway_PBL_BGrab Some Good Karma for Yourself!!

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

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

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

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

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

Some of my most loved traditions:

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

Happy Holiday season 2015 to you and yours!

Sugar FREE Pear Butter

Ingredients:

Directions:

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

Have fun and enjoy!

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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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4 Halloween Treats Without the Sweet!

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4 Halloween Treats Without the Sweet!

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It's Halloween, and the stores are full of gigantic bags of candy everywhere you turn.  Even if you're not a total sugar maniac, it's hard not to start thinking about how nice a piece of chocolate would taste right about now!! I'm the first to admit that I often eat several of the sweets in our big trick-or-treat bowl as I'm handing everything out.  (Gotta make sure they taste ok, right?!) So this year will be a challenge for me as I make my way through my "One Small Step" journey of eliminating processed sugars & foods.  We get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood on Halloween.  So usually that means pounds of candy sitting in my pantry, calling my name, as I wait to hand it out.  But this year, I'm trying to be mindful of what I'm giving out.  It seems a bit wrong for me to hand out candy to others, especially if I'm changing my own narrative and moving down a path of conscious living and healthy choices.  This year, we are going to try something new and give out treats without the sweets.

I decided to run some ideas past my son & some of the neighborhood kids, to get feedback on what they would like.  Here's what we decided to go with:

Bright Halloween Play-Doh

Mini Play-Doh Containers: The littles in our neighborhood are HUGE fans of play-doh, so I know this one will go over well.  The Halloween colors are fun, and the sizes are perfect for a trick-or-treat bag.

 

 

Halloween Rubber Ducks

Glow-in-the-dark Halloween Rubber Ducks: Totally random, I know!!  But I'm a big rubber duck fan, and these crack me up!! I ran them past my 14 year old son & his friends and got a thumbs up.  Seems they have a quirky & ironic cool factor that make them acceptable to the teen & tween crew. There are a few styles out there on Amazon, we're just partial to the zombies in our house!

 

Jack-o-lantern stickers

Stickers are always popular!  So we went for these cool jack-o-lantern stickers because our guest panel of neighborhood kids liked them the best.  There are tons of fun Halloween options, so go with whatever makes you smile!

 

glow sticksGlow sticks & bracelets!!  A perennial favorite!!  I'm getting 2 packs of these because everyone wants to wear more than one.  I want kids to be able to grab a couple, since they are also a great safety feature out there in the dark.   (I'm pretty sure I'll be sporting a few of these as well! :)

 

 

Now granted, many of these things are more expensive than a 95 piece bag of candy.  And as I mentioned, we get truckloads of kids in our neighborhood.  I will be adding some bulk bags of bouncy balls or glow-in-the-dark fangs as well... 4-6 dozen for $10, as opposed to 1 dozen for the same price!!  You have to go with what feels good for you.  Amazon & the interwebs have a ton of great ideas and lots of different prices.  Halloween is about fun!!  It's about fangs!!  It's about ghosts, goblins, & glow sticks!!  Live a little!!  And let your kids see that it's totally possible to rock out the trick-or-treating without even missing the candy.  Once you get home from the madness, invite some friends over for home-made soup or stew,  paleo pumkin treats, and all sorts of excellent & healthy fall foods.

This is a new adventure for me, and I would love to know your tips for a Paleo Perfect, refined sugar free Halloween!  So please share!!

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Autumn Aromatherapy

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Autumn Aromatherapy

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As you mayknow, V and I worked together in a magical little boutique she created, called Sanity. One of the main components of the store was a mindfulness and well-being section populated with aromatherapy products, handcrafted wall & table fountains, zen gardens, and other wonderful creations designed to help you slow down and look inward. Aromatherapy seemed like a lot of mumbo jumbo in our conservative little corner of Delaware, but it quickly caught on and was our strongest and most enduring section of the shop. Every season, V and I would offer workshops in aromatherapy to help people bring a bit of natural healing to their daily lives and aid in meditation and mindfulness. We’ve been chatting recently about starting this tradition back up!! So here I am … with a few tips on ways to use essential oils in this beautiful, transitional season of fall.

Why Autumn Aromatherapy?

As we move between the seasons, our bodies and minds also go through transitions. Spring and summer tend to be outwardly focused for mind and body… and now it’s time to start looking inward. Autumn is a wonderful time to begin a simple meditation practice in order to help prepare you for our seasonal “hibernation” in winter. I’ve always been a fan of Aromaland’s Meditation Blend for bringing in the the fall and winter. Comprised of Frankincense, Myrrh, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, Cistus Labdanum, this blend is warm and spicy, and consists of many oils which would be quite expensive to buy individually. Frankincense has a calming effect on the emotions, and has been known to slow down & deepen the breath… perfect for inducing that meditative state! The other oils in this blend have similar properties of relaxation, as well as some more practical properties like: antifungal, antiviral, antiseptic… perfect for cleansing the air in your home as we head into a time where we will be indoors more often.

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Autumn Oils and Their Properties

Speaking of being indoors... how about setting a healthy, welcoming, and fragrant greeting for your family and guests every time they enter? There are hundreds of ways to use essential oils in your home to create a wonderful atmosphere and promote health & well-being. I highly recommend The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy by Valerie Ann Worwood. She dedicates a whole chapter to this!! Some of the most popular oils for use in scenting the home in autumn also have healthy benefits.

 

  • Cedar (Cedrus Atlanticus): known to be a powerful antiseptic…particularly for bronchial infections. Definitely good to diffuse!!
  • Clove Bud (Eugenia caryophyllata): antibacterial, antiseptic, and analgesic… clove is believed to help prevent illness and infection. In fact, it is so powerful that it has been used to sterilize surgical instruments in field hospitals.
  • Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis): Stimulating, warming, aphrodisiac and tonic, many people already know that it helps to soothe the stomach. In a room diffuser, ginger adds a wonderful warm & spicy note to a fall blend.
  • Orange (Citrus Aurantium… other variations also available): antidepressant and mildly sedative, yet at the same time, orange is also refreshing and rejuvenating! Perfect to diffuse when someone in the house is organizing bills or studying for an exam!! Its aroma inspires and brings fresh energy & clears the mind. Citrus oils help to eliminate emotional confusion and are believed to increase one’s sense of humor and well-being. Definitely a win!!

 

In addition to the book above, I swear by a few other reference sources in my home, and these are where I have gathered most of the information included in this little post:

While therapeutic grade essential oils are an amazing, natural way to promote wellness in your home, always be aware that many oils have strict usage guidelines in order to be considered safe to the body. Look into the specific properties of each oil you are using to see if they are safe for children, pets, or pregnant women… and whether they should be used in diffusers/inhalations, baths or directly on the skin.

I look forward to chatting with you about other amazing uses for essential oils over the fall and winter! Let me know what you are interested in, and I will write a post about it!

Happy Fall!

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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!

Crock Pot Apple Butter Oh My!

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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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Ecuador Here I come!

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Ecuador Here I come!

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By: V Capaldi Have you ever believed you can live life following your dreams?

Ever thought of work not being defined as 'work' and instead defined as  'living'?

What would that look like if you did?

Take a moment and really allow yourself to think about what if you simply lived your best life everyday. 

What if your day was not defined as going to work, school or days off?  What if you day was dedicated to living and reaching for higher purpose?  How would that differ from where you are right now? What potential outcome could be had if this happened?

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In 2015 this became the reality for PaleoBOSS Lady®.  I decided that if I was going to continue to thrive and kick MS to the curb every day I needed to live a life dedicated to higher purpose. Without it MS manages to take control and the game of higher purpose ends.   Since consciously dedicating myself to this self imposed mandate life has elevated my game so much and reaching my higher purpose a daily life reality.  This year alone I have WON over a dozen contests and this from someone who never won anything and seldom enters anything.  Yet somehow several times a month in 2015 I have been declared a winner!

Recently I was approached by a sustainable farming company in Ecuador to tour their facilities and learn about small-scale organic farming that supports conservation, fair trade, environmental leadership and native planting.  They have invited a dozen members in the conscious living movement to learn more about red palm oil.  For the last several years red palm oil from other countries has created quite a stir due to deforestation of rain forests and the non-practice of sustainable farming.  Going to Ecuador is to help educate the community about the value of red palm oil in our diet and also to witness 1st hand producers that are respecting  environment and culture.

If this is not a manifestation of higher purpose than what is?

To be 1 of 12 folks internationally hand picked to tour and share this learning experience is a dream come true for this conscious living lady and an example of manifesting my life dreams and higher purpose realized. Every day my life confirms with signs such as this invite that my mission is on track with higher purpose leading the way.

Wonder how to get some of this goodness into your life?  Confused about how to begin living a life driven by higher purpose?  If so Team PBL has you covered!

Click the video to find out more:

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Lets Raise the Roof on YOU!

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Raise the Roof on YOU

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Raise the Roof on YOU

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By: V Capaldi Ever wonder how to live your dreams?

What are your dreams?

When was the last time you consciously focused on making your life dreams come true?

The sad truth is that many of us wake up one day and realize we somehow stopped dreaming and are simply living.

Don’t get me wrong … I believe all of us want to live out our dreams and connect to our higher purpose!! Yet most of us find ourselves living life on autopilot and settling for a life that’s less than what we dream we could have.

Take a minute to pause…  For one minute allow yourself to stop and think about your life.  One conscious minute... What do you see? Are you living the best life you could imagine?

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Now take it a step further… If you do live your best life, what would that look like right now? How about in 5 years? 10 years?

What changes do you need to make in order to reach your best life?

If you believe that you still have some steps to take to get there then it’s time to shake things up a bit! 

Living your best life doesn’t happen overnight… but not that hard!  It just takes some self-awareness, focus, and a passion for possibility!  These questions are the first steps in your shift.

If you’re interested in having some guidance on your path to living life out loud… you’re in luck!  I’m starting a 7 part web class series in October that will guide you through the steps to realizing your higher purpose and raising the roof on this life.

Oh, It’s gonna get wild!! We’re gonna laugh a lot!!  We may dance… I’m not gonna lie.  And we’re going to do some soul searching. 

This webinar series is all about creating space to live a life focused on higher purpose with conscious awareness.  We will focus on ways to get “unstuck” in your daily routine, and fill your “Bag of Tricks” with simple tools to turn your volume way UP!

Say goodbye to living and hello to thriving!

      • FREE Mindfulness ebook from PaleoBOSS Lady® when you sign up!
      • Starts October 8th - November 19th 6PM PST
      • 7-weeks for 1 hour

Filled with movement, mindfulness and self-discovery techniques, each week of this webinar will be fun and self-empowering. By the end of the 7-weeks each participant will have a full personal “Bag of Tricks” offering all you need to raise the roof on your life!

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How to Dig Deep

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How to Dig Deep

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Steps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

If this or anything above resonates with you or someone you know please consider sharing and subscribing to this blog.

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

Manifest it baby! #BAM

 

 

 

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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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