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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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#upYOURvolume

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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An Invitation to Join "Propville"

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

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

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

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

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

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

TOP 7 PICKS:

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

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

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

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

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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Saying Bye Bye Social Security Disability in 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I am already a walking miracle!

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

My volume is way up!

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

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

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

Get some.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of my most loved traditions:

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

Happy Holiday season 2015 to you and yours!

Sugar FREE Pear Butter

Ingredients:

Directions:

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

Have fun and enjoy!

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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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Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

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Raised the Roof to Radio & a Feature Film

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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Fall 2015 & New Apple Butter Recipe

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Fall 2015 & New Apple Butter Recipe

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By:  V Capaldi

Happy Fall 2015!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lets

Raise the Roof

on YOU!

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

Ingredients:

3 - 5 pounds of organic cooking apples

organic pumpkin spice mix

1/3 cup organic local honey

Filtered water

Directions:

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

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

Sprinkle with 1/4 cup of spices,

Turn on Crock Pot to 1 hour on high,

After 1 hour turn to low for 10 hours more.

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

Place in mason jars and refrigerate this deliciousness

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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?

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

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Changing the World w/ Dr. Terry Wahls

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Changing the World w/ Dr. Terry Wahls

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

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

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

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

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

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

When you live with disease being vulnerable in community is

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

that lifted my soul to a higher level. 

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Terry Wahls and PaleoBOSS Lady

are proud to share they have developed

The Wahls Protocol Coaching & Practitioner Certification!

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

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

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

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

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Friday Friend & Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Recipe! Oh My!

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Friday Friend & Pumpkin BBQ Sauce Recipe! Oh My!

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By:  PaleoBOSS Lady®

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

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

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

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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.

Pumpkin BBQ Sauce

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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 Steps to Fight Winter Blues!

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5 Steps to Fight Winter Blues!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® #PBL It is that time of year where many finds themselves down in the dumps struggling with winter depression.  I have lived with family members that struggle merely due to the cycles of the sun and the moon every year no matter what.  Depression is real and affects more of us than not. Sadly our hurried lives create an almost perfect storm all the time for depression to foster existence. #damnit

I was reminded of a blog post I wrote after obtaining my Masters degree:

"For the last 15 days I have becoming more and more depressed. This coming from someone who in 51 years only has identified with depression once and that was when my life became disabled and my partner walked out!

Last week when visiting with my therapist I cried from the moment I walked in the room. I have been feeling overwhelmed and on an emotional roller coaster. Asking myself over and over again, "What are you doing with the 30+ hours weekly you have free now? Basically having the "What am I going to do with my life now that I graduated conversation!"

Saturday while spending the day with my daughter I literally told her at least 10 times I was struggling emotionally. This type of conversation never happens with this mom/PaleoBOSS Lady because I am a rock damn it! Not this day…" #PBL

A little more than 3 weeks left of a winter everyone!  Except for those of us in California the winter  has had most of the country in below zero temperatures.   I am sure physical and mental wellness are being tested for many and this blog is an effort to help.

5 Steps to Fight Winter Blues:

1.  Community!  Do not kill the messenger and if there is one thing you will learn is that community is the foundation for everything good in life.  Without it you cannot and will not manifest your reality. Sorry but this is the truth!  Identify a community and make it part of your life.  If you are a dog person find a dog community, play cards find a card club, love to walk find a walking group and so on…Just pick one and JUMP IN!

2.  Get moving!  YUP! Move your body with focused intention in some way everyday! Listen I know we are all busy I also know we are talking optimal living here and if you are not moving you are not living. Movement can be as simple as saying good bye to elevators, parking further from an entrance, walking around the block after lunch/dinner. Whatever it is identify it, commit and move your body!

Dancing always is a great idea and nothing better than this to get things started!

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3.  Meditate.  Studies have shown time and again that meditation offers only goodness, costs nothing and is a universal healthcare tool.  Yet almost all of us discount its power which for me speaks to the power of big business. Hence I am drawn to this practice even more!

Everyone can find a meditation practice that works to support a healthy outcome. Meditation is not limited to sitting cross legged and not moving.  Allow yourself to explore all different types and forms  of practice until you find the one that fits into your "Bag of Tricks."

4.  Journaling.  The traditional rules of journaling do not apply to the life of a BOSS Lady with limited hand use.  I use an app called TimeHop which serves as journal for me.  TimeHop sends me a daily email of all social media posts I have made for like 5 years.  Literally this is therapy for me and my idea of journaling…today.

Journals are an evolution and have changed each year, but always serving as a record of where I was mentally & physically at that moment.  You can write them, draw, paint, type grow what ever works for you is a journal you just have to be able to recall the moment when needed.

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5.  Eating & sleeping matters.  When you are down food becomes a drug and sleep can be either too much or too little.  PAY attention and commit to eating clean and optimal sleeping hours!

The internet and social media offer so many tools to empower all of us regarding both of these topics & can reflect each of personal needs if we look.  I like to eat Paleo and my sleeping patterns follow the cycles of the sun. Whatever it is identity your relationships with both and make it a focus of your daily life to eat clean and get some rest!

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One of the healthiest things you can do is drink bone broth daily. I call it liquid gold!

Check out my recipes for Bone Broth that my friends at Breaking Muscle helped me to share:

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To create change one has to pick a starting point. Riding the wave of life is the optimal reality however not sustainable.  Our bodies are powerful creatures and we often need to help them to live optimally.  As you know I believe in slow and steady wins all life changes so maybe pick one and start there.  Just start! #doubledamnit

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Thank you and I so appreciate your support.  It is the ground on which I stand!

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3 Steps to Begin Your "Bag of Tricks"

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3 Steps to Begin Your "Bag of Tricks"

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® Since the new year PaleoBOSS Lady® has had a full inbox of folks asking for help manifesting their life!  This jazzes my soul beyond belief because it represents others actively living a conscious life. Living consciously for me resulted in the miracle known as PaleoBOSS Lady®!

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Manifesting one's life includes developing your own "Bag of Tricks."  A Bag of Tricks should be filled with tools using movement, mindfulness and food to consciously live your best life.

Below are PaleoBOSS Lady's 3 Steps to Begin Your "Bag of Tricks":

1.   Add,  subtract, multiply & divide your life!  Be open to including things that aren't always in your present life. Discounting things that have had a positive impact on our lives happen to be something many of us are guilty of doing. Often we tend to hold onto the things that had a negative impact longer than positive.

Each life experience brings with it knowledge and lessons learned that are an essential element to your Bag of Tricks. Be willing to add,  subtract, multiply &  divide life looking through every life lens.

An example of this relates to meditation.  I bring years of learning in my prior practice to each meditation.  Walking meditation, group meditation, counting and so on are allowed to enter my decision-making process so that I can pick the practice likely to produce my desired outcome.

Sometimes we get so stuck in the new that we forget the value of the old.  It is essential to include useful life information as you experience it and to remind yourself of them throughout your life journey.

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2.   Have a conversation with yourself about what support systems you need to help achieve your desired outcomes. This could change based on what you're doing.  I personally have identified several different communities of support needed to be present in my Bag of Tricks.

Currently I decided to make some serious food and lifestyle related  changes. These changes I believe will present a very large challenge for me based on psychological need based addictions. In order to successfully navigate these lifestyle changes I have decided on a #90DayManifestingMEChallenge that includes limited social interaction.

The thinking behind the timing is based upon the science of what produces a habit. I am working hard to change old habits and produce new lifestyle choices.  I have learned that it is best to allow myself  this level of commitment to assure the desired outcome is achieved.

Other times changes in my life require a support system of community which looks completely the opposite of the above. Each outcome needs to be considered identifying support systems that reflect the end result.

No matter what your outcome is a lot of community support systems should be in your Bag of Tricks.

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3.   Last, but not least is self-love! Without the desire to live a conscious life toward self love nothing can be manifested! Manifesting is synonymous with dreams becoming reality. This does not happen without love of self!

You can tell yourself whatever you want, but the reality is true.  Manifesting life takes a non-narcissistic self-love to produce the energy needed for such a long term miraculous outcome.

Every time I stray and make choices that clearly do not reflect self-love the miracle of me starts to slip away! I've tested and retested this and every time the outcome is the same. #damnit

Manifesting is not the same as success. Please don't confuse the two.

Manifesting is creating the life that you want that supports your ideals & vision for yourself.

If you do not have a lens to see yourself that is loving manifesting life cannot happen.

The End.

Well, well, well you made it this far!  How about giving me the old thumbs up and subscribing to my blog?  #whynot

Literally these social media outlets that I shamelessly share my life on are the community that supports my drive to kick MS to the curb all day every day!

I am sure if you do some learning could happen, inspiration and I will probably offend you by accident and all for FREE!  #ohitgetswild

Thank you & love the life you live my friends! #namaste

 

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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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Having community is the driving force of my miracle life!  Community is what keeps me fighting the good fight!  #blahblahblah

Manifest your miracle life! #BAM

 

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How To Meditate in 5 Easy Steps

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How To Meditate in 5 Easy Steps

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

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

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

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

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

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

How to Meditate in 5 Easy Steps:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Vision Board to Reality in 5 Easy Steps!

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Vision Board to Reality in 5 Easy Steps!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Kick Fear Out For Good...

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How to Kick Fear Out For Good...

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady®

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

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

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

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

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

Until it stopped serving me… #f*cker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roll up your sleeves & lets get conscious!  #jumponit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 Come and get it!

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

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

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

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Earth Angel is Me!

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Earth Angel is Me!

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By: PaleoBOSS Lady® Early 2013 Dr. Terry Wahls posted an article about the power of grounding work and how important it was to healing.  Being a Wahls Warrior I quickly added having my feet on the earths soil to my "Bag of Tricks!"

This exercise became a daily ritual that continues to this day!

Why do grounding/earthing work?  In PaleoBOSS Lady® terms grounding work now has become a focused effort for most of us and has to do with the fact that we used to run and play outside barefoot all the time.  If we wore shoes most shoes had leather soles both of which allow for the conduction of energy between the body and the ground.  This allowed for our bodies to live in harmony with the electromagnetic fields of the earths energy through an "exchange and release program." #simplestory

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Today seldom if ever are we barefoot or wearing leather soled shoes!  #notagoodlook

Many of us are largely inside  most of our waking day  wearing shoes made with synthetic bottoms.  All of this contributing to our lack of contact with the electrical magnetic waves of the earths energy.

Resulting in energy build up. Build up can only mean one thing: imbalance!

The way I see it is the energy cannot get out or in making for an imbalance that has become a human reality as a result of evolution.  #mystory

For many of us this lack of electromagnetic energy in our lives results in disrupted sleep patterns, aches & pains, low energy & increased inflammation just to mention a few things!  #whoknew

Grounding or earthing changes this reality and PaleoBOSS Lady noticed the difference almost instantly! #knowledgeispower

For the last few weeks I have had the pleasure of wearing the most comfortable grounding sandals ever!  For those of us who cannot seem to find the time to get outdoors and be in nature there is hope!  #EarthRunners

What are Earth Runners: http://www.earthrunners.com

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I tested the Alpha X which is their newest sandal from the folks at #EarthRunner!  #lovelovelove

A few things I LOVE about this sandal are they are super easy to get on and off, they look awesome and are the most comfortable walking shoe ever!

I just adore a sandal with a back & a comfortable sole which the Alpha delivers! I highly recommend this shoe! 

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Runway Raw Paleo Rita & PaleoBOSS Lady® strolling the hood!

I want to THANK the folks at Earth Runner for hearing my love of energy work and asking me to evaluate this great new GROUNDING/EARTHING sandal!  I am honored to share how wonderful the #EarthRunner line of  products are for living a conscious life with style and comfort at the forefront!

BRAVO!!!

I encourage all of you to try these sandals and #GetGrounded!

Hey Hey Hey Hey everyone isn't it time you subscribed to the PaleoBOSS Lady kick ass blog?

You know you want to and it will make you happy! #thankyou

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Travel Tips for Conscious Eaters...

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Travel Tips for Conscious Eaters...

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

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

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

PaleoBOSS Lady's Top 10 Travel Tips for Warriors!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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