Spicy Nuts

  1.  Soak your favorite nuts in a glass bowl with filtered water and a dash of sea salt (water should be an inch or two above nuts) for 7 hours or overnight.
  2. Drain nuts in strainer for 5 minutes.
  3. Pre-heat oven on lowest setting, between 170-225 degrees.
  4. Spread nuts evenly on cookie sheets, preferably ceramic or glass rather than teflon. Try to prevent lots of overlap for faster cooking time.
  5. Add your favorite spices: plain salt, spicy blend (cayenne pepper, thyme, rosemary), or sweet spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander or cardamom) and bake for 8-12 hrs. They’re done when they are crunchy and crispy (not chewy at all).

Understanding Disease Development: The Role of the Cell Danger Response

Your body was designed to be healthy. And sometimes, the innate mechanisms that are designed to protect us become the #1 obstacle.
Have you heard about the cell danger response (CDR)? It’s a natural process, by which your cells protect and defend themselves against all sorts of threats: toxins, infections, environmental stressors, trauma (both physical and psychological), that gets stuck in a vicious loop.
The CDR is considered to be linked to about a hundred of the most common diseases, including autoimmunity, diabetes (types 1, 2 and 3), POTS, fibromyalgia, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and more.

One of the most important things for you to understand about why this concept is important is that your cells have 2 modes: make energy…OR protect and defend. Which means that in order to thrive, your body can’t think you are stuck in survival mode. If your cell danger response trigger is flipped on, you will not feel great. In fact, you might feel really, really lousy. For a detailed look at the 3 levels of the CDR, check out this article.

Common CDR Triggers & Symptoms

Common symptoms with CDR include fatigue, depression, chronic pain, digestive issues, brain fog, inflammation, and rashes.

4 Steps For Shutting Off the CDR

  • Step 1: Remove as many stressors as possible. This is where we take a big picture view of lifestyle, diet, sleep, hydration, breathing and movement patterns, daily habits, mental emotional health and stress management, environmental factors (such as air quality, toxins in home and/or at work, heavy metal exposure and dental history), as well as explore things like chronic infections, imbalanced gut health, imbalanced blood sugar, chronic mold exposure (past or present), etc.
  • Step 2: Bring in some tools to support and regulate your nervous system regulation: guided meditations (HeartMathCalmHeadspace), Apollo Neuro, vagus nerve stimulation or improving vagal toneBrainTapHemi-sync, and various neurofeedback devices like HeartMath’s Inner Balance Coherence Plus.
  • Step 3: Address issues in your tissues! Our bodies hold stress, tension, and trauma. Helpful tools for releasing and healing include are TREtai chi, qi gong, Yoga NidraCraniosacral TherapySomatic Therapy, dancing, all kinds of massage therapy, and body shaking throughout the day (shake it off!).
  • Step 4: Wiring new thoughts, habits, and ways of engaging with stress or challenges. This can be done via books, podcasts, practitioners and coaches such as myself, therapists, etc. to support the learning and embodying of being healthy and identifying as someone who is healthy and resilient. Additionally, there are tools that can be woven in once the first 3 steps are progressing well that can support resilience-building and hormesis (challenges that strengthen our ability to handle stress in a healthy way) such as cold therapy, sauna, various types of fasting, various breathing techniques, high-intensity interval training, and mental challenges like crosswords and puzzles.

I hope that this information is helpful to you, especially if you or someone you know is feeling stuck in your healing journey.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully. 

If you’re ready to discover where your best health has been hiding, I’d love to connect with you!

Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca

What’s Your Healthspan?

Do you want to feel vibrant, healthy, independent, and strong for as much of your life as possible?
Your healthspan is the length of your life spent in good health versus your life span which is your total years lived.

Focus on Quality of Life

When you focus on living quality years, this naturally attracts you toward healthier habits. Think about the cumulative effect of your current habits. It’s so easy to rationalize unhealthy habits one day to the next (we say things like “Today was hard, I’ll eat better tomorrow”), but when you set your intention to living a life of QUALITY, that expanded viewpoint allows you to see that rationalizing comes at an extremely high cost.
As we age (and we are all aging), our bodies become less forgiving. Dr. Peter Attia discusses a concept called backcasting which essentially describes that if we want to be strong, healthy and functional in our older years, we must invest in it early on. And it really does work like an investment. Every workout you do, healthy meal you eat, and tool that you use to support your mental health helps you to have improved likelihood of better quality of life throughout your life. The opposite is also true: we pay dearly for poor habits. They always catch up with us.

5 Tools For Improving Your Healthspan

  1. Eat a high quality diet with sufficient protein, fiber, and nutrients. Keeping your blood sugar stable is incredibly important for decreasing disease risk, keeping your energy levels up, and your body composition healthy. Focus on delicious AND nutritious!
  2. Manage your stress and support your mental emotional health. Emotional self-regulation techniques like HeartMath are extremely effective. So is meditation, yoga, breathing techniques, movement, journaling, time in nature, therapy and more.
  3. Move your body often AND exercise. Building muscle and maintaining muscle is VITAL to being able to continue to function independently as we age, maintain good balance, and prevent falling/injuries. 
  4. Get enough quality sleep, 7-8 hrs/night.
  5. Quality connections with others–social support is essential. Spend time either one-on-one or in groups of people that you feel supported by, cared about, and aligned with. Bonus is to do some socializing outside and physically active!

I hope that this information empowers you towards the diet and lifestyle changes that can add quality and years to your life.

It is my passion to work with people like you whose health symptoms are getting in the way of you living life fully and with a sense of freedom in your body. I can help you to regain your health so you can feel great and free to enjoy life fully. 

If you need or want help improving your healthspan, that is what I do! Don’t waste another second–Apply for a complimentary Unstoppable Health Discovery Session. http://bit.ly/schedulinghealth (subject to availability).

Until next time, I’m wishing you unstoppable health!
~Rebecca