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KISS

KISS (Keep It Simple Starshine)!

Let’s face it, you’re not stupid! You’ve endured the rigors of numerous tests, spoken with a handful or more of experts/physicians, and researched your diagnosis by devouring everything that Google dishes at you. You know much about your health condition.

If you’re not stupid, then why starshine?

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I love that the stuff from which we are made is from stars. I love Johnny Depp, Rob Thomas, and starshine. Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory says, “Good Morning Starshine, The Earth Says “Hello!“” I hear these same Johnny Depp words prior to my favorite RIPPED (an insane cardio workout) song How Far We’ve Come by Matchbox 20, with Rob Thomas as the lead singer.

So, let’s see how far we’ve come?

We have a whole host of mental and physical illnesses that we go to the doctor to determine and treat with pharmaceuticals. These drugs, many with harmful side effects, may mask some symptoms, but they don’t heal us. We hurt. We suffer. We follow the scarcity model of health that supports entropic beliefs that we will all get some disease that minimizes the quality of our lives, if it doesn’t kill us. Even if we don’t get a life altering/ending illness, the model of lack lends itself to expectancies of less mobility, energy, and alertness as we age.

So besides Johnny, Rob, and starshine, I love documentaries. The Frozen River Film Festival showcases documentaries in my small Southeast Minnesota town, as its names describes, when the Mississippi River turns to ice. Among the many films I saw this year, was Haenyeo: Woman of the Sea. This short film features a South Korean 82-year-old female free-diver (using no scuba equipment) that harvests food from the sea. Isn’t she supposed to be retired at her age? Isn’t she supposed to lack mobility at her age? It seems that she operates from a different model of health, one of abundance, not lack.

We can follow her example. We can utilize the abundant health model. How? By KISS (Keep It Simple Starshine)! Our bodies know how to heal when given nourishing foods. The diet of GAPS™ (Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome) is abundant in delicious healing foods.

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These healing foods naturally treat and effectively reduce symptoms in autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, addictions, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autoimmune conditions, asthma, eczema, allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, arthritis, digestive disorders, and other mental health and physiological conditions. Wow! Sound too simple?

We seem to be comforted by complexity. The more complicated ingredients listed on the processed, GMO, chemical laden, sugary, grainy, so-called foods we’ve been “sold” to eat, the more we rely on the complicated world of testing, diagnoses, doctors, medicine, hospitals to deal with diseases often caused by these unreal foods. The irony is that in our more abundantly complex world of medicine, we suffer from a scarcity of health. Largely because, for all the good mainstream medicine attempts, forgotten are two pearls of wisdom from the father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, “First do no harm” and “Let food be thy medicine and medicine by thy food.” Our bodies possess the innate abilities to heal when given real food.

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For 10 years, I’ve heard, “I could never do what you do; it’s too hard,” from people convinced cooking real food from scratch is too time consuming and difficult. Granted, it helps that I love to cook and call my kitchen my happy place. It also helps that my son’s autistic behaviors disappeared. Talk about motivation!

But recently I’ve been hearing, “It’s too easy! How could a grain-free, sugar-free diet emphasizing broths, ferments, and juicing heal so many mental and physical illnesses?” It’s simple, eating these nourishing foods heal the gut and many mental and physical illnesses are symptoms of a faulty digestive system.

I recently received a comment that you can’t really expect to balance the gut’s good and bad bacteria, yeasts, etc., without first testing to see which creatures you have populating your body. Once again, the reliance on the complexity of testing and experts is unnecessary and expensive. It’s as simple as eating fermented and cultured foods that introduce the “good guys” to kill off the “bad guys”, picture an old timey Hollywood Western with the good bacteria and good yeasts donning ten gallon white hats. Caution: Slowly introduce probiotic foods so as to minimize a die-off reaction that can make you feel temporarily lousy when the “bad guys” omit toxins upon their death by the “good guys” in the high noon shootout. About 90% of us are the creatures living in us. It’s important that the sheriff and his posse balance the outlaws to maintain peace and health.

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Let’s KISS and eat MEFAVE meals and FAVE snacks, mindful to incorporate healing broths, ferments, and juicing. (Can you tell that besides Johnny, Rob, starshine, and documentaries, I also love acronyms?)

MEat (Protein) + FAt + VEggie (Carb) = MEFAVE meals
FAt + VEggie (Carb) = FAVE

Details of MEFAVE meals and FAVE snack planning can be found on my previous blog post, Six Things to Let Go. Be abundant in quantities! Be full! Be abundant in health and happiness! You matter! What you eat matters! Your body knows how to heal when given real nourishing foods! KEEP IT SIMPLE STARSHINE!

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Six Things to Let Go

Letting go is change. Change can be gradual or abrupt. Certainly Lao Tzu’s journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. As a holistic health guide, I believe the healing of a trillion cells begins with a single bite.

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Slow and steady wins the race is quite effective. That being said, I must confess that I am a huge fan of abrupt change. I released most of these six things by cannonballing into change similar to braving a Polar Bear Plunge, a Goose Bump Jump, a Penguin Plummet, or insert your preferred cute catch phrase fitting for when insane people wearing nothing but swimsuits jump into icy winter water. Just like a frigid fun lake leap, cold turkey change is head first, all at once, not conducive to toe testing, crazy, communal, fun, and awakening, yet still requires a daily practice for transformative sustenance.

Some of these things I let go years ago, others more recently requiring more daily awareness and intention. The more I release, the more I abundantly nourish my happiness and health along with the happiness and health of my loved ones. Oh the joyous irony of life!

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1. LET GO OF GRAINS, STARCHY VEGGIES, AND SUGAR – You can bake almost anything using almond flour, like chocolate cake. Coconut flour is another baking option. Raw honey is an amazing anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal sweetener to make all sorts of goodies, like chocolate pie. Butternut squash serves as a delicious potato alternative. Fire fries are spicy and yummy! Letting go of these specific carbohydrates, you will feel mentally, physically, and amazingly alive. On a personal note, I and my kiddos are now liberated from the previous restraints of autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia of speech, OCD, ADD, anxiety, asthma, skin conditions, and hypoglycemia by being grain free, starchy veggie free, and sugar free. Nourishing the body with quality meats, fats, most veggies and fruits, broths, ferments, and juicing (without grains, starchy veggies, and sugar) is the cornerstone of gut healing with the GAPS (Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome) protocol.

2. LET GO OF RESTRICTIONS ON FATS, PROTEIN, AND VEGGIES – It’s what MEFAVE and FAVE meals and dishes are all about!

MEat (Protein) + FAt + VEggie (Carb) = MEFAVE
FAt + VEggie (Carb) = FAVE

Eat all the quality meats, fats, and veggies you want. Go ahead, eat until you are full! I consume anywhere from ½ -1 cup of total fats each day. Fats don’t make you fat. They make you feel full, happy, and healthy!

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What do you first think of when you think of carbs? Foods like bread and pasta made from grains, right? But veggies and fruits are also carbohydrates. Change your way of thinking to improve your health. Think of veggies first when thinking of carbs. It’s the reason the VE in MEFAVE and FAVE is veggie. (Plus, MEFACA and FACA sound unappetizing to say the least!) Grains are rough on the digestive system and are not GAPS legal. Focus on nutrient dense veggies and fruits that are organic and/or local. Remember MEFAVE and FAVE to nourish your health and happiness with each meal or dish you choose.

FYI: Nuts contain all three macronutrients – protein, fat, and carbs. I often lump nuts in with the VE (Carb) category in my MEFAVE and FAVE suggestions.

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3. LET GO OF SCALES – No longer voluntarily step on scales. If some day in your future, a medical professional requests your weight, you can oblige, but no longer make it a daily punishing event. By releasing this act of societal judgment and personal pressure, you will magnify self love and acceptance.

4. LET GO OF BRAS – Bouncing your boobs releases toxins and frees the spirit. See my post “I Love Boobs”, lest I ramble on and turn this into yet another boob blog post.

5. LET GO OF DEODORANT, LOTION, TOOTHPASTE, AND SHAMPOO – Use coconut oil as deodorant and lotion. For a great probiotic lotion, consider homemade sour cream. For oral health, brush your teeth with baking soda and oil pull with coconut oil. Shampoo your hair using baking soda and apple cider vinegar. Remember to only put edible things on your skin to reduce your toxic burden.

6. LET GO OF SCARCITY – So much of the fear, competition, inadequacy, criticism and negativity in our lives stems from the long held scarcity belief of not being or having enough. Let go of these limiting beliefs because you are more than enough. You are full of possibilities. You are love. Unlock abundant love, resources, creativity, and time with gratitude. Being thankful for things right now nourishes your happiness.

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The life waiting for us is full of health and happiness! Go ahead, let go!

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River of Gratitude

Two images guide my life’s journey. One is a river, popping up in memories, songs, and quotes with messages and meanings for that I’m grateful.

I grew up near the Rio Grande River in Texas. I recall going to a natural area along this river, probably when I was in high school. While a conservationist/ranger/someone was talking, I took a mental picture of that spot where the river curved, void of trees, yet beautifully stark and rugged. Throughout the years, this mental freeze frame frequently offers me an unknown comfort. I’m grateful for the peace of the river.

I now live near the Mississippi River in Minnesota with a greater sense of connection to flowing rivers and the flow of life than ever before.

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I’m grateful for the sense of connection that feels like a much needed, long anticipated healing hug.

My physical and spiritual journey is opening to the nourishing river of life reminding me of the hymn, “I’ve Got a River of Life”.

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I’m grateful for wholeness and abundance.

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With my body, I love and encourage lymphatic movement. From yoga, to massage, to hydration, to exercise, to going bra-free over a month ago (yay!), I feel free. Following nine years of stagnant lymph and being unable to cry, the flow of my lymph corresponds with a new sense of spiritual and emotional release. My long fed fears of scarcity and unworthiness stagnated like debris in a river, blocking my progress, leaving me stuck. Releasing these fears, I frequently feel and visualize the rush of the energizing current of gratitude, creativity, and abundance while Carly Simon sings along to the soundtrack of my life.

I’m grateful that now I often feel awake with the flow of dreams, desire, and intuition.

A Facebook friend shared a quote from the Inward/Outward Project about the Great River of Being –
“If we can let ourselves go in prayer and speak all that is in our minds and hearts, if we can sit quietly and bear the silence, we will hear all the bits and pieces of ourselves crowding in on us, pleading for our attention. Prayer’s confession begins with this racket, for prayer is noisy with the clamor of all the parts of us demanding to be heard. The clamor is the sound of the great river of being flowing in us.”
I’m grateful that prayer is both quiet and noisy. I’m grateful that life is that way too.

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I’m grateful that the river is timeless and so are we.

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I’m grateful for the flow of life. Go with it!

The second image is a butterfly.