The Brain & Body Optimization Game

Tomorrow I start playing a game I created called: The Brain and Body Optimization Game. If you’ve been following my journey the last few months you know I’ve been investigating the cause of 2 seizures with the biggest trigger being hidden mold in our kitchen. I’ve seen a lot of doctors/healers/practitioners and have received valuable advice. Now I am simplifying and focusing on the action steps I think are the most vital for my well-being.

One of my biggest findings is that I have mycotoxins (from the mold) in my system. These are very toxic for the brain. I found this out by doing a urine test with RealTime Labs. I am working with my local functional doctor to detox. The basic protocol is: specific supplements, eating a super nutrient dense diet, glutathione IVs, along with colonics, infared sauna and hyperbaric oxygen sessions.veggies 1

I also learned some amazing goodness from Dr. Amen about my how my brain is currently functioning. There are a few places that need some extra lovin’.

My brains scans were congruent with some emotional trauma and he recommended EMDR therapy for that. I also had one area on my QEEG that he thought neurofeedback would help. I met with his friend, Bryan Hixson, and will be starting a series of sessions soon. And, Dr. Amen generously gifted us with a month’s worth of supplements to help optimize my brain more. #jazzed #blessed

I’ve got my “team” for the next phase of healing. It consists of my functional medicine doc – Dr. Bernhoft plus the brain doc/neuroscientist – Dr. Daniel Amen and Bryan Hixson the neurofeedback brain performance expert. I still need to find an EMDR therapist and then it will be complete. I will re-evaluate in the next fewย  months to see if anyone else is needed but I feel pretty supported with these 3 superstars!

I will share the whole game in the next few days so you can see how I intend to play. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve always loved creating my life in a gameful way. I’ve been doing it for years and with this specific game I’ve added some upgraded tools and inspiration from Superbetter. I’m golden and ready!

The game will be 5 weeks long with the focus being on healing my braiveggiesn and my body and taking my health to the next level. I will be eating a lower carbohydrate diet, moderate protein and higher fat with a splash of the autoimmune protocol to reduce any hidden inflammation in brain/body.

This is a whole family game. Because #1 it’s more fun to optimize and supercharge together and #2 because we have all been exposed to mold.

Today we made a bunch of green juice, and the guys got a blissload of nutrient dense foods at the farmer’s market and then, we made sweet potato fries, celeriac root soup, and sauteed purple cabbage. And, we just finished washing and cutting up a bunch of veggies to get ready for the week. Go Time! Yahoooo!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, we are off to walk to the park! Hope you’re having an awesome day!

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Bliss Diary – July 7, 2015

You realize that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it. — Paramahansa Yogananda

Intention/Affirmation: Surrender, Release & Rest

Nutrition:
7:00ย  2 cups of longevity tea, with few TB coconut cream + collagen
10:30 16+ oz green smoothie + fresh salmon + handful of plantain chips
1:00 30 oz raspberry, nettle, lemon tea (chilled)
2:30 1 small avocado + 10 olives
4:00 pre-dinner snack – small bowl of blueberries + 25 oz green juice
5:30 bowl of cauliflower rice, guacamole, olives, nori + ground turkey

I am going to experiment with actually eating earlier in the day. For the last 10 years I’ve never been a big breakfast eater. I used to do green juice and/or smoothie every morning. Then, I would have a “meal” lunch and dinner. But, I also wasn’t waking up at 5:30 am like I am now. My body and life have changed since being pregnant, giving birth and mothering a toddler. ๐Ÿ™‚

I want to see how I feel throughout the day if I eat something earlier. Will my blood sugar be more balanced? Have more energy? Better hormone optimization? I’m curious. The habit of eating a liquid breakfast is so engrained that creating a new habit of eating a meal seems a bit foreign. It’s an experiment, I can always go back to what I used to do.

Movement:
* 20 minute walk (toddler pace)
* 20 minute rebounding

Meditation: 15 minutes + 30 minute napitation

Body Goodness: Still working on healing the sty. I am actually feeling worse today (with a pretty intense headache in the afternoon/evening). It does feel like detox with the flu-like symptoms which isn’t surprising. I’m in my 4th week of taking the cleansing herbs. I have 2-4 more weeks of these herbs and then I will take a stool test to see where I’m at and then do a repairing protocol for a few weeks.

Mind/Heart Goodness: I think one of the challenges of motherhood is the rollercoaster of emotions for both the mother and child. For example, this morning my son was whining. It seemed more than usual (but, I was also doing a bit of internal whining myself so it’s hard to say who was doing it more ;)). The irritation was present as he increased his demands using that voice. This went on for a few minutes. It was one of those moments that you love your child and you just want to be left alone.

Realizing this, I took a breathe. Centered. Gave myself a pep talk. It went something like this:ย  “I’ve got this. This isn’t a big deal. Embrace reality. What is actually happening right now? He is expressing himself and I experience that expression as whining. He also seems to be a bit uncomfortable.”

After this inner dialogue it was easier to step outside the annoyance and find acceptance. Then, a space of compassion arose as the upset began to dissolve.ย  I realized he was actually expressing what I was feeling. Toddlers are so great at this. Isn’t it ironic that I was whining about his whining in my head? ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, I knelt down on the floor and got eye to eye with him and slowly said: “It sounds like you’re uncomfortable. Can I help you with something? What are you needing?” We had a face to face chat and our morning went much smoother. Btw, I asked myself these same questions. I am growing as much as he is.

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for Brian’s support and love today. I am grateful for rest and relaxation. I am grateful for all the work my sweet body is doing. I am grateful for all the teachers that continually inspire me. I am grateful for my commitment even when I don’t feel like it. I am grateful for a clean kitchen (thanks to the hubby). I am grateful that most days I don’t feel this bad. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Bliss Diary – June 23, 2015

“Loving ourselves through the process of owning our story is the bravest thing we’ll ever do.” — Brene Brown

Nutrition:
morning delight tea (herbs/supplements)
bilberry kombucha + salad from salad barย  with some luluโ€™s chocolate maca love (herbs/supplements)
broccoli pureed soup + chicken + olives + raw wrap (herbs/supplements)

Movement:
*30 min toddler pace stroll
*5 min walk

Intention/Affirmation: See the good in everything. Get clear about what I want.

Body Goodness: I drove an hour to see one of my spiritual mentors today. She’s a colon therapist but actually a healer on all levels. Her presence and love have been a big part of my healing and growth. I’ve been seeing her for the last 12+ years. She is one of those people that makes you feel really good. Every time I walk out of her office I feel lighter, brighter and happier!

Without going into the details…she said that yes, the herbs are working. I am cleansing and got rid of some toxicity today. YAY! I get excited about these things. She also reminded me that as my body is removing toxins which can impact my mental and emotional state. So, now’s a good time to release negativity I might still be holding on to. Release and let it go, baby! ๐Ÿ™‚

Mind/Heart Goodness: After I saw Eloise I went and got a yummy salad and went to a park where I used to go when I lived there. It’s been years since I’ve been. It was one of my favorite spots to read and journal in my early twenties. I remember dreaming about what I wanted for my life. I even remember looking at the playground dreaming of someday being a mother.

I sat there today and had tears in my eyes. In so many ways I am living the life I envisioned. I had so much inspiration and enthusiasm with probably a good amount of doubt/fear back then. It felt really powerful with my feet on the earth feeling into how my journey has unfolded. So many invisible hands and doors opening along the path. Reminded me of this:

BILL MOYERS: Do you ever have the sense of… being helped by hidden hands?

JOSEPH CAMPBELL: All the time. It is miraculous. I even have a superstition that has grown on me as a result of invisible hands coming all the time – namely, that if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.

I ate my lunch and journaled on the question…If I had it all my way…what would I create? What would I do? I got this question from Alison ArmstronIMG_3276g from PAX. (Love her!). It was a dream jam session. I have so much more fun when I dream and expand and bring more magical and miraculous thinking to my days. ๐Ÿ™‚

Gratitude & Appreciation: I am grateful for all of Eloise’s healing, love and wisdom. I am grateful for my husband’s extra support today. I am grateful for functional doctors. I am grateful for all the pioneers leading the way in nutrition and health. I am grateful for my journal. I am grateful for Alison Armstrong. I will share more on her work soon. I am grateful for the bed I’m about to crawl into in! Yum!

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