How Grounding Helps Protect Your Cardiac Function For A Lifetime

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I painted this artwork out of a page in my old med school anatomy book!

 

 

Last week I wrote an article for you outlining how stress and trauma increases your risk for heart disease, but that this increased risk was reversible.  This week, let me give you one of the best tools I know for supporting heart health — that is through grounding.

Our hearts emit the strongest electromagnetic field of our entire body… thousands of times stronger than the electromagnetic field of our brains!  The human heart’s electromagnetic field is measured at about 100,000 times stronger electrically (and 5,000 times stronger magnetically) than the human brain.

This electomagnetic frequency that pulses out from your heart center is 100% in sync with and resonant with the Earth’s Heartbeat, the Schumann Frequency, and this is no coincidence, this is our natural design.  In the video below, I give you a very quick review of the medical literature that suggests exactly how connecting to the earth — and getting our heartbeat resonant with the earth’s heartbeat — supports our cardiovascular function.

From increasing our heart rate variability (the key to the health and resiliency of your heart function) to increasing the circulatory perfusion of our capillaries (the key to getting oxygen and nutrients to all the organs in your body) to decreasing our risk of blood clots (which reduces our risk of heart attack and stroke,) the earth is essential to keeping your cardiovascular system functioning well.

Just click on the video below (newsletter subscribers that don’t see the video embedded below can click here to watch this video on YouTube) and in less than 3 minutes I will walk you through the science behind this healing support:

 

 

 

 

Below, I walk you through the studies I mention in this video and give you links so that you can read them yourself. The four major ways grounding supports your cardiovascular system are:

 


 

 

 

 1. Boosted Circulation

 

The first study I want to tell you about was a double-blinded, placebo-controlled study of 40 patients.  All study participants had grounding electrodes connected to their feet, and while half of them were properly grounded for one hour, the other half were sham-grounded for one hour, with a cord that was not actually grounded.  The blood flow through the study participants’ facial skin capillaries was imaged continuously, in real time, for the entire hour.

Within minutes, all the grounded patients had significantly increased capillary blood flow in their facial skin, and the patients who were ungrounded had no change in their facial blood flow.  This is a real, nearly instantaneous physiologic change in the circulatory system all the way up from the grounded foot to the face.

This has ramifications for the beauty industry and the anti-aging industry, since enhanced blood flow through the skin in your face (and all over your body for that matter) helps stimulate fresh skin tissue and reverse signs of aging from the damage of toxins, additives, preservatives, makeups, environmental exposures, etc… that you are routinely exposed to day in and day out.

If you want to see the enhanced blood flow for yourself, I highly recommend that you watch the film “Heal For Free   — which you can watch right here on YouTube.  In this film, you can see first hand how a patient’s blood flow in the back of their eye changes dramatically after grounding through the bottom of the foot, just like the patients in the study above.  

This is a really beautiful way to capture what’s happening in the capillaries because the blood flow in the back of the retina looks very similar under the imaging study as it does in your skin, and all through every organ in your body. v The patient in this film had macular degenerative disease in the back of his eye, which is a disease that is usually irreversible, yet with grounding there was a significantly enhanced blood flow even to the damaged macula of his eye. 

The retinal specialist was in shock, never having seen an increase in blood flow through the retina once the blood flow had decreased… yet he was able to see significant improvement to the macula while the patient was grounded, rendering the physician almost speechless.  This response — of increased blood flow through capillaries while grounding — confirms the result of the original study in skin tissue and verifies that the same benefits of increased blood flow are found throughout the body, not just in the skin.

 


 

 

 

2.  Decreased Blood Viscosity

 

In this double-blinded, placebo-controlled study, researchers studied 28 participants who performed strenuous yoga exercises for an hour straight — half were grounded through a grounded yoga mat and half were sham-grounded through non-grounded yoga mats.  Participants did not know which yoga mats were grounded and which were not.  During the study, they cycled through a series of 10 strenuous yoga exercises over and over again, while their blood viscosity was measured.

Researchers found that the viscosity (the thickness) of the blood was decreased, so the blood actually ran more smoothly through their body and to their muscles while in use.  And not only did it run more smoothly through their muscles while their muscles were actively engaged and strenuously working hard, the blood flow was enhanced both systolically and diastolically.  That means when the heart was squeezing, the blood flow was enhanced and also when it was at rest between beats, the blood flow was still enhanced.

Decreasing blood viscosity right when you’re exercising, right when you need it, right when your muscles are contracting, speeds healing and repair and buffers any strain that’s being imposed on your muscles as you’re actively using them. (For more on how grounding supports muscle function, read this blog post. )

 

 


 

3.  Improved Heart Rate Variability

 

Heart rate variability (HRV) is one of the most important indicators of heart health.  HRV measures the variability between your heart beats, and an increased HRV is a fantastic indicator that your heart is healthy and is functioning well, being receptive, responsive, tuned into your autonomic nervous system… taking in information about the environment and the stressors that you’re under and responding directly to them.

There’s an innate connection and inter-responsiveness between your heart rate and your environment. This beautiful measurement in the rhythm and variation of your heart beat gives it a chance to respond to how much oxygen you need at any given moment, how much blood flow you need in your muscles or organs at any given moment.  When the HRV decreases (as it does during times of stress, after trauma, after a heart attack, after a heart transplant, in premature infants, in PTSD patients and much more) the heart reverts to a robotic beat with less variation.  It’s no longer in a relaxed, flexible state where you can change and respond to and adapt to your environment.

Instead, a low HRV means your heart is in robotic survival mode and this actually has been shown to decrease lifespan. It’s an indication of an increased mortality rate and heart failure risk, so physicians look at the HRV (particularly after a heart attack, heart transplant and premature birth) because it predicts the risk of death.  They also look at the HRV to predict a positive outcome as well, for example, there is a better prognosis in cancer patients with an increased HRV.   So a higher HRV enhances long term survivability, enhances recovery from major diseases, predicts a longer lifespan and decreases stress and wear and tear on the heart.

In the yoga grounding study mentioned above, participants who were grounded for 40 minutes during strenuous yoga exercises universally had their HRV increased, but the moment they stopped grounding, their HRV went back to baseline. This was statistically significant with every single patient, so when they were grounded, their HRV was enhanced, and when they were ungrounded, it wasn’t. 

Researchers followed that study with an even more recent study on the HRV in some of the most vulnerable human beings of all — premature infants in NICU incubators.  And here too, grounding boosted markers of survival, including HRV for these neonatal infants, confirming the results found in the original study.

 


 

 

 

 

4.  Less Red Blood Cell Clumping

 

The red blood cells that are in your blood have a connection and a responsiveness to being grounded that is awesome. It’s amazing to see how one system can be impacted by grounding, improved in multiple ways… the heart works better, the blood vessels deliver blood more easily, the viscosity of the blood goes down so it flows more freely, and now studies tell us that the red blood cells themselves are less likely to clot.  Here’s why:

The zeta potential represents the electrical potential on the outer membrane of your red blood cells. The more negative the zeta potential is, the more likely your blood cells are to flow smoothly. When the zeta potential increases, your blood cells are more likely to clot, clump together and aggregate, increasing the risk for stroke, heart attack and other clotting diseases.

So researchers measured the zeta potential of 10 patients, both before and after grounding them for two hours.  Ungrounded, the zeta potential of red blood cells was higher, making red blood cells more likely to clump together.  After two hours of grounding the zeta potential significantly decreased, allowing the red blood cells to flow freely and decrease the risk of clotting.  That’s really the goal of aspirin therapy, which more than one-third of all adults (and four out of five patients with heart disease) routinely take to reduce the risk of clots.  Grounding does this naturally… allowing blood to flow more smoothly, red blood cells to have a decreased zeta potential, heart rate variability to be enhanced, and the flow through the entire vasculature system to be boosted.

 

 

 

 

 

Want to read more grounding medical studies?

I’ve got an entire resource page for you right here that lists all the latest medical research on grounding as well as tons of free articles and videos I’ve created for you to help you understand what the studies are showing as well as actionable tips to incorporate grounding into your own life:

 

 

Grounding Medical Studies

 

 

Want to bring grounding into your daily life?

It’s way easier than you think, even if you live in a city, have no yard, live where there are tons of outdoor pests, where the weather is super cold, or even where it is super hot.

I highly recommend you start by simply reading a book I wrote for you on the immense health benefits of grounding and hundreds of ideas to get grounded outside no matter what the season or where you live:

 

 

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Want to ground indoors?

You absolutely can, but be sure to choose eco-friendly, ethically hand crafted, made-in-the-USA grounding tools that are non-toxic and biodegradable.

I highly recommend against using synthetic, non-breathable, vinyl “leatherette” grounding tools that are mass factory produced overseas and definitely not comfortable for your skin.  Plus, these plastic products will sit in a landfill for over 500 years… not a great way to thank our planet when we are reaching out to it to support our health.

I won’t carry those on my website, instead I recommend eco-friendly, environmentally conscious materials like hemp and organic cotton, and superior quality conductive elements like stainless steel.  This creates the longest lasting, most eco-friendly and non-toxic grounding tools on the planet, which are shipped with non-toxic, biodegradable packaging.  Healthy for you, healthy for the earth!

You can find these organic, eco-ethically crafted grounding tools right here:

 

 

 

 

To your natural, resilient, rebounding and adaptable health, and to the earth we all live on.  It’s a very beautiful healing relationship, and falling in love with our planet will not only change how you care for the world around you, but it will also directly boost your own health in the process.

xoxox, Laura

 

Heart Disease In Women As A Response To Trauma

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Today I have a very interesting new study to share with you, published just this year on March 17, 2021 in JAMA Cardiology.  Most studies on heart disease focus on the male population, so this one really caught my eye — specifically focusing on the link between heart disease in women with a history of trauma.

Looking at almost 400,000 women, researchers identified women diagnosed with PTSD and matched them to age and cardiovascular risk correlated female controls with no history of PTSD.  They then looked at ischemic heart disease outcomes, including new onset coronary artery disease, angina or heart attack (myocardial infarction) over a 5 year follow up period.

Researchers found that a history of PTSD in younger females increased the risk of developing subsequent heart disease by almost 60%.  Yuck.  A history of trauma increased the risk of lasting heart health issues long term.

To me, this study serves to underscore how very strongly our mental and emotional state affect our well being.  But you already knew that if you subscribe to my newsletter, because years ago I told you about a medical study published in Lancet in 2017 that suggests why there is a direct correlation between stress and heart attack.

 

 

 

It turns out, increased brain activity in the area of emotional processing (the amygdala) directly increases the risk of cardiovascular events.  This study was the first to show that increased amygdala activity in humans strongly predicts cardiovascular events such as stroke, heart attack and angina.

In other words, the emotional center of our brain is connected to our heart health.  That’s because of the amygdala.  The amygdala is responsible for processing emotions, survival instincts and memory.  And that literally sums up how stress feels: it’s an increased emotional load, a feeling of being overwhelmed when trying to navigate a stressful situation, and traumatic memories from the past that all get linked up with traumatic present experiences — which come together to increase the metabolic activity in your amygdala.

 

The Study (published Jan 11, 2017 in Lancet):

  • 293 patients underwent full body PET/CT scans at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, MA
  • Resting metabolic activity in the amygdala, bone marrow and arterial walls were measured
  • Increased resting metabolic activity in the amygdala was strongly correlated with increased bone marrow activity, increased arterial inflammation, and increased risk of cardiovascular events (stroke, MT, or angina) during an average follow up period of 3 1/2 years.
  • In a follow up study, researchers examined 13 patients with PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) who underwent PET scans and filled out a Stress Scale Questionnaire (PSS-10)
  • They found that high levels of self rated stress correlated with increase in amygdala activity, higher levels of arterial inflammation, and higher levels of the blood inflammatory marker: C-reactive protein.

 

Based on these studies, researchers now believe that it is actually the brain activity of the amygdala (and emotional stress in particular) that links stressful events with cardiovascular disease — causing increased hemopoietic tissue activity (in the bone marrow, where blood is made) and increased vascular inflammation, both which directly increase cardiovascular disease and up the risk of stroke, heart attack and angina.

Researchers suggest that it is this increased activation of the emotional amgydala area of the brain that raises the risk for heart disease and stroke.  So chronic emotional stress raises the baseline metabolic rate of this particular area of the brain, which strongly and directly raises the risk factor for cardiovascular events.

The link between stress and heart attack, stroke, and angina is so pronounced that researchers are advocating stress levels to be considered an independent risk factor for heart disease, along with other cardiac risk factors such as age, smoking history, and family history of heart disease.

 

 

But the good news is this: treat the stress and you can potentially prevent heart attack in the first place.  A study published on April 5, 2016 in Circulation suggests that this actually has real world applications.  Researchers followed over 150 patients who were assigned to have cardiac rehab care following a cardiac event, and found that by adding stress management skills into their cardiac rehab program they were able to slash the rate of future cardiac events in a 5 year follow up period in half!

So if reducing stress reduces the risk of subsequent heart attack by 50%, now we know why:  stressful brain activity is directly correlated with cardiovascular events.  Reduce the stress response in the brain, reduce heart disease in the body.

On an energetic level, as an intuitive physician I can confirm this..,. you can protect the longevity of your heart on a medical, spiritual, emotional and energetic level if you simply release the barriers stress has placed around your heart.  To help show you this, I tore a page out of my old med school anatomy book and painted it for you:

 

 

(this original artwork has sold.)

 

 

We have a heart to pump blood (and thereby deliver oxygen and nutrients) to every part of our body.  It’s function is absolutely critical to life.  The heart is composed of a mass of muscle cells who’s function is to work together to deliver the vital nutrients, oxygen and fluids in our blood to our entire organism.

But what is the one thing your heart needs in order to do all this, in order to function at all?  Flexibility.

The heart’s strength is it’s flexibility.

If your heart is boxed in, walled up, protected… it’s not flexible at all.  It’s brittle.  It can’t work.  It absolutely needs to have flexibility — it’s walls broken down, removed — in order to maintain it’s strength.

This is exactly what happens with our heart physically.  As a response to chronic inflammation, our blood vessels become coated with plaques (atherosclerosis) but these plaques, instead of strengthening our vessels, actually strangulate them.

The more coated, the thicker the walls, the higher the risk of heart attack.

The heart is pure muscle, pure power, pure strength… and it uses it’s core strength, which is the strength of flexibility, to function.  It uses muscular contractions to deliver it’s heartsong… oxygen, nutrition, nurturing, love, joy, and freedom… to the entire body.  This is the power of the heart, when it is full of love, infused with life, flexible, bending and free.

If your heart is hardened, if you are protecting yourself by building walls, if you are living life defensively, how can your heart spread joy and health freely to your entire body?

Your heart can not feed your body if it is strangled by the walls you have built.  Lightness, joy, love… these are the emotional vibrations that keep your heart flexible and strong.  These are the antidotes to any hardening of your heart you might be feeling.

Break down the immobile walls that we naturally build as we protect ourselves along the path of our life.  Protecting ourselves comes at a price.  Building walls brings a brittleness, a false strength that can suffocate that which you are trying to protect.

With your own flexibility gone, you lose your power.  Far more powerful is the heart that can open fully and contract fully… that can feel fully.

So the first step, find what barriers you have built.

Allow them to soften.

Your ability to yield to life and it’s inevitable pleasures and joy and sorrows and pain, with as little resistance as possible,  will make you stronger.

If your heart is feeling brittle, limited, stiff, hardened, or empty, nurture your own heart first.  Begin with flexibility.  Allow your thoughts to expand, give yourself the flexibility to allow multiple points of view, the vulnerability to be hurt, and the strength to bounce back even stronger.

Give yourself a little love.  A little softness.  A little forgiveness.  A little flexibility.

Flexibility is what makes your heart strong.  Powerful flexibility of the heart is what feeds your entire body, infusing it with life sustaining nutrition, oxygen, and fluids.

Here is another artwork I created using my same med school anatomy book, this time showing you the pathway towards restoring heart health.  I added one of my favorite Rumi quotes to it to remind us to focus on flexibility and openness to restore heart health:

 

 

 

 

So, with the focus on flexibility and embracing our core strength by being open and pliable… where can our hearts take us?

To the very opposite of being constricted, walled in, brittle… expansion, pure expansion!

Our hearts are the center of our ability to expand… expand beyond just ourselves, and beyond just our limited experience, and expand beyond just this situation.

We can feel our connection to others, and our eternal nature.  Our heart center expands outwards in a powerful, measurable energy field, right from the center of our being.  In fact, our heart’s energy field is actually bigger than our brain’s measurable energy field.

You can literally feel this in your body.  Have you ever sat, focusing on something that made you so happy that you literally felt your heart grow larger and larger and larger still?

Have you ever felt that your chest was going to explode, your heart energy got so big?

Have you ever felt your heart vibration reach past your chest, past your body, reach into the space around, to the people around you, to the universe around you?

It feels so good, and it feels so good because it is the healthy state of being connected to all of the energy around you.

You are dropping the limited barriers of what defines *you* and reaching out to *all that is*… in this state, you are pure, positive joy.  In this state, you have blown up all the barriers around your heart, the ones that you built to *protect you* that actually harm you… they are dissolved and meaningless.

You are greater than this one moment in time, this one body, this one lifetime.

Through your heart, you can expand past any problem, any limitation.  Through your heart, you can connect to all that is physical and non-physical around you.  Through your heart, you can *feel* the eternal connections that you can’t physically see with your eyes.

 

 

 

Your heart is an amazing electrically activated organ, designed to pump nutrition and health throughout your entire body.  It’s designed to pump joy and love throughout your entire being.  It’s entire function is dependent on it’s ability to translate energetic impulses into a functional push of the blood throughout your body.

But do not limit your heart to what it physically can do.  Do not regard it as a piece of muscle designed to transport blood. Instead, really *feel* the entire purpose of it’s design.  It is the one organ, more than any other, that connects your entire body together — infusing every single organ system with life giving nutrients.  It reaches every tissue, every surface, every organ.  Through it’s immense meshwork of vasculature, your heart is one of complete and utter connection.

Of expansion.

Physically expanding to reach every single cell in your body… and emotionally, expanding your life force from the core of you to the universe around you.

To strengthen and expand your feelings of health and joy, remember back to those experiences where you feel your heart expanding, and seek to find those more often.

I felt them most intensely as a new mom, holding my babies.  I can bring back that feeling any time I wish by remembering what it was like to hold them in my arms.  To love on them.  To take care of them.  To adore them.

Recall your own times when your have felt your heart swell and reach for that feeling as often as you can.  In this state you are realizing that the walls you build around your body and mind are no longer helpful, but instead, are constricting.

 

 

 

 

This picture was taken over a dozen years ago, my kids are now all grown up and off to college… yet when I sit in appreciation for my children I can literally still feel my heart pound against my chest just like it did when they were little… expanding through my entire body, then out of my body, pulsing into the universe and connecting me to a greater love.

It is in these moments that I *know* I am tapped in to something more than just myself. And it is in these moments that I know my connection to my children is eternal.

Do what you can, today, to find a moment like this and savor it.

You have just found your heartsong.

Every moment you spend in that state, you spend in the state of pure and absolute health.

 

 

 

 

If you have built up walls around your heart as a response to trauma, you are not alone.  This is totally normal and you absolutely can release them.  I can help you.

If you want more guidance on releasing the damage that past traumas have caused to your health, please join into my upcoming Trauma Resiliency class. I designed this course to help protect the longevity and health of your body, so that you can move forward with resiliency instead of holding on to wounds you have endured.   As today’s medical literature reveals, by releasing stress you can literally protect your body’s health — even reducing your risk of heart attack.

You can actually become healthier after trauma if you simply know how to process and release it instead of ignoring it.  I’m right here to help you with this.  Sign up here to reserve your spot now, class starts on September 6th

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Offered with much love…

xoxox, Laura

How Grounding Mitigates Trauma And Protects Your Body From Long Term Stress

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Living with stress has serious long term implications on our health.  But it doesn’t have to.

It’s natural for our bodies to go through times of trauma and stress and then rebound to full health.  There are lots of things you can do to mitigate stress and trauma and prevent them from leaving lasting imprints on your body that ultimately deteriorates your health.

Which is important, because if we don’t release the traumas and stressors that we experience, our cells, organs, tissues and physical body as a whole literally changes.

This is the study of epigenetics — and I’ve seen it play out in clinical medicine over and over again:  trauma governs what genes are turned on and turned off, how genes are expressed and used, and literally changes the way the human body functions.

 

 

 

 

If you are feeling the physical effects of trauma or prolonged stress, please know it’s not in your head — your body is literally physically different after prolonged stress and trauma.  This is normal and reversible.

I’m so aware of how acute and prolonged stress affects our health that I’ve written many previous articles on this for you, such as:

 

Today I’m specifically talking about one of the easiest ways to mitigate trauma and stress as it occurs, and that is through grounding.

Watch this quick 8 min video below to see exactly why grounding is in a unique position to erase stress from your physical tissues, and why I feel that grounding is an absolutely mandatory part of a trauma healing plan:

 

Trauma Recovery With Grounding

(click the link above to watch the video directly on YouTube)

 

 

 

Here is an overview of what I say in the video above:

Acute stress causes a physical reaction:

  • your muscles become tense
  • your heart rate is elevated and circulation is constricted
  • your digestion shuts down and mouth gets dry
  • your adrenaline & cortisol surge
  • your sleep is disrupted

 

Long term this leads to:

  • pain from muscle tension in the form of chronic tension headaches, tooth grinding & TMJ, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia and other pain syndromes
  • heart disease, increased risk of heart attack and stroke
  • inflammatory disorders of the gut, malabsorption, heartburn, reflux, irritable bowel
  • an increased risk of autoimmune disorders
  • adrenal fatigue, circadian rhythm disturbance, sex hormone imbalance, even early menopause or menstrual irregularities
  • insomnia, memory problems, structural brain changes

 

Grounding directly addresses these issues, providing you with:

  • a near instantaneous decrease in muscle tension
  • improved heart rate variability (HRV) and enhanced circulation
  • boosted digestion and vagal tone
  • decreased inflammation
  • normalized cortisol levels
  • and deeper, more restorative sleep

 

 

 

If you have ever felt the relief of grounding, then you already know how supportive it can be and how resilient it helps your body feel.  Literally helping to center you no matter what is going on in your life, no matter how stressed out you feel, even in the midst of a panic attack, the earth is waiting out there to center and support you.

It’s so good that it is a crucial component for treating long term pain… if you’d like to hear me talk more about that, you may enjoy this video I recorded several years ago during a medical conference on treating pain:

 

 

 

Why You Are Still In Chronic Pain & 5 Ways To Fix It

 

There are several other key things — beyond grounding — that you can do to release stress and trauma before it triggers PTSD and other traumatic sequela in the body.  I go into each one in depth in my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery online class that starts in three weeks.

If you want to protect your current health from the ill effects of living through the largest pandemic in recent history, you want to be a part of this class.

If the current stress we are under now is triggering old wounds, old scars, bringing up PTSD or other trauma symptoms from past events you have survived… you want to be a part of this class.

In fact, if you notice that you are having a harder time dealing with the stressors that this global pandemic has caused than some of your other friends or loved ones, there is good reason.

If you’ve had a history of trauma, or a history of greater stressors in your life before the coronavirus circled the globe (such as serious illness or injury, death of a loved one, divorce, unemployment, financial struggles, legal troubles, etc…) than recent medical studies prove that this pandemic actually is harder on you than those without a history of trauma.

We’ve known for a while that a history of trauma makes subsequent traumas more likely to cause PTSD:

  •  A study published in 1999 showed that a history of trauma increases the risk of getting PTSD with a subsequent trauma
  • A study published in 2008 backed this up by finding that a history of trauma increases not only the risk of getting PTSD but also the risk of developing depression (Major Depressive Disorder, also known as MDD) when faced with a new trauma.
  • And now, a study published in June 2020  looked at folks with a history of trauma and their response to a natural disaster — a major earthquake that struck the coast of Chile, killing over 500 people and displacing over 800,000 people.  Researchers found that individuals who had 4 or more pre-disaster stressors had a significantly greater chanced of developing PTSD than those with no pre-disaster stressors.

They also found that having even one single predisaster stressor increased the chance of developing depression, and that every single additional predisaster stressor increased the odds of having a major depressive episode significantly higher.

Their conclusion was that having a history of stressors actually gives you stress sensitization, making you more vulnerable to the negative effects of a new trauma (including natural disasters, like our current pandemic) and increasing your risk of mental health issues.

This is particularly important to know in the midst of a pandemic, as it might help explain why naturally you may be feeling more overwhelm in the face of this global crisis than some of your other friends or family members who don’t have a history of stressors or trauma.

While it might make you feel better to know that your history of having major life stressors and traumas makes it completely natural and expected for this pandemic to be hitting you in a deeper way than it is hitting others, you deserve some good news.

Is there good news with trauma?

Actually, yes.

 

 

 

 

The largest meta-analysis to date on trauma recovery (looking at data from over 11,000 relevant medical studies) suggests that the best long term recovery after trauma is simply talking about it, no medication required.

Published in JAMA Psychiatry on June 12, 2019, reasearchers looked at direct comparisons between talk therapy (psychotherapy) and drug therapy (pharmacological treatments) in patients with PTSD.

  • They found that in the long term, talk therapy helped more, being slightly superior to drug therapy both immediately following treatment and in long term follow up.
  • The studies they looked at ranged from 2 months to 6 months long, and this meta-analysis showed there was no advantage to using drugs in recovering from PTSD.
  • This means that drugs are now no longer recommended for first line treatment of trauma, as there is no indication that they are beneficial.

While I am certainly not against the use of medications when they are needed, they should be used sparingly and either short term (as they do not show any long term advantage) or only for patients who don’t find improvement after talk therapy alone.

Be encouraged by this. Because this means that the vast majority of folks can be helped — and helped best — by talking about trauma instead of medicating it away.

Connect with others.  Reach out for help.  Don’t feel like you are going crazy and don’t feel like you must go it alone.

We all have trauma, we all do.  But if your history of trauma is making this pandemic harder on you than on others, you can absolutely get through it.  There is long term benefit from connecting to others and speaking about it.

 

 

 

The medical literature is clear… just communicating about trauma is every bit as healing (or even more healing) than all the best medications we have to treat trauma.

So simply joining a class, talking to a therapist, or connecting with others to heal can be just what you need to feel better than you have ever felt.

And here’s the best part:  those who move through trauma can actually be healthier than those who never went through any trauma at all.

It’s incredible to believe that trauma can actually strengthen your health but it is true.

In my Trauma Resilency & Recovery Class I go over the medical literature that reveals that trauma can actually be adaptive and empowering, and I show you all the tools to use trauma to boost your own health in ways you never could have imagined possible.

 

 

 

I developed this class based on my extensive research into the best of what the medical literature tells us about how to release trauma once and for all and become healthier for it.

No matter what you have gone through, you absolutely do have the ability to rebound from from it and create a new normal and a new health set point.  Everybody does.  Your body naturally wants to bounce back to full and complete wellness… mind, body and spirit.

I’ll give you the tools to get there and walk with you through it.  Class emails come directly into your inbox so that you can start healing, right from the safety and comfort of your own home.  Join this course by clicking right here today.

And check in with others that you love that you know face significant stressors and might benefit from taking this trauma healing class right alongside you.  Forward them this email and have them sign up alongside you.  Together we can find relief.

 

 

 

Moving onwards and upwards…

xoxoxo, Laura


Sudden Loss and Unexpected Grief… Holistic Ways To Help Your Body Find Relief

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I recently became a Death Doula.

You would think as a physician we would be taught in detail about the death and dying process in medical school, but we weren’t.  Not at all.

We were taught how to pronounce someone dead, how to preform advanced life support to try to stave off death, how to sign a death certificate… but never about the intricacies of it: what the body feels and experiences as the soul prepares to leave it, what the dying process looks like, what order the organ systems shut down in and how that looks and feels, how long afterwards it takes for the body to have the soul no longer palpable in it, how to make the process more meaningful for the person transitioning on, how to make the process more meaningful for the loved ones still here, how to care for the body in the immediate hours after death, the meaningful experiences folks who have technically died and then returned to live have to say about the death process, and so much more about the possibilities — and the healing — that go hand in hand with the death experience.  To learn these things, I had to find my own education by other death doulas and death midwives (this one is my fav.)

What I found, is that like most big changes, death brings with it many opportunities to find deeper fulfillment.  I’ve seen many patients greet death with joy, surprise, wonderment, love and even gratitude.  Don’t count out the possibility that death may very well be one of your favorite phases of your life.   If you’d like to read more about my experiences with life after death, read this blog post here.

But of course, for those of us left behind, there is great sorrow and grief.

No one likes to feel separated from those they love most, from those they love even a bit, from those that they had a complicated relationship with, from those they had unresolved issues with… it’s hard to be separate, which is why I feel there is so much joy in the re-connection.  The joining of each of our souls with all the souls that have gone before us.  I am so enamored by the joy that the dying person feels as they reconnect with the vast oneness of it all that I’ve painted it several times for you — this painting sold (although prints are available for you right here)  so I recently painted this new version:

A Soul’s Welcome

 

 

I painted all the beautiful multitude of souls that await you, that have gone first, that surround you.  I truly believe no one ever dies alone, no matter what it looked like on earth as they passed.  There is great love surrounding us all and we see this most clearly as the journey towards the death transition unfolds.

 

 

So I added a golden, gilded pathway… painted on with gold paint so that it shines and lights the way.  I believe walking this golden path is what the death process looks and feels like — all that is needed from us is to relax into it, moment by moment stepping forward into what is, what awaits, what appears.

If you like this painting you can find the original artwork right here, I’d love to send it to you.

If you’ve experienced a sudden loss then you know first hand how it knocks your feet right out from under you.  Whether from the death of a loved one, a trauma, a job loss or divorce, severe illness, surgery, or any other unexpected change, it can be hard to endure… both emotionally and physically.

Below I offer some concrete help for specific grief symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, fatigue, sadness and decreased appetite.   I am also running — for the only time in 2021 so please join me! — my Trauma Recovery & Resiliency online class next month.  Sign up here and let’s get you feeling centered again.

Meanwhile, here are some ideas of holistic things you can do to support your journey through the transformation of grief:

Holistic Ideas For Moving Through Grief Symptoms:

 


 

1. Depressed Mood

 

Feeling down or depressed while grieving should remind you to prioritize TLC for your body, and give yourself plenty of restorative time to allow it to lift.  Here are some holistic ways to help the process along:

  • Eat chocolate —  Yep, it’s true.  Published on July 29, 2019 in Depression and Anxiety, researchers found that dark chocolate consumption significantly reduced a patients chance of feeling depressive symptoms for a 24 hour period of time.  Looking at over 13,000 patients, researchers found that eating any amount of dark chocolate decreased depressive symptoms by 70% over patients who did not consume chocolate in the previous 24 hours.  Oh my gosh… if I could give you a Rx drug that was 70% effective in taking away depressive symptoms for 24 hours, we’d literally all be fighting to get it, some might even advocate for putting it in our water supply, ha-ha.  Now imagine if this miracle drug tasted just like chocolate. Now imagine it wasn’t a drug at all and it was just simply chocolate itself. Wish come true, that’s what they found.
  • Supplement with Zinc —   In the December 15, 2013, the medical journal Biological Psychiatry published the results of a huge study that found that zinc supplementation can effectively reverse depression… and that zinc added to antidepressant therapy may produce more rapid and more effective improvement in symptoms of depression than without zinc supplementation.
  • Add Probiotics — The natural flora of the gut is diminished in depression, so restoring the natural vitality and variety of healthy organisms in the digestive tract is a very powerful way to improve outcome in depression. A study published on Nov 15, 2013 in Biological Psychiatry, showed decreased depression when participants received probiotic supplements for 30 days, and another study reported clinically significant improvement in mood when participants ate probiotic-containing yogurt for 3 weeks.
  • Consume Omega 3 Fatty Acids — shown in many different studies to impact brain health… from improving symptoms in ADHD, protecting brain volume as we age, and decreasing postpartum blues, omega fatty acids are a must have to soothe and support your entire body inside and out, from skin to brain.
  • Take Vit D — The link between low levels of Vit D and depression have long been established, but newer research suggests that Vitamin D supplements, taken for 12 weeks, can reverse depressed mood.  Most of us are Vit D deficient, so if you are experiencing depressed mood this is a great time to give Vit D supplements a try!  Read more about these medical studies here.
  • Sleep —  A study presented at the31st Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep SocietiesAbstract 0335 in June 2017 showed that patients who were medically treated for depression but did not sleep well were three times less likely to recover from depression, and that sleeping 7 hours or more nightly actually tripled the rates of full resolution of depression.  In the study, 62% of patients who received help for insomnia and got at least 7 hours of sleep nightly had their depression fully resolve, compared to 42% of patients sleeping 6 hours a night and only 18% of patients sleeping 5 hours a night. In other words, more sleep = higher chance of recovery in depression

 

2. Sadness

 

Sadness needs to physically flow through the body in order to release.  You must *feel* the sorrow.  Don’t try to resist it or put it off, instead get into the state of allowing the flow using this one simple trick: water.

Water is the ultimate medium of flow on earth, and comprises the majority of our body. In fact, water is the body’s natural choice of release as well, in the form of tears. Tears often help facilitate the flow of sorrow through the body and allows it to release more easily. So one tip is — allow the tears.  Let the water of your tears release your sorrow and lift it from your body.

Can’t cry?  You can still use the power of water to help facilitate the release of your sorrow, worry or grief:

  • Use a hot water bottle full of warm water and hold it on your body where you are feeling the sorrow (chest, abdomen, neck, back…) and breathe into the sensation
  • Take a long hot bath (add some baking soda and apple cider vinegar to turn it into a detoxing experience)
  • Sit in a warm shower and envision the water carrying your sorrow down the drain for you
  • Use steam/humidifiers to help hydrate your head, clearing out the old mental fog and allowing room for the new
  • Drink water — hydrate hydrate hydrate during times of worry or sorrow more than any other time of your life. Let your body be flushed out inside and out and with every urination or bowel movement recognize you are flushing the old energy down the drain and making way for new healing

 


 

 

3. Fatigue

 

The feeling of heavy fatigue or during grief means your body needs a break… NOW.  Not later.  You must to honor this sensation/symptom for the important information it is providing instead of ignoring or resisting it.
Fatigue and depression show up to alert us that we are in a time of healing/repair and not in a time of action.

Help it by:

  • Low intensity exercise — respect your body’s need to slow down. Now is not the time for strenuous exercise… honor caring for your body in gentle ways such as yoga, stretching, long slow walks through nature.
  • Get help — you don’t need to do it all alone. Ask for help. Call a friend. Lean on family to help with some of the burdens you are seeking relief from.  Flag down a neighbor and just simply and literally ask for help.
  • Passive body work. Your body needs to get into receiving mode and not giving mode. Your giving mode is burnt out. What I’ve noticed is that most people who struggle with fatigue are the givers who are giving to everybody but themselves. You DESERVE to give your body the message that there is a time to stop and receive. Get a massage, acupuncture, reiki, physical therapy, a facial, a haircut. Anything that is a passive process for you — let others actively help move that energy through your body and help you on your way to release it.
  • Deeper sleep at night… see below

 


 

 

4.  Sleeplessness

 

You absolutely, 100% NEED deep, restorative sleep!  It’s non-negotiable… poor sleep causes memory impairment, decreased life span, weight gain, worsened anxiety and other debilitating mood disturbances, increased risk of dementia and an increased incidence of Alzheimers, widespread brain atrophy and much much more!

Here are some ways to get that much needed, deep restorative sleep you absolutely NEED to make your way through the process of grief:

  • Grounding — connecting to the earth has been shown in sleep studies to increase the amount of time we spend in deep sleep, as well as treat jet lag and other circadian rhythm disturbances.  Sleeping with a grounding product will support your body’s healing process from head to toe, all night long… find my favorite indoor grounding products in my Grounding Boutique right here.
  • Melatonin — Taken as the sun sets (not 1 hour before bedtime as printed on the label, but whenever the sun actually, literally goes down — this is when it’s most biologically critical for your body to get a melatonin boost) allows sleep to be deeper and more restorative.
  • Daily activity — simply getting up every single hour of the waking day and walking for a bit (instead of spending several hours in a row inactive) just might be the best gift you could ever give your body.
  • Develop a nightly routine — turn off all the lights, make sure there are no computer screens or clock faces or nightlights lighting up the room while you sleep, and drink a soothing cup of warm milk, sleepytime tea, or take a hot bath to relax your body and transition into bed.  More on this in a blog post I wrote for you right here.
  • Sleep with an external source of warmth — we all have a deep seated, cellular need to be connected to others while we sleep — it comes from the caveman days of sleeping in groups to help increase survival. So especially if you have recently lost a spouse, a pet, or a loved one that you are used to sleeping with, insonmia might be a real struggle. Fulfill your instinct to sleep share by sleeping with a hot water bottle (the warmth provides that deep comfort your body is craving) or with a loved pet or pray to loved ones and angels to surround you as you sleep each night so you go to bed feeling connected and supported.

 


5. Anxiety

 

Anxiety is a very active state, where you have lots of energy building up inside, and the answer to this (as in all emotions) is to really allow the flow to open up and release it to find relief.

With the energetic state of anxiety you generally need to get into a more active state of allowing, in contrast to the passive allowing state required by sadness, grief, depression and fatigue.

Anxiety states respond to active release… so give some of these a try:

  • Meditation — this is a very active and aware state that puts you in the perfect open-but-alert mind-frame necessary for relief. Focus on taking 3 deep breaths in and out and choose a mantra for the in breathe and the out breath. If you can do 5 breaths, do 5. Work up to 10, 20, 50 breaths of focused openness:

breathing in: I am lovable
breathing out: I am loved
breathing in: I am safe
breathing out: I am taken care of by God
breathing in: I am protected
breathing out: I am healing

  • Movement and exercise — moving the body and quieting the mind is the goal of many gentle, healing practices such as yoga, tai chi, qigong. If your energy feels more intense and will not allow you to settle down enough to do those types of exercise, honor your body’s need for active processing by something a bit more intense like pilaties, karate, kick boxing, or going on a long jog.
  • Give to others — unlike depression and fatigue, the gift of anxiety is the gift of having energy to give and express… and one of the best way to off-gas this is to give to others in need. Volunteer at a cause that is meaningful to you, start a year of gratitude (doing one act of thankfulness to loved ones or strangers each week and record it in a gratitude journal) or just go out into the world each day asking that you be shown a way you can be of service. The point here is not to add any more stress into your life — do not do anything that doesn’t feel right. This is not a burden, it’s a very simple way to get rid of extra energy/tension. Consider doing simple things that don’t require a lot of preparation but will allow you to actively process and off gas extra energy. For example, walk along a road in your neighborhood and pick up litter for an hour after dinner. Pick up an extra pizza on your way home from work and give the extra one to a construction crew as you pass (this is my daughter’s favorite “gratitude attack”) or head to your local SPCA and take some of the dogs on a walk each weekend. In fact…
  • Care for a pet — caring for a pet is the perfect way to allow your energy to flow in a loving and active, yet low stress way. Simply walking your dog every day, spending 30 minutes petting your cat while she purrs on your chest, whistle to a pet bird and teach him your favorite TV show theme song… study after study has shown that pets improve our health simply by being in our lives. During times of anxiety and frustration, loving on a pet a little extra each day gives a heart-centered but simple way to open our heart chakras and allow excess energy to flow.

 


 

6.  Decreased appetite

 

It’s important to consume nutrient dense food even when your appetite is low-to-gone.  Your body needs healthy fats and protien in order to keep up it’s immune system and help get you through the intense and often exhausting grieving process.

Just when you don’t feel like eating at all is right when you need the nutritional support the most.  So here are three tips to help you stay healthy even when your appetite has left:

  • Hydrate — it’s really important to at least stay well hydrated during emotional times. Although you can go for days without eating, you can not survive for days without water. Drink non-fluoridated, fresh, filtered water and drink drink drink some more. If you simply you can’t eat a single bite… drink a glass of water and take a deep breath and stay well hydrated.
  • Gentle movement — while it is okay to want to curl up and not move while you are hurting, it’s also important to make sure you get gentle activity each day — going on a daily walk in nature is the best therapy. The movement stimulates gut perastalsis and will help gently nudge your appetite back into place.
  • Nutrient dense foods — when all you feel like eating is a few small bites, make every bite count. There is a reason folks deliver nourishing bone broths like chicken noodle soup to loved ones who aren’t feeling well… the healthy fats and minerals in bone broth is nurtirtionally sound and will help keep your immunity high (see side bar). Other options include easily digestible casseroles, stews, organic nuts and peanut butter (when my kids just don’t want to eat, we compromise on a scoop or two of organic peanut butter), healthy fats such as avadodo and coconut oil, organic yogurt, and organic butter (a comforting warm grilled cheese sandwhich with organic cheese and grilled in organic butter is wonderful, especially alongside a cup of bone broth!)

 

If your grief is particularly intense, lasting longer than a few months or accompanied by suicidal thoughts… or you simply want the support of a counsellor… be sure to seek professional help by a medical or mental health practitioner who is experienced in grief counseling.

There absolutely is a way to the other side of grief… you will get there… ask for help when you need to and healing will happen.

 

Want more direct support from me?

Sign up for my Trauma Resiliency & Recovery Class by clicking over here right now to save your spot.  And don’t forget to share this healing idea list by forwarding this blog post to your loved ones too!

With much love, faith, and encouragement to you in your healing journey… and happiness over the unconditional support that awaits us all when it is our turn to transition onwards…

xoxoxo, Laura

Want To Give Fasting A Try? That’s Awesome & Here’s How.

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This is the third and last blog post on losing weight easily and naturally — and that’s because this is the very last week you can sign up to join my in my 5 day Weight Reset Class!

This last one will be a quick intro to fasting — a great lifestyle modification that has long term benefits that are hard to beat: decreased heart attack risk, decreased diabetes risk, decreased cancer recurrence rates, even boosted longevity.  I review all of these benefits for you right here.

 

Nighttime Fasting

 

Fasting at night is the easiest way to fast, even easier than daytime fasting.  After all, every night as we sleep we naturally enter a mini-fasting period without even trying, and then we *break-the-fast* with breakfast each morning.  And if you can simply prolong the amount of time you spend fasting at night — just by not snacking after dinnertime — you can have a profound impact on your health.

Increasing the time spent fasting at night — from 12 hours to 14 hours a night — was found to promote clinically significant weight loss, as well as to improve fasting blood glucose levels, researchers found in this study, published in Nutrition & Diabetes in Jan 2021.

Another study found that fasting for 13 hours a night reduced the risk of breast cancer.  Researchers followed thousands of patients for over a decade and published those results on March 31, 2016 in JAMA Oncology. They found that the patients who ate at night had a 36% higher rate of breast cancer recurrence as well as higher HbA1C levels, along with significantly less restorative sleep.  But, by simply increasing the length of nightly fasting to 13 hours or more, subjects enjoyed significantly lowered HbA1C levels, increased sleep length at night, and decreased cancer recurrence rates.

This medical study, published in Aging Research Reviews in 2017 found that fasting may play a role in preventing and reversing chronic disease, even when total nutritional intake isn’t altered at all.  In other words, these researchers suggest that you can literally improve your health just by restricting when you eat, even if you eat the exact same foods, in exact same quantity each day.

This suggests to me that if you don’t like dieting, and want to choose foods and food quantities freely, you might consider simply shortening the window that you eat them in and you are likely to still enjoy significant health benefits.

 

 

 

 

Daytime Fasting

 

Love to eat at night?  Feel stressed out at the thought of fasting all night long?  You may just be in luck!  If you are willing to fast during the day instead, you may be able to eat freely at night and still enjoy tremendous benefits.

This medical study, published in the Journal of Proteomics in April 2020, found that subjects who ate only at night (fasting during the daylight hours) had massive health benefits.  Odd but effective…. researchers followed patients who ate only during nighttime hours for one month.

After only 30 days, they had significant improvements in blood glucose and lipids levels, boosted anti-cancer blood markers, improvements to their circadian rhythm, improved markers of DNA repair, boosted immunity, even improved cognitive function!  All with just one month of eating only when the sun was down.  Fasting from sun up to sun set… simple enough.

 

 

 

 

Fasting vs. Dieting

 

How does fasting intermittently stack up to dieting every single day?

It turns out, they both provide health benefits and similar weight loss results, so whichever one is easier for you to stick with is the one you should do!

Published in the JAMA Network on July 20, 2018, researchers randomly assigned 137 adults to either a program of intermittent fasting two days a week or to a continuous calorie restricted diet.

    • Fasting group:  Two days a week caloric intake was restricted to 500 – 600 calories a day, and eating their normal diet the other five days a week.
    • Diet group:  Calorie intake was restricted to 1200 – 1500 kcal/day every single day.

Participants were followed for an entire year, and monitored to see what changes these two diet plans made to their weight, body mass and fat composition, HbA1C levels, lipid levels and more.

What did they find?  Both groups had an equivalent reduction in HbA1C levels over the course of one year, both groups required less oral hypoglycemic drugs over the course of the year, and the intermittent fasting group was able to use significantly lower insulin amounts than the daily dieting group.

Both groups had a significant weight loss: participants who dieted every day lost an average of 11 pounds during the study.  Excitingly, the group who intermittently fasted lost even more: an average of 15 pounds during the study.

Both groups had an equivalent decrease in body fat, both groups had equivalently lowered serum lipid levels, and both groups had a similar compliance rate, with similar drop out rates.

So if you find dieting difficult, fasting two days a week and eating normally the other five days a week is every bit as good as dieting every single day… and may even result in a bigger weight loss.

In other words, it should be up to your personal preference in what you can stick with more easily:  if it’s easier for you to fast twice a week and eat your normal foods freely the other 5 days a week — do that!

If it’s easier for you to maintain a daily calorie restriction every single day to lose weight — do that!

 

 

 

Getting Started

 

I find it’s easier to fast every few days than it is to worry about watching my calorie intake every single day.  If you are like me and dislike dieting, try picking two days a week to fast, knowing that you will enjoy the same results as if you had dieted every single day.

As a physician I feel this has major implications in relieving the anxiety that is associated with calorie restriction and strict diets.  I also feel that this is a wonderful way to maintain your ideal body weight, boost metabolism and probably has applications to other diseases such as PCOS, hypothyroid, and other hormone and/or weight related diseases.

Guidelines for a two-day-a-week fasting diet (sometimes called a 5:2 diet):

 

  • You can pick any two days to do the fast, as long as they are not consecutive (i.e. don’t fast for two days in a row)
  • On fasting days, stick primarily with drinking water and one or two small meals that total 500 -600 calories.
  • Most people start the day with a small meal, stay well hydrated all day long, and have a small dinner.
  • In addition to staying well hydrated all day long, drink a few small fresh pressed juices if you feel hungry and end the day with a small dinner.
  • If you are currently taking medication to treat diabetes, such as insulin or oral hypoglycemic prescriptions, consult with your physician to have these medications adjusted to minimize glycemic events.

 

 

 

 

Foods that can fit easily into a 500 – 600 calorie fast day:

  • water and more water!
  • black coffee
  • herbal tea
  • yogurt and berries
  • banana
  • fresh pressed juices
  • soups and soup broth
  • salads with oil and vinegar dressing
  • steamed veggies
  • hard boiled egg
  • small portion of fish
  • almonds, cashews or pistachios
  • a tablespoon of peanut butter
  • oatmeal
  • popcorn

 

 

 

More Support

 

You already know that I have a nice broad definition of what defines a healthy weight.   And, in fact, I believe it’s slightly healthier to be a bit overweight than it is to be underweight.  Read this article I wrote for you about that for more info on why.  

So today’s medical literature review isn’t so much about losing weight as it is about finding an easier, simplified, more holistic way to keep HgA1C levels down and to decrease the stress associated with the traditional, strict diets that conventional physicians might insist on.

Today’s medical study shows… you have more flexible options that are every bit as good as being on a strict daily diet.  This is more about relaxing into what serves you more than fitting into a particular diet.

And what if you don’t want to fast two days a week and you don’t want to diet at all?

Then you should absolutely join in my 5 Day Weight Reset Class.  In it, I go over the medical literature on different ways you may be sabotaging your own weight loss goals… and it’s got nothing to do at all with what you eat.  Or very very little to do with what you eat.  In fact, what you eat is such a minor part of your metabolic profile that we don’t even address diet until the last day of class on Day 5.

What are day 1, 2, 3, & 4 looking at?  The other things you can do to help reset your metabolism and boost your weight loss, that have nothing at all to do with food.

I know weight feels like a heavy and sticky topic but it truly doesn’t have to be.  Let me show you how to lighten it up in your mind, heart, body and soul in a way that feels good, not bad.

Join me by clicking right here.

xoxox, Laura

 

8 Unusual But Highly Effective Ways To Release Unwanted Weight

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Last week I shared with you a few tips on how to release weight that accumulates during times of stress.  Stress weight gain is different from standard weight gain because it is stress-hormone driven.  So focusing on rebalancing your adrenals — not dieting — is what works best.

But today, I want to give you a few more tips on releasing regular, non-stress related, weight gain.  Normal weight gain over time usually reflects a decrease in metabolism, so I’ve got a fantastic list of actionable tips — taken directly from the medical literature! — that help jumpstart your metabolism and get you back to your goal weight with less stress, less struggle, and zero dieting.

The first step is to absolutely eliminate any negative self talk you might be having with your food choices.

This fantastic, impressive study (published in Lancet in May 2019) was a global analysis of diet and health outcomes looking at 195 different countries over an almost 30 year span of time.  Never before has such a large scale investigation of the relationship between dietary intake and disease ever been conducted.

This one study can replace everything we’ve based our current understanding of the correlation between diet and disease, because all other studies to date have been much smaller and isolated to smaller regions of the world.  And here is the one, overriding conclusion from that study:

 

It’s not about what you are eating, it’s about what you aren’t eating.

 

In other words, what makes the most impact on your disease risk isn’t so much what unhealthy foods you are eating, it’s what healthy foods you aren’t eating enough of.

 

 

 

Over the past several decades, the medical literature and most diet plans have focused on restricting “bad” foods such as sodium, sugar, processed meats and fats.

But in this largest-study-to-date meta analysis, researchers found that it is actually inadequate intake of essential nutritional components (like nuts, seeds, fruits and vegetables) that accounts for more disease and death than overconsumption of  any “bad” foods such as red meat, processed meats, fat, sugar, sodas or sweetened beverages.

In fact, inadequate nutrition causes more deaths worldwide than smoking does.

One of the authors of this study, Christopher Murray, MD, states that “poor diet is responsible for more deaths than any other risk factor in the world.

That means that inadequate intake of nutrients cause the body more illness, disease and death than consumption of sugar or processed meats or trans fats ever do.  The researchers found that inadequate consumption of nutritional building blocks led to more heart disease, cancer, diabetes and death worldwide than did consumption of unhealthy foods.

 

 

 

Do you see the positives out of this realization?

You can stop beating yourself up for the cravings, snacks, and “cheat meals” you eat, and instead simply focus on making sure that you are getting an adequate intake of the absolutely mandatory good nutrients that our bodies need to function optimally for a lifetime.

Here are the study details:

  • Looking at 195 countries for 28 years (1990 – 2017,) researchers analyzed diet and health outcomes.  Correlating nutritional intake with chronic disease (conditions like diabetes, heart disease and cancer) and death rates, researchers found that lack of nutrition was far more deadly than consuming foods typically considered “disease causing” like fats and sugars.
  • For example, when researchers evaluated whole grains intake, they found that a diet low in whole grains led to 3 million deaths and 82 million diseases world wide annually.
  • When researchers evaluated low fruit intake, they found that a diet with inadequate fruit consumption led to 2 million deaths and 65 million diseases world wide annually.
  • If you do want to restrict one thing from your diet, the results suggest focusing on sodium.  High sodium consumption was associated with 3 million deaths and 70 million diseases world wide annually.

 

These three dietary culprits (low whole grains, low fruits, and high sodium) were the top three causes of morbidity and mortality world wide… causing far higher disease rates and death than consuming sugar, fats, processed meats and sugary drinks.

The results suggest that it might be more important to be sure we are consuming adequate amounts of “the good stuff” instead of restricting “the bad stuff.”

 

 

What’s the good stuff? Be sure you are getting plenty of servings of:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Legumes
  • Whole grains
  • Nuts and seeds
  • Fiber
  • Calcium &
  • Seafood-derived omega-3 fatty acids.

 

Researchers suggest that focusing on increasing nutrient intake would prevent about 1 in every 5 deaths!

The bottom line: Of the 11 million deaths each year that are related to diet, more deaths are associated with inadequate intakes of healthy foods than with superfluous consumption of unhealthy ones.

So today, try to shift your thinking from negative dietary restrictions to positively consuming healthy foods.  I’ll help.  Run through this list and see if you can select one or two ideas to incorporate into your food choices this week.

 

8 Take Home Messages From This Study:

 


 

 

1.  Stop dieting and start eating instead.

 

Instead of restricting your food (a typical diet) plan your meals around being sure you are consuming enough healthy food… what a difference in mindframe!

Obviously a good diet is important, but this study tells me that even if you just can’t seem to get control over a sweet tooth, or a fatty snack is your go-to stress relief, or you splurge and eat a processed meat product, the things you do eat are not as damaging to your health as the things you don’t eat.

In other words, if you have a bowl of ice cream after dinner tonight, instead of going to bed feeling horrible and berating yourself for your food choices, let the ice cream dessert go and instead consider if you ate 2 – 3 servings of fruits and vegetables today.

 

 


 

 

2.  Take a very high quality multivitamin to fill in the gaps.

 

Another important thing to consider is that if getting a baseline amount of healthy foods is more important than banishing non-healthy foods, then a really high quality multivitamin makes a lot of sense.

So one idea, beside upping your fruit and veggie and nut and seed intake, is to add on a multivitamin and mineral supplement (especially one that has a whole food certified organic blend of fruit and vegetables right in the supplement) to help cover any bases that your intake that day might have missed.

My favorite multivitamins are the MyKind Organics daily vitamin line and Pure Encapsulations multivitamin line.  Both of these “best-of-the-best” lines of nutritional supportive supplements are waiting for you in my online dispensary under the “General Wellness,” tab.

Click over here to browse multivitamins now, so that you can round out your diet with the nutrients your body truly needs.

 


 

 

3.  Allow a few pounds of extra weight.

 

There are survival advantages to being overweight as opposed to underweight… like surviving life threatening infections.  Published June 2016 in Critical Care Medicine, the results of this study suggest that heavier weight allows the body to survive overwhelming bacterial infections, even at advanced age, something good to know as this pandemic continues.  Researchers looked at the data of over 1,400 elderly people hospitalized with severe sepsis (requiring ICU care) and compared their body mass index (BMI) with clinical outcome 1 year after discharge. The results revealed a 25% improved mortality rate in severely obese, obese and overweight patients compared to normal weight patients.

Another medical study (published July 2017 in Cardiac Interventions) that found that obese and overweight patients actually have better survival rates and less complications after heart surgery (percutaneous cardiac interventions, or PCI) than normal weight and lean patients do.  On top of that, the better outcomes persisted even 5 years later, with better outcomes for the overweight and obese patients than for normal or low weight patients.

Another medical study, published in JAMA Oncology on June 21, 2018, found that a higher BMI was associated with lowered breast cancer rates.  The highest BMI group had over 4 times lower rates of breast cancer than the lowest BMI group.  This inverse relationship between higher BMI resulting in significantly lowered breast cancer rates was particularly strong for hormone receptor positive breast cancers.  Young women (ages 18 to 24) who were obese (BMI greater than or equal to 35) developed breast cancer 4.2 times less often than women who were underweight (BMI lower than 17.)  This study was very large — almost one million patients — and was a rigorously analyzed.  Considering breast cancer is the most common worldwide cancer diagnosis for women, particularly young women, this is very important news indeed.

And this is not limited to breast cancer.  Published Oct 2016 in the Journal Of Clinical Oncology, researchers examined body mass (BMI) and metastatic renal (kidney) cancer survival rates.  They found that obesity actually predicted improved survival in metastatic cancer… improving both the progression free survival rate and the over-all survival rate.  The fact that obese patients have better outcomes in metastatic renal cancer is a real thing — this study had large patient numbers, was reproducible in different cohorts, and is statistically significant.  The numbers are actually so significant that now physicians are encouraged to take the patient’s weight into account before sharing information on prognosis with their patients.

Of course, anything that shows there is a wide diversity to what is considered a “healthy weight” is totally hidden by the media.  That makes sense, as the weight loss industry is a 20 BILLION dollar industry IN THE UNITED STATES ALONE!!!  So, of course the media wouldn’t want you to actually feel good about your current weight or feel there was any advantage in the slightest to having a higher BMI.

But in fact, as I blogged about here, only when a person’s BMI exceeds 35 is there an increase in mortality rates.  So… if losing those last 10 pounds isn’t actually going to help you live longer… what defines your “ideal weight”? What defines your ideal weight is how you *feel* wearing the body you wear each day: your energy level, your flexibility, your capacity to get around, to get outside, and to enjoy the things you want to enjoy each day.

The real focus should ALWAYS BE on feeling as healthy and vibrant as possible.

This means focusing on muscle tone.

On heart strength.

On endurance.

On lung capacity.

On bone mass.

On energy levels.

On restorative sleep at night.

On happiness.

On quality time with loved ones.

On meaningful relationships.

On spiritual strength.

The only patients that need to be focusing on losing weight are patients with a Body Mass Index of over 35 kg/m2 or higher.  And even if you are at 35 BMI or higher?  Focusing on energy levels, bone mass, restorative sleep, endurance and such will create a path of natural weight loss anyway.

 


 

 

4.  If you still do want to diet… fast instead.

 

You’ve probably heard of fasting for weight loss, but most people are not aware of the decades of medical research that show just how profoundly intermittent fasting can boost health in ways that go way beyond weight management.  From reducing diabetes risk to reducing dementia to reducing cancer rates, fasting has head-to-toe benefits… and doesn’t have to be difficult.

It can be intimidating to think about trying fasting, as images of going without food for days on end run through our minds and hunger pangs set in quickly.  But fasting can be as simple as increasing the amount of time you are not eating at night by just 2 hours.  Medical research shows that simply not eating after 8 PM can actually be measurably beneficial to your health.

Fasting has been shown to:

  • Decrease inflammation: Published in the Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism in 2007, researchers found that fasting for 12 hours daily decreased all measured markers of inflammation by a statistically significant amount, including interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, and homocysteine levels.
  • Decrease heart disease: A study published in the American Journal of Cardiology in 2009, showed that fasting just one day a month (one day a month!) was enough to significantly decrease risk of heart attack risk by reducing coronary artery disease. In addition to that, a study published in Nutritional Research in 2012 showed that fasting for 12 hours a day decreased blood pressure, and when fasting was increased to every other day for just four weeks, LDL cholesterol and triglycerides were reduced by more than 25%.
  • Decrease asthma attacks: Published in Free Radical Biology & Medicine in 2007, reducing calorie intake every other day by just 20% allowed asthma suffers to lose 8% of their body weight in only two months, decrease their blood markers of stress and inflammation, and decrease asthma symptoms while improving quality of life.
  • Protect your brain: Improved memory, improved mood, decreased Alzheimer rates, and decreased Parkinson’s rates… all from fasting?  Yep.  Published in the Journal of Neuroscience Research in 1999, the Journal of Molecular Neuroscience in 2000, the Neurobiology of Disease in 2007 (as well as many other studies) researchers have found that intermittent fasting can improve neuronal connections, increase the proliferation of neurons, and even protect against amyloid plaques.
  • Decrease cancer recurrence rates: Prolonging the amount of time spent fasting — skipping evening snacks all together and fasting for 13+ hours each night — significantly reduced the risk of breast cancer, according to a study that spanned thousands of patients followed for over a decade. Published on March 31, 2016 in JAMA Oncology, researchers found that fasting at night for 13 hours or more was found to reduce the risk of cancer recurrence by one-third, as well as drop HbA1C levels and increase sleep length at night.  Another study (published in Teteratgenesis, Carcinogenesis and Mutagenesis in 2002) found that alternate day fasting helped decrease tumor formation, while yet another study (published in Science Translational Medicine in 2012) found that a wide range of cancer cells exposed to fasting showed increased responsiveness and sensitivity to chemotherapy treatments as well as directly decreased tumor growth.  So fasting for 13+ hours each night is an effective, drug free, holistic, all natural way to decrease cancer recurrence and help boost cancer treatment.
  • Boost longevity: One study (published in the Journals of Gerontology in 1983) showed that fasting had a greater impact in improving longevity than even exercise did!  And a more recent study, published in 2000 in the Mechanisms of Aging and Development, showed short term repeated fasting throughout life resulted in a lifespan that was 75% longer.  In fact, a study published in Nature in 2009 stated that intermittent fasting is “the most effective and reproducible intervention to extend lifespan” that we know of… capable of significantly extending lifespan by reducing age-related disorders.
  • Encourage long-term weight loss: Published in Nutrition Reviews in 2015, researchers looked at all forms of fasting… including alternate day fasting, whole day fasting, and even simply time restricted fasting (like a 13 hour nightly fast) and all of these techniques resulted in significantly reduced body fat, significantly reduced body weight, and reduced blood lipid levels of cholesterol and triglycerides.

If you want to try fasting, take care to stay very well hydrated, get plenty of rest, and when you do eat, make sure the foods you choose are nutrient dense, chock full of protein and healthy fats.  And of course, run your fasting plan by your doctor if you have any chronic health conditions or are planning to fast for more than a 24 hour period of time.

I’m going to give you more tips on how to introduce fasting on the blog next week — be sure you are signed up for my newsletter by entering your email address in the sign up box right here to get that article directly into your inbox!

 

 


 

 

5.  Sleep more.

 

I always ask patients who are having trouble loosing weight about their sleep.  That’s because a medical study (that I shared with you back in August of 2013) showed that poor sleep caused study participants to gain weight 9 times faster than participants who slept well.  Nine times faster weight gain!

Previous studies have shown a link between poor sleep and weight gain, but this was the first study where participants slept in-house in a sleep facility and the actual weight gain was measurably significant after only a handful of 4 hour nights in a row.  If healthy individuals who experienced a short period of sleep deprivation gained 9 times as much weight as healthy individuals who get a full night of sleep, what does this predict for folks who are chronically sleep deprived?

Many of us live and function daily in a state of catching only a few hours of sleep a night… not just for 4 days but for weeks, months, even years at a time.  This has a huge impact on your weight. Imagine gaining 9 times as much weight over the course of a year of poor sleep as you normally would had you slept well.

If you are feeling exhausted from not sleeping well, than your body is going to urge you to reach for food as a way to sustain your energy. This is your body’s way of ensuring your survival!

So if you are watching your weight or struggling to understand why your best efforts are not good enough to prevent you from gaining weight, examine your sleep.  Hop over here for some tips on deepening your sleep at night, naturally.

 


 

6.  Trust the resiliency of your body.

 

Your body functions on the basis of resiliency.   It resets again and again and again and again.  Adapting, recalibrating, adjusting, and realigning to health over and over again.

The human body is incredibly resilient, and the basis of our existence is that your body is adaptable.  Your health is forgiving and intuitive.  Your body can return to wellness despite challenges (like that chocolate bar I just ate while typing up this blog post.  You might think I’m joking but I am absolutely not.)

Your body can handle you eating unhealthy foods (as long as you have a good nutritional intake otherwise) so much better than it can handle not eating enough healthy foods in the first place.

So instead of beating yourself up over having a cheat meal or a decedent dessert or that midnight snack, focus on making sure you are eating all of the nutritional building blocks your body needs to maintain health in the first place.

Stick with making sure you are eating the nutritional building blocks, and your body can handle the extra not-so-healthy things you might consume alongside that.  Trust in your body’s resiliency.


 

 

 

7.  Ground your body while you eat.

 

Grounding has a profound impact on your digestion, boosting your vagal tone (which supports the function of your entire digestive tract, from your esophagus to your colon and everything in between!) while meanwhile directly impacting your ability to feel full and satiated, even enhancing absorption by decreasing inflammation, which also helps with recovery after a meal.

From every single angle, eating grounded helps:  putting you more deeply in touch with your hunger and satiation, helping you digest and absorb your nutrients better, boosting your metabolism and keeping weight gain at bay, even decreasing discomfort after eating.

Even if you eat completely organic, fresh, dairy-free, gluten-free, best-diet-in-the-world you can easily still have irritable bowel issues, or indigestion, or bloating, or pain.

That’s because you can’t fully resolve bowel inflammation without being grounded.

Hop over here to watch a video I created for you to explain why adding grounding to your daily routine is the quickest way to heal your digestion.  At the end of this free article I wrote for you, I share tons of ideas on how to eat grounded outside — pick one each day and watch your weight self correct effortlessly.

 

For more tips on how grounding profoundly supports your health from head to toe, and how to easily incorporate grounding into your daily life to see profound results, grab my book The Earth Prescription, available as a paperback and digital book right here. 

 


 

 

 

8.  Recognize your emotional eating style

 

What I’ve noticed as a physician examining health outcomes for the past 20 years, is that most people eat emotionally instead of nutritionally.

To help you focus on what matters most (which is consuming nutrient dense foods) I have developed a list of the top 7 emotional eating patterns I see over and over again.  If you can develop insight into why you eat the way you do, you can reframe your mind away from eating emotionally and instead eat intellectually, based on what supports your health best.

Stop worrying so much about what treats and indulgences you crave and instead figure out why you crave them.

Look over this list to see if you can identify which emotional eating pattern describes you best and get some tips on working with your eating patterns in a healthier way:

 

 

 

  • FOOD IS SECURITY   For some folks, food represents safety and security.   So when they are not eating, deep fears of safety and panic may arise.  There may be worries about food scarcity and needing to know when and what your next meal will be. If you notice you overeat, it may be an attempt to feel secure and reassured that all is well. You may crave comfort foods such as casseroles and home cooking and baked goods, or foods that remind you of childhood. If you tend to eat in this way, it is perfectly reasonable to feed your body foods that comfort it, but the goal is to have reasonable portion sizes.  One way to provide comfort and a deep contentment to security-type eaters is to include lots and lots and lots of fiber, so that you feel full, satiated, safe and grounded for longer.

 

 

  • FOOD IS PLEASURE   For some folks, food isn’t just about the nutrition, food is about the entire experience… the smell, the feel, the texture, the flavor, the delight in chewing it. Food is pleasurable and even sensual.  If this is your style of eating, you may find you are eating because you want the feel of food in your mouth, not because you are hungry. You may also find a love/hate relationship with food… often pleasure-seeking eaters have Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or lactose intolerance or celiac disease and need to find a balance between the foods they love and the foods their body hates.  One great idea for pleasure eaters is to enjoy drinking (coffees, teas, water, fresh squeezed juices…) or chewing gum throughout the day to experience that sensual pleasure of having sensations in the mouth without necessarily reaching for food.

 

 

  • FOOD IS POWER For some folks, eating food is an issue of control or power. These control-based eaters are the ones most likely to try to strictly monitor what they eat and submit to horrible restrictive diets that they absolutely hate!  And as you read about in today’s medical study, healthy eating is not about what you restrict but rather what you eat. So for people who see food as power, diets are particularly offensive because restricting food intake feels like a loss of power or a loss of control… two things these types of eaters hate!  One great idea for control-based eaters is to drop the diets and instead focus on choosing easily digestible foods like soups and pureed foods that are easier on your digestive organs (liver, pancreas, stomach) and eating frequent, smaller meals, grazing all throughout the day instead of a few large meals. Focusing on high quality foods and eating them more often, instead of restricting quantity, tends to be kinder than dieting and allows your body to feel healthier.

 

 

  • FOOD IS LOVE   Some folks enjoy food that releases endorphins and provides a rush, similar to falling in love. Any of my blog readers who know how often I blog about eating chocolate will recognize… yep, I’m this type of eater.  Romantic foods like oysters, red wine, chocolate… it’s not so much that these eaters care about food, they care about the way the food makes them feel. Dieting feels atrocious for love-seeking eaters and restricting food is equivalent to being dumped by a lover.  One great idea for love-seeking eaters is to focus on enjoying the people you are eating with more than the food — if possible, avoid eating alone (which typically leads to over-eating) and instead really focus on making eye contact with the people you are enjoying a meal with, the conversation.  This will allow you to enjoy what foods you do eat — for example, appreciating a lovely glass of wine and a small piece of dark chocolate instead of three plates full of food you do not actually love or even enjoy. Or, focus just as much on creating a lovely place to eat as you do what foods you are eating.  Add a fresh flower to your kitchen table, bring your lunch outside to eat in sunshine the middle of a work day, or browse thrift stores for beautiful, vintage glasses and plates to mix and match, or hand sew some beautiful cloth napkins to use as a treat.

 

 

  • FOOD IS JOY   Some people just love to enjoy a wide variety of foods and this is one of their wonderful strengths with eating.  My son is a joy-based eater and he is amazing at trying foods most children wouldn’t even think of… exotic foods, spicy foods, unusual vegetables that kids traditionally hate.  He is open to trying it all and gets so excited as he watches me prepare an interesting meal from scratch.  Because joyful eaters are so open to food, dieting or any type of food restriction at all feels like a huge loss and may even bring deep sorrow.  My favorite recommendation for joy-based eaters is to focus on trying new and unusual foods to satisfy their cravings, instead of over-eating a large quantity of boring foods.  Keep a stash of different spices, hot sauces and healthy seasonings to make each bite taste exciting and invigorating instead of needing larger portions to bring joy.  Joy eaters also tend to actually enjoy preparing food, so if you are a joy eater build time into your day to focus on trying new recipes, browsing new cookbooks, and preparing healthy meals from scratch. Joy-based eaters can feel guilty that food brings them joy — but I say this is a strength!  Food brings joy!  So choose your food selection based on how much joy it brings you and do not waste your time (or calories) on food that does not bring joy.

 

 

  • FOOD IS ENERGY   People that eat for energy may need lots more fats and more protein than other eaters. These people have so much energy output that each bite needs to be calorie dense and their body knows this.  Although they get the message to feel bad about eating fats and eating dense protein (after all, eating a light salad seems so much more social acceptable) this leaves them feeling depleted and desperate for a pick-me-up later.  They may even feel a sense of shame about eating something that their vegetarian friend (who is not an energy-eater) would not touch. Instead of feeling guilty, energy eaters need to know that they are honoring their bodies by feeding their brain lots of healthy fats (organic whole fat dairy/butter/yogurt or coconut, avocado, fish oil…) and protein (organic, ethically produced meats, organic eggs,  organic nuts and nut butters.). My daughter is an energy eater, and I can honestly say that she is one of the healthiest people I know.  Glowing skin.  Gorgeous hair.  Beautiful radiant soul.  People who are energy eaters need to feel good about their intuitive food choices that make them crave protein. Not everyone can feel their best on a strictly vegetarian diet, so please be non-judgmental towards yourself or your friends who need to eat ethically sourced meat routinely.

 

 

  • FOOD IS OPTIONAL   Does this sounds familiar: forgetting to eat, not making the time to eat, feeling dizzy because you skipped lunch, reaching for a quick snack and then getting right back to work, forgetting to hydrate?  Some folks find it easy to ignore their bodies needs or lose track of time.  While sporadic eaters are usually not so bothered by going on a diet, the danger here is that they often don’t take the time to eat healthily so that when they do eat, they are ravenous and don’t make smart food choices, or they don’t even get the needed nutritional building blocks at all.  The best thing these eaters can do is to schedule in their eating so that they eat at regular intervals, stay hydrated, and make great food choices… instead of not eating all day long and then binging in a drive through on the way home. Another great tip is to carry water with you at all times, so that even if they you not taking the time to properly eat, you stay well hydrated.  This goes for everyone, but to sporadic eaters most of all.

 

 

I hope this insight helps give you an idea of how to work with your own unique energy flow, cravings and health goals.

And I hope you will use this one mainframe shift — stop dieting and start eating! — to stop the constant struggling with your diet and instead focus on feeding  your body the foods it needs.

Remember, try to shift your thinking from negative dietary restrictions to positively consuming healthy foods.

 


 

 

Want more tips on how to safely, easily, and effectively lose weight in a way that supports your innate health?

I’ve got you.  Join me here:

 

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This quick and easy, completely transformative 5 day Weight Reset Online Class will give you the 5 pillars of sustainable, feel-good weight loss and totally make over the way you view your body and your weight.

I’ve based this course directly off of the medical literature and my 20 years of experience helping to support my patients with their weight loss goals.

Hop over here to sign up and reserve your spot today, class starts Augst 9th and is the last time I will run it in 2021. 

 

To your resilient, innate health!

xoxox, Laura

How To Release Weight Changes That Are Caused By Stress

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Gaining weight (or losing weight) unintentionally is a common response to chronic or acute stress.

In fact, a recent poll conducted by the American Psychological Association found that most of us have experienced a significant weight change in the past year, thanks to the overwhelm that the 2020 pandemic brought our way.

The poll revealed that 60% of Americans report undesired weight changes as a result of this year long pandemic.  42% of us gained a significant and unwanted amount of weight and almost 20% of us had an undesired and significant loss of weight.

But I’m here to help.  You can definitely reset your body to it’s ideal, healthiest set point again, and it doesn’t have to take as long as you think.  And it absolutely isn’t about dieting.  No amount of dieting, monitoring your food, and bullying yourself into losing weight will reduce your stress and re-align you with health.

To have a true, sustainable, natural weight reset, here are three steps you can take to feel better and lose weight naturally.  Without the diet.  Read on:

 

 


 

 

 

 1. Focus On Adrenal Repair, Not Weight Loss

 

Stress affects your body from head to toe, and can have a tremendous impact on your weight, as the poll above reflects.  Studies show that sress can cause changes in eating patterns  and they also suggest that cortisol reactivity is one of the reasons why. 

So instead of monitoring your eating, maybe what we should be monitoring is your cortisol and stress levels. Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands and by supporting your adrenal health, you can normalize your cortisol levels.  Stop the focus on weight and instead focus on reducing your body’s stress hormone output.   In fact, releasing your weight struggle and embracing your adrenal repair instead may be the best way to stop unhealthy food consumption that is due to stress, which is what is triggering this change in the first place.

As I wrote about in this article here, feeling stress and shame over your weight is actually harmful… and unnecessary, when what we could be doing instead of stressing is nurturing.  Nurturing your body, nurturing your adrenals, and relieving stress to naturally reset your eating patterns.

If you have been focusing on trying to control your food intake, maybe it’s time to stop beating yourself up over something that is being triggered by high levels of stress and high cortisol.  I’d like to suggest that weight issues might be actually adrenal issues.

To help you figure out if some of your unwanted weight changes is actually due to adrenal fatigue, I wrote a free book that you can download and read.  It has tons of fun things inside like a quiz to help you figure out if you are in adrenal fatigue (and what stage you are in) as well as powerful ways to help you fix it.

If you have been through any kind of stressful situation (like uh… hello, 2020!!!) or big life transition (even fun, positive ones like marriage, a new job, a new baby!) chances are your adrenals could use some TLC.  If you start to take care of your adrenal rhythm now, in just a few short months from now you can be fully recovered from Adrenal Fatigue and feel better than you have felt in many many years!

Did you know that you can actually be in adrenal fatigue from birth?  It’s true.  But did you also know it’s fully reversible, no matter how long you’ve been living on fumes?  That’s also true, and I will help you get there. Click the button below to order your free copy of my Adrenal Fatigue eBook… it will be instantly emailed directly to you, to keep forever, and please share it freely:

 

 


 

 

 

 

2. Ground Your Body To The Earth Every Day

 

When you get stressed out, all you have to do is walk out your front door, step out of your office, or stop driving and step out of your car, and reach for the earth.  To reconnect with nature is to find an instant sense of spaciousness, a calm centered experience as you take a single deep breath.

Reconnecting with the wonder of being a human being standing on a rock that spirals through space and seeing the earth for the vast support network it is can’t help but lift your spirits for the better.  The power of nature can hold even your worst of days and remain an immovable source of strength.

Don’t believe me?

The next time you are having a panic attack, or a pounding headache, or a knot of worry grow in your stomach, just go outside.  Get out there.  Don’t force anything, just go outside and let nature work its magic.  If possible, touch the earth directly with your hands or feet and get grounded.

Getting grounded immediately boosts your vagal tone, gets you out of “fight or flight” and calms you.  Reducing blood pressure, deepening breathing and oxygenation, decreasing cortisol output and more.

I’m very heart-warmed to see so many families where I live going on after dinner walks, riding their bikes, jogging in the early hours of the morning, shooting basketballs in driveway hoops, jump roping, etc… but go outside even if you don’t want to exercise.  If you have limited mobility due to medical conditions or just want to relax when you are outside, still do it. Even taking a hot cup of tea outside at night and looking up at the stars and moon, when the rest of the world is shut up tight at bedtime, is wonderful for clearing the mind and grabbing a few minutes of beautiful fresh air with your dearest friend, the earth.

Grounding has a profound and direct impact on your digestion, boosting your vagal tone (which supports the function of your entire digestive tract, from your esophagus to your colon and everything in between!) directly impacts your ability to feel full and satiated, even enhancing absorption by decreasing inflammation, which also helps with recovery after a meal.

From every single angle, eating grounded helps: putting you more deeply in touch with your hunger and satiation, helping you digest and absorb your nutrients better, boosting your metabolism and keeping weight gain at bay, even decreasing discomfort after eating.

Because of the scientific evidence that grounding supports our digestion, I ran a study of my own patients because I wondered if, by boosting our digestion and metabolism through touching the earth, we would see a change in weight over time. So I personally enrolled a dozen overweight patients into an informal private study on grounding and weight loss.  I followed them for 10 weeks, measuring weight, energy, mood, sleep, and pain, with weekly weigh-ins and assessments. 

Their instructions were to touch the earth outside directly for 15 minutes a day, and that was it.  I told them not to change their diet at all. I wanted them to eat everything they had eaten before in the same quantities and in the same fashion.  I told them not to start new activities or to change their activity level at all.  I wanted to see metabolic changes from short periods of daily grounding over time.  Following those patients with weekly weigh-ins and weekly assessments was very, very interesting.

Most of the patients lost a clinically significant amount of weight — 60% of them losing between 4 and 15 pounds in the 10 week study period — doing nothing more then adding in daily grounding for just 15 minutes a day.

Hop over here to watch a video I created for you to explain why adding grounding to your daily routine is the quickest way to heal your digestion.  At the end of this free article I wrote for you, I share tons of ideas on how to eat grounded outside — pick one each day and watch your weight self correct effortlessly.

 

 


 

 

 

3. Reach Out For More Support

 

If you want even more support to safely, easily, and effectively lose weight in a way that supports your innate health, I’ve got you.  We can work together to directly support your weight loss goals in my upcoming online health class.

Join into my upcoming 5 Day Weight Release & Reset Online Class right here.

 

“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Weight Reset emails and videos! I looked forward to each and every day.  Your class gave me so much hope!”  – C.C.

“This was AWESOME!!  I loved all the information — the medical studies to back it up and the daily reminders.  Plus – I love that you can do this at your own pace.  Thank you!”  – C.W.

“I got a lot out of the class.  I was surprised at how many different things can affect your weight and when you talked about them in the class… it was like a bell went off.  I would definitely recommend the class to others.”  – S.G.

 

Together, we will go over the 5 pillars of sustainable, feel-good weight loss.  One pillar a day for 5 days.  Simple and sweet.

I’ve based this course directly off of the medical literature and my 20 years of experience helping to support my patients with their weight loss goals.  You’d be surprised that your body naturally knows what weight is the perfect one for you, and it can sustain it at this perfect weight effortlessly once you naturally align your metabolism.  I’ll show you how in a very non-threatening, supportive, uplifting way.

It’s not about being rigid or militant or hard on yourself, in fact, it’s the exact opposite.  The harder you are on yourself, the harder it is to align with your healthiest version of you.  It’s not even about your diet and exercise plan — there are actually several other things that are even more important than what you eat and how you move… and without knowing what those things are, you just can’t lose weight.

Understand the things that sabotage weight loss and the weight releases, naturally.

Class starts August 9th and this is the last time I am running this class in 2021.  Hop over here to sign up and reserve your spot today:

 

 

To your resilient, natural health!

xoxox, Laura