Is it Woo Woo, Magic or Something More…

This story begins simply enough a week ago with the dawning of a brand new day and fresh determination to accomplish my 3 for 30 Challenge items (Self Care, Fitness & Business) before 2pm, starting with Self Care, which for this challenge meant meditation.

To back up a bit to set the stage…after being a long time woo woo, non-meditating skeptic, while still acknowledging there are lots of things out there beyond my understanding, I’d recently started learning about healing energies and wanted to know if it was possible to use them myself. This element of my challenge was because I was curious what 30 days of consistent meditation would do for me and my dogs- our pack mindset, energy, balance, grounding, peace and awareness. Could I get good at it? Could I REALLY use energy and see an impact around me?

So that morning, after meditating with all 4 dogs around me I noticed Nicklas had gotten up and was standing there slightly trembling. On immediate alert 😳 I felt over his body, checking his chest and belly in case of bloat, see if he’s in pain anywhere, thinking back over what he ate yesterday and of course I start to worry (Nicklas doesn’t do anything NON-emergency) while telling myself to stay calm. I can tell it’s something with his stomach so I take him out into the yard to try and get him moving to see how he does.

Nicklas is starting to look distressed, maybe he’s feeding off of me? He does that. The thought pops into my head that I should meditate with him and see if I can create a healing space for him and help us both to be calm, all the while I’m debating if we need to head to the vet for an X-ray, knowing from past experience, with this boy especially, that time can be of the essence.

I sat down right where I was in the yard on the grass, Nicklas laid down right by me and I meditated with him. Not sure how long I sat there maybe 15/20 minutes or so. He was calmer but the shaking started up again and I could feel his stomach rolling. I decided, “OK baby, to the vet we go.” Going inside, I started looking around to see what I needed to take and make sure the rest of the gang was set, had water and all that.

I was hit with this idea to use some Peppermint essential oil, quickly pulled out a reference book on my library selves to see if Peppermint worked on digestive/stomach related issues (I’ve never used it that way!) and lo and behold it does. 👍🏼 I mixed 3 drops with some coconut oil and applied it to half of his belly, rubbing it all in. Rolled him over and repeated on the other side. Figured it couldn’t hurt and would maybe help him be more comfortable on the drive to the vet’s office. Interesting thing is, Nicklas doesn’t like essential oils AT ALL so that he let me put them on him was a miracle all by itself. I was halfway thinking I’d have to put him in the shower and wash it off, if it caused him to stress out more.

5 minutes later he had a TOTAL shift in behavior and perked up! 😲 I proceeded to load him into the truck and sat there staring at him….thinking 🤔….should I give him some more time….what if I’m wrong?…I know at the vet he’ll be keyed up, he’ll be taken from me and be stressed while strangers hold him down to take an X ray, not giving him time to be comfortable. I know they’ll want to do lots of preventative, maybe give him drugs, pump his stomach….and if it’s NEEDED I’m completely okay with it….and yet…is that the best thing for HIM?

I decide to take him for a walk and give him a few more minutes. He surprised me by wanting to move so we ended up JOGGING to the park! I was happy that due to my better health, lighter weight and recent exercises I could keep up with him. lol. At the park I let him drag his leash and explore on his own as I slowly strolled around looping the small park several times. Finally he started to slow down so I picked a spot to sit on the grass, he trotted over and laid down very close which is completely unusual for him when we are out. I knew he wasn’t fully ok. I continued watching him for clues. Again, I started meditating with him. Right out there in the open, cross legged Indian style, back straight, hands on my legs palms up…the classic pose, right? 😛 NEVER would’ve pictured me doing this in a million years!

The wind was gusting, it was a bit chilly, clouds were moving in like a storm was on the way but, as is common this time of year in Las Vegas, really wasn’t, with some patchy sun. An absolutely gorgeous day! I sat there being filled with gratitude that he was doing “ok” at the moment and that we were spending this time out in nature together. He loves the wind, it was cool enough for him and he was calmly resting. If this had been the dead of summer, here in the desert, it would’ve been another story. I only opened my eyes, however long later, when a neighbor came by walking her dog. I had my phone but felt no need to check the time. What did it matter? We left shortly after and made our way to a couple other smaller patches of grass heading towards home. I found a big rock to sit on as I watched Nicklas investigate, then he came back and again sat close, on my feet even. I meditated with him some more and then we just sat there soaking up the day, me gently touching him, he content to lean on me. I was grateful to not be sitting in a vets office with him stressed and me worried about him. I’m sure the construction workers that were out redoing our neighborhood streets were giving me strange 👀 while I sat there meditating. On a humorous note, I would say to Nicklas – “Ok, let’s go home” – and he’d immediately flop back down flat on the grass. This happened multiple times. 🙄 I got the message!

After FINALLY returning home he laid by me on the couch, not completely himself but resting comfortably. I put peppermint oil on his belly every 3 hours or so when it seemed like the effects were starting to wear off. And I meditated with him another time or two.

Side note – I learned that it’s Nicklas’ energy that drives the pack and he needs to be my focus with these healing meditations. I’d been waffling between him and Ian but clearly saw how they acted when Nicklas was uber calm. He never is! From the moment he wakes up till he’s sleeping he’s on high speed energy. I have my work cut out for me!

After a long tiring day and my worry that he’d have a set back during the night that would have us at the emergency vet; the light dinner I gave him didn’t sit too well….I put more peppermint oil on, rubbed his stomach till he burped and his stomach settled down again. He made it through the night and was back to himself by the following late morning. 😍 It took me another day of having eagle eyes on him to believe he was really ok.

Thank you for your patience if you’re still reading through this story.😊

I’ll end with saying that I’m not advocating to boycott the vet. On the contrary, vet’s have saved my dogs lives, Nicklas’ especially, multiple times so I will ALWAYS take them in for cases of true emergency and am extremely grateful for their skills and resources plus our own financial resources that we’ve been able to use to pay for their lifesaving care.

This time though, I felt I had new tools in my tool belt and was able to actually DO something to support my dog and provide him a space to heal himself. Maybe it was nothing serious but even simple pent up gas can be deadly for deep chested dogs. Maybe the meditation helped? Perhaps it was the essential oils? Perhaps it was my remaining calm and focused on listening to him and not scaring him more by freaking out? Or was it the stomach rubs he got? ? Who knows….

Whatever it was, Woo Woo, Magic, common sense, non of the above…to me it honestly doesn’t matter. I was able to put new knowledge to work, empowered myself, created a better experience for us both and Nicklas continues to do great. To me that is PRICELESS!

I will always feel blessed for that magical, Something More, afternoon we spent together. 💝 A gift I don’t ever want to forget.

If you’re curious about the healing meditation I mentioned then connect with my friend, Jamie Lee, who has been instrumental in starting me on this path. You can find her on Facebook here, or comment below and I’ll introduce you. She’s amazing!

Its Time to Get Serious

What are you holding on to that is holding you back?? 

Here’s what I discovered…

My story starts by sharing that my husband and I are on a life changing journey this year and regards my eating habits I decided to be All In. What does that mean? 

I’ve taken challenges off the table and said goodbye to meat, to added sugar, to processed white & wheat flours (breads, pastries and pastas) and most recently decided that a LIFEstyle, not a diet, of Raw & Living Foods was where I wanted to be. 

Why, you ask? Great question! 

Stay with me as I back up and detour for a second to explain. 

I listened to a podcast (I love road trips!) by The Raw Chef, who I’ve followed for several years and he shared an interview he did where the conversation was on “raw” vs “living” and what those terms meant. The comment was made that being all “raw” is a calling and to be committed to it you have to know why you’re doing it. What do you want out of it? Does eating that cooked meal every two weeks ruin it? Are you looking for a title? You can still be unbalanced and unhealthy eating raw so knowing WHY you are doing whatever you are doing/eating is key. 

Me, I want to FEEL life running through my veins. I want passion, vibrancy, clarity and increased consciousness. I want an unstoppable zest for life- Joie de Vivre! 

Having said that…maybe you’re wondering if I will ever eat meat again? 

Well, I’ll answer that in two parts. 

For the first- as part of that whole increased awareness thing you get with healthy eating, I don’t see how I could forget again where meat comes from. My whole life prior to this point it was so easy to disassociate an Arby’s roast beef sandwich from the animal who gave its life for me. It was how I grew up. It was what I knew. It was normal. Maybe that roast beef is not even real meat anymore, who knows. ? I do still remember how YUMMY they taste. 

But somewhere along this journey I lost that learned disassociation and now when I see a cow or pig in a livestock hauler it makes me cry, knowing they will never get to live out their life and die a natural death after raising a family living free in nature. 

Am I humanizing them? ??‍♀️ All I can say is have you ever looked into their eyes? There’s sentience to be found. A soul. An awareness.  

Secondly, I feel amazing. My body keeps telling me what works and what doesn’t and I’m learning to listen. Quinoa pasta used to be an awesome replacement for semolina pasta, now it weighs me down and makes my brain dull. Meat is on that list too. ?

So to simply answer the question: I’m CHOOSING to feel amazing and respect sentient life. 

Back to my original point ?, I have identified a couple things holding me back from being All In that I am taking steps to correct. 

One is Cookbooks. I have several with meat, dairy, sugar and flour based recipes. When I’m hungry and looking for a new flavor having those on the shelf is NOT helpful. It’s like a safety net that I can go back to if my new eating lifestyle doesn’t work out. Well, I’ve gone through and cleaned everything out. 

I only kept a few of what I call “Memory Recipes”, handwritten ones from my mom, the dessert I made for my husband when were were dating, the Hawaiian cookbook that belonged to my husbands parents…

To put something together to store them all will be Phase 2.

It feels a little like I’ve renewed my vows. Lol. I feel lighter and more sure of my path. Still need to go through a few magazines and newer cookbooks I bought this year to lighten even more. That’ll be phase 3. ☺️

The second thing holding me back is The Pantry. Inside my much loved walk in pantry I have contriband items, like canned organic black beans, a jar of organic, no added sugar, marinara sauce, a box of edamame pasta. I’ve pulled them all out and lined them up on the counter. They will be eaten this week or else. 


I’ll use this coming week to search for new raw recipes, planning out raw meals, dehydrating/making some staple raw items and getting more organized. My Tuesday “In The Kitchen” cooking show will be fun! I think Smoky Kimchi is on the menu. ? Maybe I’ll even tackle dog treats. ?

Anyone up for helping me organize and decorate my pantry? ?? 

Having The Pantry all done up right will be a commemoration and celebration of my, our, new lifestyle. I’m excited to get started!! 

So there’s my story. ? 

I encourage you to step back for a minute and take stock of your life. What things could be acting as a crutch and slowing you down from achieving your dreams? They could be tiny and seemingly innocent, like my cookbooks. I’d love to hear what you discover and how you feel after removing the crutch! 

Cheers to the journey! 

Joie to Your Health and Mine! ??❤️?

The Joie Chronicles Day 23 – Inspiration and Dreams

It’s Day 23 of my 31 Day Live Video Challenge….

I was blessed to chat with Roberta Reeves on her magical European Quest to find lost family members and the Black Madonna.

Who/what IS the Black Madonna anyway?? She explains about the legend. Plus, she shares about her new love (it’s not a guy) and what adventures are next on the horizon!

I was so fired up and inspired afterwards, my head was exploding with ideas and excitement. I hope you feel the same way after watching! 🙂

3 Questions

Simply put, this quote, that popped up in my newsfeed today, is why I started #my87dayadventure.

“If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done.”

I’m not saying to DO what I did, I didn’t even know it would work for me when I began it LOL and I certainly didn’t have any kind of “forever” attached to it. Still don’t. 

Instead I suggest asking yourself the same 3 questions I asked myself before beginning: 

1. At the heart of it all, what do I really desire to have, do or be? 

In Life, in Love, in Finances, in Business, in any area that matters to you. 

2. What can I do to get me there, that I have NEVER done before? 

Be creative! Think outrageous! Multiple answers work too.

3. Am I willing? 

Am I willing to do something I’ve never done before? Am I ready to challenge myself and step outside my comfort zone? Am I willing to making potentially major lifestyle changes that may make me uncomfortable?

If the answer to #3 is “No”, then stop right there. No point in moving forward as that only sets you up for failure. Understand though that it is now your CHOICE to stay where you are and NOT have what you identified in question 1 that you truly desire. 

This has been a 2017 standout ah ha moment for me. 

How to finally have, do and be all that I want. It’s not easy. Nope. In fact, doing what you’ve never done can be quite tough, depending on what answer you came up with for question 2. ? 

I’m a work in progress, not perfection, and I have tons of things I desire to have and do and who I am becoming is a never ending journey…the road is long but I’m glad to be on it and boy have the incredible results in such a brief period of time ever been worth it! 

I wish the same for you! Please share your thoughts ? or questions in a comment below! ☺️

Raw Dinner for Two

Dining is such a fun, creative experience nowadays, bringing so much Joie.

Used to opening the fridge and seeing “things” ready made to eat, now when I open the door I see what seems like “nothing”. Jars filled with random dressings and dips and an assortment of whole fresh veggies and leafy greens. Lots of food but umm…what exactly to eat?

I have fresh tomatoes ?, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, parsley and salt but no recognizable jar of spaghetti sauce, ready to pop open and pour into a saucepan for warming up.

It now takes imagination to put an unprocessed, fresh meal together, if I want something that is more than a plain salad. And yes, I definitely want more. There is real Joie in unique and different flavors, textures, a variety of colors and overall vibrancy.
It starts in my head before I ever open that door. What do I feel like? Sweet, salty, leafy, crunchy, rich, dense, crispy, soft, spicy…etc. Then I go from there and think what ingredients I have in that category, what is ripe in the garden and how you could build a meal from it. It’s quite a visual experience. A world away from how I used to prepare meals. I do still do meal planning, try out new recipes and shop for the needed ingredients but I also now shop for Raw & Living food staples: veggies, leafy greens, nuts and seeds to have a foundation upon which to create.

Just yesterday Kerwin is scrounging for a snack, opens the fridge door and sees “nothing”. I suggest a bowl of cereal. But the catch is we don’t have any sugar laden, fake food cereal boxes or a carton of ? milk?. Instead I say to grab one of those random, unlabeled jars that has fresh cashew milk, take out some home-made & dehydrated granola from the jar on the counter and add one of the ripe bananas that didn’t get frozen for smoothies yet, to make a bowl of cereal. But it took running through an inventory in my head of ingredients to come up with “cereal”. Getting into the spirit, he added goji berries – bonus! ?

Dinner tonight was an especially beautiful thing! Highlights were:

  • The most amazing leftover Basil Vinaigrette, I didn’t think anything could beat my Basil Pesto recipe but this absolutely does.
  • Crackers I’d dehydrated earlier in the week.
  • Micro Arugula harvested from the garden
  • Raw, Vegan, Sulfate Free Wine ?

Thanks to some prep work (gardening, dehydrating, leftovers) I had a couple of things on hand and was able to whip together a simple dinner that was simply delicious and eye-catching too.

A take away from my trip to Japan ?? is that eating starts with your eyes and as such, attention to presentation details is very important. It makes such a difference in your overall enjoyment of the meal. It’s like you eat less too when the meal is so pretty. ??

For example, storing the flax crackers standing up in a cute basket makes me smile. It’s a lovely display and it’s so fun to choose your next perfect cracker.

Drinking a glass of wine in pretty, well made wine glasses instead of the cheap stemless ones we have takes it up a notch. (Found the glasses at a garage sale! ??)

Pausing to snap a picture actually helps you take a step back and appreciate what you have in front of you. Odd as it sounds!

I am grateful for this journey we are on together. Sitting down to a lovingly prepared meal, that tastes AMAZING and is absolutely nutritious and healing for our bodies makes me pinch myself – is this real???

How far we’ve come!

I hope my sharing our story inspires you! I NEVER saw this coming and if it looks impossible from where you are, that’s okay. I was there too, scared to commit to anything past this immense challenge of 87 days without meat, added sugar or processed flours. It seemed almost insane! Definitely crazy. That is if you call deciding to listen to yourself this time, for the first time, crazy. To do it my way, win or lose, and just see what happened.

All you need to do is start. Start something. Start anything. ??

Here’s a look back at my Day 1 of 2017’s Year of Transformation, if you’re looking for a place to start.

You are also warmly invited to join my Joie to Your Health group on Facebook for more inspiration, recipes, tips, support, challenges, fun and of course JOIE! ?

2017: The Summer of My Transformation

It’s been a Summer To Remember, that’s for sure!

I came across this, to me shocking, 3 year old video and was struck by the changes in my life, not just the physical but my overall wellness, mental health and the brighter light of life and passion in my eyes.

So I decided to start this blog post to highlight some of the standout moments of my transformation.

I ? in the mirror and as of yet, I still don’t recognize myself, it’s all so new, so being able to look back on where I came from will help me to never GO back.

This video is a year before EHT was launched, 3 years before the release of Youth Factor and almost 3 years before I decided to do something I’d never done before to become someone I’d never been before.

Yes, I was still happy and yes I was still grateful but listen to WHAT I was happy and grateful for! ?

Stay tuned for more transformation updates….

 

In the meantime, check out this new Power Couple!

Forget Finding Your Passion!

Have you struggled to FIND your passion?

Do you feel like there’s something wrong with you because you don’t have an overarching mission in life, as compared to others who appear to be on fire with making a dent in the universe?

I’m happy to share that you haven’t lost “it”! Instead, here’s what I propose…

For more information, check out my blog post: 4 Switches To Turn ON Your Passion

Launching! The Joie Chronicles

Introducing: The Joie Chronicles! ????

Thus begins the next 30 Day Challenge.

Oops! I forgot to mention, I’ll be doing a giveaway this month for a Nerium shopping spree! How does $150 sound?!?? You’ll be able to enter lots of different ways, just watch each days video for the details as they’ll change! ??

First entry is thru this blog post! Simply share it to Facebook timeline and use the hashtag: #thejoiechronicles. (The # is how I’ll find your post and be able to give you the entry into the Shopping Spree!)

Have a great story?
Great question you’d love me to answer?
Idea for a topic of discussion?
Is there a place in town you’d like me to livestream from?

Comment below! ☺️

I’m excited to be on this journey with you! See you tomorrow!