Paleo F(x) Part 1: Friday


My reflection on Paleo F(x) turned out to be quite the reflection! It will be given to you in 3 parts. Here is part 1!

Paleo F(x).

What a weekend that was. I entered feeling nervous, excited and unsure of what was ahead. I left feeling energized, inspired and more sure of my direction than ever before (more about that later). I met many people in person who I had already ‘met’ online and met plenty of new faces. There was tons of new foods and products to try out too, which was awesome ;). I clearly enjoyed myself quite a bit.

So what did I learn?

I learned a ton! I learned actual ‘academic information’ as well as life lessons. Even my hubby stated he learned a lot and came away with new information.

Our Friday schedule was jam packed with speakers and started out with listening to a lecture from Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist who has also written many books including Grain Brain and Brain Maker, to name a few. This was one of my favorite lectures of the weekend and a great way to kick off the weekend in style. Dr. Perlmutter was engaging and hilarious, his 2 hour talk went by in the blink of an eye.

His lecture discussed sugars and how they come in many different forms and how they affect us in many different ways. One of the first things he said really stood out to me, and has stuck with me since. He asked the audience what we thought the #1 source of calories was in America today.

The answer?

High Fructose Corn Syrup. HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. I’ll just leave that right there.

He went on to discuss the correlation between sugar consumption and Alzheimer’s risk (I’ll give you a hint, the more you eat, the more you’re at risk), sugar and the microbiome and GMO’s. He also went further to discuss how diabetes impacts Alzheimer’s risk. He broke it down to the science and how sugar binds to proteins to create free radicals and how that creates inflammation. It was a fantastic talk, and one that was very informational and helpful. He had great talking points and even gave action steps for people when they asked questions.

The next session of the day was Ben Greenfield. He is an Ironman athlete, a biohacker and self experimenter all rolled into one. He has tried some crazy methods in the name of fitness, that is for sure, but if you are curious about a new method or technology, he is the man to seek out, because I am sure he has tried it. Or at least will be willing to take one for the team and go first.

He had a great in-depth talk about the Vagus Nerve. The Vagus Nerve stretches from your brain all the way to your gut and is partially in control of the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest system). He discussed great ways (and some kinda far out there, it is Ben Greenfield after all) of getting optimal function from your Vagus Nerve. Some included considering jaw alignment, morning brain flush (kinda out there), hot/cold therapy, Kundalini yoga and aromatherapy, among others. His talk was very in depth, and he blew through tons of information. I couldn’t write fast enough! (That happened often during the weekend). Some of the ideas I’ll never be able to do either because of cost of equipment or access to equipment. But some of the methods I’d like to try. We did a quick example of a breathing exercise from Kundalini yoga, and I loved it. It was challenging yet so relaxing, I’d love to incorporate this into my day or week. Hot/cold therapy is also something I can accomplish quickly in my shower. It’s just a matter of doing it! No one likes the cold shower thing… no matter how good it is for you!

Right after Ben Greenfield, it was onto see Dr. Sarah Ballantyne, aka The Paleo Mom. She had an interesting discussion about the idea of the Caveman in the Paleo world. Is he really helping our cause? or is he hurting us? Is saying we ‘eat like a Caveman’ helping us explain to others what we do? Her take on this was that the idea of ‘Eating like a Caveman’ is not helping us define ourselves at all. In fact, we are opening ourselves up to more criticism because we describe ourselves this way. She went on to describe what ‘eating like a caveman’ would really look like today and if the foods we consider Paleo and positive would be included in this, which they wouldn’t. She suggested describing Paleo not as simply ‘Eating like a Caveman’ but ‘Eating in a Nutrient Dense way for Health’. Which I totally agree with.

I have often found myself describing Paleo/AIP this way when asked already. Especially when talking about AIP, with it’s many restrictions, I try to put it into as positive of a light as I can. At the end of the day I don’t care what others think about the way I eat, but I have found that stating it this way helps the other person understand. And isn’t that the ultimate goal of conversation anyway?

Friday was a looooooong day of listening and learning. It was great! By the end of the session with The Paleo Mom, our brains (and butts) were done sitting and listening. We took a stroll around the expo to see what was up, then headed out for the day! Time to find dinner then rest up for Saturday! Stay tuned for Part 2!

 

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I help women who have also been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis make specific and personalized diet, lifestyle & subconscious changes so that they can begin to heal their body, reduce disease symptoms, and return to a life they love.hey there,

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In case you needed to hear that today.

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You didn’t “fail” at healing.
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In case you needed to hear that today.

You’re not a failure.
You didn’t “fail” at healing.
Having MS is hard- do what’s best for you.
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This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
🧡❤️🧡

This is my challenge to you over the next week.

Take some time and think about this past year.

All you’re proud of, all you’ve accomplished. And if you have some things that don’t bring you joy, be proud of yourself for making it through in one piece and still being here.

Reflection is a great way to cultivate motivation to keep going..

You’re doing amazing.
You’ve done amazing.
Let’s keep going.
🧡❤️🧡
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Comparison is the thief of joy.

Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

❤️🧡❤️

Comparison is the thief of joy.

Regardless of what you see others doing,
you’re right where you should be.

❤️🧡❤️
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This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment. 

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?

This took me completely by surprise, cause I usually roast myself after a simple mistake 🙈

But, I just didn’t? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Working on self improvement is weird.
Like I’m not even consciously working on how I talk to myself at the moment.

Have I in the past? Sure. And it’s something I try to stay conscious of, but def have my moments where I fall into old patterns.

But this moment gave me hope.

What moments in your journey have given you hope lately?
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Thank you for supporting my business this past year. 

Because in reality, you’re supporting me.

So thank you.
Scott thanks you too!

Thank you for supporting my business this past year.

Because in reality, you’re supporting me.

So thank you.
Scott thanks you too!
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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

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👉🏼Feeling stuck with your MS symptoms?
👉🏼Feeling like your body betrayed you and is working against you?
👉🏼Are you worried you’re stuck like this and will never get better?

I get it. At one point I did too.

Years ago I was experiencing “Aggressive MS” and I thought I’d never function the same.

I thought my days of moving how I wanted, or doing anything on a whim were over.

I couldn’t walk well, couldn’t feel my body correctly and I was SCARED.

But now?
I’m confident in the ways I’m helping myself.
I no longer have aggressive MS.
I can move how I want, when I want.

Because of the changes I’ve made over the years.

No, it’s not easy, but that’s where I come in!!

I’ve dedicated my life to helping those with MS realize that feeling better is possible and helping them get there.

My 2 courses and my membership are on sale this weekend for Black Friday,

want to start your own success story??

Comment SUCCESS below and I’ll send you the link!!
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These are the lowest prices for my courses like ever, and they won’t be back. (And they’ll prob be going up in the new year- planning some updates!!)

Comment HEALING below and I’ll send you a link, or check out my stories!!
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The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

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If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS. 
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

The first step to being successful with managing stress (& being successful with anything really) is:

Awareness of where you currently are.

You can’t change or manage what you’re not aware of.

You can only know yourself as deep as you’re awareness of yourself goes.

Try this:
Right now as you read this, pause for a sec.
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

Where were my thoughts?
Where is my breathing?
What am I saying to myself?

Get really honest here too (warning- it might be uncomfy)

What did you discover while checking in? Let me know in the comments!

-
-
If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa. I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.
I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.
Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
...

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Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡

Progress is absolutely not linear.

But, it’s still progress nonetheless.

I see you if you’re in a “dip” or feel like you’re going “backwards”

You’re really not, you’re right where you should be.

Keep going!!
🧡❤️🧡
...

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Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis. 

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now. 

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!

Lol, all this got me was an MS diagnosis.

This was me basically my whole life up until a few years ago.

My clients have all talked about situations like this too.

It’s no wonder why a lot of us have an autoimmune disease now.

Please, speak your truth. Your body will thank you.

If we haven’t met yet, Hi! 👋🏼👋🏼 I’m Alissa.
I’m a Holistic Practitioner & Therapist specializing in MS.

I use all the tools I’ve comprised over my 10+ year career (and 14+ years with MS) to help my clients with MS decrease their symptoms, improve their overall health and get back to living life on their terms, not MS’ terms.

Interested to hear how that might look for you? Comment 🧡 below or DM me and we’ll chat!
...

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This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️

This has been a TOUGH week friends.

Don’t lose yourself.

What else would you add to this list?
What helps you when life is super hard?

❤️❤️
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I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!

I’ve been actively working on my nervous system for the past year or two.

That hasn’t meant that all my anxiety or depression magically vanished.

It just means that when I do find myself feeling like an anxious mess or a depressed puddle, I know how to attend to and care for myself.

Not in the goal of “fixing” per se, more honoring and accepting.

This is one of the ways I help my clients improve their MS symptoms, but attending to their nervous systems and improving their stress response and resilience.

I have so many ways to work with me.. from 1:1 support to my free community.. comment below “interested” and we’ll chat about what would be right for you!
...

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