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Becoming Bulletproof-Why I chose Bulletproof Coach Training

Becoming Bulletproof-Why I chose Bulletproof Coach Training

Hey Better Lifers! As  you guys probably know by now the Bulletproof Diet has been a huge part of my health transformation. To read the whole long journey of my health woes the post is here. But in short I was sick, like all the time. I was missing work almost a week a month for a year (talk about stress). I saw Doctors I didn’t know existed and even an Infectious Disease specialist (talk about a really uncomfortable waiting room, just wondering if someone in there has ebola).

I know now that my poor body was pretty stressed from my lifestyle, work as a lawyer, but it was also stressed by food allergies I didn’t know I had. So when any little thing popped up my body couldn’t fight back. I am pretty sure what really threw me off the cliff was a nine month treatment for an exposure to Tuberculosis. I had tested negative my whole life, with lifeguarding as a summer job we were tested regularly. I knew there had been a few TB concerns in courts I worked in, but I was really surprised when I had a positive test in 2013. By positive I mean blisters up and down my arm that were super painful. I knew it was a bad reaction when my doctor asked if she could take a picture of it because she had never seen a reaction that bad. But the Nine months on antibiotics just destroyed my already fragile system.

What I have learned is that your immune system starts with your gut bacteria (you can check out way more about that here and here) and antibiotics destroy your gut bacteria. So things got really bad. When I went out of work on Disability in August 2014 it made me start searching for another way to fix my health. After a year traditional medicine just kept prescribing antibiotics….and I was never healthy. When I wasn’t ‘sick’, I was still tired, agitated and uncomfortable in my own body.

A friend and co-worker, to whom I am forever grateful, suggested allergy testing. Once I discovered how much I was allergic to (26 FOODS!) I knew that food was going to be a large component to fixing my health. So after some googling I came across the Bulletproof Executive blog by Dave Aspery. This man’s story spoke to my heart because it was my story too. So I decided to start by trying Bulletproof Coffee, then I read the book, then I became an avid listener to the podcasts and started reading Dave’s blog.

Through that I learned so much about why my system was broken that I found a functional medicine doctor who helped get me back on track. By the time I got there I had full adrenal burn out (it was bad). But within a moth of a supplement and diet protocol I began to feel like me again. I had more energy, I wasn’t a total bitch all the time and my body didn’t hurt. It was heaven and I had hope. I was feeling great and ready to return to work when I herniated my back in September 2015. Since then my journey has been related to my back but my health has been rock solid.

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The most exciting thing about eating Bulletproof is that it is a spectrum (get a free copy of the roadmap from Bulletproof). So you choose the foods best for your body, and your biology. You making conscious choices about eating. It’s a program that evolves and isn’t rigid. The most liberating part for me is that it freed me from food (particularly sugar) cravings. I am not starving at 10am and distracted until I can eat again. I am not dying for sugar before or after meals, or at 3pm. Now I choose what to eat based on how I feel. Sometimes those are ‘red’ zone foods, but I have chosen them and enjoy them, I don’t feel compelled. While I am writing this I have been through 2 back surgeries in a year and over 5 years of health issues. My weight is down 30 pounds, with the only exercise I can do being gentle walking and small muscle group physical therapy exercise. Nothing that breaks a sweat, no lifting weights, and I feel great. The Diet is the key, and the coffee kicks that off.

This is why I joined the Bulletproof Coach Training program, so I can hep others find their way back to health, and balance. When you aren’t craving foods you don’t want to eat, when you aren’t exhausted and pissed off you can really start to enjoy your life and the people in it. So I have also decided to become a Bulletproof Affiliate so I can share more of what has worked for me with you. So if you are looking for weight loss, increased focus and energy or becoming more resilient to everyday challenges I am here. So I will be sharing the things I use and love and how I do it because everyone deserves to feel amazing. You deserve  your Better Life, and it is waiting!!!

As always if you have questions about Bulletproof or Coach Training, or want help on your own journey contact me. I am hear to help.

 

*there are affiliate links in this post. I only share things I actually use and enjoy. I share them through links because the income allows me to better serve you, and do fun giveaways!

Hack your sleep with iOS 9.3 | Night Shift

Hack your sleep with iOS 9.3 | Night Shift

So what is the big deal about Night Shift anyway? Well, it sure makes hacking your sleep a lot easier. The blue tone light that comes from screens such as your Computer, Tv Screen, Phone, Kindle ext.,  research has shown that blue light keeps you awake because it suppresses the production of melatonin, the hormone that helps your body fall asleep. Sadly, that means that the screens not only provide you with things to do that keep you awake, but they actually stop you getting to sleep when you want to on a biological level. So being able to use Night Shift allows you to turn your screen amber so that there is no sleep disrupting blue light.

This video shows you quickly and easily how to set up Night Shift on your iPhone.

And now it’s time for a pro-tip for easily turning on Night Shift

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So for your iPhone and your iPad you now have Night Shift to take the blue out of your screens. The good news is that if you  must work late on your computer you can dim your screen using a program such as f.lux to get rid of that blue light. If you want to eliminate all the blue light from your evenings you can wear amber-tinted glasses – they’ve been shown to improve not only sleep quality but also mood.

If you are looking for additional hacks to get a better nights sleep you can try adding in a small amount of food such as a tablespoon of raw honey (not in tea because then it’s no longer raw, and changes the composition of the honey), or adding some more carbs to your dinner. Additionally supplementation can help, specifically adding Magnesium to your evening supplements. The most bioavailable Magnesium is in the citrate or nitrate form. I use this one.

 

Finally if you really want to get your sleep dialed in then tracking your sleep is key. I discovered the Beddit sleep tracker at the Bulletproof BioHacking conference 2015. I had a chance to dive into the science behind their sensors and their software, it was great to see how much thought has gone into this piece of technology. If you are looking to just start with sleep tracking the Sleep Cycle app is a great free option to begin to look into sleep tracking. If you start sleep tracking and are seeing that you aren’t getting good deep sleep or if your partner complains that you snore terribly or that you stop breathing in the night look into if sleep apnea or TMJ could be an issue. You can find out more about Sleep Apnea and TMJ from Dr. Bryan Baker’s website, he is a Maxillofacial Prosthodontist who specializes in sleep apnea and TMJ. Often the issue can be greatly improved with a simple appliance you wear at night, which is what I do, and it has made a  huge difference.

If you want to dive deeper into getting a better nights sleep please contact me, additionally if you are interested in my Better Sleep Hacks PDF join my mailing list in the sidebar and you will receive it!

Cheers!

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Why you need spring cleaning for your products

Why you need spring cleaning for your products

The products you put on your body are just as important as what you eat. This is something that I didn’t realize for too long. When I finally found the truth about the products I was using I went on a through overhaul. I literally tossed everything I had been using because it wasn’t supporting my goals to live a Better Life. What’s in your products? Let’s explore.

I didn’t spend a ton of time caring about products when I was in High School and College. But during law school I wanted to present myself as more put together (probably because I felt like an imposter begin in law school in the first place but that is an entirely different subject). I quickly went from product noob to avid product junkie. I loved skin care, makeup, hair products.

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When I started working as a trial lawyer I was in front of strangers arguing cases asking for convictions. I really stepped up my makeup and skin care game, because once you have people staring at you all day you realize how much they notice. I had a juror early in my career ask me after trial what shoes I had worn on day 3 of a 10 day trial. At the time I used mostly Chanel, Laura Mercier and Murad. I’m embarrassed to say that at 27 years old the eye cream I was using cost upwards of $100. The eye cream I use now at 37 is $42, more effective and isn’t filled with ingredients that impact my health. Which is the point of this post.

I was clueless about the skin care, body, hair care and cosmetic products I was using. I was totally unaware that what goes onto your skin goes into your blood in 28 seconds, which is concerning because the United States doesn’t regulate these types of products for known carcinogens. In Europe over 1,300 chemicals are specifically banned from use in cosmetics, in the US the FDA has specifically banned 9 ingredients. To be fair, the European Standard does include ingredients that have never been used in cosmetics but you have to say something for completeness.

I didn’t begin paying attention to this information until I was having heath issues including hormone disregulation and adrenal fatigue. After researching I found that the products I was using could be playing a part in the difficulty my body was having. I also knew that I didn’t want my kids bathing in products that contained petroleum (yes like gasoline), mineral oil and formaldehyde. Once I started looking into it I just got pissed. Companies like Johnson & Johnson make a set of products to sell in Europe and a cheaper, chemical filled counter part to sell here. Doesn’t that make you mad….they already are making cleaner products!! Speaking of Johnson & Johnson they just lost a lawsuit in where the plaintiff’s were awarded $72 million after getting ovarian cancer. It was found that Johnson and Johnson failed to warn consumers that their talc products ( including that white powder that we are encouraged to use on babies) have cancer causing ingredients.

It is up to us as consumers to be informed, but the information isn’t always easy to find. It is just starting to get out there. A recent study found that when Teenage girls switched their products that they had a ‘significant reduction in endocrine-disrupting chemicals’ in just three days. The study continues to say that “Techniques available to consumers, such as choosing personal care products that are labeled to be free of phthalates, parabens, triclosan, and oxybenzone, can significantly reduce personal exposure to these potentially endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Our study did not test [products] for the presence of these chemicals, but simply used techniques available to the average consumer: reading labels and investigating product safety through web-based databases.”

But it feels totally overwhelming to research everything from your facial cleaner to your shampoo to every lipgloss you use. I was in the same boat and then I found Arbonne. Yes there are other companies that have products that have some of the qualities that Arbonne has, but there is no other company that has as complete of a product suite with as long of a history of creating pure, safe and beneficial products. Arbonne products are Swiss formulated from naturally sourced ingredients that are free from all the fillers, and chemicals all to present in products sold in the United States, even the high end ones. The reason I became an Arbonne consultant is because I love and trust the company and the products. I have meet amazing people who are dedicated to helping others change their products and their lives. I also had so many compliments on my skin, and people asking where they could get the products that I knew I had to be able to share with others. It’s part of being Bulletproof, taking care of your body, your hormones, inside and out. If you are interested in Arbonne products I am happy to help. No matter what you choose I encourage you to look into the products you are using and ask if they are helping you live your Better Life.

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