Inward

How do you want your 2014 to feel?

It’s that time of year again when everyone is coming up with their yearly resolutions. You know the drill, the lists of I should do this and I shouldn’t do that. And when it comes time to assess what we want to do for our health, the resolutions get down right self-deprecating, don’t they?

This past year I’ve treated myself to The Desire Map process with Danielle Laporte. Her work emphasizes feelings over doing. Sounds a little crazy doesn’t it? But I think she’s onto something. Most of us are running through our lives, just doing one thing after another and rarely are we even taking the time to enjoy what we’re doing.

Resolutions start to look just like this.

I’m going to start doing (such and such). Or I’m going to stop doing (fill in the blank).

In honor of Ms. Laporte, Jim and I sat down this past weekend and started our own little list of feelings. We dreamed about our business, our kids, and our home all in relation to how we want them to feel. Golly, it was a creative process. And by the end of the evening, both Jim and I were feeling really close and super connected. Priceless if you ask me.

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For 2014, I’m shooting for connection. For me, feeling connected hit almost every single one of my categories. I’m going for it this year. Connection is almost stamped into my being at this point and I am holding this feeling high for 2014.

How does it feel? I'm already reaping the benefits of connection. Just by having this feeling in the back of my mind, I can tell I’m responding a little softer and gentler to the people closest to me. Believe me, I have a long way to go- but reaching for connection- seems to be my ticket right now. I wonder what all will come to me in honor of this feeling. It’s too soon to tell, but I bet it’s gonna feel good.

Now it’s your turn, I wonder what feeling are you turned on by? Do you want more fun in your life, more sexy in your relationship? Or are you looking for calm? Tell me in the comment section, I’d love to hear from you.

So here it is 2014. Ripe with all sorts of possibilities and magic. This year, I'm sending deep peace and love to all of you. I am so grateful for my on-line family. And, I am so looking forward to connecting soon.

~ Kristin

Want to know my favorite vitamin?

Vitamin R. Vitamin R is the least expensive vitamin that you can find on the market. It’s not one that’s really talked about all that often. It doesn’t even come in a box, but wowzer- it is a super healer and it’s really potent at this time of year.

Vitamin R is that rare vitamin that we all need. It’s the vitamin that supports repair and rejuvenation and it’s known as rest.

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supps

There is something to be said about putting yourself out there in the world. To accomplishing things and doing your work. There is also something to be said for taking a break and falling into deep rest.

We all get caught up in the hustle and bustle of this time of year. We’re all trying to make special moments for the loved ones in our lives and that takes a bit of effort. But, there is a deeper calling at this time of year. Do you feel it?

It’s the calling of the darkness.

The darkness beckons us to break free from our patterns and our doings to spend a little more time reflecting.

As women, we are constantly doing for others. We give to our children, our mates, we extend to our friends, our neighbors, and our communities. And from time to time, it is so important that we take a break to give deeply to ourselves. Truly, truly, we can only give as much as we are able to receive.

I just wrapped up the last hormonal healing circle with 13 amazing women. This was the first time that I offered my work in this circle form. And, it was truly transformational.

One woman’s thyroid nodules are shrinking, another busy mom has dropped weight and changed her eating patterns, a third gal is cycling regularly, and a forth reports that she has finally broken through her hormonal stuckness. I am so proud of all the women who joined me over the last three months. They have taken their health into their own hands and now they are glowing in the results.

I am a big believer in “right” timing. I know you’ll know when it’s your time to take your health into your own hands and learn how to balance your hormones for good. If you’re feeling the call to go deeper, I am right here ready to be your guide.

In the meantime, I hope you can take some time off during the holidays and spend a little time replenishing your store of Vitamin R.

~ Kristin

What to do when Life throws you a curve ball

From time to time, even I get into a slump. Since the flood in Boulder, my attention has been on “other” things. I’ve been carpeting my basement, juggling the kids and school, and sharing more of my work on-line. Every now and then life gets a little topsy turvy and sometimes those things that are so necessary to keep us running smooth go to the bottom of the list. Things like eating well, having some down time, and breathing fresh air. So what’s a gal to do when the self-care takes a dip downward? I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve that I’ve been using to get myself back on track.

1. Put your self on your list. I live by my lists. I am a forgetful cat and my lists really help keep me on track. I separate my list into different categories. One part of my list is for work, another for my art, and a third is for my family. When my self-care slips, guess what I put on my list? Yep- I put myself right on top! I don’t need oodles of “away” time, but a little alone time can go along when we need to get back on track.

2. Schedule myself in. Number 1 and number 2 might look like the same thing, but they’re not. Every now and again, I‘ll put my on my list and I still don’t take the time to get away. That’s when I have to make some dates and put myself into my schedule. Sometimes a simple tea or a massage is all that I need to right my head and get back in the flow.

3. Dress Up. Have you ever noticed that it’s hard to wallow in yourself when you’re looking sharp. I can easily slide down the sweatpants and t-shirt path. Who doesn’t like to be comfy? But dressing up does have its benefits. When you look good, you feel good. And it’s a whole lot easier to take care of yourself when you’re feeling good. So now, I’m really curious. How do you get yourself righted when life is throwing you a curve ball?

Come on the ride with me and learn how to boost your thyroid and balance your hormones. And I’m looking for just the right gals who are ready to dive-in and change their health for good. Whether you live in Boulder or not, I’ve got the answers that you’ve been waiting for. Check in with yourself, maybe it’s your time to sign-up and make the commitment to your health. Believe me… you won’t regret it.

~ Kristin

Are you a smoothie fan?

Smoothies are super popular for their ease and convenience. How can you beat it? Throw a bunch of veggies and little bit of fruit into a blender and you’ve got a quickie breakfast or an on-the-go snack. But, if you’ve got a thyroid condition, are smoothies really good for you?

Smoothies have three things going against your thyroid: #1- Smoothies are cold. So even though they’re super simple to make, they’re hard for your body (and your thyroid) to digest. Your thyroid likes to take it easy. Foods that are closer to body temperature tend to be a little gentler to this sensitive gland.

#2- Smoothies are drinks. So yes- they might be loaded with a whole bunch of nutrients, but most of us (myself included) tend to gulp these puppies down. Much of our digestive and absorptive process takes place in our mouths. When you skimp on chewing, you miss out on some of the digestive process.

#3- You know those green leafy veggies that you love to add to smoothies? Greens like kale, spinach, and parsley. They are loaded with goitrogens. Goitrogens tend to inflame the thyroid and act as an anti-thyroid medication. Too many goitrogens will actually slow down an otherwise healthy thyroid.

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Collard greens

Well now, what’s a girl to do?

Don’t despair. Smoothies are probably ok if you have them occasionally. I wouldn’t recommend them for an everyday experience, but every now and then, a smoothie can be a fun pick-me-up.

And, don’t skimp on your greens. Greens are loaded with all sorts of great nutrients for your body and your thyroid. Most greens just need to be cooked (steamed or sautéed) a little bit to neutralize any goitrogens.

Below is a list of a few other common foods that tend to have higher levels of goitrogens. Again, these foods do not need to be avoided, just cooked lightly. Yes, I still eat raw strawberries. (I just don’t eat pint after pint of them.)

Make sure that these foods are lightly cooked: Brocoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, collards, peanuts, radishes, strawberries, turnips, and watercress. Please note, this is by no means a conclusive list. I just listed some of the most popular foods available.

~ Kristin