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Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Feminism, Inspiration, Personal Development | 0 comments

The Urgency Of Feminism For Men And Women + Resources Galore

The Urgency Of Feminism For Men And Women + Resources Galore

  The recent U.S. presidential election elucidated the massive amount of social, political, economic and environmental work that remains to be done in the world. For me, the issue that hits closest to home is gender inequality, also known as women’s rights, or feminism.   Women’s Rights Aren’t Just About Women   Not only do women’s rights affect the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of women–an aspect of feminism that interests me greatly as a women’s health practitioner–women’s rights also affect men and children. In fact, women’s rights affect the entire world. After all, women make up half the population on the planet. Anyone who has ever felt marginalized sees the world through that oppressed lens. They possess a hypersensitivity that those who have not felt marginalized do not possess–whether due to the color of their skin, sexuality, gender, physical capability, country of origin or any other state of being.   Men And Women Need To Communicate About Feminism   I am struck by the inherent ways that my husband and I view and process the world around us. I...

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Posted by on Sep 18, 2015 in Inspiration, Motherhood, Postpartum | 0 comments

Taking Back Postpartum: My Weight Loss Journey

Taking Back Postpartum: My Weight Loss Journey

  The childbearing phase of a woman’s life brings with it a whole host of additional body image issues. As if the teenage years weren’t brutal enough. During my first pregnancy at age 32, I gained 26 lbs. and lost it all within six months of delivering. I followed my own nutrition advice and bam. Easy-peasy. During my second pregnancy at age 34, I gained 50 lbs. and losing it has been humbling. My second daughter just turned one, and people still ask me how my pregnancy is going, if I’m having a boy or a girl, and how excited I must be to have a third on the way. The first few times that happened, I was absolutely mortified. I’ve never been overweight, and for the first time in my life I felt embarrassed about my body for being too big instead of being too small. (Can’t win, right?) Somewhere along the way, my brain has learned that if I want to look beautiful, successful, and healthy, I am supposed to...

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Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Baby, Inspiration, Motherhood | 2 comments

How I Easily Chose My Second Cesarean Birth

How I Easily Chose My Second Cesarean Birth

  There are two births that come with every new baby–the birth of the baby, and the birth of the birth story. A mother’s telling of the birth of her child, I believe, has the potential to be profoundly healing, not only for her, but for any woman who hears her story. As I nursed my baby at three this morning, I read another mama’s birth story. I was riveted, and I kept reading even though my daughter had long since fallen asleep. As I crawled back in bed, I found myself thinking about this other woman’s birth story instead of my own. Up until that night, I would lay awake, my mind turning over the events of Vivi’s birth, over and over. Did I make the right decisions? Is there anything I would have done differently? Am I traumatized? Is she? But this time I thought of someone else, felt her suffering and pain, her joy and renewal. Just from reading her story, I realized, I felt more healed...

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Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Business, Events, Inspiration | 0 comments

You’re More Of A Leader Than You Think

You’re More Of A Leader Than You Think

  I used to think I wasn’t a leader. Whenever someone talked about “leadership” I assumed it didn’t concern me. I don’t have any employees, I work for myself, I’m not planning on starting a revolution any time soon.   Recently, I’ve realized being a leader means becoming internally aligned with your message, your purpose for being on the planet.   It means loving yourself and knowing that you are worthy to speak and be heard. It means being vulnerable and tough simultaneously. I know my purpose for being on this planet is to spread the message of women’s health and empowerment. If I could have my way, it would be that every woman feel beautiful, healthy, powerful, honored, and financially free. (And, yes, money is a big part of the women’s health and empowerment picture!)   I believe we all have a purpose for being here, a special gift to improve other’s lives.   I believe you have a bigger impact than you realize, and I believe if you put...

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Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Events, Fertility, Inspiration | 10 comments

Ignoring Your Calling? Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

Ignoring Your Calling? Here’s Why That’s A Good Thing

  I just birthed a 5-year-old baby. Let me explain. For years, I have wanted to create some sort of online program that helped women get pregnant holistically. I wanted to include the ancient wisdom of Chinese medicine, modern wisdom of proper nutrition, as well as mental /emotional / spiritual preparation tools. FIVE years ago that I had this idea. Or was it six? A week ago, a group of incredible women completed my first Fertile Woman 21-Day Online Event and I had a thought eerily similar to the day my first daughter was born:  I can’t believe I made this. It’s funny because I see remnants of this idea strewn about old blog posts, journal entries, patient charts, and even my day planner. This online program has literally been incubating for years! So, why did it take me so long to create it?   I have some ideas that I think apply to anyone who has a calling and ignores it.   1) I was afraid to put...

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Posted by on Feb 11, 2014 in Fertility, Inspiration | 2 comments

How Infertility Healed My Body And Mind

How Infertility Healed My Body And Mind

  I believe one of the gifts of infertility, or any disharmony in the body, is that it forces you to take a closer look. Why aren’t things working as they should? If you choose to accept the challenge, in some cases, infertility can lead you to becoming your healthiest self — in body, mind, and spirit. Or, at least that’s how I like to look at it. The first time I became pregnant I miscarried. My husband and I weren’t trying to conceive, it just happened. I was ready to have a baby, but he wasn’t. When I first told him the news, honestly, he was pretty freaked out. So was I! But then it started to sink in, and we began to imagine our lives as a threesome, we wrote down baby names and told our friends — even though it was super early, we couldn’t contain our excitement. Then my period came. We were devastated. And that’s when we realized we wanted a baby. Bad.  ...

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