Are you sick of feeling flat, exhausted and overwhelmed? Want to bring back your spark?
As a naturopath, I treat people from all walks of life – young, old, all shapes and sizes. Lack of energy, zip, mojo (whatever you want to call it) is the most common problem by far. They’ve lost their spark – their ‘get up’n go’. If that sound like you or someone you know read on. I’ll show you how a combo of naturopathic medicine and life coaching can bring back your spark ASAP.
Most come to see me for the tip of the iceberg, exhaustion, overwhelmed by life, often living on carbs, sugar or caffeine to give them energy for life. As a naturopath, pharmacist and life coach I delve below the surface to find what’s driving the show.
To find out where the problem lies I assess a few things. Number one is your base layer – your patterns of eating, thinking, moving, drinking, sleeping, recharging, these reveal a lot about how you’re showing up every day and have a huge impact on your health. Small things done often tend to do that, which is an “ah-ah” moment in itself.
As we grow older it’s only natural to get a bit comfortable with where we are in life, but with that often comes a sense that we have to be responsible now so we can live a little later. Life is happening right now and while it might be smart to have a nest egg for the future, that doesn’t mean you can’t live a little (or a lot) right now. Stop making excuses about why you can’t go on that big trip, volunteer in another country, or do that seemingly crazy thing you’ve always wanted to try. Life is a journey to be enjoyed, embraced, and explored and what good is it to wait to do all of those amazing things if you are too old to enjoy it? Don’t wait, do it now. – Huffpost
Once you’ve addressed your foundations you look for imbalances in your body. Signs, symptoms, testing, intuition and experience help me to dig these up. This where my 28 years of experience in health industry kicks in (yes I started when I was 5yo!). Here you may find a variety of problems ranging from digestive issues, gut infections, nutrient deficiencies, food intolerances, autoimmune diseases, thyroid problems, hormonal imbalances, adrenal fatigue and the list goes on.
Now, it’s time to step back and construct a masterplan to suit you. This means knowing how different systems affect each other and seeing the big picture of what needs to be done and in what order. The art is in assessing where you are now and knowing the path to get to where you want to go. I guide you along step by step coaching and teaching you what needs to be done.
Ultimately my job is to empower you by teaching and guiding you along a path tailored to your needs, so you arrive at your desired destination. From here, amazing things will happen. I’ve seen people finally take that job, go out on that date, declutter what’s not working in their life and bring in what does.
It makes me smile all over every time I see a transformation from hopelessness to hope, with a spring their step and a sparkle in their eye. All I know is the world needs more people who’ve come alive.
They live longer happier lives. Having their spark back allows them to love bigger, live brighter and contribute more to making the world a better place. Who could ask for more than that!
Bring Back Your Spark Case Study – Treating Symptoms of Low Energy and Weight Loss Through Naturopathic Medicine
Here’s Lisa’s case study:
44 year old female
Presented with low energy 3/10 and couldn’t lose weight even on a restrictive 1200 cal/day.
Poor stamina, weak muscles, could only manage walking once a week for exercise.
Bad PMS symptoms, heavy, clotted, cramping periods
Bloating after every meal and prone to constipation
Had an itchy rash that comes and goes on her forearms
History of glandular fever as a child that took 12 months to recover from
Diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis 10 years ago and was on thyroid medication prescribed by her doctor.
Family history of autoimmune disease Lupus
Presents as exhausted, dark circles under eyes, dragging herself along…lost her spark
Goals – lose 13kg, increase energy
Ran a new set of blood tests at GP
Tested for food intolerances
Salivary hormone testing
Increased water intake to 2.5L/day
Reduced caffeine drinks to ideally 1 per day
Green smoothie 1/day
Reduced alcohol to maximum 2 drinks on weekend
Daily deep abdominal breathing 2 minutes
Gave nutrients to maximise energy production
Blood tests from GP revealed low iron, B12, MTHFR (needing activated B’s)
Food intolerance results revealed problem digesting dairy, eggs, some grains
Started detox & gut/ liver reset programme
Salivary hormone results revealed extremely high cortisol on waking & extremely low after midday, explaining the energy crash after lunch and treated with nutrients, herbs and lifestyle recommendations
Low progesterone, high oestrogen detected via salivary testing and treated with nutrients & herbs. Addressing liver/gut and adrenals makes huge positive impact here.
Continued with anti-inflammatory diet
Swapped to sublingual bioidentical thyroid medication and titrated to most effective dose, now Lisa’s able to exercise daily without muscle soreness and has loads of stamina.
Spark is totally back in her eyes, dark circles have gone.
Periods are lighter, no PMS and sugar cravings, feeling emotionally more balanced
Fluid retention has gone, feeling energised and alert
Lost 5kg to date
Now Lisa’s body has been rebalanced by addressing her gut and hormonal imbalances (adrenals, thyroid, sex hormones, blood sugar) she is all set to repeat the new skills I’ve taught her often. Super easy now her energy’s back and she has great patterns of eating, drinking, moving, thinking, recharging and being.
Bring Back Your Spark – Mission accomplished! And I’m still around if she needs a reset or tune-up.
Is it time to bring back your spark? You only get one go in this body so you may as well make the most of it. CLICK HERE to book online to get started today. Appointments available in person or Teams/Whatsapp
Julie xx (Naturopath, Life Coach, Pharmacist) Feeling Great Health Solutions Ph: 0438 593523
Holistic Life Coach Mornington – 10 Steps To Creating Life Balance
How to weigh up priorities to find peace and harmony.
1. BECOME AWARE
Draw a pie chart and section off the areas of your life: work, home, play, family, relaxation, meditation/exercise. Create a chart of how much time you’d like to give these areas. How unbalanced are these two versions?
“Love the life you have while you create the life of your dreams. Don’t think you have to choose one over the other.” “Remember, the moment you accept total responsibility for everything in your life is the moment you claim the power to change anything in your life.” – Hal Elrod
1. S for Silence – Instead of hitting the snooze button, then rushing through the day stressed and overwhelmed, invest time just sitting in purposeful silence. As you sit in silence, you relax your body, quieten your mind and allow your stress to melt away. Developing a deeper sense of clarity, purpose and direction.
It could be a prayer of gratitude and appreciation, listening to a meditation app for 10 minutes, breathing deeply and centering yourself with feet on the floor for 2 minutes.
2. A for Affirmations – Affirm with emotion & feeling statements to remind you of your unlimited potential, your most important goals and the actions that are required today to achieve them. Reminding yourself of how capable you are motivates you. Touching on which actions you must take, re-energises you to focus on doing what’s necessary today to move you towards where you desire.
This may be “How can I lovingly improve on the greatness that already exists?”, “Life is happening for me not to me”, “I am gratitude. I am courage”. Find one that sits right with you then develop and add to it over time.
3. V for Visualisation – Now close your eyes and visualise what it will look like and feel like when you reach your goals or desires. Seeing your ideal vision increases your belief that it’s possible and your desire to make it a reality. Your brain does not know the difference.
4. E for Exercise – Move your body to increase the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain. This could be as little as 5 minutes or ideally 20-30 minutes. The aim is to raise your heart rate, generate energy, alertness and focus.
I personally stretch for 5 minutes each morning, then get my heart rate up by jogging, skipping, pilates, strength training either arms, abs, butt/legs for a total of 20-30 minutes. Do what suits your body.
5. R for Reading – Listen, read or watch something inspiring that helps you learn a new idea or concept that you can incorporate into the day to improve your relationships, mindset or work. This can take just 5 minutes or 1 page. Youtube can be wonderful here.
6. S for Scribing – Write in your journal 3 things you are grateful for, 1 thing you are proud about yourself and top 1-3 things you are committed to creating that day. By doing this you create clarity and motivation that you need to take action.
How would you feel if this is how you started the beginning of each day.
How would the quality of your day & your life improve?
Make it a must and watch your life soar and your dreams come to fruition.
Start with as little as 1 minute for each of these steps. I personally wrap it all into my hour of power each morning.
Taking 30 minutes for exercise & 10-20 mins for silent meditation, the rest in few minute blocks. The Miracle Morning Hal Elrod
Healing Adrenal Fatigue – Ever caught yourself thinking, Wow, I feel burnt out! I think most of us have been there. What does it mean and how did it happen?
What is adrenal fatigue?
Adrenal fatigue is a phenomenon characterized by a disruption of your adrenal glands’ ability to make cortisol in the right amounts at the right times in response to stress. – mindbodygreen
Recently, I treated a young working mum that was the poster child of true burnout. She was early 30’s, just had her first child, worked in the emergency services and held herself to high standards with no excuses.
She came to me for weight she couldn’t shift and zero sex drive. She had started letting certain things go over the past year because she just couldn’t keep all the balls in the air, one of them had been intimacy with her partner.
Despite her usual rigorous weights and exercise program her muscle mass was dropping and she was stacking on weight around the middle. Even after restricting her carbs things weren’t getting any better.
She was up for promotion and her brain was foggy, her blood sugar dropped dramatically if she didn’t eat regularly and her strength waned. She felt knocked out when she went to bed, but still woke up with limited reserves.
She regularly needed a caffeine hit to keep her energy on, felt a big slump mid afternoon. At night she got by with hubby cooking and taking care of the kids. There was no thought of any more kids she was at her limit.
This a one presentation of classic adrenal fatigue. They can be varied in their severity.
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