BE WELL WEDNESAY:

Happy Hump Day! I'm so excited to share about this amazing book called Thyroid Healing by Anthony William, a New York Times Best Selling Author. STOP right there if you're saying, "oh I don't need to read this because there is nothing wrong with my thyroid". Think again, because you will find the answers to every illness you have ever had, big or small, and every illness in your family history in this book and how it is all connected to the viruses we carry and the foods we eat.
Anthony William is a Medical Medium and a trained western medical Dr. as well. For those of you that just raised an eye brow when you read 'medical medium', like what the hell is that? Well, a medium is an intuitive person and a medical medium is someone who can intuitively tell what's wrong with a person. Quite the combination as I came to understand after finding this book. It's a HUGE eye opener. So first off, let me just say, I do not know Anthony William, I think he's a genius, but I don't know him.This is not a sponsored post or an ad, this is just me sharing because that's what I do when I find something amazing. And this is amazing.

I could probably write my own book about this book but to keep this post reasonably short, OK medium,  I'll start with my own story. About 4 years ago I was working in an extremely toxic environment with people that were nasty monsters, seriously, that's the only way I can describe them (without cursing). And we all know toxic environments are stressful, to say the least. I noticed a bump at the base of my throat where my neck meets my collar bone. Now, I am not a fan of western medicine, I prefer holistic medicine, but sometimes you just have to get checked out by technology, which in this case meant a sonogram.  The Dr. didn't think it was cause for much concern, she blamed the stress of the afore-mentioned monsters. I had almost forgotten about the test when the Dr. called me.  I remember I was sitting with my feet up on my desk and when she identified herself I really didn't listen to anything she said because in my head I kept hearing, 'why is the doctor calling me, doctors don't call me'. And then I heard the B word which stopped me cold. She said I needed a biopsy because I had thyroid nodules and that they were bigger than normal range. The biopsy, which hurt like hell in the neck, showed that the nodules, were benign thank GOD. 95% of the time this is the case. This was good. What caused them, they don't know, not good. How to get rid of them, they don't know, again, not good. Western medicine at it's finest.

I was very relieved and very grateful but when she said it's just something you'll have to live with I said no thanks. It's not normal to have these on my thyroid so I wanted to get rid of them. The first thing I did was quit working with the nasty monsters. Then I went into my usual research every natural remedy on the planet mode for this condition and six months later when I was rechecked by sonogram again, she was surprised to see that the little buggers had shrunk. Now four years later, they are teeny tiny and there is no longer a visible bump on my throat. I told her what I was doing, which was a combination of a tea called Lady Bed-straw, that I had to order from Belgium, a treatment with cabbage, very stinky, tapping, which she knew nothing about, and a few other natural remedies. She looked at me like I was crazy but said 'whatever works'. Now that I have read this book and know the right food combos I'm confident that my nodules will be completely gone next time they are checked.

Fast forward to the reason I bought the Thyroid Healing book. Dr. William describes nodules as a side effect of the Epstein Bar virus, that we carry whether it's active or dormant. He explains that when the immune system isn't able to destroy the virus it attempts to wall off the virus with calcium. That's what thyroid nodules are, calcium prisons for the virus. Well look at that an explanation! And then of course he tells you the foods to eat to rid your body of the virus and heal.
You will learn the miracle of drinking celery juice in the morning on an empty stomach, for real, just celery juice! It cures your gut, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol. Would you rather take medication? You'll learn the miracle of whole foods, fruits and vegetables. I was a pretty clean eater to begin with and I had already given up gluten and sugar, now I've added dairy, corn products, eggs and canola oil to that list, as recommend in the book and I'm juicing much more.
I've effortlessly lost 10 lbs, THAT NEVER HAPPENS! Fit into a dress I bought two years ago that still had the tags on it because it was too small when I bought, it was on sale, I do that, don't judge me.  I've always paid attention to what I eat but something about this book just makes so much sense that it's literally changed everything I think about my body and it's relationship to food.

Also, I never understand why people think it's more expensive to eat whole foods then processed garbage.This haul below of fruits and veggies cost $22 and then I bought a few staples at Trader Joe's and spent $35!
I hope you will read the book! You can also check out his Instagram account here where he talks about different foods and their healing benefits, the list in the book is just amazing. This pic, before I gave up eggs. Thought I'd miss them but I don't. I also love his list of Grab and Go Combos, since I'm usually grabbing and going. Here are a few of my favorites;

  • Cauliflower and Apple - brings down inflammation in the thyroid
  • Tomatoes and Spinach - together they strengthen the liver and flush the lymphatic system build immune support
  • Celery and Dates - a powerful adrenal restorative
  • Wild Blueberries and Papaya - provides fighting power to stop, reduce and prevent thyroid tumors, cancerous and benign and restore tissue that may have been killed through radioactive treatment
  • Tangerine and Raspberries - helps prevent calcium loss in the thyroid and throughout the body preventing osteoporosis
Here's to our health! Toasting from my juice production line, cheers :)

MOTIVATION MONDAY: SPRING!

Happy Motivation Monday and Happy SPRING!  April is a great month to BLOOM and just like the seeds that begin to peek up through the ground, the seeds that we have planted in our lives also grow. We can't always see what's growing and sometimes, just when you think a seed didn't take, out pops something in the garden and in our lives. Spring is about rejuvenation, physically and emotionally.

I'm coming off a long weekend and a March full of fun. This past weekend we had a great visit from my step mom-in-law. We share a passion for all things garden so we decided to visit Desconso Gardens. Not everything was in bloom yet but, as you can see from my pictures, the tulips were out in full force. We also got to drive up north to my sister and brother-in-laws, I love hanging out with them. We celebrated Passover and Easter and my daughters birthday month. We prefer experiences to gifts these days so we did a lot of fun things like making clay pots on a potters wheel, which was so much fun, and really hard by the way. Notice my apron, I had more clay on me then anyone else in the class of course :O And we did a family bike ride on the paths in Griffith Park. And a great trip to Austin for SXSW which was in my last post.

Happy Spring!






SXSW, A FILM PREMIER AND A WEEKEND IN AUSTIN TEXAS:

I started writing this post on Friday night and all I kept saying was how could this trip have been a week ago already! It felt like we just got back. We had such a wonderful time. I was numb for a few days after. A thousand hugs to my friend Kate for staying over and watching our fur babies!
Austin TX is a great city. None of us had ever been there before. It's contemporary yet quaint, picturesque with a hip small town vibe juxtaposed against a modern city skyline. It's also the home of a huge annual film and music festival called SXSW, (South By South West), and that's what brought us to Austin.We were there for the premier of  'WILD NIGHTS WITH EMILY'. A film about the untold story of Emily Dickinson, found through published letters which alter what history has lead us to believe about this famous poet. It's a comedy staring the amazing Molly Shannon as Emily and my daughter, Dana Melanie, as young Emily. This film manages a political message as well as the ability to tug at your hart strings as you're laughing out loud. That's quite a task pulled off by director Madeleine Olnek, a true creative genius, and a wonderful cast. If you're interested in reading about the film this great review in IndieWire nails it better than anything I could write here. There's also a shout out to Dana and her co-star who plays young Susan, Emily's lover, calling the young actors 'Excellent'.  The screening was held in the beautiful Paramount Theaters, 1100 seats and it was full!
After the excitement of the Red Carpet and all the Press and seeing the film for the first time, and loving it, my daughter had a lot of people come up to her on the street to compliment her performance or ask to take her picture. I'm always stuck by how moved and humble she is when this happens to her and I'm confident that she will always be this way, even when accepting her future Oscar, and making her brilliant speech, you know the one where she profusely thanks her wonderful Mother (heehee).
 
Most of the action was downtown which is made up of some amazingly old gorgeous stone buildings reminiscent of the wild west, after all it is still Texas.  Which also explains the picture below of the no guns sign, and that was on the door of a bank no less! The main road is Congress Street, at the end of Congress is the beautiful Capital Building built in 1852.
Over this bridge is called 'South of Congress' which is a really cool neighborhood with hip shops, lots of vintage, great restaurants and coffee shops.  And the food! Austin has great food, who knew? We're forever spoiled for Tacos after visiting Taco Deli on the recommendation an Austin Instagramer. And food trucks are very popular. At the after party for the film there was a taco truck, I had a veggie taco which was amazing. I'll never look at tacos the same again, I wasn't even a fan of tacos! I'd go back just for the tacos. OK enough about Tacos. We also visited Barton Springs which is this beautiful park with a huge 'pool' which is really a river that was freezing and a little to murky for me but it's where everyone who lives in Austin goes to swim, hike, bike, run, bring their dogs, etc.
 

It was fun walking around a city at all hours too, not sure how it would be without a film festival as there was so much action and so many festival goers. I clocked about 18,000 steps every day on my fitness pal, which of course meant more tacos :)





The real Rocky Mountain High. Till Next time Austin!