Fear, Worry, Stress, Anxiety...
it doesn't matter, the label
As a doctor with over ten years of training and ten years of experience in the field my mission is to help women everywhere find relief from anxiety and gain extensive clarity on how to powerfully heal their body and mind at a time when they’ve exhausted all other options.
My 30-Day Embrace Yourself program has several focus areas, including:
- a detailed coaching manual that outlines activities for each day and beyond
- weekly coaching sessions and coach accessibility daily
- enhancing nutrition for positive mental health
- examining environmental variables that contribute to anxiety or depression
- family coaching
- forms of mindfulness and meditation
- conversations and actions around spirituality
The Embrace Yourself program takes you through four weeks or 30-days of working toward relief from anxiety and depression. Research shows that if you can take your body out of a state of stress for 30-days most of your anxiety-related issues will self correct. You’ll look better, feel better, have more energy – and without any coffee or stimulants!
Every week you will work toward personal goals and follow your personal protocol. The program is structured in such a way that will allow you to get maximum results.
Once you book your first session you will receive the Embrace Yourself program manual in the mail that includes everything you need to begin your wellness journey. These are real tools that you can start using right away to start feeling better. In addition, you will complete an intake questionnaire. This questionnaire collects information on your past, present and future to insure that we are approaching coaching from a big picture perspective.
In addition, we will gather a baseline. A baseline is a general starting point and can be used to gather information on any area – in this case we are looking at anxiety. We want to know and remember where your anxiety was at before coaching and we want to know how you are progressing as the weeks go by. A baseline is so important because how else would we know if coaching were working? Don’t ever hire a coach whose gauge of success is only that you “feel better” and don’t hire one that gathers an extensive battery either – sometimes those don’t help anymore than a short and reliable method.
Most people who have been dealing with anxiety for a long time have a great number of physical symptoms that they sort of “group” under the anxiety umbrella.
Maybe your mind wanders from worry to worry throughout the day or maybe it gets worse at night.
Maybe you fear going to bed because you have trouble falling or staying asleep.
Maybe you’re dealing with a racing heart, itching, sweaty palms, restlessness, tightness in the chest, panic attacks, dizziness, fatigue, stomach problems, dry mouth, difficulty driving, restless legs – other symptoms that you are embarrassed about, don’t want to talk about.
Maybe you think you’re weird or different or no one has ever lived with this type of anxiety before.
Maybe you’ve started avoiding people, places, things.
Maybe you worry that you have an undiagnosed medical problem – more on that later…
And maybe you’ve tried counseling, maybe you’ve tried medication, maybe you’ve tried pushing through it, or self-help books – but inevitably your anxiety is there, it’s bad and it’s impacting your life and your relationships.
Maybe you find that your family or your support circle is less than compassionate to your pain, or worse yet maybe they contribute to it or say and do all of the “wrong” things. And that can make things very, very challenging of course.
And when I talk about anxiety I’m not talking about the good anxiety. You know the kind of anxiety that gets you out of bed when you want to lay there or convinces you to change lanes from that one car that keeps swerving about.
Of course anxiety serves a good purpose in our lives and we need a bit of it to survive. I’m really talking about the type of anxiety that comes on for NO apparent reason and stays as long as it likes.
The type that can wake you up from a restful sleep in the middle of the night and send you into panic. This anxiety is so clearly biological it’s not even funny, but we still talk about it like it’s a thinking problem.
Do you often worry that there may be something seriously wrong? Like an undiagnosed medical condition? Well, there might be!
Our society is sicker than ever (women, especially!) It is NOT in your head that you feel this bad.
Do you feel depressed? Probably. Because anxiety can be utterly exhausting. And any person who has dealt with anxiety long enough will get depressed at some point. It is a long-term symptom, really. This is why the two are so often referenced together, almost as if they were the same thing.
And generally speaking, half of those who have depression also experience anxiety. However, only about a third of those suffering from anxiety ever seek help – so congratulate yourself for landing here!
Do you find yourself trying to explain yourself to friends and family? Is there a general lack of compassion for your suffering? Have you heard that it is ‘all in your head’? Or have you been told to, ‘just think positive’? (You will never hear me say that!)
Schedule your breakthrough call today so that we can begin the conversation around your anxiety and how to heal.
Body & Mind Integration
There is a deeply rooted connection between the body and the mind that is often ignored when we look at mental health conditions, like anxiety. Many times anxiety is caused by a combination of two factors; 1) an overload of toxins in the body, and 2) a poor diet that negatively impacts gut health and other bodily systems. Fifty percent of the immune system resides in the gut and 90% of serotonin lives in the gut, according to recent research. Therefore, healthy gut equals healthy mind. Poor nutrition is a significant and modifiable risk factor for the development of mental illness overall. There is plenty of research to show that good nutrition or the RIGHT nutrition, including nutrient dense anxiety-eliminating super foods, is one of the most effective forms of treatment for depression and anxiety (Jacka et al., 2017).
In addition, we think around 50- to 70,000 thoughts every day. It can be overwhelming making this the focus in the beginning. How on earth are you going to become aware of and monitor all of those thoughts, let alone change them and feel better quickly? Add to that the fact that your body and bodily symptoms are driving you mad and you have a recipe for failure.
This is why we focus on the body first and foremost. We need to give you a boost so that you notice changes and can then devote more time and attention to mindfulness and meditation.
No one wants to meditate when they are having panic attacks!
Incorporating a nutrient dense diet with anxiety-eliminating superfoods, working to enhance the immune system response, and adding brain-boosting foods will allow you to address many of the biological causes of anxiety. We want to set up these optimal conditions for the brain, optimal conditions for nerve conduction that supports an anxiety-free nervous system.
In addition, specific nutrients act as a spark plug between neurobiological pathways performing vital functions for the brain and other organs. Deficiencies in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and omega-3s are associated with a higher prevalence of mood disorders.
For example, both zinc and magnesium are involved in the production of NMDA receptor signaling – which is associated with memory, learning and even psychosis. While folate, b12, B6 and riboflavin are essential cofactors for the synthesis of neurotransmitters. Our intestinal microbiota produce and facilitate the supply of a variety of vitamins including biotin, B12, B6, B3, B5, folate, vitamin D, and Vitamin K.
We are on the very brink of understanding just how amazingly awesome the gut is and it’s power in aiding in positive mood. This is really exciting stuff because we are learning that our gut is really our second brain and maybe even a more powerful brain than the one in our head!
The unending negative side effects brought on by drugs has led practitioners to seek alternative approaches. Now, organizations like the International Society for Nutritional Psychiatry Research recommend that nutrition and nutraceuticals be considered mainstream elements of psychiatric practice. In addition, more and more research is showing that while psychotropic medications may show effectiveness in the short-term they are not effective as a long-term solution.
In addition, it is nice to see that organizations like the San Francisco General Hospital’s (SFGH) Therapeutic Food Pantry (a clinically-based prescription food program led by doctors and other professionals) are leading the way in developing new programs that focus on FOOD AS MEDICINE.
Food is our medicine, along with herbs, supplements, supportive relationships, sunshine, exercise, meditation and other health practices.
Your personal protocol will outline the SPECIFIC ACTION STEPS you can take today to gain relief from anxiety based on your intake and our initial interview. This plan is highly collaborative!
Imagine How Much Time & Money You Will Save
How much will you save if you don’t attend months of therapy? How much will you save without expensive medications?
How much will you gain to feel empowered with the knowledge, tools and resources to help yourself for a lifetime? How much will you gain in nourishing your body and mind to work for you?