DoTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend

I’ve been getting really interested lately in learning more about and using essential oils. This first started when Lisa Noel, from Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy, introduced me to DoTERRA Essential Oils… specifically the Balance – Grounding Blend for my 8 year old son.

DoTerra Balance Grounding Blend

doTerra Balance GroundingDoTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend has a warm, woody aroma that creates a sense of calmness and well-being.

I apply Balance essential oils on the bottom of my son’s feet every night. It helps him unwind from his active day and helps regular his energy throughout the following day. Just the smell of it now takes him one notch closer to being and feeling mellow.

This blend includes: Spruce, Ho Wood, Frankincense, Blue Tansy, and Blue Chamomile essential oils.

DoTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend promotes whole body relaxation and creates feelings of tranquility and balance. Click here to learn more about DoTERRA’s Balance Grounding Blend.

My absolute favorite essential oil blend for myself is the Priestess Anointing Oil from Emerald Temple.

Priestess Anointing OilOne whiff of this oil immediately takes me to my happy place.

This blend includes: Blue Lotus, Frankincense, Bulgarian Rose, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Vetiver, Dragons Blood, Lavender, Cedarwood, Vanilla, Bay Laurel, Myrrh, Neroli.

I’ll share more about this Priestess Anointing Oil in my next essential oil blog post.



Jabra Headphones from Best Buy Offer an All-In-One Training Solution

First, I want to say how touched I was by all the support I received on my Transforming My Relationship with Food blog post. I know a lot of people want to start eating better and exercising more in 2015… but I haven’t found a lot of bloggers writing about the root cause. (why so many people are overeating).

Yes, I want to lose weight and be fit… but I also want to heal whatever it is that needs healing… so this cycle of losing and gaining and losing and gaining finally stops once and for all.

To me, it’s not about being skinny. It’s about being healthy and feeling good in my skin.

As I begin my transformational journey, I know I’ll be picking up new tools and rituals along the way… for eating, for exercising, and for shifting my beliefs and behaviors around food.

As a blogger for Best Buy, I was recently introduced to Jabra – Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud Headphones. I’ve never seen anything like these. They combine…

  • An in-ear biometric heart rate monitor
  • Immersive Dolby Digital sound
  • A built-in intelligent app – Jabra Sport Life, and
  • Real-time voice coaching

Cool, right?Jabra – Sport Pulse Wireless Earbud HeadphonesWith a built-in intelligent app, Jabra Sport Life, exercisers will get the most out of their Sport Pulse Wireless earbuds, helping them plan, track and evaluate each workout. According to my friends at Best Buy, it has never been so easy to test fitness levels and aerobic capacity, adjust heart rate zone levels to optimize training, and set goals based on distance, time or calories burned.

These headphones are perfect for someone like me… someone who has been out of the training circuit for far too long.

Still Evolving

Disclaimer: I have been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. Opinions are 100% my own.

Transforming My Relationship with Food

Women Food and God by Geneen RothOn December 27, 2014, I went onto Facebook and declared 2015 as the year I truly transform my relationship with food and my body.

I have struggled with food for as long as I can remember. It has always been my drug of choice. Since starting this blog back in 2008, I have lost and gained back more pounds then I even want to admit.

Most recently, I lost 20 pounds over the summer of 2013. In 2014, I gained back those 20 pounds… plus 10 more.

When I look around, everyone else looks like they have totally mastered this eating thing. You know what I’m talking about right? We live during a time when marketing campaigns simultaneously shout EAT ALL OF THIS CRAPPY UNHEALTHY ARTIFICIAL JUNK… while at the same time telling us to BE HEALTHY, BE FIT, BE SKINNY.

Side Note: COKE is one of my worst drugs of choice… and everywhere I go I see marketing messages whispering “OPEN HAPPINESS” in my ear.

Proud Momma Moment – When my boys sees Coke’s Open Happiness marketing, they look at me and say “We know, Coke does not open happiness. Coke numbs feelings”.

Anyways… back to my Facebook post.

I also asked my Facebook friends for any suggestions on where to start on my transformational food journey. And that’s when the Facebook Magic happened.

I received so much support. So many people shared glimpses of their relationship journey with food.


  • Read Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. She’s the queen of making peace with food because it’s never really about the food. It’s about the thing from your past that you’re trying to make up for or the wound that you are trying to fill.
  • The Woman Code by Alissa Vitti. This is a must, in my opinion, for every woman. It goes to the level of our hormones, which influences and affects every single thing about how we feel. It’s not a diet, but a new way of living that is very simple and hugely transformative.
  • Focus on the deeper purpose. That will get you there.
  • I would encourage you to work with a mastery level NLP practitioner (Neurolinguistic Programming). There is an intended positive outcome for all our behaviors.
  • I have been following the Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type book for about 15 years. It is not a diet, but rather teaching you what foods are beneficial, neutral, and bad for your body. I use the app now too, which is awesome to use.
  • No trendy “21 day body cleanses” or colonics. Don’t eat anything your grandma wouldn’t recognize as food.
  • Jen Green Naturopath. Genius. A good naturopath is a gem to have.
  • It’s all about just pausing for a moment and making the right choices to nourish your mind, body and soul.
  • Do you follow Anne Lamott? She just had a great post about bodies and food.
  • RISE and Tory Johnson’s book The Shift really changed my life. Right now I feel AMAZING. They assigned me my own coach!
  • A good website is 100 Days of Real Food. She has 4 weeks of meal plans you can get for free. It’s a challenge to only eat real food. No processed junk. It’s getting back to eating what food is supposed to be.
  • I like to tune into my sweet body a lot and ask what would make you feel great. And I love the cookbook It’s All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow.
  • Whole 30! Easy to follow, free, and life changing!
  • Remembering that one bad day or slip up isn’t the end of a lifestyle change.
  • For me it’s been about portion control, eating more whole foods, drinking more water and at least taking a 30 minute walk per day. It’s all about balance and that means that if I get invited to an event or go out with family I do allow myself to enjoy the outing.
  • Only advice is to avoid “diets”, they cannot work long term.
  • I started going to One Life in San Diego (they are online too) this time last year. Lost 30 pounds this year and I think I have finally figured out what does and does not work for my body. I had to change what I eat and I exercise every day, but it is all worth it and I feel great going into 2015. Totally doable!! Good luck.
  • Eat smaller portions and hit the gym at least four days a week. Use my fitness pal app to track your food and exercise. You learn so much about what you eat from it and it makes you want to alter habits.
  • I completely changed my diet about 2 years ago and it made a big difference. No gluten, minimal to no dairy, limited legumes, carbs & sugar. A lot of protein & veggies.


  • I am with you!! Xoxo
  • I hear ya! I’m right there with you on this journey.
  • You’ve totally GOT THIS, Stacey!
  • Please teach me what you learn!
  • You can do this.
  •  I’ll be more than happy to share the journey with you. I still have a long road ahead of me.
  • Good luck, sister. Life-long journey.

Transforming My Relationship with Food

And so my new journey begins. First up is reading Women Food and God by Geneen Roth. I’ve had the book for years. I think it’s time to take it off the bookshelf and turn to page one.

So now I’m asking you what I asked my Facebook friends. I am dedicating 2015 as the year I truly transform my relationship with food and my body. Any suggestions? Comments are welcome.

My Body Is My Temple…

Still Evolving

You Don’t Have to Earn Your Wings… They Are Your Birthright!

Earn Your WingsI’m not sure where the idea of having to “earn your wings” came from, but I’m here to tell you that you do not need to earn your wings. Your wings are your birthright!

Many of us were never told by our parents that we even had wings. Sure, our parents wanted us to grow up, be responsible, and be contributing members of society. But the idea of them encouraging us to wear our big bright wings, jumping off cliffs, and soar into the sunset… I think that was a bit much for my parent’s generation.

I was taught….

Play It Save.
Find a Job.
Be Realistic.

And so I did.

Until the invisible cage that was suffocating my wings brought me to my knees.

And that is when I knew I had to find my wings – the wings that I was born with – the wings I have been subconscious longing for most of my life.

I first re-discovered my wings while painting in California last year.

Essence of My SoulAnd ever since then, I’ve been wanting to actually have my own set of tangible wings.

I believe all girls and women deserve tangible wings as a reminder of their own ability to fly and soar!

So I Partnered with Great Pretenders…

Great Pretenders graciously provided me with my own in-real-life set of wings! And I LOVE THEM!

Earn Your Wings

The amazing team at Great Pretenders believe that “dress-up” is so much more than just putting on a costume. They are passionate about what Oppenheim Toy Portfolio says about present play…

“Pretend play is not just great fun. It’s the way kids develop imagination and creative thinking skills and try out being big and powerful. Pretending also brings the world down to the child’s size and understanding. It’s a way to develop communication skills and an outlet for expressing feelings and fears.”

I love that!

Can you imagine if you were given a set of pretend play wings when you were a little girl and having your parents encourage you to PLAY BIG AND SOAR! Although my boys won’t wear a pair of wings… I hope I am successful in teaching my boys to play big and soar.

Below you will find 5 benefits of pretend play. Read them. Embrace them. And go on your own magical pretend play adventure.

Benefits of Pretend Play

Provided by Great Pretenders.

Children learn by imagining and doing. The process of pretending builds skills in many essential developmental areas. Dress-up play is vital to a child’s development. According to licensed child psychologist Dr. Laurie Zelinger, “It fosters the imaginative processes, and allows for play without rules or script. Dress up allows for experimentation, role play and fantasy.”

1. Social and Emotional Skills: Dress up allows for experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. Through cooperative play, children learn societal rules such as how to take turns, share responsibility, and creatively problem-solve. Character play means that the child is “walking in someone else’s shoes” and it encourages teamwork along with an interest in peers. The child also learns to negotiate which helps teach the important moral development skill of empathy. Since children see the world form their own point of view, cooperative play helps them understand the feelings of others.

2. Language Skills: When children engage in pretend play, you will hear words and phrases you never thought they knew. Pretend play requires children to invent and tell stories and since almost all children narrate their pretend play experiences, they train their minds to transform ideas into words. Children usually mimic words and ideas from parents, teachers, daycare or what they hear on TV. This repetition builds vocabulary and helps kids visualize what they say, especially when adults offer feedback to help kids better understand the words they use. This also helps with grammar – they may not know the rules but they are training themselves to speak like adults. This also helps make the connection between spoken and written language — a skill that will later help them to read.

3. Self-Control: Young kids typically have little self-control. During pretend play, children have to take a role and play within those boundaries, especially when other kids are involved. Studies show that children control their impulses significantly better during pretend play than at other times. Did you ever wonder why parents often make up a game to get their children to eat their vegetables or finish chores? Transforming an unappealing task into a make-believe game is a popular trick among clever parents and educators.

4. Problem Solving Skills: Pretend play also provides your child with a variety of problems to solve. Whether it’s the logistics of sharing toys or a pretend problem the children are escaping from, the child calls upon important cognitive thinking skills that he will use in every aspect of his life, now and forever. Role playing games lead children to face situations that far exceed kids’ real-life experiences. Children work out confusing, scary, or new life issues. Through these role plays, children become more comfortable and prepared for life events in a safe way. Children often use pretend play to work out more personal challenging life events too, whether it is coping with an illness in the family, the absence of a parent or divorce, or a house fire. Although kids may not always act logically during tough pretend dilemmas, the very process of problem solving becomes habitual. By practicing problem solving in an artificial environment, kids are better prepared to think of creative solutions to their own real-life problems

5. Self-esteem: By giving your child complete control in their pretend world and accepting them as a silly character, you are enhancing their self-esteem. While they use their own initiative to develop story lines, their creative imagination to expand stories and their own personality to choose a character they enjoy, you are enhancing their self-esteem by allowing them complete power in the world & enjoying it with them. Take for example superheroes. Considering the thrill children get out of pretending to be a grown-up, it’s no wonder that they’re also crazy about mimicking the most powerful version of adults: superheroes. Pretending to be Batman or Wonder Woman allows a toddler to feel brave and invincible, which helps them develop self-confidence. Similarly, all that running and leaping keeps them active and builds strength, balance, and coordination.

“Confidence is brought about in children by the realization that they have the ability to be anybody they want in this life and accomplish anything they desire. Our goal at Great Pretenders is to help kids achieve that level of confidence.” ~ Kate Muddiman, Creative Director, Great Pretenders


Disclaimer: I received my wings for free and opinions are 100% my own.



Painting with My Muse

Shiloh Sophia McCloud MuseConnecting with My Painting Muse

Today I cleared my schedule, sent my boys and husband off fishing, and spent the day in the sunshine… finishing my soul sisters painting. There is something about painting that puts me into a creative trance and sets my soul on fire.

This soul sister painting represents the strong and growing desire women have to foster soulful connections and belong to intentional women circles filled with authentic soul sisters.

Women are tired of trying to be, do, and have it all.
Women are ready to pause and rejuvenate.

They are ready to kick off their shoes (and masks) and be part of authentic and meaningful communities. They are ready to find and connect with their soul sisters.

painting muse

My Self Empowerment Honesty Hearing (Part 1)

EmpowermentThis month in The Love Club, we are focusing on Self Empowerment… and we are starting with where we are giving our power away (what Christine Arylo calls our power leaks).

We all have them. Some may be small, others not-so-small. Do you have the courage to admit where you FEEL powerless?


EmpowermentIt may mean you just cannot seem to make the change or take the action you desire to take. Or it may mean you don’t even know what your heart and soul truly desire. Maybe you are playing small and not stepping INTO YOUR POWER.

This month in The Love Club, we are gently taking off the band-aids and looking into the shadows to discover 1) where we are feeling powerless, 2) who/what we are giving our power away to, and 3) where we are not stepping into our own power.


I’m going public and freeing myself from my power leaks. Want to join me? Let me know where you are giving your power away.

TO NO SURPRISE, here is my first power leak…

I Feel Powerless to Maintain a Healthy Weight.

EmpowermentSociety/American culture (at large) does not support my health or my ideal healthy weight. Typical American food is killing Americans. American food is creating a culture where people are committing suicide with their forks. We are literally killing ourselves with the fastest and most affordable foods being nutrient-empty and high in fat, wheat, and sugar. And this food crisis is simultaneously happening as our society/America culture ALSO tells us to BE SKINNY! BE HEALTHY! BE ACTIVE!

This is the definition of insanity.


Yet we (and our kids) see “JUNK FOOD. SODA. SCREENS.” being pushed by the media and lots of brands EVERY SINGLE DAY!

It’s truly maddening.

So back to my honesty hearing…

I feel powerless to maintain a healthy weight, while living in this type of culture…

I CAN CHOOSE healthy foods and an active lifestyle.
I CAN CHOOSE to join the subculture of awakened eaters and body movers.

Your turn. Where are your power leaks? Where are you giving your power away?


Self Love





Biggest Loser Resort in Chicago is Calling Me

My inner wisdom is telling me to go to the Biggest Loser Resort in Chicago. This is a very strong calling. Here’s why…

Whoosh. After spending the day yesterday with Christine Arylo and soul sister Melisa, I woke up today ready to take on The Love Club‘s Self Trust Adventure. It’s so raw…that I feel naked sharing it with you. Thank you for witnessing my truth.

Christine Arylo + Stacey Hoffer

Brief overview of the adventure:

  • Admit the self sabotaging choice.
  • Tell the story.
  • Forgive yourself.

Here I go…

The Self Sabotaging Choice…

I made a choice (and continue to make the choice) to IGNORE my unhealthy eating habits (over-eating) and do nothing about it.

The Story…

1. It was not the best choice for me because I felt: all alone with my problem.
2. I made the choice because I listened to: the media telling me I had no will power…and that it was all my fault.
3. I made the choice because: I lacked the knowledge on how to get help (and lacked the knowledge on how to pay for the help I needed).
4. I made the choice because I felt: powerless.
5. I made it even though I really knew: I had a problem I could not control.
6. I made it even though I really felt: compelled to change my behavior.
7. I didn’t trust myself enough to: take action.
8. Had I trusted myself, I would have: found a program to go to that gave me the time and space I needed to truly shift my eating patterns and eating behaviors.
9. My Inner Wisdom knows (even if it sounds crazy): I need to go away (remove myself from my day to day life) to truly focus on taking care of my body.

Biggest Loser Resort Chicago

10. My Inner Wisdom knows a small but mighty action I can take to move towards this truth is: Contacting the Biggest Loser Resort in Chicago to see if they are interested in building a blogging/social media partnership with me.

The Forgiveness,
A Letter From My Inner Wisdom…


You are doing the best you can with what you have to work with. You were not taught to trust yourself in regards to food and exercise, and this is why you couldn’t and can’t make the best choices for yourself at this time.

You are choosing to take a big stand for trust by TRANSFORMING this junk into LOVE using the power of self-compassion and self-forgiveness.

Forgive yourself Stacey for not trusting your own power to mindfully choose to eat healthy and clean. Which led to learning lazy and unhealthy eating habits.

For a long time now, you have clearly been aware of your inner wisdom asking you – BEGGING YOU – to eat healthy and clean and to move your body. But for the past six months you have been ignoring your inner knowing – your inner voice.

YOU HAVE NOT BEEN TAKING ACTION. You have not been trusting yourself enough to take action.

You didn’t know that you needed to trust yourself and ACT ON that trust no matter what, and now you do.

I love you, Stacey. I will always be here for you. You can trust me.

Choose to have faith in love. Release your faith in fear.

Inner Wisdom


Artwork courtesy of Christine Arylo.

Weight Watchers Points for Halloween Candy

Weight Watchers Points for Halloween Candy

Weight Watchers Points for Halloween Candy The Connecticut Pos has a list of how many points each piece of Halloween candy is on their Recipe Box blog. I thought it was so useful that I’m also posting the list on All credit goes to Ruth Fantasia at

I find this really interesting because I’ve been counting each fun size piece of candy as 2 points and see here that some are definitely higher than 2 points.

  • Almond Joy, snack size = 2 Points Plus
  • Baby Ruth bar, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Bit-O-Honey, 1 piece = 1 Points Plus, 6 pieces = 4 Points Plus
  • Butterfinger, fun size = 3 Points Plus
  • Candy corn, 20 pieces = 4 Points Plus
  • Charms Blow Pop, 1 pop = 2 Points Plus
  • Nestle Crunch, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Dots, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Gummi Bears, 14 pieces = 3 Points Plus
  • Heath Bar, snack size = 7 Points Plus
  • Hersheys milk chocolate bar, snack size = 6 Points Plus
  • Hersheys miniatures, any flavor, 5 pieces = 6 Points Plus
  • Kit-Kat, snack size, three 2-piece bars = 6 Points Plus
  • Lemonheads, fun-size, 1 pouch = 1 Points Plus
  • M&Ms milk chocolate, fun size, 1 package  = 2 Points Plus
  • M&Ms peanut, fun size, 1 package  = 3 Points Plus
  • M&Ms milk chocolate, fun size, 1 package  = 2 Points Plus
  • Mounds, fun size = 3 Points Plus
  • Nerds, 1 box = 1 Points Plus
  • Oh Henry!, miniature = 2 Points Plus
  • Pay Day, fun size = 3 Points Plus
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup, 2 = 6 Points Plus
  • Reese’s Pieces, 51 pieces = 5 Points Plus
  • Skittles, original fruit, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Snickers, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Take 5, fun size = 6 Points Plus
  • Tootsie Roll midgets, 6 pieces = 4 Points Plus
  • Twix, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • Twizzler Twists, fun size = 4 Points Plus
  • Whoppers, fun size = 2 Points Plus
  • York Peppermint Patty, fun size = 1 Points Plus

How are You Allocating Your Points for Halloween?

Creative Commons License photo credit: EJP Photo

So, I Talked to Dr. Oz Today…About Fibromyalgia + Season 5 of the Dr. Oz Show… (Part 1)

“The Dr. Oz Show” Premieres Its Fifth Season
With All-New Celebrity Guests, Must-See Topics and Surprise Stunts

To kick off Season 5 of “The Dr. Oz Show”, I was invited to interview him over the phone. From what I understand, season 5 is going to be the most exciting and entertaining season yet.

Dr. Oz told me…

“One thing we that we got a lot of feedback from our audience on is they like laughing on the show. They like when we take an uncomfortable topic…and we bring a levity to it. We’re affecting America with [a healthy dose of fun] and there’s all kinds of ways of getting folks to enjoy life AND learn about their health.

We can use fear to get you to pay attention to your body but we can use humor. And I would argue that for most Americans having a good time in life + laughing their way through life is an important as losing weight if they’re going to be healthy.

I think that’s a message that I’m going to make loud and clear this year on the show. I want you laughing in every show…and also having soulful moments.

And if you know me, he had me at Laughing + Soulful Moment

He also mentioned that the show is going to be at a faster pace than it was last year. He is not going to do an entire show on a single topic or even two topics. He is planning on having three, four or five topics in each show. It’s a much more lively show and everyone is out of their chairs a lot more than previous years.Dr. Oz
After learning about season 5, I asked two health related topics. Here’s the transcript from my first question…

Dr. Oz Answered My Question About Fibromyalgia

Stacey Weckstein: Hi Dr. Oz. I reached out to my social media community and crowd sourced questions for you.  I received a lot of questions about Fibromyalgia. Women were telling me that medications weren’t working, they’ve had many sleepless nights, and some had questions about Mickel Therapy? I was wondering what women can do to reduce their symptoms of Fibromyalgia? And can they actually remove their symptoms completely?

Dr. Mehmet Oz:  So Fibromyalgia is a close cousin to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And these are a constellation of ailments which unfortunately doctors did not acknowledge as being real until the last few years which meant that many women – because this predominantly effects women – would go to their doctor feeling that all their joints were hurting, that when they did activity it was impossible because of the discomfort, they were chronically exhausted to the point where even when they slept they didn’t feel rested.

And doctors would tell them it was all in their mind. And I highlight that because many of the people writing you have been harmed by that accusation that they were, you know, imagining ailments or it was all in their head.

Is that they’re real problem. It’s a probably where we don’t have a simple solution but we have simple things that are effective in helping a bit. Let me walk through one or two of those.

The single most important thing to do for people who have Fibromyalgia is activity. It’s hard to do because they’re in pain.

But even simple activities like walking around the house, or if he can walking around the mall, or any activity that lets you stand a little bit can help dramatically help reduce the short circuiting of the body which is what Fibromyalgia represents.

That’s literally what’s going on. The energy systems in the body have short circuited so they can’t provide the energy a body needs to function which is why they feel exhausted and in pain all the time because the muscles are being starved of nutrients.

Besides some modicum of physical activity the more the better but whatever they can tolerate because of discomfort.

I give a lot of folks D5 Ribose. D5 Ribose is a sugar like product but it doesn’t have significant calories in it. They can replace their regular table sugar with it.

It’s a building block for the energy packets that cells need to make to live that a good friend of mine who is a physician who has Fibromyalgia has said changed his life. And it’s been used in many, many patients with some success. So I often encourage that to folks.

And the other last little tip is cut out all the inflammatory foods, fried foods, the white foods, white rice, white flour, you know, all these are, you know, if you’ve got a gluten problem, or a dairy problem it’s a good time to get rid of those foods in your diet because any inflammatory product worsens Fibromyalgia. We have done shows on it. And we will do more this year as well.

Stacey Weckstein: Okay. Great and anything related to getting more sleep?

Dr. Mehmet Oz:    Well interestingly most people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia are sleeping enough. Now they actually have too much sleep. The reason when I – and I cover sleep a lot on the show because it’s the single most underappreciated cause health problems in America.

And I always tell people I want you sleeping between seven and nine hours. The reason I say nine hours because most people don’t even get close to that. But if you’re sleeping more than nine hours there’s often a problem that makes you have to sleep that long fibromyalgia is one of those problems.

But yes if you’re unable to get good quality sleep for at least seven hours that’s a major challenge for fibromyalgia patients but more than nine is not good for them either.

Stacey Weckstein: Thank you.

Dr. Mehmet Oz:    You’re welcome.

(Aren’t we just so polite.)

I’ll share my next question and Dr. Oz’s answer in my next blog post.

About The Dr. Oz Show

The three-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning “The Dr. Oz Show”, hosted by the two-time Daytime Emmy Award-winning host, Dr. Mehmet Oz, is now in its fifth season.  “The Dr. Oz Show”, which is currently seen in 118 countries worldwide, debuted domestically in 2009 with the biggest ratings in nine years in daytime television.

Dr. Oz, the world-renowned cardiothoracic surgeon, served as health expert on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” since 2004, sharing advice with viewers to help them live their best life from the inside out. Dr. Oz has co-authored six New York Times Best Sellers including “YOU: The Owner’s Manual”, “YOU: The Smart Patient”, “YOU: On a Diet”, “YOU: Staying Young”, “YOU: Being Beautiful” and “YOU Having a Baby” as well as the award-winning “Healing from the Heart”. He has a regular column in TIME Magazine and O The Oprah Magazine.

Dr. Oz is vice-chair of the Department of Surgery and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University.  He directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program at New York Presbyterian Hospital and performs 100 heart operations annually. His research interests include heart replacement surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery, complementary medicine and health care policy. He has authored over 400 original publications, book chapters, and medical books and has received several patents.

Cleared in over 99% of the country, “The Dr. Oz Show” is co-produced by Harpo Productions and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) and distributed by SPT.  “The Dr. Oz Show” is executive produced by Mindy Borman and Amy Chiaro.


Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin (Book Review)

BadgeI recently joined the Hay House Book Nook Blogger Program, which means I will start reviewing Hay House products on my blog. This new partnership is a great fit for my blog and my evolving journey because all of Hay House’s products have a positive self-help slant and are encourage people to heal themselves and our planet Earth.

How amazing is that! I’ve been a Hay House fan ever since I read  You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay back in the 1980s.

The first book I’m reviewing for Hay House is Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin.

About the Book…

Mind Over Medicine by Lissa Rankin

Through her research, Dr. Rankin discovered that the health care she had been taught to practice was missing something crucial: a recognition of the body’s innate ability to self-repair and an appreciation for how we can control these self-healing mechanisms with the power of the mind. In an attempt to better understand this phenomenon, she explored peer-reviewed medical literature and found evidence that the medical establishment had been proving that the body can heal itself for over 50 years.

Using extraordinary cases of spontaneous healing, Dr. Rankin shows how thoughts, feelings, and beliefs can alter the body’s physiology.

She lays out the scientific data proving that loneliness, pessimism, depression, fear, and anxiety damage the body, while intimate relationships, gratitude, meditation, and authentic self-expression flip on the body’s self-healing processes.

This is a perfect book for my scientist husband because he would need hard core scientific data to believe things like gratitude and authentic self-expression can trigger the body’s self-healing process. I innately believe this to be true…but now I have the data to make up my intuition.

Create a Customized Treatment Plan

In the final section of the book, Lissa Rankin shares a radical new wellness model based on her scientific findings. Her unique six-step program can help you uncover where things might be out of whack in your life — spiritually, creatively, environmentally, nutritionally, and in your professional and personal relationships so that you can create a customized treatment plan aimed at bolstering these health promoting pieces of your life.

You’ll learn how to listen to your body’s “whispers” before they turn to life-threatening “screams” that can be prevented with proper self-care, and you’ll learn how to trust your inner guidance when making decisions about your health and your life.

How Mind Over Medicine is Changing the Way I Parent

I am really enjoying this book! Lissa Rankin has inspired me to take a new approach to how I handle illness with my children. I’m beginning to talk about self-healing with my boys, empowering them to BELIEVE that they have the self-healing superpowers to fight disease and activate health. Yes, I still give my children medicine when they need it…but inspired by Dr. Rankin, I’m beginning to change how I speak about illness, injuries, and the healing process.

I put my learning into practice two nights ago when my 7 year old woke up (twice) screaming that his foot hurt. In the past, I would dash to the bathroom to give him children’s Tylenol. This time, I gave him a placebo (a Tic Tac), placed a cold compress on his foot, and told him “This is just to help you heal yourself”. After ten minutes of crying, he stopped almost immediately after I gave him a Tic Tac.

Of course I would have gone to the doctor if he woke up not being able to walk…but he woke up happy go lucky with zero pain.

6 Simple Steps To Heal Yourself

In closing, I want to share Lissa’s 6 steps to  activating your body’s self-repair mechanisms…

Step 1: Believe You Can Heal Yourself. Don’t believe that positive thinking can cure the body? Think again!

Step 2: Find The Right Support. Equally essential to positive thinking is the nurturing care of a true healer, someone optimistic who shares your positive belief, includes you in true partnership, respects your intuition, cares for your wellbeing, and ensures you that you won’t be alone on your self-healing journey.

Step Three: Listen To Your Body & Your Intuition. Nobody knows your body better than you, not even a doctor.

Step Four: Diagnose The Root Causes Of Your Illness. What aspects of your life are activating your stress responses? What relaxation response-inducing activities — like meditation, creative expression, laughter, engaging in work you love, massage, yoga, or playing with animals — have you been neglecting?

Step Five: Write The Prescription For Yourself. This is a self-guided action plan intended to make your body ripe for optimal health and full recovery.

Step Six: Surrender Attachment To Outcomes. What if you’ve adopted a positive attitude, found the right healer, tapped into your intuition and your body, diagnosed the root cause of your health condition, written The Prescription for yourself and put it into action – but you’re still sick? This is where the art of surrender comes in. Some patients do everything “right” and spontaneous remission happens. But others are still sick. If you have done everything within your power to make your body ripe for miracles — the rest is out of your hands. So take a deep breath, trust The Universe, surrender attachment to any particular health outcome, and let any health condition you face be an opportunity for spiritual awakening.


P.S. About Lissa Rankin

Lissa Rankin, M.D. is an integrative medicine physician, author, speaker, artist, and founder of the online health and wellness community Discouraged by our broken health-care system, Dr. Rankin set out to discover why some patients experience miraculous cures from seemingly incurable illnesses, while others remain sick even when they receive the best medical care.

Fueled by a passion to determine what really makes people healthy and what really predisposes them to illness, she dug into the medical literature to study how doctors might better care for patients. Her research led her to discover that patients have self-healing powers beyond our wildest imaginings, and science proves it. She is now leading a “Pink Medicine Revolution” to help patients heal themselves, while encouraging the health-care industry to embrace and facilitate, rather than resist, such miracles.

She aims to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, reconnecting health care and spirituality, and empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body.

Connect with Lissa…


Disclosure: I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.


A Course In Weight Loss, Lesson One: Tear Down the Wall

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“The weight had merely been a physical manifestation of my need to keep others at bay.”
~ Marianne Williamson ~

Visualize Your Excess Weight as a Brick Wall

A Course In Weight Loss - Tear Down the WallLesson One in A Course In Weight Loss asked me to visualize the image of my excess weight as a brick wall I’m carrying around.

“This wall has been built by your subconscious mind; its purpose is to separate you from other people and from life itself. Your fear has built the wall, and love will tear it down.”

Interesting. I am choosing to trust this process…but I love being around my friends and family and I love living life to the fullest.

I guess…I can love life and have fear at the same time. I am human after all.

I guess…I can love being around people and have fear of judgment or rejection at the same time too.

Marianne Williamson says my 50 pound brick wall is filled with things like shame, anger, fear, exhaustion, stress, heartbreak, protection, jealousy, laziness, separation, dishonesty, and self-abnegation.


Part of the Human Experience

After staring at the words above and trying to figure out what to write next, I realized….

All of these feeling and emotions are simply part of the human experience. As much as happiness, enthusiasm, bliss, love, generosity, and self-care are part of the human experience, so are the feelings and emotions that lurk in the shadow.

I’m not the only one with shadows. Everyone has them; even skinny people.

These painful feelings and emotions surface to teach us and then we need to let them go. I think what Marianne Williamson is trying to say, is that my exit valve to remove “psychological sewage” is not working…so instead of removing negative feelings, thoughts, and emotions…I have been eating them.


To See Your Light, You Need to Look at the Darkness

Getting back to my 50 pound brick wall…

Lesson One says “by recognizing what constitutes the wall around you, you will begin the process of dismantling it”. Lesson One is all about tackling each brick and owning your truth.

“This is an opportunity to see your light, by being courageous enough to look at your darkness.”

Oh boy. I think I need a flashlight.

I spent a few hours working on this fill-in-the-blank exercise. I went deep. It brought up a lot of memories. I answered questions like…

  • I am ashamed of…
  • I am afraid of…
  • I am exhausted because…
  • I am stressed by…
  • I feel I need protection from…
  • I feel separate from…
  • I have built this wall so that others won’t hate me for being beautiful & successful & seeming to have it all…..

Then I sat with each of my answers, each vision, each thought, and each feeling. The exercise asked me to really feel the pain associated with each statement…and then SURRENDER & LET IT GO.

I’m not going to share all of my deepest reflections in this blog post (I’ll wait for my book offer to reveal all of the juicy details). But I can tell you this…

  • I am afraid of getting hurt.
  • I’m exhausted and stressed because I have to financially support my family, I am trying to be the best possible mom to my children, my house repeatedly gets messy, there’s always dishes and clothes to clean, I don’t live close to my parents and sister, I want my business to be wildly successful, and I’m caring around my mission to shift the consciousness and happiness of moms around the world.
  • And here’s the biggest ah-ah. It could be an entire chapter (or two) in my book (hint hint), but for now I’ll capture it in under 140 characters: When I was younger, I used to think “Being overweight will keep me safe and protected. No one will want to rape me. Boys will have to like me for me…and not just for my body.”


Who thinks that?

And who admits that on their blog?

Since I started writing about A Course In Weight Loss, I’ve received many public and private messages thanking me for sharing my story and telling me that I am not alone. But surely, I must be alone in once thinking the irrational thought that being overweight will keep me safe. That is just mashugana.

Oy Vey. No one is really reading this blog post, right?

Now where did I put my P90X DVDs?


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