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How my health crash actually saved my life

Note: You can listen to this blog post over on my podcast HERE

Ever since I was in high school I had a longing to do work that mattered to me. Something related to health & wellness, but not a conventional path.

I started exploring and experimenting when I was 19. Supplements, herbs, whole foods, probiotics, minerals, became a vegetarian for a couple years, studied reflexology on my own thinking I might take a training, learned how to do a liver flush, dabbled on and off with gardening.

The event that finally pushed me into my purpose, was my traumatic split from my ex and my health crashing hard from it. It took me a full year to get my health out of the toilet and even then I was barely surviving, taking care of 4 young kids on my own.

After selling our joint home and securing my own place with the boys, I took it upon myself to pursue my dream of becoming a holistic health practitioner.

That year as I was picking myself up and putting myself back together, I did GOBS of...

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How to be true to YOU

'To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Who were you before the world told you who to be.

Don't remember?

Me neither.

To do so, I had to strip a lot down and away to get down to the real raw authentic Lydia.

I had to look myself in the metaphorical and real life mirror and let myself SEE myself so I could truly BE myself. Accept myself. Love myself. Own myself. And still to this day, this mirror work continues.

I'll be honest, I avoided that inner work for far too long. For one thing, I didn't even know to do so. I was so conditioned to feel and think, I would never be good enough that it became my default position.

The authentic YOU calls you to put yourself first. Not a thing many of us have been taught is ok, rather taught it's selfish.

And because we want to be GOOD and liked, we avoid putting ourselves first.

But sister, that's the worst thing we can do and continue to do.

When we do...

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How to recognize if you are in survival mode

Right now, you and I are living in a time and crisis we have never had to navigate before in our lives. And with a crisis comes a physiological response. Of course it will vary from person to person, but let's be honest, it's a MASSIVE stress. Mentally, emotionally, psychologically and even physically.

Sure, we can adjust and adapt and cope. But the threat is there, looming large in a myriad of ways.

With that in mind, I wanted to share more insight into your body, particularly to help you understand one of the glands that is working their little asses off right now.

Since I work with women in burnout and I myself was in extreme burnout and living in survival mode of many years; I feel compelled to help you understand your body more.

In this podcast episode I'm sharing insight into the inner workings of your body; to help you recognize if you might be in survival mode.

One of the most powerful glands in your body in terms of how you cope with stress, how your body regulates...

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How I got started with HTMA in my practice

I can still remember when I was pretty green as a nutritional therapy practitioner. No mentor. No biz coach. No functional testing under my belt.

Listen to the podcast version of this post- Episode #45 : Find A Joy To Be Me on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher or Spotify 

I often felt like I needed more support and more insight. The truth is, I was already knowledgeable enough to help people and had a lot to offer the world.  However, I felt I lacked experience and wasn’t clear on what was possible for me as a practitioner.

I had a DEEP desire to learn more and my top desire was to get my own hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) done after reading some amazing things about this test. Not to mention, my intuition told me minerals were going to be a key player in my own healing as well as for others.

The problem was,  I had an avoidant relationship with giving myself what I needed.
I procrastinated, pushed it away and always said to myself "someday I will get to...

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Your self-doubt has a message for you

Self doubt: Why do you doubt yourself?

For me it was conditioning from childhood. I didn’t feel like I was worth much of anything for various reasons.

But now that I’m an adult it’s my job to parent myself out of that conditioning and mind space.

Here’s the thing; you and I each were meant for something special while we live and breath on the planet. You and I, we each have our own purpose, calling, darma, gifts…

And deep inside you and I know our deepest gifts are there, even if we don’t see them yet.

Your life purpose, your gifts, your dreams, whatever they are - are MEANT to come out of you and into this 3 dimensional world. And because of that, you will sense a deep inner ache until they flow freely.

It’s much like the primal urge to mate or to procreate.

Because you have your own creative gift or purpose and I have mine -we all do, there is no need to doubt it’s there. It just IS. Something that is your unique gift, message, art...

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PODCAST: This is the fast track to your authentic self

In this podcast I have a conversation with Cailee Anello a functional nutritional therapy practitioner and human design reader with a background in psychology and homeopathy.


{You can also find my podcast: A Joy To Be Me on iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher and Spotify }

Having spent the last 7 years immersed in natural healing and the divination arts, her expertise lies in being an objective observer and intuitive guide for those who have become disconnected from their bodies and their purpose on the planet. She has a unique ability to make abstract concepts tangible and applicable to everyday life to facilitate the healing of mind, body, and soul.

Cailee and I discussed the basics of human design, how it can support you, what it shows you, how you can take this time of pandemic to get to know yourself better and take the best care of yourself. Human design is like a fast track to your authentic self - enjoy our conversation it was dynamic and fun!

Cailee can be found at :...

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COVID 19: My Prevention Plan & Tips (Part 2)

Today marks one week to the day we began our shelter-in-place. My family and I live just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and I knew we had to do our part to flatten the curve.

And as I reflect on this past week and the clarity I gained from it, here is my plan for my family along with tips from all my own research this past week to take precautions in light of COVID 19.

In addition I have more information, insight and prevention tips in the past 3 posts I've written, plus my latest podcast episode AND I re-opened my free Facebook group; Vibrant Health with Lydia.

How to Absolutely Protect Your Health This Spring
How to Use Vitamin C to Protect Your Health
How to Deal with Anxiety in Uncertain Times
PODCAST EPISODE: Corona: A Time For Extraordinary Self-Love
Join my Facebook group: Vibrant Health with Lydia

1. Hand washing

I know, I know, this should be obvious, right? I was initially annoyed about all this hand washing, BUT I did my due diligence and learned the WHY behind it...

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Corona: A Time for Extraordinary Self-Love

Getting through Corona is going to take some serious patience, grit and serious self-love.

So, I thought I'd share some of what I am doing to help navigate this time to support my mental health as well as protect my families health. And why, now more than ever is a time for EXTRAORDINARY Self-Love

With all this in mind, I shared this over on the podcast: A Joy To Be Me in a new episode; Corona: A Time for Extraordinary Self-Love.

If you are looking for support to empower you further than you can on  your own, I invite you to book an intuitive breakthrough session with me.  A breakthrough session is designed to provide you with clarity, confidence and learn how my coaching will provide you with effective tools to move beyond the challenges you are facing (aka: YOUR BREAKDOWN) so you can start creating a life you love.

Now, I would love to hear from you... how are you coping right now? How are you able to create space for yourself in this time?  Did this podcast...

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How To Deal With Anxiety In Uncertain Times

I'm not gonna lie, I am feeling a bit on edge right now as the Corona Virus spreads through the world. Uncertainty and anxiety are very tangible right now.

It's important to allow yourself to feel what you feel, but also to lean in more than ever to find ways to soothe, calm and cope. Ways to create healthy conversations, boundaries and establish routine self-care practices.

I decided the best thing I can do is up all of my health practices I've been doing over the past several years, and encourage you to do the same.

I've spent the past decade working from home. During several of those years, I was mostly socially isolated due to recovering from PTSD, adrenal exhaustion and trying to start a business. I am somewhat familiar with social distancing as I've gone days on end many stretches with no human contact other than my own kids.

But this, right now, is different. I'm trying to see the opportunity in it, while also maintaining some level of zen. As well as a time to focus on...

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How To Use Vitamin C to Protect Your Health

In my journey to recover from burnout there have have been so many nutrients that have helped me get back my spark. Vitamin C has been a key player.

*Listen to the podcast version of this blog post HERE.


Find: A Joy To Be Me
Episode #37 
On: iTunes, iHeartRadio, Stitcher or Spotify

It wasn't until I had vitamin c on board and took it faithfully that I was able to recover from the years of relentless stress I had been under, that put me into adrenal burnout. Stress increases your need for vitamin c. Your adrenal glands have one of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the body, as well as your eyes and brain.

Your adrenal glands use vitamin c to help you produce your adrenal hormones, notably cortisol. My cortisol was TANKED (based on my DUTCH Hormone panel) back in 2015. So, I had to take vitamin C like it was my new religion. To this day, it's a key nutrient I take in addition to focusing on including it in my diet.

I also stopped getting sick once I faithfully started...

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