Alexis Smart Flower Remedies – Safe And Sound

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Safe and Sound is just one of many flower remedies offered by the beautiful Alexis Smart. Alexis is a flower remedy practitioner who studied Bach flower remedies for more than a decade, working with mentors in the direct lineage of Dr. Bach. She also studied homeopathy and has learned the link between emotional trauma and physical illness, and the miracle of healing when emotional balance is restored. I first discovered this brand after researching Dr. Bach’s Flower Remedies. When I came across Alexis’s site, I fell in love with her descriptions of every blend. I also really related to her natural approach.

Harmless and non-toxic, flower remedies are a great choice for families who wish not to use drugs, chemicals or even harsh herbal preparations or homeopathics, which may cause side effects in babies and sensitive individuals.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using Safe And Sound…

Indications:

  • Panic attacks
  • Fear
  • Apprehension

Benefits:

  • Safe
  • Calm
  • Secure

Directions:

4 drops, 4 times a day under the tongue.
*May be taken more frequently as needed.

Ingredients:

Organic brandy, spring water, flower essences of: aspen, clematis, heather, honeysuckle, mimulus, rock rose, star of Bethlehem

*Note: Available in alcohol-free option. Please specify in the order notes if you would prefer vegetable glycerine.

My Results:

I have now been taking the Safe and Sound every day, four times a  day for two weeks. The understanding with most natural remedies is that they can take awhile to really show results. That was not the case for me with this blend. After just two days of using this blend I noticed a difference in my anxiety. After a week I noticed that I was having to take less medication for my anxiety.

I have been experiencing increased anxiety and panic attacks after dealing with an inner ear imbalance which had caused me to live with chronic vertigo for the last three months. This condition was making it almost impossible for me to go anywhere without having panic attacks because the dizziness was so incapacitating. Many of you who have read my blog for awhile know that I suffer from chronic health issues but I haven’t spoken much about my vertigo publicly.

The moment I realized my panic attacks were out of control was when I went into my local grocery store and while I was in one of the isle’s looking at food, I was hit by a horrible dizzy spell. The room felt like it was moving and I started to panic. My entire body went numb.  I ended up leaving my grocery basket,  full of food,  and running out of the store crying. People were looking at me. It was horrible. I decided after that incident that I needed to seriously find something that would help me with the panic attacks.

Safe and Sound has been helping me to better deal with anxiety.  Having to deal with chronic anxiety is exhausting and most people don’t talk about it.  We live in a time when we are all supposed to have it all together! Some people judge anxiety as a weakness. The truth of the matter is we live in a complicated time with a lot of outside expectations as well as the self imposed ones as well. Anxiety issues are complex and manifest differently for everyone. Some people get extroverted because of nerves. For others, they need to restrict too much intensity because it’s overwhelming to their delicate nervous system. And they need to retreat to calm down.  It’s as varied as people are and nothing to be ashamed of.

We all need to be kinder to ourselves. I’m just so happy I  discovered Alexis Smart’s Flower Remedies. You (and I) can rest assured that her “Safe and Sound” is now sitting happily in my daily arsenal of helpful living tools!

I find that I just feel better when I take this blend every day. I am almost running out and plan to re-purchase. I also have my eye on a few of her other blends, especially My Personal Assistant and Beauty Formula No.8

Have you ever tried any of Alexis Smart’s Flower Blends or any other flower remedies? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section!

xoxo,

Britanie

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All Is Well – The Power Of Positive Affirmations

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I posted this photo a few days ago after reading “All Is Well” by Louise Hay and Mona Lisa Schulz. If you haven’t read this or any of her other books I highly recommend you do so. She is an incredible person and a huge inspiration in my life. She has helped to heal many people from chronic health issues, pain and anxiety. I have suffered from chronic pain and anxiety disorder for years and I am constantly researching natural ways to heal myself. Positive affirmations have been such a huge help in my life.

Positive affirmations may seem ridiculous to some but there is scientific proof that they work at healing the entire mind and body. I have touched on the importance of positive affirmations before but I have to say I am even more convinced now than I ever was before. I have been successfully using the tools I have learned from Louise Hay in my every day life and I have had less anxiety attacks and have experienced more self-confidence and joy. It may seem to good to be true but I assure you, it works.

Here is a brief description of All Is Well:

In this healing tour de force, best-selling authors Louise L. Hay and Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz have teamed up for an exciting reexamination of the quintessential teachings from Heal Your Body. All Is Well brings together Louise’s proven affirmation system with Mona Lisa’s knowledge of both medical science and the body’s intuition to create an easy-to-follow guide for health and well-being. And, for the first time ever, they present scientific evidence showing the undeniable link between the mind and body that makes these healing methods work. Bringing focus and clarity to the effects of emotions on the body, All Is Well separates the body into seven distinct groups of organs—or emotional centers—that are connected by their relationship to certain emotions. Structured around these emotional centers, the authors outline common imbalances and probable mental causes for physical illness. They also include case studies that show a complete program for healing that draws from all disciplines, including both traditional and alternative medicine, affirmations, nutritional changes, and so much more. Using the self-assessment quiz, the holistic health advice, and an expanded version of Louise’s original affirmation chart, you can learn how to heal your mind and body with affirmations and intuition and live a balanced, healthy life.

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How Positive Affirmations Work:

Positive affirmations are a great tool to reprogram your unconscious mind from negative thinking to positive. Positive affirmations are a quick and easy way to de-stress your body and your life. Saying a mantra can make the difference in your day by setting a sense of balance to all that you do. Research has shown that every thought and emotion creates a chemical reaction because it immediately changes our neurochemicals that affect our mental, physical and spiritual health. Whenever a negative thought pops up you have the ability and the power to cancel it out by replacing it with a positive one.

How To Start:

I recommend saying an affirmation upon waking in the morning. This will help to affect all of your decision making for the day as well as your all-over attitude. Don’t stress about remembering the mantra word for word. The goal is to help de-stress. Slowly read the affirmation daily and nightly and eventually you won’t need to look at anything to remember it, it will be ingrained in you! When I first started with affirmations I would accidentally switch words around but after lots of repetition and practice, I now know them by heart. You can also say them silently when you are out in public. It’s a good stress remedy that you can always carry with you wherever you go!

Which Mantras To Choose:

Your affirmations and mantras can be unique and your own. Or they can be chosen from something you read that inspired you. I personally say mantras that I learned from Louise Hay. I picked the ones that really resonated the most with me. You can create your own or mix it up with other mantras you find elsewhere. Think about what you are trying to create or accomplish in your life. Are you looking to feel more empowered? To be more at peace? To be energized? Focus on what it is that you are trying to achieve right now and the right affirmations will fall into place.

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Do you use Positive Affirmations in your daily routine? Have you ever read any of Louise Hay’s work? Please share your thoughts in the comments section!

 xoxo,

Britanie

What’s On My Nightstand…

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At this busy, beautiful, albeit hectic time of the year I wanted to talk a little bit about calming yourself down before heading off to sleep all while sharing some of my nighstand staples! As we all know, but have to be reminded of, our beauty sleep is of the utmost priority. It’s right up there after drinking our filtered water, eating right, then at least eight hours of pure relaxing sleep.

I wanted to share with you a little bit my night time ritual to help me slip off into a luxurious deep restorative sleep. I also wanted to mention that with the Fibromyalgia I suffer from, sleep is not something I take for granted. I like to have many books, notebooks, balms, mists, flower essences and aromatherapy galore near my bed.

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[ May Lindstrom Skin The Good Stuff, H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedy, Claire Ellen Topicals ProSirona and Neuroquell, Banyan Botanicals Organic Nasya Oil. }

Hydration is key when it comes to healthy skin. What's even better is when hydration and aromatherapy are combined. Enter: The Good Stuff. This is the best smelling body oil out there. It also makes you feel sexy and who doesn't enjoy waking up to glowing skin? For times of stress or on nights when I feel restless (which is often) I use this Stress Remedy from H.Gillerman Organics daily and nightly. I like to apply a few drops to my temples and pulse points. This not only helps with anxiety but is great for those with insomnia. I also use topical essential oils for relief from Fibromyalgia and Endometriosis pain. They help me to sleep better because I find that when I use them regularly, I wake up less throughout the night with pain. I also have allergies and sinus problems which can great affect your quality of sleep, so I usually keep some type of nasal oil near my bed. The Banyan Botanicals has Eucalyptus oil in it and helps to decongest the sinuses and lubricate the nasal passages.

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[ Lotus Wei Inner Peace Balancing Serum and Energy Mist, R.L. Linden & Co Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist and La Balmba Rose Healing Balm, Erbaviva Relax Spray ]

I can’t get enough of facial mists and flower essences. Lotus Wei’s blends work immediately and I especially love to rub the Inner Peace Serum on the bottoms of my feet before sleep. It helps with insomnia or restless sleep. R.L. Linden & Co’s Thousand Petal Beautifying Mist is one of those products that I could never be without. I use it on my face when I wake up and right before bed. Scents of Jasmine, Rose and Neroli help me to fall into a deep slumber…

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[ Badger Balm For Sensitive Dry Skin, Skinfare Apothacary Prime Coconut Oil Stick, Osmia Organics Lip Balm, Blum Perfume Oil & Spot Treatment, La Bella Figura Bohemia Verde Aromatic Hair Elixir, Paddywax Lavender & Grapefruit Candle, Barefoot Yoga Silk Eye Pillow. ]

I like to moisturize my hands and nails, especially before bed because I hate doing it during the day and then working on the computer and getting oil all over the place. I also always keep a Spot Treatment near my bed to dab on before I sleep and help to fight any pimples that might be starting to come out! I have been using the Bohemia Verde on the ends of my hair before bed and I wake up with noticeably shinier and deliciously smelling hair! A good candle and an eye pillow are essential for me. This lavender and grapefruit candle smells wonderful and this silk eye pillow helps with headaches, eye strain and a better sleep!

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What do you keep on your nightstand? Do you have any nightly favorites or staples for a better sleep? Please share your thoughts in the comments!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Quick Stress Relievers (that are always in my bag):

I’ve talked about anxiety and stress on my blog before and also did a post on Natural Remedies for Anxiety and Stress a year ago. So, I wanted to do a little bit of a follow up on that. I still recommend all of the products in that post but I am constantly trying new things and researching myriad ways to help cope with anxiety. I deal with chronic pain and health issues that have caused my body to be in a some-what of a constant fight or flight mode and this does not make for an easy time. I’m naturally a very sensitive person.  When you combine that with chronic pain, well let’s just say I struggle with severe anxiety and often very bad panic attacks. I have a ” little” bit of an obsession with all things aromatherapy. It’s amazing to me how a quick sniff of a beautiful essential oil can lift ones mood or calm ones senses. I never cease to be fascinated by the immense benefits of aromatherapy!

I’m so happy to share with all of you the blends that I currently love and carry around with me in my bag at all times:

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  1. Badger Balm Stress Sootherkey ingredients: tangerine, rosemary, roman chamomile, cedarwood, spearmint.  benefits: “Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil deeply moisturizes while pure essential oils uplift and encourage you. In traditional aromatherapy, Rosemary instills clear thinking and confidence; Tangerine and Spearmint are uplifting and cheering; Cedarwood helps build inner strength; Roman Chamomile and Lavender are soothing and relaxing, and Rose is all about love and forgiveness.”
  2. H. Gillerman Organics Stress Remedykey ingredients: lavender, vetiver, red mandarin, sandalwood, clary sage, tangerine, blood orange. benefits: “This blend helps you find the composure to make thoughtful choices, so your day can flow smoothly. The serene lavender/citrus/woodsy scent soothe your senses.”
  3. Aveda Stress Fixkey ingredients: french lavender, lavandin and clary sage. benefits: “Reach for this rollerball whenever life gets stressful. The aroma proven to relieve feelings of stress-includes essences of lavender, lavandin and clary sage from organic farms and is formulated using the science of aromaologyTM and the power of pure essential oils.”
  4. Bach Rescue Remedy Spraykey ingredients: star of bethlehem, rock rose, cherry plum. benefits:has been used successfully on stressful days where we suffer from impatience, tension and pressure. It has also been used successfully with children to stop a tantrum, before a speech or job interview. Rescue® Remedy helps us relax, get focused and get the needed calmness”

What I want to try next: Alexis Smart Flower Remedies

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Have you ever tried any of these remedies? Do you have any personal favorite anxiety and stress relievers of your own? I love recommendations!

xoxo,

Britanie

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Life Update | If You Stumble, Make It Part Of The Dance.

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“Once the storm is over you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, in fact, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s all about.”Haruki Murakami

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I figured I would do a quick life update since I haven’t done one in awhile. Things have been stressful lately – between my beloved cat recently passing away and our new puppy being sick and in and out of the hospital, I haven’t been getting much sleep and my health has really been a struggle. I’ve been in a lot of pain and haven’t been able to do as much as I would like to. I have been trying my hardest to get everything done that I can on my good days and on the bad days I just give in and let my body rest as much as possible. After years of dealing with chronic health issues I have finally learned to say no when it’s too much for my body and I know when I should and shouldn’t push myself.

I am always working on staying positive and not letting the pain make me hard. I am looking forward to gardening soon. I have some projects I am working on that I am really excited about and I am thankful for the good days that I have and I don’t ever take a pain-free day for granted. It has made me more aware of the beauty in the world and has made me appreciate the little things in life so much more than I think I ever would have had I not dealt with so much pain for so long.

Onto some beautiful images I have taken recently:

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“Do what you love. It’s going to lead to where you want to go.” — Wayne White

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Tayo and Tianna love each other. Who would have thought? Tayo is so gentle with her and watching them together brings me so much joy. They are the cutest duo I ever did see.

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For all of my readers who also deal with chronic health issues, I feel your pain and frustration. I know how hard it is but remember you are not alone and there is a greater purpose for all of the pain. This quote below has been an inspiration in my life and I hope you find comfort from it as well:

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I hope you are all doing wonderful. Your support, comments and emails mean the world to me.

xoxo,

Britanie

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Rest, relax, and be in a letgo.

“Rest, relax, and be in a letgo. Letgo is the secret of life. Letgo is the secret of religion. Letgo is the greatest secret. When you are in a letgo many things, millions of things, start happening. They were already happening but you were never aware.” – Osho

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Lately I have been really trying even harder to stay present in the moment and to surround myself with the most positive of energies that I can. I have a lot going on with my health right now and I could easily choose to just give in to the stress and the frustration of it all, but instead I am trying to focus on the things I am not lacking in: i.e.- love, support, inspiration, faith, hope.

It can be very easy from an outsiders view to look in on someones life (especially nowadays with blogs, facebook, twitter, etc) and to judge someone’s life based on a mere glimpse of what that person chooses to share with the world. I try to share the things that are hopeful and happy in my life. I will not ever pretend that everything in my life is perfect because there is no such thing as perfection. I also will never be actively negative on my blog or any other source of an outlet for myself and others.

I believe in being honest and real but there is nothing good that can come from focusing solely on the painful and sad things in your life. It’s normal and okay to share those things with people you love and trust but always bear in mind that negative energy can easily be contagious and projected and is not usually ever useful for neither yourself or anyone else.

My goal in my life is to find ways to cope with the hardships I have been given for whatever reason they may be. I plan to take whatever possible good I can from every painful thing I experience, both physical, emotional and mental. From pain comes knowledge and strength. I choose to keep pushing on through the setbacks so that I can find the light at the end of the tunnel. No matter how bad things get there is always something to be thankful for.

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Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health

I am lucky enough to live very close by to Kripalu which is one of the most calming, beautiful and meditative spots around. I love to go here and take photos, explore the grounds, visit the cafe and shop and just sit and look out at the magnificent view.

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St. Francis of Assisi

Many of the stories that surround the life of St. Francis deal with his love for animals. Perhaps the most famous incident that illustrates the Saint’s humility towards nature is recounted in the “Fioretti” (“Little Flowers”), a collection of legends and folklore that sprang up after the Saint’s death. It is said that, one day, while Francis was traveling with some companions, they happened upon a place in the road where birds filled the trees on either side. Francis told his companions to “wait for me while I go to preach to my sisters the birds.”The birds surrounded him, intrigued by the power of his voice, and not one of them flew away. He is often portrayed with a bird, typically in his hand.

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Organic Wild Rosehip Seed Oil  & 100% Pure Unrefined Shea Butter

I have been wanting to try pure Rosehip seed oil for awhile now and when I found this one for just $15.95 I had to get it. It’s an added bonus that it’s Organic. I also picked up some more Shea Butter because I go through it so quickly and this one in particular is so soft, it’s almost whipped! It goes on like a dream. Both of these are super hydrating (and affordable!).

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I went to the ER yesterday afternoon after having severe spasms in my stomach for the past few days. It got worse yesterday and I decided it probably best to go get it checked out. I deal with chronic digestive issues on a daily basis but these spasms were consistent and different than usual. I spent four hours in the ER, had x-ray’s and blood work and thankfully they didn’t find anything serious. I am scheduled for exploratory surgery on Friday to rule out any possibility of an Ulcer, Diverticulitis, etc. If everything comes back normal than it’s most likely my Spastic Colon that’s causing the pain. I will feel better once I have everything ruled out though.

I will go back to what I said earlier in this post and that is that I am focusing on the good that came from this situation. I ended up meeting someone at the hospital who recommended a specific medication for my chronic nausea and so far it’s been life changing.

There is a reason for everything we experience (good or bad). It may not always be our destiny in this lifetime to know the reason why, but it is up to us to decide what to do with the information we are given and whether or not we wish to turn it into something positive.

xoxo,

Britanie

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.

I spent the past week on Long Island visiting my boyfriend. I was able to meet up with some of my friends(Natasha, Danielle, LeeLee and Holly) but like usual I tend to plan too many things and end up having to reschedule with someone because either everyone can only hangout on the same day or I just am too overtired to hangout at the end of the week. I am terrible at listening to my body sometimes. Whenever I make plans I fully intend on keeping them and I want to keep them but then my health issues sometimes come up and I feel bad about having to cancel plans or reschedule. I have to start to plan better and to accept the fact that although I would love to do everything, that I unfortunately do not have the physical stamina that I would like to have. This doesn’t mean I can’t achieve everything I want to, it just means I have to go at a different pace. I’m getting there. Slowly but surely!

Thankfully I have the most amazingly supportive and compassionate friends who have been there for me throughout the years with my struggles with my health issues and have never made me feel bad for having to cancel or reschedule and are always so incredibly supportive. I made a promise to myself a few years back to only surround myself with genuinely kind and compassionate people. It just isn’t worth it to me otherwise. I am also blessed to have the sweetest and most caring boyfriend in the world. I honestly sometimes wonder how I would manage with my health issues if I didn’t have the family, friends and love that I do in my life. I am incredibly thankful every day for it. No matter how bad things get they could always be worse and I pride myself on trying to always focus on the positives in life.

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We have the cutest dog in the world.

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Currently reading this and am already completely entranced.

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Rooibos and Lavender Tea

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Natasha, Me, Danielle.

I met up with Natasha and Danielle and we went to Witches Brew. We had a great time hanging out and indulging in yummy tea and desserts. Later Natasha’s good friend Chris came by and hung out with us. He was hilarious and we all had such a good time. I love those moments when you can truly be yourself around your friends and laugh and have so much fun just sitting around talking, making jokes and sipping on tea. It was really a great night.

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Me and Danielle

Me and Natasha went over to Danielle’s house one night and Danielle made us the yummiest Crust-less Quiche and made mine without cheese (I don’t do Gluten or Dairy). It was -so- good. She topped it with cut Avocado and sprinkled some hot sauce and pesto on the side. For dessert she came out with the prettiest fruit platter. We also had two pots of tea. Almond and Maple and then a Fruity tea with Mango. I felt like we were eating at a five star restaurant! It was lovely.

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I met up with LeeLee and Holly and went to Kitchen Kabarat and then to Starbucks to chat and take photos. It was so great seeing them again since the last time I saw them was almost two years ago! LeeLee and I have been friends since 2009 and in that time had falling outs but yet somehow always manage to come back into each others lives again. I truly care about her very much and we have an incredible soul connection that is rare to find with many people. I am happy to have her back in my life again and it’s always so wonderful to see her beautiful girlfriend Holly who is truly one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. When you are around good people it’s easy to have fun even just sitting at Starbucks!

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I am back in Massachusetts now and missing everyone already. We are in the process of seriously looking at apartments on Long Island now that Matthew has such a good job. I think I will be moving within the next few months. It was be amazing to be with my love and my dog every day and to be so much closer to all of my girlfriends. I’m really excited for the change!

I hope you all had an amazing week. I received an “Editor’s Pick” Award for my blog from Be Beautiful which I posted in my Press page and was so happy and humbled to receive! I have many more reviews, makeup looks and some videos coming up within the next week. I also have another giveaway so keep an eye out for that!

xoxo,

Britanie

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accept and progress | 2013 resolutions

“May your coming year be filled with magic and dreams and good madness. I hope you read some fine books and kiss someone who thinks you’re wonderful, and don’t forget to make art – write or draw or build or sing or live only as you can. And I hope, somewhere in the next year, you surprise yourself.”Neil Gaiman

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Many people don’t like the idea of resolutions but I happen to welcome them with open arms. I like to have start dates. It helps to motivate me to really think about the things that I want to better in my life for the upcoming year and beyond that. I have always found writing down my resolutions every year to be extremely beneficial.

I have a few goals for the next year and beyond.

Food for thought:

I don’t like to say that I want to “lose weight” as I think basing anything around weight is never healthy. Four years ago is when I finally started to be more comfortable with my body. I  found confidence within myself regardless of the number on the scale or the size of my jeans. I have been down the road of extreme weight loss and gain so many times and could never quite seem get it right. I have always had a hard time with my metabolism due to many chronic health issues that make it hard for me to exercise as much as I would like and that make it hard for my body to detox and digest foods properly which in turn mess with my insulin and so on and so fourth. I also have ongoing thyroid issues which doesn’t help anything. My biggest issue is that I make too many excuses for things when it comes to eating and exercising because part of me doesn’t want to go back down the road of worrying about my weight or caring about what size I am, but deep down I know that I am so far beyond that mindset. I know that I can change myself for the better because I have finally accepted myself and my body as it is now. I firmly believe that when you truly accept and love yourself for who you are now, -that- is when change can become possible and more successful in the long run.

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I already eat a very healthy, balanced diet but there are a few things that could definitely use some tweaking. I used to never eat after a certain time of night, preferably 6 or 7 pm and the reasoning behind that is that for me my digestion tends to get worse the later it is and also your metabolism is at it’s slowest at night. I always found that eating more throughout the day and lighter in the evening was very helpful for me. I also notice that although I have been gluten and dairy free for almost ten years now that I have introduced too many prefabricated foods into my diet (gluten free bagels, pretzels, etc). Another thing I used to do quite frequently was keep track of what I was eating. I always kept a food diary with me to jot down things that I eat. Sometimes you don’t even realize how many calories you are taking in until you actually take the time out to sit down and write every food down and it’s then that you start to recognize any possible bad habits. Writing down what I eat is also going to be beneficial for my digestion as certain foods really aggravate my Gastroparesis and Gerd symptoms more than others and it can often be hard to tell what the triggers are. I think keeping track of the food I eat will help immensely. I will make sure to keep a small journal with me and write down everything I eat and drink every night.

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I always start off a new year with a new journal.

Movement:

As far as exercise is concerned I know that although I cannot exercise as much or as hard as I would like to that I can still move my body. I know I should do it more but the truth is that I fight with chronic fatigue, nausea and dizziness (among other things) on a daily basis which make exercise the last thing on my mind. I used to do Pilates 3 times a week and walk for at least 20 minutes every day. I plan to get back to doing my Pilates and Yoga DVD’s along with walking daily. Exercise is not only important for physical purposes but for mental and emotional benefits as well. According to many studies, 30 minutes of walking a day can be as helpful as taking an anti-depressant. Yoga is also wonderful for stress reduction, improvement of digestion and over-all well being. I took a Yoga class with Bryan Kest a few years back and it was three hours long. For a few days after that I could barely move because of how much I strained my muscles. Although that kind of exercise is good for some, it is far too intense for my body. I think that over all the right amount and kind of exercise will help to benefit me more than not.

Meditation & Positivity:

I am naturally a very anxious person and when you combine that with chronic pain it can make for a horrible amount of anxiety and stress. Many people in my life do not even now that I deal with anxiety on a daily basis. I have learned how to be good at hiding my anxiety but I have the tendency to rely on certain medications to help me through the anxiety, panic attacks and chronic bouts of nausea. This year I am going to make a significant effort to use more relaxation skills like – Meditation, Detox Baths, Specific herbs and teas, Breathing techniques, etc.

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Through positive reinforcement and thinking, I have learned to accept myself as I am .right.now.  and that kind of out look has really brought along an incredible amount of clarity and peace. I hope to continue to carry that peace with me and to have it help me to work on the things that I would like to change in my life. I have an immense desire to better myself as much as I can. It’s amazing what can happen when you truly do everything in your power to change your lifestyle and to help yourself in every way possible. I have been through so much in my life and all of the pain has taught me lessons that I know will continue to serve me in the next year and years after that.

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I can only accept and progress.
the more I realize this, the stronger I will continue to become.

I see amazing things coming in the next year. My heart, my body and my mind are ready for it.

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Bring it on 2013 ♥

xoxo,

Britanie

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life update | If I can only recount the story of my life right out of my body, flames will grow.

“These pains that you feel are messengers. Listen to them. Turn them to sweetness.”―Rumi

What a tough week. I was admitted into the ER on Sunday night after having an extremely hard time breathing and losing feeling in my arms and legs. They did an EKG and a bunch of other tests and told me I was receiving lack of oxygen to my brain and blood due to complications from severe Anemia which in turn was causing my body to go into a state of hyperventilation and causing the numbness and drop of blood pressure, etc. I got in on Wednesday for my first Iron Transfusion which lasted a few hours. They also gave me a steroid and an anti-nausea medication in the IV. I have had a lot of swelling afterwards which I am assuming is from the steroid and my bones are aching from the Iron trying to get situated in my body. I feel more tired than usual and extremely dizzy. My hematologist told me that the first month of Transfusions will be really tough on my body and I will feel worse but that after the month is up and my bone marrow starts to recognize the Iron that I should start to have more energy and feel better. I cannot even begin to express how much I am looking forward to just feeling a little bit better. Not even great. Just better. (although great would be amazing).

The added stress of the transfusions has made my Fibro pain increasingly worse. It has been so much better up until now.  I started getting in for Acupuncture again which I missed dearly but wasn’t even able to make it to because of how sick I have been but it is helping the pain. I am also forcing myself to stay up as much as I can during the day to move and regain some strength but it has been extremely difficult. I won’t give up though! I am too determined to get better!

I have some fun new blog post ideas coming up soon. I will be doing another giveaway very soon as well as posting more recipes and at home facial concoctions!

One transfusion down, three to go!

I like to add a little Joy Juice from Lotus Wei to my morning tea! Who couldn’t use a little more joy in their days right?!

Benny has been sleeping with me and keeping me company through this rough patch. My lovely little chi-chi.

Spinach Omelet, Baby Romaine and Cherry Tomatoes. I have really been enjoying cooking more and coming up with fun and easy to make recipes!

Indian Healing Clay and Raw Manuka Honey. I like to make a face mask using these two products! I will do a blog post on this soon.

Currently Reading:

I am really enjoying this book so far and it’s been a great read while I am recuperating!

xoxo,

Britanie

Think of your pain like a big bunch of red roses, a beautiful thorn necklace. Everyone has one.

“That is all I want in life: for this pain to seem purposeful.”

I have been feeling very depressed lately because I haven’t had an ounce of energy to accomplish the things that I want to during the days. I really just have not felt good in too long. It takes every thing in me to get up in the morning and to get myself together. I went to see an Oncologist/Hematologist and I found out that I am extremely anemic, more so than I had originally thought. My actual iron level is a 10 and my other levels were so low, one was 2 percent and the normal range is between 40 percent and higher. For majority of people with Anemia, it can be easy to treat with Iron pills or diet changes but unfortunately with my digestion issues I am just not absorbing nearly enough. I will be going in for a set of four, one hour IV transfusions of Iron over a four week period. It will be hard, I will have to take anti-nausea medication which they will be putting in the IV because the Iron really makes me sick. I had to do a transfusion over six years ago and it was really tough as the release to the bloodstream can cause a lot of joint pain, nausea, flu-like symptoms that can last for awhile. The good news is that after the four weeks I should start to feel better as my red blood cells increase and in turn give me some energy that I so terribly need!

My Thyroid is also enlarged which most likely means it’s still too low and not working well enough. I think it’s all in relation to my poor digestion and absorption. My seratonin is also extremely low. I have been dealing with health issues since I was first diagnosed with a Hiatal Hernia and Gerd at the age of nine. When I was sixteen they found Endometriosis and Celiac Disease. Then the Fibromyalgia. then the Gastroparesis. It’s honestly been one thing after another for most of my life. I sometimes can’t imagine what it would be like to wake up and not have to be in pain or to feel sick. I can’t imagine going through the day not worrying about my health. I have experienced so much pain in my life but I have also been blessed with such an amazing support system and I have worked my hardest to be as positive as possible. I will not give up on myself because there is just too much I want to accomplish in my life. Too many things I want to see and do. I won’t give up no matter how much harder it gets although I pray every day it will get better as the years go on.

I was hesitant about posting this entry at first because I did not want it to seem like I was in any way complaining and I have also been very private about a lot of my health issues because I don’t like feeling like a burden to others. The thing is, I not only want my blog to be a place where I can blog about things that I love or things that inspire me and things that are beautiful but I also want to be open and honest about my struggles and my pain and hopefully give some sort of comfort to anyone else out there who is going through anything similar or who can relate. At the end of the day you can turn anything into something beautiful, even pain.

I am posting this entry for anyone out there who is suffering with pain. I know how hard it is. I know how exhausting it is. I know it feels like nothing will ever change and no matter what you do it never gets better. I know you also feel like no one could possibly understand but I promise you there are people who understand and I am one of them. Think of your pain as a purpose, a learning process, a twisted gift of sorts in order for you to become a more compassionate, patient and stronger person. Think of all of the little things in life that you don’t take for granted because you know how easily it can be tainted by pain. Live in the moment and no matter how bad the pain gets, never ever give up on yourself.

xoxo,

Britanie

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