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No Shame Oatmeal

I’m not really an oatmeal girl but my body was craving it today. Add in some slivered almonds, unsweetened shaved coconut, fresh blackberries and blueberries, a drop of lemon essential oil and voila! Yumminess in a bowl! 
I used to obsess about eating certain foods especially grains when I changed my way of eating to a more paleo style. However, in my process of listening to myself and my intuition, I have come to realize that my relationship with food shouldn’t be so stressful and really shouldn’t be punishing or shaming.  I learned that it really is okay to eat what my body is craving. Because I eat so clean, I rarely crave anything “bad” like sugar or super carby foods. 

But, today my belly said oatmeal and berries. And that is exactly what it got. And it is okay. 

No Shame Oatmeal: 

  • Steel cut oats cooked as directed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shaved coconut 
  • 1/4 slivered almonds 
  • Handful of berries 
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk 
  • Drop of lemon essential oil 

Interested in learning more about incorporating essential oils into your lifestyle? Or how to shift out of the shaming around food? 

 I am here to help! 


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About 15 years ago, I began to listen to my intuition and to what my soul was calling me to do. I knew I was here to do great things, as we all are. 

It is my belief that we are all here to serve and make a difference in some capacity. Sometimes we get caught up in the thinking that it has to be something grand or famous, but the truth is even the simplest of lives can be the most impactful.  It isn’t about being seen, but rather meek in your actions to create a world that is more peaceful and more full of compassion and unity. 

When I began to get the nudges to look deep inside, I did so without an intention of a return. So often our culture teaches that you give to get. I was certain I was not going to fall into that. Instead, I listen to my gut and lived in a way that served my highest food with zero attachments to an outcome. 

Eventually, I was able to leave my day job (and a dysfunctional relationship) and now I do what I am called to do, and that is share yoga and wellness with people who are living with a disability. I specialize in brain injuries and seniors but I enjoy all types of people and my client base includes a spectrum of abilities and interests. 

My services include adaptive yoga, wellness coaching, essential oil education and level 1 healing touch.  Each day I head off to work I realize that this isn’t work, it is soul. 

Have you found your calling? If  you are still seeking, stop thinking so much and instead try a few of these ideas: 

  • Ask yourself this–“I am best when I am ________”. Be truthful. 
  • Journal about the things that bring you joy. They may be subtle like children laughing, making sure neighbors are taken care of, cooking, nature, laughter, etc. 
  • What are you passionate about and where do you speak up? Sometimes those “triggers” lead you toward something. 
  • Start to identify your everyday actions and interests that could lead you to a life of meaning. Cooking, sharing success with others, natural living, yoga, teaching others a skill, and more. 
  • Practice gratitude.  Just you being you is a worthy adventure. Celebrate who you are by identifying things about yourself you are grateful for. 
  • Stop comparing yourself. Your life journey is yours and yours alone. Remember that when we fall face down, that is often when we come up even stronger. Wipe off your dust and keep at it.