Depression hits again

On Sunday I had just finished working with a new client (very excited) and was waiting on my brother to call me so I could meet up with him and his family to spend time with the kiddos, my niece and nephew. Almost an hour passed and I didn’t hear from him. I knew they were dealing with an issue and would contact me when they were finished. Yet while I was waiting at my office and listening to a business podcast (it’s an entrepreneur thing), depression creeped in. It came out of nowhere as sad thoughts soon led to tears starting to flow.

Crap! (not truly what I thought but thought it best to keep this G rated) I immediately sent a text to my brother and told him I wasn’t feeling well and was heading home. En route thoughts of every imaginable reason as to why I was sad came crashing into my head space and the tears just flowed. I raised the windows, adjusted my sunglasses, turned off the radio, and spoke out loud the thoughts running through my mind. Just hearing them seemed like they carried less weight than what was happening in my head. Within the commute back home (about 35 minutes) I cried out my sadness and feelings of unworthiness. As I turned the corner heading towards the apartment I made a plan to feel more focused and centered once I was home for I didn’t want to continue wallowing in this misery.

Truth is I’ve been struggling with depression since as long as I could remember. I was “diagnosed” with depression when I was 18 years old and prescribed Paxil which I took for a few months. Yet I didn’t like how I felt when I was on them so I stopped and found other ways to cope with it.

Throughout my life I have fallen into bouts of depression which could last hours or days. The depression would be triggered by thoughts or sometimes after a traumatic event such as a loss of my loved ones. For example, I was triggered on Sunday because I was on an amazing high which was then popped by limiting beliefs. Doubts and insecurities, especially limiting beliefs of not feeling worthy or good enough are the struggles I have been dealing with throughout my life. Since I became an entrepreneur they have become stronger as I have been facing them head on.

I checked my face before I got out of the car and said to myself in the mirror: “Paty, it’s okay to cry. Now it’s time to move forward by listening to happy music and organizing your room and home office. You got this. You’re worth it and you are loved by many.”

With a sigh and a prayer to my spiritual guides for strength I moved on with the rest of my day.

Feeling sad and depressed is normal, it becomes a problem when it lingers for more than a day.

Fact is depression does have a habit of creeping in from time to time, especially just when things appear to be going so amazing.

Have you experienced that before?

I didn’t fight the depression or blame myself for feeling the way I was, I just allowed it to flow out of my system. Then I used my depression kicker of listening to happy music and cleaning up my living space so I didn’t feel more chaotic. My other favorite depression kickers are watching funny movies, going for walks outside, dancing, dropping orange essential oil in my diffuser, and calling uplifting friends.

If you struggle with depression what are ways that you move through it?

Leave a comment of your favorite tips.

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Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  


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Let’s Detox together in 2017

Last week I wrote about shaking the blues which was focused on removing processed sugar from your lifestyle, especially if you struggle with depression. This is truly one aspect of holistic care. Today I want to share with you an amazing opportunity that I will be a part of called the Whole Detox. It’s a 21 online event put on by my teacher and mentor, Dr. Deanna Minich.

The Whole Detox Program is an excellent way to completely reset your body while establishing long-term lifestyle changes. And the changing of the season is the perfect time to make this happen.

The 21-day program includes:

  • 5 informative, in-depth webinars
  • Access to a supportive community with 14 Teaching Assistants to answer your questions
  • Guiding emails throughout the program
  • And even some fun, surprise gifts. 
I will be one of the teaching assistants so I will also be present and engaged within the program. I’ll even be posting on Day 7 about stress, my favorite subject.
The image above identifies the various ways we must detox holistically by incorporating healthier behaviors into our lifestyles and releasing those that no longer serve us.

Take the Quiz

Not sure if you really need the program “right now”? Take the Whole Detox Spectrum Quiz now to see if any of your systems are out of balance. It will help to personalize the Whole Detox program to address those systems of health that are most out of balance.

I invite you to make this powerful decision for your whole health today. And if you have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me by replying or email Food and Spirit directly at info@foodandspirit.com!

Pass this email along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need time to focus on ourselves everyday!
Thank you for taking a moment for yourself as you practice self-care and stress release.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  

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Shaking the blues

Hola!

One of my professional hats I wear is that of a health coach focuses on wellness in a holistic manner, meaning looking at the whole person, which includes what we put in our mouths. I know how overwhelming it is to know about what is “healthy” to put in your mouth as I have learned over 100 dietary theories and my biggest takeaway is that we are all different. By being more intent on how our bodies react to food we can be more proactive.

Even though, most of my clients come to me for support in releasing stress they come with symptoms such as these found below. As a coach, a wellness detective, my goal is assist them in identifying the root causes to them.

headaches nausea dizziness
hearing loss tinnitus insomnia
blurred vision eye problems hallucinations
memory loss slurred speech mild to suicidal depression
personality changes violent episodes mood changes
anxiety attacks hyperactivity heart arrhythmia
edema or swelling gastrointestinal disorders seizures
skin lesions muscle cramps joint pains
fatigue PMS menstrual irregularities
chest pain increased appetite numbness and tingling of extremities

Have you been experiencing these symptoms lately?

Most of the time though food is a huge culprit in causing the symptoms stated above or rather certain ingredients in food.

As they say, you are what you eat. So what are you eating on a daily basis?
If you have been feeling any of these symptoms recently, one such culprit could be the impact of Valentine’s Day which just ended last week and for many that meant loads of sugar laden items being popped continuously into our mouths.

I admit that I took advantage of chocolate specials at the stores and helping my nephew (unknown to him) reduce his valentine candy stockpile. So, recently when I began to notice that I was feeling sluggish, experienced difficulty in focusing, annoyed with people or a lack of motivation I became my own health coach and took stock of what I was eating.

Now, in order to get back on track with my life and help my body feel better I’m in the process of detoxing my whole life, nutrition included as I take responsibility for my life. The concept of The whole detox*, by Dr. Deanna Minich one of my mentors, is that in order to maintain balance and health we have to look at all aspects of our lives. (More info coming soon)

As I mentioned I took stock of what I was eating and realized that my sugar intake had increased tremendously. I want to share with you the truth about sugar so you can also make an informed decision if that’s what’s causing your health issues. Let’s begin with one of the most toxic and easily found products in our world today, sucrose products (table sugar) and artificial sweeteners (sugar substitutes) so you can make the best qualified decision of what sweets you will continue to allow into your life and into the mouths of your loved ones.

Did you know that artificial sweeteners are regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, (FDA)?

In 1958, the Food Additives Amendment to the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act required the FDA to approve food additives, including artificial sweeteners, before they can be made available for sale in the United States. However, keep in mind that while it is approved it does not mean it is safe for long term use.

There are five major categories of artificial sweeteners that are approved by the FDA:

1.  Aspartame, sold under the brand names NutraSweet® and Equal®
2.  Saccharin, sold under the brand name Sweet’N Low®
3.  Sucralose, sold under the brand name Splenda®
4.  Acesulfame K (or acesulfame potassium), produced by Hoechst, a German chemical company; widely used in foods, beverages, and pharmaceutical products around the world
5.  Neotame, produced by the NutraSweet Company; the most recent addition to FDA’s list of approved artificial sweeteners, neotame is used in diet soft drinks and low-calorie foods

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) cautions everyone to avoid aspartame, saccharin, and acesulfame K because they are unsafe when consumed in large amounts or are very poorly tested and not worth the risk. The CSPI lists neotame and sucralose as safe.

Aspartame is of particular concern because it contains phenylalanine (50%), aspartic acid (40%), and methanol (10%), three well-recognized neurotoxins. Fortunately, most of the the symptoms I stated above are alleviated once aspartame use is discontinued.

Stevia-based sweeteners in the form of Truvia and PureVia have been rapidly replacing aspartame sweetened products. However, due to health concerns cited in literature the FDA has not approved the use of whole-leaf Stevia or crude Stevia extracts as food additives. On the other hand, a “no objection” approval on the GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) list of additives was given to its extracts known as Truvia, a sweet-tasting compound found in products like Coca-Cola and Cargill and PureVia, typically found in PepsiCo products. Although Stevia has not retained an official “approval” it is allowed to be marketed and sold as a dietary supplement.

My rule of thumb is if I can’t pronounce it, I don’t eat it or wear it on my skin

In conclusion, artificial sweeteners are that, artificial. When you place artificial items into your body then it can cause issues because your body is not used to it. Review the symptoms found in the beginning of the article and take a look at what foods you are ingesting. If you notice that you are putting more artificial items, especially ones you can’t pronounce, then replace it with more natural options like local honey or coconut sugar.  Take responsibility of your health by asking yourself why you are feeling the way you do. If you’re feeling stumped then contact me for a free healthy check in by phone to discover what’s holding you back in life.

My purpose is to empower you on your healing journey and my mission is to offer you health-related insights, practical tips, inspiration and stories that will support you in living balanced towards a happy and healthy life as you embrace your joy and purpose.
Feel free to reply to these emails as I’d love to hear from you. Pass this email along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!

Thank you for being a part of my expanding family. I’m so grateful to be on this healing journey with you.

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  



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Shake off stress and frustration

Happiness is a thought and an action. So is relaxation and enjoying life. Lately I’ve been questioning myself about what brings me happiness because sometimes I don’t always feel so happy. Just the other day I was feeling upset and angry without understanding why. I allowed the emotions to run their course by crying and yelling throughout the apartment as I released the intense energy coursing through my body. Then I crashed on my bed and fell asleep. Once I awoke all of it was gone and I felt better. I still haven’t been able to understand why I was so upset yet instead of focusing on the why or thoughts, I focused on the actions I could do to release it.

Feelings and thoughts come and go yet they only manifest into stronger emotions when we focus on them. This is a message I remind myself and share with my clients. Basically I remind them, do your emotions control you or do you control your emotions? In the above example, I knew those emotions could really take over if I allowed them and feelings of anger could linger longer and eventually lead to depression.

Yet, I chose to take action and release the emotions which is not always an easy process. It does take the mindset of making a choice to be upset or happy. I chose happiness. I created a list of identifying ways I could relax and enjoy life plus what I was grateful for. As I wrote this list I could feel my body become lighter and calmer. My frown was really turning itself upside down. Then I chose one activity from my list to do, listening to music, and played my favorite song. I have learned that one way of releasing stress is by shaking. So, I raised the volume as loud as I could (not very loud because it was on my computer) and shook every part of my body as I released whatever pent up stressed I had. I sure danced, moved, and laughed throughout the almost 4  minutes of the song, I’m Alive.

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After the song I drank water and gave thanks for the ability to shake off the stress and really enjoy this amazing life I have created for myself. It’s not always perfect yet it’s up to me (and you) to remember all the wonderful blessings I have.

What is your favorite way of releasing stress? Share @patymariposas  #mariposasreleasestress

Peace and health,

Paty La Mariposa