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Self Compassion with Britt Olson

It’s the first guest of the season and it’s a special one! Britt Olson from the Loving Your Own Soul podcast and owner of Ambu Wellness is a dear friend and podcast sister. She was the first show that I got to be a guest on right before I launched season 1. She has been an amazing supporter and I’m so happy that she is guest numero uno! 

KEY POINTS

  •  Starting Ambu Wellness
  •  Resetting after falling off
  • Finding Balance
  • Mindset Transformation

Connect with Britt

www.ambuwellness.com

www.lovingyourownsoulpodcast.com

Instagram: @lovingyourownsoul & @ambuwellness

YouTube: Loving Your Own Soul

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Healing in Hindsight™ is managed by host Taylor Daniele™ and Produced by We Are 8 Studios

Transcript
Taylor:

What's up guys.

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Welcome back for another episode of healing.

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In hindsight, it is the official first guest episode, and I'm really excited.

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It is with the lovely Britt Olson.

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And if you've been falling for a minute, I actually did my very

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first guest episode with her on her podcast, living your own soul.

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And it was a great conversation.

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It was right before I launched season one, since then I've done an Instagram

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live with her just to catch up.

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So I'm really excited to have her now be on the show and just to pick her brain.

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She is not only a podcast host, but a business owner of

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her own health and wellness.

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Coaching platform on the wellness.

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It is a beautiful community.

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And she also has a self-paced course, which I've personally taken and have

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gotten so many great nuggets and things.

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And she loves to combine Eastern medicine philosophy with Western medicine

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philosophy and just bring you to a place where you have balance in your life

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and, without super heavy restrictions or anything like that, just providing

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a lot of insight tools and things for you to be able to optimize your

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health in the best way that suits you.

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So super excited for this conversation with Britt.

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I feel like it definitely helped me a lot.

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I hope it helps you and be sure to check out her services and offering

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she's doing a deal where her prices will be going up in April.

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I believe the 16th, but you can lock in her current rate now.

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And if you need some time, like four weeks or so before you can

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actually engage in the sessions with her, you can still keep that price.

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Even if you start at a later date.

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So.

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Don't miss out.

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Here's this conversation with Britt.

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It's going to be super awesome, super powerful.

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And I'm really excited to know what you guys think.

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Let's do it

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well.

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Hi Britt.

Britt:

Hello Taylor.

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How have you been?

Britt:

I have been so well, so good.

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It's so funny.

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I still, I don't know if you feel this at all or not, but just with

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everything that's transpired in the last year, I still have this, a

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little bit of guilt around saying how good I feel, but to be honest, like

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fantastic life is really good right now.

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Can't

Taylor:

no, that's great.

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I think I think we don't do that enough.

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I think we kind of have this expectation sometimes that, when.

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At least with, with the past year being what it is, it's almost

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like, Hey, how are you doing?

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Shit is bad.

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And it's just like, Oh, that's, that's sucks.

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Like, let's talk about it.

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So I think we're at a point where like, we expect bad news nowadays,

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just because last year it just seemed like it never stopped.

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So no, absolutely.

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I think we should always speak to when we're feeling good.

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And if not, I feel like if someone isn't feeling good, we can't

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make that person feel bad for being in a good spot, so I'm glad

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Completely.

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I agree.

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Yeah.

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We need more transparency in the world.

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That's for sure.

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Way more.

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It, it just makes life a lot easier.

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That's why I don't like to do courtesy ask.

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Like, if I'm asking how you're doing, I legit want you to

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tell me how you're doing.

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I'm mentally preparing space to receive that.

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Otherwise I wouldn't ask, like, just, I hate that we've turned a

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lot of things into just courtesy stuff with the expectation of like,

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please don't tell me your life story, because I didn't want to hear it.

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So

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So true.

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We could have a whole conversation on that.

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whole conversation on that.

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That's that's, that's a episode, whatever down the line.

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So.

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For those of you who don't know or if you didn't take the time to listen

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to my guest episode bridge was my first podcast, like literally ever.

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I was in the process of creating season one and through a mutual,

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a Facebook group that we're in.

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She was looking for guests.

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I was looking for experience, honestly, I just didn't know what to expect.

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And we had a really good conversation.

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So I will definitely to that, but she is also a podcast host.

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And I think what I love most about your show is I love the solo

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ones where it feels like I'm just literally sitting in front of you and

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you're just kind of sharing things.

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And the music that you have in the background, I might steal it because

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I felt like I was about to go into a meditation almost just to associating.

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It was so soothing.

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So.

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I would love for you to just share a little bit about yourself.

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Cause I know you're not just a podcast here.

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And then we'll get into a couple of interesting questions I'd like to ask you.

Britt:

Yeah, absolutely.

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Thank you so much for that.

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By the way, my little kind of mini solo episodes where I just kind

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of riff on a particular topic.

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I've gotten a lot of really nice feedback, so I appreciate

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that, but I am Brett Olson.

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I consider myself to be a leader in holistic and intuitive wellness.

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And within that, I'm a certified health coach through the Institute

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for integrative nutrition.

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I have my podcast, as you just mentioned, loving your own soul.

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And I actually last week just got my Reiki level one and two education.

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So that's going to be fun.

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I've always had this calling to do my own well to practice energy healing,

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but then I feel intuitively that there might be something unique inside of me.

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That'll kind of come out with that and yeah.

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I also just started my online yoga teacher training this week

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with a group called soul work.

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And it's been something I've wanted to do for a while now, but what I love

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about this program whistle work, which you would love to have the founder on

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your podcast side note, but they do a lot with trauma informed training and

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diversity and inclusivity, and really bringing yoga away from the way it's

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kind of stemmed to like the 40 year old white women and hot yoga and getting it

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back to the roots of the ancient ness of yoga and the true practice and within

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the breath within the body, and then how to really bring yoga into communities,

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all communities around the world.

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So it's, I know it's an incredible program.

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You should look into it.

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I can connect you with the founder.

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I think you appreciate her lifestyle a lot.

Taylor:

that's awesome.

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So two things I I've done an energy clearing, but it was only one twice, but

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I've never really deep dived into Reiki.

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So I'm, I have to hit you offline to play around with that.

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Use me as a Guinea pig so far.

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And then I love, I love this yoga aspect of it because literally this week I was

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thinking about, I need to get on the mat.

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I need to get on the mat.

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I need to get on the mat because I've, I keep trying to make yoga, regular thing

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for myself in some form, especially cause I've been having issues with my

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shoulder with some crazy inflammation.

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So it's really stiff a lot of times.

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And so I'm just like, I think I, I have moments where I get nervous because

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I'm doing it at home and I want to make sure I'm doing the form right.

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Because I don't want to get in the habit of doing it incorrectly and

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that I'm injuring myself, whatever.

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But I'm also very leery about going to studios still.

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So it's just like, I'm just running into a middle, but every time that I

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have started different sequences and things like that, I do feel really good.

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So, and my house being everything it's, it's, it's so tough when your

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house is literally everything or your apartment really find a house.

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I have a whole separate room and then I'd be good at but that's really cool

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that they're trying to bring back the, the historical aspect of what yoga is

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for versus making it another trend thing.

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Cause I used to do Pilates heavy especially when I was playing

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volleyball in high school.

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That was my warmup.

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Before I actually went to practice.

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I would do one of the little my mom had the Windsor set.

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Oh my God.

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She had the Windsor set and I used to do the 20 minute one every morning before

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practice and probably one of the best, I'd say the best shape that I was in of

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just like being so physically healthy because I was really taking that time.

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So I do still love Pilates, but I just, just getting back on the mat in general

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has been a struggle because I'm just like my dogs won't leave me alone.

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I, this whole year has made it so hard on me with them because now they're just used

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to me being here and I cannot go anywhere.

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I can't do anything.

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If I leave the house, they started having accidents in the house.

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If I leave for too long, even if I walk them several times a day,

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I'm like, y'all are really trying to trap me in this house with, you

Britt:

Yeah.

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I feel for animals of the last year, because it's just totally like shifted

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their reality where they're like, Oh, you're with me all the time.

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Okay.

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Our PAC is within these four walls and we don't go anywhere.

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And then it's like, when we do start merging back into society,

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they're like, what is going on?

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Like you're not supposed to leave.

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I thought we were, I thought this is the new normal.

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So

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Yeah.

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I actually joked with my partner.

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He went out of town to go visit his family a couple of weeks ago

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and I was like, I'm just going to treat my house like an office.

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So I would crash at his house and I would leave them there.

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And then I would come here.

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So I could actually like film and everything.

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And so I, I definitely would love to get to a place.

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I actually started sharking around to see if I can afford

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doing like a coworking space.

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Even if it's just to do all my admin stuff, because I do miss

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physically going somewhere.

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I just feel like companies should offer the option.

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I don't mind going into an office twice a week or whatever.

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I just want the choice that if I roll out of bed and today's not the day for people.

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That I can stay at home and not be around people, so

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We all need that choice.

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yeah.

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Yeah.

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And I hope I really do hope companies wise up to that very quickly as, as

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we try to fit in what's normal again.

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So speaking of which, I'm very curious.

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I like to ask everybody one question at the top and at the end.

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And so you being one of my non-diabetics, I'm curious because you you've been

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navigating the health space for a while.

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What is one health myth that you just want to like shut down right now?

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Like myth, this is totally false.

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Please stop following this.

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Or, do your research on this.

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What's one thing that just, when someone asks you just

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like, no, that's not it at all.

Britt:

Oh my gosh.

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So there are a couple things that come to mind.

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First one, I will say that I think I'll kind of stick with, is the myth about

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how much protein our bodies need and how we've been conditioned to understand

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that we only get protein from animal meat and protein is the way to go.

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And if you're not getting enough protein, your body can't function and

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this and that and everything else, every body is completely unique and

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individual in and of themselves.

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And some bodies yes, might strive and do better off of

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high amounts of animal protein.

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However, from what I've discovered is our most natural and regulated

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States of being really comes from.

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Less animal protein.

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And that there is so much protein in plants and that plants carry the

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right amount of amino acid profiles that our bodies naturally need.

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And now too, and I speak of this and speaking of an average.

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Healthy healthy and air quality body.

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Obviously when we have different conditions or dealing with diabetes or

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chronic illness, what our body's needs and the intake can definitely vary and

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what it can handle and its own journey.

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However, on average plants hold so much potency for us, including the right amount

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of proteins and amino acid profiles.

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So it's, I mean, I have to like be conditioned myself still with

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the dialogue, but we are just in this like protein centric society.

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And I just really I'm going to say, I don't agree with it, but when we

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get back to like the ancient nets of where we really came from, we

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really didn't have it all the time.

Taylor:

Right, right.

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We had to go catch it.

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that might, and then, coming up with the different ways that they had to

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store, like it used to be a treat.

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My mom actually joked a while back when I was visiting, she was like, I

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wasn't involuntary, like vegetarian vegan, because in Thailand, like

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it was not common for them to be able to have meat like that.

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So what do they have?

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Well, a crap ton of vegetables, especially when the jungle is providing a lot of

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fruit and things like that for you.

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But on the flip side, I have a friend who's from Brazil and she's

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like, meat is huge in Brazil.

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Like it's such a big thing, and so even from a cultural aspect of

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like the region that you came from can not have a huge effect into.

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What was seasonal for you.

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And so for a lot of cultures, if you weren't near it or couldn't

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have the means to catch it, or, it w it just wasn't around anymore.

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Like, the, the herds migrated, whatever you weren't, you

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weren't going to have that.

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So, absolutely agree.

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I've been trying to I've been playing around with the idea of getting a

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food sensitivity test and then getting actual blood work to show like, what

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exactly my body right now needs in terms of, am I going too much overboard?

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Because one thing that a lot of diabetics are taught immediately is the whole macro

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centric count, everything, especially carbs, and my partner's body like sheds

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carbs, but needs a lot of protein.

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But I'm kind of the opposite.

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I really don't need a lot of protein.

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I can tolerate moderate level of carbs, but you know, I have to watch

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it threshold, but I need a lot of greens, so it's really interesting

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how our bodies adjust and kind of the, the growth of information.

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Cause I feel like if this was, maybe even 10 years ago getting blood work

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to see what kind of foods your body needs, like too high society, you had

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to really be up there to get that.

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And now it's becoming way more normal.

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Which I think is good.

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So

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I think it's so cool.

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Yes, absolutely.

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And then just one other myth that I will touch on lightly that I was kind

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of cautious about only because of the diabetic community, but there is a big

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myth in my opinion, but not my opinion in my professional understanding with

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fruit and fruit sugar, and that all sugar is the same type of sugar and fruit.

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Sugar is absolutely different than refined and processed and the fake sugar.

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So we are gonna have sweet tooth.

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Having a sweet tooth is natural because the earth naturally produces fruit.

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And our bodies actually thrive off of fruit sugars.

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Now, again, her different diagnosises or diseases or, medications or

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things that you're dealing with, obviously we all need to monitor it.

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However, the two types of sugar are completely different.

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So please do not be scared of fruit and.

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Eat fruit, your body most will thrive off of it.

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And it's so, so good for us,

Taylor:

Yeah.

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Yeah.

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It's definitely a huge thing where we're good for berries.

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In every diabetic comedian space, like, they're like, yeah.

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Berries or go, and I'm like, great.

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Cause I love blackberries and.

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Strawberries are probably next to that.

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And then of course, raspberries are cool.

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I just hate that.

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You just never know when they're actually sweet or not.

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I know.

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Oh my gosh.

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My raspberries are such a crap shoot of like, you don't

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know what you're going to get.

Taylor:

Right.

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I gotta hope and pray and, and there's definitely some, like, I've never

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tried gooseberries, so that's something that I'm like, ah, I see it on a

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lot of gardens stuff that I watched that they, grow them fairly easy.

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I'm like, I've never eaten them before.

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But I eat apples pretty regularly and especially not having my CGM.

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I'm like, it doesn't react like that.

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And some people like you ate an Apple and I'm like, yeah, I can do that.

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Or even like bananas and mangoes.

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I mean, I still kind of moderate those a little bit more because I have noticed

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they'll send me up a little bit, but at the same time, it's just like, okay,

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maybe I can do half a banana, even though I won't eat the whole thing.

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Same thing with mango.

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I.

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I will eat the whole thing, so I just have to slice it and

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Friesen or something like that.

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Cause I

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I love that mangoes are so good.

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Our neighbor actually has a huge mango tree, so I'm super privileged come around

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Eating them.

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It's amazing.

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And I just want to say one thing too, if you have, with eating fruit

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and sugar and all those things.

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Yeah.

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If you're eating an Apple and pineapple and then you have a bag of receipts

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and then you have a bagel and cream cheese, it's actually bagel and cream

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cheese has it kind of sugar in it.

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And then you have a soda.

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Yeah, shit.

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Ton of sugar.

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Like.

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Watch yourself for sure.

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However, if the only sugar you're consuming is a little

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bit from through it's.

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Okay.

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So obviously everything in moderation, but just kind of the balance of it.

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So yeah, if you have eaten a ton of candy and like fake sugar that day, probably

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wouldn't advise adding fruit on top of it.

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Just

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Yeah.

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tomorrow.

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kind of restart.

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Yeah, totally.

Taylor:

So I would love to hear more about your second I considered like your second

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business, I guess you could say, cause I know you have your podcast too.

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So I'd love to hear about your second business and that's your,

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your coaching and wellness community that I'm graciously a part of.

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And how you kind of wanted to start that because I think you were still

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putting it together when we first started communicating and then

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later on it came out and I'm like, dude, this is really exciting.

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So I would love to hear more about why you wanted to start it and kind

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of what your philosophy is with it.

Britt:

Yeah, absolutely.

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So Andrew is the name of my holistic wellness company.

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That, to be honest, I have wanted to start this company probably as long

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as I had wanted to start my podcast.

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So we'll say maybe six, seven, eight years throughout my entire life.

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I've always had a passion for health and wellness.

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The term health has carried a lot of definitions over my lifetime as

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to how I've understood it, how I've incorrectly understood it, how it's

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been conditioned to understand it.

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So I've definitely had my own kind of wounded healer journey in

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that aspect of really not treating myself with respect and allowing

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external factors to really influence.

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Me, my day-to-day what I was doing, what I was putting in my body,

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my environment, all the things.

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And I've seen myself playing to the other side of the pendulum of being

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completely out of balance, fully disconnected, just completely, not myself.

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Now, back to the other side of the pendulum of really being that vibrant

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soulful true to my truest nature.

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So with my wellness company, food is huge.

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I truly believe in the power of food and nutrients and also giving people

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the tools to understand the why behind.

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Like fruits and vegetables and whole grains.

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And that it's so much more than just, Oh, eat your vegetables.

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Cause like I would fold that in my whole life.

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And I was like, okay, there's no substance to this.

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Like, you're kind of forcing me to get my vegetables and that's really

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making me not want to, until I started learning what they do for our bodies.

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And then it was like, this information just downloaded into me.

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And it was like this for a member and of how crucial these foods from the

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earth are for us and what they can actually do to us and how to really.

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Kind of like work in flow with them.

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That really started shifting things for me.

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And then on top of also just career and mindset and movement and

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joy and balancing stress and all those are other huge key factors.

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But at time where I really started kind of getting this like, Oh, awakening to food

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ironically, but not ironically at all.

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My now husband who is my boyfriend.

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Yeah.

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The time went through a huge health journey where out of the blue,

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he was at a sales conference.

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I was actually in Bali all the way across the world.

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And he thought he was getting the flu, went to the ER, or went

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to the urgent care, hoping to get like Z-Pak or something to

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make it through his conference.

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That was starting the next day.

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The urgent care doctor happened to be an old ER, doctor, which to me, I believe

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it's kind of like an earth angel and looked at him and his levels and was like,

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I'm either putting you on an ambulance or I'm really not supposed to tell you this,

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but you need to drive yourself to the Dr.

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Phillips hospital in Orlando immediately.

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He was like, what are you talking about?

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Like what?

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No.

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And then long story short, went to the hospital.

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He was in such critical care.

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They then transported him in an ambulance to the more specialty hospital

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in downtown ended up in neuro ICU.

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Me with our 13 hours kind difference, got the communication

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book, the flight back home.

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And it was interesting because whenever I was in Bali, I couldn't get

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settled, which is very unlikely for me.

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So when I got that call, I was like, Oh, makes sense.

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That it's never meant to stay here.

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So, that journey though, we were just completely thrown into the.

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Chronic illness, world and community and unexpected diagnosis undiagnosis

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it took them forever to figure out what he had, understanding how rare

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his condition and antibodies and levels and everything actually was.

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And, and going through them, trying to figure out how to treat him

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and not being able to treat him.

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And they couldn't get his platelet levels to hold.

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And they've given him the diagnosis of severe aplastic anemia,

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which is a bone marrow disorder.

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However, it was kind of like the, we can't find anything else.

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So we're just going to stick the dart here and call it that And there's

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definitely something else that I think eventually with science will evolve and

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there'll be able to figure it all out.

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But for right now, that's what they called it.

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And really just got thrown into the world of medication and

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prescription and being treated like a number and asking the doctor's

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like, okay, so what else can we do?

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I'm here.

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Like, there's nothing else you can do.

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Like, this is the answer and nothing against Western medicine because they,

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they did save his life in the moment.

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Had all that not happen.

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He could have stroked out at any moment.

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Had he not been in the right care?

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There is a high, high probability who would not be here today.

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However, The whole approach was just so it could have been

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done differently in my opinion.

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And it could have been done more humanely and just really looked at it.

Britt:

And that was where we started asking these questions and I just could not stop

Britt:

researching it and looking at holistic and alternative healing modalities

Britt:

and looking at the body as a whole and trying to like piece the whole

Britt:

timeline of his life together, and then bringing in food and herbs and plants.

Britt:

And he got off of all of his medications about just over a year and a half after

Britt:

his initial diagnosis, his doctors unexpectedly just like pulled him off

Britt:

of everything, which in getting like you and I were just talking about second

Britt:

and third opinions, which we got after the fact both other teams were like,

Britt:

yeah, we would've never pulled you off of those because now that you're off of

Britt:

them, you can't go back on them and your chance of what is it, not remission.

Britt:

Relapsed or it happening again is like so much higher.

Britt:

Now, however, we were gifted this opportunity and that he

Britt:

got pulled off of everything.

Britt:

So there was no longer that, Oh, well we've never this medication,

Britt:

we've never tested it with these different herbs or CBD or these,

Britt:

there, there was no more risk.

Britt:

So we got to then go in and really, he was the Guinea pig.

Britt:

I was also a Guinea pig in that.

Britt:

I would try some of these things, myself, see how I reacted and have

Britt:

him that he would be open to them.

Britt:

And we just figured it all out.

Britt:

And in the process, I've always had this niche for needing to help people.

Britt:

And I've worked through the nonprofit industry and I've tried to kind of

Britt:

funnel this passion and it wasn't until that, that I realized, wow,

Britt:

this is what I care about among so many things, but this is my passion.

Britt:

And.

Britt:

Really was like, I feel like I'm doing the world a disjustice.

Britt:

If I'm not going to go forward with this and create a company around it.

Britt:

So I kind of have like multiple layers within my company and that myself on

Britt:

a self level, I understand being out of balance, eating the wrong foods,

Britt:

having digestive issues and stomach issues and being burnout, being the

Britt:

workaholic, fueling my body with Starbucks coffees and diet Cokes and not eating

Britt:

into then having also, I'm a little bit of disordered eating and you're

Britt:

feeling the need to binge restrict.

Britt:

And then this whole chronic illness side, which is interesting in that I

Britt:

was the observer and kind of witness to it versus being diagnosed myself, that

Britt:

it really just pieced it all together.

Britt:

And then yeah, it just kind of like once I started working on it, it all just

Britt:

honestly flowed and kind of miraculously has come to be what it is today.

Taylor:

wow.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

It's crazy.

Taylor:

How life events kind of guide you because I really feel like even though

Taylor:

in some of the, like the more crazier things you don't feel connected to the

Taylor:

idea that it might've been purposeful, because it just seems so awful.

Taylor:

Like why would this be purposeful?

Taylor:

But in reality, that's kind of a little bit of just how it is in a way.

Taylor:

And I normally don't like to say that, but this is kind of one of those exceptions

Taylor:

because, had that diagnosis that happened.

Taylor:

As scary as it was, it wouldn't have driven you to

Taylor:

figure out what your thing is.

Taylor:

How much longer would you have been wandering, trying to

Taylor:

figure out what your thing is?

Taylor:

You know what I mean?

Taylor:

And it's kind of a similar story to mine.

Taylor:

I would not be sitting here in front of you right now, had I not been

Taylor:

diagnosed because that was the only thing that lit me up into a, okay.

Taylor:

I should probably do something about this.

Taylor:

So, pain into purpose is such a deep thing by itself and we're constantly

Taylor:

going through those cycles and it's just kind of understanding when it is

Taylor:

actually beneficial, which is why I try my best, not to get too upset or complain

Taylor:

when it just feels like everything's falling apart because everybody knows

Taylor:

when a good storm hits, you have some of the best rain and all of your plants

Taylor:

start to just thrive because they needed it, they needed that kind of pressure.

Taylor:

So I feel

Britt:

isn't it so true.

Britt:

Yeah.

Britt:

It's interesting too.

Britt:

As well, because, so when you and I had spoken before I had.

Britt:

Four.

Britt:

And a half years ago, almost five years started my own visual marketing company

Britt:

where I just got really frustrated with working for other people.

Britt:

I was like, this is, I'm meant to be an entrepreneur.

Britt:

Who am I kidding by now?

Britt:

And I did that and that really taught me how to work for myself.

Britt:However, in January of:Britt:

through a notification that we were in a massive trademark infringement with

Britt:

a huge national company that I had no idea, no clue that we were and did not

Britt:

have the best legal team on their side.

Britt:

And they wanted me out for what would take me, probably my whole life to

Britt:

ever try to accumulate and pay back.

Britt:

Luckily worked through it and then.

Britt:

The pandemic hit and everything.

Britt:

So it was like, I also then said leave because I knew what I wanted to

Britt:

do, but I wasn't fully acting on it.

Britt:

Literally got everything stripped away from me.

Britt:

It was like the whole universe was shouting at me.

Britt:

It's like, if you're not going to do this, we are going to force you into this

Taylor:

right,

Britt:

So I kind of had that like final, kick in the ass that was

Britt:

like, okay, you have to do this.

Britt:

And it's crazy to think only like a year later.

Britt:

I'm so thankful that I did so

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

The universe really does like to I'm pretty sure we're one big comedy show.

Taylor:

I just, I just feel like that's just what the divine is doing.

Taylor:

It's just so that it's one big comedy show.

Taylor:

Cause I had a similar experience where the last like six months or so every

Taylor:

reading, whether it's for myself or whether I've gotten one everything

Taylor:

that I've, aligned myself to get more educated on there's this big message

Taylor:

of, okay, you just need to do it.

Taylor:

Cause I'll go into super research mode spend all of my time just

Taylor:

researching and daydreaming.

Taylor:

But the action part is, is the, the piece that gets me a little anxious.

Taylor:

Cause it's just like, but what if, and you start down that, but what if

Taylor:

rabbit hole and you find yourself like giving yourself a panic attack because

Taylor:

it's just like, I want to do this, but I don't, but I do, but I don't.

Taylor:

And you're just like split and torn and all these different places until

Taylor:

you kind of land in the spot where you really have to just stand in a mirror

Taylor:

and be like, okay, Even if it's crazy, even if my therapist actually said it

Taylor:

to me last week, she's like, going for stuff might not always seem practical.

Taylor:

It might not always make sense, especially to other people.

Taylor:

When you decide I'm just going to leap in and do it because if I don't

Taylor:

leap in, I won't do anything at all.

Taylor:

So it's, it's really interesting how things just line up in a way

Taylor:

of like, I keep trying to tell you, but you clearly enjoy roughing it.

Taylor:

So I'm going to make you rough it for a bit.

Taylor:

It was just like, I I'm trying to listen more because we have to do that again.

Taylor:

We don't have to do that.

Britt:

Yeah.

Taylor:

so in that kind of same vein, I would love to just pick your brain

Taylor:

a little bit for me, but also for others, because this is something that

Taylor:

is so prevalent in the community, a lot of the Facebook groups that I'm

Taylor:

in I'm seeing these posts a lot of.

Taylor:

Oh, my God, I ate this or, Oh my God.

Taylor:

I hate that.

Taylor:

I hate last night I had some Doritos and some sour, gummy worms.

Taylor:

I don't feel bad about it, but you know, there was a time where I

Taylor:

would just tear myself apart because it's like, okay, you know what?

Taylor:

You have, what your condition is, but we feel so defeated because we have

Taylor:

to have this restricted lifestyle.

Taylor:

It almost feels like, that whenever you fall off, it's so hard to reset

Taylor:

and go forward with a positive mindset.

Taylor:

Because sometimes a lot of us just repeat that same cycle of,

Taylor:

of dual K for a couple of days.

Taylor:

And then, ah, man, it's movie night and all the snacks around, and I don't want

Taylor:

to like be rude and not like eat some snacks with somebody serving or whatever.

Taylor:

And great.

Taylor:

Now I feel shitty about myself because I ate this all, gotta check my blood

Taylor:

sugar and it's through the roof.

Taylor:

Like you knew, and so I would love just from your professional expertise of like,

Taylor:

How do you give yourself that space?

Taylor:

How do you, how do you come to terms with the fact that it's okay,

Taylor:

that this moment has happened?

Taylor:

You just need to kind of, keep redirecting yourself to flow in the way that

Taylor:

you're supposed to at least for now.

Taylor:

Because I truly believe in food freedom.

Taylor:

I don't feel anybody should be restricted, but I understand sometimes

Taylor:

you temporarily need to, so your body can reset and kind of get back into

Taylor:

the raw space to be able to go forward.

Taylor:

So I, I would just love to know what your take is on, how do we get back

Taylor:

whenever we've kind of veered off track?

Britt:

Yeah, 100%.

Britt:

So a couple things that I want to say on this number one, kind of also tailing

Britt:

off of what you were also talking about earlier with taking action and how you

Britt:

go down that kind of wanted to spiral one thing that I found to be so, so

Britt:

helpful for really those in my life.

Britt:

And so many of my clients as well is when we fall off track or

Britt:

we go into that negative spiral of, wow, why did I do this?

Britt:

What if my blood sugars at this now?

Britt:

What if this, what if this, like, we've literally just, what if the crap out

Britt:

of the world is going to end tomorrow?

Britt:

And instead there's duality to everything.

Britt:

There's always a negative.

Britt:

There's always a positive.

Britt:

So in that, what if game?

Britt:

But what if my body really needed this right now?

Britt:

What if mentally I needed a night to hang out with my friends and

Britt:

sit on the couch and what if I'm still gonna wake up tomorrow?

Britt:

What if this isn't going to completely set me back?

Britt:

What if this is actually for me?

Britt:

What if this as a form of self care that I needed, or what if I did take action?

Britt:

What if this did manifest for me?

Britt:

What if the next best thing is waiting for me tomorrow and really reframing

Britt:

that negative self-talk into the positive and it's a lot easier said than done.

Britt:

However, what I've found is just trying to flip the, what if.

Britt:

It suddenly, like, you can feel your whole energy change immediately.

Britt:

And it's like, Oh, okay.

Britt:

I'm only human.

Britt:

And we don't know.

Britt:

Cause we're just making up stuff in our heads.

Britt:

We make up that this is going to be the end, but could we make up that this

Britt:

is only the beginning or that there's something great for us happening on the

Britt:

other side of that, but as it pertains to food and falling off track and just

Britt:

to go a little bit deeper into that is the number one thing I always say

Britt:

is have compassion for yourself, for your body in the present moment of

Britt:

where you sit right here right now, because we are all truly only human.

Britt:

And nobody has it all figured out.

Britt:

And even the people on Instagram who are maybe a chronic illness survivor

Britt:

and are posting how healthy they eat and all these things they do.

Britt:

I guarantee you that behind the scenes, they still have a night where they sit on

Britt:

the couch and they eat the pizza and they eat the candy because we are all human.

Britt:

And if anyone out there is totally perfect, please reach out to me.

Britt:

I would love to know how you got to that enlighten level.

Britt:

However, the reality is is we're all human.

Britt:

The difference is, is really catching yourself and not having

Britt:

that all or nothing mentality.

Britt:

If it's something where say for breakfast, you went off the cuff and you didn't, you

Britt:

ate, if I did eat a whole box of cookies for breakfast or something like that,

Britt:

You don't have to let the whole day go to waste, then you can stop right then

Britt:

and there and say, okay, I did that.

Britt:

It's okay.

Britt:

That's an experience that's behind me.

Britt:

Now.

Britt:

I still have this whole day ahead to treat my body with respect

Britt:

and kind of balancing it out.

Britt:

And yeah, that dominance pizza last night was great.

Britt:

But when I get home, because I wanted to spend time with my friends and

Britt:

that's a huge piece of being human, I'm going to go drink my hot lemon water

Britt:

because that's going to cleanse my body and help my body adjust to that

Britt:

food overnight while I'm sleeping.

Britt:

And when I wake up, I'm going to be really easy on myself.

Britt:

So really trying to get out of that all or nothing and just taking life

Britt:

so seriously, but at the same time as it pertained because we are, and

Britt:

also too, like when we need comfort, Comfort food is totally okay.

Britt:

Food is an emotional tie that we learned over time, and we're going

Britt:

to comfort ourselves with food.

Britt:

It's also when you're something stressful happened and you want a warm food.

Britt:

That is a very natural response because heat comforts us and

Britt:

makes us feel good internally.

Britt:

And it immediately lowers our stress levels.

Britt:

So

Taylor:

right.

Britt:

honoring that you maybe want a warm comfort food, but then

Britt:

is there a way to make it more sustainable to your lifestyle?

Britt:

Can instead of the.

Britt:

Bowl of refined white flour, pasta with a whole bunch of processed

Britt:

meatballs and spaghetti sauce, that's filled with sugar and all the things.

Britt:

When you instead transition that to a gluten-free at Brown rice pasta and

Britt:

making your own tomato sauce without any sugar is actually super easy.

Britt:

Obviously I know there's a little bit in tomatoes, but why like

Britt:

store-bought tomato sauce is filled with so much sugar is honestly

Britt:

beyond me because it's super simple.

Britt:

If you don't have a blender to make your own.

Britt:

So kind of figuring out, where can you meet in the middle and find balance and

Britt:

know that there are certain things that we are going to crave and want, but to

Britt:

also check yourself because sometimes in certain moments of craving can

Britt:

also be a craving for something else.

Britt:

So in your relationships say you've had a tough week with your partner,

Britt:

or you're not seeing eye to eye.

Britt:

You haven't had that sense of love and connection.

Britt:

And then come Friday.

Britt:

You're like, you know what, I'm just going to eat a gallon of

Britt:

ice cream because I need this.

Britt:

And this feels good.

Britt:

That's where I check myself and know that the sugar, the dairy, the creaminess, the

Britt:

comfort of that ice cream, when maybe we were crying as a kid and wanted a hug.

Britt:

And instead our mom gave us the ice cream.

Britt:

That's a craving for a craving.

Britt:

Your body doesn't actually want the ice cream.

Britt:

You just want love, and you just want to snuggle on the couch.

Britt:

So I kind of just threw a lot out there because there's so many layers to it.

Britt:

But I hope that that was kind of helpful little tidbits on kind of

Britt:

like three different levels there

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah, no, I think that's really true because, especially what'd you say about

Taylor:

like craving a physical edible thing.

Taylor:

When it's actually a different physical thing that you're,

Taylor:

that you're looking for.

Taylor:

I'll, I'll use myself the other day I bought some snacks cause I'm like,

Taylor:

I've had a really long week and my numbers have actually been really good.

Taylor:

And like, I would just like to have some chips and I love sour candy.

Taylor:

Thank you.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

And so I, I love it.

Taylor:

I love sour candy.

Taylor:

I don't do them often because I do recognize what they do for me.

Taylor:

And a lot of it is just, I go over the serving piece.

Taylor:

That's usually where I find myself struggling is a lot of times

Taylor:

it was like Charlie's salary.

Taylor:

Gomorrah impacts is like a servings, like five, which we know that ain't nearly

Taylor:

enough, so they need to figure that out.

Taylor:

So I can have like 10 to 20 that's usually what you're going to do.

Taylor:

Your damn they're going to finish the bag.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

You're going to, that's.

Taylor:

Yeah, absolutely sour patch to listen.

Taylor:

Just, just put them in tiny packs for me, like, like fruit snacks.

Taylor:

Cause I can't I'll do the whole thing.

Taylor:

And I hit him up because he's in a pool league and I'm like, Oh crap.

Taylor:

I think this is one of his nights.

Taylor:

I'm like, ah, do you have to do full league tonight?

Taylor:

Like, is this the night?

Taylor:

And he's like, yeah.

Taylor:

And I'm like, Aw, well, and what I really wanted is I just wanted time with him.

Taylor:

I wanted to watch a movie and the snacks were kind of just the tying piece

Taylor:

that I really need to have them know.

Taylor:

But because he was going to be busy, I was like, well, I really just wanted to like

Taylor:

curl up and watch movies and like snacks.

Taylor:

So I just snacked and I've binged a little too much.

Taylor:

But I checked, I faced the fact that I saw my numbers go up now.

Taylor:

Thankfully they're not going up to the abysmal point of like when

Taylor:

I was first diagnosed, but even still, it was just a reminder of

Taylor:

like, okay, had I been with him?

Taylor:

I probably would have chilled out.

Taylor:

Because I was getting more of what I needed in the moment versus like, okay,

Taylor:

the snacks are there, so I definitely haven't even thought of it in a sense of

Taylor:

like, what is it that I'm trading for?

Taylor:

I mean, I definitely try to think through, when I'm trying to do distracted eating

Taylor:

of like, do you actually need this?

Taylor:

I want to have a craving, especially like the salty sweet, like is, is

Taylor:

actually what you need or you do, you need like an actual more fulfilling

Taylor:

meal that you're, you're missing out on.

Taylor:

But

Britt:

Or even just water.

Taylor:

yeah.

Taylor:

Water, especially because the medication that I'm on now, like I have to drink a

Taylor:

lot of water to help me flush my system.

Taylor:

And so I forget, so my body would be like, no, you got 50 cases of water.

Taylor:

You're going to drink it off.

Taylor:

So, so with that, in that same vein As we're trying to identify those moments

Taylor:

where we might be craving something else.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

How are you finding balance in building and incorporating meaningful

Taylor:

habits without it being overwhelming?

Taylor:

Because I think, that's one thing that can be so daunting is

Taylor:

I I'll pick on the yoga thing.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

I love acrobatic yoga.

Taylor:

I think it's so cool.

Taylor:

Like there's a couple people that I follow where they just, I mean, it's a part of

Taylor:

the sequence, but I'm just like, I want to do like arm stands and stuff like that.

Taylor:

Like, that'd be really cool, but.

Taylor:

The effort that it would take to one second or the practice cause I'm clue in

Taylor:

our practicing to build to that is hard.

Taylor:

Or, Hey, I want to make sure I'm knocking out the right amount of water every day.

Taylor:

Getting up to refill things is, is tough.

Taylor:

So how do you incorporate those meaningful habits?

Taylor:

Without it being so overwhelming for you to go through a thin, because I

Taylor:

know sometimes we get into the space of like, there are five major things

Taylor:

that I need to incorporate into my life and I need to do them all now.

Taylor:

And then we're right back at square one.

Taylor:

Cause we fell off midway through.

Britt:

So for me, I always kind of start out with asking, like, what is the rush?

Britt:

If you were to suddenly be able to do this tomorrow, would your

Britt:

life really change that much?

Britt:

Usually now?

Britt:

Sure.

Britt:

It'd be super fun.

Britt:

I mean, I would love to be able to snap my fingers and do all the acrobatic yoga

Britt:

and everything starting tomorrow, but that's also not super realistic either.

Britt:

So really understand kind of just using our history as an example of like, when

Britt:

I did something before and I gave 200% at the beginning, was that sustainable?

Britt:

Probably not.

Britt:

And really giving that grace of like food.

Britt:

This is fun.

Britt:

And I feel really excited about this and I want this to last and what can I handle?

Britt:

So be really honest with yourself as like, what can I handle right now?

Britt:

I haven't been doing yoga in six months.

Britt:

Obviously trying to go for like five days a week, probably not going to happen.

Britt:

And your body is going to be like, ELA, what are you trying to do to me?

Britt:

We haven't been doing this.

Britt:

And now you think we're just, we're gonna like go right into this.

Britt:

I don't think so.

Britt:

So giving yourself that of, Ooh, I want this.

Britt:

So let's do once a week and see how that feels.

Britt:

And if that feels really good and you're crazy and more of it where you're

Britt:

like, and go to two days a week, go to three days a week and kind of build a

Britt:

little bit of a structure around it, but then also leave space for that

Britt:

below, because I feel like we kind of get into this feeling of, okay, I'm

Britt:

going to do this and I'm going to do it five days a week and this and that.

Britt:

And then I wake up on day five and all I want to do is go for a walk

Britt:

in nature, but I'm like, no, I told myself I was going to do yoga.

Britt:

And like, that's not fair to yourself.

Britt:

What is this whole structure thing really doing for your life?

Britt:

Like if you listen to that internal Q and you go for a walk in nature

Britt:

versus forcing yourself to do yoga, you're probably going to have way more

Britt:

fun doing the first, then the later.

Britt:

And then same if you force yourself into something, what's the point of doing that?

Britt:

Like, that's not fun either.

Britt:

So taking it slow, honoring yourself in that understanding, like, I

Britt:

want this to work, so therefore I'm not going to, I'm going to try to

Britt:

not bite off more than I can chew.

Britt:

And if you bite off more than you can chew.

Britt:

Okay, cool.

Britt:

Another experience.

Britt:

Wow.

Britt:

I keep doing this.

Britt:

No big deal.

Britt:

I'm not going to go backwards and learn how to crawl before I can run again.

Britt:

So I'm going to go back to doing it once a week kind of thing.

Britt:

And just giving yourself freedom to mess up and to experiment and to try something,

Britt:

but then freedom to also take it slow.

Britt:

Slower than you ever have before.

Britt:

I've been really practicing that because I truly believe that time does not exist.

Britt:

It's kind of this made up thing that yoga once a week now, versus five days

Britt:

a week and a year from now, we're all going to get there eventually with

Britt:

where we're supposed to be going.

Britt:

So kind of just like stripping away that like hustle mentality.

Britt:

And I get it.

Britt:

I fall into it myself all the time.

Britt:

But I also just check myself and I'm like, let's slow down.

Britt:

Let's take this back a notch.

Britt:

So yeah, just giving yourself freedom and one thing at a time, I

Britt:

actually like to practice just even taking, saying no to one small thing.

Britt:

So that I can say yes to something better.

Britt:

So like lately I had gotten in this winter of really cycling myself of

Britt:

allowing myself really just downtime in the winter and it felt so good.

Britt:

But I noticed I then was getting into that habit of sleeping in and

Britt:

I'm naturally a morning person.

Britt:

And I saw, Oh, I have, now this habit has developed versus

Britt:

something my body actually needs.

Britt:

So I was like, okay, I'm going to say no to hitting snooze so that I can say yes

Britt:

to a morning walk or more energy, or, with my husband before he leaves for work

Britt:

or whatever it is or brushing my piece before 7:00 AM, something like that.

Britt:

That's just like super small and attainable that you can

Britt:

just keep chipping away.

Britt:

And then sure enough, a couple of days went by and I felt like myself again.

Britt:

And I was like, Oh, okay.

Britt:

We're back.

Britt:

So small, small changes definitely make a big difference.

Taylor:

Yeah, I really do feel that, especially what you said, like, give

Taylor:

yourself downtime in the winter.

Taylor:

I was taking a class.

Taylor:

Through self care society Danica brushes membership love, love that.

Taylor:

Definitely check it out.

Taylor:

And one of the instructors the class that she was talking about that day

Taylor:

was like figuring out what your, your physical season is, and then mapping

Taylor:

out what that season looks like.

Taylor:

So then you can tell your support system, Hey, for the next couple of

Taylor:

weeks, I might be going in there.

Taylor:

I caught hermit crab mode.

Taylor:

When I, when I tell everybody like, I just need a minute.

Taylor:

If I don't respond all the time, it's not you it's me.

Taylor:

I'm not saying don't invite me to things, but I may say no, a lot more this, these

Taylor:

next couple of weeks, stuff like that.

Taylor:

And it really hit home because I'm like, we we've generationally

Taylor:

surrounded everything through physical seasons of what is nature doing,

Taylor:

but how often have we paid attention to what our physical season is of?

Taylor:

Like, this might be summertime for me.

Taylor:

All right.

Taylor:

I am a with your baby, so I really do feel like I'm kind of aligned

Taylor:

in that when winter comes for me.

Taylor:

It's actually between that, like December to February kind of timeframe

Taylor:

where I just feel really slow.

Taylor:

Not necessarily like, some are spring, summer, fall, I feel more active.

Taylor:

And so I even aligned the seasons now to give me that time off,

Taylor:

because I know it's the time where I'm just like, I'm not as creative.

Taylor:

I'm, my body feels like it's hibernating.

Taylor:

It's just taking this period of like really slow rest and reset.

Taylor:

But like you said, I still get up in the mornings, not to lose that because

Taylor:

there have been moments where I've like caught myself sleeping in way too much,

Taylor:

even though I have 50 alarms, but I'm like snoozing all of them because I've

Taylor:

allowed my body to kind of overtake.

Taylor:

The driver's seat, if you will.

Taylor:

And it's like, no, just lay here.

Taylor:

You're so drowsy.

Taylor:

And it's like, I haven't had any Benadryl at all.

Taylor:

Why do I feel like this?

Taylor:

And so, being able to say, no, no, I get it sleeping all day.

Taylor:

Sometimes sounds like a dream, but how about we get up and we find a

Taylor:

different way, to be in a restful state.

Taylor:

So I definitely like that, which kind of leads me to my next question.

Taylor:

So we've got the, building in habits slowly be giving us ourselves

Taylor:

compassion when we fall off.

Taylor:

But I think that the, at least in my opinion, the core thing of how to have

Taylor:

all of those things is the mindset is ensuring that you're, what do I call it?

Taylor:

Like your command center in your head, if you will, is so fine tuned that.

Taylor:

Sending off of command of like, we're not going to hit snooze is

Taylor:

more likely to succeed than fail.

Taylor:

So, what are things that you've done or have taught with your clients or anything

Taylor:

to help shift their mindset so that when they come up against these obstacles,

Taylor:

they're not they're not shutting down and I'd also be curious to know, like

Taylor:

what's one mental block that you have to overcome yourself in order to kind of push

Taylor:

forward into doing what you're doing now.

Britt:

Yeah, absolutely.

Britt:

Such a fun question.

Britt:

So it's so funny because such a good segue, cause I was going to say with

Britt:

all this, awareness is really key here and it's really hard to take action

Britt:

until we have awareness and awareness.

Britt:

Sometimes you might just even be noticing, like start paying attention.

Britt:

If some, if life isn't jiving the way you want it to just start kind of

Britt:

watching your life and understanding, Oh.

Britt:

I do do this you're right.

Britt:

I have been hitting snooze five times and, lays really quote unquote, I

Britt:

don't really believe in the word lazy, but doing myself an injustice by not

Britt:

getting out of bed and things like that.

Britt:

And with that, my day doesn't shape up, has good.

Britt:

I don't feel as good in the morning and it takes me longer to start my day.

Britt:

I don't feel as productive and just kind of start watching these patterns

Britt:

and habits and you don't have to change them right away by any means.

Britt:

But if you can at least take note of them and bring awareness to the forefront,

Britt:

that's where you can then start thinking about, okay, do I want to change that?

Britt:

How much maybe does this matter to me?

Britt:

How much do I care about this?

Britt:

How much do I want to teach this?

Britt:

And then also we were talking about that.

Britt:

Like, what if.

Britt:

What would happen if I did change this, could my life

Britt:

improve if I did change this.

Britt:

And is this something that in my true nature, do I really want to be this way?

Britt:

Maybe not.

Britt:

Maybe it time and place for everything like hibernating in the winter fully

Britt:

believe in that full component of that.

Britt:

100% and yeah, so awareness is key.

Britt:

And to really start building awareness, we have to start the wallowing down.

Britt:

So getting away from constantly consuming.

Britt:

So so much so, and by consuming, consuming on social media, consuming

Britt:

on TV, even just consuming ourselves in what's going on with other people's

Britt:

lives, whether it's our partners or our families, and like we consume, and then

Britt:

being intentional with what food we're consuming, like we consume so much.

Britt:

So to kind of try to step away from the consumer and going into more of like

Britt:

conscious consumption will really help there, but then really quieting the mind.

Britt:

And I don't want to call it meditation because I know meditation can be really

Britt:

intimidating and almost triggering for people because it's thrown around so much

Britt:

now, but just connecting with the breath.

Britt:

If you can close your eyes for 60 seconds, take three deep breaths in and out.

Britt:

You immediately feel yourself change.

Britt:

And that can be great.

Britt:

So giving your mind space to just like slow down for a second.

Britt:

So connecting with the breath is just huge, like so, so important

Britt:

if you don't want to meditate.

Britt:

Perfect.

Britt:

But meditating can also be just forms of mindfulness and consciousness that

Britt:

can kind of work that awareness muscle.

Britt:

So as we're talking about consuming and things like that, if say.

Britt:

When you're working from home, I loved playing music.

Britt:

I have friends of mine who will play podcasts while they work.

Britt:

I cannot focus and have someone else talking at the same time.

Britt:

I actually can't even really do any music with lyrics.

Britt:

So if you feel just really rattled, like, look at what you're doing and

Britt:

maybe turn some things off, like if you're working and you play podcasts

Britt:

or music, and you find that you have really high levels of anxiety, see what

Britt:

it would feel like to work in a quiet space or maybe adjusted, or even as

Britt:

simple, just to like shift that energy.

Britt:

I was just doing an interview, interviewing someone right for hours.

Britt:

And I had like a 15 minute break in between.

Britt:

And I was like, I need to kind of like shake this off so I can be present.

Britt:

So I just went and stood outside, I think maybe two minutes, max I'll

Britt:

even 30 seconds, like put my feet in the grass because that's available to

Britt:

me, felt the wind on my face and just kind of was like, okay, Take a minute.

Britt:

Now I can come back.

Britt:

And when we take those little breaks, we're able to really just notice

Britt:

more about our life and notice more about our actions and our habits.

Britt:

And again, just start being aware and if you can at least

Britt:

be aware, that's the first step.

Britt:

And then typically your mind down the road is gonna want to take action.

Britt:

Just like watching a movie, you always want to see what's happening

Britt:

next with like the Netflix series.

Britt:

Like I will binge watch Netflix because I have to know what is next.

Britt:

It is so hard for me and kind of same thing in life.

Britt:

Like when we start watching our own lives and we're doing the same

Britt:

repetitive movements, naturally, we want to see something different.

Britt:

We want to see a change.

Britt:

So the change will always follow awareness.

Taylor:

Wow.

Taylor:

You made me think of like, there was once a time where we had to wait a whole week.

Taylor:

For the next episode.

Taylor:

Can you believe we're at it?

Taylor:

Like, it's just so crazy.

Taylor:

Like we used to have to actually wait.

Taylor:

I mean, I guess we kind of do it now with podcasts in a way, but you know,

Taylor:

it seems like that kind of short form is gone now of just like, nah, we want

Taylor:

the whole season front by, after, put my eyeballs on it, and sometimes I try

Taylor:

to actually force myself to like do a weekly watch because either the show's

Taylor:

really heavy and I just, I can only do so much or I get really upset when I

Taylor:

binged the whole season and I'm like, crap, I gotta wait a whole nother year

Taylor:

now instead of pacing it, so, I'm glad that some stations and streaming services

Taylor:

still do weekly because it makes sense to, to build that anticipation if you will.

Taylor:

But at the same time, like.

Taylor:

The access to do that.

Taylor:

That's sorry.

Taylor:

That was just a really funny tangent that I was like, we used

Taylor:

to have to actually wait all the time for the next episode to come.

Britt:

But I feel like that though is so fanatic of our life in

Britt:

general, where we are right now is we don't want to wait for anything.

Britt:

We want the Amazon package to be here tomorrow.

Britt:

We want the whole series so we can binge it that whole night because

Britt:

we don't want to wait a week.

Britt:

So, I mean, to that point, you then like test yourself and see what would happen.

Britt:

If you pick a new series and you watch one episode a week, like create

Britt:

new habits, it can be really fun.

Britt:

Bring back the Tuesday night TV show that you have to wait for.

Taylor:

yeah.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

I think that's something interesting as well because I used to actually

Taylor:

form my habits around that.

Taylor:

My cleaning schedule is kinda like that I've been following it very

Taylor:

loosely now, but you know, Mondays is like, Living room Tuesdays is

Taylor:

like bathroom, something like that.

Taylor:

And even surrounding habits through that sometimes feels a lot better

Taylor:

than just okay, five times a week.

Taylor:

I need to make sure that I'm cleaning all the things.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

Just, I know on this day, this is when I do it.

Taylor:

And then I'll have to think about it, for, for the rest of the week.

Taylor:

So, I find myself flowing into that type of style and then flowing out

Taylor:

and kind of just, I don't even like to use the word routines anymore.

Taylor:

I've noticed, I actually like to say systems because systems feels like

Taylor:

it's fluid, whereas routines feels like it's set you can't deviate around it.

Taylor:

If, if you, I used to be that person down to like the last 10

Taylor:

minutes, it's all time blocked out.

Taylor:

I mean, I love the concept of time blocking, but I use

Taylor:

it so much differently now.

Taylor:

Because crap, I missed this the whole day is thrown off.

Taylor:

The world is over, kind of thing.

Taylor:

Whereas if you just.

Taylor:

Give that flexibility and space of like, okay, I have time to do this here.

Taylor:

I'll just move it there kind of thing.

Taylor:

So yeah, I feel that so much.

Taylor:

So this leads me to my last, at least subject matter question.

Taylor:

So I told you one advice question at the beginning.

Taylor:

But now what I would like to ask is what's one piece of advice that you

Taylor:

would give to someone who's just starting their health journey, or maybe

Taylor:

they're restarting their health journey.

Taylor:

What would be the one piece that you would tell them as they're about to get back on

Taylor:

the saddle or try it for the first time?

Britt:

Yeah, be open to change.

Britt:

He says, it's going to change.

Britt:

It's going to evolve.

Britt:

It's going to ebb and flow.

Britt:

You're going to have good days and bad days and know that more than likely you're

Britt:

not going to completely change all of your habits or systematic ways of walking

Britt:

through life or the way you eat and the way you go through things in a day or

Britt:

a week, it's just, it's not realistic.

Britt:

But with being open to change, enjoy the journey, allow it to be fun.

Britt:

Don't feel so regimented to pick this one thing.

Britt:

And then if two weeks later you learn something new and that feels more

Britt:

aligned and you want to divert that way.

Britt:

Give yourself the freedom to divert that way, or learn different principles

Britt:

or theories and take a little bit from each that makes sense to you.

Britt:

And do that.

Britt:

Don't be afraid to do it your own way.

Britt:

There's truly no one right.

Britt:

Way of being healthy, going through a wellness journey, just

Britt:

looking at our health in general.

Britt:

Like there's no one way of doing it because we're also individuals.

Britt:

So give yourself freedom to just be open, to change and have fun with it.

Britt:

Like I always say if you're not having fun, what's the point.

Britt:

And I completely equate that to a health journey.

Britt:can be fun while challenging:Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

I think I found it interesting.

Taylor:

I did the paleo diet like four or five years ago and I did it

Taylor:

for about nine months straight.

Taylor:

And now the first three days was brutal because the withdrawals were real.

Taylor:

Just because I just did not understand how much processed stuff that I had.

Taylor:

And so I had to start like moving things out.

Taylor:

I was like, Oh my God.

Taylor:

I'm like giving everything away to my roommates.

Taylor:

Cause I'm just like, I just I've consumed so many box refined process stuff.

Taylor:

But even afterwards, just that clarity of, I feel really good right now.

Taylor:

Like, I mean, I'm not about to go do CrossFit and like flip tires

Taylor:

and shit, but like, I feel really good and it made things fun.

Taylor:

It made things so enjoyable because I felt like this fog being lifted which

Taylor:

has led to a lot of my habits now.

Taylor:

Like I rarely do dairy.

Taylor:

Like I used to just cheese is probably the only thing that you'll catch me.

Taylor:

And I'm like, it's GGR I got to.

Taylor:

Melty smoked Gouda.

Taylor:

Yes.

Taylor:

But you know, I mainly do almond milk, I don't my, my parish non-perishables are

Taylor:

very well selected, because there's so many more options now than it was before.

Taylor:

But you know, most of my fridge is a lot of perishable foods, which forces me to,

Taylor:

like, if you don't cook, you're just going to have a rotting fridge, and you get

Taylor:

really frustrated when you're having to throw out food that could have been easily

Taylor:

used and also reminding myself to freeze stuff more because there's that option

Taylor:

too, it, it just had this ripple effect.

Taylor:

And I remember just kind of feeling that, like, I actually like feel good

Taylor:

bouncing in the work, even though I don't like any of you people, like, it's just

Britt:

so yeah, I'm so glad you brought that up because at the beginning it

Britt:

is so challenging and I'm not going to tell you that it's not, you have the

Britt:

withdrawal symptoms, you have all these other things taking place mentally.

Britt:

I mean, it's a very similar to addiction with substance abuse and things like that.

Britt:

Food addiction is a very real thing.

Britt:

However, When that veil starts to lift.

Britt:

I mean, it is better than some drugs, like to have that clarity and that energy.

Britt:

And once it starts lifting, you start understanding it.

Britt:

But until you feel it left, I will say it's really, really hard to understand it.

Britt:

So.

Britt:

Trust again, feel the burning desire inside of yourself.

Britt:

Look at other people's experiences.

Britt:

And yeah, it's like once we removed certain things, it's interesting how much

Britt:

we realize, Oh, I don't really need those.

Britt:

Or there are better suited alternatives for me.

Britt:

And with kind of limiting processed foods too.

Britt:

I always say like do things that your future self will thank you for, yeah.

Britt:

Chopping a bunch of vegetables.

Britt:

It's not fun.

Britt:

I don't like meal prep with the, like, like the way I did paleo before as well.

Britt:

And I would meal prep all the time with paleo and stuff.

Britt:

Now, all I do is chop my vegetables.

Britt:

So come Thursday night when I'm exhausted, I have an idea of what I can just

Britt:

literally take, throw on the stove and the less effort, the better, because

Britt:

we're all creatures of convenience.

Britt:

I am myself, but I just do those little things.

Britt:

So it's less difficult later down the road.

Britt:

And then I'm less likely to be like, yeah, I'm just going to have the bag of chips.

Britt:

Which I still do on occasion.

Taylor:

yeah, yeah, no, totally.

Taylor:

I think the finding the balance of what is convenient for you is also

Taylor:

something that I've been working on.

Taylor:

So like it's funny.

Taylor:

Cause the company is called Taylor farms and I'm like, where's my check.

Taylor:

Like

Britt:

Right?

Britt:

Seriously.

Britt:

You need some that residuals.

Taylor:

right, right.

Taylor:

But they have these stir fry kits and I'm like, I ain't got to cut nothing.

Taylor:

I literally just dumped the bag and then the sauce is usually I'll either

Taylor:

use it, but I'll use only half of it.

Taylor:

Because a lot of times the sauce is where there's a lot of that sugar

Taylor:

and stuff, or I just saved the sauce for something else that I might use,

Taylor:

like as a marinade or something.

Taylor:

And I, I do my own, but it's all chopped.

Taylor:

I started buying Julianne carrots now more and like, different slaws like, there's

Taylor:

a broccoli slaw that I use and I'll like, throw it in soups and stuff I don't

Taylor:

have to do is like chop up some cabbage.

Taylor:

And I'm good.

Taylor:

Like, there's those little hacks that you can do to make it convenient

Taylor:

because I'm definitely guilty of like having these moments where I'm

Taylor:

not inspired by cooking as much.

Taylor:

And I realized there's a couple of factors, convenience and what

Taylor:

my ingredients are is my kitchen.

Taylor:

A hot mess in my kitchen is a hot mess.

Taylor:

I'm not in the space to do it.

Taylor:

That's the only thing that I miss about me and my partner living together.

Taylor:

And I whined about this all the time to him is we had a nice flow of I'll cook.

Taylor:

He'll clean the kitchen cause he's very.

Taylor:

Just militantly disciplined about making sure the kitchen is pretty straight.

Taylor:

And so I miss those days because I'm just like the kitchen is a mess.

Taylor:

Yeah.

Taylor:

I'm not cooking.

Taylor:

So I need to, and that's where I got my, my bags of salad.

Taylor:

Ready to go, just dump, get my, get my dress and get I'm good.

Taylor:

Throw some extra veggies on it, so I appreciate that a lot.

Taylor:

So how can people find you?

Taylor:

What you working on?

Taylor:

You, you got some, some stuff in the works I hear.

Taylor:

So I'd love to know about any offerings that you have or promotions and how

Taylor:

people can connect with you to take advantage of all of this great knowledge.

Taylor:

If they want to work with you, one-on-one.

Britt:

Yeah, absolutely.

Britt:

Thank you.

Britt:

So if you have not yet listened to our episode together on my podcast

Britt:

has definitely go check that out which you can also find my podcast

Britt:

on Instagram or the website.

Britt:

They're both just at loving your own salts for all the podcasts knowledge

Britt:

and then to work with me, or just for general wellness tips, mindset

Britt:

tips, all the things you can find me on Instagram is really where I'm most

Britt:

active and that is at ambush wellness.

Britt:

And that's a M B U wellness for my website is also ambula wellness.com.

Britt:

And I have some three and six months one-on-one coaching containers.

Britt:

And because we are all so unique, I actually offer with a human design

Britt:

coach who I'm paired up with we with my three and six month programs

Britt:

actually do a complimentary human design reading within those, because it

Britt:

benefits you the individual, but then myself as to how I can work with you.

Britt:

I understand you more intricately truly at that cellular level,

Britt:

which has been so beneficial.

Britt:

But then I also have my nine week life and balance program, which is a self-paced

Britt:

program, really covering all the topics.

Britt:

We kind of talked about all about bringing your life into a state of balance,

Britt:

of course, what you eat, but then.

Britt:

How much more goes into it as well.

Britt:

And all of my offerings are I will actually be raising

Britt:

my prices on April 16th.

Britt:

So between now and then you can buy all my offerings for the current prices.

Britt:

However, if you're interested in working with me, you want

Britt:

to grab the current price.

Britt:

Perfect.

Britt:

However, you can start the program or coaching container at any point in time.

Britt:

So you don't have to start it right away.

Britt:

I'm very big on just win-win situations.

Britt:

And like life happens.

Britt:

Life goes on.

Britt:

So if you're interested and you want to nail in my current pricing, go for it.

Britt:

However, there's no pressure or you can start it whenever that feels good for you.

Taylor:

that's nice.

Taylor:

It's like reserving your spot and what's good, even though you're not gonna, be

Taylor:

there for like four weeks or something.

Taylor:

That's awesome.

Taylor:

I can speak to your a self-paced program because you've graciously

Taylor:

allowed me to go through it.

Taylor:

And there's a lot of great.

Taylor:

Just great nuggets.

Taylor:

I actually have gone very slowly through it so I can truly ingest it because I

Taylor:

will admit I am a course junkie, but it's just because I love that's what actually

Taylor:

one of my top five, if we're going to Clifton Gallup's strengths is learning.

Taylor:

And when it's something I'm interested in, I will hoard information.

Taylor:

Because at any moment I feel like it's going to come up.

Taylor:

It's gonna be trivia night and I'm going to suddenly know all the things cause

Taylor:

it's related to health and wellness and I get the free beer for the night.

Taylor:

So I wrote a first time I answered a trivia question

Taylor:

and it was about Starbucks.

Taylor:

It was what their largest cup sizes.

Taylor:

And I was like, I know this because I get them all the time.

Taylor:

And I felt really accomplished with it.

Taylor:

It's was like,

Britt:

I love that.

Britt:

I am, of course, junkie.

Britt:

I have to check myself and I'm like, okay, I really need to take it more right now.

Britt:

Thank you.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

Right.

Taylor:

Especially those big bundles that come out.

Taylor:

I did two of them.

Taylor:

And I'm still working through a lot of that content because

Taylor:

it's just like, there's so much.

Taylor:

And some of it doesn't apply right now.

Taylor:

Some of it applies later.

Taylor:

So they had that, that wellness one that came out a while ago.

Taylor:

I had to, I had to graciously say, no, cause I was this close, but I'm just

Taylor:

like, It's like, this is not the time to go on a deep soul journey just yet.

Taylor:

You just came out of one.

Taylor:

Now it's just to the daily practice thing.

Taylor:

And then we'll have a break where you can do it again because I don't

Taylor:

need to be falling apart in the middle of the podcast because I'm

Taylor:

doing so much intense shadow work.

Taylor:

I can't function.

Taylor:

I can't function will be.

Taylor:

I love you.

Taylor:

You already know that we're basically like stateside sisters.

Taylor:

And podcast sisters, and it has been so fun catching up with you again.

Taylor:

So thank you so much for your time, for your wisdom, all of the

Taylor:

gracious tips and tricks on that I'm planning on implementing in my life.

Taylor:

I don't know about y'all because I am definitely prone to

Taylor:

falling off and getting a little discouraged about getting back on.

Taylor:

So hopefully this was helpful to anybody, but it was definitely helpful for me.

Taylor:

So thank you for that.

Taylor:

That's all we got for this round, but I definitely would love to

Taylor:

have you come back until then.

Taylor:

I guess I'll catch you on the Instagram side of things.

Britt:

Yeah.

Britt:

Thank you so much, Taylor.

Britt:

This was such a treat.

Britt:

I always love chatting with you.

Britt:

We definitely have such a sisterly bond.

Britt:

It's so special.

Britt:

So thank you.

Taylor:

We the best we the best.

Taylor:

All right.

Taylor:

Y'all until next time,

Taylor:

man, what a conversation am I right?

Taylor:

Like.

Taylor:

I just, I don't listen.

Taylor:

I'm, I'm surprised that I was able to keep it concise to just an hour

Taylor:

because Brynn and I can talk for days.

Taylor:

Like we can talk about everything when we were hopping off.

Taylor:

I like, I just started rambling.

Taylor:

And like, I think we say goodbye, like three times, because we

Taylor:

could just talk about anything.

Taylor:

So I really hope you got some value from that conversation, especially

Taylor:

from, my episode earlier this week about just how to reset, especially when you

Taylor:

get some crazy, I won't say crazy, at least in my case, but like, my A1C went

Taylor:

up and I, kind of had an interesting endocrinologist, appointments and kind

Taylor:

of feeling a little defeated in a way.

Taylor:

And so just feeling encouraged and empowered to jump back in

Taylor:

and have some self-compassion.

Taylor:

Go slow, and not pile myself under all of these habits that I want to

Taylor:

build, but just doing what feels right.

Taylor:

And, saying no to the right thing.

Taylor:

So I can say yes to the better things.

Taylor:

So thank you, Brit for all of your time and wisdom.

Taylor:

I super enjoyed our conversations and I know it will not be the

Taylor:

last one that we ever have.

Taylor:

I happy to have her back on the show.

Taylor:

So let me know what you think.

Taylor:

If you really feel connected with this episode, I would love

Taylor:

to hear from you, hop on Apple.

Taylor:

Podcasts, iTunes, whatever they call it now.

Taylor:

And leave me a message.

Taylor:

The review section is not just for you to give me a summary of my show.

Taylor:

I want feedback.

Taylor:

Let me know.

Taylor:

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Taylor:

I'm happy to pull those responses and compile some good friends or just hop

Taylor:

on solo to respond to those with you.

Taylor:

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coming up next time on healing.

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In hindsight, I think we often try to look at the positive beliefs

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and then the negative beliefs kind of just stay by the wayside.

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We try not to acknowledge them because by acknowledging them, it shows that

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we are playing a role in our own.

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Progress not to say that there aren't outside things that, cause trouble, but

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initially it boils down to what you value.