As I’ve been preparing for my upcoming Reset and Restore program, I have had a lot of people approach me to say that they want to join, but they are afraid. Some of these people are my friends, some of them are my clients, some are my family. I love these people SO, SO much because I relate to them, incredibly. Fear is real.
There has been a lot in my life that I’ve missed out on because I was afraid. As a kid, I wanted to play an instrument, but I knew that I didn’t have a natural knack for music so I didn’t try. Every single Thursday the band kids in my elementary school assembled and went to their practice, and I watched them walk away knowing that I wished I could be one of them. Even in the fourth grade I had an idea that I couldn’t do the things that I wanted to do because I thought wasn’t good enough.
Once I discovered punk and hardcore music as a teenager, I knew I would love to be in a band like the ones that I idolized and obsessed over. I poured over notebooks, brainstorming lyrics until someone told me that girls couldn’t really be in bands, that they were always just posers looking for attention. I swallowed that right down with my already-present idea that I was unworthy.
As a young adult I was incredibly aware that I had some things to communicate to my family, and that I could not be close to them until I was able to speak my truth. When I was 25 my dad died before I got a chance to hash anything out. My mom was alive still, but our relationship remained strained because of my silence.
I wanted to start a health and wellness blog for years, but I was terrified to actually be well enough to feel comfortable writing about it. My eating disorder ruled my entire life and I spent night after night after night reading about the lives of about a dozen wellness bloggers, wishing I could be healthy and happy like them.
At some point in my mid-20’s a thought entered my mind, and that thought has been a mantra of mine ever since. It is this:
If the only reason not to do something is because you are afraid, you should do it anyway.
This year I did guest vocals for one of my very favorite bands, and I sobbed for hours after, because it was fun, and it was easy, and it was transformative, and I could have been doing it for years if I hadn’t just accepted that I couldn’t.
I said everything that I had been meaning to say to my family, and it was incredibly hard and we didn’t speak for a year, and then the relationship between me and them blossomed into a unique and fun thing that is complex and supportive and wonderful. I kept my feelings in for fear of that year of not speaking, not taking into consideration what might lie on the other side of it.
I finally started my blog, this very e-space you see today, and almost instantly, I found that an intrinsic part of my wellness has to be public honesty about the process. I have written things that terrify me in this space, posted entries that kept me up at night with anxiety, wore short-ass shorts in pictures that I knew would get support and also shitty comments all over the WWW. Things I have written have gone viral and I have been made fun of. Images of me have been sexualized by dumb-ass dudes. But mostly? I have been supported. I have had people email me and say that I helped them to find their own recovery. I created a level of extreme-accountability for myself that keeps me acutely aware of when diet-culture ideas enter my head, of when I am having a negative body image day. I am in love with my readers. I knew I would be. It just took the leap to find myself enough to find them.
In terms of my Reset and Restore program, no one has to do it. I am not saying you will ruin your life if you don’t. But if you are genuinely interested, if you think you could use the program in your life, if you think you might enjoy the accountability, or if you think you just want to swap awesome plant-based recipes with a group of bad-asses but you’re afraid you won’t succeed, well for goodness sakes, just do it.
It’s a mere two week commitment that could help you change the quality of your life.
You will likely make friends.
I am here for you in every moment of fear.
I trust that you can handle it.
We are often much stronger than we think.
You’ve got this. I promise.
Happy Autumn Equinox, friends! Yesterday was officially the last day of the most beautiful summer of my life, and I am so incredibly excited to move into the cozy space of autumn. Pumpkin and crunchy leaves and soup and tea and quiet time to reflect and prepare for the new year! SIGN ME UP. I absolutely love autumn.
As the season changes, I find myself changing a bit too. I naturally shift what I am eating (smoothies and salads seem less appealing, warming stews and roasted veggies are calling my name.) I feel a bit more introspective. Holiday time has been very sad and stressful for me in the past, and I have learned that I need to give myself a bit of physical and emotional reinforcement beforehand. Last month I woke up bright and early one morning with a realization: this year I want to do that with you.
In honor of the shifting of the seasons, I wanted to offer a cleanse-like program, but I was totally turned off by the idea of attaching my name to the word “cleanse” or “detox”, because let’s be honest- 9 times out of 10 that’s just a thinly veiled diet, or a short term unsustainable restriction of calories. That’s not what I do at Super Strength Health! Instead, I am super excited to invite you to join me in something slightly different: a two week long Reset and Restore.
What is a Reset and Restore? It is an opportunity to slow down, to honor your body’s natural rhythms with awesome food and nourishing drink, and to prepare yourself to go into the holiday season grounded and open to the joy of it, as opposed to the stress. Together, we will celebrate our health in a variety of ways. The Super Strength Health Reset and Restore will include:
1) Intention setting. we will each set an intention to be shared and explored in our group.
2) Eating together. I will happily provide a sample meal plan and recipes for us to enjoy together. There is no pressure to eat my exact recipes, but you will be invited to focus your meals on vegetables, fruit, whole grains if those work for you, nuts and seeds, fermented soy products, and beans. My offered meal plan will be relatively simple, entirely plant based, gluten-free, and sugar free. During our reset and restore we will be consuming foods that are gentle on our guts and nourishing for our bodies. ($150 value)
3) The opportunity to connect on a discussion board daily, to support each other organically and with the occasional writing prompt. ($100 value)
4) A free copy of my (and Melissa’s) upcoming e-cookbook, The Super Tasty Anti-Inflammatory Kitchen. This book has 30 brand new, unpublished recipes that are delicious, nourishing, and of course, anti-inflammatory. These recipes will be different than the recipes in the meal plan. (19.99 value)
5) Daily recipe suggestions, culled from tried and true classics. ($50 value)
5) And an optional 40 minute private coaching call with me- just in case there is anything you’d like to hash out one-on-one. (75$ value)
The whole restoration package will cost $49 for the first five items named, and $99 if you would like to add in the private session with me. It will take place between Sunday, November 2 and Sunday, November 16th.
Gathering forces to focus on health in community is a transformative experience for both you as a participant, and for me, as the facilitator. You can sign up by clicking here.
Space will be limited, so if you’re thinking about it, I say go for it soon.
Here’s to a solid, grounded, healthy start to a holiday season! Happy Autumn!
*Photo taken by Melissa Lacitignola. Kale and quinoa minestrone will be featured in our book!