The Top 5 Things That Have Helped Me Get My Health Back on Track

Photo by  Ali Denney

Photo by Ali Denney

Many of you—bless your hearts—have been following me for many years, through the death of my mom and birth of my son, my crazy health problems, so many harrowing business ups and downs, and oh yeah, to see what kind of vintage gems I have in the shop. ;)

The biggest outpouring of love I get from y’all is when something happens to me that you can relate to. Maybe you have lost someone you love or have struggled with a serious unknown health problem that doctors tell you you’re making up because they don’t have an answer for you. When I open up about my troubles in my posts, I always get a crazy amount of heartfelt responses to my blog posts but also a lot of people who are going through the same struggles and are seeking guidance and camaraderie.

Well, my health has been on the mend (yay!), and because I know so many of you have been dealing with the same sorts of issues…

I’d like to share some resources that have helped me along the way. In a nutshell, they all boil down to…




venturing deep down into childhood traumas to heal them.

Not sure what all of those things have to do with improving your health? Start here…

{These are in order of least amount of commitment to most commitment both time and money-wise.}

I just watched this documentary on Netflix the other day, and it explains pretty much all of the things that I’ve researched and learned within the last couple of years, but you (lucky duck) can be up to speed in less than two hours from the comfort of your couch.

Basically, stress causes illness. Decrease your stress, and your health will improve. Sounds simple, and it truly is, but in our culture we make that much harder than it needs to be. Really, what is more important than your health? When you have a disease like cancer, none of these things that you’re stressing out about right now matter in the least. You’ve got to put on your gas mask first, and a health issue is just a wake up call from your body that you need to take care of yourself. If you do nothing else, watch this movie!


The Emotional Freedom Technique, also known as Tapping, is briefly shown in Heal. I was introduced to it through my therapist, Zoe Gerhart. {Side note: getting a therapist you trust is key. I had a hard time finding one that did more good than bad, so once I found Zoe, I stuck with her.} It’s a simple, free technique for reducing stress. Because it’s not a prescription that a large pharmaceutical company can make money on, it’s not pushed by doctors, although I would be so bold as to say that if you got the hang of tapping and did it consistently you could get probably get off those anxiety and antidepressant meds…

Literally, you just tap on different points of your body. That’s it. I’m not going to go on about the exact method and science behind it because I’ll butcher it, but watch this video and learn more about it there.

Also, the main catalyst for this blog post is that the Tapping World Summit is going on right now. It’s a series of recorded interviews about a myriad of different issues that we pretty much all can relate to with accompanying tapping sessions to help people work through these issues.

I listened to my first one two years ago, and it changed the way I looked at just about everything. Highly recommend you take the time to see which ones spark your interest and listen this week. They are free for 10 days (3-4 presentations are available each day for 24 hours) and then you have the option to purchase. I bought the first one that I listened to because I wanted to go back and reference a lot of them. If you aren’t able to listen to the summit while it’s free, write a little comment below, and I’ll send you the link to the ones I bought two years ago, which are still and will always be very relevant.


Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by “laying on hands” and is based on the idea that an unseen “life force energy” flows through us and is what causes us to be alive.

I just got certified to the second level of Reiki, and I’ll tell you, it has really amped up my intuition, which has been an integral part of my healing. I practice on myself 1-2 times per day, and it has helped with my stress levels tremendously. For me, it is a form of meditation.

Reiki 1 is a few hour long class consisting of learning about chakras and enough practical information and training to practice on yourself, small children and pets. Reiki 2 is a 5-6 hours long class where you fine tune your reiki skills enough to be able to practice on others.

Kelly Aguilera was my teacher. She is about to give birth here soon, so I don’t know what her course offerings will be for the near future, but I highly recommend her. She cuts to the chase, gives you all the information you need to know and is available post-class for questions and help.

High Sierra Allergy

At first, I was hesitant to go to High Sierra Allergy because I didn’t think my problem was an allergy one. But then I heard from multiple trusted friends with an assortment of seemingly non-allergy related illnesses that they went to her, and she helped when no other doctor could.

I’m a huge fan of Melissa. She is down-to-earth, empathetic, patient and thorough. It can take a while to get in to see her as a new patient, and it’s not cheap (although if you really do the math on what you’re spending with your western medicine doctor on co-pays, insurance and other bills then add those up because you have to go to every doc in town and they still don’t know what’s wrong with you, it ends up saving money, time & heartache in the long run!)

Appointments at her office are extremely refreshing. She is super friendly, and she truly cares. She never rushes me out. She always answers all of my questions and brings it down to a level that I can understand without having gone to med school. I always leave feeling hopeful and with a clear plan of action to which I usually see marked results. I don’t think I’ve had an appointment with her that went less than a full hour.

And the allergy part—well, from my rudimentary knowledge of all of this, I’ll sum it up like this: our diets are garbage. Even when we try to eat healthy and organic, our food supply is crap. Perhaps you have heard of leaky gut: basically our digestive systems are beat up and have holes where our food can leak out into our bloodstream. Because that’s not where food is supposed to be, our body marks it as a pathogen and attacks it. With leaky gut, eating something repeatedly can cause a sensitivity to that particular food. Now, I’m no expert on it, but that’s the Cliff Notes version of what I understand about it. I would suggest everyone do a little research because it can manifest itself into a myriad of illnesses, and I think it’s more widespread and under-diagnosed than most people realize.

Couples Weekend

This set of three weekend retreats are all facets of the same philosophy geared towards, you guessed it: men, women and couples. Now the Woman Within is a wild card for me. I haven’t gone yet, so I can’t personally speak to it at this moment, although I will be attending it this coming weekend! My husband went to the men’s version called the Mankind Project. Boys, you are not men until you go to this weekend retreat.

Let me set the scene for you: it was a tumultuous time in our relationship. My mom had passed away, and things were rocky at best. We were on the precipice of really calling it quits, and MKP was the thing that turned it around. The transformation that occurred in my husband was nothing short of miraculous. Over the course of one weekend, he learned how to call out emotions and childhood traumas that were stuffed so deep that he didn’t even know they existed. He learned how those traumas became triggers and how to deal with those triggers when they present themselves in day to day life. It has done wonders for our relationship, and he continues to go to an integration group every other week.

Then we attended A Couples Weekend together. Man oh man. I’ve never felt so raw as I did after that weekend. Another attendee summed it up well at the end when he said, “I don’t think I have an emotion left in me now.” It was super intense but so amazing. We learned so much about ourselves, each other and how we get into cycles of triggering each other and how to stop those cycles.

We have a much more solid foundation now, and even though we hit road bumps just as often as everyone else, we have a set of tools now to deal with our triggers—both our own and each other’s. So the fights that used to be a 10 are now 5s. We don’t spend days on end pissed off at each other. We air our grievances in a clean way so that our fights may only last a few hours or less.

These weekend retreats, my friends, are not for the faint of heart. But if you are serious about wanting to make a profound change in your life, relationships and ultimately health and want to do it quickly, these weekends will certainly do that. I’m up for the challenge but also honestly terrified about this upcoming weekend. Please wish me luck! I can’t wait to share with you all that I learn!

In summary…

This obviously isn’t a comprehensive list of all of the things that have been helpful for me (yoga, exercise, changes in diet—you know, all that stuff that we should all know about by now—have also been extremely wonderful), but this list is a good start for any of you looking to go a little bit deeper.

I tried to keep it short and sweet so you could pick and choose what resonates with you, but I am an open book and am more than willing to talk more in depth with you all about any of this stuff.

Because if I’ve learned anything, it’s that COMMUNITY plays a vital role in healing. All of these resources are wonderful, but being able to open up and share your advice, experiences and highs & lows with people who you trust and can connect with makes all the difference.

The Girls

So, if you’re feeling a little lost, alone or needing to make a significant change in your relationships, thought processes and ultimately your health and life, just holler at ya girl. We’ll grab a cup of tea, roll up our sleeves, tap on our faces like crazy people and fix our health!