The study of genes and heredity has come a long way since first discovered in 1865 by Gregor Mendel and furthered by C. H. Waddington in 1940 when he coined the term epigenetics. He saw changes that affect gene activity may result from external and environmental factors. Epi is rooted in the Greek word which means; upon, near to or in addition.This field picked up speed in 1970 all the way up to today with the study of why certain genes turn on and turn off. Current research has proven that behavior and lifestyle are the determining factors of whether or not a gene will be expressed.
The ancient practice of Ayurveda as a lifestyle medicine has promoted this for thousands of years. It is true that as humans we must live in accordance with nature. Ayurveda is a life science with particular practices and routines for each unique body type. There are approximately 7.9 billion unique ways for an individual to be put together in body and mind. Wow!!!
I’ve been a Wellness Coach in Ayurveda and Yoga for over 20 years and have taught hundreds of people as well as traversing my own healing milestones. I see some people take quantum leaps toward a more peaceful way of life while others do not. These same struggles are inside me. “On the path, off the path, on the path, off the path”. Underneath this are the habits and limiting beliefs we hold. It isn’t always easy making the suggestions I make. People live in a whole world of considerations for why they Can’t make Changes: shame, pride & fear of being found out, are a few.
The basic premise of Epigenetics is simple; change the way you think, eat whole food, drink clean water, handle emotions with less reaction, be flexible, change behavior, get more aligned with natural rhythms. Create an environment in the body so health can exist.
This should be easy right? Ha! not at all. Look around you when I say ”natural”. There is nothing natural about the world we live in. I recently had an awakening moment. I saw piles and piles of “not natural”....houses, synthetics, plastics, chemicals, industrialized food. I felt generations of behaviors, attitudes, eating habits, addictions, deprivations. Invisible patterns and limiting beliefs, all working against us/me. The experience continues to be profound.
This led me to a new phase in my work as a Healing Artist and Wellness Coach. I found the key to influencing the Epigene, changing behavior and releasing the True Self back into flow with nature. Accredited in Neuro Linguistic Programing (NLP) as a Certified Coach with the Global Academy of Excellence, these profound techniques are now at my fingertips. Time Line Therapy, Parts Integration and so much more. A real habit buster tool.
Created in 1970 by Richard Brander and John Grinder they found the connection between neurological processes (neuro-), language (linguistic) and behavioral patterns learned through experience (programming), can be changed to achieve specific goals in life. In just one session I was able to see how I picked up a limiting belief in childhood that became a core belief. I was set free in just 10 minutes. I would like to share this with you as it is a true miracle tool! I am offering a free discovery session to determine your unique body constitution, what is and isn’t working for you and what you would like to create for your future. Don’t wait to make the changes. Time moves too quickly. There is no better time to transform than Springtime.
The Harvard Healthy Eating Pyramid represents the latest nutritional science. The widest part at the bottom is for things that are most important. The foods at the narrow top are those that should be eaten sparingly, if at all.
While some extreme diets may suggest otherwise, we all need a balance of protein, fat, carbohydrates, fiber, vitamins, and minerals in our diets to sustain a healthy body. You don’t need to eliminate certain categories of food from your diet, but rather select and eat more of the healthiest options from each category.
Source and further reading: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/healthy-eating/healthy-eating.htm
Eating a healthy diet is not about strict limitations, staying unrealistically thin, or depriving yourself of the foods you love. Rather, it’s about feeling great, having more energy, improving your health, and boosting your mood.
Healthy eating doesn’t have to be overly complicated. If you feel overwhelmed by all the conflicting nutrition and diet advice out there, you’re not alone. It seems that for every expert who tells you a certain food is good for you, you’ll find another saying exactly the opposite. The truth is that while some specific foods or nutrients have been shown to have a beneficial effect on mood, it’s your overall dietary pattern that is most important.
The cornerstone of a healthy diet should be to replace processed food with real food whenever possible. Eating food that is as close as possible to the way nature made it can make a huge difference to the way you think, look, and feel.
By using these simple tips, you can cut through the confusion and learn how to create—and stick to—a tasty, varied, and nutritious diet that is as good for your mind as it is for your body.
Let me tell you a story. It’s called Facing Grace. Actually, it’s a story about me.
It was about the time I reached 45 years old. My body seemed to have shifted overnight and what always appeared beautiful was now sagging, wrinkling, and drying up. My inspiration was tired, and my bones got crackly, my joints didn’t move as quickly. They weren’t slippery. My temper became short, my focus dulled, and my attitude changed quickly. My intuition felt irrational and with so much going on with my hormones, it was all I could do to face this change while staying grounded and productive. I wanted to sleep all the time and inflammation in my body increased due to years of wear and tear.
Women are not properly supported for this phase of life in our culture unless we actively seek it out. For me it all happened so quickly. I was not prepared for this and took a lot for granted in regards women’s health. I felt I was going crazy. A big lesson during this time was about grief and remorse. I began to decipher what I could ‘do over’ and what I could never ‘do over’. A true sculpting of character!
I had a hard time accepting these changes because I had always been beautiful and fit and so full of life. I chose to set on a mission to take all that I’ve learned in my 20 years of health and wellness and get as serious as I could to reverse what was going on with me 100%, the mood changes, crazy emotional swings, sharpness, impatience, difficulty sleeping, pelvic pain, migraines and heart palpitations. This commitment led me to retreat to get a sense of new footing.
This is what brought me face to face with Grace.
For years I told my students that “surrender is an active process” now I got to fully adopt it for myself. In doing so I gained access to grace within me. My head and my heart had moments of coherence. Just enough to keep me grateful.
I am happy to say it is now 7 years later and so much has happened in my life! Aside from getting a little older, kids moving away, relocating, getting married, my father passing away and my mother aging and needing more care. I must say I have not yet had 100% integrity with following protocols, but I have made huge progress. Applying tools of wellness and rejuvenation has led me to passion, inspiration and a new sense of vigor in life.
My body feels so much better, and I recognize it is not the same body. My skin is brighter, has less wrinkles and aging spots. I also recognize it is not the same skin as it used to be. Sometimes I think my eyesight is getting better too and I recognize even my eyes are not the same eyes as they used to be.
Coming face to face with grace and surrendering to her Will enabled me to soften my head in conjunction with my heart and embrace my humanity.
I really love this quote from Ezekiel, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” This was my journey to the other side; my rights of passage to claiming my Wise Woman, and since my outcome has not yet been fully revealed, I get to participate with all my new features. This is my new excitement for life!
Most of all this is a time to GET REAL. Speak your truth skillfully and BE FULLY SELF EXPRESSED.
You don’t get to have a Do Over. This is it.
Karen Barbarick-Collins is a Certified Ayurvedic Technician and Wellness Coach, an Accredited Neuro Linguistic Programming Coach and a Registered Yoga Alliance Teacher. She is the founder of Bending Blade Healing Arts.