But fantasizing about being unstressed at some other time or place doesn’t help you in this moment, right now, right here, in the midst of the stress. A good belly laugh, however, can blast through these tight muscles, release the stress, and restore your sense of flow. Sad to say, but in a world that values confidence and power over vulnerability and passivity, crying has a bad reputation.
As stress can cause a constriction in breathing, a common correction is to take some deep, slow breaths. We think of meditation as requiring a lot of time and some very special conditions, such as a retreat on top of a mountain.
The trick here is to make sure to learn this skill when you are not so stressed, so you get familiar with it under good conditions. It’s been a while since I checked in with myself and with all you lovely folk out there. I spent the week before last shooting a number of cooking videos, an interview with a local British journalist (it was a fabulous disaster, more on that in an upcoming post), and a six week yoga course. Using a nail file to file off water-based nail polish rather than use soy-based polish remover. Henna to dye the hair (I will still use henna again when I go back to my natural midnight brown colour). And now, I’m using any nail polish I want (I use zoya), soy based remover, I dye my hair any way I want, I wear any (natural) make up I choose (check out the store or ebook for my top choices). Not too shabby for the chick who cried her way through her first Notting Hill carnival because some woman accidentally sprayed her with perfume, the one who lost her s**t on a plane when people ate cheese next to her (yeah, thanks amygdala), the one who was so terrified of chemicals and pollen that she wore one of those SARS masks everywhere for a few months. A note to meditators and those employing it to heal: it took me some time to understand the difference between making my peace (through meditation) with my life, and trying to survive a situation that no-one should be forced to tolerate, while trying to keep my sanity.
The point is that I spent years moulding my body to fit the idealised notion I had of who I was. And yet I kept trying to heal in the only way I knew how: pushing myself, trying to batter my body into submission by lifting weights aggressively, running till the verge of collapse, kickboxing till my nerves were so raw that I exploded in anger at the drop of a hat.
Medical studies show that yoga fights all kinds of inflammation and that pranayama breathing in particular, sometimes referred to as yoga or yogic breathing, may lower histamine levels and help asthmatics lessen their need for inhalers [1].
The six-week course, is based on a practice developed by my yoga instructor Lori Sjollema, in response to my requests for soothing, cooling, sequences to help put out the fires in my body created by inflammation. This course has been created to serve as a gentle introduction to the world of yoga, inspiring you to seek further practice as you gain strength, of mind as well as body. In other news, I recently wrote a post for the wonderful New York based Beauty and Wellbeing online magazine.
The Anti-cookbook and all liquid Anti-Detox Book, don’t treat any conditions, but are high in the high nutrient antihistamine and anti-inflammatory ingredients that have been instrumental in helping me feed myself on a limited diet. Don’t miss the Low Histamine Beauty Survival Guide for non-toxic beauty tips, the skinny on histamine releasing (mast cell degranulating) beauty ingredients, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory beauty alternatives and the top brands natural brands I’ve found.
I’m not talking about which supplement to take, or which healing protocol to follow, but rather the recognition of destructive patterns and suppression of self as roadblocks to healing.
When it comes to the whole-istic healing of self that I have embarked on of late, perhaps the least offbeat has been my first foray into the psyche for at least a decade.
War as a child, abandonment by both parents, soul destroying verbally abusive relationship, war as an adult, insanely stressful journalist career, financial ruin, misdiagnosis and overmedication for non-existent illness, unnecessary operations, inability to work due to illness, and various others. And so it was with incredible trepidation that I began half-heartedly looking for a therapist.
You know how sometimes you need to cut through all the BS and just connect on a human but intellectual level? And yet I can’t tell you how uncomfortable I felt in his New York city office that first time. Oddly, though nine psychiatrists to date have treated me, none of them managed to sum up my predicament in a couple of sentences like Dr. I’m traumatised and random triggers of that trauma were happening all around me, some that I might not recognise as being such, and were causing my body to freak out. I mean I’m not dissing the histamine bucket theory, you know the one that states that you won’t react to a food if your histamine bucket isn’t full (I proposed an alternate model – the inflammation bucket), but what I am saying is that once Dr. I truly believe, that in my case, triggering to food and smells had a lot more to do with my regressing to a traumatised state, or remembering previous negative reactions to food. Just a few days ago I sat down to lunch on a beautiful beach, with a close friend I’ve known since my teens. You’ll find more on the role of trauma in immune system dysfunction in the wonderful read: The Last Best Cure.
I had spent a lifetime in unstable, occasionally terrifying personal and work environments, and now it was time to do something different. He’s also a really freaking cool guy who I absolutely connected with – someone who was totally on my wavelength. There are currently several western therapeutic modalities that have incorporated meditation and mindfulness into their approach such as Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy.
The Buddhist world-view asserts that the mind’s nature is inherently flexible and transformable, suffering is conditioned by past negative experience reinforced into neural wiring, awareness provides pattern-recognition and leverages freedom of choice, and wellbeing is established by dis-identifying from rigid, self-limiting schemas and acting in harmony with the interconnected matrix of living systems. In your work have you seen evidence of a relationship between previous trauma and present day ill health?
Meditation may be an important adjunct strategy in the treatment of chronic illness, though I think these days many professionals either grossly underestimate or over-estimated the potential benefits that a simple technique can provide. You raised a very important point in my sessions with you – that the goal of meditation is not to separate us from the body, please elaborate. Well, first I think its important to clarify that there are many types of meditation techniques each with their own distinct outcomes.
That said, I am a strong proponent of altering clients interested in meditation to what is called ‘spiritual bypassing’ or using spiritual ideas and methods to sidestep unwanted emotions, unmet developmental needs, and unprocessed psychological wounds.
For more on the theory of using mindfulness meditation to improve emotional regulation watch this video.
In your course at the Nalanda Institute you talk about it being important not to have a goal in mind when meditating.
When I teach mindfulness meditation we begin the practice by setting an intention, clarifying our desired outcome in a similar way that one sets the destination on a GPS before embarking on a journey. Should we try to guide the body in how to heal us, or should we simply provide a stable, serene environment (through meditation) for it to get on with it alone? From the neuroscience perspective, unprocessed trauma can be stored in the body as implicit memory and may be triggered inadvertently sending someone into a panic or a dissociative state, which I call the time-machine because we are unknowingly transported to the painful past as if its happening in the present.
Essentially healing occurs through and integration between the right and left brain, between cortical and sub-cortical regions, and between distinct yet attuned minds in a relationship. From the perspectives of the world’s ancient contemplative traditions such as Chinese medicine, Ayurveda, Rajayoga and Tantric Buddhism, there might be an entirely different pathway to health and balance. The Anti-cookbook, while it doesn’t treat any conditions, due to its high nutrient, antihistamine and anti-inflammatory ingredients, has been instrumental in helping me feed myself on a limited diet.
Take a peek at my other low histamine and antihistamine cookbooks for more high nutrient recipes. If you’ve found this information useful I’d appreciate your support (at no extra cost to you!) – please check out my online store for your health foods, supplements, kitchen items and beauty product purchases. I can’t believe how long it has taken me to sit down and write about one of the most incredible experiences of the last few years.
26 attendees with histamine intolerance, mast cell activation and mastocytosis made it out, braving the freak snowstorms that engulfed us almost immediately upon arrival in CO. To be completely honest, I wasn’t really prepared for the intensity and demand on my energy levels. See, thing is, no matter how much progress I make, it means nothing to me if others suffer.
After eating, a couple of people expressed some discomfort, so we went upstairs for individual visualisation and meditation, which, for the most part, helped diminish the reactions.
Sadly it was a few hours later that two people went into shock (not from my food – we figured out what happened) and I was there for one of them.
And then I began to cry in earnest, out of fear, out of love, out of relief that something I thought to be a one off event (my own experience meditating myself out of anaphylaxis) had seemingly helped another. The power of the mind over body never ceases to amaze me, though of course I must say, as I always do, please do not try this. One thing I really wish I had been able to do was spend more time with people one on one, especially during food preparation.
I met so many incredible people on this retreat, too numerous to mention all in one post (LV I will love you always!!). Don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter to download a 25 page PDF sample of my personal diet and to be the first to know when registration opens up for webinars, histamine wellness retreats and workshops in Europe and the United States, to get great freebies like antihistamine and anti-inflammatory recipes and lifestyle tips.


You imagine feeling peaceful and relaxed later–when you get home from work, or when this project is finished, or when this exam is over, or when you get to the beach, or maybe when the kids grow up, or maybe when you retire.
And if you don’t do something to unstress yourself here and now, there is real risk that that the stress, because you are holding on to it, will become part of you. Nor are they about helping you become a saintly being who never picks up stress and who radiates calm everywhere she goes.
They give you something to do as soon as you get stressed, or as soon as you realize that you’re stressed, or as soon as your friends tell you that you’re stressed. Singing can have beneficial effects on your body and mind that are quite similar to laughing. Many people fear that if they give in to their need to cry, they will become overwhelmed, embarrass themselves or cause a scene, or be judged as someone who can’t get the job done. But as this might not do the trick, you can double the effectiveness of deep breathing by adding a little sound – in others words, by making a good sigh. But it is possible to get some significant benefits from meditation in short bursts, if you learn how. Check out the photos…I just recently had my hair bleached and toned by the wonderful Phoebe at the George Northwood salon in London.
If you can take steps to make your life better by removing yourself from a stressful situation that’s making you miserable and sucking your life force, go ahead and do that, do not attempt to use meditation to stick your head further in the sand. Once I did, the most amazing thing happened – I met and moved in with someone who helped me heal on an emotional and physical level. Regaining the mind body connection helped me let go of who I no longer was, rekindling the passion for my long-abandoned yoga.
I now practice many styles of yoga, balancing my competitive nature with the more yin, yielding, female aspects of yoga, and now I’m almost ready to share my personal yoga practice with you. The six videos, each designed to build on each other, will introduce you to the basics of restorative yoga, with plenty of modifications for those with less range of movement or balance issues. A chair and a couple of blocks or pillows are all you need to gently ease into some of the poses (and we’ll show you how of course). As important as dietary changes have been, and in this case more so what I’ve added rather than eliminated, asking myself the right questions (at the right time) has been invaluable.
I’m not saying that I blocked myself off from delving into my mind for that long, just that I haven’t done it in any kind of structured, guided way.
I spent the last year scared to get off my yoga mat, unsure as to whether the progress I had made would translate to the big bad world around me. After months of searching, I finally wound up on the doorstep of one of the most enlightened practitioners I have ever had the pleasure of knowing.
Memories of being prescribed fistfuls of mind altering medications week after week, of breaking down into a puddle of psychotic mush on the “sofa” after being declared bipolar and borderline personality (believe me, I wasn’t), just the anguish of a decade washed over me, bringing back something I hadn’t experienced since resolving an issue in my life that left me fearing for my safety. Given the number of people I speak with in my consultations who also have trauma in their past, who have found that fear at the dinner table is one of their triggers, I can’t help but think this must be the case for many others also.
Because of the mind-body connection I frequently see patients who have major medical conditions, which are exacerbated by stress and sometimes the result of unprocessed psychological trauma. While there is good research suggesting meditation may reduce overall stress, depression, anxiety, and improve concentration, immune function, and general wellbeing, there is nevertheless a danger of either dismissing it out of hand as primitive or religious, or else making meditation out to be some kind of panacea. I have seen first hand a very common tendency amongst meditators – and frankly all human beings – to avoid pain (often stored in the body) in pursuit of so-called spiritual transcendence.
Because modern culture has become so pain-averse we have actually atrophied our ability to navigate the constantly changing and unavoidable terrain of negative inner experience. When the nervous system is repeatedly over-exposed to the chaos of overwhelming affect it involuntarily tightens the faucet of energy into a state of rigidity and primitive self-protectiveness.
Therapy and meditation work in tandem to rehabilitate and strengthen the right-brain’s ability to tolerate and regulate the release of stored deposits of traumatic energy, unpleasant emotion, implicit memory, and bodily sensation while recruiting the left brain’s ability to process and consolidate that energy into coherent and meaningful narrative. Given the necessary conditions, one permits or activates the innate wisdom of the body to heal itself.
I’m referring to what was the first ever histamine-free wellness retreat, Wellapalooza that took place this April in Colorado Springs.
Some were there for the long haul – the entire six day retreat, others came for workshops or to press the flesh with world-renowned NIH funded mast cell researcher Dr Theoharides, creator of the mast cell stabilsing Neuroprotek supplement. As exhausted as Jan and I were, starting the retreat with a group of people, who between them were subsisting on a paltry list of foods and seeing them blossom into an empowered group of healthy eaters was one of the most life affirming experiences thus far.
Thankfully a friend is helping me understand that I can’t hang my own recovery or indeed my happiness on that of others.
Upon posting the daily menu, I kid you not, almost every single person there told me there was at least one thing they couldn’t eat.
Dr Theoharides was a stone’s throw away, the lovely JFS, our friend in need and I went upstairs and began a visualisation that I taught at the retreat. Just three ladies, on a bed, giving each other support, a truly intense exchange of energies. I can’t tell you how much it scares me that someone may one day hurt themselves on the basis of something I share on this blog.
Since arriving back in my home town in Spain, I’ve come to appreciate the hands on healing approach of involving people in my kitchen.
She offers personal catering in Portland, Oregon – see below for more on her services. I hope that the healing we experienced stayed with you far beyond the trip down the mountain. They can distort your posture, influence your beliefs about life, limit your ability to listen to others, and add unpleasant tones to your voice. On the other hand, suppressing a very natural need to scream—even unconsciously–may cause you to tighten your diaphragm, clench your jaw, and turn your graceful hands into fighting fists. Madan Kataria, inventor of Laughter Yoga, we know that even forced laughter gives you many of the physiological and psychological benefits of genuine laughter. Singing can free your breathing, loosen your jaw muscles, and connect you to something beautiful (at least, beautiful to you). But as stress can be understood as a build-up of tension, and there is a lot of potential energy in that tension, you can try using that energy to do something physical. There is something so rejuvenating about a sigh—the way it forces you to drop your shoulders and relax your jaw muscles, and release the tension in your torso. I enlisted my yoga teacher Lori Sjollema here in Spain to help me recreate the restorative (chilled out) sequences I’ve used over the last year to help get me where I am health-wise.
Lori, my teacher in Spain, trained at Jivamukti with Sharon and David Gannon in the same class as Stewart. I love how small the world is!
Each 30 minute video will feature an additional 15 minutes of yoga nidra and another 5 minutes of seated meditation, for a total of 50 minutes per video.
It’s most suitable for beginners and those who find sitting still for meditation challenging.
And yet, the more of his videos that I watched, the more of his lectures I heard, the more of his bio I pondered over, the more certain I was that this radical departure from my previous mental health experiences was needed. Miles teaches meditation and educational courses inspired by the Indo-Tibetan tradition and has trained in the lineage of the Dalai Lamas with American Buddhist scholars Joseph Loizzo and Robert Thurman and Tibetan masters Gelek Rimpoche and Lama Zopa. I mean seriously, incense isn’t really going to logically kill me, except that my amygdala has deemed it so. Though I was totally chilled out and having a wonderful time, by the second bite of squid, my heart was thumping as though having a heart attack.
Patients in my practice suffer from chronic pain, crohn’s, IBS, fibromyalgia, insomnia and chronic fatigue. Within the traditional Buddhist context, meditation is rarely prescribed independent of the world-view that considers our basic interconnectivity with all living systems and recommends an ethical lifestyle that promotes harmony intrapsychically, interpersonally and environmentally. As a therapist working with clients who have histories of trauma, I want to help them use a safe dialogue and mindfulness meditation not to escape the pain of their past but to encounter it with greater wisdom and compassion. This type of meditation offers what therapists call ‘exposure in a safe setting’ for the purpose of systematic desensitization and experience-dependent resilience training. If we don’t first identify a clear and positive vision of where we’re going, we’ll never get there. Neuroscientifically informed psychotherapy and mindfulness meditation help guide the body towards integration, while traditional medicine systems from ancient cultures like India and China provide the necessary conditions for the nervous system to heal itself.
Many of the most common psychological disorders can be explained by these polar extremes of disregulation and shutdown in the nervous system: Anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, Cocaine addiction, Hypomania, and Bipolar I are syndromes of emotional overwhelm, right-brain activation and unprocessed trauma, while Major Depression, Anorexia, Paranoia, Heroin or Alcohol addiction represent syndromes of emotional shut down, left brain activation and memory avoidance. So from the neuroscience perspective both the therapeutic relationship and the meditative tools help guide us interpersonally and intrapsychically towards greater levels of neural integration, emotional balance and relational attunement. Greater cross-cultural and multidisciplinary dialogue will help delineate the precise mechanisms by which healing occurs in these ancient approaches. My partner on this gig, Jan, is a Colorado gal, which is one of the reasons we decided to go at it, at altitude, rather that in Tulum, Mexico, which was my first choice.


There were squeals of excitement (ok, mostly mine) as we dove into the samples and I don’t believe anyone who tried it had a negative reaction to it. I managed to squeeze in a nap here and there, as well as spending a great deal of time worrying about the disintegration of my relationship, which was in full swing upon my arrival to the states. So I asked everyone to please bear with me, to be open to healing and then launched into an explanation of why each ingredient was chosen, the healing they would provide, and then we started in on the meditation.
I held her hands, watching in calm alarm as red blotches appeared all over over and the trembling picked up steam.
We were joined by the incredible KS and were soon whipping up some incredible juju on the final night of the retreat (gluten free rice fettucini served up with swiss chard and the Lebanese meatballs recipe in the anti-cookook). And, remarkably, if you keep forced laughter going for fifteen seconds or so, you will very likely start laughing for real. Singing is particularly useful for stress relief when you are in your car, stuck in traffic.
Use your stress as a springboard to get you moving—to run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance. A good sigh also brings your mind and body into alignment: in the moment, you are fully present in the sigh. For once you have found the place of peace within you, you know where it lives and how to find it. We eat the same diet (he just likes being healthy), we read books and discuss our spiritual and physical development.
My body imploded under the duress, I got sick, and the career and life I worked so hard to nurture came crashing down around me.
My way of rationalising the eerie sensation where I feel so separate from my body that it’s like I’m watching myself from across the room. I also treat patients with cancer, heart disease, and obesity, the so-called ‘diseases of civilization’ which are either directly related to stress and trauma or indirectly as a result of maladaptive coping strategies. Therefore, I rarely teach meditation or yoga techniques to those who are unwilling to consider how their outlook, attitude, lifestyle, family system and culture are all implicated in their disease and wellbeing.
We are consciously regrowing our nervous system’s capacity to be adaptive to all of life’s circumstances and challenges by confronting gently and consistently the very sensations, emotions and thoughts that would instinctually trigger adverse reactions. Once the meditation begins however, its important to relinquish that goal-directedness in order to become truly present with the moment-to-moment process, and the micro details and textures of one’s lived experience. I made different recipes for people who had anaphylactic episodes to any of the ingredients of course.
Tears began pouring down my face as her hands communicated the pain, fear and loneliness engulfing her. Converted into energy, in this way, stress becomes a useful tool to invigorate yourself—it can put you in a happier state of mind. Even if this doesn’t clear your stress completely, imagine how happy you’ll be, later, at how clean everything is. So if you feel the need to cry, but are afraid of getting overwhelmed, here’s a tip:  sit up straight. If you need a more powerful, faster-acting version of a sigh, then try exaggerating your sigh, making the sound bigger. While I definitely don’t plan on making a habit of it, I mean, bleach, blecch, I am certainly enjoying the freedom.
And then it clicked that I had begun thinking of anaphylactic shock the moment I had decided to take a bite. Neale said to me, I need a safe environment in which to rebuild myself and from which to begin to explore the world around me.
In other words, meditation can be clinically beneficial, but I don’t hand out techniques like pills. For more on meditation within its original context of Buddhist contemplative science read this. For those interested in real healing, the only way out of pain is through it in an intelligent and caring way. One of the skills developed during mindfulness practice is variously called deautomitization, natural wakefulness, bare attention or open presence, which permits an increasingly more subtle skill of pattern-recognition thus leveraging freedom of choice.
Gripping her fingers as lightly as I could, I prayed she could feel every ounce of positivity, good will and pure love I was sending out to her.
Dr Theo took to the guitar while we cobbled together a coconut ice cream with extra special sauce. And as there is increasing evidence for the health benefits of short bouts of cardiovascular exercise, it could be that your stress—if it gets you moving—could turn out to be a great boon to your health. Your stress will have given you a clean space in which to enjoy yourself when you are not-so-stressed.
While collapsing on the floor and thrashing around might give you a bigger release of stress, straight-back crying has a kind of nobility and poise. Choose to express your whole stressed-out being through the sound and gesture of that sigh:  Aaaaaaahhhh. Thinking how embarrassing it would be, I was soon beating myself up for being so selfish as to put my friend in a position of dealing with an emergency room visit (which hasn’t happened in years!). You want to be able to take your eyes off the GPS, so that you can consciously avoid the bumps in the road as well as enjoy the beauty of the scenic view as it passes by.
And I began to speak, to allay the fears, to explain the healing wave of inflammation healing water and how it would help.
Think of it this way: If you treated each instance of stress as a prompt to do ten pushups, imagine how quickly you’d get fit. It allows you to acknowledge your feelings and get some sense of release without collapsing into a heap.
You may even discover the funny thing about a good sigh: Although often considered to be an expression of exasperation, a good sigh is very close to a moan of pleasure, and the deeper you do it, the better it gets. I poured every ounce of my energetic strength into our bond, and then suddenly, the redness began to abate, retreating downwards from the forehead, almost in synch with each wave of healing I asked her to visualise.
I excused myself for a moment and went to lie down on a sun bed a little distance from the table. I popped a Neuroprotek quercetin supplement, the only tab I had, knowing it wouldn’t do much on its own, but confident I could convince my brain it would. It wasn’t easy – but immediately lying down made me less aware of my blood pressure drop (totally induced by fear); physiologically it’s the right thing to do if that is what’s happening anyway. Oddly, maybe because of my years of meditation practice at this point, it actually calms me.
I visualised the quercetin getting to work on my mast cells, pushing back any stress hormone induced histamine release. It will help prepare youA for a crisis and teach you how to accurately communicate vital informationA about your horse's condition to your veterinarian. This will, in turn, enable your vet to respond precisely andA accuratelyA to your situation. Securing a safe place for you and your vetA to work on your horse: When and howA to move him, when not to move him. Is this aA life-threatening emergency, does it have the potential to be life-threateningA ? Examining horse's body for injury,wounds, bleedingA , lameness, heat, swelling, symmetry,infection, colic symptoms, etc. These remedies will not interfere with meds or treatments your vet mayA administer upon arrival.
However,always discuss this topic with your vet prior to an emergency to be sure they approve.A 3. Colic: Prevention, signs and symptoms, different types, listening for gut sounds, performing a sand test, hydration test,vital signs,A emergency management while waiting for vet's arrival.How to avoid making matters worse! Natural remedies that may be used and will not interfere with any meds or treatments your vet will administer upon arrival.We will spend much time on this since colic is a huge cause ofA deaths and euthanasia for horses. You will also need a watch with a second hand.A Class will be held in the barn so please dress appropriately.
However, this is just a starting point, it is up to you toA practice these skills, learn this infoA to become effective at assisting your horse in an emergency. It will help prepare youA for a crisis and teach you how to accurately communicate vital informationA about your horse's condition to your veterinarian.
Examining horse's body for injury,wounds, bleedingA , lameness, heat, swelling, symmetry,infection, colic symptoms, etc.



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