Tuesday, June 6, 2017

This Week Only - HGPN Program Special $60!


This week only, we have an amazing deal going on for our 6-week Healing GP Naturally program. Awhile back the program was offered in real time, providing weekly handouts, live chats, and one-on-one support.

Now you can go through it at your own pace and times that work best for you! The recordings include those who took the class the first time so you will here from others and common questions that come up. And the support is still available in a private forum where you can ask your own questions as well as share food choices for feedback.


On the Healing GP FB page, this was shared and we had some incredible testimonies come up in the comments section, those who have worked with Chalyce and/or the program and found so much relief. There was one in particular that caught my attention and immediately brought tears of hope and joy...

"Implementing the protocol that Chalyce has developed drastically changed my health and quality of life. When I began working with her, I was struggling to consume any solid foods and was losing weight at a steady pace. I had lost more than 80 lbs and my doctors had begun discussing the possibility of a feeding tube. Using her essential oil blends and following her diet protocol, I was able to gain weight and avoid surgery. I've regained the ability to take part in activities that I enjoy and my quality of life has increased exponentially. I highly recommend the book and the protocol -- it works!"

As you may already know, I've been through feeding tubes and currently use IV nutrition to get about half of my calorie needs. The last post I wrote about what healing truly means, sharing the improvements I have had implementing this approach and how, despite still depending on TPN, my overall quality of life has improved greatly. However, seeing this, and many of the other experiences (one of whom actually did get off TPN) brings an overwhelming sense of hope, one that my heart desires more than anything! Maybe it will happen, maybe not. To see people's lives improving this way though, it makes all the work we do worth it.

You can check out more testimonies here at the Healing GP Naturally website.

To sign up and get started right away on the program continue at this link. 

Originally priced at $194, the self-paced package is only $60, this week only, with the option to make 2 payments of $30! That is only slightly more than a co-pay for me to see my doctor for an often 15-minute visit. Seriously, this is SO worth it!




Thursday, May 11, 2017

What Does Healing Truly Mean?

“It is better to believe than to disbelieve; in so doing you bring everything to the realm of possibility.” 
-Albert Einstein 

I've been sharing quite a bit lately about "healing" in reference to gastroparesis. It honestly feels like a double-edged sword at times, using these terms together. Your reaction may be one of hope and excitement. Or you might feel that healing is impossible and want to laugh at the idea of that word used with the awfulness of what you are dealing with. That's totally understandable. It's all very confusing, I know. So I'm going to shed some light on what healing truly means and how this has impacted my own life, when dealing with nearly a decade of living with a pretty severe case of gastroparesis and health challenges.

If you asked me what healing meant a couple years ago I would have immediately thought of finding a cure, a magic pill that took all the pain and suffering away, a slice of pizza and a glass of wine that could finally be enjoyed again without consequences. I came to learn, however, that it can mean something quite different when expectations shift. Modern ways of thinking mostly view healing in terms of a cure, a complete recovery from the physical symptoms. If the problems return or never go away then no cure really ever happened. With healing, it goes deeper than this, taking place not only with the physical body but looking at the mind and spirit as well, all working together as one. Before you roll your eyes and turn away, here me out for just a moment.


The stories we share in the Healing GP Naturally book are huge turnarounds that people have experienced. It doesn't mean they put some essential oils on one day, think about their emotional state of being, do some breathing work and wake up free of stomach woes forever. They worked hard, on all levels, to re-establish a new way of being. Instead of trying so hard to be just like they were before GP (something I'm sure we all want desperately), they strived for finding what worked for them using the tools given to heal, creating a new connection with their bodies which have been through some serious trauma since illness took over.

I read somewhere once that healing isn't fixing, it's creating.
Creating routines that bring comfort and relief.
Thoughts that can physically change the structure of your cells.
Foods that nourish the body instead of depleting it further.
It's about creating a quality of life that allows the best chance for fulfilling existence. 

For years I have carried around this guilt, a heavy burden that I'm not doing enough. Not enough of the right foods, not enough resting and relaxing, not breathing deep enough, not praying right or perhaps even overthinking it all. And eventually, I realize, again and again, how much my life has changed, not always for the worse but for the better. Despite the extreme challenges over the years (procedures, feeding tubes, IV nutrition) you think my body would be falling apart, that I would be a chronically sad, angry mess. But it continues to fight and believe and know it can get through the day. This medically war-torn body continues to persevere because of the things I do to manage it. It's my goal to really focus on this instead of the why's behind dealing with chronic illness and not being completely cured.

It's not always easy to be different, to have to need a "toolbox" of remedies to manage the challenges, but it's so much better than how I would be, and many others I've had the chance to get to know while working on the book, if the options weren't available. These include the Essential7 oils specifically made for GP and chronic disorders, taking time rest, meditations and breathing techniques when tension, anxiety, and pain take over, nourishing foods that help the body to absorb and digest, dealing with emotions instead of burying them, and finding time for creativity and fun, no matter what that might look like for how we are feeling day to day.

Well, there's my spiel and I hope that helps to clarify what healing means, not only from my point of view but one that can help guide you on your own journey with all of this. I'll never get tired of saying do not give up hope. Maybe you are just starting out and only slightly sick at times, or maybe you have been extremely ill for years. Wherever you are on this path know that you are not alone. Our book is coming out this month and my wish is that it not only provides hope and inspiration but a new way of managing your challenges as naturally as possible, with some of the relief you have been so desperately seeking.


Update: The book is now available through our website and on Amazon!




Sunday, April 23, 2017

Book Review: The Gastroparesis Healing Diet


A few months ago I was curious what else was out there on the topic of "healing gastroparesis." As some of you know, I've been writing for the Healing Gastroparesis Naturally website for some time and working on the book this past year (to be released end of May!). To my surprise, the image for The Gastroparesis Healing Diet came up with its upcoming release date in March. I could not be happier to see we were not alone when it came to using the word healing. Not to mention the cover looked so delicious and inviting! 

I contacted the author Tammy Chang, a nutrition coach and cook living in the San Francisco Bay area. While she does not have GP herself she has knowledge of how the gut functions and experience with creating nourishing meals to help heal the body, having worked one-on-one with clients and wrote her first book, The Nourished Belly Diet. She admitted this was not an easy task, finding GP to be the complicated disorder that many of us know firsthand. But she shared in her book that she "found the GP community, along with it's taking in people's harder days, is also extremely loving, supportive, and strong." Between the medical research plus interviewing and talking with those who live with GP (some of whose stories you will find in the book), she was able to get a good understanding of how to create ideas for a healing diet. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Recording Available: Top 5 Foods to Heal GP

Our first webinar, Top 5 Foods to Heal Gastroparesis, is now available to view!

Presenting this meant more to me than I could possibly explain because of the difference I've seen with my own healing as well as the many, many others I've talked to this past year.  In fact, my hands were actually sweating at 10:59, one minute prior to beginning haha. I just wanted it to go well and with technology, you just never know when something may decide to not work properly!

Nervousness aside, the talk went good, the knowledge and experience Chalyce shares are just priceless and I am so grateful to have her on my "dream team" for the absolute best quality of life while living with the challenges GP can present. 

I hope you find it beneficial as well and please send us a question or comment if you have any. 

We would like to offer you a discount, which you will also hear about towards the end of the webinar, on the 6-week program we are SO excited to get started with on February 21st. This will be available through midnight on Wednesday, February 1st. For details, you can visit this link, and again, feel free to send us questions if you have any. 

Click below to listen to the webinar and hope you enjoy!



Saturday, January 28, 2017

Upcoming Webinar - Foods for Healing GP


Top 5 Foods for Healing Gastroparesis 
with Chalyce Macoskey

Join us as we explore the top 5 foods that can help you gain back your quality of life when living with gastroparesis and learn what the term healing can mean for you. At the end of the talk, there will be a Q&A session to help answer any questions you may have plus ideas on additional resources.


Health coach and certified aromatherapist Chalyce Macoskey will share an approach she has used with hundreds of clients over the years to overcome some of the most difficult challenges when it comes to digestion. She has helped to change my own life for the better and it is my hope she can do the same for many others living with GP. You can read more about when I was first introduced to Chalyce and her work here

We look forward to chatting with you soon! 



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Saturday, November 19, 2016

Navigating the Holidays with GP

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.”
— Albert Schweitzer

There are times when we may feel like the world is falling apart, when our bodies cannot withstand the challenges they annoyingly present at the most inconvenient times, when our mind feels overwhelmed and exhausted.  It is during these times when finding gratitude and what to be thankful for, are absolutely necessary. 


The holidays can stir up a lot in our lives and perhaps that in itself is something to be grateful for. We are forced to step outside our routine, our comforts, and deal with more than we are used to dealing with. In the midst of all of this, we must also acknowledge what is good and find gratitude. As I'm sure you see, the internet is filled with tips and tricks for surviving the holidays, reducing stress, and of course, being thankful. It is also filled with food, food, and more food! Does that depress or inspire you? If you are someone who really struggles with eating then it can feel pretty isolating. So, let's talk about some ideas that may be helpful for you and those you love these coming weeks. 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Miracles from Heaven to Hollywood Part 2

Okay, so I took a tad long on getting back to this review to follow up with the first part of our Miracle trip.  I still can't believe this happened and so many projects have begun since then and well, 2 months later here we are!
Now, where did I leave off...

Oh yes, we were kicked out of the red carpet area.  No biggie, worth "getting lost." We headed inside the magnificent Arclight Theater and stepped aside to enjoy the people watching. As some of the cast members made their way through we were able to get a few photos with a couple of them before the movie began.















To the right is Kylie Rogers who stars as Anna Beam, the young girl who was sick with dysmotility. She is so sweet and adorable!