My mantra used to be “There’s never enough time.” And I wondered why I suffered from hypertension until I heard Dr. Deepak Chopra speak who said,”The fastest way to a heart attack is thinking there’s never enough time.”No, Duh! The lightbulb went off. …

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Love Heals

Last night my beloved husband took me to see “Les Miserables” at National Theatre as my Christmas present. The last line Jean Valjean sings:”To love another person is to see the face of God.” It was magnificent. Needless to say, there were tears. …

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2017 Lessons Learned & New Year’s Resolutions

This has been a year of intense grief and sorrow, and as my beautiful daughter so elegantly expressed, coexisting with periods of joy.

 https://www.facebook.com/existdetroit/videos/2083596808535202/ We started with the one year celebration of our grandson followed two weeks later by the passing of our son in law. I’ve struggled on how to support both my daughter and clients during times of loss. One client who lost her husband after 50 years together and another client in Houston during Hurricane Harvey. What do you do when you are at a loss for words? I read Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Option B but that didn’t resonate with me like Maria Sirois, PsyD book, A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (and other Dark, Difficult Times).  Here I am struggling on what to do to help my daughter, and she went and did it herself. Which by the way, is the only way for transformation, growth or change to occur. She took her grief and started the Forced Joy Project to find some joy, meaning and purpose amongst her immense sorrow. As a health coach I’ve learned this very valuable lesson. No one fixes you. You are not broken. You are a perfectly-imperfect, human being, with your own journey on this planet. We can share our experiences, we can be guides through difficult times, but the body, mind, spirit and soul are self-healing and self-repairing. You have the ability to heal from within. The practice of yoga can help release tension, pent up feelings and emotions, as well as help cultivate awareness and focus leading to physical, mental and emotional growth and peace. Dana again, beautifully shows us how. 

I’ve written about the pancha maya model of yoga and how the body follows the mind and the mind follows the breath. I’ve had clients overcome anxiety and fear through dedicated breath work practice. The only thing we know for sure is that all of us will die. Some like Bradford Frost,

my son in law, far too soon. Others like Simba (who woke me up one morning bouncing up the stairs, took his normal one mile walk, in seemingly perfect shape) without any warning.

 As adults, what we do have control over is how we choose to live our lives. One dear client of mine shared this analogy. We are like flower pots. We can decide what soil we put in the pot, what we want to plant, how we feed and nourish ourselves. What can we do to live awesome full lives NOW? What little changes can we make in 2018 to feel our best? According to one of the largest health studies, the Framingham nurses study, the number one factor for overall health and cancer prevention, is diversity in the diet. Yet most of us eat the same 4 foods day in and day out consisting of wheat, corn, soy and dairy. Foods that have been subsidized and adulterated. This monoculture that has led us to the current epidemic in chronic disease. With so much abundance of food, our choices are often lacking in essential phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals. To fight fatigue, we resort to caffeine and succumb to sugar cravings that keep us on a mental, physical, and emotional roller coaster. My pledge this year is:
  1.  To expand my Kick-Start recipes to add more diversity. The best way to add diversity is to eat seasonally. Here’s what I had for breakfast at the Detroit Parks & Rec Diner:
Fisherman’s Board of citrus smoked salmon, dill crème fraiche, local radish, soft boiled duck egg, picked vegetables that included garlic scape and cranberries. Delicious!
  1. Follow my daughter’s lead and find more joy. I’m going to start teaching Carpe Diem Dance (my joyful movement to music incorporating breathwork, meditation and yoga) Wednesday mornings at Rise Wellbeing Center in Reston, Virginia Wednesday mornings in January. 
  2. Continue to grow my business being mindful to include boundaries and schedule in time to celebrate a new Granddaughter, family vacation, and to prioritize self-care. 

To keep me on track and at my best, I’ve started My Life Plan and just renewed my contract with my own coach and mentors.

What are your plans for the New Year? How will you choose to live your best life? I would love to hear from you!


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT-500, FDN-P, AFMC
Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker and coach, with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age. 
Lisa’s book, Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven step process towards optimal health that is fun and transformational. 
Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.
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Healthy messages for Capitol Hill Luncheon

Friday, I had the privilege of speaking on Capitol Hill for Congressional staffers, Government Relations, and Lobbyists on, “Effective strategies,  and thoughtful ways to avoid unwanted excess food, sweets and drinks during the Holiday seasons.”

Here’s a few strategies from my talk:
  1. HALT – Don’t get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (you will grab and eat anything)
  2. Eat before the party. Include healthy fats and protein to sustain you.
  3. Hydrate. Drink plenty of clean filtered water throughout the day between meals.
  4. Make or bring a decadent delicious dessert that is also healthful and energizing. (see below)
  5. Recognize that the purpose of the party is to socialize and connect. Food and alcohol are secondary and optional.
  6. Cultivate mindfulness in each bite. Is this nourishing and loving to your body or will this create further dis-ease? Your body will let you know.  Breathe deeply and eat slowly to give your body the message that it is safe to rest and digest and repair.
  7. Most of all enjoy the holidays!
Here’s my dessert recipe that the Executive Chef prepared for us to practice mindful eating:
Chocolate Pudding Dip  
  • 3 avocados
  • 6 T Raw Cacao Powder
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • dash sea salt

Puree first four ingredients in food processor until smooth. Sprinkle with sea salt and enjoy! Garnish with mint and serve as a dip with organic strawberries and/or pineapple with toothpicks for dipping.
Includes 5 grams of Protein, 13 grams of fiber and essential fats and omega’s.

 Wishing you Peace & Pure Joy throughout the Holidays & the New Year!

With Love & Gratitude,


About Lisa Jackson, RN, CHC, RYT, FDN-P, AFMC

Lisa is a retired Registered Nurse, yoga teacher, author, inspirational speaker, and a Certified Functional Medicine Coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

Lisa’s book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step system towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is founder of Carpe Diem Wellness and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking, or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

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This morning I sit in clarity.  This is the power of yoga and meditation. Today, I’m preparing for my clients.  I love my client’s; they inspire me to keep doing what I do.  I have some clients with scary diagnoses; a couple of clients with more than ten diagnoses. Successful, well-educated individuals whose “job” now is spent going to doctors.  I have other clients who simply want to lose a few pounds or want support to rediscover lost passions, purpose and direction.
This morning, I’m reviewing complex organic acid and hormone testing. I’m putting together the unique puzzle for my individual clients. I’m looking at urinary bi-products to ascertain missing nutrients, biological markers of toxicity, neurotransmitter insufficiencies, gut dysbiosis, and oxidative stress markers. In doing so, a simple solution emerges. One that is essential for all of us, no matter our goals. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the complexity that we forget the power of simple solutions.

Yes, reviewing testing to find root cause is extremely powerful. It gives us concrete action items to develop a personalized plan towards rebuilding health.  This is the power and essence of functional medicine testing. It enables one to look below the surface signs and symptoms so often simply palliated with medications.

Equally important is to understand what is needed to follow through to execute the plan. To uncover and address the common roadblocks that gets in the way. This is the power and essence of coaching.
What is the medicine that we all need the most? A Mother’s medicine. Your job, no matter the dis-ease, is to unconditionally love yourself. To nourish, nurture and love your God given body. For most, this is a new skill.  If you did not have a stellar role model, you may wish for guidance and support.
It’s true, love heals. A heart in love is physiologically different than a heart filled with worry, pain or fear. Different chemicals are emitted, sending different messages to cells and organs affecting function. Send love to your body every day and the body will heal.  A hug and a teddy bear are as strong as any synthetic medication, without the side effects!

This holiday season, what loving messages can you send to yourself daily? This does not mean to feed addictions or addictive behavior. As your virtual coach, I’d like to challenge you to find new ways to feel good. If sweet sugary substances are your addiction, what else can you give yourself that feels sweet and yummy to you? Is it a walk, holding hands with a loved one? Is it touch? (sometimes needed without the drama or baggage of sexual performance.)

This means cultivating self-compassion. It requires listening to your unique body. It means consciously choosing gratitude over fear and the automatic negative beliefs that pop up in your head. Maybe it’s sitting in silence with a pet on your lap. Or perhaps writing a heartfelt, overdue letter to an estranged family member or friend. What can you do to heal and nourish your soul as well as your body?

For me it’s a daily yoga practice; sometimes practiced alone, sometimes in a class. My practice includes breath work, physical movement to music, and meditation. This keeps me grounded and in my body.  It allows time and space to feel areas of my body that are stuck. It clears my mind and makes me appreciate the simple solutions.

Carpe Diem and Happy Holidays. I am eternally grateful to you.


About Lisa

Lisa is a retired Registered Nurse, yoga teacher, author, inspirational speaker, and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

Lisa’s book Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step system towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.
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Two Free Events for Wellness Wednesday: one live and one online

Tomorrow I will be speaking at River Bend Country Club from 7pm-9pm for a live free discussion on Seven Steps to Optimal Health and a book signing.  This is free to the public for both members and nonmembers of the club and will be in a beautiful setting. I’m also making and bringing my raw pumpkin pie and cashew cream to get you ready for the upcoming holidays, my treat!

Tomorrow morning also starts the Wellness Inspired Network’s online Women’s Wellness Summit where Dr. Susan Brady and myself are hosting nine experts with seven timely topics for you to feel and look your best. Every day at 6am you will get a new video recording that you can view for free for the entire week.  Please register so you do not miss out! See all the fabulous speakers we’ve lined up for you below.


Last but not least, Dr Liao’s second book is launching this week: Early Sirens. It’s FREE for you October 19th until Monday, October 23rd, but hurry! You don’t want to miss out! Early Sirens: Critical Health Warnings & Holistic Mouth Solutions for Snoring, Teeth Grinding, Jaw Clicking, Chronic Pain, Fatigue, and More

Join these experts for a journey through women’s health:

Aminah Keats, N.D., FABNO<br>Cancer Prevention

Aminah Keats, N.D., FABNO
Cancer Prevention
Felix Liao, DDS<br>Heart Health Begins in the Mouth

Felix Liao, DDS
Heart Health Begins in the Mouth
Neil Spiegel, D.O., MBA<br>Fibromyalgia

Neil Spiegel, D.O., MBA
Delara Tavakoli, MD<br>Embracing Menopause Naturally

Delara Tavakoli, MD
Embracing Menopause Naturally
Allan Tomson, D.C.<br>Breast Thermography

Allan Tomson, D.C.
Breast Thermography
Marianne Scippa, RPP, RPE<br>Breast Thermography

Marianne Scippa, RPP, RPE
Breast Thermography
Donna Marie Scippa, NP, CTT<br>Breast Thermography

Donna Marie Scippa, NP, CTT
Breast Thermography
Susan Brady, MPT<br>Live Without Fear of Fracture

Susan Brady, MPT
Live Without Fear of Fracture
Lisa Lilienfield, MD<br>How Hormones Impact the Brain

Lisa Lilienfield, MD
How Hormones Impact the Brain
 Click Here to Register
Carpe Diem,

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Expanded Viewpoint

Ok, who isn’t aware of breast cancer? The better question is, who is aware of what you can do to confidently avoid this preventable disease? Yes, according to the National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, Cancer is a Preventable Disease.
But very few are aware of HOW to prevent cancer.

Prevention is the cure.

Unfortunately, very little of our health care dollar is focused on prevention.

No, I am not talking about the annual or bi-annual mammograms that add fear, pain and radiation to our sensitive breasts. You can empower yourself through understanding your root cause of dis-ease, via self assessment through functional diagnostic nutritional testing.

First, a story about a client of mine that I saw this week.  Let’s call her Susie.
Susie is a dear colleague who attended my “Holy Hormones” workshop in August. She then chose to have lab work done and a follow-up consultation with me.  I was so grateful to her for making this investment in herself. What we discovered is that she could be heading straight down the path of breast or ovarian cancer!  

I told her this NOT to enlist fear or the nocebo affect.  I shared this to give her blessings that this is something we do for prevention with a few supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes. I told her this to give her confidence that she could rest peacefully, that she is in complete control to reverse this dynamic, and to know that she will NOT be the 1 in 2.5 women predicted to get cancer. Hallelujah! 
Doing these tests now, can allow her to change the negative direction her body is heading.

What is significant about this remarkable woman is that from the outside, one would never suspect she is at risk. She is trim, has a strong regular yoga practice, eats very well, and works to help others relax.  However, her body has been giving her loving messages of which she had previously sought treatment for. She had heavy painful periods. Unfortunately, insurance reimbursement, nor conventional medicine, had yet to include functional nutrition testing that may intercept this freight train.

So I am very grateful to be given the opportunity to help her create the environment to heal from within.  You see, I cannot diagnose, treat or cure anything. Not just because I am not a physician, but because no one can. Your body heals itself, if you give it what it is asking for. Remember:

MAXIMIZE, MINIMIZE & PRIORITIZE What your unique body needs.

All physical symptoms are just loving messages. Our medical system is designed to palliate these symptoms with medication, which is effective in giving short term relief, but too often ignores the root cause underneath. Like this picture of an iceberg: 

Notice that what is underneath is often deeper
Our health care dollars are spent attempting to shrink the iceberg without working on changing the root cause, or what is underneath. I want to do more. I want to empower you to look beneath the surface and make small simple changes to heal from within.

So what did we discover that was so powerful? Simply that her estradiol was super high, especially in relationship to progesterone and testosterone. Her cortisol and DHEA showed dysregulation. Also she has thyroid and other stress markers confirming hidden stressors that need to be addressed. Her sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) was high indicating hidden stressors that can lead to estrogen dominance. Excess estrogen can feed estrogen dominant cancers. SHBG is influenced by stress.

Susie is peri-menopausal, a time when many are thinking about taking hormone replacement (sometimes falsely assuming there is a need for more estrogen.) By the way, hot flashes do not necessarily mean you need more estrogen. Hot flashes are simply a sign of fluctuating estrogen levels. Many breast cancer survivors are on aromatase inhibitors like Tamoxifen or Arimidex that can keep estrogen levels rock bottom. This can affect libido, mood, and the things that estrogen does to help you feel like a woman. A healthy balance is key.

What most people don’t realize is that estrogen is made in the adrenal glands (anyone feeling stressed out?). Fat cells are also estrogen making factories. If you have extra fat and/or stress, and use common personal care products, your body is likely full of estrogens that can become toxic in the body. Over time, this may fuel estrogen dominant cancers like breast, ovarian, and YES men, prostate cancers. 
Hormones, like medication and toxins need to be broken down by the liver and excreted via the gastrointestinal tract. Gut issues, food sensitivities or blocked detox pathways will also then contribute to estrogen dominance.
So, what’s the plan? Heal the gut, address her nutritional insufficiencies (which we also tested, and discovered healing opportunities related to estrogen dominance). We identified a genetic snp interfering with her ability to detox, easily supported through supplementation. Susie also decided to take supplements to support her clearance of excess estrogen. She committed to addressing her love of sugar (aren’t we all addicted to sugar?), and her cardio metabolic profile showed low anti-inflammatory omega 3 fats and elevated inflammatory omega 6 fats. Another hidden source of inflammation that can contribute to estrogen dominance. All of this is easily addressed with diet and supplementation.
She will make these changes over the next couple of months and then we will do another test to assess improvement, detox pathways and inflammatory level, to be sure everything is functioning optimally.  This is the power of functional diagnostic nutrition and functional medicine testing. This is how you can empower your own self-healing.

Interested in learning more about women’s health? 
Dr. Susan Brady and myself have had so much fun preparing this series just for you!

Carpe Diem,


PS Real practitioners, real solutions, presented with you in mind. 

About Lisa

Lisa is an author, inspirational speaker, and a functional medicine coach with a mission to inspire others to feel and look their best at any age.

Lisa’s book 

Savvy Secrets: Eat, Think and Thrive outlines her seven-step system towards optimal health that is fun and transformational.

Lisa is part of the New Self Health Movement and the Wellness Inspired Network. When she is not coaching, speaking or writing, you can find her practicing yoga and joyfully sharing Carpe Diem Dance.

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