Get inspired and gain some wisdom to help you on your healing journey with Amber Cook and her expert guests through open - honest - real conversations.
Happy and Whole
"We're all healing beings."
Todays guest, Anna Marie Frank is a doctor of Traditional Naturopathy, brain health professional, certified mindset life-guide coach, and lover of life! She is an author, podcast host, and an employee wellness consultant. Her mission is to end mental health stigmas and help all people upgrade their brains and biology through lifestyle choices.
She believes that our neural pathways can be rewired through using holistic modalities to work on the physical and energetic level. In this episode Anna Marie shares how she healed her own brain after years of depression and challenges with dyslexia and ADHD.
And, if all of that isn't enough, she is also the author of the self improvement book, “Stop Bullying Yourself! For greater health, wealth, happiness, and success".
There are so many great tips in this episode!
Connect with Anna Marie on Instagram @HappyWholeYou
Find out more at her website: www.happywholeyou.com
Check out her amazing podcast HERE.
This is Ambers 100th podcast episode and the topic was formed from a PTSD flashback she had the night before recording.
Amber uses PTSD and CPTSD interchangeably, but there is a difference. The main difference between the two is PTSD usually occurs after a single traumatic event, while CPTSD is associated with repeated trauma. Amber has CPTSD.
In this episode Amber shares her experience with PTSD and the lessons learned from this latest flashback - her first one in almost a year. One of her biggest lessons this time was how PTSD has affected her relationship with food and her struggles with maintaining a healthy weight.
Amber talks a little bit about EMDR experience in which she calls a miracle treatment for trauma. If you're unfamiliar with what EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is, it's a psychotherapy treatment that enables you to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that come with trauma. Here's an EMDR website that describes it. www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr
Here's the link to the NIH study and article she mentioned: The Weight of Traumatic Stress: A Prospective Study of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms and Weight Status in Women.
If you'd like to do your own research, just Google "weight gain and PTSD", or "weight gain and trauma". There are a ton of studies and theories. Most come down to healing the pain that the trauma (or traumas) created and stored in your mind and body. It can't be buried, ignored, or swept under the rug. That pain will surface in all kinds of ways and will create things in your mind and your body that will hold you back in life. It may not hold you back completely, but it will prevent you from living a fully experienced life.
Excess weight and the (seemingly) impossibility of losing it may not be how unhealed trauma shows up for you, instead it may be one of the following....
Anxiety or panic attacks that occur in what would be considered normal situations
A feeling of shame; an innate feeling that you are bad, worthless, or without importance
Suffering from chronic or ongoing depression
Practicing avoidance of people, places, or things that may be related to the traumatic event; this also can include an avoidance of unpleasant emotions
Flashbacks, nightmares, and body memories regarding the traumatic event
Addiction and eating disorders in an attempt to escape or numb negative emotions
Sleeping issues, including trouble going to sleep or staying asleep
Suffering from feelings of detachment, or feeling "dead inside"
Dissociation to disconnect in situations and conversations
Hypervigilance - a constant feeling of being on guard
Suicidal thoughts or actions
Self-harm, cutting, and mutilation
Not being able to tolerate conflicts
Unexplained or irrational fears of people, places, or things
Amber has personally experienced 14 of these at different times in her life and along her healing journey. And, now today, due to her deep healing work, out of that 14, she only still experience 5 of them on occasion. If she can do it, so can you!
So now it's your turn for some self reflection. Get yourself a piece of paper or your journal, write down the following questions, and answer them. If you're working with a professional healer, coach, or therapist, you're highly encouraged to share the answers with them.
Do you recognize any of the symptoms or experiences in that list of 15 above in yourself?
Where are you stuck in life - what area(s)? Health, Career, Relationships, or general Fulfillment? Be specific!
What kind of support do you need? From what or who? What does that look like?
Have you found tools that help you? If so, what are they and why aren't you using them? If you are using them, why aren't they working?
How do you celebrate your wins? Is it something that you feel benefits you - like if it effects your health negatively, you might want to find another way to celebrate?
Why do you start treatments/programs/plans meant to
Healthy From The Inside Out
Ambers guest, Steve Q. Wiltshire has made fitness, health & mindset a priority for 3 decades! Shortly after winning the Mr. Oregon Body Building Competition, Steve developed an autoimmune disease that originated from a serious gut complication that took a huge toll on his overall health, his life, and his career.
Up until then Steve followed what he perceived as experts in fitness regarding what was "healthy", like radical meal plans and supplements containing harsh chemicals. But, eighteen long months after being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and more, which he talks about in this episode, Steve healed himself through alternative and holistic healing methods. Now he doesn't just look healthy, he IS healthy from the inside out. And, it's evident through his boundless energy and outlook on life!
Now it's Steve's mission to help others reclaim their health & power...and love themselves no matter where they're at! Steve is an inspiring Speaker, Author, Mindset Coach and the founder of Body Temple Health & Wellness. His company also has it's own, all natural, chemical free supplement line! The links to follow are included below.
Also included is his complimentary ‘15 Day Kickstart Gut Detox Plan’. Like Steve says, "The Gut is the engine and the brain of the body." After listening to this episode you should definitely check out his free detox program and all his other great resources to help you on your healing journey.
If you're part of The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook you can also connect with Steve and other podcast guests in there.
Grab the complimentary detox program at bodytemplellc.com/kickstart
Check out all the resources his company offers (including chemical-free supplements) at www.bodytemplellc.com
Ambers guest today is Rachel West, and this is her 2nd time being on the podcast. Rachel is a Holistic Personal Growth Coach, Best Selling Author and the Founder of "Empowering Growth". She is also a Domestic Violence Victims Advocate and Community Health Worker.
Rachel focuses on helping others with mindset improvement and their mental health with a specialty in addiction. She has a belief that you must do the inner work, if you ever want the outer to work; and understands first hand how releasing negative mental, emotional and behavioral programming helps you feel, hear and see new possibilities simply by shifting your thoughts so that you can achieve the results you dream of at a much higher level.
One of her favorite quotes is from Stacey O'Byrne, "Choice is a powerful thing, suffering is always optional".
Sometimes in our lives horrible things do happen, tragedies, traumatic experiences - things that are truly not our fault, and sometimes things that we don't have actual recognition of because they happened to us as children...or even to our ancestors. Those things/events have the potential to wreck havoc in our lives when just left to run amok in our subconscious.
If left buried and untreated, they can lead to mental health challenges as well as addiction. In this episode, that's what the focus is - the buried emotions, the untruths we tell ourselves, and the programming...the roots of the problem. Then Rachel shares some ways to heal those things in your life and how to help others. Because, suffering is optional. We can all choose to start our healing journey or not.
So, even if you haven't been touched by addiction in your family like Rachel and Amber have, this episode is one you need to hear...if not for you, for someone you care about. Then go share it with them! There's also a really easy self-awareness tool buried within their conversation that you can start using today.
All the ways you can connect with Rachel are listed below. If you join The Dragonfly Connection Community on Facebook, you can ask her questions directly. It's a free group, Amber created to help us stay connected and empowered on our healing journeys.
Rachels Website: www.empoweringgrowthcoach.com
Facebook and Her Private Group on Facebook
And, on Instagram.
"Curiosity is the gateway drug to intuition" - Kimberly Spencer
Kimberly Spencer is an award-winning high-performance, trauma-informed coach and trainer, Amazon best-selling author, TEDx speaker, and the founder of CrownYourself.com.
From her entrepreneurial beginnings at five selling bags of glitter-water to her neighbors, to becoming an award-winning screenwriter, certified Pilates instructor, Miss Congeniality, and six-time WEGO Health Activist Award nominee, Kimberly is proof that it's better to make your own mold than to conform to someone else's. She and Amber talk a ton about this topic in this episode along with her own healing journey, the mother wound (and the father wound), drama triangles and so much more good stuff to help you on your life and healing journey.
Kimberly's work has been featured on Netflix, The CW, ESPN, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and NPR, and in Thrive Global, CNBC, and Forbes. We are so honored to have her part of the Dragonfly Connection now!
Let us know what you thought of this episode in The Dragonfly Connection Community!
All the ways you can connect with Kimberly are listed below.
***Something happened to Ambers mic during this recording, cause it's definitely a little off. But, it shouldn't ruin your experience. Please refrain from dinging her reviews because of it. Instead, please share with your friends and leave a review about the wonderful content rather than mic error.
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/crownyourself/
Ash Marshall-Odell says, "Living life is a spiritual experience."
Spirituality is a very important part of our healing journey and Amber felt that this episode was the perfect one to help wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month for us. Please share with someone who needs to hear it...not just in May, but anytime.
Ash is a spiritual teacher & mentor, healer, empath, psychic medium, certified personal coach, Light Worker, Reiki master & teacher, and author of the book, Light Bound: A Healer’s Journey through Trauma, C PTSD, and Anxiety, and now most recently the host of her own podcast, the "Attune to You" podcast.
In this episode she and Amber are chatting about spirituality, healing journeys, energy, and the infinite possibilities within and around each of us....or cosmic connections. Ash shares a plethora of self-help tools that can help you tune more deeply into yourself for developing more ease, clarity, capability, and insight. Most are free and many are low cost. They're tools available to all of us.
When you're done listening check out Ash's podcast.
You can also connect with Ash on her website and purchase a copy of her book. All those links are below.
Attune to You Podcast on Apple Podcasts or search for it on Spotify and Google too! podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/attune-to-you/id1599580831
Visit her website for resources and a to purchase her book sacredjourneyswithash.com
If you'd like to connect more intimately with Ash, Amber and other podcast guests join us on Facebook in The Dragonfly Connection Community group.
Wisdom and Delight
Just listened to episode 25 with Elizabeth Sloan, and found a cornucopia of delightful insights and stories. Amber has a way of bringing out the nuggets of wisdom that we need to hear to enhance our own healing journey. Thank you both!
This is a great episode! I was listening while walking and while Bruce shared stories from his amazing life, I was so inspired for my own life! Thank you!
Beautiful Message and So Applicable!
This episode of Amber's podcast was created on the fly - but what a great job! She turned a sad story about high school days into something amazing and empowering. I could really relate to her story and found her way of looking at this situation incredibly helpful and eye-opening regarding what is possible. Mindet is EVERYTHING. Thanks Amber!