This is a guest post from Lauri Mackey, rock star podcaster and leader of Lauri's Lemonade Stand - THE place to go for women's positivity, coping with life's lemons, and aging with grace. Here she shares some of her amazing story and gives some insight into her new book Positivty Happens.
New Years Eve 2017, 6pm.
I know it’s only been five months, but so much has happened since then. At this precise time I started feeling absolutely exhausted. That exhaustion lasted 3 days with my muscles aching and me in bed sleeping most of the time.
I couldn’t even enjoy a “few days off” because I was so tired that I had zero interest in even reading or watching a movie - and I only had myself to blame.
As with most miserable situations, there was a blessing in disguise. I needed a wake up call.
You see, I had given up sugar, all forms of sugar for 13 months and I deserved some sweets! Mid-December that plateful of cookies that my neighbor brought over to celebrate the season called my name and I heeded the call.
And two weeks later I was in bed.
I discovered my arch nemesis
I have a condition known as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and sugar is my nemesis.
But if I hadn’t given in I wouldn’t have insisted that my doctor do an ultrasound of my thyroid. I wouldn’t have found out about the 6 nodules on my thyroid or the type of cells after they performed the biopsy that would lead me to learning more and more about an auto-immune diet that could help my body heal itself to the best of its ability.
While this is what I would consider a “wake-up call”, I don’t recommend it for everyone!
Prevention, even small steps of prevention are the best way to avoid the main diseases of our culture such as heart disease and Type II diabetes.
So, my life changed
If someone would have told me that I was going to be able to give up sugar in its entirety I would have laughed in their faces with huge guffaws! If someone told me that I would consider veganism in my adult life I would have definitely chortled and said “ya, right.”
In my new book that was just released May 29th, 2018 on Amazon, I tell you more about my food journey and how as a Certified Holistic Health Coach I am learning to find balance in the whole of my life, not just the food.
Positivity Happens, Creating Happiness and Finding Hope through The Art of Holiatry is not just about my food journey, but about how you too can gain balance in your life. (But my food journey is a crazy one so I highly recommend it!)
I now live with the art of Holiatry
The Art of Holiatry (hoh-lee-a-tree) encompasses three parts: Physical which is all about your food, movement, and rest; Psychological which is all about your mind and spirit (or intuition); and Social where we take our best selves into our relationships.
My favorite part of the book is the 30-Day Power of Positivity Challenge at the end which includes daily quotes, daily song recommendations, resources, challenges, and even some extra credit for those of you who think of yourselves as “teacher’s pet”.
When I first created this challenge, Sam (That's me!) illustrated it for me and I loved it so much that I decided to turn it into part of my first book! Thank you, Sam!
If you buy the book, whether on kindle or in paperback, you will have access to the 30-day challenge pdf that Sam created and also to a resource list that I made specifically for women with my favorite cookbooks, online recipe resources, my favorite movement apps and websites, and so much more!
I look forward to seeing you in the virtual world and “meeting” you! You can follow me by dropping your email to become part of our Lemonader’s Tribe on my website at laurislemonadestand.com or follow me on Facebook @laurislemonadestand.
Lauri Mackey, CHHC* is the proprietor of Lauri’s Lemonade Stand, a Positivity Podcast for Women. Lauri studies and teaches The Art of Holiatry which focuses on 3 main points of health and well-being: Physical which includes nourishment, rest, and movement, Psychological which includes your mind and spirit, and then how to bring that best self into the third branch of Social Life which is how you show up in your relationships. Lauri’s unique background of struggle through experience has her shouting from the rooftops that if she can come through it, anyone can!
It took Lauri a long time to figure out how to show up as her best self, most of which happened after age 40 as a matter of fact.
All after age 40, Lauri has graduated high school, earned a certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through eCornell University, became a Certified Holistic Health Coach through IIN, established Lauri’s Lemonade Stand including a successful interview-based podcast, became a public speaker with training from YSU, and became a mountain bike coach for the local high school team. She’s even raced her mountain bike and made it onto podiums! The proof is in the pudding and as she claims, “if she can do it, anyone can”. Lauri believes that it is never too late to start the next chapter of your life.
Lauri lives in Camarillo, CA where she podcasts from her home studio and lives with her best friend and husband, Eddy and their two dogs, Lakota and Kozmo. She is a mother of three grown daughters and a Gram to two beautiful grandchildren.
*Certified Holistic Health Coach
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