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"The coolest part for me (ok there are many) is that YOU are here to coach and support us. Not just give us the information and expect that we absorb it and implement it all. You are invested in our lifestyle change. THAT is awesome to me. Sometimes I need to ask questions and discuss things you've presented for it to make sense. That extra step you're providing, the personal coaching, is what makes the difference."
"I've come to the realization that I will likely never go back to the way I used to eat. Even just a few days into this, I realize what poor choices I have always made and it's this awareness that fosters long term change. I still miss certain things and may not give them up forever, but the foundation of how I used to eat has been obliterated and many new habits have already been formed. Super exciting!! Thank you Stephanie!"
What started out as a response to a client, has turned into such a lengthy explanation that I've decided to post it on my blog since the question is surely shared by many others as well. That is...
How is muscle testing supposed to determine my sensitivities to food? If it really worked, wouldn't it be implemented by more practitioners?
Please bear with my long answer; it comes full circle.
While I do not practice Applied Kinesiology (muscle testing), I have tried it when selecting certain homeopathics for people and dogs, and I have referred my clients to seek their expertise from time to time. To my surprise, it works; that is, when the practitioner understands how to read the responses.
Like in all things, if the 'interpreter' is mistaken, the message is wrong. In fact, I have a client who calls me her “body translator" because from the location of one itch, I can realize her kidneys need support or by the pattern on her tongue, I can see which organs need detoxing. The body provides some rather clear messages for us to read, but most people consider them subtle, normal or perhaps don't even notice.
To understand why kinesiology works as a fast and inexpensive method to allergy relief, it is best to know the difference between sensitivities and allergies, and how they affect the body.
With sensitivities, a food or other pathogen has caused a weakening effect on the body and it usually does not involve our immune system. Most of us eat foods we are sensitive to, but we do not:
With allergies, however, an immediate reaction occurs after exposure and the reaction more often than not involves the immune system. This reaction is also sometimes tolerable so we continue on for years with an allergy. Of course, some reactions are debilitating so we find out the cause and stop consuming them. Mucous in the nose or throat after drinking milk is a common 'allergy', but so is skin related reactions, headaches, difficulty breathing, shock, etc. The immediacy of the reaction is helpful with an allergy so you can stop putting fuel on the fire.
While there are many pathways to allergies and sensitivities, most often, sensitivities begin from:
That's where kinesiology comes in. Just because a person tests 'weak' to something, doesn't automatically make it an allergy. It can suggest, instead, that the person doesn't react in an energetic way to said substance. Also, just because you have an allergy, it doesn’t always mean you can’t ever enjoy it again. In order to understand the importance of this, let’s consider the following:
So let’s consider the various types of foods we consume: Biogenic foods, Bioactive foods (sometimes considered biogenic), Biostatic foods, and Biocidic foods.
The unfortunate challenge, perhaps, is that we are each unique in our biochemic nature. What may be biogenic (energy) for some is actually biocidic (depleting) for another. Our expression of the sensitivity can be different too. Somebody may show sensitivity to wheat, for example, as a headache, while for another, symptoms are in their gut with diarrhea, or perhaps arthritis. Muscle testing can be used to interpret this unique biochemistry when it comes to sensitivities or allergies. In order to understand your biochemistry, we first need to understand our experience to everything around us.
There are five avenues to our existence, including: mental, physical, environmental, chemical and energetic. Each of these five areas are affected by everything we do. For example, when we are exposed to foods that we are sensitive to, we have a reaction as follows:
To understand how muscle strength or weakness is tested, it is important to understand which muscles (or body parts) are related to which organs. Since muscles share similar nerve pathways through the body and up into the vertebral structure, they are also strengthened (or weakened) by the same organ meridians.
In kinesiology, the pectoralis muscle is related to the stomach meridian and the deltoid muscle, the lung meridian, for example. With the arm stretched out in front and the thumb pointed down, a position which requires your pecs, somebody trained in kinesiology would test the stomach’s reaction to a substance by interpreting the strength or weakness in the muscle when the practitioner puts resistance upon the muscle. Or with the arm out to the side, they are testing the lung, since in order to hold up the arm in this position, the deltoid is most prominent.
Certain muscles are better suited for a food sensitivity while others are more specific to an environmental sensitivity. Similarly, some foods will be digested by one organ while others require many organs. Since coffee affects the liver and kidneys predominately, it would not work to test the lung for a sensitivity. Or with sugar, which greatly affects the stomach and pancreas and not as much the kidneys. Since they all pass through the stomach, the most common muscle tested is the pectoralis.
It is optimal to adjust the body’s overly-reactive responses to a sensitivity before it weakens the overall strength of the body, which leads to lowered resistance, autoimmunity and ‘dis’ease. Since food affects the body by strengthening or weakening, testing the resistance (or energy) in the associated muscle group while holding the culprit, a sensitivity can be determined, even if sub-clinical in other diagnostics. Through the Science of nutritional and energy balancing, you can overcome sensitivities to food so they do not compound into future complications and vulnerabilities.
So yes, muscle testing is real and can be a great tool to determine sensitivities; however, it is not without mis-interpretation since the interpreter is human. That said, I usually only refer my clients to somebody trained in muscle testing after interpreting that their symptoms are caused by something they continue to reintroduce, such as food. More often than not, the client has a long suspicion of the sensitivities that are later validated through muscle testing. One of the best ways to determine for yourself is to go through the treatments from a Kinesiologist and reintroduce what you were formerly sensitive to and notice no reaction. I had a client who had such a severe skin reaction, that despite my homeopathic and dietary recommendations, only a dent was made towards relief. After seeing a practitioner of kinesiology, it was determined she had an allergy to leather. They worked together to counteract this sensitivity and her rash went away. I'd say, it works. Give it a try.
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Nutrition Coach
An excellent article on food allergies and various testing options: http://drlwilson.com/articles/food_intolerance.htm
A wonderful website to research autoimmunity and allergy related to gluten: http://www.thedr.com/
Educational facilities who provide degrees in kinesiology: Cal Poly http://kinesiology.calpoly.edu/home.html, Manhattan College http://manhattan.edu/academics/education/kinesiology/what-kinesiology, University of Tennessee http://www.utk.edu/academics/programs/2010/ehhs/kinesiology.html, and there are countless more.
Kinesiology: with special reference to electromyographic kinesiology http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/285846
June has been a month of tremendous and unexpected growth for me. I was asked to present a closing speech at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in Paso Robles and the experience was life-changing.
The following is an excerpt from my speech to share with you my experience:
Thank you Millie for co-creating with your team to put on such an event. What an amazing group of people you all are. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more inspiring group of individuals from all walks of life come together for any one cause.
Like Millie mentioned, my name is Stephanie Austin and I’m a certified holistic health and nutrition coach, and owner of www.WellnessByMotherNature.com.
When Millie first asked me to present a speech at the closing ceremonies, I figured, I’ve got this – I’m a writer and a holistic health practitioner, I’ll present the latest nutritional studies and maybe even some whole-life healing techniques.
Trust me, if given the time, I would talk and talk about nutritional healing, but after last night’s Luminaria ceremony, I drove home behind tears realizing, what can I possibly teach this group? How can I possibly inspire them? What can I say that will help them celebrate, remember and fight back? Because in less than one hour, I learned more from you all than you can learn from me here today.
I learned the strength of connection and community from the complete stranger who sat down so close beside me, I almost thought they didn’t see me. Then I looked behind me and realized they didn’t have much else to choose from because this place was so filled with people who are here to help one another heal at whatever stage you’re in.
I witnessed healing through humility, laughter and joy as grown men danced around wearing bras on the outside of their clothes and children played to the latest tunes from the DJ. What a great DJ right?
What was most overwhelming to me was when you showed me what magnitude of hope there is to experience. Last night, David Lee asked us all, “Who represents your hope?”
In a rather famous Relay event poem called HOPE:
“H” is for Hope, which is everlasting.
“O” is for Oneness, because we all stand united in the fight against this dreaded disease.
“P” is for Power, because that is what we have, as part of the more than 4000 events across our beautiful nation!
“E” is for Eradication, because we will ERADICATE cancer and make it a distant memory!
So what can I possibly teach you about hope?
Amid such hope as when you’re hoping for the life of your loved ones, that is when we really learn how to LIVE, right?! While I am sorry you’ve had to experience such illness and loss, I can really see how thoroughly it has taught you all how to LIVE.
Look at your commitment to this event. Look at the people you were here for. Not just the people you came with or for but everyone here.
To those with cancer, let the survivors offer you hope. Connect with your community of healers and embrace every avenue of whole-life healing you can.
To the survivors, be the hope for others who are going through what you’ve been through. Sometimes the best way to heal is to help somebody go through what you’ve already seen.
To those here who have lost loved ones to cancer, you are a survivor with a different definition, and you can carry on the legacy of your loved ones’ fight by helping others learn what you’ve learned.
To the caregivers, you are like Mr. Lee’s hope – the light when they can’t find the switch for themselves. Hope is what is needed when we cannot do it for ourselves....
I continue the speech with some nutritional background and how important it is to change the terrain within our body to an environment where 'dis'ease and cancer cannot flourish as it currently does in our overly-acidic and inflammatory-causing diets.
I am forever grateful for the reception I received as I read this speech through tears and sniffles. The dedication people have to this cause has forever inspired me to continue teaching Eating for Healing.
Wellness by Mother Nature's, Stephanie Austin, HHP at the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, Paso Robles
I have been asked to present a speech at the Closing Ceremonies for the Relay for Life on Sunday, June 23rd. I feel so honored and excited to have this opportunity to inspire hundreds of individuals whose lives have been impacted by cancer.
From Millie Drum, the Relay for Life Coordinator:
I hope to see you there!
Stephanie Austin, HHP
Today is the 60th day of my juice cleanse, which I will end in the next day or two, after I finish unpacking some kitchen materials. I'm excited for this new journey, new home and new wardrobe! I really have to go shopping to end this sloppily-put-together look I've been rockin.
Here are a few photos to compare; however, I don't really have many before the cleanse anyhow. I am free from ALL of the Dermatomyositis symptoms I was suffering from and I have full control over food, which were my main priorities. I didn't really weigh myself often prior to this cleanse so I do not know the exact numbers, but I guesstimate I've lost 25-28 pounds. If I continue this regained control over food, avoid irritating foods for my dosha and keep up exercise, I may only put on 5 pounds (the avg weight of food in the colon). That feels good.
Onward! Cheers :)
A few comparison shots...
No post processing on the above photo, which is tough for a photographer to do; however, all my photo processing software is not on my new computer and it's packed someplace since I just moved this week. Below are a few others to compare through the years.
Day 49 of my 60-day juice cleanse and I'm super excited to add-in a water-only fast for three days. Two of those days will include a silence retreat including no visitors, speaking, phones, internet, music, electronics, etc. Much of the retreat will be spent in meditation and silence. That will surely take my healing even deeper! Prior to that, I'll be packing up my house and after the water-silence bit, moving into my new house - what a shift aye?! After the 60-day goal, I will wait until hunger returns before breaking my fast. I'll start trying to stimulate hunger by smelling foods, preparing more foods for others and maybe upping my bee pollen and powdered Earth consumption. Since I have ZERO hunger now, waiting until hunger returns after 60 days will be a great indicator as to the progress of my cleanse. Excited to have experienced this journey!
My next 10-day, fully coached Juice Cleanse starts March 1st. More information on the program is available at http://juicing.wellnessbymothernature.com.
A few weeks ago, I started training for the toughest 5k in my area. Approximately 2 miles of it is up and down a steep hill. I've recently added daily yoga using www.yogaglo.com to the mix and I love it! Such a wonderful program that enables you to practice before the sun comes up so you can move on with your day.
Truly feeling amazing and even a little bittersweet that this cleanse is coming to an end soon.
Today makes the 18th day of my 60-day juice cleanse. I'm finally free from a coated tongue, which was more coated than in other cleanses, and I'm feeling lite and energetic. I went through maybe 2 or 3 days of boredom where food sounded exciting. I didn't dare look at recipes, like I often do after 3 or so weeks of juicing, because food seemed too tempting. I felt no hunger, just the common boredom side-effect of long-term juicing.
What turned the tables for me was my free Is Juicing for Me discussion on the benefits of daily juicing, which I hold monthly at local venues like New Frontiers - San Luis Obispo, New Frontiers - Solvang, The Wellness Kitchen - Templeton, and online via teleseminar. Inspiring others to do a cleanse or add daily juice to their lifestyle really motivates me to continue on.
I just coached a group of 11 people on my 10-day Juice Cleanse program online and they all had amazing results. Some of their program testimonials include:
from Courtney of Winnemucca, NV
from Heather of Atascadero, CA
I'm excited to start the next 10-day group today, which includes some new folks and continuing juicers from the previous 10-day group. I have a few going to 30 and 40 days! So excited for their new sense of wellness.
The biggest reason I've doing such a lengthy cleanse this time around is due to a flare-up of Dermatomyositis. I have had one other flare-up in all of the years I've had this disease. Glad they are so few and far between because they are NO FUN.
The good news about the experience is I've fallen in love with acupuncture. In only one treatment, my severe skin symptoms were calmed, my face less red and my body relaxed. The tea concoction the practitioner provided is much less desirable though. I am one who will eat anything or do anything in the name of health. I can handle teas that other people think taste awful and I can do procedures like coffee enemas and colonics because of their benefits. This tea; however, is quite a challenge!
I'll be taking a 3 to 5-day retreat in February where I will stop juicing fresh veggies and fruits and consume water only. I will also go on a technology and speaking hiatus to go deep into meditation and healing. I'm excited and nervous.
Water fasting activates the inner healer like nothing else can. It enables cellular differentiation and assists people with autoimmune disease and even cancer by helping the body tell friend from foe. Juice cleanses do not enable the same differentiation, so I will sandwich a little water fast in between the beginning and end of my juice cleanse.
Upward and onward. Cheers!
coming up next... Why You Struggle to Lose Weight Despite Eating Well
I start training with my first personal trainer on Monday. I'm nervous and after questioning myself as to why, I've decided to blog my journey. There has to be others in my shoes.
At first glance, I appear to be the same size and stature as I've been for many years (especially for those who see me day to day). Granted, in my youth, I've seen nearly 200 pounds, but for the better part of 12 years, I've kept myself 50-60 pounds lighter. The scale hasn't changed but my level of 'fit'ness has! I've gotten so out of shape recently and the contrast of where I am to where I've been really hurts my pride ... or is it my ego?
I've heard people say "I can't go to the gym because I don't look good in gym clothes." Ironic isn't it? I found some really awesome gym clothes so I'm a-okay there, but I can certainly relate to feeling less than enthusiastic about beginning a journey that will obviously become easier once I 'get there.'
As a Holistic Health and Nutrition Coach, I come across people who feel similarly in that they want to 'get there' ... to wherever it is easier ... to wherever they will feel better ... to a lighter weight ... to being symptom-free ... etc. And what do I say to them?
A year from now, you will wish you had started today.
I often attribute the autoimmune disease that started my holistic health journey as a gift. I've determined I was gifted with a health crisis so that I can teach others how to heal themselves. Afterall, I've spent thousands of dollars on education, supplementation, cleanses and other healing journeys to learn how to heal myself. So here are a few new gifts I've been given recently that will teach me how to better help others after having learned, first-hand, the equal necessity and challenge of 'getting there' from somewhere near the beginning:
Becoming so insanely busy with business and life that I stopped:
*moving and getting fit
*meditating and finding center
*eating variety of nutrients
*making home-made raw, vegan masterpieces
*playing in nature
*relaxing at home
So I have arrived at a place where:
*My body feels less flexible, capable and fit.
*My smile takes longer to find in the morning.
*My 'happy' is a little less loud.
So ... I begin another cycle of practice and I'll share my journey with you on my blog. Would you start with me? Do your own journey and pursue your own goals but start today. Do anything you've been meaning to do ... exercise, eat better, read more, laugh louder, mow the lawn before it looks like a forest... whatever it is. A year from now, you will wish you had! (particularly the lawn forest)
This story by Scott Sonnon lingers with inspiration:
In my childhood, I tried to become strong. As a broken and battered obese child, strength seemed deified, and those who possessed it appeared magical in their abilities.
We all sought to build strength, but almost everyone else
lay much farther down the road than I, so their plight
remained unseen to me until decades later. I didn't realize for years that those who were born with genetic advantage, eventually stumbled under the erroneous fixation on "building strength." There are two forces in the world: driving forces, and restrictive forces... but we're so often only taught the former. We are told to step on the accelerator, despite the emergency brake being fully engaged. Tires smoking, engine seizing, brakes burning, lubrication evaporating, going nowhere fast, if you attempt to build strength without disengaging the emergency brake, you break down. Though
it happened to me immediately due to my congenital and nutritional deficiencies, it eventually happened to almost all of those "early bloomers" from my childhood as well.
I had no choice but to focus on removing my weakness, rather than building strength. But now, decades later, that realization helps so many others that the hardships of my youth feel invested wisely. There were two types of events (and people) I experienced in life: those that build you up and those that tear you down. In the end, I've come to be grateful for them both, and now realize
that in being forced to remove my weaknesses, I was left with an unlimited ability to build my strengths.
When you're feeling frustrated, overwhelmed, remember that strong is what happens when you run out of weak. Take off the brakes, and fly.
This blog is on the many avenues that interest Coach Stephanie. Subjects are a vast array of hobbies, career, desires, coaching and lifestyle.
"I am here for support, guidance, education and as an example of what works for ME. What works for me may work for you or at least provide you with a starting point from which to explore. I am discovering what works for me at every moment. I don’t have it all figured out, but I do feel I have a teaching and healing nature with which I am here to share. In this blog, I offer you a view into my practice of being that which makes my experience - MINE."
Certified Holistic Health and Nutrition Practitioner, Stephanie Austin, was guided into holistic living in 2002 when she was diagnosed with Dermatomyositis, an uncommon autoimmune disease affecting the skin and muscle.
Opting for education rather than medication, Austin enrolled in a Holistic Health Practitioner program in 2004 after realizing she'd been gifted with disease so that she may learn to heal herself and later teach others to do the same.
Since her education, Austin has released over 60 pounds and conquered years of junk food addiction through holistic healing and nutrition techniques that she now passes onto others through her business, Wellness by Mother Nature.
Austin has been the Director of Education and Board Member for the nonprofit organization, The Wellness Kitchen. She is the recipient of the 2015 Outstanding Graduate Award from www.ACHS.edu.
Austin is an author, coach and speaker who empowers people on the healing value of nutrition and the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
She has helped hundreds of people achieve balance through methods such as meditation, herbs, movement, supplements, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, mind-body connection, energy healing and by closely listening to the needs of her clients.
It is awareness that brings change, not your effort. Why does it happen through awareness? - because the awareness changes you. And when you are different, the world is different. It is not a question of creating a different world, it is only a question of creating a different you. You are your world; so if you change, the world changes.
My Other Blogs
I've used several websites over the years to journal my juice cleanses. Since there are many years worth of journals, I am slowly moving them all to this one. Meanwhile, you can view my First Juice Fast blog here and a few others here and here.
If you're looking for program specific blogs (ie. Juice Cleanse or Gluten Free) visit the Classes and Programs here for their respective blogs, which are password assessable to clients only.
The Traveling Homesteader has an entirely separate blog here.
Otherwise, I write everything else here at www.StephanieAustin.com.