I look forward to this retreat all year. The moment it ends, I"m ready to book the next year and return to the cafe for more delicious food. Set just outside Yosemite National Park, this retreat combines the compassionate yoga instruction of Jena Baird of Dharma Yoga Loft in Paso Robles, CA and the Holistic Health and Integrative Yoga of Stephanie Austin with Wellness by Mother Nature to form a one-of-a-kind women-only mountain retreat. Early bird registration thru August 22nd. Click image below for the wonderful details.
This just in from a mom in my Restoring Wellness program online:
"I wanted to share these pictures of my son who is away at college. He is almost 20 years old and an athlete. The first picture was taken last August. Our lives were in turmoil, his dad [see Franklin in testimonials] in the hospital, starting freshman year away from home, stressed and eating the standard American diet. Fast forward to mom [see Kristy in testimonials] and dad beginning Stephanie's program in January, and eventually he began eating the way we have learned to eat.
The picture on the right is from the beginning of his sophomore year. He eats as well as he can in his school cafeteria, but he has incorporated the following into his daily routine: pau d' arco tincture, systemic and digestive enzymes, aloe vera, chia and apple cider vinegar in his water. He also includes other super foods like goji berries and raw cacao when he can. He eats gluten free whenever it's an option. It's amazing to look back and see how puffy he was before, and how healthy he looks now. Proof that food can heal, and even a college student can make daily changes to improve health and feel better. We are proud of our Alex!"
(All testimonials shared are with permission from those mentioned)
Next program starts October 11th. Thru September, receive $50 off plus early enrollment bonuses! www.WellnessByMotherNature.com (just click Restoring Wellness logo for details)
My mom is soon to have specialized surgery up at UCSF and she will be juicing thru the entire process. I'd like to share the journey with you to inspire and enlighten. Stay tuned!
Taste the rainbow.
There's a class I teach at local churches and centers just for children on discovering a variety of healthy foods by their color and value.
There are coloring pages, songs, and fun ways to learn about nutrition. Is there a place you would like to see this class offered? I love to travel and teach. Local too!
It is best for ages 4-10 though younger members can still enjoy the coloring and songs too.
I am told by the last church that children still remember and discuss the nutritional value in the different colors of food.
In a client phone call from this past week, a program alumni who has re-enrolled in the 6-Week Restoring Wellness program told me how much benefit they experienced from the first time around and how they look forward to implementing new things, such as circadian rhythm eating, this time around.
This seems to be the consensus from those who re-enroll in the program - they discover things they never saw the first time or they are ready to implement a new idea or lesson that felt overwhelming the first time around.
The first time around, the idea of eating gluten-free, low-glycemic foods with zero food-like products was daunting enough for some. Even some folks who have enrolled more than twice suggest that the second time was when they really read more about understanding homeopathy, how to make a natural first aid kit or why tinctures work so quickly. Many alumni are still trying some of the recipes for the first time, as there are many to choose from.
The next enrollment begins October 11th. Check out the September Newsletter for Early Bird Enrollment specials. Returning alumni get 50% off.
Program details at http://restoringwellness.wellnessbymothernature.com/about.html
Here are just some of the topics covered in the program:
*The Infinite Cycle of Wellness *Five Avenues of Health and Wellness *Understanding Homeopathy *Wheel of Life * Daily Detox and Elimination *The Power of Water *Tongue Analysis *Wednesday Wellness Day *Gluten-free Eating Part 1 (class) *Dry Skin Brushing *Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen *Preparing for the 10-day Cleanse* Making Sense of Nutrition (class) *Circadian Rhythm Eating *Understanding Protein - Forks over Knives documentary *The journey of digestion * Raw foods 101 *Soaking and Sprouting *Why Diets NEVER Work - Fat Cells *Low Glycemic Eating (class) *Rebounding *Vitamins and Mineral Balance *Eating for Vision *Probiotics *Sugars - the good, the bad, the ugly *Juicing 101 *Pantry Rehab *Apple Cider Vinegar *Candida Free Eating (class) * Eating for Adrenals *FASS and the basics of seasoning *Cooking Whole Beans *Green Cleaning 101 *Aromatherapy Basics *Understanding Labels *Repairing Leaky Gut * Eating Your Way Out of Pain (resource) *Understanding Psychoneuroimmunology or the Mind-Body Connection to Healing *Systemic and Digestive Enzymes Up Close *Raw Energy Food Treats for Active People *Going Shoeless *How to Make Tinctures *Making Vegan Cheese *The Social Impact of Dietary Change *Tongue Scraping *Pau d'Arco *Aconite *Quinoa Food Wisdom *pH 80/20 chart *Cholesterol is Good for You and Why *How to remineralize your water *No More Sleepless Nights *Red Raspberry Leaf Tea and Women’s Health *How to Make Your Own Cleaners *Calcium and Dairy *and so much more
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For those of you following the progress of my Restoring Wellness participants, I have an update from Franklin of Redwood City, CA that brought tears of joy to my eyes.
"The picture on the left is the last day Franklin ate gluten and sweet iced teas: at a burger joint in January the day before we started our first 10 day cleanse. The picture on the right was taken today (Aug 10,2014) after his workout. I am so proud of him! Not only continuing to recover from his illness, but his drive and dedication to use food as his medicine and heal his body for himself and our family Thank you Stephanie for creating this amazing program!" _ from his wife, Kristy
She adds: "In the first picture, he was unable to hold his arms up and he needed to swing them to get them to stay up for a few seconds. Now, he can hold them up and flex his arms. "
Furthermore, in the photo on the left, he was wearing sized 2X shirts and on the right, his son's size L.
"Working with Coach Stephanie has taught us how to eat better and use nutrition for healing. You've seen how it's helped transform [Franklin], I've lost 31 lbs, our son Alex has changed his nutrition even while in college and even Cassie [8 years old] eats better than before. You don't realize how good your body is designed to feel! Coach Stephanie is coming to Redwood City to teach a class on Monday, August 18. Details to follow!" writes Kristy, Franklin's wife, on Facebook.
Their journey is incredible - I highly recommend you read about them on the Testimonials page: http://restoringwellness.wellnessbymothernature.com/testimonials.html
If you were advised by doctors you won't be able to lift your arms again, would you give up? Franklin didn't...
On the last day of the Restoring Wellness program, I always feel a bitter-sweetness as those whom I've gotten to know so well over the past 6 weeks move on with their own motivation. It thrills me to no end when people re-enroll time after time. In fact, several folks are on a twice per year plan and some have been in the program since it began in January.
I host a call on the last day for people to ask lingering questions, talk with other alumni from previous programs and share their personal testimonials. On tonight's call, I recorded Franklin and Kristy - a husband and wife team from the Bay Area who have been on the program since January.
I'd love for you to listen in on this recorded call here
You can read all about their journeys, including photos and other recorded calls athttp://restoringwellness.wellnessbymothernature.com/testimonials.html
This just in from a Restoring Wellness participant who has an uncommon autoimmune disease that hospitalized him for 6 months:
"Doctor appointment today.....iron levels that were very low 3 months ago, today are in the normal range! Blood work overall looks good! Thank you Stephanie!" His wife added, "[The Doctor] called him Miracle Man."
Their dedication to the program is paying off on many levels. I LOVE hearing stuff like this!
Here's from another participant who has been tracking her diabetes throughout the program and has since gotten off of medication:
"I just had some blood work done that my dr. requested. She wanted another A1c test to check my average glucose level - my last one was a year ago. I just got the results and my A1c went from 7.6 to 6.0!!!! I should be down a little more but my dr. thought that was an excellent reading. I think she was shocked. The last several months since applying your programs and style of eating has made a huge difference and there is the proof! I told her I was off the meds all this time and she said by far diet and exercise is the best way to treat."
She has transformed her lifestyle greatly using the 6-week Restoring Wellness Program and the 10-day Juice Cleanse. FYI, for someone who doesn't have diabetes, a normal A1C level can range from 4.5 to 6 percent.
SOOOOOoooo excited hearing stuff like this!
The next program starts August 23rd and through the 16th, you can use this coupon code for $100 OFF - WTE0TG2LAVN6
Click the Restoring Wellness logo at www.WellnessByMotherNature.com for more info and testimonials.
"Host lifestyle affects human microbiota on daily timescales"
Here, we link over 10,000 longitudinal measurements of human wellness and action to the daily gut and salivary microbiota dynamics of two individuals over the course of one year. These time series show overall microbial communities to be stable for months. However, rare events in each subjects’ life rapidly and broadly impacted microbiota dynamics.
Our findings suggest that although human-associated microbial communities are generally stable, they can be quickly and profoundly altered by common human actions and experiences.
My Restoring Wellness participants have gotten accustomed to me saying, "No product, pill, meal replacement shake, or diet will ever be sustainable or as effective as learning to incorporate holistic living and plant based eating." This image is a great example of this; you really must implement lifestyle change to receive results that are different than yesterday.
This is not to say that there isn't a place for therapeutic use of supplements, which better aid the restoring of the gut lining or help to balance the adrenals, for example. Same thing can be said about meal replacement shakes; they have their place too. However, you will not get skinny or obtain miracle healing by relying on them, and nothing will be sustainable if you do not implement change.
My 6-week Restoring Wellness program teaches you all about lifestyle changes. Slowly released via daily emails and day-by-day website pages, this program helps you acclimate to a new way of thinking and living to allow the innate self-healing abilities of a body in balance.
Check it out here: http://restoringwellness.wellnessbymothernature.com
The next program starts August 16th. Through July 31st, Facebook fans receive $100 off the program using this code: WTE0TG2LAVN6
Here's what others have said:
“My blood pressure has normalized and I am completely off blood pressure medication for the first time in 25 years. GERD – totally gone. I take no medications whatsoever now and feel great. This was a totally unexpected and wonderful surprise.” Rob of Redwood City, CA
“Stephanie is a true coach, never judgmental and always there with helpful information to get you to the next level of your journey. Here I am now, feeling better than I have in years—pain free, twenty pounds lighter and packed with so many useful tools to continue living a healthy gluten free lifestyle. This experience would never have been so successful for me if it weren't for Stephanie.” Mary of South Palm Beach, FL
“I've had such a transformation that many people don't recognize me. I have to flag down the people I really want to talk to....” Heather of Atascadero, CA
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.