FAQ

 
 

What is Authentic Calm? I’ve never heard that phrase before!

No worries! That’s because I came up with the term. I even started a podcast to offer further conversation around it. To explain simply, it’s your unique state of restful ease in your body, mind and spirit. A holistic cultivation, it’s the practice of moving towards a nourished & well-functioning body, balanced thought-patterns and emotions, and a deep connection to your intended life’s purpose. The process of arriving here is different for each of us. Truly, it’s our life’s journey and daily choice.

What is functional holistic nutrition?

Functional holistic nutrition is the art and science of restoring balance. Through your unique health story, timeline, patterns, symptoms and functional lab test results, we are able to learn the language of your body, identify dysfunction and deficiencies, create a roadmap and take the necessary steps to support your return to whole health. This is next level work, diving much deeper than simple dietary shifts.

What are functional lab tests and how do they differ from what my doctor orders?

I order and interpret labs with the intention of identifying dysfunctional patterns and imbalance within the body, not to diagnose or treat disease. Therefore, the tests I order are incredibly thorough, including all the markers needed to actually determine the health status of the body, not just disease markers. Common foundational tests include deep dives into your unique gut microbiota, accurate identification of true hypersensitivities, digestive system review and more. I have great respect for the power of truly comprehensive lab results. Unfortunately, comprehensive lab work is rare and almost unheard of within the standard medical practice these days due to insurance policies and limitations. If you’ve received the designation of “normal” from recent lab work this in no way means you are healthy. It simply implies that you do not yet qualify for an allopathic disease diagnosis.

I choose to work with respected and innovative labs to provide you with the most accurate, thorough and progressive tests on the market. This means your standard doctor may not be acquainted and your insurance will not be willing to cover or will charge you far more than I ever will. I give you my direct discounted practitioner cost and do not make any income off these tests.

What is your perspective on food and diets?

Lifestyle over diet. Nourishment over elimination. Balance over extremes. Health over weight-loss. Progress over perfection. Joy over obsession.

I do not prescribe to one specific diet or approach. I prefer to look at you as a whole unique person. We may have you adjust your food and intake based on the current state of your body and then continue to readjust as you progress. You are not static. It’s a journey and a very personal one at that. No standard diet or trend can accommodate your continual growth and seasonal shifts. Instead, I teach you how to learn the language of your body so that you can simply listen to your needs in that moment and know what to eat.

Most of us are in an alarm state which means the body is not digesting, absorbing and properly eliminating food. I prefer to communicate safety and calm to your body, releasing its grip on your nervous system. I do not agree with the idea of fasting, as this simply creates or furthers the alarm state. I am a proponent of multiple small meals or three consistent meals throughout the day. By providing a steady flow of nourishment, you create the stable environment needed to thrive and have a peaceful and properly-energized day.

When it comes to food choices and diet, quality and preparation are what matter. Research and cultural trends will continue to demonize or idolize certain foods and macronutrients (like fat, protein, and carbs). Instead of getting caught up in the noise, I prefer to see all whole truly natural, unaltered, unprocessed untreated food as a gift when sourced responsibly, prepared properly and eaten in a calm state.

Do you offer meal-planning?

I do not, but I am happy to share from my collection of recipes and guide you towards my recommended resources, preferred brands and favorite local farms.

What are your rates for the initial and follow-up consultations?

Your 2 hr initial consult will be $259. My hourly rate is $130, therefore your follow-up consultations will range according to your selected length of time. I currently offer 45 minutes to 1.5 hrs for follow-ups.

Do you take insurance?

No, I do not take insurance. Your consults, therapeutic nutrients and test kits will be out of pocket expenses. At times, supplementation and very occasionally lab testing can be covered by flex spending accounts (FSAs).

How much are the tests you often recommend in your initials and follow ups?

Each test varies and so the total can range from $150-$800+. I always present my top ideal recommendations with explanations for your consideration, because they often save so. much. time. in the long run and give us a roadmap for what’s actually going on inside your body! This is something I am very passionate about because it’s what I wish someone had done for me! You have full decisive control over your journey and level of investment and I will aways respect whatever route you choose.

How long should I expect to work with you?

This is a tough one. You are unique. Have I said that enough? I cannot know how deeply we need to reset you until I have all the data, your full heath story and timeline, in front of me. At that time, during the initial, I will give you my best estimation. I will always go at the pace your body and your mind are ready to work. If your dysfunction and symptoms are chronic, your full recovery may take anywhere between 6 to 24 months. Consider how long it took for your body to build up to its current state. If we are working with your body and not against it and seeking deep foundational healing, then the process will require more time. Investing time into your health is truly the wisest investment you can make for your present and future.

Are virtual video consults effective and comfortable?

Yes! They are incredibly convenient, allowing you to receive support quickly and easily in your hectic everyday. I will gently brag and say that I’m most loved for my calming and warm personality, which definitely comes through over video. I will do my best to win you over if you’re shy or an introvert like me :).

Where do I book you!?

I’m so glad you asked! Click the button below to schedule an initial consult. Once you are a client, you will have access to the special client login on this site as well as the portal to book follow ups!

I still have some personal questions I’d like answered. Can I hop on a call with you before booking?

Absolutely! I offer free 15 minute calls to confirm we are a good match! Request your call here.

Why do you use flower essence remedies?

The mind and heart are often the forgotten pieces in our journey towards whole and sustained health. Trauma, disappointment, fear, anxiety, loss of control, subtle or overt childhood messages, impatience, heartbreak and many other internal manifestations impact our daily perspective, our view of the world. What lens do you see your work, family, friends, and life’s purpose through? Our self-worth is very tightly wrapped up in these foundational understandings and as a result can prevent us from moving forward mentally, emotionally and physically.

I use Dr. Edward Bach’s original 38 essences and source them from the exact English countryside locations where he foraged and researched. The essences are still wild-harvested and prepared identically to Dr. Bach’s original methods to offer the same effectiveness he discovered.

What are Bach flower essences and what do they do?

Flower essences are a gentle, subtle healing modality that support the mental and emotional aspects of you. Developed by Dr. Edward Bach, the original 38 essences have been used since the 1930’s to cultivate healthy personhood.

"Edward Bach was born at Moseley, near Birmingham, in 1886 and trained as a doctor in London. For several years he worked investigating the role of bacteriology in chronic disease. His researches led him to recognize that there were clear personality types that related to the various patterns of ill health, irrespective of the physical symptoms being presented by the patient. Working with vaccine therapy and later with homeopathic remedies, he moved towards the discovery of flower remedies. These he felt could help to harmonize the emotional imbalances that he came to see as the real causes of physical illness.” Healing Herbs

Unlike homeopathy, essential oils, traditional herbal tinctures and drugs (which work more directly on the physical), these lovely essences gracefully balance your thought-patterns and emotions, shifting you towards a more peaceful whole state – what we might consider your authentic nature, the original you.

 To define this a little more, I see your authentic nature in relation to your mind and spirit as the person you were in your very early years – your disposition, personality or perspective on the world prior to experiencing the positive or negative influence of family, friends, community, education, and culture. The intention is to return to this unique uninfluenced you, allowing for a release of the pain, anxiety, and confusion that has possibly arisen from conforming to something or someone that is not authentically you. Peeling back the onion layers of you and gently stepping back from habitual responses allows you to clearly see the world as you were originally and uniquely created to see it.

“The flowers hold a mirror to our emotional and psychological responses. They help us to understand how we each respond to change and offer us a way to work with problems and challenges. Put simply, the essences each contain a unique message (information), which we can use to alter our pattern of behavior. This is a voluntary process and not one that is enforced on the individual. The information is within the patterning of the plant and transferred in the special method of preparation devised by Dr Bach.” Healing Herbs

This message within the plant allows you the opportunity to change your thought process, your response, your behavior. In a way, it returns you to the crossroad, to the place of decision and choice, and offers you a more balanced path.

What should I expect once I start a remedy?

Flower remedies are here to serve as mind and emotion shifters, ultimately moving you back into your authentic balanced state – if you experience anxiety, taking a flower essence or a combination that will allow you to process the origin of this symptom and gently encourage you toward the opposite response will cause the rebalancing of your personhood. This form of thought-pattern shifting will occur the moment you begin your remedy, but you may not notice or feel it right away if this is your first bottle. Those that are more sensitive or have previously enjoyed a flower remedy will notice the shifts quite quickly.

The remedy starts by first increasing your self-awareness, this means you may notice yourself becoming more analytical or observant of yourself and others. Next, you may start noticing aspects of relationships that have never come to your attention before, perhaps unhealthy patterns or boundaries that you didn't even realize were being crossed.

As you approach week 3-4, plan to give yourself some extra grace and gentleness, creating space in your life and surrounding yourself with people that make you feel safe and relaxed. This is when the deeper blocks reveal themselves and the foundational shifts begin to take place. During this period, you may find yourself revisiting old thought patterns and experiences, because the flowers will create a safe space within you that will encourage your subconscious to reveal the block that ultimately led to your lighter symptoms. For example, a lighter symptom might be anxiety with a deeper block being a parental or school-induced trauma (big or small). It’s possible to experience dreams, memories, irritability or old physical behaviors that connect to this block. Your body and mind are literally re-experiencing and reprocessing that core moment, but fortunately this time around you have the internal healthy and balanced messages from the plants to guide you through it. This gives you a balanced perspective on the original block and allows you to disassemble any lies or patterns that were created as a result. Revisiting symptoms and deeper blocks is the natural way our body heals and is commonly found in all forms of therapeutic recovery. The old adage of “things often have to get ‘worse’ before they can get better” is very poignant.

Everyone is incredibly different and comes from a unique background, so shifting can be very light or can be more intense. It really depends on the block. If these few weeks of processing ever becomes uncomfortable, please simply reduce your frequency by half and continue to do so until you feel comfortable again. You should never push yourself to a point of feeling overwhelmed. Immediately lower your frequency if it feels like too much. You can always pause your remedy, if you need a break as well. The internal shifting begins as soon as you take the flower remedy, so lessening your frequency or pausing will in no way cause reversion or loss of progress. It will simply slow the process and lessen the intensity.

You do not necessarily need to do anything extra over these 4 weeks, but I’ve found that journaling and/or sharing what is coming to the surface with someone you trust can support and quicken the process.

You will know the remedy has made successful shifts when you feel an unexpected lightness or peace about the former challenging, aggravating or consuming matter. This can occur within a few days or after a few bottles of the same remedy. It all depends on the depth of pattern or trauma you are working through and how open you are to the healing process.

What’s in my flower remedy?

Your flower remedy is composed of certified biodynamic, organic and wild-harvested flower essences, natural Carlsbad spring water and a small amount of certified Biodynamic and organic grape brandy for preservation. If taken as directed, the remedy will last approximately 1 month and encourage a shift in mindset anywhere from a few days to 3 to 4 weeks following the first dosage.

Are flower essences & remedies safe for children?

Absolutely! Flower remedies do not directly impact the physical as experienced with traditional herbal tinctures or medications or even foods and are instead an incredibly gentle and energetic therapy many physicians rely on to support the emotional and mental state of our most sensitive ones – children and animals. There are no contraindications and if the remedy is not what the child needs the mind will simply ignore the messages and show zero shifts. When matched appropriately – meaning the essences connect with the foundational motivation of the child’s thought patterns or behavior – the child will often experience shifts within a few days. Most children are able to find relief with just one bottle, the only exception to this might arise if the trauma or thought pattern is deeply established in which a few bottles may be needed to support them through their process.

Each remedy includes 5 ml of certified biodynamic organic brandy in the 30 ml bottle to preserve and prevent bacteria growth if the dropper touches the tongue. You have the option of selecting an alcohol-free version for your younger ones. I’d highly recommend storing the remedy in the refrigerator in this case. Please simply note this request when you order.

I heard you do à la carte flower remedy consults and follow ups. Where do I book these?

Right here, my friend. See you soon!

What does a custom a la carte flower remedy consult involve?

It is my honor to simply listen, to hear your story, to understand where you come from and where you hope to go, to capture your personhood in the essence selection and with their help gently encourage your authentic restoration.

Using the world-renown Bach method, I will formulate a custom remedy to support your desired shifts. Depending upon your preference, we can focus on your present situational needs, to carry you through emergencies or short term dilemmas, and / or we can focus on uncovering your foundational core personhood, encouraging the layer lifting needed to return to your authentic nature.