“I’ll just wait for something to happen…”
“I can’t do anything about it until I do this, this, and this first…”
“I’ve tried that before and nothing changed…”
“I could try that, but what if…?”
Listen for inspiration in the days ahead, because what uplifts you is part of the answer you’re looking for. It’s a hint of what could be possible if you cleared out some of the weeds that are tripping you up in the day-to-day.
Look for the blocks and distractions. Look for the things that unnecessarily distract you, or detract from your purpose.
Look at where you really want life to feel smoother, and then decide to make it so.
“I am paying attention.”
Until next time,
In fact, eating a vegetarian diet is all about balancing your plant-based foods with other macronutrients.
Want to learn more? Check out this "Portabello Burgers with Kale and Olive Pesto" recipe and consider joining me at the "Vegetarian Protein Cooking Class this Thursday"!
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This meal includes a hearty mix of protein, carbohydrates, fats and nutrients. The Portobello Mushroom, re an overgrown cremini mushroom high fibre and B vitamins beneficial for breaking down carbohydrates and protein. They are low in calories yet produce conjugated linolenicacid (CLA)—a unique type of fatty acid that regulates estrogen levels. Mushrooms also provide enormous immune system benefits by reducing inflammation and heart disease.
Kale has been cited as the new beef, (in vegetarian circles) a very popular leafy green that has Shown major benefits with antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory nutrients, and anti-cancer benefits. It only takes 100 calories of kale to provide over 350 milligrams for the most basic omega-3 fatty acid. Kale is high in vitamins K (builds proteins essential for blood clotting process) Vitamin A ( promotes skin, eye health) and Vitamin C (a multifaceted antioxidant, antibacterial, antihistamine) supports brain health and collagen production). Hemp seeds in the pesto provide quality volume of protein as well as has protein value in greens and mushrooms.
Think about where you are at and where you’d like to go. Like the Three of Wands, Gemini season reminds us that we can only get ourselves so far on our own.
Eventually, we need to figure out what it will take to get to a new level, or to grow beyond the current state we’re in.
Mercury also enters Gemini on May 21, giving us added clarity and perspective. Mercury is at home in Gemini. This will be the fifth planet in its ruling sign right now. Venus, Saturn, Jupiter and Neptune are also at their most powerful in their respective home bases.
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This week, Venus and Mars, both personal planets, will introduce a change in the air.
On Wednesday, May 15, Venus enters Taurus at 5:46am EST, giving us six planets in earth signs now.
The emphasis on all of this earth energy is a pull back to nature and an opportunity to honour the messages and rhythms of the planet we live on.
Later in the day Mars enters Cancer at 11:09pm EST.
Venus has been in fiery Aries since April 20, where she’s been lighting up our creative forces. Venus in Aries pushes us towards our desires for autonomy, independence, and self-actualization. She reminds us not to get lost in other people’s shadows, and not to wholeheartedly compromise our own dreams for the sake of someone else’s agenda.
For some, Venus in Aries can be an uncomfortable transit if they are not attending to their individual needs. It can be a wakeup call to come home to yourself.
Now, Venus is ready to come to herself in Taurus, one of the signs she rules. Here she is at her most powerful, but that doesn’t mean she’s driving us very hard. Aries can be relentless in its pursuits, but Taurus teaches us the value of taking our time.
Venus in Taurus is an invitation to relax a little. To unwind. To get back into the pleasures of the heart and body, to take time with personal passions and hobbies that free the spirit and nourish the soul.
Mars in Cancer slows down the pace of life, too. Mars has been in Gemini since March 31. Mars in Gemini can push us to act on our ideas, but can also cause some to speak too soon, and with sharpened tongues.
It can also fill us with frenetic thoughts, worries, and “what ifs?” that push us to act on impulse, or to act on bad information. Mars isn’t known for patience and it hasn’t helped that Mercury, Gemini’s ruler, was trudging through the murky waters of Pisces earlier this spring.
Some decisions, conversations, and projects may have come out the other side a little sloppier than we’d hoped as the skies weren’t giving our minds the most open roads.
And now, Mars in Cancer means it’s time to switch gears. To ease up on whatever you’ve been pushing yourself to learn, plan, figure out.
Mars isn’t comfortable in Cancer. Here, the warrior planet has to learn how to navigate Cancer’s emotional waters.
Scorpio full moons can pack a little more intensity than others as the Moon is in deep waters here. Scorpio teaches us to surrender, release, and embrace whatever transformations are calling to us.
This lunation occurs just hours after Venus and Uranus conjunct. This meetup can enhance the energy of the day, bringing creative breakthroughs, but also personal ones. Watch for revelations around outdated commitments, and watch for where you are stubbornly holding on to routines or patterns that are no longer serving you.
This week’s Full Moon has strong capacity to initiate change.
“I am open to my inner guidance.”
And of course, if you want to work with tarot to connect with this Full Moon, here is a spread to try out:
1. What is it time for me to stop doing?
2. What it is time for me to heal?
3. What belief is no longer serving me?
4. What does my intuition want me to hear?
Until next time,
Feeling exhausted, overwhelmed, low or irritable?
Not feeling like yourself?
You’re not alone.
Burnout is the new epidemic. Social media is full of articles describing different kinds of burnout in different ages and stages of life. Article upon article retells the same theme: how the thirty-something can’t send the piece of mail that’s been sitting on his kitchen table for 3 months, how the working mom-of-three can’t bother to cook home meals for herself, how the CEO has been making irrational decisions that puts the company at risk.
The solution touted by wellness experts is to do more yoga and meditation, to practice self-care, to ask for help, to take more vacation time. While I advocate these techniques for my patients all the time, unfortunately, they’re just that: techniques. These tactics often fall by the wayside when huge work project deadlines are looming, or when the kids need to get from school to activities, or when an aging parent needs extra care.
Our medical and social support systems need to recognize burnout from all facets. There are physical, mental, emotional and economic aspects to burnout. Until things change in our corporate and family lives, until we have flexible work schedules and don’t feel enslaved by our smartphones; until we don’t feel obligated to respond to emails at all hours of the day and night, until we have enough reasonable, affordable child care, or can afford to spend time with our children, and until we feel not only like we have a safety net, but enough support, all we can do is help ourselves manage the damaging effects.
Health care providers like myself can offer help to get you through and repair the systems damaged by stress until some room is made in your life for true rest and healing. Here is how stress and burnout affect your hormones and what you can do about it.
Stress and burnout rob you of energy
There are a few mechanisms by which this phenomenon occurs. First, stress blocks thyroid function at two different levels: at both the level of the brain and the thyroid, which leaves you feeling cold, tired, depressed, and overweight, among other things. Second, chronic stress and burnout means a lowered Cortisol Awakening Response, which is how your stress hormones rise in the morning to help wake you up. If you can’t drag yourself out of bed in the morning, that’s chronic stress and burnout at work!
Stress and burnout throw your hormones off balance
Horrible pre-menstrual symptoms, from anxiety and depression to bloating, swelling, cramps and cravings, are zero fun. I’ve seen stress disrupt the delicate balance between estrogen and progesterone—a phenomenon called Estrogen Dominance which is responsible for unpleasant symptoms such as mood swings, headaches, and breast tenderness. Stress also makes the transition into menopause a much bumpier ride; hot flashes, mood issues, and dryness tend to be much worse when you’ve been stressed for a long time. If you want to see the effect that stress has on your hormones, take note of your cycle 3 months after an extremely stressful period. Since hormone receptors take about 3 months to respond to hormonal fluctuations, your period can be heavier, lighter, or even absent 3 months after a stressor.
Stress and burnout ruin your sleep
Most of my patients struggle with their sleep in some way. Some can’t fall asleep, some can’t stay asleep, and the poor unlucky ones have trouble on both sides. Chronic stress disrupts your stress hormone, cortisol, which has its own natural rhythm: it’s meant to rise in the morning to help get you out of bed and fall in the evening to helps you relax into sleep. When you’re burned out, your natural cortisol rhythm is reversed and you’re wide awake at night. If stress has robbed you of progesterone as mentioned above, you’re missing an important anti-anxiety, sleep-promoting metabolite that comes from this sex hormone.
So, what’s the solution?
Quitting your stressful job or ditching your toxic family members aren’t always feasible solutions but there is help anyway. Natural remedies from herbal medicines can help calm down and rebuild the body’s stress axis and reset hormonal rhythms to bring the whole system back into balance. Naturopathic Doctors work to help the body find it’s own natural rhythm again. I like to talk stress and hormones; I offer a short free chat about what can be done in the face of chronic stress, hormone health, and burnout.
Visit https://calendly.com/drwebsternd/hormone-reset-assessment-call to see how you can take steps to combatting the effects of stress.
The energy of the Moon is so fresh, it’s like a seed buried in the soil. We can’t see it, and can’t always fathom what it might grow into.
Unless, of course, we’re consciously working with the Moon to plant seeds in our lives – or to pay attention to what wants to be planted.
Those seeds can come in many forms. Sometimes they arrive as ideas, or dreams. Sometimes they look like frustration or overwhelm.
Sometimes they come up in conversations, like when a friend makes a helpful suggestion, or a disagreement with a partner turns out to be a productive talk.
Sometimes seeds do come in bigger, more obvious ways, like an offer or invitation. But most of the time they are hidden, like the Moon is when it’s still new.
Bringing awareness to the passing of time allows us to notice the turning points in our lives, or the potential for growth, change, and emergence into a new chapter.
Today, Mercury enters Taurus after spending the last few weeks in fiery Aries.
This gives us all another chance to slow our thoughts and rest our minds. Aries can quicken our creativity and sharpen our tongues. It likes to move fast and can get caught up in inspiration and will act on its plans with desperate urgency.
Taurus asks for calm, care, and comfort. It teaches us the value of taking breaks and stopping to smell the roses, or whatever else is blossoming around you this spring season.
Allow yourself to luxuriate a little.
“My work begins in awareness.”
Until next time,
p.s. There are only two days left to sign up for Taking Tarot to the Next Level which starts this week, Wednesday, May 8. If you’ve outgrown beginner tarot courses and want to get beyond the basics, this class is for you: lizworth.com/learn
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