Loving what you do, and doing what you love

When you find your passion, then it's no longer a job but a soul purpose.

OMG... something big is happening!

Nourished In 30... is finally AVAILABLE! I've finally shared the program!

Reset and The Beast.. Oh YAY!

When my husband looked at me in June and said, "Do you think I can do the Reset?" I knew change in the form of AMAZING was coming.

The view is great at the Ocean

What does Ocean Avenue have to offer me as a Paleo Vegeo athlete and business entrepreneur?

What a difference a year makes

Vegan Cardio girl to Paleo Vegeo Sexy Beast and how the journey transformed everything in my life from business, to relationships..

Monday, November 24, 2014

JMOA I JM Ocean Avenue I The Countries You Can Enroll For Ocean Avenue


The Countries You Can Enroll For Ocean Avenue


I get people contacting me all of the time from overseas about the JM Ocean Avenue global opportunity and unfortunately some of those countries are not available for my team. Just wanted to get that information out there because I do get so many contacts from these other countries, even though I do business in over 100 countries, there are very few that are connected to JM Ocean Avenue.

JM Ocean Avenue is open in all of these countries: (The ones you can join my JMOA team are the only ones with links... JM Ocean Avenue as a whole is still not available for those wanting to be on my team through myself in those unlinked global countries).

  • Northeast Asia
  • 香港 (Hong Kong)
  • Hong Kong (English)
  • 台湾 (Taiwan)
  • Southeast Asia
  • Indonesia
  • Việt Nam (Vietnam)
  • Singapore
  • Malaysia
  • ประเทศไทย (Thailand)
  • Cambodia
  • Timor Leste
  • Pilipinas (Philippines)
  • Pacific
  • Australia
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Africa
  • Cameroon
  • Senegal
  • Togo
  • Middle East
  • United Arab Emirates


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/18/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk Episode 3 I MTHFR, Folic Acid and B12


MTHFR, Folic Acid and B12

You know that I've talked a lot about MTHFR, especially important that those with PCOS get tested, but only recently did I realize the also very important side of it that has to do with B12 methylation.

I have dealt with a major folic acid methylation issue which leads me to believe that I have some form of this gene mutation. Taking a folic acid gives me anxiety that cannot be measured. Methylfolate, for me is key. But the underlying anemia for myself and my daughter now has me wondering about the B12 gene defect... More to come!!

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/18/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk Episode 3 I MTHFR, Folic Acid and B12So today on the VlogCast I am disccusing the MTHFR defect, folic acid methylation and B12 meythlation and the effects of this no our lives.

One thing that I didn't discuss much is the link to the B12 methylation issue and migraine. they say that one in 10 is suffering from this migraine issue from high homocysteine levels caused by the inability to methylate the B12 vitamin properly. This is the enzyme mutation of MTHFR and you should really get tested and see if you need to change or supplement with a methylcobalamin, so check into it.


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Seeds of Success I How Looking Backwards Reminds You Who You Are I Barbara Christensen

Looking Backwards


Seeds of Success I How Looking Backwards Reminds You Who You Are I Barbara Christensen
This morning I was on the computer and looking for something in the old backup server and I came on the old life coaching site from over ten years ago. What a blast from the past. I was doing more business coaching then, and life coaching was more about image coaching rather than that deep sort of program that I use with clients now. But what I found was by looking backwards I found more of myself. Parts of myself that I had forgotten long ago.

I found a page of my old coaching website that was called Seeds Of Success and I wanted to share it because I think we are so quick to be hard on ourselves within the journey we are on.

"Where You Are... Isn't the place where you are going to stop, but should be remembered. " ~ Barbara Christensen

Seeds of Success - 

I give thanks for this day. I know that I have not yet accomplished all that I can and if that is the reason I am bathed in the fresh dew of another dawn, I am most grateful. I am prepared at last to face today’s challenges.

I will forget yesterday with all of its trials and tribulations, aggravations and setbacks, angers and frustrations. The past is already a dream from which I can neither retrieve a single word nor erase any foolish deeds.

I will resolve, however, that if I have injured anybody through my thoughtlessness, I will not let this day end before I make amends and nothing I do today will be of greater importance.

I will not fret the future. My success and happiness do not depend on straining to see what lurks dimly on the horizon but to do this day what lies clearly at hand. I will treasure this day for it is all I have. I know that its rushing hours cannot be accumulated or stored like precious grain for future use.

I will live as all good actors do when they are on stage, only in the moment. I cannot perform at my best today by regretting my previous acts mistakes or worrying about the scene to come.

I will embrace today's difficult tasks, take off my coat and make dust in the world. I will remember that the busier I am the less harm I am apt to suffer, the tastier will be my food, the sweeter my sleep and the better satisfied I will be with my place in the world.

I will free myself today from slavery to the clock and calendar. Although I will plan this day to conserve my steps and energy, I will begin to measure my life in deeds not years, in thoughts not seasons, in feelings not figures on a dial.

I will remain aware of how little it takes to make this a happy day. Never will I pursue happiness because it is in not a goal just a by product and there is no happiness in having or getting only in giving.

I will run from no danger I might encounter today, because I am sure that nothing will happen that I am not equipped to handle. Just as any gem is polished by friction, I am certain to become more valuable through this day's adversity and if one door closes, another will always open.

I will live this day as if it were Christmas, I will be a giver of gifts and deliver to my enemies the gift of forgiveness, my opponents tolerance, my friends a smile, my children a good example. Every gift will be wrapped with unconditional love.

I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest because every action good or bad is always followed by an equal reaction. I will only plant good seeds this day.

I will treat today as a priceless violin. One may draw harmony from it and another discord, yet no one will blame the instrument. Life is the same in that if I play it correctly it will give forth beauty, but if I play it ignorantly it will produce ugliness.

I will condition myself to look at every problem that I encounter today as no more than a pebble in my shoe. I remember the pain so harsh I could hardly walk and recall my surprise when I removed my shoe and found only a grain of sand.

I will work convinced that nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm. To do anything today that is truly worth doing I must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger but jump in with gusto and scramble through as well as I can.

I will face this world with goals set for this day, but they will be attainable ones not the vague, impossible variety declared by those who make a career of failure. I realize that life always tries me with a little first to see what I will do with a lot.

I will never hide my talents. If I am silent I am forgotten. If I do not advance I will fall back. If I walk away from any challenge today my self-esteem will be forever scarred. If I cease to grow even a little I will become smaller. I reject the stationary position because it is the beginning of the end.

I will keep a smile on my face and in my heart even when it hurts today. I know that the world is a looking glass and gives back to me the reflection of my own soul. Now I understand the secret of correcting the attitude of others and that is to correct my own.

I will turn away from any temptation today that may cease me to break my word or lose my self-respect. I am positive that the only thing I possess more valuable than my life is my honor.

I will work this day with all my strength content in the knowledge that life does not consist of wallowing in the past or peering anxiously at the future.

It is appalling to contemplate the great number of painful steps by which one arrives at a truth so old so obvious and so frequently expressed. Whatever it offers little or much, my life is now!

I will pause whenever I am feeling sorry for myself today and remember that this is the only day that I have and I must play it to the fullest. What my part may signify in the great whole I may not recognize but I am here to play it, and now is the time. I will count this day a separate life. I will remember that those who have fewest regrets are those who take each moment as it comes for all that it is worth.

This is my day, These are my seeds. Thank you for this precious garden of time...

Adapted from Og Mandino's Mission: Success!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : Episode 2 

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2
It's Tuesday alright, and so On Tuesday We Talk, and today I wanted to really talk about more nature, and genetically modified foods, and what's going on in the current environment on election day.

First off, vote. No matter if you feel like your vote matters it really is a privilege that you should not take for granted. Many nations don't have the luxury we have. Of course I'm finding that so many countries have far better lifestyles that we do, but that is a whole different story.

One of the things I love about NYR Organic is that they are all invested in the environment. So when I saw the stories about Bayer, your animals and the Bees, I just immediately thought about the Save The Bees campaign.

I also talk about the Vermont labeling of nonGMO foods, and Starbucks... but I do want to make clear that I'm focused in on Starbucks because I live here in Starbucks country. This lawsuit is being pursued by The Grocery Manufacturers Association, and Starbucks is one of their members. So when you jump into bed with the big bad processed food world, expect to be spanked every now and then. If they don't want to be a part of that, they really should consider what their overall end game is, and if they are getting enough out of their membership. I am guessing the all mighty dollar will keep them connected to the GMA... what do you think?

Now of course I also get into some nutrition and addiction. A have an amazing friend that runs Real Caring, and has done a lot of counseling in the world of drug addiction, and I have a family filled with addiction. I heard a podcast that said you can cure addiction with nutrition, and that green smoothies are better than drugs... Well nutritionally yes. But for those that have done drugs I am sure the high cannot be compared between the two. Nutrition is key for the next generation, and to repair the damage you have done... but it is not a cure for addiction. If it was we'd all be lined up in front of our Blendtec's like it was crack.

So I hope you enjoy the talk today, and if there is anything you want me to address, just post below!



The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 11/04/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Episode 2    

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Barbara Christensen VlogCast : 10/28/2014 : On Tuesday We Talk I Paleo Vegeo

On Tuesday We Talk

Holistic Coach Barbara Christensen I Paleo Vegeo I On Tuesday We Talk Vlogcast
While we were on vacation I decided to start doing a weekly vlogcast. I believe that there is something in each of us that we can share, and that through that connection hopefully stronger bonds will form. And hopefully education will be passed from one person to the next.

This week I talked about a few items. I start with the safety of essential oils on children since I've seen far too many posts suggesting that children under age 10 should not have oils diffused around, or applied topically to them.
Seriously? And so I'm going to share a little bit of the information from 
Essential Oil Safety: A Guide for Health Care Professionals

I also wanted to share a great book that you should read to really get into this whole "entertainment" blog/news/social media growth we are seeing out there more and more.  
Trust Me, I'm Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator 

In this great book by Ryan Holiday, he delves into these online posts are created in dramatic format to really bring more viral traffic to their sites. It can honestly be completely fabricated lies, and since it's entertainment it's just seen as okay to say whatever you want. Check out this great podcast with Dr. Drew and Ryan talking all about this - http://drdrew.com/146/

I also just want to really talk about your authentic truth is woven into everything in our lives. What you choose to read, eat, share, post, watch, and of course you need to understand not everything you see is truth.

Enjoy the podcast below or on my YouTube Channel


Friday, August 8, 2014

Suma Root For Women I Functional Health Conversations I Wellness Advocate and Holistic Coach Barbara Christensen

Suma Root For Women

I was talking with a functional nutrition doctor yesterday because I had heard him say that using suma root for women in the morning will help you sleep better. He explained that suma root will help your body normalize blood sugar levels so that you aren't waking up from a spike during the middle of the night. Suma is a large ground vine native to Central and South America; it is most notably from Brazil and often called Brazilian ginseng. My husband takes suma for weight lifting, so I sort of felt like "WFH" when he said I should take it because I do not want to bulk up. But then I saw this article on suma for women - http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/4-benefits-of-suma-root-for-womens-health/

I am wondering if suma would help some of you with those strong carb cravings. This is the liquid I was recommended to use - http://bit.ly/SumaTincture

I know that cortisol spikes blood sugar - and my cortisol spikes at night. I've started drinking a detox tea that is nettle infused at night to help with that. I was taking a cortisol manager supplement but it's like a horse pill. Even cut in half it's gigantic. Another great quality of nettles is their ability to lower SHBG (Sex Hormone Binding Globulin), which is a globulin that binds into your free testosterone molecules making them “unavailable” to be used by your body. This is important for women with PCOS.

Why you ask?

Polycystic ovaries develop when ovaries are stimulated to produce excessive amounts of male hormones, particularly testosterone. This stimulation is caused by excess LH produced by the anterior pituitary in response to increased gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) pulsatility, or through high levels of insulin caused by insulin resistance. High insulin levels also suppress hepatic production of sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) leading to higher levels of free circulating androgens, further adding to the hyperandrogenaemia. Hyperinsulinaemia goes on to cause dyslipidaemia.

So you can use the Organic Detox Tea at night before bed, and again first thing in the morning, or you can use this liquid nettle root and see if helps you. http://bit.ly/LiquidNettleRoot

I keep reading all of these great reviews on the NYR Organic teas online, how the After Dinner Tea helps avoid the bloating. UK VOGUE magazine named their Vitality tea one of the the 10 Best Herbal Teas. The NYR Organic's Organic Vitality tea is infused with schisandra to aid in concentration, plus siberian ginseng and rhodiola for an endurance boost and function as antioxidants. For me it's a good daytime tea to help me in the afternoon to have one more support tool to keep my cortisol from spiking at night. Once my cortisol spikes it's very hard to get to sleep and stay to sleep. And we know that sleep is a very essential part of our healthy lifestyle plan.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Holistic Wellness Advocate

Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Bloating

Feeling bloated?? Bloating is more likely to appear if you are anxious, stressed, or worried. It is all due to Vata imbalance. Any Vata balancing essential oil will help. Try peppermint, orange, rose, cinnamon, and basil. Also every morning before a meal after having a glass of warm water with lemon essential oil, or drink my amazing Kevita Copy Cat Probiotic beverage. Recipe Below.

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe

Kevita Probiotic Beverage Revamp Recipe  I Paleo Vegeo I Barbara Christensen Holistic Wellness AdvocateKevita Copy Cat Lemon Cayenne Cleansing Probiotic Beverage 16 oz filtered water 1 tbsp Raw Apple Cider Vinegar 1 pinch cayenne pepper 2 pinches Himalayan Salt 10 drops Lemon Drop Sweet Leaf Stevia 8 drops of DoTERRA Lemon Essential Oil 1 (opened) capsule of DoTERRA PB Assist Mix and cool overnight and drink in the AM http://shop.LifeEssentially.com ..... Your Wellness Advocate & Holistic Wellness Coach


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Benefits of Irish Moss I Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Grain-Free Flatbread I Barbara Christensen


The Benefits of Irish Moss

Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread Recipe I Organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss
Wait, I thought that Irish Moss was bad for you. There has been a lot of posting going on about the dangers of Carrageenan which is extracted from Irish Moss. I know if you are reading this post, you've probably read those posts as well. We know that carrageenan is not something you want to consume frequently because of the inflammation that it causes.

But ingesting carrageenan is not that same as ingesting Irish Moss. It's not super heated and processed into a chemical form. It's seaweed. It has a natural nutritional value, which is what we know when we are looking at the difference in read foods, and genetically modified foods.

I learned about Irish Moss because of my adrenals and low thyroid. I learned that this amazing natural support food that it was better for me than I knew. It is able to dissolve catarrhs, or snotty mucus. If you know me you know I have allergies and I can use all of the natural support I can get. It also is a natural antimicrobial and antiviral which helps me to keep from getting those darn Pacific Northwest sinus infections. The TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss is not only amazing but it is all of the things we are looking for in our food and nutrition... wild-crafted, raw, non-gmo, fair trade, vegan and gluten-free. It is also an anti-coagulant and so you shouldn't use this if you take prescription blood thinners or are suffering from Crohn's disease. 



Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread I Organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss


Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread

Yield: Makes about 5 small rounds (1 serving)

Ingredients:

    Irish Moss Paleo Vegeo Flatbread I Barbara Christensen I Recipe
  • 1 Tbsp. Organic coconut flour 
  • 1 1/2 tsp. organic TerraSoul Superfoods Irish Moss, prepared {You may use Agar-Agar if you are unsure about this amazing superfood... but we will call you a chicken unless you are taking a blood thinner or have Crohn's disease.} :) 
  • 3 Tbs. well cooked and mashed butternut squash
  • 1 Tbsp.organic coconut oil, melted 
  • 1 pastured egg 
  • 1/4 tsp. Himalayan salt 
(could substitute with sweet potato instead of butternut squash)
Directions
  1. Prep your Irish Moss by rinsing until clean. Soak for 6 - 24 hours at room temperature and then rinse again. This is to make sure all sand and salt is removed. Then blend 1 cup of Irish Moss with 1.5 - 2 cups of water in your BlendFresh Express Blender until smooth - it can be stored in your fridge for up to 3 weeks to be added to smoothies as well. You can try using powdered Irish Moss but I have heard bad things about how bad it tastes. 
  2. When ready to make if your squash is cold bring it to room temperature.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  4. Stir together the coconut flour and Irish Moss. 
  5. Stir together the squash and the coconut oil until smooth. Stir in the coconut flour/moss mixture until combined, then stir in the egg and salt. 
  6. Spoon into rounds on the baking sheet 1/4 inch thick Bake for about 12 minutes, then carefully flip. Bake for another 7 minutes (less or longer depending on the thickness), until they are dry to the touch and the most important part, pliable. 
  7. Let cool completely, then enjoy within an hour or so of baking for the best texture.
The family enjoyed having shrimp "tacos"... and I enjoyed knowing that they were eating healthy. So many options that you could use these for... so go veggie crazy!!
Nom Nom Paleo Vegeo Irish Moss Flatbread Recipe I Barbara Christensen BlendFresh and NYR Consultant