Have we met? I’m Caroline. Nurse. Nutritionist. Safer Skin Care advocate. Downhill Skier. Sailboat racer. Yogi. Cavalier King Charles lover and Fur Mom to Baxter aka “Boots.” I’ve had a passion for all things health, wellness and nutrition for as long as I can remember. As an athlete growing up I’ve always had a love for moving my body and keeping it healthy. In college I studied Health/Wellness. I personal trained, taught group exercise, taught cycle classes, children’s yoga, and then I went on to get my Masters Degree in Education.
For years I taught in the NYC public schools influencing our young minds about the importance of moving our bodies, eating right, and how it important it is to manage stress ( through relaxation techniques and yoga). #
In 2012 I went on to study nursing. In 2016 I went on to study Nutrition (@ntatraining ). In early 2017 I joined forces with @beautycounter. Do you see a pattern?
In 2014 just when my all the work I had done on myself nutritionally seem to be paying off and I was literally in the best shape of my life.... my health imploded. I became pretty sick. After months and months of suffering with low energy, brain fog, depression, anxiety and countless GI issues and tests, I found out I had SIBO ( small intestinal bacterial overgrowth ) and that I had a severely damaged gut. After that, things continued to change. I had to ween back on all my workouts. Figure out what foods were triggering symptoms, work to change my erratic work schedule, ( former ER nurse )and get on the path to recovery ( which I’m still on! ). BTW I’m now an RN in the Digestive Health Center here in Denver. How about that for really manifesting my work in “GUT” Health!
I’m a former Rochestarian ( Rochester, NY ) turned Mountain life gal ( Breckenridge/Denver, CO). I care very much about my own health, the health of the world and our planet. I’m doing my part to educate YOU with the knowledge I have and the stories I can share about myself to inspire change.
I have more stories to share, and I will. I’m so glad you’re here. Thank you for being a part of my community and allowing me to open up my life to you. : @shspencer
Post Thanksgiving (and end of insane work week) yoga class. Restorative. Meditative. Reflective. Therapeutic. Grateful to be back on the mat...1st time this week. Even though I still can’t do any #suryanamaskar or fast movements...body is healing...this space and time reminded me that yoga is about quietening the thoughts and honoring yourself, not bending your body#yogaforlife#practiceyogachangeyourworld#yogaforhealing#yogatherapy
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a way to build resistance to bullshit. disappointment. anger. depression. a way to ward off uncertainty. it is not consistently happy. or a way to prevent sadness. or life from running its course.
self-care is a way to strengthen yourself. find your inner core. so that you’re ready when the universe mixes it up.
we can all push back on that change. with quiet. careful. simple care. the chaos swirls out there. we can’t change that. and we eventually have to wade back into it.
it is not always a beautiful thing. it is making a spreadsheet of your debt. enforcing a morning routine. cooking yourself healthy meals. no longer just running from your problems. and calling the distraction a solution.
it often means looking your failures. and disappointments. square in the eye and re-strategizing. self care is letting go. choosing new. disappointing some people. it is letting yourself be normal. regular.
It means being the hero of your life. not the victim. rewiring what you have until your everyday life isn’t something you need therapy to recover from. no longer choosing a life that looks good. over a life that feels good. it is being honest. even if that means you aren’t universally liked. meeting your own needs so you aren’t anxious and dependent on other people.
true self care is about becoming the person you know you want to be. and are meant to be. your highest self.
photo x @karlycakesss
The biophilia hypothesis is the idea that we feel most at home in nature because we evolved there. I like that! It makes sense to me and really resonates, because it explains my intense need and desire to have more nature in my life.
"Wellbeing" may sound like vague psycho speak, but its impact is real. Enhancing it has been shown to add years to your life span and time spent in nature has been shown to increase well-being.
Homo sapiens officially became an urban species sometime in 2008. That's when the World Health Organization reported that for the first time more people throughout the world live in urban areas than rural ones. Last year in the United States, cities grew at a faster clip than Suburban regions for the first time in a hundred years. (2013 WHO) There's an obvious correlation between these facts and the increased rates in depression, anxiety, and other mental and emotional disorders, obesity, autoimmune, and endocrine disorders... the list goes on.
I find it so inspiring to know that while our surroundings can make us sick, they can also help prevent physical and mental problems! we can get our surroundings right and align with the World Health Organization's definition of Health, which is, "a complete state of physical, mental and social well-being, and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity."
Every moment matters. Every minute counts. Every step can be a step toward healing and peace, toward health and well-being.
This is something I firmly believe in and teach to others as well. Unless you can fall hopelessly and completely in love with yourself, you are doomed. Others can love you inside out and it won't make any difference at all.
Love of self is the key element to balance and happiness in your own life. When you practice self love and self motivation and support, you are essentially gifting YOU to the world. Once you have reached that level of self love, you will be confident and comfortable with who you are and what you have to offer to the world.
Then and only then can you truly give of yourself and love others!
During this season I'm not talking about clothes . I'm talking about doing. Doing less and being more. .
Yes, there is still a lot to do.
Yes, you haven't done all there is to do.
Yes, there is always more.
...just for now, for a short moment, close your eyes and take a deep breath in and out.
How do you feel?
What do you REALLY feel like doing now? What do you need? ...and then do it.
Take good care of yourself! There is only one like you and we need you here !