This week’s topic is: Managing Shifts in Your Body

Our bodies are so dynamic, so intelligent, and so powerful. We really want to nourish our bodies and adjust our self-care practices and our diet to really support our bodies as we go through different shifts.

Whether that’s seasonally as we get pregnant, as we get into menopause, as we start new jobs and there’s more stress in our lives as we move through whatever it is. We really have a lot of power over helping to support our bodies through all these shifting times in our lives.

We can do that with diet, with lifestyle, through our four cornerstones of true beauty that we talk about and emphasize here so much at Solluna because it’s really important that we look at everything through that holistic lens to get the best results.

Have you been wondering about this very topic? If you want to know the answer to this question and 3 more sent in by Beauties just like you, listen now to find out!

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[Questions Answered]

Ally – Kansas City, MO

Do you know of any natural ways to boost your metabolism? As I’ve gotten older I’ve found it harder for my body to shed weight and bounce back after a weekend of eating not so clean.

Erica – Bozeman, MT

I have been plant based for over 2 years and just recently I have been feeling light headed, I have a little bit of brain fog, low energy and just overly tired. I have been supplementing B12 for a while. I’m not pregnant, and I take a probiotic pretty regularly. Is this something you commonly see in plant-based people after a couple years? Any suggestions?

Jenna – Hamilton, Ontario 

I had my IUD removed 2.5 months ago to try to get pregnant, and it hasn’t happened yet. I have to imagine that I won’t be able to conceive until my cycle is regular. Do you have any lifestyle tips or recommended foods or herbs to help regulate my cycle and boost fertility?

Emma – Essex, UK 

Kimberly do you have any advice for menopausal transition? I’m 43 and feel my hormones are shifting. I feel pretty angry, not to mention the lack of sleep and weight gain?!

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Kimberly: Hi Beauties, welcome back to our Thursday Q&A podcast. Super excited about our topic today, which is Managing Shifts in Your Body. Our bodies are so dynamic, they’re so intelligent, they’re so powerful, and we really want to nourish our bodies and adjust our self care practices, our diet to really support our bodies as we go through different shifts, whether that’s seasonally as we get pregnant, as we get into menopause, as we start new jobs and there’s more stress in our lives as we move, whatever it is. We really have a lot of power over helping to support our bodies through all these shifting times in our lives. And we can do that with diet, with lifestyle, through our four cornerstones of true beauty that we talk about and emphasize here so much at Solluna because it’s really important that we look at everything through that holistic lens to get the best results.

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Kimberly: So again, quickly, our four cornerstones, our food, including spices and herbs, ingestibles body which includes how we sleep, how we exercise, how we take care of our physical temples. Number three, emotional wellbeing, how we process and manage our emotions and our feelings, which we know has a huge impact on physical health as well as our quality of life. Number four spiritual growth, which also has a huge impact on everything including our rate of aging, our moods, our happiness levels, our relationships. Everything is also affected by our ability to connect with our real selves. So, really excited about this topic. I’m getting a little head of myself Kay, but we we’re excited to dive in. Before we do, I just want to give a quick reminder to please leave us a review on iTunes. I ask this every show and maybe you’ve left us a review, if you have thank you so much in advance. Thank you for doing that. If you haven’t yet thank you in advance.

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Kimberly: All that being said, we have our Katelyn, I call her Kay, but her name is Katelyn of course, you heard her chuckling just a moment ago. She is our General Manager of Solluna. She’s been part of the podcast with me since the beginning. Hi Kay. How are you love? The shifting into December mode now?

Katelyn: Yes, yes. I’m doing amazing. Great to be back with you in the beauties today after the holiday last week and rolling into December where things are going to pick up again in just a few weeks, but this week feels a little bit calmer.

Kimberly: Yes. It is an interesting time of year because we are going into the darkest days and this is the time where people can start to feel a little bit of that seasonal depression kicking in. It’s when we can start to feel sluggish and heavy. So this is important that we really keep it going here. I think it can also be flipped into being a powerful time where we use that darkness outside to tap into our own inner light and maybe we take survey of our life, which is energetically what winter is for. We see what we want to let go of. We can start to think about what we want to cultivate and create in the new year. We can make hot warming elixirs for ourselves. We can journal more, we could read more. I think this is a really powerful time of the year as well.

Katelyn: Yeah, it’s nice to touch upon that because I actually was feeling negative about it. I took a screenshot on my phone and circled that it gets dark at 4:35 and texts it to my girlfriend this morning. And I said, “Yack.” Because I’m very much affected by the darkness and the colder times of the year, but I think what you just said is definitely good to keep top of mind for people that are more sensitive, that we can turn it into a positive, and hone in on our cornerstone work during this time especially. So, thank you for that reminder.

Kimberly: Yes, for sure. We’re all here to remind each other.

Question 1: Do you know any natural ways to boost your metabolism? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found it hard for my body to shed weight and bounce back after a weekend of eating not so clean.

Katelyn: For sure. All right. Well, with that we have some beauties here that need your advice. We have Allie and she’s living in Kansas City, Missouri. Do you know any natural ways to boost your metabolism? As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found it hard for my body to shed weight and bounce back after a weekend of eating not so clean.

Kimberly: Allie, thank you so much for your question. Any of you beauties that have read the beauty detox solution may recall a diagram, a little picture in there of a wheel analogy, which I talked about so many times. I like to say that age is not a sentence, definite sentence for having to look a certain way to have your metabolism slowed down at a certain rate. What happens is for most people, their bodies just accrue more and more toxicity over time. Our bodies become more clogged, which means our blood becomes more congested. There’s less space in our GI tracks, there’s just more stored in our body. So that’s when we start to feel the effects of not bouncing back as easily and having a harder time with weight. And this is where people say to me, “Oh, I ate the same foods. I ate the same way 10 years ago, 15 years ago, but now I’m gaining weight and I see all these symptoms.”

Kimberly: To me it’s not just, again, straight forward as, our bodies are wearing out. Everything I know and believe and all these incredible teachers that I have had over the years. And books I’ve read by amazing teachers, I know that the body has the ability to regenerate and to bounce back. I know that I personally feel younger and I think I look younger than I did when I was 21 years old. I seen that in Dr. Ann Wigmore who famously grew her hair back black after being gray for many years. I can see that in many other cases. There’s many other teachers. So what I want to say is the way that we do that is we cleanse out what’s in there and we stop practices and foods that are clogging us in the first place.

Kimberly: Let’s start with the second. What do we add in? What is very important to make sure that we’re boosting our metabolism? Enzymes and fiber. Fiber is really important because it gives us sustained energy. And what’s interesting about the emerging research, about the connection between fiber and gut health is that fiber actually feeds, it nourishes the short chain fatty acids which are created by the mucosal lining in our gut, which then goes into our bloodstream and basically acts as an anti inflammatory in our body. Fiber for many, many reasons keeps us youthful and healthy. And again, it’s helping to sweep the toxins out of our system and that is going to really help keep your metabolism at peak. Fiber is only found in plant foods. Make sure you’re getting all your cooked veggies and your raw veggies in the form of smoothies and salads.

Kimberly: At this time of year there’s so many farmer’s markets are still mostly going, even though they look paired down. There’s amazing foods that are in season right now like cabbage and cauliflower and bok choy and broccoli and root veggies. So, bake those, use those, incorporate them. There’s incredible antioxidants and nutrients in those foods besides the fiber. Now I also mentioned enzymes. I think enzymes are important because they’re catalysts. They help to clean out our body. They spark transactions and so there’re encouraging this vitality in the body, which I also associate with metabolism and usefulness. So, that’s where the raw foods come in. I’m not an advocate for eating all raw foods as I did for a couple of years and I didn’t feel so balanced after a while. It personally wasn’t right for my body, but I am a fan of eating raw foods in general as well as cooked, so that’s why I mentioned making sure you’re having your glowing green smoothie and salads and rather this two, even in the winter. I think that’s important to incorporate them.

Kimberly: Besides the raw veggies. I am a huge fan of taking digestive enzymes. I have been taking them for years and years and I take them every single day. You guys, Kay. When you stayed with me, you may forget a little bit, Kay, like a lot of people, but I’m like, okay, enzymes before lunch, enzymes before dinner. If you’re interested we have our feel good digestive enzymes, which are super powerful. You can check them out on our website mysolluna.com. look into them. I don’t want to go into too much detail here, but I do take them before lunch and dinner and they supply your body with enzymes to break down the food so you’re not depleting your own enzymes, which is a huge part of, again, youthfulness, vitality, metabolism.

Kimberly: Now cleaning out your system. As I mentioned, I started talking about that, but I’m talking about it. I went back to the foods part and now back to cleansing your system. The more clean our bodies are, the less foreign matter, the less heavy metals, the less amount of decaying foods in our system, the better off we’re going to be and the better our digestion’s going to be, the higher our metabolism is going to be. Because there isn’t all that stuff that’s obstructing our body’s natural intelligence. In that regard, again, fiber is very, very powerful as is avoiding fried vegetable oils and foods that are very, very difficult for your body to break down anything that’s fried. You guys listen, I used to have a lot of French fries. Sometimes I do… When you go to a restaurant, I don’t have [inaudible 00:00:10:52], but sometimes it’ll say crispy, like crispy Brussels sprouts.

Kimberly: And I admit sometimes I’ll eat them, but I know they’re fried in a deep fryer and it’s just again, progress not perfection. But it’s not something you want to get into the habit of eating a lot of. I think fried foods definitely take down our metabolism and steal our beauty longterm. You want to avoid fried foods as much as possible as well as junk foods, processed foods, flavored foods, anything that isn’t naturally derived shouldn’t be a regular part of your diet ideally. Detoxy, which is another thing you could look up on our website is what I take every week to cleanse my body. It’s something I recommend across the board, it’s fantastic. It’s oxygen with ASC2P with vitamin C, which is also very anti-aging. Together they work to just keep your system clean without using laxatives or herbs like senna, which you don’t really want to take in large quantities long term. So, this is a great way to cleanse your system, to cleanse your blood.

Kimberly: I think it’s important that we realize you can’t just put in good food again, especially as we age, especially as decade after decade goes by and expect to get the best results. It’s like cleaning your house, scrubbing your floors, cleaning the crap and the old papers out of your desk. You need to cleanse your body regularly and that’s a huge part of the missing puzzle for a lot of people. I highly recommend the fibers foods and beyond that I do recommend taking Detoxy.

Katelyn: It’s so good to hear that we’re not sentenced to bad metabolism just cause we’re getting older. A lot of people do still have that ageism that they get stuck around numbers. I always think it’s a good reminder to talk about that here and our philosophy where you’re not restricted just because of your age and there’s things we can do to make ourselves feel better and look and feel our best at any age.

Kimberly: How about this Kay? I went to get a checkup the other day and I don’t have a scale at home. I never weigh myself at home, but I actually weigh less now than I did freshman year of college when I was at the height of dieting and running still. And just being obsessed with being skinny. I actually weigh less now and I eat huge quantities of food and I don’t run. I go for walks, pretty mild exercise, but regular I’m active, but it just shows that we’re not sentenced to our metabolism slowing down. If we take these cleansing measures regularly, if we have our diet on point, and I don’t think I’m like this special genetic freak or anything because believe me, I struggled with my metabolism and my weight for years.

Katelyn: Right, right.

Kimberly: Because we can shift it. We are that powerful.

Question 2: I have been plant-based for over two years and just recently I’ve been feeling light headed and I have a little bit of brain fog, low energy and I’m just overly tired. I’ve been supplementing for B12 for a while. I’m not pregnant and I take a probiotic pretty regularly. Is there something you could see in a plant based diet after a couple of years this would start happening? Any suggestions?

Katelyn: 100%. It’s a good reminder for everybody. Okay, we have Erica living in Bozeman, Montana, another Montana beauty, [inaudible 00:13:59] in a lot.

Kimberly: Lovely.

Katelyn: Yeah. She’s asking, I have been plant-based for over two years and just recently I’ve been feeling light headed and I have a little bit of brain fog, low energy and I’m just overly tired. I’ve been supplementing for B12 for a while. I’m not pregnant and I take a probiotic pretty regularly. Is there something you could see in a plant based diet after a couple of years this would start happening? Any suggestions?

Kimberly: Erica, thank you so much for your question and thank you for being part of our community. [inaudible 00:14:41] Montana, which I always dream about. I imagine it’s beautiful. I hear about brain fog and low energy and fatigue across the board from many people, people that eat a lot of meat, people that are actually… I just spoke to someone from a magazine the other day, journalist and she does eat a lot of fish and she eats red meat and she has the same complaints as you have Erica. I would not say this is exclusive to a plant based diet. I think there are specifications that again, I don’t know exactly what you eat. You didn’t write your whole diet out for me. It’s hard for me to exactly say, but sometimes we have food sensitivities or food allergies we may not be aware of.

Kimberly: There are certain foods that we may want to avoid. There are certain modifications we need to make. For instance, as I mentioned, I was a rough foodist for a couple of years and I actually did start feeling lightheaded and low energy and I needed to bring in root vegetables and grains. Grains for me were in our huge lifestyle. I get a lot of energy from grains, I try to avoid gluten, but I have brown rice all the time. I have millet and teff and quinoa and I eat grains. Just like we had Dan Buettner on actually this week, his new book is out, he’s an amazing, amazing researcher, archeologist, sociologist. And he talks about the blue zones and people that have, these cultures, the diet of cultures that live the longest and are the healthiest. And he said, not only are they eating grains every day, they’re pretty much eating greens at every meal.

Kimberly: Everybody’s body is different Erica, for you maybe, my husband doesn’t feel great when he eats as many grains as me. He likes to have more protein. He’s more protein, heavy, less grain, veggie-centered diet. I think this is where experimentation is important. I think you can make modifications. You can look at what you’re eating, you can start food journaling. You could see if there’s anything you may be sensitive to and make adjustments. I will say that, you mentioned taking probiotics, which is great. Supplementing with B12, maybe you need to incorporate more smoothies, maybe the power protein smoothie, which really would be a great way to boost your energy in the afternoon. You want to make sure you’re getting omega-3 fats regularly. If you’re not, you could always take an algae based DHA EPA supplement. Make sure you’re getting a wide variety of veggies.

Kimberly: Again, it’s difficult for me to say exactly because I don’t know what you’re eating. But I will say that for a lot of people, brain fog could be having soy sauce and having a bunch of gluten from that. It could be discovering you’re very sensitive to one food or another. It could be especially this time of year or you need more grounding foods like lentils and sweet potatoes. You just do a personal survey, you know your body best transitioning into winter. Maybe for two years something worked for you, but you need to shift. For two years raw food worked for me and then I needed to shift. I also went through other periods where I went grain free and now I’m very grain heavy. Again, do a survey, do some experimentation. If you want to write back to us and let me know more specifically about what you’re eating and how you’re feeling after making some shifts. I’d be happy to take a look at that as well. But that’s my advice for now.

Katelyn: Amazing. Yeah, it’s always, it comes off with people with their diet and they’re eating a certain way for a while and then they think something goes wrong and it’s hard to know because you can be plant based but not be balanced. I know there was a time when I first started on being plant-based that I was definitely eating more nuts or just certain food groups and I wasn’t getting everything so I agree that’s great advice for the beauties to just take that journaling in the food way and see what’s going on.
Kimberly: Exactly.

Break

Katelyn: Okay beauties, with that we are going to take a short break here and then Kimberly will be back to answer the last two questions.

Kimberly: All right, beauties, we are back from our break and we have two more questions for you guys on this interesting topic of managing shifts in your body through diet, through lifestyle, through all these powerful ways that we really influence our own health through self care.

Question 3: I had my IUD removed two and a half months ago and I’m trying to get pregnant. It hasn’t happened yet. I have to imagine that I won’t be able to conceive until my cycle is regular again. Do you have any lifestyle tips or recommendations for food or herbs to help regulate my cycle and boost my fertility?

Katelyn: Yes, and we have a wide range of questions today we already covered on metabolism and diet. Now we’re going to jump into Jenna’s question from Hamilton, Ontario and she asks, I had my IUD removed two and a half months ago and I’m trying to get pregnant. It hasn’t happened yet. I have to imagine that I won’t be able to conceive until my cycle is regular again. Do you have any lifestyle tips or recommendations for food or herbs to help regulate my cycle and boost my fertility?

Kimberly: Jenna, thank you so much for your question. We get a lot of questions about fertility and pregnancy and I just want to let you guys know where to have much more information coming your way. This is something I’m hugely passionate about, talking about as a mama myself and I do see a lot of struggle unfortunately in the world right now, so stay tuned. We have a lot more support coming and I also want to tease that we have Dr. Neal Barnard coming back on in February who has an incredible upcoming book called Your Body in Balance, which is all about this topic as well, Jenna. But I will say that when we are working to make our cycle regular, there’s definitely some things I want to call out right now. Number one is fiber. And we talk about fiber and so many different contexts, but fiber is actually really important in regulating hormones because fiber has the ability to bind to excess hormones and help to escort them out of the body.

Kimberly: It helps to just keep your hormones levels regulated and healthy, so by following all or largely plant based diet, you’re going to do wonders for your fertility. Another important thing is to avoid dairy as you’re trying to get pregnant for you and your husband. There is a research correlating dairy with making… Again, this comes from Dr. Neal Barnard’s new book is just the study I was just blown away by, but dairy actually has an impact on ovulation and it can also affect sperm adversely. Some research is coming out and showing that, so it cannot hurt. It could only help to avoid dairy 100% at this time. And it’s something I definitely recommend from a Chinese medicine perspective. When we were working to conceive, this is the earth phase where we’re wanting to plant into the earth, into the soil, into your body, so to speak.

Kimberly: So, any earthy foods, particularly sweet potatoes, yams and beets are something that I would ask you to really focus on right now, Jenna, incorporating them regularly to bring that earth element energy into your body and to make it a conducive place for conception to happen. Incorporate all those different tubers, spice them up, bake them, use them at dinner time. It’s a really great time to have those foods. Now, another food I want to bring up and you can check with your doctor, it’s a natural supplement, but you want to make sure it’s right for you is Vitex. Vitex is basically a berry and it has been used in Aryuveda. It’s been used in traditional medical systems to help regulate women’s cycle. It basically helps with progesterone and it helps to regulate cycles basically. It’s a berry, it’s natural, but that’s something that some women take when they’re working to get their cycle regular after getting off IUD or after getting off birth control or something through their cycle off.

Kimberly: That’s something that you could also look into Jenna and there’s different adaptogens. Maca has been correlated with hormones and fertility and cycles. So, that’s something you could also look into on top of what we already talked about. But from my side, fertility is about your body and balance, taking SBO probiotics, eating our diet that we promote with lots of fiber, a wide range of veggies, plant based proteins like lentils and beans. And again, more veggies, getting on your GGS, making sure that you’re having enough Omega-3 fats. Since you’re trying to get pregnant now, I would definitely recommend starting with a good prenatal vitamin now and also separately making sure you’re taking a DHA EPA supplement from Algae. Testa is one brand out there that you can popularly source. There are others, but make sure you’re taking those omega-3 fats now.

Katelyn: It’s so great that we’re talking about this and I’m really glad that we’re going to be having more information coming out because it is so widely talked about and there is a lack of resource in this department, especially when it comes to being plant-based and trying to get pregnant. I’m glad we touched upon it today. As Kimberly mentioned, beauties more to come, make sure you subscribe to our newsletter over on my solluna.com if you’re interested in that because we’ll be sending updates as we get into 2020.

Kimberly: Mm-hmm(affirmative). Great.

Question 4: Kimberly, do you have any advice for menopausal transition? I’m 43 and I feel my hormones are shifting. I feel pretty angry, not to mention the lack of sleep I’m having and weight gain.

Katelyn: Okay. We have one more question. It’s from Emma living in Essex in the UK. Kimberly, do you have any advice for menopausal transition? I’m 43 and I feel my hormones are shifting. I feel pretty angry, not to mention the lack of sleep I’m having and weight gain.

Kimberly: Emma, thank you so much for your question and I want to point out that peri-menopause could go on for 10 years more before actual menopause. There’s a difference and that’s the precursor, but it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re in menopause yet Emma. There’s a lot of genetic factors, there’s a lot of other factors. But 43 is pretty young to go into menopause in general. It’s possible of course. But that being said, you’re feeling hormonal shifts in your body as they’re very well may be whether you’re in perimenopause or menopause. And I want to talk about, the weight gain and the hot flashes and the shifts. And first of all, let’s just make sure that we go into a more sattvic diet, which is the balance way as Ayurveda will say there’s foods that are rajasic, very active.

Kimberly: There’s foods that are tamasic, very sluggish inducing. And we want to go the middle path, especially when we’re shifting our hormones, especially with menopause, towards sattvic foods. So that means foods that are very balancing in the body. And one of the biggest food groups that comes up is dark leafy green vegetables. They’re yin, they’re cooling from an energetic standpoint, especially at a time where you’re going into hot flashes and more shifts. So kale and arugala and watercress and sauteed greens to have with dinner, having greens in your GGS.

Kimberly: This is going to be one of the most wonderful foods for you right now. Yams, we just talked about yams and root vegetables in terms of conception and fertility and pregnancy, but yams, there’s research about yams helping with women’s hormones. Yams are just a wonderful food for women in general. Excuse me, Dan Buettner was talking about Okinawan women, which are some of the traditionally now everything’s changing in modern times, but traditionally the longest livid some of the most healthy women in the world and he said that 70% of their calories were coming from these sweet potatoes and these yams.

Kimberly: So I will say that yams, sweet potatoes are really great food to incorporate in general. I will say that fiber is really important for, again, goes back to fiber, creating that balance, that balance energy in your body. And then you don’t want to make sure that you’re not overstimulating your body with caffeine, which is such a culprit in creating havoc in our body with our adrenals and with our hormones. Your body’s already going through a lot. So it’s important to just create more, again, more of that sattvic quality. If you need some caffeine, try drinking matcha tea or green tea… which there’s more and more studies coming out about the anxiety, reducing effects of matcha and the ability to give you antioxidants and yes, some energy and some caffeine, but not as much as coffee and energy shots are things that I definitely don’t recommend.

Kimberly: It’s also really important, it’s funny, through these different shifts, there’s a lot of foods that overlap. Omega-3 fats are essential during menopause as well. Just as we talked about taking DHA supplements, EPA from Algae, I don’t recommend them from fish. Fish can be contaminated, it be rancid. And in contrast, the fish are getting the DHA, they’re getting the Omega fats from eating algae so we can go to the primary source as well. Take that supplement as well as having chia seeds, Emma. And that’s a really great thing to do for yourself and make sure that you’re not exacerbating the conditions by having a lot of sugar or donuts and cookies. I definitely recommend eating along with the greens, you’re getting calcium from the greens. There’s a lot of hormonal potentially imbalancing compounds in dairy.

Kimberly: Despite the longterm habits of many cultures around the world of eating dairy. Let’s look at the facts. The blue zone cultures do not consume large amounts in any of them and hardly any. Dan was talking about cow’s milk, dairy products across the board. Again, you can get dairy easily assimilated, high absorbable forms from plant based foods, which is important. Same thing with protein. Now is a time you want to create balance. There’s so many steroids and hormones and toxins in meat, unfortunately in fish. I recommend having your beans and your legumes and your keen-wah and just simply don’t cross nuts and seeds and all these wonderful forms of plant based protein to create real balance in your body. And you want to make sure that you are just really meditating, taking time to calm down and self-sooth and find time within yourself, Emma.

Kimberly: Anytime we’re going through a shift, I think we get a little bit frazzled and we freak out a little bit. But this is the time to go inward. Shifts are beautiful transitions. If you are going through menopause now or down the road, this is a beautiful time. It means we’re deepening in our wisdom as women. It means the garden is maturing. We have even more in many ways to offer our families and our culture. And so make sure that you take the time to pause and reflect and spend time with yourself. If we have stress and anxiety built up around transitions, it will make it harder and create tension in your body.

Kimberly: I will also say just to relax, have an evening routine to help with better sleep. Make sure you take a hot shower but that you do that an hour or two before bed so your body can cool down to cooler temperatures, which is more conducive to sleep. Keep your bedroom at a cooler temperature and steady, which is also better for sleep and you drink a nice elixir in the evening and just relax before you get into bed so that you have that time to prepare your body for beauty sleep.

Katelyn: Well, thank you Kimberly for this wide array of advice on a lot of different topics covering our topic today, managing shifts in your body. I think we covered a lot. If you’re curious more beauties that you’re listening, you can head over to mysolluna.com in the show notes today. We’ll have links and resources and more information that you can dig into these topics. A lot of them were bigger topics and we have articles and vlogs and other information for you if you want to dig a little bit deeper than we’re able to on our Thursday show.

Kimberly: Thank you, Kay yes, there’s so much, so much we have, there’s so much content we’re constantly pumping out. Take advantage of beauties. There’s a lot more to explore.

Katelyn: 100% and as always, just want to remind you before we go into the thought of the week to close the show, if you have a question on the top of your mind or a theme you want us to talk about, make sure to submit your questions on mysolluna.com/askkimberly in the form there. That’s where I get your questions every week.

Thought of the Week

Kimberly: Awesome. Kay, thank you so much. And I will also share my thought of the week Kay, which is relevant to our topic today about shifts and transitions. I will say go with the flow, which is the way of the wise and the way of true beauty. Going with the flow means we’re not fighting. We’re not trying to fight aging or a shift or transition because fighting means we create resistance. And as I was just saying to Emma, it means we create tension and stress and actually more pain and more inflammation. Instead we want to go with the flow. We want to accept how things are and address them as they are. Does it mean we just roll over and do nothing? But it means we do shift our diet. Maybe we shift what we’re eating seasonally. Just like we shift our clothes, we shift our herbs, we make adjustments, we flow, we don’t fight.

Kimberly: Again, we don’t resist. We don’t have to create more pain and more suffering. We flow along. And that in turn creates more much better results in our body and how we feel. Again, it’s the way of true beauty is the way of our power. It’s the way that we are in our fullest confidence and we are in touch with our uniqueness. We’re not trying to fight a shift or transition, but we’re honoring it. And again, we can just adjust our lifestyle around it. So that’s my thought for your beauties. Maybe to reflect where you can be in more flow in your life. Sometimes I want to stick to eating the same foods as we go into a different season and I think, all we know, it’s time to go back in my spice cabinet and mix things up. I’ve been eating this food for a while, but it’s time to explore more. Right now meaning more spaghetti squash, Kay, more butternut squash soup even though I’m in that flow with certain soups that I get into.

Kimberly: So be in the flow, see what’s going on in your life where you can adjust things and shift. We’re such dynamic beings that we want to go with that and honor that. And that’s again how we feel and look our best. Thank you so much Kay for gathering the questions and thank you so much beauties for tuning in. As always, we honor you, we love you, we appreciate you. We are so grateful that we are together on this journey to true beauty and love and life and joyfulness and increasing our connection with ourselves and others in this lifetime. We will be back here Monday for our next interview podcast. Until then, as Kay mentioned, keep the questions coming. Take care of yourself and we will see you back here in just a few days.