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Myofascal Relase At Home Care Class

Are you in need of some serious bodywork?

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But maybe you don't have the time, feel comfortable getting undressed, or you just can't afford it right now?

I GET IT !

Join me as I share simple yet effective at home techniques for releasing stress, restriction, pain, tension and anxiety in the body and mind through at home myofascial release techniques.

I've been practicing what I preach! I've received and given myofascial release consistently for several years now and I'm eager to share what I know.

This class is perfect for anyone on a budget, who needs more bodywork than is available to them, or someone who just wants to learn more about at home self-care techniques.

What the heck is Myofascial ?

Myofascial release ("myo" referring muscle, and "fascia" referring to connective tissue) is the gentle release of tissues in the body.

Fascia is the mother of all connective tissue! We now know that everything in the body is made from fascia, EVERYTHING! And It's crucial that we tap into those fascia layers to get deep and lasting results.

Come learn, experience and unwind!

This is a $20 class. We will spend over an hour together so prepare for that. Comfortable clothing is a must, no denim, restrictive clothing or thick fabrics. You must be able to get down on the floor, and get back up again for this class.

Please come with a yoga mat, 2 pillows, and a large blanket. If you have a foam roller or yoga bolster, please bring those. (see me for questions)

Each person will get hands on instruction, assistance and you'll walk out the door feeling like you had a massage, without disrobing, or paying a typical massage therapist session fee.

Join me for this special first of many classes. This is a prepaid class as we have a limit to 12 people so that everyone gets an opportunity to have hands on assistance with me.

Please send a $20 payment to desiree@modernhippie.org on paypal or Cash App. $20 cash payments can also be left at the front desk at Red Fox Market.

Thanks! Excited !!!

Class Details:

  • Class to be held at the Red Fox Market

  • Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

  • 5:30pm (1-1.5 hour long class)

  • wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing. No denim, or tight fitting thick fabric.

  • bring yoga mat, 2 pillows, large blanket, and if you have a foam roller or yoga bolster, bring those!

  • There’s a limit of 12 participants for this class, so pre-register by sending a payment to desiree@modernhippie.org on Paypal, or prepay at the front desk of Red Fox Market with cash.

Shedding Layers, the Naturopathic Way

Exactly 1 year ago. Nothing fit me in my closet, and I was really unhappy in my skin.

Exactly 1 year ago. Nothing fit me in my closet, and I was really unhappy in my skin.

This is a humbling post to write. But, I feel like I'm ready to share it.

I've been through a lot in the last 2 years. But one of the things I haven't really talked about publicly, is my weight. Yes, I know, I'm always beautiful at any weight, or so they tell me –But it's still hard! I'm quite certain that last summer I weighed 155 lbs or so, maybe more? And it took me making some major changes to shift towards a body that feels more like "me".

In this post I’m sharing what it was like, what I did about it, and what it's like now.

I’ll begin by saying that I was really miserable. It’s hard to have a job helping people, when you don’t feel good about yourself. It’s actually beyond hard, torturous is more like it. Everyday, you feel like a fraud, a fake. And this went on for a while. I couldn’t get “unstuck”. I had no motivation to change, and it was really wearing me down. Fortunately, God, universe, source, my higher power, had a plan.

I got really sick in March after my birthday. Could hardly eat, terrible cough and fever. But it was a huge blessing. Because it spurred the modifications to my diet and lifestyle necessary for change.

Whole Foods: No, not the store.

  • I gave up all sugar (besides honey and maple syrup (and fruit)

  • I gave up wheat with the exception of some home made sour dough here and there.

  • I gave up dairy, cream, cheese, yogurt, all that.

  • I gave up most meat for just a few weeks as a cleanse.

  • I switched from coffee with cream and honey EVERYDAY, to green tea, yerba mate´, or herbal teas.

  • No more La Croix either (disturbs your mineral balance)


And that’s it.

I really didn't change my physical fitness, although I'm working on that now. I didn't try to cut calories, or avoid carbs. I ate rice, quinoa, any vegetable I want, meat, AND, I got REALLY creative with my sweet treats.


A few things that I creatively made to help with my "snackiness"

  • Cut up apples and dehydrated them (added cinnamon) for a night time snack.

  • Roasted nuts and seeds with cinnamon, maple syrup or honey for a sweet treat.

  • Made homemade nut milks in my blender to make hot cocoas on nights that I just NEED something sweet. Raw cacao powder, honey, cinnamon, almond milk = yum-yum.

  • I reserve the right for a spoonful o’ honey – any old time I want it. It healthfully and effectively curbs your sweet tooth.

20 lbs lighter and loving it ! Everything in the closet fits! (almost) lol

20 lbs lighter and loving it ! Everything in the closet fits! (almost) lol

I also did some detox work in April and May. Including several liver detoxes, some bowel detox work, and on top of that, I REALLY focussed on my quality of digestion, sleep, stress, and took herbs and supplements for all that.

A whole food diet is paramount. Make your food.

I prepared water kefir for yummy carbonated beverages. I made almost daily whole food smoothies, and juices, salads and soups, I grilled out, baked, and used my dehydrator. On the go, I usually do a Q-doba salad, but besides that, I’ve pretty much consumed 100% homemade meals for the past 5 months. Which has saved me a TON of money!

This work was hard.

Breaking an addiction to sugar and daily coffee drinking alone is enough to scare the crap out of most people. The first two weeks were a challenge. How I got through it was I found other foods and beverages that I also really loved. I found a way to let go of the things that were absolutely not serving my body and mind. And I learned a lot in the process. The mental emotional shift alone is staggering. I'm 100% sure that sugar was contributing to mild depression. These changes have also had some really positive effects on (what is likely) undiagnosed endometriosis.

I feel happier, more balanced, my periods are less painful, more regular and less disruptive to my life (although not perfect)

So what is there still to work on? A LOT.

I'm definitely still struggling with a lot of inflammation in my hands and wrists. No one can understand chronic pain until they have it. When your finding it difficult to turn doorknobs or use a can opener, you know it's bad. I'm in the process of taking some drastic steps to improve that - so stay tuned. I'll be sharing that journey too!

Get some help if you need it.

If you want to learn more about what I did and how I did it. If you think that you want to make a change for yourself, but your not sure where to start. Reach out!

I do remote consultations or you can come stop by my office in Big Rapids Michigan. Let me share what I’ve learned and experienced, and help you take a holistic approach to weight loss and weight maintenance.

Blessings, cheers, love, light and happiness to y’all !

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Inexpensive, Natural & Grain Free Pumpkin Dog Treats

Natural dog treats are not cheap.

I can buy a $12 bag of natural dog treats and Buckley, my Australian Shepherd Poodle mix will blow through those in like 4 days. When you're trying to train your dog you need treats, and A LOT of them. The solution? Homemade dog treats that are natural and that don't break the doggy bank. 

The verdict on this recipe? Fantastic!

It is hands down the treat that he is most excited about of all the treats I've purchased. This is massively important if you want to get and keep your doggy's attention when your training. Here's what you need: 

  • 1 Can Organic Pumpkin (no sugar obviously!)
  • 2 Cups Coconut Fluor
  • 3-4 tbsp of Almond Butter
  • 3 Pastured eggs or organically raised if that's what you have
  • 1 Healthy drizzle of olive oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup (for fun)
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast (nutritional, keeps flees away!)
  • A generous dash of cinnamon
  • Small sprinkle of celtic sea salt
  • Mix everything together. It will be pretty thick
  • Grease the pan with a little olive oil and plop the dough down using a rolling pin or your hands to flatten it out on the cookie sheet to about 1/2 and inch to 3/4 inch thick.

Then bake at 350º for 40 minutes. It will smell lovely like a cookie and have a cracked top. It's easy to take a hard spatula and shovel out large sheets of doggy biscuit. I cooled them on a cookie rack and then put some in a small container to have available to use and the rest in the freezer.

Voila! These are easy, fun and my Buckers loves them. I hope your furry friend does too!