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Testimonial from Corina Maeting The Jam Goddess

Aisling FitzGibbon

Having worked with Aisling FitzGibbon over the last few months, I can honestly say that she is truly amazing and a real gem in the nutrition world. I'd even say she is a world class expert in her field. Her holistic approach to nutrition is one of a kind and will make a massive difference to your life. - Corina Maeting The Jam Goddess

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Friday Q & A

Aisling FitzGibbon

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Q:How can I learn to trust the Universe?

This week's question came from a lady who wanted to know how we can develop a trust in the universe which can be challenging when life isn't going in the way we had planned. Many people are so used to being in the driving seat of their lives that when ill health or a traumatic event happens, it can feel for a time that life is spiralling out of control. When this happens and someone casually says that you need to develop a trust in the universe, this can feel like the wrong response ,when all you want is to get back into your old life that was safe, secure and known. 

I know what this feels like as it happened to me when I had to develop a trust in the universe at a young age. I was on holidays from University and working two Summer jobs, partly to fund my life for the coming term and partly to pay for a holiday with my friends. Due to many reasons, some explained in a previous blog. I became ill and absolutely exhausted. With little lifeforce energy, life began to rapidly unravel and although I tried to patch things up with medication I limped along, knowing that this wasn't a long term solution.  I recall thinking that all I wanted was to have my old life back but the universe had other plans for me.

Once I began my healing journey I had to learn to let go. This wasn’t easy as I was used to setting goals, working towards them and making new ones. I remember even writing down the month I thought I would get better and crossed off each new achievement as I was recovering. I kept a journal of how I felt at each stage, how I wanted to feel and had marked out a date when I would be full of energy and happiness. When it didn’t happen in the time zone I had anticipated I felt that I had let myself down and that the universe sucked big time. I remember crying to my mum and she told me that there are times in life when it is best not to attach too much to outcome. The ego part of me recoiled at such a suggestion as I had put so much time and energy into getting well but I was willing to try. It was my turning point as once I let go and stopped focusing on getting well my energy gradually returned.

My recipe for learning to trust in the universe.

1)    I learned that if we try to control the outcome we are overtly focusing on the problem. There is a universal law that we strengthen that which we oppose. I was opposing myself, sending myself messages that I wasn’t right. I had to learn to love and accept myself where I was at that point in time. Yes I had the intention of getting my energy back but instead of focusing on that intention I let it go. If we attach too much to outcome we tend to block the flow of life. Society tends to judge us on what we do and focuses on our monetary value. I had to learn that I was enough just the way I was. 

2)    I realised that there was little point in waiting to be happy in a future setting so I decided to find happiness on a daily basis. I tapped into my vision daily. I learned to cultivate joy in nature, go for gentle walks, appreciate the beauty of where I lived. I was eating a super healthy diet and made beautiful meals full of energy, colour and taste. I was sending messages of life and love to my body and to my soul.

3)    Being outside in nature helped me to align with the universal energy. Nature is part of who we are and being outside, walking or gardening helped me to tune into the earth upon which we all live. Nature is a powerful ally and being in it reduces inflammation, sends a calming message to the nervous system and feeds the senses. I learned to love the trees in the local forest, appreciate their majesty and sense their life giving force. I enjoyed how I felt being outside walking even in the Irish rain. 

4)    We got rid of our TV as it was sprouting negative news and creating a world vision that wasn't mine. In doing this I spent lots of time in silence and really learned to tune into my own thoughts and feelings. This helped me to develop and refine my own intuition. I became able to discern how I felt in certain situations and how I felt around people. I felt I was really learning to listen to my inner guidance. I know that this concept of trust can be a challenging one for some people, especially when they are reminded on on a continuous news loop that the world isn't  a safe place. I can't stress enough how important it is to extricate oneself from the fear grid and choose what you read and what you watch.

5)    I fed my soul with inspiring books and quotes. I watched comedies and laughed. This helped me to stay upbeat and as my energy and awareness rose I started to attract into my life the people and experiences that would lead me to the next step in my life. We attract where we are at on an energy level so it’s important to work on increasing our energy and vibration.

6)    As my energy increased through food, supplements and daily practices I felt a confidence in my  body that I didn’t have before. I began to trust in my body and in its ability to create energy. From being able to trust myself I began also  to trust in a universe that had provided me with the support structure I needed for my recovery. I became grateful for what the universe had provided and instead of berating myself, I began to acknowledge myself for having undertaken a journey that would eventually bring me into a place of health, happiness and lots of love.

7)    I learned to trust in the unknown elements of life and not to future trip which only triggered fear and anxiety. The unknown becomes the known on a daily basis and all we really have is now. I began to become more present and more at peace in the now.

8)    I cleared any limiting thoughts and beliefs I had about myself and also cleared my ancestral karma, by cellular and emotional clearing. I was simply making room for the new detoxed me. I discovered that we can block what we need when we become enmeshed in our stories. The past is the past and the real power and potential is in the moment. We can work on creating a newer happier story. 

There were times of course when life wasn’t all plain sailing. Anytime I decided to control the outcome my energy would drop and I would have to go back to the drawing board and learn to release again and again. I learned to simply state my intentions and let go. When energy increases, one’s vibration increases and this is what allowed me to be open to the many miracles and surprises that the universe had and still has to offer. Trust in the universe starts with you and the further you are on your healing journey the easier it becomes. One step at a time illuminates the next one, guiding us on our continued evolution.

If you feel inspired to work with me please fill in my clarity call application form. I use a combination of diet, supplements and energy work to restore your energy so you can live the life you want to live. 

 

Friday Q & A

Aisling FitzGibbon

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Hi Aisling

 Q: My grandson has been diagnosed with ADHD by his GP. He has always been a very lively lad but since starting secondary school last year has found it difficult to concentrate on his school work and lately has become disruptive in class. Her GP mentioned him taking Ritalin but I would be interested in looking at more natural alternatives. I would be grateful for any advice you can give me. Thanks for your time.

 A:Thanks for your email. It seems a pity that GPs are not looking at the reasons behind behaviour problems instead of offering medication that does nothing to rectify the underlying biochemical imbalances if the reason is physical. Prescriptions for Ritalin have more than doubled in the past decade. In the UK there has been a seven fold increase since 1997. In Ireland the HSE spent 2.5 millions in 2012  on ADHD medications, the highest spend being on Ritalin at 1.3 million.

 Ritalin works by stimulating the part of the brain that controls our mental and behavioural processes. This drug does not come without side effects. It has also been known since 1986 that methylphenidate, the generic term for Ritalin, causes shrinkage of the brain. A study that appeared in Psychiatry Research (Vol. 17, 1986) states: "The data in this study are suggestive of mild cerebral atrophy in young male adults who had a diagnosis of HK/MBD during childhood and had received stimulant drug treatment for a period of time." The power of methylphenidate is closer to cocaine than aspirin.

I would certainly not consider giving any young child a drug like Ritalin due to its side effects, long term repercussions and because the causes of ADHD  are not being addressed. Sometimes children find the transitions to Secondary school difficult as it comes with its own challenges.  The transition from childhood into adolescence can also be problematic for some children when they lack the vitamins, minerals and essential oils that they body needs in order to step into this new stage. I would suggest addressing your grandson’s diet, making sure that he is getting sufficient protein from lean cuts of meat (meat is high in zinc), incorporating a wide range of vegetables and some fruit into his diet and also takes a high quality krill oil supplement which helps with brain development and with mood.  I would also monitor his exposure to smart phones and to the internet which can be quite addictive, causing dopamine rushes to the brain flooding his immature brain with feel good chemicals.  This can lead to a lack of concentration in school as the brain is used to being overtly stimulated by cyber images. I would look at his sleeping levels as a growing boy needs enough sleep to be able to concentrate the following day. His mother could try massaging magnesium oil onto his feet at night before sleep and make sure that all electronic equipment is out of bedroom when he goes to sleep. It's also a good idea for him to spend time outside and to perhaps encourage him to take part in a sport. I would also advise him to drink sufficient fluid as dehydration has a stress effect on the brain and can cause children to act up and misbehave.

 I work with mothers addressing their children’s health issues on a weekly coaching programme. I help to design fun and interesting menus for children and create a tailor -made supplement programme. I also look at emotional issues and work on  lifestyle changes when necessary.  

If you are interested in working with me please fill in my clarity call application form and we can take it from there. 

THE REASON I WORK IN STRUCTURED HEALTH CARE PROGRAMMES

Aisling FitzGibbon

I used to do one off Health Care plans for people. Having taken a detailed case history and spent time making out a nutritional plan, off went my clients with the knowledge to get well. Job done, or so I thought, until I realised that unless my clients returned I had absolutely no idea if they implemented the plan or not. All these nutritional plans were flying through cyberspace and I was unaware of the final outcome. No feedback made me feel like I wasn’t doing my job right. What I learned very quickly in my practice is that there was a big difference in giving someone a Health care programme, expecting them to figure it out for themselves and in supporting them as they learned how to implement it.  

Welcome to the new Health Care Model

From experience, I know that health coaching works. In the same way that nobody can expect to get a six pack from one visit to the gym, it's difficult to expect change from a one- off Health Care plan. Yes, there can be some benefit from a single session but long term sustainable change takes at least three months to achieve. This is because change is a multifaceted process. For example, some people need emotional support before they can even begin to implement any biochemical changes. Others like to dive in and do the biochemical work first and then find they have the energy and motivation to clear stuck emotions and outdated mindsets. There are clients who like to delve deeper beyond the physical and emotional to discover their soul’s path before they become energised, happy and fulfilled.

As a Therapist, my role is to hold the space for each client, allowing them to approach their healing from where they are at while acting as a bridge taking them from where they are to where they want to be. Eventually they are taught to become their own expert, their own healer, their own authority by learning to implement the knowledge that I share in our weekly sessions.

It takes education and time to make the shift away from the current medical paradigm into the new Health Care Model that requires self -responsibility, understanding of one’s own energetic system and learning about what works for you. For too long we have given our authority away to the medical system. We have expected others to heal us from our symptoms, not realising that symptoms are our body’s messengers, telling us when something's wrong. The new Health Care Model sees all our energy bodies as interconnected- our physical, our emotional, our mental and our spiritual bodies. You cannot heal one level without experiencing shifts in another.

When a client signs up for us to work together it is a commitment to themselves and to their healing. I offer 1:1 online sessions lasting 90 minutes. Taking a detailed case history gives me valuable insights that I use to inform my treatment plans. Over the coming weeks, I use the time to review where clients are at and what has emerged for them since the last session. I monitor how they are responding to the biomedical changes we have implemented and make adjustments where necessary. 

I use my Occupational Therapy skills to help break down goals into manageable and actionable steps. This helps to greatly reduce the overwhelm all of us can experience when changes are needed and actions are required to be taken. Slow and steady wins the race as it takes time to implement new habits and to create the neural pathways to embody new information.

Most attempts at change don’t work, not because people don’t make progress but because they are unable to keep that progress going. It is my job to make each client accountable and motivated to keep them on track for each week of their programme. Unless people are accountable there will always be an excuse not to change. Sometimes people resist change as it makes them feel afraid and uncomfortable. Some people want to change but can unwittingly sabotage their efforts just when they are ready to make a leap forward so we explore what exactly is holding them back from achieving their goals. 

Change is rarely a single event as it happens over time- likewise it may not happen linearly as clients can move back and forth until the change becomes fully established.  There is no one size fits all formula. We look at energy from all angles making sure that the physical changes are in line with lifestyle changes and with the people in our lives. There is no point in just addressing our physical energy if it's leaking out to other people who don’t respect our boundaries.

Vitamin J forms the backdrop of my healing approach. I'm aware that we need to build up stores of joy in our lives, be it from learning to appreciate and find joy in what we already have in our lives to finding it through other avenues. When we learn anything from a place of joy we seek from a place of fullness rather than lack. By connecting to the vibration of joy our attitudes transform and pave the way to solutions.

Working in structured Health Care Programmes with people has made the world of a difference to my professional work as I can experience the successes of people on their healing journey and share eureka moments and game changing energetic shifts. Showing people how to implement their programme has revolutionised my practice and enabled me to deliver a more efficient and worthwhile service. I was once naïve enough to think that a one-off session could change someone’s health. Now I know that healing is a process that needs to be carefully monitored and adjusted according to healing reactions and to where each client is at.

The new Health Care Model is multidimensional in all aspects and requires education and time to fully embrace it. When I start each new journey with a client I have no idea where it will take us. I am always surprised what lies beneath the societal layers, the familial conditioning and the presenting health picture. Underneath it all is utter perfection that reveals itself as we proceed. I am forever humbled by my work and I am delighted to be able to support the transformation of each new client as they learn to embrace their new template. 

If you are interested in working with me anytime soon, then fill in my clarity call application form and we can take it from there.

References

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+effects+of+health+coaching+on+adult+patients+with+chronic+diseases:+a+systematic+review