No matter what life brings, Lolo Adi Parashakti (Hindu for feminine all encompassing), chooses to find satisfaction/contentment. She has made health personal by testing and trying different movement/nutrition solutions until she finds results. Her deep confidence that the answers already exist and are simply waiting to be uncovered allows her to enjoy the journey and value each day for what it can teach her. Her open, thankful and generous spirit is what makes Lolo an Energizer!
Below are Kathryn Grashow’s words of why she nominated Lolo:
“I met her throughout our World of Mae journey, as she helped us spread the word and put together a very generous basket donation, she also shared her strong spirit of peaceful and vivacious wisdom and action in life. She is [was] pregnant with her fourth child and chronicling her experience to embrace her body’s changes as well as show women how beautiful EVERY part of our womanhood truly is. She is a dancer who beats to the sound of her own drum and raises her children in a way that will make the world a better place because of their existence. She has overcome quite a bit of challenges and continues to maintain spiritual and physical health and wellness by diving into a path less traveled and NOT settling for less. She also holds meditation classes which I love and has started a new FB page called Aloha Lolo and website to spread positive energy and wonderful resources.”
LOLO’S HEALTH STORY
The healing towards my optimal health began about 10 years ago. I had always been a very active person playing sports, climbing trees, hiking, yoga, running, etc. You name it and I would try it. I was also a child that was often sick or sustained injuries from lack of my own awareness in my environment. Fast forward to the age of 26 years old and I am new mother to a one-year old baby who has newly been diagnosed with Celiac disease (an autoimmune disease) and I have begun to have weakness in my hands and feet, a weakness that had plagued me since high school. This time, however, would be different. I dropped my one-year old and even though she wasn’t injured I was left with my legs not working and with no feeling, loss of vision, paralysis to my face, loss of feeling to my left hand and a splitting headache that felt like I had been shocked at the crown of my head. Multiple Sclerosis. This was the diagnosis given to me after a one week hospital stay that had MRIs showing lesions, but doctors unsure if they were lesions or artifacts because “You don’t want to diagnose it as MS and it be something different. Besides, the medications are pretty painful and you don’t want that.” I was sent home, exhausted and not all the way recovered. It was from there I decided to take action and heal myself, even if I didn’t know how…yet.
10 years later and much research and experimentation, I am well. I am healed. Some might say it was just an episode or maybe it wasn’t Multiple Sclerosis but for about two to three years after that episode I experienced loss of vision (optic neuritis), muscle weakness, face weakness and I dragged my foot. Now I experience none of that. And it all began with WHAT I ate and HOW I moved.
I used to be a punisher of my body, and at first I was angry it wouldn’t move faster, or as strong, as I wanted, but then I began to listen to it. I listened to the pains, I listened to the weakness, I listened to when my body said NO MORE. The hardest was listening in the stillness. The absolute stillness. The times when I had to lay, staring at the ceiling, recovering from pains and illness. The days when the kids left me in a heap of exhaustion. My movement started with meditation, because sometimes all that would work was the mind and I had done meditation since I was 18 years old. I knew how to work the mind but the real challenge came when as I sat more fears and pains began to surface. I had to sit longer to learn from all that I was feeling. Next, came Iynegar yoga, a healing form of yoga taught by B.K.S. Iyengar who developed this method of yoga after his many illnesses and incorporated props to use for when asanas couldn’t be achieved on their own. Slowly my strength came back and I began to do more than I ever had before.
Through the journey of finding my strength I found that food was the key to my healing aspect. Without the foods that healed me I could not have even dreamed to develop strength. At first I started on a gluten-free and dairy-free diet because my daughter had just been diagnosed with Celiac disease and MS symptoms seemed to clear for some on a gluten-free/dairy-free diet. From there my research developed and I went to a Primal diet, then a Paleo diet and currently to a Ketogenic diet. The Ketogenic diet is the one I have had the most success on. It is a diet based on a model that is High Fat, Moderate Protein and Low Carb. I eat anywhere from 100-200 grams of fat a day and for the first time in my life I am full, I have boundless energy and NO MS symptoms whatsoever.
My newest experimentation, was implementing the Ketogenic diet during pregnancy. I just gave birth to my fourth child at the end of May 2015 and I did it while gaining 25lbs, natural birth, and my baby weighed 8lbs 10oz and is one the healthiest and peaceful of all my babies. I was monitored by a maternal fetal specialist for my glucose levels and ultrasounds to confirm all was well, and in the end the Ketogenic diet was a success.
Now my healing health journey will be to heal again from birthing another child and this will also be an awesome adventure. Our biggest, most awful moments in life are often the moments that teach us the most. I have learned so much through my journey. The only thing that is constant in life is change and I now use change to make me my strongest, most evolved self. When I move I do what stirs me, and that changes from day to day. Sometimes I play on the playground with the kids (Go ahead! Follow your children and mimic them and you will move your body like you never have. I learned to do pull-ups when I started playing on the playground.), other times I practice yoga, other times it is hiking in the woods and climbing on trees, or lift weights in my home. My favorite movement is dance! Latin, African, Hip-Hop, Ballet…I dance them all! My routine is never the same I keep as much of it out doors as possible. The teachers that inspire me in movement are Ido Portal, Erwan LeCorre and Katy Bowman. They have all taught me to slow down, have awareness of myself and to strengthen myself as a whole and to heal the parts that make up that whole, even the healing takes years.
Lastly, I must say that the practice of the mind is the practice I treasure most. I practice many Buddhist teachings and I have always had a strong meditation practice, even as teenager. As an adult I began to study Buddhism and found a temple to practice at. Each day I start my day with meditation and gratitude. Learning to work with the mind and help it to delegate energy to only those things that need our attention and to learn to be still with oneself is THE most valuable tool in my healing. I love to teach meditation and I teach classes to adults and children, as well as forest walking meditation (Shinrin-Yoku).
My lifestyle can be strict at times, and many are not willing to do as much work as I do, but I made the choice to live as I do because it allows me to LIVE life. I am not here on the planet to just eat, breathe and die. I came to experience the joy and the pain, the laughter and the tears.
WHAT WORKED FOR LOLO:
Movement Culture represents a contemporary paradigm shift in physicality, moving us away from main culprits in movement and fitness as well as the separation between health, aesthetics, performance and art.
RECLAIM YOUR NATURE.
The cure for sitting at a desk is not sitting on a workout machine. It is movement. Animals don’t exercise, they do what is required to survive. Birds fly, fish swim. A Tiger is a powerful, graceful animal simply by doing what a Tiger does. This practical, real world approach is what we have lost, and what natural movement can restore.
With radical, science-based health directives, Katy is taking the health-and-wellness world by storm with her bold “exercise is not movement” platform. A biomechanist by training and a problem-solver at heart, she has helped thousands reduce chronic pain, increase bone density, and improve metabolic health through movement and proper alignment.
The diet is high in fat, supplies adequate protein and is low in carbohydrates. This combination changes the way energy is used in the body. Fat is converted in the liver into fatty acids and ketone bodies. Another effect of the diet is that it lowers glucose levels and improves insulin resistance. An elevated level of ketone bodies in the blood, a state known as ketosis, leads to a reduction in the occurrence of epileptic seizures.
The paleolithic diet, also known as the paleo diet or caveman diet, is a diet based on the food humans’ ancient ancestors might likely have eaten, such as meat, nuts and berries, and excludes food to which they likely wouldn’t have had access, like dairy.
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