“To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wildness we fear is the pause between our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by this same grace. Wild mercy is in our hands” ~ Terry Tempest Williams
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You know those people whose spirit lights up an entire room?
Meet Paula Bartholomy, Hawthorn University's Director of Online Events and Registrar. As I interviewed her for the series, I couldn't help but think, “What a beautiful person, who radiates joy.” Her confidence, passion for helping others, and decades-long journey in holistic health were so inspiring.
I hung up the phone, wishing I could take her to lunch, and become lifelong friends.
So far, we've
Chatted about – Her family's influence, areas she's studied, and the disease she avoided working with for a very long time
And then – Self-care, her wellness philosophy, seeking health-related truth in a world of misinformation, and the beautiful presence she brings to those at the end of their lives
Last time – Her thoughts about our weight-loss culture, her health non-negotiables, (not-so-guilty) pleasures, and the most beautiful nightly ritual
Today – This is one to bookmark! She shares with us (so many) of her favorite resources. Everything from colleagues, podcasts, books, journals, and social media accounts. And, the sweet spirit of encouragement her family offered when faced with their out-of the box child
Do you have any go-to resources for living a healthy life?
If I had only one to tap into, it would be Deanna Minich's work with the Whole Detox. The thing I really like about Deanna is: she's a scientist, and she comes at it from a spiritual perspective. She's presenting the work that I've done since early on, all aspects of it. It's my philosophy in a book and also in a program.
Deanna offers a 21-day personalized program to break through barriers in really every area of life. She recently made this available online, as a self-paced program. The Whole Detox programs I've done with her haven't exposed so much that's new to me, in terms of actionables, (like meditation, visualization, journaling, movement). But it's the intention, the daily doing, and commitment to myself, and the Whole Detox community that is such a draw and so effective.
So often we think of detox as simply clearing out the gut and liver. But her approach addresses every area of life in a very gentle, graceful, and personalized way. There are no rules, just offerings. It's personalized. It's huge.
Who inspires you?
So many, many, many. I'm reflecting on my colleagues now.
Dr. Deanna Minich – Who we just talked about
Dr. Kelly Brogan – The work that she's doing in the field of psychiatry, oh my goodness. She's leading us out of the world of anti-depressants and into natural living styles, eating, and supplementation. So, thank you, Dr. Brogan, for that.
Julie Matthews – A former student of mine who's doing brilliant work in the field of autism. The resource, programs, and free offerings on her website have transformed so many lives. Nourishing Hope is the name of her book and business
Rosalee de la Foret – She's an herbalist, and I love her approach.
Jeff Bland – I first started studying with Jeff back in the early 90s. I remember thinking, “I don't know what he's saying. I don't know those words.” I found myself getting anxious at first, and then I thought, “Just listen, Paula. Just listen and learn.” Pretty soon, I understood 10% and increased from there. I've learned that he makes up his own vocabulary that it has become our lexicon in the nutrition field. He's with the Institute of Functional Medicine (and just terrific)
Joel Salatin – Polyface Farms – Who's changing the way we're farming by returning to natural practices. He's introducing the value of animals on land and the importance of healthy soil and food. Thank you, Joel,
Dali Lama – Thank you, Dali. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being alive and such a presence in this world.
I could go on, but those are who come to mind right now
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Are there any mentors, coaches, or people who have helped you the most over the years?
Mentors, absolutely. I bow to them.
But friends and sweethearts, those who've believed in me, the work that I do, and doing it my way. That's big. People that have supported me financially. Those who've held my hand or stood by my side when I wasn't strong in my health or weakened or not trusting in my own process. I'm so grateful for the support that I have had and that I continue to have.
My family, certainly. They said “We've got this odd kid, but we're not holding her back! We're going to see what she does.” They always told me, “You can do anything, Paula. We believe in you. You can be anything you want to be.” And having received all that, really I'm truly, humbled; thank you, all.
Do you have any favorite podcasts?
I have about fifty podcasts that I tap into from time to time. These are a few
Progress Your Health – Short, hormone balancing snippets by our very own Dr. Maki
Dr. Rusco Radio – A functional medicine podcast with a lot of great clinical information
Read Food Radio – Covers nutrition, health and lifestyle topics with an integrative and functional medicine approach
The Healthy Moms Podcast – Healthy living, for families
The Functional Medicine Radio Show – Dr. Carrie on finding the root causes of health problems so you can feel normal again.
Birth Baby and Life – Information on maternal nutrition and birth
Balanced Bites – One of the most popular podcasts about how to follow the Paleo diet
How about books? Do you have any favorite books?
Books? I'm not so much into books anymore (only because the information is usually old by the time it gets to print) That said, I treasure them and am surrounded by wall-to-wall bookshelves in this office!
But the one that tops my list is The End of Alzheimer's. Dr. Bredesen and the work he's doing is just brilliant. The title is real. His approach is a full spectrum body/mind/spirit and very comprehensive. It isn't, “Just do this or take this supplement.” He's seen people with end-stage Alzheimer's reversed. Something we've never, ever witnessed before.
Mostly I find myself reading journals. A couple of those on that list would be The Journal of the American College of Nutrition and The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Those are both great quarterly journals.
PubMed and BANT out of the UK is an excellent resource. I use both of them because if there's a journal article that I've seen, I can go there and I can find a plethora of additional articles that give me a broader perspective on the same topic.
Are there any social media accounts you follow?
I only engage in closed Facebook groups because these groups are supportive and informative. They're aligned with what I do and what I believe. They're interesting perspectives. They're helpful to me. I'm limited by time for it and am very selective about what I put in my mind
Nourish Your Whole Self + Functional Medicine Practitioner's Forum + Alchemy of Herbs + Holistic Mentoring For You + Rainbow Food and Supplements + Homesteading and Off-Grid Women + Weekly Meditation + Functional Medicine Academy Working Group
Instagram I look at many to get inspired.
I've never looked at Twitter
( .. to be continued .. )
Today's recipe reminds me of Paula and her love of all things lemon. It also makes me think how hard it is to believe that summer is nearing an end.
So far it's been a happy one with afternoon adventures, kitties purring on our pillows, long city walks, reading each other's books, and lots of ice cream drips on our flip-flops. We made crepes over the weekend, filled with optimism and high hopes for the Fall — a simple night of sparkling wine, crepes, and star-gazing.
In between crepe making, I spent some time getting ready for an upcoming road-trip. One that promises to include rest, great food, antique store treasures, new friends, hugs for my family, and lots of inspiration. I'm looking forward to more of this sort of thing in the coming months – crepes, treasures, friends, family, creative endeavors, and good health for all.
The crepes, they're easy with a bit of practice.
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~ Adapted from The New Crepes Cookbook by Isabelle Dauphin
Coconut Flour Crepes With Lemon and Honey
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 6 eggs (large or XL)
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted, but not hot + more for greasing the pan
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 Tbsp maple syrup
- ¼ tsp fine-grain sea salt
- 1 lemon, halved
- honey, for drizzling
- powdered sugar, for sprinkling
- To the bowl of your food processor (or blender), add the flour and eggs. Pulse until combined
- Add the oil, milk, maple syrup, and salt. Pulse again, until combined
- Scoop a scant ¼ cup of batter onto the crepe pan (or skillet). Tilt the pan to spread the batter to the edges. (It should be quite thin)
- Cook until small bubbles have formed on the crepe, then flip and cook the other side. The crepe should be golden brown on both sides. Repeat with the remaining batter, reoliling the pan as you go
- After each crepe is finished cooking, transfer to a plate and cover with a kitchen towel to keep them warm.
- To serve, roll up your crepes, garnish with a drizzle of lemon, honey, and a sprinkling of powdered sugar