Archive of ‘Team Northrup’ category

It takes a lot to get me riled up.

Last night I got all riled up when my friend Dr. Christiane Northrup sent me a message saying:  

Have you seen this?  (she included this link to a PBS Special)  This is exactly why we work with USANA!

Video - Supplements


So I clicked on the link and watched.  At first I was furious!  Then I felt not only relieved, but proud of the company we’ve partnered with for over a decade.

Let me explain.

The PBS documentary highlights the fact that the FDA in the U.S. does not regulate the quality or accuracy of nutritional supplements.  (You don’t have to watch the whole episode – but at least watch for a few minutes beginning at 13:00)

This is scary!  Can you imagine giving your child a vitamin every morning thinking you are supporting their health only to find out you’ve been harming them?!

This is why Dr. Northrup and I have been using USANA supplements for ourselves, our families and our clients.  (Dr. Northrup for over 20 years and I for over 10.)  USANA voluntarily follows the more stringent GMP for pharmaceuticals, which regulates virtually every aspect of manufacturing, and recently was named an  FDA-registered facility.

USANA also voluntarily tests its supplements to make sure they meet trusted U.S Pharmocopeia (USP) standards and specifications for potency, uniformity, and disintegration. Furthermore, internationally USANA is regularly inspected and audited by Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to ensure its GMP standards are met.

As you will see in the PBS documentary, overseeing every aspect of production is critical. That’s why USANA believes strongly in the value of manufacturing its supplements in house at its Salt Lake City facility. Doing this allows them to keep a close eye on every step of the production process, from extensive vetting of raw ingredients to conducting tests at various points in the production process to submitting our products for tests by third-party organizations. Plus, they’re able to use the best equipment available from start to finish.

Bottom line:  Unless the producer of your supplements voluntarily adheres to pharmaceutical-grade standards like USANA does, there is no guarantee that what’s on the label is what’s in the bottle.   (TWEET IT) 


What to Consider

When you’re looking for a supplements company, it’s important to know how the products are being manufactured. I encourage you to do your own research as well. What you put into your body should be the most rigorously tested supplements you can find. Consider the following:

  • Does the company care enough to spend the money necessary to manufacture products in house?
  • Does the company adhere to pharmaceutical level GMPs?
  • Can the company ensure its customers will see no contamination, that the potency of each pill is guaranteed, and that the ingredients are mixed properly so that each time you take that supplement, you can be positive that what’s on the label is in each pill?

I’ve you’re curious which supplements I take, you can see here.
Whatever you do, please do your homework before taking nutritional supplements!!!

To your great health,


How do you deal with HUGE emotions?

What a day!!!

My good friend, Kate Northrup, launched her first book “Money:  A Love Story” today.
It hit #1 finance book on Amazon AND Kate was interviewed on The Today Show!!
I was so excited for her that I literally stood in front of the TV for an hour anxiously awaiting her segment.


If you don’t already have her book, GET IT!
Because of this book, my husband and I are having the most meaningful, effective ~
and dare I say enjoyable conversations about our finances.  Really.  It’s that good!

Check out this interview I did with Kate.
In the middle of this interview I have yet another “a-ha” moment about my money ‘love story.’

Needless to say, I’ve been feeling HUGE waves of excitement, joy, love and pridesince this morning.

Then I went on a long walk with a dear friend who recently experienced a shocking loss of a loved one.
We walked around the lake under the setting sun sharing stories of shock, loss, love and grief.
Two soul sisters feeling deeply.

And as I drove home I was aware of the immense swirl of emotions moving through me.

What do you do when you are experiencing huge emotions?

I make a playlist and dance.  Every time.

Why?  Because emotions are energy in motion.  They need to move.
If they don’t move they get stuck.  And even a “good feeling” emotion can cause discomfort when it gets stuck.
ALL emotions need to move.

So that’s what I did this time, too.  I walked straight in and began looking through my iTunes library for music to help me move all these emotions.

This playlist will help me move feelings of joy and grief,  peace and anger, excitement and despair, hopefulness and hopelessness.
All of it.

Next time you are feeling full of emotions, turn on some of these tunes and dance like there’s nobody watching.
And let me know how it feels….

Dance on,

p.s.  if you live in Austin, this is what we’ll be dancing to in class tomorrow….:

States of Grace by Windham Hill
Ecclesia Vol. I by James Twyman
Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu by Will Blunderfield
Shiva Shankara by Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band
Yell Fire! by Michael Franti & Spearhead
Energetic Shapeshifter and In This Love Together by Michael Bernard Beckwith
There’s Hope by India Arie
Free by Bonnie Bishop
Made to Love and Yes by Amy Steinberg
Sanctuary by Donna De Lory
Morning Prayer by Karen Drucker

Science and tools for sugar addictions

carb cravings

My dear friend, colleague and co-author, Dr. Karen Wolfe, is presenting a free webinar on “The Science of Low-Glycemic Eating and How to Reset Your Body”. Karen and I are both recovering sugar addicts.  As a physician, Karen does a brilliant job of teaching the science of sugar addiction as well as practical tools for breaking this habit.

If you struggle with carb cravings (not just sweets but ALL simple carbs) this webinar will open your eyes to why you are struggling and how to break free.

The Science of Low-Glycemic Eating and How to Rest Your Body

DATE – Wednesday , February 2, 2011

TIME 8:00pm- 9:00 PM  Central Standard Time (6pm Pacific and 9pm Eastern)

Register now by sending me an email:

Have you ever wished your life had a “reset” button?

Reset button

My life (and my body) swerved out of balance in 2003 when my husband’s family business filed bankruptcy in the post-9/11 economy shift.  Despite the fact that I had published two books and my calendar was filled with keynote addresses a year in advance, I found myself spiraling into fear and decided that I needed to get a job with benefits.  So I got one.  A big job, with a big paycheck and a relentless schedule that had me working 60 hours a week.  I loved my work, but my heart was breaking because I was missing out on my 6-year old son’s life and had no time for connecting with my husband.  As much as I wanted to slow down or quit, I couldn’t because I was the sole financial provider for my family.

After a year of living completely out of balance (read:  non-stop work fueled by carbs and caffeine), my body began to show signs of distress in the form of shingles, pneumonia and finally Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.  It was at that point that I reconnected with my

mentor and friend, Dr. Christiane Northrup, one of the world’s leading experts in mind/body medicine and flourishing on every possible level.  Dr. Northrup took one look at me and clearly saw that I was out of balance.  She lovingly challenged me to “practice what I preach” and she offered a solution to help me completely reset my body and my life in the form of a group she was creating called “Team Northrup.”

Have you ever wished your body or your life had a reset button?

If so, I invite you to join Dr. Christiane Northrup along with her daughter, Kate, and her sister, Penny, on an intimate, 30-minute call in which she will share with you what she shared with me years ago about resetting your body, your thoughts, your behaviors and your financial status.

Be prepared:  Dr. Northrup calls it like she sees it….no sugar coating.  So only join us if you are really ready to do what it takes to reset your body and your life.

Date: Tuesday, January 18

Time: 5pm Pacific, 7pm Central and 8pm Eastern

Call Details: Send an Email to- for access to the Dial-in information and access code.

Emergency Practice

In my desire to always combine business with pleasure, I recently took my family with me to Colorado on my way to a Team Northrup Retreat.  The plan was to ski for a few days as a family and then I would head to Denver for the retreat.

On the first day, my husband and I dropped off our son, Micah, along with his friend, Sam, at Snowboarding School.  My husband and I then decided to have a nice quiet day alone instead of going skiing.  But about an hour after dropping off the boys we got a call from the school saying they were bringing our son down the mountain on a stretcher.  NOT THE CALL ANY PARENT WISHES TO RECEIVE! (more…)

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