At the start of every new school year, we begin our staff meeting by going around the room, saying our name, what grade we teach, and what we did over the summer. I am one of those people where when it is my turn to speak in front of my coworkers, whom I’ve worked with for four years, I all the sudden forget my own name. My heart races until it’s my turn to talk, and when I finally do speak I’ve broken out into a red rash on my chest. Dramatic, I know. But really. Talking in front of other people is terrifying! I don’t always like to be the center of attention and was even reluctant to create my @wholebodyhealing Instagram account. The little voice in my head becomes self-conscious and wonders “what is everyone thinking about me?!”. So when I got the opportunity to lead a workshop on autoimmune disease at Rhizome Apothecary in Denver, I knew a couple things. One, I couldn’t turn it down. Two, this meant I would be talking in front of people. While I was ecstatic to lead a workshop and share my passion, I also felt anxious. Could I hold a crowd’s attention for thirty minutes? Are people going to come?! What if I mess up?! These negative thoughts raced through my head the days and moments leading up to the workshop. I made sure to up my self-care the days before, giving myself time to nap, meditate, lay in the sun, and treated myself to a pedicure. I listened to the “Ted Talk” on Power Posing, and worked to change the dialogue in my head from “I’m so nervous” to “I’m so excited! I’m going to do great!” even when I felt scared. I knew I needed to not only fake it until I made it, but I had to fake it until I became it. I held the workshop “Taking the Fear out of Autoimmune Disease” at Rhizome Apothecary in Sunnyside, Denver. The energy in the store is phenomenal which calmed me down the instant I walked in. I sat on a stool at the head of this gorgeous wood table. I felt like my entire talk was an out of body experience, where while I was full of nervous energy, I spoke from the heart. I shared my story, explained the complexities of autoimmune disease, proper nutrition for autoimmune, and ways to take care of yourself. Once I started speaking, I knew what I wanted and needed to say. I am so grateful to the people who came to hear me and cannot wait to give another workshop in the future! I feel like I conquered a fear last night, and realized the only way to get over a fear is to FACE IT. Now that I’ve done it, I am eager to speak in front of people again and share my nutritional knowledge. People care way less about us than we think. We are much harder on ourselves than anyone would ever be on us. As a giveaway at the end of the workshop, I filled goodie-bags with my unique grain-free granola recipe. I experimented with a couple different recipes before I was ready to post about it, but feel like this is a treat I am ready to share with everyone! It’s delicious on top of yogurt, with some almond milk, or to be honest, I usually eat it plain by the handful. The best part? There is no added sugar and zero grains! If you would like an audio version of the talk, send me a message and receive the lecture for 60% off the original workshop price. Enjoy my granola and lecture if you choose!