New moms rejoice… This program is incredible!
If exercise isn’t touching your “mommy tummy” and your stomach domes as you work your abs, STOP! You probably have diastasis recti (DR), and you need to heal it with a specialized fitness program.
I have bits of DR info in my book and on YouTube… However, if you want a program that was specifically created to treat DR (and personally vetted and recommended by me), then you need to check out MuTu System.
MuTu System (and/or a consultation with your local women’s health physiotherapist) is a great way to begin your DR healing journey before diving into my 18-day Ab Camp. YES, my Ab Camp is core and pelvic floor friendly, meaning that it’s generally safe for mild to moderate DR and prolapse, but if your DR is more severe — or if you are newly diagnosed and only JUST NOW starting your core-healing journey — then you would benefit from a foundational program such as MuTu System.
MuTu System isn’t a cure for “the gap” (DR) in isolation. Rather, it’s an approach that conditions the entire mid-section to get the pelvis properly aligned and the core in good working order. It helps you to:
-Adjust your alignment, so your body can use your core muscles naturally and effectively
-Identify and properly engage your core + pelvic floor
-Strengthen your core + pelvic floor with the right exercises
-Flatten your abs with exercises tailored for your postpartum body
-Lose the fat on top through intensive workouts + good nutrition
When you do all of this, the gap will narrow. Side effects include a trim waist, flatter tummy, functioning pelvic floor, and — most important of all — body confidence that comes with feeling strong, secure, and sexy. Learn more about MuTu System by clicking here! MuTu is all online and full of so much great information… You’ll want to order straightaway!
I am so pleased to finally be able to offer a quality resource for women with DR, because it’s something I’m often asked about. Even though I didn’t create MuTu myself, I feel like I could have… It aligns with my philosophy and I can wholeheartedly recommend it. I’ve been through the entire 12 week course and it’s fantastic.
Resolve leaks and gain a strong foundation for your exercise and fitness:
Do you have mild to moderate pelvic organ prolapse and/or bladder leakage, and you don’t want these issues to interfere with your exercise routine? My colleague, Julie Wiebe, PT has the program for you. Check out her online “pelvic floor piston” course for women right here. Divided into six quick, easy-to-understand segments, Julie goes over the basics of alignment and introduces “piston science” as it relates to your core and pelvic floor.
If you’re a rehab or fitness pro, Julie has options for you as well! From here, navigate to “Courses,” and then click “Online” and you’ll see several options that will uplevel your understanding of pelvic health. Great for your clients (and for YOU)!
Trying to ditch caffeine?
When I turned 38, coffee just didn’t sit well with me anymore. I had never experienced jitters before, but all of the sudden I was (!!!), and my daily coffee tasted bitter and “off.” I knew I needed to reconsider my consumption.
Enter Rasa Koffee, a small, woman-owned business with a ton of integrity from how they source their herbs (sustainable, ethical, and organic), to their packaging (compostable!), to how they create their blends (nourishing, energizing, and balanced from both the Chinese medicine & Ayurvedic elemental views). Their herbal coffee alternative blends have helped me STEP DOWN from coffee (basically I cut my coffee with Rasa to slowly ditch the habit and FEEL BETTER) via herbs and adaptogens including roasted chicory, chaga, eleuthero, shatavari, he shou wu, codonopsis, dandelion, burdock, ashwagandha, rhodiola, cinnamon, and reishi… my entire wishlist of herbs all in one brew!
Adaptogens need to be taken daily in order to be effective, so what better way than to include them in your morning cuppa?
You can start by brewing 25% Rasa and 75% coffee together—gradually increasing your Rasa to coffee ratio until you’re where you want to be…or you’re sipping 100% Rasa! My favorite Rasa products are “Dirty Rasa” and “Cacao Rasa,” which you can purchase individually or bundled together in the “Energy Lush Duo.” SO GOOD.
In short, if you want to cut back on caffeine, try Rasa. I’ve tried other coffee additives and alternatives, and Rasa is the winner (in my eyes). It improves my stress response, helps me feel normal and sane, heightens my natural energy, and offers some gentle detoxifying love for my body. Want 20% off on your first order? Shop here and enter code FEMTRIBE at checkout! Enjoy every sip…
Gelatin – a surprising “superfood!” Here’s where I get mine:
I can’t say enough about Vital Proteins brand pasture-raised gelatin and collagen. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides are a great addition to smoothies and shakes, and Vital Proteins Pasture-Raised Beef Gelatin gels perfectly to make homemade “jello” and satisfying mocha superfood squares. Gelatin is an excellent protein supplement and helps promote bone, joint, and skin health. Click here to read more about WHY WOMEN NEED COLLAGEN, and click here to explore the Vital Proteins site!
Note that Vital Proteins products are featured as the recommended protein source in my Smooth Move Smoothies! Check out my Smooth Move System e-course here.
Squatty Potty: The best poop of your life, EVERY DAY.
I’ve been using my Squatty Potty for years, and I feel grateful for it every day. Seriously! Squatting to defecate helps you eliminate more quickly and easily, with less strain. Why care about strain? Because repetitive straining can lead to hemorrhoids and issues such as pelvic organ prolapse over time.
Understand your pelvic floor with this “personal” trainer…
Elvie is a personal biofeedback device that helps you LEARN MORE about your body and CONNECT WITH your pelvic floor. Not only does Elvie help you REMEMBER to strengthen (and relax!) your pelvic floor, it’s also FUN and super easy to use!
Fun sidenote: Elvie was a part of the 2017 Oscars gift bag… I’m assuming it was just for the female attendees, but you never know!
Elvie is definitely getting fantastic press these days, and it’s well-deserved. I really enjoy using it myself (which you can read about here); it’s been a great way to get to know my body better than ever before.
Rejuvenate your delicate feminine areas!
Dr. Anna Cabeca blows my mind. She’s the forward-thinking ObGyn & Women’s Restorative Health Expert behind Mighty Maca Greens (which you can read more about if you scroll down), and her newest development is awesome… And so needed! It’s called Julva, a gynecologist-formulated cream for the delicate, vital tissue of the vulva. It helps decrease vaginal dryness, plump up the vulvar tissues… It can even help with incontinence!
Julva is a non-prescription DHEA restorative cream that’s all-natural and free of toxins. Using Julva naturally restores moisture & strength to your delicate feminine parts. It addresses the underlying causes of vaginal dryness and incontinence…instead of just lessening the symptoms. Click here to learn more about Julva and how you can try it now, RISK-FREE, for 60 days!
A great item to use in conjunction with Julva (above) is Chiavare All Natural Lube. It’s got only 6 ingredients, and it’s specially formulated to be pH balanced and safe for sensitive skin. Grab a bottle of Chiavare today… Keep it on hand for your next romantic encounter!
Spice things up with a (TEMPORARY) bad decision…
If you’ve ever thought about getting a tattoo but shied away because you’re stuck with it for life, then inkbox might be just the ticket! I’ve always been described as the “girl next door,” or “sweet and innocent,” and while it’s true… I’m pretty darn sweet, and awfully innocent, I love wearing sexy lingerie under my workout clothes and sporting an edgy tattoo. I have a real tattoo, and I don’t regret it for a moment. But do I want more? Probably not. At least not permanently. That’s where inkbox comes in. I can play around with new “ink” without the commitment! Inkbox temporary tattoos are easy to apply, nontoxic and organic, and they last about 5 days (so you’ll never get sick of them). As a woman approaching my forties, this is the PERFECT way to relive my youth and feel extra sassy without risk of skin sag, faded ink, and toxic chemicals entering my bloodstream. Try inkbox today and get $10 off your first order!
Carry your oils with you all day long!
If you follow me on YouTube or online, you might have noticed a necklace that I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY… I wear it more than my beloved Tiffany necklace my husband got me for Valentine’s Day a few years ago (sorry, honey)! It’s an essential oil diffusing necklace from Diffusing Mamas, and I adore it. I particularly like the silver “om” pendant pictured at left, which you’ll find when you scroll through their necklace section.
All Diffusing Mamas necklaces are made of 100% surgical grade (316L) stainless steel with heavy locking magnets and a solid back. These lockets are built to last for everyday use without staining your skin or clothes! And if you prefer other types of jewelry, they have bracelets and earrings too. Shop the entire Diffusing Mamas collection here. If you’re an essential oils lover, these “personal diffusers” are a must!
Speaking of essential oils…
Essential oils have become a small part of my business and a HUGE PART of my personal life. I use essential oils every single day to detoxify my home and personal care products and to support my health NATURALLY. If you’d like to know about the brand I love and personally use, click here. I can help you get the best prices on these life-changing products!
If you have pelvic health concerns and want to know more about how essential oils can help, click here. I’m passionate about sharing OIL the love and educating and empowering all of my team members with personal attention and communication.
Mighty Maca Greens is my favorite way to support my adrenals and get some SERIOUS nutrients and antioxidants into my body, fast. Just a tiny scoop is all you need! Formulated by Dr. Anna Cabeca, who’s board-certified in gynecology and anti-aging/regenerative medicine, Mighty Maca Greens is a blend of nature’s most potent superfoods all in one delicious drink. It blends into any smoothie, or even just tea or water. Easy peasy. And of course, since I promote it, it’s CERTIFIED gluten-free. Cabeca (literally!) traveled the world to formulate this product… And I can attest, it rocks. Learn more here.
Where it pays to shop:
Have you heard about Ebates (now Rakuten)? It’s an awesome cash-back rewards program that seems too good to be true… But it’s legit! I’ve received several rebate checks from Ebates and I’m happy to report that there’s no catch. As someone who shops at Vitacost regularly, I was thrilled to learn that Vitacost is part of their rewards program as well as MANY MORE of my favorite stores:
Simply enter your favorite online shopping sites through the Rakuten portal, then shop as you normally would, watch your cash-back accrue, and wait for your rewards check! To-date (early 2019) I’ve earned more than $1000 just by doing my regular online shopping via Rakuten.
HUGE Fitness Mat:
I love my Gorilla Mat! If you’re in the market for a new yoga (or exercise) mat, I highly recommend you check out their products here and enter code FEMTRIBE10 at checkout for 10% off your order. I share a 5-minute review in the video below!
I love my inversion bench! It’s a great tool for anyone who wants the benefits of inversions for core strengthening and pelvic floor relief. Click here to see the inversion bench I personally use!
As part of my personal hormone health journey, I’ve been looking to “clean up” everything I can, from eliminating toxic beauty products to greening up my cleaning supplies. Until recently, water was last on my list because — frankly — navigating the world of water filters seemed overwhelming. 💦
But then I learned the realities of our modern-day “city water.” 😨 Stats about the American water supply are alarming!!! As reported by the Environmental Working Group:
“EWG collected data from state agencies and the Environmental Protection Agency for drinking water tests conducted from 2010 to 2015 by 48,712 water utilities in all 50 states. All told, the utilities tested for 500 different contaminants and found 267. According to the findings:
💧 93 are linked to an increased risk of cancer.
💧78 are associated with brain and nervous system damage.
💧63 are connected to developmental harm to children or fetuses.
💧38 may cause fertility problems.
💧45 are linked to hormonal disruption.
Federal drinking water standards are often woefully inadequate to protect public health because they don’t consider the increased risk that toxic chemicals pose for children, infants and developing fetuses.”
THIS is why I (now) care so much about filtered water! It’s just one more way for me to safeguard my hormonal health NATURALLY, and it helps keep my husband and son healthy as well. Check out the Berkey system if you’re interested in learning more!
FemFusion T-shirts and more:
Proudly display your love for healthy living and pelvic health via custom-designed FemFusion apparel! Orders are processed and fulfilled via spreadshirt.com, which offers a 30-day money back guarantee. I receive a small commission on each item purchased. Just another way to support my work so that I can further support YOU! Click here to view my shop, which includes inspirational tees and accessories for women, babies, and men.
Attention wellness professionals:
Interested in becoming a health coach? I am a graduate of the Integrative Women’s Health Institute and trained under my esteemed colleague, Jessica Drummond, a fellow physical therapist and truly one of the most intelligent women I know. If you’re in the health and wellness industry and want to learn more about women’s health and nutrition, check out the IWHI’s certification program to become a Certified Women’s Health and Nutrition Coach. Upon completion of the program, I felt fully prepared to serve my clients on their personal health journeys.
Do you LOVE Yin Yoga?
Whether you’re interested in deepening your own personal practice or sharing your love of Yin Yoga as a teacher, I highly recommend Yoga with Kassandra’s Online Yin Yoga Teacher Training Program. It’s self-paced and you will learn SO MUCH! The course is approximately 30 hours long and includes visual learning tools, video sessions, a copy of Kassandra’s book “Yin Yoga: Stretch the Mindful Way,” as well as a printable training manual. For an incredibly reasonable price (and payment plans ARE available), you will receive lifetime access to the program. Once you enroll, you automatically get access to new modules and lessons as they become available!
The course is Yoga Alliance certified. Yoga instructors currently registered with Yoga Alliance will be able to use this course for continuing education credits. Upon completing the course quiz, you’ll receive a certificate of completion which can be submitted to Yoga Alliance for 20 non-contact hours of continuing education.
If you’re thinking about it, DO IT. You won’t regret it! Even if you never teach a yin yoga class to a group (or online), you will fall more in love with the Yin methodology and gain mind-body benefits that will enhance your own life. Enroll here!
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