Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND - Author, Beyond the Label & The Essential Diet

Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND - Author, Beyond the Label & The Essential Diet Hello! Thank you for adding my page. I am a Naturopathic Doctor specializing in women's health, fert
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I help people regain their health - physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually - using the principles of Naturopathic Medicine

"Suffering (insert what you are feeling: ie pain, depression, anxiety, grief, etc) is equal to the gap between expectati...
03/18/2024

"Suffering (insert what you are feeling: ie pain, depression, anxiety, grief, etc) is equal to the gap between expectation and reality" Jeff Foster (www.lifewithoutacentre.com) - I share this quote often with patients. We have to communicate our expectations that we have of another person with them - and have a heartfelt conversation as to whether they can actually meet that expectation.

Most don't know how to communicate. Many have unspoken expectations of another. And therein lies the suffering. It also requires a conversation around boundaries. Which, let me tell you, are very difficult for people with trauma and a people pleasing background.

Your options: 1. communicate and adjust your expectations of another and/or 2. Accept reality. Reality has a way of showing you the truth. You can deny it and suffer. Or you can accept it, metabolize it, adjust, and move on.

03/17/2024

keep rising...❤️🙏❤️

A patient made this beautiful “Mama Bear” for me by hand. ❤️‍🩹 The captions on the card are lovely: they read: “self com...
03/16/2024

A patient made this beautiful “Mama Bear” for me by hand. ❤️‍🩹 The captions on the card are lovely: they read: “self compassion is both tender and fierce. Mama bear spirit energy embeds and reflects these gifts 💜 🧸 be your own mama bear” 🐻

i’m so grateful to work with such kind, thoughtful, caring, giving and creative souls. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. 💜

If you’re looking to shift the desire for sugar, lose weight, stop a habit of binging or eliminate any addiction, you ow...
03/14/2024

If you’re looking to shift the desire for sugar, lose weight, stop a habit of binging or eliminate any addiction, you owe it to yourself to learn about EFT. EFT is an easy tool that anyone can learn in minutes. You simply tap on emotional acupressure points on your body while repeating key statements that help shift your body, mind and habits. I am curious - have you tried EFT? Let me know your experience in the comments below :-)

Do that. Right now. Stop. Pause. Take a breath. Breathe in proudness and exhale the past. engage your spine. Send your c...
03/13/2024

Do that. Right now. Stop. Pause. Take a breath.

Breathe in proudness and exhale the past.

engage your spine. Send your crown to the sky. Sit up straight. You’ve got this.

you don’t need to listen to every voice in your head. Download the four hours to managing your mind in the link on my bio. Let’s get started today!

I was speaking to my friend today, who I consider very wise and knowledgeable. She is like a spiritual guide to me. I as...
03/12/2024

I was speaking to my friend today, who I consider very wise and knowledgeable. She is like a spiritual guide to me.

I asked her if she could help me figure me out and before she missed a beat, her response was “only you can figure you out”.

I’ve spent a lot of time trying to figure myself out with therapists, online programs, self-help groups, self-help books, Compassionate inquiry psychotherapeutic training, I’ve gone on and taken training in six types of counselling modalities. And it’s taking me years to “Figure myself out”.

The truth is: only you can figure you out.
We can see counsel from others. We can see guidance from others. We can seek support from others. But at the end of the day it’s only when you sit with yourself in the presence of a skilled reflective listener that you can garner the wisdom that lies within- that is when true healing ❤️‍🩹 happens.

Quote of the Week ✨ "Slowly, one breath at a time, healing is taking place for me. My wish is it takes place for you too...
03/11/2024

Quote of the Week ✨ "Slowly, one breath at a time, healing is taking place for me. My wish is it takes place for you too." - Dr. Christina Bjorndal, ND. Learning to live in the present moment by learning to direct the traffic of thoughts in my head like one would direct traffic. Some thoughts you let pass on by. You don't fuel with one thought with another thought that causing you to spiral deeper into depression or accelerate in anxiety. Learning to be with the body. To hold the emotional wave as it rises in you by tending to your mind. This has been a fundamental pillar of healing for me. There are many useful tools that can help - please check out the one that I use on a daily basis called the 4 R's of working with problematic thoughts and breaking the thought emotion cycle - see link below. Let me know in the comments below your favorite breath solution!

https://christina-bjorndal.mykajabi.com/the-4rs-tools-for-working

03/08/2024
Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping to reduce stress. Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases ...
03/07/2024

Meditation can help ward off cravings by helping to reduce stress. Stress creates the hormone cortisol, which increases blood sugar levels. This is a vicious cycle that damages your adrenals and creates sugar cravings. There are many useful tools that can help - please check out the one that I use on a daily basis called the 4 R's of working with problematic thougths and breaking the thought emotion cycle - see link in bio. Let me know in the comments below your go to stress busting solution!

This is why it’s hard for me to leave my house 😂    ♋️
03/07/2024

This is why it’s hard for me to leave my house 😂 ♋️

🌟 Calling all parents of teens! 🌟Are you struggling to connect with your adolescent?Concerned about their peers or scree...
03/06/2024

🌟 Calling all parents of teens! 🌟

Are you struggling to connect with your adolescent?
Concerned about their peers or screen time?
Join me at the Healing Hearts and Homes Online event starting March 18th, hosted by my Bonnie Chan and Dawnese Openshaw.

Get practical tips and tools from top experts, including myself, to strengthen your family bonds. Best of all, it's FREE! Don't miss out—register today!
https://www.healingheartsandhomes.link/drchris


Control is an illusion. The phrase let go and let God comes to mind here. Surrender.  💜Let go. 💜 Release. 💜VS  Holding T...
03/06/2024

Control is an illusion. The phrase let go and let God comes to mind here.
Surrender. 💜
Let go. 💜
Release. 💜
VS
Holding
Tight
tension
grasp

When you can surrender you lean into the exhale and allow spaciousness, magic, beauty & grace to flow into your life. This is miracles in motion

Winter has always been my favorite time of year – with the trees losing their leaves, the crisp cool days, the first sno...
03/05/2024

Winter has always been my favorite time of year – with the trees losing their leaves, the crisp cool days, the first snow fall and excitement of ski season. The turning back of the clocks at daylight savings time, however, brings the turning back of moods for many people. With exposure to less sunlight, especially in communities in Northern Canada, it can be more difficult to motivate yourself.

Read More: https://naturalterrain.com/a-ray-of-hope-for-the-winter-blues/

I’m injured again. Anyone who knows me knows that running has been a savings grace for me – a haven that I treasure. But...
03/05/2024

I’m injured again. Anyone who knows me knows that running has been a savings grace for me – a haven that I treasure.

But what is a person supposed to do when they rely on exercise and they can’t do the form of exercise they’re used to doing? You pivot. Pivot to something else.

Thankfully, I started doing triathlons many moons ago (including an IronMan)– and I’m now channelling my inner Diana Nyad and have started swimming again. I also love swimming, so this has been an easy transition for me to get back in the pool 🏊

Diana has been my most recent inspiration to swim after all these years. I particularly love jumping in the way she does. 🤿

Curious – have you seen Nyad? Did it inspire you to make a change in your life?

Quote of the Week ✨ The cornerstone of any method of healing is the individualized diet . . . nutrition will bring you h...
03/04/2024

Quote of the Week ✨ The cornerstone of any method of healing is the individualized diet . . . nutrition will bring you health, energy and well-being. - James D'Adamo Are you in need of an eating road map to help guide you in your mental health journey? We have two options for you - one is FREE! You can get the free Eating guidelines for balanced mental health - see the link below.
https://christina-bjorndal.mykajabi.com/eating-guidelines

If you are wanting a two week road map, including recipes, nutritional analysis and suggestions, then we encourage you to get "The Essential Diet: Eating for Mental Health" - available at online booksellers. Here's to supporting your mental health with a balanced nutritional approach. Remember, the car (ie brain) won't run, if you don't put the right gas in the tank.

You are going to be with you longer than anyone else will be with you. So it is vital that you get in right relationship...
03/03/2024

You are going to be with you longer than anyone else will be with you. So it is vital that you get in right relationship with you.

for the first 40 years of my life, I listen to primarily to the inner critic – that voice in my head that was constantly telling me that I am not fast enough, smart enough, good enough, insert blank enough.

The overachieving that I accomplished served me, but it came out a price, and it originated from a place of lack. A place of not good enough. A place of insecurity & ultimately a place of bullying inside my brain.

when we learn to love ourselves, stand in support of ourselves, be kind to ourselves, develop self compassion and factor ourselves into the equation then we no longer abandon the little wounded self within ❤️‍🩹

Sending you love & compassion for YOU 💜

The form of communication you choose has a direct relationship to the level of clarity in the communication. Remember cl...
03/02/2024

The form of communication you choose has a direct relationship to the level of clarity in the communication. Remember clear is kind.💜

New poem: There is no rushthere is no rushwhat are you rushing to? The future? There is only now The future folds into i...
03/02/2024

New poem: There is no rush

there is no rush
what are you rushing to?
The future?
There is only now
The future folds into it
💜
Wait for it in each breath
In stillness
Silence
Peace
Rise on the inhale
Fall on the exhale
💜
Here I am.
Holding you.
Caring for you.
Loving you.
In this moment
In this breath
💜
Settle into it
Be here
Now
💜
There is no rush
there is nowhere to get to.
There is only this moment.
now.
💜

As a recovering type A people pleaser (and type C personality], I have abandoned myself to be in service of the other. O...
03/02/2024

As a recovering type A people pleaser (and type C personality], I have abandoned myself to be in service of the other. Over and over and over again.

Being true to myself was not in the cards. Sacrificing myself for the sake of a relationship was. I abandoned my authenticity in order to maintain an attachment. Even if the attachment wasn’t healthy.

In 2024 my “ words” are surrender and letting go. as I lean into that I am now moving into detachment versus attachment. Detaching from relationships that don’t serve me. I no longer fostering connection in situations where I don’t feel safe, valued, understood or respected. Letting go when I notice I am people pleasing or fawning. And learning to attach to my inner self, my values, supporting myself and standing authentically in the world. 🌎 💜

being true yourself starts with understanding when you are sacrificing yourself, stuffing or repressing your emotions to keep the peace.

“Be true to yourself” - 4 Simple words that pack a lot of punch.

Two key questions to ask yourself: 1. How much do you love yourself on a scale of one to 10? 2. how compassionate are yo...
03/01/2024

Two key questions to ask yourself:

1. How much do you love yourself on a scale of one to 10?
2. how compassionate are you with yourself on a scale of one to 10?

as someone who has spent a lot of time in the depths of depression and despair, I can tell you, I did not love myself. And nor was I very compassionate with myself. In fact, it took me many years to even understand what compassion meant. Having been a student of Dr. Gabor Mate’s compassionate inquiry psychotherapeutic training program, I have learned that self compassion is a really important piece of the health healing puzzle.

I love this quote from Kristen Neff: “why is self compassion important? Because it’s driving Force is love not fear. Love allows us to feel confident and secure (in part by pumping up our oxytocin], while fear makes us feel insecure and jittery [sending our amygdala into overdrive and flooding our system with cortisol). When we trust ourselves to be understanding and compassionate when we fail, we don’t cause ourselves, unnecessary stress, and anxiety. We can relax, knowing that we’ll be accepted, regardless of how well or how poorly we do. Unlike self criticism, which asks if you’re good enough, self compassion asks what’s good for you?”

So, what IS good for you?

Summer is such a great time to incorporate healthy fruit into your diet. Remind yourself of what sugary, processed foods...
02/29/2024

Summer is such a great time to incorporate healthy fruit into your diet. Remind yourself of what sugary, processed foods really are: dead energy food with no vitality. Compare that to a strawberry that is bursting with flavour or having juicy watermelon – there is no comparison! Enjoy the vitality of fresh fruit first and you will kick your craving for unhealthy sugary foods

Actually, being with 1-3 humans is my max. My preferred comfort zone is one on one time with my friends and family so th...
02/29/2024

Actually, being with 1-3 humans is my max. My preferred comfort zone is one on one time with my friends and family so that I can have meaningful, deep, engaging, heartfelt, emotional, let it flow, anything is allowed conversations and time. Allow the space to be filled with silence is healing ❤️‍🩹

I also enjoy time alone with my dog. 🐶 I crave that peace in nature ⛰️

It’s nice to keep company and it’s nice to spend time alone. How about you?

Are you a practitioner looking to guide your patients to a deeper level of healing? The Clinician's Integrative Mental H...
02/28/2024

Are you a practitioner looking to guide your patients to a deeper level of healing? The Clinician's Integrative Mental Health program was created to raise the standard of proficiency of health professionals in addressing complex mental health concerns such as anxiety, bipolar disorders and depression using a mind, body, spirit approach. It explores mental illness through the lenses of trauma, psychoneuroimmunology, pathophysiology, epigenetics and patient-centered compassionate management.

The program is evidence based yet, holistic, considering the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects of health as vital parts of an integrative system that is capable of healing.

Learn More: https://christina-bjorndal.mykajabi.com/clinician-mental-health-course

May my work flow from love ❤️ I change the purpose of my work today from job to a love 💕 ministry. A job is merely an ex...
02/28/2024

May my work flow from love ❤️

I change the purpose of my work today from job to a love 💕 ministry.

A job is merely an exchange of energy. While a ministry is the platform for my service to the world, it is the place from which I serve. 

I am not on earth just to do a job. I am on Earth to fulfill the spiritual mission of becoming a light of love & possibility on Earth. (after all, I didn’t survive three su***de attempts, and six psychotic events for no reason + spend one year of my life in psychiatric care)

Whatever I do, I can do with an attitude of service. Whatever I do, I can do as a way to serve the world. 
As I dedicate my work to higher purposes, it shall be used by the universe/love /spirit/God to help heal the world. 🌏

I surrender my talents and abilities to the purposes of love💜
May my work become my ministry
May all I have and do be in support of healing, health, and love. 💜

Thus shall I experience the joy of knowing that what I do
is for a higher cause than my mortal mind can even know
Amen. 

May my work flow from ❤️
- Adopted from Marianne Williamson, Substack, transform with Marianne Williamson

Tired of endless struggles with chronic illness? Escape the frustration with experts and practitioners who understand th...
02/27/2024

Tired of endless struggles with chronic illness? Escape the frustration with experts and practitioners who understand the discouragement that comes with failed protocols, restrictive diets and endless supplements! Join us for Beyond Functional Medicine: Deep Healing & Advanced Therapies from March 25-31, 2024. It’s free and online!

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