I am a big fan of cake. I love all of it, especially the frosting, As time has passed though and my list of allergies have grown, cake without consequences is a thing of the past.
Although I don't do it perfectly, the diet that helps me most is one called the AIP diet (Autoimmune Protocol) and helps reduce inflammation and some side effects of autoimmune issues. Needless to say, cake isn't on that list... until now!
I found this recipe for the a chocolate cake a few years ago and through the years have tweaked it to make it (what I consider) perfect. I always find it unreal how a few bananas, cocoa and spices can make this wonderful creation. I have used a pastry bag full of this avocado frosting to add decor (and of course the sprinkles are not AIP, but they were fun so I went for it anyway.)
If you want to make this cake check out the recipe HERE and for my tweaks, I add the extra sprinkles, and I use three 6" pans to make it a small but fierce three layer cake.
We hope this cake adds some wellness, brightness and fun to your day and night!
There comes times in every long term relationships where the romantic flames can feel like it’s been brighter; where your relationship can feel stuck, stale and stagnant. Not to worry. We’re here to help!
On today’s show, Lucia is joined by special guest Dr. Chelsea Page, a sex therapist, licensed professional counselor and registered psychotherapist, as we help you with relationship stagnation. We’ll talk about how to identify the signs of stagnation, creative and different ideas you can do, and why these ideas and being intentional in your mindset can work for you in re-igniting that flame in your romance!
By Contributor: Krista Lawrence
I followed the recent coverage of Shannen Doherty’s Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) diagnosis. My reaction was uneasy anger, hope crept in, followed and replaced by familiar resignation and disappointment. This was announced on “World Cancer Day”. The purpose for such a day?? I suppose, to raise….awareness? For….Cancer? Okay. I’m aware of this particular insidious, indiscriminate thief. Intimately.
Awareness. A similar unsettledness descends in October. October was designated Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. I know, you’re aware. Every October becomes a sea of pink ribbons, walks, runs and ‘Girls Night Out’ mammogram parties. A steady narrative of hope and one-and-done survivorship pervades. Mission accomplished. We’re aware. More importantly, we’re comforted. With early detection and proper treatment, breast cancer just isn’t the death sentence it once was.
Really?? Stage IV Breast Cancer is unlike many other Stage IV cancers. We don’t out-live it. As long as breast cancer remains in the breast, it is Stage 0, I, II or III and treatable and no one dies. However, once the cancer spreads, metastasizes beyond the breast to major organs (commonly lungs, liver, brain) and bones, it is Stage IV, and then…Breast Cancer becomes, frankly, a death sentence. An early diagnosis, successfully treated is not always the end of the story. The not-so-happy-ending, the reality, is that roughly 30% of those ‘survivors’ will experience a metastasized recurrence. Who will be impacted and when, is inexplicably, unpredictably random. Breast cancer once declared cured or in remission, can be detected years or merely months following initial treatment for early stage disease. Equally incomprehensibly wild is the fact that of the approximately 155,000 women and men living with MBC, six to ten percent are diagnosed deNovo (from onset; first), often women under 40, the recommended age to begin annual screening.
We’re kicking off our next six week series, which is all about stress, depression and anxiety. And today’s show is dedicated to caregivers. Caregivers are often faced with greater demands on their bodies, minds and emotions that they tend to neglect their own health and wellbeing. This can then lead to fatigue, hopelessness and physical, emotional and mental exhaustion. This is frequently known as caregiver burnout.
Are you a caregiver? A caregiver is not only reserved for professionals like therapist, doctors, nurses, teachers, and police officers. They are also moms and dads, those caring for elders, parents, someone with a eating disorder, a substance abuse disorder, an addiction, or a chronic illness like cancer or an autoimmune disorder.
So what causes caregiver burnout? How can you spot the symptoms of caregiver burnout? What can you do to take better care of yourself and other caregivers alike? So many question. And we have answers! Join us on today’s show as Lucia welcomes guest Sharon Lawrence, Therapist for Therapists and Professionals, LCSW and Certified Life Coach, for a real and hopeful conversation on caregiver burnout. With real talk, tools and experts, WellSeekers with Lucia is here help you find ways to love yourself & others more well!
Divorce and break-ups have the power to challenge our foundations and can cause major stress and the feeling of loneliness and loss. That transitional time is instrumental to incorporate positive coping skills, stress reduction, and ways to treat yourself well in order to heal get back on your feet.
So how can we nourish ourselves after a break-up or divorce? And how can you come out the other side stronger and more resilient than before?
On today's show, we are de-stressing and de-compressing from the anxiety of it all and offering you a safe, informative and fun look into self-care and life after a break up. Lucia and her crew will share their own experiences with break-ups and loss, and welcome guest Dr. Anna Kress, clinical psychologist, to the show to help us navigate it all.
So close the door on your day and bring some light, care and love into your night on the latest episode of Lucia at Night!
The holidays can drain our energy (and life in general). So how can we keep our energy merry and bright this holiday season? On today's show we talk energy healing techniques like Reiki. The word Reiki come from the Japanese words “rei” which means universal life and “ki” which mean energy. So Reiki is a type of universal life energy healing technique. How does Reiki works and how it may help you too?
Join Lucia and Reiki Master Cathy Freschi as they talk about the benefits of Reiki, what you might experience in a Reiki session, how it works, and how it may be able to help you restore and balance your energy this holiday season.
The holidays are a stressful time, if you have listened to our series so far, so know all the stats on how and why we get burned out during this joyful season.
On today's show, meditation guru, Swami Varadan is back to help us balance our minds, moods, spirits and lives just in time for the holidays! Swami will talk about his latest meditation technique and walk us through a powerful few minute meditation to help calm you instantly!
Join Lucia now on WellSeekers!
The holidays are a tricky time of year. Some reports estimate people gain between 7-10 pounds, other's between 1-2 pounds. We all love holiday food, but imagine if there was a way to enjoy the foods of the season and still feel good? On today's show we are talking to Emily Manuel, Certified Holistic Nutritionist, about simple and real ways to create and enjoy foods this holiday season that fuel our minds, moods and lives and how to enjoy our favorite treats without going overboard.
Join Lucia and Emily as they help guide you to your own story of well this holiday season!
On today’s show, Pete Perrotta, Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LADC joins Lucia at Night to talk about ways to approach this Holiday season in a more connected and loving way, and the meaning of family. Also joining in studio are friends Sarah and Krista where we talk nicknames, favorite holiday music and movies, cookies, and so much more!
So watch and listen to today’s show and de-stress from your day, and form stronger relationships with the people, places and things that you love; all in an informative, fun and intimate conversation. A treat and retreat for your day, Lucia at Night is going to help close the door on your day and light up your night.
When the Holidays Hurt: How to Handle Stress, Anxiety & Give Yourself Permission to Enjoy the Season
The holiday season is suppose to be one that reminds us to stop and let in the peace, joy and love that surrounds us daily. In reality, over 80% of people in a recent survey reported feeling stress and anxiety around the holidays. So what if this this time of holiday bliss, really brings up hurts from the past, family dysfunction and a list a mile long to accomplish? How can we enjoy our holidays and rise and comeback to the place of joy we crave in spite of what transpires around us or creep sin from our past?
On this episode Lucia is joined by Dr. Danica Harris to talk about ways to enjoy your holiday season and diminish stress and anxiety in real and practical ways.
Join Lucia and Danica as they kick off our 6 part series to help guide you and stand by your side this holiday season!
For more on Danica follow her at @theempoweredtherapist on Instagram and on her site: https://empoweredhealingdallas.com