Traveling like a Sherpa…The Best Kept Self-Care Secret…& November ‘Winter Weather’ Chili Recipe

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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I’ve been busy.


One look at the bags from my day spent out and about…enough said.


Typically on the go from 6 or 7 a.m. until 9 p.m., everyday is full of adventure and, consequently, I’ve had to pack my bags, like a Sherpa in the mountains—ready for anything and everything on my cross country (ie. City) trek.




Breakfast on the go? Check.


Backpack with my computer and books for studying? Check.


Change of clothes? Check.


Lunchbox? Check.


Purse? Check.


Waterbottle? Check.


Snack for later? Check.


Fleece jacket? Check.


Many a day, there’s no room for a second passenger, with my passenger seat full of stuff.


What makes it even worse is I am a “just in case” kind of girl, so my car has become a traveling suitcase as well.




My umbrella. Pair of jeans. Extra Lululemon crops and tanks. Socks. Tennis shoes. Boots. Cases of waterbottles. A ziplock baggie of almonds. Protein powder. Mini-deoderant. Hand sanitizer. Notepads and pens. Extra books I’ve been meaning to read—just in case I have extra time. Shopping bags (a la Lululemon) posing as grocery sacks.


Always prepared…and always on the go.




While I lovvvveee being busy, it can be rather exhausting. Going from one meeting, one appointment, one commitment to the next can leave little time to take in a deep breath to just be.


As Monday morning (my favorite day of the week) rolls around once more, it got me thinking—how tough it can be to make time for Y-O-U in the midst of the demands of our day to day.


This really irks me because in order to be all to all that you have to do in any fast-paced given day…first and foremost, you must take care of yourself (I am speaking to myself here).


What exactly does this mean?


It could mean multiple things…but today, I am going to leave you with the 20/20/20 rule.




As the Monday morning ‘clock’ strikes and deadlines, to-do lists and another week ahead calls your name…take some time to try this exercise, and see what a difference it can make.


It’s simple.


Before you start your day, make a point to carve out some 20/20/20 time for yourself (at least!):


20-minutes to ‘get centered’ (a devotional or quiet time with God, prayer, a reflective reading, meditation, etc.)


20-minutes for movement, stretches and/or some exercise


20-minutes to nourish your body with whole, real foods to ‘break the fast’ and kickstart your day


set the tone.


Take care of yourself—and in turn, watch your day and your to-dos soar!


In order to be the best US we can be, we must first and foremost practice a little selfishness and take care of ourselves.


On a side note…It’s chilly outside and I wanted chili tonight.


Here’s an easy peasy recipe that’s delicious served over butternut squash, in a sweet potato or simply with some avocado sliced up into it.






1 lb. lean ground turkey

1lb. ground bison

3/4 yellow onion

1 large tomato, diced

4 oz. tomato paste

3 garlic cloves, minced

2 TBSP chili powder

2 TBSP cumin

1 tsp all-spice

1 tsp oregano

Salt & pepper to taste

1 TBSP coconut oil

Roasted butternut squash or sweet potato fries (optional)

Avocado sliced (optional)



  • Add oil to pan and sauté diced onion and minced garlic until onion is translucent
  • Add meat to pan and lightly brown
  • Add spices and diced tomato/tomato paste
  • Let simmer and cook thoroughly (the longer it simmers, the better!-maybe an hour or two)
  • Plate up and serve over roasted butternut squash or homemade sweet potato fries/wedges…oh yes, and don’t forget the avocado!!
  • Delish!




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