NEW SVT SITE

Hello lovely SVT friends,

Heal SVT naturally has a new website!

newWow…what a huge project! As many of you know, I recently took on the huge task of upgrading the SVT site. For the tech savvy folks out there, I was using wordpress.com and I wanted to switch to wordpress.org.  The switch was calling me for a long time and for many reasons..I wanted the site to be better, faster, prettier, easier to navigate, and current. I knew it would be a huge undertaking. I had to switch the site, move the domain, transfer all the content, build an entirely new site on Divi my favorite theme, and so much more. I even had a few glitches that I almost had an SVT over…

And time it has taken…(and money). But I am on the home stretch and every ounce of effort is worth it. While I am still not ready to officially announce the site, I am sure many of you have seen it by now. Over the next month, I will email you with highlights, pages to check out and upcoming classes and a course I’m working on. Until then, navigate around and feel free to comment below on what you like, or don’t, as this labor of love is still a work in progress.

Please know that its all for you, this community, and the future of SVT research that we all deserve! Here’s to our growing community, and a website to reflect the progress.

xox Much Love and Healing,

 

New Site Coming Soon

Hello lovely SVT Readers,
 A quick word letting everyone know that http://www.HealSVTnaturally.com is getting a makeover! We are launching a new site on Sept 1, 2016, that will take the place of this one. It will still have all the same information, plus new amazing updated capabilities.

If you have been following this blog via wordpress.com by hitting the “follow this blog button” vs. “opting into” my email list, this is an action you need to take if you would like to keep receiving my emails.

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If you have any questions please let me know, and thank you for being a valued member of the SVT community!

xo Laura

Quinoa Berry Bowl

Introduce quinoa to your diet. It is naturally gluten free, packed with protein, light, cooks super fast, and can be mixed with anything…sweet or savory. It’s a super-food and it’s SVT friendly. 

qunioa PicMonkey CollageMake a batch of quinoa, and use a portion for the berry bowl….

  • Add a dash of rice milk
  • a little cinnamon
  • strawberries
  • blueberries (or whatever you have on hand)
  • a drop of honey or good maple syrup
  • Yum! Kid friendly too!

I love using quinoa and it has become a staple in my diet. It is satisfying, and easy on digestion. Lasts up to 5 days in the fridge.

Your Bodies Messages and SVT

I have been taking an amazing yoga class for about 4 months now. I go every Wednesday morning no matter what. My instructor is always reminding us about how much information our bodies are constantly conveying to us and being in class is continuous reminder of this beautiful and vital relationship.

Yet, when it comes our bodies communicating to us through SVT, we all view it as a nightmare. We see it as a foe, something here to make us miserable, scare us, and be afraid of.  We forget the component of it communicating valuable information to us. We forget that our bodies work for us. It is the vessel that allows us to bring forth our purpose, our love, our missions, our families, our joy.

We are partners with our bodies.

top of the rockWe are here FOR each other, not against one another. This alone is a beautiful realization. You and your body are friends. If your body is hurting or your heart is pounding, you need to be there for it, to see how you can help it. IT is YOU! It’s asking you to listen to it and be attentive to see what it needs just like you would for anything person or thing that you love.

SELF-LOVE. 

What if we took a moment to view our SVT as a way that our bodies are conveying to us extremely valuable information and trusting us to decipher its messages and take action on them.

My role is help you listen to and connect with your heart and body along with the deeper messages of SVT and help people move through what stops them from living a life they LOVE. I help people implement self-care, elevate their nutrition, and dig for the deeper spiritual and emotional layers to their SVT. We all have tremendous gifts and services to bring to the world, that the world desperately needs, and you cannot be your best self when you are suffering…suffering with SVT.

You can live happily with SVT and view it as your barometer and friend!  

Today I want to help you help connect with your body so that it doesn’t have to have an SVT for you to pay attention to it.

Here are a list of possible messages that your body is trying to send to you in the form of an SVT and ways to help yourself partner with those messages and respond long before it becomes an SVT.

  1. Who or what are you tired of? SVT is not just when we are physically tired but emotionally and spiritually as well.
  2. What needs to be felt and expressed? Holding in your feelings it is a set up for an SVT. Can you find time every day to let off steam, self-express in healthy ways and let the flood gates open? Issues reappear at many different times in our lives giving us another chance to heal.
  3. What needs to flow? Do you feel stuck? Moving things around in your home, clearing clutter, going for walks, all get things moving and have a ripple effect in every area of your life.
  4. What subtle messages does your body send you each day and in what part of your body do you pick up messages most?
  5. Try to respond to one way your body is talking to you every day. Even if it’s just a pause to acknowledge what you are feeling and thank it for the ways it talks to you. Ask yourself for the solution. Today I feel achy, I asked what it needs and the answer is less food, and no sugar. This makes sense to me as sugar can cause inflammation. Inflammation= achy. Now I have a choice to listen and respond.
  6. Do you promptly listen to your natural rhythms and cues? Do you drink when you are thirsty? Do you stop when you need a break? Do you go to bed when you get your first tired cue?
  7. Do you continually push push push? Can you promise to listen to it 90% of the time, so the rare moments that you really need to push, you have the reserve to withstand it? And then make up for it by refilling your bucket afterwards?
  8. If you have created a life for yourself that feels like a constant push with no room for self-care, relaxation, and rejuvenation, why you think you created this type of scenario and what can you do to take things off your plate and slow it down?
  9. You are constantly changing. What used to work for you may not work for you anymore. It’s totally OK to change what you need to change. You are allowed to change your mind! Support yourself to gently change what you need to.
  10. Self-care routines help us to LISTEN. Do you have spiritual listening practices in place like journaling, yoga, walking, meditation, resting? LISTENING is a skill. Increasing your listening practices will help you in every area of your life.
  11. What messages do you think you might be missing or ignoring? If you KNEW that responding in general and responding faster could help avert an SVT would that inspire you?

Each of us have our own unique messages and needs. SVT is your wake up call to listen and respond and nurture yourself. Self-care, Self-love, feeding your body healthy foods, less sugar, more water, more rest, more joy, clearing out the old, and creating a life you LOVE is my recipe for healing your SVT naturally. These things WORK, and they can start WORKing for you too. It all really starts with LOVING ourselves a little bit more, being a little more gentle, a little but more forgiving, a little bit slower, and whatever else your SVT is conveying to you…I hope this helps inspire you to take the very best care of yourself and your body that you can! This is our LIFE to live to the fullest! xox

Success Story: SVTs! Blessing or Curse? by Mark Farago

SVTs! Blessing or curse? Barometer or ailment? These are the questions which have accompanied me on my life’s journey. A native New Yorker, born and raised in The Bronx and now a resident of New Jersey, I’d like to share my timeline which includes some things I’ve learned in dealing with SVTs. blessing (2)

SVT symptoms should be addressed and not ignored”: I have continually battled SVTs throughout my entire life. In my adolescent years, I interpreted SVT episodes as ‘just nerves’, but eventually in my teenage years, the anticipatory anxiety bred by these SVTs led to and became masked by overriding panic attacks. The SVTs, accompanied by a panic disorder, became the fabric of my daily life spanning my college years and the following twelve years of working for AT&T.

SVTs do not have to impinge on accomplishments”: Despite the ongoing battle with panic and SVTs, I did manage to attain some success: at AT&T, attaining the level of Research Division Comptroller; and in academia, by completing both Graduate and Post-Graduate degrees respectively in Statistics and Management Science.

Stay positive in the understanding that experiencing SVTs may serve a larger purpose in your life: After twelve years at AT&T, I decided to leave workforce because I could no longer simultaneously cope with SVTS and perform at the required level demanded by that type of environment. I began a new career in music composition, arranging, and producing which  allowed me to simultaneously deal with SVTs as well as my work. (Music had always been a passion in my life beginning with guitar lessons at the age of eight, and playing with Bronx based cover bands for the next twenty years). To obtain the necessary tools for my professional work, I attended music programs at The New School for Social Research in Greenwich Village, The William Paterson University Jazz Program, and The Juilliard School of Music’s Evening Division. Gaining the necessary proficiency in the musical field, I proceeded to build a home recording studio, write and produce songs for artists, score movies and videos, and in my current years write and record songs for non-profit causes such as Autism, Cancer, Alzheimer’s…which may be heard/viewed at https://www.youtube.com/user/pamark6 .

Initially, I may have viewed SVTs as being a curse, but in the end it turned out to be more of a blessing; a catalyst for me to resign AT&T, and start up my own music production company, Pamark Productions.

Use SVTs as a barometer not an ailment”: For the first forty years of my life, my SVTs went un-diagnosed due to the multitude of underlying causes (genetics, psychological, nutritional, environmental…) as well as the lack of knowledge and treatment options offered by the medical community. To address this need, I sought out and found some alternative methods which aided me in dealing with my SVTs:

The first method was Biofeedback training. This technique allowed me to monitor and control my body’s reaction to outside stressors.

Another method was in the application of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.  This area of psychology allowed me to use an introspective approach to deal with any ‘negative’ emotions or maladaptive responses I might have been applying to my daily interaction in life.

Another was in Meditating on Spiritual Readings. This made use of meditation on scriptural readings of world religions which all share the common messages of love, forgiveness, selfless living, a personal relationship with God, and a diminished focus on materialism.

And another was Proper Nutrition. Positive results of blood work to test for food allergies pointed to a wide variety of foods as possible stimuli to my SVTs. A continued  search down this path led to the fact that foods containing gluten were the main culprit in bringing about STVs.

Another method was a Proper Exercise Schedule and Routine. I joined an affordable, local gym and on alternating days worked a regimen of light weight exercises, stretching, and stationary bike riding to provide for my body’s need of endorphins.

Along my journey, I was given the option by the medical community to have an ablation which they guaranteed would eliminate my SVTs. Since this procedure came with  negative effects, I decided to continually use my SVTs as a barometer to lead a more holistic style of life. I realize my SVTs may never be cured, only controlled, but I am now in an accepting frame of mind. In this light, I wrote and recorded “Look At Me” from the perspective of using this life-long battle with SVTs as an impetus to become a more loving and grateful human being. I decided to put this song to video so it might be shared with others who may be experiencing SVTs. Since individual’s fighting cancer have bigger fish to fry than bearers of SVTs, I opted to put the song “Look At Me” to a video regarding cancer fighters. It may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw5pk5wuANY

God Bless,

Mark Farago

A Class Just for YOU!

When you have SVT, you have a choice,  you can wake up every day scared and afraid, or you can wake up feeling empowered and do things that are within your control to prevent SVT episodes.

In a way, everything we do either contributes to an episode or helps prevent and avoid episodes.

Learning the BASICS is an essential to knowing what you can do to help yourself.

I am so passionate about helping you learn the same things that have helped me to completely reduce my episodes to less than one every 4 years (and the “one” was only because I set off all my “triggers” like  a perfect storm) which is exactly what I want to teach you how to avoid.

I used to have SVT all the time. I used to live in fear of them and never know when one would strike. When one did, I was panicked, afraid, and felt out of control. When I wasn’t having an actual episode, I felt like I was going to have one. I had POTS, was unable to move from bending or sitting to standing without a drastic change in my blood pressure. I was unable to lift my child, I was unbale to withstand heat, I was unable to drive far away alone, and lived in fear everyday of my life.

WE DONT HAVE TO LIVE THIS WAY!  I am FREE of ALL of those symptoms now.

The truth was, that I wasn’t exactly eating healthy. I wasn’t exactly living a life I loved, and I wasn’t exactly free from old childhood pain, traumas, and patterns that I was repeating, including a real LACK of self-care.

SLOWLY, I changed my life. SLOWLY I changed and transformed my diet. SLOWLY I took control of my life, health, diet, finances, and with every step, I felt better and better.

Living with SVT means accepting that we have to take our health into our own hands.  This class will help you do just that. It is a step, in a series of steps that you can do for yourself.

Class is $25.00 and includes:

  • 1 90 minute LIVE class with me
  • Time for Q + A
  • A replay of class available for you to watch anytime
  • A link to class that you will receive prior to the class to enter
  • An e-guide called SVT The Basics for you to read and take notes and review anytime you need it
  • Valuable information that you can use to help you feel better TODAY!

I use a platform called ZOOM to host the class. It is kind of like a live classroom. You will see me in a large video box and I will see you all in smaller video boxes. If you are shy, you don’t have to be visible. When you talk, your video box gets a little larger so we can know who is talking. It’s really cool.

If you miss class, can’t make it, have to leave early, etc, you can re-watch it anytime. If you want, you can even email me your questions in advance, and I will be sure to answer them. This will be especially helpful if you know you will miss a part or all of the class and want your questions answered.

To register: Click on the link below and it will take you to my website to register and pay. I receive the confirmation and reply with your link and eguide the day of class.

I HOPE that this tool helps you and I look forward to presenting you with all the SVT BASICS that each of us need to know and do to practice healthy SVT prevention!

In good health,

Laura Madrigano

  To learn more or Register Click HERE.

Review some SVT Basics

Each week there are hundreds of new visitors to the www.HealSVTnaturally.com site. In order to speak to their questions, and in preparation for my SVT Class on April 26th, SVT The Basics, I wanted to review some of the SVT basic and essential lifestyle strategies to think about when you are a person living with and managing SVT.

Lifestyle and SVT go hand in hand, the sooner we accept this, the sooner can take back control of our lives! I want to help empower you with the tools to do just that. In case you are new here, or need a refresher, I hope these BASICS inspire you to do the things that are within your control to feed your health and prevent SVT.

  1. Go to bed between 10-11:00pm every night. This is major. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep is your enemy! A Good sleep routine will help you fill your bucket and avoid mental and physical depletion. Sleep is your restorative time. It is like liquid gold, a FREE and easy way to build health. My philosophy is SVT prevention and this is number #1.
  • Drink lots of water. 8 full glasses per day. Get used to going to the bathroom to pee! Try adding chlorophyll to your water. It oxygenates your blood and feels refreshing and nourishing.
  • Don’t eat wheat. Even if you haven’t been tested for GF allergies, wheat is in so many foods, many of which are boxed or canned and hidden. Wheat is not helping you, healing you or nourishing you in any way. It is likely depleting you and getting in the way of you absorbing quality nutrients vital for healthy heart rhythm. Get inspired to clear it out of your system!
  • Eat as clean as possible!!!! That means lightly cooked warm veggies, fruit, smoothies, rice milk, quinoa, beans, and if you eat meat it MUST be organic or grass fed, (especially chicken). Limit sugar and when you do eat it make sure its local honey, brown rice syrup, cacao, or another natural sweetener. I keep the dairy low and don’t consume milk. I LOVE cheese so when I eat it I make sure its organic. Feed your body beautiful nourishing foods and make time to food prep and cook for yourself. If you hate to cook…learn to make a few things each week that you don’t dread. Food and SVT go hand in hand and this is another area of life we simply must embrace. Cook with Love, eat with LOVE and do your best to eat as healthy as possible. If you are suffering from emotional eating issues, this has to be addressed because it can be a major SVT trigger. There is hope for emotional eaters!!! Feel free to email me privately if you have this issue.
  • If you are GF, be careful you are not consuming “dead” foods. Most of what makes up for the lack of gluten in a product is just a bunch of replacement “garbage”. Gluten free means a commitment to eating clean and fresh and naturally gluten free foods. Quinoa is your bestie and can be made sweet or savory. If you must have gluten free bread, pizza or pasta try to buy it organic and make sure the main ingredients are brown rice flour…and then make it a once a week thing. Learn to love corn tortillas, the non gmo ones that are naturally GF. There are so many healthy choices out there, be open to trying new things.
  • Everyone needs some guilty pleasures…I understand!!! I LOVE chocolate chip cookies!!!! So take the time to bake some nice cookies with whole ingredients…try millet flour or quinoa flour, or garbanzo flour…etc. There are millions of amazing blogs out there with tons of great recipes…If you take 1 hour to bake for yourself, it will provide you with a weeks worth of healthy treats to feed your sensitive bodies!!! Be creative here. So many health balls and cookies to choose from! Check out Julie Montagu, I love her recipes.
  • JOURNAL-Writing your feelings will help you self-express and keep things flowing. Try a morning journaling routine. There is a massive emotional layer to SVT. Nurturing your emotions, releasing them, letting them go, forgiving the past, and healing old anger are crucial. Journaling is a FREE way to do all of this. Grab your pen and get writing! In case you like guided prompts, I am in the process of writing some guided journaling e-guides that I cannot wait to share with you soon!
  • Learn how to Break your SVT. The sooner you feel confident on what to do if you get an SVT, and start being IN ACTION on all of these basics, the sooner you can get control of the horrible anxiety and fear that goes hand in hand with SVT. Review this video for a great way to break an SVT.( Blow in a straw and raise your legs method.) The next time you have an SVT, be prepared…. Have your straw handy and write a note card of methods to try so you can refer to it during an episode.
  • Review your salt. A mixture of pink Himalayan and iodized sea salt is best. Plain table salt is not a great choice. It depletes essential minerals. Pink Himalayan will help provide you with those trace minerals. I like to mix the two for a good balance.
  • Review your supplements. Probiotics, Magnesium, and Flax or Fish Oils are some of my top daily choices. I also take several other things as needed…Learning how supplements can help you is a huge layer to preventing episodes.

If reviewing these BASICS help you and you want to go deeper and learn more…Join me for class on Tuesday April 26th at 4:30pm EST. Class is held on line via zoom. Once you register and receive a special link to enter class on the day of the event. You will also be emailed my SVT The basics Eguide companion tool. Class is recorded so if you miss the live class you can review the recording anytime. Plenty of Time for Q + A. Cost is 25.00. To learn more or Register Click HERE. (reply or email me with any questions!)

I hope these BASICS inspire you to keep taking amazing care of yourself! You have one life to live, make it great!

Xox In good Health,

Laura

SVT Food Tracker TOOL

As I focus this month on SVT the Basics, in preparation of the upcoming CLASS, I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone that what you are eating (and your habits around food) have everything to do with your SVT.

In case you are beginning to make this amazing connection or want to revisit it, I created an easy to use Food + Lifestyle tracker template for you to use to begin to first track what you eat, and then analyze your discoveries. You receive this template when you opt in to my email list HERE

The Food Tracker template is a simple document that I created to help you become your own SVT detective just like I did.  It has columns for bowel movements, supplements, food, symptoms and will help you track everything you are eating and doing, so that later you can reflect on it and try to find clues that may have contributed to your SVT’s.

I love a good mystery, so if you want help analyzing the food tracker information that you filled in, then feel free to learn about my SVT coaching services and book a free session with me HERE

You don’t have to suffer from SVT, and if you are, it might be time for you to take a look at the DIET connection. I know how hard it is to give up foods that you love, but this is something that is within your control, and I assure you that when you make small changes to your diet and lifestyle, they really do add up to a healthier you. I am living proof that you are in control of your SVT and not the other way around.

Visit my “DIET” page on my site HERE to link to some of my favorite articles about the link between food and SVT and if you haven’t already started to use the food and lifestyle tracker template, I encourage you to do so!

In good health,

Laura

 

Q + A Series Can SVT be caused by certain things we eat and POTS?

This is the start of my Q + A series….You ask a question and I post a video for the answer. To ask a question, you can post it in the comments below, email me at lmadrigano@aol.com or post it in the private FB group.

This question comes from Nancy and is “Can SVT be caused by certain things we eat AND POTS?”