My Jewish Colon + the 10% Shift

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My Jewish Colon + the 10% Shift

Dear You,

So, you've been reading my blog for a while now, right?

Keeping an eye on the conversation? Having an occasional revelation or chuckle?

Well, I'm glad, but let me ask you…

What has changed in your day-to-day life?

Do you do things different?

Do you feel better?

Are you more awake and interconnected?

Do you live more at-ease than overwhelmed?

Let me guess…

You've been overextended. It’s hard to implement the simplest of the health evolution strategies when you

’re overextended.

You encountered conflicting tactics?

You're annoyed with yourself for staying stuck?

There's a reason why.

To tell you about it, I need to tell you about my Jewish colon.

If you’ve been around the blog you may have come across my early childhood migraines, constipation, and other such maladies. These shifted into horrific seasonal allergies where I had snot streaming out of my face most days of high school. So gross.

Due to the migraines and the allergies and my parents allopathic approach to life I was fed pills. I earned the name The Pill Popper by the time I was 10.

A simple holistic body habits course would have changed my life. It would have changed the patterns that influenced how my cells patterned and re-patterned through early childhood, childhood and my teen years.

This sucks.

Why does it suck?

Because when we’re growing up our cells turn over quickly and tendencies develop. Imbalances get patterned into the person. Many of you know that Ayurveda saved my ass. You may take this literally.

You see, I  have Lynch syndrome. It’s a genetic condition passed down on my Jewish side. I’m predisposed to an 80% chance of colorectal cancer.

I have a 60% chance of contracting endometrial cancer.

Them stats aren’t in my favor.


I mean but…

But, many of you are paying attention to the field of epigenetics. And many more of you have common sense that says there are things we can do to impact our future.

On a cellular level.

Which brings me to that simple holistic body habits course that could have changed my life.

As a teenager I picked up Fit For Life by the Diamonds. It’s sold over 12 million copies… so it’s not surprising that one ended up in my backpack. Learning that what I ate impacted, perhaps dictated my symptoms was a revelation.

I tried it.

It was hard.

In 1988, age 15, I had trouble finding others who were reading Fit For Life or experimenting with their body habits. But I was hooked. When I found Ayurveda in my early 20’s I dove in hook, line and sinker.

I dissolved my allergies, my headaches. I even dissolved massive chunks of ego.

The cure  wasn’t an herbal formula. It wasn’t a specific cleanse. It wasn’t even the Fit For Life diet. It was simply better body habits.

The problem with body habits is that most of are doing a good enough job and we can tolerate living at 80% of our capacity. Dr. Fuhrman, who is an expert on this matter puts that number at 70%, but here at Yogahealer I’m generously giving us an extra 10% of embodied body intelligence.

What would living at 90% of your vibrant wellness potential look like? Feel like? Be like?

Living at 90% of your capacity would look good. You’d be within a few pounds of the weight your body would prefer. Your skin would be juicy and clear. Your eyes would be sparkly and clear.

Living at 90% of your capacity would feel energized and relaxed. You’d obviously be getting plenty of exercise most days and plenty of rest most nights. You’d have to be eating feel so your cells would be happy with you feeding them what they actually need.

Living at 90% of your capacity would be easeful. You would be living in an easeful, not a stressful relationship to your own stress…. I mean your own life. You would be relaxed and aware as your default mode.

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Yes – 100% would be fully amazing. But, chances are, you’d feel an insane amount of benefit from a 10% improvement.

The thing about a 10% shift in health is that it requires nothing less than a 10% shift in our daily habits.

I’m going to say that again and get out the BOLD because it’s perhaps my most profound realization. A 10% shift in actualizing your body’s potential requires a 10% shift in your daily habits.

Upgrading your habits, even by 10%, is hard. Which is why we’re happy, or happy enough, to stay in that 80% of our personal potential range.

But, if you’re like me and you have ancestors, and your ancestors had issues, whether it be arthritis, diabetes, heart attacks, depression, a 10% shift could actually mean an exponentially greater reduction of future disease.

Take that in.


Also, get this:

Upgrading your habits, even by 10%, is harder when you do it alone. Isolation is cruel ineffective punishment used by parents and prisons around the world. Isolation has little to do with stepping up your potential. Isolation has even less to do with better habits for the long haul of having a body.

I’ve read the research. I’ve interviewed habit evolution pros. I’ve even created a certification program for yoga teachers to help their students evolve their old habits into vibrant health habits.

And now, I’m giving 20 people a chance to go through my simple holistic body habits course. It’s called Body Thrive. It’s simple, but it’s not easy.

If you want to apply to be one of the 20, click here.

Or, if you know of someone who needs this program, please forward this email, or share this link.

(My simple holistic body habits course is a teaching program. Our sessions will be listened to by the Yoga Health Coaches-In-Training.) There is a financial investment to be a member. Only apply if you are serious about your 10% health evolution.

Tomorrow I’ll tell you more about my Jewish colon + Making Sexy Choices regarding cesspools and microbe factories.  Stay tuned. And by the way… the 20 spots are on a first come, first serve basis.

Cate Stillman

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Cate Stillman founded in 2001 to guide Yoga people into Ayurveda and Ayurveda people into yoga. Built on the value of both personal and planetary thrive and a deep connect to one’s ecosystem, community and body, Yogahealer grew into a team, 2 podcasts a week, regular blogging, an arsenal of courses to guide people into their potential, an a professional community + certification program Yoga Health Coaching. Cate wrote and self-published Body Thrive: Uplevel Your Body and Your Life with 10 Habits from Ayurveda and Yoga, an Amazon #1 Bestseller in Ayurveda, which helps people who dig yoga take a giant leap forward in their wellness trajectory with Ayurveda.

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