Alcohol. It’s a complicated little beastie. Our relationship to alcohol is so intertwined with so many aspects of our health and wellness from our social patterns, romantic connections, and most powerfully even our connection to our inner “self.”
For many of us our relationship to alcohol started with family patterns, childhood experiences and often the teenage years – and how that relationship evolves over time impacts how we feel, our long term health and our personal and romantic relationships too.
Caitlin Padgett is a holistic health coach and women’s leader who’s willing to “go there” for the hard discussions. And she does it with beauty, grace and pointed brilliance.
What I love most about her approach is it isn’t an all or nothing equation. Caitlin is as loving and open with her outlook as she is knowledgeable and informed AND effective at helping women navigate a personalized journey to a healthy relationship with drinking.
There is no “one size fits all” approach for this stuff – but as Caitlin shares the first step is to have the discussion. And that’s what we are doing here. So glad you are here too…
In gratitude and more,
Lindsay and Caitlin talk about is there room for alcohol in holistic wellness?
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a lover of life, adventure and travel. In fact, I just bought a sweatshirt that says “Let’s get physical.” I grew up on the West Coast of Canada and currently live in the far South West Coast of Mexico, in a little town called Puerto Escondido. There, I teach dance, movement and wellness classes and workshops in additional to running my holistic coaching business. I am incredibly grateful to be able to live and work doing what I love. My partner and I are currently building a little off the grid eco-house made of adobe and palm and powered by solar, and we are expecting our first child.
What is your philosophy on healing or overcoming health challenges.
As a holistic coach, I always recommend an integrated approach! It is always so important that mind, body and spirit are all nourished. In addition to advising my clients to use the following, I have also personally used a lot of positive visualization, affirmations, meditation and other energy work, as well as nutrition, ritual, and rest!
My philosophy revolves around pleasure and beauty, and bringing those elements into healing work.
How have you used adversity in your life to fuel your commitment to balance and wellness?
My own challenges with drugs, alcohol, anxiety and subsequent adrenal fatigue that led to a “crash and burn” in my early thirties was the catalyst for deep healing and a new appreciation for balance and holistic wellness. While I used to eat healthy –ish (most of the time), and go through phases of physical health, I was not consistent and I certainly was not nourishing myself on a soul and spiritual level. I liked the concept of balance but I had no idea what it actually could look like in my life.
How do you stay healthy, resilient and vibrant?
I start each day with my morning ritual which includes waking up with sunrise, and spending some time in while still in bed doing positive visualization. I drink my water and lemon, then meditate and stretch or do yoga. Next comes green juice or green smoothie, and easing into my priorities. I take naps when I can, I’ve become a pro at the power nap. I do exercise and movement that feels sensual and pleasurable, and dance a lot. I eat a plant-based diet and cook as much as I can. Oh and sweet sleep… I used to be chronically under-slept and running on adrenaline, now I know sleep keeps me connected to my divinity.
What tips do you recommend for your clients dealing with / healing from illness?
Make self-care a priority, unapologetically. Try to banish any guilt from taking care of yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Ask for support. Find things that will stimulate your senses, whether it be tastes, textures, sounds, smells or colours. Eat plant based and whole foods. Surround yourself with beauty.
If there was only one thing a person could find the energy and resources to make a priority what would it be?
SLEEP!!! So many women I know and work with are chronically under-slept. It costs nothing and the benefits are so far reaching. In addition to that, finding one thing every morning that nourishes you, and is special or unique to you. So many of us have kids, partners, and so many external responsibilities that our days quickly become about giving to others. Try to start your day in a way that honours YOU, and provides nourishment to your mind, body and soul.
What is your favorite inspirational quote for healing?
After a while I looked in the mirror and realized… Wow, after all these hurts, scars, and bruises, after all of the trials, I really made it through. I did it. I survived that which was supposed to kill me. So I straightened my crown, and walk away like a boss. Pinterest via Sapper B Wifey And…
“You were given this life because you are strong enough to live it.” – Robyn Sharma
“Everything will be okay in the end. If it’s not okay, it’s not the end.” – John Lennon
Caitlin Padgett is a Holistic Health and Lifestyle coach and founder of “Evolve,” an unconventional approach supporting women to redefine their relationship to alcohol, their bodies and their lives. For more information on Caitlin and her programs, please visit www.caitlinpadgett.com