Healing Lyme Disease, Creating a Movement, and Living Aligned with Elena Heegaard -011
Elena is the Director of Operations and Project You, and Founder of Leaves of Gratitude. She is an incredibly spirited, passionate, and giving human on a mission to become the fully expressed version of herself, and help others do the same in the process. She's a badass, a fellow redhead, and always speaks her mind. Enough said.
On this episode my chat with Elena Heegaard is nothing short of amazing. This badass and awe-inspiring woman has overcome more than her fair share by the age of 22. After a long and arduous journey with Lyme Disease, where she came out the other side victorious on many different levels, she has a lot to share and is happy to do it.
Elena speaks with wisdom that is far beyond her years and is not only hilarious, but deeply empathic, moving, and a force for good. This episode will make you laugh, cry, get mad, feel supported, and probably get the shivers at least once or twice.
How Elena dyes her gorgeous red hair (this one's for you redheads).
What Project You is.
The importance of female energy and how women push it away.
The rise of feminine energy and the balance of masculine energy.
How Elena and Katie met.
Leaves of gratitude - what it is and why Elena created it.
The importance of children connecting to natures.
Elena's origin story - how her passion for helping people started.
How the injustice in her highschool sparked her passion for people reach their full potential.
The importance of celebrating the wins.
What "parking the car" means.
How Elena went from studying Human rights law to entrepreneeurship and what spurred that change.
How her empathy started to make her feel heavy, sick, and exhausted.
Elena's experience with Lyme Disease - how to started her journey down the self-help and personal development path.
How she got Lyme Disease and what happens if you get it.
The symptoms of Lyme Disease that Elena personally experienced.
How her disease led her to feeling deeply depressed.
How she ended up with two types of Mono on top of her Lyme Disease.
The importance of having health advocates.
How she ended up reeking havoc on her gut by taking a month of antibiotics.
What is was like for her to be "completely out" for 6 months.
How her commitment to going to the gym helped her shift towards feeling better.
Her decision to move to Vancouver helped her to see her situation more clearly.
How her powerful decision to change her mental state was the key to moving forward.
How Tim Ferris's book Tools of Titans helped her discover the Keto diet and ultimately healed her of her disease.
How she did the Keto diet for just 2.5 weeks and remains symptom free to this day.
What "keto flu" is.
The importance of asking for support.
How she had to re-learn to trust her body again and love herself through the process of feeling fearful.
Where she is now in regards to her health and her feelings towards the disease and her past.
How she stands firm in the belief that everything happens for a reason and it's an opportunity to "roll with it, and blossom from it".
The importance of taking your personal power back and to stop being the victim of your life in little ways.
The dangers of comparing yourself to others on social media.
Elena's systems for self-care and self-love.
How love is active not passive.
How climbing the tough mountain is always worth it.
The importance and power of creating structure in your day.
Why you need to "check yourself" if you're working too hard to make others happy instead of caring for yourself.
The importance of setting healthy boundaries and saying no.
Elena's advice to her 20-year-old self.
Elena's Rebel Cause.