Pushing Past Stigmas – Episode 214: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast

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Today on the podcast, I’m talking about some controversial topics and hoping to break down some stigmas around certain topics.


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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


16 thoughts on “Pushing Past Stigmas – Episode 214: PaleOMG Uncensored Podcast”

    1. yeah it’s really frustrating that we can’t have open conversations about concerns or experiences. we live in a society that is plagued by fear. fear of a disease, fear of a vaccine, fear of speaking their mind, fear of saying something wrong. open dialogue has been taken away from us and it’s a real bummer.

  1. I’m truly not here to at you. But, I think we have had very different COVID experiences. My small city is so overwhelmed that our hospital had to erect a tent for the overflow. Our hospital is bursting at the seams with infected patients, and 88% of them are unvaccinated. This is creating a health crisis for everyone, not just those with COVID, because at times, there is a 24 hour wait at our ER for people who desperately need to be seen. Since mid-July, I have had to comfort at least one friend a week who just lost someone to COVID, including the wife and mother who lost her 28 year old husband. Given your empathy for those you love, I know that this would impact you as deeply as it has me.

    I worry that your words may discourage someone on the fence from getting something that is very safe and could protect them from extreme sickness or death. And while yes, a significantly rare minority may have worse reactions than expected, the risk of contracting COVID and potentially getting very sick, or dying is much more likely. You shared the powerlessness that once you got vaccinated, you couldn’t take it back, and I get that. But what is more powerless is the person about to be put on a vent pleading for the vaccine, but it is too late, they can’t take their previous decision back, and now we just have to hope that the vent does its jobs and they can go back to their families.

    Acne and workout induced muscle swelling is not new to you. What is new is by your own account, is the change in your routine the last few weeks. You are highly regimented like I am, and any little deviation can throw off everything. Your sleep, group events, alone time, dietary regime etc have all been very off norm. This is not judgement, run with it and enjoy, but singling out the vaccine for all of the problems ignores much more likely factors. I hope everything resolves quickly for you and that you are back to your normal self soon.

    1. Stop! This was her experience and she should be able to talk about her experience. This vaccine makes some people very ill and other people don’t even know they got a shot. Just stop.

    2. I completely agree with this sentiment, Erica. I’ve been managing COVID communications for a health system since this began and the stories from the unvaccinated are terrifying.

      Juli, I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had a difficult time recovering from the vaccine and, even it was against your gut feeling, you literally are now better protected from an incredibly deadly virus.

      The struggle with all of this is yes, you got the vaccine (as a mother of a 7-month old who isn’t yet eligible, thank you – your choice protects vulnerable like him) and yes, unfortunately you’ve had a difficult time recovering. But you’ve been able to take time to rest (which is exactly what they recommend after the vaccine) and care for yourself. I’ve never read anywhere that promised the vaccine would help anyone PR immediately after so some reactions literally are expected. It’s supporting your immune system from a deadly virus and allowing YOU protection when you’re out and about and offering others protection too (herd immunity).

      I’ve heard too often that people who don’t want to get vaccinated will “take their chances” – well I personally know people who are still recovering from long-haul covid. Think vaccine side-effects are tough? Try being out of breath for months and doctors don’t yet know how to help you or being a nurse that is intubating another covid patient for the 18th month in a row. These situations would mess with how you feel too but since you’re vaccinated your likelihood of that happening is less.

      Please just consider your platform and reach – it’s perfectly fine to tell your story. I could tell mine too where I literally got the second vaccine and still had to be up every two hours to nurse a 2-week old baby feeling like literal crap. But I stocked my house with good nourishing food, brought grandparents into help and made it through whole also giving my son antibodies from the vaccine to protect his brand new immune system.

      You sharing these stories WILL support anti-vax movement. And then this pandemic keeps raging.

      Nothing about managing life through this ongoing pandemic is easy. And again, I’m sorry you’ve had a rough go but this vaccine is meant to keep you alive and vaccinated in numbers is meant to slow the spread of this virus and death.

  2. I am a quiet listener and follower of yours for years, but just had to comment. Thank you for sharing your experiences. I have had similar thoughts and feelings but it feels like you’re not able to talk about these things without being completely ripped apart. I appreciate your openess but also your approach to this and other topics that we really need to be better, kinder humans to each other as we all navigate this craziness. Thank you for all that you do and share. It brings me joy and makes me evaluate things in my own life which makes me a better wife, dog mom, friend and human.

    1. well that’s absolutely amazing, Elissa! the more we can be understanding and compassionate to other people’s experiences, the better we will all be as human beings!

  3. Hugs…Hugs…HUGS! I soooo appreciate your willingness to share your experience. Thank you for being so bold and brave to own your truth. We are all unique beings having our own personal experiences. Sharing is a way to connect and honor our uniqueness. As well as an opportunity to express and exchange compassion amongst each other. Trust that you can and will feel better. I hope you and your hubby feel better soon. Sending you oodles of love and healing vibes!

    1. love this comment so much, Mari. we are all just going through our own personal experience on earth and we should be able to share that, no matter what it looks like. we gotta stop censoring people when it doesn’t fit the narrative we like.

  4. Juli, I am so happy you shared your experience. I have many auto immune diseases and I react poorly to vaccines. I am NOT anti-VAX . I have been waiting till I felt comfortable but my gut keeps telling me no. I talked to my doctor about it and she acknowledged that the immune system gets revved up and it could cause my body to go into a flareup. I love that you were open and honest about this and I hope you start feeling better very soon.

    1. thank you for saying that, Regina. it has definitely caused a flare up for me so I’m glad you have the support of a doctor who understands your fears

  5. I have covid for the second time right now so listening to this episode was interesting for me! I really enjoyed hearing your thoughts on the vaccine and hope you are back to yourself soon. My family members who received it also had similar experiences- my dad is on month 3 of severe joint pain and exhaustion.

    As for the important stuff,

    1. Once a day but sometimes I skip a day
    2. Menstrual cups leak no matter what so I wear a pad or period undies with them (so I guess that defeats the purpose of the cup haha)

  6. Juli – I don’t think I’ve ever commented, but I just had to after listening to this episode. I could hear it in your voice – the vulnerability with sharing YOUR experience post-vaccine. I’m guessing you have gotten some backlash already, but I want to tell you how refreshing it was to hear you tell your truth on this. I’m sorry that you haven’t been well since, and it’s such an awful feeling when you realize you went against your gut. But keep sharing this truth. I’m not sure why anyone thinks it’s irresponsible for you to share. I mean, how is it responsible to only share one side of anything? We continue to hear all the horror stories “because people aren’t getting vaccinated.” But what about the **ample** other stories? After the 2nd dose….miscarriages, bleeding, illness, and I even know someone who ended up in hospital with massive neurological problems (she still walks with a cane today, and she’s not even 30). I’m not pro or anti-vax, but I am confident that it’s not a clear cut line. I so wish it was. Anyways, best of healing to you. And keep speaking your own truths.

  7. Hi Juli!

    I’ve never commented on your episodes before but this one really resonated with me. Thank you so much for sharing your experience. I too was very ill feeling after my 2nd shot! So although I wish you weren’t feeling the way you are, it is nice to hear of someone else having a similar experience to myself. It took me about 2-3 weeks to start feeling like myself again. I hope you continue to improve each day. Thank you again for being such a positive, vulnerable, influencer that is trying to make the world a better place ❤️

  8. Thank you so much for sharing your experience so openly and honestly. My family has gone through something similar to your experience, I was required to get the vaccine for work and others of my family members felt guilted into getting it. I have one family member who to call 911 because they blacked out and ended up not getting the second shot based on the doctors recommendation. I was convinced that if they did get the second shot they might die. Based on that experience, we have learned a lot about adverse reactions that is not making it into the news that most people consume. I am not anti-VAX, I and my children are vaccinated. But like you, I like to be able to make my own decisions about my health and what I put in my body. I don’t think the public is being given the truth about what this vaccine is and the long-term implications. Like you, my gut was telling me something different, but I went for it. I don’t think I will make the same decision for my little girls.

    On a separate topic, I have been following you for years and you are always an inspiration to me. I’ve been going through some hard times in the last year, and your spiritual journey has inspired me and motivated me. Thank you for the work that you do.

  9. Just listened to this in the sauna after hearing your comment on stories about having to show your v card while in NY… I wasn’t sure if you took the plunge or not.
    Thanks for being open and honest and sharing… my daughter in law had the same experience with her jabs. She’s a nurse…
    Love all your inspiration, recipes and workouts!
    Thanks for speaking out and sharing… I already see the comments flowing in… stay strong and good to see you’re healing!

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