Unlocking Your Health Potential

It’s back to basics month. Kids are back in school and, I don’t know about you, but all my years of being in school ingrained in me that September was the time to reflect on where I am and what I need to move forward. It’s really a semi-new year.

Your Health Potential

After a summer of throwing caution to the wind (maybe not totally, but…), I assess whether my body and health need a boost. If the body isn’t healthy, the energy isn’t there and the inspiration and action to create a flourishing life go by the wayside.

I’ve seen this philosophy played out over and over with my clients. They start rebuilding with powerful nourishment from basic, whole foods. It helps shed extra pounds, alleviates aches and pains and clears the head of fogginess (among other things).

Next, we can either dig deeper into food sensitivities that may be preventing them from feeling as well as they can, or we’re ready to move onto which aspects of their life are supporting them and which aren’t. It may be time for adjustments here, taken one step at a time.

One client realized that she was saying “yes” to everyone but herself. As a way to cope, she would treat herself with candy, chips or other unhealthy foods. Once she started strengthening those self-care muscles, it became much easier to support herself with good food instead of junk.

Feeling well and in balance means the sky’s the limit in terms of creating the life and health you want. It takes reflection, inspiration, focus, empowerment, and action, with the guidance to keep you on track. It’s amazing how life seems to flow with you to support you once you have cleared the way. What do you want to create in your life these days? Powerful change begins with a single step. It’s up to you to seize the moment.

Top Six Foods That May Harm Your Health

So many of us drag ourselves around, feeling tired, irritable, bloated, having brain fog, skin rashes and more. We don’t consider these things to be worthy of a visit to the doctor, so we just live with it.

foods that harm health

The symptoms are food sensitivities (as opposed to food allergies.) The main difference is that if it’s a food sensitivity, the particular food may take one to four days to develop a non-life-threatening reaction. A food allergy is likely to cause anaphylactic shock and must be treated immediately with an Epi-pen or by Emergency Room physicians.

As more foods have been exposed to pesticides or are genetically modified, our chances of developing food sensitivities and allergies have increased. Research has shown exponential growth in the number of people whose immune systems now see food as dangerous. In the last few decades, for instance, peanut allergies have risen by over 300% and celiac disease has risen by over 500%.

The foods that are most likely to give us problems are dairy, gluten, sugar, soy, eggs and nuts. That doesn’t mean if you cut out those foods you are safe. Once the lining of the intestine has been perforated by bacteria, genetically modified foods, antibiotics or illness, it opens the door to leakage of food molecules into the bloodstream. Whatever food happens to get through becomes a food sensitivity.

The quickest way to determine which foods you are sensitive to is through a blood test and analysis. We follow that up with a gut-healing protocol. A slower, but fairly effective method is a food elimination diet, in which each suspected food is removed from the diet and then brought back in one by one to see whether there is a reaction.

The increasing numbers of people affected has had its impact. You have probably noticed that restaurants are waking up to the increase in food sensitivities and allergies. Most menus today encourage diners to let the wait staff know if you have a food allergy. Your best bet there is to make dining out an occasion, not an everyday event. You’ll have a much better chance of controlling what food goes in and feel better afterward.

How to Cope with Food Sensitivities

Researchers estimate about 15 million Americans have food allergies. The allergies that can cause anaphylactic shock are commonly associated with milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat, fish and shellfish.

Food sensitivities

Food sensitivities, on the other hand, may be caused by Leaky Gut Syndrome, in which the one cell layer wall of the intestines becomes permeable and food molecules leak into the bloodstream. Caused by a variety of factors, such as antibiotics and other medications, parasites, processed foods or imbalanced bacteria like Candida overgrowth, food sensitivities can expand to include a great number of foods. Some of my clients see me with the ability to eat only a handful of foods.

Fortunately, we can heal food sensitivities by learning which foods are affecting the body and eliminating them until the gut heals. Natural anti-inflammatory foods and healthy healing practices are important in recovery from Leaky Gut, as well as avoidance of known causes.

In the meantime, many clients come to me with feelings of defeat and frustration in finding foods that won’t bother them. Reactions can include everything from irritable bowel to headaches to skin rashes. The sooner we can test for which foods they are sensitive to and create a food plan, the sooner they will get their lives back.

Socially, people may feel awkward about refusing a food or trying to find something they can eat at a restaurant. I know I did. I used to be allergic to both garlic and onions and most restaurants use them as a staple. It felt like such an ordeal talking with the waiter/waitress to find food that didn’t contain the alliums, I grew tired of one of my great pleasures—eating out.

I needed to take some action to regain my health and life back. By getting testing myself and following my own elimination diet, I started reducing the number of offending foods to just a few. I learned what alternatives I could use to create flavor without the onions and garlic.

Next, I learned to alert my family and friends up front that food sensitivities were a problem for me, so there were no surprises when I came to their house for a meal. At the same time, I would also offer to bring something everyone could enjoy.

Restaurants have actually become better about understanding and catering to those with food sensitivities and allergies because the population experiencing them has grown. If the restaurant you frequent can’t accommodate you, find a new restaurant that does.

A tough part of healing food sensitivities is that we often crave the foods with which we have a problem. It’s a strange phenomenon that I cover in my book, Cravings! Your Guide to Freedom from the Agonizing Urge to Splurge.

Finally, don’t feel you have to apologize for a condition that isn’t your fault. By accepting that it is a temporary problem that requires healthy self care (say “yes” to you and “no” to what doesn’t work for you), others will learn to accept your condition too. Sometimes people either don’t or can’t understand. They probably just can’t relate. In that case you may want to eat fewer meals together, eat before you meet them or forego a meal with them altogether for a while.

You might have this situation at home. If so, just prepare the food you need to eat (there are lots of healthy recipes for those with food sensitivities these days). As your loved ones see you getting healthier and happier, they may even decide to join you!

Just know you’re not alone. If you would like some support with food sensitivities, feel free to give me a call or schedule a chat on my website. I’ll do my best to help you heal and get on with your life.

What Is Love?

What comes to mind when you hear the word “love”? Does Valentine’s Day bring with it certain expectations? Love has inspired songs, plays, great courage and sacrifice, yet how do you define it? We see the results, but the feeling itself is elusive.

Love crowd

I think it’s a sharing of oneself that breaks down our protective boundaries. In order to do that, we have to feel a strong enough sense of self to suspend protection of the ego and reach out to another with an open heart.

When toddler twin boys were recently playing and a chest of drawers fell on one of them, the other immediately lifted up the chest with strength beyond his age to save his brother. That’s love.

A relative sent the word out to cousins across the country to send cards to the two oldest members of the family. The nonagenarians were touched when they were flooded with cards! Love.

Learning to be inner-directed instead of outer-directed in our actions—self love.

A woman changes careers from a lucrative modeling job in Europe to living in a hut in Africa. She felt guided to save the rare and nearly extinct White Lions from rich American hunters by getting donations to create a sanctuary. Love, once again.

I know when I’m feeling love and can spot it when I see it. I doubt it feels quite the same for everybody, but it makes our world a more beautiful place. I hope you’ll join me in sharing some on Valentine’s Day and every day.

11 Signs You May Have Too Many Toxins in Your Life

toxinsHow many of you can actually say you feel good on a day-to-day basis? So many of us experience the kind of symptoms described below, we think it’s normal. It’s not. In fact, with an estimate of 10 million tons or 21 billion pounds of toxic, industrial chemicals released into the environment every year, who could feel good? They can cause these signs of toxicity:

  • Insomnia
  • Stubborn weight gain
  • Bad breath
  • Headaches, including migraines
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Sensitivity to scents
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Skin reactions or chronic rashes
  • Achy joints
  • Allergies

Overwhelm often stops us from paying attention to the warning symptoms the body is giving us until something more serious develops. Instead of waiting until the symptoms have progressed to a more serious diagnosis, costing you thousands in medical bills as well as your health, you can follow the discomfort back to its source.

If you’re suffering from these or other unexplained chronic symptoms, the everyday toxins in your life could very well have put you into toxic overload. We’re offering a free Teleseminar, Thursday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. called Sick and Tired of Feeling Sick and Tired? Getting Well May be Easier than You Think.

You’ll learn more about which parts of the body correlate with specific symptoms, as well as how to create a healthier environment for you and your family. Not only will you gain solid insight into what could be making you feel lousy, you will receive a Bonus list of the Top 10 Most Toxic Products in Your Home. Please join us here and make this the start of many healthy years to come.