A lot of times people go to conventionally trained doctors and are told, you will never get well.
They are told that about arthritis, diabetes, lupus, etc.
I'm not telling you that you should never go to your doctor again but contrary to popular belief your doctor does not know about every type of healing technique that is out there.
He or she only knows what they were taught in medical school.
Unless your condition is caused by a mutation, there is hope.
If your doctor will not explore other options, do the research yourself.
I know some of you don't like to read but if you could read a book that could improve your quality of life by reducing or eliminating pain or improving your health in general maybe you should change your mind.
Where should you start?
Visit your local library's website and search for what you are going through. You would be surprised at how many books have been written about so-called incurable diseases and how these conditions were greatly improved or eliminated.
Don't settle for ill health. There are so many healing arts out there. You just have to start looking and think outside of the conventional healthcare box.
When I was in normal conversation with two different women on two separate occasions, they both said," I don't have time to worry about my health."
They didn't think anything of saying that but I thought if you are not going to worry about your own health who is.
When did your health become something that should not be taken care of?
I know as women we tend to juggle a lot of things but if you do not have your health you will not be there for those you love or for those special moments in life.
As women we have to make our health a priority. Not just for our loved ones but first for ourselves.
You are worth it.
Take small steps to improve your health.
Don't try to change a whole bunch of things at the same time because you will just get frustrated and quit.
Write down the first health goal you want to accomplish.
Make it realistic and measurable. An example of an unrealistic goal is that I want to lose 50 lbs in 2 weeks. A more realistic goal would be I would like to lose 1-2 lbs in a month.
Tell people who are part of your support system about your goal so they help you achieve your goal.
Place your goal in a place where you can always see it so it serve as a reminder and if you can't achieve your health goals alone consider hiring a certified health coach. A lot of them specialize in weight loss or other areas that can affect your weight.
And remember women your health is worth it. Nothing in life should stop you from taking care of your health.
As people age, most people blame getting older as the reason why they are falling apart Getting older doesn't have to mean that has to happen.
In The Blue Zones- 9 Lessons for Living Longer by Dan Buettner, older generations in these zones do not have all the problems that we have as they age.
What are we doing wrong in America?
1. Standard American Diet-too much sugar, eating the wrong kinds of fat, not eating nutrient dense food.
2. Toxins Everywhere
3. Not resolving emotional traumas
Unresolved emotions can cause physical changes in our bodies. Use techniques such as The Emotion Code, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Reiki to release them.
4. Gut issues that lead to not absorbing the foods that we are eating.
What cause gut issues?
In this country, independence is stressed over community. As people start their own families, they lose touch with their immediate family or friends.
As people age, friends and family members die and people don't visit as much. Loneliness can actually weaken your immune system.
6. Vitamin Deficiencies
Due to the growing practices for food in this country, our foods don't have the nutrients that they once did. Even if you eat the healthiest diet, you will still have to supplement.
What supplements should everyone take?
Consult your doctor if you are on medication before starting to supplement
2. Vitamin D that has E, A and K in it
3. Vitamin C taken in divided doses throughout the day (Check out doctoryourself.com to see some of the diseases that can be reversed from taking certain doses of vitamin c.)
4. Magnesium taken in divided does throughout the day. You'll know if you have taken too much because you will get diarrhea. Just reduce the dose if that happens.
5. Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Reduces inflammation and is great for the gut and brain)
6. Probiotics, Fermented Foods and Fermented Beverages
If you have small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, your symptoms can worse when doing any of these.
Getting older doesn't mean that you have to have poor health. There are many things that you can do.
I suggest you start now.
One way in which our healthcare system has failed us is in the treatment of chronic conditions.
A pill for every ill.
When you have a chronic condition, it doesn't mean you have a medication deficiency. Those symptoms are telling you that something is out of whack in your body. Giving medication to treat those symptoms does not fix what were causing those symptoms in the first place so the causes for those symptoms still remain but are suppressed.
Another reason why are healthcare has failed us is because doctors specialize in certain areas of the body. We are more than separate organ systems.
We are one whole being.
You have to consider all of our organ systems when you are searching for what are causing those issues along with our mind and spirit.
Only when our healthcare system realizes these things can real healing begin.
What do you think? Comment below.
Most people do not practice patience. I see how people get angry when they have to wait in line in the grocery store. For some reason they think they should always be able to get in and out of a grocery store.
I still have not figured out why that is.
I think one of the reasons I tend to be more patient than most is because of being a co-caregiver for my brother with autism. Some times it takes him longer to do things that most people take for granted. I'm not going to say that I'm always able to practice patience but most of the time I am. It just depends on what kind of day I am having. I think the world would be a less angry place if more people did practice patience.
Do you try to practice patience?
If you don't practice patience, what stops you from doing that?
When did it become okay to have dessert for breakfast?
Don't get me wrong. I remember having a Toaster Strudel and different cereals like Fruity Peebles as part of breakfast but I also remember eating oatmeal pancakes, cornmeal pancakes and French toast.
Grits with butter.
A hearty breakfast.
When adults say they will be serving breakfast, that normally means muffins, donuts or pastries.
What's wrong with that type of breakfast?
Not all carbohydrates are bad but refined carbohydrates are.
Refined carbohydrates have no fiber, no vitamins or minerals.
When they are broken down in your body, they turn into sugar which raises your blood glucose. It also leaves you feeling hungry again because it doesn't break down slowly in your body.
Instead breakfast along with other meals during the day should be protein, fat, veggies and fruit. Real Food.
Eating this way keeps your fuller, keeps your blood glucose more stable and help you to feel less anxious.
In some cases you may need to eat a snack in between breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner especially if it is going to be a long time between them.
I really think that we need to rethink what breakfast is in this country.
What do you think?
This question has bothered me for a long time so I decided to write about it.
I have a family friend who has heart arrhythmias. I do not know what medication she is on but it has a lot of side effects so her doctor wants to decrease her dosage and she is afraid that she will go into a-fib also known as atrial fibrillation. That means that she irregular heartbeats. They never figured out what was causing them so she was put on medication.
Did they check her magnesium and Coenzyme Q10 levels? I asked.
She said that they had run a lot of tests but she didn't understand them and she didn't ask her doctor to explain the results.
The reason why I asked about her Coenzyme Q10 and magnesium levels is because a lot of times when people are having irregular heartbeats they have low levels of these nutrients.
Long story short.
She is not the first person that I talked to that never questioned the treatment their doctor suggested.
What people fail to realize is that doctors do not know everything.
They get a minimum of 1 week of nutrition. That is not enough time to learn about nutrition.
People research other things. Why not research what options you have when it comes to treatment?
Don't just blindly follow what your doctors says.
Some of the main causes of conditions are inflammation, hormonal imbalances (No hot flashes are not normal.), gut imbalances (The communities in our gut are not in a happy place.) and nutritional deficiencies.
Most doctors do not know those things either. It's really not their fault they are not taught that in medical school. They are just taught to prescribe medication.
I'm not saying that there is not a time for medication. In some cases, that is the only option but in most cases other things can be done like seeing if you are have gut issues, have inflammation, hormonal imbalances or any nutritional deficiencies.
The next time a doctor recommends medication for something that you are dealing with do your research before filling that prescription and remember being on medication comes with side effects.
Sometimes those side effects do not go away even if you stop taking the medication.
No studies have ever been done about the effects of taking multiple medications on the human body.
I think we need to take responsibility for our health. I'm not saying you should never go to a doctor again but I think we should seek out natural ways to resolve our health issues instead of just settling for taking a pill or pills.
What do you think? Comment below..
1. Go meatless for 1 meal per day.
Have you used these tips? What other tips have you used to save so you can eat healthy on a budget.
Do you know what the bulk foods section is?
I didn't until I started going to my local food co-op and Whole Foods. I also recently found out that Giant Eagle Market District has a bulk section too.
Why am I so geeked out over the bulk section?
You can save a lot of of money on food and spices.
You can get exactly what you need.
You can get beans for cheap if that is your thing. Some bulk sections have cereals, flours ,trail mixes, rice etc..
If you have never visited a bulk foods section or never heard of a bulk foods section, I urge you to seek out one at your local food co-op or other stores in your area especially if you want to eat healthy and save money.
Have you visited a food-co-op or other store that has a bulk foods section?
What is your favorite item or items in that section. Comment below.
Do you have a lot of negative self talk?
Do you know what negative self talk is?
Negative self talk is the negative thoughts that we sometimes have in our minds. I would be lying if I said I have never experienced them because I have.
In fact, I used to have a lot of negative self talk. It wasn't until I started meditating that I became aware of it.
Being aware of it helped me to start challenging those thoughts..
Have I stopped having negative thoughts?
But when these thoughts come now, I become aware of them faster and I can counter them faster.
If it is an upcoming situation that I am having negative thoughts about, I try to visualize a positive outcome instead of a worst case scenario happening.
The more you work on this. The easier it will become.
When you first started meditating, did you notice negative self talk?
If not, what was the first thing you noticed?
I am a health coach. A health coach is a person who uses a mind, body & spirit approach to improves a person's health.