Can You Trust Your Doctor?

This eye-opening interview with cardiologist Jack Wolfson will give you some things to think about. He talks about the fact that with all the education he and other conventional doctors get, it doesn’t address prevention, just diagnosing disease and then managing it with drugs and interventions. They get no nutrition training in medical school so this is why they don’t even consider nutrition.

Many people are not even aware that heart disease and diabetes, for example, can be prevented and even reversed.

Nutrition and lifestyle changes are much more powerful than most people realize and so much less expensive than ending up in the hospital. Honestly our health care system is really more accurately termed sick care since it focuses on managing disease once it’s taken hold. True health care should be about prevention and reducing your risk for disease.

Rather than taking drugs with dangerous side effects, why not begin with lifestyle changes, nutrition and natural supplements Dr. Wolfson calls evidence based supplements instead?

I did a recent newsletter about foods to keep your heart healthy which you can find here. Just scroll down and it is the first one listed. Even better, sign up and have them sent to your inbox every Thursday.

What do you think about how health care is approached in our country?

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How Accurate is Health Research?

I always do research when sharing information here in this blog and in my weekly newsletter. Having access to the internet definitely makes it easier to do. But can we trust everything we read? In researching different foods, supplements and treatments I often find conflicting information. It is challenging to know which is true and which is not. I have several sites run by people I trust that I usually go to when I am finding a lot of conflicting information.

But when you read about health research in the paper or online, how do you decide whether to believe it or not? It is dangerous to believe something that is inaccurate as it can damage your health.

Recently Chris Kresser (one of those trusted sources) shared this excerpt from the NY Times about the sugar industry:

“The documents show that in 1968 a trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, funded a research project on animals to shed light on the connection between sugar and heart health. But when the research pointed to a mechanism by which sugar might promote not only heart disease but also bladder cancer, the industry group ended the study and never published the results.

The sugar industry has long insisted that sugar has no unique role in promoting obesity, diabetes or heart disease, though numerous studies by independent researchers have concluded otherwise.”

I’ve written about this in the past. Unfortunately the bulk of medical and health research is funded by Big Pharma or Big Food and when the research goes against some cherished cash cow of theirs, chances are you’ll never see it!

I remember not that long ago there were commercials on TV saying “corn sugar or cane sugar, your body can’t tell the difference.” Problem is your body most certainly can because it metabolizes each differently. I actually had one person comment on a blog about the benefits of choosing organic produce in order to avoid pesticides who told me eating more vegetables and fruits, even those full of glyphosate, is healthier than not eating veggies at all! Really? Eating non-organic GE foods (the prime candidates for Roundup spraying) is associated with higher glyphosate levels in your body. A study of close to 4,500 people in the U.S. also found that those who “often or always” ate organic had about 65% lower levels of pesticide residues compared to those who ate the least amount of organic produce.

All I want to say in this post is this – take what you read with a grain of salt. More than ever I believe getting back to basics and focusing on quality is of the utmost importance. Information changes almost daily. Today coffee is a health food and tomorrow we are being told it will kill us.

So rather than get stressed out – keep it real. Choose the cleanest, properly raised/grown, one-ingredient foods in a form closest to how God created them and you will be far healthier than most people.

Do you believe all the health research you read about?

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Nutrition: Watch Out for These

You wouldn’t be able to tell these apples are genetically engineered just by looking because they are not marked as such.

Arctic Apples, right now available in the Midwest and sold in 10 oz. bags, have been genetically engineered to resist browning when cut or bruised. The thinking evidently is that these sliced, non-browning apples can be sold in vending machines. So much for the purpose of eating real, fresh fruit!

What bothers me more than anything else is the fact that they are not labeled as genetically modified. An unsuspecting consumer who may not want to eat anything genetically engineered could buy these and never realize that fact. It’s inherently dishonest and deceptive. Unfortunately, not surprising, though.

So I just wanted to bring this to your attention in case you didn’t read about it and be aware there will most likely be more products introduced in the market without clear labeling. So the safest thing is to stick with organic. This would be especially true when you are unsure of the origin of a food.

What are your feelings about unlabeled, genetically engineered foods being sold in the market?

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Mindset and Health: Flipping the Switch

It truly is amazing how powerfully your mindset can influence your physical health. It can either bolster or undermine your physical and mental health. Let me give you a personal example. I know the power of our thoughts and words and am careful to speak what I want to see, not a problem that may be happening.

Recently I had been thinking (not speaking about – just thinking!) about a situation concerning one of my children. I am usually quick to take control of any anxious or worried thoughts but I didn’t do that this time. Instead of committing the situation to prayer, over the course of about two days I was constantly focusing on this issue, running it through my mind over and over. Internally, I was becoming more anxious over it.

The third day I noticed my throat began feeling a bit scratchy. I honestly never get sick and can be in a room full of people with colds and flu and never catch it. But I knew something was definitely brewing. When I stopped to pay attention I realized I had effectively depressed my own immune system with those negative thoughts!

I immediately spoke words of faith over myself, tapped on those worried, anxious thoughts and also began doing the things in the natural I know to do and within a day or two it was resolved.

But it definitely reminded me how important factors like stress, thinking and what you say and believe are to physical health. Scientifically it is called epigenetics. I’ve written before on this topic and how we are not slaves to our genes. It is the expression of your genes that can cause you to develop certain diseases. And factors like diet, stress, exercise, rest, relationships and thoughts all influence whether a disease gene is turned on or switched off.

I have learned that it is not the physical, mental and emotional stresses that impact your health but how you respond to them. Often if we have had a chaotic or abusive childhood or early life, even later in life that can be influencing our present health. We store memories in our cells and whenever a similar emotion triggers them we experience the effects all over again.

This is why it is important to find effective ways to deal with stored negative cellular memories, present fears and worries and concerns about the future. I have tried many different methods. My first course is always prayer. I have learned to combine that with tapping and found it to be even more effective. That is why I use biblically based tapping for myself, my family and with clients.

Do you remember a time when your emotions or thoughts precipitated a physical illness?

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Healthy Living: A Healthy Mindset is Key to Creating Healthy Habits

Most of the clients I work with believe making healthy changes is going to be extremely difficult and unpleasant. They assume they don’t have enough self-discipline, they won’t be able to stick with what they think will be a strict, tasteless, restrictive diet, not only in order to lose weight but in order to resolve health issues and just be healthier overall.

Let’s be honest, isn’t that really what we all want? We all want to be healthy, have energy, be pain-free, able to live our lives comfortably, achieve our goals and enjoy our families.

Now if you do have some habits like smoking or drinking more than occasionally or overeating or regularly consuming things you know are not good for you like fast food or sugary sodas or specialty coffee drinks – yes, you will have to make the decision to phase them out. It’s as simple and difficult as that. But getting some help in doing that can make all the difference.

However, thinking you have to make big, drastic changes and never have another glass of wine or piece of cake is not only unrealistic, it’s unnecessary! I approach healthy habits in a slightly different way. You must realize that even a moderately healthy lifestyle confers huge benefits! That means you don’t have to do it all perfectly, which is a good thing since none of us does! And you also don’t have to feel deprived.

All my coaching is based on taking baby steps. I always work with people to consistently and gradually make small, incremental changes. Those baby steps add up to success more quickly and much more easily than you might imagine. I think the bottom line is that you not only need to have a very compelling reason why you want to make changes but also a positive mind-set about how you will achieve them.

If you begin your New Year’s diet with the thought in your mind that it’s going to be awful, you’ll just have to grit your teeth and stick with it long enough to lose x-number of pounds and then you can go back to eating “good food” again – well you’ll shoot yourself in the foot before you even begin!

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be restrictive, tasteless, boring or hard! Getting help in restructuring your diet in a way that will help you achieve your goal, whether it is losing weight or getting blood sugar balanced will make all the difference. But also changing your mind and realizing you are learning a new normal that will become second nature the more consistently you practice it will be what propels you to long-term success.

So instead of quitting before you even begin (which is what happens to way too many people), instead of getting overwhelmed, why not reach out and get some assistance in making this your healthiest year ever!

How do you plan to make this your healthiest year ever?

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Healthy New Year: If You Don’t Know Where to Start, Start Here

There are so many changes you could make to be healthier this year.

Start exercising regularly.

Cut out junk food.

Eliminate gluten.

Eat lower carb.

Eat more fresh vegetables.

Get more sleep.

Drink more water.

Stop smoking.

All great goals but when you make a list of all the things you’d like to accomplish, it can seem daunting. Where do you begin?

If you allow me, I’d like to make a suggestion. All my coaching is based on the principle of taking baby steps. Small, gradual, incremental steps. You don’t have to do everything all at once. So if I was going to make a suggestion, here are the two things I would suggest you begin with in order to see the most improvement in your overall health. I’m all about getting the most bang for your buck!

The first thing I would suggest, if you are not already doing it, is to increase how much water you drink. Begin gradually substituting 8 oz. of water for one serving of any other beverage you consume daily. It might be fruit juice or soda. You can still have your morning coffee or tea, but the goal is to be only drinking water throughout the day. Do this until you are drinking one-half your body weight in ounces and include ¼ tsp. natural, unprocessed salt (like Himalayan Crystal) for every 32 oz.

Hydration is critical. Every cell of your body needs it to function properly. You can’t lose weight if you’re dehydrated; you can’t process emotions effectively and when you’re dehydrated, your liver secretes a hormone that increases your blood sugar. As you hydrate, blood sugar levels lower naturally.

It doesn’t much matter how long it takes you to do it. It’s not a race. Do it gradually. But be consistent and then stick with it. It will become your new normal. When you see how much more energy you have and how much better you look and feel, you won’t want to go back.

Once that has become a habit, then the second thing I would strongly suggest you do is cut out sugar. Sugar feeds cancer and Alzheimer’s and is a driver of diabetes which has become epidemic. It’s estimated 75% of Americans are addicted to sugar and don’t know it. Sugar is added to nearly everything, even foods that may not seem sweet, such as crackers, bread, yogurt, pasta sauce and more which feeds the addiction.

I have worked with people to kick this addiction and honestly the only way is to cut sugar out completely. When you do, it may be hard for the first week or even two if you’re really addicted, but once it’s broken you will see how much better everything tastes! Fruit will taste sweet and delicious again.

And I can’t stress this enough – don’t replace sugar with artificial sweeteners! They are terrible for you, particularly for your brain, they disrupt gut bacteria and cause weight gain as well.

Stevia, erythritol and monk fruit are natural sweeteners you can use, and of course fresh fruit in moderation will also satisfy that need for sweetness, but in the first weeks of breaking the addiction I would avoid any sweeteners. Of course that means processed, packaged foods as well.

So pare your list down to these two and I know you’ll reap more health benefits than you ever imagined.

What are your top health resolutions for this new year?

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Happy 2018!

Happy New Year! Here we are on the first day of this brand new year. If you haven’t had time to think about it before, let me ask you a few questions:

What do you want to change in your health this year?

Do you want to lose weight?

Get fit?

Normalize cholesterol or blood sugar?

Have more energy?

Clean up your diet?

While you can make changes any time, this is actually a great time of year to get some input on simple yet specific changes you can make to achieve your particular health goals.

One of the easiest and most effective ways to figure out what steps to take is by taking advantage of my free 15 minute consultation and the free health evaluation I offer.

My next suggestion is to keep it simple. Unless you do, chances are you will not make it a long term change and that’s the only way it will be effective.

You will be also be much more successful if you make small, gradual changes rather than trying to do it all at once. For instance, cut out one thing – potato chips, sodas, artificial sweeteners – whatever is on your list and then once you’ve successfully eliminated that over a period of several weeks, move on to the next thing. Baby steps are a foundational principle of my coaching and the reason for that is they work!

Finally, there can be other underlying reasons for not following through. When I work with clients we address them specifically, but since I don’t know you personally and what might be at play in your situation I invite you to ask about doing an EFT session. Click on the link Tapping Into Health to learn more and then contact me to schedule a session. For a very limited time, I am offering a free 30 minute session. I have 10 spots open,  but those will go quickly so don’t wait!

I have found through personal experience and from working with many clients that unless you address your thinking and beliefs, it will be almost impossible to make real, lasting change.

What is your main health goal for this year? How do you plan to make this year better than last year?

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