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Ice Cream for Breakfast

Posted on January 27, 2012 at 6:50 AM Comments comments (0)

When I was a kid we were required to show evidence of breakfast by leaving our cereal bowl in the sink on Sat. morning BEFORE we could have a bowl of ice cream while watching cartoons. So I would eat a small amount of Cheerios, leave one or two in the bowl with a drizzle of milk and put it in the sink. Then I would make a big bowl of ice cream with Hershey’s syrup, Spanish peanuts and whipped cream and enjoy my cartoons.

In my midlife I remembered back and realized that I had slowly trained my body to ingest fat, and sugar and to be sedentary. No wonder I weighed 140 in 6th grade and 160 in college! In college we had an amazing chef (yes they cooked food from scratch and had the best chocolate pudding cake and Sunday sweet rolls on the planet! not to mention roast beef, mashed potatos, goulash, etc. etc.). I worked in the dining hall so it was easy to get extras after our shift and I had no self control. By that time of my life I ate what I liked and did not make the connection that my skin problems, frequent chest colds and endometriosis were likely related to a very unhealthy lifestyle.

In my mid 20’s I ate fast food because it was cheap and easy to obtain. And if I am honest, I ate it because it was a novelty, something we didn't have growing up and advertising can be a powerful mental force! If I was in Detroit visiting families I could run in and use the rest room and get a burger,  fries and coffee for less than $2! Since I had to raise the donations to pay my wages I was frugal! Carrying a lunch never occurred to me! So I stayed in the 140 to 150 range and I thought I was "too busy to exercise." At only 5' 2" that was not healthy.

fast forward to 1979...

The day after our honeymoon the decision was announced, “we are fat so we are joining weight watchers!” It was a blow but it was good because I learned a new way of cooking and living and went to 110! I maintained that weight until I went to work in a factory and ate the sweets in the break room and went out to lunch nearly every day!

Fast forward again….

At 59 I can say that I maintain at 134. The only time in the past 25 years I weighed more was during my pregnancy and in the weeks after I broke my back when I swelled up like a pumpkin from the trauma! Today I maintain that 134 weight. I eat better and am more active. So why do I still get colds and flu and sore throats? Shouldn’t I be healthy all the time?

Well no. It took years to get to this place of new thinking and living. I am still cleansing my body of the toxins built up over time. That’s why I do a cleanse every time the seasons change, use a Detox foot spa every week, get reflexology and massage once a month or more and acupuncture when I can fit it in. That’s why I cook only organic food and eat mostly raw vegetables and very little meat and when it is meat or fish it is wild caught or pasture fed. That is why I use supplements, essential oils and photonic therapy. And I stretch daily, do deep breathing and exercise. My skin rarely breaks out any more (I suffered with Excemea and Endometriosis for 18 years!) and it is why I have less frequent intestinal issues. I exercise daily and some times twice a day.

Why does this blog talk about me? because I hate reading "you" statements---they seem to point a finger and I know I have to live what I am talking about. I want to know that the person talking has some exprerience and isn't trying to talk me into something! At 59 I am learning how to be healthy for a life time! BUT let me be clear.... there are still times when a pharmaceutical is needed. For me, purist thinking (natural is good, pharmaceutical is bad)  is not in someone’s best interest.  We each need to get ourselves to begin healing changes….one day at a time and one change at a time. Remember, we got sick over time so we need to recover over time.

Take the time it takes! If you want to begin some of those changes, call,  email, or text me! I'll be glad to help and encourage you on the road to lifelong health! 

Daily Health Requires Time and Flexibility

Posted on January 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM Comments comments (0)

After a bit of a break in writing my blog, several have asked me to start again. And so today I am doing that. I am not sure I will continue to use this site but for now, I figured out how to set it up (remember I am not techie) and I can add entries. So here is the first one for 2012. It will be my hope that I can add something 5 days a week. Blessings for your health of Soul and Sole!

One of the most interesting experienes in serving those who have health concerns is that I must face my own! It is hard some days to realize that if I am not consistent, even in the middle of a busy day or pressing events, then I am not able to helpfully serve you.

My newest tool, the Photontic Torch (red light therapy) is a good reminder of that truth.

For it to be most effective I must apply it daily. The torch is terrific for pain relief immediately and over time but it must be applied frequently, at least once or twice a day. It is handy because it fits into my pocket. It is handy too, because an application takes only a few seconds or a few minutes on an acupressure point to be effective.

In my faith life this is also true. If I don't read my daily meditations or read some of the Bible every day, my spirit is weakened and my focus is easily lost. There are lots of resources both in print and online. The one I like lately allows the user to choose a reading that is already published and it helps you keep track if you choose a monthly application or a year long commitment. It has been a help to me in finding daily faith life support.

Where to go?  http://www.youversion.com/

there is a list of daily reading choices, many versions and translations of the Bible to choose from and of course, mobile apps! I am still learning to use my "smart phone" and to figure out what terms are used to find what I want, but it surely is handy!

Blessings to you as you consider your daily health and faith life!

Exercise and Eating--what more advice?

Posted on August 13, 2010 at 8:42 AM Comments comments (0)

Today I recommend.....Losing it With Jillian---yep, check out her site and her emails at http://www.jillianmichaels.com/losing-it.aspx

Whether you follow The Biggest Loser TV show  or not, you probably have had times when you would like to learn more about healthy eating and weight management and exercise.  It seems redundant for me to add to the multitude of info when there is some very helpful material readily available. May I encourage you to go to these sites and start reading and start trying some of these suggestions? I have found Jillian's emails to be practical, brief and informative. It won't take a lot of time but there are lots of links and explanations and data if you want to invest in your health more actively.

That's it for today. Take advantage of the info that is on this amazing internet!

To your health!


Posted on July 21, 2010 at 4:12 PM Comments comments (0)

Ever watch a sleepy baby? She may lay down in the middle of an activity or cry till put to her bed, or show a temper. My daughter would lay down in the middle of the floor or put her head on her high chair tray in the middle of a meal and be sound asleep. It took some time for me to learn from her example.

What happened? The body recognized its need for rest and simply took it. What would happen if more of us took a rest or nap period when our boday asked for it? I can hear all the excuses now. But the truth is.....We would be healthier and more productive, that's what!

Many of us schedule long days and short nights, writing "to do" lists before going to bed instead of "got done" lists to remind us of our productivity and successes of the day. When we can't sleep we try "sleep aids,or watch tv or walk the house,  thinking there must be something wrong that needs to be medicated to force sleep so we can get up and get busy again.

What is happening? Why can't we sleep? Why do we need aids? We have forgotten how to STOP! LOOK! and LISTEN!

Our society has taught us to work hard to earn a living and so we should. But we have neglected the lessons of moderation and healthy balance. Taking time for a meal, a rest, a conversation. Just sitting or reading or playing with our children is a healthy activity often crowded out by what an old author once called "The Tyrany of the Urgent." Our bodies require physical, emotional, nutritional and spiritual rest. If deprived, even a little each day, we slowly become depleted. Sleeplessness, headaches, nausea, impatience, signs of stress begin to rule our days and our nights.

What if we learn to listen to our bodies? For example,  according to Dr. Mercola (www.mercola.com) "daily brushing and flossing may also help stave off diabetes." When we need to care for ourselves it has become easy to put it off till tomorrow. Eventually we get run down, catch a cold, have a headache or other symptom. Symptoms are the body's shout for attention. Usually what it needs is rest!

If you have followed my story, you know I continue to recover from a riding accident. Although I am back to work, I have to pay close attention to my body, what I eat and drink, how much I rest, what exercise helps or hinders---the messages my body gives me each day. Some days I schedule rest! The next day I work. Some days I do both! The more I am attune the healthier I get. When over doing it I may exhibit headaches, nausea and vomiting, hot flashes, excessive thirst, impatience or anger, irrational fear, anxiety, crying and pain.  These are a variety of ways my body tells me to STOP, LOOK and LISTEN! Yep, just like when we learned to cross the street. Do any of these sound familiar?

To be able to cross the street of healthy daily living I have to STOP and determine my motive for the activity I am about to embark on. I have to LOOK at the possible consequences to my health of one choice or another (am I already tired or sore? do I need a meal? do I exhibit symptoms?) And I have to LISTEN--if I have negative symptoms I need to address the cause and generally it is lack of rest and so I must rest.

What about you?  There is much more to this story. Stay tuned---to your own body! Check in again for updates! STOP, LOOK AND LISTEN.

Water Water and More Water

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 3:38 PM Comments comments (0)

We all know drinking water is recommended. I won't belabor that point here. However I will encourage you to get educated in the benefits of ALKALINE WATER. Here is an article to get you started and we'll talk more later!  Scientist Ray Kurzweil Talks About Alkaline Water - http://www.chippynews.com/RayKurzweilScientist.pdf