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Are You Missing This Key Component To Success?

Are You Missing This Key Component To Success?

I was at a conference last year, and was asked to write out my BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal) in one sentence. This was to define who I was and what I wanted to bring to the world. As I thought about that, I was reminded that it would take effort in setting small goals if I ever wanted to come close to that BHAG that seemed so far away.

As I think back to my health journey, I’m reminded of a few things I thought about along the way as I was looking for healing.

Have you thought about what you want the “end picture” of your health to look like?

What is health to you? And… is that different from wellness?

When I began my quest to better health, I started looking at the difference between health and wellness, and I put those into my own words and thoughts before determining my end goals.

The definition of health is the state of being free from illness or injury; a person’s mental or physical condition.

My personal definition of health is being able to have energy to do what I want to do, freedom from medication, feeling good inside and out. It’s without symptoms like hair loss, pain, fatigue, acne, stomach pain, constant nausea, exhaustion (which were a few of the things I experienced on a daily basis).

How is that different from wellness?

The definition of wellness is the state of being in good health, especially as an actively pursued goal.

My personal definition of wellness is being able to enjoy my life because I’m living free from any form of sickness and disease.

But as I began my journey, I realized that my experience was taking me to a deeper level. It was more than health and wellness. I wanted to be made whole.

Wholeness means being complete and harmonious. It is a place of unity; a state of being unbroken or undamaged.

To me, this encompasses the entire person – mind, body, and spirit – bringing it into alignment. It’s having balance not only in my physical body, but in my mind and emotions as well.

So this is the goal I set out to find for myself – and this is what I want for you too.

The Basics of Goal Setting

One of the first things I did was set these goals right from the beginning. If we have no idea what we want, then how are we going to achieve it? If we can’t answer these questions then how can we ever expect to reach our fullest potential? Without goal-setting, we are doing nothing more than blindly building.

Many times we don’t get what we want because we simply don’t know what we want. We’ve never defined our life goals or what success looks like. Many times we dream about things and they turn to wishful thinking because we never back them up with a plan.

I believe that vague goals bring us vague results. Are your goals so vague that you really have no way of knowing whether or not you’ve achieved them? Sometimes it’s our lack of faith in ourselves that prevents us from going out on a limb and laying our truest desires on the line. Maybe we’re afraid we won’t achieve them, but if we don’t lay them out, we never give ourselves a chance.

Get Specific When Setting Goals

The more faith we have in our ability, the more specific we will be. And the more specific we are, the more likely we will achieve. If our goals are not specific, then we are robbed in the end. We never know if the result could or would have happened. Well defined goals give us an opportunity to envision our future. When we envision our future, we can work to bring it to pass.

Your goals should be very specific and measurable. They should have beginning and an end. You should have a clear picture of what the result will look like in your mind. Sometimes the end looks a little different than we imagine, but change will come, and many times it’s even greater than we imagined.

What Are You Going To Do?

So I ask you today, what are you willing to do for you? You need to answer that question and clearly spell it out. If you can’t answer that question, stop reading. Quiet yourself and get an answer. The cool thing is, as we grow, this answer will change. If you’ve been chasing the same goals year after year, then you’re not growing. Eventually, your goals should look like a moving target, but you have to start somewhere. Why not right here, right where you are, right now? Define your dream, spell out your goal, claim your victory.

So many times we don’t get what we want because we don’t know what we want.

Then there comes the big question. Why? Why do you want to even achieve these goals?

When we answer the what and the why, the how will likely come to us.

If you’re struggling to reach your goals, then I encourage you to take action today. Truly sit down and begin to ask yourself the hard questions. Why are you truly stuck? You may be shocked to find the truth. But in finding the truth, you will find Freedom.

Leave me a message. Let me know what your BHAG is, or one simple goal you’re setting to help you reach that Big Hairy Audacious Goal. And do yourself a big favor — Make Today Amazing!

You can catch this same content in a 6 minute video as well.

Let’s Talk About Weight Loss

Let’s Talk About Weight Loss

I’m currently in the middle if a cleanse challenge with a group of phenomenol ladies. I’ll say, for most people, cleansing brings weight loss – especially if it’s done right. But my experience tells me that weight loss is more than a simple diet. It can look quite different for a lot of people.

So many diets fail because they treat us human beings as if we were calculators. And the truth is, it’s not that simple. You can’t just say something as simple as high fat low carb works for everyone. Another truth for you– all diets work– at least for a period of time. And depending on if you have found the right one for your body or not, will determine how long it works for you. If they didn’t work, then people wouldn’t do them.

So why do we fail?

1. We don’t work on toxin removal

2. We give up way too soon

3. We aren’t honest and cheat our way through

4. We aren’t on the right program for our individual body

When we create a change in the body, the body begins to respond. So something as simple as going on a diet and removing things like starchy carbohydrates or sugar or sodas or junk food will give us somewhat of a result.

And as a matter of fact, a lot of people stop dieting because they hit a plateau. But the truth about a plateau is that it’s also normal.

Plateaus can actually happen for many reasons.

1. The body holding water in place of the fat. It does this as an energy saving mechanism. And when the body realizes you aren’t going to refill those cells with fat, you’ll release it. That’s why some days on a diet, you’ll wake up 3 pounds lighter and wonder how you lost all that mover night.

2. Body fat to muscle ratio Exchange. If you’re exercising, you’re gaining muscle and the exchange prevents the scale from moving. Plain and simple. BIA ( bioimpedance analysis) is a more accurate way of measuring. It looks at more than just weight and can measure things like water and fat % as well. If you talk to my clients, they will tell you that I believe your bathroom scale is a big liar.

3. Inflammation. Releasing fat and toxins as well as stress on the body, even in the form of good stress like exercise can lead to small amounts of inflammation.

The reasons for plateau above are just a few obvious ones, but as I said earlier, the body is not that simple, and if we trust the process and keep pushing, we will overcome the plateau, if we’re on the right plan for our body.

What if you feel like you’re doing everything right with no results?

You’re eating supposedly the right Foods, doing your aerobic activity and weight lifting exercises, getting appropriate sleep, ridding your body of toxins the best way you know how, and implementing stress-reducing practices. You’ve been meditating, praying, starving, fasting, fueling yourself on excess protein, trying diets like keto that supposedly work for everyone. You get the point.

As I mentioned earlier, the body is not a calculator and sometimes all of those things are great, but what if you have not found the root to your weight problem?

What if eating all those healthy foods are actually poison in your system? Take salmon, for example. It’s a healthy food for most people, but if you have a sensitivity to it, then you’re actually adding fuel to your fire of inflammation every time you consume it.

Food sensitivities are just one piece of the puzzle that I like to investigate when helping someone implement a healthy lifestyle change that will actually help them get to the root of their issues so they can live a life of freedom from the yo-yo diet.

There are many things that can upset our systems in a way that prevents us from overcoming our weight and metabolism issues. Things like:

-Hormones imbalance

-Eating the wrong foods for your body or in the wrong ratios

-Problems digesting your food appropriately or not absorbing your nutrients

-Overgrowth of certain gut bugs or imbalance

Yep! You heard me right gut bugs can get in the way of you losing excess body fat. What am I talking about here? Parasites, bacterial infections, fungal infections, yeast. These are all things that can live in our bodies, but we need to get rid of certain ones and the balance of these bugs needs to be addressed. And the great thing is, you can test your gut to see what’s in there.

What’s next?

I love to empower those who are overweight and sick for unknown reasons so they can get to the root of their health issues and live the life they desire. Truth is, you were created for greatness. You were created to live a life of free from sickness. You should not struggle everyday for the rest of your life, whether it’s in your weight or suffering from nagging or chronic symptoms like headaches, fatigue, food cravings or anything else for that matter.

How long have you been struggling, friend? That is a very important question. And what are you willing to do to end that struggle?

After dealing with symptoms of sickness in almost every organ system of my body, I worked with some of the greatest mentors in the field of functional medicine and have gained knowledge and understanding on how to implement protocols that have helped thousands of others get to the root of their health issues so they can truly live the life of their dreams.

What are you waiting for? I remember being sick of being sick. My rock bottom was after years of suffering silently. I know you may be doing the same right now. Or maybe you’re complaining. Either way, there’s hope for you! All it takes is the right plan.

I’ll be sharing more about my journey and what I’ve done to get well and help others do the same in upcoming articles. So stay tuned.

And if you feel a connection in a way that encourages you to do a little detective work in your own life, I’d love to share more about how you could do that. My book, Healed His Way is a simple straightforward read, and it’s a great place to start. And when you’re ready to go deeper with some one on one support, I’ll be here to provide you with the resources you need to do that.

I’m wishing you an amazing day of health and happiness!

Here’s an 8 minute video on the same content if you’d rather tune in here.

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Understanding Leaky Gut Syndrome

Our intestinal lining is made up of a layer of cells that helps us absorb nutrients, but it also acting as a barrier to things that have the potential of being harmful to our digestive system – like toxins, pathogens, or other microorganisms. When the gut is exposed to certain environmental triggers, it can lead to a condition known as intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome.

This is something I suffered from for many years. I had severe gastrointestinal symptoms from the time I was a child all the way through adulthood. Diarrhea, constipation, stomach aches, constant nausea, gas, bloating, pain, irritable bowel… You name it, and I had it.

I was overweight, underweight, had a gallbladder that was barely functioning, I would go weeks without having a bowel movement and then all the sudden the bottom would fall out. I hope you don’t know what I mean. But if you who do, you know it’s no fun.

I want to give you overview of what leaky gut syndrome looks like, the signs and symptoms, causes and risk factors, associated health conditions, as well as an overview of the four R’s, which is a therapeutic approach to Healing your leaky gut.

What is leaky gut syndrome?

The intestinal barrier is made up of a single layer of epithelial cells which are separated by tight junctions that act as a physical barrier. If the gut is healthy, tight junctions in the intestinal lining are selectively permeable, which means they will do their job to absorb of certain nutrients, water, and electrolytes. But these tight junctions also provide a protective barrier, preventing the absorption of the harmful molecules such as the toxins, pathogens, and other antigens mentioned previously.

How does leaky gut happen?

There is a protein called Zonulin that is secreted by the intestinal tract that is associated with leaky gut syndrome. Environmental factors may stimulate the release of zonulin, which has been shown to down-regulate these tight junctions. When the gut becomes imbalanced in its microbes, this is known as dysbiosis, and it plays a role in the development of leaky gut. This can be reversed by removing environmental triggers and cleaning up the gut.

What are the causes and risk factors?

  • Antibiotic use
  • Environmental toxins
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Infections
  • Poor gut health
  • Gluten consumption
  • Certain medications like NSAIDs, immunosuppressants
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Poor diet
  • Chronic or excessive stress

Related health conditions

The latest research tells us that increased intestinal permeability may be associated with a number of health conditions like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel diseases like Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, and chronic inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, obesity, and type 1 diabetes.

What can you do about it?

This is where the 4 R’s come in.

  • Remove the pathogens and inflammatory triggers. This can be done with elimination diets, that remove inflammatory foods like gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, alcohol, peanuts. Food sensitivity tests can also be helpful in determining foods that are causing inflammation in individuals. Stool testing helps determine pathogens present and is another way to look at zonulin markers.
  • Replace essential nutrients that are supportive for healthy microbiome like fiber rich foods, prebiotics, and anti-inflammatory foods.
  • Reinoculate with probiotics and introduce fermented foods when the timing is appropriate.
  • Repair with certain nutrients that promote health of the gut lining, like immunoglobulins, L-glutamine, zinc, and Ganoderma.

There is a systematic approach that promotes healing of the gut when intestinal permeability creeps in. This Protocol can take as little as 60 to 90 days when the appropriate steps are taken to correct it. I encourage you to work with your functional wellness practitioner who can recommend specific testing and provide you with a personalized treatment plan.

In the event that you are looking for a qualified professional to assist you, please take a peak at my services, and I’d love to offer direction.

My mission is to give you the tools you need to get to the root of your nagging symptoms so you can live your best life!

Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Your Toxic Mind is Making You Sick

Did you know your thoughts can impact your physical health?

What you should know about the Mind-Body Connection…

I love to cleanse the body at least a couple times per year to do a little reboot. During this time, I implement different strategies that bring me what I need to clean up debris from old toxic patterns that I’ve allowed to creep in over the previous season.

Today I want to focus on cleansing from a mind-body perspective. I believe the way we get the most bang for our buck (if you will) is to see them as one.

THE PROCESS

It takes preparation when we decide to cleanse or detoxify the body. I’ve found that it’s super important, especially in this day because our environment has become a dumping ground for toxic waste. As a matter of fact, detoxification was a complete game-changer for me during my health journey, to the point that it’s something I use with every one of my clients today. After experiencing health symptoms that I just couldn’t get rid of, like foggy thinking, headaches, gas, bloating, indigestion, joint pain, waking up tired in the mornings, and inability to sleep through the night, I worked to develop a seasonal cleansing protocol based on the knowledge and experience I gained from many of my mentors. In working with others, I also found that sometimes all it takes for them to see a complete turnaround in their health is to give them the same tools to implement these detoxification strategies on a regular basis.

Cleansing has been a part of my life from the beginning, since embarking on my journey to health. Along the way, I learned that cleansing and detoxifying can be quite different. In short, we can cleanse the body by eliminating certain foods and allowing the body to rest or reboot. You’ve probably seen juice cleanses, and heard of people implementing certain types of fasts, and even teas and other potions that are supposed to cleanse the body. There’s nothing wrong with this, but if you are attempting to completely detoxify the body, and clean up the cells, there needs to be certain components in place for that to happen.

I come across many teachings that focus on detoxifying the body but there are 2 things I want to focus on today that I feel are many times missed in these discussions.   

#1 the importance of the liver

#2 the importance of cleansing toxic thoughts

I know… these may seem super random, but I believe we cannot cleanse a toxic body and leave a toxic mind alone. This is what I like to refer to as the mind-body connection for cleansing and detoxification.

If the body goes through this detoxification process, but we are still in a pattern of addiction and self-destruction due to traumatic events that we have not processed, then we never move into a place of freedom.

PHYSICAL DETOX

I mentioned that cleansing and detox are quite different. The process of physical detox actually requires a 3-step process. This is known as the 3 phases of detoxification. For detoxification to take place in the body, there must be certain vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients on board. The body then goes through a systematic process to do the clean-up work.

Our liver is our major detoxification organ – so learn to love your liver.

What happens in the 3 phases?

  • In phase 1, the liver uses enzymes and oxygen to break up the toxins.
  • In phase 2, the toxins are packaged up into a water-soluble package
  • In phase 3, the liver, kidneys, and intestines work to excrete the toxins

There are many things that can get in the way of detoxification taking place in the body, but some of these include things like:

  • Overgrowth of pathogenic microbes (parasites, bacteria, fungus) in the digestive tract
  • Lack of fiber
  • Magnesium deficiencies
  • Food intolerance

Signs that you need to detox are:

  • Belly bloat
  • Abdominal fat – also known as “the spare tire effect”
  • Joint and muscle pain
  • Feeling exhausted all the time
  • Acid reflux/heart burn
  • Dark spots on your skin and dark circles under the eyes
  • Excessive sweating or stinky sweat
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Headaches
  • Menstrual Irregularities

MENTAL / EMOTIONAL DETOX

So now that you have a better understanding about what it takes to do a physical detox, let’s talk about the mental/emotional aspect. This is one topic I rarely see approached when there is a discussion around detoxification. I imagine it is one of the most toxic things in our environment though.

Thinking back to my own healing journey, this was one of the most important for me. It’s actually where my journey began.

I remember when I wasn’t the most positive person. Growing up, I wasn’t necessarily negative, but my self-talk wasn’t very good. I imagine it’s something we could all work on. Most of us probably tend to be a little harsh on ourselves compared to how we are with others we love.

We pick this up from those around us many times. And we also have false notions of what’s really important in life because we watch things go on around us and feel like we have to live up to the worlds ideas instead of creating our own.

Conforming to those around us and the things of this world can be very toxic to our mind and emotional state.

In my time of working through my own issues and helping others do the same, I’ve found that our mind has the ability to control us and bring us into negative thought patterns if we allow it.

We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind, on a daily – and even moment-by-moment basis. This means we have a choice in where we end up emotionally. We can either become victim to our emotions, sickness, or other circumstances, or we can go THROUGH them and find strength to endure.

We detox our thoughts and mind by casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God. That means casting down negative thought patterns like fear, anxiety, worry, depression, and doubt. We are to process our experiences and go through them. If we don’t bring our thoughts into captivity and choose to process them, then they will hold us captive and we will assume the position of being a victim to our very own thoughts.

MIND-BODY CONNECTION

Toxic thoughts become toxic to us physically. When we believe we are sick, overweight, broke, ugly, then we become those things, because whatever we focus on, we bring about.

I work with people on a daily basis who believe these things. I work with them to shift these thought patterns so they believe what is true, instead of believing a lie. The things we worry about are things that we dream up in our subconscious. They are many times things that don’t even matter. Other times these are thoughts that arise because we’ve been through a traumatic event. But if we fail to process these thoughts, then we will become their slaves.

In the physical body, there’s a shift in our cellular makeup that actually can create physical matter. Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of the greatest researchers in this area. She says that disease is created first as a negative thought.

Whatever you meditate on and think about it in your heart, you will become. This world was created by a thought that was verbalized, when God said, “let there be light.” And there was light. So that thought became a physical reality. That’s exactly how your thoughts and language and body work together.

As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

ARE YOU READY TO TAKE ACTION?

As you can see from above, there are things that need to be in place for you to physically clean up your cells appropriately. I encourage you to work with a qualified professional if you are feeling any of the symptoms mentioned. You want to make sure you have the right things in place, including nutrients as well as make sure you are eliminating properly before implementing any detoxification program.

My desire is that you understand this information in a way that allows you to implement it on a regular basis – not only that, but learn the tools you need so you can one day do it on your own.

If you’re ready for a different take on losing weight, getting rid of depression and anxiety, and ridding things like digestive upset, headaches, pain and inflammation, swollen legs and feet… if you want to learn how to live in health in your mind and body so you can live your best life, then join me and the others who have already made the decision to invest in themselves for my seasonal cleanse challenge.

If you missed the window to register, that’s okay! Check out my coaching page and stay tuned for other coaching programs you can access to invest in your health.

Do You Know The Truth About Gluten?

Do You Know The Truth About Gluten?

I receive a lot of questions about foods containing gluten. And that’s why I’ve dedicated my past 2 health articles to the subject. You may say, “you seem a little obsessed with gluten. What’s the truth about this food?” I’ll share a little bit more today, in a different light. Let’s look at one of the questions I get posed often.

“If it was good enough in the biblical days, what’s wrong with it today?”

This is where my interest is piqued because I love the word of God and I love science and nutrition.

In the biblical days, the harvesting of wheat was an annual event. An abundant harvest was a sign of abundant blessing. Wheat and bread were also seen as acceptable sacrifices to God. Jesus even spoke about bread, saying that He was the bread of life. He taught us to pray and thank God for our daily bread. He even performed miracles and multiplied bread to feed thousands.

While all of these things are true, nowhere in the Bible does it tell us that bread was created to be a staple and sustain us and provide us health.

The big problem was discussed by cardiologist, Dr. William Davis, in his book called Wheat Belly. Like many of the foods we know today, the crossbreeding of wheat and non-wheat began many decades ago, in hopes that we would yield a higher crop. It worked!

The problem is, today’s wheat isn’t even wheat after using chemicals, high-dose gamma rays, and x-rays. Over the years, we’ve seen about a 400% increase in things like celiac disease, diabetes, obesity, and other inflammatory diseases. This hybridization decreases the amount of amino acids we receive as well as the nutrient content. He recommends that everyone completely eliminate this food for that very reason.

So, is this gluten free craze really a big deal or is it just another flawed fad?

Here’s where the science comes in.

Gluten has been found to either contribute to or cause over 200 disease states, some of them being heartburn, anemia, thyroid disease, autoimmune disease, depression, migraines, chronic fatigue, gas and bloating, dizziness, skin rashes, gallbladder malfunction, and even infertility.

My personal experience is that I had EVERY symptom above except autoimmunity and infertility- likely all related to gluten exposure and consumption.

Here are a few other pieces of information that come from the research:

Consuming excessive amounts of gluten can cause either excessive weight gain or excessive weight loss.

Children with hyperactivity and learning disabilities who are placed on a gluten-free diet typically respond very well and show improvement in symptoms.

Gluten can be found in cosmetics and body care products and can cause the same problems as if it were consumed through food.

According to gluten expert, and author of No Grain, No Pain, Dr. Peter Osborne, the hallmark symptoms of celiac disease can also be caused by corn, soy, dairy, viral, and parasite infections – which all create intestinal permeability. For more information on that topic, check out my health article on warning signs your body gives you when something isn’t right.

Eating processed foods that are labeled gluten-free is a bad idea. Even truly gluten free processed foods are often cross contaminated about 41% of the time.

About 92% of people who follow a traditional gluten-free diet still have symptoms related to consumption of these processed foods as well as corn, rice, quinoa, and other grains.

Those who have issues with gluten can have issues consuming dairy, since it is a cross-reactive food.

Check out my health article on the mistakes people make when removing inflammatory foods from their diet for additional information.

You may ask if it’s worth giving it a shot, giving up gluten. I know how difficult it can be to remove foods like this from your diet. I know the cravings, the addictions, the comfort, and feeling like you have no idea what to eat when you remove certain foods or food groups from your diet.

I will also tell you 100 times over that I didn’t realize how important my health was until I hit rock bottom and had none left. If you asked me today what I would be willing to experience the healthy life that I have today, my answer would be, ” all I have to give!” There is no food worth losing your health over, and there is no amount of money I would not be willing to spend to be where I am today. To me, food is a tool and money is a tool. You simply can’t put a price on health, no matter what you must give up.

What’s next?

It can take up to 3 years to repair the body and recover from gluten induced disease. Every time you’re exposed, it extends the healing process. The best way to test for gluten sensitivity is through DNA lab testing, or just remove it as Dr. Davis suggests.

My desire is for you to feel better than you ever remember feeling in your life so you can live your best life. You are made to live a life greater than you can probably imagine right now, and truth is, if you don’t feel like it, then you simply won’t do and be all you were created to.

If you are looking to gain access to the tools you need to investigate your health concerns further, I’d love to take the opportunity to get to know you a little better and offer feedback on a Complimentary Discovery Call.

When you’re ready, complete my online form and you’ll receive a link to schedule your call with me.