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Why I love this “business.”
I started this business in 2005 based on my own needs. I am not afraid to admit that. Like many of you, I was not comfortable with doctors and their dependence on pharmaceutical drugs. We do love their knowledge and experience and dedication though. And no one likes to be in pain or feeling under the weather or suffering from a disease. We want to get better and quick. So sometimes, medications as an intervention is necessary but here’s the trick. You don’t want to live like that. Every pharmaceutical drug has side effects and when you find yourself taking 3 medications for the same illness, it’s time to stop and ask a few questions. There is a difference between a disease state that is caused by an infection from a virus or bacteria and a disease state that has been at play in the body for 10 years that is slowly rotting and decaying the life process. I am talking about the self sabotage we engage in by our chronic lifestyles. Chronic states of stress, leads to chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, and a few more.
There is No Wonder Pill
There is no “wonder pill” that will work as well as a decision by a person to engage in some much needed self care, self love and self respect. This is how you fill up your cup of health to overflowing.
Food is food. Junk is junk.
Honoring your body, mind and spirit: You may have heard me say this but it bears repeating often. Food is food. Junk is junk and never the twain shall meet. It can be difficult to clean up the diet. I know. The only way to do it is to just do it. The tip of the day is to buy food from the perimeter of the supermarket, so fruits, vegetables, anything that if you left it out of the fridge would go bad, rot, decay. This is food. You’ve heard the story about the guy who left a McD’s hamburger in his jacket pocket for a couple of years? No mold, no decay. That shows that its not real food. Items in the aisles of the supermarket in packages are much in the same boat. Filled with preservatives and chemicals to resist decay. When we eat, we have to be able to breakdown the substances we eat into smaller packets of nutrition to the extent that we can absorb the vitamins, minerals, sugars, proteins that will help us to live on in good health. Micheal Pollan said it best, “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Our society is so constructed that it might be difficult to find real food in the areas you work and live. We now call these areas “food deserts.”
My favorite Mark Hyman Quote:
Dr Mark Hyman, one of my Functional Medicine heroes, says, “In a perfect world, no one would need supplements. But given the stress of our modern life, the poor quality of our food supply, and the high load of toxins on our brains and bodies, most of us need a basic daily supply of the raw materials for all our enzymes and biochemistry to run as designed.” Let’s be clear. Supplements are not a replacement for real food, nor are they a substitute for prescription medications.” High quality dietary supplements are a safeguard to ensure our bodies have the raw materials needed to perform its many life sustaining functions.
It’s been one year since…
At the beginning of July 2019, I was suffering for debilitating gout. Today I am gout free. Last year I weighed 186, today 156. This is a change, a year ago I couldn’t have imagined or envisioned. I am glad for learning about intermittent fasting. (Does that sound like something terrible? Fasting? Who wants to do that?) Here’s a clever little fact: You are already doing it. We all do it! When you go to bed at night, you are not eating for at least 8 hours, right? The cleverness is in admitting you are already an expert at intermittent fasting. Then building up some muscles and discipline in further limiting the times you eat / don’t eat. If you don’t eat a bedtime snack and you finish dinner at 6 or 7pm and then eat breakfast an hour after awakening, you’ve just fasted for about 12 or 13 hours. Currently, I don’t have my break fast meal until about 11am or 12pm. I aim for 15 or 16 hours of fasting. Then I can eat for 8 hours throughout the day and really enjoy myself. Of course, I am pretty serious about the lesson I shared above about eating real food. The other expression of this is to eat highly dense nutritious food. Like fruits, vegetables, proteins of choice. I use a very satisfying smoothie with all kinds of seeds and Keto protein powder generally to break my fast. It’s quick and easy and highly nutritious. I drink it slowly. Sip it really. There are many more tips and tricks I can share and perhaps over time, more will come out in these articles. What did losing 30 lbs do for me?
- No re-occurrence of gout
- Much better blood lipid profile
- Triglycerides and Cholesterol in range
- Better focus
- More energy
- I had to buy a new belt
- Within my BMI normal range
The bottom line: By eating a little less, improving the quality of your food, and most importantly, giving your digestive system a good rest every day will do wonders for you. At minimum if you refrain from eating carbs, fats and proteins for several hours, you are giving your pancreas a break from the need to manufacture insulin. The road to heart disease is paved with insulin resistance. Lowering your blood sugar by extending your fast a little longer will serve you greatly in the long run.
My Humble Suggestion for Freedom
If you really want freedom from illness and pain, then I suggest:
- ensuring proper weight management program which is to be adopted as a “lifestyle” which simply means a series of well-defined habits that serve your health goals.
- finding a regimen of supplements that meets your body’s needs.
- engaging in a practice that allows you to unwind from daily stress (yoga, prayer, bike riding, swimming, hiking, etc)
- getting moderate daily movement (we call that exercise)
- restful sleep
That’s the mission should you decide to accept it. I know most of you have heard all of this before. But sometimes, I just get carried away! Now, where are my hiking boots?