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Mental Illness

I wanted to share something I found on a Facebook page about mental Illness. It’s such a fascinating movie! It’s about an hour or more and worth every minute!

I believe in healing through human connection. Support through friendships, spirituality, and having some physical activity makes a world of difference no matter what you’ve survived in this life.

That human connection is imperative for those with a mental illness. Often times those diagnosed with a mental illness are the ones that are the most isolated. However, I think we would all agree that being heard and cared about is beneficial for everyone!

I also believe that there is a need for some people to be on medication and for some it may not be a good fit. That’s between each unique individual to decide for themselves with the guidance of their loved ones and Doctors.

I love how much this movie brought out so many emotions for me as I’m sure it will do the same for you.

As with everything, you will get out of it what your ready to hear. You take from it what applies to you and your situation and then leave the rest for absorbing another time.

The movie is called Crazy Wise and I really hope you take the time to watch it!

When your finished watching it, please come back and tell me your thoughts.

I am grateful to be a survivor.

Thanks for listening.

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Kitchen Road Map

Creating a Kitchen Road Map is imperative in today’s busy world. It just takes a little time and prep work to make quick weeknight meals that you can feel good about.

Don’t stress over doing everything all at one time, you can take small steps to eventually achieve your kitchen road map goals.

Small Steps to Success…

  • Start with just organizing and clearing out your pantry one weekend.
  • Maybe the next weekend, you can see if you need to invest in some good quality storage containers for all your prep work.
  • Then make a list of your favorite foods and organize your recipes to have handy.
  • You might want to start small by prepping healthy snacks for the week such as pre-washing/cutting vegetables and making a homemade dressing to use as a dip.

Having a kitchen road map will prepare you for a busy week which will reduce some stress and anxiety about weeknight meals.

Make an appointment with me to discuss your plan of action and get clear on what’s been holding you back from attaining your goals.

Click here – road map for your free guide to help you succeed in creating quick weeknight meals made your way!

Check out my new website www.lbhealthcoach.com

I’m grateful to have a passion for cooking.

Do you plan out your weeks worth of food for quick weeknight meals?

Thanks for listening!

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Guts

Lets talk about your gut. I love your guts 🙂 I hope that you love your guts because it is your second brain. What exactly does that mean? Simply put, whatever we put into our bodies will affect our mood as well as our health.

Studies show that the following modern lifestyle directly contributes to unhealthy gut flora…

  • A diet that is high in refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods
  • Chronic stress
  • Chronic infections
  • Some Grains
  • Conventional grain-fed dairy
  • Unhealthy oils
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Advil and Ibuprofen
  • Antibiotics
  • Pesticides

Scientists have already discovered that gut bacteria produce neurotransmitters. Unhealthy guts can cause…

  • Mental Health Issues
  • Poor Immune Health
  • Autoimmune Illnesses
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Skin Conditions
  • Trouble Maintaining a Healthy Weight
  • Constipation or Diarrhea
  • Acid Reflux

Serotonin is an important brain neurotransmitter that is relevant to depression, migraine, and other neuropsychiatric illnesses. It has been estimated that about 95% of serotonin is found in the GI tract. Credit for that statement goes to: Kim, Doe-young; Camilleri, Michael. The American Journal of Gastroenterology; Cambridge95.10 (Oct 2000): 2698-2709. See the document here.

You can do your own research on the research that’s been done. I’ve read plenty about the strong connection between what we put into our guts and how it affects our mental wellbeing.

I’ve done my own scientific experiment on myself. From all my research and suggestions from my Doctor, I have concluded that when I have a healthy gut, I don’t experience the anxiety and severe depression that I usually do when I don’t have such a healthy gut!

My inspiration for this article came from the mystery that surrounds my Grandmother. My family never knew why she was a little off (as they called it). I look back and see signs of mental illness that I think could have been improved with better gut flora.

I’m certainly not suggesting that all mental illness can be cured with better gut flora. I am merely asking why not try to improve upon the symptoms by improving the gut flora?

How do we improve our gut flora? Well, for starters we stay away from the modern lifestyle that was pointed out at the beginning of this article, consume more fermented foods or probiotics, detox from all your candida overgrowth, and start using food as our medicine instead of pills.

That’s my 2 cents and I hope you see the common sense in it all as I did when I first began my journey of wellness.

I’m grateful for finally making the brain/gut connection.

What will you do with this information? I hope you research and study it as much as I did to make that connection. Perhaps you don’t need to and will begin your healing sooner rather than later!

Thanks for listening.

 

 

 

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Having Kids Over 40

Having kids over 40 is a blessing. I was blessed with a bouncing (and I mean bouncing off the walls) baby boy at the ripe old age of 41. I couldn’t be more grateful to have finally given birth after being told that I can’t have kids for so long!

However, no matter how much I wanted and prayed for a child there was no preparation for this thing called Motherhood! I don’t care what age you are when you have your first (and in my case only) child, you will never be prepared for what lies ahead.

I used to have so many ideal thoughts of how it would be when and if I could ever become a Mom. SO MANY! Then to through into the mix of being an older introverted Mom makes my ideals even more laughable.

Here are a few of the misconceptions that I had on becoming a Mom…

  1. I was prepared to only breast feed until organic solid foods were introduced. Thanks to an infection, I could only painfully and barely produce enough breast milk by pumping to feed a mouse for just the first 18 days of his life! I’m not sure if it was the infection or the fact that I stopped breast feeding that made it so excruciatingly painful.
  2. There was the idea that I would never introduce a pacifier to my baby! That didn’t last long with a colicky baby. You do what you have to do when your sleep deprived.
  3. I believed there would be some sort of magical village just show up and surround me to help when needed. You know, like we always hear that it takes a village to raise a child. Not so much in my case. Introversion sometimes excludes you to the point of no return I think.
  4. I was a perfectionist and naive old Mom! I thought since I was now a stay at home Mom that it was my job to sleeplessly do absolutely everything around the house AND be the best Mom that I could be.
  5. I wanted to make sure he got just the right amount of socializing so I made my introverted self get out and take him where I needed to for that.
  6. I fought with the Doctors on why he was so colicky and finally they took X-Rays of his throat to show he had such a small airway for breathing! Time to take the tonsils and adenoids out on top of putting in the ear plugs. You never think you’ll see your baby suffer so much.
  7. I tried to give him alternative foods to what all the other kids were having because I knew down deep how bad artificial coloring/flavors/sugars, GMO’s, and etc. was for anyone to consume, let alone a growing child. That became a huge fight with his Dad.
  8. I never thought I would turn out to be one of those helicopter Moms! However, there was the need to be one because I was living with an alcoholic.
  9. The only thing I knew about postpartum depression was that Brooke Shields had it. Never in a million years would I think I would have it. Too many misconceptions surround postpartum depression!
  10. And then his Dad started in on the verbal abuse, yelling, and throwing things at me when he was just 5 or 6 months old. Who ever thinks that will happen to them?

You could say things were way off the ideal spectrum of finally becoming a first time Mom. Having kids over 40 or under 40 should never be as isolating as they were for me.

Now, I’m a single working old introverted Mom to a loving and sweet boy that I love more than anything in this world.

I sometimes feel as though I’m still young, but mostly I feel a little left out. A lot of the people I graduated from high school with are grandmothers now. Having kids over 40 is tough, but worth it!

Whether your having kids over 40 or under 40, things change so just be prepared to not be prepared.

I’m grateful to have a healthy boy!

What were your ideal thoughts of becoming a Mom that just didn’t turn out?

Thanks for listening.

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Health Coach

What does a health coach do and what are the benefits of having one?

They are your sounding board so to speak. They are the ones that want to hear you, repeat back to you what you are trying to get across, and then help you dig deeper into the path you want to take in order to attain your goals.

You might be seeking a health coach because your Doctor or Nutritionist has recommended that you eat a certain way that is completely different than you have ever had to eat before. Once you go to your health coach for guidance in this area, you might discover things about yourself that is blocking you from caring for yourself. A different topic from what you originally came in for, but a topic you need to get through in order to care for yourself enough to want to change your diet.

A health coach takes the time that your Doctor doesn’t have in order to get to the real root of what is and has been going on with you. We help you figure it all out so that you can attain your goals. We are your mirror, support, and safe place to get to the bottom of it all. We will certainly help you with changing your diet, but you have to want to do the work. That is why we need to get to your truth for you to want to make that change.

Just from that one example, can you see why you will benefit from having a health coach?

There are other times when you just feel stuck in another area of your life where you need a health coach to help guide you to your truth to attain your goals. It could be that you want to incorporate more exercise into your life, sleep better, and reduce your stress. Maybe you want to learn to cook healthier or are confused about all the information we are bombarded with about what is or isn’t healthy on a daily basis. What about navigating all the food labels and confusing ingredients. Perhaps your stuck in a career that you want to change, a relationship that needs mending, finding your joy, working on your finances, or reconnecting to your spirituality.

The course I’m taking at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition has a great article about the 6 reasons why you need a health coach that I encourage you to check out. Through this course I’m learning over 100 different dietary theories along with how to become an effective health coach in many different areas of overall health and wellbeing.

You are in control of your life. You can stay in the exact same space you are in or you can reach out for help and see a positive change in your life! It is your birthright to enjoy a happy, healthy, and long life.

Your challenge is to figure out what’s been stopping you from living your authentic life by thinking of just a couple of goals you want to work on. Are you still on track with the intentions (resolutions) that you set for yourself to achieve in 2017? Or, have you found new goals that better fit the direction you want your life to go?

If you feel we are a good fit to work together, please browse my website at LB Health Coach and contact me or fill out a health history form to get started. Your first consultation is always free!

I’m grateful to be able to follow my passion on the health and wellness journey!

What areas in your life would you like to confidentially talk to a health coach about?

Thanks for listening!

 

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Soda Addiction

We all know what kind of power an addiction can hold over us! I want to share with you my top 10 reasons why giving up your soda addiction for life WILL improve your health.

Top 10 reasons to stop your soda addiction

10. Sugar causes inflammation in your body, inflammation causes disease, disease hurts, and disease can kill you. Outcome – removing sugar (especially genetically modified sugar) that you get from soda will not only improve your health, but just may save your life!

9. Artificial sweeteners in diet soda tricks your brain into thinking you are still hungry. So, you eat more and become more over weight. Being overweight is hard on your joints, bad for your heart, and could bring on diabetes. Outcome – removing diet soda from your life will improve your chances of not becoming overweight and possibly getting a life long disease of diabetes.

8. Genetically modified organisms in soda. The long-term impacts of GMOs are unknown. High fructose corn syrup, Carmel color, sugar, and natural flavors are all made from GMO’s. According to The Center for Food Safety, “unsuspecting consumers by the tens of millions are purchasing and consuming unlabeled GE foods, despite a finding by U.S. Food & Drug Administration scientists that these foods could pose serious risks.” Outcome – Staying away from GMO’s in your soda will reduce your exposure to serious health risks.

7.  Switching to water WILL make you loose weight. We feel better when we loose weight. Outcome – your self esteem will improve and that will create more vitality in your life.

6. It’s less expensive to just drink water. Outcome – you will have more money for the finer things in life like organic foods 😉

5. You will feel accomplished because you are able to give up an addiction. Outcome – you will hold your head a little higher and know that you can conquer anything!

4. Leading by example will encourage your loved ones to give up soda. Outcome –  you will have them around longer and we all want our loved ones to live a long/healthy life! This applies to you living a long/healthy life too. Your loved ones want you around also!

3. It’s bad for you teeth. Phosphoric and citric acid that are found in soda’s cause damage by dissolving the calcium that comprises teeth. Outcome – removing soda will aide in preserving your teeth.

2. The chemical called phosphoric acid that’s an ingredient in soda is a rust inhibitor which is found in some cleaning products. That’s why you can remove rust from things and get a clean toilet from using a soda to clean with. That isn’t good for your gut! Your gut is your second brain and needs all the help it can get in order to thrive. Outcome – removing soda will help in creating a healthier gut which will improve your overall health.

AAAANNNND the number one reason why giving up your soda addiction will improve your health is… drum roll please…

1. Taking caffeine out of your lifestyle will improve your sleep. Sleep plays an important role in your health. Outcome – getting adequate sleep helps with the healing/repair of heart and blood vessels. Ongoing sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke.

You can stay and live in the exact same space you are in or you can reach out for help and see the outcomes mentioned above.

Together we are stronger! Let me help you break your soda addiction for life. I got your back and I know you can do this.

Kick that can to the curb!!!!

If you or your loved one is struggling with soda addiction, I implore you to contact me either here or on my website at LB Health Coach. From there we can set up a free consultation. Your challenge today is to reach out for help.

I am grateful to have 12 years of freedom from my soda addiction!

What steps will you take to stop your soda addiction?

Thanks for listening!

 

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Joy Challenge

Let the adventure begin with the joy challenge! Here we are at the beginning of a New Year. How will this year be any different than any other year? By dedicating it to whatever you promised yourself or others for your New Year’s Resolution.

Remember to take small steps to get there. It’s important to know that most changes don’t happen over night. Don’t be too critical on yourself or others.

I believe this year will bring about the changes we have been dreaming of! Sometimes we just need to readjust our perspectives and learn to open up our hearts and minds to embrace something new.

You are a strong, smart, worthy, and kind person. I believe in you and know that you are capable of whatever you put your mind and hard work into.

I’m excited to share this year’s adventure into the positive change that we all want and need. I hope that you will share your adventure with me.

Your JOY CHALLENGE – Dig deep this year and discover your truth in joy! Tell me, a friend, a family member, a counselor, a coach, or just write down the answer to these simple, but thought provoking questions…

  • What specifically brings you joy, pleasure, and happiness in your life?
  • What makes you have that belly laugh where you just can’t stop laughing?
  • What will you change about your own behavior in order to bring more joy into your life?
  • What will be your intentions for this years adventures to create more joy in your life?
  • How, specifically will you improve your life?
  • What will you do differently this year that will make a difference in your life or the lives around you
  • What steps will you take to get where you want to be?
  • What one thing will you stop doing that doesn’t bring you joy?

Adventure means an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity. Daring and exciting activity calling for enterprise and enthusiasm. To engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.

Joy means a feeling of great pleasure and happiness. Joy to me means finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way.

Be brave, bold, daring, and adventurous to find your joy. Then share it with the world and let your light shine this year!

Head on over to my website at LB Health Coach to explore and see if we are a good fit to work together.

I’m grateful to want to find joy.

How will you shine your light this year and tackle the Joy Challenge?

Thanks for listening!

 

 

 

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Health Challenge

I wasn’t sure if I should call this challenge a health challenge or home cooking challenge. I finally decided that it’s more about health than cooking. Although, once you crowd out the processed foods, home cooking becomes more prevalent in your life.

This challenge is a bit bigger and more intense than the other challenges. It involves a little more research on your part. Time for some investigating!

I believe that the marketing of processed foods has gotten completely out of hand. It’s actually legal to make false claims on the front of products to entice the public to think that it’s a “healthy” choice!

Of course we should stay away from processed foods, but I believe in small steps when working towards health. We can at least start with replacing some of the chemicals, pesticides, GMO’s, and artificial ingredients.

I wanted to create a challenge that revolves around what the Institute of Integrative Nutrition refers to as the circle of life, which is…

FINANCES
CAREER
EDUCATION
HEALTH
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
HOME COOKING
HOME ENVIRONMENT
RELATIONSHIPS
SOCIAL LIFE
JOY
SPIRITUALITY

Your HEALTH CHALLENGE –

  • Write down the ingredient lists on your processed food that you have in your cabinet. Even if it’s just one package at a time per week.
  • Research the ingredients to see what they are and how they are made.
  • Make one switch a week from what you normally purchase to a better substitute. For this one you will have to take the time to read the ingredients in the store. Or do the research on line before you head to the store.

Look for the organic and non-gmo labels. Then look for as few ingredients as possible, nothing artificial, and no natural flavors.

It’s always better to shop the perimeter of the store because you can avoid most of the processed foods that way.

The main goal here is to eventually rid yourself of all processed food and only eat whole foods, but if you could at least take this one small step into becoming aware of what your putting into your body then your well on your way to improvement!

There are healthier versions of the exact same things that you are already eating. With a little modification you can small step your way into eating more whole foods! Eventually crowding out the processed foods all together.

Keep in mind that your taste buds will change and you will begin to crave less proceeded foods and crave more whole foods.

I worked with the red, yellow, green light method when I began this  process. Check out what worked for our family here.

Lets talk finances! Yes, it could be more expensive to eat “healthier”. However, it’s less expensive than feeling bad and paying for a disease that processed foods can cause. Prioritize your finances to spend less on your wants and more on this need. Your worth it and your body will thank you!

It’s not always easy to choose to eat better, but I promise it is worth it!

Head on over to my website at LB Health Coach to explore and see if we are a good fit to work together.

I’m grateful to have so many grocery choices and a farmer’s market within my community.

What part of this health challenge did/do you find the most challenging?

Thanks for listening!

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Resolution Challenge

I’ve thought long and hard about this New Years Resolution Challenge. In the past it’s been a lot more general like creating more peace in my life. This year I plan to be extremely intentional and precise!  I’ve been coping with a lot of heavy issues lately and it’s time for me to do what’s always been in my heart to create.

I’ve never really liked to call the intentions that I set for the new year a resolution, but it’s what most people are used to calling it 😉

MY RESOLUTION CHALLENGE – The year of 2017 will be dedicated to my career. Which is built around my passion that I’m currently studying. I will become a successful health coach!

I want to put it out there that although my main focus will always be on our child, it’s time to create a career that I can rely on that will support us!

This is a resolution that I will keep because I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time! I will also ask for help in this area in my life. I will ask to be held accountable and for encouragement from you, my family, friends, and my community.

I always believed that a resolution should be specific and reflect what your intention for the year is. I also think having plans, support, and tools in line will help you become successful.

To say your going to loose weight, stop smoking, or travel to your favorite designation without planning and focus is just setting yourself up for failure.

I used to say I’m going to eat healthier and walk more often this year instead of I’m going to loose weight. I would make plans to join a group, gym, have a routine planned for daily walks, and find a friend to hold me accountable for becoming healthier/more tone. I would intend for that year to crowd out the bad food with more of the good food.

Or, I will learn all I can about the soda that I want to stop drinking, I will taper off and replace it with green tea and water until I finally stop it altogether.

I don’t feel like a resolution has to be all or nothing. Sometimes we need to lean into the idea of it. Rather it be stopping or starting something. We just have to have the right support and attitude. Only you can decide if your ready to lean into it or to make it happen this time!!

YOUR RESOLUTION CHALLENGE – Create a resolution that is meaningful to you. Find someone you trust and admire to hold you accountable. Make specific goals as to how you will make your resolution happen. Be intentional, precise, focused, and plan every detail and milestone.

Head on over to my website at LB Health Coach to see if we are a good fit to work together.

I’m grateful for my freedom.

What is your resolution for 2017 and who will be your supportive encourager?

Thanks for listening!

 

 

Posted in Coping

Holiday Madness

Holiday Madness in the grocery stores are making me bonkers! I’m the type that shops for food at least 3-4 times a week. I’m a little grateful that most people don’t do that. Have you ever noticed that around the Holidays there are a ton of people scrambling in the grocery stores?

Can you imagine if everyone shopped 3-4 times a week? It would be constant chaotic madness! Maybe we would have more grocery stores, who knows!

Holiday Madness isn’t just at grocery stores! You would think that with how easy it is to shop online that the stores wouldn’t be so busy either.

It’s true I don’t like crowds or shopping! So, when the Holiday Madness comes around I cope by making it a point to TRY and stock up way beforehand. Bah-hum-bug.

I am one that never followed the norm by pretending to have to play nice with others just because it’s a Holiday! I have always felt like it’s just another day. Unfortunately it’s another day where most people are off work. Fortunately it’s usually a day where most places are closed.

I’m easing into minimalism and enjoy the idea of not having to be bombarded with consumerism every second of every day. The Holidays are so hyped up to get prepared to not buy for a day that I think a lot of people create unnecessary anxiety over a day where we really should just relax and let the day unfold.

That’s easy for me to say because I’ve given up on entertaining. I used to want to make food that I could enjoy and that everyone else would enjoy as well. I ended up making it harder on myself so that I could enjoy what I wanted.

For example, I like my gravy and stuffing for Thanksgiving. I used to make my gravy and buy store bought gravy for everyone else. I would make my stuffing and ask someone else to bring a stuffing. Just more dishes and work!

I like making lasagne for Christmas Eve. I don’t like making enough to feed a group of people. I like leftovers and my lasagne is more expensive to make because I use organic, make my own sauce, and have to use gluten free noodles.

Let’s get back to the importance of the Holidays and not so much the etiquette of it all. You know what I mean? Like when we feel obligated to bring a gift/passing dish/bottle of wine everywhere we go, having to get the cards out in the mail before it’s too late, and etc.

Don’t get me wrong, if you enjoy doing that then by all means knock yourself out.

The Grinch who stole Christmas is advertising, how we are so attached to our phone, and how others live their lives.

I’m grateful to be able to mostly stay away from the Holiday Madness!

What’s your gripe about the Holidays?

Thanks for listening and Merry Christmas!