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Do You Remember: The Brady Bunch

I couldn’t wait for Friday nights at 7:00 PM omeprazole capsules. What time was it? Brady Bunch time. My favorite episode(s) was when the family went to Hawaii. Do you remember the tarantula crawling on Peter’s chest? I sure do. Scared the crap out of me.

What was your favorite episode and/or character?

P.S. My favorite character was Alice. She was hip and cool and usually had it all figured out.

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Growing up in small town Wisconsin in the 60’s had its own special charm. While I had a rocky childhood, it’s the summer days spent laying in the grass looking at the clouds, riding bike with my cousins, playing in the sprinkler, eating soft-serve ice cream on Friday night as the carhop roller skated from car to car, and gazing at the twinkling lights of a million fireflies as they lit up the nearby fields that I remember most. Charming as life could sometimes be, even as a young kid, I’d often wonder what I was missing. I’d wait with anticipation as the sky grew dark, knowing that soon I’d be jumping into the back seat of my dad’s Chevy Chevelle. We were headed to the outskirts of town. As we turned off the highway, my senses heightened as I saw the line of cars ahead of us looking like a parade. The ticket booth was straight ahead. Standing like a monument, to my left was the big screen: the Drive In Theater or as we called it “The Outdoor”. During those early years, hard as I tried, I rarely made it to the end of the movie, but Disney characters and fantasies of other worlds danced in my dreams.

By the late 70’s, drive-in theaters were losing popularity as indoor theaters, discos, and fast-food restaurants continued to monopolize the entertainment industry. At times I preferred the action of the nearest city, but I still enjoyed those warm summer nights and the excitement of the big screen. A teenager now, I had graduated from back seat to front and now had the comfort of my boyfriend’s arm wrapped around my shoulders. Rumors always spread about who was having sex with whom, and maybe a few even lost their virginity in the back seat of those old cars. Me, I was always too afraid of getting caught. This being said, going to the drive-in had its challenges. I don’t know what was worse as the movie unfolded. Keeping the windows open so we could feel a breeze on those humid evenings while mosquitos ate us alive, or sweating our butts off with the windows rolled up as we tried to balance the big-ole clunky speaker.

That was a long time ago. The drive-in screen has since been torn down and with it, the end of an era. The rows of pillar speakers are now replaced by fast food restaurants and a supermarket; the sound of crickets exchanged for “Can I take your order please?” Innocence replaced with cell phones, video games, and the internet.

I don’t return to my hometown much anymore. When I do, it’s generally to attend a wedding or funeral. Most who would remember the old Outdoor have died or moved. The current generation doesn’t have a clue and many don’t much care. For me, it feels like yesterday. I still see the silhouette of the screen in my mind. As I close my eyes, I hear children’s laughter. The smell of popcorn still lingers in my nostrils. Tears well in my eyes as I remember the simplicity that doesn’t feel so long ago. Ah, the yesteryears of our youth.

I’d love to hear your favorite drive-in story.

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The 7:00 AM voicemail I received from my doctor’s office in 2013 scared the hell out of me and saved my life. I’ve never been one to go to the doctor for yearly checkups. Frankly, I was afraid of the medical system, but I had made the decision to empower myself and get a routine physical and mammogram. After my initial physical everything seemed fine. My doctor had ordered routine blood tests. They couldn’t do the blood draw that day because I hadn’t fasted. I hate needles and had an upcoming trip to Peru scheduled so I figured I’d do the blood draw after our pilgrimage. Wanting to follow through with my health promise, I completed my blood work upon my return. It was the following morning that I received the infamous 7:00 AM voicemail from the endocrinologist’s office. The voice in the message felt cold and uncaring. My anxiety was high and I was scared.

The tests revealed that I had (over-active) hyperthyroidism. Also, my cholesterol was high and my blood sugar was on the verge of type 2 diabetes. I was overweight and had become a diabesity (term used for an individual with or on the verge of diabetes and obese) statistic.

My doctor wanted to put me on a prescription that would help my thyroid, but I was told the medication would eventually burn it out, thus giving me a new diagnosis of hypothyroidism for the rest of my life. I was also supposed to undergo a procedure where dye would be pumped into my thyroid to see what was going on. I was told to lower my sugar intake, eat a healthier diet and exercise more. I was then told that we would deal with my diabetes when I got it.

What? It was in that moment that something deep inside of me took over. I felt like the Grinch whose heart grew two sizes larger except in my case I grew a set of proverbial balls. I said, “Why would I take something that will blow out my thyroid?” and “Do you realize you just diagnosed me with a chronic condition that I don’t even have?” I told my primary doctor and the endocrinologist that I was going to consult with a naturopathic doctor and that I would get better without such harsh treatment. Long story short, I spent the next 1.5 years learning how to take care of myself. I think the whole clinic heard me shouting when I received a clean bill of health. What surprised me was that my doctor scratched her head at my recovery, but not once did she say, “What did you do to get healthy?” For the record, I believe there is a place for Western medicine, but I also believe too many of us rely on pills instead of doing the work to truly heal ourselves from the inside out.

It was during my wellness journey that I learned what inflammation and autoimmune disorders were. Years of stress, improper diet, and lack of exercise were all contributing factors.

What is inflammation? It’s much more than a swollen ankle or pimple or anything else that can be cured with ice or over-the-counter medication. For many of us there’s another kind of inflammation that’s wreaking havoc throughout our entire body. According to Women’s Health Magazine, chronic inflammation is a slow, silent disturbance that never shuts off you can find out more. You can’t feel it. You can’t be tested for it. Yet it has become a medical hot topic.

”More and more research shows that chronic inflammation is involved in heavy-hitting illnesses” says integrative medicine specialist Frank Lipman, M.D., director of the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City, “It’s an underlying cause for many, many diseases.” cialis generico italiano

Inflammation may be the root cause of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, depression, allergies, and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. Think of it this way: your immune system’s job is to be the first line of defense against any kind of harm. Armies of white blood cells attack to destroy infections such as viruses or bacteria. With inflammation, misguided white blood cells deploy as if you were sick, but with no infection they hang around in your body for a long time. This type of faulty-signal activity can begin damaging your internal organs. These white blood cells needlessly attack healthy cells. Basically, our body begins an assault on itself.

Top Triggers of Inflammation

  • Overweight/Obesity-When we gain weight our fat cells enlarge. Our body gets confused by the added stress and sends out a signal to the immune system that may cause white blood cells to attack the fat cells. What’s more disturbing is that unneeded white blood cells may start leaking into the bloodstream, eventually aggravating the liver. A high-sugar, high-trans-fat, high-processed-carb, GMO, pesticide filled diet is a main contributor. generic viagra faq

 

  • Living an Overstressed Life-Chronic busyness, trying to make ends meet financially, grief, changing jobs, divorce, death, and every day expectations of life leave many individuals feeling stressed, anxious, and depressed. The same parts of our brain that sense pain are also activated by social stress according to George Slavich, Ph.D, a researcher in psychoneuroimmunology at the University of California at Los Angeles.

 

  • Toxins in our Environment– Our world is overloaded with toxins including: smog, pesticides, chemicals used to make clothing, carpets, vehicles, cigarettes, alcohol, etc. It is almost impossible to become toxin free.

 

The Link Between Inflammation and Autoimmune Disease

What is an autoimmune disorder? According to WebMD, immune system disorders cause abnormally low activity or over activity of the immune system. In cases of immune system over activity, the body attacks and damages its own tissues (autoimmune diseases). Immune deficiency diseases decrease the body’s ability to fight invaders, causing vulnerability to infections. Below is a list of autoimmune disorders. This list was shocking to me when I first learned about it.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Systemic Lupus
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type 1 Diabetes
  • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Grave’s Disease (Hyperthyroidism) buy online viagra india
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism)
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Vasculitis
  • Fibromyalgia

 

As we age, we too often, believe that joint pain, arthritis, stomach upset, diabetes, and obesity are simply a part of the aging process. This does not have to be the case. It’s time for us as a society to start advocating for our health. It’s also about understanding how our bodies work and that we have the capacity to heal ourselves.

Eight Tips for a Healthier Immune System and Digestive Tract

  1. Eat Omega-3 Fats-These are great for your heart and nervous system and are labeled the “good” fats. These can be found in salmon, sardines, chia seeds, and flax seeds. I take a liquid fish oil every morning to insure I get enough of this precious oil. Studies have shown an increase in memory and focus as an added bonus.
  2. Eat Fruits and Veggies-This is a no-brainer, folks. We all know this and yet, it’s this food group that is usually neglected. Eat the rainbow, meaning you should eat a variety of food including: strawberries, squash, lemons, kale, blueberries, plums and eggplant. Eat foods that are in season. Not only does the food taste better, but it’s more cost effective. There are thousands of amazing vegetable and fruit recipes on the web. Whip up a fruit smoothie in the blender. Throw in some spinach leaves. You won’t taste the spinach, but you will feel like you’re drinking a sweet treat. Eat organic as much as possible. Healthy food can taste good.
  3. Grains & Carbs-Listen to your body as far as carbohydrates go. Some do well, others not so much. If you decide to eat carbs choose wisely. Grains such as quinoa, buckwheat groats, oats, and gluten free options are the best. Stay away from refine processed foods.
  4. Enjoy Your Food-We live in a world of all or nothing. Try to follow the 80/20 rule. Make healthier choices 80% of the time and you’ll be on your way to feeling more vibrant and having more energy within a few weeks.
  5. Move Your Body-I hesitate to use the word exercise because I’d like you to think about movement as a way of life and not something that you have to do. What excites you? Get out and walk, dance, ride a bike, practice yoga, garden, etc. Exercise can be moderate. The old days of the “no pain, no gain” motto doesn’t have to be the case. New research is showing that walking longer at a more moderate pace is just as beneficial if not more beneficial than speed walking for shorter periods.
  6. Stabilize Your Mood-Lowering stress and anxiety can lessen inflammation. Choose what works for you. Whether you seek Western medical treatment, take the more natural path or a do a combination of both, all have the potential to help. Take time for yourself and learn how to say “no.” Realize you will never get it all done, so do what you can and know the rest can wait for another day. Laughter is one of the best ways to boost your immune system. It’s easy and free.
  7. Believe in Yourself-Nothing is more powerful than believing in you. It’s important to eat healthy, move your body, establish a plan with your doctor, and lower your stress, but when you believe you can feel better, the healing process speeds up ten-fold. Dr. Joe Dispenza recently released a book titled You Are the Placebo where he gives many examples of evidence-based research outlining the power our thoughts have over our ability to heal. Seriously powerful stuff and it’s nice to give the brain something to chew on while the body does its work. effets cialis 5mg
  8. Have Patience-It takes time to make lasting changes in our lives. We are creatures of habit. Start with one small change. Don’t deprive yourself. Instead, begin by adding something in whether it be a new food, movement, short meditation, etc. Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what works for you. Don’t believe everything you read or hear. Listen to your gut and then give something new a road test. Remember there is no such thing as perfection or failure. If we never try anything new, we’ll never find out what we like and dislike.

 

You don’t have to settle with achy joints, a rumbling gut, diabetes, obesity or any other chronic illness as your lot in life because you’re getting older. You have the capacity to feel better during the second half of your life than you did in the first half. Do your research, stay curious, and advocate for yourself. You’re worth it. what age do you have to be to get viagra

What small change can you commit to this week? Leave a comment. I’d love to hear from you.

Have a Boomin’ week.

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“What you think of me is none of my business.” Terry Cole-Whittaker

This is one of my favorite sayings.

Take a minute to really think about this statement.

Remember a time in your life when you remained upset about something somebody said or did to you. How long did you hold on to it? How much emotion did you give it? How did it affect your day?

Here’s a reality check. A person who “wrongs” us in some way generally holds on to what they do, say, or think for 30 seconds. That’s it. In the meantime we sometimes put ourselves in a funk for hours, days, and sometimes years.

The bottom line is that each of us is entitled to our opinions and/or beliefs. We don’t need to carry all the negative baggage with us. It ages us, makes us bitter, and increases stress. It’s not worth it.

“They’re not worth it, but you are.”

Exercise:

1. Spend the next 24 hours consciously aware when you get hooked or triggered by someone else’s thoughts or comments; perceived or otherwise.

2. When you feel triggered repeat to yourself, “What you think of me is none of my business.”

3. Breathe

4. Smile

5. Repeat this exercise whenever you get triggered.

How do you feel?

We’re all in this together. Leave a comment. If you know someone who can benefit from this exercise, Like, Share, and pass it on.

Have a Boomin’ “it’s none of my business” kinda day!

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We live in a world where “busy” is the new buzz word to answer the simple question, “How are you?”

Rarely do I ever hear, “I’m doing great.”

Mostly, what I hear is “I’m busy” or “I’m tired.”

Our society has created a condition where rest is almost looked upon as laziness. It’s important that you take time to do something special for yourself. Self-care shouldn’t be a privilege, or something you do when everything else is done, but a way of life.

This week choose one thing you can do for yourself. This can be as simple as drinking enough fluid throughout the day, taking a ten minute walk, sitting quietly in meditation, going to bed earlier, etc. Be conscious about what you choose to do. Honor your “me” time and note how you feel when you truly plug into your needs.

What is your commitment to yourself this week? How did it go?

Please leave me a comment. I enjoy hearing self-care stories.

You are worth it!

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I didn’t think sleep was all that important in my own life. Six years of pushing myself to the limit and burning the candle at both ends ended with a 7 a.m. phone call from the doctor’s office telling me I had hyperthyroidism, my blood sugar levels were on the verge of a type 2 diabetes diagnosis, my cholesterol levels were high, and I was a walking ball of inflammation due to a severely weakened immune system. I spent the next one and half years repairing my body, which meant putting most everything in my life on hold. The number one prescription from both my Endocrinologist and Holistic Doctor was rest. Through trial and error I discovered a “sleep ritual” that works.

When it comes to good health, too often we minimize the effect sleep or lack of sleep has on our mind and body. For many, sleep is the area of our life that gets robbed the most. Somehow we think that if we spend a few more hours “getting things done” we will be more productive. Nothing is further from the truth.

I cannot tell you how many times I’d forced myself to finish a project at the end of the day when I was exhausted. Most of the time I would end up cranky and the project would take way longer to do than it should have. I wasn’t working to my full potential which would left me feeling guilty or frustrated, and then once I finally dragged my tired butt to bed, I couldn’t sleep because I was thinking about what didn’t get done AND what I had to do the next day. Ugh! Sound familiar?

Guess what…Not a good idea on so many levels.

On the other hand, have you ever actually gone to bed when you were tired and left the project for the next morning to find you finished it in no time and felt crazy inspired and proud of yourself when you were finished? You’d think these little bouts of productivity and energy would be enough for us to know how important sleep is, right? Yeah, right. Mostly, we tell ourselves and everybody else how busy we are.

Not getting enough sleep is like trying to drive your car on an empty tank. I suppose you could try to push it to make it go, but that would be exhausting and I can’t imagine you’d get very far.

Here are a few examples of what sleep deprivation does to our body.

  • Immune System-Our body produces protective cytokines and infection-fighting antibodies which fights off viruses and bacteria to keep our immune system strong. If this is weak, you run the risk of getting sick or your body can take longer to recover.
  • Respiratory System-If your immune system is weakened, you’re more vulnerable to respiratory issues such as colds, the flu, or more chronic illnesses.
  • Digestive System-According to Harvard Medical School, studies have shown a link between lack of sleep and weight gain. This factor in addition to poor nutrition and lack of exercise can lead to obesity. If you don’t get enough sleep, cortisol (a stress hormone) increases while lowering leptin (a hormone that tells your brain you’ve had enough to eat). Insulin levels go up after eating which promotes fat storage and increases the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

 

  • Cardiovascular System-Blood vessels and the heart are repaired while you sleep. Sleep deprivation can lead to chronic health problems such as heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.

 

“Develop A Sleep Ritual”

  1. Surround yourself with items that feel good to you. For example, I have my favorite books, crystals, divination cards, and other trinkets on my nightstand. I even take these items with me when I travel. It’s comforting and grounding. What is important to you?
  1. Set a bedtime and stick to it. It’s important for your body to have stability. Don’t strive for perfection, but do honor this as much as possible.

 

  1. Start winding down at least an hour before you want to go to sleep. I enjoy reading before I go to bed. What helps you relax? Try to stay away from your computer, phone, or T.V. as studies are showing that the blue light that is emitted from these electronic devices can actually keep you awake. My five kids and hubby are trained. Unless they are bleeding or dying, whatever they need can wait until the following day.
  1. Dim lights in the evening. Think about how your ancestors lived. Most were up at sunrise and went to bed at sundown. If they did need light they used lanterns or candles. Change some of the light bulbs in your house to a lower wattage or use candles. Model lighting like nature. Can you imagine seeing little lights on in the trees where all the birds and squirrels live? Probably not. J
  1. Don’t eat anything heavy at least an hour or two before bedtime. The body works hard to digest all the food which makes it more difficult to sleep. Some studies have shown that a light healthy snack may be beneficial. Choose wisely.
  1. Spend a few minutes connecting to your breath. Lay on your back in a comfortable position omeprazole 20 mg. Breathe in through your nose to the count of five filling your belly. Breathe out through your mouth feeling your belly emptying to the count of six. This simple exercise will tell your nervous system to slow down. I’ve tried many breathing exercises and this one really works. Start with five minutes a night and work up to 15 minutes.
  1. Spend a few minutes giving yourself self-love. Talk to yourself. Remind yourself how amazing you are. Now is the time to pat yourself on the back for all that you are. I know this feels selfish sometimes. Believe me, it’s not. You are worth it.
  1. Finally, spend the last five minutes before you go to sleep thinking about all the things you’re grateful for. This may be the most important part of your sleep ritual as you will carry this information into your dreams. Even the tough days bring gratefulness. It could be a roof over your head, food to eat, a friend, family, pet, or just the fact that you are Be open to all possibilities. I usually fall asleep listing all the things I’m grateful for.

Take the time to get the rest you need. Trust me, in the long run you will have more time for all the things you enjoy in life. Please like and share if this information has been helpful. Leave a comment. What works for you? Let’s spread the word and create a beautiful world of perfect slumber.

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