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What Is The Root Cause Of Disease?

If we were to put a bunch of doctors and scientists in a large conference room and asked this question, the room could turn into a chaotic debate. For years upon years, these high-minded individuals have been creating theories on the root causes of diseases.

Now, I am not a doctor or a scientist, but as a wellness coach and personal trainer, I do keep abreast of information and education regarding diseases and how to defend ourselves against them.

How do we determine the root cause of disease?

After all, there are a plethora of diseases. How can one single root be the cause of so many diseases?

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Hepatitis
  • and many more

But there is a root cause that can lead to any of these diseases. The root cause is…

Lifestyle Choices

It does really come down to how each and every one of us live our lives. It started before you were even born with the lifestyle choices of your parents.

How your parents treated their bodies… how they ate, exercised, and the conditions they lived in can directly effect your abilities to defend against diseases.

Since we have no control over the lifestyle choices of our parents, it is important that once we reach an age of accountability, we take a close look at our lifestyle choices to determine if they could cause major medical issues in the future.

Intervention For Your Health

In my opinion, it is the responsibility of each of us who know the truth to gently and professionally intervene when we see our friends, family and even strangers living an unhealthy lifestyle.

Intervention can be in the form of:

  • Nutritional counseling
  • Physical training
  • Stress management
  • Etc…

But, intervention must be form someone who consistently lives the lifestyle they are promoting.

After all, it would be like a person who smokes cigarettes telling a person that smokes cigars that it is bad for their health.

So, before intervening in another person’s lifestyle, you should first review your own.

Toxins

So essentially, diseases are formed from improper lifestyle choices. But some of those choices are impossible to completely change.

I speak of being in positions of toxic intake.

  • Pollution
  • Employment where others are sickly
  • Toxins in water and food
  • Etc…

Some experts believe the underlying root of disease are germs. While germs are a factor, we will always have them and our bodies were designed to fight off those germs.

But toxic substances like mentioned in the bullet points were not a part of the germ warfare battle. Our bodies were not prepared to fight the man-made toxins we find on Mother Earth.

So, you should try to take every precaution possible to help your body not ingest as many toxins. This can be accomplished by wearing masks, staying clear of highly toxic areas, etc…

It also means be completely aware of the foods and drinks you are ingesting. Read labels and learn what is good for you and what isn’t.

Inflammation

I have great respect for Dr. Axe and I consulted his website to see his thoughts on this important subject.

I found this article, and wanted to add my input. The first paragraph says a lot:

Dr. Tanya Edwards, director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, writes that inflammation is now recognized as the “underlying basis of a significant number of diseases.”

Had you ever considered that inflammation is the cause of disease?

I was always of the opinion that inflammation was a symptom of the disease.

But that article points out some interesting information.

Our bodies were designed to fight off harmful bacteria and germs. This is done using inflammation. So, inflammation can be a good thing. It let’s our brain know that we must give certain areas of our bodies the attention it desperately needs.

So how does inflammation become a cause of disease?

The body and the inflammation feature of it were designed to withstand just a “certain” amount of toxins.

Humankind has overdone it!

The foods we eat, liquids we drink, air we breathe and company we keep are taking our toxin levels to astronomical levels.

Our immune systems go into overdrive and inflammation is released to defend against everything coming in. But, what happens is what they call in the military, “friendly fire.”

Inflammation takes over when the area is actually healthy. It causes cellular breakdown and the inflammation can actually allow entrance of a disease.

While there is no actual evidence yet, it is guaranteed that scientists are looking at the similarities to an overactive immune system and cancer.

The Positive Side

I did not start this post with the intent of it sounding like a lose/lose situation.

There is a way to win this battle!

It all comes back to lifestyle… Follow these tips, and you will win…

  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods like Acai, Nuts and Seeds, and green foods.
  • Stay clear of processed and fast foods.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get proper sleep.

And, I should add… You need support!

As a health and wellness fanatic, I have dreams of helping the world lose weight, have less stress and live longer lives. I coach people and have witnessed some amazing feats.

Don’t go it alone… I can help.

Where do you need the help? Click here to see all I can support you with.

Until…

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Five Ways To Promote A Longer, Healthier Life

With Billions of people in the world, and many health and wellness conditions – that range from serious health issues such as Heart disease to Diabetes, to Obesity and Depression, and all in – between, (not that any of these conditions are in specifics of a particular order of greater importance to another), a number of questions come to mind…

  • Was the person born with this condition
  • What preventions could be taken
  • Can the person still participate in a happy, healthy lifestyle

#1.THE APPLE A DAY THEORY

An apple a day keeps the Doctor away, we have all heard the expression, but have we really “thought” about its true meaning? This (so-called) 150-year-old nursery rhyme is actually a benefit for the populous of tested 50-year old’s and older given in 2013, in the UK. The results concluded that “An apple a day” would retard or even add postponement to Vascular deaths, heart attacks, and strokes.

#2. THE BENEFITS OF EXERCISE

If you are suffering from any of these conditions, you may want to consider the benefits that exercise can offer:

  • Loss of sexual drive
  • Depression and anxiety
  • ADHD
  • PTSD
  • Physical well being

The benefits are many, for such a small price as 20 minutes a day, even a 15-20-minute walk twice a day will make a great difference in your health.

Other benefits from exercise include:

  • Improving your balance
  • Can help in the manageability of Osteoporosis, Diabetes, as well as Heart disease
  • Physical strength
  • Over all being

When beginning a daily routine of exercise, it is highly recommended to consult with your physician if you have been diagnosed with a health condition prior, as to exactly what is safe to participate in.

Keep in mind that exercise does not have to consist of a gym membership, massive amounts of military push-up’s, or swimming laps in a pool. With agreement from your Dr. if needed, you can start slowly and build, using such exercises techniques as:

  • Sit -ups (10 to begin)
  • Push-ups (5 to begin)
  • Crunches (5 to begin)

These reps can be done as you awake in the morning, and prior to bedtime for results. As your strength builds, add a few more as you continue onward.

#3. Healthy Eating

Foods that are healthy for us play a large role in the significance of warding off sickness, health issues, as well as depression.

When we consider healthy habits of eating, we recognize, as well as remember, the pyramid food group we learned of as children:

  • Grains
  • Proteins/Meat
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Dairy

As we reach adulthood, some things may have changed, such as being lactose intolerant (dairy), or in some cases of diabetes, certain fruits may contain too much sugar (even though it is natural).

There is now a high percentage of vegetarians as well as veganism, which would make some of the pyramid useless as well.

The truth of the matter is this, one cannot live on potato chips alone! Your body craves good wholesome foods, treat it properly, it’s the only one you have.

#4. STRESS

There are a number of unhealthy dangers to that pertain to stress, and chronic stress can possibly bring one’s demise. Levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), that become heightened have proven to cause memory loss, lack of learning ability, interfere with the immune system, raise blood pressure and trigger heart disease.

The only way to ward stress off is learning to control it prior to its controlling of you. The first major questions to ask yourself are: what is the contributing factor to your stress, are there more than one, when did this stress begin, and what can I do to make my stress stop.

In acknowledging that there are stressful situations (small or large) is a huge step in your journey to become stress free.

Here are some more suggestions:

  • Meditation prior to the beginning of your day
  • Exercise
  • Learning breathing techniques to slow heart rate

#5. Find your happy place

Sounds simplistic, doesn’t it? But statistics prove that finding, or (creating) your happy place in life will promote a euphoria that assists in one’s overall well-being. Finding things that calm you after a hard day, or, in dealing with life’s expectations, can add years to your life. Something positive to think about, visiting a place or person who always brings out the best in you are a few examples to finding your happy place.

Conclusion

When taking care of ourselves, it consists of more then taking care of the body alone. We must take care of the mind and the over-all, well-being of ourselves as well. In doing this, we must learn to take control of our own livelihood, such as healthy food intake habits, learning to live in a productive, stress free environment that we create for ourselves, and, knowing of the importance of exercise and its benefits. Furthermore, knowing, as well as wanting, to find happiness in our life, is the beginning to living a healthy life.

References:

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Retrieved from http://sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131217210549.htm

7 Methods To Beat Procrastination

It happens to all of us… Procrastination.

Am I procrastinating in writing this post because the Carly Simon song Anticipation keeps coming to my head. And how easy it would be to replace anticipation with procrastination:

Anticipation or Procrastination
Is making me late
Is keeping me waiting

Okay, time to push Carly out of my head and write this post.

We procrastinate over the things that we fear normally. We procrastinate over change. And losing weight and living a healthy life are huge areas of procrastination.

So let me help you; here are 7 methods to beat procrastination.

#1: Beat Procrastination By Breaking It Down Into Bite Size Pieces

What often happens is, we take on one huge task and we feel overwhelmed. We put it off because it seems like a mountain. But if we break that mountain down into small hills, we can manage to defeat each hill and before we know it, we are on the top of Mount Everest.

So you know you need to lose 30 pounds in 1 month.

Wow, that’s a lot. I think I will have a cupcake and procrastinate on that.

No! Don’t!

Let’s break it down… It’s simple.

You can discard 1 pound every day, starting with the cupcake. Get out and exercise daily and change your diet. 1 pound per day is easy.

You CAN do it!

#2: Beat Procrastination By Focusing On One Important Task

Another cause of overwhelming sensations is having too much on your plate (yes, that helps you not lose weight too).

No matter where your procrastination lies, you need to pick one task at a time and carry through with it until completed. Then you start the next task.

If you are trying to multitask, you will overwhelm yourself and procrastination will sneak in.

Remember, you need to prioritize. Putting off one task to complete another is not procrastinating, it is being wise with time management.

#3: Beat Procrastination By Knowing Why You Are Procrastinating

Procrastination normally comes upon us for 1 of 4 reasons:

  1. Our skill sets: We say yes to doing and then we realize we don’t have the proper skills or talents. We are scared we will get it wrong. The way to overcome this is by reading or finding someone who does have the skills and allowing them to mentor us.
  2. The task seems unpleasant: Throughout life, there are some things we have to do we will not like. The best way to handle this is not by procrastinating but by following the Nike plan… Just Do It!
  3. Overwhelmed: It seems like too much! Beat it by asking for help.
  4. Being disorganized: The best way to overcome this procrastination reason is by planning and using to-do lists.

#4: Beat Procrastination By Not Beating Yourself Up

Okay, so you have discovered you have been procrastinating. Is dwelling on it going to fix the problem?

We all have procrastinated!

The people who are able to move past it and forgive themselves are the people who have success.

#5: Beat Procrastination By Finding The Best Environment

Sometimes we put ourselves in the wrong place to achieve what we want to get done.

So you are trying to do your exercises but the kids are playing X-Box and your husband is watching television.

The distractions can pull you out of the exercise “zone.”

Maybe you should find a quieter place in the house where you can be free to exercise while the family is doing “their thing.”

#6: Beat Procrastination With Positive Affirmations

Believe me, it is hard to procrastinate when everything around you is positive.

Start your day with a positive affirmation:

  • I feel great today!
  • It is going to be a great day!
  • Nothing will beat me today!
  • Etc…

Go through your day speaking positive affirmations every 1-2 hours. I bet you won’t procrastinate!

#7: Beat Procrastination With An Accountability Partner

This is a great way to stop procrastination in its tracks. Find a person you trust and who will hold you accountable. Tell that person your goals and how you plan to meet them. Ask them to hold you accountable.

Be it a phone call, text message or visit in person, you will feel embarrassed if you procrastinate and your accountability partner discovers it.

Conclusion

You know, this post made me forget about the Carly Simon song and suddenly have this song by American Authors in my brain… Best Day Of My Life

I had a dream so big and loud
I jumped so high I touched the clouds

I stretched my hands out to the sky
We danced with monsters through the night

I’m never gonna look back
Woah, never gonna give it up
No, please don’t wake me now

This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife
This is gonna be the best day of my life
My li-i-i-i-i-ife

Yea, it’s going to be a great day.

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Thanks and have a marvelous day!

11 Tips To Overcome Unhealthy Food Cravings

You want to be consistent with your diet but those darn cravings…

Willpower is what many people say, but would it really be that bad if I just ate that small chocolate chip cookie, piece of cherry pie or sip on a glass of cola?

Stop already!

You are giving those unhealthy cravings power.

You can overcome! And I am going to give you 11 tips how to battle against those unhealthy food cravings.

Yes, willpower is important, but understanding why you are getting those cravings can also help you overcome them.

Use these tips and watch the unhealthy cravings die.

Overcome Tip #1: Don’t Skip Meals and Eat Real Food

At each and every meal, eat foods high in fat and protein. Make sure you are satisfied. And keep items such as nuts and seeds with you to eat if you feel any type of craving coming on.

What you will discover is that you will start craving what you eat. Studies have shown that as a person eats healthy items, their cravings change to healthy ones.

Overcome Tip #2: Destroy The Bad

Some people may tell you to go through your cupboards and throw away anything that could be considered unhealthy.

I want to take it one step further.

Destroy it!

Drench the cookies in water. Melt that sugar filled ice cream.

Do you understand why?

Yes, you could just throw it in the trash but by destroying it, you are building confidence in yourself. You are taking power from the unhealthy craving and putting the power into your well being.

Overcome Tip #3: Distract The Mindset

I will not tell you that unhealthy cravings will just magically go away. But when you recognize that craving is “peeking from the closet,” distract it. A great way to distract an unhealthy craving is by drinking a full glass of water.

It works!

Overcome Tip #4: Fight Stress

Stress is a leading factor for humans giving in to unhealthy cravings.

So you need to fight the stress.

What is stressing you? Find ways to fight that stress:

  • Meditate
  • Yoga
  • Connect with your supportive friends
  • Laugh more
  • Cut down on caffeine
  • Etc…

Overcome Tip #5: Sleep Properly

Improper sleep can lead to giving in to unhealthy cravings. You should try to go to bed and arise at the same time every day. Also, make sure you have a comfortable mattress and pillow. Make sure your bedroom is optimal for good sleep (low light and noise).

Overcome Tip #6: Eliminate All Sugars

This is the most difficult but also will be the most satisfying. Everything that has refined sugars, sodas, fruit juices, and artificial sweeteners must be eliminated.

You may ask why the artificial sweeteners…

Because they will just fuel an addiction to sweetened items.

Overcome Tip #7: Take A Nap

Fatigue can play a role in unhealthy cravings. If you feel that craving coming on while you also feel slightly tired, simply take a short nap. The odds are good that when you awaken you won’t have the craving and you will feel energized.

Overcome Tip #8: Don’t Go Shopping Hungry

You really should know by now how shopping hungry is bad, but I must state it again.

If you are trying to defeat unhealthy cravings, shopping hungry is like asking a newly recovering alcoholic to go into the bar with a $20 bill and telling them they should drink something good for them.

Good luck with that!

Make sure and eat a protein filled meal before you go shopping and you will be better prepared to skip the unhealthy food items.

Overcome Tip #9: Craving – Exercise

Whenever a craving comes upon you, make a choice to overcome it with exercise:

  • Walk
  • Jog
  • Crunches
  • Bicycle
  • Etc…

Just turn the craving into the time to exercise.

Overcome Tip #10: Brush Your Teeth

Both the fresh feeling and the fact you won’t want to damage your newly brushed teeth can be a huge way to overcome unhealthy cravings.

If you feel a craving coming on, brush it away.

Overcome Tip #11: Supplement The Cravings Away

Certain supplements can knock unhealthy cravings for a loop. Vitamin D and Omega 3s are great supplements to erase unhealthy cravings.

I highly recommend the Deep Ocean Krill Oil.

Conclusion

So what are you craving?

If it is a healthy craving, go for it!

If it is unhealthy, follow the tips and you will overcome.

I have faith in you.

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It Doesn’t Take Motivation To Exercise

You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” Michael Phelps

Try as hard as I might, I do not have the power to motivate you to exercise.

I wish I did…

But the fact is, you have to motivate yourself. Actually, you don’t need motivation, you need to develop it as a natural routine, like brushing your teeth.

I know it can be difficult at times. There is always an excuse not to exercise, so you have to look close at the benefits.

In this post, I am going to share some great motivational techniques to help you exercise.

Tricks When Motivation Is Running Low

If you rely on motivation you can never have a life of exercise. Motivation wears thin but firewall yourself from excuses

But these tricks can get you through rough patches…

Keep Your Exercise Gear In Plain Sight

If you crawl out of bed and see your running shoes and workout clothing as well as other exercise gear staring you in the face, you are more apt to (as Nike says) Just Do It!

As a busy entrepreneur myself, I know how easy it is to have our minds on other tasks. But the visual reminder to exercise will bring us back to reality.

Keep A Journal About Your Exercise Routines

It seems that when we write down our experiences and progress, we are compelled to keep the “book” going.

And who knows, maybe it can be a published book in the future.

A Written Commitment

There have been studies that show when a person signs a commitment to follow through on something (in front of friends), they are more inclined to carry through with that commitment.

If you really want to drive yourself even harder, have a penalty such as you give $5 for every exercise session you miss.

That seems too light; make it a $20 penalty.

A Dedicated Partner

It always helps to find a person who has similar exercise goals. When 1 person is feeling a lack of motivation, the other person can push them into the groove.

Set a time and a place and you will soon discover that your motivating factor also includes not letting your friend down.

Music

Get that great workout music playlist and set your ipod up for that daily exercise routine. The right music can have you wanting to keep exercising even when you should be getting ready to go to the office.

Try This App

I have never used it myself but there are people who swear by the app Zombies, Run. It is a game that forces you to exercise to escape the zombies and fulfill missions.

You know, after looking at this crazy app, I may have to give it a try. You can too; just click here.

A Time Machine

While technology has made life easier in many ways, it has also made the world obese in a whole lot of ways.

People don’t realize that just by turning off some of the devices or not using them, we will be exercising.

  • Rake the leaves with an old fashioned rake.
  • Vacuum the floor with the Kirby instead of letting that little robot do it.
  • Open the garage door by hand.
  • Get off the couch to turn the television channel.
  • Etc…

Just consider what is keeping you from moving and stop using it.

Make An Exercise Plan

I know that for the majority of us, we live by a plan book daily. So it only makes sense to plan your exercise and fit it into all your other plans.

Hire A Personal Trainer

Sometimes we just need a coach… a trainer to push us down the right direction. Just having that person giving us that nudge will do wonders.

By the way, I do train. So if this is the motivation you need, just contact me and I will help you get in the workout routine.

Conclusion

I hope this post helped “fire you up”. I know it pumped me up, so I think I will go for a jog. What are your exercise plans?

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Discipline is choosing between what you want now and what you want most