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Fight Fibromyalgia With A Total Lifestyle Change! It really is that easy!!

Two Years ago, it was hard for me to get out of bed every morning! The thought of exercising, doing lunges, and even lifting any sort of weights scared me to death. Walking was about the only thing I could tolerate! In 2011 I was diagnosed for a second time with Fibromyalgia! I went through the medications, the shots, the therapy, you name it and nothing seemed to help. Then one day I said enough and decided it was time for a lifestyle change.

I began exercising following a guided program, eating clean and healthy following specific meal plans, I was feeling better and a bit stronger but I still had a substantial amount of flare ups!! After 1 month I began drinking Shakeology and really started to feel the difference. After 60 days of drinking this amazing super food I went to my doctor and told her how amazing I felt.  Full blood work panel was done and there was no sign of any autoimmune disease! In fact my results were beyond fantastic!!!

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I do not say I cured Fibromyalgia, nooo!!! Not at all!!! However I do believe that our life style, environment, and our eating habits play a vital role in how we feel and why this disease is so complicated!!! We have to take responsibility for what we put into and on our body and stop looking for quick fixes!!

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, tender joints and chronic fatigue. Fibromyalgia can be mild or severe, sporadic or chronic and has no known cure. Medications are available to reduce the pain of Fibromyalgia, but do not eliminate the pain completely. In addition, these medications often have side effects. One particular side effect being the havoc they wreak on the intestinal tract, causing an overgrowth of Candida which may lead to “leaky gut syndrome.” Not only did I have Leaky Gut, but a host of gastrological issues!! Doctors don’t know what causes fibromyalgia, but it most likely involves a variety of factors working together.

Lifestyle changes are the key when living with Fibromyalgia in order to identify triggers and control or dissipate the symptoms. Those living with the most chronic and debilitating type of Fibromyalgia can almost always alleviate the two most severe symptoms – chronic pain and fatigue – by adopting lifestyle changes with or without the use of medication.   Nutrition, sleep, exercise, and stress management can make a huge impact on pain management and quality of life.


Nutrition is one of the most  important in obtaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle. For those who live with Fibromyalgia, a healthy diet is vital. Nutrition is more than just eating your fruits and veggies. Nutrition also refers to the avoidance of highly-processed foods. Unfortunately Scientific research is limited on the relationship between nutrition/diet and Fibromyalgia; many cases show that people experience a decrease in symptoms when highly processed food, caffeine, alcohol, red meat, refined sugar and fried food are removed from their diet. This is how I have conquered it!

Several foods should be avoided when trying to reduce Fibromyalgia symptoms and these are based on my own experience, but the research is out there to validate. These food categories include:

  • High fat dairy food
  • Refined (white) sugars
  • White flour
  • Fried foods
  • Preservatives and additives
  • High-fructose corn syrup
  • Junk food High salt foods
  • Red meat Meats preserved by being smoked cured or nitrate cured, such as lunch meats
  • Coffee and caffeine
  • Sodas and carbonated beverages
  • Aspartame and all other artificial sweeteners
  • MSG (monosodium glutamate)

Fitness is another key component to reducing the symptoms of Fibromyalgia! No it is not easy at first but eventually over time you get stronger, the pain goes away, and it does get easier. Stretching, yoga, and Myofacial release are all important routines to incorporate into any Fitness program for someone suffering with Fibromyalgia!

Exercise helps break the chronic pain cycle of FIbromyalgia.  When I don’t exercise even something as simple as walking I have Fibro Flare ups.  Getting that oxygen to my muscles, tendons, and brain always helps with my symptoms.

You can’t just jump into something so do your research, higher a good quality personal trainers, and most important talk to your medical team.

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Here is a great article for research!!
https://www.fmcpaware.org/exercise/strength-training-for-the-person-with-fibromyalgia.html


A Toxic Environment is another avenue that is so important to focus on when you have Fibromyalgia!! This is important one that gets over looked often so please don’t dismiss this!! There is so much information out there so please do your own research. I can only share what I know and what I have experienced on my wellness journey!!

According to the National Institute of Occupation Safety and Health.  There are 2983 ingredients in our cleaning products at home.

  • 884 are toxic ingredients
  • 314 cause biological mutations
  • 218 cause reproductive problems
  • 778 are toxic to the human body
  • 146 are known to cause cancerous tumors but still allowed in the US even though they are banned in other countries
  • 376 cause eye and skin irritation

 26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body

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The top 10 most dangerous chemicals in our home are in:

  • Air Fresheners, Candles, Laundry Soap/Fabric Softener/Dryer Sheets
    • All-Purpose Cleaner/Furniture Polishes/Window Cleaners
    • Shower/Tub/Sink/Toilet Cleaners
    • Bleach/Dish Soap/Dish Washer Detergent
    • Drain and Oven Cleaners

(Courtesy of United States Environmental Protection Agency)

What Happens When Your Body Is Chemically Overloaded?

You may see something as catastrophic as cancer, but most of us feel it in a different way like:

  • Lethargy and inability to focus/Headaches/Respiratory conditions
  • Sleep trouble/Hormone issues/Skin issues
  • Chronic inflammation & pain like fibromyalgia
  • Stress, anxiety and fear

    All are Symptoms of Fibromyaligia

If you face any of these issues, it’s time to do something about it.  You can’t control what happens in the world, but you can control what happens in your home.


As an online Mindsest and wellnes Coach I work with people everyday that are going back to the basics! With whole natural foods and products that are not saturated with toxic chemicals and additives!!  Lives are being changed, my life was changed, and yours can to!!

Medicine doesn’t always work and it is not the end all be all! Doctors Don’t know what causes it that is why there is such a hodge podge of information out there that just confuses us more!

Honestly think about it, what do you have to loose but try???
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Food and Society A Moms Heartfelt Rant

We are home from our weekend getaway we had a blast but honestly I am feeling it!! Even though we did a whole bunch of walking my food was off, my water was off and I didn’t do any targeted exercising. It wasn’t super horrible, but I did indulge a little. I still had my shake, some cut up veggies, and some other healthy snacks with me. But even just the little slip ups I had though I am feeling it. It is hard when you travel we all struggle with it at one time or another. From the bloated stomach to the lack of energy it is all there because I made some poor choices on my nutrition and did not get any type of a structured workout in.
 
I know I will bounce back from my few days of craziness because I have worked to establish good healthy habits that will last a lifetime. So 2 maybe 3 days I will be back on track!!
So now I have to rant for a minute!!
 
As I watched people this weekend I could not help but feel for them!! Many were over weight, had health issues, physical issues etc. This was a disabilities conference! Yet the stuff I saw some of them eating I just wanted to run up to them and yell STOP!!!
 
So this is a shout out to the very very large women who could barely walk with out sitting down every 2 feet, yes you the one who had 2 cases of soda for one weekend on her wagon and a McDonald’s bag in her hand!
To the parent who had a toddler that was out of control yet was giving them chocolate and soda to drink!!
To the vendors that had chocolate and other sweets instead of fruit or veggies!! Stop!
Every where I turned there was sugar and sweets, chips, fatty food, etc. It was crazy!! The number of obese people including children that I saw this weekend saddened me. I believe as a society we have to make healthy changes not just for use but for our future generations!
This is our society now and people are turning toward medicine and doctors instead of being responsible for it themselves. To me this is sad!! It doesn’t have to be this way!
I didn’t always think like this! It took me getting sick to wake up! I used to be one of those people. I didn’t think about what it was I was putting in my body or feeding my family as long as it tasted good and was affordable. I am so glad that I have made these changes to a healthier lifestyle! 
Now I am not saying it is the cause or cure for everything but I know what a difference it has had on me and my health. On my families health!! My energy, my bowels, blood pressure, my fatigue! They all improve when I don’t have that junk in my system!!
 

You really are what you eat!! This is NOT a Myth!!   80270732aa23ebbdd9d7906b389e3c48

I guess my rant here right now is to say that if you are feeling like crap, tired all the time and going to doctor after doctor then take a minute and look at what you are eating. What about your children!  How much sugar, fried, fake, or fatty foods did you or they eat today??!!??
 
OK I am done, thanks for listening!!!! 🙂
 
I am ready to get back to my routine tomorrow!!! If you are ready to take that first step then I would love to help you and be your coach.  Just click here!! 
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Natural Healthy Way To Overcome Anxiety and Depression

What??? Wait???? Can this really help????

I know these are some of your questions because they were mine!!

For years I suffered with Chronic Anxiety and Depression. At one point in my life it was totally out of control! For years I took medication to help deal with this silent illnesses! Now I know my story is similiar to many others but this is a part of my life that I don’t share often and I can only hope that it inspires you to do something good for yourself. Anxiety happens, it is real!! Especially if you are having stressful times in your life. I was a single mom with a Child with Multiple Disabilities, working 50+ hours a week, and crossing over to Menopause! It was a Hormone Carnival inside me!!! I was a hot mess to say the least!!

Through a lot of education and self help I was able to get my medications for it down to just some anxiety medicine for those really tough moments! This medicine sat in my purse and went everywhere I went!! I just never knew when I was going to need it!! See Anxiety can be debilitating depending on how severe your attacks are! You can get dizzy, you have chest pains, confusion, you can have tremors. It is different for everyone but those were a few of the main symptoms that I had.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health Anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the United States (approximately 40 million adults between the ages of 18 to 54). – National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

I was cleaning out an old purse the other day and found a bottle of my medication. This was the last time I carried it with me, and the last time I got it filled. The date on it was March 2015.  To be honest I have not even thought about it over this past year because I have not needed it!!! I found something better, something natural, something healthy; that not only controls and rids me of this horrible anxiety, but it is making my whole body healthier!!!

Now I want to share with you how I did this!! If you are still reading this then you or someone you know has a history with Anxiety and Depression! If you are still reading this then you know the horrible effects that the pharmaceutical companies and all their pills have on our health!! So what is this natural way???

Why it is my Super Dense Nutrition what I call my Mama Go Shake!! IMG_20180317_081237-01

I have been drinking my super dense nutritional shake now for 2.5 years. Never missed a day!!!  I started drinking it for the health benefits and an aid to my weight loss. BUT This I never expected though!

I never expected to have my anxiety and depression under so much control!! So I did some research as to why this delicious super food has not only helped me over come the weight loss and get healthier but why was it controlling these mental health issues I had faced for years ??!!

What I found out is it has in it a Proprietary Adaptogen Blend.  Adaptogens have been traditionally used to help the body adapt and respond to the effect of stress! In this blend there is an  Ashwagandha! Hormones play a significant role in anxiety development. Those that feel as though their anxieties appeared over time despite effective coping strategies and a high overall quality of life may be suffering from hormonal anxiety, caused by any number of problems with hormone balance.

 

That said, some examples of hormones that may contribute to anxiety include:

  • Stress Hormones (Cortisol)Cortisol and anxiety have a cyclical relationship. On the one hand, anxiety is essentially mental stress, and when you’re mentally stressed you release cortisol. However, research has also confirmed that excess stress hormone can cause both anxiety and depression, and contribute to the likelihood of an anxiety attack. Cortisol can have a powerful effect on your brain, and anything that increases cortisol production or decreases cortisol reduction (such as a lack of exercise) can cause anxiety.
  • Sex Hormones (Estrogen/Testosterone)Numerous studies have confirmed that anxiety often begins during periods of intense hormonal change, such as during prime ages of pregnancy, during menopause, etc. Generally, those changes affect sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, indicating that the two hormones may contribute to anxiety. Studies on rates appear to confirm this belief.
  • Thyroid HormoneAn overactive thyroid can also cause a significant problem with anxiety, and is very likely to cause panic attacks. When you suffer from hyperthyroidism, your body goes on overdrive and starts to increase your overall body’s metabolism, causing hyperventilation and an increased heart rate, among other symptoms. Hypothyroidism, which occurs when you don’t have enough thyroid hormone, also appears to contribute to anxiety due to the way an underproduction of the thyroid hormone affects the brain.

Again, nearly any type of hormonal dysfunction can contribute to anxiety, because the body often responds to poorly functioning hormones with stress. But the three examples above tend to be the most common hormones that cause anxiety.

Ashwagandha, is an adaptogenic herb popular in Ayurvedic medicine that has shown incredible results for lowering cortisol and balancing thyroid hormones. This herb along combined with other Adaptogens  can balance out the hormones and help regulate them, however increasing testosterone is not primary function of the herb. If the body is out of balance and deficient in a particular hormone, it may help facilitate the this need by creating a more optimal regulation.ashwagandha-fruit_medium

I would have never thought that something that I was drinking everyday for weight-loss, and over all health would rid me of this evil in my life!!! So since I know now more about Adaptogens and this Proprietary blend in this shake! I will never stop drinking it, but I will also continue to introduce it into my sons diet. You see my son has Down syndrome and he has begun to experience depression and anxiety due to well… puberty!! This is a tough time in the lives of these kids because most if not all of them just don’t understand what is happening to their bodies and all the changes they are going through. At least half of all children and adults with Down syndrome face a major mental health concern during their life span.  Many times these individuals also have issues with Thyroid Function! My son also suffers from Hypothyroid and High Insulin!!!  Helloooooo!!!! Hormones!!!   Now I am not a doctor or a nutritionist, but what I am is a mom on a mission to better the health of her family especially her son with out these horrible medicines that have so many side effects!!

If it worked for me, why would it not work for him? If it worked for me, why would it not work for you? Menopause, disabilities, thyroids, hormones, insulin, diabetes; these are all words that almost everyone is familiar with so why not take control of them. Why are we as a society leaving the control of our mental health in the hands of the pharmaceutical companies!! Let’s take make our health and our minds!!!

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