Maybe It’s Your Thyroid

Restore Optimal Thyroid Function

I think many of us underestimate the power of our little thyroid gland and its effect on countless other systems and functions in our bodies.

 

Did you realize that, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (A.A.C.E.), that 27 million people suffer from a thyroid imbalance! That makes it the most common endocrine condition known. Diabetes is next at 16 million.

Yet, it’s estimated that thyroid imbalance only gets diagnosed approximately 50% of the time!

And, get this… it’s also estimated that over 90% of women over 40 have a thyroid issue!! Men, you’re gaining ground… you are certainly not out of the woods, by any means!

Here are some other points of interest regarding your powerful thyroid:

• 80% of thyroid imbalance sufferers are women
• 80% have Hypothyroidism
• 80-90% are actually suffering from the autoimmune condition, Hashimoto’s… NOT just hypothyroidism. (This is missed completely in the diagnosis far too often.)
• Thyroid imbalance plays a major role in obesity, weight gain, and the inability to lose excess weight
• 50% of depression is very likely caused by an undiagnosed thyroid condition
• Hashimoto’s can lead to psychosis, seizures, dementia, and mood swings. How important do you think it is to get that diagnosis RIGHT?
• Hormone problems that are typically associated with  perimenopause/ menopause are many times due to thyroid dis-ease.

Some of the most common thyroid symptoms are:

• Weight Gain that doesn’t respond to diet or exercise
• Sleep problems and/or chronic fatigue
• Hot flashes
• Cold hands and feet, sensitive to cold
• Depression
• Dry, thinning hair (thinning outer 1/3 of eyebrow)
• Brain fog
• Dry and itchy skin, brittle Nails
• Infertility
• Constipation
• Stomach pain, gas and bloating

So, what makes your thyroid so important? After all, it’s just a little gland in your neck area, right?
Au contraire. The thyroid is considered the Master Regulator for good reason. Here are some of the functions directly related to your thyroid:

• Controls rate that cells use oxygen to make ATP (Energy!)
• Makes proteins that operate cell and tissue function
• Governs sensitivity of cells to other hormones via cell membrane receptors (very important!)
• Participates as a feedback mechanism involving other glands: ovaries/testes, adrenals, thymus, hypothalamus, pituitary, pancreas, etc.
• Promotes glucose conversion to pyruvate in the liver
• Makes glucose from fat
• Controls volume of digestive enzymes (very important!)
• Maintains nervous system function
• Promotes the female body’s ability to become pregnant
• Controls hair growth
• Facilitates skin hydration
• Promotes bone growth and maintains strong bones
• Maintains muscle tone including heart muscle integrity
• Controls rate that liver releases cholesterol (good to know before you opt for using dangerous statin drugs!)
• Controls rate of pancreatic enzyme and insulin production
• Every Cell in Your Body Depends on the Thyroid to Manage its Metabolism!

So, really, before deciding that you need medication for depression, anxiety, GI disorders, cholesterol, blood sugar, weight loss, hormone replacement, and so on… wouldn’t it make sense to have your thyroid function ACCURATELY & THOROUGHLY tested?

I certainly think so.

The challenge is, the status quo for testing the thyroid is rather incomplete (outdated) and results in a inaccurate diagnosis quite often.

How can you “treat” the condition and restore proper function if you’re off-base right from the get-go?!

When this happens, what we tend to see and hear is people who say that they still “don’t feel right”… “something’s off”… yet, “the doctor told me that my test results were fine”.

We hear it time and time again. If your thyroid is off, you are NOT fine.

Standard thyroid laboratory testing usually measures 2 or 3 markers: TSH, T4 and maybe T3. Then, the treatment revolves around tweaking thyroid meds to match the (incomplete) lab results.

Did you realize that “functional” thyroid panels are available that measure 10 different markers for thyroid function?? Doesn’t that sound a heckuvalot more accurate for proper diagnosis… and proper treatment?

The test is inexpensive, too. No excuses not to use it.

Taking care of your thyroid health is the perfect example of how important it is to be responsible for your own health. Insurance companies and the conventional system just aren’t set up to help you accurately test, diagnose, and recover from a chronic serious health condition, like thyroid imbalance or disease.

That’s up to you, at least to a large extent. Get involved in your own health!

Here’s a great place to start…

This is a webinar based on the Thyroid Recovery seminars we do regularly in our wellness practice. It will give you a great overview of how & why your thyroid gets out of balance… how it affects countless other functions… exactly how to get the right tests… and how to begin your personal health recovery process.

Click here to watch the webinar.

If you have questions about your thyroid health, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Here’s some of what one of our practice members had to say about our Thyroid Recovery Program:

Lisa H.

“… within the first few weeks on the thyroid program, I could already notice a significant improvement in my hair… I stopped losing it and could definitely tell that it was growing back in after years of falling out! … I noticed improvement in my energy and sleep almost right away in the program, too!”

Again, click here to watch the webinar and take your first steps to better thyroid health!

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

Free Webinar: “Top Health-Building Strategies for Busy Moms”

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This is the follow-up to an earlier post regarding health-building strategies for busy folks.

A few new recommendations have been added to the webinar… check it out!

Click here for the Webinar

 

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

A Breakfast Upgrade: Probiotic Pancakes

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This is a recipe for homemade pancakes shared by the good folks at Beyond Organic. Hands down, my favorite thing about it is the use of their decadent, cultured dairy beverage – Amasai. It adds a certain richness and depth to any recipe you use it in.

 

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Plus, it’s made from “Green-Fed” whole milk (from cows who really do “Just Say NO to Drugs!”), and is loaded with over 30 probiotics, clean protein, healthy fats, and fat-soluble vitamins… so it kicks yogurt right square in the pants!

Take your fat-free, low-fat Greek friend and get outta’ town. We’re talking about real nutrition here! Who ever heard of a fat-free cow, for cryin’ out loud…

Probiotics are one of THE most important components of a healthy diet, both in the maintenance of good health, as well as the prevention of (and recovery from) serious illness.  I recommend finding every way possible to add excellent quality probiotics to your diet.

This recipe isn’t Paleo or gluten-free… so I’d upgrade the ‘flour’ base if you’re looking to meet those dietary needs (i.e. coconut flour, almond flour, or just a good quality gluten-free flour… keeping an eye out for the toxins so often found in gluten-free products, of course.)

If you’re dairy-free, then you probably won’t love the beneficial ingredients like I do.

However, I’d like to point out that I’m all about the dairy-free lifestyle, and actually recommend it for most folks… unless we’re talking raw sources or traditionally cultured/lacto-fermented sources from “clean” animals. Then, I believe we could sit down and talk about the actual health benefits these superior choices can provide… in those individuals who can tolerate ‘dairy’ (not your regular, run-of-the-mill dairy, mind you).

 

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Probiotic Pancakes by Beyond Organic

Ingredients:

1 cup whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour

1 tablespoon raw honey or pure maple syrup

2 teaspoons aluminum-free baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon Celtic sea salt

1 cup Amasai, plain

2 tablespoons almond oil *

1 egg

1/2 cup blueberries (optional)

1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

purified water, as needed for consistency

extra virgin organic coconut oil for the griddle

 

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Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and set aside. Whisk together egg, Amasai, and oil. Add dry ingredients and mix until moistened. Add purified water to make batter consistency to your liking.

Stir in blueberries and/or walnuts, as desired.

Cook on oiled skillet or griddle. Use about 1/2 cup batter per pancake. Cook until pancake surface starts to bubble and a few have burst, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook 1-2 minutes more.

Top with a bit of Amasai and fresh fruit, or a small bit of real maple syrup or honey butter.

Avoid ‘pancake syrup’ completely and remember that even pure maple syrup and raw honey are essentially liquid sugar (better than refined sugar, but still sugar), so use sparingly.

Completely avoid commercial pancake syrup. It is typically sweetened with high fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners (even worse for your health) and is also loaded with other artificial ingredients.

* Note: You may also use extra virgin coconut oil, but avoid safflower, sunflower, soy, corn and canola oils. These oils oxidize easily and are not healthful choices.

Serves 4 (about 3 pancake servings each)

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Here are some variations or changes I’d make to the recipe and preparation to potentially add even MORE health benefit:

As I already mentioned, I’d use a different flour as the base: almond, or coconut, or even just a gluten-free mix, if I was in a hurry. (Of course, that never happens… I’m always on time, ahead-of-time actually… with an abundance of time to putter in the kitchen. Ah, yes… ) ;)

I’d use more eggs (free-range). I typically use 4 eggs when I whip up a batch of pancakes… but I also usually make more pancakes to begin with, then freeze the leftovers for future meals.

Same with the blueberries. I’d use more. That’s just me. It’s my favorite fruit for its health benefits.

Even though I’ve already boosted the protein and healthy fat content of my pancakes by using several eggs, I still like to serve another source of protein along with these pancakes. So, I’ll typically give the kids turkey/chicken sausage or bacon (antibiotic-free, hormone-free, etc.) or leftover meat from dinner, or even another egg or two. Protein and fats are the best nutritional choices to start the day with. Not grains.

Instead of adjusting the consistency of the batter with water alone, I like to use coconut milk and/or Suero Gold (another traditionally cultured beverage made by Beyond Organic that’s super-rich in probiotics).

Sometimes, I’ll even open capsules of probiotic supplements and sprinkle them into the batter.

I also add ground flax seeds or chia seeds… or, a power-hitter like Terrain Omega that’s known as “Hero Food” for good reason. It’s the ancient chia seed infused with powerful fermented botanicals, like turmeric, tulsi (Holy Basil), and milk thistle. Seriously nutritious stuff!

Bring it on, Aunt Jemima!

As far as the griddle, coconut oil is certainly a great choice, but we also like to use grass-fed butter.

We especially like to top the pancakes with that grass-fed butter. Dee-lish! I’m good right there… no need for anything else on my flapjacks. Just the real butter from drug-free, happy cows who munch on real, green grass.

The kids like to add more, though… so we have some real maple syrup and honey on hand. We also mix it up by topping the pancakes with pureed fruit, or a layer of almond butter, or apple butter, or pumpkin butter… or whatever butter is in season! I just keep an eye on that sugar content.

One other thing we like to do is to use some of the pancake batter in my daughter’s “cake pop” maker to make “pancake pops”. Might as well… since there aren’t a whole lotta’ cakes being made around here!

I freeze a bunch of those in little individual serving sized baggies for future consumption.Those are handy little on-the-go breakfast items that make mornings even easier.

Plus, when the kids eat them that way, they don’t care about any syrup or toppings. It’s a win for mom!

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If you’d like to try any of the products from Beyond Organic, let me know! Also, if you’d like to know how to jump on board with the Beyond Organic mission, let me know that, too! :)

Do you have a favorite pancake recipe to share? Or, how would you modify Beyond Organic’s recipe above? (Or mine?!) I’d love to hear from you!

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

Top Health-Building Strategies for Busy Moms (and Dads!)

Help for Busy & Stressed Moms

Moms are some of the busiest people I know. Oftentimes, the most stressed, too. We tend to be spinners of many plates, sometimes forgetting to spin our own plate of health… or running out of time & energy to do so!

 

I am asked by moms in our practice all the time, “How do you do it all?” “How do you keep it together?”

Those who know me well, know that my usual response is “I don’t do it all… and I don’t always keep it together!” Silly nillies.

However, my motto continues to be, “It’s not about being perfect… it’s about making healthier choices more consistently.” That’s how an overall picture of health and happiness is created. I make a lot of “right” choices, that’s all. (Perhaps in an attempt to over-power the number of “wrong” choices I still make! Alas, I am human.)

Well, at this time of year when many moms experience a major shift in their schedules as school is in full swing again, I’ve been asked to help with creating a “checklist” of sorts… the things I would do to get my health back on track, as well as ensure the improved health of my family.

So, here it is. A simple little list of the strategies and tips I personally turn to, or would turn to if need be.

Here’s my current 12-step checklist (and recommended accompanying products & tools, where applicable) for creating better health NOW:

1. As your overall, foundational diet, eat primarily real whole foods that fuel your body and brain. Ditch the “bad” fats, fake food, “diet” food, excess sugar, pop and other sugary drinks, conventional coffee, and conventional grains & dairy. Cool it with the junk food and packaged snack foods.

Generally speaking, drink more water and eat more green plants. Eat at home more. Choose healthy fats, like real (grass-fed) butter, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, avocados, olives, etc. Add some traditionally fermented foods to your diet. Be intentional with your food choices.

Whether you follow a more Paleo-type approach, or Primal, or an approach like that outlined by the Weston A. Price Foundation… that’s your call. All of those are leaps and bounds ahead of the Standard American Diet!

Beyond a basic, health-enhancing diet, there are some core nutritional supplements I rely on at various times throughout the year, as well as a few other ‘secret weapons’ for overall health & happiness…

2. As a family, we take fish oil or cod liver oil (depending on the season), Vitamin D3 (seasonal), probiotics, and iodine (as part of a thyroid health supplement).

3. Every day, I take the Break the Cycle System supplements to help my body (and brain) better adapt to the effects of chronic stress, as well as detoxify my system. I recommend you do this “system” for (at the very least) several months, if not indefinitely.

Chronic stress and toxicity are THE leading risk factors for the development of serious chronic, degenerative illness. Do everything you can NOW to correct and/or manage stress and toxicity.

4. On a monthly basis, Dr. Hubby and I do the Suero Cleanse. It’s a perfect little 3-day cleanse that serves to aid detoxification each month, improve overall ‘gut’ function, as well as get us ‘back on track’ on a regular basis. We’ve played around with the cleanse, too, doing it for a longer amount of time, adding a small meal or snack, etc.

The point is, do something focused like this on a regular basis to ‘clean house’ and re-establish healthier communication at the level of the cell membrane, where all functional communication in the body takes place.

5. This one is a busy mom’s secret weapon! We use Amasai to enhance our diet in a variety of ways as a family. It’s a superior quality, traditionally cultured dairy ‘drink’ from green-fed cows. It’s loaded with over 30 probiotics, healthy fats (because it’s made from real, whole milk), and fat-soluble vitamins that our brains thrive on.

 

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By the way, cultured dairy from grass/green-fed, non-drugged cows (or raw dairy from the same quality of cattle) is the only type I’d recommend.

We use Amasai as a quick & easy snack for the kids, occasionally as a “meal replacement” for Dr. Hubby & I, and as an addition to an already-healthy breakfast that’s focused on protein & healthy fats.

Two tips for adding this to your family’s diet:

First, instead of giving your child a glass of conventional cow’s milk or adding it to cereal in the morning – give them a glass of Amasai, or add it to their cereal (although, I’d lay off the cereal… but, hey, this is a super-easy, super-powerful upgrade!).

Second, although Amasai is rich and filling enough to stand on its own, it’s also an excellent ‘base’ for a Super Smoothie that you load up with other nutrients, like the fish oils, probiotics, greens powder, and whatever else you’re supplementing with.

6. Add a powdered greens product for a daily dose of superior nutrition. This is a super-easy way to massively upgrade your nutrition, and get all those nutrients that are sometimes not so easy to consume otherwise… especially for picky eaters!

Our family’s personal all-time favorite is Greens First. We all love the flavor of it, plus mom & dad are impressed by the quality and purity of this particular brand. You can drink this one on its own, just mixed with water, and it tastes great. Or, add it to those aforementioned smoothies.

7. Need more sustained energy throughout your day? Feeling drained by mid-afternoon? Looking to improve your endurance and performance… or that of your sporty kids? Another secret weapon that will give you a clear-cut edge is Terrain Omega.

This one comes with a warning: you might have to start wearing a cape once you start consuming this… as in a “super hero cape”! (It goes great in those smoothies, too.)

8. Oh, I can’t forget the obvious…

If you need a good, solid overview of Nutrition for your kids, check out the Healthy School Days Menu. It’s an 8-page nutritional guide with suggestions for breakfast, lunch, and snacks. Moms tell me they love it because of the simple nutritional principles presented in a way that everyone in the family can get on board with.

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Contact me to order your copy of this 8-page nutritional guide while supplies last! $10 + S & H.

 

9. On a regular basis, do some type of easy, low-intensity exercise… something that just gets you moving without attaching a whole bunch of goals to it, like calories burned, heart rate or speed achieved, etc. Just an easy-peesy activity. Walking is highly recommended… ‘cuz you’ll need to be able to walk for many years to come!

Other low-to-moderate intensity activity that is highly recommended: easy cycling, jogging, Stand Up Paddling, etc. (Sure all of those can become high-intensity pretty quickly… so chill.) Yoga is another excellent choice. If you get into something like “flow yoga” by ShapeShifter, now you’re getting into more fat-burning potential, too.

 

 

 

10. Next, add some form of challenging resistance training and “burst” training to take your health (and body) to the next level. There’s so much to choose from here. One of my many favorites is ShapeShifter Body Weight Only Workouts.

If you’re crazy-busy, it’s fantastic to have the option of doing your super-effective fat-burning work outs at home. No excuses about not being able to make it to the gym!

If you’d like to see how you can easily tie together the various types of exercise in your overall routine, read this brief article I recently wrote on the subject. It’s easier than you think!

Make sure to get OUTSIDE for some of this health-enhancing movement! Breathe in some fresh air, soak up some sun, feel the grass & earth beneath your (bare) feet… it’s all part of your healthy picture!

(By the way, part of your overall “motion plan” should include getting regular Chiropractic adjustments. The point of it is NOT to go just when your back hurts… it’s to keep your spine moving well/functioning well on a regular basis, so that your Nervous System can do its thing with less interference.)

 

9. OK. Time to get real. If you’re carrying around excess weight and body fat, it’s time to do something about it, once and for all. Not only is excess weight and “obesity” a chronic illness on its own, it’s also one of the most predictable risk factors that leads to other, more serious chronic & degenerative illnesses.

Don’t take it lightly. It’s not simply a matter of how you look. This is about how you function… and how your body will (or will not) protect you against serious illness down the road.

We recommend a variety of metabolic “weight loss” protocols in our clinic, depending on the individual’s goals, as well as current & past health issues. One of the most simple and straightforward programs we utilize is a 50-day protocol that predictably results in people shedding between 25-40 lbs. of excess body fat while they successfully rebuild their health.

If you need to shed between 10-15 lbs., we have a modified protocol for that, as well as one for people needing to lose in excess of 40 lbs.

If you’d like more information about this particular program (or others), just let me know.

 

10. In addition to taking specific nutritional support to help our bodies adapt to the neuro-chemical effects of stress (discussed in #3), I believe it’s critical that we carve out time in our busy schedules that is specifically dedicated to building & nurturing our mental and emotional health.

Obviously, this means different things to different people. Find what works for you and commit to it. This is your sacred time. Treat it that way. Seriously. It’s immeasurably important for your overall health… and happiness, of course.

I think women, in particular, are treading on thin ice regarding the over-utilization of medications for depression and anxiety. I understand there can be extenuating circumstances that could benefit from these drugs. However, the massive over-use of psychotropic drugs in our society is utterly staggering. I’d be asking my prescribing doctor what the exit & recovery strategies are for these, and all, medications.

If you need a starting point for establishing healthy rituals for stress reduction and determining your priorities, you might want to check out a couple simple books on the subject:

“A Happy, Health Life Starts Here! Nourishing Your Mental, Emotional, & Spiritual Health”

and, “Create a Fulfilling Life by Nourishing Your Relationships & Priorities”

I think you’ll like the author… she’s one of my favorites! ;-)

 

11. If you have some chronic symptoms or health issues, take control. Don’t wait around for the “sickness care” system to come to your rescue. Oftentimes, it’s going to take your initiative to investigate what’s really going on with your health – the conventional paradigm will only get you so far. It’s great for acute, traumatic, emergency care… and it honestly sucks when it comes to managing (and reversing) chronic illness. It’s up to you to rebuild your health.

Need help finding the best direction to take from your current starting point? Then consider taking a “functional health” approach vs. treating your symptoms with more drugs. Contact me directly at trombley68@gmail.com (put “Assessment” in the subject line) for your Metabolic, Toxicity, & Lifestyle Assessments to specifically target root causes of your unique health challenges. Then, we will  schedule a follow-up phone consultation for results and recommendations.

This is a $195 fee. However, if you order one of the aforementioned products from Beyond Organic, Greens First, or Shapeshifter, I’ll waive that fee. Yep. For real.

Examples of conditions we consistently see excellent improvement with are: thyroid, weight loss & hormonal resistance, food sensitivities, leaky gut, autoimmune conditions, chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and more.

Oh, and don’t buy into the outdated theory of ‘genetics’ being the sole cause of your loss of health. Science has moved far beyond this. Epigenetics is a far more accurate description of how our cells will express (or not express) certain ‘genetic’ messages dependent upon the environment we most consistently expose those cells to. Take responsibility for what you’re exposing your cells to!

 

12. Not many folks in the health world talk about this one much.

If ongoing financial stress is one of the things wearing you down, please realize that this is sabotaging your health – it’s just as toxic as eating junk food on a regular basis. Be proactive. Do something you love, or believe in, or have fun with, or something that benefits you, your family & others. If you’re fortunate, you’ll figure out something that accomplishes ALL those things!

We all have unique gifts that could benefit someone else. Create your own products, write, teach a class, solve a problem for others, provide a service, etc. Perhaps you could do something that’s directly related to your renewed vision of health that we’ve been discussing. You could share your journey with others and find ways to monetize your message. Or, you could join a larger mission, like Beyond Organic, where there’s already a successful, lucrative business model in place that just needs passionate people to go out and share the message.

If you’d like to learn more about the opportunity with Beyond Organic, or have questions about why I’ve chosen to work with them, my brain is here to be picked!

Just remember, your financial health is an important piece of this puzzle, too.

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What are the things YOU do on a regular basis to nurture your health and happiness? What do YOU swear by?

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

 

Simple 5-Step Plan for Healthy Exercise

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When it comes to exercise and “working out”, there’s much to choose from… and much to be confused by!

 

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One critical concept we must never forget is that Motion is Life. Our bodies love to move… our brains thrive on movement.

This is about physiology and function… not weight loss and the size of your jeans. When we move our bodies, especially when we fully move key areas like our spine and hip joints, a very powerful stimulus known as proprioception is generated. This is movement neurology.

Proprioception is fuel for the brain.

Yes, your brain, and everything it’s involved with, functions better when it’s receiving sufficient proprioceptive input.

So, we NEED to move. Get it?

OK, but “how?”

Here’s a very simple overview of how to make motion a very regular part of your healthy lifestyle.

5 Ways to Incorporate Movement in Your Life:

1. On a daily basis, do some type of easy, low-intensity, steady-state movement. The goal here is not to reach your maximum heart rate or burn a certain number of calories. It’s to move in an easy way, generate some brain food, stimulate your joint receptors, de-stress, etc.

Walking is ideal for this type of regular movement. Humans have walked since, well, since we were humans! We should be able to walk, safely, with good posture, and good balance, throughout our entire lives.

If you can do so while keeping your heart rate in a nice, low, non-stressed range, then easy jogging, cycling, swimming, stand up paddling, kayaking, etc. can be nice, easy, steady-state movements for you, too.

2. Once or twice each week, add some “bursts” to your cardio-type exercise for “training” purposes. This challenges your body in a different way, more effectively trains your cardiovascular system than old-school cardio, and improves your overall metabolic efficiency, thereby helping you burn excess fat more easily.

Examples here are sprinting, hill running, and bursts of “sprints” while doing just about any other type of cardio exercise – cycling, stand up paddling, rowing, and even on some cardio machines, like the treadmill and elliptical.

When you’re doing this for training purposes, the work out itself is brief. For example, you may do ten 100 meter sprints with a minute of walking in between and be finished with that workout in 15 minutes.

Another way to incorporate the concept of “bursts” is to play certain sports that are inherently based on bursts of activity followed by short recovery periods: soccer, hockey, basketball, football, tennis and other racquet sports, and so on.

3. Two or three times each week, lift heavy things. Yes, this means do some resistance training. You don’t need to join a gym, unless that floats your boat. There are many fantastic choices readily available now to help you get a great work out in at home.

For example, the ShapeShifter “body weight only” program is a nice, all-inclusive program. There are many, many others I like, too. Just ask if you need help. (You can also check out my books on cardio and resistance on Amazon, if you’d like.)

 

When you challenge your muscles by moving through some full range of motion (functional movement patterns) with some added resistance, you create lean muscle mass (not bulk) that helps you burn fat more effectively… and look better, more fit, and more toned. It also helps your posture, balance, and protects your bones  for years to come.

4. On a daily basis, do something that challenges your body to move outside its ‘rigid’ comfort zone! In other words, stretch regularly, do some “spinal hygiene” exercises (stretch and bend in a way that moves all 24 of your vertebrae!), and postural exercises. I’d also recommend adding like yoga on a regular basis.

When it comes to movement – and flexibility – the saying “use it or lose it” is really quite accurate!

5. Play. In addition to your “work outs” and “training”, add plenty of FUN things to complete the picture of a healthy, active lifestyle. There are countless examples: any type of active play with your kids is an excellent place to start – bike rides, jumping on a trampoline, swimming, playing catch, hula-hooping, jump rope, going tubing, etc.

Maybe you enjoy playing golf, or skiing, or hiking, or white water rafting, or skate boarding, or surfing, or mountain climbing… whatever it is you do for fun! It’s all good! There are plenty of fun ways to incorporate movement into your lifestyle.

 

So, there it is. An easy overview of how you can incorporate a variety of movement into your life and create a healthier, happier brain in the process!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.

Back-to-School Anxiety

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Sometimes, it’s not just the students who are anxious about going back to school. I’m pretty sure that I have more anxiety about this school year than my kids do!

It’s our 6th year of home schooling… so it’s not anything new or a fear of the unknown that’s got me feeling this way. I don’t second-guess our decision to home school at all now, like I used to in years past.

One of the main reasons that I home school is that I really enjoy my kids. I enjoy being with them, and spending time with them, and watching them learn and grow and develop. I know that these years will go too quickly… so I try to soak it all up while I can. Selfishly, I also love to learn right along with them. I’d really miss home schooling!

Unfortunately, home schooling isn’t all peaches ‘n cream!

In fact, some days can be quite stressful. Especially the days that I’m trying to do too much… wear too many hats.

Our eldest is a breeze. She’s self-motivated, an independent learner, and strives to do what’s right because it makes HER feel good.

Whew!

Our youngest… well… we’re not exactly there!

He’s my resister. He’s a brilliant, funny little guy… but he just loves to drag his feet, wait ’til the last minute to do things… or, wait until his mother’s head is about to explode!

He hasn’t yet developed his own strong work ethic. Last year, I had to “nag” to get him to get through his work many days. He’d rather read and play.

Yeah, well… so would I, mister!

My biggest concern with home schooling is that I don’t ever want school to come before our family. When there’s stress and angst and frustration over getting work done, it sabotages the whole reason I chose to home school.

I want to enjoy my children.

I want us to be happy together while we’re learning.

 

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So, this year, we have some targeted themes and family agreements established.

My son’s theme is responsibility. Whether it’s putting his clothes away properly, doing his chores, being ready to go on time, or getting his math done in a timely fashion, this is the area I need to encourage his development in.

I don’t want to feel like I have to nag him or completely lose my patience with him in order for him to step up and do what’s right. That’s not healthy. And, even though we’ve got several more years before he reaches high school, I don’t think that having a parent or teacher constantly “helping” or reminding you to do your work is a plan for success in high school, college, or beyond!

My daughter’s theme is to control her reactions. In large part due to the stress surrounding her little brother’s choices, she can tend to react in a less-than-ideal way. The flip side of being so driven and motivated is that she can quickly lose her patience for those around her who are not on the same page! (Sometimes, it’s me!) So, “chill” is part B of her theme.

Our mantra is that “Your happiness comes from YOU. Nobody else can give it to you OR take it from you.”

I don’t want to raise children who think their happiness and pleasure come from external sources. That could be frightening and devastating.

You know that saying: “Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.” That’s a big one for ALL of us. I think people who can master that are much, much happier people. I want that for my kids… and for myself!

My theme is to ENJOY. These are my children first and foremost. They are my students second.

While there is much work to be done, especially in my daughter’s case with a new (very demanding) curriculum this year, it’s also my job to intentionally plan for fun, and laughter, and cuddles, and kindness, and for memorable experiences together.

I realize that the biggest road block to having less stress and more fun with my kids is my work schedule. Our family dynamic would be very different if I didn’t have to rush off to the next “job” so often. At this point, there’s only so much I can do about that… so I’ll have to try even harder to work around it as best we can.

I don’t want to look back someday and realize that I placed work before our relationship – whether it’s school work or my work. I know there’s clearly a time for focus on work, just not at the expense of nurturing a loving connection. I’ll let you know when I figure out the “right” balance!

So, the reason for the anxiety I’ve been feeling leading up to the start of a new school year is my concern that we’re going to fall into the same trap… the same ‘ol patterns, once the excitement and freshness of the new school year wears off.

Guess that’s where prayer comes in… because I certainly can’t do this on my own!

Wish me luck! And, feel free to remind me (on a weekly basis, if you’d be so kind) that I said I’d place “enjoyment” at the top of my to-do list this year!

 

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Whether you home school or not, what are you most looking forward to this school year? Is there anything you’re anxious about… or that you know needs some nurturing? I’d love to hear from other parents!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a leading authority figure in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 18 years of hands-on clinical experience in the Wellness Practice she shares with her husband, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, in Michigan. She is also the proud (home schooling) mom of two rather fabulous youngsters.

Her unique perspective of the science of Wellness  provides predictable solutions and transformational results for those struggling with chronic health issues, as well as those seeking lifelong health. To discover her simple strategies for creating better health through nutrition, movement and mindset, regularly visit http://DrMomOnline.comhttp://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline and http://Twitter.com/DrMomOnline.

Also, check out her available books at http://amazon.com/author/drcolleen .

For more information about working privately with Dr. Colleen and Dr. Marc in an Investigative & Functional Health Recovery Program for any number of metabolic and health issues, such as thyroid imbalance, weight loss resistance, hormonal imbalance, food sensitivity & gut permeability, cellular detoxification, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Highly successful personalized distance programs are available.