You Can’t Get Away With Those Unhealthy Habits, Silly Humans!

Peaceful Balance

When you consider what the human body is capable of surviving, it’s nothing short of miraculous.

Take a moment to think about  the amount of abuse we deliver in the form of toxic & deficient food, over-eating, alcohol, sugar, caffeine, smoking, drugs (medicine), vaccinations, chronic stress, sleep deprivation, sedentary living, sitting for hours each day, toxic household chemicals, toxic cosmetics & personal care products, toxic lawn & garden care, and on and on.

We are quite remarkable.

That’s not to say we’re “getting away with” any of this!

All we need to do is look at the rates of serious, chronic, degenerative illness like cancer, diabetes, obesity, autoimmune conditions, heart disease, fertility issues, food sensitivity issues, learning disorders, and mental & emotional conditions to know that, clearly, we do not have this health thing in the bag!

We’ve taught for years that there is nothing magical about human physiology that allows us to get away with chronic toxic & deficient choices in nutrition, movement, and mindset… or the ongoing lack of pure & sufficient choices in these areas.

We’re simply not getting away with anything.

However, the nature of chronic illness is such that it takes a long time to develop (you really have to work hard at, it for a long time, with your poor lifestyle choices!), and you can actually remain alive for awhile, too!

Perhaps that’s the reason we don’t change? Because it doesn’t instantly kill us or destroy our lives. (That’s arguable.)

We’ve almost come to see this as “normal” because it’s so common. Everyone has something. Cancer, heart disease, diabetes, an intolerance to this or that, chronic pain, depression & anxiety, medications for one thing or another… so what’s the big deal?!

I guess part of this story comes down to deciding whether you want to merely survive, or thrive. Sure, we can exist with chronic illness, but what’s our quality of life really like?

Then again, maybe we’ve lowered our standards and expectations there, as well. Maybe it’s enough just to be here, whether we’re lacking vitality and energy, or not.

In all fairness, we all know people who’ve been diagnosed with terminal conditions who are LIVING far more than the rest of us!

In reality, we’ve ALL got a terminal diagnosis, right? None of us are getting out of here alive! Why not live while we’re here – whether it’s for 3 more weeks, 3 more months, or 3 more decades. I believe that’s what we’re called to do.

So, what are we to do? How do we play this game of life in our favor? Personally, I believe I’ve been given the free will to make good choices and take care of this physical house I’ve been given, but the ultimate decision about my lifespan is not mine to make. I still try to make good choices anyway.

Except when I don’t.

 

 

And right now, at this stage of my life, I’ve not been making all the best choices. (sigh)

I’ve been thinking to myself quite a bit lately, “You, of all people, KNOW there is nothing magical about your physiology that is allowing you to get away with this!!”

That voice gets on my nerves.

The very short version of the story is that the last few months have been a tumultuous and stressful time, both for my Dad and with my Dad. A series of events led us to the decision to move him in with us for a little while as we figure out the details of the next step – assisted living.

Coming to this decision, having to address the physical & cognitive decline, and then working around various financial and time constraints with housing options has not been a picnic. The packing and moving process was a challenge, since he hasn’t felt well enough to pitch in much. And now, trying to figure out our new roles, living under the same roof again (but under very different circumstances and a heap of stress from both sides) is a new challenge.

I understand it’s all a process… a transition… a stage.  I also know that it’s a blessing he’s here, alive. He has been living with cancer for almost 13 years, and metastatic cancer for 3 and ½ of those.  I remind myself often not to take that for granted.

In the meantime, I’ve slept less and been agitated more. My fuse has been shortened. I’ve just not been the highest version of my greatest vision of myself. THAT’S the part that my inner health coach is getting on my case about!

I’ve managed to maintain my “Move Well” and “Eat Well” focus for the most part during these last few months (although I have had more afternoon coffee as a survival tactic to get through a few days recently! Oy). While I’m not perfect by any means, I feel that my discipline in these areas of my lifestyle has saved my buttocks under these stressful circumstances.

It’s the “Think Well” that has been sorely mucked up lately. Too much stress… being pulled in too many directions… resulting in chronic sleep deprivation. Not a good combination. My physiology won’t sustain abuse like that.

I don’t ever kid myself that stress goes away completely. I think that’s called death!

Instead, I believe we can take a look at stress reduction (or improved stress-coping behavior) from three different angles:

1) Remove the sources of stress that we can remove – we can be our own worst enemies here!

2) Through daily practice, lay a foundation for relaxation and peacefulness – we can improve how we respond to stress when we practice stress reduction as part of our daily disciplines.

3) Change how we look at potentially stressful situations. ie. If we choose to believe that something is stressful, it is. If we choose to believe it is not, or doesn’t need to be, it’s not.

If we practice relaxing, breathing properly, affirming what is right & true, visualizing the ideal, quieting the mind, and we’re grateful, and we pray… the likelihood of an improved response to stress is increased dramatically. When we lay a solid foundation, we can draw from those reserves when stress is heightened.

We can also choose to think differently about what we allow to stress us out. (I’m mostly talking to myself here… thanks for listening in!) If we’re stressed, perhaps we’ve chosen that on some level. Hard to believe sometimes, isn’t it?

 

I can see and feel many of the physical signs of breakdown as a result of ongoing (poor response to) stress. I remember a study a few years back that said being the caregiver for an elderly parent takes 10 years off your lifespan. Crazy! But, I can totally see how it can be true.

At the time, I had just gone through some years of dealing with my mom’s journey with cancer, and her subsequent death. Unfortunately, that period of time transitioned into my dad’s health decline.

According to the research, I’d better smarten up!

It doesn’t have to play out the way those statistics say, necessarily. Our environment (shaped by our lifestyle choices) will determine whether we get “sick” or not.

We need to create a healthier environment for our cells. We can ADD healthy choices while simultaneously SUBTRACTING non-health-enhancing choices.

Just like I do with nutrition, my focus is to fuel up with health first. I’m simply making sure I hit the high notes in this area of my life each day:

  • Praying
  • Getting back to practicing my relaxing breathing – Honestly, this is the #1 thing I tend to forget when I’m hurried or stressed. Dumb.
  • Walking daily (not for “calorie burning” or to set any speed records, but to relax, appreciate nature, count my blessings, chat with my kids, practice good posture and good breathing)
  • Doing Mind Fit (SMT) every day
  • Sitting outside and enjoying the beauty of the lake (more relaxing breathing)
  • Intentionally reading & watching things that fill my noggin with happy, positive, and enjoyable thoughts
  • Being intentional and staying in the present in order to enjoy the moments – whether it’s with the kids, or family, or friends, or our practice members. It just feels good to try to enjoy more moments… and then to try to string more of these moments together!

 

Sometimes, we forget about stress when we think about health, or we minimize its effects. I urge you to remember your mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health – nurture these areas just like you would your diet and exercise.

It’s of equal-or-greater importance.

Besides, we’re not magical enough to get away with ignoring it!

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 19 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, autoimmune conditions, cellular detoxification, mercury toxicity, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

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Where To Start When Your Health Is WAY Off Track

Where to begin rebuilding your health?

 

On a fairly regular basis, I meet with people who feel their health is SO far off track that they really can’t fathom how on earth to get it back. They’re so overwhelmed that they can’t see where to begin. Maybe you’ve been there.

Maybe you’re there.

I was there a few years ago, after my mom passed away. Not everything was horrible… but things sure were discombobulated for ME.

In that case, I made a list of 13 things that would dramatically help support my mental, emotional, and physical health. Then, I intentionally set about ‘scheduling’ the action steps stemming from these 13 areas into my overall routine.

That’s what worked for me.

Rarely do I meet someone who is eager to create their own list of over a dozen lifestyle elements that they need to act upon and improve! That would cause further overwhelm in many cases.

So, when consulting with someone who’s in a state of overwhelm and experiencing “paralysis by analysis”, I start small.

The 3 recommendations I make first in order to help someone get back on track are:

  1. Fuel up with healthy foods first
  2. Become an active mover
  3. Schedule your priorities and “me time”

 

1. Fuel up with healthy foods first.

This means, give your body (your cells) what they truly NEED throughout the day. They need clean (non-toxic) sources of fats, protein, and fresh fiber in the form of veggies and fruit. They need water. They need probiotics. That’s a great start.

So, imagine at every meal (and snack), adding one or two healthier choices… even going so far as to make these the central focus of that meal or snack. Add some veggies, or a salad. Have some protein with your breakfast. Have fruit with protein as a snack. Begin incorporating more traditionally prepared foods, like fermented foods and beverages.

Here’s a very simple example. Want pizza? Have a healthy salad FIRST. Now, you’ve got less room for pizza… so, if you’re listening to your body, you should eat less pizza! Plus, you’ve just instantaneously made that meal healthier by adding the salad. Want junk? Not before you’ve provided healthy, beneficial fuel for your body.

When you focus on adding the good things first, you tend to crowd out the bad stuff, leaving less physical and mental room for it.

It’s tough for me NOT to recommend that someone address their toxic choices right away, too, since these can be SO very sabotaging! So, a close second in the nutrition department is to reduce toxic choices – BUT, for many in the overwhelmed state, they need a bit of time to gain momentum and confidence in the “good choice making” area first.

Once they find that groove, and their meals, snacks, and beverage choices are incorporating far healthier choices than they previously were, it can be less of a mental leap to cut out some of the toxic garbage. Then, it’s time to reduce artificial sweeteners, bad fats, junk food, fast food, pop & energy drinks, and the boatload of sugar from ALL sources (including grains) that most North Americans consume!

See why we start off with ADDING THE GOOD?? This list of nutrition choices to avoid could send somebody right off the deep end!

 

2. Become an active mover.

This area is easier to describe. Start moving!

I don’t care what it looks like or how it compares to anyone else. It doesn’t mean you need to join a gym, take a class, hire a trainer, sign up for a race, or buy expensive workout gear. Just start MOVING… consistently!

Since movement fuels brain function (we call this “proprioception”), it’s beneficial to move in some way every day. This doesn’t mean “work out” every day. It means MOVE. Walk, stretch, play, exercise, dance, do yoga, go swimming, throw in a little “Elvis pelvis”, do some knee bends or knee raises, do some jumping jacks, climb up and down stairs a few times… there are so many varieties of motion. Just do something each day… become a more active person.

FIVE minutes of movement is better than NO minutes! Really. No excuses.

Once you find your groove in this area, then you can begin incorporating more specific (perhaps goal-oriented) types of movement and exercise, like strengthening, resistance, fat burning, cardio conditioning, sports-related, or ‘training’ movement in a way that makes sense for your lifestyle.

For starters, commit to moving every day in some way, whether it’s 5 minutes or an hour. It’s a fantastic feeling to check that off your to-do list each day, knowing you just provided fuel for your brain and did something really positive for your body.

Motion is life!

 

3. Schedule your priorities and “me time”.

We all benefit by carving out time in our busy schedules for “me time”. This is the time we set aside for the activities that nurture our souls, so to speak. This is time for us to chill out, recharge, and talk nicely to ourselves! It’s also dedicated time to proactively offset the effects of stress. Obviously, this can look very different for each and every one of us. It’s not as important WHAT you do during this time, but rather how it fuels you and how it makes you feel.

Examples here are: quiet time for reflection, meditation, prayer, journaling, breathing exercises, reading, affirmations, time in nature, spending quality time with loved ones, or going out and doing something you truly enjoy.

Be intentional about this time. If there’s something (or someone) you say is a priority in your life, then schedule that as a priority!! You know what happens when you don’t create the time for the most important things in your life… time slips away. This can leave us feeling stressed, depressed, unhappy, resentful, or like something is consistently ‘missing’ from our lives.

Does any of that sound healthy? Nope. Sounds to me like any of these emotions might keep us firmly stuck in a state of overwhelm.

There’s nothing magical about our human physiology that will allow us to ignore our mental, emotional, spiritual, and social health and NOT suffer the stressful repercussions. We need to intentionally FUEL this area of our life as well.

When you’re in a state of overwhelm and feel directionless, it can be very empowering to begin a new, balance-enhancing ritual in this area of your life. Figure out who and what are most important to you, then make sure you’re creating the quality space and time for them in your schedule. (Remember to include yourself on that list of who’s important and needs your dedicated time!) Be intentional. Also, be sure you’re intentionally creating the time on a regular basis for off-setting the effects of stress.

 

As you begin to add these positive choices in nutrition, movement, and being intentional with your time, you’re beginning to create something new and powerful. Each healthier choice you make should make you feel fantastic! Nobody can ever take away the good choices you make.

Now, the real fun begins when you add a string of good choices together. That’s when you see an entire lifestyle shift for the better!

And, do you know what? You’ll get on a roll with your good choices… and then suddenly, you’ll make a rotten choice! Or, several of them! What’s up with that?? You’re human. That’s what’s up! Put it behind you and make another string of healthy choices. What’s done is done. No use stressing over it… because that’s not good for you either.

As always, remember – it’s not about being “Perfect”. It’s about making healthier choices, more often.

You can do this!

 

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If you feel you need more specific help getting your health on track, then consider doing our “21-Day Health Booster”. It’s designed to do exactly that – take you (figuratively) by the hand and show you EXACTLY what to do and how to do it!

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 19 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, autoimmune conditions, cellular detoxification, mercury toxicity, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reversing Diabetes World Summit

Diabetes Movement

 

Are you concerned about diabetes?  Have you been told you have pre-diabetes or that your blood sugar is elevated? Are you living with someone who has blood sugar fluctuations or seems to be heading toward a full-blown diagnosis of diabetes?

Not sure what to do about it?

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Well, you’re not alone.  Diabetes affects 25 million Americans and pre-diabetes may reach the 1 billion people mark.

What we’re doing as a culture is not working.

Fortunately, my colleague Dr. Brian Mowll has made it his personal mission to gather the leading experts in the field of natural diabetes care to initiate a change in the way we view and treat this condition.

I’d like to invite and encourage you to join me at the first online summit devoted to preventing and reversing Type 2 Diabetes.

The event starts on Monday May 5, 2014 and runs for 12 life-changing days with over 50 amazing presentations.

You can get your complimentary ticket for this event simply by clicking here to register.  It doesn’t cost a thing and it has the potential to change or even safe your life.

During this online event, you’ll hear from a wide array of experts in the fields of medicine, dietetics, fitness, nutrition, pharmacy, scientific research, and lifestyle coaching.  Some of the top-notch speakers include:

  • Mark Hyman MD  author of “The Blood Sugar Solution”
  • David Perlmutter MD author of “Grain Brain”
  • Mark Houston MD   Author of “What Your Doctor May Not Be Telling You About Heart Disease”
  • Stephen Sinatra MD Author of “The Sinatra Solution”
  • Ron Rosedale MD  Author of “The Rosedale Diet”
  • JJ Virgin CNS   Author of “The Virgin Diet”
  • Jonny Bowden PhD  Author of “Living Low Carb”
  • Paul Jaminet PhD  Author of “Perfect Health Diet”
  • Suzy Cohen RPh  Author of “Diabetes without Drugs”
  • Izabella Wentz PharmD  Author of “Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis”
  • Ashley Koff RD  Author of “Mom Energy”
  • Stephanie Greunke RD  Author of “Rock Your Hormones”
  • and many more!

 

 

 

 

Here are the details:

The Reversing Diabetes World Summit will air between May 5 -May 16, 2014.  There’s absolutely no cost to attend the event.  All you need to do is register by clicking here.  Once you register, you’ll get updates as well as some nice bonuses and other valuable material just for joining the event.

This information can change and even save lives.  We have a responsibility to share this message with as many people as possible to bring greater awareness to real, natural solutions.  Help us get the word out by sharing this post with  your friends, family members, and anyone else you know that could benefit from learning more about preventing and reversing type 2 diabetes.

Thanks for helping us with our joint mission to help more people stop diabetes naturally and create optimal health!

Dr. C

 

PS.  Remember, there is no cost for the event, but you need to register by clicking here now so that you get all the updates and don’t miss a single presentation.

 

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 19 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, autoimmune conditions, cellular detoxification, mercury toxicity, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

 

 

 

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Are You Sure You’re Treating The Actual Cause Of Your Thyroid Condition?

The Thyroid Sessions
A thyroid problem isn’t always a thyroid problem.
What did she just say?
In a large number of  “thyroid” cases, there’s really nothing wrong with the thyroid itself.

The thyroid isn’t at the root of the problem. The real problem is going on “downstream”.

 

 



What you may not realize is that most of your thyroid hormone is activated in the liver and intestines.

In fact, up to 20% of this activation depends on having the right kind of good bacteria in your gut!

There we go again… right back to the importance of healthy gut function! It’s tied to seemingly EVERYTHING, health-wise!

We see this play out in our practice ALL the time! If your gut health is lacking, it throws everything else out of whack… thyroid included. It’s why, 9 times out of 10, any of our Recovery Protocols will begin with a GI Wellness protocol before really getting down to the nitty-gritty of the imbalance.

 

Want to know more about this master control system of your body? Then tune into the FREE Thyroid Sessions starting Sunday May 4th.

 

One of the speakers is Reed Davis — founder of  Functional Diagnostic Nutrition. In this little video snippet, he gives you a sneak peek of the thyroid-gut connection that he will describe in greater detail during the actual event.

 

Click the video below to see what’s in store when The Thyroid Sessions kick off Sunday, May 4th!

 

Reed David
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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality in Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 19 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, autoimmune conditions, cellular detoxification, mercury toxicity, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

 

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