This is Happening TODAY! Kick That Sneaky Little Habit!

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Just in time to save us from another holiday season of weight gain and pudge…

This live (online) event is here to help NOW, before our jeans won’t zip and our brains turn to mush!

 

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Most people still think of sugar as an innocent treat… a reward, even though there’s overwhelming evidence that it damages our bodies and brains.

It’s not enough to simply KNOW that sugar is bad, you also need realistic & successful strategies to identify sources of sugar, overcome your sugar ‘habits’ (a.k.a. addiction),  and create healthier habits.

Sugar is a tricky adversary. Now, with our plethora of packaged foods, it hides in plain sight under dozens of deceptive names, even in foods that we felt confident were “natural” and healthy.

It’s the reason why JJ Virgin wrote her latest book “The Sugar Impact Diet” (coming to bookstores soon) to give you the best possible tools to beat those sneaky hidden sugars for good…

And it’s why if you ever struggle with sugar cravings, I highly recommend you join JJ for a special complimentary online video event TODAY (Thursday October 30th), where she’s sharing LIVE…

 

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• Her latest discoveries about how we’ve been looking at sugar all wrong…

• The all-new “SID 4T” protocol that lets you get permanent control over sugar in just 2 weeks (even if you’re borderline addicted today)…

• And frustration-free ways to keep sugar off your plate at every meal – including how to weed sugar out of your fridge and pantry, and even a sample shopping list…

Plus, even more sugar-busting secrets and strategies from a rare lineup of experts with advice to help you succeed.

 

Register for your FREE spot by CLICKING HERE!

 

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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 detoxification, 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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Taking The Mask Off Sugar! {A Special Event}

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Just wanted to keep you updated on my friend JJ Virgin’s ongoing book launch extravaganza!!

JJ is pulling the mask off the ONE ingredient that’s too sweet to be true – and the multi-billion dollar industry behind it:   Sugar

On Thursday October 30th at 2pm EST, JJ is hosting a special LiveStream event with a POWER Group of experts.  (Need bribery? There will be prizes!)

CLICK HERE to register.  (Can’t make the LIVE event? Gotcha’ covered. Just register and you’ll have access to the recording. Easy!)

 

JJ and her experts will be showing you 3 things in particular during this event:

 

#1. How we’ve been looking at sugar all wrong and how that’s affecting us.

#2. How to get rid of your cravings and take control over sugar in two weeks.

#3. And answer the question “What the heck SHOULD I eat??”  (How to clean out the fridge & pantry, what to do for breakfast, and a sample shopping list!)

 

Who’s in the Power Group? To name a few… 

  • Dr. Tom O’Bryan, Unlocking the Mystery of Wheat & Gluten Intolerance
  • Dr. Sara Gottfried offers great info on stress busting
  • Lisa Sasevich will share her incredible success story
  • Master Kipp, a total kindred spirit who will knock your socks off with empowerment.
  • Cynthia Pasquella (“The Hungry Hottie”)
  • John Assaraf will share how to overcome the obstacles that are holding you back. 

 

>>>   JOIN THIS EVENT HERE  <<<

  

 PS.  JJ’s also giving you her “secret weapon” to CRUSH cravings …and she has prizes to give away from Vital Choice Seafood, as well as her own gifts from her personal empire! Don’t miss this!

 

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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 detoxification, 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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Delicious & Healthy Recipe And a FREE Sugar Impact Cookbook Giveaway!

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FREE Recipe in Your FREE Cookbook!

I’ve recently talked about the dangers associated with the amount of sugar the average North American consumes.

Not just the proverbial “spoonful of sugar” or sugar in desserts or baked goods, either. Sugar in grains – bread, cereal, pasta, etc., as well as beverages, condiments, soups, “health foods”, even added to processed meats! Sugar has countless aliases now, too… so you’ve got to be on the ball when reading your labels.

Sugar prematurely ages us, causes systemic inflammation, weakens our immune response, skews our hormonal response, dulls our brains, directly contributes to weight gain and blood sugar imbalances (diabetic conditions), and increases our risk for every serious degenerative illness under the sun.

The enormity of the problem is why I’ve chosen to help my colleague, NY Times bestselling author JJ Virgin, launch her newest book and health recovery program – “The 2-Week Sugar Impact Diet”.

It’s a big deal.

I like that JJ’s is a TWO week program. You can do anything for 2 weeks. Right? Right. Especially when your health is at stake.

JJ is celebrating the fact that her new Sugar Impact Diet book has already hit bestseller status… so she’s giving away FREE DOWNLOADS of her 2-Week Sugar Impact Diet COOKBOOK to her supporters!

The key to breaking through your addiction to sugar is 3-fold:

1. You’ve got to cut it out for the time being in order to eliminate the cravings for good.

2. You need healthy and delicious “substitutions” to get you through that ‘withdrawal’ period.

3. You need simple, delectable options to move forward with… to help you stay on the right track with your new healthy lifestyle.

I think JJ’s cookbook helps you with all 3 of those components. It gives you healthy options you’ll actually look FORWARD to making and eating… and these recipes serve to get the sugar OUT of your kitchen and out of your system!!

Here’s one example of a recipe from JJ’s free cookbook:

Asian Style Flank Steak Lettuce Cups

Serves 4

1/3 cup coconut aminos

¼ cup sesame oil

1 tablespoon lime zest

4 teaspoons minced fresh garlic, divided

4 teaspoons minced fresh ginger, divided

½ teaspoon sea salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 ½ lb grass-fed flank steak

1 ½ tablespoons coconut oil

1medium yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced

1 red bell pepper, cut into thin strips

1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks

½ lb. mixed mushrooms (shiitake, cremini, oyster, etc), thinly sliced

4 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal

1 cup cooked quinoa

4 large butter lettuce leaves

·      Mix coconut aminos, oil, lime zest, 2 teaspoons garlic, 2 teaspoons ginger, salt and pepper in a large bowl or baking dish.  Add flank steak and marinate for at least 30 minutes.

·      Preheat broiler.

·      Remove flank steak from marinade and place on a roasting pan.  Discard excess marinade.

·      Broil steak 3-4 minutes, flip and broil for another 3-4 minutes for medium rare.

·      Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest at least 10 minutes.

·      Meanwhile, heat coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

·      Add onion and sauté 3-5 minutes until beginning to soften.

·      Add remaining 2 teaspoons (each) garlic and ginger and cook 1 minute, stirring often.

·      Add bell pepper, carrot and mushrooms and continue cooking 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are crisp tender.  Add scallions, and cook 1-2 minutes more.

·      Season to taste with salt and pepper.

·      Cut flank steak across the grain into thin strips, then cut each strip in half again.

·      Place ¼ cup of quinoa in the middle of lettuce leaf.  Top with vegetable mixture and flank steak.  Roll lettuce leaf around filling, tucking the sides in as you go.

 


JJ’s new official 2-Week Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook is LOADED with recipes, tools, and great tips to help you get started!

 

Download your copy here and end your addiction to sugar!! ->> FREE COOKBOOK

 

 

 

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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 detoxification, 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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“For Women Only: Weight Loss Solution” ~ Weekend Line-Up Of Presenters

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If you haven’t already registered for the FREE “Weight Loss Solution” online summit, you can still join in!

 

Did you miss the original announcement that describes the event in greater detail, as well as all the topics and speakers?  CLICK HERE to check it out.

Here’s an update of the Weight Loss Solution presenters for the next few days… lots of beneficial information will be shared that I wouldn’t want you to miss!

 

Friday October 24th:

“The Truth About Desserts & Cheat Meals” ~ Kelley Herring

“How To Break Into Healthy Eating” ~ Diane Sanfillipo

“The Psychology of Eating” ~ Emily & Marc David

 

Saturday October 25th and Sunday October 26th:

“How to Eat for Health & Beauty” ~ Liz Wolfe

“How to Heal Autoimmune Diseases With Food” ~ Sarah Ballantyne (*** HIGHLY Recommended!!***)

“Low Carb Diets & Lifting Weights for Women” ~ Sarah Fragoso

 

Coming up next week you’ll hear cutting-edge presentations that discuss: balancing hormones, thyroid issues, fat burning tips, eating disorders, saving money while eating healthy, supplements, stress & weight loss, intermittent fasting, detox & cleansing, motherhood & weight gain… and a whole lot more!

 

This event is going on through November 12th… SO many great speakers and helpful topics to help you achieve your healthy body composition AND maintain it for life!

 

Registration is FREE!

Listen to the speakers for free… if you decide you’d like to own specific presentations for future reference, or you’d like to add the entire summit to your library, you’ll have the option to purchase what you want as the summit winds up.

For now, it’s FREE! Just click the Registration Link and follow along with the straightforward prompts so that you can listen to your presenters of choice, and see who’s coming up in the schedule.

 

 

 

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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 detoxification, 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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For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution

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I ran across this free For Women Only:  The Weight Loss Solution event that just got started this week, and I wanted to pass it along ASAP. I’m hoping to check out some of the sessions from a few of MY personal favorite health authorities, like Mark Sisson, “The Wellness Mama”, and Chris Kresser to name just a few.

You can check out all of the live sessions for free and register for free to get a FREE eBook entitled The Top 10 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight.

 

 

Here’s Some More Info From the Event Page:

40 Of The Foremost Weight Loss Experts On The Planet Come Together To Reveal The Real Secrets To Melting Stubborn Fat Faster, Stopping Premature Aging In Its Tracks, Softer, Younger Skin, Creating Youthful, Abundant Energy, And So Much More!

  • Burn fat off of your trouble areas: your belly, hips, waist, and thighs
  • Drop dress sizes & fit into your favorite clothes again
  • How to build toned muscles – without spending hours in the gym
  • Look and feel younger, happier, and more vibrant
  • Reverse the devastating effects of aging on your body
  • Eat delicious foods without bloating, weight gain, or digestive issues
  • Drop those last stubborn pounds of baby weight

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight before, you’ll already know it’s not dropping those first few pounds that’s the hardest… it’s keeping them off!

So if you’re tired of the fat-loss “yo-yo” game of lose, gain and never maintain, you should definitely check out this free event…

Introducing For Women Only:  The Weight Loss Solution!

The best part? The event is completely FREE.

Each session is jam packed with PRACTICAL, step-by-step, “do this, do that” information guaranteed to help you take action and get you the weight loss results you want as quickly and safely as possible.

As you watch each FREE presentation inside For Women Only: The Weight Loss Solution, you’ll discover:

  • Why your thyroid may be to blame for your weight gain (and how to fix it)
  • The truth about digestion and fat loss
  • How to get your kids making the right food choices on their own
  • How to lose 20 pounds effortlessly in a month
  • The remarkably satiating food that stops binging and overeating
  • How to ‘cheat’ with desserts and still lose weight
  • How to conquer emotional eating disorders
  • Simple body “hacks” to balance your hormones
  • How gluten really affects weight loss
  • The surprising link between fat and fat-burning (it’s not what you think)
  • How to beat your sugar addiction
  • How to heal autoimmune diseases that are stopping your weight loss in its tracks
  • The #1 dangerous exercise to avoid
  • The amazing truth about how bacon and chocolate can keep you happy AND healthy… and much more!

 

Here are a few of the sessions that will be available.  These are available for free for 48 hours after they air.  If you miss them live, you will have the opportunity to purchase a session or all of the sessions.

  • How To Save Money & Eat Healthy As A Family by Katie The Wellness Mama – WellnessMama.com
  • Carbs, Binging, And Emotional Eating by Neely Quinn – NeelyQuinn.com
  • Busting Weight Loss Myths And Boosting Metabolism by Christa Orecchio – TheWholeJourney.com
  • How To Lose Weight & Heal Your Thyroid by Melissa Joulwan – TheClothesMakeTheGirl.com
  • How A High-Stress Working Mom Lost 100 Pounds by Stacy Toth – PaleoParents.com
  • A Mom’s Path To Healing Hashimoto’s by Katie The Wellness Mama – WellnessMama.com
  • How To Balance Your Hormones by Sara Gottfried – Author of The Hormone Cure
  • Maintaining A Healthy Weight Before, During, And After Pregnancy by Chris Kresser -ChrisKresser.com
  • How To Break Into Healthy Eating by Diane Sanfilippo -BalancedBites.com
  • How To Heal Autoimmune Diseases With Food by Sarah Ballantyne -ThePaleoMom.com
  • Overcoming Eating Disorders With Love, Hugs, And Bacon by George Bryant – CivilizedCavemanCooking.com
  • Meal Planning, Family Dinners, And Eating Healthy On A Budget by Leanne Ely – SavingDinner.com
  • How Your Digestion Affects Weight Loss by Steve Wright – SCDLifestyle.com
  • How To Heal Your Thyroid Naturally by Dr. Kharrazian – ThyroidBook.com
  • For Young Girls: Weight Gain & Acne by Leslie Klenke – LeslieKlenke.com
  • Overcoming “Chronic Cardio” by Mark Sisson – MarksDailyApple.com
  • How To Love The Body You Live In by Danette May – DanetteMay.com
  • Quick & Easy Fat Burning Workouts by Jade Teta -Author of Metabolic Aftershock

 

The event began on October 21st.  I highly recommend checking it out, as it could be the final step in achieving your weight loss goals.

Register For The Weight Loss Solution Here

Don’t forget, when you register for the FREE Weight Loss Solution, you’ll also get a FREE bonus report that will show you 10 of the top reasons that you are NOT losing weight – and exactly what to do to fix them.

These reasons are NOT what you’d expect, so I’d highly recommend reading the WHOLE report.

Enjoy!!

 

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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 detoxification, 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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The #1 Ingredient You’d Better Watch Out For! {Plus a Free Gift!}

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It’s no secret that our modern day mainstream “foods” contain a gazillion ingredients that we’d be wise to avoid.

We have Franken-foods, factory foods, chemical-based foods, bad fats, trans-fats, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial sweeteners, and on and on.

And then we have an ingredient that’s been around for a long time, but wreaks more havoc than ever.

Sugar.

Why is sugar more of a problem now? It’s EVERYWHERE! Whether it’s plain ‘ol sugar on the label, or a variation of it, sugar is in more foods, beverages, and condiments than we could possibly imagine. As a whole, we consume significantly more sugar than at any other time in our recorded history!

Not such a big deal, you say? Think again.

Sugar directly interferes with immune function, contributes to systemic inflammation & toxicity (precursors to  serious, degenerative, chronic illness), disrupts our metabolism, leads to mood swings and hormonal imbalances, contributes to sleep problems… and just makes us look older, and feel pudgy & sluggish.

(Had to hit you below the belt there, in case you weren’t listening to the ‘health’ stuff! Nobody wants to look older than we really are!)

In all seriousness, this sugar issue is more important NOW than ever… particularly with the current events unfolding in our country, like EBOLA.

We KNOW that sugar disrupts and weakens our immune response to an invading pathogen (like the Ebola virus). Yet we don’t seem to be connecting the dots here and really taking proper action. Reducing sugar in our diets is one of THE most important things you could do to protect yourself and your family!!

(And, yes, it will also help you look younger and drop some pounds of pudgy fat!)

So, HOW exactly do we DO this? We need strategies and solutions that STICK, right?

Lucky for all of us, my friend and colleague, JJ Virgin, is about to publish her next NY Times Bestseller
“The Sugar Impact Diet”.

To celebrate, she’s GIVING away her brand new “2-Week Sugar Impact Diet COOKBOOK.”

It’s LOADED with delicious recipes – at no cost.

The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of sugar each day… unless you’re an average American child. In that case, you eat 32 teaspoons daily!!

That’s like eating 8 ice cream cones A DAY! (Sure, that may sound like fun at first… but the fun stops once the sugar coma takes over, you’re in a permanent brain fog, and you can’t even come close to buttoning up your jeans anymore!)

I think we’re ready for a change.

It starts in your kitchen – so THIS cookbook is for you, from JJ, to help you get started!  Claim your free Cookbook and start cookin’ today!

Sugar consumption is an immense problem. This cookbook is a simple solution that points us in the right direction.

You know I’ve been a fan of JJ’s work for several years. She’s the real deal and knows her stuff when it comes to Nutrition, Exercise, and most everything health-related!

Here’s why I recommend you claim your gift from JJ TODAY:

• JJ has custom-engineered these recipes to help you cut through all the noise to put “good” and “bad” sugars in their place where they belong (and help you keep even the most devious hidden sugars off your plate)…

• You can download your copy of the 2-Week Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook right to your desktop instantly – so there’s no waiting and it’s 100% ‘on the house’ with zero shipping…

• You really DO need to take action without delay… Because when I say this giveaway is limited, it’s not a gimmick. JJ Virgin’s new 2-Week Sugar Impact Diet Cookbook is only available for the next few days as a special giveaway to celebrate her upcoming book…

So don’t risk missing out: Click here now to download yours before the deal ends!!!

 

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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 detoxification, 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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Caring for the Care Giver ~ The “Sandwich” Generation

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It has been awhile since I’ve checked in here.

It feels like I’ve been in one of those extreme ultra-marathon races… except this one has lasted for 7 months or so. (And it still has another leg of the race to finish!)

The nutshell version of the story is:

  • My Dad had a bad fall on the ice late last winter which stranded him outside at night for a few hours. This set him back physically and mentally for quite some time
  • That same week, the owner of his apartment sold the property and gave Dad his ‘moving papers’. That seriously rattled him.
  • I didn’t feel comfortable with the accommodations Dad was looking at at that time, so my hubby and I made the decision to move him in with us for a few months until we could find more suitable arrangements
  • That was much tougher than I had anticipated… but I’m still glad we did it. Even though it wasn’t all peaches & cream, it was important for us to spend that time together.
  • Dad & I were back and forth to his doctors and nursing visits all summer, which is quite a jaunt… being in two different countries ‘n all.
  • The pain from cancer in his bones continued to worsen over the summer with us, especially in the last couple weeks of his stay.
  • We moved him into a beautiful assisted living residence back in his “home town” in mid-August. I travel back and forth to visit him at least once a week.
  • He has since taken a turn for the worse on several levels. The pain was horrible for the first few weeks there, but seems to have calmed down somewhat.
  • Suffice it to say, he has not exactly been happy there. He is laid up in his bed the majority of the time, mostly due to pain and limited mobility, but probably due to depression as well. He went from spending day & night surrounded by 4 crazy family members and all our activities and shenanigans… to a much more lonely environment.
  • Now we’re dealing with major issues with confusion and the frustration that accompanies it. It could be the increased meds they’ve put him on. It could be cancer in his brain now. Either way, it’s not fun.
  • We’ve been told that he won’t be able to stay in the residence any longer and will need to be moved on to long-term care in a nursing home setting, or preferably a hospice setting.
  • Yesterday was another rough one – another fall. Much weakness. His head nurse is going to do her best to keep him safe and stable over the weekend in his current setting, and then we’ll re-assess on Monday morning.

And that’s where things stand today. Time to find a new home. Time to try to explain to my Dad that he needs to move AGAIN. Try to come up with the right way to say “We’re going to hospice”.

Since my brother passed many, many years ago, I’m the one-and-only surviving family member to make decisions with Dad… and now, for Dad. That pressure can wear on a person after awhile. Especially trying to do this from a distance now.

 

All this has been going on while trying to run a business with my husband, run my own business on the side, home school our kids, take care of my own health, and pretend I’m taking care of our household! (I’ll need a demolition crew to help me sort through our household.) Obviously, I let the Dr. Mom Online gig fall to the wayside.

I guess this is where the term “Sandwich Generation” comes from. Makes sense. We’re stuck in the middle of raising our own families, living our own lives… and caring for our parents.

There’s a financial toll to all this as well – assisted living and moving and caring for an extra adult all costs a good chunk of change. That’s just added insult to injury. We’ve been the poster family for Murphy’s Law when it comes to financial crud lately… “if it can go wrong, it has gone wrong!”

BUT, I’m thankful our children are healthy and happy, and we still have each other.

There have been tolls on relationships, too. It’s tough to be there for everyone, all the time. I think we’ll turn out OK… God willing.

 

Now, to the real point of this post…

I remember reading years ago that those caring for their elderly parents can suffer shortened lifespans by as much as 10 years! It can be chronically stressful, without a doubt.

Chronic stress is a form of toxicity. It also leads to systemic inflammation. Toxicity & inflammation act as a (negative) dynamic duo to set the stage for chronic illness and breakdown.

For those of us caring for family with chronic illness, there’s a blessing and a curse there. The blessing is that you can live a long time with chronic illness. In many cases, you can manage the disease for years.

The curse is, the chronic stress can go on for a long time… causing massive  breakdown over the years.

Here’s another kicker: Some studies even show that, if you have an elderly &/or un-well parent, but you’re NOT the caregiver, you can actually suffer the same effects as the family member who IS acting as the primary caregiver.

Sheesh, talk about a lose-lose!

It’s just stressful all around, I suppose. I’ll admit, I thought the stress would taper off when Dad moved into the assisted living residence where he’d be surrounded by people and receive ample care. In reality, it has been quite the opposite.

 

Those studies about caregivers losing their health have been in the back of my mind for years. As a result, thankfully,  I’ve done my best to maintain some of my healthier rituals throughout these last few months.

I know that the mental & emotional stress is an area I stink at when I’m pulled in too many directions, or my relationships are threatened, or my loved ones’ health & safety is concerned. I’m not sure I’ll ever truly master that area of ‘health’! BUT, there ARE things I can be consistent and diligent with in an effort to offset some of the toxic effects of the mental garbage.

My “Big 4 Saving Graces” during times of stress have been, and continue to be:

1) Prayer – I just can’t fathom going through life (and death) without faith. When everything (and everyone) else fails… God doesn’t.

2) Nutrition – It’s far from perfect, but there are certain standards I’m pretty rock-solid about maintaining. I was eating ‘grain-free’ for most of the year, up ’til the last week or so, actually. I just feel better physically & mentally when eating that way – much less “inflamed”. Things are already inflamed enough… I don’t need any more! I’m adamant about including “protein & veggies” multiple times per day. I drink plenty of water. We only cook with healthy fats. And I just really don’t bother with most toxic, factory foods, convenience foods, etc.  So, even when my diet is “bad”, it’s not horrific! I might be dead by now if I ate the Standard American Diet!

3) Movement – Exercise is my sanity! I don’t work out for hours on end… partially because science just doesn’t support that, but mostly because I just don’t feel like it, nor do I have the time! I choose shorter, more focused sessions most of the time. But I do MOVE every day. Some days it’s only a walk and some stretching/spinal hygiene exercises, but it’s movement. Most weeks include a couple resistance training sessions, a couple burst-like cardio workouts (sprints, for example), and 2 0r 3 longer duration activities (like bike rides and stand-up paddling). The variety and consistency of these movements is what keeps me going and helps me mentally manage what’s happening around me.

4) Being outside – There’s just something about nature that is calming and reassuring. It’s grounding. It’s where I’m best able to unwind and be present. Like exercise, I get edgy without my outdoor R & R time!

 

I can tell that my health has taken a hit this time around. God willing, I can get through this acute stress without much fuss, and then focus on rebuilding health.

 

So that’s the update.

I’m in a strange, stressful leg of this journey. I know more rough spots are up ahead. Like all of us, I’m just trying to stay faithful, do my best with the information & resources I currently have at my disposal, and look for the blessings along the way.

 

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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.

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