Indulgences, Choices, & Balance

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make good choices

 

Some things have changed in my outlook on health in recent years.

I still believe that we create better health by making lifestyle choices that enhance the function of our cells… and by avoiding the choices that interfere with that optimal function.  “Pure & sufficient” choices in how we move, how we challenge our bodies, how we rest, how we sleep, how we respond to stress, how we eat, and how we view our world will all enhance our cellular function, and thereby, add to and enhance our health.

Choosing purity & sufficiency in these areas is truly just that… a “choice”.

“Toxic & deficient” choices in these same areas of lifestyle will sabotage our overall healthy cell function and subtract from our health.

This is the basic premise of how health is created, and how it’s lost. It’s not up to bad luck, bad germs, or bad genes.

What IS “health”? There are plenty of definitions to choose from, but I like the ones that encompass the many facets of our humanness. A balance of body, mind, and spirit.

Physical health – being ‘in shape’, fit, having a healthy body composition, able to move freely and without chronic aches & pains, having good energy, sleeping well.

“Chemical” health – fueling our bodies with life-enhancing nutrition, and avoiding toxicity (from food, drugs, alcohol, etc.)

Emotional health – choosing happiness, loving yourself, being at peace, feeling grateful, having a positive outlook, feeling balanced, and understanding that ‘negative’ emotions are “ok” – it’s ok to feel sad, down, gloomy, stressed, upset, angry, or overwhelmed at times… for a relatively short duration… but being capable of lifting oneself up. Able to be happy by yourself, with yourself… and with others.

Social & Relationship health – this one piggy-backs on Emotional health. If we’re able to love ourselves and find happiness within us, then it’s easier to create and maintain quality relationships that are also healthy.

Mental health – the ability to effectively manage life’s stressors. The logical ability to choose what’s ‘good’ for us… to choose happiness, to choose healthier things, etc.

Spiritual health – nurturing our ultimate connection. For me, without faith, what is there? Life seems rather trite and completely overwhelming without this central piece of the puzzle. Personally, I can’t achieve emotional, mental, and relationship health without keeping spiritual health as my main focus.

 

So what on earth does this have to do with “Indulgences”??

Good question.

All over the internet right now, you can find countless articles about avoiding holiday weight gain, keeping your holidays healthy, and getting back on track with our health in the New Year. Much of the advice is fairly predictable – recommendations like:

– Eat before you go to the party so you’re less likely to indulge there. (Remember “fuel up vs. fill up”. It’s still good advice.)

– Alternate your adult beverage with a glass of water, for many reasons… reducing caloric intake is just one.

– Choose a smaller plate and don’t go back for a million refills!

– Just have a small bite – a sample – of those sweets, not the whole piece. That way, you don’t feel ‘deprived’, but you’re not going overboard.

– Pace yourself. This is true of food, and not “wolfing down”… but definitely true of alcohol, too. Eeeeeasy there, fella’!

– Stay consistent with your exercise over the holidays.

 

I agree with all this advice.

Here’s the thing. I’m still trying to find my balance with this whole “make healthy choices all the time” thing vs. “enjoy life while you can… life’s too short.”

Yep. I said it.

I’ve watched the two people I loved the most for my entire life suffer and die. It rattles you. It makes you question things. It makes you certain of other things.

I realize that we can’t load up on toxicity  – whether it’s foods, medication, alcohol, or it’s stress, anger, depression, or being in chronic pain, being chronically sleep deprived or stressed out – and expect healthy cell function to be the natural outcome.

BUT, you and I both know people who seemingly make less-than-ideal lifestyle choices… but they’re here, they’re alive, and there’s a chance they might even be enjoying life! Yes, I recognize that we both know people who have made poor choices and they’re suffering now. We also know people who have made great choices… and they’re no longer here, or they’re suffering.

Guess what? I have a pretty strong feeling that WE are not in charge.

At this stage of the game, I still feel that our foundation is important – those healthier choices made consistently. But, in recent years, I’ve become less stringent about some of these things. Mostly because it just doesn’t all add up.

I believe we have to enjoy our choices, too, in order for them to manifest the level of healthy function they potentially can. For example, I truly enjoy fueling my body with fresh leafy greens each day, eating vegetables with my protein at breakfast, and avoiding grains. Really. I’ve ‘trained my brain’ to feel that these choices are enhancing my health in a meaningful way and these things really do taste great and make me happy.  If I ‘hate’ eating something healthy, or I really cannot stand certain exercise, or I’m completely stressed about socializing with certain people… can my cells possibly express optimal health as a result of those choices? Hard to believe so.

For me, I feel really good when I choose to consume certain healthy foods & drinks. Those are the simple choices.

But there are those ‘in betweeners’… sometimes, I DO want that piece of pizza, or that slice of pie, or that freshly baked cookie, or that pretzel bun with my burger! Tasty toxins, indeed… but sometimes I CHOOSE to fully enjoy these things. And more importantly, I enjoy the people I’m with at the time. Relationship health and emotional health can trump textbook health in my book now!

I’m fairly certain I won’t regret sharing a full-on glutenized pizza with friends, or cheese & crackers and a bottle of wine with Dr. Hubby when I’m reflecting on my life as the end is near.

I never have and never will have all the answers to this game of health, but I like where this is headed now. I can summarize my outlook on health like this:

1) Have faith. You didn’t design this body. You don’t know what’s coming. You don’t know everything it’s capable of. You don’t have all the answers. Be GRATEFUL for each day, each moment. You just never know.

2) Respect the Temple you were given to live in. Consider all components of health… and understand that there is sometimes conflict when attempting to ‘respect’ 2 or more different components of health. (ie. Sometimes, choosing something that fuels you emotionally may conflict with something that fuels you physically. Sitting in a coffee shop having a meaningful conversation with a close friend may not benefit your physical health as much as going to the gym… but it makes your emotional health soar!)

3) Make intentional choices. Do the best you can with your current level of knowledge and understanding, and the resources currently at your disposal.

4) Find your balance between “doing what FEELS GOOD”… and doing what, deep down, you most likely know is “RIGHT”. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, but only choosing by what feels good in the moment can be a dicey move, both in health AND in life. Basing all your choices on what makes YOU feel good is pretty selfish when you think about it. Find your balance when touching on all the components of your health. Learn to truly enjoy that which creates health… and you’ll find that it also creates happiness.

 

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I shall now go hug my children, kiss my husband, have a piece of dark chocolate, ignore the housework, and take the dog for a trot in the sunshine! Blissful.

 

Have a story to share about your perspective on health? I’d love to hear it!

 

 

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Recommended Documentary: “Moldy”

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moldy

 

Have you seen this newly released documentary titled Moldy yet? Very interesting.

The FREE online screening ends Saturday June 13th!

Working with chronic health conditions in our practice, the issue of mold toxicity comes up frequently as a potential root cause of symptoms when someone has “tried everything else” and “looked everywhere else”.

This is a highly informative and enlightening video to watch if you think you may have mold toxicity… or if you have chronic or worsening (“unexplained”) symptoms like: fatigue, migraines, sudden weight gain with no change in lifestyle, brain fog, short term memory problems, joint pain, mood swings, depression, focus & concentration issues, or sleep disorders.

Certainly, there can be several other causes for these symptoms… but it’s very important to rule out (or properly identify) mold as a contributing factor. The sooner the better!

If you think mold may be affecting your health, take some to watch this… or share with someone you care about who may be affected by mold. You just never know – this could be the first step in the right direction.

If you watch it, I’ll be curious to hear your feedback. Let me know what you think!

 

Click HERE for the link to watch Moldy.

 

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Disclaimer… if you’d like to call it that! This documentary was created by Dave Asprey, the founder of Bulletproof. I’ve long been a supporter and affiliate of Bulletproof products, so when you watch the documentary, you are “tagged” to me as the person who recommended it to you. Just in case any of that matters! ;-)

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Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a long-time presence in the field of Natural Health & Wellness. She is a Doctor of Chiropractic with 20 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.

 

 

 

 

7 Simple Things To Boost Your Health in Just 30 Seconds

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Healthy Lifestyle

 

When we think of improving our health, most of us automatically think too big – we think of things that we need to invest in for several weeks, or longer. Things like, starting a new exercise program, or starting a new diet, etc. Of course, these can be great things. However, there are little stand alone choices we can make throughout any given day that will add a dose of healthy function to our cells, too.

 

1. Become a Drinker

(Nope, not that kind.)

I’ll start with one of the easiest choices of all… drink water throughout your day. I know you’ve heard this a hundred gazillion times… but are you remembering to actually DO this? Thinking about hydration will not make one hydrated! Also, pure water is the beverage of choice for flushing out our systems – not artificially flavored water, energy drinks, juice, coffee, etc. Definitely avoid the energy-zapping, inflammation-causing sugar drinks! Water, water, water.

Here, try this… Step one: fill a (metal, non-toxic) bottle. Step two: sip it ’til it’s empty. Step three: Re-fill & repeat. Easy enough. Don’t like the taste of water? Add fresh lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, mint, cucumber, even berries… with the infusers on the market now, this is easier than ever.

The general rule of thumb is that we should be drinking at least half our body weight in ounces of water every day. I know. For some of us who have some excess weight to lose, this could add up to a LOT of water! Add a dose of common sense where necessary!

 

2. Reach for the Sky!

Get up and s-t-r-e-t-c-h! When you consider all the ways we’ve mucked up our body’s innate/natural posture and balance by chronically engaging in activities like sitting for extended periods of time, working on computers, driving for longer distances, and letting our strength-enhancing spinal curves and core strength fall to the wayside… it’s no wonder we have chronic tension and aches & pains!

If you’re stuck in a position (no pun intended) that forces you to sit or look at a screen for hours on end, then get up at least once per hour and stretch for 30-60 seconds!

Keep it simple:

  • Reach high above your head with both arms… lengthening your core muscles, then pull your arms down to your sides while contracting the muscles around your shoulder blades as you think of squeezing them together  and making a big letter W with your arms.
  • Hold that contraction – it works some of the muscles that are being weakened by excessive sitting & slouching.
  • Then, translate your head straight back and then slowly extend it back… hold.
  • Stretch your neck from side to side slowly.
  • Finish up with bending forward to (attempt to) touch your toes… letting the weight of your trunk take you there. Come up slowly and extend back like you’re practicing to do the limbo. Come up, then forward to your toes again, then reach for the sky once more. Squeeze those shoulder blades as you bring your arms down into a W (or L, or T… whatever floats your letter boat).
  • I like to finish with more neck translations/extension… since forward head posture is so damaging to our overall health & vitality and this little stretch helps prevent/reverse that.

These are simple stretches that work to undo the damage our modern lifestyle habits creates.

Stretch every hour for 30+ seconds. Can’t remember to do this? Set a little alarm on your phone.

 

3. Stress-Busting Breathing

This is my challenge. I often forget to breathe! (Not the “keeps you alive” kind of breathing… but the “keeps you chill” kind!) It’s easy to forget to center yourself when you have a to-do list a mile long and seemingly not enough time in the day! It’s why I do my best to incorporate this into my early morning routine, before the household awakens and attempts to throw me off course! I also practice this “chill breathing” at a few other key points in my day, like, on my drive to work, my drive home from work, and when I first go to bed. If I remember to do this at any other time throughout the day, I get bonus points.

You can google breathing exercises if you want, but you could also just keep it super simple by trying this: close your eyes, focus on your breathing, and try to slow it down as you calm down.  After 30 seconds of relaxing and being in the moment (just focusing on your breathing), you will most likely have returned to a place of calm. Even if you “can’t” relax, guess what? That deep breathing is still benefiting you! To find your breathing groove, place your hand on your belly and try to make your belly expand as you inhale… as opposed to shallow breathing that typically only moves our chest and shoulders.

Some people like to add a visualization to help them de-stress. I do this sometimes, too. “White in… black out.” White is purifying, healing, relaxation, happiness, positive energy, and God. Black is toxic, poison, stress, sickness, negativity, and all-things-bad. White in, black out. Good in, bad out. Pretty simple. 30 seconds. You can do that.

 

4. Disconnect and Re-Connect… Outside!

Step away from the screen… put down the phone… and step outside! Look around, look up, take it all in. The world is so much bigger than us! It’s definitely bigger than the screens we’re so attached to. Whether you’re in the country, a metropolitan city, or somewhere in between, connecting with nature each day is something that benefits us all. Maybe the only nature you can see from your concrete jungle is the sky. So be it. Take a moment to breathe it in and appreciate it. Listen to the birds. If you’re in your car, turn off the DJ babble, open your window and re-connect with the outdoors that way. If you’ve got grass anywhere near your feet… take off your shoes and wiggle those toes into the earth. It’s “grounding”. It’s also unpleasant if the grass is covered with snow & ice and it’s 15 degrees out. Wiggle your toes accordingly!

 

5. Gratitude & Giving

There is nothing that can shift your energy and lift your mood as much as a feeling of sincere gratitude. It seriously does change the frequency at which our cells vibrate to a healthier, happier vibration! How cool is that?! Just finding something to be grateful for on a regular basis can improve our health, decrease our level of stress, and change our outlook on life.

Closely related to gratitude is the action step of doing something for someone else. Compliment someone, send a thank-you, give a hug, pay for someone else’s coffee (or water, as per #1), rake a neighbor’s leaves or mow their lawn. You know what to do… just do more of it. Not only does it feel wonderful to receive surprise lovin’, it feels even better to spread the joy!

 

6. Move Your Way Out of  Stinkin’ Thinkin’!

In a bad mood? Stewing in negative emotions? Don’t just sit there and sulk. Put away the ice cream. Keep the passive-agressive drama & pity party off social media. Get up off your hind quarters and MOVE! If you have time for a quick walk, take one. Or just pick one movement you can do for 30-60 seconds and DO IT! e.g. Run (walk quickly) up and down a flight of stairs, do some squats, do some wall push ups, or jumping jacks, or running in place. If you’re at work, you might need to pull off these stellar ninja moves in the privacy of the bathroom! All movement helps. When you change your physicality you can change your mentality. Get moving! ‘Nuff said.

 

 

7. Take Your Supplements

I’m not going to get into a dissertation on which nutritional supplements to take or not take. For the most part, we should supplement only what we’re known to be deficient in. However, it’s pretty safe to assume that most of us living in North America can benefit from adding some foundational basics, like top-quality probiotics (and naturally, traditionally fermented foods); omega-3 essential fatty acids in a proper ratio to other omegas; a Greens mix to alkalize and provide superfoods & micro-nutrients; and something real simple like pure Apple Cider Vinegar for a shot of healthy energy and fermentation for your belly. Yes, there are a million more supplements to consider… take what you need to take to keep your body functioning at its best.

(If you’re not sure what you really need, we should talk. Helping people sort out their true nutritional deficiencies & requirements is something we do daily in our practice. )

The point is, it only takes seconds each day to add these nutritional complements to your routine, but their impact on your health over time can be profound.

 

 

I’d love your input… What do YOU like to do each day, to improve your health, that only takes a few seconds?

 

 

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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 20 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.

 

The Very *Direct* Doctor

Great doctors start young!

Mondays are a crazy-busy day in our practice. Crazy-good… just busy from the moment we open the door.

At one point in mid-shift yesterday, I ran upstairs to grab a file I needed… ran through one of the rehab rooms… and saw this…

 

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Daughter (Doctor) is doing a “consultation” with son (patient).

It was one of those strange moments when, because I was in a hurry, I didn’t really register what I heard them saying until we were home a few hours later.

The scene just looked so cute, though, that I grabbed my phone and took a quick photo!

Couple-a-nutballs, these two are.

Their dialogue went something like this:

 

Doctor: So, tell me what’s going on.

Patient: (In a very whiny voice) I hurt EVERYwhere… ALL the time!!

Doctor: Tell me about your diet.

Patient: I like to eat ice cream, spaghetti, cookies… and chocolate.

Doctor: That’s the problem right there. That’s all inflammatory food. It’s all sugar. Clean up your diet. Your brain can’t work right ’til you do… and you’re gonna’ hurt until you clean it up. Got it?

 

The End.

 

When I asked them about it later, they told me they were just messing around with different scenarios, different types of doctors, different types of patients with different symptoms… and I just happened to stumble upon the scenario with the junk-food eating patient who can’t figure out why he has chronic pain!

Gotta’ love home school!

 

If you notice a change in my bedside manner anytime soon, perhaps I’m taking advice from my 12-year old!

 

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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 20 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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9 “Beginner” Lifestyle Upgrades You Can Incorporate Today

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Over time, I’ve talked at great length here about the importance of making healthy lifestyle choices – the way we eat, move, think, rest, and respond to stress are key elements of lifestyle.

Science has undeniably backed this up with evidence that our lifestyle choices shape our environment, and it’s this environment our cells are exposed to that will determine the expression of our genes.

In other words, it’s what we DO consistently and expose ourselves to consistently that will determine whether or not we stay healthy, or lose that optimal healthy function.

Embracing and prioritizing a healthy lifestyle is the key to avoiding serious degenerative illnesses (a.k.a. “diseases of lifestyle”) like: obesity, diabetes, cancer, heart problems, autoimmune conditions, arthritis, and many additional disorders that plague a large and growing portion of our society.

You may recall the Dynamic Spectrum of Health being described here. Essentially, this spectrum demonstrates that our health (cell function) is in a state of flux; always responding to those aforementioned lifestyle factors. When we add more Pure & Sufficient lifestyle choices, we move toward optimal cell function… and Health. These choices are like “fuel” for our cells. When our lifestyle includes too many Toxic & Deficient choices, we move away from healthy cell function and open the door for serious health problems.

Although it’s of the utmost importance to make “big” lifestyle improvements when your health and life are way off track, I recognize that dramatic lifestyle changes can be intimidating and difficult to implement.

So, for now, let’s press the pause button on the BIG changes, like overhauling your entire diet and starting a 7-day per week workout program! Instead, let’s take beginner steps.

Whether this idea of living a healthy lifestyle is completely new to you, or you’re just finding your way back to health, here are  9 “beginner” or “minor”   lifestyle adjustments that you can make starting today.

These don’t take the place of eating well, moving well, thinking well, resting well, and responding well to stress… but these beginner steps will help you gain momentum and move you in the right direction on that Dynamic Spectrum of Health as they add healthy “fuel” for your cells.

 

1) Stretch every day.

So, maybe joining a gym, signing up for a boot camp, hiring a trainer, or launching into an entirely new exercise routine feel far too overwhelming for you. Then let’s start simple. Stretch every day! Stretching helps you keep your joints, muscles, and bones healthy and strong. Regular stretching makes you feel GOOD, and it decreases your risk of injury when you do incorporate more challenging exercise.

TIP: As part of your daily stretching, focus on moving your spinal area. This directly fuels your brain for better function, increases the production of “happy & healthy” hormones, and will cause you to feel less pain.

 

2) Reduce your consumption of soda & “energy” drinks – replace with water.

Sure, those beverages may taste good – that’s why we call food & drinks like that “tasty toxins” – but these drinks are loaded full of various forms of sugar & artificial sweeteners, artificial colors & flavors, and a concoction of chemicals that really have no business in the human body!

Water, on the other hand, is vital for overall healthy cell function.

Maybe you’re not ready to eliminate EVERY soda, energy drink, flavored coffee, glass of conventional cow’s milk, or alcoholic beverage, BUT, even substituting ONE of those toxic drinks with water every day is a step in the right direction. Then substitute two… then three. You get the point! Drink more water and less toxic garbage!

TIP: If you thought you were making a good choice for your weight loss efforts by drinking “diet” or “sugar-free” beverages, think again! If you’re taking in toxins, you’re NOT going to effectively shed the excess weight and fat you need to! Toxins are housed in fat cells – so, more toxins in = bigger fat cells.

 

3) Place less emphasis on grains & sugar.

Sugar and grains (particularly our modern day refined processed grains) are dangerous catalysts for serious health problems. Why grains? Grains break down to sugar very quickly in the body, especially the more refined they are. Sugar increases inflammation and toxicity throughout the entire body, and wreaks havoc on our immune function – all risk factors for serious illness.

Not ready to go “grain-free” and “sugar-free”?

Start with breakfast. Considering that the Standard American Diet’s breakfast is typically focused on grains & sugar (cereal, toast, pastries, bagels, pancakes, waffles, French toast, etc.), it’s SO easy to make improvements here! Add a source of protein and healthy fats to your breakfast. For example, an egg, or avocado, or some almond butter, or using real grass-fed butter. If you have access to it, get yourself some grass-fed, antibiotic-free meat to add to breakfast.

Next step – try a day or two per week where you don’t have ANY grains or sugar with your breakfast. Trust me – you’ll survive!

Of course, you can implement the same changes for lunch and dinner, as well as snacks. We are completely overloaded with sugar and grains in our culture… and our health track record shows it!

TIP: CROWD OUT the sugar and grains by adding more clean sources of protein and healthy fats to your meals and snacks.

 

4) Just say “NO” to fast food, junk food,  & ‘convenience’ factory foods.

When it comes to having a healthy diet overall, fast food and packaged “convenience” factory foods are the worst. Most fast food and factory food is criminally high in toxic fats, sugar, calories, and countless artificial and toxic ingredients.  Many of the ingredients in these foods are addicting… and not by accident.

I understand that the food is cheap, quick, and convenient… and with our fast-paced lifestyles, it can seem like an acceptable choice. But, that’s not how health is created.

Anytime you can replace fast food and factory food with REAL, whole foods, you win! If you’re not ready to give it up all together, just be intentional about replacing one trip through the drive-thru with one trip to the farmer’s market.

 

5) Add more vegetables.

This goes hand in hand with the sugar & grains tip, and the fast & factory foods tip – we are a society sorely deficient in plant-based foods!Vegetables provide the fresh fiber, nutrients, and anti-oxidants are bodies thrive on. (It’s not that fruit is “bad”… but we do need to keep our consumption in check since. Consider it “God’s candy” – it’s higher in natural sugar content than vegetables, generally speaking.)

Thankfully, this one is easy to improve upon as well. Simply add more vegetables every day! Clearly, not rocket science!

Some argue that raw veggies are the only way to go, while others say we should lightly steam them. Really? If we’re taking beginner steps here, just eat more vegetables!! Have some raw, some steamed, some roasted, some baked, some in soups, some in juices, some in omelets, some in salads… just have some veggies!

Veggies aren’t just for dinner, by the way. Be sure to add them to your lunch menu, and even breakfast. Yes, breakfast!

TIP: Veggie omelets are an easy way to start your day with several of the healthy choices we’ve discussed, especially if you’re starting with quality ingredients like cage-free organic eggs, grass-fed butter, and organic veggies. This provides clean protein, healthy fats, and a big boost of fiber and nutrients from your veggies.

ANOTHER TIP: As you’re beginning to add more vegetables and plant-based foods to your diet, refrain from drowning those poor plants with toxic dressings, dips, and sauces! This will directly sabotage your healthy efforts!

 

6) Get outside… and breathe!

We spend so much time rushing around, driving everywhere, and sitting in front of various screens that we can become disconnected from the outdoors.

We also tend to forget to breathe! Sounds silly, I know. But very few people breathe properly… which means many people are not fully oxygenating their bodies and brains. We kinda’ need that fresh oxygen to sustain cell function!

The simple solution? Everyday, step outside and take some nice, deep belly breaths. Instead of the typical stressed out shallow breathing that comes from your upper chest (and moves your shoulders), take deep breaths – in through your nose – that expand your belly, then slowly exhale out through your mouth. Relax.

TIP: You get bonus points when you go outside, practice your relaxing & restorative belly breathing… barefoot… in the grass or even in the dirt! Connect, people!

 

7) Play!

Add one thing (regularly) that you just do for FUN! It might be active, it might not. It might be with other people, it might be just you. It really doesn’t matter too much… just make sure there’s something you do on a regular basis that’s just plain fun and makes you feel happy. Play with your kids, skip in the park, hoola hoop, play cards or board games, do a cannonball into the lake, swing on a swing, see a funny movie, dance… you get the idea. Life’s too short to make everything about goals, results, deadlines, routines, schedules, work, bills, and everyone else’s opinion!

Again, be intentional. If you don’t create the space in your life for this, chances are it won’t happen.

 

8 ) Get to bed at a “healthy” time.

Lack of sleep and chronic sleep deprivation is a form of toxicity AND deficiency, and therefore contributes to every serious (and not-so-serious) health problem – from immune disruption, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, mental fog, even deficits in our physical fitness and performance.

Most of us know that they need more sleep, but night after night, something seems to come up that gets in the way of that quality sleep.

Be intentional. Set a bedtime. Don’t watch the news, check your email, start a movie, or surf the web after a certain pre-determined time. Give your brain time to chill out before you expect it to provide you with quality sleep.

Getting to bed earlier is an intelligent lifestyle choice – much evidence points to the hours before midnight as being the “Golden Hours” of sleep. Plus, the earlier you can get to bed, the greater the likelihood you’ll cycle through the various cycles of sleep multiple times in any given night. That’s what’s most important – getting through all those cycles, a few times.

TIP: In addition to getting to bed early, set the stage for successful quality sleep by sleeping in total darkness, and removing the obvious obstacles to sleeping through the night. For example, having a full glass of water or a few alcoholic beverages shortly before bed is sure to wake up your bladder at some point! Disrupted sleep means disrupted health!

 

9) Count your blessings.

Having an Attitude of Gratitude shifts our cellular function to healthier cell function. It’s physiologically true. Your attitude, feelings, and response to stress play an enormous role in whether or not your genes will express health or sickness.

While it’s not always easy to see the glass as half full, it’s always important.

No matter what we’re facing, we have a choice in how we respond. We have a choice to be grateful. We can be intentional about looking for those blessings each day.

TIP: If the idea of becoming footloose & carefree seems a little too much for you to fathom at this point, pick ONE “trigger” that will remind you to smarten up, give yourself an attitude adjustment, and find something to be grateful about, dagnabbit! Maybe it’s every morning at sunrise or every night at sunset, or every time you’re about to drink your morning glass of water, or every time you stop at a certain stoplight, or every time you open the fridge, or every time you hear the sirens of emergency vehicles. WHAT it is that reminds you is not as important as remembering to be grateful.

Gratitude changes everything.

 

There you go! 9 rather simple things you can incorporate starting today… and everyday. Don’t underestimate the power of these simple lifestyle upgrades. They will add up to healthier function overall… PLUS, you’ll just feel GOOD, and that’s a very good thing!

 

 

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Healthy Living through Nutrition, Exercise, Stress Reduction, Weight Loss, & Detoxification

 

 

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.

 

 

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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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!

 

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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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Get Back On Track! Make More “Good” Choices & Crowd Out The “Bad”

Tasty Toxins

 

I love Easter.

For me, it’s the most important ‘holiday’ of the year. My spirit is renewed.

What I don’t love about it, from a nutrition perspective, is that it seems like a mix of Thanksgiving & Halloween, with big meals and junk food!

While my spirit may be grateful, my physical body has some getting back on track to do!

I get really irked with myself when I fall off track. There’s no one it hurts more for me to let down than me.

I had been on a solid roll for awhile with no grains, no alcohol, little-to-no dairy, and little-to-no sugar.

I don’t know why a religious holiday is what knocked me off my game, of all things, but it did. Too much food… some wine… some sugar.

(Honestly, there’s a wee bit more stress these days… I think my inner brat used that as justification to stray.)

Time to get back on track. (sigh)

Whether you’re experiencing a sugar crash from Easter chocolate, or your belly is distended from Easter brunch and family celebrations, or it’s just time to get back on track with your healthy lifestyle choices… having a solid strategy is key.

 

Adding “Good” – Subtracting “Bad”.

When it comes to starting new, healthy habits, or re-instating healthy habits, I feel that adding “good”, health-enhancing choices is easier than reducing or eliminating the “bad”.

Some common examples of Good Things to Add:

  • Drink more water
  • Exercise more
  • Eat more vegetables
  • Practice stress reduction techniques
  • Stretch
  • Get more sleep

 

These are all kind of big, general goals. So, it helps to break them down to small, mini-goals that you intentionally place in your daily routine. This makes it more likely that you’ll see your health goals as being easier to achieve.

For example, here’s what a simple list might look like to accomplish some of those goals:

  • Drink a glass of water when I first wake up. Fill up my water bottle 2 times during the day… and drink it.
  • Go for a walk at lunch time, or after dinner. Walk the dog every day.  10 minutes is better than NO minutes.
  • Do a full-body resistance-type workout 2 or 3 times each week. Again, 10 or 15 minutes is better than no minutes.
  • Add “burst” training once or twice each week.
  • Have vegetables &/or salad with lunch and dinner. Add more veggies to my breakfast choices. Add veggies to my smoothie.
  • Add 5-10 minutes of stretching to morning routine or before bed.
  • Do some relaxing breathing to unwind before bed. Practice relaxing while I’m stretching in the morning.
  • Avoid screen time an hour before bed.
  • Get to bed by ____ (10 o’clock, for example)

You can see how even a couple weeks of consistency with these “good” choices would make a noticeable difference!

To add healthy choices, you just need to DO them… then DO them again… and then again.

It’s rather simple: each time you make that healthy choice, it counts as something great. Just make MORE of those choices! They accumulate… and you can never take away a healthy choice that you made.

There’s a magic number… a tipping point, where the healthy choice becomes a “habit”. At some point, it becomes more “painful” for you (mentally, emotionally) to NOT do that healthy activity and you actively seek the pleasure you derive from making that healthy choice. Ah, this is pure gold!

(I’m not talking about the obsessive-compulsive health nut here, who wigs out if they miss their fourth 90-minute workout of the week! I’m talking about turning the corner from “having to” make healthy choices to “wanting to”. Tremendous difference.)

 

 

“Bad Things” to Subtract

These can be tricky. There are SO many lifestyle choices that subtract from our health… where to begin?!

Examples:

Sugar, junk food, fast food, pop, alcohol, drugs (prescription, over the-counter, or  otherwise), smoking, and a slew of other addictions.

You’ve got a couple ways you could go here.

You could try to “ease” into your clean-up routine… tapering off some of your unhealthy choices. Or, you can go cold turkey.

First, if it’s something harmful to your health, any reduction in its consumption or your exposure to it will help. Kudos to you for reducing your intake.

However, in some cases, like gluten, sugar, and many drugs, even one exposure will set you back to square one again.

The notion of “tapering off” doesn’t work quite as well as “tapering in”.

Sometimes you’ve just got to cut it out completely in order to glean the greatest benefit from your healthy choices. Other times, you can get away with reducing (or substituting) just fine.

 

So, your to-do list for “Subtracting the Bad” might look like this:

  • No television on _____ and ______ nights. (Walk instead. Play a game with the kids instead.)
  • Switch from sugar to stevia in your coffee/tea.
  • Pick 2 or 3 days (for starters) where you’ll pack your lunch vs. fast food, or make a healthy breakfast smoothie vs. the drive-thru.
  • If you drink several soft drinks or energy drinks in a day, reduce it by one per day for starters… then go down to just one… then only on certain days… then only on the rare occasion, or not at all.
  • No more eating only grains for breakfast (cereal, toast, bagel, etc.). Add protein & healthy fats. (Eventually, cut the grains… or, do this right away, if you want to reap the health benefits faster.)
  • No sugary desserts – switch to fruit, if necessary. Have a ‘cheat’ meal once a week or two. Have your dessert then, in moderation.
  • Alcohol – Whether  you’re aiming to reduce your consumption or eliminate it all together, think of how you can substitute. Functional beverages are excellent choices that actually give your body what it’s craving. DO something different to change the habit. Get active instead.
  • Reduce your screen time by removing it from your routine during your hour before bedtime.

 

It’s important to understand the true consequences of the choices we make. “What happens if I make this choice? What happens if I don’t?”

When it comes to subtracting the “bad”, it seems even more important to understand the consequences. Just like that tipping point with “good” choices becoming a habit, avoiding the “bad” can become a habit, too… not necessarily as easily… but it certainly CAN.

Also, it can become too mentally or emotionally painful for you to continue making the “bad” choice that you just choose to stop!

Focus on how empowered you feel when you DON’T make that “bad” choice… even if it’s just one time. Then, don’t make the bad choice again… and see how good you feel. Then do it again.

Crowd out your unhealthy choices by filling up (fueling up) with healthy choices.

You’re creating a new lifestyle… a healthier version of you, who just doesn’t need those unhealthy things weighing you down anymore, physically, mentally, and emotionally.

 

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If you need help getting back on a healthier path, consider joining the next 21-Day Health Booster. That’s exactly what it’s designed to accomplish!

 

 

 

 

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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, 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 Thyroid Sessions ~ A Free Online Event You Don’t Want To Miss!

The Thyroid Sessions

 

 

Your thyroid runs the show.

Most importantly, it controls your metabolism. Your thyroid function basically determines if your body’s (figurative) foot is on the gas pedal or on the brake.

When your thyroid isn’t functioning up to par it can leave you feeling exhausted, overweight, depressed, constipated, brain foggy, and much, much more.

It truly is incredible how far-reaching the effects of thyroid imbalance really are.

In fact, your thyroid could actually be THE cause of your most significant health challenges.

Knowing how profound the effects of thyroid imbalance are, that’s why I also find it incredible how often it’s misdiagnosed or mismanaged… or missed all together!

Over 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease… an estimated 200 million worldwide… and this number is on the rise with each passing year. Yet, an even bigger problem is that 60% are completely unaware they even have a thyroid problem – let alone how to heal it and restore healthy function!

I can’t tell you how often I listen to someone’s list of symptoms, ask them if they’ve had their thyroid “properly tested”, and they tell me…

“The tests show that it’s NORMAL!!!”

As far as they’re concerned, it’s a done deal.

What if you’re not getting the right test in the first place. Then what?

Millions of people are suffering—trying all kinds of diets, pills, and treatments to try to lose weight, boost their energy, stop their hair loss, and clear their brain fog. Unfortunately, they will all fail unless they:

#1 Have it properly diagnosed using ACCURATE testing, and

#2 Learn how to heal the underlying thyroid issues and address the full picture of factors that effect thyroid function.

It’s much bigger than treating a lab test result.

Sadly, Western medicine has fallen behind when it comes to the latest research on the causes and treatments — both natural and synthetic — for thyroid problems. There are many theories, but not many mainstream ‘solutions’.

Tweaking your meds in response to the latest lab test result for the rest of your life isn’t much of a solution.

 

 

This is why I was very happy to see that my colleague Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness has brought together a couple dozen of the world’s most knowledgeable experts to teach you EVERYTHING your doctor didn’t tell you about thyroid disorders.

 

It’s called: The Thyroid Sessions

It’s happening from Sunday May 4th – 11th.

 

Registration is FREE!! Just click here to reserve your spot.

 

(This is another FREE online event that Sean has coordinated – watch from home, watch in your p.j.’s, watch with your dog on your lap… just watch!)

 

Just a few of the experts who will be interviewed:

 

Chris Kresser reveals the truly surprising truth about “normal ranges”.

Dr. Dan Kalish walks you through a simple, inexpensive way to test your thyroid at home.

Dr. Kelly Austin shows you how to avoid fillers like gluten and lactose in thyroid meds.

Dr. Alan Christianson teaches you how to shrink thyroid nodules…naturally.

Christa Orecchio discusses real food and lifestyle strategies for hyperthyroid and Graves’ disease.

Dr. Sara Gottfried shows you how to lose weight when your thyroid is off.

 

Click here to view the entire lineup!

 

Shortly after you reserve your spot for this free online event, Sean will send you a  FREE one-hour interview with “Gluten Master”  Dr. Tom O’Bryan about the impact of gluten consumption on Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. If you register early, you’ll receive more thyroid-related goodies, too!

 

Please share this Thyroid Sessions event with your friends and family by forwarding this post or sharing it via social media. You just might change someone’s life. :)

 

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P.S. If you haven’t watched our free webinar yet - “Natural Thyroid Solutions That WORK!”, go here to watch: www.ThyroidRestore.com

If you need personalized solutions to your thyroid condition, including the proper testing, please contact me! Our “Distance Care Recovery Protocols” are available worldwide.

 

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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, 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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Why We Should Add Fermented Foods To Our Diet

Fermented Foods & Gut Health

Our digestive health plays a critical role in our overall health. It has been linked to countless health conditions and imbalances, and directly influences our brain function and immune response. Remember, 80% of our immune system resides in the gut!

Digestive health is a big deal.

Our gut health, and therefore our overall health, thrives when we have an abundance of “good” bacteria in the gut, and “bad” bacteria are kept in check. Sadly, our typical modern diet falls short of supplying us with the “good” bacteria we so desperately need.

Two key ways to make sure we’re getting enough of the “good” bacteria to keep us healthy and functioning well are to add probiotics and fermented foods. We regularly recommend high-quality probiotics and fermented beverages & foods to our practice members and coaching clients because of their foundational healing properties. No matter what ails you, it seems we must start with the gut to begin the recovery process.

Time and time again, once we add the probiotics and fermented foods, people will often tell us of significantly improved digestion, diminished gas and bloating, decreased constipation and improved bowel function, improved immune function, elimination of yeast infections and symptoms of chronic Candida infections, decreased asthma and allergies, increased energy, and better sleep.

Never overlook the importance of your gut health, regardless of the health condition you’re facing, or trying to prevent.

The Power of Sour

Of the traditional fermented foods, sauerkraut is probably the most well known  in the mainstream. Translated to “sour cabbage” in German, traditional sauerkraut is sliced green cabbage that has been fermented by lactic acid bacteria, giving it a pronounced sour flavor.

It’s interesting to note that “sour” has not been a major player in the Standard American Diet – it’s not a flavor that is a regular part of our diets, as it is in so many other parts of the world.

The bacteria and yeast needed for lacto-fermentation are naturally in the cabbage, so all that’s needed to make sauerkraut is cabbage, non-chlorinated/non-fluoridated water, and high-quality sea salt, like Celtic Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt. As the cabbage sits patiently in the brine, over a 3-6 week process, the bacteria are activated and the natural sugars in the cabbage are transformed into lactic acid.

Some of the Many Health Benefits of Fermented Foods

I have friends from Germany who tell me stories of eating sauerkraut daily while growing up, especially throughout the winter months. They swear this is the reason they never got the flu… and still don’t, as they’ve continued their sauerkraut tradition here. (Well, they also swear by their German beer… so I’m not sure they’re 100% trustworthy!) :)

 

It makes sense that your body wouldn’t succumb to colds & flu viruses as easily when you consider that sauerkraut, along with all traditionally fermented or cultured foods, contains high quantities of those healthy (“good”) bacteria, enzymes, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins, like Vitamin C and B-vitamins. These are true “Super Foods” that provide massive benefit to the gut… and therefore, to the immune system.

Fermented foods help to improve digestion because they are rich in enzymes.  The body needs enzymes to digest, process, and absorb food. If you add fermented foods to an already-healthy diet, you will reap even more benefit from those healthy foods as the enzymes help unlock the nutrients for improved assimilation.

Fermented foods contribute to the production of acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter that helps to strengthen the colon and improve bowel elimination, among many other key functions in the body.

Fermented foods also help to create an ideal balance of hydrochloric acid in the stomach – whether it’s too low or too high – helping to produce the right amount of gastric juices needed for proper digestion.

Fermented foods help restore that proper balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria in the gut by introducing probiotics or the “good” bacteria that’s next-to-impossible to find elsewhere in the diet. As mentioned, this healthy balance of bacteria creates a healthier gut… which builds a healthier and stronger immune response. Fermented foods contain additional compounds (besides these  probiotics) that kill pathogens, thus further reinforcing our immune function.

Additional Benefits of Fermented Foods

In addition to their health benefits, fermented foods have many practical benefits.

  • Making your own fermented foods and drinks is inexpensive and relatively easy.
  • They add fabulous flavor to meals and snacks.
  • Fermentation is an ideal way of preserving foods from the garden, like cabbage, cucumbers, beets, carrots, and greens.
  • Incorporating homemade fermented foods is one way to decrease a family’s food costs.
  • Fermented foods keep for months when stored in an airtight container and refrigerated or kept cool.
  • They are nutrient-rich – as opposed to canned foods which lose much of their nutrients from the canning process.
  • They make wonderful gifts to give friends and loved ones! (I can personally vouch for this, being on the receiving end of such gifts!)

The Tradition of Fermented Foods

There is evidence that fermentation has been practiced for many thousands of years. Our much earlier ancestors’ diets used to naturally contain significantly higher amounts of probiotics and enzymes. But, our modern foods and pharmaceuticals introduced nutrient-robbing and gut-destroying things like pasteurization and antibiotic over-use. Now, we have a mainstream population with chronic bacterial imbalance and gut issues… and everything else that comes along with that.

We need these probiotic-rich and enzyme-rich foods in our diets more than ever. Conventional dairy (as opposed to raw, cultured, and unpasteurized or low-heat pasteurized) is essentially a useless liquid containing a cesspool of “bad” bacteria, pathogens, and hormones.  Most store-bought pickles and sauerkraut are “modern” versions of their traditional relatives… “quick pickled” with vinegar, rather than lacto-fermented, thus containing virtually no beneficial bacteria or enzymes.

 

amasai cultured dairy beverage breakfast smoothie

Upgrading your diet by adding fermented foods and beverages is relatively easy… since it really is just adding something, not necessarily eliminating anything. People get all twitchy when you start telling them what they should eliminate!

In order to truly see the benefit of adding these foods and beverages, it’s ideal to take probiotics daily, and eat fermented foods (or drink fermented drinks) once or twice per day consistently. Thankfully, this has become a “movement” in this part of the world in recent years, so it’s easy to find a plethora of easy recipes online, and some superb quality products that are pre-made.

Some common &/or easy to make (or find) fermented foods & drinks:

Foods:

  • Sauerkraut
  • Kimchi
  • Pickles
  • Vinegar
  • Miso
  • Lacto Fermented Ketchup or Salsa
  • Terrain Omega (fermented Chia seeds)
  • Really, you can ferment pretty much any veggie!


Beverages:

  • Suero Viv
  • Amasai
  • Kefir
  • Kombucha (store bought Kombucha should not be consumed daily since it often contains excess sugar because it hasn’t fermented long enough)
  • Rejuvelac

 

“Supplements”:

 

 

Well, what do you say? Isn’t it time we made fermented foods a mainstay in our diets once again? I’m in.

 

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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, 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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12 Easy Ways To Naturally Support Digestion

Digestive Issues

 

Gas, bloating, indigestion, heartburn, reflux, constipation… oy. It’s not fun at all when your digestive system isn’t cooperating with you.

While this is an enormous topic, and can have very serious and chronic causes at the root of your symptoms, there are some simple things you can do in order to start helping your digestion right away.

Note: the more chronic your symptoms, the more I urge you to work with an experienced practitioner who can help you properly identify the true cause of your symptoms, and help you with an effective recovery protocol. One of the most important factors to determine early on in your investigation is whether or not you have intestinal permeability. If so, most other treatment efforts will fall short until this is properly addressed.

 

12 Easy Ways to Naturally Support Digestion

 

1) Eat Real Food & Simplify

The most basic, foundational step you can make in order to address digestive issues is to eat REAL food! Keep your diet simple ~ choose “clean” (non-toxic) meats and animal sources of protein, veggies, some fruit, healthy fats, and pure beverages. Cut out packaged, processed foods that are loaded with additives, preservatives, excitotoxins, sugar derivatives, GMOs, and various toxic & inflammatory ingredients that only subtract from your health.

 

2) Add Traditionally Cultured & Fermented Foods

Yes, these foods are becoming the poster child for health food in the mainstream nutrition arena! In addition to providing an abundance of beneficial bacteria, live enzymes, and a plethora of nutrients to boost our overall health, fermented foods directly aid in digestion. The fermentation process itself makes the beneficial nutrients more ‘bioavailable’ and therefore easier for your digestive system to benefit from. Add cultured veggies and beverages to your diet on a regular basis and see how quickly you notice improvements. (If your digestive issues are currently inflamed, try small amounts of sauerkraut juice first, before eating.)

 

3) Add Bone Broth

Here’s another miracle food to incorporate, whether you have digestive issues or not!

Traditionally prepared bone broth is a very easy on our digestive systems, yet is a nutritional powerhouse, helping us assimilate vitamins and minerals even better. It’s easy to include bone broth in on a daily basis by cooking meals with it, making soups or stews, sipping it by the cupful, or reducing the broth for a sauce or gravy. Bone broth is easy to make, with ample recipes available online… but if you don’t have time, there are online sources for high quality bone broth, too. (I like U.S. Wellness Meats.)

4) Eliminate Gluten

To be perfectly frank, if you have chronic digestive issues, I’d rather you consider eliminating grains all together… at least for awhile, until you’re fully recovered. However, gluten is an important starting point. Gluten is a menace. Specific proteins found in gluten have been shown to breakdown the “tight junctions” in our intestinal barrier, thus allowing molecules that are too large to pass through this barrier. This creates an ongoing immune attack and sets the stage for an autoimmune condition. Due to the nefarious nature of gluten, it’s not enough to just “go gluten-free” – you MUST simultaneously work to repair the gut.

If you’re not ready to give up the rest of your grains yet, you can ‘upgrade’ your grain consumption by: choosing organic grains, soaking them, choosing sprouted whole grains, choosing ancient grains, and decreasing your consumption.

 

5) Reduce Common Inflammatory Foods

There are certain trigger foods that are commonly considered to be problematic when it comes to digestive health. Topping the list are: gluten, conventional dairy containing A1 beta casein, modern soy, sugar, conventional eggs, many nuts, peanuts (a legume), corn, and nightshade vegetables. It’s wise to remove these from the diet for at least 21-days, see how your body responds, and then IF you plan to re-introduce them, do so one at a time over the course of several weeks again. I would recommend NOT re-introducing gluten, however… and upgrade to cultured dairy with A2 beta casein (Beyond Organic is an excellent source for this), pastured eggs, limited sugar from natural sources, and very limited amounts of the other trigger foods…. once again, IF you choose to consume them at all.

 

6) Incorporate Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Terrain

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar can also help optimize your digestive juices. Simply add a teaspoon to a glass of water and drink 20-30 minutes before meals. Be sure you are using real, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, like Bragg’s brand, and not apple flavored white vinegar.

Another excellent option for its traditional gut restorative properties is Terrain liquid herbals from Beyond Organic.

Does adding something acidic, like vinegar, seem counter-intuitive when it comes to gut health? Actually, most of us have an issue with too little stomach acid as we age (and encounter life stressors), rather than too much stomach acid. This results in food that is not completely broken down by the stomach getting passed into the small intestine before it should… and interfering with further breakdown and nutrient absorption. Shutting off those “stomach pumps” with one of many medications on the market is counter-productive to solving the real problem.

 

7) Avoid Stress Eating (or “on-the-go” eating)

Eating while under stress or when we are in a rush or on-the-go can interfere with our natural digestive process. This is about neurology. When we’re stressed or in a hurry, or focusing on something potentially ‘dangerous’ (like driving) we’re sympathetic dominant.  When we’re relaxed, we’re in parasympathetic mode. Digestion is a parasympathetic nervous system process. Trying to outsmart our nervous system rarely works in our favor! Slow down, relax, chew your food well… and your digestion will naturally improve.

 

8 ) Add (and maintain your own) Digestive enzymes

Adding digestive enzymes to your post-meal routine can be a simple remedy to help with digestive distress. Good quality sources are readily available at any health food store. Also keep in mind some simple things you can do to optimize your body’s own production and use of digestive enzymes: don’t waste your enzymes on useless things like gum or mints. Save those precious enzymes for real food! Also, don’t guzzle gallons of liquids with your meals. Again, this dilutes the effects of your body’s natural digestive enzymes and can be a contributor to chronic digestive issues.

 

9) Cleanse/detox regularly

This is a simple premise. Since we’re NOT perfect… since we DO tend to get off track… since we ARE exposed to a dizzying array of toxic and inflammatory foods, it just makes sense to give our bodies and digestive systems a break on a regular basis. I’m a big supporter of regular cleansing and detoxifying. There are countless options to choose from here, from simple 3-day cleanses, to much longer and more comprehensive ones.

You might want to consider doing the 21-day guided health recovery program described here.

 

10) Use “Swedish Bitters”

Bitters are a traditional digestive tonic using extracts of bitter herbs and spices so often lacking in our modern diet. Bitters stimulate the digestive system to produce digestive enzymes, secrete bile, and help balance the hydrochloric acid (HCl) in our stomachs, as discussed earlier. Look for quality sources that make their bitters with non-GMO organic ingredients, gluten-free alcohol, and contain no artificial flavors or corn syrup, like may commercial brands do.

 

11) Move regularly

Motion is life. Movement stimulates proprioceptive pathways to the brain that create a more desirable output from the brain… and output that drives us toward optimal function and feeling “good”. Ultimately, regular movement results in a better brain and better brain function. Movement also physically stimulates our digestive systems. We know, for example, when our elimination processes are backed up, that going for a walk can help. This is a simple premise: movement stimulates optimal function. Make sure you’re moving regularly – your brain and every part of your body thrive on it!

 

12) Get Regular Chiropractic Adjustments

“What does my back have to do with my digestion?!” Chiropractic isn’t about your back, per say. It’s about your neurological function. It just so happens that your spine plays an enormous role in your neurological function, due to the simple fact that it contains a very large part of your central nervous system! When the spine isn’t moving naturally, or interferes with optimal neurological function in any way, then your digestion (and every other physical, mental, and emotional function in your body) can be negatively impacted. Having your spine checked regularly, and adjusted when necessary, can only help your overall function. It’s an intelligent addition to a healthy lifestyle.

 

 

So, these are some relatively simple starting points and additions you can make to your routine in order to begin aiding your digestive process. Sometimes, this is all it takes. Other times, you may need to do more serious work to fully recover – identify whether or not you have gut permeability (“leaky gut”), whether or not you have true food sensitivities, whether or not you need to add HCl, whether or not you have a pathogen wreaking havoc on your gut health, etc. Much to think about and explore!

Let me know if I can help.

 

 

 

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, 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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Building A Strong Immune System: “What Should I Eat?”

The Truth About Health

 

When it comes to building a strong, resilient immune system that consistently protects us from cold and flu viruses, most of us know the basics:

  • Eat a healthy, nutrient-rich diet
  • Exercise regularly and incorporate a variety of movement into your life
  • Get direct, unfiltered sun exposure 15-20 minutes per day (try your best, Northerners!)
  • Get sufficient sleep
  • Try not to burn the candle at both ends…  have outlets for your stress… do your best to create balance

There’s another piece of advice, though, that you may not have heard.

Don’t overeat!

Not only will this lifestyle strategy help maintain a stronger immune system on an ongoing basis, but it can help you fend off those annoying cold and flu viruses.

In fact, if you start to get that feeling… where you feel like you might be coming down with something (your immune system is “adapting” to something in its environment), then light fasting is a very good idea.

Remember why we were always told to wait awhile after eating before going swimming? It’s because digestion takes more energy than just about any other daily human activity.

Placing an excessive burden on your digestive system (in the case of over-eating or eating large meals) diverts energy and important physiological resources that could be put to more important use assisting the immune system.

In addition to simply avoiding TOO much food in general, avoiding sugar and starch in particular, here is critical.

The research is clear. A high glycemic meal wreaks havoc on our primary immune response for hours after consumption.

It doesn’t stop there.

Glucose increases insulin production, leads to increased free radical activity, and creates a more acidic internal terrain. It leads to breakdown.

Sugar is like food for the various pathogens we’re trying to ward off. If you want the pathogens to stick around, then just feed ‘em sugar!

Yes, all carbs (with the exception of  indigestible fiber) are sugar once they reach your bloodstream. This includes bread, pasta, cereals, pastries & baked goods, potatoes, rice, juice (yes, even orange juice!), grains (including whole & sprouted grains), corn, conventional milk & other dairy products (especially low-fat/non-fat which are high in sugar), legumes (approximately 60% starch), and other sugary/starchy carbs.

Now, this doesn’t mean you should necessarily opt for steak at every meal! Of course, consuming excess of any one food group is problematic. Excessive protein intake can disrupt some metabolic functions as well. Be consistent with moderate protein intake, especially if your immune system is temporarily or chronically compromised. Always choose the best protein sources you can, such as grass-fed, wild, pastured, and free-range.

What Should You Eat?

So, if you feel a virus of some sort coming on, or it’s already here, what should you eat? Again, it’s perfectly OK to not eat for awhile – let your digestive system rest. There’s a high likelihood you won’t die if you miss a few meals.

Pretty sure.

This is a biggie for parents with a child whose immune system is fighting something off. If your child is dealing with a cold or flu, or other short-lived infection, you don’t necessarily need to worry if they don’t want much food. Their body is preoccupied fighting the good fight!

And, when they do want to eat, do NOT opt for sugar-based foods! This is not the time for toast, cereal, pasta, orange juice… or ice cream, for crying out loud! We’re trying to HEAL here, people!

Regardless of whose adapting immune system we’re talking about, if you are going to eat, keep it clean and simple. Quality sources of protein, healthy fats, veggies, some fruit, stay hydrated, and avoid sugar and starchy foods.

Healthy fats can help you build a stronger arsenal. Coconut oil has incredible antimicrobial properties, as does poultry fat. Grass-fed butter provides an easily absorbed dose of fat soluble vitamins that are so critical for our neurological and immune function.

I don’t know about you, but if I’m ever feeling run down, or those first signs of an immune system adaptation are showing up, I start to crave soup. Broth, to be specific. Light soups and bone broths top the list of immuno-supportive meals when you’re fighting off a pathogen. Bone broth is known as a “super food” for good reason. It serves to heal the gut, which is responsible for 80% of our immune system!

Speaking of the gut and it’s intricate involvement with our immune system, anything that helps the gut will strengthen our immune response. Anything that breaks down the gut will break down the immune system.

Some of the most beneficial ‘foods’ for a healthy gut are rich with probiotics and live enzymes. Foods like traditionally cultured veggies, coconut kefir, and fermented beverages. Adding an excellent-quality probiotic supplement to the mix will help, as well.

So, while there are countless choices available to us to assist a burdened immune system (things like nutritional supplements, essential oils, tonics, homeopathic remedies, “miracle” berries, and so on), I feel it’s important to look first to the underlying diet.

And, not just what we’re eating… but how much.

Just something to chew on!

 

(On a side note, a healthy immune system depends on healthy neurological function. Remember to get your Chiropractic adjustments on a regular basis to ensure optimal neurological, immune, and hormonal response. It’s not about your “back”… it’s about your HEALTH!)

 

 

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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, 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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Why I Don’t Always Recommend The Paleo Diet

The Evolution of Modern Man

In our practice we regularly recommend a Paleo or Paleo-like approach as a foundational diet. Paleo does a good job of eliminating many of the most common foods that “trigger” a chronic inflammatory response: dairy and grains, to be specific.

I believe there are some very important and relevant caveats to consider regarding those two food groups, however.  Stay tuned…

In addition to grains and dairy, the traditional Paleo approach doesn’t permit nightshade vegetables (like tomatoes, pepper, or eggplant), tubers (potato, arrowroot), legumes (beans, peas, soy, peanuts), and many nuts. Sugars, refined salt, processed foods, and artificial ingredients are frowned upon.

What is recommended on a Paleo diet? Simply stated, foods that can be hunted or fished, like meat, organ meat and seafood and foods that can be gathered like eggs, fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, (some) nuts, seeds, herbs, and spices.

There was some question about the consumption of saturated fats in the early days of the Paleo Diet, including butter and coconut oil. Thankfully, some of the fresher scientific minds in the Paleo world have clarified that it’s the source of saturated fat that is the issue, not fat itself.

Saturated fat from unhealthy/toxic sources makes for unhealthy toxic fat. Saturated fat from healthy sources makes for healthy saturated fats. E.g. butter from grass-fed cows, grass-fed meats, eggs from free-range chickens, and so on.

There’s still some disagreement regarding some of the details in Paleo… like sweet potatoes, of all things. And eggs. And nuts. Life’s too short, if you ask me.

Overall, I believe the Paleo approach is a very good one… but not necessarily for 100% of people, 100% of the time, or as a permanent dietary choice.

Individual deficiencies and imbalances should always be taken into consideration.

If someone is showing signs of chronic inflammation and toxicity, and presenting with numerous symptoms, I’ve seen switching to Paleo bring near-miraculous health results. Like I said, it’s removing several of the major inflammatory triggers.

However, there are also situations for which I’d recommend including some foods that are not allowed on the Paleo diet.

For many people, incorporating superior quality raw, unpasteurized (or low-heat pasteurized), traditionally cultured dairy can be the key to turning their health around. I’ve particularly seen this to be true in the case of chronic gut or intestinal disorders. The easy-to-digest fat-soluble vitamins and abundance of health-enhancing probiotics are unmatched in beverages like Amasai.

This is clearly not the case with modern, conventional dairy, or even organic dairy.

We’ve recommended the addition of Amasai and/or Suero to many people’s diets for the incredible healing benefits not easily found in other modern foods. The dairy in these products is from a special breed of cattle that lack the inflammatory A1 casein protein, making it highly digestible and providing incredible healing benefits from the whole milk nutrients and extensive probiotic profile.

(Raw Dairy is now considered by some up-and-coming nutrition experts to be Paleo-approved, while others still believe it is not. A Paleo diet with dairy added in is called a Neo-Paleo diet, in case you need to know that for your next trivia game with your house guests!)

On the other hand, there are some foods that are core staples of the Paleo diet that I just don’t recommend consuming with any regularity – pork, shellfish, and catfish, for instance. Pigs are known to be common carriers of parasites and have been likened to other bottom feeders, like shellfish and catfish.

Oh, and I don’t really care that “snake” is an allowed Paleo food. Ain’t gonna’ happen. Call me closed-minded. Go ahead.

 

That being said…

What is now commonly referred to as the Paleo diet certainly does have its very positive elements:

•    Processed foods are avoided – the less toxic & inflammatory our diets, the better.
•    Sugar (and foods that quickly break down to sugar) is avoided – sugar is a key trigger for toxicity & inflammation
•    Wild caught meats and protein sources are recommended as the majority of the diet (rich in balanced omega-3 fatty acids for overall healthy function), and
•    Raw nutrient-dense foods like vegetables, fruit, and some nuts and seeds are recommended to make up the remainder of the diet

These are all very good dietary recommendations.

I won’t claim to be 100% Paleo, 100% of the time.

I go through cycles where I’ll follow a Paleo diet for several weeks or a few months, then I’ll either re-introduce something non-Paleo that I’ve been psychologically missing, or I’ll  do a cleansing/restoration protocol that includes the Amasai or Suero beverages.

In my opinion, that’s a fantastic reason for some people to intentionally come off the Paleo diet, at least for a short time. It’s why we incorporate the  14-day “Jump Start” and 3-day cleansing programs into our health recovery recommendations.

 

So what dietary approach should you follow? I normally like to say “Paleo-like”, or the Innate Lifestyle Diet, or, a cellular healing diet, or, my favorite… The Human Being Diet! That’s the diet that supports your optimal cell function and is comprised of “healing foods”. These are foods that typically follow a hunter-gatherer-like lifestyle approach, but also follow current science, and even many biblical nutrition principles. These healing foods are rich in nutrients, and poor in toxins.

Examples are:
•    Organic Grass-fed Meat and Wild Game
•    Free-range Poultry & Eggs
•    Wild caught fish
•    Grass-fed butter, ghee, pure coconut oil
•    Vegetables (including sea vegetables)
•    Herbs
•    Fruits – controlled consumption
•    Pastured (grass-fed) raw dairy
•    Traditionally cultured & fermented foods
•    Nuts (sprouted) – if you can tolerate them
•    Seeds (sprouted)

Let’s state the obvious here. Whether we agree 100% with the specifics of the Paleo diet or not, it clearly knocks the socks right off the Standard American Diet! No contest.

 

 

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, 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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Is Your Health Worth 2 Weeks?

Jump Start Programs
Does your health need a little boost? A gentle “shove” in the right direction?
Would you give yourself 2 weeks to get back on track? Just 2 weeks.
Then I recommend you take a close look at the three Jump Start programs created by Beyond Organic.
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Beyond Organic has recently launched 3 brand new, 100% guided, results-oriented, 14-day health programs to meet you “where you are” with your health and take you by the hand to your next level… and far beyond!

These are powerful-yet-simple, all-inclusive programs to quickly teach you exactly how to improve your health for the long run. You’re given everything you need to complete the programs successfully: healing foods & nutritional products, daily coaching & support, foundational guide book, meal plans, menus & recipes… you’re completely taken care of!

Well… almost. You still need to get your own groceries! ;)

 

All of the Jump Start plans automatically give you “Preferred Customer” status for one year with Beyond Organic… which means you will save 20% on all future purchases!

(You can also now very easily upgrade to Mission Marketer… more on that down below!)

 

The next round of Jump Start programs kicks off on Sunday January 26th.

The deadline to order is Monday January 20th at 5pm CST. Don’t miss this opportunity!!


Introducing, the Jump Start programs and their “coaches”:

 

 

Get Real 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Angelle Batten
Angelle Batten
MED
Family Wellness Coach

Plan #1: Get Real

 

Get Real | A guided 14-day plan for busy moms, dads, and anyone looking to lose weight, boost energy and kick cravings.

It’s time to “Get Real” about your health—time to focus on you—because a healthy family starts with a healthy you. The Get Real 14-day experience was specifically designed by Family Wellness Coach Angelle Batten for people who “don’t have time” to cleanse—specifically busy moms and dads, as well as on-the-go professionals and everyone who wants a hassle-free way to jump start their weight loss, kick their cravings and boost their energy. The Get Real program combines healthy foods and beverages, shipped from our farm to your home, and a simple, guided 14-day plan complete with daily menus and quick recipes.

The biggest difference in the Get Real program is that we guide you! We offer coaching and a shoulder to lean on via our private Get Real Facebook Group and daily emails that encourage and share our favorite tips and cleanse secrets. Finally, our Get Real eBook simply and clearly outlines just how easy it is to cleanse.

The Get Real 14-day Experience includes everything you need to be successful:

  • Suero Cleanse Bronze (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16-oz.bottles)
  • Terrain Sacred Herbs (one 15-oz. bottle)
  • Get Real eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Quick and Easy Cleansing Recipes
  • Cleansing and Detox Tips and Guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of Live Beyond Organic by Jordan Rubin

Price $179.00 (Free Shipping) a $329 Value!

Order Now

 

 

Get Fit 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Dr. Josh Axe
Dr. Josh Axe
D.C.

Plan #2: Get Fit

 

Get Fit | A guided 14-day plan for anyone leading—or seeking—a more active lifestyle with foods that fuel fat loss.

Get Fit is a dynamic program that seeks to get you moving, unlock your energy potential and help you burn fat. Designed by Dr. Josh Axe, the Get Fit program combines fitness training, fat-burning foods and energy-boosting supplements designed to remake your health in just 14 days.

Perhaps the best part about the Get Fit program is that we stand right beside you the whole time! We offer coaching and guidance via our Get Fit Private Facebook Group, daily emails with fitness and diet tips, and our Get Fit eBook that simply and clearly walks you through the easy 14-day program.

The Get Fit  Program includes:

  • Suero Cleanse Bronze (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16-oz. bottles)
  • Terrain Omega Powder (one 16-oz. bag)
  • AdaptGen (one 60-capsule bottle)
  • Get Fit eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Simple, fast recipes designed to maximize fat burning
  • Fitness tips and guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of Live Beyond Organic by Jordan Rubin

Price $239.00 (Free Shipping) a $409 Value!

Order Now

 

 

Get Well 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Jordan Rubin
Jordan Rubin
Founder of Beyond Organic
NY Times Best-Selling Health Author

Plan #3: Get Well


Get Well | A guided 14-day plan from Maker’s Diet Revolution author Jordan Rubin, for those who need to restore their gut, rebuild their terrain and reclaim their health.

Have you ever thrown your hands in the air and wished that you could simply feel better? The Get Well plan was designed by Jordan Rubin to give your health a true Jump Start by taking 14 days to focus on where health really starts—in your gut.

As with all of our Jump Start health programs, the Get Well Plan offers coaching and guidance via our private Get Well Facebook Group, daily emails with meal plans and health tips, and our Get Well eBook that guides you through the entire 14-day journey.

The Get Well Program Includes:

  • Suero Cleanse Silver (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16 oz. bottles)
  • Terrain Omega Powder (one 16 oz. bag)
  • Terra Firma (one 90-capsule bottle)
  • Get Well eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Simple, fast recipes designed to maximize fat burning
  • Fitness tips and guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of The Maker’s Diet Revolution by Jordan Rubin

Price $279.00 (Free Shipping) a $459 Value!

Order Now

 

 

MAJOR BONUS:

When you order any of the Jump Start programs, you can UPGRADE your membership with Beyond Organic to that of “Mission Marketer” for only $69!!

This is a phenomenal opportunity to partner with Beyond Organic and share these superior healing foods, nutritional products, and toxin-free personal care products with others… AND be handsomely compensated to do so!

If you have more questions about the many benefits of becoming a Mission Marketer, please do not hesitate to ask. I cannot say enough positive things about Beyond Organic – they are truly a unique company, built by extraordinary individuals with an extraordinary foundation of faith and integrity. Oh, and their healing foods & products are rather extraordinary as well!

 

You can ask me to help you get started as a Mission Marketer… or you can go right to THIS PAGE to enroll with one of the several packages shown. It’s worth taking a look!

 

Time to Choose…

Well, what’s the best path for YOU at this time? Just a simple boost to your overall health? Or, time to get back in shape? Or, is it time to dig deep and begin the process of fully recovering from chronic health conditions and restoring vibrant health?

Let me know if you have any questions about the programs or if you need help choosing.

 

Keep this in mind: You can always do a different Jump Start program down the road. Don’t fret over your choice! They’re ALL exceptional programs!

 

 

 

 

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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, and more, please contact Dr. Colleen directly at info@drmomonline.com or http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline. Personalized distance programs are available.

It’s A New Year’s Health Revolution With 3 New ‘Jump Start’ Plans By Beyond Organic!

Jump Start Plans

(Deadline to register is extended for a few more days!! Want to join the January 14-day Jump Start program? Order NO LATER THAN this Sunday January 5th by 12 midnight EST.)

There’s big news from Beyond Organic these days!

 

They’ve just launched 3 brand new, guided, results-oriented, 14-day health programs to meet you “where you are” with your health and take you to the next level… and far beyond!

These are simple, straightforward, condensed programs to quickly teach you exactly how to improve your health for the long run. You’re given everything you need to complete the programs successfully, except the groceries!

 

 

The first round of 2-week programs will kick off on January 12th… DEADLINE to register is December 31st!! January 5th!!

Introducing, the Jump Start programs:

 

 

Get Real 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Angelle Batten
Angelle Batten
MED
Family Wellness Coach

Plan #1: Get Real

14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership

Order by December 31st to be included in our January 12th 14-day Program. Products will ship the week of January 6th.

Get Real | A guided 14-day plan for busy moms, dads, and anyone looking to lose weight, boost energy and kick cravings.

It’s time to “Get Real” about your health—time to focus on you—because a healthy family starts with a healthy you. The Get Real 14-day experience was specifically designed by Family Wellness Coach Angelle Batten for people who “don’t have time” to cleanse—specifically busy moms and dads, as well as on-the-go professionals and everyone who wants a hassle-free way to jump start their weight loss, kick their cravings and boost their energy. The Get Real program combines healthy foods and beverages, shipped from our farm to your home, and a simple, guided 14-day plan complete with daily menus and quick recipes.

The biggest difference in the Get Real program is that we guide you! We offer coaching and a shoulder to lean on via our private Get Real Facebook Group and daily emails that encourage and share our favorite tips and cleanse secrets. Finally, our Get Real eBook simply and clearly outlines just how easy it is to cleanse.

The Get Real 14-day Experience includes everything you need to be successful:

  • Suero Cleanse Bronze (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16-oz.bottles)
  • Terrain Sacred Herbs (one 15-oz. bottle)
  • Get Real eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Quick and Easy Cleansing Recipes
  • Cleansing and Detox Tips and Guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of Live Beyond Organic by Jordan Rubin

Price $179.00 (Free Shipping) a $329 Value!

Order Now

 

 

Get Fit 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Dr. Josh Axe
Dr. Josh Axe
D.C.

Plan #2: Get Fit

14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership

Order by December 31st to be included in our January 12th 14-day Program. Products will ship the week of January 6th.

Get Fit | A guided 14-day plan for anyone leading—or seeking—a more active lifestyle with foods that fuel fat loss.

Get Fit is a dynamic program that seeks to get you moving, unlock your energy potential and help you burn fat. Designed by Dr. Josh Axe, the Get Fit program combines fitness training, fat-burning foods and energy-boosting supplements designed to remake your health in just 14 days.

Perhaps the best part about the Get Fit program is that we stand right beside you the whole time! We offer coaching and guidance via our Get Fit Private Facebook Group, daily emails with fitness and diet tips, and our Get Fit eBook that simply and clearly walks you through the easy 14-day program.

The Get Fit  Program includes:

  • Suero Cleanse Bronze (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16-oz. bottles)
  • Terrain Omega Powder (one 16-oz. bag)
  • AdaptGen (one 60-capsule bottle)
  • Get Fit eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Simple, fast recipes designed to maximize fat burning
  • Fitness tips and guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of Live Beyond Organic by Jordan Rubin

Price $239.00 (Free Shipping) a $409 Value!

Order Now

 

 

Get Well 14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership Jordan Rubin
Jordan Rubin
Founder of Beyond Organic
NY Times Best-Selling Health Author

Plan #3: Get Well

14-Day Plan with Free Preferred Customer Membership

Order by December 31st to be included in our January 12th 14-day Program. Products will ship the week of January 6th.

Get Well | A guided 14-day plan from Maker’s Diet Revolution author Jordan Rubin, for those who need to restore their gut, rebuild their terrain and reclaim their health.

Have you ever thrown your hands in the air and wished that you could simply feel better? The Get Well plan was designed by Jordan Rubin to give your health a true Jump Start by taking 14 days to focus on where health really starts—in your gut.

As with all of our Jump Start health programs, the Get Well Plan offers coaching and guidance via our private Get Well Facebook Group, daily emails with meal plans and health tips, and our Get Well eBook that guides you through the entire 14-day journey.

 The Get Well Program Includes:

  • Suero Cleanse Silver (eighteen 16-oz. bottles)
  • Plain Amasai (six 16 oz. bottles)
  • Terrain Omega Powder (one 16 oz. bag)
  • Terra Firma (one 90-capsule bottle)
  • Get Well eBook
  • Personalized Coaching and Guidance in the Exclusive Facebook Group
  • Daily Email Guidance
  • Simple, fast recipes designed to maximize fat burning
  • Fitness tips and guidelines
  • Live and/or Recorded Calls with Bonus Learning and Personalized Support
  • A copy of The Maker’s Diet Revolution by Jordan Rubin

Price $279.00 (Free Shipping) a $459 Value!

Order Now

 

Well, what’s the best path for YOU at this time? Just a simple boost to your overall health? Or, time to get back in shape? Or, is it time to dig deep and begin the process of fully recovering from chronic health conditions and restoring vibrant health?

(Docs, health coaches, trainers, therapists… this is definitely something to consider in order to help more people!)

 

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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 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, autoimmune conditions, 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.

“We Need To Eat Some Junk Food So We Won’t Get Really Sick!”

The Truth About Health

No, I didn’t fall and hit my head. Those words in the title were recently spoken directly to me… and I have since recovered from my fit of laughter enough to write about it!

I was chatting with a mom and her teenage kids about the health benefits of doing our “2-Week Transform-Your-Health Cleanse”. Specifically, we were talking about making healthy food choices and upgrading our nutrition.

I’ve heard a lot of things over the years when it comes to nutrition choices. People, myself included, are very creative when it comes to justifying their unhealthy choices!

  • I’m stressed out.
  • I’m sad.
  • I’m happy.
  • I’m bored.
  • I’m busy.
  • Eating healthy is too expensive.
  • Just this once.
  • A little bit won’t hurt me.
  • All good things in moderation.
  • I don’t have time to make healthy food.
  • I live alone… I don’t want to cook for one.
  • Everybody else eats it.
  • I don’t want to miss out.
  • It’s fast/easy/cheap/convenient.

I feel your pain. I think I may have said every one of these at some point in my life.

I’d have to say, though, that two justifications that can get under my skin at times are:

“If you don’t give your kids (fill in the blank for whatever toxic food choice is being discussed), then you’re depriving them of  ‘normal’ childhood experiences.”

(When one of my children’s teachers spoke those words to my face years ago – in response to my concerns about the daily doling out of graham crackers, pretzels, cookies, granola bars, goldfish crackers, and popcorn… plus regular pizza parties, ice cream parties, and birthday cakes & cupcakes multiple times each month – I knew right then and there that I’d be home schooling!)

And the other justification that I hear quite often, that one of the aforementioned teenagers tossed my way as a reason why they shouldn’t eat the healthy foods as recommended in the 2-week program…

“… Besides, if you eat *only* healthy food then your body’s just gonna’ freak out when you DO have junk food… and then you’ll really get sick. You NEED to have some junk food regularly so that you don’t get sick when you eat junk food!”

Now, there’s some winning logic.

C’mon! We can’t really believe those words as they’re coming out of our face, can we??

Let’s not overlook the fact that your body IS freaking out every time we feed it toxic junk… we just don’t immediately see or feel the consequences of those choices… and we certainly don’t feel what’s developing beneath the surface.

There are limitations of matter, you know! The body can only put up with so much abuse!

I asked this teen if she was going to apply the same logic to her choices regarding alcohol and drug use…

“I should have some alcohol here and there, on a regular basis, otherwise, my body will really freak out and get sick when I DO have a drink someday!”

She pulled a cranial muscle, rolling her eyes at me with such force.

Ah, good times!

 

We all have our issues. We all have to make choices when it comes to those less-than-perfect foods and beverages that we choose to consume.

I just think we need to get real with our reasons for not making the healthiest choices we can, given our current level of knowledge on the subject, and the resources we have available.

Saying something silly, like you’re depriving yourself of something if you have a healthy diet, or that you need junk food regularly so that you don’t get sick when you eat junk food, just makes you sound… well… silly.

Some things are better left unsaid. :)

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Want to jump start your health? Do a quick and effective cleanse? Re-fuel your body with abundant nutrients? Learn how to create a healthy lifestyle from this point forward?

Then check out the “2-Week Transform-Your-Health Cleanse”. It’s an all-inclusive online  ‘coaching’ program that focuses on nutrition, detoxification, exercise, stress management, and more.

The next 2-week program starts on January 6th… the deadline to register is Monday December 23, 2013. Hurry!

 

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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 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.

 

 

 

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Start Your New Year With Better Health ~ Join The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Cleanse!

Take The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge!

 

Starting a New Year with greater intention surrounding your health is a powerful choice to make. Starting off ‘right’ can set you on a path of positive momentum with your health right from the very beginning.

A New Year represents change… and opportunity.

What’s YOUR plan for making 2014 healthier than this year? Do you have a plan?

How about devoting a couple weeks in January to “out with the old” unhealthy habits, and creating a new foundation for radiant health?

 

We call this the…

“2-Week Transform Your Health Challenge”.

 

In case you can’t wait to read all the way through the overview…

Registration for the New Year 2-Week Challenge ENDS on Mon. Dec. 23rd

The 2-Week program STARTS on Mon. Jan. 6th

 

Why might you need a 2-week “cleanse” for your health?

Let me ask you…

 

Have you been feeling off track with your health lately?

A bit run down? OK, maybe downright exhausted?

Do you hit a wall in the afternoon… ready to call it a day?

Stressed out & worn out… and suffering from a short-fuse as a result?

Are you feeling like you’re chronically sleep-deprived?

Ladies, are you a ‘hot mess’ of hormone imbalance each month?

Are you depending on caffeine, carbs and sugar to provide enough “buzz fuel” to get through your days?

Are your cravings & snacking habits out of control lately?

Does it feel like you’ve hit a plateau with some of your efforts to stay healthy or lose weight?

Not sure how to start exercising, or what type of exercise is best for your goals?

Do you feel bloated, constipated, or have other digestive issues?

Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you’re probably overly toxic right now from a build-up of toxic foods, toxic stress & emotions, lack of quality sleep, toxic meds, and exposure to the overwhelming array of toxins in personal care products, cosmetics, household cleaners, lawn & garden care, etc.???

Does it feel like you’re not being the best spouse or parent you could be because you simply feel too overwhelmed and “beaten down” to put your best foot forward? Moms, that one hits close to home, doesn’t it?

 

You are not alone!

 

The cumulative effects of stress, toxicity, inflammation, and a busy life in general, can move us further and further  away from the optimally healthy & happy lives we wish for.

BUT, maybe you don’t feel compelled to jump into a comprehensive health overhaul program right now… maybe that’s just a bit too overwhelming at this point.

Am I right?

 

Then, I encourage you to give yourself 2 WEEKS to change the course of your health.

 

Yes, just 2 weeks!

 

If you are feeling STUCK and you’re not sure where to start … The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge (cleansing program) is a super-quick, super-easy way to jump start your health again!

My personal Wellness Doctor, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, and I will lead you step-by-step through these two weeks, showing you the way each and every day.

What are the benefits of doing this highly focused program?

First, it’s short.

Will all the problems in the world be solved in 2 weeks? No, of course not. But 2 weeks is do-able… achievable… you can wrap your brain around that amount of time… you can do ANYTHING for 2 weeks!

And, in these 2 weeks, we’ll teach you HOW to create better health, consistently, each and every day… and we’ll provide you with some basic tools to help succeed both during and beyond this program.

When you follow this program you WILL reduce your risk factors for serious, degenerative illness. You WILL maximize your potential for healthy cell function.

In 2 weeks, you’ll gain momentum… you’ll be motivated by results… you’ll be inspired to continue on to even bigger transformations!

 

This is what some of the participants had to say after the first few days on our previous programs:

 

“I feel I am able to concentrate much better now. I also have more energy!”  ~ Christine


“I’m already down 5lbs. in the first few days! Yea!”
~ Barbara

 

” I am definitely sleeping much better since starting this program!” ~ C
“I’ve already dropped an entire size!” ~ Angie


“I feel that it (the program) is supporting me by feeling stronger physically and emotionally.”
~ Chris


“I’ve really enjoyed reading the tips & health information you send each day… thank you for putting this all together!”
~ Angela


“I feel like my inflammation is calming down.”
~ Barb

 

“I have no more bloating… no more cravings… this is so much easier than I expected!” ~ D

 

“My (chronic) skin issues have cleared up!” ~ A

 

“I LOVE these products! I’ll keep using them after these 2 weeks, for sure!” ~ C

 

“I am definitely recommending this program to my friends and family. I feel so much better!” ~ C

 

Here’s what others have consistently noticed when doing this program:

  • Quickly and easily jump starts weight loss & fat loss
  • Dramatic decrease in bloating & swelling
  • Increases energy throughout the day
  • Improves sleep – both the ability to easily fall asleep AND stay asleep
  • Clears brain fog and helps you re-focus your mind
  • Helps you very quickly overcome cravings
  • Improves digestion & elimination
  • Helps clear up skin issues
  • Helps relieve chronic pain
  • Less anxiety and significant decreases in mood swings

This condensed health transformation program is also a cellular detoxification… that’s why people notice profound changes in such a short time!

 

So, how does this work?

First, it’s an “online” or “distance care” program – you can participate from anywhere, as long as you’ve got access to a U.S. shipping address to receive your nutritional products… and daily access to the internet!

When you register for the “2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge”, we give you exactly what you need to succeed… short of moving in with you for the 2-weeks!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Within the first couple days after completing your registration, you will receive an email from us with tips to help you get ready for your 2-week Challenge so that you’ll glean the greatest benefit once your program starts
  • You will also receive a program overview to provide the fundamentals of eating well, moving well, and thinking well… so that you can LIVE well far beyond these 2 weeks
  • Daily “coaching” emails (including some in video format) from Dr. Marc and me – topics cover in-depth nutrition know-how, exercise strategies, rules of fat loss, stress reduction techniques, tips for improved sleep, and much more. These daily emails also help you prepare for and plan your next day
  • Healthy recipes for your daily meal plans… based on a foundational diet that’s anti-inflammatory and non-toxic, and focused on REAL foods to provide you with REAL health
  • Private participant Facebook group for ongoing support, Q & A, and additional tips, strategies and trouble-shooting along the way (optional, but recommended)
  •  ‘Bonus’ call with special guest health, wellness, & fitness expert
  • Plus, we’ll provide the KEY nutritional products that you will need for these 2 weeks… for cleansing & detox, weight loss, maximized energy, and improved digestive function.

–      18 bottles Beyond Organic’s 3-Day SueroViv Cleanse – a unique cultured whey drink with an abundance of probiotics and potassium that support your cellular detoxification for the liquid part of the program on Days 3, 4, and 5

–      6 bottles Beyond Organic’s popular Amasai – an easily digested probiotic-rich, calcium-rich drink from traditional breeds of drug-free, grass-fed cows to use as a base for your smoothie recipes (as well as some others) during the Challenge

–      1 bottle Beyond Organic’s Sacred Herbs  Turmeric & Holy Basil– A fermented powerhouse herbal supplement that supports decreased inflammation and improved digestion

–      1 bag Beyond Organic’s Terrain Omega – Your secret weapon for sustained energy and improved performance, as well as detoxification, digestive, and cardiovascular support. Terrain Omega features Chia seeds that have been infused with fermented ancient healing herbs, like turmeric, milk thistle, and holy basil.

  • And our comprehensive Metabolic Assessment and Healthy Living Questionnaire, along with a complimentary 30-minute consultation – in-person, or on the phone – with Dr. Marc and/or Dr. Colleen to provide an overview of potential systemic imbalances and hormonal resistance issues, and possible future actions to take for correction of these imbalances. {This alone is a $195 service in our practice… and it’s FREE as part of this 2-Week Challenge!}

 

Bonus: Since we’re using Beyond Organic’s line of nutritional products, they will “gift” you with a free Preferred Customer membership (automatically), saving you 20% on ALL Beyond Organic products for the next year!

 

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Registration for the New Year 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge  CLOSES on Monday December 23rd at midnight EST!

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The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge BEGINS on Monday January 6th and ends on Sunday January 19th.

 

(We need some buffer time between registration and the Challenge starting in order to help YOU get ready, and to get your products shipped to you.)

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Your investment (in yourself!) for the entire 2 weeks to jump start your health, kick your cravings, boost your energy, lose the bloat, and drop some fat???

 

The Transform-Your-Health Challenge is only $297!

 

(As you might imagine, this is significantly, dramatically, astronomically LESS than our retail fees for all the services included… particularly our professional coaching & consulting fees! It’s a sweet deal… and NOW is the time to JUMP on this!!)

*** You can participate in this program from

ANYWHERE in the U.S.!!***

 

To reserve your registration, email me right away at:

info@DrMomOnline.com

or, leave me a private message at http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline

 

Give yourself the Gift of Health this New Year… join the Challenge!

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality 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.

 

 

 

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Quick! We’re Sneaking In Another 2-Week Health Challenge!

Take The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge!

 

In case you missed it the first time around…

We’re sneaking in another 2-Week Transform Your Health Challenge right after Thanksgiving… in plenty of time for Christmas!

 

What’s it all about??

 

Have you been feeling off track with your health lately?

A bit run down? OK, maybe downright exhausted?

Do you hit a wall in the afternoon… ready to call it a day?

Stressed out & worn out… and suffering from a short-fuse as a result?

Are you feeling like you’re chronically sleep-deprived?

Ladies, are you a hot mess of hormone imbalance each month? (I say that with love!) ;)

Are you depending on caffeine, carbs and sugar to provide enough “buzz fuel” to get through your days?

Are your cravings & snacking habits out of control lately?

Does it feel like you’ve hit a plateau with some of your efforts to stay healthy or lose weight?

Do you have a sneaking suspicion that you’re probably overly toxic right now from a build-up of toxic foods, toxic stress & emotions, lack of quality sleep, toxic meds, and exposure to the overwhelming array of toxins in personal care products, cosmetics, household cleaners, lawn & garden care, etc.???

Does it feel like you’re not being the best spouse or parent you could be because you simply feel too overwhelmed and “beaten down” to put your best foot forward? Moms, that one hits close to home, doesn’t it?

You are not alone!

The cumulative effects of stress, toxicity, and a busy life in general, can move us further and further  away from the optimally healthy & happy lives we wish for.

BUT, maybe you don’t feel motivated to jump into a comprehensive health overhaul program right now, knowing the holidays are right around the corner.

Am I right?

Then, I encourage you to give yourself 2 WEEKS to change the course of your health.

Yes, just 2 weeks!

Introducing…

The “2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge”!

If you are feeling STUCK and you’re not sure where to start … The 2-Week Challenge is a super-quick, super-easy way to jump start your health again!

My personal Wellness Doc & Expert, Dr. Marc VanHoogstraat, and I will lead you step-by-step through these two weeks, showing you the way each and every day.

What are the benefits of doing this highly focused program?

First, it’s short.

Will all the problems in the world be solved in 2 weeks? No, of course not. But 2 weeks is do-able… achievable… you can wrap your brain around that amount of time… you can do ANYthing for 2 weeks!

And, in these 2 weeks, we’ll teach you HOW to create better health, consistently, each and every day… and we’ll provide you with some basic tools to help succeed both during and beyond this Challenge.

In 2 weeks, you’ll gain momentum… you’ll be motivated by results… you’ll be inspired to continue on to even bigger transformations!

OK, back to the benefits…

This is what some of the participants had to say after the first few days of the current program:

 

“I feel I am able to concentrate much better now. I also have more energy!”


“I’m already down 5lbs. in the first few days! Yea!”


“I feel that it (the program) is supporting me by feeling stronger physically and emotionally.”


“I’ve really enjoyed reading the tips & health information you send each day… thank you for putting this all together!”


“I feel like my inflammation is calming down.”


Here’s what others have noticed when doing this program:

  • Quickly and easily jump starts weight loss & fat loss
  • Dramatic decrease in bloating & swelling
  • Increases energy throughout the day
  • Improves sleep – both the ability to easily fall asleep AND stay asleep
  • Clears brain fog and helps you re-focus your mind
  • Helps you very quickly overcome cravings
  • Improves digestion & elimination
  • Helps clear up skin issues
  • Helps relieve chronic pain
  • Less anxiety and significant decreases in mood swings

This condensed health transformation program is also a cellular detoxification… that’s why people notice profound changes in such a short time!

 

So, how does this work? When you register for the “2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge”, we give you exactly what you need to succeed… short of moving in with you for the 2-weeks!

Here’s what you’ll get:

  • Within the first couple days after completing your registration, you will receive an email from us with tips to help you get ready for your 2-week Challenge so that you’ll glean the greatest benefit once your program starts
  • You will also receive an overview to provide the fundamentals of eating well, moving well, and thinking well… so that you can LIVE well far beyond these 2 weeks
  • Daily “coaching” emails (including some in video format) from Dr. Marc and me – topics cover in-depth nutrition know-how, exercise strategies, rules of fat loss, stress reduction techniques, tips for improved sleep, and much more. These daily emails also help you prepare for and plan your next day
  • Recipes for your daily meal plans… based on a foundational diet that’s anti-inflammatory and non-toxic, and focused on REAL foods to provide you with REAL health
  • Private participant Facebook group for ongoing support, Q & A, and additional tips, strategies and trouble-shooting along the way (optional, but recommended)
  •  ‘Bonus’ call with special guest health & fitness expert
  • Plus, we’ll provide the KEY nutritional products that you will need for these 2 weeks… for cleansing & detox, weight loss, maximized energy, and improved digestive function.

–      18 bottles Beyond Organic’s 3-Day SueroViv Cleanse – a unique cultured whey drink with probiotics and potassium that supports your cellular detoxification for the liquid part of the program on Days 3, 4, and 5

–      6 bottles Beyond Organic’s Amasai – an easily digested probiotic-rich, calcium-rich drink from traditional breeds of drug-free, grass-fed cows to use as a base for your smoothie recipes during the Challenge

–      1 bottle Beyond Organic’s Sacred Herbs  Turmeric & Holy Basil– A fermented powerhouse herbal supplement that supports decreased inflammation and improved digestion

–      1 bag Beyond Organic’s Terrain Omega – Your secret weapon for sustained energy and improved performance, as well as detoxification, digestive and cardiovascular support. Terrain Omega features Chia seeds that have been infused with fermented ancient healing herbs, like turmeric, milk thistle, and holy basil.

  • And our comprehensive Metabolic Assessment and Healthy Living Questionnaire, along with a complimentary 30-minute consultation with Dr. Marc and/or Dr. Colleen to provide an overview of potential systemic imbalances and hormonal resistance issues, and possible future actions to take for correction of these imbalances. {This alone is a $195 service in our practice… and it’s FREE as part of this 2-Week Challenge!}

 Bonus: Since we’re using Beyond Organic’s line of nutritional products, they will “gift” you with a free Preferred Customer membership (automatically), saving you 20% on ALL Beyond Organic products for the next year!

 

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Registration for the late fall 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge  CLOSES on Tuesday November 26th at 3pm EST.

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The 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge BEGINS on Monday December 2nd and ends on Monday December 16th… all in time for Christmas!

(We need some buffer time between registration and the Challenge starting in order to help YOU get ready, and to get your products shipped to you.)

Your investment (in yourself!) for the entire 2 weeks to jump start your health, kick your cravings, boost your energy, and drop some fat???

 

The Transform-Your-Health Challenge is only $297!

 

(As you might imagine, this is significantly, dramatically, astronomically LESS than our retail fees for all the services included… particularly our professional coaching & consulting fees! It’s a sweet deal… and NOW is the time to JUMP on this!!)

*** You can participate in this program from ANYWHERE in the U.S.!!***

 

To reserve your registration, email me right away at:

info@DrMomOnline.com

or, leave me a private message at http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline

 

Give yourself the Gift of Health this Christmas… join the Challenge!

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular personality 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 With Dr. Josh Axe ~ 2-Week Transform-Your-Health Challenge

Dr. Josh Axe

 

Watch this free webinar featuring Wellness Practitioner and Nutritional Expert, Dr. Josh Axe, describing how to easily make BIG improvements in your health, energy, metabolism, weight loss, and hormonal balance in as little as TWO weeks!!

 

 

If you’d like to have your OWN 2-Week Transformation, contact me to register NO LATER THAN October 31st at 1pm EST.

Email: info@DrMomOnline.com

Or, just leave me a comment here.

Or, contact me via Facebook: http://Facebook.com/DrMomOnline

 

 

 

Dr. Colleen Trombley-VanHoogstraat (“Dr Mom Online”) is a popular 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.

 

 

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