Modern Living Requires A Spiritual Reset

Have you ever needed a break? I mean REALLY needed a break? I have a solution. It’s called subtraction.

In Ayurveda, one of key prescriptions to a healthy life including a healthy clear and flowing mind comes from prana or breath. Prana coordinates our senses and mind, allowing us to become aware, flexible,  adaptable, and growth-oriented. It is the subtle energy of data behind all mind-body functions and is the catalyst for manifestation and evolution.

My prescription for prana or life-force for you is this:

Think about where you are in life right now. What do you need to clear to make space for the good things? What can go? What can be subtracted from your life? Just a few simple questions to get you thinking.

Tomorrow I will send out the first Spring Detox email to get everyone prepared. If you are in the Healthy Habits course or if you’ve signed up on my website, you’re all set. But if you have not and if you want to learn more about how to subtract from your life, clear the path, and add more space for the good stuff of life, sign up here today.

We will meet via video conference April 8, 15, and 22. Week one we ease-in. Week two we dive deep. Week three we ease-out. And week four, April 29,  we will gather at RedBloom Yoga and practice Kitchen Sadhana ~ a practice of preparing and batching your kitchen to better nourish you and your family. Make your kitchen your hub.

This is the good stuff of life. Make space. Subtract. Prana!

For the Health of It, Alison

Who wants to get dirty?


OK, I admit it. I used that title so you would click on the link to find out what I mean. Thank you for clicking! Stay with me… I’ll explain.

Many years ago I became obsessed with the health and wellness field. After watching my lovely parents both die from miserable diseases, I just could not ignore the pull I was feeling towards this topic.

My sister, brother, and I were intimately involved in caring for our parents as they progressed through illness and as they passed away.  After witnessing their decline and suffering, I dedicated myself to finding ways to help educate people about all-things-health and possibilities for a better future than what they may believe they have.

Several years ago I stumbled upon a podcast that featured Dr. Robynne Chutkan who talked about the microbiome in ways that I had never considered. The microbiome is defined as “…all of the organisms that live in or on your body: all of the bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and heminths (worms, for those of us who have them), as well as all of their genes” (Chutkan, Microbiome 3).

In a nutshell, Chutkan asserts that we can re-invigorate our microbiome by living dirty, eating better, and saying no to many of the Western medical protocols in place for managing minor illness. Yep, after reading and learning about Dr. Chutkan’s work over the years, I completely agree and would also add a heaping helping of healthy habits to the mix.  You can’t fix the microbiome without fixing your thoughts, behaviors, and habits because fixing things takes a little elbow grease.

Many of you know that I am a runner. You may also know that there are many days when I teach hot yoga super early in the morning, then go for a run, and then head straight to the office. Yes, that’s right! I do not always shower after these activities. This has been going on for a long time, so don’t be shocked. When I read about Chutkan’s mantra Live Dirty, Eat Clean, I was over-the-moon excited.

If living dirty and other simple lifestyle practices are good for my health and my microbiome, then bring on the dirt. Chutkan is a brilliant, highly credentialed researcher and physician so I am not going to try to paraphrase the things that she talked about in her recent presentation at the World Government Summit but I highly recommend that you take 30 minutes out of your busy day and listen to this presentation. If you suffer from auto immune disorders, gut issues, disease, obesity, even mental health related issues, this is important for you. Wait, never mind. Chutkan’s work on living dirty, coupled with mindful behavior changes, is important for EVERYONE.

If you are reading this, then you have already taken the first step toward better health. Read and learn all you can….be your own healer. I am so happy to have you a part of this community whether you’re reading from my blog, on our private Facebook group – For the Health of It, or are receiving this because you signed up for my newsletter.  There is a ton of good information out there and I do my best to filter through the noise and pass along information that I believe to be significant and important.  Chutkan’s work is both.

For the Health of It!

 

Spring Detox – get in now 2 for 1

Detox is a time for us to slow down and hit the pause button. Strange, isn’t it, that often the only time that we do this is when we get sick and are forced to slow down. Detox is an opportunity for you to cut back on unnecessary things that rob your important time, heavy processed foods that gunk up the digestive system, and habits that no longer serve the current-you.

Take time for yourself, for the simple pleasures in life, and find gratitude for you for all the incredible things that you accomplish every day, every month, every year. Detox happens twice a year ~ in the spring and again in the fall. It helps us press the reset button to feel better in our bodies and move forward into the next season.

Slipping into detox mode is only difficult when you put up barriers. As a community, we work together to ease-fully move into detox and collectively clean up our act. Our spring detox video calls will take place on April 8, 15, and 22 with our final session taking place at RedBloom Yoga on April 29th. If you can’t make all the sessions or be at RedBloom on the 29th, no worries.  All sessions including our RedBloom session will be recorded and posted on our private Facebook  group for detox members only.

During our last session you will learn about kitchen sadhana ~ a Sanskrit term for spiritual practice. Kitchen sadhana is the process thru which you will learn to habitually prep your kitchen for easeful living so you can better care for you and your family without stress, clutter, and frustration. Make your kitchen your home…..your family hub.

You can join the spring detox now for $79 and bring along a friend for free. Give it as a gift, share it with your neighbor or family member.

Sign up now and find out how amazing your mind, body, and spirit can feel after just one month of a little self-love and radical self care.  p.s. for those in our Healthy Habits 11-Week Journey, you will receive a complimentary pass to this and our Autumn Detox.

SHUT YOUR MOUTH!

 

Shut Your Mouth!

Stop eating!

Shut Your Piehole!

Okay, I know….this might seem a little aggressive and not very nice. But do these statements make a point? Well, yes they do.

Dr. Joel Kahn, a highly respected, vegan cardiologist said this on the Rich Roll Podcast this week – watch it here. I’ve been following Dr. Kahn for many years and am so happy when I learn that he’s recently been interviewed so I can learn more from him. His work and research is cutting edge and it is hard to argue the merits of his whole-food, plant-based approach to medicine and healing. Yes, he still does stents and aggressive therapy to save his patients the “western” way, but he does not take an overweight, chronically sick patient suffering from lifestyle disease like obesity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or heart disease, apply therapy and then let them go home without counseling them on lifestyle, proper nutrition, and providing steps to reduce the probability of re-occurrence of the disease.

We are SO lucky here in Michigan because Dr. Kahn practices in Detroit. If I ever need to see a doctor because of my heart, I’ll call Joel Kahn or another healthy lifestyle advocate. Hands down. No fat, squishy doctors for me. I want to hear a doctor say “shut your mouth and stop eating”. It’s really good advice.

In fact, shut your mouth and stop eating.  Try it today. Instead of 3, 4, or 5 meals, try two. Wait to have your breakfast until 10 – and then eat a light, fresh meal, one without eggs or bacon or sugar, or bread. You can do it….be creative. Try a piece or two of fruit with an avocado and a big salad with lots of greens, sprinkled with nuts and seeds.

Then for dinner at FOUR O CLOCK (yes 4:00), have a big bowl of homemade soup – maybe split pea, bean, minestrone, again, get creative. Below is a recipe for my favorite soup. This recipe came from Colleen Patrick-Goudreau who is a vegan activist (please, no debates here…I like her for many reason – her amazing recipes and work with plant-based nutrition, high among those reasons). Here is her video on eating plants by color.

Plant-Based Red Bell Pepper Soup

Grind up 1.5 cups of cashews in blender until smooth and set aside

Prepare or take from freezer about 6 cups of veggie broth

Stir-fry 5 red bell peppers and an onion until soft. I don’t use olive oil in my stir-fry – I just use a little water, but olive oil is fine.

Slowly blend the ground cashews into the veggie broth – I do this in small batches because it makes a mess if I do too much at one time. This should make a lovely thick broth. Then in small batches, take your cashew broth and add in your red bell pepper stir fry and blend until smooth.

You can add whatever seasonings you like.  I LOVE cayenne pepper but it’s HOT when I do that.  I also like just a little salt and pepper because the red bell peppers are so flavorful.  But you can add whatever might taste good to you.  Experiment.  Heat up and enjoy. 4 ingredients and maybe 30 minutes.

Now, back to the original purpose of this blog which is me being on my saltbox about healthy living and surrounding myself with healthy people….

Last year, I caught a bad cold (thought it was the flu), so I went to see a doctor, with the hopes that I could form a relationship with a physician so I’d “have a doctor” that I could call on if need be. This woman was credentialed, thorough, and I liked her a lot. And when she got close to me to listen to my lungs, I could smell her dank breath – you know what I’m talking about….a serious smoker. So I looked at her closely and could see the other tell-tale signs – lines around her lips and yellowed fingernails from a lifetime of smoking. Thank you for your service and bye bye.  No way am I going to see a physician, even for a cold, that is a smoker. I want advice from someone who is healthy and knows and practices lifestyle habits that will lead to a lifetime of thrive. Seriously, can you imagine taking medical advice from a smoker?

Shut Your Piehole! And that, my friends, comes from the mouth of my coach, Cate. I pay this woman gobs of money to coach me and it’s worth every penny. When I see her training videos, I see a woman who could care less about doing her hair or makeup. She’s the real deal. Most of the time if her hair is soaking wet on camera, it’s because she just finished riding her mountain bike up a mountain or had been surfing. She does not dance around how to get healthy. She is direct and clear. She makes her point without flowery language and she does not worry about telling someone to shut their piehole. Some people have accused her of being crass and offensive. To them she politely says “there are many coaches out there and I know you’ll find one that is the perfect fit for you”. Thank you, Cate. When I first found this woman, I knew I needed her to coach me.  She is a brilliant entrepreneur who has taught me as much about marketing as she has about health and lifestyle. My coaching program will end this summer and I’ll gladly hand over the same gob of money next year because I love and deeply value having this guidance, support, and frankly, a person who will tell me or anyone SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE.

So, to sum it all up, and to repeat myself yet again, surround yourself with the right people. We talk about creating a tribe, and indeed, For the Health of It, is here to give you the support and offer you a community of like-minded people who are also interested in healthy lifestyle design.

So SHUT YOUR MOUTH, SHUT YOUR PIEHOLE, STOP EATING, and get involved in this community. There are plenty of opportunities to learn for free, or you can join one of our 4-week courses, or the big kahuna like Healthy Habits coming up in March. Lots of options. Reach out. Don’t go it alone.

 

“We naturally become the people we hang around…”

“If you’re feeling stuck and struggling to make the progress you want, take a look around you.  Most people adapt to whatever environment they find themselves in. They have what psychologists call an “external locus of control”, where they believe factors outside of them dictate the direction of their lives. Consequently, they don’t take responsibility for shaping the environment that will ultimately shape them.

  • Who are the people in nearest proximity to you?
  •  How did they become your peer group?
  • Was it on purpose or based on convenience?
  •  Do these people hold you to a high standard?
  • Or, do they hold you to an even lower standard than you hold yourself?”

— Benjamin Hardy (to read Hardy’s article on group support, click here)

This quote arrived in my email box last week  from my coach, Cate.  I LOVE having a coach. Yes, I’m a  coach who has a coach! Everyone needs a coach – a coach helps you transform from who and what you are at this exact moment, to the person you dream of being.  Why?  Because, in most cases, your coach is simply one or two steps ahead of you.

For those who know me, you know I will NEVER say I’m an expert or that I have all the answers. Wait! Yes I will.  I am an expert at failing. I’m an expert at being average. I’m an expert at experimentation on myself. And I’m an expert at sharing my failures, being average, and letting you know what works for me, what doesn’t, and the potholes on the path ahead of you if you choose to remain on the same path with your health and lifestyle.

As Benjamin Hardy states above, we naturally become the people we hang around.  Look at your friends and family – sometimes they are exactly who you want to be. But often our friends and family are wonderful in many ways, but from a health and wellness perspective, they are no where near who we strive to be.

Our modern world is full of unhealthy food, unhealthy habits, unhealthy people, and a lifestyle crammed full of stress, hurry, and worry, with no end to the challenges we face as we work to be healthy. That’s why I have a coach.  And that is why I am a coach. And most importantly, that is why I have created For the Health of It.  This community is a group of people all interested in the same thing – we all want radiant health and a lifestyle that will support our good health now and well into the future.

I hope you’ll consider joining the upcoming pilot of my 11-Week Healthy Habits Journey where you’ll receive the guidance you need to reach your health goals, and you’ll receive support from a community who cares as much as you do about being healthy and cultivating a healthy lifestyle. The pilot is priced significantly lower than the next round, so if you’re considering it, reach out and let’s have a conversation.   For the health of it…….Alison 

Are you ready for a journey to better health and wellness?

 

Our health and wellness is deeply rooted in our own history – where we have been, what we have done, how we’ve treated our bodies and minds…..and, for many people, how we have neglected our good health.

Pause…..think about that for a minute.

Did you know that your body contains billions of bacteria that have traveled into and onto your body from the time you were born to this very moment? These bacteria make up your “microbial footprint” and can impact your health in a multitude of ways – especially in your gut.

Oh, the gut!

According to Ayurveda, an ancient, eastern-holistic science, the body’s footprint is also designed, in part, by the baggage from your ancestral heritage and the health, wellness, and lifestyle maintained throughout the span of those generations.

And then there is the modern science of epigenetics – the manifestation of your DNA as it reacts to HOW YOU treat your body through nutrition and lifestyle. Did you know this was a thing?  It’s a thing – a critically important thing!

Combine your microbial footprint, your ancestral heritage, and epigenetics, and you’ve got a really complicated, interconnected mesh of possibilities when you’re considering your own health and wellness.

I am not here to argue the merits of modern medicine, or to get into a deep discussion about ancient philosophies on how to heal your body, or to suggest that you should or should not be on Weight Watchers, go to CrossFit, or take freezing cold showers like the dare-devil health-nut, Wim Hoff.

Instead, I offer simple, practical, and reasonable, anyone-can-take-these-steps to improve the human condition and make you feel better in your body. Maybe you suffer from Type 2 Diabetes, obesity, chronic-fatigue, depression, migraines, menopause symptoms, PMS, weight-management or any of the multitude of conditions that plague the 21st century human. I believe that our bodies and minds reflect what we eat and how we choose to live and for many, that means dealing with some really difficult physical, emotional, and spiritual issues.

How much money have you spent over your lifetime (or even just in 2017) joining a weight loss group, a gym, an exercise video-series, doctor visits, pills, physical therapy, massages (although who doesn’t LOVE a good massage now and then), or talk-therapy?  Add it up. It’s astounding and maybe a little depressing. Have you ever considered investing in YOU as the vehicle for your own healing?

In March, I’ll be kicking off the pilot of my 11-week course called Healthy Habits that focuses on nothing more than simple lifestyle habits like what you eat, and what time you eat dinner, getting restful (real) sleep, moving the body in gentle ways that helps reduce stress and ultimately the belly “pooch”, hydration, regular and satisfying elimination (aka your daily poop), and food tips and tricks to design your kitchen to satisfy your nutritional needs and make cooking, eating, and serving your family 10,000 times easier and more enjoyable.

I am looking for 10-15 motivated people to participate in this pilot program, which will be offered both in-person and on-line at a very affordable price. The course is very flexible, so if you are a busy person and cannot commit to a place or specific time to participate, you can work at your own pace, but still get the benefits of a tribe of like-minded individuals, tons of tools and educational content, and plenty of access to 1-on-1 coaching. The habits you’ll develop will change your life forever. Complete the form below to have a conversation and learn more. We’ll set up a time and talk through your needs and desires and I’ll let you know if I feel the program is the right fit for you.  Make 2018 a healthy one!  For the Health of It….

Let me tell you a story about my dad….

His name was Charles – commonly known to friends as Chuck or Charlie. Chuck was an engineer – a very smart guy; practical, pragmatic, detailed, organized, tenacious and one hell of a hard worker. He could also swear up a storm, which I liked very much.

My dad was 8 years older than my mom and I heard him say throughout my lifetime that he’d be gone far before my mom left this life, but that, as it turned out, was very wrong. In fact, my mom died 11 years before him (18 years ago, now, which blows my mind). Anyway, I digress…..

My dad was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis – an auto-immune disease, as an older fella. It was a devastating disease which caused him a good deal of pain and numbness.  By the time he was in his late 70’s, he’d lost the use of one of his legs almost completely, but in proud Chuck-style, he’d move around (all around, as I learned from neighbors and friends) with his walker – dragging the old, tired leg behind him. He’d stop to rest a lot, but persevere he would!

One day I was in Traverse City at our cottage and Frank, our neighbor the same age as Chuck, dropped by to tell me that he’d witnessed Chuck, using his walker, drag a tall ladder from the front of the cottage to the back, so he could scrape paint.  Frank watched him scale his way up the ladder using some crazy device that would help him climb the ladder without the use of his bad leg. Wow Chuck – very creative!

Another day, years later, after my dad had decided to move into an assisted nursing facility, I walked in to visit with him and found him doing one-legged dips on the side of the bed. He was 85. When I asked Chuck what he was doing (I already knew the answer because I’d heard it many times over the years) he said that although he had a disease that took away his mobility (and much of his dignity, unfortunately), he’d be damned to just sit there and die. He knew that to become still would be a death sentence.

He walked, dragging that bad leg behind him for years.  He traveled to the cottage and back over and over again. He scaled ladders and scrapped paint, raked leaves (I’m not making this stuff up), lifted weights, and did seated calisthenics to get his heart pumping. As he aged, he also lost most of his eye sight, but Chuck didn’t let that stop him. The engineer in Chuck was persistent.  He loved to draw and paint, and used a huge magnifying glass over his work so he could continue to create.

Chuck was a healthy guy most of his life. He ate a healthy diet, and no matter the circumstances, he continued to eat healthy – filling himself with salads and soups until the end of his life (thankfully, he’d also drink an occasional beer with me).

So why am I telling you this? My dad developed strong habits during his lifetime. His healthy habits and never-ending positive outlook on life kept him moving and strong for many years. He never gave in to the pain, didn’t complain, broke all the rules of what an old guy should do, and hung around to spend time with family, laugh, joke, and enjoy. Some people believe that their destiny is up to their genes and what the world hands them. Chuck believed that his lifestyle was his destiny, and he was right. I’m so grateful for the tenacious man, named Chuck, who taught me so many good, healthy habits and demonstrated that lifestyle is what you design for yourself.

Chuck Miller – my dad!

Got Milk? And a gut ache?

My mother was a saint. No lie. She wasn’t perfect, but pretty darned close. When I was a kid, I had eczema. Serious eczema. It was so bad, that as a wee little one, I would tear the skin on my feet open from scratching. Large and painful cracks would develop which made walking (or just living) miserable. The creases inside my elbows and knees were an inflamed itchy, bloody mess. When I was in elementary school, my mother would come to school during lunch break to rub a thick black salve on my feet which would, theoretically, make things better. What made the pain and itching less was the tenderness of my mother’s touch. The black salve never really worked though I truly loved the daily foot rubs.

The eczema continued throughout childhood, my teenage years and into college when it worsened to the point that my entire body was covered in welts, including around my eyes, ears, and even my nipples (sorry fellas).  Eventually, this eczema drove me, quite literally, insane. I was an inflamed, miserable mess and in November 1981, my dad drove to my college dorm, packed up my belongings and took me home where I was forced to calm myself down enough to begin healing. I did heal somewhat, but the eczema continued into my early adulthood, until I got pregnant two years later.

After I became pregnant with my first daughter, the bloating I had also dealt with throughout my teens and early adulthood, became intolerable (I really sound like a hot mess, don’t I?) Not having a lot of confidence in doctors’ abilities to solve my issues, I began investigating on my own. What I discovered was that the cause of my bloating and discomfort was MILK! Yes, milk. Back in the day, no one talked about lactose-intolerance or auto-immune, but I was plagued by both. What was talked about was how critically important it was for all humans to drink milk or we would become calcium-deficient and suffer horrible health consequences. What hogwash!

Eczema is an immune related issue that was and still is, very misunderstood. Milk is inflammatory and causes allergies to go from borderline to dramatic (and for me, this meant bloody welts and near insanity). Lactose-intolerance, on the other hand, is widely known and diagnosed (sidebar: why do they call it lactose-intolerance since over 70% of the world’s population is intolerant? I’d vote for calling the 30% who can handle it – lactose-tolerant). Like magic, upon giving up milk during early pregnancy, the eczema, bloating, and allergies all went away, never to reappear. What’s the lesson here?

The Standard American Diet (SAD) – designed and promoted by our government (and many, many doctors who receive little to no nutritional training in medical school), dense with conflicting interests of industrial farming and dirty politics, promotes the consumption of milk and milk products to not only infants, but to folks of all ages.  “Milk, it does the body good”, “got milk?” are just two of the pervasive marketing ads that have been drilled into the American psyche for years.

As a post-menopausal woman, I’m now bombarded by questions about how to get enough calcium so I don’t develop osteoporosis or brittle bones.  Oh, stop the madness! I eat a plant-based, whole-foods diet. Where do I get my calcium? From green vegetables – kale, broccoli, cabbage, to name a few, beans, sesame seeds, almonds, and so on. If you want to avoid osteoporosis, add weight-bearing exercise (Chutkan 113) like lunges, squats, walking, and running. But you do NOT need to drink milk or consume even one bite of milk products now or ever.

I eat a plant-based, whole-foods diet, so yes I am recommending that you get rid of all milk and milk products in your life, including yogurt and cheese.  But I’m not doctor, so follow your instincts and what your doctor tells you.  OR, do like I did 34 years ago and experiment yourself. Eliminate suspect foods from your diet, clean-up your diet during a detox (I will be running a Spring Detox in mid-May), and then slowly add things back. If your symptoms disappear and then reappear as you add foods back, you have your answers. Read all you can on nutrition and learn to be skeptical (really, this is the most important piece of advice I have).

Above all else, be your own healer. The human body is amazing and resilient. End note: if your mother (or anyone else, for that matter) is willing to give you regular foot rubs (with or without black salve), say yes!

If you want to explore this topic, here are some reading materials that will help you:

  • Chutkan, The Bloat Cure
  • On calcium, visit National Institutes of Health website: https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Calcium-Consumer/#h3
  • For more information food related marketing and its influence on society, read Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss Random House 2013
  • For more information on eczema and auto-immune conditions, read The Microbiome Solution by Robynne Chutkan Avery – Penguin Random House 2016
  • For more information on the dairy industry and the impacts of milk products, specifically cheese, read The Cheese Trap by Dr. Neal D. Barnard
  • If you cannot imagine living without cheese and want to explore making nut-based cheeses, read this CHEESE is nuts! by Julie Piatt published by Avery – Penguin Random House 2017

If you want to sign up for the Spring or Autumn Detox, you can select your Detox below: 

Women, weight gain, and menopause; Part three – hormones, inflammation, and the food we eat!

 

Women – take back your lives!

I cannot believe the number of women I’m running into who are truly interested in finding ways to manage and counter the symptoms of menopause. Much of what we experience in our bodies during menopause is regional. What does that mean, you may ask? Well, I’ll tell you. It means that in the US, 75-80% of all women report variations of symptoms related to menopause; hot flashes, weight gain, moodiness, joint pain, etc. Here’s the kicker – only 23% of women in Thailand and 17% of women in Japan report the same symptoms. In the Mayan culture, there are no known words to describe menopause and virtually no one complains of the associated symptoms (Alexandra Epple).

Just stew in that news for a few minutes.

Many of the “typical” symptoms of menopause here in the Western world, or the extent to which they manifest, are global. The habits and lifestyle in the Western world dictate our experiences. Mahatma Gandhi once said:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,

Your thoughts become your words,

Your words become your actions,

Your actions become your habits,

Your habits become your values,

Your values become your destiny.”

Back in 2011, I wrote an extensive paper in graduate school that presented and juxtaposed various evolutionary theories on menopause. In re-reading that paper, I am reminded of my original thesis that argued that there are “multigenerational, environmental, ecological, and cultural considerations” (Miller 2011) to menopause and its symptoms. My thinking has not changed. We physically manifest our habits; how we behave (stress and overwork), how we move our bodies (exercise or the lack thereof), and what we consume (food and other products, including technology) all impact the expression of menopausal symptoms.

Well, that got a little deep, didn’t it?! It’s interesting that an anthropological deep dive into menopause simply brings us right back to what we already intuitively know. WE are in the driver’s seat. WE determine how we behave. WE decide whether we exercise regularly or not. WE decide what and how much we eat. I’m sorry, but it really is that simple. Do your habits support you?

I promised a little on inflammation in the body related to how and what we eat so here I go. Our pancreas produces insulin when we eat. When we eat the crappy Standard American Diet (SAD – funny acronym, don’t you think?) of “low-fat, highly processed, and refined foods, the pancreas keeps pumping out more and more insulin. This excess of insulin functions as a pro-inflammatory substance. Eventually we become resistant to all this excess insulin in our blood” (Zoom Heaton – Is There a Connection between Hormone Imbalance and Inflammation). Here’s the most terrifying and disturbing part of the inflammation discussion – if we continue to eat the SAD which causes excessive insulin in the body and therefore inflammation (and pain, by the way), the brain ages which may lead to Alzheimer’s’.  Stop the freaking bus….I want to get off.

Women (and men), take back your lives! If you want to learn more, and if you want to learn how and what to eat to lessen your menopausal and mid-life symptoms, sign up below to receive my regular blog posts with tips for improving your life through habit change. In January, I’m leading a 4-week (in-person and on-line) course on Intermittent Fasting. Beginning in March, I’ll be leading an 11-week Healthy Habits program which can result in a huge evolution in the ways that you approach your life and your lifestyle.  It’s cool to read all you can about how to age healthfully and gracefully, but if you don’t act, as Ghandi said, your habits will become your values, and your values will become your destiny.

Women, TAKE BACK YOUR LIVES!!!! Namaste!

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