Feel Great Friday! How to Lose Weight…More or Less

ALL processed foods is addictive by design. They are loaded with sugar, fat and salt. In most cases, the processed foods taste better than the original because they have been engineered that way. It’s not your fault that processed or junk foods ARE addictive. 

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Dear Pinksters!

Happy Healthy New Year! Welcome to my first Feel Great Friday post of 2019! I changed it from: Feel Good Friday, because I want you to feel great this year! It is my goal to post a few simple tips every Friday that will help you get on and stay on the path to living your life…in the pink!

Because one of my passions IS disease prevention, I want to provide you with simple solutions that you can use to take action as soon as you finish reading this post so you can live the life of your dreams.

Are you sick and tired of reading the same posts year after year about how to lose weight? Are you sick and tired of NOT being able to keep your New Years Resolutions to lose weight once and for all-only to fail half-way through the month of January? Me too! Have you given up on this years resolutions? If so, you can choose to resolve to start working on them today. 

I have a reputation for reading A LOT of self-help books. Most of them spew the same rhetoric about how to lose weight. I believe most of us know why we are over-weight and we know what we should be doing to lose it. We might also know that being overweight contributes to a slew of diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. 

Since over half of the population in the United States is over-weight or obese, I don’t believe knowledge is the problem. Thanks to the education I received at The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I have learned that there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all-solution when it comes to losing weight, because ALL of us ARE different!

I want to keep this post simple…more or less. How do we lose weight?

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Eat more foods that ARE made by plants from a farm. Preferably one that raises crops organically without toxic chemicals. The way nature intended.

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Eat less processed foods that are made IN a plant.

I can’t recommend the book: The Dorito Effect by Mark Schatzker enough when it comes to this topic. The work he has done on discovering what goes on behind the scenes in the food industry is eye-opening. 

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Drink MORE water!

Did you know that our bodies are made up of 70% water? The ideal amount of water we should strive to drink is half our body weight in ounces. For example, if you weigh 160 pounds, it would be in your best interest to drink 80 ounces of water.

Hint: If the color of your pee is yellow, you are probably not drinking enough water.

For simple ways to add more water to your diet, click here.

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Drink less soda.

Aside from the fact that soda is loaded with a lot of sugar, artificial colors and  flavors, it also contains ton of empty calories-which contribute to weight-gain.

When I was 38 years old, I had bladder repair surgery. My urologist told me that soda causes dehydration. Our bodies need water to survive and thrive!

Exercise your whole body more!

Find an exercise you enjoy doing. It should be fun! For those of you who are older, remember  how much you looked forward to ‘recess.’ It gave us a break from sitting, paying attention and studying. I would like to invite you to ‘try on’ a few exercises and make it a part of your day that you look forward to. Write it on your calendar. 

During the Summer months, I like to ride my bike or go for walks with my husband. During the Winter months, this is more challenging. I recently discovered how much fun bouncing on a yoga ball is. I am having a ball!

I haven’t been consistent with an exercise program for several months. I feel like a kid again every time I work out. I LOVE Suzanne Deasons exercise videos. They are easy to follow, relaxing and energizing-all at the same time.

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Exercise your thumbs less!

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I don’t remember anybody ever complimenting me about how great my thumbs look in a pair gloves. If someone has ever complimented you about how great your thumbs look, please share in the comments. I would love to hear your story.

Today marks the seventh anniversary of one of the happiest days in my life. It is the anniversary of the day that I received the news that the bone and CT scans showed NED (no evidence of disease) The bilateral mastectomy that I had on December 16, 2011 had removed ALL seven cancer cells and they had NOT metastasized to my lymph nodes. I would NOT need radiation. My prognosis was excellent.

To celebrate, I would like to offer the first seven people who leave a comment on this post a FREE, no obligation health consultation to see for yourself how I can personally help you lose weight and get on the path to living your life…in the pink! 

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day-more or less…

Pink doesn’t have to stink

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Dear Pinksters!

Today’s post is about: Support groups. As I was waiting in the waiting room waiting to see my surgical oncologist for the first time, I got involved in a conversation with one of her patient’s who was also…waiting. 

She gave me some advice that I will always remember. She said that if I received a breast cancer diagnosis that the best thing that I could do is tell everybody I knew. There is no such thing as having ‘too much support.’ That was in November of 2011. She was right. Studies have shown that people who participate in support groups survive longer and are generally healthier emotionally. 

I am blessed to be a member of three support groups for women.

1. The Relief Society which is the largest support group for women who belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

2. The breast cancer sisterhood. A few months after my diagnosis, I received an email from the nurse who assisted with the biopsies that led to my breast cancer diagnosis. At the time, I was riding an emotional roller-coaster and it was pretty close to the bottom. I ‘phoned a friend,’ a sister survivor and asked her what they would tell me at a support group that I didn’t already know. She said: It’s not what they will tell you, it is HOW they will tell you! They speak your language because they have been where you are and they understand better than your friends who have not had that experience. She was right. 

3. I became an active member of an incredible Facebook support group called: Flat and Fabulous. WE are a group of almost two thousand women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and had mastectomies. Most of us chose NOT to have reconstructive surgery. Some women had reconstructive surgery and for various reasons chose to deconstruct. Our primary purpose is to empower women to become fabulous after having so much of our iden-titty taken away.  If you would like to watch a fun video about the ‘benefits of being boob-less, check out my Toastmasters Award-Winning video by clicking here.

Thanks to support groups, pink no longer stinks! If you need help, find a support group near you, on Facebook or send me a message. You don’t have to travel this journey alone.

There are a lot of support groups for people who are sick, I would like to see more support groups created for people who want to stay well. That is one of the many reasons I am choosing to focus on disease prevention. I want the Pinkster support group to offer you easy ways to create a healthy lifestyle that will work for you!

Have you attended support groups? Have you felt supported? Please share your experience in the comments. Thank you very much AND…

Enjoy your day!

Chris

 

Rash Decisions

Rash Decisions…(This article was originally posted in Book Fun ezine January 2018 with Carol Graham on page 100.)

Can you imagine what it would feel like to be bitten by a flea? If you have had that experience, then you know how it compares to your average mosquito bite. It is very intense! At least with those itches, over-the-counter creams will give you some relief.

Can you imagine the how intense the itching of a flea bite would be if you multiplied it by 100? How about a 1,000? What if the only thing you could do to get relief would be to soak in cool bath water with Epsom salts and possibly some lavender essential oil? Can you imagine doing this at two o’clock every morning for a month or more?

What if you couldn’t tolerate anything touching your skin except for cotton? Your days of wearing yoga pants and exercising would be officially over!

How would you feel if you had to miss Birthday parties, Halloween, attending church or spending time with your family and friends? Would you feel like a prisoner in your home?

I had this experience last year. My rash journey began on September 16, 2016. The itching began at my waist and spread to eighty per cent of my body within two months. The more I itched, the more I scratched. The more I scratched, the more my rash spread. It was a vicious cycle! I felt helpless. On several occasions, I wanted to die!

A few well-meaning friends suggested that I see a doctor about my rash. I adamantly refused! Making the ‘rash decision’ to search for the cause seemed to be a more rational idea. I know from personal experience that when you find the cause of something, you also find the solution. It just takes longer. Much longer…

A very close friend mentioned that stress could be a possible cause. I started thinking about the stressful situations that I had recently experienced.

The first one was: My step-mother passed away on August 1st. After her death, I discovered that she had destroyed every memory my dad had had of everybody that had been a part of his life, except her. I was devastated! ALL of my childhood pictures and pictures taken at family reunions were gone!

The second very stressful circumstance that had occurred was that I had made an attempt to quit my dead-end day job before I had a secure income in place. I took a leap of faith. I figuratively-fell among the rocks!

The third circumstance was that I had had a major argument with a very close family member. I knew that we needed to take a time-out from each other, but it was very difficult!

Would these situations stress you out?

The five year anniversary of my breast cancer diagnosis was coming up. This was a major milestone! I should have been thrilled to have survived. I should have been celebrating! Instead, I was facing something far more challenging.

In December of 2011, I underwent a bilateral mastectomy-(without reconstructive surgery) for breast cancer. Since I couldn’t tolerate anything touching my skin, I can count it as a blessing that I no longer had to wear a bra or deal with boob sweat anymore…

I was afraid to eat anything for fear that it would make my rash worse or give me a migraine. The good news: I lost ten pounds within six weeks. (The ten pounds that I had been trying to lose for a few years. The ten pounds that people told me I would never lose because I was past the age of fifty. The ten pounds…)

It was at this point that I began to realize that my emotions might be triggering some of the itching. Avoiding my ‘normal trigger foods’ seemed to help a little bit too. I put the following quote on my refrigerator door: Nothing tastes as good as not itching feels!

Prayer and meditation also took the edge off.

The week before Thanksgiving, I finally found relief to the incessant itching in the form of a webinar series about auto-immune diseases and digestive issues.

I believe there was a series of seven webinars on seven separate days. As soon as I finished watching the webinar on the third day, I was feeling hopeful that I had found the solution. The solution that would finally put an end to the constant itching!

As soon as my husband came home from work, I made the ‘rash decision’ to go shopping…alone. When I came home, I began cooking the foods that I was very hopeful would put an end to the itching. Within a few days, the itching started to subside for an hour or so. When my skin did itch, it wasn’t as bad.

Thanksgiving was quickly approaching. All three of our sons would be home. I really wanted to join the fun with my family and extended family. I had to create a plan…

On Thanksgiving morning, one of my sons and his wife arrived about an hour before we had to leave. I asked him to give me a Priesthood blessing. I knew that I would need the comfort and reassurance that this blessing would bring.

I had made our traditional sweet rolls for dinner. I brought cabbage soup for me. (Will it come as a surprise to you to know that nobody wanted any of my cabbage soup?) I was able to eat a lot of turkey and a small slice of chocolate pie.

My itching was kept to a minimum and didn’t start until we were almost home. I was very thankful that I did not make the ‘rash decision’ to stay home. I was very thankful that I was able to enjoy the holiday with my family.

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Fast forward to New Year’s Eve. I had been doing a pretty good job following ‘my diet’ and managing my emotions. I felt like I deserved a treat.

When I made the ‘rash decision’ to visit my favorite donut shop: Spud Nuts, (donuts made out of potato bread,) my husband thought I was crazy, but I insisted. When I finished eating and savoring every delicious bite of my chocolate vanilla cream Spud Nut, the realization came over me that…

Good news! God loves me! My rash did not get worse and I did not experience any other negative side effects from it.

Better news! The rash that had previously covered eighty per cent of my body was down to less than ten per cent. It took less time to heal the rash than it did for it to spread. As an added bonus: I also lost a total of twenty-two pounds! I was back to my goal weight. A weight that I had not seen for at least ten years!

The best news of all came in the form of an unexpected answer to one of my prayers. I had been wanting to go back to school and change careers. I was in the early stages of doing that research when my rash broke out.

When I discovered that I could help my body heal itself by making dietary and lifestyle changes, I was convinced that I had found the perfect opportunity. A close friend of mine encouraged me to attend a school that teaches that concept.

Within a very short period of time, I discovered that one of the doctors in the webinar series that I had watched in November was a guest lecturer in the school that I had made the ‘rash decision’ to attend.

I know that we can not gain a testimony of God’s purpose for us until we pass the tests that He has given us. In the Bible, Romans 8:28 (KJV), it says: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

We read in The Book of Mormon, Ether 12:6: I would show unto the world that faith is things which are hoped for and not seen; wherefore, dispute not because ye see not, for ye receive no witness until after the trial of your faith.

I am now very much on my way to becoming an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. Becoming a health coach will give me the perfect opportunity to help people save money on the cost of their health care and help them learn how to heal their own bodies by making dietary and lifestyle changes that will work for them.

Thankfully, choosing to attend this school is not proving to have been a very ‘rash decision!’

If you would like to choose a FREE one hour consultation, I promise you won’t be making a ‘rash decision’ to see how I can help you heal your body too! Click here.

Feel Good Friday-Why are essential oils…essential?

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Dear Sisters,

Today is a good day to ‘feel good.’ It marks the two year wedding anniversary of one of my son’s and his lovely bride. It would have been the 66th wedding anniversary of my in-laws. My in-laws have returned to their heavenly home during the past year. I am sure that they are celebrating a much better quality of life and love than they had here on earth. They are with the people that they love. 

While living a long life is something to be admired and appreciated, one of the things that breast cancer has taught me is that quality of life trumps quantity of life any day!

My health is more important to me than any earthly possession that I own. It is essential to my happiness in more ways than one.

Which brings me to the subject of…Essential Oils. What are they and why are they…essential not just to plants but to us?

I found the following definition on the Young Living website: 

Essential oils have also been used for thousands of years for cosmetic purposes, as well as for their spiritually and emotionally uplifting properties.

Primarily extracted through careful steam distillation but also through cold pressing, the purest essential oils are far more powerful than the botanicals from which they were extracted. 

Modern lifestyles don’t always create optimal conditions for physical wellness. Poor diet, lack of exercise, and an overabundance of environmental toxins can leave the body unbalanced and diminish energy levels. From cleansing and weight management to supporting every system of the body, essential oils and essential oil-infused supplements can provide the targeted solutions you need to restore balance and feel your best.

In other words: I believe that essential oils ARE essential to life itself!

I believe that God created the earth and everything that is in it. One of the first things he created was plants-The Garden of Eden comes to mind. I picture it as a beautiful place thriving with life and everything that men and women need to survive and thrive.

I started using essential oils from Young Living two weeks ago today. (I had been using one of their oils for a couple of months for one of my lingering health problems.)

I felt a huge difference within a few days. Within a week, a couple of my friends noticed that ‘something was different’ too in a positive way. 

As far as using essential oils to treat diseases, I have to quote from the founder of Young Living, Gary Young:  

We don’t talk about disease and we don’t treat and cure disease. We are about life-style and strengthening the body through nutrition and the power of essential oils. When we do this, the body will take care of itself. We are about self-improvement and living life to the fullest. Everyone is different and no two products are the same, therefore, no two people respond to the products the same way. By simply supporting and strengthening the body with a healthy lifestyle and proper nutrition, everyone can have his or her own individual experience without trying to narrow it down to a specific product for a problem.

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Me and Gary Young at the Mona, Utah Young Living Farm April 20. 2016

I KNOW that the essential oils has improved my quality of life like nothing else has during the last four years. I can’t imagine my life without them-or my family. They are essential!

Enjoy your day!

Chris

 

 

 

Feel Good Friday! The Oily Edition!

Dear Sisters,

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Today’s Feel Good Friday post is what I like to refer to as…The Oily Edition!

For those of you who have been following my blog, you KNOW that I am all about empowering women in all areas of their lives. You may also recall that I have been looking for a leader in a home-based business for a few months now.

I am very pleased to announce that I have found that leader and the home-based business that I have spent quite a bit of time searching for.

My Story as it pertains to Essential Oils and Reflections On P-I-N-K

A close friend of mine introduced me to essential oils at a home party a few years ago. It was about a year after my breast cancer diagnosis. I was impressed with her story and the story of a few of our friends.

At that time, I did not see how essential oils could benefit me and I had no desire to spend money on what I believed at that time were ‘over-priced solutions’ that did NOT fit in with my family’s budget.

Things change. Fast-forward to March of this year. With everything that I have been doing to improve my health, something was still missing. The only thing that I had not tried were essential oils. That is why I decided to contact my friend who had had the essential oil party. I was pretty sure that I was going to be joining her until I found out that she was not actively building her business. I took the next step: I started researching essential oils and discovered at least a dozen blog’s that were singing the praises of another essential oil company.

I liked what I saw and began searching for a leader within that company. Here is why I decided to join THAT Company:

P stands for Purity! This company is NOT an essential oil broker. This company over-see’s the entire process of making sure their oils meet the owner’s standards for purity in every way possible. They have their own farms!

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I stands for: Integrity. Integrity in growing, distilling, bottling, shipping and marketing. The owner puts his name on the label and for over two decades, people have come to appreciate his penchant for ethics.

N stands for: Networking. Networking is NOT the same thing as a ‘pyramid scheme.’ When I think of networking, I think of the cell phone companies that have the most cell-phone towers bringing you the best coverage when you purchase them. I think of ‘networking with like-minded’ individual’s and creating win-win’ solutions for everybody involved.

K stands for: Keeping it Simple. When most people see how easy something is to do that they used to think of as complicated actually is, they are more likely to give it a try. The individual that I joined in this company is very good at doing just that!

Make the THYME to join me for my very first Facebook Launch Party on Friday, June 10th from 8-10 p.m. EST. It is called: Introduction to Oils, Reflections On Pink: The Oily Edition.

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Please like or comment on this post if you would like to receive an invitation!

Enjoy your day!

Chris

Prevention of Breast Cancer Naturally!

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Dear Sister,

If you read my memoir: Dear Sister, Today Is…One woman’s breast cancer journey, you probably know that I did NOT need chemotherapy or radiation to treat my breast cancer. 

There were seven separate cancer cells in my left breast. NONE of the six lymph nodes that my doctor removed from my left arm were cancerous. ONE sentenel node tested positive. The bone and CT scans that my doctor ordered came out negative for breast cancer. 

My doctor put me on Arimidex (an estrogen blocker) because of that ONE sentenel node that tested positive. I stopped taking it after nineteen months because I could NOT handle the side-effects. The chronic migraines, food intolerance’s and the muscle/joint pain were making me feel A LOT older than I was!

Like most women, I was afraid to stop taking the Arimidex. I did some research on natural estrogen blockers. In my mind, as far as I knew…NOBODY had ever received a breast cancer diagnosis because they did NOT have enough prescription drugs in their bodies. (Most of my friends have asked me what I am doing since I stopped taking ‘the drug.’ It is because of them, that I added a chapter to my memoir and why I decided to write this blog post.)

I began taking a spice that can be found in most kitchens. It IS a miracle spice and is regularly used by individual’s in countries that have the LOWEST incidences of breast cancer in the world. That spice is…TURMERIC! I am NOT a fan of the taste, so I take it in supplement form. I take one 720 milligram capsule twice/day. One with my breakfast and one with my dinner.

I had been putting ground flaxseed in my oatmeal occasionally. Now I put one tablespoon in my oatmeal every morning. It has done wonders for reducing hot flashes and night sweats.

I have also reduced my intake of sugar and caffeine. When I was taking the Arimidex, I would wake up EVERY MORNING with a migraine. I developed an addiction to Ibuprofen and Dr Pepper. It was the only thing that worked to get rid of the migraine so I could function.

If you would like more information on what you CAN DO to reduce your risk of either getting breast cancer or preventing it from recurring, click here! Or you can purchase my book to find out what else I am doing. (If you purchase it and write a review, I will send you a FREE gift!)

Enjoy your day!

Chris

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