Inspiring A Young Boxer

Situation

Rod's client was a 19 year old who had previously been a successful junior champion amateur boxer. However lately he had dropped out of college and been unable to get a job. He had turned himself from competition and local society by going into drinking and minor drug use. If he continued as he was he was heading to become unemployable as well as putting his health in danger.

Objective

Rod's objective was to help him reconnect him with his passion of competitive boxing, create a vision and take action to win senior boxing titles, and in doing so create a direction for his life. 

Actions

Rod's first action was to do what was necessary to build a relationship of mutual respect and trust. When he achieved this he took his client through a series of mental and physical exercises to reconnect to his inner purpose and strength. He then acted as a role model, mentor and guide to help his client restart  training and work on his diet and health.

He then taught his client to be his own coach, so Rod was able to reduce his sessions from weekly, to every two weeks and then once a month.

Results

The results were evident not only to his client but also his friends and family. Within a matter of weeks he was less dependent on alcohol and drugs, increasing self confidence, looking better and coming over better and fitter. He was training five out of seven days and getting himself ready for a series of fights.

And so

Two years later James has become successful boxer – no longer dependent on alcohol and drugs, he has a healthy diet, healthy body, and trains every day. He is now winning his fights at local, regional and international level. His self confidence has increased dramatically. He has secured a part time job at Tesco which allows him the time to train for boxing. 


For more than 30 years, Rod Beau has been an internationally sought-after education and management consultant and keynote speaker. His practical, real-world business experience and career have been in educational leadership, relocation consulting and executive and leadership coaching. As a Senior Consultant and Master Executive Coach, Rod is also an Accredited ANLP Trainer - specializing in Executive and Leadership Coaching. To learn more about Rod Beau, please visit www.sherpanlp.com

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Make Food Your Friend

Take a few minutes to conjure up in your mind the image of two women.  One thing they have in common is that they both love to eat.  The first woman loves the food she’s known all her life – Big Macs with the side of fries and the extra-large Diet Coke, of course.  It might be Wendy’s another day, Kentucky Fried Chicken the day after that.  More often than not, she grabs her food in a bag handed to her through a drive through window, and will have finished the meal before she gets home.  She doesn’t cook – she’s usually too hungry when it’s mealtime to take the time to cook, and anyway, the food tastes better soaked in lard and fried in grease.  She may socialize with comfort food, fried chicken and potato salad at a church social, followed by apple pie that is likely to be bought at the grocery store, where they’ve been sitting prettily on the shelf thanks to the preservatives used to keep them looking good.  This woman’s approach to food, the food she loves, is almost frantic.  She loves it so much, she just can’t wait to eat it.  During the day, she may curb her hunger between meals with a Snickers bar or maybe even a “healthy” granola bar or serving of sugary yogurt.  She can’t go to bed without a helping of Ben and Jerry’s – that stuff is to DIE for.  She eats it as if she would die without it, and the fact is, she’s dying because of it.

Can you picture her?  She may be skinny, but more than likely she’s overweight.  For sure her skin isn’t as clear and bright as it could be.  She isn’t grounded.  Food rules her life, and she loves this food.  But it doesn’t love her back.  She suffers from many issues including digestion, stress, hormone, sleep, hair, skin, and mood.

Picture the second woman.  She loves her food, too.  But she loves it in a wholly different way.  She strolls through the farmer’s market on a Saturday morning.  She takes her time inspecting and admiring the fruits and vegetables in the produce bins.  She loads her basket with carefully chosen greens, artichokes, carrots, onions, organic peppers and sweet potatoes.  She adds fresh strawberries, kiwi, melons, and apples.  She might choose an organic chicken and some duck eggs from the same farmer.  She talks to the farmers, asks about their crops and harvests.   Whatever she can’t find she picks up the local grocery store – a little quinoa, spices, olive oil, beans and a bottle of organic red wine.  Perhaps she even has her own garden, where she grows her own eggplant, tomatoes and bib lettuce.  When she gets home she takes her time cooking an organic veggie chili. She cuts the onions, peppers, sweet potatoes and carrots, puts them in the crockpot with the beans adding some tomatoes, kale and spices.  The house fill with the aroma.  She uses her mothers favorite recipe to bake her artichokes.  She makes a salad and pours some wine.  Her company arrives to a meal they’ll all share and savor together.

I’m sure you can picture this second woman, too.  A healthy glow to her skin, a genuine smile.  A peace and serenity about her.  She’s not frantic. She’s not sick.  She’s at peace with herself, and with her food.  The two go hand in hand.

Now – who loves food more?  I mean, truly loves it?  Respects it?  Honors it?  And enjoys it in a peaceful, dignified, grounded way?

The first woman claims she loves food, but the food is her enemy.  It controls her, and if she wanted to “diet,” to lose weight or otherwise get control of herself, she would easily see food as an obstacle to her goals.  Right now, food is something she is panicked about, desperate for, and grabs when she feels she is empty and needs to fill herself up – very much like a dysfunctional relationship, in fact!  If she wanted to change her habits, food would be something she’d have to manage, deprive herself of, conquer and defeat.  It would be a constant struggle, because of her mindset.

The second woman already sees food as her friend, and she doesn’t seem deprived at all – does she?  She takes her time, appreciates the food – the way it looks, feels, smells.  She cooks it carefully, and serves it in the midst of joy and happiness.  She makes it with love.  And the best part?  The food she loves DOES love her back!  She’s healthy and happy, and the food fuels her.  When she eats, she spends more time thinking about what she’s putting in her body so she can live and thrive, not what she’s depriving herself of.

Food – real, whole, nourishing food – is your friend.  Thinking of  your food that way is important for health.  So go to your favorite farmers market and  discover the foods you love, and they will love you back.

Know your food-Because Real Food Changes Everything!

Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach and Wellness Writer. www.bitesizepieces.net

Expert in toxins that can disrupt our metabolic and endocrine health.

Stuff

I left home with 3 suitcases and $1000 to my name. Now 45 years later I’m looking at stuff.  We all seem to like “stuff”.  It’s a fact-we are creatures that accumulate stuff!  We buy big houses to put all our stuff into.  And if that doesn’t work, we pay extra to have our stuff in storage units. We work long hours at a job where we cannot see or enjoy our stuff.  The weekend comes and we collapse in bed, ignoring our stuff. 

We tend to hold onto it, carrying that one box of precious stuff as we move from location to location. We purchase stuff, AKA collector’s items, old cars, junk jewelry, antiques, china, Lladro and more, that we don’t have space for anymore.  Maybe these hold memories of our younger days or they remind us of our childhood, our children or loved ones that have passed away.  To part with these seems impossible.

There is a saying that goes, “You have to get rid of the old to make way for the new.” or “If you are feeling stuck in your life, ditch the stuff and do some “Spring Cleaning”. 

To make way for this new “Spring Clearing” with every step we need to take a long hard look at the things that no longer serve us, things that drain us instead of giving us energy, and things that keep us from moving forward. We may also need to leave those toxic friendships behind.  Saying goodbye to old clutter and toxic friends may not be an easy task but it can prove beneficial for bringing in the new.  In the “Spring Season” we welcome new energy, new growth and new beginnings. 

If you need a little gentle nudge to toss stuff, consider these:

  1. First sit back - see if there’s stuff taking over your life.  Cleaning out the clutter is “done in layers”.  In a moment of mindfulness, you may be able to expand your comfort zone and look at what you really need and enjoy in your life and look at what you can remove that’s no longer working. Ask yourself- “Do I allow stuff to identify who I am?”
  2.   If you live alone, make the decision to surround yourself with what makes you happy, what you enjoy most and down size the rest.  If you have an office at home make it uniquely yours and remove the clutter.  Removing clutter opens new doors to opportunities.
  3. Our bodies accumulate toxic residues -that may also need to be cleaned out.  And “Spring” can be the perfect time with the warmer weather it brings.  Try juicing at home, for 5 days. Juicing can give your digestive system a rest.  You may also experience improved immune function.
  4. If you have a ton of skin care products, look at the expiration dates. The epidermis constantly rebuilds itself.  Nothing worse than old skin care products going on your brand new skin! (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0005206/)

We can experience many emotions when we clear the clutter, such as depression-helplessness-survival and fear. Include “Self Care” in your day- this can mean a hug, a walk, a home cooked meal or having a meaningful conversation with a loved one.  Honor your health and embrace change.

Hire a health coach for any growth area you need to work on.  Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach.  For more health tips I invite you to visit www.bitesizepieces.net and https://www.facebook.com/ReverseageWellnessSpa

 

Looking Into The Eyes Of An Apple

“Living in the sixties we all set out to change the world as we knew it.”

How do you identify your roll in life, when your life has taken a U turn? As John Lennon said “Life is what happens when you’re making other plans”

Most of us have seen many friends and family pass away from cancer.  I have.  At the moment they retire or come down with an illness you may hear them say things such as, I’m not working any more, I’m taking time off, I’m resigning or I have to concentrate on my health now.  How many times have you heard this, and then they go off to die.

Why do we wait so long, to hear that we’re about to die, to make the decision to begin to live?

On October 5, 2011,  “Apple announced that Steve Jobs has passed away,” and for many, the world came to a long empty silence, as they had lost a powerful guiding light in their lives.  A visionary, who had changed their world.  The question in their minds:  would the team he left behind, have the ability to carry the torch, with the same breakthroughs and innovations to continue into the future?

The journey begins, and a most fascinating story it is:  Once upon a time, we were all small children, exploring, discovering, growing with each new experience.  Our dreams at night were dynamic, colorful, vibrant and some, their dreams began to drive them during their waking hours.  We see these people as visionaries, leaders, innovators, working their way to the top of every field.  The Beatles changed the music industry.  Steve Jobs changed the computer industry and gave us smart phones, iPads and more.

Maybe you know someone who’s one of these unique visionaries.  Maybe it’s you!  As a health coach, I ask one simple question:  Which is more important:  Your health or your wealth?  If we become what we focus on, and our entire focus is driven by our job, our vision, our career path, then we are missing a huge element to our long-term success.  We are, to put it quite simply:  Out of balance!

History is filled with brilliant visionaries, who died way too young.  George Harrison died at 58 years old.  That means at 29, he was middle aged.

All the money in the world has not been able to save brilliant people from the grips of degenerative diseases.  Sure, none of us get out alive, but let’s make sure that we can enjoy a vibrant life while we are here.   Cancer is a metabolic disease and can take hold anywhere in our body many years before you hear those words, “you have cancer.”  We don’t catch cancer, we create it.  Our digestive system, liver, blood sugar levels and hormones plays a direct part in pancreatic cancer.  Pancreatic adenocarcinoma, the most common type of pancreatic cancer, strikes about 40,000 Americans per year.  However, it most often goes undiagnosed. http://www.siteman.wustl.edu/ContentPage.aspx?id=3890 See also http://carcin.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/12/11/carcin.bgt480.abstract

Steve Jobs was diagnosed in 2003, but could have had cancer many years before his diagnoses.  Pancreatic cancer is a malignant tumor of the pancreas caused by changes in DNA.  DNA is responsible for cell production, the instruction codes of our cells.  When DNA is damaged, pancreatic tissue cells become unhealthy, begin to grow uncontrollably, and can develop into malignant tumors. http://www.puristat.com/pancreas/pancreaticcancer.aspx

This story is too familiar with many that have succumbed to this disease. Most of our loved ones have battled with depression, eating or anxiety disorders, which many refer to as “their demons.”  Sugar, anti depressants, endocrine disruptors, sleepless nights can all play a big role in how the body balances hormones, internal gut health and cancer cells.  I had a friend that actually ate dried fruit every day of his life until he was given 2 weeks to live from having pancreatic cancer.  He  passed at 39 years old.  I had another that was living on store bought bottled fruit juices all day long while at work because she didn’t want to take time out to prepare a meal.  My sister had depression, mood swings and medications to handle her anxiety, way before being diagnosed with cancer.  She has passed.

Metabolic disorders such as diabetes and pancreatitis can begin with diet, stress and internal toxic related issues.  We stress our bodies to work longer hours and demand ourselves to be faster and quicker then our team members.  We consistently run on sugar and caffeine just trying to keep up. 

The dance of emotions: The liver plays a roll in how one controls one’s emotions ( includes temper or mood swings.)  When running optimally the liver removes toxins with little effort.  But when our liver is toxic and hot, we can have severe mood swings.  Have you seen road rage on TV lately?  What do you think can cause this?  Is it possible that many people are out of control because they are toxic? 

Steve was said “to be like a haunted house by his early girlfriend ~ Chrisann Brennan, having many mood swings.”   I could only speculate that sugar and caffeine may have played a roll in Steve’s diet over his lifetime.

Mr Jobs admitted to suffering bouts of depression and divulged he took LSD which is a drug broken down by the liver and has been shown to increase blood pressure.  High blood pressure can negatively effect liver health.  However, there are many pieces to this puzzle that we call cancer.

Endocrine Disruption: Cancer types that have been well documented in literature to be related with environmental exposure to toxins include the reproductive system, breast, lung, kidney, pancreas, and brain. There is a significant correlation between exposure to xenoestrogens and increased, gender-related, cancer risk.  http://www.ehjournal.net/content/11/S1/S8

1-Sugar is an endocrine disruptor.  In addition to hyperinsulinemia, the increased blood glucose and free fatty acids in diabetes may also promote the growth of pancreatic cancer.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7638764?dopt=Abstract&holding=f1000,f1000m,isrctn

2-Research published in the November 2007 issue of American Journal of Clinical Nutrition which concluded there was “evidence for a greater pancreatic cancer risk with a high intake of fruit and juices.

3- Grains and soy can be considered disruptors and can feed cancer. https://www.bulletproofexec.com/steve-jobs-dr-dean-ornish-and-vegetarian-cancer/

4-There is known pancreatic cancer risk and environmental toxins from  PCB’s and dioxins- http://www.foxriverwatch.com/pancreatic_cancer_pcbs_1.html

5-Dry cleaning and paint removals are disruptors- http://aje.oxfordjournals.org/content/153/9/841.full

6-Gingivitis or periodontal disease-Helicobacter pylori infection /gut bacteria can be linked to cancer.

Whether or not you are at risk for developing pancreatic cancer, cleansing your body of wastes and toxins is vital for optimal health, which is directly linked to metabolic and endocrine health.

Consider the fact that petroleum products, ranging from fertilizers to deodorants, are one of the most prevalent toxins in our environment. Chemicals in, on and around us act as xenoestrogens (synthetic estrogen), blocking liver function, and interfering with hormone functioning.  “These toxins work to weaken the neuroendocrine system – where certain pancreatic cancers develop – wreaking havoc on the glands that secrete hormones into our bloodstream.”

According to news reports, back in 2004 Jobs underwent successful surgery for a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor.  These tumors produce excess hormones. (Hormone Disruption) (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/05/steve-jobs-health-timeline_n_997313.html)

 Fortune magazine publishes a controversial piece claiming that Jobs masked his cancer battle for nine full months before informing anyone outside of the most intimate of inner circles.  A Buddhist and vegetarian, Jobs reportedly "considered not having surgery at all," upon receiving his diagnosis, according to the piece.

August 2011: Jobs announces his resignation  "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know.  Unfortunately, that day has come."

Looking within:  Even today there is misinformation promoted by pictures of food pyramids, focused on calcium content, protein requirements to the paleo diet.  Jumping to grab the latest fad, we lose sight of true health.

Some say they are eating vegetarian but remain faithful to their daily toxic cheese and french fry habit loaded with carcinogens, morphine, sugar and trans fats.   Vegans all come together with the object of health as a commonality but in really is it so?  Have you seen vegans eat tons of sugar?

How can we obtain true health while still ingesting chemicals.  When we look at how GMO’s have poisoned our food supply, do we still buy conventional?   When we look how far we’ve come knowing that toxins cause cancer do we think ourselves immune, thinking that it can never happen to us?   When we have the flu or arthritis do we run to the nearest doctors for the fastest relief?  If we do all these, then are we ready to accept the diagnosis?

Advertisements are intentionally deceptive.  Do we believe in happy pills, sleeping pills and getting your life back into control pills?   Are we active members of the twilight zone giving up our sub-conscience to our TV’s as we chow down on a bag of potato chips?  It is never just one thing that we expose ourselves to.  As a spa owner for almost 4 decades, I know which ingredients can be toxic endocrine disruptors.   Whether TV promotes a cream or lotion to look 20 years younger-do we see it as something we want to ingest?   Did the chemical lab of that product sell you on a sham story, that it was going to make you more beautiful and desirable?   Did he research those toxins and disclose your cancer risk?   Are you dying to look good?

Some people promote everything is good in moderation. However I believe-since when is a toxic poison in moderation good for us?

In the 60‘s we were going to change the world.  Have we made those necessary bite size steps or do we still practice behavior that can cut our life in half?

Steve Jobs was building a business, with his stress, his demons and ill health, but  where is he today?  He tried to practice mindfulness with Buddhism at the same time denying he had a daughter.

Cancer is our body’s way of saying we can’t take the insults any more.

Our toxic beliefs live inside us, we call these our demons.  Knowing how to truly nourish ourselves in mind, body and spirit is truly the key to living a strong, vibrant life. 

Steve you will be missed.  I wish I could have been your Health Coach.

Connie Rogers is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, specializing in toxins that can disrupt your Metabolic and Endocrine Health. Founder and owner of BiteSizePieces.net

If we take a U turn toward our vision, do we forget our health along the way?  The answer in most cases has been yes. Being laser focused on a huge long-term goal, building a business, some entrepreneurial venture, or what ever your dream might be, make sure you never lose focus on you.

 

It Takes Guts! To Find The Courage To Change

It’s the start of a new year and we are already through a good portion of the month. The new year is an awesome time of year for most. Ushering in a new year offers you a fresh start, a new beginning, and depending on your mindset, an opportunity to start with a clean slate. In my opinion, the new year is liberating. On the other hand, it can also be quite overwhelming, if you don’t know where to start. How many times have you seen or heard the slogan, “A New Year, A New You”? Hey, I’ve even used that slogan when setting my own personal goals. I vowed that this is the year! This year, I’m going to get in the best shape of my life, this is the year that I’m going to do that triathlon, run that full marathon. The one thing that I hadn’t considered is besides those visits to the beach, jumping waves with my niece and the dips in the baby pool with my daughter, I haven’t swam in years. Something like 25 years. I’m not even sure that I remember how to do it. Fear set in. And with that reminder, I realized that this one is going to take a bit more than resolve. This goal of mine is going to force me to use the C word. No, not cancel. Courage. A lot of courage.

So how is that New Years Resolution going for you? I’d be willing guess that, like me, it’s the same resolution from last year, and the year before, and maybe even the year before. Most of us go into the new year with grandiose resolutions to do this, and overcome that, and finally complete the third, with no real idea of how to actually get it done. We start off on the right foot, but by the 18th or so we feel like we blew it. So it’s scrapped until next year. Here’s one to consider: every day, hour, second is an opportunity to do it different. Different than the day before. That said, courage is the main ingredient or key virtue needed to persevere. Courage is the characteristic that makes all the other virtues possible.

Courage is the quality of mind or spirit that enables you to face difficulty, danger, pain, embarrassment, failure, change without fear. A new you for the new year is a great feat that cannot be achieved by responding to situations with old thoughts and behaviors. It’s time to shake those old patterns, behaviors, and stop being led by fear. Living without fear is about finding the courage to take risks, to change, and to keep going even when you fall off or fumble.

Whether you are struggling to adopt a healthy lifestyle, contemplating a career change, or worrying about ending a bad relationship, a new you will require you to embrace a new way of being. It’s not about winning, losing, or failing. It’s about having the courage to try something new. The real goal is to master your fear with courage which enables you to move toward your true self. Usually what keeps up stuck is fear of the outcome, however, a healthy mindset helps us become less attached to outcome and up for the challenge.  In 2014, build your courage muscles by using fear as your ally and expand your comfort zone, so you can make the life changes that really matter.

Whatever path you choose or goal that you are pursuing, experiencing a fulfilling life does not depend on what you do but on how you approach what you do. 

What Makes True Weight Loss Different from Weight Watchers. You are not fat - You are toxic!

Beyond specific nutrients and individual needs, getting your nutrients from real foods - whole foods - nutritious foods - is really the only way to go for long-term health, controlling weight and obtaining quality of life.  Or is it?  Some books I have explored are about overweight or obese individuals starving for whole foods and good nutrition.  My findings are- that this is only part of the journey. 

Most people get frustrated with dieting after a few weeks.  Several theories say “that to lose weight you need to increase your activity and eat less”.  Theoretical equations sound so easy, don’t they?  But if losing weight really were this simple, why does the collective girth of the United States continue to grow?  The reason is that the old concept of:  calories in, calories out, doesn’t work any more. 

There is another side to this puzzle.  It’s called:  Chemicalsare keeping us fat. 

Things we do on a daily basis, without thinking, “known as daily habits,” can contribute to weight gain.  There are many symptoms that can be external signs of internal distress such as:  visceral fat, obesity, frequent exhaustion, a foggy brain and mood swings.  Add in to the mix medications, menopause, stress, Candida and endocrine disruptors, it’s easy to see why our weight loss efforts can be sabotaged. 

Our bodies are not separate parts designed to work by themselves.  Our organs, systems, glands, nerves and tissues are designed to work in harmony.  Frequent antibiotic use or choosing foods with antibiotics can wreak havoc on our hormonal balance, causing inflammation and increasing our bottom line. (fat)   Antibiotics can be found in meat and dairy. ("Antibiotic use in animals is out of hand," said Dr. Gail Hansen, a veterinarian and senior officer for the Pew Campaign on Human Health and Industrial Farming, a project aimed at phasing out overuse of antibiotics in food production.”)

Many medications taken by mouth can effect the endocrine system.  Sometimes a quick fix for a headache is to take Tylenol and get back to our fast-paced life but is that the best solution?  Tylenol has been recalled over 16 times. Amounts of acetaminophen as low as 3 to 4 grams in a single dose or 4 to 6 grams over 24 hours have been reported to cause severe liver injury in some people.  Tylenol is an endocrine disruptor.  (http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2013/05/12/humrep.det112.full)see also (http://www.medicinenet.com/tylenol_liver_damage/page4.htm)

Did you know that dehydration can easily lead to a headache?  Your brain, gut and liver will thank you when you increase your daily water intake, at lease 10 glasses a day.  And drinking water is one of the best things you can do for weight loss.

Endocrine disruptors that are keeping us fat:

There is now strong evidence that our bodies mistake certain man-made chemicals for naturally occurring hormones that regulate the production and storage of fat cells.

“Evidence has been steadily accumulating that certain hormone-mimicking pollutants, ubiquitous in the food chain, have two previously unsuspected effects.  They act on genes in the developing fetus and newborn to turn more precursor cells into fat cells, which stay with you for life.  And they may alter the metabolic rate, so that the body hoards calories rather than burning them…”  (Taken from Retha Newbold of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.)

One leading cause of obesity that often gets lost in this ongoing discussion is how the abundance of toxic chemicals in our air, food, water, and even those lurking in your kitchen and bathroom cabinets are making us fat.  Research by the Mercer University School of Medicine found a higher prevalence of obesity in the participants with high urinary concentrations of a pesticide known as 2,5-dichlorophenol (2,5-DCP).  It’s important to note that 2,5-DCP is one of the most widely used pesticides on the globe. 

An endocrine disruptor called:  “Obesogens" are a quickly expanding class of chemicals that directly and indirectly cause weight gain thru the metabolic, digestive and endocrine systems. They have the ability to alter fat cell development, alter metabolism, and promote fat retention. These are in plastics, food packaging, pesticides and cosmetics.

Smell those Phthalates:  a solvent or fragrance used in pharmaceutical coatings and personal care products.  This is an endocrine disruptor and can be found in:  shampoos, candles, lotions, air fresheners, laundry detergents and dryer sheets.  Using these products can interrupt our ability to loose weight.  

Because phthalates are synthetic estrogens they can mimic natural estrogen in the body.  These toxins get absorbed into the largest organ of our body, our skin.  When our skin is toxic our liver is toxic, and when the liver can no longer process toxins from our body, our system stores the toxins in fat cells!

Besides weight gain, endocrine disruptors can lead us down the path of serious consequences such as diabetes and cardiovascular disorders. “There’s increasing interest in a number of environmental factors that might predispose to type 2 diabetes and inflammation throughout the body” (http://www.loe.org/shows/segments.html?programID=14-P13-00002&segmentID=5)

Mercury is also an endocrine disruptor. It can be found in dental fillings, paint, antiseptics, disinfectants, diuretics, fluorescent bulbs and more.  Diabetes, from mercury toxicity, has hundreds of symptoms; it masquerades under many different medical aliases, and its symptoms are treated by many different specialists. (http://fl.biology.usgs.gov/posters/Ecotoxicology/Mercury_in_Bass/mercury_in_bass.html)

It should be noted that research now shows diabetes to be a metabolic disease, with our genetics only being 3%.

Depressed, Stressed & Fat:

Did you know that some prescription medications have the side effect of weight gain?  This is extremely common with anti-depressive drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft and more.  People on these, can be struggling with drug induced weight gain and will be quite frustrated with years of trying to lose that weight.  These are obesogens at work!

Depression and stress can keep us fat.  In The US the expectation of a "quick fix" is what becomes "normal."  You take a pill, you should feel better.  If you don't feel better, it must not be working, take another.  How we eat and handle stress affects our daily life, in the areas of hormonal & digestive balance, sleep patterns, skin health and weight loss.  Stress can be caused by toxic foods, toxic chemicals and toxic emotions.

Stress causes elevated cortisol levels.  Digestion is disrupted under stress and high cortisol levels holds on to fat storage in our abdominal region.  High stress levels are also noted to increase our cravings for sugar.  (http://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20folder/stresscortisol.html

 

Your brain, cravings and science:

Do you believe in science?   Then consider this:  There is science behind the ingredients in junk foods that can make us crave more food and keep us fat. 

Lack of sleep can make you fat:  Lack of sleep can cause weight gain.  Sleep is a restorative process.  The endocrine system increases secretion of certain hormones during sleep. Caffeine interrupts sleep.  De-stressing in fact means eliminating caffeine.  When you don't get enough sleep, you increase your chances of weight gain.  Caffeine is an endocrine disruptor.

Irritation leads to mutation: 

Your body holds onto weight when you have an acid pH.  Ladies this is may be important to you.  What causes your body to become acidic are lifestyle risks that are being promoted through the media.  We've been brainwashed into believing that a lot of advertised foods are actually health promoting, such as non-fat or low- fat. 

Does fat cause fat?  Good fats are essential for our health.  Bad fats are not.  That’s pretty simple.  However, some things that can be very misleading are companies that promote their fat.  I have found deceptive and confusing mis-information for you to review.

Heres’s one that states:  “Types of potentially helpful dietary fat are foods made up mostly of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are liquid at room temperature, safflower oil, peanut oil and corn oil.”  

These oils above are some of the most chemically altered foods in our diets, some even are GMO, yet they get promoted as healthy.  “Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayonnaise to conventional nuts and seeds.  These oils are some of the most harmful substances you can put into your body.”  (http://www.marksdailyapple.com/healthy-oils/#axzz2r4VcXIJK)

 

What’s in your gut?

Is your toxic body inhibiting your weight loss?  Healthy gut bacteria is an important factor for weight loss.  Almost every person has gut issues and benefits significantly from improvements in their gut and digestive function.  What chemicals are you eating?  (http://www.kisswebpage.com/toxinsandweight/)

The highest dietary sources of PCBs and dioxins are in beef, chicken and pork (34%), dairy products (30%).  These are endocrine disruptors.  Chronic intake of farmed fatty fish contributes, rather than prevents, to insulin resistance and obesity and that these negative effects are, in part, mediated by the presence of POPs in fatty fish.  Eating farmed fish can be toxic and increase your chances for a fatty liver.

Sugar equals fat:

Sugar is an endocrine disruptor.  Consuming high levels of sugar, on a regular basis, chronically raises insulin levels in the blood, which selectively deposits energy from foods into fat cells.  Excess sugar eventually affects every organ in the body.

Initially, sugar is stored in the liver.  Since the liver's capacity is limited, a daily intake of refined sugar (above the amount of natural sugars found in whole foods) soon makes the liver expand.  When the liver is filled to its maximum capacity, the excess glycogen is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. These are taken to every part of the body and stored in the most inactive areas:  the belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. 

What YOU can do?

Being aware of how our body functions, acts and reacts to toxins in the world around us, makes us realize that if we are a fat society, we are really carrying around pounds and pounds of extra toxins.

Eating with intelligence is always recommended.  If you choose a detox, remember this is only part of the puzzle. Your detox must include elimination of all endocrine disruptors.  If not you will be missing a very important step.

Your body can loose weight naturally when given the chance with the necessary information and support you deserve from me, your health coach.

Conclusion:

Looking deeper at our relationship with our toxic environment maybe considered weird.  Being sad, out of control and toxic somehow found it’s way to being the norm.  Some of us may choose life in the fast lane and don’t schedule time to relax and eat or address what can be eating us.  We may feel the need to have control over pleasure or control our pain with drugs or alcohol.  We blindly trust agencies hired to protect us from toxins. Unfortunately how we disregard the integrity of our food system is a goal in this country, with our agriculture dependent on pollution, chemicals, pesticides and antibiotics, ignoring true health.

As a Certified Integrated Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt your metabolic and endocrine health.  I can teach you how to balance your hormones, remove chemicals and lose weight effortlessly.  Like others that have joined my program, you can experience weight loss for life and never struggle again.


Connie Rogers is an Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health. Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, Accredited through American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Published Author, Wellness Writer, Owner Reverseage Wellness Essential Oils

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Is Your Co-Worker Really A Vampire? How YOU can protect yourself & others!

One of our popular past radio shows was the around the topic of positive energy and how you can raise the levels in your life to feel invigorated and motivated to accomplish your goals.  It provided great insight on how the community around you could be holding you back from your highest potentials!

How typical is a Monday morning involving your snooze alarm?  There’s an epidemic that has been created by this magical button that gives us the gift of another 5 or 10 minutes to put off the rest of the day a little bit longer.  So my question is WHY?  Why aren't we leaping out of bed in the morning? Why are we putting off going to the gym in lieu of more sleep?  Where is this drainage coming from?

A big part of it is the people and surroundings that we interact with on a daily basis.  It is unconsciously draining you of your internal resources!  The widespread community of people are also known as ENERGY VAMPIRES!  These aren't the sexy Eric Northman types from True Blood, they are the people around you that are literally sucking you dry.  We all know the type; it’s the person that wears you down and no one else wants to be around.  You’re probably thinking in your head “must escape” as soon as they come your way!  It also thrives on the atmosphere we are in, such as a noisy city with lights and sirens or a crowded mall with angry customers and long lines.

Is the solution to slay everything in your path a la Buffy?  Not necessarily… There are other ways to spot the energy vampires in your life and defend yourself from being completely depleted of your vitality!  Read on.

Step One: Self Care.  Any good soldier knows that in order to prepare for battle, they must train first.  Same goes for you.  When we aren’t at our best mentally and physically, we are already more vulnerable right from the start.  Be sure to get enough sleep, exercise, and nutrient rich foods, as well as cut back your hours at work.  Remember you are your own best ally and should be treated with respect.

Step Two:  Establish Boundaries.  Find your baseline and break the cycle!  Vampires do not understand the limits of overstepping; therefore you have to set the tone for you both.  Think about the ways you can reduce contact and shield your energy.  Be vocal if need be.  The more you practice and develop your own personal space, the stronger you will become and the energy vampires will be less attracted to you.

Step Three:  Be Empathetic.  To a point that is.  Try to cut the other person some slack and maybe see it from their point of view.  Sometimes we make assumptions about a situation without really researching if it’s true or not.  The thing is, you may never really find out; and as such shouldn't draw conclusions on just a possibility.  Alternatively, send that other person some love and be on your way.  In turn you will make that person feel better and it also keeps you in a healthy state.

For even more about the types of energy vampires and how you can boost your liveliness to start off the day right, listen to my show on demand now at Blog Talk Radio!  Just click the link below and you are on your way!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/lifecoachradionetwork/2013/07/03/new-you-city-coach-chat-wdanielle-mercurio

Did you try out one of the methods discussed or have your own tactics for dealing with negative energy?  Comment and share your thoughts!

 

Danielle Mercurio

Danielle Mercurio

The “New You City Chat” with Danielle Mercurio is on the Featured Life Coach Radio Network every first and third Tuesday of every month at 8:00 PM/EST.  Much of the show's focus is on centering yourself in an overwhelming city environment, building confidence and creating the look and feel of the hot body you desire!  Danielle Mercurio is a lifestyle coach who provides group or individual coaching, facilitates workships, and is a motivational speaker.  You can contact Danielle directly at danielle@daniellemercurio.com or go to www.newyoucitycoaching.com