Leaning Into Gratitude To Cope With A Loved One’s Cancer

Russ Terry

Russ Terry

The C word.  Cancer.  No one wants to hear it, especially from an immediate family member.  A few weeks ago, my Mom phoned with startling news:  her annual mammogram had turned up something “highly suspicious for malignancy.” I was stunned, shaken, sad, upset, scared.  You name it and I felt it – such a range of emotions.  I’m not going to lie or sugar coat it.  It’s been a rough few weeks.

On the positive side, however, there’s so much I have been grateful for in this situation.  Oh, let me count the ways:

1.       I’m grateful that she’s gotten her mammogram every year for 30 years and does a self-exam on the first of every month.  (Great advice for all women!)  Even if it did turn out to be cancer, I was optimistic that it was caught early and hopeful that this time next year we could not only go on the vacation to Italy that we’ve been planning, but could use the occasion to celebrate life, health, how much we love each other, and our Italian heritage, of which we’re very proud!

2.       I’m grateful for an incredibly wise and supportive group of colleagues.  Right before this all happened, I came to know not one or two but THREE people who would prove immensely helpful.  Two are breast cancer survivors and one is an expert on grief.  It’s like God planted them in my life to make sure I was OK.  Wow.

3.       My friends have been excellent.  I’m so grateful for their support, prayers, positive thinking and encouragement.  Thinking about them makes me smile.  So many have passed on good wishes to me, which I have forwarded to my Mom.  She is grateful, too, which makes me even happier to have all of them – and her – in my life.

4.       I’m so glad I have a job that’s flexible and enabled me to be by her side for her pre-lumpectomy consultation with her surgeon.  I’m grateful for the doctor and his calmness, and that my Mom, my sister and my Mom’s significant other could all be there with her.  We even went out to eat afterward, which we otherwise would never have done on a random Wednesday in early August.  It was lovely!

5.       Finally, I’m grateful that we got some very good news within the last few days.  Although Mom does have breast cancer, it has not spread. The surgeon said that he’ll likely be able to get everything out when he does the lumpectomy (on September 11th, please keep us in your prayers), and that she won’t need chemotherapy.  Phew!  What a relief.

When I shared the good news with people who are grappling with more difficult cancer experiences, I felt so guilty.  But they were incredibly happy for me.  I’m grateful
for their generous spirits.

You may get good news.  You may not.  Either way, you can always find something to be grateful for, even in tough situations — and now I know ESPECIALLY in tough situations.

Interesting postscript: I sent this to my Mom for her review before submitting it.  I wanted to make sure she was OK with it.  Here’s what she said: “Even if the diagnosis had been the type that needed chemo and radiation I would still be positive because more and more people are surviving cancer.” So inspiring, right??


For information on Russ, visit his website www.russterrylifecoach.com.

Russ Terry and Grief Coach, Jill Smolowe, are co-hosting an in-person workshop, “The Grief-Gratitude Connection,” to be held in New York City on September 15.  For more info and to purchase tickets, visit: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-grief-gratitude-connection-strategies-for-easing-the-stress-of-caregiving-and-the-pain-of-loss-tickets-9972777847

The Magic Of The Mind

Can our mind heal our body?

Recent research has verified that mental and emotional conditions can affect the state of the physical body, and that the body mind connection, is very much true. Every emotion we feel can cause psychological and physical changes in the body which can keep us sick & stuck. Most times we just don’t know how to let go.  Emotions have been shown to be linked to obesity and cancer, which begs the question:  Who’s in charge of your mind?

 “There is an ever growing body of evidence pointing to the role of the mind and its healing power in the treatment of stress, pain, mental, emotional and physical illness. (1)  Mind/body approaches, such as guided imagery and mindfulness meditation are becoming more widespread as the scientific studies mount, indicating that mind-body techniques, may not only improve the quality of life for those facing a health concern or serious illness, but can actually promote physical healing and whole person wellness of body, mind, heart and spirit.  Keeping a healthy spirit and mind will aid in maintaining a healthy body and vice versa. A healthy, grounded spirit and soul also helps to improve our confidence levels and helps to boost self esteem and positive thoughts.”

Just like exercise builds muscle, becoming conscience builds mind muscle. Remember what happens to the body also happens to the mind and even to the spirit and vice versa. If you are eating for health but harbor on unhealthy thoughts, you are not healthy. 

Solutions: 

What can you do? Implement changes until the mind/body are on the same page-do it until it becomes a lifestyle. When you change how you look at things the things you look at change.

When you change how you be with things the things you be with change.

A number of studies at UCLA and at Harvard, (2) show that there are structural changes in the very parts of the brain, for people who do practice mindfulness meditation.  There are structural changes in the same mind / body circuit, that we need to implement, in order  to support our empathic communication with other people.  That's probably why there are so many studies that show that empathy is significantly increased in those who practice mindfulness.

Which part of our mind runs our life?   “Most people hardly use the conscious mind.  They run their day-to-day existence from programs stored in their subconscious mind.” (3)  “What programs will that subconscious mind run? The answer is the exact programs that were downloaded into the subconscious mind.” These subconscious programs are at the core of our perception of the world around us. They anchor our belief systems, our perception of right and wrong, our spirit and our soul.  These deeply stored programs, are what guide us and play out our journey, throughout out entire life, unless we go into the subconscious mind and rewrite the program. Yes, we can rewrite the program!

“By making a conscious decision, our conscious mind can rewrite any of our subconscious programs.”  We can even go back and change our genetic activity. “The conscious mind is unique because it can change an entire history of perceptions in order to engage in different behaviors and life styles. The new sciences of epi-genetics and quantum mechanics recognize the important role of the invisible fields in controlling life, which includes the thoughts and energies that contribute to our reality. “This new awareness gives each of us the ability, and the power, to change our old worldview.

We now know that we can actually control our genes, and as a result, we control our lives. Our thoughts are real and tangible. They influence our physiology. If we choose to be around sickness or depression we will become what is our environment. 

Solution:

Change our environment and belief system, and we can change our life.  Beliefs can change our thoughts and change our DNA. This is extremely powerful, and isn’t it fascinating that our mind has the ability to look at itself, from the outside in?

How is energy impaired when the mind is broken?

1-The mind is an energetic field.

The mind influences the immune system, digestive and endocrine system. When we have an abundance of stress in our lives we also have a diminished functioning immune system. 

An abundance of stress reduces blood flow to the gut leaving it unable to repair itself. As a result, our metabolism is impaired. This leads to a lack of energy in our cells.  With less energy, we stop exercising.  That in turn stresses the lymphatic system leaving it congested and lethargic. Stress can make our mind & body sick. 

Solution:

Don’t sweat the small stuff. One of the most efficient ways to defuse stress while it's happening, is to use positive emotion.  A thought is a physical energy. Sending information to the body saying “I am better” is sending information to the body to correct itself.

2- Alzheimer’s: 

“We need to take action to eliminate toxins through understanding the underlying causes of cellular breakdown in the brain.  Free radicals from toxins, lead to oxidative stress.  With cell death we see more people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Mitochondria are extremely sensitive to the insults of  inflammation and toxic damage.”(4) 

Alzheimer’s is all about toxins and loss of energy. In fact it may soon be called Diabetes Type 3. Pesticides, alcohol, gluten and sugar are toxins we ingest from foods along with mercury from fish, dental fillings and contact lens solution.  Yes, that stuff people use to clean their lenses and more get in the way of our brain and gut function.  Added to that mix, we work in a toxic environment and are consuming inflammatory foods, causing thyroid and hormonal imbalances.  In their book, Dangerous Grains, (5) James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan, MA point out that undiagnosed sensitivity to gluten in wheat, and other proteins in grains:

“Is the root cause of many cancers, autoimmune diseases, neurological  diseases, osteoporosis,  attention deficit disorders, learning disorders psychiatric and other brain disorders.”

I’ve seen first hand elderly people with gallons of ice cream, rBGH milk, bread and soda in their refrigerator, with no visible signs of fruits, vegetables and other whole foods.  Today 50% of 85 year olds have Alzheimer’s, resulting in a 60 billion a year business!  However Alzheimer’s doesn’t begin at age 85, it can go undetected for more than 50 years.

Solution: Most brain inflammation can be prevented. It’s easy in this fast paced world, to be toxic, stressed and depressed. Life is not what happens to us, but rather how we handle what is happening. Become mindful, as stress, toxins and a poor diet, are counter productive to brain, gut, and our overall wellness.

Can fast food logos affect our mind?

It turns out that just looking at fast-food-company logos may be enough to affect our attitude and judgment.

A recent study reported in the March 2010 issue of Psychological Science (6) found that, compared with a control group that spent time viewing unrelated shapes of similar size and the logos of inexpensive chain restaurants, people who spent time examining fast-food logos were more likely to exhibit impatience and haste in executing subsequent tasks, and less likely to defer gratification.

The results suggest that our exposure to, and associations with, fast food may carry over into other areas of our lives and consumer behaviors in surprising, unconscious ways.

In a study of 57 people, University of Toronto researchers (7) found that the fast-food participants were, in later exercises, significantly more likely to prefer items characterized as timesaving. They were also more apt to race through reading assignments, even when presented with no time limit, and to accept smaller sums of money right away rather than wait and receive larger sums of money later.  This can affect our judgement in all business decisions.

Conclusion:

Take a look at your life today. How do you feed your mind & body?  Do you have Negative Nellie self talk or listen to negative news before bed?  Do you live on alcohol, caffeine, sugar, trans fats, flour products and gluten? Do you have emotional wellness or do you suffer from anxiety, lack of intimacy, stress, Gerd, inflammation and brain fog?  All these are a lack of mind/ body health. 

If you intend to be mindful, eat healthy, improve digestion and hormonal imbalances and feel fantastic, I am here.  Our conscious mind is capable of making the decision to stop old habits, and focus on creating new positive habits.  With time, these new habits become new established programs in our subconscious.  We are capable of changing our path, our results and reinventing our very being.

Make a plan to succeed by getting the support you need today! As a Certified Integrated Health Coach for 12 years, Connie Rogers specializes in helping people make healthy changes and achieve results that last a lifetime. Expert in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health.www.bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes:

1-Dr. Paul Epstein- http://www.drpaulepstein.com

2-studies http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1361002/ see also http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/

3- Bruce Lipton book-The wisdom of your cells

4-  Mark Hyman book -The Ultra Mind Solution 

5- James Braly, MD, and Ron Hoggan  book-“Dangerous Grains” 

6- fast food on the brain- http://www2.rotman.utoronto.ca/facbios/file/Zhong%20and%20DeVoe,%202010.pdf see also http://pss.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/03/19/0956797610366090.full

7- higher later dollar amounts- http://www.pendletonpsych.com/whats-new/fast-food

Icing

Who eats the icing first? 

We find the most delicious cupcake with the best vanilla icing imaginable. We dive into the icing first, ignoring the cake.  Is this you?

This can be used as a metaphor of life. We all love to look good, get our hair dyed, nails done, a little facial improvement with Botox, the latest lipstick color, or a much needed tummy tuck after all those babies. We even go in for that magic diet pill that we hope will finally be the answer, after dozens of diet pills that didn’t work before.

The question is, are we ignoring the real foundation to health, as we focus on the icing, oblivious of the ingredients in the cake? 

Is it all consuming looking at the outside appearance that we ignore what’s going on inside?  Are we forgetting to feed our body with real whole foods?  Does this even come to mind when we look in the mirror? 

There are many reasons we tend to put on weight such as:  Daily lifestyle habits, inflammatory foods, stress, and being estrogen dominant to name a few. Endocrine disruptors can be found in hair dyes, lipstick, nail polish, diet pills and more.  Accumulation of processed foods, sugar, alcohol and toxins may be slowing our capacity to metabolize estrogen.  In fact, the ineffective way we metabolize estrogen can directly sabotage weight loss. 

“ Diet and Lifestyle have a tremendous effect upon your entire neuroendocrine system.”(1)

There are some foods we consume daily that can be sabotaging our health and our weight.  Many diets are based on low fat, no fat, chemicals, colors and dyes, which can disrupt our endocrine system, weaken our immune systems and result in our biochemistry being out of balance. We may even add a mix to that process with more disruptors such as hydrogenated and vegetable oils, HFCS, nitrates, sulfites, and aspartame.  Continuing with fast, easy, now and convenient, we consume flour, sugar and caffeine.  Unfortunately these all lack nutritional value and all contribute to hormone imbalances, stress, weight gain and auto immune disorders. These types of foods alter and destroy the balance of the endocrine system and metabolic function.

Are you feeling bloated? Can’t zip those new pants?

Here are some foods that can cause Visceral Fat:(Abdominal fat, is a type of body fat that exists in the abdomen and surrounds the internal organs.)

Wheat/gluten

2% milk-more fat, sugar & calorie count (increases belly fat)

Soda..diet & regular

Pasta

Muffins

Cupcakes

Croissants

Cheese/dairy

Pizza

Refined Salt

Trans-fats/ fried foods

Alcohol

Potato Chips

Refined Sugar/Candy

Store bought Smoothies

Bottled Salad Dressings

Processed Meats

Junk/Processed Foods

*If you want to tame your cravings, it’s important to note -processed foods pull nutrients from our system leaving us craving for more.

Some Foods that Help Decrease Belly Fat:

Cruciferous vegetables are proven to help fight both stomach fat and xenoestrogens.

So here’s where I became excited about eating this specific class of vegetables.  Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage, kale, cauliflower are the most useful in helping you burn belly fat. They contain phytonutrients to counter the influence of exogenous estrogen.

Cruciferous vegetables are high in vitamin C and fiber, low in calories and a low energy density which means you can eat large portions without gaining weight. This is a very important factor in weight loss, especially when it comes to eliminating those last couple of stubborn inches.

Statistics say we gain an average of 5 pounds a year.  Simple math:  10 years can put us 50 pounds heavier, wondering how that happened.  What is your 20 year plan?

 Footnotes:

 (1)-Dixie Mills, MD. What is Estrogen Dominance, http://www.womentowomen.com/menopause/estrogendominance.aspx

 Connie Rogers is a Certified Integrated Holistic Health Coach, specializing in toxins that can disrupt our skin, metabolic and endocrine health.  www.bitesizepieces.net

Hair Loss In Women Doesn't Always Have To Be Permanent

Over the years women, have confided in me about those special times they would donate their locks for cancer patients, and then years later they themselves were feeling less then comfortable about their own thinning hair.  Is there a certain age where everything droops, puckers or falls out, they ask?   

Hair loss is a conversation that not too many of us talk about, unless you’re in the hair business or whisper concerns to your best friend.

I hear women say with a panic tone:  “In two months it will be the beginning of summer vacation and OMG…  my hair is falling out.  Why is this happening to me…?  ” 

Well the reason “Why” is a good question. 

Many well known factors include smoking, radiation, chemotherapy and aging.  But what if you don’t fit into any of those categories? 

If you knew some habits could contribute to hair loss would you make some changes?  

Hair loss Reasons and Tips to follow

  • Low levels of Vitamin B, and Thyroid disruption.  Do you live on sugar or are you addicted to wheat/gluten? These can rob you of Vitamin B’s. (7)
  • Hormones can play a significant role in the health and quality of the hair. For ladies, quick hair loss could result from a lack of many nutrients.  Low iron levels are known to be a causative factor for hair loss. (1)
  • A trauma that triggered an unhealthy and sudden weight loss can cause hair loss.  This can also be an eating disorder.  (6)
  • What  OTC’s and other medications do you take daily?   Do you have Depression? (2)
  • Abundance of unnecessary supplements.  Do you supplement instead of eating real whole foods?  Overdoing vitamin A-containing supplements or medications can trigger hair loss, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
  • Stress-Do you live on a diet of stress?  Chronic stress must be addressed and the adrenal gland must be fed to maintain the health of the body, including the health of the hair and scalp. (3)
  • Do you dye your hair or use toxic hair products?    Over the years these can cause endocrine disruption, thinning and hair loss.  It helps to read labels.  If you can’t pronounce it don’t use it.
  • Sugar- Thinning can be related to the changes in the hormone testosterone.  Sugar and alcohol can deplete testosterone levels. An abundance of sugar and processed foods will also lead to a lack of minerals. 
  • Insomnia-What keeps you awake? Sleep is another “must haves” to help fight hair loss.  A sleep deprived body produces more stress hormones and hair loss.
  • Leaky gut-Poor digestion and utilization of protein can cause hair loss.
  • Oxidative Stress and free radical damage.  Avoid hours in the sun with an “unprotected scalp”. (8)
  • Candida can be linked to dermatitis or atopic dermatitis which can sometimes cause hair loss. (4) 

Healthy hair is a sign of overall good health, so it would make sense that we would want to keep it. Healthy hair thrives on real whole foods/real nutrient rich foods.

So How can we feed our hair? 

Some choices are Spinach, bananas, Brazil nuts for selenium and oysters for zinc. 

To achieve a more balanced healthy lifestyle and improve the health of your hair and scalp, ditch the chips, sugar and processed crap and shop on the outer aisles of the grocery store, or your favorite farmers market, where you'll find fresh organic fruits & veggies. 

With sense of peacefulness and calm, a scalp massage can increase blood flow and lymphatic drainage in the head, both of which purportedly stimulate hair follicles in the scalp and keep it healthy.(5) 

Tips:

*Remember to remove toxic chemical laden shampoos and conditioners that can cause hair loss and replace with organic products.

*Ditch the refined sugar, sweets, wheat and processed foods.

*Develop good sleeping habits. Make an intention to get to bed at the same time every night.

*Address Candida and Leaky Gut issues.

* Add Exercise to your day- this helps to release stress.

*Eat more fruits, and green vegetables for depression and healthy hair.

Footnotes:

1- Shrivastava, SB.  (2009).  Diffuse hair loss in an adult female: approach to the diagnosis and management.  Indian J Dermatol Venereol Leprol, 75(1):20-7

2- (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

3- Hair loss has been improved by hypnosis, with one of the biggest effects being help with underlying stress and anxiety [Source: Willemsen] see also Stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15304082)

4- (http://candidaquestions.probacto.com/3330/is-candida-connected-to-eczema-or-atopic-dermatitis)

5- [source: Osborn].  http://www.massagetherapy.com/articles/index.php/article_id/885/Indian-Head-Massage

6- Crash diets, major surgery and hair loss (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0003730/)

7- Gluten and Hair loss-To date, there have been 100′s of symptoms, syndromes, and diseases linked to gluten exposure for those with gluten sensitivity.  One of these little known diseases is alopecia areata (autoimmune hair loss). Source: Minerva Gastroenterol Dietol. 1999 Dec;45(4):283-5.

Gluten Can Cause Nutritional Hair Loss as Well…Aside from causing autoimmune hair loss, gluten can cause malnutrition leading to nutritional forms of alopecia.  One of the primary side effects of gluten is damage to the intestinal lining.  This damage can lead to malabsorption of vitamins and minerals

8- Extrinsic factors include smoking, ultraviolet radiation and nutrition and Oxidative stress (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2929555/) see also http://link.springer.com/article/10.1134%2FS2079057013010086

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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

 

Energy

Energy~ Our energetic world is responsible for shaping our physical world.(3)  Most people can't live the life they want to live because of lack of energy.  It's time we look at the fact that we are more than just a body.  We have feelings -we are emotional; we have a soul - we are spiritual; and we have minds - we are mental beings.  Science proves that mind, body, spirit and emotions constantly interact-and sickness in any one of those areas affects the other.  (0) Everything we do involves energy.  “Your body is using metabolic energy from your last meal as you read this.” (1) When we are feeling emotional our whole being can take on that energy.  Even after  a traumatic event is over and forgotten that energy can still be trapped inside, disrupting the flow and distorting the tissues around it. Every one of us has years of emotions trapped in stored cellular energy. This is where emotions can truly hurt us if we don’t learn to let go. For some the emotion could be loosing a loved one, a tragic accident or a business that failed.  Trapped emotion can be toxic to the immune system.  Emotions such as anger drains our energy as with negative thinking.

Digestion~  Digestion stops the moment we become stressed. Some of us however may still continue to eat as a form of comfort. This can in itself cause an array of problems in the immune system. Energy levels can plummet when digestion is interrupted with stress. When our digestive system does not fully break down food, fat storage increases. Sometimes bloating and acid reflux are preliminary warning signs of other symptoms such as loss of cellular energy, and food intolerance's. If the body has sufficient nerve energy it will attempt to break down, neutralize and eliminate toxic waste. If it doesn’t disease symptoms may shift to another part of the body.

 Our Minds~ Our mind digest information throughout the day.  How, what and where we take in this information is critically important. Our subconscious mind stores our emotions. This can begin emotional blockages. The energy of our beliefs’ are stored in our chakras. (0) We can become overwhelmed with the information that enters our life in the form of anger, arguments, TV,  e-mails and more.  “All sensory impute that impacts our nervous system undergoes some form of digestion and elimination.” (2) The energy of our body depends on not only on vibrationally rich nutrition but our vibrational frequency from daily activities or anxieties. If we live in a state of fear, negativity, depression and separation we disrupt vibrational frequency. Stress is the life force that disrupts balance and the body’s energy.  We spend a lot of time and energy trying to control things in our life that sometimes seem out of control, such as events, people and situations. Constant worrying drains our brain of energy and focusing power.

Energy & Skin~ The main function of the skin is to act as a physical, chemical and antimicrobial defense system. Liver-related toxic stress includes headaches, dry skin, bags under the eyes, fluid retention under the skin, and skin problems anywhere. “Studies have shown that both stress and gut inflammation can impair the integrity and protective function of the epidermal barrier.” (8) The stressed brain can harm our skin. Like few other organs, the skin is continuously exposed to multiple exogenous and endogenous stressors.(9)  Dehydration causes stress on all organs in the body. Less water in the body means less moisture for the skin. Most Americans are chronically dehydrated.

10 Tips~

1-Decide~ which information is important enough to read, watch, or pay attention to.

2-Sort out and release toxic emotions, and blocked energy~with the help of a Holistic Health Coach, that's me!  "Being Holistic" means you are not sectioned off from your body parts, you are whole.  Bring energy, happiness and health back into your life!

3-Avoid caffeine ~ a false energy and mood crasher. The ups and downs of caffeine include dehydration, unbalanced blood sugar levels making mood swings more frequent.

4-Energy wasters~ Get rid of relationships that drain you. Toxic addictive people deplete energy.  Ask yourself -what is the toxic food or emotion giving you that headache today.

5-Drink water ~ Being hydrated increases energy levels. Drinking water helps with energy expenditure and more.(10) Nutrition and hydration are important for skin health as dehydration may increase skin injury. (11)

6-Does our diet support a healthy DNA~ Green is associated with refreshing, vital energy. Green plants are full of vitamins and nutrients and great for improving circulation, lifting the spirit, purifying the blood and strengthening the immune system.

7-Foods have electrical energy ~ (http://ezinearticles.com/?Your-Electrical-Force&id=7176735) Foods that are alive have a higher life and energy force. Superfoods have very high levels of nutrients. Sea plants such as green algae and seaweeds are powerful sources of nutrition and energy. Eating for superior health is a lifestyle that can help to prevent disease, improve energy, and clear skin.

8-Get physical ~ Start with simple activities, like walking or yoga—to increase circulation energy, stimulating the heart and blood vessels.

9-Increase sleep ~Sleep is a time for repairing and restoring our energy. Self Care ~ Find activities that restore your energy and schedule a weekly date with yourself.

10-Ask what Reiki can do for you. Reiki practitioners channel energy to increase energy and harmonize the body. Reiki seeks to restore order to the body whose vital energy has become unbalanced. Reiki energy has several basic effects: it brings about deep relaxation, destroys energy blockages, detoxifies the system, provides new vitality in the form of healing universal life energy, and increases the vibrational frequency of the body.

Footnotes:

0-(http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1142191/)see also (http://www.iempowerself.com/52_energy_law_of_attraction.html)

1- http://www.qrg.northwestern.edu/projects/vss/docs%20/space-environment/1-what-is-energy.html

2- Marc David~The Institute for the Psychology of Eating

3- Bruce Lipton -"Wisdom of your cells".

8- (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2045620/)

9- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16845409 see also  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16269267

10- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21750519

11-Nutritional deficiencies can and will cause skin changes and may even increase aging. Minaker KL. Common clinical sequelae of aging. In: Goldman L,Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 24.

Connie Rogers is a Lifestyle Educator, Reiki Master, 37 years Certified Cosmetologist/Esthetician, Certified Holistic Health & Wellness Coach, Published Author, Wellness Writer at bitesizepieces.net

Prevent Cancer With Food

Did you know that half of all Americans will eventually be diagnosed with cancer at some point in their lives? HALF.

That means, it's a flip of the coin whether or not you'll be one of them. That is, if you're not one of the Americans who first goes down with a heart attack - which happens around twice every minute of every day.

Too many of us are complacent about those odds, believing not much can be done to change what we collectively believe is an inevitable fact of American life. Cancer, we're told, is random, it's genetic, and sooner or later, it's going to get us.

But the truth is, a cancer diagnosis doesn't have to be a 50/50 proposition. In fact, what if you could up the odds to nearly 100% - a 100% chance you WON'T end up with cancer?

Modern medicine has been claiming for years that a cure is around the corner. But the best cure I’ve found is prevention. And prevention requires looking at the toxins in our environment, and mitigating their effects.

Instead of embracing pink ribbons and joining the 'race for the cure', perhaps we'd all be better served by a race to stop cancer in its tracks before it has a chance to grab hold of us.

Certainly, much of the cancer we see is due to environmental toxins and hazards that are difficult to combat, depending on where we've lived and worked. But the majority of cancers we see developing are heavily influenced by lifestyle choices, such as smoking and, yes, especially diet.

It might seem at first glance that it's not possible. But consider the standard American diet: lots of meat, dairy and animal products, high in starches and oils and sugar, massive amounts of processed foods and artificial ingredients, and very few fresh vegetables, fruits, and legumes. With a diet like this, it's very hard for the body to get the optimal nutrition it needs to stay well.  Of course, this includes making conditions ripe for cancer to develop.

Preventing cancer requires increasing the beneficial antioxidants and phytochemicals and cutting down or completely eliminating the toxins. To really protect yourself, the steps below are simple and easy.

  • Drink lots of clean, pure water to flush toxins from the body.
  • Eat more vegetables and fruits, especially raw and organic berries(to ensure they've not been treated with pesticides and chemicals)
  • Eat cruciferous veggies, cabbage, kale, garlic, onions, and mushrooms- evidence is growing to suggest that these vegetables have powerful anti-cancer properties. Eat green veggies 3 times a day!
  • Incorporate into your busy schedule a good nights sleep, to assist the body in releasing toxins.
  • Drastically cut down your consumption of rBGH meats and dairy, and refined flours and sugar.  Completely eliminate processed meats, fast foods, gluten products, and all other foods void of nutrition.
  • Avoid toxic cleaning chemicals, dryer sheets, detergents, soaps, candles, floor cleaners, air fresheners, toxic candles and more in your home.
  • Avoid all Hand Sanitizers!

So, sure... we can race for the cure all we want. But if we put more effort into a push for prevention, there wouldn't be so much of a need for a cure.

Some of the most serious health problems of our time,  are endocrine and metabolic related.  As a Certified Holistic Health Coach, I specialize in toxins that can disrupt our metabolic and endocrine health.

Besides advocating health, Health Coaches support their clients in learning those necessary “bite size pieces” for growth & change.  If I were to teach one thing about food -I would choose “food is a masterpiece full of necessary information for our cells. “ It’s Art-because it unites all cells to work together on one canvas.  You!   It’s time to add color to your plate while adding prevention to your vocabulary. www.Bitesizepieces.net

footnotes:

http://www.cancerschmancer.org/trashcancer


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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Smart & Natural

Ever wonder how huge Corporations convince us toxic products are really good for us?  They use words like “Natural” or “Smart Drinks or Foods” when reality is, truly smart people, see right through their expensive ad campaigns.  We see through their bright colors and cute jingles and are quite aware, these must be related to the same companies that convinced us that cigarettes and DDT, were good for us.

Here’s a great example of a product, that paid their packaging team to entice consumers with well crafted words.

“Is it really SMART to let yourself fall in love with a snack?  OF COURSE IT IS! ESPECIALLY WHEN IT’S SMARTFOOD™. “You know you want it.  You know where to get it.  Now go out there and be SMART about it.”   And their slogan:  “Smartfood Popcorn - Sign of an INTELLIGENT Life.”  It only took two seconds to glance at the nutrition fact label to see that this is really not smart to eat.

  Let’s read this ad for Velveeta ™ Advertising Campaign “When creamy is what you crave.”

  What does a naked woman have to do with our decision to buy cheese?

Or how about “Betcha can’t eat one.”  Frito-Lay ™ is permitted to make all kinds of claims about its fat laden/ fried products, claiming that Lay’s potato chips are now “heart healthy.”

Do you sit on the sofa, watch TV and regret eating a whole bag?  You have been programed.

Moving on we seem to desire sliming ourselves fast.  Find the Slim-Fast® “Strawberries N Cream” product.  You won’t find “strawberries” or “cream” on the label.  Sure sounds delicious, but after years and years of research, chemists have discovered how to satisfy our taste buds, with chemicals.

Special K® “What will you gain when you lose.” and "Satisfy your sweet tooth.”  Before we buy into a million dollar ad campaign, maybe we should do some due diligence first!  Sugar, sugar and more sugar, artificial flavors, toxic vegetable oils, GMO’s and chemicals.   Sugar toxicity ends up in the circulatory, endocrine, immune and lymphatic systems.  Sugar is a poison to our metabolic system.

Vegetable oils are found in practically every processed food, from salad dressing to mayo to conventional nuts and seeds. These oils are some of the most harmful substances we can put into our body.

And then we have diet foods. Diet-artificially sweetened soft drinks have been associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome.

Is Dove ™ appealing to your body image?  The people at Dove have exploited a void in the marketplace. By introducing so-called women with “real” bodies, they distinguished themselves from their competitors. The down side: Whatever toxins we put on the skin, will go trough the skin, be absorbed into the blood, to be filtered in the liver.

If we as women became content with our appearance – accepting our body size, (including breast and thigh size) wrinkles, gray hair, entire industries would collapse. 

What ever happened to Truth in Advertising? 

If these products put the words:  poison, toxic, chemically processed, Genetically Modified, on the labels would you buy them?  Some ingredients have been shown to increase heart attacks, cancer, diabetes, autoimmune disorders and more.

Searching for the “Wake Up Button”?  It’s time to make Smart Choices with a rock solid resolve to become totally awake about how choices we make today, will impact our lives in our future. It’s Spring Cleaning time.  Time to think about eliminating and discarding these “toxic waste products” from our pantry.

There are hundreds of products that need our attention.  For blogging purposes, I offer you a handful to begin with.   Connie Rogers founder of Bitesizepieces.net

Footnotes:

 www.sott.net/article/216727-The-Addictive-Opioids-in-Wheat-and-Dairy-Foods

http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1038/oby.2008.284/abstract;jsessionid=08CFC090C1C9CFE4AB7F969832B81A17.f01t02

http://theillusionists.org/2013/04/the-problem-with-dove/


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

Connect Linkedin: Connie Rogers

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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.