May is Movement Month
I am so honored and humbled to be recognized by my business peers in this professional publication. This recognition came as quite a surprise. I know you are already aware of how much I love the Touchstone Essentials products, especially (Green Detox Pack), but I am also a business associate for the company!
Please allow me to share this article with you and answer any questions it may prompt.
One of my missions is to help you live your BEST life! There is a plan and purpose for your life. But, sometimes our health hinders us from living our best life!
Are you sick and tired of feeling sick and tired? Are you struggling with any of these symptoms?
But, there is hope! I've spent the last five years taking control of my health and have seen such a dramatic transformation. And, these improvements in my health are positively impacting every other area of my life! This is why I've become so passionate about health & wellness bringing this information to my clients and now to you!
If you're struggling, then I want you to experience this transformation, too!
This Saturday, April 27th at 10:30am I am speaking at Stewart Health Massage & Training. The studio is at 5555 E. Evergreen BLvd. Ste. B, Vancouver, WA 98661. Please RSVP by text to #360-624-1585 , or respond to this fb post.
You WON"T want to miss this!
Self Care is not Selfish Indulgence
A New Year is just around the corner and many make resolutions that typically only last a few weeks. I believe that the typical approach is missing a critical component to experience true lasting success. Instant results are desired and we fall short of our health goals.
Let's take a look at lifestyle for explanation and commit to making small significant long term changes that will guarantee lasting and big results. As a health advocate and chronic pain specialist I take a look at the whole person and work with them to create a healthier and more vital life. Many conversations lead directly to self care or the lack of self care. The misconception of self care is that it is selfish and self indulgent, when actually self care is necessary to handle the stress and challenges of our modern day live.
Self care is not selfish, self care is discipline. Self care requires a tough mindedness, a deep and personal understanding of ones priorities, and a respect for both yourself and the people you choose to spend your life with. If we are hones, self care can be boring.
You're probably asking why is self care a discipline? It is a discipline to do the things that are good for us instead of what feels good in the moment. It takes even more discipline to refuse to take responsibility for other people's emotional well being. And it takes discipline to take complete and full responsibility for our own well being.
Self care is also a discipline because it is not something you can do once or once in a while when the week seems so overwhelming and crazy busy. It is what we do each and every day, every week, month in and month out. It is taking care of yourself in a way that doesn't require you to "indulge" in order to restore balance. It's making the commitment to stay healthy and balanced as a regular practice.
Self care is the best investment you can make in yourself. You are WORTH it!
As the New Year dawns you can expect more on self care and the benefits of caring for yourself. We were given this one body. It is possible to make simple consistent changes in your lifestyle to assure you of a healthier and more vital life. A healthier and more vital life to enjoy family and friends for years to come. Looking forward to a healthier and vital year one day at a time!
Merry Christmas and Happy Healthy New Year!
5 Seasonal Eating Tips
We have so many options for eating our food in season. Farmer's Markets, CSA's (Community Supported Agriculture), on-line food prep services and backyard gardens make sea The seasonal food choices are more affordably nutritious as well as accessible. Buying fruit and veggies while they are in season ensures that you are getting the most nutrient dense and best-tasting food available. There are tables and charts all over that provide you with the information about the harvesting season and freshest food enjoyment.
Think about the produce not in season and what their travels would entail to make it to the local grocery store. Their road trip could be from 3 days to several weeks depending on the distance of their farm. Imagine the trip could be up to 2000 miles! To make this trip the produce would need to be treated to prevent spoilage as they are on the road and sometimes in the air. This can mean they are picked before they have reached the peak of aroma or delicious taste. What if they ripened in route, spoilage could occur.
There are numerous studies that show when produce is picked at maturity and consumed immediately they have higher levels of vital nutrients. Definitely more nutrients than the produce on a road trip that arrives in your grocery store.
Here are 5 tips for eating in season:
1. Check your state's growing guide to help you to know what produce is in season.
2. Visit your local farmer's market. Better yet, go straight to your local farm.
3. Pay attention to the prices inside your store. In season produce tends to be cheaper.
4. Support your local small farm by joining a CSA.
5. Plant your own garden . This makes for a great family activity.
Take advantage of the abundant summer growing season by picking up some truly fresh and tasty produce for the family. Your health and your taste buds will thank you.
Catch you at the Farmer's Market!
Happy National Golf Day
Are you ready for some GOLF!? One of the most beneficial resources available in preparing and improving your golf game is Ben Hogan's 5 Rules for Golf. Another beneficial resource available to nourish your joints and support them nutritionally is Wellspring. And the third important resource for improving your game is regular massage. For more information reach out through our Facebook page, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See you out on the links!
The first sign of trouble began at 4:30am. On January 23, 2018 I woke to a feeling of intense pressure and a burning pain. The night before, I’d brushed off a general sense of soreness as the result of a tough workout. Little did I know that soreness was a warning sign I would be in a fight for my life.
Even as the pain and the pressure intensified, it was hard to believe that it was a heart attack. I had just had a complete physical nine months ago, where my cholesterol was in the normal range and my blood pressure was normal.
I was also in great shape, ate healthy foods, worked out regularly, and drank superfood smoothies. It turns out that lifestyle may have saved my life.
A Family History Finally Figured OutI couldn’t have known that my heart had been at risk my whole life. All I knew was that my father’s side of the family had been plagued by heart attacks.
Lying in the cardiac intensive care unit (CICU) after having emergency surgery to have two stents placed, I learned for the first time what was behind our family history of heart disease: high levels of Lipoprotein(a)or Lp(a).
Just like how having the BRCA gene mutation creates a high risk for breast cancer in women, having genetically high levels of Lipoprotein(a) dramatically increases the risk for heart disease.
Finally, our family history made sense.
My grandfather had died of a heart attack at age 67, my father died at 63 from a heart attack, and all three of his brothers had died young from heart attacks. They all had inherited high levels of Lipoprotein(a).
Lipoprotein(a) is a Silent KillerI consider myself well informed when it comes to my health, but before my heart attack I had never even heard about Lp(a).
Yet having genetically high levels of Lipoprotein(a) is surprisingly common. Last year, The Biggest Loser fitness trainer Bob Harperappeared on Dr. Oz to share that his massive heart attack was caused by Lp(a).
According to the Lipoprotein A Foundation, as many as one in five people have elevated Lp(a) and most don’t know it.
While there is a test, it’s not standard, and isn’t included with a physical exam, which is why my results seemed fine just months earlier.
If you have a family history of heart disease, ask your doctor to test you for Lipoprotein(a). If you do have high levels, start taking steps to improve your lifestyle, as your life may depend on it.
A Healthy Lifestyle Can Save LivesThere are no medical treatments for high levels of Lipoprotein(a). That means eating healthy foods and getting exercise is vital.
When I arrived in the ER, I actually walked in, and was awake while they performed an EKG. I heard them call me as a Code Blue because one of my arteries was 100% blocked, and a second one was 80% blocked.
The next day, the cardiologist was telling me how surprised he was that my artery hadn’t ruptured. Usually with a 100% blockage they blow, which increases the odds of dying.
Both the cardiologist and nurse attributed my healthy lifestyle as a big factor in how I was able to survive a massive heart attack.
My Path to RecoveryI survived my heart attack without open heart surgery, having two stents placed to keep my arteries open. But still, my heart was damaged, and is functioning at about 45% of its capacity.
Like any muscle that is injured, it will take time to heal.
Initially, my cardiologist advised staying off all nutritional supplements. But I consider the organic whole food supplements I take as essential to health. So, I asked the doc to look over the labels of what I take.
When he came back he told me he was impressed, and that not only should I continue taking them but that I should probably increase my intake!
He went on to explain that most supplements have synthetic vitamins which interact with medication, but that organic whole foods don’t have this issue and would greatly benefit my body.
Now my doctor’s orders include a daily smoothie with Super Green Juice, extra greens and vitamin D in Supergreens +D and heart-healthy omegas in Wellspring as part of my recovery.
Not only will organic whole foods support my overall recovery, greens are also a source of healthy nitrates that help to boost nitric oxide production, which is good for the heart.
Living a healthy lifestyle was a promise I made to my son after my father died, and now it’s more important than ever. In sharing my story, I want to raise awareness about the risks of genetic Lp(a), and to let others know there is hope to not just survive, but to thrive.By Alan Newell
Protein Chocolate Bites
No Bake Chocolate Protein Bites Recipe
1 cup (approx. 8) large Medjool dates, finely chopped
5 tbsp. almond butter
2 tbsp. organic maple syrup
2 tbsp. organic coconut oil
¼ tsp. organic vanilla extract
¼ cup (2 oz.) almond meal
¼ cup (2 oz.) unsweetened organic coconut flakes
¼ cup (2 oz.) sesame seeds
4 tbsp. organic cocoa powder
¼ cup (2 oz.) chopped walnuts (or your favorite)
4 scoops of Organic Super Protein (get it here)
These satisfying no bake #chocolate bites are full of organic #protein for healthy fuel and…CLICK TO TWEET
InstructionsIn a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients together (almond butter, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla). Next mix in the finely chopped dates.
In a separate bowl, mix dry ingredients together (almond meal, coconut flakes, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, walnuts, and Organic Super Protein).
Pour dry ingredients into wet, and mix well until combined. Mixture will be crumbly but moist.
Roll into 1” bites (makes 36).
For added flavor, roll some in cocoa powder for an even more intense chocolate bite, and others in sesame seeds for added nutty taste.
Hungry for Healthy Answers
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?
-Are you DONE with feeling miserable?
-Are you tired of starting & quitting a health routine more times than you can count?
-Are you done with the excuses and ready to take control of your health?
-Are you 'hungry' for answers?
If so, I can definitely relate. In fact, that's exactly how I felt at the beginning of the year. I didn't know what I didn't know.
I gave up the fad diets and started implementing one healthy habit at a time. Those healthy habits have created some major shifts in my life.
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Simple, Uncomplicated, and Complete
As a Health Coach and Massage Therapist I have been fascinated with the operation of the human body and look for ways to live the healthiest life possible. I have tried, and tested and researched hundreds of products and protocols in an effort to live the healthy life and help my clients in living a healthy life.
Our main concerns and challenges are toxicity, lack of energy, pain and discomfort of joints, weight gain, illness and disease. In 14 years of practice I have found that massage is a temporary fix used only on its own. Regular care and feeding of the body with proper nutrition and regular exercise and movement are what we need to live a healthy and vibrant life.
The many benefits of regular massage therapy are:
Flushes toxins out of the body
Improves digestion and immune system response
Improves circulation and increases energy levels
Improves range of motion and helps with restored joint function.
The question that seems to come up often in a treatment session with my clients is "how do I maintain and sustain this feeling of improvement in my body?" I then started studying the body in an entirely new way.
The body was created to heal itself given the proper nutrients. The primary source for these nutrients is in WHOLE foods. Our bodies were designed for food, not products like man-made chemicals or processed food, which are toxic. Our bodies turn this into waste, fat and disease. Inflammation, hormone imbalance and disease result when our bodies become laden with toxins. To heal and restore a cell to healthy function the inflammation needs to be reduced and the toxins removed.
About seven years ago I struggled with a gall bladder inflammation that really took me out for days. I went to my doctor and he told me that I was missing some very vital nutrients in my diet and needed to focus on creating a healthy environment within my body. The only way to do that was with food. I went RAW for four serious months in an attempt to clean up my digestive and immune systems. My doctor recommended supplements to support and enhance my new lifestyle. Detoxing was laborious, time consuming and interrupted my practice and yet I needed to focus on my health so that I was able to help others. Time management and food became my focus. You have heard the adage "all work and no play makes (fill in the blank) a dull boy/girl." My gut health became my entire focus. And sadly the supplements that were recommended weren't helping enough! Life became centered around food and limitations...that is NOT how we were meant to live life!
Working with my doctor and his recommended supplements I had questions about what other nutrients I was missing and how many pills would I have to take for the rest of my life? He recommended a pill for energy, a pill for vitamin C, another pill for cartilage, a pill for inflammation, and another, and another and it goes on. It became time to stop and think, food or pills? I had worked with sick people whose life was regulated by their medication schedule and knew that was not for me.
Isn't there a real, true health solution to my nutrition dilemma? I was on the hunt and found that as I shared this quest with my friends, clients and many others in the same predicament.
I know nutrition is the foundation for health. What is fact and what is fiction? What is best for our bodies? After much time and energy in research, answers were found. The truth of supplements and vitamins is this: A chemically-derived supplement/vitamin will take much more energy to be used by the body (if at all). Whereas a whole food supplement/vitamin, that is a food source in compact pure form, can be completely used by the body. There is no need for extra work on the part of the body to digest, synthesize and use it.
Simply put the complaints and physical challenges we present are signs of starvation and lack of nutrients. Lack of energy, joint discomfort, weight gain, indigestion, insomnia and the dis-ease are signs that our bodies are starving.
I am a firm believer of simple, and uncomplicated and complete in all areas of my life. I found Touchstone Essentials and their WHOLE FOOD products that not only detox, they nourish my body in a simple, and uncomplicated and complete way that is easy to incorporate into everyday life.
I start each day with a SUPER GREEN JUICE that boasts all the good inside with 44 organic superfoods. The juice detoxifies and keeping my body free from toxins that exist in our world and food. I also take the Pure Body products that gently and effectively take the bad stuff out! Being an active person who enjoys hiking, cycling, kayaking and golf, over the years my joints and body have been pushed. For the discomfort and support for my joints I take the Wellspring which has the important omega plant oils that nourish and feed my joints.
Touchstone Essentials is the most simple and complete, not to mention uncomplicated way to get all the necessary nutrients to operate in your day! I share this with my clients and they are experiencing better health, with more sustained energy which translates into a more active and vital life. Plain and simple, for a vibrant life of health the solution and support is clear, Touchstone Essentials! If you have questions and want to discuss your health challenges and journey you can reach me at #360-624-1585 or email me at email@example.com.
Make 2018 the year you take control of your health!
Health & Wellness Advocate helping people achieve a healthy and balanced life, one day at a time.