JOURNEY TO WELLNESS - July 2017
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Hello friends. How's your summer going? Or winter if you're "down under"? It has been hovering around 110 degrees where I live. I hope you're all keeping cool. I am ever so grateful for air conditioning. Whatever your challenges, I encourage you to remember that each day presents us with a new opportunity to create an amazing day.
Wherever you are in the world, and whatever your circumstances, I’m sending you my love! And now I have some really great stuff for you this month!
A healthy lifestyle means life-long learning. I am fond of saying that we never learn it all . . . at lease I certainly have not. A healthy lifestyle is really a process of becoming. If you are new to this style of living, you are in for lots of a-ha-has. When I was new to learning about self-healing and all it included, I was always having new and exciting discoveries. AND I STILL DO TODAY!!
When I discovered a few days ago The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle I got so excited I could hardly wait to share it with you in this newsletter. Be sure to read that item below in the Research section.
I believe health comes from simple lifestyle techniques consisting of eating a healthy diet, moving our body combined with breathing techniques (Yoga and/or Qi Gong), a few very basic supplements, and daily meditation.
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Are you as tired of fake foods and fake nutrition news as I am? Our society today is saturated with so-called health food claims. And of course the media always jumps on the latest "craze." Unfortunately many - if not most - are motivated by $$$.
I have lived through a lot of these nonsensical food crazes. We had the cottage cheese diet era, then granola, yogurt, low fat, high fat, then eggs were bad for us, now they are almost super foods. And of course today we have the gluten-free nonsense. I assure you that too will soon pass and there will be something else to replace it. We have starch-based, low carb, and of course Paleolithic (whatever interpretation one accepts for that). Along the way we were admonished to give up butter, and of course replace animal fats with poly unsaturated fats.
Not a week goes by when I do not receive many e-mails regarding one or more of these diet plans. First of all, one size does not fit all. Some people wake up with a ravenous appetite for breakfast, while others do not want to eat for hours. You know your body, and you should listen to what it is telling you.
In nothing so much as nutrition are we bombarded by conflicting information. Sometimes I just want to set a bonfire and burn the conflicting nutrition books. Because it is so important to me that I pass along accurate information to you, I study all the different books on nutrition. I am - or have been - at various times during my own healing journey a serious student of most of the various books related to nutrition.
Currently I am studying Dr. Mark Hyman, MD's Eat Fat, Get Thin, and it's companion cookbook. I also am on Dr, Hyman's mailing list and I receive regular videos from him. Dr. Hyman gives very extensive scientific background for his hypothesis that for years we have been eating far too little fat for a healthy body. He explores all the different kinds of fat and how they behave in our bodies, in his books as well as Public Television specials.
Dr. Joseph Mercola has also jumped on the high fat bandwagon.
I highly recommend that you watch the following video, to really get the "skinny" on the now debunked theory regarding eating a low fat diet, and that cholesterol is the primary cause of heart disease. This video takes about an hour, so pour yourself a favorite frosty drink, and watch it to the end. You will be amazed at what you will learn. (Be sure to scroll down to the video.)
Here's an article by Dr. Hyman on this same topic.
Obviously wholesome, healthy foods are prepared in our home kitchens, not mass produced in huge commercial kitchens.
Just to reiterate once again [unless you are dealing with a proven causative allergy] no food or food plan is going to make your MS, or any other physical challenge you may have, go away. What a healthy food plan does do is help our body heal itself, just as it was designed to do.
Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy You, who overcame cancer with healthy nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, offers this advice:
"All the kale in the world won’t help you if you're
overstressed and exhausted."
*See the April 2017 Journey to Wellness HERE
If you are anything like me, you have a tendency to want to see and conquer an entire procedure at a time. Actually when that is our attitude we set ourselves up for failure immediately.
For all of my years coaching people about how to get and stay healthy, I often wonder why it isn't easier to convince people they can succeed. While I am attempting to convince them that they really can succeed at healing their body, frequently they interrupt with a common question like, "How long did it take you to _____________________?" The answer to that is, "It doesn't matter how long it took me to ___________________. We all begin from a different place. The important basics include belief in your body's ability to heal itself, belief in the healing approach, belief in yourself and your ability to succeed, etc.
The "how long" question reminds me of, "How long does it take to drive from Chicago to New York City?" We laugh and know that the answer depends on the route we take, how many stops we make along the way, etc. The same reasoning applies to how long it will take any of us to reach any goal including our health goal.
Once we have made a decision to proceed with the program, and been educated in the overall scope of the program, the most efficient way to approach the process is always the same, first one step at a time, one thing at a time, and absolutely one day at a time.
We must begin with identifying the first step. The tendency for most of us is to want to do two, three, or more things all at once. That is a mistake.
Let's say you want to tackle improving your diet. The first recommendation is elimination of white flour and refined sugars, and anything made with them. Using our one step at a time instruction, select just one of those items. Let's say you select refined sugars as the item you will to eliminate. Once you have conquered that step, then add the next step, elimination of white flours and anything made from them.
If exercise is the first step you identify on your road to better health. I always suggest one identify either Qi Gong or modified Yoga. Do not try to conquer both of them at once. Spend at least a few weeks or months on one of them, then try the second choice. Remember, Qi Gong for healing, and Yoga for building and maintaining strength.
As long as you do not attempt to conquer everything at once, and always remember to believe in yourself and in your body's ability to heal - first one step at a time, one thing at a time, and absolutely one day at a time - you will succeed.
THESE GUIDELINES APPLY TO ACHIEVING ANY GOAL IN LIFE.
If you are newly diagnosed, when it is so important to get started on a good program before you sustain significant neurological damage, this is an option I strongly urge you to consider. Or perhaps you feel "stuck," and have become discouraged. Usually when that happens our belief level has slipped, and a private consultation can really kick start your program. These consultations are most effective when done by Skype video (if you have a web cam), and are up to two hours in length.
A coach or mentor can be invaluable in your healing journey. If you are interested in knowing more about a personal consultation, please let me know HERE and I'll send specific information, as well as a pre-consultation questionnaire and testimonials.
Probably because I place so much emphasis on daily exercise, and recommend Qi Gong so highly, I receive lots of e-mails about exercise. Exercise can take many different forms. On one extreme we have highly active and strenuous aerobics, and on the other extreme we have easy somewhat passive forms like Qi Gong.
Qi Gong is a healing technique of slow stretching movements combined with specific breathing techniques. Originating in ancient Chinese medicine it posits that the breath connects us to our Source, our life energy, and that the slow movements practiced in Qi Gong moves our body's vital energy and thus stimulates healing of our body.
The more strenuous forms of physical exercise can also promote health and healing. However, Qi Gong is especially recommended for anyone with any form of physical limitation.
I think of my daily
Qi Gong practice as a moving meditation.
I hope you will all read this MSN feature:
When Karen sent me this link, I was amazed at how underhanded this particular drug manufacturer is. They took two inexpensive generic drugs, put them together, and produced a drug with a new name for hundreds of times the price of the two original drugs.
The well-known hypocrisy of the Food and Drug Administration (for allowing such practices) is truly amazing also. The politics of the health care industry is truly mind boggling.
I have found a reference to the origin of the theory that we find what we are looking for, which is especially applicable to scientific research. It also applies to each one of us.
It is called the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle . . . This principle refers to how the intent of the researcher has an influence on the outcome of the research. This principle originates in quantum physics.
It is now often applied to the psychology behind how we are drawn to people, beliefs, facts, etc., which agree with what we believe and think. Divisive politics and religions are classic examples .
12 mini quiches
6 large eggs
1/2 c. milk
2/3 c. diced tomatoes, green chilies and onions
1/4 t. ground pepper
2/3 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese
6 slices Thick Cut Bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
season to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a large bowl whisk the eggs and milk until eggs are broken up. Stir in the rest of the ingredients.
Grease a metal cupcake tin and pour the mixture into each cup filling it ¾ of the way.
Bake in the oven for 18 minutes or until knife inserted comes out clean.
NOTE: Keeps for days in the refrigerator, and is equally good hot or cold. Reheats in seconds in a microwave.
This little recipe comes from the Kraft people. It is so basic we can change around the ingredients.
Use sausage instead of bacon. Vary the kind or kinds of cheese, and chop whatever veggies you have on hand, even leftovers.
I personally like these with a dollop of sour cream on top, topped with my favorite salsa or Italian sauce. I like to serve them with avocado slices, whether I'm serving them hot or cold.
NOTE 2: I have a BakeWellPlus 12-cup Silicone Muffin and Cupcake Pan. I absolutely love it. It requires no non-stick spray or cupcake liners, and clean up is a breeze since nothing sticks to it. I paid $6.99 for it at Amazon. You can also find them at most WalMart stores. The bright red or blue pan is flexible, so anything just pops right out. Because of the flexibility of the pan you need to place it on a cookie sheet before filling the cups. That makes it easy to place it in the oven and retrieve it after your muffins are done. I saw Dr. McDougall's wife demonstrate using one of these when she did a healthy cooking feature on one of his webinars, and I immediately ordered it.
(From Dr. McDougall's collection)
Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 15 minutes
2 c. water
1 c. quinoa, well rinsed
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 yellow bell pepper, chopped
2 tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch green onions, chopped
14.5 ounce can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 c. fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 c. fresh mint, chopped
1/2 c. lemon juice
1 T soy sauce
freshly ground pepper
Place the water and quinoa in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 15 minutes, until water is absorbed. Remove from heat and set aside.
Meanwhile, combine the vegetables, beans, parsley and mint. Add the cooked quinoa and mix well. Add the remaining ingredients and toss well to mix. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
NOTE: I love this super healthy salad. It keeps well in the refrigerator for many days. Add some fresh fruit for a perfectly balanced vegetarian meal.
Betty. Thanks for the Creamy Avocado Dressing idea. My family loves it. /s/ Susan K
Betty. After years of receiving your newsletters, I still look forward to reading each one and learning new things. Thank you so much.
/S/ Carolena V.
Thank you Susan and Carolena, and all the other readers I had correspondence with during the past month. I had a lovely Skype consultation with a young man in India who is newly diagnosed with PPMS. Here's a note I received from him a couple of days after our Skype conversation.
Hello Betty. It was a wonderful experience talking to you yesterday and it really boosted my morale after a detailed discussion on my several queries which were beautifully clarified by you. Yes, agreed there was some network issue on our end but all’s well that ends well. Looking forward to seeing you in next 2-3 months as discussed yesterday for another Skype video conference which was recommended by you and I also think that it will be very good and helpful for me. I must say that you are doing a terrific job to mankind and keep continuing the good work as it really helps a lot to overcome from this disease and gives positive thinking and hope to the patient. All the best! Have a good day and thanks. Regards, /s/ Ajay A., Delhi, India
Hi Betty. You always make healing seem so simple and easy. Thanks so much for all I have learned from you. You give me courage to keep trying and believing. /s/ Gerald P
Thanks for your note Jerry. Healing is really very
simple, but I never want to give the impression that it is necessarily easy. I
always remember what I learned early on in my own healing journey from Dr. Wayne
Dyer. In one of his early books, "Real Magic," he talked about satori, that is
instant awakening (healing). But he then said that it can take us years to reach
that instant. He then assured us that it is our choice when that instant occurs. I
hope this helps.
I invite you to order any of my e-books from Amazon at:
FOUR STEPS TO OVERCOMING MS: CLICK HERE
(Michael and Me shares all the details of my own years-long healing
journey, including meeting my spirit guide, whom I call Michael).
NOTE: The above e-books are also available in PDF format from my order page.
I have the very excellent Yoga for MS DVD by Shoosh Crotzer in stock again, on my order page. This DVD is a very valuable tool to begin your healing journey. (The Tai Chi for Seniors is presently not available.)
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That's about it for this issue of Journey to Wellness. Again, a warm welcome to all our new subscribers. Please know that it is always my intent that this NL be interactive. So please anytime take a moment and send me a note HERE if you have a question or comment. I promise to respond.
My goal with each issue of this newsletter is to help you achieve the same positive results I and many others have had, reversing whatever physical challenge you may have. Your body is amazingly resilient and intelligent; it absolutely evolved to be self-healing.
Until next month, Happy Summer. YEH!! Be kind to yourself and stay cool.
Please remember to tell those you love how much they mean to you. You never know when you may not have another opportunity.
PLEASE NOTE: I am not a medically trained person, and I do not give medical advice. But I have been a very serious student of Multiple Sclerosis for many years now, and also nutrition, and have developed a program that has kept me symptom free for a lot of years. I merely share what I have learned in my own journey to healing.