JOURNEY TO WELLNESS - August 2017
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And now I have some really great stuff for you this month! Included are: Bright Lines - what are they and why should I care? Addictions, how we lie to ourselves, and a look back. Toss in the power of thinking positively, and growing younger and you have a potpourri of great stuff.
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I have been an on-again, off-again weight watcher of sorts as long as I can remember, and that is a LOT of years! I learned the calorie count of almost every food as a teenager.
As many of you know I had a very serious injury a couple of years ago, followed by prosthetic surgery, and during the recovery period I put on yet again that pesky 15 pounds. After many weeks in hospital and rehab/nursing home, when I finally got home, all my friends brought all their favorite "goodies," and of course I ate them. And unable for six months to do almost nothing but sit in a chair, that compounded the problem. I could hardly believe when I stepped on my bathroom scales again.
I was convinced that at my age it would be almost impossible to rid myself of those hated unwanted pounds. Then one day I happened on a video series on the Internet by Dr. Susan Pierce Thompson, PhD and I was mesmerized watching and listening to her. She is the founder/C.E.O. of Bright Line Eating, and is a university professor.
Susan's approach to weight control, based on her own history of addiction and obesity, is totally scientific. Her PhD is in brain and cognitive sciences, and she teaches how our brain controls what, how much, and when we eat, as well as how to reset those controls.
Everything Susan said in the first series of videos made so much sense that I decided to try her approach. I was truly amazed . . . IT WORKED! In two weeks I had lost seven pounds, was never hungry, had absolutely no trouble staying with the plan, and had found a new and healthy way to eat.
After a lifetime of off and on dieting, it seems amazing to have finally found an answer to my yo-yo weight problem. I was never obese, but I had gained and lost those unwanted extra pounds from the time I was a teenager. It not only really works, but I can happily stay with it! I am back in my right-size body and loving it, 18 pounds lighter.
Usually used in law, a Bright Line is a clearly defined rule or standard, composed of objective factors, which leaves little "wiggle room" for varying interpretations. In other words, a line one does not/can not cross, ever. Bright Line Eating features four bright lines (rules) that one never crosses, and it really works. tYou never eat anything made with sugar or flour, tyou weight and measure your food, tyou must eat three meals a day, and tyou must never eat between meals.
There are also guidelines for the how and what to eat. I found the food plan really easy to stick with. When I found that one of the suggested breakfasts was hash browns and eggs, I couldn't wait to get started. It is important to note that there is NO CALORIE COUNTING! (If you are like me, you/I always knew counting calories doesn't work anyway.)
I very highly recommend the Bright Line Eating program. Please note, I did not purchase their 8-week boot camp plan, but instead did the 14-day challenge, and that is all it took for me. I have now been on the maintenance program for weeks and I couldn't be happier.
HERE'S A GREAT TIP FOR YOU: Susan teaches Bright Line eaters a great trick to help maintain your bright lines when away from home, at a party, etc. You just remember to tell yourself the NMF rule if you are tempted to break your bright lines. "NMF is Not My Food." I wish I had known that 40 years ago. It amazingly really works.
Please note. I have no affiliate connection to Bright Line Eating. I am just excited to share with my readers how well the program works, and to recommend it to anyone who may need it. Dr. Thompson has a best-selling book, "BRIGHT LINE EATING, The Science of Living Happy, Thin, and Free."
I have been thinking about addiction today, and how what Bright Line Eating taught me might apply to what I teach in Journey to Wellness and a healthy lifestyle. I have learned that addiction is not just about the so-called common addictions like to drugs, alcohol, sex, or food, which are all challenging.
It occurs to me that perhaps in self-healing we also need to set bright lines. Consulting with people who are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, I have been considering if applying bright lines to our lifestyle would help people who seem to have negative addictive behaviors that keep them from succeeding.
I repeat over and over that nutrition needs to begin by eliminating processed sugars and flour, and anything made from them. For many of us that is all we need to do. If you have not been successful in doing that, then set bright lines for yourself that under no circumstance will you cross. If enough of you would like a private Facebook support Group, I will set one up.
Another excellent and easy bright line would be deep breathing exercises. Like every two hours take a 1-minute "breath break." Wherever you are. Just inhale deeply, hold it for a couple of seconds, then slowly exhale. Take a natural breath, then another deep inhale, hold it, then slowly exhale. Then repeat. It can be as simple as that. Every time you do that, you are flooding your body with oxygen, that is life-sustaining energy.
The bright lines technique can apply to anything and every habit you wish to change. You just must be disciplined and committed to doing the work.
Remember the NMF tool that Susan teaches. When you are tempted to eat anything made with processed sugar or flour, you simply say to yourself, " That's Not My Food."
I had lunch the other day with three friends, and they were all ordering a sweet frozen dessert. I declined, and of course they asked me why. I told them that it was an NMF, and of course they wanted to know what that meant, and I briefly shared what it means. One is about 40 pounds overweight and she was fascinated by what I told her.
Can you see how the Bright Lines technique can be helpful in many areas of life? I suggest we all set a bright line for one area in which we need to be better disciplined. Daily physical exercise is another excellent example.
But please don't say you will try it. There is no such thing as "trying" a bright line. We either set a bright line or we don't. We must be absolutely committed, full out, for it to work.
Please let me know how it works for you. And please remember that the road to success is paved with things we do not necessarily want to do.
We all make assumptions that are simply not true. You can convince yourself of just about anything. Remember that your beliefs are merely what you tell yourself is true, or you have been told by others is true. Really believing anything makes it true for you. Please re-read the previous sentence until it totally sinks in.
It is important to remember that your beliefs are not you, and you can change any belief at any time. Normally we begin with what we call a belief, and then we find ways and/or people to rationalize and support that belief.
For each one of us, our entire life is a quest, that is, a search. A search for who we are, why we are here, the meaning of life, etc. These definitions are more general in nature, and while applicable to all of us, our personal quest is more specific to each one of us personally. How to be happy and healthy, and how to raise happy and healthy families.
In my early search to regain my health, I saw my personal quest much more narrowly than I do today. Initially I thought it was about diet and exercise. Then early on I spent a week in Dr. Deepak Chopra's Center for Mind Body Medicine's resident program in San Diego, and during that week I learned the spiritual aspects of healing and was introduced to meditation, Qi Gong and Hatha Yoga.
In retrospect I realize now that what I learned at the Chopra center formed the basis for my recovery from PP MS. I also learned a very important basic, and that is to take one step at a time, and not attempt to conquer everything all at once.
I have been fascinated with the etymology and usage of words in our language ever since I learned to read. My friends often called me a "wordsmith" or "bookworm," as well as some less flattering things since I always had my nose in a book!
I am still fascinated with languages, and especially the changes in common usage of words. Meme (meem) is a good example. Its classic definition is an idea, behavior, style, or usage that spreads from person to person within a culture. Today's definition: An amusing or interesting item (such as a captioned picture or video) or genre of items that is spread widely online, especially through social media. How did we ever live prior to social media?
Just as the meanings of words change over time, so do aspects of our lifestyle. My mother's father, my grandpa Miller, was 50 years old before he married. He was 60+ years old when my mother was born. He passed away when I was a very young child so I have barely any memory of him.
So many things have changed during my lifetime. I often wonder what grandpa Miller would think about our lifestyle today. Today we are on the verge of driverless cars. Grandpa lived when horse and buggy were the mode of transportation for everyone. Grandmother cooked on a wooden cook stove in the kitchen, did her laundry in a huge black kettle over an open fire in the back yard, and hung clothes out to dry on a clothesline. They were not poor; they owned a huge cattle ranch on the Texas-Oklahoma border, before the great dustbowl precipitated a drastic move to California, just as in the "Grapes of Wrath" story.
That was 80 years ago. Grandpa lived about 4 more years, and Grandma lived about 14 more. Just imagine what it would be like for them to suddenly find themselves in today's world of computers and automation, and all the sophisticated things they have brought into our lives. Imagine them trying to understand Facebook and Twitter.
And yet, underneath it all we are the same, with the same hopes and dreams for the future, as well as many of the same challenges.
I am constantly thinking about ways to better and more effectively reach people with my message of self-healing. That always leads me to analyzing why it seems easy for some to heal, while being seemingly difficult or others.
I know that an important consideration is our belief system; that is belief in our body's ability to heal itself. I absolutely know that all healing comes from inside of us. I also know that anyone can learn the simple techniques of self-healing. Which begs the question, "Why don't they?"
Recently I have been examining the differences between those who totally reverse their physical challenges, as I did my Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS), and others who talk about doing that but never quite make it happen.
I have reached the conclusion that those who are successful actually think differently. They never say, "I can't do that," or "I've already tried that," or I" wasn't raised that way," or "I don't believe that."
The successful people instead say, "Tell me how to do that," or "How do I learn to believe at a higher level," etc. The successful person accepts that it is their mission to learn the skills necessary. They focus on the skills and not the excuses.
One of the phrases I hear the most often is, "I know it worked for you, but it just doesn't work for me."
Instead the challenge is for you to develop (AND YOU CAN) the skills necessary. You have to read the books, watch and listen to the videos, and gradually you will develop your belief and your life will begin to change.
In short, DO THE WORK!! Change the way you think and you will change your belief system and your life.
That is exactly how I learned -- and it is a learned skill -- to help my body heal itself. And it is entirely up to you when you will decide to DO THE WORK and change your 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.
GROW YOUNG FITNESS is a special fitness program for seniors. Margarite Olmos, a long-time subscriber to Journey to Wellness, referred me to this program some while ago, and I am having phenomenal results with it. Two years following my hip replacement I still have significant weakness in that leg. I had just about given up finding anything that would help.
I never thought much about how our body maintains balance until my accident, but I lost much of my balance when my right leg remained weak following the prosthetic surgery. Months of physical therapy failed to help, but now my leg is stronger, and my balance is notably better.
Much of the Grow Young Fitness program can be done while seated. If you deal with a weak leg or arm, it just might offer some help for you in recovering the weak areas of your body. Always remember you can be selective in the portions you choose to work with.
After many weeks of diligently working with this program, I can see that it can work for anyone, not just seniors. In any case, I highly recommend it.
Check it out for FREE at GrowYoungFitness.com and on Facebook. IT'S GREAT! You just might find it will be helpful for you.
Subscriber Fran Lorant-Moore shared this jewel with me recently, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Enjoy.
Last weekend I had my young nephews coming over for a couple of nights.
We wanted to do some cool stuff with them outside...
But unfortunately, the weather didn't facilitate those plans:
Rain kept pouring down continuously for the entire duration of their stay...
"What are we going to do tomorrow?", one of them asked me shortly after they arrived on Friday night...
"Well, I'm not sure yet," I said, "because it looks like there's going to be a lot of rain..."
"Well, we can jump in the puddles!"
... if nothing else, a wonderful example of the unburdened thinking of a child...
It reminded me of this quick, 2-minute inspirational video - click here to watch it.
A gem from one of my favorite teachers:
Gary Zukov, famed author of the ground-breaking book, Seat of The Soul, has appeared with Oprah Winfrey many times over the years. In the following YouTube video Oprah presents Gary on her Super Soul series on OWN. This presentation is about The New Perception of Community. Please take the time to listen, watch, and absorb the tremendous wisdom of Gary Zukov, a true Avatar of our time.
An ode to the power of our mind:
"We’ve all heard about the placebo effect. Did you know it’s one of the most powerful forces in medicine? In fact, most medical studies are “placebo controlled” because patients who believe they are taking a medication will often experience relief of symptoms, healing, and even side effects – simply from taking a “placebo."
Growing vegetables from kitchen scraps:
Sometimes it seems that one can learn almost anything on the Internet. Here's my latest find - growing vegetables from kitchen scraps. And no, I haven't tried it yet, but I will!
Betty. Thanks for the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle. I have always wondered where that idea originated. Thanks for all you do. /s/ Gerry C
Betty. Another great and informative newsletter. You never disappoint. Please in the future include the difference between religion and spirituality. Thank you in advance. I have learned so much from you. /s/ Michael S.
Thank you Gerry and Michael, and all the other readers who wrote this past few weeks. If I have helped one person make a positive difference in their life, it makes all the work worthwhile. Thank you all for writing.
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, 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 all 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, 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.