Health Coach

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Pain.  What is your body telling you?  How many of us have chronic pain?  Frequent unexplained headaches, arthritis, joint and muscle pain not caused by injuries, back pain, and stiffness that doesn’t allow freedom of movement.   This all causes us not to enjoy life as much as we would like and limits our activities.  What if a couple of simple changes could reverse that?  What if you could change one, two, or three things and get your freedom back?  Would it be worth trying?  Well here are 3 things that I have found are the easiest to do and have the biggest impact on chronic pain.

1.  Water.  Simple as that sounds, dehydration is the biggest contributor to chronic pain.  Americans drink everything except water and that causes more problems than just pain.  Those could be a subject for another time.  But for now, start drinking water.  Any is better than none, but you are also drinking toxic chemicals by drinking tap water.  So I recommend filtered, reverse osmosis, and distilled, in that order.  Add a pinch of good quality sea salt to help you absorb it. Start slowly and build up so your kidneys have a chance to adjust.  Then watch miracles happen.

2.  The next biggest cause of pain is unknown immune response to certain foods.  Wheat is the most common culprit.  I will be standing up calling a class and turn to bend and adjust something and find that I cannot move.  Everything hurts!  Then I remember that bagel that I ate for breakfast because I did not take time to make something better……. (insert favorite cuss word here!)  Once I got wheat out of my system on a regular basis, I recognize why my body says ouch!  According to my research the most common immune response activators are; gluten…especially in wheat, soy in all forms, eggs, dairy, corn (and now we have the GMO to be aware of), peanuts, and of course….sugar.  Eliminating these from your diet and then adding them back one at a time will help you sort out which ones are causing you pain.

3.  I can be sitting at my desk and go to get up and realize that I hurt all over.  I glance at the clock and see that I have been sitting in the same position for 3 hours.  No wonder I hurt.  And we all do that in our own ways.  We hurt so we slow down and don’t move so much which causes our muscles to stiffen so we slow down even more.  What I have found is that if I make a habit of moving every hour, especially if I am sitting at my desk, I don’t hurt.  So find a way to stretch and move as much as possible.  Go for a walk and keep active.  The more we move the better our body responds and the less pain we have for the long run.  And that is what we are really looking for…..the long run.  And the dance!

CASD050 How do I love square dancing!  Let me count the ways.

1.  I am making friends all the time.  These are my favorite people besides my family.  Anywhere I have gone across the country, I am walking into a hall full of future friends.

2.  Making snap decisions over and over helps keep my brain engaged and helps ward off Alzheimer’s.

3.  Dance music can be from any genre.  I have danced to everything from classical, old barn style, bluegrass, modern, country, rock and rap.  I am rarely bored by the music selection.  Our bodies vibrate with the sound of music and good music is healing.

4.  Dancing is good exercise.  I don’t know how many calories are burned, but I am energized and alive after an evening of dancing.

5.  I love the dresses.  I like both the full and the prairie skirts.  There is nothing like being in a room full of people all decked out in their colorful, matching costumes.  And I like the trend of not requiring these at local clubs so people can dance without as much of an upfront cost.

brain-fullAre you low on energy and full of stress?  What is going on in your own mind may be one of the reasons.

Your mind and your emotions can be major sources of energy or major wasters of it.  Every thought that crosses your mind, and especially the ones that you dwell on, can have a powerful impact on every cell in your body.  When you think of something for long enough, you believe it, react to it as if it were true, and your emotions and physical reactions match your emotions.  When we speak positively or negatively with emotion, it manifests whatever we say into reality.  And how we believe the world to be is how we experience it whether it is true or not.  How many of us perceive the world to be lacking in wealth?  As long as we see it that way, that is all we will experience.

I have read of placebo studies where it was proven that a person could cure themselves of diseases by their own thoughts.  By laughing and reducing stress, cancer can be put into remission.  And my favorite healing practioner, Dr Richard Schulze says to help people heal he suggests for them to learn 1000 jokes.      https://www.herbdoc.com/

A positive thought creates an alkaline pH in the blood.  This creates health because cancer cells and most diseases cannot exsist in an alkaline environment.. Who would know that the science would finally catch up with the Bible that says, “A joyful heart is good medicine” (Proverbs 17:22)  Living a life of thankfulness and postitive thoughts creates happiness, health and energy.  Our attitude really makes a difference not only in our minds but in our whole world.

Practice forgiveness, holding a grudge hurts only you. Forgiveness has nothing to do with the other person.  It has to do with sending away the offense and not letting it get into your heart and cells that can cause physical and emotional dis-ease.   Live a joyous life and let God deal with them.

Practice love…Real Love.  Greg Baer has helped me see how love is really supposed to work in practical application.  By practicing the things he has talked about I have had a paradigm change and can accept people much better and I am a lot more peaceful.  Besides the Bible, this has been the best thing for my mind and attitude that I do.   Find Greg at http://www.reallove.com/

So if you want to increase your energy, one of the ways to do that is to change your thinking.  Think good, loving, positive thoughts.  (Philippians 4:7-9)  And see your energy elevate and your whole world turn around.


Energizer Bunny

Summer is coming and with it comes longer days and longer dance events.  The State Festival is 3 days and many other places put on 2 or 3 whole day dances that keep you moving all day……but only if you can.  Many of us have weight or energy problems that do not let us enjoy the full slate of events.  We long to keep going, but our bodies won’t let us.  What would it be like for you if you could keep going and finish the weekend with full participation and enjoyment?  For those who know me, I am called the “Energizer Bunny.”  Let me introduce you to some ideas that keep me going, and going, and going.

1. Sugar and caffeine are liars.  They give you a short boost of energy then you crash, both physically and emotionally.  Giving these up is hard, but the less you have in your diet, the more energy you really have.  Stay away from the snack table at the dances.  Unfortunately, they are loaded with sugar and you will quickly be drained of energy.

2.  Drink plain water.  Our bodies need the hydroelectric effects of water and it knows the difference between water and coke…..it really does.  And as I am dancing, I am losing enough through breathing and perspiration that I rarely have to take breaks to go to the restroom.

3.  Sunshine and sleep.  Get in the sun for at least 15 minutes each day.  Soak in the Vitamin D and trigger nature’s way of helping you sleep at night.  I know that at Festivals, we really can’t get our 8 hours, but we can be built up to handle those weekends.

4.  Protein and complex carbohydrates.  These are our best foods for energy.  Eat protein at every meal, especially at breakfast and combine it with whole grains and fruit.  My favorite is fresh rolled oats with honey, blueberries and eggs.  I mix the eggs into the oatmeal as it finishes cooking and it is a one dish meal.  Just this alone can keep me going for most of the day.

5.  Supplements.  Unfortunately our food supply is inadequate in nutrition so supplementation is necessary.  Use good quality vitamin and minerals, as close to natural as you can find.  And carry a whole food nutrition bar if you need a boost or just want to eat at breaktime and want to avoid the “table.”  Or better yet, bring protein for the snack table and help those who do not know.

6.  Find the energy in the room.  Hang around with the most energetic people and especially get plenty of “Yellow Rocks.”  Energy is transferrable through association.  Totally get into the music, for that is truly energy out there for the taking. As a caller, I can energize the whole room by putting on certain music.  I have seen it happen over and over.

I am offering a free teleseminar, “Eating For Energy” where you can come and hear more about how to increase your energy.  Email me at AnExcellentLife@olypen.ocm to sign up.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Music To My Ears

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Have you heard…..

“You are going to have to take that drug for the rest of your life”

“You will have to live with that disease.”

“There is no hope for you.”

Well……I hear different music and I would like to share some of it with you.

“There are NO incurable diseases” Dr. Richard Schulze

Diabetes and it’s associated risks are “almost 100 percent preventable and curable.” Dr. Mark Hyman

“I am 100 percent sure it is possible at any age to change our destiny into one of pain-free, vibrant health by intelligently utilizing the power of superfoods, superherbs, raw and living foods, and holistic healing technologies.” David Wolfe

“The human body has an inherent ability to heal. Nature cures. This is the basis of lasting healing and lasting health.”  Ronald F. Schmid, ND

“How long do you choose to live?” Peter Ragnar

I love the sound of that music. Life giving, affirming, pleasant to the ears and healing to the spirit. Now lets’ put some action to the music……let’s dance!

Let’s lay down the things that are killing us. Sugar, processed foods, killer sodas, nutritionally deficient GMO fruits and veggies.

Let us pick up the joy that is available through whole, organic foods and energy sustaining water. Now we can dance, skip, and sing to a whole new song that can echo through our lives and the lives of those we love.

What is causing your heart to dance today?

Janolyn Keller, HC

Social Networks

Social Networks

Posted on September 15, 2012

CASD032.jpgA couple of days ago I read an article my Dr. Mark Hyman about using social networks as a starting place for curing diseases.  That idea excites me.

As a person who loves the square dance community that I belong to, I go to dances and find on the snack table things that I just should not eat.  I love the food…..cakes, cookies, candy bars, sweet breads, nachos, and other such yummy food.  I avoid them for the most part, unless there is nothing else there.  But I am seeing the diseases that are rampant in the world taking down those that I care about.  People are dropping out because of memory problems, surgeries to repair damages that could be avoided or repaired naturally, strokes, heart attacks, diabetes, lack of energy.  All this can be reversed with the foods that we choose.

As a health coach, I can see how I can make a bigger impact on those I love by involving the whole community in the discussion and the implementation of healthier eating as we support one another in the desired changes.  No one I know wants to be sick, but we have listened to the mainstream media so long that we are desensitized to the truth.  All these things can and should be reversed by what we put on the end of our forks.

As someone who loves the people that I dance with, I have to open my mouth, start the conersation and see how far I can take it.   I grieves me to keep seeing my friends going away or having trouble doing their favorite activity.  If I could help my friends become the healthy, I will have done what loving them alone could not do.

If you have suggestions, please feel free to post or contact me.  I have a big job ahead of me and I am excited about the possibilities!

Confused Yet?

Confused Yet?

Posted on August 21, 2012

Diet vs MedicineI don’t know about you, but the more I study about nutrition, the more I know that one diet does not meet all needs.  I have read nutrition books since 1989 and as I read and study at IIN I am more convinced that what works for one person may not work for another.

I have lived off the grid and raised most of our own food for years and that had kept my family and me healthy.  I am now in town and was eating like the rest of the United States and I was starting to pay the price.  I used to be real strong and agile.  Now I am not.  My middle has gotten bigger.  I used to think real fast and now I am aware that my brain is slowing down.  I had the same glasses prescription for 17 years and now I am needing new ones.  All this in 3 years.

But the greatest thing that I know is that it is all improving as I change my diet back to whole and toxin free!  I have a new garden started so I have good food plus time in the open air and sun.  I have contacts whith the most natural and grass fed meat, eggs, and dairy.  I know how to produce my own fermented foods; yogurt, kefir, sourdough bread, pickles, etc.  I am leaving processed foods, sugar, and caffiene behind.  And what is new for me, I am adding supplements.

But what about the health claims of the Raw Foodists?  And the Vegans?  And the Paleolithic enthusiasts?  And all the others?  It comes down to what works best for your body and that can be hard to narrow down.  But all of these good diets agree on one thing….get off all sugar, all refined carbohydrates, and imitation fats.  Get out and exercise.  And reduce stress.  If you do nothing more than this, your life and health will improve significantly.

But what about the nutrition that you are missing?  The Standard American Diet is so full of mis-information and politics that it is not to be relied on.  And there are so many people out there telling us many different ways of eating based on what works for them, and that it is definately confusing.  So…how do you choose what is the most beneficial way of eating that will take you through life healthy and strong?  You can do hours of research, read lots of books, listen to lots of people.  Or…..hire a health coach who has already done the research and is aware of individual needs.  This person can help you assess what is going on with your current health and guide you to the right approach for your health.   And most important of all, this person can hold your hand while you are making the changes that you need to make and help insure that those changes can last a lifetime.

Workshops to Wow

Workshops to Wow

Posted on June 14, 2012

As I get ready to start my Health Coaching practice, I am taking extended excursions into the realm of the causes of disease.  I have read about this for years, and the deeper I dig the worse it looks for the food manufacturers and the scientists that tell us what is “healthy”.  The problems with our food today was known and the diseases predicted in the 1930s and 1940s.  Why has the food industry deceived us?  Follow the money.  They make a lot of money by our food choices.  And they are connected with the drug industry and others making money on our eating and suffering.

The more I know, the more I am determined to teach others how to eliminate these diseases…..and avoid the foods that cause them.  Starting in July, I am going to be doing workshops to educate people on what is going on with their health.   Here is my starting lineup…..

Sugar Blues…..What happens to our bodies when we eat sugar.

Why We Get Fat…..And what we can do about it.

Food And Disease…..The cause and effect.

If you would like to hear about these workshops or have a place that you would like me to share these, please let me know.  I have lived by the principles of health that I teach for years with a very high rate of health.  I have needed only 1 trip to a Naturopath in 22 years.   And with that lone trip, changed his prognosis by changing my diet.  You can do it too.  How do you choose to live?

To be informed of my workshop dates and locations, or have a suggestion for a location, please send me an email at anexcellentlife@olypen.com.

Conflicting Theories

Conflicting Theories

Posted on May 16, 2012

Seuss arguementAs I am studying at Institute of Integrative Nutrition, I am coming across a host of conflicting theories that are at total odds with each other and confusing to sort out.  Being the person that I am, I want to know….which one is right?  Which one will help everyone that I will work with?  And most importantly….which ones are wrong?

There is just something about the labels “right” or “wrong” that resonates with people who are looking for a solution to a problem.  No mattter what the question, someone is right and someone is wrong.

But as I continue to study, I am becoming more aware that things are not that simple.  Just in my own life, something that may be right today may be wrong tomorrow.  What I enjoyed yesterday I may not enjoy today.

So what is the answer?

Enjoying the learning process and the journey.  Each person is different and each day is different for each person.  It all comes down to loving ourselves and each other and choosing the path that brings the happiness and success we are looking for.

So….what is the best dietary theory?  The one that works for YOU.  Are you as healthy as you want to be?  Are you the weight you want to be?  Are you living the life you want to live?  If not, maybe there is another way to look at things.

What do you want to work better in your life?