Live A Long Healthy Life

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5 minutes in and I’m starting to panic. There’s 45lbs of weight wrapped around my throat and and chin. I’m becoming claustrophobic.

“Breathe,” I tell myself.

I can’t say I ever thought I’d be willing to pay someone to almost choke me with a medieval weighted torture device.

But when the pain is high enough… I’m willing to try almost anything.

My Neck and Upper Back Were Throbbing All Day Long

I’ve been sitting at a computer for significant amounts of time since I was 14. This was 10 years later. And working 80 hour weeks, all behind a screen, was destroying my neck.

Day in and day out, there was tension and pain. If you bumped into me back then, I was always rubbing the right side of my neck and shrugging my shoulders a lot.

So, I went to see a chiropractor. And a 2nd. Finally, on the 3rd I found someone who knew what he was doing.

Chiropractors are just like any medical consultant. There are great ones, good ones and lousy ones. It took me a bit to figure that out.

The first day Dr. Ryan worked on me, I was breathing so much easier and feeling energized as I walked out. My pains were gone.

The relief was like an amazing drug.

But it was short-lived as the pain came back in a few days.

Sitting is Killing The Western World

Have you seen the TIME headlines? Sitting is KILLING you.

Now of course, there are some worthwhile ideas about all this sitting fuss.

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If you’re someone who’s not getting better on a gluten-free diet, or you’ve tried going gluten-free in the past… you’re not alone!

In fact, gluten-free diets make me so ANGRY! (Watch this video to see me get fired up.)

That’s why I was excited to be a part of the Women’s Gluten-Free Health Summit alongside our friend Jennifer Fugo.

She invited 23 of the most well-respected experts in the fields of gluten sensitivity, autoimmunity, mental health, cooking and motivation to get answers to your burning questions. No topic is off limits…

What I like about her is she demanded the speakers forget the “doctor speak” and science jargon that might make your head spin. All of the conversations are framed around making sure anyone understands them as well as the major ramifications of living gluten-free that you might not hear about very often.

You can click here to register and watch my full talk for free, but because I’m so passionate about this topic I wanted to share some of the highlights from the content I shared with Jennifer.

These are some of the most important points I wish I would have known years ago when I was told a “Gluten-Free Diet is all I needed to eat to get healthy.”

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When I opened the link, I literally spit coffee all over my keyboard.

Almost 1,000 people had applied for our Virtual Office Manager position. Are you serious!?

It took weeks to get through all those applications!

The most common response?

“I found you guys when I was sick and now I’m getting healthy.  I’m SOOO passionate about nutrition, I want to help people with their health and I would love to do that as part of your company.”

But what really tugged at my heart strings was the amount of people that said they were still sick. In fact, many already KNEW the reason WHY they were still sick.

This hidden reason didn’t surprise me… I’ve seen it over and over through the years. But what did surprise me is how many people were finally ready to do something about it…

The #1 Problem Making People Sick

You’ve probably heard us talk about “getting at the root cause” of your chronic illness – things like Adrenal Fatigue, Gut Infections, and Liver Toxicity, just to name a few.

But after working with people 1-on-1 for years, I can tell you that those are some of the easiest root causes to fix. Why? Because you can follow a custom diet and supplement protocols to correct them…

But there was a hidden root cause that seemed impossible to fix.

It was the root cause I couldn’t “Out Smart” in most people. Meaning, no matter what we did with their diet, supplements, and lifestyle changes… they were still sick.

And worse yet, it was the root cause I couldn’t do anything about. I literally couldn’t help them with it.

The #1 root cause making people sick is THEIR JOB.

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Making no profit, we lost $14,876 and I cried.

I hated my day job and SCD Lifestyle was still losing money. I was sick and tired of working 80-100 hours a week.

And Jordan and I were scrapping a software company we’d been working on for a year. $14,876 wasted. Months of hard work evaporated in smoke.

At this point, we were 2 years into SCD Lifestyle and wondering if we should even continue – wondering if the dream was possible. Could we make money helping people? Or were we going to rot in our cubicles?

Exhausted and sad would have been the understatement of the year.

We thought it might be time to QUIT…

Luckily, we had a business coach who believed in us and all of you to cheer us on.

If not for this support, we wouldn’t have pushed through The Dip (Seth Godin). And none of this would have been possible without you…

Including the trip to Hawaii we took this year, which was our first actual vacation in 5 years.

There I was with two great friends talking about what we were grateful for in the past year. I said:

  • Paying off my $23,000 in credit card debt
  • Finally quitting my “smart” cubicle job, before 29, so I could actually LIVE
  • Getting healthier than I knew was even possible and being able to teach others how to do the same

Sitting on the deck looking out at the ocean, it was very much a “we’ve made it” moment. We actually built something that helps thousands of people, that supports our families and allows us to begin to pay down some debt.

And it’s a very nice feeling.

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It’s called the Bonk.

The point in athletics when you run smack into a wall.

Not just any wall, but an Energy wall.

Worst part is many of us feel like we’re bonking every day. For those who have low energy, consider that the thyroid may be at the root of it. And yet often it’s not the thyroid’s fault.

Sure, when your thyroid hormones are low, your cells are literally running out of energy. Without proper amounts of thyroid hormone, cell function slows down. Since cells are the building block of every organ you FEEL this slow down.

But that doesn’t automatically mean the thyroid is broken. The real story is much more fascinating and intriguing.

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