Live A Long Healthy Life

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It was 2007.  My Doctor looked up from my chart and lowered his voice… “I’m sorry, I don’t know what to tell you.  Don’t eat gluten.  There’s nothing else you can do when you have this autoimmune disease.  You’re going to be sick.”

Fired.

The next Doctor?

Fired.

The next Doctor?

He was the first to admit, “I don’t know what to do, let’s keep doing tests and see what shows up.”

But eventually… he was fired too.

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Most of my clients tell me they feel like their health is sliding out of control.  They’re trying their best but despite natural, conventional and mystic treatments they are caught in a downward spiral of health that’s completely consuming them.

Some describe it like they’re standing at the edge of a large cliff and with one small misstep they’re prone to fall off.  My favorite way to picture this is a downward spiral, like one of those gumball machines.  As the gum ball is dropped into the spiral funnel at the top it begins it’s decent very slowly.  But then the spiraling gets steeper and closer and the ball picks up speed tornado-ing all the way to the bottom and then the ball slams into the door.

This is an exhausting way to live.  So I want to give you some ideas on how to stop this tornado-like spiral.  In case you don’t know what this tornado of problems feels like, let me give you glimpse of mine.

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The short story here is: there’s a new book I recommend for 2014, The Calorie Myth, by Jonathan Bailor.

I learned many awesome nuggets from it, with even better research to back it up, and actually laughed a few times.  If your name starts with Doctor, Grandma or anything in-between, this book will help you better understand food and health.

In some cases, authors spend 10-plus years writing a book.  They pour 10, 20, or even 30 years of personal experience, research and knowledge into pieces of paper hoping that it will help you and they ask for a small return on their hard earned knowledge, but we have a secret.

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A couple of years ago, I was 60 pounds overweight and honestly I hated myself for it.  I found myself avoiding all mirrors and pictures. At a higher level, I felt numb walking through life as I avoided the reality that I didn’t love my personal image.  I convinced myself that I wasn’t that big even though I had to buy all new clothes and had stretch marks.  Then, I got a shot of reality when I got my graduation picture back.  Things sure can change fast when you see the same fat picture of yourself everywhere you go.

Since 1999, I’ve been obsessively reading about sports performance, bodybuilding and supplements, so I had a vast knowledge base to draw on when I started my weight loss journey.  I still tried things that failed, wasted money on supplements and did workout programs that didn’t help, but eventually I figured it out and I’ve kept it off.

And now I’d like to give back, because from what I’ve seen in the last year in helping people with functional medicine is that I lucked out.  Fortunately for me, I didn’t have certain risk factors that would keep me fat, but I did have others that kept the last 20 pounds stuck on me.  So that’s why, after helping people of all body types, men and women alike, I’d like to help you figure out why you’re not as skinny as you’d like to be.

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Powerful Beyond Measure

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.” – Marianne Williamson

I woke up thinking about this quote today.

I’m flirting with the idea and it’s really hitting home for me.  Especially when I think about where things were 5 years ago.

This site started with a singular idea: that no one should have to suffer from digestive pains if they were willing to make some simple changes.  And so we started blogging and wrote a simple eBook.  And we put it out in the world.

And not much happened…

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