I was at the hospital

I was at the hospital yesterday and it was one of the most frustrating days I have had in a long time.  My mother had an appointment for 12:30 at the hospital for a test.  We arrived there just prior to our appointment time, registered and then we just waited.  We actually waited for 2 hours for a 5 minute appointment..

 

It was in the waiting that really got me thinking.  It took me back to the time when I decided that I MUST begin to take better care of my own health.

That was way back in 1997.  You see I have been taking care of my mother for a very long time and it really began when she broke her hip.  Now there are some that say you fall because you break your hip, others say you break your hip and fall.  Either way in 1997 my mother broke her hip.  Now she wasn’t in the best of health at that time however she was living independently and still had a fairly active social life.

When she was in the hospital recovering from the hip replacement, I was told at the 2 week mark in her recovery that she was going home.  She could not get out of bed by herself, she could not walk by herself and at that time her going home would have meant disaster for her and her health.  So I had to fight with hospital management and ultimately she went to a rehab home for 4 months.  When she came home she could walk, do stairs, sit, you name it she could do it.

I only share that story because at that time this experience got me thinking that I did not want to end up that way for my future.  It scared the @#$$ out of me that if I didn’t make change in my life that was exactly what my future was going to look like.

At the time of my mothers hip replacement she was 67 and I felt if I didn’t begin right away when I was her age I would be going through the same health challenges.

At that point in my life I was taking vitamins, supplements and had kind of started to eat a bit better however I still was not doing all that was possible.

I was still have my own challenges with Fibromyalgia, Myofacial Pain Syndrome, low energy, obesity.  My life was going to begin to make big changes.

Yet I knew I could not do it all at once because I wanted to have success and permanent change.  The first thing I decided to do was start an exercise program.

So what I did was borrow a friends copy of Tae Boe, (remember Billy Banks?).  I did the easiest Tae Boe DVD and could only accomplish 15 minutes to start. And each day I pushed 1 minute longer until I did the whole thing, then went on to the harder DVD.  It was not easy and yet I can tell you it was well worth the effort.

I kept that image of my goal in my head each and every day.  When I didn’t feel like doing the DVD that goal was what kept me going.

It was hard work, it was a fun experience because I mentally started to feel like me again.  That was the most exciting part.  HOPE was coming back into my life and that was a good thing.

Over these past 15 years I have gone from doing my little DVD in the living room and struggling to swinging kettlebells, barbells, body weight, riding my bicycle 660k, reducing my weight by over 70lbs, and probably most important improving how I feel each and every day.

So when I spend time in the hospital it really does make me sad.  I see people that are putting their trust in a system that I don’t believe will help them improve their health for the most part.

The tests, the medications (I do realize for some medications are the only solution and that is a good thing) yet for many medications only cause more and more problems, the lack of quality of life, the belief in a system that is not working.

You can make a big difference in life if you simply decide.  Really that is the first step.  Decide you want more out of your life.  Decide that you are worth feeling good in your life.  Decide that pain does not have to be a part of your life.

Small changes made successfully will give you the strength to make another small change successfully and so on until.  Until you begin to reach your goals, then you begin to make other goals, bigger goals, more challenging goals.

The small changes for me were like I said exercise, I did also begin to drink water (which I never really did before) and like I hear so many people say I didn’t like the taste.  Water doesn’t actually taste and what I now realize is that I didn’t like chemicals in tap water.  So my water of choice to begin was Perrier.  It was bubbly and kind of like pop.  Not maybe the best choice however I was water and a place to start.

Then over time very slowly began to learn about food, diet, eating, and made changes.  And today my eating habits are very different from 15 years ago and way back then it would not be something I could have imagined.  Organic, grass fed, pastured, I never even heard of those terms.  Even my vitamins are organic!

I was at the hospital yesterday and it took me back to a time where it all began for me.  What will be your starting point?

 

Experimenting!

The last few months I have been experimenting with my life!  To explain why I have to go back to last summer.  I was in training for the Friends For Life Bike Rally, a 6 day, 660k bike ride adventure from Toronto to Montreal.  When I started training I was riding 50k a weekend and as we got closer to the date of departure we were riding 200k a weekend.

There were many challenges for me in this adventure.  I was recovering from a torn MCL, torn Meniscus and a big problem with my back.  On top of all that I was always in huge pain, barely being able to walk after each ride.  I continued and in July of 2011 we left Toronto.

The pain I experienced doing this ride was extraordinary for me.  Riding the bike was no problem however once I was off the bike I could hardly move and sleeping outside in a tent on a blow up mattress was beyond what I could enjoy.  It really made the whole event something that I couldn’t wait to be over!

Once we arrive in Montreal my thought was it was no big deal to ride a bike 660k!  LOL!

However once I got home and back to normal living back in Toronto not to be on a bike since what I noticed is I started to bloat up.  In a very few short months I noticed I had gained over 15 pounds and was not happy about it.  Even though I was not riding a bike I was still exercising and training each week.  As I don’t eat junk food of fast food it was really a mystery as to why?

Then one day we were having a conversation and the comment came out that where we were buying our food (protein) it was all grain fed.  I was actually quite shocked to think about this because they advertise the protein to be antibiotic free and hormone free.  In my mind that seemed to say it was grass fed!

You have heard the saying you are what you eat?  Well I was eating grains everyday and not even knowing it!  To add to that I was eating sprouted grains each day for breakfast (toast).  In the process I was gaining weight, getting bigger and bigger to the point where my clothes were not fitting me.

So here is where the experiment comes in.  I decided to do an experiment.  I was only going to eat protein and vegatables.   I decided that butter was ok to put on my vegatables and I could use olive oil and coconut oil for cooking.  Now within 2 weeks I had gone down 10 lbs and that bloated look was gone.  I started to feel more energetic, I was thinking clearer as well.

This was 2 months ago when I began this experiment and as I continue to reduce in size what I am also seeing is my sleep is really amazing.  For the first time in over 15 years I am getting most nights about 6-7 hours sleep without waking up.  That has been one of the best things about this experiment for me.

About 3 weeks after I began my experiment I was able to listen to the Paleo Summit by Sean Croxton.  Here I have been able to begin my journey to learn about the Paleo and Primal program by many professionals.  I have also been able to begin learning about Gluten Sensitivity, a big health challenge in our world today!

So my experiment so far has been quite amazing for how I feel.  That dull constant pain I have lived with for over 16 years has  been eliminated almost 100% and if that is all I would ever has found beneficial for my experiment it would have been well worth it.  Better sleep, weight reduction, more energy, clearer thinking have also been benefits I have seen over the last 2 months.

Now is a time to continue to experiment, to see what other benefits I see and more importantly feel.  I will continue to include Symmetry’s Ultra Vitality, Tranquility, Clarity and of course Genesis with X’Tranol 24 in my daily regimine, lots of Symmetry filtered water of course and for sure Organic vegatables, butter, coconut oil, coffee cream and pastured grass fed beef, and poultry and Alaskan Salmon.

I personally don’t feel that I am missing out on any Junk foods because feeling better is worth so much more to me than putting anything in my system that causes me challenges!

It is my intention to continue to chronicle this experiment for myself and see where it leads me.

In good health, Wendy Bottrell

Can we really make a difference?

I have worked in the health & fitness field for a number of years.  I have been very fortunate to work with people of all ages.  Each and every person was awesome in their way and yet what I really am passionate about is working with young people!

Young men and woman today are full of excitment and ready to take on the world.  It excites me to interact with them.  I have trained a few young people and truly in all cases it was an absolutely great experience.

Today globally we are in a health and fitness crisis!  There is more illness from eating poor quality food than ever before in history.  If we want to make change we must educate our young people in a way that lifts them up to knowing how to eat well and what that will mean for their future!

We must begin to be the example of what healthy eating, diet, fitness is so our young people can change the world.  In the short video below Birke Baehr talks about the crazy farmer that grows crops with no chemicals and raises animals the way nature intended.  The Omnivore’s Dilemma is where I was first introduced to this farm called Polyface Farms.  The book is very much worth the read and a great place to see why it might be important to learn about our food system as it is.

Here is an example of what I am talking about:
If this 11 yr. old gets it why don’t we as adults? Why are we living with our heads in the sand that the food we eat doesn’t affect us or our health?  Why are we willing to allow our governments, our corporations decide for us the quality of our food?  Isn’t it time we began to change the way we think about Organic food?  I don’t mean the boxed stuff in the grocery store!  I mean the fruits, veg and protiens that our ancestors ate!  Don’t we deserve to eat the best food possible?  Let’s do it together.

Let’s begin to Live Life by Design.  Make a Difference by Helping Other People Excel!

What is quality?

OK so I have posted some solid info on Metabolic Typing.  I personally decide each day to eat for my Metabolic Type, Protein Type.  However when I was first introduced to Metabolic Typing I was well let’s say “freaked out”  by what I was reading.  Can you imagine reading that fat, meat would be OK and even healthy!  It was so opposite to what we hear in the media, or how I was trained up to that point.  So at that time I put the info aside and continued on the way Society suggests we eat.

Fast forward a few years, Digestive problems began, I took HLC 1. revisited the Metabolic Typing, started eating for my Protein Type and within 2 days my digestion began to improve!  Really quite remarkable.  And to this day 4 years later when I stick to the Metabolic Typing program I feel great.

One of the other things I do for myself is take supplements!  I eat organic or local with both my meat and vegetable/fruits.  For me it is simply a matter of being sure I am getting all my nutrition daily.  My choice for supplements is Symmetry Direct .  I have been using Symmetry’s products for over 16 years.  They are very high quality, I get them delivered to my home each and every month.  I actually like them so much that I sell them to clients, family, friends and develop a global business with them.

Here is a quick video explaining the quality of Symmetry’s products:

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Eating Organic Considered Just Food 50 Years Ago

I eat organic, I have mentioned that in prior posts. Yet it seems to me that when I was much, much younger food was just food. Good food. It was grown in the garden, there were no chemicals poured all over the fields. Seed went into the ground and with sun, water and weeding good crops came out. We ate them. Food was our medicine.
So what has happened? Why do we now have a new food catagory called Organic?
How did the growing of our food become such a manipulated business? Big Agribusiness owning the food seed and controling what we eat and the only way to get around this is maybe we can grow our own?
I just might be time for each of us to begin our own Personal Wellness Revolution and start paying attention to what we eat, drink, think about our food and what it is doing to our health. Just a thought?

Organic Personal Care, do we need it?

I watched CNN last evening and Dr. Gupta had a show that was informative about the Toxins in the Womb of unborn babies.  Here is a shocking piece of the info:   “We’ve measured hundreds and hundreds of toxic chemicals in the blood of babies that are still in the womb,” said Ken Cook, president of the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. “Flame retardants, the chemicals in consumer products like personal care products, makeup, shampoos. It’s a very long list.”

The EWG study found an average of 232 chemicals in the cord blood of 10 babies born late last year.

This is shocking to me because when I tell people that they must be using Organic Personal Care products they look at me as though I have horns.  Our skin is our biggest organ and we know that medications placed on our skin will penetrate the skin to be effective in the body so why wouldn’t we think that skin care, hair care, men and women’s cosmetics would penetrate the skin and provide our body with toxins? 

Five Benefits of Choosing Certified Organic:

1. Good for people! ~ Organic based ingredients have been shown in a number of studies to contain more vitamins, nutrients, and cancer-fighting antioxidants than non-organic ingredients.

2. Good for the soil! ~ Organic systems rely on a modern and scientific understanding of ecology and soil science, while also depending on traditional methods of crop rotations to ensure fertility and weed and pest control.

3. Good for the environment! ~ Organic systems aim at reducing dependence on non-renewable resources. Organic production aims at all times towards sustainability whilst having the best management of the environment and wildlife as a priority.

4. No synthetic chemicals! ~ Organic systems prohibit the use of artificial chemicals, pesticides and fertilisers.

5. No GMO’s! ~ Certified Organic products are produced without GMOs, which are prohibited in the standards for organic food and farming.

Another way to begin a Personal Wellness Revolution today.  http://www.dreambig.mionegroup.com

Just a thought.  Wendy