Celebrate your miracles!

When I started my journey into helping others I could not have imagined being in the place I am today. I am humbled as I celebrate this victory and the miracles it contains.

I felt the call to make a difference in this world many years ago. My goal was to change the lives of those willing to commit. That meant, focus, dedication, and hard work on my part.

Making a difference has taken on many forms and has focused mainly on those who have been told they have cancer. No matter, how young or old you are, this is a tough diagnosis. It is when you truly find out the staying power of your friends and family.

Prior to 2013, most of my work was only slightly challenging. In July of 2013, I took on the most challenging case to date. I was asked to assist with a glioblastoma patient who wasn’t expected to live past the end of that year. She had just had surgery to remove what tumor the doctors could safely remove. Then it was 33 days of radiation and chemo.

She was wheel chair bound, very weak, cognitive and speech skills weren’t good, and she was overweight. The goal, in the minds of her family and herself; give her some sense of normalcy until she passes. She wanted to do as many things on her bucket list as she could possibly fit in and we did do some of those.

However, I had a bigger goal in mind. My goal was to help her thrive and outlive any expectations the doctors may have had.

Each individual is a unique, and her case is no different, therefore, I won’t go into the specifics of what I did with her. On June 13th, 2016, she celebrated her 3 year survivor, thriver anniversary. She is half the woman she used to be, no longer needs a wheel chair, speech and cognitive skills vastly improved, the list of miracles goes on.

Her doctors say she is defying the odds. On multiple occasions, they simply turned to me and said, “Whatever you are doing, keep doing it because it works.” They have no explanation as to why she is still alive. She no longer needs me.

If you had told me I would be used to aid in this type of transformation, I would have told you that could never happen. The fact is, it did, and I was part of that miracle. This was by far, the most stressful 3 years of my career as a coach but I wouldn’t change it.

We all have the ability to heal. The human body is an amazing machine. Listen to the messages you receive from your body even when they seem crazy. Miracles are happening with each breathe you take.


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Exercise your way out of an unhealthy diet?

Do you ever find yourself justifying the sugary drink or the pastry you consume by telling yourself you will just spend an extra 20 minutes on the treadmill? We have all been there.

The problem is you can’t fix the damage that occurs to your body from unhealthy foods simply by running it off or burning extra calories.

The problem goes much deeper than that. We get wrapped up in counting calories and spend little time thinking about what we are actually consuming.

Take for example, refined sugar, whether in the form of a doughnut or the soda you drink there are many effects. Studies show that too much can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and more.

The problem with sugar is that it is highly addictive, take it from someone who knows. I spent many years fighting this one before I was able to gain control of my cravings. I was what is now termed, skinny fat. On the outside, I looked like the picture of health, not an ounce of fat to be found. The inside was a different story, sugar was taking it’s toll on me and I wasn’t even aware. I’m still on the road to healing some of that damage.

Does that mean I no longer crave sweets or eat anything sugary? Absolutely not. I do however pick and choose and I never drink sodas or other sugary drinks. The way I look at it if I’m going to indulge, it is going to be something I can savor, not something I chug down.

So how do I squash the cravings? It really can be as simple as a few dietary changes. When nothing but sugar will do, I reach for a piece of fruit. Whole fruits are loaded with nutrients and natural fiber which slows down the absorption of the naturally occurring fruit sugars.

Eat plenty of fresh vegetables, small portions of whole grains, healthy fats and some form of protein with each meal. These foods will keep you full for longer and will help balance out your blood sugar levels.

Don’t be afraid to experiment to find what works for you. Only keep the foods in your house that you want to consume. That piece of cake on the kitchen counter is most certainly going to look better than a piece of fruit. If it isn’t there you most likely won’t run out to get it, you will eat what is readily available.

If you have the sugar blues, I can help guide you to healthier options. Feel free to contact me, leave a reply here, and subscribe to the newsletter to get healthy living tips sent right to your inbox.

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No Time To Cook?

Do you ever feel as though even with all the advances in technology meant to make life easier you have less time, not enough hours in the day? Your to-do-list just carries over from one day to the next? Who has time to cook!

Not having time to cook each day, doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your health and well-being. Where do you start?

The first thing I recommend, take a long, hard look at what is eating up your time and eliminate anything that isn’t moving you toward your life’s goals. For example, maybe you are spending too much time on social media or checking email. Set limits on those things, such as agreeing to only check them twice a day. Turn off your automatic notifications.

Here are a few suggestions for eating nutritious food when you just don’t have the time or maybe the energy to cook.

  1. The crock pot, or slow cooker needs to become your best friend. There is nothing better than coming home, after a hard day at work, to the smell of a homemade dinner. Throw in some simple ingredients in the morning, set it and forget it. Come home, get the plate or bowl and dig in!
  2. The pressure cooker. Okay, so maybe you forgot to throw something in the slow cooker and you really want something quick and nutritious. Say hello to the pressure cooker. They come in a wide variety of price ranges and anything from stove top to electronic. If you like dried beans but never seem to be able to get them soft enough, this will be your new favorite kitchen gadget. Dried beans cook in very little time and come out wonderfully creamy.
  3. Batch cooking is another great option. Pick a day when you know you have a small block of time and cook enough food for the next five days. For example, cook chicken breasts in the way you like them best and then use them as the protein in your meal, on top of a salad, or in tacos.
  4. Salads are a great option. No cooking involved.
  5. Got kids, need to make a kid friendly mac-n-cheese that doesn’t come prepackaged and is fast. Use the microwave to make your own quick cooking mac-n-cheese. Maybe it is the grown-ups that are craving comfort food. I say go for it. Who says mac-n-cheese is just for kids.
  6. When none of these options will do, order from your favorite restaurant but choose wisely. Don’t be afraid to ask them to eliminate the salt, sugar, or other not-so-healthy ingredient. Ask for the nutritional information on the food you are ordering. You have a right to know what you are eating.

Quick Cooking Mac-n-Cheese

Place 1/3 cup elbow macaroni or small shells into a large mug or bowl with a scant 1/2 cup of water. Microwave on high for 2 minutes, stir and microwave for 2 additional minutes, stirring in-between. The pasta should be cooked and water absorbed. Stir in a scant 1/4 cup of milk and 1/2 cup of cheddar, jack or other cheese of your choice. This would be the time to also add things like Dijon mustard, hot sauce, or other flavor enhancers. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Microwave for 30-60 seconds. Stir and eat. It is helpful to have the milk and cheese sitting out as the pasta cooks so it starts to warm to room temperature.

Tips: Throw in some broccoli or other chopped vegetables for a more nutritious meal. This is also a great recipe to show the older kids. Now when you just want to relax they can make it on their own.

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