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PTSD and Vitamin Suppliments.

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I’ve been a believer in supplements for over 30 years. I’ve had some issues though. My struggle has been with stress. PTSD has dominated my life from the age of 16 on. Progressively it got worse and worse, but recently I’ve had a breakthrough that has been remarkable.

I recently heard that Double X vitamins are the finest quality organically grown, phytonutrient-rich, multi-vitamin on the market. Phytonutrients are the natural nutrients found in plants. They offer broad antioxidant protection and provide many other heath benefits.

I’ve been taking these for about 2 weeks now. For the first week, I was a little confused because my energy level was not up to par. Then for the past few days I’ve had a steady supply of energy.

Yesterday, I felt great. I knew I would have extra activities that I would need an extra boost of energy for, so I complimented my supplements with an XS energy drink.  4900% DV (daily value) of B12 went into my body. Then something unusual and scary happened. I went downstairs to get into my truck and saw that it had been broken into! Normally this would have thrown me for a loop. The tears would have started flowing and it would have ruined my day. But not yesterday! I think I hit on something, finally that can beat the PTSD thing! I DIDN’T EVEN MISS A BEAT! Did it upset me? Yes. But I didn’t go into a total freak out! That’s what’s amazing.

I can not accurately tell you that these are the answers to PTSD nor would I suggest that they are. I can only tell you that this iw what I personally experienced and these are the products that I am using. Anyone who struggles with PTSD knows how vulnerable you feel under stress. Yesterday I felt like Super Woman! To me this is enough credence to begin some further investigation. I just got so excited I wanted to share.


Words… what is our responsibility?

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In my quiet time this morning I was contemplating what our responsibility is towards others in what we say, do, and write about.  As writers we can choose to write about anything and everything under the sun. But how many of us truly look at the possible ramifications of what it is we choose to write about? We can choose to write about meaningless thoughts that come to mind. We can write about destruction, we can put someone or some group down, exposing thoughts or feelings we might have toward them. We can choose to write about current events or gossip. We can write books to assist people in empowering themselves, or we can choose to write about positive, inspiring things that fill people with hope and life.

So what are the ramifications of the written word? Or for that matter of words in general?

Have you ever been in a situation where someone lied about something you did or blamed you for something you did not do? What about in a situation where someone said something to you that caused you to doubt yourself? Have you read a scary novel and experienced fear afterward? Or for that matter read about an earthquake or war? Have you ever had someone sincerely compliment you or help you do something that gave you a sense that they really cared for you? How does it make you feel to read about someone with impossible circumstances overcoming all odds?

So, do we have a responsibility for what we say? On paper or out of our mouths? I think we do. Personally, I want to be one of those people who feed others good, life-giving words. I want to be responsible for positive change in a person’s life. I’m more concerned with helping people out of the hole they are stuck in than with being popular, because let me tell you, you will have a bigger audience with putting the destruction and gossip out there. But what kind of audience to you really want to draw?

I believe that to walk in truly healthy lives we need to consider how we are treating others, and how that affects their health as well as creating a well-rounded health in our own lives. Yes, we all have our own free will. We all have freedom of speech, but that does not negate our responsibility to be good stewards of those words. One day we will all answer for what we do or do not do. I choose life. What about you?

A really wonderful book that helped me understand the importance of honoring others is  Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

The pen is mightier than the sword” is a metonymic adage coined by English author Edward Bulwer-Lytton in 1839 for his play Richelieu   


For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.

Matthew 12:37

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21

Culture of Honor: Sustaining a Supernatural Environment

Eagles Fly Without Band Aids

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So many things in today’s world are based upon a philosophy  that hides, covers up or places a “band-aid”  on a problem.

Look at how many people are on medication today to treat “Symptoms” they are having. And then the medications give them side effects that they need more medication to treat the symptoms of the  side  effects. Ultimately this kind of behavior leads to death.

What about behavior issues and addictions? Society has chosen to give labels and place the blame on past hurts. And this has resulted in what? Broken people. Completely broken, chewed up, depressed people who feel no worth at all. They are given the band-aid of a label. Then told it’s okay to blame someone else. Then they are told they can’t be held responsible for their own actions. They never get to a place of feeling like they are worth anything because now they carry a label. They are never allowed take ownership of their own lives or accountability for their own actions.  So they believe the lie that they are worthless.

Where does it stop? Answer… at the root!

The ONLY way to stop this insanity is to start confronting the truth that everything we do, say, think, eat and believe has consequences either good or bad. And until we start making changes from the root, confronting the problem face on and getting rid of the excuses… well, there is no future of hope.

I had someone say to me once that I should just begin to accept people for who they are instead of always expecting them to change. I thought about that for a long time and then I realized that if we don’t offer change, we don’t offer hope!

People are suffering out there. BUT THERE IS HOPE. HOPE that absolutely requires change. I’m not ashamed to offer that, because I am able to see where it will take people. Unconditional love does not mean watching from the sidelines as someone destroys themselves.  In fact, there is NO love in that at all. That is like knowing someone is going to walk off a cliff and refusing to warn them about the ledge. Instead we need to set the example and lead people with an example of uncompromising integrity that steers them away from that ledge

When you better your life and get to the root of things, you get set free. Admitting to the things you did wrong and setting and example for others to do the same is an example of integrity. Sometimes it’s a lonely path to start on. But with time you will find other eagles to fly with. Then somewhere down the line people start to see the truth and make the necessary changes in their lives. Eventually looking back with thanksgiving toward you for that initial example.

Deep down, I think all people are born knowing the truth about what it is that is causing the problems. I just wish there were more people shining light on the answers. Maybe then it wouldn’t be so hard to make changes.

8 Days & Nothing Short Of A Miracle!

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My husband has had problems with diabetes and high blood pressure all of his adult life. At one point for about a 2 year period his blood pressure was running at (I kid you not) 256/171. Yeah you read it right. And his fasting blood sugar was always over 200.

He tends to be a picky eater so we didn’t put him on this program right away. I wanted him to try the food first so I used my FREE week of food to get him used to eating 6 times per day, to see if he would eat it. He loved it so we placed an order for him.

Recently the lowest blood pressure has been 153/101 and 195 for the fasting blood sugar.

Well 8 days ago we started him on Take Shape For Life. Within 4 days his numbers hit normal ranges! On the 5th day he had to cut his blood sugar medications by 1/3. On the 6th day he had to cut the blood sugar medications out completely! Today is day 8 and his sugar is reading normal both fasting and 2 hours after a meal consistently WITH NO MEDICATION!

Although he is still on the medication for the blood pressure, it has been slowly getting in the lower range of normal and I expect that it won’t be long before he is completely off of that as well!

I can not tell you how truly grateful we are to have found Take Shape For Life. You saved my husband’s life and we are forever grateful!

How Healthy Are You? An Assessment

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This quiz is very eye-opening. Sometimes we think we are healthier than we really are. Even though we may be healthy in some areas of our lives, most people have 1 or more area that really sets them back. This assessment will allow you to better analyze your current situation and help you determine the areas that you need to work on to create optimal health for yourself.

Pass this along to others. Don’t be shy about it. Let’s all step in together to make America healthy!

Click here to take the assessment.

Click here to submit a client profile and have a health coach contact you

Is Childhood Obesity An Epidemic?

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If you think about where we came from in America, I think you will see that there is a reason for the problem of childhood obesity rising. Let me point out a few things as to why.

First of all, back in the day…  before World War II, children worked from the time they walked. Families thought the more children the better because that is the way the farms ran, business ran, and America ran! I’m not voting as whether or not this was “right” or “wrong,” I’m just saying it is the way things were!

Then came the war. Women went to the workplace and men to war. Older children were left to mind the younger ones. Still working. And games and toys and playtime all took place outside! Radio was the hottest thing out there, and the family would gather ’round it every evening for some quality family time.

Automobiles were introduced, and walking places was no longer the norm.

Then the depression hit. Whoever could work… did. Whatever food was available was eaten. Playtime was still outdoors.

Then came TV! Well, with it came time sitting in front of it! Some of this was quality time and some not so much. But as the number of shows increased, so did the sitting time in front of it.

Then came women’s liberation. With that came a lot less cooking time in the kitchen. Enter convenient, pre-packaged foods! Still, there was playtime outside. But have a child do anything other than play and watch TV was unheard of at this point. Suddenly, children became more of a burden than a blessing.

Then with the baby boomer generation came the latch-key generation, and shortly after it was no longer safe to allow children outside unsupervised! More and more processed foods became available, and more and more illnesses along with them. Diabetes, ADD, ADHD, Cancers, Heart disease and more.

And then there came Pong! The first video game was introduced! And we all know where that led to!

I don’t know if my timeline is right, but hopefully, you get the picture. We went from active kids who had very healthy eating habits to inactive kids with processed foods. What were we thinking would be the results of this?

So is childhood obesity an epidemic? I would say yes, and we’d better do something about it quick!

I have something that can help!

10 Quirky Tips To Help With Weight Loss


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1. Eat on a BLUE plate and with a BLUE place mat.  Color is powerful. Blue suppresses appetite. Red and yellow increase appetite.

2. Drinking ice water instead of room temperature water actually burns 9.4 more calories per glass!  If you are consuming a healthy 8-8oz glasses a day that adds up to 74 calories per day and a whopping 7.7 pounds per week!

3. Sit on an exercise ball instead of a desk chair while at your computer. The isometric movements you make if you sit there for minutes or even hours a day will work your core and quickly slim your waistline!

4. Drink a glass of water 5 minutes before eating a meal. It will cause you to eat far less plus it helps with your daily water intake.

5. Breakfast. Eat a substantial one. 400-600 healthy calories. That means lean meat, eggs (or preferably egg whites) and vegetables. Not high fat or high sugar foods. This will sustain your energy level throughout the day and you won’t be as likely to do a lot of unhealthy snacking.

6. Eat 6 times a day. Small low glycemic meals. This stabilizes your blood sugar and insulin levels causing you to have no hunger and no cravings, sleep better and have tons of energy.

7. Instead of coffee in the afternoon eat a combination of low fat meat and low glycemic vegetables. This will give you an energy boost like no other. You can rock your world and get many “brownie” points with the boss by implementing this strategy because everyone else will be going through their afternoon slump and you will be actually getting things done!

8. Walk to a different floor at work using the stairs to use the bathroom 3-4 times a day. You would be surprised at the amount of calories you can burn in a week by doing this. Also, you get to see people you don’t normally see. It’s a win-win.

9. Park further away from the building. You will notice your energy level increase within a few days if you do this.

10. Get online before going out. Find out what the menu is and plan ahead or even call ahead to eat the way you need to when you get there. You will find this to enable you to be stronger and not make emotional eating choices or be influenced by your peers and what they are ordering.

Change your habits and implement these simple things one at a time. Even if it’s taking one at a time for 10 weeks. After the 12 week you will notice… and so will others. Then pay it forward when they start asking. Let them know what you have been doing. Start a group or network of people doing these things. How popular you will be when they start seeing the results themselves!