Author Archives: Diane Vich

Categories Advice, flare up, flexibility, libido, Sexual life

Reignite the Love!

Reignite the love of your body. Learning to love and appreciate your body can be hard. I never thought I was sexy or attractive until recently. I didn’t appreciate the body I was given. I forgot the importance of taking care of my body every day. This constant physical assault with poor diet, lack of exercise and emotional pain progressively made everything worse. I lost the connection with my body creating an inability to feel pleasure. Over the years, as pain grew, illness prevailed and health declined the connection continued to dwindle daily. Over the past 15 years, my self-love, libido and sensations became dormant. I lost the desire to love and be loved. I lost my libido, somewhere between college and children. I lost the sensations and desires my body craved and enjoyed. Finally, when I hit rock bottom, I knew their had to be a better way. I knew that I desired to love myself, to feel love and enjoy my body again. I knew that I deserved to have a libido and enjoy sex with my husband. I realized that the toxic environment in my body was stopping me from achieving my desires and fulfilling my needs. I made a conscious decision to change my health, my life and my future. I knew the journey would be difficult but worth the trouble. Tackling my obstacles and establishing a healthy lifestyle started my path to rediscovering my body. I created a plan to optimize my bodies potential and reduce symptoms effectively. I learned to target my muscles to reduce pain, inflammation and symptoms. Thankfully, reducing symptoms was only the beginning. Once symptoms began to disappear, desires and sensations began to reappear. My body began to embrace intimate moments with my husband again. My body began to enjoy simple sensations that I was not able to enjoy before. I learned to create a Yoga routine that helped prepare my body for sleep and intimacy. My technique was designed to target my pain areas and progressively relax each and every muscle. Over the past year, I have perfected my technique, creating more effective targeted muscle relaxation. Now, I am here to share my story with the world. To tell women they deserve to love and embrace their bodies. They deserve to enjoy intimacy and achieve orgasms. They deserve to reduce stress, anxiety, pain and more. They deserve to live the life they want in the body they love. I am here to show you my techniques and help you achieve what I did. Love your body, embrace it and learn the multitude of possibilities it has to offer. Learn to target your pelvic muscles for better orgasms. Learn to relax your tight muscles more effectively. Breathe deeply and embrace the sensations of stretching and relaxation. Let me show you how to embrace your body and achieve all your desires. Your journey is only a phone call away. Ask me how?

Categories chocoloate, libido, orgasm

Chocolate Orgasm

Chocolate Orgasm

Chocolate orgasm? What the heck is that, lol.  It’s exactly as it sounds.  I ate chocolate and had the most intense orgasm of my life. I believe this was only possible because I began my health journey several months prior to this experience.  I took action after I realized “I was sick and tired of being sick and tired.”  I sought out holistic treatments to begin my wellness journey in January 2014, and I had no idea what the world had in store for me.  The orgasm occurred after several months of detoxifying my body and eating a strictly vegan diet.  The delectable chocolate flourless dessert was the first dessert I had eaten in months.  At this point in my life, I had a non-existent libido and sex was more of a chore than pleasure.  I was constantly under stress and anxiety, which didn’t allow me to relax and enjoy the moment.   Emotionally I was a wreck, I had no self-esteem, was very self-conscious and overweight.  My life was ruled by stress, anxiety and feelings of insecurity.  The romantic getaway was my graduation gift to celebrate my new Master’s degree as a Nurse Educator.  We were in a gorgeous, tranquil, private couples only resort in Virgin Gorda.  We had a private bungalow in a remote and secluded area of the resort.  I was finally relaxed and stress free in this scenic and gorgeous location with my husband.  The relaxing environment set the stage for the most memorable experience of my life.  We enjoyed a multitude of quiet and relaxing activities in the picturesque vacation spot and this orgasm was the highlight of the trip.

The chocolate orgasm was definitely the beginning of my sexual reawakening.  I am a chocolate addict and I can’t get enough once I taste it.  I usually avoid chocolate because one bite results in chocolate cravings for days or weeks.  But on vacation anything goes and chocolate was on my list.  At lunch, I ordered a flourless chocolate cake to indulge my addiction, little did I know the adventure that would follow.  I enjoyed my delectable flourless chocolate cake appreciating each and every sinful bite.  Oh boy, the results were interesting and exhilarating.  I have heard chocolate is an aphrodisiac but this was unexpected and completely unpredictable.  I experienced a 2 hour orgasm that was both exhilarating and exhausting.  The “Orgazmik” first 30 minutes were wonderful and memorable, and undoubtedly my best orgasm ever.   It was the most intense orgasm I had ever experienced until this year.  This years libido and orgasms surpass that chocolate orgasm by an exponential distance.  The chocolate orgasm was absolutely crazy, painful, extraordinary and exhilarating all at once.  Each sensation caused intense trembles throughout my body.  My abdominal muscles were contracting every few seconds.  Each constriction became more and more intense and profound.  My breathe was rapid, as I gasped to regain control of my breathing; orgasm after orgasm.  Every gentle caress of my skin made me shudder intensely.  Each caress of my shoulder, face and legs created convulsion that continuously took my breathe away.  Every desired caress or kiss implanted a memory in my brain and sent fireworks through my body.  My body would not feel an orgasm this intense again for several years.  Had I known then that this orgasm was going to be the last big orgasm for 4 years, I would have bought a boatload of cake.  The sensations were imprinted in my memory but locked away and trapped in my subconscious.  I had forgotten the intense sensations and detailed memories until the past few months.  And until, this weekend in September 2018, I had not regained the courage to embark and truly describe my story detail by detail.

Why did the intricate memories and sensations stay trapped away?  I believe it was because my journey to wellness was commencing and I had a lot of illness and healing to tackle.  The severe inflammation in my body caused the sensations and orgasms to declined after the vacation.  Once the relaxing vacation ended and life stress returned the orgasms diminished once again.  And the “orgazmik” experience and memories would slowly drift away over the years.   My libido slowly improved year by year but chronic suffering, pain, stress and anxiety continued to take its toll on my body physically and emotionally.  My journey to spectacular orgasms would take another few years to return with a vengeance.  The drastic libido change came in 2017 after 4 months of nutrigenomics.  I will discuss my long journey in my book but for now let’s get back to the orgasm of the century.  The orgasm caused my jaw to clench, body to ache and voice to tremble.   The debilitating spasms of my muscles were provoked by every breathe, breeze, caress and sexual sensation.  Each and every breeze from the fan would cause a contraction of every muscle in my body.  The experience was both exhilarating and exhausting as each minute passed and it continued to intensify.  After 45 minutes I was exhausted, even the fan would set me off again and again.

I had heard of women having endless orgasms but had never experienced it.  I never in a million years, thought I would experience such an intense orgasm.  I had actually seen a TV show several months prior to this trip about sex emergencies.  I remembered the show but never expected it to happen to me.  It was an draining experience with small and large orgasms combined.  Exhaustion quickly set in and every second made the sensations more intense and debilitating.   I remember begging my husband to stay away, stop touching me and turn off the fan.  I remembered the TV show and nursing critical thinking took flight.  I remembered the girl on TV took Benadryl, thank goodness I always pack every possible medication when traveling.  So my husband found the Benadryl and it worked. Wow, I thought “Benadryl will stop the histamine reaction,” let me try it and directed him to get me water and Benadryl.  Thank goodness, I remembered the show because I was desperate to get a break.  Female orgasms are intense on their own and with the potential for multiple orgasms the possibilities are endless.  Each orgasm causes a multitude of muscles tightening all over your body, so imagine how drained my body was getting.   The orgasms were so intense I couldn’t even stand up.  After 20 minutes of Benadryl the sensations slowed down.  I finally fell asleep about 1 hour later, the next day I was exhausted, slept late and had a very lazy day.

Chocolate Orgasm  Take 2

Since the first orgasm was so amazing and the chocolate so delicious, I couldn’t resist a second round.  I had a chocolate orgasm again the following day.  This orgasm started after a romantic dinner and dessert.  The exceptional flourless chocolate cake combined with red wine created an intense need for sex.  The chocolate turned on all of my cells: skin, clitoris, vagina, mouth, everything.   There was no escaping the reaction the combination of wine and chocolate had on my body.  I could feel every touch, every kiss and stimulation tenfold.  It reminded me of the sensations I experienced as a teenager, those intense hormonal sensations you feel your first sexual encounter.  It was like my body had turned OFF all these years and suddenly had awaken.  All these sensations had been dormant so long.  It was strange because my body was making connections with my brain that I couldn’t explain or understand.  I could actually feel what I had seen on TV.   I had seen a woman that orgasmed so much she ended up in the ER to stop it.  I could feel the sensations move from the peak of my clitoris to the vagina and perineum near my rectum.  Before seeing the show about female orgasms, I had never realized the size and span of the female clitoris.  But now I could see it in my brain and feel it as it occurred in my body.  The experience made me experience the link between pain and pleasure, something I had realized in the past but only truly experienced on this day.  My pain centers were transformed into pleasure centers and amplified the sexual experience.  My shoulder, which has been a site of constant pain for 20 years suddenly, was triggered to cause an orgasm with a simple touch, squeeze, kiss or bite.  My butt and stomach, which have been a lifelong struggle with abdominal pain and cramping due to irritable bowel syndrome, was suddenly transformed to an intense pleasure site.  I would never have said I enjoyed anal to anyone, not even my husband, but for some reason this site made me have a deep intense orgasm, I couldn’t explain.  After about an hour I was exhausted, I had to tell my husband to keep his hands off, even the breeze from the fan, would trigger a small orgasms.  It was hard to catch my breath  and relax, I could feel the sensation travlel the entire clitoris from the peak to the base, over and over again.  Thank goodness for Benadryl or I never would have been able to relax and sleep that night.  After 30 minutes of taking Benadryl the sensations finally stopped and I slept like a baby.  But I was exhausted for two days, the day after we returned home, I slept most of the day, just to recover from that intense experience and the huge fluid loss from my waterfall orgasms.  This was the beginning of my sexual reawakening and the beginning of my reconnection with my feminine energy.  The true Reawakening happened this year in 2018, stay tuned for the rest of the story.  If you are looking to embrace self love, reignite your desires and learn your body; I am your girl.  My fireworks class is designed to teach you about your body and reunite you with the sensations you are looking to rekindle.

My True Reawakening

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Categories Advice, Detox, Diet, flexibility, Health, Inflammation, motivation, Sexual life

Learn to Love Your Body!

Love your body, seems simple right.  Well it truly is a complex process, there is nothing simple about it.  Learning your body can take months or even years to achieve.  It took me 20+ years in a constant health struggle to decide; there had to be a better way to Love my body.  I was oblivious to the potential my body had to offer, the gifts I was given and the path my journey would take me.  I wasted years eating the wrong foods, hiding my emotional/physical pain and avoiding physical activities.  This constant physical assault on my body caused my physical and emotional illness to develop and my self-love to diminish.  Over the past 5 years, I learned the foods that were optimal for my body, the physical activities that made me heal, the importance of caring for yourself, and the optimal routine to maintain my health.  My true understanding of my body came over the past year.  Finally, I was free of pain and able to feel and understand the messages my body was sending.  I became aware of the tension forming in my muscles, when stress was at its peak.  I realized that taking the time to address this tension early on, helped prevent the development of severe pain and helped maintain a state of homeostasis or balance.  I learned to develop techniques and strategies to promote my daily healing, detox, muscle relaxation, repair and rejuvenation.  I learned that there is a huge connection between physical and emotional pain.  This fact made me more aware of emotional stress and its impact on my body.  I was able to incorporate relaxation and stress relief into my routine to reduce the impact stress had on my body.  Over this year, I developed my tension-buster routine, its unique for my body, my tension and my pain.  But the fun fact is, it can be adapted and developed to help others achieve the same benefits.  I learned to use my environment, gravity and body weight to stretch each and every muscle in my body.  I learned to feel the tension in each muscle and learn ways to release the stress, toxins and tension from each one.  Wether the pain is in your shoulder or your leg, our muscles are all interconnected and effective stretching needs to target this complex muscle network.  I learned that my bodies weakness is toxins and poor circulation.  My techniques help me optimize my bodies potential to release these toxins and enhance my circulation to reduce inflammation, stress and pain more effectively.  The best benefit of my tension-buster routine and health journey, was rediscovering my libido.  My libido had gone, completely dormant for 10-15 years, due to my severe illness and build up of toxins.  It was an amazing benefit to see that all the work and effort I put into healing my body, helped me reap such powerful physical and emotional benefits.  Over the past few months, I further adapted my routine to include Kegel Yoga.  This Kegel Yoga routine is specifically designed for women to enhance libido, improve vaginal muscle strength and improve orgasms.  This yoga is part of my daily routine and the benefits are outstanding.  I am thankful that my friends and peers are now seeing the benefits of the courses, I offer.   Kegel Yoga is designed to help women develop an intimate relationship with their bodies, combining the tension-buster yoga with kegel strengthening to enhance and reengage sexual desires.  So, there it is, if you want to learn your body and reconnect with its unique abilities, give me a call.   I am here to share my routines with you, in groups or private sessions.  Learn to love your body, feel it, experience and achieve all you desire. Book an appointment, today, what are you waiting for?

Categories Advice, motivation, Share your story, Speak your mind

Don’t Deny the World of Your Gift!

A good friend once told me, don’t deny the world of your gifts, speak your mind and tell your story.  My friend Luly B.  has inspired me to share my story, speak my mind and change the world.  She helped me realize my story is powerful and worth sharing.  She has empowered me to share my gift of healing with the world.  She has opened my mind to the possibilities for my  new career path as a Holistic Health Coach.  She empowers and supports my growth and development of my business.  I am thankful for the reawakening of my passion.  I am inspired to help others heal emotional and physical pain in a supportive, caring and meaningful environment.  Luly has helped me develop myself into the strong women that I am today, the journey was not easy, these past few months have been the hardest.  But every step in my journey has been leading me to becoming the woman I want to be: a supportive, inspirational and loving voice to guide others in their wellness journey.  Over the past few months, I have realized my health journey and experiences with illness, physical pain, emotional pain and disease, were a stepping stone to my future.  My journey created the foundation for my new career path as a Holistic Health Coach.  My struggles, experiences and accomplishments have made me the woman I am today.  If my life would have been pain free and emotionally easy, I would not have all the experience and knowledge I have today.   This expansive knowledge base helps me make connections with people, understand their struggles and share my experiences in a meaningful manner with my peers, family, friends and clients.  My experiences helped me develop the skills that I needed to become an effective, compassionate, caring, loving and inspirational Wellness Coach.  Giving people the gift of wellness, is my passion, it is my new journey and my Gift to the world.  I know that the gift is there waiting for everyone; open to learning and embracing it.  It takes people time to realize that the gift I offer is exactly what they want for themselves.  It requires the knowledge and understanding, that life can be fulfilling, happy, pain free and illness free.  I can help people pop the bubble of symptoms, disease and illness.  The question is, are You Open to receiving the gift I offer.  I am here to share my gift with you, all you have to do is ask.

Categories Advice, Share your story, Speak your mind

Speak Your Mind!

Speak your Mind! Share your story.  Speak your truth and share from the heart.  If there is one thing I have learned over these 2 months, is that speaking your mind is essential.  If you have ever suffered from emotional abuse or trauma, it is hard to share your voice or speak your mind.  It is hard to feel accepted and understood by others.  You lose sight of your voice and its importance.  It has always been hard for me to speak my mind.  I suffered from anxiety and fear of public speaking all my life. It is easier for me to write a paper or story, than to speak it.  I can write it all down in a journal, letter or story but getting up and Speaking, is another story.  Over the past several months, through networking and social support, I have been able to reengage my voice and understand the importance.  I realize now how important it is to express yourself and get your emotions out.  The more you hold in your feelings and emotions, the more health issues develop.  That was my biggest issue over my life, my physical and emotional pain, was triggered by keeping all my feelings and beliefs trapped inside.  I never felt my voice was important, I didn’t think my story needed to be told, or that others would listen and appreciate it.  I have learned through the relationships I have built this year, that my negative voice, was giving me the wrong idea.  People have welcomed me and accepted me into their social realms.  They have cherished the stories, I have told and the journey I have experienced, they see me as a powerful woman that is going to change the world.  It was hard for me to see and accept the truth until now.  My voice was hidden for so long, it has been a process to get it out.  I realize today that those that don’t let you express yourself, don’t deserve your company.  If you find someone that holds you back, break the connection and move on.  Your voice needs to be cherished, your feelings heard and your knowledge expressed to those that will benefit.  I have met many people over that passed years and realize not everyone deserves to be part of my life.  Those that help you become a better person and achieve your dreams, are the people you cherish.  The individuals that foster your growth and development are the ones that earn your respect.  The relationships you build need to be supportive and nurturing.  You will encounter people that you think are interested in your intellectual mind, power and knowledge but they might not be honest or true.  It is important to surround yourself with those that support you and guide you in your journey.  There is no point in creating relationships with those that don’t enhance your individual growth.  It is simply a waste of time and energy to engage in relationships and friendships that tear you down.  Your voice needs to be heard, your struggles expressed, your feelings shared and your journey supported.  Surround yourself with those people that help you achieve all your goals and dreams. The people that continue to foster and support your growth, wellness journey and life goals are your true friends and companions.  Keep them close and grow those relationships, you will see how you grow with them.

Categories Advice, hope, motivation

Love Your Body!

Love your body! The truth is most of us don’t do this.  We get stuck listening to the negative voice inside us.  The voice torments us and makes us feel ashamed of who we are, how we look or the way we feel.  I know first hand, how hard this transition can be.  I have struggled with self-esteem my entire life.  My friends always ask me, how is it possible, you are so gorgeous, why don’t you see it.  The fact is, until you feel it, you won’t believe it, no matter what everyone else tells you.  I worked my butt off to heal my body and finally started to feel a gradual improvement in self-esteem over the last 5 years.  The fact is if you spend more time focusing on your health by healing your emotional and physical self, things will change and self-esteem comes with it.  You will see changes in your physical body, thus improving the way you feel in your own skin.  I can tell you the huge self-esteem change happened this year, over the last few months because I got out of my comfort zone.  After, 1 year pain free, working on helping myself heal from autoimmune issues, taking time to relax and focus on myself, I was finally able to realize I needed to help others accomplish the same.  After I started feeling healthier and happier, my self-esteem started to flourish.  I started to truly look at my body as this beautiful gift, I was born with.  I started to enjoy dressing up, putting on make-up and seeing the transformation my body had undergone.  The true understanding of my beauty, didn’t come from close friends or family, it came from deep inside me but I had to work for it.  Once, I started venturing out of my comfort zone, attending BNI meetings and networking happy hours, I realized the impact I had on others.  I finally, was able to see what my friends and family had been telling me all along.  When I really paid attention to the reactions others made, the complements I received and the way it made me feel, the changes started to happen.  I no longer brushed off the complements, I accepted them and thanked those that gave them.  I learned to give complements in return.  I realized the power of complements and the desire everyone has to feel better about themselves.   Over these past months, I have developed friendships with people that I never would have spoken to before. I was so shy and scared to speak to anyone because of my own insecurities and emotional struggles.  When I got out of my comfort zone, accepted the complements and felt good in my own skin, my self esteem started to flourish.  It allowed me to reflect on my childhood, the relationships from the past that affected my self-esteem and develop strategies to deal with those emotions.  By accepting the hurt, developing a plan and actively working to improve my health, the emotional pain and self-esteem issues started to melt away.  I share this because I know I am not the only person out there with self-esteem issues. I know that I am not the only person that stopped caring for myself and suffered emotional and physical pain as a result.  I realize that sharing is the first step in helping others build up the courage to take on their own healing.  A huge part of learning my body was physical but the emotional was just as important.  Learning my physical pain, understanding it, feeling it, and learning how to combat it each and every day was the foundation for my emotional battle.  By learning, how to relieve my own physical pain and tension, I was finally ready to combat the emotional pain.  Emotional pain is hidden and harder to deal with and accept.  It takes a real conscious effort to work on emotional struggles and make a change.  These battles are easier when you have a coach to guide you through the process, I know that my holistic health coach, guided me through this final phase of healing. If it wasn’t for her, I would not have truly understand the reasons why I was so shy, why I had trouble speaking to others, and why I felt my voice was not important.  This emotional process was difficult and left my voice silent again for almost 2 months, as I continued to learn myself.  It was hard to express emotions and write my blog, while I was working on the final transformation.  I realize now, that a lot of my physical pain, was caused by my emotional battle.  I realize that holding in my emotions and not speaking my voice, caused my illness and pain.  Now, 2 months later, I realize that it was the final step in my healing.  I learned that self-esteem is impacted by your body and mind.  I realized, that my voice is important, that my story is powerful, and I can help others heal.  The power is in the journey, the connections and guidance you receive in the healing process.  I am here to help others accomplish their desires and goals by helping them cherish, love and appreciate their bodies: mind, body and soul.  I am here to help you find your self-esteem and keep it.  I want you to know that you don’t have to struggle through this alone.  There are plenty of people out there waiting to help you.  I just happen to be someone that experienced it first hand, I am here to guide you through the journey, if you are ready to take the step.

Categories Diet, Elimination Diet, food allergies, food sensitivities, Health

Diane Friendly

Diane Friendly is a funny topic.  Its often not what are you allergic too, its what can you eat.  Over the years, my diet has changed periodically corresponding to symptoms and health status.  Food sensitivities and food allergies have increased over the years in the world.  I believe its because foods are just not as pure and simple as they used to be.  More chemicals, GMOs, additives, sweeteners and corn syrup is added to everything that makes food undigestible and essentially poison to some people.  People always ask me: How do you eat? What are you allergic too? How do you eat out?  My answer is I read menus, look at ingredients and ask questions.  My main allergies are corn, gluten, apples, black pepper and white pepper.  There are more but these are the most common allergies to mention. These are the foods I look out for everyday.  I usually try to keep my orders simple. I don’t mix too many food variables because that will cause me more symptoms.  For example, if I have eaten an entree before, I might try a new appetizer but if I am trying a new entree, I won’t order an appetizer.  The simple fact is if you tummy is sensitive, like mine, it is better to keep it simple. Let your body digest one plate at a time.  Society today pushes, appetizer, entree and dessert but many times the mixture of so many variables is the issue.  If you eat all of these things and you get an upset stomach, your body just can’t digest the food and it sticks around and causes symptoms.  I used to eat dessert all the time but now, I don’t crave it and I won’t eat it until my meal has digested.  I don’t need to add more sugar into my body while I am digesting my meal, it simply makes digestion slower.  The easiest foods for me to order are usually a protein and a vegetable.  I don’t usually eat rice because the only rice I can eat is jasmine or brown.  The fact about rice is it is filled with starch and some has more starch than others, which I can’t digest.  Vegetables and salad are usually not seasoned, which makes it a good side dish.  But there are variables because I can’t eat all vegetables or salad, which means sometimes I won’t know until the food arrives.  The protein that is usually not pre-seasoned is fish, for some reason beef and chicken usually are seasoned with pepper.  I can tell you sometimes its not easy, I can go to a restaurant and not find one item I can eat.  This happens in restaurants that have pre-seasoned everything.  I have also had times that I order, say all my allergies, and still have a reaction.  My reaction is immediate, gas, bloating and indigestion.  The reaction can last hours or days.  I can tell you the side effects are not worth the delight of eating foods I know I love but can’t digest.  The suffering used to be daily, and I refuse to live that way.  So, I take charge of my diet and keep snacks with me.  I speak up for myself, I read everything, I find the best option on the menu and go with it.  If I have a party to go to, I take an appetizer, snacks, alcohol or whatever I might need.  The simple fact is that I can’t be sure that the events will be able to accommodate me, so I advocate for myself and stay prepared.  The key to my success is eliminating and avoiding the foods that are harmful.  Advocating for myself and keeping snacks handy helps me stay healthy and avoid symptoms.  Do you have digestive issues? Do you eat and feel exhausted after?  Do you get bloated and look pregnant?  Do you have reflux?  These are all signs that some foods are harmful for you.  I can help identify the foods to eliminate and make a plan that is right for you.  Give me a call the Consultation is Free.

Categories Advice, Anxiety, Autism, autoimmune, autoimmune crisis, brain disorders, Diabetes, Diet, Elimination Diet, Fibromyalgia, Inflammation, Thyroid, Weight Loss

Why Can’t I Lose Any Weight?

Weight loss can be a constant struggle for both women and men.  There are a variety of variables that can impact weight loss.  It is important to identify the issues that might be impacting you, specifically.  Most individuals that seek assistance from Health Coach or professional to assist in identify your obstacles and create a plan that is right for you.  I’m writing this post because I have 2 clients that are currently facing this struggle and I am developing an individualized plan for each them.  Let’s discuss the most common obstacles to weight loss.

Lack of Sleep – sleep quality and quantity impacts health and weight loss.  It is double edged sword because high stress impacts sleep which then impacts stress, weight loss and other health factors.  Research shows that even small sleep alterations can increase cortisol levels and create insulin resistance.  Lack of sleep is associated with a variety of health issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, mood disorders and depression.

Poor nutrient intake – nutritious foods are essential for a healthy body.  It is more important than you think to eat fruits, vegetables, healthy proteins and nuts.  A diet high in nutritious foods that focuses on anti-inflammatory meals helps promote weight loss. Its important to avoid processed foods, granola bars, cereals and bread because they are filed with empty calories and create inflammation in the body.  A diet high in healthy fats, protein and healthy carbohydrates from fruits and vegetables revs up the metabolisms and gears you up for a healthier lifestyle. Check out my presentation on You-Tube to see what harmful ingredients can be impacting your gut, brain and causing your weight gain.

Inflammation– inflammatory foods, like those in the video I shared, create a slow and constant inflammatory response that disturbs our body in many ways.  The biggest problem with inflammation is that it is invisible, if people could actually see the damage inflammatory foods cause at the cellular level, they wouldn’t eat the foods that cause it (See video if you haven’t yet).  Inflammatory foods are foreign invaders to our bodies and it responds with systemic inflammation.  The cycle continues and inflammation multiplies, leading to a multitude of diseases anemia, autism, Alzheimer’s, carpel tunnel, gallbladder disease, GERD, autoimmune leaky gut, fibromyalgia, Hashimoto’s, psoriasis, Crohn’s, celiac disease and many more… (The purple diseases are some of my personal conditions related to chronic stress and inflammation).  Some symptoms of inflammation are tired, fatigues, sleepy, brain fog, attention issues, upset stomach, bloating, achy joins and muscle pain. These are signs your body is going through inflammation and its time for an anti-inflammatory elimination diet to identify your food triggers.  Now, let’s talk specifically about inflammation and weight loss.  Inflammation impacts a hormone that regulates fat in the body.  The hormone called Leptin, controls your metabolism and appetite.  Healthy people get the message from leptin, causing their bodies to suppress appetite and speed up the metabolism, thus burning fat.  Chronic inflammation impairs the bodies ability to receive the message from leptin to suppress your appetite, causing you to eat more and gain weight.  As you can see inflammation can be a vicious cycle, the good new is you don’t have to tackle it alone.  Back to ways to fight the chronic inflammatory response. The best way is to identify your inflammatory trigger foods, develop a diet and supplementation plan that will help build up your digestive tract, immune system and reduce the inflammation. Ask me how?

Chronic stress– stress is the biggest obstacle to weight loss and everyone has stress on a daily basis. We are faced with highly stressful fast paced lives, and stress is not going anywhere.  Stress in the body causes a flight or fight response which impacts your cortisol and adrenaline hormones.  This is a normal response but our bodies are faced with it too rapidly and frequently.  This response elevates cortisol levels, which can cause weight gain.  These continuous state of chronic stress impacts the immune system, lowers good gut bacteria and places individuals at risk for infection and autoimmune disease.  Unfortunately, after 20 years of age our bodies lose the ability to properly fight stress at a cellular level.  The simple fact is that our bodies no longer produce the antioxidant enzymes that help the body heal and recover from stress, thus it accumulates daily throughout our adult lives.  The only true way to impact this stress daily is by fighting back with nutrigenomics.  Ask me more?

Toxic overload– We are exposed to harmful toxins and chemicals throughout our lives.  These toxins are in the water, food, hosehold cleaning products, lotions, cosmetics, paint, candles, plastic containers and much more.  Even items that seem healthy can be filled with harmful chemicals, like toothpaste, bread and shampoo.  These toxins can create inflammation and hormonal imbalances in the body.  This also impacts the bodies Leptin response and created inflammation in the body.  These toxic levels can stop your bodies weight loss even with exercise and healthy diet.

Estrogen Imbalance– More estrogen than progesterone can play a role in weight gain.  Estrogen dominance causes increased cravings and decreased metabolism.  The most common cravings are sugary foods, if this is the case and you can’t control your cravings, estrogen might by the culprit.  Increased cravings, more calories and slow metabolisms promote weight gain.  You can try to attack the inflammation in your body with an elimination plant to see if the cravings improve.

Low testosterone – It is well known that testosterone levels drop with age.  This drop causes increased body fate, heart disease, insulin resistance and cancer.  Interestingly, obesity can also cause testosterone to drop.  The most visible sign of low-testosterone is belly fat and difficulty loosing weight.  So if this sounds like you, its time to attack that inflammation and fight back.

Insulin imbalance – Insulin resistance occurs when the body is not able to absorb extra blood glucose and keeps generating more from the food you eat.  The liver convert the glucose into fat and its a vicious cycle.  Inability to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels creases excess belly fat and difficulty with weight loss.  Processed foods, which we discussed earlier cause insulin resistance, inflammation, chronic stress, etc.  It is important to find someone that will support you in your journey.  Someone that can help you identify the foods that are harmful for you and develop a plan to fight back.

Losing weight can be a difficult journey but it is possible.  The most important part is finding your particular challenges or obstacles and creating a plan with a Health Coach to tackle them.  If you feel stressed or overwhelmed by all the information and possibilities, let me help you develop a plan that you can stick too.  Some of these obstacles may require medications or supplements specific for that condition. If you are not able to resolve these issues with diet modification and supplementation, you may need medical attention, so make an appointment with your physician.

Categories Breast Feeding, Diet, Fertility, Health, Pregnancy, Uncategorized

Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy and fertility can be difficult for women.  Fertility is impacted by a multitude of factors including diet, fitness, stress level, genetics, medications, ovulation, infections and more.  Some women face a variety of struggles with fertility.  I had difficulty conceiving my first child.  I had tried for 9 months, then finally decided to read a book about fertility.  The book was called “Taking Charge of Your Fertility.”  I had several friends that had used it.  I had already scheduled an appointment with a fertility specialist but the appointment was 2 months away.  I started taking my temperature every day and keeping track.  The book helped me understand my ovulation and menstrual cycle.  I made sure that after intercourse on ovulation days, I remained in bed for 20 minutes.  I did this for 2 months, and when I went to see the doctor, guess what I was pregnant.  It is also important to ensure you are feeding your body healthy foods, exercising and taking time for you.  These techniques help relax your body, reduce stress and feed nutrients that will support the infant.  If I could turn back the clock,  I would have taken nutrients that could stop the damage that occurs during pregnancy and repair my body.  Of course, at the time, I had not had an idea of the health decline that would come after my pregnancies.  If someone would have shared with me the benefits of activating the Nrf2 during pregnancy, it would have made a huge difference in my health.  It would have given my body the nutrients it needed to repair itself and reduce the cellular stress that was multiplying every second.  Based on my experience I know the pregnancies placed a huge impact on my health decline and eventual health crisis.

The female body undergoes a variety of additional stressors during pregnancy.  The body creates an environment to grow and nurture and infant.  My body was already experiencing some digestive issues, chronic pain and other problems at the time.  Thankfully, the pregnancy went well but it wrecked havoc on my body.  My health continued to progressively get worse and eventually I needed to remove my gallbladder.  My health continued to have issues but miraculously 3 years later, I was pregnant again.  This time, I did not have to try at all. We were planning to begin trying and I found out I was already pregnant. After my second son, my health worsened exponentially.  After each child, I breast fed them each for 1 year.  This continued to place more priority on the baby than myself.  I was feeding the babies every nutrient I had and my body just couldn’t absorb more.  I had severe IBS that progressively worsened until I developed leaky gut.  I had told doctors many times that my body was not absorbing nutrients and that was why my hair was falling and other symptoms were multiplying.  Unfortunately, conventional medicine was not the answer, and I had not figured that out yet.  Essentially, I had placed priority nutritional support for my children for approximately 3 years and 6 months.  Now, think about this, we are built to carry babies and feed them.  But we are not necessarily equipped to maintain optimal nutrition and health for ourselves during this process.  I have seen a multitude of women that have gone through the same issues. Progressively their health changed after each child until chronic illness developed.  This health decline is easily preventable by activating the Nrf2 pathway, which goes dormant at 20 years of age.  Essentially, our bodies were born with the ability to do this, but then it just stops.  If you activate this pathway your body can repair itself, every single day.    So, I tell you this, if you could prevent this damage, would you?  Would you take the opportunity to learn more? Ask me how?

Categories ADHD, Antioxidants, Autism, autoimmune, autoimmune crisis, Biohacking, brain disorders, Developmental Delays, epilepsy, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Health

Food Sensitivities and Nutrition

Food sensitivities and food allergies are a growing problem. These food sensitivities are impacting the brains of children and adults. Research shows the most common food sensitivities are: gluten, dairy, corn, sugar and artificial sweeteners. These foods are negatively impacting brain health everywhere.

The Center for Celiac Research conducted a study of gluten allergies because they had noticed a critical increase of patients with a variety of symptoms that increased significantly over time. These patients exhibited symptoms of Celiac Disease but testing continued to be negative. These patients continued to return with the same symptoms. Many patients began gluten-free diets and their symptoms improved. They reached the conclusion that though this group of people did not have celiac disease, their symptoms were related to the disease (Fasano 2012).
The researchers discovered that one of the culprits for this phenomenon was related to agricultural changes in wheat. Centuries ago gluten grains did not exist. Wheat, triticale, rye and barley are new grains that have been introduced to our modern diet. Our bodies have not evolved in order to digest them properly. In recent years the protein content in modern wheat has increased significantly and 14% of dry wheat is gluten. This amount of gluten is high. This phenomenon is happening because more gluten gives food desirable characteristics that look appetizing and delicious (Fasano 2012).
There is a significant connection between brain function and gluten. People with gluten sensitivity exhibit symptoms of gas, bloating, pain, constipation and diarrhea. The interesting fact is that the brain could be impacted at a molecular level even with out any digestive symptoms (Perlmutter 2013). Degenerative brain disorders are linked to inflammation and oxidative stress. In recent years, they have discovered the exact triggers of this inflammation. The research shows that high carbohydrate diet and gluten stimulate the inflammatory pathways that reaches the brain (Perlmutter 2013). Gluten sensitivity is caused by elevated levels of antibodies against a protein found in gluten. The protein known as gliadin combined with the antibody anti-gliadin when people eat food containing gluten.  As a result of this reaction, specific genes are turned on. These genes then cause inflammatory chemicals are created called cytokines.  Cytokines directly cause damage and impact brain function. The brain does not like inflammation thus, it responds negatively to cytokines. This phenomenon of turning on genes that negatively impact brain health and function (Perlmutter 2011).  This connection between gluten sensitivity and the brain has been studied for the past decade.
According to Dr. Maios Hadjivassiliou of the United Kingdom, a recognized world authority on gluten sensitivity: “gluten sensitivity can be primarily and at times, exclusively a neurological disease.”  People can manifest gluten sensitivity by having issues with brain function without any gastrointestinal symptoms at all. Dr. Hadjivassiliou indicates that the antibodies that a person has when they are gluten sensitive can be directlyand uniquely toxic to the brain (1996).  Since his original investigations in 1996, there has been an explosion of scientific papers describing this relationship between gluten sensitivity and brain disorders.  Researchers in Israel have noted neurological problems in 51% of children with gluten sensitivity. They also describe a link between gluten sensitivity and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).  As authors in a recent issue of the journal, Pediatrics, stated in their research, “This study suggests that the variability of neurologic disorders that occur in celiac disease is broader than previously reported and includes softer and more common neurologic disorders including chronic headache, developmental delay, hypotonia and learning disorders or ADHD”(Pediatrics 2004).
These research findings pose an interesting problem in a society bombarded by processed foods and gluten filled products.  There is a significant need for education and advocacy throughout the community.  The key to health prevention and wellness is knowledge.  Knowledge gives people to power to make decisions that can improve their health and wellness.   The incidence of health issues, developmental delays, Autism and a multitude of diseases continues to multiply every day.  The most interesting part of this phenomenon for me, is that Maria found it through research and I found it through my own health crisis.  This phenomenon impacted my health from the beginning of my life until my adult autoimmune crisis.  The significance of my food allergies and sensitivities as a child was never really addressed.  I continued to live a life eating foods filled with corn, diary, sugar, gluten and artificial ingredients.   As a child, my symptoms were abdominal pain, constipation, anxiety, fatigue, attention issues and learning disability.  As a teen, my symptoms were migraines, IBS, constipation, abdominal pain, severe cramps, anxiety, brain fog, fatigue and attention issues.  These symptoms multiplied and worsened into adulthood until my eventual autoimmune crisis.  Thus, research and my own experiences, truly show the significant impact a relationship between autoimmune conditions and gluten sensitivity.  The impact of gluten sensitivity on our brains and bodies is significant.  The phenomenon should not be taken lightheartedly, knowledge is power, take action and advocate for your health.  Schedule a Free Consultation to learn how to fight back. Click the Brain and watch the Presentation, Today.