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Health/Wellness coach, huh? How about Chinese Medicine and Essential Oils

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Well, she has briefly checked on me via email and one phone call. I did the ten day cleanse. I cannot tell any difference in anything other than I had a yeast infection (i think) erupt the 2nd day of the cleanse. It seems to be in retreat now. I gave away the energy drink stuff...though I did follow her directions through the cleanse. Wonder what's next?

I have also been going to a practitioner of Chinese medicine. He uses a blend of western knowledge, Chinese medicine training and needle-less acupuncture using essential oils. Members of my family and some of my friends have had amazing results with pain relief, allergy abatement...etc. I asked him to work on my ever increasing blood sugars that I cannot seem to get under control, despite my doing the things I am supposed to do. Drs just keep telling me to eat right, exercise..and then they try more meds. Last experiment with the meds was AWFUL stuff..didn't lower the blood sugars at all but caused horrific leg cramps during the night. I didn't realize the connection until I insisted on returning to my former meds. and the cramps immediately stopped. I began going to Adam in March. My morning blood sugars were hovering around 280-310. It took some time to begin seeing any results..and we are not at goal yet, but we have lowered that morning reading by 100 points! I am hoping we can keep that downward trend going. Will keep you informed!

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TATTER3 5/23/2013 6:37AM

    Be careful! Glad for the drop!

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BOOKWERME 5/22/2013 3:32PM

    I am going to address Debbi's wise comments here so as not to have to repeat the answers. I have met with Drs. and with dietitian...had blood sugars in excellent control for a number of years. I DO take the supplements. I don't think the health coach lady really knows much about diabetes...I did already tell her some of what you said. She is not a dietician. However, all that stuff came together in the box for new distributors...(which I was NOT expecting). They were all sugar free...but to me, were just a chemical soup. I didn't drink the energy drinks...and won't be using any more of the other products either. As to her credentials, I did check on them, but truly, am not all that knowledgeable about the training and schools anyway. Like I said, she came recommended by someone I DO trust. We will see what happens next. No harm done.

Thanks for caring...and for your concern. Much appreciated.

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MZDEBBI 5/22/2013 2:35PM

    Have your doctors ever given you a diet to follow or suggest you meet with a diabetic counselor? See if there are any classes given at your local hospital. They will sit down with and go over what you should be eating, they will work with you to lose weight and get your blood sugar levels down. With DH we try to eat more of a Mediterrean diet, eat more fiber. He also tries to eat every 2-3 hours, thus he carries a cooler with him the car so he has the right things to snack on. Some have told him to try the supplements chromium, cinnamon, zinc and others. But, getting him to take extras is hard. Others try to eat by the Glycemic Index which is a tool to rank how a carbohydrate effects the body and blood sugar levels.
Why anyone would give you an energy drink isn't very smart. High energy drinks contain large amounts of sugar (27mg=7t ) and caffeine, nutrients and herbal supplements. Sugar-free energy drinks can contain Aspartame (180 times sweeter than sugar), Sucralose (600 times sweeter than sugar and 200 times sweeter than Aspartame) and the body cannot break these down. Those energy "shots" can contain 5 times the amount of caffeine in a regular 8oz cola.
The herbal supplements that are in them that contain alkaloids have varying effects are the body and mind. The examples of these types of alkaloids are kola nut, yerba mate, cocoa, mahuang, and guarana.
Caffeine can cause loss of potassium and calcium which can cause muscle soreness and Leg Cramps.
Sorry if this is long I have a "large" family history of diabetes and DH has it so I've done a lot of research on it.
One last note when hiring a personal health & wellness coach ask them where they went to school and where they got certified. Take care

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NANA2PRINCESSES 5/22/2013 6:32AM

    Impressive results. My DIL is really hooked on the essential oils and other homeopathic remedies. I was skeptical at first, but have to admit that she has had positive results. Of course the diet in that household is also almost totally organic and avoids refined sugar and dyes, so that probably helps too. I hope your results continue in the right direction.

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CELEST 5/22/2013 5:17AM

    100 points is great. I really hope it keeps going down because ever increasing blood sugar levels is dangerous....ask me. Thankfully I feel worlds better from where I was, but will only really know whats going on inside once I have my next tests also.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/21/2013 11:33PM

    That is awesome! Time she went bye bye.

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 5/21/2013 10:29PM

    That is awesome news!!

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Coach...first impressions

Friday, May 10, 2013

Well, I am not off to such a great start. While my coach is a very nice lady, she also seems to be very busy...with other stuff. I understand that. There has already been some miscommunication. I got an email congratulating me on joining as a new distributor of a product....I was NOT happy. Coach had recommended these products and said if I worked with her, I could get them through her for a yr at 20% off. Apparently THAT is by joining up with their distributor program and it was SHE that signed me up..not me. I am NOT happy about this turn of events, but it is done now. THAT is where the fee went...towards the kit (filled with energy drink stuff I don't think I want to take!) and the cleanse she recommended for start. There is no charge for her coaching for three months. What has come through so far has not been very helpful yet. She came well recommended by someone I I will give it time and trial.

I began the cleanse yesterday morning. OK with that so far.

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BLAYNESGAMMY 5/11/2013 12:33PM

    Hope things start to improve with her.

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    emoticon Sorry to hear this "coach" wasn't quite on the up-n-up.

I've had some people suggest I do something similar - advertise as a wellness coach and do classes to teach people what I've learned. This came about because local people are seeing a difference in my size, mostly; and maybe my overall wellness & energy levels too. They tell me and/or introduce me to people who are in business with other "health & wellness" products who do this, even without any formal training or education in this field.

At least in your case this coach has shown you some credentials. But even those are sometimes not as real as the paper they are printed on, sadly. I feel so badly for people that slide into this "traps" and end up having to buy something they didn't expect. :(

I like your attitude with this and I truly hope it all ends well and no one gets hurt in any way. emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/10/2013 9:23PM

    Oh my, what a mix up. Hope it turns out well.

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BOOKWERME 5/10/2013 6:38PM

    CHRISKENANDKIDS suggested I ask about qualifications. I checked to see what the intials following her name are...acsm-cmt is followed by Certified Wellness Coach.

The ACSM stands for American College of Sports Medicine and CMT is Certified Personal Trainer.

From their website: "What will I be able to do as an ACSM Certified Personal Trainer?

The ACSM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) works with apparently healthy individuals and those with health challenges who are able to exercise independently to enhance quality of life, improve health-related physical fitness, performance, manage health risk, and promote lasting health behavior change. The CPT conducts basic preparticipation health screening assessments, submaximal cardiovascular exercise tests, and muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, and body composition tests. The CPT facilitates motivation and adherence as well as develops and administers programs designed to enhance muscular strength/endurance, flexibility, cardiorespiratory fitness, body composition, and/or any of the motor skill related components of physical fitness (i.e., balance, coordination, power, agility, speed, and reaction time)."

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    Does she have a coaching certificate or formal coaching training? Is she a health coach or a life coach? I'm studying to be a Health Coach doing an online program and we are not taught to sign people up for products. I would maybe ask her more questions about her qualifications. Good luck!

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BOOKWERME 5/10/2013 4:58PM

    Coach is NOT through Sparks. She was recommended by someone I we shall see. She appears to have had good success helping hopefully this will move along better than it has started.

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CINA-MINI 5/10/2013 2:01PM

    I hope things get better with this coach. Is the coach through Sparks?

Hugs to you!

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 5/10/2013 11:25AM

    There are so many things out there, i am so sorry this happened to you.

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MOMOSG 5/10/2013 9:53AM

    Sorry to hear that happened to you. It strikes me as somewhat unprofessional to do such a thing. Then I remember the recent WT pointed out that we need to take care in relationships that we don't jump to wrong conclusions. You attitude seems to be in line with that ... wait and see what happens. Hopefully it was a misunderstanding on her part.

Like you said about energy drinks and things like that you don't want to consume, I completely understand! In my past I would jump onto the next latest thing, drink, shake, vitamins, whatever it was. Over the years I've learned that these things usually only have temporary results and in many cases contain ingredients I really don't want to eat. Sadly, there are many companies with dubious business practices that manufacture products with inferior ingredients in order go maximize their profits! I am now very skeptical about ANYTHING in a package. I keep thinking if something doesn't resemble what God created, how good can it be for me?

All that said, I try to be balanced and not fanatical about what I eat. Every now and then, I eat things that aren't my preference or are convenience items. I don't fret about it because I know that more than 90% of what goes into by body is good quality and quite healthy.

A note to Celeste, I was a Herbalife distributor for a while. Boy was that an interesting and expensive learning experience for me. I am not comfortable with their products at all. For me, their shakes are a very bad idea because they are based on soy. I have a throid disorder and soy products are a bid no for people with thryoid problems. There is much scientific research to prove this too. I was never told about this when I signed on and learned of it later. Needless to say, I don't use their products anymore.

I hope everyhing works out well for you with this coach Asta.
Warm Love,

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CELEST 5/10/2013 8:42AM

    Wow someone signs on your behalf without your knowledge....I wouldnt like that either. You make me nervous because our weight loss challenge lady wants to see me about becoming a herbal life agent ONLY to get any products for myself cheaper. Thing is, I dont use any of the products BECAUSE they cost more than I can pay. I use only the ONE meal replacement shake because it was inclusive in the price of joining, for which I was sponsored. My 3 months end at the end of this month and I wont be rejoining. I have all I need on sparks and a scale now that measures body fat etc. Hope she doesnt plan on signing anything on my behalf.....that would be a battle cry for me. emoticon

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Certified Health/Wellness Coach

Thursday, May 02, 2013

That's what's next for me.

It is so interesting to go back and reread my journal entries. I am sort of stuck in a rut 168 lbs..though have wobbled down to 165 briefly. My blood sugars have me worried. SO I finally decided that to get a change I need to MAKE a change..I just didn't/don't know what to adjust to get the results I need by a method I can live with. SO I have engaged a certified Health/Wellness coach. I filled out the get-to-know-you questions this morning. I was surprised to see that I have actually done a slow lose for the last five years (and longer). I started recording things when I weighed 185. I now weigh 168. I have gained and lost a bunch over the years, but since dropping most wheat and diet soda back in September 2012, I have leveled out, and am maintaining the immediate 5 lb loss that resulted in that change. I am not gaining and losing the same 5+ lbs over and over..and that is GOOD. My blood sugars, however, are still trying to climb...despite exercise, added fiber, eating within calorie range etc. Something still has to change. I'll let you know what develops.

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MOMOSG 5/10/2013 9:36AM

    I'm sure you will figure this out. I think it's good your keeping an eye on it. I find many don't bother or just don't want to know and it's a shame in my opinion. Just like the recent WT pointed out, we don't want to get so overwhelmed with our health that it interfereswith more important things. We also shouldn't ignore things we can control that will keep us in better health. The catch is, as you pointed out, finding the balance and the combination of things that works and we can stick with. emoticon

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LYN-EDWY 5/5/2013 12:56AM

    You're the the girl can do it.

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GAMOMMY3 5/5/2013 12:45AM

    Great idea!

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SUNNYWBL 5/4/2013 12:03AM

    This sounds like a very good idea and will help answer your questions as to the best way to meet your goals.

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    What exactly does a Certified Health/Wellness Coach do and where do they get Certified from? or by? ??? I must do some research! Is this like a Personal Trainer type person? Are they certified at all? Hmmm.
Sorry, Asta for all the questions but I must be behind the times or something as I haven't heard of this title before now. :)

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COOLCALLALILY 5/2/2013 10:41PM

    I'm proud of you, Mom! emoticon

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TATTER3 5/2/2013 9:28PM

    emoticon Keep Sparkin'!!

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    I am sure that the coach will be able to help you. We met with a nutritionist when we restarted and it was very enlightening

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    Hope you can get them in control. There are a number of foods that send it up. Dh has been doing research on it too.

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CELEST 5/2/2013 3:03PM

    You're doing the right thing in getting help, esp for the blood sugar. When I went to our homeopath, he put me onto a no-dairy, no-sugar diet no-simple carbs, plus a raw food diet. It helped immensely. I will be retested after a 6 months period, so that's somewhere in July/Aug. But I feel 100% better and have stuck to the raw food diet, despite getting cold now that I have no carbs to warm me lol.

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heart health...two details to keep in mind.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

"...research has found that daily diet soda drinkers have a higher-than-average incidence of heart attack, and women who cut calories by skipping breakfast are more likely in the long run to develop certain risk factors for cardiovascular disease, such as high LDL cholestorol."

Betther Homes and Gardens magazine February 2013 Page 156

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PICTUREME40 5/1/2013 9:10PM

    Glad I gave that stuff up for good. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/28/2013 11:36PM

    So happy I corrected both of these things. emoticon

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NOTSOFLUFFYDAD 4/28/2013 11:18PM

    and that doesnt take into account what the aspertame does to you

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/28/2013 11:06PM

    Great info. emoticon

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Born To Dance

Friday, April 19, 2013

"Born To Dance?
'Humans have a unique ability to coordinate their motor movements to an external auditory stimulus, as in music-induced foot tapping or dancing.' says a report published by researchers from the universities of York, England, and Jyvaskyla, Finland. The researchers found that even before infants learned to speak, they responded to the rhythm of music and spontaneously tried to move in time with the beat. The more successful their attempts, the longer they smiled. This suggests that the sense of rhythm and a desire to move with music are not something we pick up but something that comes naturally."
AWAKE! May 2011 page 29

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CINA-MINI 4/22/2013 2:06PM

    I agree with Susan. I really like to dance, but feel foolish when others are "watching". Even though I never judge anyone else that is dancing (immediate family not included. lol) I can't just let go. Great article!!!

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GAMOMMY3 4/22/2013 1:59PM

    Some of us love to dance but don't look so graceful while doing it. The great thing about children is they can dance with abandon and not care what others think! And watching a child dance and laugh are two of life's great pleasures!!

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LYN-EDWY 4/22/2013 12:31AM

    And we never lose it.
Still today, I love to boogie.
The urge to get up and move when music with a
fabulous rhythm plays is still strong with me.
Like this one...


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CELEST 4/20/2013 6:19AM

    My son (the djembe drum player) says its because the baby sits under the heart and hearts the heart beat....which is the first rhythm the unborn baby hears. Very interesting nice to be able to read it early on line.

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POSITIVEPAULA8 4/20/2013 3:13AM

    That is interesting! Thank you for sharing it emoticon

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JACKIE542 4/19/2013 10:22PM

    Very interesting. emoticon emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/19/2013 10:13PM

    Our bodies are so unique!

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    What a great article! We were so wonderfully made!

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