Getting Your Life Back

When you are told you can’t or shouldn’t do something that you absolutely love, a part of you dies. I was told I could no longer ride a motorcycle because of my shoulders. I believed the Doctors. I was in so much pain and  had very limited motion. The surgeon who replaced my right shoulder for the second time told me he wouldn’t do it unless I got rid of the bike. I went 5 years without a bike. I would get misty whenever I saw a bike or group of bikes go by. Motorcycling had been such a huge part of my life; it was a part of me.

Now I don’t want to make this into a sales pitch but there are things you can do to get yourself better and reduce your pain. A positive attitude is the first step. Feeling sorry for yourself only isolates you from your friends and family and no one wants to be around you. The saying “Fake it till you make it” applies here. Smile, think positive thoughts, and don’t dwell on the pain.

There are natural supplements one can take to help with just about any situation. I have some tips in previous posts on here. Message me if you want more information on specific remedies.

Sugar And Pain Reduction

Sugar and Pain Reduction

When you eat sugar, it has many ways to stimulate the production of inflammatory messengers called cytokines4. These little messengers can travel through the body, damage tissues and create inflammation. Where there is inflammation, there is often pain.

There are about 100 million Americans that suffer from chronic pain5. Headaches, back pain and joint pain are all common types. Chronic pain can be mild, severe or episodic.

Your lifestyle can have a significant impact on the amount of pain that you experience. Diet, stress, sleep and exercise can all influence inflammation levels in the body.

When it comes to diet, removing foods that trigger inflammation (like sugar) and adding in more anti-inflammatory foods can help to reduce pain naturally.  A chronic pain diet is essentially an anti-inflammatory diet.

Because eating sugar contributes to inflammation in the body, it makes sense to minimize it or remove it completely for a while. Even the recommended limit of 6-9 teaspoons could negatively impact the pain you feel.

The Power Of Habit

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The Power of Habit



We all have our bad habits. They can be anything from smoking to drinking, but bad habits are formed based off something that is missing in our lives. The key is to find out what your bad habit is and for the next few weeks commit to kicking it… or replace it with a good one.

Ways to Stay on Track

Write down each day how you feel about living without your habit. This way once you’ve reached your targeted goal, you can reflect back on your success.

Follow the Three R’s of Habit Change

Charles Duhigg, author of best-selling book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Businessprovides advice on how to change and stick with a new habit. The 3 R’s of Habit Change:

  • Remind (identifying what triggers the behavior)
  • Routine (the action you take towards the behavior)
  • Reward (the gain you receive from doing the behavior)

Uncommon Habits You Can Change


Ordering junk food online. Seamless is great when in a pinch but with ease comes sacrifice. Most times you never really get to taste the true flavor of what you’ve order due to the containers, traveling time and possible reheating. Change the habit: As an alternative, cooking at home is always a cost efficient way of doing things, or treat you and a partner to having a chef whip up a meal inside your home. Eat in Chef is a NYC-based personal chef startup building lasting relationships and memories for its chefs and food-lovers alike. Whether for a casual dinner after a long day at work, date night, or wanting a nutritional makeover, Eat In Chef gives food-lovers full access to professional chefs from any electronic device, for any occasion. Their hand-selected chefs will receive your request, pick up fresh ingredients, and cook an unforgettable meal in your kitchen.


Taking the Elevator – It is easy and at times necessary when you have a lot to carry. Other than that, you should try taking the stairs instead of waiting for the elevator. Change the habit: Climbing the stairs burns more calories than a traditional walk, and can increase your chances to achieve weight loss. Doctors recommend stair climbing as an ideal way to improve your energy, increase the function of your immune system and lower your risk for diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis and heart disease. Keep track your steps and calories burn with a rugged fitness tracker, like this Nabu Watch. Traditional with most smart watch functions (notifications for texts, calls, emails, and alerts from your smartphone) but extremely durable enough to keep up with you during any type of training regimen.


Not Getting Enough Vitamins – While many adults may have every intention of eating a healthy diet with foods high in minerals, vitamins and key nutrients, most don’t get enough. 90% of Americans fall short of the recommended levels of key essential nutrients needed for bodies to function in good health. Whether it’s lack of knowledge, time or desire, the diets of even the most health- conscience are often nutritionally incomplete. We need a proper multi vitamin to fill in some of the missing parts. Change the Habit: The California-based, ShakleeCorporation has created a breakthrough advanced multivitamin for complete nutrition. The Shaklee Life Strip is a daily dose of vitamins, minerals and more in one portable, comprehensive system. The culmination of years of research and quality testing, every Life Strip delivers:

  • New Vivix® Liquigels for cellular health and healthy aging. Developed by using the muscadine grape – one of nature’s most concentrated sources of bioactive polyphenols, this triple-patented blend of a broad spectrum of polyphenols with key ingredients has been shown in laboratory studies to protect and repair DNA and combat free radicals.
  • OmegaGuard® Plus for heart and brain health. One gram of pure, ultra-concentrated DHA/EPA omega-3 fatty acids sustainably sourced from wild Alaskan Pollock and combined with heart-healthy CoQ10 and vitamin E in an enteric-coated softgel to eliminate fishy aftertaste.
  • Advanced Multivitamin for complete nutrition and bone & joint health. Dissolves in less than 30 minutes in the stomach and is designed to enhance absorption of folic acid from the patented microcoating.
  • Sustained release B+C Complex for immune health and energy. Shown in a clinical study to provide up to three times greater absorption of B vitamins over 12 hours.

Habits can be formed and broken, all it takes is self-awareness and the drive to do so. It is not easy but going at it one day at a time, will bring you steps closer towards a better you.

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Joint Cartilage Repair

In 2009 I had my right shoulder replaced for the second time due to extreme osteoarthritis. I was in severe pain every day and the doctor suggested a complete replacement rather than the half replacement I had the first time. I was desperate for relief from the pain and agony my shoulder was causing me daily. This was the only option the Doctor felt was left for me. I had to give up my career because of the pain levels, and the fact that I was told I should never lift over 5 lbs again. I also sold my canoe and my motorcycle. At 44 it felt like a life sentence and I had no hope for my future. joint health complex
I was told that my left shoulder was bad enough to need a replacement as well. The X-rays showed bone on bone and the shoulder was actually dropped because of severe muscle atrophy and there was almost no cartilage left. First the doctor said I had to recover from my right shoulder surgery and he was reluctant to do the left shoulder because my right one was so bad he didn’t think I could function with just my right arm.
Thankfully due to his reluctance I did not have the left shoulder replaced. And today I have hope that I never will need to. In 2012 I started on Shaklee Vitalizer which led to increased energy levels and less pain. I added a Shaklee smoothee daily as well as some additional Shaklee vitamins. In 2013 I added Joint Health Complex hoping it would help what remained of my left shoulder joint not to get worse. I was sceptical but willing to give it a try. In November, 2015 I was able to view my recent X-rays which show there is now cartilage between the joints. Shaklee Joint Health Complex truly works to build cartilage. The most I thought I could hope for was that my left shoulder would not get worse. That it has improved and now has rebuilt some cartilage is  amazing and gives me hope that I can continue to improve the health of my shoulder. The protein in the Shaklee smoothees has helped me regain muscle which also helps hold that shoulder together. I am grateful every day that I was introduced to Shaklee.

10 Anti-Inflammatory & Disease-Fighting Foods

10 Anti-Inflammatory & Disease-Fighting Foods

  • Inflammation gets a bad rap, but it isn’t always bad. As a necessary bodily function for preventing illnesses, treating injuries, and healing wounds, inflammation (at least some degree of it) keeps us strong and healthy.
It’s when the immune system starts overacting and begins attacking healthy body tissue that inflammation can lead to a whole host of problems — from weight gain to autoimmune diseasedementia, and even cancer.

High stress levels, food allergies, smoking, and environmental factors can all increase inflammation, but a poor diet is likely the biggest offender. Luckily, a healthy diet that is free of common digestive triggers can counteract the damage, reduce free-radical damage, flush toxins, and speed healing.

Here are 10 anti-inflammatory foods to include in your diet as often as possible:

1. Leafy green vegetables

Dark, leafy greens like kale, spinach, bok choy, and Swiss chard are rich in flavonoids (powerful, plant-based antioxidants) that restore cellular health, which is essential to stopping inflammation.

In addition, they provide vitamins A, C, and K, which protect your brain against the oxidative stress caused by free-radical damage — the same process that causes aging and disease development.

2. Probiotic foods (sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, yogurt, kefir)

A very large portion of your immune system actually lives within your gut and is run by bacterial organisms — what you can think of as “your gut’s bugs.”

Microbial imbalances (when the bad bacteria outnumber the good) have beenassociated with heightened inflammation and increased risk of various diseases, but probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kimchi can help rebalance and heal your gut.

Probiotics are also linked to improvements in immune, cognitive, digestive, and endocrine system functions, and taking probiotics can even cheer you up!

3. Bone broth

Bone broth — the rich liquid that results from boiling the bones of organic, grass-fed beef or poultry for hours — comes packed with a number of nutrients, including collagen. Collagen and the amino acids proline and glycine work in unison to heal the lining of an inflamed gut, which quickly stops your immune system from acting on overdrive and attacking the body’s healthy tissues, from the skin to the brain.

Bone broth is also a great natural source of chondroitin sulphates and glucosamine — the same compounds sold as expensive over-the-counter supplements used to limit arthritis and joint pain caused by inflammation.

4. Walnuts

As a great source of omega-3s and trace minerals, walnuts are known for being a “brain food” because they supply special phytonutrients that helpprotect against cognitive decline.

An imbalance between oxidants (bad) and antioxidants (good) can eventually lead to oxidative stress, but walnuts help to calm an overactive immune system and reduce widespread inflammation.

5. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a special kind of saturated fat that has built-in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. Benefits of this miracle oil include being both easy to digest and helpful in restoring gut health, thanks to its ability to cause a thermic, warming response in the body.

Because coconut oil contains essential fatty acids that can fight bacteria, yeast, and infections within the digestive tract — where most illness and disease begins — it’s beneficial for both preventing and treating inflammation.

6. Beets

As their deep pigment suggests, beets contain the antioxidant betalain, which works to repair cellular damage caused by inflammation. Beets can also help improve blood flow and supply high levels of inflammation-fighting potassium and magnesium, two important nutrients many people are deficient in.

7. Broccoli (and other cruciferous veggies)

Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, cabbage, and Brussels sprouts are packed with antioxidants, flavonoids, carotenoids, and key vitamins like vitamin C. These nutrients work together to lower oxidative stress in the body and help battle chronic inflammation and reduce the risk of developing cancer.

8. Berries

The stars of the fruit world, berries stand out because of their high content of both fiber and antioxidants like quercetin, a flavonoid compound that supports healthy bacterial growth in the gut and prevents colon damage.

Berries have also been shown to slow cognitive decline and improve memory and motor function.

9. Salmon

Consuming the ideal ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 essential fatty acids is one of the keys to fighting inflammation. Omega-6es are “pro-inflammatory” while omega-3s are considered potent anti-inflammatory substances.

Wild-caught salmon and other oily fish (including mackerel and sardines) are the best food sources of omega-3s. They naturally lower the risk for developing many inflammatory diseases, especially heart disease, arthritis, depression, and cognitive disorders.

10. Super seeds (chia, flax and hemp)

Super seeds like chia, flax, and hemp offer both omega-3 (in the form of plant-based alpha-linolenic acid) and omega-6 fatty acids, which help stop our immune system from overproducing cytokines and oxidant molecules that can lead to inflammation.

They’re also full of fiber, antioxidants, protein, and numerous trace minerals that help regulate cholesterol and lower blood pressure levels before they cause further damage.