Your diet: Crushing it!

Diets. Crushing it!

I have been crushing it in the IT, BA world! But what about when it comes to my diet? I may not yo-yo diet, but I have observed that my diet changes based on certain cycles, whether it be due to the weather, change of seasons, or other environmental factors. Yet, I suffer from a loss of self esteem because I lack some level of self control. Ugh! Does this happen to you?

Parts integration

Well, now, I’m thinking that it is all about parts integration—as I want to live from the WHOLE of me! It’s not simply a matter of calories in, calories out, as it is becoming increasingly clear that one can’t exercise away the effects of poor quality food. Junk in, junk on the tummy, hips, and thighs is more like it.

It’s hard not to notice that vast numbers of people have gained weight over the last 70 years since eating more man-made and processed foods. Simply by changing the food choices we make to eating whole, seasonal, organic foods can begin to settle our hormone levels.

Hormones and weight loss

Ghrelin, Insulin, and Leptin are 3 hunger hormones that cause us to want certain foods.

Look up True North, as they suggest eating from the whole plant. They propose we eat foods without sugar, oil, or salt.

Look up Brightline eating also, as they are proponents of not eating sugar and grain flour.

Hormones such as, cortisol, ghrelin, IGF-1 (a growth factor similar to insulin), insulin, leptin, and thyroid hormones can be causes of why we gain or lose short-term weight and why keeping our weight balanced can be difficult.

  1. Researchers at Cornell University studied three groups of people, where each group consumed 1,800 calories per day, but at different levels of hormonal helpfulness. The most hormonally helpful group lost 86.5 percent more body fat than the least helpful group.

Energy expenditure

When McDonalds first put in a drive thru they did 70 percent of their business through it. People didn’t want to expend the energy to park the car and walk into the restaurant.

It’s going to take more energy to plan your meals for the week, go grocery shopping and prepare your food for the week, but it’s nearly half of the battle. I’m up for the challenge, what about you?

UPDATE November 25, 2020

When the number goes up (on my scale), I look back on my food choices in the log, and the step counter, and look for the trend. Usually, I see I’ve been pushing myself too much and put myself under stress (think inflammatory response). When I just follow my weight loss program and relax, allowing some small rewards, I see the numbers go down. This has been a huge awareness for me! I am down 15 pounds now!

Self Sabotage

Sabotage – yes, the sabatour takes over when we set the bar of our expectations too high. Say we win an award. We’ll always feel the need to reach that pinnacle again. And what happens when we do our best but not reach that height again? We suffer esteem loss!

That leads us to do something no other animal does, adaptive self destruction. We set ourselves up for procrastination so we don’t let down all the people who told us, we’re smart, just do it.

We don’t want to fail, or appear average, so we don’t even try. Food is not like drugs to a drug addict, or alcohol to an alchoholic though, somewhat as it lights up the same dopamine centers of the brain, but not with the same intensity. A B player with food can be healthy. It’s the C and D players who see their health decline.

Cram circuit

You see, there is this physiological thing in us called a Cram circuit (or cram factor). It’s what happens when there is rich food around—we will cram it in even after we have eaten past our full point, because our ancient ancestors were hunter gatherers. And most of us know that story. Hunter gatherers only ate meat once every 3 weeks or so. So, this is in our nature.

Special breakfast: Fried green tomatoes eggs benedict

Breaking the cycle

When we try to change our behaviors toward eating, we may get cravings.

The act of “craving” is a classicly conditioned response / Compensatory response to cramming food at the same time every night, just as someone can overdose from same amount of drugs as before but during different conditions. Think of the Segal rats heroin clinical study of the 1980s. Your body is expecting the rich food, so that’s why you eat the butter, peanut butter or chocolate vs carrots or celery.

As I wrote in, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, my mom had this happen to her at 4pm everyday in the insurance agency when her boss would have a coke. Her boss began buying mom a coke and everyday for several months they would have a coke at 4 in the afternoon. When mom quit the agency she said for a week or more she craved a coke at 4pm and the cravings got worse before they reduced. Now we know it was because her body had built up a conditioned response and when she didn’t fulfill it (meet it’s expectation) it fought harder – the extinction burst.

If you get through that and get to extinction (of the habit) at some point in the future you will experience a spontaneous recovery (think Ivan Pavlov’s dog and bell study response) without any environmental cue at all, you’ll want to eat the rich food again. Just like a smoker that typically goes through the extinction burst 8 times before they finally beat their cigarette addiction.
You shouldn’t feel one moment of shame or embarrassment for experiencing this normal cycle response when dieting.

Want to beat the cycle of yo-you dieting with me?

Celebrate together

A friend of ours was able to get her insulin under control by changing her diet, and adhering to the South Beach Diet.

I have been doing intermittent fasting and incorporating bone broth into my day with smoothies from the Green Smoothie Girl (I have been doing their Fast Flash 3 Day modified fast the last couple of months.)

I am a big believer in measuring as much as we can for ourselves: To reach my weight loss goal, I measure my waist each morning.

Fasting actually gave me some additional unplanned benefits of:

  • Reducing puffiness/inflammation
  • Allowed me to do something together with my daughter (who lives out of state) to feel close during COVID-19
  • Allowed autophagy in my body to heal a couple minor issues

Autophagy is the natural, regulated mechanism of the cell that removes unnecessary or disfunctional components. It allows the orderly degradation and recycling of cellular components. Three forms of autophagy are commonly described: macroautophagy, microautophagy, and chaperone-mediated autophagy.

My current plan

  • Eat small portions, about 5 times in 8 hours, or when really hungry
  • Water only until 10am M-F
  • Then fruit, or 100-150 cal breakfast/protein shake or bar
  • Noon: 200 cal meal or snack
  • 3pm: 200-300 cal meal or snack
  • Dinner before 6-7pm – no night time snacking! Period. Use only non-food activities to curb urge to snack (acupressure, Activ5, dance, make wire wrap jewelry, write, game, etc)

Snacking at night put 4 or 5 inches on my waist in 3 months!

Would you like more articles like this? Or join a group where we could be accountable to each other? Comment and let me know.

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A bit about us

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

As a (mind, body, spirit, and soul) holistic health researcher, I can point you to life-enhancing alternative health methods too! So, if you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

My award-winning artist husband and I help small business owners, movement makers, and entrepreneurs to identify the highest vibrational words to craft the content to reach their ideal clients in fun, engaging, and mindful ways, while raising our collective consciousness! Reach out to me if you need a branding boost, or a design reboot, to attract your dream clients and you back in charge of YOUR well-being.

You can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

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Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

Melbourne Florida health breakthrough! Saturday October 12, 2019

Join us in Melbourne, Florida on Saturday October 12, 2019

We’re hosting one of the largest health meetings in east central Florida this Saturday, beginning at 12:30pm (I’ll be there at noon)!

We will be featuring the ASEA Redox product line and have folks from the corporate office flying in to meet you!

This is such an exciting time in history!

Come and join us to learn more about this health technology breakthrough and sample the products.

Click this link to get your free ticket:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-frontiers-in-health-tickets-71717237187

Meet me and find out why I look and feel years younger after taking ASEA Redox for a year. (Get a glimpse about it here.)

Meet others who have turned their health around–and changed their life (both their health and finances)!

Stay for an hour or so to learn about the products, or longer to learn about the business (whether you only want to earn free products or create a legacy business to sustain your family).

Your invitation - Melbourne FL Saturday October 12, 2019

Photo Sheila Murrey
Sheila Murrey

#FloridaEvents #ThingsToDo #CocoaWest #Cocoa #Melbourne #Viera #Florida #HealthBreakthrough #EmergingScience #HealthTechnology #ASEA #holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

I’m “The Caring Techie” and your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

The health benefits after a year on a particular supplement

A year on a particular supplement

In my new book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, I offer information on myriad holistic health and wellness modalities to those suffering from chronic ills.
The big blue bottle (read more here and here) that first attracted me to one particular supplement, came my way just as I was completing the book. We tried it not expecting much, but my husband and I both stayed on the supplement–and will stay on it–because we have and continue to experience an array of incredible health benefits. Note: I’ve removed the name of the supplement due to compliance issues.
From the second night, I fell asleep quickly and slept deeper than I had in years–all night long.
Issues I’d had with two teeth improved.
The allergies, or allergic reactions, that I’ve had most of my life have dramatically lessened. Case in point: I stayed six nights in my daughter’s 100 year old house in New Hampshire (August 2019) that I couldn’t be in for more than a few hours a year ago due to my allergies. This was #TheBest benefit ever, as my 7 year old sweetie pie granddaughter loves having sleepovers–and I got to sleep in her room on an air mattress next to her bed!

Since taking this one particular supplement, my heartbeat is stronger, as validated by my chiropractor kinesiologist. Before the blue bottle supplement, my heartbeat was irregular and a bit weak (via a heart listener machine that displayed results on a monitor).

I’ve now flown 9 times this year, when previously I couldn’t fly more than twice a year (and I had to put at least a week or month in between those two flights) without my ankles swelling, or becoming ill afterwards.
I’ve not been sick at all this year–no colds, flu–nothing!
I actually do not think I would have even considered flying to Europe had I not been taking this supplement. That’s how amazed I am with my new found level of health in this last year.
My husband’s back (from doing manual labor at work), is no longer sore or painful. I know one wouldn’t know that a graphics artist has to do manual labor, but he has to–he and his team. He creates the artworks, then trims, mounts, and installs (sometimes huge) items. And he just turned 69, so it’s a lot of stress on his body!

What’s in the bottle?

The liquid in the blue bottle is a breakthrough science. Beginning with purified water, the liquid goes through a proprietary electrical process that stabilizes the molecules (which are NATIVE to the body) and what comes out is a patented and scientifically studied supplement. When I say the word, NATIVE, that’s what’s important. Native means these cells already exist in the human body.
This is a non-toxic supplement. There are no contraindications with medications.
This supplement simply allows us all to drink something that puts the molecules which are already IN our bodies, but that with time we lose, BACK into our bodies!

Trying this supplement

Drinking this non-toxic supplement is sooo easy.
We keep a case (which is 4, 32 ounce bottles) in our pantry and one of the 32oz bottles in the fridge for daily consumption.
We now also, put some of this liquid in a little spray bottle! We spray some on our face, in our eyes, up our nose, and on any sore spots–and my husband is always thrilled when he gets immediate relief.

The gel is aWEsOMe!

As I’ve written about previously, I was astounded how much I could feel after only one application of the gel! And because I had put it on my neck, I could feel my heart beating a little faster. Thus, I knew this was doing something and excited to experience MORE!
After about three months of applying the gel on my face each morning, I began to notice that two different kinds of moles on my face lightened and had gotten smaller (one is nearly gone now)!
At dinner one night recently, a friend tried it on her TMJ sore points and was amazed at how quickly her pain subsided.
On my flight to the annual convention for this supplement a few days ago, I sat beside a nurse who happened to work for Sea World. She had a slight issue with one hand and I offered her a sample to put on it. When I turned around, she’d also put it on her neck and then moments later exclaimed, “I feel this working”!
The gel helped when we hiked 67 miles in 18 days in Europe in July 2019, and we had only taken carryon luggage (thus we couldn’t take our 32oz bottle of liquid with us). We simply rubbed the gel on our legs, ankles, and knees in order to ease the sore muscles and keep on walking!
We put 4.25 ounces (that’s how much this blue bottle holds) of this supplement into a spray bottle and use it to spritz our eyes, face, head, or anywhere on the body that we have an issue.

Everyone’s unique

Most people start drinking the supplement daily (2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces in the evening), I haven’t heard my husband complain about his back at all after we doubled his dose in February 2019 (6 months after starting the product). 
We do not claim the supplement is a panacea for all ills. We do not diagnose, treat, or claim this or any supplement is a cure.
Every human is different and will experience different results. The benefits outlined in this article are true for myself and my husband.
During our health meetings we see several people drink 2 ounces at the same time, and when we ask them how it tasted, several think it has no taste, some taste salt, and others taste something else. But we pour everyone’s samples right in front of them from the same bottle. This has proved to us that people’s needs and reactions vary.

Join us!

Join us and learn more about here: Take It Upon Yourself.
I’m a huge fan of detoxing the body.
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Disclaimer: Before starting any new health supplement (such as the products we take), seek out the services of an integrative or functional medical doctor to get a baseline of your vital statistics, blood work, and so forth.

Many blessings to you all, in ALL ways.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

 #holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about us

My husband is an award-winning illustrator, plus he is a seasoned guitarist, bass player, and songwriter (of over 400 original songs). You can view some of his artwork and listen to all of his songs on RichardMurrey.com or check out his latest 24 songs here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC53E21F-JlTW2iQmPcEIWkQ

I am an Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I’m available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format). Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

I’m “The Caring Techie” and your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

As well, you can hire us to promote your book, band, business, or services here: https://www.facebook.com/MurreyMakers-103294764612382/

Be the best version of who you want to be and let us promote you!

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.

The health benefits from liquid supplements

Health benefits of liquid supplements

In my new book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, I offer information on myriad holistic health and wellness modalities to those suffering from chronic ills.
When I visited OMercado (written about here), I saw a product in a big blue bottle on the shelf, but as I had just started on a program, I didn’t want to add any other new supplement, so I left the store without inquiring about it.
About a month later, I got an email from a gentleman who had read my OMercado article and asked if I was familiar with the product. Yes, that blue bottle I’d seen at the store was the liquid (revolutionary salt water molecules) supplement–and no, I had never heard of it before.
This gentleman and I talked for a couple of months, while I researched the molecules and cell signaling in general. Mostly though, I had wanted to give the nutritional program I was on, a chance to show results, before trying any other new product.

Trying the supplement

About three months after first talking with my sponsor, Ken “Zeke” Liles (a 31 year Navy veteran), I became intrigued enough to try the liquid product. I’d attended a Thursday night health meeting where they freely offered me a way to try it by applying the gel version topically (which delivers the molecules through the skin). To be clear, the gel contains the same cell signaling molecules that the liquid contains.
I was astounded how much I could feel after only one application of the gel! As well, I was given two more small dabs of the gel (in my hand–about five minutes apart), so I could continue applying more of it on my sore neck.
I was so amazed at the speed at which I could feel this product working! The gel definitely had something going on because it penetrated my skin so fast, and energized my system.

I signed up!

I was so excited about what I was feeling from the gel, I signed up to represent the company and this incredible supplement that night! I didn’t need to wait for weeks to see what additional benefits I would experience. I knew this was bigger, better, and completely different than any other supplement I had used. Plus, and for some of us in product sales — there was no pressure, no sell tactics, nothing. I actually had to ASK to sign up as an associate. That’s a huge difference between this company and other direct sales or multi-level marketing companies I’ve worked with in the past.
At that time, I was wrapping up the writing of my holistic health book, so I only made a brief mention of this product in it. But, I outlined why I needed the gel.

My first article

This article is really the most in depth information I have given anyone about my experience with this revolutionary product. I’m still experimenting with the product line also, and believe this will be a series of articles as I see and feel additional effects.
When my big box of four blue bottles arrived on our RV steps, I immediately began consuming the liquid and giving it to my husband. My hubby had returned to work after being retired for 7 years. He’d been coming home complaining each day of muscle soreness and back pain–so much so, that I’d insisted on taking him to my chiropractor!

Hubby and I both take it

I can’t speak for my hubby, but after drinking the supplement daily (2 ounces in the morning and 2 ounces in the evening), I haven’t heard him complain about his back–and this is one of the main benefits that I’ve read athletes who take this product tout.
UPDATE: Feb. 2019 my husband increased his intake to 8 ounces a day (4 ounces in the morning and 4 ounces in the evening).

Join us!

Join us and learn more about our liquid supplement here: Take It Upon Yourself.
As explained in my book and also in a previous post, I had been integrating nutritional supplements into my daily routine and experiencing improved sleep, and vitality. However, I had felt there was more that I could do. And I was still dealing with a rash that would not seem to clear–no matter what.
Therefore, I’d mainly joined the company in order to buy wholesale. I didn’t really join in order to build a business. But that all changed when I realized my team was growing week by week–through no effort at all on my part. I hadn’t even written a blog article about it!
About two weeks after I’d been taking , I noticed that I was clearing a lot of mucus from my sinuses. Much more than I had cleared any other way, save it be when I used my neti-pot. This caused me to look further into how this supplement was detoxifying my body.
Typically, when I am doing a detoxification (dietary detox) protocol, I also fast (as I’m a big fan of intermittent fasting) and undergo colon hydrotherapy to rest and restore the GI tract and clear the body’s elimination pathways.
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Thus, I am thrilled when a product comes along that hastens the detoxification process along in my body, and this is one such product. I believe the liquid supplement has hastened my detoxification, in fact, I created a t-shirt to wear to publicize this idea:

Full transparency – initial results

Now, full transparency here. I’ll tell you the good, bad, or ugly of my experience, not only the up side as I really do not believe any one product, food, or supplement is a panacea for everything that ails us.
If you have amalgam fillings, crowns, or bridges in your mouth, and if you’ve been brushing your teeth WITH hydrogen peroxide (like I had been doing for a couple of months before trying this), you may not want to hold the liquid in your mouth or swish before swallowing. This is because the hydrogen peroxide AND the supplement do something that nobody else who has taken it has ever experienced! My natural teeth turned gray! Thankfully, the result was temporary though!I’m glad it happened though because the experience caused me to do some more research, which led me to Trina Felber’s Dirty Mouth Toothpowder! Woo-hoo!
The two “before” photos of my teeth are on the left, and you can see the darker two front teeth in the picture on the right:
When I noticed that my lower teeth had turned the same gray color as my two upper front teeth, I took the full mouth picture.
Mostly, I’d only realized that my teeth had discolored after I’d done a Facebook Live at a local festival and just happened to catch myself before turning the camera around. Ugh! I was so embarrassed (but I got over it enough to share it with you here):
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After that, I quit holding the supplement in my mouth when I consumed it. But, I didn’t know that the cause of all this had actually been the hydrogen peroxide that I’d been brushing with! I only discovered that from watching a Facebook Live of Trina Felber where she explained the science (almost a year later–yes, I just updated this post on Sept 10, 2019)!

Between the Dirty Mouth Toothpowder and the supplement, I have hope now, that I can keep the few natural teeth I have left in my mouth. Talk about a silver lining to the story! #NoMoreHydrogenPeroxide #DirtyMouthToothpowder

Disclaimer: Before starting any new health supplement (such as our supplement products), seek out the services of an integrative or functional medical doctor to get a baseline of your vital statistics, blood work, and so forth.

Many blessings to you all, in ALL ways.

As always, I’m your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Spirit-Soul-Mind-Body guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being. I’ll be offering a new holistic health & wellness coaching program soon!

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful.

 #holistichealth #HolisticHealthInFlorida

A bit about me:

An Amazon bestselling author of two co-authored books: “Transform Your Life Book 2 Inspirational Stories and Expert Advice” and “Energy of Receiving”, both available now.

I am available to come to your bookstore, crystal shop, acupuncture / chiropractor office, or other holistic / natural healthy lifestyle business for books signings and lectures. For information on both of my books, visit my Amazon author’s page — Click here.

After 13 years, my newest book, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here: https://beingwhollyvibrant.wordpress.com/2018/09/12/book-launch-take-it-upon-yourself-to-live-a-wholly-vibrant-life/

If you’ve beat a chronic health challenge by alternative, integrative, or other natural remedy I’d love to hear about it. Send me an email and keep in touch.

Be the best version of who you want to be.

Follow me on Twitter at: TakeOnYourself

Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or prescribe.