Diets and Losing Weight

Dieting and Weight Loss

I’ve been using Primal Life Organics’ Hydrate daily for more than 4 months, and it (along with daily tracking of both my food/drink intake, and weight/steps), has helped me release over 30 pounds of excess weight!

Primal Life Organics Weight Loss. Naturally.

Yes, I track my food and drink intake, weight and steps walked daily, but I have continued to use Hydrate, even when I skip other supplements and believe it has contributed to my positive results!

As my readers know, I have been on the Omada weight management program for more than 6 months. I consistently log my food and water consumption, and the Omada app (connected to my iPhone Health app) tracks my steps. But, I believe the supplements I take, and variety of foods eaten, including rice, have helped me manage this journey and enabled me to stay consistent and release excess weight, naturally.

Hydrate is part of Primal Life Organics 3 part weight loss system that can be ordered separately:

You can order Primal Life Organics weight loss system here:

I’ve carried excess weight on my body for over 20 years, and this is the first time I feel hopeful about my progress!


Because I feel I have all the components in place, from tracking apps, mind-body resilience programs (such as Integrated Spiral) that boost my mental stamina when I get bored or begin to move into a downward emotional spiral, etc.

I have gained hunger awareness and a good control over food cravings (yes, I still have some cravings, but I have really found a way to put them in their rightful place, and not in or ON my belly)! Haha!

I am actually having FUN challenging mySelf on this journey and allowing myself some flexibility, so it doesn’t feel so rigid! Denying myself certain foods always ended up getting me completely off track in years past. And I just don’t want to be so restrictive!

If I can be helpful or supportive to you, please reach out. I’ll encourage you, not nag—I promise.

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

Plus, my updated health book (that took 13 years to research, test, and write), Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

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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.

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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.

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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 or check out his latest 24 songs here:

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:

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.

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

Toss and turn? Can’t sleep through the night? All-natural sleep aid provides relief!

Do you toss and turn quite a bit at night before you eventually fall asleep? Do you feel like you have to think through a million thoughts before you can wind down?

Millions of people seem to experience frequent bouts of insomnia or other sleep pattern disruptions. Our busy and stress-filled lifestyle is no doubt most of the reason. In our fast-paced, ever-changing, interconnected world, we are surrounded – nearly at all times – by stressful people, places, and things:

Environmental stress: Are you overwhelmed? Do you feel you have more information coming to you than your brain can process at any one time? When you feel overwhelmed, or overloaded, it means your emotions can’t quite keep up to speed with all the life stuff as it happens, which can cause you to be more frustrated, reactive, impatient, worried, and/or irritable. This mental stress takes a big toll on us. This has all been said before though, by many people. When our lack of sleep begins to effect us in evident ways, only then, does it seem, we take action.

Stimulation Fatigue: We know we’ve got to get a certain amount of things done daily though, such as get the kids to school, do our work tasks, care for loved ones, and so on. To attempt to maintain, we often find ourselves reaching for caffeine or other stimulants to stem the tide of our mental/emotional fatigue and sleep deprivation. This can eventually lead to stimulation fatigue (or adrenal burnout).

When your adrenal glands take a hit, mental/emotional stress can’t be released easily by the body, thus leading to the disruption of our hormonal and sleep rhythms (circadian rhythms). There are natural remedies we can take to help us get more rest, deeper sleep, and wake up refreshed!

Maybe you’ve tried all the tips and tricks to ease yourself into sleep, but none seem to help (because there’s really more going on inside your body than you know). Perhaps some nights the following sleep tips provide a little relief, but not on a consistent basis:

  • Turn off all of the lights, television, smart phone, electronic devices, etc. at least an hour before bedtime
  • Smell some lavender or other calming essential oil before you lay down
  • Drink chamomile tea, warm milk, or other soothing non-caffeinated, non-alcohol drink
  • Make the bedroom comfortable and cool
  • Install sound dampeners to block outside noises
  • Run a fan, or other white noise type of appliance (that does not have any distracting lights on it)
  • Don’t eat, smoke, or exercise just prior to bedtime
  • Meditate or use emotional freedom technique (EFT / Tapping) to ease any stressful thoughts from your day

Okay, so you’ve tried all of the preceding ideas (or found some of them impossible), yet you still need some kind of help.

When we miss sleep it affects us in different ways, often in some not so good ways. We may not always realize that our attention span is reduced, our memory is less sharp, or that losing sleep has anything to do with us not being able to lose weight. Lack of sleep also disrupts the body’s natural healing ability, which can lead to increased risk of chronic health issues, such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and heart disease.

Great news!

Here’s some information about an all-natural, non-narcotic sleep supplement developed to help you fall asleep easier, sleep all night, and wake up refreshed. Doesn’t that sound awesome? Xymogen-Sedalin

This article provides you with details on a winner of a sleep supplement: Sedalin

Xymogen Sedalin is uniquely designed to promote sleep by:

  • Helping you to feel calm
  • Assisting you to get a normal, uninterrupted night’s sleep

People using Xymogen Sedalin reported that it helped them:

  • A young adult, under their parents supervision, on the autism spectrum (ASD), can relax and has an easier time of getting to sleep
  • A long time user is able to fall asleep faster and sleep better; feels refreshed upon awaking in the morning
  • Can fall asleep easier with less tossing and turning before falling asleep
  • Found it to be more effective along with 1mg of melatonin
  • Did not experience any morning grogginess, which is really good
  • Seems to balance user’s nervous system
  • Calms a busy brain
  • Experienced an ease to stress and anxiety
  • Helped a user stay asleep all night
  • Post menopausal female happy that this is not addictive; she can sleep through the night
  • User prefers SedaLin to name brand narcotic because the narcotic drug caused disturbing and wild dreams

Bottom line: If you have difficulty getting to sleep, need something to help calm you, and sleep all night long, the suggested recommendation is sleep aid: Xymogen Sedalin

This recommendation is based on research and noted anecdotal evidence from reviews.

Doctors might advise Xymogen Sedalin for you, if you experience any of the following:

  • Can’t concentrate?
  • Too much technology?
  • Overall busy day?
  • Proper sleep will help you stave off feelings of:
  • Befuddled
  • Dazed
  • Tired
  • Not as sharp
  • Grumpy

SedaLin is a non-addictive, all-natural blend of Magnolia officinalis and Ziziphus spinosa.

Xymogen SedaLin is a all-natural formula providing enhanced sleep support for:

  • Occasional sleeplessness due to stress and/or anxiety
  • Normalizing nighttime stress hormone levels
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Weight management

Studies have shown the following sleep support benefits when taking SedaLin by Xymogen:

  • Helps insure a sound night’s sleep
  • Helps you relax
  • Reduces fatigue due to lack of sleep
  • Allow you to wake up feeling refreshed
  • Gentle on your stomach
  • Gives you more energy during the day

SedaLin works via an herbal formula to reduce your cortisol (stress hormone levels) produced by the adrenal glands.

The all-natural herbs in SedaLin bind to targets in the brain that cause drowsiness. High Cortisol levels can disrupt your sleep rhythm and may be associated with sleep disturbances and fatigue. As you may have heard, Cortisol levels increase in response to stressors, like mental, emotional, and illness related stress.

The herbs in SedaLin:

Magnolia officinalis (Magnolia bark), also known as houpu or hou po in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), has been used for thousands of years to treat low energy, anxiety, nervous disturbances and so on. It has been a popular herbal remedy in Japanese Kampo medicine for hundreds of years, to aid a multitude of of clinical disorders.

Magnolia bark is rich in a biphenol compound, also known as honokiol and its isomer, magnolol. Honokiol and magnolol have been identified as the anxiolytic (anxiety-reducing) agents in extracts of a Kampo medicine called Saiboku-tu.

Ziziphus spinosa is a traditional as a calming herb used in TCM for over 2000 years. The leaves and seeds of Ziziphus spinosa inhibit central nervous system function, while the fruits may prolong sleep when combined with a sleep aid. Sansohnin, the main component of Sansohnin-to, is a TCM combination to aid sleeplessness.

Adults can take one or two capsules nightly, or as directed by your healthcare practitioner.

To achieve maximum effectiveness: SedaLin should be taken for a minimum of 7 nights in a row. SedaLin may be taken indefinitely as it is non-addictive.

SedaLin product is available only from licensed healthcare professionals. Buy SedaLin Online here.

When not to use:

  • Keep out of reach of children
  • Do not use if you are, or suspect you are, pregnant or nursing
  • Do not use if you are allergic to any ingredient

All XYMOGEN Formulas Meet or Exceed Current Good Manufacturing Process (cGMP) Quality Standards.

SedaLin DOES NOT CONTAIN: Wheat, gluten, corn protein, yeast, soy, animal or dairy products, artificial colors, sweeteners or preservatives.

SedaLin is suitable for vegetarians.

Xymogen is committed to a quality product and is approved by:

  • GMP Certificate – Academy of Clinical, Environmental, Research and Information Services (ACERIS)
  • GMP “A Rating” – Natural Products Association (NPA)
  • Certification by Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)
  • Kosher certification (all major authorities)

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here:

Getting proper sleep is vital to living a vibrant healthy life

Do you reach for an energy drink, or coffee in the morning because you can’t wake up? Perhaps another caffeinated drink midday because you feel exhausted?

There’s a reason people use the phrase, “burned out” in relation to how they are feeling. It’s entirely possible your adrenals are burned out.

Cumulative stress can overly stimulate the adrenal glands and drive up cortisol levels. Working in a high stress environment, or living with a stressful situation at home, can wreak havoc with your adrenals. Wouldn’t it be nice if you found a natural supplement to help? Keep reading!

Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep last night because you’re circadian rhythm is disturbed. Your circadian rhythm, a kind of physical, mental and behavioral ebb and flow (on a 24-hour cycle), kicks in according to how much light (or dark) in your environment.

When you miss sleep, it affects you in different, often not so good ways. You may not always realize when you can’t pay attention well or you can’t remember very well, that it’s because you’ve been losing sleep.

Lack of sleep also disrupts the body’s natural healing ability, which can lead to increased risk of chronic health issues, such as diabetes, depression, high blood pressure, and heart disease. And there are studies suggesting people can’t lose weight as easily, when they’re sleep deprived.

If we are to just take a look at “attention” for a moment, we would find scientific studies, pointing to things like, Adult attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is associated with alterations in circadian rhythms. 

What’s even more interesting is that people with cognitive decline, such as senile dementia and mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease, can benefit from Interplexus Seriphos.

There are clinical applications for the main ingredient in Seriphos (serine phosphate derivatives) that can reverse hypothalmic-pituitary resistance to cortisol hyper-secretion. As well, it is also indicated in conditions of memory deficit.

There are wonderful non-narcotic all-natural sleep supplements suited to relieve a range of conditions. Each non-addictive sleep aid address different issues, but all of the products offer natural solutions to help ease you into a restful night’s sleep and / or help you sleep more soundly, all through the night.

Click this link: Interplexus Seriphos to learn more and order Seriphos, a natural sleep aid supplement that can also assist your adrenals.

Seriphos by Interplexus is uniquely designed to:

  • Help optimize brain neurotransmissions (specifically to the hypothalmic-pituitary area)
  • Provides a beneficial effect on memory retention and recall by rousing morphogenetic neuronal plasticity, which delays or prevents age dependent neurotransmitter deterioration or decline
  • Potentially improves memory, helping in cases where cognitive decline, senile dementia, and mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease are being experienced

Feedback from users indicates that most individuals end up using it for a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 9 months. In some instances, individuals start with 1 capsule per day and gradually increase dosage as directed.

People using Interplexus Seriphos reported that it helped them:

  • Bounce back from adrenal fatigue
  • Reset circadian rhythm
  • Get better rest, if they took Seriphos for a minimum of three months, to a maximum of nine months
  • Sleep better, even beginning with one capsule per day
  • More than Melatonin for being immediately effective to provide sleep through the night
  • Get at least a six hour night sleep for highly anxious persons
  • Feel calm
  • Sleep deep, more soundly
  • Calm anxiety, even for those experiencing chronic stress (with chronically high cortisol hormone levels)
  • Not only sleep better, but feel more alert the next day and think better
  • Reduce heart palpitations
  • Sleep better – even for those sensitive to hyperactivity, simple adjust when taking Seriphos (perhaps only with morning or noon meals and skip it in the evening)
  • Even when Bipolar disorder was suspected
  • Even when cortisol hormone levels are extremely high (causing insomnia, irritability, and exhaustion)

Bottom line: If you have difficulty sleeping due to stress and adrenal overwhelm, and experience any of the following:

  • Memory or learning impairment as related to aging
  • Know your adrenals are overworked, sluggish
  • Suffer from anxiety

The suggested recommendation is sleep aid: Seriphos by Interplexus

This recommendation is based on research and noted anecdotal evidence from reviews.

Doctors advise you not to take Seriphos if you:

  • Are pregnant
  • Are taking alkaloid stimulants or on adrenergic agonists
  • Suffer reduced kidney function or failure

If you have a sensitive stomach, it is recommended that you take Seriphos with (not before) meals.

Each Seriphos capsule contains:

  • Serine phosphate 90 mg
  • Calcium 45 mg
  • Magnesium 45 mg
  • Phosphorous 190 mg

SERIPHOS® is a pure product not derived from animal tissue. The serine comes from vegetable sources. The phosphate is derived from a pure phosphate donor compound.

To our feeling great, better health, and longevity,

Sheila Murrey

Your alternative health researcher, joyful wellness guinea pig, and mindful Mind-Body-Spirit guru! Reach out to me if you need a boost, or a boot, to get yourself back in charge of YOUR well-being.

Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, wholly vibrant, and beautiful. And yes, it’s important to take good care of yourself because, We Are All Connected.

UPDATE 9/12/2018:

The book that’s been in the making for 13 years, Take It Upon Yourself to Live a Wholly Vibrant Life, is now available for online sale and distribution (PDF format).

Buy it here:

Be the best version of who you want to be.

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

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