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Getting motivated is something most of us strive to do. However, with plenty of things to attend to everyday, we tend to either become stressed, procrastinate or just give up. Well, Michael Weinberger is back today to teach us how to start getting motivated for the right reasons.
I’ve had Michael Weinberger on the show a couple of times. We extensively tackled on issues like getting motivated, understanding your emotions, finding gratitude, joy and a sense of purpose.
And do I have some exciting news to share! Michael Weinberger returned to update us about his A Plan For Living app. Incidentally, snippets of our conversations here at Learn True Health will be available in his app’s segment called ‘Morning Motivation.’
Thank God It’s Friday
Anyway, how many of you tend to look forward to Fridays and entirely dread Mondays? We usually rejoice whenever the weekend rolls around. Even Michael Weinberger used to have the same mentality.
“I woke up one Monday morning, and I told myself that today is going to be a terrible day. Society and the community dictated that Mondays suck,” said Michael Weinberger. “The industry even makes ‘Mondays Suck’ merchandise, and everyone bought into it.”
Talking to other people, Michael Weinberger posed the question, ‘Why are Fridays and holidays so amazing?’. Apparently, it is because our body chemistry and outlook feels different. There’s just something about declaring, ‘Thank God it’s Friday!’
Everyday Is Friday
However, Michael Weinberger got a grip on himself and reassessed his definition of getting motivated. Hence, one way how he started getting motivated was telling himself, ‘Today is going to be a Friday.’.
“Because if I’m living in the present moment, anything can happen. So, why can’t today be as refreshing as a Friday?” explains Michael Weinberger.
Michael Weinberger cited himself as an example. He weighed about 300 pounds and told a friend he wished he could weigh 290 pounds. However, upon reaching the initial goal, he knew he would still be dissatisfied since he didn’t lose more weight.
“The reality of it is, we’re always projecting out for that next accomplishment. It is almost like we’re scared of just being here today,” Michael Weinberger said.
Michael Weinberger says that people like Fridays so they can be free to do what they want during the weekend. However, have you ever pushed yourself to try doing it at present or during the week? Because fundamentally, nothing prevents you from getting motivated to do things.
“There are jobs and rules. But there’s nothing that says you can’t accomplish your weekend habits during the week. Learn to make today as special as a Friday,” advises Michael Weinberger.
So, why indeed do Mondays suck? Why does getting motivated seem hard? According to Michael Weinberger, it is because the day never lives up to the expectations or thoughts that you put in your mind.
“Rather than focusing on ‘Woe is me,’ and things you don’t have, start to focus on things you are grateful for,” advises Michael Weinberger. “Instead of focusing or hoping for a specific day in the future, focus on today and make the day what you want it to be.”
Interested Versus Committed
There is a fine line between being interested versus being committed. When we are interested in something, we tend to do it only when it is convenient. On the other hand, when we are committed to something, we accept no excuses and focus solely on results.
Michael Weinberger is no different. He struggles when his feelings and thoughts go astray. Then he starts to worry about things that could happen in the future. Consequently, that leads Michael Weinberger to create an unrealistic to-do list and have negative talks with himself.
However, Michael Weinberger soon realized that he was interested in living but wasn’t committed to living. He goes through the daily ups and downs of life. However, he never really makes any progress.
“When I created ‘A Plan For Living,’ it allowed me to rewire my brain on how I react to situations,” shares Michael Weinberger. “I started to focus on things I was grateful for.”
A Plan For Living
When Michael Weinberger started working on gratitude and spirituality, he likewise had to work on mindfulness. Consequently, it gave Michael Weinberger the opportunity to see what things were overwhelming him.
Once Michael Weinberger was aware of his emotions and thoughts, he listed down the things that interested him as well as the things he wanted to commit. His A Plan For Living app helps you map out your life by creating lists, journaling your progress and keep track of your accomplishments.
“A Plan For Living helped me become aware of myself, my thoughts and feelings. It defines what success looks like as well as how to make me successful,” said Michael Weinberger.
Michael Weinberger is a dynamic and inspiring speaker frequently asked to speak on topics including Mindfulness, Coping with Mental Illness and Addiction.
He was diagnosed with Bipolar disorder in 1994 and has learned how to not only cope but to thrive while living with his illness.
Michael teaches individuals how to adjust their mindset to be mindful and grateful for everything their life! He is the founder and creator of APlanForLiving.com, a digital mindfulness manager, and wellness platform.
Everyone has problems, and Michael’s approach helps people apply gratitude, spirituality, and mindfulness to their daily lives. A grateful heart is a happy heart!
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Living Life To The Fullest
Living life to the fullest is mostly everyone’s ultimate goal. Life has so much to offer in terms of personal growth and enriching other people’s lives through what we do. However, for some people like my guest, Wesley Chapman, it wasn’t a smooth ride. Been through hell and back, he is living life to the fullest by telling his story of survival, resilience, and hope.
Wesley Chapman’s childhood was full of trauma. Born to parents who were both incapable of raising him in a normal environment, Wesley Chapman was diagnosed with ‘failure to thrive.’
“Failure to thrive is a human being’s lack of the basics that make us up as a species a.k.a. like having love or the feeling of being nurturing,” said Wesley Chapman. “The physical side of hygiene, nutrition and basic rights of humanity were likewise inadequate.”
Wesley Chapman recalls that people around his parents tried to get them to change their habits. However, rather than turning better, things apparently got worse.
Abandoned And Molested
Before Wesley Chapman turned a year old, his father abandoned the family. He says his mom protected her herself by remarrying out of safety and necessity. Wesley Chapman’s stepfather, however, was nowhere near the doting father that Wesley Chapman yearned.
Apparently, it was not long before Wesley Chapman’s stepfather showed his true colors. He was insanely abusive to Wesley Chapman and his younger siblings. Consequently, the abuse was physical, emotional and sexual.
“I wake up in cold sweat scared of being molested while watching my siblings being molested. But as the oldest boy, I wanted to take the brunt of the abuse,” said Wesley Chapman.
He adds, “Internally; I was torn. It didn’t help that my younger brother was mentally disabled. Doctors also thought I was a functioning mentally-handicapped person. I was labeled a lot. Hence, I was made to take a lot of medication.”
At the age of 6, Wesley Chapman had to deal with his mother who was struggling with a lot of issues. By seven years old, Wesley Chapman became an orphan when his mother also abandoned him and his siblings.
Consequently, that made Wesley Chapman very angry. At a young age, Wesley Chapman was made to feel that he was worthless. Hence, living life to the fullest seemed like an impossible dream.
“I played the victim role, and I was labeled so much. I didn’t trust anyone, and I wasn’t communicating well with others,” recalls Wesley Chapman.
Suicide Was An Option
With so many bad things happening, Wesley Chapman felt hopeless. It seemed like he was never going to be living life to the fullest. Hence, suicide became a daily occurrence.
“If you read my journals, it’s crazy how much writing I did. Before the age of 16, I had 12 documented suicide attempts,” Wesley Chapman shares. “Plus, the medicines were tearing my body apart. Hence, I became so sick.”
Going Cold Turkey
However, at 16 years old, Wesley Chapman got tired of these medical professionals dictating to him how to live life. So one day, Wesley Chapman decided to go cold turkey on all medication. Because of that, he went through withdrawal symptoms but survived through it.
“Looking back, my traumatic childhood was a saving grace. It was something that gave me a chance to strive for living life to the fullest.” Wesley Chapman said.
Picking Up The Pieces
Life didn’t become rosy overnight after Wesley Chapman decided to eradicate medication from his life. Abuse was daily at his foster homes even after he left his biological family unit. He still experienced physical, emotional and spiritual abuse until the latter part of his teenage years.
Wanting to start living life to the fullest, Wesley Chapman began to read up about health. He mainly focused on how to maintain a healthy liver and the importance of staying hydrated all the time.
Aside from paying attention to what he ate and drank, Wesley Chapman likewise paid attention to his body chemistry. Apparently, every emotion is a chemical reaction. Fast forward since that time, Wesley Chapman has been medication-free for years and rarely takes antibiotics.
“I was tired of a lot of things. So I made a deal with God to do my part by correcting things in my body,” Wesley Chapman said. “It also helped that my last foster mom loves me. The support meant a lot to my evolution.”
Wesley Chapman eventually found success in business, marketing, and storytelling. He says one of the essential elements of his journey is understanding the human mind. Learning self-worth is likewise a significant factor in his personal growth.
“Make something happen. Being a victim gets you nowhere. Power, control and empowerment essentially comes from responsibility and ownership,” said Wesley Chapman.
He adds, “Choose to have a better life and create something powerful, meaningful and worthwhile. We are not the labels we are given, but rather we are what we choose to be.”
Tips On How To Wake Up That Hero Within
First of all, Wesley Chapman says that the initial step is to integrate a sense of deep-rooted honesty within yourself. It goes hand in hand with responsibility and ownership.
Consequently, if you’re still pushing pieces of your life onto somebody else, you’re not in the honest portal.
The next step is learning how to heal. And people heal in different ways. But regardless of how you recover, understand the ‘why’ and have empathy to those who affected and infected you. Primarily, you heal by yourself, and you do that by analyzing what life is for you.
“If you’re living the healthiest life inside and out, you’re going to attract the right people in your life. They’re going to be drawn to you in that way,” explains Wesley Chapman. “We are living in a world now where more people need to become warriors of strength. That’s why I do what I do.”
Abandoned by both parents, abused, forgotten and diagnosed to never amount to anything of value – this was the foundation of Wesley Chapman’s self-worth. Despite such horrifying beginnings, Wesley grew up to found successful businesses and work with some of the most significant, most respected brands in the world.
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Understanding Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) is a common disorder that is very curable. Most people often experience this because of bad diet, wrong lifestyle and stress. There are conventional medicines to cure irritable bowel syndrome, but my guest, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, is a staunch advocate of healing IBS through a natural approach.
Like a lot of Naturopathic Doctors who came from a Conventional Medicine background, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is no different. He describes himself as a science-minded student who initially planned to get a Ph.D. degree and become a researcher.
Dr. Joshua Goldenberg acquired his undergraduate degree in Biology and Genetics from the University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, he eventually found work outside Pennsylvania doing molecular work in a laboratory.
However, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg wasn’t happy being cooped up in a basement laboratory most of the time. Much as he was fascinated by the science of it all, he felt an intense yearning to do something that allowed him to interact with people.
Hence, after deciding not to pursue a Ph.D. degree, he saved enough money and flew to Mexico instead. Travelling around Central America for a year, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg took advantage of this time to figure out what he wanted to do.
Ending up in Guatemala, Dr. Goldenberg met this one person who he considered his oracle. He confided in this person that he was passionate about science, but the art was missing. Because of this, that person told him that he should look into going to Bastyr University and become a Naturopath.
“I found an internet cafe and researched. It was a marriage of science and the heart,” recalls Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “So I booked a flight home, and within months after touring several other schools, I did end up studying at Bastyr University.”
Dr. Joshua Goldenberg admits that the first year at Bastyr University was hard but challenging. After graduating from Bastyr University, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg eventually found work as a Naturopath Doctor at a family practice clinic.
During his tenure at the clinic, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg noticed that majority of the patients who were treated for healing their gut health had massive changes. Because the response to natural healing was very positive, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg eventually established his clinic which focused on gut health.
Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is likewise a researcher. His papers primarily focus on evidence-based practice, irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, and research methodology.
“We statistically combine research studies and find the truth. What blew me away was the findings on Pediatric Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “Twenty percent of kids develop diarrhea. And we studied how to protect the kids’ guts through probiotics. It cuts the risk in half.”
He believes that not everyone needs to be taking probiotics since there is a risk to develop blood infection. According to Dr. Joshua Goldenberg, taking probiotics depends on the health situation of the individual.
“I saw how powerful natural medicine could be. Personally, I don’t feel we need pills to stay well,” Dr. Goldenberg said. “The goal should be getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, good diet and strengthen spiritual mindset.”
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), is a condition wherein a bacteria stays longer and multiplies in the small intestine. Typically, the stomach muscle and small intestine should be able to push the food from your stomach through the small intestine and into your colon.
When this muscle action happens, bacteria are usually swept out of the small intestine. However, when SIBO occurs, we tend to experience symptoms like gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, abdominal pain, and cramping.
There are some health conditions associated with SIBO, one of them being Crohn’s disease. According to studies, 60 to 70% of patients have SIBO, and contrasting studies are looking into whether antibiotics or probiotics should be used as treatment.
However, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg says it can be cured naturally. One way is to avoid fermented foods. Other treatments include taking herbal tinctures or supplements and being conscious of what time you eat.
FODMAP stands for fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. It is a collection of short-chain carbohydrates found in certain foods that contribute to the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders.
A low FODMAP diet is usually recommended to those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome. What we eat really does play a big part in healing from IBS naturally.
“A low-FODMAP diet comprises specific foods healthy for you. GI doctors are beginning to use it for everything. It is most effective for SIBO and IBS,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “It is also used for many GI complaints. It is a hard diet to do, and it is best to do it with the guidance of a medical professional.”
Ongoing Research And Training
Researching more about irritable bowel syndrome and gut health is Dr. Joshua Goldenberg’s biggest passion. He believes there’s a massive amount of medical research out there. Hence, it is difficult for doctors to stay updated with the latest stuff.
Consequently, educating health care providers, coaches and doctors is the primary reason why Dr. Joshua Goldenberg put up his website. He says his site aims to serve as a vehicle for medical professionals, coaches and healthcare practitioners stay up to date on the best available research.
Furthermore, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg says that a lot of research done by outstanding scientists are total garbage. This is because there is a bias between Conventional and Natural medicine. Consequently, there is a need to help providers find studies they can trust.
“It is important to find the right studies especially for Integrated Medicine,” said Dr. Joshua Goldenberg. “There is a need to be better at evidence-based medicine than their conventional peers. That is why I created this website. It teaches them how to evaluate the research themselves.”
Dr. Journal Club
Dr. Joshua Goldenberg is a researcher, teacher, registered naturopathic doctor and founder of Dr. Journal Club, LLC. He is most passionate about the interplay of evidence and clinical practice.
Dr. Goldenberg is an active researcher with numerous publications in high impact scientific journals such as JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and The Cochrane Library. His research focus includes irritable bowel syndrome, probiotics, evidence-informed practice, and research methodology.
He is currently Research Investigator at the Bastyr University Research Institute and Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Technology Sydney. He has presented nationally and internationally on evidence-based medicine as well as probiotics and research methodology. His probiotics work has been highlighted by the BBC, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, Prevention Magazine, and Fox News.
Dr. Goldenberg is a passionate educator and currently is faculty for the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine’s Interprofessional Fellowship in Integrative Health and Medicine, where he teaches critical evaluation of the literature and evidence-informed practice. He is past adjunct faculty at Bastyr University, his alma mater, in which he enrolled after receiving honors and distinction in molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania. He also guest lectures widely.
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Joshua Goldenberg focuses on integrative approaches to irritable bowel syndrome as well as other gastrointestinal complaints working in concert with patients’ conventional gastroenterologists. He is the current president of the Gastrointestinal Association of Naturopathic Physicians.
In 2014 Dr. Joshua Goldenberg created the medical education website Dr. Journal Club to share his passion for the interplay of evidence and clinical practice with the larger integrative medicine community.
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The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg
Elimination Diet 101 – Jennifer Vasche Lehner
Achieving Sustainable Weight Loss
Achieving sustainable weight loss is the primary challenge for everyone who has tried dieting. Chances are, we enthusiastically get on that fitness bandwagon, but we tend to stray for so many reasons. Well, you’re in for a treat today because my guest Adam Schaeuble will reveal the secret to achieving sustainable weight loss.
Previously Heavy Dude
Adam Schaeuble amusingly uses the abbreviation ‘Ph.D.,’ to describe himself. Ph.D. really stands for a degree awarded to people who have gained the highest level of learning. However, Adam Schaeuble uses it to refer to himself as ‘Previously Heavy Dude.’
You see, Adam Schaeuble wasn’t always the fit guy that he is today. A decade ago at 27 years old, he weighed a whopping 327 pounds!
He was at rock bottom during those times. However, fed up with his weight issues, he remembered that one day at the grocery wherein he resolved to change. He was determined to do something about his weight.
Incidentally, it was also around that time that a friend suggested some personal growth materials. Those reference materials focused on Laws of Attraction which gave Adam Schaeuble the foundation to his mission of achieving sustainable weight loss.
Like most life planning methods, setting your goals is an essential factor. And wanting to lose weight loss is no different. Adam Schaeuble knew he had to set personal goals to achieve sustainable weight loss.
Adam Schaeuble set five years of goals and set a date—July 9. One goal was to lose 100 pounds. His other goals were getting out of debt, getting married, having kids and establish a thriving business. Adam Schaeuble was a week late from achieving his goal, but nevertheless, he was able to fulfill his weight loss target.
“I read my goals every night, and it took five years to achieve every single goal,” recalls Adam Schaeuble. “I realized I had to change. And when I succeed, I wanted to lead by example.”
Opening A Fitness Studio
Adam Schaeuble says that what you focus on is essential to achieving sustainable weight loss. It apparently worked for him because being able to keep the weight off motivated him to open a fitness studio to help people.
“I like to help people visualize the transformation process,” said Adam Schaeuble. “People are obsessed with diet and fitness hacks. We lose sight of working hard. My stuff works because it has no tricks.”
Consistency Is The Key
Adam Schaeuble says that achieving sustainable weight loss is more than the hard work and eating clean. Being focused and consistent is the secret to keeping the weight off.
Consequently, Adam Schaeuble applied this principle when he developed his Amazing Results Formula which comprises his boot camp program. According to him, his philosophy changed his whole town. Combining all the weight his clients lost, it totaled to 35,000 pounds!
Now that his program has proved it works, Adam Schaeuble’s new goal is to make his hometown lose a total of a million pounds. According to Adam Schaeuble, people who have failed weight loss programs gravitate towards him. Under his watch, Adam Schaeuble initially teaches people how to apply strategic thinking to the transformation process.
“I put them through what I did, and I created a boot camp,” reveals Adam Schaeuble. “I’m big on accountability, and I help develop a develop strong ‘why’ behind your goal.”
Four Phase Cycle
Adam Schaeuble further expounds that this program has four components. These four elements are starting a new program, getting initial results, overcoming challenges and giving up.
To avoid giving up on a weight loss program, Adam Schaeuble says that developing the right mindset can help motivate you to stay on a diet. Apparently, people tend to get excited about starting a diet and then slack off when the program isn’t working.
“People need to stop focusing on the first phase and dominate situations. Only then can you can make progress,” explains Adam Schaeuble. “Every trip through the cycle, you decrease your willpower.”
Adam Schaeuble’s basic plan is eating whole foods five times a day, drinking a lot of water and sweating by doing exercises. He describes his diet as more of Paleo nowadays, comprising proteins, eggs, fish, healthy fats and vegetables.
He considers breakfast as the most important meal of the day. Hence, a typical breakfast would be one scoop dry whey protein, one scoop collagen protein; one can of organic coconut cream, one teaspoon of almond butter and mixed with a little water like pudding.
“My philosophy is you want to use the right tool for the job. I experiment with all sorts of diet regimens,” said Adam Schaeuble. “Pick a diet right for you and stick to it. It all comes down to consistency and hard work. Then adapt as we go.”
Adam Schaeuble likewise does fasting for 24 hours at least once a week. Apparently, Adam Schaeuble’s strategy is to fast only during the day when he is the busiest. This way, he wouldn’t be tempted to break the fast.
The Third Component Book
Adam Schaeuble’s book is all about the real secret to achieving sustainable weight loss. This fantastic reference material will teach you how to apply his “Amazing Results Formula” as part of your transformation process.
He also believes in what he calls a ‘Lifestyle Rehabilitation.’ This is all about educating you on the importance of accountability and the ability to plan.
Going through Adam Schaeuble’s website, you’ll see a lot of testimonials from Adam Schaeuble’s former clients who have lost weight. These are the same people who are in Adam Schaeuble’s fitness videos wherein you’ll learn the proper exercises for your daily routine.
Other services that Adam Schaeuble offers on his website aside from coaching calls are nutrition protocols, strategic thinking, and lifestyle audit. You will also learn to create a battleplan workbook and be part of his weight loss community.
Adam Schaeuble continually stresses the need for you to find a good support system to help you achieve your goals. He likewise advises people to do away with being obsessed about the number on their weighing scale.
“People live and die by that scale. The scale is one of my enemies,” Adam Schaeuble said. “It’s one of the least reliable assessment tools. The scale makes intelligent people say dumb things.”
Essentially, Adam Schaeuble says we must never give in to social pressure. More often than not, social pressure is a significant factor on why most people fail to achieve their weight goals.
“Tell your family the reason behind your goal. It’s not weird wanting to be healthy, ” assures Adam Schaeuble. “Find someone who has done what you want to do and learn from them. Attach yourself to them as an accountability anchor point.”
Adam Schaeuble is a former Ph.D. (Pretty Heavy Dude). He once weighed 327 pounds, and after losing 100 pounds himself, he opened up a gym in his hometown of Bloomington, IN. Adam Schaeuble took what he learned from his 100-pound weight loss experience and applied it to his hometown clients. In a five year period, his hometown clients lost over 35,000 lbs.!
One Million Pound Mission
Now Adam Schaeuble is on his One Million Pound Mission. He is taking all of his successful programs and strategies that he has used for his transformation and his hometown clients, and he’s putting them online with the hopes of producing a one million pound impact across the globe.
Adam Schaeuble has a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University and has the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist certification from the NSCA. At his company, TransformationCoach.Me, he holds the positions of Head Coach and Lead Transformologist.
He is also the host of The TransformationCoach.Me podcast where he dives into his best transformation tips and strategies, and he interviews people that have had amazing transformation results to extract their best tips and motivation for the audience.
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Recommended Readings By Adam Schaeuble
The Power Of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The One Thing by Jay Papisan
Taking Supplements And Eating Right
My life had a tremendous positive shift when I started taking supplements in my early 30s. My health had been such a roller coaster before that. And now that I’m pretty much healed, I’m so excited to share a lot of information with you! My colleague Jennifer Saltzman is still with us for this episode because we have so much to share about taking supplements and eating right.
The Politics Behind Supplements
Taking supplements is not just about popping pills and praying you’d get healthy. There are a lot of supplements available in the market. But before taking supplements, you must first make sure they are safe.
You also need to determine if you need to take that particular supplement. Experts like Jennifer Saltzman can provide you a wealth of advice before zeroing in on what supplements are right for you. Check out our supplements link at the end of this article.
“I think there is no quality control. That’s why we have to consider proven results. However, no quality control is a good thing.”
And what do I mean by that? Well, you certainly don’t want the FDA to control the supplements because the FDA and big pharmaceutical companies allegedly have a conspiracy going on.
“There’s a revolving door of FDA executives being hired by big pharmaceutical companies and vice versa. Ultimately, they’re all in each other’s pockets.”
At some level, they want to protect humans. However, there is also enough room to manipulate us so that they could take away or control supplements.
Benefits Of Taking Supplements
If you eat all the right foods, you don’t have to take supplements. Taking supplements become necessary because we don’t eat right all the time and all the right foods are not available all the time. Supplements fill those nutritional gaps in our diet.
Although it is not clear that taking supplements can reverse any chronic disease, it does make the body stronger. I have been on supplements for years and I have noticed that sometimes, I am not negatively affected anymore by certain foods that have otherwise made me sick in the past.
“My body has been built so strong, now that I’m not depleted in vitamins and minerals. Consequently, my body it handles food so much more gently now compared to ten years ago when I would be a hot mess.”
12 Bad Foods
If you have been a regular listener of my podcast, you know how much I adore Dr. Joel Wallach. He is one of my heroes and my cookbook was largely inspired by his philosophy of what it means to eat right.
My cookbook, which is available for free on the Learn True Health website, lists down the 12 foods and food components everyone should avoid to prevent disease and live a quality life. The 12 foods are:
- Nitrates/ Nitrites
- Fried foods
- Oil in a bottle
- Well-done red meat
- Carbonated beverages
- Skins of baked root vegetables
“Grains ruin digestion, and the body is not meant to eat it. You can have rice once in a while, but if you go grain free, you don’t have to worry about gluten.”
There are many ways to go grain-free. A perfect example is eating cauliflower rice. Lentil pasta is the healthier and tastier alternative to wheat-based pasta. A dose of healthy fats is also good. You must, however, choose the right kind of oil because any oil goes rancid if over-exposed to air.
As for the liquid intake, never drink sodas before or after meals. I know most of you out there have your parents tell you that drinking sodas are bad for you. And it’s true! Carbonated drinks mess up our stomach acids.
“The stomach is smart, and we shouldn’t mess with it. It has its wave of acids. Before meals, take digestive enzymes that support healthy stomach acid. A great example is drinking apple cider vinegar with your meal.”
IgG Food Allergy Test
I did this IgG (immunoglobulin G) test which helped determine the foods I should avoid. You may be just like me who has had health conditions that doctors could not identify at first because we were unaware that we’re allergic to certain foods.
Great Plains Laboratory administered my test and the results greatly helped in guiding me towards the right kinds of food to eat. The IgG Food Allergy Test answered a lot of questions surrounding my health condition that also had doctors puzzled.
Eat Right, Feel Right
I ate a lot of eggs to get pregnant. But after I got pregnant, I developed an allergic reaction to eggs that’s why I had to stop eating them for a year. Since I was taking supplements and my food choices were better, re-introducing eggs into my diet after a year did not cause any adverse reaction.
Taking supplements is not going to cure you of your health condition. But it has been proven that it can help strengthen your immune system if it is paired with the right diet and regular exercise. That’s the secret to being healthy. Also, your body works optimally only when your immune system is robust and healthy.
“You cannot ‘out-exercise’ nor ‘out-supplement’ a bad or an inadequate diet. Everything has to go hand in hand. Essentially, you have to bring lifestyle into account.”
I’d like to again convey my gratitude to Jennifer Saltzman who took over the reins and interviewed me for this episode. Jennifer Saltzman has been a personal trainer for over two decades. She has a degree in Bachelor of Arts in modern dance, has a Pilates Instructor certification, Integrative Medicine certification, as well as a Metabolic Typing Advisor certification.
Jennifer Saltzman is also a Supplement Coach who can guide you on what kind of supplements are best for you.
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Finding The Cure
Many of my listeners have been curious about my story of finding the cure for my various health conditions. Over the years, I have dealt with so much! So this time around, the tables have turned. I have onboard Jennifer Saltzman, a friend and Pilates instructor who I decided to give the honor of putting me on the hot seat for this podcast episode.
Jennifer Saltzman thought it was best that I start off this episode with my backstory. Well, ever since I could remember, I have always been a sickly child. I remember being a six-year-old first grader who constantly had a sore throat and clogged sinuses among others. It was indeed frustrating finding a cure for my health disorders.
During that same time in the early 80s, my mother developed Candida. And because she was a workaholic, she tried finding a cure by taking medication to keep working. However, it seemed finding a cure was useless. She still suffered from fatigue, muscle weakness, and brain fog.
In what seemed like a desperate attempt then to finding a cure, my mom eventually found a Naturopath. That doctor told us that my mother and I both had blood type O. No big deal, right? Wrong. That same doctor dropped the bomb by announcing that apparently, I was allergic to milk, yeast, wheat, and sugar!
My mother was my best friend. She read all these articles on antioxidants. On our quest to finding a cure for our health conditions, we went to acupuncturists together. We even enjoyed the services of a massage therapist who would come to our house once a week.
My dad, on the other hand, had his health challenges. Because he primarily had weight issues, I did a bunch of diets with him, too. And oh, how he loved eating out! However, even if he loved eating meat, his meals were always dairy-free, grain-free and gluten-free.
My parents were both A-types. They were both headstrong. My mother, in particular, had an air of elegant grace. She turned heads and held her ground with such authority. Furthermore, she was excellent in integrating self-care into her life.
Shifting To A Whole Foods Diet
When the Naturopathic doctor first declared that I was allergic to so many things, it didn’t quite sink in the first time. At six years old, I had no idea that the revelation would change my life. All I cared about was whether I could still eat my favorite Coffee Crisp chocolate bars.
I told Jennifer Saltzman that I remember going home that day with my mom carrying a bunch of powder supplements from that doctor. It was also the same day that my mom got rid of all the “bad foods” and switched to a whole foods diet.
Yes, it was drastic but looking back, it was incredible how my health changed so much in just a span of a few days. We even switched to soy milk during those times when it was still GMO-free.
“I was symptom-free. It was like heaven! All we had to do was eat a whole foods diet, void of processed foods and take supplements.”
Right from the time my mother put me on a whole foods diet, I was hardly sick from six years old until I became a teenager. However, when I turned 13, I decided to rebel by eating candy and cafeteria food. As expected, I lost my health and spent the next few years finding a cure to get my health back.
Then when I was 19 years old, I was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome. Early on, the doctors told me I would never have kids. Spending most of my adult life without a feminine cycle, I gradually developed other diseases along the way.
I’m now 37 years old and have been married for nine years. My husband knew that I couldn’t have kids, but that didn’t stop us from trying. Then the unexpected happened.
“We went through the first six years without medical intervention. However, when we discovered supplements and a healthy way of eating, we got pregnant on our first attempt!”
We’re now parents of a very healthy baby boy, and we couldn’t be any happier. Not only did we prove doctors wrong, but eating right really does make a significant difference.
“Taking more digestive enzymes made my pregnancy so much easier. Naturopathic medicine or Homeopathic medicine is so powerful. It does work.”
Coping With Diseases
Looking back, I had a roller coaster of diseases I battled with over the years. I also kept gaining weight year after year. It baffled me because I was athletic when I was growing up.
However, I think all that started to change when my mom passed away of liver cancer when I was 22 years old. It was a dark time in my life, and I was depressed for a few years. It was so bad that shortly after my mom’s death, I was diagnosed with hypoglycemia and type 2 diabetes.
“Depression doesn’t want to make you take care of yourself. I ended up making a lot of bad choices and developed chronic adrenal fatigue. I drank a lot of coffee, and I also developed chronic infections.”
Moving To The United States
When I first moved to the United States years ago, things didn’t get any better. My health deteriorated even faster because I was also juggling many responsibilities with my job as a manager.
When I eventually met my husband, Duffy, I found it funny that he and I are allergic to almost the same foods. And would you believe, I’m allergic to bananas? Surprising but true!
My husband had arthritis, high blood pressure, and blood sugar issues. I, on the other hand, was primarily struggling with weight issues. By that time, I had already tried over 32 diets, but none of them worked.
My aha moment came one day when my husband and I were watching a health documentary. It was around 2008 or 2009. Anyway, that documentary had such a tremendous impact that my husband and I decided to try shifting to an organic foods diet.
“Taking on the organic foods challenge for a month, I didn’t get sick. I even stopped taking antibiotics. In short, I felt amazing!”
The Power Of Supplements
Now that my husband and I got on the right path with eating organic or whole foods, we also discovered the benefits of taking supplements. It may seem costly at first, but it pays off in the long run.
“My blood sugar was so unstable that I felt like a prisoner of my own body. So I started drinking liquid minerals. My blood sugar began to balance within a few hours of taking supplements, and my energy level was high within five days.”
Eventually healing from diabetes and high blood pressure, I diminished the need to eat all the time. Hence, our food budget went down. Saving a monthly average of 300 dollars, my husband and I allotted that amount for our supplements.
“Doctors wanted to give me more medication to manage the side effects. But I took myself off medicines. I would rather live with the original symptoms I had than living with the side effects of drugs.”
Learn True Health Podcast
Overcoming all those diseases and healing from them inspired me to share my story with other people. And because I found ways to empower myself in being healthy, I felt the need to share my knowledge on a bigger scale.
My husband knew that I loved podcasts and encouraged me to launch one. Hence, the Learn True Health podcast was born.
“It’s pretty life changing when your life goes from being very dysfunctional to optimized. It’s such an incredible blessing.”
This concludes Part 1 of this two-part series. Please link to episode 180 for Part 2 where I delve into issues like healing heartburn, 12 fad foods that deteriorate health and more on how I healed from my health conditions. See you in the next episode!
High Vibration Foods To Achieve Optimal Health
High vibration foods may sound new to some people, but you’ll be amazed how it tweaks our body to an optimal level. While many are obsessed with the calories in our diet, my guest today, Robyn Openshaw debunks that long-time diet myth. Apparently, high vibration foods can affect our health on a cellular, emotional and spiritual level.
Robyn Openshaw initially stumbled on discovering the awesome effects of high vibration foods through green smoothies. This was when she was on a mission searching for a cure for her son’s asthma.
Aside from her son’s health situation, Robyn Openshaw had a more shocking health past. Before the birth of her first child, Robyn Openshaw went through five years of infertility. Add on to that; she had a total of 21 diagnosed diseases!
Despite being an athlete during her younger years, she found herself obese in her late 20s. She took a lot of medication daily. Robyn Openshaw was miserable. However, she took the bull by its horns and decided to do something to change her and her family’s life.
Turning To Green Smoothies
Bent on taking her son and herself off medication, Robyn Openshaw extensively researched on the healthiest method possible. The first thing she did was to eliminate processed foods, dairy, and sugar. In hindsight, Robyn Openshaw discovered that diet does make a difference.
Next thing she did was to experiment on blending organic vegetables. One day, her then one-year-old son was curious enough to try a glass of green smoothie. Surprisingly, he liked it! Hence, green smoothies became a staple in Robyn Openshaw’s family.
Robyn Openshaw says her biggest inspiration is her grandmother who beat cancer by being entirely plant-based. Initially diagnosed with metastatic stage 3c melanoma, doctors told her she only had a year to live.
Her grandmother drank so much carrot juice as part of her diet of high vibration foods. She went on to live for another 25 years and was there when all four of Robyn Openshaw’s babies were born.
On the other hand, Robyn Openshaw’s uncle who was likewise diagnosed with cancer did not have the same fate. Opting for radiation and chemotherapy, Robyn Openshaw’s uncle died 18 months after his diagnosis.
Understanding Food Frequencies
High vibration foods is not a new science. Robyn Openshaw says studies touched on the idea decades ago, but no one took it seriously then. Fortunately, since juicing and smoothies have become popular, more people now believe in the benefits of digesting high vibration foods.
“Einstein’s way of thinking has permeated so many parts of life these days. He said everything about life is vibration,” said Robyn Openshaw. “If you want the secret of the universe, think about energy, frequency, and vibration.”
Furthermore, Robyn Openshaw says we are evaluating our food with some dated concept. For example, the whole idea of calories was invented 170 years ago. According to Robyn Openshaw, the only thing counting calories is good for is standardizing packaged food. It has nothing to do whether we are healthy or not.
High Vibration Foods List
Thanks to the concept of Quantum Physics, it has been proven that we can measure the frequency of food and human in Hertz. Apparently, a disease cannot live in a body that is in a state of high frequency.
According to Robyn Openshaw, 50 to 55 Hertz puts you on the sick level. Ideally, a healthy person should have a frequency of 62 to 68 Hertz. On the other hand, people on their deathbed have frequencies as low as 25 Hertz.
“We could eat foods that are higher than us in Hertz. It could raise the frequency or vibration of the body,” Robyn Openshaw said.
Robyn Openshaw has a list of high vibration foods and guess what? She’s giving it to Learn True Health listeners for free! So to those who wish to download the list, you may link to www.learntruhealth.com/vibelist.
Effects of Digesting High Vibration Foods
Robyn Openshaw says that when we look at the vibrational frequency of our food, the substance of a higher frequency can cause the substance of a lower frequency to increase. The reverse of that is true as well.
Essentially, digesting high vibration foods has an incredible application for what we’re using to medicate ourselves with. It has powerful implications for the food that we are choosing to eat.
“What’s on the back of your food packages doesn’t have anything to do whether you’re going to be disease-proof or prone to disease,” explains Robyn Openshaw. “When things are going well, you can handle some setbacks. It’s not about eating perfectly, but rather it’s about having enough healthy consistent habits in your life.”
Link Between Foods And Our Moods
Part of Robyn Openshaw’s wellness program is teaching people how to detox, ground and charge food to metabolize your emotions. This she says, helps bring you to a higher vibration state.
Part of the research that Robyn Openshaw is currently into is understanding the correlation between food and our moods. Apparently, food plays a big part whenever we experience emotions or mood swings.
A low vibrating life would be people who always replay wrongs that other people do rather than releasing those emotions. Theoretically, letting go of old wounds is one of the more powerful ways to be healthy.
“There’s so much that we do when it comes to metabolizing our emotions leading to a disease-proof state,” said Robyn Openshaw. “Ten hertz of energy spells a big difference between health and sickness.”
Furthermore, Robyn Openshaw says that whenever we choose the higher frequency emotions, we are attracting better things. This also applies during the times when we quickly metabolize the negative events and emotions in our lives.
“We are always attracting and repelling,” said Robyn Openshaw. “When you are a high vibration person, you find more flow in your life. You find that you’re choosing between a bunch of good opportunities.”
Furthermore, Robyn Openshaw says that people who are peaceful, forgive easily, and do not live in negative emotions, don’t die of heart disease and cancer. Consequently, they have high rates of what medicine would call spontaneous remission.
Robyn Openshaw is currently working with Beverly Rubeck, another scientist. Together, they are studying the measurement of vibrational frequency by using a bioplatonic scanner as well as bioplatonic emissions.
These emissions are the weak light emitted from foods. Their research will hopefully show what exactly happens to a person after eating certain kinds of foods.
“We are electrical beings. And that’s why we need to drink water,” said Robyn Openshaw. “We need conductivity and not only cleansing.”
Robyn Openshaw is an author of a whopping 15 books! Her latest book, Vibe: Discover Your Energetic Frequency for Health, Love & Success is coming out in October 2017.
And speaking about the book launch, do we have a treat for all you Learn True Heath Seekers! Robyn Openshaw is giving away some copies of her hardcover book just for you!
To avail of your copy, link to http://learntruehealth.com/vibe and be on your way to becoming one of the many people Robyn Openshaw helped gain their health back. And there’s more!
If you want to learn how to raise your vibration, link to http://learntruehealth.com/reboot. It’s an excellent 3-video course valued at $69, but you can download the course for free at http://learntruehealth.com/reboot.
Robyn Openshaw is the author of 15 books, including bestsellers The Green Smoothies Diet and 12 Steps to Whole Foods. Her latest book, Vibe: Discover Your Energetic Frequency for Health, Love & Success, will be released by Simon & Schuster in October 2017.
Robyn Openshaw is a former psychotherapist, university professor, and lectured in over 450 cities in the six years after launching her popular site GreenSmoothieGirl.com in 2007. She’s a single mom to four children who are now flying the coop. She skis and plays tennis competitively in Utah, and believes that everything is possible if you leverage the highest frequencies in the Universe.
You can find her podcast, Your High Vibration Life, on iTunes–also look for Green Smoothie Girl on Facebook, and visit her website GreenSmoothieGirl.com.
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Making Peace With Food
Women are built in all shapes and sizes. And modern society made a lot of women think that being thin is and should be the end goal. However, my guest, Geneen Roth says that losing weight doesn’t necessarily mean it is good for us. In this episode, she will explain why we must delve into the root cause to make peace with food.
The Desire To Be Thin
Like most women today, Geneen Roth was obsessed with being thin. As young as 11 years old, she was made to believe that her worth depended on her weight.
Trying out every diet and diet pills, Geneen Roth used to be on an endless search for the best way to lose weight. She was a compulsive eater. It was likewise her coping mechanism whenever she was troubled or stressed. Consequently, Geneen Roth was blind-sided that she was at peace with food.
“I defined myself by the size of my thighs and belly. At a very young age until my late twenties, I was constantly on radical diets and diet pills,” shared Geneen Roth.
When Geneen Roth started gaining weight from all the food she was eating, she decided it was time to lose weight. You’d think by this period she was at peace with food, right? Wrong. It became worse.
On a downward spiral, Geneen Roth jogged 4 miles a day. She also thought that if she could just eat a total of 150 calories a day, it would make her lose weight faster. And it did. However, dropping down to 80 pounds was certainly not a healthy weight.
Not knowing how to find peace with food, Geneen Roth eventually became suicidal. There just seemed to be no way out from her anorexic state. She harbored feelings of guilt for not being “good enough,” and was ashamed of being overweight.
Rising From the Ashes
During her period of soul-searching, Geneen Roth came across a book. According to her, that book opened up her eyes to find her real worth. After being burdened so many years battling low self-esteem, Geneen Roth slowly healed and eventually found peace with food.
“Sometimes, when we lose weight, we still feel like crap,” Geneen Roth said. “Because whenever we think that something out there is going to fix something in the inside of us, we’re always disappointed.”
Ultimately, Geneen Roth could finally say she found peace with food only when she embraced her true self. Realizing the unhealthy mindset of being dependent on others for love and validation made Geneen Roth able to heal from anorexia.
Paying It Forward
Now that she has healed from anorexia, Geneen Roth embarked on a mission to help others who were in the same situation as she was years ago. Helping others get into the right mindset ultimately results in being at peace with food.
“I teach people how to disengage. Individuals who are struggling with food, often feel like they’re not supposed to sit down,” explains Geneen Roth. “Hence, disengaging from that voice is very important.”
Being In The Present
Having the right mindset spells a big difference on the road to finding peace with food. Food neither has to be feared or shunned. According to Geneen Roth, once you learn to listen to your body and love yourself more, your relationship with food gets better.
Consequently, it’s all about accepting yourself and that women are not built the same way. While it is essential to keep your weight at a healthy level, it should not dictate your self-worth.
“I have discovered that most people aren’t present most of the time. Because we’re always thinking about the next thing,” said Geneen Roth. “Sometimes being aware of your right hand and feeling the life force in it can help you come back to your body. It’s a great way to be alive.”
Make Peace With Food Workshop
Geneen Roth has an excellent workshop coming up next month. The Make Peace With Food workshop will show you tips and tricks on how you can attain your natural weight. Furthermore, the workshop will empower you to practice a healthy relationship with food and be more mindful of what your body is saying.
Divided into three segments — Vitality, Radiance and Weight Loss, Geneen Roth’s workshop is the complete package to a better you!
“We eat the way we live. You find out everything you want to know about yourself by looking at your relationship with food,” said Geneen Roth.
Now, who doesn’t love a quick getaway? Well, Geneen Roth also offers a 6-Day Retreat to heal your body, soul, and spirit. The retreat will explore avenues where you get to reset your mindset into being more in tune with your body.
In just less than a week, you will emerge refreshed, enlightened and empowered to live life with pure joy and happiness. Goodbye to the old and hello to a new you!
Geneen Roth’s Books
You will just love browsing through Geneen Roth’s website where you’ll see links to all her published books. Ranging from food to soul-searching and finding true happiness, there’s even a coloring book!
Women, Food and God coloring book, is a stress-buster. Containing pages of quotes and images to color, it is a #1 New York Times bestseller and currently available for pre-order on Geneen Roth’s official website.
Geneen Roth is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Women Food and God. She has appeared on many national television shows including The Oprah Show, 20/20, The NBC Nightly News, The View, CBS Early Show, The Today Show, and Good Morning America.
Articles about Geneen Roth and her work have appeared in numerous publications including O: The Oprah Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Time, Elle, The New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. She has written monthly columns for Good Housekeeping Magazine and Prevention Magazine. Geneen Roth is the author of nine books, including bestsellers, Lost and Found and When Food Is Love.
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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
How To Reframe Negative Thoughts
Life can get crazy and stressful. And sometimes, things can bring us into a downward spiral. For some, it may be emotional. But for others, it may be something physical like leaning on comfort food or dealing with weight issues. However, regardless of what situation we are in, my guest, Christa King, says we can weather through all that if we just know how to develop a positive attitude.
Christa’s Fitness Journey
All success stories come from a sincere motivation to improve and be better. As for Christa King, her journey to a positive attitude revolved around weight issues.
“Five years ago, I was 50 pounds overweight. My relationships were suffering. I held a Vice President position at work and dealt with a lot of office politics which gave me stress,” shares Christa King.
Unfortunately, Christa King did not learn the best ways to cope with stress. Relying on sugar, alcohol and refined carbs, she thought it was the best solution to handling stress. However, because of that unhealthy pattern, it led her to gain a lot of weight. Her body, mind, and soul were simply out of balance.
Finally reaching an all-time high of 192 pounds, Christa King decided enough is enough. Signing up with experts to help her develop a positive attitude, Christa King spent five days with 11 different practitioners. She also reveals that for those who are dealing with weight issues, it is best to keep a food journal to keep track of what you are eating.
Now motivated to maintain her healthy lifestyle, Christa King left her corporate career behind and became a certified hypnotherapist within four months. She went on to pursue training to become a health coach as well as a nutritional therapist.
Cracking The Code
Looking back, Christa King realized that the diet and fitness industry lacks a holistic approach to dealing with weight issues. Society has long ingrained in our minds that being unhealthy is our fault. Hence, making it hard for us to develop a positive attitude.
“Through my health journey, not only did I crack the code for my own body. But I also found what was missing,” said Christa King. “What is missing is being able to address the deep neuropathways in the brain that drive 90% of our behavior.”
According to Christa King, shame is one of the causes of why we fail to develop a positive attitude. We must learn not to let shame control us. Otherwise, it would be hard for us to have a healthy relationship with ourselves.
“Shame comes from all the myths that add up to tell us that we have failed,” Christa King explains. “When it is the diet and fitness industry that failed us. Hence, we must focus on positive thought patterns.”
And just how can we focus on thought patterns? We can do it by releasing the shame and tell ourselves that it is not our fault. Christa King says this is because our body is wired to make us feel safe.
Learning how to conquer stress will greatly help you develop a positive attitude. Just as long as you are in tune to what your mind and body needs, we could quickly identify what are the things that stress us out.
“Every single body is different. So you want to model optimum health for yourself by thinking of ways on how you can manage your stress,” said Christa King.
Now, I know most of you have heard this before — Exercise is good for you. And it’s true! More than the physical benefits, exercising does make us stronger mentally as well. Christa King also says it is best to exercise in the morning.
“When we workout in the morning, we are getting all those endorphins,” says Christa King. “Pumping our brain full of oxygen helps carry us through our day. It helps in concentration, productivity and managing our stress.”
Christa King offers a program called Mindzoning. It is a series of audio recordings which are identical to a guided meditation. Ranging from 5 to 45 minutes, most of the recordings are Christa King’s voice and mixed with spa music.
According to Christa King, Mindzoning helps you develop a positive attitude by changing your thought patterns. You will just be amazed at the power of what your mind can do!
“Over time, you start to take on those thoughts and suggestions,” said Christa King. “But a lot of the Mindzoning are geared to tap into the deep part of your mind. Having a conscious mind creates new thought patterns.”
Ideally, listening to the audio recordings are best done in the morning. Christa King says that this way, you get to feel energized the whole day. Once the mind is relaxed, we can quickly take on a new thought pattern.
Strategic Vitality Book
This is an amazing e-book wherein Christa King expounds on the 11 steps on how to transform yourself. It teaches you how to reframe negative thoughts into positive ones. Best of all, you don’t have to do it by yourself. If you are struggling with the process, you may do this with a friend. Now, that’s fun!
“We all have a negative bias. It’s how our primal brain is wired. It served us well back in caveman days. We were always on alert for danger,” Christa King said. “Unfortunately, we are presented with so much stress in our modern day and doesn’t serve us well.”
After surviving a high-stress corporate career, Christa King set out on a journey to find balance, joy and to get her healthy-self back. She went from being 50 lbs. overweight to becoming a certified hypnotherapist, health coach, nutritional therapist, and the founder of Fitlandia.
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Salt, Sugar, Fat by Michael Moss
Goat Milk Stuff
More people are shunning cow milk from their diet. And for an excellent reason, too! Cow milk can be hard to digest, not to mention inflammatory for some people. On the contrary, goat milk has a lot more benefits, whether you drink it or use it on your skin. My guest today, PJ Jonas, will tell us why.
Making The Switch
PJ Jonas is a mother of eight children, all homeschooled. Yes, you read it right. Eight children! She turned into such a big advocate for goat milk after discovering the harmful ingredients in bath soap in 2005.
Not wanting toxic chemicals on her children’s skin, PJ Jonas went to look for natural ingredients that are both gentle and moisturizing on the skin. But since it was illegal to purchase raw milk in Indiana, PJ Jonas decided to get some dairy goats instead. And lo and behold, it turns out that goat milk was healthier than cow milk!
“The main difference is the digestibility of the goat milk. There is no adverse reaction, unlike cow milk. Plus, it has a lot of nutrients,” explains PJ Jonas.
Developing The Goat Milk Stuff Brand
Apart from soaps, PJ Jonas eventually learned to make cheese and gelato using goat milk. Developing the brand for three years, PJ Jonas started giving out product samples in 2008.
Apparently, Goat Milk Stuff is very much a family business. PJ Jonas proudly reveals that all her kids are involved. From the production to paying their taxes, managing accounts and dealing with customers, everyone contributes to building the brand.
It was, however, not all smooth sailing for PJ Jonas. During the time between 2005 and 2008, the family experienced a budget shortfall. Despite the setback, the whole family was able to pull through.
“Sometimes it’s the things that you think are the biggest disasters in your life, are pushing you exactly where you need to go,” said PJ Jonas.
PJ Jonas says that when you’re building a company, it takes cash to fund and fuel that growth. And lack of money flow is what usually puts companies out of business.
“Very few companies go out of business for growing too slowly. But many companies go out of business because they grow too quickly,” observes PJ Jonas.
Benefits of Goat Milk
Goat milk is a viable option to those who have a hard time digesting cow milk. Only two percent of goat milk is curd, whereas cow milk has 10 percent. Goat milk also has fewer allergenic proteins. Hence, causes less inflammation.
If you’re worried about your calcium intake requirement, you’d be surprised to know that goat milk is richer in minerals than cow milk. It’s also high in fatty acids but low in cholesterol.
“Goat milk itself has healing properties. It is high in selenium and good for the skin,” explains PJ Jonas.
PJ Jonas first tried out the goat milk soap on her husband Jim, who dealt with cracked and split fingertips for years. Within two to three days of using goat milk soap, his fingertips were healed!
She also observed that her children’s skin looked better. Furthermore, the children rarely got sick anymore because they consistently drank goat milk. Because of this, PJ Jonas decided to get the message out so more people could benefit from it as well.
In 2008, when PJ Jonas started giving out free samples, the response was very positive. Moms of kids who had eczema called in to report that the Goat Milk Stuff soap improved their children’s skin considerably.
Apart from that, many others shared that the goat milk soap alleviated the symptoms of many other skin problems. Slowly but surely, the Goat Milk Stuff brand gained a lot of publicity. People were just amazed!
“When you make a difference in someone’s life, all the hard work is worth it,” says PJ Jonas.
The Jonas family is currently looking into building a larger barn to accommodate their Alpine goats. This year, PJ Jonas says that they will be milking 80 goats twice a day and offering the milk products for sale on their website.
PJ Jonas, however, cautions those who plan to get into the goat milk business as well. She stresses the importance of finding a good breeder who makes sure the goats they breed are in tip-top shape.
Goat Milk Products
If you look at the Goat Milk Stuff website, there are a plethora of products. Apart from the different kinds of bar and liquid soaps, the brand also offers solid lotions and deodorants with a detoxifying effect.
Another great product to try is the laundry soap. PJ Jonas explains that the soap has special oils intended to break down grease stains and help fight bacteria.
PJ Jonas reveals that the conventional laundry soap has an optical brightener. Apparently, it tricks your eye into making your clothes look brighter than they are. It has to bind to clothing, hence, causing a lot of irritation.
“Everybody is different. Take time to find something that works well for you and understand its limitations,” advises PJ Jonas. ” Our liver is excellent at detoxifying your body, but it is just overwhelmed. So we have to get rid of as many toxins as we can. Finding the things that are good for you is worth the effort.”
PJ Jonas is a business owner, goat wrangler, entrepreneur, and mother. After getting goats to provide healthy milk for her eight children, she decided to put excess milk into a batch of handmade soap. That decision was the start of Goat Milk Stuff Her Goat Milk products have been featured on The Today Show, The Doctors, and the “O” Oprah Winfrey magazine.
PJ Jonas puts her systems engineering degree from the University of Virginia to good use while managing her business, farm, and family. This is a great story of how a business was started in her kitchen and grew it into a million dollar business.
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