Category: Fibromyalgia

We Can’t Start The Food Revolution Without You!

The 7th Food Revolution Summit starts today!

If you want to know the latest research and time-tested secrets to increased focus, vitality, and longevity through healthy eating, even with a chronic illness, it’s not too late to sign up for free. Unlock the door to the Food Revolution Summit right now.

GMO foods In the 2018 Food Revolution Summit (broadcasting online as you read this) you’ll get a front row seat to 24 exclusive interviews with the world’s leading experts on food and nutrition.

Over the next nine days, you’ll learn:

  • The shocking truth about GMOs and pesticides, as well as what common foods might contain them.
  • Which foods can prevent (and even help you fight off) cancer, dementia, heart disease, and Type 2 diabetes.
  • The real truth about food and how you can make more informed choices for you and your family–not pseudo-science and industry scare tactics.
  • The connection between industrial agriculture and climate change, and what you can do now to make a difference.
  • And much, much more!

Each of these interviews, conducted by bestselling author (Diet For A New America) and food activist John Robbins, will be stimulating, mind-blowing, and inspiring — you can count on it!

Join me and more than almost half a million people attending the summit from the comfort of their homes. I look forward to sharing this life-changing experience with you!

In exchange for signing up, I receive a percentage of the price for talks if you purchase them for a reference. But purchasing is NOT required. Do what many others do, and watch each presentation when it is live and free.

Food Revolution Summit starts tomorrow—will you be there?

As you know, I passionately believe there’s nothing more important to your health than the kind of food you eat. But are you sure your food is safe? Are you confused about what might be the most nutritious diet for you and your family?

Tomorrow, one of the most important health events in the world is taking place–the 2018 Food Revolution Summit. Have you signed up yet? (It doesn’t cost a cent!)

It’s crazy to me how so many diseases that were rare one hundred years ago are almost considered normal today. In the U.S., more than two-thirds of the population is now overweight or obese.

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If we don’t pay more attention to what we eat, half the country will be injecting insulin in a few years.

Heart disease and stroke kill more than 700,000 people every year. The National Institutes of Health reports that in the 1960s less than 2% of America’s kids had a chronic health condition. Today, it’s over 25%. And one in three American children is expected to get type 2 diabetes.

Watch this video for a message about cancer and food.

We have a food industry that acts like health doesn’t matter, and we have a medical industry that often acts as if food doesn’t matter.

Do you want the truth about food from some of the top medical, health, and environmental experts in the world? Attend the Food Revolution Summit from the comfort of your bed or recliner! You’ll get cutting-edge insights on health, energy, and disease prevention, and find out exactly what to eat—and what not to eat—if you want to add years to your life.

Two-million copy bestselling author John Robbins will interview 24 of the top food experts on the planet, including Joel Fuhrman, MD; Kris Carr; Michael Greger, MD; Vani Hari; Neal Barnard, MD; Dale Bredesen, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; and many more. And you can join, right now — it’s free! Check out the speakers and schedules right here.

I’m looking forward to this Summit because it will give me more information to use while keeping myself as healthy as I can be–even with a debilitating chronic illness like ME/CFS. 

Get the answers you need from experts you can trust. Secure your spot and free gifts now.

In exchange for signing up, I receive a percentage of the price for talks if you purchase them for a reference. But purchasing is NOT required. Do what many others do, and watch each presentation when it is live and free.

Will You Join Me In A Healthier Food Future?

Hi Fellow Spoonies,

The modern American diet is making billions of people sick and fat. I was, and still am, one of them.  Although I’m healthier and feel better than I have in years, and am even starting to lose weight, it’s been an uphill climb. At times I felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology who was doomed to roll a boulder up a hill only to have it fall back down to the bottom as penance for angering the gods. 

obesity graphicToday we Americans have higher rates of obesity, cancer, autoimmune diseases, Alzheimer’s Disease, Type 2 diabetes, and assorted other chronic illness than any other population that’s ever lived on this planet. 

But instead of being trained in how to keep us healthy, doctors are taught how to treat symptoms with drugs and surgery. The truth is that less than a third of the medical schools in the United States require a single course in nutrition.

Meanwhile, our diets are getting worse and worse, and more people are getting sick and dying—needlessly! Even most of the people who think they’re eating all the “right foods” are dangerously misled by pseudo-scientific fads and industry-fueled propaganda.

Eat like your health depends on it 

Food is the foundation for becoming healthier. If you want to make the right choices for yourself and for your loved ones, here’s an event you DO NOT want to miss.

From April 28th-May 6th, John and Ocean Robbins are interviewing 24 of the world’s top medical and food experts. These are people you can trust, including Joel Fuhrman, MD; Chef Kris Carr; Michael Greger, MD; Chef Vani Hari; Neal Barnard, MD; Dale Bredesen, MD; Mark Hyman, MD; David Perlmutter, MD; and many more.

During this week-long event, you’ll get the latest insights on food and nutrition…the healthier foods that prevent or fight cancer, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, dementia, and put you solidly on the path to lasting wellness. You’ll discover which foods you need to eat, and which to avoid, on the path to better health and wellbeing.

If you are like me you know there isn’t time to wait for fewer pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, added sugars, additives, colorings, and processing in our food. Dr. Amen-food is poisonInternational food conglomerates make a pesticide-free, additive-free, artificial coloring-free, and lower or no sugar versions of the same products they continue to sell in the US.  It’s unconscionable that profit drives these companies to deliberately add ingredients to American foods that are not allowed in other Western countries. If we truly want to be as healthy as we can with chronic disease, now is the time for a food revolution.

The best part? You can join the online Summit from your bed, recliner or anywhere else on the planet — and it’s totally free!

You can’t count on getting the truth from big Food and big Pharma, and you’re probably not going to hear it from your own doctor either. I didn’t learn much about diet and nutrition as a nurse practitioner but it was still more than in a doctor’s education. It wasn’t until I was bedridden myself with myalgic encephalomyelitis that I began to look closely at what I was eating and make healthier choices.

It’s up to you to get informed. 

I watched last year’s summit and now I am excited to share this life-changing and life-saving event with my readers. Will you join me?

Sign up for the Food Revolution Summit and take health into your own hands.

There’s a great special bonus when you sign up for the Food Revolution–The Real Food Action Guide. Want to find out if you can eat to prevent disease and improve your health right now? Find out in this report!

Like me, the Robbinses believe good health is a right — not a privilege, which is why the Food Revolution Summit is free. I really hope you’ll join me! All you need to do is click the link to reserve your spot and get the truth from experts you can trust.

In exchange for signing up, I receive a percentage of the price for talks if you purchase them for a reference. But purchasing is NOT required. Do what many others do, and watch each presentation when it is live and free.

I’ll post more about this information-packed event soon, but you can register today and find out about the speakers and their specialties now. You really have nothing to lose by signing up.

Guest Post: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia

This post is from my blogging friend, Terri at Reclaiming Hope: Learning To Live Well With Fibromyalgia. I’ve put a link to her blog at the end of this excellent post about Real Food. Eating well by ditching processed food is the bedrock of health. I recovered much of my function after years of debilitating myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS), fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome through good nutrition. In fact, I was planning on writing a blog post much like this one but Terri beat me to it! 😀

This is a post that I wrote back in the summer, but I thought it might be worth revisiting since good nutrition is such a key part of feeling our best. This is the first in a series of foods that may be helpful for fibromyalgia.

Collage of food with text overlay: For The Love Of Food: Foods That May Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia (And Are Good For Us All) https://reclaiminghope.blog

I love to eat. How about you? I know…. Most people probably wouldn’t be advertising that fact. In our society, food has really gotten a bum rap… NEVER eat this, ALWAYS eat that, you must eat this particular way if you want to be healthy…. Does any of this sound familiar? Several years ago, I overheard one of my fellow trainers say, “It’s food, not a religion. If you want a banana, eat a banana!” to a client at the gym where I worked. Outwardly I didn’t act as if I’d heard her, but inside I was cheering wildly. Evidently, this client had been told that bananas were “bad” because they had too much sugar in them and she told this trainer they “weren’t allowed” on her diet.

As a Personal Trainer and Health Coach, I worked with way too many clients who had an unhealthy relationship with food. They often had the good food/bad food mentality, and when they ate something they considered “bad” they considered themselves to be bad as well. That broke my heart, mainly because they thought that way about themselves but also because often, since they couldn’t “be good” all the time, they just gave up on trying to be healthy at all. A healthy diet doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition.

The truth is, food, REAL food, is just food.  It’s not good or bad….it just IS. That said, there are some foods that have a higher nutritional value than others and some that we should limit to maintain our health, but when we look at food in the bigger context, being able to enjoy healthy, wholesome meals can be not just good for our bodies, but good for our souls as well.

There are also some foods that seem to be particularly healthy for those of us who live with chronic pain, and I thought I would explore some of those over the next few weeks. I’m not a Registered Dietician, so I won’t be recommending any specific diet, or telling you what you should eat. That’s entirely up to you. Everyone is different and has to find what works for them. I’ll just give you the facts and let you decide.

First up on our food “tour”….. You guessed it!

REAL FOOD!

What do I mean by real food? I think Michael Pollan says it best in his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. He says, “Don’t eat anything your Great-Grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” Our grocery store shelves are filled with items that are, as Pollan calls them, “food-like substances.” What started out as food has been ground up, stripped of nutrients, had nutrients sprayed back onto them, and shaped into what passes for food for us today. Scary, huh?

When I talk about real food, I’m talking about food that is in its most natural state, unprocessed or minimally processed, and is recognizable as food no matter where you’re from. This, of course, includes fruits and vegetables, beans and legumes, meat, dairy products such as milk, cheese, and butter, and various nuts, seeds and grains.

Before I go any further, let me just say that I know when we’re dealing with a chronic illness, it can be hard to find the energy to prepare foods from scratch, and that sometimes we have to depend on convenience foods to get dinner on the table.  That’s okay – we do what we have to do! The goal is just to eat as healthfully as we can as often as we can.

Why It Might Be Helpful For Fibromyalgia: 

Even though scientists are now able to reproduce vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients naturally contained in food, we still don’t completely understand the mechanism that makes foods work synergistically in our bodies, and no matter how hard we try, we can’t replicate that synergy in a lab. What that means is that though we may be getting the same nutrients from the added vitamins and minerals in fortified food or in supplement form, they may not be working as effectively in our bodies as whole foods.

Some Tips For Finding Real Food At The Supermarket:

  • Shop the perimeter of the store. This is where the fresh produce, meats, and dairy are usually located. The frozen food section is often located on the outside aisles too. Frozen fruits and vegetables have the same (or very close to) nutrients as fresh, and it’s a convenient way to get those fruits and veggies in each day.
  • Look for whole grains; the less processed, the better; ie, steel-cut or old-fashioned rolled oats are less processed than instant oatmeal.
  • Look for foods that have fewer ingredients, and ones that you can actually recognize and pronounce, on the nutrition label.

I don’t know about you, but I can definitely tell a difference in my energy levels when I’m eating fresh, real food consistently, and I never feel guilty when I enjoy that occasional treat. :o)

Do you have any tips for making sure you’re eating real food? Please share!

Blessings,

~Terri

 

Gardening Hacks To Grow Abundantly This Summer

Remember a few weeks ago when I wrote about Marjory Wildcraft and her homestead in Texas? She’s offering a FREE 72-hour viewing of a very simple gardening system she developed starting March 20th and continuing until the 22nd. I receive a small fee for everyone who purchases the lessons after seeing her videos. 

ad for grow half your food in an hour/dayDisabilities aside, what if you could grow half of your own food, gardening organically, right in your own backyard garden in less than an hour each day?

No, Wisconsin is STILL a state where medicinal cannabis is outlawed so I’m not smoking/vaping/eating as I write this.

In this new system, Marjory takes all the guesswork out of growing your own food, so that almost everyone can get started today and be growing half of their own food within a year’s time.

Perfect for anyone worried about power failures

While literally anyone can get started, the system involves raising rabbits and chickens, as well as growing vegetables, in a way that does not require refrigeration or any electricity. 

If you live with or know someone who can’t spend hours working in a garden every day but wants to have healthy, nourishing, homegrown food, let them know about this free opportunity.

Marjory will walk through everything step-by-step. Even if you have no room or desire to raise animals, watch for the information on growing veggies.

The knowledge and insights compiled in this film take years to learn on your own, as Marjory did herself. But they are presented here in a system that eliminates the time-consuming research and trial-and-error that prevent you from successfully growing your own food.

Gardening guesswork is eliminated

Here’s what I mean. Marjory broke down the nutritional needs of the average person eating a healthy diet. She projected those needs out for an entire year. Then she identified three core components that, together, can supply half of the nutrition you need.

Marjory Wildcraft has helped thousands of people to start growing their own food. Her books and videos are used by governments and universities around the world. She condensed all her decades-long experiences into this simple new system.

Eliminate the research, and trial and error that slow you down. You can have fresh homegrown food on your table as soon as possible.

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To reserve your spot at the 72-Hour FREE Viewing

How to Grow Half Your Own Food is a brand-new system. But it already is a huge success with members of Marjory’s Grow Lab. Unlike lab members who pay a monthly fee, Marjory Wildcraft is making it available to you–for free–March 20 – 22, 2018.

There’s literally nothing to lose and a lot of good information to gain by registering to watch the videos.

People who register for the video series also receive free bonuses

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Never GMOs, many open-pollinated, heirloom and organic seed producers from around the world

This ebook lists companies that have pledged that they “do not knowingly buy, sell, or
trade genetically engineered seeds,” thus assuring consumers of their commitment.

All of the Grow Network directors favorite seed companies are on this list.

Inside this ebook, you will discover small farms or stores selling heirloom, open-pollinated seeds. You’ll also find guidance on what works best in your area–no matter what climate and soil challenges you face. All the companies listed are members of The Safe Seed Pledge.

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Ronnie and Marjory demonstrate seven ways backyard gardening helps the environment while helping you get healthier

From carbon capturing to animal husbandry, Ronnie Cummins and Marjory Wildcraft teach seven ways backyard gardening significantly reduces– and even repairs–damage to our Earth. 

Learn ways you can help reverse soil depletion and desertification. 

You will see an in-depth comparison of nutrition and quality from small, organic farming vs. factory-farmed animal products. You will find resources for better water capture and conservation, too. 

Discover the environmental and health benefits of integrating farm animals with your gardening. I would love to use the “chicken tractor” even though I live in a city that doesn’t allow backyard chickens!

free TGN membership
Membership in The Grow Network helped me, disabled for 11 years, to successfully garden in just a few hours week

The Grow Network is the online home of a global community of people who are producing their own food and medicine.

If you want to take a few steps back from relying on grocery stores and big ag by reclaiming your health and food supply then you are one of us.

There is a bi-weekly newsletter on how to produce your own food and medicine, too. The Grow Network also has forums, a marketplace, seed swaps, even dating, and farms for sale. You can also read about inspiring neighborhood changemakers.

You literally have nothing to lose by registering to watch the free video series. Plus, you’ll receive those free bonus materials. Here’s your final opportunity to register!

 

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Secondary Gain Reinforces Misconceptions About Invisible Disabilities

powerful thoughts memeThe placebo effect can be a double-edged sword. Yes, definitely what you think impacts how you feel. This has been demonstrated to the point where it is no longer in dispute. However, it doesn’t mean our disease(s) is all in our heads.

But did you know that there is a recognized medical thingy called “secondary gain”? (I use “thingy” in place of the word I cannot recall at the moment.) It was even taught in my nursing Master’s program.

Secondary gain is the “good” things that go along with being disabled

Such as no longer needing to work because Social Security pays you instead, taking your dog with you into stores and restaurants, people feeling sorry for you in a way that makes them want to help, government programs that mean you pay nothing or a sliding scale for some services, getting a break on your rent if you live in designated housing. free or low-cost transportation to doctor appointments, the list goes on and on.

We know this is total BS and would give it all up to be healthy again

Unfortunately, this misconception that we remain sick to reap all these benefits is often at the root of why some people think we’re faking illness.

The thinking is that once a doctor can’t find anything wrong, then you can convince yourself you are fine. If you aren’t willing to do this then it’s because of secondary gain.

After all, so this line of thinking continues, you wouldn’t be able to go running from doctor to doctor looking for something wrong if you had to come up with a copay for the visits. If the taxpayer (and here they usually put a hand on their chest) wasn’t paying for this unnecessary expense through Medicare and Medicaid.

I would go close to ballistic whenever someone voiced that kind of opinion when I was working in hospitals. It’s possible I changed some minds. I’d like to think so.

Unfortunately, most Republicans in Congress, in our medical facilities and in our neighborhoods honestly believe in secondary gain, although they won’t admit it unless among like-minded friends and co-workers. That’s the whole reason behind the new work requirements for welfare, after all.