Fighting Autoimmune?

Good evening everyone.  I’m so sorry to have been away for so long.  I’m going to give you a much better explanation very soon, but for now, let me just tell you that I’ve been unwell and was not able to finish that full 80 day program.  Much has to do with diet, exercise and adrenals.  I’m in full research mode, seeing a naturopath, getting testing done and moving forward.  I am still working out but not daily.  I have so much information to share with you and you will be seeing a reformat of my page  soon.

In 2008, I was diagnosed with leaky gut syndrome.  I had no idea and was completely uninterested in really understanding what that meant.  By 2012, I had eliminated gluten from my diet and was feeling better but still not great.  In 2013, I was diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, still had leaky gut and needed a major overhaul on food and exercise.  Again, I didn’t do what the doc suggested (I made a mediocre attempt) and never healed.  From 2014 – 2015, I studied holistic nutrition and STILL didn’t make the changes suggested.  In 2016, I was diagnosed again with adrenal fatigue and this time metal toxicity.  This time, I began to take things more seriously.  I was 8 years into this diagnosis and not getting better.  When I made the changes, I felt better and then I would “try it again”.

adrenal fatigue

And here I am today.  Suffering worse than ever and needing to get my health under control.  I’m finally worried enough about my health to take serious action.  And I’m seeing serious change but this is going to be a long road I’m afraid.

I look so forward to sharing with you all this amazing information I’m learning and bringing so much light to those who suffer from autoimmune disease.

Do you suffer from any of these?  If so, please share your story!



Obsessed – Day 35 – Oh the Struggle

Today was a great and productive day for work and good fun was had texting with my team at work. I met a ton of new customers today which is always rewarding. Then after work I came back to my airbnb and the struggle became so real.

After drinking my pre-workout and waiting the appropriate time, I pushed play and started my workout.

This is right before the final set of the 3rd round of Day 35. I was literally fighting back vomiting. But I finished after a 30 second pause. I wanted to quit but Autumn Calabrese had just said, “hit pause but DONT QUIT” so how could I quit?!

I love this program because I push myself harder than I have ever pushed myself. I lift heavier each week and try harder each day to do more than I did yesterday. I am 42 years old and in the best shape of my life. I still have a LONG way to go but I believe that by the end of these 80 days, I’m going to be the bombshell I’ve always wanted to be. The biggest motivator for me is that for the first time ever, in my life, I’m doing this for my. Both my parents have diabetes from obesity. When I started out with Beachbody in Jan 2017, I was at my heaviest outside of pregnancy. I’m 25 pounds lighter today but sooo many inches smaller and 10 times stronger. Most of that has come in the last 35 days. I wake up in gratitude everyday for the healthier choices that come so easy to me now. Cravings are GONE! I cant wait to post my 40 pictures.

I ate very clean today but am still struggling with digestions issues. They are getting better but traveling takes its toll on me. I have to get that part figured out.

Now to finish my favorite movie Lord of the Rings, get some work done and then get to bed.


Hi everyone!  So sorry for the gap in posts.  I needed a weekend of rest and recovery (but I did do my workouts and then some).  I’ve got some fun things in the works that will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Friday was a busy day of seeing doctors (chiro and eye) and getting ready for my trip that I’m on this week.  Saturday I spent the day with my fella being a couch potato except for my workout and cooking an amazing goulash dinner with cauliflower in lieu of potatoes.  Sunday was baking and cooking up things for Tyler for the week and then spending time with our friend and her girls outdoors getting some fresh air.  Good times. And much needed.

As for my workout program and nutrition, I’ve been committed to my workouts and getting them done everyday.  Even Sunday, my rest day, we were outside and did a mini incline of 200 steps that go up at a 40º angle (ouch my legs and lungs).  Food has been on point except I had some dark chocolate over the weekend and my digestion in paying today for it.

Today I drove to Albuquerque, NM and didn’t have the best food options in the car.  They weren’t unhealthy per se, but they were lacking in vital nutrients.  But I did have all my weights and workout equipment in my car and hit up Whole Foods before coming to the airbnb I rented.

I cooked up some nutrient packed stir-fry with tons of veggies for dinner after my workout and will hope that tomorrow brings ease to my digestion.

This blog is kind of all over the place.  Tomorrow will be more structured.  I hope you all had a great Monday.

~until tomorrow

Obsessed – Day 31

OK – I’m going to make this short and sweet today.

My day consisted of getting up and going to Denver to work and getting my bangs trimmed and then coming home to do more work on the computer and then it was workout time.

My workout today was total body core and I have to tell you guys I hurt everywhere since this new phase started. This workout program challenges me more than anything I’ve ever done and I love it but I hate it. So my legs hurt so bad and tomorrow is leg day. I am so scared!! Ha!

Below are just 2of the 12 exercises I did today.

Nutrition was good. Light breakfast of a couple of slices of toast of this amazing homemade bread recipe that I found on the Against All Grain website, leftover spaghetti squash bake for a late lunch and leftover corned beef, cabbage and parsnip/turnip puree. All foods today fit into the SCD foods list. Digestion has improved some this week.

Want any of these recipes?

Obsessed – Day 30 – Motivation and Fun Cardio?

Up until a few months ago, I was attempting to build a team actively coaching for BeachBody. Its quite a rewarding job and I really wanted to help people. However, with my travels and my busyness opening a coffeehouse, I found network marketing to be too much of a time consumption for me so I ended my coaching business. That doesn’t mean I don’t still love the programs and do them. The 80 Day program I am currently doing is changing my life!!! And I couldn’t be more enthusiastic. I LOVE motivating people, educating people and praising their progress. I find that talking about this program in my blogs and having them posted on social media has generated some motivation for my friends which has been incredible for my to witness. It took me so long to get to a point in my life where health and nutrition as well as fitness took a high enough level of importance that I find an great level of gratitude for people in my life to find motivation from me. I’m telling you this because I can still help if you’re looking for it. I am still an active coach, I just haven’t been actively working the business.

On another note, my workout today was a brand new cardio workout that was actually super fun. It was hard as hell, don’t let me mislead you, but one of the most fun cardio workouts I recall doing. Everything was different from anything I’d ever done and went by very fast. And I enjoyed that it went quickly. Nutrition was good. Light but good and my digestion is still improving. I’ve added L-glutamine as well as collagen, probiotics and changed my diet to start excluding many of the items that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet “illegal foods” list. Baby steps.

Off to bed now. Until tomorrow!

Obsessed Day 29 – Phase 2 Begins

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.” -Jim Rohn

OK time to check in. Yesterday was my rest day and since I wrote about leaky gut I opted not to post my current stats. So here you go:

26 days in I’ve lost 2.4 lbs and 8.25″. Now, as much as I wish the scale had a bigger number, I cannot be dissatisfied with that inches lost number. Especially since I was on the road traveling for 17 of those 26 days. That’s pretty damn good results.

Today started phase two. Here is the shocker for me. Yesterday, when I did my stats and entered all the information for this phase, it told me I am supposed to eat MORE! People…I couldn’t even eat all the food for phase one and now I’m supposed to eat 200 calories more. Well, lets just say that that ain’t happening. I am happy to eat plenty and get my nutrition but my body works like this: When I’m working out and fueling my body properly, I don’t have cravings or want to eat a lot. That’s just how I am. When I’m complacent and lazy is when I eat a ton. It may sound backward and maybe its from years of eating out of boredom or to heal emotions but when all my gears are working well and properly, I eat food when I need it and ONLY when I need it. What’s your diet like when you exercise?

For food today I kept it very simple. Grain free pancakes this morning, homemade grain free fruit bar for lunch and salmon, cooked greens and sautéed butternut squash for dinner. No snacking except for a couple of sultanas after dinner. When I eat light like that, it makes me feel much better. And due to me trying to get my gut health right, I’ve cut out all my shakes except the post workout protein which I may also exclude if after a week I’m not seeing the improvement I’m looking for. I’ve really been digging making all my food from scratch. Why not try making my own post workout protein, too, if need be. Any good suggestions?

And finally my workout was insane in the membrane. It was all about that booty and man did she make it hurt. Here are a couple of shots of what it was like. If you choose to laugh at my look of bewilderment I understand. The first day of a brand new workout is a bit confusing but even I will laugh at my facial expressions.

Obsessed – Day 28 – What Kind of Guts Do You Have?

REST DAY!!!!  I gotta tell you guys, I didn’t do much resting today though.  I’ve been on my feet so much that they actually hurt. HA!  I’ve been in my kitchen since I got up this morning, trying new recipes and making cookies for my man and cooking a late St. Patrick’s day dinner which is still cooking.   There was about an hour break in there where I cleaned my bathroom shower and tub which was a nightmare because the shower doors were awful.  We’d tried so many different glass cleaners and FINALLY found one that works but it took many passes and much elbow grease to get it clean.  Damn soap scum.  Then the bathtub is large enough that I have to get in it to clean the front half and the ledge behind it and then climb out to clean the back half.  Its truly comical.  But the reality behind it taking so long to clean one bathroom is that I’ve been traveling so much that I’ve not had time or taken the time to do it.  The boyfriend and I have a deal….I clean everything except the floors (which he’s been cleaning since 10:00 this morning because he’s obsessed with clean floors and I HATE doing floors).  OK.  Enough of that.  Let’s talk about my GUTS now.

Earlier in the week I mentioned that my guts were leaky.  Many in the world know about digestive issues.  But there are many who don’t know about digestive issues.  And as someone who has a partial education in holistic nutrition and has done tons of research online and in books, one would think that I would actually work hard to have a healthy digestive system.  However, as mentioned in previous blogs, I’m a food addict who fights the good fight of building a healthy relationship between myself and food.  I must work harder than most to be mindful of my eating (why, when, where and how). But due to many, many, MANY years of eating for pleasure, boredom, sadness, fear, etc., I’ve done a lot of damage to my body.  Leaky gut being just one of the side effects.

Leaky gut simply put is: when the intestinal wall is weakened and small particles of food are able to pass through it accessing the bloodstream.  When this happens, the food particles then travel to the liver for final digestion.  This is not the job of the liver and by the additional work being put on the liver, it adds stress to the body which, in turn, causes other problems with the endocrine system.  And so it goes from there.  Many doctors, specialists, health researchers, pharmacists, etc., will tell you that the digestive systems is the glue that holds the body together.  If our digestive system isn’t functioning properly, it will affect every other system in our body.  Case in point, I’ve had poor digestion for years and since learning that my digestion needed to be corrected and doing little to correct it, I’ve been diagnosed with adrenal fatigue, I have poor circulation in my hands and feet at time, my brain is pretty foggy a lot and focus is challenging for me.  WHEW!  That’s a lot.

What are my symptoms?

  • Inflammatory conditions
  • IBS
  • Acne
  • Food Intolerances
  • Arthritis, joint pain
  • Memory problems
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Feeling toxic
  • Bloated/Gas
  • Active stomach after eating

But there are many more possible symptoms

  • IBD
  • Other skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, hives
  • Celiac disease
  • Migraines

So what causes leaky gut?

  • Food Sensitivities & Intolerances: If you have leaky gut; offending foods will only worsen the issue and you may develop sensitivities to a multitude of other foods.  It’s not necessarily permanent. But if not treated will only get worse over time with more and more foods being triggers (my current situation; I can’t eat much of anything without having problems).
  • Stress: Stress doesn’t just come from work, relationships, money or the other more commonly considered issues.  Yo-yo dieting, rapid weight loss or gain and addictions of any kind can also play a large part in stressing the body.
  • Incomplete Chewing: It allows larger than normal proteins into the bloodstream. I was taught in school that you should chew your liquid food and drink your solid food.  Sounds weird, huh?  The idea behind this is that you’re activating the digestive enzymes that begin in the saliva in the mouth.  So if you don’t allow this to happen by chewing your food, the beginning stages of digestion are skipped and already the rest of the body is working overtime as soon as you swallow.
  • Large meals:  Overeating will overwhelm your digestive system. This goes back to the addiction I mentioned earlier.  I was a binge eater from early in life.  Food was my best friend even as a child.  I could polish off a bag of bbq potato chips like nobody’s business by the age of 10.  Think my guts said thank you?  Probably not!
  • Low Levels of Stomach Acid: If you don’t have adequate stomach acid (HCl), you can’t digest your food properly, period.  Inappropriately large proteins and pathogens can reach your intestines. One of the best ways to know if this is a possibility is to mix a 1/4 tsp of baking soda in a glass of water first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything.  Wait to see how long it takes to belch. If you haven’t belched within 5 minutes, you probably have low stomach acid.
  • Low Levels of Pancreatic Enzymes:  Enzymes are so very important.  Once you have leaky gut this will only worsen the issue.  I’m currently taking a digestive enzyme to help me out but once my body is back on track, my digestive enzymes should be at the proper levels.
  • Medications: Prescription antibiotics are indiscriminate killers – they kill the good and the bad. If you must take them, try taking a double dose of probiotics to help offset the damage done by the antibiotics. Frequent use of NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve) can very often damage the gut lining.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol compromises gut health, particularly on an empty stomach.  Alcohol abuse makes people much more susceptible to a compromised gut.  Oh yes, this is me also.  I’ve been sober for a number of years but prior to sobering up, I had quite a go with the go-go juice for about 18 years.

I’ve included quite a bit of info in this post about leaky gut causes and things that can help.  One of the best things I’ve read about so far for healing the gut is collagen, bone broth and gelatin.  If you’re vegan, I know there are some options out there for plant based collagen as well.  This is how I’ve started my healing journey.  Yesterday and today I had a bullet proof coffee with collagen in it.  I’ll share some of the meals I’m trying this week also.  In my research, it would seem that the best eating program for healing the gut is the Scientific Carbohydrate Diet which I made my entire meal plan out for the week around.  Time will tell and I will tell all of you as this journey progresses.

I hope that any of you who read this might find some of it helpful.  There is a ton of research on the market these days but if you just don’t like to do it or don’t have time, feel free to shoot me a message and I’ll gladly help you out as much as I can.

“Note: I am not a doctor or a certified nutrition.  All information in this post is based on personal knowledge and experience and recommendations are from personal experience.  If you are experiencing any of the possible symptoms listed above, consult your doctor before treating it.”