Well Here I am! Its been awhile

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Well I was thinking this morning about how I haven’t written on GGG for awhile now my apologies! I seem to have a problem in my life where I fixate on things and when I do something its all or nothing. I feel like I am the only one with this issue sometimes. For example one week I will be all about blogging and then the next sewing projects, then onto the next…..It’s honestly frustrating at the best of times.

 

I am currently on the rise again with my weight. I am embarrassed and ashamed. That why I have been hiding from blogging. I have to admit it. Its no surprise really as I am back to eating the worst of the worst. This is my standard move. Lose weight gain it back more then before, feel like a failure, eat more, depressed….repeat. I am up 20 lbs from my loss of 50lbs last year at this time and well I need to get a handle on this thing! In addition to the weight gain, my migraines are back, I’m so tired and miserable.

I am going to make some changes again in my habits and hopefully get back on track.

My husband is still battling with his MCS Disability and while he has good days and bad I think that he has found some supplements that are working for him! That is all good news, some progress is still progress. This is another reason I really need to get back on track with the cooking and cleaner eating. When I eat poorly there is less healthy options in the house for him and that is a strain to add to his condition.

Well I will see what this week brings and try to start blogging again as I do know that it helps my mental state.

Thanks for reading as always and take care!

 

Using pressure points to relieve migraine pain

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Vascular imbalance and excess muscle tension can cause irritations and pains above the neck. Strain in these areas may also lead to headaches and migraines. Many people rely on OTC pain relievers but these medicines offer temporary relief. However, you can alleviate pain and tension through reflexology and acupressure. It is easy to use these techniques because you can easily access the acupressure points in this area. Keep reading to learn more about the most common pressure points for migraines and ways to stimulate them.

Why Do You Have Migraines?

While there is no clear evidence about what causes migraines, experts believe environmental factors and genetics play a big role in the development of migraines. Some studies show that any change in the brainstem and the way it interacts with the trigeminal nerve may lead to migraines. Similarly, any imbalance in brain chemicals such as serotonin may also be the underlying cause of migraines – serotonin levels usually drop when you have a migraine attack and that makes your trigeminal system to release neuropeptides that may trigger headaches.

Even though there is no clear information about the real cause of migraines, there are certain known triggers to avoid. You may experience migraines when there are any hormonal changes during menopause or pregnancy. Other common triggers include food additives, alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, certain foods, change in sleep-wake cycle, and changes in the environment. Stress and certain medications, such as vasodilators and oral contraceptives may also trigger a migraine attack.

Pressure Points for Migraines

The great thing about reflexology is that you can use these techniques to treat the problems externally as well as internally. In fact, you can get rid of your ailments completely if you stimulate those pressure points regularly. The idea behind stimulating pressure points is to clear the blocked meridians, which in turn helps energy to flow freely through the body. This will also lead to the production of endorphins that act as natural painkillers in your body.

Here are the most common pressure points for migraines:

1. Forehead Region

There are several points on your forehead and face, and all of them are yang points and are full of energy as well. Stimulating these points will make energy to flow downwards and help you find relief from aches and pains.

Third Eye Point

One of many points along your forehead is a point where the bridge of your nose joins the ridge of your eyebrows. Stimulating this point will offer relief from headaches, eye pain, eye fatigue, and hay fever.

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In the inner corner of your eyes is another pressure point that helps find relief from allergy symptoms and sinus headaches. It is precisely located below the eyebrows, and stimulating it will also help improve vision. Be sure to apply pressure for at least a minute on both sides.

2. Temple Region

You can find several pressure points for migraines in the temple region. There is basically a chain of five points:hairline curve, valley lead, celestial hub, floating white, head portal yin. Hairline curve is close to the tip of your ear whereas the rest of the points curl around your ear. These points are located about a finger width from your ear. You will find relief from temporal headaches and migraines by applying pressure on these points. Be sure to stimulate all these points simultaneously for better results.

3. Face Region — Facial Beauty

These points locateon both sides of your nostril, at the bottom of your cheekbone, right below the pupil. It is easy to stimulate these points and proper stimulation will help open sinuses, relieve eye fatigue, toothaches, and reduce migraines and tension headaches.

4. Neck Region

There are a number of pressure points in the neck region. For instance:

Wind Mansion

One of these points is located at the back of your head – the exact location is halfway between your spine and ear. The point is called windmansionand applying pressure here will relieve pain in eyes, unblock nasal congestion, and reduce migraines and headaches.

Shoulder Well

Another pressure point in this region is at the edge of your shoulder – it is precisely halfway between the base of your neck and the point of your shoulder. Stimulating this point will help reduce neck stiffness and relieve neck pain as well. It also proves beneficial in treating ailments like spasms and asthma.

Heavenly Pillar

Heavenly pillar is yet another pressure point in the neck region and is precisely located two fingers below the base of your skull – it is basically on the rope like muscles that are on the both sides of your spine. Stimulating this point will relieve aches at the back of the head, eyestrain, neck pains, insomnia, stress, and stiff nick.

Gate of Consciousness

Gate of consciousness is located below the base of your skull – you will find it in the hollow between the vertical neck muscles. Stimulate this point to relieve headaches, arthritis, stiff neck, dizziness, eyestrain, neuro-motor coordination, and irritability.

5. Hands — Union Valley

On your hands, there is a point located in the webbing between your index finger and your thumb. You need to stimulate this point to relieve frontal headaches, back pain, and toothache. It is important to avoid triggering this point if you are pregnant because any stimulation of this point may cause contractions in the uterus.

6. Foot

There’re also some pressure points for migraines on your foot that can provide relief with stimulation.

Bigger Rushing

On your foot, you can find a pressure point that helps manage your migraines better. It is located on the top of your foot between the big and the second toe. When you apply pressure on this point, you find relief from eye fatigue, headaches, foot cramps, and arthritis.

Above Tears

There is another point on the top of your foot – you will find it an inch above the webbing of your fourth and fifth toes. Stimulate this point to relive headaches, sciatica, water retention,arthritic pains, hip pain, and shoulder tension.

 

 

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All about the miserable” Carb Flu”

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If you’ve ever dramatically reduced your carbohydrate intake, you might have felt it already: it’s that first few days of headaches, brain fog, crankiness, and constant, dragging exhaustion. At some point, you know the magic is going to happen and you’ll start feeling like a human being again, but the transition period is really rough. It feels like having the flu (hence the name), only you’re not sick; you’re just cutting carbs. Low-carb flu can include any of the following:

  • You feel fuzzy and foggy, like your brain just isn’t working right. You might have a pounding or throbbing headache.
  • You’re exhausted, cranky, and irritable for no reason.
  • Going to the gym feels like an insurmountable challenge. If you do make it, your performance is completely down the drain.
  • You’re ravenously hungry, tearing into everything in sight.
  • You’re craving anything with carbs – bagels, pasta, pizza, sandwiches, mashed potatoes, candy…

So what gives? Isn’t Paleo supposed to make you feel better, not worse?

Yes it is – and yes it will, eventually. But for some people, there’s an initial period of adaptation while your body switches tracks. Here’s how it works:

At any given time, your body can be burning either fat or carbohydrates for energy, but given a choice, it’ll start with carbs. If you eat a mixed meal (say, a potato with butter), you’ll burn the carbs first, and then start working on the fat.

Metabolic flexibility is the ability to switch back and forth between carbs and fat for energy without a problem. This is how healthy humans are set up. If you eat a potato with butter, get up, and go along with your day, you’re metabolically flexible. First you burn through the carbohydrates in the potato; then you burn through the fat in the butter. Finally, several hours later, you notice hunger gradually increasing and get up to find something else to eat.

If you eat the potato with butter, and then an hour later you need some crackers because your blood sugar is tanking and you’re snapping at everyone in the room, then you have impaired metabolic flexibility. Your body burned through all the carbs, but the switch to burning fat is difficult – so it stores the fat and demands more carbs for energy. If you eat the crackers and just keep providing those carbs, the cycle keeps repeating (while you gain weight from all that stored fat).

This impaired metabolic flexibility is clearly a problem – it’s a hallmark of diabetes and related metabolic disorders. Paleo is all about restoring metabolic flexibility, to avoid these problems, but unfortunately the low-carb flu can sometimes be a side effect of that. Initially, your body is going to throw an “I want carbs” tantrum – that’s the crummy, run-down, “low-carb flu” feeling. Eventually it’ll get the message and switch over to fat-burning mode, but sometimes it takes a lot of tantrum to figure it out.

Make no mistake: this stinks while you’re doing it. It’s not actually starvation, but it’s pretty close. But here’s the good news:

  • Low-carb flu is not inevitable: it doesn’t happen to everyone, and there’s a lot you can do to make it less miserable or even avoid it altogether.
  • It doesn’t last. Yes, it’s awful in the short term. But that short-term pain is a door to long-term gain.

Low-Carb Flu and Paleo

And now for the million-dollar question: do you have to put up with this to go Paleo?

No! For one thing, not everyone will get anything like the low-carb flu even if they do reduce carbs in their diet. Metabolically flexible people can adjust carbs up and down within a wide range and be just fine. It’s only people with impaired metabolic flexibility – people like diabetics, for example – who really get the worst of the “flu.”

Even for the unlucky ones, though, the misery isn’t inevitable. The first thing to remember about Paleo and the “carb flu” is that Paleo is not a low-carb diet. It can be low-carb, but it doesn’t have to be. Paleo is about eating the foods we’re evolutionarily suited to eat, not about any particular macronutrient ratio.

For people who are metabolically unhealthy, a low-carb version of Paleo can be very therapeutic, but you don’t have to go from 0 to 60 overnight. A better strategy is to step down gradually. First, try plugging a day or two of your current diet into any nutrition calculator online, to see how many carbs you already eat. Then start slowly pushing that number down while increasing fat and protein intake. Try to replace grain carbs with Paleo carbs as much as you can, but don’t be afraid to eat those potatoes! This will help your body adjust without the need for a brutal week of “carb flu.”

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You can also do all kinds of other things to help make the transition easier, and reduce or avoid the “low-carb flu” altogether.

  • Don’t reduce carbs unnecessarily. There’s no point to being low-carb for the sake of being low-carb! If you’re struggling with low energy and other flulike symptoms longer than a few weeks, maybe it’s not an adaptation period; maybe your body just does better with more carbs. That’s fine too. Don’t try to force yourself into a low-carb mold if you just weren’t cut out for it.
  • Get enough electrolytes. Salt deficiency and potassium deficiency can cause some of the same symptoms (especially exhaustion and exercise apathy); there’s no reason to make things worse!
  • Get enough fat. It is physiologically impossible for protein to be your primary calorie source. Your body will just stop metabolizing it, and you’ll end up starving even though enough calories are technically going into your mouth. Don’t do this! If you’re going to lower carbs, you absolutely must increase fat to match.
  • Exercise if you can. This review found that exercise was a great way to improve metabolic flexibility – but in the throes of carb withdrawal, a trip to the gym is probably the last thing on your to-do list, and that’s fine. Instead of forcing yourself through a workout when you’re falling asleep on the squat rack, put exercise on the back burner, and add it back in to maintain metabolic flexibility once the “flu” is over.
  • Drink plenty of water. Dehydration will just make the headaches worse, and it’s hard on your whole system.

Summing it Up

Not everyone gets the “low-carb flu.” In fact, many metabolically healthy people seem to skip it altogether, or else just get a very mild dip in energy levels for a day or two. So don’t go into Paleo assuming that you’re going to go through a week of horror before you get to the good part: it might not even happen!

On the other hand, people with impaired metabolic flexibility do often get a kind of “flu” from dropping carbs. This really stinks, but you can make it stink less by lowering your carbs slowly, getting plenty of water, salt, and fat, and giving yourself a break until it passes. Remember: Paleo is not a week-long fad diet; you can afford to take 2 weeks to ease into it for the sake of long-term sticking power. You also don’t have to do a low-carb version of Paleo if it doesn’t make you feel good; there’s no carb police hovering over your shoulder ready to pounce if you look sideways at a potato!

Ultimately, a hellish week of “carb flu” shouldn’t be the Paleo price of admission. You shouldn’t have to take vacation time just to change your diet. So if you’re in the throes of the low-carb blues, don’t just suffer through it; take a second to stop and think what you might do differently to make the transition less rocky and more sustainable.

 

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And When She was bad, She was Awful…..My reboot back on track

So lately I have been letting myself slip back into old habits although I may seem like a rock at times. I achieved my weight loss goal recently about 3 months ago with the Ideal Protein method as supervised by a nutritionist. I was dedicated and determined that this is going to be the last time I ever yo yo’d back again. But lets not forget my past. I was and still am a junk food addict.

Some how, I have be rationalizing that its OK to have a bite of this here and a bit of this there. One day turns into a few and then a week and now I have been right back to rock bottom again. Binge eating in my car, no one see’s and whatever I think, the weight is slowly returning. I have been disregarding the pound or so that is back but now I m up 5 lbs and the other night I finally had my ultra drug….PEPSI.

That’s nothing you say. Well for me its everything 5 lbs will turn into 10 and then before I know it Ill be up 40 lbs again and then more…its always more. I needed to be honest. I needed help and fast. I can’t get hold of myself, I have been trying and failing. I contacted my nutritionist and we have decided together that I will start a reboot to get back into control of my habits and break that cycle again. I will be documenting my reboot these coming days so I can remember how to get back to health again.

I am so proud that I could get help this time and not let it go and fade away like I usually do. There is still some fight in this girl after all.

 

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DAY ONE – BACK ON TRACK WITH IDEAL PROTEIN

Day 1: 5

On track – YES

Cravings – YES, and when I am wanting to eat my healthy veggies I am feeling very repulsed. My brain says it would rather starve then not eat junk food. I am definitely not out of the woods in addiction. Headache, Tired. All the normal withdraws. Tomorrow will be worse I know.

My Day 1 Looked Like

Ideal protein foods for Breakfast, Lunch and Snack.

Lunch had a large multi- greens salad with olive oil/vinegar

Dinner: Roasted Chicken and Broccoli

2 coffee’s and Water, water, water……..

Tomorrow is another day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

MSG The Insidious Poison

The dangers and prevalence of MSG will shock you! This flavor enhancer
is linked to a host of health issues, including fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty
liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity,
metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain
connection, neurological and brain damage.

The danger lies in that MSG is almost impossible to avoid.

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Why? The reason is twofold:

1. There are over 40 different ingredients that manufacturers use, that all
have MSG.

2. It is not just a flavor enhancing additive – it is a natural by-product of
processing proteins. These MSG by-products are found in many of your favorite
organic health food

Keep reading to discover how to avoid this insidious poison.

What Is MSG?

MSG, or monosodium glutamate, got its reputation as a flavor enhancer
extracted from seaweeds in China. In the early 1900′s, the process was
perfected in Japan and became commercially available.

In the 1960′s, the phrase “Chinese Restaurant Syndrome” was coined by the New
England Journal of Medicine. Twenty minutes after eating Chinese food, some
sensitive people would experience tingling, numbness, brain fog, chest pressure
and pain.

In the 1970′s, researchers found that pharmaceutical MSG would kill brain cells
in a laboratory. Shortly thereafter, they realized that commercially available
MSG would have the same effect.

MSG is simply the addition of one (mono) sodium molecule to the amino acid
glutamic acid, which is found naturally in many foods. When any amino acid
builds up in the body, most people have the ability to break it down in the
liver without alarm. However, some amino acids, such as glutamic acid (glutamate)
and aspartic acid (aspartame or “nutra sweet”), may be more difficult to
convert and flush out of the body.

Both glutamate and aspartame cause the nerves to fire, and when they are in
excess, the nerves can fire excessively and cause a form of neurotoxicity.

Not Just A Flavor Enhancer

By now most of us have heard of MSG’s role as a flavor enhancer. But how does
thiswork? Concentrated free glutamic acid or MSG act as nerve stimulants and
will change how the taste buds taste food. A yucky or even a really bad tasting
food will taste fantastic when high levels of glutamic acid are introduced as a
flavor enhancer.

The insidious nature of MSG
is that it may occur whenever a protein is broken down in the body.

When folks are sensitive to MSG, they are reacting to free glutamic acid in the
blood. Remember, MSG is made when the free glutamic acid binds with a sodium
molecule. Whenever protein is broken down in the body, glutamic acid is freed
from a protein (in which it naturally occurs), and you have the potential of
free glutamic acid building up in the blood and a possible toxic MSG reaction.

MSG Reactions: Whole vs. Processed Foods

While this happens naturally when ingesting protein-rich whole foods like
grains, meats, dairy, and even vegetables, the glutamic acid is released in
concert with many other amino acids, rather than in high concentrations on its
own. As a result, unadulterated whole-food-based proteins do not cause a toxic
MSG reaction in the body.

On the other hand, many processed foods – including organic health foods –
contain processed proteins that harbor free glutamic acids.

The FDA does not require
manufacturers to label these foods MSG unless the “added ingredient” is 99%
pure MSG.

If MSG is produced as a result of protein hydrolysis or a byproduct of protein
processing, the FDA does not require MSG to appear on the label.

Moreover, a product labeled “No MSG” may still have MSG or free glutamic acid
as a result of protein processing, as long as pure MSG was not added.

The truth is that protein-hydrolysis-based glutamates or MSG are found in just
about every highly processed food. Even vegetable proteins are hydrolyzed to
make veggies burgers and many other frozen or pre-prepared vegan and “health
foods.”

When purchasing processed health foods, look for these common ingredients loaded with MSG that do not require an MSG
listing on the label:

Hydrolyzed Vegetable
Protein

Textured Vegetable Protein

Yeast Extract

The Bottom Line

MSG or free glutamates as a flavor enhancer is found in highly processed foods,
usually under an alias to make it impossible to know for sure what you are
eating. Refer to the list below for the many hidden names of MSG.

MSG or free glutamic acid is also found in many health foods as a result of
vegetable protein breakdown or hydrolysis. These MSGs or free glutamic acids
are not added into food as a flavor enhancer but exist in varying quantities in
many foods as a result of protein breakdown.

Some folks break down glutamates better than others, so when it comes to
glutamates as a result of protein breakdown, this is a highly individualized
issue. However, MSG as a flavor enhancer should simply be avoided.

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Hidden Names For MSG And Free Glutamic Acid:

Names of ingredients that always contain processed free glutamic acid.

Glutamic Acid (E 620)2

Glutamate (E 620)

Monosodium Glutamate (E
621)

Monopotassium Glutamate (E
622)

Calcium Glutamate (E 623)

Monoammonium Glutamate (E
624)

Magnesium Glutamate (E 625)

Natrium Glutamate

Yeast Extract

Anything hydrolyzed

Any hydrolyzed protein

Calcium Caseinate

Sodium Caseinate

Yeast Food

Yeast Nutrient

Autolyzed Yeast

Gelatin

Textured Protein

Soy Protein Isolate

Whey Protein Isolate

Anything :protein

Vetsin

Ajinomoto

Names of ingredients that often contain or produce processed free
glutamic acid

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Carrageenan (E 407)

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Bouillon and broth

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Any flavors or flavoring

Maltodextrin

Citric acid, Citrate (E
330)

Anything ultra-pasteurized

Barley malt

Pectin (E 440)

Protease

Anything enzyme modified

Anything containing enzymes

Malt extract

Soy sauce

Soy sauce extract

Anything protein fortified

Seasonings
Glutamic acid found in unadulterated “whole food” protein does not cause
adverse reactions. To cause adverse reactions, the glutamic acid must have been
processed/manufactured or come from protein that has been fermented.

Protein Powders: Be Selective
Unfortunately, many protein powders contain forms of soy and whey protein, as
listed above, that will always contain processed free glutamic acid. Since free
glutamic acids are a product of processing proteins, it can be tricky to find a
protein powder that does not potentially contain them. The key is the amount or
concentration of these glutamates in each product, as well as gauging your own
personal level of sensitivity and ability to break them down, that becomes the
issue.

Don’t Stress – Just Eat
Whole Foods!

A list so long can be overwhelming, and can provoke the feeling of, what is
there left to eat? When trying to avoid MSG, the main focus should be on a
diet of whole, unprocessed foods including vegetables, grains, legumes, fruits,
nuts and seeds, organic and grass-fed meats, and organic dairy. Make sure your
proteins are clean, preferably organic and grass-fed, and cook them at home or
enjoy them at a restaurant whose practices you support, rather than eating
excess processed foods.

After looking at the above list a few times, you’ll get the hang of which kind
of ingredient names connote MSG, and easily avoid them. As Jack Lalanne
advised, ‘Don’t eat anything with a wrapper! And if you can’t do that, try to
avoid processed foods with more than five whole-food ingredients’.

The dangers and prevalence of MSG will shock you! This flavor enhancer
is linked to a host of health issues, including fibromyalgia, obesity, fatty
liver, high insulin and blood sugar, high cholesterol, liver toxicity,
metabolic syndrome, high blood pressure, disturbance to the gut-brain
connection, neurological and brain damage.

The danger lies in that MSG is almost impossible to avoid.

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My Success with Ideal Protein

 

 

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I am an chronic sufferer of migraine headaches and this is spurred on MSG (monosoduium Glutamate) which has turned from a intolerance to a full on allergy.

I was finally fed up being put out all the time because of the severe migraines as well as
I was unhappy and overweight. I was at my heaviest. I was 5’4”
and 186 lbs and miserable. Tired all the time, ashamed to go out in
public with my family, debilitating migraines that sent me to the
hospital a myriad of times. I was sore and just felt like giving up
on everything.

A little spark and I decided to take charge and I started to work with a nutritionist to resolve the migraine issue once and for all and get back the person I wanted to
be. When I met with her she had me start on the Ideal
Protein method of eating. Yes, I know how this sounds. “You
have to eat the food that they make and its a gimmick to make you
come back for months spending thousands on their refined foods”,
but wait and read on and I will tell you why it was different.

First of all the products that they make are all MSG free. Really. The
programs are only available through pharmacies and certified
nutritionists and there are 4 phases so once you reach your goal they
remove their foods in phases and replace them with your own foods.
Real, Clean, foods. They monitor you for a year afterwards to make
sure that you stabilize and know how to eat properly. Phase 1 for example focuses on 2 Ideal protein choices for breakfast and Lunch and once Ideal Protein snack all which I enjoyed the taste of. Dinner is a protein choice and both lunch and dinner include your choice of vegetables.

The first few days were OK. I was
craving sugar and looking for my fast food fix but I persevered. I
went through some nasty withdrawal symptoms the in the next week.
Migraines, nausea, dizziness, lethargy, hot flashes and I could have
slapped the face of of anyone. This was hell, I was sure. I didn’t
give up thou. I was determined this time. Week one was over before I
knew it and I was weighing in lighter and leaner by the inches. I was
starting to have a clearer thought process. The headaches were gone
and I was more stabilized.

before-and-after-45-lbs

186 LBS ……………………………………………………141 LBS


4 months pass……45lbs lost


I did have some slip ups along the way,
they quickly teach me how insidious this MSG thing is. One fast food
chain french fry is enough to send me in to full on reaction and my
head in going to explode. I start to learn and start to fear all
things unnatural and refined. I have learned that there can be no
processed food, no sneak treats only conscious decisions that if I
willingly go against will result in physical pain.

Currently I am on Phase 4 I worked with my nutritionist to plan a sustainable approach with what I currently know to make my transition easier. When I mentioned to her that I was very familiar with the Paleo way of life and juicing she was on board with my decision. I will still maintain with her and she answers all my questions to keep me focused and aligned with clean eating principals. At this time I have never had so much energy and focus. I am back in control.

I am so happy to be back to the nutrient dense and healthful foods that nourish my body. If you are looking for some information on Ideal Protein you can get all the information online and your local center will give you a consultation usually for free.You can see my local clinic here http://www.tillsonburgweightloss.com/ 

Whatever you decide if you put your
mind to it you can accomplish anything.

You are in control of you no one else.

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