Why we all need sistering in our lives

Why we all need sistering in our lives

Why we all need sistering What is sistering: I learned the term sistering yesterday: the reinforcement of a structural member by nailing or attaching a stronger piece to a weaker piece. (from the Dictionary of Construction) Now before you think I’ve gone into construction, let me explain. Glennon Doyle Melton‘s new book, Love Warrior, was released yesterday and Marie Forleo interviewed her on MarieTV. (If you don’t know about these two ladies, you should so be sure and click on them.) Glennon used this term to explain how much we need our sisters, whether biological or not. And guys, if you’re reading, you need your brothers in the same way. I’ve been blessed with two amazing sisters. We are so different, but we love each other and look out for one another. I’ve also been blessed with some amazing sister friends over my lifetime. When do we need sistering: We’ve all had tough times in our life. Going it alone makes the difficulties hard to bear. However, when we reach out for support from those closest to us, the burden is shared, making us stronger. My sisters were there for me when I went through a divorce sixteen years ago. I couldn’t talk to my parents about what I was facing, but my sisters were there and helped me through. I also had some friend sisters that helped pull me out of the deepest darkest moments, to get me back on my feet. You often find out who your true friends are when you face a crisis because only they will have your back. Why is sistering important: As a certified health coach, I...
Do you have two stomachs?

Do you have two stomachs?

Do you have two stomachs? Two stomachs? What kind of crazy question is that, Jane? I get the feeling many people think they have two stomachs, one for food, and one for the drugs they take. The drugs stomach sends this amazing miracle drug throughout their bodies doing the job for which it was meant. Then the other stomach is for food and the food goes there, is digested and whatever isn’t digested gets pushed out you know where. I mean food is just calories, right? No food, eventually you die. Right? Well, yes and no. No, two stomachs don’t exist Of course we only have one stomach, but why do we think that the drugs we digest do amazing things in our bodies and food has no effect except as calories in and calories out? The truth is, food is powerful medicine. What we eat is as powerful as any medicine you might be prescribed, and more often than not, the food out performs the medicine. Every thing ingested does something to the body. Leveraging what you eat for the best outcome is what we all need to work on. How to deal with one stomach Feed your stomach nutrient dense foods. Vegetables and fruits are the first defense against weight gain and disease. When you load up on these every day, they will work miracles on your body. Add at least a cup to cup and a half of legumes and amazing things begin to happen, like your colon stays cleaned out. Cut out dairy and no more constipation and no more acne. And you didn’t have...
NOT gain weight traveling? How I made it happen

NOT gain weight traveling? How I made it happen

How I learned to NOT gain weight traveling:  How to NOT gain weight traveling. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the frustration of gaining weight traveling. Traveling as much as I do, I have found the constant yo-yoing frustrating, but I was hoping to figure out a way to stop. I said I had a trip coming up and I’d let you know if I could travel and NOT gain weight. Well, I did it! I didn’t gain a pound on this trip I just took to Sweden and Denmark. Hallelujah! Avoiding alcohol on the plane: When you fly international, airlines offer free wine or beer inflight. In the past I have always had a glass or two on the flight, but this time, I drank water only. Wine on planes is not that great, so why waste calories on a not so tasty wine? Besides, there has been lots of articles written on why drinking on planes is not such a good idea. Not only does alcohol dehydrate you, booze can also make you feel drunk due to the pressurized cabin and that can get you escorted off the plane at the end of your ride. Not good. I also chose to not have a drink every night. Using the same rationale as on the flight, if they didn’t have a really great wine, why have a glass? Skipping dessert 90% of the time: I recently wrote about giving up sugar and bread for 30 days. This helped me lose weight before this trip, but I knew I was going to allow myself a little sugar, however, I...
Revert to the training, what this means

Revert to the training, what this means

Revert to the training:  That’s what most of us do, most of the time. Wondering what I’m talking about? Think about a long distance runner. He/she has trained to just keep running. They learn how much water to drink along the way, when they need food, what foods give them energy to keep going, and when they feel like they want to give up, they revert to the training. They picture everything they’ve done to train for their moment, and they make it through the run to finish. Ask anyone in the armed forces how they managed to get out in the field and not freeze in moments of crisis and they will tell you, they revert to their training. Their training become internalized. They can call up what to do in any situation because they have been highly trained. The same is true for any one trained in a highly specific manner, they will revert to the training over trying something new. Revert to the training: What does this have to do with Radical Aging? The majority of us have grown up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), heavy on the meat, sugar and processed foods, and light on the fruits and vegetables. Sadly, we have internalized this as a way of life. When we try to lose weight, we can do it for a short time, but then we revert to our training. That’s right, we go right back to what we learned through commercials and our own family kitchen, all which extolled the goodness of sugar laden processed foods, along with processed meats, white bread and...
What if there was a cure for cancer?

What if there was a cure for cancer?

What if there were a cure for cancer? What if the cure was what you eat? How many pharmaceutical companies would be put out of a revenue stream they rely on? How many doctors would have to find a new line of work? How many ‘let’s beat cancer’ by running a race would no loner exist? How much income would no longer be generated for all these entities? A LOT! So what is the likelihood anyone is going to come out and say ‘eat a plant based diet to beat the odds against cancer?’ I’m guessing it’s not going to happen even though research is showing time and time again, what you eat can cause cancer and what you eat can fight off cancer. Cancer is the scariest word on the planet to most people. No one wants to get cancer, yet we daily increase our odds of cancer invading our bodies through what we eat. Eating the Standard American Diet is the best way to acquire cancer. Eating a plant based diet is the best way to fight it. How do I eat a plant based diet, you ask? Eat NINE servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yes, I said NINE! 9! Then add some healthy grains, some nuts and seeds, at least a cup of beans, spice things up, and drink lots of water. Cut out sugar and dairy (oops! I’m crossing the line now, right?) and cut out meat, (say what? Meat? Oh yeah, that’s right) and you could be on your way to living healthy to the end of your life! Just so you...
I Forgot the WHY

I Forgot the WHY

I forgot the why of writing this blog. I thought it was about perfection, and having gained 12 pounds in France last year, then only managing to lose six before we went again this year, I felt I didn’t have anything to share. (And BTW, I gained eight this year.) Then a friend chided me for not writing and reminded me, we’re in this together. I don’t have to be perfect to share with you. Insert embarrassed emoticon here, because I realized she was right and how foolish I had been for feeling this way. So here goes. Aging and travel mean a few things and the one I’m going to talk about today is gaining weight. It’s difficult to maintain my weight when I travel. I drink more, I eat more and things aren’t prepared as I make them at home, adding extra calories for sure. And as so many have said to me, “You’re in France! Of course you have to enjoy the food!” Well, yes and no. Yes, I need to enjoy, but no, I don’t need to eat so much. The French love their veggies, so the first few weeks, when I was at our apartment, it was easy. I went to the market that was actually the first floor of my building, and had great choices. I managed to eat well and I didn’t feel as if I gained anything. Then the travel began and we were with my husband’s clients and I found myself eating, and eating, and eating. And don’t get me started on drinking. I love the wines. I could tell...