A Health Coach’s Top 10 Tips for Getting or Staying Healthy

There is so much information out there. If you Google any symptom you can be certified as a fixer of that symptom in a matter of minutes it seems.

(Technology is a wonderful thing!)

But there can be so much confusing information out there. Some information even contradicts others. So, how are we to know what is good advice or not?

Well, that’s the tricky part. See, every single person on the planet is different – even if just slightly. The way we walk, the activities we do, the food we eat, how we deal with stress all affects us in different ways. So, what works for one person may or may not work for you.

Plus, health encompasses more than just the physical part. There are 3 parts to health: physical, mental, and spiritual.

So, I’m doing my best to give you 10 tips that will be good to help you get or stay healthy – no matter who you are (just remember to honor what your body is telling you!):

1. Eat Lots of Veggies

Like lots. And lots. And lots. Especially the green ones.


2. Move Your Body Every Single Day

You don’t have to run or go to the gym everyday to get in a workout. Think outside the box and get moving!


3. Eat Less Sugar (or none at all)

Sugar is responsible for so many health issues it’s crazy. Cut it out or at least way down to lessen the likelihood of serious diseases like Alzheimer’s.


4. Take Time for Yourself Regularly

It’s important that you take time to refuel yourself so you can go out and give the world your best. Do something that fills you up!


5. Volunteer

Giving of your time to someone less fortunate can help more than you know with your own mental health. Don’t know where to volunteer? Check with your local church or visit a website like: volunteermatch.org


6. Drink Lots of Water

Like at least half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Yup. At least.


7. Deal with Stress

When we don’t deal with stress our bodies actually store it. That’s when we start having symptoms like aches, pains, arthritis, chronic sickness… Find a way to release that stress.


8. Be Part of a Community

It’s been proven that people who feel like they belong in a community live longer, are happier, and feel more fulfilled. Your community could be your church, a book club, your family…


9. Pray, Read the Bible, & Worship Christ Daily

Spiritual health is just as important as physical and mental health (maybe even more so!). Get to know Christ and just how loved and supported you can be!


10. Have fun!

Allow yourself the opportunity to let go, relax, and enjoy. “Don’t get so hung up on where you’d rather be that you forget to live life where you are.” -Aurora in Passenger


11. Okay – a bonus one I couldn’t leave out: Detox

Detox means to get rid of what no longer serves you. This could mean physically in the food you eat, cleaning products you use, or what products you put on your skin. It could also mean mentally in past emotions, experiences, or people. I am passionate about detoxing (because my body requires it regularly) so if you have questions please ask!!!

Of course there are a bazillion other things you could do to get or stay healthy. But in my personal and professional opinion these are the top ones for most people. Which one would you like to start today?

My Personal Gut Story

Gut story? Who wants to read that?

I know, right?!?!

BUT, if my story can help someone else to feel encouraged then this gut story of mine is worth sharing and reading. So, here it is:

About 10 years out of college I started having some serious health issues. Pain in my upper back and stomach pain from out of this world. Had ALL the tests and procedures done. Blood work, colonoscopy, endoscopy, ultrasounds, x-rays, two gallbladder tests complete with radioactive drinks….

And the only thing they found was possibly the scarring from an ulcer. Yet, I was in excruciating pain every single day. Finally, my gastroenterologist told me, “We don’t know what’s wrong with you. There’s nothing else we can do.”

In the midst of all that I also had food allergy testing and found out I was allergic to barley. Weirdest thing ever, I thought. And I told the doctor I didn’t drink beer. He said, “Then you’re fine. There’s nothing you need to do differently.” I didn’t understand so I went home and researched and found that barley has gluten and is in nearly everything it seemed: anything with flour, Carmel color, sauces, coke….

So, that was it. That was the day the medical field lost my trust. That was the day I decided to take back control of my own health.

So, I started doing research on how to make my body healthy. On how to heal. I read, and read, and read. I listened to health talks meant for doctors. I became a sponge for knowledge about my gut and health. And the thing was, no matter what the topic there were always similar suggestions for how to heal. And it all started with diet.

I knew my mental health wasn’t in the greatest shape either. I had begun to see a counselor to help with that.

And, I had come across a reverse elimination diet called the GAPS Diet. That stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet. Whoa. The more I read and learned about it the more it described me. But if I tried this diet I was going to have to change everything. I mean everything. Starting with what I ate. See, the reverse elimination diet component means you take everything (yes, EVERYTHING) out of your diet. You drink bone broth for a certain number of days (depending on your body) and then you begin adding in foods one at a time to see if your body has any adverse reactions to them.

I was ready to not hurt every time I swallowed a bite of food. I was ready to reclaim my health. And I was ready to do whatever it took to get there. So, I jumped in. Feet first. Head first. Whatever you want to say, I was all in. And for two weeks, all I ate was bone broth. Beef bone broth, chicken bone broth, and fish bone broth. (I don’t recommend the fish. Ick!). Then I began eating the chicken from the broth I’d made. And within a few days I was already feeling better. Within a few weeks I wasn’t in pain anymore.

Then, I added cooked onions, cooked apples, and eggs next. I continued adding foods one at a time until I was on the full GAPS Diet – which is still limited but way more options than just broth. I stayed on this diet for about two years.

This diet healed my gut. But it didn’t heal my allergies. I had gotten my mental health under control by this point. I had even gotten off all anxiety and depression medication (whoa- that’s a story all in its self).

So, I began working with my chiropractic physician. She put me on a regimen for two months of supplements to reinvigorate my gut cells. Then I was on a strict diet of mostly veggies, fruit, and meat for two months.

And this process healed me from my allergies- along with tons of prayer too I might add!

So, I started eating whatever I wanted again. And for two more years I was just fine.

Then, this summer I started having pain and major gurgling again. My gluten allergy was back. And this time dairy has been an issue for me too.

So, I am once again gluten free and now dairy free. For the time being. I am certain that I can be healed again when the time is right. I’ve been through this before. And I know what to expect this time. And I’m ready. Ready to heal myself- without drugs, without chemicals, without anything Big Pharma has to offer me. Because nature was given to us by God. And he intended for us to use it. So, I will.

Are you in a place where the medical field has let you down too? Have you been given a “life sentence” of illness, disease, or symptoms? Let me speak life and love into you right now:

THERE IS HOPE. And yes, for you too. No matter what you’ve been told. No matter what your diagnosis. No matter what. There is hope. I’d be happy to listen to your story too. Share a piece of it here by commenting below.

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils to Support Your Ears

I’ve been using essential oils to support my health and life for many years. And it has now become my medicine cabinet. I use essential oils every single day – usually multiple times a day. I haven’t been sick in years and when I do get a mild symptom I immediately turn to my essential oils and the symptom is eradicated quickly or at least diminished.

These oils are truly a gift of the earth – from God of course. When you choose essential oils for your home please make sure they are Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. Just because it says therapeutic grade on the label doesn’t mean it’s 100% pure essential oil. I learned that the hard way. And never, ever, ever buy your oils off Amazon or from a box or drug store. They will not be pure – ever. I get my oils here – the only 100% pure safe oils in the country. (For more information on my beliefs and these oils please message me. I’m happy to chat about it.)

So, let’s discuss some ways you can use essential oils to support the health of your ears!

1.Ear Pain/Ear Infections

If you read my previous blog post you know that I’ve dealt with so much ear stuff in my lifetime. Here’s my go-to recipe for help with ear pain, infections, swimmers ear, or ear pain when I’m flying:

In a roller bottle put about 5 drops each of grapefruit, frankincense, digestive blend, melaleuca, and respiratory blend. Then top with fractionated coconut oil. Roll this behind, in front of, (never put essential oils in your ear!) down the neck under ear toward the heart, and along the jaw line to the chin. Apply several times a day, even every hour if needed, until symptoms subside.

I have had great success in using this recipe to help my ears decompress after being in an airplane. I use the roller bottle for ease, but you might have even better relief applying these oils one at a time in the same locations. You can also take 2 drops of each: protective Blend, oregano, melaleuca, frankincense, & lemon internally in a capsule to help support the immune system.

2.Earache

I have also used basil for relief from ear issues. You can rub it in front of, behind, and below the ear in the same manner as for an ear infection. Basil is antibacterial, anti-infectious, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antispasmodic, antiviral, and a decongestant among many other things.

You could also put a few drops of basil on a cotton ball and gently place the cotton ball in the ear. But remember, you never want to drop essential oils directly into the ear. The oils will remain on the cotton ball and not reach the eardrum so this method is safe.

3.Tinnitus

Tinnitus is ringing in the ears not caused by an external source.

See, sometimes we have ringing or buzzing in our ears because they are hearing something at a hertz that is not in our range of hearing. This is not tinnitus. This is good hearing! Tinnitus comes from something internal. If you struggle with vertigo or dizziness, and ringing or buzzing in the ears you might be dealing with tinnitus.

Many people have seen total healing or nearly so when using helichrysum. Rub the oil behind, in front of the ear (again, never put essential oils in your ear) and down the jaw line toward the chin. Do this 3-4 times a day.

4.Motion Sickness

Often when we’re feeling dizzy or have motion sickness it stems from an imbalance in the inner ear.

Before travel you can inhale digestive blend and/or rub coriander essential oil behind the ears. I have also had good results inhaling ginger.

Warning: Ginger is a hot oil and you DO NOT want to get it on your nose – or anywhere else for that matter – without a carrier oil. If you smell keep it far enough away not to touch the skin.

After you’re already feeling the sickness you can take 3-5 drops of digestive blend internally and rub it on your belly. You can also use peppermint or ginger internally too.

5.Hearing Loss

I don’t personally have experience using essential oils with hearing loss, but here is a protocol an expert suggests:

Apply this technique 3 times per week for about two months. With each step apply the oils to the palm and dipping one finger at a time into the oils start rubbing at the front of the ear, then over the fleshy rim, and down to to lobe multiple times. (Never put oils inside the ear!) Then, rub down the neck below the ear and along the jaw line. Use:

  • 4 drops each grounding blend and restful blend and repeat application technique 10 times
  • 4 drops helichrysum and repeat application technique 5 times
  • 2 drops each lavender and siberian fir and repeat application technique 5 times
  • 3 drops geranium and repeat application technique 3 times.

What techniques to you use for your ear health? Share more ideas!

My Ear Story

This month is all about ears. So, I thought I’d tell you my own personal ear story.

When I was little I had a ton of ear issues. Ear infections all the time, pain, and fevers. Probably worried my parents sick. I would get an ear infection, finish the antibiotics and then get another ear infection. By the time I was eight years old I had too many ear infections to count, three sets of tubes put in my ears, and my tonsils and adenoids removed. Plus, my hearing had begun to decrease in my left ear. I did hearing screenings regularly. You know push the button or raise your hand when you hear the beep. I knew I was missing several because there was too much time between the ones I was hearing. And I tried to hear so hard. Because I wanted to be good at hearing.

I loved to go swimming as a child (even thought I was certain a shark lived in the drain of the pool). While swimming, I always had to wear ear plugs because if I got any water in my ear I got an ear infection. I had to really battle this being an embarrassing thing for me. I hated wearing ear plugs. Plus, you can’t hear very well with them in. Two things going against my hearing.

And by the time I was in eighth grade (I was 13), it was a problem. The hairs inside my ear – which are responsible for feeling the vibration of sound which creates hearing – were not damaged. However, I had a hole in my eardrum from scar tissue from all the infections. My doctor determined that he could replace it by taking fat from behind my eardrum (who knew there was even fat there?!?!) and graph a brand new drum for me (this procedure is called a tempanoplasty).

So, towards the end of my eighth grade year I went into the hospital for the operation. And I haven’t mentioned my phobia of needles yet, but it’s a real live thing. And while it has improved, I still am not fond of needles today. They had to shave about two inches of my hair around my ear. And honestly, at the time, this was perhaps the most detrimental thing for me. I was so embarrassed about it. And I also get sick after anesthesia. So, this wasn’t the most pleasant experience. I mean needles, puke, and shaved hair. What more could a teenage girl have to go through?!?!

After the operation I had to wear this plastic bubble over my ear to protect it for several days. And I wasn’t allowed to even get water close to my ear or do anything that would rupture or disconnect the delicate new eardrum. I had to be extremely careful.

And a few weeks after the operation my youth group went on a trip and there was a pool. I was told I couldn’t swim, but I just got in the pool and stood. Promise!

Slowly, but surely, my hearing began to return. And now, almost 30 years later, my ear is doing just fine. I can hear well even though I do hear better in my right ear than my left. And the scar is barely even noticeable anymore.

I tell you my story because this was hard for me as a child. There were several times that I felt shame (even though I probably didn’t know that’s what it was). I didn’t want to have this struggle. I wanted to be normal. Just like every kid out there. We want to fit in and not be judged or laughed at.

Hmmm… it also sounds like me as an adult too. I don’t want to be judged or laughed at either (unless I’m cracking myself up or making a joke – then please laugh – haha).

God actually reserves the right to judge others for himself. It’s not in our job description as humans. However, I think it’s one thing that we all struggle with – myself included.

I might invite for you today to notice someone you interact with – whether in person, on social media, or on the phone – and their differences. And just practice accepting their differences. Not judging it or trying to do anything with it. And you don’t even have to agree with their differences. Just notice and accept. If we all did this a little more I think we might be able to love more, have more peace, and deal with less stress.

I’d love to hear about you and your story of being different. Just comment below and let’s share our differences.