Saturday, June 25, 2016

Grandparenting For Better Health



Haven (2 yrs old) dressing as a pirate at Opa and Grammy D's 2011
I remember when I first heard I was going to be a grand parent.  I was so happy for my oldest son and his wife.  Since Bobby is my “step-son” the message that came to my mind was something like, “well this is great for my husband but I’m not quite old enough to be a grandparent yet!”  
Haven came into the world in December 2009 and it was “love at first sight!”  As soon as her parents would let her Robert began taking care of her each and every Monday.  It was so rewarding to watch her grow and learn.  Through her eyes we once again learned to appreciate the littlest of things in life, as seen through a baby and a small, inquisitive child.  When Haven was just 2 years old Robert and I attended a fun, pirate-themed party where the hosts passed out all kinds of “pirate booty” which we in-turn took home.  For months Haven would dress up like a pirate and to this day all of our grandchildren still play with the “gold” coins and wooden treasure chest, the eye-patch, the sparkly beads, the pirate head scarf, and the “Captain Hook hand.”

Our second grandchild, Robert IV (Cohen), arrived just two years after the first and although it was a bit tougher watching two, we still set-aside Mondays as the day dedicated to our “littles.”
Fast-forward to May of 2014 and along came Christian, who was born to our youngest daughter, Christina (Sinclair) and her husband Chad.  Since Christina had to return to work as a fitness instructor just six weeks after Christian was born we once again had the privilege of taking care of yet another grandchild.  This time it’s nearly every day, and I can tell you that this is by far the most rewarding and purposeful activity in my life.
 As I write this I am just a few days away from flying to Dallas for our second visit with our fourth grandchild, Exley, born to our oldest daughter, Angie (Schuller) and her husband, Chris Wyatt, in March 2106. 
There is nothing more important than being with your family.

Opa and Cohen (1 yr old) at petting zoo 2012

Spending time with your grandchildren, helps them developmentally and at the same time it helps you to maintain good health, mentally, physically, and spiritually.   Here are just a few of the benefits I experience when spending time with them:

1)    Children are a great way to slow-down and enjoy the simple things in life.  You will view a butterfly, a flower, a crashing wave, a duck on a lake, or even a dump truck, in totally fresh and new ways.  Grand parenting helps you become more aware of your surroundings and of God’s creations.

2)    Most of the time you need to get “down and dirty” with your grandchildren and this might include, building blocks, jumping up and down, dancing, play-acting out a scene, giving piggy-back rides, climbing on the jungle gym (so they don't fall), or building a fort.   This kind of movement keeps you flexible and helps you forget about any kind of pain you might otherwise dwell on. 

3)    There is nothing more important than your time and children know when you are distracted by other things.  When I am with my grand children I try not to take phone calls, text, or email.  Besides, if I take my eye off of Christian he is likely to try to climb over the balcony, scale the fireplace, or flush something down the toilet!   The experience of living in the present is a great benefit of grand parenting.  They help you “stop and smell the roses.”

4)    Playing board games or cards, teaching them to count, painting or doing crafts, or putting together puzzles…all of these activities help to keep your mind sharp and focused.   Most of us get caught in ruts as we age but being around your grandchildren will keep you thinking  “out of the box!”

5)    Healthy cooking is also a great sideline.  Although I’m a nutritionist and thus try to eat as healthy as possible at every meal, my daughter prepares every meal for Christian and he is only allowed organic meats, fruits and vegetables.  Off the list are grains and foods that contain refined sugars, dairy, and of course, no packaged or “fake” food ever!  It’s a great reminder that the food we eat today is building the body we will become tomorrow.   

6)    A sense of appreciation and love that is felt and passed along when we are with the youngest generation is very real and is a great benefit to our emotional health. There is so much to be thankful for and spending time with our extended family reminds us  to embrace an attitude of gratitude.  Adults have so much stress and worry and it’s great to be with children who really only care about the here and now.

7)    Faith in a new generation and faith in action as you help teach your grandchildren about God and His creation: how to pray and then you pray with them.  I recently sat down to lunch with my daughter and my grandson and as we started eating our meal Christian shouted out, “pray!”  Wow, did that get our attention!  Children learn early how important it is to acknowledge God who is the giver and sustainer of everything good in life.

"D" and Christian (2 yrs) June 2016
These are just a few of the many health benefits that I've observed by being involved in my grandchildren's lives.  I offer time, encouragement, and support for them, but the benefits I gain far out-weigh what I give.  I am helping to raise the next generation of peace-keeping, God-loving, good people and what could be more important than this?
  If you don’t have any grandchildren you can do what we used to do in our church: find older people and match them up with children who don’t have grandparents.  These “foster” grand relationships  provide the love and influence that only comes through inter-generational contact and experiences. 

Be Healthy.  Be Happy.  Be Peaceful. 


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 Questions or information about The Call or your health?    Donna@DonnaSchuller.com

Friday, June 24, 2016

Got Inflammation?




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"Inflammation" has now become the new buzz word yet the truth is if you keep your gut healthy you keep your whole body healthy.  Most of us know what it feels like to have an inflamed back, neck, or shoulder, but did you know that unresolved inflammation can be a cause of sleep deprivation or problems with memory?  It can also lead to heart disease, cancer, and other types of debilitating health issues.  If you only add this one product to your diet, you will be taking a HUGE step towards bettering your physical health.  A healthy body means a stronger mind, and a much more open, loving, and fulfilled soul.

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Donna@DonnaSchuller.com       Nutrition for the body, mind, and soul

Be Healthy, Be Happy.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Gut Feeling (2)


 

You've heard the sayings, "I have a gut feeling about this," or "trust your gut." These are two sayings which refer to intuition yet science has discovered amazing truth in these two short, smart proclamations.   

  The truth is nearly all health originates in the gut. 

 Your gut microbiome becomes ill first and you cannot become well again, until it becomes well. Fact. 

Almost all illness has been linked to a loss in the diversity of your gut bacteria. Your microbiome or gut flora are essential to your good health.

When diversity is lost, certain ´bad´ bacteria are free to cause problems - they may make toxins, they may cause inflammation; and they may even cause the body to produce an immune reaction against their activities. An immune reaction throughout the body.

It has doctors and oncologists in America really worried, so much so that the American Government spent $173 million dollars just on one research project! 200 top scientists across America collaborated. The Europeans have a similar project. 7,000 research studies, over 100 clinical trials in just the last few years.

In 2012 and 2013 major research studies appeared regularly - the bottom line? Problems in your gut flora can cause chronic inflammation and lead to all manner of diseases like Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, MS, Arthritis, IBS, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, and Cancer. In fact, there is no illness that seems exempt. 

But your doctor probably knows very little about it all. Why? Because it will involve a huge Paradigm shift in Health Treatment. You see, there´s an inconvenient truth: Drugs make matters worse!

Text books will tell you that the human body is an organism of 7 trillion cells and 25,000 genes. But it’s not - it is a Super-organism of 100 trillion cells and 100,000 genes. And these ‘extra’ genes direct messages, good and bad, throughout your body; making you ill; helping you get better. In fact, you cannot get better until the owners of these extra genes get better.                                                   source

The good news is this:  you can do something very simple to make a major change in your gut health, and thus your overall health,  even if you’re not willing to change your diet.  If you add a daily supplement, which targets gut health,  to your existing diet you should soon experience noticeable changes to your overall health.   Check-out this product here and this one here.    Make sure you contact me directly if you have any questions or need a one-on-one meeting.  Even if you live out of my area, I do most of my health coaching over the telephone and you may only need one appointment to get you on the right track.  The even better news is that you will be helping my mission project of getting people off of drugs and/or alcohol if you purchase the products (that you need anyway!) from me because a percentage goes to help this project.  Health products helping restore health-it’s a win-win!

To contact me email me at  Donna@DonnaSchuller.com

 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Probiotics For A Healthier Life!


Probiotics For A Healthier Life!

Did you know that 80% of all health is radically influenced and determined by the health of your gut?   I have written about this before, in fact twenty years ago (yes 20) my husband and I hosted body, mind, and soul health seminars and we had various health experts teaching all about the benefits of taking probiotics (supporting life) verses anti-biotics (against life).  We have practiced "gut health" for years and it's about time everyone else catches up!

If you want to read what I previously wrote on gut health called  "A Gut Feeling" you can click here .
It's pretty detailed and includes scientific reasons for taking care of your gut.



If you are looking for a really high quality pro-biotic check out my store at Metagenics by clicking here.  For a nutritional powder that I add to my daily protein drink, one that helps with inflammation in the gut and in your whole body, check-out this product here.  Metagenics is known for it's truth in manufacturing practices and in having the research available on all of their products.  They are "third party assayed" too so you can be assured of what you are buying.   I have been with this company for twenty years.
If you want help figuring out your nutritional needs: what you are feeding your body, your soul, your mind, then contact me and I can help you.   

To contact me:  Donna@DonnaSchuller.com

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Are You Contributing to Opioid Abuse?


Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.”  Hippocrates 

Are You Contributing To Opioid Abuse?

Are you as a parent, a grandparent, a caregiver of children, unintentionally adding to the likelihood that your children will grow-up to abuse drugs? 




From the time most of us are born we are indoctrinated to believe that we need drugs and invasive practices to help prevent or “save us” from things that might make us ill in the future.  We are hoodwinked into believing that the only way to assure good health is to intervene with our perfectly designed bodies natural processes for immunity and healing.

  This belief starts immediately after birth with all the inoculations thrust upon us to theoretically protect us against anything and everything we might encounter.  The pharmaceutical industry has done an outstanding job at lobbying our government, while at the same time spending billions upon billions of dollars to convince us that this is the only way to protect our families.  It’s as if God has made a mistake in designing the human body’s immune system and we can’t possibly have enough faith to allow the body to grow and mature as it should:  drug and chemical free.  (Click here to read how many shots are encouraged by age 18)
 
  For most, the situation escalates from there.   The minute a baby gets a tummy ache most of us ask our doctors to give us some medicine to help. A few months later as they begin teething and experiencing pain in their gums, or a fever, an easy solution is to just load them up with children’s painkillers of all sorts.   Soon, when they start school we get them their booster shots, and even a few new ones to protect them in case there is an outbreak of something.   In elementary school they fall on the playground and they skin their knee, but not to worry, the well-meaning school nurse might be able to administer a pain-relieving pill for that as well.  And then a month or so later they stay at home in bed with a stomachache, and while watching the t.v. a commercial comes on promoting that there’s another pill or a liquid that can help.  Diarrhea, no problem! There’s a drug for that too! In fact there’s a medicine, a pill, an injection that covers us for anything that can possibly “go wrong.”



The child grows a little older and the teacher lets us know that he or she is having a hard time paying attention in class (no joke, they are bored stiff!) Not to be too concerned because of course, there is a solution.  She suggests that there is a prescription pill for that too.  We want our kids to fit-in and to do well in school.  We want them to be healthy yet we are all too quick to find a doctor to (once again) prescribe something because we are too busy or too lazy to change the child’s diet or find other natural ways to help them succeed in class and in life.
Fast-forward to high school and the same student is having a tough time studying for a test.   Along with the well-meaning advice of other parents, and another doctor appointment, sure as heck there is yet another drug to help with that too.   *Meanwhile, at the same time, high schools all over the country are conducting assemblies encouraging the youth to stay “drug free.”



A year or two later and at around 16 years old, unfortunately the same student’s parents have filed for divorce.  The teenager is having a tough time sleeping and is dealing with anxiety and worry.  A quick trip back to the doctor and they are given yet another drug to help with sleep and to assist them in dealing with a myriad of emotions.   To “dumb them down” and numb them so they can’t even feel, and to hopefully make them “all better.”

   At this point in the teenager’s life it’s unlikely that they can make it through the weekend without drinking a bit here and there (it’s a great painkiller for a while) and why wouldn’t they try the latest pill since it will help them have more fun, help them fit-in, and help the emotional pain go away for a while?  

If any of the above sounds familiar you are among the majority of people who started out innocently brainwashed into believing that this is the right or the only path to follow when it comes to raising children. Yet, in truth, many of the things we perceive as unnatural and painful (physically, emotionally, spiritually) are just small chapters; sometimes longer episodes, in life that help us to grow, mature, and gain character.   Physically, even something as simple as a fever acts to kill bacteria and viruses that are competing to take over our health. 
  
Think way back, once again about that little baby or that very young child.  What if we questioned and became educated regarding every foreign substance before we allowed it to be put in our perfectly healthy child?  What if natural, drug-free remedies (including changes in the diet) were used at a young age to help mitigate the discomfort of teething? Or massage was used to help a headache or a stomachache?  What if a parent did the necessary research and tried the variety of functional medicine modalities available, including the addition of specific nutritionally rich protein drinks (food) to the diet to help with all kinds of symptoms and issues?  What if they found a practitioner who could naturally release neurological pressure on a child’s brain, which could also help with behavioral problems?  How about taking a child to a specialist who could give the child, and the parent, real life tools for success for the future?
 What if we cared enough to spend the time necessary to investigate and to learn what it is that our children might be sensitive to?  Things like certain chemicals, food dyes, and GMO that are in a lot of what we eat and drink.  

Most importantly, what if we lived our lives as outstanding examples for our children and young people?  What if we showed them that when we got a headache, a stomachache, or experienced any other unpleasant challenge in life, we didn’t first grab for a drink or a pill, yet instead handled situations in holistic ways?  What if they saw us pray, saw us use relaxation and deep breathing techniques, saw us mediate, and witnessed us seriously seeking to find what could be adding to the inflammation and stress response of our perfectly designed human bodies?  What if we shared our knowledge and educated them to grow in this way?

In closing, my question is this:  Why are we so surprised when our child or grandchild begins using drugs that we have not supported or given to them?  If you’ve read the model I’ve sketched out above, I think one answer could be that for their entire lives they’ve been taught that there’s a pill or a potion that could solve most all their problems.



  If more of us would embrace and practice the faith that we profess to have instead of looking for immediate “quick fixes,” in a half a generation I believe we would see a huge dent in and reduce the occurrence of substance abuse, including alcohol, opioids and other mind-altering drugs. 


My opinions are just food for thought. 


Disclosure: I realize that many of you are dealing with life-threatening situations and are doing the best you possibly can.  My opinions start with a person who has been born perfectly healthy and they go from there. The above is not meant to make you feel badly or shamed in any way.  

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