Friday, May 1, 2015

Got Health For Mother's Day?

It's been nearly a year since I published my book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life" yet I'm still so surprised that many people assume that what I mean by being healthy only includes eating right and exercising.  During my book interviews some hosts even joke to the point of self-deprecation before they introduce me while they explain how they need to lose weight,  try to justify why they recently gave up their gym membership , or confess they ate too much at a party the night before! 
Although a good diet and regular physical activity is definitely a part of overall health, it surely is not the end-all.
 In my practice, when I coach an individual the first thing I do is I evaluate all areas of their health.  Some of my initial questions might include: "What do you do for a living and do you like your job? Are you married?  Do you have children?  Is your home life peaceful and satisfying?  What is your spiritual life like? If you parents are living, what is your relationship like with them? What does your typical day look like? What time do you go to bed? When do you wake-up?  What do you eat upon rising?"   In order for me to assess a person's physical health I need to try to envision the entire picture of the whole person, their habits and their daily living conditions.   In fact, I have found that most people who say they need to lose weight haul around a huge load of emotional and/or spiritual baggage.  In most cases their excess pounds will be shed naturally, over time,  once the other issues have been sorted-out.
  My book does include some helpful hints on eating right and exercise but it also features chapters on the importance of being honest;  why goal setting is important;  practicing positive thinking for a better life;   how to get through tough times;  and the significance of loving yourself, others, and God.

Christina (8 mos. pregnant w/Christian, Me (Donna) , My mom (Lanelle)

In honor of  Mother's Day I decided to remind you of the timeless messages included in my book, and after all, I dedicated this book to my mother!  Since last year my (then) pregnant daughter, Christina, who was featured on the back of my book, has given birth to and is raising a healthy baby boy who is turning one on May 15th! I have so much respect for the way my daughter is raising Christian although making the right health choices for his overall well-being are not always the easiest ones to make.  For one, she makes all of his food and she only prepares that which is chemical-free and non-GMO.  She has not yet given him any dairy or wheat and she is still breast-feeding a few times a day.  He is 100% medicine and drug-free since birth, has a regular nap and bedtime routine, is beginning to learn what "no no" means, and they surround him with the love of family and friends on a regular basis.  My subtitle, "what healthy families learn from healthy moms" is now impacting four generations and it's such a blessing for me to see it all played-out thus far. 

Christian, 11mos with his mommy, Christina. 

For the month of May I am offering you a signed book for $12.99, including shipping costs.  They make great gifts for anyone who is trying to adopt a healthier life-style; physically, emotionally, or spiritually.  It's a great book for young and old because it's never too late to start living healthier!  I am also offering specials for my private telephone coaching services.  Contact me at if you are interested in either.

Remember to join me for "The Call" on May 15th.  Dial 530-881-1300 from any phone.  Key-in 642848# for access.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

The Health Risks of Sitting

 **Remember to join us for "The Call" on Wednesday, April 15th (or the 15th of each month)  Dial 530-881-1300 and key-in 642848#   We will talk about "new beginnings."

Most of us who fly a lot have heard of "deep vein thrombosis" which can occur in certain at-risk individuals who don't get up and move around during a long flight.  But did you know that there are many more health risks associated with a sedentary life-style and with sitting for long periods during the day, even when you aren't airborne?

I've always advocated taking the stairs instead of an elevator (when practical), settling for that parking spot that's maybe a bit further away from your destination and walking a little further,  getting outside for a walk whenever you can, disciplining yourself to go to the gym, swim in a pool, play tennis, or any other sports activity that gets your body moving for 30-60 minutes or longer several days a week.  This post is to encourage you to just stand up and move around a bit!

I viewed this great video from TedEd and it explains in great detail why it is so important for you to get up from your desk or from wherever you may be sitting (right now!) every thirty minutes.  Your health depends on it so get up and move!

Need some mid-month encouragement?  Join me and my husband on "The Call" this coming Wednesday, April 15th at 6pm Pacific time.  Dial 530-881-1300 and key-in 642848#  

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."  Phil 4:13

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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Goal #8-Breathe

**Join my husband, Robert Schuller and me for "The Call" which is coming up again on April 15th at 6pm Pacific time.  Dial 530-881-1300 and key-in 642848# (you can click on my page "The Call" to learn more)


 I am finally coming to the end of my series on "Healthy Goals for 2015!" By now I hope that you are well into the "new" year and on your way to a better version of yourself than you ever imagined possible.  Here is what I've written about in the last three-plus months. You can read all of them by simply going back to my home page and scrolling down to "older posts." 

1)    Be curious-new studies show why asking questions or learning something new is good for you.
2)    Be generous-how giving back promotes long-life and a sense of purpose.
3)    Be grateful-learn to concentrate on what all you do have.  Being aware of things around you.
4)    Be healthy-helpful tips for being all you can be in body, mind, and spirit.
5)    Be present-when you are with a person be with them.  Also... "digital detox."
6)    Be intentional-how to schedule and make time for those you love and the things you want to do.
7)    Be you-authenticity is the way to go, even when it's difficult to fit-in to popular culture.
8)    Breathe-discover ways to decrease your stress levels with proper breath.

One of the first things I do when I find out one of my clients is having trouble sleeping is to help coach them in proper diaphragmatic breathing. * Remember that insomnia is epidemic in our society...over 80 million people in the USA alone have trouble either going to sleep or staying asleep each night.   I've written before on the importance of healthy, correct breathing because most of us exist  by taking shallow or uneven breaths which can result in all kinds of physical, emotional and spiritual health issues.  Here's a bit about proper breathing here if you want to read more.  If you are interested in learning more practical tips for healthy living or in purchasing my book, "Healthy Family, Happy Life," at

... raise roses in the rose city volunteers from the portland rose societyI'm sure that you are familiar with the saying, "stop and smell the roses."  And "yes", I actually do this each time I walk by a blooming rose bush because it is just too tempting!  For one, I get such pleasure discovering that there are actually still roses in people's yards that are very, very fragrant.
 The real message intended in taking a few seconds out of your busyness just to enjoy the fragrances, sounds, and sights around you is this:  once you become more aware of and acknowledge the beauty all around, you will become more grateful and more in touch with who you really are.
My daughter Christina ended her Saturday morning Yoga class this past week by reading the following:

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Funeral Services for
The Rev. Dr. Robert Harold Schuller

Reverend Dr. Robert Harold Schuller

GARDEN GROVE CALIFORNIA - Donna M. Schuller for Rev. Dr. Robert Anthony Schuller

The Rev. Dr. Robert Harold Schuller will be laid to rest on April 20th at 10am at Christ Cathedral.  This will be a public funeral.

"A great man deserves to have a great send-off!" - Donna Schuller

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Goals To Live By-#7 Be Authentic

“You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in your joints and very shabby.
But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”   Margery Williams

Being authentic is one of the hardest things to do.  Most everyone of us seeks approval of some kind.   I grew up as a "people pleaser"and just when I began to recover I married a pastor and I suddenly became "too good or not good enough: had too much money or not enough;  drove too nice a car, wore too nice of clothes,  exercised too much," and the list goes on and on!  Just ask a pastor's wife sometime.  To make matters even worse I took full responsibility when people got angry and decided to leave the church!  I remember writing letters of apology and feeling like somehow I could have stopped their departures if only I had tried harder..  Wow!  I'm so glad I survived those years.
 Life and it's choices are tough but knowing who you are,  what you stand for, and ultimately who you belong to is important for your overall health;  emotionally, spiritually, and physically.   I like the saying, "if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything."

As I write this I admit there are days I struggle with my greying hair, my aging skin and body.  I color my hair to keep it blonde, wear a bit of make-up, and aim to exercise at least five days a week. I want to wear stylish clothes and I try to keep up with some of the latest trends.
 I grew-up in a society that rewards beauty and youth, especially here in Orange County California which is also geographically close to Hollywood.  In addition my mother was a professional model and when I was very young she got me involved in modeling too.  When I was a teenager I was a homecoming princess and I was entered in and won two beauty pageants a couple of years later.  I've spent plenty of hours in front of cameras and/or on "stage."  Needless to say there was a lot of attention placed on looks for as long as I can remember. 
 Fortunately I'm working on maturing into a person who (on most days) knows that I am a child of God and since He doesn't care about outside appearances,  or what people think about me, neither should I.  Being a grandmother has helped me with this too.  My purpose and focus in life has changed and it's awesome!

To "Be Authentic" here is what I strive to be:
Some days I fail miserably but I set my goals and execute a "personal inventory check-up" when I am missing the mark. I am also quick to admit when I am wrong and I don't have trouble apologizing, remembering that it is not always my fault (the pastor's wife guilt stuff rearing it's ugly head).

“All people are like grass,
and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
because the breath of the Lord blows on them.
Surely the people are grass.

The grass withers and the flowers fall,
but the word of our God endures forever.”       Isaiah 40:6-8 

 Being authentic and real means you are willing to take some risks and step-out in faith and trust that being true to who you are won't always be well-received by others.
 What do you struggle with or want to be?  I would love to read your comments. 

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