An Exercise to Help You Review Your Year

This is the last week of the year and it is a great time to reflect on 2011. This exercise might take a few hours, a few days, or even an entire week but it will be worth it.   This exercise has helped me and many others move from just so so happy with our lives or marriages to creating lives we only dreamed of.  So are you ready?

First thing:

Turn off the TV, get away from distractions and get out your calendar or planner and starting with January you write down some of the highlights, special events, things that you learned, ways you grew, life lessons etc. Go week by week, month by month moving closer to the end of the year.

Second Thing:
Now that you have everything written down go back and highlight the real important things of your year.  The things that really stick out to you.

Third Thing:
Now it’s gratitude time.  With another highlighter or you may even re-write them out highlight or mark everything you are grateful for.  Remember even life’s hard lessons always have a purpose.

Now for some of us, we may really need to spend a lot of time in gratitude.  Reviewing looking at our accomplishments, sharing them with others who are good listeners or friends and basking in this peaceful place for a few days or the rest of the week. When you feel really GRATEFUL for your year (not just part of it but ALL OF IT) then you can move forward.

After you have gone through your year, focused on what you are grateful for now it’s time to take a hard look at your development and growth. They say if you are not growing your rotting.  I don’t know about you but I don’t like to rot.

Fourth Thing:
What new things did you try or skills did you develop with your parenting, marriage, job, or business?  Did you give it your best shot?  Are you still working on those things?  Are you still doing the same techniques and tools you did 3 years ago or 2 relationships ago and they just aren’t working?  I know change is difficult but right now you need to know if what you are doing has been productive, positive, or beneficial to you.

Remember sometimes change can be subtle.  We all want instant gratification. We want to start a new way of eating, parenting, doing our business, or thinking and have instant results.  Give yourself a break if you didn’t see dramatic results.  Do you still feel you are moving forward?  Most growth and change comes from consistent work, changing our thinking and speaking patterns, and getting to the roots of what caused our problems in the first place.

Okay that’s enough for this week.  Next month we will have some more good content on techniques and tools to help you improve your health and happiness in all areas of your life.

Remember if you don’t take a good look at your year you may end up spending this next year learning the same lessons, not seeing the positive, not being grateful and worst of all being in a rut for 2012.  I don’t want that for you or me.

I believe you can have the best year of your life.  It will take some work but I am here for you and we can work together to bring Total Wellness to 2012 in all areas of your life! Please leave your comment below.

 

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.

How To Achieve Total Wellness Through Simplicity

How To Achieve Total Wellness Through Simplicity

Sometimes it takes a catastrophic experience to make us realize what is important in life. Life is actually not so complicated if we see it with a different pair of eyes.

I was raised in simplicity. Our home was just the usual table, chairs and some necessities. There were no clutter and fancy things. But I changed.
Soon the house of simple became a house full of things to sell when it was time to move. The $15 Pooh bear was worth $1 in our moving sale, the $20 table lamp was on the curb to be picked up by a passerby or the garbage man. Some big items and random things were sent to Goodwill.

When I did the calculations, those knick knacks were worth thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours shopping and hunting. Most were worth close to nothing at the moving sale.

Did I learn after the move? Not really…

After moving to Florida, instead of accumulating knick knacks, I started accumulating real estate since the crowds were doing so. News of so-and-so just made $35,000 flipping a house without money down and another was making a ‘killer deal’ in Arizona. With a little coaching from a guru, I did my due diligence and went for the ‘killer deal’ as well.

2008 came…

I was sitting with a few hundred hungry men and women in Pittsburgh listening to a millionaire, who once was homeless and had $2.03 to her name. She said, “The majority is always wrong. Go the opposite direction… (Paraphrased)”.

Here is a millionaire, living a simple lifestyle, traded her big mansion for a cookie cutter home and discovered her destiny. She was on a quest to help set free those who were in debt and to live a life of freedom.

Something changed inside of me…
I was on a quest to simplify my life to achieve total wellness since that day.

Here are 5 tips to help simplify your life:
1.    Know who you are and your purpose in life. Once I discovered my purpose in life, things do not appeal to me any longer. I started journaling and discovering myself. I went deep into my inner core and faced myself. It is not pretty sometimes but if we want to know who we are and our purpose, we have to go to the secret places and deal with our feelings, insecurities and desires. I know God has a plan for me and I set out to discover and let him take control while I did the work.
2.    Write it down and set a budget. I’m sure you have heard that “B” word all the time in financial advisor books or websites. I used to hate that word when my husband mentioned it. It felt restrictive and overwhelming. But, I am a recovered shopaholic and know the freedom of setting a budget and tracking all expenditures. I keep a list of things to buy even for the grocery shopping. No more seven different breakfast items in my pantry and four different frozen breakfast items.
3.    Have your spouse and children on the same quest. Sometimes your spouse or children may not agree with your new way of living. I believe in living by example. If we show up with a great attitude and live the life we set out to live and do the things we said we are going to do…these are more powerful than words. Nothing is more fulfilling than having your family members agreeing with your quest to simplify your lifestyle and home.
4.    See the needs of others. We live in a blessed nation. Despite the news about the economy, we have plenty compared to some of our brothers and sisters across the globe. With a heart of gratitude and eyes that see beyond ourselves and giving to charitable organizations, we may gain different outlooks on our things. In my travels, I’ve seen and experienced lavish lifestyle and also seen the impoverished. With careful planning and giving, we can see the fruits of our giving and may be motivated to help the needy instead of buying stuff that don’t add value to us.
5.    Surround yourself with like-minded people. Keeping up with the Joneses will not bring fulfillment. This phrase never existed until the 70s. But that does not mean our grandparents or parents were any different when it came to wanting to be accepted by their peers or keeping up with their peers. If our peers are not supporting our new lifestyle, we need to hang-out with a different group. Read motivational books that can keep you on track with your chosen lifestyle.

The word ‘simplicity’ is defined as the quality or condition of being easy to understand or do…unpretentiousness and naturalness (Dictionary.com).
It encompasses our mind, body and soul, which is our whole being. I discovered once we took control of our spending and set boundaries with our money, it set me free to look deep into myself and take proper actions to improve my total being, thus total wellness.

As I am still learning the art of simplicity, I am selling my home, putting a lot of great ‘stuff’ on eBay for sale and cleaning up every room including the garage. My house is less cluttered and creativity flows.

The Chinese believes in Feng Shui….which to me means an uncluttered life and not too much ‘stuff’ which may bring obstructions to the flow of energies in our home.

Can you envision an uncluttered lifestyle….simplicity may not be for everyone. It does not mean not having stuff you like and enjoy. It means instead of having five, settle for one. That is my way of achieving total wellness, freedom and increasing creativity in my work and maintaining stronger mind, body and soul. To top it up, I am a user of Young Living Essential Oils and a Ningxia Red drinker. I believe in investing into my skills and journeying through life with a mentor in health, life and business.

I wish you well…Please leave your comment below. We love to hear from you.

Claudia Looi is a copywriter, travel, web content writer and manages blogs for several businesses. She has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and New York in the travel industry for over 12 years and has had the luxury of traveling to almost 30 countries. Currently, her works include writing for tour operators, hotels, real estate, wellness and immigration consulting companies. When not working, you will find her reading or planning her next family trip with her husband and two teens. You can find her at Travel Writing Pro. Feel free to download her free report on How to Live Out of Your Suitcase for  a WEEK!

Dealing with the Stressors of the Holidays

Dealing with the Stressors of the Holidays
Dr. Mary Starr Carter

In 2004 a survey by the American Psychological Association discovered that the
Top 4 Stressors of the Holidays include:

61% Lack of Money

42% Pressures of Gift Giving

34% Lack of Time

23% Credit Card Debt

Now as it is 2011 and we have gone through several economical crisis I can imagine this is a lot worse.

Lack of Money, Pressures of Gift Giving, Credit Card Debt   
There has been many a year that my husband and I got each other nothing for Christmas simply because we could not afford it.  But truly some of my best memories came from those years.

Know what you can afford and what you can’t 

By planning months in advance, setting money aside or planning a budget you will cut down on the stress.  Don’t budge on your budget no matter how cute that dress would be for your grand daughter.

I love my nieces and nephews but everything I have ever gotten them has been destroyed, lost, or forgotten in about 3 months.  So I stopped getting them things.   I know this was probably not the best way to do it, but I don’t get gifts for Christmas, Holidays, or Birthdays.  Rather than spend 20-30 dollars 2 times a year I would rather invest that money and give it to them when there is a greater need like a new home, a school investment or an investment in their skill development (this isn’t always college).   I know my family and friends were a little ticked off at first, but had I had to do it over again I would say __________ Jay and I have decided that instead of getting you lots of little things that some day when you are bigger and have proven yourself to be responsible with money we will invest to help you in your life.

Just think if you are having to buy gifts on credit at say 18% interest you are not only going to save on the $20 dollar gift but on average another $6 dollars on top of that.  If you have 6 nieces and nephews then you are saving close to $50 in interest. (Based on the average debt payoff schedule of 4.5 months)

Young children really don’t need anything new unless it is a necessity.  This year my husband and I won’t purchase anything for our 20-month-old son except a memorable ornament we will do each year of his life.  We got some hand me down toys and have requested our family (really my mom who has a tendency to go overboard) to get recycled or second hand gifts.  Kids grow out of clothes and toys so why not re-use and recycle. Did you know the textile industry is the 3rd leading polluter of our world?

In bigger families talk about a Secret Santa with a spending limit, and gift request.  Everyone puts on paper what there name and a gift they want that is approximately that spending limit.  Not only will you save money not having to buy for everyone but you also will have a gift you actually want.

Lack of Time  
This is my favorite subject to talk to others about because I am a very busy businesswoman and mom but I have learned to prioritize the important things and delegate the things that make me unhappy. This year I asked my husband to give me 3 gifts my carpets cleaned, my cellar organized, and my blender fixed.  Now he is very busy too, so I asked him to delegate.  For less than $300 dollars we not only are getting all that stuff done but our entire house cleaned too.  WAHOOO!!!  Someone needed money for Christmas and we needed help.

Ask for help.  You may have an elderly aunt who might help make cookies for you, or watch your kids for free.  Or you can find a friend or family member who needs some extra Christmas money and pay them to help you. Delegation is sooooooo wonderful.  It takes loads off your shoulders if done right.

Also make sure you don’t plan too much during the holidays.  If you have a blended family you can always celebrate your Christmas on another date.  Dragging your kids all over isn’t fun for them.  Believe me.   Make it a Christmas week where you go to visit a different family member each day, spend quality time with them when you are with them, and celebrate your Christmas together on any day.

Dealing with Conflict
I don’t think there is any family who doesn’t have conflict at the holidays.  But how you deal with it cannot only relieve stress for you but for everyone.  Here are some examples.

Jessica has an estranged daughter that only comes around during the holidays.  Her daughter thinks that Christmas is an invitation to eat all the food and demand the most gifts for her children.  The daughter doesn’t have transportation so Jessica and her husband have to go get the kids in two separate trips because the girls are so big.  It finally got to the point that their presence was ruining everyone else’s holiday. So Jessica decided what she could do and what she couldn’t.  She purchased gifts and a Christmas dinner for her daughter brings it to them in the early afternoon stays to spend time with the family and then leaves to go enjoy her Holiday IN PEACE.

Sarah has a son in law who makes everyone want to get up and leave the dinner table when he starts talking politics.  He gets everyone so heated that people literally will walk out.  Although a quiet and reserved woman Sarah sat down with her son in law and told him that he was not allowed to talk politics and some other subjects in her home.  She loved him but this was not time for that.  He honored her request mostly and the holidays have been special ever since.

Lastly there will always be son in laws who don’t listen, uncles who drink too much and people who put their foot in their mouth. You may not be able to control them but you can control how you respond.

And my last hint for you on Stressful family events are to make sure you are oiled up with your Peace and Calming and Stress Away.  Inhale them frequently during those times and see how your body just relaxes even amongst the angst and chaos around you.

Take time for yourself
The Christmas holiday should always include a time for you.  Take a half-day to pamper you.
Ask a friend, spouse, parent or in law who normally get’s you a gift and watches your children to give you that gift this year.  Say

“ __________ What I really would like for Christmas this year is a day to myself.   I know this may be a bit forward but instead of getting me a gift this year would you mind taking the kids for the day so I can relax by myself.”

Some of you may have to force yourself to do this, but it is important to take time for you!

God Bless your Holiday Season.  Make a happy, healthy and the least stressful year yet!  Please leave your comment below. We love to hear from you.

 

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.

How I Got Pregnant After a Miscarriage

How I got Pregnant after a Miscarriage
By Dr. Mary Starr Carter  

I have heard many clients say that their sickness, health challenge or even cancer was the best thing that ever happened to them.  For me it was my miscarriage.  It woke me up to the years that I neglected some fundamental things in my health.  Years that I would say starting next month I will get in shape, tomorrow I will go to the gym.  I just couldn’t get into a consistent rhythm.

My miscarriage gave me a desire to get my body fit again.  To take off years of build up I call it.  And when I started walking down that path to Total Wellness that’s when I got pregnant again.

Here is what I did to get my body back to Health and pregnant again.    

My Immune System
About several days after the miscarriage my body went into full-blown allergic state.  I was having some really severe allergies for weeks afterwards.  I had to pull out the big guns of what I knew of nutritional wellness, eating and drinking water like never before.  I know it was foundational for my recovery.  I talk more about what I did specifically for my allergies in my Ebook Natural Remedies for Allergies located at The Total Wellness Library.

There are many theories that Fibromyalgia starts from a traumatic event in a person’s life.  Fibromyalgia is usually a breakdown of the immune system along with debilitating pain.  I believe had I not recovered myself properly from my miscarriage I could have ended up with Fibromyalgia symptoms down the road.

Nutrition and Food:
The second week after my miscarriage I got out the old juicer and started juicing everything from cherries to veggies and even some special liver support veggie blends.  I know this started to re-fortify and heal my body.  I was also on a juice fast the week after I conceived so this baby started with some mega doses of natural vitamins and minerals.

I also started to eat very regularly having a shake within an hour of waking up and another healthy breakfast a few hours later. A light lunch and sensible dinner and if I needed it some healthy snacks or another shake throughout the day.  I wasn’t so concerned with losing weight as of getting my blood sugar and body back in balance.

Rest:
I didn’t rest enough during my first pregnancy with my son Joshua and that led to some poor health physically and emotionally for almost a year.  After my miscarriage I allowed my body to rest every day. Sleeping until I woke up, and taking a nap most days.

When I found out I was pregnant I also let myself rest extra. My body was tired from the changes and growing a baby. This time I am doing my best to listen to it and rest when I feel I need it.  This also means I have slowed my pace some, got extremely focused in what I do, and I am not taking on anything new.

So many times we just go on with life when we get a cold, have a set back or even have a miscarriage. Resting and allowing the body to recover is important.

But with that said too much rest can be harmful.  With my first son I was sitting or lying down a lot in the last trimester.  It was winter I could work from home on the computer but all that sedentary living I lost a lot of muscle, which was replaced with fat.

Because I spent over a month on mostly bed rest before my miscarriage I lost a lot more strength.  I couldn’t even carry my 25lb son up and down the stairs afterwards.  That loss of strength not only weakened me physically but emotionally as well.  You can fall into a very dark place where you just don’t have the strength to get going to do anything.

Exercise and Building Strength:
If I could say the one thing that was life changing after my miscarriage was the Strength building exercises I did.  Chalene Extreme it is called and it kicked my butt back into shape.  In 30 days I lost over 20 % body fat.  It pushed me farther than I had pushed myself in years.  I was stronger than I had ever been and the endorphins really knocked me out of a depression.

I let it go for a while after finding out I was pregnant but found myself losing muscle again. So I am absolutely going to make Strength Training part of this pregnancy no excuses.

Sunshine  & Heat Therapy:
Since it was the summer I got to go outside and take my naps in the sun while getting some much needed vitamin D.  In September I got to do some consistent heat therapy sessions with the Biomat and Infrared Sauna.  I know this was not only cleansing to my body but also strengthening.

Counseling, Vacations and Family Support:
I think for my husband and I it was about two weeks before it really hit us what we had lost.  Rachel we named our child after reading the book “Heaven is Real” by Todd Burpo .   Ironically I finished that book the day before Rachel our baby went back to see Jesus.

My counselor Dr. Lavonne Atnip was very helpful, in helping me deal with my emotions, deal with other people sharing their stories (which at one point didn’t really make me feel any better), help me help my husband, and just how to move forward.  Counseling made things better for sure.

My family and friends came forward to help me with making me my favorite meals, (like Grandma Vita’s chicken cutlets or Aunt Shirley Turkey Breast); they took care of my son, and let me have some alone time.  My colleagues were very generous by taking some of my Teleclasses, sending me cards and gifts and just being encouraging.

We got to go on vacation to my mother in laws “Jones Health Essentials” where it is just a wonderful time of family, garden fresh foods, and enjoying the healing modalities there.  Ironically I got pregnant right after that vacation.   So I would tell any women when you are ready to conceive again go on a vacation. It will do your body good!

God:
Because of my faith I never blamed God or was angry with Him.  I think I questioned Him a few times but I know He ordained that experience for me.  I learned so much; I strengthened my health, my relationship with my husband and my son.

I think strong faith has carried me through this with a peace that passes all understanding.  I wish that same peace that I found through Jesus Christ for all those who suffer, because it will bring you healing.

Thank you for reading my story, for sharing this experience with me and for sharing my story with those who have gone through miscarriage, are struggling to get pregnant or are just thinking about getting pregnant. Please comment below or send me an email.

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.

The Reality of Holiday Loneliness and Depression

The Reality of Holiday Loneliness and Depression

By Dr. Mary Starr Carter
While the holiday season is a joyous time of the year for many it can also be the worst time of the year for some. Instead of “I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus”, it may turn out to be like one of the book’s title written by Ann Hodgman called I saw mommy kicking Santa Claus!

There are many reasons why depression and loneliness are part of the holidays. The loss of job, missing a loved one, divorce or coping with an illness. All of these losses can bring grief instead of joy.

The loss of a spouse, parent, grandparent, child or good friend:
Losing a loved one means an empty seat at the special dinner and probably a missing link to the whole celebration. Many times the holiday season will have to take on a new direction and tradition. It is difficult to celebrate the season as before. Some people feel better by visiting the cemetery, lighting a special candle or journaling about it.

No matter how it is done, the truth is, emptiness and loneliness will still exist. The only way to cope is to have someone to talk to and embrace the sadness instead of dwelling deeper into depression or loneliness.

Maybe take a break from the old tradition. Keeping yourself busy throughout the holiday season by donating your time at a food bank, getting a seasonal job in retail, taking a cruise with a friend, or visit a relative out of state during the holiday instead of being at home. Break away from routine and familiarity and surround yourself with friends and family.
Your sadness may still be there but you may get great joy out of helping others and making them happy.

The loss of a job:
Losing a job means there is uncertainty and maybe a lack of funds for holiday giving and days ahead. It may be time to cut down on expenses and evaluate on the style of gift giving.

Friends of mind lost their sole income in October several years ago and were destitute by Christmas.  Although their basics needs were paid for there was no money for gifts.  They gave the kids beautifully wrapped boxes with a whole in the top.  All year long they would write down any time God blessed them or something good happened in their life and the following year they would open them.  Although the kids were not thrilled at first the boxes became a huge reminder of gratitude and blessing.  The family was blessed over and over that year and the following Christmas they loved opening their boxes and reading all the good things that happened to them the following year.

Divorce or children moving out:
Through the years we have created memories with our spouse and children. A divorce or children moving away with their own families can leave you with loneliness and misery. Just like losing a loved one be sure to fill your time with things you love, caring for others or caring for yourself.

Military family with loved ones serving overseas:
During the holiday season a military spouse may struggle with challenges of loneliness, fear and worry. They have to do everything to create a happy holiday celebration for the children without their spouse. That burden   is a very difficult one and should not be carried alone. If possible ask for help from your family and friends with anything you need. Join support groups and seek out help if you need it.

Feelings of loss and loneliness can be very dark place to stay.  Using essential oils can help uplift your moods during those lonely times and throughout the year.

One of my favorite essential oils is Joy.  Joy inhaled more than 10 times a day or diffused several times a day in your environment can truly improve your outlook.  See when you inhale a pure therapeutic essential oil like Young Living’s Joy oil it goes directly to the part of the brain called your limbic center or “emotion center”.  Inhalation therapy is one of the quickest ways to change your “stinking thinking”.

Here is Peggy Nederlof story about Joy oil.
Last year I experienced depression and felt comatose. It was so unlike me. I heard about the blend Joy and started to palm inhalate it. Within 10 minutes I started to feel better. I continued to use Joy multiple times during the day, and within 2-3 days, I felt as though I could take action and move away from my depression. It was very powerful. 

I then started to use Valor every morning on my feet and added that to my routine of breathing in Joy. After a week, I felt so much more balanced that I no longer felt depressed or needed to use Joy as much. Valor is now my go-to oil to start my day.

Finally, dealing with grief, loss, and loneliness, does take some courage to face the day.  I agree with Peggy starting your day with Valor is a great way to start and end your day as well as use throughout the day if you need it.

Take 3-6 drops of Valor (depending on the size of your feet) and rub the oil on your feet and hold there for a minute.  Do the same thing for your shoulders and chest .   Follow with Joy…..  aghhh I just took a break while writing this and not only do I feel clearer in my thinking but definitely uplifted too!

Try it and see what you think.  Remember if you feel you have a serious depression or feelings of suicide please seek competent medical advise, if you don’t feel like you are getting answers keep searching.

We look forward to hearing your stories. Please leave your comments below.

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.

Your Health As a Kid Has a Lot to Do With Your Health Now


Sarah didn’t know why her 8 week old baby would cry for hours after eating. He wouldn’t stop until he had a bowel movement. They thought it was colic but something else was going on that no one explained to them …….

Samuel was an emergency C-section baby. He had a mysterious fever that left him in the hospital for almost 2 weeks and on a series of antibiotics. After coming home he cried day and night and took only short cat naps. Sarah and her husband wanted to pull their hair out they were so miserably tired. They did everything but nothing worked. …… until they tried probiotics. Little Samuel began sleeping through the night and was not miserable every time he ate. Why did Samuel need probiotics and what are they?

Probiotics are actually live micro-organisms that help the gut get healthy. Normally a healthy body has lbs of micro-organisms that make up the gut flora. A healthy gut flora will help break down and ferment foods, produce vitamins that our body’s can use, and contribute a huge part to our immune system.

A baby builds it’s gut flora starting at birth. If a baby has a vaginal birth then his or her’s gut flora can be fully developed in 6 months. When a mom breast feeds he also gets more good bacteria to build up the gut flora. When a women has a C-section their baby misses out on getting a dose of momma’s good bacteria like acidophilus and it will take up to 2 years to build the gut flora. There is some evidence to suggest that C-section babies have more incidence of colds, ear infections and allergies. And of course if a baby get’s a cold or ear infection most doctors will prescribe antibiotics which actually destroys most of the good gut flora and leads for an overgrowth of bad gut flora.

In Samuel’s case he not only had a C-section birth and very little breast feeding he also had antibiotics which destroyed any bacteria that was starting to colonize in the colon. This is why he was having such digestive upset and crying all the time.

Unfortunately most kids don’t find this simple solution and end up repeating the cycle of sickness, allergies, antibiotics and other drugs from infant into their teens and into adult hood. By the time we get to our teens or adult age that’s when the bigger problems come in. Because our poor gut has taken such a beating we end up with Digestive Challenges like Constipation, Yeast overgrowth, Diverticulitis, Ulcerative colitis , Crohn’s Disease or just such a sensitive stomach and gut that every time you get stressed we are running into the bathroom. Seriously I know many adults who are trapped by their GUT! They don’t dare go anywhere because they get stressed and diarrhea just thinking about it.

This is no way to live. You can stop this cycle now with your little ones or even if you are an adult.
Studies show that children and adults that supplement with a good Probiotics have less sick days than those who don’t. Yogurts are not enough to get back on track only Kefir plain (you will find in your dairy section) can help boost your good flora. Probiotic supplements and fermented foods like sauerkraut can also boost your good gut flora.

A baby like Samuel needed relief quickly. So in these cases an infant probiotic purchased at a Health Food Store was beneficial. My son was getting very little breast milk per day for the first 5 months of his life and was mostly formula fed. When he started getting constipated I would put a little of Young Living’s Life 5 probiotic into his formula. Not even a pinch of the powder from an open capsule would get his gut replenished and moving properly again.

Already this week alone I have heard 2 stories of mommy’s sharing how Probiotics were a “life saver” for their little ones health and happiness. No one wants to hear babies cry in pain from digestive upset. It can be heart wrenching.

Think about your adult children. Do they struggle with digestive complaints ? Maybe something as simple as a Probiotic may help them ? Send them to this Article and see what they think.

We look forward to hearing your stories. Please leave your comments below.

Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.

Appreciating…

"I know God is preparing me for my husband's health to fail that is why we got this recent medical
scare."
What? I asked perplexed.
"I know God is preparing me by helping us see how precious each day is with each other."

See my friend Karen's husband had always had borderline bad health.  If it wasn't for all the nutritional products he took like NingXia Red and Young Living essential oils I do feel he would be in much worse health today.  But this recent scare was serious.  Serious enough for them both to put their life in perspective and appreciate every day they have together. 

And that is what they are doing. Taking trips together that they never did. Enjoying quality time together.  And praising God for their life. 

Sarah also had this same awakening with her husband. He was a diabetic in poor health and high stress. He too took a lot of nutrition and NingXia Red to support his health. But when Sarah and her husband's awakening happened they spent many weeks searching for the best treatments, praying for a miracle, and loving each moment they had with each other. God granted them a miracle and removed the urgent life threatening health challenge. But after a few months they forgot about that miracle and went back to their busy, overworked, stress filled lives.  Their thoughts were, we will work hard for a few more years so we can retire together and enjoy life. 

About a year into this thinking she soon realized this was destroying both of their health. They were not enjoying life they were just running.  Waking up to one night next to her husband after he had a diabetic seizure helped her begin to see how their poor choices led them back to a very scary place. 

How many years have you said;  When I do this then we can; go on vacation, spend more time together, take the family to Disney World, and so on…

The time is now. Stop waiting for some day and start today. 

But But But I can hear our excuses now…. I don't have that option I need to pay the mortgage, I have to put my son through school, I can't just stop my business, I am on a deadline. 

Here are a few ideas to help you find the time, money and peace about enjoying your life and family.

Downsize your life:  
Ask for reduced hours.  Going from full time work to retirement can be just too much for a physical and emotional health.  But think about starting to reduce your hours for a year or two years as they can be beneficial for both employers and you.

Start a direct sales or networking business….  Why would I give you this advice?  Well because I know that if you can find 5-10 hrs in your life that aren't family or work time, like TV time you can created a residual income that will fund an early retirement, being able to stay home with your kids, or go back to school like you always wanted.

I know this to be true because I did it.  It allowed me many 'freedoms' in my life including being able to take an entire year off when I had my first baby and working now and being able to control my schedule and work part time and not have my son in day care.

Let go of obligations that are taking too much time away from your family. Whether it's church choir practice, or the Quilter's Association assess if that obligation is stressing you more than helping you.  Remember God wants strong families not ones that are apart more than they are together. 

Let your younger children know that their activities will be limited and when they are expected to spend time with their family.  By framing what is expected and living to that standard yourself your children will grow to not see workaholism as a standard but family first as a standard.

Get rid of some stuff?  Do you have boat or RV you barely use?  Are you paying for it every month still?  If you can't sell it think about renting it. Everybody loves stuff you would be surprised who might be looking for your stuff. 

Have you ever thought about what life might be like if you lived in a house that was $50,000 less or even an apartment.

My friend Dani was convicted to simplify her life and downsize from a huge home with tennis courts and 5 bathrooms to a small 5 room home that barely fit her family. She was convicted by God that her stuff was controlling her life.  When she obediently put her huge house on the market in a down economy only they ended up earning almost $100,000 more.  In that small house she learned to be humble, to spend quality time with her family and trust God.

Today He has made her a hugely successful multi-millionaire.  You can see more about Dani at America's Secret Millionaire.

I personally have learned a lot from Dani about living life to the fullest.  She although very busy in her career guards her family time very carefully and plans trips to see her extended family often.  Dani appreciates and loves life to the fullest!  She has taught me to appreciate life a great deal more, downsize to upsize my life, and live life to the fullest. I hope this blog will help you reconsider areas in your life that might be taking away versus adding to your precious life.

I hope you know how precious I think you are.  I don't want to see you hurting, struggling, or finding yourself in a divorce because your priorities were wrong.  It's never to late to change.  I believe in you, let our resources help you,  and  let God direct you.  Your life will be OUTSTANDING if you do!

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Dr. Mary Starr Carter is known as  the Total Wellness Doc. She has been training individuals about Natural Health Solutions for over 13 years. She is trained as a Chiropractor and has studied under the world’s foremost leaders in natural medicine. She is a mother and a wife and has created a balanced and total wellness life for herself and thousands of her clients using her simple wholistic approach to health and wellness. Her coaching, classes and ebooks help clients with Fibromyalgia, Hormone and Adrenal issues, Asthma, Diabetes, Weight problems, Thyroid and Chronic pain find resources and solutions to better health.

We publish newsletters and blogposts twice a week for our readers for general education purposes only. We cover topics that are related to achieving and maintaining total wellness which includes our emotional, physical, spiritual and financial health.