Another hidden post about alcoholic friends dying from cancer.

My Car vs. My Body

January 6, 2018 Suzi ShelhamerEdit

“My Car vs. My Body”

I’ve recently lost two friends to cancer who were heavy drinkers and took more pride in their vehicles rather than their health. I used to be a motor head but found direction.

This is my car. I put the best premium gas in it and the best oil. I have regular maintenance done to it and I pay close attention to it while I’m driving. Little noises are addressed right away. I love it and hope it lasts me a long time even though it has 80,000 miles on it. I got it used, but the previous owner took good care of it. I plan to pamper it as long as I can so it will serve me well.

This is my Body. It has been used and has a lot of miles on it. I was very self destructive to my body for years. I was bulimic for 6 years. An alcoholic for 19 years and I drank the highest caffeinated diet pop on the market by the gallons per day. I ate food out of boxes and cans for years.

I have been sober for almost 14 years. Jan 14th will be my AA birthday. I have practiced clean eating for 8 years thanks to my good friends Dr Donaugh and Del Rae. I have not been to a medical doctor since 2007.

I put only premium fuel in my body and only organic products on my body. I listen to it carefully and pamper it all the time. I enjoy the slow and concise moving and stretching of yoga because it serves all the old injuries I have attained in my past.

I can’t run because of a tumor on my foot and a chunk of cartilage that floats around in my knee. I wore leg braces as a kid because I had arthritis and my joints kept dislocating on their own. I broke my back when I was young and it’s naturally fused together.

I am not in the greatest of shape but I feel better than I ever have, clean and healthy. When you’ve been the opposite it’s easy to choose what you want. But it’s not easy to get there. The yoga and light training I do keeps me stronger, more flexible and balanced. It also opens my joints so new cartilage can grow between my bones.

The heavy mindset training I’ve been learning and applying keeps my mind on track, when it’s really easy to listen to it talk you into the unhealthy lifestyle. Why would our minds do that to our bodies? The ego is tricky, but I have to be stronger to make these wiser choices….for me. For those I love, and for our future.

I can always buy a new car but I won’t be able to buy a new Body.

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By Suzi Shelhamer

This is a post I had hidden on another blog I had from Feb 2018.

Don’t show THAT picture

February 21, 2018 Suzi ShelhamerEdit

“Don’t show THAT picture”

This was a post I put on a private group on FBook (which I am back off of these days).  Anyway, this post got tremendous response because it included a before and after picture of me from the night I was checked into re-hab, and a current set of pictures of me feeling super healthy.  My family strongly discourages me from sharing this picture, but I’m seriously doubting many people dig into this page, unless I share the link with them.

Please read the next post that puts me in the same boat as many of you.  Health limitations, excuses, pain, age, can all be over ruled with discipline and the desire to to feel better.  These pictures speak for themselves in what CHANGING for the BETTER can do for a person, and the longevity of just eating healthy and moving your body, and surrounding yourself with all things good can bring about.

GRATITUDE CIRCLE  (all posts must begin with; ‘I am grateful for’…beautiful page full of super nice people).

Jan 14th, 2018

I am grateful that my hard times have paid off and that I am able to help others learn to love themselves on the levels of body, mind and spirit. My AA birthday was Sunday. 14 years of work. It’s not easy for some to just quit. Others constantly struggle. I took my clean time serious and love to nurture my body with all good. No news, no TV, no toxins. This is our chance on earth to do good. Be good. And serve others in need.

If I followed this road 14 years ago I don’t know where I would’ve ended up. Most likely in jail and in the hospital.

Rehab saved me. But it had to be my choice. And when I got there I was fortunate enough to have two good examples as roommates. One glowing and sober for 30 days, the other such a mess she did not know where she was or where her kids were. My choice was simple. I took the clean road. 6 months later I met God in a sunset.

I have not shared this before and after picture on my personal page but feel safe here in knowing it won’t be shared.

May your day be full of obsessive gratitude.

Namaste

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By Suzi Shelhamer

Alcohol and cancer

I found this video interesting. Not only does the sugar in alcohol feed cancer but I learned the ethanol in alcohol turns into another chemical that causes cancer.

I had to take my last post down about MY alcoholism and MY GRATITUDE FOR MY SOBRIETY AND MY SPIRITUAL HEALTH, because it offended someone.

Fuck that noise. This is my blog. No one looks at it anyway (except the solar charged water – I get hits on that from all over the world everyday).

Who better to call the bullshit flag on excessive drinking than an ex alcoholic. All this drinking that was going on was at a funeral of a loved one who died of cancer. The obituary even included that persons love of beer. Which is plainly ironic from those of us concerned about our health.

I turn this sad situation over to God and send it LOVE in hopes a light has been shined on a destructive and wasteful disease.

Namaste

Below is my past post on other effects of what alcohol does to the human body. And my gratitude for my sobriety.

This sweet post of support had to come down with my blog I took down.

By Suzi Shelhamer

Eating like crap for a week and held my pee too long. Cleanse time

I have not eaten out since our anniversary on November 29th. I have been accused of being paranoid, and I know what that person was talking about is my phobia of eating out. I think that person was just pointing fingers and trying to make her bad habits seem better, but I KNOW – the only way to eat clean, is to KNOW what you are putting into your body.

Even with the way we eat as organic as possible the only REAL way to eat super clean is to grow all your own food, and eat your own raised meat or wild game/fish for you meat eaters.  For where we live I order a lot of our food, and we always bless it – even in restaurants.  Yup we are those kind of people you see praying in public.

On this last trip we took we ate out every meal, and were surrounded by my biggest weaknesses, bread and cookies.  I allowed myself these pleasures and knew I would be coming home for a cleanse.  I was doing an herbal cleanse right up to the point when we left, but I have all the ammunition for a real cleanse in my own cupboards.

This morning we started the day off with our warm lemon water, mine has Apple Cider Vinegar and Cayenne in it as well.  I also drank some homemade organic Fire Cider to just set the tone for digestion and cleansing.

We also added a new liver cleanse of celery juice.  A whole stalk of organic celery in the vita-mix made two full juice glasses of thick smoothie substance with a salty kick.  This alone could’ve been my breakfast and I should’ve stopped there, but Mitch was so excited to eat our Usual (Uze) Breakfast that he made our farm fresh eggs, with cold pressed sauerkraut, nuts and seeds, avocado and baby tomatoes.  I had to save mine for lunch.   After lunch I had another shot of Fire Cider.

I added some greens first to my celery juice.

I added a little greens first to my smoothie to thin it out a little.

Since a year ago I was pretty faithful about fasting at dinnertime.  So usually my last meal of the day was lunch, or a snack around three.  On this trip I was eating dinner and once even oily fish and chips.  I instantly felt it was a mistake, but ate it anyway.  I can totally hear my ego say – ‘You’re on vacation, it’s ok’.  But later my tongue feels hairy and slimy, thank goodness I remembered my tongue scraper.

So back to veggies and clean eating.  Celery juice for a few days and if I’m still wanting to go deeper into cleansing I will make kitchari and eat it for several days.

As far as holding my pee, this is a recipe for Urinary Tract Infections for most folks.  Luckily I avoided it this time and getting back home to my Kangen water (I always drink lots of coffee while traveling) and kombucha with cranberry/orange juice is a great way to get more vitamin C and the probiotics our guts need.

I FEELS SO GOOD to be home and seriously with OUR FOOD and our critters.

If you have any questions about a cleanse please reach out. Happy to help.

By Suzi Shelhamer

Snack hack

What’s a hack? To me it’s taking an ordinary action and Improving upon it.  I have my Energy Hack of breathing deeply with my hands on my hips and standing like Wonder Woman. I’ll exhale with affirmations like, ‘I feel amazing’! Or ‘I am energized’. For 10 deep breaths and viola, I AM ENERGIZED!!

Depending on what your lacking, that same posture and breath work can really work for you. Say you’re feeling depressed. Stand like Wonder Woman or Superman and say ‘I am happy’ , or ‘I am full of Joy’!

Here is a video demonstration:

So back to Snack Hacking. A snack hack is really just mindful eating. Instead of grabbing a handful of your favorite snack tossing your head back and throwing a mouthful in, take that same handful of let’s say granola (or as my friend Linda calls it – Gorp) and set it on a pretty plate. Then take one almond or raisin etc at a time and savor it. Try chewing each tasty morsel up to 20 times before swallowing.   I really enjoy chewing on a nut until it becomes nutbutter.

Eating slower like this helps aide digestion up to 30%  you have broken down the food before your stomach has to do all the work  this also helps you to become fuller on less food  it gives your body enough time to process and send the signal to your brain that you are full, rather than shoving handfuls of food down mindlessly and later looking down you’ve eaten the whole bag in one setting.

Here is another snack hack.  I’ve got one peanutbutter protein ball here and one piece of Raw Energy  both are about a 1/2 square.  Easy enough to pop several in your mouth in a short amount of time.

Instead I’ve chopped them up into little pieces and have them on a cute plate (presentation is everything ya know) and will be more AWARE of what I’m putting into my mouth and savor each piece more.

More on Mindful Eating later.

Peace

 

By Suzi Shelhamer

Why I left social media after $700.

 

Forth and back I go. The love hate relationship with social media.

  • Connect with friends and family
  • Be shocked by friends and family
  • See great recipes and health tips
  • See recipes full of processed foods and sugars
  • See inspirational quotes
  • See fear and hate images
  • Get rid of unwanted things quickly
  • Find great scores of desired items for cheap.
  • Promote our many businesses
  • Attract strangers with mean intentions  (‘Trolls’-my friend Kate calls them)

 

Where does the $700 come in? Well I found an awesome young man on Instagram who helped build my online business via Instagram and Facebook . He turned my IG account into a business account. Hooked me up with a program that gets me friends/followers. I started out with 180+ Followers and after 3 months I had 1400 strangers following me.

Obviously with a name like ‘healthy.suzi’ my content is all healthy minded posts. My name for my coaching business is Authentic Bliss Academy. So I created a page on FB for it and my genius business coach suggested a Group page and then some challenges to create interaction. The group page was my favorite and I actually miss the group.

The techniques my coach taught me worked, I have some great clients, and if I ever want to get going online again, I know how.  I’d much rather attract my clients at a local level, and more naturally.  Authentic…ya know?

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My online health coaching business has grown thanks to the tips my business coach taught me, but I was already limiting my social media time when I started with him as I believe it encourages the ego and I know from personal experience, it causes relationships to end (due to ego issues).

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I must have ‘made it Big’ as Kate says, because I earned a troll heckling me on Instagram. I confronted him and wished him peace.  He wished peace back to me, but we had a scary feeling about this person.  Time to let social media go.

So to get to the point…I saw a couple of very profound videos that I want to share with those who feel they may be addicted to social media and their cell phones.  These  two clips also really helped nail the head into the social media/phone addiction coffin.

And before I share those links, I do want to report how I’ve felt since I’ve given up social media.  Imagine Mel Gibson in Braveheart screaming FREEDOM!

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  • I am working out more – anytime I look at my phone with no social media apps, and think of the time I would’ve wasted sitting there looking at my phone, I could’ve worked out…just a 15 minute walk on the treadmill to get the heart rate up for a bit.
  • I’m making more homemade goods like granola, kombucha, cacao bark etc…
  • I’m finishing up little old projects, and starting new ones…tapping into my creativity.
  • I notice the urge to get on and check something out – even my old content, and notice a real feeling of growth, when I let it go.  Breaking addiction is very empowering.
  • I love sitting and visiting with Mitch, and we are back to reading to each other again.

SO here are the videos that helped me see my addiction, and shined a light onto what the creators of Facebook intended, and then feeling guilty for how far out of control their Frankenstien had become.  The first clip is a little over 1 minute long, the second video is 15 minutes, not a real positive thing, unless you’re looking for something to help you to become more authentic, and to break your addiction to social media.  Could you turn it off for a week?

VIDEO: Get off your cellular device

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VIDEO: What Facebook Creators don’t want you to know

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I wish you peace.

By Suzi Shelhamer

As Requested. The Alkaline Foods Lists!!

These loved on charts hang on our fridge.  All students want a copy when they see this hanging on the fridge.  We eat an Alkaline Diet because where there is Alkalinity dis-ease cannot grow there! That’s also why we have our trusty Kangen Machine. I swear if there were a fire, I’d grab the Kangen Machine, then the computer.

Check out these related Posts for more info.

Kangen Water

#1 Hit post on this site by the big wide world…If I had a dollar for every time this post gets visited……  Most hits are from outside the US.  Solar Water

Fermentation by Suzi

  • This has recipes and links for our favorite fermented foods and drinks.

Know your pH

In Abundant Health!!

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proud of my pH. This was during my Wim Hof practices which I must incorporate into my days again.

And another chart from the fridge.

By Suzi Shelhamer

Shop Page

Hey check out my new page on here the Shop Page. I have listed just a few of my favorite items on here and will list more as I think of them or write about them in the blog.

Thanks for checking it out!!

Here is a short video of what we have in stock in the boutique.  All items can be shipped.

Boutique Inventory

By Suzi Shelhamer

The Uze

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Almond cream. This is our Uze for dinner. Basically dessert for dinner. Lots of protein and fiber.

Our version of yogurt or ice cream replacement if you freeze it. Just soak the nuts in Kangen water for a couple hours+

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We added chia and flax seed, more fiber and protein plus natural omegas and some Vega protein powder.

To turn it into yogurt just add open up a probiotic capsule or two.

I topped mine with even more almonds and cacao nibs and cinnamon. Mitch used blueberries and homemade granola. He added PB2 to his as well.

This satiates is just fine for a light meal at night. Trying to eat by 5:30-6pm and nothing else before bed.   This fasting time which is usually broken (breakfast) around 7:30 am the next day.

It amazes us to look back on our old habits when we would eat a big meal then have a bowl of ice cream afterwards somewhat late at night.  This is all learned behavior.  And I’m here to help you learn along if you would like.

Healthy belly healthy body.

By Suzi Shelhamer

Perfection…illusion?

I love when people say ‘perfect’. And not so much when people say, ‘perfectly imperfect’, or ‘We’re just human, nobody’s perfect’. I believe everything is perfect and Divine. We may THINK something isn’t perfect, thats our perception. But if we accept life on life’s terms instead of trying to twist image into what WE think we need or want, the surrender and release are so freeing.

I hang out in a group where we are taught to live life on life’s terms. To find the beauty in the natural world. Not a world numbed by meds, alcohol or drugs. One of the other cliches in the group is ‘progress not perfection’. Here I would say progress is perfection.

We are trained by lies what perfection is supposed to be. BECAUSE we THINK perfection is something beyond our reach or totally unattainable. Being at ease with now and knowing it’s perfectly perfect…also brings relief, it’s heavy ego training.

This too helps to accept things from our past. We realize that it was all meant to be. Even the things we perceive as bad things that happened to us, we can accept it as a plan greater than our knowing is capable of grasping. So relax into the learning of it all. Be grateful for where you are now and move onward and upward with a feeling of safety. Everything is Perfect.

I love donMiguel Ruiz’s book the 4 Agreements, The Mastery of Love and The Voice of Knowledge to help me I retrain my old thinking.

You are perfect. Namaste.

By Suzi Shelhamer