Monday, March 21, 2011
Have you ever got up in the morning, walked across the floor into the bathroom, turned on the sink water and looked in the mirror and wondered , how did I get this old? I have. I am not sure if it was something that just started slowly and eventually picked up speed, all I know is somewhere along the path, I deviated and I ended up way back on the back burner. Now do not get me wrong, I love my life. I love doing what I do, and helping others and being the first person every single person I know calls when they need help, but I think I may have hit my saturation.
When I went back to school last year, I reminded myself that I was a great student, and finished my entire degree in less than 10 months. A little OCD, maybe, well probably, but none the less, it reminded me that I still have a long way to go with me. I guess I have decided that it is time for Jeff to think about Jeff, and not put myself at the end of the line anymore. Have I regretted being the person I have always been, no. Do I want to be that person anymore, no, I do not think so.
I want to do what I do, but on my terms. Radio, and a lot of it. Helping people, yes on a bigger scale. More lectures, training and me time, you bet. Does this make me a bad person, no, quite the contrary, it makes me the same person I have always been with me in the equation for once.
I seriously think all of us need a little priority adjustment. I see and know people that end up killing themselves to make their family, friends, boss and co workers happy, and so they, our friends, can have a great nights sleep and less stress. Then, they take everyone's problems home with them every single night of their life and deal with everybody else's stuff and their own problems gets put away in a box and never looked at again. This, is great for everyone in your life, just not so much for you.These same people will say, I love what I do, I would not have it any other way. I say that is not the truth. I think we as the "GO TO" people convince ourselves that we are more important possibly, and more needed and possibly not replaceable, and all of that is not true either. We are just people that have compromised, for all the good reasons you can think of, our own lives to make everyone elses lives around us better, easier, less complicated, happier, less stressful and possibly for them, a lot better with added quality.
So am I saying that all of us fixers and "go to" people should revolt, change who we are and stop doing what we do? NO. I am saying that first of all remember that life is precious and short, enjoy it a little more for yourself, put yourself first and primary more often, learn to say NO once and a while, remember to relax and laugh and make memories, and remember that quantity of life and quality of life do not run parallel without your cooperation or your support support.
Saturday, March 19, 2011
As I continue to do more and more radio shows on a regular basis, and as questions, from emails are becoming a large part of the topics I discuss, I see a rapidly escalating trend to even more diminishing health. Not that we have not already known that America has become more sick, more unhealthy, and is now using every source of band aid medicine possible to get through the day, we knew this. What I am seeing is a trend that Americans are starting to get sick and tired of using just the quick cover up fix.
Lately, I am getting so many emails on the topic of alternatives, and on the subject of being tired of using pharmaceuticals and still feeling so bad every day, and the side effects. For so long, the pharmaceutical fixes have become the one and only path followed by the masses. Whether it is antibiotics for everything or just a numerous amounts of across the board drugs given to everyone without an allowance for all of our individual differences. Has it ever bothered you, or have you ever wondered that you and someone else are on the same medication for a health problem? Although your weight may be different by fifty pounds, one of you is semi healthy the other is very unhealthy, one smokes, one drinks, one is in a high stress job and the other is retired. Please tell me how the outcomes could be anywhere near similar and how can this magic drug have the what for to help both people?
I get so frustrated when I hear about the "across the board" recommendations of medications with no individuality taken into account. Amazingly enough, when you are using natural alternatives the dosage, lifestyle, quantity used and even the brand and delivery systems and individual habits ARE taken into consideration, so why not meds?
Thursday, March 17, 2011
After 32 years in the health and nutrition field I have come to one solid conclusion. I have many ideas about different things but this one is concrete. People have to want to change. They have to want to change and need to change and be tired of the present situation and it has to be in their mind, heart and soul or nothing will work and no benefits will be gained.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
EXPO WEST was this past weekend in Anaheim California. A yearly meeting of the minds, if you will, of the top in every avenue of the health and nutritional field. Manufacturers, raw product distributors, companies, retail store owners, writers, guest lecturers, media folks and of course, the masses.
I had wondered with the recession and times being tough, if it would be well attended. My answer was yes, and well attended it was. I am sure that as a nation many of us are starting to really take control of our health, and many of us seem to be taking back the decision making and separating ourselves from governmental intervention.
I was lucky enough to be asked to do what I do at the show. Saturday afternoon, I interviewed on my radio show live 6 amazing guests in the business. It was amazing and although crowded and noisy and with all of the action going on, my guests and I connected and sailed through six incredible interviews.
I have such a passion for what I do and a heart felt dedication that it ends up being just fun for me, and from what I hear, a pleasure for the listeners. So, one more year of Expo West has come and gone and so many new and wonderful things are now coming at us. All of which will help us live healthier lives and hopefully, provide us with the choices to have a great quality and quantity of life.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
I have spent a lot of time in the hospital with my Mom recently, and I guess I am seeing things differently a little every day. First of all, it is such a factory in the hospital and going through emergency room, it is timing as to who gets seen first and the best care, and the quickest. I understand that they are overworked and the stress level is intense, and just the personal dodging of diseases and sickness day in and day out is a lot for me to comprehend.
No matter who you are, your intelligence, background or even you medical or nutritional expertise, you become a number when you are in the hospital, You are at the hand of others who will get to you when they can, or sometimes when they want to. Frustrating, and utterly such high stress levels and emotional overload, I am not sure if I was the one in the bed , if I could handle it.
I was looking out the window look at all the cars driving by, the world going on around us, and people just doing what they do every day. I wondered how many people, as they were driving by, were thinking of the people grasping for life and trying to get healthy enough to just go home and become the ones driving by again. I thought, why is the world going on around us like nothing was happening? It was then I realized that I drive by this hospital frequently, and have never really thought about it either.
Life is short, and most people are just trying to get through the day. The people in here are trying to get home, and all of us, in our own way, are just trying to stay healthy enough and not be in the hospital..