Overweight means insecure?

I love Karol Truman’s book “Feelings Buried Alive Never Die.”  If you haven’t read it, she suggests that most of the physical ailments we have are a manifestation of the emotional pain that we have buried.  Since I pretty much ate my way through this past Christmas, I would like to highlight the condition of Overweight.

She suggests that being overweight may indicate feelings of insecurity, feelings of self-rejection, wanting to protect the body, seeking love and fulfillment, attempting to fulfill the self, feelings are being stuffed inside, unexpressed, mis-perceived and inappropriate feelings.  Well, some of those sure resonate with me.  Anyone else?  Since I was sexually abused as child during the Christmas season, I am thinking that is why I engorged myself this past yule. And the results of that binge are nasty considering I am co-founder of a wellness company that promotes an amazing Weight Release Program.  I should walk the walk, right?  Well, I am all the about “WHY” and I want to make my weight release permanent.  My goal is to have food be my fuel, not my tool.

dig-deep

So I need to dig deeper.  And if you know anything about digging deep, sometimes, it is shitting and smelly.  Well I am done burying the pain.  Step by step, bite by bite, I long for an “effort free Phase 3.”  ( For those not familiar with our program, Phase 3 is regular eating, limited sugars and starches, nothing off limits, but when hungry and in moderation.)  The good news is even though some times are dark and difficult, I can always get up and move forward.

Have you had an experience of digger deeper to get to the cause?

 

James, temptation, food

We are studying the book of James and author Jeff Cavins had some interesting insights that I felt could relate to my struggle with food.  James tells us that temptation comes from within.  God doesn’t tempt us.  The source of our temptation comes from our own desires.  We need to interrupt temptation with wisdom.  We need to pursue Him when we are tempted and flee from the temptation.  The nature of sin is that it appears like something good.  And if we are not careful, we end up choosing the “natural” and forfeiting the supernatural.  For example, our desire may be to fit in, so we maybe we end up making fun of someone so we can belong to “the” group, instead of resisting the temptation to gossip and moving beyond that and growing closer to the One who can be with us that we never feel alone.    We chose things that lead to comfort but those things  may not be the best way to fulfill our desire.  St. Augustine wrote that we want something good but sometimes we go about it all wrong. If we don’t resist temptation, we can become addicted to the easy comfort, bad habits form, we start seeing evil as good, rationalize.

That’s where God and His mercy comes into play.  In the midst of our sin, or even addictions at times, He loves us so much that He won’t let us continue that way.  Things may happen that cause us to look at what we have created and change our focus to the Creator.

So the next time we struggle with temptation, ask:  “What is the natural good that I am looking for in these things?”

Sometimes it is necessary to sacrifice the natural for the supernatural. But be assured that Divine Power gushes forth in our weakness.

And another cool things is that in the suffering of the sacrifice, God can redeem it, as we can assign the sufferings of the sacrifice to a cause.

So that brings me to my temptation with food.  My addiction to food?

What is the natural good that I am looking for in food?  The answers vary.  Sometimes I want to just relax- sit down and EAT.   Sometimes I want to escape, numb the pain of the my heart.  EAT and not think.  Food is my easy, natural answer.  What is my supernatural answer?  If I want to relax, I could sit without music, TV, both feet on the floor, meditate, pray, journal, take a cat nap.  Supernatural choices.  If I want to numb the pain in my heart, I could use my YL oils, I could read the bible, pray, journal, cry, actually cry.  Hmmm.  Lots of choices.  And each time His mercy is ready and waiting.  Wow.  Now that’s Supernatural for you.  Worth the sacrifice.

Vicki Dau and her husband Tom are the founders of TeamDau Wellness, partners on your journey to optimal health.

How is stress manifesting in your life? Weigh gain, lack of quality sleep, low energy or pain?  Visit our Website or Contact us for more information.  630-745-1120

Too hot or too cold to snooze?

Getting a good night’s sleep is imperative for us to be able to function well the next day.  Maybe we go to bed too late… or we are laying in bed for hours but don’t have good sleeping cycles and we wake up too many times and cannot get back to sleep… or our brain is going crazy… or the room is too cold or too warm.  Well, now there is something to ponder.  Is there a optimal sleeping temperature?

Yes, according to an Article by WebMD.  When we go to bed, our body’s internal thermostat, our body’s set point, goes down and if the room is too cold or too hot, our body struggles to achieve the set point and we struggle sleeping.  Between 65 and 72 degrees is the recommended temperature.  Too warm and your body cannot regulate to a cooler temperature and too cold may save on energy bills, but you may be so crabby that won’t matter much.

My family were overnight guests in the basement of a family members’ home and we were freezing…like shivering under multiple blankets. None of us slept well that night.  On the reverse, we have lost power in the sweltering summer heat and laying in bed, hour after hour, with no fan, no air conditioning, just sweat.

So figure out what is the best temperature for you. We are good with 65 degrees, but sometimes the kids complain that it is too cold.  I guess I need to remember our chilly night and perhaps strike a happy medium.  Shivering kept to a minimum and snuggling to the max.  Sweet dreams.

Vicki and her husband Tom created TeamDau Wellness to provide Health, Weight and Stress Solutions That Really Work.  Take a Free Wellness Assessment and utilize their resources to achieve optimal health.  630-745-1120. TeamDauWellness.com

Just Breathe

That is a quote from what movie?  “Ever After.”  (My family plays that game all the time.)

Quote from a movie, but a great tip to remember when we are under stress.  We tend to hold our breath when we are under stress.  So remember to breathe.  Just Breathe.  Here is a resource that has a great technique.  Another site offers additional insight and suggestions.  A great idea to practice this time of year.  Or every day of any time of year.  Just Breathe.  I just may have to watch that now today…and breathe.

 

Is laughter really the best medicine?

Studies have shown that laughter can help fight disease, relieve stress levels, decrease pain levels and obviously increase happiness.  The Bible even says that a joyful heart is good medicine.

I liked this article with lots of details and suggestions of how to incorporate more laughter into your life. I think Robin Williams did  a movie once portraying a doctor who dressed like a clown and bought into this theory.  Was it called Patch Adams?

I know of benefits of laughter first hand.  My husband has given me and my children that gift.  He can laugh, a deep, healthy, hearty laugh at any moment.  And he is rarely sick.  He has a positive attitude and thankfully has passed that on to our kids.  Unlike me.  Some days it is all I can do to just smile, much less laugh.  But the article does say that the body cannot tell the difference between laughter you do on purpose as opposed to real spontaneous laughter. The results are the same. I have allowed myself the freedom to laugh, and a couple of times that I specifically remember were at the movies.  The first one was watching the sequel to Three Men and a Baby with Ted Danson, Tom Selleck and Steve Guttenberg. Tom Selleck is trying to get to a place in Europe in this tiny tiny car and the one shot of it just struck me as hysterical.  I laughed and laughed with the rest of the theater, but then kept picturing it and kept giggling and giggling.  I would try to be quiet, but I kept giggling and giggling and realized the rest of theater began giggling too.  So laughter is healthy and contagious.  Double benefit.  The other  hearty, tear-jerking kind of laugh that makes me smile just thinking about it, was in Wild Hogs.  The four characters are in the forest and Dudley is going to hang his bag of crap in a tree because he is not going to bury it in the earth and he doesn’t want the bears to get it.  Woody yells at him that he doesn’t need to hang it in a tree because “Bears don’t eat Sh&*!”  Another episode of contagious laughing.  Loved it!

I have had this nagging pain in my stomach for about 18 years, got tested and nothing showed wrong.  Perhaps I need to try the laughter prescription.  Time to fire up the DVD player …

I would love to hear what makes you laugh.

Vicki and Tom Dau are passionate at providing Health, Weight and Stress Solutions That Really Work!  Take advantage of our Free Wellness Assessment and see what options you have for the issues you face.

Getting a Balance with my protein

How much protein is good for us?  I am going to defer to what I think is a very well-written, intelligent, unbiased Article about how much protein is good for health and weight control.

I personally don’t eat enough protein.  I am working on portion control and so I eat tiny bites of what I want first, and usually protein isn’t first on my list of preferences.  According to the article, a woman, which I am, needs about 6 ounces of protein a day.  On our TDW Weight Release Program, we are having 8 ounces a day and after Phase One, I drop way off.  So back to Balance, Vicki, back to Balance!  Some day I will get this.

A quote is coming to mind though, and I don’t have time to look it up, but it goes something like this:  A successful person is someone who falls 100 times , and gets up 101 times.  My wonderful husband gave me the nicest compliment the other day when he told me he admired how much I keep on trying.  Sometimes I feel like I am dragging myself up after laying there awhile, but the Lord gives me the strength to get up.

Vicki and Tom Dau are passionate at providing Health, Weight and Stress Solutions That Really Work!  Take advantage of our Free Wellness Assessment and see what options you have for the issues you face.

February Networking Events for TeamDau Wellness

In order to better accommodate the needs of our members, we will not be having our Tuesday night meetings, instead will have meetings as the needs of our members dictate.  Please feel free to contact us as the need arises.  Tom:630-745-1120, Vicki:630-745-8281, (if you text, just sign your first and last name if you have never texted us before in case we do not recognize your phone number) tom@teamdauwellness.com, vicki@teamdauwellness.com

Thursday, February 2 -  5:30pm-7:30pm   DPWN Carol Stream Chapter After Hours event at TeamDau Wellness Headquarters.  Taste a Phase One Meal.  RSVP by Feb 1.

Tuesday, February 7- 7:30am-9am Carol Stream Chamber Before Hours event at Miller Welding

Tuesday, February 7 -  11:15am-12:45pm   DPWN Carol Stream Chapter Networking Luncheon at Rocco Vino’s   (Visitors are welcome if you know any lady who would like to grow her business in a woman only, category exclusive, referral passing leads group.) 

Thursday, February 8- 11:00pm-1:30pm Carol Stream Chamber
Networking Luncheon

Thursday, February 8- 5:00pm-8:00pm Glancer Girls Hearts and Hope Event

Friday, February 10- 9:00pm-3:00pm Five Star Expo  Hilton-Indian Lakes Resort, bring a business card, free entry

Tuesday, February 14- 10:00pm-6:00pm Up with Balloons Grand Re-Opening and Ribbon Cutting-1231 Butterfield Rd. Wheaton.

Thursday, February 16 5:30pm-7:30pm  Carol Stream Chamber After Hours at Flip Flops Tiki Bar and Grill in Carol Stream

Tuesday, February 21-  11:15am-12:45pm   DPWN Carol Stream Chapter Networking Luncheon at Rocco Vino’s    (Visitors are welcome if you know any lady who would like to grow her business in a woman only, category exclusive, referral passing leads group.) 

Wednesday, February 29- 11:30am-1pm  Women in Business Luncheon at Hilton/Indian Lakes

Tom and Vicki Dau are the founders of TeamDau Wellness, providing Health, Weight and Stress Solutions That Really Work.  Take your Free Wellness Assessment to see which tools in their arsenal would be best for your particular circumstances. 630-745-1120

December Networking for TeamDau Wellness

Thursday, December 1st- 5:30pm-9pm Carol Stream Chamber Holiday Social

Saturday, December 3rd- 4p-8pm 

Monday, December 5th- 7:15pm-8:30pm  Boresha Presentation  in Lombard with Vice President of Boresha, Mike Babcock!

Tuesday, December 6th-  11:15am-12:45pm   DPWN Carol Stream Chapter Networking Luncheon at Rocco Vino’s   (Visitors are welcome if you know any lady who would like to grow her business in a woman only, category exclusive, referral passing leads group.) 

Tuesday,December 6th- 7pm-8:30pm  Weight Release Meeting- TeamDau Wellness Headquarters   (Formerly known as HCG meeting) similar meeting as before, but now New and Improved!  Skype us if you cannot make it in person!  Subscribe for free and video call “teamdauwellness” or “Vicki”,

Wednesday, December 7- 6pm-9pm

Tuesday, December 20-  11:15am-12:45pm   DPWN Carol Stream Chapter Networking Luncheon at Rocco Vino’s    (Visitors are welcome if you know any lady who would like to grow her business in a woman only, category exclusive, referral passing leads group.) 

Tom and Vicki Dau are the founders of TeamDau Wellness, partners on your journey to optimal health.

How is stress manifesting in your life? Weigh gain, lack of quality sleep, low energy or pain?  Visit their Website or Contact them for more information.  630-745-1120

Eat exactly what you want on Thanksgiving

Believe it or not, eating small portions of exactly what you want on Thanksgiving may actually be better for you in the long run than stuffing yourself of “healthy” alternatives while desiring what you are denying yourself.  If you choose not to have what you really would like,  you may eat and eat and eat, trying to satisfy yourself.  Instead, take tiny portions of exactly what you want and savor every bite.  Don’t go back for seconds either.  Put your fork down in between bites.  Pick your head up from the trough, I mean, plate.  Enjoy the company of those you are eating with.  Take a sip of water in between bites.  Really taste the food.  If you cannot taste the food anymore, that means you are full- STOP EATING. Try this.  If you are eating chocolate ice cream at the end of the meal and you are full, you will only taste the cold, not the chocolate.

Some more tips from our newsletter on handling the plentiful Thanksgiving weekend!  http://conta.cc/sqRYRU

Tom and Vicki Dau are the founders of TeamDau Wellness, partners on the journey to optimal health.  Their family of 9 has been antibiotic free for 23 years and they collectively have dropped 240 pounds last year.  They wish to help you improve the quality of live especially in the areas of low energy, lack of quality sleep, pain or weight gain. Consider them “wellness brokers”  offering personalized protocols and support on the journey to optimal health.

Visit their Website or Contact them for more information.  630-745-1120

Charging electronics in your bedroom may fry your sleep

Cell phones, iPods, iPads, etc., etc., have made our lives easier and more convenient, but we need to be careful about the electromagnetic energy that is emitted from them.  Especially when we are sleeping.  Sleep is when our body is rebooting and we need to take the stressers away so it can recharge. If we are charging our phones or other electronic devices next to our bed, our body doesn’t get the break it needs.  Plug them in the bathroom or den and give your mind and body a break!  For more information, Check out this article.

Tom and Vicki Dau are the founders of TeamDau Wellness, partners on the journey to optimal health.  Their family of 9 has been antibiotic free for 23 years and they collectively have dropped 240 pounds last year.  They wish to help you improve the quality of live especially in the areas of low energy, lack of quality sleep, pain or weight gain. Consider them “wellness brokers”  offering personalized protocols and support on the journey to optimal health.

Visit their Website or Contact them for more information.  630-745-1120