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.


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?


Silent Islands

So many hurting people out there. And only a few talking- verbally anyway.

But I think the pain speaks volumes in our physical body.

I am thanking God for the healing that I have had and all the different things that I have felt and the skills of observation and knowledge that I feel He has blessed me with that is now helping the “Silent Islands” I am meeting every single week. Abused, defeated, self-punishing creations that need our Message of Hope. It is a tough journey though, but well worth it. Uncovering all the lies that are causing sickness and pain leads to freedom and healing.

I am praying the hurting souls will open their mouths and discover they are not the only one out there in the ocean of life. Each island is less that an arms length away. Imagine the land mass if we all could muster the strength to look up and reach out.


“Poor in Spirit” isn’t referring to my bank account

Fr. Dennis confirmed what Jeff Cavins had taught in our Bible Study of the Book of Matthempty-handsew: Being poor in spirit is the foundation for the other Beatitudes. It calls for humility. We have to admit that we are nothing without God. I finally understand that. So I question myself: Am I poor in spirit? What does that mean to be humble? I struggle with some that I see who seem to have false humility, but then, who am I to judge their hearts? I guess that means I am still have work to do on myself.

Being a victim of sexual abuse, I have needed to be in control as much of it had been taken from me most of my life. So this surrender to God means I have to trust him, right? It has taken a long time for me to do that.

Do you trust God?

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.

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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.


Do not throw your pearls before swine…

This is from Matthew 7:6- “Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.” That is also used in my favorite musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I never knew what that really meant until last night. I am so sick of trying to explain Dr. Simeon’s protocol and homeopathic HCG to closed minded idiotic “professionals.” (This IS MY blog, right?) The media and LinkedIn are full of so called professionals calling it a starvation diet, even though I have explained about fat being pulled out the cells and burned as fuel. That homeopathy is fraud, even though the science of homeopathy has no measurable substance, it is the energy of it. And on and on and on. The pearl is our program and the swine, well, you get the idea.
Oink. Oink.

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

Sweeter than sugar?

We need to take our health in our hands and not be gullible to commercials and food labels.  Labels can be deceiving and there are a lot of agendas out there paying  for commercials to convince us to come over to their way of thinking.  A perfect example is the new commercials about there saying there is no difference between sugar and corn sugar.  Notice they are not calling it corn syrup anymore?  Corn syrup has a bad connotation, negative view, so they need to do some damage control, probably because corn syrup sales have decreased.

But, artificial sweeteners are not better for us than sugar. Here is just one site that has information about sweeteners.   As a matter of fact, many, many folks are experiencing negative effects from artificial sweeteners.  Another site provides much information about the dangers of artificial sweeteners.  You can find many articles and sites with information about the negative effects.

Dr. Ann de Wees Allen, expert in the field of low glycemic index, also warns us to check out the sweeteners we are using.  One of the most common sweeteners cleverly labeled is Maltodextrin, which has the highest glycemic sweetener rating used in products.  Regular sugar is 87 on the scale and maltodextrin is 130.  She has done much research and offers much scientific information.  Her answer to the dilemma of what  to use can be found here.

So as close to nature as possible and in moderation. Why is that so hard for us to accomplish?

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