The Rollercoaster of Life

Grandma: "I always wanted to go again. You know, it was just so interesting that a ride could make me so frightened, so scared, so sick, so excited, and so thrilled all together! Some didn't like Read more

Sheltering at Home/Covid 19

Never in the last two decades of my career as a physician would I have imagined that we would be using the same mask to see patients all day and then sterilizing/recycling them at the end of the day. Read more

Turmeric Health Benefits

Have you ever wondered what the paste is applied to the bride and groom's faces and arms in Indian weddings?  It's actually the spice turmeric.  Turmeric is the ingredient in curry that gives it a vibrant yellow color.  Actually, Read more

COVID 19 Precautions

With the scare of COVID here in the USA now, I wanted to post a little info about boosting immunity to prevent contracting the virus. Here are some important facts about Covid-19 It is spread by contact with Read more

Natural Tips for Avoiding Colds

This cold and flu season is still upon us and unfortunately, many patients are still being plagued by these nasty viral symptoms.  Here are a few tips to try if you feel like you are coming down with something. Of Read more

Sherry's Story

Sherry has a great story.  She has been diabetic for years and she has made some massive changes!   "I have been on a lifestyle change. It has been a year following a ketogenic food plan.  When I started this journey Read more

Pharmacy to Farmacy

Many of you may know Erin-- the fabulous Pharm D that worked in our office a few years back.  Erin is a phenomenal gal and we embarked on the journey  into natural medicine around the same time.  As we both Read more

When Should I Take My Supplements?

If you are like me -- you are just starting to realize why it is important to add supplements to your diet.  Even if we are eating a clean, healthy and unprocessed diet;  the mineral content of the soil Read more

Sweet Tooth!

Thanks Dee!

Unlike a lot of women I meet, I am fortunate in not having a sweet tooth. My husband got the sweet tooth in our family. I can generally walk by a plate of cookies all weekend without much temptation to eat one. I do have another weakness. I’ve been known to eat the crispy-salty chicken skin off of everyone’s chicken before it gets to the table. And I’ve had periods of time where I popped and ate a whole bag of microwave popcorn by myself at night. My sister recommended kosher salt on edamame as a salty substitute. Sometimes it works but sometimes not. Here is one thing I’ve learned about good days and bad days in eating well. If I manage to walk by the cookies and refrain from grabbing a couple of cheese puffs, I can manage to stay strong all day and night. But once I let myself slip a little bit — thinking I’ll just eat one Lay’s potato chip or a quarter of a brownie — I’m a goner. Here’s the good part to that: I can also keep a good thing going once I start my day off with flavorful fruits, fun salads and crunchy veggie combinations. Having other people in my house that have very different eating habits is definitely a huge hurdle to jump. I don’t buy bags of chips or snacks, but my husband does, with dip. He also brings home cakes and pastries and fires up the deep fryer at 10 pm to toss in some Buffalo wings. Dieting is hard enough when you don’t have people around who unintentionally sabotage your best day’s work. I guess that’s life though. Lots of women my age are consumed by diets and weight and appearance. We all want it to be easy and it’s not. Still, I have no doubt that it’s going to be worth all of the hard work. I’m not sticking to the plan as 100% perfectly as I would hope, but I’m moving in the right direction. When tempted, remember to just say no!

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Drink Water!

Yes, thirst can very well be mistaken for water. One great tip for eating less is to drink a glass of water before each meal. In general, adults should drink about eight glasses of water a day. It’s harder than you’d think. I’ve never managed to drink my daily allotment of water. The best trick I’ve found for this is to drink 16 ounces three times a day…that’s still not enough but much better than no water. Keep an extra large glass at home and at work to fill and “chug” in the morning, at lunchtime or throughout your work day, and then again when you get home. Here is a fun site that gives you some tips on how to learn to identify your body’s cues for thirst and hunger. Remember that colas, coffee and teas — although made with water — don’t count as water. Many beverages can actually dehydrate your body. Hmm, just typing this today is making me thirsty. I’m going to get a drink and get my big water glass out!

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Wet Your Pants

Tom is a patient of mine, he is in his 60’s and has aspirations of travelling the world now that he is retired from a career of piloting with a company that he worked for over 20 years.  He has one problem.  He is committed to having dialysis 3 times a week and is anxiously awaiting a kidney donor for his end stage renal failure.  He has so much life to live and is confined by his disease.  He literally cannot leave his home without preparations to dialyze and keep phone contact with the kidney transplant team.  Tom is amazing and he annually organizes the DeBord mad dash for my 88yo grandmother who has a mission to get her 40 yo grandchildren to visit their grandfather’s gravesite each Easter.  He executes a detailed, complicated scavenger hunt through the small town of  West Lebanon, IN to hide a clue at the gravesite.  The grandchildren love the tradition and plan to continue it for decades to come.  He is an amazing person that gives back to the people he really loves.  I can’t help but support that mission.

Brian Pearce and his wife are independent film makers that are supporting the local foundation for Kidney disease.  They are hosting a film festival this weekend in Indianapolis in support of Brian’s brother who lost his life to kidney disease. 

The Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival is April 21 and 22, at the Madame Walker Theatre Center in downtown Indianapolis.

They are proud to be screening 27 comedic films from around the world, 10 of which are connected by cast or crew to central Indiana. Many of these films are having their Indianapolis premiere.

Tickets are now on sale. An “All Weekend Pass” gets you into every block of films; “All Day Passes” for Saturday or Sunday are also available. Only have time for a single block? Visit our “Films” page and pick your block. Group tickets are also available at a discount for groups of ten or more. Just call 317-722-5640.

Wet Your Pants Comedy Film Festival is dedicated to raising money and awareness for kidney disease, which affects thousands of Americans and their families each and every day. The festival began in memory of Steve Pearce who worked diligently to raise awareness of kidney disease before he succumbed to its complications in September of 2009.

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Dee’s Meal Plan

Here is the basic plan I’ve been following for eating healthy. It is working slowly but surely. When I am disciplined, it works very well. When I slack, it slacks.

Breakfast: blend a shake with a non-dairy milk, one cup of fruit (preferably berries) and 1/2 cup of yogurt, Greek is best or non-fat, plain. If you want, substitute whey or hemp powder for the yogurt. You will feel great until lunch.

Lunch: green veggies, lettuce, tomatoes and 4 oz. lean meat or fish. If you choose a salad, be very careful not to use a high calorie dressing. Vinaigrettes are best, about two tablespoons.

Dinner: same as lunch.

Try this diet for a week or two. Remember that you need to drink plenty of water and eliminate, as much as possible, all sugars, flour, dairy, grains, fat, processed food. After the first week or two, you can add in an additional fruit as a snack and you can add back in whole grains in the form of bread or rice…just one serving a day for now. A friend of mine called this diet “vegan with meat.” It basically is. Later I’ll be sure to blog about dairy and hormone-injected meats. Women need to be especially careful when consuming secondhand hormones via milk and meat.

About salads. I’ve been eating a salad for lunch for a couple of weeks now, almost every day. Salads can be very boring, but I’ve learned a couple of things. 1) add chopped peppers, banana pepper rings, use black beans and salsa instead of dressing, use dark greens such as a spring mix, use spinach instead of lettuce; 2) if adding meat to your salad is tricky at lunchtime, add half a can of garbanzo beans, black beans or even navy beans, they are great for protein; 3) even if your salad isn’t as fun as a couple of tacos would be, just eat it and don’t overthink and stress about what you would rather eat. I usually eat my salad while reading something then go back to work. After a few minutes at my desk I realize I’ve had my lunch and am not hungry.

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Make Good Choices!

Once again:  Thank you Dee for being real!

We’ve all heard about making a lasting decision, but in some cases, you’re better off choosing something that’s temporary, fleeting, and brief. Here’s when…when you feel like using food and alcohol as an emotional fix. The better option is a non-food replacement. In the same way that you get prepared ahead of time in planning healthy meals, plan too a list of food substitutes. One of the most common emotional states in which I make horrible food/drink choices is stress, especially when it’s stress mixed with anger. When I come home from work and find a trashed house, kids fighting and then one more thing happens — like dropping a glass sugar bowl or bouncing a check — straight for a bottle of Stella I go, followed quickly by any kind of animal fat product doused in salt. If there was a way to fry salt, I’d be in heaven. The funny thing is, my emotional eating isn’t always because of stress or anger or sadness. The pendulum swings to eating when I’m celebrating or rewarding myself. Here are some better choices (have them ready to turn to when the urge to eat for emotions comes along): candles, bath, walk, music, hot tea, yoga, nap, reading, blogging…

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Feeding the Soul

The founders of Lost Art Press – Lucy May, Christopher Schwarz and John Hoffman – are trying to restore the balance between hand and machine work by unearthing the lost art of hand skills and explaining how they can be integrated with the machinery in the modern shop to help produce furniture that is crisp, well-proportioned, stout and quickly made.  They do this with  the publication of fine books on the craft of woodworking and through a blog which covers everything from techniques to rising stars in the field.

Christopher Schwarz is the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine , where he worked between 1996 and 2011. He is now a contributing editor to that magazine, maintains a popular blog through their website and has produced many instructional online videos and DVDs.  In addition to authoring the successful The Anarchists Toolchest, published by Lost Art Press, he also serves as a contributing editor to The Fine Tool Journal and has produced several DVDs in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and on traditional skills.

This week, my husband, Tim is spending the week with Christopher Schwarz at the Mark Adams School of Woodworking.  He is learning the techniques of using hand tools as he builds a 17th century French inspired workbench.  He is having the time of his life.  I added this post to stress the importance of being yourself!  Do things that you enjoy!  Take time to smell the roses!  Remember, doing to please others only leads to heart disease!  By the way, rugged with hand tools is the new sexy!!!


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