the Plan.

A couple of weeks ago I saw Lyn-Genet Recitas on the Doctor Oz show.. Ms Recitas has been studying holistic health for over thirty years and started her practice working with immune response and hormonal balance twenty years ago on the West Coast. For the last ten years she has been running health centers in the New York area. She says she has helped thousands of women and men find easy, effective ways to lose weight, improve health and reverse the aging process.

I was very impressed by what she had to say and immediately ordered a copy of her book the Plan
from my favorite online store Amazon. I am still reading it but I plan to follow her plan for I believe it can answer a lot of my questions about how our bodies work. I have already said in this forum that I believe the key to our weight, our health and our longevity is as individual  as our DNA. What works for you may not work for me and vise versa. When I do start the plan I will give you a day-to-day report of my experiences and any results, good or bad.

Her plan is an initial twenty day plan where you have a three-day cleanse followed by a testing program to determine which foods are good for our individual bodies and which cause an inflammatory response when we eat it. Ms Recitas says that weight gain is nothing more than our body’s chemical reaction to foods. Disorders such as hormonal imbalances, migraines, depression, skin conditions,joint pain, IBS, Chron’s, other digestive disorders,weight gain and high blood pressure are all the result of low-grade inflammation.

I would really recommend this book to anyone who may have weight or other health problems. If you try this plan; I would really appreciate it if you let me know how it works for you.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Note: I am an Amazon affiliate and if you go to Amazon from here and buy the book I may receive a few cents.

Roadmap To Happiness

If you have been reading my posts; you know that I am big on being happy. Every phase of our lives is our search for happiness. Without happiness what do we have to live for; maybe the hope for happiness in the future but that can fade over time and then what. You know that I believe that we all control our own happiness; no other person or thing can make us happy, not for the long haul anyway. We are happy or unhappy by our own thinking; we can be grateful for what we have, however much that is or we can complain that nothing in our life is as it should be. Your choice..

I just read a post on  your right  to happiness. com about seven areas of our lives that affect our happiness; it seemed like something I should share with you, my readers. Hope you enjoy it; makes a lot of sense to me. Unhappiness in one area of our lives can affect all other areas. A small worm can destroy the whole apple; so to speak.

I baked some bread last night, made one loaf and twelve rolls, turned out very well. Used whole wheat flour and added oat bran and ground flax seed. It is low-fat, low sugar and high in fiber and omega 3′s. I will tell you how I made it and post a photo in the next few days, when I can. Had some toasted this morning for breakfast; reports were that it was very good.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Found on Facebook

I saw something on Facebook yesterday that expresses some thoughts that rang a bell with me and I wanted to share them with you. This is not exactly how I would put it; I would probably come from a different angle if I had written it. I will probably write my version later but for now this will do.

Here is the link—

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson


Have You Faced Your mortality?

I remember when my Father faced his mortality; I was in my early twenties and he was in his early sixties. He went through a period where he seemed somewhat depressed and felt that for all practical purposes; his life was over, he was old. Back in the time he grew up and even at the time he was feeling this; people didn’t usually live as long as they do now. For whatever reason he felt he had almost reached the end of his life. Both his Mother and Father had passed away before his age but he had an aunt that lived to be over one hundred. After a few months or maybe a year had pasted and he was still here; he gradually came to accept that maybe it wasn’t his time yet.  He lived about fifteen years more after that and for the most part seemed happy.  He did develop ALS                  ( Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ) or Lou Gehrig’s Disease later and the last couple of years were pretty rough. I think he accepted and adjusted to the disease rather well and I wonder that if having to go through the act of facing his mortality earlier might not have made it easier for him then.

Whether we face our mortality at an older age as my Father did or at a young age as the fellow in yesterdays story did. It gives us a chance to reevaluate where we are in life and decide what we want to do with whatever life remains for us. I am at sixty-six; already older than my Father was when he had to face that he was getting old and would not live forever. Maybe I don’t need to go through that, I don’t really know but I think I have already worked through that. I realize that some day I am going to die and I also realize I may not be ready. There may still be things I want to do or need to do and I will have missed the chance, maybe because I put it off, was afraid to try it or maybe something I had no control of at all. Under no stretch of the imagination would I want to live forever but there are things, a lot of things that I have missed doing and would like to be able to do before I leave this earth.

As I get older I become more adventurous, more willing to try new things, less caring of what other people think and more about what is right for me. In my younger life there were a lot of problems; that for the most part, I could not control. I spent all of my time and effort trying to get my family and myself through them. Now I would like to spend my remaining time trying to help others if I can; surely I have some experience and / or have developed some wisdom along the way that may benefit someone else. I am sure there are few of us that feel that they we have done everything that we could have but I would like to whittle the list down as much a I can before I go. I have no fear of dying; I’m just not ready yet.

Whether we have to face our mortality or not; our time here is limited, we must use our time wisely. We must not let fear stop us from doing what we need to do. We choose what we do and we are responsible for how we use our time here and in the end there is no one else we can blame. It is our life to live.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson



What will it Take?

I just read an inspiring story about a thirty something man; married with a young daughter and a wife ready to deliver another child. Nothing unusual there I guess, but for the last seven years he had been working his butt off doing something he didn’t really want to do. At the same time he was putting off what he really wanted to do; nothing unusual there either. This story or something similar would fit thousands; if not millions of people in this country today. We put off doing what we really want to do or what we know we should be doing; stuck in a job or career by chance or that was chosen by someone else. We may lack the education we need, we may have a health problem we need to address, weight we need to lose or maybe we need to exercise regularly. Yet we put it off; wait for another day, that for some of us will never come. We all know people that had great plans for when they retire, yet die just before they get there. I once went to look at some woodworking equipment that was for sale; the lady who had it said that her late husband had bought it to use when he retired, he never used it. Obviously the man loved to do woodworking; how much happier might he have been if he had just taken the time to do it when he had the chance. Who knows; he might have even lived longer because he was happier.

The man in the story went on vacation; took a bad fall and went home thinking he was okay. Over the next four to five weeks he developed ever increasingly bad headaches; along with other disturbing symptoms. Finally his wife took him for a MRI, he was immediately taken to the hospital in an ambulance, with a subdural hematoma in his brain. By then the pain in his head was so horrific that his first thought was that the surgery will save his life or he would die, either way, problem solved. Sometimes the agony of living may be worse than the threat of death. He said he honestly had no fear.

Later he did have a change of heart after seeing his wife and children and deciding that to the extent it was up to him; he would wake up after surgery and everything would be great, and it was. During his recovery time; he set the ball rolling to change his life to the life he had always wanted and now has.

Will it take a brush with death to motivate you to do what you have been putting off? When we face death; we don’t always win, we don’t always get that second chance.  Whether we need to lose weight to regain our health, find time to work on our relationships, switch to a career we enjoy, become more active or whatever, there is no time but now. The past is gone and the future; for us as individuals, may never come.. Many of us wait too long and miss our chance.

So, what will it take for you to step up to the plate and to give it your best shot?

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson



Coffee Leaf Tea

I just read something very interesting on the website of the The Telegraph. It is an article by Richard Gray titled Tea Made From Coffee Leaves Found to Beneficial to Health. I am already a coffee drinker and have read of the many benefits of drinking coffee; if not taken to excess. Even those who are adversely affected by caffeine can benefit by using the decaffeinated version.

I am also a green tea drinker; although not to the extent as with coffee, I do recognize the beneficial nature of it. Then much to my surprise; I find out from this article that coffee leaf tea may be even more beneficial than either coffee or tea and is relatively low in caffeine as well. I also drink black tea in sometimes rather large quantities but while also being beneficial it doesn’t seem to compare to either green tea or coffee.

Although not very readily available now; I am sure that if it turns out that these claims of benefits from coffee leaf tea are true, it will be more available soon. Where there is a need or a strong desire for something; someone out there will find a way to provide it. I would like to provide you a link to this article so you can see for yourself if this would be something you might want to try when it is available.

Here is the link—



Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson


Is It Fear Or Procrastination?

When we want to do something and don’t; is it just procrastination or is it fear. I say it is fear, procrastination maybe but the root cause is usually fear. We put off doing what we just don’t want to do; whether it is something we really should do for ourselves or something someone else thinks we should do. Especially the later; for who among us want someone else to tell us what to do.Even if we end up doing it; if it is not something we want to do, we will likely only do it half heartily and probably with limited success. That is why we should only have goals that we have picked for ourselves.

I just read this great article about fear and I would like you to have the link so you may read it. Here it is—

I hope this is a help.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Just Start Somewhere

Whatever journey we want to take we must start somewhere. We all have things we have wanted to do; sometimes for a very long time, we just never started. Maybe we never could figure out what to do first or we wanted to do it just right and weren’t sure we could, so we just didn’t start. Whatever the reason we have all been there. Sometimes we just have to start and make corrections on the way; go with the information we have now and not wait until the perfect moment. It will never come; there will always be something lacking.

This is true whether we want to start a business or if we want to lose weight. If we go ahead an start; we find that every time we fail or succeed we learn from it and are lead closer to the way we need to go. Either we need to do more of what we are doing or to stop doing what we are doing and do something else. The act of doing something is a great teacher. On our death bed our regrets will not be for what we tried to do and failed but for what we didn’t have the courage to try.

Most of you do not know me but I consider myself a teacher and a coach. If anyone likes what I have to say and feel that I might be able to help you in some area of your life; I am willing to work with a limited number of you on a pro bono basis.. This could be to lose weight, get healthier, business or personal relations, spiritual issues or what have you. Just make a comment that includes your contact information. I will not share this information with anyone else.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

Glycemic Index, What Is It and Why Should We Care?

The glycemic index rates foods according to how quickly they are digested and release sugar ( glucose) into our bloodstreams. The foods are rated on a scale of 0 to 100, with glucose being 100. This effects how much sugar (glucose) is in our blood and also our insulin levels. Even in healthy people the blood sugar levels will increase after we eat but will not remain there very long. The people who have trouble with continued high levels of blood sugar are at the very least prediabetic or suffer from Type 1 or type 2 diabetes. Prediabetes means someone has a fasting glucose level consistently between 100 and 125 mg/dl.  Diabetics have a consistent glucose level over125 mg/dl. In Type 1 diabetics; their bodies do not produce insulin, sometimes from birth. In Type 2 diabetics; the body either does not produce enough insulin or the person’s body does not use the insulin efficiently. The later being known as insulin resistance. Insulin coverts the sugars and starches that we eat into the glucose our cells need for fuel. When the blood sugar levels remain high; the excess goes to building fat.

Chronically high blood sugar levels are a risk factor for heart disease, macular degeneration (AMD), neuropathy  and other health problems. Poor blood sugar management may also lead to times when blood sugar will be too low. This can cause heart palpitations, irritability, dizziness, confusion,headaches, nausea, weakness and trembling.

High blood sugar levels caused by eating simple carbs such as soft drinks, candy, white foods like white bread, white rice, potatoes, pasta and the rapid drops afterward can spark hunger, binge eating and weight gain. This can lead to insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. The excess weight in turn can worsen the type 2 diabetes. The increase in belly fat releases hormones and other chemicals that alters the body’s response to insulin and raises the fat content of the blood. A vicious cycle that puts us on a slippery slope to declining health.

That is why we need to know the glycemic rating of all the foods we eat on a regular basis. The more processed a food is; usually the higher glycemic it is. Take regular oat meal rated at 48 and instant oatmeal at 65. There is an even greater difference in rice with brown rice being 55 and instant rice being a walloping 91. 55 or below is considered low, over 70 is considered high.There is another factor we need to look at; that is the glycemic load, the glycemic rate plus the serving size will give you the glycemic load. A load of 10 is considered low and a load of 20 is considered high. When we are planning a meal we can combine foods of varying ratings to get the results we want. A higher rated food combined with two or three low rated ones will give you a lower glycemic load total.

I would suggest that you go online and download a chart showing the glycemic rating, the serving size and the glycemic load of all the foods you normally eat. This can be a big help in eating healthy, controlling blood sugar and in weight control. It may take a little study to figure all this out but you will be glad you did. There are foods that can either be a low glycemic food or a high one; it just depends on what you do with it. We need to know this so we won’t be thinking we are eating right; when it fact we are not. I will admit there is a lot to learn here but a healthier more disease free life can be the payoff for learning it.

If you are working to be healthier, to lose weight or even to deal with your diabetes, I am here to help in any way I can.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson

What Drives Us

What is the number one thing that drives our lives? The number one thing that determines the quality of our lives is our emotions and how we respond to them. They determine the quality of our relationships, the success of our careers and even how much we weigh. We have all heard about emotional eating; well, it is true, what and how much we eat is determined more by how we feel than any other factor. If we eat only when we were truly hungry; very few of us wold be overweight. We would have to eat a totally unhealthy diet and way to much of it.

When your significant other, friend, or family member says something that causes you to have a strong emotion; it wasn’t necessarily that they said anything wrong but they said something that pushed your button in some way. Now I know that those who know us best; sometimes will intentionally push our buttons to hurt us or to start an argument. When they do that; they are allowing their own emotions to have free rein. Most fights and disagreements are caused by the uncontrolled emotions of one or both parties. Most people in our day-to-day interactions do not intentionally push our buttons; they don’t know us well enough to know what to say to do that. When they do; they are as surprised as we are when we get upset. So; why did we get upset? What they said triggered something in our sub-conscious memory that had upset us in the past. The new incident brought up the exact same emotion that we experienced before; the problem though is that this new experience is not the same, which makes the emotion inappropriate to the new situation. More times than not; the emotion we experience,will be inappropriate or out of proportion to the situation.

What is the harm in having these emotions? They get in the way of our relations with  others, they cloud our judgement and cause us to make bad decisions. They harm our health by causing us stress, affecting our digestion, throwing our hormonal and chemical balance out of sync and generally causes havoc in our bodies. They cause us to eat when we are not really hungry, to eat foods that are not good for us and to eat to excess. We feel that by eating we will be comforted and feel better. That’s where the term comfort food came from. We also know that most of the time when we eat unhealthy food or eat way to much for comfort; within a few minutes we are wishing we had not eaten it.

So what can we do? We can learn to be aware of our emotions. When we feel an emotion we should ask ourselves what caused it, then, is it appropriate for the situation. It the answer is no; then we should not base any response or decision on the emotion. We should tell ourselves that the emotional response is wrong and that a different action is needed. By learning to be aware of our emotions, hopefully we can start recognizing the situations that formed the emotions, then working to change the ones that are inappropriate. By substituting a good response to replace a less useful one; we can gradually change the way we react in all life situations. This can lead us to a healthier and happier life.

Thanks for visiting, you are always welcome here. May you and yours have a healthy and happy day.       David Johnson