In 2001, I had lost 64 lbs for my 50ith birthday present to myself with Dallas’s guidance and was enjoying my early fifties, feeling fit and strong. However, somewhere in my mid-fifties, my body and my health began to change. My skin had lost some of its elasticity; In 2005, I had pneumonia that left me with residual asthma and requiring meds/inhalers; I had bronchitis/sinusitis frequently; I had shingles in my right eye (scary stuff); I had been diagnosed with a tiny nodule on my thyroid and had developed chronic eczema (dermatitis herpetiformis) on my wrists, forearms and elbows which were unsightly and easily irritated by my massage lotions (I am a massage therapist). The doctors treated each problem with meds and basically dismissed it all as part of the post menopausal normal aging process. However, I knew that I did not go from feeling great one day to feeling lousy the next without a REASON!!
Thank goodness, one of my client’s (thank you, Doug) recommended a nutritionist, Dr. Bernadette Saviano, and she rocked my world by ordering me to stop eating gluten immediately and forever…..and I did!! So began my recovery, building back up my immune system, day by day, month by month, and year by year correcting all those health problems caused by a protein named GLUTEN FOUND IN CERTAIN GRAINS (and frequently added to many processed foods). By the end of my first week of eating gluten free, my eczema DISAPPEARED and returns only when I am accidently exposed to gluten. It took me several weeks of detoxing the gluten out of my body before I began to physically feel stronger and increase my energy level. Because I no longer was ingesting dairy and my immune system was getting stronger, my bronchitis and sinusitis became became a rarity! Over the course of a couple of years of healing, I finally was able to discontinue the use of my inhalers. My fifties were feeling fun and fit once again. Dallas was watching my gluten/dairy free journey and adapting it into his DDPYOGA program.
During my first year of my recovery process, I received another disappointing diagnosis after falling off a small ladder and getting a bond density test...I had severe osteoporosis in the Left hip…due to the gluten having destroyed some of my villa in my intestines therefore not allowing me to absorb my calcium. More serious meds…but I knew that if I NEVER ate gluten and continued to exercise, eat healthy and take great supplements that I would build back my bone density and over time I DID!! Shocking my doctors but not my nutritionist or me! I now have osteopenia and am no longer on meds. Thank goodness DDPYOGA kept me flexible so when I did fall off that ladder, I did NOT break my hip. (Flexibility is the fountain of youth!)
If you have gluten intolerance or celiac disease in your family or carry these specific genes, and/or have been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis (a chronic disease of the skin), diabetes, or complain of bloating, reflux, frequent indigestion, diarrhea or have diverticulosis or irritable bowel syndrome or have chronic joint pain, or fatigue etc….I encourage you to eliminate gluten from your diet for a month and see how feel! There are so many other great WHOLE GRAINS that do not include gluten that you can enjoy! EAT REAL FOODS AND NOT PROCESSED ONES! EAT RAW WHEN YOU CAN AND GIVE YOUR BODY ALL THOSE GREAT ENZYMES! Keeping gluten to a minimum may keep YOU FROM TURNING ON THOSE GENES SHOULD YOU BE CARRYING THEM!
My 2 best lessons learned from my gluten experience is: 1: NEVER GIVE UP–PUSH THROUGH YOUR CHALLENGE AND DO NOT LISTEN TO THE NEY SAYERS BUT RATHER TURN TOWARD THOSE SUPPORTING YOU! MY FAMILY AND MY DDPYOGA FAMILY KEEP ME FOCUSED AND DETERMINED TO EAT HEALTHY!!
LASTLY: EVERY BITE OF FOOD THAT ONE PUT’S IN ONE’S MOUTH HAS PURPOSE..IT DOES GOOD OR IT DOES HARM…..THE CHOICE IS YOURS AND I THINK THAT YOU ARE WORTH YOUR EFFORT!!
Please take the time to learn about foods, your body and how it functions and teach it to your children. We know everything about our favorite TV shows, sports teams, music BUT OUR OWN BODIES…HHHMMM!!! We want to live in a great house or drive a cool car but THE ONLY HOUSE IN WHICH WE REALLY LIVE AND OUR ONLY TRANSPORTATION IS OUR OWN BODY AND WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND, FUEL, AND PROTECT IT. OUR LIFE DEPENDS ON IT:))
I do take my living the DDPYOGA lifestyle seriously :))
I have felt blessed to be a part of DDPYOGA for over 12 years. As a team member, I have had the opportunity to share my weight loss journey and the joy of maintaining my healthy weight for more than decade with others seeking their own personal transformations.
In my blog, I will chat about my successes and failures, my ups and downs, my recipes, my nutritional discoveries and my feelings re: living a healthy lifestyle surrounded by others who often don’t. Hopefully, the sharing of my past experiences and lessons learned will be of some assistance to YOU in reaching your own goals and in successfully finding THE NEW YOU WHILE ON YOUR OWN PERSONAL JOURNEY OF SELF DISCOVERY AND BETTER HEALTH.
Please do not hesitate to ask me questions or contact me for personal discussions if preferred.
This is the beauty of DDPYOGA as Dallas encourages all of his members to PAY IT FORWARD!!!! TO GIVE BACK WHAT YOU GOT FROM OTHERS WHO HAVE HELPED YOU ALONG YOUR OWN PERSONAL PATH TO SUCCESS. For me, paying it forward is another tool in my toolbox to keep me focused on my own nutrition and work out ethics:)) The best part of ” Paying It Forward” has led me to making wonderful friends such as the gorgeous Stacey Morris:))
I often talk or write on team DDPYOGA about eating dairy free and why I do so. So let me take a minute to share my personal reasons with you.
In 2005, I had pneumonia and then was left with residual asthma. I needed several inhalers (including one specifically for exercise induced asthma) and also a pill to manage my asthma. I recalled that as a nurse, I had frequently discussed reducing or eliminating dairy with my patients who had excessive and /or thickened mucous in their nasal passages, sinuses, throat and lungs which often contributed in their frequent sinus infections, bronchitis and asthma problems etc.
I decided to take my own advice and eliminate my dairy. Over time, I had eliminated my reoccurring sinus infections and was able to eventually eliminate all my asthmas inhalers. I have to say that my doctors were impressed!
Eating dairy free played a huge part in the healing of my lungs. I do enjoy drinking coconut or almond milk and occasionally eating some sheep or goat cheese and but I prefer to leave the cow’s milk for their baby cows! I also use the Netti Pot frequently to help keep my sinuses clear.
THANK YOU DDPYOGA! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO LOOSE WHEN YOU ELIMINATE YOUR DAIRY??
I first met Diamond Dallas Page in 1999. He was still in the wrestling ring and I was his massage therapist. I fixed his body and he later helped me fix mine:)) In Jan. 2000 I was 6 months shy of turning 50 and was over weight, feeling old, hormonal, sad and afraid. I had just buried my mother after watching her have several heart attacks/strokes in an 18 month period and knew that I was traveling down her same path and was helpless to stop the train wreck that was coming. I believed what the doctors had told me. They reminded me that this is what happens as one grows older and go through menopause, gains weight, eventually gets sick and then dies. Dallas had his own ideas on aging!!
He first listened to my sad story and then he looked me in the eyes and said “STOP WHINING ABOUT GETTING OLDER AND START GETTING HEALTHIER BY EATING GOOD FOODS AND TO START MOVING YOUR BODY EVERY DAY. ” HE SAID THAT I WAS WORTH MY EFFORTS:)) HE ALSO TOLD ME THAT I NEEDED TO MOVE MYSELF TO THE TOP OF MY PRIORITY LIST. HIS WORDS CHANGED MY LIFE BECAUSE I CHANGED MY ATTITUDE AND TOOK CONTROL OF MY LIFE! I CHANGED MY APPROACH TOWARD AGING AND LIVING A HEALTHY LIFESTYLE. I BECAME A PARTICIPANT IN MY OWN LIFE AND TOOK RESPONSIBILITY FOR WHAT WAS HAPPENING TO ME.
6 months later–HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME I was 64 pounds lighter, lost many and went from an 18-20 dress size to a size 8. I felt 50 and FABULOUS!
SO BEGAN HIS CONCEPT OF DDPYOGA BECAUSE I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO BELIEVE AND ACT ON HIS WORDS! This is why many of you in the DDPYOGA family know me as the “Godmother” of DDPYOGA and am the official 1st member:)
For my 61 birthday after reading “Wheat Belly” by Dr. Davis, I decided to raise my nutrition to the next level (I had been eating dairy free since 2005 and gluten free since 2007–see later blogs for more details) and eliminated most processed foods including all those gluten free goodies that had hit the market and convinced people that since it was “gluten free” that it was healthy! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME–I LOST 20 MORE LBS AND 2 DRESS SIZES AND SEVERAL INCHES. I WAS WEARING SIZE 4 SKINNY JEANS TO MY BIRTHDAY PARTY:) LESSON FINALLY LEARNED–YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!!
I have been living his DDPYOGA lifestyle for 12 YEARS now. It was NEVER intended to be a diet but rather a way in which to eat, exercise, live and age in better health. It is definitely about attitude and self worth.
I have had quite the experience in aging along side Dallas and my DDPYOGA family and I look forward to sharing more of my journey and my discoveries on how to age in good health with you. I challenge YOU TO TAKE YOUR OWN HEALTHY JOURNEY!!