In April 2010, I had a near-death hospitalization. I was so sick, the docs put me in a coma for 4 days. When you have to be put into a coma to get well, that’s pretty darn sick. I was in the hospital for 3 weeks total — 10 days in ICU, 10 days on the ward, IV antibiotics the entire time.
Once I got out of the hospital, I had to recover from the treatment. Don’t get me wrong: I am forever grateful to the doctors at Clinica Biblica in Costa Rica for saving my life. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
All I know is, when I got out of the hospital, the real healing began.
I was a wreck. I couldn’t walk so had to have a wheelchair at home, couldn’t breathe without an O2 tank, couldn’t go to the bathroom by myself, couldn’t eat (for once), my hair was falling out by the handful.
I owned a fitness business for 17 years and here I was, helpless as a newborn!
Two things I know for sure: I NEVER want that to happen again. And I do NOT want to die in a hospital. Put me on an ice floe and shove me off from shore, but do NOT take me to a hospital.
It took 4 years to get a grip on my health. Four MORE to feel like I had completely recovered. Doctors were no help in this phase of my recovery. They all wanted to manage my symptoms with meds: PPIs, statins, thyroid medication, anxiety medication. Not one of them knew anything about getting my health back.
I needed a formula.
A plan. A strategy. A guidebook. I had such debilitating fatigue and brain fog, I couldn’t think. I couldn’t remember what to do. I needed a step-by-step system and a strong, compassionate ally to get me out of the hole.
D-DRESS and my functional medicine education did that for me. It worked beautifully! It’s working for my clients and it will work for you. Today, D-DRESS keeps me OUT of that hole! I feel great. I have tons of energy, my enthusiasm is high. I seriously got my mojo back.
What is D-DRESS?
It’s a comprehensive, yet simple plan for healthy living. It’s based on the successful D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success® program created by Reed Davis. D.R.E.S.S. stands for Diet, Rest, Exercise, Supplements, Stress. I added the first D for Detox.
See, your body is working constantly to be in homeostasis, a.k.a. balance. It usually does a great job… until we overwhelm it with stress, toxins, poor diet choices, no sleep and either too much exercise or too little.
Every system in your body affects the others. They work synergistically, not independently. Once one system is out of whack, it inevitably affects the others, causing a downward spiral. It doesn’t happen overnight and we usually can’t even tell it’s happening. But eventually, there comes a point when your body’s forces cannot combat the overwhelming stress… and homeostasis is suddenly out of reach.
Then you need a formula. D-DRESS is that formula. First remove the obstacles (detox), then use DRESS to get back to homeostasis and stay there. Here’s the scoop:
The first D is for Detox. You can’t get well until you clean out the junk. Unless you are living on a mountain in Peru, you’ve got toxins in your body. To correct the whole, we start with a whole body reset. That’s the 30 Days to Healthy Living program. It’s a complete reset, detox, cleanse and balance in 30 days. Once that foundation is established, we move on.
Your body is in constant repair-mode from the little indignities we throw at it all day everyday, from stubbing a toe to killing a cancer cell. Your body pulls nutrients from the food you eat to do this repair work and build your immune system.
You’ll learn everything to need to know to get started on clean eating in the first 30 Days. Then we can design a diet just for you, taking your preferences and specific nutritional needs into consideration.
It’s not just about REMOVING inflammatory foods. Your body needs to be nourished: it’s critical to make sure you are taking in clean, toxin-free healing foods with all the vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes and bacteria intact!
“Toxin-free” means you are eating food that is not contaminated with pesticides, herbicides (think RoundUp), halides, toxic chemical residue, pharmaceuticals, mold, pathogens, parasites and genetically-modified ingredients that have been shown in study after study to interfere with your gut health!
Without good sleep, nothing else matters! Our bodies need plenty of good quality RESTORATIVE sleep. The optimal sleep time is about 10pm to 6am, in tune with our circadian rhythm and the earth. If you have sleep issues, the 30 Days reset will help get these on the road to clearing up. There are so many ways to effect your sleep in a positive manner — we will definitely address these, and sooner rather than later!!! If sleep is an issue for you (and it seems to be for most people these days), fear not. I have excellent tools and simple protocols to help you turn that around!
Just a note: quality sleep does not necessarily mean long sleep. Long sleep can be a sign of unhappiness and a lack of enthusiasm for life — sleep can be an escape! I have found myself in these shoes more than once in my life. This is no way to live!!!
“Aaaaiiieeeee, don’t say that word out loud!” Yes, you do need to move your body at least a minimum amount for vitality, longevity and weight management. The good news is: it doesn’t take much!!! We don’t add in exercise until you are ready and we keep it simple — I owned a fitness business for 17 years and have some wonderful tricks and tips up my sleevies /=;-)
The soil, she ain’t what she used to be. Eating clean still requires some supplementation. After the 30 Days, we talk about your specific needs and where you might want to supplement, either for long or short term. The goal is to regain vitality and GREAT health!
There are a very few supplements I will probably take for life, but just a few. I used to take 36 vitamins a day!!! Now I take less than 10 and I feel great, there is every indication that I am in excellent health. I want that for YOU!
Once your body feels better with clean eating, quality sleep and some exercise, your stress level will go down naturally!!! Then we want to manage stress, not cope. Coping is what you do when stress overwhelms and you have to do something to release it: run, yell, drink, drug, hot bath, workout, eat…
Managing is different. Managing is what you do to prevent the overwhelm from happening. There are some wonderfully simple effective “add-ons” for emotional well-being. We live in a toxic world and need to be a bit more mindful these days in maintaining sanity!
There you go! As we return our bodies to homeostasis, or balance, by addressing these 6 simple but comprehensive planks, all healing becomes possible!!!
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