The Hostess with the Mostest: Parasites Party

by Rochelle Griffin on October 17, 2014 · 0 comments

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The Hostess with the Mostest: Parasites Party

by Rochelle Griffin

Many unsuspecting people are constantly in party-mode, playing host to a variety of GI pathogens including parasites…also known as bugs, microscopic organisms, or worms. Reality is that about half of the people dealing with parasites don’t even have GI symptoms so they don’t know to do anything about it.

The biggest question that I receive most often from my private clients is “WHY did I get this?”

Here’s my simplest explanation:

Stress of any kind in our body, whether from our dietary foods, emotional stress, pain, or hidden stressors, signals our adrenal glands to go into overdrive producing cortisol, our stress hormone, so we can cope. Over time our adrenal glands tire out, don’t produce cortisol like they should, and we end up with adrenal fatigue.

Cortisol is needed to make what’s called Secretory IgA or SIgA. SIgA serves as our GI’s mucosal barrier. This mucosal barrier is like our second skin. Just as our skin protects us from pathogens on the outside of our body, the mucosal barrier protects us when we inadvertently ingest pathogens.

If our mucosal barrier isn’t protecting us like it should, the door is open for us to acquire a variety of pathogens, including parasites, bacteria, and yeast. These pathogens then put more stress on our body and the cycle continues with adrenal fatigue and gut dysfunction in a downward spiral.

The next question I get is “HOW did I get this?” Once the stage is set, it’s just a matter of ingesting the bug. This can occur from water, our foods, our pets, dirt, etc. They are microscopic so you wouldn’t know.

Then I may hear “But I don’t have symptoms!” To which I reply that many people don’t have the typical GI issues one would assume you would have: diarrhea, gas, bloating, irritable bowel, etc. Many times symptoms are in the form of allergies, achy joints and/or muscles, hives, rashes, eczema, fatigue, foggy thinking, etc.

Because of these hidden stressors with odd symptoms, I often recommend that my private clients dealing with adrenal fatigue also run a test for pathogens to be safe. If a pathogen is found, they have a few choices: 1) To see their physician for diagnosis and treatment (always the best but many people don’t desire this route for personal reasons) or 2) To self-treat using natural protocols. While the choice is completely up to them, there are some pathogens that I will insist they see their doctor for as self-treating simply isn’t safe.

To best protect yourself, if you have symptoms of any kind, test…don’t guess. Get yourself tested for both adrenal fatigue and gut dysfunction since they go hand-in-hand.

Many of us live stressful lives, opening ourselves up to symptoms that we accept as “normal.” I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…ANY symptom is NOT normal! Stop accepting them as such. You are your best advocate. Period.

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 The Hostess with the Mostest: Parasites PartyRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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My Weekend Confession: Overindulgence

by Rochelle Griffin on October 13, 2014 · 0 comments

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My Weekend Confession: Overindulgence

by Rochelle Griffin

Confession time. About a week ago, I mentioned that I’m considering holding a free group over the holidays to combat weight gain. Within 24 hours, over 1500 people responded that they were IN. I was astounded. So I put a plan together and have been testing it to be sure that results will be had.

This past week has been great. I’ve been on point with my nutrition and fitness with results already being seen! Well on Saturday night, my son wanted to have what we call “buddy night.” My husband and son camp in our living room, watching movies, and eating snacks that we don’t typically allow. It includes a trip to the store to get these special foods.

So my son came home with Goldfish, Doritos, ice cream, Saltines, cheese, and chocolate milk…I kid you not. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I don’t keep these foods in our house for a reason…I will EAT them!

Yea yea, I know that I’m a RN and a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner, but I’m also a stress eater who goes for the carbs. While all the foods brought into our home were torturous for me, Goldfish in particular are my weakness. I’ve been known to eat the whole bag in one sitting. No I’m not especially proud of that. Yes I’m aware they are full of crap.

I look at my husband. I could feel my resolve slipping a bit. After all, I’ve been so good for the past week. Why NOT reward myself with a little treat. This is my thinking that gets me in trouble.

My son portions out a cup of Goldfish for me. I feel a twinge of guilt until I put the first one in my mouth. Oh dear Goldfish, how I’ve missed you! Fine, I’ll confess it all; I snag a few more after the cup is empty.

I wake up the next morning. In the past, I would have let the prior night’s overindulgence completely derail me…I’ve always been an “all or nothing” girl. Not this time! I followed 5 simple steps and was right back on track. Seriously.

Did you have a weekend overindulgence as well? Are you struggling with getting back on track? Here are the 5 steps that I took…they will work for you as well!

  1. Let the guilt go. What’s done is done. You can’t do a thing to change what has occurred. You have to keep your eyes forward and keep moving.
  2. Drink a lot of water. Typically when we overindulge, it’s with less than healthy foods that are high in sodium. Bloating will be a natural (and yucky) occurrence. Drinking water will help flush the toxins out.
  3. Plan your food for the day and follow it. As much as I enjoyed the Goldfish, I felt in control again because I had a plan. I know for a fact that if I didn’t have a plan, I would have probably broke into the Doritos the following day. Yes my carb addiction is THAT bad.
  4. If the food is still in your home, get rid of it! This is a big one for me. My men know that “buddy night” is for a night. The snacks can’t stay in our home afterwards or disaster will occur (to my waistline.)
  5. Workout. Remember, you won’t gain fat from the day prior. You may artificially gain weight due to the sodium but that’s short lived. So get yourself moving and burn those calories from the overindulgence.

Weekend excess is going to happen. Sometime it’s planned. Sometimes not so much. Either way, if you follow these 5 tips, you won’t be sidelined as a result. You’ll simply continue to move forward in your journey.

A Toast to Your Health,
Rochelle Griffin, RN BSN FDN-P
Coach Ro Headshot3 My Weekend Confession: OverindulgenceRochelle Griffin is a Registered Nurse (with over 21 years experience) & a Functional Diagnostic Nutrition™ Practitioner who has transitioned her love for fitness, health, & freedom into a 6-figure International company that now helps others live the life of their dreams.

She founded both GoFitCoach, Inc. & Your Best Life, Inc. with her husband Keith after stepping onto the edge of financial & physical ruin. Having experienced a complete turn-around, they now desire to give hope & support to those who are dissatisfied with their current situation.

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The Many Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

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