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When what is good for you to eat and what you want to eat become the same thing, there no longer exists a battle with what to eat.

Freedom and Gina the dog

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We have a 10 year old Border Collie/Shepherd mix dog named Gina. As a young pup, she liked nothing better than galavanting through the neighborhood. Since fencing our 8 acre property was prohibitive, we resorted to other measures to curtail GIna's wanderlust. One was tying her with a long chain to a tree. As long as she was restrained, she stayed in our yard.

She didn't wander, but neither was she free to wander.

How does this relate to nutrition? Well, I've been thinking this month about Freedom. Freedom can either be defined as the absence of restraint (external) and/or the presence of something greater (internal). Freedom is ultimately what we are looking for in our relationship with food.

One could argue if donuts, cookies or chips are removed from the environment, one is freed from over-indulgent desires . I would counter that true freedom is being surrounded by those things, but not feeling controlled by them. You can pass on the cookies and eat the fruit salad, and feel perfectly content.

As for Gina, we were able to let her off her chain, and after some lapses, she learned to stay in the yard. She had the opportunity to wander, but I like to think in her little doggie mind she decided that the grass really wasn't greener anywhere else, she wasn't missing out on anything, and began to discover the delight of her own backyard.

Go beyond the chain. As my friend Marisa would say, "Unleash your Wellness."

Blessings,

Eileen

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Real Health Tips

Nix the Itch!

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Summer time is poison ivy time, and we have a lot of this stuff on our property. Poison ivy is responsible for more than 2 million cases of skin poisoning each year. The toxin causes inflammation and swelling, accompanied by painful irritation and blisters. Symptoms usually occur within 12 to 24 hours after contact with the plant, but sometimes may not appear until 3 to 4 days after exposure. The toxin is an oily compound present in all parts of the plant. The toxin retains its potency even after plants have been killed. The oil can be carried on clothing, tools, pets, and in smoke, and it retains its toxicity for long periods. Leaves of three, let it be.

Now that we know the poison, what is the cure?

If you think you were exposed, immediacy =efficacy.

* Wash all areas with cold soapy water
* Use a drying soap like Burt's Bees Poison Ivy Soap
* Draw out toxins with a paste of ground oats and cool water
* I've had great results with using Dr. Marshall's Medi Body Pack, but you can use any bentonite clay or even use mud in a pinch.

Drawing out the toxins before they can spread seems to be the ticket. I covered my arms with Medi Body Pack, let it dry for 10 minutes, rinsed it off and had NO rash at all. This was nothing short of miraculous!

To order Dr. Marshall products, see me or contact Kristi.

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Real Success!

Jon Havens is a Real Health Success Story. Jon was referred to me by Dr. Amanda Buffington, of Whole Health Chiropractic in April. Jon had a wicked caffeine habit, wasn't sleeping well, had a lot of pain in his joints, and was overweight. Jon has since lost almost 40 pounds, is down a belt size, sleeps better, and his joints are less stiff. He exercises regularly, eats clean, and recently signed up and completed his first 5K event in 35 minutes, despite the heat, humidity and hills of the event (at The Shrine, Belleville). Jon is determined, dedicated, focused and consistent. His drive is contagious. Kudos Jon! You are well on your way to your fitness goals.

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Jon, before, April

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Jon, June 2010

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A strong finish!

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In the three months I've been going to see Eileen I have lost 37 pounds. Through Eileen's expertise, encouragement, and support I've learned that the path to a healthy lifestyle and reaching my health goals doesn't have to be a difficult one. That both can be attained by making healthy choices, taking
it one step at a time and acknowledging and appreciating "small victories." As an example when I started going to Eileen I was unable to tie my shoes without losing my breath and I could barely walk a mile. Now, I'm tying my shoes just fine and as you can see by the pictures I just finished my first 5K and I'm signed up to run another one in July.

She has taught me to ask myself "What Am I Hungry For?" By asking myself his question I have become more in tune with my body. I realize that sometimes my cravings are not for food, but for physical activity, relaxation or even companionship just to name a few.

I still have health goals I want to reach and I know I'll be able to by applying what I've learned in my sessions with Eileen.

Jon Havens

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Get Clutter-Free

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Need some household help? I recently hired O'Fallon HS senior Amanda Schaeffer to help me catch up on some chores that have been nagging at me around my place. Amanda is prompt, cheerful, hardworking, and her serivces are reasonable. Many of my clients have expressed how stressed a cluttered home makes them feel. Well, the good news is, you don't have to do it all yourself! Get some help! Shoot her an email at chilupa_12@yahoo.com

You may know Amanda's mom, Chef Cari. These folks are good people, so you can hire Amanda in complete confidence. (And if you need a great personal chef for your family or an event, call her mom!)

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Real Food, Real Fast!

Aguas Frescas

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In general, it is better to eat the fruit than drink the juice. However this drink is just so darned refreshing, and especially nice since watermelon is in season. You really MUST give this a try!

Recipe adapted from Elana's Pantry--I highly recommend this gluten-free blog.

Ingredients:
2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed and chilled
juice from 1-2 limes
couple drops stevia or agave (optional)

Blend in blender until liquid and frothy. Serve over crushed ice.

(Some have suggested this would also be great w/a shot of gin or vodka, but you didn't hear me say that.)

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Eileen Vollmer is a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. She is the owner of Real Health Nutrition, a nutritional counseling service dedicated to helping clients reach their health and weight goals through incremental, lifestyle changes. Eileen firmly believes that Real Health Begins with Real Food, so it is her mission to help her clients eat more real food and less chemical-laden, artificial, junk food. She has found that a personal approach to wellness provides support and accountability, which makes all the difference in her client's success. Make your health a priority! Call 618-580-3771; or visit www.eileenvollmer.com TODAY!

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