Infinite Joy

I have to confess I struggle with remembering to count my blessings… Especially on days like I have experienced this past week when my sons blood sugar numbers have been all over the map and well outside a ‘normal’ let alone ‘healthy’ range.   But tonight’s middle of the night check is one of those where joy overflows – the kind of joy where you wake up your spouse, you call your best friend in the middle of the night to share great news! Praise our creator!  The joy seems infinite at times like these 🙂  And it’s a joy that one has to share – I give you my joy, take all you need, and take a little extra to give someone else in need…


Footprints in the sand…

Foot prints in the sand
Foot prints in the sand… Can you number them?

via Discover Challenge: Numbers

Mouth watering…

Today’s “Daily Prompt” theme ‘copycat‘ couldn’t be more appropriate!  One of the most common things we do when we decide to change our lifestyle whether in regards to diet, activities, sports, etc., is we try to find a replacement like the one we are no longer going to practice, eat and so on.  This seems to happen a lot when it comes to our diet.

For instance, we know sugar is unhealthy for us but we reeaallllyyyyy want those chocolate brownies, ice cream and cake…and candy! I will admit I still look for these ‘healthy copycat’ recipes. Most of the time I am hugely disappointed as they just swap bad ingredients for more bad ingredients and my hopes of having something that resembles food from my past are tossed out the window.

WELL!  Today that has changed!  I haven’t tried this one yet but the ingredient list looks extremely promising and can’t wait to make them.  Look at them – do they look yummy or what?!?  🙂  FINALLY a copycat version I can add to my recipe collection!


the Functional Perspective – What is that?

This is a great question!

Simply put, when we take a functional perspective we continually ask ourselves how is the body supposed to function?  Then we find ways to support and encourage that function.

A quick search on gives the following top 3 definitions for functional:

  • 1. of or relating to a function or functions:
  • 2. capable of operating or functioning:
  • 3. having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed:

When one takes a functional approach they transform from a symptom management of health challenges to restoration of function – they look at the problem from a different perspective.  They are looking to restore the body to operation in a manner for which it was designed.  To find a solution for malfunctioning they look at the reasons why, or what, triggered the malfunction. Then they look at what changes need to be made to achieve restoration.

For instance with my son and his diagnosis of Type 1 Diabetes.  In the process of examining our management options we ask many questions.  We are trying to put pieces of the puzzle together. Connect the dots.  Such as:

  • What causes the ‘honeymoon’ period?
  • How does the pancreas stop working then start working again?
  • Which processes are involved in the triggering of insulin to be released in the body?
  • Does this food support the body in eliciting an insulin response?
  • How are we supporting the leptin or ghrelin responses?
  • What processes are triggered during the sun converting vitamin D?
  • What does my son’s cholesterol panel look like?  Will that give us a clue to what ‘health road’ we were on?
  • What role does the bouts with eczema over the last two years fit in to where we are health-wise today?
  • The severe infant re-flux as an infant, was that a clue we missed?
  • Are all carbs the same?  Are different metabolic processes triggered due to various types carbs?
  • Is this activity disrupting or supporting circadian rhythms?
  • The list grows and grows…

In other areas it would be like one looking upstream to see why the water stopped flowing.  Or looking at the root system, soil and water to see why has this plant stopped thriving.  An arborist looks at the historical environmental factors to see why this tree has a disease.  Ironically a functional perspective is used in nearly every other industry.

We wouldn’t keep going to a mechanic who only treated our misfiring car with fuel additives.  We expect him to find the reason why it is not working and restore our vehicle to the original operation for which the vehicle was designed.   Just as we would be quite upset if went to a tire dealer because we kept getting flats and all their solution was use of a flat fixing additive. We would expect them to find the reason it is going flat and restore the tire to fully operational condition.  Driving around with a nail and just adding air or some other filler does not address the problem – it’s symptom management.

Should you have any questions, comments or would like to share your thoughts – I love hearing from you and welcome discussions!!  In January 2017 I will have finished my certification course and will begin offering heath coaching consultations. In the meantime my resource section contains links to many of the places I go as I search for ways to transform and achieve restoration.

Endogenous Opioid System

I really had no plans on writing a post for today’s daily prompt.  In an attempt to get a few thoughts jotted down for later posts I came across another video by Dr. Lustig on the mantra “a calorie is a calorie“.  He always has very interesting tidbits so put the video on and was listening to it in the background while I worked on this and that.  And wouldn’t you know it once again I am stopped dead in my tracks!

Exhale. Rewind to make sure I heard it right.

Pause. Sit and stare at the screen.

Deep breath. Sigh.

So, how many of you know what the endogenous opioid system is?  For those of you who are unsure, or maybe you need a refreshing this research article seems to explain it in easy to understand terms:

The endogenous opioid system and clinical pain management.

  • The endogenous opioid system is one of the most studied innate pain-relieving systems. This system consists of widely scattered neurons that produce three opioids: beta-endorphin, the met- and leu-enkephalins, and the dynorphins. These opioids act as neurotransmitters and neuromodulators at three major classes of receptors, termed mu, delta, and kappa, and produce analgesia. Like their endogenous counterparts, the opioid drugs, or opiates, act at these same receptors to produce both analgesia and undesirable side effects.

[AACN Clin Issues. 2005 Jul-Sep;16(3):291-301.  Holden JE1, Jeong Y, Forrest JM. 1Department of Medical-Surgical Nursing, The University of Illinois at Chicago, Illinois 60612-7350, USA.

Now for the chilling, and rather disturbing news.  We tap into this “system” in infants by the use of sugar. Sucrose  – specifically.  The product is called Sweet-Ease™

  • What is Sweet-Ease™? Sweet-Ease™ is a 24% sucrose oral solution used to decrease pain during painful or stressful procedures. Research has shown significant decreases in crying, grimacing, heart rate{emphasis added} and pain relief following the administration of sucrose prior to painful/stressful procedures.Sweet-Ease™ is intended for oral use only. There is no evidence of benefit when administered through NG tube.  {Source:}

Did you catch that last sentence?  No benefit when administered through the tube – the reactions start in the oral cavity.  WOW!

So we use sugar because it acts like an opiate drug.  Sigh, I really wish something encouraging inspired me to post on the daily prompt: Artificial

Although, I am encouraged that I now know this and once again have learned more about the great sugar deception. Just hit me, no wonder sugar is addicting!