by Jim Keck

Last month we discussed Holiday Eating Habits and shared some strategies on how to stay healthy despite the stress, the time commitments, and the cookies that come with the holidays. (

I was doing pretty well this year until sometime in the middle of December when the Egg Nog caught up with me.  I gained some pounds, but even worse I started feeling all sorts of aches and pains in my muscles and joints.

The first thing I did was go to Master Han for what I affectionately call a “chocolate needle”.  It goes into the top of the foot and does a great job of curbing my appetite for sugar.

Next I talked with Dr. Barb and she suggested that it was time for a detoxifying cleanse.  We carry an 18-day Detox from Designs For Health that I always recommend to anyone who wants a gentle and effective cleanse.  I am about half way through the cleanse and I already feel an incredible difference. My aches and pains have pretty much disappeared and I have already lost the weight I had gained during the holidays.

Also, in the midst of the holiday madness I had interrupted my workout schedule and had not been to the gym in two or three weeks.  Now I am back on track and committed to going three times a week.

I think my biggest lesson from this experience was not to beat myself up over my lapse to my commitment.  At first I felt horrible that I had messed up, especially after doing so well in November and most of December, and especially after writing about it in the Newsletter.  I felt fat and sore and embarrassed.  It was only after I realized that my sugar binge was only temporary and that I had the power to change my behavior, that I was able to forgive myself and move on.

So now I am back on track and I intend to make sure that 2015 is going to be my healthiest year ever.

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