Month: November 2017

My Shoulder Pain

 The Saga Continues

Much like how the discussion of my headaches was written two years ago, the following was as well:

I am blessed with headaches as not my only source of pain.  I injured my shoulder, and generally speaking, it doesn’t hurt as often as my head, but when it flares up, it is pretty intense.

Back in college, swing dancing became popular – especially my senior year.  Several years later I made a new friend who is a good dancer, and she and I would go out to a ballroom for swing dancing.  I am not a good dancer, so the guys who were really good didn’t want to dance with me.  As a result, I was dancing one night with a guy who was not a good lead, and I was not a good follower.  I ended up severely straining or spraining my shoulder (I don’t know which) at a time when I had no health insurance.

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Fast forward nine years, and periodically I get a huge knot and intense pain in my shoulder.  Like right now.  I have been trying acupressure to release the knot.  I also put essential oils on it.  I need to ice it right now.

And Now…

Two more years later, and my shoulder was still hurting.  I honestly never imagined that foods may be leading to the flare up of pain.  I started the LEAP protocol in the hopes of reducing or eliminating my headaches.  About a week into my first eating plan I realized that my shoulder had not been hurting for a few days.  And it kept not hurting.  What a pleasant surprise!  I have also found that if I go off my eating plan, whether that means “cheating” or adding new foods while following the protocol, my shoulder pain comes back.  As much as I may want to eat a brownie, the shoulder pain just is not worth it.  (Although getting a massage might be nice!)

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Do You Give Thanks?

Gracias. Merci. Dankie. Shukran. Hvala. Danke. Mahalo. Grazie. Arigato. Obrigado.


November is the month of thankfulness.  All of a sudden, Facebook news feeds blow up with thankfulness challenges.  Then, on December 1, it all gets put on the proverbial shelf for 11 months.

If you follow various methods of self-help and/ or personal development, gratitude, or saying thanks, is often emphasized.  Sometimes it is promoted as the key to get what you want.  (I mean, just think about young children – they often get what they want simply based on attitude and how they ask.)

Sometimes gratitude can be a struggle when you are in frequent or constant pain, believing that good can come of the situation or being thankful can be difficult.  However, one way to deal with physical (or emotional) pain is to distract the mind.  A great distraction technique is to start thinking of things to give thanks for.  So, what are you thankful for?

Exciting News!

Today I was going to post about my shoulder, but instead I have some exciting news!  My shoulder story will have to wait a couple of weeks…  because I “completed” my training and passed the exams to become a Certified LEAP Therapist.


What Does That Mean?

The training involved some narrated Power Points discussing food allergy and sensitivity, the role of food sensitivities in irritable bowel, migraine, fibromyalgia, and other conditions, and how to help others with the eating plan to reduce the effects of those problems.  The foods that cause these problems are different from person to person.  I cannot just post one meal plan that will work for everyone.  I even tried a couple of those one-size-fits-all plans.  They didn’t work for me.  Why? Because some of the foods were ones that cause me problems.

I put completed in quotation marks because I am not really done.  There is always more to learn.  I will not stop learning now just because I am trained on this program.  There are other things that can lead to pain in addition to just what we eat.  I am so excited to discover more about how our bodies work to make the best life!  I am also excited to help you on your pain-free journey.  Are you ready to begin?


My Headache Story

Long Ago in a Land Far Away

Actually, I wrote this two years ago about 24 miles from where I currently live.  But this story starts at least 25 years ago and about over 1400 miles away…

Photo by Gonzalo Malpartida, licensed vy CC BY-SA 2.0

I have had headaches for a long time.  I know I have had them since high school.  I cannot remember if I had them before that.  When I was a sophomore in high school, my doctor decided to order a CT scan.  He was searching for a tumor (there wasn’t one).

Much Pain, No Gain

Since that time, no one has been able to find a reason for my headaches or find a way to fix them.  I have tried all kinds of medications, with varying results.  Some medications turned me into a zombie, but didn’t take away the pain.  One medication gave me chest pain and tightness, making me feel like I was having a heart attack.  Other medications took away the headache – but only for a while.  Eventually all of the medications that “worked” stopped working.

I have also tried a lot of other ways to deal with my headaches.  I have done chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture.  None of these made a noticeable difference in my headaches.  I have also used essential oils (which I love, by the way, but they don’t always help my headache) and herbal supplements.

I do not have the answers.  I have not found a way to cure my headaches.  I wish I had.  I have decided to thrive despite the pain.  I am actively looking for (healthy) ways to reduce the pain.   But I am also going to work toward ways to improve my health within my current capabilities.

Fast Forward To 2017

Earlier this year I was meeting with a colleague about something completely different.  She also has a functional nutrition practice in Phoenix.  I asked her about the doctors that she works with, because I was very interested in finding a doctor who would do more than just prescribe me drugs.  I wanted an answer.  She gave me the names of two doctors, and then recommended that I look into the LEAP food sensitivity testing before seeing one of them.  She had done some research herself, but had not had time yet to do their training.

After looking into the program and talking to one of the mentors, I enrolled in the training program and ordered my own food sensitivity test.  After getting my results, I started eliminating the foods that my body reacted to.  As a result, my headaches have greatly improved – and so have some other symptoms that I was having.  I am so excited to share this program with others and help others adjust their eating to reduce or eliminate their pain!


Want to see if the foods you are eating are making you sick?