Dr. Sheehan’s Veggie Shake

A Great Way to Get Your Veggies In!

A couple of months ago, I read an article researching the benefits of the Paleo diet in pigs. In this study, pigs decreased their body fat, increased their muscle, lowered their blood pressure, triglycerides, cholesterol, and blood sugar. Basically, they fared very well. One thing that struck me, though, was the preponderance of vegetables in their diet. I can’t find the exact article, but I seem to remember that these pigs ate about 1 pound of meat, and 14 pounds of veggies per day! This got me thinking: should we be eating more like this? I mean, I’m not going to eat 14 pounds of veggies per day (it would break the bank, and I would do nothing but eat all day long!), but should I make a concentrated effort to eat more? I decided that yes, I really should. So I thought, “how could I get in a ton of veggies that supported all of my body’s detoxification systems? And not taste like dirt?” So I decided to make a veggie shake every day. I’ll have to tell you, it’s really helped. I sleep better, and overall, feel better. Many studies point out that we don’t eat enough veggies, and that they help prevent every disease known to man. I promised a lot of patients my shake recipe, so here it is:

  • 1 beet with the greens
  • 2-4 carrots (no greens, they taste gross), depending on their size
  • 1 cup cut up zucchini
  • 1 cup cut up cucumber
  • 2 handfulls of greens (you can use spinach, kale, whatever)
  • 1-2 cups berries (I use a berry mix of blackberries, cherries, strawberries, and raspberries)
  • 1 tablespoon Essential Balance Oil (I carry it here at the office, the essential fatty acids help with nutrient absorbtion)
  • 1 serving SP Complete
  • ½ can of coconut milk
  • Water as needed

I blend this up in my vitamix for about 1 minute on high. It makes 2-32 oz servings. If you want to try this, you might have to split this up over 2 days. That’s fine. Some people think it has to be fresh, but I say whatever is easiest for you is best. Try out this shake for a week, and let me know what you think!

Here’s Laura’s Diet Record from Sunday (kitchen day!–made homemade pico de gallo, tomato sauce, and spaghetti squash, yum!)

9:00 AM: coffee with coconut oil

11:30 AM: baby pattypan squash with onions, beet greens, black olives, sardines, and homemade pico de gallo

5:00 PM: (after walking over 7.5 miles…) 1.5 beers, greek salad with gyro meat, fries and ketchup, and greek coffee

8:00 PM: celery with peanut butter

Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse Follow-Up

Dr. Sheehan recaps his experience.

Dr. Sheehan Reports His Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse Follow up:

As promised, I wanted to write a follow up to my Liver/Gallbladder Cleanse I performed last week. First of all, I thought I would see a million gallstones when I went to the bathroom, like other people. I did not. I did see a bunch of really tiny ones, like the size and color of very small peas (like 3mm wide). I chalked that up to regularly supporting my liver and gallbladder function with AF Betafood, and to adhering to a lower carb/no sugar/no grains/largely organic diet. Basically, I chalked it up to keeping my liver in relatively good shape. What I did notice, however, was that the pain in my upper back and left arm increased after the cleanse. This I thought, didn’t seem to make sense. Wasn’t it supposed to remove toxins from my liver and gallbladder, making me feel better? When I was checked with Nutrition Response Testing, we found that my liver was stressed out with chemicals and metals, causing my pain. With the application of Ls (from Systemic Formulas), and some antifungal remedies, I felt a lot better. My theory is that the liver/gallbladder cleanse moved some toxins out, but some others needed help. So all in all, I’d say that my liver/gallbladder cleanse was a success, but needed some help in the form of Nutrition Response Testing to totally take effect. I think I’ll perform it once a month, and see how I feel. I’ll keep everyone updated here!

Laura’s weekend food log:

Saturday, September 12, 2015

7:30 AM: coffee with coconut oil, 2 chicken andoullie sausages

11:00 AM: PB meal bar

12:00 PM: Greek salad with grilled chicken from Pasquale’s

3:00 PM: Gluten free coffee cake, 1 gluten free cookie (from Amaranth Gluten Free Bakery – I have to give Kristen credit, her baked goods are amazing, but not sugar free…it was a moment of weakness, I didn’t get sick though–this time)

7:00 PM: 1 glass organic red wine, home-grown eggplant and onion with ground beef and tomato sauce.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

7:30 AM: Coffee with coconut oil, PB meal bar, almonds

9:00 AM: A filet of swai

3:00 PM: a gluten-free tuna and cucumber sandwich from Lemon Street Market, a few chocolate covered hazel nuts, iced green tea

7:00 PM: friends for supper! broc/cauliflower/carrots, cod with olive and paprika sauce, choc covered hazelnuts, 2 beers, 4 paleo choc chip cookies

I would also like to respond to an astute reader (thank you for reading, by the way!) who pointed out that NutraSweet is a poison. Indeed it is. And I do occasionally indulge in a diet Coke. I hope I don’t come across as a person who thinks that they have a perfect diet. I definitely do not have a perfect diet. I live here in this world with everyone else. My intent for sharing my food diary is to show what a generally healthy diet could look like. I make an effort every day to eat well and to make good choices. Not all of my choices are good. In some cases, it’s a matter of what’s “less bad.” In the case of the NutraSweet, it is definitely less bad for me personally to have some NutraSweet than to have refined, white sugar. For others, it could be different. I hope that makes sense. If anyone ever has any questions or wants to call me out on something, please do so!

Why We Promote

Before you ever did anything, someone told you about it first.

Someone asked Dr. Sheehan recently why he promotes his practice. Read on for his answers 🙂

Q: What do you experience when you see the family and friends of your patients get results from your care?

Dr. Sheehan: I feel great, being part of someone’s experience in improving their health. I really feel like I’ve helped them for the rest of their life, by opening their eyes to healing without drugs and surgery.

Q: Do you ever see patients that have had unnecessary or failed back surgeries?

Dr. Sheehan: I see this all the time. I see people and patients who get unneeded surgeries, whose lives are forever changed for the worse. Once you cut something you can’t uncut it. Doctors rarely communicate the way surgery will limit people’s lives in the future. They also don’t tell them with the right natural healthcare, chiropractic, nutrition, exercise, and stress reduction, that just about everything is fixable.

Q: Do you ever see patients that take, or have taken, toxic drugs to alleviate their symptoms that you were able to alleviate naturally?

Dr. Sheehan: I see this all of the time. Most of my patients tell me that they don’t want to be on drugs, but that they did not know that there was an alternative. My mission is to tell EVERYONE that there is a natural solution for just about everything, one without drugs and surgery.

Q: How would have the lives of these people been changed had you been able to adjust and treat them years earlier?

Dr. Sheehan: What I notice is that once people get onto the drug/surgery treadmill, it’s very hard for them to get off, and get back to being truly healthy. With our care here, we help people attain their health goals, and maintain their health for life.

Q: Since you are not supported by pharmaceutical companies or hospitals for your community education, how can you get the word out to your community?

Dr. Sheehan: I rely on word of mouth mainly to get the word out. People who are interested in getting healthy without the use of drugs and surgery refer in others like themselves. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate referrals from my patients, because I know I’ll like them too!

Here’s Laura’s diet record for the last couple of days:

Sunday, August 9, 2015

7:00 AM: coffee, black, a cocoa cherry Standard Bar

9:30 AM: piece of Mahi Mahi with wilted greens

11:30 AM: lacto-fermented pickle, dairy free paleo bar

2:00 PM: cup of hot cocoa (some energy elixir mix that I bought at Marshall’s, sweetened with coconut sugar–tastes pretty good!) 4:30 PM: celery and peanut butter

7:30 PM: chicken stew with onion and wilted greens, 1.5 cups white wine

Disclaimer: I reeeeeeeally wanted chips and sugar today, but there was nothing in the house that I could just throw down my gullet (except cucumber), and I had lots of work to do, so I was spared!

Monday, August 10, 2015

7:00 AM: coffee with coconut oil

9:00 AM: shake with cucumber, coconut milk, greens, frozen berries, and Whey Pro Complete

11:30 AM: 2 stuffed peppers with cheese and steak and tomato sauce from Plum Street Gourmet, unsweetened mint tea with orange

4:00 PM: the rest of my shake from earlier today

6:00 PM: 2 burgers with curry powder, hulled hemp seeds, zucchini, and mustard

8:30 PM: 1.5 more glasses riesling 🙂

The Liver and Gallbladder Flush

Dr. Sheehan Recounts His Recent Experience

So this week I decided to perform a liver/gallbladder flush. I’ve been working on ridding my body of toxic metals and chronic infections for a while now, and I know they can leave deposits on the liver, so I decided to give it a go. Here’s what I did:

Days 1-7-I drank 1 quart of apple juice. The pectin in the apple juice softens the stones, so that they are easier to pass. Honestly, just adding a quart of apple juice started my liver/gallbladder flush, as I started getting symptoms of cleansing (more bms, coughing up some mucus, less shoulder pain). Next time, I’ll add 90 drops of Phosfood (from Standard Process), to help soften the stones more.

Day7-Three hours after lunch I took 8 Disodium Phosphate (once again from Standard Process) with 1 quart water. Two hours after that, I took another 8 Disodium Phosphate with 1 quart water. Disodium Phosphate act as a mild laxative, and it helps to flush bile out of the liver and gallbladder, while relaxing the bile duct to make stones come out easier.

For dinner, I just had a couple of grapefruits, but you could just use whatever citrus fruit you wanted.

At bedtime, I made a mixture of 4 oz. unrefined, extra-virgin olive oil, and half of a lemon. I followed it up with 8 oz. of grapefruit juice. Then I went to bed, lying on my right side, with my knee pulled up for about ½ an hour. This much olive oil stimulates the gallbladder and liver to release their stones. As an aside, I had an old instructor in chiropractic school tell me to drink 1 quart of olive oil for my first cleanse in 1997! Yikes! I felt totally horrible! Doing the cleanse like I’m laying out now worked much better! In the morning, the first thing I did upon waking up was take 8 more Disodium Phosphate with 1 quart water.

About an hour after I took the Disodium Phosphate, I started passing the sludge and stones in my stool. Overall, it took about 1 hour to totally clear. Honestly, I was expecting larger stones, but I only got a multitude of small ones (most were about 3 mm wide).

Depending on how I feel over the next week, I plan to perform a gallbladder/liver cleanse once a month. Overall, it wasn’t too tough an experience, and I think it’s great for liver/gallbladder health.

(Please only attempt this liver and gallbladder flush under the supervision of an appropriate professional.)

Here’s Laura’s Food Journal for the last few days:

Friday, September 4, 2015

8AM: coffee with coconut oil, 1 sausage, avocado and pico de gallo

1 PM: Around the Clock Diner in York 🙂 Turkey with white gravy (I scraped most of it off), broccoli, side salad with blue cheese dressing

3PM: Cocommune bar

6:30 PM: pan cooked cod with pico de gallo, avocado, and coffee with coconut oil

7:30 PM: 1 piece marzipan, 4 coconut flour cookies I made. They were really small.

9:30 PM: celery and pb

Saturday, September 5, 2015

7:15 AM: coffee with coconut oil

7:45 AM: cod, with pico and onions

11:30 AM: almonds, sprouted pretzels, diet coke

1 PM: PB meal bar, cashews

4:30 PM: coffee with coconut oil and Sugar free, splenda-laden white chocolate syrup, sardines on a salad with natural mayo, olives, and green peppers, 1 slice grapefruit

Sunday, September 6, 2015

7AM: coffee with coconut oil, PB meal bar

9AM: 1 piece of sausage (Dr. Sheehan has been on a huge sausage kick lately, it’s easy and fast to make)

12:45 AM: greens, sardines, mayo, olives, green peppers, 1/2 sugar free monster drink

3 PM: tuna melt from Dunkin Donuts (it has been really hard with lots of food cravings the last few days…so I succumbed, but at least not to white sugar)

4:30 PM: Nestle aspartame sweetened lemon water, peanuts

8:30 PM: taco bowl with ground beef, taco seasoning (homemade), onions, green pepper, mushrooms, avocado, pico, cilantro, fermented hot sauce, greek yogurt

Standard Process Purification – Dr. Sheehan’s Take

Dr. Sheehan Shares the Secret Sheehan Cleanse Shake Recipe!

So Laura and I decided to take the plunge last week, and do the Standard Process Purification program.

I must say, I’m very pleased. I’m sleeping better, I feel more flexible, I’m saving time by doing less cooking, and I’m noticing I’m detoxing more of my old Lyme’s toxins. So I give it a unanimous thumbs up!

Mostly what we’re eating are SP Complete shakes. I get a lot of requests for recipes, so I decided to put it here. I even have these shakes for breakfast!

1 cup cubed zucchini (or whatever veggie you like, we have tons of these right now!) Cucumber even works here. It’s refreshing!

1 cup spinach, kale, or whatever green you like

1 cup blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, or whatever berry you like (Stay away from high sugar fruits)such as bananas, mango, and pineapple)

1 serving SP Complete

1 tablespoon Essential Balance (this has a good balance of omega 3, 6, and 9 fats)

1 serving Sheehan Whey (I tend to use Strawberry Sheehan Whey)

1-2 cups Coconut Milk

A couple of ice cubes (if desired)

I put this all in my Vitamix, and blend it for about 30 seconds. It’s loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, protein, and phytonutrients. I have 3-5 of these per day.

If you have any shake recipes you think are particularly good, feel free to tell me at the office!

Here’s Laura’s diet log for the last several days:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

7:00 AM: coffee with coconut oil, 1 protein shake (see above)

12:30 PM: 1 piece salmon, cooked onions, eggplant and zucchini

3:30 PM: almonds

5:30 PM: another shake

8:30 PM: leftovers from Texas Road House: 2 chicken critters with ranch, a cup of chili (which is not so tasty cold)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

7:00 AM: coffee with coconut oil, 1 protein shake (see above)

11:00 AM: more almonds

2:30 PM: piece of salmon, another shake

Supper…we shall see!


Sugar and Carb Addiction Struggles

I had an interesting few days on my cleanse. Keith and I are doing the SP Purification. Doing this cleanse has brought front and center to my attention that I am very addicted to food. I was feeling depressed last evening (which thank God has not continued) and I really wanted to drive to the store and buy some Utz’s potato chips, the old fashioned style–you know, the ones cooked in lard that I can rationalize to myself that I am making a healthier choice while I munch away and before I know it the whole bag is just about gone? It’s funny, this time for some reason I started humming “No One’s Leaving” by Jane’s Addiction–yes, I listened to Jane’s Addiction in high school–and then that song “Jane Says” came to mind.

“I’m gonna kick tomorrow, I’m gonna kick tomorrow” sings Jane (being quoted in the song). The entire song is incredibly heart-breaking and just a raw depiction of the addicted life. I thought to myself, in no way are potato chips as bad as the addiction that Jane suffered. I vaguely chastised myself for that weak rationalization. Then I pondered the song lyrics for a few more minutes. Carbs and sugar on the one hand…heroin on the other hand…I realized something I already knew. Although one could argue that sugar is comparatively not that “bad”, both sugar and heroin are substances that are used to create a change in brain chemistry. And when under the influence, one is running away from one’s problems. And in running away from dealing with one’s problems, we become stunted in our emotional and spiritual growth. The addicted life is a hollow life. I believe this because I have seen this around me in my life. I am struggling to grow and I am dedicated to growing as a person and it has been running away into–especially foods, but other things too, like daydreaming and idle mindless activities that take me somewhere else for a while–that has been a major barrier to me being the person I want to be in life.

“Jane says I’m going away to Spain, when I get my money saved, gonna start tomorrow.” The addicted life is a life of dreaming for a better tomorrow that never comes because one does not change one’s actions in life to actually achieve the desired goals. One is constantly either indulging in or obsessing about one’s particular fix. I thought about the potato chips again. “Meh.” I said to myself, pondering the awesome crunchy saltiness and actually not wanting it. So I stayed in last night instead and studied Shiatsu, but I did have a sugar-free Klondike bar and some diet coke. Oh well, nobody’s perfect 😀

Chiropractic Nutrition Case of the Week and the Standard Process Purification

An Update on Life in Nutrition and Chiropractic.

Dr. Sheehan and I started the SP Purification Program on Monday. We are both already feeling better! I had been waking up with sweats around 3:30am and having trouble getting back to sleep, and I’m happy to say it’s much better. And Dr. Sheehan is noticing his skin clearing up and relief from some aches and pains. So if you are looking to boost your healing process to the next level, I highly recommend the cleanse. If you are curious about what we eat on the cleanse, check out my food log below.

But first, Dr. Sheehan is contributing a recent case study on chiropractic and nutrition this week. He writes:

“Chiropractic Nutrition case of the week
Once a week, I will be writing about the Chiropractic Nutrition case of the week. I’m doing this to illustrate how Therapeutic Nutrition works, and why it is so important in the practice of Chiropractic.
Jane (I changed her name for her privacy) came into me about one month ago complaining of severe back pain over her entire back. Knowing her history, I knew that she was severely osteoporotic, and had a history of compression fractures in her spine. I knew that I could barely touch her, any pressure or movement caused her severe pain. When I checked her, I found that what her body actually wanted was a nutritional supplement, not an adjustment. Being trained as a chiropractor, I found this particularly odd. We were always trained that for every pain there is an adjustment. However, because of my training in Nutrition Response Testingsm, I knew that oftentimes the body will want nutritional therapy rather than any physical treatment. Knowing Jane’s history, I knew that she was under tremendous stress, which puts severe stress on the organ systems and uses up huge amounts energy, vitamins, and minerals. So I tested her out. Her heart said that it needed support, in the form of Cardio Plus. Jane loved Cardio Plus, she swears to this day that it cured her Lyme Disease (even though I explained to her that Nutrition Response Testing never treats any disease). So I gave it to her, with specific dosage instructions on how and when to take it.
Later that night, I called her to see how she was doing. Jane was still stressed, but said that the improvement in her back was miraculous. She noticed improvement right away. She thanked me, and told me she’d see me next week.
What did I learn from this? I learned to always ask the body what it wants when a person comes into my office. Sometimes they want an adjustment, sometimes they want a nutritional supplement, sometimes they just need more water (I see that about 25% of the time, nearly all of a person’s problems are from dehydration). I also learned that often times, when the Chiropractic adjustment by itself doesn’t relieve pain, it’s because something else is causing the pain. Finding this true cause negates the need for repeated adjustments, physiotherapy, etc. Just something to think about.”

Here’s my food log for the last few days:
Monday, July 20, 2015
7:00 AM: Coffee with coconut oil. SP Complete Shake (Whey Pro Complete, SP Complete, Coconut milk, 2 handfuls greens, 1/3 extra-large zucchini, 2 cups frozen fruit–this makes a double)
9:30 AM: cucumber slices
11:30 AM: another shake (similar to the last one)
3:30 PM: another shake
7:30 PM: Cat’s Meow in Manheim: broiled flounder, scallops, and crab cake, salad, broccoli, 1 glass malbec
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Same as Monday! Until the evening…
7:30 PM: Pasquale’s: mussels in garlic wine sauce, a few wings with med sauce, shrimp with broccoli, peppers. Unsweetened iced tea.
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Same as Monday and Tuesday! Except for an afternoon snack I also had 1 cooked beet. And for supper I had 2 homemade naked burgers with mustard.

Conquering the Lunchtime Dilemma

A Necessary Step to Health And Happiness!

Lunch is my least favorite meal. Right smack dab in the middle of my work day, when the last thing I want to do is take a break and prepare something to eat. I have often wished for a microwave during these times so I can buy a frozen dinner, but that will be the topic of another post. However if I do not eat lunch my head starts to swim and I begin to have trouble stringing words together coherently. So this past Sunday Dr. Sheehan and I worked out our lunchtime solution: stew. Isn’t stew the solution most of the time, no matter what the problem is? We purchased veg at a farmer’s stand at Eastern Market at Musser Park and meat at CostCo. Lunchtime stew, prepared in a quantity large enough to eat throughout the week. It was delicious! And requiring only reheating for a few minutes on the stovetop, it provided an excellent solution to my lunchtime food grouchies. That is, my need for healthy food but my lack of desire to prepare it, specifically at lunchtime.

So here is my recipe for chicken and corn stew, Sheehan style:

1 head of cabbage, chopped

2 bunches garlic scapes, cut into small pieces

1 whole head of garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped

1 very large zucchini

3.5 lbs. of chicken thighs (thank you, Costco), cut with kitchen scissors into bite-sized pieces

2 pints of orange cherry tomatoes, halved

1 lb. spicy chicken sausages, cut into bite-sized pieces

1 large bunch of fresh basil

Corn cut off 7 fresh ears (this is optional, if you do not tolerate grains or starches at all, skip this)

Coconut Oil, lots

About 1 Tablespoon Himalayan salt, to taste

Just cook up the veg in the coconut oil until it softens slightly. Add the meat and basil and then simmer over low heat for about 40 minutes to an hour. Add the salt near the end of cooking. Allow to cool, portion into single-serving containers. We got about 10 servings (about 2 cups per serving).

So here is my food diary for the last several days:

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

9:15 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, homemade protein bar (almonds, whey protein, stevia, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, cocoa powder)

12:00 PM: My seasonal stew (see above)

4:00 PM: protein shake: cashew milk, mixed berries, SP Complete, strawberry whey

8:00 PM: Texas Road House take-out: salmon, broccoli, green beans, 1 beer

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

7:00 AM coffee with coconut oil, cucumber

12:00 PM: 1.5 chicken sausages

2:00 PM: peanuts, chicken veg & corn stew

8:00 PM: more salmon, cucumber and hummus, 1 beer

Thursday, July 16, 2015

7:00 AM: coffee with coconut oil

9:00 AM: 1.5 pork sausages, peanuts

12:00 PM: seasonal stew, 1 diet Monster energy drink Ultra red

6:00 PM: gluten free pizza (cheese, sausage, pepperoni and mushroom) Thanks Mom :), more cucumber

Summer Sun

Can Be Your Friend! Really!

Sunburn – a Nutritional Deficiency Issue?

Did you know that a sunburn is actually a sign of nutritional imbalance? It means you don’t have enough calcium in your tissues. Tissue calcium provides sun protection. And just because you have enough blood or bone calcium does not necessarily mean you will have enough in your skin. Essential fatty acids (EFA’s) help mobilize calcium to the tissues and the skin, but unfortunately most of us are deficient in EFA’s, calcium, or both.

Easy Sun Protection Protocol

The good news is, there is an easy protocol if you want to protect yourself out in the sun that does not involve toxic chemical lotions. Just take 6 Calcium Lactate and 6 Cataplex F tablets every 2 hours during sun exposure. If you have very fair skin or the sun is especially strong, you can take that same dose every hour. Use in combination with a natural sunblock for best results, depending on your skin type.

What kind of results can you expect from using these products for sun protection? We hear our patients report they would not do without the Cataplex F and Calcium Lactate when they have to go out in the sun. My own experience with this protocol? I can use the gentlest most non-toxic sun block and the supplement protocol combined, and stay out in the sun for hours. I have very fair skin, but I get a healthy rosy glow.

Here is my food diary for the last several days:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

8:00 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil, 2 chicken sausages

12:30 PM: protein shake: raw milk, whey protein, mixed berries, baby greens

4:00 PM: Starbucks latte with whole milk

5 PM: celery and peanut butter

9 PM: Enchilada bowl from California Tortilla: Chicken, rice, guac, lettuce, sour cream, salsa

Wednesday July 8, 2015

8 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil

10:30 AM: Sheehan stew–turkey chili, beef, chicken, zucchini, cauliflower, garlic

11:30 AM: cocoa cherry bar

2:30 PM: 4 handfuls blueberries, leftover enchilada bowl (there wasn’t much), diet coke

7:00 PM: Lancaster Brewing Co.: couple of wings with BBQ sauce, 2 beers, tuna spring rolls with mystery sauce and kimchi, gluten free pizza (sausage, pepperoni, mozzarella)

July 9, 2015 Thursday

7 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil

9:30 AM: big piece of salmon

1:00 PM: tomato bisque, shrimp, veggies, diet pepsi

4:30 PM: Dairy Free paleo bar, leftover piece of GF pizza

8:00 PM: turkey chili, celery with pb

Friday, July 10, 2015

9:00 AM: coffee with butter and coconut oil

10:30 AM: turkey chili, 2 eggs

12:30 PM: Standard Bar (cocoa cherry), wasabi sea snax

3:15 PM: shake with raw yogurt, strawberries, whey protein, greens, gelatin

6:00 PM: 3 sausages

7:30 PM: homemade protein bar, iced coffee with cashew milk

How to Take Care of Your Spleen

It’s easy, but it’s not

I have been having left-sided neck pain for about a month, going down into my shoulder. I know it is related to a nutritional issue because in the past, my neck pain has gone away when I took the correct nutrition. But this particular case has been more stubborn than usual. I have been frustrated with the persistence of this neck pain. So this morning I asked Dr. Sheehan to check me using Nutrition Response and really localize the area of pain and find out what it is coming from. Well, I’m sorry I asked (in a way, but I wanted to know the truth, so I am glad I asked). What is affecting my neck pain is my spleen. Now the spleen is a very mysterious organ that I have written about before. When the spleen is active it indicates chronic immune system problems and a predisposition to autoimmune problems. Autoimmune issues run in my family. So naturally I am concerned and I want to take care of my spleen and get this neck pain better, but also prevent future health problems. The best way to take care of the spleen? Take the proper spleen support supplements, of course, but it is also necessary to avoid ALL sweets, and dairy. I have done this before, but to be frank, I have been slipping. I love yogurt so I have been eating more, and more fruit has been sneaking in, and I’ve been using honey and other sweeteners more as well. But as of this morning I am back on the wagon. I don’t have a diet log either 🙁 but here I am back at the beginning. I’m ready to do this! The health of my spleen awaits!

And tomorrow I am embarking on a 15-mile hike…Mount Marcy, the highest peak in New York State. Dr. Sheehan and I are busy making preparations, and indeed are almost out the door. I haven’t done too much prep or training for this…we’ll see how it goes 🙂 Have a lovely holiday weekend, and may all your plans go smoothly!