Tired & In Pain? Read This

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“The responsibility of healing can never truly be handed to anyone other than the person desiring healing.”
- David Hoffman

Healing therapies exist to aid the body in its own inherent ability to heal itself.  In addition, the healing process is unique to each individual. A blend of therapies that may suit one person, may not suit someone else.

In some cases, illness can be seen as an opportunity to change.  We have the power within us to make that change happen.

Health comes down to 3 basic things – what you put in your body, how you live your life, and how you perceive yourself and the world –I group these things into two simple categories – Diet and Lifestyle.

I have two quotes hanging on my refrigerator.  The first is the well-known Hippocrates quote “Let our food be our medicine, and our medicine be our food.” The second one is “Every day you do one of two things: build health or produce disease in yourself.” Adelle Davis

The way I see it, diet is everything you put in your body (not just food).


  1. what person or animal eats: the food that a person or animal usually consumes
  2. controlled intake of food: a controlled intake of food and drink designed for weight loss, for health or religious reasons, or to control or improve a medical condition
  3. regular intake of something: a continuous or daily experience of, or indulgence in, something other than food

Diet choices that promote health include eating fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, meat from grass-fed animals, herbs, and drinking plenty of clean water.

Diet choices that contradict good health include smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, processed foods, and foods high in sugar.  These should be reduced or eliminated in order to promote health and well-being.

Before I realized the impact of my dietary choices, I woke up every morning with pain.  Usually I had a sinus headache and aches in my joints, especially my hands and feet.  I had a series of tests done, none of which provided any answers.

While studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), I learned that dairy promotes phlegm in the body which often results in sinus congestion. I quit eating cheese and my sinus headaches disappeared!  In addition, I learned that sugar was a major cause of inflammation in the body.  I adjusted my diet to minimize intake of sugar and found that the pain in my joints subsided.  Now I know if I choose to have pizza or sweets, I will suffer. This proved to me the important role my diet choices play in my health and the power we have to choose health or promote disease by the diet choices that we make.

I would love to hear how dietary choices have affected your well-being. Feel free to share your experience in the comments section below.

6 comments on “Tired & In Pain? Read This

  1. Nadia on said:

    Deserie, for me health entails the spiritual, the mental, the emotional and the physical. I believe that we can greatly support the body through herbs and a holistic approach to health, where we understand the whole and the importance of all its parts. But I was an emotional stress eater for years. My weight jo-joed up and down. This was nothing I could fix with diet or exercise. This took some major spiritual and emotional healing, as well as rewiring mental belief systems.

  2. teri on said:

    While I’m a coach, I am also a doctor of Chinese medicine (- didn’t know you studied!)so I agree with your dairy/phlegm comment!! I’ve seen this in clinical practice a lot. Personally, the choices I make on a daily basis are often heavily influenced by how I feel. If I’ve been at the gym, or doing yoga, my choices tend to be more in alignment with that. If I’m in a mode of lack of sleep, my choices may be less healthy. The most important key to my intake choices is absolutely sleep! My hormones fire better, and my mind thinks clearer. Great article!

  3. Andrea on said:

    My family has made a lot of these choices — almost no processed or packaged foods, less caffeine, more organic — and can’t imagine going ‘back.’ Thanks for your good work.

  4. Linda Joy on said:

    Deserie, going sugar-free last year resulted in amazing results! Cholesterol down 70 pts (med free) ,it’s more energy and the bonus… I dropped 19 lbs,. Recently began weaning myself off dairy also,Thanks for the great insights

  5. sheila on said:

    Hi Deserie, I’m really learning the truth to this as I approach the end of week two of the virgin diet. I’ve already noticed a big change in how my body feels and look forward to making my new eating routines a way of life, not just a diet. Great, informative article!

  6. Jeff on said:

    Great post. I found that wheat makes me tired and dairy makes my ears ring. 3 cheers for fresh organic vegetables, fruits and naturally raised meats.

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