Do you Soqi?

Soqi BedAbout two years ago a chiropractor recommended to my dad that I look into  Far Infrared Ray (FIR) technology to ease my pain and hopefully help my body fight off cancer.   After doing some extensive research, Dave and I decided to make the investment in a bed for our home and it has been something we have used daily ever since.   Dave did not have a single cold last winter, and we attribute a lot of that to his daily use of the Soqi bed.  I have experienced increased energy, relaxation, less swelling in my joints and believe that my current holding pattern in tumor growth and metastasis is in part due to my use of the Soqi bed.

Unfortunately, the FDA has yet to approve the sale of this technology in the US, so finding a Soqi bed to use or purchase may prove a little challenging.  Just what is the Soqi bed and it’s partner the Chi Machine?  Read on below for more information.  You can also check out some of my Soqi bed protocol videos here.

The Soqi bed consists of domes that emit Far Infrared Rays (FIR) which are the safest and most beneficial from the sun.  The reaction between our bodies and the FIR is what creates the healing benefits.   FIR beds increase your circulation, allow the release of toxins from cells, increased relaxation, decreased tension, reduced pain and inflammation.

The Chi Machine lies at the end of the Soqi bed and is an option to use while laying in the bed or on its own.  It promotes circulation and temporarily relieves minor muscle aches through its unique massage. The chi machine oscillates from right to left, or left to right, approximately 144 times per minute producing a harmonious figure “8” motion.  This motion oxygenates the blood and clears the lymphatic system.  Fifteen minutes on the chi machine gives your body the equivalent oxygen benefit of 1-½ hours of walking and the equivalent lymphatic benefit of a one hour manual lymphatic massage.

Relationships – keeping the good and weeding out the bad

Friends

Throughout our life together, Dave and I have had to make some difficult decisions as to who we wanted and needed in our lives.  Join us TONIGHT at 8pm on our Facebook LIVE as we discuss valuing healthy relationships and weeding out the toxic ones.

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Crazy Hair? Don’t Care!

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You’re cancer treatment has ended and you are starting to see your hair coming back in.  Oh joyous day! As it continues to grow, you may be surprised to find that your new hair has taken on a new color and texture.  Each time my hair has grown back, it has been different: curly, stick straight and wavy.  The first time it grew back, my previously brown hair grew back black as night, with a grey streak running through it and the texture of a brillo pad.  YIKES!

Some Fabulous Fighters play with color, making it blue, purple or pink.  I have chosen platinum blond as my new go to.  Others may let it grow, despite how big and long it gets, just to celebrate having hair again.  I have fallen in love with the pixie cut because it makes me feel funky and fabulous.

Embrace your new hair, however it comes back.  Your hair has changed, and so have you.  Embrace the new and improved, chemo free you.

 

Success is subjective

Welcome to a new segment here at Fabulously Fighting – Motivation Monday!  We hope to offer some inspiration for your week with quotes, stories, memes and to pose a challenge (if you choose to accept it) to help you create the best week possible.

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“Success doesn’t come from what you do occasionally, it comes from what you do consistently.” – Marie Forleo

Success is subjective, what represents success to you could be the bottom rung of the ladder for someone else.  Even when we look at others, we judge their success by our personal perceptions.  We may see someone as ultra successful yet they may not see themselves in the same way.

Whatever your vision of success is, it takes a plan, consistent hard work and dedication to achieve it.  One of my indicators of success is having my health, both with and post cancer (’cause I am going to beat it).  I have made amazing strides in twelve years, being able to remain on chemo because of outstanding blood values thanks to whole foods and now, after taking myself off of chemo and pursuing a holistic approach.  In order for me to be truly successful in my eyes, I need to be more consistent with what I am doing.

As important as my health is to me, for without it we have nothing, I still allow others to be the priority at times.  Starting this week, I am vowing to commit myself to consistency in my actions towards achieving my goal of good health.  I will be consistent in my food prep and shopping, making sure I am getting the nutrients I need in vegan and raw ways.  I will be consistent in taking my vitamins in both the morning and the evening (morning tends to be an issue for me).  I will be more consistent in my water intake, drinking throughout the day and not just tanking up at night.  I will be more consistent with my positive self talk, immediately replacing anything negative with two positive thoughts or comments.

How will you commit to consistency this week?  What can you put into action that will help you to achieve success?  Do you have a clear plan?  If not, are you willing to create one? What you do today can either bring you one step closer to your goal or one step further away.  The choice is yours my Fabulous Fighters!

Forty and Fabulous

Forty and Fabulous

The idea of this article started a couple of months ago. October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month and my 40th birthday, I knew I wanted to write about how and what I was feeling. Each time I tried to sit down and write about it, I had so many emotions it was to hard to put into words what not only this month means but what turning 40 means.  It took me until this morning, two days after my 40th birthday,  to actually put into words my emotions surrounding it.  I started to ask myself:

Am I growing or dying –  because I am doing one or the other.  Am I living a life full of positivity and possibilities or am I wading in the pool of pity?  Am I just existing or am I working towards serving a purpose?  What is my purpose?

I’ve thought a lot about the last 39 years and the reoccurring theme has been the faces of all of the doctors that have said I wouldn’t make it, who looked at me with pity, and the dumb founded look they each had when I said I would prove them wrong.  A third of my life has been taken up by cancer.  40 is just a number but it represents the years of struggle that have made me who I am.  40 represents the years I have put into achieving happiness.  It represents the years it has taken me to truly understand what living moment to moment joy feels like. These past 40 years have taught me to be fully present in the now, but it has taken me this long to understand that most of us believe that the next moment must be more important than this one.  Most of us go through life unconscious of the power we have to create our best life.  Now, 40 years into it, I finally understand that I can miss my whole life thinking that way.

I have come to realize that the purpose of my 40 years – over 12 with cancer – is to help others live with adversity and not let their challenges destroy their chances of living their best life.  I used to say that “Cancer is what I have, not who I am” – I even used that motto as the title for my e-book.  While I still believe that cancer and my adversity does not define me, my journey with cancer is what has helped me to become the person I am today.  At the age of 27 when I was first diagnosed, I didn’t question if I would live, but how I would live.  My family and I have worked hard throughout this journey to make each day count and to be a point of inspiration and hope for those that cross our path.

Happiness is a choice. Living a life full of love and laughter is a choice. Today, standing at the beginning of a new decade of life, I am recognizing the work I have consistently put in to create the best life for myself and my family.  I often say that the present is a gift and we should live each day as if tomorrow is not promised.  While it may not be promised, tomorrow offers the opportunity to improve upon the day before and to plan for the day ahead.  We must each find our reason for being, what drives and inspires us.  The future and all of the possibilities it represents is my motivation.

Multi-purpose veggie soup

Veggie soup

This easy on the stomach veggie soup can be eaten whole or in parts depending on how you feel.  I sometimes had the broth alone, other days the broth and rice and when I was feeling better, I would it the veggies too.  This can be made in a crock pot as well.

2 cloves chopped garlic

1 tbs avocado oil

1 tsp Pink Himalayan sea salt

1 tsp black pepper

1 tsp dried thyme

4 stalks celery (1 1/4 cup chopped)

4 carrots (2 cups chopped)

1 yellow onion (1 cup chopped)

1 1/2 cups frozen, organic, non GMO corn

1 cup frozen, organic peas

1 cup frozen, organic green beans

1 cup jasmine rice

8 cups of vegetable broth or my favorite is Better Than Boullion vegetarian, no chicken base (2 heaping tbs added to 8 cups of water)

1 24 oz can of organic chopped tomatoes

1 small handful of chopped, fresh basil (for garnish)

Heat oil in a soup/stock pot and saute the garlic, celery, carrots and onion with the salt, pepper and thyme.  Cook until the onions are almost translucent.  Add the stock and cook for about 15 mins on medium heat.  Once at a boil, add the rice and simmer until almost cooked through.   Add the can of chopped tomatoes and frozen veggies and let simmer for another 10 minutes – 15 minutes.  Garnish with the chopped basil.

 

Foodie Friday Food Review – Earth’s Harvest Kitchen & Juicery

IMG_1317This month we hit one of or favorite lunch spots, Earth’s Harvest Kitchen & Juicery in Dover NH.  This Farm to Table establishment is always cooking up fresh food for dine in or take out.

Atmosphere: Casual, laid back, eco friendly with indoor and a little outdoor seating available.  Preserved, jarred veggies line the dining room to drive home the farm to table concept.  This is a great setting for a casual lunch meeting or informal business lunch.

Service:  This is a cafeteria style set up, so you place your order at the counter and then receive a number for your table.  A water dispenser and mason jars are available at no charge.  The juice and food are prepared quickly and brought to your table along wth napkins, condiments and flatware. The staff is friendly and accommodating.

Menu Selections: There are multiple menus to choose from: fresh baked items, juices, smoothies, salads, sandwiches, breakfast and the kids menu.  They are happily able to accommodate dietary needs such as gluten free, vegetarian and vegan.  The open kitchen allows you to see your food being prepared if you wish.

Taste:  How can you describe in words fresh, local flavors that are paired in a way to make your taste buds sing?  We each thoroughly enjoyed our meals and juice.

Presentation:  Great portion sizes that are not overwhelming are presented on clean white ceramic dishes.  Drinks are given in glass mason jars unless a to-go cup is requested.  The farm fresh ingredients are always featured in the presentation which provides vibrant color to the dish.

Fab Rating: Five Stars – Highly Recommended
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Check out Earth’s Harvest Kitchen & Juicery’s website here

Find them on Facebook and Instagram at #EarthsHarvestkitchen