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

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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!

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

Chemo Sucks! Stay Hydrated

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Managing “normal” eating habits is difficult while undergoing chemotherapy.  Some of the most common symptoms that affect your diet during chemo are nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, changes in taste, dry mouth, mouth sores and loss of appetite.  Trying to eat anything while suffering any of these side effects is down right torture!

If you are having a hard time eating, the most important thing is to stay hydrated.  Being hydrated kept me out of the emergency room on numerous occasions over the last twelve years.  If you are able to stomach a small amount of solid food, these were my hydrating saviors.

Cucumbers – Made up of 96% water, they aid in digestion, flush toxins from the body, soothe muscle pain and are rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C and D as well as magnesium and potassium. You can eat your cucumbers cut up into pieces or spears, add them to your juice or add them to your water.

Watermelon – Made up of 96% water, it helps the body to detox and remove excess water and fluids.  It helps to boost immunity with a high supply of vitamin C, can improve immune function and help the body defend against cancer.  You can add watermelon to your juice, eat it cut up or freeze cubes or spears of it to suck on to help relieve mouth sore discomfort.

Grapes – Made up of 81% water, they help to improve blood circulation, purify the blood, relieve indigestion and constipation.   High in vitamin C and manganese grapes are great antioxidants.  You can eat grapes whole, halved or frozen to relieve mouth sore discomfort.

If eating really is not happening due to mouth sores, nausea or any of the other joys chemo can cause, I highly recommend drinking coconut water.   As a living food, it has easily absorbable electrolytes, sugars, antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins.  Coconut water is also full of trace minerals and elements.  I was prone to a lot of kidney stones, and coconut water can aid in the dissolving of stones as well as having a therapeutic effect on the urinary tract.

 

DIY Essential Oil Pain Relief – The Morphine Bomb

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Looking for some serious pain relief without resorting to prescription medicine or even traditional over the counter remedies?  This blend of essential oils works wonders, can be taken every 3 to 4 hours as needed and is much nicer to your kidneys and liver than traditional medicine.

In a vegetable capsule place:

6 drops Oregano: a great anti inflammatory

6 drops Frankinscense: helps support the nervous system and helps decrease headaches and migraine discomfort

6 drops Lemon Grass: reduces inflammation, a natural muscle relaxer