Work Related Stress is a Huge Health Issue

Work Related Stress Reduction Seminars

Work Related Stress Reduction Seminars

Work related stress is a big health issue affecting productivity, communication, morale, and the overall health of leadership and employees. Work related stress does not have to be this way. Work related stress can be reduced.

Char Miller with Char from HR and I are teaming together to offer Leadership Conferences & Seminars, Career Strategy Workshops, and Employee Lunch & Learns for businesses and organizations. Our venture is called VITA for VITALITY!

Executive Leadership and HR : Does your organization struggle with employee engagement, productivity, customer service, achievement of organizational goals, and attracting and retaining top talent? Does the phrase “not hitting target”, “no work-life balance”, and “lack of performance” come up in leadership meetings often? Is it difficult to create a culture of wellness where your talent staff and leadership teams can achieve success?

Do your staff and leaders feel or act Burned Out?

Talented Employees: Do you suffer from the white-knuckle syndrome? Do you dread going to your job? Have you lost your energy, excitement, and enthusiasm with your career? Do you feel tired hours before the end of your workday? Do you suffer with high stress and cortisol levels? Do you feel as if you are in a constant state of fear worrying you will not meet expectations?

Do you feel Burned Out?

If you answered yes to any of these leadership and career barriers, turn to Char from HR and Greg Gillette with Gillette Nutrition for help! We help talent achieve company mission, vision, and goals. We help talent find the power to live and grow in a dream career and live a healthy life-style to achieve success!


HR Leaders, Executives, CEOs:

To improve: Employee Wellness, Engagement, Productivity …Book a customized event for your teams! Rates as low as $260 an hour. Hourly rate depends on time needed to meet your organization’s wellness & talent needs. With a healthy work environment, attract and retain the best talent!

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Earthing and barefoot walking improves overall health

Earthing and barefoot hiking


It’s time to get back to nature by taking off your shoes and walking on the earth: grass, sand, dirt, on the beach, etc. Barefoot walking is making a come back and for good reasons. It’s called Earthing! It means living in contact with the Earth’s natural surface charge. You are grounded when you are Earthing. By barefoot walking or by just placing your bare-feet on the ground while sitting, you will receive negative electrons from the Earth and your body will feel more relaxed. Inflammation and sore muscles will decrease and your state of mind will be more joyful. There is something magical about barefoot walking on Mother Earth.

Earthing is both a timeless practice and a modern discovery. When you are grounded to the Earth, you receive healing powers from Mother Earth. Our Mother is here to help us heal.

As a kid, I remember going barefoot in the back yard and when I was at the beach. It felt good, but I did not know of the benefits and neither did anyone else. I discovered the re-born aspects of Earthing from a book, called, “Earthing: The most important health discovery ever!” The authors are Clinton Ober, Stephen Sinatra, MD and Martin Zucker. Clinton and thousands of other people, many who are documented in the book, have seen their health rebound from Earthing. It makes sense as humans for millions of years were connected to the Earth by being barefoot or by wearing shoes that connected to the Earth. Shoes of the past were made from natural plant fibers or animal hides and these shoes had the Earthing connection. Since the invention of plastic shoes, and high-heeled shoes, narrow toe box shoes, etc., the health of humans has declined with aching  joints, bad posture, back pain, foot pain, muscle soreness and overall inflammation. Inflammation is a driving component in illness and disease.

When you start to do some Earthing, take your time and just stand on the Earth’s natural surfaces. Later on, you can walk and before long, you might even go barefoot hiking. The more you do it, the better you will feel from being grounded to the Earth. Even when the weather gets cooler and eventually, cold, you can still do some Earthing. I know as I Earth in all types of weather. Your body will adapt to the ever-changing weather of Mother Earth. I have found when it’s chilly or cold, just stand in place and your bare feet will slowly warm up the ground. Strive to Earth for about 20 minutes or longer if you can. I have felt the best benefits when I Earth for at least 20 minutes, but any amount of Earthing has healing benefits.

Many people who Earth have experienced many awesome healing benefits. Here is a list of some of the health improvements that people have reported: Improved Posture, reduction and sometimes, elimination of back pain and foot pain, better sleep, increase in mental focus and power, healthier immune system, reduction in arthritis, reduction in blood pressure, reduction is stress levels, including a reduction in cortisol, increase in libido, increase in energy, healthier skin, healthier metabolism, and much more.

What are negative electrons and why does the Earth contain them? According to science, atoms are made of extremely tiny particles called protons, neutrons, and electrons. Protons and neutrons are in the center of the atom, making up the nucleus. Electrons surround the nucleus. Protons have a positive charge. Electrons have a negative charge. The natural frequencies of the Earth are made up of waves of energy and the motions of subatomic particles called free electrons cause these waves. Electrons have a negative charge. These electrons give the Earth’s surface a natural, negative charge. There is a constant flow of electrons to the Earth’s surface from rain and lightning strikes. By grounding, we receive and absorb these negative electrons into our bodies. These free negative electrons reduce free radicals in our bodies and reduce chronic inflammation and bring a state of homeostasis to our bodies. Our body’s natural electric state is restored.

Here is some more wonderful information about Earthing. Information!


Would you like more energy? Would you like to wake up refreshed and have all the energy needed to achieve what you need and want to do for the day? Of course, you do! Why are most people struggling with a lack of energy and vitality?

Stress is probably the biggest factor in zapping your energy. Modern society is stressful. Too much stress can raise cortisol levels, which causes a host of issues, such as weight gain, insomnia, high blood sugar and a compromised immune system. Too much stress can put you in the sympathetic nervous system, which puts your body and mind in a heightened alert state, known as the flight or fight response. This can cause the production of too much of the excitatory neurotransmitters and hormones such as Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine; leading to increased heart rate and blood pressure and poor digestion. Over time, this can lead to what is known as “Tired, but Wired.” After the Tired but Wired state has run its course, major fatigue will set in as the majority of your hormones and neurotransmitters will be in a very low productive state and your energy will be zapped. 

The big key to stress management is to find that proper balance for yourself.  We need some stress in our lives in order to reach goals and to continue to learn and move forward in life. What we don’t need is chronic stress that brings us down and our energy down. Chronic stress consists of the following: unhealthy relationships and jobs, unhealthy eating, lack of or too much exercise, lack of connections and friendships, working too much, lack of sleep and too much blue light after the sun sets.

The goal to sustained energy is to have the proper balance in being in your parasympathetic nervous and in your sympathetic nervous system. This balance will bring about a balance in hormone and neurotransmitter production. The calming and good feel effect of GABA, Serotonin and Endorphins will be in proper balance and the focus and energizing effect of Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine will be in proper balance. Cortisol will also be in proper balance and your weight, blood pressure, blood sugar and immune response will be humming along happily. 

Here is a list of the best things to do to ensure heathy energy levels.

  1. Eat a high fat, cholesterol rich diet with moderate protein and moderate to low carbohydrates.
  2. Meditate every day for 10-30 minutes. Focus on relaxing your body and mind and breath deeply.
  3. Do some strength training such as weight lifting, body weight exercises or yoga.
  4. Do some interval training such as sprint for 30 seconds, rest for 90 seconds, and repeat for a total of 15-20 minutes.
  5. Do not over do the cardio workouts. Concentrate on walking 3-4 miles or running at a slow to moderate pace for 2-3 miles. Monitor how you feel after exercising. You should feel slightly energized. If not, reduce that type of exercise or stop doing it. 
  6. Sleep for 8-9 hours a night and sleep in a dark room. Wear a sleep mask if needed. 
  7. Get off the computer and cell phone and stop watching TV, at least on hour before bed. If you are unable to do this, buy some blue light blocking glasses. 
  8. Express yourself emotionally and set safe boundaries for yourself. This may take some time, but it’s worth it. 
  9. Find an activity that brings you joy such as dancing, hiking, singing, writing, painting, poetry, frisbee golf, stand up paddle boarding, etc. 
  10. Strive to eat when you are actually hungry and stop when you are full. The key is to get into the rhythm of hunger and satiety. Overeating zaps your energy, while following the signs of hunger and satiety boosts your energy.
  11. Strive to Let Go of everything you cannot control.
  12. Laugh as laughter is good medicine

The Power of Juicing!

juicing_for_energyIt seems that juicing has become a huge part of the natural health industry and I have mixed reviews on this trend for several reasons. Fresh juice made at home or at a juice bar or health food store can be very beneficial if the correct types of vegetables are being juiced. On the other hand, fresh juice can be harmful if certain vegetables and fruits are being juiced.

Starting with the healthy way to juice, the vegetables to be juiced need to be low in sugar content and high in vitamins, minerals and enzymes. The best vegetables are celery, cucumber and leafy greens such as kale, lettuce, parsley or cilantro. Herbs that can be added for a powerful effect consists of ginger root, turmeric root and burdock root. Until you can appreciate the taste of this low sugar juice, you can add 2-3 carrots or beets and some fresh lime or lemon juice. Low sugar fresh made juice will flood the cells with oxygen, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. This type of juice is the best way to get many vitamins and minerals and it’s far better than any supplement. Fresh juice will also increase your energy levels, have a mild cleansing effect and we all need some cleansing, aid in digestion, hydrate your cells and your overall body better than water or any other beverage and have a positive effect on the cardiovascular and circulatory system.

The unhealthy way to juice, consists of high sugar vegetables and fruits and sadly, most people juice this way because most people are addicted to sugar. Carrot juice, beet juice or fruit juice or any combination is way too high is sugar and will cause spikes in blood sugar, which in turn will cause high insulin levels and possibly high cortisol levels. When this two hormones are elevated, the body will store much of this sugar as fat. Too much sugar can also cause inflammation, digestion problems, yeast infections and a weak circulatory system and brain fog.

Fresh juice is very helpful in our polluted society, but the juice has to be low sugar and full of vitamins and minerals to obtain the healthy benefits that our body needs.


The Healing Properties of Fat, Especially Raw Fat. Fat will not make you fat!


There are many studies and controversies over fat. How much do we need? What are the best sources? Is saturated fat healthy? What about animal fats?

My intention is to shed some light in the fat direction based on my research from various studies and other practitioners and based on working with myself and with clients.

You will not get fat from eating the right types of fat! I say this because so many people still believe that fat makes them fat. Many people think that all fat is bad and others think only saturated fat is bad. Many practitioners and dieticians still call saturated fat, the bad fat. This is simply not true.

Granted, there are bad fats, including some saturated fats, such as: hydrogenated oils, pasteurized and homogenized dairy products, fried foods, refined vegetable oils and good oils heated too high.

Before I expound on the good fats, do you truly know what good fat does for our bodies? It is truly amazing. Some, but not all, of the benefits that fats provide include: provides warmth, enhances circulation, strengthens and nourishes all the glands and organs, aids in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates, used in the production of many hormones, including the sex hormones, cell membranes, and tissue production. Fat is a great source of energy and athletes that switch to a higher fat diet see the results with better energy levels. Fat also enhances fluid metabolism and it regulates the passage of nutrients in and out of cells and it helps to regulate the proper weight for your body type.

What about saturated fat? The good saturated fats strengthen our immune system, aid in the proper functioning of the heart, lungs and brain, and boost metabolism.

A few other benefits that fats provide are their ability to lubricate the body, muscles, tendons, ligaments, organs and skin, decrease dryness in the body and increase moisture, decrease feelings of tiredness and sluggishness and increase feelings of vitality and energy, and finally, their ability to keep us hydrated. Once again, athletes that switch to a higher fat diet see the results with less injuries and better recovery times.

Most athletes know about the benefit of eating enough protein, but the fat has to be there along side the protein to get the most out of your training.

Picture you car engine as protein. What would happen to the engine if there were no oil, very little oil or low quality oil? The same applies to your body. Healthy protein equals new cells, new growth, rebuilding muscle, etc. And healthy fat, especially raw fat, equals lubrication, hydration, and cushioning for your muscles, joints, ligaments, etc.

Along with eating plenty of raw fats every day, with a little raw fruit and at times, some fresh vegetable juices, I drink very little water because I do not need it, nor do I crave it. Granted, fresh fruit and vegetable juices have a lot of water, but some days I consume neither, and I still drink very little water because of the raw fats I consume. When I say very little water, I mean 2-4 cups. Now, I am not advocating that anyone stop drinking water; but I am saying that if you start to eat more healthy raw fats, you will not need nor crave as much water and you will be healthier in the long term. Too much water, even filtered water, can make the circulation system sluggish, make your body too cold, and put a burden on the kidneys. The only way to appreciate this truth is to try it for your self.

What makes raw fat have the ability to hydrate the body so well? The amount of water liberated from the metabolism of fats, especially raw fats and including raw saturated fats, is greater than the amount of water liberated from the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates. Research from biochemistry books state that 10 grams of protein releases 4 grams of water, 10 grams of carbohydrates releases 6 grams of water, and 10 grams of fat releases 10 grams of water. The reason I stress raw fats, as opposed to cooked fats, in regards to hydrating the body is based on the fact that sufficient oxygen is needed to liberate the water from the fat and raw fat is alive with sufficient oxygen rich bacteria, enzymes, vitamins and minerals. The best way to hydrate the body is with food. In addition to raw fats, raw vegetable juices, raw salads, and raw fruits hydrate the body the best, much better than water.

The following fat foods are what I deem to be of the utmost importance, starting with the least healing to the most healing.

1) Organic pressed oils (olive, sesame, flax, cod liver, coconut – buy the best         and try to find the ones that have not been heated over 110 degrees during the manufacturing)

2) Raw coconuts and coconut cream (make the cream with certain types of   juicers)

3) Raw avocados

4) Raw eggs

5) Raw unsalted butter

I recommend that all these fats be organic and the butter come from animals that are grass fed. You may be wondering why I left nuts and seeds off the list. Granted, raw nuts and seeds are healthy in small amounts, and even healthier if properly prepared by sprouting or soaking, but they do not have the cleansing, lubricating, healing, warming, protective, and detoxifying effects as the other mentioned raw fats. The fats that have the ability to decompose or “rot” have the best ability to nourish and hydrate the body. The more life energy there is in a raw fat, the quicker it will decompose or “rot”. Nuts and seeds will last for a very long time, and good oils will last for some time; but, raw coconuts, avocados, eggs and butter will decompose fairly quickly and thus, they carry a greater amount of live energy and good bacteria and enzymes to make digestion easy and to facilitate healing, hydration, and many other wonderful properties that are mentioned in this article.

Raw fat is the most valuable and utilized nutrient in our toxic modern world. Among its beneficial effects, raw fats have the awesome ability to aid in the production of white blood cells, relax and comfort the body, protect the organs, glands, and cells, provide the most efficient, strongest, and most powerful energy for the body. Ultimately, raw fats dissolve and remove all sorts of toxins and toxic substances from the body; and we all have plenty of toxins from living in this world.

The healthy oils will help cleanse the blood, soften and dissolve scar tissue, heal nerve tissue, soften and strengthen the kidneys and liver, strengthen the heart, and dissolve internal scars and dead cells. Olive and coconut oil are also very healing used directly on the skin.

Raw avocados, raw coconut cream, and raw eggs are helpful in binding with toxins and carrying the toxins to the bowel system and out of the body. If you are taking herbs and supplements to dislodge toxins without the raw fat to bind with the toxins and take them to the bowels, the toxins will most likely settle in another part of the body. Avocado is particular helpful in cleansing and strengthening the liver. Raw eggs are one of the best compact and nutritious foods available. They are a quick and athlete friendly fast food. Raw eggs will digest in 30 minutes and be ready to provide energy and lubrication during your training and recovery and rebuilding after your training. One of the best pre or post training drinks is the Orange Julius. (fresh squeezed oranges and 1-2 raw eggs) On the cellular level, raw eggs aid in regeneration and maintenance. In addition, they are a great source of protein and fat and healthy cholesterol. Raw cholesterol is totally different than cooked cholesterol and cholesterol plays a vital role in the immune system and in the patching up of any injuries to the body. Therefore, since athletes put a lot of strain and demands on their bodies, they need to consume healthy cholesterol rich foods. I have been consuming raw eggs for several years with nothing but great health results. Please refer to the Great Egg Panic by Emily Green, LA Times, January 4, 2000, to get a better understanding of the propaganda behind the salmonella-poisoning scare due to raw eggs.

Raw unsalted butter is an incredible raw fat. It is a top notch healing food for our modern times. It soothes and lubricates nerves, muscles, and mucous membranes, cleanses and strengthens all the organs and glands, heals intestinal lesions, dissolves hardened plaque from eating bad fats, binds with and helps remove toxins and waste products from the body, lubricates bones and joints, cleanses, fuels, lubricates, protects, and rejuvenates cells, and aids in new cellular growth.

Some of this material may be contrary to what you have been told and I can appreciate your thinking and skepticism. However, I have seen the benefits from these raw fats in my health and in that of my clients, as well as the results of other practitioners incorporating these raw fats in their treatment protocols.

I hope I got you thinking in a new light about raw fat and how important it is to consume in these modern times in which we live.

Eggs are healthy and a super food.



Eggs – local and healthy

Once deemed healthy and then not, the egg is back, even with approval from modern medicine, not that modern medicine ever influences me when it comes to nutrition.

Fried in coconut oil, scrambled, sunny side up, over easy, hard boiled, soft boiled, poached, omelet style, with avocado, on your head (a great moisturizer and conditioner), raw in fresh squeezed orange juice, raw in a fruit smoothie, raw in raw milk, raw on top of a cooked bowl of rice, millet or quinoa, raw in a glass (a la Rocky style), on your skin for sun burn, bug bites and rashes, in a casserole, deviled, or even green eggs and ham, eggs are back and eggs are a wonderful and healthy food.

The biggest myth is the cholesterol contained in eggs. Yes, eggs contain cholesterol, but cholesterol from raw of properly cooked food does not raise cholesterol levels and it does not cause heart disease. Your liver produces cholesterol every day and cholesterol is needed for cellular health, especially cellular membrane function, hormone production, brain function, vitamin D conversion and a strong and effective immune system. Most of us need some cholesterol food, found in eggs and other animal products, to aid the liver in effectively doing its task; plus, the best sources of Vitamins A, D, K, and B12 and the minerals zinc and iron are found in eggs and other animal fats.

Eggs are best raw if you want every ounce of nutrition it offers, but anyway you want them, they are a healthy part of a good diet. Packed with 60% fat and 40% protein, lecithin, iron, calcium, sulfur, phosphorus, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, selenium, magnesium and many other nutrients; eggs are a powerhouse.

If eaten raw, eggs aid in cellular structure and permeability, hormone production and balance, toxin removal, energy production, increased immunity, increased brainpower and focus and increased libido. From my experience and observation, raw eggs are most effective in removing toxins from the body and improving brain function. The reason eggs are so powerful for brain health is choline, a key component of the neuro-transmitter acetylcholine that helps with memory and intuition. It also helps with skeletal muscle movements. The reason eggs are so effective in removing toxins is cholesterol, protein and sulfur. These three components are very important and needed by the liver to perform its detoxifying actions.

Of course, eggs that are from healthy farms that allow the chickens to have access to the great outdoors to eat grass and insects are far superior to the factory-farmed eggs. If you buy local eggs, take notice of how the yolk changes from a yellow color to an orange color as the summer approaches and the chickens can feast on grass and insects. Factory farm yolks are very pale yellow in comparison and do not change color as the chickens stay indoors year round and eat industrial chicken feed. Yay to the local egg and here in Jackson County we have lots of local farmers with healthy eggs from healthy chickens. Go local and support your local egg farmer at the various farmers markets and the many community-supported agriculture partnerships.