Soul’s journey to gain and maintain optimal health

First, how about a little personal intro?

Over the past four decades, my blessings include outstanding health as I travel to over 20 countries studying a wide variety of cultures and creeds.  My health today (as I end my 40’s) is quantum leaps above and beyond my health for most my life.  You see, as a former morbidly obese gay man, I survived poor physical health from childhood to my mid 30’s largely due to the gifts of youth and ignorance.    Ignorance of how most western ways of living are actually a prescription for and early grave.  Over-eating, drinking excessive quantities of sugar-laced beverages, little actual water consumption and related practices balloon my body to just under 300 pounds.

One day, after a powerful meditation just before my 33 birthday, I realized I’d be dead in a in a decade if I didn’t radically, dramatically change just about every part of my life.  My family healthy history documented death well before 65 largely due to stroke, heart attacks and related obesity related health issues.  The awakening I received from that meditation inspired me to buckle-down and get real with myself.

Getting real with myself forms the content you’ll discover in the first 13-part series focused on my physical journey. This series offers insights on what I’ve done from a physical standpoint to retire well over 100 pounds.

Next, we’ll dive into the emotional pool to swim the waters of our minds for a few months.  As we take a swim together (me posting, you reading and commenting) you’ll experience how I enjoy a sense of mental stability that supports my ability to live as a monk with two suitcases of material possessions to my name.

As we conclude our dive into the emotional depths of my journey, I’ll knock on your spiritual door.  Based on what I’ve come to know from my travels and studies, we’ll explore a wide variety of spiritual practices featuring ways to permanently release what no longer serves you as well as invite energy into our lives to enjoy abundance in all healthy ways.

Throughout these posts, I invite you into this journey together – with you –  to advance your awakening process with ease and grace. Click to email me when you’re ready to retire unhealthy habits, weight and stress – once and for all! If you’re curious about what else I do, feel free to connect any time! Call me at 312-268-0000.

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Soul’s Physical Health Journey Part 9 of 13: Rest – what a difference!

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One of the most common health issues of being morbidly obese is sleep apnea. I experienced sleep apnea for almost two decades and didn’t know it! According to a Johns Hopkins University study in Baltimore, “Severe sleep apnea raises the risk of dying early by 46 percent.” Now THATS a percentage to take note of!

I learned all about sleep apnea upon returning home for a long West Indies sailing adventure. I shared a cabin with two other friends, who, upon the first night together, I’m amazed they didn’t throw me overboard! During breakfast the first morning out to sea, they both told be I snored loud enough to possibly break our cabin portal! They also mentioned they feared for my life! Why? I’d stop breathing for long periods of time, only to shatter the silence when my body convulsed enough to restart my breathing. I had NO clue about all this until that fateful morning. Of course, I felt terrible about all this. Looking back, I see now how my obesity took its toll on the health of two dear friends. (Your health does, indeed, factor into the health of everyone you hold near and dear.)

supportAfter the dust settled from that trip, I spoke with my Doctor about my sleeping habits. I received a referral to a sleep apnea clinic. WOW! What an experience. The technician was amazed that I didn’t exhibit the traditional signs of sleep apnea based on my sleep study results. Given my results (a 95 out of 100 score on their scales), I should have been one of those folks who falls asleep at the wheel when driving, falling asleep at my desk, etc. Based on their scales, newborns may score a 25 on their tests (meaning, just about everyone has some form of sleep apnea from time to time). A 95 was considered life threatening.

My Doctor wanted me to IMMEDIATELY start using a C-PAP machine to help me breath better while sleeping. GREAT! A face-mask strapped to my fat face forcing air into my nose and mouth all so I might experience a sound sleep. I understood the implications of turning down a C-PAP machine when I opted for the more dramatic option. Surgery. A risky procedure known as Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (or UPPP) combined with a full tonsillectomy. Thankfully, all turned out well.

Moral of the story, obesity often results in sleep apnea. Sleep apnea robs our bodies of necessary deep sleep time. If you’re partnered with someone, you may be robbing them of their sleep time with all that snoring! As we all know, lack of deep sleep depletes our immune system as well as increases our chances of being less than kind to ourselves and others. Think about it! If you’re over weight and feel tired all the time, it’s time you realize you may have a severe case of sleep apnea. Get this checked out ASAP!


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