You can eat keto too and reap the rewards!

Keto Really Works!

I was skinny during my teens and 20’s, but after I had my only child in my 30’s I gained significant weight which I’ve tried to lose ever since then.  I’m also a type 2 diabetic.  I’m 65 years old now and during my life, I’ve tried everything to lose weight and the only things I’ve found that work for me are the following:

  1.  Atkins.  I did the Atkins diet when I was younger (20’s) and it was easy for me to lose 5-10 pounds doing that. But that was over 40 years ago and my body is different now.
  2. The Whole 30I did the Whole30 plan in 2016 and lost 30 pounds that year eating whole and select foods.  Cutting out alcohol, grains, legumes, dairy, sugar, MSG, sulfites, and processed foods. This worked very well while I was doing this.
  3. Intermittent Fasting (IF) In 2017 I did IF and lost 20 pounds and managed to get off all my insulin injections after two months. Unfortunately, I was unable to keep fasting because I had to cook for others besides myself and it proved too hard for me to resist the foods I cooked for my family.
  4. Keto.  This year, in 2019, I began the Metabolic Research Center (MRC) plan and it includes eating lower carb.  I’ve now lost 25 pounds eating this way so far, with the support of the MRS staff, the eating plan, and their supplements.  I fully believe that eating keto can help me to lose weight and also to reduce my insulin requirements.  I am continuing this journey with the MRC plan and support.

Continue reading “You can eat keto too and reap the rewards!”

Trying the Metabolic Research Center Diet Plan

Metabolic Research Center Program- what is it?

This program has been around for 35 years and touts being a science-based diet program that provides customized meal plans, science-based supplements and lots of support.  They offer consultation, education, guidance, and medical supervision.

All clients of the Metabolic Research Center get a recommended supplement and a set of recipes for their diet program. They suggest exercise but it is not required.

They have locations all over the country – there are 3 centers in Arkansas where I live.  Fortunately, Bentonville MRC is only a few minutes from my home.

Why I Decided to Sign Up

Image of woman holding out loose jeans at the waistI had read and been researching this program for a while now.  It is a form of low-carb dieting which is not too strict and provides lots of support with twice-weekly visits and weighing at the center, food education classes and fitness classes.  They offer a special MRC cookbook, a list of suggestions for staying on the plan when eating out, a line of specific supplements to help support your eating plan and a lot of encouragement and personal support. They also have hormone tests and DNA testing help fit you into a specific eating plan.

I had been reading some of the numerous success stories and how happy their clients are with the program.  Yes, it does cost, but occasionally they have specials.  I signed up during one of these specials and got $100 off the signup fees.  I chose the 17 week program.  They guarantee if I follow the program, I will lose between 2-5 pounds each week.  So that would between 34 and 85 pounds for me.

I must admit the idea of losing up to 85 pounds in a little over 4 months really appealed to me.

My Progress

The first week I was on a “preconditioning plan” where I had a list of meats, veggies (unlimited) and certain fruits and fats to choose from.  I was also told to try and drink 95 oz. of water each day.  The hardest part was drinking that amount of water since I usually do not drink a lot of water because of incontinence issues.  I lost 2 pounds that first week.  For the second week, I was given a new food plan called the Balance level 1 plan.  It consists of 3 meals a day with 3 protein supplements during the day.  I purchased 4 supplements off the plan which I take before each meal.
Image with text "I lost 10 pounds and 9.5 inches on the Metabolic Research Center Program"
The plan provides a list of protein, carbohydrate, and vegetable foods I’m allowed to eat plus a list of dairy and fats and extras to include in my eating.  All of the food on my list is natural and whole – both cooked and raw.  Weirdly, I can eat fruit but not onions.  I love having the natural fruit, but I’m finding I do miss onions.  I’m into week 4 now and getting used to the plan and the water.  Week 2 I lost 3 pounds.  Week 3 I lost 5 pounds and reached my first goal of 10 pounds lost.  I was very happy to reach that goal.  That’s 10 pounds in 26 days for me.  I was very happy to reach that goal and my husband is happy for me to be cooking more vegetables and good meat meals.

I will be following this plan for 119 days.  If I could lose 4.5 pounds every 26 days that would be 45 pounds I can lose.  Maybe more if I can stick with the meal plan, water intake, and supplements.

They also suggest exercise 3x a week but it is not required.  So far I’ve only managed that for one of the weeks.  I’m hoping to do better but I have to be careful because, with my fibromyalgia, it doesn’t take too much for me to overdo and then “Pay” for it the next few days and can’t work out at all.  My plan is to try water walking and exercise 3 times a week.


As for my Diabetes

So far my diabetes has responded somewhat.  I still have high numbers most mornings, but I’m noticing that my numbers after lunch seem to be dropping.  Also, I’m using less of my Novalog (fast acting insulin).  On this plan, I’m eating fewer carbs and especially much less sugar. (no cake, cookies, pies, etc at all).  I’ll be curious to see if my BGL readings go down as I continue to lose weight.


Unique Components

The program consists of:

  • Eating Real Food
  • Personal Coaching
  • Metabolism Boost through specialized supplements
  • DNA Testing


The cost of the plans is several hundred dollars for various lengths 17 weeks, 24 weeks, 6 weeks, etc.  Plus cost of a variety of supplements they suggest individually.  They also include a year of maintenance support after your plan weeks are concluded.


The Metabolic Research Center Program can work but is a little costly (depends on what value you put on your health and appearance).  Costs include:

1. Several hundred for the plan weeks $300-900

2.  Supplements – average $10 each week

3.  A kitchen food scale (a simple one will work fine)  The one I ordered and use is this one:

4.  Cost for gym or exercise equipment (although walking can be your free exercise – since I’m in a wheelchair most of the time, this it out for me).

5.  I have a special water bottle that I use to help me drink my allocated water each day.  It holds 25 ozs of water and I try to drink 4 full bottles each day.  This is the one I use:

6.  A new wardrobe after you lose several sizes – LOL!

You can set up your consultation with a center near you.  Their website is:


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I Love to Share my CBD oil experience

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CBD Oil Really Works for Me

CBD Oil has become a great passion of mine.  I began using it and found out it made my sciatic pain go away.  Now my hip feels regular most of the time and there is no pain shooting down my left leg any more.  Whenever I start to get that feeling again in my hip, I take a few more drops of my CBD oil and a little while later, I feel good again.

I became a CTFO associate and I now help others by promoting and selling this great brand of CBD oil products.  I use several of the products myself and love them.

If you have pains you haven’t been able to get rid of,  you might try some CBD oil yourself.  You can even become an associate like myself.  I’m sharing my site where you can shop or sign up as an associate below

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Now I understand the debate on using marijuana for pain relief?

Legalization of medical marijuana

That debate for the legalization of medical marijuana has been going on for years and I never really understood it.  I’ve never used recreational drugs and am not in favor of it or anything that messes with your mind.  I don’t want to experience a “high” or be “out of control” of myself in any fashion.  So I haven’t been following the debate very closely and figured I was against it.

But the idea of having something that will help many who live with pain (like our vets and those with chronic illnesses) does strike a cord in my heart.

My mom lived with the daily pain of crippling rheumatoid arthritis for most of her life. I remember hearing her moans and exclamations of “Oh God” and “help me Jesus” coming from her room across the hall from me each night.  And there was nothing I could do to help her.  I also have a brother in law who has to deal with the pain of Lupus in his life. There are friends of mine who also deal with daily pain in their life.

I have fibromyalgia and degenerative discs in my back and use a wheelchair almost all of the day because I can’t walk due to pain in my hips, legs, and back.  I also can’t sleep well because there is no comfortable position I can find in my bed or my recliner.

I move from bed to recliner many times each night and finally fall asleep around 3-4m out of sheer exhaustion.  I awake tried and in pain every morning.

My docs have never responded to my requests for pain pills for relief – just advised me to use Tylenol and Tramadol and the prescribed Cymbalta (which provides a little relief for fibromyalgia, but not enough for me to sleep or do normal daily tasks).  I think they are under pressure to NOT prescribe pain meds due to potential addiction.

My personal feeling is:


“which is worse – pain so severe you are suicidal

or possibly becoming addicted, which is treatable?”


Trying Cannabis Hemp Oil

A few months ago I had ordered some cannabis “hemp oil” to try and a small bottle came in but I set it aside and pretty much forgot about it.  I had been reading about its benefits for cancer patients.  It has no psychotropic effects and a lot of anti-inflammatory benefits.

I was desperate

My personal pain has been on a severe flare-up for the past couple of weeks, such that I was becoming desperate for some relief.  I started taking more extra strength Tylenol and Tramadol each day, but I was afraid to take too much.  I continued to take my one dose of Cymbalta each day.  I even found some leftover pain pills from my husband’s dental implant surgery and took those.  Nothing was helping – I was in severe pain!

I tried stretching my hip muscles (to help any pinched nerves which can cause my sciatica) and taking hot jetted baths in my step-in tub 2-3 times each day.  The stretches were very painful and I dreaded doing them. The baths felt great and relaxed me sometimes enough to sleep a while.  I tried alternating hot and cold on my hips and back (using heating pads and ice packs).  The ice seemed to help just a little.

Finally, I was even thinking that I wished God would just take me home as I was useless and I could really not even concentrate because of the pain.  When my husband would ask me something – I had to stop and think about what he was saying and suck in the pain so I could answer back.  My mind felt fuzzy and I didn’t want to talk or think about anything very hard.

How much does it hurt?

I remembered being in my dermatologist office a few months ago with vasculitis eruptions on my legs and feet that were turning into ulcers.   He asked the standard question “on a scale of 0-10, how much pain are you in right now?”

I thought, “I can’t remember when I had no pain, I hurt all the time – a lot, so what do I tell him?  So.. I just told him 6-8 to say something.  But its true when you have been in daily pain, its hard to remember what it feels like to have no pain at all.

How one little bottle can mean so much

Then I found the little bottle of hemp oil I had purchased months ago and thought

“what the heck, why not try it!”.


My Pain is Gone!

I drank my first dose (15 drops) in a small glass of unsweetened tea.  I used it again later that day and the next morning. On day 2 around mid-day, I went to my recliner and found out I could straighten both legs.  I had not been able to do that in over a year because of the pain running down my left hip and leg.  That was amazing!

I began to use the hemp for pain relief – taking a few drops a few times each day and I’ve found relief that is so amazing.  I can use my walker again and stand up to put clean dishes in the kitchen cabinets.  I feel so good, that things I have been putting off recently I’ve been doing again.  Such as walking a few more steps each day, standing up to unload the dishwasher, etc and getting my own glass from the upper cabinets.  I go to the garage and wipe off my new to me Beetle convertible even.  I’m amazed and so happy. My mind and thoughts feel much clearer and I can sleep many more hours each night now.  I no longer have to request prayer in the middle of the night from friends on Facebook.  I post “happy” and “feeling great” posts instead.

I totally credit the hemp oil and CBD oils I’ve been using for this amazing relief from my pain.  I truly believe the anti-inflammatory and relaxation effects are responsible.  I feel like I have more energy each day.  I’m starting to reduce some of my other meds, like my Cymbalta and my tramadol.


Best Hemp and CBD Oils

My research shows that the following hemp and CBD oil products have great reviews and have seemingly helped many with their pain and better sleep.  Just read some of the testimonials.  The products can be ordered for wholesale prices by just signing up as a customer and then placing your order.

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I have become a believer.  A believer that using hemp for pain relief really helps with my pain and inflammation.  I’m finding that CBD oils will do the same.



I love to receive your comments and questions.  Feel free to leave them below and I’ll get back to you soon. – Shirley

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The dangers of diabetes and periodontal disease

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Taking Care of Your Teeth

For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about an unexpected complication associated with this condition. Research shows that there is an increased prevalence of gum disease among those with diabetes, adding serious gum disease to the list of other complications associated with diabetes, such as heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.

Image of diabetic pricking fingerEmerging research also suggests that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is two-way.  People with diabetes, like myself, are more susceptible to serious gum disease.  Serious gum disease has the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes. Research suggests that people with diabetes are at higher risk for severe oral health problems, such as gingivitis (an early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (serious gum disease). The reason for this risk, is that they aremore susceptible to bacterial infection, and have a decreased ability to fight bacteria that invade the gums.

I have receding gums and my dentist and I have talked about it.  Many people have gums that are pulling away from their teeth.  This condition can encourage bacteria growth at and below the gum line.  Eventually, the gum tissue and even the supporting bone may deteriorate and the damage become irreversible.


So What Do We Do About This?

I’ve been a diabetic (type 2) for years now and as I age, I really do NOT want to lose my teeth. I see my dentist regularly, usually twice each year for cleaning and a checkup.  But what else can I do?

Here are a number of things I can do:

  1. Brush my teeth after meals (brush tongue and gums while I’m brushing the teeth).  This will get rid of the bacteria that form plaque on my teeth and gums and causes them to become inflamed.
  2. Floss every day to get out all the bacteria and food particles stuck between my teeth.
  3. Choose a plague reducing mouthwash and swish some around the mouth after brushing and flossing to remove all of the particles between teeth.  (Don’t swallow the mouthwash – spit it out)
  4. Make sure you choose a great dentist or even a periodontist, who will check your teeth and gums for the start of periodontal disease and start treatment early.
  5. Avoid food with sugar and sodas with sugar.

image of coconut oil in jarSome other things I try to do is “oil pulling”.  This is swishing a small amount of virgin coconut oil around in my mouth for as long as I can (20 minutes is recommended) but I rarely can hold it that long.  Do not swallow the oil after swishing it around – spit it out.  Some naturalists claim the lauric acid in the oil prevents tooth decay.

My dentist has also recommended I use an electric toothbrush to clean my teeth.

An Electric Toothbrush has these advantages?

  1. It helps control and stops too aggressive brushing by sounding a warning tone when you are pressing too hard.
  2. It has a timer to warn the user when 2 minutes (which is the dentist recommended time to brush your teeth) has passed, or it may simply turn off.
  3. It removes up to two times the amount of plaque than a regular toothbrush.

The chances of gum disease can be significantly lowered when plaque is removed and prevented from building up. You can do this better using an Electric Toothbrush.


What is the Best Electric Toothbrush for Gum Disease?

Some of my dentists have recommended the Oral B Pro electric toothbrush.  So that is the one I purchased and use.  Of course, there are others on the market to choose from as well.


Oral-B Pro 1000 Electric Power Rechargeable Battery Toothbrush with Automatic Timer and CrossAction Brush Head

Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes are designed to gently but effectively clean the surface of your teeth, which helps to remove plaque buildup without causing irritation. In fact, some Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes include a special message or gum-care cleaning modes. In addition, only Oral-B Electric Toothbrushes have a visual pressure sensor that alerts you when you brush too hard, to help promote healthy gums.

Claimed benefits:

  • The Oral B removes 300% more plaque along the gum line than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Clinically proven superior 3D Cleaning Action oscillates, rotates and pulsates to break up and remove 300% more plaque than a regular manual toothbrush
  • Senses when you brush too hard with the pressure sensor. It is also rechargeable with 1 mode- Daily Clean
  • In-handle timer pulses every 30 seconds to let you know when to switch areas of the mouth
  • Compatible with Oral-B Brush Heads for every Oral Care need: CrossAction, FlossAction, Precision Clean, 3D White, Sensitive Gum Care, Deep Sweep, Dual Clean
  • The Oral-B Pro 1000 provides a clinically proven superior clean vs. a regular manual toothbrush. The professionally inspired design of the CrossAction brush head surrounds each tooth with bristles angled at 16 degrees, and 3D cleaning action oscillates, rotates, and pulsates to break up and remove up to 300% more plaque along the gumline than a regular manual toothbrush. The pressure sensor lights up if you brush too hard to prevent harmful over-brushing and there is 1 mode, plus an in-handle timer to help you brush for a dentist-recommended 2 minutes. Best of all it’s brought to you by Oral-B – the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide.

Currently, it is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon and is a well-liked product on Amazon.

You can purchase it through the link below:



It is not a good idea to neglect your teeth – because you risk some serious periodontal disease when you do not take care of your teeth.  There are a number of things you can do to help keep your teeth and gums healthy and switching to an electric toothbrush is one of the best.

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I enjoy receiving comments and questions.  You can leave yours below. – Shirley






Best Products to Treat Chafed Skin and its Pain and Discomfort?

Chafed Skin – Ouch!

Many type 2 diabetes are overweight like me.  Some are overweight to the point of obesity.  I’ve read that 2 of every 3 Americans are now considered to be obese.  There is so much that an overweight person must endure in his/her life, socially, emotionally and physically:

  • There are the “looks” that a big person receives as they go about their daily lives.
  • The little comments that can hurt like a knife stuck in your heart.
  • The discrimination within the job force (Try getting a job as an obese person).  Studies show that executives and those who hire tend to have a bias against fat people.  Studies also indicate that fat women earn on average $19,000 less than skinny women in the same jobs.
  • Obesity is now considered a disease and yet many people never realize that when they see a very overweight individual.
  • The problems of accommodation to a large size in cars, airplanes, theaters and even booths in a restaurant.
  • The fear that a chair or bench might break under your weight.
  • Increased risk for many diseases (heart, kidney, stroke, cancer, etc.)
  • The increased fear of medical visits and tests when the gown isn’t big enough to cover you, or you do not fit in the MRI or you feel looked down upon by medical staff.  Some studies even show that medical doctors, nurses, and even medical students tend to perceive obese patients negatively (thinking them unintelligent, weak-willed, lazy and unsuccessful).  The obese will often avoid medical care because of negative experiences in the medical arena.
  • “Myself, I once refused to return to one doctor because of a negative office visit experience where I was forced to undress and put on a paper gown and shorts that were way too small and thus embarrassed during the exam.:

Chafed Agony!

Something thwoman crying imageat many obese and overweight people have to endure but it is not talked about much is “CHAFED SKIN”.

So what is chafed skin?  It is the awful skin irritation that develops when skin is rubbed against skin, as in the folds of the skin.   Chafing is usually contracted in the inner thighs and inner glutes; armpits and nipples can also develop chafing although it is less common. Poor fitting clothing and sweating make this worse. So who gets this?

  • It is not just overweight people who can develop this but athletes with well-developed quadriceps and people with tight bone structures can suffer from chafing, especially long distance athletes (such as cyclists or marathon runners due to the long periods during which the skin is sweaty and rubbing against other body parts or clothing.
  • Babies frequently get chaffing from wet diapers and rubbed the skin on their bottoms and their upper legs.
  • Nursing moms can get this from raw and irritated nipples.
  • Ill-fitting clothes. You can chafe if your sleeves, bra strap, or waistband repeatedly rub on your skin in an irritating way.

How painful is it?

The pain of chafed skin can be an itching or a burning type of pain where your skin feels raw and very irritated.  It can even become so raw and sore that bleeding and infection can set in.  Movement becomes very painful and even bathing hurts. Sometimes it becomes so painful that a resting position is hard to find.

I’ve experienced many, many bouts of chafed, raw and painful skin in the folds of my body parts.  The pain makes it hard for me to think of something else besides my discomfort.  Over the years I’ve tried treating my chafed skin with various products and I’ve researched to find more effective treatments time and time again.


To help prevent the occurrence of chafed skin you can:

  • Wear clothing that fits and that wicks moisture from the folds of the skin, choose synthetics – not cotton that can hold wetness.
  • Stay well hydrated to keep salty sweat to a minimum.  The salt in sweat irritates the skin.
  • Use a lotion on your skin at least two times daily to keep it smooth and healthy
  • When you notice irritation beginning, bathe in warm water and use antibacterial soap and “pat” the skin area dry or blow it dry – don’t rub it.

Use ointments like:

Desitin Rapid Relief Diaper Rash Remedy, Fragrance-Free Cream, 16 Oz  (diaper-rash creams containing zinc oxide are antibactrial)

Desitin acts to:

  • Heal, soothe and prevent diaper rash as it instantly forms a protective layer on your baby’s or your skin
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Fragrance-free
  • Dermatologist-tested
  • Its creamy formula goes on smoothly and wipes off easily

Uses: Helps treat and prevent diaper rash; Protects chafed skin due to diaper rash and helps seal out wetness.

Directions: You may prefer to use a soft, wet washcloth to gently clean the diaper/skin area. Warm water should do the job; use a gentle cleanser.  Use your wipe or washcloth to gently pat skin, being careful not to rub. If you have already applied a diaper rash treatment at the site, don’t worry about removing any leftover ointment. Clean the soiled, outer layer and leave the ointment on the skin to avoid damaging delicate skin as it heals.

Safety Warnings: This is for external use only. When using this product: do not get into eyes.

Desitin is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Domeboro Cooling Gel Complete Skin Rash Relief

About the product

Contains (1) 3oz. bottle Domeboro Cooling Gel, complete rash relief. Provides fast itch relief plus visible healing by drying oozing rashes, reducing redness, and reducing blistering.  It helps give complete, soothing relief from itchy rashes and skin irritants.

Whether it’s poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, insect bites (mosquito, chigger, spider, bed bug, and bee or wasp bites), Domeboro Cooling Gel provides the quick/effective relief you need to combat itchy, irritated skin from insect bites or rashes.

Domeboro Cooling Gel is a clear, odorless gel that cools on contact for fast, soothing relief whenever you need it. It is effective against the itching and irritation from sources like poison ivy, oak or sumac, mosquito bites, bed bug bites, even athlete’s foot.

The gel comes in a no mess, hands-free applicator making it easy to use at home or on-the-go.

Domeboro Cooling Gel is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Wise Men Healing Balm with Myrrh and Frankincense Essential Oils

About the product:

  • it relieves neuropathy symptoms, shooting pain, tingling pain, join pain and numbness
  • The blend of the Ancient Egyptian and Ethiopian rejuvenating formula for modern times.
  • It contains 100% pure essential oils of myrrh and frankincense with coconut carrier oil.

100% essential oils of frankincense and myrrh in a pure coconut carrier oil.

Directions:   Apply twice a day in the mornings and evenings

Safety Warning. In the unlikely event of skin irritation discontinue use. This cream is not edible. This product not been evaluated by the FDA.

Wisemen Healing Balm is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Equate Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment

About the product

This product helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns

1-ounce tubes twin pack

Equate Triple Antibiotic First aid Ointment is a well-liked product on Amazon.


When the skin is not yet raw I use the following:

Tinactin Antifungal Deodorant Powder Spray (if the area is raw, this will hurt)

This is an antifungal power spray for athlete’s foot and it will help relieve itching and burning and is also a deodorant.

Tinactin has a is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Zeasorb Antifungal Treatment powder for athletics foot.

Zeasorb powder is stated to:

  • Relieve itching, burning, and scaling
  • Absorb moisture
  • Soothe chafing
  • Contains no starch

Product Description:  Dermatologist Recommended. Super Absorbent. Zeasorb Antifungal Powder. Miconazole Nitrate 2%. Cures most Athlete’s Foot, Jock Itch, Ringworm. Relieves itching, burning, and scaling. Absorbs moisture. Soothes chafing. Contains no starch.

Directions are to clean and dry area and apply a thin layer to the skin (but not open wounds)

Safety Warning. For external use only Do not use: on children under 2 years of age unless directed by a doctor. Avoid contact with the eyes.

Zeasorb is a well-liked product on Amazon.


Another thing I do to help keep the skin of my feet, legs, thighs, and tummy clear is I will get in my bathtub and fill it with warm water, add two cups of Apple Cider Vinegar and soak for 30 minutes 3 times a week and I use an Anti-fungal Foot and Body wash for my soap.

Although medical evidence is scant, it is widely accepted that apple cider vinegar when incorporated into baths and other skin care regimens help heal the skin and restore its natural balance. Because there’s little risk involved, certain institutions recommend this method of bathing for the treatment of minor ailments.


Here’s the foot and body wash I use:

Antifungal Tea Tree Oil Body Wash, Helps Athletes Foot, Ringworm, Toenail Fungus, Jock Itch, Acne, Eczema & Body Odor- Soothes Itching & Promotes Healthy Feet, Skin, and Nails

About the product

  • The formula is  Enriched with Powerful Essential Oils and Skin Nourishing Botanicals, Which Have Been Used For Centuries for Their Natural Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties – the Tea Tree Oil Foot and Body Soap Has -NO Parabens – Petroleum – Silicone – Synthetic Fragrances or Dyes – Made in the USA – Not Tested on Animals – 100% SATISFACTION GUARANTEE.  Will sooth itchy skin – Infused With Natural Skin Conditioning Aloe Vera, Atlantic Sea Kelp and Vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E. Blend of Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Oregano, Peppermint & other Oils to Help Soothe and leave the Skin Feeling Soft & Healthy
  • This body wash is for men and women and will help hydrate,  leaving the feet, skin, and nails feeling clean and refreshed. You can use in the Shower or with your Favorite Foot Spa, Foot Bath or Foot Basin
  • This is ideal for Athletes – Gym Enthusiasts – Teens Who Play Sports – and People who Engage in Physical Activity Which Attracts Unwanted Sweat, Dirt and Bacteria – the wash can be used in conjunction with any topical treatment such as Athletes Foot Cream, Other Antifungal Cream, Spray, Powder, or Treatment

Purely Northwest Anti-Fungal foot & body wash is a well-liked product on Amazon.



In my experience, these above products have helped me tremendously in dealing with the pain and discomfort of chafed skin.  I urge you to experiment and see which ones work for you.


I enjoy responding to comments and questions.  Please leave them below. – shirley

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Product Review: Book “The Complete Guide to Fasting: Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended

Product:  “The Complete Guide to Fasting:  Heal Your Body through Intermittent, Alternate-day and Extended” by Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore, October 16, 2016.

Purchase:  The Complete Guide to Fasting

Cost:  Estimated >$21

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Target Audience:  Health-conscious men or women who are interested in the newer “biohacking” methods and trying new things to benefit their health.



This is a popular book on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting – cowritten by Dr. Jason Fung and Jimmy Moore.


Who are these guys?

Dr. Jason Fung is a kidney specialist (Nephrologist) in Toronto, Canada.  During his years of treating his patients, he has made detailed observations about diabetes, blood sugar, the body’s reaction to carbs, glucose, and insulin.  In 2013, he published a range of theories relating to obesity and diabetes in a youtube series. Aetiology of Obesity YouTube Series.

During the course of treating thousands of patients, it became clear to Dr. Fung that type 2 diabetes and obesity was on an exponential rise and that the standard diet recommended (reducing dietary fat) was definitely not effective.  Type 2 diabetes were treated with more and more insulins and their insulin resistance worsened and more insulin was given – it was a vicious circle which didn’t help the diabetic.   Diabetes was considered non-curable.  Yet many of Dr. Fung’s patients were off insulins (as well as some other medications i.e., for blood pressure) after being treated by Dr. Fung’s team. Weight was lost and health improved as they continued with Fung’s recommendations.  He and his patients considered themselves “cured” as long as they continued eating the diet he proposed for maintenance. He started a program called Intensive Dietary Management  in which he provided patients with his special treatments for type 2 diabetes and obesity that is based on different dietary changes, not medications. He now takes patients via an online program too.

Jason’s Intensive Dietary Management blog provides a lot of information on his theorys and studies and the experiences with his many patients that he treats for different medial issues using his theories about carbs and fasting.

Jimmy Moore  entered the low carb and fasting arena in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss enabled him to come off prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the author and host of the very popular blog Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb and the host  of a popular high ranked oiTunes health podcast, The Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show, as well as Low-Carb Conversations and Keto Talk. He has interviewed hundreds of of the world’s top health experts and has dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible about nutrition  He’s also a  bestselling author of:


This book provides Dr. Fung’s and Jimy Moore’s idead and theories on fasting – specifically intermittent fasting and a low carb diet.  Dr. Fung began using a new approach to treating his kidney patients and found that the new method of lowcarb and fasting combined has been successful at removing all signs of type 2 diabetes and several other disorders like high blood pressure for his patients, as well as weight loss and reducing insulin resistance.  You will learn how he developed his new theories and methods and how to begin using these methods yourself.


Dr. Fung’s  Intensive Dietary Management website has testimonials from many of his patients that are inspiring and proves his patients are being helped by his methods.  I found his book one evening when I was very depressed about my uncontrolled BGLs and purchased it and read it in one night.  I fount as i followed his methods for 2 months, I regained control of my blood glucose numbers and finally reduced my insulin injects from 184 units each day to zero and allowed me to lose 20 pounds.  Unfortunately, a few weeks after that I became ill and was put on large doses of prednisone which raised my BGL drastically and created such a “hunger” that I fell off his protocol and began struggling with my diabetes again.  However, I know now that its works and I’m trying again to follow his protocol and stick with it until my insulin resistance is “cured”.


The benefits of practing fasting and intermittent fasting are many.

Here is a link to a discussion about some of the benefits Dr. Fung’s patients have described.


Very reasonable for under $21.00


In Conclusion

I highly recommend purchasing this book and learning about this new clearly effective approach to treating obesity, type 2 diabetes and more.  It has certainly changed my life.



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Finding the “Fountain of Youth”

Fountain of Youth

Image of a fountain with water spraying

Yes, I know everyone seeks to find the proverbial “Fountain of Youth” and researchers have worked long and spent lifetimes researching what can extend our lives.  I was reading recently that some researchers think they have found something like that.

The following are some of the articles I’ve been reading online:

I do take a couple of the supplements referenced in those articles:



Over a month ago I read an article about another study which showed anti-aging benefits from some additional supplements


NAD or Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide is a coenzyme that is necessary to the mitochondria in our cells. Mitochondria  are often called “the powerhouse of the cell.”  And the mitochondria rely on an external power source to keep them charged. NAD is that source.  As we age we produce less and less of NAD and as a result, our cells do not function as well as they should.

I also read these articles about the product Niagen and I ordered some Tru Niagen from Amazon.

Try Tru Niagen

I also found and read another article (link below) which touted the benefits of NAD and pterostilbene, I searched for the Elysium Health Basis mentioned in the article on Amazon and was taken to the Tru Niagen product which I purchased.

In addition, I ordered a product called Pterostilbene 100mg Capsules, Try it:


My Results

When both products came in about two weeks ago, I began taking them as indicated on the directions.

I have to admit and agree that my energy level has drastically improved since I began taking these new supplements.  I find I sleep longer periods at a time too (I have a history of insomnia and sleeping only 3-4 hours each night, but now I’m sleeping 6-7 hours – AWESOME FOR ME!  In addition, I find that I can work at my desk many more hours each day.  I read many of the reviews on Amazon before ordering these supplements and found that lots of reviewers indicated they had a great deal more energy.  I have reordered another months supply of both of these supplements and will continue using them to see what happens.  Both have no record of any side effects.


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Why I Stopped Eating!

Eating has consequences for diabetes

An image of Josiah finally seeing his mom in the ICU
An image of Shirley in Austrailia

If the title of this post caught your attention and you are thinking I’m taking some drastic measures,  well, you are right.  I’m stopping eating two meals a day and some of the foods that are mainstays of the standard American Diet.


Being a type 2 diabetic for many years is no fun.  I deal with blood glucose lows and highs and insulin injections daily, as well as the pain of neuropathy in my feet, legs, and hands.  I’ve lost some of my fine motor skills in my hands which makes picking up small objects more difficult.  I also suffer from fibromyalgia and degenerated discs in my low back.  I am in a wheelchair most of the day.  I’ve been in this wheelchair since the fall of 2014 when I developed severe diabetic feet and leg ulcers.  It was eight months before these were healed and life was very painful, excruciating even and trying.  I’ve been in this wheelchair ever since.

An image of diabetic testing equipment.
An image of diabetic testing equipment.

Like many type 2 diabetics, I’m overweight.  I wasn’t always overweight.  I was actually very normal and active in sports and coaching all through my 20’s and until I turned 34 and became pregnant with my only child.  I gained 60 pounds and my back went out – severely. Afterward, could not be active at all and continued to gain weight.  At one time I weighed 284 pounds on a 5.5″ frame.  In 2016 I found out about the “Whole30” way of eating and ate that way for most of the year.  I lost 30 pounds that year.  But I still had my issues with uncontrolled diabetes, even though the diet made some improvements overall.  It also helped with my inflammation and the pain of fibromyalgia, since I removed gluten and grains, sugar, soy, legumes and alcohol mostly from my diet.

Then I came across a book by Dr. Jason Fung, about how he is curing his diabetic patients of their type 2 diabetes through Intermittent Fasting.  It was the middle of December 2016 and I began Fasting the next day.  I did very well, fasting anywhere from 24-72 hours a couple of times a week and in February of 2017 my blood glucose numbers were so good I was off all my insulins.  My blood pressure was way down, my cholesterol was way down and my weight had dropped from 260 to 240 – a 20-pound loss.  I felt great.

Then I got a cold and ended up with a very bad sinus infection.  I was given 12 days of prednisone tablets.  This sent my blood glucose number skyrocketing and I was hungry all the time.  My fasting was impossible to keep up because of the hunger cravings and I had to go back on my insulins again.  This was in the summer of 2017 and I have struggled since that time to get back to fasting and eating low carb.  Its been uphill and downhill – mostly downhill.  Then the holiday season came and I had lots of social activities where I was not strong-willed enough to not eat the candies and cakes and bread.

2018 came around and I tried to go back to eating only one meal a day.  I ended up having to eat two meals a day more than I needed.  When I cook – I eat.  Yesterday I was miserable – my entire body hurt and my BGL was very high (high 300’s and 400’s), I cried a lot and decided I HAD TO get back to my fasting and low carb eating.

A Decision

So I began fasting after dinner last night.  Today, January 28, 2018, I kept fasting and only eating one meal a day again (OMAD).

An image of a salad
An image of a salad

Today was pretty successful with me eating only a large salad for dinner which really filled me up.  It was not an extremely low carb meal because it had some croutons and ranch dressing.  I did manage to push aside half of the croutons though.  When I checked myBGL tonight it was 277, (not good but much better than the 300 and 400’s I’ve been having at night.  We’ll see if I can keep this up.  I hope to get back to my LCHF (low carb hi fat) eating with no sugar and bread.  It may take a few days but that is my intention.

I weighed just now and I weighed 245.0 pounds.  I injected 70 units of long-term Lantus and 28 units of short-term Novalog tonight and took my regular 1000 grams of Metformin. I’m curious what my morning BGL will be as I tend to be high in the mornings (dawn syndrome).


You can read my post about the Whole30 healthy eating plan and access a link to purchase the book here.

You can read more about my decision to start fasting here.


Thanks for looking at my site and coming to this page. I would love for you to leave any questions or comments below.  In addition, I’m open to new topics to research and comment on as they pertain to my own health and experience living with diabetes.  Please share your interests and questions in your comments.  I also love to hear others’ stories about how they handle their own diabetic issues.

– Shirley

Feel Like a Queen!

How I Feel Like A Queen!

Image of woman in milk bath
Image of woman in milk bath

This week I realized that something I’ve been doing for over a year is really making a difference.  I turned 64 years of age on the 21st and I when i looked in the mirror, I realized that I really don’t have wrinkles.  I used to think that I didn’t show wrinkles because I was just too fat, but after losing 60 pounds and seeing my face thin down, I realized that I don’t have wrinkles like some others my age.

Some things I have going for me is that I have never smoked, and ever since I was around 30, I’ve tried to NOT get sunburned.  Before that, I was really into sports and was burned several times during softball tournaments and long practices.  But then my Mom was diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma and after several major and disfiguring surgeries, she finally died of complications from that supposedly easy to treat skin cancer, I became pretty paranoid about no sunburns for me nor my daughter.  Her doctor said it was probably caused by sunburns in her youth.

For the last few years, I’ve been pretty much a homebody in this wheelchair.  However this past summer we did take up kayaking (which I loved) and so I do get out in the sun a little but I’m careful and always wear a hat and use sun cream.

My skin is now very soft, smooth and wrinkle-free.  And I credit it to a couple of products I’ve been using for over a year.

What Products Do I Use on my Skin?

An image of beautiful hands
An image of beautiful hands

A couple of years ago, I became a Young Living distributor.  I use several of their essential oils in my diffuser and I started using their wrinkle cream about a year and a half ago.  Its called Boswellia Wrinkle Cream.  According to Young Living, the cream contains pure essential oils like Frankincense and Sandalwood that moisturize the skin while minimizing shine and reducing the appearance of fine lines.

The full list of ingredients is as follows:

Deoinized Water, Glycyeryl Stearate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Sweet Almond Extract (Prunus Amygdalus), Glycerin, Levulinic Acid, p-Anisic Acid, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Stearic Acid, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Commiphora Myrrha Oil, Boswellia Carterii (Frankincense), Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum), Sandalwood Extract (Santalum Album), Phellodendron Amurense Bark Extract, Barley Extract (Hordeum Distichon), Sorbic Acid, Shea Butter, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Xanthan Gum, Panthenol, Sodium PCA, Wolberry (Lycium Barbarum) Seed Oil, Grapeseed Extract, St. John’s Wort Extract, Kelp Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Sodium Phytate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Vera 200x (Aloe Barbadensis), Sodium Hydroxide, and Citric Acid.

†100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential

Contains corn, nut, and coconut/palm ingredients

I use it as directed, on my face and my neck.

I must say, I love how my face feels.  Its so smooth and soft and I’ve noticed I haven’t developed any  lines on my face or my neck – at least that are noticeable.  I’m not a makeup person, so each morning after my shower, I simply use the wrinkle cream on my face and neck and that’s it for the day for my face. I’m fortunate in that since menopause, I do not get acne anymore.  Ah, the joy of no estrogen!

An image of a bottle of cream
An image of a bottle of cream

The other product I use on my skin is a body butter (Le Beaute Body Butter | Super Rich Natural Body Cream and Moisturizer | Rich in Anti-Oxidants, Vitamins and Pure Organic Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter | Provides 24 Hour Hydration for Skin).  I lucked upon this cream simply because my husband picked it out one day when I asked him to pick up some cream with shea and coconut.  It purports to help soothe and heal rough, dry skin.  I’m diabetic and need to keep from having breaks in my skin that can get infected.

I use that cream on my hands, arms, and legs every morning after my shower.  I’m a reader and remember reading about how queens and princesses in the stories were often given special baths and treatments to give them radiant, soft skin.  (baths of milk, cucumber, etc).  I must admit that when I feel my own skin now, it is unbelievably smooth and soft.  Sometimes I think I am treating myself like a storybook princess by using these products.  Not to mention, they have a nice smell also.

Lastly, I’ve recently (the last couple of months) began to do apple cider vinegar soaks in my tub.  This is for detox purposes and to help my skin.  Three times a week, I add 2-3 cups of apple cider vinegar (doesn’t have to be the one with the mother since it is just for outside the body) to my bath water and soak for about 30 minutes.  I’ve noticed my feet and legs seem to feel better and are very smooth. I’ve also noticed that a few small skin tags on my trunk are going away.  I love it!

Here’s How You can Pamper Yourself


This wrinkle cream can be purchased at Young Living’s website.  Boswellia Wrinkle Cream by Young Living.  No, its not cheap, but does last a while.  If you sign up with Young Living, you get a much better price. Using my ID of 3556236 can help me bunches.  You can sign up as a member at the link below and get 24% off the retail price.

Body Butter by le Beaute.  This is much more reasonable in price at Amazon.

You can also purchase apple cider vinegar in gallon containers for your bath use.  Walmart and some pharmacies carry this size.  Well, Amazon does too.  Here’s a link to a gallon of Heinz Brand

Why not try this yourself for a while.  Ladies, you deserve to be pampered just a little each day.

BTW, I’ll add a pic of me after I bathe and use my wrinkle cream in the morning.  I’m certainly not a beauty but feel so good then.


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