Florida WinterThis beautiful winter weather has changed my idea for the newsletter. This is what a Florida winter really looks like – sunny and not too cold. The last 3 years we have been cold, windy and damp. This winter we have had a few days of cold, wind and damp. Our joints do not like those conditions and we protect ourselves by wearing warm clothes and eating warming foods (soups). Wearing hats and gloves.

In “winter” our brains tell us to go back deep into our caves (where the first people lived) and stay by the fire, huddle with loved ones and eat cooked foods.
We would not be eating oranges and tomatoes fresh from the groves or farms. We would not be eating lettuce or drinking iced drinks. At the end of the article I mention the best foods to add in winter.

We asked way too much of our brains and bodies to adapt – we have to adapt to electronics, speed and chemicals put in our food. Now we are asking ourselves to pretend its spring when we know it’s really winter.

There is a reason for going deep into our “cave” for a few months. We can regenerate new health. We can get more sleep since it gets darker earlier. Follow your bodies desire to go to bed even a ½ hour sooner than usual. When we sleep we heal. That is why I am always interested in how you are sleeping and offer many different supplements to sleep. Cuddle with your loved ones – human and furry. This stimulates feel good chemicals in the brain.

Valentine’s Day comes right smack dab in the middle of winter – good cuddle time.

You may have noticed a lot of people passing away this winter – we sure have! I’m hearing stories of how wonderful the person was. This is part of the healing process and very necessary for us. AND I have an idea – turn around and tell the person next to you how much you love and appreciate them – right now! Carry this feeling of love throughout your day. You will feel so much better and everyone around you will. Studies show if you smile or say something nice to someone even a stranger you and they will feel better all through the day. You will become less rattled or angry. Imagine – we can help heal those around us – not just ourselves. Enjoy February, our traditional month to remember LOVE!

Foods to eat to replenish our Kidney and Bladder Meridian and a Yin Tonic for winter are: Apples, asparagus, eggs, clams, kidney beans, walnuts, yams, lemons, tomatoes, dill, green beans and plums. Remember to eat six servings of protein a day (nuts, eggs, cheese, lean beef, fish, chicken and legumes/ beans).

Limit or eliminate all grains even for just 3 weeks. This has been the best meal plan I have seen. We’ve been recommending it for over 3 years now. The best “side effect” is joint pains go away. People have lost anywhere from 9 to 25 lbs in 4 months. We all sleep better and our memories improve. It’s easy to do the transition if you are WILLING to do it. Doc told someone he lost 15 lbs last year and did not know why – I forgot to mention to him we were eliminating grains!

Please help yourself and call for your Winter Tune –Up treatment. Patients that come in seasonally for 1 treatment reduce their chances of getting sick. We also have homeopathic medicine for symptoms . Just call – we can put something aside for you.

15% off ALL sleep aids in February

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shutterstock_22944526The OnTrac Weight Wellness program provides training and education in sessions about the emotional, behavioral and stress responses that occur during the shift to weight wellness from the Standard American Diet (SAD). The program is designed for anyone who desires weight wellness balance and improved skills for managing its stressors. OnTrac Weight Wellness is not a quick fix or unsustainable fad diet for temporary weight loss. OnTrac Weight Wellness addresses the root cause of imbalance that ultimately creates additional damage to health and rebound weight gain.

To be OnTrac is to learn new ways of thinking about pure whole food and ourselves. It’s about enjoying and loving pure whole food as a way to improve out health and weight wellness in the long term by reaching the full potential of our emotional; and physical well being. Are you OnTrac? You can be!

Classes are led by Lauren Griffin M.A., LMHC, Certified HeartMath Practitioner. Lauren has lost 58 pounds and counting following Dr. Rusty Gaffney’s “NO GRAIN” eating plan. Dr. Rusty Gaffney will help you understand the “NO GRAIN” meal plans and explain the modern misconception about nutrition and give personal nutritional advice as well.

Reserve your spot now for the next program beginning January 16, 2014 from 6:30-8 p.m. The $125 program includes seven sessions, handouts and delicious snacks.

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Dear Dr. Debra Gaffney,

I told you a while ago I would write you at some time about my wheat allergy. Well the time has come when I have done enough testing and time enough has lapsed so I feel comfortable about tell all! I told you to what extent my old body had become old reacting to just a little wheat. I mean just a crumb. I could have a crouton fall into my salad, I could pick it out and a crumb (unseen by me) would be left on my plate. Within one hour my body would be in bed. I would be suffering a lot of symptoms as though I was coming down with a strong case of the flu. I would be belching and have indigestion (which I thought was just a normal “fish stomach”) It was not a pretty picture. If you are eating while reading this you may want to stop reading until a more convenient time.

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