A Personal Note to You ♥…

At almost 30-yo., I was under-weight & extremely malnourished. I had a chronic hangover, a cigarette constantly in my hand, a burned out nasal passage/chronic runny nose, a mouthful of decaying cavities, an irregular & painful menstrual cycle, cysts on my uterus that would painfully rupture, nailbeds that would peel & bleed, thinning hair, high cholesterol, no muscle tone, and no confidence. I was lonely, depressed & ashamed. It was dark.

I wanted to get healthy, but I hadn’t had health insurance in a decade & finding affordable care was difficult. So, I took up meditation, prayer, and yoga and even got a 200-hr yoga teaching certification. I spent a year studying at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and became a health coach. Eventually, I decided to focus on the prevention & treatment of disease and started down the road to becoming a Registered Dietitian. I even got married, moved to the ‘burbs, and got closer to God.

My quality-of-life is near thriving now, and I’ve realized that I have a deep love for human nutrition and a “natural” talent (after reading a hundred books) for healthy eating & living.

Personally, I’ve been a healthy 126-128-lbs. & 16-17% body fat for the last 10 years, even without eating “organic” or “clean” (gasp!). My resting heart rate is athlete-fit – below 60 – even without being an intense exerciser.

You see, if I can do that, anybody can. If, after all that time & damage, I can heal and enjoy excellent health while still eating the foods I know & love, you definitely can.

I know you can because I’ve hurled my body full-speed-ahead, no-looking-back, Thelma-and-Louise-style into both depths of abnormal weight. From being malnourished, to chubby & squishy, to looking like death walking. And if I can lift myself up from knowing less-than-nothing, to healing myself, to healing others – so can you.

I know what works – simply, painlessly, effectively, and affordably. Helping you figure out how to do that in your life is my favorite jam.

 

A Warning…

Too many people who put their faith in a healthcare system that doesn’t work anymore. In fact, it works against us in many ways.

In our current system, doctors overly prescribe medications for outrageous profit and are often depressed or suicidal, uninsured citizens die rather than seeking treatment, and insured patients are forced into bankruptcy under the weight of crushing medical bills.

The wisest thing to do is to take your own good health & prevention very seriously because your whole life could change if you end up admitted. No one will ever look out for your health better than you-you are the expert in your body & lifestyle!

The reality is that most medical interventions are prohibitively expensive, and they often do not work as well as we have led to believe.  

In the coming pages, I am going to reveal to you a simple, powerful method you can use to take responsibility for the health of your body & regard insurance “protections” as a last resort.

Most importantly I would like to hear from you. I want to know what you think!

Please email me your questions and feedback. I may be reached at tiff@tiffanyannesmith.com.

(Really, I would love to hear from you!)

 

The Madness of the Current System…

In case you haven’t noticed, there is an acceleration of prescription medications available for every ailment you could imagine. And for the first time in our history, those prescriptions are being marketed directly to everyday people, rather than to the medical professionals who recommend them. In short, Big Pharmaceutical has so cleverly cultivated our desire to ease our pain with as little effort as possible that they have handed the over the power of safe and deeply specialized decision making to those of us with no training or education to make those decisions.

Sounds incredible, doesn’t it? What has been the tremendous push in this kind of negligence? Profit, of course.

Pharmaceutical companies make US$300 billion a year, a figure expected to soon rise to US$400 billion. (World Health Organization).

Have you ever realized the side effects of these so-called treatments? They are awful! Call me crazy, but I don’t think the risk of night terrors or uncontrollable urges to gamble are worth whatever they’re selling.

Very often, pharmaceuticals do more harm than good. So why are they so profitable?

We want a magic pill. We want our pain and discomfort taken away from us as quickly and easily as possible. We like to believe that if we feel better, we are better. However, very few, if any, modern medical interventions treat the cause of our dis-ease with the intention of real healing.

Americans are spending more and more for less and worsening healthcare than ever before.

The U.S spent $3.8 trillion dollars in 2013 (Munro) and as of 2012 our life expectancy is lower and our obesity rates have increased more substantially than 34 other nations (Kane). Heart disease, the leading cause in the U.S., cost $444 billion in 2010 (Griffin). The cost of diabetes rose from $174 billion in 2007 to $245 billion in 2012 (American Diabetes Association), and it remains the 7th leading cause of death in the U.S. with markers becoming more common in children (American Diabetes Association). Even with a large part of these costs being absorbed by taxpayers, individuals continue to borrow and go broke to pay the costs of medical bills our broken system (Brill).

Over 50% of bankruptcies are a consequence of medical bills (LaMontagne).

All of this and people are still not getting the miracles they hope for. Chemotherapy (Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group) and coronary bypass surgery (Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery Trialists Collaboration) are both touted as medical miracles, and yet they have repeatedly been shown to have surprising little effect.

I have great respect for the men and women who practice medicine with pure intentions. I believe that most professionals enter the field genuinely wanting to heal people and make a positive impact on their lives.

Unfortunately, the system is rigged against us all and there’s plenty of evidence to support that.

  • In a 2008 survey of 12,000 physicians, only 6% described their morale as positive. Most said they didn’t have enough time to spend with patients because of paperwork, and nearly half said they planned to reduce the number of patients they would see in the next three years or stop practicing altogether (Jauhar)
  • In healthcare we have [an] unfair structural divide — the advantage of procedural care (colonoscopies, injections, etc.) over cognitive care (taking a history, health counseling, etc.). This divide supports an inequity that is out of keeping with population health needs and the major causes of disability that keep people out of the workforce (Ungar)
  • In 2010, the Institute of Medicine issued a report stating that waste accounted for 30% of health-care spending, or some $750 billion a year, which was more than our nation’s entire budget for K-12 education (Gawande)

By now, I hope that you can agree we are at the mercy of insurance & pharmaceutical companies who only care about money, healthcare costs are exorbitant, and even the best doctors work are frustrated with the status quo.

Americans are getting sicker, paying more for the privilege, and our system isn’t helping us.

 

Consider This…

There is no question or doubt that the health and financial well-being of Americans is steadily declining at a frightening rate due to lack of real health…but it doesn’t have to be that way.

Preventable illness makes up approximately 70% of the burden of illness and the associated costs (James Fries), and account for eight of the nine leading categories of death (Health Care Statistics ), and many chronic conditions can be prevented by not smoking, being physically active and eating nutritious foods (Center for Disease Control and Prevention).

A growing body of scientific evidence has demonstrated that lifestyle intervention is an essential component in the treatment of chronic disease that can be as effective as medication, but without the risks and unwanted side-effects (American College of Lifestyle Medicine).

  • There is substantial evidence that type 2 diabetes can be prevented in high-risk individuals by a lifestyle program of regular exercise and weight reduction. Additionally, there is emerging evidence that new onset type 2 diabetes can go into remission after weight loss and exercise in motivated individuals, preventing a need for glucose-lowering medications (PA)
  • Lifestyle interventions were estimated to delay the development of type 2 diabetes by 11 years and cost approximately $21,100 less than [medicinal] intervention (William Herman)

Our bodies heal best when we care for them well through nutrition, movement, sleep, fresh air, sunshine, loving relationships, and satisfying work; care for it well, and then relax while it does what it’s designed to do. Our bodies are miraculous machines, always moving in the direction of health and healing – there is no intervention, medical or surgical, that does it better.

This is simple in theory and difficult in practice. Changing habits and behavior is difficult to do, and it is made even more difficult when we attempt to do it without support. Support is key, and while it may come from our loved ones, they often don’t have the knowledge or ability (or desire) to help us make the changes necessary for us to be our healthiest, happiest selves.

It often requires a professional who has an education in nutrition, dietetics, physiology, counseling, and a passion for the latest developments in health and wellness. That’s my role – your partner in real health and personal development and a witness to your progress.

An investment in a health coach saves time, money (almost $100,000/lifetime), and quality of life.

I am a certified Health Coach by the most highly regarded private nutritional coaching institution, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, and I am currently earning a BS in Dietetics & Nutrition to be a Registered Dietitian. My knowledge and practice is valuable and unique in that I was educated and trained outside & inside of the system – the truth (however uncomfortable) and the powerful, personal application of it.

I am also certified in both Sleep Science and Hatha Yoga. I have the skills and tools to support you in a journey toward excellent health & happiness (they’re totally connected).

 

5 New Ways to Stimulate Your Body’s Own Healing Process…

Here are a few of my favorite, simple ways to get started:

  1. If you’re having trouble falling asleep because your mind is racing, get out of bed and stand up. Write down your thoughts if you like and don’t get back into bed until you’ve been able to let them go. Get back into bed only after your mind feels clear and get up again if you to-do list comes back. Create the sense that bed is for sleeping – not for thinking.
  2. Create little pockets of awareness throughout your day to pause, take a few deeps breaths, and quiet your bodies stress responses. Attach these opportunities to other points in your day to make them easy to recognize, like after sitting down at your desk, before you make a phone call, sitting at a red light or after you put on your seatbelt.
  3. Add turmeric to your diet. Turmeric reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart attack, stroke, and it has dozens of other health benefits. It’s a beautiful bright orange color, but it has a very mild flavor and can be used on almost everything.
  4. Get rid of toxic household cleaners. The chemicals used to clean are extremely dangerous and are proven to cause asthma, skin disorders, and cancer (among other things). Make your own (it’s super easy) or look for an organic alternative.
  5. Spend quality time with people you love. Turn off the phones, back away from the screens and do something fun – preferable something active and outdoors. Our satisfaction in our relationships, our jobs, and our contribution are just as important a factor in health as diet and exercise.

To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. (Buddha)

Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.  (John F. Kennedy)

Imagine what’s possible!

  • The peace and comfort in knowing that your family is preventing their risk of chronic illness
  • The pride and accomplishment of taking responsibility for your own health and vitality
  • Feeling strong, energetic, and clear-minded throughout the day
  • Working more productively and setting a good example for those around you
  • Enjoying the everyday, ordinary luxuries that come with a life well lived
  • Loving the people closest to you more powerfully, having given yourself permission to take good care of your body and mind

The Art of Personal Science offers:

  • Full, loving attention and community
  • The safe space you need to make successful lifestyle changes
  • A thoughtful, unconventional path to habits that naturally strengthen over your lifetime
  • A high-impact, totally do-able method of personal lifestyle transformation

 

Next Steps…

  1. Please email me what you think after going through this special report
  2. Pass this important information to your closest friends and family
  3. Check out my free lesson, About Absorption, and my premium course, The Art of Personal Science

 

Until then, take good care of yourself. God bless!

Tiffany Anne Smith

Future Registered Dietitian, Certified Health Coach, Certified Holistic Life Coach, Certified Sleep Science Coach, Certified Yoga Teacher, Certified Holy Yoga Instructor

 

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