What do Sex, Gluten Free Diets, Vacations, Hugs & Drugs all have in common?

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Health & Wellness according to Walsayeth, amen.

The mayor of Margaritaville and king of the laid-back beach party lifestyle, Jimmy Buffett, recently played a concert on a frigid winter eve in St Paul, MN.

My experience at the show parlay’s beautifully into “2014 Fitness Trend #2″.

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I nearly passed on the show in lieu of work, the weather and the fact it was on a Tues night, but fortunately I rallied for the Parrothead parade. As Jimmy worked his way through his set, I found myself watching the throngs of fans singing and dancing, completely released from any stress in their lives.

Music has a unique way of allowing people to escape…it makes them feel good, much like the aforementioned topics in the title of this post. It’s in our human nature to do things that make us feel good.

I ask then, why do we tend to only explore these special feelings on sporadic occasions?

Of the many cleaver Jimmy Buffett lyrics, the following resonates with me:

“I treat my body like a temple, you treat yours like a tent.”

Unfortunately the vast majority of us reside in tents, fighting the now infamous 5-Hour Energy slogan “That 2:30 Feeling” all year long☹. Sure drugs (prescription or street), sexual escapades (solo, tandem or otherwise), vacations, or hugs all can help, but these emotional Band-Aids result in a short lived high…

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2014 Fitness Trend #2: EXPERIMENTATION


Everyone has a co-worker or friend that has waaaaay toooooo much energy for a Monday morning, or anytime for that matter. I also know that many of you would like to add a little more spring into your step, hence the $9 billion Americans spent on energy drinks last year.(1)

Since my alarm typically goes off at 4:30am, I regularly contributed to the $9 billion total. I wanted to change. I needed to change.

In my quest for a healthy, long-term solution to remedy my groggy, abused body I took the holistic experimentation route via the following tests:

  • Food Allergy Profile
  • Complete Blood Profile (5-pages of results returned)
  • Adrenal Fatigue Salivary Test
  • Male Hormone Profile Salivary Test

The results were mixed, nothing off the charts, but the Food Allergy Profile showed I was sensitive to gluten (a protein found in wheat), coffee (ugh!) and a little elevated in the egg category.

Shocked? No. Disappointed? Heck yea.

Next step, eliminate the potential culprits and see how I felt.

I’m now 2 1/2 months into my new life and I feel flippin’ amazing! I no longer crave the energy sapping foods & beverages I had been consuming on a daily basis because I know how they made me feel and how incredible I now feel without them.

Workouts are stronger, joints don’t ache, and I have little desire for caffeine, napping or gluten laden foods. If you want to learn more about my journey you can reach me at rwalseth@gmail.com. (Note: I have follow up tests in a couple weeks to check specific blood profile levels)

With all the resources available to us in 2014, each of us has the opportunity to identify long-term nutritional habits to help solve what’s bogging us down.

Explore and experiment in the coming months in an effort to achieve that energy filled life, full of feel good moments!☺