Are you tired of being sick and tired? {I was}

{Read to the bottom to see how you can get your own 1 hour of health coaching}

If you have followed my blog for any amount of time you probably know about how sick I used to be.

I have written about it HERE.

After 8 + years of being sick, hospital visits, blood work, CAT scans, MRIs  and even ambulance rides …my life started to change.

Change in the most amazing ways!

Here is a little bit of my testimony…


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I have shared my story with so many people over the years and so many people I know have CHANGED THEIR LIFE with the information they have learned.

It has been incredible to know…really know that our bodies can heal themselves.

That foods and environmental toxins can affect our day to day lives.

I went to medical doctors for years without an answer.

I love medical doctors and believe in them but our medicine is missing a huge part of health…and that is wholeness.

Do you want to see a different in your health?

If you want to see a difference in your clarity of mind, energy levels, physical health and day to day well being I can’t wait to share this with you….

Starting February 11, 2014 you can take

Create Health 2.0

 Create Health {from the inside out}

The Secret to a Healthy Life

Dr. Shamanie Haneca

Doctor of Chiropractic specializing in Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition

Learn to Create Health with Dr. Shamanie Haneca and Dr. Chris Frykman as they share with you the secrets to a healthy life.

*This 4 week class will help you make this the year you commit to yourself to find the health that you deserve.

*You will learn how to stock a natural pantry and discover the secret foods to start enjoying health today through a grocery store tour at Whole Foods.

*We will show you how to cook gluten-free, flexetarian foods that you and your family will love.

*Identify potential roadblocks including food allergies, toxicities, and adrenal fatigue.

*Explore the impact that stress, sleep and exercise have on your body.

*Lastly, they  will teach you the value of Functional Medicine and address the need for Targeted Nutrition to help you experience health to the fullest!

*Over 50 recipes to get you started on your road to health

You will learn natural, powerful solutions to treating conditions like IBS, Fatigue, Fibromyaglia, Auto-Immune Disease, Diabetes, Heart Disease.

Learn how to identify hidden imbalances and functional problems that are the cause of your health dysfucntion and know the secret to fixing them.

We know that life can be hard and sometimes our health gets put on the back burner.

We want to help you get your health back in 2014.

Dr. Haneca and Dr. Frykman will educate, motivate, and inspire you to take care of yourself like you never have before


I love when you connect with my art or love a bag you bought from my shop…but knowing that sharing my health journey is helping a person find an answer when they felt helpless is the best!

I KNOW what it feels like to feel HOPELESS about health.

I also KNOW the JOY of finding answers!!!


To register

1) Go register at (this is free)

2) Go to the main page of Create Health 2.0

3) Click +join in the upper right hand corner and pay.  You will be instantly in the classroom and ready for the course to begin on February 11th.

The four week course has an early registration price of $28 and will go to $38 on January 13th.


Would you like to win some one on one health coaching?

Dr. Haneca and Dr. Frykman are giving away two one hour health coaching sessions.

Two winners will get a half hour with each doctor to begin their health plan.

This is over $300 in health coaching!

To enter:

1) Leave a comment how you want to be healthier this year

for additional entries you can

2) Share this course to Facebook

3) Pin this course to Pinterest

4) Blog about this course

5) Share this course on Instagram

Each time you do one of the above come back to this post and let us know.


My daughter’s journey to health is written about it HERE.

My sister’s story is written HERE.

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Surviving {Waiting to thrive}

Sometimes we can hear about another person’s diagnosis and think that because their symtpoms are not ours that you could not possible have the same disease.

I have multiple allergies to different foods and chemicals.  If I eat them I experience stroke symptoms, numbness, tingling, agitation, foggy brain, inability to speak properly….plus many more.  In the past year and a half that I have been off of gluten there have been a few times that I have accidentally had it.  My only outward symptom was a tummy ache.  It is not the outside of me that produces symptoms from gluten.  I have autoimmune disease because of gluten that has shut down my thyroid and effected how my body functions.  If I had not been diagnosed correctly this could directly have affected the number of years I am alive on this earth.

My daughter blacked out , had headaches and chest pains because of her allergies.  It is not only gluten that affects her.  Her symptoms and reactions are totally different from mine. Our allergies are very similar though.

My sister has a story all her own.  Her story, symptoms and road to health will be different that ours too.  She is on the beginning road to health.  I wanted to share her story because I want to show that three people with gluten allergies have three different stories….all with different symptoms.

Here is my sister’s story……

I have always been pretty lean. I remember about 5th grade getting headaches quite regularly in school. I’d go to the office and was given aspirin. Looking back I have always attributed those headaches to needing more snacks in my day and having a high metabolism. My childhood was filled with playing hard outdoors from morning until bedtime, if I could help it. I was always on the go and active. This physical activity didn’t slow down after high school, but stress was added to it, physical and emotional stress for sure. I had transferred to a new college in a new town with poor public transportation. I was depending on my feet and my bike to get to campus and work. I was working so hard. Pride and stubbornness kept me independently striving full-time school and work for a long time. My body showed it; I was 115 lbs on a 5’9″ frame, the lowest weight my adult body has experienced. Finally I decided to ask for financial help so I could just finish school. Then much of the physical and emotional burden was lifted. After college, my first job was working as a live-in “house mom” for high schoolers. This form of social work and the hours required for the job beat the exhaustion I experienced in college by a long shot. I believe these stressful times are worth noting because I believe stress can trigger surprising results in our bodies.

During my adult work career, I couldn’t get higher than about 125 lbs. I didn’t worry, but it was annoying. After the birth of our first child, I “bounced” back immediately in weight. Yet, I was hoping the pregnancy would help me hold onto weight like many woman experience. Around this time, my co-worker shared that she too has a hard time gaining weight. She is a short, lean, petite woman. We were both 4th grade teachers and quite a funny, skinny pair. She soon after took her concern to a nutritionist and began adjusting and increasing her diet. I have always been a “good eater,” good portions and plenty of snacks, but I began too being more thoughtful about eating more and more healthy fats at this point. This was the first time I had ever known someone who shared this frustration, and to this day, she is still the only one I know personally.

Throughout the growing years of our first and second children, I stayed energetic and active taking care of the daily needs, but after our third child, I felt like I hit a wall for the first time. I was really tired. I also was having nauseating headaches weekly, if not more often. I figured the babies were just wearing me out. Sleep is rocky during these times. It can be trying on the body.

A couple months after our youngest turned one, my sister called me with a revelation that my inability to gain and maintain weight could be based upon a gluten allergy.  She had heard that some people with gluten sensitivity lose all their extra fat and nutrients through their waste.

Trusting that the testing would confirm that “this is just the body I’ve been given” or lead me to an important change, the appointment was made. One surprising result during this first visit with the doctor was having my metabolism checked and finding out I do not have a high metabolism…in fact, I am below average! Really!? That got me really interested in starting the testing process. Several weeks later, my test came back positive for gluten intolerance. As my doctor put it based on this first test, as long as I’m eating gluten, I am wasting money on food because my body is NOT able to absorb the nutrients. FATS, vitamins, minerals are not being retained but are pretty much flushed straight through. Sadly, my body has been in a state of malnutrition.

I don’t understand all of this. Has this been affecting my body since I was a child? Did the stress on my body during my early 20s trigger this reaction. I am understanding that gluten issues are hereditary. My sister has issues. My mom hasn’t been tested but has osteoporosis. Osteoporosis is tied to gluten. Although my children haven’t been tested yet, I understand that they should be treated as if they are gluten intolerant, too.

For nearly five months now, I have been off gluten. My energy has greatly improved. I have only had a couple headaches, but I can usually tie it right back to what I had eaten that included a form of gluten or was likely contaminated. It has actually been a lot easier to do than I thought. I just remember how I used to feel and remember what I want for my health, and I’m not interested. I will proceed with testing so I can determine what my body still lacks in nutrition and how I can use food and supplements to recover my insides to a thriving state. I am hopeful that my body will start to plump up. What means more to me than anything is having a body that is healthy, strong, and able to enjoy this life with my loved ones.


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My Daughter’s Story

I feel like I have been through a lot with my health.

Even in the midst of being really sick it was only my immediate family that knew how hard my days were.

Because of all I have gone through and in the end I am making my way…I sometimes downplay things with my children.

Years ago I would have panicked and rushed them to the doctor and today there is a calm and peace that things will be fine.

My daughter, Madolyn, had been complaining of headaches.

The only time she would tell me about them is when they were bad enough to make her cry.

Her headaches were ALWAYS on the same side of her head and they would go away within 30 minutes.

I attributed them to not eating breakfast soon enough or other little things.  Because they always went away I didn’t think much of them.

Madolyn also began to experience chest pains.  Pains that eventually became so uncomfortable that she would cry.

I believe with my own experiences and then also hearing the story of others throughout the past years is that your body is amazing and can take a lot of abuse…but at some point it starts to show you anyway it can that you are hurting it and you need to stop or it can’t function properly any longer.

That is exactly what happened with Maddy a few weeks before Christmas 2010.

Madolyn was outside with friends playing with sidewalk chalk and she fell over onto the concrete.

She blacked out.

I was inside the house talking to a friend when I heard crying.

Kelly carried Maddy inside and kind of non-chalantly told me Maddy has blacked out.

I love men and how calm they can stay in many circumstances.

Not me!

Instantly my mind is racing back to all the headaches and chest pains and I was starting to put things all together and then scared what this could mean.

Did I miss something?  Did I play the headaches down and now something was really wrong with my little girl?

We took her to  Children’s Hospital to begin Maddy’s round of MRI’s, CAT scans, blood work, xrays….you name it they did it over the next few months.

Each test came back that she was perfect.

Each test told us nothing was wrong with her.

During this time her headaches continued and her chest pains became significanly worse.

Each test that came back negative we cried with relief.

During this whole process I kept telling Kelly that maybe ..just maybe…all of this was because Maddy had allergies like mine.

It comforted me to think that all of this could be  food or environmental related.

After the last test had been run and it came back negative we made an appointment with Dr. Haneca.

Madolyn’s blood test showed a severe allergy to gluten.  It also showed us other foods that she was allergic to and all of her enviromental allergies.

These were HUGE to us.

She is severely allergic to chlorine, flouride, most children’s painkillers and artifical dyes!

I had even noticed some of this and hadn’t put it together.

When Maddy had been in an indoor pool at hotels (where the chlorine is so strong you can smell it walking into the hotel) after about 20 minutes she looked so wrong that I took her out.  This happened a few times and she looked like she was going to blackout.  She told me she felt fine but the other moms and myself always thought something was wrong.  It was!!!

Once we rid her diet of gluten guess what happened?

Here little intestine was cleaned out and no more chest pains.

All of that was from being backed up because her body couldn’t digest it properly.


Gone!  She has never had one headache…let alone one that makes tears stream down her face.

Our foods affect us in POWERFUL ways!!!  Powerful!

Everything I went through has been completely worth it because we knew what to do with Maddy.

She didn’t spend eight years with chestpains and headaches and her symptoms WOULD HAVE GOTTEN WORSE!

These were just the beginning sytptoms of her body trying to tell us that is was broken!

Dr. Haneca told me that kids don’t get headaches.

Kids don’t complain of pain unless something is wrong.

Infact, she said that adults shouldn’t get headaches either.

I hope you will indulge me one more story this weekend about my sister and her beginning road back to health.

It is completely different than mine and Maddy’s and I think you will be inspired.


I have been getting a lot of emails today asking for the name of my doctor.

For those in the Denver area you can contact

East West Health Center

Dr. Shamanie Haneca

She specializes in Chiropractic and Functional Medicine


If you are not in the Denver area go to

This site will help you find a natural doctor in your area that specializes in Functional Medicine.

I hope this helps.



I love it when you like a bag I have made or a piece of art…but knowing that sharing my health journey is helping a person find an answer when they felt helpless is the best!

I KNOW what it feels like to feel HOPELESS about health.

I also KNOW the JOY of finding answers!!!



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Crazy Road To Health {Repost}

{original post May 19, 2010}

It was eight years ago.

I was three months pregnant with our second child.

My mom was visiting and giving me a head rub…which she always does when she visits me (don’t you just love mamas).

I was extremely tired and talking to both Kelly and my mom.

I started to not talk correctly.  What I was thinking in my head was coming out as something else when I spoke.

My left hand then went numb.

This was followed by a pressure that started in my left hand and then went up my arm.

I was so scared at this point and so was my family.

Kelly immediately took me to the hospital.

By the time we had arrived most of my symptoms had dissipated but I felt exhausted.

The rest of the evening was the doctors talking to me about my symptoms being a stroke or even a tumor.

Here I was three months pregnant and I had a little 1 1/2 year old boy at home and I was trying to stay calm when the doctors talked of tumors.

I then had a CAT scan.

There was no tumor.

This started months of tests to conclude what had happened.

The answer was inconclusive.  They finally guessed that it was a TIA….mini stroke.

For the next three years I had a few times of experiencing auras…for me that looks like rippling water over my vision.

Three years after my first trip to the hospital it happened again.

This time is was worse.  Same tests and same lack of answers.

Over the years the symptoms continued and also new ones began.

Sometimes these stroke symptoms could happen four times a day and then I wouldn’t have anything for a few weeks.

I started to have symmetrical numbness on my face, scalp and even my eyes, nose and tongue.

I have also had a weird sensitivity to too much sound.

My head would feel cloudy and almost as if I were in a dream.

I have had MRIs and almost every test the doctors could think of.

I have been offered medications all along the way and always declined because they didn’t really know the reason why all of this was happening.

About three years ago I kind of gave up with the traditional doctors.

I have been to an acupuncturist, chiropractor and naturopath.

I had seen some improvement over the year and then could never find a pattern for why the A typical migraines were happening…that is what the doctors finally said was happening to me.

They told me that because they truly didn’t have an answer…and I so desperately needed one.

This has effected so much of my life and how I feel everyday.

About six weeks ago one of my friends (who is also a chiropractor and specializes in nutrition) asked me to give her integrated medicine clinic a try.

I did.

I had the most comprehensive physical of my life.  During that exam is when they found the lumps in my breast (which ending up being nothing).

They also did a round of blood tests.

They also ordered another MRI to rule out tumors, lesions or MS……everything was fine with my brain.

Most all of my tests came back fine…in fact wonderful…except a few small things.

My thyroid was barely working and my vitamin D levels were really off.   This could have stopped right there with most doctor’s offices but it didn’t.

My friend (the chiropractor) looked at the results and said, “this makes so much sense”.

I had no clue what she was talking about.

She said that hypothyroidism and gluten intolerance go hand in hand.  I told her that I don’t eat gluten…I don’t eat bread, pasta etc because I don’t like them and I feel sick (isn’t that funny now?).  She told me gluten is in everything and let me tell you (now that I am looking) it is.

It was in my gum, spices etc.

She then proceeded to tell me that if I cut out gluten my thyroid would start working again within 3-6 months instead of being on thyroid medicine for the rest of my life.

She also began some in depth blood work regarding allergies.

That first day (four weeks ago) that she told me I could have a gluten allergy I have cut out all gluten in my life.

If I had a chance to feel good…REALLY GOOD…I was starting that day.

I have also gotten back the first round of tests and it has come back that I am allergic mildly to coffee, dairy, flax seed, chocolate and wheat.  I am also very allergic to rice.

I have more tests coming and more details will follow.

Eight years and I had never been tested for allergies that could be causing me to have stroke symptoms.

I know more answers are coming but I have not lost my vision or speech since I cut out gluten and dairy.

After the last test came back I have also cut out coffee and I have not had any numbness on my hands or face since that day.

My doctor was amazed that I didn’t feel lethargic all of the time because of my thyroid. I know that the only reason I have felt as good as I have all these years is because we eat really well.

I don’t eat breads and pastas.

We eat only organic fruits and vegetables.  We only buy grass fed meats.

We use coconut flour, almond flour and coconut oil to cook.

Most of the things that I needed to do I was already doing…now I am taking it to a new level.

I feel hope for the first time that my head will feel clear and these “A typical migraines” will no longer effect my life.

I know there has to be someone reading that is going through the same thing and is so frustrated because they don’t have answers.

I haven’t written about this before because I didn’t have answers…now I hope I do.


This post was originally posted on May 19, 2010.

Since then I have learned more about my allergies and what symptoms they cause.

At the time of the original post I was not aware the I am very allergic to Red 40 dye.

I will lose my vision, speech etc. within 30 minutes of having an artificial dye.

Do you realize how many things have artificial dyes?

Did you know that these same dyes are banned in Europe but we have them in so many things here and the worst part is much of it is aimed at children??!!

Red 40 is one of the biggest triggers for migraines and it is one of the main coatings in many headache medicines!

I do drink coffee now but can’t drink much.

I would probably feel even better if I could completely cut it out of my life.

I have been gluten free for over a year now and can almost tell immediately if I accidentally eat gluten.

My stomach is very sensitive to dairy and I really try to limit how much I eat.

We make almost all of our foods from scratch and my whole family has embraced this eating (my husband likes to cheat sometimes:-)).

I have met so many people over the past year that have been able to find answers to their illnesses because I had been given answers to mine.

How amazing is that?

My friends that know my health story have been able to give THEIR friends advice and help.

I can not even count the number of people that have gone to my doctor and have received LIFE CHANGING diagnosis.

The most exciting thing for me is that because of my health experiences I was able to know what to do when my own daughter had some horrible symtpoms before Christmas this past year.

I have never written about her journey and I will tell her story on Friday.

I wanted to re-post my story because my doctor (and good friend) is FINALLY offering an ecourse!

I am so excited for all the people that will have the opportunity to CHANGE THEIR LIVES!

I have spent many office visits and over a year learning what you can learn in four weeks for a tiny fraction of what I have paid.

I sound like an infomercial 🙂 but it is so true!!

I love Shamanie for making it affordable.

You can find more information about the ecourse and sign up HERE.

I will be back on Friday writing about my daughter’s health journey and the amazing answers we were able to find because of Dr. Haneca.

Here is a little information about the ecourse…




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Made From Scratch {Gluten Free Carrot Cake}

Like many Americans we have gone gluten free {at least two out of five}.

The rest of the family has easily adjusted to our diet.

I have been gluten free for the past 11 months.  Hard to believe how quickly that time has gone.

You can eat gluten free and still eat very unhealthy.

My health journey has led me to find gluten alternatives that have the most health benefit as possible.

I am a huge fan of cooking with almond and coconut flour.

The truth is I baked with both of these even before we went gluten free….now I have to.

Many of the gluten free flours use rice flour as the substitute and I am even more allergic to rice than wheat.

I wanted to share one of my favorite almond flour recipes…..carrot cake.

I make these often as muffins without any frosting.

It makes a perfect late afternoon, protein filled snack.

For a special treat I make the cake with cream cheese frosting.

If you are struggling with what to eat on a gluten free diet I want to encourage you to begin cooking from scratch.

You will be blessing your family so greatly with having food that you know exactly what is in it.

I will try to share some of my favorite foods and gluten free recipes more often.

One of my favorite almond flour cookbook can be found HERE.

{Classic Carrot Cake}

3 cups blanched almond flour (I use almond meal..I buy it in bulk at my natural grocers)

2 teaspoons sea salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup grapeseed oil

1/2 cup agave nectar ( or Stevia..check the measurement b/c Stevia can be strong)

5 large eggs

3 cups grated carrots

1 cup raisins

1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease two 9 inch cake pans with grapeseed oil and dust with almond flour.

{I regularly make muffins or use a 9×13 pan}

In a large bowl, combine the almond four, salt, baking soda, cinnamon and nutmeg.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the grapeseed oil, agave nectar and eggs.

Stir the wet ingredients into the almond flour mixture until thoroughly combined,

Fold in the carrots, raisins and walnuts.

Pour the mixture into baking dish.

Bake for 30-35 minutes.  Let the cake cool in the pan.


I hope you love it as much as we do.

Let me know if you try it.

I know it is an adjustment to get used to the taste of a flour like almond flour compared to white flour.

Just think of how good it is for you and you body will begin to feel better too!



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