A Question from a Reader

Every once in a while I enjoy answering questions from you guys. Here’s another.

I’m a 17 year old senior in high school. I have been vegetarian for almost 2 years and vegan about 9 months. I am a dancer and I do barre, so I’m very conscious and knowledgeable about what I put into my body. I chose this lifestyle for the ethical reasons. The health benefits were just a bonus. I don’t know why, but these past two weeks have been really hard for me. I know that I could never go back to eating meat, but I have been getting the feeling that I need to just be vegetarian now instead of vegan.


I love being vegan and I think of it as something that defines me but lately, I have had that little voice inside my head telling me that it would be so much easier and more convenient for me to be vegetarian. I’m going on a school trip next week and I know it’s going to be hard, if not impossible to eat. Prom is also coming up and everyone eats dinner from the catering company at the dance. I am going off to college next year without a car and without much money to buy food, so cafeteria food is basically my only option.

Please help me with my doubts. I am forgetting what it feels like to love being vegan and I don’t want to stop. I just feel like I’m so restricted and need some answers. Also, can you explain more in debt how being vegan is beneficial for the animals and for the consumers. Sorry, this is a bit lengthy but thank you so much. You guys are inspirational. Lots of hugs, vegan hugs. Kayla.”

I too did dance and barre from age 5 to 22. I did dance 5 or 6 days a week and barre at least 3 hours a week. That’s the reason my degree in college was going to be in performing arts instead of chemistry. I understand the challenges that go with being very conscious about what goes in your body. You become aware that what goes into your body is closely connected to how well you perform.

When there are a lot of outside forces dictating what you can eat, it’s not always possible to maintain a strict diet. This can happen in school. It can also happen out of school. I know someone who travels for her job as a life coach and she’s very concerned about her diet. When she’s on a plane or speaking at a convention, she doesn’t have a kitchen or place she can go to get the food her body needs to be healthy. It’s a major source of stress for her.

I haven’t been in her situation, but speaking from experience, you have to decide what’s right for you at this moment. If you really want it, you’ll find a way. If you’re not in the right place in your life, vegetarianism might not be right for you at this time.


For example, being in school without a car, could you use a bike instead? If you have a bike, you have a lot more options for finding food for your preferred diet.

I feel like there’s always a way to do it, if you’re determined enough to make it work. You need to be careful and make sure you’re soliciting the advice of a certified nutritionist, because it’s easy for vegans and vegetarians to become deficient in vitamins and minerals. Iron deficiency and anemia is one of the most common. Anemia also makes workouts ineffective. You can’t build muscle or increase stamina when you don’t have enough red blood cells to supply the energy for your exercise. A simple blood test can determine if you are iron deficient or anemic.

The reader also mentioned that her family doesn’t share her view of fitness and nutrition. It must be so discouraging to share your home with people who don’t support you, or don’t take health seriously.

The message I hear is, “Oh, I’ll just be vegetarian because maybe it’ll be easier.” In her particular case maybe it would be. It might also be healthier if food sources aren’t in her own control. No one should be made to feel badly or like a failure when they aren’t in a position to control their diets.

Look. I have a good job and I make good money and I live right next to San Francisco. I can go to a vegan restaurant if I want to but I do technically rent a small space where I can have a mini kitchen. In my home, I really just have a microwave and a mini fridge. I have to say, I have not had any challenges being vegan without a way to cook. You would think that would be a major challenge but I’ve found a way to overcome it.

I decided to make it work. In fact, it never even occurred to me that it would be a challenge. I was like, “I’ll be fine. I’ll work it out.” And I have worked it out. It hasn’t been a problem. You just have to believe that you’re going to make it happen, that it’s going to be fine because it is.

Workouts and Protein

I know what I do is a little different than what the average person working out does. I think that the most important thing is making sure you’re getting enough nutrition at the right time, in the right amount into our body. That can mean different things to different people. For example someone lifting weights is going to need a lot more protein than someone doing serious running.


There’s going to be differences, but essentially we all need the same vital nutrients. A huge part of that is knowing your own body. Regardless of your workout, a protein shake afterwards is almost always a good idea.

On the other hand, I know plenty of people who do workouts without protein afterward. Actually a friend of mine who is into whole foods would never drink a protein shake because it doesn’t come from whole food. Instead, he juices a lot. He doesn’t use protein powders, just real food and he looks great.

I don’t want to say everybody should go with the mix, but some form of protein is a must.

There is so much to know and so much to learn. I think for someone who just wants to get started working out, a simple shake is an easy way to get into it. Most people starting out just need encouragement. They need to know they’re not wasting their time at the gym and that everything they’re doing is effective toward achieving their fitness goals.

Where can you go online for this information?

A huge source of workout and nutritional information is the bodybuilding.com website. That’s where I got started on my workout education. Surprisingly, the Whole Foods grocery store carries several magazines that are specific to nutrition through fitness and eating well.

You can usually find recipes and interviews and things in those magazines from all the major competitors. You also get examples of key workouts and examples of effective diets. A lot of serious bodybuilders have websites or Facebook pages. Those can also be great sources of information when you’re getting started.

In the next post, I’m going to answer questions I commonly get in email or from Facebook. I get loads of questions, so I can’t possibly cover them all. But, when I find one that speaks to my fitness and health audience I will try to answer it for everyone’s benefit.

Stay tuned

Gatorade and Coconut Malt

First, Gatorade

I went through a long and bad habit of picking up a Gatorade every time I went to the gym. I’m ashamed to admit it, but it got the point where I felt like needed the Gatorade. It got to where I had to have something sweet to sip on during my workout. I see it as putting sugar back into my body, so the muscles can start use that to replace what I’m burning.

Gatorade Cocktail

The rule of thumb that always works for me is to take a scoop of protein powder in water, or just put it in the Gatorade. I find that if I’m sipping some protein during my workout, I don’t have all the pain the next day that I normally would. If I ever forget to do it, bam, I have pain the next day.

My personal trainer insists that all the sugar in Gatorade is on par with drinking a soda during a workout.

Eventually it led me to start drinking homemade Gatorade. I’m a huge fan of certain recipes. When I first read about someone making their own Gatorade, I thought “That’s a fantastic idea because mid way through my workout, I’ll get tired. I’m exhausted.” This is such a better alternative to branded Gatorade which is mostly sugar. It’s not natural and you’re putting artificial chemicals in your body.

Homemade Gatorade is super easy. Just pit 14 dates and soak them in water overnight. The next day, throw the soaked dates into the Vitamix. They’ll blend up really quickly. Then, just take that in a little shaker bottle or a little cup that you take to the gym and sip on that during your workout, you’ll get the fiber and the sugars will keep you going without the crash and it’s good for you. If you want, you can add some protein powder and you’ll be set for your all natural workout.

Real Gatorade is full of chemicals. The more I learn in my chemistry classes, the more I realize that everything that comes in a bottle is bad for you. In order to have shelf life, bottled beverages need to have preservatives. Natural foods don’t last for weeks in the fridge, because they are organic and natural. They are meant to be picked from the tree and consumed. If you want to eat healthy, you have to be willing to put in the effort to make your own food.

I’m now trying to wean myself off all packaged foods, ingredients, and drinks. Especially the blue Gatorade!

Homemade Gatorade is amazing. It’s super good and good for you. No chemicals. Enough said.


Coconut Malt

If you’re looking for another amazing little drink to make, try coconut malt. You just use coconut milk. You can get the coconut milk from the canned version, which is obviously higher in fat than the boxed versions of milk. You’ll need to add pitted and soaked dates, coconut milk and a dash of sea salt. I prefer pink Himalayan sea salt. (As a side not, Himalayan sea salt is an electrolyte refueler also.)

If you want to add a protein powered, you can spice it up with some vanilla flavored mix. It complements the recipe very nicely.

I would use the above recipe during a workout in place of Gatorade. If you choose to add the protein mix, it will work as an after workout drink as well. It can help reduce the sore muscles that can come with a huge workout.

If you’re working out on a regular basis, it’s vital to make sure you get protein in your system within 30 minutes of working out. That’s the window when our bodies need protein the most. Our muscles need to heal and recover. In order for that to happen effectively, we need to get the protein in there as soon as possible. Sometimes even if we were to eat a high protein meal immediately after leaving the gym, it may or may not even hit our system because it takes longer for a meal to be digested. That’s why protein shakes are so imperative for those that are working out.

When in doubt, add dates. Dates are seriously my best friend. I don’t know what I would do without dates. There’s so many amazing things you can make with them. So good. They’re also really great if you’re not trying to eat all the chocolate in the world. You eat dates instead. They are so healthful.

For instance one of my favorite cookbook authors, Dreena Burton,did a caramel apple recipe where you make the caramel with dates and cashew butter. Amazing. It tasted just like a traditional caramel apple. It was incredible.

Alternatively, you can use coconut butter or the coconut fat in place of cashew butter so you end up with a coconut caramel instead of a traditional tasting caramel.

I’ll never want a caramel apple not made with dates ever again. It’s so good.

Branch Chain Amino Acids

Some of you may have heard me reference BCA’s and a few of you have emailed to ask what theses are. When I talk about BCAs, I’m referring to branch-chain amino acids.AttrYNSE(caffeine)

The other question I often get is about the use of fat burners, I personally am not a fan of fat burners. I just don’t like to consume casein because I get jittery. I feel like it messes with my system and that’s just something I’m not a big fan of.

Honestly, you can get the same kind of nutritional results through food rather than supplements or fat burners. For instance, ginger is really good for your digestion. You can also add a lot more cayenne pepper to your diet, eat more plants and vegetables. Leafy greens are always going to be your best fat burner anyway because they’re clearing out your system consistently and making sure you get good fats instead of bad fats. The supplements really aren’t necessary if you’re going for all natural and healthy.

I admit that I do consume a lot of protein shakes, especially right now. Normally, I probably drink 1 or 2 a day. I guess it’s a lot but when you’re working out hard every day, you need it. That’s why I’ve tried to keep my supplements limited to just the protein. It’s the only thing I can’t get enough of through my natural diet.

Pre-workout energizers and energy drinks

What do you do to get yourself pumped up to go to the gym? I used to drink a Red Bull, until I learned it was working against me. My training coach told me no more Red Bull an hour before the gym. He switched me over to eating an apple and 30 minutes before my workout. If I need it, I allow myself a cup of coffee.

Unfortunately, I’m having more coffee lately because I am getting ready for a race and my body is running on 30 to 40 carbs a day max. I feel like I’m dying. Sometimes I don’t even know how I’m functioning at all.

During these times, coffee becomes your best friend. I admit these last couple weeks, on an average morning, I don’t think that green tea or coffee is a bad way to go. If you haven’t tried it, there is a pre-workout energizer through Vega. The flavor isn’t necessarily my favorite but it’s also not horrible. The upside of coffee over a designer energy drink is that coffee really is all natural. It’s a much more natural way for your body to receive a stimulant.

If you do chose to go with a mix product, I recommend making it more palatable. Dates are a great natural sweetener. You can just throw one into the mix and blend it right in. It really takes the edge of the bitter flavor of the lime and lemon. If you don’t have a Vitamix, I recommend buying one if you’re going to be serious about nutrition.

A friend gave me his old one because he had it but didn’t love it. I can’t imagine not loving this Vitamix! He gave it to me like it didn’t even matter. It’s a $350 blender! You’ve got to be kidding.

When you add the date to the mix, the flavor’s a little strange but I like it. It seems to be doing the trick, but I’ll still have it with a coffee. I don’t think coffee’s the devil.


I used to take creatine. Maybe I can start taking that again. I’ve even started thinking, “God. I want to lose some weight around the love handles. What if I took a fat burner?”


But then I always think, “What in nature is a fat burner?” Instead of taking a pill fat burner, couldn’t I just start eating healthier and more nutritious meals? Also, I’m on and off again with the energy drinks. I keep needing them before a workout, but I’d really like to kick that habit too. They’re not actually natural.

Pre-workout energizers, fat burners, creatine. The supplements so many athletes use are not whole foods. In fact, they’re not food at all. They’re pills.

Creatine works for some people and it doesn’t work for some people. Personally, I didn’t really see results, which is unfortunate because, despite it not being natural, I was hoping for a shortcut to better muscles tone. A friend of mine used creatine and worked really well for her. She looked great. She put on some muscle which is really hard for her.

I ended up taking creatine. Unfortunately, if you’re going to use it, you need to cycle it. Do it for a month and a half to 2 months and then take a month or so off. Then you can pick it back up. I might do it again after the race and see if I notice any differences this time. Maybe if I honed and cleaned up my diet a little more, I could see big results.

Choosing your Creatine

Finding the best source of creatine is all about where it’s derived from. Supplementing with creatine can sometimes mess with your brain function, so having a reliable and high quality source of creatine is not just important for your body now but for the future. I can’t remember the exact chemical breakdown of it but basically, if you’re getting creatine from a purely vegetable based diet, you may have some trouble later on.

When I started working out at age 18 I used creatine all the time. Who knows what I was putting into my body and brain at such a young age. The problem when you first start trying to work out is that you do what other successful people are doing. You see someone else at the gym taking certain supplements and you think you should be taking them too. You think, “Oh, well. I don’t want to not do it if that’s what everyone’s doing. I don’t want to be the one left behind.”

Our muscles are made of branched-chain amino acids. That’s what they are. There’s another problem with the supplements people take after a workout. Quality. If you don’t know where the materials were sourced and where the product comes from, you could be doing your body more harm than good.

I’ve read weird things like horse’s urine and bull urine being used in some of these muscle building supplements. They may work in the short term, but what are the long term side effects of something like this? Plus, it’s gross. If you don’t know exactly where those things are coming from, avoid using the supplement.

When I first started getting into shape and experimenting with supplements, I didn’t really know where BCAs came from. I hadn’t been in a biology class for many years. Now, it’s been 8 years. At the time I was running 3 miles a day and doing yoga as well as pilates. I haven’t thought about that period of time for a while.

Now, I’m in chemistry and take all of this very seriously. I had intuition about what would be healthy and what would be unhealthy, but now I have it confirmed with real information. You come to learn quickly that you need to be asking more questions before you take any supplement. It’s still unclear if your body treats synthetic supplements differently than getting them naturally through food.

My take on Protein Shakes

Protein Shakes

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m all over the board when it comes to my protein shakes. I used to be really strict with what I ate, just because I knew that being really consistent was the easiest way for me to stay in shape. I even got sponsored by PlantFusion, which is a great option for those looking for a protein powder.


I don’t know if you’ve ever had them, but they’re amazing. The shakes are really thin, without getting to thick or clumpy, and the flavor’s really nice and light. I’m a pretty big fan of that right now. Probably mostly because I got sponsored by them, which is originally what started me on them, but I’m really a big fan now. Genuinely.

You will often find them at the fitness trade shows and all the festivals. They’re really active with promotion.

When I’m not drinking the regular protein shakes, I do like to do raw protein because it’s really good for your body. Your body can assimilate that protein a lot easier than a processed protein that’s been through heat. It’s good to do that when you can so I’ll use Sunwarrior, or Garden of Life and I’m a big fan of Warrior Force also. Like I said, I’m all over the board. I have different reasons for all of them that I love.

I am protein junkie.

Finding a Fitness Coach Who Understand Supplements

That leads to a question that I would love to address. Before I became the specimen I am now (har har), I had been on and off going to the gym, working out, really stumbling and finding my way in the dark. A friend of mine back in my home town became like my fitness Yoda by phone, as far as coaching me through my workouts and what to eat. As a fitness freak, he had learned how to translate what he does to stay fit and maintain a healthy diet. I go a lot of helpful info from him but I have to say it’s been now about 14 months for me consistently going to the gym. I’m patting myself on the back here because I had never been able to do that before getting a fitness coach.

Now, I go to the gym consistently more than 9 or 10 times a week. Even though I always get bored, or sick, or disinterested or preoccupied with something else. Then I just stop with the exception of a month or two where I fell off the wagon a little. If I’m really in it to win it, I’m always able to motivate myself to get back to the gym. Having a mentor helps tremendously with this. And I couldn’t do it without hime.

A lot of the old habits try to come back, whether it’s a question of running or whether it’s just being chemical free and natural. A lot of old habits will start tempting me. That’s when I call my coach and then start to feel like I want to accelerate my results.

Advice on Vegan / Vegetarian Diet

Doctor’s advice on diet

I think it’s very interesting that my doctor told me to drop the dairy. It’s funny. The last time I got very sick was when I first moved to California. I got the flu–one of the worst flues I ever had in my life. The doctor said, “Don’t eat any dairy,” which was weird because I’d never had a doctor say that to me before. Really knocked me out that a doctor was recommending this kind of diet change. He didn’t even know I was into working out.

It was definitely refreshing to hear that from doctors, since it seems like that’s such a point of conflict in the medical community. It’s kind of nice to hear doctors are making the connection between our health and what we eat.

I do think that dairy is bad for you. It’s basically this thing that everybody can’t deny anymore. Not even doctors.

Eating Healthy to Support Fitness

I’m obviously an incredibly athletic person. I’m aware on an hourly basis that I need to eat to support my workout and training goals. I’ll try to give you an idea of what my daily consumption is and what I eat on an average day.


When I’m not getting ready for a race, I always start my morning with some oats. I’ll do a little bit of nut or oat milk with it. I like cinnamon so I throw a lot of cinnamon in there and some berries, usually strawberries or blueberries. I always have a protein shake. If I’m not terribly hungry, I might start with just a banana and a protein shake and then stick another something to eat in my bag while I’m at the gym.

Then I go to the gym. When I come home, I immediately have a protein shake. I’m kind of protein shake heavy just because I’m trying to put on muscle. That may not be practical for everybody else but having a protein shake after working out is ideal for anyone that’s working out.

Then, my lunch usually consists of something like a sweet potato with veggies and avocado. I really like doing little veggie stir fries. I don’t cook with oil so I just basically blanch everything with a little bit of water, get the flavors in there and do onions and garlic and ginger and carrots and kale.

I’m a big fan of kale.

Then, somewhere in the afternoon, maybe 2 or 3 hours after lunch, I have a fruit and a rice cake with peanut butter. Later, I have another snack where I might have fruit or fruit and veggies.

Dinner is usually similar to lunch. I might do quinoa veggies and tofu or tempeh or seitan or the sweet potato or brown rice or something like that but I do definitely try to stick with a complex carbohydrate. I need something that my body can slower process through and make sure I get lots of veggies in there because that’s what makes our bodies happy.

So, that’s a pretty typical day for my diet. As far as drinks go, I just drink a lot of water. Lately I’ve been addicted to those KeVita drinks with probiotics.

They’re delicious. I love Kombucha but the KeVita’s nice because it doesn’t have as many carbs in there, not that everybody else cares all the time about carbohydrates. Right now, I’m supposed to be getting ready for a huge race. It’s really nice to have something I can still drink and be on my diet. Those are my new addiction.

On the other hand, I feel like I get drunk when I drink Kombucha so I don’t like it for that reason. I’ll have a little bit and I’ll feel a little drunk and I don’t like it.

I’m obviously sensitive to it and I know some of them have higher alcohol percentages, too.

Question of the Month

I get so many emails asking about diets for athletes. So I want to cover what it’s like to remain healthy and strong as a college athlete. You might remember that a long time ago I talked about the bodybuilding.com, they had a contest. I think it was bodybuilding.com or ironman magazine or something along those lines.

I don’t recall.

Some muscley magazine had a contest to, “Be the body builder 2013, be on our cover.” At the time, college body building was really trying to get people to vote for a college body builder so we would have college students on the cover.

It didn’t end up happening but we still want to learn more about what kind of muscle mass you can build without eating mean or even any animal products whatsoever. Two days ago, I did a major lower body workout. I thought, you know when you’re working gluts and you’re like, “You know what? I was going to go a little extra hard and really work out the gluts,” because you can’t feel the damage you’re doing at the time, it’s easy to push yourself too far. The next day is hell.

You try to sit down. Or you try to stand up. You’re in pain throughout your lower body.

I was recently reading about a woman who is a lifelong dancer, body builder and a practicing yogi. She is passionate about health, animal welfare and spreading the healthy lifestyle message. She is currently pursuing her degree in science to become a registered dietitian and plans to complete the Colin T. Campbell plant-based nutrition certification this summer at Cornell.

I tried to contact her and ended up having a lot of correspondence with her. She was just so kind so it was flattering for her to tell me the same thing back so I’ll definitely be doing that again next year. Maybe we’ll have even that much more vegan support next year.

How does one end up becoming so focused on nutrition and fitness?

In my own case, I’d have to describe it as a chain of events, really. It was in 2009, when I competed in the same show in Bend, Oregon with a fellow athlete. It was my first competition. He was at the back stage and he was really nice and just not like the other athletes in the competition. He’s just really down to Earth, likes to workout and super smiley and happy and running around with his long, blond ponytail shining.

We chatted briefly backstage about how to get the best cross training workout. Later, we connected Facebook when we both became interested in hardcore abdominal exercises. I started looking into diet and what would be best to lose weight and gain muscle mass.

What’s this all about?

I’ve been pretty health conscious all my life, but I didn’t know really about specific nutrition for specific fitness goals. After I started learning more about what I should and shouldn’t have in my diet, I became really interested in diet.

That was the initial start. Then, in early 2009, early 2010, I was sick for the last 5 months of 2009 into the early 2 or 3 months of 2010. I had bronchitis, pneumonia back to back. Then, finally went out with a bang, so to speak, with the H1N1 and was in bed for 36 hours straight. It was just terrible.

I finally got better from that. I got a kidney infection shortly thereafter. At that point, I thought, “Gosh, there must be something I’m doing wrong.” I opted to go to the doctor. She looked at me very sternly and said, “No more gluten and no more dairy.” I was like, “Okay. I can do that.” The gluten was honestly the harder part which now, I can actually have gluten and I’m fine but I dropped the dairy like a bad habit.

It was really pretty easy honestly but last thing to go was eggs. That was just because they’re in a lot of products. I wasn’t really aware of it. In 2014, I was officially on a new diet.

I honestly think my body was mostly just really upset from the egg and the dairy that was still in my diet at that time. At one point in 2011, I went over to my friend’s house for dinner. They’re vegetarian. They’ve been vegetarian for years. Usually, she’s really good about knowing what to cook for people with other dietary restrictions. She knew what mine were.

My friend ended up making these tacos. I was eating it and I was like, “Okay, so what is this meat?” I thought it was Gardein, the little groundless beef or whatever they have. They were like, “Oh, it’s some brand we found at the market,” and they got the package.

Immediately, I was like, “Oh, no.” I thought it was fine for me to eat, but it had egg in it and I ended up getting so sick. Really honestly think that the majority of my issues were stemming from my diet. Now, I can have gluten. I don’t have it all the time but if I have it, it doesn’t ruin me either. I’m not down for the count.

Publishing Health Information

Believe it or not, book covers make a big difference on Amazon, which I still find amazing. This is what happens when you get your book to that tipping point, and it starts to sell a lot of copies in a short space of time. Not only was it number one there on the list in direct marketing. It’s now it’s showing up in three different places on the same page. It’s a hot new release, and it’s one of the top rated books in that category. This doesn’t happen to books with bad book covers.

VictorBezrukovAndNinaMathewsAnybody coming to that page looking for book covers for the best marketing, is going to see my book covers three times, effectively being endorsed by Amazon. That generates lots and lot of sales and that’s one of the great things about the system, about getting a lot of sales in a short space of time. It leads to organic sales through Amazon it’s very powerful. Then the second case study. This is when I ran the free campaign. Okay, we’ll talk about the free campaign it’s part of the six steps that’s just one of the six steps by the way. Published in March during the free giveaway, it was downloaded 15,700 times in five days, which is pretty solid for a nonfiction book among a slew of gorgeous book covers and a book cover creator.

Now, I wasn’t building a list for this book because it’s not although I had written a book, this is the one by the way I wrote in 2004 and couldn’t get it published before I updated it and then published it on Kindle. I wasn’t building a list in this space but if you were and if you just got a 10% optin rate, you are looking at 1500 people on your list within five days. It’s really powerful. It hit the number 37 on all of Kindle so it’s up there in the Kindle top 100 as the 37th most popular free book because it competes well among the other book covers. It was a number one bestseller in four categories. Around the five day promotion and then switched … here is a slide just confirming that. You see number one in weight loss weight management. 

Back Pain Follow Up

After the recent post, I received several comments about Dr. Sarno’s treatment and diagnosis strategies for chronic back pain. The feedback was all over the map. I must admit several people expressed extreme gratitude for the help they’ve received from either visiting Dr. Sarno in person at his clinic in New York, or from reading one of his many top selling books.

A few folks offered some suggestions for other unconventional treatments for back pain that have been helpful to them, including something called movement therapy. This looks interesting and is likely something I’ll want to write more about on the blog. The premise of movement therapy is quite simple–and in some ways similar to that of Dr. Sarno. Movement therapy suggests that the area has had no blood flow, and as a result has become stiff and painful. Much of the problem can be remedied simply by getting moving and getting the area healthy again.

This approach, though different than we discussed previously, shares some common ground with the Rusk Institute Approach. One of the required activities for treatment includes getting back to your old activities and not be afraid of the pain. Many patients find that, indeed, when they start moving it may hurt initially but doesn’t seem to get any worse, and eventually they’re able to move much more than they previously thought they could.

Additionally, a few asked where you could go see Dr. Sarno. He practiced in New York and though the clinic is still there, he is retired. The man is afterall in his 90’s. While you can no longer see him in person, you can read his books, or you can see other doctors around the country who handle chronic pain the same way. Many actually studied under him to learn how and many had pain themselves that was cured the same way.

For those looking for more information, you can find a great online course here. There’s also a website called TMSWiki that has all kinds of great resources on TMS–it’s quite impressive really. There you can also find a doctor near you and read interviews and even take a course they have for free on the website that was created and donated by a doctor.

Recently, we came across an on line program in the UK that’s for treating all kinds of stress related illness, but mainly pain. It looks really promising and we’ll report back to you once someone has had a chance to sign up for it and see what it’s all about. At nearly $300 USD, it’s not cheap, so definitely something we want to look into before recommending.

In the mean time, we confidently endorse the MindbodySchool program.