I was entering the last semester of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition© course to become a health coach when they introduced their Launch Your Dream Book course and I knew that I had to take it. This book was inside me begging to be written. It flew off my fingertips almost like I was channeling it. The hardest part was keeping up with my school work at the same time. I started the book in November 2016 and finished writing it in January 2017 at which point we started the editing, formatting, Index, Table of Contents and conversion to a Create Space and Kindle file process. I graduated from IIN© in March 2017 and the book published on Amazon on April 23, 2017.
Can you give us a short synopsis of your book?
Five years ago I got autoimmune disease. My conventional doctor told me it was in my head, but I had so much pain it was difficult to get out of pain in the morning. My doctor offered me steroids. I refused. This began my adventure back to wellness. It Feels Good to Feel Good is the manual that I wish I had had when I got sick. It starts with explanations of things I did not know. I define the issue of inflammation and autoimmune disease and how you know if you have it. I define what a health coach is. I define what a functional medical approach is. I define what “Flares” are, when you trigger your symptoms again. I learned that there are many root causes of autoimmune, and two of them were things I could control, stress and toxins. So this book covers what toxins I found, in my food, in my cosmetics, in my over the counter drugs, in my water, in my kitchen, in my body and also in my head- stress, lack of sleep, anxiety, toxic relationships, and toxic lack of movement. I share not only what toxins I found, but how I researched and what I replaced them with. If you don’t like my choices (since we are all different) I also share where to research to pick another replacement that would be right for you. I include an index of what functional mds I follow, what books someone struggling with autoimmune disease should read and how to get additional information.
What inspired you to write this book?
When I got sick, as I started to find information that I thought might be pertinent to my illness, I set up folders on my computer and saved all of the articles and information by category. In the beginning I didn’t even know what I was looking for. Once I started eliminating toxins and I started working with a functional MD, and the pain started to subside, I knew that I wanted to share this information for others who were in my original situation, looking for solutions but not knowing where to start.
Name your top five favorite books.
I am an English literature major from the University of California at Berkeley, and have been an avid reader my entire life. I have a long list of novels that are favorites of mine and a part of the fabric of my life. For these purposes however, I will list the 5 books that I learned the most from to help me through my health crisis.
· The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor's 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease Dr. Susan Blum, MD Scribner; 1 edition (April 2, 2013)
· The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases Dr. Amy Myers, MD HarperOne; 1 edition (January 27, 2015)
· The Autoimmune Fix: How to Stop the Hidden Autoimmune Damage That Keeps You Sick, Fat, and Tired Before It Turns Into Disease Rodale Books; 1 edition (September 20, 2016)
· Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients--and Natural Ways to Restore Them Suzy Cohen, RpH Rodale Books; 1 edition (February 15, 2011)
· Genetic Roulette: The Documented Health Risks of Genetically Engineered Foods Jeffry M Smith Yes! Books; 4th edition (January 31, 2007)There are many other outstanding books noted in my index.
Do you write every day? Once a week? What is your writing schedule?
Once I started writing the book, I wrote 7 days a week from 7 AM to 7 PM and only took breaks to do 4 hours of studying for my IIN course a week, to do additional research and to make meals. I wrote all 342 pages from mid-November 2016 to mid-January 2017.
What are you working on now?
I became a health coach in March 2017 because I want to help others. From April-October 2017 I have been focused on marketing my book, doing local speaking engagements in my community, building my tribe and doing a newsletter on a regular basis, and writing articles that have been published. I have generally been promoting my book. I am on a mission to get all of the toxin information out to the public. The United States if 37th in the world in health and I believe it is largely because of all of the toxins. I have recently started taking clients who are searching for lifestyle changes that they can make to improve their health. I have started to write my companion book to It Feels Good to Feel Good, which will cover all the tricks I have learned to live my life as toxin free as possible.
Title: It Feels Good to Feel Good
Author: Cheryl Meyer
Genre: Non-Fiction / Health
This book is for anyone with chronic pain looking for answers. It will give you a place to start. You don’t have to resign yourself to a life of pain and pills.
In this book you will learn:
* What is causing your pain and how to eliminate it.
* How to find a practitioner that will help you gain back your health.
* What’s in your food? Organic, conventional, GMOs processed, fast, canned, dairy, factory farmed meat, soy, water. Identify your sensitivities and heal your leaky gut.
* Identify the toxins in your life. in your cosmetics, over the counter drugs,in you kitchen, in your body. Learn how to purge them.
* 34 stress busting ideas, and four simple exercises to reduce your stress.
* 32 suggestions from leading functional experts on how to get a good night’s sleep..
* How to recognize a toxic relationship and make it work or walk away.
* How to tame Anxious Negative Thoughts “ANTs”.
* The importance of movement, even for people who don’t like to move
* How to take control of your health, reduce your inflammation and feel great again!
About Cheryl Meyer aka Cheryl M Health Muse and her book, “It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn about toxins, reducing inflammation and feel great again.”
Five years ago, Cheryl got sick, really sick. It was a perfect storm: she was working 24/7; her long-term relationship imploded; economic changes slowed her business; she got Type II diabetes; she was taking care of everyone else; her stress was out of control.
Then one morning … viola, Cheryl woke up in incredible pain that didn’t go away. Her doctor didn’t recognize what it was and thought it was in her head.
Cheryl didn’t want more pills, so she embarked on her own journey to find wellness. When she started, she didn’t even know what she was looking for. She was stunned to find toxins in every aspect of her life that were poisoning her. She discovered the Functional Medicine community. She was tested for food sensitivities.
This book shares everything that Cheryl learned to reverse her inflammation and put her autoimmune diseases at bay. This is the get well manual that she wishes had been available when she got sick. The book is about first identifying that toxins that were a significant cause of her leaky gut, then she identified what the toxins were and finally she shares what she replaced them with. She addresses the toxins in our food, in our cosmetics, our cleaning supplies, our kitchen utensils, our water, our over the counter drugs, and even in our heads, stress, anxiety, lack of sleep, lack of movement and finally toxic relationships. She wants to help others find a path to wellness.
Cheryl is now relatively pain-free, but still considers herself a work in progress. She avoids the foods and spices on her specific, long list of problem foods. She has purged toxins. She has released stress and nagging worry. She has learned to find joy in movement. She has found love. She is grateful.
Cheryl believes that following her journey will help you live a long, happy and pain-free life.
In order to help others, Cheryl has become a Holistic Health Coach, certified from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition©.
My book has won the following awards to date:
- 3rd place CIPA EVVY Health/Wellness,
- 2nd Place CIPA EVVY Illustrator in a non-children’s book
- New Apple Summer Digital sole winner in Health/medical
- The Living Evergreen Award Gold winner for books that exemplify better living.
- It is in the top 10 from Write your Own Dream Book, November 17, Institute for Integrative Nutrition.
- TOP 12 Books on the Spirited Woman Fall Equinox 2017 book list.
“It Feels Good to Feel Good, learn to eliminate toxins, reduce inflammation and feel great again” is written by Cheryl Meyer, a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition®, where she completed a cutting edge curriculum in nutrition and health coaching taught by the world’s leading experts in health and wellness. I recommend you read this book and be in touch with Cheryl (Cheryl M Health Muse ) to see how she can help you successfully achieve your goals.
– Joshua Rosenthal, MScEd, Founder/Director, Institute for Integrative Nutrition
If you want to truly feel better…clean up! Just one tip from Cheryl’s book will change your life. She has written the ultimate source for getting well through detoxification.”Suzy Cohen, RPh Author of “Drug Muggers: Which Medications Are Robbing Your Body of Essential Nutrients and How to Restore Them.”
“You have taken putting soap in the mouth for naughty words …” to a New Level! LOL Who knew we were surrounded by so many toxins.
I’ve pretty much finished your book now working on giving sections to my family and friend that I think will especially appreciate certain chapters! YOU, my Dear, have found your calling, YOU make this rather “dull” subject a Very Good, interesting read, with fun personal touches along the way.
I LOVE your book; I hope people will embrace it. Why worry so much about health care if we keep killing ourselves with poison. We can all start with eliminating the toxins out of our lives. Val Peterson
“As a Functional Medicine Doctor who partners with patients to deal with the root causes of their symptoms, it was a pleasure to read a book that offers such a comprehensive yet simple approach to improve health, reduce inflammation and pain, lose weight and increase energy. This is a great reference to keep in reach on your own journey to optimal wellness. If you are struggling with chronic symptoms like digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, and autoimmune disorders, this book may really help you. It lays out practical tools that you can use right away and at your own pace, everything from how to change your shopping choices to getting more comprehensive medical testing to reduce your toxic burden. Her simple to understand, well researched and easy-to-adopt tools can be helpful to even the busiest among us.” Dr. Shilpa Sayana, Founder and Medical Director, Sayana Wellness Centers
“Cheryl has been not only been an exemplary patient, she has made it her mission to inspire and help others with her experience and knowledge!” Susan Spizer, MTCM, L.Ac.
“She writes like she talks, straight and with passion. What you will read here will surprise you. A helpful read that you will refer back time and time again for reference.” Scott Lee, Master, Body and Brain Yoga, Monrovia
“My friend, Cheryl Meyer has written a book that I recently finished called “It feels good to feel good”. It has a lot of common sense solutions (many that you would never think of) to healthy, toxin free living designed around the reduction of inflammation through what you put in and on your body. Most of this is from her personal experience. I know Cheryl to be one of the finest people you’ll ever know. Cheryl’s also a big proponent of “functional medicine”. If you are unfamiliar with this form of medical practice, you need to read her book. It will change the way you think”. Frank Jones
Cheryl’s book is as timely as it is informative. This is an excellent read for those seasoned in the holistic lifestyle as well as those just beginning. There is something for everyone. Her material covers everything from probiotics, house cleaning materials, and abdominal massages, to which teas to drink for better sleep. She has the latest information on metal detoxing and extensive research on the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
Cheryl provides real solutions that can be implemented far beyond the basics with a bend toward functional medicine. I personally ordered three products within hours of reading her book. I’m especially thrilled with the depth of her research around relationships and those that can be toxic. Make sure to read this book and hold onto the “not to miss points” at the beginning of each section.
Shannon Eavenson, Author, & Physical Therapist/Health Coach
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