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My Do Well Journey

My Do Well journey started when I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It was 2010, and I woke one morning with a strange sensation in my eyes. They felt dilated, as when you get an eye exam – but they weren’t. It was a particularly stressful few days due to the passing of my dear aunt who meant so much to many of us. This feeling persisted for a few days...

Summer Essentials Online Facebook Class

The summer is a time where nothing should hold you back from having an absolutely wonderful time! Whether you want to go to the beach, hiking, swimming, attend a BBQ, etc., you should be uninhibited without a worry in the world. But wait… There is the possibility of a too much sun exposure, countless bug bites, chlorine damaged hair, and fo...

Want to Learn How to Do Well Naturally with Essential Oils this School Season?

Are you enjoying this Back-to-School season and all of the first day of school pictures? We moved our oldest into his first college apartment last Saturday! And yesterday our daughter started her Senior year of High School. One more to go when our youngest starts his Sophomore year of High School next week. As much as we love this season, it also means mor...

How Stress Makes You Sick and What You Can Do About It

Soon after I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis by a physician at Johns Hopkins, I went to a Naturopathic Doctor for some alternative insight. She spent a good amount of time with me, uncovering my history and understanding my current life situation. (There was a lot to learn in that appointment!) At the conclusion of our first meeting, she asked m...

Healthy, Not “Hot”

I’m turning 46 in a few weeks. And, alas – I do not have my hottest body ever. Still. And it’s not for lack of emails and advertising and social media posts targeted directly at my middle aged self that offer ways to get my body “hot” again. It seems that several times an hour (actually, maybe even several times a minute), I am reminded that THIS should b...

Invisible

This is by far my most vulnerable blog. I feel the need to write it, yet am scared to death to share it. However a blog isn’t a blog unless you write about something personal and share it with others – even complete strangers! So, here we go! Many moons ago, I might have laughed at someone who explained to me the connections that I am about to make and sh...

My Husband Has a Big Barrel! How Big is Yours?

My husband is an amazing guy. Really, he is. I’m one lucky girl. I don’t have enough time right now to write about all of his positive qualities in detail. But suffice it to say that he is a great person, husband and father. He, however, is not the most health conscious man! Gasp! I know, I know….I am a Health Coach! And this is my husband we are talkin...

You HAVE to Read This!

Yes, you HAVE to read this! This is an excerpt from an email that I received from a Do Well client a few days ago (I am using it here with his permission, of course): “I met with my doctor today and the results of the blood tests were amazing.  Everything is normal or better than normal.   My status has changed from Uncontrolled Type II D...

The Next Step

Did you read last month’s post – “The Very First Thing that You Can do to Start Feeling Better?” If not, take a few minutes to do so! You can find it on the blog, right here at www.dinahdowell.com. If you did, then you are all ready to move on! What’s next, you ask? Well this is it – Mindfulness. “Mindfulness” has many different definitions, sources ...

The Very First Thing That You Can Do To Start Feeling Better

So, you want to feel well and you don’t know where to start. You are tired and run down. You can’t remember the last time you felt really well. You might have spent months going from doctor to doctor with no real answers. Or you might have just been diagnosed with a chronic illness or disease – obesity, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, IBS, etc.  Maybe, you...

The Five Categories of Food that I Used to Eat

If you have spent any time on the Do Well Facebook page, you have probably seen a lot of recipes posted or even pictures of my meals. I really do love to eat and I love healthy, hearty, simple food. But it wasn’t always that way. In fact, if the old me was looking at my Facebook page, I would probably roll my eyes at those posts…and take a sip of my 32 ounc...

Do Well Spotlight! Guest Post: The Malleable Mom Dishes on Her Diet!

  New blog series alert! From time to time, Do Well is going to spotlight people who “do well” in life by choosing to naturally support their health. I believe that those suffering from chronic disease/conditions/issues can often feel much better by supporting their system with nutrition, supplements, movement, other lifestyle habits (stres...

She Looks Fine to Me...

I am so proud to be a guest blogger on The Malleable Mom! She is funky and fantastic and her blog is a great source of information and laughs. This blog post is in honor of “Invisible Illness Awareness Week” and I think that you are really going to like it! At the heart of the issue is how important it is to be your own health advocate and steps on how to d...

Road Trip Fail

This has been a crazy year of road trips! This winter we drove from Annapolis, Maryland to Vermont to visit colleges up north for our oldest son. From Vermont we drove to Boston, then to New Hampshire, then New York City to do a college tour at each stop, and back to Annapolis. It snowed 18 inches one night and we drove about 30 miles per hour for much of o...

A Rough Couple of Weeks

It’s been a rough couple of weeks. Seriously. Personally, there have been some emotional challenges. For starters, my two oldest children are growing up. Hard to believe, right? The nerve of them. They are 23 months apart. Which means that they have close birthdays and within one month this summer, they turned 16 and 18. Unless you have had kids who start ...

Revised Spoon Theory

Have you heard of The Spoon Theory? Written by Christine Miserandino (please read it here http:/ /www.butyoudontlooksick.com ), it is a great analogy for how someone with chronic illness feels as they go about their day. It is a great tool for helping healthy people to understand what it is like to live with illness on a day to day basis. Imagine that every...