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Does anyone remember the musical “South Pacific?” I’m sure there are some that do. It was one of my favorites, as a child. I certainly never imagined I would have the opportunity to experience “Bali Hai—is calling…where the sky meets the sea. A special island.” Fortunately, due to my husband’s speaking engagements with the International Institute of Welding, I found myself in the South Pacific, “where the skies meet the sea.” I would like to share some of my impressions as we explored this beautiful island. I also would like to request prayers for the safety and recovery of the wonderful people in those islands that experienced the earthquakes this past summer. Everywhere we toured were signs for “Tsunami Evacuation Route” and directions to get to the highest hotel floor or tallest area for safety.
Aside from the threat of earthquakes and tsunami waves that they have lived fearing for years, the beauty is magnificent. Bali is just one of many Indonesian Islands in the Indian Ocean and the Bali Sea. White beaches, tropical palm trees, Hindu temples on every corner, and friendly people abound. We had the opportunity to stay in some beautiful hotels, the first was the Nusa Dua Hotel and Spa, the oldest on the island. They had planted trees and palms to shade the beach for the preservation of natural beauty rather than umbrellas over the chairs for shade. The bottled water, which was all that we drank due to the lack of sanitation services on the island, was in glass bottles (see photo above) very colorfully decorated with flowers typical of the scenery. The flowers were magnificent in the hotels and along the streets. Many begonia and tropical flowers. One of the hotels that we stayed in had a jungle-like atmosphere with a swim-up pool and steps going onto the patio and the room, surrounded by beautiful trees and plants.
The country is stricken with poverty, as are many countries outside the United States. The average salary for one month’s work in Bali is about 200 American dollars with the average rent of a two-bedroom apartment being around $50. Some people work for the hotels or drive taxi cabs for a living, such as the young man who took us on a full day tour in a nice vehicle (similar to Uber) only charging us $55 and would not accept a gratuity. The people seem to appreciate the positive aspects of their life, not focusing on the things they don’t have. We were continually impressed with the spirituality and kindness of the Balinese people, as well as the noted lean-ness of the people. We, in the bountiful USA, could take some lessons.
In talking with the native Balinese, it seemed obvious that their faith and family were uppermost in their lives. The Balinese do have minorities of Christian, Muslin, and Buddist religions, but primarily most of the Balinese people practice Hinduism. Balinese Hinduism, called Agama Hindu Dharma, originated from Java and Shivaism and Buddism. It’s a combination of Indian philosophy with indigenous Balinese beliefs that nature is “power” and each element is subject to influence from the spirits. Ancestor worship is common while spirits and ancestors are treated with respect. They are housed in a shrine and given “offerings” made from agricultural products, such as rice and flowers. Each home, each place of business, often cars, and certainly temples will have “offerings” in front of them as you walk along. They are little boxes made of bamboo with objects “offered” to the spirits and Gods for protection against evil. Hinduism is built on five pillars of faith: a Supreme God; belief in the soul as the universal principle of life; belief in the fruition of one’s deeds (giving and helping others), and belief in the ultimate release (moksa—like heaven). The community revolves around family and religion. The family worships common ancestors in the family shrine of each household. Temples are built inside homes, as well as in the community. It is not uncommon to see temples in the middle of a home or just in the middle of a business area. The family “compound” is bordered by brick or a fence to protect the family from dangerous “influences.” The children are taught family household chores and religious practices. Often outside the compound is a fruit garden. We also saw very few “homeless” people on the streets as you see in America. Gede, our guide, said it is because the government goes into homes to evaluate if the family needs help with food, shelter, or schools. Then they are given the help they need and help to find a job. They try to “take care of one another,” he explained. Again, going along with the necessary foundation focusing on family and religion, taught in homes throughout the country. Probably a reason that crime is so low in Bali, as well.
There are many statues and symbols of their “Gods” who are protecting them from evil spirits. In the temples, one of the Hindu faith only would enter the temple to find “balance” and leave from an exit door with positive feelings, leaving evil spirits behind. Rice is applied to their foreheads after one prays to give “positive energy” to your soul. The Balinese offer prayer three times daily for protection, asking for a good day and good fortune.
Most of the Balinese still work in the agricultural sector which includes wet and dry rice fields, cattle and poultry farming, and fisheries. They work communally organizing themselves from planting time to harvesting in their small communities. Their work is labor-intense, and their food is primarily vegetables, rice, and fish. We were impressed by the lean-ness of society. It was very rare to see anyone from Bali that was overweight or considered obese. Their culture promotes a more active lifestyle, often out of necessity, as well as lean, healthy foods in the vegetables and “sticky rice” being staples, as well as fish and chicken. I saw a book entitled, Food and Life, The Art of Nourishment, by Dr. Nadia Volf, which I felt conveyed their spirit of nourishment, so obvious in the people. “All our life is thus exalted by the magic power of art—for each of our five senses, man has created art. For the taste buds and taste, cookery—the art of preparing foods offered by nature. Art that bears us off into dreams, allows us to touch everyday beauties, insists unceasingly on the simple happiness of existing, and wakes in us infinite, previously unimagined possibilities.” The buffets that we enjoyed were often multi-cultural with cuisine from China, Japan, India, Bali, and Western.
We met a young man who took us around the island for several days, and when asked about their religion and culture, he replied: “Everybody tries to be friendly. We know we have one life and want to do good. We want to be happy with family and friends. That is the way in Bali. Try not to get angry, but be patient with one another. Helps protect us from evil spirits.” A philosophy I will never forget…
Happy, healthy holidays to you,
Terry Polanin, MSN, APN
Family Nurse Practitioner
Women are complex creatures, as many of our husbands already know. We are often headstrong, goal-oriented and stubborn. We are also mothers, professionals, calendar-organizers, and chauffeurs. Life throws many things at each of us, but for many women, physical signs and symptoms are pushed aside due to lack of time and importance. At the Couri Center, we pride ourselves listening to our patients. We believe that each patient is different from the next, and each should be treated as such.
Dr. Couri has created a group of outstanding professionals who truly understand women and women’s healthcare. Her ‘toolbox’ is full of options that have proven time and time again to be life-changing. TLC™: Total Lifestyle by Couri is a resource for women who feel unbalanced, unhealthy and are looking to improve their overall health and well-being. TLC™ aims to piece together all of the issues that are often forgotten in women’s healthcare: hormones, food sensitivities, extensive labs, dietary changes, exercise, and proper supplementation. This customized program has helped countless women regain their health, outlook, energy, and body. Below is Susan’s 2018 journey through the TLC™ program:
Life before the TLC™ program wasn’t much of a life. One day when my husband and I were talking, he remarked that he felt as though no one could ever understand how bad I honestly felt. He thought I was literally dying until I met with Leslie and started the TLC program.
I was nauseous every moment of every day. I suffered from migraines, IBS, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, inflammation and swelling, depression, anxiety, and insomnia. I underwent many rounds of testing to check for intestinal issues, trouble swallowing and persistent coughing. I was diagnosed with diabetes in 2009. My exhaustion was over the top. Housework was nearly impossible. I would do ten minutes of work then rest about an hour before I could do 10 more minutes of work. If I had to make a trip into Peoria from my hometown of Henry, it ended up a miserable day because I would do as many errands as possible to save on gas and drive time. I carried extra clothes and knew where every bathroom was just in case I had stomach problems. My anxiety level was extreme. Because I no longer had any strength, I could barely get groceries in the house. I had to purchase lighter pots and pans and an electric can opener because I had no strength. Sleep was non-existent. When I did rest, it was poor, so I never felt rested. I barely had any motivation or drive to do anything. I no longer wanted to live a long life. Life was not enjoyable.
I almost didn’t do the TLC™ program knowing I would have to make the trip to Peoria twice a week. It took time to see improvement once I started, but as time went on I felt better, I was able to sleep and each week continued to improve!
I have been to two sleep centers, met with several doctors and specialists, tried medications, worked on my diet and incorporated exercise. I’ve done Weight Watchers, Curves, Nutri System, Seattle Sutton, and contemplated Jenny Craig. I have met with dietitians, endocrinologists, gynecologists, gastroenterologists as well as having many tests and procedures. Nothing helped. I gave up.
I loved the idea that I was going to a comfortable environment full of friendly faces that felt less like a massive medical complex. The purpose of finding something that would help me feel better and hopefully look better was extremely exciting. I felt as though the Couri Center really cares about all of their patients and genuinely wants to help everyone live a happier life.
I was absolutely SHOCKED! I learned that my so-called healthy, carb-conscious diet was causing inflammation, giving me GI problems, migraines, exacerbating my fibromyalgia, and affecting my sleep. I couldn’t believe it when after a few weeks Leslie suggested that decreasing my chronic inflammation could positively impact my diabetes. I never imagined the potential of stopping my diabetes medications. I also loved being able to see different deficiencies in my labs. My supplement recommendations were tailored just to me, and I was given a full explanation of why each supplement was recommended. I was left wondering why all those doctors and specialists hadn’t figured any of this out.
I did have moments of doubt. It was at that moment when Leslie said: “you are not crazy and you are not fat” that I was able to switch my attitude to “let’s get this started!” I learned that everything I knew about nutrition was only basic recommendations for “most” people, and I did NOT fit into that mold. I knew THAT day my life was going to change for the better. I just had no idea how much better it was really going to get.
My struggle with dietary changes only came when shopping. It did take me a little longer because I was reading each and every label to understand the ingredients. I also found that I spent more time in the produce section than I ever had. When it came to actually eating within my dietary changes, I had no struggles, especially when I started feeling better. I could not wait for the constant nausea to go away. It took about 2 months before I noticed a difference in how I felt, but I immediately saw how I was not starving all the time. I would eat a meal and be satiated until my next meal. I couldn’t believe how easy it was to stick to my food plan.
First, and foremost, I had been going to the gym only when my gym buddy was going. I could not bring myself to go on my own. I was ashamed of my body and was sure people would be judging me on my looks, how slow I walked and lack of athletic clothing. I felt horrible each time I got on the treadmill, and my workout buddy would walk faster than me. Even at a low speed, I could not talk while walking on the treadmill. I felt trapped in the clothes I was wearing. I always felt the need to hide in large clothing. I did not want others to see what I saw in the mirror.
Finding motivation to get up and move was difficult in the beginning. I was wearing my Fitbit that came complimentary with TLC™ and felt tethered to it. The stress of wanting so badly to feel better finally, look better and improve my strength was hard at the start.
My labs revealed that everything was improving! It also saw two of my A1C (blood sugar) results were the lowest they have been in years! My primary care doctor told me to stop taking my diabetes medications. This left me feeling euphoric!
My outlook has changed immensely! I know I am successful because I have no problem sticking to MY way of eating. I still enjoy lots of different foods, and I work out (by myself) 4-5 days a week. I have been signing up and walking 5k’s and I workout with a local exercise group. Not only is my success ‘measured’ in the 34 inches I’ve lost off my body, but by the changes in clothing sizes and the new found confidence I have. I no longer hide behind my clothes. I am out there for the world to see.
The hardest part of the program was getting myself to sign up and show up to the consultation with Leslie.
I have been recommending this program to everyone that compliments me or asks me what I have done to lose so much weight! I cannot say enough wonderful things about the Couri Center and the TLC™ program. I’m so very thankful I took that first step into a new life!
It’s such a welcoming atmosphere. I love all the smiling faces greeting me. As I continued my visits with Leslie, I found other employees checking up on me and giving me encouragement and compliments. I never felt belittled, like a failure, or like they were too busy for me. Not only does everyone care about helping me through the program, but they genuinely wanted to know how I was doing and feeling. I love that Dr. Couri is top-notch at following my progress. I always feel like I matter.
If you would like more information about TLC™: Total Lifestyle by Couri programs, please schedule a complimentary consultation.