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Having Fake Breasts: Can we please toss the "insecure" STIGMA?: Episode 4

Having Fake Breasts:  Can we please toss out the "insecure" STIGMA?: Episode 4

Breast Implant Stigma

The STIGMA regarding fake breasts.....Gosh ya’ll I’ve never seen such passionate and opinion filled judgements regarding women and their BREAST SIZE.  And more so, their decision to get their breasts augmented and then removed, in the first place. 

Who KNEW it would be such a (1st world) opinionated TOPIC?? 😳

I’m going to raise my hand HIGH, here and say proudly that YES, I DO LOVE MY IMPLANTS.  ❤️

I am not a fan of how the implants have probably made me (and many other women) sick.

Sick enough, that as much as I admittedly love my boobies they ---> have gotta go. 🖕🏼 And to the point that I don’t even care if I’m super small chested afterwards. 

So often lately I've heard, “Love yourself enough..” or “Accept how God made you.”...or “She must have been so insecure about herself to get implants.”....and honestly, that judgement has GOT TO STOP.

Yes- as a psych major I 100% realize, body dysmorphic disorder is a real thing.  And so is low self esteem surrounding body image. But can we please agree that there are so many individual and positive OTHER reasons that women choose to alter their image.  

I'm not going to compare it to changing your hair color, spending a small monthly mortgage spent at Sephora, a LV handbag or even a swanky car, because yes- this IS a physically altering, surgery.   But DAMN people, don't judge us ladies that physically altered or improved what the gym or make up contouring, couldn't.

For me, I’ve been super athletic my entire life.  Played soccer in college, had a rock hard body, made friends easily and socializing and being a leader came easy to me.  Those that knew that pre-implanted boob "Seay"  was confident in both candor and dress.

But guess what..  I LIKED the look of big breasts.  I was a Florida girl living in the 90’s. In that decade there was a BOOM of women having and getting implants.  Celebrity women, at my age back then like, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Jenny McCarthy and Anna Nicole Smith were leading the tabloids and had not only HUGE HOTNESS and sex appeal, but they also had one thing I didn’t….a VAVOOM BUST LINE.  To top the sensationalism off, in 1995 I worked at Hooters and it seemed, like “EVERYONE” was getting breast enhancements. At 22 years old, it just wasn’t a big deal to me.

I wasn’t “insecure” about my body.  I wanted (and still love) a curvy female body.  

So here I am, 23 years later.  I’ve had D cup breasts longer than I’ve NOT had breasts and after breastfeeding 3 children and gaining and losing weight I really have NO IDEA what my real breasts even look like.  🤣And yes, I’m prepared to grieve while accepting that I may not love my flat chest for a while after surgery.

My original pre-op breasts. 

 

 

And after my third set at 41 years old.

 

And men….Oh- My- Gosh.  Ya'll can be the meanest.  

There are women in this group who’s husbands have DIVORCED them, shut them out and have not supported their journey to health AT ALL once their wives decided to explant.    Now THAT, is total bullshit. Probably not a man worthy giving their life to in the first place if you ask me.

I want to get this off my chest (pardon the pun) and let it be known that I feel choosing to have any physical alteration if it makes you HAPPY, is ok if for the RIGHT reason.  It bothers me when people are so quick to judge women and assume they are pathetic and must be insecure.

 

If someone has made you to feel that way, you don’t need their validation, much less their opinion.    And if you are like me, and feel a little foolish that it took you this long to realize it was your beloved implants that have been your nemesis all along making you sick, know that like me, you were duped into thinking breast implants were safe like all of us were duped by plastic surgeons and junk science by manufacturers telling us they are safe.  It’s ok to feel bummed and disappointed.

 

Am I going to miss the look of my implants (and the look on my husbands face when he sees them)?  Ummmm YES. I may even STARE at yours in total envy that yours haven’t made you sick.  (or they haven’t just yet)

But for me, I’M DONE.  I need my health and vitality back more than I need these big heavy toxic bags.  And Neil understands, supports and respects that. Heck- he’d be thrilled if I could return to my pre-sick weight and start playing soccer again.

 

And what’s more, with such a huge #BreastImplantIllness awareness movement, among women like me, as well as celebrities and models, we are leading the trend (compared to the 90’s) that small breasts are not only healthy...but are totally sexy.

To Health and Happiness,

Seay XO

 

 The 90's IMAGE was total breast, VOLUME. 

The 90's IMAGE was total breast, VOLUME. 

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What to know when choosing a Breast Implant...Explant Surgeon: Episode 2

How I almost hired Dr Dick and what you need to know about choosing your Explant Surgeon...

 You're OUTTA Here!

You're OUTTA Here!

 


It’s been a week since I last shared about my upcoming EXPLANT and I have a significant lesson to share with you… (and in case you missed it)

 Although the BII Healing Website suggests not to go with your original surgeon, I once had a great experience with mine  so wanted to give him an opportunity to explant.

 THANK GOODNESS the website also warned me that MOST plastic surgeons will likely give you a really crappy reaction if you bring up Breast Implant Illness, performing en blocs, and that you should be totally prepared to walk away during the consult if your surgeon gives you ANY push back.

But I thought, “Eh...not MY surgeon, he’s such a nice guy!  And he’s done my last TWO implant surgeries!”

My once lovely and kind PS was a total CONDESCENDING PRICK like I’ve never seen before. 😭.

I’m a very educated and professional woman, a strong advocate for holistic health and he made me feel like a dumb bimbo hypochondriac and literally said, “sounds like you’ve been on those crazy websites that scare people into thinking their implants are the cause of their illness.” He went on questioning me with a condescending tone re the “real source” of my many symptoms.

 “I feel like you are making me feel crazy, for wanting my implants out.” I said.

“Crazy?  I didn’t SAY you were crazy.  But do you feel you are?”

 

Wait...WHAT….THE…. F*CK???????

 

It was at this point last Monday I began SHAKING.  This was EXACTLY what the site fore-warned me about.  I just couldn't believe MY doctor would turn from Mr Sweet to Dr DICK.

I pulled myself together enough, knowing I HAD TO WALK AWAY from both him and my surgery date.  “You may be PHYSICALLY capable of doing my surgery but we are not MENTALLY aligned - so to not waste any more of our time, I’m going elsewhere”.

It felt DAUNTING to know that I had to go back to square one, find a new surgeon, book a new consultation and a schedule new surgery date.

FIRST THING you NEED to know:  

It is IMPERATIVE that the doctor COMMITS to getting the entire capsule out.  If any is left inside, YOU WILL NOT GET BETTER. Know that when they tell you, “My patients that have had their implants removed have not gotten any better.” that it is because they didn’t take the entire capsule out with the implant.  So no shit sherlock, they didnt get better. A PS should have NO ISSUES with you wanting both your actual implants and all of your capsule returned to you so that you can send it to pathology for testing.

 SECOND THING:  

The majority of plastic surgeons will not acknowledge BII exists.  

Why do you think?  

Yes...Liability.  And then Money.

Although know that there are thousands of doctors, pathologists and plastic surgeons that DO. There are thousands of reported cases despite there still being no actual BII screening.

There is an approved list of physicians that are committed to getting the entire capsule out of you.  

Oh and as for the FDA...it wouldn’t be the first time they’ve approved something safe that isn’t.  Especially when tied to a pharmaceutical drug or medical “device” company.

 

I’m happy to share that I followed the approved list and found one of THEEE BEST plastic surgeons in Tampa Bay.  He is not only one of the most TALENTED and accredited surgeons but he has committed to get as much of my capsule out, even though much of it may be attached to my rib cage.  Ugh to think I may have 23 year old capsules left in me my from my other TWO sets of implants. GROSS.   He will also give me my implants back to me and send the all the capsule to pathology.  

Everything happens for a reason.  I couldnt be sure that Dr DICK was committed to get my entire capsule out, leaving me open to having to pay for another surgery by someone who was.  

 

My NEW surgery date is May 22.  I’ll be in surgery about 5 hours and it’s not cheap at $12,000, and of course NOT covered on insurance (grrr...that’s another post for another day)  But…. as my mom put in perspective to me: I will not have to waste another dime on breast implants surgeries for the rest of my life, I hopefully will not blow more money on diagnostic testing and IF i do in fact feel better, I will have my HEALTH and  LIFE back!      #WorthIt

I have included pictures of what implants LOOK LIKE when they are removed with the capsule, a news video from a Canadian Chemist investigation down below....

Until Episode 3...HUGS and HEALTH,

Seay

 

** PICTURES BELOW ARE GRAPHIC and COULD BE DISTURBING **

This is the first time it's been explained (and shown) HOW and WHY the implant causes so many health issues from a Canadian Chemist on the Canadian FDA board:  

http://www.azfamily.com/clip/14095997/breast-implant-illness-a-search-for-answers

 

Explanted breast Implants covered in the capsule the body naturally builds around it to protect and defend us against the "foreign invader".  It can be peeled off the implant, like a sausage casing, once explanted.

 

Breast Implants removed
Breast implants removed
 

WHY if your implant is under the muscle (like mine), it becomes problematic in getting all the capsule out.

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FREEDOM from EMOTIONAL EATING with the 2B Mindset!

 

Now you can win the weight loss battle once and for all! The 2B Mindset is designed to help you lose weight happily so you can keep it off for good-without ever depriving yourself, counting calories, or even having to exercise until you're ready!

Calling all FOODIES!!

If you are someone who:

  • Loves eating out
  • Hates to cook
  • Eats takeout often
  • Is constantly “on a diet”
  • Is a weekday warrior
  • Beats yourself up over over eating
  • Loves to eat food
  • Is a late night snacker
  • Loves to travel but doesn’t know how to stay on track
  • Doesn’t want or like to workout
  • Loves to workout but struggles with food
  • Needs a simple easy to follow guide for how to literally be emotionally free from food right now

then this is for you!!!!

Being certified in holistic nutrition and as a health coach, I have experienced so many different types of nutritional theories in the past seven years and I know that all strategies are not for everyone.  My hope is that if you still haven’t found a lifestyle that keeps you healthy and in charge, that this could be a really awesome option!

The 2B Mindset is the newest program from Beachbody that focuses on JUST nutrition so that you can gain an understanding of food as fuel and not food as comfort. This program is a great way to change your habits without overwhelming you with workouts at the same time. Of course you are welcome to workout during the program if you’d like, but we are going to focus on losing weight happily by taking control of your relationship with food.

 She struggled with her weight and emotional eating all her life until she changed her mindset. She figured out how to eat a lot of food AND lose a lot of weight at the same time. 100 lbs to be exact. The 2B Mindset features her principles and proven strategies to lose weight without giving up your favorite foods. We’re so happy to have Ilana as a part of the Beachbody family and we know you’re going to love her and her program too!

She struggled with her weight and emotional eating all her life until she changed her mindset. She figured out how to eat a lot of food AND lose a lot of weight at the same time. 100 lbs to be exact. The 2B Mindset features her principles and proven strategies to lose weight without giving up your favorite foods. We’re so happy to have Ilana as a part of the Beachbody family and we know you’re going to love her and her program too!

What I love most about this program is that IT'S NOT a FAD!  It's a simple and healthy nutrition theory that you can do for a LIFETIME.  And with Ilana, it's like getting THOUSANDS of dollars in hours,  with a high end nutritionist!

 

I personally have seen this program work with pre/post menopausal women, teenagers, breastfeeding moms, and people with autoimmune diseases.  It can be aligned with intermittent fasters as well as vegans.  It's truly a REVOLUTIONARY program!!

2B Mindset results

When you are ready to start your 2B mindset journey, you will get a series of 21 videos that will guide you through the program and every mental distraction you will face.  It can even accompany any fitness program <3

 

Ready to get started?

Contact me and I'll see what monthly special is right for you!

HUGS and HEALTH!

XO
Seay

https://www.seaystanford.com/contact/

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Overcome Emotional Eating with this Un-Diet!

Overcome Emotional Eating with 2B Mindset

 

Have ya’ll ever thought, “If it wasn’t for having to LEAVE MY HOUSE or SOCIALIZING, losing weight would be a BREEZE!” 📉📉📉
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Seriously, I think sometimes if I could lock myself at home without all the travel and social settings it’d all be so much EASIER! 😂😂😂
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On Wednesday, we are launching a totally NUTRITION BASED weight loss program that makes losing weight with a social life, actually DO-ABLE! 
I was able to be in a sneak peek group with the registered dietician that created this program and I FELL IN LOVE with the simplicity of this! It’s the easy nutritional SO MANY PEOPLE NEED!! 
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Other things I love about this program is that:
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🤸🏼‍♂️EXERCISE IS OPTIONAL. So in the weeks I’m recovering from my breast explant surgery I can stay on course while my body heals.
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👩‍👧‍👧 It’s healthy and mentally appropriate for my teenage DAUGHTERS.
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✈️ I can follow it while we CONTINUE TO TRAVEL this summer.
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🧠 It deals with emotional eating.
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⌛️ It even worked in pre/post menopausal women. 
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I have a team of women starting this program with me when it LAUNCHES this Wednesday!! 
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🎥 Some will even get to be IN A PRIVATE GROUP CHAT with the Registered Dietitian and creator!!
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If you have struggled with losing weight due to any of the above, JOIN ME in this program.
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TRUST ME it is a non-fad GAME CHANGER like I’ve never seen before. And it’s helped literally thousands of people over the years long before being released to the public. I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT TO FINALLY BE AVAILABLE TO YOU!
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And hey- if ya LOVE working out, that’s ok too...because fitness counts as EXTRA CREDIT on this! 🏆
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If ya want more deets, fill out my quick CONTACT ME form, or drop your email below and I’ll PM you 📩
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https://www.seaystanford.com/contact/

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My Breast Implant EVICTION: Episode 1

Seay Stanford: Breast Implant Eviction

💕 I’ve been suffering with this mostly in silence...and this is a BIG DEAL for me...so here goes yall...

Over the past several years I’ve shared publicly how I’ve not felt quite right (actually like crap) and have been on a quest to treat my many “odd and random” symptoms.
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Doctors visits, scans, tests, pokes, prods…and $22,000 in medical costs in 2016, all resulted in, “You’re normal.”
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I know I’m not freaking normal. I know what NORMAL feels like and THIS… this is not it. Screw the doctors and people that basically told me it’s all in my head or just normal signs of aging.😡
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What people were REALLY saying is, “We don’t know.” But it’s easier to suggest the symptoms are all in my head than admit defeat.
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🧐 I KNEW something was wrong and started spending thousands of dollars to be my own health advocate and find the answer. I was the poster girl for clean eating, wellness and a healthy and happy lifestyle. 
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I have tried so many things: organic supplements, massage, cupping, diet & lifestyle changes and alternative healing methods. I’ve taken dozens of tests, cat scans, had more vials of blood taken than I can count and followed the direction of my health care professionals (both eastern and western), trainers, nutrition plans...all to a T. 
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I looked for every solution. I tried elimination diets, cleanses, more tests and still…. Nothing. Some of the elimination diets and programs left me feeling better for a moment but I couldn’t hang on to that vitality for any length of time. 🙁
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So the struggle and search continued…
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I sort of got tired of sharing the struggle here and with others because at the end of the day, I still didn’t have a “period at the end of my sentence”: I still had no answers and why bother continuing to share the struggle with still no freaking solution. 🤷🏼‍♀️
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👉🏼There was this ONE posibility that kept popping up in front of me over and over again on social media and private messages. 
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Constantly. 
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---> BREAST IMPLANT ILLNESS.
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But I continued to push that option away “no, that wasn’t it” I would tell myself, “that’s not my issue.” 
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I even thought up until 5 weeks ago, “that’s not a REAL thing.” 
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🤷🏼‍♀️ I don’t know about you but I thought the only way someone could get “sick” from their implants was if it was silicone, and it ruptured or leaked. Mine were not damaged so I thought, “well that isn’t me so obviously I’m fine.” And...I LIKE having my implants, so entertaining the thought it could be THEM wasn’t happening. #denial
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But after ruling pretty much everything out over the past couple years, I felt I HAD to at least entertain the idea, I may be suffering from the effects of toxic tatas.
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The more research I did and the more people I spoke with I realized just how misinformed and in denial I was… 😮
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The implant doesn’t need to leak or rupture to be dangerous - in fact, the shell of the implant itself is ridden with chemicals that can potentially poison your body. 
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So what happens?? Our bodies are smart and designed to fight foreign objects. Our immune system smartly starts building a CAPSULE around the implant to create a barrier between us and the foreign object. Since the implants obviously can’t be pushed out our immune system constantly stays hard at work for many months….and in my case many YEARS. 
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This capsule is a problem in and of itself. Imagine barnacles growing off a piling. The capsule grows these same barnacles that also create problems such as infection and inflammation.🔥
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As long as the implants are around, our body continues over time attacking our implants as a foreign object as something it needs to destroy and get rid of.🥊
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After years the immune system and the body itself weakens and it starts to shut down. At the same time, those toxins from both capsule and the shell of the implant are leaking into your bloodstream - slowly wreaking havoc.🔥
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As I read through the symptom list for BII I felt like the list was speaking RIGHT to ME…., 🤚🏼FACE PALM SEAY moment...nearly all of my issues were RIGHT THERE, even the REALLY ODD random ones like swollen lymph nodes in my arm pits. (yep- those were “normal” too)
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The most common symptoms are fatigue, cognitive dysfunction (brain fog, memory and word loss), joint and muscle pain, hair loss, weight gain, recurring infections and problems with thyroid and adrenals, lymph nodes or other endocrine glands.
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So if I had implants for 23 years, why NOW? What about all the years I was fine? I pondered that, too.🤔
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First I can honestly say I’ve had at least SOME of the symptoms for a really long time, specifically the tingling in my hands and feet (I even wondered if I had MS) but the symptoms were mild and would pass. I definitely felt more and more symptoms over the years but chalked them up to aging or normal woman stuff. Prior to being certified as a holistic health coach in 2012, I also took pills to make my little symptoms “go away” in the interim. Once I stopped taking pills to bypass my symptoms, the symptoms were able to present themselves much more LOUDLY. 
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2015 was the most stressful year of my life. I know through all the constant stress and “fight or flight” my body was experiencing had my cortisol levels on full throttle for a year all meanwhile while my immune system was on hyperdrive still trying to reject my implants. 
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A perfect storm.⚡️
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I feel that, on top of already having minor signs of BII, the extreme stress sent my body into inflammation and immune OVERDRIVE. 🚨
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By 2016, I was the sickest I have ever felt in my life. Looking back, I had nearly every official symptom of BII and was on the verge of an autoimmune disease (later learning also a very common outcome of BII).
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So I tackled each symptom and what it’s cause could be, one by one. My life became consumed with finding my answer.
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I’m tired of feeling like shit and gaining weight despite my efforts. Actually, intense exercise makes my inflammation even...WORSE. ♨️ 
If another person tells me to eat right and exercise more, I may literally punch them in the fucking face. Trust me, if you lived with me, you’d know that my body weight and how I feel do not AT ALL reflect my constant efforts.
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🤔 My guess is that because I eat well and exercise consistently, my symptoms aren’t nearly as bad as some of the thousands of really severe cases I’ve read about. I think taking good care of myself, drinking antioxidants, antinflammatories and adaptogens in my shake, raised my immune system enough to somewhat tame the inflammatory fire burning inside of me. I can’t imagine what a mess I’d possibly be if I wasn’t eating super clean, and still exercising.
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THANK GOD for that!🙌🏼
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But I do notice when I’m highly stressed, my symptoms all get way worse, especially the past few weeks of late.♨️
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SO HERE MY BIGGER REVEAL-->>>>> On May 9, I’m having my silicone bags officially... E-FREAKING-VICTED!! Yes, I’m having them removed for good.👉🏼👉🏼
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Yes- I’m totally freakin scared. 😭What if I look deformed? What if I have dreadful scars from the lift? What if...I don’t even feel better????? 😞
I have had implants my entire adult life (3 sets) and don’t even know what my real “friends” look like at this point. 🤷🏼‍♀️ What if I’m not sexy to my husband any longer???
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🦋 But what leads me MORE is I think...WHAT IF I DO FEEL BETTER?!!! What if this explant is what my body needs to FINALLY HEAL?! What if they have been the CAUSE of all these crazy and random symptoms I have felt? I’ve seen now thousands of post explant pictures of women and how literally just hours after explant you can see a difference in their face. Months after the physical improvements are even more drastic. 
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Even IF I don’t get relief, from everything I’ve learned I just want them freakin’ OUT of my body.🚫
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Until May 9, I’m thinking positively, believing THAT THIS is finally the period at the end of this very long sentence. I’m planning my post surgery detox (highly recommended after explant surgery) and am READY to get on with my life. 😍
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I’ll be sharing more about what I’m learning and doing along the way. I am in a facebook group with 40,000 other women just like me. I realize and understand that you may not want to hear any more. I respect that immesley as that was me. I am at a place now though, where I believe BII is a real, scientific immune auto response our body does that slowly causes problems. 
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HERE’S to HEALING xo Seay

This site is a HUGE resource to learn more: https://healingbreastimplantillness.com/

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Pharma to Farm

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Diabetes, Gut Health, ADHD, Anxiety and Depression....I spent 10 years as a Top Pharmaceutical Sales rep, studying disease, analyzing clinical trials and drug facts, all for the purpose to present and discuss treatment options with specialist physicians. It was a career I took very seriously and was passionate about.

After years in that industry, I had a shift desire to TEACH not doctors, but the patients on how many of these diseases, medications and treatments are preventable through nutrition.

The choice to leave that industry motivated me to complete a year long holistic health coaching certification to best COMPLEMENT my previous career, with my new one.

Due to managed care and heavy patient load, many doctors don't have the TIME to explain these diseases the symptoms they create the way that I can. And they RARELY cover nutritional solutions over prescribing medications.

If you are SICK and TIRED of feeling SICK and tired, looking to reduce your medication or the side effects that go with them, opt in for this 5 episode series!  I've chosen the topics that come up most often with my own clients.

I'm HERE TO EMPOWER and TEACH...YOU!  


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Is Shakeology safe while pregnant or nursing?

I get this question often.  Although I did not know about Shakeology when I was pregnant, I WISH I had known about it as I know I my body needed the nutrients while making my little guy.  Gosh- think about how deficient our bodies become when making a baby.  I think of how much it helps NOW with cravings and energy, I surely could have used that while pregnant!

I have included two videos below.  One is from Lindsay Stay, who drank Shakeology through both of her pregnancies and while breastfeeding.  The second is from the creators of Shakeology. 

 

 

 

 

 

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