Hit The Road, Bugs!

Tapp Francke, owner of Aegle Healthing Center in Watermill, Nutrition Counselor, artist, and mom of two, is offering One Healthy Hamptons’ readers 10% off of her proven tick and mosquito repellent, “Hit the Road, Bugs!” It’s OHH’s go-to bug repellent. ‘Tis the season – time to tell those little suckers to bug off! Read all about Tapp’s story below and pick some “Hit the Road, Bugs” for yourself and your family to prevent consequential tickborne illness. To purchase, just email tapp@tappstips.com and mention OHH to save 10%. Tapp ships the product all over, so you don’t have to be in the Hamptons to take advantage of this offer!

bugEight years ago, my world turned upside down. I woke up one morning with what felt like an intense flu. Everything hurt. My head pounded, my vision was blurred, and when I stood up, I found that I had vertigo. I was exhausted down into my bones; I laid in bed for three straight days. I finally dragged myself to the doctor. My tests came back weakly positive. I had Lyme disease. The doctor prescribed me three weeks of doxycycline. Initially, it worked. My eyes cleared and I got the spring back in my step. Somewhere in the third week of my antibiotic treatment, my symptoms returned. I was told it’s not uncommon and that I’d be back to myself again within six months. Not even close.

My symptoms persisted as I bounced from doctor to doctor. One diagnosed migraines, another suspected Lupus, still another, Neuropathy and POTS. I was tested for Lymphoma, Graves disease, and Multiple Sclerosis, among others. I was sent to a Hematologist, a Rheumatologist, an Endocrinologist, and 3 different Neurologists. I had a total of nine MRIs, two CT scans, three EKG’s, biofeedback, and countless blood tests. I even landed in the E.R. 3 times. I was given pain medication and anti-anxiety pills and sent on my way. It appeared that the traditional medical world was done with me.

My husband had gotten Lyme at the same time as I did. He was treated the same way and he got back to 100% normalcy within three weeks. Why was I still struggling? Not too long ago, I had gone to yoga five days a weeks, run every day in the woods with our dogs, and was social and excited about life. That me had been replaced by this exhausted, anxiety-ridden, socially anxious person who got lost in the supermarket and very rarely left the house. It was as though I had been dropped off in an alien land. I couldn’t remember people’s names or follow simple conversation. I couldn’t think, had anxiety attacks, my head hurt all of the time, and I had no energy to do anything. I became absent in my own life.

My struggle to get my life back from chronic Lyme took nearly five years and cost me all of my savings and then some. I tried intensive antibiotic therapy, numerous herbal protocols, acupuncture, vitamin IV’s, and IVIG. In the end, the only thing that worked for me was a strict diet with no gluten, dairy, or sugar, high in nutrient-dense vegetables, and copious amounts of green juice. I also followed an alternative protocol that included liver flushes, coffee enemas, colonics, Infrared Sauna, ozone therapy, and a rife machine. It took me nearly two years to complete and now, I can finally say that I am completely symptom free.

photo(196)I’m back to myself again, but after my horrific experience with Lyme disease, my main goal is to prevent others from going through what I went through. The only way to guarantee prevention is not getting bitten in the first place. I have two young boys and the only thing that allows me to sleep at night and not have a panic attack every time they step in grass is the tick repellent I created, “Hit The Road, Bugs!” I tested various different oil blends on live ticks to see what the ticks responded to. This combination of essential oils literally made them run away. Beginning in early spring, I cover my boys’ whole bodies every morning with “Hit the Road, Bugs!” tick repellent and off they go to school, soccer, the playground, or to camp, while I calmly go about my day. Please be cautious and prevent a similar experience. Email me at tapp@tappstips.com to get your “Hit the Road, Bugs” today!

One Healthy Breakdown: Get ’em before they get you – tell those ticks to “hit the road!”

 

 

 

 

*Disclosure: OHH was compensated for this post. We only promote products we truly believe in.

Flourishing Through Food with Tapp Francke

It was 12:29pm when Tapp Francke (local registered nutrition counselor and founder of TappsTips.com) and I realized that our one-hour session had run a little longer than planned…by 29 minutes to be exact. I have a feeling I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of Tapp’s wealth of knowledge on all things food.

me with breakfast shakeSkilled artist and photographer, Tapp Francke’s journey into nutrition counseling began while pregnant with baby #1. Her desire to contain baby innocence lead to a search for “pure” baby products. After examining countless labels, (at the health food store, mind you) Tapp concluded that there weren’t any “pure” baby foods on the market that met her standards. As a loving first-time mother, she wasn’t about to feed her perfectly healthy baby something she wouldn’t even eat herself. And so her journey began with making her own baby food. When her baby grew, so did her curiosity and she went back to school to learn how to empower herself, her family, and others to flourish through food. Now, Tapp balances life as a nutritionist, artist, mom of two, wife, and chef for her clients and family. While she wears many hats daily, talking to Tapp is surprisingly calming, soothing, and totally intriguing (hence those extra 29 minutes.)

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My convo with Tapp kicked off with normal bodily functions. First things first – I gave a run-down of a typical day in my diet. Though I was expecting critiques throughout, Tapp’s response was instead: “and how are you feeling?” Life’s everyday processes, as Tapp states, are the “basis of health.” If your body is running smoothly, you’re probably fueling it right. If not, you’re probably not.

How refreshingly simple is that? Tapp’s mission is to spread awareness, most of all, that we should not put up with life as we know it. Most people live day-to-day feeling mediocure, blah, tired, sick, bloated, moody, in pain, etc. Instead of putting up with it, we can find out why we feel less than perfect and change! Tapp’s mission is simply to help people feel their best day after day. If we learn to fuel and heal our body naturally, like Tapp and her family do, we too can flourish through food.

In order to do so, it takes some “digging,” a process Tapp associates with the job of a detective. Once Tapp gathers all of the facts from a client about their diet and bodily processes, together, they follow the clues, eliminate the mysteries, and pinpoint the ‘culprit.’ There’s no better way to identify our sensitivities than to rid them from our diet and reintroduce them with awareness of results. Case closed.

As much as I learned from Tapp about nutrition, (a LOT) the most valuable lesson was a simple, yet profound, reminder of self-awareness. Awareness of how foods make us feel, awareness that we can feel better, awareness of the power of food, the quality of the foods we choose, ingredients in our fuel, and how they affect us individually. Education is huge. Research is huge. But nothing beats awareness.

Chatting with Tapp also gave me a renewed perspective (aka awareness) on why I do what I do. Even in a world of fast food, disease, obesity, malnutrition, overmedication, contradiction, and a food & drug administration built on money, not health, Tapp remains confident and hopeful as the minority. Although we can’t change the system from the top down, we can create change from the ground up through word of mouth and spreading awareness, individual to individual. Not only is it the goal of One Healthy Hamptons to spread health throughout the Hamptons, motivate and connect people, but also to encourage YOU to create small windows of change. Creating change throughout small groups and communities is what adds up to larger transformations. Together, we’re pretty powerful, huh?! What can you do? Be self-aware and spread the word of health. Tell someone you know about One Healthy Hamptons, try out Tapp’s nutritious recipes, or better yet, chat with her yourself – just email Tapp@tappstips.com to set up a consultation. Trust me, you’ll learn…a LOT!

One Healthy Breakdown: Thanks, Tapp, for being an amazing Hamptons resource and reminding me of these simple super powers. And thank YOU. If you’re reading this, you most likely care too and you will be part of a healthier future.