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This is What It's Like to be a Health Guru for People Living with HIV

Tim Stahl

HIV, once an obvious killer is now, quite frankly, a quiet subtler killer. You didn’t know? If you are tired of hearing about PrEP, viral suppression, take your meds, see your doctor….. and on and on; if you are an adult and have the basics under control then I am your guru, your health coach; the one who guides you through what is next. I know I am tired and there was a point after I find out I was positive in 2004 that I wanted to know more on how I could take control of my own health and thrive living with HIV. 

It is not my intention to make light of educating those about HIV and expressing the importance of taking our medication all while attempting to suppress our viral load. There is so much work being done in this area but very little that reaches a community looking for more.  

HIV is no joke, the meds are tough on the body and although they are saving our lives and allowing us to live as long as our HIV negative counterparts, they age us significantly and our organs are always on super overdrive and in continual inflammation. Being positive gives us a smaller window to make mistakes with our health. Having HIV, we are at risk for all sorts of complications including cancers, heart and kidney disease, skin disorders, anxiety and depression. Not to mention, having a significance increase in having dementia and Alzheimer’s. We are only beginning to touch the surface of what it means to age with HIV.

My intention is to be a coach for you as you navigate what comes next after the meds and the doctor appointments are all under control. I care about your health and can coach you on how to live your best life, being thankful…..even grateful, that you have HIV. What!? Yes, take this opportunity as a wakeup call and you must answer it, you should care. We did not come all this way to let those who were not so fortunate down. We need to live for us and give respect to those who allowed us to be here now.

Do I dare say the LGBT community can sometimes be cautious, even pessimistic? Let’s face it… we have been through hell and back just to get here. So, I don’t blame the naysayers for being skeptical of a health coach when it comes to HIV, but it is not them who I want to coach. You have to be coachable and you have to want to not only survive, but thrive with this disease. 

There is this notion out there that HIV is easy and so many stay silent. Silence is deadly and I acknowledge that it is not easy and we need to talk about that and support each other. Some of us have guilt for being alive. Some are in denial or think they are indestructible. Many of us think we should just suck it up and deal, after all, we are living, right? This is why I call it the quiet killer. Yeah, you have good days, but it can be a part time job keeping it all together. 

I get it and I want to help. Why, because in 2013, I wanted to die. I was sick of it all. Brain fog, sleeping issues, acne, stomach issues, endoscopies, colonoscopies, eye exams, throat exams, you name it, I went through it and I know you have too. Nothing helped, switching meds did not help. Specialists did not help.

Doctors are good at the basics, but they are not so good at talking about nutrition and how to take a holistic approach to your HIV regimen once your meds are under control. I do not blame them, our healthcare system only allows them so much time to spend with us and a lot of that is paperwork. 

My life changed when I took control of my own health and my doctor became part of my tribe. Yes, it takes a village. My t-cells tripled, while my meds remained the same, and everything melted away. I still have hard days, like everyone, but now I know I am doing everything I can to stay healthy now and into my sixties and seventies.

If you are coachable let’s set up an immunity consultation in person, by phone or on the computer and discuss how I can assist you towards better health; physically, mentally and emotionally.

I have one goal, to share my knowledge with you and to support you anyway I can. To be a friend and mentor in this crazy world, while living with a shitty dis-EASE. To be a part of your village.

 Love and Light,

Coach Tim

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New Moon in Virgo!

Tim Stahl

From the Astro-Butterfly!

Do you feel the earthy, feminine energy? On September 9 literally ALL 10 planets are in feminine signs, and all of them (with the exception of Mars) make positive aspects.

That’s pretty incredible. Don’t believe me?

Uranus (2° Taurus) is trine Saturn (2° Capricorn) and Mercury (6° Virgo), forming a grand earth trine. Grand earth trines are best for making things happen.

The New Moon (Sun and Moon at 17° Virgo) is trine Pluto (18° Capricorn) and sextile Jupiter (18° Scorpio). A New Moon is the best time to initiate new things… and when you have the support of the most ‘potent’ planets, Jupiter and Pluto, impossible is nothing, like in the Adidas commercial.

The New Moon in Virgo will definitely come with stellar opportunities, if you know how to navigate through the muddy waters of the earth and water signs.

Saturn Direct! What a summer.......

Tim Stahl

Saturn direct!

It has been a tumultuous summer to say the least with so many planets in retro and the eclipses were intense, especially with them being in my sign or opposite there of. Today is indeed the last of the summer heatwaves ushering in a September of unknown and unpredictable weather with many storms on the horizon.

I must admit when I read what was in store for me at the beginning of the year, I said to myself that is nuts, I’m not moving in July.... HA. I moved on July 2nd.

As Saturn goes direct I move forward:

I forgive my ex roommate (Tony) for physically abusing me, mentally using me and stealing thousands of dollars from me. This guy threw out my Xmas tree years ago, he called me an alcoholic when the only truth there was that he was all along. But I stayed, for whatever reason I stayed, I always seem to stay in situations longer than is good for me and this lesson has finally been taught this summer and ends fully today. Does anyone else ever feel they stay in a situation too long? I do feel sorry him, more so sad...but I wish him well, for my own well-being.

What’s really crazy is that if you look at your life, whatever was happening to you in 2010 during this time, is finally coming to an end!!

I no longer apologize for who I am. I am an out and proud HIV positive gay man. I stand for peace and love and fight for what I believe, which has been the case since I was very young.

I am no longer here to please others, to make others feel comfortable and to not rock the boat. I am a lion 🦁 and a Leo and it is who I am. I’m suppose to shine and be loud and bring drama and be bright and annoying and glamorous and fucking proud of who I am.

This has caused many to run away, many to ignore and make fun of, many to roll their eyes through my 45 years.

I am in the middle of a huge transition and I thank the few who have stayed with me. You know who you are and you know what an anchor you have been for me. It does take a small village. ☺️

Life is funny. For the longest time I held on to the past, to the victim, the excuses, the asking myself why do I care so much when there is nothing there to care for. I’ve apologized a millions times to people to only continuously be smacked down again and again. What am I doing? That stops today. I no longer will explain myself and I no longer will put up with hate, negative energy, or anyone who doesn’t lift me up.

Some may think that’s selfish, but then they probably had already thought that anyhow.

I forgive those who hurt me, who didn’t know they hurt me, who continue to hurt me and I move on.

If you find me cold or distant it’s ok.... I’m just in love with myself and have finally figured out that life is to short to give a fuck about small petty shit. The reality is, I won’t be cold if the energy I’m receiving is warm.

A lot has happened in the past and today I say goodbye to all of that. My Dad, who I now know adores me and is in love with my life, I finally have closure. For family members who have hurt me, supported me, who never understood me.... I love you, forgive you and thank you. You all made me who I am today and I no longer blame you. Most of the time you did not know any better anyhow. I now live by the saying when you know better you do better..... if you don’t, I ask you to leave. Everyone must strive to be better!!

For friends and lovers and everyone in between. Life changes, and so do we! Thank god, right!? Everyone has shaped who I am today and however long or short it was that we were together, you made me a better person and for that I will be forever grateful.

It is time now for my next chapter. One that inspires, lifts up and only allows good energy around me. I welcome everyone who is on that same path!! Today creates tomorrow and the present is what we have. Let’s live it to the fullest and forget all the baggage and the stories.

If you would like to work through similar issues or have familiar feelings yourself please reach out as I would be honored to work with you one on one.  

Love and Light,

Coach Tim

What is your WHY? What is your PURPOSE?

Tim Stahl

TEN celebrates a vegan lifestyle. It was not always this way. Four years ago Tim was the biggest meat and cheese eater on the planet, ask my friends and family. I have only been vegan for the past two and half years. Why? I was killing myself. Pure selfishness, I have a disease, and I needed to get it under control. Ironically, it was this disease that saved my life. I am healthier now than when I was HIV negative. The question is, What is your WHY?

Once I saw my disease reverse course , I saw my entire life open up to new possibilities. I attended Main Street Vegan Academy this past Fall and over the past few years saw exactly what we are doing to innocent animals with no voices of their own and the destruction we are causing to our planet. I said enough is enough. If you don’t have a disease, GOOD, start anyway and you will be ahead of the ball for what’s to come. 

You might say to yourself, “what can I alone possibly do to help? ” A LOT! By you taking responsibility for what you choose to eat you can change the world. It all starts with you, as cliché as that sounds. Be selfish about it, I was. It is your own health, one body, take care of it. I bet you take better care of your car than you do your body? Start with meatless Mondays, move to eating meat once a week, a month, go vegetarian. Find what works for you. Allow me to coach you through this and together you will see amazing results.

Check out these uniquely American statistics:

  1. 1/3 are obese, costing the U.S., $147 billion per year in medical expenses
  2.  Only 20% of Americans get even the MINIMUM aerobic and muscle strengthening activity recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (and this isn’t nearly what one should be doing weekly for exercise)
  3.  42% say they are not managing their stress well, while 20% say they do nothing to manage their stress
  4. 1 in 5 have no emotional support system
  5. 1 in 3 are chronically stressed on the job

What are we doing? We are a sick country screaming for help. Stress, unhappiness, anxiety, depression are all symptoms of a population who have not put healthy food as a priority in their lives. Food is the answer to many of these issues. Food changes your chemistry, your genes, your brain functions and your ability to live a happy more fulfilling life. Not drugs, not doctors, not buying things, not yelling, not shooting people, not being right or wrong; just eating healthy whole foods, preferably without meat and dairy.

 

Going Vegan in 2018!

Tim Stahl

TEN Warriors,

It’s time. It’s time to take a stand for love, for peace, for zero judgement and as much harm reduction as humanely possible. This begins with your health and you can begin this process with me. 

If we can get the entire planet to 80%, heck 60%, of love and compassion then we have solved all our problems. 

There’s a point where everyone would follow, just like every movement in history. Join me, today, begin with yourself. This isn’t a diet, this is a lifestyle, a movement towards peace. If we have good health we have everything we ever need.

Namasté 
HIVegan Guru