Monthly Archives: July 2013

Stretching Pennies Eating Gluten-Free

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I always get asked how I make things work financially with how we eat.

Isn’t that expensive?

Honestly, there are lots of ways you save money when you stop buying JUNK.

There are plenty of ways you’re saving money when you’re not stopping by for a pop here, or a treat there, and you never eat out.

So is it REALLY expensive?  No, it’s just a totally different way of thinking.

I read an awesome tip this week… and I wish I could remember where so I could give credit to whoever mentioned it… but they were discussing your crock pot doing lots of work for you busy moms who are trying to feed their family well, along with ways to save money!

Two of my favorite things!!

So, I followed their tips this weekend, and I made a roast one day (bone attached), and left the liquid in the crock afterwards.  I added the bones and scraps back in, added a bit more water and put it back on high over night.

The following day, I strained it for broth to save for SOUP for our next meal!  I’m going to brown some grass-fed hamburger and make some potato and veggie soup with mega-nutrients and flavor!  Yay me!

(Not to mention that’s a super easy way to make bone broth – because you can do it with various meats on the bone.  Instead of getting bone-less skin-less, chicken breasts, which are more expensive, get the GOOD stuff on the bone and provide your family with supplies for TWO meals instead with more quality nutrition!)

Keeping it Healthy for Him and saving money to boot!

I also wanted to share that along the struggle of doing things “differently” than the majority, you’re going to come up against opposition.  Don’t be afraid to take those opportunities to educate others about why you’ve made the choices you have.  Don’t get upset if they don’t understand or agree with you, you don’t need their permission to be on a different path.  Be thankful for our differences in God, and embrace any opportunity to teach if someone is asking to learn.  It’s not upsetting to me if everyone doesn’t get why we do what we do…  God never promised easy but He’s with me every step of the way!  Thanks be to Him!!

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, 

slow to speak, slow to anger; 

for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

James 1:19-20

Just A Virus?


About a week ago I saw a link in a health blog I frequent.  It was on autoimmune disease, and vaccines.  I was curious.

The “lecture” was 2 hours long.  Whew….  I about passed when I saw that.

Instead, I decided to break it up, and watch it…. and I couldn’t stop.
Everything in it started to be one more piece of my health puzzle… and reiterated things I had read/heard on things such as the history of vaccines, diseases and … then a surprise part about the killing of JFK.

Did you think Lee Harvey Oswald was just some random guy?
This isn’t some conspiracy theory issue either…  it actually has some legit information, that is definitely worth your time and attention.

If you’re sick yourself, or you have children – watch it.  Seriously – make the time, break it up – and watch it.  (warning: not for rookies)  If you still think western medicine is always looking out for your best interest, you might not be able to stomach the history of things…because for YEARS they’ve been saying that vaccines are safe, and don’t cause disease issues.  They publish studies to prove this and make it appear as fact.  But for me, and our family’s experience – it made perfect sense.  For instance, my last daughter, and her NOT having the Varicella (Chicken Pox Virus) Vaccine…  she is the ONLY one of my kids who doesn’t have eczema – and I know that’s partly why.  All of my other kids are chronically fighting some virus that triggers an auto immune response on their upper arms, and that’s only ONE that I can see.  I’d hate to imagine what is rolling around in their bodies!  But I know that I’ll be doing what I can to build their immune systems!!

One of the main issues in the lecture is talking about the ingredients in vaccines… starting with the polio vaccine.  You know, the vaccine which claimed to get rid of polio and save the world? It’s not so neat and tidy.

Once you realize that the viruses, animal tissue, and human fetal tissues (Yes, for real) are IN the vaccines – it’s easier to understand what is happening.  My mother had a stem cell transplant.  With it, she developed “graph-vs-host” disease.  It’s where your body attacks the other DNA in your system… because it’s foreign.  It’s otherwise known as an auto immune disease, as your body is ‘attacking itself’.  So the KEY to getting your auto immune disease to stop killing you, is to stop the virus!

Western medicine has known for years that viruses cause cancer.  The SW-40 virus, that was in the original polio vaccine has caused a LONG list of cancers in otherwise “healthy” people.  It has only been recently that they’ve tried to name the HP Virus and then create a specific vaccine for this virus, however any veterinarian will tell you that cancers are named by the virus that caused it.  They KNOW.  The unfortunate thing is, most people (a LARGE majority), already have these viruses lying dormant in their system from exposure, or being passed on from their mother… its’ a very common, viruses are easily passed.

Yet, that doesn’t stop the push of this very dangerous HPV vaccine in the promotion of “stopping cancer”… which it doesn’t do.  A healthy immune system stops cancer from growing.  Cancer needs a toxic environment to grow… and adding more toxins into your system through vaccines doesn’t even remotely make sense. 

Now the part that really mattered to me – the viruses that cause auto-immune diseases and cancer…  most of them were Herpes viruses.  There were 8, with specific ones tied to specific auto immune issues – including Multiple Sclerosis.

Human herpes virus 6 (HHV6) – it causes roseola (a viral disease-causing high fever and a skin rash in small children) and a variety of other illnesses associated with fever in that age group. This infection accounts for many of the cases of convulsions associated with fever in infancy (febrile seizures), it’s tied to mono, and graph-host disease as well.  They know it attacks the brain.  ISRN Virology published studies in 2013 talking about the inflammation of the brain that it causes.

SO this lovely virus lies dormant, until the immune system is compromised…  Which in my case, and MOST people of today – who consume a SAD (Standard American Diet), is likely compromised through leaky gut/celiac – courtesy of mega proteins in our GMO grains, over use of antibiotics, stress, lack of sleep and any other number of toxins in our environments.  My leaky gut, led to a malfunction of my entire immune system… and I believe it was those malfunctions that led to MS.

So there it is.  Attack the virus specifically, and get rid of the virus that is making you sick….  however, how do you do that?

One thing that was mentioned was an Anti-VIral diet.  Ironically, it sounded almost identical to the revised Paleo diet I’m on for Auto Immune.

NO:  Sunflower seeds, brown rice, chocolate, almonds, pecans, peanuts, wheat, gluten, oatmeal, soybeans, corn, millet, onions, brussel spouts, sesame seeds, split peas, wheat germ, caffeine, and walnuts.  (It forgot night shades, which are another thing I can’t tolerate – that cause inflammation… but at any rate, VERY similar!)  Apparently, these things are high in Arginine, which is not good if you’re trying to get rid of a virus…  which could also explain why they cause me systemic pain and inflammation!

Anyway.  Very, very interesting information that again, is good to know and continue on researching.  Right now I’m reading on things like L-Lysine that helps target this HHV-6 specifically!  Every little bit helps – Right?

Of course it does, when you’re striving to be healthy for Him!

“But now thus says the Lord,
he who created you, O Jacob,
    he who formed you, O Israel:
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.”

Isaiah 43:1

Fully Educated. Not Full of Fear.

Delicious organic apples - apples are one of the dirties on the list of pesticide filled fruits!  We always buy organic and then soak them in a sink of cold water and 1/4 of white vinegar for 20 minutes.  A perfect ready to go snack!

Delicious organic apples – apples are one of the dirties on the list of pesticide filled fruits! We always buy organic and then soak them in a sink of cold water and add 1/4 cup of white vinegar for 20 minutes. A perfect ready to go snack!

One thing I don’t like about some documentaries, are their scare tactic approach.  I know, its often serious business, the information presented … and the dramatic music really adds to the mood of the piece…

But really?  I just don’t care for it.

Cut to the chase.

Give me some studies to look up.  Site other information for me to read further on myself.  I simply won’t read one book, article or watch one documentary and believe it at face value.

The bottom line is, anyone can say anything – on the internet or otherwise…  but one wants to know – is it TRUE?  Or WHO is telling the truth.

It doesn’t take anyone very long to figure out I don’t trust western medicine like I once did.

Fearful?  No.  Educated and experienced.  It’s amazing the peace those two things bring… IF God-led.

Now, there certain is a time and a place for life saving and reconstruction surgeries as well as pain medications.  But unfortunately, like the bad sell of “a majority” … A majority of appointments, procedures, testing and prescriptions written in western medicine when it comes to disease.  It simply isn’t neccesary, nor does it get to the root of the issues.  What is the body lacking?  Why is it malfunctioning?  Get to the source!  The Root!

I can’t tell you how many people with disease were made to feel like their symptoms were made up, for attention, or in their head.  While I’m sure there are patients like that, somewhere… with time and money to burn.  For the people who are legitimately seeking… it’s VERY degrading, and adds loads of external stress to an already compromised immune system.

Our children have been along this ride with us.  Some might say they’re brain washed – and that’s their opinion, however, they’ve experienced plenty themselves, and they understand the difference.  They “get” what it’s like to be sick almost all of the time and where this dramatic inflammation, and compromised immunity comes from… and now we are blessed to rarely have a cold!

Even my son, while doing his school today, said, “Mom, listen to this… it’s the modern Hippocratic Oath… have you heard it?”  The condensed version, yes – I had read it.  So he read it to me, in full.  Then he stated, “Wow, sounds like the HYPOCRITCAL Oath to me!”

No joke.

My smile was from ear to ear.  My boy gets it – be educated, know the “routines” – and know how God made his body to heal!  Understand your choices and consequences – don’t believe everything is for your benefit or health.  If you understand that – the peace of God, will transcend all understanding.  There is no possible way you could absorb fear-tatics.

With that said, I have a doozy to share with you tomorrow… or … soon anyway, tomorrow is a crazy-insane type of day.  So very SOON!  {It said it was not for “rookies” – and I soaked it all up!!} It might stretch your thoughts a bit about this history of vaccines, what is in current concoctions, causes of cancer, disease, and WHY your gut health is of the utmost importance daily – because of what is rolling around in YOUR body, and your kids’ bodies too.  It made complete sense to me – and it’s set me on an even more determined path to learn all about helping my body heal to the next level.

For those who don’t know me.  I am not some self-soul worshipper.  I don’t think I’m divinely created to live forever, and that’s NOT why I’m trying to be well.  If Jesus was coming back tomorrow – that would be great with me!  I do what I do, because it’s survival to be the wife, and mother God created me to be – despite the bad choices, and ignorant choices I made in the past to lead me to celiac disease, and MS.

Learning to uncover the truth in this disaster we call our medical system, and I lovely call our disease care system is what I’m into.  For me, I truly believe in healing inside out – just the way God designed my body to heal and it has been HIM who has led me on this journey.  I feel like it’s definitely important to share what I learn.  It’s not a perfect road – but it’s one of detoxing all parts of my body, protecting my gut health by eating as clean and chemically free as possible – every. day. – in a way that agrees with my system .  There is no cure for MS, but if I can live symptom-FREE and avoid progressing these diseases in our children by building their immune systems – then WHY on earth wouldn’t we?

Chat again soon!

One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

“Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart

and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

This is the first and greatest commandment.  

And the second is like it:

‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 22:35-41

Rule Breakin’ and Paleo Almond-Butter Bars

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I remember it like yesterday.  I was 13 years old.  I was told I couldn’t date until I was 16… but I was hoping my parents would make an exception, knowing how mature I was.

I was a freshman in high school.

I was a responsible child, a rule follower, helpful, hardworking…  but when a junior boy asked me to go on a date, I didn’t have the head to tell him I wasn’t old enough.

We planned a date anyway.

The plan was to come over and have him meet my parents.  Their plan was to have us stay in for the evening, so they never knew what hit them.  My plan…   I didn’t really have one calculated – but what seemed innocent in the beginning, quick morphed into one of the biggest act of disobedience I ever pulled on my parents.

Oh yes, I highly REGRETTED it later, and as mother, it horrifies me that I found this acceptable in any way…

I was young, impressionable, and clearly immature and impatient!

But after some chit-chat with my parents in the living room, we walk into the kitchen – and then…  we just left.

Yep.

We just went on our date…

*gulp*

The boy didn’t even know that I couldn’t date.

He was pretty innocent in the matter.  But he’d know later that night… because his father knew mine, and my Dad went looking for me – and straight to their house.

Unfortunately for my father, my date and I went to a movie in another town…  and actually double-dated with another couple, who might have given me the idea just to “go anyway”.  (very, bad, bad, advice from said “friend”)

We saw the movie Ghost.  Oh… how I loved that movie… and the Righteous Brothers.

But OH… was I ever in BIG trouble when I got home.

I mean BIG.  HUUUUUUUUUGE trouble.

I was certain my life was overWhat was I thinking??  This was SO out of my character.

So there you have it, my biggest act of disobedience, as a freshman in high school, laid out on display.

I don’t know where that rule-following girl is that acted in such a way… but I know my parents did forgive me, and trusted me again.  I’m sure I’ve made countless mistakes after that one – but it will go down on the “biggest stunt” I pulled learning quickly just who was in charge!

Now I keep my rule breaking to baking.  It seems much safer – and is a better example to my children.

I try to follow recipes, honestly, I do…  But cooking mostly grain-free for a family of 10 has its challenges.  In my effort to switch our whole family to Paleo – I’m becoming more adventurous and making more changes.  Fewer muffins, more “cakes in a pan” for breakfast.  That’s where these Paleo Breakfast Almond Butter Bars came from.

Of course – yes, they have chocolate chips!  The first time I made these, I didn’t really pay attention to what I was doing… so I tried to be more purposeful so I could actually SHARE the idea with you.

Breakfast Almond Butter Bars

* 4 eggs

* 4 T honey

* 1/2 t. baking soda

* 1 cup almond butter

*1/2 cup almond slivers

* 1 T cinnamon

* 2 and 1/4 cups almond flour or hazelnut flour

1/2 cup Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips

* coconut oil for greasing

Mix ingredients together well and spread into greased 9×13 glass dish.  Bake for 15-17 minutes at 325 degrees.  Top with almonds.  Serves 10-12

Enjoy!

 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9

The Low-Down, Down-Low

One of my favorite things about summer is the selection of fresh berries!  Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are my favorite!

One of my favorite things about summer is the selection of fresh berries! Blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries are my favorite!

It made sense that thick, enormous pieces of red meat took a lot longer for your body to break down … and therefore, were much harder on a healing gut.  The idea that things like baked goods, and grains worked like a sponge in the digestive system –  often soaking up fluids and then making a brick of sorts – very difficult to pass.

You would think, with a diet of steamed vegetables, veggie juices, limited fruit and organic meats that your digestion would be a dream.  Right?

I thought mine would be… but it’s been a struggle.

I know meats high in fat, such as bacon (that I dearly loved) were a nightmare for my digestive system.  Raw veggies were also extremely tough on my stomach…  so I’ve tried making adjustments.  Steamed and cooked veggies only, very limited on the red meat and bacon.

Then I started taking MSM, which has helped tremendously…

But I need to eat frequent, smaller meals, or I’m in a world of pain… and it’s an issue that piggy backs throughout the day if I’ve over eaten (yes, even veggies) or venture off and have grass-fed red meat, a bite of bacon or raw veggies.

My body likes to remind me – just who is in charge.

It’s called Gastroparesis.

My stomach isn’t emptying like it should.

Many times I can feel the stool collecting in my small intestine – if I’m pushing around in the areas that hurt.  Sometimes it helps to release it.  If I didn’t know better, I might assume it was a tumor.  (only thankfully it moves… and disappears on a regular basis)

My goal becomes to drink my warm BRAGGS and MSM before bed – allowing time for my digestion to soften and break down things while I’m sleeping…  If this doesn’t work, I’m often in discomfort, and as you might imagine, not hungry even though I need sustenance.

What’s wrong?

Gastroparesis.  This often occurs when the vagus nerve is damaged by either illness or injury and the stomach muscles stop functioning normally.  Food will move more slowly from the stomach to the small intestine or can stop moving altogether.

See the problem?

So, what causes this?  It’s common in people who have diabetes and auto immune diseases like Parkinson’s or MS.  For me, I feel like it is just one more MS sign and it probably resulted from my gut being inflamed for so long – day after day.  It could be from blood sugars being off when I was not digesting any number of foods that caused issues to my body.

Regardless, of the cause – it’s painful, and can be very dangerous.

I just had a bad episode of this Monday, following a few bad choices I made on Saturday.  I had bacon (too much fat!), and I also had a raw veggie salad  that had lots of carrots and celery (too hard to digest).  I thought with having the MSM, I would try these things again – and see if my body might deal more kindly with them.

Not so fast.

By Monday, I was in misery.  I ate a small meal for breakfast, and plant protein shake for lunch.  By dinner I was just feeling SO bloated, even though I’ve lost weight in the past weeks now that my hormones are getting back in line.  It feels so miserable not to be able to back up, and change the mistake you made a few days prior.

Frustrating.  A word that comes to mind when I think of being on a diet that requires me to get lots of good fats for my brain – with a body that refuses to digest or absorb most fats!

Avocados are my friend – daily.  I also make sure I get lots of quality coconut oil, and olive oil in my diet.  Uncooked raw veggies are kicked to the curb and I’ve been hitting the juice well this week attempting to get back on track!

I’m super thankful for my MSM, but embracing my limitations so I can stay on track being healthy for Him!

 “When the righteous cry for help, the LORD hears and delivers them out of all  their troubles.  

The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

Psalm 34:17-18

Why I Said No To Implants

When I make juice, I just go ahead and do enough for two big batches at a time.  It's easier to do a quick rinse between batches!

When I make juice, I just go ahead and do enough for two big batches at a time. It’s easier to do a quick rinse between batches!

It was over a year ago now… but I was contemplating what to do about two lumps, likely fibroids, that are still within my breasts.

My previous surgeries were before kids.  At age 15,17 and 19…  I had one, three, and then too many lumps to count … over 13.  They were in my milk ducts, and doctors advised to “wait” on removing many of them that weren’t over a certain size – until after I was finished having children.

So, I was done nursing, and ready to have them removed.  They were my “last two” from the memories of super dense breast tissue with massive growing tumors, and 3 breast surgeries – before nursing 8 little ones.

Undrainable, and undeniably annoying…  I wanted them out.  One is right on my bra line – it bothers me there – it’s uncomfortable…  I know it’s there…  sometimes it’s painful.

Then there is the issues of holes, and being scarred, droopy, and way lop-sided.

A few appointments with a specialist and I was fairly certain we could get the  lumps and breast tissue all  out, and maybe implants in and get things filled in, and “back to normal”…  It had been over 20 years since I first started having breast surgeries to remove my rubber-ball consistency, fast-growing lumps.

It seemed like a good idea…  OR did it?

Turn back the clock to 7 years ago.  A good friend of mine, who also had fibrocystic breast disease… found a lump in her breast.  I believe she was 43.  It seemed young to me.  I was only 31.  We talked for great lengths about how we had both been told, those with fibrocystic breast disease have a lower chance for breast cancer.  This couldn’t be happening.  You were supposed to be at a lower risk if you nursed at least 2 children over a year.  She had nursed all 3 of her babies at least that long.  There was no history of breast cancer within her family, so this was unbelievable!  SO unfair, I thought.

Her decision to remove the lump, was a great one.  At the time, I thought her “preventative chemo” and radiation was also very brave.  She was going to give herself the opportunity to live a long, full life.

It was unfortunate, that the port that was placed to give her “life saving chemo” – ended up contributing to the very thing that took her life.  Puncturing her lung in the process, the battery-acid-like-substance was poured into her lung, went across her heart and chest… causing unrepairable damage, and slowly killing her over the next year with lung and heart complications, despite the fact she was “cancer-free”.  Like chemo so often does, it caused a secondary cancer that she was unable to fight – leukemia.  Her immune system was so down at that point, there was no way she could fight any more.

It was the worst nightmare anyone could have imagined for her.  In her effort to live…  she ended up dying, what seemed like, too soon.

What happened to her obviously sculpted my life, forever.  It stung deeply, and yet it also helped me realize the mortality of myself, regardless of my age.  There were no promises I would get to raise my children.  It made me realize that you can’t prevent everything – and statistics don’t mean much, no matter how loudly you say them.  Ultimately, God is in control.

Back to my thought of implants… it was 2 years ago… and I was starting to become sick again from the celiac disease but I didn’t know WHAT “it” was.  The more research I did, it was not in favor of implants… in fact, many people (here is one example) had chronic issues systemically that they often tied to their body chronically fighting some foreign object, once they had their implants done.   I really had to soul search, was this risk for me – who was trying to be healthy with a compromised immune system?

The facts were, this would be something foreign to my body that it would be chronically fighting against…  before any tears, or spills happened with the implants – just being IN there.  This would be something I would need to get regularly monitored for maintenance – and replaced, for the rest of my life.  Is that really something I wanted to continually invest in?  What would God think of this?  What did my husband think?

It ended up, the answers to my questions brought me  peace… 

In the grand scheme of being healthy…  I needed to get RID my body of toxins… not add in new toxins for my body to fight against.  Things that are “FDA approved” and “safe” – do not mean… “there are no risks”, or that we shouldn’t be very concerned of our body’s acceptance, after all – ALL prescription drugs that are pulled off the shelves for enough bad reactions were once approved as “perfectly safe”.

My husband said he loved me just the way I was and he wanted me to LIVE to be well, and I know he meant that.  (that’s what you expect a husband to say…. right?)  Then he insisted I not get the implants, even before I knew it wasn’t a good idea.  I selfishly still wanted it to be a good idea, to feel lump-less breasts for once in my life…  but in my heart – I knew.  He was right.  There would be no eternal purpose in doing the surgery in that way.  The implants weren’t safe, it wasn’t a healthy choice.

So, although I wanted to “feel” differently about things – my health, for the sake of God, my kids, and my husband were ultimately MORE important than my desire to look a certain way in clothes, or naked for that matter – or to clear out all of my breast tissue in this way – just yet.

As for my two current lumps,  they are still there.  I really didn’t want to have another surgery if I didn’t have to, given all my body has been enduring.  I wanted to work on further detoxing and getting well to see if that made a difference in their size, or preventing new ones.  The left one has gone down considerably – and other one on the right is the size of a large grape…  well… it’s still very annoying.

My husband and I have agreed, when the time comes that we feel we need to doing something – it will be stem cell related, like Susanne Somers did – or reconstruction related, from my OWN body  – no foreign toxins added to me.  For right now, I know in my heart, I’m doing all that I can to live healthy for Him.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalm 46:1

Pumpkin Paleo Cake

Doesn't take long for this crew to gobble it up!

Doesn’t take long for this crew to gobble it up!

I often make “after you eat all your meal” treats.  It’s not a dessert really – because I’m trying to make things that have quality nutrition.  I often save the left overs for breakfast…

Since we can’t call breakfast – dessert….

I call it… A treat?

My kids will even ask me … “So… is this a DESSERT? or a treat?” 

It’s a sneaky way for me to get more healthy fats into them, and make sure they’re getting enough calories too.

One of my favorites (and theirs) is pumpkin paleo bread, or CAKE…  let’s call a spade, and spade. 🙂  I add in pecans (and chocolate chips) to whatever I can – so they can get some added fats, and feel like it truly IS a treat.

PUMPKIN PALEO BREAD:

– 1 can of Organic Pumpkin

– 2 T arrowroot powder

– 1 t. baking soda

– 1 t. baking powder

– 7 eggs

– 2 tsp. cinnamon

– 3 t. pure vanilla

1/2 cup of organic coconut palm sugar

1/4 cup of organic coconut oil

– 3/4 cup of coconut flour

** 1/2-1 cup of chopped pecans

** 1/2 cup of enjoy life chocolate chips

Pour into a 9×13 glass dish, grease with coconut oil .  Bake at 325 degrees for 28-32 minutes.

“This God—His way is perfect; the Word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.”

Psalm 18:30

Mystery Solved, New Challenges Follow

MOTH

I took a picture of this with my cell phone. It’s a simple moth. It was on my son’s shirt at the zoo – and a ray of light was hitting it “just so”. I thought it was a beautiful example of how looking at things in the right light, can make ANYTHING look beautiful. Even, a little moth.  Isn’t God awesome?

When we went on vacation in May, I did a really dumb thing.  I let myself run out of my adrenal support, for my cortisol levels.

Not on purpose, mind you.  Things happen in the month before a trip, finishing school and taking care of 10 people.  Sometimes I fail miserably.

Realizing I couldn’t find my exact supplement locally I went for something similar-ish at our local store, and it ended up being all wrong.  Within 3 days of our trip I was feeling really sick.  I thought it was the brown rice in the supplement, which, I’m sure was a lot of it at the time…  It was gluten, dairy, yeast, soy, and everything else free.

That one “minor detail” isn’t so minor to my body.

A quick trip to a larger store at our vacation destination, and I was set again.  I ran out of that supplement about 2 weeks ago…

So I switched back to my original support – PREvacation.

About the time I when on my birthday brownie binge…

So when I finally got things squared aware digestively, and my eye inflammation simmered down, and my legs loosened up…

Something was still – not quite right.

I felt like someone was pulling my shirt – all day long and it was getting worse.

They were pulling me down.  Making me sit.  Making me…*yawn*

SO. Tip-over Tired.

Three weeks post brownie binge, and I still wasn’t bouncing back.  In fact, I slept through my 4 hour dental appointment to get my fillings replaced.

Who does that?

Someone with chronic fatigue.  That’s who.

I’d force myself to go on runs with my husband, because I really wanted to go… but my body really wanted to sleep.

It seemed familiar in a way I didn’t want to recognize or visit again, but I knew sitting around wasn’t the right answer.

I had my thyroid checked again at my last appointment… no results there yet – but then I providentially stumbled upon some deep reading with auto immune protocol and herbs/spices…

Ashwagandha Root – is a Nightshade and should be avoided for auto immune protocol.

Adapten-All Supplements

Adapten-All Supplements

Thyroid Energy supplements.

Thyroid Energy supplements.

Hmmm.  I know that is in BOTH my thyroid and adrenal support…  but it didn’t bother me before.  WHY now?

So this is how it goes…  When you get knocked down from a sensitivity of one thing, it seems to grab a friend or two and throw your body down another flight of stairs.  This is the beauty of celiac disease and the “mind of it’s own” factor.

See why you shouldn’t “CHEAT”…?

So the supplements that helped me SO much for 6 months, are NOW, no longer an option.

Now was the time I wished there was a “Auto Immune Protocol” list for safe supplements… because this was getting a little crazy.  The list of what I can’t have is far out weighing any cans.

I messaged my doctor and told her my suspicions and inquired about the main things I should be looking for, throwing out some options of things I thought might work.  I’d just have to be more specific to make sure the Ashwagandha wasn’t IN anything.  I think we got it all worked out.  Help is on the way!

Amazingly…  once the Ashwagandha went away….

So did the fatigue.  

I’m still not 100% – but I’m feeling MUCH stronger each day… and it’s SUCH a blessing to know WHY.  Now, my poor family who waits until my stress support is in … pray for them.  Mom’s been a little crabby and has to get caught back up from that little set-back.  I think THIS time, I really have eliminated all things that could possibly cause inflammation.  I pray?

Did God make a mistake in making me?  No.  He did not.  He made me exactly how I’m supposed to be.  It’s my job to take care of the body He blessed me with as safely, and as naturally as possible, so I can be healthy for Him.

“For You created my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14

Liver Glitch, and MSM

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Don’t you just love it when some thing just “clicks” in your mind – and you suddenly have a clear picture and understanding?
It’s like convictions that God brings down on you…. I especially remember this happening when I was a new believer, and my eyes had been opened to my own sin.

Suddenly, I couldn’t believe the things I had thought were acceptable – once I knew God’s standard. I felt sick with myself, and realize how I needed a Savior!

Well, at my most recent doctor’s visit – we were talking about my hiccup with eating the chocolate on my birthday, etc… and how people with auto immune disorders, cancer, autism, etc often have digestive issues, etc. – and how their “liver glitch” also contributes to their lack of ability to RID their body of toxins.

Well, I knew that people with auto immune disease, cancer, autism “hung onto” toxins more than other people – and I understood the triggers that caused their system to misfire within their gut – I hadn’t really thought about how that all affects the liver, or what role a POOR FUNCTIONING liver played in the scheme of things.

However, for me and my digestion – it didn’t know what was going on before, and most of the time it doesn’t know. Even with a super basic diet or organic chicken, pastured eggs and mostly veggies – some fruit … MY gut is super picky… Stray from the basics, or get a little too much stress under the belt – and my digestive system comes to a screeching halt.

Obviously a stalled digestive system isn’t good for your liver, and that’s a normal liver. What about one that isn’t good at detoxing itself?

Yes, what happens if your liver isn’t filtering toxins at the rate it needs to for you to be healthy?

Your body begins hanging onto more than it can handle… and you can see how this quickly leads to various problems systemically.

Add in repeated bogging down of your system – over most people’s life-span – and this equates into big troubles for your body by itself. It simply can’t do what it was designed to do…

Between a leaky gut issue, and a liver with a glitch – MY body is unable to fight the way it was designed by God – and it’s in over load – fighting with itself, attacking itself… causing chronic inflammation (fabulous article here about chronic inflammation caused by DIET and how a healthy FATS diet like Paleo is the way to go).

So how can we HELP our liver if we’re in this cycle of chronic inflammation? Obviously eat Paleo, or auto immune protocol so you’re not ingesting foods that cause inflammation, and help your liver detox regularly.

In walks MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane).

MSM what? (read a little of what it helps with here)

Well, my doctor brings up MSM at my last appointment, and I hadn’t ever heard of it. You can bet I see it everywhere now – and in lots of supplements. There have been numerous studies on how it helps with inflammation and digestive issues by freeing up those toxins stored in your liver. Those with auto immune disease, cancer, autism, etc – can benefit greatly from it. It helps your digestive tract function more normally. Again, it must be done in conjunction with a proper diet – so you’re not sabotaging yourself… but so far, I’m way more regular, and appreciating the results.

I did have to baby step into it – I use the powder in my warm BRAGGS and lemon in the evening. The dosing started at 1/4 tsp for 3 days, then 1/2 tsp for 3 days… and 3/4 tsp for 3 days… all the way up until you get to 2 tsp a day. If I noticed any strong effects from detoxifying too quickly, I was to let her know – but so far, so great! I will be on it for 3 months, and I’ll let you know how it goes.

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free.

Stand firm, then,

and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Galatians 5:1

Don’t Be A Jerk-y!

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Or at least, don’t EAT poor quality jerky!  You are, after all, what you eat!  (Have you ever thought about that?  How the food you eat affects your cell structure – and in turn ultimately are the building blocks of  who YOU are?  Deep thoughts…)

You want to make sure your jerky is MSG-Free, and Gluten-Free as well as a quality source.  Are spices an issue for you?  Anything that says “Natural Flavors” = dangerous, and most likely are a hidden MSG source.

It’s important, especially when traveling to be able to have a quality protein source on hand – as most of the time you can find some quality fruit to get you by!  Especially if you’re eating Paleo, or AIP (Auto Immune Protocol), you need to have a majority of your calories in good fats for your brain.  Pack some avocados, some coconut oil, and some jerky!

Here are where we get some of our top favorite jerky in this family:

Steve’s Paleo Goods (we like the grass fed stix and Steve’s Paleo kits as well)

US Wellness Meats (the plain sticks are AIP friendly!)

Golden Valley Natural Organic Beef Jerky (we get these at Vitacost, black pepper and BBQ are my family’s favorites!)

Please do share if you’ve come across some other great options!  (I will recommend lots of things from Steve’s Paleo Goods…  my daughter loves their cinnamon granola, and I just bought her some more bars!)

May I also just say that I’ve been thankful for my close relationship with Jesus?  I AM so thankful for His unfailing love for me, even when I fail PLENTY.  These challenges in my life have brought me closer to the One true God, in a way I never imagined.  I’ve learned a lot about my strength in Him and through Him.  He has never let me down, disappointed me or “not showed up” when I needed Him most.  He points me in the right direction, blesses me with people who have helped me get fight for my health.  He hears my cries, knows my pain, and has a purpose in it all.  He is my best friend!!!

“For I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ.”

Galatians 1:12

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