Monthly Archives: September 2013

Coming Full Circle

Apparently I've come full circle.  I'm back to eating baby foods!  This soup was delish!  I can't find where I got this recipe to give credit, so what I did is at the bottom of the blog.

Apparently I’ve come full circle. I’m back to eating baby foods! This soup was delish! I can’t find where I got this recipe to give credit, so what I did is at the bottom of the blog.

Wow.  What a year it’s been.  On the way to my 3 month doctor’s appoint to visit my naturopath, my husband and I realized it was one year ago to the day that we were in Chicago at the Chicago University Celiac Center.

We thought back and considered just how much God has molded us since that time last September!  Praise and glory to Him alone.

In our quest for answers, it seemed they always brought up more questions, and never concrete evidence.  Until that point, we trusted things like medical studies, and doctor’s advice over common sense and what our bodies told us.  We assumed that these specialists were the end-all-be-all of health!  Once we dug deeper, we discovered that, as with journalism and the media – there is a “hint” of truth to many things published, but mostly things are manipulated to show what they are trying to prove, and they’re often incomplete.  (Who is paying for the study matters A LOT!)

That’s not to say all of western medicine is bad or wrong, we just need to be aware that being your own advocate, and listening to your body trumps any other “study” out there, especially when we’re dealing with disease.  Any wise doctor knows that.  God only made one of you!

The word Celiac itself means “abdominal” – and they’ve known for over 100 years that the problems that stem from your gut can be affected by diet, and the destruction is systemic and causes countless issues, including your brain to break down.  (Although one of the reasons brain damage wasn’t suspected earlier, is because you don’t have pain receptors in your brain, so you can’t FEEL that inflammation!)  Even though a lot of this information appears new, it’s not.  While gluten sensitivity is just now being talked about, apart from celiac disease, and part of that has to do with our heavy GMO carb diet, celiac disease has been acknowledged since the late 1700s.

Celiac is considered the “most severe” level of abdominal disease, but I really think if you’re someone with another type of auto immune disease or cancer – you might disagree.  To me, all are severe, and clearly if diet turns them off or on, they are also preventable.

Every bite and sip we put in does impact our gut health, so does stress, sleep and exercise.

We can either choose to ignore that and get sicker and sicker, or make changes to improve that.

I’ve been reading and learning a lot lately, and I’ve also been struggling a bit with additional bloating and pain right around my stomach area every time I eat.  Enough to finally mention to my doctor that I suspect a SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Infection), which is very common with celiac disease.  So we started a new plan of attack on my gut, which includes some HCI with meals and some DHL Plus.  I’m also taking some Peppermint and Oregano Oil to get this bad-boy to simmer down and heal.  I’ve already seen improvement.

I won’t lie that all of this inflammation this past two years is concerning to me.  I don’t want to put my head in the sand and pretend I don’t know what inflammation causes… because we all know it’s a breeding ground for cancer in the body.  So, after seeing some other encouragement on natural cancer treatments,  I inquired with my doctor about screening for things like colon cancer in my body.  She recommended a simple blood test called a CEA (Carcinoembryonic Antigen) test.  This will measure the protein in my blood for certain types of cancer (specifically colon), and will help give me some peace of mind while I’m working through this.

I know in my heart I would treat things naturally regardless, but I can’t treat things if I don’t know what is going on!  Full of FAITH, not of fear.

I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful fall day and the sun is shining where you are!  Keepin’ it Healthy for Him!

“I remain confident of this:
    I will see the goodness of the Lord
    in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord;
    be strong and take heart
    and wait for the Lord.”

Psalm 27:13-14

CARROT SOUP

1 T. coconut oil

4 cups chopped carrots

1/2 medium onion

1 tsp. garlic or 2 clove minced garlic

3 cups of veggie bone broth

1/2 tsp. thyme

1/2 tsp pepper

1 cup unsweetened coconut or almond milk

In large soup pot, melt coconut oil, then add carrots and onion on medium heat until tender.  Add broth, heat to boil and then simmer for 10 minutes.  Stir in spices, and milk and then pour soup into LARGE blender and process until smooth.

** Organic carrots are a GREAT cancer fighter!!

Fun New Toy!

Our new Paderno slicer from amazon.com.  Love this thing!

Our new Paderno slicer from amazon.com. Love this thing!

We have been having the best time with our new fruit/vegetables cutter.  It’s super easy to use, it was inexpensive – and it’s a great new way to “mix up” the enjoyment of vegetables!

We totally love it!

So far we’ve only made white potatoes and sweet potatoes, but the kids had a blast with it.  They equated it into play dough playing.  (Which is great since we figured out gluten was an issue for us – play dough is out).

{Before you start sending me gluten-free play dough alternatives, know that I’m totally fine with play dough type anything ever gracing  our house again!}

Potatoes2

So we just put them in a bowl, drizzle with cold-pressed organic olive oil and put them on a parchment paper lined sheet and bake for 30 minutes, turning every 10 minutes to prevent burning!  They have helpful tips on making apple pieces/chips and sweet potato chips too.  Great veggie noodle maker for soups too!  (Another great way to keep the kids involved and interested in meal making!)  Any new toys you’re not sharing with me??  Spill it please!

“Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.”

Romans 15:7

Parental Obligation

Who didn't grow up on these bad boys?  At the end of the blog - check out the lovely ingredient list.  *face palm*

Who didn’t grow up on these bad boys? At the end of the blog – check out the lovely ingredient list. *face palm*

Watch out parents, this one is going to hurt.

But don’t worry, just know I’ve made countless mistakes myself, and continue to learn also.  Like the Flintstone vitamins I thought were SO good for my kids? (ack!)  Now we do Juice Plus and Animal Parade brands.

Before our family made some big changes 7 years ago, we were on a fast track with the Standard American Diet.  We ate out often, called “treats” things that were filled with artificial colors, flavors and LOTS of processed white sugar….  and our kids ate gummy fruit snacks, by the pound.  (How much fruit is in a fruit snack?  Exactly.)

Over the course of this transition and these changes, that started just with me…  I’ve observed something keenly interesting.

Often times, we, as parents, will work hard to get into shape, or lose weight or maintain health.  WE start paying closer attention to what they’re putting our body because we know it’s affecting us.

Is it nourishing for me?  Is it building my immune system, or feeding disease?  Is this FAT the right kind to feed my brain?

Meanwhile, who is being left behind?

You guessed it, often times…  The kids!

Our children are only products of what we place before them to eat.  If we buy them junk – they’ll eat it. 

They NEED trained to know what and why food is good or bad for you so in the future they can make educated decisions too.  They are forming habits that will stick with them into adulthood, and when they will also be parents.

So why is it, that we think things that aren’t good for “us” …   are “ok” for them to consume?

Is it because they’re young?  Do we think their tiny guts who are already (most likely) damaged from vaccinations and other increased toxins, can tolerate more??

Maybe you haven’t given it much thought at all.

Is it that the change seems like too much for the whole family to endure?  I’m certain that it’s not because your kids aren’t worth it…

For me, when my husband suggested we should change things like adding in a full breakfast, or switching to gluten-free, then grain free…  it all seemed over whelming.  How would I “make time” to do that?  I knew I didn’t have the time…

Each change has brought about its own set of challenges, that’s for sure.  But I look back and see how God was preparing our lives for this point.  Baby stepping us towards what the world would view as “drastic” changes for our health.

No one wants their child to feel left out, or to feel like they’re living in a bubble.  But the reality is, if you don’t have your health – it makes it difficult to function in life!  We couldn’t go anywhere when we were sick all of time, and the long-term effects were adding up.

My prayer is – is that soon this country will wake up to what is going on with our food supply and they will gradually demand something different – for the sake of our future generations.

I know we are educating our kids, so they can be the voice of truth and share with other.  We’ve made it part of our school learning – but there are so many ways to go about it.  Allowing your kids to get hands on experience growing a garden, assist in grocery shopping, or meal planning and cooking in the kitchen are all great ways.  We share documentaries and snippets on health with the kids too, so they get in on the learning as well.

Reprioritizing your life might just be what God is ordering.   It certainly has taught us what is important in life – and encouraged us to SLOW DOWN, and let go of stress in a big way.  Life on earth is short, take care of what God has given you.  Including teaching your kids to be healthy for Him.  No need to worry – God told us not to.  Just obey and He provides what we need.

Yikes huh?  Sugar, sugar, and more sugar.  Artificial colors galore, corn and soy.  At the very end is the vitamins...  I guess when they say "A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!"  They weren't lying!

Yikes huh? Sugar, sugar, and more sugar. Artificial colors galore, corn and soy. At the very end is the vitamins… I guess when they say “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down!” They weren’t lying!

 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  

For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them.

And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life?

Luke 12:22-25

Organic – What’s that REALLY Mean?


A lot of politicking goes on regarding food.  I read snarky comments from well-meaning farmers and consumers alike down playing all of this “organic” food and healthy-talk.  Chipotle recently made this ad which has a lot of people up in arms about them bashing farmers.  Personally, I saw it as a thoughtful ploy to help people realize what eating products, and processed foods, and fast foods is doing to our lives… and while Chipotle isn’t organic, nor am I able to eat there, I appreciate their gesture in encouraging others to eat real food.

Back to the word ORGANIC…  what does that word even REALLY mean?

Is organic food really just over priced, “less than perfect” looking food that is truly no different?  Or is there something special behind the label organic that holistic doctors and natural healers have insisted on to heal the body and optimal health for years?

If organic, THEN why?

A friend shared a new documentary “In Organic We Trust” with me and I was excited to look it up and check it out.  I know what I’ve learned about organic, but I also am always open to hearing more – if nothing else, maybe it would help me explain it to others!

The term organic farming means that those farms are trying to mimic what God has provided for us in the growing and raising on their food, that means that health is returned to the soil – and the focus is on the least amount of damage to the environment, the animals and the consumer.

It actually wasn’t until 2002 that USDA took over the standards for organic labeling.  Much of it is regulated by non-profit, and private organizations.  To be “Certified” to sell and USDA organic labeled product, you must meet 4 requirements:

1. Three years transition of the soil from conventional farming to organic.

2. Certified by USDA agent.

3. Annual Inspection of farm and practices.

4. Only specific allowed substances and practices in farming.

CANNOT USE: Irradiation, Sewage Sludge (others can?  Ick!), and or Genetic modification (NO GMOs, very important!)

For organic meats and eggs, this also include NO antibiotics used on the animals.

The complaint normally “thrown around” is that the food isn’t magically “more nutritious”, and pesticides are still used… so WHY would you pay more?  But the truth is, there are studies on both sides of this case – clearly lower toxicity is better for the body, as are NO-GMOs.  Oh, and the “pesticides?”  they are strictly limited to naturally occurring elements or the least harmful to the environment or consumer… so again – it’s clearly NOT the same.

Does this mean we should stop asking questions because it’s regulated by the government?  Actually – NO WAY.  In fact, we need to be extra caution of that term “organic” and use our head when buying food products that carry this label.  There are plenty of cheap, unhealthy and processed products (namely, cereal – and other grains) which “just because their organic” does NOT make them a good choice.   However, with BIG labels buying up smaller organic brands – it’s becoming more about BIG BUSINESS and less about philosophy.

So the bottom line?  Buy and prepare REAL organic food.

WHY is it SO expensive?  Well actually the gap between organic and conventional food is starting to shrink.  More people are seeing organic as a more viable option for their family.  They buy what they can, and what they can afford – which is truly, better.

But in the defense of the organic farmers, THEY are charged extra by the government to run their farms – and shouldn’t be the other way around?

Aren’t we trying to limit the chemicals like organic-phosphate pesticides, which damage the brain and central nervous system?  What do I know?  These things are foreign to the body – and it’s not a wonder that they contribute to the deterioration of one’s health and toxicity.

So when people ask me if I’m “wasting money” buying organic…  I shake my head.  NO.  Organic is safer and healthier over all especially because our family has problems with methylation of toxins.  If you cannot afford all organic produce and meats, then buy the most important things that you can organic – prioritize.  They have handy lists of the dirty dozen and the clean fifteen.  Make educated choices for you and your family.

For a behind the scenes look at the marketing concept behind Chipotle’s ad and app/game – check this out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3ZOFIE5e4g

” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord,

not for human masters, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.

It is the Lord Christ you are serving.”
Colossians 3:23-24

 

Should Everyone Eat Like ME?

My 9 year-old drew a picture for my 3 year to color the other day.  HE said it was me.  With a spatula in one hand for cooking and a piece of broccoli in the other hand.  (And you know, I wear a tutu everyday, who doesn't?)

My 9 year-old drew a picture for my 3 year to color the other day. HE said it was me. With a spatula in one hand for cooking and a piece of broccoli in the other hand. (And you know, I wear a tutu everyday, who doesn’t?)

One might imagine the passionate comments that come with eating as “strangely” as we do.  When you go “against the grain” (pun intended) you’re bound to get funny looks, strange comments, and curious questions from well-meaning people.

“Have your children ever tried a chicken nugget before?” one person asked when they realized we didn’t eat fast food.

Because you know, clearly I would be depriving them of a complete life experience if we didn’t eat fast food (?)

You know, we DID eat fast food – for YEARS.  My kids do not miss it one. bit.

It often makes me wonder just how we’re formed our “standards” in eating, and what is acceptable and what is not.  When it’s ok to eat clean, and when it’s not.  It’s almost ironic that how our family eats is viewed as so abnormal by many, when you look at how God designed food and it’s purpose in our lives as it “passes through” to nourish (or poison) our bodies.

One of my favorite comments was this; “You just expect everyone else to eat like you, as if somehow THEN all of the disease in the world would magically disappear.”

Well…. 

Yes.  And No.

I don’t think FOOD is the only problem going on when it comes to disease, and toxicity.  I simply think it’s the MAIN thing you can conquer first, because it’s something you’re doing daily – several times a day…. and your gut is the key to your immune system.

Since I eat auto immune Paleo protocol, with such restrictions to heal and seal my gut – and prevent further MS symptoms, I certainly DO NOT expect or think everyone else should eat “just like me”.  I truly don’t.

I thought the comment was so “out there” that I mentioned it to my chiropractor with a giggle.  He said, “Well technically yes, I bet 95% of disease would be non-existent if people ate organic, and Paleo based.”

You know what?  I got what he was saying – and he was right.  I should have maybe embellished to the comment made – but I think I was so dumbfounded at the attack, because I knew in my heart, had I not be forced to eat this way – I wouldn’t have chosen such a drastic approach.  God just allowed me to see the connection, and make the choice to make changes needed.

Choose to eat Paleo?  I can definitely see that, but not Auto-Immune Paleo… no one chooses that with no reason, right?

I often hear how a certain auto immune disease or ailment wouldn’t benefit from Paleo like some (like Type I Diabetes, or something like Parkinson’s disease)…. I don’t believe that’s true either.  I think ALL of them can benefit from Paleo.  The reasons are – disease starts in the gut, and that gut needs healed, and a low inflammation diet forever.

That’s what Paleo is.

There are foods beyond gluten and dairy that are continuing to damage their bodies – and until those are addressed, no amount of medicine in the world is going to stop the progression of more auto immune diseases or stop you from cancer taking over in your body.  Your immune system will always struggle.

It’s the gut leaking that leads to all sorts of malfunctions including (but limited to) – vitamins not absorbing, amino acids and enzymes missing from your system – these lead to things that affect all of your organs, and cause feelings like anxiety, or hormone imbalances, systemic inflammation and eventually cancer – which can “pop up” ANYWHERE in your body – from your sinuses, to your neck, to your gall bladder, your heart or you knees!

So when people hear that catch-phrase “gluten-free” or Paleo, there are reasons deeply embedded as to why it helps people with a HUGE variety of symptoms ranging from anywhere in the body – from gut, to heart, to your brain.

I’ve heard, read, and experienced so many different success stories myself – that it sometimes blows me away how doctors can’t promote this to their patients as a first line of defense vs. pills, or worse yet – risking further damage.

Any one with auto immune disease will usually share numerous auto immune diseases an symptoms that they have.  The reasons why they have more than one, (and why they overlap) is because once that gene expression is “turned on” in their body, if the root of the cause (leaky gut = trigger = stress + gluten) is not addressed, the switches will just keep malfunctioning… and your health will continue to deteriorate.

If I had a dollar for every time I heard, “Why didn’t my doctor tell me this?”

Just know I felt the same way.  Had my OB even mentioned that my PUPPS rash was an auto immune disease…  perhaps I would have done a little digging 13 years ago?

Maybe not.  All in God’s timing – right?  Do what you can NOW to be Healthy for Him.

“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!”

Romans 6:15

It’s a Lie – Pass It On!

This was at the bottom of my daughter's coconut cream pie treat the other day.  Challenging situations are God's BLESSINGS in disguise.  Thank Him for those blessings.

This was at the bottom of my daughter’s coconut cream pie treat the other day. Challenging situations are God’s BLESSINGS in disguise. Thank Him for those blessings.

It didn’t do my body good.  I bought the lie…  so I’m passing this on instead!

The recommended daily allowance from the USDA standard, is 3 cups a day of dairy.

I used to drink 3 – 12oz glasses of pasteurized skim milk a day…  all throughout growing up.  I remembering thinking families were strange of they didn’t have milk with a meal.  We always did.  It was my favorite part of the meal.

I drank loads of milk while pregnant too.  “Have to get my extra calcium you know!”

I could barely drink it while pregnant though, and with my second child – I got so sick from milk, it’s not a wonder why she too had issues with dairy from a very young age.  She was trying to let me know – “NO mom, it’s making me sick.”

When I got pregnant with my 6th child, and developed gestational diabetes – bells really started going off.  Maybe… just maybe – the conventional milk wasn’t all it was cracked up to be.

Each cup had 11 grams of sugar, and I was having 2+ cups a meal when possible.  (With diabetes comes carb counting – so that was almost 2 carb choices just my drink alone!)  Bad idea.  The milk had to go.  They encouraged me to drink 1 cup a day… that’s it. 

(Why again does it have SUGAR in it, oh that’s right – so we’ll become addicted when we drink it?  I guess sugar isn’t enough, they’re trying to add aspartame!)

At the time,  I thought my life might end when they told me to cut down on the milk.  I knew I liked other carbs better than milk alone – so I figured I would rather have graham crackers, than milk.

{Oh my Sara.  Another great choice and why diabetes nutritionists teaching you to MANAGE your disease, vs. heal you from your condition = job security}

That was 7 years ago… I stopped drinking milk altogether 2 years ago.  I have an occasional cup of coconut milk in a plant protein smoothie I make, but we actually stopped giving our kids milk too.

I know, it seems drastic – but I honestly can’t believe I FED that to them… knowing what I do now, about the lack of health benefits from milk.  (How many mornings did they start out with MILK, and cereal?  ack!!  Talk about NO nourishment!)

One of the main reasons we made the switch was because of some testing I had done last year.  First a bone scan… praise God – my bones were great.  No problem there from the undiagnosed celiac, despite not drinking milk for the past 7 years.  Secondly a mineral test was done, and my calcium in my system was off the charts – great!!

Currently, all I have when it comes to ‘dairy’ is a daily coconut yogurt, and for added calcium – bone broth throughout the week.  I’ve never taken a specific calcium supplement.

So where does my family get calcium?

* Bone Broth ( I make this at least once a week, and the kids slurp it up, after making soup I have left overs to make with veggies and I have some frozen as well)

* Vitamin D (we all take supplements, as well as cod liver oil, but also from SUNSHINE, 15 minutes in the sun equals 10,000 ui – thanks God!)

* Greens – like spinach, kale and bok choy

* Nuts

* Canned salmon (get a reputable brand that isn’t toxic!)

* Herbs

* Oranges

* Eggs

* Almond or Coconut yogurt and milk

Now in the defense of Raw milk movement with paleo,  (since I know lots of people tolerate it with no problems), we did try it for a time, and it continued to cause inflammation (within a day my son started wetting the bed and he and my daughter began coughing at night…  see how inflammation is systemic?)  They sure loved it – but for us, the casein isn’t tolerated.  This is often the case for many people, who have no clue that dairy is causing systemic inflammation.  That’s why people with auto immune disease are told not to consume gluten OR dairy.  Not a big deal to us – if we need “milk” – coconut milk is just fine.

Isn’t it funny when you learn things aren’t true that were impressed upon you as a child?  Always keep learning… don’t just take what is being told to you – even if the schools, or the government is saying it.  Search out the Truth, so that you can be Healthy for Him!

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27

One Week – No Eggs!

Yes, that's a lot of vitamins!!!  Vit B complex, ProOmega, Lycopene, Gingko, and my Multivitamins.

Yes, that’s a lot of vitamins!!! Vit B complex, ProOmega, Lycopene, Gingko, and my Multivitamins.

Well, I’ve made it… one week, no eggs!!

Surprisingly, it’s been a lot easier than I thought.

When you don’t anything baked, or grains – how difficult can it really be?

Exactly.  Not very.

I did miss them in the mornings, but I’ve just had to be more creative to get my protein.  I went with making some pastured pork sausage patties.  A little thyme, rosemary and pepper, served with some cauliflower “rice” steamed in bone broth, and my staple cabbage/carrots.  I usually have some coconut yogurt as well.

Mid-morning I have a juice, and lunch a salad with some protein.  Snack is some figs or a piece of fruit and then veggies and more protein for dinner.

Honestly, I’ve been feeling really great.  I added back in my iron supplement, and I’ve had more energy than I’ve had in several months.  I’ve felt accomplished enough to cleaned several “hot spots” in our house in the past week…  which was happening every blue moon around here.

The KEY for me is this – when I’m feeling well, DO NOT to over do it.

It’s so tempting to start pushing things – like my bedtime, and my workouts, or say “yes” when I really need to focus on keeping my head above water…  and then next thing you know – I’m back to square one, stressed, a hormonal mess and wish I would have slowed down and kept my eyes on God.

Bible study couldn’t have come with a better this week than this:  Your worth is NOT in what you do, it’s in Him alone.

I was so guilty of trying to do too much… for a good reason – helping others.  However, when the “cost” is saying “no” to my family, and myself and my health – it wasn’t healthy.  Now I have to purposefully focus on keeping my stress level low, keeping my sleep in check, and continued time in prayer and fellowship with God – keeping me grounded and at peace.  It’s a daily battle, but one I feel like God is helping me stand up against.

Some people who don’t understand auto immune disease or disease in general may wonder why eating like “this” has to be so specific or particular – some might even venture to say you’re idolizing food, or your health…  trying to live forever.

I couldn’t disagree more strongly.  Trying to live, and take care of the body God blessed you with – is hardly an easy choice or a form of idol worship.  It is quite the opposite.  For me, I was being defiant to God – not wanting to slow down and “think” about what I was putting into my body and my family’s bodies.  I was stuck in a world of go, go, go… and thinking that we simply “couldn’t” make this work in today’s world because it was TOO different and surely God didn’t want my life to be THAT different.

Shame on me for doubting God.

It took me a while to learn empathy for diseases like this.  What a better way to learn, than through experience?  For those who assume it’s idol worship to fight disease with diet – just know they are simply limited in their understanding of what you’ve gone through and learned.  Pray for them, and educate them when they ask.  Hopefully one day they won’t have to learn the hard way.  There are SO many people out there who healing their bodies through diet, and never look back – eating to LIVE.  The systemic inflammation that gluten, conventional dairy and grains cause are undeniable – and it’s only a matter of time before the truth is mainstream.

If you’re starting an Auto Immune Protocol Paleo Diet, or you are thinking about trying to seal and heal your gut against disease – you might want to consider this cookbook.  It is available through Lisa’s website, or hopefully they will print it again soon.  There are also some ebooks available, as well as the Paleo Mom’s website – and she has some fabulous ideas also to help you get through this challenging time.  If you are on facebook, there are lots of support groups as well where you can hear other people’s tips and encouragement as well.  Do what YOU need to do to be Healthy for Him.

“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,”

James 1:19

Essential Enzymes For Health!

The brand on the right we get from Vitacost.com  and we get the "Buddy Bear" enzymes for the kids from Amazon.com.

The brand on the right we get from Vitacost.com and we get the “Buddy Bear” enzymes for the kids from Amazon.com.

Do you have trouble digesting food?

I do.

My kids do too…

The two symptoms of this are either stools passing too quickly, or not quickly enough.  Either partly digested food in stools, or sitting on the potty for WAY too long.

Going to the bathroom should NOT be such a chore or a panic… especially on a daily basis.

That’s NOT normal.

Personally, I had no clue because going to the bathroom is kind of… well, personal.  So you don’t really discuss it.

At least I never did.

A couple of weeks ago at my reunion, when I talked about being sick with some close friends they had this “ah-ha” moment when they recalled being in the bathroom, waiting on me, A LOT.

{Again, it’s so not cool to talk about what you do in the bathroom.}

But honestly?  It’s a fact of life – and it’s crucial to your immune system and health.  Shame on us for NOT talking about something that could help save our lives, or at the very least improve our health greatly.

I was even embarrassed to bring up my horrid gas issue, a few years ago, with my doctor.  (Who told me that gas was GOOD, and normal… NOT this gas.  Seriously.)

If you have problems with either of the above, gas or bloating… and you’ve cut out dairy, gluten, and sugar…  you maybe need to look at digestive enzymes.  There are enzymes in raw food that helps our body break those foods down and turn them into energy.  When we cook food, eat processed food (dead food), or preserve foods – they lose those digestive enzymes, and they are difficult for our bodies to break down and process to USE as our bodies are trying to HEAL.

I used to feel like I had tumors in my gut … a lot.  Had I not had a CT scan to prove there were no growths, I wouldn’t have believed it!  It was as if food would just “sit” … and not process or VERY slowly enter my intestines.  It’s common for people with MS to have troubles with constipation.  It has to do with nerve endings and I believe gastroparesis.  Read more about Gastroparesis here. 

If you don’t think constipation is just as big of an issue as malabsorption, just consider the amount of toxins your body is trying to get out of your system – and then, imagine them just SITTING in your gut… absorbing into you body.  See an issue?  Yes.  Digestion is very important.

Here is the back of my digestive enzymes.  As you can see they help you break down protein, fats, carbs, fiber (and milk sugar, if I drank milk!)

Here is the back of my digestive enzymes. As you can see they help you break down protein, fats, carbs, fiber (and milk sugar, if I drank milk!)

This has been a tremendous help to our family.  Children who were once unable to absorb foods, or were so constipated from their leaky gut damage - a big help!

This has been a tremendous help to our family. Children who were once unable to absorb foods, or were so constipated from their leaky gut damage – a big help!

“Let the morning bring me word of Your unfailing love,
    for I have put my trust in You.
Show me the way I should go,
    for to You I entrust my life.”

Psalm 143:8

Simplicity

We got these beautiful lunch boxes to travel with.  Our kids are SO excited!  BPA free, dish-washer safe, and name labeled - so no fighting!  Simple!

We got these beautiful lunch boxes to travel with. Our kids are SO excited! BPA free, dish-washer safe, and name labeled – so no fighting! Simple!

One word.

Simplicity.

It seems easy enough.

Why is it so difficult to put into action sometimes?

I suppose I have 8 reasons why, 10 if I’m being real about it.  Most things just are NOT simple in my life, regardless of my efforts.

Sometimes I envy the Amish.

Simplicity doesn’t mean EASY.

There are common sense things and things you know will make things more simple in life.  Organizing and down-sizing your life and stress-load…

I’ve been doing all of those things, working for a good 6 months on this auto immune protocol part of things, stumbling a few times along the way…but making progress.  In the back of my mind lately – I know – there is something else I need to try.

I’ve tried most everything else, and I simply think I’m just being stubborn because I feel like I’ve given so much.

It’s Eggs.

I know eggs are a very common food allergy for many, but they are also a huge food sensitivity issue for inflammation on a leaky gut.  The reasons why are specific – regarding egg whites sneaking through the leaky gut wall and you can read about it here.  After more reading and listening to the paleo mom discuss this whole issue in a podcast, I finally happily realized decided this was the best idea for the healing and sealing of my gut.

It pains me to admit it, because I love my eggs, and I value their protein in my diet.  I know we have quality eggs – and I feel good about that for our family.  However, if this will help me – and I know in my heart it will, it IS worth it.

Will eggs be gone forever?  I highly doubt it.  I have confidence in how God designed my body to heal.  The key is choosing what I know to be true, vs. choosing comfort and stubbornness.

I read a comment off of another blog today, and it really struck me.  It was in regards to auto immune disease, and disease in general – and how we treat “illness” or symptoms in this country.

“Western medicine shuts off the smoke alarms, (auto immune protocol/Paleo) puts out the fire.”

It was SO good.  How TRUE is that?  We MASK things with medicine, and the fire is still burning…  but it’s as if we don’t care… because we can no longer hear those fire alarms?   Meanwhile, vitamin deficiencies, inflammation, and cancer rage.  It’s so simple – why do we fight so hard against it?

Ignorance is one thing, but arrogance in ignorance is another.  Don’t be the later.  One more choice to be Healthy for Him.

I can do this.  HE will help me.

We got two sets of 4, in the regular colors and brights to make our rainbow of colors - 8 boxes!  Great for car traveling!!

We got two sets of 4, in the regular colors and brights to make our rainbow of colors – 8 boxes! Great for car traveling!!

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you:

Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—

and place it before God as an offering.

Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God.

You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,

God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.”
Romans 12:1-2

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