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This is what my husband and I are able to have on our dates.  We have a small thai resturants that knows our dietary needs.  They have made a dish especially for us with instructions - so we can order whenever we want, this same thing.  (They even make a specific key to type in for servers, just for us)  It's called the "Rama Garden" and it's simply steamed chicken and veggies. (although I can't have the rice, my husband has some).  We bring our organic, gluten-free soy sauce - and it's out "treat".

This is what my husband and I are able to have on our dates. We have a small Thai restaurant that knows our dietary needs. They have made a dish especially for us with instructions – so we can order whenever we want, and know they will get it right. (They even make a specific key to type in for servers, just for us) It’s called the “Rama Garden” and it’s simply steamed chicken and veggies made separately from their other foods. (although I can’t have the rice, my husband has some). We bring our organic, gluten-free soy sauce – and it’s our “treat”.

No really. Stop it.

Do you realize that the choices you’re making everyday could be making you very SICK and you’re looking in the wrong places to be well again?

This weekend I read of yet another (young) person, from my old home town, with a “rare auto immune disease” who very quickly fell ill and is now hospitalized and on chemotherapy in one of the nation’s TOP medical facilities in the nation. What in the WORLD is going on?

I’ll tell you what is going on – it’s toxin overload… and a majority of it is in the food we put in our mouths everyday. The disease begins in our GUT.

A year ago I watched the documentary, “Hungry for Change” (available to watch on Netflix or free online until March 31, 2013), and while in the middle of my own battle for health, it struck enough of a cord with me to never desire soda again and look deeper and what food was doing to me.

Once I realized that soda was being chemically “created” to manipulate my brain – I was done.

I knew it was addictive. I thought I had the upper hand…

But it was also too late for me…. and I’m pretty sure I’ve drunk less soda than most in my lifetime. I really didn’t drink soda much soda until I had my 4th child, 9 years ago. I didn’t drink diet soda until I got diabetes (and those lovely nutritionists suggested I drink diet pop? How do they keep their jobs?). So, all the while KNOWING diet pop, and soda was bad for me – I still drank it. I ignored the warnings.

But, now that it’s killed my hormone levels and caused adrenal fatigue, you bet I speak up to others who are drinking it. I want more for them and I pray they can learn from my mistakes.

What is adrenal fatigue? (read more about this here) It’s that “fight or flight” feeling you get when you are stressed. If your body is malfunctioning and missing key vitamins, enzymes and amino acids – it goes into “dump mode” instead… and you get a “downer” feeling – or a hopeless/helpless feeling instead. You body makes you “tired” so you are forced to rest… and it contributes to chronic fatigue (those with auto immune diseases struggle with).

The good news is – it’s able to be reversed and worked on if you catch it soon enough!! It’s why I take glutathione, CoEnzyme 10 and my Adapten all supplements.

How about those JUNK oils I talked about a few weeks ago here. They are one the MAJOR reasons we don’t eat out, other than obviously a dangerous gluten cross contamination.

What do you think restaurants are saturating your food with? Chemically created CANOLA oil and the addictive enhanced excitotoxin – MSG. Headaches and chronic inflammation anyone? Yes, that’s why you feel so poorly after eating out the night after.

Sadly we learned last week that Chick-fil-a is putting upwards of 108 ingredients into their chicken , 2 types of MSG alone. (I’m not wondering why I got super sick the last time we went there…)

Seriously – Does plain, grilled CHICKEN need ingredients? It does to preserve it and make it addictive. (and no wonder those fries were so good in the canola oil!) Yuck.

It made it an easy choice to say – NO MORE.

It’s simply not an option.

Easy? No. God never said it would be easy – but we have options in this country. We have to make choices.

It’s sad this is how we have to choose to live in our country – that our country, that is SO developed in so many ways – is failing our people with poor food “products” and dining options and medical care “answers” that aren’t making people well.

It’s sickening, really.

You have a choice, just like we do – and you are the one that has to choose what you’re going to put in your body.

As for me and my house. We shall serve the Lord, and do our best, as we learn more – to take care of what He gave us.

Healthy for Him.

“My flesh and my heart may fail,

but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Psalm 73:26

Under The Influence…

Stocked up with all of our new favorites from Trader Joes.  Love the tea tree tingle shower wash and my new favorite is the stir-fry frozen veggie mix!

Stocked up with all of our new favorites from Trader Joes. Love the tea tree tingle shower wash and my new favorite is the stir-fry frozen veggie mix!

My husband made it home last week, with a slight deviation from where he should have landed.  Regardless, he was happy to be home!  We picked up his vehicle (2 hours away) a few days later.

An excuse to go to “the city” and refill our food stock was in the plan… as was a trip to Chick-fil-a for the kids.

I know, fast food isn’t good for us.  It doesn’t matter if it’s salad, and fruit… and the waffle fries… wow.  They’re really good.  Chick-fil-a is usually really great about not cross contaminating our food.

I usually order a salad, but because I can’t have dairy – they custom make it, from scratch.

Well, my salad was brought to me and it was the wrong salad.  No big deal, they would get the right one.

Then they brought me the right salad type, but with cheese… again I reminded the server (who appeared to be management on duty, though I had never seen him at this one before), and he said, “No problem”.

What my sons heard him say, and what I missed him saying was…”We’ll just take that cheese off of there.”

BIG mistake.

I’m not sure who made this salad, or who took the cheese off – but I got glutenated in a big way.

Unfortunately I also had to drive home as the increasingly debilitating effects kicked in.

First we had to drive to the airport – and I fell asleep on the way there.  It’s never a good sign you fall asleep immediately after a meal…

I took some tumeric when we got to the airport – this usually helps me, but the “slight dusting” seemed to have the head shaking qualities of a major effect… I was ready to drive.

Things went from bad to worse pretty rapidly, and I focused on staying awake, and being able to see.

Haloing of the headlights coming towards me, headache and eye swelling were among the first effects.  I was just. so sleepy.

I turned my AC down… and then again… and then again.  I was holding steady at 63 degrees in the car, and lots of talking to my kids to keep me on task.

I shook my head a lot in desperate attempt to refocus and stay awake.

After 2 hours we arrived at home and I just hurt everywhere.

The joint pain, brain fog and eye swelling pain continues 4 days later, although I know it’s getting better.  My digestive system completely stopped working as if someone poured cement into my stomach.

I countered this with fresh juices, warm Braggs and lemon water, spinach smoothies and Kombucha.  I needed this out of my system – as I could tell it wasn’t moving on its own!

How soon do you think I’ll be eating at Chick-fil-a again?  This is why eating out can be so dangerous.

This server’s “quick fix” made my body drop down a few notches.

I know.  I shouldn’t have been driving in that condition.

I knew we needed our vehicle home – and I had 2 children with me.  My husband, in our big van, had the other 6.  Options were nonexistent and I knew freaking anyone out wasn’t going to get us home faster.

I was more than upset when we returned home, and emotionally exhausted.  Everything hurt.

Frustrated with the server, with people who “forget” that this is a major issue… not a fad.  For my body – which is at this point, can have reactions like that, which last like they do.

In my quiet time with God that night … He spoke to me with a reminder that MY inadequacy presents me with a continual choice – to depend on Him, or live in despair.

I choose to depend on Him.

A grateful heart is what protects us from negative thinking.  I need to be thankful for this opportunity for constant dependence on God, and His plans in all things.

I have to keep doing all I can to share with others, who are willing to listen, why gluten is so dangerous and why protecting the health for your gut is essential!

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

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