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Is Luke Warm Ok?

I made these Paleo mini key-lime pies for our family last week.  They were a HUGE hit with the kids.  They were super impressed, and kept saying how much they loved them.  See the link for the recipe below!

I made these Paleo mini key-lime pies for our family last week. They were a HUGE hit with the kids. They were super impressed, and kept saying how much they loved them. See the link for the recipe below!

God says being luke warm about your faith in Him is NOT good… He would rather you be COLD, than luke warm.  I’d say He feels pretty strongly about it!

However, there are some things in life where a luke warm temperature IS a good idea.

Take drinking water for instance…

My husband never liked ice water, and I remember thinking – what is wrong with this guy?  Who drinks their water WARM?  Ick, right?

Turns out, he was probably following a cue from his body that room temp water is SO much better for our digestion!

I’ve read several articles and information that drinking a room temperature glass of water in the morning (with your supplements) before breakfast is a great idea.

We’re usually a bit low on fluids upon waking, so a full glass is a great idea to sip on while you’re making breakfast and taking your daily dose for your immune system!
Each night before bed, I prepare myself two drinks:

1)  A mug with warm/hot water with 1-2 T of BRAGGS apple cider vinegar and a lemon wedge in it.  I also add my MSM to this, and stir.  I drink this to take my 400 mg of Magnesium before bed, and my 1 mg melatonin as well.

2) A 32 oz glass of water with a lemon wedge and MSM to drink upon waking with my Armour thyroid medicine.

These two things tremendously help my digestion and aid in keeping my belly and body happy!

So, I guess sometimes “luke warm” is great idea!

PALEO KEY-LIME PIES FROM “Delighted Mama”

“I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot.  I wish you were either one or the other! 

So because you are lukewarm — neither hot nor cold — I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 

You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” 

But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked.”

Revelation 3:15-17

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

Liver Glitch, and MSM

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Don’t have fresh juice on hand? This Very Berry Wheatgrass juice is SO yummy, and only 9 grams of sugars. (The lowest one RAAW makes!) Wheatgrass IS gluten-free… I know, it sounds crazy but it’s SO good for you.

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

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