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Dysfunction-Junction, What’s Your Malfunction?

Happy New Year!  I just wanted to give you a  quick up date on how things were going with my oldest, and his post frenectomy therapy.  He has made a lot of progress, but I know once we get in there to do expanding, things are going to help even more.

Just to give you an idea of what we’re working on, and why it’s so important for his stress,  I’m sharing some super informative videos.  If you have auto immune disease, adrenal failure, TMJ, jaw pain, grind your teeth, troubles sleeping…  just watch it, it’s pretty amazing.

I’ve been considering why I got my braces on – how much sicker I got.  You see, most orthodontists, even now, are lining teeth up based on aesthetics alone.  They’re looking for a jaw match up -and not considering, “Can this palette house this tongue?  Is this going to cause chronic stress on the patient?  What about chewing?”

So some things to think about are:

* Are you a mouth breather?

* Do you often wake up in the morning with a dry mouth?

* How is your posture?

* If you had braces – how did your adjustment take?

* Did you have molars removed before adding braces?

*Have you had any chronic headaches or jaw pain?

* Did your mother ever tell you that she had troubles nursing you?  (Nipple soreness, poor latch, failure to thrive?)

* Do you get motion sickness or have you had a baby chronically cry in their car seat?

Myofunctional disorders can trigger a lot of issues.  Multiple things may have contributed to them, including taking folic acid while pregnant, (vs. methylated folate), as well as genetics and a grain filled diet.

All of this inflammation does contribute to gut health and your immune system.  It’s pretty crazy… but true.

Now here is why it’s so important.
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Do you see what the red arrow is pointing to?  That’s the stress in his neck on a muscle – from straining.  It’s because the muscle (his tongue) is so weak… and the front part of his neck to support his airway.  This is why he sleeps with his mouth open.  If you look at the blue line and arrow – it shows how he holds his head forward to open that airway also, causing a slumped posture.

Now check out his cheesy smile picture (this is part of the file we needed, so no, he doesn’t normally smile this way).
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As you can tell, you can see WAY too much of his gums – because his palette is way too small, his tongue also doesn’t fit into his mouth.  This was before his procedure, but you can tell how tight his top lip was tied.  He couldn’t even shut his mouth!  These teeth – look like this after 3 sets of braces, and 2 permanent retainers in, and him wearing his retainer about 85% of the day, and every night. Disappointing, yes?

Well, I’m hoping once we get the appliance in his mouth and start moving forward later this month, I will have some awesome pictures to share with you on his progress.  I can tell he’s made a lot of headway, but I know this hasn’t been a lot of fun for him.  I’m grateful our functional dentist/orthodontist is working with our youngest of kids so they never get to this point.

It’s been a bit to swallow all of this – financially and emotionally.  Something that could have been addressed when he was a week old, vs. all of the trauma we went through with feeding him, and the specialists we saw, etc.  As a good friend mentioned to me – it has honestly been a post-traumatic stress syndrome for me.  I felt it each time I had another baby and we attempted to establish feeding…  and I literally felt it now.  All of those emotions came RUSHING back, along with a lot of anger to the hurt people caused.

I wanted to scream at the doctors, and the nurses, and all of the people who were so discouraging to me when my son was an infant.  All of the pain I had stuffed inside just came out the night before his procedure, and the day off.  (I should have had you pray for my husband!  He is such a gift to me!)  It was as if I wished they could apologize, or I could get another chance… but I know that is impossible – and nothing would give me back what I have lost, or what he has suffered.

Financially – we’re paying for 3 sets of braces for this kid – now sinus surgery, and getting his lip, tongue and buckle ties released… all of these sessions with the chiropractor at $50 a week.  It all adds up, it’s out of pocket and most of it without insurance coverage.

Thankfully – we are able to make it a priority, and afford it…  but other things have had to take a back burner.  I have several kids with multiple issues we’re trying to address – and then there is me.  It’s been a little difficult to juggle all of this – but God keeps me strong, and positive. He definitely gave me my husband for a reason.

It frustrates me that western medicine and conventional dentists/orthodontists don’t look at the function of people to help heal them.  I’m so grateful to God for this journey though.  I can’t say that enough.

I remember praying and telling God that I would share this with the world – anything I learned – because I knew it was Him who continued to save me during the process of realizing how sick I was.  I don’t usually talk about my struggles anymore, to just anyone – unless I know someone else has similar things that can empathize.  Most people who haven’t experienced that utter shut down of their body, simply can’t (and often don’t want to) understand.

They have a body that regulates temperature, and blood pressure, and digestion.  I do not.  They eat more than 5 foods and don’t have to consider so many food issues for their family.

What I do have, is… I have a heart for people now – and I recognize that I used to push away what I couldn’t empathize with before.  So many people have struggles we can’t see, and I didn’t think that way before.

Thank you God for not pushing me away and helping me to wake up and see the Truth.
It’s the second day of the new year…  and more importantly, it’s a new day!  Praise God for that gift.  What are you going to do to be Healthy for Him this year?

Check out this video on why jaw pain shouldn’t be ignored.

This video explains myfunctional disorders as well.

Pray for our up coming appointment with our current orthodontist.  I’m unsure of what we need to do next.  I’m not sure how much he believes in this process.  I want to give him the benefit of the doubt, as he said himself that 30% of his patients have issues with the result not “staying” and needing a permanent retainer.  That’s a significant number…

“Behold, I am doing a new thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?  I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 43:19

Taking the Plunge!

Gut Issues?  Auto Immune Issues?  You need this book.  Seriously.

Gut Issues? Auto Immune Issues? You need this book. Seriously.

So, for roughly 3 years this spring, something has been upsetting my digestive tract on a daily basis.  It went beyond the celiac bouts and the “IBS” diagnosis (which means, “we don’t really know what’s wrong with you”).

It sounds like most people WITH IBS, actually struggle with SIBO.  From what I’ve learned slow/too fast digestion from undiagnosed celiac often correlates with SIBO.  It’s amazing the things they’re discovering… I’m grateful to be in this movement towards health with REAL foods.

Things have helped tremendously over the past years as I’ve made my way to a gut healing foodie, and helped to transform our family to healing their bodies inside out.  God has been leading me each step of the way.

I’ve made so much progress.  I can’t deny that..  But I also can’t deny that I still have one major issue to address.

I mentioned last time that I was ready to attack that SIBO monster… I’ve been reading and trying to figure this out…
“what is the best plan for me.”  Talking with my doctor… praying.  Most of all, praying.

One of the supplements I was taking – Lauricidin was safe on all account for me – free of fillers, free of allergens.  Except one small problem.  It was derived from coconut.

I can no longer handle coconut, and I was so focused on choosing the supplements that wouldn’t flare my auto immune issues … I sort of missed that fine print.  I know, I’m still human, and thank you for your grace for not reminding me how I should read labels.

Believe me.  I know.

It just wasn’t one I was looking for.

So when my hypothyroid issues started to worsen… hair falling out, nails breaking off… no energy…   I knew it had to be something new I had added…

Which brings me to a grumble session I had last night while my husband and I were shopping.

“Is it bad when you can’t eat 98% of the food in the store?  Because that’s where I am…. and it makes me so sad.”

I’m not talking about the obvious processed junk in the middle of the store.  I’m talking about getting rid of many of the good things you can’t eat, because your gut is so messed up.

“What does that entail?”

Well, one of the major things that I think has been making me NOT heal is starch (sweet potatoes, plantains, or rice), FODMAPSs, and probiotics.  Starch is great for my total digestion, but just really feeds the SIBO.  Normally fermented foods and drinks are great for helping gut dysbiosis, but in the case of SIBO – it only worsens things … Vegetables – how can you go wrong there?  Then starches…  and sugars (glucose for that matter), are one of the ways I feel “good” physically  – helping to keep my blood pressure more stable, and my feelings from POTS lower.

The idea of removing all of that and “getting down to business”…. has left me in quite a funk lately.

All of the things I’m reading and learning are swirling in my mind.

I know the answer.  I KNOW the right answer…

I have to try this.

What’s the hold up?

Yeah Sara.  What is the hold up?

ARGH.

Me.  I’m the problem.

This isn’t that far of a jump from where I am. Right?

I want healing RIGHT?

Right.

So here’s the deal.  Here is what it’s going to take – it’s going to take me committing to several weeks of the following diet (it’s a little more broad, but within my own restrictions, here is what I can eat):

* Carrots, Spinach or  Zucchini if I can tolerate it – only those 3, and they must be well cooked.

* Cinnamon, Salt

* Apple Cider Vinegar

* 4-8 oz of meat at a meal (I have all of the things to make liver pills also – very important)

* Olive Oil

* Bone Broth

and…  that’s it.

I know what you're thinking.  "That looks pretty good."  And it was.  But honestly, how many ways can I fix carrots?  Carrots in broth, mashed carrots with cinnamon, fried carrots, carrot soup...  yep - I'm going to hate carrots soon.

I know what you’re thinking. “That looks pretty good.” And it was. But honestly, how many ways can I fix carrots? Carrots in broth, mashed carrots with cinnamon, fried carrots, carrot soup… yep – I’m going to hate carrots soon.

It could just be a few weeks, it could be a few months.  I need to have 5 days in a row with no bloating/symptoms – and then I can add more foods in – testing each food, one at a time.

Please pray for me.  I’ve been spending more time in prayer about this, and specifically praying over my body and the healing that needs to occur.  Deep breathing, meditation.  I’ve read story after story of people going through rounds and rounds of antibiotics that fail horribly, and living with SIBO for life.  I know this is pretty severe, but it is also instrumental to me quieting my auto immune diseases.

I know God can do BIG things.

He already has.

I’m looking to Him to heal me from this – once and for all.

Pray for my body to handle the ketosis changes, as that is probably one of my biggest concerns.  “Low carbs” and no starch usually doesn’t do well with my POTS symptoms/blood pressure.

I always used to feel like I was getting a low blood sugar, but my blood sugar would be fine…  Feeling like you’re going to pass out every time you stand isn’t ideal.  My goal is no fruit.  That’s pretty drastic, I know – but the point is to stop feeding the monster.  I may baby step into that and cut it back to a banana a day, or something like that, vs. going cold turkey.  I already cut my kombucha back to one a day.

With God, I CAN do this.

Deep breath.

Here I go!

  “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

John 13:17

 

Sugar-Free Paleo Me

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My most recent challenge is coming up with snacks and treats for my children who are doing through the whole food elimination for allergies.  One can’t have coconut, one can’t have eggs, and two of them can’t have almonds.  I’m having to dig deep.  Sometimes I feel like I’m making 5 different meals (counting mine).  Since I’m already struggling with my memory, I may have forgotten things a time or two this week.

One night my daughter with ASD shouted at me, “I NEVER get to have something special at dinner time.”

Whoa.  Excuse me?  NEVER?

Well, that’s obviously NOT true and I’m thinking the opposite might be true.  But this particular evening, she was slightly right – it had been awhile since I had a specific item for her.  After talking through that (gratefulness in all things, and saying NEVER when it simply isn’t true.)… It did light a fire under me to figure out a few other go-to treats.  Now, don’t think for a minute that we don’t eat A LOAD of apples and bananas, and veggies… we do.  But this has challenged me in a new way.  (Thanks for your prayers, I am still smiling – and grateful – although this particular night might not have been my high-point as week ONE wraps up!)

Just to give you an idea of how I’ve messed up lately.  I may or may not have:

-Left the back of the van open while driving away from the grocery store for the second time in 2 months.
-Leave the refrigerator door open almost every day while cooking (thankful for the bell that lets me know it’s STILL open!)
-Left a burner on and almost set some parchment paper on fire from the baking sheet I set on there.

Distracted?  Slightly.

plantain

The first thing I made were plaintain crackers from Paleo Mom.  They are super simple, and she has a great video on cutting a plantain (in half, and then lengthwise in half).  I meant them for my kids – but ended up eating 3/4ths of them.  They were SO good.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown.  They harden as they sit - and are SO good.  The outer ones might bake first - so just slide those off and bake some more.

I cut them about 20 minutes into the baking, and bake until they are DARK brown. They harden as they sit – and are SO good. The outer ones might bake first – so just slide those off and bake some more.

Secondly, I made some chocolate flax crackers from healthful pursuit  (they were very well received – see picture at top).  I can’t eat these, because they have cacao in them – also, I didn’t put chocolate in them or on top of them – as sugar is out for the kids…. but they said they were really good! 🙂

I’ve been making a BOATLOAD (no seriously… that’s a number) of smoothies everyday too… for myself, and all of the kids.  They always comment about how much it aids in their digestion.  Green/digestion smoothies all-around!  Next task – a birthday cake for most to enjoy?  Stay tuned!  Keepin’ it Healthy for Him!

“For to set the mind on the flesh is death,

but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.

Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.”

Romans 8:6

Reflections By My Daughter

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Last semester, my children were studying the food pyramid in some of their online courses.

This was quite a challenge… given that Paleo stands the food pyramid on it’s head.  Minimal fats?  How about a majority of healthy fats?  Sorry food pyramid, our bodies prove – you’re wrong.

So, in wrapping up this lesson, my daughter was assigned to write about the food pyramid, and instead – I told her she could write a short essay about the truth about food and disease, however she wanted.

Imagine my giant smile when I read her essay.

“An autoimmune disease called Celiac, is ‘rare’ according to doctors. Many people have problems throughout their lives and doctors only give them medications. Celiac disease is when your body can’t tolerate gluten.  Some people react to crumbs, but others react to bites of whole wheat bread, because it depends on how much it has destroyed your stomach. Gluten can cause the stomach to crack and make holes. This is called leaky gut.

There are a variety of symptoms. Dermatitis herpetiformis is bumps that can form anywhere on your skin. They itch like crazy!!!  A few other common symptoms are tummy aches, diarrhea, behavior issues, and cramps in your legs.  Some can even have asthma.  My sister had asthma, but as soon as we went gluten-free, it completely went away.  She hasn’t ever eaten another asthma pill!

Removing gluten from your diet will help your body heal itself. Still, after people go gluten-free, they may still have problems! But why? Based on the level of destruction in your gut lining, your stomach can react (auto immune reaction) to different things that aren’t gluten, but it thinks that they are. Eating Paleo will help. The Paleo diet removes all grains, dairy and sugar because they are inflammatory foods.

But what if you  still have problems? Going to see a medical doctor might not be the best idea.  Often times, they want to give you pills and unnecessary surgeries that won’t get to the root of the issues.  Drugs are not the right way to heal your body. they just get rid of the symptoms.  All doctors are not like that.   A naturopath doctor is better.  They want you to learn and heal your body naturally.  Instead of pills, they recommend vitamins and supplements and teach you how to heal your body inside-out.

Gluten is unhealthy for us. Period. Yes, people have used grains to fed people in third world countries, but since it is mass-produced and there is an abundance of it, they use it. We are not what we eat, but what we absorb.  Gluten is not absorbed in our stomach, and that is why it causes so many problems.  We cannot digest it.   It is like glue, and our stomachs can’t break it down. More and more people are learning the truth because people are brave enough to stand out from the crowd and help others.”

Ahhhh…. warms my heart.  It’s amazing your perspective – when you experience something first hand.  (and boy has she ever!)

  I can’t wait to see how God might use her!

” Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth,

before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say,

“I have no pleasure in them.”
Ecclesiastes 12:1

Time Saver or Slow Killer?

One of the things we get from our food-coop is fruit in bulk!  So thankful for the option!  We eat a lot of apples!!  An apple a day... keeps the doctor away!

One of the things we get from our food-coop is fruit in bulk! So thankful for the option! We eat a lot of apples!! An apple a day… keeps the doctor away!

I wanted to bring back up the subject of a microwave, because this seems to be a misunderstanding, even among many health blogs I read.  I never understand how I can be reading something where someone is super concerned and fine tuned in their diet…

and then they use the microwave.

WHY?

I get it.  It’s easy… it’s fast…

But honestly?  Nine months later and I don’t miss mine a bit!

A few months ago someone inquired about us not having a microwave… someone who overheard the conversation and piped in, “Well, they’ve realized that they don’t really put off much radiation… they’re perfectly safe.  We even had a family member test how many radiation it was putting off, and it wasn’t harmful to stand by it.”

This woman’s husband is actually a doctor… so of course she seemed educated on the matter.  I didn’t need to try to change her mind, clearly she felt like she was doing the best she could, and had the right answer.  I didn’t expect her to know all I had read, or knew on the subject.   I did speak up that the radiation to the food that was warmed up (nutrition killed), molecular changes, etc and she didn’t know much about that.  Other than, she “couldn’t live without it.”

I remember thinking the same thing.

We used to use ours all the time.

It’s amazing how, once you present something as “not an option”… how you really don’t need something any more at all… I didn’t need it before either – I only thought I did.

Well a couple of things happened recently that I wanted to share with you, because I thought they were worth mentioning.

One was, a podcast I listened to with a nutritionist from the gluten-summit, who talked about a study she had done with people who had compromised immune systems – and those who had food warmed up or “cooked” in the microwave.  They were low on WBC (first immune fighters) and also anemic (low iron in their blood).  Any guesses as to why?

The nutrition was killed in the food they ate (read more about that here)… and their bodies weren’t able to function like they were designed to do.

The other point, our chiropractor brought up in regards to nutrition being killed, and molecules being transformed during the “heating” process is quite concerning…  because I used to warm baby food up in the microwave… ALL THE TIME.  But he was talking about his son’s science project that he had him do, to teach him the effects of microwaved food.

He took 3 plants with no other variables, other than the type of water they were given, and lined them up, watering them each day.  The first plant got room temperature tap water, the second got microwaved water that had been cooled to room temp, and the third got rain water-cooled to room temp.

Well guess what happened? 

The rain water did the best for the plant, and the plant with the microwaved water…. died.

So we’ve seen things being passed around between Facebook, and email regarding putting your cell phone in the bra, and the increased chance in breast cancer… with a phone next to the skin of your breast.  Consider eating food with radiation and mixed up molecules that have killed the nutritional value.   Don’t think for a minute that microwaving your food “isn’t a big deal” … because it totally is.

Even hospitals recognize not warming up baby’s water for “milk” or formula in the microwave, and they know plastics aren’t good in the microwave either..  there is reason for this, as it kills the nutritional value.  Why is this important for babies and suddenly NOT for our other children, and ourselves??

I don’t know about you… but my body needs ALL of the nutrition from my food it can get, or why bother eating??

Nourish your body – healthy for Him.

“He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.”

Luke 1:7

 

 

 

Hope. One Word.

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My word of the year: Hope.

It stemmed from my lack of hope that plagued me throughout 2012.  Then finally starting down my alternative healthcare journey in December, following the week of Advent that started with HOPE.

I need to cling to Him.

That branch that God lets out to us… that one that says, “I AM here.  Hold on.”

It couldn’t have happened at a better time.  I was finally ready to try anything.

Before then, my hope was in doctors, in the field of western medicine… and in finding a diagnosis to know how to “treat”.

The more fruitless appointments I had with specialist after specialist, the more certain I became of “names” for what I was feeling – the more I realized I didn’t NEED that down on paper.  I needed to take responsibility for the necessary changes to heal my body – INSIDE OUT.

Our symptoms are just our body crying out.  I recently heard a functional nutritionist say our bodies can’t talk – so they “cry” by showing us symptoms.  It’s our symptoms that help diagnosis us… but that’s all wrong.  Our symptoms should be our sign that our body is unhappy and something needs to change.

But when and why have our ideas on trouble shooting health issues changed?  When my children were babies and couldn’t talk – they cried when they were unhappy.  Determined to stop the crying, I would see if they were

hungry?

tired?

wet?

over stimulated…

I didn’t drug them up and ignore them.  Right?

Right.

Yet western medicine tells patients:  “You have crohns, take this.  You have colitis, take this.  High blood pressure?  Take this.  You have cancer, take this.”

If you have any type of a disease, there is a breakdown in your body that needs addressed.   You might have to DIG, but it’s basically tweaking these top 4 issues in your life:

  1. Giving your body the nutrients it needs to heal and maintain health. (The Paleo Diet is a great start, but figuring our food sensitivities are a must – let food be your medicine!)
  2. Making sure our bodies are able to utilize and transport oxygen. (Many people are low on Glutathione, and Co-Enzyme 10 at the cellular level, making it difficult for your cells to transport oxygen throughout your body!  Supplements help me as well as regular exercise.)
  3. Eliminate as many toxins and poisons as possible. (Household chemicals and beauty products are the worst, but STRESS and emotional baggage counts in a big way too!)
  4. Improve your digestion and your body’s ability to eliminate toxins. (Diet, Probiotics, sleep and exercise!  You should be pooping 2-3 times a day, but at the very least – every day.)

This is the type of list I’ve been working on this year.  Foods – adding in foods high in nutrition and went from a gluten-free home to a Paleo lifestyle.  Oxygen – from supplements, and trying to sleep with my mouth closed so I get more oxygen while I sleep has been a plus!  Progress.  Toxins – we have totally revamped our beauty products, and any “cleaners” in our house, as well as I got my amalgams all out of my head, and did chelation to remove metals from my system and we stopped getting vaccinated.  Emotional stress just including eliminating people or feelings that drug me down.  Digestion – I’ve been working steady on this since Feb. when I switched to the Auto Immune Protocol Diet, and I started taking MSM, and increased my Magnesium and Vit. C…  I take probiotics, enzymes, HCl and eat lots of kraut and Kombucha daily!  I also had my hormones balanced – Estro-DIM and Armour Thyroid helped in those areas.

Yes, I’d say this whole past year – has been one of Hope.  It’s honestly felt like a year long Advent season for me.  As God drew me close – so I could hear Him…  I was blessed with more time with Him, my husband, my family – and things of eternal value.  The transformation of health has been secondary to the spiritual blessing He continues to give.  May you be blessed with a reflection and transformation that helps you to be Healthy for Him.

“but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

 

 

Little House On The… Prairie?

Each year after the pumpkin patch trip, each child brings home a pumpkin.  They usually sit for decoration and rot.  Not this year!

Each year after the pumpkin patch trip, each child brings home a pumpkin. They usually sit for decoration and rot. Not this year!

Sometimes I feel pretty domesticated.  I’ve got tea in my crock pot, making food from scratch, and an opossum holed up in our garage this week-end.

Opossum 2, us – 1.  (No wonder those garage cats were spooked!  That is a one UGLY mouse with a nasty long tail!)  Yuck.

So, back to my make-believe time warp action I have going on…

While cooking and baking so much from scratch seems to be so foreign in our country, we’re really only one generation removed from knowing how to cook and live this way…  and we can see where that has gotten us!

“Get out of your house more,” they say….

“Don’t be stuck in your kitchen,” they say…

“Choose convenience,” they say….

and where did that get us exactly?

People are tired and stressed, families are broken and we have more disease than ever before, with “technology” inventing chemically laden foods, and a disease-care system laughing all the way to the bank.

This is progress?

One of the biggest gifts is having to slow down… having to think, plan and to really consider for our family, what we need to say no to in order to say yes to restoring our health while strengthening our relationships.  We’re also able to attempt so many things we weren’t able to before – together.

Personally, it makes me much more adventurous and wiling to tackle things I wouldn’t have bothered with before.

SEEDS

Gutting a pumpkin isn’t super hard. Sure it’s a little messy, but roasted pumpkin seeds are worth it. Boiled for 10 minutes, and baked for 25 at 350 degrees. Just a little coconut oil, salt and cinnamon – and you have a tasty treat!

Cutting the pumpkin in half, we turned it over and roasted for one hour at 350 degrees on a plain baking sheet like this.

Cutting the pumpkin in half, we turned it over and roasted for one hour at 350 degrees on a plain baking sheet like this.

This weekend it was roasting our whole pumpkins and freezing the “meat” to use later.  I was preparing a large batch of roasted pumpkin seeds too!  Maybe not a big deal to you – but for me, it was showing our children the goodness of God in what He has provided for us in the things He created!

 

MEAT

The pumpkin was easy to scoop into 1-2 cup portions and bag flat for the easy storage in the freezer.  Some of it we just ate fresh with a little bit of a cinnamon.  Yum!  It smelled delish!

The pumpkin was easy to scoop into 1-2 cup portions and bag flat for the easy storage in the freezer. Some of it we just ate fresh with a little bit of a cinnamon. Yum! It smelled delish!

So that was some of our weekend wrapped up with a bow!   {If you are in my neighborhood,  I apologize for screaming out last night when the rodent came towards me.  I know I had a shovel – but irrational fears controlled my voice box when it moved towards me as we shooed it out.}

“We all show the Lord’s glory, and we are being changed to be like Him.”

2 Corinthians 3:18

Life Has Choices

 

This delicious chocolate layered cake was from the Against All Grain cookbook.  SO yummy.

This delicious chocolate layered cake was from the Against All Grain cookbook. SO yummy.

 

Well it’s been since June that I’ve made a really poor decision.  I was due.

That’s really not fair.

In my defense, my doctor asked me recently if I had “tried” nuts again…  and I hadn’t.

A bite of birthday cake seemed like the logical answer.

Offenders?

Chocolate, almond nut flour, eggs, honey…  what could possibly go wrong?

It was ONE bite.

ONE.

And it smelled sooooo good.  SO good.

Vanilla icing nestled in 3 layers of chocolate/chocolate cake and topped with a chocolate butter cream/meringue frosting.

The kids had rated the cake a 10.  My husband, watching me work hours on the cake encouraged me to try “just one bite.”

Within 10 minutes I felt my chin starting to hurt like a breakout was on the verge.  The remainder of the evening my head felt like it might explode and my eyes were swelling.  I felt, quite simply, SICK and so tired.

It was one bite too many.

The next day followed more of the same…  pain, aches, swollen eyes, and a grouchy disposition, brain fog.

The cyst on my chin let me know it was in the for long haul.  We’d be friends at least a week.

Boo!  Hiss!!

I’ve read it can take up to 3 years to heal and seal your gut.  I’m sure set backs don’t help that situation much.

I’d call it a cheat, but I made a choice.

It was a choice to see where my body was in the healing process while celebrating my son’s 7th birthday.

“Not there yet,” it spouted back at me.

“I’m listening,” I answered.

I made my second birthday cake in less than a week, my 3rd child turned 11.  This time a chocolate bundt cake with chocolate fudge drizzle.

It smelled amazing…

As I chewed my dates, I pretended they were chocolate cake.

It works for me!

My body was much happier with that.

We started a new Bible on having true JOY in God through counting our blessings.   I’m grateful that my body knows and can tell me when something is making me sick.  It truly is a blessing and a gift.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

Psalm 19;14

 

 

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!!

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

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