Criticism

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So much can be said about this topic.  These particular sentences hit me though.  For me, it reminds me Who is above all in my life.  Criticism is not a bad thing.  It is a hard thing though….to receive and to give.  When I receive criticism that is hurtful and cuts me, I take it to the Lord and ask him to show me the truth from it.  Of course, that is after I cry for awhile.  Just because someone says it doesn’t mean it is true.  The Lord is faithful and will expose the truth from those words, even if the truth is hard to hear.  We need to be humble and ready to listen and receive it.

These sentences meant a lot to me because I was trying to decide if I wanted to share this blog.  I have had people in my life that have mocked my passion for health.  I had my own thoughts attacking me as well.  All I could hear was the voices in my head telling me how stupid I was, how no-one really cares about the things I had to say, how no likes and followers means my blog sucks, and so on….  It’s so easy for me to negatively get stuck in my head.  I asked a couple godly friends from a Health FB page we all belong to if they could read and be honest.  They were more than encouraging and supportive.  I also shared it with a couple other important people.  This was helpful to hear what everyone had to say.

They pointed me to God.  One said, “Misty, God made you exactly who He needs you to be for those He has placed in your path”.  She reminded me that some might criticize but there will be others who will be thankful for my story and the hope it gives.  Both have it’s place….One helps us grow and the other encourages us to keep going.  AND thank you John Piper for reminding me that God has the final word in Christ….His Word stands above it all!!!!!

Galatians 1:10- For am I now seeking the favor of God?  Or am I striving to please men?  If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.

I HID CHOCOLATE!!!!!

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Confession time!  Only a couple people know this deep dark secret.  I had done it for years.  If my husband reads this, he will learn something new about me.  I talked of how to be healthy all the time.  When in public, I rarely gave in to sweets in front of anyone. Unhealthy food made me feel guilty.  It was difficult because people would make a huge deal of my “self-control” and how I stayed in shape.  So much pressure!!!!  It really ate at me for years.  I felt like I had to be perfection all the time.  So….this stressed me out and I ate “sugar” in secret.  It got so bad that if I bought a bag of MnM’s or Cadbury mini eggs for the candy cupboard and gave in to them, I would eat them with no control and have to go buy another “replacement” bag before anyone knew.  Sometimes, I would buy two…One for me to hide and one for the candy cupboard.  What was wrong with me?  I felt so depressed and hypocritical. I felt like I had no control.

I love sugar.  I have always craved it.   I tried all the ways to get rid of my “sugar cravings”.  Never worked!!!  Always failed.  I could get through my Whole30 and do well for awhile after but I always went back.  I can say the sugar cravings weren’t as bad as I was eating healthier but there were still moments.  And those moments usually came when I was depressed, having a sucky day and stressed out.  Do you know how many candy bars I have consumed on my way home after grocery shopping?  YIKES!!!!

So let’s fast forward to today.  Do I still hide chocolate?  YES!!!  But it’s not out of shame or guilt.  It’s not because I’m embarrassed.  It’s because I try to buy better chocolate and my kids eat it.  I like to have a little saved so when I really want something, it’s there.  The point of my blog today…those two cans of chocolate in the pic were in my cupboard.  I bought one of them about two weeks ago and the other, I can’t even remember buying.  One can of chocolates would usually be gone in two days.  One of those cans is brand new and one is missing one piece.  It hit me today when I found them that even though I still eat sugar, I have not gone on a rampage for awhile looking for something sweet.  This is exciting for me!!!!!

Okay, I’m going to do what I do….Jump to something new but will bring it all together, I promise!!!!!  Heard of Candida?  Candida is not bad…it’s a type of yeast that naturally exists in our bodies.  We are all born with it. It decomposes our bodies when we die. It’s a normal part of our gut bacteria.  Heard of Candida Overgrowth? It’s a fungal infection or yeast infection.  It is caused when candida grows and overpopulates your digestive system (and spreads throughout the rest of your body).  Some Top Contributors: 1. Weakened immune system, 2. High sugar diet, 3. Frequent antibiotic use, 4. Birth control,  5. Chronic stress.  Intense sugar cravings, brain fog, bloating, depression, anxiety, chronic digestive issues, nail or toe fungus and constant low energy are a few of the symptoms.  If you read my story a couple posts back, you know I struggle with all of these.  I tested high.

So, yes, I am bringing Plexus into this.  I am all about their product called Triplex.  These three products work together to heal and create a healthy gut.  Slim, Probio5 and Biocleanse.

I am going to talk about the SLIM:  This is known as the “pink drink”.  I believe this has been a key factor in helping my sugar cravings.  It was originally developed for diabetics to stabilize blood sugars.  Slim promotes the growth of good gut microbes, supports healthy glucose metabolism, aids in weight loss and contains a clinically studied XOS prebiotic.  There are many benefits of Slim and I am convinced that it has played a part in beginning to balance things out in my body.  Reduce sugar cravings???…I never thought this was possible, especially for me.  But, the fact that I have two cans of chocolates and I have no desire at this moment to have one even after writing about it is HUGE!!!!!

Oh goodness…I forgot about my problem with Gluten free JoJo’s but I’ll save that for another day.  Let’s just say I ate about half a box the night before I started Plexus and right now there is a box in the cupboard and I don’t think I’ve had one for two weeks.  WHAT????

The Gut…Do you want the good or bad controlling your health?

The Gut…Do you want the good or bad controlling your health?

I wrote a few days ago and shared a little about myself.  Today, I came on to share what this amazing product is that I have found.  BUT as I looked back and read a couple posts before this, the one titled Life… on April 27th was interesting.  I wrote where I was at (again).  As I read it, I could feel how hopeless I was on my physical issues changing.  I encourage you to go back and read it.
Although I am in a similar place, I am NOT!!!

I have hope!

Hope given by a company called Plexus.  They are all about happy and healthy and understand that it all begins in the gut.  Like I shared in my last blog, I knew the gut controlled it all and I knew a lot about “the gut” in general but the last two months everything has finally clicked.  All the knowledge in my head is being lived out.  Heard of Gut dysbiosis?  Gut dysbiosis, sometimes called bacterial dysbiosis, means you have a lack of beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  (Link below for more info)  I encourage you to read it and learn so much. If anything, scroll to the symptoms and I’m pretty sure your eyes will open up to just how important a healthy gut is and how you have “symptoms” that stem from an unhealthy gut. Did you know we have more than 300-500 species of bacteria in our guts….good and bad. It overwhelms me!  In short, Gut dysbiosis IS bad bacteria messing with your gut microbiome!!!  Quick lesson: The microbiome is the genetic material of all the microbes – bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – that live on and inside the human body. The number of genes in all the microbes in one person’s microbiome is 200 times the number of genes in the human genome. The microbiome may weigh as much as five pounds. (Really confused now??? Link below on more info…it really is fascinating. Read it!!!!)

All I know is that I want the genetic material inside me healthy!!!!

Changing gears. Science lesson over:) Plexus!!!! Another online company that wants you to sign up people to make them money….NOPE!!! NOPE!!!! AND NOPE!!!! Is it an online company? YES! Can you make money? Sure, if you want! If you join for the business side, you get out of it what you put in. It’s the way of the world now. There are over 38,000 home-based businesses in the USA. Did I join to make money? NOPE!!! I bought their products after watching people I know have their health transformed. I don’t mean a little tummy ache but…Autoimmune diseases, IBS, SIBO, Thyroid, Chronic Fatigue, Fibro, Severe anxiety and Depression.  Oh my gosh…SO MUCH MORE!!!!! I basically replaced the supplements I was already on. That made sense, no-brainer. Most of us already take supplements…Probiotic, prebiotic, multivitamins, omegas, etc.

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I did decide to join as an Ambassador because I wanted the most discount and I knew even though they offered a 60 money back, I would not be using it. I knew my journey of healing would be just that….A JOURNEY!!! I did not expect to see anything right away BUT…..

I have noticed how this product has actually helped in such a short time and am excited to see how my body continues to heal and repair in this next year. YES!!!!  I said year.  You see, our many years of damage isn’t just undone after a week or even a Whole30 of “healthy”.  This is not a quick fix.  When I started on this product 55 days ago, I had no intention of telling anyone.  I was going to wait until I was “perfect”.  I couldn’t wait though.  I am all about honesty.

One thing I will add…Cuz I’m honest:) I have days of doubt. I have to daily remind myself that this will take time. I have to keep a daily journal of how I’m feeling. I do this so I can go back and see how I progress. There may be things that don’t completely change. This is not a cure. This is a means to help me be the healthiest, best version of me. This helps to make my everyday possible and better. This is helping me from this day forward to not go backwards anymore. I left a link to my site if you would like to see what it’s all about.

Gut dysbiosis: https://blog.kettleandfire.com/gut-dysbiosis/
Microbiome: https://depts.washington.edu/ceeh/downloads/FF_Microbiome.pdf
My site: https://plexusworldwide.com/mistyfunnell/home

GUT HEALTH: The next step in my Journey To All Health

So I finished my Whole30 long ago and it just didn’t give me the results like the others I had done.  Conclusion: More tests. Same problems.  Everyday, I wanted to blog.  I felt stuck.  What do I write?  I was depressed, anxious, tired, in pain and just plain mad at life!!!!   What’s wrong with me???  Let me share a little about my “stuff”.  Please take a few minutes.  I bet you can relate.

This may be a little long but would love for you to hear where I’m at. I have struggled for years with different health issues which seem to point to an unhealthy gut. I have been told by several doctors that I have Fibro (gut related) and have been in denial because it seems to be the diagnosis for…”We don’t know what’s wrong with you!”.  I have also tested high on the symptoms test for candida overgrowth…which is totally gut related!!!! Do you know what else is gut related?  Anxiety, mood swings, depression, panic attacks, chronic fatigue, adrenal fatigue, painful bloating, food sensitivities, fungus issues, sugar cravings, pain ….You name it!!!!  I had it!!!  My body has worked against itself for years. I have googled all these issues and “the gut” always seemed to come up.  I knew I needed to “heal my gut”.  That’s the path I’ve been on….Yet, I always seem to get stuck.  I’ve eliminated the food, added different supplements and while there was some relief….It was never enough.  My chiropractor now is amazing and really helped me start understanding “THE GUT”. I have also learned a lot from my own research and studying and through a friend of mine who is in the process of becoming a naturopathic doctor.

I was recently introduced to a line of plant-based supplements that are geared toward maintaining healthy weight, healthy gut, energy and so much more. I wanted to get on them for several months and see if they were really all they promoted before I shared. I was skeptical.  I tried so many things.  Put out so much money.  BUT…I couldn’t get over the results and testimonies of people I actually knew.  (AND I have met a bunch of people (new friends) who have amazing testimonies).  However, I kept getting stuck on one thing…This company seemed to promote weight loss.  I jumped to the conclusion that it was a lose weight fast pill.  NOPE!!!!  I was so wrong!!!!  I did my research.  I was added to my friend’s Facebook Team group where I was able to just observe, ask questions and be educated about GUT HEALTH.  That is what this company is about.  The losing weight part just comes with balancing your sugar, healing your gut and getting healthy.

So I decided to give it a try.  Why not?…..60 day money back guarantee….Nothing to lose, RIGHT?  I figured I’d give it the 60 days.  If I was happy, I would keep going and then share 6-8 months in.  I mean, gut healing takes time and patience.  BUT, one and a half months in…I was experiencing little steps that made me want to share it with others. (I sound like an infomercial)  I have always had a passion about health and helping others…this seems right up my alley:)

BACKTRACK: My doc wanted me to do a 2 week drink that he said tasted awful and it would be 3x/day and no food. It is completely unnatural and would probably mess with my body but would hopefully help with the “IBS”.  It also cost over $500.  Eric and I talked about it and we decided to try this other natural product first.  So thankful I did. It’s hard to remain patient when you are dealing with healing the gut. It is a long process to undo so many years of destruction. My lifestyle choices before I became who I am now really did a number on my body.  Along with that healing meant die-off symptoms (detox) and they can be a bit discouraging.  Everyone has a different past, everyone has a different story, everyone’s healing process is going to be different.  SO….

I wanted to tell you all (I know no one is there…LOL!!!!) that I am 50 days in on this product and although I still have a long way to go…I am seeing some changes. Two of the biggest are my blood sugar is normalizing so my cravings are lessening and I am making better food choices. I do, however, have a long way to go and still love my chocolate:) I also have seen improvement on my bloating. I am notorious for having a 6 month food baby almost every night (See pic). The last couple weeks I have noticed less bloating and have been eating the healthy things that normally make me feel full and bloated. Oh and can I just say that my energy has increased a bit. Even on my tired days, I’m making it through without the thought of a nap. I also have major anxiety and irritability…I call it my “rage monster”.   But I am noticing I am staying a bit calmer than I normally would. I also haven’t had a sleepless, anxiety filled night for a few weeks. I am still human, my body is still aging and there are some things that can’t be undone….This is helping me though. For the first time, I feel like I have some hope of feeling better.

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The kids have been taking their two main products every night and we have noticed it helping them stay healthy, bathroom regular which is big for us and not catch everything going around. Abby who stayed off of gluten for a year to help heal her leaky gut has just added back in the gluten and so far so good.
So I am excited by this new journey I am on and wanted to share with you all where I’m at. I am completely gluten free, little dairy and working on eliminating most sugars. I won’t get rid of my local honey. I know it’s long road but it’s a health journey!!!!  My health journey!!!!  I encourage you to have your own health journey!!!!  My next post I will share this amazing plant based product with you.

Here is more on my journey:

No Disney Hangover!!!! Feeling accomplished!!!!

The Gut…Do you want the good or bad controlling your health?