I’m selfish!!! It’s not my life!!!

I know by nature, we are all selfish! I have just noticed over the years that I have become more selfish. I find myself often questioning God and the things He allows in my day, in my life. Who do I think that I am? I must think pretty highly of myself that I would even begin to think I have any sort of control over what my day holds. What brings this whole blog about you ask? Well, I will tell youūüėČ

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Levi woke up sick yesterday and I was mad! I was mad that my little man felt so badly. I was mad because it’s the holidays and we have so many things planned and the last thing I want to do is deal with sickness. I was mad because that meant that he had to miss out on Grama day which he has been looking forward to for a couple weeks. I was mad because that meant he has to miss his music lesson and possibly his one day a week of school that we look so forward to. I was mad that his day at school was the Christmas party and they are putting together a big project we’ve been working on making the human body. I was mad that the day I had planned to watch cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies and decorate the house while the kids were with Grama was now ruined.

I’M PRETTY PATHETIC!!!! How disappointing that so much complaining can go on in just a minute inside my head. Now‚Ķ I had a choice to make. I had all these selfish thoughts plaguing me and I could talk to the Lord about it and ask Him to give me the strength to get through or I could dwell on it and just be mad through the remainder of my day because I wasn’t getting my way. Let’s be honest, that’s what was going on, right? I wasn’t getting my way! SELFISH!!!!

And did you catch the part in the beginning where I refer to this life as being….My life??? Pretty sure it doesn’t belong to me. I gave my life to God! I decided to follow Him. He makes it very clear in Mark 8:34 that following Him means to deny myself, pick up my cross (and follow Him). ¬†I am to live this life that He so graciously gave me and do all things to His glory, not for man’s glory or approval, not for my own comfort, not for loving a life more than I love Jesus. ¬†I am not in charge anymore!!! ¬†I love what John Piper says about this verse, “You are a new self. Act like it. Deny the old, comfort-craving self and embrace the superior joy of knowing Jesus, no matter how high the cost on this earth”.

Am I disappointed with things in my life sometimes…YEP!!! ¬†My sinful brain needs to accept the fact that God, the Master of the Universe, allowed it. ¬†That should be all I need to know. ¬†GOD has His reasons and if I would just take a second to STOP AND BE STILL, meditate on Him, rest in Him…I would learn something. ¬†He doesn’t just allow things because He has nothing better to do, He wants us to grow. He wants us to put our eyes on Him. ¬†He wants us to draw strength from Him.

I have always lived with the saying, “Nothing happens that God didn’t filter through His hands first”. ¬†This has always brought me freedom and relief. ¬†I rested in this truth. ¬†Somewhere along the way, I became mad that He would allow certain things to be filtered into my life. ¬†Wow!!! Did I actually just write that??? ¬†That makes me so sad and disappointed that I would, that I could, even go there. ¬†I am ashamed and want to hang my head but God doesn’t want that. ¬†He wants me to act like the new man I am and embrace Him. ¬†That’s how great He is!!!! ¬†I deserve death and He gives me life!!!!

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Ibuprofen kicked in and he is able to smile.  Yes, I do give into Ibuprofen when they are so miserable and achy.  But he is also taking extra Probiotics and Xfactor.  YAY, Plexus!!!

At least there are a lot more cuddles and snuggling when he’s sick!!! ¬†Won’t pass that up:)

The Lord is my Shepherd…The First Advent Sunday

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I decided I would write something about who God is to me on each Sunday leading to Christmas.  I am starting with one of my favorite passages.  This brings such comfort in all seasons of our walk.

Psalm 23

  1. The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
  2. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.
  3. He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
  4. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
  5. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows.
  6. Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

I love Psalm 23. It’s words have brought me comfort since I was a little girl. ¬†Over the course of my life, different verses from it have stuck out depending on what I was going through. This Psalm brings peace and hope. ¬†It is a reminder of who our God truly is.

When David wrote this psalm, he knew exactly what it meant to be a shepherd to the sheep in his care. ¬†After all, this was his lowly beginning before he became king. ¬†He knew the importance of the shepherd being everything to them, protecting them from all harm, guiding them down all paths. ¬†This Psalm is very personal. ¬†David could have said ‘THE¬†Shepherd” but instead he said “MY Shepherd”.¬† Then he wrote how his God cares for him. ¬†He fully understood that without a Shepherd, sheep would wander aimlessly. ¬†They needed someone to guide them.

I believe before this Psalm can mean anything to us, we must see ourselves as “sheep”. ¬†Sheep are completely dependent on their shepherd. ¬†I have read that sheep have a hard time relaxing and lying down unless their conditions are perfect. ¬†Here David shows us that the Shepherd takes his sheep to green pastures and quiet waters. ¬†He leads them back when they wander off, comforts them and guides them. ¬†He protects them from the enemy. ¬†He makes sure they have food when they are hungry and water when they are thirsty. ¬†He is with them from beginning to end meeting their every need.

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How fascinating that the God who created the heavens and earth chose to be our Shepherd.  Meditate on that!!!  Find comfort and security in that.  See yourself as a sheep in need of the Great Shepherd!!!!!

The Lord is MY Shepherd!!!! He is MY leader. He is MY protector. He is My guide.  MY rest.  MY comfort.  MY Savior.  MY everything.

PLUS….It’s pretty cool to think that when Jesus was born, the angels came to the shepherds and their flock. ¬†The sheep may have been one of the first to see baby Jesus….just saying!!!!!

Advent, Passion and God…My brain!

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I was laying in bed last night thinking about three things. ¬†1- Making sure my passion for God is more than my passion for health. ¬†2- Who¬†is God to me? and 3-¬†What does¬†advent mean? ¬†I know. ¬†All random!!!!! ¬†SOOOOOO…… ¬†Let me show you how my brain works: ¬†I was thinking about some things a friend shared with me about my sudden Plexus passion and my new blog which mainly talks of my health journey. ¬†This led me to think of where my relationship with God is and who He is to me. ¬†Is He more to me than “healing my gut”? ¬†I named my blog Journey to ALL¬†Health for a reason….ALL meaning spiritual, physical, mental, and¬†emotional.¬†¬†I want to be healthy in all these areas so I can better serve Him and those around me. ¬†So as I started making a list of things GOD IS, I thought about doing a little blog post every night leading up to Christmas to help keep my focus on Him. ¬†So that obviously led me to think of Advent…LOL!!!!

1- Passion….What does passion mean?¬† There are several definitions but the one that fits what I’m talking about is: a strong liking or desire for or devotion¬†to some activity, object, or concept. ¬†Do I have this passion more for health than God? ¬†Would others say I’m obsessed with health? ¬†I love God with every fiber in my body. ¬†He gives us desires. ¬†He wants us to enjoy Him, enjoy life and enjoy others. ¬†I have always loved learning things about the body and how to treat¬†it and heal it naturally. ¬†I do have a passion for it and I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. ¬†I just need to make sure that it never becomes an idol, that it never trumps God. ¬†I decided to ask my kids what came to mind when they thought of me, what kinds of things would they remember about me. ¬†I was thankful when I heard that I loved God and taught them about Him. ¬†None of them said anything about health. ¬†Some other things they said were I love turtles, cuddles, baking with them, best PB&J sandwiches, and that I love chocolate, of course:)

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2- Who is God?….I have to admit, I pondered this for awhile. ¬†God is so many things but I really wanted to take a personal look at who He is to me. ¬†These were things that if I did my own “advent” blog each day, what are the things I would talk about? ¬†I read several Christian blogs and I learn so much of who God is by all these deep and wise things they are able to pull from His Word. I became sad as I realized that my knowledge of God and who He is was lacking. ¬†I wondered if I would be able to write even a paragraph. ¬†God and who He is overwhelms me!!!! ¬†He is so magnificent and awesome and BIG and I just can’t comprehend it all sometimes. ¬†Why would He choose to love me? ¬†Why does He continue to lavish His grace on me…a wretched, ungrateful, complaining sinner!!! ¬†Do I even really understand what this grace is? ¬†I did end up grabbing my phone and putting some thoughts down and I plan on sharing them with you through the next couple weeks. ¬†My last thought…..

3- Advent…….We started our chocolate advent calendars yesterday and I am receiving John Piper’s advent devotional each day before Christmas. ¬†But, I really didn’t know the meaning or history behind it. ¬†I googled it and it basically means “coming” in Latin. ¬†It starts four Sundays before Christmas which makes this year start on December 3. ¬†In simple terms…..It’s a time when we, as Christians, focus and commemorate the “coming” of Christ….His birth, and anticipate His second “coming”. ¬†Each day we can reflect upon Christ and His birth to help keep our focus on Him first through the busy holiday season. ¬†Of course, there was so much more that I read and I encourage you to google it. ¬†It was interesting!

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So there you have it!!!!  My random thoughts that all make sense to me.

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

So we just spent four days doing amusement parks. One at Universal Studios and three at Disneyland. Insane??? YES!!!! One day at an amusement park is long. I seriously get a “Disney hangover”. I feel like I have been run over by a truck the next day. No joke!!!

I was a little nervous about four whole days because on our passed Disney trips longer than one day, I feel tired and sore and just plain yucky. Then there’s the whole food thing. Food has always been such an issue for me and I would usually walk around bloated and gassy and sick. Then, after we get home, the suitcases sit around for a few days as we slowly pull things out of them. And I won’t even get started on how exhausting it is mentally going on rides with my claustrophobia. If my kids could experience what I truly go through, they would get how much mommy really does love them.

What does this have to do with feeling accomplished? Well, let me tell you. When we got home, we brought everything in and I got to work. Ice chest…..unloaded. Suitcases……unloaded. Extra bags full of food and toys and extras, That’s right!!!!…..unloaded. Laundry piles made and one already in the wash. This is big!!! REAL BIG!!!! I don’t do this. I am dead to life after being away. BUT… that’s not all.

Let’s talk four days of walking 7-8 miles everyday. I did it!!! And I did it well. Let me just list some differences I saw this trip.

  • Cravings…I usually have cravings for dole whip, ice cream and chocolate covered caramel marshmallow rolled in cashews on a stick. I usually have one of these cuz I’m at Disneyland and deserve a treat. I also usually bring Trader Joe’s JoJos and Trader Joe’s gluten free chocolate chip cookies and then some kind of chocolate. Oh and let’s not forget about a Starbucks refresher EVERYDAY. Well this trip I didn’t even think about a refresher, I brought home a closed box of JoJos, the kids had a cookie and I never bought a treat. I did have a couple bites of Abby’s ice cream. It was dripping and I had to help my girl out… HaHa!!!!
  • Energy….I wasn’t dragging. I wasn’t thinking about a nap or sleep that night. I wasn’t fatigued and this was exciting for me. I am usually so frustrated by how tired I am that I just can’t enjoy our day. My body was able to do four days. I’m still amazed by this. By night three, certain joints that already have pain were pretty sore. It was cold and that didn’t help but I did my therapy ball and stretches and was good to go for our last day.
  • Food…We always have one meal a day at the park. Thankfully both places are very helpful in the allergens area. Even so, I usually bloat up, get gassy and feel full and sickish. Not this time. Now, I did have the “This food is not organic, total GMO’s and totally processed” feeling…..but we ate and I was still comfortable.
  • SLEEP!!!! Yes, I’m yelling about it cuz it’s freaking awesome. I never sleep in hotels. I usually lay awake, mind racing, anxiety ridden, miserably tired. Well, guess what???? I slept every night. This is huge. HUGE!!!!

Nothing has changed except Plexus. Yep!!! I’m talking about it again.¬† I can’t help it.¬† I feel like I am getting a life back.¬† We share about the things we love and are passionate about, right?¬† Well that’s me with Plexus.¬† Those who know me know that I’ve always been into the healthy and most natural way.¬† Now I have found the right supplements that are assisting all the other food and life changes I have made.¬† It’s just the next step in MY health journey.¬† I have tried so many different brands of supplements and have never experienced what I needed.¬† That’s why you have never heard me share like this.¬† Like I’ve said before….I had no intention about sharing this.¬† But the changes are just too good not to share.

So as my fourth load of laundry is washing, I am sitting in a hot bath, new candle burning, writing this blogūü§ó

Plus, I got to meet Lucy and Doc!!!!Side note….My 10yo (pic below) asked me why they call Disneyland the happiest place on earth when all she sees are kids crying and having temper tantrums cuz they don’t get what they want. Very observant!!! Cracked me upūü§£

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‚Äôm 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?

DAY 31 of my Whole 30

We just did day 30 yesterday and I will be continuing. I am not at all where I was hoping to be at this point. I was hoping for some “magic” to happen. I knew there would not be magic esp since I have other issues besides foods affecting me. This is one of the ways to see what is food and what isn’t. My doc says 3 months will be a good test of time as long as I am strict with the no grains, refined sugars, dairy, legumes…. My body is so inflamed and hopefully detoxing from these inflammation foods will be helpful.

I am not going to lie…I feel discouraged!!! ¬†I’m not sure why though. ¬†I just completed 30 days of a strict eating program. ¬†I have done it before but this time going in was a battle for me. ¬†I think knowing that this truly has got to be my lifestyle has made it harder. ¬†I ate paleo for a long time and then slowly allowed the certain grains in that made the yummy ¬†once in a while gluten-free treats that turned into everyday. ¬†My healthy dark chocolate started getting lighter as I bought it with more and more dairy. ¬†My greek yogurt tasted so much better with the sugar added and the “grain” granola on top. ¬†Little choices that turned into a daily lifestyle for the few seconds of taste bud satisfaction and days of inflammation and pain.

My journey is not over….I am on day 31 and will continue day by day by day by day!!!!!

So much hate….Hope in God

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As I scroll FB. I am so sickened and saddened by all the hate, by all the politics, by all the judgement, by all the children being abused and murdered, BY IT ALLLLLLL!!!!!! ¬†As a follower of the one and only true God, it’s hard to not want to ask why. ¬†But I know why….SIN. ¬†Sin entered the world. ¬†The end!

I have to continue to trust God and know that He is in control despite what the world looks like. ¬†After all, this world belongs to the deceiver, the father of lies. ¬†If you don’t know God personally, then I sound crazy. ¬†The books¬†in the Bible are¬†full of what we see in the world today. ¬†This is nothing new. ¬†I love the Psalms and David’s raw honesty. ¬†It’s like that book of the Bible was his journal or blog, if you will. ¬†He has times of joy, times of sorrow, times of depression and times of “why’s”. ¬†The thing I love is he always comes back to hope in God. ¬†I love chapter 42. ¬†Here is the last verse:

Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,                                         The help of my countenance and my God.

HOPE IN GOD!!!!!