My Testimony: Gut Health is Key!!!!

I was sharing with someone and decide to just make it a blog entry. I once again became busy in life and write blogs in my head but I never seem to make it to the computer to write them out.

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I have struggled with severe anxiety and depression for about seven years. I’ve always had anxiety and depression but it became really severe after my third was born. It even landed me in the emergency room one night.

I have also had severe gut issues along with everyday migraines, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I have tried to do things as healthy as I could with natural supplements, essential oils and eating the proper way. All of these things have helped but never quite got me to a place where I was just feeling good. I also had sleepless nights which included me up panicked, crying and fighting the anxiety by journaling, praying and meditating on God‘s word just to get through the night.

I was introduced to a natural, plant-based company. I was skeptical that this “could change my life”.  I had tried so many different products and supplements and had done things as naturally as I could. I refused to be put on any medications for the pain, my gut and the anxiety. I had a friend who started these natural products who had similar issues and different autoimmune issues. So, I researched it hard core and watched her health change (and a couple others) for about four months and realized that it was a quality product. My doctor was talking to me about doing something that was unnatural that would tear my body down and hopefully kill whatever was trying to destroy my gut and then we could try and rebuild. My husband and I decided to just give this company a try.

I started on their “three product combo” to target gut health. I do believe that our gut is the second brain and controls so much. After my first month, I knew this was going to do what I had been searching for for so long. In the next months, I noticed a difference in my anxiety, my inflammation, my every night six months pregnant belly bloating, my Fibro pain, my headaches and my overall energy.

I decided to add in their multivitamin, their plant-based Omega, and another probiotic with strains that targeted anxiety, stress and depression.  These have just made this journey so much better.  Because I’ve been working on getting my gut healthy, my body has been able to benefit and absorb the nutrients to heal my body.  I have not had one panic attack or anxiety that has kept me up all night. This alone amazes me. I rarely get a headache and when I do, it’s related to my messed up neck.  My daughter always points out how I don’t look pregnant every night.  The body pain is minimal and I don’t need a nap even on my tiredest days…although, some days I wouldn’t mind one..LOL!!!  AND…I haven’t been sick.  My immune system is healthy…finally!!!!

I tried to keep it short and simple:)

Interested in anything said here…comment or message me!  My passion is to help you feel better.

 

Anxiety…My Story

My original title was Anxiety, Depression and Stress. I have found that people don’t just struggle with one and not the others. We all are very aware of these three evils that creep their way into our lives.  In fact, it is different for us all.  They affect each of us in different ways, to different degrees.  They make it hard to function.  To do life.  To enjoy our kids.  To sleep.  To worship the Lord.  To (fill in the blank)…..  I’m sure you can fill in that blank with how they have affected you!  For me personally, I was at a wall.  I felt like I had no control.  What was wrong with me? Why could I not get a handle on these life destroyers?

As I started writing, I realized this was going to probably take many blog posts so I changed the title and will focus on one at a time.

ANXIETY

I really started to notice the anxiety after my first daughter was born. I became very fearful. I spent countless nights sitting on the couch over her bassinet just crying and scared that she would die. I didn’t want to sleep because I wanted to lay my hand on her chest and feel her heartbeat continually. Eric came in one night and I shared with him what was going on and he prayed with me and tried to encourage me, telling me to trust God. It was hard for me to accept that I wasn’t trusting God. I thought I did trust God. In fact, I was scared because He was the all powerful God and He had complete control of everything. I knew that if He wanted to take her, He could. This fear continued into my second daughter but increased with the fear of myself dying and who would be their mother.  I really felt like there were times I had no control over it.

The fear and worry was always there but there were times that it was worse than others. I dealt with it the best that I could. I wrote letters to my kids and husband telling them how much I loved them. Music was helpful …Worship, Susan Ashton, Margaret Becker, Caedmon’s Call.  These brought me such comfort.  I knew all the anxiety verses and prayed for the Lord to take it from me.

After my son was born, I started having health issues. This made things even worse. My letters became more detailed to each of my kids telling them how much I loved them, sharing the gospel with them and encouraging them in their life. I was scared. I was convinced every sharp pain was a heart attack.  I felt trapped in fear.  I was missing my life.  There were times it would take over and I could barely breathe.  I even had a panic attack and ended up in the ER.  I was so consumed by all of it and that’s when I started acknowledging it as sin.  Problem was…I didn’t know what to do about it as sin. I was literally in a battle!!!!  AND I already felt defeated. Phil. 4:6 told me to be anxious for nothing BUT in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, make my requests known to God. Okay… So that’s what I did!!!!

The Psalms became a big part of my life.  I began journaling. They were my prayers. I was very honest. I felt like my journal was my Psalms.  David’s Psalms is my favorite book.  It is real and relatable. I love that he is so honest about his fears, his worries, his doubts, questioning where the Lord is, etc.  The thing that helped me most was that after he was done pouring out his heart, he praised the Lord. He acknowledge who God was and gave Him the glory.  I made a point to do this at the end of every journal entry.  This helped put my focus where it needed to be. This was the thanksgiving from Phil 4:6.

I also came across two books that were very helpful to me…Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Calm My Anxious Heart by Linda Dillow. Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety became my second Bible.  Elyse Fitzpatrick drew me in with the way she wrote. I felt like she wrote the book for me. She made lists of verses and who God is to us.  When I started struggling…I grabbed my Bible, that book, and my journal.  I would just open the pages of the book I had tabbed and copy them in my journal.  After writing these truths down so many times, they became a part of my every thought.  They were being etched in my heart.

Psalm 119:11, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You” became real to me.  All of what I have written is part of my journey.  I see that now.  God knows the whole story of our lives. He is the Potter, I am the clay. God allows things in our lives to bring us closer to Him, to know Him and enjoy Him.  I am still on this journey.  He is continuing to mold me. I still struggle with anxiety but all the years of memorizing and writing God’s truths prepared me to value it, treasure it…To hide it in my heart.  

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How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
10 With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
11 Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
12 Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
13 With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.
14 I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
15 I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
16 I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.

My blog took a different turn than what I had planned to write.  Maybe one day, I’ll share more in the anxiety and I’ll get to depression and stress!!!!

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 blog🤗

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 up🤣

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?