Surprise Mail!!!!

This little silver button… Isn’t it cute? And elegant!!!!

I received this unexpected little surprise from Plexus yesterday. This may not seem like a big deal but for me….. it brought a smile to my face. Why? Because it means I’m helping people feel better. I did not join Plexus to start a business. I joined Plexus to see if it would help me feel better as I had seen it help a couple of my friends. If you know me or if you have read my blog, you know that I love all things health and I love learning and sharing about it. I love the word journey and I love being on one.

Journey: We are all on one!!!!  From the time we are born until we take our last breath.  Our journeys are full of ups and downs, tears and smiles, pain and heartache, joy and peace, regret and contentment, mistakes and accomplishments, sickness and health….all these things make up our journey, make us who we are.  I have spent a lot of my journey grumbling and complaining.  I am selfish and don’t like it when things don’t go my way.  My focus is on me more than it is on my Savior. When I started this blog, Journey To ALL Health, I wanted to grow and be better in my journey.  I wanted to get healthy spiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

I love that the little silver button says… Enjoy the journey! That meant a lot to me. I have always thought of my life as a journey.  Those three words really made me think.  Am I enjoying the ups and downs and everything that comes along with a journey?  Obviously, at times, our journeys throw us a curve ball and turn our world upside down.  These are NOT enjoyable times but…I’m sure there is something in our lives that we can enjoy during those times.  Make a list of the good things you have been blessed with and keep it close so you can remind yourself when the going gets tough.

Thank you Plexus for being a part of my journey and helping me feel a little better everyday.  Thank you for the opportunity to help others who want to feel better.  I did not set out to have a small business when I decided to become an Ambassador.  I liked the discount price and knew that I needed to give Plexus a good year to get my messed up gut functioning properly.  I was excited about the changes I was feeling and so….I started to share.  I have learned so much about our guts and how they really do act as a second brain for our bodies.  If our gut is not healthy….Pretty much everything else in our system will be off.  I love when I get a call or email from someone who is desperate to feel better NOT because they are suffering but because I can help them and be a part of their journey.

That’s all!!!!  Who knew a little magnet pin could cause so much emotion and thought.

BE HEALTHY!!!!!

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.  

Psalm 119: 9-16

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!!!!

Advent, Passion and God…My brain!

IMG_9122

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:)

IMG_4382Sea turtle that I really wanted at our fair this year.  Levi won it!!!!

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!

IMG_0598.JPG

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 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🤣

Criticism

IMG_0318

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!!!!!

FullSizeRenderI HID CHOCOLATE!!!!!

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?