Becoming Nutritionally Minded

February 24th, 2015

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I often get asked my opinion on various things regarding health and nutrition. I probably follow along the lines of a ‘crunchy mama’, but definitely not to a T. I have always been conscientious about what I put in the bodies of those in my household. As the kids have gotten older and sensitivities have come out, not just in them but myself as well, that care extends to what we put ON our bodies and also what we use in our home.

It really makes me so sad to see people out there who think they have to live sick all the time, and don’t really think for themselves or educate themselves on what would truly be advantageous to change. Every time, it makes me want to reach out and share my knowledge and use my nursing instinct to educate. It doesn’t have to be like this! There ARE other ways!

The thing is, it’s all about the bottom line for companies. MOST (not all) companies don’t necessarily care what they put in their products as long as you buy it. And as long as you buy it, they will continue to make it, and all the while you have no idea what harm it is doing to your body on the inside! How it’s affecting your organs, cells, and tissues. It’s no different when you buy food! Buy organic, create more demand for organic, etc. Most doctors don’t even have a concept about the fact that nutrition plays such a crucial role in our overall body health. They simply were not taught NUTRITION in school. Most are just good for pushing medication after medication that only mask the symptoms and create more symptoms and side effects. Most don’t take the time to get to the root of the problem, which is mostly because there are so many people with so many problems that they only have a limited number of hours in the day to deal with!

Unfortunately, for several I know, including myself, the harm that these things are doing on the inside is becoming apparent on the outside. Eczema, auto immune diseases, adrenal fatigue, and behavioral issues, just to name a few, are things that are going on inside that are likely caused by outside substances that are harming our bodies. It’s so hard to reverse the effects that have compounded over the years. I’m dealing with that right now personally. Slowly but surely I will overcome this!

Come on people! It’s time to think for ourselves and educate ourselves if we want to begin any sort of change for the benefit of our family’s health, before it becomes too difficult to reverse without major consequence. I for one am so thankful that God has led me to the alternatives and knowledge that He has, for the benefit of my family’s health. Nutrition has always been important to me, especially since having children and now my passion seeps over into other families who are crying desperately for help, but not receiving the answers they need.

As parents, we want the best for our kids, however, many of us do not have adequate time or resources to devote towards researching and purchasing nutritious products for our family. We can buy based on “natural” or “organic” labels, but that does not necessarily mean something is healthy or nutritious! These terms can still be full of junky carbs, unhealthy fats, and highly processed sugars! I am not perfect. I still cave into the propaganda sometimes, because it is SO much easier. This momma is tired and has many plates spinning 24/7. I get it. I know how hard it can be. It’s usually in these times that my children come down with something or behavior goes out the window. It takes a nice slap in the face from a long night or extremely trying day to get back to the reality of healthy eating.

Something as simple as a traffic light can teach your family how to distinguish the good from the bad. Something as simple as a Brainy Breakfast can get your child’s body and mind prepared for the day ahead. I know it’s cold now, but even a few minutes of physical activity each day can be boosting for the mind and body. It doesn’t HAVE to be hard! This is why I teach LEAN nutrition and recommend the products that I do. THIS is my calling!

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Branch Basics Spring Sale – 20% off + Free Shipping on $50

March 18th, 2014

If you’re trying to use more natural cleaning products, I have a special deal to share with you. I got an email this morning saying that Branch Basics has a spring sale going on.

I recently ordered a big bottle of it and have been using it as a spray on vegetables, stains, etc. I will also use this for mopping and in my garden soon.

You can even add your own essential oils to this to make it smell as you would like.

Items are 20% off during this sale and you get free shipping when you spend $50 or more with code ‘spring!’
at checkout.

If you’re interested in learning more or purchasing essential oils for your natural cleaning needs, you can visit my website.

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Going Against the Flow: Part 1

March 3rd, 2014

Since I was in my teens, I have not done things the ‘traditional’ way. I have always had a strong leading of the Holy Spirit in my life, and find it very hard to ignore the promptings that I get! This has always caused me to go against the flow of the way things ‘should’ be done.

At the end of 8th grade, I hated school so much that I told my mom I couldn’t/wouldn’t go back! I started home schooling again, as I had been home-schooled 2nd-6th grade. I finished homeschooling from 9th grade until high school graduation.

I met my future husband at 15. He didn’t know it then, but I knew in my spirit he was the one God had for me – try telling someone who is in college that your little teenage self is going to marry him! HA! I didn’t really ever tell him, but I did try to be friends with him.

I graduated high school at the age of 16 and continued working, while developing the relationship with my now husband. I decided not to go to college, because I didn’t want to waste my time obtaining a random degree just to say I had one. I always wanted to be a stay at home mom, and didn’t feel like I was supposed to go to college. I got the most flack I had ever received in my life, from those who loved me and believed that I was making the biggest mistake of my life. I knew in my spirit I was doing the right thing.

I married my husband at 18 years and 2 months (the BEST thing I ever did). Obviously my persistence worked, but mostly, God worked on him too. Once again, I received flack for being ‘too young’, but again, I knew I was doing the right thing.

At the age of 19 or 20 (I can’t remember anymore!), a friend had a baby who was put in the NICU. It was then God showed me His plan for me was to use my compassion as a nurse. Holy cow, a NURSE?! I hated blood, needles, shots, etc. Why God?! I pursued that goal, to the amazement of most who knew me. I graduated nursing school successfully after doing one of the hardest things ever! Nursing school is tough and I failed a class or two, but I continued on, knowing that this was the plan for me. I didn’t know it at the time, but I believe the reason I went to nursing school was to prepare for the unknown objects that lay ahead.

When I got married, I always took a different, healthier approach to feeding us. Some things were a little more unique than others, but I received lots of comments regarding this. Most were playful fun, but at the time, I was a little hurt that people would criticize my healthier lifestyle.

For over a year, we tried to have a child, because we wanted to start our family when I was done with school. Little did we know, it would take IVF and many rounds of hormones, injections, and a few pregnancy issues to have our first child. It was blatantly obvious that nursing school relieved a lot of my fears regarding shots, blood, etc, and made me more aware of medical issues related to pregnancy. I gave birth to my sweet baby boy, who’s now not a baby at the age of 6.

Our son had reflux and colic issues as an infant. The doctor prescribed him some medications ‘only because I trust you as a nurse’, which did not leave me comforted! I knew in my spirit that I could not give them to him, so instead of giving him the medications that were prescribed for the issues, I went outside the box and sought chiropractic treatment. I read up the problems that chiropractic can resolve, and felt that was the way I wanted to go. Not only that, but I had found an awesome chiropractor for myself while I was working as a nurse. Hard floors and 12 hour shifts on your feet, with few or no breaks, do bad things to your lower back! He started visits at around 6 weeks, and by 3 months, when the issues typically get worse, our son was better. However, we have continued maintenance visits as a preventative for other issues.

I continued to work as a nurse when he was born, but then we decided our family couldn’t handle the 12 hour shifts and every other weekend of working. I finally became the stay at home mom I had always dreamed of.

After 2 failed frozen embryo transfers, consideration and even pursuing adoption, we decided on revisiting IVF. We both did not feel that was the way God was calling us to go. God provided through ways we never would have imagined, as IVF is extremely costly. Once again, after all those dreaded shots and hormones, we had a successful, healthy twin pregnancy and have two beautiful little girls to love! Even though we had a chunk and a peanut, they were both healthy and came home straight away. However, there were some concerns with the smaller, younger one.

When our youngest daughter, who happened to be the smallest, was in the hospital, the nurses and doctors noticed she had a heart murmur. This is a common thing in newborns as the flaps that allow blood flow through the heart to the body, bypassing the lungs until birth and the first breath, can take a little longer to close. It was during this routine examination that they discovered a ‘spot’ on her lung. This of course led into more testing and various jumps in what part of the body they were seeing this ‘spot’ on. Eventually, it was determined to be a ‘cyst’ on her thymus. The thymus gland lies in front of the heart and is as essential as every other minute part of the body.

Of course, we were referred to Children’s Hospital and a pediatric surgeon. In the midst of beginning that, we were also faced with an abnormal PKU result. PKU testing is a metabolic screening for genetic disorders. One of her tests came back abnormal, so once again we were referred to a specialist.

Long story short, the doctors absolutely freaked us out about this ‘issue’ and we went through several tests, which of course in turn leads to more testing and were even recommended to stop breastfeeding and supplement with formula and other nutrition, which absolutely devastated my personal desires and goals in that regard. There came a point where we no longer wanted to subject our newborn to these tests, so we politely declined the further testing. I believe that there was truly an error in the original testing. Despite the fact that she did not test positive to the genetic issue, they wanted to proceed with more invasive things. No thank you. I choose to believe that the results are the results and God will protect my baby. If something became an issue, we deal with it at that time.

Once that side of things ended, we were again faced with the ‘cyst’ issue. We were originally told that it would go away, not be an issue, etc. After several months, close to her first birthday, we found out that this ‘cyst’ was now considered a ‘tumor’ and that it ‘had to be removed immediately’ and it would involve surgery with many years of follow ups and testing, etc.

“Haven’t I commanded you? Strength! Courage! Don’t be timid; don’t get discouraged. God, your God, is with you every step you take.” Joshua 1:9, MSG

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9, NKJV

To be continued…..

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Book Review – Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most

February 20th, 2014

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As my son gets older, we are beginning to face more challenges regarding respect and obedience. I’m sure to some extent this is a natural progression, but I am really having a hard time dealing with it. It is so exhausting to always be on his back and to feel like I’m always the bad guy disciplining and punishing. You know how you feel so isolated in situations like this and wonder ‘Am I the only one dealing with this right now?!’? Yeah, that’s how I feel, but I have thankfully found some others who are dealing with the exact same issues at the moment (the advantage of several friends having boys the same time as you!).

I requested a review copy of Praying for Boys: Asking God for the Things They Need Most  by Brooke McGlothlin before Christmas. It arrived during the holidays and got pushed to the side. I finally got to read it this weekend and boy, was I practically in tears. Had I been reading it alone, I bet I would have been sobbing. It truly met me on so many levels.

One thing I really love about this book is that it isn’t just a book that you read and push to the side. It starts off as a book, but is really a guide on topics of praying for your son, with Scripture references to back it up and pray over your son. This is just what I need, because although I spend time in the Word as much as I can, I don’t have the time to study a specific topic and research all the Scriptures to back it up and pray those over my son. Praying over my husband and children is definitely something that has been tugging at my heart and something I need to practice more. I appreciate that this book respects the job of mom’s and does not cast shame on those that cannot have a daily quiet time. Quite the opposite actually – it gives you creative ways to get some form of the Word and prayer in your daily routine.

My mom has always said that God knows the requirements that are on me as a mother. All He asks is for you to take whatever time you have to think about Him, speak to Him, etc. and He will honor you for that. It’s more a matter of where your heart is in regards to your daily time with Him.

I believe that faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, so I know the importance of speaking Scriptures out loud to build faith. I also know that when you speak these verses out loud, Satan cringes! By doing these things, we can build faith in ourselves, as well as create the strong foundation of prayer that our son’s need.

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*I received a free review copy of Praying for Boys from Bethany House Publishers. All opinions stated are my own.

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Get Healthy in 2014! Take a L.E.A.N. class!

January 23rd, 2014

Some of you know that in late 2013, I became a certified health coach! This exciting opportunity allows me to share the passion I have for health and nutrition with others.

There are so many families out there struggling with how they think about and use food every day. There is a major need in this country for a diet and lifestyle overhaul! If we love our families and want the very best for them, it must begin with a healthy foundation to ensure lifetime success. It’s never too late to change, but the longer you wait and the older your children get, the harder it will become.

Through the Dr Sears L.E.A.N. Start program, you will learn the basics of nutrition and how to navigate feeding your family healthfully. You will also learn fun ways to incorporate exercise so that everyone gets the appropriate amount every day. You will learn that a healthy and positive attitude is essential in order to make this not just another diet, but a lifestyle change!

Unfortunately, I do not have any of these in person classes scheduled YET, due to the lack of a physical location! If you would like to get a group together in your home or church, etc. to take a class, please contact me and we can work something out! Also, if you know of a location that offers a classroom setting in the Tri-County area that is affordable, I would be interested in hearing about it.

Another option that is only local at this time is L.E.A.N. Expectations. This class lays the foundation for a healthy pregnancy, postpartum and beyond. If you are thinking of becoming, or currently in any stage of pregnancy or recent postpartum, this class will offer healthy eating information, as long as specific dietary needs of pregnant and lactating women, and tips on how to cope with your attitude and expectations of pregnancy and motherhood.

Currently, I am taking registrations for online L.E.A.N. Start classes beginning March 1 (minimum 2 participants to hold class). Please consider sharing this blog post, Facebook posts, etc. to encourage greater participation.

Join me in discovering how you can change your family for the better! Visit my L.E.A.N. Health of Central AL Facebook page for more information (a website is currently in development!).

If you have any questions or would like to register for a class, please feel free to contact me via email at I’m happy to listen to your concerns, answer any questions, or make a recommendation on which class could be helpful for you and yours!

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My Venture Into Essential Oils And A Recommendation For Beginners

January 10th, 2014

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I have been using essential oils with my family for probably about six months. It really all started because my mom had an interest in essential oils, and I began trying to find an alternative way to deal with different ailments my kids were experiencing.

I try to avoid the use of medications if possible, or at least use homeopathic remedies in place of OTC remedies. I am not against conventional medicine at all and I will use them if totally necessary, but I try to find alternative means that are effective, yet less harmful in the short and long-term. I find that using essential oils is way more effective than over-the-counter medication, with extremely fast results, depending on the circumstances.

Essential oils fit the part for me. They are oils that occur in nature. They are designed by God to promote health, wellness, healing, balance, and more. Historically, these oils have been used for various things including incense, annointing oil, beauty products, wellness, etc. Essential oils can be used for everything from topical to internal uses, in homemade cleaners, you can diffuse them, massage them in, breathe the vapors straight out of the bottle and so much more. The reason they are so effective is that the molecules are so small that they can penetrate the cells in your body and make the changes necessary to fix the problem, not just return the problem to a normalized level and mask the fact that it is still a problem in your body. These oils support the body’s God designed ability to heal itself.

A local health food stores sells a brand that works fairly well, if it’s only thing you can get. I had been using that, because it was the only thing I had access to in my local area. I began with the combination of Lavender, Eucalyptus, and Tea Tree oil as a blend for coughs and colds. I would combine the oils and add them to a diffuser plug with a vapor pad, dilute in some olive oil as a carrier and rub that on their neck and chest, or dilute it in the bathwater to make a vapor that would calm their breathing before bed.

Another time, my youngest daughter started running a fairly high fever and I did not want to give her Motrin or Tylenol. Instead, I used essential oils on a lukewarm, wet rag. I applied this to her forehead, the back of her neck, in her armpit area, etc. Now, it would work for a short time (rather quickly, at that), but I would have to be consistent with it to get continuous relief. I also did the oil in a lukewarm bath to help bring her temperature down (never put a feverish child in a cold bath or it will lower their temperature too fast). Through the persistence though, within about 24 hours, her fever was gone and she was back to normal. I almost gave up though, because it was borderline where my gut was telling me to call the doctor, but I wanted to persist in what I was doing and see if it would remedy the problem. Patience when using essential oils is extremely necessary. Sometimes, you see a immediate result, but other times it is that consistency that is required before you will see the end result.

A more recent incident, was as I was cleaning my stove I didn’t pay attention to the fact that I had just turned the stove burner off (mind in many places!). I was wiping the stove down and my outer palm caught the burner. I immediately felt the skin on my hand bubble up. I was in a lot of pain. I knew that you could use essential oils for burns, but I wasn’t quite sure how to use them, so I looked up what to use for a burn.

Lavender oil is a good oil to use for a burn and my resource said to put a few drops in a bowl of lukewarm water. You soak your hand in this solution for several minutes, a couple times. I did this, and I felt immediate relief from the burn. At first I soaked about two or three minutes, the second time I soaked it a little bit longer and noticed that the area of pain had diminished to a certain small section. I soaked it a third time and the pain was completely gone. The next morning when I woke up I had a very small spot on my hand where you could see that the skin was a little bit just collared, but it wasn’t bubbled up or scarred or anything. No lingering pain or marks! I was quite surprised at the effect of such a simple remedy.

If for some reason, these oils irritate ones skin, all that is needed to be done is to add some carrier oils (fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, etc.) to dilute it. Even if this occurs after you’ve directly applied, you can rub the carrier over and it should soothe the irritation. A good example of this from a recent experience: It’s been dry and cold. The girls’ stomachs were a little rumbly and I decided to use by DigestZen on their tummies before bed so they wouldn’t wake up during the night due to gas. I have used this before without irritation, however, this time, I rubbed it in and within 1 minute their tummies were bright red and they were crying because of the ‘burn’. I immediately grabbed some olive oil from my pantry and rubbed it on. It took about 1/2 tsp to get it to calm down, but within seconds, it was relieved.

As I continued my journey into essential oils, I began learning about the different brands and how there are therapeutic grade brands and then the store carried brands. The therapeutic grade brands are the best of the best. They are the highest quality and they are certified, so you can be sure that they are what they claim to be.

Now, don’t get me wrong, store-bought brands can work. However, when you compare the store-bought quality versus the top-of-the-line quality, you can smell the difference. It’s not necessarily going to harm you, and it certainly is better than nothing, but if you can purchase the top-of-the-line, I would do so, because it will only improve the results you will see! The old saying ‘You get what you pay for’ definitely applies to the use of essential oils!!

There are really only two options in my opinion – and I chose doTERRA for various reasons. You can purchase both brands online as a consumer, but your best bet is to become a distributor so that you can get the wholesale price (you have nothing to lose!).

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If you’re interested in using essential oils, I highly recommend the Family Physician Kit by doTERRA (a kit of 10 oils at $167). It contains the essential oils that a family would need. Everything from cuts and scrapes to muscle pain, burns, respiratory ailments, digestive ailments, airborne pathogens, and so much more!

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If you are skeptical or unable to purchase a product at that price, there is an Introduction to Essential Oils Kit, which contains 3 oils for $27, but allows many uses. Of course, you can always purchase individual oils as needed to start experimenting with one or two until you get the hang of it.

I purchased the Family Physician Kit, and received it within 2 days of ordering (even on a holiday week!). Since arriving, I have used it numerous times. A few of the oils I haven’t yet used, but I know that they will be handy! I also really like the box that the oils come in, as it tells you how to use the oils. One disadvantage is that there is no direction on how many drops to use.

The options in essential oils are endless, but you surely will not be disappointed in the uses and the results you will see! If you are interested in learning more, please feel free to contact me!

This post is intended for informational purposes only. All opinions are my own. Individual results may vary. Please use caution if pregnant or under doctor’s care. 

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How I Treat My Kids’ Colds Naturally

December 18th, 2013

With the change in weather and the decreased daylight, thanks to the time change, it seems as though someone I know is always sick. We are currently battling the head stuffiness and chest congestion.

I am not one to jump on giving my kids OTC medicine at the first sniffle. I like to give a bit of time to see what symptoms manifest, if they persist, and whether my natural remedies will fix the issue. It’s not that I am against medicine, I just firmly believe that the body was created to be capable of fighting off illness itself or with the help of remedies created from herbs, oils, etc.

God created certain responses, such as fever, to trigger the body to protect itself and defend the invading pathogens. In my opinion, suppressing these natural responses lengthens the healing process as well as possibly causing harm, wether exhibited immediately or by harming the body over time. I can typically resolve illnesses on my own by using the following remedies, along with some patience, to let the body heal itself,  time, and persistence. Typically, we have a 10 day recovery, with it seeming worse right before it gets better.

Of course, the best defense against illness is making sure your child receives optimal nutrition. This would include lots of filtered water for hydration, lots of fresh, in season, organic fruits and vegetables, some good quality lean meats and fish in moderation, as well as probiotic supplementation to keep the gut healthy and functioning optimally, ensuring that your child has enough outside time each day to synthesize vitamin D, and good old fashioned outside play time. Avoid sugar and processed foods as much as possible, in general, but especially when ill. All the added chemicals and sugar inhibit certain body functions and actually decrease immunity for an extended amount of time.

There are circumstances that we cannot avoid and may still obtain the sniffles and sneezes. During those time, I take the following steps:

  • Increase fluid intake as much as I can. This is no easy task because kids (at least mine) are hard to force to drink. Possibly include high water content fruits and vegetables to aid with this task, as well as smoothies and fresh fruit/vegetable juices (powerful enzymes in raw, juiced produce!)
  • Ensure plenty of rest time at nap and bed time. Earlier bed times may prove effective and later bed times may make sleep harder to obtain
  • Visit a chiropractor for an adjustment to ensure the body is aligned and pathways are functioning properly
  • Introduce Elderberry immune support
  • Introduce homeopathic allergy and cold medications
  • Bump up the probiotics
  • Add essential oils to the bath and/or a room diffuser. Also, find a blend that is safe to rub on their chest. I use doTERRA Breathe and OnGuard to help open airways and kill any germs. You can check out doTERRA brand and products.
  • Apply a natural, non petroleum based chest rub to the chest, back and feet, as well as rubbing from the ears down the neck (the massage aids draining of the Eustachian passages and reduces back up in the ears helping avoid ear infections)
  • Preferably from the start, but especially if you notice any ear pain or child starts to get glassy eyes (I don’t know why, but when mine get that way, I know the ears are starting to be affected), administer garlic oil ear drops. Add mullein if you want/can find it. I don’t use the latter, and my children respond quite well to just the garlic and oil. To do this, minced 1-2 cloves of garlic in about 1-2 tbsp olive oil. Heat in a pan on low heat, just until garlic becomes fragrant – do not burn! Drop 1-2 drops in the ear and plug with cotton if necessary.
  • If your child is old enough, and willing, consider using a netti pot or saline rinse bottle. This is my personal, favorite way to relieve head and nasal congestion pain when I have plugged sinuses. I have not introduced it to the kids, but I have used saline drops and the good old hospital bulb syringe on the girls.

For further information on the products and remedies above, you can check out my Favorite Things page which gives specifics.

Each family needs to find out what works best for their child/children and follow that routine. It can even vary from one child to the other, so experimentation with the above steps might be helpful. Of course you should also use judgment on when it may be time to see your doctor. Please use common sense and definitely trust your gut if you feel like these remedies aren’t helping.

While I try my hardest to keep my kids well, sickness occasionally happens. I hope the above steps can aid you in remedying a problem your child might be experiencing.

Please note that these opinions are my own and are in no way meant to help diagnosis or deter you from seeking medical care if needed. My posts are meant to share information that I have found useful and that may be of use to you.

If you are interested in more information regarding the use and purchase of essential oils, please use the contact form to get in touch with me!


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My Changes Toward Healthier Products in 2013

December 10th, 2013

So, one of my goals for 2013 was to transition from conventional products to healthier, less chemically laden ones. I have achieved this in a few areas, but not really until this past month! It was easier said than done, plus I procrastinated!

I really like Branch Basics for cleaning. I haven’t tried many other brands of cleaning other than Branch Basics and Seventh Generation. I found Branch Basics to be way more versatile.

They have a really fun gift idea right now, and 25% off until December 31! Whether you are wanting to help someone else get into healthier cleaning products or want it for yourself is another story! Check out the Gift Wrapped Small Starter Kit for only $25.50. If you order $50, you can get free shipping too.

A second area I have transformed is the use of house sprays (think Bath and Body, Glade Plug Ins, Lysol, etc). There is a common misconception that these are safe. That is not true. It’s also hard to resist the yummy smells and antibacterial/viral appeals. Unfortunately, to do this, it is a mass of chemical disruptors that are harming our bodies.

I would much rather use some Essential Oils! They are God’s gift to us through nature. They can keep us healthy, balance our bodies, protect against viruses and bacteria and SO much more. These work on the molecular level, which is far better than any product out there (which could be harming on that level…). I plan on incorporating this so much more in the very near future.

I currently use a brand that I can find locally, however, in the near future, I plan to use a brand that is the best in the industry. It assures safety and purity of the products. More on this topic soon.

Within the last month, I have tried a new skin care line called Annmarie Gianni Skin Care. I purchased a $10 sample kit which lasted me just about a week, and included a $10 coupon towards a future purchase (so essentially free).

I struggle with flaky looking skin in the winter. It is unsightly and there has been nothing that resolves the issue. When I tried this brand, it was instant relief of that flakiness, plus I felt like my skin was brighter, tighter and smoother. It was amazing, so I decided to buy the set and try it for an extended period of time.

There are other brands available, but for now, I like this one.

Lastly, if you’re a woman, you need to be informed of the feminine products you use. This is for the safety of your health and fertility. I have had several issues since the twins were born and I’ve had to make some modifications in certain things I use.

I will not go into detail here, but I will show you that I have just begun using this product and so far I have liked it. There is a slight learning curve, but nothing that is too difficult to manage.

For the safety and health of yourself and your family, I encourage you to think and reevaluate the items you use around the house. Research the effects of them and try to find an alternative if you feel led. It’s all about small changes which potentially can have big results!

UPDATE: I forgot to mention that I had been reading more and more about the aluminum in deodorant and the links to breast cancer and the antiperspirant effect, etc. I had switched to a ‘natural’ deodorant, but it still had aluminum. I am currently using this Crystal deodorant (not an antiperspirant (which is classified as drugs by the FDA!), but your body was made to perspire – heat regulation!) and find it to work well.

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Decrease Sugar this Season for Increased Immunity

October 28th, 2013

The holiday this week begins one of the worst times of year to me.

Every year it seems like we have a never ending supply of candy in our house from October and Halloween through Easter in March or April. I sort through and discard most of it, but we still end up getting lots of treats from friends, but they parties, holiday parties, etc. I can really only completely control the access that my children have to these things at home, because I’m not with them when they go to some of these other things at school and church.

The time will be changing this weekend and with that, the daylight hours diminish. Add on top of that cold-weather, staying indoors more, not getting enough fresh air and sunshine, plus like I mentioned this week begins candy season.  Due to the lack of healthy eating, lack fresh air and sunshine, it does not make for a great mix. It’s funny how during the most difficult time of the year to keep our bodies well, due to different factors including illness being rampant and those mentioned, we can’t keep our children well. Most people wonder ‘Why is my kid getting sick all of the sudden?’ or ‘Why does my child not stay well?’.

The reasons I mentioned above play a huge role in the issue of sickness during the fall and winter months. Instead of boosting our children’s immune systems with nutritious food and supplements, we are bombarding their sensitive systems with sugar, artificial sweeteners, hydrogenated oils, bad fats, etc. Most people don’t realize if they would simply eliminate some of these things their children would be a lot healthier. Sugar has been shown to decrease your immunity as well as cause other health issues. You can read a good article on that from Dr. Sears.

I encourage you to consider focusing on the health and nutrition of your children in these upcoming months so that they have the best chance of fighting off sickness and staying well.

There is a neat idea floating around the blogosphere that I saw on Mama Natural that is called The Switch Witch. It’s a great idea starting with this week and all the candy they will receive. We won’t do the witch theme in our house, however, I already spoke with my son about the ‘candy fairy’ coming. He will decide on a few pieces of candy he wants to keep and she will be taking away the extra candy and be bringing a special prize instead. I think this will include a toothbrush and a small toy of some sort, but she hasn’t completely decided yet.

If you do something like this, I’d love to know how it goes!

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The Good and Bad of Nutrition Review

July 17th, 2013

I started my class this week to become a certified Dr. Sears LEAN coach. It’s been probably close to TEN years since I had to take nutrition in nursing school. Much of it I don’t recall, although the basics stick with you when you’re passionate about health and nutrition like I am.

If you know me personally, you know I try strongly to keep healthy products in my home and to some I probably seem over enthusiastic about eating certain things or not eating certain things and buying certain products.

I have to be honest, since the girls were born, I have not had the same attitude about nutrition for them and my family as I did when Ian was born. With Ian, I only wanted the best, homemade baby food and whole foods as he got older. I didn’t let him eat any kind of processed food really until he was OVER 2! I didn’t even want to give him Cheerios when he probably could have handled them much sooner. With the girls, I had gotten out of the habit and mental focus of keeping their bodies as wholesome and pure as possible. I still breastfed them, but I introduced things much sooner (not meaning before the age their systems could handle solids), mostly because big brother was eating them. I’m sure that’s pretty normal in most families that try to be health conscious.

However, for me, personally, it has always been an annoyance. I feel regret that I’ve introduced things to them and have not valued their nutrition and the healthier foods for them. It does help that they enjoy vegetables and fruit, but they also really enjoy hot dogs and other junk. Lately, I have envisioned clogging arteries any time we eat out or the abundance of omega-6 in fried foods due to the oils used (did you know the ratio nowadays of omega-6:omega-3 is 10:1?! That’s NOT good for our bodies!). I have also noticed the piles of recycling I have in the garage. Yay for recycling, but to NEED to recycle, that means you’re buying processed, unhealthy foods that may give the illusion of health (think unregulated wording like ‘natural’ or ‘trans fat free’ which can still have some trans fat in the ingredient list, but not enough to HAVE to put a percentage on the nutrition label- HELLO LABEL LOOPHOLES!).

Also, my grandfather was diagnosed Tuesday with a pancreatic mass that has ‘spread’. Beyond that we know no details of staging, spread, etc.. He had a stroke in May and was ‘diagnosed’ with diabetes shortly after. It turns out the tumor is likely the cause of his abnormal blood sugars. That information in itself gets me thinking about keeping my family healthier as well. Diet and exercise has a huge impact on your body’s ability to keep itself strong and healthy (immune system) and prevent many diseases that are so commonplace today (stroke, diabetes, cancer).

At this moment, I should be making a menu and grocery list since we have no food in this house due to our week long trip last week. Instead, I am dreading it, because I have no clue what I want to feed my family. It takes time to make sure your family eats healthy! However, for the future of our families and country, it is imperative that we take the time to make sure our families are eating properly and being active. I think this nutrition review and coaching course will be highly beneficial to my family and to those around me and is just the kick in the pants that I need to get back on track!

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