Essential Oils….

I have truly tried all brands of EO over the last 5 plus years.

I love them….I believe in them….they have amazing health benefits that are all about the WHOLE health….Mind Body and Soul!

Many of my friends and family know I am not a person who gets on board things very easily….but when something resonates with me and continues to resonate with me….then there is something to it….for me!

Thus I have fallen in love with this brand so much….and truly have experienced a difference in it that I have finally decided to share more about it…..to have classes….one on one….etc.

I am excited to start this new chapter in my life!

Want to learn more about Essential Oils?!

There are some really great resources:  Dr. Axe….Dr. Z…..Wellness Mama…..and more.

Here is the one I have fallen in love with! 

What do you know about Essential Oils!?  Have you tried them?  Do they resonate with you!?  Take a moment today to pray….sit….and write about any MIND BODY SOUL connections you’ve had with EO?!

Many blessings and hugs dear readers…..family….friends…
~Kelly 🙂

Marriage Love on Monday

I have known my husband for 23 years….married 21.  I met him while we were in the military.  I remember distinctly my evening prayers after I met him.  “Lord….take him back….I’m not ready to meet him yet.”  I knew at 18 that he was meant for me.  And I was not thrilled with God….lol.  Mostly because I had my plans….and meeting my future spouse at 18 instead of 30 was NOT part of MY PLAN.  But we all know that wonderful saying of making plans and see God laugh.

Fast forward…..

What I have learned from this man in my life is profound.  Many of us enter into marriage not prepared.  Maybe not even discussing some of the important topics.  We enter in blindly, and sometimes even selfishly.  Yet marriage grants us the opportunity to learn what true AGAPE LOVE is, if we allow it to grow and teach us!

My hubby and I have been through more ups and down than I can count….we have been through more times apart due to work than I would have ever desired….yet through it all we continue to learn from each other, put aside our selfish desires, and remember the person across from us looking into our eyes is LOVE.

Today as I go about my day and if I even feel the inkling of wanting to be frustrated about something he may or may not have done…I will instead think of all the wonderful things he does RIGHT!  All the little ways and little things he does that I probably overlook!

I know I am a better person….a better wife….a better mother…..a better teacher….a better Catholic…BECAUSE OF HIM!!!  Because of even the disagreements….challenges….the nuances……they all help me be a better me.

Marriage is truly about dying to yourself….and putting the other persons needs first.  What a wonderful way for GOD to create practice…..consistent….everyday……hard work practice of walking in HIS will…..HIS  love…HIS mercy……than through the sacrament of marriage!

How do you nurture your marriage?  Do you see GOD in your spouse?  Have you gotten kind of well…lax with your relationship?  Have you forgotten the deeper purpose of marriage?!

Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

…TODAY…


BOOK:  Two more days……THE HORMONE RESET :)…….
MOVEMENT: Walk to the end of your block jog back to your house……do 10 push ups and 50 jumping jacks…..do this 3 or 5 times…..that will wake you up!!!!!

NUTRITIONAL/HEALTH NUGGETS:  Dairy!  I love love love cheese…..diary….BUT I know it is not good for me.  7 years ago when I gave up dairy it was not easy…..and re-reading the dairy section in THE HORMONE RESET book it has reminded me why dairy is so addicting as well as why it is truly not healthy for us. It effects our GROWTH HORMONE.  Some things to consider is: do you get congested? Do you have skin rashes, eczema, etc? Do you feel puffy?  Gut bloat?  These all can and probably are reactions to your dairy consumption.  I have noticed even when I partake in one meal that has some dairy it creates great havoc on my system.  For me it’s truly not worth it anymore ESPECIALLY with my thyroid condition….and for brain health!  Check out the pictures I have today that give you just some data and helpful tips on why to go dairy free.  And to understand more check out Dr. Axe, Dr. Datis, Dr. Sarah Gottfrieds websites.

TASTY TIP: What do I do instead of milk?  Well lets say if I want to have “cheesy” broccoli….I use nutritional yeast flakes.   If I want cream in my tea or my shake I use coconut milk from the can.  My daughters favorite ice cream recipe I have made is 3 ingredients: blend 2 cans of coconut milk, 1 tbsp of vanilla, 1/2 cup of maple syrup and if you need it sweeter about 5-10 drops of stevia.  I blend it all together then stick it into my ice cream maker and let it churn for 2-3 hours!  Bam instant wonderfulness…..dairy free…..allergen free…..and low in sugar!!!!

Loving Fat Tuesday

Today is the day many Catholics, Christians, clean out their pantry….live it up one more day…..and make lots of Lenten resolutions of what they want to do for 40 days.

I have been pondering on that quite a bit.  I believe it should be about giving up something, making a sacrifice.  BUT also about doing something more.  Something that will have me growing in my faith as well.

When I was at both events this weekend I had many people asking me different things about health and nutrition.  What I have found every time is a person will ask me different questions such as HOW can I  give up this or that!?  WHAT is left to EAT!

At first I thought I would use lent time to blog about AIP (auto-immune protocol) and share all the wonderful ways a person can eat and thrive with AIP.  Yet there are sooo many prototcols out there that are just as important to consider for different health concerns and issues.

Thus what I have decided is probably best is I will add another daily tip….:)…. just like I have the BOOK OF THE DAY, MOVEMENT OF THE DAY……I will add  UNDERSTANDING OUR HEALTH TODAY.  In this section I will share about different things I have learned.  It will be quick.  A soundbite to help a person understand more about say AIP, SIBO, FODMAPS, NIGHTSHADES….the different hormones and their roles.  I may have it where the topic may carry on for several days so as to ensure it stays short but also give good information.  It may even be related to the book I am featuring.  Point being I will hopefully help inform you how to continue to care for your health without going crazy with information overload.  As well as not become disheartened….therefore I will also give a TASTY TIP of recipes or quick “treats” I do to help ensure satiation and not get caught up in all the do’s and don’ts.  God created us to LOVE and care for ourselves.  AND to have mercy not only to others but WITH OURSELVES as well!

I pray this will be helpful to many out there who desire to take better care of their amazing TEMPLE!
And to better LOVE THEMSELVES through any change, struggle, life!!!

Have a glorious FAT TUESDAY….. reflect on how you want to spend your next 40 days with the LORD!  How do you want to grow, learn, sacrifice with and for your faith to strengthen your armor with your MIND BODY AND SOUL!!!

Blessings and hugs,
~Kelly

BOOK OF THE DAY:
I am sure I have listed this book before…lol..THE HORMONE RESET DIET, by Dr. Sara Gottfried.  But it will be the book of the day for several days….mostly because I will be using it at the sounding board for UNDERSTANDING OUR HEALTH TODAY for the next week.  I personally think this is a must read for ALL WOMEN!!!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:
Mini trampoline 5 minutes warm up (or walk)….30 second “sprint” or high knees….2 minutes mini or walk…..repeat 7 of the 30 second/2 minute cycle….5 minute cool down.

UNDERSTANDING OUR HEALTH TODAY:
What is AIP?  An auto-immune protocol is removing foods that are highly inflammatory to a persons system ESPECIALLY if you have an auto-immune disease.  But even if a person doesn’t have an autoimmune disease it can be helpful to do an AIP diet or reset for 21 days just to relieve any inflammation that you may not even be aware of.  Dr. Axe, Wellness Mama, and Diane Sanfilippo all have really great info on AIP.

TASTY TIP TODAY:
One of my favorite snacks or even part of a meal that is totally AIP compliant is carrots cut up as “chips” (round not sticks) with avocado.  I don’t do anything fancy with the avocado.  I mush it with a bit of salt sometimes a little lime or lemon and onion powder.  But I really love the taste of avocado without too much.  The creamy sensation with a sprinkle of salt and then the carrot adds a hint of sweet with crunch!  That to me is truly a treat!

Food on Friday

Food Food Food….

We are an obsessed world about food!

We worry about feeding the poor yet we waste more than we ever have in history.  Have you ever gone by a restaurant or grocery dumpster at the end of the day!?

There are boxes and boxes of items in stores labeled and advertised as “food”…..but what are they really?  Can you read any of the ingredients?

There is an amazing history behind how wacky and far removed “food” has become from real FOOD!  The kind grandma and grandpa use to put on the table.  The kind of food that took time….real time to prep and appreciate.

Now we live in a time where there is a food war of what is the best quality…organic or non-organic….beans or no beans….rice or no rice….milk or no milk…..plant based…animal based…..ugh!

It is all exhausting for so many, but it is also exciting.

Exhausting for a a family trying to eat good healthy food on a limited budget.

Exciting because awareness is opening up eyes and consciences about WHAT REAL FOOD IS!

So here is my take….how I manage the hurtle of keeping costs down as well as instilling all I have learned over the last 7 years….and trying to not get freaky about it.

First….NO processed junk in our house!  A boxed meal DOES NOT EVER enter into our home!

ALL single ingredient food:  meat, fruit, veggies, nuts, coconut milk, other non-dairy milk, spices, oils (no vegetable,…junk oils), vinegar, beans, rice, nut flours, tea, coffee, seeds….you get the idea.

If on the occasion I have something in our pantry that is from a box: granola, rice crackers, etc…..they have to have just a handful of ingredients and I have to be able to understand them….ie: oats, brown sugar, cinnamon, molasses….or rice, salt, potato starch….

Okay so back to how I shop….

First….especially if a person isn’t going to eat organic then at least take a good pre/probiotic to encourage healthy gut flora!

FRUITS AND VEGGIES

I really try to not get freaky about it.  I strive for the dirty dozen, clean 15 list.  Especially celery!!!  But no matter what….organic or non-organic….I rinse all of them off in a vinegar bath….even the thick peeling fruits and veggies.  This bath helps ensure any bugs or toxins from ground to store are removed.  As far as organic….I look at if it has a really thick skin (oranges, bananas, avocados) then I will go for sales…try not to worry about organic.  I would love to do 100% organic but I have to be practical and respectful to my husbands income as well as our entire families needs. This is where the probiotics really become important.  So something a person can wager is what is the cost difference of buying a good probiotic and quality multi-vitamin with greens to supplement not going 100% organic?  Basically would 100% organic actually cost less or about the same…..because good quality supplements aren’t cheap!!

I do shop only the sales for the produce…..and then add a handful of our mainstays…..and luckily the stores are becoming more and more aware of the want and push for organic….so my carrots, celery, and lettuces are ALWAYS organic!

DAIRY

This has it’s own baggage of health concerns, just the make up of dairy….but for the most part the big thing about dairy is if it is hormone free and if it is overly “cleaned”, processed.  This is the thing….if a person can tolerate dairy…..raw, fresh is the best.  It still has all the good bugs in it.

That being said….truly the only dairy that enters our home is greek yogurt and cheese for beans…and this if for darling daughter.  I can’t tolerate it….dd really shouldn’t but it is not a battle worth fighting.  I would rather dairy than sugar!   Anyways…..it MUST come from a grass fed cow….hormone free for me to be comfortable with it coming in my home.

Which brings me to….

MEAT

This is where I am probably going to get in trouble with A LOT of people….even friends.  Living in the middle of FEED LOT country…..BUT….I am only sharing what my practices are and why….I am not here to cause another OPRAH incident!

This is the thing….there is some amazing, compelling studies about corn, grains, etc….and how these create inflammation in our systems.  How they are not healthy for us.  Also there is some interesting documentation on how this even creates issues in the animals.  But let’s say it wasn’t an issue….here is the biggie….most grain fed animals are also coming from farms that are being pumped with hormones and junk.  AND that is not good for us!!

So for my family it is a no brainer…..MEAT HAS TO BE HORMONE FREE….AND GRASS FED!

Luckily my hubby hunts so most of our red meat is venison.  But when we have beef…..I really pick up the sales.  I always look to see when Natural Grocers has sales.  We have bought into a part of a cow before.  Chicken is easier to find.  For example I found at United several months ago 4 amazing whole chickens on sale that were hormone, antibiotic free, free range……

FISH

Sale….sale….sale!!!!

Now we live in an MEAT obsesses world.  WE ARE OMNIVORES!  Therefore I truly and firmly believe we should eat seasonally….eat what is in season to get the most bang for your buck as well as get the most nutrition form the food.  Our protein can and should come from a variety….not just ANIMAL.  We truly don’t need red meat every single day!  We don’t need animal meat every single day.  We CAN THRIVE on having animal meat just a few times a week and then using fish and plant based protein throughout the rest of the week.

This world of MEAT MEAT MEAT has become crazy and obsessive.

What it really comes down to is…..

WHAT WORKS BEST FOR YOUR FAMILY TO THRIVE!?

Now at this point I could plug in a bunch of links and info to compel you but at the end of the day we each have to decide what is best for our own situation…our own family….our own convictions.  Thus my thoughts are if a person really wants to know more about some of this THEY TRULY WILL RESEARCH IT!

But where to look is always a good questions.

So with that I will share with you my go to people, resources that lead me in the right direction:

WELLNESS MAMA
DR. AXE
DR. MERCOLA
TY BOLLINGER
DR. SARA GOTTFRIED
DR. CHRISTIANSON

Those are my biggies.  There are many others but I know even if they don’t have the answers I am looking for they are going to lead me in the right direction.

I would love to hear your take on FOOD….and how you manage not getting obsessed with all the conflicting and sometimes overwhelming information put out there!  Leave comments and/or questions below so we can learn together!

Have a glorious Friday!
Hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly

BOOK OF THE DAY:  This is one of the funnest cookbooks I have.  If you are just tired of veggies and dishes having the “same old” flavor.  Feel like you need some pizzazz with not too much work?  NOM NOM PALEO is the one for you!  Plus it is fun to read the comics in it!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:  Usual wake up push-ups, kickbacks, stretching.   But this morning I opted to not do the mini-trampoline.  I knew I was going to be taking my daughter to her guitar lesson this morning and there is a gym at the church so I will have the opportunity to walk laps for about 30-40 minutes.  But to still get some great lymphatic drainage going I did jumping jacks, and for growth hormone stimulation pull ups.  I did 4 sets of 5 pull-ups and 1 minute of jumping jacks.  Done in 7 minutes….felt great!

Tasty Tuesday

Oh my goodness gracious…..I had the tastiest green shake yesterday! I totally loved the color as well!  It was refreshing….delightful….filling….and very detoxifying for the system!

For me being conscientious of what I eat, how I eat, when, and all those little details some may take for granted…well I can’t.  So when I find something that not only is enjoyable with no ill side effects it is fabulous! LOL….

I got the idea from a detox shake Dr. Axe had posted about….and I put my own spin on it:

1 scoop of collagen (non-gelling) 
3 leaves of cabbage
1/3 cucumber
2 slices of fresh ginger
1 tbs dried parsley (I didn’t have any fresh)
1 lemons worth of juice
2 drops of peppermint essential oil (food grade only)
3 drops of stevia
1 cup of coconut milk/almond milk mix
1 tbs chia seeds
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup of water

BLEND AND ENJOY!

Oh wow it was DELIGHTFUL!  So much so…..that I WILL DO THAT AGAIN THIS MORNING!

***I’ll save my thoughts about detoxes, diets, cleanses, self-care, self-love, and how it all relates to being a woman….how and when it can be helpful or hurtful…..for tomorrows posting…..

But til then have a REFRESHINGLY TASTY TUESDAY!!!

hugs and prayers always,
~Kelly 🙂

BOOK OF THE DAY:  If you have not discovered the super power house of coconut oil as of yet…YOU TRULY ARE MISSING OUT!!!  I truly survived on it back in Aug/Sept for our family cruise.  I brought a jar of it with me….and before most meals I would take in about a teaspoon of it.  If I felt cravings I have a spoonful.  If I was having low energy….I had a spoonful.  It helps boost the brain, immune system….they are now showing research in how it helps with many autoimmune conditions…and SO MUCH MORE!!  Check it out!

MOVEMENT OF THE DAY:
KETTLE-BELLS!!! (KB)
I love these amazing compact weights!
Total time was 20 minutes….this is what it looked like:
4 minute mini trampoline
1 minute deep (all the way down squat) holding 10lb KB come up push the KB all the way up in the air to do a shoulder press then bending only at the elbows bring the weight behind you to do a tricep press.
1 min 15lb KB (same movement as above) deep squat, shoulder press, tricep press
1 min 20lb KB deep squat, shoulder press
1 min 35lb KB hold at handle now, deep squat, upright row when stand
30 sec 10lb KB tricep kick back (left side)
30 sec 10lb KB tricep kick back (right side)
1 min mini tramp recovery
*if you look the KB part totals 6 minutes so I repeated all of that for a 2nd set.
4 minutes of cool down on the mini tramp

Stretch…..man that felt good!

***yesterday the other movement I got into the day other than my morning workout….I did lots of deep cleaning…climbing up for dusting….moving pictures and books around so lots of purposeful squatting, up and down…..and had a fabulous 30-40 minute walk with my handsome hubby!

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