HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Psalm 30:2
“O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.”

I woke up this morning feeling empowered….renewed….convicted!

I will reflect back a couple days.  I finally had the amazing opportunity to visit with my nutrition coach about my genetic markers.  Instead of seeing it as a doom and gloom situation it was enlightening.  It was empowering.  It created conviction.

I will summarize: I have genes that don’t allow me to absorb certain important vitamins and minerals.  I have genes that do predispose me to some brain stuff, cancer stuff, gut stuff, fatty liver, gluten intolerance….etc.

I have a gene that shows I am sensitive to caffeine.

I have a gene that expresses I could have OCD, anxiety, addictive tendencies.

I have genes that lend to my adrenals being in distress and needing extra love and support.

What does this tell me?!

It puts a burning in my heart to be the best me!  To not have fear…..to not have worry…to not have shame but to be the best me!

Fear:  I could walk around wondering when the ball is going to drop.  But I refuse to  because this information is exactly that….information to empower me…..to give me tools to protect my body!

Worry:  I could walk around worrying that if I do this or do that I will fire up that gene…but instead I will continue to move forward in God’s will….in His strength!

Shame:  I could walk around beating myself up for any poor choices I may have made in the past that could have contributed to any one of those genes having been switched on currently…..but instead I own my actions, I pray for forgiveness and I move forward…..I walk in FAITH….I will knowing God loves me just as I am….I walk with knowing He is amazing and merciful!

Thus when I woke this morning I felt extremely convicted to ensure I do ALL I can to help my ADRENALS be the best they are meant to be for me!  And I WILL do my part to LOVE THEM AND CARE FOR THEM!

So I decided for 2016 I am giving up all: Sugar, Caffeine (this includes chocolate), ALCOHOL!

I know these things tax my adrenals.  Having read the ADRENAL RESET DIET book about 3 times now…..I know these things are NOT good for me.   Sugar really isn’t a problem for me…..I have it on occasion but I don’t want it to even be an occasion anymore.  The caffeine needs to quit holding me back.  And the alcohol…..well really the question is do I want to live the best me, a me of integrity, or a me who just looks forward to a glass or two of wine or gin at the end of the day because “I deserve it”.  

It’s interesting because I have reflected on many things over the last 6 months especially with my health and with the amazing team I have helping me heal my adrenals….and I realized I needed to own up to the fact I may not be doing ALL I could be doing to ensure my health to repair…..soooo…..no more!

2016 is going to be about me being the BEST ME….the me who I am proud to smile at God and say I AM TAKING CARE OF ME FOR YOU…….

The me who can say  I AM HERE TO DO THE MISSION YOU HAVE GIVEN ME TO DO…..

The me who can say  I CRAVE NOTHING BUT YOU LORD!!!

How do I intend to help myself?

SLEEP SLEEP SLEEP…..I will feel NO guilt in 2016 for sleeping in or getting 10-12 hours of sleep to heal my body…..NO MORE short changing my sleep.  

SIMPLE SIMPLE SIMPLE…..My  1st 21 days of reflection and dedication of keeping my nutrition simple with shakes, soup, salads…..I like how uncomplicated it is….it allows me to focus on my health without feeling overwhelmed with too much production.

SAVING SACRIFICE…..I will strip away ANYTHING that could possibly be holding back my health…..that is why I I feel so compelled to offer up and sacrifice for 2016: no sugar, caffeine, alcohol.

Well I need to jump off now and get ready for an amazing Mass to Celebrate the New Year…the new me….the new life to live!

Blessings,
~Kelly 🙂



2016 Blogging Goals!

Over the course of 5 years I have evolved so much through this blog!

It started out me wanting to just share about books I had read…give a review and/or summary.
I transitioned into comparing things going on and in the world and how it relates to faith.
I have written about:
FAITH
HEALTH
FAMILY
LIFE
NUTRITION
AND SOOOOOO MUCH MORE!
I have always aspired to write each day on the blog.  I have allowed so many things to distract me from writing each day.   
Some of my many excuses:
I don’t have much to say.
I don’t have time to add links.
I don’t have any pictures picked.
I don’t have good enough pictures.
I don’t have time.
I don’t have anything new from what has already been said.
I don’t….
I don’t….
I don’t…
Then I listened to a wonderful webinar talking about the 5 secrets of high achievers.
Summary:
1.  Believe you can win!   Overcome an invisible barrier, more than likely exists only inside our head.
2.  Get past Failures….use any past failures as a launching pad for what is possible for the future.
3.  Set specific goals…write 5-7 goals that are specific, concrete, and have a deadline.
4.  Know your why….why are you doing what your doing…don’t bail when it gets tough.
5.  Get started now….it is important to start….our biggest obstacle:  procrastination…with a big, looming obstacle we tend to make elaborate action plans but never do it….we need to break down our plan fast…and just start digging into it, even if we don’t have it perfectly planned out.
And this had me realizing….I want to just write!
I want to take what I have been sharing and learning this last year and just write.  I want to each day…whether it is many times a day….one line…2 pages….whatever….just write.  Share about my dreams, my thoughts, what I am reading, what I am learning, what I am feeling….I want to have 2016 posts to be about “in the moment”…not about too much prepping…too much planning and never doing….too much comparing and thinking someone else has already said that….
I am going to blog similar to how I journal…..I am going to share all my joy….all my love….all my learning about this amazing life I have been gifted with.
So whatever is pressing on my heart that day or thoughts it will be what I share about….
The excitement of a creation I came up with in the kitchen….
A frustration about my faith…
A mommy moment….
ANYTHING….EVERYTHING…..
I blog because I love to write….I love to learn….I love to share….
I blog because I know it is the service that God has called me to.. just as He called me to home school….
I blog because I have so much love for life…so much life for humanity….so much love for my FAITH, FAMILY, FUTURE….
And I can’t help it but shout my joy, excitement, adventures,…all of it…from the roof tops!
So here is to 2016….365 days of 365 posts!
Blessings,
~Kelly 🙂

2016: Simple, Skills, Saving

I have been reflecting A LOT this Advent season on what I would like to focus on this upcoming year.   One of the biggies has been wanting to help my family understand on the next level of nutrition and health is how a treat shouldn’t be convenient.  It should be something we make from scratch and take the time to do ourselves thus giving us the opportunity to appreciate it even more.  After all a treat should be just that….a TREAT….not a “hey lets just go to the store and get a dairy free ice cream….it’s still healthy mom!”

But….this is what I have been really reflecting on this last year…..

The food industry is starting to really pick up on the fact there are real conditions and situations and people need to be avoiding different inflammatory foods.  They have also noticed how it has become fashionable the last several years to avoid gluten….dairy…etc…..   I say fashionable because some are just doing it for vanity or because everyone else they know are doing it (I know total judgement on my part!)…..but there are also those who truly understand the health concerns and would like to avoid conditions, illnesses, diseases, compromised immune systems….kudos to them!!

BUT…..

A box is still a box!!  Processed is still processed!

So…..just because it says GLUTEN FREE….DAIRY FREE….NUT FREE….SUGAR FREE….etc……and it comes in a nice little package like:

cake mix
crackers
bread
snack bars
ice cream

IT IS STILL PROCESSED!  There is still the tendency to over indulge in an item that shouldn’t even be thought of but OCCASIONALLY……

And I am guilty too of giving into some of these ready made, boxed, processed “healthier” choices.  I have a sweet daughter who gives me this “life isn’t fair” look…..or I am having a really bad brain fog, low energy thyroid week, and I just don’t feel like doing something from scratch.

But I get frustrated at myself because I know if I am not willing to eat these processed “healthier” choices why am I willing to feed them to my family.

Thus I had this BRILLIANT idea for 2016!

EVERYTHING MUST BE MADE FROM SCRATCH!

I even thought….ah-ha I am going to even start getting back to being consistent about making my own laundry soap….etc.

I started to game plan and make a list of all the foods and things that must be made by scratch this upcoming year:
bread
ice cream
snack bars
crackers
cake

Then I started to think about what is a treat to me that I should be probably making instead of buying:

Kombucha
sauerkraut
pickles

I then started thinking even more about ALL the different things that we buy….sauces, tea, granola, yogurt, coconut milk…..

And where do I draw the line?!

That’s when I realized that what I really want to teach my daughter for 2016 is:

SIMPLICITY
SKILLS
SAVING

I don’t want to get so caught up in doing everything from scratch that it becomes complicated for our life thus taking out the simplicity of living.

I want my daughter to continue to learn skills in the kitchen, garden, house, etc…..

And I want us to continue to fine tune our savings.

Thus if there is truly a significant difference in making my own bath salts….heck ya I’m making them!

And a treat like ice cream or bread truly needs to be made in order to value the skill it took as well as savor the hard work.

But if buying my sauerkraut, which I go through a jar a week, will keep things simple as I learn how to make my own….then maybe it is what I need to make sure I find it on great SALE!!!

I am excited about my 2016 goals, challenges, and adventures for myself and my family.

Therefore, I have decided that this upcoming year my blogging will be more day to day…more updates on how I am doing with this lofty ambition of keeping 2016 SIMPLE with learned SKILLS and hopefully lots of SAVINGS!!!

2016: Simple Spirituality Goal

New Years Resolutions!

It seems like the number one (#1) resolution most people make is to LOSE WEIGHT!!

So here is a thought I have for everyone….

What if you make your NEW YEARS RESOLUTION about your SPIRITUALITY!?

What if we for 21 days reflect on a need, a prayer, a desire, a challenge, a change you want to make in your/our/my life!?

I know for me I have lots of things….lots of desires…lots of goals…lots of growth I would like to take to God to start my new year…..

I wrote many years ago about the power of fasting and the types of fasting.  I know from first hand experience how when you abandon your desires, your will, to God and pray for selfless petitions, pray for others, pray for God’s intervention….HE does amazing things!

So here is a thought…

Are you living up to who God made you to be?

What are some goals you really need to offer up to Him?

Where would you like to see your lifestyle grow this year?

When are you going to make the time to listen to HIS will?

How do you want God to work in your life for 2016?

7 years ago I experienced an amazing spiritual fast.  As I was petitioning prayers for my husband I experienced health benefits I never even anticipated or foresaw.

Over the course of 7 years I have learned more things about my health…my mind, body, soul connection.

I want to start my new year with the same simple spiritual goals I did 7 years ago!

What did I do 7 years ago?!

Shake…soup…salad!

It was as simple as that.

Thus it doesn’t matter if you are Paleo, vegan, Mediterranean, whatever…..pick a journal…notebook…..something to write your desires, goals, prayers for 2016.  Make a detailed “contract” with God and stick to it for 21 days!

Did you know it takes 21 days to change a habit or make a habit….thus good or bad!?

Did you know it takes 40 days to “eradicate” an “infestation”?!

I plan on for 21 days…starting January 1st….to post on Facebook a bible scripture and a book title that has helped me with this journey of Health and Wellness that is about the WHOLE mind, body, soul experience.

I will also write here, on the blog, in more detail my daily journal-ling as promised in an upcoming post about my blogging goals for 2016.

Are you going to join me in this opportunity to connect with your Spirituality with simplicity through shakes, soup, and salad?!

S to the 5th power:  Simple Spirituality with Shakes, soup, and salad!

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