Whole 30

A dear friend of mine recently embarked on the WHOLE 30 with her family for many reasons.  She blogged about it…it was wonderful…..you can read about it HERE!

But it has had me thinking about how that was one of my VERY FIRST BOOKS I read about health and nutrition about 7 years ago when I first was learning about WHOLE FOOD (Paleo) living.  I loved it!  Yet I have allowed cooking hacks.  I have allowed complicated whole food eating to dominate sometimes.  And I know why!  BECAUSE my dear daughter and hubby still miss the cakes, bread, and some other processed junk.  My hubby not nearly as much as before….but my daughter for sure still “jones” for junk.

With all my hoshimoto/thyroid/adrenal stuff it can sometimes just feel UGH!!  BUT I have been realizing as I have been digging deep with the generational healing stuff that I LIKE MY FOOD SIMPLE AND BASIC!  I DON’T NEED IT COMPLICATED.  And if I model it to my family and just continue to shop only WHOLE FOOD and not make a fuss about it…..well then it will just become a way of life for them as well.  Thus whatever choices they make outside of the home is their responsibility but I can make the choices for in the home AND NOT FEEL GUILTY for not buying  “gluten free” treats and processed junk….because it is still JUNK, not WHOLE REAL FOOD!

I have decided I am not buying ANYMORE “junk”…..I WILL make sure there is plenty of fabulous snacks and food always cut up and available and served with a smile.

I am sure they will come around eventually…lol….

What are your struggles with WHOLE FOOD eating!?  What resolutions can you make about your grocery shopping that turns your food into fabulous adventures rather than frustrations?!  Take a moment to think about it….pray about it….journal about it….then take action!

Hugs and blessings always my dear readers….family….friends….
~Kelly 🙂

Friday’s Freedom Fast!

4 Years ago I embarked on a spiritual journey that has forever changed my life.

My husband was debating over some career choices.  He was struggling with what he should or shouldn’t do.  I had at the same time just finished a book on the deep spiritual connection a person can experience through a fast.  but what I learned through this book was more than that.

I learned about the different types, levels, lengths, etc…of a spiritual fast.  I read about fasting in a way I had never heard of.  It changed my heart and mind forever about what fasting really was.  Thus, I decided this was what I wanted to do for my husband.  I wanted to do a fast and novena as a sacrifice for him to feel a spiritual guidance from God through the decisions he was trying to make.

As I had read in one of the books, I made a contract with God. I stated what I was going to abstain/fast from and for what length of time.

Little did I know that this was going to not only be for him but it would forever shift my life…
…my WHOLE life:  MIND BODY AND SOUL!

Spiritually:  It taught me to truly and fully lean on God through anything and everything.  When I am in a fast I must remember there will be temptations, so the question is what is more important to me, the fleshly desire for that one item, or is my desire for Christ going to be greater?

Mind:  I feel an amazing clarity in my mind when I fast.  No matter the type or duration.  Even though I have found for me a fast that is at least 9 days long are where I experience the greatest clarity.  But my one day absolutes can also be profound!

Body:  I had no idea that 4 years ago this simple decision would began my journey of truly embracing a whole foods living approach.  A journey of giving up all food that truly do not nourish my body properly.

I had no idea that the foods I was fasting from had a name: PALEO!

I find it fitting and beautiful that 4th of July is on a Friday this year because 4 years ago it was after a 4th of July celebration weekend with friends that I started the spiritual fast for my husband.

What did I fast from and how long, that forever changed my life?

I knew I wanted the fast to be at least 21 days.  But started it with a novena for my husband with a friend, which is 9 days long.

It was simple:  I would fast/abstain from all foods I really loved and desired.…and I wanted to keep it simple!

I gave up:
bread
cheese
all sugars
alcohol
snacking in between meals

My days were written out like this:
Breakfast: protein shake
Lunch: soup (no meat) with nuts
Dinner: big salad or grilled veggies with a good portion of meat.

It was that simple.  AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE!

At 21 days I noticed a shift in my body.  And for the first time in my life I didn’t have excruciating pain when my period came.  I had suffered with PCOS for 20 years.  It was entering into the fall season, thus seasonal allergies….yet I wasn’t watery eyed, sneezy, and miserable.  I realized there was something to this spiritual journey; it was changing my spirit, my soul, but it was also changing my mind, my mental health, and my body, my physical health!

I started to read and research about dairy, grains, sugars, and so much more.  How all these have effects on our body.  I started to feel even more alive.  And I am a pretty energetic happy person to begin with!

SOMETHING WAS DIFFERENT!

I have experienced so much in my last 4 years:  good, bad, sorrowful, challenging, etc. Yet, through it all I have felt so alive, so amazing.  I know with my entire being it is because of this spiritual journey God took me on 4 years ago.  It has deepen my faith, deepen my life, and opened up a doorway for my mind, body, and soul for and to HIM!

That can be described in only one way:  TRUE FREEDOM!

***Quick note:  That fast was exactly that a fast.  It had a beginning and an end.  But it did lead me to how I eat today.  Which is whole real food.  No grains, no legumes, minimal grass fed dairy from time to time, NO SUGAR…..

But lots and lots of:

EGGS
VENISON
GRASS FED BEEF
BACON
CHICKEN
BROCCOLI
CAULIFLOWER
SPINACH
ONIONS
MUSHROOMS
CHILI’S
TOMATOES
AND SOOOOOOOO MUCH MORE….

I eat and try more types of veggies than I ever did before.  I try even the main stays in ways I never would have fathomed!  I enjoy some fruits, mostly berries, but because they truly are just too sweet for me any more!

Thus on this glorious 4th of July….I celebrate not only our country’s INDEPENDENCE…..but my INDEPENDENCE as well!

INDEPENDENCE from the bondage of bad food choices!
INDEPENDENCE to eat amazing full flavored REAL food!
INDEPENDENCE to live a full life:  MIND, BODY, AND SOUL!

Happy Independence day to you all!
My love and prayers always,
~K 🙂

***Don’t forget to check out the links I have highlighted above!  Would love to hear any feedback, comments, input!

Warrior Women on Wednesday!

This will be brief….but I am WAY excited that Wellness Mama has started a Podcast!

I love reading her blog.  She gives such great information on how to live a whole foods, natural life for EVERYTHING!!!   

Not just food…but cleaning…..health care….being a mama…beauty…..and soooo much more!

I just had to share my excitement with everyone.   After all as we become more intuned with our true femininity as women we realize we are Warriors as true WOMEN!   And that is what I love about this woman….she is a woman….a mom….a wife….and seems to be so proud of it!!!!   And strives to do everything (at least from what I read) to be true to who she is as a woman, a wife, a mother!

Have a glorious night!
Blessings always,
~K

The Power of Peace

I feel  passionate about how amazing life is…and wonder why we, simple, silly humans try to complicate it!
I was reflecting earlier today as I was thinking about how excited I get for friends who have accomplished amazing goals.  It doesn’t matter whether they are career, health, spiritual….any goal…any achievement is worth celebrating!
It then further had me pondering on how some may view a failure as a goal not accomplished, not finished, or not pursued.  I view it different.
Some great examples for me in my life are:
I pursued becoming a fertility practitioner over 10 years ago.  I studied through Creighton, became certified, and even had clients.  I did that for about 2 years.  I know with my whole heart and soul the reason God led me on that path was so I could better understand my own broken fertility.  So I could learn how to better take care of my fertility, to have a greater respect and appreciation for my fertility.  Thus, for me it was not time wasted.  It was time well invested.  
I worked for our state child protective services for the shortest 6 months.  I really thought it was a career path I wanted to take.  After all I had waited years to work even remotely in my field of study.  I could have stayed with it.  I could have been willing to sacrifice many other dreams, wants, desires.  Instead I realized:  no, I am not going to stay with this because for me it would mean sacrificing raising a family.  A family that I realized, because of that job, was more important than any career could ever mean to me. 
 I realized I desired to be a stay at home wife and mother more.  I learned through working with all those families in that short period of time how very important it is to be there for your family, your children.  They need us to make sacrifices.
In the most recent few years, I even thought I would pursue sales of a really great supplement that is multi-faceted.  I am not a sales person.  Have never felt compelled to be one.  And it takes quite a bit for me to be won over to want to sell something. I felt drawn and impressed with this product.  In the end, I realized God led me on that path to actually have me grow further in my knowledge about my health as I pursue and live my paleo life!
 I learned and realized I have a different role.  And I love my role.  I can help those who do sell. I am great at research….continual learning and growing about health.  Thus, being able to share with my friends who either do sell or who just want to live healthier lives, I can be a resource to help them grow in their knowledge of health with or without supplements, with or without certain foods. Sharing the benefits of all, some or nothing.   As well as help others know when and if they should take certain things.  
He taught me how to really look at everything I put into my body.  Because after all I am a temple that HE has trusted me to take care of.
I walked away from 2 years of campus ministry because I knew God was telling me it was time to pull away, again, from ministry; that, I had fulfilled His purpose for my being there for 2 years.  If I stayed it would be for me not HIM!
There have been so many similar examples through out the years.  Times that I started something….feeling beyond passionate about it.  Convinced in my heart that I should pursue something, then feeling a tap on my shoulder from above pulling me back.  Reminding me HE is in charge.  Reminding me that just because HE had me pursue something, or learn something, doesn’t mean it was for the direction I thought I was suppose to take it but rather to follow HIS lead!
Peace….true beautiful peace.   That is what I have learned through all these pursuits that may be viewed as a “failure” or “incomplete” or “unaccomplished” or “flaky”…
Instead I feel great accomplishments….
I see growth…
I obtained wisdom….
I grew in knowledge…
I live in the beautiful power of PEACE!
Peace that HE has a plan for every and all pursuits and goals.  We just have to trust that what we may view as a set back or failure…..could very well be a WIN in HIS court! 🙂
Blessings to all of you!
~K 🙂

Paleo: Protein, Power, Peace

I have been wanting to post about some of my favorite sites I go to to continually learn and grow through this amazing lifestyle I have embarked upon for over 3 years now.

It started out as a spiritual journey….that has turned into the most amazing life changing experience for my mind, my body and my soul!

But with this posting I promise to not get drawn out….I will just give all of you my favorite spots I go to for resources: recipes, Q&A, support, etc.  And I will give a summary of why I go to that particular site!

I have two main sites I go to:

balancedbites.com  and everydaypaleo.com

BALANCED BITES:

Understanding the science of food….how it hurts or heals us.
Sugar Detox recipes
Game planning for a sugar detox
excellent podcasts

EVERYDAY PALEO:

Fitness tips
great support as you read about her journey
recipes
mental support
family support

Now I am going to just list all the sites I read and then put them into categories :)….

Elana’s Pantry

Excellent source for recipes!!!

Mark’s Daily Apple

Excellent source for fitness and the science behind the food.

Food Babe:

Understanding the science about the chemicals in our foods.

Paleo Hacks:

Support forum with other Paleo’s
recipes
podcast

Whole 9:

I first learned about this site because of their book “It Starts with Food”

It is truly about getting back to basics…REAL FOOD!  Challenging yourself for 30 days to eat nothing but real food….
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As far as categories are concerned these are how I look for something in each of these categories.  Listed in the order of how I go to them :)….

RECIPES:
Elana’s Pantry
BALANCED BITES
EVERYDAY PALEO   ***ironically….I think Sarah Fragosa has amazing recipes…but I have all 3 of her cook books so I go to my hard copies more than the blog site…:)…

WELLNESS OF MIND HEALTH:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES

SCIENCE:
BALANCED BITES
Food Babe
Mark’s Daily Apple

FITNESS:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Mark’s Daily Apple

GREAT SPOT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PALEO AND SUPPORT:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Mark’s Daily Apple
Paleo Hacks
Whole 9

MOST FAMILY FRIENDLY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
Elana’s Pantry

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LEARN MORE AND GREAT GUESTS TO LEARN ABOUT THEIR SITES AND HOW THEY CONTRIBUTE TO THE PALEO/REAL FOOD COMMUNITY:
EVERYDAY PALEO
BALANCED BITES
Paleo Hacks

***I am going to finally mention one I haven’t really had the chance to delve into the site as much as I would like to yet….but I really enjoyed hearing her interview on Paleo Hacks podcast….Primal Kitchen.

And it was with that podcast and interview that I learned about Eat to Perform.

I don’t know much about those last two yet….but I look forward to reading and learning more!

Finally MOVEMENT…..my favorite spot to just watch/read/hear about quick ways to keep my body mobile and intune with how it is suppose to function and work is:  Aligned and Well.  Katy gives great sound science on how our bodies need to be respected.

SUMMING IT UP….

If I absolutely had to choose….

It would go back to the beginning of this post….BALANCED BITES and EVERYDAY PALEO.

And if you still pushed me…

I guess EVERYDAY PALEO would win because it is geared around family….they are both parents they understand the ins and outs of parenthood.

BUT….BALANCED BITES reminds me to be real…and it gives me a feeling of Gilmore Girls…lol….

So….

Those are my top spots for now….

I am continually learning….thus….

The list is continually growing…

I will add as I come across more or as I think of ones I may have forgotten!

Until then….

Many blessings to all of you…

Have a blessed week full of “P” POWER! :)….

~K 🙂


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