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 🙂

Warrior Woman: Mary Magdalene inspired retreat idea!

 
Today is the feast day for Saint Mary Magdalene.  I chose her years ago for my confirmation name.  I remember when our family priest teased me for choosing her.  Yet, over the years I see more and more what an amazingly strong woman she was….and how very important she was to Christ.  After all besides Jesus’s mother, Mary….Mary Magdalene was trusted to be among all the disciples.  I have read and heard all sorts of conspiracies of her importance to Christ….blah blah blah….I personally don’t entertain perverted thoughts when it comes to this amazing woman.  Kind of like St. Clare and St. Francis.

Instead…today I want to share some thoughts I have been pondering on for quite some time.  A thought that a dear friend of mine who had stirred up these thoughts, these dreams, this crazy goal or desire for all women.  And I thank St. Mary Magdalene for it!  I will explain that part more after I share my idea :)…..

Over the last 5 years I have pondered on how there are:

…retreats for spiritual growth… 
…workshops to learn about nutrition….
…bible studies for weight loss…
…retreats for healing…
…seminars for fitness….
…bible studies for growing as a mom, wife, woman….
…classes to take to learn about fertility care….
….and so much more!!!

While I think it is important to have these things separate in some situations….I also think that we forget that we as WOMEN…are like a bowl of spaghetti (zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash that is :)….)…..everything in our life overlaps and entwines….it hardly ever is separate!  

SOOO….

What if there was a day or even a weekend retreat for women who would like to learn more about their health in a full MIND, BODY, SOUL experience?

What if the whole faith connection is not just about giving a woman bible verses to learn how to crave God more than the chocolate?

What if there were real experts about nutrition, fitness, fertility care, healing…..and so much more….all available to speak to women about how they can truly care for themselves: MIND, BODY SOUL!?

What if the day or weekend retreat started not just with great prayer and a speaker but some nourishing food choices?

What if after the amazing snack or meal…or even during the eating we had a nutrition coach visit with us how when we are caring for our body with great nutrition then we are loving ourselves as God loves us!  We are caring for ourselves as He needs us to!  What if this person could explain how important it is for us to actually EAT REAL FOOD!!

What if in the afternoon we have an actual personal trainer lead us into some fun movements during a rosary or devotional….showing us how it is possible and important to even go to God during our physical care!?  And what if this amazing person can explain to us that chronic cardio is not healthy for our bodies…that we as women need to quit punishing our bodies with hours and hours of treadmills and classes.

What if we had a functional doctor sharing with us how our hormones can effect our energy and so many aspects of our life if they are out of whack?!

What if  an expert on healing can help us understand how sometimes our physical pains, nutritional choices, and spiritual struggles can be rooted in our past….things that we may not even be aware of!?

What if another expert can help us understand our bodies….the way God intended for us to understand it…care for it….heal it….protect it….!?

WHAT IF…..WE LEARNED WE ARE ENOUGH….JUST AS WE ARE!?

WHAT IF….we learned how to care for ourselves…to empower ourselves with great knowledge (mind)….empower ourselves with food and fitness (body)….empower ourselves with Gods word (soul)….with other women….all for one amazing experience that truly meets us as women and how we are designed to overlap so many topics, areas, passions….

WHAT IF!?!

So how does Mary Magdalene come into the picture of all of this for me?

I see a woman who didn’t let her past pull her down.  I think she continued to work on healing by going to Christ for everything.  I think she probably cared for her body because she had the best teacher of all right there guiding her and protecting her.

These are my thoughts.  I am just one person who could never organize an event like this by myself.  And honestly right now in my life with all I am learning about my health needs and healing right now….I can’t take on something like this…..but isn’t that what the whole saying “it takes a village” for!?

What if a team of women who were just as passionate about empowering women took something like this on….created a name for this MIND BODY SOUL themed approach to empower women to become the WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMEN they were meant to be!?

 Hey here is a thought:

WONDERFUL WARRIOR WOMEN 
WEEKEND RETREAT: 
LEARNING HOW TO
 LOVE, LIVE, AND LAUGH 
WITH YOUR 
WHOLE MIND BODY AND SOUL!


There you go….a title…a theme….a rough draft….

Now it needs a team….
a leader…
a pusher….
presenters….
participants….
and lots and lots of Prayer!!!

hugs and prayers always!!!
Kelly 😉

Day 8: Supplimenting Soap Box

Here is my most recent thoughts…reflections…pondering on products that are geared toward weight loss rather health and wellness…

If a company, a person, an entity is truly interested in a persons health they they should strive to go out of business!

This is what I mean…
For example…does law enforcement like seeing criminals, crime, etc?
Wouldn’t a cop love to be out of a job because there is no crime?  I would hope so!!!
With that same thought in mind…wouldn’t a person or an entity selling products for wellness and health want to teach individuals how to get healthy, lose body fat, and have energy with as minimal of their products as possible….if not totally just be a support on nutrition without ever selling a product ever again?!
I think this is my biggest beef with so many products that are our there.  Do they really want people to learn how to nourish their bodies with real, whole food?  Are they willing to sacrifice their numbers to teach others how to empower themselves with changes in their food, lifestyle, stress, hormones….etc?!
There are some out there who are trying to do this…I have several friends who I KNOW teach great things to others and are constantly trying to learn as well…yet there are so many who sadly are not.   But I guess we can liken it to a doctor who is out of shape telling his patients to eat good, exercise and get plenty of sleep…
Why does this bother me?  Why do I even go on this tangent?  I don’t get anything out of this.  Go back to the why…because I care!
I care because I see so many people feeling desperate or unsatisfied with their health.  These emotions create a willingness within them to sacrifice basic needs or charging things on credit cards to receive their “magic solution”.
If a person can just take the time to understand the mind, body and soul of their health….THEY TOO CAN HAVE LASTING RESULTS…LASTING HEALTH….LASTING SATISFACTION…LASTING “WEALTH”…LASTING HAPPINESS!!!
All of this with real food, real knowledge, contentment….real savings!!!
Thus that is my big “beef”, my poke, my frustration at the world of packaged products.  I want all individuals to understand that if we are not meeting our nutritional needs with true, real food, then all that packaged stuff that is suppose to enhance your already real food eating, well its going to be wasted…
I want us to quit “buying” into the “promises” and advertisement!
This all concerns me because I am raising an amazing young lady.  She is old enough now to really notice these kinds of adds, this push for women to look “perfect”….this push for “weight loss” everywhere.  I want her to feel empowered enough to know that whole, real food is the way to feeling healthy, feeling balanced, and looking good naturally with the uniqueness that God designed her to be.
I want to know I have raised a young lady who will not feel the pressure to “look like everyone else”.
Will I have raised her to know and believe she is beautiful…just the way GOD MADE HER!!?
Will I have raised her to listen to her bodies needs through nourishing food, good sleep and following God’s wants and desires not the worlds.
Will I have broken the cycle of insanity thinking that we must all be twiggy to reach health and happiness?
The further insanity of over working?  Over training?  Criticizing oneself?  Eating too fast…too little…processed….supplementing to compensate…
Will I have raised her to know better than all the lies that are out there telling her what will make her feel right by societies standards.
Will I have raised her to trust her instincts, her gut, her God…
To know she doesn’t need any “magic” potion to feel amazing…beautiful…to be strong….to be healthy….
All she needs is:
GOD
Sleep…
Real Food…
Fun movement…
…and maybe then maybe some assistance to  support her already healthy lifestyle through herbs, minerals, essential oils…vitamins…things that are natural and not processed….
and lots and lots of SELF REFLECTION WITH GOD!!!

Thus, during your 21 day challenge of detoxing your mind, body, and soul….reflect on what suppliment is truly of help to you and your whole body health pursuits and which may be a crutch?

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 🙂


Many Many Many thoughts on Monday!

Okay so my mind is swirling with a million thoughts I want to share with everyone, anyone on this Monday!  Therefore….this journal…blog…thought entry might just be all over the place….so beware!

1st:
The discovery of scheduling a posting was quite interesting last night…thus the 8 am posting to see if it really went out when I was writing and researching at midnight last night :)….I know I know I know I should have been asleep but at least I actually respected my need for sleep and didn’t get up until 8 am!

2nd:
I was listening to the podcast of Balanced Bites #102….and I loved the advice given to a post partum woman who was trying to loose her pregnancy weight.  How she was being basically too hard on herself.  One of the ladies quoted another ladies posting on her blog/site about how she strives to work with her body.  And what she eats she makes a conscience decision.  Thus eliminating any emotional baggage.  If she eats a piece of cake she says: I am going to eat this cake and know that it may make me feel not so great…or I know it has no value but I will enjoy this with my child.  But if she thinks she is going to turn to it because of an emotional thought or whatever, then she does not eat it.  She doesn’t eat or do anything that is going to create guilt or emotional baggage.

I LOVE THAT!  Mostly because that is how I strive to live….even more so this last 3 years since I have found my wonderful new lifestyle!

Here is a very real in time example….I enjoyed watching a movie yesterday with my wonderful daughter.  She wanted popcorn….I love popcorn.  I have wonderful organic popcorn that I can pop for her fresh and put coconut oil on it…sea salt…and she loves it that way!   BUT it is a grain….I made a conscience decision that I would eat some of it with her….

Did I pay for it?  Oh yes…I within 30-45 minutes felt the gas swell my belly….it hurt soooo bad…..and today my knees are swollen and really really really hurt….but I don’t do it often….was it worth it?  Yes and No!  Worth knowing that my daughter felt joy and fellowship…no cause I hurt…..but I also know I will get it out of my system with patience…..BUT it did actually encourage me to search for other Paleo’s who may have some alternative suggestions for popcorn lovers!  (This is probably the only grain that I really love and miss!)

I found some really fun recipe ideas with cauliflower….you must do a pintrest search!

3rd:
I love homeschooling….I love unschooling….I love Charlotte Mason….I love the phases and ideas and concepts behind the Classical style of education….I LOVE LEARNING with my daughter!

We had such a wonderful day of learning!  It got me to thinking….why do we think everything has to be separating?  Subjects?  Life?  It is so funny because it is probably why I lean more toward Charlotte Mason and Unschooling styles because I don’t see Math as just 1+1=2…..I see:  if you buy this for this amount and that for that amount then you spend xyz….and that leaves you with “abc”  from your budget….where do we want to put the remainder?  In this fund, that savings, this toy…???   Or what about how did this historical event relate to our faith time line, and how about lets write this bible scripture to then edit…critique and work on our Language Arts!

It all is related….it all works together rather than separate!

Which brings me to…

4th:
Why I think it is impossible to separate our FAITH…FOOD…FITNESS….AND EVEN OUR FINANCES…OH AND WHAT ABOUT FUN….oh yeah and FAMILY!!!

It’s impossible….because each affect (yes affect…influence) each other….

I love how if I am truly thinking about what God would want me to do than I am going to take care of my body physically and mentally….and that means not going to any extremes.  I will not be lazy with it and allow it to become unhealthy….but on the flip I will not become so obsessive and legalistic that I strive for vanity and appearance….which then in turn becomes about our finances….in how much are we willing to spend to make sure we are healthy (with balance) and thus turning to real food….not quick fixes….or processed gunk!

5th:
I LOVE WHERE I AM AT IN LIFE!

I have such an interesting life story….mine isn’t necessarily any more special or scary or sad or horrific than the next person. But it is mine.  Some of it is worse than someone else’s and better than another persons.  BUT it is my story….and it is what formed me….it is how I am who I am today….AND I LOVE IT!

I love being able to see God do amazing things in my life and not get frustrated or angry at Him because of the bumps, challenges, learning lessons!

In the last 3 years I have challenged myself in more ways than I have ever in the past…and even had myself be my own lab rat to see how some things may react in my body and with my mind.

From how can IF (intermittent fasting) fit in with my paleo lifestyle… and to what extent….to supplementation….thus leading me to learn even more about quality of supplements….to if I even need supplements…to training a specific way to see if I can achieve a certain goal…to restricting calories and how does it make me feel….to losing and/or gaining 5 -10 lbs to see how it may or may not affect my run, my sleep, my mental health….

Which has all lead me to….

6th:
I love myself!

I love exactly where I am in life!  I love being healthy.  I love being aware and making conscience decisions about my entire health: mind, body and soul!  I love knowing that I am okay with being Paleo…not eating bread, sugar, dairy, gunk….and drinking a glass of wine most nights the week!

I am way ok with having some softness around my hips and legs…I am okay with the wonderful laugh lines between my eyes and around my lips.

I am okay with not worrying about what is suppose to happen next week or even tomorrow.

I am okay with if someone wants to be angry or upset or even frustrated with me.

I was listening to a podcast (again from BalancedBites…hehe…and from Paleo Lifestyle and Fitness)…and I love how they encourage people (especially women) to love themselves!  To quit critiquing those little minuscule flaws that  no one else sees!  To not be afraid of having some body fat….to not be afraid of having curves…to not be afraid of food….real food!  To not put your adrenal glands through the ringer….and to possibly evaluate if you are under eating!

This topic is so dear to me because I see it over and over….throughout the years….

Even at my heaviest with all my health issues I actually really loved myself during that time in my life!  I knew I was a child of God…I knew I probably needed to figure some things out with my health but I knew I was active….and taking care of myself to the best of my ability at that time.  And I have learned so much…..

So no matter what I may be going through in life….whether it is challenging myself physically, mentally, spiritually I know God loves me thus I MUST LOVE MYSELF!

This brings me to my final random thought….

7th:
I have enjoyed the discipline of not allowing myself to get on FB during the week last week other than Sunday because I accomplished soo sooo much more in the morning than I probably ever have….

It is so easy to justify that I am posting on one of my private groups…I am helping spread good ripples…plant seeds….learn from others….be informed…stay in touch…..

But it can easily become one of those habits that you think your must post and share cause otherwise how are they going to know….or….what if I don’t read that one post then I won’t know….or that person will be mad at me if I am not on FB checking to see what they said or sent me…..

Have I missed being on FB?  YES AND NO!   I love the discipline of saying I’m not going there today….but I miss when I have an idea I want to share that I have to keep it to myself….but maybe that is the point?!  Maybe not every thought we have is meant to be broadcast-ed.

SOOO….what is a girl to do who really actually is an introvert at heart….but feels God calling her to share things….to be open…honest…vulnerable….in hopes of helping others who may feel like they are the only one feeling what they are feeling or someone who really needs to hear or know something!?

BALANCE!!!  That is what it is all about!  BALANCE!!!

Blessings….hugs…prayers!!!

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