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Women Unite!

You can always tell who the strong women are.  They are the ones you see building each other up, instead of tearing each other down.” –unknown

I couldn’t agree more with this quote and have made it a priority to notice, acknowledge and compliment the strong, beautiful women that I cross paths with.  A stranger in the store, waitress, flight attendant, friendly face at the gym, exotic woman on the beach on my vacation…any women who has made a positive impression on me, I will share my sincere compliments with them and I truly enjoy the impact it has on them.   I know what I feel like when I receive a compliment from another woman; it brightens my day and makes me feel a little stronger, more confident and united with that woman.  Have you tried this?

Sadly this was not always the case for me, it took 34 years and some life changing experiences to get to this point (and I am 38 next month!).

As a young, newly married woman I was insecure with my looks and my body, especially around beautiful, confident women.  I didn’t share that with many people and I didn’t come across inferior or insecure, in fact most people thought I was a very confident person; I was confident in my talents and abilities but not so much in my own skin.  I will admit that looking back at pictures, I was fit and looked pretty darn good, especially after having babies!  Why do we do that to ourselves?

I will share my thoughts on why I struggled with self-confidence and how that affects others.

PERFECTION

I felt that to be loved, accepted, wanted and needed I had to be perfect in every aspect.  My hair, makeup, and especially my body had to look like the models or like the beautiful women I would run into daily that I envied for their slim, lean, “perfect” bodies.  I compared my faults with their strengths.  This only set me up for failure and unsatisfactory standards that I could never meet as well as jealousy toward others.

 

LACK OF MATURITY

Yes, I am calling myself immature and if you are reading this and have felt this post describes you then I guess I am calling you immature as well.  What I mean is that I was so focused on myself and what I felt I should look like but also what I felt others thought I should look like.  Most people are so focused on themselves that they don’t really care about me, they are doing the same thing comparing my strengths with their weakness.  Exhausting.  Having daughters of my own, facing trials and learning opportunities, my perspective changed and I began to realize that 1- life is too short to be so critical of myself and I began to be grateful for the things I could do and the things that I have.  2- I didn’t want my daughters feeling the same way about themselves so I had to change something.  3- Gaining a closer relationship with my Father in Heaven and realizing that I am blessed to be me and that WHO I am is much more important than what I look like.  Don’t get me wrong, I still work on being fit and healthy but my insecurities have lessened drastically!  Stages in life and experiences in life change our perspective and in my case helped me mature.

 

BEING IN THE WORLD NOT OF THE WORLD

I cared too much about what others thought of me more than I cared about what God (my Father in Heaven) thought of me.  Our world focuses more on what we look like, what is “cool” or in style and what is socially acceptable more than how we treat others, our relationship with God, serving, loving and holding standards, morals and values.  When I began to release emotions I was holding onto for years, implementing positive thoughts and words into my mind, applied the atonement of Christ and humbled myself to care more what God thought of me, I transformed and have become a different, better person and more confident in WHO I AM.  This has created a confidence to be able to look at another woman and appreciate her beauty and be able to express positive comments instead of feelings of insecurity and feeling threatened.

Imagine what a strong community we as women can build when we are able to recognize someone else’s talents or beauty and compliment them rather than scowl, think negative thoughts and put down another.  Women need to unite and be the example to the youth of how to build one another up instead of tear each other down.  Start today with yourself by saying positive affirmations and then when you see a woman who may have different strengths than you, compliment her and mean it.  We are powerful when we as woman unite!

 

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Recipe Share!

Time for another recipe share (or two) that is easy, delicious and healthy!  On the menu today is Crockpot Chicken Tacos and Gluten Free Banana Bread.  The chicken is so diverse and can be customized which my kids love, it’s in the crockpot which I love and the banana bread is a gluten free treat that we can all enjoy and is completely devoured by my whole family.

CROCKPOT CHICKEN TACOS

1 taco seasoning packet or use homemade

6 frozen tenderloins or 3 breasts (if fresh, takes 2-3 hours less cooking)

2 cup fresh pico de gallo

1/4 c olive oil

1/4 c water

***Spray the crockpot with non-stick spray.

Take taco seasoning packet and cover the bottom of the crockpot.

Lay the chicken on top of the seasoning.

Cover chicken with pico.

Pour water and olive oil on top of everything.  Do not stir.

Cook 6 hours on high if frozen, 4 hrs on high if fresh.

Shred chicken and cook for 3o minutes more.  Serve on tortillas (we use gluten free) with sour cream, lime and anything else you desire.

 

GLUTEN FREE BANANA BREAD

Find the recipe Here (which I modified to my liking)

2 cups gluten free all purpose baking flour

1 tsp. baking soda

1/4. tsp. salt

4 eggs

2 c. mashed ripe bananas (4-5 medium)

1 c. sugar (I use 1/2 c sugar, 1/2 c stevia

1/2 c. applesauce unsweetened (I use homemade)

1/3 c. canola oil (or any oil you prefer- I like coconut oil)

1 tsp. vanilla

add chocolate chips or walnuts if desired (I like to use cacoa chips)

***Mix dry ingredients together.

Mix wet ingredients in separate bowl.  Combine wet and dry ingredients and mix well.  Put mixture in (2) 8×4 bread pans.

Bake at 350′ for 45-55 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

 

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Healthy Recipes: Chicken and a Treat

I love finding yummy, healthy recipes, that my 4 kids and husband all love and I approve of. I search a lot of paleo and gluten free sites since that’s what agrees with our bodies- I have a highly gluten sensitive child, 2 moderate gluten sensitive kids and I try to stay away from gluten, lactose and refined sugar as much as possible. I thought I would share a couple of my favorite recipes with you to try! Chicken and a treat is on the menu today.

This comes from the paleomg blog. I use it often and have found some meals and desserts that are DELISH!

Crispy Chicken Dippers  or as I call them Chicken Nuggets:

Prep time:  20 mins     Cook time:  10 mins   Total time:  30 mins
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into strips (your choice is size)
1 egg, whisked
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
½ cup almond flour
pinch of salt
coconut oil, for greasing pan
Maple Mustard Paleo Chef Sauce (for dipping)
Instructions
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut chicken into strips.
In a shallow bowl, whisk together egg. In another shallow bowl, mix together coconut, almond flour and salt.
Dredge chicken strips in the whisked egg, then straight to the coconut mixture. Coat on all sides then place on a plate. Repeat with all chicken strips.
Place a large pan over medium heat. Add a tablespoon or two to the pan. Once the pan is super hot, add the strips to the pan without crowding it. Cook for about 1 minute on both sides. You may need to do this in 2-3 batches depending how big the strips are.
Place the strips on a cooling rack that has been placed on top of a baking sheet. This will help the chicken strips cook on both sides without getting soggy. If you don’t have a cooling sheet, you will just have to flip them half way through the baking.
Place baking sheet in the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes or until no pink remains inside the chicken.
Let cool on baking sheet before serving. Dip them into maple mustard sauce!

Chicken Cashew Lettuce Wraps

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1 Tbsp olive oil

1/2 c finely diced yellow or white onion

1 c finely diced (or shredded) carrots

3-4 cloves garlic, finely minced

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast or thighs cut into small pieces.

3 Tbsp. low sodium soy sauce (or I use Tamari)

2 Tbsp. pure maple syrup

1/2 c chopped raw cashews (lightly toasted if desired)

Bibb or green leaf lettuce leaves for wrapping

Chopped cucumbers and tomatoes for serving (if desired).

1- In large 12″ non stick skillet, heat oil over medium heat- add onion and carrots.  Add garlic, salt, pepper and cook for 2-3 minutes until veggies soften.

2- Season chicken lightly with salt and pepper and add to skillet.  Cook until no longer pink, 4-5 min.

3- Stir in soy sauce and maple syrup and ooh over medium heat 2-3 minutes (simmering and bubbling).

4- Stir in cashews, cooking until they are heated through.  Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if needed.

5- Seve in lettuce leaves topped with tomato and cucumber.  ENJOY!

 

Our favorite treat that is simple and as healthy as you want to make it is what my kids call “granola”, which is really called PB Protein Snack and you make it as healthy as you’d like.

PB Protein Snack

1/3 c raw honey/agave

1 c Oatmeal (I use gluten free oats)

1/2 c Peanut Butter (I use Adams Natural PB)

1 tsp. Vanilla

chocolate chips, cocoa chips, Karob chips- whichever you prefer.

I also add flax seed for more nutrition.

Add all ingredients together in a bowl and mix.

 

Let me know if you try these and how you like it and please feel free to share your favorites with me!

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Happiness or Joy?

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I recently attended an evening meeting with women from my area where the topic of happiness and joy were discussed. It was then that I really started to think about the two, the differences and what I do daily that contributes to one of the other. There is a difference between the two that I never thought about.

Happiness

Happiness is that feeling that comes over you when you know life is good and you can’t help but smile. It is a sense of well-being, joy or contentment.

Some things that make me happy are: playing volleyball, working out, alone time, vacation with the family, the cabin, when I’ve had a successful day of eating healthy, chocolate, shopping, girls nights, date nights, bedtime for the kids, music, a walk outside in the sunshine.

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Joy is the emotion evoked by the prospect of possessing what one desires: delight; the exhibition of such emotion. Bliss. Intense and especially ecstatic or exultant happiness.  The definition of the word “rejoice” from which our word “joy” comes, is to “feel great delight, to welcome or be glad.”

Some things that bring me JOY are: making a family member or friend feel loved or happy, vacation with my husband, seeing my children excel in a sport or activity, connecting with God, hearing my child say a sincere prayer, the beach, the mountains, girls getaway, helping others accomplish their goals, serving others, when a friend or family member feels joy.

Self Reflection

As I looked over my list I realized that most of what brings me joy and FILLS MY SOUL comes from connections with nature, God, my family or serving others. My happy times come mostly from superficial and temporary things.  Experiencing true joy leads to happiness and seems to overflow into many aspects of my life.

How do I accomplish this?  How do you accomplish this?

Focus on others, enjoy the simple things in life, find gratitude in life’s blessings, be the best version of me, seek for light and peace on a daily and sometimes hourly basis and “dance in the downpour”.

This self-discussion and reflection reminded me of what is truly important in my life and that if I desire joy, I need to “throw away the mirrors and look out the window”. (Talk given by Cheryl Esplin which you can find here .)

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What is it that makes you happy and what truly fills your soul?

 

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The Roller Coasters in Life

Life is amazing. And then it's awful. And then it's amazing again. And in between the amazing and the awful its ordinary and mundane and routine. Breathe in the amazing, hold on through the awful, and relax and exhale during the ordinary. That's just living heartbreaking, soul-healing, amazing, awful, ordinary, life. And it's breathtakingly beautiful.

You’ve finally got it figured out.  You feel good, you look good, things are going well.  You’ve read books on self-improvement, health, happiness and can check those off.  You are becoming who you want and life is wonderful, beautiful and amazing.  Then an emotional event or something occurs that throws you off and out of routine.  Pretty soon you are two steps back, the guilt seeps in, frustration takes over and you’re flooded with feelings of failure because you have done this over and over.  You are back on the roller coaster that seems to be a regular ride.

Why does this happen like a rollercoaster in life?  Up, down, all around.  Emotions, thoughts and feelings all over the place.  I know it’s not just me, although I often feel that way.  I’ve met with many woman who go through the same eating roller coaster.  On the up we are doing well and feeling great; in control and making healthy choices and feel peaceful.  On the down, there’s more sugar, more portions, less control = more guilt, frustration and less patience.

I’ve been on this roller coaster for most of my life but recently I thought I had it figured out.  I’ve transformed in many aspects and KNOW HOW and WHAT to do.  I have tools, not just mental and spiritual tools but tools to provide success with my eating- which I use regularly.  For some reason I jumped back on the ride and the roller coaster continues.  You know what I’m talking about right?  When you worry a lot about what you can and can’t eat, how it will or won’t affect your body and that seems to consume your thoughts?  Yeah, that’s where I’ve been AGAIN and I really don’t like it.  Do you enjoy the ride?  I can’t say that I do so here are a few things that I do to get me on solid ground again.

Call it what it is.

I know what is happening, it’s what has happened all along but unlit the past two months I didn’t recognize what it REALLY is.  It’s the cunning devil.  Seriously.  Who else know knows how to make me frustrated, upset, insecure, think unkind things about myself and to think that food will make me happy.  He does and he loves it because it takes away focus from happiness and good.  If he can get me to ride the coaster and feel down about myself, stumble and fall then he is successful- misery loves company.  So I call him out and change my focus.

Choose your ride.

To become grounded again these are a few tips that may help:

*Enjoy the moment.  What is going on RIGHT NOW that I am loving and excited about?  It may be that I got a killer work out in, maybe I had a great hair day or HOORAY I get to watch my kids in their athletics today and see how they have improved.  Maybe it is the WHOLE bag of Cadbury Eggs that I somehow just ate…enjoy it and move on.  Whatever it is, enjoy what is going on at that moment and be grateful.

*Recognize what is happening.  I notice that I am thinking about myself, my body, food, how my clothes fit way too much and not in a positive way.  I feel more emotional, stressed and frustrated.  Is this me?  Do I enjoy this?  Is this happiness and what I want?

*Share your fall or frustrations with others. You’ll be amazed at the support you will get and the support you are to others.

*Relax and focus your attention on others.    At this frustrating moment I realize that I am too focused on me.  Once I begin serving others, focus on my kids, family, neighbors and less on my frustrations, I begin to forget myself and my problems.  The coaster is coming to a stop for me to get off.

As a woman who craves balance, peace, “perfection”- the ups and downs drive me crazy so I seek solid ground as soon as I can.  Life is a journey and I am working on enjoying it with more rides I choose and will enjoy.

What are some things you do when you find yourself out of balance?

 

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Battles We Fight That Change Us Forever.

My Story

Everybody has a story, a battle to fight that changes us forever, inspires others and transforms who we are.  I love hearing them. There is so much to learn from someone who has had a trial and becomes stronger; it explains who they really are and why they believe the way they do. I love connecting with people who will open their heart to me, share their story so I can become a better person. Through these stories we can find hope, peace, knowledge and the fight we didn’t know we had to get through our own trials. I want to share my story so I can be reminded of my fight but more importantly I want to help someone else who needs strength to get through their battle.

Let me give you a little background: I have played sports my entire life. I thrive on working out and working hard. I am competitive. I am fit but I have always struggled with what I wanted my weight to be and my body to look like which has caused some self perception distortions as well as an emotional relationship with food.
I played college volleyball then got my BA in Physical Education and Health, taught high school and coached for years in Utah. I got married and had 3 kids during the span of 8 years then in August of 2008 we moved to WI from Utah and this is where I will begin…

Although I don’t remember when “it” started I do remember approximately one year after living in WI, I noticed a dramatic drop in energy. I remember laying on my living room floor feeling so exhausted I wanted to do nothing; no ambition, no motivation and no energy which was very unusual for me. I would lay there and think, “What is wrong with me? This is not normal. I don’t like this; I’ve got to get up and get going!” so I did. Every day I would go to the gym even if I was tired because I thought if I didn’t work out I would gain weight. If I gained weight I would get fat and I dreaded the thought of that and what came with getting fat.

I had three kids and knew that being a mother was tiring but this exhaustion seemed different yet I didn’t have any reason to think that anything was really wrong. The bouts would come every month for 5-6 days then I would go back to normal for 3 weeks. Life continued, I got pregnant with my 4th child and I continued being very active, working out daily and going 24-7 despite my lack of energy or my bummed left knee that would always hurt. I wasn’t going to let the exhaustion or my knee hold me back from who I wanted to be.

Changes Ahead

When my baby was 18 months old we moved to a new house and new neighborhood and I found myself on the floor more often, more random aches and I noticed that my period was different- which was very unusual.  I was working out and eating healthy but  could not get rid of 5-7 lbs that I typically could release when I focused on my eating and working out a little more. I brought it up to my OB during a visit but he didn’t seem to think it was anything to be concerned about. Once again I brushed it off but deep down I knew something was wrong. Around this time (October) I was introduced by a friend and neighbor to Nutritional Cleansing. I noticed she lost her baby weight and some, looked healthy and energetic and I wanted to know what she was doing. Isagenix and Nutritional Cleansing was something I hadn’t heard before and although I was very curious and I trusted her I was VERY skeptical so I began to ask a lot of questions and do a lot of research on my own. I was desperately looking for answers: more energy, better control with my eating, weight loss, SOMETHING…but not just anything. This was my answer.

After 2 months of research I was ready. I ordered my first cleanse and did the 11 days over Christmas break, talk about discipline! On my first cleanse day I actually threw up and didn’t have a lot of energy so when I called my friend to ask if this was normal she was a bit surprised and told me throwing up wasn’t. I chalked it up to catching a bug from the kids and continued to push through my cleanse. I actually loved it. I loved the discipline although it was challenging. I loved how lean I felt and even more I loved what I was learning about toxicity in our food, air, environment and how it is affecting our body. I loved the ingredients in the products and was BLOWN AWAY when I listened to a Product Analysis Podcast by Peter Greenlaw. He discussed key ingredients in the products, why they are in there, what they do for the body and why our body needs it. After my 11 days I lost 8 lbs and 13″ and I knew this was an answer to my prayers for NUMEROUS reasons; it was more than weight loss

I continued cleansing regularly, taking a shake every day and telling everyone I could about Nutritional Cleansing because it was making such a big difference in my life. I felt fulfillment educating myself and others about what I was learning everyday as I studied nutrition, toxicity, Isagenix and our bodies. I was able to help people reach their health goals and be more confident with themselves. I was happy but I still couldn’t figure out why I continued to have my week of exhaustion every month. I soon realized it occurred when my hormones were at their highest every month. Little did I know that Nutritional Cleansing was going to be more of a blessing than I realized.

A Turn For the Worst

Close to 1 year after I started Isagenix, in September of 2012 things took a turn for the worst. My exhaustion turned to CHRONIC FATIGUE, migraines and pain (which I had never had before) from my shoulders through my neck to the top of my head. I couldn’t sleep because my neck was so sensitive that it kept me awake, tossing and turning. My back and hip began to hurt, I was extremely nauseous and had GI issues and even more frustrating my vision was getting blurry and I kept forgetting things which wasn’t like me at all. I was internally torn knowing that I should be feeling so good because I was taking such good care of my body, making huge changes to my diet as well as my family’s yet I was worse than I had ever felt in my life. Frustrated, being challenged mentally, physically and emotionally I didn’t know what was going on but I knew I had to figure it out, this was NOT okay!

I started with my OBGYN since I knew symptoms were related to my hormones. I got blood work, ultrasounds, more blood work and all of them came back perfect. My OB sent me to a Family Dr and I knew the moment he sat down and started talking that he wasn’t going to help me. He looked at my chart, asked me a few questions and told me he thought it would be a good idea to get on depression medication. He even told me a story about a woman who thought she didn’t need them and ended up back in his office a few months later, tried them and felt so much better. I told him, “I have worked hard to balance my pH, cleanse my body and this is not what I am going to do when you don’t even know what is wrong with me. Thank you.” I left and called my OB for another suggestion. Over the course of 3 months I went to my OB 3 times for more tests all which came back normal; his last suggestion before I gave up on him was that maybe I had Seasonal Depression Disorder…I am not going to lie, I may have, WI has LONG, dreary winters and I love and need the sun but nice try Dr. that wasn’t it and I knew it. It was at that moment that I felt he along with the other doctors I had seen didn’t believe me. He sent me to another family physician who I actually liked and she took the time to listen to me, do more blood work on different panels and realized that my ANA panel was positive. That means that my autoimmune disease test was positive. She called me and told me not to freak out but look up Lupus because that is what I may have according to my symptoms and I need to make an appointment with a Rheumatologist. I was a little freaked out but at least had some relief that we knew what it was so we could work on fixing it. I called the Rheumatologist… and the chase continued. I sat on the table, he looked at my joints, my neck, my head and checked my chart over and over. It was very obvious by his body language and observing him that he was puzzled and didn’t know what was wrong with me. He finally told me that I don’t have Lupus nor MS nor Rheumatoid Arthritis so he didn’t know what was wrong but that he felt I should get a cat scan and go see a GI Dr. I refused the scan and made an appointment with the GI Dr. for the following week.

By this time I was so frustrated, tired, mad and starting to feel a little depression from the lack of help I had received. NOBODY understood what I was going through: I felt like a 90 year old woman on her death bed and I didn’t know how long I wanted to hang on. I don’t remember ever feeling that way before in my life and I didn’t like it. I had no control and couldn’t do anything about it. I was sick and nobody believed me. I wondered if my husband, my friends, my family believed me because the doctors weren’t and they couldn’t find anything wrong. I would get up and try to go to the gym to get myself going but it only made it worse. It took everything I had to get up, take care of the kids and try to live a “normal” life. I put on my happy face because I didn’t want people to know how bad I was suffering on the inside because on the outside I looked fine. On my couch, on my floor, on my bed I would cry and pray that someone/something would help me.

Answers

My prayers unknown to me were being answered. I had a friend suggest that I see her natural path Sue as I was going through this but I pushed it aside, continued seeing doctors who I thought were going to do a test, find out what was wrong and get me on my healthy way. I was skeptical of Sue and her ability to help me, it sounded a little hocus pocus when my friend would say, “she works on you through energy, she can read your energy and tell you everything that is going on inside of your body!” Really? Well after 3 months of getting nowhere with doctors, feeling alone and that nobody believed the pain I was going through and that I REALLY WAS sick I decided to make an appointment with Sue. I had nothing to lose. In the meantime I did make an appointment with a GI Dr which was just as pointless as the rest. The only “good” thing that came of that is a couple days after my appt. with him I had blood in my stool so he got me in for a colonoscopy…awesome. I had had one before when I was first married for some bad stomach issues but the results were fine, so I knew what I was in for. Let me just say that NO a colonoscopy prep and Nutritional Cleansing have NOTHING in common. The Dr. did find a pre-cancerous polyp which he removed and advised I get a colonoscopy every 3 years. Ugh.

The November day arrived for me to meet with Sue and I was nervous but more sick than anything. I needed help and I didn’t know that I was going to get it immediately from her. I found a babysitter for my little girls and was with Sue for 4.5 hours!! Her Quantum biofeedback was the COOLEST thing I have EVER done. Our bodies are made of energy and this machine reads that energy and can look through every panel of your body and tell you what is going on. She told me things about my body (like I am lactose intolerant) that I didn’t tell her. She is not an MD and does not diagnose but she did tell me that it was showing I had Lyme bacteria all over my body and as we went through the panels it was the cause for all of my issues. Late stage Lyme and I was affected neurologically. My body was a mess but at the same time she said my environmental toxin levels were lower than she had ever seen and she could tell that I was giving my body good nutrition…THANK YOU ISAGENIX! I knew it was awesome but what I didn’t know was how I got Lyme? I never saw a tick, nor a bulls eye rash.

Long story short, my vagus nerve was severely damaged by the Lyme which was causing my neck and head to hurt and since it is the source of all automatic responses it is also the source of my blurry vision, plugged ears, memory loss and digestive issues. Before I even left her office I felt better and I knew this was the answer to my MANY prayers. My next concern was how I was going to pay for all the treatments since insurance didn’t.

My symptoms returned a week later and I went back to see Sue. My husband wasn’t sold on the idea of me having to pay so much for an undetermined amount of time and questioned if I was sure this was the right thing to do. I knew people thought I was crazy and they were concerned for my health and wellness but what they didn’t know is what I was feeling inside and how I KNEW without a doubt that is what I needed to do. Once again Sue helped me feel better, educated me, gave me some supplements and we discussed a plan… antibiotics came up. I was hesitant to take antibiotics and Sue wasn’t sold either, but I knew I wanted to do everything I could to get rid of this hell inside me.

I began researching Lyme Disease, hours on end. I wanted to know everything about it, how to treat it, what it does and I wanted to talk to others who have gone through it so I could be prepared to fight this. I was able to get in contact with numerous people all over the US who have Late Stage Lyme and the symptoms and experiences with doctors all seemed the same. I learned that the natural healing route was the most successful; nutrition, rest and cleansing were a must. I had a new appreciation for Isagenix and knew it has been placed in my life for a reason. Every doctor, nurse, person who had experience with illness and natural healing all focused on cleansing. I would continue cleansing but I needed antibiotics.

Sue wasn’t able to give me a prescription for antibiotics because she was not an MD so I had to find someone who could. I went back to my GI Dr and without telling him I knew I had Lyme I asked him to test for it. He reluctantly agreed to test for that as well as Celiac Disease but was certain the Lyme could not be the cause of my problems. My test showed up negative (which 50% of tests do- they are considered “false negative”); the Dr. would not write me an Rx for antibiotics so I went to my next option. I was referred to Dr. Whitcomb in Brookfield who was a practicing physician turned homeopath who specializes in Lyme Disease from a woman whose son had Lyme. It made me sick to think of spending $300 for 1 hour with him but I knew it had to be done. I was able to be diagnosed by him from my symptoms and was told to go gluten, dairy and sugar free. He gave me a plan, talked about the need to cleanse (I had taken in all my Isagenix products to show him and he was very impressed and told me to keep doing it) and said he wanted to see me in 1 month.

I felt a flood of emotions regularly: frustration that this disease is so controversial yet so detrimental to the body. MAD that insurance won’t pay for natural medicine when that’s what works best for some (most) people. Guilty for spending so much money on me. Sad for the people who had been suffering for years with no relief. Worry that I would have to deal with this for the rest of my life but happy I found what was wrong so I could work on getting better.

Healing

For the next year I would have good days and bad days but I learned many life lessons along the way. I took a month off the gym and rested my body, eventually I was able to get back 1-3 times a week. It was during this time that my obsession of the gym was thrown out the window. I realized I would be okay if I didn’t make it daily. I couldn’t go daily, and I knew it wasn’t because I was lazy but because my body was telling me it needed rest, from working hard to fight. My feeling toward my body changed, I was more appreciative and felt blessed for the good days I had and took advantage of those days. I had my bad days, bad weeks and I would struggle to find peace that I was ever going to get over this. Would I ever be able to work out as intense as I’d like again? Would I have energy to play with my kids, go hiking, biking, play volleyball, work in the yard even half of what I did before? I felt a lot of discouragement at times but I knew with the support of my family (thank goodness they believed me and did everything they could to help) and my knowledge that my God would help me, I could get through this.

In May 1, 2014 which is 1.5 years after I found out I had Lyme and I was doing well…not 100%, I still have my days of fatigue but instead of 5-6 days a month it is down to 3-4. Well enough that I wake up in the morning ready to go to the gym instead of dreading to get up just wanting to sleep longer. I am able to go to the gym or exercise 5 days a week, play volleyball, play with kids, coach volleyball, and be a wife and mom without feeling like I need to go to bed by 7 pm. I have energy, I have motivation and ambition, I feel like there is hope and that I can overcome this battle as I continue to eat clean, cleanse, exercise but rest when I need to.
I have the energy, motivation and passion to help others achieve their health goals and I feel extremely blessed to have the knowledge, experience and tools to do so. Life is good. Life is hard and challenging but my challenge has made me a better person. I am strong. I am a fighter. I am blessed tremendously to have Isagenix and my natural path as tools to help my body and mind heal. Health is a battle worth fighting for and I am winning the fight.

 

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15 powerful books that will change your life forever

15 POWERFUL BOOKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE FOREVER

  1. The Secret by Rhonda Byrne
  2. The Emotion Code by Bradley Nelson
  3. Remembering Wholeness by Carol Tuttle
  4. Man’s Search for Happiness by Elbert Hubbard
  5. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
  6. Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills
  7. The Mastery of Love by Don Miguel Ruiz & Janet Mills
  8. Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology  That Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor
  9. Think & Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill
  10. Spiritual Roots of Human Relations by Stephen R. Covey
  11. The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews
  12. The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown
  13. The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
  14. How Will You Measure Your Life? by Clayton M. Christensen
  15. The Presence Process: A Healing Journal Into Present Moment Awareness by Michael Brown

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