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Beginning….Again

You’ve been lied to.  How do I know?  Because I was lied to as well and now I know better.  I’m here to tell you the truth.  You ready for this?

A “healthy lifestyle” does not consist of a specific set of rules done every day.

Don’t get me wrong.  Consistency to the same actions build habits and that’s what we want in the longterm.  BUT, the lie that discourages people like you and me is the illusion that we shouldn’t be falling and failing after a certain time.  How many times have I said “I’m a trainer for goodness sake!  I should be able to turn down a freaking brownie!”  or  ”I know ALL of the right things to do, yet I have gained 5 pounds?  What’s wrong with me?!”  Have you said similar things?  I’m guessing you have!  Not because I’m guessing that you’re a failure.  It’s because I’m guessing that you are HUMAN and growing and changing is part of a cycle, a journey and it includes failures…yes, even when you’re a trainer.

I could write a really long post and go into the details of all of this, but I’m going to save some for later.  The most successful people in the world, your healthy lifestyle role models, you know how they do it?  They bounce back fast!  If they have an obstacle, they bust through it.  If they make a bad choice, they decide that the choice doesn’t line up with who they are meant to be so they decide to choose differently the next time.  If they get sick, have an injury, have a huge life changing event or they get down, they find a new way.  Their old way may not work any more.  They might have to develop new habits, but being healthy is a part of their identity so they find a new way to make it work.

So, if you’re in a place where you have failed and you are stuck there, or you if you have found yourself in a place where you need to “begin again,” and you need to figure out the best first steps to do it, I have a short “guide” for you.  I hope it can encourage your heart, encourage the person inside of that skin to get up and get at it…again.

You can download it for free here bit.ly/411onthe101.  I will follow it up with a few accountability emails.  You can always connect with me on Facebook.  I’d LOVE to help you walk through this new step forward.  No more believing the lies of perfection and start embracing the process of change.

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Mr. Picky Likes It!

All of my boys have something in common, their flaring nostrils. They don’t flare unless they are eating something they don’t like which used to happen at almost every single dinner I’d make. We have rules about being grateful and not saying “ew” and “yuck” and they are always required to try a bite. But, I would also go out of my way and make each dinner according to what each kids preferred. Not any more. What am I teaching by doing that? What do I WANT to teach?

When we decided it was time to make nutritional changes for our whole family (read this post), that meant that there was no longer going to be “mom’s healthy food” and the kids’ food. That meant that one bite of veggies wasn’t enough. That also meant that the time I was taking making 3 different dinners would now be spent on making more things homemade and healthy and finding new ways to disguise or prepare otherwise known as “nostril flaring foods.”

It’s taken time. It’s taken patience. It’s taken some research and resourcefulness. I have tried all kinds of new things and it’s been a process of one small step after another. Some steps have failed and I try again. Others, we are still working on and tackling. I was overwhelmed at first and didn’t know where to begin. That’s why I was so thrilled to find Isagenix, solutions to the problems I was trying to address with Noah (depleted of nutrients and toxicity). I could give him nutrition now and work on his palate and bad food habits a little at a time.

We have not been perfect. I don’t buy absolutely everything organic. We’ve still eaten out (but at restaurants that are local and I know what goes into the food) and we’ve still had treats (mostly made at home, but yummy!) The kids still get to have treats at birthday parties and I’m not going to flip out if the neighbor offers them a bright blue popsicle. I am convinced of two things concerning nutrition: 1) It does not have to be hard and 2) It does not have to be depriving and painful.

I wanted to show you the difference we’ve made in our kids’ diets in just 5 months.
We the kids used to eat and what they're eating now.  Changing things one step at a time!

Noah wouldn’t touch vegetables and he didn’t like any kind of meat unless it was chicken nuggets. He was hooked on milk and juice and it was hard for me to get him to drink water. I wanted to share this with you for a couple of reasons. I know it is overwhelming to make change. I was overwhelmed! I know it seems impossible, but it’s NOT! You have to be ok with changing things a little at a time. Start with something that would be easiest to change. For example, instead of cutting out waffles all together, I experimented with easy, but healthy homemade waffle recipes. I experimented using almond milk and coconut milk in the recipes, eliminating white sugar and using whole wheat flour. Now, I don’t make waffles usually. I make them protein pancakes using oats, organic cottage cheese and organic eggs. Or, pancakes with banana, egg, and almond butter. They LOVE them both and say “yes!” when I tell them that’s what we’re eating. I didn’t start there though!

Another reason I wanted to share this is that while I am working on making changes, Isagenix has helped me to provide excellent nutrition to my kids and to my husband and I in ways our food cannot. It has taken the pressure off of me, given me solutions to the problems we were trying to solve and as a result, the nutrition has given us optimal health (which includes Noah not having seizures for almost 8 weeks now!) I don’t think most people give food enough credit for either helping them or hurting them. It’s easy to ignore if you don’t have a life-threatening issue like seizures. But what if you could lose weight EASILY and keep it off EASILY?  Wouldn’t that be amazing? What if those pesky headaches are caused by dehydration and a lack of nutrients? Wouldn’t life be totally different if you weren’t affected by those headaches all of the time? I know how I am when I have a headache…GRUMPY! My grumpiness affects everyone who crosses my path! There might be things you’re not even thinking of that are caused by nutrition (or lack of it!)  Your energy level, your creaky joints, your swollen hands, your foggy brain, your depression, your anxiety, your mood swings, your acne, your dry and brittle nails… all of these things can be caused by lack of nutrients. AND, it’s proven that heart disease, cancers, diabetes and many other diseases are caused by foods or things IN our foods.

I am not telling you this to scare you. I’m telling you this because there’s hope for a better life for you. I’m telling you this because it doesn’t have to be hard or overwhelming or expensive. I’m telling you this because I know you’ve tried to find solutions to your health problems whether it’s weight loss, depression, skin rashes or whatever. This is a solution. I dare you to make the changes. Your life is worth it. Your kids deserve it. You won’t be disappointed.

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The Possibility of the Impossible

I don’t know a single person who would say, “No thank you” to a miracle happening in their life. More provision, more time with family, more health, more friends, more peace, more comfort, more happiness…less stress, less strain, less fear, less sickness, less sadness, less loneliness. We have been saying “Yes, please” to miracles we’ve needed for the last several years. I’m beginning to see that in order to see the rainbow, you have to have rain.

I feel like I could write a book, maybe I will someday. But for now, I am writing down part of my journey, Noah’s journey to “impossible, POSSIBLE” health. Those of you who know me well know it will be a challenge to do this in a concise fashion so I am going to spend a lot of time trying to do that. I will share more and more as the days go on, but I want this to be a resource of motivation, a catalyst for change, a hope for the impossible for all who read it. You are probably short on time so I’ll make it as simple as I can.

I need to give you a bit of background before I can talk about where we are now. Noah was born in August of 2010. Four weeks later, he began having seizures. Since then, he’s been in and out of hospitals, has had 3 different medications in different combinations and different dosages, worked with 3 different neurologists, had EEG’s, MRI’s, bloodwork and all kinds of other tests. Noah has “epilepsy” but the cause is undiagnosed. We’ve learned that seizures and what causes them baffle doctor and medical professionals around the world. 6 out of 1000 people have epilepsy which is really just having many seizures in a short period of time. The REASONS for seizures are so vast and in many cases like Noah, go undiagnosed. Long story short, we’ve not found the reason for his seizures and therefore, cannot cure them. We can treat them which means TRY to control them, but medication hasn’t really done this well for him. Even with being on 2 medications, Noah was having 2-4 seizures per week for over the last year and a half. They were controlled for a year and then they started back up (crept through what we call the seizure threshold). It has been a stormy, rainy few years. Until the possibility of the impossible occurred.

I will never take credit for what has happened. In the last several years I have even said this in reference to controlling them with diet “that’s impossible!” How could I have even said that?!  I’m a faith filled, hopeful, believing person! I just thought that something so uncontrollable by medicine and by brilliant medical professionals couldn’t possibly be controlled with something under my nose…or could it?

Brain surgery was next on the itinerary. The surgery had a 50/50 chance of working, but it was possible the seizures would resurface in another area. It was also a HIGH probability that Noah would lose some communication and/or motor skills as a result of the surgery. How could I even consider it? School age is coming upon us, time away from mom, activities like sports and swimming and other dangerous environments like playgrounds were about to become a big part of his life. Seizures had to be under control. I have asked for prayer. I have prayed. I have cried. I have cried out. I have wept. I decided to listen. I felt a stirring in my heart and deep in my gut (the soul) that I needed to use nutrition to be part of his healing. “God, give me courage, wisdom and understanding of how to do this. I am at a loss.”

It came. It came over time. It came with a lot of studying. But it also came in packages I NEVER WOULD HAVE LOOKED FOR. I will touch on that later. For this post, and to honor the promise of simplicity, here’s what I found in a small small small nutshell:

There are 3 problems that we all face, but for a person who has a compromised body, these things make it impossible for their bodies to address the compromising factors.

  1. Toxicity (chemicals, dyes, preservatives, heavy metals, pesticides, and junk in our food, water, products and environment.)
  2. Poor food sources advertised as being healthy (with GMO’s, added sugars, processed, from bad sources like cows given hormones/steroids/antibiotics, etc….)
  3. Mineral deficiency (nutritional depletion from depleted soils and crops).

I watched several videos, listened to podcasts and read countless articles like this one.

I read articles like this one linked here that told me how to address the 3 issues I mentioned above, but I was so completely overwhelmed and didn’t know how I could make it work for my family. The cost of changing everything over to organic would be astronomical, eliminating some of my son’s favorite foods seemed daunting and I had no idea how I’d get my picky 3 year old to eat enough brussel sprouts, alfalfa and kale to meet his recommended intake. My main concerns were these:

  1. Time: how would I find the time with 4 kids (one being a new baby) and businesses to run, etc… to make this work?
  2. Money: how would I AFFORD this lifestyle? I had just been furloughed for 6 months (without pay).
  3. Doubt: what if this doesn’t work and I’ve just put our family through hell trying to making it work? What if they kids hate it and I have to fight day in and day out to MAKE them eat what they need to eat?  Will we be worse off then? Can I really do this?

I decided my son’s life (and my baby who was simultaneously struggling with dairy, soy and beef) was worth it and it catapulted me into an intense time of learning, experimenting and adjusting….slowly. What is amazing is that we have not eaten perfect or eliminated everything completely and we are STILL SEEING RESULTS! Nutrition is POWERFUL!

Here’s what we’ve done.  The goal in all of this was to address those 3 concerns I listed above AND to rebalance Noah’s body to decrease common triggers for seizures like dehydration, mineral deficiencies, toxicity overload and blood sugar drops and spikes.

(This is was not how I started!  Don’t look at this list and think you need to do this all tomorrow to get benefit. I went one thing at a time. It’s still a work in progress. AND, we are not 100% strict. We are still allowing for treats. I will go into depth another day. For now, just bullet points.)

Eliminations or Reductions:

  • I started reading labels like MAD and have tried to eliminate foods with soy and dairy (more on dairy later.)
  • I removed beef/red meat (for the baby…I am nursing and cow products bother him period.) If I was doing it, we were all doing it.
  • I also started to eliminate foods that had known GMO’s (read labels more at the grocery store.)
  • I tried to remove refined (white) sugar and added sugars or at least limit our consumption.
  • I began to get rid of things with colors or dyes, artificial flavors and artificial sweeteners.
  • I discovered most restaurants use soybean oil in their kitchens so it was hard to even order a chicken breast because the grill was oiled with soybean oil!  So, we eat out 1x/week at local restaurants that have vegan options (no dairy) and we can see all ingredients that they use.
  • I’ve been working on reducing the amount of gluten we eat. This transition will be slower, but we’re getting close. We’ve been experimenting with GF flours, breads, etc… We eat a lot of oats so I will likely switch over to GF. It’s just more expensive. Not sure how I feel about all of the grains yet. We still eat brown rice and quinoa. I need to read more and learn more here. I’ve read A LOT about gluten’s inflammatory responses though and that affects the brain. I am thinking for Noah’s sake, we probably need to reduce it on a more regular basis.)

Substitutions:

  • We looked for and experimented with things to replace dairy like almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, etc… (we avoid any of those with carrageenan…that’s another topic, but recommended for Noah.)
  • We use honey and dates to sweeten things (if needed) or to put into recipes instead of artificial sweeteners and white sugar.
  • We began drinking water mainly with a cup of coffee in the morning and an occasional glass of almond milk, rice milk or organic milk. But, when we’ve gone out to eat, the boys will enjoy lemonade or chocolate milk too.
  • I look to buy organic for the dirty dozen produce foods, if I could, and changed over our eggs, dairy and meat to be grass-fed, non-hormone, cage free, etc… I used lists like this (mainly 1-5 on this list plus organic coffee.  The top organic foods to buy when sticking to a budgetTHIS DID NOT HAPPEN OVER NIGHT! I am STILL working on finding good sources that fit our budget! I price compare at different stores and avoid certain things if they are too expensive when menu planning.
  • I began finding things I could easily make and the kids would LIKE.  I’ve made granola, granola bars, yogurt, date syrup and tortillas on a regular basis. I’ve also made healthier treats, muffins, breads.
  • I am continually searching for new family favorite recipes that leave out the things we’re avoiding, but include the things below AND taste awesome. I think I’ve found some that the boys would say “pass”!

Additions:

  • We decided we would FORCE, yes force our kids to eat more veggies. One bite isn’t enough. So I’ve had to be creative. I’ve added them into all kinds of things!
  • More snacks, more often. What kids doesn’t love that?! This is a part of rebalancing the body, but I can’t tell you that right now, remember?  Trying to be concise!
  • Essential vitamins for all of us. Not just your everyday vitamin, but awesome vitamins by a specific company that I’ll tell you about in a second.
  • Greens…cold pressed superfoods turned into powder to add INCREDIBLE nutrients that we were lacking.
  • Fruits…raw and whole as well as cold pressed that include nutrients and anti-oxidants from over 30 different fruits.
  • Nutritional shakes that are balanced in macronutrients (carbs, fats, proteins) from EXCELLENT sources (undenatured whey, pea protein, hemp protein, etc….) AND have digestive enzymes and 70 trace minerals that are missing in our foods.
  • More good fats…almonds, avocados, coconut oil, nut butters… we ate these, but not enough…especially Noah.
  • A nutritional cleansing drink.

Phew! I think that’s most of it. Or at least the main ones. Every single one of those has an explanation behind it. While the elimination and substitutions have been crucial, as I mentioned, it has been a process and we are not 100% strict. I think what we have ADDED has been the MOST beneficial to Noah’s health and our own. The company we found for the vitamins, greens, fruits and nutritional shakes is called Isagenix. I crossed paths with Isagenix even though I tried initially to avoid it. The story of that is in this blog post. Here’s a video describing how they address the same things I was looking to address for Noah and our family.

I am going to continue to share how we have done this even though I was so doubtful, skeptical and fearful! I felt limited by time, budget and know how yet here we are. I want to make it easier for everyone like me to make these changes. I never thought we’d be here, but I am so so glad we are. After all that rain, it’s so good to see a rainbow.

Nutrition is saving my son from epilepsy

Please email me with any questions you may have, concerns, etc… It would absolutely be my pleasure to share more with you so you can start implementing these changes into your life too.

jamie@workoutplanz.com  often gets full and I’m bad about not cleaning it out!  So, either send it to info@workoutplanz.com or jrbeeson@gmail.com

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The Answer was in an Unrecognizable Package

My Mama Responsibility
From the moment you see the little plus sign on the stick to the day of delivering your precious package into the world, you only dream of the wonderful future for your little one. You picture the memories about to be created and you imagine how your world will be brightly colored with your newest family member. You NEVER dream about what it would be like to have a child with special needs, a health problem or deformity. If it crosses your mind, you quickly push it out. When you realize the the precious package you delivered needs to be “handled with care” and needs a little extra protection or special treatment, things start to feel a little overwhelming. The desire of a Mama’s heart is to give all that she is and all that she can to nurture and care for the love birthed in her heart then out of her belly. Knowing your baby needs more than you know how to give can be scary.

A mama's heart is to help her boys.

When we welcomed Noah into our world over 3 years ago, he was a healthy 9’4″ baby with perfect APGAR scores. He was as sweet as could be and stole the hearts of my entire family almost instantly. People would meet him (and still do) and say “there’s something uniquely special about Noah.” It was hard to say what it was. On Labor Day, 2010, Noah showed the first signs of seizures at 4 weeks old. Fast forward through overnights in the hospital, trips to the emergency room, road trips to Children’s hospitals, medications, side effects and a lot of learning and we have an amazing 3 year old who has miraculously had NO learning disabilities or delays in his growth, social or motor development. He still struggles with seizures anywhere from 2-4 times a week. The last appointment at the Neurologist was about considering surgery with no promises of it solving his seizures and a high likelihood of taking his development backwards. Trying a combo of meds was the last resort before surgery. I wasn’t convinced quite yet that we had done everything we could possibly do to do help him first. I decided our next step needed to be nutrition. Why I didn’t address it at the beginning with him? Well because he was nursed when he first started having seizures and then addressing a toddler’s nutrition is well, very challenging. To be honest, I didn’t put as much weight into his nutrition because I was under educated on just how powerful nutrition really is.

Three and a half years after Noah, Liam was born. You’d think after having 3 other boys, having Liam would feel like a breeze. Not so much. The delivery was great and he was nursing like a champ (with a little coaching for a few weeks from mama) but Liam could NOT sleep more than 10 minutes at a time unless he was being held upright. For the first 3 months, my husband and I would take turns all night long sitting in a chair so he could sleep. If that doesn’t make you a little crazy, you are a freak of nature. He wouldn’t nap or sleep during the day more than 10-30 minutes on his own and couldn’t lay on his back without refluxing and choking. After several doctors trips, trying all kinds of home remedies, asking Facebook (that’s like asking your lifeline on that millionaire gameshow) and lots of time on the internet, we decided I had better cut out dairy, soy and beef and put him on a reflux med. The idea of me changing my diet seemed overwhelming since I was barely getting any sleep and still having to take care of the other 4 in my family. Plus, I loved greek yogurt, cottage cheese and whey protein! I am now realizing that being forced to do this research worked hand in hand with what I needed to research for Noah’s nutritional changes and for the improved nutrition of my family. God really does work all things for our good. I needed to know I could do it, find substitutions for our dairy favorites, do more label reading and product searching. My eyes needed to be opened to what is really in our food and even how restaurants make their food. I needed to find new recipes and new understanding. It feels like I’ve been in school for the last 3+ months with all of the reading and learning I’ve been doing. I actually really like it. Especially because I’ve not only gained knowledge, but I’ve found solutions to our problems.

Disheartened
Before I can share solutions, I should share our problems. I’m not talking about our individual ailments like seizures and reflux. I’m talking about OUR problems; your problem and my problem. The problems I found are underlying issues for our nation. I shared in a previous post how annoyed I was by all of the articles by well-meaning authors out there about our “toxic world.” I hated how they all had a gloom and doom approach, a scare tactic. We all get tired of watching the news because all we hear are the bad parts and never the good parts. We hear about the terrible stories and not the good stories. I was tired of hearing about the horrible consequences of not changing our nutrition without a realistic solution or hope for change. Realistic is a very important word here. The solutions that many are offering seem daunting at the minimum, overwhelming for many and completely impossible for others who have no idea where to start. Well that’s not helpful is it?

The more I learned, the more I realized I didn’t know. The more I learned, the more I realized we had HUGE changes to make. The more I learned, the more I realized that this would be an incredible undertaking on my part to overhaul my family’s nutrition (and our diet would’ve been considered more healthy than the average American’s diet.) I wasn’t sure how I was going to do it, but I was sure it needed to be done. I remember standing in the bathroom one morning and saying to my husband, “We have to make changes and I am trying to figure out the best game plan. We’re going to have to invest monetarily, our time and our priority. We’re going to have to make changes that go against the grain. I’m not sure which path I’ll choose, but I know it’s needed.” And he agreed. He AGREED! This was the first time I had heard a sincere “yes” on his part and we’ve been married 13.5 years. I knew right then that I needed to act quickly.

The problem was the “problems” I was finding with our food sources leave little option. Our cows are given hormones to produce more milk to meet the demands of the consumer and let’s just say it…to make money. Then they are given anti-biotics and fed grains instead of a natural grass fed diet. They are milked year round because the demand isn’t seasonal. This is NOT natural and we are receiving hormones and anti-biotics in our dairy. Then, through processing, the nutrients are compromised so what’s left is low on nutrient and high on junk. Our chickens are caged and crowded, our veggies and fruits are sprayed with chemicals, our crops are being genetically modified and our soils are mineral depleted from being overfarmed over the last hundred plus years. According to a 1999 study in the Journal of American College of Nutrition, 43 types of common vegetables had less minerals and nutrients than their 1950 counterparts. A study from 1953 revealed that the daily requirement for iron could be obtained from just one bowl of spinach. In 1993, it was discovered that it took 43 bowls of spinach to receive the same amount of iron. If that was the case in 1993 and 1999, imagine how much our food is depleted NOW! The sad truth is this: We can NOT find all of our nutrition in the grocery store, EVEN IF you shop organic, grass-fed, cage-free, etc… And you can’t get all of the 90 essential nutrients by a whole foods diet alone. What does that matter? Mineral depletion can (and WILL) lead to lesser organ function, lowered immune system, illness, disease, and even death. I promise to not be another “gloom and doom” author. But I need to share another problem with you.

I briefly mentioned the word “toxic.” That sounds so extreme doesn’t it? I think of the Mr. Yuck sticker that we used to put on our household cleaners when I was a kid and of the container on the wall of the doctor’s office that has all of the used needles and such. Mr Yuk and toxins in our body!Toxic waste, pollution, nuclear waste…it all sounds so extreme. If it makes you feel better, substitute “chemical” in for toxicity. That’s what I did and it’s helped me to understand. A chemical is this: a compound or substance that has been purified or prepared, especially artificially. In other words, it’s unnatural and fake. It’s not found in nature and our body wasn’t made to process them in high amounts. There are chemicals in our drinks right? There are chemicals in our hair products, in our food, in our air, in our medications, in our cleaners, in our soil…everywhere. We are ALL exposed to chemicals every single day. You can’t avoid all of them. In fact you were exposed to chemicals even in utero! There was a study on baby’s umbilical cord blood that found chemicals in their bloodstream. This isn’t the mom’s fault. She could have been eating “perfectly”, but she’s exposed in her environment. Toxicity leads to inflammation, obesity, stress, early aging, sickness, disease and dare I say death. So where do we get our nutrition then and how do we deal with toxic chemicals in our body? I was disheartened as I learned all of this and wondered how I was going to best address these two issues for my family.

Considered My Options
How was I going to do this realistically with my time and our money? I am not a green thumb and we don’t have property to grow food. Like most people, we are on a budget and had trimmed way back after I lost my job. How would we afford the changes that need to be made? Would I get my kids to give up waffles and milk? Where would we get the nutrients that were missing in our food and how was I going to cleanse our bodies? I was beginning to believe more and more that Noah’s seizures might be helped if he was 1) cleaned out of chemicals/toxins on a regular basis (he is on meds which are chemicals and deplete him of minerals) and 2) given nourishment and all essential macro and micro nutrients that his body needs to function optimally. I knew we ALL needed that. But how? I went searching again and read all kinds of things on “cleansing” and “detoxing.” I read on nutritional supplements (which I’ve never been a big fan of supplements because again, they are USUALLY altered and artificial.) I asked people who were addressing these issues for themselves. I looked for simple things that I could change.

Starting Slowly
As I looked, read, researched, observed, and learned, I started making changes slowly. A simple change was to our household cleaners. Vinegar is amazing! It stinks, but it doesn’t linger. It cleans naturally without chemicals. I decided I was no longer going to have “mom’s food” and the rest of the family’s food. We said goodbye to Jiffy and they now eat mom’s peanut butter. We said goodbye to granola bars and are making our own. We said goodbye to cereal and substituted it with yummy ways to make oatmeal, granolas and other breakfast foods. These are just a few things we’ve done, but as I find something that is easy to switch, I do it. I am not trying to do it all at once for the kids because I want them to go into change with a good attitude. I don’t think I could make all of the changes at once either. It might make ME have a bad attitude. Attitude makes all of the difference doesn’t it? If I just pulled the carpet out from under them, they might fall and get mad. I’ve been working with Noah on introducing new foods like brussel sprouts. They are a vegetable with sulfur and sulfur is a mineral needed for brain health. We’ve had small victories, but it takes time and persistence (and a bit of stubbornness on my part to overcome the stubbornness of a 3 year old.)  I will have to share in another post about our blueberry 2.5 hour stand off we had the other day. Spoiler alert…victory was mine.

Change takes time

How could I get better nutrition into my family sooner? How can we cleanse our bodies now and replenish it with all that it needs now (even while we’re making smaller changes)?

Answer to Prayer
I don’t know about you, but I am certainly not ashamed to admit that I don’t know it all, can’t possibly understand it all, and will NEVER hold enough wisdom to make the right choices and do the right things at all times. Human nature right? I rely fully on the God who made me to give me wisdom. I have been praying for 11 years that my husband would desire better health for himself. I have been praying for wisdom for 3 years in handling Noah’s seizures. And recently, I’ve asked that God would lead me in the right direction to answer all of my concerns and help us make the right choices for better health for our family. You know how I know when God’s answered a prayer? The answer is usually delivered in an unrecognizable package that I would NEVER have looked for myself. It is often surprising and sometimes unrecognizable until later. It is most clear when you look back at it. That’s how this answer came.
His ways are not my ways, they are better.

As I would be online researching, I’d see a post by acquaintances and former co-workers on Facebook about some nutritional products that they were finding that addressed both toxins and nutrient depletion. I wouldn’t often click on them because it came in a package “I was not interested in” from a company called Isagenix.  It was something I had heard about over a year ago and turned my head because I had made assumptions, false assumptions. It kept coming and coming so eventually, I’d click and read. I was so caught off guard by the fact that what they were addressing were the issues I had been looking for an answer to. I was still so skeptical and hesitant, that I didn’t want anyone in my community to know I was “looking into it.” I didn’t want people to assume I was “drinking the kool-aid” and losing my professional perspective on health and fitness. I decided I was going to dig into it and discover for myself whether this would truly address the problems I had found…undercover.

Once I spent months researching it, talking to people outside of my community and eliminating anything harmful about it, I decided it was “test” time. I had started drinking the dairy free, soy free, gluten free nutritional shake when we decided I needed to make changes in my diet for baby Liam. I then decided I was going to put it all to a test. I got my husband and my parents to be my test subjects. I sent my husband to the heart health institute for a blood work up, EKG, and physical so that we could look at numbers. My parents were keeping track of everything on their end as they implemented this nutritional plan into their lives. The plan I tested on both my parents and my husband was a 30 Day cleansing and replenishing plan. It would cleanse the body of toxins and replenish it with nutrients. It’s partnered with a whole foods diet. I also got some things for my kids like vitamins that have no artificial ANYTHING and all of the RDI (recommended daily intake) of vitamins and minerals. I got mixes that include antioxidants and nutrients from 30 different fruits and gives them 7-9 servings of veggies. I also included a nutritional shake into their breakfast. They love them and it feels so good to know I am giving them better nutrition NOW as we continue to make changes with the other part of our diet and environment at home. While I was becoming more and more impressed with what I had found, I was still hesitant to talk about it because it was so hard for me to believe it was this great! Too good to be true. So I went searching for the gimmick, the hang up, the loop hole.

Relief to my Mama’s Heart
I went looking, but found nothing. It was not a gimmick, a trend, a fad or a diet. It was a nutritional plan that promoted lifestyle change. A change of continual cleansing and replenishing. It was a plan that was simple and realistic. Remember how this was such a concern of mine? How in the world would I make the changes simply and realistically for my family? I was beginning to see that this was an answer to my prayer. There was an excitement rising up in me. A hope that I hadn’t had before. I was getting a bit giddy about finding a way to make this happen. It was a relief to this mama’s heart. I felt it was my responsibility to provide the nutrition for my family. It is the burden of a mama to find how to protect her children and provide the best in every way for them. I am beyond THRILLED that while I’ve gained knowledge about the problems we face both as individuals in our family but as a country that I had found SOLUTIONS that were realistic and simple.

I started sharing about Isagenix with my clients. I had been training hundreds of people in how to get fit and change lifestyle habits, but never had a way to address the issues I’ve talked about. Toxins create a steep uphill battle for weight loss. Chemicals trick our brain and cause cravings. Being depleted of minerals causes our brain and body to be starved of nutrients, but overloaded with calories. I was so excited to offer an even better solution to people to help find LIFELONG health not just for themselves, but for their families!

My Guinea Pigs
My husband dropped 13 pounds and 10 inches in 3 weeks and would say he never felt hungry. He has drank pop his entire life (multiple cans a day) and hasn’t craved it since he stopped it. He has better mental clarity at work EVEN THOUGH we still get very interrupted sleep because of Liam. He is convinced he will continue on to this being his lifestyle now.

My parents are finding that the vitamins in this nutritional line are better than the multiple bottles of supplements they were using before. They are finding that they sleep better at night, are losing inches, and excited about getting much needed nutrients. They are ready to continue with their healthy lifestyle as well.

My boys look FORWARD to making and drinking their shakes. We’ve found all kinds of ways to change them up. They love the fruits drink that gives them so many nutrients as well as their vitamins. I’m excited to implement more nutrition for them and will continue to make changes to their whole foods diet.

With drinking 2 dairy free shakes per day, having 2 whole foods snacks per day and one moderately sized meal, I have lost 6 additional pounds and HAVE NOT been that strict. The other day, I decided I would eat oats with peanut butter and blueberries for breakfast. I was hungry an hour and a half later. When I drink a shake, I am not hungry for 3 or 4 hours. This is not a deprivation diet. This is not a lose weight fast trend. This is a “feed your body what it needs and the rest will follow” lifestyle!

Can you tell I’m so excited!?

This is the first time I’ve put it out on my website or online for all of you. I wanted to be sure it was worth sharing and rest assured, it IS. I will be posting more about it and would love to see every single one of you implement it into your life too. You’ll never be as young as you are now and this is the oldest you’ve ever been. Live your best life now!

Live your best life now.

Please feel free to comment or email me directly with any questions you may have right now. I’ll be posting about the 30 day plan my family used on Facebook so check in there regularly.

Watch this video if you have time. It explains a little bit more about how all it works together.

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