Carob Nutter Nano Smoothie

Blend ingredients  in a Vitamix

  1. 1 C Coconut milk (or any milk you prefer!)
  2. 1/2 C Organic Peanut Butter
  3. 2 Tbsp Carob Powder
  4. 1 Organic Banana
  5. 5 Ice Cubes

Pour and enjoy!

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One Day at a Time

We live in a culture that seeks immediate results.  We want things NOW.  We want things easy.

Well nothing is that simple.  When it comes to healing and lasting results we must take it One Day at a Time and recognize our complete need for divine intervention.

I want to simplify it for you and share some history of how I got to where I am.

In the early 2000’s, I had heard about detoxing and cleansing when I worked for Dr Christopher’s herb shop connection back in college over.  But like so many, I had never considered my need for changing anything or pursuing it for my health, I was young and healthy.

That was then.

Fast forward to Early 2016

I knew I was not feeling well, I was tired all the time, and I struggled to get out of bed.  It seemed like a mild depression or lack of motivation.  Maybe I was just getting older.

I had settled for this as normal.  I couldn’t figure out why I had no energy, after all, I ate a variety of good food and drank only water.

On top of that, my kidneys were hurting almost constantly, reminding me of the nickel sized kidneys stone that had put me in the hospital for three days while camping in August of 2012 and my skin eczema had reached an all time unbearable, itchy, and blistering state that kept me up most nights.  Especially the week leading up the the full moon.

I started experimenting with removing added sugar from my diet and discovered that my eczema and my kidneys were fueled by added sugars.  Eating a clean diet and slowly introducing green drinks, Probiotics and Digestive enzymes as well as Chicken Broth and bone broth to my diet.  I also had checked out a book from the library The 30 Day Faith Detox by Laura Harris.  In this book, I found helpful tips on easy detoxes from one organ to the next, recipes and shopping recommendations, as if this wasn’t enough great stuff, she wraps it all up with a great daily devotional and spiritual and relational detox tips.  (I only made it to day 10—Here is why ~ I am looking forward to completing the 30 day journey as soon as I stop breastfeeding my 5th child)

I soon started experimenting with removing added sugar from my diet and discovered that my eczema and my kidneys were fueled by added sugars.

I knew I had stumbled on something incredibly effective and dove right in.  My body was overloaded in many areas and I was desperate for lasting result.

Here is my reasons for detoxing.

  • I knew my body must be overloaded
  • I heard about the benefits of detoxing
  • My organs were beginning to hurt for no apparent reason
  • I was tired of feeling like I could not function
  • The improvements I had after stopping my added sugar intake by using alternatives to my favorite sweets, chocolate, and beginning my green drinks after one week were evidence of HOPE.

About this same time, I had been talking with my friend in South Africa and gaining a lot of good Ayurvedic remedies and I had checked out the book 30 Day Faith Detox By Laura Harris from the library.  This all fell into place at the right time.  After eliminating added sugar from my diet, I began noticing changes to my eczema and even surprised by the disappearance of the corn on my foot that I had been quite used to as the new normal.  I started using the methods in the The 30 Day Faith Detox which included Detoxing the Liver gently, Colon and Eating Clean.

Laura Harris also recommends

Taking nightly Detox Baths

Key to detoxing

Do I really need to detox?

My thoughts on sugars

But hold fast and start today.  FOR THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING…

CONTINUE READING ABOUT THE TURNING POINT…

So slow down and be patient…  Live each day to its fullest.

One day at a time…

 

Facing Reality. Its all about the pie. Updated 12/23/18

I am here to say that this journey has been one of the hardest things I have ever done in my life.  I have been through some rough stuff. I had my first kid at 17 and raised him alone for some time.  I was using drugs and alcohol regularly at age 14.  Thankfully, God found me and Jesus died for me.

Changing my lifestyle and making drastic diet changes in a family surrounded by others who do not see eye to eye is a new level of difficulty for me. I am a sugar-holic and I live in a family who loves sugar.  I used to make amazing pies for the holidays.  I am still expected to continue my old ways.  This is one thing that I simply cannot do.  Not because I don’t love them and want to make things nice for them.  I cannot do what I have always done because I have suffered from kidney stones and eczema and I now know the truth about the dangers of sugar and I simply cannot make a sugary pie and not taste it.

I love my family and don’t want to feed them sugar and processed food.  And quite frankly, for me this means extreme physical misery and pain. Blistering and itching beyond bearable. Physical throbbing in my kidneys  and aching for days.

This has drastically changed our family dynamics and made me out to be the bad guy.  Holidays will never be the same without my pies.  This goes for my husband, kids, my extended family as well as my in laws.  I pray this isn’t the case for you along your journey to health but if so, you are not alone.

My husband made a comment the other day.  “I am heartbroken”.  He was serious and referring to our kids not being able to enjoy my pies for Thanksgiving.   I had ruined another holiday.  While this seems silly.  He was serious and lives for pie on Thanksgiving as it is ALL ABOUT THE PIE.

Sadly, its not about the health of those you love or that many go without food and shelter but about the pie.

I woke from a dream the other morning as I was in my dream trying to find a paper and pen to write down advise I was offering my niece.  Here it is.

“Reality is hard, face it.  If I don’t face reality, I must face my own stupidity.”. 

I don’t know about you, but this struck hard.  So hard I had to wake up to write it down.  I laugh at that one.  I thought it was brilliant.

Stupidity, to me, means anything that I am unaware or haven’t learned yet.  Since learning about all the detriments of sugar and poor food choices, I must daily chose to FACE REALITY…

A heavy subject but just being REAL today.

This is to my friends who are facing the same struggle of going against popular vote.

You can do the difficult.  All things are possible.

Philippians 4:12-14 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles.

We have come along ways now and my husband and family support me now and pretty much accept that sugar is bad and avoid it most of the time and we don’t bring sugar and toxic food into the house.  This has been a long time in the works but it is possible and with God, all things are possible.

This is How I Survive the Holidays

 

Eczema is Clearing

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AFTER

My eczema started clearing up after I was able to go without sugar and started drinking my greens from Purity Products Organic Juice Cleanse. It would flair back up when I snuck any sugar and that dang maddening itch began.  I would notice a pattern as I was out standing outside observing the full moon.  So I began to pay attention and realized that quite a bit of restlessness, swelling and itching occurred each month for about 5 days prior and up to the full moon.  I tried many things that helped, like changing my diet, morning detox drink, and some that didn’t.  While diets is key, the easiest most simple methods are my Nightly Detox Baths followed by soaking my hand in vodka and essential oils and alternating with my thyme discovery.  I used these things nightly until my hand cleared and anytime I could feel a flare up followed by applying Pine Salve. With patience and vigor over the past 8 months I have been clear of painful blistering for two months now. What are you waiting for?  Get started today or step it up.

None of this would be possible without the strength and wisdom provided me by God.  May He get all the glory for healing me and providing all that’s necessary from this day on.  All His amazing food and the Spirit to guide me.

Psalm 84:10-12 King James Version (KJV)

For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.  For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.  Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.

 

CONTINUE ON THE JOURNEY

MY TOP 10

DIET

DETOX

Beginners Shopping List

Here is a list of items suggested for those just starting out or not fully SOLD OUT on the idea or those who just want to enjoy GOOD GOD FOOD and healing at the same time.

A good rule of thumb here is to find single ingredient foods with one ingredient in it.  I simplified my life now and order once a month from Azure Standards.  They only carry the best NON GMO and organic products that they can find.  I trust them with the health of my family and I.

No added ingredients, flavors, colors, preservatives etc. (So peanut butter would just have peanuts as the ONLY ingredient.  This takes a bit of getting used to but as you move along you will find products that you go to every time.

Depending on where you shop and what you buy.  Although I prefer to buy my items local, I do have to admit that I shop Costco for bulk items because I am on a budget too.

Clean 15 is non organic clean food

    • Asparagus
    • Avocado
    • Cabbage
    • Cauliflower
    • Eggplant
    • Grapefruit
    • Honeydew Melon
    • Kiwi
    • Mango
    • Onion
    • Pineapple
    • Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
    • Sweet Peas
    • Sweet Potatoes
    • Watermelon.

Other healing fruits and veggies

  • Apples (organic if possible due to pesticides)
  • Lemons

Items for Homemade Granola

Items for making 7 Healing Fudge

  • Coconut Oil (organic, unrefined if possible)
  • Nut butter (organic peanut butter, almond butter, or some other nut butter)
  • Honey (raw natural)
  •  Carob powder
  • Cinnamon (stronger the better)
  • Pure Vanilla Extract (not imitation)

Other helpful items to add to your diet

  • Apple cider vinegar (organic raw with mother)
  • Molasses
  • Olive oil
  • Turmeric Root (found fresh in some produce sections)
  • Ginger Root (found fresh in some produce sections)
  • Green tea
  • Purified Water
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Probiotics (or make your own kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sourkraut, and other ferments)

Stuff for Detox Baths

If buying meat, I try to find it grassfed organic.

Milk, I buy raw goats milk.  But even raw milk  is a good alternative.

Here is a shopping list for foods that assist with Colon Cleansing.

Here is my maintenance shopping list

 

End Each Night With a Detox Bath

Our Skin ~ Updated 1/5/19       PRINT INSTRUCTIONS

is the largest detox organ of our body. Once I accepted this, I started taking detox baths every night until my skin cleared up nicely.  I simply used a recommended bath I had heard about online and added some essential oils for fragrance.

My mom has used Young Living Essential oils for years for massage therapy, but I had just thought they were used for their scent alone.  I just hadn’t grasped the healing properties they hold until this year.

Before going to bed each night I would get proactive, I found that I could sleep longer if I bathed before bed.

BEFORE BATH

My Nightly Routine During Intense FLARES (looking back, it would be helpful to find a basket and keep all these things handy for easy access)

  • Cinnamon and Cayenne Scrubs
  • I also found great healing in OTHER METHODS A FEW HOURS BEFORE BATHING OR BED
  • I prepared a detox drink or two to keep hydrated and lots of water, (I sometimes needed help getting these as I would be in the bath ASAP seeking relief from the pain and flaring)
  • I skin brushed for lymphatic detox
  • I gathered my detox bath ingredients, kept under the bathroom sink, a good book or anything to do while in there. (I also kept these things handy in my bathroom when I could)
  • A good towel or two and a robe

Skin Brushing is great to speed up detoxing and help the body move lymph and boost the immune system.  Basically running a dry bristle brush over the skin lightly several times in sets starting at limbs and moving slowly towards the heart.

Skin Brush Basics (Lymphatic Draining using skin brushing)

Standing in the shower just before running the bath or before bed.

  • I start on the hands and move from top of fingers to shoulders to the heart.
  • Then the palm of hands up the arms and then under the armpits then towards the heart.
  • Then repeat the other arm.  Then I go from the face to the neck and down towards the heart and cover every inch.
  • Then I move from the top of the feet up the legs around the groin and up towards the heart and repeat til every area of the legs have been brushed.
  • Then I move from the top of the feet up the legs around the groin and up towards the heart and repeat til every area of the legs have been brushed.

We have lymph nodes in several areas of our bodies and our lymphatic system is part of our immune system and it gets backed up.  There is no pump and it relies on exercise and movement in order to work and flow freely and oftentimes gets backed up and causes inflamed lymph nodes when our body is trying to fight off infections.  Skin brushing helps get thing moving freely as intended.

DETOX BATHS (I rotated these based on what I had available, I would add ingredients until I would get a reaction if I was up for it)

I was healing from ECZEMA and I found heat helped soothe the itch.  The HOTTER THE WATER, THE BETTER.  I even turned up the temperature on my water heater.  PLEASE USE CAUTION AND DO NOT BURN YOURSELF OR YOUR KIDS!!!

Here’s my nightly detox bath soak

Variation of detox bath soak

During the coarse of my healing, I would soak as much as possible.  Almost nightly, and more frequently when my eczema was flaring.  I would only use a mild soap such as goat milk soap

WHY THYME AND BORAX?

I followed my bath by drying completely and rubbing a mix of 1/4 cup vodka, 5 drops of thyme and 5 drops of cloves essential oils on any eczema until the itch has settled, along with any dry spots, zits, moles, and skin tags and allowing to air dry then applying a pine salve I had made onto my eczema.  I had tried it before from my mom and loved it so much that I made my own.

These are some suggestions on detoxing essential oils

More suggestions for detox baths

  • 1/4 cup epsom salt
  • 5-10 drops of essential oils (add to a soap first to disperse)

Along with Detox Baths and Diet, I applied OTHER METHODS

  • Borax and Dish Soap

I always follow end the night and begin the morning using Herbal Pine Salve

Other people use different combinations of detox baths

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • 20 Mule Team Borax
  • Epsom salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Sea salt
  • Turpentine (pure natural) Pine Spirits
  • Peroxide
  • Vodka
  • Added 5-10 drops of essential oils (add to a soap first to disperse)

Sign up with Young Living essential oils and receive discounts and begin earning points and be apart of my team.  I signed up and bought the start up kit because I wanted several of the starter pack oils and a air diffuser which sanitizes the air.

I also buy essential oils local.  But not all are created equal.  Just know the source and find as clean a product as possible.

Contact me with any questions.

BORAX IS AMAZING STUFF!!!

Read more..

Other uses for 20 Mule Team Borax

RECAP OF NIGHTLY RITUAL FOR ECZEMA

  1. Pre Bath Skin brushing and scrubs
  2. DETOX BATH
  3. Stay hydrated and Detox Drinks
  4. Vodka rub if still flaring (vodka with added thyme or cloves essential oils)
  5. Apply Pain Salve or Cayenne Scrub
  6. Apply Herbal Pine Salve
  7. MORE ON DETOX AND DIET (the other side of the HEALING EQUATION)

UPDATE 2019:  I am now over 2 years FREE of eczema…  I am here to help anyone who is suffering find lasting results.  I do not sell or offer a quick fix.  It is up to each person to take control of their life and eat clean, heal the gut, detox and parasite cleanse and find what works for them best.  What I share, I HONESTLY BELIEVE WILL  HELP!  GOD BLESS

 

 

 

Matthew 10:7-9 King James Version (KJV)

And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.  Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.  Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses,

More benefits of BORAX

I live to please God alone. (Ranting on…)

Ever wonder why we live to please those around us, when we cannot possibly know what another is thinking and needing at a given moment?  Well you are not alone.

Ever try to make the ones in your life happy or feel loved with nothing more than frustration from failure to meet their needs?

Ever look to those you love to make you feel whole, complete, or fulfilled?  It’s a losing battle my friends.

I am here to share that God alone is the answer.  I cannot make anyone happy fulfilled or complete.  I am not supposed to please anyone, make them whole, ensure they feel loved or needed.

God alone is the ONE we must seek to please.  He alone is the ONE who can make us complete, whole and fulfilled.  All other sources and outlets are vanity.  We will only frustrate ourselves and those around us to the point of exhaustion, disatisfaction ragged and raw.

We are designed codependant.  Codependant for God.  Codependant on God.

Man is in a wretched state and we must break the chains that bind us.  We must be driven to please the ONE who created us to love.  Only this kind life is pleasing to God.  Once we FULLY grasp that we cannot please God and man at the same time and BEGIN TO keep our focus on Him alone, we can fully heal from all lifes hurts.

We cannot possibly fulfill another.  We must seek God to fulfill our every breath.

 

God, help me to live for YOU ALONE?

What Can I Buy? Produce on a budget.

If you have waited to jump on the organic and non-GMO wagon due to financial or other reasons, here is helpful guide to buying healthly minimally pesticide affected produce without buying all organic.

You may or may not have heard of the Clean 15 and Dirty Dozen.

Also buying organic means non GMO

Non GMO does not mean safe or pesticide free.

Here is a list of fruits and veggies that you may want to avoid or purchase organic to avoid harmful pesticides and GMO’s:

BUY ORGANIC

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Hot peppers
  • Kale
  • Leafy greans, lettuces
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes

This is a list of safe to buy non organic.  Always wash well with vinegar to remove any potential residue.

BUY NON ORGANIC WHEN NECESARY 

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Watermelon

Hope this helps simplify produce shopping for you. Enjoy!

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Tips for vegetables maximum nutrition

Produce Shopping List

Here is a list of fruits and veggies that you may want to avoid or purchase organic to avoid harmful pesticides and GMO’s. I buy mine from Azure Standards:

BUY ORGANIC

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Hot peppers
  • Kale
  • Leafy greans, lettuces
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Potatoes
  • Soy
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Bell Peppers
  • Tomatoes

This is a list of safe to buy non organic.  Always wash well with vinegar to remove any potential residue.

BUY NON ORGANIC WHEN NECESSARY 

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Eggplant
  • Grapefruit
  • Honeydew Melon
  • Kiwi
  • Mango
  • Onion
  • Pineapple
  • Sweet Corn (watch for GMO)
  • Sweet Peas
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Watermelon

Hope this helps simplify produce shopping for you. Enjoy!

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