my genetic pain it the butt…

A few weeks ago, I found out that I had a genetic disorder, called Factor V Leiden. It’s a pretty common disorder and typically has a low incidence of problems. This was something that I was born with but never knew until my midwife tested me since my sister has this disorder as well. I didn’t think it would come back positive, because I have never had any symptoms or problems with any kinds of blood clots. I had no idea that I had this, and most people don’t know they have it. There are two types, heterozygous and homozygous. I got the least risky from, heterozygous, which means I got it from just one of my parents.

According to my state law, since I’m pregnant and having a midwife deliver, I had to have a consult with an OB/GYN to get a plan of action. Today, I went to my appointment with a specialist and was recommended to take a baby aspirin during my pregnancy and then after delivery to be on lovenox shots for 6 weeks. With increased hormones during pregnancy and shortly after it can increase risk of blood clots, pulmonary embolisms, placental abruptions, pre-eclampsia, miscarriages, and low birth weight.

The incidents that led to my sisters blood clots were different than mine and I am really not worried about developing a blood clot. However, I do not want to endanger my baby or myself. Rather than take any chemical medications, I will follow a more natural regimen, unless I start having symptoms. This will include things I have already been doing such as garlic, ginger, turmeric, cod liver oil, exercise, and more. Here is a list of other diet recommendations.


So far all of the baby or low dose, aspirin have ingredients like this:

active Ingredients: Aspirin (NSAID [Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug]) – 81 mg

inactive Ingredients: Colloidal Silicon Dioxide, Corn Starch, FD&C Red #40, FD&C Yellow #6, Hypromellose, Methacrylic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Polydextrose, Polyethylene Glycol, Shellac Wax, Simethicone, Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Talc, Titanium Dioxide, Triacetin, Triethyl Citrate
…and come with some side effects or warnings, which include a part that states not recommended during the last 3 months of pregnancy. You can click here for more information.

“There are reports that some foods and drinks can help thin the blood. They include:

  • vegetables, like lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, and onions
  • fruits, like berries, grapes, grapefruits, pineapple, and pomegranates
  • tree nuts like walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, cashews, pistachios, and brazil nuts
  • fish like mackerel, trout, herring, albacore tuna, and salmon,
  • drinks like green tea, grape juice, cranberry juice, and pineapple juice
  • dark chocolate
  • garlic”

I’m also going to implement a blend of essential oils topically, which include lavender, cistus, and helichrysum. image


If you have this disorder, please do your own research and okay your treatment with a qualified and trusted doctor. This treatment is a personal choice.

The only essential oils I recommend and trust are Young Living. I do not condone using any other oils internally or topically. Use caution and research prior to usage.


What does community mean to you?

For me, a healthy community is the ability to feel safe and comfortable enough to ask any member of your group for help for any need and then to be there for those in need as well. Unfortunately, we have veered so far from this kind of living and I feel it’s getting worse and worse.

In movies, when someone moves into the neighborhood, the newbies get gifts of welcome, warm smiles and introductions, but not anywhere I have ever moved to. The separation and dog-eat-dog world I feel like I live in is depressing and lonely. In the small development I live it, I barely know my next door neighbors names. Yes, I’m part to blame for this… I remember growing up in a small community of 800 or so people and knowing almost everyone in town, or at least knowing of them.

Not only are we so disconnected from our fellow neighbors, but also to those in our own homes and our environment and food. At least these should be balanced with knowing these areas in our lives are safe and thriving. With increased screen time our relationships are suffering, with convenience foods we are destroying our environment and our health.

So, how do we change this? How do we enrich our lives with more time, less stress, and better relationships? We stop buying into this separation. Turn off the electronics for a while and connect with people in the community. Do something nice for someone in need. Get outside and dig in the dirt and create your own food. Teach someone how to live this way. Learn the names of those who live around you. Come learn how you can become part of something bigger next Monday, May 24 at 7pm at The People’s CommUnity meeting. If you’re from afar, we are doing a Facebook live or come in person at 3117 W Rapid St #5.

With unity and love, we will make amazing and beautiful changes. Let start NOW!

Preparing for the heat!

Last summer, I made adjustments to my flip flops after finding out how detrimental to ones health is from just wearing these summer shoes. I added on some scraps from an old T-shirt, so that they would be more ergonomic for my body. You can read my post about this here from last year. They worked pretty good and I noticed a lack of pain in my feet which I usually had during summer. The laces and pressure from the ties I made, inspired me to just invest some money into buying a solid pair of minimalist sandals for the season. I hardly ever buy myself something like this so with my husbands insistence, I went for it.

First, I tried Luna’s. I love the concept of them because they are a company out of Seattle, WA who uses recycled tires for the soles. I got them and they were a little small, but I decided to wear them around a little in the house to see if I was just being picky. They were a bit to solid, rather than truly minimalist in terms of rigidity. I wore them for a few hours off and on in the house per their 90 return policy and went back to search. Next, I came upon the Vivobare brand. I wasn’t super sold on the options for colors or styles so I looked a little further and found Xero sandals. I went back and forth on whether I wanted to Z-Trek style for $10 less or to splurge for more comfort. I went for comfort and just tried on my shoes yesterday when I got home from my road trip. I LOVE THEM!!! I can’t wait to take them out hiking and camping and so forth! They are so comfortable and the movement is awesome!

Do you wear minimalist shoes? If so, which are your favorites?

Why you should pay more attention to the shoes we wear and the movement we get in each day.

“On the road again…”

I know a couple of months ago, I vowed that I wouldn’t be taking another trip up to visit my mom with my daughter until my brothers graduation. The last trip there was a little rough (which is why I vowed to not go back up), but the way back went great. Well, tomorrow I’m making the trek again. This time the trip will be in my mama van, which has a DVD player and we will be leaving after work, so my hope is that my little one will chow on her pizza and watch a movie and sleep. Hopefully, being pregnant I won’t have to stop every hour to pee… But we’ll see. For the trip, I headed to my favorite food store, the Breadroot Co-op, and loaded up on healthier kinds of junk food… Here they are! Hope you all have an amazing weekend! Wish me luck for a safe and peaceful journey.

1. Lara Bites chocolate mint – these are like a healthier version of a mint brownie
2. Root Chips – yes, these are fried, but they are delicious and better than potato chips
3. Paleo bars- 11-13grams of protein with about half the grams of sugar. Great alternative to a granola bar!
4. Sprouted Beet Hummus – easier to digest because it’s sprouted
5. Vegan ranch flavored chickpeas- I used to eat corn nuts growing up and these are way better and better for you too.
6. Fresh fruit – not junk but necessary to somewhat balance out the others