Stop doing

Why do we feel the need to be constantly doing something? I vowed that after my second baby was born, that I was going to just focus on being a mom and work when I needed to. I was doing great! I signed up for an amazing, transformational class taught by the author of The Conscious Parent, Dr. Shefali Tsabary. For a few months I was doing so well! I meditated every night for at least 15 minutes, I was relaxed and at peace.

Then, I was approached by a person who told me about this amazing company and that I should really look into it. I did, then I started increasing my doing more and more. I signed up for a training to teach me how to attract more interest to my business and then I added another stream of income into my life. And every time I did, I felt more anxiety and more irritability into my life. At home, I work on my computer to help out our community we are building and that takes away from the attention to my kids and then, when I’m finished with that I’m left with no time to myself. The stess and anxiety have slowly crept back into my life. And why? Because, like most of us, we have been taught that we need to be busy or we are lazy and unsuccessful at life. I wasn’t taught that boredom was actually good. To be bored was not okay. NO! I’m not buying into that anymore. Stress is the number one reason people start to develop disease and it can also threaten relationships.

So how to fix this conundrum? First step is recognizing this issue. Second, really narrow down the things you can cut out of your life. For me, I have canceled the marketing training and I decided to just be grateful for the job that I have right now. I’m so blessed that I really only need to work two days a week at my job, and for now it works with my husband to work opposite shifts. Third, set boundaries for yourself. For me, I am allowing myself to work at home 2 hours a day and to let myself do this throughout the day. The rest of the day is devoted to family time AND ME time! When we take care of our personal needs, and please, get clear with these needs, so we can better care for our loved ones. Lastly, meditate, practice conscious breathing, and journal every day! This allows us to create nothing from the constant chaos of everyday responsibilities. It lets us slow down and really get clear about what’s really necessary in our lives.

Kids in pain is the worst

When are kids are sick or are ok pain, it’s one of the hardest things to witness. Recently, my daughter split her lip open at her preschool just from walking in footie pjs she slipped and caught her face on a table. Shortly after the incident, I got a call to come pick her up along with a picture of her lip. It didn’t look too bad until I picked her up and I knew she would need stitches.

An urgent care faculty was very close to her school so we headed there. The physician that saw us decided it would be best to have a specialist fix it because if it’s location. Three more stops and 5 hours later we finally left the ER. Emotionally drained after what my daughter went through with the hallucinogen they gave her to the stitches was horrible but nothing compared to the experience of her having the stitches removed.

My huge learning experience from this were twofold. First, if your kiddo can walk, no footie pjs. Second, never let a doctor put non-dissolvable stitches in a young child’s body.

Although the experience was traumatizing to us all, it was necessary and we all learned from it and I’m grateful that it wasn’t worse. I know that my experience is mild compared to what other parents have to endure and I give a huge shout out to all those families that have to watch their child(ten) suffer through regular treatments, surgeries, or worse. My heart goes out to you all and I wish we never had to go through them.

Much love to you all!

Feeling so GOOD!! You?

About 7 years ago, I lived on the coast of Oregon for two years right after my husband and I got married. It was a rough transition for a few reasons, which I won’t go into. However, I started to notice increased fatigue, which was really common anyway. This was the first time I was really on my own (well not completely since my husband was with me) away from family with my own insurance and responsibilities. Finally, I decided to go into the doctor and have a check-up to make sure everything was okay. Guess what, my vitamin D levels were SO low! The normal low range was 32 and mine was a 14!! (Get your vitamin D levels checked! Low levels can cause increased risk for cancer, cardiovascular disease, asthma, depression, high blood pressure, and dementia). So I got put on a high dose of vitamin D for a few weeks and had my levels rechecked and they were close to the low range of normal. Now, I know a lot of people who don’t take supplements and I understand. They try to get what they need from food. Not only is this almost impossible, it’s dangerous, especially for our fat soluable and heat sensitive nutrients. Let me explain, unless we are living somewhere that is constantly sunny, and we are outside working on our rotating garden are not going to get what we need from food.

Why I believe everyone should be taking high quality supplements:

1. Soil is depleted of nutrients and crops are malrotated.

2. Food is picked too soon because when it travels over 1500 miles to get to us, it needs to look appealing and not rotten for us to buy it, right?
3. Whenever we cook our food, we decrease the nutrient content, digestive enzymes and so forth.

4. The majority of our population is eating way too much sugar, alcohol and stressed, which doesn’t allow for us to absorb the nutrients from our depleted food.

5. The majority of our diet is processed and not really food (processed or packaged with ingredients that are not food- read the ingredients list. If you can’t pronounce words, this is not food and if you don’t know what it is, neither will your body, which means it won’t know what to do with it.)

These are just some reasons I make sure my family and I get the BEST supplements with the BEST quality of absorption. When you’re not getting the proper amounts of vital nutrients, your body will begin to tell you signs that something isn’t right (fatigue, depression, increased infections, and decreased immune system, which can lead to more serious problems, and more) and if you don’t listen it will only get worse.

If you’re local and want to learn more, there’s a meeting about these every other Saturday at Alex Johnson’s meeting room 523 6th Street Rapid City, SD 57701. Next meeting is this Saturday, March 17 at 1:30-2:30. If, you’re not local, just let me know and I can send you some info too or you can check out more info here!

Resources:

https://www.everydayhealth.com/news/illnesses-linked-vitamin-d-deficiency/

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/179316.php

Elimination diet for migraines? We will see!

My husband has made a huge change recently, The Elimination Diet. He’s a huge fan of nightshades and sugar, so it’s been a tough transition. He is a chronic migraine sufferer though, so I am so glad that he has finally embarked on this journey. He started last Thursday and has 6 days left until he can start reintroducing foods (reintroduce every 4 days). I’m curious as to what he will choose first, but I’m even more excited to see if we can pinpoint his migraine trigger(s)!

For the elimination diet he has cut out all sugars (except fruit), nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, paprika, eggplant, peppers), all oils (except coconut oil- he slipped up one day and added sesame seed oil to a salad), eggs and dairy (wasn’t eating them anyway), corn, coffee and chocolate, nuts, alcohol, wheat, and soy. If there’s a suspected food item, you should stay away from these, as well.

Usually when he’s trying a detox diet or the like, he struggles and doesn’t last, but I am confident he will stick to it. The second or third day he mentioned that he really thinks his body likes being on this diet. I asked him to further elaborate and he said, “I just feel good. My digestion has improved and same with my energy.” The 5th day, I believe, he did get a headache that lasted a few days from detoxing, but it wasn’t a migraine!

I’ll keep you all updated to what his results are in the next few weeks.

Have you ever done an elimination diet?

Let’s keep things simple

Good morning everyone! I just wanted to write a quick post about working out today. Yesterday, I listened to an interview with a lady, Kate Northrup, who was talking about our perception of time and money. It was very interesting and if you get a chance to check out her community, please do (I don’t get any money from promoting her, I just really like what she has to offer and feel it would be helpful to anyone struggling in either areas)!

Dr. Shefali gave her an example of, “What do you tell a busy mother who says she doesn’t have time to go to the gym to work out?” She said, “That’s a big expectation for a busy mom. Why does she need to go to the gym?” I TOTALLY agree! Yes, as a mom, it would be nice to get out of the house and work out with other people my age, however, I’m not the type of person who expects myself to go work out 4 days a week out of the house when I have a lot of other things going on in my life. Plus, I’m too frugal to pay for a gym membership when I can do everything I want at my house.

My solution to this, is to work out at home or when you’re slow at work or out and about just disperse it throughout the day. Best of all, I don’t need gym equipment because I have a 35 pound toddler and a 16 pound baby. So what I do, is I hold my baby and do squats or lunges. I also use him to work out my arms (see pictures below). Or I put my toddler on my back and run around like a horse. We don’t need to over complicate things, peeps! This is one thing that I tell my toddler, any type of movement is WONDERFUL for your body! We should be moving throughout the day, especially when we have kiddos! They are constantly moving when their awake, let’s meet them and play with them!