What’s In Your Food?

December 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

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I have been on a healthier eating journey for a few years now. I’m not perfect. Far from it! However, I am making a concerted effort to eat healthier foods and make healthier choices for both myself and my family.

One question I keep asking myself more and more is, “What’s in this?” I find myself searching labels and seeing more chemicals and less real food.

Take Ginger Ale for instance. The other day one of my children had an upset stomach. My Ginger from Young Living had not arrived yet and they didn’t want the Peppermint, so I thought I’d run to the store and grab some ginger ale to help settle their stomach.

Guess what I found?

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No Ginger in the GINGER ale! There’s other stuff, like High Fructose Corn Syrup, “Natural” Flavors (which, quite frankly could be ANYTHING), Caramel Color, etc. Just no Ginger.

That’s when I decided to make my own ginger ale. I’ll be blogging about that on Friday.

Anyway, that’s just one example of how fake our food has become. Ginger ale used to have ginger in it. Not anymore. If you want real food, you’re going to have to make your own, because even “natural” doesn’t mean what you think it means!

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If you want a real eye opener, take a look at this video. Your eyes will be opened. Hopefully, the more we are all aware of what is in our food and how it negatively effects our bodies, the better we will do.

As Maya Angelou famously said, “When you know better, you do better.”

When you know what you should be eating and you know what’s really in your food, you can make better choices. You can stand up and tell those supplying our food what we will and will not accept.

When you are seeking to live a more abundant life, a large part of that life is keeping yourself healthy. You cannot do that by pouring chemicals and junk into your body on a daily basis. There will be consequences.

Eat real, organic food. I know many will say, “But it’s more expensive.” That’s true and the video above explains why. However, can you put a price on your health? Would you rather buy $6 eggs and know they are hormone/steroid/chemical-free or buy $3 eggs and load all kinds of antibiotics, steroids and chemicals into your system, not knowing what the long-term consequences are?

I know my answer. (If you’d like some tips on eating real food on a budget, read this blog post by Mommypotamus).

We need to be advocates for ourselves and our families. God has given us wonderful seeds, nuts, fruits and vegetables to nourish out bodies. We don’t need them injected with pesticides and other chemicals. They were perfect just the way they were.

Europeans aren’t eating this mess. Why are we?

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Educate yourself. Read labels. Demand real food.

May you have a blessed, healthy and happy day living in abundance!

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“Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)

Would you like to know how you can live an Exciting Life?

Read the above passage!

No matter how difficult your life has become, even if it would be considered dismal by most people’s standards, you can overcome and lead an exciting, thrilling and purposeful life.

Read the text again and feel how God’s love permeates every word.

God does not want you to be miserable. He does not want you to live a life of dull dreariness. He wants you to live life and live it abundantly.

The text from Corinthians tells us that no eye has seen or ear heard all of the wonderful, marvelous and amazingly fascinating things God will do for those who love Him, trust Him, and put His principles into practice. I have found “The Power of Positive Thinking” by Dr. Norman Vincent Peale to be a wonderful guide to living a positive, Christian abundant life.

We should surrender our lives to God and as we do, every experience of living will grow increasingly more wonderful.

I have had many people ask how I stay so positive about life, even when I hit roadblocks, obstacles and dead ends. It is because of my faith in God.

I know that with Him, all things are possible. I know that with him, I can do all things because He strengthens me. I don’t have to be strong, I just have to have strong faith in Him to help me.

And He always has.

No matter what has happened in my life, God has pulled me through. I don’t care what disappointments I have faced, God has had something better in store for me.

When you live your life knowing that He is in control and that He has a wonderful purpose for your life, you can feel the excitement of life all around you. You can find joy in the simplest of things. You find beauty everywhere.

When God’s love is in your heart, you look for the good in others, you look for the positive in situations and amazingly enough, you find what you are looking for. Likewise, if you are looking for problems, if you are looking for faults, if you are looking for something to complain about, you will find those too.

To live an exciting, abundant life, you must have faith and you must look for abundance, joy, love and beauty. If you look for it, you will find it. Remember, those who seek, find.

Are you searching for the good? Are you seeking abundance in all areas of your life?

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In the ongoing mommy wars saga, today’s question is, “Does having a family mean you cannot be super successful at your career?” Can you do both?

The reason I am asking is that I heard an excerpt from Barbara Walters’ interview with Oprah Winfrey this morning. It was part of her, “10 Most Fascinating People” show that aired last night. I didn’t watch it, I was listening to the recap this morning as I was taking my kids to school.

The question posed was, “Do you have any regrets?” Oprah said, “No.” She then brought up something Barbara Walters told her years ago. Barbara told Oprah that she would “regret not having children.”

Oprah then stated that she never regretted the decision not to have children, because she did not think she would have enjoyed the success she has if she were a mother. In her mind, motherhood meant sacrifice and she was not willing to sacrifice herself or her success for children.

I applaud Oprah’s honesty. While we have women like Sheryl Sandberg telling us that we can have it all, we just need to “lean in,” leaning in often times means missing out. It means not being there for our children when they need us. It means sacrifice, but what are we sacrificing?

I have always felt that after God, my family should come first. I want to be successful and have a huge career, but not if that means my family will suffer due to my absence. As they grow older, I find I have a bit more freedom, but they still need their mother.

Perhaps that is why it is easier for men to be super successful. No one asks them if they can be a great dad and still be super successful at work. They just do it. The mom is oftentimes the parent who keeps the home fires warm and welcoming, even if they have their own job outside the home.

I know there are exceptions. I know there are dads who are doing wonderful jobs with their families. However, most of the time, it’s the mother who is making sure the homework gets done, the dinner is on the table, the sick children taken care of and the paperwork for school filled out.

Jennifer Garner when asked if Ben Affleck was a hands-on father quipped, “I don’t think he even knows there is paperwork to be filled out for school.” That seems to be the norm for most families.

The only place I have seen women be able to come close to “having it all” is with network marketing. With network marketing, you are able to make your own hours and make them work around your family. You are able to grow your business and help others grow their business without encroaching on your precious time as a mother.

If you are interested in living a healthy, more abundant life while growing a business you love, I would love to help you. You can visit my website here to get more information.

It is the closest thing to “having it all” that I have seen any woman obtain and you can have it too. Because living an abundant life should mean we are satisfied in all the areas of our lives, including career and family.

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You might get a chuckle out the above graphic, but I’m serious! I’m not running to the drug store and fetching those syrupy chemical bombs they sell you after you’ve already got the crud.

Noooooo!

That was me two years ago. Now, I support my family’s immune system using plants! More specifically, I’m using Young Living’s Ningxia Red, Oregano and Thieves to ward off those nasty germs that might want to set up camp in our home.

Like most things, you’re going to want to make sure everyone keeps their hands clean all the time. For that job, I keep two things in my purse at all times. Thieves hand sanitizer and Thieves spray.

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Another thing I keep on hand is Thieves foaming hand soap. I have one of these in every bathroom of our home and at our kitchen sink!

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Another measure I take in supporting a healthy immune system is make sure we all get a 1 oz shot of Ningxia Red every day. This great-tasting drink is packed with antioxidants, which will help your body fight off those nasty germs that want to spread like wildfire through your body. You can find out more about Ningxia Red here.

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The other thing I do, which is something new I’m trying, is I made a roller-ball bottle with oregano, thieves and a carrier oil. I apply this to our feet 2 – 3 times a day.

Something neat about these essential oils and to let you know how applying them to your feet works: The feet are the second fastest area of the body to absorb oils because of the large pores. Other quick absorbing areas include behind the ears and on the wrists. However, because both Thieves and Oregano are very “hot” oils, I have found the best place to put this little elixir is on the bottoms of the feet.

I used to kind of wonder about this, until one day I was applying lemon essential oil to the bottom of my youngest son’s feet and about 2 minutes later, he said, “Mama! I can taste the lemon in my mouth!” Pretty cool right?

Of course, nothing is 100% effective. We are fallible and sometimes our kids don’t wash their hands, or someone sneezes in our face or some other unforeseen exposure happens. But I have found that since starting with these Young Living products a little over a year ago, my family rarely goes to the doctor anymore.

We use these holistic, natural products to keep our family’s immune system humming along nicely, just as God intended.

If you would like to get these products for yourself at wholesale prices, you can sign-up here.

There are several different starter kits you can order. I personally started with the Premium Starter Kit. You get all of these oils, plus Ningxia Red samples and a diffuser. You also get a lot of great information and a packet to help you get started with Young Living.

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You can also choose to get a Thieves Starter Kit or the Ningxia Red Starter Kit:

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I hope you will get try these amazing products for yourself! Have a blessed day!

* I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am just a mom who looks for holistic ways to keep her family healthy. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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Pomegranates!

They are beautiful and they taste great! The benefits of eating the seeds and drinking the juice are numerous!

However … THOSE SEEDS!!!

Have you ever tried to seed a pomegranate? At one point, the prospect could leave me screaming in the opposite direction from this amazing fruit! Then I found this video that showed me how simple it could be. And no mess, which is always a plus!

Here’s the video:

I tried this last week when I was making Roasted Brussels Sprout Salad (I put the recipe in my weekly newsletter, but I’ve also put it in this post as I changed things up a bit while making it). Let me tell you, this method works!!!

No fuss. No mess and no red “blood” all over my kitchen making it look like a crime scene needing investigating.

Did you know that many people believe it was a pomegranate Eve plucked and offered to Adam in the Garden of Eden? Ancient Egyptians would bury their dead with Pomegranates, believing they offered eternal life. Legends and mythological stories often link pomegranates to good tidings. The Chinese eat the seeds for good luck.

All of that aside, why would you want to eat this gorgeous fruit? Well, first, look at the color. It is my theory that the more color something has in it, the better it is for you! This includes Pomegranates.

To recap:

The juice is just as good for you as the seeds, so juice those pomegranates as well!

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As promised, here is the recipe I used last week:

Roasted Brussells Sprout Salad from Happy Healthy Mama. The only thing I did different from the recipe was to roast my brussels Sprouts, and instead of the orange juice, I substituted 4 drops of Young Living’s Orange Essential Oil. It was delicious!