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What Does Our “Healthy” Look Like?

I have had many ask what we eat. People have a concept of “healthy” but due to the media, misinformation, marketing, etcetera…we can often be WAY off base. So here is my breakdown of what “healthy” looks like in our home. This is our heart healing, gut healing, emotion leveling, immune system boosting way of life.

1) The less sugar (natural or processed) the better.

I rarely bake anymore or buy chocolate…even dark chocolate. We have fruit. I use a little juice and frozen fruit to mix my boys vitamins in using our blender. Sugar of any form plays with your body. It’s amazing how sweet mandarin oranges are when you’re not dipping into the addictive homemade chocolate chip cookies. Sugars also feed the bad bacteria in your gut which impacts everything from immune health, digestive health, to moods. Sugar also increases inflammation which leads to a host of other health problems from cholesterol to muscle and joint aches.

2). The less starches the better.

This goes along with the sugars. Starches convert to sugar. The more starches…the more inflammation. Choose starches with a low glycemic index. If you’re eating starchy a lot you will crave more, gain more weight, and have other health issues. Our starches are carrots, fruit, the occasional red potato, occasional beans with a low carb to fiber ratio, and sweet potatoes, occasional steel cut or whole oats for breakfast.

3). Pack in the veggies. Self explanatory…eat your vitamins. In our case we also have a veggie smoothie every morning. Veggies are builders…they strengthen you.

4). Choose organic or antibiotic free/hormone free meat if money permits.

5). Reduce dairy and choose from grass fed sources if possible. This gives you more of the healthy fats needed for brain functioning and even immune health. Dairy is often a catalyst for inflammation so we have limited but not fully eliminated it. We use grass fed butter, cheese etc.

6). Get your cod liver oil for vitamin D. We take this and have not gotten the flu. New studies show most people are deficient in vitamin D since we no longer work long hours outdoors. It helps in the prevention of the flu, cancer, heart disease, etc.

7). Give essential oils a chance. These have also helped our immune health tremendously. I do distribute them but this post isn’t for selling…just to inform.

8). Exercise regularly. Did you know regular exercise cleanses the toxins from your liver? Boosts moods? Improves immune health? Lowers resting heart rate? It’s a no brainer. My boys and I played baseball in the house today with stuffed animals and a soft bat. They were moving…giggling…active!

9). Get sleep! Enough said.

I’m sure I’ve left things out but these are the basics…you need to start somewhere. Baby steps to health…one step at a time. We are a mostly unprocessed family and as a result…we are happier and healthier than in the past. Our processed food is the whole oats and the cheese. That’s it and that has made all the difference. We are preservative free, hormone free, mostly sugar free family.

Thankful

I realize to some my life may seem charmed and to others it may seem cursed. Charmed in the sense that there is much stability, love, and blessings both material and in the form of friends and family. Cursed in the sense that I am a survivor of a very abusive relationship, a heart attack survivor, and have lost three dear close family members in one year…my dad, my brother, and my niece. I could choose to look at life as charmed or cursed or something in between…an adventure with ups and downs.

I choose 1 Thessalonians 5:18…”In every thing give thanks for this is the will of God.” To me…this doesn’t mean God is saying “suck it up buttercup cause this is as good as it gets”. Rather, He is trying to show us to look for the good. Choose life, choose living, choose picking yourself up and helping others when it seems hard to get out of bed to brush your teeth in the morning. Pray for Him to help you to see the joy when it feels like all is gone.

My current health journey…I am 3 years post-heart attack and stent placement. I eat a mostly whole food diet and exercise more than not. Currently that means 4 to 5 days a week about an hour per time. I am 24 weeks pregnant and am trying to push past the fear and anxiety I have since my niece died at full term 3 months ago. Instead I am trying to rest in God and trust that God has a plan for this little guy kicking in my belly no matter how long or short his life is.

I am following OB, high risk OB, and Cardiologist orders strictly. I wept when my cardiologist said he has no worries and I can stay off some medications after the birth so I can nurse. I feel like I have been given so much and also lost so much but blessed be the name of my Abba Father who cares about a minute detail like my desire to nurse our third boy. He care that I weep when I hear the lyrics to a Newsboys song

Something Beautiful …

I wanna start it over
I wanna start again
I want a new beginning
One without an end
I feel it inside
Calling out to me

It’s a voice that whispers my name
It’s a kiss without any shame
Something beautiful
Like a song that stirs in my head
Singing love will take us where
Something’s beautiful

I’ve heard it in the silence
Seen it on a face
I’ve felt it in a long hour
Like a sweet embrace
I know this is true
It’s calling out to me

It’s a voice that whispers my name
It’s a kiss without any shame
Something beautiful
Like a song that stirs in my head
Singing love will take us where
Something’s beautiful

It’s the child on her wedding day
It’s the daddy that gives her away
Something beautiful
When we laugh so hard we cry
It’s the love between you and I
Something beautiful

Reminding me of my Dad giving me away in our simple state park wedding with our closest friends and family there and how I won’t see him again until Heaven.

I know this is rambling on but my point is this…be thankful. Embrace life and fight for all it’s worth to see the good, to contribute to the positive in your little circle. Be there for your mom, dad, siblings, husband, children, friends. Really, really be there and love on them and thank God that you have another day to love on them. For the alternative is so bleak and depressing and holds us back from really living.

Take care,
Dee

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