Counting My Blessings!

On November 20, 2009, I attended a class in Arapaho, Oklahoma, where I learned about Young Living Essential Oils.  I received a Raindrop that day.  Y’all!!! It changed my life!

In July, 2010, we made the decision to eliminate grains and sugar from our table.  November, 2010, was our first sugar free Thanksgiving.  I must admit the pies were rather experimental that first year and we had some texture issues although they tasted great.

Over the past 9 years, we have ditched candles and cleaning products and replaced them with diffusers and the Young Living Thieves line of cleaners.  We switched to YL shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, mouthwash, skin care, and well, everything Young Living!  It was a gradual process, but we use it all.

We have felt better and our home is cleaner and smells wonderful!  Our young adult children are all members of Young Living and have transitioned their homes, too.  Our grandbabies are oily babies and they are adorable and healthy!

The turkey is in the oven as I type and the pies, which now have good texture and taste good are waiting for the crowd.  This is our 9th sugar free Thanksgiving.  My husband proclaimed my cooking good as he ate a sugar free coconut cream pie last night.

I am stronger and healthier now than I was in my 40s!  God has blessed our efforts to clean up our “temple” and our home.

I am thankful for my relationship with Christ!

I am thankful for my family and our overall great health.

I am thankful for my church family.

I am thankful for every single person in my Young Living team.

I am thankful for each of you who read my blog.

I am thankful for beautiful weather today.

I am thankful for the Godly heritage and history of our nation.

I am thankful we are still free and can have this day to ponder all of the LORD’s blessings!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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2018 For the Glory of GOD! Choose Joy!

I had some challenges in 2017.  I am sure most of us had some to various degrees.  One of mine slowed me down to the point of almost stopping all progress in my life.  Many of my plans for 2017 were derailed.  The few things I did manage to complete were more difficult than in the past.

In the midst of my personal challenges, the LORD continued to bless us!

We gained two new grandchildren in 2017, which gives us a total of 5.  They are every one precious and oh, so different!

Our Young Living team continued to grow in spite of my own challenges.  We were privileged to go to Australia with Young Living and it was an amazing trip!

I have been pondering how to stay on track with my goals for 2018 and the LORD brought the verses to my mind about doing things for His glory.

“For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s. ”  1 Corinthians 6:20

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 

“And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  Colossians 3:17

I am committed to doing only activities, eating food and drink and speaking words that bring glory to the LORD in 2018.  Sometimes this is hard as I stand alone, meaning I take my own food and eat differently than everyone else.  Even when I am with my health and wellness friends, I am still different because I cannot compromise for an event or a party and still stay on track.

I cannot keep a clear conscience and “take a break” from glorifying God with all I say, eat, drink and do.

I took a quiz on Facebook to determine “my word” for 2018 and it was JOY! A few days ago, as we took down our Christmas decorations, I brought out some of my decorations that had been put away and one of them is a plaque that says CHOOSE Joy!  What a reminder!  It IS a choice!

The Scripture says that if we know to do good and don’t do it, it is sin!  (James 4:17).  I know what to do to be right with the LORD, to feel good, and to accomplish my goals.  I don’t need to make resolutions.  I have studied health, wellness from a physical and spiritual point of view.  I already know what I need to do.   I just need to DO what I know is right.

So for 2018, I won’t make NEW resolutions.  I already read my Bible, take care of my health by eating well and having good personal habits.  I will stay the course and I will be intentional about choosing Joy when staying the course is hard,  inconvenient, or awkward.

WHY do I keep on no matter what?  For the GLORY of GOD, I will stay the course and choose Joy while I do it!

May God give you a peace that passes understanding and Joy in your heart no matter what your circumstance!

Happy New Year!

 

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8th CHRISTmas of Freedom

How different life is now than it was for most of my adult life!

This is the 8th CHLadonna before afterRISTmas since I kicked sugar and wheat addiction to the curb!

It is 2723 days from since I last ate sugar.  That is 7 years, 5 months, 13 days.  

This is our 8th Holiday season with sugar free, wheat free Thanksgiving and Christmas meals.  We didn’t skip desserts.  We have made them even better!

By Thanksgiving, 2010, I had lost weight, inches and mostly inflammation.  By God’s grace, I have maintained this for 8 holiday seasons.  I will not feel sick after our meals.  I will not gain weight from the holidays.

I will not limit my quantity of food.  I will eat until satisfied.  The difference in now and holidays before 2010, is that now I eat ALL I want and feel great because the quality of our food has vastly improved!

This season our food is grain and sugar free, full of good fats and is better than ever!

How did it all happen?  By being intentional and CHOOSING health and wellness!

There are lots of good recipes on this blog!

Be blessed this CHRISTmas!

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Why Do We Wait?

I saw an article today in a popular women’s magazine about women who had lost weight and improved their health over the past year.  All were smiling and all were pleased with the results.  As I read their stories, I saw a pattern that truly disturbs me.

Every single one of them had a crisis in their life before they decided to make changes to improve their lives with better health!  Three were diagnosed prediabetic, one had both parents die with heart issues and one even had a heart attack herself.  All of the women in the article had issues that a better eating plan could have helped or even prevented.

Why, oh why do we wait until we have the loss of a loved one or a debilitating diagnosis before we seek to be healthier?  All of these women had measurable improvements, but sadly, too many people wait too late to really improve their situation.

I spoke with a doctor once about eating habits and using wellness products to improve vitality and quality of life.  He said that sadly, people only come to him for that kind of help when they have already destroyed themselves with bad food and medications. He told me there was no way to undo the damage present in those that come to him.  He said it was just too little, too late by the time most people contacted him for help.

Why, oh why do we wait when we could be choosing life with every bite we eat and every drop we drink?

Two reasons:  One,  we don’t really understand or believe that food matters!  Two, we think the seriously bad stuff won’t really happen to us from what we eat. We see lots of people eating bad who are doing okay… Ah, how we deceive ourselves. Eventually, it catches up with us.

It is really small things that add up to health quality or health disaster:

Will it be an apple or a candy bar?

Will it be carrot sticks or chips?

Will it be eggs or sugared cereal?

Will it be real butter or synthetic butter flavored margarine?

Will it be soda or water?

We could go on and on.

Choose foods that improve the quality of your life!

Choose to drink more water and less of other drinks!

What you eat and drink truly matters!

Research it for yourselves.  People’s lives are changed daily by eating better, drinking clean water and moving more.

Just as Moses said to the children of Israel, I want to say to you:

I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live; (Deuteronomy 30:19)

His topic was serving the LORD,  which included instructions for eating wisely.  My topic is food and drink for health and wellness.  Both are valid truths.

Choose LIFE!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.                             1 Corinthians 10:31

 

 

 

 

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Not a Fad!

My diet is not a fad, but a lifestyle. I do my best to eat whole, organic foods and avoid grains and sugar. I eat similar to Paleo, but they do TOO much honey and maple syrup for me… I eat really similar to the WHEAT BELLY plan, but I do allow quinoa occasionally, though Dr. Davis doesn’t recommend it. Why have I chosen this path?
 
For years, I suffered with an autoimmune condition. I had several actually. My research included reading books by Dr. Doug Kauffman, Dr. William Davis who wrote WHEAT BELLY and has a wonderful Facebook page, and Dr. David Perlmutter, who wrote GRAIN BRAIN. I watched videos from several sources and no matter where I turned, it became clear that if I wanted to feel good and prosper into old age, I needed to kick grains and sugar to the curb.
 
So, in July 2010, I made a once and for all decision to embrace eating healthy and that meant NOT eating grains and sugar and eating as many other healthy foods as possible, meaning lots and lots of organic fruits and veggies, grassfed beef and poultry.
 
What happened? I lost weight. I sleep better and I have way more energy. Over the years, I have tried many medications: prescription, over the counter and natural alternatives. They all helped somewhat, but when I finally made a decision to ALWAYS EAT HEALTHY, no matter what, my autoimmune issues went away.
 
I have no regrets! I don’t miss the pain that came from bad choices. I have embraced the lifestyle of healthy choices. I have embraced FEELING GOOD!
Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?  Make some healthy addition to your life today!

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Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

Coconut Flour Pizza Crust

4 cups whole milk grated Mozarella or two cups each mozarella and cheddar
4 eggs
1 tsp organic onion powder
1 tsp organic oregano
1 tsp organic basil
1/2 tsp organic garlic
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
4 T flax meal or pecan meal
4 T coconut flour
Preheat oven to 425.
Mix all ingredients in a bowl until well combined.
Line a cookie tray with parchment paper and spread the cheese mixture on the paper as thinly as possible.  I cover it with wax paper and roll it out.  Discard the wax paper.
Reduce heat to 400 and bake on the top rack for about 15 minutes, or until the crust is starting to look golden in places.
Remove from the oven and add desired toppings.
Bake for a few minutes, just to melt cheese on top.

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Chocolate Chip Cheesecake

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Step One – Crust

3 C. blanched almond flour or meal

1 Tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

Mix well

12 T. butter, melted (stick and a half)

Add ½ teaspoon SweetLeaf Clear Stevia and ½ teaspoon vanilla to the melted butter.

Add the sweetened melted butter to the dry mix.

Mix well.  Press into a 9 x 13 or 10 x 14 pan.

 

Step Two – Filling

3 – 8 oz. packages cream cheese, softened to room temp (couple of hours sitting on the counter)

½ C. Erythritol

½ teaspoon SweetLeaf Clear Stevia

6 medium or 5 large eggs

1 ½ t. vanilla

1 cup Lily’s dark stevia sweetened chocolate chips or 1 cup chopped Chocoperfection Bar or Lily’s Dark Chocolate Bar.

Cream cheese with Erythritol and Clear Stevia.  Add eggs one at a time until mixture is smooth.  Add Vanilla. Stir in the chips or chopped chocolate. Pour into pan on top of crust.  Bake at 300° on lowest rack for 1 hour.

Step Three – Topping

1½ pts. sour cream

¼ C. Erythritol and ¼ teaspoon of Clear Stevia

2 t. vanilla

Remove cake from the oven.  Pour sour cream mix on top of hot cake.  Put back in the oven for 15 minutes.

Step Four – Refrigerate for 24 hours.
Okay, I don’t always have 24 hours, so I stick it into the freezer for a couple of hours and then, pull it back out and serve it.

Step Five – While the cake is cooling, chop another bar or get some chips ready to sprinkle over the top and melt a Lily’s or Chocoperfection chocolate bar and add a little coconut oil to make it a little thinner, probably 1 or 2 teaspoons to a bar. … Drizzle it over the cheesecake.

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