2009-2019 What a difference!

Ten years ago, I was a stay at home, homeschooling mom. My health was compromised from years of poor nutrition. I had many issues. I was literally gritting my teeth to endure the pain I felt back then. We had a big party for our son, Daniel, that fall and my daughter, Hannah, did the work to put it together, because I could not. On November 20, 2009, Hannah drove me to Arapaho, OK, to attend a class to learn about Young Living Essential Oils. I made a decision to change my lifestyle, based on that class. Now, ten years later, I love my lifestyle. I am much healthier. Three of my four children are married. I can cook and drive and am enjoying my six grandchildren. I am so thankful the LORD convicted me to clean up my nutrition, my environment and use Young Living Essential Oils and supplements. What a difference ten years made! (My hair was dyed ten years ago, but no more!)

The first pic is at Daniel‘s birthday party in the fall of 2009 and the second one is at Diamond Bound, 2019.

For those of you counting with me, I have been off grains and sugar for 9 years, 3, 426 days or 9 years, 4 months and 16 days.

I am so thankful the LORD showed me that I could choose to walk in health instead of sickness with something sooo simple as cutting out grains and sugar.

Today’s task is to make some grain free, sugar free pies for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving dinner. It will be our tenth sugar free Thanksgiving and our food is delicious! Even people who eat grains and sugars and join us for our food like it!

Happy Thanksgiving y’all! I am thankful for life!

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BBQ Sauce

This stuff is great with grilled meats of any kind and has become a family favorite.  I have been making it for a couple of years now.  We recently discovered Siete Almond Tortillas and leftover roast beef with this sauce is better than the fast food versions!

The ingredients are organic and sugar free.  The Jovial Crushed tomatoes taste like home canned tomatoes.  Sometimes they are a little chunky so if I want the sauce smooth, I just puree’ them in my Vitamix.

The reason I use Yacon instead of maple syrup or honey which is more common in paleo cooking is to keep the glycemic index down to the minimum.   Yacon takes on the natural flavors of whatever foods I combine with it and has a mild molasses taste without the high glycemic index.   This is important for those with autoimmune issues.

I get most of my ingredients from Azure Standard, however, they can be found other places like Vitacost and Amazon.  If you live in a city with Whole Foods or Sprouts, you can probably get some of them there as well.

BBQ Sauce

– 18 oz jar Jovial crushed tomatoes    https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/food/canned/tomato-products/tomatoes/crushed/tomatoes-crushed-in-glass-organic/14834?package=GY115  
– 7 oz jar Bionaturae tomato paste ( https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/food/canned/tomato-products/paste/tomato-paste-in-glass-organic/11325?package=GY179 ) 
– 1 cup water ( I just fill the tomato paste jar with water and shake it and pour it into the crushed tomato jar and shake again and then, into the pot. Gets all the good tomato out of the jars.
– 1/2 cup Bragg’s apple cider vinegar  I use Bragg’s
– 1/3 cup Yacon syrup  YL is fine, but as it was out of stock for so long at one time, I started getting this one at Azure.  https://www.azurestandard.com/shop/product/food/sweeteners/yacon/syrup/yacon-syrup-100-organic/11970?package=SW210  
– 1/2 Tbsp. ground black pepper

-1/2 Tbsp. Himalayan Salt
– 1/2 Tbsp. onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic
1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
– 2 Tbsp. prepared mustard
– 1 tsp. paprika
1/8-1/4 teaspoon Cedar House Natural Hickory Liquid Smoke or to taste (I see that is no longer on Amazon, so here is a link to another one that is just pure liquid smoke and no additives  https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B000I552GE/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )
– 1 drop Young Living Lemon Vitality Oil   
1. Place all ingredients except the essential oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat and stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings to your liking. Bring just to a boil. 
2. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer for 1 hour or until thickened to your liking.  
3. Stir in the one drop of Lemon Essential Oil, put into jars and allow to sit in the frig at least overnight. (I use the Jovial jar for the bulk of it and a canning jar for the remainder.)  I write the date on the jar label with BBQ notated, so my family knows what it is.)

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Whose Body Is This, Anyway? Choices, Choices, Choices!

These days we hear lots about “choice”.  The most common one is, “It is a woman’s right to choose” talking about her right to abortion.

Then, there is the choice to have a career or stay home with our children, IF we chose to have them.  Again, it is a woman’s right to choose.

Daily, we make choices that don’t seem to be so big or life changing as abortion or career, and yet, our daily choices, even the smallest ones, affect us so much more than we know.

I have been listening to Jim Rohn’s CDs, “The Challenge to Succeed”.  It is pretty eye opening to have him connect what we eat and whether we exercise to our success in business and finances.  He contends that it is the small daily disciplines that make or break us.  He says if you can do something like eat an apple or walk around the block and do not do it, it is disaster.  Seemingly small activities neglected become major over time.  Mr. Rohn talked about what a person’s life would be like if he ate a Hershey bar a day instead of an apple a day.

I WAS that person.  There was time in my life when I ate candy every day!  In 1994, I was slim and healthy.  I had been sugar free for about a year and had energy that was unbelievable.  Then, I decided to just get along and eat like everyone else ate.  By 2000, I had gained significant weight and lost my energy.  The worst part of it was that eating the standard American diet also meant I had brain fog.  I barely functioned.  Basically, I made myself keep going for my children.  Sadly, the sicker I got, the less I cooked and my poor children spent several years of their lives eating sandwiches and TV dinners!

I got into a vicious cycle of bad eating.  I felt bad, so I ate sugar and grain based foods to comfort myself.  Those foods made me feel even worse and so I felt sorry for myself and ate even more of them!  Grains and sugar affected my gut and caused me to have to sleep sitting up at night, which caused my back to hurt.

In April and May of 2010, people close to me were diagnosed with life threatening illnesses.  Two of these were younger than me!  It was eye opening for me!  I was praying for them and asking the LORD to heal them.  I made the comment to my husband that IF I were that ill, I would change my eating and do something about it.  He and I had talked for years about how we would not ever take chemo or radiation, but would do juicing and alternative natural remedies.

The LORD strongly convicted me  through these verses that I had NO right to put anything less than the best possible food in my body.

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?  If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are.”  1 Corinthians 3:16-17

A research scientist that formulated a health drink that I enjoy made the comment that sugar ages and deteriorates the body more rapidly than tobacco.  He went on to say that churches that would never put out ashtrays for the convenience of their members, serve enormous amounts of sugar, destroying their health.  I was so convicted that I had been guilty of destroying my own body and those of my family that I made a plan and STOPPED sugar cold turkey.  In fact, I kicked it to the curb in July 2010 and made the decision to never willingly eat sugar again.

I made a decision at that time to eat clean.  That means I no longer eat foods described as unclean in the Scripture and I also avoid synthetic chemicals, dyes and preservatives in food.  Many have been upset with the clean eating decision because they believe that grace allows eating anything.  I don’t believe that eating unclean will keep someone from heaven.  Going to heaven is completely the work of Christ.

Ephesians 2:8-9 “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast.”

Actually some foods may send you to heaven sooner than you wanted to go!  And at the very least some foods are making us fat, tired and sick.  I decided I did not want to live out the rest of my days in pain and sick all the time.

At the time that the LORD convicted me, I had severe fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and esophageal reflux.  It was painful for me to drive a car.  It was painful for me to hold a book or Bible in my hands.  Honestly, every thing I did was painful.  I hurt from the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet and pretty much every where in between.

I was literally in bondage to the food I ate and the sick body the bad food was producing.  I wanted to be free!

 “All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”  1 Corinthians 6:12

Each of us makes a choice what we eat and drink and what kind of lifestyle we live.  The outcome is truly determined by our own choices.  While genetics may play a part in the equation, studies now show that environment has a much larger effect on our health.  Environment includes what we eat, drink and chemicals we put in and on our bodies.

Basically, we are choosing life or death with our food, drinks, and personal care products. To be our best for the glory of God, we must read labels, ask questions when eating foods others prepare and make careful choices.  I do that and more.  I have a passion for showing others that healthy food tastes good and can even be fun!  Thus, this blog was created to share those efforts with you, my reader.

There are places around the world where people have few if any choices, but if you live in North America and other countries with similar resources, you CAN choose healthy food.  We have it available in abundance, even at discount stores.  So what will you choose today?

I choose Life!

“Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own?  For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body[c] and in your spirit, which are God’s.”  1 Corinthians 6:19-20

ALL to the Glory of God!

All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” 1 Corinthians 10:23

 “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


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Why “Out of My Bondage”?

These are the words that kept coming to me when I realized that I had been in bondage, not just to sin and the world, but also to food that was keeping me sick. Thus, the name of my blog. In September, 1971, I was released from spiritual bondage by receiving the free gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ. What a wonderful day that was!

As the years passed, I became progressively weaker in the physical realm. I was growing in the LORD, staying in His Word, but my physical pain grew until I was almost incapacitated. I was told several times over the years that I could reduce or eliminate my pain if I would just stop eating grains and sugar. As I studied it, I learned that MSG and glysophates (Round Up) were also culprits that caused inflammation and pain.

I looked for a “quick fix” for years. I didn’t want to eat different than my family and friends. I struggled and even prayed for God to heal me without me doing the work. “Just heal me, God” became my plea. As I got worse, I asked the LORD to take me to heaven. I told Him I was ready to die and be with Him. God had other plans for me. I knew I was ready to die, but could I live for Him and give Him glory from my life?

When I finally got sick and tired of being sick and tired, I cried out to the LORD, to show me the truth. I began to see all kinds of articles, blogs, and videos telling about eating grain free and sugar free. Then, the verses in the Bible about eating and drinking and living for the glory of God began to leap out at me.  God does not ever remove the consequences of our lifestyle choices.  I was living with some harsh consequences. I realized I had a choice to make!

The way I used to eat was bondage. The way I eat now is so freeing. Freeing from sickness and guilt because I know better! I am thankful He gave me another chance at living life without the pain of bad food choices.  Treating myself and my body as the temple of God has certainly taken me “Out of My Bondage”!!!

“Out of My Bondage, Sorrow and Night”
TEXT: William True Sleeper
MUSIC: Greg Thompson
1. Out of my bondage, sorrow and night,
Jesus, I come; Jesus I come.
Into Thy freedom, gladness and light,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of my sickness into Thy health,
Out of my wanting and into Thy wealth,
Out of my sin and into Thyself,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

2. Out of my shameful failure and loss,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the glorious gain of Thy cross,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of earth’s sorrows into Thy balm,
Out of life’s storms and into Thy calm,
Out of distress into jubilant psalm,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

3. Out of unrest and arrogant pride,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into Thy blessed will to abide,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of myself to dwell in Thy love,
Out of despair into raptures above,
Upward forever on wings like a dove,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

4. Out of the fear and dread of the tomb,
Jesus, I come; Jesus, I come.
Into the joy and light of Thy home,
Jesus, I come to Thee.
Out of the depths of ruin untold,
Into the peace of Thy sheltering fold,
Ever Thy glorious face to behold,
Jesus, I come to Thee.

© 2000 Greg Thompson Music.

I am eternally grateful for salvation through faith in Jesus Christ.  I am also thankful that the LORD gave me conviction to treat my body, His temple, as a sanctified vessel that deserved to be fed better.

What a victory He has given over sin, hell and the grave!  What a victory He has given over food and drink!

I choose to live for Him, to eat for Him and for His glory to be the best me I can be until He calls me home or returns for the church!

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Fudge Frosting

fudge frosting…
1/3 cup coconut oil
1/3 cup coconut milk 
1/2 cup Monk Sweet Plus, powdered in the blender first
1 cup Lily’s Chocolate Chips
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
Combine coconut oil, milk and Monk Sweet Plus in a small saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium high heat and let boil for 1 minute.
1.5 Teaspoon vanilla crème stevia & chocolate chips until smooth and shiny. Add Vanilla. Stir well.
Immediately pour over a 9×13 cake or brownies.
Let cool completely to set.

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Vanilla Yellow Cake

yellow cake

2/3 cup & 1/4 cup sifted Coconut Flour

2 Tablespoons Rumford Aluminum free Baking Powder

3/4 teaspoon salt (Real brand or himalayan)

2 Tablespoons Arrowroot Powder

6 eggs, separated, so you can beat the egg whites

1 cup MonkSweet Plus (or 1 cup Erythritol plus 1 teaspoon clear stevia)

2 cups coconut milk (Pacific brand original unsweetened is my favorite)

1 Tablespoon Vanilla

1 teaspoon Almond Extract

3/4 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350F.

Sift all dry ingedients into a bowl and set aside.

Beat egg whites until they look like meringue and set aside.

Beat the egg yolks, sweeteners, vanilla, and almond extract in a mixing bowl until well blended.  Gradually add milk and dry ingredients, alternating until all are mixed well.

Add oil and mix well.

Finally, mix in the beaten egg whites.

Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes in a 9×13 or 11×14 depending on how thick you want the cake.  We like cake a little thinner, so typically do the 11×14 pan.  Line the pan with parchment paper if you want to take it out and decorate it.  I almost never do that.  I grease the pan and pour the batter in and we eat the cake straight from the pan.

This cake can also be baked in two nine inch pans for 25-30 minutes.  See the wedding cake photo below.  Not my strong suit but with the help of a dear friend, we actually had homemade, sugar free, grain free, decorated wedding cake for Hannah!  So, it can be done…

If you want to remove it from the pan, cool it ten minutes in the pan and then, dump it out onto a cooling rack. (Be sure you lined the pan with parchment paper to make it easy to remove from the pan.)

This is the cake we used for Hannah’s wedding cake and it got rave reviews, so we have continued to use this recipe several times a year.

wedding cake





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New Beginnings, Renewed Promises

Folks, I am soooo excited about the fresh start of a New Year! I woke up at 5 am planning my day and year! I have easy food prepped for today’s Sunday dinner. Yet, I still woke up early.

Do you wake up early and excited to face each new day?

Do the possibilities of the new year excite you?

I love new beginnings!  Every day, week, month, and year are exciting to me!

It was not always so, so why is it this way now?

In 2009 & 2010, I made permanent non-negotiable changes in my life.  I made myself a promise never to turn back or quit.  As a result, I feel better now than I did 10 or even 20 years ago.

I improved my nutrition, kicked out sugar and grains, and added in Young Living Essential Oils and oil infused supplements.  At the same time, I began reading more labels and I changed my household and personal care products to eliminate toxic substances and use clean products that are safe for my family and for the environment.

I am NOT a tree hugger, folks, but a clean environment is a healthy environment and it does matter!  While I don’t worship nature, I very much appreciate the gift the plants are to us from the Creator!

As the new year approaches, I am so thankful for all the many blessings of this past year!

I am thankful for the faithfulness of the LORD Jesus Christ in my life.

I am thankful for the Bible, the Holy Word of God and enjoy reading it from front to back each year.

I am thankful for my family and my church.

I am thankful for healthy foods and household products.

I am thankful for Young Living Essential Oils and all the wonderful products that now fill my home.

I am thankful for chiropractic, massage therapy, manual therapy, and all the healthy modalities I have learned over the past few years.

I am thankful the LORD led me to make changes accompanied with a promise to never give up and never stop moving forward, thus continuing to seek healthy ways to manage my health and wellness.

I love helping people in their health journey.  I love being a mom and grandma, helping my family, and have learned that I can do it all better when I take care of me, too.  In fact, I am better at helping others when I take care of me first, physically and spiritually.

I look forward to 2019 not with resolutions, but with the promise to myself to stay the course!


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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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