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and keep trying.
Sometimes I succeed.
I have a lot of dreams.
I have made a lot of mistakes.
I have a lot of hope for the future.
One of my biggest struggles is my health. One of my biggest accomplishments is also my health. I am 45 years old, and I am trying to get healthy after challenging health issues of infertility, thyroid issues, adrenal fatigue, 9 pregnancies between ages 30 to 45, surgery, anemia, weight gain, allergies, and auto-immune issues. WHEW! It has been a challenge! Learning about my body, and what works and doesn’t work for me has been a lifelong journey.
It’s not easy.
For a long time, I kept falling further behind. Even though I tried, I wasn’t going forward to reach a better level of health. But there are successes and I do go forward, even if I also take a step back or sideways from time to time. I will get there, I will reach my goals.
Sometimes I don’t even know where to begin.
So I pray.
What else can I do?
God has the answers and solutions to my situation.
He has the answers for yours too.
I’m on a journey.
I am getting better.
I am healing.
I am working toward a healthier me.
I keep trying.
I saw this video today. I was inspired to go further as I watched these two women encourage each other to keep trying.
I hope you will keep trying too!
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.” 3 John 1:2
Can it be that I am already in my 8th week of this get healthy challenge? I am just amazed at how fast the time is passing. I am so glad I chose to focus on health and wellness at the start of this year. It truly has been a learning journey that has blessed me and my family in many ways already. I have worked and done extensive research in health and wellness for over 25+ years, worked as a medical social worker and social service director, and also owned a health foods store in Indiana, and a healthy foods coop in North Carolina. I closed the store when we moved to NC, and closed the coop two years ago when we moved back to Indiana, and I have truly missed the variety of natural healthy people that I crossed paths with in both of these.
Someday when my kids are older, I hope to go back to school and finish graduate school in Naturopathic Health Care and open a new healthy foods store again. I love working with a wide variety of health care providers that are interested in natural health care: nutritionists, midwives, massage therapists, physical and occupational therapists, chiropractors, herbalists, and more. Natural health care is very exciting to me, and I love to keep learning about our amazing bodies and all the wonderful natural ways we can care for them. I also love to help others and share this knowledge with them too.
Three months ago, in December, I became a Wellness Consultant with doTerra Essential Oil company. doTerra has furthered me along in my health and wellnesss journey this year, including helping my family overcome winter illnesses, improved skin integrity of my hands and feet, and assisting me in weight loss and healing my adrenal and thyroid glands. Check out my Week 6 Update for more information about how supplements are helping me.
Included with my doTerra enrollment kit was my own website storefront to sell products, access to doTerra’s online university to study and complete my Wellness Consultant Certificate, a beautiful wooden box containing several essential oils, and several healthy natural living products. I completed my studies at the doTerra Online University and earned my certificate. This training and the kit with all of this wonderful knowledge and great products have truly been a life changing tool for wellness in our home this winter.
Here are some of the doTerra products that I have been using during this 90 Day Challenge to boost my family’s health and wellness:
On Guard Toothpaste
My husband and I both love this. It whitens your teeth naturally as it cleans them. It also provides antibacterial support for your teeth and gums and your over all immune system. It tastes wonderful and I love to kiss my husband after using this toothpaste!
On Guard Beadlets
These are tiny soft gel beads that we take internally to fight off infections. If we feel like our immune system is under attack, we quickly take one a couple of time and it helps to fight it off. The beadlets contain wild orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary in tiny vegetable beadlets that melt in the mouth quickly to freshen breath and support the immune system. We often just swallow them and let them dissolve further down in our digestive system when we feel we are fighting an illness too. There is also a larger soft gel available that has On Guard plus three additional immune boosting oils designed for that purpose too.
This winter, in early January, our family was hit by the resperatory flu. But it came and it went! When we began having symptoms, I gave everyone one in the family a beadlet, in addition to the other supplements we take when fighting an illness (elderberry extract, echinacia goldenseal extract, three B’s, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin A from fish oil) and staying hydrated, and daddy and I took the beadlets twice a day for two days. I also diffused On Guard essential oil blend around the clock. Several of our friends battled this flu illness for weeks, including some having to go to hospital and lots of medications. One friend is a nurse and she was even vaccinated, but she still got the flu real bad. Some of her coworkers were hospitalized up to 10 days. But not our family! Though the illness came on strong, with high fever, aches and pains, it quickly dissipated once our fevers were over. We had no further effects! No chest congestion, no further sickness. Praise the Lord!
On Guard Hand Soap
Safe non-toxic natural alternative to synthetic anti bacterial soaps. It smells wonderful! I feel so good knowing that my kids are using a natural cleansing product on their little bodies.
Life Long Vitality Pack
This is a pack of three super food supplements to support the body’s nutritional and immune system needs. Included is a whole food formula of vitamins and minerals (MicroPLEX VMz), cellular vitality complex (Alpha CRS+), and an omega oil complex (xEO MEGA). Each of these formulas is designed to promote health in the body functions and includes botanical extracts and essential oils.
These are some of the best quality supplements I have ever seen in my 25+ years of learning about health and wellness. I am going to post a more in-depth story focussing on these wonderful supplements. They are re-building something in my body that is allowing my heals on my feet to re-grow new skin and replace the rough skin. My finger nails are growing stronger and I am feeling more energetic using these supplements.
This multi-enzyme blend supports healthy biochemical functions including healthy digestion of food nutrients and cellular metabolism of nutrients to energy. TerraZyme includes a variety of whole-food enzymes that help with digestion of proteins, fats, complex carbohydrates, sugars and fiber.
As a side note, TerraZyme also help ward off a stomach illness. When a nasty stomach bug hit the whole family in February, I was cheif nurse made. The family illness caught me off guard, and I was cleaning up vomiting and diareah on the hour for several days, ehausted, and praying I wouldn’t catch it too. When I got my wits about me, I remembered that taking an enzyme blend could help reduce the effects. I started to feel the nausia too, so I took TerraZyme and I could feel it stop the nausia within a half hour of taking it, and I never threw up as everyone else in the house did. TerraZyme helped the stomach virus pass on through to the bowels and be eliminated. I still got a milder case of diareah lasting about one day, and several others had the diareah for several days, but the illness was greatly shortened for me. I am 100% convinced the enzymes prevented me from going through the vomitting and days of diareah that those who got the illness before me went through.
Deep Blue Rub and Deep Blue Rollon
This lotion style rub and the rollon is for soothing sore muscles and joints. It feels like cold and hot at the same time. My skin tingles when I apply it and my muscles relax. My husband loves the way it relaxes his tense muscles after a stressful day at work. He also had a sore lower back after lifting something heavy, and we rubbed Deep Blue on him and he was able to go to sleep and rest allowing his back to repair itself, and was good as new the next day.
I love using my diffuser to diffuse any and all essential oils into the air. This technology is one of the most amazing little secrets of a healthy home. I remember as a child learning about pioneers burning herbs and sulfur to cleanse the air in the home when there was a sickness. That is essentially what a diffuser does and more. It sends the oils into the air to cleanse it. It also helps to manage moods and behaviors too. Diffusing oils is amazing.
doTerra has a large number of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. Fruits, Vegetables, Herbs and Spices are Natures Medicine Cabinet. doTerra has captured these healing properties of plants in their essential oils.
I have been studying and learning how to use essential oils to clean the house, create amazing massage oils and relaxing baths, as well as treat any and every illness that has come our way this winter. Encounter the respiratory flu? no problem! Encounter the stomach flu? no problem! Encounter a head ache? no problem! Encounter an ear ache? no problem! Encounter a sinus infection? no problem!
I have also learned to use the oils for emotional well-being of the family too. I can mix up my own oil combination blends, or use the wonderful blends doTerra already has put together for me. They have blends for everything: mood, aches and pains, breathing, balance, cleaning and purifying, digestion, headaches, calming, relaxing, first aid, skin care, anti-aging, weight loss, bug repellant, and more.
Even as far as I have come in learning in my healthy living journey, I am just getting started! Learning about healthy living is a life long journey. I have many more doTerra products on my wish list to further our healthy living journey. I am truly impressed with their quality. You can view their product catalog online for free and put together your own wish list. I will share more about the products I am using in upcoming stories too.
Are you interested in health and wellness? Would you like to use doTerra products in your home? Drop me a note and let me know.
Melinda Weiser, BSW, QMRP
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Well I don’t have big changes to report this week. The past two weeks feel like they flew by, and I am sure I didn’t accomplish as much as I could have. I can’t believe I am half way through the 90 Day Challenge to better my health and wellness in 2015. But thankfully I didn’t lose ground in the past two weeks in the progress I have made so far since the start of the year.
My weight has barely changed over the past two weeks and this was a little discouraging as one of my main goals in this challenge is to reach a healthier weight for my body. I lost and re-gained the same pound or two nearly every other day and I’ve definitely been at a stale mate with my weight loss goals over these two weeks. It has been frustrating going up and back down a pound on the scale and not seeing any real progress in my weight loss goals. Yes, I wish I would have lost more, but I choose to remain positive and see the little the scale did move as a good sign that I didn’t go backwards. My total weight loss as of week 6 on my 90 day get healthy challenge is 15 lbs so far! YEAH! I truly hope I can continue to achieve at least this much more or do even better with weight loss as I complete the second half of the 90 days.
I’m maintaining the healthy changes I have made since the start of the year, including positive dietary changes in my meal plans inspired by FMD (Fast Metabolism Diet) and THM (Trim Healthy Mama), I’m drinking more water, choosing nutrient dense foods including daily sources of low glycemic foods like greens and fresh vegetables, fruits, fermented foods (raw apple cider vinegar, kombucha, Kevita, etc.), coconut oil, eggs, sprouted bread, broth, lean meats, etc. I try to get the most nutrition I can from my food sources, but I also see the need for vitamins and superfood supplements too, so I try to take supplements daily to support my nutrition.
I try to remember to take my vitamins and superfood supplements each day, but some days I forget to take them. Some days I just don’t want to take them. I don’t like swallowing pills. I don’t like things getting stuck in my throat which tablets sometimes do. They have a rough edge and it bothers me if it turns the wrong way. I don’t have any problem swallowing capsules, as they are smooth, I just don’t like taking tablets. I compromise sometimes by using nutrient dense smoothies to boost nutrition. I also sometimes take half a dose of some of my vitamins and supplements, especially the tablets and also the more expensive ones. For example, if a whole dose of Spirulina is 6 tablets, I usually only take 3. Cutting back like this allows my body to use as much as it can from the whole foods I eat first, and then it hopefully gets what else it needs from the supplements and hopefully also avoids flushing the ones not used down the toilet. It also helps to stretch the dollar in the budget, because lets face it, vitamin supplements are expensive.
I am trying to heal Thyroid and Adrenal fatigue, and heal my reproductive organs after multiple pregnancies, in addition to supporting my daily nutritional needs while I lose weight. It is a huge task! I’m 45 years old, and I have had 9 pregnancies in 14 years since the age of 30, which resulted in 6 live births all of which I nursed, and 3 miscarriages around the 4th month of pregnancy. Though a woman’s body is designed for this amazing task of childbirth, I got started late, and my body is tired. In addition, the last birth was an emergency C-section and that has also taken its toll. I have had some trouble with my energy level in the afternoons since that surgery, and notice my lack of energy is worse if I skip my supplements. But the past few weeks, I have been extra tired, perhaps from surviving the flu last month, and also because of the ongoing lack of sunshine during this long Indiana winter. What ever the reason, the low energy level is taking its toll on me.
Modern farming practices and food manufacturing, have resulted in foods that are deficient of the right balance of nutrition the human body needs. That is why superfood supplements can be an important factor in our overall health, recovery from illness, prevention of disease, etc and bridge the gap left by nutrient deficient modern foods. I hope that by combining nutrient dense foods and superfood supplements, and eating healthy, I can achieve the healing balance my body needs. This week after talking with a knowledgable natural health guru, I decided to put Mito 2 Max and Zendocrine supplements on my wish list, a few additional essential oils on my wish list, implement using some essential oils that I have on hand to boost energy levels, and then I also changed up my supplements by increasing my Vitamin D3 and also added several of doTerra’s vitamin supplement products.
I hope to add doTerra’s MITO2 MAX and Zendocrine as soon as I can to promote cellular health and oxygen to the cells and further support my Thyroid and Adrenal glands. There are some simple remedies I want to implement to help support the adrenal glands too. One remedy is adding lemon to drinking water, and another is rubbing basil essential oil on the skin around the area of the adrenal glands. I don’t have basil oil yet, so that is going on my wish list. Another suggestion was to diffuse specific essential oils in the house that help promote energy. Hopefully adding these changes to my routine will resolve my thyroid and adrenal fatigue in the afternoons.
My current vitamins and superfood supplements include: Water mixed with Vitamin C powder, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K2, Kelp, Spirulina, chlorophyl, acidophilus, TerraZyme (multi-enzyme blend by doTerra), Microplex VMz (multivitamin plus superfood supplement by doTerra), xEO MEGA (Omega Oils plus Essentail Oils by doTerra), 3 B’s (bee pollen, bee propolis, royal jelly), bilberry extract, red wine complex, turmeric, fiber. I have used a psylium fiber capsule at night a few times a week since starting this challenge, but plan to add a glucomonnan fiber capsule daily earlier in the day. Glucomonnan fiber has a lot of health benefits, including helping to regulate blood sugar, but it is not recommended to take it at night. Many times I forget to take my supplements until night-time, and then I can’t take this one. But I want to change that, and set a new goal to get my supplements taken in the morning.
A wonderful improvement in my life over the past three months has been doTerra Essential Oils. I was blessed with an amazing kit of oils and superfood supplements, a wholesale membership, and an opportunity to learn and teach others about using essential oils by an incredibly generous person. She is a natural health expert, and so are her three sisters as well as one is a naturopathic doctor too. She has an amazing background of knowledge and has taken me under her wing to teach me. She will never know the true impact this blessing has had on my life. I used to sell essential oils in my healthy foods store for several years. During that time, I had several customers who diligently used them in their personal health care and often had me special order special ones in addition to a shelf I kept stocked all the time. Several customers also used them as a raw ingredient in their own brand of soap and lotion making that they turned around and re-sold the finished products at local markets. I occasionally used a few of the oils myself for crafts and baths, and body massage. But I did not take the time to educate myself on their many healthy uses in everyday life to keep my family healthy. I don’t know why I let that opportunity pass me by. BUT now I am studying! I am applying every opportunity I can to learn and implement using essential oils in my life. This has far-reaching effects in every area of my health and wellness.
For example, to boost my energy level, I was encouraged to diffuse Peppermint and Wild Orange throughout the house, and also to rub it between my hands and inhale as needed. I put Wild Orange on my wish list as it is not one that I had on hand yet. So I improvised and used the oil I had on hand called Citrus Bliss in which Wild Orange is the first ingredient as well has a few other citrus fruits and vanilla. It smells so good. I combined Citrus Bliss with Peppermint every day for week six and I have been amazed at the improvement in how I feel, and how much more alert I am, but also in how my children are feeling too. They are more alert and motivated to complete their school work. I also noticed my husband seems more alert and less tired when he returns from work in the evening. He doesn’t know about the oil in the diffuser, he is just reaping the benefits. I am so grateful to have started using this as a daily remedy for the whole family. This is an amazing energizing combination!
I am drinking more water, but still not enough. I find it a challenge to stay hydrated as I don’t like the taste and smell of our iron rich well water. I can unintentionally go most of the day without drinking water if I don’t constantly remind myself to drink something. I just don’t notice that I am thirsty until the end of the day. That is a very bad habit that I have tried to change during this challenge. To help with intentionally hydrating myself, I make a fancy strawberry lemonade called Good Girl Moon Shine that was inspired by the THM (Trim Healthy Mama) diet plan.
I need to implement the GGMS everyday again as I did in the summer, but it is a cold drink and I am in a cold farmhouse house in the cold Indiana winter and sometimes I just want to drink hot mocha lattes all day instead. I was drinking a smoothie everyday, but again, I get so cold. One smoothie I love as a snack on FMD is a recipe I created called the Mango Orange Julius. OH YUM, it is soooo good! I have also been using the GREENS by It Works in my Berry Green Smoothies some times at breakfast on Phase 3 days. The It Works Greens are not exactly on plan for the FMD, because of the protein source, but it is full of amazing nutrients that really give you a boost and I like it in this smoothie. I have whey protein powder at home, but it is not approved for the FMD either, but is approved on THM. The only protein powders approved on the FMD are either egg white protein or pea protein. I created a Cinnamon Chocolate Frosty treat I can use on Phase 2 days and I can up the nutrients if I purchase an approved egg white protein powder, so that powder will go on my wish list too. There is also another drink called the Singing Canary by THM you can make at home that is very high in Vitamin C and supports the adrenal glands. I love making bulletproof coffee lattes and also occasionally a special protein shake THM style. I know I still need to drink more fluids though, and it would be a good goal for me to drink a quart each of GGMS and Singing Canary everyday (some women drink two quarts of each of these a day, as well as a special THM tea and additional water too. Their bladders must work overtime, but I can’t handle that much liquid in a day). I will try to get re-organized and make more of these drinks this week.
THE BAD NEWS
I am NOT YET getting regular exercise worked into my routine since I started the challenge. I need to establish a daily exercise routine, but I honestly lack motivation right now to do it. Is it laziness? Is it winter blah’s? Is it related to Thyroid issues? Is it due to recovering from another lost pregnancy? I don’t know! We have been in a winter lockdown here, as it is too cold to do anything out side. The kids and I have spent most of the winter finding fun ways to play inside after our school work is done. We all long to get back outside on a daily basis. The overall lack of sunshine this winter just makes me feel BLAH! I have access to a few indoor exercise videos as well as YouTube on the computer where lots of these things are posted for free too. Two years ago, I used Ttapp DVD videos that really helped me and want to start doing them again. I also went to a zumba class at the Y, but that is not really an option now, so I need to try the Ttapp and free online videos and make a plan for daily use of some physical activity. The Fast Metabolism Diet suggestions for the week include an aerobic activity during Phase 1 (Monday or Tuesday), a strength training activity during Phase 2 (Wednesday or Thursday), and a relaxing activity during Phase 3 (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday). I just need motivation to get started and energy to carry it through.
One thing NOT WORKING in my favor to help me with exercise, physical activity, and weight loss is the time I spend SITTING at the computer. And I am about to get even busier with the computer writing more product reviews again. I have been on “break” for two months from writing reviews, but the new season has begun and it’s time to start writing curriculum reviews for the 2015 Schoolhouse Review Crew year. I think this will be my fifth or maybe sixth year writing for them.
We started several new curriculum products over the past several weeks. I feel busier than ever as we have adjusted our schedule and are trying out these new items to tell our readers about in the upcoming weeks. I feel like my to do list is growing instead of getting smaller. I’m getting organized and have my calendars hanging on the board, notes, and drafts, etc. But when I evaluate why I may have lost less weight the past two weeks compared to what I was loosing before, I realize it is partly because I am adding too many other priorities to my daily routine. Suddenly it feels like my hopes to work on weight loss and a healthier me are taking a back seat to my other really important goals and responsibilities like raising my family, building my marriage, and writing reviews and working at the computer. I am thankful for the opportunity to write reviews. It is a wonderful opportunity to receive amazing curriculums to try out with my kids, but I need to find a good balance between all of my goals including: healthy physical activity, spiritual activity, family activity, friendships too, homesteading, ministry, writing, etc. to have a balanced life. Otherwise the increased time it takes to sit and write at the computer could potentially take a negative toll on my health. I really need to be diligent and not allow that to happen.
GOALS NEXT WEEK
My steps for reaching my smaller goals for the upcoming week as I continue to work on my 90 Day Challenge to better health and wellness:
-Set aside time daily to take my vitamin supplements, even though I dread swallowing pills.
-Set aside time daily to sing and praise the Lord.
-Set aside time daily to study my bible and pray.
-Set aside time daily to build relationships with my husband and kids.
-Set aside time daily to journal and update my daily planner.
-Work with the kids daily on school work.
-Continue to make healthy foods from scratch following my meal plan strategy posted before. Post pictures of foods to Instagram and or Facebook to help others on the 90 Day Challenge with meal ideas.
-Log foods consumed, vitamins and supplements, physical activities, weight changes, etc. onto My Fitness Pal account to help me reach my weight loss goals and monitor where I need to make changes.
-Continue to drink a lot of water and other fluids. Make several quarts of GGMS and a quart of Singing Canary this week.
-Start exercising according to the FMD plan with the different phases listed. My goal is to Ttapp once or twice a week (high intensity on Monday and low intensity on Friday). I would like to strength train once a week (simple repetitive lifting of items I have around the house on Wednesday). I’m not sure yet what other activities to add, but if I can do 20 to 30 minutes in these areas, this will be a good enough place to start this coming week, I just need to get motivated.
-Get to bed by 11:30pm
-BIG GOAL AND BIG CHANGE: Set aside “office hours” time each day when I can write blog stories and product reviews, and then officially close my office at a decent hour rather than stay up late and harm my health by lack of sleep. I want to get the younger kids to bed by 8:30, then write from 8:30 to 11:00. Then get my teenage son to bed (he never goes to bed before 11), get husband’s lunch ready for the following day for work. Update my to do list for the next day and have breakfast planned for the kids. Then hopefully I can get to bed by 11:30.
I hope you have a blessed week!
What are you doing to reach your goals on your 90 Day Challenge to better health?
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I will help you find the perfect gift for your loved ones on your Christmas list.
You can find lots of great essential oils, vitamins and supplements, soaps, skin care, hair care, and more healthy living products to support your immune system and lifestyle for you and your loved ones at doTerra.
You can also pick up great healthy living items at ItWorks and while you are there, be sure to check out the WRAPS, natural super-food supplements, and body care products to make this coming year the best and healthiest year yet! The most popular product is the Wrap Applicator which used to be sold in exclusive spas in Europe for over $300 and is available through ItWorks for $25 a piece. With products from ItWorks, you can create your own spa right at home for a fraction of the cost.
Another great Christmas gift idea is a Garden Tower and try out a great way to capture water for your plants with the Rain Barrel. You and your loved ones can grow organic food year around (indoors or outdoors) in these amazing vertical gardens. The Garden Tower holds 50 plants in less than 4 square feet.
Just For Kids:
A great idea for those all natural creative kids (your kids, grandkids, nieces, nephews, and neighbor kids too) in your life, is to get them kid friendly healthy living items from doTerra and ItWorks . There are so many totally terrific items for kids available that will help them live a healthier life.
Also why not Give the gift of creativity with Green Kid Crafts! These awesome arts, crafts, and educational activities are sure to please kids of all ages!
Another option is to purchase excellent resources from the Answers in Genesis Bookstore for folks of all ages too. They have books, CD’s, DVD’s, Games, and more, and there is something special for everyone!
If you need assistance, or have any questions, just leave me a message, and I will get in touch with you with great gifts options you will love and help you make this Christmas really special!
I hope you all had an awesome Thanksgiving holiday!
Many of you know my heart in helping people heal and stay healthy naturally. It has been a passion of mine for nearly 20 years. It helped me heal from 9 years of infertility, and so much more. My passion for natural remedies was birthed from watching my Grandmother. She loves herbs, homesteading, and healthy living and even wrote a book many years ago that she handed out at campgrounds and to friends and family.
My desire to help others live a healthy lifestyle also stemmed from working as the social service director first in a health department serving women and children (1991-1992), and then in a nursing facility (1993-1996) for the elderly and also for the mentally disabled and watching folks die from the side effects of being over medicated and downward spiral of medical conditions that were not improved by the dietary and pharmaceutical interventions.
Another huge influence on my journey was made by my husband’s mother. I cared for my mother in-law who had breast cancer for the last year of her life in my home (1996-1997), and with each chemo pill and pain pill she took, I watched the life in her eyes diminish bit by bit until she took her last breath in March of 1997. I was so broken hearted from loosing her and knew deep down there was a better way to deal with illness from some of the “all natural/ green living” friends I was making. Her death was the turning point for me to abandon cultural norms of hospitals and doctor’s offices to heal disease and instead view them as beneficial for trauma centers, but not healthly life centers.
In 1993-1997 I was friends with a 75 year old neighbor who had farmed organically all his life and sold Organic Gardner and Mother Earth News magazines for many years. He was “green” before anyone knew what it was to be green. He owned a campground near Muncie, IN and farmed and sold his produce to a local nursing home and folks who came to his campground and farm. I spent a lot of time learning from him and his wife. They gave me tips on organic gardening, pursuing a “greener” life, and really helped me a lot.
In 1995 I began meeting Amish folks who turned to natural medicine as the cure for most of their healthy living needs. This was life changing for me too. I would spend two or three days aweek in their homes learning. They thought they were just teaching me about making bread, canning, gardening, etc. But in reality, they were teaching me a life of healthy natural living I was dying to know. I did’t agree with the bondage of their Amish Church, instead I have freedom in Jesus, so that was not a draw for me. By watching them, I had made a connection with the knowledge of generations gone by who knew how to make home remedies to handle sickness, and knew how to eat to avoid most sickness. I found answers!
The life of living with locally raised food, home births, kids who were occupied with phycial self directed playtime, and also the productivity of chores instead of sitting with TV, who go to bed at a good hour and rise in the mornings rested, respect for each other, adults who came together as a community to support one another, and who found answers to thier sickness and diseases by using herbs and diet, were able to live a way of life that seldom needed attention from hospitals and regular checkups or sick visits to a clinic. This inspired me.
All Americans should have this knowledge. It is the knowledge all cultures possessed until just two hundred years ago, when western hospitals, doctors, and pharmacies became the focus of our faith. Somehow Americans have turned over their basic health care to the local doctor who is controlled to a high degree by pharmecutical companies selling man made synthetic ingredients to control disease, but never heal disease, and ultimately secondary side effects of those medications develop into knew life threatening disease and so on. When I left my carrer in the nursing facility, on average, each patient was taking 21 different prescription medications. Each medication had a side effect and needed a different medication to counteract it. This is the life today in America. It is no longer just the elderly who are over medicated, it is even our babies and children. Every public school and daycare now tells the parents their children must be vaccinated, and to put many of their kids on medication to make them sit still in a classroom. The numbers of kids on medications is astounding! Over use of medication is an epidemic in our country and it is getting worse. Babies are now vaccinated with over 40 man made toxic medications before the age of 2. Autism, a brain disorder that affects speach, behavior, and the ability to sit still now affect 1 in 48 boys and 1 in68 gilrs, or an average of 1 in 55 children. Do what? America, wake up!
After applying what I learned from the Amish and my organic focussed friends, I made some tough decisions. I stopped taking presecription medications for colds and flus. I stopped taking over the counter medications for headaches and other illnesses too. Instead, I found a natural medication in herbs and foods to deal with each illness that arose. I soon overcame infertility and became pregnant in 1999, and gave birth to our first child in 2000. That was a miricle. I had been married for 9 years with no pregnancy and the doctor diagnosed me as infertile. But I wasn’t infertile, instead I was malnurished and toxic from the American lifestyle. Once I detoxed and ate nourishing foods, my body did what it was designed to do, to heal and reproduce.
As more folks found out that I had been healed by the Lord and using the wisdom of returning to traditional foods (local food, grassfed meats, eggs, and raw milk, fermented foods, etc) and using herbs for tea and remedies for health, others wanted my resources and sales for food and herbs grew into a stronger business. By 2004 I opened a healthy food and herbal remedy store and coop called Weiser Natural Foods, and God has surely used these life experiences and knowledge to bless my life and many others I have shared with.
As you well know, seasons in our life change. The past few years of moving and having birthed 6 kids and 2 miscarriages have brought new challenges and adaptations. But some things never change, and I am still as passionate about healthy living and natural cures and raising natural foods as I have ever been. Though I don’t currently have a store walk in anymore, perhaps I will be able to open a walk in store again someday. For now I am getting resettled on a certified organic homestead in Richmond, Indiana and getting my feet back under me. I have dreams of a solar greenhouse, hydroponics and aquaponics, and educational workshops too. But until that day comes, I will be reaching out and sharing great products with you and teach healthy living tips, and help as many people as I can.
I have affiliate links to help you find the healthy products you need in my sidebar.
I am a distributor a couple of great companies too:
itWorks Body Wraps and healthy products
( and also for )
doTerra Essential Oils and more great healthy products
I would love to help you take care of your healthy living needs with wonderful wholesome products, and also help you get ready for the holidays with thoughtful gifts for yourself and your family and friends.
Both of these companies offer some amazing gift packs and specials for the holidays. These gifts really make a difference in your health and wellbeing. These products will also help boost your immune system and help you stay healthy through the holidays and winter season.
Some of the great features of the itWorks body wraps include helping you tone and tighten areas of your body. It is a botanically based cloth that you can place anywhere on the body that you want to tone and tighten the skin and reduce cellulite. It helps reduce the appearance of cellulite with a great herbal lotion. It can work wonders with your weight loss goals and I am thrilled to include this product in my toolbox of healthy living.
Some of the great features of the doTerra essential oils are purifying the air in your home, pain management, mood management, focus and attention, remedies for common ailments including colds, flu, and ear infections, weight loss support, healing of glands and systems of the body like the thyroid,adrenal glands, lymph system, and immune system, and so much more.
I will post more about these great products in the days and weeks ahead. I would love to talk with you more about them. You can shop from home at the links posted above, or feel free to contact me with questions too. I just wanted to give you a heads up, and if you are interested in following my healthy life journey you can follow along on my website at www.weiseracademy.com
I would love to talk with you more about healthy living support. I am glad to talk online, or by phone, or if you are local to my area we can host workshops at your home, or church, or club with your family and friends too. Just let me know how I can help you.
Please PM me through Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/weiseracademy, or email (weiseracademy at aol dot com), or stop in at the product links for information about each of the products I sell, and contact me there with questions too. I can get you set up with everything you need to reach your healthy living goals.
I look forward to working with you.