A Letter to Crunchy Christian Moms
Why Healthy Hormones are Essential for a Good Life
Dear Crunchy Christian Mom,
I see you.
I see how hard you work to keep your family healthy.
I see how you spend your evenings scouring the web for healthy recipes and engaging activities.
I see how attentive you are to your kids and how you try to always cook healthy meals from scratch.
I see how you give up some luxuries to afford a healthier life.
I see how much you love your family.
Do you want to know what else I see?
That you're a great mom--A fantastic mom!
And I would say that even if I didn't know about any of those things you do for your kids.
Because the truth is, you're a great mom regardless of the health of your kids.
3 Reasons to Make Self-Care a Priority
When most of us think of hormones, we think of either the bad things (i.e. PMS, cramps, mood swings, acne) or pregnancy (i.e. can I get pregnant?) But there’s actually far more to hormones than meets the eye. Most people don’t know this, but the menstrual cycle is considered the fifth vital sign of health (after body temperature, pulse rate, breathing rate, and blood pressure) because you can learn a lot about your overall health and hormone balance by monitoring your menstrual cycle.
4 Reasons to Avoid Juice Fasts
Self-care in my house today looked like me watching Netflix and eating chocolate chip cookies in my bed. No, that's definitely not the healthiest version of self-care I could have chosen, but it was all I could muster. I also took a nap. Because seriously, being a mom is hard. Sometimes it can be cry-your-face-off-into-your-pillow hard. It's not a role that I believe any woman can survive without learning how to take care of herself.
Lymphatic System Support for a Healthy Body
Juice fasts, "The Master Cleanse," and other related liquid diets are often touted as the ultimate in healthy eating. People often turn to drinking these beverages when they're sick and tired of being sick and tired. And they work! ...At least in the short term.
While some people may experience initially uncomfortable side effects from the sudden cleansing effect, most people eventually experience an increase in energy, focus, and alertness. Plus, reduction in pain, improvement in digestion, and other desirable outcomes further entrench our thinking that juice fasts are the best thing for our bodies and should be done frequently.
From a nutritional standpoint, there are some great benefits to drinking freshly pressed vegetable and fruit juices. For just 8oz of fresh juice, it can take about a pound of produce. That's a lot of nutrition in a quick cup of juice!
In a time where fast food chains reign supreme, there's no argument that we could all use a nutritional boost, but there are several issues that cannot be ignored when considering an all-liquid juice fast diet.
How Poor Health Impacts Your Hustle
Most people are pretty familiar with basic biology, especially when it comes to our crucial organs like our heart and lungs. We know that without air flowing through our lungs and blood pumping through our heart, we’re dead. We know that our stomach and intestines are pretty important for our well-being also. But what about the lymphatic system?
The lymphatic system is hardly spoken of, barely understood, and very often ignored when it comes to our overall health. But when you begin to understand the importance of all your bodily systems working together, and you understand the role that the lymphatic system plays in that larger system, it’s hard to ignore the importance of supporting this system.
Tips for Minimizing Stress
Several months ago I joined Jon Acuff's group called 30 Days of Hustle. (Side note: if you're an entrepreneur, business owner, or just someone with big dreams, I highly recommend following Jon and joining the group if you can.)I love the word hustle because it's about energy, not apathy. And it's about putting in the work, not just dreaming up an idea. Being a "hustler" (in this sense of the word), means you are a person who has set your sights on what matters most to you and you've set aside the excuses so you can succeed. You've made a smart goal and you're sticking to your plan to get there.
4 Detox Myths You Need to Ignore
We all get stressed out from time to time, and sometimes it can feel like everything in our lives is stressful. Family, work, the constant, daily go, go, go. Stressful circumstances, relationships and feelings are always going to be a part of our lives. We can’t stop them from happening all together, but we can focus on minimizing stress and its effects on our minds and bodies by being aware of what sets our stress-filled spirals into motion, and taking a few actions to minimize the effects stress have on us.
4 Reasons I am Focusing Less on Health
From supplements to juices to teas to exercise regimes--it seems a lot of the health world is talking about detoxification. Everything is being marketed as non-toxic and chemical-free. But there are many detox myths out there being spread through the media.
Detoxification is essentially the process of eliminating toxins from the body--and it's a process my family has been acutely aware of for the past three years. I've done a lot of research personally and have worked closely with our Naturopathic Doctor (ND) to heal my daughter's severe eczema, which was caused by having too many toxins accumulated in her body.
My knowledge of the issues of toxins and the process of detoxification (detox) has progressed from making small changes in my home to completely changing my family's diet to providing knowledge and support to friends and family and now finally to combining all my research into a comprehensive online course.
Detox is the topic I get the most questions about from my online community so today I'm going to wade through all the detox myths and clear up some of the misinformation you've probably heard.
Healthy Eating from a Biblical Perspective
I love change. Like really love it. Thankfully so does my husband. But over the years we've come to realize that the heart issue behind our desire for change is a spirit of discontent. So I (we) have been actively, diligently resisting the hunger for change; it's that "grass is always greener on the other side" mentality in our marriage and in our family.
I knew that many women struggled with poor self-image. I even knew that many of us have struggled with food. But what I didn't know until the past few weeks is just how much of an issue this really is. There are dozens of godly, Christian women just in my own circle who are in bondage over food.
"I love dieting!" said no woman ever.
You know how I'm following GAPS diet, right? If you're not familiar with this type of eating then you'll probably be shocked to know that most of my calories come from fat. For real.
I Thought I Fixed My Food Issues...
I'm going to make a bold statement here: dieting isn't bad.Dictionary.com defines dieting as:
to select or limit the food one eats to improve one's physical condition or to lose weight
to eat or feed according to the requirements of a diet
6 Ways to Help Your Child Have a Healthy Relationship with Food
Today's post is a day later than I intended but the reason it's late is related to the topic. I restarted the GAPS Intro Diet on Monday so my energy has been low, my brain has been foggy, and I've had headaches half the days. I had so much of my heart to share but the words just couldn't make their way from my brain to the keyboard.
Is food making you feel CRAZY?
As a woman who struggled with an eating disorder my entire young adult life. I feel extremely passionate about raising a generation who will no longer struggle with the body issues that we have so silently suffered through. My heart hurts for the little girl I once was and for the time I wasted being at war with myself. I vowed the cycle ended with me and one by one, family by family the cycle can end.
I remember a long period of time in my teenage years where I wouldn't eat anything in front of people other than my immediate family and best friends. Not lunch at school. Not out on a date. Not even at a weekend camp. It makes me really emotional to think about how poorly I treated my body.
Probably every woman reading this wishes something about her body is a little different than it already is. We’ve all been there. We’re products of our ridiculously confused society. A society that encourages body image obsession. I think we need to fight this obsession, together.