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There’s Always Been Gold Among Us

It’s hard to believe that breastfeeding was once uncommon and that it was not encouraged by the medical community in 1956. This was the year that La Leche League International was formed—seven mothers created this organization so that they could provide support to women that wanted to breastfeed their babies.

Before my first child was born, I remember my lactation consultant telling me that breastmilk is like “liquid gold” for babies. I find it fascinating that the composition and quantity of breastmilk changes depending on the time of day and the age of the baby. For example, if the mom is exposed to a specific bug, the composition of the breastmilk will change to protect the baby from that specific bug!

Not only is breastmilk wonderful for the baby, breastfeeding helps the mom as well. Breastfeeding helps with weight loss and mood management. It also helps to prevent cancer.

If the medical community overlooked the amazing benefits of natural breastmilk, what are they overlooking today? If you are struggling with your health, I hope that you will not overlook natural methods of healing—God has provided us with a lot of “gold” that can help our bodies to heal and thrive! I also encourage you to find a provider that is a free thinker—a practitioner that will question the status quo for the sake of helping you find what will help your body to heal.

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He Quacked Like A Duck

Handwashing has become quite second nature to us, especially these days. Do you know about the man that started it all?

In 1846, Ignaz Semmelweis wondered why so many mothers were dying from postpartum infections. After trial and error, he came up with the idea that the doctors that were performing autopsies were transmitting microscopic parts of the dead bodies to the pregnant women. After the doctors started washing their hands with chlorine solution, the postpartum death count dropped dramatically.

Unfortunately, the idea didn’t stick, and doctors stopped following Semmelweis’ advice. After continuous conflict with colleagues, in 1865, Semmelweis was admitted into a mental hospital. Ironically, he died from an infection. After his death, the simple method of handwashing was finally accepted by the medical community.

This tragic story makes me want to listen to the “quacks” in our society. If we want to improve our lives, we must always be willing to listen and learn from others. This story also makes me want to stick to some of my strong convictions—sometimes it’s the people with the strong convictions that end up changing the world forever.

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Awesome Blogger Award

Thank you to Tamara from Purple Almond Wellness for the Awesome Blogger Award nomination! I am honored and grateful to be a part of this fun and awesome blogging community!

The Rules

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Tag the post with #awesomebloggeraward.
  • Answer at least 5 of the questions you were asked (you can also answer all that is offered on your platter).
  • Nominate at least five bloggers and inform them of their nomination.
  • Give them a minimum of 5 new questions to answer.

My Answers to Tamara’s Questions

  1. If You Could Ask Advice From Any Historical Figure, Who Would It Be? What Would You Ask Them?

Martin Luther King Jr. I would ask him how a normal person like myself could help to change the increasingly divisive climate in the U.S. today.

  1. If You Had A Theme Song, What Would It Be and Why? (post a YouTube link to your song if you can find it!)

Oceans by Hillsong United because I love Jesus and everything good comes from Him.

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The theme song from Seinfeld. I never liked Seinfeld, but when I ran track in high school, this song would play in my head while I was running. It makes me think of running and rushing through life. I am always busy—I am trying to work hard now so that I don’t have to be as busy later!

  1. If You Could Write One New Law That Everyone Had To Obey, What Law Would You Create and why?

This question stumped me, so I asked my husband what he thought. He mentioned The Golden Rule from Matthew 7:12: “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.”   

  1. The House Is On Fire, But Everyone Is Safely Out, The Pets Are Safely Out, And All Wallets/Cash Are Saved. If You Could Make One Last Dash To Get Something, What Would It Be And why?

My portable hard drive so that I wouldn’t lose old pictures and videos!

  1. If You Were Given One Thousand Acres Of Land, What Would You Do With It?

I would use most of the land as farmland to grow organic produce and to raise animals using traditional, sustainable, ethical practices.

My Nominees

Do not feel obligated to participate, but if you do, let me know so that I can read your article!

  1. Junaisha from The Godly Chic Diaries
  2. Leanne from My Journey Through
  3. Kelley from kelleysdiy
  4. Ash from Ash Alves
  5. Valerie from Valerie Cullers

Questions for My Nominees

  1. Why did you start blogging?
  2. Who is your role model and why?
  3. If I asked your friends and family to use three words to describe you, which words would they use?
  4. If you didn’t have to work for a living, what would you do?
  5. What advice do you have for new bloggers?

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Kindness Craving

When I was younger, I didn’t think that I had special talents like other people did. I was just the skinny, quiet Asian girl with big glasses and braces. So, I thought, well, if I can’t be really great at something, at the very least, I can be known as “the nice girl”. So, I tried to be nice to my peers.

As I got older, and started to embrace my unique gifts, (everyone has these) I started to care less about being the nice girl. When I was busy with school, work, and babies, I subconsciously told myself that I don’t have time to be nice anymore.

About a year ago, I realized that I was wrong. The world is craving kindness! And you know what? Kindness doesn’t have to take too much time or effort. Here are some ideas on how to show kindness.

Open the door for pregnant ladies, new moms—or anyone, really.

When I was pregnant with my first child, two gentlemen walked ahead of me and opened the double doors on each side of me. I felt like a queen walking through those doors!

When I was a new mom, it was overwhelming to go shopping with my new baby and a stroller. It meant the world to me when someone helped me open the heavy doors in front of me.

Instead of sending a boring text message, send a voice “text” message.

I don’t know about you, but I am on screens so much that I start to hate my cell phone. Instead of sending another monotonous text, send a voice text. I bet your loved ones would love to hear your voice!

Send snail mail.

I have a bad habit of only opening my mail once per week or once every other week because I like to avoid unexpected bills and useless paper. Snail mail from a friend is usually a welcome surprise!

Give someone the benefit of the doubt.

If someone takes your place in line, don’t get all bent out of shape. Maybe she had a lot on her mind and wasn’t thinking when she stepped in front of you.

Smile and be friendly to strangers.

Strike up a conversation with someone and see how someone’s day is going. If you are practicing “social distancing”, you can still do this from a distance.

Say nothing negative for a day.

This is good for the mental health of you and the people that you live with.

Be curious about someone else’s views without voicing your own opinion.

There’s a lot of division in the world—it’s really concerning and heartbreaking! When you have the time, why not sit down with Uncle Fred and ask him why he believes the opposite of you when it comes to Issue X? If you genuinely care to learn, Uncle Fred will probably be happy to share with you, you might learn something, and the whole conversation might bring you closer together. Uncle Fred might even ask you to share your views with him. I struck up a conversation like this with my aunt a few years before she died. If I had not initiated this conversation, I might not have known her or respected her as much as I do now.

For more ideas, check out Shaunti Feldhahn’s book, The Kindness Challenge. What other ideas do you have? I need more!

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Tasty Superfood Smoothie

I used to make super healthy smoothies for my skin and gut. Unfortunately, these smoothies required a lot of time to prepare and the taste made my kids want to gag. I started making this smoothie a couple of weeks ago. It’s basically a superfood smoothie that tastes delicious—all three of my kids love it!

Tasty Superfood Smoothie

(approximately 2 servings)

1 and 1/4 cup raw yogurt, raw milk, coconut milk, or almond milk

1 cup blueberries

1 teaspoon raw almond butter

1 tablespoon chia seeds

1 scoop vegetable supplement mix or 1-2 cups spinach

1 scoop multi-collagen protein (optional)

1 teaspoon coconut sugar (optional)

1 teaspoon cacao powder (optional)

Place all ingredients into a blender. Blend for two minutes. Savor the taste and enjoy a pleasant boost in mood and energy!

Raw Yogurt, Raw Milk, Almond Milk, or Coconut Milk

Raw dairy is controversial in the U.S., but did you know that other countries have Raw Milk vending machines? Raw milk—known as the “perfect food”—is packed with nutrients, healthy fat, and probiotics. If you are not a raw dairy fan, coconut milk is helpful for just about everything in your body. Almond milk is a good source of vitamins E, D, and calcium. Almonds provide healthy fat for the heart, brain, and gut. They can also help to regulate blood sugar and can act as a weight loss aid because they make you feel full.

Blueberries

This is another superfood that is beneficial for just about everything in the body, especially the brain, gut, and heart. Blueberries can help fight cancer and they can reduce inflammation.

Chia Seeds

Because chia seeds are high in fiber and omega 3s, the consumption of chia seeds can help regulate bowel movements and can help with inflammation and mood disorders. Chia seeds also contain a lot of protein.

Vegetable Supplement Mix or Spinach

I started making these smoothies because I wanted to find an easy way for my kids to get more vegetables in their diet. Some of the ingredients in my current vegetable supplement mix contain kale, dandelion greens, collard greens, broccoli, cabbage, wheat grass, alfalfa, oat grass, barley grass, and goji berries. It’s always best to get nutrients from whole foods, but the vegetable supplement mix helps fill in some of the nutritional gaps in their diet. If you don’t want to use a vegetable supplement, spinach is a good substitute because it has a mild taste that will not make the smoothie taste bitter.

Multi-Collagen Protein

I started using this in 2016 and stopped using it after one container because I didn’t believe that it was helpful for anything. I started using it again this past year. Guess what happened? The dry, hard, thick reptile-like skin on my heels now has a normal appearance and texture! Multi-collagen protein is beneficial for the gut, skin, nails, and joints.

Coconut Sugar

I wish I had known about coconut sugar sooner! Coconut sugar is a good alternative to regular sugar because it is good for the gut. Just keep in mind to consume coconut sugar in moderation. Also, due to the carbohydrate content, coconut sugar is not keto-friendly. If you don’t have coconut sugar but want to add a little more sweetness to your smoothie, you can add a banana, 1-2 dates, or 1 teaspoon of pure, raw honey.

Cacao Powder

Cacao is good for your muscles, gut, heart, and mood. This one is definitely a mood booster for me. The mere smell of cacao powder makes me happy!

What’s your favorite smoothie recipe?

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