I Want To Quit

The Temptation to Quit Will Become Greatest Just Before You Are About To Succeed

-Chinese proverb

When I heard this quote from my business mentor, my mind immediately thought of childbirth. Right before a mom has to push her baby out, she goes through a stage called TRANSITION. This is a very intense stage of labor when moms feel out of control and want to quit. According to my Bradley birth instructor, this is when a lot of moms opt for pain medication.

When I first learned about this stage of childbirth, I was really scared of it. But when I was in the midst of it, I was relieved because I knew that I would soon hold my baby and I knew that moment would be worth the diet restrictions, stretched out clothes, waddling, constant need to pee, consistent congestion, frequent visits to the midwife, skin rashes, (pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy) stares from strangers, (is it just me or does everyone stare at the pregnant lady?) stretch marks, intolerable morning sickness that lasted all day for seven plus weeks, and physical pain of childbirth.

My mentor also said that if you haven’t felt like quitting yet, you probably aren’t working hard enough. So, if you have any goals–health, business, financial, or any other kinds of goals–and you feel like quitting, congratulations! Your efforts are moving you in the right direction. It is almost time to hold your metaphorical baby. Just don’t give up!

Does Food Really Matter?

“Maybe if I am more careful about what I put into my body, then my health will improve.” I was having a conversation with a group of people when someone said this to everyone. When she said this, I thought to myself, “Maybe?! Are you kidding me? What you put into your body makes all the difference in the world.”

But then I had to stop myself from thinking too harshly of this mindset. Before 2011, I didn’t really believe that food made much of a difference for my health. I hated cooking and I ate the most convenient, processed Fake Foods.

I have learned a lot since then. I was recently surfing the web and came across the term “Real Food Crusader”— this term was used to describe the Wellness Mama and is now a term that I would use to describe myself.

What is Real Food?

In simple terms, Real Food (as opposed to “Fake Food”) is food that has not been adulterated with manmade chemicals or additives.

Why does Real Food make you healthy?

Your body knows how to use Real Food to build a strong body and it knows how to use Real Food to effectively eliminate toxins from the body.

Your body doesn’t know what to do with Fake Food. If your body can’t efficiently eliminate the Fake Food (which is basically toxic to the body), the Fake Food/toxicity stays in your body, leading to obesity and disease.

What are the benefits of Real Food?

A person with a strong, less toxic body will have a better mood, less weight, glowing skin, and more energy. Real Food can alleviate and eliminate disease.

How do you become a Real Food Crusader?

I know that Real Food can be expensive, so I don’t fault people for buying Fake Food. If it is difficult for you to afford Real Food, start small. Start by swapping one Fake Food for one Real Food. You can also save money by shopping at Thrive Market. Vote smart with your dollars. Hopefully, if more of us support farmers and vendors that provide Real Food, it will become more of an affordable norm!

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I Tried Raw Milk

I was recently battling an itchy, painful skin condition (psoriasis?) on my hands for about five months. Because of my skin, I drastically changed my diet, read books about natural health, and saw some unconventional medical providers. In my quest to heal my skin, I came across raw (unpasteurized) milk. Wow! I didn’t know that raw milk was so controversial.

The Center for Disease Control makes raw milk sound super dangerous while raw milk advocates claim that it is a lot safer than other foods that we eat on a regular basis. While raw milk advocates claim that it is a complete superfood that is wonderful for allergy sufferers, the gut, skin, and immune system, raw milk antagonists claim that these benefits have not been proven. Raw milk advocates also claim that pasteurized milk (almost all the milk in the U.S.) has been stripped of the components that make it so healthy, and that the pasteurization process actually makes the milk unhealthy for us.

So, who should you believe? I’m not going to tell you that, but I will tell you about my experience with raw milk. The Natural Health Nut inside me had to try it!

First off, it wasn’t easy to find someone that sells raw milk (the sale of raw milk is illegal in some American states). When I finally found a vendor, my first experience with raw milk was raw goat milk. It was delicious!

To get my hands on raw cow milk, I went to the Weston A. Price website and contacted my local Weston A. Price chapter. Weston A. Price was a dentist that traveled the world and studied the eating habits of healthy people. If you are looking for raw milk, you can also go to realmilk.com.

The raw cow milk was very creamy and delicious. I also started consuming raw kefir and raw cheese. In the past, when I consumed pasteurized dairy, I used to experience nasal congestion. This didn’t happen to me when I consumed raw dairy!

You may be wondering if I am concerned about the safety of raw milk. Chris Kresser claims that the chances of becoming hospitalized from drinking raw milk are very small–you are actually three times more likely to die in a plane crash. 

With that being said, to be completely honest, there was one time that the raw kefir tasted funny and I had major stomach upset. But, to be fair, I ate some questionable meat on the same day. So, I don’t know if my stomach was upset due to the raw dairy or the meat.

I haven’t had raw milk or raw kefir in a couple of weeks. I miss it! I think that it is helping with my gut; also, my skin is almost completely healed! Because I made so many health changes in the past few months, it’s hard to tell which changes were the most beneficial for my recovery. Who knows? Maybe the raw milk played a role in healing my skin.

Want to know something really cool and odd? Apparently, there are Raw Milk vending machines in Europe!

So, what do you think? Do you drink raw milk, or do you think that it is too risky?

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Fun, Fab, FAT diet

It’s dinnertime! It’s time for the low fat, low carb, low sodium meal again. Sound delicious? Not really! These are the kinds of meals that I used to make in 2010. I’m so glad that I am not eating this way anymore. Do you know why? Research shows, and health gurus agree that…fat…is…good for us! Our brains and bodies need fat to work properly. It’s also difficult to feel satiated when we don’t consume enough fat. Filling up on carbs to feel full may lead to health problems like diabetes and obesity.

If you want more information about a diet high in fats, you may want to read about the Ketogenic diet. My husband has been on this diet and has lost 40 pounds. Personally, I don’t follow a particular diet. I believe that the ideal diet includes organic/natural/clean foods and should contain mostly vegetables/fruits, some meat, and minimal grains/sweets.

Regardless of the diet that you follow, our bodies need fat. Some healthy fats include organic/free-range eggs, organic/free-range chicken, organic/grass-fed beef, organic ghee, avocado oil, coconut oil and olive oil (please note that olive oil becomes unhealthy when cooked at a high temperature).

Let’s get back to dinner. Now I’m hankerin’ for a large portion of colorful vegetables, some grass-fed beef and a small portion of sprouted rice. Let’s throw in some organic ghee and avocado oil. Doesn’t that sound delicious? Bon Appetit!

This post was originally published on February 6, 2019. It was updated on November 8, 2019.

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My Favorite Essential Oils for Sleep

Are you looking for a natural sleep aid? In addition to numerous other health benefits, essential oils provide calming, soothing and stabilizing effects to your body that will help you to get all of the sleep that you need!

Clary Sage

The linalool and linalyl acetate in Clary Sage will provide feelings of calmness after a long day. In the Middle Ages, Clary Sage was used to soothe the skin.

This essential oil smells alluring and intoxicating. When I open a bottle of Clary Sage, I feel like I am being transported to a world of captivating beauty, similar to the world created by Monet, in his painting, “The Artist’s Garden at Giverny.” After diffusing Clary Sage in the living room, I discovered that it puts me into a sleepy trance!

Vetiver

Vetiver contains isovalencenol and khusimol which help to stabilize emotions. With its slightly sweet and enticing herbal scent, this thick essential oil is often used in perfumes. Tranquility in a bottle!

Cedarwood

Cedarwood contains cedrol and alpha-Cedrene which provide soothing benefits. Cedrol will also help to stabilize your mood. You can find Cedarwood in the biblical books of Leviticus and Numbers.

When I open a bottle of Cedarwood, it’s easy to imagine that I am under the stars and tall Red Cedar trees. The woody scent provides feelings of peace.

Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang contains carophyllene and germacrene-d which is a soothing chemical combination. Ylang Ylang has been used in perfumes (it has been called “The Perfume Tree”), weddings and religious ceremonies for centuries.

The floral scent of Ylang Ylang is sweet and uplifting. One whiff of it makes me feel happier and more relaxed. Ylang Ylang is like a healing balm for crazy emotions!

What are your favorite natural sleep aids?

This post was originally published on January 24, 2019; it was updated on November 1, 2019.

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