Friday, February 27, 2015

Move Your Booty!

Benefits of exercise:
  1. Boosts Mood
  2. Boosts Energy
  3. Controls Weight
  4. Combats diseases
  5. Helps you live a longer and healthier life
  6. Promotes better sleep
  7. You will feel better about your body 
  8. Increase desire for sex (blush)

I'm in a love-hate relationship with exercise.

I love when I'm done, but boy, can I procrastinate doing it.

The key is finding what works best with your body.

If you can handle HIIT (high intensity workouts) then great, do them. They are awesome for your body. But if you feel like you need to lay down and take a nap afterwards, they may be too much.

Your hormones, adrenal glands, or thyroid could be off and doing too much will make them worse.

I found this out during my years of trying to figure out what was wrong with me.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing if your body is sick. (<==Click To Tweet)

For me I like long walks while listening to music or podcasts.

Some days I will add in yoga and pilates or if I feel up to it weights.

I had to really start listening and taking cues from my body. If my thyroid was low (I could tell because I would be bone-tired, colder than usual, and feel 'off.') I rested.

Regardless of which workout plan you decide on just move your booty! Do something for yourself today. Your future self will thank you!

Want to join a 30 day accountability group? Find out more HERE.

Action Step: Take a walk today! Look up at the sky, notice the colors, the trees, the birds. Enjoy yourself.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Take My Hand

I remember when my kids were young and they wanted to hold my hand when they were unsure of their next step when they were wee-bits learning to walk.

They would look up with their eyes so full of expectancy and trust, reach up with their baby soft chubby fingers and wait for my hand to grasp onto theirs.

Once they felt my hand, they happily and confidently took their next step forward.

They knew.

The knew I would be there.

They would reach up confidently without giving a second thought that maybe I wouldn't be.

They knew I wouldn't let go and wouldn't let them fall.

That is how I picture God with us.

Waiting for us to reach up and grab hold of the waiting hand that is there when we want it. When we need it.

Waiting for us to remember He is there with an outstretched hand to guide us through the unknown future.

I've always been the girl that begged God for a sign, anything to let me know I was on the right path.

But maybe all I've really needed to do was draw close and take the hand that was waiting to be held.

In the silence.

In the whisper.

That is when I sense His presence. That is when I know. It doesn't matter what the future holds or if I am on the right track. Being close to the One that holds my heart, whom has the stars numbered, and my hairs (even the gray ones) counted is the only true thing that matters in this life.

I take His hand and my breathing slows. My heart fills with knowing. I am Held. And I can trust that just like I wouldn't let go of my little new walker, He won't let go of me.


Sharing with: Soli deo Gloria, #TellHisStory, ThreeWordWed, Woman 2 Woman, Coffee For Your Heart

Friday, February 20, 2015

Health and Freedom with Essential Oils

Get ready to be blown away by my friend Mandy. She has a testimony on the benefits she has received from using essential oils. If you've ever wondered about essential oils and what they do, you are in for an educational surprise!

I was living a toxic life.


I’d wake up in the morning and pop a toxic pill to support my thyroid and then brush my teeth with toxic toothpaste. (Have you ever read the back of a tube of toothpaste? Hello, poison control!)

I’d shower using toxic soap, toxic body wash, toxic shampoo and conditioner, and toxic shaving cream.

After eating breakfast that may or may not include toxic processed food and toxic petrochemicals from a plastic cup, I’d move on to my beauty routine.

You know what’s coming, right? Toxic chemicals from foundation, powder, blush, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, mousse, and hairspray.

That’s all within the first few hours of the day.

As a child, I suffered from respiratory issues and allergies. My body experienced a host of various medications and treatments that have continued, in part, to the present. Over time, I added chronic headaches, body aches, fatigue, and brain fog to my list of maladies.

I chose traditional OTC and prescription meds to treat my symptoms, as many people do. I didn’t learn until recently that the liver cannot process all those chemicals.

My body was not happy.

Nor were my emotions.

With all the toxins I continually ingested, it’s no wonder I felt terrible. It’s an overwhelming and depressing pit from which to climb out. It felt impossible to muster the will and energy to make diet and exercise changes.

Until I discovered essential oils.

A simple offer from a friend to attend an informational class was the prompt I needed to open the door to realistic change. My eyes were opened to the sheer number of toxins I was unknowingly exposing myself to each day—and the effect of those toxins on mind, body, and spirit.

Once I learned what essential oils actually are and what they can do—in a gentle yet effective way, I was excited to get started.

What are essential oils? Simply put, they are the immune system of a plant.

What can essential oils do? In plants, essential oils oxygenate cells, balance hormones, protect against and fight disease, and repair cellular damage. When extracted from plants properly, these qualities can work similarly in human bodies. In other words, essential oils can support all body systems and even flush toxins from the body. (Source)

These are not the often-adulterated, perfume grade essential oils you can walk into a store and pull off the shelf. After becoming aware of all the toxins I had been putting in my body, I wanted a nontoxic solution. I chose Young Living, a company that offers just that: a process that controls oil production from seed to seal, ensuring 100% pure, therapeutic grade oil. 

Because they own their own farms and value the health of their employees and customers, they tolerate no fillers, chemicals, or adulterations of any kind in their products.

How do I use the oils?
  •      A drop of lemon in my water each morning to help me wake up and flush out toxins
  •         Endoflex rolled over my thyroid three times a day to support my endocrine system
  •        Peppermint applied topically for happy muscles, lungs, and sinuses
  •      Thieves in my diffuser to purify the air and support immune function
  •       A drop of lavender for bug bites, calming, and healthy skin
  •     Stress Away on my neck or in my diffuser for calming
  •     Cedarwood, Vetiver, Valor, or Peace & Calming on the spine, bottoms of the feet, behind the ears, or on the bottoms of feet for restful sleep

How do I apply oils?
  • Topically: a drop or two rubbed right on my skin. If an oil is known to be hot or warm, I add a few drops of a carrier oil like coconut or olive oil. 
  • Aromatically: I diffuse favorite oils or rub them in my hands and breathe them in. 
  • Internally: a drop or two in my water, in recipes, or in capsules I prepare.
Not all essential oils are suitable for ingesting. Only those guaranteed pure and labeled as nutritional supplements should be ingested. I only recommend Young Living for this reason.

What results have I seen?
  • Healthy energy levels 
  • Balanced moods and emotions 
  • A stronger immune system—no trips to the doctor for any family members since starting oils 
  • Happy muscles 
  • A controlled appetite

Overall, incorporating Young Living essential oils into my life and family has provided a higher level of functioning for us and empowered us to take control of our health. We spend less time missing school or in germy offices and waiting rooms. These changes gave me the boost I needed to focus on further lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.

An unexpected benefit from enrolling with Young Living was a shift in my scarcity mindset to an understanding of the world as a generous and abundant place. My interactions with the corporate office and leaders in the company have taught me what servant leadership looks like both professionally and personally.

And…I’m on the path to financial freedom! I’m blessed to be plugged into a great team with abundant training and resources. Their example in running their individual businesses has shown me how to run mine in a way that will allow me to become the primary source of income for our family of six.

Essential oils are not just about clean living. They are, as Young Living reminds us, about wellness, purpose, and abundance.

I’d add that they are also about freedom.
To learn more about Young Living Essential Oils or find out how to get started, please visit my blog.
I pray that 2015 is your healthiest, freest year yet!
I am not a licensed medical practitioner. The information in this post is for informational purposes only and is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat or cure. Statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the FDA. Each person’s body chemistry and lifestyle is different,
and results may vary.

Mandy Mianecki is a wife and mom of 4. She is passionate about encouraging others in their healing journeys from brokenness to wholeness; in uncovering their unique kind of God-breathed brilliance; and in living in the freedom won by Christ. A God-sized dreamer, art-maker, lover of the color turquoise, avid oiler and Nutella-eater, Mandy is also a contributing writer at God-sized Dreams.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Counting Fat & Calories Is So 1990's

We all did it. We looked at the back of every package and looked at the calorie and fat content before we purchased an item at the store.

We had been brainwashed into thinking fat makes you fat. Don't eat it!

We traded in our butter for margarine

Whole milk for skim

Full fat cheese for fat-free

We had products like SnackWells, Hunt's low fat pudding, Slim-Fast, WOW! chips (fat-free chips made of the ever famous, tummy-ache inducing-olestra oil), Dannon yogurt with sprinkles on top.

You get the picture.

Even today now that I know fat-good fat-isn't going to make me fat I still find myself checking to see how much fat is in something, and catching myself from putting it back :)

Old habits die hard.

Why is fat good for us?

  1. Reduce inflammation
  2. Increases insulin sensitivity (a good thing)
  3. Support your metabolism
  4. Helps regulate thyroid
  5. Helps burn fat
  6. Balances hormones
  7. Eliminates cravings
  8. Doesn't increase risk for heart disease like once thought (but carbs will)
  9. Better skin, hair, and eye health
What is considered a good fat?
  • Raw Nuts
  • Avocados
  • Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Milk
  • Grass-fed raw butter & cheese
  • Grass-fed meat
  • Flax and Chia seeds
  • Salmon
When we load our bodies up with these good fats our bodies become fat-burners. Ironic isn't it? We eat fat and we lose fat.

And we all want that!

Action Step: Adding coconut oil/milk to your diet is a great way to get good fat into your body. Buy some this week and give it a try!

Let me know what you think ;)

Resource for you:
Tropical Traditions

Be sure to check out my Health Board on Pinterest!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

You Are More

As you know Fifty Shades of Grey comes out this week. I have not read the books and do not plan on seeing the movie. It's my own personal conviction.

I have no plans to judge those that have read or will see, but I do have some thoughts as I have been going back and forth with someone close to me that has the opinion Fifty Shades isn't "that bad"and debating whether or not the trilogy is a love story or a story of misogyny.

After enduring a painful abusive relationship in my teens I know how impressionistic young girls can be. I was one. When you are looking for love in the wrong places you will undoubtedly find it.

The kind of men like Christian Grey are very charming and mysterious. A lot of women like men that they can't figure out. It makes things interesting. But before you realize it, you are swept up in a relationship, have fallen for a guy that knows your weaknesses and how to use them against you.

This is what I'm afraid for when young girls see this movie. And if they have Christ-believing mama's that talk about how much they love the books and are dying to see the movie, I also wonder what kind of message that sends.

This will of course be a subject we may have to agree to disagree on, and I'm ok with that. Really I am.

It's my goal with this post to give you some food for thought. Maybe get you questioning, is Fifty Shades a book I should have on my bookshelf?

There are many opinions. I know. But to me, love should build each other up. It should be respectful and kind. Perfect? NO.
Love doesn't intentionally inflict pain (even with a willing participant) to fulfill their own desire.

The Bible says to "do not conform ourselves, but be transformed."( Romans 12:2)

How does watching Fifty Shades transform the world around you?

If you are a Christian you have been set free of old habits, sin, forms of bondage. Then why would you want to put on an old dirty coat over our gleaming white one that was paid for with blood?

You are called to be light. To live and love differently.

Porn is a $14 billion dollar industry. I'm betting that half of the girls in those videos are under age and have been trafficked and forced to live and do humiliating things on a daily basis.

Strong will prey on the weak.

I have a fourteen year old daughter. It makes me sick to think that the girl on one of these videos could be her. Or worse when she as a boyfriend could be talked into doing any of the sex-acts in Fifty.

With the lie of Fifty Shades permeating our world there will be people that will take this sad piece of fiction and try to recreate it in real life (mainly young people). There will be marriages that see this and convince their spouses into thinking this is okay because they are in the confounds of marriage.

Sin always sounds like a good idea at the time, doesn't it?

Please remember if we don't stand for something, we will for for anything and everything.

I hope you will not fall for Fifty Shades.

"Authentic love does not devalue another human being. Authentic love does not silence, shame or abuse,” Brooke Axtell

Click here to read the amazing survivor story of Brooke Axtell

linking up with: Soli deo Gloria, Three Word Wed, Coffee For Your Heart, #TellHisStory, Thought-Provoking Thursday

Friday, February 6, 2015

What The Heck Are GMO's? Eating Clean Part 3

                                                     Natural News(find details of the above list)

What is GMO?(or “genetically modified organisms”)- Living organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE. This relatively new science creates unstable combinations of plant, animal, bacteria and viral genes that do not occur in nature or through traditional crossbreeding methods.

Most of our corn, soybeans and wheat are genetically modified.This means science is creating new versions of our foods, by adding a gene from one species and a gene of a different species and viola-new super fruit that can withstand harsh weather conditions and take muuuuch longer time to go bad  ( that's not all the science behind it, but it's the gist of it).

When scientists decided to start experimenting with our foods, they had a good reason behind it. To help save starving countries.

Unfortunately, after years of eating genetically modified foods we are seeing consequences of what science can do, and it's not good. Only recently have there been testing to find out exactly what gmo's are and what/if there are any healthy hazards to be concerned about.

American Academy of Environmental Medicine position paper states, "Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GM food," including infertility, immune problems, accelerated aging, insulin regulation, and changes in major organs and the gastrointestinal system."(Responsible Technology)

Why I think you should stay away from genetically modified foods?

Like you, I've always taken for granted that the food I purchase at the grocery store is safe. Why else would they legally be able to sell it to the American public, right?

As long as it tastes good, looks good, and as long as they can easily market and manipulate consumers, they sell products and make lots and lots of money.

Have you recognized the increase in infertility in seemingly healthy adults? The increase in autoimmune diseases  (rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, MS, diabetes, bowel problems-crohn's, ulcerative colitis) and cancer?

I have to think there is a link between our foods and health. Will we never eat a genetically modified food again? Nope, our diets will never be perfect. I'll always do my best within my budget and if I happened to eat a non-organic apple or something that is gmo I won't freak out.

All we can do is our best.

Sources:Holistic Squid

Action Step- Read the little labels on your fruits and veggies. Decide today to trade out one or two pieces of produce for organic.

Do you have any questions on GMO's?

**To read the other posts in the series click on the Health button at the top


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