Hair Analysis: Why and How

If you’ve been around my blog for awhile, you know that I have been trying for years to figure out what is causing this horrible adrenal fatigue and other symptoms that have been plaguing me for over a decade. Turns out, it’s toxic levels of copper! Crazy, right?? After all these years of trying everything to feel better, I’ve finally found the root cause and am now tailoring my diet and supplements (no synthetic vitamins, though!) to fixing it. I’m sharing my story with you today in the hopes of helping others find the sources of their chronic health problems.

Back in June (almost 4 months ago) I had a hair mineral analysis done. An acquaintance had mentioned it and I thought it might be a good idea. I knew that I had been exposed to flaking lead paint in one apartment and who knows what else. The results […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 4: Making Plans

This is the day to make some solid, possibly drastic, plans to get out of survival mode! I’ve already done this and I can assure you that it’s worth it. I’m so excited for each of you! I really encourage you to get out a pen and paper and write down your answers for each step.

So far, we’ve looked at where we’ve been stuck, we’ve given ourselves a reality check and a vision, we’ve done the necessary prep work and now we’re going to make the plans that can get us where we want to be!

If you haven’t done those steps, you can find them here:

Part 1: Background/My Story Part 2: Where to Start Part 3: Prep for Change

Your instinct is probably going to be that you feel like you have to keep doing every single thing you have been doing. Don’t do it. Rather […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 3: Prep for Change

Part One: My Story Part Two: Where to Start Part Three: Prep for Change (this post)

I know that many of you are so sick of just surviving that you want to jump in with both feet and change everything! 🙂 Good for you!! Before you hit the ground running, it’s worth it to take just a little time, thought and prayer to make sure you don’t fizzle out after a week or two.

In my journey from surviving to flourishing (and I’m not completely there quite yet!) I found that every time I got frustrated with how things were and made a snap decision to change, I failed. I hadn’t thought it all through, made my plans and really committed to it. My heart was in it at the moment, but there was no staying power to my changes.

How did I finally start making changes that lasted? […]

Surviving to Flourishing- Part 1: My Story

I haven’t “arrived” in the land of flourishing, but I have come so far this last year. If you feel like you’re just surviving your way through your life, I’d love to encourage you by sharing what I’ve learned, changed and planned to get out of survival mode and into a more meaningful, intentional and peaceful way of living.

My Background

Although it may seem like it at times, I haven’t always lived in survival mode. My life used to be very well balanced between active and restful, social time and alone time, work and fun… it just didn’t seem that hard to say to myself, “Hey, I’ve been out and about a lot this week. I need to get more sleep and spend some time alone to recharge.” That was back before I had my wonderful girls, my successful business, our farmhouse fixer-upper and several health […]

For the Mama Who Doesn’t Have Enough Hours in Her Day

I’ve recently seen a quote floating around about how we all have the same number of hours in our day and so saying, “I don’t have time,” is not an acceptable reason not to do something. I get it. I really do. The problem with it though is that although we all have the same number of hours, we also all have different responsibilities, priorities and demands on that time.

Often I “don’t have time” for something and it’s actually a matter of it not being at the top of my priority list. Other times, though, I really do want to do something, it’s on my priority list (not at the tippy-top, but it is on there!) and I truly can’t do it. For the longest time I was frustrated with myself for not being able to get all my priorities done. I cut all the extras out of […]

Natural Remedies for an Upset Stomach: Part One

I recently had the pleasure of a case of food poisoning. I must say, I was actually very thankful that it was food poisoning, rather than a stomach virus that my kiddos could catch. Whether it’s food poisoning or a tummy virus, an upset stomach is never fun. Rather than reaching for a bottle of the pink stuff, I turned to my all-natural medicine cabinet for some help.

There are two things I like to start with when one of us has an upset tummy.

Bentonite Clay

Bentonite clay is so fantastic for either food poisoning or stomach viruses. It has a negative ionic charge that draws the bacteria or viruses and binds them to it. Then, the whole bunch… ahem, makes it’s way through the digestive tract. 😉 As a bonus, it also elevates PH in the body (a good thing!), binds to and removes heavy metals and […]

The Healthy Weight Myths Series: “Healthy” Means “Skinny”

We are working our way through a series to bust healthy weight myths and learn how to reach and maintain a healthy weight. If you haven’t read it, please be sure to start with the introduction so that we’re all on the same page. 🙂

A skinny person is not always healthy and a healthy person is not always skinny. So often, people equate the two, but they are not the same thing! Yes, a “skinny” woman may be healthy and a larger woman may be unhealthy, but that’s not always true. A very slender woman may be horribly unhealthy, while a woman with an “extra” twenty pounds may be very nourished and healthy.

Losing Weight Isn’t a Bad Goal

Please don’t panic and think I’m telling you that it’s not okay to want to lose excess weight. That’s a fantastic goal, if you truly need to lose the […]

Introduction to “The Healthy Weight Myths” Series

Are you feeling like this dried-up creek bed when it comes to trying to get to, or stay at, a “healthy” weight? Have all the negative, restrictive and demanding rules sucked the life out of you?

Since before I began blogging over two years ago, I have wanted to write about this. There is so much confusion about how to get to and maintain a healthy weight. There are so many health-damaging diets, weight-loss pills, books, magazines and even “experts” out there that women are bombarded with bad information, myths and even, sometimes, lies.

Seeing women who are struggling to get to, or stay at, a healthy weight is something that has made me passionate about helping us all get to our best level of health. For many, that would include losing weight, but for other ladies, like myself, that means getting healthy, fit and strong and maintaining something […]

Overcoming Infertility: My Story

Like most women, I assumed that I would use birth control pills until we were “ready” to have kids, then immediately become pregnant when I went off the pill. Like many women, I discovered it is seldom that easy. (Read about my journey through infertility over at Modern Alternative Pregnancy!)


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Natural Sources of Folate (Folic Acid)

Welcome back to the Raising Health Families series, join us each week as we take a look at different ways to keep your family healthy and vibrant in a not-so-healthy world.

Yesterday I shared what I’ve learned about the dangers of synthetic folic acid. “Folate” and “folic acid” are terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same thing and they do not have the same effects on the body. Folate is God-made, folic acid is man-made. In my opinion, God had a much better idea of what we need, so I stick with His version. 😉

Today, I want to talk about the benefits of folate and give you some good natural sources and alternatives to synthetic folic acid supplements.

Benefits of Folate

Why is it so important to get enough folate? Well, this little water-soluble vitamin, also known as B9, is needed […]