Once Upon Our Life 2.28.14



One day a month.  No iphone.  Every hour.  Remembering our days together.  Documenting our life.  This month landed on a Friday again and Friday’s are usually pretty low key for us.  We do school (usually in our pj’s), but we are super laid back on Fridays.  This particular Friday, we stayed at home a lot, so most all of  the pics taken were at home.

8:00 am play time with the morning sun coming through the bedroom window.  See that white pony?  It’s a ‘he’ and his name  is Royalty.  She takes him EVERYWHERE these days.  Along with his Princess pony, the hot pink one. ;)

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9:00 am play time still because I can’t put this book down so I’m laying in the kids’ bed reading.

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10:00 is always snack time.  Not matter what we’re doing.  It’s usually Cheerios.

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11:00 school time.

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12:00 making lunch while the kids play in the den.  He’s snatching up ponies and running with them….because he knows she doesn’t want him to touch her ponies.

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1:00 quiet time, but on Friday’s it usually means extra screen time.

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2:00 pm and he wants ANOTHER snack.  He hid in the pantry when he saw me coming with camera.

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3:00 doll house play time.

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4:00 looking at this sweet little baby that my friend Brooke had and sitting in Starbucks parking lot.  Going to have some time to myself for a little while.  Ahhhhh.

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5:00 (or a little after) leaving Starbucks.

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6:00 pm drive home from the store.

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I didn’t take any other pictures after 6:00 pm.  I sort of forgot.  Shame on me.

The Plan.

(if you’re new or haven’t already, you may want to read this post first: If you’re a woman, you’ll want to read this.)

Although I’d say this journey started in January, it really started in November. I just didn’t know it was starting. My friend had given me these tiny little sample bottles of some oil. Supposedly very valuable stuff. I wasn’t very into hearing all about it, just desperate for something that could help with our depression, no motivation, stress. We didn’t have insurance at the time and we both rather not be on anti-depressants. In a short amount of time, I was posting this picture with this caption: “Thank you, Lynn. These tiny bottle = our lives changed.”


I attended my first essential oils class with Lynn and heard testimony after testimony about this stuff healing their children’s allergies. I know this was God’s way of  answering a prayer I had prayed for many months — a prayer for my son to not have to take allergy medicine every night. Yes, I’ll admit that it did sound a bit far fetched that night….So, you’re saying to rub this wonderfully smelling Lavender oil right on my son…near his face…and THIS will not give him an allergy attack. Yes, that’s not really the normal way a normal person would go about handling this. But guess what. I’m not normal. So, I started rubbing him down in Lavender. He can now go without taking his allergy meds, praise the Lord! I also have an amazing story of how it healed our seasonal flu, among many other things. They deserve their own blog post one day soon. In fact, I plan to do many blog posts on how you can replace all the meds in your medicine cabinet with essential oils and how they’ve helped just about every member of my family. But first I want to share with you the other part of this journey.

I went to see the family doctor I saw growing up. He’s a D.O. with a Holistic approach to treatment. You’ll want to look up the difference between a M.D. and D.O. since I won’t have time to explain here, but I will say that they see the patient as a person, not a disease. They want to take into consideration all aspects of the person’s life and are only interested in getting to the root of the real problem at hand and not just alleviating the symptoms and putting you on meds to “treat” them. I say all this to encourage you to find a D.O. or a doctor with a Holistic approach if you’re feeling frustrated and like your doctor just isn’t *hearing* you.

After spending a great deal of time asking me questions, a lot about what I ate, he suggested I start a new plan. A plan to kick food intolerance in the butt. The JJ Virgin plan.

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Now before I go any further, I must say that I’m not a doctor. All of the information I’m about to share with you is from Dr. Virgin’s book, some in my own words.

Let me first explain that Food Intolerance (FI) is different that food *allergies*:

Food Allergies – very specific, one type of immune system response, usually very fast and very intense.

Food Intolerance (FI) – could be a pre-existing condition (you may have been born with it), may have produced it later in life, sometimes set off by stress or from eating the same thing too often.

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After Monday’s blog post, I got such a huge response via Facebook and text messages. One friend asked via text: “Is this a lifestyle change or just a diet program cause I need a major lifestyle change…”

Let me scream this from the roof tops…

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I don’t do diet plans. In fact, I have no idea why the word “diet” is on the cover of this book. I will never, ever go back to my old lifestyle. In fact, I’m in the process of converting my husband and children! ;)

Diet plans tell you to eat the healthiest of foods….egg whites, veggie omelets, Greek non fat yogurt, low-calorie protein shakes, soy-based veggie burgers on whole grain bun. This is why I like ole Dr. JJ Virgin. She points out that these foods are actually what could be causing your bloating, weight gain, moodiness, irritability, and fatigue. She reveals the secret to loosing weight and guess what else….

It isn’t calories.
It isn’t fat.
It isn’t protein.
It isn’t calories.

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So I know…you’re super excited right now.  Aren’t you?


Me too. Me too.

Although I want to…and I would….I can’t type out the whole book. I highly suggest you go buy your own. You can thank me later. But, I will hit some high points and answer the most common questions I’ve gotten since Monday’s blog post:

1. Does your entire diet change?
Yes. It does. For the better. And trust me…I eat like a kid. I could seriously eat chicken nuggets or grilled cheese every night. And to top it off, I can’t cook.  My husband cooks. I know nothing about foods and how to prepare them. If I can do this, anyone can. I will say that my whole view of food and meals had to change, but that was for the better too. I guess I was desperate enough to try anything!

2. How do you use the essential oils? Do you put them in your food?
No, I do not. Although you could if you wanted to…but probably don’t want to. They are pretty strong. ;) I do put 1 drop of lemon in my water every morning. It helps with digestion and cravings. It makes the water taste good, too. More on the different oils I use and what they help heal in next blog post.

3. What foods did you have to give up?
These are the top 7 high food intolerance foods. I detoxed my body from ALL of these for 21 days so it could heal. Yesterday was day 21 for me. I will now add each one back one week at a time to see which ones my body can tolerate.


4. What in the world can I eat?!
I know. I know. I said the same thing. I asked my doctor the same thing! There are lots of things you can eat. And, if you just bear with me a little longer, I’m going to share my favorite recipes and the staples items that we will always have in our kitchen from now on!

5. How much weight have you lost? Isn’t is dangerous to lose weight so quickly?
My Dr. said he would never endorse anything that made you lose weight rapidly, but in this case it’s different. Because one or more of the 7 foods are actually *causing* you to gain weight and not be able to lose the weight (she touches on this in the book..it’s VERY interesting).  She promises 7 pounds in 7 days. In fact, I did. I lost 1 pound per day for the first four days. On day 5, I weighed and had lost 3 pounds in one day! At the end of the 21 day detox, I had lost 11 pounds. And I haven’t felt this great in a loooong time. My skin looks AMAZING (thanks to the oils too!) and my hair ever looks healthier. Like most people, I thought that I wasn’t blessed with good “skinny” genes. I believed the lie that I could never have my body back after birthing and nursing 2 children. Now, I know what was causing the unhealthy body and how I can take action to take care of the body God blessed me with.

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Tomorrow I’m going to share more about the plan and the few things you MUST learn to kick food intolerance in the butt with me. Who’s with me?! I love hearing from y’all!

If you’re a woman, you’ll want to read this.


This is me the day I found out I was pregnant with my first. All 112 pounds of me.  Flat tummy. Glowing completion. And lots of energy. I know this because I proceeded to clean the house top to bottom that day. I mean a baby was coming in approximately 9 months and apparently to me that meant I needed clean baseboards, fans, and grout.  Yes, it’s safe to say I had some control issues then too. Sigh. But, I’m not here to tell you about those days. I’m here to inform you of my now because I know there are women who are suffering from some of the same things I have and I desire to help the cycle stop.

Let’s fast forward through the years. There was 2 full term pregnancies (really close together), one miscarriage, 4 moves, 2.5 job losses, 3 businesses, the start of a international adoption journey, homeschooling, and not a whole lot of exercise, sleep, or food. I won’t bore you with all the in-between. Let’s just say on January 1 of this new year, I needed to do something different. Here are some of these things I was experiencing (some I’m still experiencing).

* bloating – Extreme bloating during certain weeks of my cycle…like 5 month pregnant looking extreme bloating…like people would ask me when I was due.

* fatigue – The type where I’d wake up after 10 hours of sleep, start walking to kitchen to make coffee, and have to stop halfway and take a short nap in the chair.  You think I’m joking. It was starting to interfere with my life.  Like this was me when kids were playing outside:

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except not so blonde.  Or peaceful.  The fatigue was worse at certain times of my cycle too.

* moodiness – Oh my word. We’re talking PMS on crack with a side of psycho. Ok, tmi….all I can say is we need to stop for a moment and say a quick prayer for my husband…..along with the gas pump, hair dryer, computer, my iphone4 (R.I.P), the door, that ink pen, and anyone else that crossed my path during those days of my cycle.

* headaches – I always seemed to use the word “massive” to describe these. They were. They were at certain times of the day and certain times of my cycle. They fel t massive and were unusual for me since I have never struggled with headaches in the past.

* Dunlap Syndrome – Few Americans have heard of it. Several Americans have it. It’s not serious and can be reversed. It’s where your stomach dun lapped over your pants.  No picture needed here folks. Use your imagination. Better yet, Google it. But, I will say that I had to wear my pants like this:


Again, you think I’m joking.

* irregular menstrual cycles – At first they were getting longer and longer (31/32 day cycles) then they got shorter (22 day cycles) and were very light. I spotted for a few days before actually starting my period too.

* ovarian cysts – Along with this extreme pain and tenderness. A ultrasound confirmed 2 cysts at one time, each where 3 cm in size!

* breast tenderness – I dreaded getting out of the bed because I knew that gravity hadn’t stopped doing its thing while I slept and the pain was coming! This seemed to happen each month at the same time during my cycle, too. It felt as though I was pregnant and one month I even started lactating again!

* infertility - Nuf said.

* mild Rosacea - on face along with  swollen face and puffy eyes.

* lack of motivation, energy, drive – for those of you that know me, this is not me.  But, lately this has been me.

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If ANY of these are something you’re experiencing, you’ll want to continue reading my journey of clean, whole eating and essential oils. I’m breaking it up into a few posts because it’s so much information. I’ll share exactly what my doctor suggested and the exact plan. I’ll share how clean eating and essential oils helped:

me loose 7 pounds in 7 days and I’m not joking
my son being able to get off his allergy meds
my headaches
my digestion and cravings
my moods
my irregular cycle
my weight gain
my rosacea and swollenness
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and how it made my face/skin go from this:


to this:

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And that was just after the first 7 days.  It’s gotten so much better just since then!  I plan to post more after pics (not taken with an iphone)

I read back over these bullet points and as much as I’d like to say it’s all fun and sarcasm to lighten the subject of what I’ve endured the past few years, I must inform you that all of it is true. Maybe tmi, but I don’t know any other way to describe it.  When one experiences complete and utter change in the way they feel when they thought they’d never feel better, they want to scream it from the roof tops. That’s me. And this is real. I felt it and I went searching for answers. I’m so thankful that God placed just the right people in my life the way He did to point me in the right direction on this journey. I look forward to sharing me. Actually, I can’t WAIT to share more! Stay tuned!