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Pregnant With Baby #3!

Pregnant With Baby #3!

So excited to finally share I’m pregnant with baby #3!  It’s been a secret I’ve been keeping under wraps for what feels like forever, but I’m so excited to finally be able to share the news with you!

I wanted to sit down with you like we were chatting as old friends because that’s how I feel about you.  So I thought a video was appropriate to share the story of how I found out I was pregnant.

I’m sharing how we found out, if it was planned, how I’ve been feeling and if we’re going to find out the gender or not.  I’ll be sharing lots more on pregnancy in the future.  Stay tuned for Wednesday’s blog post where I share all the details on natural pregnancy faves and resources, plus if I plan to have another home birth or not.

Hope you guys love the video! I plan to do more videos so let me know what you want to see in the comments of the video or blog post here.

What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

What To Do When Your Child Has Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

In episode #21 we are learning what to do when your child has multiple chemical sensitivities from Steph Duford.  Steph Duford is from Wisconsin.  Born and raised a Midwest girl. Her husband, Larry and her have a 5-year-old fun and enthusiastic son named Frank. Recently, after 16 years, she left her profession as a hair stylist to be a full-time SAHM (stay at home mom) and homeschool Frank. There hasn’t been one defining moment that has made her passionate about lifestyle and wellness but a compilation of many.  Knowledge is her power. Steph loves to learn and research…often times to a fault. By personality, she is passionate, strong willed and determined. Her biggest tool has always been self navigation. At 1 year, her son Frank was diagnosed with multiple anaphylaxis to both food and environmental allergies…36 to be exact. He’s truly the bravest and most inspiring human she knows. It has been her mission to focus on healing him from the inside out and there really is no limit to how far her and her husband will go for her son’s health and freedom.

Along with many allergies, she’s also become well versed in chronic atopic eczema and multiple chemical sensitivity. The saying, “The best detective at work is the mother of an ill child” is 100% accurate! One thing she very much prides herself in is how her and her family create normalcy. They focus on experiences that can safely be improvised and work around limitations while still building childhood fun/memories. Steph’s mission is to share experiences that have shaped her in hopes to reach and help others. Her biggest satisfaction is helping others build a happier, healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

Connect With Steph-

Topics Discussed-

  • Who is Steph Duford and her story of having a child with allergies and multiple chemical sensitivities
  • Golden Hour moment or catalyst in her own health journey
  • Her advice for mama’s who may feel overwhelmed when caring for a child with allergies or MCS
  • Tips and protocols that have helped her and her family navigate having a child with allergies or MCS
  • Things she’s learned along the way to ensure her child still experiences life to the fullest
  • Tips that have helped her have courage and boldness to ask for what she wants
  • Things anyone can do to help make the environment around them safer for those who suffer from allergies
  • 3 health habits that have made the biggest impact on your life
  • Where people can connect with Steph

Links Mentioned In The Podcast-

  • Metaderm- Lotion that helped heal Frankie’s eczema skin

 

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Why We Love It?

  • Goat whey has demonstrated positive anti-inflammatory effects in the digestive system. Cow whey has shown increased inflammatory effects.
  • Cow whey is considered allergenic whereas goat whey is considered hypoallergenic.
  • Whey protein is the “gold standard” for serious athletes. Goat whey is the “gold standard” of that “gold standard.”
  • Goat whey is amazing for our immune systems, supporting lean muscle growth and repair, as well as optimal body composition.
  • Goat whey has the full range of essential amino acids in ratios that best support the athlete in all of us
  • It is really light and doesn’t ever makes us feel bloated. That’s because there is nothing added to fill up space, just the purest goat whey and flavoring.
  • Activ Whey is a goat whey protein that comes from goats that are grassfed all the way through their lifecycle. There are zero antibiotics or hormones used on the goats or the vegetation they eat from.
  • I personally know the creator and can vouch for the legitimacy of the protein and where it is sourced from.
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Life Changing Books

Life Changing Books

So the Christmas season is in full swing and I’m loving every minute of it!  Something about this time of year that makes me reflect on the last year.  From highs to lows and everything in between.  This season always reminds me of what’s most important and how truly grateful I am for my health.  I truly believe one of the best gifts you can give your family and friends is the gift of health.  Think about it, you could have all the money in the world but if you don’t have your health, what does it matter?  You can’t enjoy any of it.

This season I want to encourage you to give the gift of knowledge.  I love the verse in the Bible that says, “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”  It really is true.  I believe most people truly want to do good, but just don’t know where to start or what to do.  Arming people with knowledge, gives them the power to create change in their lives and generations to come.  Just think what would happen if you started to change the way you eat?  Trust me when I say people would take notice and everyone would be affected positively.  What if you decided to stop using the chemical laden products you currently use and instead started swapping them out for safer, cleaner options?

“My people perish for lack of knowledge.”-Bible

You see it’s not just about you, it’s so much bigger than that.  It’s about bringing change to our society as a whole.  This is what I dream about!  Change doesn’t happen overnight though, it happens with one person standing up for something better.  Change starts with you.

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, “Readers are leaders.”  As corny as it may sound, I fully believe this is true.  Why can’t we be the ones leading our families and communities towards a better future?  One of the easiest ways to do this is by giving a book to read.  Sometimes it’s hard to share with friends or family about health, but giving a book to someone isn’t.  It’s the easiest way to not say anything, while actually saying a lot.  Have a book say it for you!  As I’ve said knowledge is power, and all people need sometimes is just a little spark to set a fire ablaze within them.

“Readers are leaders.”

I wanted to compile a list of books that I’ve read that have helped me throughout my health journey.  I also had Dr. Matt share some of his top picks too.  I have some cookbooks I really like, some green beauty books and some health books in general.  Buy them as a gift, buy them for yourself, whatever you decide I believe reading always makes us better.

Also, a great tip I’ve picked up to increase my reading capacity is to listen to books on audio.  Especially as a mom this has been huge.  Whether I’m driving in the car, making dinner, cleaning or just nursing my daughter(hello getting real), I just push play.  Instead of just letting time pass, I’m investing in myself and learning.

Tips on Audio books:

Get Audible by Amazon This has changed my life!  You pay a monthly membership fee of $14.95 and you get 1 book with that membership free each month. Then after that you get 30% off any other book.  Download the app on your phone/Ipad and then you can listen whenever you want.  The books stay on your account so you can listen to them again if you want.  You can roll over up to 6 credits. I love it!

Rent From Your Local Library- Get a library card if you don’t already have one and check out audio books for free(and of course regular print copies)!  Even if they don’t have the title you might want chances are if you request it they’ll get it in for you.  No excuses that you can’t afford books because it’s absolutely free. Take advantage of this!

Split Audio Books with Friends or Family-Audio books tend to be more expensive then just a book, but if you split it 3 or 4 ways it ends up being the same price if not cheaper than a printed book.  Everyone benefits but it doesn’t break the bank.

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My Top Book Picks-

  • No More Dirty Looks(Green Beauty)-This book started it all for me as far as switching to green beauty, and I will forever be grateful for the way it completely changed my life!  It’s full of information on why makeup, skincare, hair products, nail products are all toxic and why.  They also give alternatives and ingredients to avoid. A great book for someone starting their journey into green beauty.
  • Skin Cleanse(Green Beauty)- This is a great integrative approach to achieving clear skin.  It doesn’t just address your skin topically but your whole person. It really helps to pin point what may be causing your skin flare ups. She takes on a less is more approach and some DIY recipes in the book.
  • The Clear Skin Diet(Green Beauty/Health)- This book completely changed my thinking on skincare.  I read it six years ago and I still go back to it time and time again.  It is full of so many nuggets.  It really sets the stage and shows how our skin is affected by diet and lifestyle.  From the hard facts about the correlation to dairy and acne, how we need omega -3 fatty acids to why the Japanese diet is so good for our skin.  A must read for anyone who wants to achieve clear skin without reaching for some medication.
  • Taking Charge of Your Fertility(Women’s Health)- This book has been such a resource for me throughout having my two girls.  Before I even got pregnant this book helped me.  I recommend any women read this, especially if you’re wanting to have children in the future.  I’ve found very few people actually understand their cycle and this lays it all out on reproductive health, pregnancy and natural birth control.
  • Beautiful Babies(Women & Baby Health)- I remember reading this book when I was pregnant with my first daughter and it really shook me.  It’s such a good resource for fertility, pregnancy, breast-feeding and baby’s first foods.  You will walk away feeling armed to give your body and your baby the best care and nutrients.
  • Nourishing Traditions Book of Baby and Child Care(Women & Baby Health)- This book is jam packed with some serious wisdom for the holistic mama.  From breastfeeding, vaccines, child development and what nutrients are essential for baby.
  • Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth(Women’s Health)- This book really helped me take care of my body after baby.  So often you have a baby and then all your energy goes into caring for the baby and we forget about the mother.  The book does a great job of explaining what is happening in the body, why and what to do to help it through each phase. A great resource for any new mom!
  • Eat This and Live(Clean Eating)- This book changed my thinking on clean eating.  It is perfect for anyone starting their clean eating journey.  It lays out what you should eat, why, how to prepare it the best, what nutrients are essential for optimal health and so much more.  Plus, it shares why you want to avoid the Standard American Diet.  It even has a lot of pictures-making it easier to read for those just starting out on their health journey.
  • Dream It Pin It Live It(Dreams & Goals for your Life)- This book really challenged me to look at my life and ask what I want out of it.  It made me realize how my dreams are possible and how to see them played out.  I recommend this for anyone who is serious about wanting to see positive change in their life and doesn’t want to be in the same place next year.
  • The Magnolia Story-(Biography)-Call me predictable but I’m pretty sure anyone should read Chip and Johanna’s story from the popular HGTV story Fixer Upper.  I think sometimes people have the illusion that anyone successful doesn’t go through any hardships.  Their story proves this theory wrong and how success in life takes dedication and hard work.
  • Fed & Fit Cookbook(Clean Eating)- This cookbook has been such a great resource for me in the kitchen.  Cassey really lays out not only amazing paleo friendly recipes in the book but also some health principles that are life changing.  The food is delicious and her story inspiring.
  • Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook(Clean Eating)- This cookbook has quickly become a favorite.  If someone you know thinks “healthy” food can’t taste good then this is the cookbook for them.  Lexi really makes eating clean fun and creates all your standby comfort foods but with a healthy twist.  I’m always amazed at the flavors that come out of her recipes.

Dr. Matt’s Top Book Picks-

See any faves here?  What are you currently reading and what are some of your favorite books?

 

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