So I’ve gained a little weight…

I’m going to level with you. I do not like being fat. I know we are supposed to love our bodies no matter their shape and size (and I do have a lot of love for my body), but I just happen to not like the way it looks when my belly sticks out as…

What We Need is Healing

I have a very long To Do list today, so I really don’t have time for writing this, but my thoughts beg to be written out. Six days ago, there was a shooting at the mall that is five minutes from our house. It was shocking to hear of a tragedy so close to home,…

Things That Heal the Gut

“All disease begins in the gut.” Hipocrates Having a healthy gut is key to good health. After all, if we can’t digest and assimilate nutrients from our food then our body can’t use them to repair itself and function properly. Some people have stronger GI tracts than others. This could be due to genetics, foods…

The Results Are In

I started this blog a little over a year ago when I started working to improve my kidney health.  My kidneys were damaged by an E. coli infection when I was five years old. I had what the doctors called a “miraculous” recovery–I regained nearly full kidney function. I was spilling protein at the rate…

Documentary Review: Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead

I watched this documentary last night, and boy do I wish I hadn’t had to give my mom back her juicer. Joe Cross is a successful business investor who lives in Australia. He loved junk food, and it was making him sick. He developed an auto-immune disorder that would cause spontaneous rashes to appear all…

A Winter Without Illness

I wanted to make sure we were clear of cold and flu season before I wrote this post, for fear I would jinx it. It’s May now, so I think it’s safe to say that Little Boy and I are virus-busting ninjas! Let’s visit the past for a moment. Two winters ago (the one before…

From Dying to Thriving

A year ago I felt like I was dying a slow death. My biggest fear was that I would get cancer and die, leaving my little boy motherless. I actually think this was a very realistic fear. My father died from cancer at the age of 45. Granted, he had far worse eating habits than…

Health Comes First

Everywhere I turn people are trying to lose weight. Some want to look better, and some want to be healthier. Most probably want better health and better looks, but I think people are primarily driven by one or the other to lose weight. When I hear that someone is trying to lose weight to look better,…

Overcoming Mood Disorders with Diet

About one in 10 Americans aged 12 and over takes antidepressant medication. “Antidepressants were the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages in 2005–2008 and the most frequently used by persons aged 18–44 years . From 1988–1994 through 2005–2008, the rate of antidepressant use in the United States among all ages…

Overcoming Mood Disorders: My Story

I think I got my first taste of depression as a young girl, after I had been hospitalized for kidney failure at age five. I was always a sensitive child, but that event seemed to have made things harder for me. I never felt the same after. I certainly have attributed the altered mental state…

S.A.D. = S.A.D.

A scary, eye-opening experience happened with me a year ago, last November. I found myself in one of the most severe episodes of PMDD (premenstrual dysphoric disorder) I had ever experienced. My poor, poor little boy was lying on the floor crying and I was screaming right in his face like I was possessed by…

Naturopath Update: Visit #7

I haven’t written much here concerning my naturopath visits, which started about the same time I started this blog. I think I may copy over my ND posts from my other (more personal) blog, so all my health progress is in the same place. I’ve been seeing Dr L, a Chinese Medicine/Naturopathic doctor/acupuncturist. There are…