Thursday, September 13, 2018

3 Simple Ways to Feel Your Best this Season

Here in Texas, Fall and Winter don't actually show up until they are basically over. The temps usually stay warm until October and even then you don't actually need a coat until the week of Christmas. But this week! This week has been rainy and cool and wonderful!

 It's like a Fall teaser. 

With the seasons changing and the holidays coming I jump into prep mode! I know what is coming and I don't want it! The season of colds and sickness. I didn't do a good job last year of preparing us and we did get sick. For the first time in a while, we were missing out of church and school activities because we were not well.

Here are 3 simple ways you can feel your best during this Fall & Winter.

#1 Eat well.
Have you heard the saying, "Don't live to eat, but eat to live?"  Our body was created for food that is alive and nutritious, rather than foods from a can, box or drive thru. Our immune system doesn't stand a chance if the majority of what we eat is processed, sugary, fried, junk food. Did you know 70% of our immune system is determined by the condition of our gut? This article gives more detail about the importance of having a healthy gut.

Eat produce that is in season. We love the summer fruits, but Fall brings us many yummy foods as well! I know pumpkins are popular this time of year and we do love a good pumpkin muffin, but if feeling your best is important to you, I would stay away from the Pumpkin Spice coffees. They are loaded with sugar and other ingredients that tax the immune system. If you just can't go without, here is a healthy alternative you can make at home.

 There is nothing better than a warm cup of coffee and a pumpkin muffin! Here is a recipe  that we have come to enjoy.

We need to eat raw produce everyday. Raw fruits and vegetables provide important enzymes our digestive system need to break down our food. So, grab a salad instead of a burger at least once a day. I also take enzymes everyday, because I know I will never get enough enzymes through my food. I buy my enzymes here.

And because we do have a crazy schedule and there are days when a healthy home cooked meal isn't going to happen, we drink Ningxia Red everyday. This is packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals to help keep us healthy and well.

Do you follow me on Instagram? Check out my Ningxia Story. @baileytribe is my username.

#2 Tackle the Germs

We have a no tolerance policy when it comes to germs, especially this time of year. I'm always amazed at people. They sneeze into their hand, wipe their nose,  then pick up something at the store, or touch their grocery basket, or shake your hand! Come on people! I know we were taught to share when we were little, but you can keep all those germs to your self. I don't want them, I have my own!

So, there's a few things we do in our house to keep the germs at bay. This time of year we just do them even more.
Wash your hands. I'm always telling my kids, "Go wash your hands...use soap too!" (because apparently they think that soap bottle by the sink is for decoration) This is the easiest way we can avoid getting sick. Wash your hands often, especially if you have been grocery shopping.

Clean surfaces often! They tricky thing about germs is that we can't see them, so we often don't even realize where they are. I clean the counters, table, door knobs, doors, etc...often. If people have touched it, I want it cleaned. I use Thieves household cleaner because I know it is killing the germs but I'm not putting harmful fumes in the air like other commercial cleaners do.

You can find out more about the Thieves line of products on my website or on my Instagram story. If you want to try some, let me know and I'll send you a spray bottle of Thieves cleaner!

#3 Eliminate Sugar!

Sugar crashes the immune system faster than anything! Ever wonder why people get sick more during the last 3 months of the year and then spend the first 3 months of the next year getting well? The holidays! It's the time to eat candy, bake desserts, drink dairy/sugary drinks! Because of the weather, we are inside more, moving less and breathing each others air. Our immune system doesn't stand a chance. So, pay close attention to the amount of sugar going in. If you avoid the sugar, I know you will see a difference in how you feel!

It's a great time to jump into a season of focusing on you and your health and wellness. Do you need a jumpstart?  Today & tomorrow (September 14th) Young Living is giving everyone who purchases a Diffuser starter kit 10% off. When you purchase, I will contact you and will send you a welcome package full of goodies to help you get off to a great start, access to our team Facebook page and I will reimburse your shipping on your kit (standard shipping). If you choose to join Essential Rewards, I will send you a free additional essential oil & skin care sample pack. Just mention this blog post when you contact me.   If you are ready to get your kit now, click my link and I will be in touch with you very soon!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Joy Happens, Especially on the Hard Days

I have a long to-do list for today. I'm so behind that I have resorted to posting sticky notes everywhere to help me manage the list.

But instead of attacking that list, I sit here, typing.

The week has been a difficult one and I need to write it out.
The challenges.
All the emotions. All.the.emotions!
All the joy!

Friend, it's been quite a week. I remember a couple of weeks ago thanking the Lord for giving us a season of calm. Isn't he so good to give us a moment to catch our breath before he moves us towards the next lesson.

The Lord is working on one of my kids. I posted on Facebook this week that it's difficult to watch it happen. As a mom, you never want to see your kid struggle or hurt. But then again, you do want to see it. You do want to see your kid experience consequences of bad decisions. You do want to see your kid learn from stupid mistakes. But all the emotions involved are what is hard to manage.

This kid. He belongs to the Lord and this week I had to give him back over and over again. He disappointed me.  He scared me.  He made me mad. He made me cry! All in the same day.

But Joy! In the midst of my prayers for this kid, God reassures me, comforts me, reminds me that he does hold his boy very close to him, which is why all of this hard stuff was happening. God was not going to give up on this kid. That is JOY!

Knowing, God loves your kid more than you can.

Knowing He never gives up on us.

Knowing he will continue to wait until my kid comes back to him.

Knowing this gives me joy.

I wish the world could understand what real joy is! It has nothing to do with how I feel, because I have had all the feels this week. Joy is about what God is doing in my life and in my kids life and knowing it is out of his crazy love for us. And because of his joy, we can walk in confidence that His plan for our kids is so much better than ours and he is piecing together a story that could change lives!

"So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever." 2 Corinthians 4:18 (NLT)

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